Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndoMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoFinancial 10NHL Player’s Wife Is Hands Down The Most Beautiful Woman In The WorldFinancial 10UndoZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldUndoTotal PastJohn Wick Stuntman Reveals The Truth About Keanu ReevesTotal PastUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoNoteableyFaith Hill’s Daughter Is Probably The Prettiest Woman In The WorldNoteableyUndoPaws ZillaLily From The AT&T Ads Is Causing A Stir For One ReasonPaws ZillaUndomoneycougar.comDiana’s Butler Reveals Why Harry Really Married Meghanmoneycougar.comUndo Thursday 6 December 2018 2:55 pm whatsapp Thomas Cook shares plummet further as volatile travel firm’s misery continues During a turbulent few weeks Thomas Cook has seen its shares fall to their lowest level since 2013.Last week Thomas Cook issued its third profit warning of the year, blaming the hot British summer for its lethargic results. Investor fear is also mounting over the company’s net debt of £389m.Shares had bounced back 50 per cent yesterday after chairman Frank Meysman bought more than £80,000 of shares in the company.The spike also came as Moody’s downgraded its corporate family rating to B2 from B1 and changed its outlook to negative from stable.But there has been no let up for the beleaguered company as shares plunged again today to 29.84p. Stuart Gordon, senior analyst at Berenberg, said yesterday’s spike was likely to be an exception in a general downward trend for the firm.He noted that yields and bonds had stayed “stubbornly high” despite the equity rise, saying this may have contributed to today’s fall. More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org Tags: Trading Archive whatsapp Share James Warrington Shares in Thomas Cook tumbled more than 13 per cent today as the travel agency reels from profit warnings and debt concerns.The fall wipes out gains made yesterday, when the company clawed back recent losses of nearly 60 per cent.
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Twitter Pike of RushallAre you finding yourself at a crossroads in life? Well then why not head to the crossroads in the Pike of Rushall and take the plunge.And if your other half says yes, you can head to any number of counties to celebrate. While if they say no, the getaway-quickly options are plentiful. Outside Supermac’sOutside Supermac’s. A place where true love first blossomed. Or where many a romance fizzled out before it got off the ground at all. There’s no doubting Supermac’s will have played a part in many a romance and for some a return to one of Portlaoise’s most romantic spots may be just the ideal place to get down on one knee and ask that question. As Christmas approaches, here’s 20 of the best places to propose in Laois Heywood GardensIf you’re one of the Heywood couples who refuses to get engaged in Culahill Community Centre (snobs) then Heywood Gardens may be the perfect place for you.The eighteenth-century romantic landscape consists of gardens, lakes, woodland and architectural features that will be sure to sweep your loved one off their feet. Twitter Top Square after a night outNot unlike the old premises of Club 23, the Top Square after a night out can bring back fond memories of all the times spent there before.Your romantic proposal outside of Mezza Pizza might be halted by the odd brawl or two, or by teenage girls screaming about how cold they are, and swarming towards one fool who has made the rookie error of showing his pizza to the world, but it’s the thought that counts. It’s coming up to that special time of year.Children laughing and singing, joy everywhere. As couples come into the festive season, it might be just the right time to pick the perfect ring and pop that question.Anyone you know dragging their feet? Perhaps they just need a subtle reminder, or some inspirition as to where to propose.That is why we at LaoisToday have compiled this list of some of the best places to propose around the county. We were inspired by the brilliant piece from the team in Gerry Browne Jewellers advising lads on how to pick the engagement ring on their own!There’s no need to be getting fancy and jetting off to New York or Paris or swanky hotels around the country – we have all that on our doorstep and a whole lot more too.Some of these places are so breathtakingly romantic that your partner will simply have to say yes. Others places, not so much, but it’s the thought that counts.Without further ado, we present 20 of the best places to propose in Laois. Rock of DunamaseWhere else would you want to get down on one knee but the most picturesque place in Laois?You can follow in the footsteps of Ireland’s most powerful couple in the 12th century – Strongbow and Aoife.When Isabel, the daughter of Strongbow and Aoife, wed William Marshal, Earl of Pembroke, the Dunamase was given as part of her marriage’s wedding gift.Despite being later destroyed, the remains leave a magical setting overlooking most of Laois where they’ll have to say yes. Premises of Club 23Where better to propose than the first night you met your future husband or wife to be across the