JA Solar opens a new 1.5 GW module manufacturing facility in China

first_imgJA Solar opens a new 1.5 GW module manufacturing facility in ChinaThe new, fully automated facility will produce 60-cell and 72-cell modules and adds another large chunk of manufacturing capacity to the growing Chinese company. May 9, 2016 Sam Pothecary Finance Installations Markets Markets & Policy Share JA Solar’s huge strides from a cell maker to one of the world’s largest module makers continue with the opening of a new PV module manufacturing facility in Xingtai, China. The fully automated, hi-tech facility will have the annual capacity to produce 1.5 GW worth of modules and enhances the company’s goal of increasing its manufacturing capacity.The facility will be producing 60-cell and 72-cell high performance PV panels, using the latest module manufacturing technologies on fully automated assembly lines, which can all either make regular modules of double-glass modules. The modules will primarily be using high-efficiency PERCIUM cells, representing the cutting-edge of solar technology.The site is located in the Economic Development District of Xingtai city, and has been designed for optimum energy efficiency, by including module assembly, test and measurement, stockrooms and warehouse all in one facility.“The grand opening of our fully automated module manufacturing facility in Xingtai marks JA Solar taking one step forward in terms of intelligent manufacturing,” said Baofang Jin, JA Solar’s Executive Chairman of the board and CEO. “We will keep focusing on technological innovation as well as continue to improve the performance of our products to meet our customers’ demand for high quality products.” JA Solar’s expanding manufacturing capacityThe opening of the manufacturing facility in Xingtai, China, is just one in a string of new manufacturing capacity expansions being undertaken by the Chinese company. Last October, JA Solar completed a cell and module factory in Malaysia, while also signing an MOU with Essel Infraprojects Limited to build a 500 MW PV manufacturing facility in India.Further afield, the Chinese company is building a module manufacturing facility in Brazil. This factory will be used to supply the growing PV market in Latin America, which JA Solar is hoping to take full advantage of.Making sure that the products that the company is producing are top of the range, JA Solar recently signed an agreement with Swiss technology group Meyer Burger for its PERC solar cell and wafer production equipment. The total annual output of the equipment will be approximately 1.5 GW and will be commissioned in the second half of 2016.This content is protected by copyright and may not be reused. 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‘American Pickers’ to film in Ohio

first_imgHomeNews‘American Pickers’ to film in Ohio Powered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay Mama’s Deviled EggsNOW PLAYINGBest Carrot Cake EverNOW PLAYINGHow to Use a Meat ThermometerNOW PLAYINGOld Fashioned Soft and Buttery Yeast RollsNOW PLAYINGHow to Knead DoughNOW PLAYINGApple Pie BitesNOW PLAYINGCream Cheese Cake Mix CookiesNOW PLAYING5 Easy and Delicious Crock Pot Meatball Appetizer RecipesNOW PLAYINGHow to Slice & Mince Vegetables Like a ProNOW PLAYINGHow to Quarter a ChickenNOW PLAYINGHow to Cook Scrambled EggsNOW PLAYINGApple Pie Bites With Caramel SauceNOW PLAYINGSweet Alabama PecanbreadNOW PLAYINGHow to Chop an Onion PerfectlyNOW PLAYINGParmesan Baked Pork ChopsNOW PLAYINGHow to Remove a YolkNOW PLAYINGCheesy Baked AsparagusNOW PLAYINGSausage Cream Cheese CrescentsNOW PLAYINGCheesy Bacon Baked Brussels SproutsNOW PLAYINGHow to Skin Carrots, Potatoes and ApplesNOW PLAYINGMagic Crust Custard PieNOW PLAYINGHow to Peel TomatoesNOW PLAYINGHow to Cut Cherry TomatoesNOW PLAYINGPecan Pie BallsNOW PLAYINGHow to Melt and Soften ButterNOW PLAYING Arrow Left #1 Icon Created with Sketch. Arrow right #1 Icon Created with Sketch. ‘American Pickers’ to film in OhioAugust 1, 2018Peoples DefenderNews0 PreviousSusan K RowlandNextSarah Baker Benefit is Aug. 17 Around the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterThis Weird Method Can Restore Your Vision Naturally (Watch)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to Ohio! They plan to film episodes of the hit series “American Pickers” throughout the region in September.“American Pickers” is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique “picking” on History. The hit show follows Mike and Frank, two of the most skilled pickers in the business, as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques. They are always excited to find sizeable, unique collections and learn the interesting stories behind them.As they hit the back roads from coast to coast, Mike and Frank are on a mission to recycle and rescue forgotten relics. Along the way, the Pickers want to meet characters with remarkable and exceptional items. The pair hopes to give historically significant objects a new lease on life, while learning a thing or two about America’s past along the way.Mike and Frank have seen a lot of rusty gold over the years and are always looking to discover something they’ve never seen before. They are ready to find extraordinary items and hear fascinating tales about them.“American Pickers” is looking for leads and would love to explore your hidden treasure. If you or someone you know has a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques that the Pickers can spend the better part of the day looking through, send us your name, phone number, location and description of the collection with photos to: [email protected] or call 855-OLD-RUST. Top Searches Top Searches ScottAdamsWest Union last_img read more

