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IEEFA Energy Finance 2016: U.S. Natural-Gas Pipeline System is Being Overbuilt

IEEFA Energy Finance 2016: U.S. Natural-Gas Pipeline System is Being Overbuilt

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Panelists at Energy Finance 2016 detailed this afternoon how energy companies are overbuilding natural gas pipelines in several states.Jonathan Peress, a lawyer for the Environmental Defense Fund, called for “a more robust needs assessment” by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on such projects.“As we deploy more renewables, if we can price gas services for what they’re worth so that alternatives can compete, we can call forth from the market a better mix of services, many of them clean energy resources.”Peress says pipeline overbuild has gained momentum with the fracking boom, and that “it’s going to get worse … the market need is not what’s indicated by the contracts.”“It looks like we are going to have a relatively overbuilt system,” Peress said.Carrie La Seur, an IEEFA board member and Montana-based energy-industry lawyer, said challenges to eminent domain are increasingly important in landowner fights against projects that include the proposed Sandpiper pipeline across North Dakota and Minnesota. IEEFA Energy Finance 2016: U.S. Natural-Gas Pipeline System is Being Overbuiltlast_img read more

Bolivia in the Fight Against Drugs

Bolivia in the Fight Against Drugs

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo October 05, 2020 The Bolivian Special Force to Fight Drug Trafficking (FELCN, in Spanish) reported seizing more than 2.3 tons of cocaine in different operations carried out in the last two weeks of July.On July 29, the FELCN reported the seizure of 260 kilograms of cocaine and a light aircraft, the destruction of a clandestine airstrip, and the arrest of three people in two operations in Beni and Cochabamba departments. Between July 21 and 24, service members reported the seizure of 387 kg of cocaine and the arrest of eight individuals during four operations on the roads of La Paz, Beni, and Santa Cruz departments. On July 19, in the province of Iténez, the FELCN seized one light aircraft and 1 ton of cocaine that was bound for Brazil, Bolivian TV station UNITEL reported. In four other operations on July 14, the FELCN reported the seizure of 412 kg of cocaine.Narcotics police agents obtained “phenomenal results” on July 13, seizing 247 kg of drugs in the Amazon, north of La Paz. Bolivian Police Colonel Juan Percy Frías, FELCN general director, told Diálogo on August 4 that the area was “definitely being used as a shipping point for aircraft coming from Peru.”Ninety-five percent of “narco-flights” departing from Peru enter Bolivian territory; each flight carries an average of 300 to 500 kg of cocaine to neighboring countries, which is later shipped to consumer markets overseas, the Elcano Royal Institute for International and Strategic Studies in Spain reported online. “There are many airports in the Amazon that narcotrafficking networks use for refueling, as well as clandestine airstrips to get to Brazil,” Col. Frías added.The special force receives support from the Red Devils elite troop, a Bolivian Air Force unit that moves narcotics police troops to hard-to-reach areas by helicopters. Col. Frías emphasized that, thanks to this unit, they can stay continuously active to conduct operations in the jungle and clandestine airstrips.last_img read more

Living an “active digital lifestyle”

Living an “active digital lifestyle”

first_imgWhy credit unions should transform their digital presenceby: EvokTechnology is transforming the way we live. It is changing the way people communicate, connect and discover. It’s turning the average consumer into an informed consumer, and continues to influence their behavior. Businesses with an active digital lifestyle tend to maintain a competitive edge by furthering their engagement with consumers and establishing trust. However, there are many businesses that do not see the importance in digital marketing or lack the resources to achieve results. Fortunately, there are a number of online practices your credit union can adapt to keep up with digital transformation and deliver your best brand experience.Getting SocialSocial media is a major component of digital transformation. It appeared quickly, and just as swiftly dominated business-marketing strategies and consumer behavior. According to Hubspot, 80 percent of US online users prefer to connect with brands through Facebook. Other social media platforms, such as Twitter and LinkedIn, have seen dramatic results as well. Forbes reports 21 percent of financial service industries gained new clients through Twitter. And LinkedIn reports that 71 percent of financial services report finding their target audience of customers active on the site.If your credit union wants similar results, active management of your social media platforms is essential. Digitally active consumers expect real-time engagement and the best experience you have to offer. Regular support and engagement on social media platforms will build stronger relationships with current customers and extend your reach to potential ones. Answering questions and offering advice is an easy way to establish trust among your followers. Share relevant articles with your followers and join appropriate conversations to demonstrate industry knowledge and establish your online presence. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

