Coal-fired electric generation in India expected to fall for the first time in 14 years

first_imgCoal-fired electric generation in India expected to fall for the first time in 14 years FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Coal’s use for power in India is set to shrink for the first time in at least 14 years as demand slows and cheaper and cleaner renewable sources of electricity erode the fossil fuel’s share.Coal generation fell for a fourth month in November, the longest such streak in government data going back to 2005. That echoes a decline in consumption because of slowing industrial activity and prolonged rains that pushed up production from hydroelectric dams while curbing electricity demand for air conditioning and irrigation.When demand is down, utilities end up reducing offtake from costlier coal plants, and buy more from other sources such as hydro, renewables and nuclear, said Sambitosh Mohapatra, partner for power and utilities at PricewaterhouseCoopers India.Power generation from coal, the most polluting fossil fuel, slumped 11% from a year earlier in November. Output in the year to November fell 2.4%, the first ever drop for the 11-month period.India has a coal-fired generation capacity of almost 198 gigawatts, which accounts for about 54% of its installed generation capacity. That share has reduced over the past years and is set to come down further as the country adds more clean power to deal with air pollution and meet its climate goals. India’s coal fleet used barely 51.4% of its capacity in November, compared with 60.5% a year earlier, Central Electricity Authority data showed.[Rajesh Kumar Singh]More: India’s coal power usage set to shrink for first time in 14 yearslast_img read more

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Start your engines…online!

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Frank Rinaudo Frank Rinaudo is Senior Vice President of GrooveCar Inc. and CU Xpress Lease, he has been responsible for the direction of the company since 2001 following an 18-year career at … Web: www.groovecarinc.com Details Auto buying has changed dramatically in the last several decades. The purchase of a car no longer starts when a customer walks through the door of a dealership. So it is important for credit unions to engage potential members at the beginning of the process. Shoppers for new and pre-owned vehicles start exploring makes and models on their mobile devices anywhere from one to four months before ever stepping foot on a car lot. They are educated about what they like and they are adamant about what they don’t want. If you think just young hipsters, you are partially right; the active older baby-boomer is also tech savvy. So the car choices in the end may be generations apart, but the methodology is the same.Because the initial leg-work is being done online it is important to meet the member where they live, ONLINE! Trips to the dealership to kick the tires are now done with virtual test drives. Payment calculators prepare the consumer for monthly financial expectations. When the consumer arrives at the dealership they are armed and ready to go. In the past, consumers would typically visit up to five dealerships, now a decade later, the average amount of dealerships visited is 1.6. The Internet is a chief conduit in pushing sales, which cannot be ignored.Researching cars online is done by 95 percent of shoppers. Consumers avoid in-person contact to cull information, instead peruse data and reviews about their next purchase on auto buying resource sites. Partnerships with both dealerships and financing providers will help to usher the process along as the average buyer, once the decision has been made, will move quickly to make it happen. Industry studies have found both new and pre-owned car shoppers will look to complete their car purchase in less than 16 hours. The quick and efficient car shopping experience has arrived.With 65 million vehicles being purchased by millennials in the next 5 years, it is important to understand what this group is looking for in a car. This generation wants powerful acceleration, responsive handling, technology and a streamlined buying process. Boomers and seniors are credited with being one in four mobile shoppers in the U.S. This group is gravitating towards technology such as roadside assistance and crash avoidance. Larger cars with connectivity features are especially attractive to the male boomer. Car buying resource sites will help to achieve these goals, bring members in for a loan or a lease that fits their budget and keep a customer returning to dealerships for servicing.last_img read more

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NCUA, regulators issue alternative appraiser options

first_imgNCUA and other federal regulators issued an advisory Wednesday highlighting 2 appraiser options to help insured depository institutions facilitate timely consideration of loan applications. During the review process mandated by the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Act, financial industry representatives raised issues attributed to limited availability of state-certified and licensed appraisers.The Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989 (FIRREA) requires appraisals for federally related transactions to be performed by individuals who meet certification licensing requirements.According to federal regulators, alternatives that may help in areas facing a shortage of appraisers include:Temporary practice permits, which allow appraisers credentialed in one state to provide services on a temporary basis in another state experiencing a shortage of appraisers, subject to state law. The advisory also discusses reciprocity, in which one state allows appraisers that are certified or licensed in another state to obtain certification or licensing without having to meet all of the state’s certification or licensing standards; or 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

