South Korea to build 4GW of solar and offshore wind

first_imgSouth Korea to build 4GW of solar and offshore wind FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Clean Technica:South Korea is planning to develop 4 gigawatts (GW) worth of solar and offshore wind on reclaimed land in Saemangeum, an estuarine tidal flat on the country’s southwest coast that was damned by the country’s government amidst significant controversy over 30 years ago.Asia’s fourth-largest economy, South Korea finished 2017 with 11.3 GW worth of renewable energy capacity, including at least 5 GW worth of solar. However, the country’s government is hoping to become a regional renewable energy powerhouse, and at the end of October, President Moon Jae-in announced plans to build 4 GW worth of solar and offshore wind — including 3 GW worth of solar and 1 GW of offshore wind.Specifically, South Korea intends to build a 3 GW power generation complex, to be completed by 2022, at which point it would be the world’s largest of its kind, as well as another 1 GW worth of offshore wind to be developed off the coast of Gunsan, in the North Jeolla Province, by 2026.[T]he Korean Government will seek to funnel KRW 10 trillion ($8.8 billion) in private investments to the project, with the Saemangeum Development and Investment Agency (SDIA), an agency run under the Ministry of Land, set to oversee the development of 2.6 GW worth of the projects — including 2.4 GW worth of solar, 100 MW worth of wind, and 100 MW worth of battery storage power. The country’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) will oversee the development of 400 MW of solar PV. The 1 GW worth of offshore wind will be built separately.“This announcement is a follow-up of President Moon’s pledge to increase the share of renewables in Korea’s generation mix to 20% by 2030,” explained David Kang, an analyst with Bloomberg New Energy Finance, who spoke to me via email. “The government has implemented a series of supporting policies (e.g. increased REC multiplier for wind and storage, temporary feed-in-tariff for small-scale PV, etc.) to boost the deployment of solar and wind in Korea, but the biggest obstacle has been the country’s chronic land availability issue. Much of the land suitable for solar and wind projects in Korea are either protected under the agricultural and environmental protection law or face severe opposition from local communities including farmers and fisheries. By utilizing the idle reclaimed land in Saemangeum region, the government aims to resolve the land availability issue and kick-start the deployment of utility-scale projects.”More: South Korea plans 4 gigawatts of solar + offshore windlast_img read more

Hicksville Woman Killed in Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 29-year-old woman was killed when she crashed her vehicle in her hometown of Hicksville early Monday morning.Nassau County police said Christine Monaco was driving a Toyota northbound alone on North Broadway when the vehicle left the roadway and struck a utility pole in front of Sears shortly before 1 a.m.The victim was taken to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead less than an hour later.Second Squad detectives impounded the vehicle and found no criminality.last_img

Westbury Crash Leaves Woman Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 51-year-old woman was killed when a car crossed into the opposite lane of traffic and crashed head-on into her SUV in her hometown of Westbury on Presidents’ Day.Nassau County police said a 22-year-old man was driving his BMW sedan northbound on Salisbury Park Drive when he crashed into a southbound BMW SUV driven by Maria Duarte near the corner of St. Paul’s Street at 10:35 p.m. Monday.Duarte was taken to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The man was hospitalized in serious condition.Homicide Squad detectives impounded the vehicles for safety checks and are continuing the investigation.last_img

Credit union leaders continue march on Capitol Hill

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit union leaders from throughout the country visited Washington, D.C. last week for their Hike-the-Hill visits, during which they received updates on the latest issues from CUNA and brought many of those issues to the attention of their legislators and regulators.Jared Ross, senior vice president of association services and governmental affairs for the League of Southeastern Credit Unions (LSCU), said visits to Capitol Hill help legislators put faces and names to issues affecting their constituents.“Taking credit union officials to the Hill is always important. It gives the members of Congress and their staffs the opportunity to hear about the issues from a real-life perspective as opposed to hearing talking points,” Ross told News Now. “Additionally, it gives the credit union officials a chance to see their members and shows how committed they are to the cause.”Credit unions from Florida and Alabama joined LCSU to meet with National Credit Union Administration staff, CUNA staff and their legislators during the visit. At a Sept. 16 briefing at Credit Union House, CUNA staff provided updates on the latest legislation affecting examination fairness, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau leadership and more. continue reading »last_img read more

