COVID-19 crisis highlights the need for energy security, says IEA

first_imgThe energy sector, as a key enabler of modern life, is uniquely affected by this crisis but is also critical for global and national response and recovery efforts, says International Energy Agency (IEA) Executive Director, Dr Fatih Birol. AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Governments are drawing up stimulus plans in an effort to counter the economic damage from the coronavirus. He urged that when governments respond to these interlinked crises, “they must not lose sight of a major challenge of our time: clean energy transitions”. The IEA is providing up-to-date data and rigorous analysis on the effects of the crisis, and recommendations for how governments and industry can make smart decisions that will lead to the affordable, secure and sustainable energy systems of the future. Birol adds that it demonstrates the centralrole and importance of electricity, and what policy makers need to do in orderto ensure that current and future systems remain reliable even as they aretransformed by the rise of clean energy technologies. Generation IEA’s Executive Director, Dr Fatih Birol. BRICS The IEA highlighted that a reliableelectricity supply underpins all of these services, as well as powering thedevices most people take for granted such as fridges, washing machines andlight bulbs. Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA TAGSCOVID-19energy mixHealth and safetyIEA Previous articleGlobal nuclear energy operations responding to COVID-19Next articleS.Africa: Power generation system will meet low lockdown demand Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development “The huge disruption caused by the coronavirus crisis has highlighted how much modern societies rely on electricity,” stated Birol. Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter Finance and Policy Thenovel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has created an unprecedented globalhealth and economic crisis. “These packages offer an excellentopportunity to ensure that the essential task of building a secure andsustainable energy future doesn’t get lost amid the flurry of immediatepriorities,” said Birol. Read more about:IEAEnergy mix RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Millions of people are now confined totheir homes, resorting to teleworking to do their jobs, e-commerce sites to dotheir shopping, and streaming video platforms to find entertainment. Efforts to counter COVID-19 economic damage Energy security remains a major area of attention and the crisis highlights the critical value of electricity infrastructure and know-how, underpinning the response to the coronavirus pandemic. last_img read more