7 ways to improve your health and finances

7 ways to improve your health and finances

first_imgYou know healthful habits can help you improve your physical and mental well-being, ward off chronic diseases and even prolong your life. But did you know they can also help you save money?That’s right: Taking steps to improve your health can also improve your finances. In fact, the savings can be substantial and long term. Here are seven ways to improve your health — and finances.1. Stop Sitting All DayIf you’re as sedentary as the average working American, then you’re spending more than half of your waking life sitting. Even if you do physical activity, prolonged sitting can increase your risk for heart disease, diabetes and, according to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, a medical journal.To overcome inactivity, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends taking walks, using public transportation and even getting up from your desk at work to speak with colleagues — rather than emailing them — as ways to improve your health. Of course, walking rather than driving saves you money. But the real savings come from lower health care costs.Average health care costs for someone who has one or more chronic conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, is five times greater than for someone who doesn’t have a chronic condition, according to the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease. So take a break from work and walk around the block, or get a standing desk to help get your blood flowing. continue reading » 59SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Postal banking not a solution, NAFCU tells Congress

Postal banking not a solution, NAFCU tells Congress

first_img continue reading » NAFCU’s Brad Thaler, ahead of a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing today, reiterated the association’s position that postal banking is not a solution Congress should consider as it works to put the U.S. Postal Service on a sustainable financial path.Today’s hearing will examine a report from the Treasury Department on how to overhaul the U.S. Postal System to return it to sustainability. The report specifically noted that the entity should not pursue postal banking given its “narrow expertise and capital limitations” – a view shared by NAFCU.“… NAFCU and our member credit unions are very concerned that allowing the U.S. Postal Service to provide banking services will be beyond its core competencies, will raise a number of serious regulatory and consumer protection questions, and will present significant competitive issues for private sector entities,” wrote Thaler, NAFCU’s vice president of legislative affairs. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

RV shipments surge as Americans opt to carry home with them to avoid airports, hotels

RV shipments surge as Americans opt to carry home with them to avoid airports, hotels

first_imgBy contrast, shipments in April were down more than 82% from a year ago and down nearly 30% in May.”We didn’t anticipate this turn being as strong as it has been,” said Craig Kirby, the group’s president. “People don’t want to fly, they don’t want to stay in a hotel. In an RV, you can cook your own meals and sleep in your own bed.”Kirby said his group expects more people to start using RVs as mobile offices as well. Some manufacturers are developing RVs “with dedicated workspaces that allow for the desks and other systems to be stowed away once work is over,” he said.One indication that the upturn is a response to the pandemic is the large number of first-time buyers, Kirby said. Surveys of RV dealers indicate most buyers, between 50% to 80%, depending on location, are first-time purchasers. A year ago, that share ranged between 25% and 35%. RVs are also attracting more younger buyers. While shipments are strong, the mix of RVs is heavier on towable and smaller motorhome models, rather than often much-pricier big motorhomes. Shipments of towable RVs was up nearly 13% last month.Major players in the industry also have flagged the turnaround.”We have seen an incredible rebound in retail demand and dealer demand since early May across all our businesses,” Winnebago Industries Inc Chief Executive Michael Happe said on a conference call last month.Investors have cottoned onto the trend, too. Winnebago shares are up nearly 11% this year versus a 2.4% decline for the S&P 500. Shares of rival Thor Industries Inc. are doing even better, gaining 38% this year. Topics : Call it the turtle solution to wanderlust in the age of COVID-19.Eager to travel – but wary of hotels, airplanes and restaurants – more Americans are taking their homes with them everywhere they go, reviving a recreational vehicle business that had been devastated by shutdowns earlier this year.Wholesale shipments of RVs posted their highest monthly total in June since October 2018, according to the RV Industry Association, the industry’s main trade group, marking a sharp reversal after months of deeply depressed business. In data provided to Reuters, the group tallied 40,462 units shipped last month, a 10.8% increase over a year ago.last_img read more

