DOE official: White House still reviewing coal bailout plan

first_imgDOE official: White House still reviewing coal bailout plan FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):The White House is still reviewing recommendations from the U.S. Department of Energy on how to avoid further premature retirements of coal-fired and nuclear power plants, a DOE official told lawmakers Sept. 27.Karen Evans, assistant secretary of the DOE’s newly formed Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response, testified Sept. 27 before a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee. During the hearing, U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., asked Evans about the status of recent DOE proposals and requests from industry for emergency action to prevent financially struggling coal-fired and nuclear plants from closing. Based on comments Energy Secretary Rick Perry made Sept. 26, Evans said he “does not have anything new to update at this time” and “this is still a policy that is being reviewed by the White House.”The DOE in a draft memo leaked in late May was contemplating requiring grid operators to buy power or capacity for two years from certain “fuel-secure” nuclear and coal-fired power plants while the federal government determines which energy resources may be critical to national security and defense. The proposal was not final, and neither the DOE nor White House has provided updates on the draft plan, which would involve using authorities under the Defense Production Act of 1950 and Section 202(c) of the Federal Power Act.During the Sept. 27 hearing, McKinley raised concerns about New England importing…power from Canada and receiving LNG shipments from Russia this past winter to meet its electricity demand. The region’s reliance on foreign energy sources highlights the need for supporting U.S. coal-fired and nuclear plants, he said.“That’s why I think it’s so important that the White House and others move on this 202(c) or Defense [Production] Act,” McKinley said. Evans responded that she would “elevate” McKinley’s concerns with DOE leadership “to make sure it will feed into the policy process.”Coal and nuclear proponents say regulatory and market pressures are forcing the closure of plants that are needed for reliability and resilience. But critics say subsidies to support those plants will raise costs for consumers and disadvantage other forms of energy without any added reliability benefits.More ($): DOE official: White House still mulling policy to halt early plant closureslast_img read more

NAFCU economist: February jobs report ‘should not set off alarm bells’

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU Chief Economist and Vice President of Research Curt Long noted that Friday’s jobs report – with 20,000 jobs gained in February – is not low enough to cause immediate concern.“February job growth was surprisingly slow as employers added to payrolls at the slowest pace since September 2017,” said Long. “One poor report should not set off alarm bells, but given that the labor market is the lynchpin for the entire economy, it does add to existing concerns and raises the stakes for next month’s report.”The unemployment rate dropped to 3.8 percent in February as the labor force participation rate remained at 63.2 percent, matching the highest figure since September 2013.In other report data, private-sector payroll employment increased 25,000 jobs during February. The goods-producing sector decreased 32,000 jobs, while the service sector increased 57,000 jobs. Public sector employment fell 5,000 from the prior month.last_img read more

Statue of Liberty’s message now invalid

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionIt’s time to get rid of the Statue of Liberty. The poem by Emma Lazarus inscribed on the statue, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, the tempest-tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the Golden Door” clearly no longer represents the view of America, and the statue should go.Perhaps we don’t have to get rid of the Statue of Liberty. Maybe we could just change the inscription to something like “Stop letting in people from s—hole countries like Haiti, send us more white people from countries like Norway.” Get something that more accurately reflects the current view.Or maybe we could just put it in storage until a kinder, more caring administration comes into power. In any event that which the statue stands for no longer applies. Unfortunately.Peter SparanoGuilderlandMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesAlbany County warns of COVID increaseEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Police lock up 171 people for violating curfew during PSBB in Greater Surabaya

