Renewables, climate concerns put planned LNG investments at risk, report finds

first_imgRenewables, climate concerns put planned LNG investments at risk, report finds FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享CNN Business:America’s liquefied natural gas boom has a climate change problem, according to a report released on Monday.The US energy industry is scrambling to build dozens of expensive export terminals that can be used to ship cheap natural gas to China and other fast-growing economies that want to move away from coal.While those investments make sense today, they will likely be derailed in the longer run by a combination of plunging renewable energy costs and rising climate change concerns, according to the Global Energy Monitor, a network of researchers tracking fossil fuel projects.Those dual forces will make many LNG projects “unprofitable in the long term,” putting much of the $1.3 trillion of investments in the sector at risk, the report said.The problem is that the LNG boom will create harmful methane emissions — a greenhouse gas that is roughly 30 times more harmful than carbon dioxide emissions. Both coal and natural gas produce CO2 emissions, though natural gas creates far less than coal.If the proposed LNG expansion goes forward, the climate impact would be twice as damaging as the current installed base of coal in the United States, the Global Energy Monitor told CNN Business.More: America’s liquefied natural gas boom may be on a collision course with climate changelast_img read more

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IMCA Modifieds, Northern SportMods return to LaSalle for May 18 Spring Shootout

first_imgLaSALLE, Ill. – IMCA Modifieds and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods return to LaSalle Speedway for the Thursday, May 18 Spring Shootout presented by Hoker Trucking.The Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot-qualifying feature for Modifieds pays $1,000 to win and a minimum of $125 to start. Northern SportMods run for $600 to win and $100 to start.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National and Allstar Performance State points will be given in both divisions. Side Biter Chassis North Central Region points will also be awarded to Modifieds.There is no entry fee for either IMCA division. Pit passes are $40. Spectator admission is $35 for adults and free for kids 11 and under.Pit gates open at 1 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 4 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow.More information is available at the www.lasallespeedway.com website or by calling 815 223-6900.LaSalle also hosts the third annual IMCA One Night Stand Aug. 4 and 5.  IMCA Late Models race for $1,000 to win on Friday while $3,000 is the top prize for Modifieds, Late Models and Northern SportMods on Saturday night.last_img read more

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Mallard’s Team of the Week — NYS U18 Selects

first_imgThe Nelson U18 Selects lost a tough one, 2-0 to Chilliwack in the final of the BC Soccer Girl’s Provincial B Cup Sunday in the South Okanagan City.The Silver Medal was the second time in two seasons the same group of players has won hardware against some of the best teams in the province, capturing the Bronze in 2014.Many of the girls played their final youth soccer match Sunday.Staff at Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the hard work and dedication of the Nelson Youth Soccer U18 Girl’s with Team of the Week honours.The team includes, manager Tanis Bouchier, Maddie Sternloff, Darian Voisard, coach Justin Willans, Abbie Bouchier-Willans, Paige Lefranc, Daina Shaw, Jena Wheeldon, Tara Yowek, coach Mike Gerun, Hailee Gerun, Kyra Burkhart, Naomi Perkins, Merissa Dawson, Paige Gattafoni, Allie Zondervan and Alex Dehnel. The Heritage City came ever so close to crowning a provincial champion this past weekend in Penticton.last_img read more

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Fresh efforts on to repatriate Myanmarese refugees, says Lalchamliana

first_imgAfter the proposed deportation of over 200 Myanmarese refugees from Mizoram were deferred two days ago, the administration has taken up fresh initiative to repatriate them, State Home Minister Lalchamliana said on Monday. A total of 219 Myanmarese refugees belonging to 54 families are staying in four villages of southernmost Mizoram’s Lawngtlai district since November 2017. “The Centre instructed us to deport the foreigners who were in Lawngtlai district’s Hmawngbuchhuah village and even use force if necessary,” the Minister said. Mr. Lalchamliana said identification of the refugees was being conducted again as the figures given by the Lawngtlai district administration and the Assam Rifles authorities did not tally. Inspector General of Police John Neihlaia told PTI that the government took firm stand on the issue of foreigners entering the State illegally and that stringent action would be taken against illegal immigrants. The district administration on Saturday deferred the proposed repatriation of the refugees to Myanmar on ‘humanitarian grounds’, Lawngtlai district officials said. They said a team of officials, policemen, NGO leaders and Assam Rifles personnel went to Hmawngbuchhuah village on Thursday to deport the refugees. But inclement weather and the reluctance of the refugees who included women, children and elderly people compelled the officials to defer the repatriation. Over 1,700 refugees from Paletwa and surrounding villages in Myanmar fled the country during the later part of November in 2017, entered Mizoram and took shelter in four villages in Lawngtlai district following armed conflict between the Myanmar Army and the Arakan Army (AA) militants. While majority of the refugees have returned to their homeland after the Myanmar Army sanitised the area, some of them refused to go back and settled down by constructing houses and taking up livelihood. The remaining refugees claimed that though their villages were now peaceful but it would be difficult for them to earn livelihood. The refugees mainly belonged to the Rakhine community.last_img read more

