Industry group says 90GW of new wind capacity could be installed in Europe by 2023

first_imgIndustry group says 90GW of new wind capacity could be installed in Europe by 2023 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Recharge:The outlook for European wind power is clouded by uncertainty that threatens jobs and the EU’s ambitions for a ‘Green Deal’ to turbocharge climate action on the continent, WindEurope warned.The most likely central scenario of the industry body’s latest mid-term outlook expects Europe to add 90GW of new wind capacity between 2019 and 2023 – 72GW of it onshore – to reach a total of 277GW by then.But WindEurope said the wide variance between the central forecast, and the high and low scenarios on either side shows the huge impact, for better or worse, that key policy decisions will have on the sector’s mid-term fortunes – especially the National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) that EU member states have to wrap up by the end of the year, but which have been slammed as lacking ambition in their draft forms.If EU member states turbocharge their NECPs then Europe could see 112GW added. If the NECPs remain unambitious and the type of permitting issues that have choked the market in Germany continue to dog the market, installations could be as low as 67GW.WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson said the policy unknowns are putting the dampers on what should be a buoyant wind power market, given the imperatives of climate change and wind’s highly competitive cost of energy. But the policy headwinds are already taking their toll on national wind auctions, with tenders in Germany, Greece and France all heavily undersubscribed over the last year or so.Governments also need to come up with clear policies to support repowering of the huge amount of European wind nearing the end of its life, Dickson said.More: Europe set to add 90GW of new wind by 2023: WindEuropelast_img read more

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Chilean, Argentine Presidents Mark Peace Treaty With Pope

first_imgBy Dialogo November 30, 2009 The presidents of Chile and Argentina marked with Pope Benedict XVI the 25th anniversary of a peace treaty signed between the former dictators of their countries with papal mediation. The pope told Michelle Bachelet and Cristina Kirchner that the treaty, which averted a looming border war, showed that “perseverance is always needed … to resolve differences by means of patient negotiations and necessary compromise.” Benedict’s predecessor John Paul II intervened as Argentine dictator Rafael Videla was threatening an invasion of disputed islands in the Beagle Channel, which his Chilean counterpart Augusto Pinochet vowed to resist. After mediation by Cardinal Antonio Samore, a treaty of peace and friendship was signed on November 24, 1984 in Rome, and John Paul II was hailed as the pope of peace when he visited the two countries in 1987. After the audience with Benedict, Bachelet and Kirchner laid a wreath at the late pope’s tomb in Saint Peter’s basilica.last_img read more

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Missing Homeless Woman Found Dead in Shirley

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Elizabeth FridenbergerA 25-year-old homeless woman who was reported missing last month was found dead in Shirley over the weekend, but investigators do not suspect foul play, Suffolk County police said.A family member of Elizabeth Fridenberger had reported her missing on March 15. Police released her photo to the media 10 days later.The victim, who was known as Beth, was found dead Saturday in a wooded area on Linden Avenue.Fridenberger had frequented the Mastic/Shirley area, which is where she was last seen.Investigators determined that her death was non-criminal.last_img read more

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2015 Hurricane Season Forecast as Below Normal

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Forecasters are predicting the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season will be below normal, but officials urged coastal residents to remain prepared for a storm, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced Wednesday.There’s a 70-percent likelihood of between six and 11 named storms with sustained winds of 39 mph or higher, three to six of which could become hurricanes with at least 74 mph winds and two potentially growing into major hurricanes reaching wind speeds of more than 111 mph, NOAA officials said.“Now is the time to start planning before hurricane season starts,” Kathryn Sullivan, NOAA administrator, told reporters during a news conference in New Orleans.Hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30 and peaks between late August and early September. Sullivan warned that even if the seasonal outlook is below normal, the tropical cyclones that do form will be just as dangerous. The long-term forecast does not predict where exactly the storms may reach landfall.NOAA officials also used the announcement to reminded the public of how to prepare for a storm. Such tactics include stocking enough food and water to last at least 72 hours, discuss a backup plan and meeting places with family, keep important papers in a safe place, avoiding floodwaters and checking on the elderly as well of those with special needs.The biggest reminder is that it’s neither the winds nor rain, but the storm surge associated with hurricanes that can prove most destructive and deadly. Attesting to that was New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, which still has areas recovering from Hurricane Katrina—the costliest in American history, with Sandy ranking second costliest.“We hope for the best and prepare for the worst,” he said.For more hurricane preparedness tips, visit Ready.Gov for information on preparing an emergency kit. Visit the humanesociety.org for details on how to prepare pets for emergencies, too.last_img read more

