On the Blogs: A ‘Thought Experiment’ on What the U.S. Coal Industry Could’ve Been FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Daniel Gross for Slate: Here’s a thought experiment. Between 2009 and 2015, the U.S. coal industry produced more than 7 billion tons of coal. What if the coal-producing industry in 2009 decided to tax itself—say, $2 for every ton mined—and then plowed that money into demonstration projects, carbon capture research, infrastructure, and subsidies for next-generation coal plants? What if it had invested $14 billion in efforts that would allow coal to be burned with no emissions, or with dramatically fewer emissions?Doing so would not have guaranteed success, or some miraculous breakthroughs. But I’m reasonably sure that we’d be on the third and fourth generation of carbon capture projects, instead of the first; that the costs of building new carbon-capture projects would be far lower than they are today; that researchers would have developed useful new procedures and equipment; that we’d have an industry that knows how to construct such projects on budget instead of incurring massive overruns.Of course, this would have required the sort of collective action and foresight of which few industries are capable. But had the coal industry done so, it would have had the possibility of positioning itself as part of the solution to lower emissions, rather than as the bulk of the problem.They didn’t have to tax themselves at all, they just needed to support Obama’s push for “clean coal” research and accept cap and trade legislation.You could argue that it’s not the miners’ responsibility to ensure that the use of their resource doesn’t produce negative externalities. They’re not the ones who buy and burn the coal, after all. But that’s not why they should’ve done it. As we’ve seen, the industry’s sole customers—electric utilities—now have choices in how they meet demand for electricity. They can convert plants to run on natural gas, or build large-scale renewables, or focus on efficiency and storage instead of production. They could pull plenty of levers if they want to cut emissions.The coal industry, which had the most to gain from investments in clean-coal technology, has run out of levers to pull.Full item: Could Coal Have Survived by Going Green?
6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A federal grand jury returned an indictment last week against a Virginia couple in a credit union fraud case that has captured the national media spotlight because the accused formerly worked for Democratic House members, including Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.According to the indictment, Imran Awan and Hina Alvi of Lorton, Va., allegedly conspired to fraudulently obtain $285,000 in home equity lines of credit from the $913 million Wright Patman Congressional Federal Credit Union and Oakton, Va., and wire transferred the HELOC funds to Pakistan.Awan and his family members have been under investigation by the U.S. Capitol police for alleged theft of computers, unauthorized access to computer networks and espionage, according to national media reports.During the closing for the HELOC on Jan. 12, Alvi allegedly misled CFCU by saying she intended to use a home on Sprayer Street in Alexandria as her primary residence even though she was leasing the property to another person for seven months. On that same day, Alvi again allegedly misled the credit union by saying she intended to use a second home on Hawkshead Drive in Lorton as her second home even though she was renting it to two people with a lease agreement that began in February and ended July 31, 2021, according to court documents. continue reading »
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Alexis Claude-Maurice (c) has already been the subject of Arsenal interest this summer (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)Former Arsenal striker Jeremie Aliadiere is fully behind Alexis Claude-Maurice’s proposed move to the Emirates, having seen his talents as team-mates at Lorient.Aliadiere spent much of his early career at Arsenal, signed to the club from 1999-2007, then went on to have two spells with Lorient, where he came across Claude-Maurice.Now his former sides are in negotiations over the 21-year-old and Aliadiere thinks the young Frenchman could be a bit of a bargain for the Gunners at around £11.5m.‘For the money that we talk about I think he’ll make it,’ Aliadiere told football.london. ‘It’s about taking a gamble now when other teams aren’t prepared to.