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first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Algeria plans to issue several tenders for renewable energy projects this year as it seeks to meet growing demand for electricity and save gas for export, an official said on Monday.The OPEC oil producing member hopes to build solar plants to produce 22,000 megawatts (MW), or 27 percent of its electricity needs, by 2030, up from about 350 MW now.Algeria will soon invite bids from national and foreign firms to set up a solar plant with a capacity of 150 MW, a senior official at the energy ministry said. “We are (also) planning tenders to produce 2,000 megawatts before the end of 2020,” he added, without giving more details.Turning to solar power is part of a drive to guarantee cheap retail energy prices. The authorities are keen to avoid social unrest, and face sporadic protests in some areas over a lack of electricity and gas supplies.Algeria is currently using gas to generate 98 percent of its power output of 19,000 MW.Increasing or maintaining the level of gas and oil exports is a top priority for the country as the two energy products make up 60 percent of the budget and 94 percent of total sales abroad.More: Algeria plans solar energy tenders to tackle rising electricity needs Algeria looks to expand solar generation capacitylast_img read more


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The Queens Museum looked like CBGB’s as thousands of people in leather and denim packed the main floor on Sunday to celebrate the Ramones, the legendary punk band from Forest Hills whose original, hard-hitting music remains as vibrant today as it was 40 years ago when their legendary first album was released on April 10, 1976.The occasion was the opening of “Hey! Ho! Let’s Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk,” an exhibit of signed guitars, battered Marshall amps, original albums, rare photos and an array of memorabilia lovingly organized by the Queens Museum and the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles, in collaboration with Ramones Productions, Inc., JAM Inc. and Silent Partner Management, with production support by Pace Gallery. It’s co-curated by Queens Museum guest curator Marc H. Miller and Bob Santelli, executive director of the GRAMMY Museum.The project has been years in the making, explained Miller, whose last show at the museum was dedicated to Louis Armstrong, who also resided in Queens.“In the end it all came together,” Miller told the Press as he gazed at the crowd waiting to get into the special galleries, culminating in a 60-minute film of the band’s ’77 London concert. “I got the opportunity to do the show I wanted here.”He selected the objects and picked their spots.“Curating is about rejecting stuff as much as it is about what you’re putting in,” Miller said. “With the Ramones, there were a gazillion photographers, and everybody has their favorite photograph so the trick is not to get seduced by a photograph that only stands by itself. I always like having little stories within the exhibition.”This exhibit runs at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens until July 31, when everything is packed up and moved to L.A., where it will be on display from Sept. 16, 2016 through March 2017. Visitors to the Queens show can take away a great map of the Ramones’ New York City, drawn by John Holstrom, that shows their roots as well as important landmarks in their life. On the flip side is an illustrated account of their career and lasting influence.Over the years the band’s mantra “Hey Ho, Let’s Go!” could be heard blaring over the sound system in nearby Shea Stadium and later at Citi Field when the Mets—or their fans—needed a lift. But the refrain wouldn’t last long, depending on the action on the field. Here at the Queens Museum, the cultural contribution of Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee and Tommy get their full due with a tribute that honors them for their legacy and influence. Talk about New York values, what other band embodies it better than the Ramones?Their self-titled debut album, recorded at Plaza Sound Studios on the 7th floor of Radio City Music Hall, introduced the world to the uncompromising music known as punk. Recorded in three days for a total cost of $6,400, the first album raced through 14 songs in 29 minutes. Despite its seminal influence, it actually took years until it went gold, in part because at the time of its release rock radio stations did not know how to handle its ground-breaking, genre-defying style.But the Ramones found a receptive audience—and they never looked back.As the exhibit’s brochure relates, the Ramones’ “minimalist tunes, slapstick lyrics, buzzsaw guitars, and blitzkrieg tempo became the wellspring for a new music and culture.” Their music “lifted listeners out of the bleak world described in its lyrics, providing anthems for a worldwide fellowship of the disaffected.”It was the time of New York City’s bankruptcy, high crime and graffiti-covered subway cars, when tenement buildings were crumbling and people were scrambling in the shadows just to get by.None of the original band survives: Joey died from lymphoma in 2001, Dee Dee overdosed in 2002, Johnny succumbed to prostate cancer in 2004 and Tommy fell to bile duct cancer in 2014. But their presence was on full display Sunday in Queens. How they’d react to all the attention is hard to say. No doubt they’d smirk.