Pushed by pandemic, Germany seeks to boost technology use

first_imgBERLIN (AP) — The German government has agreed on a strategy to boost the use of data for commercial purposes and signed a deal with state education authorities to fund laptops for teachers. The measures are part of a drive to boost digitalization in a country that has fallen behind many of its peers due in part to concerns about data protection. Officials often refuse to communicate with citizens by email, but Germans were nevertheless surprised to learn last year that many labs were still transmitting coronavirus test results by fax. Chancellor Angela Merkel has said Germany “didn’t look good” when it came to linking up over 400 regional health agencies, or in the use of IT for distance learning.last_img

Australia’s Alinta expands renewables push, expects early closing of Loy Yang coal plant

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:Australian utility Alinta Energy is ramping up its push into renewables, citing stunning low costs that will enable dispatchable wind and solar to compete with existing fossil fuel plants.In a wide-ranging interview on RenewEconomy’s Energy Insiders podcast, Alinta CEO Jeff Dimery says the company has enjoyed record profits in the past year, but also flags the likely early closure of coal-fired power, including the Loy Yang B brown coal generator in Victoria.Alinta currently has a partly filled mandate for 1,000MW of wind and solar plants across the country, a call out for offers that attracted more than 100 different wind, solar and storage proposals. Dimery says this mandate is now being increased to 1500MW.One of the reasons is the stunning fall in wind and solar costs. Alinta has just held a formal ceremony to mark the start of construction of the 212MW Yandin wind farm in Western Australia, which will not just be the biggest in the state, but also likely the cheapest in the country.Alinta, or at least its parent company CTFE, also owns the Loy Yang B brown coal generator in Victoria, which currently has a license to operate until 2047. But Dimery makes it clear that it is unlikely to stay open that long – the lower cost of renewables, and the emergence of storage means that the transition to a renewables-dominated grid was going to happen anyway.“Do I think we’ll be there in 2047? Unlikely,” he says. “We are going through a fairly major transition…change is coming, and it is coming rapidly. Technology cost curves have made the debate about a carbon target redundant. I mentioned earlier that 2047 was our license (for Loy Yang B). I would think that we are probably talking early 2030s when those assets will really struggle to be around,” he says, based on his “gut feel” from 20 years in the industry.More: Stunning low costs inspire Alinta to ramp up renewables push, flag early coal exit Australia’s Alinta expands renewables push, expects early closing of Loy Yang coal plantlast_img read more

England must call time on Anderson/Broad partnership – Vaughan

first_imgLONDON, England (Reuters) – The days of James Anderson and Stuart Broad spearheading England’s fast bowling attack are over, according to former captain Michael Vaughan.The pair have taken more than 1 000 Test wickets between them with Anderson’s 575 a world record for a pace bowler.The 37-year-old Anderson, however, managed only four overs in this year’s drawn Ashes series after aggravating a calf injury.Broad, 33, excelled despite the absence of his usual partner and took 23 wickets at an average of under 27. After more than a decade in which they have been used in tandem, Vaughan suggests playing one or the other is the way forward for England.“I don’t think it is right both of them play now,” Vaughan told BBC Radio 5. “It might be that Broad plays one series and Anderson plays one series. “They are not going to like it, but they are at that stage of their careers where England are going to have to manage the combination very smartly.”Vaughan also believes that England’s sole focus now must be in trying to regain the Ashes in Australia in two years’ time after drawing the recent series 2-2. “I want to see a disciplined way of playing and the World Cup is in the bag now,” Vaughan said.“The most important thing going forward is the Ashes in two years. It is the Test team that needs a real focus over two and a half years of real dedication and structure.”last_img read more


