Siemens Gamesa and Siemens Energy to unlock a new era of offshore green hydrogen production

first_img Siemens Gamesa and Siemens Energy to develop green hydrogen. (Credit: Pixabay/Jose Antonio Alba.) To reach the Paris Agreement goals, the world will need vast amounts of green hydrogen and wind will provide a large portion of the power needed for its production. Siemens Gamesa and Siemens Energy announced today that they are joining forces combining their ongoing wind-to-hydrogen developments to address one of the major challenges of our decade — decarbonizing the economy to solve the climate crisis.The companies are contributing with their developments to an innovative solution that fully integrates an electrolyzer into an offshore wind turbine as a single synchronized system to directly produce green hydrogen. The companies intend to provide a full-scale offshore demonstration of the solution by 2025/2026. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research announced today that the developments can be implemented as part of the ideas competition “Hydrogen Republic of Germany”.“Our more than 30 years of experience and leadership in the offshore wind industry, coupled with Siemens Energy’s expertise in electrolyzers, brings together brilliant minds and cutting-edge technologies to address the climate crisis. Our wind turbines play a huge role in the decarbonization of the global energy system, and the potential of wind to hydrogen means that we can do this for hard-to-abate industries too. It makes me very proud that our people are a part of shaping a greener future,” said Andreas Nauen, Siemens Gamesa CEO.Christian Bruch, CEO of Siemens Energy, explains: “Together with Siemens Gamesa, we are in a unique position to develop this game changing solution. We are the company that can leverage its highly flexible electrolyzer technology and create and redefine the future of sustainable offshore energy production. With these developments, the potential of regions with abundant offshore wind will become accessible for the hydrogen economy. It is a prime example of enabling us to store and transport wind energy, thus reducing the carbon footprint of economy.”Over a time frame of five years, Siemens Gamesa plans to invest EUR 80 million and Siemens Energy is targeting to invest EUR 40 million in the developments. Siemens Gamesa will adapt its development of the world’s most powerful turbine, the SG 14-222 DD offshore wind turbine, to integrate an electrolysis system seamlessly into the turbine’s operations. By leveraging Siemens Gamesa’s intricate knowledge and decades of experience with offshore wind, electric losses are reduced to a minimum, while a modular approach ensures a reliable and efficient operational set-up for a scalable offshore wind-to-hydrogen solution. Siemens Energy will develop a new electrolysis product to not only meet the needs of the harsh maritime offshore environment and be in perfect sync with the wind turbine, but also to create a new competitive benchmark for green hydrogen.The ultimate fully integrated offshore wind-to-hydrogen solution will produce green hydrogen using an electrolyzer array located at the base of the offshore wind turbine tower, blazing a trail towards offshore hydrogen production. The solution will lower the cost of hydrogen by being able to run off grid, opening up more and better wind sites. The companies’ developments will serve as a test bed for making large-scale, cost-efficient hydrogen production a reality and will prove the feasibility of reliable, effective implementation of wind turbines in systems for producing hydrogen from renewable energy.The developments are part of the H2Mare initiative which is a lighthouse project likely to be supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research ideas competition “Hydrogen Republic of Germany”. The H2mare initiative under the consortium lead of Siemens Energy is a modular project consisting of multiple sub-projects to which more than 30 partners from industry, institutes and academia are contributing. Siemens Energy and Siemens Gamesa will contribute to the H2Mare initiative with their own developments in separate modular building blocks. Source: Company Press Release Projects target a total investment of approximately EUR 120 million over five years in developments leading to a fully integrated offshore wind-to-hydrogen solution  last_img read more

Press release: Joint statement on behalf of the Prime Minister and President Juncker

first_imgPrime Minister May and President Juncker have met today to review the next steps in the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.The talks were held in a spirit of working together to achieve the UK’s orderly withdrawal from the EU, especially in the context of a shared determination to achieve a strong partnership for the future given the global challenges the EU and the UK face together in upholding open and fair trade, cooperation in the fight against climate change and terrorism and defending the rules-based international system.The Prime Minister described the context in the UK Parliament, and the motivation behind last week’s vote in the House of Commons seeking a legally binding change to the terms of the backstop. She raised various options for dealing with these concerns in the context of the Withdrawal Agreement in line with her commitments to the Parliament.President Juncker underlined that the EU27 will not reopen the Withdrawal Agreement, which represents a carefully balanced compromise between the European Union and the UK, in which both sides have made significant concessions to arrive at a deal. President Juncker however expressed his openness to add wording to the Political Declaration agreed by the EU27 and the UK in order to be more ambitious in terms of content and speed when it comes to the future relationship between the European Union and the UK. President Juncker drew attention to the fact that any solution would have to be agreed by the European Parliament and the EU27.The discussion was robust but constructive. Despite the challenges, the two leaders agreed that their teams should hold talks as to whether a way through can be found that would gain the broadest possible support in the UK Parliament and respect the guidelines agreed by the European Council. The Prime Minister and the President will meet again before the end of February to take stock of these discussions.last_img read more

