Oxford researchers warn against new power stations

first_imgEnergy companies can only go on building new coal and gas power stations for one more year if the world is to meet its global warming targets, according to a new study by Oxford academics.Researchers at the Institute of New Economic Thinking have shown that the electricity generating infrastructure likely to give 2°C warming will have been reached by 2017. After the ‘2°C capital stock’ is exhausted, all new electricity sector investments will need net zero emissions in order not to exceed the internationally agreed global warming target.At the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015, representatives from 195 countries agreed to “holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels”.This Oxford study casts serious doubt, however, on whether this is achievable. Stressing the urgency of the situation, the paper states that “the energy system is now at risk of undermining climate stability.”When asked about the relative importance of the energy sector in achieving the climate goals, Richard Millar, one of the authors of the paper, told Cherwell, “Energy and heat currently contributes about four per cent of global carbon dioxide emissions.” He added, “carbon dioxide-induced warming of the climate system is essentially permanent.”If policymakers ignore the findings of the study, they run the future risk of “stranding otherwise economically valuable assets,” which would “likely induce significant costs and loss of capital”.The study defines ‘2°C capital stock’ as infrastructure that gives a 50 per cent chance of 2°C warming based on the normal economic lifespan of power plants, and with the optimistic assumption that all other sectors reduce emissions in line with the Paris Agreement struck in December.Harriet Waters, Head of Environmental Sustainability at Oxford University, told Cherwellthat “the University is currently spending in the region of £1.5-2 million per annum on energy saving projects,” adding, “99 per cent of the University’s purchased electricity comes from a renewable source.”The idea that no new carbon dioxide emitting infrastructure can be built in less than two years’ time has serious implications for the investment in the energy sector. Perhaps as a sign of the sector’s uncertain future, a spokesperson for the Oxford University Endowment Fund, responsible for £2 billion of assets from university colleges, told Cherwell, “we have already have significantly lower exposure to energy than if the fund was passively invested.”last_img read more

News story: Appointments to the advisory committee on business appointments

first_img Chair Baroness Angela Browning Sir Alex Allan Jonathan Baume Lord Michael German OBE Terence Jagger Dr. Susan Liautaud The Rt Hon Baroness Liddell of Coatdyke Richard Thomas CBE John Wood Jonathan, Susan and Richard have been appointed following an open competition run in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments’ Code of Practice.Further InformationThe Advisory Committee on Business Appointments was established by the Prime Minister in 1975. The Committee independently advises former Ministers, the Prime Minister, First Ministers for Scotland and Wales, Foreign Secretary, Defence Secretary, and departmental Permanent Secretaries on applications referred to it, under the Government’s Business Appointment Rules (the Rules).Committee members receive an annual honorarium of £3,000. Members are also eligible to claim any reasonable travel and subsistence expenses incurred in the course of their work.The appointment of Jonathan Baume, Susan Liautaud and Richard Thomas was made fully in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments Code of Practice. All appointees have declared no political activity within the past five years.Additional information about the Committee and its work is available on its website.The membership of the Committee with effect from 1 February 2018 will be:center_img Members:last_img read more

Press release: Prime Minister strengthens Northern Powerhouse with joint ministerial appointment

first_imgNorthern Powerhouse portfolio strengthened with new ministerial position Prime Minister confirms Northern Powerhouse Minister, Jake Berry MP, will become a joint minister between the Ministry of Housing and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Minister Berry heralds a ‘new era’ for the Northern Powerhouse with a renewed impetus and focus on growth,Office address and general enquiries Please use this number if you are a journalist wishing to speak to Press Office 0303 444 1209,Social media – MHCLG Contact form https://forms.communit… General enquiries: please use this number if you are a member of the public 030 3444 0000 Email [email protected]center_img 2 Marsham StreetLondonSW1P 4DF If your enquiry is related to COVID-19 please check our guidance page first before you contact us – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-local-government.If you still need to contact us please use the contact form above to get in touch, because of coronavirus (COVID-19). If you send it by post it will not receive a reply within normal timescale.,Media enquiries Twitter – https://twitter.com/mhclgFlickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhclgLinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/company/mhclglast_img read more

