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Duke Energy outlines coal phase-out plans

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Charlotte Observer:Duke Energy plans to close its seven North Carolina coal plants during the next 30 years, according to filings this week with state regulators.Those plans include calling for the Allen Steam Station, just outside of Charlotte in Gaston County, to close in 10 years, according to Duke. Coal plants like Allen are made up of different coal units, which are projected to close at different times. The first three units at Allen are expected to close even sooner — by 2024.“As we lower our carbon footprint, Duke Energy is increasingly moving away from coal-fired generation and we are not including the addition of coal-fired generation going forward,” said Meredith Archie, spokeswoman for Duke.“This is not a Duke Energy phenomenon,” said David Doctor of E4 Carolinas, an association for Carolinas energy sector members. “This is a national phenomenon.” Utilities can retire coal plants and then add solar, wind and waste energy or natural gas plants to their systems, putting new capital on their books that will help them maintain their earnings, Doctor said.Duke’s final N.C. coal unit retirement is expected to occur in 2048 at the Rogers Energy Complex in Cliffside. That unit six opened in 2012 and “is one of the cleanest coal-powered plants in the United States,” according to Duke’s website.Duke’s 15-year projections fit in with the company’s sustainability goal to reduce “carbon emissions by more than 40 (percent) from 2005 levels by 2030. The plans accomplish this goal, despite serving more customer demand over the planning period and without federal or state carbon mandates,” the filing said.More: Duke Energy plans to close all of its NC coal plants. But it’ll take a while. Duke Energy outlines coal phase-out planslast_img read more

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Mountain Mama: SUP’ing with Aloha

first_imgFriday started on such a high note that I skipped instead of walked from one dreaded meeting to the next. I found myself smiling during challenging discussions. Want to know the secret to my blissed out state?Hint: three letters beginning with the letter “S,” but probably not the word that comes to mind.SUP, shorthand for standup paddleboard, was responsible for my good mood. Friday morning I saw my hometown river from a whole new perspective on a SUP tour with Kyle Ellison who recently launched Wai Mauna in Asheville. “Wai Mauna” translates as “mountain water,” a fitting name for this Hawaiian native who moved from the beaches of Maui to the mountains of Western North Carolina.Kyle tells me about the history of Hominy Creek as I get comfortable negotiating my board around rocks and on barely moving current. At the confluence of Hominy Creek and the French Broad, Kyle cautions me that the stronger current of the river will grab my broadside if I paddle perpendicular with the current. I take a decisive turning stroke and am paddling downstream with the current.With each paddle stroke, the sun appeared to hula-hoop across the river, golden orbs of light looping outward, fading away at the edges to a yellow glow that permeates the morning. Kyle uses a wide, stable board for his tours, which allows me to feel comfortable looking around.Standing up offers me a new perspective of the familiar – I see the just-below-the-surface rocks to avoid earlier and the light reflects off the waves creating stained-glass-like rays of greens. Kyle points to something floating on the water. It looks like a leaf, the palest possible pink without being mistaken for white.I spend a lot of time on the river in a kayak. Like most paddlers I know, the river has become a sacred place for me. Spending time on or near rivers is the closest I know to encountering the divine.I look closer and realize it’s a floating flower. The more I start looking for other pink blooms, I realize they surround us. Beyond the river, mountain laurel bushes still hold a few light pink budding beauties. Gratitude wells up inside of me for being there in that moment, paddling as the sun rises among the floating flowers.I thank the bushes for their willingness to let go of their beauty so that I can experience it like this, floating in the current beside me.I look up at Kyle and he smiles at me. “I knew you’d love the morning tour, it’s a special time to be on the river.”To make the tour even more appealing, Kyle gives $5 of every tour and $2 of every SUP rental to RiverLink , a non-profit that engages the community with the French Broad River.He says, “It’s simply the right thing to do. The river provides me with my livelihood as well as my entertainment, so it only makes sense to give back to the river in whatever capacity that I can. In Hawaii, where I was raised and moved from, the concept of ‘Mālama ‘Āina’ is a central to sustainable growth. Literally, ‘Mālama ‘Āina’ means to care for the land and it’s our duty to give back.”As Kyle finishes telling me about his connection with RiverLink, we see the RiverLink property where we will take and paddle toward the wooden steps built into the river bank. I carry my board up to Kyle’s van and trailer before parting ways.Perhaps it’s being on the water at dawn. Or the freedom of being a beginner again, exploring familiar terrain on a new craft. Or maybe it’s the ability to look at the river from a new angle. Whatever it is, being on a paddleboard leaves me with a sense of serenity, completely at peace with the day ahead. I soak up a lingering glance of the river and promise to come back soon.To book a sunrise tour with Kyle, visit his website.last_img read more

