Africa Energy Portal to inspire engagement among stakeholders

first_img UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development TAGSAFDBAfrica Energy PortalAmadou Hott Previous articlee-Mobility research fueling the clean energy transitionNext articleWhat next for US climate and energy policies? 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. The African Development Bank (AfDB) recently launched the Africa Energy Portal (AEP) to address a lack of information in the sector, by providing a one-stop-shop for accurate, reliable, relevant, and up-to-date information on energy in Africa. This will include statistics on investment flows and deals, as well as the socio-economic outcomes of power projects.Just launched! The Africa Energy Portal is a one-stop-shop for accurate, reliable, relevant, and up-to-date information on #energy in #Africa 👉🏿 https://t.co/LOwnYV2Imh💡💡💡 pic.twitter.com/3ywIQcDH6g— African Development Bank Group (@AfDB_Group) November 13, 2018“Many international and local stakeholders have experienced the data access and reliability challenges that hold back substantive participation in the numerous opportunities within Africa’s energy sector,” said Amadou Hott, Vice President of power, energy, climate change and green growth at the AfDB.“The AEP is strategically positioned to resolve these challenges, by providing stakeholders with the requisite information to facilitate decision making, and fast-track investments and initiatives that will revolutionise Africa’s energy sector,” Hott added.Virtual space for engagementIn addition to being an information repository, the AEP will also provide an interactive platform for knowledge-sharing amongst Africa’s energy sector stakeholders and experts.It will serve as a virtual space for engagement, and progressive dialogue on pertinent issues affecting the development of the continent’s energy and power infrastructure.Speaking during the launch, Wale Shonibare, director of energy financial solutions, policy and regulation at the bank lauded the AEP as a long-overdue, but necessary, step in “providing critical information for investment decisions, policy making, and regulatory action in Africa’s energy sector.”Reinforcing the need for partnerships, Shonibare welcomed collaboration from external stakeholders. Read more: Advocacy coalition urges AfDB to commit to 100% renewable future“We are aware that the portal’s success will depend on extensive collaboration, and we invite professionals, developers, investors, regulators, governments, financial institutions, statisticians, utility companies, think tanks, philanthropic institutions and other stakeholders to work with us in creating a robust and formidable platform for the continent,” he said.Also attending the launch, Uganda’s Minister for Energy and Minerals Irene Muloni praised the initiative as one that would enable countries to make better, and informed policy decisions.The AEP will leverage the bank’s energy sector and statistical expertise in order to consolidate and generate verified data and statistics on Africa’s energy sector.The bank also aims to collaborate with regional organisations, and in-country statistics agencies to develop data collection and validation procedures to improve the quality of publicly available information on the continent’s energy sector. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA BRICS Finance and Policy Generation AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector last_img read more

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Deutsche Bank probed in Manhattan DA’s Trump Org investigation

first_imgDeutsche Bank CEO Christian Sewing and President Donald Trump (Sewing by Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images; Trump by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)New York prosecutors’ investigation into the Trump Organization may run even deeper than was previously known.The Manhattan district attorney’s office subpoenaed Deutsche Bank last year as part of a criminal investigation into President Donald Trump’s business practices, according to the New York Times.Two sources familiar with the matter told the Times that the German bank — Trump’s main lender since the 1990s — complied with the subpoena, providing prosecutoes with financial statements and other records related to Trump’s loan applications.The grand jury inquiry was originally focused on hush-money payments made by the Trump campaign in 2016 to women who claimed they had affairs with Trump.However it has since broadened out: A new filing this week from the DA’s office cited “public reports of possibly extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization.” It also indicated prosecutors were looking into possible bank and insurance fraud.Prospectors have also been trying to obtain Trump’s eight years of the president’s personal and corporate tax returns — a lengthy battle that recently went to the Supreme Court.Trump has described the investigation as a “continuation of the worst witch hunt in American history,” and “a terrible thing that they [Democrats] do.” [NYT] — Sylvia Varnham O’Regan This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