The String Cheese Incident Proves The Mission Is Not Impossible At Red Rocks Night 2

first_imgWith so much hype (and rightfully so) surrounding Phish‘s “Bakers Dozen” run at Madison Square Garden–as Facebook and various social media feeds are inundated with what type of flavored donuts the band is handing out each night–The String Cheese Incident is currently putting on their own clinic at Red Rocks Amphitheatre this weekend. The Colorado natives are delivering some much needed dairy to our musical diet, as they are in the midst of their annual 3-night jaunt at one of the most iconic venues in the world, and their second of three nights on the Rocks on Saturday evening was nothing short of spectacular.Analog Son opened up the evening, with a funk-fueled set, which included some serious shredding from guitarist Jordan Linit on Jimi Hendrix‘s “Voodoo Child” and “Crosstown Traffic.” Bassist Joshua Fairman showcased some serious skills on the bass, and while he is also a member of band-on-the-rise SunSquabi, nobody should sleep on Analog Son. These dudes simply get it.EXCLUSIVE: Michael Kang Talks Element Music Festival, Koch Brothers, Algae, And MoreAscending the staircase into Red Rocks is always a sight to behold, and SCI opening with beautifully played “Climb” seemed fitting in more ways than one. A cover of The Band‘s “Ophelia” got the entire crowd into it, singing along and doing their best Levon Helm impression. Kyle Hollingsworth‘s “My One And Only,” which the band debuted earlier this year on Believe, is quickly becoming a crowd-favorite, and is just a pretty tune overall.  “Black and White” led into “On The Road,” the latter of which SCI stretched out to its limits. “Colorado Bluebird Sky” ended the set, and indicated to all in attendance that this show was just getting started.Ever the consummate showmen, as setbreak ended, Kyle and Hann ran around the venue “undercover style,” in black trench coats with squirt guns, as Kang, Billy, Keith, and Travis repelled down from the rafters of the stage to the Mission Impossible theme song. Todd Park Mohr, better known as Big Head Todd [and The Monsters], joined Cheese for the beginning of set two for a killer rendition of Eric Clapton‘s “Forever Man.”The guitarist stayed out on stage for a rocking version of “Hot ‘Lanta,” a classic tune from The Allman Brothers Band catalog, which made its debut on the southern rock legends’ 1971 live album At Fillmore East. Not only did Big Head Todd demolish the selection’s guitar solo, but it was a touching tribute to the recent losses of both Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks. The rest of the second set was simply monstrous, with an absolutely blissful “Jellyfish” making an always welcome appearance for this Saturday night extravaganza.The band didn’t let up from there as they segued perfectly into “Lands End>Let’s Go Outside>Howard>Just One Story.” “Howard,” in particular, witnessed a dance party of epic proportions, as SCI opened things up with with one of the best jams of the night. Everyone in attendance thought the second set would end there, because how could you follow up with anything after that? However, Cheese stoked the fire one more time with “Just One Story,” giving a proper ending to this adventure.Essentially playing until curfew, the band had just a few minutes left to deliver a proper encore of “How Mountain Girls Can Love,” putting an exclamation point on the evening, and paying tribute to the group’s own Colorado bluegrass roots. If the first two nights were any indication, night three has all the makings to be a barn-burner of a show. You can count on that!SETLIST: The String Cheese Incident | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | 7/22/17 Set One: Climb, Hi Ho No Show, Ophelia*, My One and Only, Black And White > On The Road, Colorado Bluebird SkySet Two: Mission Impossible, Forever Man#, Hot ‘Lanta%, Jellyfish > Land’s End > Let’s Go Outside > Howard > Just One StoryE: How Mountain Girls Can Love* The Band# Eric Clapton(Big Head Todd On Guitar)%Allman Brothers (Big Head Todd On Guitar)[cover photo courtesy of ontheDL Photography]last_img read more

