German government outlines $10 billion plan to boost green hydrogen

first_imgGerman government outlines $10 billion plan to boost green hydrogen FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Associated Press:The German government agreed Wednesday on a long-term strategy for increasing production and use of hydrogen as part of a plan to cut the country’s greenhouse gas emissions.While hydrogen is currently produced almost exclusively from fossil fuels, the government wants to encourage its production from excess electricity generated by renewable energy sources.Experts say this so-called green hydrogen could help smooth out the problem of solar and wind power’s fluctuating supply, and replace fossil fuels in industrial processes that require high temperatures such as steel making.The government plans to invest 9 billion euros ($10.2 billion) to promote hydrogen production and use, including 2 billion euros that will go toward projects in developing countries such as Morocco.It set a goal of building hydrogen production facilities in Germany with a capacity of up to five gigawatts by 2030.Germany’s industry lobby group BDI welcomed the government decision. “Only with hydrogen at competitive prices, from domestic sources and imports, can the goal of climate neutrality by 2050 be reached,” said BDI deputy head Holger Loesch.[Frank Jordans]More: German government agrees on national hydrogen strategylast_img read more

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Nor’easter May Slow Long Island Thanksgiving Travel

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York This map shows a nor’easter tracking over Long Island this week.A nor’easter is forecast to drench Long Island in rain on Thanksgiving Eve while travelers are en-route to spend the holiday with their families, but is expected to clear up by Thursday.The storm system will arrive Tuesday afternoon or evening with winds reaching nearly 30 mph and continue through Wednesday, bringing up to four inches of precipitation to the tri-state area, according to Upton-based National Weather Service meteorologists.“Some of this will be heavy at times with possible urban and small stream flooding,” the agency said in a statement.The same storm is expected to blanket parts of New England and upstate New York in snow, making driving more difficult for college students returning home to LI on what is traditionally the busiest travel day of the year.The storm is forecast to give way to a mostly sunny, breezy Turkey Day with a high of 36 and a low of 25.That weather is expected to hold through Sunday, when the forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies and temps in the 40s.last_img read more

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“Velebit House” Visitor Center opened

first_imgThe public institution “Northern Velebit National Park” has successfully completed the project of building a Visitor Center Krasno, which built and equipped a visitor center called House of Velebit.The newly built visitor center, the project is worth 30,9 million kuna and it is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund under the Operational Program Regional Competitiveness 2007-2013. The aim of the project is to improve the conditions for the development of tourism in Lika-Senj County by establishing Krasno and Northern Velebit National Park as a unique destination that naturally connects the continental and coastal tourist offer of the County.Kuća Velebit, is located in Krasno, one of our largest mountain resorts, where visitors can get information about what to visit and experience in the Park, Krasno and the surrounding area, and buy tickets and souvenirs, but also learn more about climate, species and habitats, cultural heritage, geology, underground…. The main goal of the project was to build a Visitor Center NP Northern Velebit as a recognizable, modern and attractive content that attracts tourists to Krasno and the surrounding area, enables the presentation of natural and cultural values ​​of the Park throughout the year and quality promotion of tourist facilities in the Park and Lika-Senj County. .A significant feature of this project is the sustainability of the building of the House of Velebit and the whole concept of its layout. The building was built in accordance with the highest standards of energy efficiency (energy class A +) and is integrated into the environment and the landscape.Exhibition of the House of Velebit The exhibition of the House of Velebit spreads over four floors and includes several thematic units that are intertwined and intertwined in order to better show visitors the richness of Velebit, its diversity and cultural and natural value. At the heart of the story is man and his direct and indirect influence on nature and natural values. In the past, the inhabitants of Velebit lived a nomadic way of life, clearing forests, grazing cattle, building stone dwellings – shepherd’s dwellings and dry stone walls, thus creating new habitats – lawns, ponds and more, and influencing the number of species of flora and fauna. IN The house of Velebit visitors will have the opportunity to get acquainted with a large part of this diversity – various insects and birds, large carnivores, endemic plant species adapted to extreme living conditions… But the value of this mountain is not only in the number of plant, animal and fungal species but also in its landscape diversity. The reason for this is the numerous surface karst forms – sinkholes, beams, hips, cracks… are just some of them. But the story of how they were created can be read by visitors in ours The house of Velebit!! But what is most valuable is actually located underground and is inaccessible to most visitors. These are our deep pits inhabited by a whole special world of specific fauna that had to adapt to life in constant darkness. And again, it is man who has been constantly intrigued by this underworld, so he has begun to explore in more detail the dark world that still fascinates and surprises us with some newly discovered animal species. For a moment, every visitor will be able to become a speleologist and explore the “Lukini pit” in The house of Velebit.Working hours of Velebit House:INFO CENTER: Sunday-Thursday 8-17h, Friday-Saturday 8-18hSETTING: Tuesday-Sunday 9 am-16pm, Monday closed/ item]last_img read more

