Italy’s Enel says renewables powering growth in its 2018 profits

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Windpower Monthly:Renewable energy was the main driver behind Enel’s growth in operating profit, the power firm stated, and was its largest recipient of investment in the first nine months of the year.The Italian company’s reported earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) rose 6% year-on-year to €12.1 billion between 1 January and 30 September. It stated that this increase was “mainly driven by renewables”, and that – along with networks – clean energy sources contributed €670 million of earnings in this period.Enel increased its capital expenditure on renewables by 32% year-on-year, and with an investment of €2.65 billion, clean energy received more than any other business line as it did in 2017.The power company installed 3.3GW of new renewable energy capacity in the last 12 months, it stated. This total includes 613MW of new wind power capacity commissioned by its subsidiary Enel Green Power in the first nine months of 2018, including a 132MW project in Peru – the country’s largest wind farm.It also added hydro (62MW) geothermal (1MW) and ‘solar and others’ (1,112MW), but no new nuclear, coal, combined cycle gas turbines (CCGT), or oil and gas during this period.Enel’s wind fleet reached 7,438MW at the end of the third quarter: 8.75% of its 84,932MW total capacity. Hydro, coal, CCGT and oil and gas all had larger shares of this total. The Italian power company had 3,279MW of wind projects under construction (1,773MW) or ready to build (1,506MW) at end of Q3, more than any other power source.More: Clean energy ‘main driver’ of Enel’s earnings Italy’s Enel says renewables powering growth in its 2018 profitslast_img read more

Autopsy study supports link between flu, heart attacks

first_imgApr 24, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – US and Russian researchers report that peak death rates from heart disease seemed to coincide with peak influenza activity in a Russian population over an 8-year period, suggesting that flu contributes to heart attacks.The research team, led by Mohammad Madjid, MD, of the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, used autopsy reports in St. Petersburg, Russia, to explore the relationship between flu epidemics and cardiac deaths. Their results were published online Apr 17 by the European Heart Journal (EHJ).”Influenza epidemics are associated with a rise in autopsy-confirmed coronary deaths,” the authors write. “Influenza vaccination should be advocated for patients at high risk of developing cardiovascular events.”During the 1993 to 2000 study period, few St. Petersburg residents received flu shots or statin drugs, according to the report. “This enabled us to see what happened naturally in the absence of these medicines,” said Madjid in an EHJ press release.He said the group relied on autopsy reports because doctors often don’t list influenza on the death certificate when a patient has died of a heart attack, and they sometimes miss heart attack symptoms when patients have flu or pneumonia. Another advantage of using the St Petersburg population for the study was that the area had an autopsy rate near 70%.For the 8-year span, researchers studied weekly death rates from acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and ischemic heart disease (IHD). They compared those rates with the number of acute respiratory disease cases reported by the city’s public health service and information on influenza epidemics from local surveillance agencies. Influenza A (H3N2) was the prevailing flu strain during all the study years, except the 1994-95 season, when an influenza B strain was most common.The investigators found that 11,892 people died of AMI and 23,000 died of IHD. Most of the patients were elderly, and the women were older than the men (median ages, 75 and 65, respectively). The length of the flu epidemics averaged 2.9 months.The data showed that peaks in AMI and IHD mortality occurred during the flu epidemics and coincided with the peak weeks for respiratory illnesses in all years except 1998, when respiratory illness activity was milder than other years.During epidemic weeks, patients’ chances of dying from AMI increased by a third, and their chance of dying from IHD increased by a tenth, Madjid said in the EHJ press release.The authors found similar patterns when they looked at four subgroups of patients: those aged 50 and older, 70 and older, men, and women.New findings consistent with othersKristin Nichol, MD, MPH, an influenza vaccine researcher who is chief of medicine at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Minneapolis, said the findings are consistent with others that have shown a correlation between seasonal flu and cardiac events. She said it was useful to see the correlation between the two events appear with the autopsy data.”Researchers are building a large body of evidence that influenza can precipitate cardiovascular events,” Nichol told CIDRAP News, adding that flu has a broad impact on many body systems.Though researchers have long known about a relationship between cardiac complications and