World Bank’s Scaling Solar program helps Zambia bring two PV projects online

first_imgWorld Bank’s Scaling Solar program helps Zambia bring two PV projects online FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Tech:Enel Green Power (EGP), a subsidiary of Italian power giant Enel, has started operations of the 34MW Ngonye solar PV plant in Zambia.The completion comes days after French developer Neoen and US thin-film specialist First Solar announced the completion of the first of the World Bank-backed Scaling Solar projects, another large project of 54MW in capacity in Zambia.The US$40 million Ngonye project, located in Lusaka South Multi-Facility Economic Zone in the country’s south, is Enel’s first PV project in Zambia and another under the Scaling Solar programme, which is driving large-scale PV adoption in African states such as Senegal and Madagascar, among others. Enel’s project will sell its energy to the country’s state-owned utility ZESCO through a 25-year power purchase agreement.Zambia’s Scaling Solar programme has been carried out by Zambia’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), which awarded the project to EGP in June 2016. The plant is owned by a special purpose vehicle 80% held by EGP and 20% by IDC.In June 2018, Enel signed a financing agreement with IDC of around US$34 million for the construction of the PV plant, involving senior loans of up to US$10 million from the International Financing Corporation (IFC), up to US$12 million from the IFC-Canada Climate Change Program and up to US$11.75 million from the European Investment Bank (EIB).Zambia is aiming to set up 600MW of solar in the next 2-3 years to diversify its energy mix.More: Zambia driving Scaling Solar forward with second large-scale project completionlast_img read more

Goals for credit union retargeting campaigns

first_img continue reading » These days, most people use the internet to research the things they’re interested in. It happens constantly with consumer goods—people read reviews, blogs, tech specs, and anything they can find about their intended purchase. People educate themselves with online content to ensure they make the best decision they can before they pull the trigger.The same general thing happens with consumers and financial institutions. People rarely just walk into the first branch and open an account before doing a little comparison shopping. Similarly, people look at credit card offerings from different issuers before choosing one. Or they’ll search for who has the best auto loan rates. Or maybe they’re shopping for a home and want to see who can help them out with a mortgage.It’s uncommon for people to engage a salesperson or representative without doing a little research of their own first. With inbound marketing, your credit union can help them.But here’s the rub: only about 2% of site visitors make a buying decision after their research. The other 98% leave. Maybe they want to do more research, or maybe something came up—their child knocked over a glass of milk, they forgot something in the oven—and they forget about it. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Book Review: ‘Zombie Loyalists’ By Peter Shankman

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York In his immensely readable new book, Zombie Loyalists: Using Great Service to Create Rabid Fans, customer service guru Peter Shankman coins a new term: “the Zombie Loyalist.” Perhaps he is latching onto the latest pop culture reference. Maybe he is simply a sci-fi fan. Either way, by introducing the concept of the zombie into the business how-to book genre, Shankman has struck pure gold.The idea of the zombie loyalist is not arbitrary. In fact, in Shankman’s casual and chatty narrative, the introduction of the zombie makes perfect sense. A zombie loyalist is a customer who is so bowled over by a company’s above and beyond brand of customer service that they go one step further than brand loyalty—he or she goes out of their way to preach the gospel of that company, through social media and actual word-of-mouth to convert others to patronize that business. Zombies. Get it?Shankman uses tons of real life examples to illustrate his thesis, from his air travel experiences to the time he tweeted to Morton’s Steakhouse that he was hungry—and was greeted with a gourmet meal, complete with appetizer, bread and silverware.Shankman illustrates the disconnect between corporate CEOs who are so flanked by yes-men that they remain unaware of just how disappointed customers are to the experiences of actual boots-on-the-ground customer service representatives. And it isn’t pretty, especially coupled with the fact that in this modern age of consumerism, customers have come to expect lackluster service. They expect delayed, cramped flights. They expect to be overcharged. They expect a faceless corporate conglomerate uninterested in the customer experience.This is where Shankman’s expertise comes into play. The door has been left wide-open for businesses to deliver exemplary service—or even just satisfactory service that would be perceived as exemplary based on customers’ low expectations. He outlines ways to so wow clients that they not only consider only your business for meeting theier needs, but are so filled with infectious enthusiasm that they actively work as unpaid salespeople, working to convert their friends into your clients as well.Shankman’s narrative is told in such a way that readers will enjoy the ride he takes them on, but they can relate to it so well that they will want to adapt his expertise to different aspects of their lives. This book can serve as a manual not just for customer service representatives, but for salespeople looking to expand their business, CEOs aiming to increase their bottom line, and anyone in a service-related industry who wants to help incite a happy-customer-zombie apocalypse.last_img read more

