Coal-dependent Serbia moves ahead with new wind farms

first_imgCoal-dependent Serbia moves ahead with new wind farms FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:The Green for Growth Fund (GGF) said on Tuesday it would provide 32 million euros ($37.44 million) financing for Serbia’s first large-scale wind farms, to help the Balkan country diversify its energy mix and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.GGF, founded by the European Investment Bank (EIB) and German state bank KfWas a public private partnership, is a specialized fund for advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy in East and South Europe, including Turkey, as well as in the Middle East and North Africa. The fund said it would provide 18.35 million euros for the 158 megawatt (MW) Cibuk wind farm, Serbia’s biggest, which will be built 50 kilometers (31 miles) northeast of Belgrade.The wind farm is being developed by Vetroelektrane Balkana, owned by Tesla Wind, a joint venture between an Abu Dhabi-based renewable energy developer Masdar and Cibuk Wind Holding, a branch of the U.S.-based wind energy developer Continental Wind Partners. It will comprise 57 turbines supplied by General Electric with a capacity to supply 113,000 households.GGF said it would also support the 42 MW Alibunar wind farm with 13.5 million euros of financing through an IFC loan. The Alibunar wind farm, which will have 21 wind turbines provided by German wind turbine manufacturer Senvion, is being developed by Elicio NV, a Belgian renewable energy firm, near the town of Alibunar in northeastern Serbia.The plants are the first of a number to be developed in the next few years in Serbia, which produces 70 percent of its energy from coal and the rest from hydropower and aims to generate 27 percent of its energy consumption from renewables by 2020.More: GGF to provide $37.4 million for Serbia’s first wind farmslast_img read more

Men’s basketball: Happ’s 32 points salvage Badgers at Madison Square Garden

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team returned to Madison after an overtime thriller Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York, where the Badgers overcame improbable Rutgers University in a defensive showdown.Head coach Greg Gard acknowledged the offensive woes, but was also proud of the way his team kept playing loose and confident throughout the entire game.Wisconsin scored fewer points than minutes expired through the first 36 minutes of play, and with 3:22 on the clock the Badgers faced a seemingly insurmountable nine-point deficit (41-32).Women’s hockey: Badgers set NCAA attendance record at Kohl Center amid three-game homesteadWisconsin routed Minnesota State University, Mankato to cap off a three-week homestead that featured an NCAA record-setting attendance for a women’s Read…The Badgers trailed for most of the second half until a bucket by sophomore forward Ethan Happ tied the game 45-45 with less than three seconds on the clock to force overtime.“We struggled to score and put the ball in the basket,” Gard said. “[The players] did a good job of staying loose.”The Badgers had one of their worst three-point shooting games of the season against the Scarlet Knights, but Gard offered up some of his best jokes as evidence of how he kept the players loose and upbeat during the rough offensive performance.“Why did the cookie go to the hospital?” Gard joked. “He was feeling crummy.”Jokes like this one and relentless effort from senior leader Zak Showalter helped the Badgers stay and do just enough to force an overtime period. Gard complimented Zak Showalter for his efforts throughout the game.“It was the energy and toughness plays,” Gard said. “[Showalter] contributes in a lot of ways.”With the rebound momentum from Saturday’s win at Madison Square Garden, the Badgers travel to Champaign to take on the University of Illinois. The Fighting Illini have proven to be much better at home than away this year, presenting a tough challenge for a Badger team trying to stay tied atop the Big Ten standings.“They are a much more potent team, for whatever reason, at home,” Gard said.Hayes: Biegel, Clement could use 2017 Reese’s Senior Bowl to climb NFL draft boardsWhile their careers on the field for Wisconsin may be over, Badger seniors Corey Clement and Vince Biegel have one Read…Gard was also asked about the release of the first four seeds from every region on Feb. 11 and seemed to reflect the attitude many have had since the early projections were announced.“We play two to three times a week, it could change tomorrow,” Gard said. “In terms of our approach, it does not change.”The newly crowned No. 10 Badgers will attempt to continue their ascent up the polls Tuesday night with an 8 p.m. tip at Illinois.last_img read more

Andy Ruiz Jr. wants Anthony Joshua rematch in U.S. or Mexico

first_imgRegardless of where the rematch will be held, it is expected to take place sometime later this year in November or December. The rematch between Andy Ruiz Jr. and Anthony Joshua was almost a given after their electrifying fight in June.However, there seems to be some dissagreement amidst negotiations as to where the rematch will take place. MORE: Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearTMZ Sports caught up with Ruiz Jr. on Thursday and asked the current WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO champ about where he thinks the rematch should occur.”I want the rematch to be in Mexico or New York City,” Ruiz Jr. told TMZ Sports, “Vegas or here at the Staples Center [in Los Angeles].”Ruiz Jr. also said if Joshua won’t agree to those terms that “it doesn’t matter; I’m the champion.”Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing confirmed the stalemate in negotiations while speaking to ESPN on Wednesday.”We had a few late approaches (from other sites) that delayed things,” Hearn told ESPN. “Expect to decide this weekend. Still, U.K. and U.S. (are the) favorites.”last_img read more

American Philanthropist Pleads for Socio-economic Inclusion

first_imgAn American philanthropist and university lecturer has asserted that for any country to carry on a speedy development will require inclusion of every citizen in the socio-economic process.Dr. James Simon made the observation when he was honored by students of the University of Liberia (UL) for his intervention in their academic sojourn.He said people must not learn to envy others when they excel in the society, and those excelling should also take into consideration that they alone cannot make the society better without the involvement of all.He pointed out some of the socio-economic benefits as better and quality education, vocational training, safe environment, job opportunities amongst others.He said when people excel, they must also look back at others, who lag behind to create the corridor that will allow them go through to become productive and be part of the economy.“Without conscience of looking back to get others be part of the socio-economic program of a country, that country is doomed to chaos as there will arise more deviants,” Dr. Simon told the students.He said it was with such an idea that he and other Liberians in the United States rallied around to gather medical materials to bring to the UL during the Ebola crisis and still working on other programs that will help to bring in many other educational materials for the university.He asserted that socio-economic inclusion helps to unite people to take collective approach to national development, and failure to do also yields division thus causing people to consider the welfare of a country to be for only a particular group.He then expressed gratitude to the students for the honor bestowed upon him, adding, “I am more delighted that Liberian students can recognize me for contributing to humanity to make me feel identified with Africans in a well designed gown.”UL Student leader Daniel T. Woart, in a brief interview about the honor, said they saw it expedient to show their gratitude because Dr. Simon’s contributions have impacted lives of many students at the university.He said Dr. Simon has initiated programs that have enabled Liberians to travel to the United States to earn their graduate and post graduate degrees, while others are looking up to the day that they too will benefit from the same gesture.Dr. Simon is a professor at the Department of Plant Biology and Plant Pathology as well as Director of New Use Agriculture and Natural Plant Products Program at the Rutgers University School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.In direct connection, he serves as chairperson on Rutgers University Committee on strengthening university linkages with the University of Liberia.He is on UL and Cuttington University (CU) students’ records for personally initiating mobilization of philanthropists to donate medical supplies to both universities during the Ebola crisis.He currently works with Liberian students under the Excellence in Higher Education for Liberian Development (EHELD) program at the Rutgers University to ensure their success.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more