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘The market has gone so crazy in the last few years. If you want a top level international it’s nothing cheaper than £40m. Phil HaighThursday 13 Jun 2019 1:34 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 Advertisement Comment Jeremie Aliadiere turned out for an Arsenal legends side last year (Picture: Getty Images)‘If they’ve only got £45m to spend you’ve got to shop differently, go a bit younger and sign players from second divisions. He’s a good player and has really good qualities.‘At a club like Arsenal that gives chances to young players it would be a good step for him.’It would be a big step up for Claude-Maurice from Ligue 2 to the upper echelons of the Premier League, but Aliadiere believes he has the natural skills to manage it.‘I remember incredible quick feet, a technical player,’ the former Middlesborough man continued.‘Technically he was amazing. The only thing – he was young at the time – was making the right decision, passing when you need to pass.‘He was dribbling all the time when I was there. But he’s a very sharp, skilful player.’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 CityThe youngster broke into the Lorient first team in the 2017/18 season and became a fixture last campaign, making 35 starts in Ligue 2, scoring 14 goals.MORE: Arsenal set to complete deal for Markus SchubertMORE: Arsenal and Tottenham interested in Thomas Strakosha with Lazio ready to consider offers Arsenal backed to ‘gamble’ on Alexis Claude-Maurice by former Gunner Jeremie Aliadiere
Aubameyang was brought down by Azpilicueta (Picture: AFP via Gettys)Azpilicueta’s afternoon was over just beyond the half hour mark as he hobbled off in tears with a hamstring injury, with Andreas Chrisensen brought into the fray.Having looked so assured in the opening stages, Chelsea were now rattled. Individual errors crept in under pressure from their opponents as Arsenal began to dominate proceedings.Immediately after the break, Chelsea lost another key man to a hamstring problem as Pulisic was forced off.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 CityA moment of magic broke the deadlock in the second half. Aubameyang stood Kurt Zouma up in the box, skipped past him and lifted the ball over Caballero to put Arsenal in front for the first time moments before the drinks break.AdvertisementAdvertisementKovacic was sent off five minutes later for a second yellow card offence after a challenge on Granit Xhaka.David Luiz hobbled off with three minutes to go, while Pedro was stretchered off after a nasty looking shoulder injury in stoppage time, but it was a largely comfortable finish for Arsenal, who once again will be indebted to Aubameyang’s brilliance.Will Aubameyang still be an Arsenal player next season?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Pulisic put Chelsea in front (Picture: Getty)Chelsea appeared the sharper of the two teams and Pulisic – the most lively player in the opening 10 minutes and the youngest scorer in an FA Cup final since a 19-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo in 2004 – stung the gloves of Martinez with a crisp drive.Nicolas Pepe stroked the ball home from distance shortly after the drinks break, but the linesman had long had his flag up after Maitland-Niles was offside in the build-up. Arsenal’s pain was short-lived. A long ball over the top saw Aubameyang get in behind Azpilicueta, with the Chelsea captain pulling the Gunners striker down in the box before he stepped up and converted coolly from the spot. George BellshawSaturday 1 Aug 2020 7:34 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3kShares Advertisement Aubameyang scored twice (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty Images)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice to win the FA Cup final against Chelsea in an empty Wembley Stadium, as Arsenal secured qualification for the Europa League with a 2-1 victory. After finishing in eighth place in the Europa League – four places and 10 points behind fourth-placed Chelsea – Mikel Arteta’s side were in danger of missing out on European football next season, but Aubameyang had other ideas.Christian Pulisic, who hobbled off injured in the second half, had put Frank Lampard’s men in front after five minutes but Aubameyang levelled up after being brought down by Cesar Azpilicueta. After slotting home from the spot midway through the first half, a moment of magic from the Gabon international in the second period put the Gunners 2-1 up, with Matteo Kovacic sent off five minutes later for a, perhaps harsh, second yellow card offence. