Coal’s Share of U.S. Electricity-Generation Market Dips to 29.4% FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享SNL:Coal’s share of U.S. generation sank below 30% in September.According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s latest “Electric Power Monthly” released Dec. 1, over the same period, gas-fired generation declined 7.1% to 116.7 million MWh, accounting for 34.9% of the net total. Meanwhile, coal-fired generation declined 13.9% versus the prior-year period to 98.4 million MWh, to account for 29.4% of the nation’s electricity.Renewable output climbed 11.2% year over year to 47.8 million MWh as output from hydroelectric; solar; and other renewable resources, including wind, all increased.More ($): US coal generation market share under 30% in September
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two Queens men were killed in a one-car crash on the Southern State Parkway early Tuesday morning, state police said. The two men, Joseph Kelly and Justin Johnson, both 19, were traveling eastbound in a 2005 Dodge Neon at 12:35 a.m. when the vehicle, operated by Kelly, crashed into the Franklin Avenue overpass, according to State Police Senior Investigator Joseph DeMaria. DeMaria said the two Laurelton, Queens men were pronounced dead at the scene. The early indication is that the car was traveling at excessive speeds, DeMaria said. At this time, investigators don’t believe drugs or alcohol was a factor, he added. Police closed that section of the parkway for most of the morning. The road was reopened at 8 a.m., DeMaria said.
4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr It’s a familiar stereotype by now: College graduates so burdened by their mountain of debt that they’re living in their parents’ basement, unable to take the next steps into adulthood.Except that it’s not quite accurate.It is true that student loan debt has ballooned since 2003. Back then, borrowers in their late twenties held a little more than $20,000 in student debt on average, according to data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. In 2015, those loans topped an average of $50,000.But at the same time, young people lowered their holdings of every other major type of debt: credit cards, auto loans, mortgages and home equity loans. The result, according to the New York Fed, is that millennials have less debt overall now than they did in 2003. continue reading »
US. President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he wants the US economy to reopen by Easter Sunday, April 12, despite the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus in some US states and a rising death toll from the disease.Legal experts say a US president has quite limited power to order citizens back to their places of employment, or cities to reopen government buildings, transportation, or local businesses. Here is why.What does the Constitution say about who makes decisions about public welfare? The United States is a federalist system, meaning power is shared between a national and state governments.Under the 10th Amendment of the US Constitution, state governments have power to police citizens and regulate public welfare. In the country’s early years, it was up to state and local authorities to lead the response to the yellow fever epidemic, not the federal government.Reflecting these principles, “disaster response and aid is typically state-led and federally supported,” said Steve Bunnell, the former top lawyer at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and a partner at O’Melveny & Myers.This bottom-up, rather than top-down, approach to disaster relief makes sense from a policy perspective, said John Cohen, a former DHS official who teaches at Georgetown University. “Usually, state and local officials on the ground have the best understanding of the issues affecting people in their states,” Cohen said.Can a US president override state-mandated “shelter in place” orders?No. The Trump administration can issue nationwide guidance, but it would be unconstitutional for the president to override stay-at-home orders from governors, said Robert Chesney, a professor of national security law at the University of Texas. Mayors or county commissioners are on the same footing as governors, he said.The social distancing policies Trump announced on March 16 for slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus over 15 days were merely guidelines, and the same goes for any newer, less restrictive policies he unveils, Chesney said.”Those are guidelines. He can change his advice,” Chesney said. “He is free to advocate. And that is an important part of the presidency — the bully pulpit.”Bunnell said many people look to the president for guidance, so Trump’s advice will still affect the economy.”The federal government has a role to play in setting recommendations, and the daily press briefings obviously have an effect on how people react,” Bunnell said. “But in terms of legal authorities to override health and safety measures, I’m not sure there are any direct tools that would accomplish that.”Can a US president order a business to stay open?A