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CONGRESS SUSPENDS SURESH KALMADI AFTER BEING ARRESTED BY CBI IN CWG SCAM CASE

first_imgThe Congress on Monday suspended Pune MP Suresh Kalmadi following his arrest in the Commonwealth Games scam case. The decision was taken by the disciplinary committee of the party.The Central Bureau of Investigation on Monday arrested the former CWG Organising Committee chief over various financial irregularities. It had mainly to do with awarding contract for Swiss timers for the Games. Kalmadi will be produced in a Delhi court on Tuesday.Minister of State for Sports Ajay Makan will also ask the IOA to remove Kalmadi and elect a new president in his place.The CBI on Monday had questioned Kalmadi to clarify details before arresting him in connection with various cases.last_img

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Eating Your Cake and Having It!

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on January 1, 2011June 20, 2017By: Onikepe Oluwadamilola Owolabi, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by Onikepe Oluwadamilola Owolabi, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. She will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.December was an awesome month with much better weather in Mumbai than when I arrived. I can now read Hindi script and I attended a course in Hyderabad, courtesy of my mentor, where I learned a lot about myself and enjoyed the fantastic Arab cuisine. I also had a fantastic Indian Christmas and an even better new year which I spent with Hellen Kotlolo, my Young Champion colleague working in Ahmedabad.Work was fast paced this month, but so much fun. I completed my evaluation report of SNEHA’s community resource centers and for the New Year I’m starting a new project, which combines so many of the different things I’m interested in and involves creating and testing a sustainability plan for our 4 community resource centers as their donor funding ends this year.The Young Champions project and Ashoka as a whole have piqued my interest, because it sees a future for two worlds I hitherto hadn’t understood the balance between: charity/philanthropy and profit-making/business. In my early days of exploring the concept of social entrepreneurship (which was relatively new to me), I started to look at the fields of development, funding, research, and business very differently, and every time I did a web search, Ashoka was at the forefront of this interesting field. In social enterprises, I found an area where people with diverse skills and interests could come together to build models of change that could actually help people to live and make a living, make immense profit (social and financial), and try out a whole new combination of things to reduce the reliance of the field of development solely on external donor funding, and help the business world make relevant social profit.Now I know that there is no magic equation for sustainability, and that balancing all the kinds of profit needed to keep ventures running for an NGO is a huge task. But I love the fact that we can try, and that I’m working on a plan to make SNEHA’s community resource centers sustainable.I’ve written out some ideas, divided my plan into different important bits, I’m planning a community market survey and focus group discussions, and I’m terribly excited and scared. My question is: can we pull this off? Can we sustain the drive for maternal health in the slums, help the community to commit small sums to this venture to help with some overhead costs for the center’s operation, and help a good number of women to improve their livelihoods from businesses woven around the center?Most of my childhood I remember being told, “You can’t eat your cake and have it!” But in the world of social entrepreneurship I think I can, and it’s a terribly exciting feeling. I’m working with a great team of people, and I’m looking forward to testing out our strategies and seeing how they work. I know it’ll take some time to get it right, but I look forward to seeing it work.Share this:last_img read more

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Tapdance icon Dormeshia SumbryEdwards helps the form swing again

first_imgSumbry-Edwards’s next step was to test out her theory, coaxing her students to try work that wasn’t technically challenging, but was full of that propulsive, rhythmic feel that defines swing. “It was amazing!” she reports. “These amazing technicians were not able to hold down their vocabulary if they were trying to swing.” The dance form, she deduced, had almost fully detached from its roots in the expressive, swinging 1930s. “How do you move forward when you don’t understand what was? There’s the disconnect not only with the rhythm but also the history of the form.” Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards is one of the U.S.’s most influential tap stars, a master who’s taught classes from Rio to Tokyo. But as she travelled the world watching the next generation of dancers, she started to realize something was missing from all the eye-popping technique she was seeing.“It hit me like a ton of bricks,” the affable hoofer tells the Straight from her home in New Jersey before heading here for the Vancouver International Tap Dance Festival (next Thursday to Sunday [September 1 to 4]). “I appreciate all the artistry that’s happening, but there’s a bit of a disconnect, and I’d say, ‘Wow, they’re doing amazing things, the way they’re using the vocabulary and the body of the dancers.’ But I wasn’t feeling anything. I wasn’t able to connect.“Then I realized: it was a matter of groove, that I know as swing, that was missing.” Advertisementlast_img read more

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Mush rush fever returns to the Yukon

first_imgAPTN National NewsHalf of Canada is covered in boreal forest and each summer thousands of hectares go up in smoke.But if you come back a year later, and if the conditions are right, the burnt forest can become a gold mine.APTN’s Shirley McLean reports “mush rush” fever has returned to the Yukon.last_img