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Australia says anyone entering the country must self-isolate

first_imgAustralia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison said all people arriving from overseas will have to self isolate for 14 days, as his government stepped up efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus.The order will come into force at midnight, Morrison said in a televised address Sunday. Australia will also ban cruise ships from foreign ports from docking in Australia for 30 days and will prohibit mass gatherings of 500 people or more, though schools will remain open.“We are going to have to get used to some changes in how we live our lives over the next six months or so,” Morrison told reporters after a meeting of the national Cabinet. “We know that the virus cannot be absolutely stopped,” he said. “But we can slow the spread” to protect the most vulnerable in society. The measures announced Sunday are another escalation of the response by the government, which has announced a A$17.6 billion ($10.9 billion) stimulus package to buttress the economy.Following advice from health professionals, Morrison also said “static, non-essential” gatherings should not go ahead if more than 500 people attend. These include places such as stadiums and theaters where people are in close proximity with each other for a sustained period of time, he said. On Friday, he stopped short of an outright ban on mass gatherings as it opted instead to “advise” against them.Nations around the world are trying to shield citizens from the deadly virus. France has shut cafes and restaurants, while Spain declared an emergency as cases rose to more than 145,000 worldwide and the death toll increased to more than 5,700.New Zealand on Saturday announced similar measures to Australia’s, requiring almost every individual who enters the country, including citizens and residents, to self-isolate for 14 days.In Australia, 249 people have been infected, from 197 on Saturday, health authorities said. Morrison said his Cabinet would now meet via teleconference as part of social distancing measures. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton is in isolation after testing positive.Topics :last_img read more

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Dinesh Karthik unconditionally apologises to BCCI after violating his contract

first_imgAdvertisement afagqqNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vss4yWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eulom( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 8izz4Would you ever consider trying this?😱k44Can your students do this? 🌚60s9riRoller skating! Powered by Firework Dinesh Karthik, has issued an unconditional apology to the BCCI after entering the Caribbean Premier League side Trinbago Knight Riders dressing room during one of the league matches. The Kolkata Knight Riders captain, received a show cause notice from the board which stated he violated his national contract, according to which he could not participate, in any capacity, in a league besides the IPL without a No Objection certificate from the BCCI.Advertisement  Advertisement Following that notice, he clarified his position through an email on September 6. The wicketkeeper mentioned that he was there on Brendon McCullum’s request.“At the outset, I wish to state that I have not participated in Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) in any capacity,” he cited.Advertisement “My coming to Trinidad was at the invitation of the newly appointed head coach of Kolkata Knight Riders Mr McCullum, who also happens to be the head coach of TKR. He felt that it will be useful for me as captain of KKR, to come for some discussions with him in regard to KKR.”“I wish to tender my unconditional apology for not seeking permission from BCCI to embarking on this visit. I sincerely request this oversight be excused,” he further added.According to some reports, Karthik was going to stay in the Caribbean islands till September 9, in which TKR was going to play three home games. But it seems that the keeper will be heading home earlier than expected.  Advertisementlast_img read more

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Leafs too much for Braves, outlast visitors 6-2 Sunday

first_imgWhen a team outshoots the opposition by almost a 3-1 margin, eventually cracks will begin to show in the castle wall.Nelson scored three unanswered goals in the third period to dump the Spokane Braves 6-2 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Sunday afternoon at the NDCC Arena.The win enables Nelson to retain its second-place spot in the Murdoch standings, three points ahead of Grand Forks and fourth-place Castlegar Rebels.last_img

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HONEYMOON STAKES QUOTES

first_imgBRICE BLANC, SPANISH QUEEN, WINNER: “She keeps improving. Richard has done a great job. He takes his time and he’s been trying to get her to settle down and take everything in. She’s getting more and more professional. She has so many gears, she has a good turn of foot and she puts me in good spots as well. She’s done everything well and she even seemed like she was a step better than her last race. She just needs to keep improving, she’s special.“She handled herself really well today, she’s a fireball though.“She helped me today. Ninety percent of horses wouldn’t have gone through that hole but she didn’t chicken out on me; she’s got a big heart and I was able to maneuver her.“I was loaded the whole way, she was galloping. I was just like ‘I hope something opens up because I could see (Richard) pulling out the rest of the hair that he does have!’“She’s just got it from the start. She’s professional, she loves racing, even when she started working. She’s getting better and better. NOTES: The owners are Harry Bederian, Harout Kamberian and Hagop Nakkashian TRAINER QUOTES RICHARD BALTAS, SPANISH QUEEN, WINNER: “She has a helluva turn of foot. Brice made a good move there at the top of the lane. I thought he was going to go around, which probably wouldn’t have mattered but he did make a helluva move there splitting horses.“She’s always breezed like a good horse. She just lowers herself and she gets it.“Brice has been on her every time to breeze her and I think she’s the kind of horse that needs the same person to get used to because she can be a little difficult.“I think maybe she’s just had more experience going farther. I thought last time out, that horse (Spirit of Xian) walked on the lead and she got pressured today which helped us out. She got an easy lead last out and we were tracking her that day.“We’ll just have to play it by ear. I wasn’t even planning on this race but I let the horse tell me what to do and she was begging me to go out there. If she comes out of the race good and she really wants to go, then maybe we go in the American Oaks, (Grade I, $400,000, 1 1/4 miles on turf May 30) because it looks like we’re the horse to beat. JOCKEY QUOTESlast_img read more

