Poland’s PKN Orlen pulls plug on planned 1GW coal project at Ostroleka

first_imgPoland’s PKN Orlen pulls plug on planned 1GW coal project at Ostroleka FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:PKN Orlen will only invest in building a power station in Ostroleka in the north east of the country if it uses gas, the state-run oil refiner said on Tuesday.Earlier in May, PKN Orlen had completed a takeover of state-run utility Energa, which had planned to build a 1 gigawatt coal-fueled power plant in Ostroleka.The project, dubbed the last coal power plant in Poland, has been suspended because of financing and climate issues. PKN had planned to continue with the investment but had signaled that it might opt to replace coal with less-carbon heavy gas a fuel.“We cannot act in isolation from market trends and European Union’s regulatory policies,” Chief Executive Daniel Obajtek said in a statement. “The investment in Ostroleka will be conducted but it has to be based on gas technology.”Poland generates most of its electricity from coal, but is looking to gradually replace it with less polluting sources, including gas.[Agnieszka Barteczko]More: Poland’s PKN prefers gas as fuel for new Ostroleka power plantlast_img read more

Farmingville Shooting Kills Mastic Beach Man

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police homicide detectives are investigating a shooting in Farmingville the killed a Mastic Beach man early Saturday morning, police said.The shooting occurred outside Empire Bar and Lounge on Warren Avenue at 3:16 a.m., police said. When police arrived to investigate the 911 call, they discovered that the victim, 25-year-old Randell Hollman, had already been taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue for a gunshot wound.After Hollman was transported to the hospital, a large crowd was still outside the bar, police said, and some people were seen fighting.Hollman was pronounced dead at the hospital, police said.The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information regarding the shooting is asked to call homicide detectives at 631-852-6392 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.last_img read more

The ultimate gift guide for finance professionals

first_img This post is currently collecting data… Whew! It’s definitely been a year for the books. Through it all, banks and credit unions have done incredible work to keep our economy afloat (we’re talking TOP of the nice list efforts) – giving us hope for a future that’s merry and bright.While most of us will be happy to see 2020 disappear in our rearview mirrors, ’tis still the season to be jolly – and to thank the incredible financial institutions that got us through.Need gift inspiration for your favorite financial professional this year? We’ve got you covered. This is placeholder text continue reading »center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

Eight of 9 UK coronavirus sufferers leave hospital

first_imgIn addition, all 94 people who were quarantined at Arrowe Park hospital in north west England after being flown back from Wuhan have now left the site.But more than 100 people are still in quarantine in a hotel north of London after arriving from China last week.An 80-year-old Chinese tourist visiting France has become the first fatality from the virus confirmed outside of Asia.Topics : Eight of the nine people diagnosed with the new coronavirus in Britain have left hospital having now tested negatively twice for the virus, NHS England said on Saturday.”I want to stress that any individuals who are discharged from hospital are now well and do not pose any public health risk,” said Health Secretary Matt Hancock.The final person is still being treated at Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospital in central London.last_img read more

Jokowi officiates Asia Pacific Rayon plant in Riau

first_imgPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo officiated on Friday a fiber manufacturer PT Asia Pacific Rayon (APR) plant in Pelalawan regency, Riau — a site expected to improve the nation’s textile sector and the Industry 4.0 road map.In his speech, the President claimed he was surprised to learn that wood could be used as primary material to make textile products. “The plant also has its own nursery with a total capacity of 300 million seeds. Where in the world could we find a manufacturing plant with such a huge capacity other than in Pelalawan?” Jokowi said on Friday.The plant can produce around 240,000 tons of rayon annually. It can also produce 10,000 tons of yarn every year. The APR, an affiliate of major pulp and paper producer Asia Pacific Resources International Holdings, is expected to increase the production capacity to 600,000 ton per year.“We should appreciate this technology. Stop thinking that [advanced] technology only exists in Europe, such as in Germany or Scandinavian countries. We also have one too in Indonesia; it’s located right here, in Pelalawan regency,” said Jokowi.APR’s capability to turn wood into fabrics and garments, the President added, had showed that Indonesia could compete with European countries or the United States. “The competition is no longer between regencies or provinces [within Indonesia] but with other countries. It’s not about rich countries defeating poor ones but about those that can outpace the slowpokes,” the President went on to say.Read also: Viscose may give Indonesia’s textile industry edge in sustainabilityJokowi also appreciated APR’s investment in the regency since it contributed positively to the region’s economic growth and people’s welfare.The director of APR’s holding company, PT Royal Golden Eagle (RGE), Anderson Tanoto, said the total investment allocated to build the viscose factory had reached up to Rp 15 trillion (US$1.1 billion). He added that the plant in Pelalawan was capable of producing 240,000 tons of rayon fiber every year.“We also opened up 1,200 jobs in the region,” Anderson said.The plan could also generate up to US$131 billion of foreign exchange earnings every year and reduce the country’s dependency on imported raw materials valued at up to $149 million annually.The RGE would invest Rp 20 trillion in the plant for the next three years to support its product downstreaming program in Indonesia, Anderson went on to say.The manufacturing company had exported its goods to 14 countries, including Pakistan, Bangladesh, Brazil and several countries across Europe.“We also hope to grow in supporting the domestic market with the support of the Industry Ministry. We hope the government will aid us in supporting the local textile market through the modernization and improvement of machinery,” said Anderson. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

