Ohio Regulators Approve Coal-Plant Bailouts; Legal Challenges Loom

first_imgOhio Regulators Approve Coal-Plant Bailouts; Legal Challenges Loom FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Tom Knox for Columbus Business First:Ohio energy regulators have approved proposals by AEP and FirstEnergy to guarantee income for certain power plants, accepting their arguments that the seven coal plants and one nuclear plant should be subsidized by ratepayers because the benefits outweigh the potential costs.Parts of AEP’s Conesville coal-fired power plant in Coshocton County are included in the income-guarantee proposal.The decision means ratepayers will be on the hook for any costs related to keeping the plants open, although regulators said they modified the proposals to stabilize rates and limit the impact on customers.The landmark decision by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio caps more than a year of fiery criticism from other power producers, business groups and environmental organizations that derided the plans as corporate bailouts. Legal challenges are expected on multiple fronts.Full article: Ohio regulators approve income guarantees for AEP and FirstEnergylast_img read more

Bigfoot sighting results in Gunfire – “We are Not Believers”

first_imgAccording to CNN, when the couple shined their flashlight they saw no animals or creatures of any kind. “We’re not believers,” Durand said to CNN. The couple who reported the incident told CNN the encounter frightened them and they were surprised by how much attention the alleged sighting of a Sasquatch was getting.  The man with the firearm seemed frightened and claimed that there was an “ape-like animal” or “Bigfoot” coming at him so he fired into the darkness. According to CNN, no charges have been filed and no sighting of a Bigfoot has been confirmed. Authorities are investigating a report that a man camping at a backcountry campsite in Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave National Park fired a gun after allegedly seeing Bigfoot. Bowling Green, Kentucky, couple Madelyn Durand and her boyfriend Brad Ginn reported they were camping in a backcountry campsite when a man and his son awakened them around 1 a.m. “We heard them coming back about 10 minutes later. We heard them yelling ‘I see it!’ Durand told CNN. “We saw the flash from his gun, and he shot maybe 20 yards from the side of our tent into the pitch-black darkness.” The camper and his girlfriend decided to leave the area and report the gunfire. Federal regulations prohibit the discharge of a firearm in the national park. Schroer said that the investigation is ongoing and assures the public that the park is safe to visit and that there has been no confirmation on a Bigfoot sighting. When they came out of their tent they met a man who told them his campsite was destroyed by something and showed them his gun on his hip. The man also told them the area was known for Bigfoot sitings. Park spokeswoman Molly Schroer said in a statement that law enforcement rangers responded to the incident at one of the park’s backcountry campsites early Sunday and that park officials know the identity of the person who allegedly fired a weapon. The couple claims to have heard noises of other campers staying up late around 11 p.m. and thought nothing of it until they woke to a flashlight shining in their tent. The man said that both he and his son had heard strange noises and were going to investigate. About a minute later, a gunshot was fired. The man and his son then returned and told the camper that they shot into the darkness after claiming Bigfoot had emerged from the woods and lunged at him. Camper at Mammoth Cave National Park allegedly shoots at Bigfoot CNN’s Taylor Romine, Joshua Girsky and Dakin Andone contributed to this report.last_img read more