federal agency that’s a subset of DHS deemed some businesses “essential” on March 19. But the federal memo itself notes that state and local authorities are “ultimately in charge of implementing and executing response activities in communities under their jurisdiction.””That means the president really has no authority to ‘order’ anyone who doesn’t work directly for the federal government to do anything by Easter,” said Anthony J. Oncidi, a partner with the law firm Proskauer Rose.The Defense Production Act, which lets the president “expedite and expand the supply of resources from the US industrial base,” will be used to procure more tests and other medical equipment from companies, an administration official said on Tuesday. But that represents a fraction of the US’s consumer-driven economy.What about a US president’s emergency powers?A federal law known as the National Emergencies Act (NEA) gives the president broad powers to respond to national emergencies, including the authority to redirect funds and suspend laws.Trump invoked the Stafford Act and the NEA on March 13, as he declared a national emergency.But the NEA is a poor fit for a president trying to encourage business as usual, Cohen said.”It tends to give the president the authority to be more restrictive, not less restrictive,” Cohen said. “It does not let the president say ‘disregard the restrictions of your state and local leaders.'”Topics :
The €750m pension fund of Dutch agricultural company Royal Cosun has granted its active participants a 2.2% indexation.PSL, the sector-wide pension fund for the shoes, leather and leather goods industry, as well as the scheme of regulator De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB), have also raised pensions this year.Cosun increased the pensions of its workers following an agreement to come up with a 2% bonus if the 28% pension contribution proved insufficient for indexation.The pension fund, for its part, added 0.2 percentage points, derived from a combination of its coverage ratio of 113.8% at the end of November and a salary increase. The scheme’s funding was also the criterion for an inflation compensation of 0.16% for its deferred participants and pensioners.The pension fund said this percentage equated approximately to one-quarter of the consumer index.PSL said it would raise pensions for all participants by 0.1%, noting that this was the maximum possible given its coverage of 111.2% at year-end.This funding level was 1.8 percentage points short of the required coverage ratio.The €320m scheme for the leather industry said it did not expect any rights cuts.The €1.4bn DNB scheme allowed all participants a 0.27% indexation, based on the consumer index and adjusted for its funding of 111%.It said full inflation compensation would only be possible at a coverage of 125%.Earlier this year, SPW, the sector scheme for housing corporations, announced an indexation of 0.02%.It attributed the increase to the new financial assessment framework (nFTK), which only allows indexation if a pension fund’s financial position is sufficient to keep on granting it for years to come.SPW based its indexation decision on a funding of 110.4%, which allows for an inflation compensation of no more than 3% of the consumer index.Elsewhere, the €3bn pension fund of applied technical research institute TNO increased pensions by 0.05%, drawn on a coverage of 111.7% at the end of 2015.
Photo credit: Dominica WeeklyAn Awards ceremony this morning is expected to bring the curtains down Tourism Awareness Month of activities.The ceremony will recognize individuals and organizations who have made a valiant contribution towards tourism development in Dominica.The ultimate objective of the month long celebration was to increase public awareness of the tourism and hospitality industry’s economic, cultural, and social contributions to our Nature Isle, Dominica.The Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) in collaboration with the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association and Ministry of Tourism celebrated the month under the theme “Tourism is everybody’s business, let’s play our part”.The event is expected to commence from 10:00 am at the Fort Young Hotel.Dominica Vibes News Share LocalNews Awards ceremony brings curtain down on Tourism Awareness Month today by: – May 31, 2011 Sharing is caring! Tweet 33 Views no discussions Share Share
The Batesville JV Football team captured their first win of the season on Monday, August 28th at Milan. The Bulldogs defeated the Indians 22-6.Drew Kiefer led the offense with three total touchdowns. Kiefer ran for a touchdown as well threw a touchdown pass to JT Linkel and another touchdown pass to Tyler Myers. Zach Jones also received a 2 point conversion pass from Kiefer, and Brayden Linkel ran in a 2 point conversion run to complete the scoring.Defensively, the Bulldogs were lead by Zach Jones in tackles and Hank Nobbe recorded a sack.The JV team improved their record to 1-1 on the season and will play at home next Monday versus South Dearborn.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Evan Ulrey.