Primetime Concepts, Inc. has been retained by Southern Vermont Regional Marketing Organization

first_imgPrimetime Concepts, Inc. has beenretained to manage and execute a program of public relations andmarketing enhancement initiatives for the Southern Vermont RegionalMarketing Organization, reports agency president, Lynn Barrett.”Primetime is expert in developing cost-effective, high visibility,image and awareness building campaigns that get results. As Vermontbusinesses struggle to compete in the highly competitive globalmarketplace, strategic public relations programs are an essentialpart of the marketing arsenal,” she says.The program that has been developed in conjunction with the RegionalMarketing Organization’s Roundtable Board and the Vermont Department ofMarketing & Tourism will be partly devoted to luring visitors to SouthernVermont through stories and features in newspapers, magazines and ontelevision.In addition, the program will include FAM (familiarization) tourswhere media will be invited to experience the area, desk side visits tokey media in New York, initial development of a cultural heritage guide,and enhancements to the southernvermont.com web site. “We will also bepartnering with the Vermont Department of Marketing & Tourism to develop aradio advertising campaign in key drive markets,” she adds.Barrett sees an important opportunity to help local Vermontbusinesses reach new markets in a tough economy.”Small businesses on their own do not have the marketing clout tomake an impact, but through partnering, and pooling resources andworking together as a region, and state, everyone can benefit, ” she says.”That’s the idea behind regional marketing.”Primetime Concepts, Inc. has been operating for over 15 years inManhattan and for the past five years has been located in Dummerston,Vermont.Other agency clients include The American Society of Travel Agents,Strolling of the Heifers, Inc., projects for Building A BetterBrattleboro and the Town of Brattleboro, among others.Barrett has an enviable track record in creating and executingliterally hundreds of consumer brand campaigns, sponsorships, specialevents and cause-related programs for Chase, Hyatt Resorts, ParkerBrothers, The Home Service Store, the Manchester Designer Outlets,Historic Manchester, Vermont; NEC, McDonald’s, Lincoln Life, Citicorp,Louis Vuitton, The Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure, Strolling of theHeifers, Golisano for Governor, among others.She was Director of Communications for CBS Sports where she promotedpremier events including the Super Bowl, U.S. Open Tennis, and MastersGolf. She was Senior Vice President of The Rowland Company, a globalpublic relations firm based in New York, heading up Broadcast and SpecialEvents.Primetime’s services include: brand umbrella campaigns, grandopenings, anniversaries, major benefits, new product introductions,press conferences, video news releases, community-oriented events;major broadcast placement (network, syndicated, local and cablenationwide), media tours (including the booking of radio, television andnewspaper interviews in each market), special events (offering highvisibility exposure and distinctly memorable experiences), sponsorships(generating media attention nationally and locally in grassroots marketsnationwide), cause-related marketing (enhancing corporate image andbuilding emotional appeal by tying clients to a suitably deserving cause),and news network targeting (using the latest satellite technology todeliver client’s messages to hundreds of television newsrooms nationwide.last_img read more

