The NBA trade deadline is fast approaching and a big question now is will the two Los Angeles teams — the Clippers and the Lakers — be active in dealing in the next few days. Both teams were highly favored heading into the ongoing season, even if they had contrasting ends last year. Both teams tweaked their rosters, but they seem to have failed to get the desired outcome. The two teams are currently behind the Phoenix Suns and Utah Jazz in the Western Conference standings. The Lakers lost Dwight Howard and Javale McGee. You might say that these losses are inconsequential, but they did play roles in the title run — legitimate roles that they find hard to fill. The injury to Anthony Davis also made the Lakers miss their big men all the more, and it’s really disheartening to hear about Marc Gasol’s nagging hamstring injury. The Clippers were looking for a playmaker, and they failed to address the need in the offseason. Reggie Jackson or Patrick Beverley are not championship ... » Learn More about Can Lowry, Drummond end LA woes?
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida: President Joe Biden has chosen a former senator from Florida who flew on the space shuttle just days before the Challenger launch accident to lead NASA. Biden on Friday (Mar 19) announced his intent to nominate Bill Nelson as the space agency's administrator. Nelson, 78, grew up near Cape Canaveral and was serving as a Democratic congressman when he launched aboard space shuttle Columbia in January 1986. His commander was Charles Bolden Jr, who later served as NASA administrator under President Barack Obama — at Nelson's urging. Nelson was elected in 2000 to the Senate, where he served until his defeat in 2018. If confirmed by the Senate, Nelson will become NASA’s 14th administrator, succeeding another former member of Congress, Jim Bridenstine, a Republican from Oklahoma. This is a critical time for NASA as momentum accelerates in the commercial space program. SpaceX is about to launch its third flight of astronauts to the International Space ... » Learn More about Biden picks former senator who flew in space to lead NASA
BARCELONA (Reuters) - Music fans in Barcelona had rapid COVID-19 tests ahead of attending a rock concert on Saturday in a trial that, if successful, could provide a route to recovery for the ravaged live music industry in Spain and beyond. Some 5,000 people will attend the sold-out concert for Spanish indie band Love of Lesbian, and will not be required to observe social distancing. Attendees will have to wear face masks throughout the concert in the Palau Sant Jordi arena. "(This concert) is about the excitement of going out, consuming culture, and dancing in a more or less safe environment," said Sebastian, 47, a teacher getting tested ahead of the concert. "We're going to dance and have a great time." The pilot concert, which has been approved by health authorities, will serve as a test for whether similar events will be able to start up again. "It will be safer to be in the Palau Sant Jordi than walking down the street," concert co-organiser Jordi Herreruela told ... » Learn More about 5,000 music fans have COVID tests before non-distanced concert in Barcelona
CERTAIN obstacles have prompted SN Aboitiz Power Group (SNAP) to take a step back and recalibrate its plans on developing the Alimit hydropower complex in Ifugao, a company official said. Still, SNAP — the joint venture of Norway-based Scatec Solar and Aboitiz Power Corp. — is keen on pursuing the hydropower facility with a potential capacity of 390 megawatts (MW). “Actually, we’ve held back on [the] Alimit [hydro facility] given we have issues with the permitting,” said Emmanuel Rubio, AboitizPower president and chief executive officer, adding, “Maybe it’s time to reevaluate our position with Alimit.” Rubio told reporters the company is also reevaluating the route for the transmission line to the grid. “We have an SIS (system impact study), there were suggestions by [the] NGCP (National Grid Corp. of the Philippines) on where to connect and it requires certain reconductory of Magat-Santiago line,” he said. SIS is one of the requirements a project proponent needs to secure ... » Learn More about SNAP hits a snag with Alimit hydro project
Aboitiz Power Corp. has optimized the capacity of its solar power plant in San Carlos, Negros Occidental in time for the summer season, its top official said. Through San Carlos Sun Power Inc. (SacaSun), AboitizPower owns and operates the solar photovoltaic (PV) power generation plant located in the San Carlos Ecozone. AboitizPower President and Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel Rubio told reporters the company has achieved the “maximum capacity” of 46 megawatts for the solar facility. “The inverters are sized to generate that capacity,” Rubio told reporters. Rubio said they managed to achieve the solar plant’s maximum capacity following the completion of the south line project, enabling the solar power plant to continue uninterrupted. The south line project aims to connect the facility to the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines’ (NGCP) transmission system to dispatch electricity generated by the solar power plant to the Visayas grid. “The south line was only completed ... » Learn More about AboitizPower optimizes Negros solar plant
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan pair of U.S. senators on Tuesday introduced a bill to expedite refugee applications from Uighurs, matching an effort in the U.S. House of Representatives to assist members of the largely Muslim ethnic group that advocates say face persecution in China. Republican Senator Marco Rubio and Democratic Senator Chris Coons put forward the "Uyghur Human Rights Protection Act," which would grant Priority 2 refugee status to Uighurs and other groups, including Kazakhs and Kyrgyz, who have faced repression in or fled from China's Xinjiang region. Priority 2 status would allow hundreds, or possibly thousands, of Uighurs to forgo a United Nations referral and apply directly as refugees to the U.S. government, reducing concerns that Beijing could be notified by a third country and seek their deportation back to China. China denies abuses, but the United States has declared that Beijing is perpetrating a genocide. "The United States must continue to ... » Learn More about U.S. senators match House bill to assist Uighur refugees
As of 2020, Aboitiz Power Corp. (AP) had 598 Filipino and foreigner stockholders, who paid for 7,358,604,307 outstanding common shares, according to the company’s general information sheet (GIS). According to AP’s 2020 GIS, 580 Filipinos invested in 6,981,946,777 common shares, or 94.881 percent, and foreigners in 376,657,530 common shares, or 5.119 percent. The GIS listed 17 billion authorized capital stock (ACS) composed on 16 billion common shares and 1 billion preferred shares. The outstanding represents 43.286 percent of 17 billion common and preferred shares shown in AP’s GIS. By removing these preferred shares, the equivalent to ACS would rise to 45.991 percent. Erramon I. Aboitiz, according to GIS, was AP’s top stockholder with direct ownership of 1,300,001 common shares and indirect holdings of 85,597,214 common shares, for total ownership of 86,897,215 common shares, or 1.101 percent of 7,358,604,307 outstanding common shares. Mikel A. Aboitiz followed as direct holder of ... » Learn More about Aboitiz Power has 580 Filipino and 18 alien stockholders
FIRST it was cotton; now it's Xinjiang's solar panels that are being targeted. Both are pillar industries of Xinjiang in Northwest China, and they have become the target of what appears to be a malicious campaign launched by Western anti-China forces to destroy Xinjiang's rapidly ascending economy and ultimately obstruct the development of China. These forces behind the campaign position themselves as saviors and claim to counter a "genocide" in Xinjiang, but what they are doing is essentially attempting to wipe out the industries and the bread and butter of over 25 million people in Xinjiang, locals, businesses and experts said. Unlike the campaign against Xinjiang's cotton, which was led by political forces, the latest campaign against the photovoltaic (PV) industry appears to be pushed by forces within the PV industry that have been overwhelmed by Chinese firms, including those in Xinjiang, for years, in an apparent ill attempt to use politics to crack down on what they can't ... » Learn More about Global Times: US plots ‘industry stifling’ in Xinjiang, this time targets solar energy industry