New book examines assisted dying ahead of 2020 referendum

first_imgRadio NZ News 28 June 2020Family First Comment: This new book is worth checking out…“[This bill] is intended for very few, the extreme cases probably. I assumed that the people we would be offering this to would be in extreme pain. But internationally, where assisted suicide is legal the motivational reasons for people using this isn’t actually pain. In Oregon, 2019 research shows that the primary motivational factor for people choosing this: 90 percent of people use this because their life is no longer enjoyable, 59 percent are saying they’re worried about being a burden on other people, and only 33 percent are actually in pain, or they’re afraid of the pain.”The End of Life Choice Act will be put to the vote in a referendum alongside the national election, and has already been a hot subject of debate as it made its way through parliament.The difficult topic has been explored in a book by journalist Caralise Trayes: The Final Choice, which includes interviews with medical and legal experts, religious leaders, ethicists, and experts on the practice of voluntary euthanasia in other countries.Trayes’ interest in the debate was pricked when she took a freelance job focused on a meeting where assisted dying was discussed.“I came away thinking I know very little about this, but what I do know is I’m going to have to vote on this binding referendum and make a really difficult choice. We all come into this discussion and decision with our own personal experiences, what we’ve seen and how other people have died – and that’s a really hard thing to look through.“So I did some research and the further I got into the issue the more I realised how intricate it is and how many levels there are to it. I came away with questions … and there’s so much misinformation and so much emotion out there, I think it’s hard to find good information to make sure you can make a good choice – it’s really to equip people to make good choices.”Trays says she can’t call which direction the referendum will fall in September.“I know that right now, somewhere between 58 and 74 percent of Kiwis sit very on the side of voting for it, but what I’ve also seen is that same proportion of people don’t know much about this.“Seventy-four percent of people think that this assisted dying law will mean they can turn off life support – that’s already legal. We need to get equipped and educated to make a really informed decision – this is a big decision, this is life and death. It’s worthy of that time and commitment.”READ MORE: https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/sunday/audio/2018752582/new-book-examines-assisted-dying-ahead-of-2020-referendumlast_img read more

Southampton keen to sign Real Valladolid defender

However, Southampton are prioritising new signings at both full-back positions in January, with plenty of options in the middle and a resurgence in form.Sky Sports News has already reported that Genk’s Joakim Maehle is one name on their right-back list, but a loan move for Tottenham’s Kyle Walker-Peters to St Mary’s has been described as “unlikely”.English Premier League side Southampton are keen on a deal to land Real Valladolid defender Mohammed Salisu in an £8.5 million bid.Everton, Newcastle and Norwich City are three other English clubs who have been linked to Salisu. pic.twitter.com/OspKHiyQZV— SportsObama.com (@SportsObama) January 3, 2020Read Also: Juventus sign Sweden midfielder from AtalantaAt centre-back, Southampton also have an interest in Red Bull Salzburg defender Marin Pongracic.Other clubs in Germany, Italy and Spain are also keen on Salisu, who has two-and-a-half years left to run on his contract and has impressed across 18 appearances this season.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… The Saints are among a number of clubs to have scouted the 20-year-old Ghanaian this season, and his £10.2m (€12m) buyout clause makes him an attractive prospect. Southampton are interested in signing the Real Valladolid centre-back Mohammed Salisu.Advertisement read more

