Canada, Netherlands, U.K. Join List of Countries Turning Against Coal

first_imgCanada, Netherlands, U.K. Join List of Countries Turning Against Coal FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Power Magazine:The Netherlands, a country that recently commissioned three state-of-the-art coal plants and has been reluctant to close them, on October 10 moved to phase out coal power by 2030. Meanwhile, the U.K. and Canada this week jointly urged other nations to drop coal from their power profiles.The countries are part of a growing list that have vowed to phase-out or cut-back coal-fired power generation.  As part of a coalition agreement reached on October 10, Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s center-right government promised to phase out coal generation in the nation by 2030. But the agreement also binds the government to set a carbon floor price to cut carbon emissions by 2030 as well as to back stricter measures that would enable the European Union (EU) to meet targets under a 1.5-degree-C global warming scenario.Significantly, it imperils three 2015-commissioned coal-fired power plants, which have already been struggling economically. The plants’ owners, which include Engie, RWE, and Uniper, have separately noted that falling demand, low wholesale prices, and a surge of renewable energy capacity have rendered coal power unprofitable.A report published by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) last year documented how the three utilities had logged impairments worth billions of euros on the new power plants, concluding that political and market trends would drive valuations even lower.The Dutch government’s announcement on October 10 “highlights the risk of investing in either new or existing coal-fired power, and the lesson is clear: National coal phase-out plans such as this, combined with the rise of renewables and the impact on demand of improved efficiency, put old electricity-production models at risk,” IEEFA said in an update.Coal plants in Europe are also burdened with meeting stricter new air pollution limits for large combustion plants, which will require utilities to invest in new technology to retrofit coal plants, limit operations to 1,500 hours a year, or shutter facilities by 2021, it noted.More: The Netherlands to Quit Coal Power; UK and Canada Champion Global Transition Away from Coallast_img read more

Short bus holds dreams, booze

first_imgPlaying croquet with a belly full of beer isn’t necessarily the most ordinary time to hark on a new idea. Then again, converting a handicap short bus into a tailgate on wheels isn’t your run-of-the-mill plan either.About two years ago, Tom Best and his friend Silas Bernardoni, both industrial engineers at UW, were playing the infamous lawn game in the latter’s backyard when Best began mulling over in his head how great of an idea it would be to own a bus.”I always envied the bus driver as a kid because of the power symbol they had,” Best said.The idea finally hatched last spring when, in a similar environment as before, Best and Bernardoni, along with one of the other three co-owners, Matthew Kopetsky, decided a short bus answered their desires.Although everyone’s reason for wanting an Econoline van with a frame on top was different — Kopetsky loves Badger football and wants to go to all the games, Bernardoni is intrigued by the novelty of owning a short bus “for the weird looks” — the commonality of The Short Bus was that it represented something higher than a Taylor Mehlhaff kickoff and something deeper than any of Kyle Jefferson’s long touchdown receptions: It was a dream on wheels.Buying the bus was easy. Attaining the vision of making the mobile tailgate reality was not.In order to comply with state law, the Badger Brigade Short Bus founders had to fully makeover what used to be a special education bus. They changed the paint job from yellow and black to cardinal and white. They changed the foldout stop sign to a foldout “W.” And they changed the name of the handicap elevator to “The Keg-avator.” The five owners — Best, Bernardoni, Kopetsky, Reed Glodowski and Kyle Brown — also initiated a limited liability company titled Badger Brigade, LLC to reduce overall costs and disconnect their personal assets from legal problems the short bus might encounter.With the help of friends, family and Samba Brazilian Grill, in addition to 100-plus hours put in by each creator, the “Friendmaker 5000″ took off.”There’s definitely been help along the way in random ways,” Kopetsky said.Coming to a decision when there are five people equally invested in the same purchase is difficult. Through long clubhouse meetings and some serious consideration, the owners were able to come to a consensus.The matter of using the bus to go on road trips was never contested. Still, getting to Champaign, Ill., let alone State College, Pa., were ordeals in and of themselves. And then there’s the matter of Columbus, Ohio, this weekend.With over 185,000 miles on it, the 1989 Ford “Oswald,” as the owners have named it, wasn’t exactly well-equipped to travel to Illinois in 90 degree heat or to Penn State through the Appalachians.The coolant system, not the loss by the then-unbeaten Wisconsin, gave the BBSB headaches in Champaign, Ill. It ran dry faster than parched soil on a hot summer’s day. Happy Valley came next. Topping out at 65 mph (on level ground), the Badger Brigade rumbled across Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania for 16 straight will-testing hours. Through the Appalachian Mountains, the gas-guzzling hog, even when the pedal was floored, would decelerate. Finally, at 4 a.m. all 14 passengers pulled into “the middle of nowhere” in Pennsylvania and crashed with four to a bed in a random hotel. Before any exhausted body could turn over, they were up heading to the tailgate at 6:15 a.m.After the abysmal game during which the Badgers were thunderstruck 38-7, the party wagon prepared to make its way back home — following dinner and a trip to the bars. On minimal sleep from the night before plus a quick nap, Kopetsky got behind Oswald’s wheel and drove the hulking piece of metal back to Madison starting at 1 a.m. while everyone else minus Best slept.”I’m driving in the middle of the night slamming energy drinks, and needless to say, I was relieved when my shift was over to know that I hadn’t killed anybody,” Kopetsky said.Plus, at $3 per gallon of gas and 4.96 miles per gallon, it costs $.50 per minute to drive on the highway. Yet, the family of founders all agree that time and money are dispensable. “You can’t really quantify buying and paying to run a short bus,” Kopetsky said.To him, as ridiculous as it may sound, Kopetsky admits that a successful road trip is more important than just about anything else in the senior’s life right now.”If I do bad on an exam, it’s one thing, but if the road trip falls short, to me, that would be a lot bigger deal,” Kopetsky said. “I’m only going to be in college so long, so we kind of need to do these kinds of things while we can.”Generating dreams are easy, but the satisfaction of following through on them is something we can all relate to.The founding members of the Short Bus don’t contend that they are the biggest or most unique Badger fans. But they certainly want to get those who dare to dream up some crazy tradition onboard.After all, who doesn’t like a short bus?Kevin is a senior double majoring in journalism and economics. Share a crazy road trip experience by reaching him at khagstrom@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

