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Duke Energy shuts 344MW Asheville coal plant in North Carolina

Duke Energy shuts 344MW Asheville coal plant in North Carolina

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Asheville Citizen Times:After 56 years of burning coal at its Lake Julian power plant, Duke Energy has officially shut down the coal operation.“At 4 p.m. on Jan. 29, 2020, Duke Energy achieved a significant milestone and officially shut down the 344-megawatt Asheville coal plant in Arden, North Carolina,” Duke Energy spokeswoman Heather Danenhower said. “The coal plant reliably served customers since 1964. Some demolition work has already started and is expected to be completed in 2023.”The plan to switch over to natural gas has been in the works for years, and Duke completed the 560-megawatt combined-cycle natural gas plant in late 2019. The $893 million natural gas plant was built on Duke’s nearly 700-acre campus near Lake Julian.“Duke Energy customers in both North Carolina and South Carolina are now receiving 460 megawatts of cleaner-burning, highly efficient energy from the new Asheville Combined Cycle Station,” Danenhower said. “We will add 100 more megawatts to the new natural gas power plant — for a total of 560 megawatts — when we bring the remaining steam turbine generator online in the first quarter of 2020.”Julie Mayfield, co-director of the Asheville environmental advocacy nonprofit MountainTrue, said the closure of the coal facility is cause for celebration, but natural gas, while a much cleaner fuel, also comes with some burdens.“The transition to natural gas does not address the larger concern around global carbon pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from fracking, and we recognize those are significant issues that do need to be addressed,” said Mayfield, who also is a member of Asheville City Council and a candidate for the state legislature in the 49th Senate District. “We certainly support the efforts locally, regionally, nationally and internationally to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.[John Boyle]More: Duke Energy officially retires coal units at Lake Julian Duke Energy shuts 344MW Asheville coal plant in North Carolinalast_img read more

Strong CU grassroots activism results in major industry victory

Strong CU grassroots activism results in major industry victory

first_img 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The House approved by voice vote Wednesday an amendment removing language placing NCUA under the appropriations process from its appropriations bill (H.R. 3354). CUNA and the leagues worked closely to engage credit union activists over the last few weeks to ensure the amendment was approved, keeping NCUA out of the appropriations process.The amendment, offered by Reps. Mark Amodei (R-Nev.) and Pete Aguilar (D-Calif.), strikes Section 906 of Division D of H.R. 3354.“This is a huge victory for credit unions and their member-owners. We thank Reps. Amodei and Aguilar for their steadfast leadership in keeping NCUA out of the appropriations process and the thousands of CUNA/League credit union activists who took action–these voices made all the difference on the Hill,” said Jim Nussle, CUNA president/CEO. “Placing NCUA under appropriations would be the functional equivalent of a hidden tax on credit unions and their members.”Section 906 would have placed NCUA under appropriations, meaning the credit union and credit union member funds used to fund NCUA could have also been used to pay for or offset other areas of government. continue reading »last_img read more

Fantastic Beasts 3: Mads Mikkelsen Said to Be in Talks to Replace Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald

Fantastic Beasts 3: Mads Mikkelsen Said to Be in Talks to Replace Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald

first_imgMads Mikkelsen is reportedly in early negotiations to replace Johnny Depp as the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald in the upcoming as-yet untitled Fantastic Beasts 3, the third entry in the five-film Harry Potter spin-off saga. Depp left the role earlier this week at the request of studio Warner Bros., after he lost a libel suit against British tabloid The Sun, which had described him as a “wife beater.” The London High Court judge ruled that Depp had repeatedly assaulted former wife Amber Heard and as such, The Sun article was “substantially true.” Depp plans to appeal the verdict.Deadline first brought word of Mikkelsen’s potential hiring for the Fantastic Beasts franchise, noting that director David Yates — who has helmed every Wizarding World movie since 2007’s Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix — has picked the 54-year-old Danish actor as he is a “big fan.” Mikkelsen is best known for his turn as Dr. Hannibal Lecter in psychological horror-thriller series Hannibal, the Bond villain in Casino Royale, the antagonist Kaecilius in the Marvel movie Doctor Strange, and the lead role in the Oscar-nominated Danish drama The Hunt.- Advertisement – While Fantastic Beasts 3 is currently in production in the UK, Depp had filmed just one scene before he was asked to leave. He is still set to get his full salary for Fantastic Beasts 3 thanks to a contract clause. Still, Mikkelsen wouldn’t have to do much to catch up. If he joins, Mikkelsen will star alongside the likes of Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Callum Turner, Jessica Williams, and Victoria Yeates.Behind the scenes, Yates is working off a script written by Steve Kloves and Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, who has herself been under the spotlight much like Depp for her transphobic comments, and the vehement defence of said comments. Both Rowling and Yates had even defended Depp’s presence in Fantastic Beasts in 2018, with the author saying she was “genuinely happy to have” him and implied that fans don’t have the full story, while the director dismissed Heard’s claims and suggested that talent excuses abuse.Fantastic Beasts 3 is slated to release July 15, 2022 in cinemas worldwide, delayed eight months due to COVID-19 and Depp’s departure.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Trump doesn’t get it: Rule of law anchors democracy

