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State of Virginia approves 2045 deadline for 100% carbon-free electricity

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:Virginia has become the latest state to pass a law that sets it on a path to 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2045, as well as setting targets for massive investments in energy efficiency, energy storage, and in-state solar and wind power.The Clean Economy Act passed Virginia’s House of Delegates by a 51-45 vote on Thursday and the state Senate by a 22-17 vote on Friday, clearing the way for the bill to be signed by Governor Ralph Northam, who issued an executive order calling for it last year. Both votes were carried by Democrats who won majorities in both houses from Republicans in last year’s election, although one House Democrat voted against it and one Republican senator voted in favor of it.The primary feature of the law, SB 851, is its call for Dominion Virginia (the state’s dominant utility) and the smaller Appalachian Power Co. to supply 30 percent of their power from renewables by 2030, and to close all carbon-emitting power plants by 2045 for Dominion and by 2050 for Appalachian.For Dominion Virginia, this will mean securing enough renewables to replace coal plants that supply roughly one-quarter of its electricity and natural-gas plants that supply about another third. Dominion also gets more than one-third of its energy from nuclear power. That goes beyond the goals of parent company Dominion Energy, which has set its own 100 percent net-zero emissions goal for its 18-state utility, generation and natural-gas operations. It also puts pressure on Dominion Virginia to massively expand renewables, which currently make up about 5 percent of its resource mix. Those existing renewables are largely hydropower and biomass.To bolster the economics for this expansion, the law will bring Virginia into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, opening the market for renewables to earn money through the multistate carbon cap-and-trade markets. And to help balance intermittent wind and solar power, it calls for Dominion to procure at least 2.7 gigawatts of energy storage by 2035; along with Appalachian’s target of 400 megawatts, it is one of the biggest statewide storage mandates in the country.All told, it’s a massive step forward for a state that has had no binding renewable energy or efficiency mandates until now, said Harry Godfrey, executive director of the Virginia chapter of the Advanced Energy Economy industry group. “The thing that’s notable here is the speed at which we’re changing this policy.”[Jeff St. John]More: Virginia mandates 100% clean power by 2045 State of Virginia approves 2045 deadline for 100% carbon-free electricitylast_img read more

Creative fund-raising initiatives run the gamut

first_img 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Through fund-raising efforts as diverse as motorcycle poker runs, “cornhole” tournaments, and black-tie dinners where minor league hockey players serve as waiters, credit unions nationwide find creative ways to address the medical needs of children in their communities.In 2014, the 170 credit unions participating in the Miracle Match Program raised a record $3.1 million, including the $1 million CO-OP Financial Services provided in matching funds.Within that program, a number of credit unions conducted unique fund-raisers that strengthened ties with their members, increased their profile in the community, engaged employees, and—most important—raised money for Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals.Here are three such innovative credit union events:1. Evening With the Stars. Kinetic Credit Union of Columbus, Ga., looks to the stars for its annual fundraising event—the stars of the Columbus Cottonmouths of the Southern Professional Hockey League, and other local celebrities. continue reading »last_img read more

3 reasons to file your taxes as soon as you can

first_imgNext year, your taxes are due on Thursday April 15. While that isn’t normally an exciting day, there’s one reason to look forward to it … it’s three and half months into a year that isn’t 2020! However, if you are planning on waiting until a lot closer to that day to get your taxes done, here are three reasons you should scrap that idea and file your taxes as soon as possible …Sooner is better no matter the result: The sooner you file for a refund, the sooner you’ll get money back. If 2020 has hit you hard financially, that refund may be something you’ve been eagerly awaiting. And if you end up owing the government money, you’ll have more time to pay. It’s a win-win.You’ll lessen your stress: Filing tax paperwork was simple when you were 24. It usually took me about 20-30 minutes on my computer and it was submitted. Once life gets more complicated, it’s not quite as easy. If your taxes are going to be more difficult than past years, lessen the stress it might cause by getting started as soon as you have your W-2. Filing early can prevent April 15th from being a source of stress for you.It’ll be smooth sailing: Not only is the IRS less busy at the beginning of the year, but tax professionals are as well. Keep this in mind if you’re not filing on your own. For those of you who file online, this won’t be a big deal, but if you need a pro to help sort you out, you’ll be glad you made an early appointment. The closer you get to April 15th, the longer the whole process will take. 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

