Greek utility PPC to invest $4.1 billion in renewable energy, grid modernization through 2023

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Greece’s biggest power utility Public Power Corp. (PPC) will spend 3.4 billion euros ($4.11 billion) to expand its footprint in renewables and modernise the country’s distribution grid, it said on Wednesday.The coal-reliant utility, which is 51% owned by the state, has pledged to shut down all but one of its coal-fired plants by 2023 to help Greece reduce carbon emissions in line with climate targets set by the European Union.In a presentation to investors released on Wednesday, PPC said that about 42% of the 3.4 billion euro spending will be siphoned into upgrading power distribution via its 242-kilometre-long grid, which it fully owns now but plans to partially privatise next year.PPC will also use a big chunk of that sum to build solar and wind plants and boost its capacity from green energy to 1.5 gigawatt by 2023 from just 0.17 gigawatt now, it said.PPC said that coal-fired plants with a 3.4 gigawatt capacity will be decommissioned and repurposed to include co-generation, energy storage, biomass and hydrogen.[Angeliki Koutantou]More: Greece’s PPC to spend 3.4 bln euro on power grid, renewables by 2023 Greek utility PPC to invest $4.1 billion in renewable energy, grid modernization through 2023last_img read more

Bacolod wants Badjaos tested for COVID-19

first_imgBY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL  BAÑAGA BACOLOD City – Authorities here plan to subject all mendicant Badjaos to reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RTC-PCR) test possible coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection.  Pacita Tero, head of the Department of Social Services and Development (DSSD), proposed this move following the recovery of the remains of an unidentified man along Palanca Street in the city’s Bredco port earlier this week.Tero expressed worry that around 70 Badjaos they counted roaming this city may have already either contracted the SARS-coV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, or may have become carriers of the virus.Tero said she has already forwarded the proposal to CHO Environmental Sanitation Division head Dr. Grace Tan, to have the Badjaos in the city undergo Covid-19 testing.Plans have also been made for the Badjaos to be returned home to Jolo, Sulu after conducting the RT-PCR tests, however, transporting them would be a problem as there are currently no trips between Bacolod City heading to Mindanao.The only available trips that would take the Badjaos home is in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, although no one is allowed to cross as the borders between Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental are still closed.However, Tero said the provincial government of Negros Oriental has agreed to serve as a holding area for Badjaos if there is no one yet from Zamboanga that would pick them up.Earlier on Wednesday, a traffic enforcer discovered the naked man’s lifeless body lying underneath a tree by a near the Bredco port area.Investigation revealed that the individual was believed to be homeless and suffering from mental illness.The remains were no longer autopsied to determine the cause of death, although police believe the individual likely died of natural causes as he had no wounds found on his body./PNlast_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgUpdate on the latest in sports: The move comes with the 23rd-ranked Illini challenging for the Big Ten Conference championship in Underwood’s third season after going 26-39 during his first two years at the helm. They are 20-9 overall and tied for second in conference play with Michigan State and Wisconsin at 12-6, a game behind Maryland.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-POLLKansas is number oneUNDATED (AP) — Kansas is the unanimous No. 1 in a week of upheaval in men’s college basketball.The Jayhawks received all 64 first-place votes from the media panel in The Associated Press poll. Gonzaga was No. 2, with Dayton, Baylor and San Diego State rounding out the top five. Baylor, Duke winUNDATED (AP) — Baylor and Duke were able to earn bounce-back wins. The fourth-ranked Bears had dropped two of three since a Big-12-record 23-game winning streak, and the No. 12 Blue Devils were losers in three of their previous four games.In Waco, MaCio Teague hit a 3-pointer with 1:13 left in overtime to help Baylor escape with a 71-68 triumph over Texas Tech. Teague stepped back behind the line and just beat the shot clock to put the Bears ahead 69-65.Baylor sealed the game with Jared Butler’s steal and his two free throws with 11 seconds remaining.Devonte Bandoo had 18 points and Butler 17 for the Bears. ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech has withdrawn its appeal of NCAA penalties against its men’s basketball program and will not lay in this month’s ACC Tournament.The Yellow Jackets received a one-year ban on postseason play as well as scholarship reductions and limits on official visits. By saying Monday it would accept those penalties this year, Georgia Tech is assured of being eligible to compete in the postseason next year and beyond.