Wales sets 70% clean energy target

first_imgIllustration (Photo: Marine Energy Wales) Welsh government has set a target for Wales to generate 70% of its electricity consumption from renewable energy by 2030.The clean energy ambition for Wales, announced by Cabinet Secretary for Environment Lesley Griffiths, also includes a target for 1GW of renewable electricity capacity in Wales to be locally owned by 2030.Furthermore, new renewable energy projects are expected to have at least an element of local ownership by 2020, Griffiths added.Griffiths said: “Wales must be able to compete in global low carbon markets, particularly now we face a future outside the EU. The ability to meet our needs from clean energy is the foundation for a prosperous low carbon economy. I believe these are stretching but realistic targets which will help us to decarbonize our energy system, reduce long-term costs and deliver greater benefits to Wales.”Electricity generation from renewables in Wales has trebled since 2010, and last year provided 32% of the electricity consumed, according to the Welsh government.The Cabinet Secretary added the Welsh government needed to take action to support delivery of these targets but is also looking to UK Government to deliver on areas not devolved to Wales.The Welsh government reminded it made around €100 million of EU structural funds available for investment in marine energy as part of its green energy transition.last_img read more

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Liberia Weak in Fighting Human Trafficking, Says US State Department State

first_imgThe U.S. Department of State has unveiled that Liberia is yet to fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of human trafficking.Although the State Department’s report partially praised Liberia for “an increased number of investigations and prosecutions of alleged trafficking offenses,”  including steps taken by government to adopt a five-year national action plan to combat human trafficking, the report, however, notes that Liberia remains a source, transit and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking.According to the report, most trafficking victims originate from and are exploited within the country’s borders, where they are subjected to domestic servitude, forced begging, sex trafficking, or forced labor in street vending, rubber plantations, and alluvial diamond/gold mines.“A small number of Liberian women and children are subjected to human trafficking in other West African countries, including Cŏte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria,” the report said.It also unveiled that transnational trafficking comes to Liberia from neighboring West African countries, including Sierra Leone, Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire and Nigeria, and the victims are subjected to the same types of exploitation as internally trafficked ones. The report further indicates that women from Tunisia and Morocco were subjected to sex trafficking in Liberia.  It added that amidst all these, Liberia has not convicted a Liberian for trafficking in persons.The State Department urged the government of Liberia to prosecute, convict and sentence traffickers.It also called for vigorous investigation, prosecution, and conviction of government officials complicit in trafficking offenses.The State Department, having realized some lapses in the Judicial system of Liberia, recommended to the Liberian government to provide additional training to law enforcement officials and magistrates to apply anti-trafficking laws and to distinguish trafficking crimes from cases of human smuggling or kidnapping.The report also calls on Liberia to educate representatives of non-governmental organizations, law enforcement agencies, courts, and other government agencies on the “Direct Assistance and Support to Trafficked Victims Standard Operating Procedures,” so that they learn to proactively identify and provide protective services to trafficking victims, create and adequately fund a shelter specifically for trafficking victims, and increase efforts to educate the public about the dangers of human trafficking.The Trafficking in Person (TIP) Report is the U.S. Government’s diplomatic tool to engage foreign governments in the fight against human trafficking.  It serves as the world’s most comprehensive resource of governmental anti-human trafficking efforts and reflects the U.S. Government’s commitment to global leadership on this key human rights and law enforcement issue.Unlike previous limited understanding about human trafficking that got people to believe it to be selling the victim to a foreign country for ritual purpose or slavery, the act is nowadays clearly understood to be domestically oriented.As public awareness had acknowledged on many occasions, relatives and loved ones take others’ children from the hinterland under the guise that they are bringing them to the city to send them to school.When they are brought, the children become domestic servants to them and their biological children thereby denying them of most privileges and rights they are entitled to as humans.Most of these children do not attend good schools and many  do not attend at all, but are used to sell for their guardians and support the home.It is evidently clear that in Monrovia many children are found in street places selling biscuit, candy, cold water and other goods that are easily conveyed in the hands.Some women are also in the streets carrying children around begging for money.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Enceladus Eruptions Caught on Camera