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Porec has joined the list of cities for tourist running

first_imgAfter Zagreb, Split, Pula, Opatija, Šibenik, Rovinj, Omiš, Hvar, Munich and Graz, the city of Poreč also joined the racing cities through the SightRun tourist running application. “Proud of the results achieved so far, but also aware of the fact that we cannot leave the development of tourism to chance, we have seriously embarked on planning five-year development initiatives that will realize our vision to become the leading Croatian destination for family and active holidays. a wide range of sports and recreational activities. By introducing the SightRun application, we are investing in an infrastructure that will raise the ambient value of the cluster and improve the guest experience, and brand our destination as a runner friendy. The slogan of our visual identity “You complete us” speaks in favor of the great enthusiasm of all involved in the tourist offer to provide our guests with unforgettable moments in Porec” said the director of the Poreč Tourist Board, Nenad Velenik. SightRun is a free mobile application that connects running and sightseeing, and uses the mobile phone’s GPS system to navigate and activate audio recordings that give the user interesting information about the city. It is for this reason that it does not matter how fast / slow the user moves. Earphones are enough to use the application, and it is not necessary to look at the mobile device during use, which allows complete freedom of movement and enjoyment of running and sightseeing. Goran Vrus, assistant director of the sector for sports operations from the Blue Lagoon pointed out that in the Blue Lagoon they are aware of the growing popularity of running as a sport and the choice of recreation. “For several years now, we have been hosting the increasingly successful Blue Lagoon Half Marathon, and this year we brought the Blue Lagoon Triathlon 5150, IRONKIDS and Iron Girl races to Poreč for the first time. It is on this threshold that Plava Laguna complements the offer with a guided racing tour for all those guests who do not want to give up their favorite activity even on vacation. Travelers rely on their mobile devices to gather information and many other activities before, during and after the trip, so it is important to recognize their needs and provide them with innovative content and unforgettable experiences through their favorite media, available at any time.” Toni Hrvatin, head of destination product development at Valamar, added that Valamar is actively investing in the development of sports infrastructure, programs and a whole range of outdoor events in the destinations in which it operates. We believe that it is necessary to invest in the development of the offer of the racing segment, which is accompanied by a rapidly growing trend globally. The SightRun app is a great example of an innovative tourism product and additional offerings for guests and locals. The routes in the application include and present all the beauties of Poreč, so we are glad that together with our destination partners in Poreč we supported the development of this project.” center_img The Tourist Board of the City of Poreč presented a new tourist product SightRun – audio racing tours intended for active guests of Poreč. Visitors to Poreč who enjoy running now have five audio racing tours at their disposal, all tours in the length of 9 to 9.6 km.  Poreč City Tour – north and Poreč City Tour – south start in front of the City Hall, while other tours start in front of Valamar and Plava Laguna hotels. Guests also have access to the Valamar Borik Tour, which starts in front of the Valamar Zagreb Hotel, and the Valamar Diamant Tour, which starts in front of the Valamar Diamant Hotel, and the Plava Laguna Run tour, whose starting location is in front of the Molindrio Plava Laguna Hotel. All tours are available in Croatian and English and are free for users. “We are extremely glad that Poreč has joined the Runner Friendly destinations that we support through the SightRun application. Such collaborations not only contribute to the development of the destination, but also together we build the image that even with domestic technological solutions we can be innovative in tourism. I believe that the Croatian startup scene can offer more interesting solutions from which all actors in tourism can benefit”  concluded Sandra Bortek, Marketing Director of SightRun.last_img read more

