Ireland on course to plant less than half of Government's promised 22 million trees to confront climate emergency
Ireland on course to plant less than half of Government's promised 22 million trees to confront climate emergencyGreen Party leader Eamon Ryan slammed the failure to hit the target which was included in an action plan published in June.
© Stephen Collins/Collins Photos Tanaiste Simon Coveney
The deal was announced as Coveney visited the North Gaza Wastewater Treatment Plant (NGEST). Coveney stated that poor drinking water was the leading cause of child mortality in Gaza , and that Irish funding would help provide a steady supply of electricity, in light of Gaza ’s critical energy
Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney T.D., announces funding of € 8 . 8 m for construction of solar plant in Gaza . Gaza has a critical energy shortage, which means that it is particularly difficult to power water treatment facilities. I am pleased, therefore, today to announce a
The Government has announced it is investing €8.8 million into construction of a solar power plant to treat contaminated water in Gaza. Ireland will fund the building of a 7.5 megawatt plant that will provide energy to the NGEST wastewater treatment plant in the north of the region. Some 97% of Gaza’s natural water supply is unfit for human consumption, by World Health Organisation (WHO) standards.
Ongoing electricity shortages in Gaza also mean that residents only have access to electricity for around 12 hours a day and big installations use diesel fuel to power generators. Once completed, this project will provide for the full energy needs of NGEST and any excess power will be distributed to other water and wastewater facilities throughout northern and central Gaza.
‘Bleak’ U.N. Report on a Planet in Peril Looms Over New Climate Talks
With world leaders gathering in Madrid next week for their annual bargaining session over how to avert a climate catastrophe, the latest assessment issued by the United Nations said Tuesday that greenhouse gas emissions are still rising dangerously. “The summary findings are bleak,” said the annual assessment, which is produced by the United Nations Environment Program and is formally known as the Emissions Gap Report. Countries have failed to halt the rise of greenhouse gas emissions despite repeated warnings from scientists, with China and the United States, the two biggest polluters, further increasing their emissions last year.
The water resources of Palestine are fully controlled by Israel and the division of groundwater is subject to provisions in the Oslo II Accord. Generally, the water quality is considerably worse in the Gaza strip when compared to the West Bank.
4 Concentrated solar power . 5 Solar water heating. 6 Government incentives. 7 Controversy. A large part of the solar power capacity installed in China is in form of large PV power plants in the west part 100 MW in Gansu by SETC Tianjin. 1,000 MW in Qinghai by Lion International Investment Ltd.
The French Development Agency, the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), will partner with Ireland on this project, which will also use treated water to irrigate 1,500 hectares of farmland. Some of the land used for the solar plant lies within a military buffer zone imposed by Israel and this project will be the first time that land in the area has been made available for infrastructure.
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Jan. 1: Austria legalizes same-sex marriage
Deeming all existing laws discriminatory, the Constitutional Court of Austria legalized marriage between same-sex couples. In doing so, Austria joined several other European nations such as Germany, France and Spain. Prior to this, same-sex couples in the country were only allowed to enter legal partnerships but not get married.
Iraq's prime minister to resign after day of deadly violence
Iraq's prime minister has announced that he is resigning in the wake of deadly anti-government protests. © Imagebridge Adel Abdul-Mahdi will offer his resignation Adel Abdul-Mahdi's announcement was broadcast on Iraq's state television, just over a year after he took office.It comes a day after more than 40 protesters were killed by Iraqi security forces, and hours after the country's top Shia cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, called for a change in leadership.Ayatollah Al-Sistani also warned of civil war amid the violence in the country's southern provinces.
Solar power in Switzerland has been growing rapidly in recent years due to declining system costs and a feed-in tariff instituted by the Swiss government . In 2013, cumulative capacity increased by 69% to 730 megawatts (MW) and contributed 544 GWh or 0.8% of the countries net-electricity production.
Many nations have installed significant solar power capacity into their electrical grids to supplement or provide an alternative to conventional energy sources.
(Pictured) Revelers participate in the EuroPride event in Vienna, Austria, on June 15.
