Indian EPC Sterling and Wilson hopes to deliver 250 MW of solar power in NigeriaThe developer is currently in discussions with international solar PV developers to build up to 250 MW of solar capacity in Nigeria over the next two-to-three years following a recent push in the country to get 975 MW online. July 20, 2016 Ian Clover Installations Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share Indian EPC Sterling and Wilson is looking to develop up to 250 MW of capacity after international solar project developers recently signed 975 MW of power purchase agreements (PPAs) with the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading (BNET) Plc under Nigerias FIT program. Sterling and Wilson said it was in advanced negotiations with the developers to offer its turnkey EPC solutions for their proposed projects in Nigeria. The PPAs, agreed earlier this month in one of the first tangible signs of activity in Nigerias large-scale solar sector, will see government-owned NBET snap up the solar power produced for a price of $0.115/kWh. For its part, Sterling and Wilson hopes to build up to 250 MW of commissioned projects in the next two to three years to add to its growing 1 GW portfolio of completed solar parks globally. The Indian developer has a 260 MW clean energy pipeline in Egypt, 175 MW in Morocco, 87 MW in South Africa and 7 MW in Niger, so is well positioned to continue to serve Africas growing clean energy appetite. It also has a completed 90 MW solar farm in South Africa under its belt, the company confirmed. “With the recently announced PPAs of 975 MW, we see huge solar potential opening up in Nigeria,” said Sterling and Wilsons solar business president Bikesh Ogra. “We are well positioned to support growth in the solar market in Nigeria through our presence and experience, as more investors are focusing on reliable, bankable solar EPCs that can commission projects on time.” Yesterday, Nigerias government signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Nigus Greenergy and Volt Renewables for the creation of three 100 MW solar PV plants in three of the countrys northern states. This article was updated on Aug. 8, 2016.Popular content Submarine cable to connect 10.5 GW wind-solar complex in Morocco to the UK grid Emiliano Bellini 22 April 2021 pv-magazine.com UK-based Xlinks is planning to build 10.5 GW of wind and solar in Morocco and sell the power generated by the huge plant in the UK. 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Ottawa, Ontario— Dressage Canada is pleased to announce that new Terms of Reference for the Dressage Canada High Performance Committee is complete and is now available here.In July, the Dressage Canada Board appointed a High Performance Steering Committee—comprised of John Harris, Pauline Bosman, Elizabeth McMullen, Liz Steacie and Karen Pavicic—to review the objectives of High Performance and make recommendations for a revised committee structure and Terms of Reference. On September 16, the Dressage Canada Board accepted the Steering Committee’s recommendations. More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! SIGN UP Email* Horse Sport Enews We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. The High Performance Steering Committee analyzed the various functions of the High Performance Committee and determined that there were six distinct areas of responsibility. Each of these six areas of responsibility will be the focus of functioning working groups within the new High Performance Committee structure. Populating the High Performance Committee will be a matter of identifying what expertise and skills are required for each of the working groups and identifying individuals with the appropriate knowledge who are interested in assisting with the duties of the specific working group. The new Technical/Coach Advisor, Robert Dover, will be part of both the criteria working group and team management working group within the High Performance Committee, as the responsibilities of the Dressage Canada Own the Podium Task Force will be integrated under the High Performance Committee umbrella.Youth High Performance has been identified as one of the six functioning working groups within the High Performance Committee. The aim is to integrate Youth High Performance with Senior High Performance resulting in a consistent foundation and on which to base future growth for both riders and horses while at the same time ensuring that there is a sub-committee within Dressage Canada whose sole focus remains Youth High Performance.Dressage Canada has asked John Harris and Pauline Bosman, both of whom were members of the High Performance Steering Committee and have significant past experience with high performance issues and responsibilities, to commence the work of the new High Performance Committee for the balance of 2009, including implementing the new working groups structure. In 2010, the new High Performance Committee will elect a chair.“These are exciting times for dressage in Canada,” said Sue Rothgeb, the chair of Dressage Canada. “With the new Terms of Reference we will have more participation from the whole of the dressage community. With the Technical/Coach Advisor in place we can now build a program that will carry us into the future.”“The Steering Committee did a great job of getting to the essence of what is needed for us to go forward. We discussed terms but also obstacles and issues that might become roadblocks,” added John Harris. “We were pleased to see that the Dressage Canada Board took our concerns seriously and dealt with them as recommended. With the new Technical/Coach Advisor, Dressage Canada has an opportunity to refocus, regroup, and go forward.”The Dressage Canada Board would like to thank all the members of the High Performance Steering Committee for all their time and expertise in creating the committee structure and revising the Terms of Reference. The High Performance steering committee is now dissolved; although, some of the members may be asked to volunteer for the new High Performance committee.
