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

Panama Connected To Colombian Intelligence In Order To Fight Crime: Martinelli

first_imgBy Dialogo May 14, 2010 Panamanian police forces have obtained access to the database of the Colombian intelligence service DAS in order to monitor the entry of Colombians into Panama and control crime, Panamanian president Ricardo Martinelli declared. “We’re now connected to the DAS (secret service) database in Colombia. I told the (Colombian) ambassador (in Panama, Gina Benedetti), ‘Look, ma’am, either you let us connect, or I’m going to have to impose visa requirements on Colombians,’ and now they’ve given it to us,” Martinelli declared in an interview with the Telemetro television network. The connection will provide “access to the database of everyone who has committed a crime in Colombia” and will enable immigration agents to detect them when they try to enter Panama, Martinelli said. In recent weeks three corpses cut into pieces have been found in Panama, which the authorities attribute to a struggle for control of the drug routes from Colombia to North America, leading Martinelli to announce a new “war without quarter” against organized crime. In Panama there are “whole families dedicated to laundering money,” and the police are “infiltrated by drug-trafficking elements,” Martinelli affirmed. He also said that he hoped that “the democratic forces in Colombia are not dismantled and the forces of evil do not start to prosper” as a result of the upcoming Colombian elections, in an apparent allusion to his desire that the next president maintain incumbent Álvaro Uribe’s actions against organized crime.last_img read more

Colombia’s Santos Comes To Power Very Popular Poll

first_imgBy Dialogo August 06, 2010 Colombia’s President-elect Juan Manuel Santos will take over the Andean nation’s highest office more popular than the incumbent leader credited with a dramatic fall in violence, an opinion poll showed on Friday. Colombia is much safer than when outgoing leader Alvaro Uribe took power in 2002, thanks to his U.S.-backed offensive against leftist guerrillas. His success against rebels and drug lords kept him popular and brought an uptick in investment. Santos — who takes office on August 7 and heads Uribe’s ‘U’ Party — will become president with 76 percent of Colombians rating him as favorable — one percentage point above his predecessor and Colombia’s most popular leader in history. “We’re in the honeymoon phase because when there’s a change of government and a well-received government ends, that generates a lot of optimism in people,” said Jorge Londono, head of Gallup, which published its poll in local media. Former Defense Minister Santos — who won the most votes in Colombia’s history in June — has broadly pledged to keep up the security and pro-business policies of Uribe and has benefited from the president’s strong rural support. When Uribe came to power for the first of his two terms, Marxist guerrillas controlled large swathes of territory and could carry out attacks in major cities — including a strike on the presidential palace in 2002. But eight years later, the rebels are hemmed in to remote, rural areas of Latin America’s No. 4 oil producer — and that has opened up new parts of the country to increased economic activity, improved Colombia’s image and kept Uribe popular. The Gallup poll — which interviewed 1,200 people across five big cities from July 16-24 — found 52 percent said the country was getting better, versus 41 percent who said the same in February this year. As Uribe prepares to step down, 80 percent of Colombians approve of the job he is doing. Speculation is rife about his political future post-presidency. Half of Colombians said the country would continue getting better at the start of Santos’ administration. Santos will inherit a feud with Caracas — which has hurt trade worth billions of dollars a year — over accusations by Uribe’s government that Venezuela harbors Colombian guerrillas — charges that saw President Hugo Chavez break ties.last_img read more

CUNA’s Salemi talks CUDE, ‘crashing,’ YPs and more

first_imgYoung credit union professionals are very motivated to make a difference, CUNA Social Media Administrator Christina Salemi told CUltivate. In a recent interview with the publication, Salemi shared her thoughts on becoming a DE, “crashing” CUNA conventions and the importance of mentorship, among other topics.Having been in the movement nearly five years, Salemi said becoming a Credit Union Development Educator (CUDE) through the DE program was a goal from the beginning, and that she learned several things.“First, there’s good people out there who want to help you make your financial dreams come true. Second, it’s not just a professional growth but a personal one as well. Third, it’s the longest/shortest week of your life. And finally, trust the process!” she said. “The CUDE program focuses on exploring the “why” and purpose of credit unions. The week long training allows you to escape your daily distractions and work obligations by focusing on why we do what we do. It’s a transformative training that will stay with you forever!” ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

