Report: global off-grid solar sales grew 40% in 201531 GOGLA member companies sold over 4 million off-grid solar devices in the second half of 2015, totaling the cash sales revenues of more than US $118 million. May 18, 2016 pv magazine Markets Markets & Policy Share Global Off-grid Lighting Association (GOGLA) has issued a new Solar Off-Grid Semi-Annual Market Report. The data submitted by 31 manufacturers and distributors of off-grid solar products demonstrates a 40% growth of global off-grid solar sales in H2 2015 compared to the first half of the year.According to the report, approximately 2.22 million products, or 54.3% of all devices, have been sold in Sub-Saharan Africa. South Asia accounts for 1.6 million, or 39% of sold products. The East Asia & Pacific region is the third with a significantly lower reported number of products sold105,187 or 2.6% of global sales. The combined sales of all other regions amount to about 165,579 products.Most of the products sold in Sub-Saharan Africa now provide power for people in Tanzania (473,009 products), Kenya (472,612) and Ethiopia (363,950). In South Asian region, more than 90% of off-grid devices have been purchased in India.The total cash sales revenues for all products amount to US$ 118,077,167 globally. Most of the revenues from cash sales in the second half of the last year were generated in Africa (US$ 59 million) and South Asia (US$ 47 million). Despite the nearly 40% difference in the amount of products sold in these two regions, revenues from cash sales in Africa are only 25% higher than those in South Asia.Such difference in the cash sales revenues is easily explained by the fact that a higher proportion of devices sold in Africa are the cheapest entry-level products with the capacity of up to 1.5 Wp. 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ABC News(LOS ANGELES) — A Hollywood stunt double who lost her arm while filming one of the Resident Evil movies said she thought the production company would take care of her, but now she’s suing the producers of the film, hoping to make her nightmare the last for stunt workers.Olivia Jackson sued the producers of Resident Evil: The Last Chapter last week, claiming they left her on her own as she racked up medical bills after the career-ending accident.Jackson has performed in several blockbuster films throughout her career, including Guardians of the Galaxy, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Avengers: Age of Ultron, but she said no film could ever prepare her for the trauma she suffered after the 2015 accident.“It’s something you always hear happening to someone else and you think, ‘Oh dear that’s horrible,’ but you never think its gonna be you,” Jackson said in an exclusive interview with ABC News’ Good Morning America airing Monday. “I thought the production would take care of me for a number of reasons.”Jackson was performing as a stunt double for Milla Jovovich on Resident Evil: The Last Chapter when she was injured in a motorcycle crash that resulted in her arm being amputated after being placed in a medically induced coma.Jackson said she was initially slated to film a fight scene on the day of the crash, but in a “last-minute change, she was asked to perform a dangerous and technically complex motorcycle scene in adverse weather,” according to her lawsuit, which was filed in Los Angeles.The scene Involved her speeding toward a camera that was supposed to lift over her head before she reached it. But the “haphazardly planned stunt went terribly wrong,” the lawsuit said, and Jackson collided with the camera at full speed.“It went straight into my left arm, my head and my shoulder,” Jackson told GMA. “The next thing I remember, I woke up three weeks later, [after] being in a coma, and then saw my family.”“I had numerous injuries, brain bleed, brain swelling, it hit the left-hand side of my face and all along here was — it’s called de-gloving — where it’s all pulled-back flesh. … You could see my teeth through my cheek,” she added.Now, unable to work, Jackson says she’s still fighting for proper compensation. Her lawsuit, which names producer Jeremy Bolton and producer/director Paul W.S. Anderson as defendants, said the crash was the result of the production team “elevating financial considerations over safety.”She said the movie’s producers misled her into believing that their insurance would cover any potential injuries sustained during on the job. Jackson claims the producers “abandoned” her and took out an insurance policy that only covered $33,000 of her medical expenses. After the accident, she said she was paid $990 in lost earnings despite the film’s blockbuster success and gross of more than $300 million.“They admitted they had very limited insurance, but they promised they would take care of me and make sure I came back to health,” Jackson told GMA. “When they stopped paying for the medical bills I think I was just really hurt and really scared because I was stuck. … I was really hurt and really scared because now I was stuck on my own.”Thankfully, members of the stunt actors community and movie lovers from around the world gathered to raise funds to help her have the surgeries she required, Jackson said.The lawsuit did not list a specific amount in damages, but Jackson said she’s seeking compensation to “take care of myself for the rest of my life and pay for all the extensive medical bills that are ongoing.”She also wants to raise awareness for cases like hers and hopefully inspire actors to be advocates for their own safety.