sweaty dancefloor while John O’Loughlin blared Maniac 2000 in the DJ booth?Relive the days of Enda Norton saying ‘Not tonight lads’ and stumbling outside with the masses of 500 people plus is search of a kehab or bag of chips after a night on the tiles while trying to collect the friends you’ve lost along the way. The fountain in Laois Shopping CentreAh, the fountain in Laois Shopping Centre – reminiscent of teenage days meeting up for ‘dates’ with a group of 10 or so people.Why not propose to your loved one as children lean over to look at coins among the pensioners sitting down for a rest? It will be a gesture they remember forever. Facebook Glenbarrow Waterfall in the Slieve Bloom mountainsThe gentle rolling hills of the The Slieve Bloom Mountains may be one of the least explored in Ireland. Enjoy this picturesque, peaceful, and gloriously multi-coloured amenity as you plan your future vows.Nestled among the mountains is Glenbarrow Waterfall, the perfect quaint and picturesque location to plan a truly romantic proposal. TAGSCullohillHeywood gardensRomance. Emo CourtSupermacs WhatsApp WhatsApp Community Pinterest Grantstown Lake, BallacollaPicture the scene. It is a lovely summer’s day and you’ve taken a trip with your other half out to the lake in Grantstown.You head out on a stroll, taking in all the flora and fauna at your disposal before all of a sudden a ring is produced for your finger. And if you’re really lucky, Laois Cathaoirleach John King – who is an incredible singer – might even be around to serenade the pair of you as you start the next chapter of your lives.Mountmellick Christmas TreeUnder the Christmas tree in MountmellickOnce described as the greatest Christmas Tree in all of Europe, the Mountmellick one is a sight to behold when it is lit up in all of its glory.And we reckon you wouldn’t see a more magical scene than your other half down on one knee in front of the flash and sparkle of the tree.Old Mines in WolfhillThe Old Mines in WolfhillBack in April, we brought you the news that Ed Sheeran was set to play an intimate gig on the site of the old coal mines in Wolfhill. That was an Aprill Fools joke that did catch out a lot of people – but it did get us thinking about what else you could do. And if the person you propose to says no, you can always push them into the mines and they’ll never be seen again – WE ARE JOKING DO NOT DO THAT. O’Moore ParkYou often see it in America at baseball and basketball games, so why couldn’t it work here?Picture the scene – it is half time and the Laois footballers are defeating Offaly. All of a sudden your other half is standing in the centre of the pitch with a microphone in their hand professing their undying love for you and asking for your hand in marriage. How could you say no?SEE ALSO – A list of powerful GAA women operating in a man’s worldSEE ALSO – The best places for Laois people to find love back in the day Round Tower in TimahoeThe Round Tower in Timahoe is one of the most iconic landmarks in Laois and it is also a real tourist attraction.But under the Tower itself seems as good a place as any to propose and if you are lucky, Mr Timahoe Roghan Haedon may even be there to celebrate the moment with his bagpipes. Home We Are Laois A Bit of Fun As Christmas approaches, here’s 20 of the best places to propose in… We Are LaoisA Bit of Fun Facebook By LaoisToday Reporter – 7th December 2018 Council Ballyfin DemenseIf you’re feeling a bit flush and fancy spoiling your loved one, there’s no better place than Ballyfin House.Take a walk by the lake, or enjoy an eight-course meal in the luxury of one of the world’s best hotel settled amongst this quite corner of county Laois.The once a stately home of the landed gentry, your future husband and wife will be in awe of your efforts to propose there. As their partner, you will be admired for your spending for your proposal. As their spouse, you will be killed for it. Cullohill Community CentreCulohill Community Centre – home to the famous, or infamous, Culohill Disco.Hundreds of teenagers swarmed to the community centre on the Laois border in search of the shift, and if you didn’t get the shift in Culahill well then you were doing it all wrong.Bring your future betrothed to the back wall, or the smoking area of years gone by, and watch them wipe a tear from their eye as they say ‘yes’ to the place where you first shifted to the rhythm of Basshunter’s ‘Now You’re Gone’. Oisin Park in KilleshinThis is one of the most beautiful places in Laois.Oisin Park has stunning views over the valley of the River Barrow and on a clear day, you can see the Wicklow Mountains. If your other half says yes, there is a dancing table there too which means you can have a celebratory jig on the lovely wooden floor. Durrow Scarecrow FestivalThe Durrow Scarecrow Festival’s popularity is enormous and if they had a successful proposal – it would soar even further.And perhaps even the big fella pictured above might do the honours? Pinterest Emo Court This neo-classical mansion is the perfect place to profess your love to your future spouse.Exlpore the grounds and enjoy the beautiful 18th century gardens and parklands surrounding the house and use