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U.S. utility CEO: Move away from coal ‘saves everyone money’

first_imgU.S. utility CEO: Move away from coal ‘saves everyone money’ FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Energy News Network:In a speech this week to a large, business-friendly crowd in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Consumers Energy President and CEO Patti Poppe presented an economic case for solar power, electric vehicles and moving past coal.The company closed seven Michigan coal plants in 2016, cutting carbon emissions 25 percent without hurting its workforce. As the company focuses on solar in the coming years, Poppe said electric vehicles will play a growing role in the company’s “triple bottom line” principle of serving people, the planet and prosperity.It’s a big departure for a CEO who not too long ago had an “I love coal” bumper sticker on her car:Poppe conceded that Consumers previously “fought” solar adoption. Now the company is embracing it, planning up to 6,000 megawatts of solar in its portfolio by 2040. “We can have cleaner, more modular energy that more closely matches demand,” Poppe said. “It saves everyone money.”She said the build-out will be “a little bit of both” utility-scale and smaller distributed projects, but active farmland isn’t the company’s first choice for development. “We should be finding ways to use otherwise unusable land for solar — parking lots, warehouse rooftops,” she said.Earlier this year, the company announced it would be coal-free by 2040 and reduce carbon emissions by 90 percent while also reducing water usage and waste sent to landfills. The company also does not plan large capital investments in a natural gas plant. “It’s a win-win-win,” she said. “That’s why it’s not an economic risk to move away from a traditional energy source like coal.”More: Four key takeaways from a Michigan utility’s clean energy transitionlast_img read more

Calling all leaders, young and old

first_img 27SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr “A title doesn’t make you a leader any more than a bedazzled jumpsuit makes you Elvis.”You know how some people talk about going to a mall or airport to “people watch” or whatever they call it? Know my favorite place to do that? You guessed it. Workplaces. There are so many interesting dynamics at play.One of them is the infusion of young talent into the workforce that’s already entrenched within any given organization. This isn’t uncommon, of course, and it’s a necessary and healthy part of organizational life.But we’d be naive if we didn’t also acknowledge that it can — and often does — cause tension, and even friction, even though it really doesn’t need to. One situation within which this seems to occur is when younger folks are slotted into any sort of leadership role, be it a formal or informal one.A quick word here on how I’m using these words. When I say “younger,” don’t get too hung up on trying to nail down an exact age range. I’m not necessarily trying to do that, and I’m also not big on all the slicing and dicing of people into neat little categories anyway. I’m using “younger” simply to differentiate a group of folks who are younger and less experienced relative to others who…well…are older and have more tenure at an organization. So it’s very general, and that’s on purpose for the intent of this discussion. continue reading »last_img read more

How to make your blog posts ADA compliant

first_imgADA compliance affects every single credit union website. Maybe you’ve already had your website double and triple checked for ADA compliance issues by an auditing company, but are you keeping an eye on the content you post regularly? Here are four things to keep in mind when you’re publishing blog posts on your website. #1 Label and structure your contentIf you love to post thoughts in a rambly, stream-of-consciousness style on your credit union website’s blog, we’ve got bad news for you. Adding clear headings and subheadings to your blog post is incredibly important for ADA compliance. Make sure that you not only include them, but that you use the correct HTML tags so that assistive technology can read the headings. You should also use plenty of white space, to make your posts painless to read. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Nassau Police: Merrick Homicide Not Random Attack

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 48-year-old Merrick woman found dead Wednesday night in her home does not appear to be the victim of a random attacker, a high-ranking Nassau County police official said.Police said the victim’s concerned father found her lying unresponsive in an upstairs bedroom and then called 911. The father went to check on his daughter, whom he had not heard from since Tuesday evening, when she declined an invitation for dinner with her parents, police said.When police arrived to the Smith Street home at around 6:35 p.m., the victim, Suzanne Goldfarb, was dead. At a press conference at police headquarters in Mineola Thursday, Chief of Detectives Kevin Smith said there was indication that Goldfarb was bound, but he did not say if she was tied to the bed.The Nassau County Medical Examiner’s office determined she had died of asphyxiation, Smith said. He did not say if any instruments were used in the attack.Goldfarb had lived alone at the house for about five years, according to police.Smith said there was no indication of forced entry. He noted that all doors leading outside were locked and no windows appeared to have been disrupted.“The likelihood of a random attack lessens greatly under these conditions,” Smith explained.Investigators suspect the attacker may have been welcomed inside or may have had a key to the entrance.Goldfarb last spoke to her parents at 8 p.m. on Tuesday. Smith said he did not know much about the conversation other than that Goldfarb had declined dinner.Smith attempted to calm the nerves of some residents worried about the safety of the community.“We are exploring every scenario,” he said. Given that the windows and doors to her house were not tampered with, and that the neighborhood has not been stricken by burglars, investigators have theorized that this was not a random act.Smith noted that there were no history of 911 calls to the home.Goldfarb worked as a babysitter in another community, Smith said.When asked why the father would be concerned after going only 24 hours without hearing from his daughter, Smith said: “Apparently they spoke a lot, they were close.”last_img read more

