Major Component Provider Sees U.S. Solar Growth Continuing in the Face of Trump Tariff

first_imgMajor Component Provider Sees U.S. Solar Growth Continuing in the Face of Trump Tariff FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:SMA Solar (S92G.DE), Germany’s largest solar group, expects the industry to take a just a small hit from import tariffs imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump this week, sending its shares to an 11-week high.Trump on Monday approved a 30 percent tariff on solar cell and module imports, dropping to 15 percent within four years. Up to 2.5 gigawatts of unassembled solar cells can be imported tariff-free in each year.Although the move was intended to help American manufacturers, some in the sector said it could slow U.S. investment in solar power and cost thousands of U.S. jobs.However, SMA Solar, the world’s largest maker of solar inverters, said it expected the impact to be small, forecasting industry growth in the Americas region would average about 18 percent per year until 2020, more than the 10 percent expected globally.“SMA’s market outlook includes a slightly negative impact from the import tariff,” SMA said on slides published during its capital market day, giving no further details on the impact.Shares in SMA Solar, which generated 46 percent of its sales in the Americas in 2016, were up 4 percent by 1000 GMT, having touched their highest level since Nov. 8. They had slipped after news of the tariff plan this week.The company also this week reported preliminary 2017 results and predicted growing sales this year.More: SMA Solar sees U.S. duties making only small dent in marketlast_img read more

Colombian National Army protects oil infrastructure from the FARC

first_img Military authorities are responding by dedicating a high level of resources to the protection of oil pipelines and refineries. For example, members of the Colombian National Army are helping to protect “physical facilities, transport networks and equipment whose destruction or the interruption of its service would have a serious impact on the well being of the public, the development of the country, and the efficient functioning of the state,” according to Revista Ejercito. The approach is proving effective in thwarting a majority of attempted attacks by organized crime groups and terrorists on infrastructure, according to Restrepo. “Security forces are working assiduously. Sixty percent of the attacks attempted by the guerillas against infrastructure are thwarted by security forces, which is a very high percentage.” Army personnel are using military intelligence and unmanned aircraft to monitor the security of oil pipelines and ground operations at critical points. The Colombian Air Force and the Colombian National Police are working in cooperation with Army soldiers to protect the country’s infrastructure. Successful security operations Security forces have prevented dozens of potential attacks. For example, on Aug. 1, the José Domingo Caicedo Infantry Battalion and the Joint Explosives Groups of the Zeus task force foiled an attack by the FARC against the power pylon that supplies six towns in Tolima. The attack by the FARC could have deprived more than 100,000 people of power. In May, terrorist operatives damaged a power pylon, depriving six towns south of Tolima of power for 24 hours, according to an Army report. Terrorists operatives often recruit or force teenagers to place explosives which damage power pylons. Such explosive devices typically cost about 250,000 pesos, according to Vanguardia. On June 29, the ELN attacked a pipeline installation in the department of Arauca with a gas cylinder filled with shrapnel, authorities said. The explosion injured 13 people. These are the actions that need to be taken to neutralize the forces against the wealth in Colombia. What would have happened if the U.S. had chosen to negotiate with the Nazis or the Japanese traitors? There were very severe combats, without any dialogues, without truces, without fear, but they beat them with no conditions. You can’t make a pact with the “devil” because you’ll lose. Our homeland, by way of its armed forces, must maintain its dignity and eliminate the enemies of our suffering rural and urban populations. The FARC and the ELN live of extorting the oil companies, but now that drug trafficking control impairs their revenues, the resource of blowing up pipelines gives the oil companies lots of trouble and they are forced to pay high sums of money, to be able to operate in the supply of oil to the refineries. The damage is paid for by the citizens who need the product by paying higher prices! That is the peace offered to us at every moment by the narco guerrilla forces protected by the Colombian state Two fundamental issues for the peace agreements to which the government cannot leave any door ajar are the FARC’s drug trafficking, who will convince no one they don’t know what a coca or marijuana plant is, and the laying down of weapons. Because otherwise, the remedy will be worse than the illness. So, these are issues which I believe are most important and which would really guarantee true and long-lasting peace in the country. Attacks on oil facilities have cost petroleum companies hundreds of millions of dollars in 2014 – and they’ve disrupted the lives of Colombia’s citizens as well. A July 28 bombing by the FARC, for instance, left the 400,000 residents of Buenaventura without power for days. “For the many residents of Buenaventura, [who] are already struggling with soaring unemployment and a murder rate three times that of the capital, Bogotá, the power outage only makes things worse,” Dan Molinsko wrote for the Wall Street Journal. Attacks on the power grid can shut down hospitals, schools and other crucial public facilities, and can expose the infirm and elderly to roasting heat in the summer months. They also place citizens at risk of further attacks from gang members and other criminals who try to take advantage of darkened streets. The environmental devestation often hits Colombian civilians the hardest. Oil spills from pipeline attacks can poison the land and displace farmers and other residents. “This forces many residents in rural communities to move, or it forces them to buy water or fertilizer for their land, which increases their expenses,” Colombian environmentalist Gustavo Wilches told Between January and June 30, 2014, suspected terrorists committed 64 attacks on oil facilities throughout the country, according to the Colombian Petroleum Association (ACP). These attacks cost the petroleum industry more than $460 million (USD) in lost sales, according to the July 3 edition of El Pais. That figure does not include millions of dollars in repair expenses, or the costs of recovering spilled oil and cleaning up the environment. Colombian security forces have succeeded in disrupting many of the FARC’s and the ELN’s drug trafficking and illegal mining operations, said Jorge Alberto Restrepo, director of Colombia’s Conflict Analysis Resource Center (CERAC). So to raise funds, these groups increasingly extort petroleum companies. In some cases, the FARC and the ELN attack oil facilities when companies refuse to pay extortion. These attacks have increased in recent years, according to Restrepo: 31 in 2010; 84 in 2011; 151 in 2012; and 228 in 2013, according to Restrepo. Eighty percent of the attacks have occurred in the departments of Arauca, Norte de Santander, and Putumayo. The FARC, the ELN, and other terrorist groups are also attacking electrical power pylons. From January 1 2014 through late July, organized crime groups damaged five power transmission units, authorities said. To protect these important facilities from terrorist attacks, security forces have increased their patrols in areas near transmission units. A strong response By Dialogo September 17, 2014 The Colombian National Army is carrying out operations to protect the country’s infrastructure, including oil producing facilities, in response to attacks by terrorist organizations. In January, the Colombian government created the Centers for Special Operations for the Security of the State’s Critical Infrastructure (COPEI). COPEI coordinates the exchange of information between public security forces, state institutions and the private sector. Improved coordination helps authorities react quickly to threats and attacks on oil facilities. Attacks cost citizens, companies alikelast_img read more

