China pushes outdated coal technology onto other countries

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享AFP:Even as China struggles to curb domestic coal-fired power and the deadly pollution it produces, the world’s top carbon emitter is aggressively exporting the same troubled technology to Asia, Africa and the Middle East, an investigation by AFP has shown.The carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from these Chinese-backed plants could cripple global efforts to rein in global warming caused by the burning of fossil fuels — especially coal, analysts warn.“China is a world leader in terms of embracing the policy and investment needs to progressively decarbonise its economy,” said Tim Buckley, director of energy finance studies at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). “But internationally, China continues to invest in a range of coal project in direct contradiction to its domestic energy strategy.”Globally, coal use accounts for 40 percent of CO2 emissions, and is on the rise after declining slightly from 2014 to 2016. More than two-fifths of the world’s electricity is generated by coal-fired power, nearly double the share of natural gas and 15 times as much as solar and wind combined.A quarter of coal plants in the planning stage or under construction outside China are backed by Chinese state-owned financial institutions and corporations, according to research by IEEFA, an energy finance think-tank based in Cleveland, Ohio.“The risk is locking these countries into something that won’t be good for them in the long-run, and that is incompatible with the Paris climate agreement’s temperature goals,” said Christine Shearer, an energy analyst for CoalSwarm and lead author of the research, which is slated for publication later this month. Many of the recipients of China’s largesse — Egypt, Nigeria, Kenya, Senegal, Zimbabwe and half a dozen others — currently have little or no coal-fired power, and no coal to fuel future plants. “That means they will have to build import infrastructure, or even coals mines,” Shearer told AFP.More: China’s unbridled export of coal power imperils climate goals China pushes outdated coal technology onto other countrieslast_img read more

Credit unions have a prudent regulator, not a ‘cheerleader’

first_imgIt’s hard not to chuckle after reading Frank Keating’s latest rant on The Hill’s Congress Blog (“Time for Congress to tackle credit unions’ runaway regulator,” July 23) against credit unions and their federal regulator, the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). Any time you see the bankers complaining about credit unions, know that life must be pretty good for the banking industry.Keating claims the NCUA is a “cheerleader” regulator. This is a pretty disingenuous criticism coming from an industry that has a seat set aside for a banker on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. The truth of the matter for credit unions is that the agency has been on a binge of regulation over the past several years, culminating in a new risk-based capital regime that is a solution in search of a problem. And credit unions continue to fault the agency on inconsistent examinations and questionable examiner practices. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Assessing board governance at your credit union

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Performance assessments at the staff level of a credit union are commonplace. They take place at most organizations at least annually. But what about assessing the performance of the CU’s leadership, namely the board of directors? While it may be less common, board assessment is no less important.In the webinar “When and How to Assess your Credit Union’s Governance,” presenter Michael Daigneault, CCD, discussed best practices in board governance. Founder and CEO of Quantum Governance, L3C, and a CUES strategic partner, Daigneault spoke about the importance of assessments and how to perform one.Why Perform an Assessment?The term “board assessment” is widely used in the credit union industry. And those assessments take a wide range of forms as well: individual skills assessments, peer-to-peer assessments, group assessments that gauge performance of the board as a whole. continue reading »last_img read more

Trump: Battling Child Abuse Includes Protecting Pre-born Babies From Abortion

first_imgThe New American 11 April 2018Family First Comment: When he’s right, he’s right – and he’s dead right on this one!www.chooselife.nzA few days ago President Trump declared April National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and as he did so he included one group of children who are often overlooked among the abused: pre-born babies.“Every child is a precious and unique gift who deserves the security of a loving and nurturing home,” the president stated in his official declaration. “When supported by encouraging families and safe, strong communities, all children have the chance to reach their full potential and access the unlimited opportunities that our great nation has to offer. To realize this truth, we must dedicate ourselves to the noble cause of protecting and caring for our children.”Trump emphasized the importance of remembering “that all children are blessings from our Creator. They are endowed from conception with value, purpose, and human dignity. They are a source of unmatched joy, and they represent our nation’s future. It is thus our civic and moral responsibility to help every child experience a childhood free from abuse and mistreatment, guiding them toward a future full of hope and promise.”National Child Abuse Prevention Month, said the president, “is an annual reminder that not every home is a haven of acceptance and unconditional love. Too often, childhood is marred with pain, violence, neglect, and abuse, which can have lifelong psychological, emotional, and physical consequences. At no fault of their own, some children are subjected to the most depraved forms of child abuse and neglect, without reprieve and, sometimes, without any knowledge that they are being maltreated.”While past presidents have made similar proclamations on behalf of abused and neglected children, Trump is one of the few who has emphasized that children need to be valued and nurtured “from conception.” It is the second time this year that he has done so in an official proclamation. Earlier this year the president proclaimed January 22 as National Sanctity of Human Life Day, calling upon Americans to “focus our attention on the love and protection each person, born and unborn, deserves regardless of disability, gender, appearance, or ethnicity.”READ MORE: read more

