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first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Sydney Morning Herald:BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, has thrown its support behind a push for Australian energy giant AGL to bring forward the closure dates of its remaining coal-fired power stations.AGL faced an investor revolt on Wednesday, as more than 20 per cent of the company’s shareholders backed a resolution for the board to align the retirement of the Loy Yang A power plant in Victoria and its Bayswater station in New South Wales with a strategy to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees. This would mean shutting Loy Yang A, the largest brown coal fired power plant in Victoria, at least 12 years before AGL’s planned 2048 closure.While prominent local superannuation funds including Aware Super declined to support the motion, the $10 trillion BlackRock, which ranks as one of AGL’s top shareholders, voted in favour of it.AGL is Australia’s largest energy generator and heaviest carbon emitter, accounting for 8 per cent of national emissions. Like many top polluters, it has faced a rising tide of pressure both from activists and increasingly climate-conscious major investors to improve its carbon credentials and, in particular, reduce reliance on thermal coal.The resolution for an accelerated coal exit, prepared by the Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility (ACCR) and co-filed by 100 shareholders, gained 20.4 per cent of shareholders’ support on Wednesday, but was not supported by the board and several other prominent AGL investors.Investors who backed the resolution expressed concern not only about the emissions generated by AGL’s remaining fleet of coal generators, but also the increasingly significant maintenance costs required to keep the ageing and failure-prone facilities running. AGL’s expenditure to sustain its existing operations has more than doubled from $255 million in 2014 to $536 million in 2020, one investor said. BlackRock noted that Loy Yang A would be more than 60 years old if it was kept in service until 2048, raising operational concerns in relation to reliability and safety.[Nick Toscano]More: BlackRock turns up the heat on AGL’s coal exit plans BlackRock backs resolution that would have forced early closure of AGL coal plants in Australialast_img read more

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first_imgSeeking new tunes in the new year? Check out the sounds of these five emerging regional acts.MARTHA SPENCERMartha SpencerThe Sound: Hailing from the mountains of southwest Virginia, Martha Spencer grew up in a musical household, surrounded by traditional Appalachian songs. With her family leading the acclaimed Whitetop Mountain Band, Spencer has been picking and dancing on stage since she was a teenager, but last fall she emerged with her own solo debut album. The self-titled effort offers throwbacks to classic country, built around Spencer’s honeyed vocals and heartfelt story songs, while also touching on rockabilly (“Hard Headed Woman”) and old-time strings (“Let the Wild Stay Free”).Top Tune: The album-opening “Blue Ridge Mountain Lullaby” is a sweet-voiced front-porch meditation with Spencer looking back at her family’s musical roots.Catch a Show: Performing at the Floyd Country Store in Floyd, Va., on February 23.SOUTH HILL BANKSSouth Hill BanksThe Sound: This quick-picking quintet from Richmond, Va., blends reverence for bluegrass tradition and Americana songcraft with urges to take acoustic music to the outer limits; a great new act for fans of the Infamous Stringdusters and Greensky Bluegrass.Top Tune: “Movin’ on My Mind,” from the band’s fall released album No Time for a Breakdown, is a reflective, windows-down anthem with a patient progression and nimble string solos.Catch a Show: Performing at the Purple Fiddle in Thomas, W.Va., on January 11 and World Café Live in Philadelphia on February 28.TELLICOTellicoThe Sound: Tellico, a four-piece string band from Asheville, N.C., plays Appalachian-hued folk brimming with the influences of old-time mountain songs and the roots of country music. Tasteful acoustic arrangements cradle the lyrics of main singer Anya Hinkle, who has a voice with affecting depth, similar to that of Gillian Welch. Irish folk legend John Doyle produced the band’s latest album, Woven Waters, which was released in the fall.Top Tune: Steeped in optimism, “Courage for the Morning” is a sunny country hopper about combating discord with kindness and looking forward to brighter days on the horizon.Catch a Show: Performing a hometown album release show at the Grey Eagle in Asheville, N.C., on January 18, with additional dates at the Reeves Theatre in Elkin, N.C., on January 19, and the Shady Grove Coffeehouse in Glen Allen, Va., on March 9.THE STEEL WOODSThe Steel WoodsThe Sound: The partnership of lead singer Wes Bayliss and guitarist Jason Cope (a former member of Jamey Johnson’s band), the Nashville-based Steel Woods play riff-heavy Southern rock with outlaw country edge, offering a sound that’s ready to please fans of Chris Stapleton and ZZ Top.Top Tune: “Rock That Says My Name,” a deep-drawled distorted reflection on mortality, is a standout from the band’s sophomore album, Old News, which comes out on January 18.Catch a Show: Performing at Songbirds North in Chattanooga, Tenn., on January 31 and February 1, the Grey Eagle in Asheville, N.C., on February 9, and the Shed in Maryville, Tenn., on July 27.SARAH SHOOK & THE DISARMERSSarah Shook & the DisarmersThe Sound: With an authentic warble that delivers earnest hard-living lines, Shook leads this gritty alt-country outfit from Chapel Hill, N.C., that blows off steam with both a twangy heart and punk angst. Last year Shook and her crew released their second album, Years, on the venerable independent Bloodshot Records.Top Tune: “News Ways to Fail” is a defiant, boot-stomping honky-tonk break-up tune about refusing to change for an overly judgmental partner.Catch a Show: Performing at Jig and Reel in Knoxville, Tenn., on January 16, the Grey Eagle in Asheville, N.C., on March 7, and Aisle 5 in Atlanta, Ga., on March 9. FOR MORE GREAT TUNES, Visit blueridgeoutdoors.com for ourmonthly downloadable trail mix playlist.last_img read more