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArsenal are the most successful side in the competition’s history and they were good value for their 14th FA Cup success.It was, however, another sign of how much they rely on their talisman, whose contract has less than a year to run. View 3 comments Advertisement Aubameyang dinked it over Caballero to put Arsenal 2-1 up (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)Having scored twice in their semi-final win over holders Manchester City, he scored his 28th and 29th goals of the season to round off another fine campaign.It was a high-tempo start. Aubameyang had the first chance inside two minutes, heading wide after good work from Ainsley Maitland-Niles, before Mason Mount called Emiliano Martinez into action with a bent effort from 20 yards moments later.Two minutes later, Pulisic put Chelsea in front. A neat lay-off from Olivier Giroud inside the penalty area allowed the American to weave past Tierney before clipping the ball past Martinez. From Arsenal’s perspective it was a very soft goal. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang inspires Arsenal FA Cup win over Chelsea
August 07, 2018 Governor Wolf Announces Critical Funding for Alice Paul House Domestic Violence Shelter in Indiana County SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Human Services, Infrastructure, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced the Alice Paul House, a domestic violence shelter in Indiana County, will triple in size to meet a critical community need using new state funding.“I’m especially proud to provide funding to expand staff and services to the Alice Paul House,” Governor Wolf said. “Supporting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in a safe, spacious shelter can aid in recovery while we work to reduce the incidence of these heinous crimes.”The Alice Paul House was awarded a $1.75 million grant to expand its Indiana facility by constructing a new domestic violence shelter with supportive services and administrative offices. The construction will increase the organization’s facilities from 5,000 square feet to 15,100 square feet and increase the number of shelter beds from 12 to 18. Necessary infrastructure and security upgrades, including energy efficiency improvements, will also be completed as part of the project.“Serving both domestic violence and sexual assault victims, the Alice Paul House is the only community program in Indiana County that provides vital services for those in dire need, and often have nowhere else to turn,” Majority Leader David Reed said. “With numerous problems from a collapsed ceiling to overcrowding, we are glad the governor appreciates the need for state funds to help provide the safe and welcoming environment these people deserve. The Alice Paul House is a lifeline to some, it’s what sometimes stands between victims and further harm.”The Alice Paul House is the only domestic violence shelter serving Indiana County victims. The organization also provides services to adult and juvenile sexual assault victims. In addition to mitigating an overcrowding issue in the shelter, the expansion will allow the organization to increase its staff size by 10, which will allow for more outreach and services across the county.Supported through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) program, funding will support critical expansion projects, some of which will provide opportunities for additional economic development.
The home where much of the hit crime drama Harrow was created is on the market. Creator and showrunner of the ABC TV series Stephen M. Irwin worked out of his unassuming home office at 8 Narrien Court in Samford Village when he wrote and finely tuned the scripts for the series. Harrow will be back for season 2.Mr Irwin’s wife, Sarah Lim, told Property Confidential, that they bought the spacious Samford Village home two years ago, in part so that it could be used as a home office for her husband to write.The six-bedroom home is listed through Ray White — Samford for a price of $1.295 million.As well as Harrow, Mr Irwin is also busy working on Netflix’s first Australian original series Tidelands.The ten part series was created by Mr Irwin and began filming in Queensland earlier this year. What a great place to work form home.It was filmed in and around Brisbane and has already been greenlit for a second season, which is due to film later this year. The home is on the market now.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours agoThe show focused on forensic pathologist Dr Daniel Harrow, who was portrayed by Welsh-born Fantastic Four and Hornblower star Ioan Gruffudd.
