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Kansas co-op pulls the plug on planned 895MW Holcomb coal plant addition

first_imgKansas co-op pulls the plug on planned 895MW Holcomb coal plant addition FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Wichita Eagle:Two companies that battled for more than a decade to expand coal power in Kansas say they’ve abandoned their plans to build a $2.2 billion coal-fired power plant.Sunflower Electric Power Corp., based in Hays, announced Wednesday that it will let its air permit for a proposed coal-fired plant in Holcomb expire in March, signaling an end to a project that drew criticism from environmentalists. It was first blocked by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius in 2007 and then cleared for construction by the Kansas Supreme Court in 2017.But during that time, coal fell out of favor for environmental and economic reasons. It has been on a decline nationwide for at least a decade as public concerns about coal’s contribution to climate change have risen. At the same time, competing energy sources, such as cheaper natural gas and heavily-subsidized solar and wind energy, have taken off. The Kansas plant would have been the first one brought online in the United States since 2015.Sunflower Electric filed for an 18-month extension with the state on its air permit, which is set to expire on March 27, and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment told the company that the permit would lapse at that time if construction had not started. After 15 years and $100 million invested in the coal plant expansion, the company changed its mind Wednesday.Sunflower Electric already operates one plant near Holcomb, and the expansion would have added another 895-megawatts of capacity. Along with its largest development partner, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, more than $100 million was invested in the development plans for the plant, The Eagle reported previously.[Chance Swaim, Jonathan Shorman]More: Kansas energy company abandons plans for $2.2 billion coal power plantlast_img read more

National Wildlife Week

first_imgNational Wildlife Week is March 18-24 this year. The theme is “Branching Out for Wildlife,” with a focus on how wildlife depend upon trees for survival. Pictured: A pair of Northern Cardinals on a tree branch. Credit:iStockPhotoEarthTalk®E – The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: What is the purpose of National Wildlife Week, which I understand will take place in March 2013?                                                                                    — Melissa P., Burlington, NJ National Wildlife Week is a program of the non-profit National Wildlife Federation (NWF) that is designed around teaching and connecting kids to the wonders of wildlife. Each year, the group picks a theme and provides fun and informative educational materials, curriculum and activities for educators and caregivers to use with their kids.This coming March 18-24 (2013), the theme of National Wildlife Week is “Branching Out for Wildlife” with a focus on trees. Participating kids will learn about the parts of a tree, the role of trees and how wildlife depend on trees for survival. They can also participate in environmental service projects addressing climate change, healthy habitats, reforestation and connecting with the environment.Teachers, instructors, coaches and parents can sign up with NWF and get a wide range of free resources—lesson plans, posters, trading cards, etc.—to help spread the educational messages of National Wildlife Week into school curricula, after-school and even at-home activities.2013 marks the 75th year NWF has run National Wildlife Week, making it the group’s longest running educational program. To mark the milestone anniversary, NWF has adopted the goal of planting 75,000 trees across the country. School and youth groups can apply to host a tree planting event with NWF, which will provide native trees adapted to the local climate, as well as tree guards, shovels, mulch, watering supplies and gloves.Beyond National Wildlife Week, all year long NWF will feature detailed information on their website about different types of wildlife that live in or are dependent upon trees across the country. Young people are encouraged to stay on the lookout for wildlife near them throughout National Wildlife Week and log their sightings accordingly—and can share them online via NWF’s interactive Wildlife Watch Map.The Branching Out for Wildlife Mega-Poster is comprised of smaller sections that each graphically display the different parts of a tree—roots and soil, forest floor, trunk, branches and leaves/fruit/flowers—and the wildlife that frequent them. At five and a half feet tall, the complete mega-poster is a real attention grabber in any room. Anyone can print out the sections for free as they are all available via the NWF website as PDF downloads.Wildlife Week is not the only way NWF educates kids and inspires a lifelong love of nature. The group has worked with teachers for decades to get kids learning outdoors. Recently NWF launched a campaign to get 10 million more American children out of their indoor habitats and into the great outdoors over the next three years. And its Eco-Schools USA and Schoolyard Habitats programs harness the power of teachers and students to green thousands of K-12 schools across the country.  And the group’s Earth Tomorrow campaign is a multi-cultural youth environmental program that creates opportunities for underserved youth to learn about their world and contribute to the ecological health of their communities.CONTACT: NWF National Wildlife Week, www.nwf.org/national-wildlife-week.aspx.EarthTalk® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E – The Environmental Magazine (www.emagazine.com). Send questions to: earthtalk@emagazine.com. Subscribe: www.emagazine.com/subscribe. Free Trial Issue: www.emagazine.com/trial.last_img read more

