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Study shows renewables cheaper than fossil fuels across Middle East, North Africa region

first_imgStudy shows renewables cheaper than fossil fuels across Middle East, North Africa region FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:Abandoning fossil fuels for electricity generation by 2030 would save money for countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), according to new research into renewable energy in the area.A feasibility study of 100 percent renewable electricity systems across MENA found that relinquishing fossil fuels in favor of generation based mainly on solar and wind could help cut costs by between 55 percent and 69 percent compared to a business-as-usual scenario. The study, published last month in Energy Strategy Reviews, is believed to be the first to look at how renewable energy generation might meet hourly loads across MENA.The study looks at several scenarios, including establishing fully renewable electricity grids independently in most MENA countries, or having the whole area interconnected by high voltage DC transmission links. A third scenario looks at the effect of adding loads from seawater desalination and the industrial gas sector onto a MENA-wide interconnected electricity system.The researchers estimated the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) arising from fully renewable electricity systems would vary between €40.30 and €52.80 ($43.53 and $57.04) per megawatt-hour, depending on the scenario. The estimated business-as-usual LCOE is €118.60 per megawatt-hour, and that’s without including the cost of greenhouse gas emissions.Unsurprisingly, the most expensive scenario was the one without interconnections between countries. Evening out supply and demand with a MENA-wide transmission network would cut LCOE from €52.80 down to €48.30 ($52.16) per megawatt-hour, the study found.Importantly, though, the research also showed that coupling the desalination and industrial gas sectors to renewable energy generation could cut LCOE even further, reducing it by 17 percent compared to simply having an interconnected grid. The integration would be achieved using power-to-gas technology, with 90 percent of electrical energy generation coming from onshore wind and large-scale PV.[Jason Deign]More: Study: Middle Eastern countries would save money by ditching fossil fuels in power mixlast_img read more

NFF’s General Assembly Approves N6.38bn For 2018, Commends Stakeholders For Nigeria’s Qualification For Russia…

first_imgThe Annual General Assembly (AGA) of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has approved the whooping sum of N6.38bn as the football body’s total budget for 2018.This was part of the communique reached during the General Assembly which took place earlier on Thursday in the Plateau State capital of Jos.The AGA also congratulated the various stakeholders for the tremendous effort deposited to ensure that the Super Eagles of Nigeria became the first African country to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia next summer.The communique from the meeting is as follows:1)      General Assembly expressed heartfelt appreciation to the Federal Government of Nigeria, the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, the National Assembly, various football stakeholders as well as players and officials of the Senior National Football, Super Eagles, for their tremendous efforts in ensuring Nigeria’s qualification for the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup Finals.2)      Congress commended the NFF Executive Committee and Management for their prudence and accountability following positive comments and high recommendations from auditors, PricewaterhouseCoopers on the NFF Financial Statement for the year ended 31st December, 2016. It praised the patience and diligence of the Executive Committee and NFF Secretariat in working assiduously with PWC over the past three years to eliminate areas of concern in financial records, and advised the Executive Committee to build on the positives.3)      The General Assembly approved the NFF Financial Statement for the year 2016 and the 2018 Budget as proposed. The Federation’s total budget for year 2018 activities is the sum of N6,382,500,310.00. The guaranteed revenues from sponsors and government subvention is the sum of N3,062,500,310.00, leaving a shortfall of the sum of N3,320,000,000.00, which the Federation has to work to augment through sponsorships and special interventions.4)      The Congress appreciated the Leadership and Sports Committees of the National Assembly for the Stage at which the NFF Bill is presently, and approved that an Extra-Ordinary General Assembly be convened once the Bill is fully harmonised in order to streamline the NFF Statutes along the lines of the new Bill.5)      Congress adopted motion to the effect that future Elective Congresses be moved away from the FIFA World Cup year. This is to guarantee stability in the system to prepare the National Team for credible participation at the finals, and to avoid the distractions and crises usually associated with the World Cup year.6) General Assembly approved the venue and date of the next NFF Elective Congress. Venue is Katsina and the date is 30th September, 2018. However, this approval is subject to any amendments to the Statutes in view of the coming NFF Bill.7)      The Congress composed new NFF Electoral and NFF Electoral Appeal Committees thus:Electoral Committee: Barr. Mohammed Sani Katu; Mr. Sani Salawu; Barr. S.C.A. Umeha; Barr. Olusola Oke; Mr. Mohammed Manzo; Dr. Mohammed Sanusi (Secretary). Standby: Hon. Isong Isang; Barr. Mohammed Aliyu Sambo.Electoral Appeal Committee: Barr. A. U. Mustapha; Mr. Mojeed Adegbindin; Barr. Gbwen Alex Gbejule; Secretary to be provided by NFF Secretariat. Standby: Sir Emma Ochiagha; Barr. Mohammed Zanna Mala.8)      In consideration and appreciation of the numerous on-field (including Nigeria’s qualification for the 2018 World Cup finals with a match to spare) and off-field (including but not limited to numerous sponsorship agreements secured and high reckoning for Nigeria in global football administration) achievements, the General Assembly passed a vote of confidence on the NFF Executive Committee led by Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick.RelatedNFF Unveils 2017 Annual General Assembly DateSeptember 28, 2017In “Nigeria”NFF Budget N7.5 Billion For 2020December 18, 2019In “NFF”Salisu Yusuf Returns As NFF Lauds National Teams Qualifying StreakSeptember 12, 2019In “National Team”last_img read more

