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first_img“Public transport use is very low at present and the Government needs to be putting in place better public transport options for after the covid crisis. It should not be funnelling the funds into environmentally destructive high speed train lines. Our Oxfordshire community has very limited use for HS2 yet our taxes are paying a heavy price towards it. Estimates of eventual cost suggest that HS2 could cost over £100bn or over £300 million per mile of track.” The protest against HS2 is being led by Chris Packham, TV naturalist and presenter. Members of Extinction Rebellion Oxford have been some of the most active protesters in campaigning against HS2, which they describe as “the most environmentally-damaging development currently occurring.” Image Credit: Feng Ho. Michael Taylor of Extinction Rebellion Oxford told Cherwell:  “HS2 claims to expand capacity on the rail network but it does this in the most expensive, least useful, least effective, most destructive way. It is a classic white elephant.” Members of the environmental group Extinction Rebellion dressed up as a white elephant and walked through the city centre in protest of HS2. center_img Jessica Upton of Extinction Rebellion Oxford said: “I’m very pleased to hear Chris Packham announce a petition to get HS2 stopped. The money being squandered on the white elephant that is HS2 should be used for reopening disused lines (eg from Oxford to Witney) and the full electrification of the rail system.” “It is not going to have a significant effect in taking drivers out of their cars or freight off the roads, it is simply a faster way of train travel for people who would already travel by train.” HS2 is a high speed railway project linking up London to the Midlands, the North, and Scotland. A white elephant has, in modern usage, become synonymous with a building project or scheme that is considered expensive without adding use or value to society.last_img read more


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first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare VP Mike Pence Ask Voters To Support Mike BraunOCTOBER 15TH, 2018 TOWNSEND OUTLAW CAMPAIGN 2018, INDIANAMidterm elections are just weeks away, and politicians on both sides of the aisles are working to rally voters.Especially Republicans, Vice President Mike Pence kicked off the Indiana “Right Track Results” Tour in Indianapolis, Saturday, October 13th. He was calling on Hoosiers to vote for Senate nominee Mike Braun, and other Republicans running for Governmental seats in Indiana.The Vice President is touting the low employment rate under President Trump.Vice President Mike Pence stated at the rally, “Twenty-four days from today, we need Indiana to re-elect our great statewide team. We need Indiana to re-elect our great majorities at the General Assembly and Indiana and America need Mike Braun in the United States Senate.”Ahead of the midterm elections, former Vice President Joe Biden rallied Democratic voters in Hammond, Indiana rallying for Senate candidate Joe Donnelly on Friday, October 12th.last_img read more


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first_imgBakery supplier Butt Foods has appointed Chris Collings and Helen Procter to its management team.Helen Procter has taken on the role of technical manager and Chris Collings is becoming product development manager.Procter has worked in the food manufacturing industry since 2009, for several high-profile firms.Her role at Butt Foods includes ensuring all processes meet legal requirements, along with food safety and consumer satisfaction.Collings has 15 years of bakery experience and has been in the food sector for 18 years.“Both Helen and Chris bring many years of experience to their roles and I am very pleased to welcome them to the Butt Foods team. We have some exciting plans for the business this year, including the launch of new products,” said Dan Butt, managing director at Butt Foods.The appointments follow the firm’s preparation to celebrate its 30th anniversary later this year.“As one of the leading speciality naan and flatbread producers in the UK, Butt Foods is committed to building on the success that has been achieved.”Butt Foods is based in Nottingham and supplies naans, flatbreads and sub rolls.last_img read more