“I don’t even know who the Ramones are!” admitted a woman who was standing near the stage where a live band was performing “The KKK Took My Baby Away” in the main hall. She’d come to the museum because WNYC had said on its broadcast that “it was the top thing to do in Queens!”On hand for the opening was Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, who was very pleased with the turnout. Outside the museum the parking lots were full and more cars were parked over the curb and on the grass. Asked what her favorite Ramones song was, Katz thought for a moment and picked two: “I Wanna Be Sedated” and “Pinhead,” which is memorable for its refrain, “Gabba gabba hey!”Nearby in the lobby entrance stood Monte A. Melnick, the band’s tour manager, who also helped compile the show’s collection. He was pumped up by the size of the crowd, which vindicated all the time and effort the organizers had devoted to making the show possible.As Tommy Ramone, the drummer, put it in the band’s first press release, “The Ramones all originate from Forest Hills, and kids who grew up there either became musicians, degenerates or dentists. The Ramones are a little of each.”“Hey! Ho! Lets’ Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk” runs until July 31 at the Queens Museum, at the Flushing Meadows Corona Park [exit 9P heading west off the Grand Central], 718-592-9700.Queens Museum guest-curator Marc Miller holds the Ramones map at the opening of the exhibit on the legendary punk band.last_img read more


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first_imgMore Chinese buyers are predicted to invest in Brisbane this year because of the US trade war and the appeal to study here.CASHED-UP Chinese buyers are set to bombard the Brisbane property market this year on the back of a trade war with the US and an influx of Asian students.Foreign families have been flocking to buy homes — predominantly in the city’s west and south — to accommodate the unprecedented number of children studying in Queensland on international student visas.Ahead of the Chinese New Year officially starting next week, buyers have been in the market for big homes close to good schools in suburbs like Indooroopilly and South Brisbane. The US trade war with China could deter Chinese investment in the country. Photo: Fred Dufour/AFP.Ms Law said Chinese buying in Brisbane was partly driven by families whose children were studying in the city and wanted to house them in a property they themselves owned. “Many of the buyers we work with hope to defray or actually make a profit on their student housing costs,” she said.“They buy a residence and rent out an extra bedroom to another student as a roommate. “If the combination of that income and possible capital gains is high enough, the student could complete his or her studies having paid a net of zero for their housing.“This year, we expect Chinese buyers to continue to focus their demand on new apartments and house and land packages. “Compared to Sydney, Brisbane is more affordable and its foreign buyer stamp duty is one point lower, at 7 per cent versus 8 per cent.”A Chinese buyer recently set a building record by paying $4.5 million for a second-hand apartment in the luxury Abian development in Brisbane’s CBD.“This is just one of many examples that show Chinese buyers are still important,” Ms Law said. US President Donald Trump, left, and China’s President Xi Jinping. Photo: AP/Saul Loeb.New figures from Chinese property portal Juwai.com reveal more than 33,000 mainland Chinese and Hong Kong students were studying in Queensland in 2018 — up from about 21,000 in 2015. That’s a 57 per cent increase in just four years. Real estate agents have revealed so-called tiger parents from Asia are willing to spend big for homes near the best schools and universities to ensure the success of their child — up to $100,000 more in some cases.The most popular Queensland suburbs among Chinese buyers in 2018 were St Lucia, Indooroopilly, South Brisbane and Sunnybank, according to realestate.com.au.Juwai.com chief executive Carrie Law said Chinese buying in Brisbane this year would be supported by strong growth in Chinese wealth, the appeal of Brisbane’s solid market, a lack of other investment opportunities and a possible shift in investment from the US due to the trade war. And the number of Chinese buyers looking to the sunshine state is set to grow as investors become increasingly nervous about buying real estate in America. Chinese couple Sonia Zhuang and Pedro Tan have just purchased their first home in Calamvale. Picture: AAP/David.The young couple from China have lived in Brisbane for nine years, but this is the first home they have bought together.