influenza, pneumonia gets more attention because many believe it’s a key marker of flu epidemic severity, Nichol said.However, awareness of the cardiac impact of influenza seems to be growing, she said, noting that the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology recently recognized the benefits of influenza vaccination for patients who have heart disease.Influenza’s role as a triggerMadjid and some other researchers believe that influenza causes severe inflammation that, in some patients, can destabilize atherosclerotic plaques in coronary arteries, which can lead to an AMI, according to the EHJ release.Most people in Western countries have varying degrees of atherosclerosis, though most will never show any clinical signs of it, Madjid said. “However, in some patients the quiescent, stable atherosclerotic plaques undergo sudden changes, mainly due to exaggerated inflammation, leading to rupture of these vulnerable plaques and subsequent formation of clots resulting in heart attacks,” he said.Kristine Moore, MD, MPH, medical director of the Univefsity of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of CIDRAP News, said inflammation is probably not the only flu-related risk factor for cardiac events. “People with influenza often become dehydrated and have a fever; in both cases, the heart has to work harder to compensate, similar to exercise, which could be an important factor in leading to cardiovascular events,” she said.Flu shots to protect heart healthMadjid said the findings point up the importance of flu vaccination for people with cardiac risk factors. “If people can recognize that the flu vaccine has specific cardioprotective effects, then high-risk people will be more likely to make sure that they receive the influenza vaccine every year,” he said in the news release.The flu vaccine may be especially beneficial for low-income people who have cardiac risk factors and lack access to medical care or protective cardiovascular medications. “In contrast, the flu vaccine is inexpensive, easy to administer, and could save thousands of lives every year,” Madjid said.However, Nichol said studies to date have not shown clearly that seasonal flu vaccination can lower the rate of cardiac events. Nonetheless, she said vaccination is important because it’s not possible to overstate how dangerous the flu can be. “It’s at our doorstep every year, and it’s not the benign, trivial nuisance that many think it is,” she said.Previous research by Madjid’s team has shown that a third of people who have heart disease don’t consider themselves at high risk for cardiac-related flu complications, according to the EHJ release.”Between 10% and 20% of people catch flu every year, and I have estimated that we can prevent up to 90,000 coronary deaths a year in the USA if every high-risk patient received an annual flu vaccination,” Madjid asserted.Madjid and colleagues contend that their findings have important implications for health care during a flu pandemic. Patients who have cardiovascular disease should be considered among the priority groups to receive a pandemic vaccine, they write.Madjid M, Miller CC, Zarubaev VV, et al. Influenza epidemics and acute respiratory disease activity are associated with a surge in autopsy-confirmed coronary heart disease death: results from 8 years of autopsies in 34,892 subjects. Eur Heart J 2007; early online publication Apr17 [Abstract]last_img read more

Prizes offered to families and businesses in Batesville Christmas decoration contest

first_imgBatesville, In. — Batesville area businesses and residents are invited to participate in the “Twas the Lights Before Christmas’ presented by the chamber of commerce.The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce, Duke Energy and Country 103.9 WRBI are hosting the contest and encouraging bright, festive Christmas displays this year.  The contest is free and open to all.Contestants are asked to take a photo of a, or your display and submit it here by December 9. Votes can be cast on the website until Sunday, December 16 in two categories, “Residential” and “Business.”The top three winners in each category will be announced on Monday, December 17. First place will receive $100 in Batesville Chamber Checks, second place wins $50 in Batesville Chamber Checks and third place gets $25 in Batesville Chamber Checks.last_img read more

Newcastle’s  takeover £300m Saudi deal stalls indefinitely

