Dearth of West Coast Terminal Capacity for U.S. Coal Producers Pinning Hopes on Exports

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享SNL:Western producers looking to export coal through the Pacific Coast are seeing their options dwindle as existing ports reach capacity and hopes for new ones dim.“The West is kind of limited in that you have a couple of ports in California and the main ones in Canada,” said William Wolf, vice president of business and market analysis at John T. Boyd Co. “You can only run so many tons through those facilities at this time.”Ridgway does not see much opportunity for these ports to grow because environmental groups in California would likely put a stop to any plans that would increase coal train traffic.Meanwhile, three proposed projects that could offer West Coast export options have hit major roadblocks. Oakland’s city council voted unanimously in June 2016 to prohibit coal shipments in the city, affecting the planned Oakland Bulk and Oversized Terminal in California, though the developer is suing to overturn the ban. The U.S. Army Corps also stopped the permitting process in May 2016 for the planned Gateway Pacific terminal in Washington state. An outgoing official threw a further obstacle in front of Pacific Gateway when he announced in January the expansion of an aquatic reserve to include the area where the terminal was planned. And in November 2016, an Oregon state agency announced the withdrawal of cases related to the planned Morrow Pacific coal terminal.More ($): Coal miners eyeing Asia market pin hopes on Wash. port as other options dry up Dearth of West Coast Terminal Capacity for U.S. Coal Producers Pinning Hopes on Exportslast_img read more

India’s NTPC plans to add 10GW of solar generation by 2022

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Economic Times:State-owned power giant NTPC is planning to add 10GW of solar energy generation capacity by 2022, which entails an investment of around Rs 50,000 crore, to be funded mainly by green bonds, a source has said.At present, NTPC has installed renewable energy capacity of 920MW, which includes mainly solar energy. It has formulated a long-term plan to become a 130GW company by 2032 with 30 percent non-fossil fuel or renewable energy capacity.“The company will complete tendering of 2,300MW of solar energy capacity by the end of this fiscal. Thereafter, it has planned to add 4GW each in 2020-21 and 2021-22.”“The company is open to any borrowing option in the market, which is economical. However, it would mainly rely on green bonds which are offered for pure clean energy projects. The company wants to raise money through domestic as well as overseas green bonds,” the source said.The NTPC’s plans to add 10GW solar energy capacity assumes significance in view of India’s ambitious target of having 175GW of clean energy by 2022.More: NTPC to invest Rs 50,000 crore to add 10GW solar energy capacity by 2022 India’s NTPC plans to add 10GW of solar generation by 2022last_img read more

Salvadoran Defense Ministry Will Ask for $33.8 Million for Security

first_imgBy Dialogo May 11, 2011 The Salvadoran Defense Ministry will request a budgetary supplement of $33.8 million U.S. dollars in order to continue guaranteeing support for joint security measures with the National Civil Police (PNC). This was confirmed during the first week in May by the head of the Salvadoran Defense Ministry, Gen. David Munguía Payés, who also indicated that President Mauricio Funes will very soon announce a course correction in the security strategy he has been implementing since the beginning of his term, in June 2009, in cooperation with the PNC and the Army, which is marking the 187th anniversary of its founding this Saturday, 7 May, the date on which Soldier’s Day is celebrated in El Salvador, according to a report in the Salvadoran daily El Mundo [The World]. The Army has carried out that function of support for the police, by presidential order, since 6 November 2009, due to the high crime rates that have affected El Salvador for several months. In May 2010, Funes extended for a year the presence of military personnel in the streets to combat crime, an extension that expired on 6 May; added three thousand soldiers to military forces in twenty-nine areas; and expanded the troops’ activities to “blind spots” or unmonitored border locations, in addition to sending military personnel to some of the country’s prisons. The Salvadoran Armed Forces have over fifteen thousand members, including officers and enlisted personnel. Responsibility for public safety was withdrawn from the military by the peace agreements, but under exceptional circumstances, the president may require them to provide support for this purpose to the PNC, an institution that is independent from the Army and was created, together with other bodies, following the end of twelve years of hostilities, from 1980 to 1992. The nearly 34 million U.S. dollars, Munguía Payés specified, will be used to cover the expenses incurred by the institution since it was designated to carry out public-safety tasks such as surveillance along the borders and in prisons, as well as searching inmates’ visitors. “When we receive a mission that is in addition to the one we have and that implies the incorporation of new elements into the Armed Forces in order to carry out these plans, this implies more resources,” he said in justification. According to the highest-ranking Salvadoran military commander, around 3,500 soldiers have been incorporated into the security plan since 2010, and the money would be used to cover the cost of maintaining those personnel for two years. It would also cover salaries and the cost of food and supplies, such as uniforms. He also said that a meeting has already been held with the treasury minister and that it was the Security Cabinet’s idea to consolidate all the expenses of the PNC, the Public Prosecutor’s Office, and the militia for the next two years.last_img read more

