Ghana Women’s Premier League to commence on December 17

Accra,- The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has set Friday, December 17 for the commencement of the 2021/2022 Women’s Premier League (WPL) across the country.

 

The new date was after the Executive Council of the GFA approved the calendar of the season for the commencement of the league.

 

This season’s league would be increased from 16 to 20 clubs which would be divided into the Northern and Southern zones.

 

According to the GFA, the expansion would give players of the elite women’s football competition the opportunity to stay active and play more games during the season.

 

Newly promoted sides, Faith Ladies and Army Ladies would join the Southern Zone while FC Savannah and Dreamz Ladies compete in the Northern zone for the first time.

 

The first round of the league would end on Sunday, February 20, 2022, while the second round commences on the weekend of March 4-6, 2022.

 

The final match between the winner in each zone is scheduled to take place on Sunday, May 29, 2022.

 

Source: Ghana News Agency

 

Barrows Hotels is looking for acquisitions in Asia and Africa

Barrows, the provider of hotel investments and advisory services to hotels in the Middle East, wants to expand in Asia and Russia; Barrows recently started offering asset based lending to the hotel industry to meet the demand for cash flow freedom; Barrows is in the market for over 10 years now and wants to significantly expand its services within the industry.

LONDON, Nov. 02, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Barrows Hotel Enterprises internationally manages more than 10,000 hotel rooms in more than 10 countries. The company started in 2008 as a real estate investor in the residential market in Dubai. Since 2012, Barrows has changed its strategy and the company is fully focused on the fast-growing hotel industry in the Middle East. Barrows’ ambition for the coming years is loud and clear. The company wants to expand its range of services in view of the rapidly growing tourism industry. In addition, Barrows aims for international expansion in growth markets such as Asia, Africa and Russia.

In this context, an office was recently opened in Singapore. With its headquarters in Dubai, the company has a solid market share. The company has been growing strongly in Asian countries since the Covid19 pandemic. Barrows is a well-known gateway for the international hotel industry, acting as a real estate developer, investor and management advisory. Besides the hotel chains, Barrows has the most connections with institutional investors, but also counts family offices and high net worth individuals among its clientele.

By acquiring, Barrows Hotels is expanding its service offerings with various products in various Asian and African countries. With the acquisition, the company wants to grow into an important supplier in the international hotel industry in these regions.

Barrows Chairman Erwin Jager explains that the company will open offices in Johannesburg, Accra and Zhengzhou in the coming 2 months. Acquisitions of existing parties will quickly give Barrows enough scale to offer hotels a wide range of services. In addition to Asia and Africa, the Hotel specialist wants to expand in growth markets such as Russia from 2024. “In the meantime, we will continue to look at opportunities for acquisitions and collaborations. Barrows Hotels focuses on adding new markets and services to serve customers in the best possible way.”

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Barrows Hotels Comments on Recent Global Investors Meeting

LONDON, Nov. 01, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The hotel development industry is accelerating the completion of its business improvement initiatives aimed at creating promising new opportunities for investors.

The initiative is supported by the flexibility and effectiveness of relaxed government procedures worldwide and the numerous benefits it offers investors.

The announcement follows a digital meeting with government officials from several countries who see the importance of strengthening the global investment climate.
A large majority of investors say these initiatives will have a positive effect on the business climate in the global hotel industry.

Erwin Jager, chairman of Barrows Hotel Enterprises, confirmed that the hotel industry will continue to create the conditions necessary to strengthen its status for global investment.

As a developer and hotel investor, Barrows Hotel Enterprises focuses on the MENA Region and sees good opportunities after the global pandemic. The company has daily contacts with institutional and private stakeholders within the industry.

We see the accelerated growth of the investment environment in the hotel sector. In today’s post-pandemic world, we need to keep pace with global developments while remaining vigilant and adaptive in our response to the ongoing rapid changes in our industry.

“The relationship with international investors is strong and we remain committed to continuous innovation and creating exceptional business opportunities that will drive growth within the hotel industry,” said Erwin Jager.

Together we ensure that the hotel industry continues to offer opportunities within a very stable, sustainable and attractive environment. This offers huge opportunities worldwide to boost employment

Investors have recently indicated that the improvements will help improve procedures and reduce effort. This creates promising new investment opportunities.

Efforts by government agencies are welcomed with open arms. This allows the hotel industry to continue to create new opportunities to improve and simplify their services.