Nudging families away from fruit juice

first_imgThe twin epidemics of diabetes and obesity sweeping the country have forced a re-evaluation of the American diet, including the notion that fruit juice is a healthy alternative to soda. That topic was taken up in a recent op-ed in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The article was written by Harvard Medical School Assistant Professor Florence Brown, director of the Joslin-Beth Israel Deaconess Diabetes and Pregnancy Program; HMS instructor in pediatrics Elvira Isganaitis, a research associate and staff endocrinologist at the Joslin Diabetes Center; and Heather Ferris, a former Joslin research associate and now an assistant professor at the University of Virginia Medical School. The three recommended that fruit juice be cut from the federal WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) supplemental nutrition program for low-income families. The change would make the WIC program healthier for the 25 percent of pregnant American women and 50 percent of children it benefits, Isganaitis said in an interview. GAZETTE: What is wrong with juice? When I was growing up, people always thought fruit juice was healthy.ISGANAITIS: Juice has some healthy aspects to it. It’s a good source of vitamin C. If you’re talking about 100 percent fruit juice, it contains a lot of the vitamins and phytonutrients that fruit contains. But if you’ve ever squeezed your own juice or tried to make apple cider, you’ll know that it takes a lot of fruit to make a glass of juice. When you’re drinking a cup of apple juice, you’re having a lot more calories than you would if you just ate a whole apple. You’re boosting calories and reducing the amount of fiber, so it winds up being a less healthful choice than eating the whole fruit.GAZETTE: We’ve heard about avoiding extra calories, but how important is the fiber we miss by choosing juice over whole fruit?ISGANAITIS: Higher fiber intake is healthful for lowering cholesterol levels and the risk of certain cancers. Higher fiber intake at a given meal is associated with a greater feeling of fullness or satiety. It’s thought to reduce the degree to which your blood sugar levels will spike in response to a meal and help control your appetite at the next snack or meal. In general, North American diets, in particular the diets of kids, are pretty poor in fiber. So when you choose juice rather than a whole fruit you’re really missing out on a lot of the fiber.GAZETTE: When we talk about calories, fiber, and satiety, are we really talking about obesity?ISGANAITIS: Absolutely. Just thinking of obesity in energetic terms, it stems from a mismatch between your energy in and your energy output. So that’s really what’s happened to Western/North American food patterns over the last 30 to 40 years. There are just so many opportunities to max out your energy intake while at the same time we have become more and more sedentary. With juice being a ready source of quickly absorbed calories, it’s being scrutinized for its contribution to obesity. It’s been shown to contribute to excessive weight gain in the Nurses’ Health Study, based at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, as well as weight gain during early childhood.GAZETTE: Should people get it out of their heads that juice is healthy?ISGANAITIS: Absolutely. They should continue to view fruits and vegetables as healthy, but in processing those things into juice, you really miss out on a lot of their healthful nutritional aspects. The reason we got together and wrote this op-ed is that, as diabetes and obesity specialists, we spend a lot of our time trying to dispel nutritional myths. People will often come to us having already received some nutritional information. They’re aware that they’re dealing with a weight problem or they have prediabetes. Oftentimes they will say, “I’ve cut out soda, now I only drink juice.” But you can potentially pack in the same amount of calories drinking juice as soda. Sure, you get a little bit more vitamin C, but in terms of combating obesity, you don’t really make much progress that way.GAZETTE: The op-ed focuses on juice in the federal government’s WIC program.ISGANAITIS: WIC is a supplemental nutrition program specifically targeting pregnant and nursing women, [different from] SNAP, the food stamp program. They’re managed a little bit differently. The food stamp program is basically a voucher program and participants are free to choose whatever grocery items they would normally buy. The WIC program is set up really to promote the consumption of healthy and nutritious foods. You actually can’t use WIC to buy junk food. The types of bread and cereals, for example, that you can buy through WIC have to be high in fiber, whole grain, no added sugar. Given that it’s set up to improve the nutritional quality of the diet of these mothers and their children, it caught our attention that WIC continues to provide juice, which I, as a pediatric endocrinologist, and my colleagues Dr. Brown and Dr. Ferris just don’t really view as a healthy food.GAZETTE: And does the WIC population have a greater obesity problem than the general population?ISGANAITIS: Unfortunately, yes. In this country, obesity disproportionately affects low-income populations, who are by definition the populations that are targeted by this nutritional assistance program. Food insecurity, which the USDA defines as a situation of “limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods” is increasingly recognized to be a risk factor, not for being underweight, as was previously thought, but rather for obesity and diabetes. So, even though the amount of juice that has been provided by WIC historically has gone down, by continuing to provide some juice, this is just adding one more risk factor to the many obesity risk factors this population is already known to have. GAZETTE: Is there a review coming up during which these changes could be suggested?ISGANAITIS: There is. The WIC food package is congressionally mandated to be reviewed every 10 years, and the framework for revisions will be released later this year. The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine recently reviewed the current WIC food package and recommended that the program increase the amounts of vegetables, fruits, fish, and whole grains, and reduce the subsidy for fruit juice.GAZETTE: Is this an opportunity to make a dent in the broader obesity problem?ISGANAITIS: Absolutely. Unfortunately, a really large percentage of children and mothers in the U.S. live in poverty. Children in the U.S. are 1.5 [times] more likely to live in poverty than adults. Sadly, children are overrepresented in the poor. Whereas children accounted for 24 percent of the total U.S. population in the 2010 census, they made up 36 percent of individuals living in poverty.WIC is a program that really has the potential to impact multiple generations at once. Increasing data, including some from my research group at Joslin Diabetes Center and others in the Harvard Medical School community, are supporting the concept that a healthy mom who’s at an optimal weight as she enters pregnancy is less likely to have children who are overweight or obese or develop diabetes in later life. So, by fine-tuning a mom’s nutrition when she’s pregnant and nursing her child, you have the ability to benefit her nutrition and health as well as her children’s. It’s a really high-impact intervention. Related Much of life is beyond our control, but dining smartly can help us live healthier, longer To age better, eat betterlast_img read more

