Banks Distance Themselves From Coal

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Gina-Marie Cheeseman for Triple Pundit:Coal is a dirty fossil fuel that is responsible for a big portion of carbon emissions. The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis predicts a bleak future for coal. It sees declining demand and the increasing use of renewables as accelerating the trend of using less fossil fuels like coal.Clearly, some banks are getting the memo that coal is a thing of the past as two big banks recently updated their coal policies. One of them is JPMorgan Chase, which released new commitments to stop financing for the coal industry. The other is Deutsche Bank which released a new corporate responsibility policy that explains the bank’s decision to phase out funding mountaintop removal coal mining.JPMorgan’s new coal policies prohibit financing new coal mines or a new coal-fired power plant in developed countries. The policies specifically prohibit “project financing or other forms of asset-specific financing where the proceeds will be used to develop a new greenfield coal mine.” A greenfield mine is an uncharted one, where coal deposits were not known to previously exist.JPMorgan’s new policies also include the following:It will reduce its “credit exposure” to companies that derive most of their revenues from extracting and selling coal.It will apply “enhanced due diligence” to transactions with diversified mining and industrial companies whose proceeds will be used to finance new coal production capacity.It will not provide financing for companies that will developed a new coal-fired power plant outside of developed countries unless ultra-supercritical steam generation technology, a method that experts say is cleaner and more efficient, is used.Full article: JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank Set New Coal Policies Banks Distance Themselves From Coallast_img read more

Šibenik the most successful destination in the county – awards were given to 22 tourist entities in Šibenik-Knin County

first_imgŽeljana Šikić, director of the county tourist board, emphasized that at this moment this destination is really living its dream in the tourist context. The city of Šibenik continues its continuous growth in tourism. Recall that this city after the collapse of large factories in the mid-nineties had only one option – to turn to tourism. After years of investing in tourism, Šibenik has become a recognizable tourist destination. “This recognition means a lot to us because this is our first real year-round season. We are glad to be recognized in our local community for our results this year. The results are above our expectations, and the announcements for next year tell us that it will be even better, ” said Magda Lakoš Mioč, director of the Bellevue Hotel. “It does not mean that we have reached the final peaks and that we should enjoy the laurels. In terms of tourism, we are developing in enviable dynamics and, more importantly, in the right direction. For this we must thank the decision makers who visionarily and purposefully manage the development of destinations and do not allow tourism to happen to us by accident, but also all the valuable initiatives, individuals, entrepreneurs and creatives who also contribute. That is why we have a destination that they watch from the sidelines and with admiration from some other destinations that are stronger in terms of tourism than ourselves ” concluded Šikić. On this occasion, Mayor Goran Pauk emphasized that all successes in tourism are made by people who give one personal component to everyone who comes to this county, and thus provide guests with the unique thing that this region has to offer. Winners of the Golden Bowl for 2019. “We especially like this award because we all know that Šibenik practically did not have a strong tourist sign until five or six years ago. We managed to turn that story around in relation to our competitors in the county. Together we will be as strong as the center of the county. Croatia will soon take over the presidency of the Council of Europe, and Šibenik is one of the five cities in Croatia that is ready to receive these guests as a tourist, ” pointed out the mayor of Šibenik Željko Burić. Recognition City of Šibenik – najuspješnija turistička destinacija 2019.Recognition City of Drniš – the most successful green destination 2019.Recognition of the Project “For Zlarin without plastic” – contribution to the brand of a sustainable tourism destinationRecognition to the Knin Museum – Knin Fortress – a contribution to the cultural offer and heritage preservationRecognition to the Croatian Travelers Club Travel Agency– doprinos turističkoj ponudi kreativnim agencijskim programimaRecognition to the Travel Agency ActiveDestination – doprinos i promociju aktivnog turizmaPriznanje Apartmani Mara &EnchantingApartment – Zajc family – promotion in family accommodation 2019Recognition of marinas D -Marin Mandalina – doprinos razvoju nautičkog turizmaRecognition of taverns Prslika – doprinos razvoju i promociji autohtone gastro ponudeRecognition restaurant Tri piruna – gastro ponuda 2019.Recognition Jurlin’s court – doprinos turističkoj ponudi selektivnih oblika turizmaRecognition Hotel Scala – mali obiteljski hotel 2019.Recognition Hotel Bellevue -family hotel 2019Recognition camp Rehut – mali kamp 2019.Recognition Zoran Jajac – chef godine 2019.Recognition Tina Biluš – turistički vodič 2019.Recognition Željko Krnčević – contribution to the improvement of the development of cultural tourismRecognition Sailing Club Val – contribution to the nautical destination brandRecognition Interpretation Center of the Cathedral of St. Jacob Civita sacra – Palača Galbiani – inovacija godineRecognition of the event “Festival days”- promotion of traditional dishes and foods interpreted in top gastronomyChocolate Bagatin Award – TUŠ – suvenir godine 2019.Recognition of the event “Lightislife”- event of the year 2019 22 Golden Boules, awards of the Šibenik-Knin County Tourist Board, were awarded to those deserving of tourism in 2019 at the Civitas Sacra Cathedral Museum, and the city of Šibenik was declared the most successful tourist destination in this county. Among the winners is the family hotel Bellevue in Šibenik, behind which is the first season of work. “Zato i imamo ovu nagradu, da pokažemo ljudima koji se trude da taj trud i prepoznajemo” said Spider.last_img read more

