Fitch: Rules on Coal Investment Could Affect Debt Ratings of Electric Co-Ops and Utilities

first_imgFitch: Rules on Coal Investment Could Affect Debt Ratings of Electric Co-Ops and Utilities FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Steven Johnson for Electric Co-Op Today:Electric cooperatives and public utilities have dealt well with past limits on access to capital, but new curbs on coal investment could pose a challenge, Fitch Ratings said.California regulators have called on insurance companies doing business in the state to sell their thermal coal investments, including those in utilities that generate 30 percent or more of their energy from coal, regardless of location.“Should similar policies and restrictions aimed at utilities with existing coal generation versus new investment proliferate, public power systems could be faced with the difficult decision of prematurely retiring existing units or confronting a significant loss of liquidity,” Fitch said.In turn, that could increase operating and debt service costs that co-ops would have to account for in some fashion, the service said.Full article: Fitch: Coal Investment Curbs Could Affect Co-opslast_img read more

Taman Sari’s evicted residents pursue alternative avenues after court loss

first_img“It’s true that items such as school uniforms can be bought, but what residents want to know is, how is the government going to take responsibility?”On Dec. 12, about 1,200 officers from the Public Order Agency (Satpol PP), Indonesian military (TNI) and police were deployed to evict the residents and demolish dozens of houses, affecting at least 33 households that had refused to be relocated.Residents Sambas Sadikin and Budi Rahayu filed their case in court, asking for a postponement and allow them to vacate the land and challenge the environmental permit issued for the Bandung administration to build low-cost apartments. The Bandung Administrative Court ruled in favor of the administration, saying that it had found no irregularities in the issuance of the environmental permit.Read also: Bandung’s evicted residents keep fighting despite defeats. Here’s why. Sambas, 58, was also among the residents who had submitted a report to“I did not only lose a house but the place where I was born and raised. That is worth more than gold,” he said. Another evictee, 45-year-old Eva Aryani Effendi, said losing her house also meant losing her livelihood, as she had started a clothing business in her two-story home.“A decades-long business just disappeared. I feel that I have been impoverished by the government,” she said. “I was only given five minutes to gather my things. Now that everything is destroyed, how can I make a decent living?”Enjo, a 38-year-old evictee, said he would continue to fight for compensation. “I am taking a stand because it’s not just about monetary compensation. Evictions shouldn’t be considered a normal thing by claiming to represent the greater good while making others suffer,” he said. “The other victims and I are also citizens that have the right to prosper.”Rizky Ramdani of the Legal Aid and Human Rights Association (PBHI) said the online reports were part of the residents’ efforts to fight for their rights. “If we do not get a response, then, of course, we will continue to the next step, which is to file a report with the West Java branch of the Indonesian Ombudsman,” he said. Forty-one of the evicted residents, including 12 children, are currently staying at the nearby Al-Islam mosque. Fourteen others have chosen to stay with their relatives or rent rooms outside of Taman Sari. (kmt)Topics : Residents who were evicted from Taman Sari subdistrict in Bandung, West Java, have filed more than 100 complaints to the government’s online public-service complaint system to step up their fight against their eviction. Twenty residents submitted around 120 reports regarding the losses they suffered during the eviction, which occurred in December last year, to the online portal. The reports included details on loss of property, loss of income, as well as adverse effects on their health. “According to the mechanism, we should get a response from the government within three days,” Aang Kusmawan of Bandung-based NGO Perkumpulan Inisiatif (Initiative Group), which has been working with the residents, said on Wednesday.last_img read more

Martin Keown reacts to Sol Campbell’s ‘serious’ advice for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