first_imgEnceladus, one of the small icy moons of Saturn, is undergoing eruptive activity right now.  Evidence from previous flybys has now been corroborated visually in stunning images that made the lead stories on NASA, JPL and Cassini.  Amateur enthusiasts were already expressing excitement at the images before the announcement (see Unmanned Spaceflight).  The complete set of raw images is available at the Cassini Raw Image Gallery and a trio of images was published by the Cassini Imaging Team.    The images show several distinct jets of material being emitted from the limb, as viewed in back lighting.  There might be a dozen or more.  All appear aligned along fractures in the crust.  The material is most likely water ice.  Particles are apparently being ejected with sufficient force to escape straight out; no ballistic umbrella-shaped paths, as with Io’s volcanos, is evident with these eruptions from Enceladus, though it must be remembered that Enceladus, being smaller and less massive, has a much lower escape velocity.  The plumes reinforce long-held suspicions that Enceladus is supplying the material to Saturn’s E ring.    Eruptive activity was inferred during the March and July encounters from magnetic field, dust particle and ultraviolet sensors (see 08/30/2005 story).  The emissions at the time were found to be localized at the south pole in a field of long, parallel canyons dubbed the “tiger stripes.”  These new visual images line up perfectly with that region.  Now that the plumes are clearly visible, scientists have compared them with limb images from the plume-hunting observations January 16.  Though tantalizing hints of plumes were seen, scientists were cautious to accept them as real, not knowing if they were imaging artifacts.  Since those line up with the new ones, Enceladus has probably been in a continuous state of eruption most of this year, probably far longer.    Further measurements will be required to determine if the activity is episodic or continuous.  The discovery will spur additional questions about the composition of the particles, their size distribution, the volume ejected over time, the mechanism of ejection, and why it occurs only in the south polar region.  The biggest puzzle of all seems to be why this moon, much smaller than Io and not in any orbital relationship with Saturn or other large body sufficient to cause tidal heating, should be so active.  Intuitively, a body this small should be dead cold.  Any internal heat from the moon’s formation should long ago have dissipated, if this body is as old as commonly believed.  Nor could solar heating explain this, as in the case of Triton’s faint nitrogen geysers, which coincided with the angle of greatest sunlight.  Enceladus receives most of its illumination at the equator, not the poles.  Clearly something interesting is going on down south on this little moon.  Today’s discovery will likely motivate NASA scientists to add more Enceladus encounters to a likely extended mission, after the prime mission ends in July, 2008.Here is prima facie evidence that Enceladus is young.  The burden of proof is on the moyboys (09/16/2005 commentary) to prove otherwise.  The E ring has been known for over 20 years and is composed of particles so small (micron sized), it must be continuously replenished or it would disappear within decades.  Does this mean that these Enceladus geysers have been erupting continuously for decades, centuries, millennia?  How can it be credible to believe this kind of process can run for millions or billions of years?  Everyone can enjoy the discovery of a new Yellowstone.  Those open-minded to allow for far younger ages of solar system objects have the added entertainment of watching the moyboys scramble with each new eruption.  Maybe the new plume should be called the Fountain of Youth.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Which Hidden Creature are you?

first_imgHave you ever wondered what type of mythical creature you are? Are you elegant and keen-eyed like a Unicorn? Beautiful and fiery like the Phoenix? Strong and shy like a Yeti? Take this quiz to find out which one of the Hidden Creatures you are!The search for Hidden Creatures begins on June 27! Are you ready?Take the quiz!Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedFrom Sketch to Souvenir: the artist behind Hidden CreaturesJune 19, 2018In “News”Uncover a new world of Hidden CreaturesJune 5, 2018In “News”Last chance! Collect all 13 Hidden CreaturesJuly 17, 2018In “News”last_img read more

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Military Couples, Infidelity, and Marriage Education Programs