Engage indirect borrowers in 4 simple steps

first_imgMost financial institutions see the enormous benefits that indirect lending can provide. With little impact on your front line staff, and utilizing much of the back end processes that facilitate your direct lending program, indirect lending can increase your auto loan portfolio significantly and introduce your financial institution to a new crop of borrower. However, turning that indirect borrower’s loan into a full relationship can prove challenging.How do you make sure indirect borrowers don’t view their loans with you as a “one and done” transaction? Here are four steps you can take to capture additional business from your indirect lending borrowers and make them think of your financial institution first when they need additional banking and loan products.1. Create a good first impressionPurchasing or refinancing a vehicle can be an arduous process. Borrowers are inundated with numbers and terms they may not fully understand, and usually walk away with paperwork that gets shoved in a drawer and only looked at when it’s time to refinance the vehicle or pay it off. Many times, indirect borrowers may not have a clear understanding of who their new lender is after all is said and done, so make sure your financial institution creates a welcoming start to your new relationship. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

How To Cut A Hole In Sheetrock For An Electrical Outlet With Alure Home Improvements

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sponsored Content Brought To You By Alure Home ImprovementsDo you want to add an outlet to your home but you’re worried that you might be unable to cut a hole in the wall?Fear not, because Doug Cornwell, the chief operating officer of Alure Home Improvements, shows you how easy it is to create the space you need in this recent installment of Alure Home Improvements’ “60-Second Fix: How to Cut a Hole for an Outlet in 60 Seconds.”Here, the goal is simple. He’s recently installed a new double-switch for the lights, and now he wants to add an electrical outlet nearby for the plugs. He demonstrates how to cut through the finished Sheetrock without making a big ordeal out of it so you can simply insert an electrical outlet box right into the hole.The key to this process is that the wall is already finished. The Sheetrock has been installed and painted; the underlying wall studs are covered up so you can’t access them. This distinction is important because it determines what kind of electrical box is suitable for installation.“Part one is getting the wire there,” he explains. “The other part is cutting the hole out so you can put the box in. Today I’m going to show you how to cut the box out.”Cornwell uses what is called an “old work” or “retrofit” PVC outlet box, which means that the plastic box is not intended for new construction projects.“The walls are closed,” Cornwell explains here. “They’re not open.”He holds the plastic blue box, and recommends that you make sure it’s up to code in your area, which you can do when you’re at your local hardware store.Generally, these electrical boxes come in two kinds: plastic or metal. The plastic boxes are easier for the amateur handyman to handle because they’re lighter than metal and they’re also cheaper.“First thing you want to do is determine the location of the hole,” Cornwell advises.As he shows here, you want to keep the outlet at approximately the same height as the switch for aesthetic purposes and convenience. Take the box and place it firmly against the wall with one hand so you can outline the straight edges with a pencil. Carefully mark all four sides of the box on the wall.“This way you know the area you want to cut out,” he says.You can cut the hole out in several ways. For this job, he wields a small keyhole-type Sheetrock saw, which can cost between $5 and $10. Use whatever tool you’re comfortable with, because this task is not too time-consuming and the hole is manageably small.The keyhole saw is built to penetrate the wall and enable you to perform the in-and-out sawing motion easily. Use the blade to follow along the pencil lines carefully. Try to be as exact as possible because you don’t want to leave an unnecessarily wide gap. When you come to the corner, carefully remove the blade so you don’t tear the wall surface, and then start on the other side.Once you have the little section of the wallboard almost completely cut out, make sure you hold onto the piece so it won’t fall behind the wall.Now comes the installation of the electrical box.As Cornwell points out, the plastic box has two corner screws, one for the top and one for the bottom. Tightening each screw moves a little wing-like flap attached to the back of the box and starts to draw it up until it touches the other side of the Sheetrock and locks in place. These plastic tabs are supposed to act as clamps as they flip into action but they can be rather flimsy flappers, so don’t take them for granted.“You want to go slow with this,” Cornwell says. “You don’t want to go too fast because you just want it to be snug up against the back of the wall.”Done properly, it locks up the box’s top corner and bottom corner.After you’re ready, you can place the box into the wall, line up the screws, and tighten them accordingly.“Once you see the screw start to pull further into the box, stop,” says Cornwell. “You don’t want to pull it through the Sheetrock. That’s it. It’s in.”Click here to learn more about Alure Home ImprovementsTo make sure he’s done, Cornwell prods all four sides with his fingers to make sure the electrical box won’t wiggle.See how simple that was? Thanks to Alure Home Improvements, cutting a hole in Sheetrock is as easy as 1-2-3!last_img read more