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British Team Chalk Up First Victory at Ballindenisk

first_img SIGN UP Email* Horse Sport Enews Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. The British team repeated their feat of last year by winning the FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing at Ballindenisk (IRL) at the weekend. Ireland, the host nation, finished second ahead of the France, third, who have already recorded a win, in the first competition of the season at Fontainebleau (FRA) last month.Great Britain led from France after the Dressage and had all four riders go clear in the Jumping phase. The Irish matched this feat and so overtook the French, who added eight faults at this stage when Luc Chateau (Propriano de L’Ebat) and Francois Lemiere (Ogustin du Terroir) hit a rail apiece.Britain’s only moment of frailty came when Izzy Taylor, a regular FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing competitor, and the individual leader after the first two phases, incurred 20 Cross Country penalties when KBIS Starchaser became distracted by another horse and glanced off a narrow fence.As she was the team pathfinder, this put pressure on the rest of the quartet, which included two first-time FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing riders in Louise Harwood (Whitsun) and Georgie Strang (Cooley Business Time). However, Strang and Nicky Roncoroni (Stonedge), who were second and third to go for the team, both came home clear and inside the optimum time and Harwood only added two time penalties to the overall team score.“Izzy usually finishes best of the team and everyone gets very used to her just going out and doing the business, so this was a good experience for the others,” said team manager Philip Surl. “They all had to step up to the mark and the competition went to the wire with Louise as anchor.“Having put in such solid Dressage and Jumping performances, it would have been a pity to lose it on the Cross Country, so it was a pleasing result and good to get a win in at this early stage of the season.”A British rider, Emilie Chandler (Gino Royale), took individual honours, with Ireland’s Sarah Ennis (Horseware Stellor Rebound) second and Nicky Roncoroni third.Britain will be hoping to maintain momentum, as the next FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing meeting is on their home soil, at Houghton International, where last year they were beaten by New Zealand and Germany.Results1 Great Britain, 143.4Nicky Roncoroni/Stonedge, 43.3; Louise Harwood/Whitson, 47.8; Georgie Strang/Cooley Business Time, 52.3; (Izzy Taylor/KBIS Starchaser, 70.1)2 Ireland, 152.3Sarah Ennis/Horseware Stellor Rebound, 43.2; Joseph Murphy/Westwinds Hercules, 54.3; Sam Watson/Horseware Lukeswell, 54.8; (Aoife Clark/Arco BB, 62.3)3 France, 159.3Luc Chateau/Propiano de L’Ebat, 49.1; Francois Lemiere/Ogustin du Terroir, 54.2; Gilles Bordes/Orion de Cavalhac; (Christophe Guillemet/Mach de la Barre, 84.8) Tags: FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing, More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

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64 Ponies Contest The Great Pony Challenge at Angelstone