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-ILLINOIS-COACHUnderwood gets extensionCHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois says it has rewarded basketball coach Brad Underwood for a significant jump this season, giving him a three-year contract extension through 2026. Rookie guard RJ Barrett tied his season high with 27 points as the Knicks downed the Houston Rockets, 125-123. Julius Randle added 16 points and 16 rebounds for the Knicks, who held on after building a 21-point lead.New York ended Houston’s six-game winning streak and beat the Rockets at Madison Square Garden for the first time since January 2009.James Harden missed his first eight 3-point attempts before finishing with 35 points and eight assists for the Rockets. Russell Westbrook had 24 points and nine rebounds but missed a pull-up jumper on Houston’s final attempt.Meanwhile, the Miami Heat are the first team to beat the Bucks twice this season.Jae Crowder and Jimmy Butler each scored 18 points in the Heat’s 105-89 downing of Milwaukee. Bam Adebayo had 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Heat, who improved to 39-22 and matched their win total from last season with 19 games remaining. Sixth-ranked Kentucky is followed by Florida State, Seton Hall, Maryland and Louisville.The Aztecs, Terrapins and No. 18 Iowa were the only teams to hold their place after a week in which nine Top 25 teams lost to unranked opponents.Dayton has its highest ranking since reaching No. 2 in 1955-56 after stretching its winning streak to 18 games.Virginia, Illinois and Wisconsin moved into the poll. West Virginia, Colorado and Texas Tech fell out.NHL-SCHEDULE Rose is taking over what has become one of the NBA’s worst franchises, headed toward its seventh straight season out of the playoffs. Teams such as Golden State and the Lakers have found success handing their basketball operations to an agent.Rose is the former co-head of the basketball division at CAA Sports. He replaces Steve Mills, who was fired early last month.NBA-INJURIESDoncic back in lineup…Oladipo sits one outUNDATED (AP) — All-Star guard Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch) was back in the Dallas Mavericks’ lineup tonight against the Bulls in Chicago after missing a game because of a sprained left thumb. March 3, 2020 The thumb began to bother Doncic during Friday’s loss to Miami, prompting the team to keep him out of last night’s win at Minnesota. The second-year player is averaging team highs of 28.6 points and 8.8 assists per game this season.The Mavericks held out Kristaps Porzingis (KRIHS’-tahps pohr-ZIHN’-gihs) against the Bulls a day after he tied a season high with 38 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.In other NBA injury news:— Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (oh-lah-DEE’-poh) missed Monday’s game against San Antonio after experiencing swelling in his right knee following the morning shootaround. Oladipo returned to action Jan. 20 from a ruptured quad tendon that forced him to miss more than a full calendar year. Pacers coach Nate McMillan said it’s too early to know how long Oladipo will be out.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE Draisaitl, McDavid erupt against Predators…Avs creep closer to BluesUNDATED (AP) — The Edmonton Oilers’ dynamic duo of Leon Draisaitl (DRY’-sy-tul) and Connor McDavid collected five points apiece at the expense of the Nashville Predators on Monday.Draisaitl added to his NHL-leading point total by furnishing four goals and an assist as the Oilers blew out the Predators, 8-3. McDavid added a goal and four assists in a game that was tied 3-3 until Edmonton erupted for five goals in the third period.Draisaitl’s team-high 43rd goal of the season chased Pekka Rinne (PEH’-kuh-REE’-nah) from the nets midway through the third period. Draisaitl has 107 points, 13 more than No. 2 McDavid in the league points race.Meanwhile, the St. Louis Blues’ lead in the NHL’s Central Division is down to one point over Colorado after the Avalanche eked out their seventh straight win. In Durham, freshman Cassius Stanley scored 14 of his 18 points after halftime as the Blue Devils beat North Carolina State, 88-69. Fellow rookie Vernon Carey Jr. added 17 points for the Blue Devils, who shot 63% after halftime and had a run of 17 straight scoring possessions to build a big lead.Duke’s last meeting with the Wolfpack was an 88-66 loss at Raleigh two weeks ago, coach Mike Krzyzewski’s (shuh-SHEHF’-skeez) most lopsided loss to an unranked opponent in his four decades leading the program.N.C. State managed one field goal over the last four minutes of the first half before shooting just 38% after halftime.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-GEORGIA TECH-PENALTIESTech drops appeal of NCAA penaltiescenter_img Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULEKnicks surprise Rockets, Heat beat Bucks againUNDATED (AP) — The New York Knicks have pulled off one of the most impressive wins of their otherwise forgettable season. Logan O’Connor’s second goal of the season broke a 1-1 tie in the second period of the Avs’ 2-1 triumph at Detroit. Vladislav Namestnikov (nah-MEHT’-nih-kahv) also scored and backup Michael Hutchinson faced just 18 shots in picking up his fifth win in 15 decisions.Each of Colorado’s last six wins have been by one goal.NHL-GM MEETINGSGMs seem prepared to keep status quo on emergency goaliesBOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — NHL general managers seem unlikely to suggest changes to the emergency backup goaltender policy, even after 42-year-old Zamboni driver David Ayres became one of the biggest stories of the season by winning a game for Carolina last month. The Bucks established a season-low for points, with Brook Lopez providing a team-high 21. Giannis Antetokounmpo grabbed 15 rebounds but matched a season-low with 13 points on 6 for 18 shooting.Checking out Monday’s other NBA action:— Malcolm Brogdon scored 26 points and T.J. Warren added 23 to push the Pacers past the Spurs. Indiana squandered a 15-point, second-half lead before earning its fourth straight win, putting the Pacers in a fifth-place tie with Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference. The Spurs lost for the eighth time in 11 games despite going ahead 102-98 with 6:44 remaining.