Mercom Capital lowers 2014 guidance for India to 900 MW

first_imgMercom Capital lowers 2014 guidance for India to 900 MWDelays caused by anti-dumping discussions prompt Mercom to revise downward slightly its forecast for Indian solar PV in 2014. September 3, 2014 Ian Clover Legal Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share India will install just below 1 GW of solar PV capacity in 2014 says global clean energy communications and consulting firm, Mercom Capital Group. In its quarterly market update, the firm expect Indian solar installation volumes to echo the amounts added in 2012 and 2013, but are optimistic that the country can break free of the 1 GW ceiling next year. The Indian solar market has been shaped by three major developments over the past few months. The national election in May installed a pro-solar Prime Minister in the form of Narendra Modi, which coincided with the release of draft guidelines for Phase II, Batch 2 of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM). However, these two prongs of positivity were undermined by the ongoing uncertainty caused by the anti-dumping case, which served to slow growth that had reached 500 MW in the first six months of the year. On August 22, India’s solar industry heaved a collective sigh of relief as the government let pass a deadline on the proposed imposition of anti-dumping duties on cells and modules made in the U.S., China, Taiwan and Malaysia. The government’s silence is viewed by many in the industry, Mercom Capital included, as implicit agreement that no tariffs will be placed on foreign-manufactured solar cells and modules. Good news for the industry, but the uncertainty the case created – something Mercom Capital believe was entirely avoidable – served to halt project development across the country. As procurement plans were also put on hold, the government failed to exude a pro-solar aura, with the Trade and Commerce Ministry pushing for the introduction of duties at the behest of India’s manufacturers; on the other side of the coin, the Renewable Energy Ministry stood firmly against them. An unedifying standoff may have eventually yielded the right result for India’s solar industry, but the damage wrought was one of a government appearing to be “out of touch” with India’s citizens and businesses that still suffer regular power outages, says Mercom. “Although the anti-dumping case affected short-term outlook on installation growth, the end result was good and the NDA administration was able to take decisive action, making a pragmatic ‘big picture’ decision that will remove uncertainty and help put the solar industry back on track for sustainable, long-term growth,” said Mercom Capital Group co-founder and CEO, Raj Prabhu. According to Mercom sources, India’s government has since assured domestic manufacturers that there will be an “adequate offtake” of their solar produce via government programs, employing domestic content requirements in lieu of anti-dumping duties. As for the Indian export market, the picture appears healthy, with close to $270 million solar exports registered in the past financial year, which represents year-on-year growth of 153%. 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After the UN declaration on AMR, what comes next?

first_imgWith last week’s approval of a United Nations (UN) declaration on antimicrobial resistance (AMR), world leaders have made a commitment to fight the rise of drug-resistant pathogens and ensure continued access to life-saving antibiotics. Now comes the hard part: Turning the commitment into action.Advancements will take place on the national level, with governments creating plans to monitor antibiotic resistant infections, reduce the inappropriate use of antibiotics in human and animal health and agriculture, and educate the public about antibiotic stewardship. Some countries have already started down this path. But for others, especially low-income nations with weak healthcare systems and a host of other health challenges, the task will be more difficult.”It’s very hard to deny medicines to people who are sick,” said Laura Kahn, MD, MPH, a physician and research scholar at Princeton University and author of the book One Health and the Politics of Antimicrobial Resistance. As Kahn explains, many developing nations use antibiotics as a substitute for sanitation, hygiene, and medical care. Asking them to reduce antibiotic use essentially removes a critical tool from their healthcare arsenal.This is where organizations like the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) will play a significant role. But how these UN bodies will ensure every country is holding up its end of the bargain remains an open question.The challenge of implementation”Implementing this will not be easy, at all,” said Gian Luca Burci, JD, former legal counsel for the WHO. The UN declaration calls for the creation of a body that will coordinate the efforts of the WHO, FAO, and OIE. But coordination will be a challenge, Burci explained, because those organizations represent different constituencies with different priorities.  The organization that is in the best position to take the lead, Burci said, is the WHO. The agency’s AMR action plan, put forward in 2015, forms the blueprint of the UN declaration. The plan calls for nations to improve public awareness and understanding of AMR, increase surveillance for drug-resistant organisms, reduce the incidence of infection through improved sanitation and hygiene, promote antimicrobial stewardship in human and animal health, and increase investment in new antibiotics, diagnostics, and vaccines.In Burci’s view, implementation of the plan could follow two paths. The WHO could work with experts to create detailed national action plans that include targets and goals for reduced antibiotic use. Or member states could take the lead and come up with “soft” targets that are more politically viable. Given how many sectors will be affected by targets, in particular the agricultural sector, Burci said this might be the likelier path.”I wouldn’t be surprised if you see member states try to take the lead, or at least be part of the follow-up process,” he said.One of the fears, though, is that some countries might come up with soft targets and then fail to meet their commitments, leaving other countries to shoulder the burden. Big food-producing nations like Argentina and Brazil, for example, could have a lot to lose from phasing out the use of antibiotics in livestock. “The issue is a level playing field,” Burci said. “There is a fear of free-riding.”Political pressureThis is where the UN plays an important role. By acknowledging the grave and urgent threat posed by AMR and committing countries to take action, the UN declaration adds a level of political pressure that can force nations to make AMR a priority and facilitate policy coherence.Any movement on AMR, though, could be hampered by transitions going on at the UN and the WHO, where leadership changes will occur in the coming months. “I think a lot really depends on who the next UN secretary-general is and who the next director-general of the WHO is,” notes Ramanan Laxminarayan, PhD, MPH, director of the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy (CDDEP). “They’ve got many other priorities, but will they recognize that this is a really important issue they should not put on the back burner?”Laxminarayan is hoping that the UN reaches to other parties to help fight AMR. “This problem can be solved only partially by UN agencies and their ways of working,” he said. “Unless they reach out to the broad set of academics, clinicians, veterinarians…that lie outside of governments, it will not get solved.”That’s because reducing drug-resistant infections and antibiotic use is not as straightforward as fixing the hole in the ozone, Laxminarayan explained. That effort required governments to change regulatory standards and companies to meet those standards. AMR, on the other hand, requires a broader set of stakeholders.Holding the UN accountableLaxminarayan is among those who think targets for reducing inappropriate antibiotic use are a critical element in the battle against AMR. These types of targets, he argues, will enable the UN to measure progress.If the UN effort against AMR lags, Laxminarayan said he and others will be there to “hold their feet to the fire.” To that end, CDDEP has joined with other public health and infectious disease groups to form CARA, the Conscience of Antimicrobial Resistance Action. CARA envisions its role as something of a watchdog that will hold the UN—along with international health agencies and member states—accountable for meeting its commitment to fight AMR. Among the tasks of the organization will be to monitor progress toward agreed-upon goals, and independently establish a set of targets that countries should aim to meet.”It is not enough for countries, politicians, businesses and the healthcare community to make pledges for change,” Laxminarayan and Dilip Nathwani, OBE, of the British Society of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy wrote recently in New Scientist. “They must know that they’re being watched, but also that our community of experts stands ready to help.”See also:Sep 21 UN draft political declaration on AMRSep 21 CIDRAP News story “UN leaders pledge to fight antimicrobial resistance”May 2015 WHO Global Action Plan on AMRSep 20 CARA press releaseSep 22 New Scientist commentary (free registration required)last_img read more