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Move the mortgage process forward with digital validation

first_img 24SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In an era when writing checks at the grocery store is an anomaly and having cash available is something people have to plan ahead for, many borrowers are jumping at the chance for a more digital mortgage process. When Fannie Mae rolled out Day 1 Certainty™ just over a year ago, it brought with it an industry-changing standard for a more efficient and certain loan origination process, plus freedom from paper-based processes with digital validation of income, assets, and employment.A couple of decades ago, applying for a mortgage meant gathering up paper paystubs and bank statements and delivering them to the lender by hand. Even today, most borrowers are still scanning hard copies or collecting electronic documents and emailing them to their loan officers or uploading them to web portals.The Desktop Underwriter® (DU®) validation service is making all of that obsolete for many loan applications. Instead, borrowers can consent to digital validation, avoiding the task of amassing either electronic or paper documents, and speeding up the approval process. continue reading »last_img read more

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Grand Slam of Darts 2020: Gerwyn Price, Jonny Clayton in same group after draw | Darts News

first_img Live Grand Slam of Darts November 16, 2020, 1:00pmLive on Gerwyn Price landed his first major title with victory at the Grand Slam of Darts two years ago – he will start his bid to win the title for a third year in a row on Monday World Darts ChampionshipTBC Gerwyn Price will face his World Cup-winning team-mate Jonny Clayton in Group G as he kicks off his bid for a third successive Grand Slam of Darts title.Joining the Welsh pairing in the group are Ryan Joyce and women’s BDO world champion Mikuru Suzuki, who Price lost to on his way to claiming his second Grand Slam crown last year.The Iceman is aiming to become just the third person to lift the prestigious Eric Bristow Trophy for a third successive year – a win in Coventry, where he claimed the World Grand Prix just a few weeks ago, would see him join Michael van Gerwen and Phil Taylor. – Advertisement – World no 1 Michael van Gerwen to face Joe Cullen, Gabriel Clemens and Adam Hunt as he chases first TV title since March – coverage of the Grand Slam of Darts begins on Monday with a bumper double session of action from 1pm on Sky Sports Arena Last Updated: 14/11/20 11:57pm Gerwyn Price landed his first major title with victory at the Grand Slam of Darts two years ago - he will start his bid to win the title for a third year in a row on Monday
Gerwyn Price landed his first major title with victory at the Grand Slam of Darts two years ago - he will start his bid to win the title for a third year in a row on Monday

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The United States’ Only Heavy Icebreaker Catches Fire off Antarctica

first_imgA fire broke out on board the US Coast Guard (USCG) Cutter Polar Star off Antarctica on February 10, 2019. As informed, the fire started in the ship’s incinerator room about 650 miles north of McMurdo Sound.After initial response efforts using four fire extinguishers failed, fire crews spent almost two hours extinguishing the fire.Fire damage was contained inside the incinerator housing, while firefighting water used to cool exhaust pipe in the surrounding area damaged several electrical systems and insulation in the room, according to the USCG.Repairs are already being planned for the Polar Star’s upcoming maintenance period.No injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.“It’s always a serious matter whenever a shipboard fire breaks out at sea, and it’s even more concerning when that ship is in one of the most remote places on Earth,” Vice Adm. Linda Fagan, commander of the US Coast Guard’s Pacific Area, said.Commissioned in 1976, the 43-year old ship is operating beyond its expected 30-year service life. The Polar Star crew recently completed Operation Deep Freeze, an annual joint military service mission in support of the National Science Foundation, the lead agency for the United States Antarctic Program.The Feb. 10 fire was not the first engineering casualty faced by the Polar Star crew this deployment. While en route to Antarctica, one of the ship’s electrical systems began to smoke, causing damage to wiring in an electrical switchboard, and one of the ship’s two evaporators.The ship also experienced a leak from the shaft that drives the ship’s propeller, which halted icebreaking operations to send scuba divers into the water to repair the seal around the shaft.In addition, the Polar Star also suffered ship-wide power outages while breaking ice. Crew members spent nine hours shutting down the ship’s power plant and rebooting the electrical system in order to remedy the outages.Presently, the USCG maintains two icebreakers – the Coast Guard Cutter Healy, which is a medium icebreaker, and the Polar Star, the United States’ only heavy icebreaker. If a catastrophic event, such as getting stuck in the ice, were to happen to the Healy in the Arctic or to the Polar Star near Antarctica, the USCG is left without a self-rescue capability.The Coast Guard has been the sole provider of the nation’s polar icebreaking capability since 1965 and is seeking to increase its icebreaking fleet with six new polar security cutters in order to ensure continued national presence and access to the Polar Regions.After leaving Antarctica, the Polar Star crew arrived in New Zealand for a port call, and they are presently en route to their homeport of Seattle.last_img read more

