Rhode Island moving forward with 600MW offshore wind solicitation

first_imgRhode Island moving forward with 600MW offshore wind solicitation FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享ReNews.biz:Rhode Island has issued a 600MW offshore wind solicitation for the state.The move forms part of Governor Gina Raimondo’s plan to meet 100% of the state’s electricity demand with renewable energy resources by 2030.The solicitation will be developed by National Grid, with oversight by the state Office of Energy Resources, and is subject to approval by the Public Utilities Commission.Orsted and Eversource Energy’s JV Revolution Wind has already been selected to provide 400MW in Rhode Island’s first offshore wind solicitation.Governor Raimondo said: “In the face of global climate change, Rhode Island must drive toward a cleaner, more affordable and reliable clean energy future. In January, I set a nation-leading goal for Rhode Island to meet 100% of its electricity demand with renewables by 2030. Offshore wind will help us achieve that bold, but achievable goal, while creating jobs and cementing our status as a major hub in the nation’s burgeoning offshore wind industry.”More: Rhode Island issues 600MW US offshore wind bidlast_img read more

Mikel Arteta to push ahead with permanent Pablo Mari transfer as Arsenal shelve Axel Disasi interest

first_imgMari has looked assured in games and impressed in training (Picture: Getty)Mari has already stressed that he is keen to remain at the Emirates, though acknowledged the coronavirus crisis – which has put huge financial strain on clubs and seen Arsenal’s players agree to a pay cut – could make a deal hard to complete.Speaking to talkSPORT, he said: ‘I have found myself here at Arsenal. It is a really good option for me. I want to stay here and improve as a player and a person. I want to be here for many more years.’In another interview with Sky Sports, he added: ‘I hope that me and the club go at the end with good things to do a permanent transfer. But we will see because at the moment with the virus it is a little bit difficult.’MORE: Piers Morgan ‘sickened’ by Mesut Ozil refusing to take a pay cut and slams Arsenal starMORE: Robin van Persie takes pop at Ivan Gazidis and reveals one regret over Arsenal exitFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Mikel Arteta to push ahead with permanent Pablo Mari transfer as Arsenal shelve Axel Disasi interest Comment Advertisement The Spanish centre-back moved to the Emirates on an initial loan deal in January (Picture: Getty)Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has given the go-ahead to the club’s hierarchy to turn Pablo Mari’s loan stay at the Emirates into a permanent move, effectively ending interest in Axel Disasi.Central defence has become one of the key areas Arteta wishes to strengthen when the transfer window reopens, with the back-line continuing to leak goals despite an upturn in results prior to the Premier League season being suspended.The club also have a looming contract crisis in the heart of their defence, with David Luiz, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Shkodran Mustafi all entering the final year of their respective deals.Sorry, this video isn’t available any more.Reports in France claimed recently that Arsenal had identified Reims centre-back Disasi as a potential option to bolster their backline, having made an approach in January.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHowever The Athletic’s David Ornstein says the Gunners will not pursue a £13m deal for the 22-year-old, with Arteta adamant that he wants a left-footed centre-back – which Disasi is not.Instead, the Gunners will look a little closer to home, with Arteta happy to turn Mari’s loan move into a permanent deal for a fee of around £10m.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalAlthough the Spanish defender has had little game time, he impressed against West Ham in the Premier League and Portsmouth in the FA Cup – keeping a clean sheet in both.Mari played as the left-sided centre-back for Flamengo prior to joining Arsenal, and club bosses feel he ticks the requirement Arteta wants, while they also have William Saliba returning from his loan at Saint-Etienne.Should Arsenal manage to offload one of their many other centre-backs, they could be tempted to dive back into the market to strengthen that area of the squad even further. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 21 Apr 2020 12:20 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

150,000 Additional Pennsylvanians Enrolled in Governor Wolf’s Medicaid Expansion Plan

