Editorial: The Trump Administration’s Fake Grid-Resiliency Plan

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Scranton (Pa.) Times-Tribune:Energy Secretary Rick Perry claims his plan to further subsidize the failing coal and nuclear power industries is crucial to improving the electrical power grid.The grid itself disagrees.PJM Interconnection, which operates the massive power grid covering 13 states, including Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia, has told the Department of Energy that the subsidy plan is “unworkable.”Perry wants to require utilities to compensate power generators that maintain 90-day stockpiles of coal or nuclear fuel, ostensibly to shore up the grid during protracted periods of cold or hot weather. It is a transparent payback to those industries for their political support last year of President Donald Trump.Power generation isn’t the issue regarding the grid. More than 40 new gas-fueled power plants are planned or under construction in Pennsylvania alone. The supposedly free-market administration would skew the market in favor of coal by regulation.According to PJM, doing so would drive up power costs throughout its region. And a large bipartisan group of former commissioners of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the ultimate grid regulator, told the DOE that the plan would not only increase power prices but dry up investment in new, cleaner, more efficient power plants.The plan isn’t about shoring up the grid. It’s about shoring up Trump’s political base. The DOE should abandon it.Perry refuted Editorial: The Trump Administration’s Fake Grid-Resiliency Planlast_img read more

U.K.’s largest subsidy-free solar farm begins commercial operation

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renewables Now:NextEnergy Solar Fund Ltd on Monday said it has brought online a 50-MWp solar installation, which is the biggest subsidy-free solar park in the UK.The Staughton solar farm, located on the Bedfordshire/Cambridgeshire border in England, produces enough power to cover the needs of about 15,000 households. This is the second subsidy-free solar system switched on by NESF this year, after it completed the 5.4-MWp Hall Farm II in Leicestershire in August. The company’s portfolio of operating solar assets has reached a total capacity of 755 MWp.The company also said that the site of its next subsidy-free solar park, High Garrett, is being prepared for construction. It will be an 8.5-MWp extension to the 5-MW Kentishes solar park in Essex, which sells electricity under the Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROC) scheme in the UK and was acquired by NESF in 2016. The new system is due to be completed in the first half of 2020.NESF plans to add UK subsidy-free assets with a total capacity of about 150 MWp to its portfolio, including 55.4 MWp that are already delivered.[Aleksandra Dimitrova]More: NESF switches on 50-MWp subsidy-free solar farm in UK U.K.’s largest subsidy-free solar farm begins commercial operationlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces New Manufacturing Apprenticeship Opportunities in Bucks County

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces New Manufacturing Apprenticeship Opportunities in Bucks County SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Jobs That Pay, Press Release, Workforce Development Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of $200,000 in new funding for Bucks County Community College’s (BCCC) apprenticeship program. The funding will build on the governor’s commitment to expanding job training opportunities in Pennsylvania.“This funding will enable Bucks County Community College to offer fully-encompassed training to individuals looking for good-paying jobs,” said Gov. Wolf. “By supporting apprenticeship programs, we’re strengthening Pennsylvania’s workforce and helping manufacturing companies secure fully-trained, long-term workers.”The funding will assist with the training of students for the Metalwork Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program through the creation of an awareness campaign to increase recruitment for all BCCC Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship Training Programs. BCCC will run a campaign to educate Bucks County residents about the free, 12-week, Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program that upskills and retains unemployed and underemployed individuals, many of whom may face barriers to employment as identified by the Workforce Investment Opportunity Act (WIOA). The training also includes soft skills training, job shadowing opportunities, and individualized job placement assistance with partnering manufacturing employers. After finishing the Metalwork Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program, apprentices have completed 288 hours of training and received certifications in OSHA10, forklift safety, National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NMS), Certification Exam for Measurement, Materials, and Safety Level I.“We are thrilled to receive this funding, and we are thankful to Governor Wolf and the Department of Community and Economic Development for committing resources to the workforce needs in our community,” said Executive Director of the Center for Workforce Development at Bucks County Community College Susan Herring. “The Training to Career Grant will allow us to make students, parents, and job seekers aware of these free training programs which provide life-changing opportunities and high-paying careers in manufacturing.”Apprenticeships are a key component of Governor Wolf’s PAsmart initiative, an innovative way to improve coordination between state agencies, cut red tape, and invest in people and businesses to expand innovative job training in apprenticeships and other programs so workers get the skills they need to compete in the global economy.Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative was launched in October 2017, and since then has funded 35 projects and invested more than $9 million through the Training-to-Career program. Training-to-Career grants support projects that result in short-term work-readiness, job placement, or the advancement of manufacturing. The Manufacturing PA Training-to-Career program works collaboratively with local manufacturers to identify and teach missing essential skills for entry level applicants seeking manufacturing employment, engage youth or those with barriers to career opportunities in manufacturing, and advance capacity for local or regional manufacturers.For more information about the Wolf Administration’s commitment to workforce training, visit the Department of Community and Economic Development website, and be sure to stay up-to-date with all of our agency news on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.center_img January 14, 2020last_img read more

