first_imgIRENA: Southeast Asia a prime market for renewable energy growth FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Southeast Asia is a potential hotspot for renewable energy, yet the region has not met expectations because it lacks policy frameworks that would encourage investment, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) told Reuters.Renewables across the world have typically been boosted by policies like price subsidies and guaranteed grid takeoff. In Southeast Asia, though, barring some exceptions such as in Thailand, support for renewables has been smaller, and the region lags far behind others in renewable output despite its potential, especially for solar, geothermal and wind power.Global renewable capacity, excluding hydro, has soared from under 100,000 megawatts (MW) in 2000 to more than 1 million MW in 2017, according to IRENA data. Only a tiny portion of that has come in Southeast Asia.Now, there are also efforts underway in Southeast Asia: The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) plans to generate 23 percent of its primary energy needs from renewables by 2025, up from just over 10 percent now. To help achieve that, ASEAN and IRENA signed an agreement this week to boost renewable investment and deployment.“I think the adoption of the 23 percent target is a very good step, but that needs to be translated now into policy actions,” said [IRENA’s director general Adnan] Amin. “Over the next decade, a total of $290 billion will have to be invested for Southeast Asia to reach its targets, a ten-fold increase on the annual investments we’re seeing today,” Amin said, speaking to Reuters while attending Singapore’s International Energy Week (SIEW).Amin said renewable investment, including in Southeast Asia, would receive a boost from “dramatic reductions in the cost of renewables.” Solar panel prices have crashed to under 50 cents per watt of electricity, from around $70 per watt in 1980 as technology and manufacturing efficiency have improved. At the same time, Amin said capital markets were starting to price carbon risks, raising the cost of fossil fuels. “Financial institutions have started to bail out from financing coal, so, cost of investments in coal will rise while cost of investments in renewables are decreasing,” Amin said.More: Southeast Asia’s renewables held back by policy inaction: IRENAlast_img read more


first_img Richard Thorp – FSB TechSeeking to strengthen its compliance operating frameworks and procedures, sports betting platform provider FSB Tech has recruited SMP eGaming to develop its specific ‘Compliance Academy’ training program.Specialists in multi-jurisdictional licensing, regulatory auditing and AML frameworks, SMP will develop a Compliance Academy program for FSB fulfilling the demands, provisions and requisites of operating an effective and compliant online betting platform.Updating stakeholders, Richard Thorp, Business Development Director at FSB, backed the initiative, detailing that it would strengthen FSB industry position as the firm expands its global footprint on four continents:“The SMP Compliance Academy is an essential tool for professionals throughout the gaming industry and reflects an acute awareness of the growing need to stay fully informed of regulatory and compliance requirements.“The platform allows us to apply a risk-based approach to our training via its powerful analytical tools. The team at SMP eGaming clearly has a depth of industry knowledge and this alliance will be of great benefit to all.”FSB becomes the latest industry incumbent, to develop a compliance training program with Isle of man based SMP eGaming.Facing a tougher UK regulatory environment, this October UK legacy bookmaker Betfred confirmed that it had recruited SMP eGaming to develop its unique ‘compliance academy’ focused on delivering staff training across all levels of management.Ted Pepper – SMP eGamingBacking FSB as a new partner, Ted Pepper, Director of SMP eGaming, said: “FSB is an ideal partner for us and has a superb reputation in the industry, we look forward to working with FSB to deliver best-in-class compliance training for their staff, via our bespoke Learning Management Software.“Our Compliance Academy provides a comprehensive compliance and regulatory training platform which meets the requirements of regulators and satisfies organisations’ wider compliance training needs for those operating within the licensed gaming sector.“We are delighted to team up with a respected name in the gaming industry and it’s a further strong endorsement of the work being undertaken by the Academy and the services we provide.” Share Related Articles Share Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 StumbleUpon Luke Campbell, Champion Sports: Modular thinking most play the lead role in sportsbook migrations August 26, 2020 Betfred extends World Snooker Championship deal until 2022 August 17, 2020 Submitlast_img read more


first_img“In light of ongoing developments resulting from the coronavirus, and after consulting with medical experts and convening a conference call of the Board of Governors, the National Hockey League is announcing today that it will pause the 2019‑20 season beginning with tonight’s games,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement . “The NHL has been attempting to follow the mandates of health experts and local authorities, while preparing for any possible developments without taking premature or unnecessary measures.”However, following last night’s news that an NBA player has tested positive for coronavirus – and given that our leagues share so many facilities and locker rooms and it now seems likely that some member of the NHL community would test positive at some point – it is no longer appropriate to try to continue to play games at this time.”CORONAVIRUS UPDATES: Cancellations, postponements in U.S., CanadaThe NHL progressively had been limiting access on gamedays as the spread of the virus increased. On March 7, dressing rooms were closed to the media. This week, the Columbus Blue Jackets and San Jose Sharks announced that, in accordance with local government directives, their upcoming home games would be played without fans.On Thursday morning, the league told teams not to hold morning skates or meetings. The NHL announced Thursday that all games wil be suspended indefinitely due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19)The announcement comes a day after the NBA indefinitely postponed its entire slate of games , with Utah Jazz players Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell reportedly testing positive for the virus. Given the uncertainty regarding next steps regarding the coronavirus, Clubs are advised not to conduct morning skates, practices or team meetings today.— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) March 12, 2020All signs pointed toward the NHL following the lead of many leagues and competitions worldwide, and shortly after 1:30 p.m. ET Thursday, word became official.“We will continue to monitor all the appropriate medical advice, and we will encourage our players and other members of the NHL community to take all reasonable precautions – including by self-quarantine, where appropriate,” Bettman said. “Our goal is to resume play as soon as it is appropriate and prudent, so that we will be able to complete the season and award the Stanley Cup. Until then, we thank NHL fans for your patience and hope you stay healthy.”The NHL Players Association released a statement shortly after the league’s announcement, calling the suspension of play “an appropriate course of action at this time.”The decision to temporarily suspend play due to the COVID-19 pandemic is an appropriate course of action at this time. pic.twitter.com/ApudNZvurS— NHLPA (@NHLPA) March 12, 2020last_img read more