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‫شركة جي سي أل أس آي تحوز على تصنيف “الشركة صاحبة الأداء الأعلى” في مسابقة بطاقات درجات موثوقية الوحدات الشمسية لبي في إي أل 2020 للسنة الرابعة على التوالي

شوجو، الصين، 29 أيار/مايو، 2020 / بي آر نيوزواير / — يوم 28 أيار/مايو، مُنحت شركة جي سي أل سيستمز إنتيغريشن، وهي شركة رائدة عالمية موردة لحلول الطاقة الشمسية، تصنيف “الشركة صاحبة الأداء العالي” في مسابقة بطاقات درجات الموثوقية للوحدات الشمسية بي في إي أل 2020 للسنة الرابعة على التوالي. وتم الإعلان عن هذا التصنيف في ويبينار استضافته مشاركة شركة بي في تيك.

اختار أكثر من 70٪ من كبار مصنعي الوحدات النمطية و 90٪ من أفضل شركات الطاقة الشمسية إرسال منتجاتها إلىبي في إي أللإجراء الاختبارات عليها. مع ما يقرب من عشر سنوات من الخبرة والبيانات المتراكمة، تجريبي في إي ألاختبارات تثبت مصداقية تقنية الطاقة الشمسية. يبرز اختبار الموثوقية المستقل مجموعة فعالة من الوحدات والمعدات الكهروضوئية لتطوير وتمويل المشاريع الشمسية.

وقال تريستان إيريون لوريكو، رئيس وحدة أعمال الوحدات الكهروضوئيةفي مختبرات بي في إي أل: حققت منتجاتجي سي أل أس آيالاعتراف كواحدة من الشركات صاحبة الأداء الأفضل لوحداتها الكهروضوئية في بطاقة درجات أداء الوحدات الكهروضوئية للسنة الرابعة على التوالي. الأداء القوي في نظام الاختبار المسرع لبي في إي ألهو مؤشر هام على الموثوقية والجودة، ولذا فإننا نهنئجي سي أل أس آي على هذه النتائج “.

وقال إيريك لو، رئيس مجلس إدارة شركةجي سي أل أس آي: بعد أن تصدرت القائمة للمرة الرابعة، نحن نقدر الاعتراف بإبداعنا ورؤيتنا التي تتيح لنا التميز كعلامة تجارية مفضلة للعملاء والمستثمرين والبنوك. جي سي أل ستواصل تقديم منتجات الطاقة الشمسية الموثوقة وذات الكفاءة العالية إلى العالم.

تمتلك جي سي أل أس آي حاليًا قدرة تصنيع وحدات تبلغ قدرتها 8 غيغاواط. ومع دعم البيانات الضخمة، ومدفوعة بالابتكار العلمي والتكنولوجي، ستقوم الشركة بتحسين خدماتها لتوفير وحدات أكثر كفاءة وموثوقية.

حول جي سي أل – أس آي

شركة جي سي أل سيستم إنتيغريشن تكنولوجي المحدودة (SZ: 002506) (جي سي أل – أس آي) هي جزء من مجموعة غولدن جي سي أل غروب، وهي شركة عالمية كبيرة وشركة الطاقة الصينية غير المملوكة للدولة الأكبر، التي تركز على الطاقة الجديدة، الطاقة النظيفة، وغيرها من الخدمات ذات العلاقة. جي سي أل سيستم إنتيغريشن لديها حاليًا عمليات في جميع أنحاء العالم ولديها قواعد إنتاج مكونة من خمس وحدات في الصين القارية وواحدة في فيتنام، بطاقة إنتاجية تصل إلى 8 غيغاواط، و 4.3 غيغاواط من قدرة الخلايا العالية الفعالية، ما يجعلها منتجة وحدات على مستوى عالمي. لمزيد من المعلومات، يرجى زيارة الموقع: https://www.gclsi.com/.

Protesters torch Minneapolis police station in violent night

Minneapolis: Thick smoke hovered over Minneapolis on Friday, hours after cheering protesters torched a police station that officers abandoned as a third night of violent protests flared over the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer knelt on his neck, the Associated Press (AP) reported.

 

Police evacuated the 3rd Precinct station, the focus of many of the protests, late Thursday to protect employees, a spokesman said. Livestream video showed protesters entering the building, where intentionally set fires activated smoke alarms and sprinklers. President Donald Trump threatened action, prompting a warning from Twitter for “glorifying violence.”

