IEEFA Energy Finance 2016: China Intent on Coal-Industry Reduction

first_imgIEEFA Energy Finance 2016: China Intent on Coal-Industry Reduction IEEFA Energy Finance 2016: China Intent on Coal Industry Reduction FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享China will stand its stated intentions to scale down its coal industry, Fergus Greene, a policy analyst with the London School of Economics, said Monday afternoon in a presentation at Energy Finance 2016.Greene noted that the Chinese economy has grown less “energy intensive,” as its economy has evolved away from heavy industry toward service-sector development, and that electricity-generation diversity is rising.“We see big increases in particular in renewable energy,” said Greene, echoing remarks by IEEFA’s Tim Buckley, who noted China reached peak coal consumption in 2013. Greene said the country faces “enormous challenges” in managing its coal industry decline—with the announced layoffs of 1.3 million coal workers and 500,000 steel workers—but that the central government will persist nonetheless.Greene spoke more broadly to global coal markets too, saying that while “we don’t need new coal mines,” coal-mine development could still occur in places where status quo fossil fuel interests are dominant and hold political sway.“Many governments are largely captured by the coal industry, which is calling for subsidies,” he said. “They call it nation-building infrastructure in Australia.”last_img read more

Rules proposed to gauge the need for more DCAs

first_imgTwentieth Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Hugh Hayes argued for creating a Sixth District Court of Appeal to alleviate workload pressure on the Second DCA.But Second DCA Judge Chris Altenbernd, chair of the Supreme Court Committee on District Court of Appeal Workload and Jurisdiction, responded that was beyond the scope of the group’s charge.Rather, Altenbernd replied, Judge Hayes’ proposal, as well as efforts of the 2004 Florida Legislature to realign districts, reveals the need for the Supreme Court to adopt a rule of judicial administration.The committee’s task, Altenbernd wrote, “is to propose appropriate uniform criteria as well as a process for using those criteria on a regular basis to determine the need to increase, decrease, or redefine the districts.”It’s all part of committee’s 17-page report and proposed Rule of Judicial Administration 2.036, filed with the court when the committee’s term expired November 1. The committee’s report may be found at“The essential question to be asked, in the view of this committee, is not whether a court has too many judges, its caseload is too high, or it publishes too few opinions,” the report states.“The relevant question is simply whether, given the totality of circumstances, Florida’s district courts are able to effectively and efficiently perform their primary functions in service to the people. If there are indications that the courts are struggling to fulfill their mission, then responsible steps should be considered, including geographic redefinition of the districts and alteration of subject matter jurisdiction.”The report detailed the group’s extensive research, including studying the changing caseload of Florida’s district courts over a 40-year period and filing trends projected through 2015.The committee concluded that “many commonly held beliefs about factors that contribute to appellate court caseloads, such as correlations to populations, numbers of attorneys, and trial court caseloads are overstated, and that caseloads are also affected by changes in the law, such as those contributing to post-conviction appeals, and changes in trial court practice, such as increased reliance on mediation and other private forums.“In short, future caseloads cannot be reliably projected based on linear calculations or populations and other data, but are dependent on uncertain contingencies regarding the legal and social structure,” the reprot said.Because some cases take more judges’ time than others — and the use of staff attorneys and information technologies increase efficiency — judicial workload “is less closely related to caseloads than is widely believed.”Another assumption the committee rebutted in its report is that Florida’s appellate courts cannot operate effectively if the size grows larger, up to 20 judges, as long as there is strong leadership, adequate staff support, and effective case management and technology.“In light of these conclusions, the committee shifted its focus away from a search for a purely quantitative solution. The committee does not support the use of arbitrary numerical thresholds that would purport to indicate when caseload or court size is too great.“Instead the committee advises that Florida adopt the approach that concentrates more directly on court performance through measurement of valid indicia, whether they are termed standards, measures, or criteria.” The following served as members of the committee: Second DCA Judge Christ Altenbernd, chair; Stephen Busey, attorney, Jacksonville; John Crabtree, attorney, Key Biscayne; Fourth Judicial Circuit Judge Henry Davis; 20th h Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Hugh Hayes; 15th Judicial Circuit Assistant Public Defender Margaret Good-Earnest; Third DCA Judge Melvia Green; Florida Supreme Court Clerk Thomas Hall; Solicitor General Christopher Kise; Miami-Dade County Court Judge Mark Leban; Rebecca Mercier-Vargas, attorney, West Palm Beach; Fifth DCA Judge William David Palmer; Miami Judge of Compensation Claims Kathryn Senecal Pecko; Governor’s General Counsel Raquel Rodriguez; Rodolfo Sorondo, Jr., attorney, Miami; First DCA Judge William Van Nortwick; and Fourth DCA Judge Martha Warner. Rules proposed to gauge the need for more DCAs December 15, 2005 Regular Newscenter_img Rules proposed to gauge the need for more DCAslast_img read more