first_imgNewcastle are planning for next season under Mike Ashley and Bruce, with the proposed £300m deal unlikely to be waved through. The Premier League are believed to be standing alongside its major £500m overseas rights holder beIN Sports. They were last week slapped with a permanent ban by a Saudi court from broadcasting in the country – hugely inflaming the situation. The ban was passed in direct contradiction to Premier League chief exec Richard Masters saying in June that the Saudis had to “respond positively to the situation and allow sports rights holders to protect their rights”. Wimbledon, the ECB and the FA, all massive UK exports, all now concerned that their sports have also been illegally banned from broadcast in Saudi Arabia, via beIN, which is a concern to the Department of Trade. The Public Investment Fund trying to buy Newcastle is state owned and chaired by ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. They will have to come up with a change of approach and a more plausible way of passing the owners and directors test, or the Premier League are unlikely to make an announcement in their favour soon. Bruce pleaded this week: “I’ve said many times now we need some clarity on it and to see what the decision is. Up until that time I’ll just go to work, see the CEO at the end of the week and plan for the summer and what we can do with what we have. “It’s frustrating for everyone concerned so let’s hope there’s a decision very, very shortly.” Loading… There is currently no legal way of watching the Premier League in Saudi Arabia. Premier League clubs have privately expressed concern that the value of their overseas rights, their income, is being eroded. Sources claim there is no chance of the Premier League carving out the Saudi market for an individual national deal. A Saudi-based piracy operation, beoutQ, illegally broadcast the Premier League through 3m set-top boxes for almost three years. The Premier League legal department were denied access to justice in their courts nine times, and eventually, a WTO report ruled the nation had done nothing to stop the theft. read also:Kane scores 201st club goal as Spurs win at Newcastle The Premier League is being asked to approve the Saudi PIF as suitable owners, and allow the state investment fund to become a shareholder in the league they stole from. Newcastle’s confirmed Fun888 – an online gambling and casino business – will continue as their main shirt sponsor next season on Monday. Gambling is illegal in Saudi Arabia. Bruce has talks planned for this week ahead for the transfer window opening, and the future of his loan players will be sorted out, as Lee Charnley continues to run the club for Sports Direct tycoon Ashley. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted ContentTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Scenes That Prove TV Has Gone Too Far7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Actors That Started Their Careers On Soaps6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueTV Characters Who Hated Each Other But Later Became Friends10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parkslast_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_img— As the NBA continues to work through multiple return-to-play scenarios, two people with knowledge of the situation say Orlando, Las Vegas and Houston remain under consideration as cities that could host regular-season and playoff games. Wednesday marked the end of the 10th week since the NBA shut down on March 11. The pandemic halted a season that had 259 games left to play, but none of those games have been officially canceled yet.— The Minnesota Timberwolves are reopening their practice facility for voluntary sessions for players starting Thursday. Only one coach and one player will be allowed on the court at Mayo Clinic Square, across the street from Target Center in downtown Minneapolis. They’ll be required to stay 12 feet apart. Workouts will be limited to 45 minutes, and areas beyond the court will remain closed.— The Kentucky-Michigan college basketball matchup scheduled for Dec. 6 in London has been postponed until 2022 because of the coronavirus pandemic. And the three-game series has been restructured. The schools were scheduled to highlight the inaugural Basketball Hall of Fame London Showcase doubleheader at the O2 Arena which also included Marist against UMBC. Michigan will now host the Wildcats on Dec. 4 in Ann Arbor before the schools meet in London one year later.— The Italian soccer federation has given the country’s top three leagues until Aug. 20 to complete their seasons. The federation has also come up with alternative plans if the leagues have to be halted again because of the pandemic. They could resort to playoffs or decide positions by applying coeffecients. The following season is now scheduled to start on Sept. 1. Serie A has been suspended since March 9. There are 12 rounds remaining in the league and the Italian Cup is in the semifinal stage.— Watford defender Adrian Mariappa says he is one of the six people to test positive from the first round of coronavirus checks in the Premier League and is surprised that he contracted the disease. Mariappa says he has been “scratching my head to try to work out how I might have got coronavirus” because he hasn’t “really left the house apart from some exercise and the odd walk with the kids.” Two members of Watford’s staff also tested positive for COVID-19. Burnley said assistant manager Ian Woan also has contracted the virus. Hamlin became the winner of NASCAR’s first Wednesday race in 36 years when rain stopped the event with 20 laps remaining. The Daytona 500 winner was out front but out of fresh tires and trying to hang on when he got unintended help from Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch. The reigning Cup champion caused Chase Elliott to crash eight laps earlier to bring out the caution. A furious Elliott waited for Busch on the apron of the track and flipped Busch the middle finger as he passed.Busch later admitted he made a mistake and misjudged the gap between cars. He finished second, followed by Sunday’s winner Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski and Erik Jones.Wednesday’s race was delayed 90 minutes by rain after Tuesday’s Xfinity race was washed out.Hamlin has won three times at Darlington and has two wins this season.