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Coal’s demise quickens in Europe FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Commodity markets are stripping away the case for coal in Europe, moving quicker than government efforts to close the most polluting power plants.A plunge in natural gas prices along with an increase in the cost of releasing carbon dioxide emissions shifted the profitability of generating electricity away from burning coal, according to data compiled by BloombergNEF. The trend is evident in Italy, Spain, Germany and the U.K., each of which have cut the proportion of coal in their power mixes this year.Shifting economics in the power business are complementing the efforts of the European Union to slash greenhouse gases and make good on commitments in the Paris Agreement on climate change. It’s made utilities from RWE AG in Germany and Italy’s Enel SpA change their calculations about the pace the region will be able to reduce carbon pollution.“It’s a magical alignment that’s igniting and accelerating a transition that, without the economics, would be much harder,” said Antonello Cammisecra, who is in charge of Enel’s gas, coal, oil and green power generation worldwide. “We have an alignment of economics, of saying switch to gas and most importantly switch to renewables because it’s cheaper, safer and easier.”More: Coal’s Demise Quickens in Europe as Market Shift Idles Plants
By Dialogo August 19, 2009 The presidents of Mexico and Brazil, Felipe Calderón and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, called for a “new era” in relations between the two Latin American giants, with an effort to increase trade and possible cooperation agreements in the oil sector. “It’s inconceivable, from the economic perspective, that the bilateral trade between two countries that have 300 million inhabitants between them, with more or less equivalent GDP and similar per capita income, is 7.4 billion dollars. It’s incomprehensible. That’s nothing,” Lula said in an address at the foreign ministry after a two-hour meeting. The Brazilian president emphasized that he has dreamed for several years of “a Mexico looking toward South America, just as I have dreamed of Brazil paying more attention to Central America and the Caribbean. We need a new era in relations” between our countries, he said. For his part, Calderón supported Lula’s declarations when he affirmed that “Mexico and Brazil represent almost 70% of Latin America’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and therefore it’s not conceivable that two such strong economies have this level of trade relations.” In the meeting at the foreign ministry, Calderón and Lula touched on a variety of alternatives for promoting trade in accordance with the level of the two countries. One of the alternatives analyzed was the promotion of a cooperation agreement between the state oil companies Pemex and Petrobras. President Calderón himself met with the head of Petrobras, Sergio Gabrielli, in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday. Another possibility was floated by Calderón on Saturday in a meeting with Brazilian entrepreneurs: opening discussions to negotiate a free-trade agreement between the two countries. “Free-trade agreements benefit everyone. Mexico currently has agreements of this kind with forty-four countries, and Brazilian entrepreneurs could benefit from being part of an understanding of this kind,” Calderón noted.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Empowering managers through leadership development doesn’t just happen. In my first blog post, I shared how you can make this dream a reality at your credit union by dreaming big, making it a strategic priority, and creating your game plan. Developing an entire suite of courses sounds like a large undertaking (and it is!), however, you don’t need to do it alone. Allow me to share the resources we received at Central Minnesota Credit Union (CMCU), and how these benefits can make a difference in your credit union.When CMCU started creating our game plan, we reached out to the Alexandrea Technical and Community College’s Customized Training Center for assistance in curriculum development. The college introduced us to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and the grants they offer. The grant we submitted for was through the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Program, which is geared toward colleges that partner with businesses to develop new-job training or retraining for existing employees. Excitingly, CMCU received a three year grant for $228,000 in in-kind contributions!From there, a partnership formed between the college and CMCU staff to create the series of Leadership and Financial Leadership development courses. Within those three years, the following courses were either developed or revised: Workplace Skills, Aspiring Management, Intro to Management, Navigating Management, and Financial Leadership (I-IV). Additionally, we introduced online modules for learners to complete as pre and post training to either introduce or reinforce key ideas aiding in retention. continue reading »
When the Second Amendment was written, the intent was to guarantee the “people” should and would have the means to protect themselves from a tyrannical government. The “modern arms” of the times were the cap lock and flint lock, not the match lock. In this day and age, “modern firearms” are much different.There’s no doubt that Mr. Anderson dislikes the AR-15 type of firearm. In his comments, he clearly doesn’t understand the issue at hand and the laws currently in effect. The AR-15 type of firearms is not a fully automatic firearm. Fully automatic firearms are allowed by the federal government for civilian ownership by applying and submitting to an extensive background check. I would ask that he and others take the time to educated themselves about the 130,000 gun laws currently on the books, and more importantly take the time to discuss these matters with other gun owners. The NRA isn’t the issue here. It’s the infringement of rights guaranteed in our Constitution and the efforts to erode those rights.Joe VivaBallston LakeMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Re May 10 letter, “Reasonable gun regs block by NRA”: Stephen Anderson views the NRA as a threat. It does appear he doesn’t own any firearms, nor is familiar with the process of legally obtaining a firearm, both long gun or pistol, nor the existing laws. His view of the NRA tactics seems to go against those that he would use to enforce and maintain the Second Amendment right of individuals to own guns. Negotiating from a position of strength has proven itself time and time again to be the greater of choice. History has proven appeasement never works.Mr. Anderson mentions the “no-fly” list. Is he aware of the problems involved with the no-fly list? Is he aware that people have been erroneously placed upon this list, with no recourse to having their names removed? The same issues hold true with the lists prepared by the state and federal governments regarding those who have been erroneously placed upon the “mentally ill” lists. The NRA didn’t commit these acts. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
