EIA: U.S. coal exports will drop by more than 15% in 2019

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):The U.S. Energy Information Administration projects that coal producers will export slightly more in the second, third and fourth quarters of 2019 than in the first quarter, but total traffic out of the U.S. will still fall 15.3% in 2019 compared to 2018.The EIA forecast that coal exports will total 97.9 million tons this year, down from 115.6 million in 2018, according to its latest “Short-Term Energy Outlook.” Seaborne shipments are expected to fall another 4.7% in 2020 to 93.3 million tons, though metallurgical exports are projected to remain stable at 51.3 million tons in 2019 and 2020, following a 16.6% drop from 2018 to 2019. Thermal exports are projected to fall 13.9% year over year to 46.6 million tons in 2019 and then by another 9.7% in 2020 to 42.1 million tons.Overall coal production is projected to decline 7.4% to 699.8 million tons this year and by another 8.8% to 638.1 million tons in 2020. In 2019, the administration expects to see the largest decline in output from western producers, which are anticipated to produce 382.2 million tons this year, an 8.6% drop from 2018.The administration expects coal’s share of power generation to decline from 27% in 2018 to an average of 24% in 2019 and 22% in 2020. Nuclear’s share of generation is expected to remain at or around 19% in 2019 and 2020. Hydropower generation is slated to account for about 7% of total generation in 2019 and 2020, about on par with 2018 levels. Other renewable generation, including wind and solar, is projected to see an uptick from 10% of electricity generation to 11% in 2019 and 13% in 2020. Wind is slated to pass hydropower for the first time to become the leading source of renewable resource generation in 2019 and 2020.“EIA expects emissions to fall in 2019 and in 2020 as forecast temperatures return to near normal after a warm summer and cold winter in 2018 and because the forecast share of electricity generated from natural gas and renewables increases while the forecast share generated from coal, which produces more CO2 emissions, decreases,” the EIA said in the report.More ($): EIA projects 15.3% drop in coal exports this year despite quarterly rise EIA: U.S. coal exports will drop by more than 15% in 2019last_img read more

