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Report finds quick transition from coal to renewables would benefit Indiana consumers

first_imgReport finds quick transition from coal to renewables would benefit Indiana consumers FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享WBOI:The faster Indiana can transition from coal to renewable energy sources, the better for Indiana customers. That’s the takeaway from a new report prepared for the 21st Century Energy Policy Development Task Force charged with creating a statewide energy plan.Applied Economics Clinic researcher Bryndis Woods says more than half of Indiana’s coal plants are 40 years old or more and will need expensive repairs in the next 30 years. “Many of these costs of repairs and updates of these coal plants, those get passed through to customers,” she says.Some utilities around the country are replacing coal with natural gas until renewable technologies improve. But the report shows that would cost Indiana customers $12 billion more in the next 30 years than just switching to renewables and it would put out an extra billion tons of carbon dioxide.“Using gas as a transition or a bridge, it doesn’t bear out what the benefit of that would be,” Woods says.Though the report didn’t look into the reliability of renewable energy, she says several utilities — like NIPSCO in northern Indiana — plan to rely on battery storage. AEC’s analysis shows that moving to all renewables in a decade, instead of waiting until 2040, could save Indiana customers up to $10 billion.More: Report: Closing coal plants would save Indiana customers money, reduce pollutionlast_img read more

Shocking report: Elderly restrained in chairs all day at rest homes

first_imgNewsTalk ZB 26 March 2018Family First Comment: “It follows warnings from the Human Rights Commission about the large number of older Kiwis in facilities where “lived experience is being locked within a building with no exit”.”Add euthanasia (and the culture of coercion) to the mix, and you have a recipe for disaster! www.rejectassistedsuicide.nz Rest home residents have been strapped to chairs all day with minimal movement or repositioning, documents show.The Herald can also reveal Justice Minister Andrew Little is set to sign off on a major shake-up of the monitoring of locked aged-care and disability facilities – a move Grey Power says could help avoid rare “horror stories”.It follows warnings from the Human Rights Commission about the large number of older Kiwis in facilities where “lived experience is being locked within a building with no exit”.Physical restraint restricts a patient’s voluntary movement, including through belts and railing. Because of a high risk of trauma and injury it must only be used if a resident is at serious risk to themselves or others.A Herald review of rest home audit reports published since 2016 has found 27 homes have had “moderate” or “high” risk shortcomings related to restraint.In one of the worst, a resident was restrained to a chair and instructions to move them twice each morning and afternoon shift weren’t carried out. Auditors saw the resident in the same sitting position for more than four hours, and records showed the lap belt was on for up to six hours at a time.READ MORE: http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/national/shocking-report-elderly-restrained-in-chairs-all-day-at-rest-homes/Rest homes investigation: bedsore deaths, expired medication, hungry residentsNZ Herald 24 March 2018Rest home residents are dying from bed sores. Nicholas Jones finds the preventable tragedies reflect wider problems in a sector trusted with our most vulnerable.Issues uncovered through Official Information Act requests and a review of more than 1000 audit reports include:• Residents claiming intimidating caregivers would withhold medication or give it late as punishment. A resident at another facility was overheard saying, “please don’t hit me” to a staffer.• A Dunedin chef went to authorities, claiming his budget worked out to just $1.60 per resident, per meal. Residents were asking relatives to bring bread and fruit. Another facility repeated its menu over two days.• Life-threatening shortfalls, including a dementia resident wandering away from a facility – next to a busy road and stream – six times in four weeks.• Amid feedback on meals and activities in one facility’s annual satisfaction survey, a resident with previous suicidal ideology wrote down that they wanted to die. “No care plan to manage this risk was documented,” auditors recorded in 2016. “And no follow-up had occurred.”• Communication with families was also a problem. In one case, auditors couldn’t find evidence a “not for resuscitation” status on a resident’s file was discussed with family. Documentation relating to resuscitation wishes was confusing or incomplete at other facilities.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?objectid=12016995&ref=twitterlast_img read more