Big Sam stunned by boos

first_img Asked about cupping his ear after the final whistle, Allardyce said: “I did it because I was hearing booing, I couldn’t quite believe it. “I’d seen something I’ve never seen before. Nothing surprises me, I suppose. “I can’t understand it, to be honest. We’ve got a difficult situation and it must be frustration.” Hull counterpart Steve Bruce joked about the full-time reception – “Sam’s big and ugly enough to handle it” – but that could not disguise his anger at the officials’ display. The Tigers boss was furious with referee Mike Dean’s decision to send off McGregor and called for changes to be made. “If the referee had given the penalty straight away, I could understand,” the Tigers boss said. “He didn’t and we have got video evidence of that. “I asked him if he gave the penalty and he said he did, but it must have been two or three minutes before he made the decision. “So, if he has given the penalty, we obviously had someone on the line to clear the ball, so we must have some in line with him, so it’s not really denying a goalscoring opportunity. “And is it not sufficient to use common sense and, if he thinks it’s a penalty, which he didn’t at the time, keep 11 men on the pitch? I am convinced if we had 11 men we would take something from this game. “With 10 men, for me, we were still the better team. With 11 that would obviously have been easier. “McGregor obviously got injured and I honestly think that has made the decision for the referee, the fact he is in a bad way. “But he has missed a blatant handball so it is a calamity of errors and what makes it worse is if he’s not sure about the decision, then how does he send the player off? “There is no more common sense. There are people marking them in the stands, they get paid handsomely and too often we’re sitting here talking repeatedly – any manager I see – about a decision going against you. “For me, it’s too often. We’ve got to do something about it. They’ve got to improve.” As if defeat was not bad enough, Hull goalkeeper McGregor appears to have been seriously injured in that controversial incident. “McGregor is in a bad way, kidney damage,” Bruce said. “A specialist is on his way to see him, it is a contusion on his kidney. We’re hoping it’s not ruptured. He’s gone to hospital and he’ll be staying overnight.” The visitors managed to pull level early in the second half when Nikica Jelavic deflected home a Tom Huddlestone free-kick, only for a James Chester own goal to put West Ham back in front soon after. Hull continued to press but were unable to stop West Ham running out unconvincing 2-1 victors – a performance that led to boos at the final whistle and Allardyce to react by cupping his ear. “I’ve not experienced that before in the time I’ve been in the game,” he said in the post-match press conference. “Obviously, for us, today was all about coming off with three points, whether we played brilliantly, indifferently or not so good. It was about getting the three points “The lads have gone about it and, when they’ve come off the field, they’ve got the three points and that is what matters. “I have to remind everybody about the situation of playing against 10 men and the two examples of how difficult to beat 10 men. “We were brilliant playing with 10 men when we beat Cardiff 2-0 and we played here against Swansea City for 65 minutes with 10 men and they didn’t score and we won the game. “Hull City played with 10 men, kept the ball well and we beat them. That’s what you’ve got to do. The examples prove just how good we are. We beat them, that’s the most important thing.” Press Association The home fans were audibly frustrated by the Hammers’ ineffective display in east London, where the controversial sending off of Allan McGregor arguably proved the difference. The officials missed Mohamed Diame’s handball before being taken down by the Hull goalkeeper, allowing Mark Noble to send home the resulting penalty. Sam Allardyce cupped his ear in disbelief after West Ham were booed off the pitch at Upton Park, despite ending a three-match losing streak at home to Hull. last_img read more

Man City v Chelsea past meetings

first_img Here, Press Association Sport looks at some of the notable recent clashes between the sides. :: Chelsea 2 Manchester City 4 (February 27, 2010) Press Association Manchester City host Chelsea on Sunday in an early-season clash of the two most-fancied teams for the Barclays Premier League title. center_img Wayne Bridge refused to shake John Terry’s hand over allegations of an affair with his girlfriend Vanessa Perroncel, before City beat nine-man Chelsea. Two Frank Lampard goals book-ended a calamitous afternoon for Chelsea as Carlos Tevez and Craig Bellamy each netted twice and Juliano Belletti and Michael Ballack were sent off. :: Chelsea 2 Manchester City 1 (December 12, 2011) Chelsea ended City’s unbeaten start to their first Premier League title-winning season, despite Mario Balotelli scoring inside two minutes. Raul Meireles equalised before half-time and Joleon Lescott handled in his own box to gift Chelsea their winner, the penalty scored by Lampard. :: Manchester City 2 Chelsea 1 (March 21, 2012) After six months in disgrace and self-imposed exile, Carlos Tevez returned a hero as he helped inspire a triumphant City comeback against Chelsea. It was Chelsea’s first loss under caretaker manager Roberto Di Matteo. Gary Cahill’s deflected shot put Chelsea ahead but Sergio Aguero levelled from the penalty spot before Tevez set up Samir Nasri’s 85th-minute winner. :: Chelsea 2 Manchester City 1 (October 29, 2013) Fernando Torres settled a thrilling encounter with a gift of a stoppage-time Chelsea winner after a rush of blood from City goalkeeper Joe Hart and a mix-up with defender Matija Nastasic. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho celebrated extravagantly by going into the crowd looking for his son. Torres had earlier set up Andre Schurrle for the opener before Aguero equalised. :: Manchester City 1 Chelsea 1 (September 21, 2014) The odd sight of Chelsea’s all-time record goalscorer Lampard playing against them became even more uncomfortable for the Londoners as the veteran midfielder netted a late equaliser for 10-man City after coming off the bench. Lampard, released by Chelsea four months earlier, had joined City on a short-term deal before moving to New York. He refused to celebrate and later admitted he felt mixed emotions after cancelling out Schurrle’s opener. City earlier had Pablo Zabaleta sent off. last_img read more