first_imgMore from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. On Saturday, ponies from across Canada converged at Angelstone in what has become one of North America’s most competitive pony competitions, The Great Pony Challenge, presented by ‘My Barn Child’.The afternoon saw 64 small, medium and large ponies test the Randy Roy designed course, in teams of three. Competitors had the opportunity to create ‘themes’ for each of the teams by decorating their ponies for the big class.The class sponsor, ‘My Barn Child’, specializes in accessories charms and jewelry designed specifically for pony enthusiasts and the entire class was awarded incredible gift bags upon the completion of the class, a fitting match, considering that nearly all the riders were sporting dazzling accessories from toe to helmet.The competition was scored individually for zone points in over the three divisions, and points were combined for the team awards, allowing for a single dropped score.‘Precious Moments’ and Ella Davison followed up their winning performance on Friday night in the Hunter Nations Cup by posting a score of 85. The high score stood for most of the afternoon until Paige Little, aboard ‘Mr. Winter’, bested it the day’s highest score, an 88. Both ponies were on a pair of ‘Wynbrook’ teams and helped their teams rise to the top of the leaderboard with their clutch performances.Ottawa-based trainer Taylor Brooks had a number of ponies that turned in a number of scores in the eighties, with each of the kids decked out as angels, complete with wings fashioned to their riding jackets.At the close of competition, and after all 64 ponies had tested the course in the Emily E. Clermont Memorial Ring, three teams broke from the pack to take the podium.Wynbrook’s Winged Angels took centre stage with incredible performances from their trio of riders, including, Claire Goldberg (Cedar Springs Pen Pal), Ella Davidson (Precious Moments) and Charlotte McLaughlin (Magic Man), earning the coveted team title for the 2nd annual Great Pony Challenge.Taking the second position on the podium was the Fiddler’s Green Team with Rachel Nicholson (Dream Maker), Meghan Parsons (Northwinds Miss McVai) and Julia Wiggins (Bellagio).Rounding out the final position on the podium, in third place was Team Italia with Jessica Ventresca (Absolute Mischief), Leanna Lazzari (Treasure Hunt) and Selina Saccarccia (Braveheart).Angelstone president, Keean White, believes that the Great Pony Challenge has emerged as a significant mid-season Championship for ponies. “We are continually looking at new and innovative ways to bolster the experience of all riders competing at the show grounds. We have focused on making the GPC the most anticipated event of the year for pony riders, and we hope we could play a small part in creating a memorable experience for our youngest competitors. The GPC will return again in 2016, and we will continue to work to grow the Championship to even greater heights.”Full results here. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Email* Horse Sport Enews SIGN UP last_img read more

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The biggest deals in New Jersey’s Opportunity Zones

