British firm Octopus Energy partners with Japan’s Tokyo Gas

first_img New joint venture will be backed by working capital and growth funding provided by Tokyo Gas. (Credit: Michal Jarmoluk from Pixabay) British retail energy firm Octopus Energy has entered into a strategic partnership with Japanese utility firm Tokyo Gas (TG) to form a joint venture to supply power to Japanese retail customers.Under the deal, which values the Octopus Energy in excess of $2bn, the partners will establish the Octopus Energy brand in Japan.The new entity, which will be operated by a 30:70 joint venture TG Octopus Energy, will launch in 2021.TG Octopus Energy will be backed by working capital and growth funding provided by Tokyo Gas.Additionally, the deal will also see Tokyo Gas acquire a 9.7% stake in Octopus Energy for $200m, along with approximate further $50m equity investment from Origin Energy to continue its expansion and technology development.Octopus Energy founder and CEO Greg Jackson said: “This Joint Venture will bring our exciting approach to renewable energy and technology to the world’s largest competitive energy market, and the investment will turbocharge our mission to revolutionise energy globally.”In May this year, Origin Energy agreed to acquire 20% stake in Octopus Energy for A$507m ($327.61m).Jackson added: “When Origin invested, we said it was fuel for stage two of our mission. Since then, Octopus Energy has accelerated that mission to make the global green revolution faster and cheaper by launching Octopus Energy Germany and New Zealand, acquiring Octopus Energy USA and acquiring Upside Energy to deepen our smart grid capabilities with their powerful technology.“Tokyo Gas’s investment into Octopus Energy Group, and the additional investment from Origin, will enable our outstanding team to drive even faster at the forefront of the global energy revolution.” Tokyo Gas and Octopus Energy will establish the Octopus Energy brand in Japanlast_img read more

A parade for veterans

first_img1 / 23    2 / 23    3 / 23    4 / 23    5 / 23    6 / 23    7 / 23    8 / 23    9 / 23    10 / 23    11 / 23    12 / 23    13 / 23    14 / 23    15 / 23    16 / 23    17 / 23    18 / 23    19 / 23    20 / 23    21 / 23    22 / 23    23 / 23  ❮ ❯ ×  1 / 23    2 / 23    3 / 23    4 / 23    5 / 23    6 / 23    7 / 23    8 / 23    9 / 23    10 / 23    11 / 23    12 / 23    13 / 23    14 / 23    15 / 23    16 / 23    17 / 23    18 / 23    19 / 23    20 / 23    21 / 23    22 / 23    23 / 23  ❮ ❯ The third annual Jersey City Veterans Day Parade of Heroes took place on Nov. 4 this year. The event featured numerous veterans’ groups from throughout Hudson County.While in the first half of the 1900s, there were events that honored veterans around Memorial Day, research with the Jersey City Public Library and local historians found that before 2015, Jersey City never had parades for the day. Instead, residents and veterans would attend parades in New York City, Newark, and Hoboken.Mayor Steven Fulop, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, established the annual parade in 2015.Veterans Day was first celebrated on Nov. 11, 1921 when an unknown soldier’s remains were interned at Arlington National Cemetery, at a site overlooking the Potomac River.This became a point of reference for veterans throughout the United States giving universal recognition of the end of World War One. The war ended at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918 — the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Armistice Day, as it was known then, became a national holiday in 1926. It was believed then that World War One would be the war to end all wars, something unfortunately disproven when violence again erupted in Europe within a decade, leading eventually to the Second World War.In 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower signed legislation designating Nov. 11 as Veterans Day, this with the intent of honoring, not only World War One veterans, but all veterans who fought for America.last_img read more

ND fundraiser nets $8.7 million to help students with financial aid

first_img Google+ Twitter By Carl Stutsman – May 13, 2020 1 300 By Eccekevin (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons An online fundraiser to help students that will need financial aid at Notre Dame next school year proved to be a successful one on Tuesday night. The event named “The Fight” raised $8.7 million.The university expects some 500 students to need financial aid this year that didn’t last year due to ongoing economic issues. The event included interviews with students, alumni, and staff from across the world and even some musical performances.School leaders tell WSBT they want to be clear that this didn’t replace Notre Dame Day, which raises money for student programs and clubs. Notre Dame Day is postponed until the fall. Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Google+ CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Pinterest Previous articleBHAS board approves new plan to improve districtNext articleElkhart County buildings to open next week Carl Stutsman WhatsApp ND fundraiser nets $8.7 million to help students with financial aid Facebook Facebooklast_img read more

