first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Wisconsin State Journal:One of Wisconsin’s largest utilities has set a date for giving up coal.Congratulations to Alliant Energy for helping to lead our state and nation into a clean-energy future, despite a president who would rather ignore science and steer America’s power supply backward.Alliant, a Madison utility company serving customers in parts of Wisconsin and Iowa, announced plans this month to stop burning coal for electricity generation by 2050. That’s more than three decades from now, and some environmentalists complain the timeline isn’t fast enough. But setting a date for giving up this dirty fuel that is filling our atmosphere with greenhouse gasses and warming the planet definitely represents progress.Alliant also has pledged to reduce carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050, and to double its use of renewable energy sources by 2030. Alliant now fuels 33 percent of its power supply with coal. That will fall to 23 percent by 2024, and disappear by 2050, according to the utility. Alliant plans to supplant coal mostly with solar power — the cost of which has fallen by 70 percent in recent years. By 2030, Alliant plans to increase its use of renewable energy sources from 16 percent to 33 percent.Like Trump, Gov. Scott Walker has done little to position Wisconsin for a clean-energy future. Instead, these Republican leaders have ceded leadership — along with the economic benefits that come from innovation — to other states and countries, including China.The good news is that the private sector and the public is ahead of the politicians on this issue. And increasingly, those leaders who resist a smarter and more efficient power system will pay a price at the polls, especially with younger voters.More: No-coal goal is impressive, imperative Editorial: Alliant’s forward-looking coal phase-out plan is commendablelast_img read more


first_imgSlumping prices mean trouble for U.S. thermal coal exporters FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Wall Street Journal ($):Thermal-coal prices have tumbled to multiyear lows amid slumping global demand for the commodity, the world’s top source of electricity. Miners exporting from the U.S., which have benefited from growing foreign orders in recent years, are among the hardest hit.As the market softens, they are struggling to compete with mining giants from places such as Australia, because it is more time-consuming and costly for U.S. miners to ship their coal to key markets. The selloff is hurting an industry President Trump promised to revive as a centerpiece of his 2016 presidential campaign.Exports from the East Coast sold for $46.12 a metric ton on Tuesday, down 26% in a month, according to S&P Global Platts. That is roughly half where the commodity traded in mid-2018, although it is up from a trough of $42 a ton last week.There are several reasons for the rout, not least a seasonal lull as the Northern Hemisphere warms up after the winter. Prices for liquefied natural gas, a cleaner energy source, have slumped to roughly three-year lows, according to S&P Global Platts. That has enabled power producers that use both fuels to prioritize gas.Meanwhile, demand has waned in key markets. In Asia, Japanese buyers have locked in supplies with long-term contracts, Chinese utilities are buying more local coal and generating more power from gas and water, and South Korea has raised taxes on coal imports. In Europe, too, weak industrial output means less power consumption, while LNG output has jumped. BMO Capital Markets analyst Colin Hamilton said soft demand in Europe was the main weak point for the market globally.Should coal prices stay low, U.S. exports would probably shrink quickly, analysts say.More ($): A chill descends on the coal marketlast_img read more


first_imgLet’s face it; you probably have not had as many turns as you wanted this year. Maybe more than last year, but not enough in general, and now a standard January warm up has left you feeling like spring is on the horizon. Well, it’s not so avoid breaking out the Hawaiian shirts or zipping off the bottom of your convertible hiking pants. A positive attitude goes a long way for morale, and even has the possibility of changing the outcome on global level. That may be a stretch, but winter will be making a brief comeback this weekend with the temperature dropping dramatically and the possibility of snow in the forecast for Thursday (today?) and Friday (tomorrow?). At the very least, ski resorts will have the snow guns blaring through the night, and the white ribbons will be in full effect. As we move into the first weekend of February, now is the time to recommit to the ski season – if you have not already been shredding in the rain, ice, sleet, or in a tee shirt. Ironically, Saturday is also Groundhog Day, which means if Punxsutawney Phil pokes his head out to warm sunshine, we’ll be looking at six more weeks of winter. So pray for…not snow?Regardless, hit up Appalachian Ski Mountain this weekend for some fun on the slopes. The mountain is fully open – including their three black diamonds and three terrain parks – and is primed for some casual shredding. If it ends up being 50 degrees, so be it. Appalachian Mountain is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and stays true to its “local ski hill” roots, so pay them back by cruising through. Also, stick around on Saturday night for the Red Bull ThingamaJIB rail jam under the lights at 6pm. Entry is free, but the prize money is real, so expect to see the full spectrum of riders testing the waters. That means an equal number of stomps to slams, the perfect ratio. Plus, it’s a Red Bull event, so you know it will be electric.View Larger Maplast_img read more