Danny Murphy urges Mikel Arteta to sign two players to take Arsenal to the ‘next level’ after FA Cup final victory over Chelsea

Danny Murphy urges Mikel Arteta to sign two players to take Arsenal to the ‘next level’ after FA Cup final victory over Chelsea

first_imgDanny Murphy urges Mikel Arteta to sign two players to take Arsenal to the ‘next level’ after FA Cup final victory over Chelsea Mikel Arteta following Arsenal’s victory over Chelsea in the FA Cup final (Picture: Getty)Danny Murphy has urged Mikel Arteta to sign two players to take Arsenal to the ‘next level’ following their FA Cup final victory over Chelsea.The Gunners came from behind to beat Frank Lampard’s side 2-1 at Wembley on Sunday and lift the FA Cup for a record 14th time.In-form USA international Christian Pulisic fired Chelsea ahead after just five minutes but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice either side of half-time to complete Arsenal’s comeback win.Murphy was impressed by Arsenal’s performance in the final and paid tribute to the ‘remarkable’ job Arteta has done at the Emirates since replacing Unai Emery as manager in December.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHowever, the former Premier League and England star still believes Arsenal’s squad needs a shake-up and says Arteta should sign sign another centre-back and a midfielder this summer.‘Mikel Arteta is a winner and what he has done at Arsenal in a short space of time is remarkable,’ Murphy wrote in a column for MailSport.‘He still needs to add at least one centre-half and possibly another midfield player to take this team to the next level but the first priority has to be keeping what he has, as Jurgen Klopp did at Liverpool last summer. Metro Sport ReporterSunday 2 Aug 2020 9:14 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.2kShares Comment Advertisement Arsenal 3-2 Watford: Mikel Arteta on ‘crazy game’To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:16FullscreenArsenal 3-2 Watford: Mikel Arteta on ‘crazy game’https://metro.co.uk/video/arsenal-3-2-watford-mikel-arteta-crazy-game-2217854/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘Both managers deserve plaudits and the biggest compliment I can give them is that the game itself on Saturday was a proper cup final.‘Apart from a brief lull in the second half, it was exciting and high tempo all the way. And the best team on the day lifted the trophy.’Murphy also urged Arsenal to secure a new deal for Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos, who has impressed on loan for the Gunners this season.He added: ‘It is crucial for the Mikel Arteta project that Ceballos stays beyond this season, whether it is another loan from Real Madrid or a permanent transfer.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 City‘Watching Ceballos in the flesh really crystallised how important he is. His courage on the ball in tight situations allows Arsenal to play out from the back as Arteta wants. It is no longer Granit Xhaka on his own.‘What I like about the Spaniard is he is progressive with his passing. He always looks forward first.‘He is the one who plays those penetrative passes short and long. Aubameyang and his team-mates further forward are the beneficiaries.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: RB Leipzig troll Timo Werner after Chelsea’s FA Cup loss to ArsenalMORE: Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil sends message to team-mates after FA Cup final win Advertisementlast_img read more