“I would really like to make the world aware that things like this happen and make sure there is safety and insurance in place for the crews that make these films and give their lives, 16 hours a day, working to make these films,” Jackson told GMA. “A lot of the things with the insurance, those were hidden from me. It’s hard really to learn from it, when you sign a contract that says the production has insurance, but you don’t really know, every crew member on a film doesn’t know to ask them for their insurance papers.”Representatives for Anderson, Bolt and their respective companies did not respond to ABC News’ request for comment.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
6.Leipzig2614210676:65630 7.HSG Wetzlar2615011681:66330 9.Erlangen2612014683:70024 4.Fuchse Berlin271944782:69642 3.Kiel272115770:66243 5.SC Magdeburg271836764:72439 10.Hannover-Burgdorf2611015734:72822 18.Coburg 2000264121653:7609 ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsMT Melsungen and Fuchse Berlin ended their clash with 28:28 with controversal last few seconds afterwards question about red card for Berlin’s right back Fabian Wiede who caught the ball on the bench became open. In that case, refferes could sent him off and give 7-meter chance to home team.MT Melsungen: Sjöstrand (16 saves), Villadsen, Verkic (n. e.); Sellin 5/2, Golla 5, Fahlgren, Danner 1, P. Müller 1, Boomhouwer 2, Rnic 4, Schneider 3, Allendorf, Vuckovic, Jaanimaa, M. Müller 7, Haenen.Füchse Berlin: Heinevetter (15 saves), Stochl (n. e.); Wiede 5, Elisson 5, Struck, Göjun, P. Nenadic 1, Tönnesen 2, Plaza 3/1, Lindberg 7/4, Fäth, Kozina 2, D. Nenadic 2, Drux 1.THW Kiel stayed only with point against GWD Minden 23:23 at home. DKB Bundesliga title is again far away since SG Flensburg beat Bergischer 32:25.GWD: Christoffer Rambo (6), Aleksandar Svitlica (6/2), Magnus Gullerud (4), Marian Michalczik (3), Sören Südmeier (2), Charlie Sjöstrand (1), Florian Freitag (1), Kim Sonne Hansen (25 saves)THW Kiel : Rune Dahmke (5), Marko Vujin (5/1), Niclas Ekberg (4), Steffen Weinhold (4), Patrick Wiencek (3), Nikola Bylik (1), Lukas Nilsson (1).STANDINGS: 11.Minden2710215666:74322 Related Items: 15.Bergischer277119686:76915 Click to comment 16.TVB Stuttgart257018639:70814 14.Gummersbach267118656:72115 8.MT Melsungen2712213739:73126 13.Lemgo267118708:76115 12.Goppingen2610115718:73621 2.Rhein-Neckar252212739:62445 17.HBW Balingen-Weilstetten266218619:70714 ShareTweetShareShareEmail 1.Flensburg-H.262222808:63246 Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
After a five-year hiatus, Eric Clapton‘s Crossroads Guitar Festival is set to return on September 20th and 21st at Dallas, TX’s American Airlines Center. In partnership with Joe Hand Promotions, Crossroads Guitar Festival will be live-streamed at music venues, bars, restaurants, and performing arts centers across North America.The complete list of locations for the Crossroads Guitar Festival viewing parties has yet to be determined. Live music venue owners and promoters, and bar owners and operators are encouraged to contact Joe Hand Promotions at 1-800-557-4263 or visit joehandpromotions.com to arrange for a showing of Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival at their establishment. Participating locations will be included on Joe Hand Promotions’ Bar Finder search on the company’s website. If you want to see a viewing party at your local bar or venue, let them know to call and make it happen!Known for hosting performances and impromptu collaborations from the world’s most legendary guitar players, the fifth installment of the festival will see Clapton perform both nights along with John Mayer, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Robert Randolph, Buddy Guy Band, Gary Clark Jr., Jeff Beck, Jimmie Vaughn, Peter Frampton, Billy Gibbons, Sonny Landreth, Sheryl Crow, Robert Cray, and so many more.In addition to the concerts, the Guitar Center Festival Village will be featured on Victory Plaza adjacent to the arena. According to the press release, “Some of the world’s best guitar and gear manufacturers, including Ernie Ball, Fender, Gibson, Martin, PRS, and more, will host interactive exhibits where guitar enthusiasts can plug in and play new products and classic favorites. In addition, the Guitar Center Festival Village Stage Presented by Ernie Ball will host master guitar clinics and solo performances by main stage artists, next generation guitar virtuosos, and special surprise guests. The Guitar Center Festival Village will be open from 12pm to 8pm each day and is free to all ticket holders.”Head here to find a participating bar or restaurant live streaming Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival.