‘Miracle on 34th Street’ Works Its Holiday Magic at Northport’s Engeman Theater

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York It began to feel a lot like Christmas  when the musical version of one of the most heartwarming  holiday classics of all time,  Miracle on  34th Street, enlivened the stage at Northport’s John W. Engeman Theater right before Thanksgiving.A holiday show is a genre all its own. It must be family friendly, and evoke nostalgia and sentimentality while it tugs on our heartstrings, yet have music and glitz that fire up the imagination.Directed by Richard Dolce, the theater’s producing artistic director, Miracle on 34th Street delivers this and so much more.Valentine Davies’ sentimental tale, which pits the yearnings of our inner child against the dictates of reason, inspired the Academy Award-winning 1947 movie starring Maureen O’Hara and Natalie Wood. The book, music and lyrics for the musical were penned by Meredith Willson of The Music Man fame. The extremely gifted composer, songwriter and playwright’s deep understanding of human nature shines throughout this production.This show transports us back to Manhattan in the early ’60s. It’s Thanksgiving morning, and families are embracing the gaiety of the season and anticipating the big parade. Doris Walker, a single mother and Macy’s Department Store executive, has the challenge of orchestrating the festive procession down to the letter.Soured by a failed marriage, Doris is all work and no play, a staunch pragmatist who has discouraged her young daughter Susan from believing in anything remotely imaginative, including Santa Claus.Yet after Susan develops a relationship with  charismatic Fred Gailey, a retired marine captain who is about to embark on a career as an attorney, she cannot help but start to believe in the Jolly Old Elf and long for a father.Meanwhile, back at Macy’s, a  major stumbling block is miraculously  averted when a rosy-faced gentleman bearing  an uncanny resemblance to Santa Claus—and going  by the unlikely name of Kris Kringle—steps up replace  the shamefully drunken gentleman hired to greet the kids in the toy department.Kringle, who genuinely loves children, more than fits the bill and accomplishes the inconceivable by promoting good will between Macy’s and its rival, Gimbel’s. Here, Kringle breaks the fourth wall by distributing candy canes to the audience, adding to the festivity.When Kringle indicates that he really believes that he is Santa, he is subjected to a psychological brow-beating by Dr. Sawyer, an egotistical psychologist, and threatened with commitment to Bellevue Hospital.Willson’s treatment of the romantic subplot adds new dimension to the story. Doris and Fred immediately get off on the wrong foot, and express their mutual disdain in the delightful duet, “Look, Little Girl.” There seems to be no common ground between Fred, a confirmed bachelor who refers to women as dames, and Doris, a smart cookie who has succeeded in breaking Macy’s glass ceiling. Yet, their body language says otherwise, especially when Fred unexpectedly kisses Doris, and she kisses him back. Can these opposites really attract?The action really heats up in Act II. I particularly enjoyed “She Hadda Go Back,” a delicious slice of musical repartee between Fred and his card-playing buddies during which Fred parades his knowledge of female reasoning.Fred must somehow defend Kringle’s sanity and his honor by proving that the man is really Santa. Will this mission impossible be Kris’s undoing? The shenanigans that animate the courtroom are  worth the price of admission.Kevin McGuire, who plays Kringle, is a consummate professional who has appeared in Les Miserables,  Phantom of the Opera and The Secret Garden. He begins to cast his spell as soon as he steps on stage, and the result is pure magic.It is through the eyes of little Susan Walker that we navigate what we know to be true and our heart’s desire. She is alternately played  by Meaghan Marie McInnes and Sophia  Eleni Kekllas. Meaghan, who performed the night that I attended, is incredibly endearing. She graces the stage with great poise and she has a beautiful singing voice. When she smiles, you can’t help but be smitten.Many may remember Kim Carson, who plays the doubting Thomasina Doris Walker, from her starring roles in Engeman’s The Music Man, South Pacific, and Camelot. She delivers an astoundingly charismatic performance and her singing is outstanding.  Her Act II solo, “Love Come Take Me,” brought tears to my eyes.The chemistry between Carson and Aaron Ramey, who plays Fred, her romantic sparring partner, rings true. Ramey, who has appeared on stage and on television, excels as a man who has unwittingly met his match.A number of actors rein in the laughs with their own unique blend of comedy.  These include Matt Wolpe (as Marvin Shellhammer) and John Little (Dr. Sawyer). I particularly loved the humorous song, “That Man Over There,” as delivered by R.H. Macy (Bill Nolte) and the ensemble during Kringle’s commitment hearing at the New York Supreme Court.Kathleen Doyle’s costumes—the  plaid dresses, the wonderful cloth coats—will have you nostalgic for this bygone era.I believe that this is the ninth production that Antoinette DiPietropolo has choreographed for the Engeman Theater, and as always, her work is outstanding.Miracle on 34th Street  runs through January 4. Tickets can be purchased at the theater’s box office, 250 Main St, Northport, or by calling 261-2900 or going to: www.engemantheater.com.  (Photo credit: John W. Engeman Theater)last_img read more

House stopgap bill would fund gov’t through Dec. 11

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr House Democrats Monday introduced legislation to prevent a government shutdown and provide funding for federal agencies through Dec. 11. Current federal funding is set to expire at midnight Sept. 30; NAFCU consistently advocates for continuous government funding to provide stability and certainty to credit unions and their members.While the House has passed its fiscal year 2021 spending package, the Senate has yet to do so. In addition to providing funding for federal agencies through Dec. 11, the House proposal extends funding for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) through Sept. 30, 2021. However, it does not provide any additional coronavirus-related relief funding, nor an administration-sought provision to provide assistance to farmers.The House is expected to vote on the short-term funding proposal this week. If the Senate amends the bill after it is sent to the chamber, the House would have to vote again on the package before it heads to the President. continue reading »last_img read more