William Fox-Pitt: “It’s frustrating, but Macchiato gave me an encouraging ride. I don’t really know what went wrong; perhaps he just didn’t lock on to the fence and realise what he had to do. It’s where I went wrong with Stunning back in the 2004 World Cup final, so perhaps it’s me that has a problem with the fence!” Nicholson’s hopes were then placed on the 9-year-old Avebury, 4th after Dressage, but the young grey, who was going well and confidently, missed the jump out of the last water (fence 27) and tripped, firing his rider onto the ground. Nicholson had to have stitches for a cut lip. Susanna Bordone (ITA) will be pleased with her first ride, Ava, who is in 9th place after accruing 17.2 time penalties, but she was eliminated for 3 refusals on Blue Moss, with which she was in 3rd place after Dressage. Man of the moment Oliver Townend (GBR) continues to ride the crest of a wave, setting himself up for a third 4* victory this year, not to mention his longed for victory in the HSBC FEI Classics™. SIGN UP Following a beautifully timed Cross-Country round at Les Etoiles de Pau CCI**** (FRA) on the genuine grey Thoroughbred Carousel Quest, he now has a Jumping fence in hand over Dirk Schrade (GER), who produced a classic performance on King Artus to rise three places to 2nd place going into the final phase. Vive La FanceFrench riders seemed to put a disappointing HSBC FEI European Championship behind them with some superb Cross-Country riding, showing the rest of the world that Course-Designer Pierre Michelet’s accuracy testing routes were perfectly rideable as long as you showed commitment. Statistics34 horses started Cross-Country27 completed21 clear rounds1 inside the optimum time of 10 min 37sec6 horses eliminated (3 falls)This year, Townend has won the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials (GBR) on Flint Curtis and The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (GBR) on Carousel Quest, in addition to an 8th place at the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event (USA) on Carousel Quest Clea Phillipps (GBR) and Lead The Way ran out at the same spot as Armada, and Jan Bynny (USA) and Waterfront ran out at the narrow fences on a mound at 11 (Les triangles) and at the corner on a sharp turn at fence 26 (La trouée). Pascal Leroy (FRA) was particularly noteworthy, rising 6 places to 4th on the 9-year-old Minos de Petra, while veteran hero Jean Teulere (FRA) is lying 6th on the magnificent big horse Matelot du Grand Val and Rodolphe Scherer (FRA) is 7th on the remarkable 19-year-old Fairfax, who will be retired amid great ceremony after the Jumping phase. Fox-Pitt’s mishap occurred at the corner at 25 (La cour de ferme), while Austin O’Connor (IRL) had the gross misfortune to fall from The Pocket Rocket at the final combination, fence 30 (La butte aux palmiers). Andreas Dibowski (GER) has slipped a place to 3rd with 4.8 Cross-Country time penalties on Euroridings Butts Leon, but Lucy Wiegersma (GBR) will be well satisfied with her rise of a place to 5th after a solid performance on her Blenheim CCI*** winner Granntevka Prince, a 9-year-old at his first 4*. “I’m not rich, but I am richer!” he joked. “It was a very nice feeling to have the HSBC FEI Classics™ in the bag, but it was very difficult to concentrate and to ride sensibly, knowing I’d won. I had to tell myself to shut up and concentrate, because there’s still a long way to go before I add Pau to my list of wins.” Email* ConcentrationTownend admits that when he saw William Fox-Pitt (GBR), his rival for the HSBC FEI Classics™ title, crash out of the reckoning with a run-out on Macchiato, he had to force himself to concentrate, but that it did give him the leeway to take a long route at the narrow houses in the second water (Le gué des pistes, 20/21/22). Where it Went WrongAndrew Nicholson (NZL), the rider representative and a regular and popular visitor to Pau, had a thoroughly bad day. He had a run-out at fence 17 (Le coffin), a spread on top of a steep slope to an arrowhead, when the exuberant Armada over jumped. However, their fast time of 2.4 penalties means they are still in 14th place. More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Both riders, plus Schrade, now face the exciting possibility of getting into the top 5 money prizes in the HSBC FEI Classics™. Rodolphe Scherer (FRA): “Fairfax is an amazing horse. When Heidi Antikazides gave him to me to ride, it was the best present I’d ever had. For the first time, I was nervous about riding him today, because I very much wanted him to retire on a good note. He is so well that people have said ‘why don’t you ride him next year, try to break a record,’ but the important thing to me is that I stop when people think he should go on.” Here, his compatriot Mark Kyle (IRL) made his only mistake of the day in 3 rides, when, last on course, he ran out at the narrow fence at the bottom of the steep slope and ran into the string on Step In Time. Kyle’s heroic effort – 3 Cross-Country rides in 2.5 hours – was, however, rewarded with 21st and 23rd places on Willow Fairgreen ATTR and Nitetime Cavalier respectively. QuotesOliver Townend: “Carousel Quest is in a different league to most other horses. My main worry was that he can jump so big that I was a little concerned about the spread to arrowhead at 17, but he is so obedient to ride that he will always get out of trouble. We nearly made a mess of the last combination, and had to do that on a hop, skip and jump, but again he is easy to correct. And the way he galloped home so well made me very happy.” Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Horse Sport Enews We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Results1 Oliver Townend/Carousel Quest (GBR) 42.5 + 0.8 = 43.32 Dirk Schrade/King Artus (GER) 46.7 + 0.8 = 47.53 Andreas Dibowski/Euroridings Butts Leon (GER) 43.8 + 4.8 = 48.64 Pascal Leroy/Minos de Petra (FRA) 49.7 + 0.4 = 50.15 Lucy Wiegersma/Granntevka Prince (GBR) 47.5 + 8.4 = 55.96 Jean Teulere/Matelot du Grand Val (FRA) 54.8 + 1.6 = 56.47 Rodolphe Scherer/Fairfax (FRA) 53.8 + 9.2 = 638 Gwendolen Fer/Leria du Ter (FRA) 64.2 + 0 = 64.29 Susanna Bordone/Ava (ITA) 47.5 + 17.2 = 64.710 Joe Meyer/Clifton Lush (NZL) 50 + 14.8 = 64.8Follow results on www.event-pau.fr Pierre Michelet (FRA, Course Designer) “At first I thought it was too easy! But then I realised the time would be difficult. I planned to have two or three inside the time, so I am very pleased. Most people thought the second water would be difficult, and some riders took their time there. It is part of French riders’ culture to take the straight routes, but then the British and German riders followed suit, and did it very well.” Gwendolen Fer (FRA), 24, was exceptional, producing the only round within the optimum time; she is now in 8th place on Leria du Ter and in line to win the HSBC FEI Training Bursary for the best 4* debut.
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Trey Anastasio waded into the waters of The Beacon Jams on Friday night for the first of eight weekly live streams from New York’s storied Beacon Theatre. We’ve already said plenty about the significance and scenarios surrounding this unprecedented virtual residency, so we’ll get right to it here with a rundown of the action at The Beacon Jams Night 1. (Check out recaps of Night 2 here and Night 3 here).Heading in, we had essentially no idea what to expect. Very quickly, a few things stood out. First—the band. Prior to the camera panning down from the chandelier to start the show, it wasn’t clear who would be on the stage. Quickly, viewers tuning in via Twitch were shown a horn-less version of the current Trey Anastasio Band lineup, with Russ Lawton on drums, Tony Markellis on bass, Ray Paczkowski on keys, and Cyro Baptista on all sorts of percussion. The other immediate take-away was the stage setup: rather than facing out toward the non-existent crowd as they usually would, the band set up facing backstage, allowing the viewers at home to take in the show with the Beacon in all her majesty as the backdrop. For whatever reason, this simple but powerful distinction didn’t dawn on this writer until that first shot came into frame, and seeing the ornate venue adorned by extra lights planted in strategic seats in the house was a “eureka” moment out of the gate. Of course! Score one for The Beacon Jams.Another thing that quickly stood out was the relaxed vibe of the band and the pauses between the songs. It sure is eerie hearing TAB rip a fantastic “Blaze On” only to finish to total silence. It’s a wrinkle that all parties—both inside the venue and outside tuning in—will adjust and adapt to over the course of the next several weeks of Beacon Jams. However, this unusual aspect also revealed a fun new layer for this run of “virtual” shows: The band appears to be facing a screen that displays the Twitch comment section, allowing Trey to interact with fans tuning in in real time. He spent a fair amount of time during the one-set, two-and-a-half-hour show responding to commenters. However you may have felt about the frequent chat tangents, this feels like a fun new development, and we’re excited to see how that interaction evolves as the run goes on.The set continued in the same stop-start fashion with a mix of live debuts from Trey’s quarantine record, Lonely Trip (like “I Never Left Home”, “A Wave of Hope”, and “If I Could See The World”) and go-to live TAB songs (like “Soul Planet”, “Dark and Down”, and “Sand”). Early on, we got our first “special guest” of the residency when Trey’s frequent theatrical collaborator Jeff Tanski, a Queens, NY resident, joined Ray on keys for a lovely rendition of Phish‘s Sigma Oasis ballad, “Shade”.Trey Anastasio – “A Wave of Hope” – The Beacon Jams Night 1 – 10/9/20Trey Anastasio – “If I Could See The World” – The Beacon Jams Night 1 – 10/9/20Perhaps the most unusual musical segment of the evening was a jazzy performance of Phish classic “Stash” by the