Opening Day At Snowshoe: Our Favorite Should-Be-National-Holiday

first_imgThere are three things certain in life: taxes, death and Snowshoe’s epic Opening Day Weekend. After patiently waiting for 324 days this year, Opening Day is finally within reach. Scheduled for Wednesday, November 21, the “island in the sky” will open the season with a loud bang, showcasing its army of brand- spanking-new snow guns, and pulling out all the stops in the après department to celebrate the return of the season of seasons. And since Opening Day weekend coincides with this year’s celebration of all-things-turkey, we made sure to offer lots of activities and events to honor Thanksgiving.And it doesn’t start and end with just one weekend. The people in power have decided to make this winter season full of activities tailored to knuckleheads of all ages. Costumes, terrain park competitions, brew fests (keep an eye out for the locally crafted Shay’s Revenge Stout) and live acts like Clutch and CKY.Still need a few more reasons to call in sick?How about an off-road adventure to the backcountry escape room, or a soothing spa treatment?Bottom-line?Wax your boards and skis, put on your power song, and turn the phone to “Do Not Disturb.”About Snowshoe Mountain:This is Snowshoe – part pure adventure, part cushy comfort, 100% contagious happiness. Our three distinct areas all have personalities worth getting to know. With the perfect amount of vertical in all the right places. A slew of kickers, rails, and other flip-worthy features. Plenty of runs groomed with the same attention paid to top show dogs. And enough variety to keep things interesting from first chair to last.Advertisementlast_img read more

Your credit union’s ALLL model may be due for a check-up

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Tom DanielsonLike visiting a doctor for a physical, your financial institution should periodically test the health of its Allowance for Loan and Lease Losses (ALLL) model. It’s not just a good business practice (an underfunded ALLL overstates equity and earnings and casts doubt on management’s ability to accurately report the institution’s financial condition), it’s a regulatory requirement.The Interagency Policy Statement on the Allowance for Loan and Lease Losses says the validation process should include “procedures for a review, by a party who is independent of the institution’s credit approval and ALLL estimation processes, of the ALLL methodology, and its application in order to confirm its effectiveness.”The statement goes on to say that the independent party could be:The internal audit staffA risk management unit of the institutionAn external auditor (subject to applicable auditor independence standards)Another contracted third party from outside the institution continue reading »last_img read more

‘Best Of Enemies’ Vidal-Buckley Debates Doc: Required Viewing For Presidential Mud Wars