Thinking about a rebrand? Here’s what you need to know

first_imgIf a credit union rebrand is on your to-do list next year, you’ll want to read this. On the other hand, if you rebranded your credit union in the last few years, warning: you may find you have buyer’s remorse.For some time now the trend in credit unions and companies in general has been to dub a nonsense word as its new name and brand. Names like Fat Llama, LunchBadger and Purple Squirrel (yes, all real company names) have been popular in the tech start-up world, just as similar names have popped up in the credit union space.But it looks like that trend is so yesterday. Start-ups have turned to choosing names that comprise actual words or names that describe what they actually do. For example, there’s a company developing internet browsers that is simply called The Browser Company, a clothing rental startup named Wardrobe, and a payment software fintech called Banked.Looking back specifically at the last 12 months, the trend has focused on feel-good words – nouns, adjectives, adverbs or verbs. Words that evoke a positive feeling, an admirable trait or desired state of being. Some examples I’ve seen recently are Might (project management software for remote teams), Cured (health software) and Elate (operations-based software.)Another popular branding approach as of late is the plain old, straightforward description. Companies are picking names that describe exactly what they do, such as Grow Credit, a service for building credit histories; New Age Meats, a startup cultivating meat from animal cells; and, as previously mentioned, The Browser Company.One of the most popular startup naming strategies has been the ‘creative’ misspelling. By dropping vowels, adding consonants, or taking other steps, brands can have found names that are both familiar-sounding and unique. Some recent examples of companies with misspelled words includes Cann, a maker of cannabis-infused tonics; Puzzl, a payroll provider for hourly workers; and even our sister company that produces amazing websites for credit unions, uncommn. If a quirky made-up name is still your preference, you must know where to draw the line. After all, it’s hard to dismiss the potential of weird names when a Silicon Valley garage-launched startup called Google is now worth more than $1 trillion. If you’re a large company like Verizon, you have ample budget to explain the name and teach people to pronounce it. It’s harder for smaller brands like credit unions.There’s a lot more that goes into a successful credit union rebranding than brainstorming a whiteboard filled with fun names though. Rebranding your credit union can be one of the most successful projects you undertake during your tenure – or one of the most expensive failures. Don’t leave your credit union branding – and legacy – in the hands of an amateur. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bo McDonald Bo McDonald is president of Your Marketing Co. A marketing firm that started serving credit unions nearly a decade ago, offering a wide range of services including web design, branding, … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Avian flu likely cause of death in Vietnam

first_imgSep 1, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A 58-year-old Vietnamese has died of a probable case of avian influenza, the first such fatality in a month, news services reported today.The victim, a Hanoi resident who was not named, died Aug 24 and tested positive for an H5 virus, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report quoting Nguyen Tran Hien, director of an epidemiology institute in Hanoi.Hien said further tests are needed to ascertain if the virus was H5N1. But Peter Horby, a World Health Organization epidemiologist in Hanoi, told AFP the virus was almost certainly H5N1, because that’s the only H5 strain known to be circulating in Vietnam.If confirmed, the case will mean Asia has had 121 cases with 63 deaths since late 2003, including 96 cases with 44 deaths in Vietnam, according to CIDRAP’s unofficial count. The WHO’s current official count is 112 cases with 57 deaths.The last human death attributed to avian flu in Vietnam occurred Jul 31 in Ho Chi Minh City, according to AFP.FAO issues warningIn other developments, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned yesterday that wild waterfowl are likely to carry H5N1 avian flu to the Middle East, Europe, South Asia, and Africa. The warning followed detection of the virus in Siberian Russia, Kazakhstan, and Mongolia in recent weeks.”Birds flying from Siberia, where the H5N1 virus has been recently detected, may carry the virus to the Caspian and Black Sea in the foreseeable future,” the FAO said. “These regions and countries in the Balkans could become a potential gateway to central Europe for the virus.””FAO is concerned that poor countries in southeast Europe, where wild birds from Asia mingle with others from northern Europe, may lack the capacity to detect and deal with outbreaks of bird flu,” said Joseph Domenech, FAO’s chief veterinary officer.Bird migration routes also cross Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq, Georgia, Ukraine, and some Mediterranean countries, where avian flu outbreaks are possible, the agency said. Also at risk are India and Bangladesh, which have large numbers of domestic ducks and lie along a major migration route.The FAO warning echoed concerns raised by researchers in two scientific journal reports early in July. Scientists who studied the outbreak of H5N1 avian flu at Qinghai Lake wildlife refuge in north-central China suggested that birds that visit the refuge could spread the virus to Europe, India, Siberia, Australia, and New Zealand. About 6,000 wild birds died of the disease at the refuge in late spring.However, European veterinary experts who met in Brussels last week saw little immediate risk that the virus would spread to Europe. They said it was not clear to what extent wild birds were responsible for the recent expansion of the virus’s range.Agency cites northwestward spreadThe FAO statement cited the Qinghai Lake outbreak and recent outbreaks in Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, and Tibet. Domenech said, “These new outbreaks show that the highly pathogenic H5N1 virus is spreading progressively northwestwards and is not restricted to South East Asia any more. In Russia and Kazakhstan, we believe contact between domestic poultry and wild waterfowl at lakes and wetlands is the primary source of infection in poultry.”The agency urged countries at risk to increase surveillance of poultry and wild birds and to prepare national emergency plans. It said close contact between humans, poultry, and wildlife should be reduced and closely monitored and that domestic birds should be separated from wildlife as much as possible.The statement also referred to the avian flu control strategy recently developed by the FAO and the World Organization for Animal health (OIE). So far, donors have pledged about $25 million to support the plan, which is expected to cost more than $100 million, the FAO said.Two days ago, the OIE appealed for funds to help affected countries control avian flu in poultry populations.See also:Aug 31 FAO statement 6, 2005, CIDRAP News story “Wild birds could spread H5N1 virus beyond Asia, reports say”last_img read more