Trump doesn’t get it: Rule of law anchors democracy

first_imgPresident Eisenhower sent in the National Guard, who escorted the students into school.The president stood up to the racists, stood up for the rule of law. He may well have disagreed with the Court’s decision or with how the lower courts were interpreting it, but he understood that the rule of law was more important than all of that.It wasn’t the National Guard that ensured that the Brown decision would be enforced; it was the respect for the Court demonstrated by the Republican president.What part of that does this president not understand?In 1974, President Richard Nixon sought to fire the Watergate special prosecutor, Archibald Cox.He finally found someone in the Justice Department who would fire Cox (the attorney general and his deputy having resigned rather than fire the legendary professor and public servant), only to be forced to appoint the esteemed lawyer Leon Jaworski to replace Cox. Is that what your rhetoric is all about?He attacks the courts, attacks the judges, attacks the FBI, attacks the Justice Department.Never in my lifetime have we had a president with less respect for the institutions of society that are literally the bedrock of our democracy.Never have we had a president with such profound contempt for the rule of law.And what do you get when the most powerful man in the land has no respect for the rule of law?You get lawlessness, which is a whole lot worse than a court that doesn’t agree with your decisions, or, in this case, has the audacity to maintain the status quo while the courts determine whether Trump’s plans to deport “Dreamers” — immigrants who were brought to this country as children, and have grown up as Americans — is lawful.In other words, Trump is angry that these children and young adults are not being deported fast enough. So what if it should turn out that the president’s plan is unlawful? Clearly that wouldn’t trouble President Trump.He sounds like a leader who thinks he is above the law — more like Vladimir Putin than an American president.In Marbury v. Madison, Chief Justice John Marshall established the principle that the courts — not Congress or the president — decide whether laws are constitutional or not.Of course, the courts don’t have armies to enforce their decisions; they have court-martials, who make sure the courthouses are safe.The martials don’t go out and tell Immigration and Customs Enforcement what to do. The president surely knows that.The decisions of the courts in this nation are followed not because the courts have armies but because this is a nation under law, a nation of laws and not men, and respect for the rule of law is at its core; because these principles are so fundamental, so basic, so widely respected, that it has mostly gone without saying that they will be followed.In the 1950s, in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education, there was a serious question whether the “massive resistance” to integration organized by certain Southern governors and segregationists would undermine the Court’s authority. Jaworski sought the same tapes from the president: Would President Nixon obey the Supreme Court? He resigned.It should come as no surprise that a president who governs by tweets and shoots first and checks later would attack the courts, just like he attacks everyone else who disagrees with him.But courts aren’t like everyone else.The rule of law depends on our respect for them, respect that this president serves to undermine without even appearing to realize what he is doing.And that is a whole lot scarier than Nixon on his worst day.Susan Estrich is a nationally syndicated columnist, lawyer, professor, author, political commentator, and feminist advocate.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Editorial, Opinion“Nothing’s as bad as the Ninth Circuit.”That is the president of the United States talking to the nation’s governors on Monday about the United States Court of Appeals for much of the western United States, including California.Nothing is worse than a court that disagrees with you?I can think of many things that are far, far worse.How about a nation without the rule of law, where court decisions are routinely ignored, judges are political fodder and disputes are resolved by force and not by law?Sound good, Mr. President?last_img read more