that as an excuse as to why you’re sweating profusely before you pop perhaps the biggest question of your life. Enjoy! The Canal in VicarstownWhy not go for a canoodle in a canoe in the canal?Vicarstown’s canal is a real hive of activity with the canoeing club now in full swing. And if your other half says yes, you can rent and canoe and paddle down the Sean’s Bar in Fisherstown to celebrate. Previous articleLaois festive gathering raising funds for an incredible local boyNext articleSharp shooter Williams crushes Heywood’s North Leinster final dreams LaoisToday Reporter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Community Electric PicnicAh the Electric Picnic, where many a love story has blossomed. Take your time near the waltzers in the Jimmy Hendrix campsite, or while exploring the offerings of Body and Soul.It’s probably best to do it on day one of the festival, before the setting goes from picturesque to something out of the Walking Dead on day three of camping in a second-hand tent.Local lore claims that Colm ‘Woolly’ Parkinson met girlfriend Itxi Saila Ferrer, and if one of Laois’s most high profile pundits can express his love here – then so can you. 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RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest The service can also provide pathways to other accredited courses on completion of a community education course.More information is available on www.loetb.ie/community-educationThe Facebook page is www.facebook.com/Laois-and-Offaly-ETB-Community-Education and well worth a look to get some practical gardening tips, learn how to paint a landscape, learn some needlework crafts or simply enjoy a browse and look at what is available.So, if you have an idea for a community education course/project that can support people in your area during this crisis and you would like more information, please email [email protected] or call 087 9573654 for Laois and 085 805 4579 for Offaly.SEE ALSO – The list of underlying conditions most likely to result in ICU if you get Coronavirus Pinterest Do you have an idea for a Community Education Project? Get in touch with LOETB Previous articleLaois man breaks Guinness World Record with Do It For Dan challengeNext articleStar-studded line-up for this week’s Late Late Show announced LaoisToday Reporter WhatsApp Like many services, Covid19 has presented some challenges for the Community Education Service with Laois and Offaly Education and Training Board (LOETB).One of the ways the service is trying to stay connected with groups and organisation is by putting up short online tutorials/demonstrations on their Facebook Page which is proving to be very popular.They have tutorials on art, cookery, woodwork, needlework and also a tutorial on Zoom and how it works.Brian Burke, Horticulturist with LOETB and judge on RTE’s Super Garden, is putting up two-minute tutorials on how to start a vegetable patch in the smallest of areas. This week they will also have some hair care tutorials.The service is now calling on groups/organisations or individuals who have community education project/course ideas to get in touch with them.They are particularly interested in projects which focus on staying connected through remote or online learning and initiatives focusing on health and wellbeing.The Community Education Service is part of LOETB’s Further Education and Training Service and works with not-for-profit Community and Voluntary Groups across Laois and Offaly to provide courses for adults.Priority for courses is given to people who face acute barriers to taking part in education: older people, people experiencing disadvantage, people with disabilities, ethnic minority groups, unemployed, carers and groups providing community education in areas where adults do not have easy access to education services. By LaoisToday Reporter – 7th May 2020 Electric Picnic Home News Community Do you have an idea for a Community Education Project? Get in touch… NewsCommunity Twitter Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role WhatsApp Facebook News Facebook Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date TAGSLOETB Twitter Electric Picnic Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival
North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China News Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest Daily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Head of the Jagang Provincial People’s Committee Kim Tok Hunhas been promoted to vice premier of North Korea’s cabinet, Chosun Central NewsAgency announced on the 30th. Kim is thought to have held a managerial position at the Taean Heavy Machine Works Industrial Complex beforeemerging as a delegate of the Supreme People’s Assembly in September,2003. Since Kim Jong Il’s death in late 2011, Kim has been referred to a number of times in North Korean media as the head ofthe Jagang Provincial People’s Committee.This appointment brings the total number of cabinet vice premiers to five. The others are Ro TuChol, Ri Mu Yong, Kim Yong Jin and Ri Chol Man. As the executive branch of the state, the cabinet is largelyresponsible for implementing economic policy. It is also in charge of overseeing the local People’s Committees. News Fifth Cabinet Vice Premier Appointed By Daily NK – 2014.05.01 11:01am SHARE Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak News