Jan. 1: Qatar withdraws from OPEC
In December 2018, Qatar’s Minister of Energy Saad Sherida al-Kaabi announced that the nation would withdraw from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), claiming that the move represents a “technical and strategic” change. The country made the decision after analyzing ways to make its international standing better. The withdrawal came into effect on the first day of 2019, bringing an end to over 50 years of membership.
Jan. 3, 2019: China accomplishes first landing on the far side of moon
China became the first nation in the world to safely and successfully land a spacecraft on the far side of the moon. This side of the moon never faces the Earth, so any mission would require a relay satellite. China’s Queqiao relay satellite helped the Chang’e-4 probe land at the Von Kármán crater. The mission aims to study the age and composition of the region and get more information about the early solar system and Earth.
HIV positive sperm bank launched in New Zealand
The world's first HIV positive sperm bank has been launched in New Zealand, with organisers hoping to reduce stigma around the virus. Called Sperm Positive, it will begin with three male donors from across the country who are living with HIV but who have had treatment which has meant the amount of the virus in their blood is so low it cannot be detected by standard methods.This does not mean the HIV has been cured, but it does mean that the treatment has worked to the extent that the virus can no longer be passed on. This includes infection from sex without a condom or childbirth.
Solar power in Australia is a fast growing industry. As of September 2019, Australia's over 2.2 million solar PV installations had a combined capacity of 13,904 MW photovoltaic (PV) solar power
Currently, the country has three new solar power plant projects under construction, two of which are invested by the Thien Tan Construction and Investment Based on the resolution by EVN Board of Directors regarding solar power study and development, the EVN will compare, evaluate and identify
(Pictured) The Yutu-2 rover, which was a part of the mission, is photographed by Chang'e-4 on the moon.
Jan. 25: Brazil dam disaster kills over 230
A dam at the Córrego do Feijão iron ore mine ruptured near the municipality of Brumadinho, letting loose a massive mudflow which destroyed the mine offices during lunchtime, along with several houses, roads and farms. Around three months later, the Civil Police of Minas Gerais posted a final death tally of 237, with 33 missing.
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Jan. 28: US charges Huawei with fraud
Adding to the trade tension between the two countries, the U.S. filed 23 charges against Chinese telecom company Huawei and its Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou. The charges included theft of technology, obstruction of justice and bank fraud. U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross (pictured) said, “For years, Chinese firms have broken our export laws and undermined sanctions, often using US financial systems to facilitate their illegal activities. This will end.” Huawei rejected the charges in a statement, saying it didn't commit "any of the asserted violations" and that it "is not aware of any wrongdoing by Ms. Meng."
Dublin City Council give green light for €22m white water rafting centre
Dublin City Council give green light for €22m white water rafting centre in the Docklands.The controversial proposal was passed by 37 votes to 19 at Monday evening's full council meeting.The centre will be open to the public and will also serve as a training facility to aid the emergency services.The rafting facility is hoped to serve as an 'anchor' to improve the range of leisure activity being made available along the River Liffey.
Solar power in Mexico has the potential to produce vast amounts of energy. 70% of the country has an insolation of greater than 4.5 kWh/ m ²/day. Using 15% efficient photovoltaics, a square 25 km (16 mi) on each side in the state of Chihuahua or the Sonoran Desert (0.01% of Mexico)
Solar power in Germany consists almost exclusively of photovoltaics (PV) and accounted for an estimated 6.2 to 6.9 percent of the country's net-electricity generation in 2016.
Feb. 3: First papal visit to Arabian Peninsula
Pope Francis became the first in history to visit the Arabian Peninsula after arriving in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The purpose of the visit was to participate in a conference on Christian-Muslim relations and hold a huge mass at the Abu Dhabi sports arena for the Catholic community there.
Feb. 12: Macedonia is renamed
Bringing an end to a decades-long dispute with Greece and taking a step forward for integration into NATO and the European Union, the Republic of Macedonia officially changed its name to Republic of North Macedonia. According to state spokesman Mile Boshnjakovski, the national language would still be called "Macedonian."