Alan Curtis doing his homework on prospective Swansea boss Marcelo Bielsa

first_img “As I said last week, the important thing is that we get the right man in,” Curtis said. “If that takes a little bit longer then so be it because we are prepared to carry on for as long as possible. “But it’s probably best for everybody that the new man is appointed sooner rather than later. “A new manager could come in next week, but if no-one presents themselves we’ll carry on for the West Brom game and possibly thereafter. “But it could change so quickly.” Swansea will find themselves in the bottom three at kick-off against West Ham if Norwich pick up at least a point away to Manchester United on Saturday. But Curtis insisted that despite the club’s current plight the next manager should not be regarded as a short-fix appointment. “We need the right person to deal with the current situation because we find ourselves at the wrong end of the table,” Curtis said. “That has to be addressed, but there also has to be a medium to long-term aspect to the club. “It’s an important decision but the chairman has got these decisions right in the past. “We’ve got to trust in Huw and the board members that the decision is going to be the right one again.” Swansea caretaker manager Alan Curtis admits he has been Googling Marcelo Bielsa this week with the former Argentina and Chile coach the favourite to take over at the Liberty Stadium. Talks between Bielsa and Swansea remain ongoing as club chairman Huw Jenkins attempts to pull off an audacious coup by making the colourful 60-year-old Argentinian a shock successor to Garry Monk. Bielsa has had a celebrated coaching career in taking Argentina and Chile to World Cup finals as well as managing Athletic Bilbao and Marseille in Europe. But Curtis says he has still been doing his research on his iPad this week, checking out the man christened ‘El Loco’ for his volatile character and eccentric ways, and whose high-intensity coaching methods have inspired the likes of Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino. “Obviously I know his reputation,” Curtis said, ahead of taking charge of Swansea for the second time at home to West Ham on Sunday. “But I don’t know a great deal about him, so I have been Googling him. “When a new manager comes in, you’re never quite sure how he’s going to react or how he deals with players, training and the staff. “But Bielsa’s reputation as a coach is fantastic, and if Pep Guardiola rates him as the best coach ever then he’s obviously somebody you’re bound to learn from.” On the back of Monk’s sacking, Swansea produced a far better performance under Curtis’ stewardship last week when Yaya Toure’s deflected shot in injury time gave Manchester City a fortuitous 2-1 victory. But Swansea’s fifth defeat in six games left them outside the Barclays Premier League relegation zone by virtue of goal difference. Curtis feels a permanent manager must be appointed sooner rather than later, although he says he is prepared to take the team for the Boxing Day home game with West Brom and beyond. Press Associationlast_img read more

