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first_imgRoughly fifty students, led by Fossil Free ND, marched from McKenna Hall to the Main Building early Monday evening to protest the University’s current investment in fossil fuels. Freshman Adam Wiechman said the goal of Fossil Free ND is to push the University to fully divest from fossil fuels within the next five years. “We want the University to become an active voice in climate change and really take a look at those funds,” Wiechman said. The protest followed a talk by environmentalist Bill McKibben as part of the Hesburgh Lecture Series. “Bill McKibben, the inspiration for our movement, is the founder of the global divestment movement,” Wiechman said. “We decided to jump on the opportunity of him being here. We met with Bill beforehand; He gave us a shout-out during the speech. It was great.”Wiechman said they received bigger numbers than they initially anticipated. “We actually picked up a lot of people. We marched from McKenna to the Main Building, placing signs down along the way that were orange footprints that represented climate change impacts,” Wiechman said. Freshman Brittany Benninger said she was excited about the turnout and impressed by McKibben’s talk.“Bill McKibben is super influential right now, and we love that he was able to come out on campus,” Benninger said. “He gave a great lecture on climate change and the need to divest from fossil fuels, and that’s why we’re out here today.”Benninger said it is imperative the administration focuses on divestment in the next five years. “It’s really important that [the administration] understands that they need to take their money out of such practices and reinvest in some better, more sustainable and renewable income,” Benninger said. Freshman Abby Ferguson said she was also excited about the protest and the talk itself. “We had a lot of people join us from the talk, and I know we had a few people join us on the way,” Ferguson said. “We stopped seven times along the way to put down seven footprints for things that are the result of climate change, such as drought, sea level rise, ocean acidification and crop reduction.”Protestors were invited to sign a banner that had shamrocks in the outline of a globe. “We wanted people to sign to show individual support for the cause,” Ferguson said. According to Ferguson, the administration has been less than cooperative or responsive to any of the group’s protests. “I don’t know if Jenkins has had an official response to any of this, but if he has, I know it’s been basically to say, ‘Stop,” Ferguson said. “The administration has thus far, based on what I understand and know, has been really unresponsive, just kind of trying to ignore it and hope it’ll go away. But the goal is to not let that happen because this is important.”Tags: divest, Fossil Free ND, fossil fuels, protestlast_img read more

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享CNBC:General Electric’s renewable energy division has been chosen as the preferred turbine supplier for the third and final phase of an offshore wind farm that’s set to be the largest on the planet.According to an announcement from SSE Renewables on Friday, a 14 megawatt (MW) version of GE’s huge Haliade-X turbine will be used at a British energy project called Dogger Bank C. The first two phases, Dogger Bank A and B, are to use a 13 MW version of the Haliade-X.Dogger Bank C is a joint venture between Equinor and SSE Renewables. The turbine supply agreement, as well as the service and warranty agreements, are all set to be finalized in the first quarter of next year. The deals are subject to Dogger Bank C reaching financial close at the end of 2021. If all goes to plan, turbine installation for the third phase will start in 2025.With 107-meter long blades and a height of 248 meters, the scale of the Haliade-X turbine is considerable.Situated in waters off the northeast coast of England, the Dogger Bank Wind Farm will have a total capacity of 3.6 gigawatts when completed. Equinor and SSE have both described it as the “world’s biggest offshore wind farm,” and it will have the ability to power millions of homes in the U.K. annually.Earlier this month, both Equinor and SSE sold 10% stakes in the first two phases of the project to Italian firm Eni. Upon completion of this deal, Equinor and SSE’s shares of Dogger Bank A & B will still amount to 40% each.[Anmar Frangoul]More: GE’s giant turbines will power final phase of the ‘world’s biggest offshore wind farm’ Upgraded 14MW Haliade-X turbine tapped for third phase of Dogger Bank offshore wind farmlast_img read more

first_imgTo achieve the target, Muhadjir said the government would convert a facility that was previously used for the production of avian influenza vaccine.“The President has approved the plan and we will soon conduct inter-ministerial coordination so that the PCR kits can really be produced at home, which would make us independent from imports,” he said.Muhadjir said Bio Farma would prepare the construction design for the production facility, while the Public Works and Housing Ministry would do the reconstruction based on the design.Indonesia has steadily ramped up its COVID-19 testing capacity, from an average of around 4,000 specimens tested daily in April to around 13,000 specimens tested daily since the end of May. However, the country still has among the lowest testing rates in the world, with around 2,300 tests per 1 million population as of Monday.Topics : The government is aiming to increase the country’s production capacity of COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test kits to 2 million units a month, Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy said on Monday.“Should Indonesia be able to produce the number, [we] will be able to meet domestic needs,” Muhadjir said, adding that the idea had been conveyed to President “Jokowi” Widodo, who was also supportive of the plan.Currently, state-owned pharmaceutical company PT Bio Farma is producing around 50,000 test kits per week.last_img read more