Onsite: NAFCU Strategic Growth Conference 2016 in San Diego, CA

first_imgI had the chance to attend the NAFCU Strategic Growth Conference this week in San Diego for the first time, and I’m glad I did. If you’re interested in you credit union staying current in this fast changing world and growing I would put this event on your schedule next year. Make sure to reserve your place early as this year’s event was at capacity.There were some great speakers and topics which I will highlight but I must say one of the greatest benefits I’m sure most took was the conversations going on at the tables after the sessions. What a great mix of forward thinking credit union-ers sharing ideas and asking questions. I know I will be keeping an eye on the credit unions of the people I met to see the amazing things they are doing in the future.The opening speaker was Shane Snow. Shane is the chief creative officer of Contently and the autor of Smartcuts. The message he delivered was change. Specifically how to manage and spur change. The presentation was focused on three main points: Think sideways, Think simpler. Think 10X. Shane stated “It’s easier to make something 10X better then 10% better.” His message hit how with the group that no one ever changed the world by doing more of the same.The conference was structured with a mix of industry thought leaders discussing current topics with a mix in of panel discussions.Some of the highlighted topics in the presentation were; the e-branch revolution, slashing costs by partnering with other credit unions, avoiding regulatory hits to your bottom line, engaging millennials, increasing your share of digital wallets, surviving in the new world, predictive analytical decision making, and developing a member experience culture.The panel discussions focused on: case studies on fast growth in short time periods, how to make and save money for your credit union, and how to turn around a credit union that is struggling or lagging behind.As mentioned above one of the true benefits of the event was the ample time between presentations and panels for Q&A and networking. It was a lot of fun to be a part of some many great discussions on the future growth of the credit union movement.Check out all the chatter that was going on the conference hashtag #CreditUnionGrowth on twitter.Make sure to checkout the other conferences and training NAFCU has coming up this year. I will be seeing everyone again at the NAFCU 49th Annual Conference and Solutions Expo in Nashville this summer, you should too. 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of CUInsight.com, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of CUInsight.com he … Web: www.CUInsight.com Detailslast_img read more

Jane’s golfing journey from novice to captain

first_img Where will golf take you? Just seven years ago Jane Lakin didn’t even play golf – and now she’s a lady captain. Jane was heading for retirement and looking for a new challenge when she saw an article in the local paper about get into golf beginner classes in Gloucestershire. Today she’s a regular in the league teams and the lady captain at Brickhampton Court Golf Club. This is her story: “The newspaper article hit the spot!  I needed a new challenge, something which would get me out in the fresh air, in good company, learning something that I could hopefully improve at. “I had played hockey and squash in the past, and still played league tennis. So, with some trepidation, I made contact, and turned up, keen and very, very green, at the driving range at Brickhampton Court Golf Club.  The coach was fun and encouraging – and the journey in golf was underway! “I did know a couple of the ladies, but soon met loads more like me, who enjoyed sport, fresh air and a good chat afterwards over coffee. “I love the game! When you play well, you want to do it again, when you play badly you want to sort it out!  This was just the challenge I needed, as I was at an important stage in my life – empty nest with the boys having left home, and imminent retirement.   “I’ve been a bit of a career girl, but I’ve always loved sports, preferably playing, and golf has become a really important part of this new stage in my life. “I started by just playing for fun, particularly appreciating the support I received on the Tuesday nights ladies’ ‘turn up’ on the nine-hole course at Brickhampton. Then, it was on to the 18-hole course and it wasn’t long before the competitor in me meant that the friendly games developed into league matches. “So, in  just a few  years, with lots of support from fellow players, lady captains and coaches,  I now play regular league games across the county, and have been ‘encouraged’ to become the Lady Captain at Brickhampton this year. What an honour!” England Golf’s Get into golf campaign inspires adults to take up the game and offers great value coaching with PGA professionals. Click here for more information and to find a beginner course near you. 28 Feb 2015 Jane’s golfing journey from novice to captain last_img read more

