IKEA adds solar PV systems to its product lineup in Germany

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:On Wednesday Ikea will launch its photovoltaic “Solstrale” offer in Germany, with the date having been brought forward from February 1. Since October, Ikea has been testing the offer in German stores in Kaarst, Eching, Walldorf, Ulm and Freiburg.“We are very satisfied with the demand so far and have been able to convince some Ikea visitors in the five stores of our offer,” said Sustainability Manager Christiane Scharnagl. The company was unable to report sales figures at pv magazine’s request, or to provide expectations about future sales.The online offer will not differ from that available during the test phase. The Solstrale PV package is available from €4,730 and applies to a fully installed photovoltaic system without home storage. There is also a higher priced package available at Ikea.The offers are available at ikea.com/solar, a spokeswoman for the company said. As a partner, the group continues to work with British solar company Solarcentury, which has set up a German subsidiary to implement Ikea orders. “We offer an integrated service from development to construction and operation,” said Dennis de Jong, CEO of Solarcentury Microgen (Germany).“We are delighted to hear from all of our five furniture stores that customers are very interested in our range of home solar systems,” said the Ikea spokeswoman. In addition, the Swedish furniture company will soon launch German marketing campaigns for its Solstrale offering.Ikea already sells residential PV systems in Belgium, the U.K., Poland, the Netherlands and Switzerland.More: Ikea begins online sale of PV residential module systems in Germany IKEA adds solar PV systems to its product lineup in Germanylast_img read more

Merchants continue to fight liability shift

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Over the years, I’ve learned a couple of things the hard way.  One is never underestimate what can happen in the last nine holes of the Masters.  Secondly, never underestimate the legal prowess of merchant lawyers.So, it is with a skeptical but weary eye that I reviewed a class action lawsuit (B & R Supermarket, Inc. d/b/a Milam’s Market vs. Visa, Inc., Case No. 3:16-cv-01150-WHA) commenced in federal court in California arguing that Visa, MasterCard and others violated anti-trust law by imposing a timeline on merchants to be capable of processing chip-embedded EMV cards that they “knew” to be impossible to meet.  (paragraph 75 of the Merchant’s complaint).  As a result, the argument goes, since October 1, 2015 merchants have been stuck with the cost of chargebacks for unauthorized transactions that would have historically been the responsibility of issuers (i.e. credit unions and banks).  The merchants are looking for reimbursement of these charges, but fortunately, a preliminary injunction seeking to suspend the liability shift was denied on March 16, 2016.On the face of it, this lawsuit strikes me as the legal equivalent of the dog ate my homework defense.  Merchants were put on notice of the liability shift by Visa in 2011.  To suggest that they didn’t have enough time to upgrade their equipment is a bit of a stretch.  Many merchants simply made the business decision that the costs of upgrading their terminals to be EMV compliant weren’t justified.  Legalities aside, however, the lawsuit does highlight the challenges that are still being confronted with the integration of EMV chips into the payment system.  For instance, according to the KrebsonSecurity blog, customers can expect EMV enabled card machines to be used in fewer than 1 in 5 face-to-face transactions.  In addition, in fairness to the merchants, there is apparently a backlog to get the upgraded terminals certified for use. continue reading »last_img read more

How to prevent ‘maskne’

first_imgVESTAL (WBNG) — With the mandatory mask mandate, people are starting to notice acne bumps where the masks sits on their face. That’s according to Dr. Joseph Newark, a local dermatologist. To prevent maskne, only wear the mask when you need to, wash your face once or twice a day gently with light soap or water or use over the counter acne medicine. “Maskne,” mask acne, happens when masks are trapping sweats and oils on the skin.center_img He says if you are wearing the mask most of the day, do not put on makeup that is inclusive. “Don’t forget the mask is essential,” Newmark said. “I don’t want people going out say, ‘Oh, I’m breaking out. I’m not going to wear it.’ I think it’s very important that they do wear it.”last_img read more

