U.S. Moratorium on New Coal Leases Draws Critics and Advocates

first_imgU.S. Moratorium on New Coal Leases Draws Critics and Advocates FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Dennis Webb for the Grand Junction (Colo.) Daily Sentinel:Pro-coal advocates are working to turn out in force Thursday when the Bureau of Land Management holds a meeting in Grand Junction to gather input on possible reforms to the federal coal program.The meeting is one of six being held around the country, and supporters from Colorado and beyond are expected to show up to speak on the industry’s behalf as it struggles locally and nationally with mine layoffs and shutdowns, bankruptcies and other setbacks.Advocates for reforming the federal coal program or even ending coal mining altogether also will be attending, although one of them, Jeremy Nichols of WildEarth Guardians, said probably not in the same numbers as the industry supporters. He’s sympathetic with their desire to rally on the industry’s behalf.“The coal industry should be proud of what it’s done for this state. Nobody’s saying that we should not acknowledge the great stuff that they’ve brought over the years, but it’s time to move on,” from coal mining, he said.Nichols plans to reiterate his group’s call to leave coal in the ground due to its air-pollution and climate-change impacts, but also for the federal government to step up efforts to help coal miners and communities shift away from coal economically.“We can get behind good policies that acknowledge the need to give communities in Delta County and Craig tools to transition,” he said.The future of Peabody Energy’s Twentymile Mine between Craig and Steamboat Springs is currently up in the air following Peabody’s decision to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization and the failure of Bowie Resource Partners to be able to complete a deal to buy the mine.Meanwhile, in the North Fork Valley, Oxbow Mining has permanently closed its Elk Creek Mine, Bowie has idled its Bowie No. 2 Mine, and Arch Coal, which also is in bankruptcy reorganization, recently laid off 80 miners. Combined, the valley has seen the loss of many hundreds of mining jobs in recent years.Coal companies have faced slowdowns in national and international markets, in part due to increased competition from natural gas as a power-plant fuel source and also due to increased regulations aimed at reducing air pollutants and carbon emissions.Nichols said it’s also important for the Interior Department to get on board when it comes to helping coal communities transition to more diverse economies.“If they don’t, it’s just going to lead to I think more disaster for communities in the West,” Nichols said.Full article: Coal advocates look to unite at meetinglast_img read more

