Despite relaxed regs, no comeback seen for closed coal plants

first_imgDespite relaxed regs, no comeback seen for closed coal plants FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Herald Bulletin (Indiana):While the implications of the Donald Trump administration’s planned rollback of coal regulation remain unseen, one seems certain: previously shuttered power plants are unlikely to reopen.Coal officials and power companies champion the new Affordable Clean Energy rules announced last month as offering coal-fired plants a temporary reprieve from costly regulations, but the decision came too late for many smaller plants.Paul Hartman, Logansport Municipal Utilities superintendent, estimated compliance with the [Obama-era] regulation would have cost north of $100 million, a huge price for the small metropolitan energy provider. Instead, the plant closed in January 2016.But even without the required regulation, Hartman said, it’s unlikely that new coal will be flooding into previously closed facilities any time soon. “It’s impossible to get these units restarted,” Hartman said. “If you leave a coal-fired plant down for three or four or five months or through a winter, it’s not going to start back up again.”As Hartman explained, without the regular maintenance associated with actually running a plant, all those water lines would have frozen and broken, and many of the main moving parts would surely have locked up by now. He compared it to trying to start a car that’d been sitting outside for two years, “except if the car didn’t have antifreeze in it and no oil in the crankcase. You just don’t know how many leaks or where they would be,” he continued.And even if the plant were in working order, the cost for coal is much higher than Hartman could afford to run the plant effectively.More: Even with relaxed regulation, Indiana coal plants will remain coldlast_img read more

Grassroots organization launches campaign to create the Craggy Wilderness and National Scenic Area

first_imgI HEART PISGAH is leading a campaign to create the Craggy Wilderness and National Scenic area, which will permanently protect 16,000 acres of old-growth forests, headwaters, world-class trails, and panoramic vistas only 15 miles from downtown Asheville, the organization said in an email.  Recreation.gov has opened the lottery for the White House Easter Egg Roll. Winners can visit the South Lawn of the White House for a celebration of games, live entertainment, and the traditional egg roll. The lottery is open through Monday, February 24 and lottery results will be announced March 4. Craggy is one of the most biologically diverse forests in the country, the organization’s website says. It protects dozens of rare species and thousands of acres of old-growth forest. If efforts are successful, Craggy could become just the eleventh national scenic area in the country.  About 130 people searched for Noonkester, and rescue crews recovered his body on Wednesday night. Officials plan to investigate whether Noonkester suffered a medical emergency on the trail. Foul play is not suspected.  Grassroots organization launches campaign to create the Craggy Wilderness and National Scenic Area The body of Eddie Noonkester, missing on the Appalachian Trail since Friday, has been found about a mile away from mile marker 3. WSB-TV reports that Noonkester was on the trail near Amicalola Falls when he became disoriented and called a friend for help. That friend called authorities, who said they successfully pinged Noonkester’s phone but could not get in touch with him. Body of missing Appalachian Trail hiker found in Dawson County, GA The White House Easter Egg Roll is now open According to the Recreation.gov website, the White House Easter Egg Roll is a tradition that dates back to 1878. Originally, kids in Washington, DC would go to Capitol Hill every Monday after Easter for egg rolling. Members of Congress grew tired of the crowds and passed an Act of Congress prohibiting egg rolling on Capitol grounds. The event was then moved to the White House.last_img read more