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Stewardship / Resistance Scan for Feb 20, 2018

first_imgCARB-X announces first award for 2018, two more funding roundsCARB-X, a public-private collaboration that supports companies in early-stage antibiotic discovery and development, recently announced its first funding award for 2018 and provided details about two funding rounds for the current year.CARB-X said in a Feb 15 announcement that it is funding Curza, based in Salt Lake City, to support the development of a new class of antibiotics to treat a broad spectrum of life-threatening gram-negative bacteria that are resistant to currently available antibiotics. Curza’s initial award is worth up to $2.2 million, with the possibility of $1.8 million more if it achieves certain milestones.Kevin Outterson, JD, executive director of CARB-X, said in a statement from the group, “Curza’s new class of antibiotics is an exciting addition to the Powered by CARB-X portfolio as it has been decades since the last new class was approved to for gram-negative bacteria.” Curza’s CZ-02 series is designed to kill bacteria with known resistance to other ribosomal antibiotics by binding to a clinically undrugged and highly conserved site on the bacterial ribosome.The drugs have a unique mechanism that maximizes penetration of bacterial cells that leads to potent activity against drug-resistant ESKAPE pathogens, which include Enterococcus faecium, Staphylococcus aureus, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Acinetobacter baumannii, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Enterobacter species.In another CARB-X development, the group today announced two funding rounds, one open from Mar 22 through Mar 29, targeting new classes of direct-acting small-molecule and large-molecule antibacterials that target certain gram-negative bacteria. The second round is open from Jun 1 through Jun 8 and includes direct-acting therapies and a broader scope of vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, and devices that meet certain criteria.Outterson said, “The scope of each funding cycle has been carefully designed to meet the most urgent needs in the global pipeline to treat drug-resistant bacterial infections and respond to the rising threat of drug resistant bacteria.”Feb 15 CARB-X press release Feb 20 CARB-X press release MRSA bacteremia rates higher in states with more African-AmericansA new analysis of hospital-onset methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia (HO-MRSAB) rates suggests that states with more African-American residents have higher incidence, researchers reported yesterday in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.In the study, researchers looked at state-level HO-MRSAB data for the year 2013 obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and at census-derived demographic and socioeconomic variables. Although variations in HO-MRSAB rates among states have been explained by differences in the quality of infection-control practices, the researchers wanted to evaluate whether risk factors that have been well-studied at the individual level (including race, age, gender, and diabetic status) affect variations among populations.Univariate analysis demonstrated significant positive correlations between HO-MRSAB rates and poverty rates, income inequality, percent of the population with diabetes, and the percent of the population that self-identify as African-American. But on multivariable analysis, the researchers found that African-American identity was the only variable that retained statistical significance.While acknowledging that the findings suggest only a correlation and require further investigation, the authors of the study say that identifying population-level risk factors for HO-MRSAB is the first step toward developing risk-adjustment tools that would allow for more meaningful comparisons among states and more accurate estimates of the contribution of infection-control practices. Feb 19 Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol abstract FAO warns about antimicrobial resistance in Asia-PacificDiseases originating in animals (called zoonotic diseases) and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) are converging in Asia-Pacific nations and threatening human health, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific warned today.”We need to take action on AMR now because it affects us all,” Juan Lubroth, DVM, FAO’s chief veterinarian and AMR coordinator, said in an FAO news release. He added that antimicrobial overuse and misuse in humans and animals are resulting in the spread of AMR, which is complicating the treatment of many infectious diseases.”Antibiotics and other antimicrobials are vital to treat sick animals and to protect public health by preventing the spread of disease and by keeping pathogens off our plates,” Lubroth told delegates at the Prince Mahidol Awards Conference in Bangkok, where the theme of this year’s annual conference is AMR and emerging infectious diseases.”Governments have a responsibility to their country and to the global community to step-up and ensure that adequate regulations for antimicrobial use and distribution are in-place and enforced,” said Lubroth, “This responsibility extends to providing incentive programmes and enabling mechanisms to help farmers transition away from an unsustainable dependency on antibiotics.”The FAO is working with Asia-Pacific countries such as Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, the Philippines, and Vietnam to develop and implement National Action Plans on AMR to raise awareness, promote good practices and legislation, and boost surveillance. The agency has also developed and piloted the Assessment Tool for Laboratories and Antimicrobial Surveillance Systems (ATLASS) in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam to help them assess their national AMR surveillance systems and laboratories.Feb 20 FAO regional office news release Study finds anti-parasite drug effect against drug-resistant StaphInvestigators looking at the performance of three anti-parasite drugs against Staphylococcus aureus discovered that one of them, ivermectin, demonstrated potent anti-staphylococcal activity against some Staphylococcus isolates, including one that was resistant to methicillin and cefoxitin, according to a study today in Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Control.Canadian and Pakistani researchers tested ivermectin, levamisole, and albendazole against 21 S aureus isolates from bovine milk collected in Lahore and Faisalabad, Pakistan.They found that ivermectin but not the other drugs exhibited a potent anti-staphylococcal activity at the concentrations of 6.25 and 12.5 micrograms per milliliter against two isolates. One of those isolates was sensitive to methicillin and cefoxitin, while the other was resistant to the two drugs.The authors conclude, “Our novel findings indicate that ivermectin has an anti-bacterial effect against certain S. aureus isolates. However, to comprehend why ivermectin did not inhibit the growth of all Staphylococci needs further investigation.”Feb 20 Antimicrob Resist Infect Control studylast_img read more