A Scavenger Hunt to Explore the Copper Mountain Music Festival 2018

first_imgFind your next adventure on a Nat Geo map! With so many exciting new maps being released for the summer, there were plenty of adventures to be found. The Road Atlas‘s were especially popular– lets all road trip north to escape the heat. Check out the lightness and ease of setting up and breaking down a pair of LEKI Poles! It only took us a few minutes to master the ‘LEKI pull.’ If you hold them in two specific spots and hold, it literally builds itself in less than a second. We had a great time showing scavenger hunt participants the fastest way to equip themselves with poles. Take a crazy photo in a Crazy Creek chair! We had Crazy Creek chairs stationed all around the festival. You had your pick of the original chair or Crazy Legs Quad Beach/Festival Chair or Crazy Legs Leisure Chair. How crazy was your crazy photo? Experience the future, with a UCO headlamp! Before trying a UCO headlamp, I had no idea there could be so many improvements to the classic model you find at your local sporting goods store. Copper Mountain attendees got to see for themselves why this headlamp is brighter than the rest (literally). We attended our second year of Copper Mountain Music Festival, and enjoyed the second year of dipping and ducking around Center Village ticking off activities in a mountain-wide scavenger hunt. Follow along in our own virtual scavenger hunt as we explore Copper and the companies that helped made Copper Mountain Music Festival awesome for the second year in a row.Pack a Sea To Summit Ultra Light Hammock. These hammocks are ultra light, and ultra easy to pack. Coming in at the super skinny 5.4 ounces, they’re breathable but able to support you in all your relaxing needs. If you need reassurance, take a look at the video we did last year. Check out the Wenzel Tent! What better way to get away from the energy of the festival than to peak into a Wenzel tent and have some time to yourself. We set up the tent in the grass and let participants have some time out of the sun. Copper Mountain is a resort built on family and community. We felt right at home when we pulled into the festival for the second time. Everyone who participated in the scavenger hunt was happy, excited, and ready to try new things. If that’s not a good basis for a community, we don’t know what is.We have plenty of community events coming up and we would love to see you at all of them! Next Saturday, July 14th, we are working with Salida Mountain Trails to build more trails in the area. On July 21st we are hosting our second annual Elevation Outdoors group campout. Hope to see you there! Guess the weight of the Lowe Alpine pack! Can you virtually guess it through the screen? We even let participants hold the pack to get a better guess. This Aeon weighs in at a mere 33 ounces and functions as both a daypack or one-night backpacking backpack. Tour the Live Outside and Play Van.We had our home on display for everyone to peek into. This year, Timbr Basecamps helped with our build, and then we finished it off. Plenty of questions, plenty of answers, and plenty of interest in the #vanlife. Take a photo of your best “air row” in an Old Town kayak! You don’t need water to experience how comfortable these kayaks are. Even on land you can explore the storage possibilities and recline in the fully adjustable seat. We had many a kid and adult alike take em out for an “air spin” Learn how to expand and break down a Hydrapak! When you can hold a packed up HydraPak in your hands, you can truly see how convenient they are. This water bottle got popped in and out all day long and still held strong by the end of the day. Challenge a Nite Ize gear tie by hanging as much gear as possible! This one was tough to do because we were worried the tent was going to break before the gear tie did. These tiny guys are mighty, reusable, and super duper strong. Taste some Mountain House freeze-dried food. Slingin’ samples all day! We had the two burner going from morning to evening making Mountain House samples. With a variety of flavors to try, we had breakfast, lunch, and dinner covered.last_img read more

Active or passive funding strategy – Tug of war

first_img 40SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,James Lutter D. James (Jim) Lutter is the Senior Vice President of Trading and Operations at PMA Financial Network and PMA Securities where he oversees PMA Funding, a service of both companies … Web: pmafunding.com Details The Fed is still on course to raise interest rates 25 basis points in June. This would be the second rate increase in 2017, despite a GDP reading of .7 percent year over year, and inflation running below their stated goal of 2 percent. Other recent data points include solid job gains and a declining unemployment rate under 5 percent.Bottom line – the implied probability of a June 14th rate hike is now 100% (as of May 9, 2017).With this in consideration, what impact will a rate change have on your institutional MMA and DDA depositors? Based on your current pricing model, do you anticipate an increase, decrease or stability amongst this group of depositors?  What is the end goal; funding stability through an active model or funding volatility utilizing a passive model? These are important questions to address early on in a changing/volatile rate environment.  Your pricing strategy will predicate the level of funding stability.For example, envision pulling on a rope from both sides (tug of war). On one side, there is pricing strategy, and the other is funding stability.  Depending on how hard either side is pulled, the amount of resistance will determine your stability. In a changing rate environment, if you’re experiencing decay, (whether rapid or persistent) you’re out of equilibrium in your pricing.Although the FOMC meeting is next month, market based rates have continued to ramp up in anticipation of this rate hike.  The greater the probability the Fed will increase rates, the greater the impact it will have on other fixed income investments.  The below graphic illustrates the spread differential of one month LIBOR to Fed Funds. Investments such as overnight repo, FHLB advances, agencies, treasuries and commercial paper increase in yield leading up to the Fed increase.What does this mean to you?  Your institutional investors are actively being solicited (pulled at) by competing fixed income investments through investment advisors, broker dealers and other financial institutions.  If you are deploying a passive pricing strategy where you are in a holding pattern until after the Fed movement, then you need to assume that you’re not in equilibrium.  You will begin to experience some decay amongst a percentage of your instructional depositor base.  With each Fed modification to the overnight rate, your depositor base is continually being solicited, (pulled at) which will lead to an eventual acceleration in the decay rate.  Back to the rope example, the greater the force out of equilibrium, the greater the impact on the shift.  The rope scenario is dynamic, as is your decay rate.What is the end goal: an active or passive pricing/funding strategy?  Typically, financial institutions hold between 60 to 80 percent of the liabilities and non-duration accounts.  If one is looking to reduce reliance on institutional investors, a passive strategy may be acceptable. If not, the passive strategy may end up costing more with heightened volatility than an active market-based strategy.last_img read more

