Chile launches coal phase-out initiative

first_imgChile launches coal phase-out initiative FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renewables Now:Chile’s Energy Ministry and industry stakeholders have agreed on the programmed and gradual phase-out of coal-fired plants that do not have carbon capture and storage (CCS) systems, after holding nine round-table sessions over the course of six months.Coal-sourced electricity represents 40% of Chile’s power mix and its replacement with cleaner energy sources required a careful analysis of how the withdrawal will impact the economy, labour and the efficiency of the country’s electricity system.The Ministry’s sessions ended on January 3 after utilities, unions, the civil society, consumer associations and academics, among others, presented their studies on decarbonisation and its effects, as well as analysis of other countries’ experiences, such as Germany and the UK.With conclusions from the meetings in hand, the Energy Ministry will agree with utilities on the timetable and the conditions necessary to gradually phase-out coal-fired plants without CCS or equivalent technologies.In January 2018, the Chilean government signed an agreement with utilities AES Gener, Colbun, Enel and Engie whereby the companies committed to scrapping all coal projects without CCS systems from then on. The Energy Ministry agreed at the time to invite all relevant institutions to participate in a working group to analyse the electricity system as a whole and each coal-fired plant in order to establish a timetable and conditions for the phase-out.More: Govt confirms coal is on its way out in Chilelast_img read more

Nuclear bailout opponents appeal to Ohio Supreme Court

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享WOSU:Last week brought a close to one chapter for Ohio’s nuclear power plant bailout, House Bill 6, when the group collecting signatures to fight against the law fell short of their goal.A federal judge on Wednesday denied the group more time to collect enough signatures to trigger a ballot referendum, but activists are still hoping the Ohio Supreme Court will grant their request.Rachael Belz, executive director of Ohio Citizen Action, set up a petition signing station at Land Grant Brewing near downtown Columbus for the last weekend of petitioning. This was part of a statewide effort to gather more signatures before Monday’s deadline to put the nuclear power plant bailout law up for a vote on next year’s ballot.“In this final stretch, people have been really upset that they haven’t found anybody with a real petition yet,” Belz said. “Friends of mine, allies, people that would normally signed it weeks ago but they haven’t been able to find it because of all these tactics.”Ohioans Against Corporate Bailouts was behind the signature effort. The donors of the group aren’t known, but its spokesman has said it’s the same consumer groups, business groups and renewable energy advocates who opposed House Bill 6.As of now, the law created through HB6 is in effect. The bill’s sponsor says saving the nuclear power plants and making changes to Ohio’s green energy policies are a better investment for the state.But the book isn’t closed on the bailout just yet. Ohioans Against Corporate Bailouts is reviewing its options to take the argument to the Ohio Supreme Court, which has opened a docket for the case.More: Nuclear Bailout Opponents Pin Hopes on Ohio Supreme Court Nuclear bailout opponents appeal to Ohio Supreme Courtlast_img read more

Key considerations for credit unions selecting a cloud-based document management platform