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first_imgToday, Turkuaz has added six tour dates to their already extensive “Life In The City Tour”. Turkuaz’s lengthy tour comes in support of their recently released album, Life In The City, which marks Turkuaz’s fifth album, following up 2015’s Digitonium. Notably, one of the album’s nine tracks, “If I Ever Fall Asleep”, was produced by Talking Heads keyboardist Jerry Harrison and engineered by ET Thorngren.The newly added dates will see the nine-piece funk outfit play Snowmass Village, CO’s Bud Light Hi Fi Concert Series on March 5th, before stops at Kansas City, MO’s Knuckleheads (3/7); St. Louis, MO’s Delmar Hall (3/8); Milwaukee, WI’s Miramer Theatre (3/9); Detroit, MI’s El Club (3/10); and Louisville, KY’s Gravely Brewing on March 14th.Tickets for the newly announced shows go on sale this Friday, January 18th at 10 a.m. local time. For ticketing and more information, head to the band’s website here.Turkuaz “Life In The City Tour” (newly added dates bolded):January 23 Fayetteville, AR @ George’s Majestic LoungeJanuary 24 Dallas, TX @ Deep Ellum Art CompanyJanuary 25 Austin, TX @ Antone’sJanuary 26 Houston, TX @ Last Concert Café^^January 29 Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole ^^January 30 Phoenix, AZ @ Last Exit Live ^^January 31 Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up ^^February 1 Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom ^^February 2 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore ^^February 5 Ashland, OR @ Ashland Armory $$February 6 Bend, OR @ Domino Room $$February 7 Eugene, OR @ HiFi Music Hall $$February 8 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom $$February 9 Seattle, WA @ Neumos $$February 10 Bellingham, WA @ Wild Buffalo $$February 12 Missoula, MT @ Top Hat Lounge ++February 13 Bozeman, MT @ The Rialto ++February 15 Frisco, CO @ 10 Mile Music Hall ++February 16 Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre ++March 5 Snowmass Village, CO @ Bud Lite Hi Fi Concert SeriesMarch 7 Kansas City, MO @ Knuckleheads ^^March 8 St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall ^^March 9 Milwaukee, WI @ Miramar Theatre ^^March 10 Detroit, MI @ El Club ^^March 14 Louisville, KY @ Gravely BrewingMarch 15-16 Columbus, OH @ St. Fatty’s Daze FestivalApril 21 Atlanta, GA @ Sweetwater 420 FestivalMay 3 New Orleans, LA @ Tipitina’sMay 26 Napa, CA @ Bottle Rock Festival^^ with Paris Monster$$ with Object Heavy++ Eminence EnsembleView All Tour Dateslast_img read more


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first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 1, 2015 View Comments Related Shows Audiences now have a little more time to go fish. The Broadway production of Larry David’s Fish in the Dark has extended its run once again. The show, which had previously announced an extension through July 18, will now play the Cort Theatre through August 1. The Anna D. Shapiro-helmed production currently stars Jason Alexander and Glenne Headly.The show follows a family (in the loosest sense of the word) in the aftermath of the death of their patriarch. David originated the part of Norman Drexel before passing the role on to Alexander. Alexander, a Tony winner for Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, played George Costanza—a role based on David himself—in Seinfeld.In addition to Alexander and Headly, the cast of Fish in the Dark includes Rosie Perez, Jayne Houdyshell, Ben Shenkman, Lewis J. Stadlen, Jake Cannavale, Marylouise Burke, Jerry Adler, Jenn Lyon, Jonny Orsini, Molly Ranson, Maria Elena Ramirez, Rachel Resheff, Joel Rooks, Jeff Still, Kenneth Tigar and Richard Topol. Fish in the Darklast_img read more