Legislators: We want to write courts’ rules

first_img Legislators: We want to write courts’ rules Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Despite a warning that they could find themselves worrying about typefaces and font sizes on court submissions, a Florida House Committee approved a constitutional amendment that would have the legislature write all court procedural rules.The straight party-line vote came in the Public Safety and Criminal Justice Committee PCR HBS 1 on March 3. But the future of the proposal remains questionable as a crucial Senate leader said the measure is unlikely to be considered there.Currently under the Florida Constitution’s Article V, the legislature is essentially given authority over substantive laws and the court is given jurisdiction over procedural rules. The legislature by a two-thirds vote in both chambers can override any procedural rules adopted by the Supreme Court.Under the proposed amendment — which must pass by a three-fifths vote in both the House and Senate and then be approved by voters — the legislature would appoint a judicial conference to draft the rules, which they would then refer to the legislature. Only rules specifically passed by the legislature would go into effect.Any rules not acted on by the next general election would be deemed rejected. The legislature would also have power to enact rules on its own without input from the conference.Tallahassee attorneys Steve Metz and Barry Richard, representing The Florida Bar, argued there has been no serious problem with the present system, and the legislature has only eight times overridden a rule since the modern constitution was adopted in 1968.They suggested copying lawmakers with all proposed rule changes and adding legislative liaisons to court rules committees to smooth out any problems. Richard also noted that less than 1 percent of rules are controversial. “Most are existing rules with minor changes, like the legislature with its revisors’ changes to state law,” he said.The minutiae addressed, he added, includes such details as the allowable margins on briefs and font sizes and typefaces. He also said while the change is likened to the federal system, it would give the legislature far more authority than Congress exerts over federal court rules.But Chair Rep. Gus Barreiro, R-Miami, repeated claims from an earlier meeting that the measure would restore a balance between the legislature and the courts.Rep. Heather Fiorentino, R-New Port Richey, questioned Metz’ and Richard’s solution of having legislators review proposed rules before the Supreme Court acts on them. She noted that the March 1 Bar News listed dozens of proposed rule changes in six different areas, and said she probably wouldn’t have the time.But Rep. Jack Seiler, D-Pompano Beach, said that only illustrated that lawmakers are already too busy to deal with the details of court procedural rules.“I can’t wait until we’re sitting here dealing with the rule on the size of type and the type of font [on court submissions] and if we don’t approve it, it doesn’t pass,” he said. “We are creating a new system, and it is to send a shot across the bow of the Supreme Court.. . . This is wrong; it is an encroachment.”Seiler also repeated the fact that only eight times had the legislature overridden a rule in the past eight years. But Barreiro said in two of those cases, the Supreme Court had come back and reinstated the rule.Richard than replied that he was familiar with one of those cases and the court only reinstated a rule as an interim measure while it worked out new rules in conjunction with legislative wishes.(According to Bar records, in the second case, the court held a law that included a rule repeal unconstitutional, and found the rule repeal was not severable from the rest of the bill. The legislature, according to the records, then passed another bill repealing the rule and the court took no further action.)The committee wound up voting 13-6 to pass the bill, with all Republican members supporting it, and all Democratic members opposing it. Since it is a proposed committee bill, it had not been assigned to any other committees, but Barriero said he hoped it would go before the Judiciary Committee before going to the House floor. A Senate companion, SJR 2378, has been introduced by Sen. Anna Cowin, R-Leesburg.Regardless of House action, it appeared questionable whether the amendment would ever go to voters. Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Sen. Alex Villalobos, R-Miami, said he was unlikely to bring the bill before his committee.“I strongly disagree” with the amendment, he said. “The legislature already has authority to repeal rules of procedure and it works just fine. If the legislature was to engage in the writing of [procedural] rules, that would be a flagrant violation of the separation of powers, and I’m not in favor of that.”Voting for the bill in the House Committee were Barreiro, Fiorentino, Rep. Sandra Adams, R- Oviedo, Rep. Rafael Arza, R-Hialeah, Rep. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, Rep. Rene Garcia, R-Hialeah, Rep. Hugh Gibson, R-Lady Lake, Rep. Adam Hasner, R-Delray Beach, Rep. Dick Kravitz, R-Orange Park, Rep. Marcelo Llorente, R-Miami, Rep. Mitch Needelman, R-Palm Bay, Rep. Juan-Carlos Planas, R-Miami, and Rep. Juan Zapata, R-Miami. Voting against it were Seiler, Rep. Bruce Antone, D-Orlando, Rep. Edward Bullard, D-Miami, Rep. Audrey Gibson, D-Jacksonville, Rep. Wilbert Holloway, D-Miami, and Rep Matthew Meadows, D-Lauderhill. Legislators: We want to write courts’ rules March 15, 2004 Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

Where Are The Best Greek, Italian Restaurants on Long Island?

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Islanders love Italian, Greek and Mediterranean food, but it would take forever to determine which is best by trying the many restaurants cooking up these styles of cuisine in the region.Helping narrow it town, the public voted Mama Lombardi’s the Best Italian Restaurant on Long Island in the 2018 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest. Neraki Greek Mediterranean won Best Greek Restaurant on Long Island and Sufiya’s Grill was named Best Mediterranean Restaurant on Long Island in that contest.Known for their delicious Neapolitan Italian cuisine, Lombardi’s brings part of Italy’s culture to LI. The Lombardi Family has proudly served the community for the past 40 years. Mama Lombardi’s offers a pizza and takeout menu as well as a happy hour menu in addition to their award-winning Italian menu.When the mood for Greek cuisine strikes, there is no better place to satisfy that urge than Neraki Greek Mediterranean Grill. They take special care to present the delicacies that call your name, like a feta-filled Greek salad with chunks of white meat chicken grilled to perfection, to lamb, eggplant and falafel specialties. Be sure to try the stuffed grape leaves. And don’t you dare leave without sampling some grilled octopus!And Mediterranean cuisine served in a warm, inviting atmosphere with a diverse menu of items masterfully prepared with fresh ingredients has made Sufiya’s Grill a favorite among Long Islanders. Grilled kebabs, tasty seafood and delicious homemade stews have consistently helped it earn the top spot in this prestigious category. This family owned-and-operated restaurant also specializes in authentic Persian cuisine, which features Kashkeh Badenjan (chunky eggplant and tomato dip), Babaganosh and Sambuseh as appetizers, and custom-made Persian ice cream for dessert.No wonder why voters consider these three restaurants The Best!To find all the other 2018 Bethpage Best of Long Island contest winners, visit bestoflongisland.com Nominate your favorite businesses and people in the 2019 Best of Long Island program starting Jan. 1.Mamma Lombardi’s is located at 400 Furrows Rd. in Holbrook. They can be reached at 631-737-0773 or mammalombardis.com.Neraki Greek Mediterranean is located at 273 Main St. in Huntington. They can be reached at 631-385-3474 or Neraki.com.Sufiya’s Grill is located at 2320 Hempstead Tpke. in East Meadow. They can be reached at 516-644-2200 or sufiyasgrill.com.last_img read more