Webcast: What You Need to Know About COVID-19 Occupants in Saturday fire had tested positive for virus Newsham said the detective’s last day reporting for work was March 11 and he was resting and recovering at home. The Chief also said in the note the department was working to find another location for the detectives to work while the Homicide Unit was disinfected and thoroughly cleaned. The firefighters are home and their conditions are improving, according to officials. Earlier Sunday, D.C Fire and EMS Chief Gregory M. Dean, reported a fifth and sixth firefighter tested positive for the coronavirus. The fourth D.C. Firefighter that tested positive for the coronavirus was announced Saturday, a female assigned to Truck 16 in Southeast. It is unclear what precautions were taken after that. FOX 5 has reached out to D.C. Fire and EMS for comment. When it was extinguished two people who were inside the the apartment notified the firefighters they had tested positive for the coronavirus. Paul Wagner, FOX5DC, with permission In a note sent to all members of the department Saturday night, Chief Gregory Dean said, “The Firefighter/EMT works with the first member to test positive on March 16th and has been quarantined since March 16th.” The Chief went on to say, “The member is at home and tells us she is feeling better.” On Friday, D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham sent a note to the Homicide Unit informing them a D.C. Police Homicide Detective had tested positive for COVID-19. WASHINGTON (FOX5DC) – A seventh D.C. firefighter to test positive for the coronavirus were announced Sunday evening. The virus and its spread has alarmed firefighters and their families and on Monday Chief Dean plans to hold a “joint video town hall” with Local 36, the Union representing firefighters. Two Way Radio traffic Fox 5 was able to listen to revealed several firefighters had been inside the apartment but told the Battalion Chief on the scene they had kept their distance from the two. The firefighters were then told to separate themselves from the rest of the first responders who had not entered the apartment. Also on Saturday night, Firefighters were called to an apartment building in the 1300 block of W Street NW where they found a small fire in the kitchen of an apartment. Truck 16 is in the same fire house as Engine 32 where that first member tested positive. In a second note sent to the department Saturday night Chief Dean announced two of the four are now hospitalized with 138 Firefighters in self-quarantine.
A few of the leagues were still in attendance during Thanksgiving week andBo Cohrt made sure he took advantage of it. Bo picked up his ball, tossed out his first 3 games in Vin’s Paint and Body NFL league, and proceeded to VALERO: Bill White-259-269-215-743, Skipper Arsenault-694, Sami JoWilliams-247-202-233-682, Bryan Boldt-258-675, Derick Vidalier-232-238-672,Gerald Watkins-228-652, Ricky Trevino-211-224-629, RobertSeymour-245-212-620, Derrick Rivers-200-213-201-614, Royce Robbins-218-581, Kermit Morrison-217-544, Roger Hartwig-244, Colby Daniel-238, Stan Ruth-238, PeteChiasson-223, Bob Cullums-212, Linda Watkins-202, Richard Lamance-178 MONDAY SENIORS: Roy McClure-224-607, Paul McDaniel-202-201-601, RickHermsen-235, Cotton Glidewell-217-216, Art Leon-204, Don Dunn-204 VIN’S PAINT AND BODY NFL: Bo Cohrt-288-278-222-788, Mark Simon-219-534,Julie Rankin-143-362, Sean Mouchette-234, Devron Rankin-215, JimmyHembree-212, Dan Mandeville-202, Craig Rankin-171 FRIDAY FUN BUNCH: Wesley Williams-226 STARS OF TOMORROW SINGLES: GriffinWilliams-262-568, Kody Kolb-150-159-442,Ericha Guyote-156-406, Abram Wersig-176-401, Kaylee Powell-216, AnnaVerdecia-189, Noah Taylor-174 roll games of 288-278 & 222 for a sweet 788 series. Bill White (259-269-215-743) and Sami Jo Williams (247-202-233-682) finished out the topbowlers for the week.