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York As we plunge headfirst into election season, kicked off Thursday night with the raucous Republican debate at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, it’s interesting to consider just how we got here. The world of political punditry is diametrically divided into two distinct camps: right and left. The news comes at us through either filter, shaded by not only a shadow of subjectivity, but replete with disdain for all who share a different perspective. [See: Donald Trump.]But it wasn’t always this way.The documentary Best of Enemies—written and co-directed by Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville, who won last year’s documentary Oscar for Twenty Feet From Stardom—traces the genesis of the faux debates that operate as standard political punditry to the year 1968, when then-faltering network ABC took a gamble during the Republican and Democratic presidential conventions by changing their coverage to hosting live debates between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley, Jr.At the time, both Buckley and Vidal were the voices of the intellectual elite, their syntax indicative of their American aristocratic upbringings. However, despite their similar social and economic standings, they represented ideologically opposing sides: Vidal, a noted historian, novelist, and playwright, was a voice of the progressive left. He loudly opposed American expansionism and supported the Civil Rights Movement, which was coming to an explosive head at the time. Vidal had famously purported that “we are all bisexual to begin with,” and he sought to dismantle what he believed were the social constructs making homosexuality seem immoral, unnatural or criminal.Buckley stood in direct opposition to Vidal on almost every important issue of the time. As the founder of the conservative movement and the editor in chief of the National Review, Buckley took positions that supported white supremacy in the South during the early Fifties, later distancing himself when the movement grew violent. His devout Catholicism formed the foundation of many of his positions, and informed the moral authority he believed government should operate from. His economic and foreign policy opinions veered drastically from Vidal’s, and, through decades of television appearances on his TV talk show Firing Line and his editorship of the National Review—where he stayed until 1990—helped give shape to the modern idea of American conservatism. He was often credited with paving the pathway to Ronald Reagan’s presidency.These opposing ideals wouldn’t have amounted to much television drama, however, if it wasn’t for the uniquely combative debating style they both employed—and for the personal disdain with which they held each other and nearly everything their opponents represented.While Buckley arrived on set for the first debate in Miami Beach during the GOP convention to discuss issues pertinent to the presidential race at the time, Best of Enemies shows that Vidal came with two goals in mind: to personally crush Buckley by inciting him enough to expose himself, and to use the national stage in order to bring greater attention to his novel Myra Breckenridge (and in doing so, boost book sales).He accomplished both.Vidal came armed with an encyclopedic amount of knowledge about Buckley, his family, and the positions he’d taken in the National Review (including inaccurate stories and editorials based on false premises, according to veteran TV journalist George Merlis, who wrote a blog about the significance of the infamous debate). Buckley came to the set only with his innate intelligence and ample oratory skills.They weren’t enough.Vidal came out swinging, first asking how the party so inextricably intertwined with “Republican greed” could lead the country. The clearly flustered Buckley put his rhetorical prowess to good use, dismantling Vidal’s arguments and accusations as skillfully as possible. The “debates” quickly degenerated into personal and ideological attacks that grew more heated as mudslinging substituted for discussion of national policy and political discourse.Vidal succeeded in two distinct ways: in creating an avenue for marketing for his book—Buckley continued to refer to Myra Breckenridge as a pornographic and immoral work (while Vidal refused to acknowledge the National Review by name)—and in the ninth debate that served as the culmination of the growing animosity between the two, which exploded into Buckley’s striking loss of temper that Vidal regarded as the ultimate exposure of him as “cuckoo.”Vidal’s victory came in Buckley’s outburst of a gay slur and threat of physical violence against him. After Vidal called him a “crypto-Nazi” (the film shows that he’d meant to say “crypto-Fascist”), Buckley lost control of his carefully wrought image.“Now listen, you queer, stop calling me a crypto-Nazi or I’ll sock you in the goddamn face,” he said, half-rising from his seat. “And you’ll stay plastered.”Christopher Buckley, William F.’s son and brief editor in chief successor of the National Review, once wrote that it was only due to his father’s collarbone injury at the time that Vidal remained physically unscathed in that moment.“During the Chicago debates, he was wearing a clavicle brace,” says Christopher Buckley. “It’s possible that the brace prevented the moment from being truly iconic.”Yet the damage was done. Both Buckley and Vidal knew it.“That was a disaster,” Buckley said as soon as the cameras stopped rolling.“We gave them their money’s worth tonight,” Vidal responded.In their own way, each drew from this exchange for the rest of their lives. Buckley, unable to let it go, penned a 12,000-word defense of his performance in Esquire titled “On Experiencing Gore Vidal” in August 1969. Vidal’s acerbic response in the same magazine earned him a libel suit put forth by Buckley that stretched years into their lives, further fueling the lifelong shared enmity that haunted and inspired them until their respective deaths.Their legacy is the ugliness played out on national television, disguised as reasonable political discourse.Best of Enemies was recently featured at the 2015 Stony Brook Film Festival and is currently playing at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas in Manhattan. Check out lincolnplazacinema.com for showtimes.last_img read more