 

Dozens of fires were also set in nearby St. Paul, where nearly 200 businesses were damaged or looted. Protests spread across the U.S., fueled by outrage over Floyd’s death, and years of violence against African Americans at the hands of police. Demonstrators clashed with officers in New York and blocked traffic in Columbus, Ohio, and Denver.

 

Trump threatened to bring Minneapolis “under control,” calling the protesters “thugs” and tweeting that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.” The tweet drew another warning from Twitter, which said the comment violated the platform’s rules, but the company did not remove it.

 

Trump also blasted the “total lack of leadership” in Minneapolis.

 

A visibly tired and frustrated Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey made his first public appearance of the night early Friday at City Hall and took responsibility for evacuating the precinct, saying it had become too dangerous for officers. As Frey continued, a reporter cut across loudly with a question: “What’s the plan here?”

 

“With regard to?” Frey responded. Then he added: “There is a lot of pain and anger right now in our city. I understand that … What we have seen over the past several hours and past couple of nights here in terms of looting is unacceptable.”

 

He defended the city’s lack of engagement with looters — only a handful of arrests across the first two nights of violence — and said, “We are doing absolutely everything that we can to keep the peace.” He said National Guard members were stationed in locations to help stem looting, including at banks, grocery stores and pharmacies.

 

The Minnesota State Patrol arrested a CNN television crew early Friday as the journalists reported on the unrest. While live on air, CNN reporter Omar Jimenez was handcuffed and led away. A producer and a photojournalist for CNN were also taken away in handcuffs.

 

The Minnesota State Patrol said the journalists were among four people arrested as troopers were “clearing the streets and restoring order,” and they were released after being confirmed to be media members. CNN said on Twitter that the arrests were “a clear violation of their First Amendment rights.”

 

Firefighters worked Friday to contain a number of blazes as National Guard troops blocked access to streets where businesses had been damaged. They marched side by side and block by block as they expanded a perimeter around a heavily damaged area.

 

Protests first erupted Tuesday, a day after Floyd’s death in a confrontation with police captured on widely seen citizen video. In the footage, Floyd can be seen pleading as officer Derek Chauvin presses his knee against him. As minutes pass, Floyd slowly stops talking and moving.

 

Gov. Tim Walz activated the National Guard at the Minneapolis mayor’s request. The Guard tweeted minutes after the precinct burned that it had activated more than 500 soldiers across the metro area. A couple dozen Guard members, armed with assault-style rifles, blocked a street Friday morning near a Target store that has sustained heavy damage by looters.

 

The Guard said a “key objective” was to make sure firefighters could respond to calls, and said in a follow-up tweet that soldiers would assist the Minneapolis Fire Department. But no move was made to put out the 3rd Precinct fire. Assistant Fire Chief Bryan Tyner said fire crews could not safely respond to blazes at the precinct station and some surrounding buildings.

 

Earlier Thursday, dozens of businesses across the Twin Cities boarded up their windows and doors in an effort to prevent looting, with Minneapolis-based Target announcing it was temporarily closing two dozen area stores. Minneapolis shut down nearly its entire light-rail system and all bus service through Sunday out of safety concerns.

 

By Thursday night, hundreds of demonstrators returned to the Minneapolis neighborhood at the center of the violence. Demonstrators carried clothing mannequins from a looted Target and threw them onto a burning car.

 

Elsewhere in Minneapolis, thousands of peaceful demonstrators marched through the streets calling for justice. Local leaders repeatedly urged demonstrators to avoid violence.

 

“Please stay home. Please do not come here to protest. Please keep the focus on George Floyd, on advancing our movement and on preventing this from ever happening again,” tweeted St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, who is black.

 

Erika Atson, 20, was among thousands of people who gathered outside government offices in downtown Minneapolis, where organizers had called for a peaceful protest. Many protesters wore masks because of the coronavirus pandemic, but there were few attempts at social distancing.

 

Atson, who is black, described seeing her 14- and 11-year-old brothers tackled by Minneapolis police years ago because officers mistakenly presumed the boys had guns. She said she had been at “every single protest” since Floyd’s death and worried about raising children who could be vulnerable in police encounters.

 

“We don’t want to be here fighting against anyone. We don’t want anyone to be hurt. We don’t want to cause any damages,” she said. “We just want the police officer to be held accountable.”

 

The group marched peacefully for three hours before another confrontation with police broke out, though details were scarce.

After calling in the Guard on Thursday, Walz urged widespread changes in the wake of Floyd’s death.

 

“It is time to rebuild. Rebuild the city, rebuild our justice system and rebuild the relationship between law enforcement and those they’re charged to protect,” Walz said.