At least I can be Wimbledon champion for two years, says Halep

first_imgAsked about the Wimbledon cancellation, announced on Wednesday, Halep told Eurosport’s Tennis Legends vodcast: “I take it positively, because I am now the defending champion for two years. So, I have to live with that for one more year so that’s a good thing again.”I am excited that I will be able to play the first match on (the) Tuesday I think on Centre Court. So, I really want to make this experience. It’s going to be great for sure.”The WTA Tour and ATP Tour have been shut down until the middle of July, at least, but Halep is geared up for a longer suspension of the season, possibly the whole year.”I know that the worst scenario in my head is that this year is going to be cancelled and, yeah, I’m sure we’re going to overcome this period if we listen and stay home safely,” she said. Simon Halep is trying to look on the bright side regarding the suspension of the tennis season due to the coronavirus pandemic, which means at least she will be referred to as reigning Wimbledon champion for two years.The Romanian former world number produced a flawless performance to beat Serena Williams in last year’s final but this week’s cancellation of the grasscourt Grand Slam means she will not get to defend her title this summer.Halep, 28, is currently back in her native Romania where she has been locked down at home for 22 days, only popping out briefly to jog around the grounds of her residence. “For the moment, I think it’s going to be longer than July. We hope for the US Open (scheduled for Aug. 31 to Sept, 13) but it’s not sure because New York is struggling now.”Lots of Sleep After so many years jet-setting around the globe, Halep said the enforced time off from the Tour had been welcome in some respects, even if the circumstances were dreadful.”It’s the longest period that I haven’t touched a racket. Not the ball, the racket — since Dubai,” she said. “And I want to keep it that way for one more month.”I just kept it very safe because I am a little bit scared about it. And I just want to stay chilled. I wake up at around 10 or 11. It’s very good to have a lot of sleep.”No alarm clock, no schedule, so I just wake up. I have a late breakfast and then I do some running here in the complex. Because we are allowed to do it, it’s a private residence.”In the house I work on my core and my other exercises. So, every day I am working and I feel fit yes.”Halep said that while she missed her job, it was right that sport had faded into the background at a time of global crisis.”It’s just a world problem and I just want to say that it’s safer that everything got cancelled. It’s not a small problem, it’s a huge problem. And we just have to listen to what they say, to stay home and being very safe,” she said.”Tennis is not everything in my life.”Topics :last_img read more

India arrests South Korean CEO, 11 others for gas leak at LG Polymers

first_imgTopics : Indian police have arrested 12 LG Polymers officials, including its South Korean chief executive, an officer said on Wednesday, two months after a gas leak at the company’s south India chemical plant killed 12.The arrests were made under a case of culpable homicide filed against the company’s South Korean parent, LG Chem Ltd , when the leak occurred in May, police commissioner Rajiv Kumar Meena said.”A total of twelve members including the CEO and two directors were arrested on Tuesday evening,” Meena, the top officer in the port city of Visakhapatnam where the plant is located, said. Among those arrested were two directors, one of whom was a South Korean, Meena said.Toxic styrene gas leaked from the chemical plant in the early hours of May 7, choking many people who were sleeping.This week, a government-appointed committee recommended that the plant be shifted away from human habitation and called for action against the top employees. It said LG Chem had been negligent and warning systems were not working.The company did not immediately respond to emails seeking comment.Meena said three government officials had also been suspended for negligence. last_img read more