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If you like your Obamacare you can keep it

first_img 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Dennis Zuehlke Dennis is Compliance Manager for Ascensus. Mr. Zuehlke provides clients with technical support on tax-advantaged accounts (including individual retirement accounts, health savings accounts, simplified employee pension plans, and Coverdell education … Web: www.ascensus.com Details “Obamacare is the law of the land” and will remain so “for the foreseeable future,” House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) told reporters after House Republicans canceled a vote on their legislation to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), also known as Obamacare.The American Health Care Act of 2017—the House of Representatives’ legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare—was pulled from the House floor when House leadership realized that they lacked the votes to pass it. The failure to repeal and replace Obamacare is a major defeat for President Trump—who made it the centerpiece of his campaign—and for Republicans, who have spent the last seven years attempting to repeal it. The defeat is especially significant as it comes in the first 100 days of the Trump administration—when the new president is traditionally enjoying his “honeymoon” with Congress—and with President Trump’s party in control of both the House and Senate.H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act of 2017, would have kept three of the most popular provisions of the PPACA: the ban on lifetime coverage caps, dependent coverage to age 26, and the requirement to cover pre-existing conditions. It would have, among other things, repealed Medicaid expansion, eliminated the PPACA’s individual mandate requiring health insurance coverage, modified the premium tax credits and, starting in 2020, replaced the income-based tax credits with a flat tax credit based on age, added a state option to elect Medicaid block grants, and repealed many of the PPACA’s tax provisions.The legislation also would have made significant changes to health savings accounts (HSAs) in an effort to expand their use. Provisions in the legislation proposed the following:Increase the annual HSA contribution limits. As proposed, the maximum contribution would be increased to the limit on out-of-pocket expenses under qualified high deductible health plans. [For 2017, $6,550 for self-only coverage and $13,100 for family coverage, indexed for inflation.]  Permit spouses over age 55 to make catch-up contributions of up to $1,000 and choose the HSA to which to make the contribution. [This provision would allow both spouses to make catch-up contributions to the same HSA, which is not permitted under current law.]Expand the definition of “qualified medical expense” to include over-the-counter (non-prescription) medications.Allow eligible medical expenses incurred up to 60-days prior to the establishment of an HSA to be paid tax-free from the HSA.Reduce the additional tax on HSA distributions used for non-qualified medical expenses from the current 20 percent to 10 percent.The HSA provisions, if enacted, would have been the first expansion of HSAs since passage of the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006, which increased the annual contribution limits and provided limited traditional IRA, health FSA and HRA-to-HSA rollovers.The legislation also would have restored the 7.5 percent of adjusted gross income threshold for the federal medical expenses deduction, which the PPACA increased to 10 percent.As the close of the first 100 days of the Trump the presidency draws near, and with the Neal Gorsuch nomination for Supreme Court justice the only legislative victory, the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress are clearly looking for a reset to jump-start an aggressive legislative agenda that includes tax reform and a major infrastructure bill.Immediately after the legislation was pulled, President Trump indicated that the administration’s attention will now focus on tax reform. Although the failure to repeal and replace Obamacare will make tax reform more difficult, Speaker Ryan has indicated that the House will take up tax reform when Congress returns from its April recess. The Speaker also indicated that Republicans still plan to repeal and replace major parts of Obamacare, with the goal of making more affordable premiums, but those discussions are in the early stages.Credit unions offering HSAs are now wondering what effect the failure to repeal and replace Obamacare will have on the HSA market. While the House of Representatives’ replacement legislation would have expanded HSAs, failure to bring the legislation to a vote is likely to have little or no effect on the HSA market. The market forces that have driven double-digit growth over the past ten years—increasing health care costs, employer migration to high deductible health plans, etc.—remain in place and are likely to continue driving HSA growth for the foreseeable future.last_img read more