Senior Night sweeps provide a sendoff for seniors.The Lady Bulldog JV Volleyball team (14-5) defended their home court for the final time this season with a convincing win over South Dearborn. Scores were 25-17, 25-9. Belle Wolters led the team scoring 11 points while connecting on 12 of 13 service attempts. Regina Gerstbauer chipped in with 7 points including 2 aces. Nikki Fox served out set 2 with 4 consecutive serves including 2 aces. The front row attack overcame a slow start with Kerigan Haskamp and Grace Sarringhaus connecting on 9 and 7 attacks respectively in the front line including 2 kills each. Shelby Westerfeld and Katie Bedel provided additional fire power with 2 kills of their own. Fox was the top passer with 10 digs for the evening. The team will face Lawrenceburg on the road this Thursday to close out the regular season.In the Varsity match we chose to start all seniors, it created a bit of chaos, but was worth the joy it brought to the girls who have given their time to the program. Scores were 25-20, 25-10, 25-17. We were able to close the night giving all seniors a bow out and finish with four under class men and two juniors on the court. Seniors stats: # 8 Lily Abplanalp 100% serving and 6 digs, #11 Jenna Ertel 100% servinng 15 digs, 1 kill, & 2 assists, #16 Caitlyn Broering 3 kills, 3 digs and 2 aces, #23 Hattie Westerfeld 1 ace, 10 kills, 2 blocks and an assist, #24 Monica Gerstbauer 1 ace, 2 kills, 1 block, 4 assists and 6 digs.We will close out the EIAC Season tomorrow evening @ Lawrenceburg.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Jody Thomas.
Former Newcastle midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa has spoken of his “hell” on Tyneside as his career in English football drew to a close. “There, on the first day back in August 2014, I was placed directly with the reserves. A terrible humiliation. Weeks passed and I was always with these young 16 and 17-year-olds on land away from the pros. “I did not understand. They gave me a nightmare. It was full of little cheap shots. And when I believed in me [getting out] by signing for Nice, they were forbidden to hire me (until July).” The 28-year-old, who has won a return to the France squad after excelling with current club Nice, whom he was prevented from joining in January because of FIFA regulations, was left to train with the club’s youngsters after then manager Alan Pardew finally lost patience with him and eventually sent out on an ill-fated loan spell to Hull. Ben Arfa told www.francefootball.fr: “It was a very, very difficult period. The worst of my career. It was as if my hell began at Newcastle. Press Association
THREE-TIME World 100-metre champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will not be in London this summer to defend her 100-metre title as she is pregnant with her first child.Her manager Bruce James confirmed to SportsMax.TV that the two-time Olympic 100-metre champion will be a mother later this year.“She is quite pregnant,” James said in response to queries from Sportsmax.TV Wednesday.The 30-year-old sprinter also confirmed her condition on social media yesterday. “All my focus heading into training for my 2017 season was on getting healthy and putting myself in the best possible fitness to successfully defend my title in London 2017,” she posted on her Facebook page.“But life is filled with many blessings with God. So here I am thinking about being the greatest mother I can be with my biggest blessing and the promise God made me. Moving forward on this journey, I look forward to seeing you all in 2018 when I return to competition on the tracks and around the world.”Sportsmax.TV had been informed that in recent weeks that the sprint icon had been periodically absent from training.James confirmed that the pregnancy was partially responsible but that it was part of an overall plan to resolve the issues with an injured big toe and her pursuit of further Olympic glory at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.“We decided since we are doing the toe thing, we might as well do everything at one time,” James said emphasising that Fraser-Pryce will not be available for Jamaica’s team to the 2017 IAAF World Athletic Championships in London in August.“That physically can’t happen,” he said.Fraser-Pryce is one of the most successful female sprinters in history. She won consecutive Olympic 100-metre titles in 2008 and 2012. She failed in her bid to win three consecutive titles when she competed in Rio in 2016 due mainly to Sesamoiditis of her big toe.She won bronze.She is also a three-time World Champion in the 100m – 2009, 2013, and 2015. She also won the 200m world title in Moscow 2013 when she became the first female sprinter to win the sprint treble – 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay.She is the second member of Jamaica’s famous 1-2-2 finish at the 2008 Olympic Games venturing into motherhood. Silver medallist Sherone Simpson gave birth to a daughter in late 2016.