UNWTO: The next quarter is the most optimistic in ten years

first_imgAccording to the Barometer of the World Tourism Organization, a publication that tracks trends in tourism, the highest growth is recorded in the countries of Asia and the Pacific, while Europe leads as the world’s largest tourist region.The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), as a specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes responsible, sustainable and affordable tourism, currently includes 158 countries and numerous representatives in the private sector, educational institutions, tourism organizations and communities.Also, the UNWTO publishes the World Tourism Barometer six times a year, a publication that regularly monitors short-term trends in tourism to provide leading tourism “stakeholders” with relevant information and up-to-date analysis of developments within international tourism.According to the mentioned publication, in the first four months of 2018, trends within international tourism exceed expectations. Compared to the first quarter of 2017, this year the number of tourist visits in the same time period increased by 6%, which exceeded even the forecasts of the World Tourism Organization by 4 to 5% growth. Growth is led by the countries of Asia and the Pacific (8%), followed by Europe (7%), Africa (6%), the Middle East (4%) and both Americas (3%).For the second quarter of 2018, namely the period from May to August, the last panel of tourism experts organized by the UNWTO concluded that the same is the most optimistic tourist period in the last decade. Special attention was drawn to the return of Africa, the Middle East and parts of Europe, as attractive and desirable tourist destinations.From a financial point of view, revenues in the tourism industries grew by 5% in 2017 or in other words, reaching $ 1.332 billion globally, which is $ 94 billion more than in 2016. In the countries of the Middle East, revenues in 2017 increased by 13%, and in the countries of Africa and Europe, which are the strongest tourist centers after the Middle East, there was an increase of 8%. Finally, the most generous was Europe, which recorded a growth of 50 billion dollars in the tourism sector, which is a total of 512 billion dollars, or 38% of world international tourism revenues.”International tourism continues to record significant growth, and this in turn is reflected in job creation in many local markets. The growth we are witnessing reminds us that we must continue to work on capacity building so that we can develop and successfully manage tourism in a sustainable way, create smart destinations and exploit the potential of new technologies and innovations.”, Said UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili.The period from January to April represents 28% of the total annual number of arrivals and overnight stays, and they include the winter games season in the northern hemisphere, the summer season in the southern hemisphere, then the Chinese New Year and the Easter holidays. However, the UNWTO warns, the first quarter of the year for most of the countries covered by this survey represents a lull in the season or some form of pre-season and is not necessarily an indicator of a year-round trend.The aforementioned analyzes are limited solely to available data, for example for France, the United Kingdom, the United States and China, relevant information for the first quarter of 2018 is missing. Also, data are limited for certain regions of Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, Eastern and Central Europe.However, according to the available information, we can summarize that all regions covered by the Barometer have felt an increase in terms of international arrivals. In Asia and the Pacific, the most attractive are Southeast Asia with a 10% increase and South Asia with a 9% growth. Europe still remains the world’s largest tourist region, while the most attractive destinations are the areas of southern and western Europe and the Mediterranean with a growth of 8%. Despite the lack of relevant data for the US, the largest tourist region in both Americas, currently the best results are, logically, South America with 8% growth. After turbulent periods of unrest and conflict, Africa is determined to improve. The most attractive countries in Africa are in the Sub-Saharan region and recorded an increase of 6%, followed by North Africa with a growth of 4%.In the last four months, a decline in the segment of tourist visits and overnight stays has been recorded in the Caribbean, but this stagnation in performance can be attributed to last year’s hurricanes and recovery from the consequences of these devastating natural disasters.The next edition of the Barometer is scheduled for August 2018.last_img read more

