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Power roll: bringing cheap solar power to Africa and India
Africa, Asia, Science, Technology, World News

Power roll: bringing cheap solar power to Africa and India

Power Roll has installed two mini solar grid systems in rural locations in Africa and India. These grids demonstrate the use of their innovative solar film and energy storage technologies that have the potential to disrupt the global solar power market. Paul Laidler, project lead at Power Roll, explained: The mini solar grid systems use flexible solar PV that is thin, light, easy to install and can be used off-grid. This makes it very attractive to communities who might struggle to get access to technology, particularly if their location is remote. Power Roll’s solar film will be produced as a roll and can be used on a variety of surfaces in off-grid settings; for example, curved around a technology pole or attached to a fragile roof. Its lightness and versatility give it numerous adv...
Honoring those who served our country
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Honoring those who served our country

World War I formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. In 1954, Veterans Day, Nov. 11, was designated to honor all who have served in our nation’s armed forces. American Airlines has a long-standing commitment to serving the military community, which includes many of our fellow team members. Today and every day, American thanks those who have defended this country. #AATeam member Derek Davidson is one of those heroes. Read his story below. Proving them wrong From an early age, I’ve made it my mission to prove I could do anything I was told I couldn’t and set my sights on great things. At 11, a movie I saw sparked a passion for aviation. Since then, I haven’t looked back. But that didn’t come without challenges and a lot of hard work along the way. ...
DEWA, WGEO to organise 7th World Green Energy Summit at Expo 2020 Dubai
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DEWA, WGEO to organise 7th World Green Energy Summit at Expo 2020 Dubai

DUBAI, 14th March, 2021 (WAM) -- Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and the World Green Economy Organisation (WGEO) will organise the 7th World Green Economy Summit (WGES) on 6 -7 October 2021 at Expo 2020 Dubai. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, and Chairman of WGES, made the announcement, noting that WGES will be held in conjunction with the Water, Energy, Technology, and Environment Exhibition (WETEX) and Dubai Solar Show, which is organised by DEWA from 5 to 7 October 2021 at Expo 2020 Dubai. "The World Green Economy Summit’s goals are aligned with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mo...
No fee increase at Dubai schools for 2021-22 academic year: KHDA
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No fee increase at Dubai schools for 2021-22 academic year: KHDA

DUBAI, 15th March, 2021 (WAM) -- The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) today announced that private schools in Dubai will not be increasing tuition fees for the 2021-22 academic year. This is the second consecutive year that fees for Dubai schools have remained steady. The announcement follows the release of the annual Education Cost Index (ECI) calculated by the Dubai Statistics Centre, which measures annual changes in the costs of running a school, including salaries, rent and utilities. The ECI for this year stands at -2.58 per cent. Mohammed Darwish, CEO of the Regulations and Permits Commission at KHDA, said, "This announcement shows Dubai’s commitment to ensuring that the private school sector continues to deliver value to parents, investors and school operators....
UAE commences COVID-19 vaccine production with Hayat-Vax rollout
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UAE commences COVID-19 vaccine production with Hayat-Vax rollout

ABU DHABI, 29th March, 2021 (WAM) -- In a historic move in the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, the United Arab Emirates today announced the commencement of the manufacturing of COVID-19 vaccine in the country. The vaccine, called Hayat-Vax [Hayat means life in Arabic], is the first indigenous COVID-19 vaccine in the region that will be manufactured by a newly created joint venture between Sinopharm CNBG, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world that has supplied over 100 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine globally, and G42, the leading technology company based in Abu Dhabi. The announcement was witnessed by H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Wang Yi, State Councilor and Minister of Fo...
Dubai to establish one of world’s largest energy-from-waste projects
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Dubai to establish one of world’s largest energy-from-waste projects

DUBAI, 29th March, 2021 (WAM) -- Dubai Holding has partnered with Dubal Holding, ITOCHU Corporation, Hitachi Zosen Inova, BESIX Group and Tech Group to develop one of the world’s largest energy-from-waste (EfW) facility. The consortium of leading international companies will build and operate the AED 4 billion project under a 35-year concession period with Dubai Municipality. This landmark public-private partnership represents one of the most significant renewable energy investments in the United Arab Emirates. The Dubai Centre for Waste Processing, located in the Warsan area, will treat 5,666 tonnes of municipal solid waste produced by Dubai per day. A total of 1,900,000 tonnes of waste per year will be converted into renewable energy. The approximate 200 MW of electricity generated...
Food and Water Security Office launches reports on ‘Future of Food’ and ‘Global Grains Market’
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Food and Water Security Office launches reports on ‘Future of Food’ and ‘Global Grains Market’

DUBAI, 30th March, 2021 (WAM) -- The Food and Water Security Office has announced that the ‘Future of Food’ and the ‘Global Grains Market’ monthly reports are now available through the following links: https://foodsecurity.gov.ae/en/publications/future-of-food; https://foodsecurity.gov.ae/en/publications/grains-report The ‘Future of Food’ report is aimed at enhancing a knowledge-based economy and provide a comprehensive overview of the UAE’s food security landscape and achievements made in the food security sector in the UAE over the past three years. The monthly ‘Global Grains Market’ report introduces all partners in the UAE to up-to-date information regarding the status and prices of grain trade in foreign markets. The reports, which were launched during UAE Month of Reading,...
UAE leads Arab world in World Economic Forum’s 2021 Global Gender Gap Report
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UAE leads Arab world in World Economic Forum’s 2021 Global Gender Gap Report

DUBAI, 31st March, 2021 (WAM) -- Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the UAE Gender Balance Council, President of Dubai Women Establishment, and wife of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, extended her sincere congratulations to the UAE’s leadership and the Mother of the Nation, Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union (GWU), President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF), on the UAE ranking first across the Arab world in the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Gender Gap Report for the year 2021. The UAE also ranked first globally in four of the report’s...
Death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh
Europe

Death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

The sad death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh has been announced by Buckingham Palace. Although this is an extraordinarily difficult time for many, the Cabinet Office is asking the public not to gather at Royal Residences, and continue to follow public health advice particularly on avoiding meeting in large groups and on minimising travel. We are supporting the Royal Household in asking that floral tributes should not be laid at Royal Residences at this time.
Chile-UK joint webinar: access to vaccines – finance, delivery and distribution in Latin America and the Caribbean
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Chile-UK joint webinar: access to vaccines – finance, delivery and distribution in Latin America and the Caribbean

On 11 November 2020 Chile’s Deputy Minister for International Economic Relations, Under-Secretary Rodrigo Yáñez and the UK’s Minister for the Americas, Wendy Morton MP hosted the virtual seminar “Access to Vaccines – Finance, Delivery and Distribution in Latin America and the Caribbean” bringing together policymakers and scientific experts from across the region and the world to discuss the urgent work of ensuring equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines. Representatives from 30 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean were joined by leaders and experts from the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI); Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; the World Health Organization (WHO); the Pan-America Health Organisation (PAHO); the Inter-American Development Bank; the Caribbean Development...