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS Keystone State working on sports guidelinesUNDATED (AP) — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf says his state is working on guidelines to allow sporting events and exhibitions to get back to “some semblance of normalcy.”Wolf said he’s been in touch with major professional organizations including NASCAR, the NFL, NHL, Major League Baseball and others to figure out how they can resume competition in the state.He said he expected his administration will decide in the coming days on guidelines for various venues, sports and activities going forward.NASCAR’s first Cup race outside the south is slated for Pocono Raceway. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNASCAR-DARLINGTONHamlin gets win in rare Wednesday Cup raceDARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — The rain was kind to Denny Hamlin at Darlington. May 21, 2020 — The Portuguese soccer federation says six of the 15 stadiums seeking to host matches when the league resumes next month amid the coronavirus pandemic have failed health inspections. All stadiums must comply with a series health measures established by local authorities to be able to host matches. The federation says the stadiums for league leader Porto and second-place Benfica were among the nine stadiums that passed the inspections conducted by local health authorities. The stadiums that failed belong to smaller clubs. They will be allowed to make changes to their venues before another inspection is conducted.— The head of the organizing committee for the 2022 World Cup says a global recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic could affect the ability of fans to afford to travel to Qatar (KUH’-tur). The World Bank is forecasting a deep recession caused by the shutdown of economic activity around the world. Organizing committee secretary general Hassan Al Thawadi says he is hopeful the tournament will be an opportunity for the world to come together again in November 2022. But he says there are “concerns about the global economy and the ability of fans to be able to afford traveling and afford coming and participating and celebrating the World Cup.”— The National Rugby League has announced a revised 16-round schedule for the competition following a nearly two-month layoff because of coronovirus restrictions imposed after just two rounds of the season. There will be no paying spectators at matches.— The governing body of swimming has postponed the short course world championships for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic. FINA says the championships scheduled for December in Abu Dhabi will now be staged Dec. 13-18, 2021, in the United Arab Emirates because of the “the uncertainty related with the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide.” FINA president Julio C. Maglione says swimming organizers have worked closely with the United Arab Emirates’ authorities and “we believe this is the most suitable solution for all those taking part in this competition.”— Tokyo Olympic organizing committee CEO Toshiro Muto says there’s a need to take “countermeasures” to combat the coronavirus at next year’s postponed games. Muto acknowledged in an on-line news conference today that “there are some in Japan” who are talking about holding the games without fans. Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres are suing to obtain a green card for their British-born strength and conditioning coach.The Sabres say federal immigration officials wrongly denied a petition by the team to secure the card for Ed Gannon. The team maintains U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services misstated facts and arbitrarily failed to follow its own rules in denying permanent residency status to Gannon.Gannon was hired by the Sabres in 2015 while the team was beefing up its player development staff.The Sabres filed the application for permanent residency on Gannon’s behalf in October. To be granted a green card, Gannon had to demonstrate that he was at the top of his field. The Sabres argued that he proved his abilities under USCIS’ criteria.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— The NFL is working on a helmet face guard that might provide the same protection as a surgical mask. Atlanta Falcons president Rich McKay says the issue came up about a month ago during a conference call with the league’s competition committee. Many players already wear visors to protect their eyes. McKay says the new mask would cover even more of the face. The medical director of the NFL Players Association tells ESPN’s Adam Schefter that league engineers and sports equipment company Oakley are already testing prototypes of the modified mask.