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China, in Renewable Energy Push, Has Emission Targets in Sight

first_imgChina, in Renewable Energy Push, Has Emission Targets in Sight FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Andy Coghlan for New Scientist:China is surging ahead in switching to renewables and away from coal in what its officials say will allow it to surpass its carbon emissions targets.The country’s solar and wind energy capacity soared last year by 74 and 34 per cent respectively compared with 2014, according to figures issued by China’s National Bureau of Statistics yesterday.Meanwhile, its consumption of coal – the dirtiest of the fossil fuels – dropped by 3.7 per cent, with imports down by a substantial 30 per cent.The figures back up claims last month in Hong Kong by Xie Zhenhua, China’s lead negotiator at at the UN climate talks in Paris last December, that the country will “far surpass” its 2020 target to reduce carbon emissions per unit of national wealth (GDP) by 40 to 45 per cent from 2005 levels.Since China emits nearly a third of the world’s carbon dioxide, which is heating up the planet, this could make a major contribution to holding back temperature increases to the 2 °C degree maximum global target agreed by governments last December in Paris.“The latest figures confirm China’s record-breaking shift toward renewable power and away from coal,” says Tim Buckley of the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, an energy consultancy in Cleveland, Ohio.“China’s official 2015 wind installations are an all-time global record of 32.5 gigawatts,” says Buckley. “China itself is the only nation to have come anywhere near this, delivering 20.7 gigawatts of new wind capacity in 2014.”The latest figures state that “clean energy” – a combination of hydro, wind, solar, nuclear and natural gas – now accounts for 18 per cent of all its energy, up from 13 per cent in 2011.“We’re now at the point where these technologies can compete head-to-head with gas and coal on price, meaning that this growth is only going to accelerate,” says Maf Smith, deputy chief executive of RenewableUK, representing the UK’s wind and wave power producers. “The UK alone has increased the amount it generates from wind power from 1 to 11 per cent in a decade.”“It’s a really positive signal, a perfect example of an emerging economy trying to shift the way it develops,” says Ranping Song of the World Resources Institute think tank in Washington DC.China is due to issue its next five-year economic plan this month. “So it’s a perfect time to see how serious they are about tackling emissions,” Song says.Despite renewables gains, coal still provides almost two-thirds of China’s power consumption. But the dip in coal consumption over the past two years – which equals an entire year’s coal consumption in Japan – suggests that China may now have reached “peak coal”. “China’s market for coal consumption has started to become saturated, and should gradually decline,” Xie said in Hong Kong.China set to surpass its climate targets as renewables soarlast_img read more

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Trail Mix – June 2018

first_img Audio PlayerSaw BlackWater TowerUse Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.00:000:00 / 2:29 Little Hot Pink House Trailer Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer & Sam Gleaves 4:07 2:29 2:46 4:18 High And Dry Red Wanting Blue 2:45 Silent Films Roanoke Storyteller the color forty nine 5:19 Copy and paste this code to your site to embed. Fire Christine Cavazos Heart Of Glass Twisted Pine Past Laurels (mastered) Lusitanian Ghosts This House Gin, Chocolate, & Bottle Rockets 3:04 This Ol’ War Coco O’connor No Other Woman The Greyhounds Big Time The Milk Carton Kids America’s Open Roads Cicada Rhythm 3:44 Homemade Bliss T. Hardy Morris 3:40 3:57 3:34 Britt Guit Hawktail Water Tower Saw Black 2:56 3:27 Sun’s Gonna Shine In My Back Door Someday Slocan Ramblers Fine Line Parker Millsap 2:39 Got an outside adventure planned to kick off your summer?Well, we have the soundtrack.This month’s mix is highlighted by a powerful and eclectic cadre of roots artists. Check out the funky grit of Fantastic Negrito, the acoustic interplay of The Milk Carton Kids, the wit and poignant songwriting of Georgia native T. Hardy Morris, and the bluesy rock of Parker Millsap.After that, you’re just getting started.Old Friends – Twisted Pine, Cicada Rhythm, The Slocan Ramblers and I See Hawks In LA – pop up amongst recently discovered gems – The Color Forty Nine, Hawktail, and Cathy Fink, Marcy Marxer, & Sam Gleaves.And be sure to check out brand new tunes from Christine Cavazos, Tami Neilson, Coco O’Connor, Red Wanting Blue, Lusitanian Ghosts, and Gin, Chocolate, & Bottle Rockets.Good stuff coming to this month’s Trail Mix blog, too. Stay tuned for chats with Saw Black, The Greyhounds, and Roanoke.So, as the summer dawns and you are ready to go outside and play, please take Trail Mix with you. Stream it and download it. Share it with a friend. It’s the perfect candy for your ears when you take on  your next adventure.And get out there and buy some of this music. Download it. Grab it on vinyl! Buy some concert tickets or seek out these bands on your next festival trip. Support these artists who are so incredibly generous with their music and let us feature it on Trail Mix. They will most definitely appreciate it. My Parka Saved Me I See Hawks In L.A. 4:31 3:13 5:40 The Duffer Fantastic Negrito Stay Outta My Business Tami Neilson 4:15 3:46 Embed 3:56last_img read more