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Dania Buchanan Dania Buchanan is Head of SmartVault and has served in leadership roles since the company was founded in 2008. In her current role, Dania is responsible for the culture, vision … Web: https://www.smartvault.com Details Meet all FINRA and other financial data security requirements. The ability of your credit union to meet all compliance requirements for internal and member data is essential. Unless your credit union custom builds (and continually updates) a costly IT infrastructure to meet all current compliance and security requirements, you will need to rely on the features of your document storage solution to ensure these requirements are met.Solutions such as SmartVault offer financial institution-level security that complies with FINRA and also offers encryption of all documents when they are stored on the platform’s servers as well as when they are in transit over the internet.A streamlined process for onboarding users. The ease of which new users can be added to your credit union’s document management and workflow platform is a critical consideration. The ability to have a meaningful and effective level of adoption depends on your credit union’s ability to onboard both internal users and external users quickly and effectively. Ensuring that the document management platform you choose is intuitive and provides support to help onboard your credit union staff, members and other stakeholders is something that should be evaluated before making a selection.There’s no disputing the fact that electronic and paper documents flow in seemingly endless supply throughout credit unions: from administrative and operational departments such as human resources and finance; to internal loan and proof processing; through member-facing services. How these documents are managed and how staff and external stakeholders interact and access them must be evaluated in accordance with a credit union’s operational, security and service protocols. The seven key considerations discussed above are the ideal starting points for your credit union to evaluate the best cloud-based document management platform for its unique needs. Offer file sharing and remote access capabilities for employees. Now that remote work has become a necessity due to the public health crisis of coronavirus and is likely to be a lasting trend, being able to offer employees off-site, secure access to your credit union’s documents is essential. When you use a cloud-based document management platform to provide remote work functionality, you eliminate the need for a costly third-party system such as a VPN, GoToMyPC or a hosted desktop environment. Each employee can simply log in securely from their phone or laptop with their username and password, gaining access to only the files they have been granted permissions for, allowing them to be productive anytime, anywhere.Provide eSignature capabilities to staff, members and third-party vendors. An important consideration for credit unions when selecting a cloud-based document management platform is the ability of your credit union to utilize e-signature capabilities. This not only makes it easier and more convenient to get loan and other key documents signed remotely, it also increases the security of these documents and the sensitive data they contain as well.  The value of implementing a cloud-based document management platform for credit unions is clear in terms of the benefits it offers such as: Streamlining operations;Improving productivity; Creating workflow efficiencies;Enabling a remote workforce; Addressing regulatory requirements; and Offering an elevated member experience.   In order to maximize these benefits for your credit union, the following key considerations should be evaluated. These capabilities are the basic functions that any document storage solution should deliver to your credit union: Allow your credit union to implement cloud-based document management and collaborative workflow affordably and easily. Customize the platform to your credit union’s specific workflows in each business unit. Create an organized and flexible filing architecture and system that can support your entire staff and member needs.Offer file sharing and remote access capabilities for employees.Provide eSignature access to staff, members and third-party vendors.Meet all FINRA and other financial data requirements.A streamlined process for onboarding users.Let’s look at each of these functions in greater detail to see how utilizing the right document management platform has the potential to completely reshape your credit union.Implement a cloud-based document management and collaborative workflow affordably and easily. With a cloud-based document management solution, all storage resources are owned and managed by a third-party vendor, so your credit union does not have to worry about the expense or ongoing maintenance of keeping a server up and running for this purpose. The monthly costs are generally a fraction of an in-house server with none of the work—which provides significant relief on staff and budgetary resources. Customize the platform to your credit union’s specific workflows in each business unit. Depending on the platform you use, each area of your credit union can customize its own filing structure and customize levels of access for employees and members as well.For example, in the case of members opening a personal checking account or applying for a car or home equity loan, a cloud-based document management platform can make the process simple and seamless, eliminating the need for them to be inundated with paper forms and the need to make a trip to a credit union office to collect paperwork, deliver information and sign documents, thus elevating the member experience. In addition this kind of workflow reduces the workload for staff and can enable universal employee access to the information, in order to provide a seamless experience with every member transaction.Create an organized and flexible filing architecture and system that can support your entire staff and member needs. Using a cloud-based document management system that offers a flexible filing structure, your credit union can customize the set up and structure of electronic files to meet the specific requirements of your organization and any files that your members need to access. In addition, platforms such as SmartVault allow customized reminders and notifications to be created for individual users. last_img read more

Universities say Chinese students could quit Australia

first_img“We are in quite unprecedented times and uncertain times.”Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Thursday the ban would be extended for at least another week, drawing the ire of China, which branded the move an “overreaction”.Thompson warned that countries with competing universities, such as Britain and Canada, remain open to Chinese students and many people could look elsewhere.Swelling Chinese enrolment numbers — up from fewer than 23,000 in 2003 during the SARS outbreak to more than 150,000 in 2018 — and the timing of the coronavirus at the start of the nation’s academic year meant the impact was unprecedented, she said. Top Australian universities warned Friday Chinese students may walk away from courses Down Under after Canberra extended a coronavirus travel ban, in a major blow to the multi-billion-dollar sector. Nearly 70,000 Chinese visa holders are due to start their semesters soon at eight top-ranked universities, but have been stuck since the bans started on February 1, said Vicki Thomson, chief executive of Group of Eight, which represents the universities. “We can’t give our students any certainty as to when they can actually come here. So there is a risk of students choosing not to come here,” Thomson said. “Put all those factors together and, you know, it couldn’t have happened at a worse time.”International education was worth Aus$32.4 billion ($21.8 billion) to the economy in 2017-18. Top universities stand to lose around $2 billion in fees alone, according to recent preliminary estimates by Standard & Poor’s.The virus has killed nearly 1,400 people and infected 64,000, mainly in China. As of Friday morning, 15 cases of the virus had been detected in Australia. The economic impact of the virus, chasing a summer of devastating bushfires, is yet to be realised. Australia’s central bank held interest rates at a record low last week.”Obviously the coronavirus will have an impact on the economy, it is too early to quantify that impact,” Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said Friday.Topics :last_img read more