Malaysia to host Asian Champions League matches in East Asia

Malaysia has been named the Asian Champions League’s centralized hub in East Asia with matches in the region due to restart in October, the continent’s soccer governing body said on Monday.Asia’s elite club competition was suspended in early March because of the COVID-19 pandemic and will resume in West Asia hub Qatar on Sept. 14.Malaysia will host Group G and Group H matches from Oct. 17-Nov. 1 and a semi-final on Nov. 28. It will also host last-16 games from the two groups on Nov. 4 and two quarter-finals on Nov. 25. Teams from China, Australia, South Korea, Japan and Malaysia will play in the East Asia regional hub, while teams from Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran and Uzbekistan will play in the West Asia hub.The centralized venue for Groups E and F and the remaining knockout stage matches have not yet been confirmed.The AFC said this month that group games would be played in full in a round-robin format while knockouts rounds would be reduced to single games from the usual two-legged tie format.The final pitting the best teams from each region will be held on Dec. 5 in the Western hub. Topics : read more

St Germain Apartments in Newmarket tick the lifestyle boxes

first_imgSt Germain Apartments, Newmarket.Broad Property Research and Advisory managing director Paul Broad said in his report that the apartments were in a good location, close to shops, good schools, a large university campus and the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.He said the apartments were priced exceptionally competitively with an average price of just $5,654 per square metre gross compared to the average selling price of new apartments in Brisbane for around $7,000 per square metre.“St Germain Apartments offers well sized and competitively priced apartments with functional balconies and has been designed to suit discerning residents, both owner-occupiers and long-term tenants,” Mr Broad said.There are eight apartments on the ground level and 12 apartments on each of levels one and two with a generous lift ratio of six apartments per lift per floor. St Germain Apartments, Newmarket“I’m the ex-director of research at PRD so I’m very conscious of the fact that investment around train lines and stations is really good advice for owner-occupiers,” Mr Gray said. “You only have to look at Melbourne and Sydney to see how much growth there is in properties based near the train lines.”The New York industrial inspired project has the access benefit of being only an 90m walk to Newmarket train station, yet it isn’t on the line so doesn’t get the associated noise.Mr Gray said another drawcard of the project was a short walk of less than 300m to Newmarket Reading’s shopping village. “We like our projects to be close to what we call ‘honey pots’, for example, a walk to the shops but not in a high-rise and in quite an exclusive area,” he said. Outdoor lifestyle is key in one of the top floor apartments at St Germain Apartments in Newmarket.ENJOYING the great outdoors is being made easy by the developer of St Germain Apartments with 10 of the 34 apartments featuring their own private courtyards.PRD Nationwide Project Marketing director Adam Gray said courtyards were always a popular addition to an apartment and this project in Newmarket more than delivered, with 10 of the 34 apartments featuring their own courtyard.“Courtyards always get a lot of activity from buyers, especially those with pets and who want a yard area because living in Queensland is about the outdoors, so I think this is a big advantage in a project,” Mr Gray said.center_img St Germain Apartments, NewmarketHe said the developer, McLeod Kelly Developers, had also put a lot of thought and effort into the architectural design of the project and had dedicated half of the buildings large rooftop space to outdoor living.“The building is set over three house blocks so it’s a long building with half the rooftop space dedicated to a residence outdoor area with fake grass, barbecues and stunning views,” he said.“The developer really wanted to add something to the suburb that he’s proud of so he spent a bit more money on the architectural side of things too.”The New York inspired development is set over four storeys with apartments starting at $475,000 for 83sq m and going up to 183sq m.Mr Gray said ten of the 34 two and three-bedroom apartments had sold to date with construction set to start around mid this year and be completed by the third-quarter next year.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoHe said he only marketed development projects that he thought would offer buyers something better than what other similar projects were offering.last_img read more