Sherwood hints at Bent future

first_img But Sherwood believes owner Randy Lerner would trust his judgement if he offered Bent a new deal. He said: “I think the way the conversation would go would be something like this: ‘we might need to add striker and I know this boy, he’s available, do we take a gamble on someone else or bring him back?’ “That’s my decision and I’m sure Randy will say ‘you’re the manager you make the decision, that’s what you get paid for’.” Villa host West Ham in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday just two points above the relegation zone with three games left. They are up for sale and have been linked with a takeover fronted by former Arsenal defender Tony Adams and ex-Chelsea executive Paul Smith. But Sherwood remains unconcerned over any uncertainty surrounding the club and, potentially, his own job. He said: “Perhaps they might not like a British manager, not a lot of owners do. It’s not a worry. I’m just getting on with my job. All I can do is do the best for the football club. I’ve got the football club’s best interests at heart. At the moment the chairman has not made any indication that he has wanted to sell.” Boss Tim Sherwood has hinted he is ready to hand Darren Bent a shock Aston Villa lifeline. The Villa Park chief refused to rule out a return for the club’s £24million record signing after his loan at Derby finished. Bent is out of contract at the end of the season and had been frozen out by former manager Paul Lambert. He cannot play for Villa this season as he was contracted to Derby if they made the play-offs, but the Rams ended up eighth in the Sky Bet Championship. But Sherwood, who worked with Bent at Tottenham, believes he could still have something to offer next season. “The door isn’t shut for Darren,” he said. “I don’t even know what he earns. It will all have to be taken into consideration, yes. “He knows me, he knows that he would get chances to score goals which will be a bonus. “I will have a chat with him but we just need to get over the line then we know where we are. If we’re in the Premier League perhaps we can afford the wages.” Bent has scored 25 goals in 72 games for Villa since moving from Sunderland in 2011 but was rarely used by Lambert and was sent to Fulham on loan last season. He also joined Brighton this season before his spell at Derby, where he scored 12 goals in 17 games. Press Associationlast_img read more

Our Super Moon Is Not an Accident

first_img(Visited 61 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 A finely-tuned collision to form Earth’s vital moon is tantamount to a miracle.As earthlings enjoy the rare “supermoon” tonight (see Space.com for explanation), it’s a good time to ask where the moon came from. It is very unusual. Mercury, Mars, and Venus – the other rocky planets – have nothing like our moon. Mars has two rocks proportionally much smaller than the planet. Only Earth has a large satellite within the inner solar system, but it does more than just provide romantic nights and opportunities for photographers. It generates tides that refresh the oceans. It stabilizes the Earth’s tilt. And it possesses a remarkable “coincidence” that allows for total solar eclipses (heads up Americans: there’s one coming on August 21, 2017 from Oregon to South Carolina). As shown in The Privileged Planet, this arrangement allowed astronomers to deduce facts about the distant cosmos, such as the discovery of helium and confirmation of Einstein’s theory of relativity.Phys.org just posted the latest iteration on moon origin theories, “New theory explains how the moon got there.” Every new theory provides tacit admission that the previous theory was wrong in some way. That’s the case here, again. Sarah Stewart of UC Davis says, “Every other body in the solar system has different chemistry” as she explains what’s wrong with the current theory of a Mars-size impactor hitting the Earth, blasting off material that coalesced into the moon:But there are a couple of problems with the textbook theory. One is the Moon’s surprisingly Earth-like composition. Another is that if the Moon condensed from a disk of material rotating around Earth’s equator, it should be in orbit over the equator. But the Moon’s current orbit is tilted off the equator, meaning some more energy must have been put in to move it.Moon origin theories are concocted in computers, not by watching them happen. By adjusting the angle of impact, she and her team got the moon material to wobble around the ecliptic until it settled down over “a few tens of millions of years.” She thinks this explains all the observations in one blow. “The new theory elegantly explains the Moon’s orbit and composition based on a single, giant impact at the beginning, Stewart said. No extra intervening steps are required to nudge things along.”If history repeats itself, another model will come along to explain blind spots in this model.Consider all the assumptions here. You have to have the right-size impactor. It has to come at the right speed. It has to impact at the right angle. It has to mix the materials just right. It has to wobble for just the right amount of time. Pile on assumption after assumption, then twiddle the knobs in the model just so, and presto! A beautiful moon, perfect for life. Stuff Happens.For those not willing to substitute miracles of chance for miracles of design, ignore the cow jumping over the moon in the new model. Just go out and enjoy the supermoon as it rises tonight. Use it as an occasion to thank God for all He has provided us for life on a very, very, very special planet.last_img read more