MacBook Air With M1 Processor Beats 16-Inch MacBook Pro, All Other Processors on Geekbench Leaderboards

first_imgAre iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. – Advertisement – MacBook Air with the new M1 processor has been spotted on Geekbench and it outperforms the 16-inch MacBook Pro with Intel Core i9 processor. Apple recently refreshed its Mac mini, MacBook Pro 13-inch, and MacBook Air with its in-house M1 processor, replacing the Intel processors as the company earlier announced it will. Now, MacBook Air with the new M1 chip has made its way to Geekbench and is seemingly outperforming all other CPUs, at least in the single-core scores.The Geekbench listing comes with the name ‘MacBook Air 10,1′ and has the ‘Apple Silicon’ processor. The laptop has 8GB of RAM and runs macOS 11.0.1. It posted a single-core score of 1,687 and a multi-core score of 7,433. The listing also reveals a base frequency of 3.2GHz that is significantly higher than the base clock speed of 2.3GHz of the Intel Core i9-9880H processor found in the 16-inch MacBook Pro.- Advertisement –center_img Looking at the processor leaderboard on Geekbench, the eight-core M1 processor outperforms much higher core count processors in single-score benchmarks. The top performing processor in the leaderboard is the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X with 16 cores and it has a single-core score of 1,628 – much lesser than Apple’s M1. Next is AMD Ryzen 7 5800X with eight cores and a single-core score of 1,625. Interestingly, MacBook Air with the M1 processor also comfortably beat the top of the line 16-inch MacBook Pro with the Intel Core i9-9880H processor, both in terms of single-core (1,029) and multi-core (6,012) scores.This already significant lead in performance is even more surprising when you consider that the MacBook Air is fanless, meaning there is no active cooling unlike the 16-inch MacBook Pro. All the heat generated by the processor and other components in the M1-powered MacBook Air is passively cooled. It should also be noted that the base MacBook Air model with 8GB of RAM outperformed the top-end model of the 16-inch MacBook Pro.The same processor is also present in the refreshed 13-inch MacBook Pro that does have a fan, and may offer even better performance compared to MacBook Air, especially in terms of longer sustained load operations. It’s safe to say that Apple has been able to achieve something quite impressive with its new M1 processor and the new laptops can easily outperform the previous generation offerings at the same price.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Richard Branson’s new luxe cruise line won’t allow kids

first_imgRichard Branson’s Virgin brand launched an adults-only cruise ship arm that opens in April — just as the fast-growing sector suffers its most serious setback in years from the coronavirus outbreak.Scarlet Lady, unveiled in Dover, England, on Friday and the first of four new vessels that will form the Virgin Voyages fleet, aims to bring “the luxe experience of a boutique hotel to the sea,” the billionaire said in a statement.While the ship will be based in Miami for voyages in the Caribbean, thousands of miles from the Asian epicenter of the virus, it’s not clear what impact the epidemic will have on wider demand. The ordeal of 3,700 people held on board a vessel in Japan as disease spread among passengers has made headlines around the world, while Carnival Corp. and Royal Caribbean Cruises have issued profit warnings. Virgin’s fleet will aim to capitalize on a boom in cruising among younger people. Ships will boast interiors by Tom Dixon and Roman and Williams and offer gym programs, yoga, 20 restaurants featuring Michelin-standard food and entertainment including drag acts and sets by star DJs including Mark Ronson.Among major operators, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings is least exposed to Asian markets, followed by Royal Caribbean and Carnival, according to a note from Berenberg analysts. There’s as yet no evidence that media coverage of the vessel quarantined in Yokohama or another turned away by five countries is affecting bookings globally, rather than just in virus-hit Asia, they said.Scarlet Lady, built in Genoa, Italy, will ply routes that include stops in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Key West and the Bahamas, where passengers will be able to use their own beach club. A second ship will be based in Barcelona and offer Mediterranean cruises starting next year.Topics :last_img read more