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Santos Affirms That Colombian Military Knows FARC Leader’s Location

first_img Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos affirmed on 18 February that the military knows the location of Alfonso Cano, the top leader of the FARC guerrilla group, and dismissed the possibility that he might escape. “The military and the government know perfectly what area Cano is in,” Santos said during a speech, responding to doubts about whether the FARC’s top leader might have taken advantage of the previous week’s hostage-release process, which involved a pause in military operations in several Colombian regions, to leave the place where he was. “We know exactly where they are, and we’re not such idiots that we would allow a pause in operations in an area where he is and so facilitate his escape,” Santos said. “We’re happy to have a dialogue, but we’re not idiots. We’re going to keep after him, breathing down his neck, just as we’re breathing down it right now. That bandit will fall, like Mono Jojoy fell,” he added. Santos, who took office in August 2010, has struck hard against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, a communist group, the most recent blow being the death in a September 2010 bombardment of Mono Jojoy or Jorge Briceño, who was the FARC’s second-ranking leader and its top military commander. In March 2008, when Santos was defense minister under former president Alvaro Uribe, Raúl Reyes, the guerrilla group’s second-ranking leader at that time, was also killed, in a bombardment of his camp on Ecuadorean territory, very near the border with Colombia. Between 9 and 16 February, the FARC unilaterally released six hostages, for which purpose Santos’s administration authorized a pause in military operations in areas of the provinces of Meta, Caquetá, Tolima, and Cauca, in central and southern Colombia. By Dialogo February 21, 2011last_img read more

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Criminal Law Section to distribute handbook on closing arguments

first_img Section Chair Harvey Sepler presents the handbook to Chief Justice Wells. Chair Harvey Sepler told the Bar Board of Governors last month that the section has been working on the handbook since last year and will also hold CLE courses for affected attorneys. Aside from public defenders and prosecutors, Sepler said the handbook will be distributed to attorney general offices, and all trial and district court of appeal judges. Criminal Law Section to distribute handbook on closing arguments Criminal Law Section to distribute handbook on closing arguments The Criminal Law Section will soon begin distributing a handbook to every prosecutor and public defender in the state on how to avoid mistakes in closing arguments that lead to reversals by appellate courts. The section is also working with the Bar’s Center for Professionalism to offer seminars for every felony prosecutor and public defender in the state. The section got involved in the project, he said, after appellate judges complained about the number of cases that had to be overturned because of errors in closing arguments.He praised West Palm Beach attorney and former section chair Douglas Duncan for spearheading the closing argument project.The second area of recent activity for the section was helping the legislature on bills affecting the criminal justice system. Sepler said the section rarely takes a position, but instead seeks to use its unique position of representing prosecutors, defenders, judges, and law professors to provide technical assistance.“We figure that our section is in the best position to be able to educate legislators on what this proposal means to individual judges and attorneys around the state,” he said. “We try to present a fair picture that if this bill is enacted, what it means to our members and the public.”To speed its response time, the section this year set up small panels representing all segments of the section to review various bills, Sepler said. And the section’s reluctance to take positions on most bills enhances its credibility when it does decide to act, he added.The third major area of section activity is working to continue strengthening its annual prosecutor/public defender training program.Sepler said the section is continuing to work to fund an endowment to guarantee the program’s fiscal soundness in perpetuity.The highly praised program, which began in 1979, takes new public defenders and prosecutors and puts them through an intensive week-long trial training program.“We go through every critical aspect of the trials,” Sepler said. “We even bring barristers over from England so they can contribute information on how that system handles cases.”The program, which is named for the late University of Florida law professor and long-time section member Gerald Bennett, pays all expenses for participating attorneys, he added. June 15, 2001 Regular Newslast_img read more

