Japan says it will tighten rules for overseas coal plant financing

first_imgJapan says it will tighten rules for overseas coal plant financing FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:The Japanese government on Thursday said it will tighten state-backed financing criteria for overseas coal-fired power plants after facing criticism over its support for the dirtiest fossil fuel  The move marks a partial shift away from Japan’s strong official backing for coal but includes exemptions, leaving some non-governmental organizations sceptical about how much impact the new approach will have.“As a principle, the government will not provide assistance for new coal projects to those countries where Japan is not fully aware of the local energy situation and challenges or policies for decarbonisation,” the government said in a statement.It has received criticism from many quarters over its support, usually through Japan’s export credit agency, for the construction of coal-fired plants in countries such as Indonesia and Vietnam, as well as new plants at home.Japan’s latest move includes exemptions, however, such as when there are no alternatives to coal for the energy stability of a country seeking to build a coal-fired station provided it uses so-called clean coal technology from Japan.Japan’s private banks and companies have been tightening coal policies or cutting investments.That partly reflects the fact that renewable energy and natural gas are getting cheaper, with many countries turning away from coal, one analyst said.“The economics have moved so far and this is just Japan catching up with the economics,” said Tim Buckley, director of energy finance studies Australia/South Asia at the Institute Economics and Financial Analysis.[Aaron Sheldrick and Yuka Obayashi]More: Japan tightens rules on support for overseas coal-fired plantslast_img read more

4 traits of a great boss

first_img 86SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details YOU are the boss. Do you consider yourself a good one? If you’re not quite sure how to answer that, here are four traits of an awesome boss that you might want to consider.A great boss is a rock: When times get tough, employees can get rattled. As the boss, it’s your job to stay cool, calm, and collected. When craziness invades your office, you are the one who calms everyone down. Step back, take a deep breath, and lead your team in solving whatever problem has arisen.A great boss is honest: You might be thinking, “I don’t lie.” But what about those little “white” lies that we all tend to tell at least every now and then? When it comes to your employees, you’re not doing them any favors if you’re not completely upfront with them. Sometimes you may think it’s in an employee’s best interest to let something slide, but if you really want your staff to trust you, you should be honest about anything that could affect them.A great boss is a mechanic: You may not be able to change out a radiator, but as the mechanic of your office, you keep things running smoothly. Being able to troubleshoot and fix problems can be one of the most important aspects of being a leader. When difficult issues arise, you’re the one who should embrace the challenge of fixing them.A great boss loves what they do: If you don’t love your job and what you do, your employees will know it. While you might fool some people for a while, sooner or later it’ll start to show. If you don’t love the position you’re in, it’ll be really tough for you to be optimistic, engaging, and motivating.last_img read more

GO-TIME: Expedited Medicaid Processing Initiative Results in $3.5 Million More in Drug and Alcohol Treatment Services

first_imgGO-TIME: Expedited Medicaid Processing Initiative Results in $3.5 Million More in Drug and Alcohol Treatment Services August 10, 2016 Efficiency,  GO-TIME,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – By working with the Department of Human Services (DHS) to expedite the processing of Medicaid applications for offenders entering residential drug and alcohol treatment directly from county jail, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) enabled nearly $3.5 million to be spent on other populations in need of drug and alcohol treatment-related services in fiscal year 15-16.“At a time when thousands of Pennsylvanians are dying due to drug overdoses, it is crucial to effectively spend our resources in order to provide services to more Pennsylvanians,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “Through the Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency (GO-TIME), I challenged all state agencies to generate meaningful savings and cost efficiencies, while also transforming ineffective programs and delivering better customer service. The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs created an effective way to redirect money to other populations to improve and expand drug and alcohol treatment services.”County courts request clinical assessments for certain offenders who may be offered drug and alcohol treatment as part of their sentence. The assessments are provided through county-level drug and alcohol administrators (called Single County Authorities), with which DDAP holds grant agreements. Using the Pennsylvania Client Placement Criteria, those offenders who meet the criteria for a residential level of care are directly transferred to an appropriate facility. At the same time, DHS’s County Assistance Offices expedite processing of Medicaid applications for the offenders. Medicaid is a joint federal and state program that helps with medical costs for some people with limited income and resources.By expediting enrollment in Medicaid for offenders, state funds can then be spent on other populations in need as well as case management.“Since the inception of this program, all 47 Single County Authorities in Pennsylvania have been required to participate, enabling the Department to bridge a significant treatment gap,” said DDAP Secretary Gary Tennis. “In appropriate instances, not only are we treating rather than incarcerating, we are more cost-effectively using our limited resources. This is an excellent example of the value and effectiveness of cross-department collaboration and innovative, creative thinking.”Governor Wolf announced earlier this month that state agencies saved more than $156 million in FY 15-16, exceeding the $150 million savings goal he set for the GO-TIME initiative. To learn more about how GO-TIME is working to modernize government operations in order to reduce costs and improve services, visit www.governor.pa.gov/go-time/.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Dutch transport pension fund to adopt one-tier board