Lady Bulldogs Netters Get EIAC Win Over Lady Knights

first_imgBatesville defeated South Dearborn 4-1 on Friday to gave the Bulldogs a perfect 7-0 record in the conference and the EIAC title.1st Singles- (SD) Madison Fentress def. (B) Julia Hunter 6-2, 6-3.2nd Singles- (B) Alana Pinckley def. (SD) Aren Tibbits 6-0, 6-1.3rd Singles- (B) Rachel Rose def. (SD) Sydney Yoe 6-0, 5-7, 6-2.1st Doubles- (B) Karsen Worthington/Macey Simon def. (SD) Breanna Upton/Madison Zoller 6-2, 6-3.2nd Doubles- (B) Audrey Weigel/Anna Kick def. (SD) Samantha Fischer/Skylar Lane 6-2, 6-2.Batesville also won in JV action, 8-0. Singles winners were Jenna Harmeyer (2 matches) and Hanna Pirch (2 matches). In doubles, Grace Heppner & Mary Elkins won two matches while Sophie Brown & Corinne Stone and Baylee Rohlfing & Maggie Schwettman each won one match.Both teams are 8-0 on the season and will play at home against Milan on Tuesday at 4:30.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Mike McKinney.last_img read more

Mr. Burnie Hunt

first_imgFull military rites will be conducted by the Honor Guard of the Rising Sun American Legion Post #59 at the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society or to the Quercus Grove United Methodist Church. Cards are available at the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.Friends may call 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Wednesday, October 5, 2016, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043. Everlasting Services will be conducted by the Rising Sun American Legion Post #59 at 7:30 pm, Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at the funeral home. Mr. Burnie Hunt, age 92, of Florence, Indiana, entered this life on April 12, 1924, in Lancaster, Kentucky, the son of the late, Purda, Sr. and Avirilla Beatrice (Kidd) Hunt. He was raised in Garrett County, Kentucky where he attended school. Burnie moved to the Switzerland County community in 1934. Burnie was inducted into the United States Army on December 8, 1944, in Indianapolis, Indiana, serving during World War II. He earned the Victory Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon and the Good Conduct Medal. Burnie was honorably discharged with the rank of Corporal on November 17, 1946, at Fort Sheridan, Illinois. Burnie was united in marriage on May 20, 1949, at the Switzerland Baptist Church Parsonage in Vevay, Indiana, to Gladys Harlow and to this union arrived two sons, Gene and Ernie to bless their home. Burnie and Gladys shared 67 loving years of marriage together until his death. Burnie was a former Machine Operator for the Switzerland County Highway Department, retiring in 1987 after 12 years of service. He was a member of the Quercus Grove United Methodist Church and the Rising Sun American Legion Post #59. Burnie resided in the Florence, Indiana community since 1950. Burnie enjoyed farming all of his life, traveling, listening to Blue Grass music and spending time with his grandkids and great-grandkids. Burnie will be dearly missed by his loving family and his community. Burnie passed away at 5:05 pm, Sunday, October 2, 2016, at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison, Indiana.Burnie will be dearly missed by his loving wife of 67 years: Gladys (Harlow) Hunt of Florence, IN; his son: Gene Hunt and his wife: Marie of Madison, IN; his grandchildren: Chanda Hart and her husband: Toby, Danny Hunt and his companion: Mara Bear, Lauren Jo Hunt and her companion: Jason Mayer, Kelsey Hunt and Jacob Hunt; his great-grandchildren: Lane, Kelli, Ryan and Aleiah; his brothers: Purda Hunt, Jr. of Dillsboro, IN and Clarence Hunt and his wife: Ramona of Bennington, IN; his sisters: Emma June Agnew and her husband: Ted of Paradise, CA, Ora Lee Schwade of Seymour, IN and Ann Combs and her husband: Loren of Deerfield, KS and his numerous nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents: Purda Hunt, Sr. and Avirilla Beatrice (Kidd) Hunt; his son: Ernie Hunt; his daughter-in-law: Ruth Ann Hunt; his brothers: Fred, Doug, Ernest, J.W. and Walter Hunt and his sister: Mary Frances Brown.Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, October 6, 2016, at 11:00 am, by at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.last_img read more