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OKEx launches CME-like portfolio margin system for the crypto industry

VICTORIA, Seychelles, Nov. 01, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — OKEx has announced the launch of a new advanced trading mode for professional and institutional traders — portfolio margin — as part of its efforts to build the world’s most powerful trading platform for crypto traders. The new trading mode is available on the platform’s web and API versions for high-volume traders as of today, Nov. 1.

Portfolio margin on OKEx is designed for high-volume professional traders, including market makers and institutions, looking to substantially reduce their capital requirements. The mode offers traders — and especially market makers for cryptocurrency futures and options — significantly reduced margin calculation. Notably, OKEx sees this new feature as a way to address the current problem of fragmented liquidity across crypto options markets.

A risk management system similar to portfolio margin — standardized portfolio analysis of risk, or SPAN — was first pioneered for traditional finance participants by the world’s largest derivatives exchange, CME Group. With the release of the new portfolio margin mode on OKEx, the platform is leading the way in the cryptocurrency industry by introducing this powerful tool for capital efficiency enhancement and risk management.

OKEx’s version of this trading mode stands out from competitors by allowing for multiple-currency portfolio margining — meaning that a trader can open derivatives positions with significantly reduced margin requirements across multiple currencies at the same time.

With its new portfolio margin mode, alongside industry leading liquidity, OKEx is showing its commitment to providing the most advanced tools and best possible trading experience for its customers.

About OKEx

Founded in 2017, OKEx is one of the world’s leading cryptocurrency spot and derivatives exchanges. OKEx has innovatively adopted blockchain technology to reshape the financial ecosystem and offers some of the most diverse and sophisticated products, including our recently launched DeFi ecosystem and NFT Marketplace.

Trusted by more than 20 million users in over 180 regions across the globe, its mission is to empower every individual through the promotion and advancement of cryptocurrencies globally.

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andrea.leung@okex.com

Historic Alliance Launches At COP26 To Accelerate Renewable Energy, Climate Solutions, And Jobs

The Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet aims to unlock USD100 billion in public and private financing in order to:

Reach 1 billion people with reliable, renewable power;

Avoid and avert 4 billion tons of carbon emissions;

Drive economic growth, with 150+ million jobs created, enabled, or improved.

This alliance of philanthropies, multilateral and development finance institutions, and governments also issued a “Global Call for Transformational Country Partnerships” to fast-track solutions in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

GLASGOW, Scotland, Nov. 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The newGlobal Energy Alliance for People and Planet (GEAPP) will be launched today at COP26 to accelerate investment in green energy transitions and renewable power solutions in developing and emerging economies worldwide.  Over the next decade, the Alliance aims to unlock USD100 billion in public and private capital and tackle three profound human problems simultaneously: (1) POWER – reaching one billion people with reliable, renewable energy; (2) CLIMATE – avoiding and averting four billion tons of carbon emissions; and (3) JOBS – building an on-ramp to opportunity by creating, enabling, or improving 150 million jobs.  It also opened a Global Call for Transformational Country Partnerships, inviting developing and emerging economies to apply for technical support and funding to advance ecosystems of clean energy projects.

President Joko Widodo  of the Republic of Indonesia, which is holding the G20 Presidency in 2022, commented: “Indonesia is proud to endorse the Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet.  The initiative brings together the critical stakeholders that must align and co-create a sustainable path for our nations and for our grandchildren.  It is our task to restore the triple happiness envisaged by the Balinese Tri Hita Karana three balances – people with people, people with nature, and people with spiritual harmony.”

While energy-poor countries are currently responsible for 25% of global CO2 emissions, their share of global emissions could grow to 75% by 2050, according to analysis published today by the Alliance.  Yet these countries currently only receive 13% of clean energy financing, despite representing nearly half of the world’s population.  There are also 243 GW of coal plants being planned, permitted, or under construction in developing countries.  If constructed, they would emit 38 billion tons of CO2 over the coming decades, which is nearly the same as total global emissions in 2020.  To change this trajectory and maximize its impact on jobs and livelihoods, the Alliance announced they are providing more than USD10 billion to focus on fossil fuel transitioning, grid-based renewables, and distributed renewables.  Alliance partners include:

  • Anchor philanthropic organizations: The Rockefeller Foundation, IKEA Foundation, and Bezos Earth Fund;
  • Investment partners: African Development Bank Group, Asian Development Bank, European Investment Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, International Finance Corporation, UK’s CDC Group, US International Development Finance Corporation, and World Bank;
  • Country partners: Co-Hosts of the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) Italy and the UK, and Denmark.