Long Island Snow Storm May Bring Another 6 Inches

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island Rail Road riders commute at the Bay Shore station during a snow storm Feb. 3, 2014.Another winter storm could potentially blanket Long Island in a half a foot of snow, although the forecast will not be clear until the system gets closer to arrival later this week.After 2 inches of snow fell on Sunday, leading to a clear start to the week with temperatures below freezing, a “strong” storm is expected to start Wednesday night and continue into Thursday evening, according to the National Weather Service.“Although the exact track…timing and intensity are still uncertain…the potential exists for significant snowfall of 6 inches or more,” the agency’s Upton-based meteorologists said in a statement.As of Monday, it appears that the snow could start late Wednesday night when temps drop down into the 20s and could be a mix of rain and snow when the thermostat goes above freezing Thursday.A 30-percent chance of light snow is also forecast for Friday night before giving way to a sunny Saturday and cloudy Sunday with both days in the low-to-mid 30s.last_img read more

5 traits of a data-driven credit union

first_imgby: Peter KeersBig Data/Analytics is increasingly on the strategic radar for credit unions. Much of the focus, however, is on software tools alone. This is only a part of the picture. The underpinning of a successful Big Data/Analytics effort is creating a culture that supports a data-driven credit union.What is a data-driven credit union? In his forthcoming book, Creating a Data-Driven Organization, author Carl Anderson lists three characteristics of an organization that is NOT data driven:Reports past or present facts without much contextFails to explain why something has or has not occurredDoes not recommend what action to take in light of the informationAnderson defines a data-driven organization as having, “… the right processes and the right culture in place to augment or drive critical business decisions with [the right] analyses and so have a direct impact on the business.”He lists some traits credit unions must develop to become data-driven:Collect the Right DataThis means not only collecting relevant data. It also means the quality of the data (“cleanliness”) is supremely important.Data is Accessible and Queryable continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

The final solution of the bicycle tour “Podstrana walk and bike” was presented

first_imgAt the conference, the conceptual design, works and implementation of the project “Podstrana walk and bike” – construction of a coastal promenade and bike path. Promenade and bike path is located in the western part of the Municipality of Podstrana, and includes new bike paths and promenades on the coast length of 363 meters and hiking and biking trails along the left bank of Žrnovnica, 1610 meters long. The trail is equipped with information boards, smart benches and showcases with marked routes. Last week, the final conference of the project “Sea river promenade and bike path ‘Podstrana walk and bike'” was held. The value of the project is 10 million kuna, of which 85 percent, or 8,5 million kuna, is financed by the European Union through the “Urban Agglomeration Split” and “ITU mechanism”, and the remaining 15 percent is financed from the budget of the Municipality of Podstrana. Find out more about the whole project HERE Recall, the beginning of this year is the first time presented project “Sea river promenade and bike path ‘Podstrana walk and bike'”. The aim of the project is to improve and develop the cycling infrastructure within the Municipality of Podstrana, and thus within the Urban agglomeration of Split. The project encourages cycling as an alternative type of transport with zero CO2 emissions, which will contribute to the overall reduction of the negative impact on the environment. The goal is also to build new and equip bicycle paths and roads, connect several settlements within the Municipality of Podstrana and connect two local self-government units (Podstrana and Split) to increase overall coastal mobility in the Urban Agglomeration of Split.center_img Also, it is important to point out that the entire network of bike paths and bike routes through the Municipality of Podstrana is plotted in the “EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route”. The EuroVelo 8 route seeks to connect the entire Mediterranean region, from Cadiz in the west to Cyprus in the east, with the aim of establishing a quality cycling route following the principles of sustainable transport and tourism. Source: Municipality of Podstrana / Photo: Pixabay.com Thus, Podstrana and Split will finally be connected by a pedestrian and bicycle path. Also, as they point out from the Municipality of Podrstan, the entire Podstrana walk and bike project will be applied in the funds for the fight against obesity, in order to enable long-term cycling from Trogir to Omis. last_img read more