Long Island Summer Fairs & Festivals 2016

first_imgSt. John’s Greek FestivalDancing, gifts, a flea market, rides and games! St. John’s Greek Orthodox Church, 77 Montauk Hwy., Blue Point. Free. 6-10 p.m. July 7, 5 p.m.-12 a.m. July 8, 2 p.m.-12 a.m. July 9 and 2-9 p.m. July 10.15th Annual Alive After FiveSix stages of live music and entertainment, vendors, food trucks and activities for the whole family! Main Street, Patchogue. Free. 5-10 p.m. July 7, 21, Aug. 4 and 18.39th Annual Mattituck Street FairFood, entertainment, and unique arts and crafts! Love Lane, Mattituck. Free. 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. July 9.Alive on 25Local craft beverages and wine, artists, street vendors, music festival and a car show!Main Street, Riverhead. Free. 5- 9:30 p.m. July 14, July 28, Aug. 11, Aug. 25, Sept. 1.St. Rose of Lima School Annual Family FestivalRides, games, entertainment, and food! St. Rose of Lima Church, 2 Bayview Ave., Massapequa. 6-11 p.m. weekends, 7-11 p.m. weekdays July 14-17 and July 20-23. Fireman’s FestivalAmusement rides, gambling raffles, food, live entertainment and fireworks! Henry L. Stimson Middle School, 401 Oakwood Rd., Huntington. Free. 7-11 p.m. July 19-22, 5 p.m.-12 a.m. July 23. Summer Arts and Craft FestivalOver 75 artisans featured, plus musical entertainment, children’s activities and food! Deepwells Farms, 497 Route 25A, St. James. $5 Adults, kids free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 23, 24. MORE: It’s farmers’ market season! Find out if there’s one near you Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Olivia BoothSummer officially begins June 20, and this season will be especially eventful on Long Island with many exciting fairs, festivals and carnivals planned through Labor Day from the East End to the New York City line! Here’s a comprehensive list so you’ll know what to look forward to:St. Philip and St. James Family FestivalRides, games, food and refreshments.St. Philip and St. James School, 1 Carrow Pl., St. James. 6-10 p.m. June 23, 6-10:30 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. June 26.Long Beach Super Boardwalk FairVendors, arts and crafts, food and more! Long Beach Boardwalk, Shore Road and Riverside Boulevard, Long Beach. Free. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. June 25-26.  Family Fun DayGames, entertainment, products and services, featuring a yo-yo tournament! Ross Memorial Park, 2000 Brentwood Rd., Brentwood. Free. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. June 26.St. Anthony’s Family Feast and FesitvalRides, games, zeppole-eating contest and fireworks! Trinity Regional School Grounds, 5th Ave., East Northport. Free. June 29-July 3. 6 p.m. each day except Sunday, when it starts at 3 p.m. Oyster Bay Italian American Club St. Rocco FestivalOutdoor music, rides, games, fireworks, and meatball contest with a $10,000 grand prize!Shore Avenue, NY Fireman’s Field, Oyster Bay, Free. 6-11 p.m. July 6-9, 5- 10 p.m. July 10.St. William The Abbot 40th Annual Family FestivalRides, games, food and live entertainment! 2000 Jackson Ave., Seaford. Free. 7-11 p.m. July 6-8, 6-11 p.m. July 9, 5-10 p.m. July 10. MORE: Outdoor movies are not a thing of the past. Here’s a complete list of movies you can enjoy outdoors Long Island Summer FestivalOver 100 local vendors, hot air balloons, petting zoo, live music and entertainment, and inflatable slides! The Pennysaver Amphitheater, 1 Ski Run Lane, Farmingville. Free. 3-10 p.m. July 23, 3-8 p.m. July 24.The Church of St. Rocco Presents “The Best Feast in the East”Homemade Italian food, live music, rides, games and a petting zoo! The Church of St. Rocco, 18 Third St., Glen Cove. 6-11 p.m. July 26-29, 3-11 p.m. July 30, 3-10 p.m. July 31.Our Lady of Mercy Summer FairLive entertainment, fun for the whole family! Our Lady of Mercy, 500 S. Oyster Bay Rd., Hicksville. Free. 6-10 p.m. July 27-29, 6-11 p.m. July 30, 5-9 p.m. July 31.Bellport DayLive music, pony rides, balloon art, face painting and rides! Main Street, Bellport. Free. 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. July 30.Sayville SummerfestCraft and food vendors, car show, rides and more! Main Street, Sayville. Free. 5-10 p.m. Aug. 5, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Aug.6, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Aug. 7. Holbrook Carnival and Craft FestivalFamily fun and tons of vendors! Seneca Middle School, 850 Main St., Holbrook. Free. Aug. 11-14. 42nd Annual Polish Town Fair Polka FestivalThriving market, food, live music and more! Polish Town Civic Association, 300 Lincoln St., Riverhead. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 20, 21.53rd Annual Shelter Island Art Show and Craft FairQuality artists, crafts, fun for children and a raffle! Shelter Island High School, 33 North Ferry Rd., Shelter Island. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 27.Links FestivalFive bands, live painting, gourmet food trucks and children’s activities! Calverton Links, Calverton. $25 in advance, $35 at gate, $10 Ages 6-15, Free 5 & under. 12-8 p.m. Aug. 28.Greenport Craft FairOver 70 vendors, live music and food! Greenport High School, 1 Front St., Greenport, Free. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sept.3.,Alure cube,Alure cubelast_img read more