BIG MISTAKE? Meghan Markle Redesigns Her Engagement Ring From Prince Harry

first_imgAt first no one noticed the revamped bling when Meghan debuted it along with new baby Archie.Finally, fans started shifting focus from the baby to Meghan’s hand and noticed the change.Did Meghan’s redesign mean that she was not happy with the ring Harry initially gave her while on bended knee during a chicken dinner?Was it a rude mistake?Would you redesign your engagement ring that your husband lovingly designed for you?Would you ask his permission? Meghan Markle has revamped the engagement ring that Harry painstakingly designed for his bride one year ago. Is that a slap in the Prince’s face?Some say yes. Meghan is being slammed for the upgrade because the ring “is a piece of history, not fashion.”Meghan Markle slammed for changing engagement ring – it’s ‘piece of history, not fashion’ https://t.co/xebTsmkTzw pic.twitter.com/Ai4oQ9jI9F— Mirror Royal (@MirrorRoyal) June 25, 2019 The ring still has a larger diamond in the middle from Botswana straddled by two smaller diamonds from Harry’s mum, Diana’s collection.Initially the ring was set in yellow gold, but Markle had the thick gold shank replaced with a thin pave diamond band.It matches the eternity band Harry gave her for their first wedding anniversary.Meghan Markle has blinged up the engagement ring Prince Harry gave her https://t.co/Exii34SviY— The Sun (@TheSun) June 24, 2019last_img read more

Eoin Morgan feels T10 is best format for Olympics

first_imgLONDON: England white-ball captian Eoin Morgan feels T10 could be the best format for cricket to be included at Olympics. The sport hasn’t been part of the showpiece tournament since 1900 when Great Britain won the gold medal after beating France.50-over format was tried at 1998 Commonwealth Games where South Africa beat Australia in the final to clinch the gold medal. Morgan argued that having a short tournament will make it more appealing for the fans and stated that a T10 tournament can be finished inside 10 days, making it perfect for multi-national events like the Olympics or CWG. “The one thing that T10 offers above the three formats that makes it so appealing to an Olympic games or a Commonwealth games is the fact that you can play a whole tournament in the space of 10 days,” Morgan said during a video conference as per ESPNCricinfo. “To have a tournament in such a short space of time maximises the opportunity and the exposure that it will have for the sport,” added Morgan. (IANS)Also Read: Team of 1985 was stronger than 1983: Ravi Shastri Also watch: Tarun Gogoi in an exclusive conversation with Oineetom Ojahlast_img read more

Cricket News Pandya-Rahul Effect: CoA mulls behavioural counselling for Indian team