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Newcastle v QPR: Barton and Onuoha start

first_imgNedum Onuoha and former Newcastle man Joey Barton return to the QPR starting line-up for the game at St James’ Park, while Bobby Zamora and Charlie Austin both start up front.Rangers are without Eduardo Vargas following the birth of the Chilean’s baby daughter.Newcastle are without captain Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Rolando Aarons, Cheick Tiote and Mehdi Abeid.Ryan Taylor, who has been steadily returning to full fitness after long-term injury, makes his first start for the Magpies since March 2012 Newcastle: Krul; Janmaat, Williamson, Dummett, Haidara; R.Taylor, Sissoko Colback; Cabella, Perez, Ameobi.Subs: Elliot, Streete, Anita, Gouffran, Armstrong, Ferreyra, Cisse. QPR: Green, Onuoha, Caulker, Dunne, Yun, Barton, Henry, Sandro, Fer, Zamora, Austin.Subs: McCarthy, Traore, Phillips, Isla, Mutch, Kranjcar, Hoilett.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Audio Checklist for Video Editors

first_imgImplement these audio tips for success and raise the quality of your video editing projects!Nothing screams “amateur!” like bad audio. Even if your project has stunning visual images, your project will suffer if proper attention isn’t paid to creating a quality, complimentary audio track.  We’ve put together the following tips for the video editor looking to improve the sound mix of their projects!Only use high-res audio in your projectsMP3s may be useful for web applications, but in video WAVs or AIFFs are better choices. These file types are less compressed and will sound cleaner and crisper. MP3s can also prove to be finicky in some video editing applications, like Final Cut Pro. An additional step you can take to avoid complications in post is ensuring that all the audio elements in your project have the same sample rate – the standard for digital video is 48 kHz. Check out our previous post on the best audio formats for video editing for additional information.Let music drive the videoYour goal is to use music to enhance the feeling of your video, not work against it. Pull a handful of songs that you think will work for a particular scene or project. Then, VERY roughly lay out the video track and audition each of these songs underneath it to see how they work together. Once you’ve decided on an audio track, then use that music as a guide for editing the video (in most cases cutting to the tempo and beats).Keep your audio tracks organizedAssign different audio tracks in your project to different audio types. For instance, keep all dialogue on tracks 1-4, all music on tracks 5-8 and all sound effects on tracks 9-10. Think to yourself, “if another editor had to sit down at this project would they be able to quickly identify each audio clip?” It’s best practice to keep the project organized as you go, but it’s ESSENTIAL to clean it up before archiving.  Keeping an organized timeline will likely save you time and a bit of sanity.Use sound effects to enhance actionSound effects are often one of the last things to get added to a mix, so it likely falls off when you’re up against a deadline. Instead, think of sound effects early in the post process. When you’re reviewing footage take notes of instances where sound effects may add value to a scene. If you’re working with a sound designer, discuss opportunities for incorporating sound effects in the mix. The right sound effects can help set the tone and add pacing to your project. Check out our previous post for other tips on using sound effects to improve your videos.Don’t skimp on the room toneConnect with the on-location audio person before the shoot to ensure they’re recording room tone every time the scene or environment changes. Anytime the on-camera sound drops off (this can often happen between cuts) make sure you’re using room tone to cover this audio dead space. This will keep the mix sounding most consistent and be less jarring to the listener.Test your mixOn what device will your project be seen? With the wide variety of digital video devices it’s important to listen to your mix just as the intended viewer would.  Get a strong baseline mix in you audio or video editing application, and then refine it to fit the final delivery format. For instance, you may want to consider adding extra bass to an audio track that will primarily be heard through treble heavy low-grade computer speakers. Keep the final output in mind when doing your final mix.Utilize meters when setting levelsYour ears will fool you. It’s impossible to keep a consistent mix when adjusting from your own hearing alone. If you’re making adjustments by ear you’ll likely find that the overall mix will get louder and louder through the timeline. As you become accustomed to the audio level you’ll unknowingly raise the audio little by little, so that the end of the project sounds significantly louder than the start.  Avoid this editing mistake by utilizing the audio meters within your video editing application.  A standard in digital video is to keep most audio around -12 db with audio spikes not exceed 0db (12 db of headroom).  If you’re outputting for web it’s likely you’ll want to run the mix a bit hotter to account for computer speakers (around -6db).  Everyone’s hearing is different so use the audio meters to get a consistent result.Have audio tips to share?  Let us know in the comments!last_img read more