first_imgHe said security personnel would conduct patrols in the three regions on a daily basis until the end of the PSBB period. Luki said security personnel at dozens of checkpoints had so far issued formal warnings to 5,496 individuals who broke the PSBB rules in Surabaya, Gresik and Sidoarjo, such as failing to wear a face mask or violating the limitations on vehicle passengers. East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa also called on the public to obey the PSBB regulations, saying Surabaya had been severely hit by the virus with the number of confirmed cases continuing to increase.”Surabaya has twice the number of confirmed cases of Bandung. This is a concerning situation,” she said. Surabaya has confirmed 554 cases of COVID-19 with 71 fatalities as of Sunday, while Sidoarjo recorded 119 cases with 13 fatalities and Gresik 32 cases with 5 fatalities. The number of confirmed cases in Surabaya accounted for half of East Java’s tally of 1,114 confirmed cases, and for almost two-thirds of the provinces 111 fatalities, the highest number of cases in the country after the capital city Jakarta.Topics : One hundred seventy-one people had to spend the night at police stations after they were apprehended for violating a night curfew during the implementation of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in raids in Greater Surabaya, East Java, over the weekend.In an operation carried out from Saturday evening to dawn on Sunday, security personnel raided cafes and coffee stalls in several places in Surabaya and arrested 85 people found hanging out.Greater Surabaya, which comprises of Surabaya city and its satellite regencies Sidoarjo and Gresik, imposed the PSBB on April 28, with local authorities also setting curfews to restrict public activities from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. in a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the three areas. “We detained them for 24 hours and we took their blood samples for COVID-19 rapid testing. Those whose rapid tests come back reactive will be quarantined for 14 days,” Surabaya Police chief Sr. Comr. Sandi Nugroho told reporters on Sunday.He said police had also recorded the identities of the violators in anticipation of any of them breaking the rules again in the future during the PSBB. If they were found to repeat the offense, the authorities would charge them with violating Article 216 of the Criminal Code, Article 93 of the Health Quarantine Law and the Surabaya mayoral decree on the PSBB, which could result in one year of imprisonment.Read also: Sampoerna factory closes after two COVID-19 deaths, authorities race to trace contactsEast Java Police chief Insp. Gen. Luki Hermawan said a joint force of police, military and Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) personnel conducted similar raids in Sidoarjo and Gresik and arrested another 89 people. last_img read more

Perfect answers ‘minor labor law’ challenges

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Legislation recently introduced by Indiana state senator Chip Perfect has unintentionally ignited a firestorm of negative coverage.Perfect, owner of Perfect North Slopes, employs about 400 minors, Holiday World employs about 600 minors. Because of this, they have invested a substantial amount of business capital to develop systems to ensure they pass state labor inspections. He says the cost of the investment is justified by properly employing minors and avoiding violations of the law.Perfect says, “We’re a citizen legislature that means we rely on the people that are the most “expert” in a particular subject to carry the legislation and carry it to the other members.”The goal of this legislation is to rewrite statutes codified in the 1930s up to date and make complying with labor laws for small businesses more manageable.Publications like the Indianapolis Star and Washington Post jumped on Perfect to point out a conflict of interest, despite exoneration from his colleagues. Curiously, just before the bill was heard in committee, members of the newspaper industry requested to be amended into a bill that would recognize their delivery personnel as independent contractors, similar designations given to people who participate in direct sales.The bill is likely headed to Summer Study.last_img read more

EPL: Norwich face Wolves tricky test

first_imgRelatedPosts Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise Spurs sign right-back Doherty from Wolves Wolves need more players next season, says manager Nuno Norwich City vs. Wolves Venue: Carrow Road Kick off: 4PMWolverhampton Wanderers make the long trip to Carrow Road to face Norwich City looking to respond to last weekend’s last-gasp defeat to Tottenham Hotspur. While Wolves received widespread plaudits for their performance against Spurs last weekend, the 2-1 defeat to the North London side ultimately ended their 11-match unbeaten run in the Premier League. Going a prolonged period without suffering defeat resulted in Wolves moving as high as fifth position, but the club now find themselves in a situation where a second successive setback could lead to dropping down into the bottom half of the standings. Given their overall progression in recent months, Nuno Espirito Santo will not be too concerned, although the competitive nature for a top-six spot this season means that Wolves can ill afford a run of three games without a win. However, the Portuguese may feel that his close-knit squad can only have benefitted from having no match in midweek, something which has not happened since the beginning of the campaign. In theory, the small rest period has come at the right time with Wolves facing back-to-back encounters with Manchester City and Liverpool after Saturday’s visit to the East Coast. As for Norwich, they head into the game having failed to emerge victorious from any of their last four outings, but Daniel Farke will be pleased with the recent performances from his team. After being unfortunate to miss out on points against Southampton and Sheffield United respectively, Norwich impressed in claiming a draw away at in-form Leicester last weekend. The Canaries found themselves under pressure in the East Midlands, especially during the second half, but there were times when they should have perhaps taken advantage of opportunities towards the end of the contest. Despite having mixed feelings at the end of the game, Farke would have been delighted with the mindset of his players, who could have easily accepted that a point against the title challengers was more than respectable. Ahead of home clashes with Wolves, Spurs and Crystal Palace, the result and manner of the performance should put Norwich in a good frame of mind as they bid to make up ground on 17th-placed Aston Villa, who they also face over the Christmas period. Norwich City possible XI: Krul, Aarons, Zimmermann, Godfrey, Byram, Tettey, Trybull, Buendia, McLean, Cantwell, Pukki. Wolverhampton Wanderers possible XI: Patricio, Dendoncker, Coady, Saiss, Doherty, Neves, Moutinho, Jonny, Traore, Jimenez, Jota.Tags: Daniel FarkeNorwich CityWolverhampton Wandererslast_img read more