Feb. 14: Attack on Indian security forces
Nearly 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed as an explosive-laden vehicle rammed into their bus in the district of Pulwama in the Jammu and Kashmir region. India blamed Pakistan for the attack, and claimed to bomb a terrorist training camp in Pakistan on Feb. 26.
Feb. 19: Karl Lagerfeld dies
The iconic fashion designer, who was the creative director for Chanel, died at the age of 85 in Paris, France. Lagerfeld, who is credited for reinventing the Chanel and Fendi brands, had been keeping unwell for several weeks.
Dublin to get 'Blood Stoney Bridge' to cater for cyclists and pedestrians
The bridge will have a two-way cycle lane as footpaths on each side A new bridge is set to be built to cater for cyclists crossing the Liffey.The plan, which is set to start in mid 2021, will see the unit be put between Samuel Beckett and Tom Clarke bridge and will only be for pedestrians and cyclists.The bridge will have a two-way cycle .It's expected to take 18 months to complete according to Dublin Chamber who've welcomed the plan as it will "make cycling in this part of the city much safer and more attractive".
When you go solar, the power generated by your solar panels replaces the electricity you buy from the utility We do not recommend entering into a solar lease or power purchasing agreement (PPA). Sudden spikes and dips in electricity usage can be hard for traditional power plants to keep up with
Solar Power Plant Telangana II in state of Telangana, India. India is one of the countries with the largest production of energy from renewable sources. The Indian Government 's Ministry of New and Renewable Energy announced a new wind-solar solar - powered railway station in Guwhati, Assam.
March 5: Stem cell transplant makes patient’s HIV 'undetectable'
In only the second case of its kind, a stem cell transplant made a London patient’s HIV “undetectable.” Doctors reported that he was in remission for 18 months and had stopped taking HIV drugs. Although experts suggest that it’s too early to say that he was completely cured of HIV, but this marks a step closer to finding a cure.
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March 10, 2019: Ethiopian Airlines plane crash kills 157
The Nairobi-bound Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed near the town of Bishoftu, Ethiopia, after taking off from the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. All 157 people onboard lost their lives. The incident was similar to that of a Lion Air plane crash in October 2018. Both aircraft were Boeing 737 MAX 8 models, which sparked a global debate about its safety and resulted in the grounding of the model by carriers and regulators around the globe.
(Pictured) An investigator with the U.S. National Transportation and Safety Board explores at the crash site.
March 14: Cyclone Idai makes landfall in Mozambique
Over 1,000 people lost their lives after the Category 3 cyclone made landfall in Mozambique, wreaking havoc in the country along with neighboring Zimbabwe and Malawi. It resulted in heavy rains and flooding of rivers, which inundated entire villages. According to estimates by the World Bank, the affected countries faced financial damages of over $2 billion.
One in three TDs have second job or another income outside Dáil
One in three TDs have second job or another income outside DáilA survey of 158 TDs and analysis of their statutory declarations show at least 54 TDs, mostly in Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, are also landlords, barristers, farmers, pharmacists, postmasters and shop owners.
The Gaza Strip has an average of 320 days of sunshine a year, making renewable energy an ideal option. In addressing the needs of the energy sector in Gaza , UNDP with funds from the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), provided a sustainable energy source through the installation of
Concentrated solar power (CSP, also known as concentrating solar power , concentrated solar thermal) systems generate solar power by using mirrors or lenses to concentrate a large area of
March 15: Terror attack kills 50 in New Zealand
At least 50 people were killed and 50 more wounded after a gunman opened fire at the Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Islamic Centre in Christchurch. The assailant, later identified as Australian citizen Brenton Harrison Tarrant, was arrested and charged with murder. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the attacks as "one of New Zealand's darkest days," and the country passed a sweeping ban on semi-automatics and assault rifles six days later.
(Pictured) Ardern hugs a mourner in Wellington on March 17.
April 10, 2019: First-ever image of black hole unveiled
Captured by the Event Horizon Telescope, the first-ever image of a black hole was released on this day. Located in the Messier 87 galaxy, the black hole is 500 million trillion kilometers away from Earth and nearly three million times the size of our planet.