first_imgThe fact that SPF wanted to stick to its board setup was a reason for failed merger talks in 2017. At the time, SPOV was worried about the expertise of the equally represented executive trustees.A spokesman for SPF Beheer, the provider and asset manager for the merged pension fund, explained that the new board model increased Rail&OV’s decisiveness, while keeping the concept of equal representation.On the new executive board, Sabijn Timmers will handle portfolio finance, risk and IT. Currently she is director of risk management at Triodos Bank. Bart Oldenkamp, head of investment solutions at asset manager Robeco, has been tasked with asset management.Peter-Paul Witte – SPOV’s current chair – is to become responsible for the temporary portfolio of transition.All envisaged non-executive members originate from SPF and SPOV’s boards, with Paula Verhoef, Peggy Wilson and Frans van Wanrooij representing workers.Huub van den Dungen and Rob Elberse are to represent pensioners. Mathilde Reintjes, Ronald Klein Wassink, Fred Kagie and Hans Fleer are to be appointed on behalf of the employers, which include the Dutch railways (NS), ProRail and the association of public transport companies (VOV).There is still one vacancy to be filled.The new €23.3bn pension fund is to start as of 1 April and will operate under chief executive officer Walter Mutsaers.He is currently CEO at MPD, the pensions provider and asset manager for the €7.2bn pension fund PNO Media, and a former director at MN, the pensions provider and asset manager for the large metal schemes PMT and PME. Rail&OV, the new Dutch scheme of merged railways pension fund SPF and public transport scheme SPOV, is to switch to a one-tier board.Currently, SPOV has a board model of equal representation, whereas SPF has a “mixed one-tier board”, of equally represented trustees combined with external supervisory members.The executive board of the new scheme will be made up of four full-time members. It will be independently chaired by Gerard Groten, the current chair of SPF, who is also to become one of the 11 members of the non-executive board.Dutch pension funds are increasingly switching from equally represented boards to a one-tier structure as it is considered more effective, efficient and transparent than the traditional paritary ones. A one-tier board, for example, doesn’t need a separate supervisory body.last_img read more

Extravagant pools on the market in Townsville

first_imgThis pool is located at 19 Cashell Crescent at Bushland Beach which is on the market for over $1M.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020REMAX agent Michele Hyde, who is marketing an award-winning property at 19 Cashell Crescent, said having a nice pool will increase the value of a house.“A lot of people are after swimming pools, even if it’s just to look at,” Ms Hyde said. Unique home with a cricket pitch in the front yard READ MORE This property is located at 15/18 High Vista Drive and is on the market for $990,000.Another show stopping pool is on the market at 15/18 High Vista Drive in Mount Louisa.For $990,000. the house, heated spa and stunning 12 metre-long pebblecrete pool could be yours.If ocean views are more your thing, the pool at 26 Waterview Drive in Bushland Beach could be what you’re looking for. Situated at the front of the property, the huge pool looks out to the water, with a stone walkway leading straight from the pool and down onto the sand. center_img This house at 71 Glenlyon Drive is on the market for $599,000“A pool undoubtedly ups the value and the overall liveability of a property.“It’s obviously not mandatory though, every buyer wants different things but they’re certainly in demand in Townsville because you can’t escape the heat in summer.” This huge pool is located on 13 Staaten Street and is up for grabs in Pimlico.REGARDLESS of the season, a good-looking swimming pool will never go out of style in Townsville — and there are currently some beauties on the market. Whether it spans the length of the house, has views over the city or boasts underwater cocktail benches, there is something for every buyer.READ MORE Beachside units for $30k last_img read more

Laurel man charged in Connersville burglary investigation

first_imgConnersville, In. — Indiana State Police and officers from the Connersville Police Department arrested a Laurel man for burglary Saturday.Around 9:30 p.m. police were called to the Turtle Creek Apartments to investigate a report of a man making threats and trying to enter an occupied unit. The occupants told police the man could be in Laurel at a residence on Lafayette Street.Police located and arrested Billy Burkhart, 30, for felony burglary and intimidation and taken to the Fayette County Jail.last_img read more