A deeper sense of Muslim Africa

first_imgOusmane Kane, the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor of Contemporary Islamic Religion and Society and professor of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, will discuss his book, “Beyond Timbuktu: An Intellectual History of Muslim West Africa,” at the Center for the Study of World Religions on April 3 at 5:15 p.m. The talk is co-sponsored by the Islam in Africa Speaker Series.Kane delivered the keynote address  in February at the Divinity School conference “Text, Knowledge, and Practice: The Meaning of Scholarship in Muslim Africa.”The Gazette interviewed Kane to illuminate the roots and influence of Islam in Africa, which is home to nearly 30 percent of the world’s Muslims. GAZETTE: What is the most common misconception the West has about African Muslims?KANE: Black Africa has been represented in academia as well as in popular representations as a continent of warring tribes. Look at the coverage of Africa in most TV channels. It is most of the time about tribal conflicts. What I argue in my book is that large sections of West African peoples have, in the past and the present, proven their ability to transcend parochial identities and differences in a common cause and have indeed claimed their independence of thought and common destiny. More than anything else, this is embodied in a long literary tradition in the Arabic and in African languages written with the Arabic script. Unfortunately, this literary tradition has been obscured by Western discourses of the past century that tended to represent black Africa essentially as a continent of orality. In doing so, these discourses have obscured its literary tradition.GAZETTE: How did Islam spread from the Arabian Peninsula to the rest of Africa?KANE: Islam has a very long history in Africa. In fact, it was introduced in the African continent even before it spread in Arabia, let alone the neighboring countries of the Arabian Peninsula. The prophet Muhammad sent dozens of his companions to Ethiopia before the beginning of the Muslim calendar. During the first century of the Muslim calendar, Islam spread from Egypt through the Red Sea and the East African coastal areas on one hand, and from Egypt across the desert to the rest of North Africa on the other hand. It is from North Africa that it was introduced to West Africa across the Sahara.GAZETTE: Your book’s title is “Beyond Timbuktu: An Intellectual History of Muslim West Africa.” What is the significance of Timbuktu, the ancient city in Mali, in the history of Islam?KANE: Timbuktu is famous as a great center of trade and Muslim learning from Islam’s Golden Age. It is renowned for its many old mosques and colleges and for its collections of rare Arabic manuscripts. For centuries, it has attracted Muslim scholars and merchants, but Timbuktu was not unique. It was only one among many scholarly centers that flourished in West Africa in the last several centuries. My book charts the rise of Muslim learning from the beginning not just in Timbuktu, but in other parts of West Africa as well, to the present. It also examines the shifting contexts that have influenced the production and dissemination of Islamic knowledge.GAZETTE: What other places in West Africa have the same significance as Timbuktu? Where do the majority of Muslims in Africa live?KANE: Other prominent centers of Muslim learning in West Africa include Agadez [Niger], Walata and Shinqit [Mauritania], Djenné [Mali], Kaolack, Pire, Koki [Senegal], and Kano, Katsina, and Borno [Nigeria], to cite just a few. The number of Muslims in Africa is estimated between 450 and 500 million. This is close to a third of the Muslim global population. The overwhelming majority live in the northern half of the continent above the Equator. In North African countries like Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, and West African countries like Senegal, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, more than 90 percent of the population is Muslim. With more than 80 million Muslims, Nigeria has the sixth largest Muslim population in the world after Indonesia, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, and Egypt.GAZETTE: What are West Africa’s contributions to the development of Islam?KANE: Africans have influenced scholarship throughout the Islamic world for more than a millennium. This has been fully documented by recent research on the literary cultures of West Africa, and particularly the manuscript heritage. With the spread of Arabic literacy, African scholars developed a rich tradition of debate over orthodoxy and meaning in Islam. The rise of such a tradition was hardly disconnected from centers of Islamic learning outside of Africa. In Timbuktu, Cairo, Mecca, and Baghdad, African scholars have played significant roles in the development of virtually every field of Islamic sciences. A glance at the writings and curriculum of West African Muslims shows that they cite works from the entire Muslim world. This is evidence that they participate in a global network of scholarly exchange.GAZETTE: Why is it important to write a book about Muslims in West Africa and Africa in general?KANE: I hope that the book will correct misconceptions in both the West and the Middle East that West Africa’s Muslim heritage represents a minor thread in Islam’s larger tapestry. I also hope that they realize that African Muslims in general have never been isolated. Neither the Red Sea nor the Sahara had ever been an insurmountable barrier to communication. On the contrary, they were bridges that allowed Arabs and Black African Muslims to maintain close relations through trade, diplomacy, and intellectual and spiritual exchange.last_img read more