Sharapova inspired by Serena to get back to top

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding In battle against sly SMB guards, Ravena gives himself a failing grade Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next LATEST STORIES “Yeah, that definitely inspires me, absolutely.”Sharapova, one of the highest earners in women’s sport, suffered a string of early defeats after her comeback last April for taking performance-enhancing meldonium but has been working her way back up the rankings since.“I think there are a lot of things that I need to get better at and improve on. But looking at the overall picture, the first thing is that I’m healthy,” a clearly disappointed Sharapova told reporters.“That, to me, is a big thing because I’ll be back on the practice court, I’m not starting from zero.”It was Sharapova’s second Grand Slam appearance since her doping ban. ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting In her first at the US Open last year, as a wildcard she was beaten in the fourth round by Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova.But she turned the tables against the Melbourne Park 14th seed two days ago winning 6-1 7-6 (7/4).“There’s a lot to build from,” said Sharapova. “It’s a lot of things that take time. To be able to get these matches, players that are playing this well, I’m going to face a lot of them this year. I’ll have to bring it.“Today was not enough.” “I’m here because I’m motivated to get better at my craft. I really do believe that I can otherwise I wouldn’t be here,” said the five-time Grand Slam champion after losing 6-1, 6-3 in 64 minutes.“I definitely take great examples of a Federer or a Nadal or a Serena and Venus that have continued to have the motivation that they do at this age,” said Sharapova who turns 31 in April.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s not just walking through a Grand Slam tunnel and getting on court. “There’s so much more to it. I have a lot of admiration for that because I know what goes into creating those moments and getting to that stage. Russia’s Maria Sharapova gestures as she questions a line call during her third round match against Germany’s Angelique Kerber at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)Maria Sharapova says she is inspired by the likes of thirtysomethings Serena Williams and Roger Federer to get back to the top after her doping ban.The Russian, back in the top 50 after 15 months on the sidelines, had her progress at the Australian Open ruthlessly snuffed out by 2016 champion Angelique Kerber in the third round Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Sex education as important as reading, writing and arithmetic in today’s world

first_imgDr Shelja SenI always wonder about the hullabaloo over sex education in schools. Why do some people get rankled and allege that it’s nothing but contamination of innocent minds? I think they equate sex education with sensuous, sexualised or near-pornographic discussions with children and, maybe, that’s why they are shocked,Dr Shelja SenI always wonder about the hullabaloo over sex education in schools. Why do some people get rankled and allege that it’s nothing but contamination of innocent minds? I think they equate sex education with sensuous, sexualised or near-pornographic discussions with children and, maybe, that’s why they are shocked by it. It’s time they woke up to the fact that all that rubbish is available to most children at the press of a button or the click of a mouse. Not convinced? Type “how to” in the Google search bar and see what it throws up at you: “How to do sex.” “How to kiss.”So, let go of cobwebbed myths. In today’s world, sex education is as important as the 3Rs-reading, writing, arithmetic. If this proposition sounds far-fetched, then try answering these simple questions. Would you want your child to feel ashamed of his or her changing body? Are you all right with your curious child getting “information” on sex from a pornographic site? Would you want your child to grow up believing sex is filthy and only sick people have sexual thoughts? Is it all right for a child to be a victim of sexual abuse because he or she did not understand what was happening and if he or she could seek help? If you have answered ‘No’, then you must believe it’s essential for children to receive sex education.In our home, my husband and I made sex education a natural part of our childrens’ growing-up years. It helped that our family was into wildlife and so, the children from a young age were exposed to such language as mating, breeding of animals. I remember we took our four-year-old son to a life science museum in England and there he saw, in a most child-friendly video, how a baby is made. He was fascinated and had many questions.advertisementThe best approach is to divide children into gender-based groups so they feel free to ask questions.We answered them in simple language and that was sufficient. It was the same for our daughter. As they grew up, the information they wanted increased and we tried giving it in the most matter-of-fact way though, I have to admit, it was awkward at times. In school, we need to start talking about sexual issues in junior grades. For, research suggests that puberty is now setting in earlier compared with some decades ago. Girls were believed to attain puberty between ages 10 and 13 and boys between 11 and 14 years, according to the Tanner stages, but they’re now getting there a year or two earlier. It would, therefore, do children good to be aware of sexual issues. Data indicate that teenage pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases are much lower in Scandinavian countries than elsewhere. In large part, this is because all children there receive comprehensive sex education from the age of 10.How should we go about the task of imparting sexual education? The best approach is to divide children into gender-based groups so they feel free to ask questions. It will be more effective to hold simultaneous sessions for parents so they are fortified to carry on similar discussions at home. The facilitator must be someone who’s comfortable discussing sexual issues with children and is equipped to answer their questions in the right tone. It is essential that the learning space is an emotionally safe zone where no child feels judged or ridiculed for asking any question. The topic could cover issues such as bodily changes in girls and boys, crushes, erections, periods, hygiene, sexual orientation, conception, pregnancy, birth, gender differences and cyber safety. In the case of teenagers, sessions could be made more interesting using movies, music and sports. In these years of life, children’s “uncool” radar is highly sensitive and they will dismiss anything they perceive as boring, condescending and inane.Most important, we need to talk about “good touch, bad touch” and sexual abuse. Children need to understand how to make themselves safe and what to do if they feel unsafe. This needs to be talked about, discussed, role-played till they get it right. I can’t emphasise this enough. According to the Study on Child Abuse, 2007, carried out by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, 53.2 per cent of our children are sexually abused. Despite increased media attention to cases of rape and sexual abuse, we are still reluctant to talk openly about child sexual abuse. As a society, we need to take our collective head out of the sand of denial and make sex education an essential part of our curriculum. So as to equip our children with one of the most essential life skills.advertisementDr Shelja Sen is a child and adolescent psychologist, family therapist and trainer at Children First, a child and adolescent mental health servicelast_img read more