first_imgNewark, New JerseyNewark, once written off by investors as a forever blighted city, is now a rising star for investment, thanks, in part, to the federal Opportunity Zone program, which provides tax benefits to investors and developers buying and building in low-income neighborhoods. A look at the five biggest transactions on TRD’s list of top Opportunity Zone sales in New Jersey over the last six months shows that some sellers in Newark in particular are cashing out for double or triple what they paid.In fact, Newark has seen a greater percentage of its Opportunity Zone investments sell than the state as a whole, with 6.8 percent of all Newark Opportunity Zone assets transacting since the legislation passed in 2017, compared to 5.9 percent for the whole state of New Jersey, Reonomy found.The Opportunity Zone tax benefits have had a ripple effect. Owners know that being in one of the zones gives their properties more value and are setting asking prices accordingly.“It’s increased certain land values,” said Philip Hirschfeld, an attorney in the tax, trusts and estates department at the law firm Cole Schotz whose practice focuses on real estate investments, including qualified Opportunity Zone funds. Hirschfeld’s firm has worked on multiple deals for properties in New Jersey’s Opportunity Zones. “Parties are trying to sell properties for more money than they were worth before.”Take, for example, the largest sale on the list. Jonathan Rose Companies sold the 307-unit Nevada Street Apartments, a senior housing development in downtown Newark, to Hudson Valley Property Group (HVPG) for $69.3 million. But  the property’s assessed value is only $22.49 million, according to public records.The biggest Opportunity Zone deals in New Jersey took place amid a 28 percent increase in investment activity in the state for all assets — both within and outside of Opportunity Zones — in the 19 months after January 2018 compared to the 19 months prior, according to Reonomy. Opportunity Zone transactions increased by 56 percent in the city of Newark and 28 percent in the state at large over the same period, the firm reported.The Opportunity Zone program was launched under the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Funds that invest in specific low-income Census tracts, based on 2010 Census data, get tax incentives under the program. The investments can include financing new infrastructure and affordable housing, promoting job growth and workforce development. With many potential investors confused about the rules and awaiting more details, the U.S. Treasury Department issued a round of clarifications on the law in April 2019.Investors can get a significant tax benefit by purchasing properties in Opportunity Zones via OZ funds. Individuals who make investments within the zones through “qualified opportunity funds” can defer taxes on capital gains or avoid them entirely if they meet specific criteria. If investors hold an Opportunity Zone property for 10 years, they are taxed on only 85 percent of the original investment and pay no taxes on any gains generated by the money they originally invested.“It’s a way to shelter stock proceeds for people who are trying to get a good write-off against gains,” said Adam Levin, an executive managing director of Marcus & Millichap based in Palo Alto, California. His firm represented the buyer and seller in the third-largest deal on the list — 856 Frelinghuysen — although the OZ benefits weren’t the motivation in this particular deal.Rich Gatto, a senior associate at Marcus & Millichap who focuses on multifamily and mixed-use properties in Essex and Union counties, has found that Opportunity Zone properties in New Jersey are attractive to developers interested in building from the ground up or doing extensive renovations to an unoccupied property.“For large value-add plays, where you are rehabbing a vacant building, there is a significant benefit as well,” said Gatto.The properties are also drawing interest from wealthy people looking for alternative investments.“There are high-net-worth individuals selling some of their other assets,” said Gatto. “With an Opportunity Zone, you can take your capital gains and roll that into a purchase and defer your taxes.”Even with interest among investors perking up, there are still plenty of Opportunity Zone deals to be had. New Jersey has 169 Opportunity Zones spanning 75 municipalities in 21 counties. Within those zones, there are currently 60,267 assets —14,725 of which are vacant land parcels, according to Reonomy. A whopping 4,116 of those assets are located within Newark’s Opportunity Zones. New Jersey is aggressively promoting Opportunity Zone investing. In mid-July, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority launched the Opportunity Zone Challenge Program. The competitive grant program, designed to attract investment dollars to Opportunity Zones, will pay for financial and technical planning for Opportunity Zone economic development at the municipal and county levels. The program will award five grants of up to $100,000 each to two to five municipalities in the state.Among the funds operating in New Jersey is the Hampshire Christie Qualified Opportunity Fund, which former Gov.Chris Christie formed with Jimmy Hanson, whose family runs the Hampshire Companies, a real estate investment firm. The fund has invested in five multifamily assets, four of them located in Hackensack, Barron’s reported.Here is a look at the biggest deals in New Jersey in the first half of 2019.Jersey in the first half of 2019.1.2 Nevada StreetNewark$69.3MWhen Jonathan Rose Companies — which focuses on “environmentally, socially