Pesticide Recertification Classes

first_imgPesticides can be helpful in controlling insects and diseases, but there are chemicals that should be handled with care. To educate pesticide users, University of Georgia Extension has planned pesticide safety and handling classes in Albany, Savannah and Perry this February and March.The Albany class is set for Thursday, Feb. 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Dougherty County Extension Office, 125 Pine Avenue, Suite 100. The registration fee is $50 and increases to $60 after Jan. 29.The Savannah class is set for Thursday, Feb. 19, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens on Canebrake Road in Savannah. The registration fee is $50 and increases to $60 after Feb. 11.The Perry class is set for Thursday, March 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Houston County Extension Office, 801 Main Street. The registration fee is $50 and increases to $60 after Feb. 25.Course topics will include protecting pollinators, pesticide label interpretation, pesticide formulations, delusory parasitosis and recent changes in pesticide regulations.Certified applicators can earn five hours of Georgia Commercial Pesticide Credit for attending a class. This credit can be divided over categories 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 31, 32, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39 and 41. Five hours credit from the International Society of Arboriculture can also be earned for attendance. Experts from UGA Extension, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Georgia Department of Agriculture and Arrow Exterminators will lead the classes. For a complete schedule or to register online, visit For more information, call (770) 229-3477 or send an email to [email protected]last_img read more

Citizens Bank, City Market and Free Press team up for Kids CAN Help

first_imgCitizens Bank and City Market partnered with the Burlington Free Press for the fourth consecutive year in a food drive at participating schools known as Kids CAN Help.  The food drive was designed to help raise awareness among school children that hunger is a year-round struggle for many families in our communities, especially with rising food and fuel prices.The campaign running Oct. 12-16, encourages children at 26 participating schools to compete to collect the most food. The school that collects the most non-perishable items will be thanked in a special ceremony at the school. Last year, students at the Robinson School in Starksboro were the winner, collecting 1,014 lbs. of food, which averaged over 7 lbs. of food per student!  The total amount of food collected from all the schools, Citizens Bank branches, City Market and the Burlington Free Press was 8,894 lbs.“Citizens Bank is proud of the Kids Can Help program and the awareness it brings to local school children and their parents,” said Cathy Schmidt, president, Citizens Bank, Vermont. “We thank our customers and the public in advance for supporting this worthwhile cause that benefits so many in need.”  “We think Kids CAN Help is a pretty special program that can bring hope to those in need, said Brad Robertson, president and publisher, Burlington Free Press. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Citizens Bank and City Market, for what we hope will be another record breaking year in donations. “HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP…Starting Oct. 12-16, please drop off non-perishable food items at your local Citizens Bank branch location or at The Burlington Free Press, or at the participating schools listed below.Weybridge Elementary School, Robinson Elementary School, Ferrisburgh Central School, Burlington High School Interact Club, Lawrence Barnes Elementary School Sustainability Academy, Rock Point School, St. Joseph School, Mt. Abraham Union High School, Albert D. Lawton School, Thomas Fleming School, Jericho Elementary School, Allen Brook School, Champlain Valley Union High School, Hinesburg Community School, Williston Central School,  Malletts Bay School, Richford Elementary School, Sheldon Elementary School, Cambridge Elementary School, Morristown Elementary School, People’s Academy Middle Level, People’s Academy Upper Level, Milton Elementary School, Milton Jr / Sr High School, Twinfield Union School and Winooski Middle School.About Citizens BankCitizens Bank is a division of RBS Citizens, N.A., operating its seven-state branch network in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. It has 23 branches and 23 ATMs in Vermont.RBS Citizens, N.A. is a subsidiary of Citizens Financial Group, Inc., a $153 billion commercial bank holding company headquartered in Providence, R.I. CFG’s two bank subsidiaries are RBS Citizens, N.A. and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. They operate a 12-state branch network under the Citizens Bank brand in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont, and the Charter One brand in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. CFG has non-branch retail and commercial offices in about 40 states. It is one of the 10 largest commercial banking companies in the United States ranked by assets as of March 30, 2009. CFG is owned by RBS (The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc). CFG’s Web site is  About City Market, Onion River Co-opThe Onion River Co-op is a consumer cooperative, with 2,800+ members, selling wholesome food and other products while building a vibrant, empowered community and a healthier world, all in a sustainable manner. Located in downtown Burlington, City Market provides a large selection of local, natural and conventional foods, and thousands of Vermont-made products. Visit City Market, Onion River Co-op online at is external) or call 802-861-9700.About The Burlington Free PressAt The Burlington Free Press our mission is to provide Vermonters must-have news and information on demand across many print and digital channels, ever mindful of our journalistic responsibilities. Since 1827, Burlington Free Press has grown to be Vermont’s most trusted and most read newspaper. Over the years, the population growth of Chittenden County has led to expansion of coverage of local news and information with the No. 1 news and information Web site in Vermont reaching 300,000 unique visitors. is external).last_img read more