Eight Days Of Suds: Asheville Beer Week 2018

first_imgIf Asheville was known for one thing and one thing only, it wouldn’t be the mountains, it would be the beer. Recently I had the pleasure of sitting down with Kendra Penland, Executive Director of the Asheville Brewers Alliance (ABA). We had lunch and chatted about the ABA, Beer City Festival, AVL Beer Week, and their plans for the future.As the first-ever, full-time Executive Director of the ABA, Penland has helped grow the organization exponentially in her three years at the helm. After almost a decade of serving the craft beer community, the ABA plans on making this the best year to date.One of the ABA’s biggest events, AVL Beer Week, is coming up on May 25. Penland gave us the low-down on what to do, where to go, and how to find more information.AVL Beer Week Is All About The EventsThe week consists of over 80 events, at multiple venues, across Western North Carolina. From special beer releases and dinner parties to concerts and river cleanups, there is a little something for everyone. Just be sure to pace yourself, this is a week-long celebration of beer after all. The events calendar on the AVL Beer Week website has the full schedule of events. Some of our favorites include:Highland River FloatillaBlind Beer TastingCold War KidsBeer City FestivalFrench Broad Float and CleanupThe Asheville Beer Week Kickoff PartyThe official kickoff party is a private event for AVL Beer Week sponsors, event hosts, and ABA members only. Following the private event, the party opens up to the public and is free to attend. The kickoff party is held at The Social in East Asheville on Friday, May 25. “The event starts at 7:30 p.m. and goes until they make us leave,” Penland laughs. There will be great local music, distilleries,  and of course, beer. This is going to be a fun, family-friendly event.Beer City FestivalThe AVL Beer Week festivities culminate in the main event, Beer City Festival, held at the Roger McGuire Green on June 2 in Downtown Asheville. The festival brings the best breweries from around the region to Asheville for a celebration of beer and local music provided by The Broadcast, The Blue Dragons, and Side Piece out of Charleston, S.C. However, they are doing things a little different this time around.“This year we are wanting to make it more accessible for people,” says Penland. “Not everyone wants to commit to a five-hour event, so this year we’re introducing tokens.”You can get a Token Ticket for $25 which is good for 5 beer samples. One token per beer. Want more? Simply buy more tokens for $1 each. Looking to play hard? $45 will get you a wristband and unlimited beer samples for the duration of the event.AVL Beer Week IPALast Year’s Beer Week IPAThe AVL Beer Week IPAIn the past, the Asheville Brewers Alliance has come together to create a special, limited release beer for the occasion. Brewers have gotten together at a location, brewed the beer, then released it for the week. “It’s been a fun way to do that over the last few years,” says Penland. “We just have so many more breweries now. Everyone is just so busy. It’s been hard to find a system that has the capacity to create it.”So this year, they’re doing things a little different. Rather than release one beer for the week, from multiple brewers, they’re going to have a beer theme. This way, breweries can work alone or partner up to create their own version of the beer. This year’s theme is an India Pale Ale. There will be nine breweries debuting an AVL Beer Week IPA. Along with the IPA, there will be several other special releases to taste throughout the week.Kendra Penland (right)About The Asheville Brewers AllianceAs a craft beer trade association, the Asheville Brewers Alliance helps promote Asheville and Western North Carolina in the craft beer industry. With 219 members (63 of which are breweries), they have built an incredibly powerful network here in the Tar Heel State. Member benefits include (free) training, education, and networking opportunities with other businesses in the industry.“Right now, we’re really focusing on beefing up our training curriculum,” says Penland. “For instance, Sierra Nevada has an incredible in-house training program and they share that with smaller breweries in the area.”Not all breweries have the resources or time available to help them grow. That’s where the ABA steps in. They are looking to continue to help facilitate the networking and communication between breweries to further grow the WNC craft beer community.We’re looking forward to AVL Beer Week, and we’ll be seeing you at the Beer City Festival.Justin Forrest is an outdoor writer, fly fishing addict, and co-founder of Narrative North—based in Asheville, N.C. He posts pictures of cats and fishing on Instagram sometimes.last_img read more

Pasar Jaya launches home shopping service for those in self-quarantine

first_imgWith millions of Jakartans urged to stay at home to slow the spread of COVID-19, city-owned market operator Pasar Jaya has provided a home shopping service involving sellers in more than 20 markets.The firm published the telephone numbers of dozens of retailers who be contacted by customers from home. The list of numbers can be seen on Pasar Jaya’s official Facebook page and Instagram account. “Orders can be placed directly to the market retailers,” a post reads on Pasar Jaya’s Instagram account @perumdapasarjaya. “The delivery and payment methods will be arranged between retailers and buyers.” Many Jakartans responded positively to the service. Some, however, found it complicated and confusing.“None of the retailers at Mampang Market could be contacted,” Instagram user @ifraddds wrote. Another Instagram user, @ibusabitshabreena, asked the market operator whether customers could buy small amounts of groceries through the service but did not get a response.Read also: How to do online grocery shopping in a time of coronavirusPasar Jaya management said that all 153 markets under its management were open, with each market equipped with a thermal scanner and hand sanitizers. In addition, all markets were frequently disinfected.Within Indonesia, Jakarta has been hit hardest by COVID-19 with health authorities confirming 627 cases and 62 deaths. (trn)Topics :center_img Apart from staple foods, retailers in some markets, such as Pondok Labu Market and Gandaria Market in South Jakarta and Kramat Jati Central Market in East Java, are offering fast food for those who want a premade meal.last_img read more

