Indiana utility to close all coal plants by 2028

Posted On Dec 31 2020 by

first_imgIndiana utility to close all coal plants by 2028 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Northwest Indiana Times:NIPSCO has a tentative plan to retire its entire coal-fired electricity generation fleet in the next decade, with the majority of its coal-fired generators to be retired in the next five years. The company made the announcement Wednesday at the fourth of five public meetings detailing the development of a new Integrated Resource Plan for the utility.Renewable sources of energy, including wind and solar, along with battery storage, will likely replace its use of coal, according to the company.NIPSCO retired the two coal-fired generators at its Bailly Generating Station along Lake Michigan earlier this year, as part of a plan to reduce its coal-fired generation by half by 2023. That left five still in use.Four coal-fired units at the R.M. Schahfer Generating Station in Wheatfield will be retired no later than 2023, and the one unit at the Michigan City Generating Station by 2028, if the plan is carried out. The Schahfer plant also has gas-fired “peaking units” that ensure a consistent flow of electricity during peak times. The move to retire its 1,800 megawatts of coal-fired generation “will significantly accelerate carbon reductions across the NIPSCO footprint,” the company said in announcing the plan. The reduction will be quicker and of greater magnitude than previously announced targets, which had only included retirement of two of the four Schahfer generators in addition to the Bailly retirement.[NIPSCO President Violet] Sistovaris said advancements in technology and changes in the energy market are the primary drivers of the change in plans. “Retiring our aging coal fleet sooner will cost substantially less compared to our original plans for extending retirements over a longer duration,” she said.More: NIPSCO plan would eliminate coal-fired electricity generation within 10 yearslast_img read more


Building is a balancing act

Posted On Dec 18 2020 by

first_imgHarmonizing Quality, Schedule, and Budget A successful building project requires a common vision of stakeholders. Having everyone on board is paramount – balancing quality, schedule, and budget with individual and team needs can make or break a project. Often these variables are at odds with each other, which makes the planning phase crucial. It also entails a strategic, thoughtful approach.A project manager’s job is to keep things moving… Which means asking the right questions, and setting the right course before building begins. It’s also being nimble enough to adjust to changing project demands and the ability to work together to solve problems. Ultimately, a project manager manages expectations, to ensure clients are pleased with the project not only upon completion but as the years go by.The first step of the project process is the pre-construction phase to align priorities, project requirements, and stakeholder expectations. Through alignment meetings and strategic sessions, stakeholders map an effective strategy based on agreed-upon organizational objectives, including a written statement or Project Charter.Adjusting to project demandsThe CEO’s role is to manage these approved stakeholder expectations throughout construction. Many variables can impact a project, including cost and functionality, and eventually add to or detract from member service. The project manager will guide the CEO through the process with a series of reviews and approvals, and help the CEO to manage change as it occurs during construction. This thorough review and constant check-in process helps to plan for and mitigate risk, and maintain realistic expectations, as the balancing act continues.More about costConsider that a transaction station (or teller line) can have multiple casework design options. For the optimal design, executive management should seek operations and teller feedback on how to best construct the equipment workflow (i.e. printer, monitor, and teller drawer layout). Perhaps not the least expensive solution, a more efficient casework will improve transaction flow and member service.Part of the balance also hinges on decisions about contractors, suppliers, and materials. For example, some materials have a larger initial investment but lead to future savings and improved ROI, such as LED lighting – which has a higher initial cost than incandescent, but offers significant savings over time.SchedulingIf any part of construction lags, costs increase. Here, labor contracts may be extended, property or equipment considerations evaluated or even the local authorities satisfied. As a preventive measure, a project manager should seek approvals from project stakeholders early on, before construction, especially for items with longer lead times, such as steel, glazing, furniture, etc.TeamworkThe importance of team support is never more evident than during the project building process. Leadership can gauge how the internal team operates as a whole and their ability to work under pressure. For the project manager, it can mean continually monitoring project progress, evaluating and aligning outside talent to meet project needs, or managing a project with an emphasis on community ties. It can also be selecting appropriate materials and resources. Balancing all priorities, the project manager will keep the Project Charter on focus and find the right solutions, without decreasing morale. 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Colin Winters Colin has 15 years of project management experience and brings a myriad of expertise to the Momentum team. He guides clients through a constant check-in process throughout construction. He is … Web: www.momentumbuilds.com Detailslast_img read more