The world is undergoing an economic upheaval, in which the poorest are falling farther behind and being battered by climate change’s effects.  Green energy transitions with renewable electrification are the only way to restart economic progress for all while at the same time stopping the climate crisis,” said Dr. Rajiv J. Shah, President of The Rockefeller Foundation.  “Providing people with an on-ramp to the modern economy while making real, measurable progress against the existential threat of climate change, the Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet is one of the boldest, most transformative initiatives in our history.”

Changing Energy for Good
Over the last decade, significant breakthroughs in technology have made renewables the cheapest option for new power in more than two-thirds of the world.  For the first time in history, the technology exists to reliably and affordably empower those who lack access to electricity.  This in turn boosts human development by creating jobs at a massive scale and advances gender equity through increased accessibility, all the while cutting emissions to avert the climate crisis.

“By replacing diesel generators and coal-fired power plants with renewable alternatives we can reduce carbon emissions quickly.  The alliance will work closely with emerging and developing countries who are keen to embrace an inclusive and just energy transition, to bring carbon emissions down and incomes up,” said Per Heggenes, CEO of the IKEA Foundation.  “We’re proud continue to bring together governments, philanthropies, development finance institutions, and the private sector to join us in our collective ambition.”

Through the Global Call for Transformational Country Partnerships, the Alliance is focused on meeting growing demand for power with renewables in place of coal and extending productive-use power to communities that either lack access to electricity or have unreliable access.  Before the Alliance’s launch, partner members have established relationships in several countries, providing an opportunity to fast-track efforts to pilot breakthrough business models.  By working with governments to design and implement their de-carbonization plans and enhance their domestic policy, planning, and regulatory frameworks, the Alliance will help create more favorable investment environments and enable the end-to-end delivery of national transformational programs.

This includes the identification, development, execution, monitoring, and scaling of programs, which will unlock greater levels of investment in clean power sector assets, accelerate equitable energy transitions, and achieve near-term carbon reductions.  The Alliance will also de-risk expensive early stages of project development by helping countries test strategies and innovative technologies that may have a higher initial risk profile, and then scale solutions that work.

Partnering for Impact
Earlier this year, IKEA Foundation and The Rockefeller Foundation joined forces to commit a combined USD1 billion to fight climate change and energy poverty. With the addition of Bezos Earth Fund, the catalytic grant capital provided by these anchor partners will unlock billions of dollars in investment capital from multilateral and development finance institutions.  The Alliance will use its collective efforts for collaborative action and provide grant funding, technical assistance, and a range of financing options.

“The climate and energy access crises underscore the need for a better way.  We must urgently transform our energy system.  By bringing the leading technical providers and financing agents together, the Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet is well placed to become the most significant initiative to extend clean, reliable energy to those who don’t have it, while eliminating carbon pollution.  In turn, it will create millions of jobs, benefit health, and provide essential development and climate gains,” said Andrew Steer, CEO of Bezos Earth Fund.

In order to increase investment and impact in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and Latin America, the Alliance is actively recruiting a diverse set of new partners.  RF Catalytic Capital, Inc. (RFCC), the public charity that The Rockefeller Foundation launched in 2020 to enable like-minded funders to pool resources and bring about transformational change, will facilitate the Alliance’s multi-partner investment.

The Alliance will also fund and coordinate with “delivery partners” that will provide significant policy, technical, and project development capacity.  In addition to identifying local partners in each market, delivery partners include COP26 Energy Transition Council (ETC), Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP), International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), International Solar Alliance, Odyssey, Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll), and the U.S. Government’s Power Africa program.

Damilola Ogunbiyi, CEO and Special Representative to the UN Secretary General for Sustainable Energy for All commented: “For 759 million people without electricity, and 2.6 billion people without access to clean cooking solutions, energy poverty is a daily reality that impacts every aspect of their lives.  With less than nine years to achieve SDG7, the launch of the Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet could not come at a better time.  As a partner, we at Sustainable Energy for All recognize the catalytic role that galvanizing partners and resources can play towards unlocking a just, equitable, and prosperous future for all.”

