Aphex Twin Has Announced His First U.S. Performance In Over Eight Years

first_imgCome December 17-18, the ever-reclusive Aphex Twin will take the stage in America for the first time since his set at Coachella in 2008. The renowned producer emerged from hiding in 2014, releasing an album for the first time in over a decade. Since then, he’s been on an absolute tear, releasing new music left and right for eager fans.Aphex Twin has been confirmed by Billboard for the Houston, TX festival Day for Night, scheduled for December 17-18. For now, Aphex has no other appearances scheduled, but hopefully this changes soon.Look out for more information in the coming days about this exciting performance.last_img read more

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United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Considers Brazil A World Leader in Clean Energy

first_imgBy Dialogo June 05, 2009 Toronto (Canada), 03 June (EFE). – A report on investments in clean energy, released today by the UNEP Program, classifies Brazil as “the largest world market in renewable energy” and highlights the steps taken by Latin America to support alternative sources. The “Global Trends in Sustainable Energy Investment” report affirms that, for the first time in history, investments in clean energy in 2008 were ahead of those made in sources of fossil fuels, and that they reached 155 billion dollars. The section dedicated to Latin America indicates that Brazil is the “the largest world market in renewable energy.” UNEP said that around 46 percent of the energy consumed by the country comes from renewable sources and 85 percent of the capacity to generate it comes from hydroelectric and bioethanol energy. Also, around 90 percent of their new cars are fueled with ethanol as well as with gasoline (which is mixed with at least 25 percent ethanol). At the end of 2008, ethanol comprised more than 52 percent of the fuel consumed by lightweight vehicles. Brazil is one of the world leaders in financing renewable energy. In 2008, the Brazilian National Development Bank (BNDES) financed more renewable energy projects than any other financial institution in the world. The report highlights that although Brazil represents more than 90 percent of the new investments in Latin America, Chile, Peru and Mexico, it is increasing its institutional support for clean energy. Chile recently approved a law concerning renewable energy that required electric companies which produce more than 200 megawatts to generate at least 10 percent from renewable sources. Since 2008, Peru has required that at least 5 percent of the electricity produced in the country over the next five years must come from renewable sources, for which it established a series of tax incentives. Mexico has as an objective that, by the year 2012, 8 percent of its energy consumption will come from renewable sources, although it is hoped that by the end of June that Mexican authorities will increase this figure to 16 percent.last_img read more

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Athletics World Championships a key test for Qatar

first_imgConstruction teams worked around the clock to finish assembling the elaborate scaffold towers that line the route’s central reservation and will support floodlights for the midnight marathon.– Transport –Qatar has invested heavily in transport infrastructure since being named 2022 World Cup hosts in 2010. It now boasts one of the world’s largest hub airports and Qatar Airways is currently rated the best by an industry body.But it is unclear if the multi-billion-dollar metro system’s yellow line will be ready in time to shuttle spectators to the two new stations near the Khalifa stadium, al-Aziziyah and Sports City, both of which are shaped like Bedouin tents.In the absence of a rail option, fans will access the stadium by road.The area is already popular with motorists and home to a mall, raising the prospect of traffic jams ahead of popular events.Officials were pushing to overhaul several key bottlenecks and junctions across the city ahead of the high-point of the athletics calendar.– Fans –While the Khalifa stadium can hold 46,000 people, it will be configured for fewer fans during the World Championships with organisers hoping to attract around 14,000 spectators to the highest profile events.Tickets are “selling well” according to an official, and members of Qatar’s expatriate work force — Kenyans and Americans in particular — are expected to turn out.It remains to be seen though how many fans from neighbouring Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates will make it to Doha for the event.The three countries, along with Egypt, have enforced a boycott of Qatar since June 2017 and their citizens are technically banned from travelling to the peninsula state.The Riyadh-led coalition accuses Qatar of backing extremist groups and Iran, charges it denies — raising the spectre that politics could partially overshadow the athletics.Nonetheless Saudi will send three athletes, Egypt five, the UAE one, and Bahrain 21 competitors in total.Share on: WhatsApp Khalifa International StadiumDoha, Qatar | AFP | Qatar is preparing to welcome thousands of fans and competitors for the World Athletics Championships starting Friday, an event seen as a staging post towards the 2022 football World Cup.The 10-day event in the capital Doha will be a key test ahead of the football extravaganza in the gas-rich Gulf monarchy, although the track and field showcase will play out on a far smaller scale.World Cup organisers and football fans will be anxious to see if Qatar can overcome problems encountered at a recent World Cup qualifying fixture, stubborn Doha traffic and unfinished public transport to deliver a smooth championships.An ongoing diplomatic spat between Qatar and several neighbours could threaten to overshadow the competition, as well as possibly dent the numbers of spectators and competitors.This is how Qatar has prepared for the tournament in key areas:– Security –Qatari pro-government media has heavily publicised recent training exercises staged by the US FBI in Doha to equip Qatari officers with “crisis and disaster management” skills.The city was ranked the world’s second safest by CEOWORLD magazine last month behind Abu Dhabi, capital of regional rival the United Arab Emirates.However the Worlds hosts will be looking to avoid a repeat of chaotic scenes that played out during a World Cup qualifying fixture between Qatar and India earlier this month.Indian fans with tickets were unable to access the venue and a surge of fans attempted to storm the ground during half-time as security staff struggled to bring the situation under control.– Venues –Ahead of the opening ceremony, hundreds of volunteers were marshalled around Doha’s Khalifa stadium by police while technicians hoisted vast lighting rigs into place in the venue’s intricate lattice-work roof.Chief organiser Dahlan al-Hamad said at a recent sports integrity event in Doha that “Qatar is 100 percent ready for the championship — we are very excited”.The stadium, which will host most events, was first opened in 1976 but totally overhauled ahead of a relaunch in 2017 and has since successfully hosted Diamond League events.The city’s Corniche waterfront will be used for the marathon, being staged for the first time at midnight when the temperature will be lower. The route will also host the men’s and women’s 20 kilometre race walks and the mixed 50 kilometre race walk.last_img read more

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