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Mitchell International Names Erez Nir as Senior Vice President of Technology

first_imgLSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  SAN DIEGO, CA — Mitchell International has promoted Erez Nir to the position of senior vice president of technology. In his new role Nir will be responsible for driving Mitchell’s technology strategy, continuing their efforts to introduce market-leading solutions and elevating the company’s commitment to innovation. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement He joined Mitchell two years ago as vice president of software development. Prior to Mitchell, Nir served as vice president of information engineering for San Diego, CA-based Wingcast, a joint venture between Ford Motor Co. and Qualcomm. In addition, he also worked as vice president of product management and marketing at Mobilitec as well as senior director of software development at Motorola. “I am delighted to appoint Erez as leader of Mitchell’s technology efforts. His wealth of technology experience, proven track record of execution and his sound understanding of our customers’ needs will be instrumental to ensuring that our carrier and shop customers continue to benefit from highly differentiated solutions well into the future,” said Marc Brungger, executive vice president. “Technology is the critical enabler for a world-class ‘voice of the customer’ effort. The voice of Mitchell’s customers determines how we design and deliver our solutions and Erez has proven to be highly skilled at translating our customers’ needs into market-defining products.” For more information about Mitchell International, visit: http://www.mitchell.com.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.last_img read more

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Top League boss Coetzee hired to lead Springboks

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES South Africa, Springboks, Top League, Kobe Kobelco Steelers, Allister Coetzee, South African Rugby Union KEYWORDS IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 JOHANNESBURG – Allister Coetzee made the big jump from coaching Top League side Kobe Kobelco Steelers to running South Africa on Tuesday, when the appointment was announced by the South African Rugby Union.A former Springbok assistant, Coetzee coached Steelers to a fourth-place finish last season, his only one in charge of the storied club.center_img “This job comes with a huge amount of responsibility because our passionate fans rightfully demand the best from the Springboks at all times,” Coetzee told the South African Rugby website.“Rugby ignites so much passion in our country. The team inspires all our people and every young rugby player in our country aspires to be a Springbok one day. I know full well that coaching the Springboks requires a lot of dedication, patience and hard work. I am very excited and grateful for this opportunity.”He succeeds Heyneke Meyer, who was in charge of the Springboks last year at the World Cup in England, where South Africa overcame a shock opening loss to Japan to finish third. Coetzee’s contract will run through the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.“Allister’s appointment marks the changing of the guard at the top of Springbok rugby and is an exciting new departure for SA Rugby,” Oregan Hoskins, the president of South African Rugby, said.“It is a watershed moment for our game with new players developing alongside a spine of experience and it was the right time to have a new man guiding the Springboks for the foreseeable future.“Allister was the outstanding candidate in terms of his rugby credentials, his understanding of our unique South African transformation imperatives and also in the image he will present as Springbok coach. I am delighted to welcome him back into the Springbok fold.” RELATED PHOTOS Allister Coetzee | KYODOlast_img read more

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