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What’s on the horizon for credit unions and credit cards?

first_imgLoyalty programs are undergoing changes on all fronts. American Express announced a new mobile app that will allow membership rewards to be used at the POS, presumably at a devalued exchange rate. Starbucks changed their long-standing rewards program by issuing “stars” based on dollar spend, rather than the number of transactions, causing some consternation among Frappuccino and Oprah Chai aficionados. The way credit and debit card issuers who offer loyalty programs view rewards is also coming under scrutiny.Loyalty programs offered by issuers have existed since the 1980’s, with the primary goal to keep one issuer’s card at the “top of wallet” over other cards. Every time you reach in your wallet, you have a choice of which card to use for that transaction – your credit union wants you to choose their cards, and offering points per dollar spent, which can later be used to purchase gifts, travel, or in some cases, cash back, is the incentive offered to you to use their card.However, mobile apps, Apple/Samsung/Android Pay, and online wallets, have radically changed the dynamics or staying “top of wallet”, since you no longer pull out your physical wallet and make a choice at the POS. Instead, you enter card credentials when you first set up your wallet, and the first card you load becomes the default. The incentive to stay “top of wallet” needs to change to incentive to stay “top of phone”, with the overall goal still the same – choose one issuer’s card over another when making a transaction.Loyalty programs have always been about incenting consumer behavior. Credit unions need to rethink what behaviors they are trying to incent. For example, offering points for loading a card into Apple Pay is a start, but that doesn’t mean that the card is now the default. Offering bonus points for three transactions over $25 is a more assured way to cause the behavior change – hopefully the cardholder has made the credit union card the new default. continue reading » 27SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Low-pathogenic avian flu viruses can infect humans

first_imgSep 13, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – European researchers have reported what they call the first evidence that low-pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) viruses—not just highly pathogenic (HPAI) strains like H5N1—can infect humans.The finding in a study of Italian poultry workers suggests that avian flu viruses have more chances than previously suspected to mix with human flu viruses, potentially creating hybrids that could trigger a human flu pandemic, according to the report published online by the Journal of Infectious Diseases.The researchers, led by Isabella Donatelli of the Instituto Superiore di Sanita in Rome, took serum samples from 983 workers at several farms in northern Italy from August 1999 until July 2003. Several avian flu outbreaks occurred there during that period, including both LPAI and HPAI strains of H7N1 and an LPAI H7N3 strain. (LPAI viruses cause mild illness and few deaths in poultry, while HPAI viruses cause severe illness with high death rates.)The serum samples were tested for antibodies to the avian viruses. To ensure accuracy, the researchers tested each sample with hemagglutination inhibition (HI) and microneutralization (MN) assays. If either of these came back positive, a Western blot analysis was done.None of the 798 serum samples collected during or after the first four outbreaks tested positive for antibodies to H7N1 or H7N3 viruses. However, 7 of 185 samples (3.8%) taken during an H7N3 outbreak in 2002 and 2003 tested positive for both viruses in the MN assay, and 4 of those 7 tested positive for both viruses in the HI assay. Both tests showed higher titers of antibodies to the H7N3 (LPAI) strain. In the Western blot testing, all seven samples showed clear reactivity, unlike control samples (which had tested negative in the HI and MN assays).All the workers who tested positive had had close contact with turkeys or chickens in dusty poultry houses, the authors report. None of the workers reported any flu-like illness at the time of the avian flu outbreaks, and only one reported symptoms of conjunctivitis, an ailment seen in some Dutch poultry workers during an HPAI outbreak in 2003.”To our knowledge, this is the first serological evidence of transmission of LPAI viruses to humans during an epizootic in domestic poultry,” the report says. It adds that reports of human infections associated with other avian flu outbreaks—in the Netherlands, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Hong Kong, and Canada—have all involved HPAI strains.The researchers call for “permanent” surveillance for avian flu viruses in both animals and humans to shed more light on how the viruses jump the species barrier.”Our findings highlight the risk of the emergence of a potentially pandemic strain, as a result of reassortment of avian and contemporaneously circulating human strains during outbreaks of AI [avian influenza] caused by LPAI viruses,” they write.The authors also say, according to a Journal of Infectious Diseases news release, that poultry workers should be regularly vaccinated against ordinary flu to reduce the risk of gene-swapping between avian and human flu strains.Puzelli S, Di Trani L, Faviani C, et al. Serolgoical analysis of serum samples from humans exposed to avian H7 influenza viruses in Italy between 1999 and 2003. J Infect Dis 2005 Oct 15;192(8):1318-22 [Full text]See also:Commentary on Puzelli article in same issue of JID [Full text]last_img read more

