Australian insurer Suncorp to stop underwriting new coal mines, coal-fired generation

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:Australian insurance giant Suncorp will no longer insure new thermal coal mines and power plants, and will not underwrite any existing thermal coal projects after 2025.This is the latest in a series of pledges by banks and financial services companies that they will not support projects that mine or burn coal used for electricity generation, in line with the goals of the 2015 Paris climate agreement. Activists said Suncorp’s announcement meant there were now no Australian insurers willing to underwrite new thermal coal developments.Suncorp, which owns insurance brands AAMI and GIO, made headlines in February when it announced its half-year profit had slumped 45%, mainly because of extreme weather events in Sydney and Queensland. Its then chief executive, Michael Cameron, called on the government to make it compulsory for Australian businesses to adopt climate change action plans to prepare for natural disasters.In a statement on Friday, the $17bn company said climate change posed a financial and strategic risk but was also an opportunity. It said it had applied a shadow carbon price, assuming greenhouse gas emissions have a cost, to its investment decisions since 2017 and had recently expanded that across all its operations.“The practical outcome of this is that we have materially reduced our investment in fossil fuels, including thermal coal,” an official said. “We will seek to increase exposure to businesses that have a positive environmental impact, including renewable energy generation and technology.”Suncorp’s competitor QBE said in March it would no longer insure new thermal coal projects and would stop underwriting existing operations from 2030.More: Insurance giant Suncorp says it will no longer cover new thermal coal projects Australian insurer Suncorp to stop underwriting new coal mines, coal-fired generationlast_img read more

Inslee Rolls out COVID-19 Risk Assessment Dashboard With Data

first_imgFacebook133Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Governor Jay InsleeGov. Jay Inslee announced a new COVID-19 risk assessment dashboard to aid the state in gauging when and how to best lift restrictions around ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy” in Washington.Wednesday marked 100 days since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Washington state. The governor mentioned that in the coming weeks, the state will slowly start “turning the dial” on several physical distancing restrictions in accordance with changing epidemiological and public health data.“It is important to share the information and data that informs our decisions,” Inslee said. “As each decision we make informs choices that impact the health and safety of Washingtonians, we want to show that there are multiple indicators we rely on for how we can remain healthy and open our businesses.”Read the full story on the governor’s Medium pagelast_img read more

CONQUEST FARENHEIT, ZAKAROFF, CISTRON & TACO ALL FIGURE PROMINENTLY IN SUNDAY’S $75,000 PASADENA STAKES AT MILE ON TURF; WIDE OPEN FIELD OF 10 SOPHOMORES ENGAGED

