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Australian Solar Installations Set Record in 2017

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Australia, one of the world’s biggest users of rooftop solar panels, likely added the most new capacity on record last year as electricity users sought to ease escalating power bills.A preliminary estimate by Australia’s Clean Energy Regulator of 1.05 gigawatts installed last year would be a record for the country, the government body said in an emailed statement Friday. While subsidies and generous feed-in tariffs helped boost growth earlier this decade, last year’s gains were driven by users seeking to sidestep a surge in the cost of electricity and a push by vendors into the commercial sector, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.“We are on track to have had the biggest year yet for installed small-scale solar capacity” in 2017, according to the regulator statement. “What we have seen is that homeowners and businesses continue to embrace solar panel systems, which is driving increased levels of capacity across Australia.”The shift to solar may have quickened as power prices spiked last year on tight supplies of coal and gas, which fuel the bulk of generation capacity on the national electricity market. BNEF estimates the cost of solar systems for residential customers has declined 44 percent since 2012.“The payback period for residential solar is now as low as it was in 2012, when super-generous feed-in tariffs and subsidies drove a massive boom in installations,” said BNEF’s Sydney-based analyst Annabel Wilton.Rooftop solar will account for as much as 24 percent of Australia’s electricity by 2040, according to BNEF’s 2017 New Energy Outlook. When combined with small-scale batteries and demand response initiatives, up to 45 percent of the country’s total power capacity will be located on owners’ properties—known as behind-the-meter-capacity—by 2040.More: Surging Power Bills Spark Rush for Household Solar in Australia Australian Solar Installations Set Record in 2017last_img read more

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In Cuba, medical students provide door-to-door virus care

first_imgIn its fight against coronavirus, Cuba is relying on its world renown health services: According to the World Health Organization the country has 82 physicians per 10,000 people, compared with 40 for Russia, 26 for the United States and 18 for China. Topics : Student doctors in Cuba are trudging from house to house trying to identify cases of the coronavirus pandemic to stop it from spreading in the Caribbean island nation.”How many people live here? Have you been in contact with foreigners? Do you know the health rules to follow?” they ask.Some 28,000 students repeat the same questions dozens of times a day, all across the country. ‘It’s not rocket science’For Carlos Lagos, 83, watching students file past his door has become the new norm.The students ask “if I feel bad, if I have a fever, how I look after myself,” said Lagos, standing at his door bare-chested due to the heat.Elder care is crucial in Cuba where 20 percent of the population is over 60.”So far I feel fine and I hardly go out,” said Dolores Garcia, 82, from behind the gate to her apartment. She’s delighted to have a face mask.”Someone who loves me a lot brought it to me,” she said.Cubans are used to going without basic necessities — there’s often a lack of soap, for example.Instead of a hydroalcoholic hand sanitizer, Cubans have been using a chlorine solution to wash their hands.With a lack of medical face masks, many have made their own from cloth, including Marina Ibanez, a 56-year-old kindergarten employee.”When I saw that people were walking around without masks… I got to work making face masks for people,” she said.Although she had no experience, she has already made 50, which she distributed to neighbors.”It’s not rocket science,” Ibanez said.center_img  ‘Solidarity and selflessness’ “We don’t have the technology of rich countries, but we have a human personnel that is very qualified, with great solidarity and selflessness,” said Caballero Gonzalez.Door-to-door care is nothing new for Cubans used to family doctors who have “always done the rounds… to look for any type of transmittable illness.”Over the past two weeks, rounds have increased in order “to reach 100 percent of the population in as little time as possible,” she said.Medical students have joined the national effort because Cuba has an abundance of them, including thousands of foreigners attracted by the country’s 25 medical faculties and the prestigious Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM).”We’re already used to going door-to-door,” said second-year student Susana Diaz, 19.”There’s always a time around September-October when we do home visits for dengue. So when the coronavirus situation worsened, the university asked if we’d go door-to-door,” she said.Any suspicious illness — such as a cough or fever — is immediately reported to the local medical center.”Many thank us for what we’re doing,” Diaz said.Doctors are “much loved” in Cuba, said Maite Perez, 30, after a visit by one of the students.”I’m really happy they’re looking after our health,” she said.Perez is taking health precautions seriously: She keeps a mop at the front door to clean her shoes, categorically washes her clothes after returning home and wears a mask every time she leaves.There’s just one rule that’s proving painfully hard to adhere too: no hugging or kissing.”I just want to hold my mother and kiss her, to squeeze her… but we’re not allowed to,” Perez said. In the Vedado neighborhood of Havana, Liz Caballero Gonzalez, a 46-year-old doctor, accompanies two students charged with canvassing an area that is home to 300 families each day.In a country where many people wear face masks — and some shops won’t allow customers in unless they have one — the only thing that sets the students apart is their white gowns.Crippled by six decades of US sanctions, Cuba was one of the last countries in Latin America to close its borders, desperate to keep the tourism revenue it relies on.It finally caved on March 24 and now has 212 coronavirus cases and six deaths. As a precaution, close to 2,800 people are receiving hospital care.last_img read more