“The first time we went to the house, we didn’t think we could have it because we thought it was worth a lot more than what we actually paid because the house is so well kept,” Mr Tan said. “The owner apparently had some very expensive taste.” Mr Tan said they wanted to live in Calamvale because it was “quiet and peaceful” and “relatively convenient and affordable compared to Sunnybank and those areas”.“Our parents are overseas, but are probably going to come and visit once or twice a year, so it’s also going to be a comfy home for them to come visit.”Selling agent Simon Au of RE/MAX Masters said properties in the suburbs of Calamvale, Parkinson and Sunnybank Hills were popular among Chinese buyers as they had lots of family-sized, brick and tile homes.“The Chinese market is a huge market, and Chinese buyers like to purchase and keep multiple properties — many of them will buy and keep for years and not sell them,” Mr Au said. “I believe there will be more and more Chinese buyers in the future, as the Chinese see great potential in the Brisbane market, especially the southside areas in and around Sunnybank.”TOP BRISBANE SUBURBS FOR CHINESE BUYERS1. St Lucia2. Indooroopilly3. South Brisbane4. Sunnybank5. Cairns6. Benowa7. Carindale8. Toowong9. Southport10. Calamvale(Source: Realestate.com.au, based on online property searches in 2018)WHAT CHINESE BUYERS WANT*Convenient location*Low maintenance*Small yard*New house*Close to schools Juwai.com chief executive Carrie Law.Ms Law said the trade war was making some Chinese investors increasingly nervous about buying real estate in the US.“Some of those investors may turn to Brisbane, the Gold Coast, and other parts of Queensland as a natural alternative,” Ms Law said.“Chinese students who turn away from US schools and universities may choose Queensland instead. “Since a lot of the Chinese real estate buying in Queensland is related to housing students, that would have big spill-over effects on local real estate investment. “The trade war could mean more Chinese investment for Brisbane.” The view from apartment 3501/140 Alice St, Brisbane City, which sold for $4.5m. Picture supplied.Simon Caulfield of Place Estate Agents – Kangaroo Point, who negotiated the sale of the property at 3501/140 Alice Street, said the buyers had seen value in the Brisbane market, having purchased rural properties and a coastal asset as well as the apartment.“Because they travel a lot, they love the concierge and privacy (Abian offers),” Mr Caulfield said.“Everything is at their doorstep being in the CBD, including their son being able to get to school easily at Churchie.”Robin Yu, principal of RE/MAX Masters- Coopers Plains, said the percentage of local buyers who were born in China had increased in the past five years. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours ago“That’s as opposed to locally born Australians of Chinese descent,” Mr Yu said. “Today, more often than not, they are Chinese born.”Mr Yu said Chinese buyers purchasing for their children wanted property that met a certain criteria, including a convenient location, close to schools and close to the Asian community around Sunnybank. He said they tended to like new houses with small yards.“They have to travel a lot, so they want it to be easy to maintain,” he said. “They also don’t have much experience with gardens.”Pedro Tan, 30, and his fiancee, Sonia Zhuang, 29, have just bought a four-bedroom, brick and tile family home in Calamvale for $695,000.last_img read more


first_img April 27, 2007Box Score FLORENCE, Ala. – Stephanie Glienke limited West Florida to two hits as North Alabama recorded a 1-0 win on Friday at Cox Creek Park. North Alabama (32-17, 11-8 GSC) earned a split of the make-up double header, while West Florida (30-23, 10-10 GSC) was involved in a 1-0 game for the third time in the last five games.Glienke retired first nine Argonaut hitters and struck out five consecutive batters at one point. West Florida’s only two hits were a fourth inning single by Ashlee Simpson (Decatur, Ala./Jefferson State CC) and a Valerie Staub (East Brunswick, N.J./Wallace-Dothan CC) seventh inning single.Emily Burge was able to turn back two North Alabama scoring opportunities in the game. The Lions put two runners on base with one out in the first and third innings, but did not score.North Alabama scored the only run of the game in the top of the fourth inning. Maggi Eades singled to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a passed ball. After a sacrifice bunt moved Eades to third with one out, Burge struck out Emily Beckwith. But Allie Pridmore delivered a two out, RBI double to right center to give North Alabama the lead.In the bottom of the seventh inning, Taren Walton (Pensacola, Fla./Daytona Beach CC) was robbed of a lead off single by a diving catch by Pridmore at second base. West Florida brought the winning run to the plate, but Julie Carroll (Calgary, Alberta, Canada/Liberty Univ.) grounded out to end the game.Glienke (12-5) struck out nine and only walked one in earning the complete game win. Burge (13-13) suffered the loss after allowing one run on seven hits. She finished with two walks and seven strikeouts.With West Georgia splitting a double header on Friday at West Alabama, West Florida must win at least two of their final four games to tie for the fourth and final Gulf South Conference Tournament seed for next week’s conference tournament. West Florida will finish their four-game series at North Alabama on Saturday. First pitch of the double header is set for 1 p.m. CST. The games will be broadcast on Stretch Internet and “live stats” will be available on www.goargos.comPrint Friendly Version Glienke Shuts Down Argonauts Sharelast_img read more