Palmer Jr back in charge

first_imgPaul Palmer Jr will lead the Jamaica Scorpions four-day team for the final two matches of the WICB Professional League.The 24-year-old opener was dropped during the Scorpions? last two matches against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force and Barbados Pride at Sabina Park following a poor run of form with the bat.No official reason has been given for Palmer?s return. In his absence, the team was led by John Campbell, who is now the vice-captain. In 12 outings this season, Palmer has only passed 50 on one occasion.The recalled skipper is one of three new faces to the Scorpions 13-man squad for matches away to the Windward Islands Volcanoes and title-contenders Guyana Jaguars.The others are Jermaine Blackwood, who missed the last fixture against Barbados due to a minor shoulder injury, and uncapped wicketkeeper Aldaine Thomas.REPLACEMENTSThe trio has replaced young batsmen Brandon King; Trevon Griffith, who was 12th man in the last match; and wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton.Jamaica, boasting a record of five losses and three wins, are fourth in the six-team tournament on 63 points.Guyana, 125, lead the standings, with Barbados, 106, and Trinidad, 74, rounding off the top three.Jamaica Scorpions squad: Paul Palmer Jr (captain), John Campbell (vice-captain), Shacaya Thomas, Kirk Edwards, André McCarthy, Devon Thomas, Jermaine Blackwood, Aldaine Thomas, Nikita Miller, Damion Jacobs, Jason Dawes, Nicholson Gordon, Gavon Brown.last_img read more


first_imgThe annual Bord na nOg presentations will take place on Sunday 27th January at 4pm in the clubhouse at the Banks. This is an evening where we acknowledge the achievements and efforts of our underage players over the past year from under 8s to minor level. The presentations will be conducted by a member of the Donegal senior football team as well as members of CLG Naomh Mhuire senior team. We look forward to welcoming a large crowd to show support and appreciation for our underage players, the future of the club.There will be a Bord na nOg meeting in the clubhouse from 8pm – 9pm on Friday evening. All coaches are asked to attend.A new Naomh Mhuire Bord na nOg facebook page has been created and will be used to provide information to the underage teams and coaches. Please check it out. The under 8s and under 10s resume training this Saturday in the Sportshall at the RCS. Training will be outdoors if the weather is good enough so come prepared for indoor/outdoor session. The under 8s will train from 11am – 12pm with the under 10s training from 12pm – 1pm. Under 8s training is for children born in 2004, 2005 and 2006. Under 10 training is for children born in 2002 and 2003.Under 12 training continues every Tuesday at the RCS from 7pm – 8pm. This is for children born in 2000 and 2001.The Club’s Annual Dinner Dance took place on last in Caisleain Oir, Annagry. Congratulations to all the award winners in a great year for the club on so many levels. For the first time a Hall of fame was introduced this year and it would be hard to argue that the first two into the Hall of Fame – Tony Doherty and Seamus Rodgers – true legends. Well done to Donald Sharkey on receiving Clubperson of the Year. Player awards were as follows: Senior Player of Year – Padraig McCafferty, Young Senior Player – Adi O’Gara, Reserve Player of Year – BP Boyle and Young Reserve Player of Year – Chris Devlin. Ladies Player of Year – Mide Ni Bhaoill and Young Ladies Player – Jade O’Donnell.Scór Sinsear is coming up now in a few weeks. Anyone interested in representing the club, please make contact with Seamus Mac Ruairí. Peil na mBan indoor Training starts for u14/u16 and ladies in Ashlainn Rann na Feirste started on Wed 25th at 7.30 to 8.30 and each week. New season ahead so everyone need to get training and be ready for the challenges ahead.The Healthy Living program is going very well. Every Wednesday at 7pm at the Mullaghderg Banks.Lotto details for week 18th January. Jackpot 860 euro. No jackpot winner. There were three match 3 winners – Phil Ward – Beal na Cruite, Donnacha O’Duibheannaigh – Rann na Feirste agus Caiomhe Boyle – Mullach Dearg. Numbers were 611-18-21.Check out our club website GAA NOTES: NAOMH MHUIRE was last modified: January 24th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:NAOMH MHUIRE GAA NOTESlast_img read more