Home Industry News Releases Rachel Collier Joins Ancient Peaks Winery as VP of National AccountsIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessRachel Collier Joins Ancient Peaks Winery as VP of National AccountsBy Press Release – February 7, 2017 77 0 Linkedin Email AdvertisementSanta Margarita, CA—Ancient Peaks Winery today announced that Rachel Collier has been named VP of National Accounts, a new position charged with growing the winery’s national accounts and corporate retail business.Collier comes to Ancient Peaks Winery from The Henry Wine Group, where she worked for the past 20 years, most recently as the VP of corporate sales. The Henry Wine Group is Ancient Peaks Winery’s California distributor.“Personally and professionally, we have long held Rachel in the highest regard,” said Amanda Wittstrom-Higgins, VP of operations at Ancient Peaks Winery. “Rachel’s depth of experience as a management executive, leader and trainer is exactly what we need to take our corporate sales to the next level.”Said Collier, “I am thrilled to be working with such a high-quality team and excited to further develop their rapidly growing brand.”Added winery co-proprietor Karl Wittstrom, “Rachel Collier is a true professional and we are very excited to have someone of her caliber of on our team. Rachel’s confidence in our brand and company, in and of itself, represents a proud moment for Ancient Peaks.”Ancient Peaks Winery’s estate Margarita Vineyard is the southernmost vineyard in the Paso Robles region, located just 14 miles from the Pacific Ocean in the Santa Margarita Ranch AVA. The vineyard occupies one of Paso Robles’ coolest growing environments and spans a rare diversity of soils, resulting in wines that are known for their rich flavors, inherent balance and vivid sense of place.“Our national retail prospects have grown thanks to the distinctive quality of our wines and the efforts of our team,” Wittstrom-Higgins said. “This has created a need for someone with Rachel’s skill set who can expertly manage and maximize our opportunities across the United States.”Wittstrom-Higgins added, “We hold The Henry Wine Group in great esteem. They were our first distributor and have been a fantastic partner. Rachel and I and everyone here at Ancient Peaks look forward to working even more closely with them and to forging many more successful years together.”Ancient Peaks is a family-owned winery specializing in wines from our sustainably farmed estate Margarita Vineyard in Paso Robles on California’s Central Coast. Margarita Vineyard stands alone as the southernmost vineyard in the Paso Robles AVA, nestled into the rugged Santa Lucia Mountain Range just 14 miles from the Pacific Ocean. The name Ancient Peaks honors the tall peaks surrounding Margarita Vineyard, which were forged by the collision of the coastal plates. Over time, these same geologic forces blessed us with five distinct soil zones—ancient sea bed, rocky alluvium, shale, volcanic and granitic—that bring natural complexity to our wines. Our tasting room is located in Santa Margarita. Visit www.AncientPeaks.com for more information.Advertisement TAGSAncient Peaks WinerypeopleRachel Collier Twitter Pinterest Share ReddIt Facebook Previous articleRutherford Roots Run Deep at Rutherford Dust Society’s Annual Meeting and DinnerNext articleV2 Wine Group and Donati Family Vineyard Announce a Sales and Marketing Agreement Press Release
May 27, 2021 By Jim Ash Senior Editor News in Photos YLD hosts Health and Wellness Olympics Adam WhiteThe Young Lawyers Division has a winning strategy to get “Type A” legal personalities to focus on their wellbeing — a competition.As 400 registered participants in the Health and Wellness Olympics near the May 27 finish line, YLD President Adam White is ready to declare mission accomplished.“This initiative was a great success,” he said. “And we hope to take what we learned this year and build upon the initiative to make it even better in the years to come.”Marianne CurtisThe goal is to promote health and wellness and advance a broader YLD mission to destigmatize mental health in the profession, one that Florida Bar President Dori Foster-Morales has long championed, said Miami attorney and YLD board member Marianne Curtis.“It’s been a really encouraging and fulfilling experience to watch different lawyers across the state engage with each other, and get good friendly rivalries going,” she said. “We even had judges sign up as a judge team, and they’re doing awesome.”Kayla RichmondCurtis and YLD board member Kayla Richmond, a Ft. Myers attorney, co-chair the committee responsible for the project .