China’s Wuhan raises coronavirus death toll by 50% citing early lapses

first_imgThe revision follows widespread speculation that Wuhan’s death toll was significantly higher than reported.Rumors of more victims have for weeks been fuelled by pictures of long queues of family members waiting to collect ashes of cremated relatives and reports of thousands of urns stacked at a funeral home waiting to be filled.”In the early stage, due to limited hospital capacity and the shortage of medical staff, a few medical institutions failed to connect with local disease control and prevention systems in a timely manner, which resulted in delayed reporting of confirmed cases and some failures to count patients accurately,” state broadcaster CGTN quoted an unidentified Wuhan official as saying.Suspicion that China has not been transparent about the outbreak has risen in recent days, with U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday expressing skepticism about its previously declared death toll of about 3,000. The Chinese city of Wuhan raised its death toll from the novel coronavirus by 50% on Friday, bringing its total to 3,869, amid doubts about the accuracy of China’s data on the disease as global cases mount.The central city where the virus first appeared in humans late last year added another 1,290 fatalities to the 2,579 previously counted as of Thursday, reflecting incorrect reporting, delays and omissions, according to a local government taskforce in charge of controlling the coronavirus.Reflecting the additional deaths in Wuhan, China revised up its national death toll later on Friday to 4,632. Topics :center_img “Do you really believe those numbers in this vast country called China, and that they have a certain number of cases and a certain number of deaths; does anybody really believe that?” he said.Some experts, however, believe fatality numbers in many other countries fail to show the real toll because some people have died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, without being tested or going to hospital, so are not included in coronavirus tallies.Wuhan’s total number of cases was revised up by 325, suggesting that some of the new deaths had been recorded as cases but not confirmed as fatalities, taking the total number of cases in the city of 11 million people to 50,333, or about 60% of mainland China’s total.Questions The topic “Wuhan revises its death toll” was one of the most read on China’s Weibo microblogging platform, which is heavily moderated.Many commentators praised the government for admitting its mistakes and correcting them, though some still questioned the numbers and one urged other provinces to reassess their data.Doctors and government officials in Wuhan have been repeatedly questioned about the accuracy of the death toll by journalists on government-arranged trips.Some of those officials acknowledged that people may have died without being counted in the chaotic early days of the outbreak, before testing was widely available.”There couldn’t have been many because that was a very short period,” Wang Xinghuan, head of one of two field hospitals built for the outbreak, told reporters in Wuhan on April 12. He stressed that he was not speaking for the government.Before the revised Wuhan numbers were released, China said it had recorded 26 new cases of the coronavirus on Thursday, down from 46 cases a day earlier, according to the National Health Commission.It brought the total number of cases in mainland China to 82,367.Of the new cases, 15 were imported infections, the lowest since March 17. The remaining 11 confirmed cases were locally transmitted, down from 12 a day earlier. The number of new asymptomatic cases increased to 66 from 64 a day earlier.China does not include patients with no clinical symptoms such as a cough or a fever in its tally of confirmed cases.No new deaths were reported.last_img read more

Sheffield United ‘fancy their chances’ in front of ‘hostile crowd’ against Arsenal, says Chris Wilder