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Pennsylvania Selected to Participate in National Governors Association Learning Lab on Combating the Opioid Epidemic

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Human Services,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania was one of seven states to be selected to participate in a National Governors Association (NGA) learning lab designed to combat the opioid epidemic. Last year over 3,500 Pennsylvanians died from drug overdose – that is an astonishing 10 deaths a day and up from the more than 2,500 reported deaths in 2014.“I have made battling the opioid epidemic my top priority. The opportunity to participate in this program will guide and inform future practices in helping Pennsylvanians suffering from the disease of addiction,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “As we all know, the opioid epidemic does not discriminate – it affects Pennsylvanians from all walks of life. We can and should do more to address this matter that is plaguing all of our communities.”The NGA learning lab is entitled “State Strategies for Reducing Overdose and Deaths from Heroin and Illicit Fentanyl,” and will allow members of the Wolf Administration to study best practices from Rhode Island, a leader in devising innovative strategies to combat the opioid epidemic. Specifically, the learning lab will give Pennsylvania the tools to develop a state action plan aimed at reducing overdose deaths related to heroin and illicit fentanyl by offering technical assistance and lessons learned from NGA staff and state experts in Rhode Island.Substance use disorder affects people all across the commonwealth and that is why the search for effective solutions enjoys broad bi-partisan support. Governor Wolf will continue to fight to make sure Pennsylvanians have the resources we need to get our arms around this crisis. Here are some of the recent steps the Wolf Administration has taken to make sure we are doing everything we can to fight the opioid epidemic:Prescription Drug Monitoring ProgramLast month, the Pennsylvania Department of Health went live with the newly re-designed Prescription Drug Monitoring Program that will allow prescribers and dispensers to query and report information regarding the number of opioids prescribed, and to whom. The goal of the prescription drug monitoring program is to assist health care professionals with prescribing and dispensing medications safely and referring identified patients to treatment.Opioid Prescribing GuidelinesThe administration recently announced new prescribing guidelines for the safe and effective use of opioids in order to reduce the pattern of over-prescribing painkillers that have such a high risk for abuse. These guidelines will help fight back against opioid abuse and heroin use before those habits even begin. These guidelines have been adopted by the State Board of Medicine, the State Board of Pharmacy, and the State Board of Dentistry, the State Board of Geriatric Pain, State Board of Osteopathic Medicine, and the State Board of Ob-Gyns.Prescription Drug Take-Back ProgramUnder the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Program’s leadership, Pennsylvania’s Prescription Drug Take-Back Program is helping communities properly dispose of unused and unwanted prescriptions. To date, there are nearly 450 take-back boxes located at police stations across Pennsylvania. In 2015, more than 56,000 pounds of prescription drugs were taken back and destroyed.Centers of ExcellenceIn addition, the 2016-2017 budget provided funding to implement 45 centers of excellence (COE) throughout the commonwealth that will treat nearly 11,000 people with substance use disorder. These centers will work with the victims of SUD to make sure they get the comprehensive, holistic treatment they need to beat their disease. These centers will be the first stop for people looking for adequate and effective treatment.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf September 12, 2016center_img Pennsylvania Selected to Participate in National Governors Association Learning Lab on Combating the Opioid Epidemiclast_img read more

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Gobernador Wolf: “Use una máscara, Pennsylvania”

