first_imgEditorial: Pennsylvania Should Stay the Clean-Energy Course FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享From the (Scranton) Times-Tribune:Some state legislators can’t or won’t come to grips with the reality that coal is not the fuel of the 21st century.Like all states, Pennsylvania is required to devise a Clean Power Plan in accordance with new federal regulations. The Wolf administration is doing so as federal appeals courts deal with challenges to the regulations.The federal standard calls for Pennsylvania to reduce carbon emissions from 2005 levels by 32 percent by 2030, with measurable progress by 2022. How to achieve that goal is up to the state.That inevitably means reduced use of coal to produce electricity — a movement that already is well underway and will continue because of market forces rather than regulations. Pennsylvania utilities already have shuttered a half dozen coal-burning plants while converting others to natural gas, which produces less than half as much carbon pollution as coal for comparable amounts of energy. Other coal plants are being converted to gas, and renewable fuels also are on the rise.But some legislators want to defy market forces and delay implementation of the Clean Power Plan and improved drilling regulations making gas production as environmentally sound as possible.One bill would delay the Clean Power Plan by at least a year. Another would, in effect, restart a regulatory process regarding new gas-drilling regulations that has been underway for years. A third bill would create a self-perpetuating loop under which legislators could block any regulation that they don’t like. Another bill would allow certain industrial entities to opt out of state-mandated energy-efficiency programs.Mr. Wolf should veto any legislation that slows the state’s progress toward a cleaner energy and sounder environmental future.Stop fighting clean energylast_img read more

first_img 34SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr How often do you discuss money with your children? If your answer is “not often,” you’re not alone. A recent study from investment firm T. Rowe Price found that 72 percent of parents are at least somewhat reluctant to discuss financial matters with their children. Yet with a nationwide student loan debt at an all-time high of $1.2 trillion, it’s more essential than ever that young people understand how to manage their money wisely. It’s not all bad news, though. There is an opportunity to help your children form strong spending and saving habits at an early age, and doing so can have a concrete impact on their futures. For example, recent research suggests that children with savings – even as little as $1 to $499 – are four times more likely to go to college than children with no savings at all. There are many reasons why it’s beneficial for children to learn how to manage money from a young age, and getting started sooner rather than later can drastically shape your children’s financial futures for the better.center_img Here are six ways you can encourage your children to develop good saving and spending habits. continue reading »last_img read more

first_img The 25-year-old was worked much harder than Brad Friedel in the Spurs goal, the American deputising after Spurs’ medical team opted to give Lloris a few more days’ rest after his collision with Everton forward Romelu Lukaku seven days earlier. Time and again Krul was called into action, producing fantastic saves to deny Roberto Soldado, Paulinho and Gylfi Sigurdsson amongst others. The first chance for the home side came from a ninth-minute corner which was headed over by Soldado when he should have done better. The opening seemed to stir Newcastle into life as Remy had a sight of goal shortly afterwards, but Tottenham defender Vlad Chiriches was on hand to block the France forward’s shot behind for a corner. Friedel just about dealt with the resultant set-piece and then had to push Yohan Cabaye’s effort behind as the visitors came into the match. But Friedel could do nothing about Remy’s strike moments later as Yoan Gouffran robbed Paulinho of possession and played a through-ball to the QPR loanee, who took the ball around the American goalkeeper and slotted home. Spurs chased an instant response but no one could get on the end of an inviting Christian Eriksen cross and Paulinho blazed over as a quick equaliser eluded them. Jan Vertonghen was the next to try his luck for Andre Villas-Boas’ side but his low effort was easy for Krul to collect. The Belgium international then arrowed a low free-kick just wide of Krul’s left post. Soldado forced Krul into a full-stretch save as his flicked header from Eriksen’s free-kick sent the goalkeeper flying high to his right. Eriksen stung the palms of Krul with a powerful long-range effort, with the early afternoon sunshine making the save less routine. Shola Ameobi had the ball in the back of the net after 37 minutes but he had been flagged offside as Newcastle adjusted to a counter-attacking approach. Spurs were inching closer and closer to an equaliser but were yet again thwarted by wonderful goalkeeping from Krul. This time the Holland international flung himself across goal to tip Paulinho’s curling shot away from goal. Chiriches did not see out the half for Spurs after the defender was left with a bloody nose as he challenged for a high ball inside the Newcastle penalty area. The second half followed on from where the first had ended, with Krul again denying everything thrown at him by Spurs, using his legs to keep out Eriksen’s stab towards goal. A deflected Sigurdsson free-kick again brought out the best out of Krul, who was sharp enough to block Younes Kaboul’s follow-up with Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa then clearing ahead of the onrushing Tottenham cavalry. With the hosts on top it was Soldado who passed up the next opportunity as he fired wide after latching on to Kyle Walker’s cross. Newcastle showed they were still a threat at the other end as they broke forward through Moussa Sissoko, whose shot was pushed away by Friedel. Jermain Defoe was introduced with 22 minutes remaining as Villas-Boas decided to play with two forwards, Sigurdsson making way. Andros Townsend cut in and arrowed a shot towards goal which Krul could only push away this time, but he got enough on the ball to keep it out of the path of the fast-approaching Soldado. Brazil midfielder Paulinho hit straight at Krul when well-placed inside the penalty area as time started to run out for the home side. Even when Spurs did manage to beat Krul they found the woodwork blocking their path as Vertonghen’s back-post header hit the crossbar, ensuring that a goalkeeper on the pitch rather than one playing no part took at least a share of the headlines. Press Association Loic Remy’s early strike sealed a hard-fought victory for Newcastle against Tottenham at White Hart Lane but it was goalkeeper Tim Krul who will deservedly take the plaudits. With all of the pre-game talk about Spurs stopper Hugo Lloris missing out after being knocked unconscious at Everton last weekend, it was the Magpies’ own number one who produced heroics to earn his side a 1-0 win. Remy’s well-taken strike in the 13th minute – his seventh goal in his last seven Barclays Premier League appearances – put the visitors ahead before his Dutch team-mate took centre stage, blocking Spurs at every turn. last_img read more