Free-to-air Premier League fixtures on BBC, Sky Sports and Amazon

first_img Comment Advertisement Advertisement Free-to-air Premier League fixtures on BBC, Sky Sports and Amazon The remaining free-to-air games on BBC, Amazon and Sky Sports will be announced in the coming days.A full list of fixtures and the TV schedule is available here.How to watch Sky Sports free-to-air gamesSky are playing their free games on the Pick Channel which is 159 on Sky and 144 on Freeview.How to watch Amazon free-to-air gamesYou will not need an Amazon Prime account, which makes them free, but it is not yet clear whether you will need an Amazon account or not.These games will all be streamed online or through a Smart TV.MORE: Premier League restart: Provisional fixtures revealed for Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and ArsenalMORE: Tammy Abraham and Kepa Arrizabalaga react to rumours Chelsea have agreed deal for Timo WernerFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.center_img Metro Sport ReporterFriday 5 Jun 2020 9:58 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link The Premier League will soon be back on our television screens (Picture: AFP)The Premier League returns on 17 June and there is going to be an extraordinary amount of football to watch between then and the conclusion of the season.Every single game is going to be shown live across Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon and the BBC, and thankfully a lot of them will be available for free.BBC and Amazon have four games each and all will be available to watch for free.Sky Sports have 64 games in total and 25 of them will be availble for free, while 39 remain paid-for.ADVERTISEMENTBT Sport have 20 games to show and unfortunately you will need to pay for a subscription to watch those.AdvertisementAdvertisementNot all the fixtures have been confirmed as yet, with Sky Sports only announcing one of their 25 free games so far, but these are the known free-to-air matches to date. Free-to-air Premier League matches Saturday, June 20Bournemouth v Crystal Palace 7.45pm (BBC)Sunday, June 21Everton v Liverpool 7pm (Sky)Wednesday, June 24Norwich v Everton 6pm (BBC)Saturday, June 27FA CUP QF: Norwich v Manchester United 8.15pm (BBC)Monday June, 29Crystal Palace v Burnley 8pm (Amazon)last_img read more

WE United Football Club Donates Food Hampers to Ten Families

first_img 225 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Tweet Sharecenter_img Share LifestyleLocalNews WE United Football Club Donates Food Hampers to Ten Families by: – January 8, 2020 The WE United Football Club on Sunday 5th January, 2020 distributed food hampers to ten (10) recipients in the Castle Bruce area, where the Club is registered.The donations were made in collaboration with J Astaphan & Co Ltd, which provided grocery and household items for all 10 hampers.The hampers were handed over to elderly persons and deserving families in the communities of Castle Bruce, Dix Pas, Tranto, Morpo, Good Hope, San Sauveur and Petite Soufriere.The WE United Football Club was formed in 2017 to provide youth with an avenue to develop their sporting talent and channel their energies into positive activity.Co-Founder and Club Manager, Yvette Laurent says club members see a role for themselves off the field- to make a difference in their communities.“The Club is not only about football. We as citizens of this beautiful country, need to look out for our brothers and sisters and show that we care, to spread love and make a difference in the lives of people.“This is something we aim to instill in our players-love for people and community,” Laurent said.Club executive members and players, made the presentations, accompanied by Marketing Agent at J Astaphan & Co., Andrew Ismond.Ismond said the company welcomed the opportunity to partner with the Club to bring New Years cheer to the recipients.This is the second such donation of food hampers from the Club. Easter hampers were distributed in 2019 to seven individuals, packed with contributions from club members and players.– / 10last_img read more