— The Bulls eked out a 109-107 win over the Mavericks behind Otto Porter Jr., who delivered 18 points in his return from a broken left foot. Coby White scored 19 points to help Chicago win without leading scorer Zach Lavine (lah-VEEN’). Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch) scored 23 for Dallas but missed a potential game-winning, 3-pointer at the buzzer.— The Jazz got their four-game road trip off to a good start as Bojan (BOY’-ahn) Bogdanovic provided 28 points and Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR’) added 20 in a 126-113 victory at Cleveland. Donovan Mitchell had 19 points and nine rebounds for Utah, which made 20 3-pointers while staying in the fifth playoff spot out West. Bogdanovic buried a pair of 3-pointers down the stretch to help the Jazz won for the second time in six games. In a memo sent to teams on Sunday and obtained by The Associated Press, the NBA has offered 10 recommendations to players with hopes of decreasing risks of getting the virus. Those recommendations include not taking items such as pens, markers, balls and jerseys from autograph-seekers.The NBA also told teams that it is consulting “with infectious disease experts, including the Centers for Disease Control” and infectious disease researchers at Columbia University in New York.NBA-KNICKS PRESIDENTKnicks hire longtime player agent Leon Rose as presidentNEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks officially have named Leon Rose as their president, hoping the longtime player agent can be just as successful as an executive. PGA-JOHNSON-0LYMPICSDustin Johnson decides against playing in the OlympicsUNDATED (AP) — U.S. golfer Dustin Johnson will not compete in the Tokyo Olympics, according to his manager. Johnson’s name was removed from the Olympic golf ranking Monday afternoon.At No. 5 in the world ranking, he currently would have been No. 3 among Americans behind Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh) and Justin Thomas.Countries are allowed a maximum of four players in golf provided they are among the top 15 in the world ranking. The issue was among the discussion points during the first three days of GM meetings. The apparent consensus was that emergency goaltenders are called upon so rarely that any reaction now would likely feel like an overreaction.NFL-JAGUARS-NGAKOUEPass-rusher Ngakoue no longer wants to re-sign with JaguarsJACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Standout defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (yah-NEEK’ en-GAH’-kway) no longer wants to sign a long-term deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars.Ngakoue announced his desire to play elsewhere via social media. It could force Jacksonville to place the franchise tag on the 24-year-old disgruntled defender and trade him. Ngakoue has 37 1/2 sacks and 14 forced fumbles in four seasons. The speedy strip-sack specialist made the Pro Bowl in 2017 and had been seeking around $22 million a year to remain in Jacksonville.NORTH CAROLINA-AGENTS PROBEMistrial declared for ex-football player in NC agent’s caseHILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) — A Superior Court judge has declared a mistrial in the case of a former college football player charged with violating North Carolina’s sports agent law nearly a decade ago.Christopher Hawkins faced four counts tied to providing cash to three former Tar Heels football players in 2010. But after more than seven hours of deliberations Friday afternoon and Monday, the jury informed the judge that it couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict on any charge. — C.J. McCollum poured in 41 points and Gary Trent Jr. added 24 in the Trail Blazers’ romp over the Magic in Orlando. Hassan Whiteside had 16 points and 13 rebounds as Portland ended a 3-game losing streak. The Blazers took control by outscoring Orlando 38-19 in the final period.— Gorgui Dieng (GEER’-gee jehng) contributed 17 points and 10 rebounds while the Grizzlies were holding the Hawks to 32% shooting in a 127-88 dismantling of Atlanta. Jonas Valanciunas (YOH’-nuhs val-ehn-CHOO’-nihs) had 15 points with 15 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who had nine players score in double figures. The Hawks were denied their first three-game winning streak of the season and suffered the third loss in their last 11 home games.NBA-VIRUS OUTBREAKWith Virus outbreak, NBA tells teams to keep distance from fans, strangersUNDATED (AP) — The NBA has told teams to avoid high-fiving fans and strangers and avoid taking any item for autographs. It’s the league’s latest response in its ongoing monitoring of the coronavirus crisis that has spread to most corners of the planet.last_img read more