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang raves over future Arsenal star Folarin Balogun

first_img PLAY Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has talked up the talent of Arsenal youngster Florain Balogun (Picture: Getty)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has hinted Arsenal striking sensation Folarin Balogun is destined to make a major impact a the north London club.The Gabon international has taken the Premier League by storm since his club-record move 14 months ago and is hoping to end his first full season in England as the Golden Boot winner, trailing current leader Sergio Aguero by a single goal.Aubameyang has cemented his status as a pivotal part of Unai Emery’s side but has clearly found time to cast his eye over some of the club’s most exciting youth prospects, too.The likes of Bukayo Saka and Emilie Smith Rowe have already made impressive first team breakthroughs this season and 17-year-old Balogun could follow suit if Aubameyang’s social media activity is anything to go by.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT About Connatix V67539 Coming Next Folarin Balogun has scored 22 goals in 23 appearances this season (Picture: Getty)Balogun has scored an impressive 22 goals in 23 appearances this season and has likened his playing style to that of Aubameyang’s, who is famed for his pace and goalscoring instincts.‘I am the sort of striker that likes to play on the shoulder of the last defender and make runs behind them, similar to the way that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang plays,’ he told Arsenal.com‘I’ve trained a few times with the first team and I feel that I’ve benefitted from being involved with them, especially when playing against experienced defenders which forces you to find different ways of getting in on goal as what works at lower levels does not always work against them.’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 Read More 1/1 Skip Read More Video Settings Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Read More Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang raves over future Arsenal star Folarin Balogun / Comment SPONSORED 1 min. story Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Skip Ad Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 19 Mar 2019 2:16 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.6kShares Read More by Metro Top articles Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Full Screen Read More Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

The total cost of David Luiz’s transfer from Chelsea to Arsenal revealed

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 31 May 2020 8:13 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.7kShares Edu and Raul Sanllehi drove Arsenal’s move to sign David Luiz from Chelsea last summer (Picture: Getty)Cash-strapped Arsenal spent a total of £19million all told to sign David Luiz from Chelsea last summer. The 33-year-old penned a one-year deal after he was deemed surplus to requirements by Frank Lampard and moved to the Blues’ London rivals on transfer deadline day. Arsenal are currently weighing up whether or not to offer their most senior player a 12-month extension and although Mikel Arteta is keen to retain Luiz’s services, the Brazil international’s future remains in the balance. The Arsenal hierarchy are still to make significant breakthroughs in negotiations over new deals for captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and this season’s breakthrough star Bukayo Saka.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTIt will represent a source of frustration for Arsenal fans, therefore, to learn that, according to The Athletic, the total cost of Luiz’s move from Stamford Bridge to the Emirates Stadium could ultimately represent £19million. Comment Advertisement The total cost of David Luiz’s transfer from Chelsea to Arsenal revealed David Luiz’s form has improved drastically under the management of Mikel Arteta (Picture: Getty)The total sum breaks down as £8m on the initial transfer fee, £1m to intermediaries and £10m on Luiz’s annual salary. Arsenal dispensed with their former head of recruitment Sven Mislintat 18 months ago, the man who played a key role in bringing the likes of Bernd Leno, Lucas Torreira and Aubameyang to the club, in favour of handing head of football Raul Sanllehi more of a say in the club’s transfer policy.The former Barcelona chief was joined in the summer by new technical director Edu and the pair, who share a close relationship with Luiz’s agent Kia Joorabchian, drove the deal to sign a replacement for Laurent Koscielny.Arsenal were placed in a difficult position when their former captain left in acrimonious circumstances but, despite his recent improvement under Arteta, Luiz has been far from an unqualified success.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 ArsenalLuiz has spoken effusively and extensively about Arteta in glowing terms since his appointment, but has made no secret of his desire to return to Benfica, the club at which he launched his European career.He told Record earlier this week: ‘I have already spoken with (Luiz Filipe) Vieira. It will happen if the President permits it and fans want me back. ‘To be able to wear that jersey again and enter the stadium is worth more than many trophies. Benfica doesn’t deserve me to come back without helping.’MORE: Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud admits beating Arsenal in Europa League final was extra specialMORE: Dennis Bergkamp let’s Mikel Arteta know where he has been going wrong at ArsenalFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img read more