Downtown Olympia’s December 20 ‘Third Thursday’ is a Celebration of the…

first_imgFacebook15Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Olympia Downtown AllianceDowntown Olympia’s Third Thursdays are a community celebration of local culture, art, food, music, and unique shopping experiences. Whether you make it a date night, a fun outing with friends or a family adventure, there is so much to discover in our vibrant community, all set to live music from street performers.On Thursday, December 20, over 20 downtown shops, restaurants, and galleries will offer unique, third-Thursday promotions; several art galleries are holding artist receptions, and the community will enjoy food and beverage tastes at several boutiques.A fun element of each Third Thursday is the Challenge Game! Participating Third Thursday businesses will hand out game cards. Participants can visit each business to get another letter to solve the phrase of the month. Complete the phrase first and win!WHAT: Olympia’s Third ThursdayWHEN: Thursday, December 20, 2018, from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Street performers located around downtown and The Olympia Downtown Alliance will host an info booth, located in the US Bank parking lot from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.WHERE: Olympia’s Downtown. Click here for a map of participating businesses.WHO: Presented by Providence Health Services and brought to the community by the Olympia Downtown Alliance and Mixx96FM. For more information about Third Thursday events, contact Brit Kramer, (360) 481-5010 or [email protected]mmunications.com. For more information about Olympia Downtown Alliance, contact Todd Cutts, (360) 357-8948 or [email protected] participating in Third Thursday include:Archibald Sisters, Batdorf & Bronson, Blackbird Mercantile, Browsers Bookshop, Captain Little, Chelsea Farms Oyster Bar, Childhood’s End Gallery, Compass Rose, Courtyard Antiques Olympia, Dillinger’s Cocktails and Kitchen, Gallery Boom, Hawley’s Gelato & Coffee, Holy Lamb Organics, Hot Toddy, Joby Glass Studio, The Popinjay, Sound and Vision Living, State of the Arts Gallery & Gifts, The Mouse Trap, Three Magnets Brewing Co., Le Voyeur Café & Lounge and Well 80 Brewhouse.Street Performers include:Lakota Dorris, Mallori Danielle Carter, Jessie Branch and Puget Sound Quartet.About the Olympia Downtown AllianceThe Olympia Downtown Alliance does not discriminate in employment or the delivery of services and resources on the basis of age, sex, race, creed, color, sexual orientation, or national origin, or the presence of any physical, mental or sensory disability.last_img read more

Sorry Leaf fans: Hawks take control of series; Border Bruins edge Rebels in OT

first_imgFor some reason the Beaver Valley Nitehawks have a way of playing just well enough and just a little bit better than the Nelson Leafs.The Hawks squeaked out another one of those nail-biting victories Friday night at the NDCC Arena, dumping the Leafs 6-2 to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Murdoch Division Semi Final Series.Beaver Valley can complete the sweep Saturday night in Nelson when the teams meet for Game four of the series at the NDCC Arena.“It was a great win of us tonight,’’ said Hawks head coach Terry Jones from outside the winner’s dressing room.“I thought it was a pretty gritty effort tonight, by both teams,” Jones added.“I thought in the first period there wasn’t much out there . . . guys were battling hard but once we got that first goal one we seem to relax a little bit and get some confidence.”After a scoreless first period, Hawks Jace Weegar got the visitors going six minutes into the second period.Nelson bounced right back, tying the game at 1-1 on a goal seconds later by Levi Hulston.However, Devin Nemes teamed up with Tyler Ghirardosi and Evan Gorman for a picture-perfect marker to give Beaver Valley the 2-1 lead after 40 minutes.Nelson came out with some jump in the third, looking for the equalizer.The Leafs got a chance to tie the game when Hulston found himself in all alone on Beaver Valley netminder Tallon Kramer.But Hulston, shooting for the top corner, fired a shot wide of the net. “Of course we want Levi to scored, but you’re not going to score on every shot,” said Leafs captain Rayce Miller.“The next one is going to go in . . .. That’s the mindset you have to have. That’s what we tell each other, you miss one the next one is going in.”Minutes later the Hawks made the Leafs pay when Ghirardosi scored the first of two in the period and Dylan Heppier added a power play goal.Andy Fitzpatrick pulled the Leafs to within a pair with a special teams goal.But the Hawks scored twice with Leafs goalie Josh Williams on the bench for an extra attacker to secure the four-goal victory.“I thought our third period was a real good period,” Jones said.“We just played it the right way and we worked real hard on the defensive side.”“But that team doesn’t quit over there,” Jones added.“They work hard and got some guys that just keep battling.”Beaver Valley out shot the Leafs 31-26 in the game.Kramer won his second game of the series in goal for the Hawks.Meanwhile, Josh Williams, who had a bounce-back game for the Leafs after getting pulled during Game one of the series, took the loss.“We just come ready to go,” said Miller when asked how the Leafs can extend the series.“We wipe the slate clean and play the same way we did today and come to the rink ready to go.”ICE CHIPS: Nelson once again played the game without a full compliment of players. Defenceman Dash Thompson returned to the lineup, but Cleary Ambrose did not play leaving the Leafs with 16 skaters . . . . The game saw more than 500 fans attend. . . . If a fifth game is necessary it will be played Monday night in Fruitvale. . . . In Grand Forks, Austin Dean scored in the second overtime period to give the Border Bruins a 3-2 victory over the Castlegar Rebels. Shayne Pluto and Chad Grambo also scored for Grand Forks while Darren Medeiros and Chris Breese replied for the Rebels. The Bruins now lead the best-of-seven series 2-1 with Game four Saturday in the Boundary City.last_img read more