PLAT-I sparks global interest

first_imgSustainable Marine Energy (SME) has over the week hosted local and international visitors to its PLAT-I platform who showed interest to develop projects using the company’s floating tidal energy technology.SME kept itself busy demonstrating the PLAT-I floating tidal energy platform, deployed at Connel Sound in Scotland, to its suppliers and interested parties from across the globe.The visitors to the platform included JBS Group Scotland which built the device, along with the staff from the Marine Planning Department of Argyll & Bute Council, and international parties coming from China and America.One of the visitors to the platform was Jerome Ringo, the Founder and Chairman of Zoetic Energy, and the Goodwill Ambassador for the Pan-African Parliament.Zoetic Energy is a renewable energy project developer focused on the deployment of modular hydrokinetic turbines at existing hydro dams, with ongoing projects in Africa, Central America, Asia and Europe.Zoetic; Schottel Hydro; SME represenantives on the PLAT-I platform (Photo: Schottel Hydro)The company showed great interest to introduce PLAT-I tidal energy units to run-of-river sites in Africa, according to David Stoddart-Scott, Head of Project Development at SME.“Zoetic’s Chairman and Co-Founder, Mr. Jerome Ringo joined his partners Schottel Hydro for a hydrokinetic demonstration in Scotland. Zoetic is leading the charge to deploy these at existing hydro dams throughout the developing world,” Zoetic Energy confirmed through social media.To remind, the PLAT-I platform was deployed for trials in November 2017.The platform is 32 meters long, with a beam of 27 meters. Each of the four Schottel Hydro’s turbines mounted on the platform is rated at 70kW, bringing the total rated output of the PLAT-I to 280kW.PLAT-I has been designed for more sheltered and slightly more benign sites in terms of wave climate, and following the trials in Scotland, it will be deployed in the Philippines.last_img read more

Cannabis use increases risk of psychotic cases

first_imgThe Australian 7 October 2019Family First Comment: The evidence is building, yet even Australian politicians want to put their head in the sand…The review of medical literature also examined Australian research, which concluded that regular cannabis users doubled their risk of experiencing psychotic symptoms — including schizophrenia — and were at an increased risk of screening positively for psychosis. “The evidence base regarding adverse health effects linked to cannabis use has broadened considerably since the gradual decriminalisation, and in some cases legalisation, of the substance in certain international jurisdictions,” the department says. “Adverse health outcomes as a result of regular cannabis use are not limited to mental health and psychotic symptoms.”Regular use of cannabis doubles the risk of psychotic symptoms ¬including schizophrenia and is closely associated with anxiety disorders, depression and -psychosis, says official advice to the Morrison government triggered by the passage of new laws in the ACT.The briefing paper prepared for Health Minister Greg Hunt reveals extensive links between cannabis use and adverse mental health affects, which have “broadened considerably” as marijuana is decriminalised.In the three-page brief obtained by The Weekend Australian, the Health Department lists five “key issues” or research findings to consider after the ACT Legislative Assembly passed a ¬private member’s bill allowing adults to possess 50gm of cannabis and grow two plants. Individual households can have up to four plants.The department notes there has been a sizeable body of work analysing the adverse physio¬logical and mental health effects of recreational cannabis use, des¬pite marijuana being decriminalised only in a small ¬number of jurisdictions.It points to research from the US state of Colorado that found daily or near-daily cannabis use was associated with the development of a psychotic disorder.The review of medical literature also examined Australian research, which concluded that regular cannabis users doubled their risk of experiencing psychotic symptoms — including schizophrenia — and were at an increased risk of screening positively for psychosis.“The evidence base regarding adverse health effects linked to cannabis use has broadened considerably since the gradual decriminalisation, and in some cases legalisation, of the substance in certain international jurisdictions,” the department says.“Adverse health outcomes as a result of regular cannabis use are not limited to mental health and psychotic symptoms.”The department advised that a 2018 Canadian Medical Association Journal report found an overwhelming volume of evidence outlining the biological harm of cannabis use, including brain changes, adverse cognitive outcomes, negative pregnancy outcomes and testicular cancer.The briefing also says a psycho¬active component in cannabis called tetrahydrocannabinol, the main chemical responsible for the drug’s psychological effects, increased by almost 30 per cent throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s.This was linked to exacerbated symptoms of anxiety, depression and psychotic symptoms in “naive” users and increased psychotic symptoms and dependence in “experienced” users.In Colorado, the first US state to legalise marijuana, emergency department visits due to cannabis increased slightly while the acute effects of THC — including hallucinations, paranoia and delusional beliefs — markedly increased with higher doses.Government sources said the departmental advice was a “devastating confirmation” of the health and mental health effects of recreational cannabis and urged ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr to explain what health advice he received before supporting the legislation.The federal government also wanted to know whether the territory government was aware of any studies that contradicted the broad global evidence of real and significant mental health effects from cannabis use.Mr Hunt said he was “deeply concerned about the very real risks cannabis can pose to physical health and, in particular, to mental health”. “This is why cannabis is a highly regulated drug,” he said. “Legalising recreational cannabis is dangerous and medically irresponsible.”https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/cannabis-use-increases-risk-of-psychotic-cases/news-story/c95979450145c9a346e56c9a3192a7b0  (behind paywall)Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Teenage migrants making dangerous journeys across the sea

first_imgIn the past, most migrants have been mostly adults.But now there is a stable flow of teenage migrants being witnessed.Thousands of Migrants die each year, but a few lucky ones survive and live to tell their harrowing stories Related Teenage Pregnancy in Uganda Migrants Crisis: More Migrants Arrive In Sicily The plight of African migrantslast_img