Rio Ferdinand and Martin Keown rate Gabriel’s Arsenal debut performance

Posted On Oct 18 2020 by

first_img Comment Gabriel impresses Rio Ferdinand and Martin Keown in goalscoring Arsenal debut Ferdinand and Keown were both impressed with Gabriel’s display (Picture: BT Sport)Picking Gabriel as his Man of the Match, he added: ‘I’m going to go for an area that is an area Arsenal have needed serious attention in and it’s Gabriel. For me you get a clean sheet, you score on your debut, you come in and are as dominant as he was.‘I know he wasn’t asked too many questions, but he’s my Man of the Match. Really happy to see a player of that quality going into the Arsenal defence.’Gabriel lined up in the centre of Arsenal’s back three against Fulham with Rob Holding and Kieran Tierney either side of him, while fellow debutant Willian also performed well and was involved in all three goals.AdvertisementAdvertisementMORE: Emiliano Martinez demands massive Arsenal pay-off as he’s left out of squad vs FulhamMORE: Dani Ceballos squares up to Arsenal teammate Eddie Nketiah during heated pre-match warm upFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement The Brazilian netted his side’s second goal against Fulham on Saturday (Picture: Getty Images)Gabriel made the perfect start to his Arsenal career, scoring and keeping a clean sheet in a 3-0 win against Fulham, and has already impressed two legendary Premier League centre-backs.With David Luiz injured, the summer signing from Lille was picked to start away at Craven Cottage on Saturday and gave an excellent display at both ends of the pitch.As well as keeping a clean sheet and restricting Fulham to barely any chances of note, the defender made 113 passes – the most of any player – and capped his display with a fine headed goal from a corner.center_img Gabriel rose high above Fulham’s defence to head in Willian’s corner (Picture: Getty)The 22-year-old appears to have taken to the Premier League like a duck to water and former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand feels he will provide much more security at the back for Arsenal, though surprisingly was less impressed by his work on the ball.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAsked how the Brazilian had fared after a shaky start, Ferdinand said on BT Sport: ‘Yeah with the ball he looks a little bit… not nervous, but he’s just not accustomed so much to playing in a three as well maybe and new teammates.‘But I thought he grew into it and defensively he’s looked very, very, very sound and very solid. So hopefully more of that to come from Arsenal’s perspective.’He later added: ‘They’ve got two new centre-backs who have come in, Gabriel who played today and looked very, very good, very solid – has all the attributes you want to see in a centre-back.‘And they’ve got William Saliba to come in, another young centre-half. And that’s what they’ve been searching for, players who can bring that consistency. Gabriel for me today he got Man of the Match, and deservedly so.’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 ArsenalFormer Arsenal centre-back Martin Keown was even more glowing in his assessment and felt Gabriel gave a very strong showing on his debut, also naming him as the Man of the Match.‘He’s looked a dominant figure from the off,’ said the former Invincible on commentary duty during the game.‘Some talk about maybe some nervousness in his passing, I wouldn’t have thought he’d played in the middle of a three on too many occasions. But once he got into the game we saw the quality that he has.’ Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 12 Sep 2020 2:34 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kShares Advertisementlast_img read more


Local firm will assemble five US Talgos

Posted On Oct 1 2020 by

first_imgPACIFICA INC, owned by the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers, has won a contract to assemble five Talgo Pendular trainsets in the state of Washington. Three will be used in the Pacific Northwest rail corridor; two are being purchased by Washington and one by Amtrak at $10m each.Gustavo Gonzalez, Executive Vice-President & CEO of Talgo Inc, the US subsidiary of Patentes Talgo SA of Spain,says the company has decided to build two speculative extra sets and market them elsewhere in the USA. Washington’s Secretary of Transportation Sid Morrison called the initiative ’not only a commitment to the future of passenger rail in the US, but also a valuable investment in the local economy.’The first three sets are due to enter service between Eugene, Portland, Seattle and Vancouver during the summer of 1998, under the brand name Cascades, replacing two Talgos currently leased by Washington. However the Portland – Eugene leg will end on June 30 this year unless funding is extended by the Oregon legislature.Amtrak West President Gil Mallery says ’the Cascade service will look and feel like no other passenger train service currently offered in the USA.’ The 12-car trains will have a custom designed green and white livery, and will be hauled by matching new F59PH diesel locos.The interior decor will also be distinctive. Each set will have 206 reserved Coach Class seats arranged 2+2, plus 45 Custom Class seats laid out as 2+1; wheelchair accessibility will be provided in both classes. On-train amenities include public telephones, video and audio programmes, electric power for computers and reclining seats with footrests. Custom Class will offer greater legroom, complimentary beverages, newspapers and access to Amtrak’s first-class lounge in Portland. There will be a bistro car serving light snacks and beverages, a 30-seat dining car offering fresh, local foods and a baggage car with bicycle racks. A service car will supply electrical power. olast_img read more


