Xcel seeks to close two more coal plants, add renewables FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Associated Press: Colorado’s largest electricity provider said Wednesday it wants to retire two coal-fired units a decade early and nearly double the share of power it gets from renewable sources.Xcel Energy said the changes would reduce its carbon pollution in the state by 60 percent and increase its share of renewable energy to almost 55 percent, up from about 28 percent now. Xcel said the plan would save consumers $215 million by 2054, citing the “historically low” cost of renewables.Colorado regulators would have to approve the proposals before they go into effect.The coal-fired units affected are at Xcel’s Comanche Generating Station in Pueblo. One would be retired in 2022, 11 years early, and the other in 2025, 10 years ahead of schedule. A third would remain in operation.Xcel’s plan calls for purchasing two existing gas-fired generating plants in Colorado and adding five solar farms and three wind farms. Xcel would also renew its contract to buy power from an existing solar farm. Three of the new solar farms would include battery storage.The company said building and buying the natural gas plants and solar and wind farms will cost $2.5 billion. The facilities would be located in Adams, Baca, Boulder, Cheyenne, Kit Carson, Morgan, Park, Pueblo and Weld counties. The plan calls for adding 1,100 megawatts of generating capacity to Xcel’s system from wind, 700 from solar, 380 from natural gas and 275 from batteries. More: Colorado utility plans to retire coal plants, add renewables
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Massapequa man allegedly slashed the face of a 39-year-old man who he had chased down after a fight in Freeport on Thursday night, Nassau County police said.Dominick Alborez was charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon and menacing.Police said the 25-year-old suspect got into an altercation with the on Sunrise Highway, chased the victim across the road and threw him to the ground when the second man tried to intervene but Alborez threatened the second man with a knife before he slashed the first victim at 8:20 p.m., police said.The victim was taken to a local hospital, where he was admitted for treatment of his injury. Freeport village police arrested Alborez nearby.Alborez will be arraigned Friday at First District Court in Hempstead.
continue reading » 2019 has almost come to an end and we can safely say that this was a remarkable year for blockchain technology. A lot of things, some unexpected, happened. But now it is time to bring our attention to the New Year 2020. Just like last year, and the year before, we try to predict what awaits the blockchain industry. So, let’s look at what does 2020 have in store. What are the most expected events that will shape the blockchain ecosystem in 2020 and beyond?The year 2019By all measures 2019 was a transformative year for the blockchain and crypto space with a more realistic approach. Overall, our 2019 predictions worked out pretty much as expected. It was the year where the blockchain industry translated the hype of previous years into more practical use cases and further advancements in the field of blockchain and distributed ledgers.Both corporates and customers were significantly increasing their understanding of where blockchain technology makes sense and where it doesn’t in terms of a solution for real business problems. The most memorable thing about 2019 for the blockchain space was the speed and sustainability with which it has regained recognition and legitimacy in the eyes of governments and institutional players. We saw the birth of new blockchain alliances, new next generation blockchain start-ups entering the market, the introduction of new infrastructure projects and a plethora of blockchain protocols matured and expanded in growth. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
The majority of Queenslanders think Australia is a great place to live, report shows.QUEENSLANDERS are more pessimistic about the future of housing affordability and living costs over the next decade than any other lifestyle factor, a new report shows. A National Australia Bank survey of more than 2000 Australians reveals 92 per cent of respondents thought the state was a “great place to live” in 2018 — joining Tasmania as the most positive state in the country. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE NAB Group chief economist Alan Oster.“There were also some interesting shifts in expectations for the future, with far fewer Australians positive about telecommunications and utilities, perhaps reflecting concerns in regards to the rollout of Australia next generation broadband and rising utility prices,” Mr Oster said. Queenslanders are pessimistic about the future of housing. Picture: Richard Walker.The report titled ‘Life in the “Lucky Country” — What makes Australia great?’ found the people and the lifestyle was what made the Sunshine State so appealing, but Queenslanders were the least positive of all the states when it came to public transport and travel time.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoLooking ahead, just over 50 per cent of Queenslanders think Australia will be a great place to live in 10 years’ time. PALM BEACH PAD SELLS FOR $3.3M GROWTH SPURT FOR BRISBANE: ABS ENJOY YOUR OWN SLICE OF PARADISE Queenslanders are pessimistic about public transport and travel time. Picture: Patria Jannides.They were the most negative about the cost of living (41 per cent) and housing access and affordability (26 per cent), followed by safety (25 per cent) and jobs (21 per cent).Entertainment and public transport were the only lifestyle areas Queenslanders expected to improve in the next decade.NAB Group chief economist Alan Oster said it was concerning that those surveyed believed most lifestyle factors would deteriorate over the next 10 years, especially the cost of living, housing affordability and safety.