first_imgBy Dialogo October 29, 2010 The sudden death due to a heart attack of former Argentine president Néstor Kirchner, who was sixty years old, led to sorrowful reactions from world leaders and organizations such as the UN, the EU, and the OAS, addressed especially to his widow, President Cristina Kirchner. U.S. President Barack Obama highlighted Néstor Kirchner’s “significant role in the political life of Argentina.” “On behalf of the American people, I offer my sincere condolences to the Argentine people and to President Cristina Fernández,” Obama declared in the statement issued by the White House. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon offered his “sincere condolences.” “A friend of the United Nations, Mr. Kirchner was a national and international leader who believed in multilateralism,” he emphasized. The president of the European Union (EU), Herman Van Rompuy, said Wednesday that he was “deeply saddened” by the death of the sixty-year-old Kirchner, who died on 27 October of a heart attack. “Receive, dear president and friend Cristina, the affection of the entire Spanish people, which accompanies you in these moments of deep sorrow,” said the message sent to Fernández by Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero. The Organization of American States (OAS) lamented the “unexpected” death Wednesday, at a meeting at which the ambassadors of member states observed a moment of silence in honor of his “life of dedication and work.” Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, very close to the Kirchners, lamented the “irreparable loss” of his death, sent a heartfelt message of condolence to his “dear Cristina,” and decreed three days of national mourning. “Ay, my dear Cristina … What sorrow! What great loss has Argentina and Our America suffered! Long live Kirchner forever!” Chávez wrote on the social network Twitter. Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva decreed three days of official mourning and defined Kirchner as a “great ally and brotherly friend.” “I always had in Néstor Kirchner a great ally and brotherly friend. His role in the economic, social, and political reconstruction of his country and his efforts in our shared fight for South American integration were noteworthy,” he indicated. For his part, Chilean President Sebastián Piñera sent his “deepest and most heartfelt condolences to President Cristina Fernández and to all the people of Argentina.” Meanwhile, Mexican President Felipe Calderón lamented the death and characterized Kirchner as a “promoter of Latin American unity.” From Colombia, President Juan Manuel Santos asked for a moment of silence for the “great loss.” Néstor Kirchner mediated in the recent establishment of diplomatic relations between Colombia and Venezuela, to the point that he participated in the summit at which the two presidents, Santos and Chávez, agreed to resume ties, on 10 August. From Uruguay, President José Mujica was visibly moved and announced that he expects to attend the burial, along with the majority of South American leaders. The Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC), headquartered in Los Angeles and known around the world for its fight against anti-Semitism and the Nazis, lamented the death. Kirchner “called for the investigation of the AMIA Jewish Center bombing” and advocated for human rights, the center indicated. The director of the IMF, Dominique Straus-Khan, emphasized that Kirchner “led Argentina” toward economic recovery following the severe financial crisis of 2001. “He will be greatly missed,” he affirmed. The French foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner, expressed “great sadness” for this death that “leaves behind the memory of a man of action and conviction.” The Andean Community of Nations (CAN) expressed “its most heartfelt condolences,” while the Union of South American Nations (Unasur), of which Kirchner was secretary-general, said that his death “deprives Latin America of a key leader in building a region without exclusions.” Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama, and Costa Rica also expressed their condolences. Cuban leader Raúl Castro did the same, sending a message of “heartfelt condolences” to Cristina Kirchner and the “brother Argentine people.” For its part, the Peruvian government decreed a national day of mourning for 28 October. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said that he was “deeply saddened” by the death of a man “deeply committed to his country and to advancing peace.” Finally, Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo, a former Catholic bishop, turned to a biblical phrase of consolation for Cristina Fernández. “I want to appeal to the Christian faith in order to remind her of Psalm 23, when it comforts us, faced with the immensity of the passage to our eternal dwelling place, with the sublime expression, ‘The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want,’” he said.last_img read more