first_imgBy Rachel Dorman, M.S.[Flickr, Working on changing the world of BAHAMAS conference by alesecgermany, CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 23, 2015Infidelity can be an extremely difficult event for couples to overcome. The painful effects of infidelity can go beyond a couple, having a lasting impact on children and other family members. With frequent absence, deployment, and relational strain military members are more vulnerable to infidelity. Allen, Rhoades, Stanley, Loew, and Markman (2012) examined how marriage education can impact military couples who have experienced infidelity.The researchers conducted a study that included 662 married Army couples to evaluate whether marriage education would impact marital satisfaction and communication skills in couples who had experienced infidelity in their relationship. Researchers reported that just over 23% of the couples that participated in the study had reported a history of infidelity in their relationship. The couples were randomly assigned to the Prevention and Relationship Education Program, PREP, or to the control group that received no treatment. The PREP intervention consisted of a 1 – day training and a weekend retreat, with over 14 hours of training. The content of the trainings included communication, problem solving, relationship dynamics and commitment, forgiveness, core beliefs, and the deployment cycle. Each spouse was separately evaluated prior to the intervention, after the intervention, and a year later for a follow-up. The researchers found that couples who had experienced infidelity had lower levels of marital satisfaction than couples who had not experienced infidelity at the pre-, post-, and follow-up evaluations. Couples who had experienced infidelity and received the PREP training showed significantly higher marital satisfaction at the post-evaluation than the control group couples who had experienced infidelity. Also, couples who had experienced infidelity and received PREP training showed significantly higher communication skills at the post-evaluation than the control group couples who had experienced infidelity.[Flickr, BABYYYY… by Katheirne Hitt, CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 23, 2015The researchers highlighted the need for improvements in the PREP curriculum to include divorce prevention. Allen, et al. (2012) call for future studies to take couples current stage of dealing with the infidelity into consideration. The researchers stated that every couple in this study was labeled as faithful or unfaithful, without giving consideration to the intensity or trauma of the event, the length of time that has passed since the event, or the current state of the marriage as a result of the event. In all, education was found to be a powerful tool that can be used to help couples seeking treatment. To learn more about working with military couples struggling with infidelity check out previous blogs, here and here.References[1] Allen, E., Rhoades, G., Stanley, S., Loew, B., & Markman, H. (2012). The effects of marriage education for Army couples with a history of infidelity. Journal of Family Psychology, 26(1), p. 26-35. DOI: 10.1037/a0026742This post was written by Rachel Dorman, M.S., a member of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

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Three Team reps skipping LA board meeting

first_imgView comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC F2 eyes third straight win, take on dangerous Cocolife Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ Three representatives of the seven-team group wanting to oust Chito Narvasa as PBA commissioner did not board the Philippine Airlines flight bound for Los Angeles on Friday night.Former chairs Pato Gregorio of TNT KaTropa, Mamerto Mondragon of Rain of Shine and Phoenix Petroleum’s Raymond Zorilla didn’t join the trip that is supposed to be the annual planning session of the board.ADVERTISEMENT Meralco, NLEX, Blackwater and Alaska have also indicated loss of confidence on Narvasa.Representatives of the five teams backing Narvasa—San Miguel Beer, Brgy. Ginebra, Star, Kia and GlobalPort—all boarded the flight with their families.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIncoming chair Ramoncito Fernandez of NLEX, who is supposed to arrive in LA on Nov. 13, is also reportedly not going to the planning sessions anymore, although he could join the rest of the current board members for a leisure trip to Las Vegas on Nov. 16. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

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US hits Ukraine separatists Russia officials with sanctions

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Trump administration said Friday it will punish 21 people and nine companies with sanctions over Russia’s actions in Ukraine and annexation of Crimea.Eleven of the individuals are Ukrainian pro-Russian separatists, the Treasury Department said. They hold titles such as minister of finance, trade, justice and security in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic in eastern Ukraine.The United States is also targeting several Russian officials, including Andrey Cherezov, a deputy energy minister in Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government. Cherezov is already under EU sanctions for his role in transferring turbines to Crimea. The turbines were sold to Russia by German electricity giant Siemens for use on Russian territory. Several companies involved in building infrastructure in Crimea are also being targeted by the latest sanctions.Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea in 2014 is not recognized by the United States. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has insisted that U.S. sanctions on Russia related to Crimea will remain in place indefinitely as long as Moscow refuses to withdraw from the territory.“The U.S. government is committed to maintaining the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and to targeting those who attempt to undermine the Minsk agreements,” said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, referring to a 2015 peace agreement reached in Minsk, Belarus, that has never been fully implemented.Russia’s government reacted to the sanctions by calling them “senseless” and arguing that previous sanctions have failed to produce results for Washington. The Russian Foreign Ministry said the U.S. actions would lead to financial losses for American businesses and that the United States was demonstrating “to the whole world their own helplessness.”“If U.S. authorities prefer to break economic and other ties with Russia, it is their right — just as we reserve the right to respond,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.The new U.S. sanctions came as Tillerson met Friday with Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko in Davos, Switzerland.___Associated Press writer Jim Heintz in Moscow contributed to this report.last_img read more

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