The Anthony N. Sabga Caribbean Excellence Award

The Anthony N. Sabga Caribbean Excellence Award

first_img Tweet LocalNews The Anthony N. Sabga Caribbean Excellence Award by: – March 30, 2011 122 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img Photo credit: ANSA Caribbean AwardsThe ANSA Caribbean Awards Programme, as described by Secretary to the ANSA McAL Foundation Mrs. Maria Superville-Neilson, is “the most elaborate, extensive privately funded enterprise of its kind in the region. In fact so far as we know it is the only awards programme which seeks and rewards candidates in this three categories of Arts, Sciences and Public Service.”The goal of the ANSA Caribbean Awards for Excellence is “to recognize significant Caribbean achievement, to encourage and to support the pursuit of excellence by Caribbean persons, for the benefit of the region. The ANSA McAL Foundation is convinced that talent needs to be sought out, brought to light and encouraged. It is in this context that these Awards were conceived.”The AwardThe Anthony N. Sagba Caribbean Awards For Excellence was designed to celebrate the excellence and the potential of Caribbean people, working for the benefit of their Region, our home. This is the first Regional, non-governmental recognition programme of its type and it offers tangible, significant benefit to the awardees.The categories are Arts & Letters, Science & Technology and Public & Civic Contributions.Selection criteriaEach candidate for nomination must demonstrate:A track record of consistently superior work that has demonstrated excellence, leadership and pioneership.Their work is a benchmark and is positively referenced by others in their field; the capacity for significant future achievement and likely to do so, being at the stage of life and career where this Award could help them realize their promise and potential, Their work has had, or is likely to have, a positive impact in the Caribbean Region and benefit Caribbean people.They are likely to be a worthy “exemplar” and must be willing and available to serve as a Caribbean model of excellence, to inspire hope, and emulation by the people of the Region.Nomination ProcessPersons may nominate themselves or they may be nominated by other persons or institutions.  There are five Country Nominating Committees (CNCs): Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, the OECS and Trinidad & Tobago.  In addition to nominations received from the public, these Committees may also seek out additional nominations.All nominations are then reviewed and a final selection is made; one in each category.  A maximum of 15 nominations will then be presented to the Regional Eminent Persons Selection Panel which decides on the final three laureates.The NomineesThe Laureates for this year are;Arts & Sciences: Dr Kim Johnson, Trinidad & TobagoScience & Technology: Prof Surujpal Teelucksingh, Trinidad & TobagoPublic & Civic Contributions: Dr Lennox Honychurch, Dominica Participating CountriesAnguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Monsterrat, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Islands.The award ceremony is carded to take place in Trinidad & Tobago on 9th April, 2011.Dominica Vibes News Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Special Olympics Indiana Polar Plunge-A Splashing Success

Special Olympics Indiana Polar Plunge-A Splashing Success

first_imgThe 2020 Special Olympics Indiana Annual Polar Plunge took place on Saturday, February 15th, at The Versailles State Park. The preliminary total of money raised at the event was over $45,000.Many awards were presented. The individual raising the most money was Mike Lewis with $4,050 raised. The team that raised the most money was The Knights, Lions, and Bears with $10, 761. The Public Safety Award for the most money raised by EMS, Fire, and Police were The Moores Hill Fire Chicks with $2,332 and also winning the Costume Contest. The Star Student raising the most money was Lexy King of Jac-Cen-Del at $1,080. The Teacher Award for outstanding fundraising and Leadership at his or her school was Krista Socks at South Dearborn. The largest school team was South Ripley with 23 team members plunging. The Raiders also repeat as the overall top school fundraising team at $5,190.WRBI’s Caz Burdette was amongst the brave people to take the plunge. WRBI is proud to be a Media Sponsor for Special Olympics and The Polar Plunge.last_img read more

Batesville KoC give out 11 scholarships

Batesville KoC give out 11 scholarships

first_img(from left to right): Thomas Lohmueller, Elizabeth Heidlage, Molly Gregg, Kate Weber, Scot Harmeyer K of C scholarship chairman, Sadie Wachsman, Lana Lischkge, Angela Weisenbach, Robert Stewart and Noah Back. Not pictured are Maria Moore and Nicholas Hoff.Batesville, IN— The Batesville Knights of Columbus Council #1461 presented eleven $1,000.00 scholarships on July 12th. The proceeds were raised at the annual Cash Out Raffle held this past November.last_img

Celtics survive 18-point deficit in 1st, beat Hawks 109-106

Celtics survive 18-point deficit in 1st, beat Hawks 109-106

first_img Jaylen Brown had 24 points and 10 rebounds to help the Boston Celtics overcome an 18-point, first-quarter deficit against the NBA’s worst team and beat the Atlanta Hawks 109-106 on Friday night.Marcus Smart started in place of the flu-ridden Kemba Walker and scored 15 points, adding nine assists and hitting a 3-pointer that gave Boston a four-point lead with 43 seconds left. Gordon Hayward scored 18, and Enes Kanter had 14 points and 11 rebounds.Trae Young scored 28 points with 10 assists for the Hawks, who beat Orlando on Monday to snap a 10-game losing streak. But Daniel Theis blocked his potential game-winner in the final seconds, setting off a scramble that resulted in a brief shoving match. Written By FOLLOW US COMMENT Last Updated: 4th January, 2020 11:36 IST Celtics Survive 18-point Deficit In 1st, Beat Hawks 109-106 Jaylen Brown had 24 points and 10 rebounds to help the Boston Celtics overcome an 18-point, first-quarter deficit against the NBA’s worst team and beat the Atlanta Hawks 109-106 on Friday night. First Published: 4th January, 2020 11:36 ISTcenter_img Associated Press Television News SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV WATCH US LIVElast_img read more

Busy weekend of Tipperary club action

Busy weekend of Tipperary club action

first_imgVice chair of the county board, John Devane has the details of some of this weekends fixtures. This weekend sees the penultimate stages of most of the hurling and football league competitions in the county.The first of the semi-finals was played last night – which saw Knockshegowna beat Toomevara 2-14 to 1-11 in the County Junior hurling league.The action continue tonight with plenty of games taking place across the weekend as well – including the Division 2 Football final on Saturday.last_img read more

Can Wenger Break Chelsea’s London Derby Dominance with Conte?