The Oval 76BCD for rotor comes in a 32-tooth to start (49g, €67), with a 30 and 34 coming soon. The other chainrings mentioned above are about four weeks out.The new Oval Bash Guide combines their bash guard and chain guide into one to create what they say is the lightest such component on the market. Weight is just 69g including the Ti hardware. €89 / $99, available now.The Chain Catcher is another new one, coming in at 11g with an articulating design that adjusts 4mm to fit your bike setup. The rear of the mounting section is chamfered to fit the rounded front derailleur mounts, which makes it thin enough that you can use the original mounting hardware, no need for a longer bolt. €19.Last up are new Ultegra / Dura-Ace bolt covers to keep a more factory look when running their road oval chainrings on Shimano’s top two cranksets (without them, it looks a little unfinished). Available in the same gray, black and red as their chainrings and chain catcher. 10g, €47.AbsoluteBlack.cc AbsoluteBlack’s Race Face CINCH compatible chainrings received a running change about five months ago to refine the chainline offset from 50.2mm to 49mm. Now there’s a fill Boost version as well with a 52mm chainline. Now they have Boost compatible direct mount ovals for these and SRAM cranks. For Shimano, the Boost offset change happens on the cranks, so their standard ovals will work there.They’ve also added an oval narrow/wide chainring for Rotor cranks. Yes, that same Rotor that created the modern oval category. Why make them? AB’s founder says his distributors were asking for them because they needed something more affordable. AB says they’re also Eagle compatible, giving you the ability to run Rotor’s lightweight alloy crank sets wth a SRAM 12-speed MTB group.Speaking of Eagle, they’ll have a new Gold anodized option for SRAM and Race Face direct mount ovals. And they’ll be adding a 36-tooth oval for Race Face in October…you’ll just need to check frame clearance since the longer part of the oval is essentially the same size as a 38-tooth.
Rep. Jerry Stogsdill with Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley at a forum in Mission last year.Freshman Rep. Jerry Stogsdill of Prairie Village has made restoring due process rights for Kansas public school teachers one of his top campaign priorities. And after introducing a bill with Rep. Steven Crum last month, he was cautiously optimistic that the legislation would make its way to the House floor for a vote. Tuesday evening, Stogsdill’s hopes were dashed.The House Education Committee heard testimony on the bill starting at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, with public education proponents from the Kansas National Education Association, Kansas Families for Education, and representatives of other groups voicing support for the bill. After the hearing testimony had concluded, Rep. Jim Ward requested that the committee rules be suspended to allow for a vote on the bill the same day the hearing took place.Committee chair Rep. Clay Aurand, a Republican from Belleville who has previously served as the House majority leader, rejected that request, and chose instead to adjourn the meeting. With Turnaround Day, the final day a bill can be approved by an originating chamber and delivered to the other body, coming this Thursday, it appears likely the due process bill will never be allowed out of committee for a full vote of the House. Aurand did not respond to requests made Tuesday evening for comment on the situation, but Stogsdill said he believes Aurand will simply refrain from calling the committee back into session, preventing a committee vote on the bill before Turnaround.Stogsdill, a Democrat, said the bill easily had the votes needed to move out of committee and to the full House.“He dismissed the will of the committee and the interest of teachers without even bringing it to a vote,” Stogsdill said of Aurand.Republican Rep. Melissa Rooker of Fairway, who sits on the committee as well, said that while she supported due process rights for teachers, it was unorthodox to call for a suspension of the rules to request a vote on the same day as a public hearing on a bill. That rule is in place to ensure committee members have time to craft amendments to a bill before it’s voted on.“The only tactic that surprised me — because of its irregularity — was the motion to suspend the rules to force a vote on the same day as the bill hearing,” Rooker said.She indicated that she and other legislators were focused on crafting bills to address two of the state’s most contentious issues — its tax plan and the K-12 funding formula.But Stogsdill said that with the restoration of due process rights among the absolute top priorities for educators in the state, he was dismayed that the bill didn’t appear to be headed to the full House for a vote. He said he was particularly galled that Aurand declined to allow a vote on the bill after using the committee’s time to hear testimony.