Incentives Used to Promote Renewable Energy Development Could Benefit Small Reactors Report

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Federal incentives to encourage private sector investment in the deployment of small modular reactors could generate a higher payoff than the government effort over the past decade to promote the use of renewable energy, according to a new Department of Energy report. Examination of Federal Financial Assistance in the Renewable Energy Market, co-authored by Kutak Rock and Scully Capital, estimates that $10 billion in incentives would be needed to deploy 6 gigawatts of small modular reactor capacity by 2035. The cost of such an investment on a per kilowatt hour basis would be only one-third as expensive as the federal government’s initiative to stimulate the development of solar plants and wind farms. From 2005-2015 the government provided $51.2 billion in mandates, tax incentives, loans and research grants to stimulate solar and wind production. About 90 percent of that investment came in the form of subsidies, which included investment and production tax credits. As a result, solar capacity grew by nearly 78,000 megawatts and wind capacity added more than 446,000 megawatts over that period.Photo by Idaho National Laboratorylast_img read more

Renault wants to merge with Nissan then pursue FCA report says

first_img 26 Photos 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 2019 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye: Classic looks, gobs of power More From Roadshow 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: First hybrid minivan wins on fuel economy Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura Share your voice 3 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader Tags Car Industry Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Car Industry 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 49 Photos Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. 46 Photos 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 81 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. Enlarge ImageRenault, which introduced the new Clio at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, is apparently hungry for mergers. Renault Not content with only an alliance, French automaker Renault wants to pursue a full merger with Nissan, the Financial Times reports. After that’s completed, Renault then reportedly wants to go on and seek a merger with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.The FT says that Renault wants to begin merger talks with Nissan within 12 months’ time, and after that the company would start looking to merge with another automaker. FCA is on the list of “the preferred targets” for that merger.The FT also reported this week that FCA chairman John Elkann has recently discussed merger possibilities with Peugeot, as well as “with Korean and Chinese automakers.” Despite that, no deals are apparently imminent. Still, with Renault’s pursuit of FCA some way off, it’s not impossible that FCA will find a suitor before Renault has finished its merger tie-ups with Nissan.Renault didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. A Nissan spokesman in the US declined to comment.Late FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne was known to be interested in pursuing mergers in his final years at the company’s helm. His replacement, current FCA CEO Mike Manley, also has publicly stated his interest in tie-ups with other automakers. He told Automotive News earlier this month that, “I want to find areas where cooperation — whether it is partnerships, whether it’s joint ventures or whether it is deeper levels of equity cooperation that makes sense for us.”There’s some interesting historical context for a Renault and FCA deal. In the 1980s, Renault briefly took a stake in American Motors Corporation, which also then manufactured Jeep, before AMC was sold to Chrysler. 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 10 Photos Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Renault Nissan,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. 68 Photos 71 Photos 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 2019 Maserati Levante GTS: Heart of gold Share your voice 69 Photos More From Roadshow Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  Tags Comments Comments 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 review: Let it semi-autonomously chauffeur your chauffeur 52 Photos 12 Photos 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 3 18 Photoslast_img read more

Facebook India posts 52 jump in revenues at Rs 521 crore profit

first_imgFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at F8 conferenceFacebook NewsroomSocial media giant Facebook has reported a 40 per cent jump in its profit for the fiscal year ended in March 2018. The major reason attributed to this steep jump is the increased adoption of social media amid reduced cost of data usage.Notably, its total revenue surged 53 per cent in India which also represents the money it earned through Whatsapp. For the financial year 2018, the company’s total revenue stood at Rs 521 crore as against Rs 407 crore in the same period a year ago.The financial statement of the company also highlighted the several tax issues it is facing in India. As per the financial statement, Facebook is facing disputes related to income tax, VAT, sales tax, customs and excise and service tax.However, the industry experts are of the opinion that the figures may not accurately reflect the company’s earnings from the country. Amit Maheshwari, a partner at Ashok Maheshwary and Associates LLP, said: This may not accurately reflect the revenues of Facebook from India on account of online advertising.”The company in its financial statement has said that the numbers only represent services the India unit provides to the parent company based in the US. Facebook operates its Indian arm through a Singapore-registered company.According to the Economic Times, the latest Magna 2019 forecast shows that digital advertising is expected to reach at a level of Rs 18,802.3 crore, from Rs 14,162.2 crore in 2018. Of total Indian digital advertising spend, Google and Facebook has more than 65 per cent share.Interestingly, in last the two years, Facbook and Google have come under the tax department’s lens. Recently, the central government had introduced equalisation levy colloquially known as Google tax though which it collects six per cent tax from the online major on their domestic advertising revenues.Three major players — Google, Facebook and LinkedIn — contributes for the major part of the tax collection thorough equalization levy. The tax authorities in India adopt the principles from the multilateral Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) under BEPS (Base Erosion and Profit Shifting) to prevent tax evasion.last_img read more

