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Florida muni OUC to close Stanton coal plant by 2027

first_imgFlorida muni OUC to close Stanton coal plant by 2027 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Orlando Sentinel:Orlando’s landmark power plants will cease burning coal by 2027 and switch to natural gas as an early step in a sweeping plan by the city’s utility for a surge in solar energy and cuts in carbon emissions of 50 percent by 2030 and entirely by 2050.OUC has taken nearly two years and a $1 million study to respond in detail to a call by Orlando’s mayor and council for the city to have converted to 100 percent “clean, renewable energy” by the 2050.OUC executives said Wednesday that the use of coal by its two Stanton Energy Center plants in east Orange County, workhorses for decades able to produce a combined 900 megawatts, will be cut significantly by 2025.Converted to natural gas, the two units will not be as efficient as modern natural-gas plants, but the conversion will cost a small fraction of a building a new plant, officials said. Both units, constructed in the 1980s and 1990s and distinctive for their chimneys and cooling towers, would be permanently shuttered in 2040.Meanwhile, the public utility is in early talks for another large solar plant, with a capacity of 150 megawatts, and is ramping up its capacity to store energy produced by solar plants with the use of advanced batteries and via hydrogen technology. So far, OUC has committed to 270 megawatts of solar energy.While the two coal plants will be overhauled to run on natural gas, and OUC now owns a pair of plants that run on natural gas, the utility does not expect to again build another plant that runs on fossil fuel.[Kevin Spear]More: OUC to wipe out carbon emissions by switching from coal to natural gas, solar energylast_img read more

Nikola discloses grand jury subpoenas from DOJ

first_img– Advertisement – – Advertisement – The report had claimed that Milton, who has since resigned as chairman, had made false claims about the company’s proprietary technology to form partnerships with large automakers. Nikola publicly rejected all accusations. Trevor Milton CEO of NikolaMassimo Pinca | Reuters Nikola and its founder Trevor Milton received grand jury subpoenas from the U.S. Department of Justice in September in connection to allegations of fraud by short-seller Hindenburg, the electric-truck maker said in a regulatory filing late on Monday.The company also received a grand jury subpoena from the New York County District Attorney’s Office in the same month.The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission also issued subpoenas to Nikola, its board and eight of its officers and employees in September, the company disclosed in the filing, which was prompted by the short-seller’s scathing report earlier that month.- Advertisement –last_img read more

How to get a grip…

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A world redrawn: US coronavirus response fatally ‘chaotic,’ says Noam Chomsky

first_imgQuestion: How do you read the current situation in the United States, where coronavirus has killed more residents than any other nation in the world?Answer: There’s no coherent leadership. It’s chaotic. The presidency, the White House, is in the hands of a sociopathic megalomaniac who’s interested in nothing but his own power, electoral prospects — doesn’t care what happens to the country, the world. The president himself has said that it’s none of his business. He’s said that the federal government can’t do anything.Nothing really matters except his personal power and gain. Of course he has to maintain the support of his primary constituency, which is great wealth and corporate power. The United States is on a chaotic path with no federal plan against the coronavirus pandemic as it reduces public health funding and ignores the advances of climate change, according to activist scholar Noam Chomsky, considered the founder of modern linguistics.What follows are extracts, edited for clarity, from an AFP interview with the 91-year-old leftist intellectual, who has authored more than 100 books and is currently a professor at the University of Arizona.For two months he’s been confined in Tucson with his Brazilian wife Valeria, his dog and a parrot who can say “sovereignty” in Portuguese. There’s 90,000 deaths and there will be a lot more…. There’s no coordinated plan.How do you view the political landscape emerging from this crisis in the US and elsewhere?As soon as Trump came in, his first move was to dismantle the entire pandemic prevention machinery. At the start, defunding the Center for Disease Control, which would deal with this. And canceling programs that were working with Chinese scientists to identify potential viruses. So the US was singularly unprepared.It’s a privatized society, very wealthy, with enormous advantages — far more than any other country — but it’s in the stranglehold of private control.It doesn’t have a universal health care system…. It’s the ultimate neoliberal system, actually.Europe in many ways is worse, because the austerity programs just amplify the danger, because of the severe attack on democracy in Europe, the shifting decisions to Brussels…. So Europe has its own problems, but at least it has the residue of some kind of social democratic structure, which provides some support, which is what I think is lacking in the US.As severe as this pandemic is, it’s not the worst problem. There will be recovery from the pandemic at severe cost … but there isn’t going to be any recovery from the melting of the polar ice caps and the rising of sea levels and the other deleterious effects of global warming.Several countries are using technology to track citizens, storing DNA to fight the virus. Are we entering a new era of digital surveillance, and what does this mean for privacy?There are now companies developing technology which make it possible for the employer … to look at what’s on your computer screen and to check your keystrokes and if you get up and walk away for a minute, they’ll send you a warning.That’s being installed right now…. It’s not the future.The so-called Internet of Things is coming along. It’s convenient. It means if you’re driving home you can turn on the stove — but it also means that that information is going to Google and Facebook, to the government, the American government, the French government, it’s an enormous amount of potential control ,surveillance and invasion. But this has happened. It’s not the future.If we allow the huge tech companies, the state, to control our life that’s what will happen. They’ll turn it into something like China, where you have social credit systems and in some cities you get a certain amount of credits, there’s face recognition technology all over the place and everything you do gets monitored.If you cross the street in the wrong place, you can … lose some credits, and so on.It’s not inevitable, just like global warming, that it’s going to happen — unless people stop it.Could it be justified to halt the virus’ spread?It might be — during the period of threat. There’s controls needed during wartime, you have rationing. But it doesn’t have to be permanent…. ‘Yes, we’ll let you have this authority now, but it can be revoked at any time.'”Topics :last_img read more