“We’re proud of all those who participated and hope that it keeps gaining traction, and lawyers continue to put their health and wellness at the forefront of their lives,” Richmond said.After the April 1 kickoff, the event quickly caught fire on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, Curtis said.Registration was open to all Florida Bar members in good standing, and after it closed April 15, the committee logged 400 registered participants, with 300 actively posting their progress through the “IncentFit” app available on the YLD Health and Wellness Olympics website. The website also explains the rules and scoring system.In a video message, Richmond explains how easy it has been for many competitors to keep score.“I have a Garmin watch, so I don’t have to actually report anything, it just uploads to the app from my watch,” she said.Competitors registered as either individuals or as affiliates.One of the challenges for the 10-member committee was to encourage health and wellness activities that any Bar member could accomplish. They range from the physical, such as basketball, hiking and biking, to the cerebral, such as meditation, counseling, and healthy eating.“You could get points for attending a health and wellness CLE, too,” Curtis said. “And the fun part about it was, there was also a social media campaign to everything, where we had ‘#YLDMotionGranted.’”Winners will be announced via social media May 28. Prizes include affiliate grants and Garmin watches, Curtis said.But Curtis noted in her video message that in a health and wellness competition, everyone is a winner.“This is going to be an opportunity for us to encourage and inspire each other to make sure that we know that we are not alone in putting our health and wellness as a priority,” she said. “But I can’t forget to mention that bragging rights are on the line.”
By News Highland – April 24, 2019 Pinterest Google+ Facebook Twitter Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Clady Issue of pay inequality for teachers ‘unfinished business’, says Minister WhatsApp 45 new social homes to be built in Dungloe Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction WhatsApp Google+ AudioHomepage BannerNews Previous articleGAA urged to revoke proposed ban on Naomh Colmcille ClubNext articleCouncil endeavours to address water issues at local housing estate News Highland Fianna Fail is calling on the Education Minister to bring in a timeline for the introduction of pay parity for newly qualified teachers.Yesterday, Minister McHugh told the INTO conference the issue of pay is ‘unfinished business’.Meanwhile, he told the ASTI convention he was hopeful the issue of pay equality will be addressed by the next round of pay talks.Fianna Fail education spokesperson Thomas Byrne says Minister McHugh needs to show he’s not just buying time with his remarks:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/byhjghjghjgrne10.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Donegal hoteliers enjoy morale boost as bookings increase RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Pinterest Twitter Harps come back to win in Waterford
Tweet ← NATO Headquarters Internship Programme LinkedIn 0 Deadline: 10 April 2013Open to: Internationally, to any woman over 18 years oldGrant: $500.00 to $1000.00 USDDescriptionThe Anita Borg Systers Pass-It-On (PIO) Awards honor Anita Borg’s desire to create a network of technical women helping one another. The cash awards, funded by donations from the Systers Online Community, are intended as means for women established in technological fields to support women seeking their place in the fields of technology. The program is called “Pass-It-On” because it comes with the moral obligation to “pass on” the benefits gained from the award.EligibilityPass-it-on Award applications are open to any woman over 18 years old in or aspiring to be in the fields of computing. Awards are open to women in all countries. GrantPrizes range from $500.00 to $1000.00 USD. Applications covering a wide variety of needs and projects are encouraged, such as:Small amount to help with studies, job transfers or other transitions in life.A broader project that benefits girls and women.Projects that seek to inspire more girls and women to go into the computing field.Assistance with educational fees and materials.Partial funding source for larger scholarship.Mentoring and other supportive groups for women in technology or computing.Application procedureInterested candidates can apply online here. The deadline for application is 10 April 2013!More information can be obtained from the official page of the program. YO!Fest – LoveYouthFuture Video/Photography Competition → Pocket Pass-It-On Awards Program for Women April 4, 2013 Published by turpis +1 Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Reddit Similar Stories Share 0