Welma is a platform that allows users to invest in mutual funds, bonds, as well as to purchase insurance products. The bank reported that the number of transactions within Welma had increased from less than 2,000 transactions in December 2019 to 6,498 transactions in July this year, with the total transaction value reaching Rp 722 billion (US$49 million) in July. The number of users downloading the platform surged from almost 25,000 in the first quarter this year to over 58,000 in September.Indonesian Central Securities Depository (KSEI) data shows that the number of retail investors in the country has increased to 1.2 million as of June this year, a rise of around 12 percent from December last year. The rise of domestic retail investors in the country was significant in that it had provided the local bourse, the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX), with a liquidity buffer as foreign capital fled the country, driven by market panic due to the COVID-19 fear, analysts have said. As of Friday, data from the IDX shows that domestic investors make up 65 percent of the total trading value in the bourse this year, while foreign investors make up only 35 percent. Bond instruments are also highly sought after, with the government raising Rp 18.33 trillion through its July issuance of ORI017 retail bond series, 367 percent more than the original sale target of Rp 5 trillion and making it the highest recorded proceeds from online bond issuances. Prominent players in the country’s digital economy are eyeing to benefit from this trend and thinking to possibly expand their platform to include investment features if they have not done so already. “Hopefully, we can release an investment service, [but] we don’t know when yet,” Bank BTPN digital banking business product head Waasi B. Sumintardja told The Jakarta Post during an Instagram Live session with the Post on Thursday. “I hope by next year, we’ll already have an investment service. But we’ll see then because we received quite a lot of input from our cocreators, so we need to pick which ones are the most fitting for Jenius users,” Waasi explained, referring to its innovation process called cocreation in which Jenius users can share their ideas to the Jenius’ team on how to make the digital banking app work better for them. Decacorn ride-hailing app Gojek has also expanded its services to include an investment platform by forming a partnership between its payment services GoPay and Pluang, an online gold investment platform. Speaking during a webinar hosted by the Post, GoPay managing director Budi Gandasoebrata hinted that the GoJek app might soon launch a new investment feature. “Yes, hopefully, you will see it very soon […] If I share too much, it won’t be a surprise anymore, so you’ll see when it comes,” Budi said on Sept. 25. Bukalapak also announced on Oct. 5 the launch of its fintech arm PT Buka Investasi Bersama (BIB) and aims to attract half a million Bukalapak users as mutual fund investors in 2021. Tokopedia, on the other hand, already owns mutual funds and digital gold investment platforms; both have grown robustly since they were launched. Tokopedia’s mutual fund investors have multiplied 57 times and gold investors 20 times in the last two years. The total number of transactions multiplied by 27 and 20, respectively. Schroders Indonesia president director and chief executive officer (CEO) Michael T. Tjoadi said during the Indonesia Knowledge Forum that investors would need to weigh in their investment horizon when building their investment portfolio — whether it was long-term or short-term. “In the short-term, knowing that the interest rates will be kept low, it is safer to invest in government bonds as they are less risky than corporate bonds,” Michael said on Oct. 6.Topics : Banks and e-commerce platforms are trying to ride the trend of customers choosing to invest rather than spend during the pandemic by offering investment services and pushing the use of existing assistance for retail investors.Publicly listed Bank Central Asia (BCA) vice president director Suwignyo Budiman noticed a shift toward wealth accumulation among customers after the privately owned bank recorded a surge in funds under management for investment products and bancassurance, while loans began to diminish. “Starting from March, especially since June and July until the present, investment products [demand] increased quite notably,” Suwignyo said during the 2020 Indonesia Knowledge Forum held online on Oct. 6. He added that demand had been particularly high for bonds, which gave a relatively higher return than bank time deposits as interest rates kept falling.Bank Indonesia (BI) data shows that the country’s loan growth stood at just 1.04 percent year-on-year (yoy) in August while third-party funds soared 11.64 percent annually.McKinsey & Company’s “COVID-19 Indonesia Consumer Pulse Survey” found that consumers remain cautious about spending, with 83 percent of respondents agreeing to the statement: “Given the economy and my personal finances, I have to be very careful how I spend my money”. The survey was done from June 19 to 21. “BCA has strengthened its wealth management services in the past few years, so in the condition where wealth accumulation increases, […] Welma, our wealth management app, received an overwhelmingly warm response from the public,” he added.
