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daily link  Friday, October 10, 2003


Iraq trust fund: "BRUSSELS: Major donors to Iraq have agreed how to operate a fund to channel aid independently of the US-led occupation authority and will unveil details next Tuesday, a European Commission official said yesterday.  "The design is pretty well complete and will be presented on October 14 in New York in front of all potential donors," the official said.

Details of the multi-donor trust fund have been worked out by a core group of donors, including the US, international financial organisations and the European Union, which has pledged 200 million euros (BD90m) in reconstruction aid for the 14 months from November 2003 to the end of 2004. The fund will be unveiled just days ahead of the opening of an international donors' conference for the reconstruction of Iraq in Madrid on October 23. While the EU has already pledged 200m euros from the community budget, the EU's executive, the Commission, expects individual states to make separate donations"

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Asterisk - The Open Source Linux PBX: "Asterisk is a complete PBX in software. It runs on Linux and provides all of the features you would expect from a PBX and more. Asterisk does voice over IP in three protocols, and can interoperate with almost all standards-based telephony equipment using relatively inexpensive hardware. Asterisk provides Voicemail services with Directory, Call Conferencing, Interactive Voice Response, Call Queuing. It has support for three-way calling, caller ID services, ADSI, SIP and H.323 (as both client and gateway)."  2:50:27 PM  permalink  

Solar-Powered Refrigeration: "Designed to function in arid to semi-arid regions with at least 5 sun-hours per day, the PV direct-drive, or “PV direct,” SunDanzer™ solar refrigerator is a chest-type cabinet with a 105-liter (3.7 cubic feet) internal volume, a lockable top-opening door, a corrosion-resistant coated steel exterior, and a patented low-frost system. It uses thermal storage for cooling efficiency, with a direct connection between the vapor compression cooling system and the PV module. This is accomplished by integrating a phase-change material into a well-insulated refrigerator cabinet and developing a microprocessor-based control system that permits the direct connection of a PV module to a variable-speed compressor. The integration allows for peak power-point tracking and the elimination of batteries.. The solar refrigerator's thermal storage material provides 7 days of reserve cold storage, even in tropical climates, or during extensive periods of cloudy weather .. Light indicators on the front of the refrigerator inform users of the status of the thermal reserve.

For frequently cloudy regions or areas with less than 5 sun-hours per day, SunDanze Refrigeration offers highly efficient battery-powered refrigerators, as well as freezers. These units run on 12 or 24 volts, direct current, and require a smaller PV or renewable energy system. "  Current retail price $900.

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