Oram: In trading Blake Griffin, the Clippers gave up what they have so often been without — a superstar

first_imgA superstar.Being competitive and entertaining, while employing at least one future Hall of Famer suddenly isn’t good enough for the Clippers.Doc Rivers, thought to be a dead man walking after being stripped of his front office duties last summer, has capably guided the Clippers to a 25-24 record and should be in the conversation for NBA Coach of the Year. If you needed any more proof that he is no longer calling the shots in Playa Vista, this deal seals it.Flawed executive that he was, Rivers never would have cheerleaded this trade.The Clippers get back Avery Bradley, the former Celtic who will be a free agent next summer; Harris, who averaged a career-high 18.1 points through 48 games for the Pistons; and Boban Marjanovic, another player whose contract will be up in 2019.All of this paves the way for the Clippers to have scads of cap room in 2019, the summer Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson become free agents, with LeBron James another potential target depending on how this summer goes.C’mon. Quick, who is the best free agent from another team the Clippers have ever signed? Caron Butler? Cuttino Mobley?West and Rivers have gravitas and command respect in any free agent pitch, but it feels like a heck of a gamble to ask the Clippers to rebuild via free agency.Nonetheless, the Clippers appear to be pushing forth with the belief that they can accomplish something the organization has never done, lure a top free agent, just so they can do something the franchise has done only once: emerge from the shallows of NBA irrelevance to construct a roster that can contend for a championship.This season the franchise’s streak of five straight 50-win seasons will end. And it’s important to note that these are the only five seasons the franchise had ever won 50 games. Not just in Los Angeles, not just as the Clippers. Dating to the 1970-71 origins of this outfit, when Dolph Schayes coached the expansion Buffalo Braves to a mere 22 victories, the Clippers have never been as good as they were since Griffin arrived.He will be remembered for leaping over a Kia in the dunk contest and for his goofy commercials. No retrospective will ever be complete without mention of the night he punched a team equipment manager, his friend, in the face, breaking his own hand.Nostalgia would seem a silly measure of a trade, if not for the fact that was precisely what the Clippers sold Griffin on when they enticed him to forgo free agency and re-sign with them in July (albeit without the no-trade clause he might now wish he’d demanded).Griffin, who turns 29 in March, was guided into his own personal history museum inside Staples Center, replete with the Clippers’ public address announcer shouting out his career accomplishments as a No. 32 jersey was raised into the rafters.The Clippers have never retired a jersey, mind you. And as the Lakers’ plans to erect a statue in the honor of Elgin Baylor brought painfully to mind, no player in Clippers history is worthy of a permanent tribute.Griffin was likely that player (Paul would have been too, until he orchestrated his way out of town). But in today’s NBA, teams believe rebuilding can only be done by sinking like a stone to the bottom, collecting draft picks and swinging for the fences in free agency.It is downright galling that the Clippers would see that as their best hope when that strategy has repeatedly blown up in the faces of their supposed rivals, the Lakers, a team that actually has the rotting husk of a legacy to sell.The Clippers don’t even have that. They gave up on the possibility of having that.The reasons the Clippers are moving on from Griffin now are no different from the reasons they should have let him walk last summer. He is an injury-addled forward with diminishing athleticism, and with minimal draft assets the Clippers were left with the beg-and-hope approach in free agency.They collected Patrick Beverley as part of the return for Paul and acquired Danilo Gallinari in a sign-and-trade (three years, $64.6 million).At 28 years old, Griffin has already endured more injuries than most teams. His toe injury in the playoffs last April likely cost the Clippers a first-round series win against the Utah Jazz and greased the wheels for Paul’s power play out of town.The only thing that separates this from what the disgraced Donald Sterling would have done is that he would have never spent the money to retain Griffin in the first place.Given the events of Monday, that, sadly, would have been the right move. Hope you enjoyed it while it lasted.Because on Monday, barely six months after they convinced the best player in the history of their history-barren franchise to commit to them for the prime of his career, the Clippers traded Blake Griffin and summarily ended the only era of their franchise that has brought anyone any happiness.Ignore the pennies-on-the-dollar return and the implications for what remains of a season that has been so unexpectedly impressive. This is about loyalty, which the Clippers pleaded for from Griffin when he was a free agent last summer and then so callously dismissed after they conned him into committing for the next five years (at $173 million).The message is clear. DeAndre Jordan, thanks for your service. You’re next.Lou Williams, ye of the late-game heroics and the fun but futile All-Star campaign, your bags are packed and waiting for you at the door.This is an all-out fire sale from the Clippers and if, somehow, the Clippers fail to find new homes for those two players before the Feb. 8 trade deadline, then what in the world are Steve Ballmer, Lawrence Frank and Jerry West doing?The Clippers are trying to do the hardest thing in NBA rebuilding, which is to stay in the playoff hunt while also rebuilding. Tobias Harris, the best player coming back in the Griffin deal, is a valuable forward who can score from all over the court.And while there might be a reasonable basketball justification for this deal – Harris making up for much of Griffin’s production with fewer years committed – the Clippers (for the second time since June, when Chris Paul forced their hand) traded in the one thing they spent the majority of their existence without.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