 

Among the casualties of the protests: a six-story building under construction that was to provide nearly 200 apartments of affordable housing.

 

“We’re burning our own neighborhood,” said a distraught Deona Brown, a 24-year-old woman standing with a friend outside the precinct station, where a small group of protesters were shouting at a dozen or so stone-faced police officers in riot gear. “This is where we live, where we shop, and they destroyed it.”

 

“What that cop did was wrong, but I’m scared now,” Brown said.

 

Others in the crowd saw something different in the wreckage.

 

Protesters destroyed property “because the system is broken,” said a young man who identified himself only by his nickname, Cash, and who said he had been in the streets during the violence. He dismissed the idea that the destruction would hurt residents of the largely black neighborhood.

 

“They’re making money off of us,” he said angrily of the owners of the destroyed stores. He laughed when asked if he had joined in the looting or violence. “I didn’t break anything.”

 

In New York City, protesters defied New York’s coronavirus prohibition on public gatherings Thursday, clashing with police, while demonstrators blocked traffic in downtown Denver and downtown Columbus. A day earlier, demonstrators had taken to the streets in Los Angeles and Memphis.

 

In Louisville, Kentucky, police confirmed that at least seven people had been shot Thursday night as protesters demanded justice for Breonna Taylor, a black woman who was fatally shot by police in her home in March.

 

Anger over the killing extended to Africa, where the head of the African Union Commission on Friday rejected “continuing discriminatory practices against black citizens of the USA.” In a series of tweets, Moussa Faki Mahamat urged the “total elimination” of all forms of racism in the U.S.

 

In Mississippi, the mayor of the community of Petal resisted calls to resign following his remarks about Floyd’s death. Hal Marx, a Republican, asked on Twitter: “Why in the world would anyone choose to become a police officer in our society today?” In a follow-up tweet, he said he “didn’t see anything unreasonable.”

 

The city on Thursday released a transcript of the 911 call that brought police to the grocery store where Floyd was arrested. The caller described someone paying with a counterfeit bill, with workers rushing outside to find the man sitting on a van. The caller described the man as “awfully drunk” and said he was “not in control of himself.”

 

Asked by the 911 operator whether the man was “under the influence of something,” the caller said: “Something like that, yes. He is not acting right.” Police said Floyd matched the caller’s description of the suspect.

 

State and federal authorities are investigating Floyd’s death.

 

Chauvin, the officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck, was fired Tuesday, along with three other officers involved in the arrest.

 

 

 

Source: Bahrain News Agency

Saudi Finance Minister: Re-opening economic activities a new stage in fighting pandemic

Riyadh: Saudi Minister of Finance, and the Acting Minister of Economy and Planning, Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Jadaan, said that the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ approval to gradually reopen economic activities as of Thursday, May 28, 2020 AD, and the plan to gradually lift the curfew represent a new stage in the face of the global pandemic crisis and towards a gradual return to economic activities in the Kingdom to its normal levels.

 

The decisions were taken after continuous coordination between the Ministry of Health and the concerned authorities, relying on a focused plan that seeks to balance between procedures for reopening economic activities and maintaining the stability of health and social conditions.

 

The Minister clarified that the government continues to implement its development plans that support growth and economic diversification and enhance the role of the private sector and support local content, whether through the state’s general budget or through the role played by the development funds and the Public Investment Fund (PIF) to improve economic performance and enhance the return on the Kingdom’s assets, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

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In this regard, the Minister highlighted that the government has increased – during the last period through the state’s general budget – spending on urgent and necessary requirements to face the crisis, as it has significantly strengthened the financial allocations for the Health and related services sector.

 

In addition, the government launched urgent support initiatives to mitigate the impact on the private sector, supporting the economy and to preserve the jobs of citizens in economic establishments, as previously announced.

 

This required reducing spending in other areas to maintain the same level of spending that was approved in the state’s budget, especially in light of the sharp decline in oil and non-oil revenues expected for this year that was affected by the crisis.

 

The government will continue to finance development projects through the state’s general budget with a focus of attention towards continuing to raise efficiency in spending and maximizing economic and social returns. The Minister also affirmed the government’s continued support to increase private sector opportunities in infrastructure projects. Which falls in line within the framework of enhancing the role and participation of the government supported private sector, which has been affected by the temporary suspension of many economic activities and to overcome the negative effects associated with the global pandemic crisis.

 

The Minister has also mentioned the vital role played by the development funds and PIF in diversifying and promoting economic growth and maximizing the return on assets of the Kingdom, noting that PIF continues to implement their investment plans, which included seizing a set of investment opportunities that had arisen under the current global financial markets circumstances.