first_imgNew Delhi: The Committee of Administrators (CoA) is mulling a behavioural counselling programme for the Indian team in the wake of the furore over K L Rahul and Hardik Pandya’s sexist comments. The BCCI has suspended the two cricketers and their fate will be decided by an ombudsman, which will be appointed by the Supreme Court. The programme will also include all the age-group national teams and the A squads.“The Indian senior team as well as the Emerging, A teams and U-19s will have behavioural counselling session at the National Cricket Academy (NCA). The course will deal with every aspect of a professional sportsperson’s life. There will also be sessions on gender sensitivity,” a senior BCCI official, privy to the development, told PTI on conditions of anonymity.When asked whether Rahul and Pandya will attend gender sensitization classes separately, the official responded in the negative. The duo faced severe backlash for making inappropriate comments on women during a chat show, Koffee With Karan, hosted by Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar.“There will be no separate sessions for Rahul and Pandya. The entire Indian team will attend sessions and these two boys, as centrally contracted cricketers, will attend the same,” he said. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Incidentally, the board’s treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry, in his observations after the Pandya-Rahul episode, had also suggested that young players undergo gender sensitivity programme so that they are well equipped to face the spotlight when they get into top flight.Despite having a choc-a-bloc schedule, the senior team will attend a few sessions but the course will be more relevant for India’s U-19 cricketers, who are being thrust into spotlight with IPL riches coming their way even before they are 20.“Players like 17-year-olds Prabh Simran Singh (Rs 4.8 crore for KXIP) or Prayas Ray Burman (Rs 1.6 crore for RCB) have become overnight millionaires even before playing a single Ranji match. There should be life coaches, who would counsel them,” a former India player said.It is still not confirmed whether a group of individuals will separately conduct the training programme or any particular company will be outsourced.It has also been learnt that lawyer Veena Gowda, who had recommended gender sensitization classes for CEO Rahul Johri, has been requested to suggest names of the company/individual for conducting his counselling.Johri was given a clean chit by a three-member panel, which included Gowda, with regards to multiple allegations of sexual harassment against him.“Initially, CoA chief Vinod Rai had asked former Internal Complaints Committee head Kareena Kripalani to set the ball rolling and get a company with expertise on such programmes to conduct sessions,” said the official.“However Edulji, who of late has differed on every issue with Rai, refused to agree as her contention was that Kripalani directly reports to the CEO. She had suggested that Veena Gowda, who had recommended gender sensitization classes decide on relevant organisation or individual,” the official said. last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports Andy Dalton is going home to Texas to be Dak Prescott’s backup for the Dallas Cowboys. Dalton and the Cowboys have agreed on a one-year contract. The deal guarantees the former Cincinnati starter $3 million and could be worth up to $7 million. Dalton was born and raised in the Houston area and led TCU to its only undefeated season in the past 81 years in 2010. Cincinnati drafted him in the second round the next spring. The Bengals released Dalton after drafting LSU’s Joe Burrow first overall. The Houston native led TCU to an undefeated season that included a Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin during the 2010 campaign. He led the Bengals to five playoff berths in his nine seasons with the team but was never able to win a playoff game.Dalton owns most of Cincinnati’s passing records and started 13 games for the Bengals last season.Meanwhile, the Chicago Bears are indicating they are running out of patience with Mitchell Trubisky.A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press the Bears have declined their fifth-year option on the quarterback for the 2021 season. Associated Press The move is hardly a surprise considering the way Trubisky struggled in his third season since the Bears drafted him with the No. 2 overall pick. His 2019 statistics sagged across the board from the previous season as he finished with 3,138 yards passing, a 63.2% completion rate, 17 touchdowns and an 83 quarterback rating.General manager Ryan Pace largely staked his reputation to Trubisky when he traded up a spot with San Francisco to draft him ahead of Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes and Houston’s Deshaun Watson.The Bears acquired 2018 Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles from Jacksonville in March and plan to hold an open competition for the starting job.MLB-OBIT-KEOUGHMatt Keough, former A’s pitcher and executive, dies at 64 In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Secretariat won a virtual Kentucky Derby against 12 fellow Triple Crown winners, 47 years after the chestnut colt won the real race at Churchill Downs. Secretariat was the 7-2 favorite, although there was no wagering. Instead, fans selecting the winning horse online were entered to win a VIP experience at the Derby this fall. Saturday’s 1 1/4-mile race featured computer-generated imagery and was held the same day the 146th Derby had been scheduled until it was postponed by the coronavirus pandemic. The Derby has been rescheduled for Sept. 5.— Scott McLaughlin won his second IndyCar iRace on Saturday in a wild finish that saw most of the leaders crash as they rushed toward the checkered flag. Formula One driver Lando Norris was headed for what appeared a 1-2-3 podium sweep for the Arrow McLaren SP entries on the final lap. But Norris ran into the back of Simon Pagenaud and the defending Indy 500 champion, to take himself out of contention. Conor Daly finished second and was followed by Santino Ferrucci, who figured there would be a lot of angry drivers after the 175-mile race.— Brighton has become the first English Premier League club to publicly oppose plans to try to restart the season in neutral stadiums during the coronavirus pandemic. Brighton chief executive Paul Barber says the league’s integrity would be damaged if teams couldn’t play at home. The Premier League sees using only up to half of the 20 stadiums as the most viable way of completing the season, which was suspended almost two months ago. West Ham vice chair Karren Brady says “no one wants” neutral stadiums but government and the Sports Grounds Safety Authority would have to approve the locations of games.— The chairman of Crystal Palace says the Premier League could face years of legal challenges if this season is not completed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Steve Parish offered public support for the league’s “Project Restart” plans after Brighton and West Ham expressed concerns about teams being forced to play their remaining games in neutral stadiums. The league is working with the government to find a safe way of players resuming group training and playing games by June at the earliest. May 3, 2020center_img Duplantis, Lavillenie share gold in backyard pole-vaultingUNDATED (AP) — A men’s pole vault competition featuring three of the event’s biggest names has resulted in a tie for the gold medal.Mondo Duplantis of Sweden and Renaud Lavillenie of France each cleared a height of 16 feet 36 times over a span of 30 minutes. Both had one miss. Sam Kendricks of the United States wound up third by clearing the bar 26 times.Each man competed from his own backyard. Duplantis, a world record holder, was at his base in Lafayette, Louisiana. Lavillenie, the 2012 Olympic champion, was on his farm in France. Kendricks was at his farm in Oxford, Mississippi.Sunday’s competition was broadcast by World Athletics on its social media channels. OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Former Oakland Athletics pitcher and special assistant Matt Keough (KEE’-oh) has died at age 64.Billy Beane, the A’s executive vice president of baseball operations, issued a statement saying, “Matt was a great baseball man and a proud Oakland A.”Keough was an American League All-Star as a rookie in 1978 and was selected AL Comeback Player of the Year in 1980. He was 58-84 with a 4.17 ERA with Oakland (1977-83), the New York Yankees (1983), St. Louis (1985), Chicago Cubs (1986) and Houston (1986), then went 45-44 with a 3/73 ERA in Japan with Hanshin (1987-90).Keough’s father, Marty and uncle, Joe, were major league outfielders.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-NEWSCowboys land Dalton…Bears pass on Trubisky optionUNDATED (AP) — One veteran NFL quarterback has found a new team, while another appears to have worn out his welcome. — Italy’s Serie A soccer clubs have been cleared to resume training this week on an individual basis following a clarification from the Italian government. A week ago the government had said that athletes in individual sports could resume training Monday and teams on May 18. That sparked confusion and frustration from Serie A clubs, which pointed out that their players would be allowed to train individually in public parks but not inside team training centers. Now the government says all athletes are allowed to take part in “individual sports activity, in public or private areas” while keeping a safe distance and “respecting the ban” on gatherings. Serie A has been suspended since March 9, when the government ordered a nationwide lockdown.— Players from Spanish league clubs will be allowed to resume training on Monday as Spain eases some of the lockdown measures that had been in place because of the coronavirus pandemic. The government is allowing players to train individually at the clubs’ facilities while observing a series of safety measures pre-established by the league and local authorities. The league prepared a detailed four-phase training protocol that has already been distributed to clubs. Smaller group sessions and full squad sessions are likely to be allowed in the coming weeks.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Eaves happy with Badgers’ depth as team looks toward postseason