Senior Executives Explain What Sets PowerEdge Technology Apart

first_imgSee which words top Dell EMC executives choose to describe the latest PowerEdge servers…In the first of two blogs based on our On the Road series of video interviews with top executives, we introduce their thoughts on why the no-compromise servers in the latest Dell EMC PowerEdge portfolio are arguably the best possible choice for your customers.Across a series of six short and very accessible videos, they give an overview of what it is that sets pioneering PowerEdge technology apart. Learn how these best-selling servers are built from the ground up without compromise to drive and enable IT transformation.Close collaboration between Dell EMC and Intel®On the road with Ferhad PatelFerhad Patel is Director of Business Development at Intel – and Dell EMC is Intel’s largest partner in the enterprise space. Watch this video to learn more about the close collaboration between Intel and Dell EMC and how the Xeon® Scalable Processor platform that features in the latest PowerEdge servers is Intel’s biggest launch in a decade.“Our collaboration spans decades,” he says, of what he describes as an exciting, best-of-breed partnership. “When we launch new products, we’re there with Dell and we do all the validation before we do the launch. We have engineers at their site before launch, and vice versa.Ferhad explains that the close collaboration between Dell EMC and Intel delivers a win:win combination of 65% performance improvements over the previous processor and also enables customers to achieve greater performance capabilities with fewer servers.For Ferhad, PowerEdge in a word is: “Industry-leading”> Watch the video now (2:38 length) to learn more about the enhanced agility, performance and security.Comprehensive rack and tower choicesOn the road with Claude LavigneDell EMC’s Director of Product Development, Claude Lavigne, is a specialist in rack and tower servers. He explains that the latest Dell EMC PowerEdge configurations offer simple scalability, enhanced performance and easy, but advanced, system management.You can watch this interview to get a quick overview of the comprehensive choice of rack and tower server solutions within the Dell EMC PowerEdge portfolio – everything from high-performance 4-socket solutions to entry-level tower servers – and their suitability for different target customers.Plus, you’ll learn how being built from the ground up without compromise enables PowerEdge servers to deliver the difference for organizations of all sizes.How does Claude describe PowerEdge in a word? “Number One”> View the interview here (3:10 length) to see why Claude recommends PowerEdge for your customers.Innovative modular server solutionsOn the road with David K NguyenTypical customers for modular servers are those looking for a combination of three things: the highest computing processing power for their workloads, to simplify the scale-out environment and to also save data center space.Watch this ‘on the move’ interview with David K Nguyen, Director of Servers, Product Management at Dell EMC to discover why he believes that innovative Dell EMC PowerEdge servers are far more advanced than competitor options.For David, PowerEdge is simply: “All-Inspiring”> See what David says (3:26 length) about trusted partnership, world-class support and reliable products.Enabling easier system managementOn the road with Kevin NoreenKevin Noreen is Senior Director, Product Management at Dell EMC. He compares the advancements in the system management associated with the latest PowerEdge technology to a self-driving car, in terms of the efficiencies that can be achieved in the data center.Check out this video to learn how the systems management software in the latest Dell EMC PowerEdge server portfolio automates tasks across the entire IT lifecycle, resulting in outstanding operational efficiency – and how OpenManage Mobile capabilities are revolutionizing systems management.You could now be able to complete a typical 4-hour IT service for a customer in just 30 seconds…According to Kevin, PowerEdge is simply: “Superior”> Watch the video now (5:13 length) to find out how easier system management is saving everyone time.Optimally enhanced productivity and securityOn the road with Enrico BracalenteIn the words of Director of Product Manager, Dell EMC Infrastructure Solutions, Enrico Bracalente, new PowerEdge is a “wonderful machine and state-of-the-art product”.He explains that the positive reaction of the technical press to the latest PowerEdge servers simply reflects the “exciting” and “unique” reports and opinions from customers themselves.Increased automation and performance, plus enhanced security that’s built into every aspect of the server infrastructure from the ground up is proving to be a massive hit.Learn how fully integrated security improvements and innovative systems management software within the Dell EMC PowerEdge portfolio is making daily life for IT/Infrastructure Managers a little easier – at the same time as increasing productivity, reliability and cost-effectiveness for customers.How does Enrico describe PowerEdge in a word? “Superlative”> View the interview here (4:10 length) to learn why Enrico is so proud of new PowerEdge serversSeize the PowerEdge advantage for your businessChannel Partners VideoFinally, let’s hear from Dell EMC executives John Byrne, Brian Payne and Cheryl Cook about the PowerEdge value proposition for the channel.In this short video, they explain how combining the industry’s #1 server products with the compelling Partner Program represents a fantastic opportunity for your business…> Transform your business with PowerEdge (2:06 length)Get up to speed with the wide-ranging benefits of the latest Dell EMC PowerEdge servers.  Access all of these short videos and more on your Partner Portallast_img read more