OneSubsea to supply first all-electric boosting system to Equinor’s Vigdis field

first_imgOneSubsea, a Schlumberger company, has been awarded an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract by Equinor for the first all-electric actuated subsea boosting system for the Vigdis field in the North Sea.Schlumberger said on Monday that the scope of the contract included a pump station, with a manifold foundation and protective structure, and a pump module, topside equipment, umbilical, and all-electric controls with electric actuation.Don Sweet, president of OneSubsea, said: “We are delighted to be working with Equinor on the successful long-term development of the Vigdis Field through the delivery of a subsea boosting system.“Our field-proven boosting technology, including electric actuation, will deliver an increased level of digital monitoring and control—this will be a key enabler for increasing oil recovery and unlocking the field’s full production potential while reducing environmental impact.”According to the company, work will begin in Bergen in December 2018, and the first delivery is scheduled for February 2020.Equinor announced its decision to boost production at Vigdis by almost 11 million barrels through a investment of NOK 1.4 billion ($164.8M) in the field’s boosting station on December 5.On the same date, Equinor awarded a contract to OneSubsea for a boosting system, including a subsea template and trawling protection worth NOK 700 million ($80.46 million).Vigdis fieldThe Equinor-operated field Vigdis lies in block 34/7 in the Tampen area of the Norwegian North Sea and came on stream in 1997. In addition to the main structure, this field comprises the Borg Nordvest and Vigdis Øst structures. These began producing in 2003 and 2004 respectively.The field was developed with subsea installations tied back to the Snorre A platform seven kilometers away for processing. Gas separated from the main Vigdis structure is injected into the Snorre field, while gas from Borg Nordvest and Vigdis Øst is piped from Snorre A to Statfjord A. Stabilized oil is transported by pipeline to Gullfaks A for storage and export.last_img read more

SOTTO SCHOOLS BATO: ‘Being senator is different from being Duterte follower’

first_img“Later on, he will realize that being a senator is different than being just a follower of the administration,” says Senate President Vicente Sotto III. “On the political side of it,majority against minority, so dapatmajority lagi ang dapat mananalo. Butwe were not able to get the majority vote so meaning, kami na ang minority ngayonsa Senado. Hindi na kami angmajority,” Dela Rosa said. Dela Rosa, along with fellow Duterteallies Christopher “Bong” Go, Imee Marcos,  Aquilino“Koko” Pimentel III, Bong Revilla, Francis Tolentino, and CynthiaVillar voted Monday in abstention, while 12 others voted in favor of theresolution. MANILA – Senate President Vicente SottoIII lectured neophyte Sen. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa following the latter’sstatement on the voting of Senate Resolution 337, which seeks Supreme Court’sclarity on the Senate’s role on Visiting Forces Agreement termination. Sotto said that Dela Rosa still needsmore time to learn about the mandate that has been vested upon him as anelected senator, which is different from being a follower of President RodrigoDuterte. After the voting, Dela Rosa made astatement that some of them were feeling like being the “minority” inthe chamber.center_img “Hindi naise-seminar ‘yun,natututunan lang ‘yun. Mas madali nga lang kung ikaw ay nanggaling sa let’ssay sa isang local governmentlegislative body, or nanggaling ka saHouse of Representatives, pagdating saSenate, alam mo na lahat ‘yan. Perosiyempre, pag galing ka sa Executive department, medyo iba ang dating sa iyo,” he further said./PN Sotto said that Dela Rosa’s reactioncould be the normal thinking of any newbie in the institution. “We are all senators, whether we are inthe majority or in the minority, we are an officer or not, pare-pareho kaming mga senators. Tigi-tig-isang boto kami, ganun ‘yun,” he added. “Later on, he will realize that being asenator is different than being just a follower of the administration,”Sotto said. “Minsan kasi, pagka you are a fledgling senator, youwill probably have, you will need more time to get the in’s and out’s.”last_img read more

Arsenal plan offer for PSG goalkeeper  Areola

first_img The France international is currently on-loan with Real Madrid, though will be sent back to PSG once the season concludes. Real intend to name Andriy Lunin as understudy to Thibaut Courtois next season. Meanwhile, Mundo Deportivo says Arsenal are keen to sign Areola as competition for Bernd Leno. For their part, PSG are keen to do business.Advertisement Arsenal are interested in PSG goalkeeper, Alphonso Areola. Loading… Emiliano Martinez is currently backup to Leno, though the Argentine has declared he is ready to leave for first-team football next term. read also:Lunin eyes Real Madrid No.1 spot in 2020-21 He said, “I’m open to everything, especially with this British stuff. I played in Argentina until I was 17 or 18. I’m never going to say no to the chance of coming back, maybe in two or three years I’ll be looking forward to it.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A Vegan7 Breathtaking Train Stations Around The GlobeThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithTop 10 Enemies Turned Friends in TVWill You Recognize Celebs In Their Kid Photos?Most Beautiful Female Supermodels From IndiaThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe8 Shows That Overstayed Their Welcome18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist MagnetsCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way8 Infamous Mistakes That Cost People Billionslast_img read more