German institutional investors seeking diversification should “take a close look” at listed real estate investment trust (REIT) vehicles, according to Dirk Söhnholz, chief executive at Veritas.Listed real estate has yet to form part of most German institutional portfolios, and with diversification hard to achieve via direct investment, the REIT structure offers investors an alternative route into property, Söhnholz said.The only other option, he said, was closed-end funds and German open-ended funds, which are much less liquid.REITs, he said, are not equity sector funds but a “separate asset class in its own right and not a short-term fad but a long-term necessity”. The main reason for institutional investors’ collective “inertia”, he said, has been the perception that REITs behave like equity sector funds, not as an alternative for exposure to real estate.“We are beginning to see increased interest from institutional investors in REITs,” Söhnholz said.However, Söhnholz acknowledged, drawing on his previous experience at institutional consultancy Feri, that there was “still a lot of convincing to do” if Germany were to emulate the Netherlands, where large pension funds are quite keen on listed real estate.Söhnholz also cited a 2012 Swiss Finance Institute study as the “most profound” analysis of the subject to date.The ‘Are REITs Real Estate?’ report states that “while the short-term co-movement between REITs and stocks is typically stronger than that between REITs and direct real estate, REITs are likely to bring a similar exposure to various risk factors as direct real estate into a long-horizon investment portfolio”.REITs are, the report said, are also expected to have similarly attractive diversification characteristics as direct real estate investment in the long term, at least in the US and UK, he said.Söhnholz noted that REITs and real estate equities were chosen from a global portfolio according to various quality and value criteria, with ESG and ‘extreme value-at-risk screening’ coming top of the list.Söhnholz said ESG was another area where German investors still “needed convincing”.“Now they accept it – if they are sure it does not cost performance,” he said. “But we are aiming to generate outperformance from this ESG screening.”Geographically, real estate REITs consist mainly of equities from the Asia-Pacific region – mostly Australia – and North America and the US, said Chris Jakobiak, portfolio manager at Veritas.European equities are also included, but “no stocks from either Germany or Austria have ever been selected – either because of a too-high tail risk or a shortfall regarding the ESG criteria,” Söhnholz said.He said this was unlikely to change in the near future.Veritas, meanwhile, is looking to offer a similar product for infrastructure as well as bespoke mandates for institutional investors.Pure core and basic infrastructure, such as grids and physical infrastructure, will be considered, rather than airlines or utilities, which are included by some infrastructure ETFs and are equities many investors already have in other portfolios, Jakobiak said.
