China’s solar installations totaled 11.4GW in first half of 2019 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:China deployed around 11.4 GW of new PV generation capacity in the first six months of this year, according to statistics released today by the country’s National Energy Administration (NEA).Around 6.82 GW of the new capacity was accounted for by large scale PV plants with the 4.58 GW balance coming from distributed generation arrays, according to the state body. Northwest China boasted the largest share of new PV plants – with 3.43 GW of new grid-connected capacity – followed by the north of the huge nation, with 3.29 GW; and the east, with 2.28 GW.The relatively modest new additions took China’s cumulative installed capacity to 185.5 GW, according to the NEA figures. Large scale solar parks make up around 130.5 GW of China’s PV capacity with just over 55 GW coming from small arrays.China is expected to experience a deluge of new installations from next month as developers of projects which qualify for state subsidies rush to get them connected by December 31 in order to receive their full subsidy.To put the first-half, 11.4 GW figure into context, China installed 44.1 GW of new solar in 2018 and a year earlier the volume was a record 52.83 GW, according to NEA figures.More: China added 11.4 GW of solar capacity in first half of this year
continue reading » Lenders face a variety of challenges. When it comes to mortgage origination, some of those challenges include increased turn times and valuation costs. While it’s critical for lenders to demonstrate to regulators that they are valuing the equity in an appropriate and compliant manner, it’s also essential to provide cost-effective mortgages that close in a timely manner in order to meet the expectations of borrowers.While it makes sense to look at your operations and policies, focusing on the valuation products you’re using in the mortgage loan origination process could have the greatest impact on your overall cost to originate. Many financial institutions have identified lower risk combined loan-to-value (CLTV) positions and incorporated alternative valuations that still meet regulatory scrutiny while mitigating risk.When it comes to property valuations, one size does NOT fit all! The borrower’s ability to pay, LTV/CLTV limits, acceptable property types, and loan purpose should drive what valuation products and scope are most appropriate. It’s wise to thoroughly evaluate all of these aspects, as well as the unique situation of the borrower and their loan so that your financial institution can make the most appropriate decision. While each situation is unique, here is a list of available valuation products and some of the best use cases for each: ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Statewide—After years of trending downward, the number of children without health care insurance in Indiana and the U.S. is on the rise again, according to a new report.The study, released Wednesday by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, finds that the uninsured child rate in Indiana rose from 5.9% in 2016 to 6.6% in 2018.Dr. Sarah Stelzner, co-legislative chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Indiana chapter, says that’s 10,000 more children without health care coverage.“I was really saddened and disappointed to see that,” she states. “We’re supposedly in an economic boom right now and so many children are losing health coverage instead of gaining it. That’s a puzzle that I think we all need to be concerned about.”There were more than 4 million children in the U.S. without health care insurance in 2018, an 11% increase from 2016.Stelzner says continuous health insurance ensures children can access the routine medical care needed for healthy development and so much more. “There’s so many powerful and long-term impacts on their health as an adult, their educational outcomes, their ability to graduate from high school and get into college, get great jobs to really begin to contribute to our communities and to our society,” she states.Georgetown Center executive director Joan Alker notes that the rate of uninsured children nationally has been increasing since 2016. She’s calling on federal and state government to make children’s health a priority. “Start reducing those red-tape barriers, start funding more outreach and enrollment efforts, so that families know they can get coverage and then, how they can get coverage, and they can do it easily,” she urges.Alker adds that efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and delays in funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) have made the problem worse.
Football Clubs and members associated to them have been admonished to utilize the various bodies in the sport and its disciplinary mechanism rather than the use of the court of public opinion to address their grievances.According to Osei Tutu Agyemang, Chairman of the Ashanti Regional Football Association, who was speaking at ARFA’s Ordinary Congress in Kumasi on Wednesday, matters should not be prejudiced even before they get to the relevant bodies.“We should have faith in our setups. I appeal to all Clubs that they should address their grievances to the appropriate forums including the disciplinary committee instead of resorting to media outlets, which sometimes leads to problems,” the ARFA Chairman said.Taking stock of their finances, though the ARFA’s financial report showed a profit turnover, Osei Tutu explained that they regional body are faced with difficulties in retrieving fines and dues from the clubs.The ARFA Ordinary Congress also deliberated on how to contribute to the success of football in Ghana and measures to kick out hooliganism from football while promoting juvenile and women football in the region.Delegates were also schooled on the electronic registration and club licensing system. The ARFA ended the session by selecting former national team player Frimpong Manso, Samuel Otoo and Mallam Issah to join Osei Tutu Agyeman to represent the region at the up-coming Congress of the GFA.