Onyango, Emong for Uganda Sports Personality Of The Year Award

first_imgWinners in respective sports disciplines AthleticsMale: David EmongFemale: Juliet ChekwelBoxingShadir MusaFootballDenis OnyangoWomen FootballHasfa NassunaMotorsport(Rallying) The crew of Jas Mangat and Joseph KamyaGolfMale: Ronald OtileFemale: Flavia NamakulaCricketMale: Henry SsenyondoFemale: Stephanie NampinaPool The Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA) has nominated footballer Denis Onyango, Olympian Emong and rugby player Phillip Wokorach for the annual  Sports Personality Of The Year award.The three were picked after USPA, in their meeting at Lugogo on Monday, named the best for 2016 in all sports disciplines. Onyango, Emong and Wokorach were named top in their sport in 2016.There were no nominees for tennis, cycling and volleyball as they were considered inactive.The Uganda Sports Personality of the year will be announced at the USPA gala crowning whose date will be set soon.OnyangoSouth Africa based Denis Onyango was named Uganda’s footballer of the year after guiding Uganda Cranes and his club Sundowns to historic performances.He was in goal as Uganda Cranes qualified for the Nations Cup finals for the first time since 1978, then led his club to the African Club Championship title – the first Ugandan to win the honour. His club also competed at the World Club Championships.EmongDavid Emony was named Uganda’s athlete of the year after his historic medal exploits in the para-Olympics event at the Rio Olympics.  Emong gave Uganda her first ever Paralympics medal, winning silver in 1500m – T46 final in Rio.Emong, 26, was Uganda’s only athlete at the competition. The T46 disability sport classification is a group for track and field athletes missing their arm from near the top of their arm.WokorachHe is a Uganda 7s international who has had an outstanding year. He was the star as Uganda lifted their maiden Africa Rugby Cup Sevens title in Nairobi.Uganda’s victory in the African Rugby 7s in Nairobi booked them a place in three major tournaments, Emirates Airline Dubai Sevens  and the HSBC Cape Town Sevens in December plus the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series Qualifier in Hong Kong in March.USPA SPORTS PERSONALITIES OF 2016 Nominees for Sports Personality of the yearDenis Onyango (Football)David Emong (Paralympics)Phillip Wokorach (Rugby)Nominees for Team of the yearUganda CranesRugby CranesCity OilersNominations for Sports Event of the yearNational Open Pool ChampionshipUganda Golf Open**The winners of the above awards will be announced at the gala (date will be communicated soon). Male: Sula MatovuFemale: Vicky NamuyanjaBobybuildingAndrew SsenogaBadmintonMale: Brian KasiryeFemale: Shamim BangiTable TennisMale: Gilton ChelibeFemale: Halima NambozoWoodballMale: Onesmus AtambaFemale: Lillian ZaweddeWeightliftingKhalid BatuusaRugbyMale: Phillip WokorachFemale: Grace AumaBasketballMale: Jimmy EnabuFemale: Judith NansobyaMotocrossAviv OrlandChessMale: Harold WanyamaFemale: Joyce KabenganoNetballJoan NampunguDartsMale: Jacob OkidiFemale: Dinah AmodingKickboxingPatricia ApolotLudoSarah NamubiruHandballMale: Felix MukunziFemale:Muhaimuna NamuwayaSwimmingMale: Nicholas MalaniFemale: Kirabo NamutebiHockeyMale: Innocent MbabaliFemale: Doreen AsiimweSquashIan Rukunyacenter_img Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