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Two Ghanaians shortlisted for coaching programme in the UK

first_imgTwo Ghanaians have been selected for the World Remit Future Stars Football Coaching Programme at Arsenal Football Club in October.Godsway Tek Agyagbo from Hohoe, Volta Region and Innocents Yeboah-Num, from Abease, Pru West District will join twenty-three other Africans for the programme.The Future Stars programme was launched in August to offer local coaches from across Africa the chance to attend an exclusive new training camp with Arsenal’s top Soccer Schools coaches in London. The programme is a new initiative set up by WorldRemit, the official online money transfer partner of Arsenal Football Club, to recognise and reward the valuable contribution that youth coaches make to the communities they serve.The programme received around 700 applications in a week from across Africa. A shortlist of 25 coaches has been selected by a judging panel of representatives from Arsenal and WorldRemit. In recognition of their hard work, the 25 shortlisted coaches will receive official Arsenal shirts for their youth team. The two shortlisted coaches from Abease and Accra expressed their intentions to use the power of football to address challenges in their community such as alleviating the challenges of poverty in achieving their full potential to empowering girls and young women and increasing the level of professionalism in football coaching in the country.  From the 25 shortlisted applicants, five finalists chosen by the judges will go through to a public vote, where they will compete for the chance to train with Arsenal Soccer Schools coaches. The five finalists will be featured on the futurestars.worldremit.com website and voting will open in the last week of September. WorldRemit will pay for the successful applicant to travel to London in October to attend the Future Stars camp. The programme will equip them with coaching skills which they can take back to build a lasting legacy of coaching excellence in their country. Andrew Stewart, Managing Director Middle East & Africa at WorldRemit said: “The high volume of entries we received from Ghana is a clear indication of the importance of youth football coaching in the community and the vital role of sport in the community. We see the strength of the entries from Ghana as a very promising sign for the country’s future. “Like these coaches, our customers are helping to build a better future for others. Our goal is to make it easier for them to do so. Following their example, we hope to use opportunities like our partnership with Arsenal to have a positive impact on communities across the globe.” Simon McManus of Arsenal Soccer Schools said: “Football has the power to bring communities together, and through our relationship with WorldRemit we can really inspire confidence and encourage positive social change. We pride ourselves on excellence in all we do and we were very impressed with how strongly the commitment to outstanding coaching was reflected by Ghanaians. The work these participants have already done in developing their coaching shows the immense potential of coaching in Ghana. The standard of entries was very impressive, making this a real challenge for the judges. We are eagerly anticipating the final results and look forward to welcoming the successful coach to London.”last_img read more

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FanDuel NFL Playoffs DFS Picks: Lineup advice for Divisional Round daily fantasy football tournaments