ESL Shipping Seals Acquisition of AtoB@C Shipping

first_imgFinnish dry bulk shipping company ESL Shipping has completed the acquisition of all the outstanding shares of AtoB@C Shipping AB and AtoB@C Holding AB, announced at the end of June.As a result, the company expects its net sales to double from EUR 80 million to approximately EUR 160 million. Based on the calculations using figures from 2017, the cargo volume carried is expected to increase from approximately 11-12 million tonnes to approximately 16-17 million tonnes.As disclosed earlier, the value of the acquired enterprise is EUR 30 million (USD 34.9 million). The  purchase was financed by Aspo’s existing financing reserves, and new shares issued by Aspo Plc, the owner of ESL Shipping.AtoB@C operates 30 vessels in size of 4,000-5,000 tonnes. The company owns six dry cargo vessels in full, and has a share of 49% of two vessels. The other 22 vessels are time-chartered.The combination of vessels will bring ESL Shipping’s fleet to a total of 50 ships, including new LNG-powered ships, with a deadweight capacity of 468,000 tonnes compared to the previous 331,000 tonnes.“Together we form a strong Nordic shipping company that is customer-driven. It has strong shoulders to build future success determinedly,” Mikki Koskinen, Managing Director of ESL Shipping, commented.” The acquisition will shift ESL Shipping to a new size class and put it in a good position to improve operational efficiency and overall profitability of the shipping company,” says Aki Ojanen, CEO of Aspo Plc and Chairman of the Board of Directors of ESL Shipping, said.last_img read more

Family violence at ‘horrendous’ levels

first_imgStuff.co.nz 25 Nov 2012Police investigated more than 77,500 domestic violence cases in the past 20 months, launching inquiries at a rate equal to five incidents every hour, new figures show. Of cases investigated between January 2011 and October 2012, 43,500 involved family members being injured and 2235 involved sexual assault, figures provided from police to Labour under the Official Information Act show. It comes at a time that police annual reports show a 50 per cent rise in people killed in domestic violence incidents over the past three years – 18 people killed in 2008, rising to 27 last year. Police did not publish comparative data for 2009 or 2010. Labour’s women’s affairs spokeswoman Sue Moroney described the rate of family violence is “horrendous”. Although rising statistics have been attributed to increased reporting of domestic violence in the past, Moroney says preventative measures aren’t working if more people are being killed. “You can probably make an assessment that family violence is on the increase as well as reported incidents.”http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/7994731/Family-violence-at-horrendous-levelslast_img read more

Greensburg Man Airlifted in I-74 Crash

first_imgRIPLEY COUNTY, Ind. — Wednesday morning, at approximately 6:55 am, the Indiana State Police responded to a single vehicle personal injury crash on I-74 near the 157 mile marker.Both occupants of the vehicle were injured and transported to area hospitals for treatment of their injuries.According to police, a pickup truck, being driven by Johnathan A. Orr, age 32, Greensburg, Indiana, was traveling eastbound on I-74 near the 157 mile marker.Orr is believed to have lost control of the vehicle after a tire on the vehicle became deflated.The vehicle entered the median of I-74 before overturning and rolling into the westbound lanes of I-74.The vehicle came to rest in the middle of the westbound lanes.Orr sustained serious injuries in the collision.He was air lifted from the scene to University of Cincinnati Hospital for treatment of his injuries.A passenger in Orr’s vehicle, Joshua L. Sangl, age 27, Saint Paul, Indiana, sustained injuries in the crash.He was transported by ambulance to Margaret Mary Hospital in Batesville, Indiana for treatment.The severity of the injuries to both occupants is unknown at this time.The westbound lanes of I-74 were closed for approximately one hour for crash investigation and cleanup.The eastbound lanes of I-74 were closed briefly during the investigation.last_img read more

2018 IMCA point season ends Sunday, Sept. 30

first_imgVINTON, Iowa – The 2018 IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season ends on Sun­day, Sept. 30Final races are scheduled that day for Modifieds, Sprint Cars, Stock Cars, Hobby Stocks, Northern SportMods, Southern SportMods and Sport Com­pacts.Final national and state points for the Late Model division will be awarded at the Deery Brothers Summer Series event scheduled Sept. 21 at Davenport Speedway.Bonus points will be figured and national and regional champi­ons and rook­ies of the year announced as soon as possi­ble.Local track officials have until noon Central Standard Time on Monday, Oct. 29 to notify IMCA of corrections that affect their top 15 point stand­ings before all standings for those divisions become official.Questions about IMCA point totals and standings should be directed to Virginia Lindsey, director of membership and points, at vlindsey@imca.com or by calling 319 472-2201, ext. 215.last_img read more