Posted On November 23, 2018By guidoIn SLIDER-

Enel plans to increase “green” power

Italy’s Enel Group plans to increase the installed capacity of its power plants operating on the basis of renewable energy sources (RES) to 48.4 GW by 2021, which is 23% up compared to the end of 2018. This is according to the Group’s 2019-2021 Strategic Plan which was presented to the financial markets and media on Tuesday by CEO Francesco Starace (Photo). By 2021, production of “green” electricity should grow by 32% to 132 GW/h up from about 100 GW/h expected in 2018. The capacity of the Group’s wind powerRead More
IEA RIAB Special Session Africa’s renewable energy transition: What does it take? 24 October 2018 – Farnesina Palace, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Rome, Italy The IEA Renewable Industry Advisory Board, in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has the pleasure of gathering members and observers for a special one-day workshop focusing on necessary strategies and measures to accelerate renewable energy (RE) deployment in the African continent. Energy issues, among which the development of RE, are an increasingly pressing priority in national and global policies. Given itsRead More
The General Assembly today elected 18 States to the Human Rights Council, the United Nations body responsible for promoting and protecting all human rights around the globe. By secret ballot, the Assembly elected Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Czechia, Denmark, Eritrea, Fiji, India, Italy, Philippines, Somalia, Togo and Uruguay.  All 18 members will serve three-year terms beginning on 1 January 2019. The 18 outgoing members are Belgium, Burundi, Côte d’Ivoire, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Germany, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Panama, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Slovenia, Switzerland, Togo, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela.  In accordanceRead More

Posted On June 21, 2018By guidoIn SLIDER-

Eritrea and Ethiopia toward peace

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki raised hopes of a breakthrough in one of Africa’s most intractable military stand-offs on Wednesday by describing recent peace overtures from arch-enemy Ethiopia as “positive signals”. Speaking at a Martyrs’ Day event in the capital, Asmara, the 72-year-old Isaias said he was sending a delegation to Addis Ababa to understand the position of Ethiopia’s new prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, and “chart out a plan”. It was the first response from Eritrea, one of Africa’s most closed and authoritarian states, to Abiy’s surprisingRead More

Posted On May 12, 2018By guidoIn SLIDER-

Affaire Bolloré, new evidence from Guinea

Since last 25th April, the financial tycoon Vincent Bolloré and some of his group’s leaders have been accused of alleged bribes paid to senior officials of Guinea Conakry and Togo. Bribes – claims the accusation – paid through communication contributions provided at low prices to have in exchange the management of the most important port hubs of the two countries. Soni Camara, the former general manager of Cory’s autonomous port, interviewed by Denise Epotè of TV5Monde as a subject aware of the facts, intervened publicly on this alleged scandal, whichRead More
Addis Ababa (AFP) Ethiopia’s new prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, apologised to people harmed in recent political unrest and reached out both to the political opposition and longtime rival Eritrea at his swearing-in on Monday. Abiy is the first ethnic Oromo to be selected by the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) as prime minister in its 27 years of rule. In a parliamentary session, Abiy formally replaced Hailemariam Desalegn, whose surprise resignation in February came after more than two years of anti-government protests led by the Oromo. “Ethiopians livingRead More
Johannesburg (AFP) Winnie Mandela, the former wife of South African anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, died on Monday aged 81, triggering an outpouring of tributes to one of the country’s defining and most divisive figures. The firebrand activist died in a Johannesburg hospital, her family said, adding that she had “fought valiantly against the Apartheid state” and that she was known “far and wide as the Mother of the Nation”. Winnie Mandela, who was married to Nelson Mandela for 38 years, played a high-profile role in the struggle to end white-minorityRead More
Freetown (AFP) The results of Sierra Leone’s run-off presidential vote are “expected” by Thursday after a delay due to disagreements over the method of counting, the National Electoral Commission announced. The outcome of the March 31 ballot — pitting opposition challenger Julius Maada Bio against the ruling All Peoples’ Congress (APC) candidate Samura Kamara — was due to be announced at the start of the week. But the commission had to “briefly” interrupt the counting of the ballots after a dispute over the method of tallying results, the NEC said.Read More