Family Concerns

first_imgAIRMAN & FAMILY READINESS CENTERThe Airman & Family Readiness Center, in Building 962 at the corner of Ninth Avenue and Avenue I, serves as a focal point for assisting military members and their families, retirees and civilian employees. Core programs and services include: Personal and Family Readi- ness, Personal Financial Readiness, Transition Assistance Program, Air Force Wounded Warrior Support, Personal and Family Work Life Education, Employment Assistance, Relocation Assistance Program, Air Force Aid Society, Volunteer Resource Program, Exceptional Family Member Program — Family Support, School Liaison Officer, Casualty Assistance and Survivor Benefit Program. Plans are in the works to relocate the A&FRC, along with the Airman’s Attic, to Building 960. The A&FRC is open 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday. All services are free. Call 940-676-4358 for information and assistance.AIRMAN’S ATTICThe Airman’s Attic is in Building 962 on the corner of Ninth Avenue and Avenue I. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday. All items in the Attic are donated and are free. Donated items include clothing for the entire family, uniforms, books, toys, household items and small appliances. Furniture items are not available through the Airman’s Attic due to lack of space. Call the Attic or the Airman & Family Readiness Center at 940-676-4358.SCHOOLS ON BASETwo school districts serve the three Shep- pard housing areas. Freedom Estates children attend schools in the Burkburnett Indepen- dent School District. Kindergarten through fifth grade attend the John Tower Elemen- tary School, within walking distance. Junior and senior high school students are bused to schools in nearby Burkburnett. Children residing in Wind Creek Village housing attend schools in the Wichita Falls Independent School District. Elementary students attend Sheppard Elementary School, located in the Wind Creek Village Housing area. Other students are bused to nearby Kirby Junior High School or Hirschi High School. Children living in Heritage Heights are bused to either the Wichita Falls or Burkburnett schools depending on the specific location of their assigned housing.MADRIGAL YOUTH CENTERChildren of active-duty and retired military members, DOD and NAF employees can complete year-round programs of recre- ational, cultural, educational and social activities through the base youth programs. The center has a well-equipped gymnasium and game, computer, music, gymnastics and multipurpose rooms. Programs are for youth ages 5 to 18, with some instructional classes and sports programs. Summer and school-age care programs are available for children from kindergarten through sixth grade. These include crafts, physical fitness activities, tours, bowling, skating, swimming and outdoor fun. The center is the hub of youth sports programs, including Little League Baseball, T-ball, softball, flag football and basketball. Instructional classes include tap and ballet as well as piano. The School Age Care program recognizes the needs of working parents and their children and offers SAC as a year-round program. Youth programs offer a before- and after-school pro- gram, holiday camps, summer day camps and day camps for elementary intercession. Parents can visit the facility and meet the staff before making the decisions concerning child care. The program is open to all children in kinder- garten through sixth grades for Sheppard, Kate Haynes and John G. Tower elementary schools only. The Youth Center office is open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and is closed weekends and holidays. Hours for open recreation during the school year are 3 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 940-676-5437.EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIESThe Human Resources Office (HRO) provides management and administration of the Non-Appropriated Fund (NAF) personnel at Sheppard Air Force Base. The HRO advises and provides assistance to management in meeting personnel needs and solving personnel problems while ensuring programs and actions comply fully with the spirit and intent of laws, regulations and policies. The HRO also assists applicants seeking employment for various positions in the Force Support Squadron, inprocesses employees and maintains records for about 450 NAF employees.The 82nd Force Support Squadron is always looking for friendly, outgoing people to work in its many facilities. Positions range from rec- reation aide to Child and Youth Development assistants to food service workers, office automation clerks and waiters. We no longer accept paper applications in person. All NAF positions may be reviewed and applied for through For more information, call 940-676-6394. CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTERThe Child Development Center is equipped to care for children from 6 weeks to 5 years old. There is also an enrichment program available to preschool children ages 3 to 5 years old. Hourly care is available with reservations from ages 1 to 5 years old. There are a variety of payment options available. Normal hours are 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for children 6 months to 5 years old. For children 6 weeks to 6 months old, hours are 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The CDC is normally closed weekends and holidays; however, it is open on the third Saturday of the month for “Give Parents a Break.” For more information, call 940-676-2038.FAMILY HOME DAY CAREThe Family Child Care Program offers listings of licensed child care in base/affiliated housing units to active-duty military, DOD civilians and contractors. Services are offered for children 2 weeks to 12 years of age through our program to include: full-time, part-time, hourly/ drop-in, before- and after-school, weekend, evening, volunteer, PCS, extended duty, shift, subsidy and special needs care. Special needs care includes children with asthma, allergies, physical impairments, etc. For more information, contact the FCC office at 940-676-9023.last_img read more

Innovative 5G Backual Antenna Provides High Capacity with Long Range Transmission

first_imgRadio Frequency Systems (RFS), a global designer and manufacturer wireless and broadcast infrastructure products, has introduced a family of innovative dual-band microwave antennas.The new antennas combine an E-band antenna which gives capacity but has distance limitations, with an additional frequency band antenna. The dual-band antenna proves itself capable of delivering higher capacity over longer distances. RFS’ dual-band antennas have already been deployed by a major OEM in Eastern Europe, proving that microwave works as a viable alternative to fiber for 5G backhauling requirements in urban areas.Although fiber is generally considered to be the standard solution for 5G backhauling due to its high throughput, the capabilities demonstrated in a real-world deployment by RFS’ dual-band microwave antennas highlight the possibilities of microwave backhaul for 5G.RFS’ dual-band microwave antennas support high-capacity, low-latency 80 GHz E band transmissions as well as higher availability 15 GHz, 18 GHz or 23 GHz transmissions that can travel longer distances. With this combination, the medium-frequency band can supplement the E band with additional capacity and a longer range. As a result, mobile operators can backhaul higher volumes of 5G traffic over longer distances than they can with single-band microwave antennas and with lower latency than fiber connections.The dual-band approach also brings with it an array of additional benefits for operators when compared to using two single-band antennas that support carrier aggregation. The visual impact is reduced as a result of consolidating into a single antenna. Operators have a lower cost of ownership due to the reduction in transportation, installation, and tower leasing costs. They also benefit from easier upgrades; when operators come to replacing 2 ft single band link to a Dual Band antenna link, the identical form factor minimizes the challenges of introducing new equipment. Additionally, deployment is simplified as the initial alignment is done with Microwave frequency which means only fine-tuning alignment is required for the E band.Click here to learn more about RFS’ Dual-Band Antennas.last_img read more