19 firearms seized at Dhaka airport

first_imgCIID seizes 19 illegally imported firearms at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Tuesday. Photo: Collected Officials of Customs Intelligence and Investigation Directorate (CIID) at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport seized 19 illegally imported firearms from the Air Cargo unit of the airport on Tuesday.Earlier on Sunday, the CIID team seized two contraband Walther PP pistols from the same area of the airport.Tipped off, the CIID officials carried out a search operation inside the Strongroom-1 of the Air Cargo unit on Sunday last and identified the two illegally imported firearms (two Walther PP pistols) in an imported arms consignment containing total 58 firearms.The CIID team again examined the remaining 56 firearms on Tuesday and identified 19 of them as illegally imported, said director general of CIID Moinul Khan.The seized 21 firearms were brought illegally from Italy along with 37 other firearms.Members of different intelligence agencies and firearms experts were present while examining the imported firearms, Moinul Khan said.Among the total seized firearms, 16 are Walther PP pistols while five are HK-4 brand pistols.last_img read more

Meet the Catholic sister nominated for an ESPY Award for her wicked

first_imgEmily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Pete Buttigieg: Religious left is ‘stirring’ August 29, 2019 Greek Orthodox church in US gets 1st new leader in 20 years News Share This! Tagsbaseball Catholic Chicago Dominican Sisters of Springfield ESPN ESPY Awards ESPYS homepage featured Marian Catholic High School Mary Jo Sobieck religion and sports Sister Mary Jo sports White Sox,You may also like Emily McFarlan Miller Emily McFarlan Miller is a national reporter for RNS based in Chicago. She covers evangelical and mainline Protestant Christianity.,Add Comment Click here to post a comment By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Illinois (RNS) — Sister Mary Jo Sobieck might be the only Catholic sister to have both her own bobblehead and Topps baseball card.Now she might just win an ESPY.“It’s kind of surreal,” Sobieck said. “Wanting to grow up to be an athlete and then to know I’m going to be there in the midst of the greatest of this generation — it’s going to be phenomenal.”Sobieck is nominated for an ESPY Award for “Best Viral Sports Moment.”Her moment came when she threw the ceremonial first pitch in her white habit and Marian Catholic High School jersey on Aug. 18 during Marian Catholic Night at the White Sox game against the Kansas City Royals at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago.The sister, who teaches theology at the school, was asked to throw the pitch because she is energetic, always smiling and often wearing a St. Louis Cardinals jersey, said Daniel Kozlowski, the vice president for advancement at Marion Catholic, a suburban high school affiliated with the Dominican Sisters of Springfield.“She’s got that youth, and she’s athletic,” Kozlowski said.When Sobieck walked out to the pitcher’s mound last summer, she pointed to the sky. That was for her late mother, who loved baseball, she said.Then she bounced the ball off her bicep — a little something to get some momentum, she said — and threw a curveball to White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito.That was a risk, she admitted. But it was worth it.“We need more people to just be themselves,” she said.“So much of social media is trying to be someone different. No, just put yourself out there and be yourself and allow God to do with you what you were created to do.”The sister was an “instant celebrity” at the ballpark, said Kozlowski.The video of her pitch quickly went viral, leading to an appearance on “Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?” and other celebrity turns for the sister. But her favorite moment came when a mother asked Sobieck to pose for a picture with her daughter at the ballpark.The girl, it turned out, had the same name as Sobieck’s mother.One of Sobieck’s sisters had told her beforehand her mother would be her “angel in the outfield” the night she threw out the first pitch. And there she was, she said.Sister Mary Jo Sobieck at Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights, Illinois, where she teaches theology. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan MillerSobieck, 50, grew up in central Minnesota as the youngest of 10 siblings. Her mother had played a huge role in shaping her faith, singlehandedly raising Sobieck and several siblings still at home when her father passed away.She remembers seeing her mother kneeling on the porch, rosary in hand.Sports also were a huge part of her childhood, and she played softball, volleyball and basketball in school.“When I was a kid, my dream was to be a professional athlete or to be in the Olympics. Sports fueled my everything. It was my fire,” she said. “I remember when I felt the calling to religious life, it was like, I didn’t think that I could be passionate about anything more than sports.”Sobieck was teaching at a Minnesota school also affiliated with the Dominican Sisters of Springfield and training for a half marathon when she decided to enter religious life at age 25.“I was getting up in the morning at 5 o’clock and running. It’s like the grass was greener, the sky was blue, every song on my Discman at the time was like a love song from God to me,” she said.She had what she called a profound experience of God’s love when she volunteered to help one of the sisters move from the Minnesota school down to the motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield in central Illinois.During that visit to the motherhouse, she saw the sisters there working as a team and realized religious life was something she could do.With so many siblings, she understood teamwork, she said.And it’s one of the things she loves so much about sports.“It shapes character and it inspires greatness and it pulls out your potential to be something more,” she said. “All of that is religious life, too. Your religious life is a team, and we push one another to be strong in virtue and character, and we work together to do something good for the human family.”Twenty-five years later, Sobieck said, she is excited to see how God is using the gifts and interests she believes God gave her and hopes it will be an encouragement to others.“You don’t have to give up your gifts or the things you’re passionate about. God integrates all of our gifts at a time when God wants to do that,” she said.The sister faces some stiff competition at the ESPYS.Other nominees in the “Best Viral Sports Moment” category include UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi’s joyful floor routine that earned her a perfect 10, which Sobieck called “phenomenal.” They also include Texas A&M hurdler Infinite Tucker’s Superman dive across the finish line and 7-year-old runner Rudolph “Blaze” Ingram racing ahead of his peers.“I certainly don’t belong there,” Sobieck said, noting that unlike her fellow nominees, she doesn’t regularly participate in the sport for which she is nominated.“But God is putting me there for a reason.”ESPY winners will be announced July 10 at the ESPN awards show hosted by comedian Tracy Morgan at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The event gathers athletes and celebrities to recognize the year’s greatest achievements in sports.Fans can vote at ESPYS.com to choose the winners of the 2019 ESPYS before the broadcast begins on ABC. Buttigieg walks fine line in courting religious left August 29, 2019 Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,Democrats’ new faith outreach director launches ‘listening sessions’ Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Postscenter_img By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Dinner church movement sets the table for food, faith and friendships August 29, 2019 Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email DIY Faith • News News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Share This! Share This!last_img read more