The challenge of offering feedback

first_imgStartling statistics indicate we spend more time with our co-workers than our spouses, significant others, or family.Given how much time we’re at work and the reliance we have on our coworkers, inevitably situations go sideways. Someone drops the ball, breaks a rule, steps over a boundary, or just plain behaves badly.We feel discomfort when giving our co-workers feedback—it ranks right up there with public speaking for some—so we tend to avoid it.But failure to deal with bad behavior creates a toxic work environment, breaks down teamwork, and gives power where it doesn’t belong. 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img

Regal Cinemas to close temporarily again in NYS

first_imgIn October, movie theaters in the state outside of New York City were allowed to open if the infection rate of the coronavirus in respective counties remained below 2% on a two week average. NEW YORK (WBNG/WHAM) — Just weeks after many movie theaters were given the go-ahead to reopen in New York state, Regal Cinemas has announced it will be temporarily closing down its theaters once again. The theater ensures future plans to reopen in key markets will be shared once more concrete plans are offered from those markets. Regal says it will continue to monitor the situation closely with public health officials.center_img Now, Regal announced it is closing down theaters in NY state and California until the end of the day on Thursday until the public health and operational environment allows what the company calls “a full release slate” to resume. For more information, click here.last_img read more

Businesses With a Give-Back Mission Caught in Facebook Ad Ban

first_imgThe social media giant announced last week that it was extending a ban imposed on certain ads during the election to prevent the dissemination of false information. The prohibition has ensnared a number of socially driven businesses with no direct connection to partisan politics.Companies connected to issues like hunger, the environment and immigration, many of which rely heavily on social media to draw customers to their websites, have seen their access abruptly cut off. What do a small business that sell socks packaged by homeless youth and a start-up that makes bracelets from life vests once worn by refugees have to do with the spread of misinformation during the presidential election season?Nothing, thought the entrepreneurs who started them, until Facebook notified them that their ads had been pulled because they fell into a category of “social issues, elections or politics” that were being blocked by the site.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Gov. Wolf: Pennsylvanians Can Pick Up Free Naloxone Starting Wednesday

first_img September 16, 2019 National Issues,  Press Release,  PSA,  Public Health,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – As part of the commonwealth’s second Stop Overdoses in PA: Get Help Now Week, Governor Tom Wolf today reminded all Pennsylvanians that the life-saving, overdose-reversal medication naloxone will be available free at more than 95 locations across the state on Wednesday, Sept. 18 and Wednesday, Sept. 25.“It’s imperative that we do all that we can to help our fellow Pennsylvanians during the ongoing opioid crisis,” Gov. Wolf said. “We can all be first responders if we come across someone who is experiencing an overdose from heroin or opioids and so receiving and carrying naloxone is vital. That’s why I am encouraging all Pennsylvanians to find a location near them and to pick up a free naloxone kit on Sept. 18 or 25.”Gov. Wolf first signed a 90-day Opioid Disaster Declaration in January 2018, and recently renewed it for the seventh time. The 17 state agencies working as part of the Opioid Command Center focus on three areas: prevention, rescue and treatment. Naloxone is a rescue component with more than 25,000 lives saved in the state with the medication.“When someone is revived from an overdose, we can help move them into treatment and recovery,” Gov. Wolf said. “Without naloxone, we wouldn’t be able to help so many people suffering from opioid use disorder. With it, we are making a difference.” Gov. Wolf: Pennsylvanians Can Pick Up Free Naloxone Starting Wednesdaycenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Wednesday people roundup