EU-Led Task Force Taking Shape to Protect Ships in Hormuz

Posted On Sep 28 2020 by

first_imgA European-led maritime protection mission is being established in the Strait of Hormuz, the UK government said.As explained, the aim of the mission is to support safe passage of both crew and cargo in the region.The UK said it “will seek to establish this mission as quickly as possible.” By July 29, the UK destroyer HMS Duncan will arrive in the Gulf region to take over from HMS Montrose.“The new force will be focused on free navigation, bearing in mind that one fifth of the world’s oil, a quarter of its liquefied natural gas – and trade worth half a trillion dollars – passes through the Strait of Hormuz every year,” Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said in a statement to the UK Parliament.“It will not be part of the US maximum pressure policy on Iran because we remain committed to preserving the Iran nuclear agreement.”The move comes following the seizure of Stena Impero, a British-flagged, Swedish-owned tanker by Iran on July 19. Iran claimed the vessel with 23 crew members on board was captured for breaching international maritime law. Stena Impero reportedly turned off its tracker, ignored warnings by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and failed to respond to a distress call sent by an Iranian fishing boat. The IRGC then boarded the tanker, instructing it to sail to the Port of Bandar Abbas.Take a look at the operation carried out by Iranian authorities in the video below:However, the UK said the tanker was passing through the Strait of Hormuz in the Westbound Traffic Lane “in full compliance with international law and the rules of navigation”.Earlier this month, the UK and Gibraltar forces detained the Iranian tanker Grace 1 which was allegedly supplying oil to Syria, a country subject to EU sanctions.“There is simply no comparison between Iran’s illegal seizure of a vessel inside a recognised shipping lane – where the Stena Impero had every right to be – and the enforcement of EU sanctions against a tanker that had freely navigated into the waters of a British Overseas Territory,” Hunt added.The UK Foreign Office recently urged British-flagged vessels to avoid all passage in Iranian waters and in the entire Strait of Hormuz. The UK also raised ISPS Code Security Level for the country’s ships transiting the strait to level 3.All British-flagged ships will be asked to give the UK notice of any intention to pass through the Strait of Hormuz to enable the naval forces to protect them. What is more, the UK is strengthening measures to protect vessels flying the flags of other countries but which have British crew onboard.As informed, there are 1,300 ships on the UK Ship Register. On an average day, two or three ships belonging to the Red Ensign Group pass through the Strait of Hormuz.last_img read more


Mangels awarded Educator of the Year

Posted On Sep 23 2020 by

first_imgGreensburg, IN—The Greensburg Rotary Club #3437 in District #6580 held its annual Educator of the Year award ceremony Monday evening at the Hampton Inn and Suites.The 2019/20 Rotary Educator of the Year Award was presented to Greensburg Community School teacher Scott Mangels.District #6580 Governor Santhana Naidu attended the event which also included previous Educator of the Year award winners from Greensburg and Decatur County School Districts. Also, in attendance was Grant Peters, Principal at Greensburg Community High School and Greensburg Superintendent Tom Hunter. Both leaders spoke about the effort Mangels demonstrates with his students.Greensburg Rotary President Lora Williams presented the award to Scott Mangels, reading the submission from Peters. Mangels thanked many in the room, including former Greensburg Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Arthur Turner, who is also a Greensburg Rotarian. Dr. Turner was superintendent when Mangels was first hired at Greensburg School District.Along with a plaque and the traveling plaque that will be displayed at GCHS for the year, the Rotary Club of Greensburg also provides a cash award for the winner.last_img read more