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Be obsessive compulsive with your member service

first_imgWe read and hear so much these days about how disruptive technology is going to be to our industry. About how different we’ll be when the impact of Blockchain and Robotic Process Automation and Artificial Intelligence is realized in just a few short years. I can’t wait to see what the world of the Jetson’s has in store for the banking industry! The fintechs are coming … the fintechs are here!Yet, as we work through strategic planning sessions with clients this year, I’m continuously impressed by how, for the most part, the most important disruptive technology that’s going to have the greatest impact on our industry is right here in our hands today … it’s getting our people and cultures to deliver the absolute best member experience possible. If you want to truly transform your credit union in 2019, invest in your most transformative “technology” – your member service culture.Jeff Bezos recently said that the number one reason for Amazon’s immense and impressive success is, simply, an “obsessive compulsive focus on the customer.” He called it their secret sauce and said they worry 100% about that and don’t care about what the competition is doing. Focusing squarely on the customer is what is driving Amazon’s profitability across the organization. Build your products and services because you love the customer, he said.So, how do you build a culture that has an obsessive compulsive focus on member service? How do you align your organization to love your member? That’s a multi-faceted solution but here are six fundamental steps you should take:People – it’s easy to say that people are our most important asset. But it’s another thing to spend time, effort, and money to make sure you get the absolute best people and develop each to their fullest capability, especially in terms of member service. This is what Chick-fil-a does; they’re extremely selective in who they hire and once an employee is selected they invest heavily in their service skills and behaviors. And, for the most part, it shows every time you go into their restaurants.Behaviors – clearly defining behaviors is critical for two reasons: 1) everyone has a different definition of “service” and you want to make sure your employees understand your definition, and 2) you need to set the performance expectation at the outset so you can hold them accountable later on (see bullet point below). Saying, “my pleasure” doesn’t come naturally to most people so Chick-fil-a has set that behavior expectation to solidify their service standard and establish the detailed expectations for future service performance.Empowerment – once you’ve got the right people and defined their expectations you need to let them do their job. Often, we hear from employees that they don’t feel empowered to make exceptions to go the extra mile to make members happy. This is a hard step for many leaders, especially in a regulated industry like ours – we can’t just give away a free chicken sandwich or remake a milkshake (getting hungry yet?!) but we can give our well-positioned employees the autonomy to do other things outside the box to make members completely happy and satisfied.Teamwork – getting great employees is one step but getting them to jell as a team is another. This is becoming more challenging as we have multiple generations in the workforce today and so many different work expectations. But members expect consistency in service across all channels and that means having a cohesive organization clicking on all eight cylinders. Foster teamwork by cross-training as much as possible and getting staff from different departments working together regularly so they can be exposed to all areas of the credit union.Measurement – if you’re going to become obsessive about your member service, you need to adequately measure it for three reasons: 1) give it the optimal attention it deserves; 2) be able to celebrate successes; and 3) provide regular and consistent feedback to staff. Far too many credit unions measure service performance inadequately and, as a result, make false assessments of the organization’s and individual’s performance. Accountability – if you’re gonna go through the time, trouble and expense of establishing an obsessive, compulsive culture based on the five previous components, it would be criminal to not take the final step and hold everyone accountable. But yet that’s what happens in too many organizations. Everyone at every level needs to do their part. There can be no opt in/opt out option to delivering outstanding service. If you ever have an unpleasant experience in a Chick-fil-a, it probably won’t happen again because someone will be held accountable. Addressing these areas and investing in them in 2019 will position your credit union to optimize the member experience, minimize the impact of others’ technology, and best position you to battle and win long into the future. The technology is coming but your members are already here – make sure you invest in your ability to give them the best experience today so they will use that new technology from you at some point in the future.The retail landscape is littered with companies and brands that have succumbed to the advent of new technology and delivery channels, especially in the last ten years – we have referenced some like Blockbuster and Sears in previous articles. However, if those companies had been more in tune with their customers, they may have seen (or heard) that new tech coming long before it arrived and facilitated their ultimate demise. So the message is: worry about what you can control – your service performance – and not so much about what you can’t – your competitors. It’s also to keep a discerning eye on the evolution of future tech but take discernable action on your current member experience e culture. Keep as many members as happy and satisfied as possible today and your credit union will still be thriving and relevant when that new space-age technology becomes reality tomorrow.If your credit union needs help maximizing your member experience culture today, our firm would love to help. Please contact us at www.fi-strategies.com or 636-578-3280. 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Paul Robert Paul Robert has been helping financial institutions drive their retail growth strategies for over 20 years. Paul is the Chief Executive Officer for FI Strategies, LLC, a private consulting company … Web: fi-strategies.com Detailslast_img read more