Top-Ranked Argonauts Win Ninth Straight

first_img Share Top-Ranked Argonauts Win Ninth Straight April 21, 2007ARKADELPHIA, Ark. – Top-ranked West Florida (22-2) only dropped one game in a 5-0 win over Christian Brothers (0-11) in the quarterfinals of the Carpet One/Gulf South Conference Men’s Tennis Tournament. West Florida will advance to the semifinals to face Delta State.West Florida won all three doubles matches by 8-0 scores. Only the fourth and fifth singles position matches were completed as the Argonauts only dropped one game in singles play.RESULTS#1 Singles: #6 Dante Bottini (UWF) vs. Keith Wyrick (CBU), unfinished#2 Singles: Luis Arboleda (UWF) vs. Justin Kyle Byrd (CBU), unfinished#3 Singles: Luiz Bernardi (UWF) vs. Clifton Gibbs (CBU), unfinished#4 Singles: Mark McGuigan (UWF) def. Anthony Eddy (CBU), 6-0, 6-0#5 Singles: Vivian Chhetri (UWF) def. Corry Franklin (CBU), 6-0, 6-1#6 Singles: Marco Matteucci (UWF) vs. Matt Wiseman (CBU), unfinished#1 Doubles: D. Bottini/Nicolas Barrientos (UWF) def. K. Wyrick/Ryan Nicolini (CBU), 8-0#2 Doubles: Eduardo Cavasotti/L. Bernardi (UWF) def. C. Gibbs/A. Eddy (CBU), 8-0#3 Doubles: L. Arboleda/V. Chhetri (UWF) def. C. Franklin/M. Wiseman (CBU), 8-0<>Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Drive-Thru Testing Sites Set to Open This Week in Broward County

first_imgMore drive-thru coronavirus test sites are about to open in Broward County.They are set to begin testing in Weston as early as Thursday and in Pembroke Pines by Friday.Testing will be limited only to individuals who meet the current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, which have been broadened as the virus has continued to spread:-Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions who have fever, cough or any type of respiratory distress.-Any people — including healthcare workers — who within 14 days of symptom onset had contact with a suspected or confirmed coronavirus patient.-Any people with history of travel from an affected area or an area with community spread.In addition, Cleveland Clinic Florida said it has started scheduling appointments for drive-thru testing in Weston, and will begin testing patients with scheduled appointments on Thursday. Testing will take place at Cleveland Clinic Weston’s Krupa Center, which is located at 3250 Meridian Parkway, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.Potential patients should call the Cleveland Clinic Florida appointment center at (954) 659-5951 in order to be scheduled for a test. A nurse will screen callers and will determine whether the caller meets the federal testing criteria.A five-lane mobile coronavirus test site, to be staffed in part by 100 people from the Florida National Guard’s Medical Task Force, should open in CB Smith Park’s park-and-ride lot by Friday.Memorial Healthcare System, which will operate the drive-thru in partnership with the National Guard and the Florida Department of Health, will begin testing on a limited basis for healthcare workers, first responders and people 65 and older who show symptoms. Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday that the site will begin with 1,700 collection swabs.“We want to get more swabs, and as soon as we do, we’ll be able to expand who we test,” DeSantis said. Initially, the tests will be processed at Memorial so that people can get results within hours. As the testing expands, samples will be sent out for processing and results, which could take a few days.Memorial has not yet established its hours of operation, and appointments will be needed.Broward has the most cases in Florida, with 80 as of Wednesday evening. Half of the eight deaths announced in the state as of Wednesday evening have also occurred in the county.last_img read more

Cricket News Smriti Mandhana 83 helps India thrash Australia in ICC Women’s World T20