“If you’re not going to work the bill, why waste people’s time with a hearing?” Stogsdill said. “[The bill that rescinded due process rights for teachers in 2014] was tacked on at the last minute without any hearings, with no committee inputs, thrown onto a bill at 4 a.m. That is bad legislation and bad process. We were trying to follow a process for good government.”Freshman Democrat Rep. Brett Parker, who is a teacher in the Olathe School District, said that as an educator he was disappointed by the development.“I am disappointed, both as a teacher and a legislator, that the Teacher Due Process Rights bill is being denied a vote,” he said. “I believe a bipartisan majority of the committee and whole House support this bill.”UPDATED 1:25 p.m.: Just after noon today, Rep. Aurand posted the following message about the committee’s proceedings Tuesday on his Facebook page:Yesterday in Education committee, we had a hearing on HB 2179, which would restore due process for teachers in Kansas. This is a very controversial bill. I went into the committee intending to hear the concerns of all sides involved. A representative on the committee attempted to force a vote on the bill, but his motion to do so was not within the parameters of the committee rules. He wanted to send the bill to the House floor, which I believe was hasty. Instead of ruling his motion as out of order as I should have done, I adjourned the meeting. I did not want to vote on the bill without the opportunity for the other members to offer amendments and have time to research the bill.I believe a new school funding formula should take priority over due process.I want the people of the 106th District to know that I am working with the two organizations on different sides of the debate, the Kansas Association of School Boards and the Kansas National Educators Association, to find a compromise by Monday. I will attempt to keep you all updated on this bill.Thank you for the opportunity to serve.Clay
Health Law Section strives to stay on the cutting edge Health Law Section strives to stay on the cutting edge Associate EditorThe practice of health law is so varied and changing that it’s hard to believe it can be represented by any one Florida Bar section. One thing is clear, however — health law is almost always on the cutting edge of what’s going on in the larger world.Section Chair Laurie Levin can remember when she first started her career in health law — “more years ago than you should print in the newspaper” — following the case of Nancy Cruzan, who remained in a persistent vegetative state for seven years, while her case and appeals wended their way through the courts and fascinated the media. “At the time, this was breaking news, very cutting-edge stuff,” Levin remembered. “It was a discussion about whether ‘brain dead’ really meant ‘dead.’ We’ve come a long way.” Lately, Levin says she sees a lot of health law’s focus going toward disaster preparedness, understandable given the natural disasters that have hit home over the last several years. But it’s more correct to say health law is all over the map, and the section is doing its best to match this ever-changing field with appropriate CLE opportunities.“Health law is a marriage of many conditional specialties, and a health lawyer is many things to many different people,” she said. “Years ago, health law meant medical malpractice defense, then for awhile it focused focused on bioethics. Now health law also deals with things like reimbursement, risk management — it’s a very broad specialty, and the best evidence of that is in the certification review course.”It’s also reflected in the recent creation of a new section committee on public health law, chaired by members Rodney Johnson and Walter Carfora, to support education, networking, and procuring articles for the Bar Journal on public health law topics. Those issues generally include protecting the public’s health from infectious disease, chemical and nuclear agents, biological toxins, or just about anything else involving mass casualties. It also involves general wellness and provider-of-last resort health care services.Section Chair-elect Jeanne Helton said the field is so broad that she’ll try, as have past chairs, to continuously grow section membership to make sure it reflects that breadth.“We want to try to incorporate a broader base of health care lawyers to enhance the ability of section members to network and use each other as resources,” Helton said. “Not everybody works in huge firms with limitless resources, so it’s nice for people in smaller firms and solo practices to connect into networks that the section can offer.”That increasingly means visiting law schools, Helton said, to team practicing health lawyers with students who may be contemplating going into the field. Helton wants to do more of that in the coming year, as previous efforts over the last two years have already begun to have an effect.