Can Wenger Break Chelsea’s London Derby Dominance with Conte?

first_imgOn the other hand, Arsenal are not yet fully cohesive themselves in terms of performance, but the potential advantage as with those other wins against new managers they claimed is the consistency that has marked that last decade. Wenger hasn’t found his best team this season, but he has found a winning rhythm, and they have picked off wins against inferior opposition in the way that has secured so many successive top-four finishes.The hope now for Arsenal is that this old trait can cause a new departure, another transformation.Wenger, named as Arsenal manager 20 years ago this week, will hope to celebrate with victory in the London derby at home to Chelsea. Chelsea travel to Arsenal looking to get their stuttering Premier League campaign back on track, after dropping points in their last two outings. The Blues began life under Conte with three successive victories but the problems that haunted last season’s title defence have risen again in recent weeks.A disappointing draw at Swansea was followed up with a home defeat to Liverpool and the Italian boss will be desperate to return to winning ways as soon as possible.The west Londoners are already five points behind early pace-setters Manchester City and will know they cannot fall much further off the pace if they are to challenge for the big prize again this time around.A trip across the capital to the Emirates Stadium represents a difficult task on paper, but the club will be heartened by the fact they are undefeated in their last nine league games against Arsenal.Furthermore, with four victories on the ground, Chelsea are the most successful away side at the venue since the Gunners moved home back in 2006.For their part, Arsenal have hit their stride in the Premier League and have won their last three fixtures after going winless in their opening two matches.The Gunners also looked in good form in midweek as they dispatched of Nottingham Forest 4-0 in the EFL Cup, with new boy Lucas Pérez getting off the mark with two goals.Arsene Wenger’s side looked close to their best in the 4-1 thrashing of Hull last weekend and will have high hopes of reversing their recent fortunes against Chelsea.Meanwhile, Manchester United will hope to re-energise their faltering campaign and make up ground on the early pacesetters with victory at home to champions Leicester City today after successive Premier League defeats,.After losing to leaders Manchester City and Watford, either side of a Champions League defeat to Feyenoord, United already trail Pep Guardiola’s vibrant City by six points and sit in seventh place.Manager Jose Mourinho has spoken about his new charges reacting badly to “negativity”, which some observers felt he increased with public criticism of defender Luke Shaw after the 3-1 defeat by Watford last weekend.A 3-1 win over Northampton Town in the League Cup on Wednesday prevented a fourth straight defeat, but it was not an entirely convincing United performance against the third-tier outfit.There will be particular interest in Mourinho’s team selection at home to Leicester and whether England and United captain Wayne Rooney, who has been in poor form, keeps his place.City, having won their first five league games under Guardiola to top the table, visit Swansea City for the second time in four days, after Guardiola’s side won 2-1 in a League Cup tie on Wednesday.Striker Sergio Aguero will be available after completing a three-match suspension, although City scored six goals without him in the two league matches he missed against United and Bournemouth.Everton and Tottenham Hotspur, the two other unbeaten sides lying second and third respectively, both face long trips.Everton go to the south coast to face Bournemouth, who are in the bottom four but held them 3-3 in one of the most dramatic games of last season, with four goals in the last 10 minutes.Tottenham, missing injured England striker Harry Kane, travel to the north-east to face promoted Middlesbrough, who had started well before losing their last two games.Liverpool’s victory at Stamford Bridge took them up to sixth and they will be fancied for a third successive league victory at home to Hull City.The only two clubs without a win both have home games with mid-table opposition: Sunderland against Crystal Palace and Stoke City against West Bromwich Albion.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Of Arsene Wenger’s five wins over Chelsea since 2004, three came in his first match against new managers-Avram Grant in 2007, Felipe Scolari in 2008 and Andre Villas-Boas in 2011. He also drew with Roberto Di Matteo in their first meeting. Since 2004, all matches not lost by Arsenal to Chelsea have been under new bosses.  Can a meeting with Antonio Conte extend this in today’s London derby?Wenger might have had a better chance had Chelsea not so impressively come back against Leicester City in the League Cup to win 4-2, but the way they had to rally after the disappointing defeat by Liverpool still illustrates how unconstructed a team the Blues are. There are still some elements that Conte is trying to put in place, but haven’t yet fully fused together. There are gaps to exploit.last_img read more