first_imgBraito said she has high expectations for herself this season. Johnston said for now, the Bearcats are easing back into things. “Personally I don’t feel the need to lower the bar because of this pandemic. if anything it should be raised,” said Braito. “Not because I want to make up for the lost time but because this is my third year and I want to see a steady line of improvement.” “We’ve got a great combination of experience and our freshman are just super anxious to get ready and learn and get better every day,” she said. Johnston said the team spent a lot of time bonding on Zoom over the summer, which especially helped the incoming freshman. The team will work out in pods for the next few weeks, and coach Michelle Johnston says they will work toward moving into bigger groups. She said the team hopes to get some scrimmages in within three to four weeks. VESTAL (WBNG) — The Binghamton University softball team held its first practice Wednesday afternoon after a six month hiatus. Junior Marissa Braito said she’s excited to see what the team is capable of this year. “We have a terrific group of girls and I’m really excited to see our chemistry off the field translate onto the field because I really do believe that good team chemistry is paramount to our success,” said Braito. “We’re not starting full out,” she said. “We haven’t done any sort of normal testing we would normally do in the fall. We’re just working to progress each week.” “Super excited to be back out here” said Johnston. “The girls have been looking forward to this for a long time. We just feel really grateful for everything the university and our department has done to allow us to be out here.”last_img read more


first_imgAsia must accelerate digitalisation and business reform to tackle challenges to achieve sustainable growth, Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Wednesday, highlighting vulnerabilities in supply chains and social infrastructure.Kuroda said Asia’s economic conditions remain severe as a full-fledged recovery in global growth following the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be “much further down the road”.But the downturn in Asia’s economy has been moderate compared with other regions due partly to solid global demand for IT-related goods produced in the region, he said. “From a longer-term perspective, Asia must address its challenges in order to achieve sustainable economic growth” such as its low service-sector productivity and ageing populations, Kuroda said. Digitalisation is among key factors in this, he added.“Japan is one of the most rapidly ageing societies and we have been discussing how to tackle the problems arising from an ageing society,” Kuroda said.“I’m not so pessimistic about the impact of population ageing on the society… Encouraging digitalisation will be a driving force for raising growth potential,” he told a virtual meeting of the US National Association for Business Economics.Japan’s new prime minister Yoshihide Suga has made digitalisation a key policy issue, as work-from-home and social distancing policies to prevent the spread of the virus heighten the need to speed up reform on that front.The pandemic has also exposed vulnerabilities in Asia’s supply-chain networks, though many companies are already making efforts to diversify production and procurement, Kuroda said.Business reform to adapt to changing consumer trends, such as increased demand for e-commerce and online healthcare services, may boost Asia’s service-sector productivity, said Kuroda, a former head of the Asian Development Bank.Topics :last_img read more


first_imgThe new IORP II Directive will increase costs in the second pillar in Germany despite not containing further capital requirements, according to Mark Walddörfer, board member at the Düsseldorf-based pensions consultancy Longial.Under the revised directive for pension funds in Europe, heads of retirement provision in companies will no longer be allowed –apart from a few exceptions – to run the company’s pension fund.“But in Germany, this is a common arrangement that ensures cost efficiency,” Walddörfer said, adding that it would be “important” for Germany to keep these arrangements intact.Further, he warned that the increased requirements respecting information for members and data for supervisors would increase costs in the second pillar and were “not necessarily adding value”. He quoted a survey by the German federation of company pension funds, the VFPK, which estimates an increase in administration costs of one-third.His major criticism regarding the IORP II is, however, the definition of pension funds as ‘financial service providers’.“In fact, they are social institutions created by employers not comparable to life insurers despite being regulated within a similar legal framework out of practical reasons,” Walddörfer said.While this was only a question of wording at the moment, the actuary warned that it might lead to problems in 2018 at the planned revision of the IORP II.“The danger is that capital requirements similar to those in Solvency II will then be included into the directive based on this definition – therefore we should try and change it now,” he said.Walddörfer said he was convinced that a copy of Solvency II-like capital requirements for IORP would “kill them immediately”.He also sees a danger of Solvency II being “introduced via the back door” with articles 29 and 30 on risk evaluation.“In the worst case, pension funds will have to assess risks with marked-to-market parameters,” he said.The Longial board member thinks German supervisor BaFin may introduce new risk parameters on top of those existing for IORP, and that EIOPA might want a say in those assessments.“And the most important question remains, why investors with a long-term investment horizon should use any short-term marked-to-market criteria for assessing their funding status?” Walddörfer said.He advised pension funds to “wait before implementing any of the IORP II requirements”, as changes were still possible.All in all, he thinks IORP II requirements will “weaken” German pension funds and asked whether this was “going in the right direction”.However, he pointed out that Pensionskassen were basically “on their way out” anyway, as few new pension schemes have been set up under this legal framework in recent years.“A Pensionsfonds is much more flexible, both in investments as well as managing liabilities, as it can be underfunded for a limited time and apply a higher discount rate,” he said. ”Therefore, this segment will continue to grow.”last_img read more