The Lone Ranger: Armie Hammer and wife of 10 years Elizabeth Chambers split

first_imgEmma McIntyre/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — “Thirteen years as best friends, soulmates, partners and then parents.” That’s how Armie Hammer and his wife of 10 years, Elizabeth Chambers Hammer announced on Instagram that they’re breaking up.“It has been an incredible journey, but together, we’ve decided to turn the page and move on from our marriage,” the post continues, captioning a throwback picture of the pair. “As we enter into this next chapter, our children and relationship as co-parents and dear friends will remain our priority.”The pair have two children: five-year-old daughter Harper Grace and 3-year-old son Ford Douglas Armand. The family had been staying in the Cayman Islands, after a planned vacation turned into an extended stay because of the COVID-19 travel restrictions.By Stephen IervolinoCopyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Eng open Allardyce era with Slovakia reunion

first_img0Shares0000England football manager Sam Allardyce takes part in a press conference at St George’s Park, near Burton-on-Trent, central England © AFP/File / Oli ScarffTRNAVA, Slovakia, Sep 3 – Sam Allardyce’s tenure as England manager begins on Sunday when his side launch their bid to reach the 2018 World Cup against former Euro 2016 foes Slovakia in Trnava.Allardyce, 61, was handed the role he had long coveted after Roy Hodgson stepped down in the immediate aftermath of England’s humiliating Euro 2016 elimination by Iceland. It was England’s most dismal loss since a 1-0 defeat by the part-timers of the United States at the 1950 World Cup, but Allardyce believes the experience will make his young team stronger.“For me it is about going out and the players showing not just how passionate they are, but how skilful they are at international level,” he told reporters this week.“We were the youngest squad at the Euros and I think the experience they have gained in that tournament — some of them for the first time — will give them a better determination and next time round they will be much better.”England would not have encountered Iceland in France had it not been for a frustrating 0-0 draw against Slovakia in Saint-Etienne in their final group game.Hodgson received a torrent of criticism after making six changes for the match, in which England failed to score despite dominating proceedings.Several players who lined up in England red at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard on June 20 have seen their statuses change significantly in the two months and two weeks since.Goalkeeper Joe Hart is now on loan at Torino after being frozen out by Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.He at least got a place in Allardyce’s first squad, unlike Everton’s Ross Barkley and new Bournemouth loanee Jack Wilshere, both of whom were overlooked.Chris Smalling, an ever-present at centre-back throughout the Euro, is not currently getting in Manchester United’s team and Daniel Sturridge has had to get used to a watching brief at Liverpool.Ryan Bertrand, the left-back in Saint-Etienne, is injured and 18-year-old sensation Marcus Rashford has dropped to the Under-21s after seeing his place taken by Zlatan Ibrahimovic at United.– Rooney record –But Raheem Sterling, lambasted for his performances in France, is in the form of his life at Manchester City and, like his new club-mate John Stones, is a strong contender for a starting role.West Ham United midfielder Michail Antonio, meanwhile, could win his first cap.England’s Wayne Rooney (L) and Harry Kane (R) take part in a training session at St George’s Park near Burton-Upon-Trent in central England ahead of their World Cup 2018 qualifier football match against Slovakia © AFP/File / Anthony DevlinCaptain Wayne Rooney is to be used in the number 10 role, having laboured in midfield at the Euro, and has vowed that this qualifying campaign will be his last.Already his country’s record goal-scorer, Rooney will earn his 116th cap at Trnava’s Stadion Antona Malatinskeho, taking him past David Beckham as England’s most capped outfield player.Slovakia coach Jan Kozak, whose side fell to Germany in the last 16 at the Euro, has also made adjustments to his squad.Goalkeeper Jan Mucha and winger Miroslav Stoch missed the cut, the latter after falling out with Kozak, Stanislav Sestak has retired from international football and several players are injured.Kozak has called up two uncapped players in MSK Zilina winger Jakub Holubek and Dukla Prague holding midfielder Jakub Povazanec.Slovakia’s defender Martin Skrtel arrives for a press conference as part of the Euro 2016 football tournament in Vichy, central France, on June 23, 2016 © AFP/File / Joe KlamarBut the core of his starting XI is likely to remain unchanged, built around Fenerbahce centre-back Martin Skrtel, AC Milan midfielder Juraj Kucka and Napoli playmaker Marek Hamsik.“There were a lot of players in their thirties in the squad, so there is a generation problem awaiting us in the future,” said Kozak.“Since the Euro there has not been a lot of time for experimenting (with new players), because there is immediately a big start against England.”As in Euro 2016 qualifying, when they won 2-0 at Switzerland in their opening game, England are beginning a qualification campaign with what appears to be their most difficult fixture.With only the top team guaranteed to qualify from Group F, which also features Slovenia, Lithuania, Malta and old enemies Scotland, Allardyce can ill afford a false start.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Woman arrested at LPIA for drug possession