12-year-old arrested after threatening to kill several fellow students

first_imgThe Broward County Sheriff’s Office have arrested a 12-year-old girl who reportedly used her social media account to threaten to kill several students at her middle school.The incident was reported Friday by a parent and a student of Falcon Cove Middle School.Officials say the young girl first posted a list of students who she would like to kill to her Snapchat. She then created a second post warning students that they would die on Monday.The child has since been arrested and faces two counts of making a written threat to kill and making a false report about a firearm.last_img

Fast food worker fires shots after argument over a sandwich

first_imgA Florida man fired shots after a dispute over making a sandwich.According to Palm Beach County sheriff officials 18-year-old Destin Garcia, and a co-worker at the Subway inside the Palm Springs, Florida, Walmart got into a dispute on Black Friday over a sandwich. Police say the co-worker made herself a wrap instead of a sandwich and did not pay the difference of about a dollar. Garcia became angry and showed up to the co-worker’s home the next morning.Investigators say Garcia pushed the woman, causing her husband to come outside. He then pulled out a gun and said “Do you think it’s a game?” and fired two shots near the woman’s feet. Police say the couple ran away and Garcia drove off. Garcia is now facing aggravated assault charges with a bail set at $100,000.Subway’s national office has not responded following the incident.last_img read more

NWS: Wind Chill Advisory Possible for Interior Parts of South FL, 40s at the Coast

first_imgThe front will bring with it just a 20 percent chance of showers on Monday, and partly sunny to sunny skies through Tuesday. A chance of showers will return on Wednesday.The normal daytime high for this time of year in our region is 75 degrees, with an overnight low of 57.Northwest winds coming behind Monday’s front will increase winds on Tuesday, with gusts as high as 22 mph along the coast, in addition to hazardous ocean conditions and a high risk of rip currents at Palm Beach County beaches.Temperatures will begin to warm up again on Wednesday, with winds shifting from the east and a high near 70. Time to break out the jackets, sweaters, and extra blankets….for a few days, at least.A powerful cold front coming across South Florida through Monday will cause temperatures to plummet overnight into the 40s along the coast and into the 30s inland, where a wind chill advisory is possible.The front is forecast to put daytime highs on Tuesday at around 65 degrees in West Palm Beach.By Wednesday morning, we’ll wake up to temperatures in the upper 40s at the coast and the mid-40s in the western communities.Areas north and west of Lake Okeechobee could also feel temperatures in the upper 30s, and meteorologists with the National Weather Service say a wind chill advisory could be necessary.“While frost is not expected to be a concern since winds should stay around 10 mph or more overnight, a wind chill advisory will be possible for some of the interior portions of the area,” Miami meteorologists said in their Monday forecast.A wind chill advisory is issued whenever the feels-like temperature is 35 degrees or less and winds are above 5 mph for three hours or more.last_img read more