The Latest: Toulon rugby club plans to train in groups of 3

first_img May 20, 2020 The tournament is a huge annual event in Japan and is followed much the way Americans follow the college basketball tournament.The Japanese High School Baseball Federation says the cancellation was the first since World War II.Asahi newspaper president Masataka Watanabe says “the decision is needed to protect the health of the players, officials and fans.”The high school tournament has showcased some of the biggest stars in Japanese professional baseball. They include major leaguers like Ichiro Suzuki, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Hideki Matsui.The summer tournament was scheduled to start in August at Koshien Stadium in Nishinomiya. A smaller spring tournament was canceled earlier. The Latest: Toulon rugby club plans to train in groups of 3 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___French rugby club Toulon plans to resume training next month in small groups of three players amid the coronavirus pandemic. The three-time European champions say their players and coaching staff will have blood and heart tests next week at their training center.The groups of three will jog, do bodybuilding and work on their fitness levels in specially marked zones to avoid contact with others.France came out of lockdown on May 11. Toulon hopes players can train in groups of 8-12 in July and return to full training in August.___Japan’s beloved high school baseball tournament has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.center_img ___Rayo Vallecano players have returned to training after the Spanish soccer club accepted some of their salary demands.The players from the second-division club had not practiced this week as a protest for not being taken off furlough. They had only trained individually at home.The club says it met with players and decided to change their furlough conditions now that group sessions have begun and their workload increased.Most soccer clubs in Spain used government furloughs to reduce their labor costs during the coronavirus pandemic. Associated Press Players from second-division club Elche also refused to practice at the team’s training center last week and the club also eventually complied with their demands.The Spanish soccer season is expected to resume on the second weekend of June.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Badgers net NCAA berth

first_imgSetting goals in a sport can be a tricky thing. How high a team sets its sights can often be a reflection of how much it believes in itself. It is very easy, and often temping, to set goals that are easily achieved. It takes much more, however, to set sights high, knowing that the feeling of achieving them would be well worth the extra effort.At the beginning of the year, the UW men’s tennis team decided to choose the latter. Lofty goals were set in place. A top four finish in the Big Ten. A berth in the NCAA tournament. The success that followed the formation of these goals has taken months and months of hard work, but after a strong finish last weekend at the Big Ten tournament in West Lafayette, the Badgers are in position to create a whole new set of goals as they head into the NCAAs this Friday.The men have definitely been on a roll as they have closed out the regular season. Coach Greg Van Emburgh believes that, outside of the two losses to Ohio State, his team has played exceptional tennis leading into the postseason. “We have really tried to look at the seasons in much the same way that the football did this fall,” Van Emburgh said. “We look to approach each match with a 0-0 mentality.”So far, that mentality has worked for the 15-10 Badgers, who impressed the NCAA selection committee enough to garner an at large bid to the national tournament, only the fourth in UW history. “I think (a tournament berth) is the ultimate goal,” Van Emburgh said in a press conference Monday. “You want to be successful, and you want to be successful across the board. I think it’s important that the guys look at it and have a great attitude, play loose, and just take the opportunity at hand.”For the 2007 men’s tennis team, the “opportunity at hand” is a place in the history books, as no UW team has ever made it past the first round of the tournament. The last time that the Badgers even made the tournament was in 1998. History aside, Van Emburgh is has been very optimistic. “We had some great results early on in the year starting with clinching that win over Miami. They were a top-10 team at that point, and winning there was huge for us from a confidence standpoint,” Van Emburgh said.Another huge boost in confidence for the team came in January with the arrival of freshman Moritz Baumann, who quickly became one of the team’s most dangerous weapons. Baumann, who hails from Germany, was recently named to the all-Big Ten team, the only freshman in the conference to do so. In winning the award, Baumann became only the second Badger freshman ever to be named all-conference, the first being Ken Thomas thirty years ago in 1977.”Moritz has had a huge impact on our team this season. He had to go through a lot in coming here and he had done a superb job in filling into high spots for us when we have needed him,” the Badgers head coach said. “It wasn’t easy for him, especially coming over in January, but he has played at an unbelievable level for us.”Baumann recently moved up to the No. 1 spot for the Badgers after playing his first 16 matches in the Nos. 2-4 slots. The adjustment, while substantial, has seemed to have little impact on his game, as the frosh defeated the then No. 28 ranked player in the country in OSU’s Devin Mullings in the Big Ten tournament. The win, UW’s only in the day’s 6-1 loss to the Buckeyes, has moved Baumann up to the national rank of No. 118, a tremendous accomplishment considering his youth and unfamiliarity with the conference coming into this year.The Badgers will kick off their tournament this Friday at 1 p.m. against the University of Washington Huskies, a remarkably similar team to UW’s. The two teams have actually played three of the same opponents on the year and achieved virtually the same results. Both teams dropped matches to Notre Dame and Ohio State.Washington, however, lost to UW boarder rival Minnesota a team the Badgers beat 5-2 last month. For the Huskies, the tournament isn’t anything new, as the school will be making its 13th straight trip this weekend. But as coach Van Emburgh has been preaching all along, “What matters most is who wants it more. We have been playing hard all season, and even in accomplishing our goals, we know we still have something to prove. This season is far from over.”last_img read more

