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_imgThe presentation was held by representatives of the Swiss company BikePlan – Mountain bike specific planning and destination development; Adrian Greiner and Jan Oggier, after the trail hunting, ie determining the current situation on the field. With the aim of developing cycling tourism and creating a ‘Bike friendly’ destination, the final presentation of the Master Plan of bike tourism on the island of Lošinj was held yesterday at the Museum of Apoxyomenos in Mali Lošinj. Photo: TZ Kvarner Side dish: Bicycle & Mountainbike specific planning and destination developmentcenter_img According to the above, the Master Plan of Bike Tourism was created with the aim of developing cycling tourism and creating a ‘Bike friendly’ destination, and includes the construction of trail centers and new bike trails / trails, as well as reconstruction of trails and signalization in the entire island of Losinj, Cres and on smaller islands.  “Cycling has been very popular in Europe and the world in recent years and one of the most important products for us with which we can extend the tourist year. Our wish is that in cooperation with all stakeholders in tourism in the coming years we will become a famous “bike friendly” destination in the Mediterranean according to the vision of the final concept of the Master Plan of bike tourism. In addition to investing in trails, we will work on improving all other services related to bike tourism, from accommodation, gastronomy, transport, natural experiences, cycling services, to strengthening the local scene with the greatest possible involvement of the local population.believes the director of the Tourist Board of the City of Mali Lošinj Dalibor Cvitković.last_img read more


first_imgNearly two years after completing the Public Health Ministry’s Medex programme, several graduates are still awaiting employment.Guyana Times was told on Tuesday that 25 graduates who successfully completed the four-year training programme in 2015, are still awaiting placements at health facilities. This situation has persisted despite the students having completed their three-month internship requirement in early 2016.Public Health Minister Volda LawrenceOne of the aggrieved medical personnel explained the group was first promised placements at health centres across the country, almost one year ago.“After [receiving training between] 2011-2015, they (Public Health Ministry) had us on internship. Afterwards in April 2016, they said we’re gonna start working because we were assigned to the various health centres, who [would be] going to region Eight or Nine,” the student highlighted.It was further disclosed that their grievances were initially communicated through the then Chief Medex, and Director of Health Sciences and Education Faculty, Public Health Ministry, Wilton Benn.Guyana Times understands that Benn was expected to undertake measures to revise the medex curriculum, to award students with a University qualification.“The curriculum was supposed to be revised and we were supposed to be accredited by the University of Guyana with an associate diploma. With revising the curriculum, he (Wilton Benn) was supposed to submit it to the University of Guyana. Four years passed during the time of the training and he apparently didn’t revise it,” another frustrated student pointed out.It was noted that the medex graduates were “promised” that as soon as their training finished, they would commence work.“We’ve been home over a year; we were supposed to start working and that never happened and we called to find out what’s going on, they gave us different story [saying] that some of the documents already gone up to UG [but] when you called up to UG, there’s nothing there,” this publication was told.This newspaper however understands that current Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence met with several persons within the University but it is unclear if the students’ concerns were discussed or addressed. The students claim that they made attempts to contact the Minister.“We asked this year to get an audience with the now Minister of Health, [Volda Lawrence] but we never got through to her office but we got an email saying that she is meeting with the University of Guyana but we still haven’t heard anything,” this publication was told.Efforts by Guyana Times to contract the Minister on Tuesday proved futile.This newspaper was however informed that dialogue with health officials were sought even before Minister Lawrence was transferred to the post. The graduates had met with then Minister, Dr George Norton and Minister within the Ministry, Dr Karen Cummings.“Everything turned out to be nothing,” one of the students told this publication.The students have recently sought legal advice in efforts to seek redress for their non-placement.“Since it’s been a year, [we met] with a lawyer because our contract is nulled as a year is finished, meaning the Government doesn’t have a contract with us anymore. We are trying to work around that but it seems to be in vain too,” this publication was further told.A delegation of students took their concerns to the Ministry of the Presidency but they were reportedly told at the gates to leave their contact information. The students claim that to date, they have not been contacted. “We called and never got through so everything was like a dead end because everybody is saying that they’re gonna get back to us”.Earlier this month, several students who graduated from the University’s pharmacy programme had claimed that their lives were at a virtual standstill as they had been waiting for several months to commence their internship programme at the Georgetown Public Hospital. This programme is necessary for those students to obtain their licences to practise their craft.Guyana Times had been told that the said programme should have commenced in early January but it was alleged that the Pharmacy Council was unprepared to facilitate the process.last_img read more