Airline sued over pilot abuse claims

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Simon Wood was found dead after being charged with sexually abusing childrenBritish Airways is to be sued for damages over claims one of its pilots sexually abused children in African schools and orphanages.Lawyers claim the airline bears responsibility because the alleged victims were assaulted by First Officer Simon Wood while on stopovers.Mr Wood, 54, from Potters Bar, Herts, died when he was hit by a train on 18 August last year.BA said it was “shocked and horrified” by the allegations.An inquest is due to be held into the death of Mr Wood, who had been charged with one count of indecent assault of a girl under 16, two counts of making indecent photographs of a child and one count of possessing indecent images of a child.‘Shocked and horrified’Law firm Leigh Day said Mr Wood allegedly molested youngsters during stopovers in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania while flying for British Airways. Some of their clients are aged just eight.Lawyer Nichola Marshall said: “We allege that Wood was able to abuse the victims, by reason of his employment with the airline, in particular through his involvement with the airline’s community relations work.“The schools and orphanages that our clients attended were all in receipt of charitable donations from the airline, and Wood played a key role in administering those donations, on behalf of British Airways.”The Crown Prosecution Service said Mr Wood was first arrested over an indecent assault allegation in November 2001 but prosecutors ruled there was insufficient evidence to charge him.It reconsidered the case after receiving new details of similar alleged offences committed overseas and apparent evidence of indecent images.A British Airways spokesman said: “We were shocked and horrified to hear the allegations against Simon Wood.“Our sympathies are with the victims and it is disappointing that the conduct of one person has caused so much distress to the many thousands of decent people who engage in charitable works on a regular basis.”The inquest into Mr Wood’s death is due to be held at Hertfordshire Coroner’s Court.BBC News 242 Views   no discussions BusinessLifestyleTravel Airline sued over pilot abuse claims by: – July 30, 2014center_img Share Tweet Sharelast_img read more

75 inmates escape Paraguay prison

first_imgASUNCION – At least 75 inmates,including members of Brazil’s most powerful gang, escaped from a Paraguayanprison on Sunday after digging a tunnel in an operation that prison officialswere believed to have been aware of, the government said. The director of the penitentiary inthe city of Pedro Juan Caballero, near the Brazilian border, was fired alongwith six other prison officials, Paraguayan Justice Minister Cecilia Perezsaid. The escaped prisoners included gangmembers from First Capital Command, Brazil’s most powerful and sophisticatedorganized crime group, according to the government.(Reuters)center_img Clothes remain in a tunnel entrance where at least 75 inmates escaped on Sunday at Pedro Juan Caballero city jail in Paraguay. AP/MARCIANO CANDIAlast_img read more

Wikki Tourists sack Technical Adviser

first_imgRelatedPosts ‘Army Officer’ in EFCC net for alleged multiple fraud Our names, logo excluded from Bauchi elections — 22 parties NHIS enrols 1000 retired policemen in Bauchi The management of Wikki Tourists Football Club of Bauchi on Tuesday removed the Technical Adviser of the club, Garba Ibrahim. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ibrahim was sacked following the poor performance by the team in the ongoing National Professional Football League where it lost all its home and away matches. Ibrahim took over as Technical Adviser following the resignation of his predecessor, Aliyu Zubairu. A statement signed by the spokesman of the club, Nasiru Kobi, said a former Technical Adviser of Eyimba FC, Usman Shariff, has been appointed to replace Ibrahim. Kobi said that Ibrahim, a former Chief Coach of the club, who took over the affairs of the team at the beginning of the season, had been redeployed to the Bauchi State Sports Council. He, further, said that Haruna Abubakar and Dantani Yahaya were also appointed as goalkeeper trainer and assistant goalkeeper trainer respectively. Kobi also said that the club’s chief coach, Bashir Sale, and trainer, Wada Jibrin, have also been redeployed to the state council. He said: “Bala Mohammed, the club’s goalkeeper trainer, who is a contract staff of the club, has been disengaged by the club. “All the appointments are with immediate effect while the new technical adviser was expected to commence training with the team on Tuesday.” In a related development, the club, in its bid to strengthen its squad, has dropped five of its players. Kobi said the action was to meet the transfer window guidelines of NPFL 2020. He listed Ahmed Alamari, Wisdom Jumbo, Kamaldeen Sikiru, Sixtus Bobga and Adamu Mohammed as the players dropped by the club. Kobi said that Aliyu Newman, Aminu Nuhu, Giwa Isaac, Salisu Musa and Yusuf Abdullahi were also dropped by the club in the last two weeks. The spokesman disclosed that the club was negotiating with eight new players that would join the squad before the end of the week.Tags: Aliyu ZubairuBauchi StateGarba IbrahimWikki Tourists Football Clublast_img read more