The Mount Rushmores of Sumner County sports

first_imgMount Rushmore of indelible Friday Night Light moments in Wellington since 1992. 1. WHS Assistant John Gifford in that one-man only skybox on those rickety light poles on the WHS football field in the 1990s.2. The late Kent “Red Dog” Webster as a chain gain member. The sideline was much quieter after his passing.3. Mike and Elaine Brooner – The husband and wife radio team of KWME-KLEY is legendary.4. Ringing the victory bell after a WHS victory. Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The popular trend among sports talk blabbers these days is to create what is called Mount Rushmore sports lists. The theory is if you owned this rock and were to chisel a monument much like the four U.S. Presidents in South Dakota, who would be on your “mountain” for a specific sport?For example, the other day, Miami Heat’ Lebron James stated he wanted to be on the Mount Rushmore of NBA Players. He, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. Celtic great Bill Russell objected and thought he should be on it.I love debates like this. And it got me thinking about various Mount Rushmore lists on the local sports level.Since I haven’t been shot at lately, I decided to compile a Mount Rushmores of Sumner County Sports. When I started thinking about the list I discovered quickly that I needed to establish perimeters. If I was going to do an all-time Mount Rushmore list of Wellington High School football players, it was going to take a whole heck of a lot more research than I had time for.So I decided since this is my list, I would not include any athletic accomplishments predating 1992. Why? Because that was the year my wife and I moved to Wellington.I didn’t feel I could adequately judge athletes that preceded my presence. Yes, I could go on statistical data, but I didn’t want to do that, because then it would be just a list of reciting old records. Plus, this makes it a lot more fun because most of us can relate to the past 22 years.Secondly, I mixed it up a bit. On a couple of lists I included Wellington athletes with other Sumner County athletes. In others it was strictly a Wellington list.Anyway, here it goes. Remember this is a “best of the best” list and just my opinion. So if I left your or your son/daughter’s name off, don’t take it to personally. It’s all in good fun. Mount Rushmore of WHS wrestlers since 1992. 1. Tim Swartz – who owns the WHS season takedown record of 135 in 2000-01.2. Josh Clark – A state champion in 2002.3. Kody Page – A state champion in 2008.4. Taylan Lamkin – The only two-time state placer since the Decker era in 2013-14.Explanation: Let’s just say, the 1992 stipulation completely changed this list. If I was going to go with an all-time WHS Mount Rushmore wrestling list I’d have names like Josh Gooch, Jonny McCreary, Killer Franks, Val Landes, etc. But I wanted to be consistent with every list here. Now someone out there will point out that Gooch graduated in 1992 which would make him eligible for this list. Yes, that is correct. However, I didn’t arrive in Wellington until the fall of 1992. I never saw Gooch wrestle. Mount Rushmore of Sumner County concession stand food since 1992. 1. Mayfield burgers.2. Concession stand popcorn.3. Snickers candy bar.4. Plastic bottle of Diet Pepsi.Explanation: Mayfield burgers are the best. There is no such thing as bad popcorn. A Snickers candy bar is so beyond any other candy it is not debatable, and Diet Pepsi is a great concession drink because you are having soda pop without the calories. And it isn’t fountain Diet Pepsi which is gross. Mount Rushmore of WHS football players since 1992.1. Billy Conwell – An outstanding linebacker that played on some very talented clubs in the early 1990s.2. Tim Lira – A running back for the Crusaders from 2000 to 2002.3. Jason Burnett – A defensive end, who terrorized opponents for four years in the mid-1990s.4. Taylor Zeka – A quarterback who holds the passing yards during a season and career and led the Crusaders to two state finals.Explanation: This was the toughest list to make. So many could have easily made this list: Shawn McEachern, David Heath, Zane Aguilar and Garrett Brinkmeyer were very high on my list. Conwell and Burnett were easy choices for me because I saw them play in the 1990s and they were just tough as nails defenders. They epitomized what Wellington defense was about in those years. For the other two, I went with the record books. Lira had 4,428 rushing yards in three years a WHS record. The next back was Clift who had 2,944 yards. I can’t ignore that even though Lira is on two other lists in this blog. Zeka had 4,592 yards passing in his high school career. Nate Cornejo had 3,282. Speaking of which, what would have happened had Cornejo been healthy his senior year in football? I’m sure he might have made this Mount Rushmore list as well. Mount Rushmore of Sumner County athletes since 1992.1. Sara Lungren, Caldwell. – an all-Missouri Valley Conference volleyball player for Wichita State in the early 2000s.2. Nate Cornejo, Wellington – drafted as a pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, in the late 1990s.3. Tim Lira, Wellington – held state records in the 100 and 200 meters in 2003.4. Eric Pauly, Conway Springs -  a linebacker in the late 1990s, who would go on to play for Colorado State Rams and come close to getting drafted in the NFL if it wasn’t for a severe ACL injury.Explanation: Of all the lists I made for this blog, this, interestingly enough, was the easiest to make. These four just rose to the top because they were pro type players in their respective sports. There are so few of those kind of athletes in Sumner County. Mount Rushmore of Sumner County coaches since 1992. 