KEEP SAFE DISTANCE | Guv: People must be at least 1.5 meters apart at…

first_imgIn Executive Order No. 10 stretching the quarantine to May 15, Defensor stated that “at all times, a distance of at least 1.5 meters between persons shall be observed.” Managements must assign a full-time Occupational Safety and Health Officer who shall ensure that social distancing measures are followed, and who shall monitor the health condition of the employees and/or customers, according to Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. * Staff/workers shall be provided with personal protective equipment such as facemasks, face shields, goggles and gloves. * spectator sports and contact sports * One-way traffic is enjoined in the movement and flow of staff/workers and customers. Social distancing, also called “physical distancing”, means keeping space between people in this time of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. This is an essential step in slowing down the disease’s transmission. Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to stay away from others when possible, even if one has no symptoms, according to health experts. The droplets can also be inhaled into the lungs. * religious congregation In so far as practicable, according to Defensor, the following should be observed: But how? * funeral public viewing * local government unit events such as fiestas / socio-cultural activities, festivals, commemorative programs, inaugurations and assemblies Social distancing is especially important for people who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. * The management shall provide accessible wash areas with soap and disinfectants. * cultural / art performances and exhibitions * school / academic institution events * family gatherings involving non-members of the household * birthday, anniversary, wedding and baptismal celebrations or receptions * conventions, seminars, workshops, and general membership meetings It may be possible, too, that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes. The COVID-19 virus can live for hours or days on a surface, depending on factors such as sunlight, humidity, and the type of surface, according to the United States’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Social distancing helps limit opportunities to come in contact with contaminated surfaces and infected people outside the home. He directed all establishments and work places allowed to operate to “follow strict social distancing measures.” As part of his social distancing order, Defensor also prohibited the holding of public events/gatherings involving crowds or large number of persons such as, but not limited to, the following: ILOILO – In workplaces allowed to operate, how should social distancing be observed under an extended enhanced community quarantine (ECQ)? * At the entrance, health monitoring with thermal scanners shall be conducted, and disinfectants and quarantine foot baths provided. * Person density shall be at one person for every 1.5 square meters of floor area. At all times, a distance of at least 1.5 meters between persons shall be observed. For restaurants, food chains and food stalls, person density shall be two persons per table, or one person for every 1.5 square meters of floor area, whichever promotes better social distancing. * trade expositions and product promotions COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact for a prolonged period. Spread happens when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks, and droplets from their mouth or nose are launched into the air and land in the mouths or noses of people nearby. Section 14 of Defensor’s Executive Order No. 10 identified these people as the elderly, pregnant women and those suffering from diseases or with conditions/underlying medical problems including, among others, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, chronic lung disease, and immunosuppression./PNlast_img read more

Big Daddy Race Cars banner new for Hobby Stock’s Northern Region

first_imgNORFOLK, Neb. – Already boasting a resume that includes a national championship and more than 300 feature wins, Big Daddy Race Cars takes on another partnership role with IMCA this season. The Norfolk, Neb., chassis builder is the new title sponsor of the Northern Region for Hobby Stocks and will furnish a portion of the point fund for top five drivers in official point standings for 2014. “We’d been contacted three or four years ago about giving lap money for the Hobby Stock race of champions at Super Nationals and that was a great way to get the word out about our cars,” owner Dale Bittner said. “The regional sponsorship is another great opportunity. The Hobby Stocks are a growing class of race cars and IMCA has done a good job with point funds and contingency awards. It seems like they’re always getting new Hobby Stock tracks in new states.” Big Daddy Race Cars Northern Region tracks are in eastern Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Saskatchewan, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The New York sanction is IMCA’s first in the Empire State since the 2000 season.Big Daddy opened its doors for business in 2005 and now builds both Hobby Stock and Stock Car chassis, retailing high performance parts, tires and bulk fuel and serving as a dealer for Performance Bodies and Karl Performance. “I’ve always been a motorsports enthusiast,” said Bittner, a former drag strip racer and 1991 NHRA Division 5 Nationals champion. “There’s just something about the racing industry that I enjoy.”He’s also enjoyed traveling and crewing for daughter Tiffany, the three-time defending Lady Eagle champion. She won a career-best nine features, finished seventh in the national Hobby Stock point standings and made the Saturday show at Super Nationals while providing technical input throughout the 2013 season. “It was flattering that a 23-year-old girl could take one of our cars and race that well against a lot of very good drivers,” said Bittner, speaking as both a proud father and chassis builder. “It makes me feel pretty good that she could accomplish so much.” Information about Big Daddy Race Cars-built chassis is available online at and on Facebook. “The Big Daddy name has grown in the Hobby Stock market in recent years and we’ve enjoyed seeing that development,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder said. “The Bittners are great ambassadors for the sport of dirt track racing and those are the kinds of people we are proud to endorse and showcase to the IMCA community.”last_img read more