first_img 12 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Guyana’s Kaieteur FallsWhile several Canadian firms are already working in Guyana’s oil, gas and mining sectors, the country could get more assistance from Canada.Two Canadian institutions, the College of the North Atlantic and the Marine Institute of Memorial University have offered their expertise to Guyana’s oil and gas industry.Officials from both tertiary institutions met with Guyanese President Donald Ramotar Tuesday, invited by Canadian High Commissioner David Devine.Oficials at the meetingThe two schools are based in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, which has seen significant growth in the oil and gas industry in the last few decades.Ann Marie Vaughan, president of the College of the North Atlantic, said she believed Guyana had the potential for oil and gas development, despite a discovery not having yet been made.“We really do wish all the benefits to be for the Guyanese people, and it’s similar to what we want for [the people] in Newfoundland and Labrador as well,” she said.Another team from Newfoundland will be in Guyana next week, also at the invitation of Devine. That group will engage the private sector on the possibilities of “meaningful interaction” with Newfoundland, including actual visits.Several oil firms are already exploring Guyana’s offshore waters, including REPSOL and ExxonMobil.Carib Journal Sharecenter_img Tweet NewsRegional Guyana’s Natural Resources Sector Gets More Assistance from Canada by: – June 6, 2012 Sharelast_img read more


first_imgJonathan Kodjia is in talks with Qatari side Al Gharafa. Kodjia, 30, impressed in his initial season at Villa Park in the Championship after joining from Bristol City for £15million. Read Also:Hip Replacement: Kadiri Ikhana undergoes first surgery But he has struggled for form and fitness since. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… The Aston Villa striker is due to head to the Middle East in the next few days to thrash out a deal.Advertisement Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Of The Dirtiest Seas In The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot12 Movies That Almost Ended Their Stars’ Careers9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!Look At Something Beautiful That Wasn’t Made By A Human Being6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Dronelast_img read more


first_img* Iloilo – 7,319 family food packsworth P2,634,840 * 4,000 for Capiz (prepositioned inDumarao, Jamindan, Maayon, and Panit-an) Each family food pack contains sixsachets of coffee, six kilos of rice, and assorted canned sardines, worth P360. * 3,819 for Iloilo (prepositioned inCarles, 1,000; Calinog, 1,000; Concepcion, 819) Per province, the following receivedfood packs: * Guimaras – 1,544 food packs worthP55,840 For easy distribution, DSWD Region 6 prepositioned24,200 family food packs in March: * 2,000 for Guimaras. * Negros Occidental – 3,733 food packsworth P1,343,880 The rest were stored at the DSWD-6warehouse in Oton, Iloilo./PNcenter_img * Antique – 3,244 food packs worthP1,167,840 ILOILO City – As of April 22, the Departmentof Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) had distributed 22,040 food packs tofamilies economically displaced by the ongoing enhanced community quarantine inWestern Visayas. The released food packs were worth atotal of P7,934,400, according to Assistant Secretary Rhea Peñaflor. * 2,400 for Negros Occidental(prepositioned in Bago City, 1,000; Talisay City, 1,000; Bacolod City, 200) * Capiz – 4,000 food packs worthP1,440,000 * 2,600 for Antique (prepositioned inBarbaza, Tobias Fornier, Patnongon, and Bugasong) * Aklan – 2,200 food packs worthP792,000  *1,700 for Aklan (prepositionedin Kalibo, Buruanga and Makato towns)last_img read more