COVID-19: Medical workers in East Nusa Tenggara opt to stay in hospital amid gear shortage

first_imgA team of doctors and nurses in Ben Mboi Regional General Hospital in Ruteng, East Nusa Tenggara is working around the clock against all odds to take care of the province’s first patient suspected to have been infected with COVID-19.Amid a shortage of protective gear plaguing almost all medical workers in the country, eight nurses and two doctors have opted to stay at the hospital to treat the patient.The hospital’s public relations head Laurens Guntur said the doctors and nurses were staying in a dormitory specifically designated for health workers.”Some of the doctors and nurses have spouses and children at home, but they opt to temporarily stay at the hospital to treat the patient,” Laurens said.Maggarai regency, where the hospital is located, does not have a referral hospital for COVID-19, however the Manggarai administration decided to establish an isolation room at Ben Mboi hospital to accommodate COVID-19 suspects transferred from local health community centers (Puskesmas).Laurens said a lack of protective gear had forced several medical workers to take creative measures to protect themselves.”Some Puskesmas health workers used plastic raincoats to protect themselves from the coronavirus when they transferred the COVID-19 suspect to the hospital several days ago,” he said.Ben Mboi hospital is also struggling to find protective gear for the team of doctors and nurses treating the COVID-19 suspect at the hospital.”We ordered protective gear for our medical workers some time ago, but due to limited supply we only managed to get 10 sets,” he said.Laurens explained that despite the limitations, the hospital’s health workers always tried to wear protective gear according to the standard implemented by the Health Ministry.”The team members wear several layers of protective gear. Besides overalls, they also wear a raincoat, operation gown, and disposable apron underneath,” he said.Local authorities have reported that 254 residents in East Nusa Tenggara are under general monitoring and have been ordered to self-quarantine. There has been only one patient under close monitoring amid no confirmed cases yet in the province. (nal)Topics :last_img read more

Trump says will bar TikTok from US

first_imgRead also: Microsoft weighs TikTok purchase as ad business flattens outQueried by AFP, TikTok declined to comment on the reports of the forced sales, saying only: “We are confident in the long-term success of TikTok. “Hundreds of millions of people come to TikTok for entertainment and connection, including our community of creators and artists who are building livelihoods from the platform.”The firm this week pledged a high level of transparency, including allowing reviews of its algorithms, to assure users and regulators.”We are not political, we do not accept political advertising and have no agenda — our only objective is to remain a vibrant, dynamic platform for everyone to enjoy,” TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer said in post this week.”TikTok has become the latest target, but we are not the enemy.”The popularity of the platform surged after ByteDance acquired US-based app Musical.ly in 2017 and merged it with its own video service.James Lewis, head of the technology policy program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said he believes the security risk of using TikTok is “close to zero” but that ByteDance could face pressure from China to engage in censorship.”It looks like ByteDance may be getting squeezed by Beijing, so making them divest makes sense,” Lewis said. “They could start censoring stuff.”Lewis said US authorities under CFIUS have the power to unwind an acquisition previously approved and that a similar action was taken in 2019 with the dating app Grindr after it was bought by a Chinese firm.Topics : President Donald Trump said Friday he will bar fast-growing social media app TikTok from the United States as American authorities have raised concerns the service could be a tool for Chinese intelligence.US officials and lawmakers in recent weeks have voiced fears of the wildly popular video platform being used by Beijing for nefarious purposes, but the company has denied any links to the Chinese government.Media reports circulated earlier Friday saying that Trump would require the US operations of the app be divested from its Chinese parent firm ByteDance, but the president announced a ban. Speaking to reporters on Air Force One, Trump said: “As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States.”He added he would take action as soon as Saturday using emergency economic power or an executive order.Trump’s move comes following a review by the Committee on Foreign Investment (CFIUS) in the United States, which investigates deals affecting US national security.TikTok, especially popular with young audiences who create and watch its short-form videos, has an estimated billion users worldwide. last_img read more