1. John Gifford – assistant Wellington High School football coaches for all of those years until retiring last fall.2. Linn Hibbs – WHS football coach from 1996-2010, who won two state championships, a state runner-up and a slew of games.3. Alan Jamison – head Caldwell basketball coach in the 1990s. He coached Caldwell to several state tournaments.4. David Hughes – head South Haven football and girls basketball coach. He won a state championship in girls basketball and had a state runner-up in football not to mention long playoff/tournament runs in both sports. Oh, and he coaches a successful track program.Explanation: I thought about putting Mark Bliss of Conway Springs in the late 1990s and early 2000s the coach who started the Conway Springs football dynasty. I left him off simply because he wasn’t here for a significant length of time and Conway Springs has sustained that tradition for more than a decade since his departure. Russ Decker of Wellington would have been on the list as Wellington’s wrestling coach, but his greatest time predated 1992. Randy Sawyer of Caldwell, a coach of everything in Caldwell and Wellington; and Brian Aufdengarten, who has had great success in WHS tennis, were also strong considerations. There are a lot of good coaches in Sumner County.center_img Mount Rushmore of WHS spring (and fall) sports players since 1992. 1. Jesse Cornejo – WHS left-handed pitcher in the early 1990s.2. Nate Cornejo – WHS right-handed pitcher in the mid 1990s.3. Tim Lira – Kansas State record holder in the 100 and 200 meters.4. Myles Miller – Two-time Class 4A state champion in golf and state runner-up his senior year.Explanation: I combined the spring and fall non-revenue sports because these sports are more about individual accomplishments, and there was no way I was going to do Mount Rushmores for every sport. Both J’Lynn Ledesma in the high jump and Megan Campbell in the 100 and 200 meters were close to making the list. There are also a few tennis and volleyball players who could have made this list as well. Mount Rushmore of WHS basketball players since 1992.1. Darin Miller – A post player for Wellington who went on to play four years with the Wichita State Shockers.2. Lindsey Davis – A girls basketball player in the early 2000s, who may have a few records at WHS that will never be broken.3. Dani Anderson – A girls basketball shooting guard, who helped lead a Crusader basketball team to the state tournament for the first time in 50 years.4. Luke Byler – A boys basketball player from 1998-2001, who went on to play as a walk-on at Oklahoma State.Explanation: This was a pretty easy list for me to make, because these four stood out above the rest. Mount Rushmore of Sumner County teams since 1992. 1. Any one of the four Conway Springs state championship teams in the early 2000s. (Conway Springs fans need to make the pick)2. Wellington High School state runner-up football team in 2000.3. 1993-1994 Caldwell High School football and basketball teams.4. The 2011 Argonia girls basketball team. Explanation: People will wonder why I listed the 2000 WHS football team over the 2001 and 2002 state championship teams. Hibbs told me that was his most talented team he coached here and would have won the state crown had it not been for a behemoth team out of Fort Scott that year. Some will question why I combined two sports for Caldwell. Because most of those boys were playing both sports that year. They were the same team, playing different sports. That school year the Bluejays were state semifinalists in football and state runner-up in basketball. Mount Rushmore of Sumner County sports facilities since 1992. 1. Hibbs-Hooten Field in Wellington.2. Worden Park in Wellington.3. Conway Springs football field.4. Mill Street Park (a baseball field in south Wellington which is now defunct but was a great place to watch the little leaguers play ball in the 1990s).Explanation: Really Hibbs-Hooten Field stands alone over all facilities. I would have included the WHS football stadium because of the Friday night atmosphere, but quite frankly that facility has some major issues at the moment. It’s not deserving of any Mount Rushmore status. Mount Rushmore of lists I didn’t do since 1992. 1. SCBL athletes. There have been so many great athletes in Caldwell, South Haven, Oxford and Argonia. I didn’t feel I could make a legitimate list without more research.2. Best Conway Springs football teams. I really wanted to list the top four football teams from that dynasty in the northwest corner of Sumner County since 1998. But no one I spoke to from Conway Springs wanted to touch it.3. Great accomplishments. A list of amazing feats like Conway Springs Tanner Wood rushing for 659 yards in one game. But that’s a list where I would have inevitably forgotten someone doing something really great.4. Cueball sports columns. I’m sure I have many columns that were delightful. But picking four would have been impossible. LOL.last_img read more