Crews respond to building fire on Albert Street

first_imgThe investigation into the cause is in its early stages. The 12 News crew on the scene could see smoke billowing from the building addressed as 65 and 67 Albert Street. Binghamton Fire assisted on the scene. Jacyna said the crews had the fire out without 5-10 minutes. Johnson City Fire Chief Rob Jacyna said there were no injuries as of Sunday night at the scene. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — Emergency crews say they responded to a building fire on Albert Street in Johnson City late Sunday night.last_img read more

Plastic bag ban enforced starting Monday

first_imgWhile paper bags will still be available, the DEC Commissioner said they are encouraging shoppers to bring their own bags to the stores with them and to reuse for their next trip. The ban is in place in an effort to limit waste and pollution brought about by the use of plastic bags. The ban encourages the use of paper bags that are able to decompose naturally. NEW YORK (WBNG) — The plastic bag ban that went into effect on March 1 of this year hasn’t been enforced, but soon will be. center_img The DEC says due to a lawsuit taken to the U.S. Supreme Court, the ban on plastic bags is allowed to take effect and will be enforced starting on Monday, Oct. 19th. last_img read more

Councilors defer selection of Anies’ deputy governor until after COVID-19 emergency

first_imgPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo himself has urged everyone to stay at home.Farazandi said the committee had ensured that COVID-19 precautionary measures would be properly implemented at the meeting, including body temperature scans and the use of disinfectant. It has also decided to limit the meeting to two hours only.The Jakarta City Council initially planned to hold the confirmation hearing on Monday. Council speaker Prasetyo Edi Marsudi said on March 20 that the hearing would be delayed until further notice as a result of the coronavirus.The deputy governor’s seat has been left vacant for more than a year since the former deputy governor, Gerindra Party politician Sandiaga Uno, resigned in August 2018 to become the running mate of then-presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto in the 2019 election.Read also: Jakarta’s long search for deputy governor postponed over COVID-19 fearsAfter the emergence of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country, the feasibility of holding the plenary meeting has come into question as the central government and the city administration have advised against large-scale meetings to prevent wider transmission of the coronavirus.As of Thursday, Indonesia had reported 790 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 58 fatalities. The capital city itself had 472 cases with 43 deaths, making it the country’s COVID-19 epicenter.The Jakarta administration has promoted physical distancing by closing schools, tourism destinations and entertainment venues in the capital, as well as by urging corporations to allow their employees to work remotely until April 5. Jakarta civil servants are now allowed to work from home, including those working at City Council.Titi Anggraini, the director of the Association for Elections and Democracy (Perludem), an election watchdog, criticized the councilors for using the outbreak as a justification “to speed up” the plenary meeting.“As if the coronavirus situation legitimizes their sluggish performance over the past months. Now the people are the ones impacted,” she said.She said that good governance must be upheld, calling on Jakarta City Council to start the confirmation hearing only after the outbreak is completely over to allow the standard process to take place.Topics : The Jakarta Council has agreed to defer the search for Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan’s deputy governor until April 6, after the city’s COVID-19 state of emergency is set to end.Anies has declared a state of emergency in the capital until April 2 in an effort to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the policy can be extended depending on the situation.“We [the councilors] agreed to reschedule the plenary meeting [for the selection of the deputy governor] to April 6, right after the end of the capital’s state of emergency,” Farazandi, the council’s selection committee chairman and a member of the National Mandate Party (PAN), said on Thursday. He was referring to a plenary meeting that is expected to consist of a confirmation hearing and a vote to choose between Gerindra Party politician Ahmad Riza Patria and Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) politician Nurmansyah Lubis to be Anies’ second-in-command.Fazarandi said that having a deputy governor remained essential to help Anies handle the devastating COVID-19 outbreak in the capital even after the status was lifted.“We hope the governor is always healthy, but surely he will need a backup,” he said. “[Selecting a deputy governor] will be a contribution that the counselors can make for now.”The councilors plan to hold the plenary meeting in April despite the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) having extended Indonesia’s COVID-19 emergency disaster status until May 29 to contain the spread of the virus.Read also: It’s a non-emergency emergency, BNPB says regarding COVID-19 pandemiclast_img read more