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first_img 30SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jeff Kjoller Jeff has extensive experience in branding, art direction and graphic design, having served employers and clients in a creative capacity for more than twenty-five years. After graduating from the University … Web: www.loudthought.biz Details Brands are a little like that terrific new car smell you notice once you hop inside your ride. Everything is fresh and unblemished. With time, however, that new car and “new brand” smell fades. A variety of factors, from market changes to new competition can lead to a point where you must ask, “is it time to rebrand your credit union?”History offers examples of corporate entities that were forced to rebrand to survive. Examples of this include AT&T (after the breakup of the Baby Bells) and ValuJet (renamed from AirTran after a deadly plane crash). Other name and brand changes are more gradual and represent a response to changing times. Examples of this include Kentucky Fried Chicken to KFC, British Petroleum to BP and Philip Morris to Altria. A prime credit union example is StarTrust FCU, which evolved from Enron Federal Credit Union after Enron’s financial implosion. Other examples of recent name changes include Blue Eagle CU and GO FCU.As your credit union grows and evolves, its leadership must always keep a keen eye on its brand. Brand awareness and worth are the lifeblood of your credit union. Allowing it to fade, tarnish and fail to keep up with the times is devastating to your future growth and expansion. Left alone, a credit union brand will lose its value over time, just like that new car smell that starts to fade.While there are many reasons why it may be time to take a closer look at your credit union’s brand, here are three of the more obvious ones to consider.Time has simply passed. How long has it been since your revamped your brand? Five years? Ten years? Never? The gradual erosion of brand equity by time is a slow yet constant given. As a rule of thumb, if it’s more than five years since your last brand review, it’s time to do another one.Part of your brand doesn’t make sense anymore. This could be the credit union name, tagline or logo. Is it hopelessly outdated? Obviously tied to a certain era in time? Has your membership base changed in such a way as to render the brand dead in the water? If so, roll up your branding sleeves. It’s time to get to work.Your brand impedes growth. Think back to the Enron example. While this is an extreme situation, its lesson to credit union branding is invaluable. Do you think they were going to do very well as a credit union with that albatross of a name around their neck? Of course not and neither will your credit union if something similar (albeit less dramatic) limits growth. Examples of this include single-sponsor credit unions whose main corporate entity goes out of business (or has changed names) and credit unions with a significant change in their eligible membership base (such as switching to a community charter).In order to help keep your credit union brand fresh, you will have to learn to see it as a living, breathing entity. It is either healthy and thriving, stagnant and flat-lined or past its prime and decaying. To help avoid this, examine where your credit union brand is now and where it needs to go. Keeping up with this constant change is a challenge, but it is one you must embrace in order to ensure the continued vitality and relevance of your credit union now and in the future.last_img read more

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first_imgSpring is a time for sunshine… and spending! Before you blow your budget read on for tips on the best and worst things to purchase in the month of May.Three things to buyMattressesWarm weather means visitors so your guest room better be in tip-top shape. After you’ve done your spring-cleaning and decluttered your home, research Memorial Day bargains for mattress sales. According to Sleep.org, the newest mattress models hit the market between May and September.Outdoor gearBefore you plan summer getaways, make sure you have all the proper equipment. Whether you’re heading to the campground or the beach, get ahead of the game when it comes to buying those beach chairs. In the midst of summer vacation season when demand is high, things are always marked up so stock up now before it gets expensive.RefrigeratorsAppliance manufacturers typically release new models at the end of May. Therefore, over Memorial Day weekend as new products come in, retailers will mark old models down to make room for the newest items.Three things not to buySwimwearLike outdoor equipment, swimsuits will be a hot commodity come May but also tend to be a bit more expensive. Plan in advance and purchase them during cold weather months, as chances are they will be significantly marked down.Apple laptopsAt their Worldwide Developers Conference in June, Apple will announce new products and designs for their popular laptop computers. As with their iPhones, once a new Apple laptop drops, the demand is so strong for the latest and greatest that the older models often go by the wayside. If you can hold out and don’t need the newest version, take advantage of expected price drops on older ones.JewelryMother’s Day is around the corner, but so is a spike in jewelry prices. Instead of purchasing something sparkly and not getting the best bang for your buck, opt for a less traditional gift for Mom. Check out Etsy for more thoughtful personalized gifts or treat her to a spa package for some well-deserved pampering. 77SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