first_imgThe second round of the NFL Playoffs kick off Saturday, and with it comes four games and a host of NFL DFS contests that allow you to hold onto that fantasy feeling for a little while longer. When putting together daily fantasy football lineups for the Saturday-Sunday slate, you’re choosing from some of the game’s biggest offensive stars. However, you’re also choosing players in mostly unfavorable matchups. Balancing talent, matchups, and budget is more important than ever, and we feel we’ve done a good job of that with our divisional round FanDuel GPP picks. Our primary strategy involves attacking the worst defense left in the playoffs — Houston. By stacking Chiefs against them, we’re getting high-floor, high-ceiling players, and we’re actually able to get one of them at a discount. We’re also going with a correlating Houston player to complete our game stack, and then filling in our lineup with a high-target WR1, big-play WR2, and boom-or-bust WR3. We’re also going with a two-TE lineup construction that will hopefully further differentiate our picks.  MORE DIVISIONAL ROUND DFS: DraftKings | YahooNFL Playoffs DFS Picks: FanDuel GPP LineupQB Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs vs. Texans ($8,600). Mahomes has been downright “ordinary” over his past six games, averaging 234.2 passing yards and accounting for 10 total TDs. Hopefully, that means others will fade him. Mahomes is still a lethal passer with big-play weapons, and we expect the Chiefs to fully unleash him in this favorable matchup against a Texans defense that allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to QBs during the regular season. Mahomes has added some value with his legs down the stretch (22.7 rushing yards per game, two rushing TDs over his past six games), and he’s already carved up Houston once this year (273 yards, three TDs), so you know the floor and and ceiling are high. RB Damien Williams, Chiefs vs. Texans ($6,900). Williams is priced as the RB5 on FanDuel, which isn’t egregious but still makes him a value play. He returned from a rib injury in Week 16 and clearly cemented himself as Kansas City’s lead back. Over the final two weeks of the season, he totaled 35 touches (28 carries, seven receptions), 246 total yards, and three TDs, which was similar to his two-game playoff totals last year (45 touches, 250 total yards, four TDs). This week, he faces a Texans defense that allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to RBs during the regular season. He makes for a solid stacking partner with Mahomes because of his involvement in the Chiefs passing game, and he might not be as chalky as he should be because of his lengthy layoff earlier in the year.  RB Duke Johnson, Texans @ Chiefs ($5,600). It can be dangerous to try to predict game script, especially in the playoffs, but we fully expect the Chiefs to score early and fairly often against the Texans. If Houston falls behind by two possessions, expect to see Johnson on the field more than Carlos Hyde. That could means big things for the ace receiving back, who typically sees around eight touches per game. If that number can bump up to double-digits (something that happened four times this season), Johnson will have a solid floor, especially when you factor in that Kansas City allowed the third-most receptions and most receiving yards to RBs this season. Johnson posted 54 total yards and a score on seven touches against the Chiefs earlier this year, which shows he can easily pay off at his modest price. SATURDAY DFS LINEUPS: FanDuel | DraftKingsWR Davante Adams, Packers vs. Seahawks ($8,400). Adams is the best bet for targets this week, as he’s averaged 11.4 since returning from a foot injury in Week 9. That yielded 619 yards and five TDs, including at least 93 yards in each of the past three games. The Seahawks are relatively mediocre against WRs, allowing the 12th-most WR receptions during the regular season, so Adams should rack up catches and has 100-yard, multi-TD upside. WR Deebo Samuel, 49ers vs. Vikings ($6,100). Samuel averaged 5.4 targets per game during the regular season and had nine carries for 122 yards and a TD over the final five games. He’s going to touch the ball — and often in advantageous spots — and that gives him a slightly higher floor than most second-tier receivers. This is a favorable matchup, too, as Minnesota allowed the 11th-most fantasy points to wide receivers during the regular season.WR Tajae Sharpe, Titans @ Ravens ($4,900). If Baltimore struggles anywhere in pass defense, it’s against slot receivers. That was shown by Cole Beasley and Jamison Crowder combining for 10 catches, 119 yards, and three TDs against Baltimore in Weeks 14 and 15. Sharpe is most likely to work out of the slot with Adam Humphries (ankle) banged up, so if you need a low-owned, lotto-ticket receiver in a GPP, Sharpe has a decent amount of upside. SUNDAY DFS LINEUPS: FanDuel | DraftKings TE Travis Kelce, Chiefs vs. Texans ($7,500). In Weeks 11-15, Kelce had at least 90 yards three times and scored three total touchdowns. He’s essentially a stud wide receiver you can plug-and-play at tight end, and against the Texans, who allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to TEs, he’s close to a sure thing (despite catching just four passes for 58 yards against Houston in Week 6). George Kittle at $7,400 is a fine play (despite the much tougher matchup), but since we have Mahomes at QB, we’re going with the stack and hoping for multiple TD connections. FLEX Mark Andrews, Ravens vs. Titans ($6,800). Kelce and Kittle have higher floors than Andrews, but he has just as high of a ceiling. Despite a nagging ankle injury, Andrews scored seven TDs over his final seven games, twice posting multiple scores. The Titans allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to TEs during the regular season, so this is a great matchup, too. Most DFS owners don’t like starting two TEs, and with Kittle and  Kelce available — or a host of much cheaper options — Andrews might fall through the cracks more than he should. Either way, we’ll have slightly differentiated our lineup by having two of the top TEs. D/ST San Francisco 49ers vs. Vikings ($4,600). Kirk Cousins got the “big-game monkey” off his back last week, but that doesn’t mean it’s only onward and upward from here on out. The 49ers defense hasn’t been as good down the stretch, but with Dee Ford (hamstring) and Kwon Alexander (pectoral) expected back and a week to prepare for Cousins and the Vikings, we expect a few big plays. Because we can afford it, we’re paying up and hoping others are punting the position and paying down for an even riskier D/ST.last_img read more