The system of renting electric bicycles in Pazin was presented

first_imgSanja Kantaruti, director of the Tourist Board of Central Istria, stated that the Tourist Board of Central Istria, by the decision of the Tourist Board, financed the purchase of three of the four electric bicycles that will be available to citizens and visitors to Pazin. In addition to the rental system, the service station also contains a separate charger for visitors’ private bicycles, which is compatible with other charging stations located in the area of ​​(central) Istria. E-bike filling stations in the surrounding towns were centrally financed by the Tourist Board of the Istrian County and local self-government units with the aim of further development and better positioning of Istria as a cycling destination. The Pazin station will complete the existing network and thus provide a complete system so that users can easily visit various locations in central Istria using electric bicycles. The map of bicycle paths in the area of ​​central Istria, which was made as part of a project co-financed from EU funds under the leadership of the Central Istria LAG, also contributes to this. The map of the trails has marked and main attractions for visitors, from cultural and natural sights to catering and accommodation facilities. Information on cycling tours, e-bike stops and filling stations from all over central Istria, natural and cultural attractions and heritage of this area and gastronomic and other offer that central Istria offers will contribute to better circulation of visitors, more developed area and higher tourist consumption, ie general development. Entrepreneurship and Hospitality in Tourism ” Kantaruti pointed out. The system includes an energy-independent system of public rental of electric bicycles to customers (e-bike share) with the addition of the service of a small bicycle service station (bike point) and information stations for all cyclists and other visitors.  The use of the system is fully automated, so the use and billing will be carried out by scanning the QR code and card payment via smartphones and / or pylons installed at the station. The system is equipped with four MTB bikes, and the rental will take place this year from August to the end of October. The rental system will be available every day from 6 am to 20 pm, while rented bicycles will be able to return to the system 24 hours a day. Three tariffs for bicycle rental have been introduced: 1 hour HRK 20,00, half-day (7 hours) HRK 120,00 and all-day rental (14 hours) HRK 200,00. System services – rental, charging and repair of electric bicycles in the city center The system also has a small service station in its rear part, equipped with a bicycle stand, a tool for minor repairs and a separate charger. The service station will be available, free of charge, to private owners of mechanical and electric bicycles. Electric bicycles have an autonomy of 40 to 70 kilometers, depending on the type of ride and terrain.  E bike share / point in Pazin is the first public e-bike rental system in Istria set up outside the system of coastal tourist centers.center_img Active tourism is one of the main tourist products of the area of ​​Central Istria and the landscape and terrain of the interior is optimal for the development of cycling tourism and accompanying facilities. “Pazin bike” is the name of a new system for renting and repairing electric bicycles set up by the City of Pazin in the center of Pazin, which is available to citizens and tourists of Pazin from today. The development of Istria as a destination for cycling and general active (outdoor) tourism is a clear priority of development in the current and future period, and a new system that represents an additional tourist offer in Pazin, but at the same time promotes green technologies presented. Photo: Central Istria Tourist Boardlast_img read more

BLOG: Invest in Pre-K, Not Prisons

first_img Budget News,  Criminal Justice Reform,  Education,  Schools That Teach,  The Blog We know at least two big things about the criminal justice system in Pennsylvania:First, we’re spending way too much money on prisons that could be spent on roads, schools or programs for our seniors and most vulnerable.Second, too many young people are getting caught up in the system before they even get a chance and far too many are likely to return after leaving.There is a way to address these problems head on. But it starts in the pre-k classroom far away from any jail, courtroom or police station.There are two paths we can take: invest in early childhood education now, or start building more prisons.I support Governor Wolf’s historic investment – $60 million or a 30.5 percent increase – in early childhood education, which is included in his 2016-2017 budget proposal.This funding increase builds upon the $60 million investment in 2015-16 to enroll about 14,000 children in Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts and the Head Start Program.Studies show that children who participate in high-quality pre-kindergarten perform better in school, graduate at higher rates and earn more throughout their working lives. And in some studies, children without pre-k were 70 percent more likely to be arrest for a violent crime by age 18.A recent report by a non-partisan law enforcement-led group called ‘Fight Crime: Invest in Kids’ estimated that Governor Wolf’s $120 million state funding increase for early childhood education will also eventually lead to $350 million in Corrections and other cost savings for the Commonwealth every year.Currently, Pennsylvania spends more than $2 billion annually—about seven percent of the state budget—to house about 50,000 inmates. Yet, only 30 percent of Pennsylvania children in families earning up to three times the federal poverty level – or $72,750 for a family of four – are enrolled in high-quality pre-k programs.It is time to change this nonsensical reality in Pennsylvania — it is time to choose to invest in pre-k now, and spend less on prisons later. By: John E. Wetzel, Secretary of Corrections Read more posts about Governor Wolf’s 2016-17 budget.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf BLOG: Invest in Pre-K, Not Prisonscenter_img February 26, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Church of England boosts forestry stake