— Washington Redskins rookie receiver Antonio Gandy-Golden says he tested positive for the coronavirus in March and had fully recovered by early April. He says his symptoms were mild and he feels 100% now. Gandy-Golden played the past two seasons at Liberty University, an evangelical college in Virginia that reopened this spring despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The Redskins selected Gandy-Golden in the fourth round.— The NCAA Division I Council has voted to lift a moratorium on voluntary workouts by football and basketball players effective June 1. The decision comes as a growing number of college leaders express confidence that fall sports will be played in some form. Notre Dame and LSU are among a number of schools that have announced plans to reopen their campuses for the fall semester. A decision on other sports was pending.— Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith says he thinks football games can be played in Ohio Stadium this fall with 20,000 to 30,000 fans in the stands. Smith thinks that number of fans could be kept at a safe distance from one another in the stadium, which seats about 105,000. Face masks and other precautions would be required to limit the spread of COVID-19. He says he hasn’t figured out yet how spectators would be chosen from among those wanting tickets. Update on the latest in sports: Stephen F. Austin gets postseason bans; agrees to sanctionsHOUSTON (AP) — Stephen F. Austin has received postseason bans and agreed to several sanctions including probation, scholarship reductions and the forfeiture of wins for having low scores on the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate. The sanctions will bar the football, men’s basketball and baseball teams from postseason tournaments for one year.The three teams were on a nationwide list released Tuesday that faced bans for posting a four-year score below 930. The men’s basketball team had the lowest score of any team in Division I at 810. The SFA football program was one of six other Division I teams nationwide that fell below 900, at 894.NHL-SABRES-GREEN CARDSabres fighting for strength and conditioning coach The head of the agency that oversees the Oakland Coliseum says the A’s have informed him they had “no ability to pay” the annual $1.2 million rent on the facility.Henry Gardner tells the Bay Area News Group that the A’s say they’ve been unable to generate revenue because they haven’t used the Coliseum this season. MLB has been in shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. Gardner says the Coliseum is willing to negotiate and waive some items in the Athletics lease, but, “we can’t just say no rent.”Gardner is the interim executive director of the Coliseum authority.The A’s have made the payment annually for use of the city- and county-owned baseball stadium. The team could face penalties for failure to pay.The A’s released a statement Wednesday noting the authority hadn’t been able to make the Coliseum available to the team because of the local shelter-in-place directive as well as state and local bans on public gatherings of more than 1,000 people at city facilities. MLB-PIRATES-KRAMERPirates infielder Kramer out 4-6 months after hip surgeryPITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Kevin Kramer will miss four to six months while recovering from surgery on his right hip.The team announced Wednesday that Kramer underwent the procedure last week. The 26-year-old Kramer had been dealing with what the club called “chronic symptoms” while attempting to stay ready for the potential start to the 2020 season.NCAA-STEPHEN F. AUSTIN Smith was drafted seventh overall by San Francisco in 2011 and had 14 sacks as a rookie. He was an All-Pro in 2012 when he had 19 1/2 sacks and the 49ers reached the Super Bowl.Smith had several legal issues as a player with the Niners and Raiders.MLB-ATHLETICS-RENTA’s say they are unable to pay Coliseum rentOAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics say they can’t pay their landlord. — A drawing that depicts the Tokyo Olympic logo and combines it with features of the COVID-19 virus is being removed from the website of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan. Action to pull the drawing came after the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee demanded the withdrawal and claimed copyright infringement. Club president Khaldon Azhari says the club’s lawyers agreed the drawing had likely violated Japan’s tight copyright laws. He says the move would not limit the club’s freedom of expression, nor its ability to use parody or satire. NFL-COWBOYS-SMITHAldon Smith reinstated by NFLFRISCO, Texas (AP) — Aldon Smith is getting another chance to resume his once-promising NFL career.The NFL has conditionally reinstated Smith from an indefinite suspension for off-field issues, allowing the pass rusher to take part in team activities with the Dallas Cowboys. Smith will be able to participate in the Cowboys’ virtual offseason program starting next week and can meet with teammates and coaches. He hasn’t appeared in an NFL game since 2015 and was signed to a one-year contract last month despite his uncertain playing status.last_img read more