Istiqlal Mosque may reopen in July, Jokowi says while inspecting renovations

first_img“I only reminded him that we need to prepare health protocols so people will be safe from COVID-19 when they are allowed to pray at Istiqlal,” the President said.Read also: Grand renovation of Southeast Asia’s largest mosqueThe renovations kicked off in May last year to give the largest mosque in Southeast Asia a facelift. The renovations included increasing the parking capacity, revamping the landscaping and the plaza and upgrading the toilets, ablution blocks, electrical system and plumbing. The Rp 475 billion (US$32.85 million) project is the first renovation of the mosque since it was inaugurated in 1978.In a circular letter issued on Friday, Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi set guidelines for houses of worship that are set to reopen soon under the “new normal” of the post-pandemic era. Among the requirements for houses of worship to reopen is for the COVID-19 basic reproduction number (R0) and effective reproduction number (Rt) to fall below a certain threshold. Furthermore, houses of worship must obtain a letter from the government’s COVID-19 task force confirming that the area is virus-free, while large houses of worship must also obtain permission from regional heads.People have turned to virtual congregations in recent months as houses of worship were temporarily closed as part of the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. (trn)Topics : The government is preparing to reopen the Istiqlal Mosque in Central Jakarta in July in accordance with the “new normal” approach amid the COVID-19 pandemic as renovations on the mosque near completion.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo visited Istiqlal on Tuesday to check on the renovations. He said that according to the Mosque’s grand imam, Nasaruddin Umar, the large-scale renovations were 90 percent complete and would be finished in July, several months later than the initial schedule for March due to the pandemic.“Will it be reopened after the renovations are completed? It has yet to be decided. The grand Imam said Istiqlal would be opened in July,” the President said.last_img read more

Arsenal to sack international scouting chief Francis Cagigao as part of lay-offs

first_imgCagigao helped bring Bellerin to Arsenal (Picture: Getty)‘Our main sources of income have all reduced significantly. Revenue from broadcasters, matchday and commercial activities have all been hit severely and these impacts will continue into at least the forthcoming 2020/21 season.‘The pandemic represents one of the most challenging periods in our 134-year history and we have responded promptly by implementing wide-ranging measures to reduce our costs. ‘Our players, senior football staff and executive team have volunteered pay cuts, we have stopped pretty much all of our capital spending, and our discretionary operating expenditure has been strictly controlled. More: 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 City‘We have also received significant financial support from our owners, Kroenke, Sports & Entertainment in terms of refinancing our stadium debt. ‘Our aim has been to protect the jobs and base salaries of our people for as long as we possibly can. ‘Unfortunately, we have now come to the point where we are proposing 55 redundancies. ‘We do not make these proposals lightly and have looked at every aspect of the club and our expenditure before reaching this point. ‘We are now entering the required 30-day consultation period on these proposals.’MORE: Arsenal to make 55 redundancies but claim investing in the team remains ‘key priority’MORE: Charlie Nicholas backs Arsenal to axe ‘seven or eight’ players this summer – but questions move for WillianFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Arsenal to sack international scouting chief Francis Cagigao as part of lay-offs Comment Advertisement Martinelli was a huge hit at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Francis Cagigao is reportedly set to leave Arsenal after over a decade following the club’s announcement they would be axing 55 members of their staff.The head of international scouting is a key figure at Arsenal, having uncovered the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Hector Bellerin, and more recently Gabriel Martinelli.The Daily Mail claim Cagigao has been told he will be affected by the redundancies as Arsenal undergo a restructuring due to the coronavirus pandemic.Arsenal will let go 55 of their staff despite the fact their first-team squad agreed to a 12.5 per cent pay cut and the club is due a £30million windfall from qualifying for the Europa League.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAs well as Cagigao, head of UK scouting Peter Clark and fellow recruitment specialist Brian McDermott have been informed they are being let go.Arsenal released a statement explaining the decision to enforce redundancies, saying: ‘In line with other football clubs and many other businesses operating in the sport, leisure and entertainment arena, we have been impacted directly by COVID-19. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 5 Aug 2020 4:55 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link539Shareslast_img read more