first_imgTHE $75,000 PASADENA STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 8 of 9                                                                                                          Approximate post time 4 p.m. PST CONQUEST FARENHEIT: Originally based with trainer Mark Casse at Woodbine, this Kentucky-bred colt by Scatt Daddy pressed the pace in the 6 ½ furlong turf Baffle here on Feb. 20, prevailing by 1 ¾ lengths as the 7-5 favorite in his second start for Miller.  A sharp second at 4-5 in the one mile turf Summer Stakes (Grade II) three starts back at Woodbine on Sept. 18, he’s been favored in all four of his lifetime starts and looks like the probable Pasadena favorite as he stretches back out to two turns.    Additionally, he achieved a Pasadena-best 92 Beyer Speed figure in winning the Baffle.  Owned by Rockingham Ranch or Littlefield, he’s 4-2-1-1 with earnings of $110,045. ZAKAROFF: A respectable fifth two starts back in the 1 1/16 miles California Derby on Jan. 21, this Kentucky-bred gelding by California-based Slew’s Tiznow stretched out to 1 1/8 miles on Golden Gate’s synthetic Tapeta to win the Grade III El Camino Real Derby by a half length on Feb. 18 at odds of 48-1.  With many options before them, Zakaroff’s connections appear to have chosen a prudent path in trying grass for the first time in the Pasadena.  A graded stakes winner on synthetic, Zakaroff can be expected to handle the turf well as he cuts back in distance a furlong.  Ridden to victory in the El Camino Real Derby by Kyle Frey, he’ll get the first-time services of Joe Talamo on Sunday.  Owned by longtime Specht client Antone Metaxas, Zakaroff is the leading money earner in the field with $148,120 accumulated from an overall mark of 6-2-1-1. ARCADIA, Calif. (March 16, 2017)–With eight out of the 10 runners engaged coming off recent wins, Conquest Farenheit, Zakaroff, Cistron and undefeated Taco all figure prominently in Sunday’s $75,000 Pasadena Stakes, for 3-year-olds at one mile on the Santa Anita turf.With trainer Peter Miller’s Conquest Farenheit and Steve Specht’s Zakaroff both coming off last-out stakes wins, John Sadler’s Cistron, comes off a gutty allowance win over the course.  Throw in Efren Loza, Jr.’s Taco, unbeaten in four starts, his most recent triumph a minor turf stakes at Sam Houston Park, the Pasadena looms a completely wide-open affair and quite possibly the best betting race on the nine-race program. TACO: Unbeaten in four starts, two at Gulfstream, one at Fairgrounds in New Orleans and most recently a 1 1/16 miles turf stakes Sam Houston Park on Feb. 25, this Kentucky-bred colt by Gio Ponti looms the biggest question mark in the field in what will be his Southern California debut.  Based at Gulfstream Park West (formerly Calder), Taco would appear to have the right style in what appears to be a speed-laden lineup as he’s rallied from off the pace in all four of his wins.  Owned by Kathleen Amaya, Raffaele Centofanti and Daniel Alonso, Taco has earnings of $82,800. CISTRON: A gate to wire winner one mile turf allowance winner here on Feb. 5, he made the lead two starts back when third, beaten three quarter of a length in the one mile turf Eddie Logan Stakes two starts back on Dec. 30.  Triple Crown nominated, this Kentucky-bred colt by The Factor broke his maiden at a mile turf three starts back on Dec. 4 and appears on edge for Sunday’s Pasadena.  Owned by Hronis Racing, LLC or Little Red Feather Racing, Cistron could be hard pressed to make the early lead if Conquest Farenheit opts for a similar trip.  With an overall record of 5-2-0-2, he has earnings of $80,889. Big Sky Logan–Corey Nakatani–120Taxman’s Quest–Flavien Prat–120Ritzy A. P.–Victor Espinoza–120Ky. Colonel–Mike Smith–120Taco–Jesus Rios–124Cistron–Tyler Baze–122Monster Man–Rafael Bejarano–120Conquest Farenheit–Norberto Arroyo, Jr.–120Zakaroff–Joe Talamo–124Bird Is the Word–Kent Desormeaux–120First post time for a nine-race card on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m.  Admission gates will open at 10:30 a.m.  For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.last_img read more

Robert Adler, 93, co-inventor of TV remote

first_imgBOISE, Idaho – Hit the mute button for a moment of silence: The co-inventor of the TV remote, Robert Adler, has died. Adler, who won an Emmy Award along with fellow engineer Eugene Polley for the device that made the couch potato possible, died Thursday of heart failure at a Boise nursing home at 93, Zenith Electronics Corp. said Friday. In his six-decade career with Zenith, Adler was a prolific inventor, earning more than 180 U.S. patents. He was best known for his 1956 Zenith Space Command remote control, which helped make TV a truly sedentary pastime. In a May 2004 interview with The Associated Press, Adler recalled being among two dozen engineers at Zenith given the mission to find a new way for television viewers to change channels without getting out of their chairs or tripping over a cable. During World War II, Adler specialized in military communications equipment. He later helped develop sensitive amplifiers for ultra high-frequency signals used by radio astronomers and by the U.S. Air Force for long-range missile detection. Adler also was considered a pioneer in SAW technology, or surface acoustic waves, in color television sets and touch screens. The technology has also been used in cellular telephones. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published his most recent patent application, for advances in touch-screen technology, on Feb. 1. His wife, Ingrid, said Adler wouldn’t have chosen the remote control as his favorite invention. In fact, he didn’t even watch much television. “He was more of a reader,” she said. “He was a man who would dream in the night and wake up and say, `I just solved a problem.’ He was always thinking science.” Adler wished he had been recognized for more of his broad-ranging applications that were useful in the war and in space and were building blocks of other technology, she said, “but then the remote control changed the life of every man.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But he downplayed his role when asked if he felt his invention helped raise a new generation of couch potatoes. “People ask me all the time – `Don’t you feel guilty for it?’ And I say that’s ridiculous,” he said. “It seems reasonable and rational to control the TV from where you normally sit and watch television.” Various sources have credited either Polley, another Zenith engineer, or Adler as the inventor of the device. Polley created the “Flashmatic,” a wireless remote introduced in 1955 that operated on photo cells. Adler introduced ultrasonics, or high-frequency sound, to make the device more efficient in 1956. Zenith credits them as co-inventors, and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded both Adler and Polley an Emmy in 1997 for the landmark invention. “He was part of a project that changed the world,” Polley said from his home in Lombard, Ill. Adler joined Zenith’s research division in 1941 after earning a doctorate in physics from the University of Vienna. He retired as research vice president in 1979, and served as a technical consultant until 1999, when Zenith merged with LG Electronics Inc. last_img

