Spain aims for 100% renewables by 2050

first_imgSpain aims for 100% renewables by 2050 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:Spain has launched an ambitious plan to switch its electricity system entirely to renewable sources by 2050 and completely decarbonise its economy soon after.By mid-century greenhouse gas emissions would be slashed by 90% from 1990 levels under Spain’s draft climate change and energy transition law. To do this, the country’s social democratic government is committing to installing at least 3,000MW of wind and solar power capacity every year in the next 10 years ahead.New licences for fossil fuel drills, hydrocarbon exploitation and fracking wells, will be banned, and a fifth of the state budget will be reserved for measures that can mitigate climate change. This money will ratchet upwards from 2025.Under the plan, “just transition” contracts will be drawn up, similar to the £220m package announced in October, that will shut most Spanish coal mines in return for a suite of early retirement schemes, re-skilling in clean energy jobs, and environmental restoration. These deals will be partly financed by auction returns from the sale of emissions rights.The government has already scrapped a controversial “sun tax” that halted Spain’s booming renewables sector earlier this decade, and the new law will also mandate a 35% electricity share for green energy by 2030.More: Spain plans switch to 100% renewable electricity by 2050last_img read more

New bribe details on 2018, 2022 World Cup votes as execs charged

first_imgTopics : In addition, Trinidad’s long-serving FIFA official Jack Warner “was promised and received” bribe payments totalling $5 million to vote for Russia while Guatemala’s Rafael Salguero was promised a $1 million bribe to vote for Russia.Salguero pleaded guilty to multiple corruption charges in 2016 and was banned from FIFA while Warner, who faces charges in the United States, is currently battling extradition to the US from his native Trinidad.”The profiteering and bribery in international soccer have been deep-seated and commonly known practices for decades,” William F. Sweeney Jr, the assistant director in charge of the FBI’s New York field office, said in a statement on Monday which announced the charges against Lopez, Martinez and Romy.”Over a period of many years, the defendants and their co-conspirators corrupted the governance and business of international soccer with bribes and kickbacks, and engaged in criminal fraudulent schemes that caused significant harm to the sport of soccer.”Their schemes included the use of shell companies, sham consulting contracts and other concealment methods to disguise the bribes and kickback payments and make them appear legitimate.”Since the FIFA scandal erupted in 2015, the US government has accused a total of 45 people and various sports companies of more than 90 crimes and of paying or accepting more than $200 million in bribes. Of the 45 accused, five have died. A total of 22 pleaded guilty, of which only six have been sentenced to date.A dozen remain in their home countries, where they face prosecution by local authorities or are free fighting extradition. Two former executives with US media giant Fox were charged with corruption, bank fraud and money-laundering on Monday as US federal prosecutors shed fresh light on the scandal-tainted bidding war for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.Former 21st Century Fox employees Hernan Lopez, 49, and Carlos Martinez, 41, face charges along with 65-year-old Gerard Romy, who worked for Spanish media conglomerate Imagina. The three men are accused of paying millions in bribes to officials from CONMEBOL and CONCACAF, the governing bodies for football in South America and North America, Central America and the Caribbean.center_img The charges allege the bribes were paid in exchange for lucrative television rights contracts for regional competitions, the Copa America and qualifying games for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.The case forms part of the wide-ranging 2015 corruption scandal that left world governing body FIFA in turmoil and led to the downfall of president Sepp Blatter.An unsealed superseding indictment released on Monday also detailed corruption surrounding the 2010 vote in Zurich which saw FIFA award the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.The indictment said former Brazilian FIFA member Ricardo Teixeira and late Paraguayan official Nicolas Leoz, both members of the FIFA committee which voted on the 2018 and 2022 tournaments, received payment of bribes in exchange for voting for Qatar’s bid.last_img read more