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Scottish Mutual pays £38m for Chelsea block

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Unai Emery reveals conversation with Hector Bellerin before impressive cameo against Nottingham Forest

first_img Comment Advertisement Advertisement Bellerin assisted Willock for Arsena’s third goalEmery added: ‘The first minutes were amazing for him.‘The most important for him is his attitude. He wants to help us.’ Hector Bellerin came off the bench to assist Joe Willock in Arsenal’s win over Nottingham Forest (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has revealed that Hector Bellerin was desperate to play 90 minutes before Arsenal steamrolled Nottingham Forest with a 5-0 victory to reach the Carabao Cup last-16.Rob Holding and Kieran Tierney were handed their first starts of the season after returning from injury but Emery made Bellerin wait for his chance, naming the right-back among his substitutes at the Emirates.Bellerin finally got his opportunity following a nine-month spell on the sidelines as he replaced Tierney to a standing ovation in the 77th minute and he made an immediate impact off the bench.The Spaniard was introduced shortly after Holding’s headed goal and immediately assisted Joe Willock as Arsenal ran riot in the second half.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 CityReiss Nelson added a fourth in the 84th minute and Gabriel Martinelli – who broke the deadlock in the first half – rounded off a perfect evening for Arsenal with a deflected long-range strike at the death.Asked about Bellerin’s return, Emery said: ‘He wanted to play 90. He said “I’m ready” and wanted to play.‘I think no [he won’t be ready to start against Manchester United]. Maybe in his mind yes. We need to listen to the doctor.’center_img Holding and Bellerin both impressed on their comebacks (Picture: Getty)Emery was similarly delighted with Holding’s impressive comeback performance after a long injury layoff.‘It is perfect to have more options at centre back,’ the Spaniard said.‘His spirit, his positive minutes. Every day in training he helps us to have more performances like a team.‘He needed to take minutes and confidence. It was a perfect match. He was a little tired at the end, he’s happy.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesHolding was ‘over the moon’ after taking over the captain’s armband from Mesut Ozil on his return to first-team action.‘I was over the moon when I was told I was vice-captain,’ the defender told Sky Sports. ‘When Mesut came off and passed the armband over I was so happy with that.‘Then it went perfectly again. Reiss put in a good ball and I managed to putMORE: Michael Owen’s EFL Cup predictions for Man Utd, Liverpool and Chelsea Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 24 Sep 2019 11:48 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link756Shares Unai Emery reveals conversation with Hector Bellerin before impressive cameo against Nottingham Forestlast_img read more