Mackay gunning for an old friend

Posted On Sep 21 2020 by

first_img Pardew will bring his side to south Wales under pressure after a woeful first-half performance in Monday’s 3-2 defeat at Everton, but Mackay has nothing but praise for his former boss. He said: “I could have been at Newcastle. We had that conversation concerning me going up there as his number two, but it didn’t happen. “I know Alan well, he is a good friend of mine and he has certainly been a mentor for me over the past few years in terms of conversations we have had. “I also played for him, I was his captain at West Ham, and he is a good friend of mine and he has done a very good job at Newcastle. He was given a long-term contract and he has brought stability to that club to an extent. “You look at the recruitment he has orchestrated there in his time and that stability is important in football, and that is what I am trying to do here in terms of staff and recruitment. “The first half on Monday was probably not what he wanted and he probably had words at half-time, he changed things a little bit. “But in the second half they played like the Newcastle I have seen over the years he has been there and they could have nicked a draw, which would have been unbelievable on the night. “So I am expecting a tough game against a team who on their day can take anyone apart.” Cardiff boss Mackay was West Ham captain under Pardew during his playing career, and was approached by the Magpies boss with a view to becoming his assistant at St James’ Park. But the Scot chose to remain at Watford, and has since guided Cardiff to the Barclays Premier League for the first time. Malky Mackay could have been in the Newcastle dug-out at Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday but will have no hesitation in piling the pressure on his mentor and friend Alan Pardew. Press Association While Mackay may have only good things to say about his opposite number, the Scot will be keen to head into the international break with a win which could move Cardiff into the top half of the table. Last weekend’s 2-1 win at Fulham, courtesy of Jordon Mutch’s late strike, was City’s first on the road this term. Pardew has warned his Newcastle players they cannot afford to rely on Yohan Cabaye digging them out of trouble every week. The 27-year-old France international was left out of the starting line-up for Monday night’s defeat at Everton with his manager feeling something had not been quite right with him in training. However, with his side trailing 3-0 at half-time and in danger of succumbing to a humiliating defeat, Pardew threw Cabaye on and watched him orchestrate a fightback which came up just short as they lost 3-2. The Frenchman is likely to be restored on Saturday, when his manager will hope for more of the same, although he admits an over-reliance on a man who was coveted by Arsenal during the summer would be a dangerous thing. Asked if Cabaye’s display at Everton illustrated why it was so important for Newcastle to retain his services, Pardew said: “Yes, but we mustn’t rely on him. “His forward passing, his forward thinking got us back into the game, but there will be times when he is not there and we need to have that same attitude. “But the answer to your question is he is very important. He’s a great player and this club needs great players. “He is one of the players who gives us the consistency of performance every week, and that’s what some of our guys are searching for.” Newcastle head for South Wales needing a victory to rekindle their season after successive league defeats by Hull and the Toffees, and in the circumstances, Cabaye’s name on the teamsheet would come as a welcome boost. Pardew said: “He has trained this week since the game with no problems, and I don’t see any issue with him in terms of starting this particular game.” Whether or not he will be joined by striker Papiss Cisse remains to be seen after the Senegal international was also not selected for the team at Everton despite ending his 11-game goal drought in the 2-0 Capital One Cup victory over Leeds the previous week. The form of loan signing Loic Remy, who has scored three times in his last two games for the club, has in part mitigated Cisse’s barren spell. The Magpies sit in 16th place in the league table – where they finished last season – just three points clear of the drop zone. last_img read more