Australia’s Victoria state reports lowest rise in COVID-19 cases in seven weeks

first_imgWhile the Melbourne lockdown has curtailed the spread of infections, it has wreaked havoc on the economy with Australia’s effective unemployment rate expected to climb above 13% by the end of September, according to government estimates.Nearly half a million people could lose their jobs due to the full lockdown in Melbourne, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said on Sunday.Neighboring New Zealand on Monday will take a decision on whether to ease the current coronavirus restrictions in its biggest city of Auckland.An abrupt resurgence of COVID-19 about two weeks ago in Auckland prompted New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to put the city’s 1.7 million residents in a lockdown until Wednesday, forcing businesses to close and schools to shut.New Zealand, which has a population of 5 million, has so far recorded just over 1,300 confirmed cases of the virus and 22 deaths. Australia has detected nearly 25,000 infections and reported 502 deaths, from a population of 25 million.New Zealand and Australia have avoided the high fatalities experienced by many other nations due to strict lockdown measures.  Topics : The Australian state of Victoria reported its lowest daily rise in new coronavirus infections in seven weeks on Monday, fuelling optimism that a deadly second wave there is subsiding.Victoria on Monday reported 116 cases and 15 deaths from the virus in the past 24 hours, down from a peak of more than 700 cases early this month.Australia saw a surge in infections in the past month in Melbourne, Victoria’s capital and the country’s second-largest city, but cases have been trending downward in recent days helped by a total lockdown.last_img read more

UWP returns to Parliament on Thursday

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews UWP returns to Parliament on Thursday by: – February 15, 2012 Tweetcenter_img Hon. Edison James.The Opposition United Workers Party (UWP) has announced that they will participate fully in the proceedings of the House of Assembly when Parliament convenes on Thursday.The Opposition has been protesting following the 2009 general elections because they claim that the government had failed to implement electoral reform and the Speaker of the House of Assembly continues to be bias towards them.Leader of the UWP Edison James confirmed this week that the party will be participating in Parliament but still has issue with the Speaker of the House of Assembly Alix Boyd-Knights.They have already provided a list of questions which they intend to pose to members of the government.Opposition Senator Ronald Isidore is expected to question Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit on the country’s current debt and by what amounts has the consumer price of fuel and electricity dropped within the last two years under the Petro Caribe arrangement.Senator Ezekiel will also question the Agriculture Minister Mathew Walter regarding the high cost of imputs and whether the Ministry of Agriculture will make budgetary arrangements to provide the necessary financial support to assist farmers in Dominica.Other questions range from the condition of the D’leau Gommier Wet Area Road, information regarding diplomatic appointments, information on Tarreau Bay access, the condition of Gutter Road in Marigot, details regarding disaster relief and assistance with regard to the west coast natural disaster.Meantime Boyd-Knight says she welcomes any move by the Opposition to return to Parliament as it would be a step in the right direction.The Opposition has accused the speaker of being bias; however she maintains that this is not the case.According to the Speaker, some members of the Opposition have made it difficult for the operations of the house.“There is one member on the Opposition side who would come in and refuse to bow to the chair. I contacted the person personally and spoke to them about it. That member told me if I want them to bow I must tell them where in the standing order it says they should bow,” she added.She added that certain members feel that they must display non productive or good feeling towards the chair but “I am representing the chair. The chair is not me. When they disrespect the chair, I don’t take it personally, it is a reflection on the person rather than on me,” she added.Parliament convenes from 10 o’clock.Dominica Vibes News Share 7 Views   no discussionslast_img read more