Hoffarth on the media: NBA’s narrative fueled by more than star power

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersAll of it was off the record – with some irony the NBA apparently doesn’t care to acknowledge. Even some mass media distribution has its limits and could dilute the perception of unfiltered truth speaking.But Connor Schell, ESPN’s award-winning documentarian recently promoted to executive vice president of content and on a panel led by TNT’s Ernie Johnson that did a deeper dive into the art of storytelling with today’s techno gadgetry, was able to explain more of his take-away from how the NBA is telling – and selling – its own narrative at this season’s intermission.In this particularly appropriate city, and at this exact moment, it can’t be undervalued as a template to reinforce for others to admire and apply to its own game plans.“We talk about the elements of every story you tell – inform, entertain and surprise, and nothing surprises people like live sports, because no one knows the ending, so that becomes the greatest vehicle for story telling in the world,” said Schell in the hotel lobby afterward.“Sports creates heroes and villains and sympathetic characters and all this drama and triumphs and sadness – it’s all the elements of a great Hollywood story, or a documentary, plays out on the court literally every day. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “And the NBA and its players have been successful in adding to that a real-time access and conversation. There is seemingly as interesting off the court as on the court and they’ve done that really well. Ultimately all that leads to greater connection with their fans and more interest in the game.”A MULTI-PLATFORM PERFORMANCEIf this storytelling thesis wasn’t working, the good old TV ratings might reflect it. But in the NBA, that’s another story it enjoys framing positively.The Sports Business Daily reported that NBA regular season games to date over ABC, ESPN and TNT are up 15 percent from last year through the All-Star break. TNT leads the way with a 20 percent jump (1.9 million viewers through 44 telecasts). Broken down by demographics, women’s influence on the numbers is more impressive than the men’s.Games on regional networks are up 9 percent. The Clippers’ games on Prime Ticket have seen an 88 percent jump in the adult 18-to-34 age demographic through 54 games this far, according to Nielsen sources. Lakers’ games on Spectum SportsNet are up 22 percent compared to the 2016/17 final average. The pregame shows are also up 30 percent, and postgame has jumped 38 percent.On social media, TNT and NBA TV is up 10 percent over a year ago, with nearly 3.1 billion social impressions on Facebook and Twitter since Opening Night. Video views on those accounts are up 47 percent.How does the NBA buck an annoying trend that the NFL constantly tries to dismiss with a variety of excuses?Sure, the players don’t wear face-covering helmets or caps, might be a bit more expressive in an intimate visual setting, and on-going social media banter amongst star player feed into a unique fan connection.(One subliminal secret revealed from the Hilton ballroom: NBA commissioner Adam Silver pointed out that a 94-by-50 basketball court has the same visual ratio as a movie screen or flat-screen TV. Coincidence?)Schell was more blown away by how ratings took off recently for its NBA studio show, “The Jump,” on trade day, during a 90-minute special fueled by breaking news provided in Twitter by its own new media star, Adrian Wojnarowski.“It was unbelievable engagement,” said Schell. “That’s the element of surprise again. You literally can’t write that.”MADE IN AMERICA MEDIA MOGELSSo there was Miami Heat star Dwayne Wade, hosting an exclusive screening of a documentary, “Shot in the Dark,” at Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood on Thursday night. The film about the lives of NBA prospects dealing with gang violence and poverty in Chicago comes directly from a media company Wade has an executive producer role with: Chance the Rapper. Fox premieres the show Saturday. Video-on-demand Cheddar.com was all over reporting on it.Count that toward the other part of this baller equation: Players taking the media into their own hands. And we’re not just talking about The Players Tribune, which Kobe Bryant’s media company has helped finance.Bryant,the retired Lakers star building momentum with his Academy Award-nominated animated documentary based on his multi-media “Dear Basketball” project, can talk a whole new courtship language with current NBA star Kevin Durant, whose Thirty Five Media company created last April is in production with producer Brian Grazer on a drama called “Swagger,” based on Durant’s incredibly documented life.You likely already are aware of the plethora of L.A.-based media projects LeBron James is involved with, which led to him buying a Brentwood home and fueling talk of him playing for the Lakers or Clippers as soon as next season to consolidate his business ventures.A comedy titled “Uncle Drew,” starring Boston guard Kyrie Irving and others, will be in theatres this summer at a time when sports movies aren’t all that abundant any more.That’s how they’re drawing this up.If players viewed an ESPN or TNT as simply a middle man in the media delivery process, they are unapologetically taking their story into their own hands and portfolios.So how does a media giant like ESPN stay relevant without being looked upon as “the old way” of doing things?