Hubble Telescope Celebrates 15th Birthday with Stunning Images

first_imgFifteen years old this month, the Hubble Space Telescope showed off new images of the Whirlpool Galaxy and Eagle Nebula (see ESA press release).  Engineers at JPL who built the WFPC-2 (Wide Field and Planetary Camera), the camera that took most of those famous images that adorn our walls and calendars, took great satisfaction today during a slide show of famous images and astronomical discoveries that Hubble has beamed to earth.  Though built under time pressure and political pressure to save the Hubble from its original optical flaws, WFPC-2 was installed during a risky shuttle rescue operation right as planned, and has worked perfectly for 15 years – longer than any other part of the telescope.    Though Hubble usually takes the spotlight because its vision is like ours, two other space telescopes are filling in knowledge about the wings of the optical spectrum: Spitzer in the infrared, and GALEX in the ultraviolet.Hubble is a great American success story that deserves far more press coverage than the usual daily retinue of crime stories and celebrity trials.  HST has brought us not only knowledge and science, but art.  Take this occasion to tour the Hubble Site and feast your eyes on things Galileo could not have dreamt of.  Congratulations to all the Hubble team: the universe will never be the same in our eyes thanks to this wonderful true story of intelligent design.    PS: [email protected] reported the possibility that some stars may have planets made of diamond.  Tell that to your kid after she sings Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and see if you can get a big-eyed Wow.(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

‘I’m Sorry, My Son, You’ve Got Industrial Disease’

first_imgI’ve been working in the trades for 35 years and have taken a few injuries along the way: four nail gun accidents—two through the bone; quite a memorable fall from a roof while working alone; tablesaw up the center of my middle finger (SawStop would have been nice right about then).So it didn’t surprise me much when my incessant coughing during a recent movie date with my wife led to a doctor’s visit and the diagnosis of “industrial bronchitis,” aka white lung, or in the words of Mark Knopfler, “industrial disease.”But what did surprise me was my reaction, which was sort of “Oh cool, wonder if I have that tune in my iPod?”It got me thinking about the tough-guy culture I had established for myself and my crew over the years. I remember celebrating with a six-pack when a new guy sustained his first nail gun injury (“Welcome to the club.”). Sure, I made them all sign the “drug letter” when they were hired—that they will not come to work drunk, sick, or stoned, and will purchase and maintain dust mask, safety glasses, and earplugs and “use them when appropriate.” But a quick look around the job site proves that safety glasses are the only item from that list being even partially enforced. Fall protection? Harnesses are available on every job, but are not being used much. The standing joke is “If you fall off the roof you’re fired, 12 in. from the ground.”I know that part of my style of “leading from the front” means that I’ve generally tried to outwork and out-produce everyone on my team to “pull” them along by setting a relentless example. So I’ve been the most guilty of climbing without a harness and exposing myself to hazardous conditions in the interest of getting the work done faster. But this means that I’ve been setting a terrible example for the folks who’ve been working with me over the years. And I know that I’m not alone. This tough-guy mentality is pervasive throughout our industry, and our culture (junk food, alcohol, high-school football).But it doesn’t need to be this way. Those of us who are in leadership positions can set a relentless and hardworking example without being cavalier about safety. We can put the safety glasses on as we get out of the truck, and keep a bag in the apron with dust mask and earplugs and really use them when appropriate. We can carry a water bottle and show folks that staying hydrated is just part of the working day. I know that I’ll never wear greasy sunblock on a dusty job site, but at least I can wear long sleeves and a cowboy hat. As we lead, they will follow. It may be too late for me to make much of a correction at 53, but I can encourage others to learn from my mistakes.Instead of resigning ourselves to hearing aids, chronic pain, and inhaled steroids in our old age, we can look forward to sharing our experience with younger builders well into our 60s, and even longer—which sounds like a lot more fun to me.last_img read more