Ophir finds buyer for Fortuna FLNG gas

first_imgOphir Energy has informed that Gunvor Group has been nominated as the preferred buyer of LNG for offtake from the Fortuna FLNG project, offshore Equatorial Guinea.According to Ophir, principal commercial terms subject to finalizing a Sale and Purchase Agreement (“SPA”) for the offtake ahead of the Final Investment Decision (“FID”) on the Fortuna FLNG project have been agreed.Gunvor is committed to taking the full contract capacity of the Gandria FLNG vessel of 2.2 MMTPA, which will be purchased on a Brent-linked, Free on Board (“FOB”) basis for a 10 year term, Ophir said.The contract structure allows flexibility for up to 1.1 MMTPA of the Fortuna capacity to be marketed on an alternate basis. Consequently the agreement gives the Fortuna partners, alongside the State of Equatorial Guinea, the potential to sell volumes to higher priced gas markets in Africa and beyond, whilst retaining a share in the profits of such sales, Ophir added.With a preferred LNG Buyer now nominated, Ophir said the last significant milestone remaining prior to FID for the Fortuna FLNG project is the completion of project funding, with FID remaining on track for later in 2017.Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima, Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons for the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, commented: “The selection of Gunvor sets a landmark moment in the development of the Fortuna Project. The partnership with Gunvor also paves the way for the government’s objective to deliver important projects that monetize our gas, promotes local content and brings world-class petroleum technology to Equatorial Guinea. The Fortuna Project will target becoming the first choice supplier of LNG for the LNG to Africa initiative, furthering Equatorial Guinea’s leadership position in Africa as an LNG exporter.”Nick Cooper, Chief Executive of Ophir, commented: “We thank those parties that participated in the competitive tender process for the offtake and welcome Gunvor to the Fortuna FLNG Project. Gunvor’s involvement is a further addition to a strong partnership along the Fortuna value chain. Our focus is now on completing the financing package and debt facility. With Golar’s sister vessel, the Hilli, nearing completion and with Petronas FLNG having recently delivered commercial cargoes, FLNG is now entering the mainstream.”Jeff Goodrich, CEO OneLNG SA, commented: “OneLNG, along with the State of Equatorial Guinea and Ophir, would like to take the opportunity to welcome Gunvor to the Fortuna family. We look forward to working together to set the new performance benchmark in FLNG.”last_img read more

World Rugby tasks NRFF on grassroot development

first_img Loading… Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWe’re Getting More Game Of Thrones: Enter House Of The Dragon!A Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time10 Celebrity Dads Who Don’t Get Along With Their KidsBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth? World governing body for the sport of rugby, World Rugby has urged Nigeria Rugby Football Federation (NRFF) to make the development of the game from grassroot a top priority. World Rugby Services Manager (Africa), Steph Neil made the appeal during an interactive session with the media at the Rugby House, Giwa Ayinde, Masha on Tuesday. Neil, who was accompanied by Rugby Africa Regional Development Officer; Charles Yapo from Ivory Coast, said he was on a working visit to Nigeria to access the level of development of Rugby and to also see the facilities on ground. According to Neil, Nigeria could develop the game through grassroots engagements in schools and catch them young initiatives, adding that the driving force of the development of the sport lies with the office of the National Technical Director an office he reckoned had a lots of influence on planning for the games. “There are layers of development which has worked for other countries which can equally work for Nigeria which is developmental plans of the games especially participating in regional competitions.Advertisementcenter_img “In Rugby, the first development structure starts with the players and then we take a look at the infrastructure, the referees and the coach. There are investment from the players to officials and the coach. “The first thing the coach should get is the experience; it is a clear path for progress. The coaches will get to improve as they get to officiate more. World Rugby Services Manager, Steph Neil (c) while briefing the media “Rugby players can be targeted in schools as part of grassroots development. They should be scouted for in primary, high school and tertiary institutions. These are processes for talent identifications,” he said. Read AlsoRugby’s Hong Kong, Singapore Sevens postponed over virus Neil however praised the NRRF under the leadership of Kelechukwu Mbagwu, for providing a strong leadership structure which he said is on right path to development of the game. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Laporta confirms run for Barcelona presidency, seeks Guardiola return