April 11, 2019: Julian Assange arrested
Seven years after taking refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, England, the WikiLeaks founder was arrested after the Westminster Magistrates' Court in London found him guilty of failing to surrender to the court. He also faces federal conspiracy charges in the U.S. for leaking government secrets.
April 15, 2019: Fire breaks out at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
A structure fire broke out at the iconic Parisian cathedral, damaging most parts of the building’s roof and its spire. Its stone-vaulted ceiling restricted damages to the interiors. French president Emmanuel Macron said that the cathedral will be rebuilt and launched an international fundraising campaign to help with the costs.
FG will need Independents' votes to keep Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy in job
FG will need Independents' votes to keep Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy in jobThe Social Democrats have launched an unexpected bid to oust Mr Murphy from office ahead of the Dáil's Christmas break.
Solar power in India is a fast developing industry. The country's solar installed capacity reached 31.696 GW as of 31 October 2019. India has the lowest capital cost per MW globally to install the solar
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April 21, 2019: Serial bomb blasts in Sri Lankan capital
On Easter Sunday, a series of bomb blasts at churches, hotels and a housing complex in and around Colombo killed more than 300 people and wounded more than 500. An island-wide curfew was imposed until the next day. On April 23, the Islamic State militant outfit claimed responsibility for the attacks.
April 21: Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky is elected Ukraine president
In a runoff election, Ukrainian comedian and Servant of the People party’s Volodymyr Zelensky scored a landslide victory to become the sixth president of the nation. He defeated incumbent Petro Poroshenko, taking more than 73 percent of the votes.
April 26: Kim Jong Un meets with Vladimir Putin
North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un visited Russia for a summit with President Vladimir Putin and other leaders of the nation. Putin said that Kim “talked freely on all issues that were on the agenda,” adding that the North Korean leader needs international security guarantees in exchange for ending the country’s nuclear program. The meeting came after talks between the U.S. and North Korea broke down in February.
April 30: Uprising against Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro
Nicolás Maduro’s re-election to a second term in May 2018 was met with flak amid claims of vote-rigging and opposition boycott. In January 2019, Popular Will party leader Juan Guaidó (pictured) declared himself interim president, gaining support from the citizens as well as winning recognition from over 50 nations. On April 30, he led an uprising called “Operation Freedom” to oust Maduro's regime. At least four people were reportedly killed in the ensuing clashes.
April 30, 2019: First abdication by a Japanese monarch in two centuries
The first Japanese monarch to abdicate in 200 years, Emperor Akihito stepped down from the Chrysanthemum Throne, marking the end of the Heisei era. A day later, his son Naruhito ascended the throne, ushering in the Reiwa era.
May 1: Thai king marries a commoner
In a surprise ceremony, Thailand King Maha Vajiralongkorn married the deputy head of his personal security unit. A royal statement said: the king "has decided to promote General Suthida Vajiralongkorn Na Ayudhya, his royal consort, to become Queen Suthida and she will hold royal title and status as part of the royal family."
May 6: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor is born
Seventh in line of succession to the British throne, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor was born to Prince Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
May 6: 'Avengers: Endgame' becomes fastest to reach $2B mark
Within just the second weekend of its release, “Avengers: Endgame” became the fastest to cross $2 billion in global collections. It toppled the collection of “Titanic” (1997), which stands at $2.18 billion, in 11 days. The collection of “Endgame” in the last week of June was $2.75 billion and the only film that surpasses it is “Avatar” (2009), with a worldwide collection of $2.78 billion.
(L-R) Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, actors Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans. Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo at a Hand and Footprint Ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, California, U.S., on April 23.
*Collection figures from BoxOfficeMojo and correct as of June 27.
May 17: Taiwan legalizes same-sex marriage
Taiwan became the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage. A constitutional court had already ruled the same in 2017 and the parliament was given a two-year deadline to pass the changes.