Syracuse dominates the glass against smaller Canisius, cruises to 70-37 victory

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Just over a minute into the game, Syracuse collected four offensive rebounds on a single possession and eventually got the ball to guard Alexis Peterson, who knocked down a 3-pointer.The Orange scored the game’s first eight points and within the first three minutes, forward Briana Day already had four rebounds. Three minutes later, guard Cornelia Fondren’s offensive rebound and putback forced Canisius to take a timeout as SU immediately flexed its muscles on the glass early on.“That’s tough to guard when you keep getting possession after possession,” Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “You have the ball for 45, 30 seconds and then you miss a shot, get a rebound, miss a shot, get a rebound. That’s really tough on a defense.”No. 19 Syracuse (8-1) went on to thrash Canisius (4-5, 2-0 Metro Atlantic Athletic) 70-37 on Tuesday night in front of 393 in the Carrier Dome. Syracuse won the rebounding battle 67-31 and totaled 37 offensive boards. Bria Day’s team-high and career-high 11 rebounds led the way as Fondren and Briana Day collected nine and eight, respectively.Though the Orange dominated on the glass, it had a significant height advantage. Canisius only has three players taller than 6 feet, and just one of them played more than three minutes Tuesday. Five SU players 6 feet or taller combined for 30 rebounds.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCanisius entered the game shooting 41 percent from 3 and part of the Orange’s game plan was to cut that percentage down. By grabbing so many rebounds and often limiting the Golden Griffins to one shot per possession, Canisius didn’t many rebounds on its 3-for-14 performance from downtown.“We didn’t want to start giving up unsettled 3s and obviously when they get offensive rebounds, they can throw the ball out and start reversing the ball,” Hillsman said. “…You can’t guard that stuff because we can’t get the defense set.”Though Hillsman said solely execution contributed to the high number of rebounds, he acknowledged that shooting 25-for-81 gave Syracuse so many chances to clean the glass.As a layup attempt by Canisius’ Crystal Porter hung on the rim 40 seconds before halftime, each Golden Griffin cleared out and ran back on defense without even contesting Syracuse’s 6 foot-4 Amber Witherspoon for the rebound.The game had already become rout by halftime, as the Orange held a 35-13 rebounding edge to take a 40-15 lead. And when the second half began, Briana Day — SU’s leading rebounder — snagged another offensive rebound and made an easy layup to end the fans’ stand-and-clap as SU continued to pull away.After picking up her third foul 62 seconds into the second half, she subbed out for her twin sister Bria, who averaged 2.6 rebounds per game before Tuesday.But the Orange’s supremacy on the boards didn’t miss a beat, as Bria Day pulled down eight boards in nine second-half minutes.“She definitely was just really going after everything today regardless of if she was boxed out,” Briana Day said of her sister. “She was going for the long ones, she was just really working hard.”Although Briana Day said the strong rebounding simply came from working hard, just like nearly every other game this season, Fondren explained that the success came as a result of good positioning when the shots went up.“I think the main thing is crash, crash, crash,” Fondren said. “We all got to box out if we want to get the rebound.”After four straight blowout wins over nonconference opponents, Syracuse will take on No. 9 Baylor and No. 18 Michigan State this weekend.Rebounding at a similar rate as the past four games would ensure Syracuse can compete with other nationally ranked teams.“We pride ourselves on rebounding,” Peterson said. “… If we’re rebounding like this, I think it puts us in a great position moving forward.” Comments Published on December 17, 2014 at 12:15 am Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschwedslast_img read more