first_img Video Settings Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 8 Jul 2020 11:19 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link167Shares Full Screen Keown responded to Campbell’s advice for Aubameyang (Picture: Stadium Astro/Youtube)Martin Keown responded to Sol Campbell’s advice for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to have a ‘serious’ conversation over his Arsenal future by warning the Gunners about handing the striker a bumper new contract. Campbell advised the Gabon international, 31, to work out what the club’s plans are for the next couple of years before committing his future to the Emirates. Keown, however, thinks Arsenal should be wary over offering the attacker big money. He fears Aubameyang will be handed a hefty deal and then fail to live up to the high standards he set – in similar fashion to how Mesut Ozil’s Arsenal career has gone downhill since he signed a £350,000-a-week contract.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT PLAY Read More by Metro ‘I hope that Aubameyang is a different type. ‘It may be that he goes, but a quick decision needs to be made this summer.’Campbell had said previously of Aubameyang’s future: ‘He’s got to settle down and have a conversation with the manager and he needs to have a clear understanding of what they’re looking to spend, who they’re trying to get in.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘It’s going to come down to trust, can he trust the club to say, right we are looking for x, y and z, we’re going to bring two or three players in and I think they’ll push us on to really challenge for the top four or really you never know, the Premiership. ‘He needs to sit down with his people and have a serious conversation about where the club is going in the next two or three years, because he hasn’t got five years, six years to say let’s see how it goes, he needs almost instant success now.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. SPONSORED Coming Next Read More 1 min. story Skip Ad Comment Martin Keown reacts to Sol Campbell’s ‘serious’ advice for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Read More Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Top articles Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Skip 1/1 / About Connatix V67539 Read More Read More ‘Aubameyang is one of those players – of course you want to keep him at the football club,’ Keown told Stadium Astro.‘But you don’t want the Ozil situation that as soon as he signs a bumper deal that he goes into a comfort zone. ‘Something like that happened to Ozil, we lost that player when he signed for all that money every week. Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Top news, December 25 – 31, 2017

first_imgTidal Energy Today has compiled the top news from tidal and wave energy industry from December 25 – 31, 2017.Wello nets 10MW wave energy order for BaliGapura Energi Utama (GEU), an Indonesian infrastructure construction company, has placed an order to Wello to supply it with a 10MW wave energy park equipped with Penguin devices. The park will be located next to Nusa Penida Island in Bali and it will be the largest wave energy park globally, according to the Finnish wave energy developer Wello.GE job cuts in UK linked to Swansea lagoon decision lagMore than a thousand jobs set to be lost over GE Power business restructuring in the UK have been linked to the continued delay of the UK government to make a decision on the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon scheme. The company said the job losses will primarily affect GE’s workers in Stafford and Rugby in the English Midlands – the sites where GE planned to manufacture and assemble key components for the power generation system of the proposed Swansea Bay tidal lagoon.Spanish wave firm bags Horizon 2020 fundingBilbao-based developer Arrecife Energy Systems has received €50,000 of cash boost through EU’s Horizon 2020 funding program to further advance its wave energy technology. Arrecife Energy Systems is developing a device that simulates the natural behavior of coral reefs and their efficiency in absorbing wave energy.Finnish wave sets eyes on €1M crowdfunding prizeFinland-based developer Wello has launched an equity crowdfunding campaign to support its growing wave energy ambitions.Namely, Wello is looking to raise a minimum of €1 million through Invesdor crowdfunding platform to support its two-fold growth strategy. The campaign, which started on December 21, 2017, has already attracted over €550,000 of investments or 55% of the targeted amount.Catapult guides energy innovators through progress hurdlesThe Energy Systems Catapult (ESC) has launched a new Innovator Toolkit for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to guide them through the energy sector transformation. The toolkit, developed with the Energy Innovation Centre, includes guidelines aimed at helping innovative start-ups and SMEs in accessing funding, and test and demonstration facilities across the UK.Tidal Energy Todaylast_img read more

Carteret County Beachfill Operations Switch to Salter Path

first_imgImage source: Carteret CountyTrailing suction hopper dredge Ellis Island has been working non-stop this week on the beach nourishment project in Carteret County, NC.According to the county officials, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock has just completed the Pine Knoll Shores portion of the project.Now, the contractor will fully transition to Salter Path. Sand for this portion of the project will be delivered through the 6th temporary submerged pipeline of the project (a.k.a. “Line 6”).“And lastly, our final transition to West Emerald Isle is planned for April 8th and will take approximately two weeks to complete – weather & mechanical dependent of course,” the county said in the update.Under the contract for the phase II of the Post Florence Renourishment Project, GLDD will dredge approx. 1,995,000 cubic yards of sand from the Offshore Dredged Material Disposal Site (ODMDS) associated with Morehead City Federal Navigation Project, pumping the sand along 9.5 miles of Carteret County shoreline.West Emerald Isle (EI), Salter Path (IB), Pine Knoll Shores (PKS), and West Atlantic Beach will receive 345,000 cy, 140,000 cy, 990,000 cy, and 520,000 cy of sand, respectively.last_img read more