ATP backs central clearing, warns against disproportionate regulation

first_imgThe European Commission must take care that the regulation of the derivatives market does not increase trading costs, which would risk undermining the stated aim of improving financial stability, ATP has warned.Denmark’s largest pension fund also urged the European executive to clarify its goal of offering better regulation of financial markets, and measure the success of each initiative against five criteria that could form an evaluation “diamond”.Responding to the Commission’s consultation on regulation agreed in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, ATP praised the work undertaken to strengthen bank balance sheets for creating an overall stronger financial system.“At the same time,” it added, “ATP is concerned about the unintended consequences caused by the cumulative effect of the large amount of financial regulation introduced over a short time span.” It said the Commission’s review of financial regulation should be welcomed, and suggested all initiatives be evaluated based on how they impact the transparency, liquidity, externality, diversity and financial stability of the market – forming what the statutory pension fund regarded as a regulatory diamond.Based on the above criteria, it said the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR), which requires the central clearing of a majority of derivatives trades, was a “reasonable initiative”.It nevertheless warned that the increased reliance on central counterparties (CCPs) brought with it added challenges.“Diversity will decrease in the financial system as more and more transactions are concentrated on relatively few CCPs, and fewer banks become willing to accept the increasing costs and risks of providing clearing services as CCP members,” it said.ATP also warned that CCPs could not be relied on to balance out other financial risks remaining within the system, and said they should not be subject to more onerous capital charges than other systemically important financial institutions (SIFIs).“CCPs should not be required to compensate for lack of financial stability outside the CCP system,” the fund’s submission said, “as this will disproportionately allocate the risk between the financial institutions and potentially lead to unnecessary higher cost that might increase cost and undermine CCPs’ original objectives to increase financial stability.”A number of submissions to the Commission have focused on central clearing, with the UK’s Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association calling for an exemption for pension funds to be offered until a viable mechanism allowing the industry to clear is developed.The European Central Bank has previously called for greater regulation of CCPs to avoid significant losses when one of the “super-systemically important” bodies collapses.last_img read more

Mareeba makes a case for why it’s FNQ’s best suburb to live in

first_imgA boat travelling over a lagoon at the Tropical Wetlands in Mareeba PIC: Mark Fraenkel Forever Wild, Tropical Wetlands, Mareeba WetlandsBEING perfectly positioned between country life and city flare is the main reason residents set up camp at Mareeba. The Atherton Tableland town sits 417m above sea level, keeping the town cool during the summer months. The population is increasing steadily in the Tablelands hub, jumping from 6806 in the 2006 census to 10,181 in the 2011 census. The most recent census in 2016 also showed the suburb has the largest Italian Australian community out of any town in Queensland. More than 1600 census respondents identified as Italian Australian, making up 10.8 per cent of the population. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoDavies Creek is an idyllic setting just outside of Mareeba. PICTURE: DARYL EDWARDSThe town is an ideal location for families, as it has two primary schools, two secondary schools and a TAFE campus. St Thomas of Villanova Parish School and Mareeba State School serve students from preschool to grade six, while Mareeba State High School and St Stephen’s Catholic College cater for high school students. The country town also boasts its own health facility, with the Mareeba Hospital providing 52 beds and care for surgical, maternity, paediatric, outpatient and emergency care. There are plenty of events where you can meet the neighbours in Mareeba. The annual Mareeba Rodeo draws visitors from neighbouring Atherton Tableland towns and from Cairns and surrounds. It’s hosted every year at the Kerribee Park Rodeo Grounds, a purpose-built amenity. The FNQ Country Music Festival and Talent Search is also held at Kerribee Park Rodeo Grounds. Every year the Catholic residents celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of the Chain. The celebration is held on the second Sunday of September each year and involves a procession through the streets of Mareeba before a fireworks display. The town is surrounded with plenty of swimming holes, including popular spot Davies Creek, and also hosts the Mareeba Markets on the second and fifth Saturday each month. The event is held at Mareeba’s Centenary Park on Byrnes St next to the Heritage Museum and showcases arts, fresh produce, birds for sale and more.last_img read more