Flower Power – The Florist Who Saved a City

first_imgFaye Bush does not consider herself an activist. Although she’s been branded with Erin Brockovich-type celebrity, she insists her work is all about love and care for a local community in environmental peril.In the 1950s Bush helped organize the Newtown Florist Club (NFC), a group of African American housewives who delivered funeral flowers to the bereaved in her hometown of Gainesville, Ga. Over the years, Bush noticed an increase in the number of people dying from similar illnesses, including lupus and cancer. The deaths were clustered in low-income neighborhoods near industrial factories on the south side of Gainesville.Outdoor Hero: Faye BushOutdoor Hero: Faye BushBush has since turned the NFC into one of the leading environmental justice organizations in the country. Although the soft-spoken great grandmother is an unassuming voice for the marginalized, she has successfully battled corporations and politicians to bring national attention to small towns in America that have been greedily turned toxic. Newtown still sits below the smoggy discharge of more than a dozen industrial facilities—including a dog food processing mill and factories that produce chicken feed and hairspray—and disproportionately high rates of illness still exist. But at 67, Bush has no intention of slowing down the good fight. She called BRO the morning after Barack Obama was elected president of the United States.Are you optimistic about the upcoming political change? We have a better relationship with politicians now than we did when we started. I’ll put it like that. I’m hoping we’ll see a brighter and a better day. People in this community are still dying of cancer, and a lot of people have asthma. We’ve got to keep fighting.You take people on toxic tours of Gainesville. What do the tours include? We visit places where people in our community have died from lupus and cancer, and we talk about the community. We show people how close the houses are to industrial plants on the Southside, and then we take them to the wealthier North side and show them the difference. It’s a completely different environment in the same town. We also give tours to student groups to show them what’s happening here, and we teach them how to test air samples.What’s the biggest accomplishment of the Newtown Florist Club? Four years ago we were able to stop a four-lane highway from coming through the community. We didn’t need any more pollution coming through. We’re already surrounded by it. We were also able to publish a book about the situation here that is being read in a lot of colleges. The Newtown Story: One Community’s Fight for Environmental Justice tells the story of how we learned about the environment and its health effects.What has made you most optimistic about your work of the last six decades? The things we’ve done have opened people’s eyes to environmental problems. Other people have become aware of what we are exposed to and now realize that they are exposed to the same things. Our work has raised a certain consciousness. Others are noticing the same things in their own communities and starting to do something about it.How do you feel about being an activist? An activist must always act from a place of love. When we started this organization, we would go in and bathe sick people. We did it out of love and the closeness that we have in this community. We just needed to help people, and that’s what it’s still about.last_img read more

Firm wins $65 million contract for botulism treatments

first_img The contract is the third one that the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has awarded Xoma to develop botulism antitoxins, the company said in a Sep 9 statement. In 2005 Xoma was among the first companies to receive a contract through Project BioShield, according to a previous report. Xoma reported that  its NIAID contracts cover the development of human monoclonal antibody products targeting the three most toxic serotypes of botulinum toxin, types A, B,and E. The company also said these human antibody products are expected to be safer than existing animal-derived antibodies, which it said cause serious immune reactions in some patients and vary unpredictably in their efficacy. See also: Sep 11, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Xoma Ltd., a Berkeley, Calif., pharmaceutical company, recently announced that it received a $65 million multiyear federal contract to fund work on botulinum antitoxins, one of which it hopes to put through safety and efficacy tests starting in 2009. Clostridium botulinum, which produces botulinum toxin, a nerve poison, is among the category A agents that experts say bioterrorists would most likely try to use. However, most botulism cases are caused by tainted food or contaminated wounds. Sep 9 Xoma press release Steven Engle, Xoma’s chairman and chief executive officer, said in the statement that the contract shows the US government’s support of novel therapies that address natural, accidental, or intentional infections from pathogens and their toxins. “Since initiating its biodefense program in 2005, Xoma has used its innovative antibody technology to develop better and safe solutions,” he said. “We plan to continue working with the government’s biodefense development efforts toward future stockpiling initiatives.” Xoma said if studies show that the company’s first botulism antitoxin candidate is safe and effective and government funding continues, it would file the paperwork needed to produce the treatment for the Strategic National Stockpile. The new NIAID contract will cover the next 6 years of botulism antitoxin development, the company said. May 10, 2005, CIDRAP News story “NIAID awards first Project BioShield grants”last_img read more

Kempner makes his mark in return to City

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