Hughes reiterates Moses support

first_img “You need to recognise when these things are levelled against you, and I thought it (Monk’s comment) was unjust and not correct. “We’ve discussed that at length, but Victor is a very strong-minded player and he will get on with the business of playing well for Stoke City which he is doing to a great standard at the moment. “I am really delighted with what he has produced. “I just hope this week of discussion and debate isn’t going to shape people’s view of him because what was levelled at him was incorrect.” Hughes maintains he has had no cause to speak to Moses, defending his player against Monk’s accusations. “Not at all,” said Hughes when asked whether a discussion had been necessary. “The only thing was he said he felt contact, he was impeded, just as I thought. “Having seen pictures that verified that was the case, I’ve no reason to speak any further with him.” Hughes, meanwhile, has expressed disappointment with Monk’s reaction as he said: “It’s right the FA have asked for Garry’s comments. “I made my feelings plain after the game, we have a strongly-held view, and it’s now up to the FA as to whether they want to take it any further. It will be their decision. “But it’s fair to say we were disappointed. Garry’s a very articulate young man, and maybe on this occasion he used the wrong word. That can happen. “Obviously the FA will take a view on it and we will leave it to them.” Stoke midfielder Glenn Whelan, meanwhile, has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a fracture of the right leg. Whelan sustained the injury during the Republic of Ireland’s 1-1 draw with Germany in Gelsenkirchen on October 14, forcing him off after 54 minutes of the Euro 2016 qualifier. The 30-year-old subsequently missed the win over Swansea, and is now unlikely to return until early December. Hughes said: “He got a kick on the outside of his leg, and there is a slight fracture there. “He’s not been put into a plaster cast. We’re going to try and manage it without that because Glenn feels he’ll get back sooner. “But the likelihood is he’s going to be out for four to six weeks I’d imagine, which is a blow for Glenn obviously because he is a big part of what we’re doing, and we’ll miss him.” Stoke manager Mark Hughes has expressed concern Victor Moses may now earn himself an unwarranted reputation in light of being labelled ‘a cheat’ by Swansea boss Garry Monk. Although Moses appeared to go to ground too easily, in Hughes’ mind contact was made. To further inflame matters for Hughes, former Wales team-mate John Hartson echoed Monk’s ‘cheat’ remark in an appearance as a studio pundit on Match Of The Day 2. That has led to condemnation from Stoke chairman Peter Coates, who has also issued a formal complaint to the BBC. Former Stoke manager Tony Pulis, however, has also waded into the debate, expressing empathy with Monk’s anger. In an interview with Sports Wales TV, Pulis said: “I can understand where Garry is coming from. You don’t want to see those incidents. “As a manager, the worst thing is to actually get beaten with people cheating.” Despite the furore surrounding the incident, whilst Hughes is confident Moses will not be affected, he is worried as to whether people’s perceptions of the 23-year-old midfielder will alter. “Victor’s a strong character anyway,” said Hughes. Press Association Monk has been asked to explain his remarks by the Football Association after claiming Moses “should be done for diving, for cheating” in the wake of winning a penalty in Stoke’s 2-1 Barclays Premier League home win over Swansea on Sunday. Monk further stated Moses “should be ashamed of himself”, even though a photograph clearly shows Moses’ shirt being pulled by Angel Rangel, leading to the penalty awarded by Michael Oliver. last_img read more