first_img150,000 Additional Pennsylvanians Enrolled in Governor Wolf’s Medicaid Expansion Plan July 22, 2015 Healthcare,  Human Services,  Medicaid Expansion,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – The Department of Human Services (DHS) today announced 150,000 new Pennsylvanians have enrolled in HealthChoices, since Governor Tom Wolf’s Medicaid expansion plan launched on April 27, 2015. HealthChoices provides health care coverage to more Pennsylvanians than ever before, including many who previously didn’t qualify for traditional Medicaid plans.“It is a priority of my administration to provide greater access to health care for Pennsylvanians,” Governor Wolf said. “Not only will the safety and security afforded by access to affordable health care make it easier for Pennsylvanians participate in our economy, but it will also drive down costs for providing health care, particularly visits to the emergency room which is the most expensive form of care. Additionally, Medicaid expansion will provide a boost to the commonwealth’s economy.”As a result of Pennsylvania’s decision to expand Medicaid, more hard working individuals now have access to preventive care, primary care doctors, prescriptions and behavioral health parity. In addition to individuals who qualified previously, Pennsylvanians ages 19 to 64 with incomes up to 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Level may be eligible for coverage under Medicaid expansion.“When Governor Wolf began the Medicaid expansion on April 27th, there were approximately 289,000 Pennsylvanians who had been enrolled in expanded Medicaid under the previous plan. Adding the 150,000 that we are announcing today takes us a total of approximately 439,000 Pennsylvanians,” said DHS Secretary Ted Dallas. “The results are that more people in the commonwealth have access to critical health care services including preventative care than ever before.”Medicaid expansion also allowed the state to access millions in federal funds for health care. In fiscal year 2015-16, those federal funds saved the state approximately $626 million in state funds. Based on current enrollment trends, state savings are projected to grow to $645 million in state fiscal year 2016-17.In addition to expanding the pool of individuals eligible, HealthChoices streamlined Medicaid in Pennsylvania, allowing consumers to receive health care faster and more efficiently. In the previous plan, formerly known as Healthy PA, individuals could be enrolled in one of three separate plan components. The complexity of this approach led to many individuals not receiving the appropriate coverage and others inappropriately denied care. By streamlining this process, the Medicaid expansion has made enrollment easier for consumers.For more information or to apply for coverage, visit www.HealthChoicesPA.comcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Townsville house and land prices surge

first_img5 Beaufort Street in Belgian Gardens sold for $420,000 on November 5, 2016 but only $380,000 during its last sale, October 16, 2012.REIQ Townsville Zone Chair said Damien Keyes said people from all walks of life were buying into the market.“We’re seeing a real good cross section of people buying. We’re seeing more first home buyers in the established housing market but there are also downsizes, home buyers that are upgrading and a lot of renovators,” he said.“In that sense it makes sense that the older, fringe suburbs are popular.“A lot of renovators want raw houses and our market allows them to pick them up for around $200,000 or less. They than renovate then to sell for a profit once the market picks up.”KEY TOWNSVILLE PROPERTY FACTSDecember quarter sales: 437 (houses), 73 (units), 28 (vacant land)Quarterly median sale price: $345,000 (houses), $260,000 (units), $169,500 (land)Quarterly change: 4.6% (houses), 0.0% (units), 13.8% (land).Vacancy rates: 6.4 per cent, down from 7.1 per cent in SeptemberGross Rental Yield: 4.4 % (houses), 4.9% (units)Median weekly rent: $290 (3-bed house), $245 (2-bed flat), $300 (3-bed townhouse)(Source: REIQ/CoreLogic) 40 Dearness Street in Garbutt is among the recent success stories with the three-bedroom house selling for $310,000 on March 20, this year. It last sold for $261,000 in August 2010.“The area is set to benefit from considerable infrastructure and government spending programs, including the $250 million football stadium and planning for the $1.6 billion Port of Townsville project, which will help employment figures and stabilise business confidence,” she said.“The unit market held steady this quarter at $260,000 and, while there was zero growth this quarter, there was also zero contraction.“Unfortunately, the market has contracted 4.3 per cent over the year and, compared with five years ago, has contracted 16.2 per cent.”McGrath Estate Principal Brad Matheson said he believed Townsville had officially reached the bottom of the cycle and predicts further price hikes were on the cards in the year ahead.“The year has kicked off very strongly and I think the market has finally bottomed and won’t fall anymore which is a direct result of improved buyer confident,” he said.“In the first two months of 2017, our team alone recorded four off market sales and three of our properties sold above list price with multiple offers for these sought after homes.“One of them was a beautifully styled property in Vincent which received five offers within the first week and sold $21,000 above the list price.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“Open house numbers have also doubled to what they averaged last year and we’ve found that the 4810 postcode has been particularly active with a lot of properties selling in under two weeks.” Townsville’s property market is on the move with house prices jumping 4.6 per cent to $345,000 and vacant land 13.8 per cent to $169,5000. Picture: Megan MacKinnonTOWNSVILLE’S property market is on the move with house prices jumping by 4.6 per cent to $345,000 and vacant land surging 13.8 per cent to $169,5000.Townsville figures accounted for the biggest median price change recorded across the December quarter across Queensland as cited in the Real Estate Institute of Queensland Marker Monitor Report, released last week.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:52Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:52 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, 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 Rate1xFullscreenTownsville property market wrap03:52It found rental vacancies were also down from 7.1 per cent in September to 6.4 per cent in December with gross rental yields have remained steady at a citywide average of 4.4 per cent four houses and 4.9 per cent for units.REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella said Townsville’s property market had a buoyant final quarter of 2016 with the city’s set to see further increases in the year ahead.last_img read more