first_img Phil HaighWednesday 16 Oct 2019 4:22 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisement Sheffield United ‘fancy their chances’ in front of ‘hostile crowd’ against Arsenal, says Chris Wilder Advertisement Unai Emery is aiming to keep up Arsenal’s unbeaten run (Picture: Getty Images)‘The last manager who came here [Jurgen Klopp] commented on it as well, which was a real pat on the back for the way our ground is set up and the atmosphere that’s inside it.‘We’ll need it Monday night and I’m sure that will happen. A night game at Bramall Lane under the lights, it’s something we’re really looking forward to and getting after the opposition, but understanding the quality they’ve got.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityKlopp did praise the Blades after his side squeezed past them 1-0 via a Georginio Wijnaldum goal last month.‘[Sheffield United were] fighting,’ said the German. ‘A complete fighting unit to play against and they were really, ready for us to be honest.’Arsenal go to South Yorkshire on a decent run of form, though only losing once this season and sitting third in the Premier League.The last time the Gunners went to Bramall Lane in the league it was the Blades who got the better of them, winning 1-0 thanks to a Christian Nade goal in 2006.MORE: Michael Owen makes his predictions for Arsenal and Chelsea’s Premier League clashesMORE: Alexandre Lacazette tips Matteo Guendouzi to become world-class after sparkling Arsenal form Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder is plotting an upset over Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder fancies his side’s chances against Arsenal when they meet in the Premier League on Monday night.The Blades host the Gunners at Bramall Lane and are looking to maintain their solid return to the Premier League which has seen them pick up nine points from their opening eight games.Only Liverpool have conceded fewer goals than Wilder’s side so far this campaign and he believes this stern defence, along with a raucous atmosphere in South Yorkshire, can give them the edge of Unai Emery’s team.‘We’re competitive and we fancy our chances,’ Wilder told Sky Sports. ‘We’re bullish as you can obviously imagine because that’s the approach that we take and how we were [in a 1-0 loss] against Liverpool.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘The crowd have been absolutely amazing at home, because they know how important it is for them to be on the front foot and make it hostile, noisy. Commentlast_img read more

INDOT job fair tomorrow in Aurora

first_imgPrintAurora, IN—The Indiana Department of Transportation is hosting a statewide hiring fair on Tuesday, September 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at a number of locations across the state to recruit candidates for over 100 winter seasonal and full-time positions. Event locations in the Southeast District include Aurora and Bloomington, but opportunities are also available at other INDOT facilities.Seasonal positions run from November through March, with a starting pay of $16 per hour. INDOT is offering a $250 sign-on and $500 retention bonus for eligible candidates.Additional information can be found at www.indotjobs.com. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply online prior to Tuesday, but are not required to do so as walk-ins are welcome. Those applying online or attending a hiring event in person should have proof of commercial driver’s license (CDL). A high school diploma or General Education Development (GED) certificate is preferred, but not required.Southeast District hiring fair location is at:Aurora Sub District8074 U.S. 50, Aurora, IN 47001last_img read more

Essequibo gunning for 50 overs ‘two-peat’, as League ends today

first_img… Skipper hails Keemo Paul’s presence for final matchBy Clifton RossESSEQUIBO captain Anthony Adams, along with in-form opener Kevon Boodie, says the defending champions are well-poised heading into today’s 7th and final round, following a streak of dominance.The champions have so far won 5 from 6, taking the first four rounds with ease before losing to a strong Lower Corentyne side in round 5. The Essequibians, however, shrugged off that loss to inflict a massive 220-plus-run thrashing upon East Coast on Tuesday.With the dust settled, Essequibo, with 25 points, seem well on their way to retaining their title, thus making their possible victory a ‘two-peat’; having won the title last year. Lower Corentyne trail in number two spot with 20 points but could find it difficult to win should Essequibo win today.Guyana Chronicle Sport caught up with skipper Adams and the destructive Boodie on the eve of the final round. Adams, who has been effective with bat and ball throughout the tournament, pointed out that their impeccable run was a huge boost for their confidence, especially with the finals hours away.“It was big for the team (momentum) because the guys are looking to get into the national team; so making runs and getting wickets are important. “Winning five games is also big for us. We obviously want to win today and not leave anything to chance so we plan on winning the last match and retaining the title,” said a confident Adams.The team’s success could be attributed to their coach Ryan Hercules, who has been playing a big role in the development of the squad; more so, the on-field representation by Boodie, leading run-scorer Kemol Savory and Joshua Jones who has a 5-for and MVP award. Ronsford Beaton kicked things off with his 5-wicket haul. All-rounder Ricardo Adams bagged 8 wickets in round 6 and has been a steady contributor with the bat, among other factors.With a half-century and wickets at a consistent pace under his belt, Adams, regarding himself and the holistic performance of the side, said “The energy has been excellent, you have to lead from front with bat as captain but all the senior men were leading. Young players like Quintin Sampson, Akinie Adams, Joshua Jones and so would have fed off the senior players and how they led by example,” he explained.After making almost 300 runs in round 6, Essequibo then steamrolled East Coast for 59, gaining momentum ahead of today’s bout and Adams believed that the win was just what they needed to get them ready for the final round.“Yesterday’s game was a big boost, we had a team goal batting first and we achieved that and we want to do that if we bat first today. We haven’t chased so far in the tournament but I’m confident that the batters can do so. The addition of Keemo Paul is also a big plus,” says Adams.Meanwhile, the pugnacious opener Boodie, a man of brief words said that he was happy with his form and how his team have been playing, adding that he would like to see the champs go out today and execute their team goals.“It’s been a good tournament for me so far. It wasn’t good at the start but I began to get runs in the later part of the tournament. I’ve been working on rotating the strike more and running more, so that helped me a lot, because getting runs in the last game was good. I just want to score in the last match so I can stake a claim for national selection,” said BoodieMeanwhile, the final round bowls off from 09:30hrs today with the defending champions taking on East Bank at  the Everest ground; Georgetown versus East Coast at Lusignan; Lower Corentyne clashing with Upper Corentyne at Young Warriors ground and West Berbice battling West Demerara at  the Tuschen ground.last_img read more