Friends Greys Anatomy Were Most BingeWatched TV Shows of 2018 Study Finds

first_img“Friends” — which last aired on broadcast TV 14 years ago — was the most binge-watched television show of 2018 thanks to the full run being on Netflix, according to a new study.The sitcom about twentysomething New Yorkers nabbed the highest share of binge sessions over the course of the year, according to TV Time, based on its analysis of the behavior of 12 million registered users worldwide of its app for tracking, commenting on and voting for television shows.The enduring popularity of “Friends” (corroborated by other third-party research) clearly motivated Netflix to re-license the show from Warner Bros. Television: It was set to roll off Netflix at the end of 2018, and after a social-media uproar the streamer announced a new deal to keep “Friends” on the service through at least another year. Netflix reportedly agreed to pay around $100 million to keep all 10 seasons following Rachel, Monica, Ross, Chandler, Joey and Phoebe available to customers in the U.S. and Canada. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Rank ShowNetwork/ServiceShare of Binge-Watching Popular on Variety 8.“Orange Is the New Black”Netflix1.19% 3.“13 Reasons Why”Netflix1.69% 5.“Riverdale”CW/Netflix1.68% 10.“Pretty Little Liars”Freeform/Netflix1.06% 9.“The Big Bang Theory”CBS1.16%center_img 1.“Friends”Netflix2.36% 4.“La Casa de Papel” (“Money Heist”)Netflix1.69% 2.“Grey’s Anatomy”ABC/Netflix/Hulu2.07% Source: TV Time 6.“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”Fox/NBC/Hulu1.40% 7.“The 100”CW/Netflix1.25% No. 2 on TV Time’s ranking was ABC’s long-running primetime drama “Grey’s Anatomy,” whose past seasons are available on Netflix. That was followed by Netflix’s controversial teen-suicide show “13 Reasons Why”; Spanish-language series “La Casa de Papel” (“Money Heist”), which premiered on Spain’s Antena 3 in 2017 before it was picked up by Netflix; and The CW’s “Riverdale” (the first two seasons of which also are on Netflix). TV Time defines a binge session as one in which a user watches at least four episodes of a show within a 24-hour period. For the annual report, bingeing patterns were calculated from Jan. 1-Dec. 13, 2018.But take these rankings with a really big grain of salt.For starters, the binge-watching data aggregated by TV Time is self-reported by users of the free app — it’s not a passive measurement service that tracks actual viewing behavior. In addition, the company says the app’s base of 12 million users skews young, comprising primarily people 18-34. TV Time’s business model is geared around selling data and analytics to networks, streaming providers, studios and others.Another important point: Popular shows on traditional broadcast and cable channels are likely to be underrepresented in TV Time’s binge-viewing data, because episodes of current seasons are released weekly. Fans of, say, “Game of Thrones” would be far less likely to stack up four or more episodes to watch in one sitting than, for example, people who were eagerly anticipating season 2 of “13 Reasons Why.” Note that CBS’s “Big Bang Theory,” one of the top ratings-getters on primetime television, came in No. 9 on the TV Time list.That said, here are TV Time’s rankings, for what they’re worth:Top 10 Binge-Watched Shows of 2018last_img read more