“Yes, Aaron Rodgers can tweet and we can post on Instagram his own story in his own certain way, but then (ESPN writer and TV personality) Mina Kimes can bring him to life in a way only a great writer can,” said Schell. “Some of bringing an athlete’s story to life is reacting, some of it is giving them a platform, and some of it is laying a level of authenticity or persuasiveness or authority on top of that. We aspire to be a platform for the best story tellers in the world, with all our talent and producers.“I still believe quality wins in a world of infinite choice, and that’s the bar we’re trying to get to every day.”The paradigm shift also continues to no longer emphasize creating a seven-minute piece for an “E:60” or parceling out a three-part, 50-minute window for an ESPN documentary, Schell added. Stories aren’t limited by length or platform, but are delivered more by what tells it best.“It’s really with the strategy and goal to think ‘story first’ — this is to me the important point,” said Schell, part of the executive team that created the “O.J.: Made in America” multi-part documentary for both TV and movie theatres that received an Academy Award for its quality and depth of work.“The ways fans interact with social feeds, apps, websites, our networks, it’s completely unshackled from traditional formats. And I think that’s a unique place we get to exist in today because we’re reaching all these people on all these different mediums.“Instead of ‘you have to fill X-number of column inches each day,’ we think of how to bring a story to life in the best possible form, and if variations of that story work across other platforms, you tell it differently. That’s what we aspire to do.”And that’s the story Schell is sticking to here.MEASURING MEDIA MAYHEMWHAT SMOKES== The Beverly Hilton ballroom has more sports cred – it was the host venue again for the 13th annual L.A. Sports Council’s Awards Show, hosted by Patrick O’Neal and recorded by Fox Sports West to air as a 90-minute program starting Monday at 8:30 p.m. with various replays.== At the urging of former sportscaster-turned-stage-performer Roy Firestone, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar told the Associated Press last week he plans to start a cross-country audience-interactive stage production this fall called “Becoming Kareem,” a title that comes from his 2017 young-adult autobiography (already listed on Amazon as No. 1 in Children’s Islam Books category). It’s the latest attempt by the 70-year-old Basketball Hall of Famer with UCLA and Lakers pedigree to reconstruct his media image that was often sullied by his own doing with the way he often handled himself with reporters during his playing days. “And that was very unfortunate,” Abdul-Jabbar told an AP reporter from his Newport Beach foundation office. “I think it kept me from a head coaching job and commercials and stuff because people wanted to assume the worst.” As long as Kareem can handle whatever the drama critics’ review of his stage show might be, he should hook enough patrons who will be engaged with the thought-provoking conversationalist. Warning: This could inspire Bill Walton to follow this same path.WHAT CHOKESIf not called out by the Boston Globe, which led to a sponsor revolt, one is left to wonder if Boston sports-talk radio station WEEI would not have gone to the extreme to finally suspending live programming Friday to hold an 12-hour mandatory sensitivity training meeting for its employees (particularly on-air talent) in the wake of ridiculous incidents and suspensions that did nothing to improve the company’s credibility or the genre’s overall purpose. Shirley Leung, a Globe columnist and self-defined Chinese America mother of two, urged the Red Sox and Patriots to speak up as broadcast partners and advertisers to withhold their spending. It happened. “WEEI hosts are entitled to free speech,” Leung wrote, “and so are their listeners, but the station routinely crosses a line that makes Boston a hostile place to live. Tune them out? No, we need to stop the vitriol.” After the sensitivity training was announced, Leung followed up: “Let’s hope they finally get it.” If they do, they’ll be making more sports radio history.center_img In this burgeoning business of storytelling, and taking the most credit for the ability to cut and paste ideas, the NBA knows a good one when it can tell it in its own ways. And just because it has a certain height advantage here, there are no tall tales evident of a pro league boasting it has this whole media business figured out.As celebrated as its All-Star Weekend arrival in Los Angeles will be documented, capped off by Sunday’s exhibition game at Staples Center, there may have been an even bigger star-studded NBA Tech Summit at the Beverly Hilton last Friday morning. It punctuated just how influential the league’s basic knowledge and implementation has become of the current media landscape connects players and teams to its fanbase.Now it’s willing to share. Or drop a a handful of dimes, in basketball parlance.In a power-meeting ballroom more often shown off during Golden Globe presentations, here was the meshing of Clippers owner Steve Ballmer’s vision of artificial intelligence with an global strategy executive from Facebook trying to disprove a Silicon Valley myth about millennial short attention spans, relating a story about how viewers’ input resulted in reordering longer episodes of the “Ball in the Family” reality show.last_img read more