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LIAPA awaits LIAT action on ECCA report & LIAT investigation

first_imgBusinessLifestyleTravel LIAPA awaits LIAT action on ECCA report & LIAT investigation by: – March 18, 2014 Share Share 79 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img The Leeward Islands Airline Pilot Association (LIAPA) is awaiting the recommendations of an investigation commissioned by LIAT’s board of management to investigate the breach of the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation (ECCA) regulations on November 2, 2013 by its executive management.A statement from LIAPA indicates that LIAT and senior union officials are already in possession of an Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCA) report “which vindicated the stance taken by the pilots union and ruled that as a direct result of the companies actions, LIAT had in fact committed three (3) regulatory breaches of safety regulations, resulting in a possible fine of up to EC $150,000”. “LIAT offered no defence in regard to the three (3) offences and having accepted liability has already paid the fines associated with the incident,” the statement notes. It also notes that the ECCA is reportedly still investigating the “possibility of tampering with documents” surrounding the same indecent which may result in additional fines being levied.This incident represents the first time in its history that the airline has been fined by the authority for breaches of safety regulations. LIAPA anticipates that that a report based on an internal company investigation commissioned by LIAT’s board of directors and conducted by Justice Leroy Innis due to be released shortly, will address directly the matter of accountability and any institutional failings or corporate culture which may have contributed to the breaches in question.Additionally, LIAPA anticipates that where appropriate, ECCA will facilitate any corrective or disciplinary action that may be required to ensure the ongoing institutional integrity of the departments involved and the airline as a whole.Senior union leadership have been quoted as saying “While we are happy that the ECCA has vindicated the stance taken by the professionals of LIALPA on this matter of safety, there is still the outstanding issue of transparency and the matter of accountability of those involved in this serious matter, individuals cannot be allowed to corrupt the entire system. “Additionally, in the context of a reality where the airline is grappling with cash flow issues and asking staff to accept late payment of salaries to not address accountability for an action that directly incurred substantial financial liability to the company is unacceptable and borders on ridiculous”.Sources indicate the Justice Innis report is scheduled to be released shortly and is expected to largely mirror the findings of the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority on the matter. While only ECCA can rule on matters of law and regulatory compliance as it is the final authority on civil aviation matters within the eastern Caribbean jurisdiction, Justice Innis’ report is expected to expand on that and examine internal processes, compliance with company regulations and examine the outstanding accountability issue.LIAPA represents approximately 130 pilots employed by L.I.A.T (1974) Ltd.Dominica Vibes News Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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CARICOM cholera-response project underway in Haiti