Peru Trains in Virtual Exercise ECODEX VII

first_imgFAP works to bring together the country’s armed forces with joint and combined mock exercises in a real theater of operations. “We want to increase the group of air, land, and naval components,” Maj. Portugal said. “We estimate that the initiative will become a reality by late 2019, and later on [it will be conducted] with other countries’ armed forces.” By Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo August 13, 2018 The Virtual Combat Training Center of the Peruvian Air Force (FAP, in Spanish) tested its dissimilar operational capacities during exercise ECODEX VII. The training, which included 30 combat and transport aircraft and more than 500 military personnel in various fictitious maneuvers, took place May 21–June 1, 2018, in Iquitos, San Ramón, and Puerto Maldonado, Peru. “For the first time, the combat center, which aims at maximizing flight hours, training, and real operations, took part in the virtual portion of such an important exercise,” FAP Colonel Augusto Jesús Patrón, director of the Virtual Combat Training Center, told Diálogo. “[We seek to] improve personnel capabilities, fulfill any government requirement, and be up to the task in the most important Latin American virtual exercises.” ECODEX, FAP’s most important exercise, started in 2015 and is conducted biannually. Simulation is used to instruct and train Air Force elements in high-cost tasks, such as air combat with different platforms. “This dissimilar exercise keeps crews trained in tactics, techniques, and standardized procedures to accomplish missions,” Col. Patrón said. The virtual center participated in simulated offensive missions under the control of an officer directing interceptions in the bases of Lima, Chiclayo, and Arequipa. There were defense missions against a combat aircraft attack and simulated counternarcotic operations. The exercise also included assault and air base takeovers, parachuting, unmanned aerial vehicle maneuvers, the fight against illegal mining, search and rescue, aeromedical evacuations, humanitarian relief transport, and use of satellite imaging. “As part of combat training, we carry out heavy force attacks—in other words, large-scale attacks with different types of aircraft flying together toward one objective, each with a different role,” FAP Major Ernesto Portugal, director of the Air Defense Group, told Diálogo. “As everything is interconnected, we were able to do the exercise from miles away.” The Virtual Combat Training Center, in charge of the Training and Instruction Squadron assigned to the Peruvian Air Force’s Air Defense Group, is equipped with cutting-edge technology, such as a war game simulator. It also houses training centers for combat and portable air-defense system missiles. Great lessons “The military personnel learned valuable lessons,” Maj. Portugal said. “The first [lesson] has to do with how easy it is to simulate exercises of this magnitude with virtual reality simulation. Another lesson relates to improved communications between combat units to avoid losing connectivity.” Another lesson learned: the need to increase people’s participation in exercises at the center. “We should grow a bit more and carry out real operations as well as simulated ones,” Col. Patrón said. “We realized that ECODEX exercises are an extraordinary opportunity to provide better doctrine training to our young officers.” The exercise favored interoperability between pilots and air defense officers who controlled radars in different units. “It’s not enough for every unit to be trained; we must also be interconnected. We achieve it with these kinds of exercises,” Maj. Portugal said. “As an initial effort and simulated practice in an exercise this big, we reached our goals, so that’s why I think our participation was a success,” Col. Patrón added. Fighting drug trafficking Military simulation is a technique that involves software, mechanical and electronic engineering, as well as the capability to reproduce exercises. “The technique renders the personnel involved in the regional fight against transnational crime more effective,” Col. Patrón said. “Our simulator is so versatile that it enables operations different from war, such as countering drug trafficking, which is one of our biggest threats after corruption.” last_img read more