May 20: Niki Lauda passes away
The three-time Formula One world champion from Austria died at the age of 70, after undergoing a lung transplant eight months back. "With deep sadness, we announce that our beloved Niki has peacefully passed away with his family on Monday,” his family said in a statement released by an Austrian press agency. Lauda won the F1 title in 1975, 1977 and 1984.
May 23: Narendra Modi’s landslide win in Indian general elections
In an election that saw as many as 900 million citizens casting their votes, incumbent Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) attained a landslide victory, winning 303 out of 543 seats. The substantial win confirmed a second term for Modi as the country’s prime minister.
(Pictured) Modi takes oath at the swearing-in ceremony in New Delhi, on May 30.
June 7: Theresa May formally resigns
After nearly three years of serving as the U.K. prime minister, May formally quit as the leader of the ruling Conservative Party over failed Brexit negotiations. She remains the prime minister until the party elects a new leader in July 2019.
(Pictured) May breaks down as she makes the first official announcement of her resignation on May 24.
June 9: Over a million protest Hong Kong extradition bill
More than half a million people attended a march protesting a proposed legislation that allowed extradition of individuals, including foreign nationals, to mainland China for trial. After the protests turned violent, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said that the bill would be indefinitely delayed. However, protests continued to ensure the complete withdrawal of the bill. Later, on Sept. 4, Lam announced the formal withdrawal of the controversial bill.
June 11: Botswana decriminalizes homosexuality
In a landmark ruling, the Botswana High Court ruled in favor of decriminalizing homosexuality, rejecting laws that earlier imposed up to seven years in prison for same-sex relationships citing them unconstitutional. Commenting on the decision, Judge Michael Elburu said, “Sexual orientation is not a fashion statement. It is an important attribute of one’s personality.”
June 18: Marta becomes top goalscorer in soccer World Cup history
With her goal against Italy during a FIFA Women's World Cup match in Valenciennes, France, Brazilian striker Marta (#10) overtook German star Miroslav Klose as the leading goalscorer in women's or men's World Cup tournaments. This was her 17th goal at the World Cup.
June 19: Four charged in MH17 crash case
In July 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) was shot down while flying over Ukraine, killing 283 passengers and 15 crew members. Nearly five years later, a Dutch-led joint investigation team (JIT) charged three Russians and a Ukrainian with bringing a missile into the area and with murder. Global arrest warrants have been issued for the four suspects, and the court hearing will begin in the Netherlands on March 9, 2020.
June 30: Trump becomes first to cross over to North Korea
Trump crossed over the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and set foot in North Korea in order to shake hands with Kim Jong Un, becoming the first sitting American president to enter the country. The landmark event happened at a one-day summit held at the DMZ between the U.S., North Korea and South Korea.
July 24: Boris Johnson becomes British PM
Defeating Jeremy Hunt in the Conservative Party leadership election, Johnson succeeded Theresa May in becoming the U.K. prime minister. He had earlier served as the Mayor of London (2008-16) and the foreign secretary (2016-18).
Aug. 3: Mass shooting at Texas store
At least 20 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, U.S. The suspected attacker, 21-year-old Patrick Crusius, surrendered to the police when they approached him inside the store.
Aug. 21: Brazil research center says Amazon fire raging at record rate
The National Institute for Space Research (INPE) reported that the fires at Amazon rainforests were raging at a record rate. By August, Brazil had already witnessed 72,843 fires – an increase of 80 percent compared with same period last year. At the G7 summit, French President Emmanuel Macron engaged in talks with other nations and allocated $22 million in emergency aid to the affected countries. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro rejected the offer initially, but later said that he would respond only after Macron withdrew his insults. Macron had earlier accused Bolsonaro of "lying" to him during trade talks.
Sept. 1: Hurricane Dorian makes landfall
The strongest known tropical cyclone to impact the Bahamas, Category 5 storm Dorian made landfall in the northern Bahamas, with a wind speed of 185 mph (298 kph) and torrential rains. It weakened considerably by the time it reached the U.S. and made its way to Canada, before dissipating near Greenland a few days later. At least 50 lives were lost and nearly 76,000 people were left homeless, as per U.N. estimates.