first_img Share NewsRegional CARICOM cholera-response project underway in Haiti by: – December 16, 2011 Share Share CARICOM flag. Photo credit: flags.netPORT AU PRINCE, Haiti — The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is executing a project to improve sanitation infrastructure and to sensitize residents of a Cite Soleil community in Haiti in the practice of safe personal and community hygiene. The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) project is being undertaken in support of Haiti’s national strategy to combat the cholera outbreak. The project will improve access to 25 toilet blocks and hand-washing stations for approximately 15,000 residents or 3000 families in the neighbourhood of Brooklyn, a section of Cite Soleil in the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area. Additionally, an effective strategy for promoting proper hygiene practices is being developed as part of the cholera response activities. CARICOM is also providing medical supplies as part of its assistance to the government of Haiti in combating the cholera epidemic. The WASH Project is a response to the request by the government of Haiti for CARICOM’s assistance in the area of sanitation and hygiene, as part of the National Strategy to combat the Cholera Epidemic in Haiti. The area of Cite Soleil was recommended by the designated National Water and Sanitation Agency (DINEPA) for assistance in this regard. The project is being carried out with funding support from the Australian Agency for International Development (AUSAID) and in collaboration with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) as the implementing agency. Director of the CARICOM Representation Office in Haiti, Ambassador Earl Huntley; senior project officer, CARICOM Haiti Support Unit, Lyndell Danzie-Black; CARICOM public relations consultant, Carlton James; IOM WASH project manager, Nicole Klaesener; and IOM community workers, participated in a ceremony on the premises of Radio Boukman, a community-based radio station, on 8 December, where details of the project were presented to the community. A highlight of the presentation was a short video feature of a Cite Soleil community renamed “La Difference” due to its pristine environment, a transformation brought about and sustained by the youth of that community. It is hoped that the CARICOM WASH project, which will also assist in maintaining the cleanliness of the neighbourhood through a plastic bottle recycling project, will contribute to a similar transformation in the Brooklyn community. The WASH Project is part of CARICOM’s continuing efforts to assist Haiti’s recovery efforts since the earthquake and the cholera outbreak. In addition to earlier and ongoing relief efforts, CARICOM, in collaboration with CARDI, has also provided approximately 40,000 kilos of seeds to the Government of Haiti. The seeds for corn, red and black beans were distributed to farmers in the region of Petit Goave. The Community’s continued assistance includes advocacy on behalf of Haiti, in particular through the good offices of the CARICOM Special Representative, P. J. Patterson, with regard to the reconstruction of Haiti, but also by CARICOM heads of government and foreign ministers in their interface with external partners.Caribbean News Nowcenter_img 15 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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Eagles Battle Pacers In Middle School Soccer

first_imgJCD Jr. High Soccer hosted the Rising Sun Pacers. The final score SC winning 3-2.Scoring for the Eagles:  Ryan Wilson 2 goals, 5 shots; Kameron Darnold 4 shots; Luke Meyer 1 shot; Levi Stratton 1 shot , 3 stops; Caleb White 3 shots; Evan Rinear 6 stops; Clark Dwenger 2 stops; Gage Cain 1 sto; Nathan Hoffman 6 saves.Courtesy of Eagles Coach Larry Hammond.last_img

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NWS: Tropical Wave to Bring Rain, Possible Flooding to South FL

first_imgA statement from the National Weather Service reads, “We’ll need to keep an eye on this given the possibility of rotating storms producing a tornado or waterspout. That said, the primary hazard associated with the tropical wave still appears to be heavy rainfall with attending risk for localized flooding.”In addition, a new moon is increasing the threat of flooding, due to a gravitational pull that could create above average tides. High tides, when combined with rain, could flood coastal streets. High tides are expected on Friday at 9:34 a.m. and 9:30 p.m.Meanwhile, a tropical wave building in the far Atlantic now has a 70 percent chance of developing over the next five days, as it continues to move west-northwest at around 15 mph. It was located about 1,000 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands on Thursday, with disorganized showers and thunderstorms. It is expected to form into a tropical depression over the weekend, as it moves into a more favorable environment. If that happens, the system would be named Chantal. A tropical wave that is approaching Florida from the southeast is forecast to bring gusty winds, widespread rainfall of six to eight inches in many areas of our region, and potential flooding beginning Friday and lasting through the weekend.Meteorologists do not expect the system to develop into a tropical depression or storm.Still, South Florida Water Management District officials announced on Wednesday that they were lowering canals in anticipation of the heavy rain. They also asked residents to make sure storm drains are cleared of any debris.Rain chances for Friday are up to 70 percent, with thunderstorms likely. There is an 80 percent chance of rain during Saturday, diminishing to 50 percent in the evening. Lightning will also be a concern through the weekend, according to forecasters.The disturbance the NHC has been tracking for the past few days is moving across the NW Bahamas, producing disorganized showers & t’storms. While development is not expected, it may bring heavy rains to the #FloridaKeys and South Florida today and tomorrow. #flwx #KeyWest pic.twitter.com/HjgPkRpKjC— NWS Key West (@NWSKeyWest) August 1, 2019last_img read more

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