Blind to the rescue for Red Devils

first_img Wayne Rooney, Falcao, Angel di Maria, Adnan Januzaj and Robin van Persie all started for Manchester United against an injury-depleted West Ham, who deployed midfielder Kouyate in central defence. The fact goalkeeper David de Gea was the away team’s best player after 30 minutes, saving twice from Enner Valencia, told how Louis van Gaal’s expensively assembled side struggled to assert themselves. Kouyate’s deflected strike, after Rooney’s poor header, sparked United into life, but they had not won away from home after conceding first since December 2013, and not at all under Van Gaal. But they avoided following Liverpool and Manchester City in leaving Upton Park defeated this term as Blind swept the ball into the net when Carl Jenkinson, on his 23rd birthday, failed to clear Marcos Rojo’s lofted ball into the box. It was harsh on West Ham but extended Manchester United’s unbeaten away run in the Premier League to seven games. Juan Mata was the odd man out as Van Gaal made five changes, while Kouyate might have felt uncomfortable at the back on his return from the African Nations Cup and injury. Alex Song’s hospital pass towards Kouyate almost gifted the visitors an opener inside five minutes. Van Persie intercepted, but could not control the ball. The hosts then benefited from a poor defensive decision as Rojo failed to head clear Song’s lofted pass and Enner Valencia struck a swerving effort from 25 yards which De Gea saved. The goalkeeper denied the West Ham striker with a more acrobatic save from the resulting corner after James Tomkins had won the ball. Even when United had a corner, West Ham were a threat, as Adrian plucked Rooney’s set-piece from the air before launching a counter-attack. Diafra Sakho, in for the absent Andy Carroll (ankle), found Enner Valencia, who over-hit his return pass enough so that United’s Antonio Valencia could snuff out the danger. Van Persie was perhaps fortunate to escape a booking for catching Tomkins with a flailing arm as the pair duelled for an aerial ball. The incident was alarming for Sam Allardyce, given his defensive troubles, but Tomkins recovered to head Aaron Cresswell’s free-kick down into the six-yard box. Fortunately for the visitors it was De Gea who got to the ball first. West Ham’s pace troubled United again when Rojo miscontrolled a pass, lost out to Enner Valencia and clattered Mark Noble. Referee Mark Clattenburg played advantage, but Sakho’s cross was poor. A yellow card for Rojo followed, but only after Di Maria had an effort from 25 yards saved by Adrian. West Ham took the lead four minutes into the second period when United’s defensive flaws were exposed. Rooney failed to clear Noble’s free-kick and the ball fell to Kouyate, who was being marked by the United captain. The Senegal midfielder-turned-defender pulled the ball down with his back to goal, took a second touch to steady himself – all the while with the ball in the air – and then struck a fierce finish through the crowded six-yard box, helped by a deflection. The strike seemed to awaken United from their Sunday afternoon slumber, with Falcao firing wide from 25 yards and Van Persie volleying at Adrian. United’s lacklustre afternoon continued when Falcao sliced horribly wide following a one-two with Van Persie, who had another effort saved by Adrian. The hosts might have had a second, but De Gea saved from Noble and Kevin Nolan in quick succession and substitute Matt Jarvis could only head off target. Marouane Fellaini, on for Januzaj, caused havoc and Blind’s goal came when Rojo hopefully lofted the ball into the area and Jenkinson’s weak header fell for the Dutchman to fire low into the corner. There was only time for Shaw to be sent off for a second bookable offence after he caught Stewart Downing out wide as the Hammers were denied. The Hammers had looked like enhancing their European hopes and denting Manchester United’s bid for Champions League football when makeshift defender Cheikhou Kouyate twice juggled the ball before, with his third touch, hitting a superb volley on the turn into the net. Radamel Falcao missed a glorious opportunity to equalise 14 minutes from time, but Blind popped up to score late on and earn a 1-1 draw for the visitors, who finished the game with 10 men as Luke Shaw was sent off for two bookable offences. West Ham were denied a first Premier League win over Manchester United in seven years and 13 attempts by Daley Blind’s stoppage-time strike. Press Associationlast_img read more