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first_imgThe March 13 headline on page A2 of The Gazette’s edition from the Washington Post article by Marwa Eltagouri reads – “Married Iowa lawmaker quits after video shows him kissing woman.” First of all, I knew that it would be a Republican lawmaker because if it were a Democrat, the story would never be written. The other thing of note, if you read the story, it was the woman (a lobbyist) who “leans over and begins kissing Dix” (the lawmaker). Was this a set-up? I’ll let the reader decide.LOU MOSHERAmsterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:Three seniors who started as seventh-graders providing veteran experience for Amsterdam golfEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

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first_imgRio Ferdinand delivers verdict on Chelsea and Arsenal transfer target Houssem Aouar Comment Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 19 Aug 2020 10:03 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.7kShares Advertisement “The confidence is what exudes out of this boy.”“He’s the heart of that midfield. If he has a good day they have a chance.”Houssem Aouar is on the lips of @GaryLineker, @rioferdy5 and Owen Hargreaves. It’s clear to see why! 🤩#Club2020 pic.twitter.com/fd8euz3IHB— Football on BT Sport #Club2020 (@btsportfootball) August 19, 2020center_img Advertisement ‘He’s a fabulous player to watch. He drives past people and then it’s about decision-making and the timing of the pass.‘He has it all. He reminds me of [former Arsenal and Manchester City star] Samir Nasri at times.‘He’s someone who can be a top player at one of the top clubs in Europe.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityFormer Premier League star Owen Hargreaves added: ‘Rio is right. He’s their best player, their most gifted player.‘To get nine goals and nine assists at 22… Everything he does is class. A lot of young players look like they’re rushing but he’s just calm and so good in possession.‘He’s the heart of that midfield.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: PSG defender Thiago Silva offered to Chelsea on free transferMORE: Arsenal winning race to sign Man Utd target Gabriel from Lille Rio Ferdinand has rated Chelsea and Arsenal transfer target Houssem Aouar (Picture: Getty / BT Sport)Rio Ferdinand has offered a glowing endorsement of Chelsea and Arsenal transfer target Houssem Aouar and described the Lyon midfielder as ‘fabulous’.Aouar has developed into a key player for Lyon, making 136 appearances for the French club and scoring nine goals this season.The 22-year-old’s performances have caught the attention of a number of clubs and reports say Premier League rivals Chelsea and Arsenal are both considering moves.Speaking before Lyon suffered a 3-0 defeat to Bayern Munich in the semi-finals of the Champions League, former Manchester United and England defender Ferdinand told BT Sport: ‘He [Aouar] provides the creativity in this team.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘A kid so young but he’s relied upon so much. That shows the belief they’ve got in him and the belief he has in himself.‘You see his imagination and the pictures he creates and sees on the pitch, the vision and the tactical awareness. The confidence is what exudes out of this boy.last_img read more

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first_img July 03, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Gov. Wolf Reminds Pennsylvanians: ‘Masks are Mandatory’center_img Press Release,  Public Health “Masks are mandatory when leaving the home,” Governor Tom Wolf reminded Pennsylvanians today.“Especially as we are beginning a long Fourth of July weekend, it’s critical that everyone remember that masks are mandatory and must be worn when leaving your home,” Wolf said. “This virus is not gone, and mask-wearing is a required mitigation effort that we know works to stop its spread.”Sec. of Health Dr. Rachel Levine signed an order mandating mask-wearing on Wednesday. It remains in effect.FAQs on the mask-wearing order can be found here.Ver esta página en español.last_img