Job Vacancy: Part time cook required

first_imgJob Vacancy: A busy restaurant in Donegal seeks an experienced cook to join their energetic team. Management at The Pantry Restaurant in Laghey, Donegal Town are recruiting for a part-time position of 20 hours per week.We are looking for someone with at least two years’ experience cooking in cafes or delis who is hard-working, organised and creative. You will be able to work in under pressure and have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, be a team player and also able to work unsupervised. You will also be able to work a flexible schedule including weekends and public holidays. To apply for this role, please email [email protected] more information, call Fiona on 0749725325OrPost your CV toThe Pantry RestaurantLagheyDonegalJob Vacancy: Part time cook required was last modified: July 17th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:chefcookdonegalJob VacancyLagheythe pantry restaurantlast_img read more

PM Tours Completed Barbican Road Project

first_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, toured the completed Barbican Road Upgrade Project today (June 1).The US$4.4 million project was done under the Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP).The works at Barbican entailed significant widening and upgrading in the vicinity of the Barbican Centre, which is expected to alleviate congestion in the area.The Prime Minister said the Barbican and other upgraded roads have been designed with law enforcement in mind.“We have built into them technology. These areas will be monitored with the latest sensors and cameras. We are not building roads to make it easier for criminals to do what they do. These roads are built to make it harder for criminals,” he said.The Prime Minister noted that the technology will enable the police to identify licence plates; identify individuals facially; and track persons through road crossings.“If you are about to commit a crime, don’t drive through here,” he warned, in reference to Barbican Road, pointing out that this will be replicated throughout Jamaica, “because we must get on top of the criminals.”The Barbican project is one of several legacy road projects under the MIDP which the Prime Minister visited in Kingston and St. Andrew.He also toured the Constant Spring Road Improvement project; Mandela Highway Realignment and Reconstruction project; and the Hagley Park Road Improvement projectThe legacy projects are aimed at significantly improving the targeted roadways to facilitate seamless travel by the commuting public. The Prime Minister noted that the technology will enable the police to identify licence plates; identify individuals facially; and track persons through road crossings. Story Highlights The legacy projects are aimed at significantly improving the targeted roadways to facilitate seamless travel by the commuting public. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, toured the completed Barbican Road Upgrade Project today (June 1).last_img read more

Toronto DJ aims to diversify EDM scene with Intersessions workshop

first_imgAdvertisement The three-hour sessions cover everything from plugging in the equipment to self-promotion to coping with sexism. Though she says the scene is getting more diverse, and women are at the top of some Toronto genres, there is always room for more diversity and more voices. Then there’s the colleagues who have told her about being sexually harassed at work, and the dominance of straight, white men on festival line-ups. “You have to work triple as hard, and be triple as good to get to not even the same position as a white guy doing the bare minimum,” she said.Nanda is taking the workshops across Canada in May and June, with stops in Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton and St. John’s. In a TED Talk entitled Women, STEM and EDM Dani Deahl said 91 per cent of electronic dance music is produced by men. And the Chicago Tribune reported last summer’s festival line-ups in that city included fewer than 10 per cent women DJs and producers. Facing that male-dominated industry, Nanda sought strength in numbers. Together with Rhi Blossom, she launched Intersessions, a free DJ workshop for women and LGBTQ folks aimed at diversifying the scene. Login/Register With: Volunteer teachers run monthly sessions in Vancouver, New York, L.A., and Toronto, where Nanda moved last summer. Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “It’s a lot of talk right now, and I don’t think it’s showing up as much in action,” Nanda said. “But it’s cool that there is a lot more conversation around it.” “Just condescending little s— that gets to you and breaks you down,” said the 25-year-old. “It makes you not want to go out and play.” Twitter When Chhavi Nanda shows up for gigs as DJ CHIPPY nonstop accompanied by her manager, a white man, and is asked backstage if she’s there to support her boyfriend — it pisses her off. The artist generally doesn’t need to know how to set-up the gear, she said, but when you are underestimated at every turn, building up more knowledge is like armour. Intersessions monthly DJ school runs this Sunday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the eOne Building (134 Peter St.) on the 5th Floor. The workshop is free, but participants should RSVP at Facebook.com/intersessionsinfo.By: Sarah-Joyce Battersbylast_img read more