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Smriti Mandhana’s magnificent 83 and contributions from India’s spinners gave India a thumping 48-run win over Australia in the final Group B game of the ICC Women’s World T20 in Providence, Guyana. With this win, India have topped the group and will face the loser of the West Indies vs England game. This was India’s first-ever win against Australia in this tournament and this will give them plenty of momentum as they seek to win the title for the first time. Mandhana, who had struggled earlier in the tournament, put on her best show against her favourite opponents and that set the base for India to achieve their highest total in Twenty20 Internationals against the three-time World T20 champions.Read More |ICC Women’s World T20 witnesses an entry into the million clubOpting to bat, India lost Taniya Bhatia (2) but after a slow start, Mandhana opened the shackles with a straight-driven boundary off Megan Schutt in the fourth over. However, the left-hander went after Sophie Molineux by launching her over long on for a six and then late-cutting a short ball past backward point. Mandhana continued to find the boundary by launching Schutt over long on for her second six and then cracking a cut shot to the deep backward point fence. With 34 runs coming off three overs, India had gotten momentum.Read More | ‘Sensible decisions key for Indian team’s success in Australia’After losing Jemimah Rodrigues (6) cheaply, Mandhana found great support in skipper Harmanpreet Kaur and the duo continued to attack. Harmanpreet got going with a six over deep midwicket off Molineux and Mandhana reached her fifty off 31 balls by sweeping Ashleigh Gardner to the fine leg fence. Harmanpreet continued to pepper the boundary and the 68-run stand put India on course for a big total.However, Australia fought back with quick wickets towards the end, including Harmanpreet for an aggressive 43. In the 15th over, Mandhana was adjudged LBW and on Veda Krishnamurthy’s insistence, she took the review and replays showed the ball was pitching outside the line of leg stump. This boosted Mandhana and she went past 1000 runs in Twenty20 Internationals. India finished on 167/8 and on a pitch assisting the spinners, Harmanpreet’s side held the upper hand.Australia struggleIn response, Australia were dealt a body blow before the start of their chase as wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy was injured. In the 19th over of the innings, Healy had a nasty collision with Schutt and she injured her shoulder in the process.Read More | Jasprit Bumrah will be X-factor for India in Australia: Damien FlemingAustralia never got going as India’s spinners worked their charm on a slow, low Providence wicket. Anuja Patil, Deepti Sharma, Radha Yadav and Poonam Yadav all worked their magic to wreck the Australian chase. Deepti Sharma started off with a bang by taking two wickets. Poonam and Radha combined in tandem in the middle overs to ensure Australia did not get away.Ellyse Perry kept Australia in the hunt with an aggressive 39 but Patil ran through the lower order to finish with 3/15 as India secured a famous win. Speaking in the post-match presser, captain Harmanpreet said with such good players in the side, the team had to put in a solid performance.Mandhana, who was named player of the match, was relieved that she could finally convert her start into a big score and thanked her partner Veda Krishnamurthy for her presence of mind. “First three matches I got starts but couldn’t convert it. So, I just wanted to score big today. Veda insisted on the review, and thanks to her we got 20-30 runs extra,” Mandhana said. last_img read more


first_imgWhile reviewing the verdict from the Supreme Court last Friday that sent both Giwa and Pinnick to the lower court for retrial, the NFF board led by Pinnick said that that it had taken note of the decision of the Supreme Court to refer back to the Federal High Court, and start afresh a case brought before the apex court by two football stakeholders against the NFF leadership.The statement from the NFF reads: “NFF 1st Vice President/Chairman, Legal Committee, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, said the NFF Board appreciated the reasoning of the apex court in refusing the prayers of the appellants, which if granted would have accorded them some kind of legitimacy, against the backdrop of an ongoing administration of Nigerian Football which is at the cusp of taking Nigeria to the world’s greatest football event, the World Cup.“He disclosed that the NFF’s lawyers are confidently prepared to argue the case afresh and look forward to finally putting the matter to rest, and to prove to the world that Nigerian football can continue to be run in its orderly manner.“He referred to the case as a mere distraction for Nigerian football which ought not to have been instituted in the first place given the convention for resolution of football disputes.“The 1st Vice President said: “We are law-abiding citizens of this great country, and we have no qualms about starting the case afresh. The Supreme Court did the right thing in the circumstances, and while we must be careful not to discuss matters which are subjudice, we must note that the appellants have within the norms in sporting disputes, actually exhausted all legitimate channels in this matter, including arguing their position, and failing, at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.Meanwhile, the bans imposed on Chris Giwa by the world football governing body FIFA and continental body CAF remain in place.The CAF letter conveying the world-wide ban on Giwa was dated February 6, 2017 and signed by the Deputy Secretary to the Disciplinary Committee extended the ban imposed by the Nigeria Football Federation and the Confederation of African Football to a worldwide status.FIFA also handed down the same punishment to four other officials, who were involved in the NFF leadership tussle.The letter read, “FIFA can confirm  the worldwide extension of sanctions imposed by the Nigerian Football Federation’s (NFF) Disciplinary Committee on 12 May 2016 against the officials Christopher Giwa, Muazu Suleyman, Yahaya Adama, Sani Fema and Johnson Effiong for breaches of the NFF Statutes and the FIFA Code of Ethics.“In accordance with art. 136 ff of the FIFA Disciplinary Code, the Chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has decided to extend the five-year ban from taking part in any kind of football-related activity imposed on the five officials to have worldwide effect.“The relevant member association as well as CAF have been duly notified of the chairman’s decision.”The FIFA sanction excludes him from all football matters May 11, 2021.Giwa was first banned by the NFF in May 2016, after they approached a civil court over the leadership tussle – an action that is against the federation’s statutes.This five-year sanction was later extended by CAF.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram *FIFA: Giwa remains banned from all football activitiesBy Femi SolajaThe board of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), insisted yesterday that Friday’s verdict by the Supreme Court on the lingering leadership tussle between Chris Giwa and Amaju Pinnick was no threat to the country’s participation at the World Cup next June.last_img read more