Interview: Speaking off-grid with PhaesunTobias Zwirner, MD of Phaesun GmbH, talks to pv magazine about last month’s Off-Grid Experts Workshop, held in Memmingen, Germany, between September 25-26. October 2, 2015 Ian Clover Markets Markets & Policy Share The World Speaks Off-Grid: the slogan that accompanied this years Off-Grid Experts Workshop co-organized between Phaesun and Steca Electronik with Studer Innotec, SolarWorld and Morningstar as event partners encapsulated the high-level discussions had by the 450 experts drawn from all over the world. There were 35 expert lectures held across the two days, covering everything from system sizing and monitoring technology to business model innovation and learning to work with the challenges posed by the solar markets own travails. In between these lectures were a number of interactive workshops, 40 exhibitors and an endless stream of impromptu gatherings that highlighted just how complex and compassionate the sector is. Tobias Zwirner, managing director of event organizer Phaesun, shared his thoughts on this years event with pv magazine. pv magazine: What were the chief headlines to emerge from the Off-Grid Experts Workshop this year?Tobias: The main feedback from 2013 from the manufacturers, exhibitors and some of the guests was the suggestion to hold the workshop every two years. We have a relatively high proportion of African guests and it is quite an effort for many, in terms of visas, logistics and costs, to attend every year. Their suggestion then was to run the event every two years, and this has allowed us more time to develop different formats and generate new ideas. It has ensured a more relaxed show for everybody involved. For every workshop we develop a specific motto this years slogan was The World Speaks Off-Grid. In that regard, this year we created a speech bubble platform where everybody was able to give their opinion about their experiences or advice in the off-grid business. So I suppose the main headlines to emerge from the workshop were concerned with solar PV, wind and hydropower for rural electrification, and solar water supply in the industrial and leisure sectors. What have been the key motivations behind this years Workshop?For the off-grid market, there is really no event that fits well specifically to this sector. EU PVSEC or Intersolar, the major events, are really big, so for the off-grid niche suppliers they are often scattered in the halls at these events and can be difficult to locate and engage with. Since a lot of on-grid solar players disappeared from the market, Solar Promotion has tried to group all of the off-grid players together, but even then we find that guests at these events are always in a rush. Off-Grid is too complex a topic to inform visitors to the booth in just 15 minutes. This is why we decided in 2010 to start our own event where the guests are filtered experts, and they have two days in a relaxed atmosphere to exchange all their knowledge and opinions. This is, and has always been, our motivation. How have technological advances over the past year played a part in moving the show forward?We have seen that off-grid solar technology fits much more closely to off-grid water and wind power than it does to grid-connected solar technology. There is also a trend in the development of complete or ready-made kits for the independent power supply, supported by more developments in the LED technology, which fits well in terms of the complete kits. There was also a trend to identify for kits with larger solar generators (above the Pico PV range) as well as we can see additionally a development towards much larger hybrid systems and more sophisticated system monitoring, which is ever more important in the off-grid sector. Based on feedback and responses from the Workshop, how important and complementary will improvements in storage and energy management software prove in the near future?Storage has always been the core of most off-grid systems, water pumping aside. But since solar module prices have fallen a lot, storage is now the most expensive portion of the off-grid solution, and this is where we are seeing development. There is now a wider variety in storage development, particularly with different lithium technologies. Price-wise, the older technologies are still dependent upon the price of lead, but lithium is the newer option for off-grid, and we are seeing already a price drop in lithium technology. And of course, monitoring technologies are becoming increasingly important, and there has been a definite improvement in these platforms. What were the key takeaways from Session 1b on day one: off-grid and grid-connected energy existing side-by-side?The major topics have been applications in the leisure market, including infrastructural topics such as street lighting and other illuminations outside, in the public space. Traffic was also a major topic, and for us the off-grid connect was very important. This is our only connection to the grid it is grid parallel, it uses solar technology, and is more or less back up of the grid, supported by solar energy. It is most useful in regions with a weak grid, guaranteeing a continuous power supply, and you see it in cities in Africa and South America. The issue of system sizing was addressed in a training session on the first day. Could you talk a little about that session, and explain why it is so important to size systems correctly?This proved a highly interesting topic that attracted a number of different presentations. System sizing was one of the main presentation sessions, but it was also a popular topic at the speakers corner where guests were able to spontaneously give a presentation. Once these off-grid systems have become complex and customized, they must fit individual needs on energy, which can be as individual as humans themselves. There is a huge