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first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Washington Examiner:The Trump administration has until December to save the largest coal-fired power plant in the West, but the prospects for the plant burning coal after 2019 are questionable.The deliberations over the Navajo Generating Station in Arizona are beginning to heat up after months of confidential, behind-the-scenes negotiations to secure new owners. The talks will continue into next year even after Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signs off on a key environmental determination for the plant and approves a lease extension by Dec. 1.Zinke ramped up efforts to save the plant after low natural gas prices prompted the owners to decide to close the plant by the end of the year. A temporary lease agreement was forged to keep the plant running until the end of 2019 or until a longer-term solution can be created.Resuscitating the plant could be the first test of President Trump’s resolve to restore demand for coal in the electricity sector, especially since the the government is a majority stakeholder in the plant it is seeking to save. The Interior Department owns a 24 percent stake in the power plant.“We’re looking at it more from an overall preventing the premature closure of coal plants because we think they’re important to grid resilience and reliability,” said Michelle Bloodworth, the chief operating officer of the pro-coal industry group American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity.A member of her group, coal mining company Peabody, is heavily involved in the negotiations. Bloodworth’s group will be working with the administration on developing new coal incentives proposed late last month by Energy Secretary Rick Perry that reinforce the value of coal plants such as the Navajo station, instead of scrapping them in favor of lower-cost natural gas plants.The Energy Department proposal looks to provide market incentives for coal plants that can store 90 days worth of fuel on site to maintain grid reliability during supply disruptions.The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is on an accelerated path to put out a rule creating the incentives in roughly the same time frame that Zinke has to sign off on the Navajo plant’s lease extension. The public comment period on the FERC’s proposed rule ends Monday. But it is not clear if the FERC plan would help make the economics better for the Navajo station beyond helping underscore the administration’s position that coal is necessary for a stable grid.Arizona utility commissioner Andy Tobin used the FERC plan in a letter this month to the power plant’s owners to emphasize its national security relevance and the need for the owners to maintain the plant as they prepare to leave in mid-December. The owners include the consortium Salt River Project, Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation, and utilities Tucson Electric Power, Nevada Power, and Arizona Public Service Co. The Salt River Project managed Interior’s stake in the power plant. Peabody operates the coal mine that feeds the plant.Tobin fears the owners will renege on their obligations to maintain the plant in the waning days of ownership, he told the Washington Examiner. Proponents say the plant’s continuing operation is necessary to support the Navajo and Hopi tribes that rely on it as a source of economic vitality, jobs and electricity, while the plant’s owners say it would mean higher prices for customers.“The owners made the difficult decision to end their participation in NGS because of the changing economics of the utility industry – primarily the cost of natural gas compared to coal generation,” said Scott Harelson, spokesman for the Salt River Project.“Our economic assessment remains the same today,” he said. “The owners continue to believe that operating the plant beyond 2019 would not be beneficial for their customers.”The plant is the largest coal-fired generator in the western half of the country and has its own dedicated mine to keep it running without disruption. Iif the plant closes, so does that mine.The plant was slated to close at the end of this year, but the Navajo leadership, which leases the land that the plant operates on, agreed to extend it through Dec. 2019.The new lease was approved in June, which means the plant will continue to generate electricity and employ workers for at least the next two years while the Interior Department figures out how to keep the plant running.The new lease also delays the laborious decommissioning process of scuttling the plant.Peabody Energy, the owner of the Kayenta Mine that feeds the power plant, is looking for a new consortium of owners, who would see a future in continuing to operate the coal-fired facility beyond 2019.An official with Peabody said it found a potential owner, who will begin evaluating running the power plant. The news satisfies an Oct. 1 deadline with the plant owners to secure a buyer. But the negotiations on a final agreement won’t be held until next year.“Lazard believes the Navajo Generating Station is a critical resource in the region for power generation and resource diversity, and from a total regional economic impact perspective,” said George Bilicic with the firm Lazard Fréres & Co. LLC, who is leading the transition process for Peabody. “Lazard took on this project because we believe there will be an optimal path forward that solves the needs of the many stakeholders involved, including the Navajo, Hopi and ratepayers in Arizona.”Continuing to burn coal at the big plant with its nearly 800 feet tall smokestacks is still in question. But that will hopefully be worked out in the Jan. 2018 – Dec. 2019 timeframe, according to industry and government officials.“We have been holding our breath to get it through 2019,” DuBray said. “I think we are optimistic” that the new lease will be approved before Jan. 1 and the process to transition the plant proceeds, he said.Zinke must sign off on the assessment and draft finding before the middle of December, when the Salt River owners leave. DuBray said the final environmental assessment will be complete by Dec. 1.The Bureau of Reclamation wants to “extend the lease of the plant beyond 2019 and then begin the retirement after 2019,” he said. “We are trying to provide some breathing room in this timeline.”More: Trump administration scrambles to save largest coal plant in the West No Progress in Negotiations to Save Arizona Coal Plantlast_img read more


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first_imgBaby Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles, the most endangered in the world, hatched on Hilton Head Island last week and made their way into the surf, where they will begin the long and difficult journey to survive. The newly hatched Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles were the first ever recorded on Hilton Head Island and only the forth known Kemp’s Ridley turtles to have hatched in South Carolina. The critically endangered species is the smallest of the eight species of sea turtles. They grow up to two feet in length and weigh 75- 100 pounds when fully grown.  Dominion presented evident that the mandates required by Senate Bill 966 will cost customers more than $6 billion in addition to the $12.1 billion in capital investments the company believes are necessary, which will be paid for by Virginia customers. The costs will impact the rates customers will pay monthly. By the end of 2023, the estimated monthly increase to customers will be nearly $30 for the average residential customer.  The property is not yet open to the public and it could take two years before day-use amenities are planned and developed. The protection of the land bridges a conservation gap between the Table Rock Watershed and the North Saluda Watershed and will continue to provide a home for many rare species including Rafinesque’s big-eared bat, the green salamander, the showy orchis, black bear and a newly discovered species of trillium, known as the Jones Gap trillium. World’s most endangered sea turtles hatch on SC beach An analysis conducted by the USA Today Network shows that, while the number of people visiting the national parks continues to rise, the number of park law enforcement rangers is in decline. Data shows the number of employed law enforcement rangers has dropped more than 20 percent since 2005. As of June 2019, there were 1,766 full-time and seasonal rangers employed by the park service. In contrast, over 318 million people visited national parks in 2018.  Nature Conservancy adds 955 acres to SC Jones Gap State Park Analysis shows that the number of park rangers is in declinecenter_img Virginia’s State Corporation Commission has approved Dominion Energy’s long-range plan that they had previously rejected, stating that Dominion’s “Integrated Resource Plan (IRP)” meets the minimum legal requirements but would significantly increase customer’s monthly bills. The IRP is Dominion’s plan for the necessary capital investments it needs to provide electricity service over the next 15 years.  A state park in upper Greenville County, South Carolina, is growing. Jones Gap State Park has acquired an additional 955 acres thanks to a donation from the Nature Conservancy to the SC Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism. The Nature Conservancy purchased the donated land in 2017 for $3.7 million.  This decline is on par with an overall drop in park service staffing, which has also fallen 20 percent over the past ten years. According to data obtained from the park service, the number of “full-time equivalent” staff members, which includes permanent, temporary and seasonal workers, has dropped from 27,484 in June 2010 to 22,076 in June 2019.  Virginia SCC approves Dominion Energy plan, warns of increased cost to customers The drop in law enforcement staffing may mean that endangered visitors will have to wait longer for help, increasing safety risks to those that visit the parks. last_img read more