first_img Published on January 24, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Jon: Comments A year after doing the unthinkable and getting 11 teams into the NCAA Tournament, the Big East looks upside down.‘I think we’ve all seen each year something unique in the league,’ Villanova head coach Jay Wright said in the Big East coaches’ teleconference Jan. 12. ‘Last year, it was 11 teams, everybody was like, ‘Wow, can you believe this?’ Now, as you said, the league has kind of turned upside down, and we’re saying, ‘Can you believe that?’ I think the one thing we all know about the Big East is that you never know what’s going to happen.’There’s perhaps no better example than Pittsburgh. The Panthers finished the 2010-11 season at 28-6 and captured the Big East regular-season championship with a 15-3 conference record. Pittsburgh earned the No. 1 seed in the Southeast Region of the NCAA Tournament, eventually getting upset by No. 8 Butler in the third round.But this year, the Panthers are on the exact opposite end of the conference standings. Pittsburgh sits in last place in the conference at 0-7 in the Big East. The team’s last win came against St. Francis (Pa.) on Dec. 20, which made it 11-1 on the young season and looking like a typical Jamie Dixon-coached Pittsburgh team.But since then, Pittsburgh has lost eight in a row, starting with a 59-54 loss to Wagner on Dec. 23. And despite its 16th-place showing so far in the Big East, Pittsburgh was picked to finish fourth in the 2011-12 preseason coaches’ poll, even nabbing a first-place vote.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPittsburgh plays fellow bottom-feeder Providence (12-8, 1-6) in the Petersen Events Center at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The game may mark the Panthers’ best chance to get a conference win in the next week as it takes on No. 9 Georgetown (16-3, 6-2) on Saturday and West Virginia (15-5, 5-2) on Monday.About halfway through Big East play, teams like South Florida, Cincinnati and Seton Hall remain in the top half of the conference while perennial powerhouses like Louisville, Villanova and Pittsburgh make up the bottom. And despite the eye-catching standings featuring a few surprises, Big East coaches know that any of the conference’s teams can come out with a win on any given night — regardless of record or performances in years past.‘It is competitive, it is deep and there are no nights off,’ South Florida head coach Stan Heath said in the Jan. 12 teleconference.The Bulls, who were picked 14th in the Big East preseason coaches’ poll, are tied for fifth in the conference with Cincinnati.South Florida has won three out of its last four and has already defeated four teams that were projected to finish higher in the preseason coaches’ poll.And while Pittsburgh is off to its worst start in recent memory, South Florida is off to its best start in its seven years in the Big East, thanks in large part to its stifling defense.‘I think there’s open space throughout the league, and we’re trying to battle and compete to find our way toward the top and keep moving upward,’ Heath said in the teleconference. ‘I think teams in the past that have struggled are moving up, and there’s some perennial powers that have yet to get on track and they will. So it’s just a wide-open race right now — other than Syracuse.’But even No. 3 Syracuse has shown its vulnerability lately, losing ugly to Notre Dame on Saturday without sophomore center Fab Melo and being taken to the wire by Cincinnati on Monday.The bottom of the Big East is strong, as Notre Dame, Cincinnati and Seton Hall are among the teams that are better than expected in the conference this year, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said in the Jan. 12 teleconference.‘If you don’t play well, you can lose a lot of games in this league,’ Boeheim said.Georgetown, which was picked to finish 10th in the preseason coaches’ poll, is tied for second place in the conference. Meanwhile, Louisville, which was picked to finish third in the preseason coaches’ poll and received three first-place votes, is tied for 10th in the conference with Rutgers.And even the defending national champion is in an unexpected spot. At 14-5 overall and 4-3 in the Big East, No. 24 Connecticut is on a two-game losing streak and tied for seventh in the conference. The Huskies were co-favorites along with Syracuse to win the conference in the preseason coaches’ poll, receiving seven first-place votes to Syracuse’s five.Tied in seventh place in the conference with Connecticut is Seton Hall, even after the Pirates dropped two straight games and were picked to finish 13th in the Big East.‘There’s no games where you can say, ‘OK, well, we’re going to win this one,” West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins said in the teleconference. ‘You have to play really well to win every night out.’Big East game of the weekVillanova (10-10, 3-5) at Louisville (15-5, 3-4)7 p.m., Wednesday, ESPNComing off wins against Seton Hall and St. John’s, Villanova looks to continue its winning streak against Louisville, which is fresh off a nine-point win at Pittsburgh. After starting 1-5 in the Big East, the Wildcats looked primed to make a run in the conference, although its next two games come against Louisville and a tough Marquette team sitting comfortably inside the top 20.Villanova guard Maalik Wayns led the Wildcats to two wins, averaging 26.5 points per game.Also stepping up lately for Villanova is freshman forward JayVaughn Pinkston, who averaged 18 points per game and 11.5 rebounds per game in the two wins.Leading the way for the Cardinals — tied for 10th in the Big East — are senior guard Kyle Kuric and sophomore guard Russ Smith, both averaging better than 12.5 points per game.The all-time series is tied 8-8, but Villanova has won the past two meetings.jdharr04@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more