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release,  Public Health Reiterando el mandato de la orden de usar máscara que la Secretaria de Salud, Dra. Rachel Levine firmó ayer, el Gobernador Tom Wolf nuevamente informó a todos los residentes de Pennsylvania que es obligatorio usar máscaras cuando están fuera de casa.“A medida que nos acercamos al fin de semana festivo del 4 de julio y hoy vemos otro aumento en los casos en Pennsylvania, es crucial que los residentes de Pennsylvania se tomen en serio el mandato de usar máscaras”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Este virus no se ha ido y el uso de máscaras es un esfuerzo de mitigación obligatorio que sabemos que funciona para detener la propagación.“Hemos visto evidencia que indica que los recientes aumentos de casos en Pennsylvania pueden rastrearse a ámbitos donde las personas no usaban máscaras ni practicaban el distanciamiento social. Esto puede causar más y más casos en nuestro estado. Hemos logrados avances tan extraordinarios que no debemos desperdiciarlos, arriesgando vidas y medios de vida.“Todos debemos hacer una cosa simple para detener la propagación de la COVID-19: “Use una máscara, Pennsylvania”.La orden de la Secretaria de Salud incluye que las personas deben usar máscaras en las siguientes situaciones:Estar al aire libre y sin poder mantener consistentemente una distancia de seis pies de las personas que no son miembros de su hogar;Estar en cualquier lugar interior donde generalmente se permite el ingreso de miembros del público;Esperar, viajar, conducir u operar transporte público o de paratránsito o mientras está en un taxi, servicio de automóvil privado o vehículo de uso compartido;Recibir servicios del sector de la salud en ámbitos que incluyen, entre otros, hospitales, farmacias, clínicas médicas, laboratorios, consultorios médicos u odontológicos, clínicas veterinarias o bancos de sangre; oParticipar en un trabajo, ya sea en el lugar de trabajo o realizando trabajos fuera del sitio, que implique interactuar en persona con cualquier miembro del público, trabajar en cualquier espacio visitado por los miembros del público, trabajar en cualquier espacio donde se preparan o empaquetan alimentos para la venta o distribución a otros, trabajar o caminar por áreas comunes, o en cualquier habitación o área cerrada donde otras personas, excepto los miembros del hogar o residencia de la persona, estén presentes cuando no sea posible distanciarse físicamente.La orden incluye excepciones limitadas al requisito del uso de máscaras.View this information in English. Gobernador Wolf: “Use una máscara, Pennsylvania”center_img July 02, 2020last_img read more

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Gold Coast surgeon cutting ties with Mermaid units

first_img16 Seagull Ave, Mermaid Beach.“The property consists of two units on separate titles,’’ Mr Henderson said.“Unit 1 on the ground floor offers two bedrooms, one bathroom, a courtyard and off-streetcar parking while Unit 2 features three bedrooms, a study and a large downstairs rumpusroom.” MERMAID BEACH HOUSE VALUES SOAR TO A RECORD $1.5 MILLION Mr Henderson said the property offered potential buyers a range of options including thepossibility to transform the building into their dream home.The units are to be auctioned at John Henderson Professionals Mermaid Beach’s May Auction Event on May 29 at the Mermaid Beach Bowls Club. 16 Seagull Ave, Mermaid Beach.“Whether you renovate into your dream home and live the beachside lifestyle for your self or land bank for the annual returns, this blue-chip property offers many options and financially rewarding possibilities in ever popular Nobby’s Beach, often seen as a capital growth hot spot for the future,” the listing states.Luke Henderson, of John Henderson Professionals Mermaid Beach, is marketing the property and said the units were positioned in the sought-after beachside pocket of Nobby’s Beach and set on a 405m2 block with 12.5m of street frontage.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago 16 Seagull Ave, Mermaid Beach.center_img 16 Seagull Ave, Mermaid Beach is going under the hammer on May 29.GOLD Coast orthopaedic surgeon Chris Vertullo is set to cut his ties to a beachside GoldCoast unit block.Associate Professor Vertullo is selling the two-storey building at 16 Seagull Ave, Mermaid Beach. last_img read more

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HIE appoints new energy director

first_imgHighlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has named Audrey MacIver as its new director of energy and low carbon.MacIver is succeeding Calum Davidson who retired in November last year after 31 years with HIE, taking over lead responsibility for the agency’s contribution to the growth in the energy and low carbon sector.MacIver’s work will cover oil and gas sector, including decommissioning, renewables and the low carbon economy.Since joining HIE in 1993, MacIver held posts in economics, community development, and tourism, but for almost a decade now has concentrated on energy, HIE said.Audrey MacIver said: “We are entering a new era of energy policy, with HIE and the region at the heart of it.“There will be significant opportunities for our businesses and communities across the Highlands and Islands to secure direct benefits from the energy and low carbon sector, particularly in emerging areas of marine energy and oil and gas decommissioning, and in responding to increasing opportunities arising from greater energy efficiency and more flexible supply.”HIE is Scottish government’s economic and community development agency for the north and west of Scotland.last_img read more

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