Blues have the edge

Posted On Sep 20 2020 by

first_img Captain Andy Waterworth put last season’s Danske Bank Premiership runners-up ahead in the 57th minute and Guy Bates added a second in the 73rd minute to leave Linfield in a healthy position heading to the Faroe Islands. It is not looking so good for two of Northern Ireland’s other representatives though, with Glentoran and Glenavon both suffering home defeats. Cup-winners Glentoran were beaten 4-1 by MSK Zilina of Slovakia, for whom Matej Jelic (13), Jakub Paur (20), Lukas Cmelik (59) and Ernest Mabouka (81) struck the goals. Conor McMenamin got Glentoran on the scoresheet, but they face a huge task to get through. Glenavon also have work to do, but not as much as Glentoran, as they were beaten 2-1 by Belarus side Shakhtyor Soligorsk. It looked set to be a bad night for the hosts at Mourneview Park when Mikhail Afanasiev and Dmitri Komarovski put the visitors 2-0 up inside 30 minutes, but Mark Patton’s 86th-minute strike has given Glenavon a lifeline. In-form SSE Airtricity League Premier Division side St Patrick’s were unable to extend their five-match domestic winning streak as they lost 2-1 at Skonto Riga. Saints took a 21st-minute lead through Aaron Greene’s fine volley but the visitors failed to make the most of their chances and ended up paying the price as Skonto snatched victory with goals from Arturs Karasausks (38) and Vladislavs Gutkovskis (65). Cork City were held 1-1 at home by Icelandic side KR Reykjavik, captain Alan Bennett’s 19th-minute strike being cancelled out by Oskar Orn Hauksson nine minutes later, but University College Dublin did manage to claim a victory. UCD, who play in the Airtricity League first division after being relegated from the Premier Division at the end of the 2014 season, were handed a place in the competition when the Republic of Ireland was granted an extra berth for its third place in UEFA’s Fair Play League. And they got off to a winning start as Ryan Swan’s goal on the stroke of half-time earned them a 1-0 home triumph over Luxembourg club Dudelange. There were mixed results for the three Welsh clubs in action, with Newtown picking up a win but Airbus UK and Bala both losing. Bala were beaten 3-1 away by Differdange, although it could have been even worse for the Welsh Premier runners-up as they found themselves trailing 3-0 inside 26 minutes through goals from Omar Er Rafik, Gauthier Caron and Dejvid Sinani before Ian Sheridan pulled a goal back before the break . Broughton also suffered a 3-1 loss. They took a 28th-minute lead at home to Lokomotiva Zagreb through Wayne Riley but then conceded goals to Damir Sovsic (48), Mirko Maric (61) and substitute Marko Kolar (68) and only prevented a fourth thanks to goalkeeper James Coates, who saved a late penalty from Sovsic. It was a better night for Newtown, for whom Jason Oswell scored a stoppage-time winner to give them a 2-1 lead to take to Maltese side Valletta. Luke Boundford’s 40th-minute opener was cancelled out by Jhonnattann midway through the second half but Valletta lost captain Ian Azzopardi to a red card with five minutes to go, and Newtown capitalised through Oswell. Linfield struck twice in the second half to earn a 2-0 win over NSI Runavik in the first leg of their Europa League first qualifying round tie. Press Associationlast_img read more


Smalta Girls Pee Wee Football competition…..

Posted On Sep 19 2020 by

first_imgSt Angela’s and St. Pius move into semis, -West and South Ruimveldt also advanceTHE semi-finalists for this year’s Smalta Girls Pee Wee schools’ football competition have been decided following action yesterday at the Ministry of Education ground,Carifesta Avenue.In the first of the quarter-final games, enterprise surrendered to South Ruimveldt 2-0 with strikes from Raven Jacobs (17th) and Shania Sealey (26th).They will be joined by St Angela’s who prevailed over St. Stephens 1-0 through Nikosi St. Jules.Game three was keenly contested between St Pius and North Georgetown with eventual winners St Pius opening the scoring through Donna Lowe (5th) minute and then doubling the lead in the 20th through Kerry Boyce. North Georgetown scored its consolation goal through Alicia James in the 26th and seemed to be on course for a tie when time ran out on them.West Ruimveldt, in game four booked their spot in the finals,compliment of an own goal by St Agnes in the 19th while Amanda McPherson sealed the deal in the 29th.In the semi-finals billed for tomorrow, South Ruimveldt will take on St. Angela’s while West Ruimveldt does battle against St. Pius.In the 9-16 section, F.E Pollard overcame Redeemer 2-1 with a brace from Talia Wharton (5th and 8th) while the consolation goal came from Oldacia Wilson (13th) while Winfer Garden won via walkover against St. Gabriel.Game three saw another walkover, this time for Tucville over Stella Maris while Smith’s memorial won via the same route over St. Margaret’sAlso carded for tomorrow is the 13-16 Section where St. Margaret’s plays St. Gabriel and Stella Maris takes on Redeemer. In the 9-12 match, Smith Memorial opposes Winfer Gardens while Tucville plays F.E. PollardIn the 5-8 class, Enterprise is carded to play St. Stephen’s while North Georgetown laces up to face St. Agnes.last_img read more


The Latest: Swiss Indoors tennis tournament canceled

Posted On Sep 18 2020 by

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Swiss Indoors tennis tournament has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Latest: Swiss Indoors tennis tournament canceled Associated Press Organizers say it would be “irresponsible and logistically difficult to go ahead” amid uncertainty about public health and the economy.Tournament head Roger Brennwald says “social distancing or matches played behind closed doors were out of the question for us from the start.”Roger Federer is a 10-time champion at the tournament in his hometown of Basel but he was set to miss the 50th edition of the event. He is skipping the rest of the 2020 season to let his right knee recover from two surgeries.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports July 14, 2020last_img read more