Charity cycle takes place across Donegal this weekend

first_imgTwo well-known groups are set to benefit from a charity cycle across Donegal this weekend.The launch of the annual Letterkenny Cycling Club Atlantic Way Charity Sportive took place recently.Majella McBride, chairperson of Letterkenny Cycling Club along with Tara Gallagher, Letterkenny Women’s Centre and Paddy Delap of the Letterkenny Youth and Community Club attended the launch. The event takes place on Sunday next July 7th and all riders are welcome.There will routes to suit all abilities this year with distancesof 50km, 100km and 130km starting at 9.00am sharp from LetterkennyCommunity Centre.People are asked to please support these two worthy charities if you can.There will be three refreshment stops along the route and tea,coffee and food afterwards at the community centre. You can register on the morning from 8.00am or at the link here: https://m.facebook.com/events/2157871687836907For the safety of the riders the route will be fully marshalled by static and motorcycle marshalls.Participants are asked to please obey the instructions of these marshalls at all times, otherwise normal Rules of the Road apply. If possible please wear some high viz clothing.Majella McBride,chairperson of Letterkenny Cycling Club with Tara Gallagher, Donegal Women’s Centre and Paddy Delap, Letterkenny Youth and Community Club at the launch of the LCC annual Atlantic Way Charity Sportive which takes place on Sunday July 7th. There will routes to suit all abilities this year with distances of 50km, 100km and 130km starting at 9.00 am sharp from Letterkenny Community Centre. Please support these two worthy charities if you can. There will be a refreshment stop along the route and tea, coffee and food afterwards at the community centre. Register on the morning or at the link here: https://m.facebook.com/events/2157871687836907Charity cycle takes place across Donegal this weekend was last modified: July 2nd, 2019 by StephenShare 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

SA sport’s fantastic fans

first_img20 May 2004Fans are the lifeblood of the sporting industry. Without them, a sizeable chunk of the world’s media would be out of a job, outdoor advertising would be restricted to bus stops, and sponsorships would not have been invented.For many South Africans, supporting, playing, living, breathing sport is simply the way things are. It is how they are meant to be. And they wouldn’t want it any other way.Many years ago, I read an interesting book by James Michener. Not a novel the size of a brick, which is what most people think he produces, it was called simply “Michener on Sport”. A true fan of sport, Michener named just three countries as being absolutely fanatical about sport: the then East Germany, Australia, and South Africa.The fans and the flagToday’s South African sports fans are easily spotted – the flag “new” South African catches the eye at sporting events around the world. And with face-painting so much in vogue, it is common to see the six colours leaping out from cheering South African faces.The ubiquitous flags are popular items on sale at big matches, along other regalia. Supporters’ kit and memorabilia are big business in South Africa, and soccer’s Bafana Bafana, rugby’s Springboks, and cricket’s Proteas sell huge numbers of shirts.South African sports fans love a winner, but they can be extremely critical of failure, and the chorus of disquiet when things are not going well can become quite deafening.However, despite dire predictions, and ceaseless complaints, South African sports fans continue to support their teams. Even when national support is not an issue, South Africans are true sport lovers at heart. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