In Brief

In Brief

first_imgn Vietnam Railways and Chinese Railways have agreed a timetable for the restoration of through Hanoi – Kunming passenger services by the middle of this year. A three-car train will initially run through once a week.n Mexico’s Transport Ministry has invited bids for a 50-year concession to run the second of FNM’s three main regional rail networks. Technical bids and development plans for the Pacifico Norte must be lodged by June 19 and financial bids by June 28. FNM’s 3950 km Noreste network is due to be handed over to the Transportación Ferroviaria Mexicana consortium on May 15.n Russia’s Ministry of Railways signed a contract with Adtranz in March for the supply of electrical equipment for a fleet of EP-10 EMUs. Under an agreement signed in November 1996, 80% of the work will be done locally, at the Yekaterinburg Power Transformer Plant and at factories in St Petersburg, Saransk and Novocherkassk.n GEC Alsthom and Fiat Ferroviaria signed an accord on March 17 for joint promotion of tilting trains in the British market. Ex-BR inter-city franchisees Great North Eastern Railway and Virgin Rail have called tenders for a total of 48 trainsets.n The European Commission has appointed Halcrow Transmark to undertake market research and benchmarking studies for world best practice in order to advise on methods of improving the profitability and productivity of Europe’s railways.n Estonian Railways handed over responsibility for domestic passenger services to spin-off operator Edelaraudtee AS (South Western Railway) on March 7. ER will continue to handle Tallinn commuter services and international trains. n China’s Guizhou province is seeking US$600m to fund the construction of a local railway from Longchang to Huangtong; the work will be managed by the Bijie Office of Railway Construction.n Oresundskonsortiet awarded a DKr133m contract to Banverket Industriedivisionen in Malmlast_img read more

Mandate roundup: Swiss scheme tenders CHF150m property mandate

Mandate roundup: Swiss scheme tenders CHF150m property mandate

first_imgThe deadline for applications is 20 December. The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest, Discovery, or Innovation tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 3465 9330 or email jayna.vishram@ipe-quest.com.Merseyside invests in Albion Capital’s private equity fundThe £9bn (€10.3bn) Merseyside Pension Fund has invested in Albion Capital’s asset-backed private equity fund, Albion Real Assets Fund (ARAF). The scheme has committed £10m.ARAF is a continuation of Albion Capital’s asset-backed investment strategy and focuses on investing in operational businesses underpinned by assets with intrinsic value and working with proven management teams.Adam Chirkowski, investment director at Albion, said: “ARAF’s initial investments in fibre optic broadband and wedding venues are similar in that we have been able to identify opportunities in strong, exciting niches and invest in order to grow them to scale.”Albion targets sectors with strong societal drivers that have resulted in substantial unmet demand for premium physical assets and infrastructure, and creates value by building a group of these assets, Chirkowski added. A Swiss pension fund has tendered a mandate via IPE Quest.The asset owner is seeking for a manager to run a CHF150m (€134m) core real estate multi-manager mandate.Managers should have at least CHF2bn in assets under management in real estate. Applicants should state performance data to 30 September 2019, gross of fees.Their track record should be at least five years, but a minimum of 10 years is preferred.last_img read more

House and land in prized school zone up for grabs

House and land in prized school zone up for grabs

first_imgThe property at 282 Ham Rd, WishartAn ageing, lowset house on a whopping 2019sq m block near one of Queensland’s top performing schools will go to auction on Saturday.Described as a “gold mine” of potential, the property is being marketed as “Santa’s biggest present to the market place this year”.The property is located at 282 Ham Road in Wishart, and is just four houses away from Mansfield State High School. Mansfield State High School is one of Queensland’s top ranking schoolThe school is one of the top ranking public high schools in the state, scoring 99 out of 100, and is second only to Brisbane State High School.With a score of 99, its academic ranking is up there with some of the state’s most expensive and exclusive private schools including Anglican Church Grammar School, St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School, Brisbane Boys’ College, All Hallows’ School and Somerville House. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoMitch Schenning of Master Agents, who is marketing the Wishart property, said they had 12 potential registered bidders for the auction, with another seven buyers in the wings. The auction is expected to attract a range of buyersProperty records show the property was last bought for $110,000 back in 1988, but the median house sales price in Wishart has skyrocketed since then, and now sits at $722,750.And very few, if any, of those houses would come with such a huge block.“You just don’t find gems like this very often — an older house that can be knocked down on a huge block with so much potential,” Mr Schenning said.He said he expected to see frenzied bidding when the property goes under the hammer at 10.30am.center_img The kids could walk to schoolHe said those interested buyers were families keen to buy in to the school catchment and small developers who knew the value of the area.“There is no DA (development approval) on it as yet but you can see what can be done, with a lot of subdivisions nearby,” he said.Of the ma and pa buyers, Mr Schenning said they were locals, people from interstate, and families from a range of cultures. last_img read more