Tot Dies After Bethpage Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 4-year-old boy died the day after the car he was a passenger in crashed in Bethpage this week.Nassau County police said the toddler’s 65-year-old grandfather was driving a Nissan Altima northbound on Stewart Avenue when the car veered off the roadway, onto the sidewalk and struck a tree at 1:20 p.m. Monday.Both the grandfather and the tot were taken to local hospitals, where they were treated for head trauma.The boy, whose name was not released, was pronounced dead Tuesday at Cohen Children’s Medical Center.Homicide Squad detectives impounded the vehicle but did not charge the driver.last_img

Xiaomi’s Mi Smart Upgrade Scheme Offers Up to 70 Percent Assured Buyback on Smartphones, Starts at Rs. 399

first_imgMi Smart Upgrade options start at Rs. 399 for the Redmi 9 Prime and Redmi 9, Rs. 499 for the Redmi Note 9, Rs. 549 for the Redmi Note 9 Pro, Rs. 599 for the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max, Rs. 999 for the Redmi K20 Pro, Rs. 1,499 for the Mi 10T, Rs. 1,699 for the Mi 10T Pro, and Rs. 1,999 for the Mi 10 phone. These Mi Smart Upgrade plans need to be purchased along with the smartphone from select Mi Authorised Outlets.When it comes to availing the Mi Smart Upgrade scheme, users will have to contact the buyback partner for redemption and head to the nearest Xiaomi authorised service centre. The phone will then be inspected to ascertain no damage is detected, and after that a redemption code will be given to the customer. This code can then be used on Mi.com or any Mi authorised outlet for buying a new smartphone.Xiaomi notes that the phone should not be damaged or broken to be eligible for the upgrade. Furthermore, if original charger or box is not available, then Rs. 1,000 will be deducted from the buyback value. If the phone has any scratches or dents on the screen or body, then 10 percent of the buyback value will be deducted.- Advertisement – How to find the best deals during online sales? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. Xiaomi has introduced a new ‘Mi Smart Upgrade’ scheme for Mi and Redmi phone buyers in India. This scheme enables new smartphone buyers to get up to 70 percent assured buyback on their purchased handset for up to 15 months from purchase, redeemable on their next Xiaomi smartphone purchase. This new Mi Smart Upgrade scheme is priced starting at Rs. 399 and it varies based on the phone you buy. This plan is currently applicable for phones like the Redmi 9 Prime, Redmi 9, Redmi Note 9 series, and the Mi 10 series. Apart from offering assured cashback till 15 months, this Mi Smart Upgrade Scheme also looks to make the buyback journey hassle free.The new ‘Mi Smart Upgrade’ gives users get the freedom to encash their phones any time after 3 months till 15 months of purchase, with exchange value ranging from 40 percent to 70 percent of the SRP. To be precise, users can get up to 70 percent of assured buyback within 4-6 months of purchase, 60 percent buyback within 7-9 months, 50 percent buyback within 10-12 months of purchase, and 40 percent buyback on 13-15 months of purchase. This means even after the phone warranty expires after 12 months, Xiaomi will offers 40 percent buyback till 15 months.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