and economically responsible projects” — sold this property, one condition was that the seller would preserve it as affordable housing, according to HVPG’s website. HVPG secured an investment from Hudson Valley Preservation Fund and financing from Prudential Mortgage and Fannie Mae to complete the transaction.HVPG has identified renovations and energy-efficiency upgrades to be done in the near term, according to HVPG’s site.The property was previously owned by RNJ Nevada Street LLC, the Rose New Jersey Green Affordable Housing Preservation Fund and Goldman Sachs, which purchased it for $38 million in May 2011. Attempts to reach Jonathan Rose Companies and HVPF for comment by press time were unsuccessful.397-447 Ferry Street, 122-126 Christie Street, Newark2.397-447 Ferry Street, 122-126 Christie StreetNewark$46.5MThe roughly 1.1 million-square-foot industrial property on 22 acres of land in Newark’s Ironbound district is the site of the former Ballantine Brewery. Turnbridge Equities, in conjunction with JP Morgan Asset Management, acquired it in January 2019 for $61 million from RAR Development Associates. It was assessed at $235,600 in 2019, according to public records.Turnbridge is planning a repositioning of the five-building property for ground-up development. A multimillion-dollar renovation, which will remake the property into a “last-mile” hub, will include roof replacement, demolition of abandoned structures and repaving of the yard and loading area to attract more tenants, according to its website.Representing both the seller and buyer were Thomas Walsh and Joseph Garibaldi, managing directors at JLL Capital Markets, and Katelyn Borovsky, vice president at JLL.“The Ballantine Brewery is the largest offering of existing real estate in the Port submarket,” Walsh said in a statement. “This was a terrific value-add opportunity for Turnbridge and JPMorgan to thoroughly renovate and reposition the property for use by multiple tenants. There are not many opportunities remaining in the Port submarket for small to mid-size industrial tenants to find well-located and modern industrial space.”Originally owned and operated by P. Ballantine & Sons, the complex was shuttered in 1972 — marking the end of an era when Newark had its own local breweries. It’s now leased to 30 tenants as an industrial building. Tax records showed the property was transferred to RAR from a private partnership in 2017 for $50.3.856 Frelinghuysen Avenue, 99 Evergreen AvenueNewark$30MFlatRate Moving sold this 1,777-unit self-storage facility at 856 Frelinghuysen Avenue to a REIT sponsored by SmartStop Self-Storage in March for $30 million.The property has appreciated in value substantially in recent years. CMS Realty Partnership in Millburn, New Jersey, sold 856-882 Frelinghuysen Avenue to FlatRate Moving for $7.4 million in 2007.  “They bought raw warehouse space and were able to make an operable self-storage space,” said Marcus & Millichap’s Levin.Prior to the 2019 sale, FlatRate Moving had been bringing in goods from customers in Manhattan, such as those who were selling their apartments and traveling overseas, to put them into storage at the facility. It will now lease back some of the space to continue to do that, Levin said.The new owners hope to attract more customers from the local area.“Part of the concern was it’s such an industrial area — will they be able to get enough drive-by traffic?” said Levin. “Time will tell if they are able to gain that potential market share in that area. They’re going to try to potentially enhance the curb appeal and alert people this is a place you can store goods.1 Court Street, Newark4.1 Court StreetNewark$29.7MThe 222-unit, mid-rise Court Tower Apartments senior living complex was acquired by HVPG from Jonathan Rose in a deal that, according to HVPG’s website, aims to preserve the property as “quality affordable housing.” It was acquired with equity from HVPG’s preservation fund, coupled with a co-investment and financing from Prudential Mortgage and Fannie Mae. It also receives a Section 8 subsidy.The sellers bought the property complex for $10 million in March 2013 and sold it for $29.7 million in April. Court Tower Apartments, built in 1970, is in the Central Business District in Newark — a desirable area for Opportunity Zone investors. “A lot is going on in the Newark Central District area,” said Joe Bublé, a partner and leader of the tax practice at Citrin Cooperman. “The Census tract runs from Newark Penn Station to the Broad Street Station. That is very hot.” The 2013 buyer was the Rose New Jersey Green Affordable Housing Preservation Fund — a collaboration between Jonathan Rose Properties and Goldman Sachs — acquired the property in March 2013. That fund is focused on preserving affordable housing in transit-oriented communities and has invested in Grace West Manor, a 429-unit, Section 8 property for seniors and families in Newark, and Arlington House, a 179-unit senior Section 8 multi-family property in East Orange.5.81 North Hackensack AvenueKearny$23.1MJL Transportation acquired this 16.8-acre industrial parcel from Terreno Realty in March for $25 million. Based in San Francisco, Terreno owns industrial property in Northern New Jersey and New York City, the San Francisco Bay area, Seattle, Miami and Washington, D.C.The property was acquired as partial payment of a $55 million senior secured loan that Terreno made in 2018, reducing the outstanding balance to about $30 million, according to a press release from Terreno. The property, which includes both a building and land, was assessed for $1.5 million in 2019. This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