Ben Stokes to join England in New Zealand after court appearance

first_img0Shares0000Ben Stokes will go on trial at Bristol Crown Court next month after being accused of affray © AFP / Paul ELLISBristol, United Kingdom, Feb 13 – Ben Stokes will join the England squad in New Zealand after the star all-rounder pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a charge of affray over a nightclub incident that forced him out of the Ashes tour.The 26-year-old all-rounder appeared at Bristol Magistrates’ Court in the southwest of England along with two other men and was granted bail before the next hearing in the case takes place on March 12 at Bristol Crown Court. The England and Wales Cricket Board issued a statement shortly after Stokes’s first court appearance confirming his travel plans but he is not expected to make an immediate return after nearly five months out of the side.“Having entered his plea at Bristol Magistrates’ Court today, Ben Stokes will now travel to New Zealand to join the England squad,” said an ECB spokesman.“He departs tomorrow, Wednesday 14 February, and will arrive on Friday 16 February, ready to train with England team-mates in Hamilton.”The statement said any decision to include him in upcoming matches would be made by the England management team. He is not currently being considered for the ongoing International Twenty20 tri-series against New Zealand and Australia. England start a five-match one-day international series against New Zealand on February 25, followed by two Tests.“(The) ECB fully respects his right to defend himself in court and any obligations he has within the legal process will always take precedence over England commitments,” added the statement.“It has been confirmed that he will not be required to return to the UK for the first hearing at Bristol Crown Court on Monday 12 March.”Stokes, who missed England’s 4-0 Ashes drubbing after being suspended from playing for England, appeared at the court in Bristol along with Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale.– Altercation –It follows an altercation during the early hours of September 25 last year, several hours after England had played a one-day international against the West Indies in the city.It is alleged a 27-year-old man suffered a fractured eye socket in the incident, at which fellow England cricketer Alex Hales was also present. Hales faced no charges.Ali, Stokes and Hale spoke to confirm their names, dates of births, addresses and nationalities. The clerk read out the charges and all three defendants indicated not guilty pleas.Stokes is accused jointly with Ali and Hale of using or threatening unlawful violence towards another.The charge states that his “conduct was such as would cause a person of reasonable firmness present at the scene to fear for his personal safety”. The other two defendants face the same charge.All three defendants elected to be tried by a jury at a crown court, with the offence carrying a maximum penalty of up to three years in prison.“I have decided that your trial will take place at the crown court at Bristol. The first hearing date will be March 12,” said District Judge Simon Cooper. “You will be on bail.”In a statement posted on Twitter last month after he was charged, Stokes said he was “keen to have an opportunity to clear my name”.While England were in Australia, Stokes played a few games for Canterbury Kings during a month-long spell in New Zealand before returning home to England.He is due to play in the Indian Premier League after being sold for £1.4 million ($1.9 million) to the Rajasthan Royals.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Dog spooks burglar during Letterkenny home invasion

first_imgA Letterkenny homeowner has their pet dog to thank for frightening away a burglar last night.Gardaí are seeking information in relation to the burglary at Rann Mor Meadow, which occurred on Monday 13th of May at around 10:50 pm. The suspect gained entry through double PVC doors at the back of the house. However, a dog was in the kitchen to alert the owner of the house and the burglar left without anything being taken. If anyone happened to see anything in the area that might help the Gardaí call the Letterkenny Garda Station on 074-9167100 or the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 111.  Dog spooks burglar during Letterkenny home invasion was last modified: May 14th, 2019 by Caitlin LairdShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Antonio Brown’s spat with Mike Mayock reminds of T.O., Sprewell, other Bay Area infights

first_imgMike Mayock and Antonio Brown may not know it, but after their now-public infight at practice Wednesday, they are now members of a fairly exclusive confederacy:Bay Area management-athlete dust-ups.Disclaimer: The following roll call is not comprehensive, nor listed in chronological order:1. Steve Mariucci vs. Terrell Owens Owens was a supremely talented receiver who also was a supreme pain. Mariucci, the 49ers coach, was already bristling over Owens’ antics when, on Sept. 24, …last_img