The Alliance also launched a global mobilization campaign with non-governmental organizations and youth activists to advocate for the long-term changes needed to “Change Energy for Good,” asking people to use #LetsChangeEnergy and add the reason why they want energy changed.

For more information and to access the Global Call for Partnerships, please visit www.globalenergyalliance.org.

Statements of Support from World Leaders :

  • “Homo Sapiens are facing the greatest challenge ever: to change its development model in the attempt to deliver a livable future to the next generations.  By no means this can be done if we continue to treat separately climate change and global inequalities.  The Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet is a world class initiative, joining public and private efforts to help one billion people to improve their life standard meanwhile all together reducing the global CO2 emission by 4 billion tons.  This is a great promise to our children, and a strong commitment by states, investors, and philanthropic institutions to act synergistically.  I believe the Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet will become the engine of a profound change.”Roberto Cingolani, Minister for Ecological Transition for the Republic of Italy
  • “Every nation and institution around the world must do more to alter the course of climate change. Denmark looks forward to partner with this new green initiative the Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet.  It will accelerate climate transitions in developing and emerging economies that will reduce global emissions and spread green energy to millions of citizens across the globe.” ― Danish Minister for Climate, Energy, and Utilities Dan Jørgensen
  • “I am delighted that the Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet is launching at COP26, including a new partnership with the Energy Transition Council as part of the Breakthrough Agenda. By bringing philanthropy, government, investors, and civil society together, the Alliance embodies how international cooperation can drive ambitious climate action and share the benefits of clean growth for all.  In this decisive decade, the partnership between the Alliance and the Energy Transition Council will support developing countries and emerging economies transition away from coal power and rapidly scale up clean, affordable and reliable energy that will power new jobs, resilient economic growth and close energy access gaps.”Alok Sharma, UK’s President for COP 26 and Secretary of State for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy
  • “To confront the climate crisis head-on, countries need to transition to clean energy as quickly as possible. This will not only prepare them for the future, but also make them healthier places to live right now, and help grow their economies. This is especially true of developing countries that have been reliant on fossil fuels, and it’s why the Global Energy Alliance People and Planet initiative’s goal of reaching one billion people with clean energy is so critical. It will help to make progress where it’s needed most.”— Michael R. Bloomberg, UN Special Envoy for Climate Ambition Solutions; Founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and Bloomberg L.P.

About Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet :

The Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet (GEAPP) launched on November 2, 2021 at COP26 with USD10 billion of committed capital to accelerate investment in green energy transitions and renewable energy solutions in developing and emerging economies.  This historic partnership leverages catalytic grant funding to unlock investment capital with the aim of mobilizing USD100 billion in public and private capital in order to reach one billion people with reliable, renewable power, avoid and avert four billion tons of carbon emissions, and create, enable, or support more than 150 million jobs and drive economic growth over the next decade.  The Alliance serves as a platform for collaborative action and provides grant funding, technical assistance, and a range of financing options.  For more information and to access the Global Call for Transformative Country Partnerships, please visit www.globalenergyalliance.org.

CHINT Solar remporte le prix de l’ONUDI dans la catégorie « Gestion durable des terres »

HANGZHOU, Chine, 1e novembre 2021 /PRNewswire/ — CHINT Solar, une société d’énergie solaire de premier plan et entièrement intégrée, dotée de capacités de fabrication de modules en amont et de capacités de développement de projets et d’EPC en aval, a remporté un prix dans la catégorie « Gestion durable des terres » lors de l’appel mondial de l’ONUDI pour des solutions innovantes en matière de technologies propres et de gestion durable des terres. Le jury a évalué que la centrale photovoltaïque dans le désert de 310 MW de CHINT à Kubuqi, qui se concentre principalement sur la production d’énergie solaire, a évité la désertification secondaire. En même temps, combinée à la stratégie de gestion durable de la planification agricole et de la gestion écologique, elle a une valeur de promotion et d’application à l’échelle mondiale ; combiner de manière créative les cinq questions de gouvernance du désert, des prairies, de l’énergie solaire, de la plantation de cultures et de la réduction de la pauvreté, suivre les principes de la gouvernance de l’environnement écologique, proposer des solutions en fonction des conditions locales et créer des opportunités d’emploi locales grâce à l’application de technologies durables pour la gouvernance des terres et des sols.