first_imgThe Church Commissioners have acquired a forestry portfolio for £49m (€61m) for their £6.1bn endowment fund, used to finance the Church of England’s activities, as well as some of its pension obligations.The estates were purchased from UPM Tilhill, a forestry and timber harvesting company, and are made up of 13 forests in Scotland and two in Wales, including two operating wind farms and a mountain biking visitor centre.They take the Commissioners’ total UK forestry holdings to £100m, all of which are certified to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standards. The Commissioners are now the largest private commercial forestry investor in the UK.The Commissioners have targeted forestry investments since 2010, and since inception these have delivered an annualised double digit return. Chris West, head of indirect property, timberland and infrastructure for the Church Commissioners said: “We are delighted to complete this acquisition which brings our total forestry portfolio to 4% of the Commissioners’ total assets. Over the past five years, the Commissioners have built a high quality diverse portfolio of forestry assets in the UK, US and Australia, which will be managed for the long term.”He added: “We believe that the acquisition should deliver attractive risk-adjusted returns in our home market and further diversify the Commissioners’ assets.“This is a low carbon investment that first and foremost stacks up on investment grounds, but additionally provides future upside from renewable energy projects.However, the purchase is not connected to the recent decision by the Diocese of Oxford to divest from fossil fuel companies and its call for the Church as a whole to do the same.There is no divestment element to the Commissioners’ climate change policy and the Commissioners are awaiting advice from the Church’s Ethical Investment Advisory Group on the next iteration of this policy.They expect to adopt an updated policy before the Church’s General Synod in July 2015.last_img read more

Women at greater danger from pokies

first_imgThe Age (Australia) 18 Feb 2012THE number of women gambling is increasing and ease of access to poker machines is a key factor in producing problem gambling in women, new government funded research has found. The new report by the Responsible Gambling Advocacy Centre, Women and Gambling: Issues of Difference found women are likely than men to become problem gamblers later in life and take longer to recover from problem gambling. ”Women are more likely to gamble in ways that are comparatively isolated, that require low or no levels of social interaction and are likely to be motivated to gamble as an escape from problems,” the research found.….. Samiro Douglas from the Women’s Information and Referral Exchange said she believed gambling problems were under-reported by women. ”Women do not disclose gambling problems easily… how would a woman balance the perception of herself as being a good mother and also a gambler? I think think there is a greater stigma for a woman to say she has got a problem with the pokies,” she said. ”It is kind of like spending your money on the pokies and being a good mother doesn’t equate, society would really judge that more.”She said this stigma may prevent some women seeking help.http://www.theage.com.au/national/women-at-greater-danger-from-pokies-report-finds-20120217-1ter6.htmllast_img read more

Meet the Dominica National Basketball Team

first_img Tweet Game 2- 9.00pm – United Insurance Sharks vs. Dragon Stout Pros. By: Mickey Joseph Dominica National Basketball Team The Dominica Amateur Basketball Association introduces the players of the Dominica National Basketball Team to Dominica, standing left to right in Front are Mickey Joseph {Coach}, Earl Mathew, Ricky Toussaint, Yamada (Mardi)Parker, Davidson(Guinee) Toulon, Simon (Toto)Joseph, Bernard Mills, Joni Riviere, Ryan Anslem (Ast, Coach). Standing Left to Right Back  are Johnny Alfred. Ramal Carbon, Joseph Hypolite, Garth Joseph, Peter Ricketts,Junior Isles, Jeffrey Joseph and Derek (Deedee)Alexander (Ast. Coach). Share The Dominica Amateur Basketball Association still waits on the position of St Vincent on their attendance to the tournament after indicating financial problems, but the association continues to train the national team and will make an official statement on the tournament on Friday. Sharing is caring! Missing in picture is Steve Hypolite of the Wesley Raptors. Share Note the National Team Uniform is sponsored by CRCC and DABA , total cost of over 7000 dollars. Meanwhile the Lime sponsored basketball playoffs will continue on Wednesday with two games at the Lindo Park. Game 1- 7.00pm – Goodwill Starz vs. Pichelin Pistons NewsSports Meet the Dominica National Basketball Team by: – August 23, 2011 Share 104 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

LIAT fury

first_img Share 60 Views   one comment Share LifestyleNewsRegionalTravel LIAT fury by: – December 7, 2011 Simon Auguste (left) and other passengers had lengthy waits yesterday with no word on when flights would be next available. (NB)A SICK-OUT BY LIAT pilots that affected all of its morning services yesterday left many disgusted passengers at the Grantley Adams International Airport.The action resulted from Monday’s sacking of chairman of the Leeward Islands Pilots’ Association, Michael Blackburn.Chester Humphrey, chairman of the unions within LIAT system, told CMC that the unions were prepared to join the action unless Blackburn is reinstated. He claimed Blackburn’s dismissal had been done on “spurious” grounds.Last night LIAT passengers, who are to travel today, were advised to go to its website for details on flights.Yesterday travellers complained of tiredness, hunger, frustration, a lack of information and poor service from the airline’s staff.Some said they arrived at the airport as early as 5 a.m. to travel to Dominica, St Lucia, Grenada and St Vincent, and as the clock ticked closer to noon they did not know whether they would be getting a flight out or if they would have to spend the night at the airport.An advisory issued by corporate communications manager Desmond Brown said the sick-out was likely to affect the rest of yesterday’s flights.Passengers were incensed that LIAT did not offer them even “a drink of water”, or facilitate phone calls to people who would have been awaiting their arrival.They also complained that LIAT did not make any accommodations for them in any of the airport lounges or nearby facilities, forcing them to hang around in areas close to the check-in counters. (YB)Nation Newscenter_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more