Video PlayerClose RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- Brazil's sun-drenched landscape has made the South American nation one of the world's best locations for solar energy production. As the industry continues to boom, it is fast becoming one of the country's most profitable businesses. Growth in solar energy has been spurred in part by increasing drought that drove up the price of power in a country that gets 80 percent of its electricity from hydropower. Demand for energy diversification has swelled, with many consumers opting for solar energy. According to the Brazilian Association of Photovoltaic Solar Energy (Absolar), in 2016, Brazil had 2,700 solar energy generation systems installed. By 2017, the number had risen to 7,000. Today, there are almost 40,000 solar power systems. The association forecasts an increase of 300 percent in the use of solar energy this year. The economic potential of the solar industry appears to be huge, with the Brazilian government estimating that the … [Read more...] about Feature: Advancing tech, spiralling energy costs spur solar power in Brazil
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WANT to get fitter and slimmer for summer? Or maybe you are worried about the health implications of being overweight? Follow our tips to find out how to lose weight fast. Either way, shedding those few extra pounds doesn't have to be a massive chore. A few simple lifestyle hacks can set you well on your way to becoming more svelte without really trying.All you need is a little discipline and commitment - it takes a couple of months to start noticing a difference, so bunker down for the long-haul. 1. Revamp your kitchen We're simple creatures. What we see, we want. Rather than keeping all your treats at the front of your fridge, stick them all in one place towards the bottom and bring all your colourful fruit and veg to the front. That way, when you're scouting for something to eat, you'll be bombarded with healthy options straight away.If you're having to root around for processed grub, you may decide that you don't actually want it - or you'll go for the healthy stuff first and … [Read more...] about How to lose weight fast – with 7 tips you can start with TODAY
As India remembers its soldiers who fought and died in the Kargil War, Rediff.com's Divya Nair recalls a recent day of homage at the Kargil War Memorial.IMAGE: To the left of the memorial, tombstones of martyred soldiers. Photographs: Divya Nair/Rediff.com It was past 10 am when we entered Kargil, synonymous for me with the Kargil War of 1999. I was in Class 9 when I had read details of the war in the school assembly as part of the daily news bulletin. It was difficult to understand why a war was taking place in Independent India, but our class teacher told us to pray for our soldiers. IMAGE: To enter the memorial, visitors are required to follow a dress code. At the Kargil war memorial, a soldier announces that chappals and shorts are not allowed inside. There is no entry fee, but there is an unwritten dress code, which people will discover when they arrive there. On a busy day, approximately 2,000 people visit the memorial. A book maintains a record of the visitors, but there is no … [Read more...] about A salute to the brave who gave their today for our tomorrow
New York (CNN Business)Walgreens Boots Alliance became the most recent addition to the Dow Jones Industrial Average in June 2018, when it replaced struggling conglomerate General Electric (GE) in America's most famous stock market indicator. Its Dow tenure may be among the shortest. KKR (KKR) has approached Walgreens about taking it over, Bloomberg reported Monday. If Walgreens (WBA) winds up getting bought out, the deal could be the biggest leveraged buyout ever. That news follows a Reuters report last week that said Walgreens was talking to private equity firms about a sale. If such a deal happens, that would mean Walgreens would no longer be publicly traded. In that event, S&P Dow Jones Indices, which selects the stocks for the Dow and S&P 500, would choose a new company to replace Walgreens. S&P Dow Jones Indices was not immediately available for comment about any possible changes to the makeup of the Dow. KKR reportedly wants to buy Walgreens in the largest … [Read more...] about Walgreens could leave the Dow. What should replace it?
Next December, 196 nations will meet in Paris to agree a course of action to respond to climate change. They will do so under the auspices of the UN framework convention on climate change. This is an international treaty negotiated at the Earth summit in Rio in 1992 with the objective to “stabilise greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system”. The discussions in Paris in 2015 will be informed by the latest climate science. In our play 2071, which recently completed its inaugural run at the Royal Court theatre in London, directed by Katie Mitchell, we explore the science, its implications and the options before us. A key aim is to leave the audience better placed to participate in the public discourse, in which we all need to play a part. Climate change is a controversial subject that can raise strong emotions. We are all susceptible to being less open-minded and rational about it than we … [Read more...] about Climate change is not just about science – it’s about the future we want to create