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Mulindwa eyes return at FUFA?

first_imgMulindwa has also had a troubled relationship with his successor Moses Magogo, his former right hand man at FUFA. Speculation of Mulindwa returning to FUFA started when he constructed a new stadium for his club Vipers FC.Share on: WhatsApp UOC president Blick (left), FUFA VP Mbidde (middle) and Magogo (right). PHOTO BY FUFAFormer Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) President Lawrence Mulindwa could be eyeing a return to the position he left in 2013.While at a graduation ceremony for his daughters held at the newly built St Mary’s Stadium Kitende, Mulindwa reacted to comments made by FUFA Vice President Dennis Mbidde who had labelled him a “leper” among other things on a social media post.“I willingly left but if such insane remarks continue uncontrolled, then I will be left with no option but return and show some of these people the class I am made of”, Mulindwa reportedly said.last_img read more

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Drew Bracey Henderson basketball camp

first_imgKEVIN MURPHY WITH OLDER KIDS EYEING UP THE BASKET—Tijour Andrews 10-year-old from McKeesport eyeing up the basket.Kevin Murphy conducted his third annual basketball camp in memory of his nephew, Drew Bracey Henderson July 22-25.Drew was shot on Dec, 11, 2011 at a Sweet 16 birthday party in Duquesne.The free camp was held at McKeesport Salvation Army located at 821 Walnut Street; McKeesport.“We’re just trying to give the kids a positive alternative,” Murphy said. “We will have our slogan on our T-shirts which is shoot hoops not guns. We will have two age groups between ages 7-11 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and ages 1218 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.KEVIN MURPHY AND VOLUNTEERS WITH YOUNGER KIDS (Photos by J. L. Martello) LAYUP DRILLS—Tyreek Jones 17-years old from McKeesport shooting a layup.WORKING ON FREE THROWS—Saxson Mc­Kisick 11-year-old from McKeesport shooting the basketball from the free through line.SHOOTING DRILLS—David Stuvaints 9-year-old from South Side shooting the ball.TALKING BASKETBALL—Coach Kevin Murphy speaking to the younger kids.OFFENSIVE DRILLS—Islam Abdul-Rabb 15-year old learning offensive drills from Kevin Murphy.last_img read more

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Whitewater Ski Swap goes Sunday at Hume Elementary