Clijsters loses in Mexico in latest comeback

first_img Read Also: Tennis: Federer, Nadal play to record crowd in Cape Town Clijsters went on to win a fourth major at the 2011 Australian Open before a second retirement announcement came after the 2012 US Open. Konta acknowledged she had been star-struck. “As a young player, I never thought I’d get to play Kim Clijsters in my career,” she said. “I feel truly privileged and honored to share the court with such a champion. It’s nice to have her back.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Returning four-time major winner Kim Clijsters lost in the first round of the WTA tournament in Monterrey, Mexico, just her second match of an ambitious comeback after her 2012 retirement. Kim Clijsters of Belgium loses in the first round in Monterrey The 36-year-old Belgian mother of three played her first match in over seven years in Dubai last month where she was defeated by Garbine Muguruza. In the first round in Mexico, a still unranked Clijsters was drawn to face second seed Johanna Konta, the British number one, and went down 6-3, 7-5. “I felt some things were better,” Clijsters said in comments carried by “Some things still need a lot of improvement. That’s why it’s good to play matches. In Dubai, I didn’t start well because I was overwhelmed, but today I started and served much better than I did there. “Those are a few of the positive things, and the points that have to be better, I’ll work very hard to improve them for other matches.” Clijsters added: “I’ve been through different generations and played many players throughout my whole career. “I’m still at a stage where I want to focus on what I’m doing and how I’m feeling, and also start reading my opponents. “It’s a process that I have to trust and keep working hard to improve in every match I play. I’d like to take big steps but I have to focus on small step and improving day by day.” Clijsters turned pro in 1997 and first reached number one in 2003, winning her first major at the 2005 US Open, a feat she repeated – after a first retirement – as an unranked wildcard in 2009 and then in 2010.center_img Loading…last_img read more

FL to Spend $200 Million on Affordable Housing

first_imgA just-released spending plan shows that the Florida Legislature plans to spend $200 million on affordable housing next year. More than half of that – $115 million – is set to go to those displaced by Hurricane Michael, which struck the Panhandle last year.Another $77 million will be put aside for other programs throughout the state, and $8 million will go toward a housing development in Jacksonville.However, the $200 million amount agreed upon by state lawmakers is less than the $338 million that Governor DeSantis requested for affordable housing in his budget proposal.In his budget request, DeSantis asked lawmakers to stop using housing funds for other purposes. Over the past decade, they have allegedly used $1.4 billion for initiatives other than affordable housing, according to an analysis by Florida TaxWatch.last_img read more

Chief selector stands by decision to hand debuts to Hetymer, Singh

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC) – Chief selector Courtney Browne has stood by the decision to hand international debuts to the pair of Vishaul Singh and Shimron Hetmyer, despite both players failing miserably in the just-concluded three-Test series against Pakistan.Neither player impressed, with Vishaul managing 63 runs from his six innings and Hetmyer gathering 96 from his six outings but Browne defended their selection, contending they had merited their place in the side with previous performances at various levels of West Indies cricket.“There are no regrets. They came through our systems, they came through our A-teams, they came through the PCL. They played in the President’s XI, they got a score,” the former Barbados captain and West Indies wicketkeeper told Massy United Insurances Line & Length TV Show here.“We understand they are young players and they need to be given that time to develop so there’s no regrets. When you are looking at the development process, it is going to be a slow process – you’re not going to find a sensation overnight.”The left-handed duo were part of an already young West Indies batting line-up which never fired but for the exception of the enterprising Roston Chase whose 403 runs, at an average of 100, was the most for either team.Batting leader Kraigg Brathwaite had a poor series with a mere 101 runs, the returning Kieran Powell got starts but never carried on and finished with 161 runs while the talented Shai Hope shone in the Barbados Test with an excellent 90 but managed only 59 runs in his other five innings.Browne said it was not uncommon to see this level of inconsistency especially in a side comprising so many inexperienced players, but stressed that this was part of the development process.“We understand and we know we have a lot of young developing players,” Browne explained.“The unfortunate thing is these players are all bunched up together in terms of the number of Test matches. They are all new to Test cricket so that (inconsistency) is par for the course. When you have a bunch of young people that you are exposing to international cricket, you will tend to get these sort of [sporadic] performances.“The good thing about it is you have a coaching team and you have to give them a chance to develop these players.”West Indies conceded the three-Test series 2-1 as Pakistan won their first-ever series in the Caribbean since they began touring the region 59 years ago.The series loss was also the sixth straight for the Windies and the regional side have now won just three Tests in their last 20 outings.Browne said while results were important, the focus remained on developing young players at international level and believed this would pay dividends in the long run.“We’re still some time off. I am sure we will have a lot of downs but we will also have some games which we will win,” he said.“For us, we are really focused on development, getting that base so that we know we can develop players who are consistent and who can perform consistently at the international level.“So now what we are looking at is creating that environment where both learning and teaching can take place.”last_img read more