 

The Minister also referred to the implemented steps to enhance PIF’s investment capacity, as an amount of SAR 150bn ($40bn) was transferred from Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority’s (SAMA) FX reserves to the PIF exceptionally during March and April of this year.

 

While FX flows are on average within historical norms, a noticeable decline in FX reserves is due to the transfer, as PIF investments do not appear on SAMA published data.

 

The Minister emphasized that the transfer to the PIF was carried out after a comprehensive consultation and in consideration of the adequacy of FX reserves. Maximizing the return on the Kingdom’s assets will be positively reflected on economic performance and on public finances, and to reduce the negative effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Minister further indicated that PIF investment returns will be available to support the public finances when needed.

 

Regarding the decisions to reduce precautionary measures to resume economic activity, the Minister stressed the importance of all entities and individuals in adhering to health guidelines at every stage of the plan to resume economic activities. The return of activities to their previous level largely depends on the level of commitment by all. The Minister further noted that the move comes concurrently with developments facing the pandemic globally, as countries prepare to gradually restore the movement of economic activities and return to normal conditions, considering the difficulty of anticipating the duration of the global spread of the virus.

 

The Minister also noted that the decision to gradually return to economic activities was taken after continuous coordination with the Ministry of Health and related authorities, which will contribute to the gradual improvement of economic performance.

 

The Minister also confirmed that Government efforts are continuing through work teams made up of experts in health, security, energy, economics, finance, human resources, commerce and other sectors.

 

These teams assess periodically and comprehensively the health, social and economic dimensions of options for reopening economic activities.

 

Minster Al-Jadaan added: “The government succeeded in responding early to this pandemic by raising the capacity of the health sector and imposing strict health precautions that were met with great response and high awareness from citizens and residents. These precautions led to a significant slowdown in local economic activity, in conjunction with global economic activity.

 

The government responded with a set of support initiatives that targeted private sector establishments, investors and individuals, and it is time to restore the movement to economic activity.”

 

Reaffirming the dedication of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, with continuous monitoring from His Royal Highness the Crown Prince, in continuing the plans and initiatives to support and preserve economic gains and work to develop the local economy by all possible tools including supporting national industries and products, along with keeping in line with international developments in dealing with the pandemic.

 

The Minister also stressed that following the guidelines for social distancing by all individuals and establishments is a major factor in avoiding a return to the suspension of economic activities if health conditions deteriorate.

 

The Kingdom was one of the first countries to take firm, preventive and precautionary actions to limit the spread of the Corona virus (COVID-19), and it has succeeded, by the grace of God, and then the continuous coordination and close monitoring of the wise leadership, providing all the needs and requirements during the preceding stage in dealing with the pandemic crisis significantly.

 

The Kingdom is considered among the countries that recorded the lowest death rates among the infected in the world, the Kingdom also recorded very high recovery rates which is a result of the wise proactive policies that the Kingdom’s government has taken during the past period, as well as the active cooperation and responsibility of both the citizens and the residents.

 

The government has also continuously sought to monitor the performance and support of various private sector activities, by launching several initiatives between direct support, delaying receipts from the private sector, exemptions, expansion of lending and wage support. All of which have been undertaken with the main objective of mitigating the negative effects of the precautionary measures taken on the private sector.

 

 

 

Source: Bahrain News Agency

UAE Convenes High-Level Virtual Panel Discussion on Advancing Women’s Role in Economic Recovery and Climate Resilience in Post-Conflict Settings.

This week, the Permanent Missions of the United Arab Emirates and Ireland to the United Nations and the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security (GIWPS) hosted a high-level virtual panel discussion on advancing women’s role in economic recovery and climate resilience in post-conflict settings. The virtual panel discussion evaluated measures and policies that empower women during economic recovery from conflict, especially in the context of climate change and the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

 

“Post-conflict economic recovery initiatives often fail to incorporate women either as beneficiaries or active participants in decision-making and program implementation,” said H.E. Lana Nusseibeh, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the UAE to the UN. “Especially in this era of COVID-19 and climate change, it is critical that economic crisis-response measures account for the unique situation of women in conflict and post-conflict zones, where the cost of women and girls being excluded from decision-making processes is highest.”

 

Co-host and moderator of the virtual panel discussion Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Executive Director of GIWPS, stated, “The failure to include women’s participation in post-conflict decision making can undermine the potential for a durable peace going forward.”