Guyana budget cuts ruled unconstitutional

first_img 12 Views   no discussions Tweet Share NewsRegional Guyana budget cuts ruled unconstitutional by: – July 19, 2012 Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share Guyana’s Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Anil Nandlall peruses the 33-page preliminary decision by Chief Justice Ian Chang delivered on Wednesday, on the government’s application to the Supreme Court for an interim order to allow the minister of finance to access money cut from the National BudgetGEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) — Guyana’s acting chief justice, Ian Chang, has ruled that the National Assembly has no power under the constitution to reduce the National Estimates when they are presented for approval.The chief justice in a preliminary ruling stated that, in relation to the National Estimates, the National Assembly “performs a gate-keeping function, a power of disapproval is not contemplated by the Constitution.”Attorney general and minister of legal affairs, Anil Nandlall was updating reporters on the preliminary decision by the chief justice delivered on Wednesday, on the government’s application to the Supreme Court for an interim order to allow the minister of finance to access monies cut from the National Budget. According to the ruling, he now has the power to do so, if necessary. An application for a stay of execution for the amended order granted was submitted by senior counsel Rex McKay immediately after the ruling. This was objected to by the attorney general and refused by the chief justice after hearing arguments on both sides. While the case is still ongoing and has been adjourned to September 6, 2012, Nandlall stated, “I am pleased with the court’s ruling. My submissions have been vindicated.” He said that, according to the chief justice’s ruling, when the National Assembly cut the 2012 National Estimates and Expenditures, “they acted outside of the constitution and therefore unconstitutionally.”Nandlall said also that “the court proceeds to say that the minister of finance is resided with the power under the constitution and the law, to withdraw from the Contingency and the Consolidated Funds, whenever the minister has formed the opinion that there is a need to do so, and that is what the law says.”More importantly, he noted that with regard to the preliminary pronouncement of the court that the reduction is unconstitutional, “the minister is now free to exercise his statutory and constitutional powers; which is to withdraw from the Consolidated and/or the Contingency Funds for the purpose of funding agencies where he feels that there has been an insufficient allocation made.”With respect to the vindication of his submissions that the cuts were unconstitutional, Nandlall referred to page 17 of the judgment, which states: “Applying that doctrine to the interpretation of article 218, it does appear to the court that it was not permissible for the National Assembly to cut or to reduce the estimates and expenditures to any particular figure since in so doing, the National Assembly was both determining and approving such estimates. If the drafters of the Constitution has wanted the National Assembly to exercise such a power they would have easily conferred such a power on it in the Constitution in express terms as was done in India — see Article 113 (2) of the Constitution of India; or Australia.”The chief justice’s ruling is that the minister of finance, based upon his opinion as outlined in the constitution and the Financial Management and Accountability Act, “is free to form an opinion as to whether or not he needs additional monies in respect of the Estimates and if the minister forms that opinion, then he is free to withdraw the money and then seek Parliamentary approval.”In relation to the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC), because that body is a direct charge on the Consolidated Fund, the chief justice made an order in relation to that agency in particular. In relation to the remaining reliefs which are the substantive reliefs, those are left to be granted when the matter is fully heard and determined.Nandlall explained that the Constitution allows the minister of finance to access monies from the Consolidated Fund in two ways, one before going to Parliament, and the other subsequent to going to Parliament. Thus the chief justice in his ruling has said that because the ERC is a direct charge on the Consolidated Fund, it is not subject to parliamentary approval.Additionally, the chief justice has ruled that: “if the minister of finance finds that the amounts appropriated by the Appropriation Act are insufficient, it’s open to him to lay before the National Assembly, a Supplementary Estimate of Expenditure under Article 218 (3) of the Constitution. “Additionally, if he is satisfied that there is an urgent need for expenditure for which provision has not been made, it is open to him to approve a Contingency Fund advance or advances by the issuance of drawing rights …”This ruling, the attorney general stated, has paved the way for the minister now to exercise “his opinion and his statutory powers for all of the budget cuts.”The case is divided into two parts, interlocutory and substantive. The interlocutory part has been concluded, with the substantive action left to be determined. 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