Cultural heritage of Istria and Southern Dalmatia presented on French Arte TV

first_imgStaff from the report French Kisses from Croatia, Arte TV The European cultural TV channel Arte TV broadcast a series of reports on the rich cultural heritage of Istria and South Dalmatia in its show Invitation to Travel. These are reports that were created as a result of cooperation and engagement of the Representation of the Croatian Tourist Board in France. U show about Istria we talked to the owners of Istrian restaurants, but also winemakers, who testified to the rich eno-gastronomic value of Istria. They presented Rovinj, which they called Venice in miniature, Pula, where the gladiator games were evoked, but also the interior of Istria, where the picturesque towns of Buje and Motovun are located. The report also mentions the most common traditional vessel in Rovinj, the batana. “Such shows that reveal lesser-known cultural and historical facts of Croatian tourist destinations are our special challenge and imperative in the tourist promotion of Croatia on the French emitting market, since for 60 percent of French people the cultural heritage is the main motive for traveling to a foreign destination ”, said Daniela Mihalić Đurica, Director of the CNTB Representation in France. ARTE TV shows are broadcast six days a week and are watched by over 800 viewers a day. The recorded reports are repeated on several occasions, and are also available at the ARTE TV media library. But these are not the only stories about the Croatian coast, which were presented to French viewers. An earlier report on the island of Pag was published, in which the specifics of the well-known bora wind and report on Pazin with which the famous Jules Verne was also enchanted.center_img Source: Croatian National Tourist BoardCover photo: footage from a report on Istria (Arte TV) In another report called “French kisses from Croatia” Napoleon’s rich influence in Southern Dalmatia is shown, and through conversations with historians, the “Adriatic pearls” of Dubrovnik, Split and Trogir were presented, which delighted Napoleon himself and his marshals, especially Marmont, so much that they showed the world their superiority by conquering them. Finally, let’s say that the French lifestyle magazine Grazia also published TOP 9 Croatian destinations which should definitely be visited this summer. On that scale were: Dubrovnik, Rovinj, Split, Zagreb, Plitvice National Park, Zadar, Hvar, Korcula and Krka National Park. “This is another way to maintain a presence and visibility in our important markets and further interest the French, but also the Germans, to visit us again as soon as possible.”, commented the director of the CNTB, Kristjan Staničić, announcing that the TV ARTE team will record four new reports on Croatia in mid-August and early September.last_img read more

Investor snaps up £2.2m Eurolife Enfield base

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Indonesian students feel safer in Australia despite PM’s call to go home

first_imgAs countries around world face the COVID-19 pandemic, some Indonesian students said that they felt safer staying in Australia, despite Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s statement that international students “make their way home”.On Friday, Morrison advised holiday visa holders and foreign students who are unable to support themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic to return to their home countries as the country looks to reserve economic aid for its own citizens.”As much as it’s lovely to have visitors to Australia in good times, at times like this, if you are a visitor in this country, it is time […] to make your way home,” Morrison after a Cabinet meeting on Friday, as quoted by Australian public broadcaster ABC. Nadiah felt that the hospitals in Australia were more capable, adding that going home might risk contracting the disease during travel and endangering her family back in Indonesia. “I feel safer here,” she said.As of Sunday, Indonesia has announced 2,273 confirmed cases, with 191 deaths, while Australia has recorded 5,687 cases, but only 35 deaths.Marissa Devi, a 27-year old student pursuing her master’s degree at the University of South Australia in Adelaide echoed Dian’s sentiments.“I personally feel safer here, specifically South Australia. A few days ago, it was reported that the state was the best for COVID-19 testing worldwide,” she said. “My parents have asked me to go home, but I feel that, in Jakarta, the risk of contracting the disease is even greater, not to mention the limited capacity for testing.”Indonesia has only tested 7,986 people as of Saturday, while Australia has tested more than 260,000 people.The Indonesian Embassy in Canberra, however, advised Indonesian citizens with travelers and working holiday visas to “immediately arrange a return trip to Indonesia” following the Prime Minister’s statement.Embassy spokesperson Billy Wibisono said that the embassy and consulates would keep track of Indonesian nationals holding working holiday visas that needed help while continuing to aid ones that have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Australia.Topics : Despite the prime minister’s statement, Dian Dini Primadani, the vice president Indonesian Student Association (PPIA) in South Australia, said that around 160 students in the state chose to stay put as they felt safer.She added that some students that have gone back to Indonesia before the pandemic cannot go back to Australia now, forcing them to postpone their studies.Several Indonesian students said they chose to stay because they felt that Australia has better healthcare capabilities.“Because if I go home in Indonesia the conditions are the same, or maybe even worse right?” Nadiah Ghina Shabrina, a 22-year old Indonesian studying for a master’s degree at the University of Technology Sydney told The Jakarta Post on Saturday.last_img read more