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How Social Selling Jumped the Shark

first_imgThere aren’t too many people who believe as deeply as I do in the power of the social tools in business. And yes, salespeople can use these tools to good effect. So this is going to sting a little bit, but here is the truth:Social Selling has jumped the shark.Too much hype. It’s never good to overpromise and under deliver. But that is what social selling has done. It has been offered as the panacea to all the problems that ail sales organizations, and in doing so, the case has been greatly overstated. Wait. It gets worse.The social selling pitch has misled salespeople and sales organization. I am not sure why the social selling proponents have felt that their best argument for using social tools was to suggest that all other methods of prospecting no longer work. The tools have value without making such claims. But too many people have believed this claim, and to their detriment. Honestly, I do know why the proponents of social selling target traditional prospecting methods; that is the primary area where social tools create potential value.Misreading of trends and research. Buyers are on the Internet. Why? Because everyone is on the Internet. The fact that buyers have a LinkedIn profile and a Twitter account provides no more evidence that they want an email or a connection request from a salesperson than a telephone proves they want a phone call. Let’s say I am wrong. Let’s say that buyers are burning up the web getting the evaluation stage of their buying process. That doesn’t change what salespeople need to do to succeed. In fact, it would make those actions more necessary–and more urgent.The words “social selling” don’t match the outcomes salespeople need. The social tools are spectacular for researching your dream clients. For a salesperson with already great prospecting chops, they are incredibly useful. But the social tools only deal with targets above the funnel. They create awareness, brand recognition, and an opportunity to connect. They even allow you to ask for an appointment, should you be so old school. But the tools don’t lend themselves to most of what salespeople do outside of prospecting and nurturing.Proponents sell the idea that to sell you have to not sell. The proponents of social selling suggest that the best way to sell is to not sell at all. Instead, you are supposed to be helpful. This pitch is very appealing to a certain segment of people who carry the title of salesperson without really embracing the role. This idea is causing salespeople and sales organizations to produce results that are less than they should be. It’s too passive. It assumes that inbound opportunities are enough or are somehow more valuable than outbound opportunities. There is nothing about outbound that makes it inherently more self-oriented than inbound.The social curriculum isn’t aligned with real sales outcomes. The curriculum for some of the social selling courses I have seen are mostly built on the proper use of the tools, like setting up a good LinkedIn profile, and writing a good introduction email. They’re built on the idea that “connecting” and “sharing” is the goal. These ideas drive awareness, build your personal brand, and may even allow you to nurture your dream client. These are more marketing than sales. The real goal in any social selling program should be appointment-setting. In fact, I might sign up for a course called: “Appointment-setting using LinkedIn.” Or maybe, “How to Make the Ask Using LinkedIn.”Like social media marketing, anyone with command of the tools is an expert. Try to find a social media marketing expert now. The people with true marketing chops ran away from this title years ago, when every marketing person with a blog and a Twitter account self-identified as an expert. Now they recognize themselves as content marketers or work in digital marketing. Some of the best people in this space never called themselves social media marketers at all, recognizing that the tools were not the deep, underlying force at work but enablers. But a command of the tools doesn’t translate to being able to help produce the main outcome for salespeople, namely acquiring new customers.People with great prospecting chops are great at social too. The salespeople that are good on the phone, good in a room, and good in a face-to-face meeting with a prospect are also good when it comes to using the social tools. They have the requisite confidence. But the folks that lack the confidence in real life, aren’t much better with the social tools. Mostly they hide behind email, afraid to ask for the commitments they really need to create or win an opportunity.The people who benefit the most from social tools and content marketing are entrepreneurs and thought-leaders. Salespeople can’t (or shouldn’t) publish. There is a difference between being a content creator and a curator. Both roles have value, but content is still King (or Queen), and it’s the creator that benefits the most from its sharing. Salespeople need marketing to give them the insights and the tools to share ideas that create value and nurture a relationship. Marketing applies these tools broadly. When salespeople market, it must be done one-to-one, as that it the nature of the relationship.By pretending to be too much, social selling is too little. It could be more. It should be more.The professional proponents of using the social tools understand the value that they create, but they don’t overstate that value. They also readily admit that the social tools do nothing to replace traditional prospecting approaches, but rather, they supplement them.If you are in business-to-business sales, you need to use the social tools. Especially the most useful tool in this regard, LinkedIn. Then you need to go back to doing the work of selling. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

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