Samsung’s solar solutions

first_imgSamsung’s flagship village also provides internet access, helping to bridge the digital divide that disadvantages underdeveloped communitiesSamsung is playing its part in helping poorer communities access healthcare and education; on Tuesday 1 April the company handed over its first solar-powered village to the Malibongwe Ridge community.Samsung’s flagship village also provides internet access, helping to bridge the digital divide that disadvantages underdeveloped communities.“The United Nations says being online is now seen as fundamental to human development, and access to the internet may soon become a basic human right, like access to water,” says George Ferreira, vice-president and chief operations officer at Samsung Electronics Africa.“Our challenge was to look at what was needed versus what was available and devise a plan that connected the two.”On average, more than 25% of Africans don’t have ready access to electricity in their homes; this limits connectivity and access to education and healthcare, which are central to the success of isolated rural and peri-urban communities.The solar-powered digital village will provide access to these necessary services.HEALTH, EDUCATION AND INTERNET ACCESSThe digital village is a project in line with Samsung’s commitment to researching and investing in green technologiesBuilt in a refurbished 12 metre- long shipping container, the village’s mobile classroom is designed for use in remote areas and is easily transportable.The classroom is fitted with Samsung notebooks and netbooks, an interactive whiteboard or e-board, and Samsung Galaxy tablets; all powered by solar panels attached to the roof.The village’s solar-powered healthcare centre provides basic services such as eye, ear, blood and dental screening, mother and child healthcare, and treatments on site.The healthcare container is mobile, taking its services to surrounding communities to eliminate travel expenses for residents already struggling to make ends meet. The centre also disseminates information on basic preventative healthcare.Samsung has partnered with non-profit Right to Care, which delivers prevention, care and treatment services; the organisation will encourage male circumcision as a preventative healthcare measure.Right to Care’s Dr Mashudu Munyai said, “We are excited to work with Samsung on this uplifting and inspiring project.”The healthcare centre also has a Tele-Medical Centre; telemedicine relies on modern communication technologies to provide healthcare workers in far-flung areas with access to updated diagnostic methods and medical processes.The Tele-Medical Centre will work in conjunction with Samsung’s Tele-Medical app, which will guide nurses on site through the necessary processes to ensure all relevant information is captured and that diagnoses are accurate.“Today, we are seeing an innovation we’ve worked hard on developing come to life, and it is very exciting,” says Ferreira. “Good health is at the centre of one’s wellbeing and impacts society at a fundamental level.“It affects a child’s ability to learn at full potential, and adults’ ability to provide for their families. This is why we have complemented our strong focus on education with a focus on quality healthcare.”RENEWABLE AND CLEAN SOLAR ENEGRYWhen the village’s solar panels are under pressure, there is a standby solar-powered generator to provide additional electricity. The generators can also provide affordable and eco-friendly power to schools, homes and community centres.The digital village is a project in line with Samsung’s commitment to researching and investing in green technologies. It is also in line with a Memorandum of Understanding signed with the Gauteng Department of Economic Development (DED).“We are encouraged by the work Samsung is doing in the green technology space,” says Albert Chanee, head of the DED.“This type of out-of-the-box thinking is what will make a measurable and meaningful difference in people’s lives and, ultimately, change the world. The digital village aligns with government’s vision of finding alternative solutions to African problems, and we are proud to be a part of it.”last_img read more