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Market wrap: How Townsville property is performing

first_img*1429 properties sold between January 1 and June 30, this year.*That’s 403 less than sold during the same time period last year.*Houses accounted for 75.6 per cent of all sales *Properties under $350,000 are the most popular with 833 residential homes sold*Suburbs within the 4814 postcode achieved the highest quantity of sales with 319 homes sold*Postcode 4819 showed the only significant jump with 35 sales as opposed to 17 sales recorded during the same transaction period last year. *All figures are at July 7, 2017 and supplied by Core Logic RP Data. 29 Buna Avenue, MundingburraIT’S tough going for Townsville’s property market despite having cashed in on more than $258 million worth of property sales in the past six months.Exclusive figures show a total of 1429 real estate transactions were recorded by Core Logic between January 1 and June 30, 2017 — 403 less than recorded during the same sales period last year.Houses accounted for 75.6 per cent of all sales with the largest number of transactions recorded in postcode area 4814, which encompasses a large number of fringe-city suburbs including Aitkenvale, Annandale, Cranbrook, Garbutt, Douglas and Mount Louisa.Sales agent Anthony Dare from About Town Real Estate said the result matched market predictions made earlier this year.“I am not surprised that 4184 has been performed well over this first half of the calendar year,” he said.“The city fringe addresses have exhibited exceptional buying across a broad spectrum on offer from the traditional three bed and one bath through to the bigger offerings. “These results certainly indicate what the market expects in regards to value, well founded homes in good locations, close proximity to the strand and major employers being the key.”Bargain properties proofed to be the most popular in the first two sales quarter of the year with 833 properties sold under $350,000.A total of 444 properties sold between $350,000 and $800,000 and seven properties sold over $1 Million, according to Core Logic.Postcode 4819, which encompasses Magnetic Island, was the only region to report a jump in property sales with 35 transactions recorded, compared to only 17 sales between January and June, 2016.Real Estate Institute of Queensland Zone Chair, Damien Keyes said while buyer positivity was on the up, sellers were undoubtedly holding back as they wait for the market to improve.“The market is definitely intense and available housing stock is tight,” he said.“The fact that the market is down by 20 per cent, that’s pretty serious and the next six months, as we go into our transfer cycle, is going to be critical in terms of transactions and getting our numbers back up.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“The main issue I see is that a lot of home property owners are holding back so we see a lack of quality housing stock, yet the buyers are out there, waiting and willing to buy.“What we need is for actual projects to commence as that will be the key factor for the market to shift in a more positive direction.” AT A GLANCE last_img read more

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The myth of the happy hooker

first_imgThe Irish Times 13 April 2013Rachel Moran started selling sex when she was 15. Don’t fall for the ‘Pretty Woman’ redemption story, she says in her new book about life on the street. Now she wants men who use prostitutes to be named and shamed“I know of girls of 13 being prostituted  today,” says Moran, who is now 37 and whose book, Paid For: My Journey Through Prostitution, will be published next week, with rights already sold in Australia and negotiations under way in the UK and US.In a week when Real Men Don’t Buy Girls, a social-media campaign by the Immigrant Council of Ireland, was launched in response to the trafficking and prostitution of young girls, Moran’s experience shows that such exploitation is not new to Ireland but that it has grown with the opening of European borders.Men who prostitute women want to express their hatred of them by hurting them in ways no other woman would endure, Moran says. She recalls a middle-class man, who could be anyone’s husband, calling her to his home and then imposing violent sex on her on his marital bed, in a room whose walls were covered with photographs of his wife and children, as he aroused himself by spewing “disgusting and demeaning” insults about his wife. (In retaliation, and as a message to his wife, Moran rolled her own lipstick under the bed.)http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/people/the-myth-of-the-happy-hooker-1.1358702last_img read more

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