Share 36 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! InternationalLifestylePrintRelationships New York holds gay marriage lottery by: – July 20, 2011 Tweet Share Share The passage of the same-sex marriage law was greeted with euphoric celebration in New YorkNew York City is holding a lottery to award couples the right to marry on Sunday, the first day same-sex couples can be wed under a new law.The lottery will select 764 couples, and opposite sex couples are eligible.“The number of couples who want to marry on Sunday is more than the City Clerk’s offices could possibly handle,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.The state of New York on 24 June became the largest state by far to allow same-sex nuptials.Same-sex marriage is legal in six states and Washington DC. Eight other states offer civil unions that are legally equivalent to marriage.‘Unforgettable moment’New York’s marriage lottery opened at noon on Tuesday and closes at the same time on Thursday, with winners to be notified a day later.“We are going to make history on Sunday, with the eyes of the nation once again turning to New York City,” Mr Bloomberg said.“The last thing we want is for couples to wait on line for hours and hours, only to walk away upset on what was supposed to be the happiest day of their lives.“The fairest way to determine who gets the chance to wed on Sunday and ensure everyone can properly plan for their own big day is through an even-handed lottery system.“Nobody puts on big events like New York and we will be ready on Sunday for what will no doubt be an historic and unforgettable moment.”Since 5 July, 2,661 couples have applied to be married, and 1,728 of those are same-sex couples, the city said.Fifty-four per cent planned to marry on Sunday 24 July, the day the law takes effect.In New York state, couples wishing to wed must typically wait 24 hours after the issuance of the marriage licence before they are allowed to hold the marriage ceremony.But on Sunday, more than 60 judges have volunteered to be available to hold on-the-spot hearings to waive the 24-hour waiting period, so couples can wed right away, the city said.Record surpassedThe city clerk’s five offices – one for each borough in New York City – are typically closed on Sunday, but officials across the state have said they plan to open specially for the first day of same-sex marriage in the state.“We will be completely prepared and ready,” New York City Clerk Michael McSweeney told reporters.“We look forward to being a part of history.”If all 764 lottery winners tie the knot on Sunday, it will be the most weddings on any single day in New York City history, the mayor’s office said.It would surpass 621 marriages on Valentine’s Day in 2003 and 610 marriages on 8 August 2008 – 8/8/08.BBC News
DENISON, Iowa – IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars race for $1,000 to win on Adams Motors Night this Friday, July 1 at Crawford County Speedway in Denison.There is no entry fee or number fee for first time drivers at Denison. The Stock Car portion of the program is draw/redraw.Completing the card are Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts. All applicable points, including local track, will be awarded.Pit gates open at 5 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. with racing to follow.Spectator admission is $9 for adults, $5 for seniors 65 and over, military with ID and students in grades K-12, and free for six and under. Pit passes are $25.Dotz’s DJ plays in the pits until 1 a.m. after the races. Both the beer stand and the pit concession will be open late.Veterans can stop at Adams Motors to receive a free T-shirt and pass to attend Friday’s race program at Denison.
“Tim is 44 years old and not been a manager, and I thought he would have challenged himself a lot sooner in management terms. Obviously for him the right position hasn’t come up,” said Allardyce, who has taken charge at the likes of Blackpool, Notts County, Bolton, Blackburn and Newcastle since he moved into the dugout on hanging up his boots in 1992. “For ex-players like him and someone involved with Tottenham for quite a while, he has got a desire to be it, but the opportunity never arose where he was comfortable taking it. “If you are in a good job, why leave it to be a manager? “That has a bit of a crazy line in it: ‘you must be crazy leaving this job to go and be a manager because you could be one of the 50 or 60 out of 92 managers who end up with the sack’. “That is what happens every year now, so you have to be pretty good to last and man-management skills are one of the key elements.” Allardyce turned 59 earlier this year and admits football management can be “a love/hate job”. He added: “Sometimes you can sit in the chair and think ‘why the hell am I doing this?’, but if you are in it, then it is because it is what you do best. “What else are you going to do? West Ham manager Sam Allardyce accepts you probably have to be “crazy” to want to be a football manager, but there is no other job he would rather have. Press Association “You can do (punditry), that is okay for a while and those who get comfortable in that life are rarely going to step out of that and come into the crazy world of management – but once you have been in it and it gets in your blood, you pine for it. “If you lose it, you pine to get back in it and do all the things you do on a day to day basis. “I enjoy challenging myself. I wouldn’t be still here if I had not taken those challenges by the scruff of the neck and improved every football club I have ever been at.” The Irons take on a Tottenham side in the quarter-final of the Capital One Cup just two days after they sacked Andre Villas-Boas, with Tim Sherwood set to take temporary control. Allardyce feels former Spurs captain Sherwood, who was already on the coaching staff at White Hart Lane, is ready for his first steps into the often perilous, but addictive, world of football management.