Boult strikes late after Wagner achieves milestone

first_img(REUTERS)-Trent Boult grabbed three late wickets after Neil Wagner collected his 100th Test victim to put New Zealand firmly in control of the first match against Pakistan at the close of the third day’s play yesterday.The visitors were reduced to 129 for seven in their second innings, a lead of 62 runs, with Asad Shafiq on six and Sohail Khan on 22 at Hagley Oval in Christchurch.Until the last 45 minutes on play, the visitors had taken the day’s honours by inching into the lead and setting themselves up to build on today.Boult, however, took the catch to dismiss Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq (13) then got the wickets of Azhar Ali (31), Sarfraz Ahmed (2) and Mohammad Amir (6), giving his side the chance to finish off the test on Sunday and take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.The 30-year-old Wagner had earlier become the second fastest New Zealander to the 100-wicket mark, achieving it in his 26th Test. Richard Hadlee, the country’s most prolific wicket taker with 431, took 25 tests to reach 100.Pakistan’s seamers had dragged their side back into the game when they captured seven wickets in the first session to bowl the hosts out for 200.Sohail (3-78), Rahat Ali (4-62) and Amir (3-43) shared the wickets after the hosts had resumed on 104 for three only to be bundled out with just a 67-run lead.Pakistan were content to slowly chip away at the deficit, losing opener Sami Aslam for seven just after lunch.Azhar and Babar Azam continued to grind away until well into the final session before Wagner’s short-pitched tactics paid off when Babar gloved a ball down the leg side to wicketkeeper BJ Watling to become the left armer’s 100th Test wicket.Wagner then captured the prolific Younus Khan (1) with a perfect bouncer that he was unable to avoid and the ball flew through to Watling to leave Pakistan in trouble at 64 for three.Azhar, who scored a triple century against West Indies in Dubai last month, guided Pakistan into the lead when he deflected Wagner past gully for a boundary before he and Misbah looked to consolidate.Misbah, however, was caught in the deep by Boult off Tim Southee for 13, before the left armer took three wickets in three successive overs.PAKISTAN 1st innings 133 (C. de Grandhomme 6-41) New Zealand 1st inningsT. Latham lbw b Amir 1J. Raval c Aslam b Amir 55K. Williamson c Aslam b So. Khan 4R. Taylor c S. Ahmed b R. Ali 11H. Nicholls lbw b So. Khan 30C. de Grandhomme c R. Ali b So. Khan 29B. Watling c Y. Khan b R. Ali 18T. Astle c Shafiq b R. Ali 0T. Southee c S. Ahmed b Amir 22N. Wagner c Shafiq b R. Ali 21T. Boult not out 3Extras (lb-1 nb-4 w-1) 6Total (all out, 59.5 overs) 200Fall of wickets: 1-6 T. Latham,2-15 K. Williamson,3-40 R. Taylor,4-105 H. Nicholls,5-109 J. Raval,6-146 C. de Grandhomme,7-146 T. Astle,8-171 B. Watling,9-177 T. Southee,10-200 N. WagnerBowling: M. Amir 18 – 4 – 43 – 3(nb-4 w-1),So. Khan 22 – 5 – 78 – 3,R. Ali 15.5 – 2 – 62 – 4, Y. Shah 4 – 0 – 16 – 0.PAKISTAN 2nd inningsS. Aslam c Watling b de Grandhomme 7Az. Ali b Boult 31B. Azam c Watling b Wagner 29Y. Khan c Watling b Wagner 1Misbah-ul-Haq c Boult b Southee 13A. Shafiq not out 6S. Ahmed b Boult 2M. Amir c Astle b Boult 6So. Khan not out 22Extras (b-5 lb-7) 12Total (for 7 wickets, 66 overs) 129Fall of wickets: 1-21 S. Aslam,2-58 B. Azam,3-64 Y. Khan,4-93 Misbah-ul-Haq,5-93 Az. Ali,6-95 S. Ahmed,7-105 M. AmirTo bat: R. Ali, Y. ShahBowling: T. Boult 15 – 5 – 18 – 3, T. Southee 19 – 10 – 43 – 1,C. de Grandhomme 14 – 4 – 23 – 1,N. Wagner 14 – 6 – 21 – 2,T. Astle 4 – 0 – 12 – 0.last_img read more