The National Association of Caterers informed the National Staff about additional safety recommendations that it sent to its members

first_img“Wedding ceremonies and events are safe for the guests as well as for our employees, in compliance with all prescribed epidemiological measures. Every week, more than 300 wedding ceremonies and a large number of events are held in Croatia without any problems. Our members gathered in the catering section organize business in accordance with the recommendations, they are extremely committed to the safety of guests as well as their employees. Given the large number of entities and people employed in the industry segment dedicated to weddings and events, we support any measure that will help preserve these jobs. ”, said Marin Medak, president of the National Association of Caterers. HZJZ: Recommendations for performing food catering activities during the COVID-19 epidemic Photo: Pixels.com The Association says that today they informed the Headquarters about their proposal of additional recommendations that the members of NUU will voluntarily implement with the aim of greater security for guests and employees at wedding ceremonies and events. “Život ne može stati, a uz poštivanje propisanih mjera niti ne mora. Zajedničkim odgovornim ponašanjem – držanjem socijalne distance, dezinfekcijom i higijenom, očuvat ćemo zdravlje i živjeti bez straha”, Medak pointed out. The catering section of the National Association of Caterers takes extremely strong measures for the safety of its guests and employees, promotes responsible business and says that it is ready to implement additional measures if the competent services decide that they are needed. The National Association of Caterers supports all previous decisions of the National Civil Protection Headquarters related to private and public events and calls on all members of the Association and entities involved in the organization of such events to consistently implement measures and adhere to recommendations.last_img read more

What Jurgen Klopp said to convince Virgil van Dijk to join Liverpool over Chelsea, Arsenal and Man City

first_imgAdvertisement Comment What Jurgen Klopp said to convince Virgil van Dijk to join Liverpool over Chelsea, Arsenal and Man City Virgil van Dijk and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp told Virgil van Dijk he would become a Liverpool legend if he joined the Reds over Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City, according to Danny Murphy.A number of Premier League clubs wanted to sign Van Dijk from Southampton in 2015 but Liverpool won the race, bringing the Dutchman to Anfield in a deal worth £75million.Van Dijk has since developed into one of Liverpool’s most important players, playing a starring role for the club this season as they impress both domestically and in Europe.Murphy has credited Klopp for Liverpool signing Van Dijk, telling the Daily Mail: ‘When Virgil van Dijk signed for Liverpool, he was also wanted by Chelsea, Man City and Arsenal.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Liverpool is a wonderful club but Chelsea had won the league more recently and City win things nearly every season.‘So why did Van Dijk choose Liverpool? One reason: Jurgen Klopp. He connected with Van Dijk.‘He told him that while he would probably win things with City or Chelsea, if he managed to do so with Liverpool he would become a legend. He would be remembered forever.‘Klopp convinced Van Dijk not only that he was the manager he wanted to play under but also that Liverpool was the right club.’ Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 1 Apr 2019 12:20 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link532Shares Van Dijk helped Liverpool beat Tottenham on Sunday (Picture: Getty)Van Dijk helped Liverpool clinch a crucial 2-1 victory over Tottenham on Sunday as Klopp’s side returned to the top of the Premier League.Spurs forward Lucas Moura levelled for the visitors after Roberto Firmino’s first-half header but an injury-time own goal from Toby Alderweireld gave the hosts the three points.Speaking after the crucial win, Van Dijk said: ‘Tottenham are a very good side with great players who like to have the ball.‘We tried to put them under pressure which we did in the first half but in the second half they changed it up a bit.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘It was a bit difficult for us but in the end we got the three points and that’s all that matters.’On the Premier League title race, Van Dijk added: ‘When these moments come we never give up.‘We are going to try and win every game. It’s going to be tough but let’s enjoy it and keep going.’MORE: Mohamed Salah reveals what he told Jurgen Klopp after Liverpool beat Tottenhamlast_img read more