first_imgNOW: Pensions, Danish FSA, Local Pensions Partnership, Lancashire, LPFA, Maple Financial Group, NN Investment Partners, PGGM, CBRE Global Investors, Syntrus Achmea Real Estate and Finance, Goldman Sachs Asset Management, AMFNOW: Pensions – Henrik Ramlau-Hansen has been appointed non-executive chairman of the commercial board of NOW: Pensions, the UK auto-enrolment subsidiary of Denmark’s ATP. He is replacing ATP’s chief executive Carsten Stendevad in the role. The independent trustee board of NOW: Pensions remains unchanged. Ramlau-Hansen was CFO at Danske Bank between 2011 and 2016, and before that, was chief executive of Danica, a Danske Bank subsidiary and the second-largest commercial pension fund in Denmark, from 2000 to 2010. In September 2016, Ramlau-Hansen was appointed chairman of the Danish FSA.Local Pensions Partnership – Tom Richardson has been appointed chief risk officer of the Local Pensions Partnership (LPP), a collaboration between the Lancashire County Pension Fund and the London Pensions Fund Authority. He will oversee all aspects of LPP’s financial, investment and operational risk management, and sit on the partnership’s main board, as well as the LPP Investments Board. Richardson is replacing Angela Smith, who was filling the role temporarily. He has previously worked for the privately owned financial firm Maple Financial Group.NN Investment Partners – Gabriella Kinder has been appointed manager of NN IP’s €14bn alternative credit boutique. She is to boost the existing team, following the internal promotion of Bart Bakx and Lennart van Mierlo, who have become head of residential real estate and head of commercial real estate lending, respectively. Kinder will be responsible for all illiquid strategies, including residential property, project financing, corporate loans and commercial property loans. She had more than 20 years’ experience in banking and asset management, having worked at MeesPierson and BNP Paribas. PGGM – Maarten Jennen has replaced Maarten van der Spek as director of strategy for private real estate. Jennen joins from CBRE Global Investors, where he was director of investment solutions. He previously worked for ING Real Estate Investment Management (now CBRE GI). Van der Spek recently left PGGM to join the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority as a senior strategist in the UAE. He joined the Dutch investor in 2009.Syntrus Achmea Real Estate & Finance — Morella Hessels has been appointed business development manager, responsible for getting new real estate and mortgage mandates from international institutional investors. She has previously worked for Goldman Sachs Asset Management, Northern Trust Global Investments and Tobam.AMF – Fredrik Ronvall, transaction and analysis manager at AMF Fastigheter, the real estate arm of the Swedish pension provider AMF, has been appointed manager and investment manager of unlisted real estate companies in Sweden and abroad at AMF’s asset management business. He will take on the role in addition to his current position.last_img read more

Luxury home at Lark Cl, Clifton Beach provides quiet luxury

first_imgMore from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days ago10-12 Lark Close, Clifton Beach“It is on level land, so there is no steep driveways or terraces.“The owners want to downsize and so are reluctantly putting it on the market.“They fell in love when they bought the land around four years ago and have thoroughly enjoyed living in the area in one of the most sought after places in Clifton Beach.”An island-bench, servery and bi-fold windows complete a modern and well-equipped kitchen which opens onto a dining room.An ionised freshwater swimming-pool affords privacy sitting in the midst of three sides of the house and can be viewed from several spaces in the home.Airconditioning has been installed throughout the home, as has a high-capacity solar-system, capable of drastically reducing energy costs.Walk-in robes, a double-garage with ample storage facilities, security-screens, a completely fenced yard, remote-controlled electric gate, Intercom, an outdoor-shower beside the pool and an extensive irrigation system complete the tale of a beautifully crafted property. 10-12 Lark Close, Clifton BeachMr Frohlich said Clifton Beach was one of the most beautiful Coral Sea destinations and just minutes away from neighbours Palm Cove to the north and Kewarra Beach to the south.The beachside appeal, close to work, schools and other amenities could prove the perfect choice for buyers new to the region.“The region provides multiple choices of restaurants, bars and cafes, golf courses, tennis courts, shopping centres as well as a variety of shops, trades and medical practitioners; this well-balanced infrastructure and amenities covers all needs,” Mr Frohlich said.“The International Airport Cairns and the CBD can be reached in less than half an hour.“James Cook University and Smithfield, with a wider range of shopping facilities, brewery and access to the Tablelands via the Kennedy Highway, is just a few minutes away by car or public transport.” 10-12 Lark Close, Clifton BeachA LIFE of quiet luxury awaits the new owners of a prestigious and elegant property set in the hills along Cairns’ popular northern beaches.A timeless and open style of architecture shows off the building’s best assets and immerses the property in its pristine natural environment. center_img 10-12 Lark Close, Clifton BeachSet on 4246sq m of parklike gardens, the urban congestion of the Captain Cook Highway will certainly seem like hours away.Raine & Horne Palm Cove senior sales and marketing agent Gunther Frolich said the 355sq m Clifton Beach property was built just three years ago and features four bedrooms and two bathrooms.“A spacious state of the art master-bedroom, two offices and an open-plan living area with an artfully integrated, switch-operated, open gas-pebble fireplace provides the home with flair and a warm ambience,” he said.“The owners have loved the very large patio positioned at the rear of the property – the outlook is just gorgeous.last_img read more