LeBron gets stitches, scores 23 in fourth as Cavs beat Nets

first_imgBut shortly after James returned with some stiches and puffiness around his mouth, Cleveland went on an 8-0 run and headed to the fourth quarter tied at 77-all.James took over from there, delivering another tour de force performance that didn’t seem likely when he was being treated by the medical staff and the Cavs playing sluggishly.Cleveland built a nine-point lead in the first quarter and seemed ready to build on it when James made a surprising mistake.Alone in the frontcourt for an uncontested dunk, James tried to showboat and rocketed the ball off the back of the rim, a miss that stunned the three-time champion and the crowd of 20,000-plus fans. James then forced a long 3-pointer on Cleveland’s next possession and before long the Nets were even at 20-all when Zeller made his first 3 of the season.The Isaiah Thomas comeback is getting closer.ADVERTISEMENT Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) drives against Brooklyn Nets’ DeMarre Carroll (9) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND, Ohio—LeBron James shook off a blow to the face and scored 23 points in the fourth quarter — including 18 straight for Cleveland — as the Cavaliers won their sixth straight, 119-109 over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.James needed stitches in the third quarter to close a gash above his lip that drew blood. He punched back at the Nets in the fourth and finished with 33 points.ADVERTISEMENT Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The All-Star point guard took some contact during a rigorous workout at the team’s morning shootaround. Thomas has been ramping up his activity, running harder and appears to be ahead of schedule to make his debut with Cleveland. Originally, the Cavs forecast he would be playing in games by the end of December but there’s a sense it could be sooner.“We know he’s making progress every day, which is good for us,” Lue said. “We’re excited about that. We want to make sure we do what’s best for him health-wise, not coming back too soon.” With the Cavs up 100-99, James began his one-man show with a pair of free throws. He dropped in a couple left-handed shots and then drained two 3-pointers — the last a step-back with 55 seconds left to give Cleveland a 118-107 lead.James’ solo performance enabled the Cavs to avenge a 112-107 loss in Brooklyn last month.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutKevin Love and Dwyane Wade added 18 points apiece for Cleveland.Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 20 and Joe Harris 18 for the Nets, who could do nothing in the final 12 minutes to stop James.James went to the locker room with the laceration to his face in the third after he appeared to take an elbow from Tyler Zeller in the lane. While James was off the floor, the Nets extended their lead to six on a 3-pointer by Allen Crabbe. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Blatche, Fajardo, Castro lead Gilas roster vs Japan Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more


first_imgSave up to 70% for a limited time only!!! To celebrate the release of ESUS’ exciting new touch football shoes, Touch Football Australia and ESUS are pleased to offer TFA members a one-off opportunity to buy these revolutionary new shoes at a significant discount.  For a strictly limited period, members can purchase a pair of either the Toro or Matador shoes for the fantastic price of only $30*.  This represents a saving of $49 on the normal price of the Toro and of $69 on the Matador.  Members can also purchase both styles for a single payment of $55*!!!  That’s two pairs of ESUS shoes for less than the price of one average pair. To purchase the shoes, all you need to do is fax the attached order form to ESUS on 03-9425-9922 (see bottom of page for link to the order form).  Alternatively, email your name, address, shoes size, styles required and credit card details to [email protected]  Shoes will be delivered to you within 5 days. Be quick though as this offer ends on September 30th.  For more information on ESUS shoes visit www.esus.com.au* Plus postage and packing ToroThe standard ESUS touch football shoe, the ‘Toro’ is designed for players of all levels and is particularly suited to softer grounds.  The ballistic mesh and polyurethane synthetic upper ensures that the shoe is breathable and lightweight.  Made from pre-moulded TPR, the heel counter is solid and supportive.  The mid-sole comprises full length compression moulded EVA thus providing increased overall shock dispersal and a softer and more of a ‘running shoe’ feel. MatadorThe Matador touch football shoe is also designed for players of all levels.  It is ideally suited for conditions where the ground is firmer.  The two colour rubber outsole ensures excellent traction and cushioning whilst the hi-density die-cut Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA) mid-sole increases cushioning and greatly reduces leg stress.  The breathable water resistant nylon lining ensures the shoe keeps upper shape and the die-cut EVA sock liner, with extra 6mm wedge in heel, is cushioned and durable.  Overall, the Matador shoe is strong, flexible and comfortable. Related Filesesus_order_form-doclast_img read more