first_imgRelatedPosts Watford appoint new head coach EPL: Watford battle Gunners for survival Premier League: Our survival in our own hands — Coach Watford striker, Isaac Success, has vowed to return to top form in the Premier League. In an interview for the club website following his Under 23 appearance, he said he was having to wait for his chances and that the Professional Development League game was an opportunity for him to express himself. “I have been training really hard, waiting for my chances,” he said. “Hopefully now I can get more minutes. The gaffer understands my situation and he’s just trying to look after the players and make sure they are ready when their chances come. I was happy to be part of the Under-23 game. “It was a good game, good having 90 minutes and I enjoyed it. The attitude was good from everyone, I improved my fitness levels and I enjoyed myself. It was good to express myself. It was important to keep the same attitude as if it was a first-team game. “If I didn’t take responsibility, it wouldn’t be right, me being on the pitch. They were looking up to me and I tried to help them during the game. I tried my best with the talking and helping the team.” Meanwhile, the future of Success remains uncertain as the January transfer window enters its final day. Interest from several clubs including Anderlecht, Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town has as of yet not resulted in the player finding a move away, with the Hornets making him available on loan for the rest of the campaign.Tags: Isaac SuccessProfessional Development LeagueWatfordlast_img read more


first_imgRelatedPosts Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi Messi scores twice in Barca friendly Messi becomes football’s second billionaire + Top 10 In the never-ending debate between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, the former has support from arguably the sport’s greatest-ever footballer. Brazil legend Pele has added his opinion about who is the current world’s best between Ronaldo and Messi – with the four-time World Cup winner plumping for Ronaldo. Ronaldo and Messi have been regarded as the world’s leading duo for more than a decade – with them sharing 11 Ballon d’Or awards between them. But despite Messi edging that battle (six titles to five), Pele would rather have Ronaldo in his team. “Today the best player in the world is Cristiano Ronaldo,” he told YouTube channel Pilhado. “I think he’s the best, because he’s more consistent, but you can’t forget about [Lionel] Messi, of course, but he’s not a striker.”Tags: christiano ronaldoLionel MessiPELERonaldo vs Messilast_img read more


first_imgThe company says it is also “taking proactive measures” to keep its construction crews who are employed for a project to expand future service between West Palm Beach and Orlando.“As we look ahead toward the economic recovery of Florida, projects like Brightline will help create jobs and a transportation network that will be more important than ever,” Goddard added.Our state has 1,977 confirmed cases at this time, with 141 in Palm Beach County, 412 in Broward, and 491 cases in Miami-Dade.There is also a new death from COVID-19 in Florida as of Wednesday evening. That brings the statewide total to 23. Brightline, the high-speed rail system that runs through South Florida, has shut down, possibly for months, because of the coronavirus pandemic, the company announced late Wednesday afternoon.The final northbound departure from Miami departed at 5:50 p.m.“Although a difficult decision, we have decided to temporarily suspend Brightline service in the best interest of the entire South Florida community as we all seek to flatten the curve,” said company president Patrick Goddard.We encourage guests & teammates to do their part to flatten the curve as we provide a critical service for essential workers that must travel during this time. Last week, our teammates received packages for workspaces that included disinfectant wipes, tips from the CDC & more. pic.twitter.com/ImwpUSBiEH— Brightline (@GoBrightline) March 23, 2020last_img read more