first_imgAs such, the investment in ReSI not only provided an attractive return and inflation hedge but represented “a situation where we can do all that and make a social impact at the same time”, according to Levenstein.According to ReSI, the 45-year facility with USS represents the first standalone investment grade financing for shared ownership, “a sector where growth and supply have been constrained by a lack of long-term institutional debt”.Alex Pilato, CEO of ReSI Capital Management, said the investment by USS was “a significant milestone for ReSI as well as the social housing sector”.ReSI said shared ownership had proven highly defensive during the coronavirus crisis, with rent underpinned by owners’ mortgage providers.ReSI Capital Management was acquired by alternative asset manager Gresham House in March, with the latter yesterday announcing it was planning to launch a limited partnership targeting institutional investors and local government pension schemes looking to access “the under-addressed” UK shared ownership market. The LP is due to be led by Pilato.USS’s £300m debt facility with ReSI is drawable against acquisitions over the next three years. ReSI said it would initially draw down £34m and expected to make further drawdowns as it continued to grow its shared ownership portfolio, with some £36m expected to be deployed into an identified pipeline of new homes in the near term.“For ReSI, USS is an ideal investor as we are able to make a multi-decade commitment that allows the team to manage their business more effectively to meet their long-term requirement to develop social housing and then manage tenants,” said USS’s Levenstein.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here. The UK’s Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) has entered into a £300m (€325m) 45-year debt facility with a real estate investment trust, acting on positive expectations about shared ownership housing in particular.The £68.5bn pension fund has invested in property for many years, but the deal with Residential Secure Income (ReSI) is its first investment in shared ownership, a type of social housing that allows people to buy a share of a property and then pay rent on the remainder.Explaining USS’s thinking behind the deal with ReSI, head of private credit Ben Levenstein said that because an individual only needs a mortgage for the share they own, the deposit needed is much lower than a typical property purchase.“We think this type of arrangement has huge potential to help people who otherwise could not afford to buy their own home,” he wrote in a blog post on USS’s website.last_img read more

first_imgBENNINGTON, Neb. ­– RaceSaver Enterprises is pleased to announce the acquisition of the RaceSaver Sprint Series by Roger Hadan, owner and promoter of Eagle, Neb. Hadan has obtained the rights to the name RaceSaver and will oversee all media relations, sponsorships, hard card applications, etc. for the series. IMCA will be the official sanctioning body again in 2016 and beyond. French Grimes, the originator of the series in 1997, will retain his position as the face of RaceSaver. He will also be relied on to establish and oversee all rules and regulations as well as having the final word on all tech-related issues. “Three years ago, I had a weekly Sprint Car class at Eagle Raceway that was struggling with its car count due to rising costs. After having 50 different sets of Sprint Car rules spread out across my living room floor, trying to find rules that were enforceable, I discovered RaceSaver,” Hadan said. “So that is the direction we took. Three years later, here I am with a weekly RaceSaver Sprint Car division that is drawing 30 or more cars most nights.”“We want to let everyone know that we are going to uphold to the fine tradition of the RaceSaver Sprint Series and hopefully expand the series even further,” he continued. “French has had a truly excellent run in providing affordable competition in a class where costs are escalating constantly and making it difficult for the budget racer to have equal footing. We will do everything in our power to ensure that there will always be Sprint Car racing for the teams and fans.”Hard card applications and tech forms should now on be sent to RaceSaver Enterprises at PO Box 17, Bennington, Neb., 68007.“RaceSaver has grown to well over 1,000 cars because of the hard work and dedication of all of our regional directors and their competitors. The vision was, and is to preserve racing for racers from working families,” said Grimes. “My responsibility is to try to make sure that the future of RaceSaver is protected. Roger and I started working together three years ago. He is responsible for paving the way for the association of IMCA and RaceSaver, which brought all of the benefits of IMCA membership.” “Roger has proven he is a man of character and a true believer in RaceSaver. Roger is the right man to move RaceSaver forward. Our contract transfers the RaceSaver name, trademarks and business interests to him,” he continued.Grimes will remain in control of RaceSaver rules and standards, distribution of RaceSaver cylinder heads and the technical inspection process, including determining the inspection standards, choosing the inspectors and assuring that the engine has the correct serial number and seal numbers, and is owned by the correct person or entity.last_img read more