Fed may not tighten credit until next year, experts say

first_img“The Fed continues to expect a December hike, as signalled by its dots chart,” he said.“However, there were otherwise doveish elements to (the) announcement, including a lowering of short-run growth and inflation forecasts and long-term growth, unemployment and the Fed funds rate projections.”He said AXA IM believed the FOMC was likely to hike in December, particularly if the Q3 employment cost index shows some signs of revival.“In the interim, we expect speculation to rise that the Fed will not tighten policy this year,” he said.In a global research report, Bank of America Merrill Lynch said the Fed’s decision was about as doveish as it could be for equity investors, with the committee members having committed to watch international developments.“Similar to deferral of Fed tapering in 2013, we see this as supportive to equities given the de-risking already undertaken,” it said.Peter O’Flanagan, head of foreign exchange trading at ClearTreasury, also noted the way the Fed statement referred to worries about the slowdown in the external environment.“Previously, the Fed had indicated it would be focused on the domestic economy when making decisions around rate hikes, but things have certainly changed,” he said.“Now, it is looking at events in China and other emerging markets and their potential impact on global growth.”Although the Fed maintained it still expected to hike this year, O’Flanagan said December was the only real possibility for this to happen.He said he saw the first quarter of next year as a more realistic target.Lee Ferridge, head of North American macro strategy at State Street Global Markets, said the Fed’s international focus had increased the importance of dollar strength, with the US currency being “the doorway by which the global economy affects the domestic one.”“Now it’s a waiting game again, and every upcoming meeting is on the table so long as data and conditions can justify a move,” he said.“However, there is no guarantee the conditions will be satisfactory ahead of the end of 2015.”Meanwhile, Rick Rieder, CIO of fundamental fixed income at BlackRock, said there were strong signals that a rate hike before the end of the year was very probable.Rieder said the timing of the next increase was much less important than the pace of credit tightening, and that the Fed had already said it would be measured in its approach.“It is very clear the Fed’s monetary policy this upcoming cycle will be nothing like the historic tightening cycles of the past in terms of the consistency of movement at each meeting, or the long-term trajectory of significant rate rises,” he said.Felix Wintle, head of US equities at Neptune Investment Management, also said he expected a rate cut this year.“At Neptune, we are still confident the Fed will raise rates in 2015 and believe December is now the most likely time for this,” he said.Even though the language accompanying yesterday’s decision was doveish, rate rises may come quicker than the market expects, he said.Rising rates will change the investment landscape, he said, with a rising rate environment creating winners and losers among sectors and stocks.“This is because, as interest rates rise, so does the cost of capital – i.e. the cost of credit to corporates,” he said.He said this spelled trouble for companies relying on raising capital to run their business and those that were highly geared.At Amundi, Philippe Ithurbide, global head of research, strategy and analysis, and Bastien Drut, head of strategy and economic research, saw December as the most likely time for the FOMC to make its first rate hike.“But it will stay in very gradual mode and, at the most, tighten by 25 basis points per quarter,” they said.Robeco’s chief economist Léon Cornelissen said that, if the economic climate remained favourable, the most likely scenario was for the Fed to make a first modest rate hike in December, followed by an explanatory press conference by Yellen. The US Federal Reserve’s decision yesterday to hold its key interest rate at zero, coupled with its cautious comments and new focus on the possible impact of external factors, means the cost of central bank credit may stay put until next year, according to asset managers and economists.Although most expected a rate rise to happen in December, many analysts also scrutinised comments by Fed chair Janet Yellen following the decision, which were seen as indicating a more doveish attitude to raising interest rates, as well as a downward revision in its long-term rate outlook.At its meeting yesterday, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) left the Fed funds rate unchanged at 0.00-0.25%.At AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM), senior economist David Page said it was important the Fed lowered its long-term rate outlook to 1.8-2.2% from 2-2.3%.last_img read more