CHINT 310MW desert photovoltaic power station in kubuqi

En juillet 2021, l’Organisation des Nations Unies pour le développement industriel (ONUDI), la Convention des Nations Unies sur la lutte contre la désertification (UNCCD) et la Convention-cadre des Nations Unies sur les changements climatiques (CCNUCC), ainsi que FCA, un groupe de réflexion allemand de premier plan, ont été organisés pour explorer et promouvoir des technologies et des programmes innovants pour faire face au changement climatique et promouvoir un développement économique inclusif, résilient et durable et ont lancé conjointement la collection mondiale de l’Appel mondial 2021 de l’ONUDI pour des solutions innovantes en matière de technologies propres et de gestion durable des terres.

Depuis le lancement officiel de l’appel d’offres, 294 candidatures ont été reçues de 71 pays sur 5 continents. Après l’évaluation des juges, quatre champions individuels couvrant quatre catégories se sont finalement distingués parmi les 23 projets nominés.

La centrale photovoltaïque dans le désert de 310 MW de CHINT à Kubuqi, en Mongolie intérieure, a été investie conjointement par CHINT Solar et Elion Resources Group. Le projet a été lancé dans le contexte historique de la lutte contre la désertification en Chine. Le projet Kubuqi est le premier projet dans le désert d’énergie solaire en Chine et il est reconnu comme un projet de référence pour la réalisation de projets d’énergie renouvelable dans un environnement aussi difficile.

Concept unique

CHINT Solar a créé un nouveau modèle associant la lutte contre le sable, la culture de terres agricoles, l’élevage, la production d’énergie et la réduction de la pauvreté. La zone de boisement et de stabilisation du sable est entre autres plantée d’herbes fourragères qui résistent au froid, à la sécheresse, au sel et à l’alcali. L’irrigation au goutte-à-goutte sous film plastique, l’irrigation par infiltration et d’autres équipements et technologies permettant d’économiser l’eau ont permis d’obtenir un taux de survie de la végétation supérieur à 90 % et ont permis de lutter contre la désertification et d’obtenir des effets évidents de verdissement. Ce modèle peut désormais être reproduit dans le monde entier.

Outre la production d’environ 14 milliards de kWh sur la période d’exploitation de 25 ans et la réduction des émissions de CO2 de plus de 7 millions de tonnes, 3 000 emplois ont été créés pendant la construction. Le projet continuera à promouvoir le développement économique des résidents autour du site du projet pendant toute sa durée de vie. Le projet Kubuqi est un bon exemple de la possibilité de combiner intérêts commerciaux et responsabilité sociale et écologique.

Catalyseur pour les futurs projets d’énergie solaire

Chuan Lu, le président du conseil d’administration et PDG de Zhejiang Chint New Energy Development Co., Ltd, réagit : « C’est un honneur que CHINT Solar ait remporté le prix pour un projet aussi innovant. Avec les déchets et les terrains sablonneux loués aux agriculteurs et aux bergers, nous avons adopté une méthode remarquable de contrôle du sable lors de la construction des fondations du projet photovoltaïque. Ce projet est devenu la référence et la démonstration d’un projet solaire dans le désert en Chine. Avec le projet de désert solaire de 310 MW de Kubuqi, CHINT Solar a pu prouver que la production d’électricité peut être combinée avec succès à la responsabilité sociale et écologique. De tels projets de référence amélioreront encore l’acceptation de l’énergie solaire dans le monde et inciteront les décideurs politiques à mettre en place des programmes de subventions pour de tels projets holistiques. »

À propos de CHINT Solar

CHINT a été fondé en 1984 et est un fournisseur mondial de premier plan de solutions énergétiques intelligentes. Il dispose d’un réseau commercial étendu dans plus de 140 pays et emploie plus de 30 000 personnes.

En 2006, CHINT Solar a été créée et est cotée en bourse comme l’une des principales entreprises d’énergie renouvelable. CHINT Solar est devenu un acteur clé de l’industrie solaire avec plus de 6 000 employés. En plus de se spécialiser dans la fabrication de modules cristallins, CHINT Solar est également un développeur de projets en aval de premier plan, actif dans le développement de projets, le financement, la réalisation et l’exploitation de parcs solaires. Avec plus de 8 GW de projets achevés dans différentes régions, CHINT Solar s’est forgé une solide expérience, ce qui en fait l’un des plus grands producteurs indépendants d’énergie renouvelable.

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