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China praises Pakistan for preventing Chinese casualties in Gwadar attack

first_imgBeijing: China on Monday praised the Pakistan’s security forces for their “swift action” in neutralising the terrorists who attacked a luxury hotel in Gwadar and ensured the safety of the Chinese personnel and institutions there. Three militants of the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), armed with automatic weapons, stormed the Pearl Continental (PC) hotel in Pakistan’s port city of Gwadar on Saturday and opened random firing. Eight persons, including four civilians, a Pakistan Navy soldier, were killed and six others were injured in the deadly attack. All three attackers were also killed by the security forces. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report”China strongly condemns the terrorist attack on the Pearl Continental Hotel in Gwadar, expresses its condolences to the victims’ families and the injured,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a media briefing here while answering a question on the BLA attack. “According to China’s understanding there are no reports of Chinese casualties. Pakistan’s security forces took swift measures to eliminate terrorists, effectively guaranteeing security and stability in Gwadar and the safety of local Chinese personnel and institutions. China appreciates this,” he said. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsAccording to a BBC report, the BLA said that the hotel, a centrepiece of a multi-billion-dollar Chinese project under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), was selected in order to target Chinese and other investors. A large number of Chinese are currently working in Gwadar, the key port in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province which is being linked to China’s Xinjiang province as part of the USD 60 billion CPEC. The BLA is opposing the foreign (Chinese) investments in Balochistan, saying they do not benefit the local people. Geng said “China will continue to firmly support Pakistan’s anti-terrorism efforts and believes that the Pakistani government and army are capable of maintaining national security and stability.” Referring to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s statement condemning the attack, the spokesperson said, “We note that Prime Minister Imran Khan condemned the attack saying that it is an attempt to undermine Pakistan’s economic prosperity and stressed that his country would not allow terrorist plots to succeed.” Geng said that China has always supported Pakistan’s national development, and “we will continue to support Pakistan’s economic and social development and the improvement of people’s livelihoods.”last_img read more

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Beside The Points For Thursday Feb 1 2018

Oh, and don’t forgetThis game may have a lot of flags. 🙁 We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe NBA See more NFL predictions Things That Caught My EyeWill Philly get Gronked?The Philadelphia Eagles have a wonderful defense, but one Achilles’ heel could give them some trouble come Sunday. When opposing quarterbacks passed to wide recievers, on the whole their passer rating was 71.2 against the Philly defense. When they passed to tight ends or running backs, that passer rating jumped to 100.5, and the difference between the two — 29.3 — was the fourth highest in the league. Given the presence of a hulking superman named Gronk on the Patriots, this particular liability could be real trouble for the Eagles. [FiveThirtyEight]How to win with Nick FolesNick Foles of all people is now a Super Bowl caliber quarterback, and the real question is how the Eagles managed to retool an offense based on generational talent Carson Wentz to perform just as well under Foles. Turns out that the number of passes caught behind the line of scrimmage has jumped from 15.5 percent under Wentz to 28.6 in the Foles regime, while passes thrown 10 or more yards dropped from 40.2 percent of throws to 25.4 percent of throws. Plus, the Eagles are getting more of their passing yards after the catch, on average 6.7 yards under Foles compared to 4.8 yards under Wentz, to make up for the yards that they’re not racking up in the air, 5.5 under Foles to Wentz’ 7.7. on average. [FiveThirtyEight]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?Pistons roll the dice on GriffinThe Detroit Pistons are taking a huge gamble in acquiring Blake Griffin from the Clippers, with Griffin and Andre Drummond combining to cost the team more than $61 million in the 2019-20 season. That’s one of only five pairings currently slated to cost more than $60 million that year. [FiveThirtyEight]Pink could make a lot of money hereRight now, putting up a $150 wager on the Pink’s version of the National Anthem exceeding 2 minutes would get you $100 in profit, with 4 of the 5 most recent Super Bowl anthem renditions taking longer than 120 seconds. Pink could set herself up to make a pretty penny here, is all I’m saying, because a $100 wager gets you $110 in profit in Vegas if she sprints through the Anthem to get to the business at hand. [CBS Sports]Bucks reboundThe Milwaukee Bucks ranked 26th in the league in points allowed, giving up 111.3 points per every 100 possessions, and it’s probably the funky defense of recently sacked coach Jason Kidd that’s at fault here. Since switching to a conventional defense, they’re 4-0, albeit against mediocre opponents at best. [FiveThirtyEight]Big Number8.28 points allowedIt takes Bill Belichick 30 minutes to understand his enemies. In the first half of games this year, the Patriots defense allowed 5.85 yards per play and 10.06 points, placing them 30th and 11th place in the league, respectively. But after halftime, the Pats have their rivals cracked open like an egg: They allowed 5.43 yards per play and 8.28 points, making them 22nd and 2nd in the league. [FiveThirtyEight]Leaks from Slack, Sunday Night: neil:Former top pick Mark Appel leaves baseball without throwing a big league pitchSheeshI believe he’d be the only the 3rd No. 1 overall pick to never play in MLBPredictions NFL All newsletters See more NBA predictions read more

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