USA Water Polo recognizes USC’s Vavic

first_imgUSA Water Polo honored USC men’s and women’s head coach Jovan Vavic with the Monte Nitzkowski Distinguished Men’s Coaching Award on Monday. The award, annually given at the USA Water Polo Hall of Fame Induction and National Awards Dinner, honored Vavic for his contributions to the USA Water Polo program. A native of the former Yugoslavia, Vavic took over head coaching duties for the USA Men’s Senior National Team last year on an interim basis, helping the team qualify for the 2013 FINA World Championships.The skipper · In 19 years at USC, Jovan Vavic has won 13 national titles and 12 National Coach of the Year Awards. Last fall, Vavic claimed a record sixth consecutive national championship with the men’s squad. – Corey Marquetti | Daily TrojanVavic has been remarkably successful in his 19-year tenure at USC. In that timespan, he won a combined 13 national titles and 12 National Coach of the Year awards with the men’s and women’s programs. He has led the men’s team to a record six consecutive national championships in the past six seasons, a record the Trojans will put to the test once again next fall. Last week, Vavic’s women’s team lost for the first time in 28 games, a streak dating back to the team’s 2013 National Championship season.Recently USC water polo has been a family affair for Vavic  — he has coached both his son Nikola and his daughter Monica to great individual success. Nikola, who won four consecutive national championships with the Trojans from 2010-2013, was a four-time All-American and two-time National Player of the Year. He also became the school’s all-time leading scorer as a senior.Monica, a junior on the women’s team, has already become one of the best players in program history. She is a two-time first team All-American, and was named the MPSF Player of the Year last season. Her 57 goals so far in 2014 are currently tops for the Women of Troy.Though he graduated from crosstown rival UCLA, the elder Vavic will certainly be remembered as one of the greatest Trojans of all time. Next year will be his 20th year coaching the men’s squad — in the last 19 years, the team has finished outside the top three in the country just five times. Since 1996, when the USC women’s team entered Division I play, the Women of Troy have finished outside the top three only seven times. Jovan and Monica are back in action tomorrow afternoon when they host No. 11 Loyola Marymount at the Uytengsu Aquatic Center.last_img read more

US Open 2018: Nadal, Serena Cruise into Second Round

first_img“It is sad for me to see him finish like this,” said 32-year-old Nadal.“I’m very very sorry for him, he is one of my closest friends on tour and we have shared amazing moments together, playing in French Open finals and playing together in the Davis Cup and Davis Cup finals.Top seed Nadal is among the favourites to retain his crown and has a seemingly favourable draw at Flushing Meadows, with two top 10 players – Kevin Anderson and Dominic Thiem – in his quarter.Anderson lost to Nadal in last year’s final and has never beaten him in five attempts, while Thiem has only won four matches since finishing runner-up to the Spaniard at the French Open in June.Before looking that far ahead, Nadal must focus on beating Canada’s Vasek Pospisil, ranked 88th, in the second round today.In the women’s section, six-time champion Serena Williams made her return to the US Open with a clinical first-round win over Poland’s Magda Linette.Williams, 36, missed her home Slam last year, giving birth to daughter Olympia shortly after the tournament started.Opening Monday’s night session at Arthur Ashe Stadium, she won 6-4 6-0 against her 68th-ranked opponent.The 17th seed will meet Germany’s Carina Witthoeft in the second round.Williams is still on course to meet older sister Venus in the third round, although the prospect of facing world number one Simona Halep – her projected last-16 opponent – has disappeared after the Romanian’s shock defeat by Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi.Although she will face tougher challenges, Williams looks well placed to challenge for the record-equalling 24th Grand Slam on the evidence of her victory over Linette.She put the Pole’s serve under pressure in a lengthy third game without being able to convert, going on to break it in the seventh.After avoiding a brief scare when she was taken to deuce in the following game, she saw out the opening set without facing a break point.The second set was a different story.Linette could not cope with her power and accuracy in a 28-minute set, winning just nine points as Williams sealed victory with a 114mph ace out wide.“It was such a good feeling to be back here – it is one of the best feelings in the world,” Williams said.“The first set was tight, it was my first match back here in New York so it wasn’t the easiest.“Once I got settled I started to do what I’ve been doing in practise and I felt better.“I think I’m getting there – I’ve been feeling great in practice.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Defending champion Rafael Nadal moved into the US Open second round after fellow Spaniard David Ferrer’s Grand Slam farewell was ruined by injury.Nadal led 6-3 3-4 in Monday’s late tie on Arthur Ashe Stadium before Ferrer had to give up with a calf injury.Ferrer, the 36-year-old former world number three, will retire after playing in Barcelona or Madrid next year, but says this will be his final Grand Slam.last_img read more