a month ago​Man Utd youngster Greenwood gets brand new chant

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Man Utd youngster Greenwood gets brand new chantby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United youngster Mason Greenwood has earned a new chant!The Red Devils teenager scored his first senior goal for the club against FC Astana to get his team a 1-0 win.And the crowd were sufficiently hyped for the academy product’s performance, as evidenced by the new chant.The chant goes like this: “Ma-son Greenwood’s dynamite,”He scores them with his left foot and he scores them with his right.”United fans will be hoping they can bring out the chant in the near future as Greenwood gets more chances to impress with the first team. last_img read more

Health care leads the way on TSX after strong Valeant showing loonie

first_imgTORONTO – The health-care sector helped boost Canada’s main stock index on Tuesday despite a slide in energy prices, as the loonie lost ground.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 10.52 points to 16,114.03, with shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (TSX:VRX) up $1.73, or 6.54 per cent, to $28.18 at the closing of markets.Earlier on Tuesday, the commodity-heavy index had flirted with a new record, after setting an intraday high of 16,142.80.South of the border, markets were mixed as investors awaited Wednesday’s announcement by the U.S. Federal Reserve, which is expected to raise short-term interest rates by 0.25 of a percentage point. While inflation has remained low, the central bank has seen a path to gradually raise rates as the economy and labour market have strengthened.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average advanced 118.77 points to 24,504.80 and the S&P 500 index added 4.12 points to 2,664.11 — capping off three straight trading sessions in which these indices have surpassed record highs. The Nasdaq composite index was down 12.76 points to 6,862.32.“The hike tomorrow by the Fed is baked into the cake,” said Luc de la Durantaye, managing director of CIBC Management.“What would be important is the tone of the Fed tomorrow. They may indicate through their updated forecast that they’re more confident about their inflation outlook. They might even mention something about the tightness of the labour market. We may have a bit of a hawkish hike tomorrow which would be supportive of the U.S. dollar.”In currency markets, the Canadian dollar closed at an average trading price of 77.69 cents US, down 0.11 of a U.S. cent.De la Durantaye attributed part of loonie’s drop to falling oil prices, which had seen sharp increases over the past three trading sessions.The January crude contract tumbled 85 cents to US$57.14 per barrel.Elsewhere in commodities, the January natural gas contract gave back 15 cents to US$2.68 per mmBTU. The February gold contract fell US$5.20 to US$1,241.70 an ounce and the March copper contract was up a cent at US$3.02 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

Vancouvers first two licensed marijuana retailers open for business

first_imgVancouver’s first legal pot shops are open for business, more than two months after marijuana was legalized in Canada.City Cannabis Co.’s Fraser Street location and Evergreen Cannabis Society in Kitsilano have opened their doors.Both companies had to jump through extensive regulatory hoops, even as illegal retailers continue to operate across in the city.British Columbia has lagged behind other provinces in issuing non-medical cannabis retail licences, which must first be approved by the province, then referred to local governments or Indigenous communities for approval.The province says it has referred 232 application to local and Indigenous governments, but only six licences have been issued, including Evergreen and two City Cannabis locations in Vancouver.City Cannabis says it plans to open its Robson location soon.The Canadian Presslast_img read more