Volleyball heads west for Pac-12/Big Ten showcase

first_imgThe Wisconsin volleyball team plans to showcase their talent this Thursday when it takes to the court for their first match against a Pac-12 team this season.Not only are the No. 10 USC Trojans (6-2) a part of the Pac-12/Big Ten Showcase, but the undefeated 9-0 Washington Huskies are as well. Both will take on the No. 4 Badgers (8-0) this weekend.New Big Ten foe Maryland will also participate in the Showcase, but will not play UW this weekend, saving that matchup for conference play.With both USC and Washington serving consistently and aggressively in the 90th percentile of the NCAA, in addition to controlling a decent passing game, Wisconsin has their work cut out for them as they try to maintain their perfect record.For USC, sophomore Ebony Nwanebu towers at 6-foot-4 on the left side. This summer, Nwanebu was chosen by the USA National Collegiate Volleyball Team to play in East Asia. In addition to this, Nwanebu helped guide the United States to a silver medal victory at the Montreux Volley Masters tournament in Switzerland. So far, Nwanebu has a total of 54 kills this season.Junior Samantha Bricio, the 6-foot-2 outside hitter for USC, is a valuable asset to the Trojans. She leads the team with 101 kills this season.According to Wisconsin’s head coach Kelly Sheffield, she also possesses one of most unique and effective serves in the nation.“Bricio has one of the best serves, if not the best serve, in college volleyball, very dynamic.” Sheffield said. “Nwanebu is going to be an absolute handful out there on the right side, big attacker.”Meanwhile, Washington will bring another challenge to the Badgers on Friday night.  Undefeated at 9-0, the Huskies have a team filled with valuable players such as Krista Vansant, the senior outside hitter who has totaled 128 kills and 63 digs this fall.  Libero Cassie Strickland has dug 95 balls and receives serve at an average of 97 percent. Finally, the combined setting abilities of Katy Beals and Tanner Bailey equal 306 assists thus far.However, for a team with consistent playable passes ranging anywhere from 87-100 percent off of opponents’ serves all season, and with a team average of 15.56 digs per set, the Badgers have maintained a focused and confident mentality as they head into their upcoming matches.“We’re working on what we need to, to be the best for these matches,” junior Taylor Morey said. “It’s mentality and keeping our heads. A lot of people can get too high or too low in these moments that it’s important to keep our heads on straight.”Although USC and Washington are teams with impressive rankings, win-loss records and high kill percentages, it’s important to take note of how successful the Badgers have been so far this season.Wisconsin is currently the only undefeated team in the Big Ten conference, standing firm at 8-0 after three wins in last weekend’s HotelRED Invitational.  In addition to their 8-0 record, the Badgers lead the nation with 15.67 kills per set, and are currently the assist (13.39 per set) and dig (15.56 per set) leaders of the Big Ten.“[One of] the hardest things for teams to handle is being able to put the ball down and be able to pass us,” sophomore setter Lauren Carlini said. “Because we are a really good serving team so I think it’s going to be a challenge on both sides.”Sheffield has brought a new approach to the Badgers’ offense this year, and has spent the beginning of the season pushing the tempo and making it quicker and more efficient.“I love the fast tempo,” freshman outside hitter Kelli Bates said. “I feel like it’s just going to be unstoppable because no other defense is going to be able to pick up where Lauren [Carlini] is setting.”The entire team, including the coaching staff, exudes excitement and readiness about the forthcoming matches.“We have big goals and we know that these are the types of teams we need to get into the ring with and brawl,”  assistant coach Brittany Dildine said.  “No fear or anything at all.  We’re all very much embracing the challenge.”All of the hype and anticipation feeding into these matches probes the Pac-12/Big Ten Showcase to be filled with intense and exciting rallies. Three ranked teams playing in a four-team tournament including two of the country’s most successful conferences should raise interest and excitement for players, coaches and fans from coast to coast.The Badgers will face off against USC Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and Friday at 10 p.m. against Washington.last_img read more