first_imgJunior goalie Scott Gudmandson, along with fellow junior Brett Bennett, has provided solid depth for Coach Eaves and the Badgers at the goaltending position as the regular season rapidly closes.[/media-credit]Wisconsin men’s hockey head coach Mike Eaves has enjoyed the contribution he has received from his fourth line this year and does not expect them to let up any time soon.Although senior tri-captain Blake Geoffrion is the only Badger with over 20 goals this season, the Badgers have three other players with 10 or more goals and are not afraid to let their third and fourth lines shoot the puck.“When you are playing a 60-minute game and you are playing 120 minutes over the course of the weekend, if you can roll four lines there is a gradual wearing down,” Eaves said.Eaves has repeatedly said this season he looks to the fourth line to provide energy for the team. Any offense they provide is considered a bonus; the Badgers got that extra contribution Saturday when senior forwards Andy Bohmbach and Ben Grotting combined for two goals and two assists in Wisconsin’s 8-4 win.The Badgers have both grinded out hard-fought, one-goal victories and ran away with blowouts throughout the year, but the constant has been the overall level of depth. That depth helps keep the team fresh during the course of a long season.The Badgers appear to be playing their best hockey late this year, and much of that can be attributed to how fresh they are. According to Eaves, all of the great championship teams “have that factor: depth.”Adding to the team’s depth has been the outstanding play of junior goaltenders Scott Gudmandson and Brett Bennett, who each received starts again this weekend. They have kept each other fresh and split time over the course of the year, aside from a period where Bennett was out with a shoulder injury. The team will continue to use both players, at least until the playoffs.Eaves said the team would not make a decision regarding the use of primarily one goalie until the end of the season, when he and the coaching staff will evaluate both goaltenders.Badgers look good heading into stretch runAt 29 games into the season, the Badgers boast a record of 18-7-4, tied for third in the WCHA standings. An important series against St. Cloud State looms this weekend, as the Huskies are currently second in the conference, with a two-point lead over Wisconsin.Every team wants to be playing its best hockey of the year as the regular season winds down, which is what the Badgers appear to be doing after victories in the Camp Randall Hockey Classic and a weekend sweep of Minnesota State. But the Badgers will also be skating on fresher legs than most teams.With one of his deepest teams ever, Eaves is hoping the depth can carry the Badgers deep into the NCAA tournament. Wisconsin has six games left and is sitting in a prime position approaching the WCHA and NCAA tournaments.In comparison to the 2005-2006 NCAA championship team, Eaves said he “thinks the ’05-’06 team was pretty potent.”“I think this team is offensively, depth-wise, a little stronger than that team,” Eaves added.UW is currently second in the nation in scoring offense.UW’s No. 3 ranking in both the USCHO.com and USA Today polls supports that endorsement. With a veteran team that has settled into a groove, it isn’t hard to see why Eaves is optimistic as the end of the season draws closer.“It’s exciting, it’s fun for the kids,” Eaves said. “We don’t have to talk about a lot; we just go back to the process of worrying about what we can do on a day to day basis.”last_img read more