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MIZUNO FEMALE WORLD HANDBALL TEAM 2015 – BEST 8

first_img3 Comments DEFENSIVE PLAYER:1. Danick Snelder 182. Mari Kristine Molid 143. Suzana Lazović 124. Sabina Jacobsen 7 GOALKEEPER:1. Paula Ungureanu 232. Katrin Lunde 223. Amandine Leynaud 194. Clara Woltering 17 ShareTweetShareShareEmail LINE PLAYER:1. Heidi Loke 492. Dragana Cvijić 233. Oana Manea 194. Mette Gravholt 9 Related Items: 3 Comments RIGHT WING:1. Jovanka Radičević 392. Carmen Martin 233. Anna Vyakhireva 124.Julia Managarova 11 Piet van Adrichem 8. January 2016. at 22:58 center_img ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsHere are the complete results of the MIZUNO FEMALE WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2015 Contest.Cristina Neagu is MIZUNO FEMALE WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2015, and here are the other members of the MIZUNO WORLD HANDBALL BEST 8 in this year:LEFT WING: Siraba Dembele (ŽRK Vardar – France)LEFT BACK: Cristina Neagu (ŽRK Budućnost – Romania)PLAYMAKER: Cornelia Groot (Gyor – The Netherlands)RIGHT BACK: Nora Mork (Larvik HK – Norway)RIGHT WING: Jovanka Radičević (ŽRK Vardar – Montenegro)LINE-PLAYER: Heidi Loke (Gyor – Norway)GOALKEEPER: Paula Unguareanu (HCM Baia Mare – Romania)DEFENSIVE PLAYER: Danick Snelder (HC Thuringer – The Netherlands)LEFT WING (cumulative votes – journalist and fans):1. Siraba Dembele 272. Majda Mehmedović 24. Camila Herrem 244. Maria Fisker 15LEFT BACK:1. Cristina Neague 842. Estavana Polman 173. Andrea Penezić 114. Karolina Kudlacz 8 Pingback: CRISTINA NEAGU – MIZUNO FEMALE WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2015 | Handball Planet PLAYMAKER:1. Cornelia Groot 252. Isabelle Gullden 213. Allison Pineau 184. Ekaterina Ilina 10 Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Pingback: OFFICIEEL! Nycke Groot en Danick Snelder verkozen tot beste handbalsters ter wereld! – Handbal Inside RIGHT BACK:1. Nora Mork 522. Katarina Bulatović 443. Nerea Pena 134. Susann Muller 4 Oliveo Handbal uit Pijnacker feliciteert Danick Snelder met haar verkiezing tot beste verdedigster ter wereld in 2015.last_img read more

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Vestager targets McDonald’s tax deal

first_imgIn October, the Commission ordered Luxembourg and the Netherlands, respectively, to recoup between €20 million and €30 million of extra tax from local subsidiaries of Fiat and Starbucks.While Vestager also is examining Belgian tax pacts with dozens of firms, including beer maker ABInbev and HSBC, the focus on U.S. icons has drawn ire from across the Atlantic.On Tuesday, Bob Stack, a U.S. deputy assistant secretary for international tax affairs, said the Commission’s tax investigations were generating uncertainty and interfering in U.S. tax treaties with individual EU countries.At the heart of the probe into McDonald’s are concerns over the company’s franchise system.McDonalds’ franchises and its own restaurants pay royalties for using the company’s intellectual property, namely its brand and operating system. The royalties are paid to McDonald’s office in Luxembourg and taxed at a favorable rate.The probe could further embarrass European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, who as Luxembourg’s prime minister for almost 20 years is credited as the architect of the Grand Duchy’s tax system. A report published in January by a coalition of European and U.S. trade unions accused McDonald’s of using loopholes in Luxembourg’s tax system to avoid paying as much as €1 billion between 2009 and 2013.The company said Wednesday it complies with all tax laws in Europe and shelled out $2.1 billion in the EU from 2010-2014, with an average tax rate of almost 27 percent.“While we have not been notified by the European Commission, we are confident that should an inquiry occur, it would be resolved favorably,” McDonald’s said in a statement.The Commission declined to comment Wednesday.The company would be the fourth American multinational singled out by Margrethe Vestager, European commissioner for competition.She has already ruled against Starbucks, and continues to examine Amazon’s deal with Luxembourg and Apple’s arrangement with Ireland. Decisions in those two cases are expected early next year. McDonald’s will be the next target for European investigators as part of a wide-reaching probe into tax dodging, according to a person familiar with the case.The announcement of an in-depth state aid investigation into the fast food giant’s 2008 deal with the Luxembourg government could come as soon as Thursday, according to the person involved in the case, who requested anonymity because the details are confidential.The Commission has been looking into McDonald’s tax affairs since a coalition of trade unions and anti-poverty campaigners denounced the U.S. company earlier this year.center_img Also On POLITICO MARGRETHE VESTAGER By Etienne Bauvirlast_img read more

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New Fund for Asia to Protect Poor From Climate Extremes

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA new $140 million fund to boost climate resilience in cities in six Asian countries was launched on Friday by the Rockefeller Foundation, the UK government, and the Asian Development Bank.The Urban Climate Change Resilience Partnership aims to protect 2.2 million poor and vulnerable people from climate and disaster risks by 2021.The money will be spent on physical infrastructure such as drainage, safer housing, flood protection and wastewater systems, as well as “soft investments”, including improved surveillance and early warning, updated building codes, and water and land-use planning. The fund, which is also expected to leverage at least $1 billion in additional public and private investment, will be available to local governments and non-profits in 25 medium-sized cities in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Philippines and Vietnam.(READ the REUTERS story from Trust.org)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Instead of Firing Illiterate Employees, Company Teaches Them How to Read