‘Quiet advancement’ for Chelsfield

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Indonesia foreign debt rises as govt borrows from multilateral organizations

first_imgThe government has earmarked Rp 695.2 trillion ($47.25 billion) to finance pandemic handling and support the economy, which is expected to widen the budget deficit to 6.34 percent of GDP. Several multilateral organizations, such as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, have committed to providing loans for the country. The central bank deemed the overall external debt level to be healthy, with the foreign-debt-to-GDP ratio recorded at 38.5 percent at the end of September, up from 38.2 percent in the previous month. Long-term loans account for 89 percent of the current outstanding debt. The government’s foreign debt rose 3.4 percent yoy to $200.1 billion in August, according to the central bank. Meanwhile, overall public-sector debt, which aside from that of the government also includes that of the central bank, amounted to $203 billion. The rise in the government’s foreign debt was “driven by the partial withdrawal of loan commitment from multilateral organizations to support Indonesia’s COVID-19 pandemic handling and the national economic recovery program,” BI said in a statement. According to the report, Indonesia’s debt reached $402.08 billion by the end of last year, the seventh-highest among emerging economies. “The external debt [use] will be optimized to support development financing and stimulate economic recovery by minimizing risks that may affect macroeconomic stability,” it added. “Most of the external debt was used to finance corporate investment activities,” the central bank said, adding that 77.5 percent of the debt came from four sectors, namely mining, manufacturing, financial services and insurance, as well as electricity and gas procurement. “The government’s debt only comprised 29.8 percent of the total debt in the World Bank’s data, and the rest came from the private sector,” said the special adviser to the finance minister, Masyita Crystallin, adding that government debt remained manageable.center_img Meanwhile, private-sector foreign debt, which includes borrowings by state-owned enterprises, grew at a faster rate than government debt at 7.9 percent in September to $210.4 billion. Indonesia’s foreign debt rose by the end of August as the government borrowed funds from multilateral organizations to cover the country’s fiscal deficit, while businesses borrowed funds for investment, Bank Indonesia (BI) announced Thursday. Indonesia’s external debt, which includes government and private-sector borrowings, was recorded at US$413.4 billion in August, up 5.7 percent year-on-year (yoy), central bank data showed. According to the International Debt Statistics report published by the World Bank on Monday, Indonesia’s debt is one of the highest in the world among developing nations. “Before the coronavirus pandemic, the government used the debt for strategic projects to close the infrastructure gap and reduce logistics costs, which could ultimately boost the country’s economic growth,” she went on to say. Topics :last_img read more

EPA approves ‘Weaponized Mosquitoes’ for Indiana, 19 other states

first_imgBatesville, In. — Indiana is now one of 20 states in the country that the Environmental Protection Agency has approved the use of “Weaponized Mosquitoes.” Lexington, Kentucky-based MosquitoMate® received approval for the insects infected with a biopesticide on November 3.The male mosquitoes infected with the Walbachia bacteria. When the infected males mate with an uninfected female, the females produce eggs that don’t hatch.Company officials say the sale of the insects could begin by summer for mosquito control for homeowner associations, municipalities or individual homeowners. Based on field trials officials say the infected male mosquitoes do not bite.The 19 other approved states are California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont, and West Virginia, as well as Washington, DC.Lab-produced mosquitoes have been successfully used in China and Brazil.last_img read more