ConocoPhillips sells Greater Sunrise stake to Timor-Leste

first_imgConocoPhillips agreed to sell its 30 percent interest in the Greater Sunrise Fields to the government of Timor-Leste for $360 million.Proceeds from this transaction will be used for general corporate purposes, ConocoPhillips said in a statement.“Although we differ with the government on its proposed development plan for Sunrise, we recognize the importance of the field to the nation of Timor-Leste, and the sale of our interest to the government gives them a working interest in this important development,” said Matt Fox, executive vice president, strategy, exploration and technology, at Conoco Phillips.The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2019.The sale gives the government of Timor-Leste interest in the Woodside-operated multi-billion Greater Sunrise LNG project that stalled due to the maritime border dispute between Timor-Leste and Australia.The project received a major boost in March this year when the two governments signed a treaty establishing permanent maritime boundaries as well as a framework to jointly develop the Greater Sunrise gas fields.The fields were discovered in 1974 and hold gross contingent resources of 5.13 Tcf of gas and 225.9 million barrels of condensate, according to Woodside.The Australian LNG player, together with its partners plans on developing the resources through the Sunrise LNG project.When the interest sale deal between ConocoPhillips and the government of Timor-Leste closes, partners in the Sunrise LNG project will include the operator Woodside with a 33.44 percent stake, Timor-Leste government (30 percent), Shell (26.56 percent) and Osaka Gas with a 10 percent stake.last_img read more

Mike Yardley: Cannabis uncertainty is a cop-out

first_imgNewsTalk ZB 8 July 2020Family First Comment: Another Mike on Newstalk ZB (Mike Yardley this time) nails it….“We already have an addiction-fueled mental health crisis in this country, much of which can be sheeted home to recreational cannabis abuse and psychosis. Why risk aggravating that problem even more, by normalising and legitimising dope, by surrendering on the law?”I have a major beef with this mealy-mouthed suggestion from the Chief Science Advisor’s panel that it’s still uncertain whether legalising dope increases harm.We already have an addiction-fueled mental health crisis in this country, much of which can be sheeted home to recreational cannabis abuse and psychosis. Why risk aggravating that problem even more, by normalising and legitimising dope, by surrendering on the law? There are so many unintended consequences, which I don’t believe this panel has fully considered.Let me give you an example of the elevated threat of real harm to you and me. Drug-driving.Last week the Road Transport Forum made their views very clear about the higher risks on our roads if recreational cannabis use is legalised. It raises the stakes on risk.And bear in mind, the number of people being killed by drug impaired drivers on our roads is already higher than those killed by drivers above the legal alcohol limit. Do we want to ratchet that up?Here’s some stats from various North American jurisdictions that legalised dope.Post-legalisation in Colorado, cannabis-related roads deaths increased 151%. In Washington State, they doubled. A quarter of Canadians aged 18-34 who smoke dope admit to driving after consuming, or have been a passenger with someone who just has. Idiots.In a 2018 Colorado State study, 27% of cannabis users admitted to driving high almost daily. And a New Zealand health study found that habitual users of cannabis have about 10 times the risk of causing a road injury or death compared to infrequent or non-users.Ding ding. I hear alarm bells.READ MORE: https://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/on-air/mike-hosking-breakfast/opinion/mike-yardley-cannabis-uncertainty-is-a-cop-out/last_img read more

Largest Caribbean refinery in USVI to close

first_img Share Share NewsRegional Largest Caribbean refinery in USVI to close by: – January 19, 2012 Tweet Sharecenter_img 26 Views   one comment Sharing is caring! USVI Governor John de Jongh. Photo credit: nevisblog.comST CROIX, USVI — The Caribbean’s largest oil refinery in St Croix, US Virgin Islands, is to close down by mid-February because of reduced fuel demand and increased international competition.The Hovensa refinery is a joint venture between the Hess Corporation and Petroleos de Venezuela SA. Losses at the 350,000 barrel-a-day facility have totalled $1.3 billion in the past three years, the company said on Wednesday in a statement. USVI Governor John de Jongh described the announcement as “a complete body blow” for the territory. He said Hovensa generated some $60 million a year in revenue for the local government, which already faces a budget crisis.“Given what we’re going through right now, this is the last bit of news that I wanted to hear,” de Jongh said in a media teleconference.The refinery will be converted to an oil storage terminal, said Brian Lever, president and chief operating officer of Hovensa LLC.“We deeply regret the closure of the Hovensa refinery and the impact on our dedicated people,” Lever said. “We explored all available options to avoid this outcome, but severe financial losses left us with no other choice.”The Hovensa refinery employs 1,200 workers with another 950 contract employees at the site, Alex Moorhead, a Hovensa spokesman, said. About 100 people will be retained to operate the terminal, he said.By Caribbean News Now contributorlast_img read more