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Expansion and Acquisitions – highlights of Air Liquide’s fiscal 2011 report

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Tipp footballers focused on maintaining fitness

first_img“They’re doing four or five sessions a week.”“They do their Zoom session every Tuesday night which they love.”“So they are keeping fit and I suppose from a football point of view we can’t really do much but from a strength & conditioning point of view we definitely can.”“But look the lads are staying very very positive and its good for their mental health that they have a programme every week of four or five things to do.” David Power. Photo © Enda O’Sullivan, Sportsfocus Tipperary senior football manager David Power says his squad are continuing to train 4 to 5 times a week.The former All-Ireland minor winning manager told Tipp FM that the players were in good spirits and enjoying the different training schedule set out by management.He said the squad are in a positive mindset despite having to train individually.last_img read more

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World Rugby appoints Strive Sponsorship to evaluate esports opportunities

first_imgWorld Rugby has appointed Strive Sponsorship to help evaluate future opportunities within the video gaming and esports industry.Currently, the presence of Rugby in gaming and esports is practically non-existence except for a few console games. The deal will enable World Rugby to tap into a market that the likes of football, Formula 1 and basketball have all seen success with tournaments such as the FIFA Global series, Formula One Esports Series and the NBA 2K League.World Rugby appoints Strive Sponsorship to help make moves in esports Image via World RugbyTom Hill, Chief Commercial Officer at World Rugby said of the deal: “We’re keen to better educate ourselves in the world of gaming and esports prior to making an assessment of what opportunities may exist in helping us achieve our objectives. “Strive’s intrinsic understanding and strong track record in sport, esports and gaming – and their intersection gives us the confidence that we’re getting the best advice to make key strategic decisions.”Strive was recently announced to be working alongside the England and Wales Cricket Board to help evaluate the potential of esports in the world of cricket. The deal was sort by ECB to help understand the space better and source help from a company with a blend of gaming and esports knowledge.Malph Minns, Managing Director of Strive Sponsorship, added, “Gaming and esports is a multifaceted and ever-evolving landscape, evidenced by the fact we have has seen 14 different operating models adopted by sports organisations in esports to date. We’re thrilled to be working with World Rugby to help educate them on the space and explore potential opportunities that play specifically to their objectives, key target audiences and territories.”Esports Insider says: It’s great to see another traditional sport committing to exploring the world of esports. This year alone we have seen the ePremier Leauge, and Formula 1 Esports step up its game with more tournaments and bigger prize pools. With Rugby being a huge sport around the world there is no doubt it can emulate the same success in the future. Subscribe to ESI on YouTubelast_img read more

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