 

H.E. Geraldine Byrne Nason, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Ireland to the UN, remarked, “During COVID-19, we have seen women leaders and peacebuilders worldwide step up to protect their communities and countries. We know this pattern. In post-conflict societies, women grassroots leaders often help guide the transition to peace.”

 

Guest speaker Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN-Women, added, “Building back better for us means economies that respond to climate challenges that empower women and where women in conflict find their place. It means we tackle the fundamental inequalities in our society and address digitalization so as to close the digital gender divide.”

 

The panel included Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director-General of Climate and Natural Resources at the Food and Agriculture Organization; Dr. Nesreen Barwari, Former Minister of Municipalities and Public Works of Iraq; and Dr. Anne Kuriakose, Senior Social Development Specialist at Climate Investment Funds. Together, the panelists considered solutions to empowering women in the agriculture and public works sectors, as well as large-scale reconstruction investment, taking into account challenges emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic. They explored numerous recommendations, including strengthening local institutions in post-conflict rebuilding, creating safety nets to withstand economic shocks, fostering public-private partnerships, and closing the gender digital divide – particularly to improve access to quality education and interconnectedness.

 

The virtual panel discussion was the second in a series that the UAE and GIWPS are hosting as part of a joint initiative on advancing the role of women in post-conflict reconstruction ahead of the 20th anniversary of the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) on women, peace and security. The UAE-GIWPS joint initiative also consists of the launch of a major research report in the second half of 2020 and a UN plan of action that will serve as an important guide for the UN Secretary-General’s 2020 Review of Resolution 1325 (2000), as well as the appraisal of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

 

 

Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs

UAE Sends Medical Aid to Sudan in Fight against COVID-19

The United Arab Emirates today sent an aid plane containing 11 metric tons of medical supplies to Sudan to bolster the country’s efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19.

 

The aid will assist approximately 11,000 medical professionals as they work to contain the virus.

 

Commenting on the aid delivery, His Excellency Hamad Mohammed Humaid Al Jneibi, UAE Ambassador to Sudan, stated: “The UAE stands with Sudan as it confronts one of the most pressing global challenges to public health and security. With today’s delivery of aid, it is our concrete aim that the frontline healthcare workers of Sudan will be better equipped to fight the pandemic and overcome this crisis.”

 

On April 22, the UAE sent an aid plane containing 7 metric tons of medical supplies to Sudan, benefiting approximately 7,000 medical professionals.

 

To date, the UAE has responded to the COVID-19 crisis by providing over 668 metric tons of aid to 58 countries in need, supporting more than 668 medical professionals in the process.

 

 

Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs

GCLSI Awarded as Top Performer in PVEL 2020 PV Module Reliability Scorecard for the 4th Consecutive Year

SUZHOU, China, May 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — On May 28th, GCL System Integration, a world-leading solar solutions provider, was awarded as Top performer in PVEL 2020 PV Module Reliability Scorecard for 4 consecutive years. The scorecard was announced during a webinar co-hosted by PV-tech.

More than 70% of leading module manufacturers and 90% of top solar companies had chosen to send their products to PVEL for testing. With nearly ten years of experience and accumulated data, PVEL conducts testing that demonstrates solar technology’s credibility. The independent reliability test provides efficient selection of PV modules and equipment for solar project development and financing.

Tristan Erion-Lorico, Head of PV Module Business (PVEL), said, “GCL SI products have achieved recognition as PV Module Top Performers in the PVEL PV Module Reliability Scorecard for the fourth consecutive year. Strong performance in PVEL’s accelerated testing regime is an important indicator of reliability and quality, and so we congratulate GCL SI on these results.”

Eric Luo, the chairman of GCL SI, said, “Having topped the chart for the fourth time, we appreciate being recognized for our creativity and vision which allows us to stand out as the preferred brand for customers, investors, and banks. GCL will continue to bring the reliable and highly efficient solar products to the world.

GCL SI currently has a module manufacturing capacity of 8GW. With big data support, driven by scientific and technological innovation, the company will optimize its service to provide more efficient and reliable modules.

About GCL-SI

GCL System Integration Technology Co. Ltd (002506 Shenzhen Stock) (GCLSI) is part of the GCL Group, a global energy conglomerate, China’s largest non-state-owned Energy Company with a focus on new energy, clean energy, and related services. GCL System Integration currently has operations all over the world and has five-module production bases in mainland China and one in Vietnam, with a module capacity of 8GW, and an additional 4.3GW of high-efficiency cell capacity, making it a world-class module producer. For more information, please visit https://www.gclsi.com/