Delivered to Costa Cruises by Finnish shipbuilder Meyer Turku in December last year, the ship has been described as a “travelling smart city” where sustainable technologies and circular economy concepts are applied to reduce the environmental footprint and support sustainable cruising.With its technological propulsion system based on LNG, the most advanced fuel technology currently available to reduce emissions, the cruise ship is able to virtually eliminate sulfur dioxide emissions and particulate matter while greatly reducing emissions of nitrogen oxides and CO2. On board, special desalinisation plants process seawater directly to meet daily water supply requirements, and energy consumption is reduced to a minimum thanks to an intelligent energy management system.“It is a pleasure to officially welcome Costa Smeralda to our fleet,” Michael Thamm, Group CEO of Costa Group, which includes Costa, Germany’s brand, AIDA Cruises, and Carnival Asia, said.“(W)e are committed to being the first to introduce environmental innovation and lead the way in sustainable cruising for the cruise industry. We were the first company to invest in LNG and we are currently working to develop other sustainable technologies such as battery storage, fuel cells and liquefied gas from renewable energy sources.”The Costa Group was the first cruise operator in the world to pioneer the LNG propulsion system and has ordered a total of five new LNG-fueled ships, two of which – Costa Smeralda and AIDAnova – are already in service. They are part of the Costa Group’s fleet expansion plan, with a total of seven new ships slated for delivery by 2023 and an overall investment worth over EUR 6 billion (USD 6.5 billion).Costa Smeralda entered service on December 21, 2019, and is operating on a one-week itinerary in the Western Mediterranean with calls at Savona, Marseille, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Civitavecchia/Rome and La Spezia.Read more:Costa Smeralda Refueled with LNG in Barcelona for 1st TimeCosta Smeralda Passengers Allowed to Disembark after Coronavirus Scare Costa Smeralda, a new LNG-powered flagship owned by Italian cruise line Costa Cruises, was named in Savona, Italy, on February 22.The ship’s godmother was international celebrity Penélope Cruz, who performed the ribbon-cutting duties with the traditional breaking of the bottle against the bow of the ship in the presence of the Master of Costa Smeralda, Paolo Benini..@PenelopeCruzOfi, we are honored to have you as Costa Smeralda’s godmother! We had a fantastic naming ceremony in Savaona this weekend! RT if you’re cruising on this ship soon. pic.twitter.com/1hrIgAmXfX— Costa Cruises (@CostaCruises) February 24, 2020
Stuff.co.nz Business 13 March 2012Most of the international research suggests that marriage increases the wealth of couples substantially, so that engagement ring might just be the best investment you make. There’s not much local research to go by, but a United States longitudinal study found married respondents increased their net worth by a colossal 77 per cent more than those living the single life. Sociologists and economists alike scratch their heads over exactly why this is so. Popular theories include greater work ethic from people with family to support, and the cost efficiencies of shared living. “The advantage of two people getting together and combining resources is obviously you can leverage yourself into, for instance, buying a property,” Stuart says….MARRIAGE PENALTIESThe knowledge that getting hitched will slash your income by thousands of dollars could cast a cloud over the most jubilant wedding celebration. “It’s a huge disincentive, if you figure it out just in terms of income levels of the household,” says Bob McCoskrie, national director of conservative lobby group Family First NZ. In 2008, his group commissioned the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research to undertake some research around marital income – with interesting results. What the report found were “marriage penalties” – parents would typically receive a higher total income if they separated, even after taking added living costs into account. Let’s say you’re married with a couple of kids, and the sole breadwinner is pulling in $52,000. Living apart, your combined income would be more than $5,000 higher, despite the higher accommodation costs. That gap gets even wider with two salaries. If mum works part-time and earns $12,480, and dad is still earning his $52,000, they’d actually be better off split up, to the tune of $9,325. Ironically, marriage is not such a losing proposition if you don’t have offspring running around underfoot. The penalties are higher for families with children because there’s more government assistance targeted at them. For those like McCoskrie who believe marriage is a founding pillar of society, it’s something of a bugbear: “If you’re wanting to promote stability in homes, why are families who are married being financially penalised, as opposed to those where there is separation or even divorce?”http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/money/6562065/Is-there-money-in-marriage
Loading… Manchester United are reportedly looking at bringing in a defender on loan after losing Harry Maguire to injury.Advertisement Read Also: Inter Milan make move for Man United defenderMaguire suffered a hip tear during the 0-0 FA Cup third round draw with Wolves last Saturday.He missed United’s embarrassing 3-1 Carabao Cup semi-final first leg defeat to Manchester City on Tuesday.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The Manchester Evening News claims Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is mounting a desperate search for a new centre-back after Maguire was ruled out with a hip injury. However, the United boss does not want to sign a replacement on a permanent deal.He instead would like to secure a back-up on loan until the summer.But Solskjaer could have some trouble finding a top-level player available for a short-term switch. Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth6 Most Breathtaking Bridges In The World14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Amazing Movies You Need To Watch On Amazon Prime7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year