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first_imgThe home at 90 Seaville Ave, ScarboroughSTROLL to the ocean from this Scarborough family home … or stay in and entertain by the pool.The property at 90 Seaville Ave has four bedrooms, two bathrooms and multiple outdoor areas spread across two levels. Owner Jen Wicken-Woods said the coastal location was second to none. “You’re close to the water, close to restaurants and close to the shops,” she said. “Scarborough is very community-minded and it’s such a beautiful place to live.” On the ground floor of the home there is a lounge room, two bedrooms with built-in robes, a bathroom and a laundry. The outdoor area at 90 Seaville Ave, ScarboroughThe remaining bedroom has built-in robes and there is also a toilet on this level. Outside, on the other side of the pool there is a shed that has been converted into a guest retreat with a private Bali hut. The property has off-street parking for the boat or trailer, split-system airconditioning in the master bedroom and living areas and a double lockup garage with remote access.There are also security screens throughout, solar power, timber blinds and shutters, and an electric entry gate. The home is being marketed by Jodie Shipway from RealWay Property Consultants Redcliffe for offers over $789,000. The home at 90 Seaville Ave, ScarboroughMore from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019The lounge room opens to the poolside entertaining area, which is Ms Wicken-Woods’ favourite space in the home. “You have everything you need out there — the TV, lounge, outdoor kitchen, barbecue and the pool,” she said. “We have a lot of family gatherings out there, the home is perfect for someone who is very family orientated.”Upstairs there is an open-plan lounge and kitchen area which opens to the front deck.The master bedroom has a walk-in robe, private balcony and an ensuite with bathtub and double basins.last_img read more

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first_imgSurely, you can never go wrong with a water slide.“The huge covered deck overlooks the large picturesque dam and jetty surrounded by a variety of pine and native trees and stocked with silver perch. The (10 megalitres) dam is also a playground for a variety of birdlife. “On a separate level is a self-contained granny flat, large garage and workshop and storage room.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:21Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:21 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenFunniest open home inspections02:22 On one side it could be any up-market suburb in Australia. Loads of room and high ceilings are a dream for the city.“The dam has a heritage irrigation engine (working) and pump. There is a large equipment shed and an area for animal stables and yards. The road leading to the top of the property has stunning views across The Gap.” And then all this is awesomeness unfolds in the back of the property.You may need a moment to appreciate the sheer awesomeness this home has.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours ago“The main residence which has been specially designed for winter sun and summer shade is built over two levels and comprises of six bedrooms, including a large master suite, four bathrooms, extra large living areas which flow out to covered outdoor entertaining areas, plunge pool with water slide and a 15-metre lap pool.” The property is just 20 minutes from the Brisbane CBD.THIS may be the ultimate Millennial home, with its own avocado orchard and water slide, 20 minutes to the CBD — plus the main house transforms into three homes.The 16-acre property is so bedazzled with features, it’s like Millennial dreams have died and gone to The Gap — a Brisbane suburb located under half an hour from the CBD.The ace up its sleeve is that the property — known originally as Dillon Farm — has a neat little trick that can make having friends over an absolute breeze: The main residence can be partitioned off and transformed into three, according to agent Graham Symes.center_img The main residence can be transformed into three different homes — perfect for having guests over.It also has its own 5kw solar system, two solar hot water systems, town water, a system to recycle water to the citrus, mango, olive, macadamia and avo orchards and reticulated dam water.As if that’s not enough, the property has documentation from The Gap Historical Society tracking its rich history — and it has an active creek running through it. One in five expect to rent for life QLD home tops national list Experts tip QLD to lead national housing market “The home can be separated into three accommodation units if required,” were his exact words. Did someone say party house/sleepover? Mind-blowing space when you consider what the neighbours have.Imagine six cows with their own stables and mega pantry, okay, it’s their hay shed. Anyone else smelling the whole milk pumpkin latte with double cream?Tenders for the property close at 5pm on July 27. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more

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first_imgThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District, is conducting an industry day to discuss potential upcoming pipeline dredging contracts within the District.According to the Corps, the purpose of this meeting is to discuss future projects in an attempt to partner and communicate openly with the dredging industry early with the intent to have a better contract.The projects being discussed are Chinook Channel, Garibaldi Boat Basin Entrance, Depoe Bay, South Beach Marina at Yaquina Bay, Bandon Boat Basin, and Rogue River Turning Basin and Entrance to Boat Basin.The above mentioned project include:The dredging at Chinook Channel, approx 150,000 cubic yards, will include beach nourishment on East Sand Island. The purpose of this project is erosion control and payment will be based on placement;The dredging at Garibaldi, approx 45,000 cubic yards, will be in-water placement with tidal restrictions;The dredging at Depoe Bay, approx 25,000 cubic yards, will include dredging with surf zone placement, and excavating and trucking material from the check dam;The dredging at South Beach Marina, approx 25,000 cubic yards, will be upland placement;The dredging at Bandon Boat Basin, approx 9,000 cubic yards, will be in-water placement with tidal restrictions;The dredging at Rogue River, approx 80,000 cubic yards, includes both upland placement at a rehandle location, and surfzone placement.The industry day meeting will be held on May 23, 2017 from 10:30 AM until 11:30 AM at the Block 300 Building in Portland, Oregon.[mappress mapid=”24041″]last_img read more

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