On the Blogs: India-Bangladesh Power Project Is Out of Step With the Times

first_imgOn the Blogs: India-Bangladesh Power Project Is Out of Step With the Times FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Jai Sharda for the Huffington Post:The plant, which has been delayed significantly from the original plans of commissioning by 2016, will be very expensive, despite major subsidies from both Bangladesh and India and multi-year lows in coal prices. The plant is set to receive subsidies worth over US$ 3 billion over its life in the form of income tax and operational subsidies from the Bangladeshi government and a soft loan from the Indian government-owned EXIM Bank. Despite this massive subsidy, the cost of electricity produced from the plant will be more than 30% in excess of the average cost of electricity in Bangladesh. This increase is after Bangladesh has already seen rapid increase in power costs over the last five years.The Rampal plant is part of the Power System Master Plan (PSMP) formulated by Bangladesh in 2010 to add generating capacity to the energy-starved country. The trouble with the plant, though, is that it violates almost all the objectives of the PSMP.The plant will use outdated supercritical technology, violating the objective to move towards a low-carbon economy.The technology, as well as the coal that the plant will use, will be imported into Bangladesh, contrary to the objective of the PSMP to develop domestic resources. In addition, it will use outdated supercritical technology, violating the objective to move towards a low-carbon economy. Since the plant is based on subsidies, it is also against the objective to build efficient capacities.All the major players involved in the development of the Rampal project are Indian government-owned entities. The plant is promoted by the Indian government-owned NTPC Ltd. The loan component of the plant is set to be provided by the Indian EXIM Bank. The main order for the construction of the plant was reported to be given to BHEL, again owned by the Indian government.Ironically, the Indian government is supporting the development of this coal-fired plant at a time when India itself is moving away from coal-based power. India has made significant progress on its ambitious renewable energy capacity addition program, which targets 175GW of renewable capacity by 2022. Simultaneously, the Indian Power Minister has made it clear that India will minimize its usage of imported coal. Indian coal power plants are operating at an average Plant Load Factor of below 60%.Full item: The India-Bangladesh Rampal Power Project Is A Waste Of Resources. Here’s An Alternativelast_img read more

2 Men Abduct, Rape Woman at Gunpoint in Hempstead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two suspects abducted a woman and raped her at gunpoint in Hempstead last week, Nassau County police said Friday, 10 days after, in a wanted flyer seeking tips on the suspects’ whereabouts.Roberto Rodriguez-Euceda and the second suspect, whose identity is unknown, allegedly raped the victim at 4 p.m. on July 8 “while displaying what appeared to be black semi-automatic handguns,” according to the flyer.The suspect was described as 32 years old, 5-feet, 1-inch tall with a medium build, black hair, a beard and birth mark under his right nostril, police said. Investigators released a photo of the suspect in their request for information leading to his arrest.The second suspect was described as a 30-year-old Hispanic man with long, dark hair in a pony tail, a bar on his left ear and a tattoo on the right forearm of two fish as well as the letters “C” and “E” on his index and middle finger of his left hand, police said. Neither a name nor photo was available for the second suspect.The alleged assailants fled the scene in a late model two-door black pickup truck with a light color or white cover over the bed.Authorities said that the suspects should be considered armed and dangerous.A police spokesman said no further information was available about specifically where in Hempstead the woman was abducted.Crime Stoppers ask anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the suspects or any information about this crime to call 1-800-244-TIPS (8477), or call Special Victims Squad detectives at 516-573-4022.last_img read more

Children orgs team up for first time

first_imgThe Community Health Involvement Project joined the Asian American Tutorial Project for the first time Saturday to teach elementary school students about health issues in addition to offering academic assistance.Teaching moments · About 200 USC students visit Chinatown every Saturday to tutor elementary school students in English and math. – Photo courtesy of USC Asian American Tutorial ProjectAbout 200 AATP members tutor students at Castelar Elementary School in math and English one-on-one every Saturday. CHIP runs children’s health sites to educate a wide range of students about health topics such as nutrition, exercise and the body.Jean Doh, the co-coordinator of one of CHIP’s health sites, said the collaboration started because some students are members of both organizations.“AATP and CHIP are very similar organizations and many students from each organization already knew each other,” Doh said.After the morning lessons with the AATP members, 12 students from CHIP tutored the kids on a variety of health issues, such as good eating habits and the importance of vitamins.“We tried to make it a more fun type of learning through a variety of games and drawing exercises,” Doh said. “The main point we tried to communicate to the kids was the importance of a well-balanced diet, which includes a variety of different foods like meat, dairy products, vegetables and fruits.”Doh said she was surprised at the scale of the event organized by AATP and at the diversity of the AATP’s team, which included students from USC, UCLA and Occidental College.“It was a fun experience,” Doh said. “I had no idea that AATP had so many members, but it’s awesome to see volunteers from so many different schools working towards a single goal.”AATP Administrative Director Peony Khoo said AATP would definitely like to have CHIP come back to coordinate with them each semester or each year.“The event went really well and the kids learned a lot from the CHIP team,” Khoo said. “It’s important for them to learn about health and good nutrition because these are not things that they learn in school.”AATP has been traveling to Chinatown to tutoring children from Castelar for about 41 years.last_img read more

When Todd Heap was released by the Baltimore Raven

first_imgWhen Todd Heap was released by the Baltimore Ravens, the 31-year-old created a short list of teams he’d like to play for.“From day one once I got released my wife and I talked, and we had a short list,” Heap told Sports 620 KTAR’s Dave Burns and John Gambadoro. “The Cardinals were at the top of that list.”That’s a good thing, too, as Heap will surely help the Cardinals. Heap caught 40 passes and scored five touchdowns last season, and for his career has 467 receptions and 41 scores. Numbers like that would place him among the very best tight ends to ever suit up for the Cardinals. In fact, it would make him the best to ever play the position in Arizona.And yet, he almost never made it to the Valley. 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocationlast_img read more