Medals for Guyanese swimmers as ASATT Invitational begins

first_imgGUYANESE swimmers Daniel Scott, Vladimir Woodroffe and Amy Grant picked up several medals between them when they plunged into the pool at the annual ASATT Invitational Swimming Championships which began on Thursday in Trinidad and Tobago.Grant ended the day with a gold medal and a silver medal, while Scott earned a silver and a bronze and Woodroffe took a bronze.Swimming in the Girls’ 15-and-over category, the clock was Grant’s only competition in the 1500m where as the sole competitor she clocked a time of 21:56.51s. However, in the Girls’ 11-and-over 1500m, which took place simultaneously, that time was good enough for second place, after she finished behind the 21:30.94s from Dominique Allen Nurse.Scott clocked a time of 18:2191s in his 1500m, which placed him in second place in the Boys’ 15-and-over after the race was won by Marlin’s Graham Chatoor, who clocked 17:10.67s.Woodroffe gained his bronze in the Boys’ 9-10 50m backstroke where he touched the wall in 38.02 seconds. This race was won by Giovanni Rivas with a time of 36.80 seconds.Grant, Scott and Woodroffe are part of a group of Guyanese swimmers from the Dorado Swim Club, participating at the meet which concludes tomorrow.last_img read more

Celebrate “Read Across America” Day On March 1

first_imgFacebook5Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by United Way of Thurston CountyEducators and policymakers of all stripes will be donning their Cat-in-the-Hat hats this week and reading to young children to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday. United Way, in our partnership with the National Education Association and teachers everywhere, is proud to celebrate Read Across America Day on March 1. It’s a fun way to celebrate books and reading, but our commitment to early literacy must be sustained every day of the year.Across the country, two-thirds of our 3rd graders aren’t reading on grade level, which means they’re four times as likely to drop out of high school later on. And the outlook is even worse for disadvantaged students. A staggering 83% of 4th graders from low-income families don’t read on grade level.We all want opportunity for our children. But kids who don’t read well by 3rd or 4th grade tend to fall farther behind, as they start reading to learn. Too many check out, drop out and fail to reach their potential. It’s no exaggeration to say that helping kids read well can help us close achievement gaps, increase graduation rates, support our local economy and build a strong community.Families, schools and communities have to work together. We have the power to change our nation’s future if we work together to help struggling readers in elementary school. Teachers can’t do it alone. Families may not know exactly what to do to help their child read, or to spot a reading problem early on. Here in Thurston County, United Way volunteers read with children at Hansen, Madison, garfield and Pioneer Elementary in the Olympia School District; Pleasant Glade and South Bay Elementary in the North Thurston School District; Peter G. Schmidt in the Tumwater School District and Grand Mound Elementary in the Rochester School District.But the truth is, all of us can be part of the solution. You can read out loud to your child, or grandchild, tonight. You can volunteer to read to kids in your local child care center, or elementary school, next week. You can volunteer as a tutor or mentor at Big Brothers Big Sisters, speak up at your local school board meeting, or donate books to your local library or after school program. If you wish to become a School-based Reading Buddy or volunteer with kids at WET Science Center, Evergreen Vista Afterschool Program, The HandsOn Children’s Museum, the South Sound Reading Foundation, contact United Way of Thurston County at 360.943.2773 x 22 or www.unitedway-thurston.org/volunteerTake action.  Because change doesn’t happen without you.last_img read more

