With help, small island states ditch diesel for cheaper, cleaner energy

By Megan Rowling BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – After oil prices hit a record high in July 2008, the tiny Pacific nation of the Marshall Islands was forced to declare an economic emergency since around 90 percent of its energy needs were met by imported petroleum products. The fuel price shock was a major incentive for the low-lying island country to reduce its reliance on diesel and other fossil fuels, and expand renewable energy instead. Now 99 percent of lighting on its outer islands is powered by solar, street lamps and water pumps also run on the sun, and solar energy is being fed into the otherwise diesel-powered grids on the main urban islands.

UROS appoints Gerrit Jan Konijnenberg as CEO to speed-up affordable global roaming

• UROS invites Gerrit Jan Konijnenberg from Vodafone to take the position of group CEO
• The change will reinforce co-operation with mobile operators
• Goodspeed continues to offer fast and affordable mobile internet abroad

UROS, the provider of low-cost global data roaming solutions, announces the appointment of Gerrit Jan Konijnenberg as the new Group Chief Executive Officer. Gerrit Jan Konijnenberg joins UROS from a Senior Vice President position at Vodafone starting from 1st of September 2015.

The new CEO has a long history of success in telecoms and media marketing, sales and general management which is expected to strengthen UROS’ role in providing low-cost global roaming solutions to mobile network operators.

UROS, Uni-fi Roaming Solutions, was established 4 years ago with the vision to help international travellers combat excessive roaming charges. Now bill-shock free roaming is provided globally via the Goodspeed 4G mobile hotspot using UROS’ patented technology. The Goodspeed mobile hotspots are steered and monitored via the company’s global M2M platform and can carry multiple SIM cards, which can connect up to 15 devices via Wi-Fi to secure mobile networks around the world.

Currently corporates can purchase the solution directly from UROS or from the official Goodspeed distributors. The new CEO however sees mobile operators as the next opportunity for growth. Konijnenberg explains: “The amount of unconnected devices of travellers is growing, as well as their appetite for large data bundles. But there are many silent roamers who are not connected to a mobile network due to the fear of bill-shock or lack of connection availability. Via its propriety technology UROS enables Mobile Network Operators and MVNO’s to offer large daily bundles at low cost around the globe – a service that they often cannot offer themselves, due to complex and many times slow, billing record between the roaming and home networks. The latest version of the Goodspeed mobile hotspot has been launched in collaboration with ZTE this summer. With the new device, a 4G roaming experience is delivered to customers even without any 4G roaming capabilities needed from the mobile operators or MVNO’s in their home network!”

UROS founders Jyrki Hallikainen and Tommi Uhari are excited to see Gerrit Jan Konijnenberg join UROS: ”We’ve been looking for an international carrier executive who can help accelerate the company’s growth. We’re excited to have Gerrit Jan join the team and lead the company in its further global expansion with mobile network operators.” Tommi Uhari, who has been leading UROS as CEO until now, will continue as a company board member together with Chairman Jyrki Hallikainen.

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About UROS

UROS Ltd is the provider of low-cost global data roaming solutions with Goodspeed mobile hotspot enabling the service. Since the launch of Goodspeed in the autumn of 2012, UROS has rapidly expanded the service to cover Europe, U.S., Canada, Latin America, Russia, Asia, Australia and China with plans to expand the coverage even further. The company is headquartered in Oulu, Finland and made up of a seasoned and experienced team of mobile professionals. Other registered offices are located in Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the U.S. For more information on UROS visit uros.com, and on Goodspeed at goodspeed.io.

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Fiat experiments with 4×4 Ducato camper van

With help from several partners, the Fiat Ducato is ready to camp deep off grid

The Volkswagen Transporter may have a richer, more nostalgic history, but when it comes to modern-day camper vans, the Fiat Ducato is the reigning king of base vehicles. Fiat goes so far as to call it “the only base created to be a camper.” For this year’s Düsseldorf Caravan Salon, Fiat Professional teamed with the 4×4 specialists at Dangel to give the Ducato a bit more capability. The Ducato 4×4 Expedition Camper Show Van opens up new possibilities, letting the Ducato driver stake his overnight claim well off the beaten, paved track.

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8/31 CBS2 Tuesday Morning Weather Headlines

By Giorgio Panetta
CBS2 Chief Meteorologist/Weather Producer

Good Morning Everyone,

It’s a warm one for sure to start the day. We will start off in the 70s around metro NYC, the 60s elsewhere. Temps could climb nicely today into the low 90s in N.J., the upper 80s for the rest of us.

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Tomorrow will be close on the heat wave meter, we watch for a PM sea breeze to ensue. If if appends early we will not get a third or fourth day.

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Thursday is our best bet for storms as the front passes. We could also really crank up some warm temps. I’m talking mid 90s for early September!

Check back in soon for the Labor Day forecast.

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Manchester United Transfer News: Marcos Rojo Bust-Up Claims, Keylor Navas Latest

Reports have surfaced claiming Manchester United’s Marcos Rojo could find his Old Trafford future in doubt following a clash with manager Louis van Gaal, but the Red Devils may still sign Real Madrid stopper Keylor Navas.