Sept. 23: Thomas Cook collapses
One of the most popular and oldest travel companies in the world, Thomas Cook collapsed into liquidation and ceased operations with immediate effect following a failed financial rescue, leaving nearly 600,000 tourists stranded all over the world. Segments of the company were sold off to various purchasers.
(Pictured) Thomas Cook passengers wait at the Palma de Mallorca Airport in Spain on Sept. 23.
Sept. 27: Climate Strike march in Canada
Under the leadership of Swedish activist Greta Thunberg and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, 500,000 people participated in a march to demand action against and raise awareness about climate change. Nearly four million more people organized rallies all around the world in leading cities such as Milan, Budapest and New Delhi.
Oct. 18: First-ever all-woman spacewalk
NASA astronauts Jessica Meir (L) and Christina Koch created history by performing an all-woman spacewalk, as they replaced a battery charge/discharge unit on the International Space Station. Koch said later, “In the past women haven’t always been at the table. It’s wonderful to be contributing to the space program at a time when all contributions are being accepted, when everyone has a role. That can lead in turn to increased chance for success.”
Oct. 27: ISIS leader confirmed dead
U.S. President Donald Trump announced in a press briefing that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the fugitive Islamic State leader, killed himself during a U.S. military operation in northwest Syria. "The thug who tried so hard to intimidate others spent his last moments in utter fear, in total panic and dread, terrified of the American forces bearing down on him," said Trump.
Nov. 9: Verdict on Ayodhya dispute
Back in Dec. 6, 1992, the Babri Masjid mosque was destroyed during a political rally in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, India. For years, there have been debates and dispute around the site where the mosque was initially built, as the Hindus regard it as a holy birthplace of deity Rama.
On this day, the Supreme Court ordered the disputed land to be handed over to a government-created trust to build a temple for Lord Rama. The court also ordered that five acres of separate land would be provided to the Sunni Waqf Board to build a mosque.
(Pictured) Lawyers and other supporters cheer in favor of the verdict in front of the Supreme Court in New Delhi, India.
Nov. 13: Impeachment hearings against Trump begin
An impeachment inquiry was launched against U.S. President Donald Trump following reports that he pressurized Ukraine for providing damaging narratives against 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. On this day, the first two inquiry witnesses, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, George Kent, and former ambassador and U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, Bill Taylor, testified against the president.
Nov. 14: Italy declares emergency over Venice floods
After high tides caused record flooding in Venice, the Italian government announced a state of emergency to deal with the damages done to daily life, public and private services as well as the architectural landmarks of the city. The high tide of Nov. 12 was reported to have caused hundreds of millions of pounds' worth of damage and left more than 80 percent of the city underwater. One of the worst hit areas was St. Mark's Square (pictured), which is among the lowest parts of the city.
Tenders for the solar component are expected to be launched in January 2020. Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney made the announcement today. Speaking from the NGEST plant in Northern Gaza, where he met the head of the Palestinian Water Authority Minister Mazen Ghunaim, he said: "Water pollution is the leading cause of child mortality in Gaza.
"Undrinkable water is keeping families poor, as they spend up to one third of their income buying water. "Gaza has a critical energy shortage, which means that it is particularly difficult to power water treatment facilities. "I am pleased, therefore, today to announce a major investment by Ireland, working with France, to address these issues through providing a solar energy solution to the energy needs of the NGEST water treatment plant in Gaza.
"Importantly, many of these solar panels will stand in land previously designated as off-limits by the Israeli authorities. "Opening up this land for humanitarian uses, and particularly for solar installations, has huge potential in a place where land is so scarce. "Investments like this are critical to counter the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Gaza. "Ultimately, however, we know that only a political solution can lead to real development in Gaza.
"In particular, we need to see an end to the blockade of Gaza, an end to the cycle of conflict, and an end to the political division between Gaza and the West Bank."
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FG will need Independents' votes to keep Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy in job .
FG will need Independents' votes to keep Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy in jobThe Social Democrats have launched an unexpected bid to oust Mr Murphy from office ahead of the Dáil's Christmas break.