“It’s great for the students because it shows them the scope of health care law and makes it something they can choose instead of just falling into it later,” Helton said. “It’s really paid off. We’ve seen an uptick in affiliate memberships.”Both Helton and Levin spend a majority of their own practice time dealing with an ever-growing area of health law: dealing with regulatory agencies. Levin says being a part of the Health Law Section is a big help when it comes to staying abreast of changing regulations.“Time was when you would go to the national health organizations” for continuing education and networking, Levin said. “But now there’s enough unique to Florida that you can’t just go to the national meetings and stay current. So we really do provide a good teaching service.” June 1, 2008 Kim MacQueen Associate Editor Regular News
CDC identifies 3 more polio-like cases in kidsThe US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has verified three more reports of an unexplained polio-like illness in children, raising the total to 93 cases in 33 states over the past few months, according to a Dec 4 update.The illness, which is labeled acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), involves sudden onset of limb weakness with inflammation in the spinal cord. The CDC said it was working to confirm two more reports of possible cases.Last week CDC officials said a little less than half of the patients had evidence of infection with enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), a previously rare virus that has been associated with severe respiratory illness in children in recent months. The CDC has identified 1,121 EV-D68 cases in 47 states since August.The agency said last week that it seemed increasingly likely that AFM cases were related to EV-D68, although conclusive evidence was lacking. The virus had been found in nasal and stool samples of AFM patients but not in the nervous system.Dec 4 CDC update Related Dec 2 CIDRAP News story Study: Vaccination has little effect on severe flu-related illness in childrenFlu vaccination had no significant effect on flu-related hospitalization or emergency department (ED) visits among children living in a Tennessee county over 11 flu seasons, according to a study published online yesterday in Pediatrics.Researchers studied the effects of flu vaccination among children ages 6 months to 5 years old living in Davidson County, Tennessee, from 2000 to 2011. A median of 4.5 per 10,000 children were hospitalized with flu-related illness each year. A median of 143 per 10,000 children visited the ED with flu-related illness each year.Although the proportion of children receiving flu vaccine rose from 6% to 38% during the study period, there were no significant decreases in flu-related hospitalization or ED visits related to vaccination.Researchers found that children’s flu-related ED visits significantly increased over the 11-season study period. Hospitalization and ED visit rates were highest during the 2003-04 and 2007-08 seasons, when the vaccine was a poor match for the circulating influenza A H3N2 strain. A median of 8.2 per 10,000 children were hospitalized, and 307 per 10,000 children visited the ED during seasons when H3N2 was circulating.Although influenza vaccine is recommended for children 6 months of age and older, less than 50% of children in the 11-season Davidson County study had been vaccinated.The study used surveillance data obtained from the CDC’s New Vaccine Surveillance Network (NVSN) and Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness Surveillance Network (IVESN).Dec 8 Pediatrics study DDT-treated bed nets alone prevent malaria in Gambian childrenThe use of long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets protects children from malaria equally as well as using bed nets combined with indoor insecticide spraying, according to a study published today in The Lancet.Researchers from Durham University and the UK’s Medical Research Council studied malarial rates over 2 years in a little under 8,000 children living in 97 Gambian villages.Children who used bed nets treated with the insecticide dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) and lived in houses whose indoor walls were also sprayed with DDT did not experience fewer cases of malaria than children who used DDT-treated bed nets alone.More than 80% of households in The Gambia use bed nets to prevent malaria. Researchers conclude that use of treated bed nets alone is effective, both in terms of cost and disease prevention.Dec 9 Lancet study Dec 8 Durham University press release