Rojo is yet to feature for United this season after struggling to attain full fitness following Argentina’s Copa America campaign. The defender told ESPN Radio of a previous bust-up with Van Gaal, adding offers have come in for his signature, per the Daily Mail‘s Dominic King:

“I have received offers but my idea is to stay here [United] and fight for a position because it is a great club. I’ll try to play as much as possible. I talked to Van Gaal when I returned and was upset by everything that had happened, but he said he was counting on me.”

The news will come as a shock to those at Old Trafford after Rojo established himself as one of United’s superior options at centre-back following a £16 million switch from Sporting Lisbon last summer.

FourFourTwo‘s Sam Pilger dubbed it “inconceivable” the Argentina defender could leave the club after only 12 months in England, though King mentioned Valencia as one of the outfits interested in his services:

The 25-year-old made 22 Premier League appearances for the Red Devils in his maiden campaign with the club, but a 60-minute display for the club’s under-21s against Ajax last Thursday has been his only involvement this term.

King added that Rojo was fined £140,000 earlier this summer for missing United’s pre-season tour due to passport issues, but Samuel Luckhurst of the Manchester Evening News described his fitness issues as “unacceptable”:

Daley Blind and Chris Smalling have emerged as the centre-back pairing of choice in Rojo’s absence this season, while Jonny Evans recently completed a move to West Bromwich Albion to shorten options in central defence.

That departure makes a Rojo exit that much more unlikely considering the club was left short-handed in that area at the beginning of the 2014-15 campaign.

With no centre-back replacement in sight, Van Gaal may be forced to look past his unfortunate encounter with the player and persevere with Rojo if United are to make the most of their 2015-16 season.


Keylor Navas Deal Hangs in the Balance

Despite David De Gea’s Manchester United departure ultimately collapsing at the 11th hour of the Spanish transfer deadline, Real’s Navas may yet make the move to Old Trafford on Tuesday.

Spanish newspaper Marca explained De Gea’s £29 million move to the Bernabeu didn’t go through after the Spanish Professional League failed to receive all necessary paperwork on time.

However, the Premier League deadline doesn’t pass until 6 p.m. BST on Tuesday, leaving United with sufficient time to make a move for Navas should they still seek his talents.

James Ducker of the Times confirmed Navas may still make his exit from the Spanish capital, adding that United remain convinced the De Gea sale did in fact go through on time:

Pete Jenson, Simon Jones and Adam Crafton of the Daily Mail reported the cash value of the deal as £19 million, with £10 million-rated Navas moving to Manchester for an overall transfer value of £29 million.

Old Trafford fans may have mourned the loss of such a talented stopper, but BBC Sport’s Andy West hailed the pedigree of Real’s Costa Rica No. 1, who he proclaimed is deserving of a new opportunity to star:

It would be difficult to envision the deal coming to fruition without De Gea making his move to the Bernabeu, while United may also be adamant to stick with Sergio Romero if De Gea were to remain.

Van Gaal now faces a dilemma in whether to bring De Gea back into the fold for what’s likely to be the last stretch of his United career or look to the future in promoting another of the club’s stoppers.

Young Jeezy Shares New Track “God,” Writes Letter Addressing Current Affairs

Young Jeezy came roaring back with a vengeance today. He managed to accomplish many things at once: announce plans for a new album due out in November, release its first single titled “God,” and pen a letter detailing the social injustices he and others have faced as a black men in America. The rapper then explained a recent image of a black cat and cross-adorned door that appeared on his Instagram account, saying “You see the black cat is something we’ve always associated with bad luck and evil…The truth is if you see a cat walking as if it has a destination, it more than likely is following its own path. The question is are you following yours?”

The scathing document ends with Jeezy hinting that his commentary on the matter is “To Be Continued… Friday, November 13th,” likely the date in which his yet-to-be-named album will be released. Check out “God” below, which features production from Atlanta compatriots TM88 and Southside.

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Former UFC Fighter Chris Leben Sentenced to 120 Days in Jail After Guilty Plea

Former UFC middleweight and veteran of The Ultimate Fighter season 1 Chris Leben has been sentenced to 120 days in jail. The news was first reported by MMAWeekly.com.

The sentence was handed down for charges stemming from incidents in June involving Leben and his ex-wife, Kaleena Leben. Leben allegedly attempted to break into his ex-wife’s apartment on June 8, banging on the door before trying to scale the building’s balconies, per NBC San Diego. Afterwards, an M16 assault rifle was discovered in the building.

These events resulted in a slew of charges, including felony possession of an assault weapon and 11 counts of violating a court order, per MMAWeekly.com. While he initially denied the allegations and claimed to have been a victim of Kaleena’s abuse, he would plead guilty to three charges on August 4, per MMAFighting.com.

Leben became a fan favorite following a tumultuous run on the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter. That exposure led to a 22-fight UFC career, which included 12 wins over the likes of Patrick Cote, Wanderlei Silva and Yoshihiro Akiyama. He retired from MMA in 2013 following a four-fight losing skid. 

While The Crippler had a largely successful MMA career, he often found himself struggling outside the cage. Leben was twice arrested on charges of driving under the influence, and twice failed drug tests during his fighting career (once for stanozolol and once for banned painkillers).

In addition to the 120 days in jail, Leben also faces three years of probation. According to MMAWeekly.com, he will report to jail on September 21, where he will stay for 30 days. From there, he will serve another 30 days on work furlough (which allows him to leave jail during the day to work, while returning at night), and will then be eligible for probation based on good behavior.

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