AFCON 2015: Errant Nations Cup referee gets six-month ban

first_imgThe referee at the centre of the controversial penalty decision that helped hosts Equatorial Guinea to reach the  Nations Cup semi-finals has been banned for six months, CAF said in a statement on Tuesday.Rajindraparsad Seechurn of Mauritius has also been excluded from the list of top African officials, effectively ending his international career, the Confederation of African Football added.The Tunisian team, some of whom attempted to attack the referee after Saturday’s 2-1 quarter-final loss after the extra time in Bata, were handed a US$ 50,000  fine but  no individual sanctions were announced.Opponents Equatorial Guinea were also sanctioned for poor security at the match.CAF’s REPORT:  At its extraordinary meeting held at the CAF headquarters In Bata, Equatorial Guinea on the 2ndFebruary, 2015, the CAF Referees Committee reviewed the performance of the referee Seechurn Rajindrapasard (Mauritius) during Match No. 26, Tunisia vs. Equatorial Guinea played on 31 January 2015 in Bata in the final tournament of the 2015 Orange Africa Cup of Nations. The Referees Committee noted with regret the poor performance of the referee during the match, including an unacceptable failure to maintain calm and ensure proper control of the players during the match. Hence the Referees Committee decided: – To end the mission of Seechurn Rajindrapasard as a referee for the Orange AFCON 2015– To suspend him for a period of six (6) months for poor performance– To delist him from the CAF “A” Elite Referees panel. _ _ _ _ _   At its meeting at CAF Headquarters in Bata, Equatorial Guinea, on the 3rd February 2015, the Disciplinary Board considered all the incidents and reports of the various officials relating to the match no. 26 Tunisia vs. Equatorial Guinea played on 31 January 2015. The incidents noted in the meeting, included a pitch invasion by fans, the aggressive attitude of some supporters in the stands, invading of the pitch after the final whistle by players and substitutes of the Tunisian team – insulting the referee of the match and trying to physically assault him – the regrettable behavior of the president of the Tunisian Football Federation (FTF), Mr. Wadie Jary, entering the field of play and strongly criticizing the referee and CAF; and vandalism by some Tunisian players which included breaking of a door in the locker room area and a fridge.  The disciplinary board also studied two letters sent by the Tunisian Federation dated the 2ndFebruary 2015; the first letter concerning the explanation of the FTF in connection with the above incidents, the second correspondence requesting an investigation. The second letter clearly suggested that CAF and its officials were questionable and biased against Tunisia in general and that CAF, its officials and committees were devoid of sporting ethics, causing in a premeditated manner the elimination of Tunisia from the Orange AFCON 2015.  The following decisions were taken against the respective parties, Tunisia and Equatorial Guinea: Tunisian Football FederationBased on Articles 82, 83, 125 and 133 of the Disciplinary Code of CAF, the Disciplinary Jury of CAF:  – Asked the Equatorial Guinean party to estimate the cost of repairing the damage caused by the Tunisian party at the stadium in Bata and CAF will provide this amount to the Tunisian Federation to cover it. – Condemned the conduct of Mr. Wadie Jary, president of the Tunisian Football Federation and member of the Organising Committee of the AFCON. – Imposed on the Tunisian Federation a fine of US$ 50,000 (Fifty Thousand United States Dollars) for the insolent, aggressive and unacceptable behavior of the players and officials of the Tunisian team during the aforementioned game. – Instructed the Tunisian Federation to send to CAF before February 5th at midnight, a letter of apology for the insinuations of bias and lack of ethics against CAF and its officials, or to present irrefutable evidence to substantiate the accusations of the FTF. Should the Federation not send this letter of apology or required evidence before the stated deadline, the disciplinary panel would suggest to the Executive Committee of CAF additional sanctions, including the possibility not to accept the participation of the national team of Tunisia in the next edition of Cup of Nations, AFCON, 2017. Equatorial Guinean Football FederationConsidering the pitch invasion by some Equatoguinean fans and the lack of security measures observed, and based on Article 151 para 2 of the CAF Disciplinary Code, the Disciplinary Jury of CAF imposed a financial penalty of US$5,000 (Five Thousand US Dollars) on FEGUIFUT, and asked them to ensure that all security arrangements are taken to ensure the smooth running of the matches of the semifinals and finals of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations in 2015last_img read more