Horwill ‘vindicated’ by appeal verdict

first_img “I was confident because I know what happened and I’m glad the right result was made in the end. I love what I do and it means a hell of a lot to me to lead my country in what is probably the biggest game since the World Cup final in 2003. “I’m very excited by the opportunity and now we can focus on the game, which is what’s important. I feel very vindicated by the ruling. Other than not getting much sleep, it hasn’t caused any disruption. I’ve just gone on with it, that’s the reality of what we do.” Horwill stood on Jones’ head in the third minute of Australia’s 23-21 defeat in the first Test at Suncorp Stadium and the Lions forward subsequently required stitches in a wound above his eye. A disciplinary hearing held 24 hours later determined that on the balance of probabilities there was no act of foul play. The judgement was widely condemned and the IRB reacted by announcing on Thursday that following an extensive review of the case it would appeal. After two and a half hours of discussions conducted by video conference, Mew retired to consider the case and decided that only a major error during the original hearing would warrant the ‘not guilty’ verdict being overturned. “For the appeal to succeed the IRB would have to establish that there was some misapprehension of law or principle by the judicial officer or that his decision was so clearly wrong or manifestly unreasonable that no judicial officer could have reached the conclusion that he did,” Mew said. “There was sufficient evidence upon which a reasonable judicial officer could have reached the decision that was made. Accordingly it could not be said that the judicial offer was manifestly wrong or that the interests of justice otherwise required his decision be overturned.” Horwill will lead the Wallabies out in the concluding match of the series after the International Rugby Board’s appeal against his alleged stamp on Alun-Wyn Jones was dismissed. The judgement of the original hearing nine days ago, during which it was determined that on the balance of probabilities there was no act of foul play, was upheld by independent appeal officer Graeme Mew. A beaming Horwill, who revealed that he had been unable to sleep overnight while waiting for Mew’s verdict which he received during a weights session, welcomed what he viewed as the correct outcome. “I’m very relieved. The two hearings have been very fair. I found out about 10am (1am BST),” the 28-year-old lock said. Australia captain James Horwill has responded to an appeal hearing’s decision to clear him to play in Saturday’s deciding Test against the British and Irish Lions by declaring he had been “vindicated”.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Cricket News Prithvi Shaw impresses cricket fans with dream debut

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Rajkot: Prithvi Shaw became the youngest Indian and fourth overall to score a Test century on debut as India cruised to 232 for three against West Indies at tea on day one of the series opener at Rajkot. At 18 years and 329 days, Shaw (134 off 154) reached the milestone off just 99 balls, adding to a host of records he holds in his blossoming career. He had earlier made waves by reaching three figures in his first Ranji Trophy appearance and was the youngest to hit a century on Duleep Trophy debut.He did not any show nerves of a debutant and made short work of the listless West Indies attack alongside Cheteshwar Pujara (86) as the two shared a 206-run stand after the early fall of K L Rahul (0).ALSO READ: India vs West Indies 1st Test. Day 1 LIVEIndia, who had scored more than five runs an over in the morning, made 99 runs at 3.81 in the afternoon session with the loss of Pujara and Shaw.Shaw, who was 75 not out at lunch, reached the three figures with a typical punch to the cover, the same way he got his first runs in international cricket.In the process, Shaw also became the second youngest Indian to score a maiden Test ton after the legendary Sachin Tendulkar.More than half of his runs came through boundaries, 19 in total. Unfortunately, Shaw fell at the stroke of tea, in what was a soft dismissal as he chipped one straight into the hands of leggie Devendra Bishoo.Skipper Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane were in the middle when tea was taken.Shaw was not facing one of the best attacks but he gave ample evidence of his brilliance on way to a memorable hundred. Pujara too looked at ease at the other end until he was caught behind off debutant Sherman Lewis, missing out on a 16th Test ton.In the morning, Shaw, who became the 293rd cricketer to represent India in Tests, showed supreme confidence from ball one, on which he offered a watchful leave.The Mumbaikar punched the second ball he faced towards the cover boundary for a three, his first runs in international cricket, easing whatever nerves left inside.Pacer Shanon Gabriel was clocking in the higher 140kph but that did not faze Shaw. Gabriel trapped his opening partner K L Rahul in front with a sharp incoming delivery to give the West Indies an early breakthrough. Rahul was better off not taking the DRS as the ball was clearly crashing into the stumps.Shaw, however, continued batting with confidence and his first boundary came in the second over bowled by Keemo Paul, another back foot punch towards the point boundary.He got more aggressive in Paul’s following over, hitting him for three fours as the pacer was duly punished for bowling far too many looseners.The wicket wore a greenish look but the ball was not doing much after Gabriel’s initial burst.After Rahul’s dismissal, Shaw and Pujara gave the innings a move on and did not look in any sort of trouble.Apart from Gabriel, the West Indies attack lacked teeth and Shaw capitalised on that.While he punched and drove effortlessly off pacers, he was equally comfortable against the spin duo of Bishoo and Roston Chase.The teenage prodigy collected two fours off Bishoo in the 11th over and did the same to Chase in the 20th over. He also produced a delightful straight drive on way to reaching his half-century which came off 56 balls. A little later, Pujara too got to his half century, off 67 balls, with a straight drive off debutant Lewis.The West Indians looked listless on the field as boundaries came at will for India. The visitors were dealt a severe blow even before the start of the game with their captain Jason Holder pulling out with an ankle injury. Kraigg Brathwaite is captaining the side in Holder’s absence.Their lead pacer, Kemar Roach, is also not playing the series opener due to a bereavement in the family. last_img read more