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first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit Union Times latest Women to Watch recipient Credit Union of New Jersey’s Vice President of Marketing/Business Development Robin Hickey joins us on the program to discuss some of the keys to her credit union’s success last year — along what her role was in helping drive that success. Robin provides a myriad of examples, as well as some failures from which she learned important lessons to overcome and exceed expectations.In addition, we also talked about a unique partnership/CUSO her credit is involved in to implement a new core processor later this year. Credit Union of New Jersey and two other credit unions have teamed up to pool their resources — as only CUs can — to purchase and install a new core processing system. This joint effort allowed the credit unions to incorporate new technology, when normally they may not have been able to by themselves. Great teamwork story, as well. continue reading »last_img read more


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first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Financial institutions have bristled at the success of online “marketplace lenders” for some time.These firms have built high profiles and even higher valuations by encroaching on what has long been considered financial institutions’ turf: extending moderate-sized personal and small business loans.So when marketplace lenders encountered difficulty recently in reselling loans to the secondary market to free up capital—an obstacle that sent valuations tumbling, and led to executives getting fired—credit unions understandably could be tempted to say, “I told you so.”That would be a missed opportunity.Notwithstanding the shortcomings of their business model, marketplace lenders have clearly demonstrated that consumer and small business demand exists for a new credit delivery vehicle. continue reading »last_img read more


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first_imgBush told Reid not everyone shares her set of priorities, but that it’s not damaging her relationships with her peers. “I have a relationship with all of the people on the caucus. A lot of them that are saying that this was hurtful, but what’s hurtful for me is the people in my community dying,” Bush said. “What’s hurtful is St. Louis being No. 1 for police killings since 2013, for six years straight, according to some research.”St. Louis had the most shootings per capita, according to a 2017 Vice News analysis of data from 50 of the nation’s largest police departments. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch listed 30 police shootings in the St. Louis area this year alone.- Advertisement – “I’m not trying to hurt anybody’s district or (prevent) anybody from keeping their seats,” Bush said. “I’m not looking at feelings though. I’m looking at life. I’m trying to save lives.”In her interview with Reid, Bush weighed in on a diverse set of topics from Democratic political strategy to health care as President Donald Trump’s administration vigorously tries to snuff out former President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare reform effort, the Affordable Care Act, in a Supreme Court case. Get this: Republicans are actually attempting to argue that because Congress got rid of a penalty attached to the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that most Americans get health insurance, that the whole act should be struck down. Even the court’s conservative justices aren’t buying that one.- Advertisement – “So many children have been knocked off of the Medicaid rolls, and it’s been OK by our local government,” Bush said. The registered nurse added that millions of people in her state are going to be affected by the Supreme Court’s decision, including those with preexisting conditions. Missouri residents voted 53.3% to 46.7% to approve a constitutional amendment that will expand who is eligible for Medicaid. The expansion, which covers Missouri residents earning up to 133% of the federal poverty level, is an optional part of the Affordable Care Act for states, and the federal government pays for 90% of the costs. Bush said complaints that Medicaid is “a burden on our system” miss the mark. “When your family member shows up to the hospital, I don’t pay attention to what insurance they have. I make sure that your family member is taken care of.”RELATED: Trump finds hostile audience in Roberts, Kavanaugh in effort to destroy Obamacare- Advertisement – RELATED: The Supreme Court hears one more ‘laughably weak’ challenge to ObamacareRELATED: Want to flip a state blue? Stacey Abrams drops major key, and she would knowThe Georgia runoff is Jan. 5. Request an absentee ballot by Nov. 18. Early in-person voting starts Dec. 14. And REGISTER TO VOTE here by Dec. 7.And give $3 right now to rip the Senate majority from Mitch McConnell’s cold dead hands. – Advertisement –last_img read more


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