trio of Trey (guitar/vocals), Tanski (piano), and Baptista (clapping/beat-boxing). A clear deviation from the norm for the song, this version is worth a listen sheerly based in its unique arrangement. That is, if we can re-listen. Surely this content will surface at some point, but who knows when—tomorrow morning? At the end of the residency? As an archival release years down the road? On Twitch, there’s no “going back,” so we’ll have to wait and see if the show, whether in chunks or in full, makes its way to LivePhish or YouTube. As with many of the details for The Beacon Jams, it seems we’re going to have to keep making our best guesses as we go. Game on. [Update 10/10/20: The first night of The Beacon Jams is now available on LivePhish]. [Update 10/14/20: Trey Anastasio has shared a video of “Everything’s Right” > “…And Flew Away” from Night 1 of The Beacon Jams. Watch it below]. [Update 12/19/20: Trey Anastasio has shared a video of “Stash” from Night 1 of The Beacon Jams. Watch It below].Trey Anastasio – “Stash” – The Beacon Jams Night 1 – 10/9/20[Video: Trey Anastasio]Trey Anastasio – “Everything’s Right” > “…And Flew Away” [Pro-Shot] – The Beacon Jams Night 1 – 10/9/20[Video: Trey Anastasio]After “Stash”, the rest of the band made their exit as Trey pulled up a chair for an acoustic take on quarantine tune “When The Words Go Away”. Rather than performing an extended acoustic “set,” however, the band quickly returned for a hot and heavy “Everything’s Right”, which moved into quarantune “…And Flew Away”. Trey once again grabbed his acoustic for “The Inlaw Josie Wales” and “Sunset Days”, and paused to express his gratitude for all the parties involved in making The Beacon Jams a reality before closing out Night 1 with a rocking “46 Days”.With that, the camera panned back up to the chandelier and the credits rolled. Night 1 of the Trey Anastasio Beacon Jams is in the books. In case you were wondering, they gave no indication as to what was to come next week. We have a strong suspicion that this is how it will go every week: Until the camera pans down from the Beacon ceiling on Friday night, what you’re about to see will be a mystery. Trey has already confirmed that the band lineups will change from week to week, so your guess is as good as anyone’s. We did, however, take it upon ourselves to drum up some educated guesses of our own. You can dive into them here.Either way, everyone, this is exciting. Live Trey, every Friday, with inherent surprise and intrigue built in. We’re all in. Catch you in the chat next Friday.Setlist: Trey Anastasio | The Beacon Jams Night 1 | Beacon Theatre | New York, NY | 10/9/20SET 1: Corona > Blaze On, I Never Left Home , Soul Planet, Shade , Dark and Down, A Wave of Hope, If I Could See The World > Sand, Stash , When the Words Go Away , Everything’s Right > …And Flew Away, The Inlaw Josie Wales , Sunset Days , 46 Days Debut. Jeff Tanski on piano. Only Trey, Jeff Tanski on piano, and Cyro clapping. Debut; Trey solo acoustic. Only Trey on acoustic and Jeff Tanski on piano. Trey solo acoustic.This performance was part of the Beacon Jams series and featured the debuts of I Never Left Home, A Wave of Hope, If I Could See The World, When the Words Go Away, and …And Flew Away. Trey quoted Windora Bug after Soul Planet. Shade featured Jeff Tanski on piano. Stash was performed by Trey, Jeff on piano, and Cyro clapping. When the Words Go Away and Sunset Days were performed by Trey solo acoustic. The Inlaw Josie Wales was performed by just Trey on acoustic and Jeff Tanski on piano.
AUSTIN – Texas leaders are encouraging nursing facility providers to submit applications to the Human Services Commission to receive up to $3,000 in federal funding per facility for purchasing communication technology devices.Gov. Greg Abbott and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission announced $3.6 million in funding to purchase tablets, webcams and headphones to connect residents with their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.“This program will help Texans in nursing homes stay connected to their loved ones while protecting the health and safety of our most vulnerable populations,” Abbott said. “As we continue to respond to COVID-19 and mitigate the spread of this virus, we are committed to developing effective strategies that protect Texans while keeping them connected.” Purchased devices must be cleaned and disinfected between every use by a resident.Texas residents can dial 2-1-1 to learn about programs and services. David Kostroun, deputy executive commissioner for the Human Services Commission’s Regulatory Services Division, said staying connected to families and friends is important to Texans who live in nursing facilities during this unprecedented situation.“We want facilities to know this option can help connect residents to their loved ones virtually, while still protecting everyone’s health and safety,” Kostroun said.Any Texas nursing facility can apply for this funding.