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Coal-fired electricity generation in France fell 72% in 2019 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:France’s electricity sector cut its carbon emissions by 6% last year as consumption fell while wind, solar and natural gas displaced coal-fired power generation.The drop in domestic power consumption came as governments across Europe introduced policies to fight climate change by encouraging energy savings in a bid to curb pollution from burning fossil fuels. Record low gas prices, which have been pressured by mild winter temperatures, have also helped to squeeze coal’s share from power mixes across the continent, making gas more competitive than the dirtiest fossil fuel.French power consumption fell by 0.5% last year, when excluding the impact of weather, to a 10-year low of 473 terawatt-hours as energy-efficiency measures and slower economic growth curbed demand, according to Reseau de Transport d’Electricite, the country’s grid operator.Coal-fired power generation plummeted by 72% to 1.6 terawatt-hours last year. It represented just a fraction of total electricity output, which fell by 2% to 537.7 terawatt-hours as state-run Electricite de France SA’s atomic plants faced more outages and reduced rainfall curbed hydropower production.Wind power accounted for 6.3% of electricity output last year, up from 5.1% in 2018 as developers added 1.36 gigawatts of production capacity to reach 16.5 gigawatts at the end of 2019. The addition was the lowest in four years.Power generated from solar energy rose slightly last year, reaching 2.2% of total consumption. This was as capacity climbed by 890 megawatts over the year reaching 9.4 gigawatts.[Francois De Beaupuy]More: France’s power emissions tumbled in 2019 as coal’s share slumped
Children from the surrounding neighborhood gathered in the Von Kleinsmid Center courtyard Saturday for Chalk the Block, an annual event in which local schoolchildren ages five to 13 participate in an art competition.The children were given artist’s paper taped to the sidewalk, different colored chalk and 45 minutes to draw their dreams. Live music, games and food were also present as the children drew while parents and volunteers supervised.“We noticed that a lot of kids in the surrounding area drop out of school as they get older, and it can be very hard for them to realize that they can chase their dreams, so what we’re trying to do is inspire them to believe in themselves and their dreams,” said junior Magdalini Vraila, a member of Chalk the Block’s planning and media team. “When we ask these kids what they want to do or who they want to become, they realize that their dreams are important.”At the awards ceremony, the children were divided into age brackets, and each student received one of four awards: the Visionary Award, for having a big dream and executing it well throughout the chalking period; the Color Wonder Award, given to a child for using many colors in his or her art piece; the Creativity Award, for showing innovation; or the Dedication Award, given to a child for refusing to give up even when the artwork got difficult, seeing his or her dreams through until the end.“My dream is to become a scientist and invent stuff,” fourth-grader and Visionary Award winner Karina Barbosa said. “I drew a scientist, which is me, putting a little drop into a potion to make a bunny ultra-sized.”Barbosa’s mother, Marina Ceja, discussed the importance of encouraging interaction between USC and the local community.“I think it’s very important to have an event like this because it encourages kids from communities that are not as privileged to go to college and follow their dreams,” Ceja said.Chalk the Block started three years ago when USC student Harleen Marwah noticed the great discrepancy between USC, an elite research university, and the poverty of nearby areas. She also noticed that whereas USC graduates nearly 90 percent of its senior class every year, 27,380 students dropped out of school during the 2010-2011 school year in the South LA community. By creating Chalk the Block, she hoped to bridge the gap between the resources the university offers and the help that neighborhood kids need.One of the most striking barriers between USC and the LA community are the gates surrounding campus that act as physical and symbolic barriers, according to Director of Chalk the Block Claire Chatinover.“The gates show the community around us that we don’t want them on our campus,” Chatinover said. “What is amazing about this campus is that it grows so much through interaction with the local community, and the local community grows so much from us. I think the important thing to know is that although these gates are up, we can still utilize the times they are open to show the community that we want to build lasting relationships.”Chalk the Block has been highlighted as the “activity of the month” by the National Association of College and University Residence Halls and has been implemented on other college campuses.According to Marwah’s essay on Chalk the Block’s website, “Chalk the Block encourages people to think beyond their boundaries. University students are asked to look beyond the perimeter of campus and share a common space to discover the ‘common ground’. Chalkateers are challenged to dream as big as they possibly can, looking past other obstacles in their lives.”
A woman, who assaulted a fellow prisoner at the East La Penitence lock-ups, while being on remand for an attempted murder charge was sentenced to nine months’ imprisonment on Tuesday after she was found guilty of the offence at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Revelana SmithRevelana Smith of William Street, Kitty, Georgetown, and Savita Persaud, 33, of Station Street, Kitty, Georgetown, both prisoners, were cross-charged with assaulting each other.It is alleged that on April 23, 2019, at the East La Penitence Police Station, 25-year-old Smith unlawfully assaulted Persaud.The charge against Persaud stated that on the same day in question and at the same location, she unlawfully assaulted Smith. However, the matter against Persaud is still ongoing after she denied the offence.Magistrate Faith McGusty in handing down the sentence to Smith, told the court that after reviewing the evidence, there was sufficient evidence to convict. Hence, Smith was sentenced to nine months behind bars.Persaud on her first court appearance had said, “I had just exited the washroom and I was in the process of putting on my clothes when Smith came up to me and began calling me names and dealt me several punches to my face”.The woman continued by saying Smith threw her to the floor and bit her on several parts of her body, attempted to bite off one of her fingers and in an attempt to defend herself, she scratched Smith on her face.Smith, however, gave another version of the story saying, “Persaud was my associate but she started to behave stupid because she sleeping with a big one at East La Penitence Station. I simply asked her to call someone for me and she said no, so when the church service was over, I tried to talk to her and she punched me; that’s how the fight broke out.”Smith is currently before the court on an attempted murder charge after she allegedly cut off a policewoman’s finger.Persaud, the owner of Kitty-based Liquid Love Bar, is currently serving a 15-year prison sentence after being found guilty of trafficking two Venezuelan women.