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsWant to find a good deal?Simply head on down to the Hume Elementary Gymnasium on Nelson Avenue Sunday for the 19th annual Ski and Snowboard Swap. The event is the annual major fundraiser for the Whitewater Ski Team.Snowboard, telemark and touring and ski gear and clothing can be dropped off at Hume between 9-11 a.m.Twenty percent of sold items goes to the Ski Team with a $3 charge on all unsold items (maximum $10).The swap runs from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Pick-up and payout goes between 4:30-6 p.m.The Whitewater Ski Team is a non-profit organization that develops ski racers’ skills and promotes the fun in skiing through competition.The youngest skiers on the team (six to 11 years) compete on the Nancy Greene Racers. The skiers learn agility, balance and coordination from certified coaches who focus on fun and technical instruction on varied snow conditions.The Nancy Greene skiers train Saturdays from January through to March and race Sundays at local ski hills, including Phoenix near Grand Forks, Salmo, Whitewater, Summit Lake near Nakusp and Rossland’s Red Mountain. The Advanced Racers Program (11-16 years) emphasizes strong technical skiing and fun through training and competition, with coaches promoting mountain safety and technical instruction. For more information, contact Paul Osak at [email protected] or 250.352.0305 or check www.skiwhitewater.com/[email protected]last_img read more

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‘David Beckham influenced LA Galaxy move’, reveals Steven Gerrard

first_imgSteven Gerrard has revealed ex-England team-mate, and one of his ‘heroes’, David Beckham played a key role in his decision to sign for MLS side LA Galaxy.Gerrard followed the footsteps of his former Three Lions skipper at the end of last season by moving to Los Angeles, having rejected a new one year deal at Liverpool and confirmed his intension to leave his boyhood club back in January.Beckham moved from Real Madrid to the Major League Soccer franchise in 2007, where he spent five years and won the MLS Cup in his last match in 2012.And former Liverpool captain Gerrard, who has kept the number eight shirt he wore with distinction for the Anfield club, admits he sought advice from Beckham, as well as former Everton loanee Landon Donavan, before choosing Galaxy.The 35-year-old midfielder was presented to the American press on Tuesday following a training session with his team-mates and cannot wait to get started.“I’m really excited to be with the LA Galaxy and you mentioned two names there, David Beckham and Landon Donovan, who’ve contributed terrifically well for this football club and if I can follow in their footsteps I’ll be very, very happy,” Gerrard said.“David’s a hero of mine, someone who I was lucky to play with – a fantastic guy and a wonderful footballer and he’s certainly someone I leaned on for advice. I asked him a few questions before I decided to come here.“And Landon, who I played against at Everton. He was the enemy for short periods of time and who I’m sure I’ll bump into around the place and it’ll be good to bounce some feedback off him as well – he’s a legend here, he’s a hero.“I’ve looked at some of his performances over the years and that’s the standard I’m sure everyone on this table hopes to see me follow in his footsteps.”Gerrard is set to make his Galaxy debut in a friendly against Mexican outfit Club America this Saturday, with his first MLS clash pencilled in for July 17 at home to San Jose Earthquakes. Former England team-mates David Beckham and Steven Gerrard 1last_img read more

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If you love flight – you will love this!

first_imgIf you love flight you will love this video below.Aviation232 a non-profit organisation has put together a complication of some of the best videos shot by commercial airline pilots around the globe. The video captures a pilot’s flying office beautifully.The video is sourced from: Live from the Flight Deck; aviationforeveryone; SkyWorld; 737Channel; Rodrigo David; Cesar Peter; PilotsEYE.tv; airliner737; djebombrill; pilotdynan : João Gubert; And Boeing is forecasting strong growth in demand for commercial aviation pilots and maintenance technicians as the global fleet expands over the next 20 years.Boeing’s 2014 Pilot and Technician Outlook, released last month projects that between 2014 and 2033, the world’s aviation system will require;• 533,000 new commercial airline pilots• 584,000 new commercial airline maintenance techniciansThe 2014 outlook projects continued increases in pilot demand, which is up approximately 7 percent compared to 2013; and in maintenance training, which increased just over 5 percent.Pilot demand in the Asia Pacific region now comprises 41 percent of the world’s need, and the Middle East region saw significant growth since last year’s outlook due to increased airline capacity and orders for wide-body models which require more crew members.Overall, the global demand is driven by steadily increasing aircraft deliveries, particularly wide-body airplanes, and represents a global requirement for about 27,000 new pilots and 29,000 new technicians annually.Enjoy the video!last_img read more

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