Wind Advisory: Storm Spurs Dangerous Conditions On SE Florida Beaches

first_imgForecasters expect increasing chances of rain today into Friday. A subtropical storm named Arthur is expected to start forming today could turn southeast Florida beaches into danger zones. The tropical or subtropical storm is forecast to generate dangerous waves and life-threatening rip currents along South Florida’s beaches before it starts producing rain. The tri-county area is under a wind advisory until tomorrow. Gusts could reach speeds over 40 mph.last_img

Nelson Midget Reps rock Surrey to end Castlegar tourney on positive note

first_imgIt’s been said a team always wants to win the last game.The Nelson Midget Rep Leafs accomplished the feat Sunday, blasting Surrey 9-1 in the consolation round of the Castlegar Minor Hockey Tournament in the Sunflower City.Zack Friedenberger led the Nelson attack scoring four times.Dylan Whiffen, Matthew Brind’Amour, Logan Hascarl, Keaton Roche and A.J. Hughes added singles for Nelson.The Reps led 2-1 after one period and 5-1 after two before exploding for four goals in the third. Nelson opened the tournament Friday dropping a 8-3 decision to Spokane.Matthew Brind’Amour, Liam Butterfield and Lincoln Rosenblood scored for Nelson.The Reps then dropped a 9-4 decision to South Okanagan of Oliver Saturday morning.Friedenberger scored twice with singles going to Danny Marsden and Hughes.Short rest did nothing for Nelson in the afternoon game Saturday as Elk Valley pounded the Reps 7-1.Brind’Amour was the only Nelson player to get on the scoresheet.Brayden Pompu and Ben Kelsch shared the netminding during the weekend.last_img read more