Thurston County Medic One and North Thurston Public Schools Team Up…

first_imgSubmitted by Thurston CountyIt was no small feat for Thurston County Medic One leaders to raise the local heart attack survival rate from 22 percent just five years ago to 50 percent today. Now, Thurston County Medic One is teaming up with the North Thurston School District and other schools throughout the county to raise the survival rate even higher by teaching CPR to high school students.“We have made incredible progress in just a few years, but in order to get that next bump in our survival rate and save more lives in Thurston County, we need the help of citizens,” said Steve Romines, Director of Thurston County’s Emergency Services Department. “That’s why these new partnerships with local schools are so great. Now that CPR is a graduation requirement, it won’t be long before our community will be filled with young people who can help save a life and start CPR the moment a heart attack strikes.”In just the first three months of 2014, Medic One staff and local fire departments have helped schools teach CPR to more than 1,000 Thurston County high school students.“Our partnerships with Thurston County Emergency Services, Medic One and Lacey Fire District 3 have been an important and vibrant part of our success with the CPR program. The emergency services professionals co-teach with our health teachers to provide students hands-on training in CPR, plus they can talk about careers and job skills in emergency services,” said Karen Eitreim, Director of Diversity, Languages, Arts & Discipline with North Thurston Public Schools. “Students today have a real commitment to serving others, and the CPR training enables them to help save lives today and in the future.”Thurston County’s 50 percent survival rate for cardiac arrest is already one of the best in the country, just behind a 57 percent survival rate in Seattle-King County and a 58 percent survival rate in Rochester, Minn. The national average survival rate is 15 percent.Thurston County’s rapid improvement in its heart attack survival rate began when Romines and Medic One Basic Life Support and Quality Improvement Manager Cindy Hambly attended one of the first “Resuscitation Academy” training courses developed by King County Medic One. After the training, Thurston County Medic One developed a CPR emphasis research project based on King County Medic One’s best practices. Thurston County’s Medic One staff then set out to train all EMS response agencies and personnel in the county on the latest CPR techniques.“When we first started, we estimated that we’d be able to improve our survival rate to 30 or 35 percent. But it actually jumped all the way from 22 percent up to 47 percent, and now it’s climbed even higher,” Hambly said. “We are so pleased with the success of the program, not just because of the huge gains we’ve made, but because those numbers mean we’re saving more lives today than ever before in Thurston County. That’s something to celebrate.”Along with the new high school CPR training, Thurston County Medic One continues to offer CPR classes for all residents free of charge. Classes are held throughout the year at different locations throughout Thurston County. Visit Thurston County Medic One’s CPR webpage at http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/medic1/cpr.htm for more class information and to register for CPR training.“It only takes three hours of your time to get the training you need to save a life with CPR,” said Romines. “With the help of our citizens, we can save even more lives in Thurston County.” Facebook63Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Thurston Realtors Help Local Seniors and Refresh Historic Cemetery

first_imgFacebook100Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County REALTORS AssociationMore than 100 members of the Thurston County REALTORS Association (TCRA), one of the South Sound’s largest business trade organizations, participated in their annual Community Service Day on Friday, May 18, working on projects throughout Thurston County. Local businesses sponsoring the day of community improvement were Sparks Northwest Insurance, Boggs Inspection Services, United Roofing Solutions, Olympia Federal Savings, and Absolute Mortgage.A large contingency of Realtors cleaned up the overgrown Mima Prairie Pioneer cemetery. Photo courtesy: Thurston County REALTORS AssociationThe large number of Realtor volunteers took time away from the hot real estate market to partner with Senior Services for South Sound to help several local seniors in Olympia and Lacey clean up around their homes, doing physical projects for those who cannot. On the same day, another large group of Realtors made what has become an annual trek to the historic Mima Prairie Pioneer Cemetery to help maintain an otherwise overgrown resting place for some of the area’s first pioneers.The previous week, Olympia’s United Roofing Solutions contributed to the Community Service Day effort by clearing a senior’s roof of moss and treating it to help prevent more.United Roofing Solutions donated their effort to clean and treat a senior’s roof. Photo courtesy: Thurston County REALTORS Association“It is important to us to give back to the community we love,” says Rae Anne Toth, the 2017 president of TCRA .“Realtors believe that our seniors are community treasures and the Mima cemetery is a tribute to the heritage of the earliest settlers in our area. Realtors really turned out for this day—despite being incredibly busy in this market—and worked hard to make a difference.”The Realtors  helped the local seniors by carrying away piles of debris, trimming back overgrown bushes and trees, spreading gravel, cleaning gutters and even building a gate and repairing a deck. One senior woman they helped had at one time coordinated volunteer efforts herself and she commented that it was a huge blessing to be on the receiving end. At another home, Realtors helped a senior gentleman who is an eighteen-year veteran of the Lacey Police Department and a former Resource Officer for North Thurston schools. The man was grateful for the work done on the yard he had cared for meticulously.Realtors helped a grateful senior trim and clean up his yard as well as at several other locations. Photo courtesy: Thurston County REALTORS AssociationA large contingency of the Realtor Association members also spent the day at the Mima Prairie Pioneer Cemetery, providing their own mowers, saws, trimmers and muscle to clean up the plots, headstones and the old orchard, something they have done for the last six years and one of the primary ways the historic cemetery is maintained. Watch Brendan Marchant’s video of the work done in this beautiful location that sits in the middle of Weyerhaeuser land located in southwest Thurston County.“This is rewarding work and really feels like we make a significant difference in people’s lives,” commented Ed Kunkel, the chair of the Realtor committee that organized the day. “The ‘before and after’ at the old cemetery and in these seniors’ yards was incredible and gratifying for all of us. It made me proud to be a Realtor.The Thurston County REALTORS Association of more than 600 REALTOR members provides professional real estate services to buyers and sellers and has been committed to protecting property rights and preserving the quality of life in Thurston County for more than 90 years.last_img read more