Lennox Braithwaite to captain WIFBSC team to 150th Imperial Meeting

first_img… Sigmund Douglas appointed adjutantAFTER an impressive debut at the World Shooting Championships at Camp Perry, Ohio, USA, in August 2015, West Indies Fullbore Shooting Council (WIFBSC) has named a competitive-looking 10-member team that will represent the Caribbean at the 150th Imperial Meeting of the National Rifle Association (United Kingdom) in Bisley, this July.While many West Indian marksmen and women have been competing at the Imperial Meeting over the years, president of the WIFBSC, Major (ret’d) D. John. Nelson JP of Jamaica has indicated that the Caribbean would be fielding a strong team at this historical competition.The Guyanese duo of Lennox Braithwaite and USA-based Sigmund Douglas have been named captain and adjutant (manager) respectively, based on a missive sent to CEO of the National Rifle Association (United Kingdom), Andrew Mercer.Two marksmen, Anderson Perry and Rev. Olsen Daniels, both of Antigua and Barbuda, would be making their debuts in England while the other members of the team are GuyanaNRA vice-captain Dylan Fields, Jon Fraser (USA-based Guyanese), Norris Gomez (Trinidad and Tobago), Caroline Gomez (Trinidad and Tobago), Justine Lall (Trinidad and Tobago) and Chalky White (UK-based, St. Kitts & Nevis).Individually, each team member will be pursuing his own sponsorship with Braithwaite already securing full sponsorship, compliments of Secure Innovations and Concepts Inc., through Managing Director, Harold ‘Top Gun’ Hopkinson. Team West Indies would be seeking sponsorship according to Braithwaite and Douglas to procure Team Jackets.The 150th Imperial Meeting of the National Rifle Association (United Kingdom) in Bisley is set for July 17-28.last_img read more

COLUMN: Kessler holds the key for the Trojans

first_imgWe’ve known since the blowout win over Utah that USC was one Ute loss away from controlling its own destiny in the hunt for the Pac-12 South title. After handing Utah its first loss of the season, we’ve patiently waited for another Pac-12 team to beat the Utes, and finally, one day after the Trojans extended their win streak to four games, the Arizona Wildcats upset the Utes 37-30.I had faith that someone would come along and spoil Utah’s one loss season, but I assumed it would happen this Saturday when they face the Bruins. To make last weekend even better, UCLA lost to Washington State.That’s not to say that the Trojans have an easy road ahead. They still have to win their final two games of the season against Oregon and UCLA. Oregon is certainly far from where they were last season, but have improved tremendously this season and just upset Stanford, the team likely to win the Pac-12 North.Utah’s loss opened the door for both UCLA and USC. Whichever of the three teams wins out is the team that will win the South. While USC battles Oregon in Eugene this weekend, UCLA and Utah will duke it out in Salt Lake City.Stanford is one win away from clinching the Pac-12 North, so whichever team comes out of the South will have to face a very good Stanford team. Last time USC met Stanford, they were handed their first loss of the season and the trajectory of their season changed.Since interim head coach Clay Helton took over, however, the Trojans seem like a far cry from the team that lost to Washington. He’s slowed down the offense and relied more on the run game, and so far, his strategy is undefeated.Though USC is riding a   four-game win streak, they have looked fragile in a handful of these wins. With the exception of the blowout over Utah, the Trojans haven’t won by more than eight points. They only beat Cal by six and barely beat Colorado by a field goal.The Trojans cannot afford to play the way they have in their last three games if they want to beat Oregon and especially UCLA. Oregon has a four-game win streak of its own, including wins over Cal, Arizona State and Stanford. Oregon is a reenergized team that is more reminiscent of the Marcus Mariota era than the way they looked at the beginning of the season.And if USC is able to leave Eugene with a win, they’ll still have UCLA waiting for them when they get back to Los Angeles. UCLA is in the same boat, just two wins away from the Pac-12 championship game. Josh Rosen is the best freshman in college football and has the skills and supporting talent to beat the Trojans for a fourth straight year. Cody Kessler will need to play like a redshirt senior to beat the Bruins. He, however, has been less of a presence this season than last and will need to channel last season’s success to beat Oregon and UCLA.The good news for the Trojans is that the defense, which caused a lot of problems last season, has looked very good this season. The offense has stalled recently, and Kessler needs to fire up the offense and win out. The Men of Troy have overcome so much adversity already and pulling off wins against conference rivals would be the perfect ending to the season and Kessler’s career.Regan Estes is a junior majoring in public relations and Spanish. She is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. Her column, “Wild Wild Westes,” runs Tuesdays.last_img read more