Big screen treatment for queen of Katwe

first_imgHunger was the motivation for Uganda’s Phiona Mutesi to attend chess classes at a local church: she signed up because they also provided a bowl of porridge. Today, her story is being made into a Hollywood movie. Kenyan Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o is starring in a film about Ugandan chess champion Phiona Mutesi. (Images: News Point Africa and Tim Crothers) Priya PitamberThe rise of Uganda’s Phiona Mutesi from the poor streets of Katwe to international chess sensation is being turned into a Disney blockbuster starring Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo.In 2005, when she was nine years old, Mutesi crossed paths with the game in the slum of Katwe, in Uganda’s capital, Kampala. Players were introduced to chess at a church, and given a free cup of porridge.“It was so interesting,” Mutesi told UK newspaper The Guardian of her introduction to the game. “But I didn’t go there for chess; I went just to get a meal.”The hungry Mutesi started to plan her days around visiting the church, and ended up fuelling a passion for the strategic planning it takes to win a game of chess.“She was really desperate for survival,” recalled coach and mentor Robert Katende of Sports Outreach Ministry (SOM) of his meeting with Mutesi a decade ago.“I like chess because it involves planning,” Mutesi said. “If you don’t plan, you will end up with a bad life.”Now, she plays internationally, wins accolades, and inspires young minds in Uganda.All hail the queenMutesi’s afternoons are dedicated to chess. “She will either practice at school with friends or go to the SOM Chess Academy in Katwe and help coach Robert [Katende],” reads the profile on her website. “Phiona has a real passion for teaching the children.”President of the Uganda Chess Federation Vianney Luggya said Mutesi had flourished, and had surpassed all expectations.Mutesi competed in the Africa International Children’s Chess Tournament in South Sudan in 2009, and returned with a trophy. She has taken part in Olympiads in Siberia, Turkey and Norway, and she has a Woman Candidate Master ranking from the World Chess Federation.The young player has also faced off against her hero, the Russian former world champion Grandmaster, Garry Kasparov. Her success has also inspired students in the US to start a chess tournament in her name.The Hollywood treatmentThe movie is based on the book by Tim Crothers, The Queen Of Katwe: A Story Of Life, Chess, And One Extraordinary Girl’s Dream Of Becoming A Grandmaster. It is being filmed in South Africa and Uganda, translated for the screen by Mira Nair.Nair also directed a short documentary on Katende for the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s short film series, The Power of Words.From 6000 pearls to just 1: Uganda. Excited to be back in East Africa to work with @MiraPagliNair on #QueenOfKatwe. pic.twitter.com/wruqunWbpa— Lupita Nyong’o (@Lupita_Nyongo) March 29, 2015It is believed that Oscar-winning actress Nyong’o is taking the role of Mutesi’s mother, Harriet, while Oyelowo is tipped to play chess instructor and mentor Katende, reported the African lifestyle portal, Okay Africa.While filming in South Africa, Nyong’o took some time off to see South African comedian Trevor Noah on stage.I was already having a great time performing in Johannesburg and then @Lupita_Nyongo dropped in and made my night. pic.twitter.com/eIJFbto1xm— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) June 12, 2015Luggya said he hoped the movie would open doors for chess players across Uganda. “I think Ugandans realise that it is a brain game that can enhance their potential in all other aspects of life.”An inspiration to other girlsMutesi’s success has had a ripple effect, including inspiring young girls across Uganda to achieve their dreams. “Girls are always overlooked, even in chess,” Mutesi explained to The Guardian. “But I don’t think there’s any reason why a girl cannot beat a boy. It comes from believing in yourself.”In 2013, she was honoured at the Women of the World Summit in New York City and awarded a $25 000 grant. “Phiona has been faithful to use the funds to speak at conferences, organisations and churches,” states her website.When she held her first girls-only chess clinic, more than 400 young women attended. “The girls were not only taught chess but also encouraged by Phiona and invited professional women to pursue education and to delay marriage and children until after they finished school and began a career.”From queen to GrandmasterMutesi would like to rise to the highest level possible in chess: that of a Grandmaster. But outside the game, she would like to improve the lives of children by becoming a paediatrician.“Phiona, [and her brothers] Brian and Richard plan to go back to Katwe after they finish school to build a home to provide shelter, clinic care and education for the slum children,” reads her website.last_img read more

Cattle on Feed Preview

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Rick KmentDTN Livestock AnalystOMAHA (DTN) — Little significant change is expected in the Cattle on Feed report Friday with current estimates pegging total animals on feed at 99.7% of year-ago levels. The expected 4% reduction in cattle placements through February will likely be the main focus of the report and pre-report adjustments. These numbers appear to have already been partially factored into the market given the strong market shifts over the last two weeks.USDAPre-report EstimatesActualAvgLowHighOn feed March 199.799.0100.6On feed February 1Placed on feed during February96.092.2101.5Fed cattle marketed during February100.899.7101.3Rick Kment can be reached at [email protected](KM/CZ)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more