need for accurate system sizing, so we saw the development of really good system sizing tools. These tools are mainly a software platform; you have a checklist, list all your loads, calculate the kWh in total, enter all of the necessary parameters and the software can calculate just how large or small you need to make the system. This topic is always popular, and this year was no exception. Off-grid experts are always interested in improved software and easier handling of system performance. Can you describe what business model innovations were discussed during Sessions 4b on day two?We have seen that the typical rural electrification developments funded by donors have failed over the last few years because donations based on gifts are counter-productive. All you achieve is that people get addicted to these gifts, and donations become like drugs you are just addicting the recipients to the next set of gifts. It takes away initiative from the local people. There is now a new trend, which we call BOSS Business Opportunities with Solar Systems, where donations can be used as initial finance. This way you support entrepreneurs who can then pay back in installments initial investments that they receive, either from donors or micro-finance institutes. There we developed a lot of ideas, but the target is also there to give an initial idea as data for local entrepreneurs to develop their own business models. There have been big initiatives from GIZ, and even in the Alliance for Rural Electrification we have that as a main topic the need to give local entrepreneurs opportunities. With all these refugees coming to Europe, it makes it the message of why we need to give local people opportunities by supporting entrepreneurs who are responsible for local development in rural areas ever more important. Without them, these regions see no business development. Do your guests from Africa bring ideas with them to the workshop, and if so, are these ideas taken on board?Yes. The conversation now is more of a dialogue and process of cooperation than it ever was. GIZ has long been working in Africa with great success, so the focus is more a new cooperative way to support the local initiatives, and focus more on getting local initiatives started, and the European guys can support this rather than going there like missionaries this approach always fails. It was great to see at the workshop how well these exchanges are working between different cultures and practices etc. With all these subsidies in the on-grid market there was a big hype, but the subsidies had that same drug-like effect visitors to the major shows would be completely addicted, and once people are addicted, the reaction is that there is no creativity any longer. That is missing in the on-grid sector because many companies became paralyzed once this happened. So how has the off-grid sector been more proactive in this space?It was never subsidized, simply. All the drivers have been there from the beginning; it forces us to do our best to work in an unsubsidized, natural market. Our enemy is the donation culture, which damages the natural order and the efforts of entrepreneurs. Slowly we see that the small investments from the past are now growing. How are innovations in solar PV technology going to support the off-grid sectors development?There are specific developments that are only for the off-grid sector. One of the winners of the Off Grid Experts Awards was the Universal Electricity Dispenser, which is a specific off-grid invention. We also see development in the plug and play solutions in the off-grid sector. We have some packages that are above Pico PV, so it is more or less the next step towards systems with a higher energy supply. In the past, these systems have been called solar home systems based on plug and play solutions, and are similar to Pico PV in that respect. We also see these monitoring systems that can work with different components from a whole range of suppliers, putting all system information into one IP software that shows the user a better overview of how their system is performing. Now you have had time to reflect on the workshop, what developments are you most looking forward to seeing in the off-grid sector next year?Beside Pico PV on one side and mini or micro grids on the other side a lot of developments will go into the productive use sector. One major topic will thus be BOSS, definitely, and also the monitoring sector will continue to evolve. We will also see a comeback of the classical solar home systems as plug and play products, with a bigger solar generator and more energy for the user.Popular content Enabling aluminum in batteries Mark Hutchins 27 April 2021 pv-magazine.com Scientists in South Korea and the UK demonstrated a new cathode material for an aluminum-ion battery, which achieved impressive results in both speci… ITRPV: Large formats are here to stay Mark Hutchins 29 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The 2021 edition of the International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaics (ITRPV) was published today by German engineering association VDMA. 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