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Continues Visits to 14 Northern Pennsylvania Counties Press Release Harrisburg, Pa. – Today is the second day of Governor Tom Wolf’s four-day, 14-county visit in northern Pennsylvania with stops in Sayre, Bradford County; Mansfield, Tioga County; Coudersport, Potter County; and Emporium, Cameron County.“It is important that every part of Pennsylvania, big and small, rural and urban, understand that we’re listening to them and working to improve their communities,” Governor Wolf said. “As I travel through Pennsylvania, it is clear that no matter the area, there’s a lot of important work being done to make communities stronger. Our job at the state is to support those efforts and what I’ve seen throughout this trip is that we’re already making a lot of progress in areas like community development, education and workforce training.”The governor’s first stop was Rynone Manufacturing Corp, a family-owned manufacturing business, where he conducted a roundtable discussion with Bradford County businesses on workforce and economic development. After the discussion, he toured the company’s manufacturing facility.Rynone was followed by a visit to Warren L Miller Elementary School in Mansfield, where the governor, joined by First Lady Frances Wolf, visited several classrooms and talked with teachers, administrators and education partners.Gov. Wolf will visit Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport at 2:30 p.m., where he and the First Lady will tour the facility and meet healthcare staff, administrators, and board members.Friday, Sept. 22, Gov. Wolf and the First Lady will visit McKean, Warren, and Forest counties with stops at Zippo Manufacturing in Bradford, Kinzua Bridge State Park in Mt Jewett, Whirley-DrinkWorks! in Warren, and the Tionesta Market Village in Tionesta.On Thursday, the governor stopped in Jim Thorpe, Carbon County; Tunkhannock, Wyoming County; Montrose, Susquehanna County; and Dushore, Sullivan County to hear from business leaders, employees and healthcare workers about economic development, workforce training and healthcare in their communities.Stops Saturday include locations in Elk, Jefferson, and Clearfield counties. September 21, 2017
YREKA, Calif. – Siskiyou Motor Speedway’s Sunday, Sept. 27 Rod Restad Memorial boasts a $4,000 check for the winner of the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified main event.The Restad Memorial is a qualifier for the 2016 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. The $150 entry fee includes car and driver.All applicable IMCA points will be awarded.Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods are also on the program, chasing national and state points.Pit gates open at 1 p.m. and racing starts at 5 p.m. Pit passes are $35.More information is available on Facebook and at the www.siskiyoumotorspeedway.com website.
Boys Area Baseball SectionalsFriday (5-24)Class 4A-Sectional 14 @ East Central.Columbus East 2 Bloomington South 1Columbus North 12 East Central 0
Mumbai: The official emblem of the FIFA U-17 women’s World Cup, which India will host in 2020, was unveiled at a star-studded launch event at the Gateway of India here.Popular local and international stars attended the event on Saturday evening, including two-time women’s World Cup winner and Olympic gold medallist Kristine Lilly of the US, and the members of India U-17 women’s football team, who will compete in the showpiece event next year.Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister for Sports Kiren Rijiju said: “I’m extremely proud to be a part of the launch of the official emblem and stand behind our women footballers as they take an important step towards this historic event.”We are delighted that through the U-17 women’s World Cup, we can initiate various schemes and programmes which will make sports like football easily accessible to everyone, especially young girls.””This tournament is not only the first step onto the international stage for the participating young women, but it is also an opportunity to inspire girls of all ages across India and around the world,” said Sarai Bareman, Chief Women’s Football Officer for FIFA.The FIFA U-17 women’s World Cup will take place between November 2 and November 21, 2020. IANSAlso Read: FIFA U-17 Women World Cup: Guwahati Shortlisted as possible venueAlso Watch: Assam Martial Arts shines at World Martial Arts Games 2019 in London