Gold Coast’s top three properties going under the hammer

first_img2 Sapphire St, Hollywell.The deceased estate at 2 Sapphire St offers 50m of Broadwater frontage as part of a 1058sq m block.It will go under the hammer at 11am on Saturday.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 agoIn Mermaid Beach a luxury mansion will go under the hammer on Sunday. 2 Sapphire St, Hollywell goes to auction at 11am on Saturday.“One of a handful of mainland Broadwater fronting blocks, this is unquestionably one of the Gold Coast’s most unique and desirable positions,” the listing states.“The sensational preserved Broadwater outlook is ever changing over expanses of blue water across to the natural wonderland of South Stradbroke Island.” 14-16 Ocean St, Mermaid Beach.The two-storey residence at 14-16 Ocean St features a cinema, entertainment room with wet bar and wine cellar, a pool and an alfresco terrace with kitchenette.And on Sunday afternoon, a spectacular Burleigh Heads duplex will be taken to auction.Designed over three levels, the home at 129 George St allows separation between entertaining and sleeping zones while allowing the vista to take centre stage. 14-16 Ocean St, Mermaid Beach will go under the hammer at 11am on Sunday.“We’ve had strong interest and we’ve got an owner who’s committed to selling,” Michael Kollosche of Kollosche Prestige Agents said.“It represents a really good opportunity to buy an affordable large home beachside of Mermaid Beach.” 129 George St, Burleigh Heads.The middle level is flexible with a media room and gym alongside the bedrooms while the lowest level is dedicated to a master retreat.“The way the home was designed is very unique — you’re inside and would have no idea there is another duplex next door.” 129 George St, Burleigh Heads is going to auction at 3pm in Sunday.Marketing Agent Sean Graves of NGU Real Estate Gold Coast said he was expecting a crowd following a successful marketing campaign.“We’ve had lots of interest,” he said.“Over the past three weeks we’ve had 26 groups through.”The upper level forms the social heart of the home with open plan living spaces and the kitchen. Stacking doors bring the indoors outside. Ray White auctioneer Mitch Peereboom in action on the Gold Coast last month. Photo: Richard GoslingA “LANDMARK estate” is among an array of properties set to go under the hammer on the Gold Coast this weekend.The Hollywell property is being offered to the market for the first time in 40 years, and takes waterfront living to a new level.last_img read more

‘Nigeria Boxing Federation favoured by Olympic postponement’

first_img Speaking with Lagos-based Brila FM, Omo Agege confirmed that the boxing Federation registered boxers ahead of AIBA deadline for the registration of boxers. Nigeria Boxing Federation (NBF) board member Azania Omo Agege has stated that the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics to 2021 due to the Covid-19 break is a bit of favour. And with the Covid-19 break anticipated , the Federation will now have more time to be ready ahead of the last qualifying window for the boxing event of the Olympics in 2021.Advertisement Omo Agege noted that the Nigeria Boxing Federation now has more time to prepare boxers for the Olympic qualifiers in France. Loading… Nigeria Boxing Federation favoured by Olympic postponement “We got a mail from AIBA (International Boxing Association) saying even if the postponement was going to take place, we had to register which we did before the Covid-19 break so we are in order.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Read Also: Ighalo deserves new Man United deal – Arsenal legend “The boxers have already been registered, there was a deadline for registration which we did. We’ve already registered our boxers that will be going for the qualifiers. “Definitely it favours boxing now, we are already getting ready to go for the qualifiers in France for May just because of the postponement that we can’t go. Promoted Content7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Great Ancient Mysteries That Make China Worth VisitingThe Best Cars Of All TimePortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made11 Items You’ve Been Using Wrong Your Whole Life8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?last_img read more