SCOTUS Blocks Citizenship Question on 2020 Census

first_imgThe high court decided unanimously not to allow the citizenship question on the 2020 census. SCOTUS sent the case back to the Federal Court.The question was on the census for years and the Trump administration wanted it to be put back on.The decision sends the case back to the trial courts to consider new evidence, therefore, there is not time to add the question to the upcoming census.The U.S. Supreme Court says federal courts have no role in regulating partisan gerrymandering, which is the political process of drawing congressional district lines. In a case involving North Carolina and Maryland, justices said they cannot decide an issue that is up to state legislatures. The ruling was 5-4 and fell along conservative-liberal lines. Those challenging gerrymandering argued that some states violate the Constitution by going too far in drawing congressional boundaries, based on partisan interests.last_img read more

India Gear Up For Russell-Less West Windies Test

first_imgManchester: India will aim to continue with their unbeaten streak in the ongoing World Cup when they face a low-on-confidence West Indies team at Old Trafford on Thursday.After coming out with commanding performances in their first three World Cup games, the Men in Blue had to toil hard against Afghanistan to earn their fourth victory of the ongoing tournament in their last game.Riding on Mohammad Shami’s hat-trick, India successfully defended a below par total at a sluggish Rose Bowl wicket in Southampton last Saturday.Against Windies, Shami is likely to retain his place in the playing XI as India are unlikely to risk playing Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who was sidelined due to a hamstring injury.The top-order has performed in all the four completed matches and has been the strength of the Indian team. However, the middle order looked a bit scratchy against Afghanistan and Virat Kohli would want M.S. Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav and Vijay Shankar to get into the groove and perform against the attacking bowling line-up of the Windies.With nine points from five games, India are comfortably positioned in the top four and require two wins out of the remaining four games to book their place in the semi-finals.West Indies, on the other hand, come into the match in what is a must-win proposition for them on the back of a heart-wrenching five-run loss to New Zealand. The Jason Holder-led side has been quite inconsistent in the tournament so far. They have had moments of brilliance from individuals like Carlos Brathwaite and Sheldon Cottrell but what they have lacked is the team performance.The Caribbean team has been unable to perform collectively as a team, a result of which is that they are currently positioned at the eighth spot with three points from six games. They have lost four of their last six games (one ended in no result) and are desperate for a win. Another concern going into the game against India is the absence of their star hard-hitting all-rounder Andre Russell, who has been ruled out of the tournament with a hamstring injury. (IANS)Also Read: Hope Dejected after West Windies Miss Victorylast_img read more

Pliskova ‘aces’ Serena from US Open

first_img(BBC) – Czech 10th seed Karolina Pliskova outplayed Serena Williams to reach the US Open final and end the American’s reign as world number one.Pliskova, 24, won 6-2, 7-6 (7-5), to set up a first Grand Slam final against Angelique Kerber or Carolina Wozniacki.Williams’ defeat guarantees that Kerber will overtake the 34-year-old at the top of the rankings after the US Open.It will end a 186-week run as number one for Williams, which ties Steffi Graf’s WTA record.Williams had also been hoping to pass Graf’s Open-era record of 23 major singles titles in New York, but for the second year running she fell at the semi-final stage.last_img read more

UDFA/GT BEER CUP: HI Stars down Ward Panthers 3-1

first_imgIN THE latest results, schemer James Trotman netted twice and Michael Peters once to push Hi Stars to a 3-1 win over Amelia’s Ward Panthers, while Eagles United and Net Rockers played to a 0-0 stalemate when the group stage of this year’s Upper Demerara Football Association GT Beer Christmas football championship continued on Wednesday night at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground.Playing the night cap of the double-header Trotman netted to push Hi Stars into the lead as early as the seventh minute against the Ward Panthers, and half-hour later converted a penalty after one of his teammates was brought down in the box.With this conversion Trotman gave his side a 2-0 advantage in the 37th minute and held sway at halftime 2-0.Michael Peters then made it 3-0 after play resumed for the Stars in the 50th minute as Marley Major was able to steady his play at the back line for the Stars.However, Panthers’ Keshawn Dey reduced that lead when he made a good strike from the penalty spot in the 74th minute for the Ward team who eventually lost 3-1 in their first game.The second game was scoreless but strikers Denzil Pryce and Shane Luckie were unlucky not to score for the Net Rockers as the Eagles’ defence was held firm through Teashiki Whitehead in particular, while Allan Halley played well for them on the forward line.Tony Adams, as usual, was playing well for the Stars but could not find the back of the net.last_img read more