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWhen a company in Brazil was keen on solving some issues with cleaning the office workspace, the manager asked the janitors how much time they were spending in each room – and this simple question changed their lives.Nataly Bonato, who is one of the managers at the Sao Paulo branch of the WeWork company, requested a daily report from the custodians with some very simple information. All she wanted to know was the name of the janitor, which room they cleaned, why a particular room wasn’t cleaned (if any), and how much time was spent in each room.When the first report took a week to be turned in and the answers weren’t even accurate, Bonato confronted the janitors.WATCH: Guy Shows How You Can Now Use Amazon Prime to Instantly Help the Homeless“I requested a meeting and to my surprise the reason was because over 50% of the cleaning team was illiterate,” Bonato said in a Facebook post.Instead of requesting new staff to get the job done, however, Bonato decided to help them out.“We have a school that uses our workspace, so we challenged them to help the staff with the problem, and they got organized to make it happen,” says Bonato.RELATED: Guy Shows How You Can Now Use Amazon Prime to Instantly Help the HomelessEvery Tuesday and Thursday, the janitorial team would have a longer lunch break so they could take literacy lessons. Five months later, the best students were already writing letters and every custodian could read simple texts.To celebrate the accomplishments, WeWork had a graduation party with the full outfit that the occasion requires.Give Your Friends A Good Read: Click to Share The Sweet Story (Photo by WeWork)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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“Grandfather of NFL analytics” educates students on innovative practices

first_imgMike Eayrs, a data analyst for several college and NFL football teams, spoke about the innovative practices that earned him the name the “grandfather of NFL analytics” at Mendoza College of Business on Tuesday night. Eayrs started out as an assistant coach in the NCAA, where he said he and the other coaches were constantly arguing over new ways to gain a competitive advantage.“I was trying to think, ‘What’s the lowest common denominator we have in our staff room?’” Eayrs said. “The answer was everybody wants to win.”Emma Farnan | The Observer In response, Eayrs said he started to study game statistics and how they were connected to the team’s wins and losses. In this study, he said that turnovers were the factor that had the strongest impact on the outcome of a game.“For the first time since I’d been hired, we actually agreed on something,” Eayrs said. “Everybody agreed that if we could lower turnovers on offense and raise them with our defense and coverage teams, we would have a much better football team.”As a result, Eayrs said he began catering drills in practice towards ball security, so that players could become better at handling the football and would be less likely to turn the ball over.“The more you repeat something successfully, the better the neuroconnections become, so that you do it more effectively and faster,” Eayrs said. “Believe me, when it comes to ball security, we want our guys’ neuroconnections firing really fast.”Eayrs said he soon noticed the profound effect of what he termed “explosive gains,” which is a gain of 14 or more yards, on winning percentage.“All of the sudden I see the difference, which is long pass gains,” Eayrs said. “We had to get big chunks of yardage.”Eayrs’ innovative approach to statistics gained him attention in the football world, so much so that he was soon hired by the Minnesota Vikings, where he worked for 16 years before spending 15 years with the Green Bay Packers.Eayrs said analytics are of vital importance in the NFL, where the difference between teams in much narrower than in college, and consequently, any small edge can be the difference between a win and a loss.“An NFL team is going to have about six games per season where the team that won the game either scored on their final possession or had to stop their opponent from scoring on the last possession,” Eayrs said.To gain an advantage in the ultra-competitive NFL, Eayrs said he has studied everything from gameplay speed to limiting soft-tissue injuries to the tendencies of a particular referee.“Essentially, we’re simply trying to align our team with probability,” Eayrs said.The importance of football analytics could be seen in the Super Bowl in February, where Eayrs said the Atlanta Falcons could have increased their win probability by slowing down the pace of the game.“Shorten the game,” Eayrs said. “Narrow the window in which your opponent can get back in the game. They could have effectively shortened the game by at least one possession, which would have been enough for them to win.”Tags: football, football analytics, mendoza college of business, NFLlast_img read more

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