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Property guru Andrew Winter on the ‘dos and don’ts’ of buying

first_img Session ID: 2020-09-28:596db949b1479659c55b0ce5 Player Element ID: vjs_video_736 OK Close Modal DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen00:00IT’S the biggest investment most people will make in their lifetime, but how can you make sure you don’t pay too much for your dream home? With more homes listed for sale across the country as owners rush to take profits ahead of the Christmas and New Year break, now’s the time to be in the market.So, whether you’re planning to bid at auction or negotiate a private sale, don’t leave home without these tips from Selling Houses Australia and Love It Or List It Australia host Andrew Winter. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Andrew Winter has shared his tips for buying a property.TIPS FOR BUYING AT AUCTION1. Read the fine print“Undertake your due diligence very carefully and never be scared to ask for an extra inspection,” Andrew said.2. Get your finances in orderJust as with purchasing a home via private treaty, being financially ready to buy is really important. Andrew also suggests setting a maximum limit and sticking to it, so that you don’t get caught up in the emotion that comes with bidding at auction and end up paying too much or more than you can afford. GOOGLE SEARCH LANDS BUYER BIG DISCOUNT Andrew Winter shares his tips for buying a home at auction. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality LevelsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUNDcenter_img TIPS FOR PRIVATE TREATY BUYING1. Know the seller’s motiveAndrew suggests asking why the vendor is selling in the first place. “Is it a job move? A divorce? A forced sale? That could mean you’ve got a chance of getting a better deal.”2. Be ready to buy Andrew advises playing from a position of strength by making sure your finances are in order and you’re ready to buy. His best tip? “NEVER put your best offer first. Always hold that one back.” 3. Get the ball rolling If you like the property, move fast. It might be the biggest financial investment of your life, but Andrew warns not to spend too much time thinking about it if you know what you want in a home and you find it.“Get your offer in and start those negotiations or else you could miss out.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours ago MORTGAGE STRESS IMPROVES IN QLD Real estate expert Andrew Winter. Picture: Evan Morgan.last_img read more

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Falcao: Why can’t players hug each other in Bundesliga?

first_img Read Also: Lampard wants short term Chelsea deal for Barcelona target “During the game, we’re in constant contact. “Defenders are on top of you at corners! They’re all together in walls.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Radamel Falcao questioned why players couldn’t celebrate together during Borussia Dortmund’s 4-0 win over Schalke on Saturday. Haaland goal cerebration against Schalke After each Dortmund goal, their players kept their distance from each other, with Erling Haaland making fun of the situation with his celebration for the opener. Social distancing was observed by coaches and substitutes during the match as the Bundesliga returned after a two month hiatus. “Watching the return of football, I’m asking myself: Is there a specific reason that doesn’t allow hugs after goals?” Falcao tweeted.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted ContentWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayUnderappreciated Movies You Missed In 2019The Most Exciting Cities In The World To Visit8 Shows You Didn’t Want To Watch At The End14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now10 Awesome TV Series That Got Cancelled Way Too Soon7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Things That Actually Ruin Your PhoneTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThe Highest Paid Football Players In The Worldlast_img read more