first_imgMost Nigerians here in Egypt were a bit relieved that the Super Eagles’ anticipated clash with Ghana will not come up after all because Cameroon did not win its last group match against Rep of Benin to finish top of the pile. The relief may have been short lived considering the fact if Nigeria succeeds against the current champions of Africa, Cameroon, Eagles next match is likely to be against host, Egypt next week Wednesday at the Cairo International. Now you understand Nigeria’s hard way in this edition in the land of the Pharaohs.Cameroon and Goal DroughtCameroon coach Clarence Seedorf is confident his Lions will find their scoring magic after the defending champions were held to 0-0 results in their last two matches at the Africa Cup of Nations. The Dutchman, whose side must face Nigeria in the round of 16 after finishing second in Group F, said that it was just a question of details and precision, adding that in football there were simply times when the goals dry up.“Scoring goals in football … there are sometimes teams that don’t score for weeks, strikers who don’t score for months, we are very confident that our strikers will score goals, our players will score goals,” he told reporters after the 0-0 draw with Benin. It remains to be seen if Nigeria’s Eagles will open their flanks for the Lions to have easy way.NIGERIA VS CAMEROON HEAD-TO-HEADP W D L F A GDNigeria 22 13 6 3 36 17 +19Cameroon 22 3 6 13 17 36 -19Fans Unite Behind Super Eagles at Star FanMadagascar President Charters Plane for FansParkIt wasn’t what they expected but the cross section of fans at the Star Fan Park at the National Stadium in Lagos and other designated parks across the country on Sunday remained resolute that the Super Eagles can still go all the way to conquer at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.Despite being the overwhelming favourites, the Super Eagles were stunned 2-0 in their last group game on Sunday by Madagascar.Goals from Lalaina Nomenjanahary and Carolus Andriamahitsinoro settled the clash in Alexandria as Madagascar surprisingly finished on top of Group B ahead of three-time African champions Nigeria.As always, it was a carnival-like atmosphere at the Star Fan Park as fans trooped in massively to see the Eagles soar in style into the knock out phase.The official beer for the Super Eagles provided another electrifying atmosphere, which availed fans to win lots of prizes as they took part in trivia and other fun games.While Coach Gernot Rohr’s decision to field a second string side proved costly, the fans at the Star Fan Park described the loss against Madagascar as a temporary setback.“For me, there is no cause for alarm, I believe the Super Eagles will bounce back after this defeat, it’s just one of those things in football” Adewale Akinwale who was one of the fans at the Star Fan Park on Sunday stated.Premium brand Star Lager continued with their tradition of rewarding fans for their passion for the Super Eagles and their loyalty to the beer.A raffle draw was conducted after the Eagles’ game and lucky fans won mouthwatering prizes.Babatunde Kolawole who is one of the lucky winners thanked Star Lager for bringing the AFCON action closer and also charged the Eagles to rise up to the occasion in the Round of 16.Also the duo of Abraham Mba and Chukwuka Adimoha who emerged as prize winners in the raffle draw thanked Star for the pleasant surprise while also tasking the Eagles to provide an improved performance in the Round 16.The Super Eagles, from an anticipated ‘soft’ Round of 16 match with any of the third-placed teams in Group A, C and D are now billed to face the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in Alexandria on Saturdaynight.Madagascar President Charters Plane for FansExcitement has been building in the Indian Ocean island nation of Madagascar as the team emerged on top of Group B after beating three-time tournament winners Nigeria 2-0.“Barea”, who take their nickname from a breed of local cattle, will play Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday for a place in the quarter-final.“After hearing the demands of supporters, President Andry Rajoelina and the Madagascan state have decided to mobilise an Airbus 380, with 480 seats, to transport supporters,” Rinah Rakotomanga, communications chief for the presidency announced yesterday.The flight will leave Antananarivo on Saturday and return immediately after the game.But the adventure will not be for free — tickets cost about $600 including the flight, a seat at the match and meals.Rajoelina had announced he would attend the match, sparking a campaign to enable other fans to travel.“Do not go alone to Egypt President Andry Rajoelina, there are supporters who are ready to fill a plane and the empty stadium,” said former opposition MP Guy Rivo Randrianarisoa on social media yesterday.Madagascar will face a tough game at the weekend — they are ranked 108th in the world, with DR Congo in 49th.“Barea’s participation is historic,” said Jean Josue Njakasolo, 38, as he lined up to buy his ticket at an Air Madagascar ticket office.The price “does not mean anything compared to the honour that our national team gives us,” he said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Arc-rivals in Similar Bonus DisputeThe two old rivals have something in common at the on going Africa Cup of Nations. Money matter. Nigeria and Cameroon were involved in payment disputes in the current championship. Cameroon players initially refused to board their flight to Egypt, insisting on increase in allowances. Nigerian players initially boycotted training, asking that their allowances for the win against Burundi be paid. But on Saturday, these Stars will put money matters behind to see which of the two countries will qualify for the quarter final. And of course, that will be more money for the players.Hard Way is the Only Way for Nigerialast_img read more

BCCI appoints Saba Karim as General Manager,BCCI appoints Saba Karim as General Manager

first_imgFile photo of former wicket keeper Saba Karim.   –  The Hindu File photo of former wicket keeper Saba Karim.   –  The Hindu Published on cricket COMMENT 0 SHARE Karim will assume office from January 1 and he will report to CEO Rahul Johri. COMMENTS × SHARE SHARE EMAIL December 23, 2017 Former India wicketkeeper Saba Karim was today appointed as General Manager (Cricket Operations) of the BCCI. The appointment was on expected lines as Karim’s name was doing the rounds for quite sometime. The other big name in the fray was former pacer Venkatesh Prasad.Karim will assume office from January 1 and he will report to CEO Rahul Johri. He will assist Johri in meeting the Board’s vision and strategy, the BCCI said. The General Manager’s post has been lying vacant since the resignation of MV Sridhar in September over the issue of conflict of interest. Sridhar passed away on October 30.In mid-October, BCCI had invited applications for this post. “Some of the major responsibilities of Mr Karim include giving strategic direction to the cricket department, implementing the operational plans, budgeting, determining and monitoring the compliance of match playing regulations, standards of venues, administration of Domestic Program,” the BCCI said in a release.Cricket careerKarim has a vast knowledge of the game and its intricacies, both at the top and the domestic level having represented India in one Test and 34 ODIs. As wicket-keeper batsman, he played 120 first-class games and 124 List A matches in a career spanning close to 18 years.A prolific run-getter, Karim has a first-class average of 56.66 with 22 centuries and 33 half-centuries that helped him amass over 7000 runs while playing for Bihar first and later Bengal. His playing career received an untimely jolt when he suffered an injury to his right eye in the Asia Cup in Bangladesh following which he had to undergo a surgery.He was appointed a national selector from the East Zone in 2012 and after completing his term, he took over as a television commentator. Karim also has a corporate background having worked in the Corporate Communications Division of TISCO.last_img read more

The Arizona Cardinals signed former Indianapolis C

first_imgThe Arizona Cardinals signed former Indianapolis Colts cornerback Teddy Williams Wednesday, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport.Williams was a track standout at UT-San Antonio, named an All-American each of his four years. He never played college football but signed with the Dallas Cowboys in 2010 as an undrafted free agent. After spending most of two years on the Cowboys’ practice squad, the Colts signed Williams prior to the 2012 season and activated him for seven regular season games. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactcenter_img 0 Comments   Share   Williams has yet to appear in a game this season, but could provide defensive and special teams depth for the Cardinals.To clear a roster spot for Williams, the Cardinals have reportedly waived linebacker Kenny Demens. Demens is a rookie from Michigan and was promoted from the team’s practice squad prior to Week Four. He was active for two games and totaled three tackles. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more