first_imgIn an ongoing effort to make shopping safer during the coronavirus pandemic, Publix has announced another new feature.The Lakeland-based supermarket chain is now offering what it calls “touch-free checkout.”Publix’s app now allows customers to add their payment information and hold up the phone to pay.Check out touch-free. Pay with the Publix app for touch-free checkout and to opt in to e-receipts. We also welcome contactless cards and most mobile pay apps. Want other ideas for your next checkout? Get tips here: https://t.co/EYZHbMhMTT pic.twitter.com/ozO1jeWWnq— Publix (@Publix) April 4, 2020 The app, which is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, also provides an option for e-receipts.Additionally, Publix accommodates contactless cards and most mobile pay apps.In recent weeks, the company has allowed workers to wear gloves and masks, and has installed plexiglas barriers between customers and cashiers.last_img read more


first_imgWITH only two days having passed since the completion of the Inter Guiana Games (IGG), the National Sports Commission (NSC) has already been asked to answer some questions posed by the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF). The questions were contained in an email sent out by the GABF President Nigel Hinds, and referred to the accommodations as well as stipends for the basketball delegation which the NSC had agreed to. The Guyanese were housed at the Windjammer Hotel with 6 males in a room and 3 females in another room,while the Surinamese delegation stayed at the Princess Ramada Hotel,the email stated.In an exclusive meeting with the Guyana Chronicle, three of the four members on the IGG organizing committee (OC) from the NSC answered those questions. The three members included Lavern Fraser (Chairperson of the OC), Seon Erskine and Gervy Harry,whose names were all copied on the email sent out by Hinds.The first to speak was Fraser, who outlined irregularities that occurred where protocols were supposed to be followed. According to Fraser “It has always been the policy as it pertains to IGG that it is done in collaboration with NSC and the various parent associations who have the responsibility of preparing their teams for the competition”, she added “The NSC has responsibilities for hosting the competition and handling all logistics that come with it.” Fraser stated that in the protocol,there were specific details relating to how many athletes and officials would be on the team.Fraser also stated “For Basketball, there were 12 males and females and 4 officials stated in the protocol, GABF submitted a list of 12 male and female players and 9 team officials despite several meetings we would have with them.” She added that while they did not limit the amount of officials, they stated they would fall under the purview of the GABF.She also mentioned the thought process involved in hosting the Surinamese at the Princess Ramada. “It was our thought that in an effort to ensure that whenever our team has to travel to another country,we will be afforded the best possible accommodation;and in order to guarantee that,we had to extend an olive branch.”Harry was the next to speak and he opened up by stating “do suh nuh like suh”. “These complaints Mr. Hinds is making he must also remember he owes staff who he agreed to pay for cleaning of the facility for hosting of CBC and DC Jammers that he agreed to by email,” said Harry. He stated that there were no official handing over of equipment and rooms to the NSC, adding that the NSC is still waiting on the kits, manuals and anything else towards the basketball goals maintenance.The maintenance of the basketball goals was also an issue mentioned in the email by Hinds.“We the NSC have asked for someone to oversee maintenance of the goals and asked Mr. K.P Thomas, who is the person in charge of maintaining the goals for three weeks,straight to look at the goals and all we got were promises,” said Harry.Erskine helped to put the issue into context by stating that there were no complaints from any other discipline regarding their accommodation and stipend. “To this point we have only received complaints from the GABF, no other discipline has raised complaints and throughout the entire process the only discipline that has given us issues is basketball,” said Erskine.This year’s IGG saw 7 disciplines,with 5 being played indoors at the two indoor facilities Guyana has. The organising committee stated that taking everything into consideration, they should be given pass-marks for the handling of the games.The committee also came to the conclusion that the contracting of coaches and team managers was done on the part of the GABF and just like in the CBC games earlier in July, the GABF should handle the payments. “We paid the game officials and referees as was our responsibility.” The committee also stated that there were no complaints brought that accommodations affected the performance of the team but that Hinds himself stated there were technical faults.The meeting finished with the committee stating that the NSC is always open to any suggestions on bettering their management and adding “It begs the question why is Nigel Hinds the only one complaining, if the team managers nor coaches have voice any complaints with us?”last_img read more