SOME 140 karatekas were on Sunday last graded by IKD Chairman and Chief Instructor, 9th Dan Shuseki Shihan Frank Woon-A-Tai, at the YMCA, Thomas Lands, Georgetown.He was ably assisted by Sensei Amir Khouri (6th Dan) and Sensei Roger Peroune (4th Dan).Students from the Association do Shotokan Karate-Guyana (ASK-Guyana) Dojos in Linden, Albion, Blairmont, Land of Canaan, Canal Number One and Georgetown were examined and graded.Meanwhile, ASK-Guyana congratulates all the students and instructors Amir Khouri and Roger Peroune (YMCA), Hazrat Ali (Albion and Blairmont), Laurence Lowe (Georgetown), Parmeshwar Persaud (Land of Canaan), Nathalie Gibson (Linden) and Mahadeo Ramotar (Canal Number One).According to ASK-Guyana, Shuseki Shihan Frank Woon-A-Tai held Instructors training last week and continued on Monday (July 17) to today (July 19) from 18:00hrs to 20:00hrs.“Thanks to all the parents who attended and those who assisted to make the examination a success, including Vanessa Profitt, Seema Sookram and team at the fund-raising sale table,” ASK-Guyana said in a release.Below are the results.Second Dan Promotions: Matthew Alexander Gurahoo (YMCA)First Dan Promotions: Harikirtan Singh (YMCA), Orlando Giddings (YMCA), Joshua Parasram (Blairmont), Aarti Ramgolam (Land of Canaan), Alex Nandram Benjamin (Land of Canaan), and Sean Paul Wesley (Land of Canaan).Outstanding Kyu Grades Promotions:10 Kyu to 8 Kyu: Javy Archibald, Daniel Cox, Jelani Jones, Brandon Foo, Alexander Singh, Kenetha Fraser, Cleon Brisport, Javari McKenzie, Rasheed John, Shoaib Majid, Robert Gittens, Emily Ramlochand, Fardeen Thomas, Benjamin Best, Eshan Brij, Ronald Arjune, Paul Albert, Jaden Clarke, Bibi Farook, Immaunel Griffith, Leonardo Totaram and Thamishwar Dyasindoo.10 Kyu to 7 Kyu: Amara Nandan, David Bissoon, Jasmine West, Ricardo Narine, Meshach Sullivan, Saarah Majid and Maheshwar Dyasindoo.10 Kyu to 6 Kyu: Kejin Wan, Ya Meng Wan and Shaquan Barrow8 Kyu to 6 Kyu: Yi Jun Huang, Bohan Cao and Piya Parasram7 Kyu to 5 Kyu: Mark McCalman, Brandon Lewis, Joslyn Abraham, Bradley Fenty, Demian Dhanraj, Ramzan Singh, Crystal Itwaru and Krisendat Phagoo.6 Kyu to 4 Kyu: Aldo Melendez, Danielle Persaud and Emily Santana-Leon.5 Kyu to 3 Kyu: Cecil Dasilva, Jerry Santana-Bain, Arya Ramessar, Raphael Isaacs and AvaKoosial.TOTAL KYU GRADES PROMOTIONS (133)24 students to Yellow Belt (8kyu)38 students to Orange Belt (7kyu)21 students to Green Belt (6kyu)12 students to Blue Belt (5kyu)10 students to Purple Belt (4kyu)18 students to Brown Belt (3kyu)4 students to Brown Belt (2kyu)6 students to Brown Belt (1kyu)6 students to 1st DAN (Black Belt)1 student to 2nd DAN (Black Belt)