Erna Viterbi left lasting legacy

first_imgErna Viterbi, wife of USC trustee Andrew Viterbi and joint namesake of the Viterbi School of Engineering, died in San Diego on Feb. 17 at the age of 81.“For well over five decades, Erna was Andy’s beloved wife and trusted partner as they built an extraordinary life together,” said President C. L. Max Nikias in a statement released by USC News. “She earned the affection and admiration of everyone in the Trojan Family, and we take comfort in knowing that her remarkable life story will inspire generations of Trojans to come.”Viterbi was born Erna Finci in 1934 to a Jewish family in Sarajevo in the former Yugoslavia, and her family fled to Montenegro during World War II as the German army advanced. The Finci family eventually found refuge in Parma, Italy, and later resided in Switzerland to wait out the war. They finally immigrated to California in 1950.In 1956, she met her future husband, Andrew Viterbi, who was working at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena at the time.In a 2007 interview at the USC engineering school, Andrew said, “Erna was destined to be my wife.” Two years after meeting, the couple married in 1958.Throughout their marriage, Erna was at Andrew’s side as he navigated through the wireless revolution, eventually going on to co-found San Diego-based Qualcomm, a world leader in wireless telecommunications.In 2004, the Viterbi’s donated the historic naming gift of $52 million to the USC engineering school, where Andrew had received his doctorate degree. The Viterbi School of Engineering debuted its new name on March 2, 2004.The Viterbis’ continued generosity to the school and university over the next 10 years contributed to the creation of various scholarships, graduate student fellowships and endowed chairs.Viterbi will be remembered for her leadership and generous contributions to philanthropies all over the world, including the USC Shoah Foundation.Yannis Yortsos, dean of Viterbi School of Engineering, said Erna Viterbi will always be remembered at the school.“[Erna] was a wonderful human being, with great heart, generous spirit, full of optimism, humility and grace,” Yortsos said in a memorandum to Viterbi colleagues. “Her legacy will live on for generations to come in the Viterbi school. And those future generations who will never have the chance to know her, will keep receiving the gifts of her magnanimity and humanity.”She is survived by her husband; her son, Alan; her daughter, Audrey; and numerous grandchildren.A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 19 in La Jolla, California, and USC will host a celebration of her life in May.Information courtesy of USC News.last_img read more

Fayele Wins Car as Men’s Champion at 50th Asoju Oba Tourney

first_imgBy Femi SolajaHundreds of David Fayele supporters were the major winner of the just concluded 50th Asoju Oba Molade Okoya-Thomas Table Tennis Cup last weekend in Lagos.The event which brought back the memories of Atanda Musa/Yomi Bankole Peugeot car was and rivalry back was truly celebration of excellence as other deserving winners also had a great pay day courtesy of the family of the late Mongol that kept the flame of the annual event burning. The winner, who was a finalist at the last edition defeated Olajide Omotayo 4-2 (4-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-6, 7-11, 12-10) to win his first major tournament in his career while in the female section, three-time champion, Bose Odusanya won her fourth consecutive title after beating Nimota Aregbesola 4-2 (11-5, 6-11, 11-6, 10-12, 11-9, 12-10).For claiming the titles, Fayele and Odusanya drove home brand new Peugeot 306 saloon cars alongside their trophies.A delightful Fayele told journalists after the victory that he was excited winning his first title in the competition.“Finally, I feel so delighted wining this title and especially the car because I was so afraid when I heard Olajide Omotayo was going to participate in this competition which made me added two more hours to my training time. So I already had it in mind that I will surely win this year, because a civilian cannot come from somewhere else to come and beat a military man. I want to say a very big thank you to the organizers and family of Late Sir Molade Okoya-Thomas for keeping this competition running and for developing young ones and table tennis in Nigeria. I have never dreamt of having a car by this stage of my life, so I am grateful for this very gift I have received,” said FayeleFor Odusanya, the tournament would help her shape up for the next National Sports Festival.“I am very happy for winning the tournament again this year. I’m really grateful to God for helping to win and I am so excited. The tournament is part of my preparation for the National Sports Festival in Abuja and with this feat; I know that I will do well at the festival. The final was tough because my opponent is a very good player. She plays with anti-speed and when you play against her, it is always difficult. During the match, I was just praying that God should help me because I was really tired at the end of the third game and that was why I lost the fourth,” Odusanya said. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more