first_imgFormer Barcelona president Joan Laporta has confirmed he intends to run in the club’s presidential elections next year and he wants Pep Guardiola back as Coach. Laporta – who was president of the Catalan giants between 2003 and 2010 – was speaking to Catalan station TV3, cited by Cadena Cope and said it was his ‘dream’ to return to the role and also spoke of his desire to be reunited with the current Manchester City boss. “I would very much like Guardiola to come back, but now he is at City and it is a decision that Pep should take. He is a benchmark for Barcelona and many Catalans would like him to train Barça again. “At the right time, I will speak to the person we think should be a Barça Coach from 2021.” Guardiola was selected as Barcelona boss by Laporta in 2008 ahead of a hopeful Jose Mourinho, providing one of the most significant moments in modern European football. Guardiola won two Champions League titles and three La Liga titles across four years as the club’s Coach, having previously been at the helm of the club’s B team. Xavi Hernandez – the Barcelona captain during the Guardiola years – is now managing Al-Sadd in Qatar and Laporta admitted the former midfield maestro was another option for the Camp Nou hotseat. “Xavi is already a Coach, he lives football and it is he who must decide what his moment is,” Laporta added. “In 2021 there will still be players who were Xavi’s teammates, and he must think if he is prepared to lead former teammates, which is not an easy thing.” Joan Laporta Read Also: Messi donates €500k towards the fight against COVID-19 Current club president Josep Maria Bartomeu’s rein ends in 2021 and as things stand, the businessman Víctor Font is the only official pre-candidate in the running. Laporta was replaced in 2010 by his electoral rival Sandro Rossell, who was himself replaced by Bartomeu in January 2014. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?This Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalDisney’s Live-Action Simba Was Based On The Cutest Lion Cub EverBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesGreat Entertainer Became A Milestone In The History Of Censorshiplast_img read more

Diouf names Okocha Africa’s most talented footballer, hails Eto’o, Drogba

first_img Diouf, who was a former teammate of the Super Eagles legend at Bolton, admitted he has never seen a player as talented as the midfielder since he was born. The Ex-Senegal international also clarified the comment he made recently where he claimed he was the greatest striker from the continent, which has generated debate lately. Okocha was renowned for his dribbling abilities, especially his skills in the use of step-overs, however, the midfielder failed to clinch the Africa Player of the Year or any top individual award during his playing years.Advertisement Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreAwesome Caricatures Of 23 Marvel HeroesYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeBoys Deserve More Than Action-Hero Role ModelsThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without RechargingInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtWe’re Getting More Game Of Thrones: Enter House Of The Dragon!8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet Loading… center_img Diouf explains the best players in the last decade are four-time African Player of the Year, Cameroon legend Eto’o and former Ivory Coast star Drogba.“When I said that I am the most talented I did not say that I was the best. I spoke French. The most talented does not mean the best,” Diouf told RSI, as per Press-Sport.“The two best African players of this decade are Samuel Eto’o and Didier Drogba but on the other hand the most talented one cannot say that it is Diouf, It is impossible.“The most talented African football since I was born is Okocha. He’s the most talented player I’ve ever seen, but he didn’t win a trophy, he didn’t win a gold ball.”Diouf enjoyed success during his playing years and won a number of individual prizes, including the African Player of the Year award in 2001 and 2002.The 39-year-old forward also clinched the Scottish Premiership title and Cup trophy with Rangers and the League Cup diadem with Liverpool.Read Also: La Liga: Spanish Prime Minister confirms restart dateHis heroic displays propelled Senegal to the quarter-finals of the 2002 World Cup and helped the Teranga Lions finish as runner-up at the Africa Cup of Nations that same year.Diouf featured for Sochaux, Rennes, Lens, Liverpool, Bolton, Sunderland, Blackburn Rovers, Doncaster Rovers, Leeds United and Sabah FA before his retirement from professional football.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Former Liverpool and Bolton Wanderers forward El Hadji Diouf has named Jay-Jay Okocha as the most talented African footballer while picking Samuel Eto’o and Didier Drogba as the best players from the continent.last_img read more