Joe Boy’s Egyptian Opponent for ABU Title Arrives

first_imgGOTV BOXING NIGHT 13 Abdulrahim Ahmed, the Egyptian and Mediterranean champion billed to fight Nigeria’s Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph for the African Boxing Union (ABU) lightweight title fight, arrived Lagos yesterday aboard an Egypt Air flight from Cairo.The fight is one of the seven billed for GOtv Boxing Night 13, scheduled to hold on  December 26 at Landmark Event Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.  Ahmed arrived in the company of his manager, Deif Mohamed Shabban and his interpreter.                                                                    He boasted that he would not just win the fight. But will win the N2.5 million attached to the best boxer prize at the event.                                                                                                             “I will win the title and the prize money,” boasted the Egyptian.                                                                                                                Olaide “Fijaborn ” Fijabi will fight Shadrack “Punch to Punch ” Kobero for the ABU light welterweight title at the event, which will see musical performances by Small Doctor, Falz, Simi and Reekado Banks.Tickets for the event are available at ariiyatickets.com, SLOT and Ebeano Supermarket outlets, Freedom Park and National Stadium, Lagos.  Free bus rides are available to take ticket -holding  fans to the event venue from the National Stadium and back at the end of the show.                                    In the middleweight category, Nigeria’s Abolaji Rasheed will defend his West African Boxing Union title against Arye Ayitteh. In another light welterweight bout, Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde will fight Chijioke ” Painless’ Nigige for the national title.Three challenge bouts complete the line up. The best boxer at the event will go home with N2.5 million, while the runners-up will go home with N1million and N500, 000 respectively  Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Betaland.it reveals World Cup ambitions ahead of Azzurri absence

first_img CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 Submit TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Share Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Among the keen spectators at this Friday’s eagerly anticipated World Cup draw in Russia, will be betting operators looking to identify the more alluring narratives of the tournament.  Utilising tournament narratives to maximise the betting interest will undoubtedly be a tactic that is deployed by operators based in countries that haven’t qualified for tournament, Carmelo Mazza CEO of Italian operator, Betaland.it underlined to SBC that in spite of how big an event the tournament is, there is a need for ‘stronger narratives without Italy in order to keep betting interest high.’ He also revealed to SBC that the potential costs of the national team’s failure has been at the forefront of his thoughts since the goalless draw against Sweden. He added that: “We have no previous experience of Italy not qualifying for the World Cup, so by examining data and bets on Italy’s matches in the previous tournaments, we estimate a 10% turnover reduction compared with the potential betting turnover on the World Cup. “In a market like Italy, this could be somehow compensated by the existing growth of the regulated business. However there are two factors which are difficult to estimate: first, many punters who would have bet on Italy, will now of course bet on other teams.“The Italian team was not in the greatest shape, so moving turnover towards Germany, Argentina, Brazil might at the end increase the payout. Also, the World Cup and all the buzz around Italy’s matches creates an environment where people get together to have fun watching the World Cup. “This environment pushes betting also to people that wouldn’t normally bet. This will significantly decrease without Italy. It is difficult to estimate how much this is worth, but I can tell you that in summer Italy’s matches in the World Cup are a key opportunity for friends to meet and have fun. We, as bookmakers, will miss it.”last_img read more