Sports Minister congratulates Shillingford on clearance by ICC

first_img 33 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Share Minister for Sports Hon. Justina Charles at this morning’s press conferenceSports Minister Justina Charles is congratulating West Indies Off Spinner Shane Shillingford for his re-instatement on the team.Off spinner Shane Shillingford has been cleared by the International Cricket Council to return to international cricket.The ICC formally notified the WICB of the clearance following a Biomechanical Bowling Analysis which was conducted at the University of Western Australia on May 25th last by a research team headed by Prof. Bruce Elliot.Charles told a press conference at the Windsor Park Stadium’s conference room that Shane held a positive attitude after being reported for his bowling action last year.Charles noted the disappointment shared not only by Shane but the entire country as he underwent extensive training in Barbados.“When Shane was reported for his suspected illegal bowling action in November of 2010, he did not allow himself to be buried in his disappointed which we all shared. Instead he humbly and courageously accepted to undertake remedial action that would re-qualify him for international cricket. These are the qualities that should be emulated by many of our players if they are to succeed,” she said.She further encouraged sportsmen and women in Dominica to emulate this positive attitude which Shane exhibited towards their own sporting careers.“What is most important is that Shane has risen above the unfortunate situation, has embraced the opportunity for remedial work and has emerged victorious and has received clearance by the International Cricket Council to resume bowling at international level,” she said.The minister also encouraged Shane to remain committed to cricket as well as to continue making his country proud, and the general public to give him unwavering support as he continues in his cricket endeavors.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Tweet LocalNewsSports Sports Minister congratulates Shillingford on clearance by ICC by: – June 9, 2011 Sharelast_img read more

Social media data on travelers to be collected

first_imgNew US law authorizes immigration authorities to collect social media information from immigrants entering the United States.Under a new Federal rule, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is authorized to collect social media data from all international travelers, immigrants and even naturalized U.S. Citizens entering the U.S.Beginning October 18According to the new policy, beginning on October 18th, the DHS is authorized to collect “social media handles, aliases, associated identifiable information and search results,” which would be included in an applicant’s immigration file. The rule states that the data would come from “publicly available information obtained from the internet, public records, public institutions, interviewees, commercial data providers.”Civil liberties concerns This comes amid rising civil liberties concerns over border officials’ recent expansion of Social Media scrutiny of foreign travelers, as part of the Trump Administration’s “extreme vetting” policies. This include requesting unlock codes from travelers, searches of laptops, phones or other electronic devices, and demands for social media handles and aliases such as Facebook, etc to view media posts and other information.  Critics see this as yet another inevitable blow against civil liberties, by an administration which appears to be moving more and more towards a police state.Questions arise as to the limits on DHS power to search and seize electronic data, however this remains unclear. For now, the only way to safeguard devices against these measures is leave your laptop at home and use another device with limited person information when travelling and to delete phone texts and limit social media information and posts.Last year, US officials approved a new questionnaire form for which applicants for US visas are now required to complete when submitting their applications at US consulates. Find out more by reviewing the video: US Visa applicants now need to provide social informationlast_img read more