Harriers still in promotion hunt

first_imgTeam manager Paul Oppe insists Thames Valley Harriers can still win promotion despite Saturday’s fifth-placed finish at Abingdon.With one match to go, Harriers are third in the table and still in with a chance of securing the second promotion spot that would take them into Division One.Herne Hill look certain to win the league, while second-placed Basingstoke are only one point ahead of Harriers, who are level on points with Exeter.AdChoices广告It means that beating both Basingstoke and Exeter in the final match in Derby on 27 August would take Harriers up.“It’s crystal clear what we have to do in Derby; we need to beat Basingstoke and Exeter and we’ve managed that already this year,” said Oppe.“It will be an all-out effort from everyone and I am confident in the abilities of our team to do the business on the day.”An injury-hit Harriers team still produced some excellent individual performances at the weekend.They included a new league record for reigning British Universities 100 metres champion Nigel Thomas, who ran 10.47 seconds to shave one hundredth of a second from club-mate Toby Sandeman’s previous league record.Lee Mahon and Lloyd King both put in solid performances in the 400 metres, running 50.29 and 50.36 for seventh and fifth place respectively.The 400 metres hurdles saw the welcome return to the team of Eddie Betts, who now lives in Spain but agreed to compete on Saturday and will also feature in the all-important decider in Derby.last_img read more

Linebacker cited for drunken driving on moped

first_imgUniversity of Wisconsin senior linebacker Jonathan Casillaswas cited for drunken driving last month while riding a moped.A UW police officer stopped Casillas Aug. 24 just aftermidnight, and a breathalyzer test showed his blood alcohol concentration to be0.15 — nearly twice the legal limit of 0.08.The 21-year-old Casillas received three citations —first-offense drunken driving, driving with a prohibited alcohol concentrationand driving with two persons on a moped.The New Brunswick, N.J., native sat out the Badgers’ firsttwo games with a knee injury, but made his season debut Saturday night inWisconsin’s 13-10 win at Fresno State. Casillas finished the game with seventackles, including dragging Bulldogs running back Ryan Mathews down from behindin the third quarter. That play forced Fresno State to settle for a field goal,which arguably saved the game for the Badgers.“Jonathan Casillas, in my mind, might have won the game whenhe ran [Mathews] down and tackled him and turned it into a field goal,” headcoach Bret Bielema said Saturday in Fresno. “If he doesn’t do that, they scorea touchdown and we don’t know if we win this game”Bielema said Tuesday night he’d already disciplined Casillasand that he faces no more punishment — including future game suspensions — inthe matter.The coach would not specify the extent of the disciplinaryactions previously taken.The Badgers have an off-week this weekend before heading toAnn Arbor Sept. 27 to take on the University of Michigan Wolverines.Casillas is scheduled to appear in court regarding thecitations on Friday. He declined to comment on the matter Tuesday night afterpractice.— The Associated Press contributed to the report.last_img read more