PM mum on new Haitian army

first_imgPM mum on new Haitian armyPrime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant has shied away from confirming whether or not Haiti’s new army will be officially commissioned on November 18, but promising it will not be one aimed at tormenting the population.“It will be an army at the service of the population and not a tormenting army,” he told reporters, adding that the army in Haiti L had never been disbanded.Never a dissolution of the Haitian ArmyLafontant said the 1987 Constitution stipulates that “the country has two security forces: the Armed Forces of Haiti and the National Police,” adding “there has never been a dissolution of the Armed Forces of Haiti (FAD’H) but only an administrative measure of demobilization of this military force.” He did not provide other details, claiming national security concerns.There is mounting speculation here that the former armed forces of Haiti could be officially re-mobilized on November 18, coinciding with the 214th anniversary of the battle of Vertières.Prime Minister Lafontant, who did not want to confirm this date, told reporters only that the time is coming and the remobilization of the FAD’H “is an act of justice for our ancestors and our heroes of independence and will allow us to repatriate our national sovereignty.”Hundreds of youth have joined armyHe said that after the launch of the recruitment process initiated by Defence Minister Hervé Denis, last July, 2,350 young people including 350 girls, had been registered in the army. The final steps in remobilizing the army will be undertaken in a transparent manner.He reiterated that the new army will have another mission and another direction than that of the past.Haiti’s army was disbanded in 1995 by former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide following a military coup. However, in recent months, there have been calls for the establishment of an army following the decision of the United Nations to end its operations here this month.The UN mission in Haiti has been in place following a second coup against Aristide that took place in 2004.For more recent news on Haiti, click the link: UN envoy announced: Haiti’s stability greaterlast_img read more