Wellington girls are off to state; beat Rose Hill 46-33

first_img9 Lauryn Snipes scores 22 points to help lead Crusaders to victory.By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sometimes the weight of pressure can be the hardest thing to overcome. After two straight sub-state championship losses, the Crusader girls would come up triumphant in front of arguably the largest crowds to ever witness a high school basketball game in Wellington.For the 22nd time this season, the undefeated Wellington Lady Crusaders were victorious knocking down Rose Hill 46-33 to capture the sub-state championship.Wellington now awaits the Salina Class 4A Div. 1 State Tournament bracket that could come out today. The Crusaders will either be a No. 1 or No. 2 seed. Bishop Miege is also undefeated. That will also be decided with a coin flip between the two coaches, maybe through Skype – a video website on the net.The Lady Dukes didn’t play their prettiest of games Saturday, but most certainly didn’t disappoint. And there was plenty of pressure coming into this game.Rose Hill came in as one of the hottest teams in Class 4A Div. 1 — owners of five straight wins, having lost once since the Haven Tournament to McPherson by a mere 7 points, and shellacking Winfield 46-19 Thursday night in the sub-state first round.This was also the same team that knocked Wellington out of the sub-state championship in 2015.“For the first time in my life, I’m almost speechless,” said Wellington head girls basketball coach Eric Adams, who would go on to talk another seven minutes in the post-game interview. “There was a lot of celebration, a lot of tears, but they were happy tears.”Adams attributed the victory to tenacious man pressure defense. It also didn’t hurt that junior Lauryn Snipes would drill 22 points followed by Grace Mitchell’s with 17.“Big time girls come up and play big in big situations,” Adams said. “That’s why they are Div. 1 recruits.”The game started slowly with Wellington trailing 14-8 two minutes to go in the first quarter. That was significant because, Rose Hill would never score again in the half. Snipes had scored 10 of the 11 first quarter points.“At the end of the first quarter, I told them we were going to play man-to-man pressure and they would have to lock down and guard somebody,” Adams said. “The five girls had a quick conference and told one another ‘do your part’ and they said it in a stern way.”Rose Hill appeared to go in a stall for much of the second quarter, but Adams said it was more of a case of the Wellington defense taking away the inside cut. Rose Hill rarely took a shot, and at the end of two quarters, Wellington had completed a 12-0 sweep, was on a 15-point run, and led 23-14 at the half.The second half, Wellington would open up a double digit lead. The Crusaders had some mental lapses offensively for some of the third quarter, but Rose Hill wasn’t getting anything going on the other end.At the end of three, Wellington was in front 32-23.Snipes immediately opened the fourth quarter with what could be argued a game sealing layup and free throw to put the Lady Dukes up by 12. And despite a couple of treys by Herman, Rose Hill never could get much closer.When the final buzzer sounded, the girls engulfed on one another to celebrate their third tournament title of the season. The fourth one would most certainly be the most daunting title of all. 9 Wellington 11 14 Follow us on Twitter. 0 Rose Hill 33 14 12 Sub-state championship 46 10 Rose Hill: Herman 10, Van Driel 14, Woods 8. Total 9 (2) 9-14 33. 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