Lady Raiders Get Win Over Lady Indians

first_imgThe South Ripley Varsity Volleyball team won in three sets 25-23, 25-17, 25-21 at home tonight against Milan. SR is now 2-0 in the conference.The SR JV won in two sets as well 25-21, 25-22.“It was nice to come out and win in three sets. We had some highs and lows tonight. We played together as a team and worked out of some tough situations that we put ourselves in”. “We go to South Dearborn tomorrow night and then we have another conference match at Southwestern Hanover on Thursday night”. “We just need to keep working hard and cut down on the unforced errors”.  Raiders Coach Robyn Greiwe.SR Stats:  Tori Tucker: 11/13 attacks 6 Kills, 6 blocks 2 BS 4 BA, 9/10 serving 6 points, 5/6 serve receive, 3 digs; Laken Farrell: 14/14 attacks 6 kills, 1 BS 4 BA, 5/8 serving 3 points, 7/7 serve receive 10/10 digs; Mariah Gentile (libero): 19/21 Digs, 17/18 serve receive; Mercedes Bowlng: 15/16 attacks 3 kills, 4 blocks 1 BS 3 BA, 10/12 serving 6 points, 3 digs; Kiley Sparks: 18/21 attacks 10 kills, 4 blocks 2 BS 2 BA, 13/13 serving 6 points, 11 digs; Morgan Peetz: 3/4 attacks 1 kills, 1 BA, 4/4 serve receive; Elizabeth Bodenberg: 39/39 setting 12 Kill Assists, 17/17 serving 13 points; Kayla King: 29/29 setting 10 Kill Assists, 14/14 serving 1 Ace; Julia Rea: 3/3 attacks 1 kill, 3/3 serve receive.last_img read more

Business as usual for Olson at Benton County Speedway

first_imgVINTON, Iowa (July 19) – Tony Olson’s dream season continued Sunday night at Benton County Speedway.In just 34 Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod starts in 2015, Olson earned his 18th feature win, his seventh on the Vinton quarter-mile.Kurt Hogan took the lead from Jake Salisbury following a lap one caution while Olson worked through the pack from a fifth row start. Racing the top side, Olson made his way into the top five after three laps and then found himself challenging Hogan for the lead a handful of laps later.Olson swept around Hogan at the line at the midway point of the 16-lapper, then survived a pair of late stoppages to drive to victory ahead of Danny Dvorak and Matt Petrzelka.Damon Murty also raced to his seventh win of the season in the Ron-Da-Voo Lounge & Deli IMCA Stock Car 18-lapper.Murty started in row five, but a trio of cautions over the first four laps left Murty sitting third for the final restart. He chased Shane Ebaugh back to the green as the lead pair swapped the top spot over the next four laps.Murty took the lead for good on the eighth circuit to drive to victory ahead of Norman Chesmore and Curtis Roster.Mike Burbridge took advantage of his outside front row start in the 20-lap Cassill Motors IMCA Modified feature.Burbridge built a big early lead while Zach Less battled Dennis Betzer for second. Burbridge held a near straightaway advantage by the time Less worked into the runner-up spot on lap eight.Less quickly reeled in Burbridge and made his bid for the lead just past the midway point, taking took over on the 11th circuit. Less led the remainder of the caution-free event to score his first win of the season on his way to the top of the point standings. Burbridge ran second ahead of Troy Cordes.The lead was not the place to be throughout much of the IMCA Hobby Stock headliner.A flat tire briefly sidelined Nathan Ballard midway through the event and a miscue in turn four with two laps to go ended the run for Zach Swanson, who took over after Ballard lost the point.Justin Wacha inherited the lead for a green, white, checker finish allowing him to drive to his second win of the year ahead of Leah Wroten and a hard-charging Ballard.last_img read more