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 14, 2017 – Nassau – A 22 – year old Bahamian woman was taken into custody after she was found in possession of a quantity of dangerous drugs at the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) on Wednesday 13th September 2017.According to reports, around 6:30am, the was woman traveling to the United States, when U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials detained her at the United States Pre- Clearance Departure Lounge at LPIA, after they uncovered two packages containing just over two pounds of cocaine concealed in a short pants underneath her dress.   The woman was handed over to the police and is expected to appear in court later this week to be formally charged.POLICE ARE APPEALING TO THE PUBLIC TO SHARE INFORMATION ON ANY ILLEGAL/SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITIES IN THEIR COMMUNITIES, NO MATTER HOW SMALL OR INSIGNIFICANT (THE TIP) MAY SEEM, MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE URGED TO ANONYMOUSLY CONTACT THE POLICE AT 919 OR CRIME STOPPERS AT 328-TIPS (8477) (NEW PROVIDENCE) OR 1-242-300-8476 (FAMILY ISLANDS)WEEKLY PREVENTION CRIME TIP IF YOU SEE OR SUSPECT A CRIME IS BEING COMMITTED; PAY PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO THE FEATURES OF THE OFFENDER/S AND ANY VEHICLES INVOLVED.Please visit the Royal Bahamas Police Force Website at or facebook page at or follow Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade on Twitter, for Latest News, Daily Crime Reports and additional Crime Prevention Tips.Press Release: RBPF Related Items:last_img read more

President Withdraws Nominee for DOD Energy Installations Post

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR President Obama on Monday withdrew the nomination of Vice Adm. Philip Cullom to be assistant secretary of defense (ASD) for energy, installations and the environment.Obama nominated Cullom, who has served as deputy chief of naval operations for fleet readiness and logistics since March 2012, in November to take over the Pentagon’s energy and installations office on a permanent basis.A senior administration official said Cullom’s nomination was withdrawn for personal reasons but offered no other details, reported Politico.John Conger had been the acting ASD for energy, installations and environment since the office was created in December 2014 until last month when the Senate confirmed his nomination to be the principal deputy to the Pentagon comptroller. Conger previously served as acting deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment since September 2012.Peter Potochney, who had been Conger’s principal deputy, is leading the energy and installations office on an interim basis.last_img read more