BP: Record Drop in Global Coal Consumption in 2015

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Yukako Ono for the Financial Times:Global coal consumption dropped 1.8 per cent in 2015, its largest fall on record, according to BP, as demand increasingly shifts to greener fuels. Coal was the only fuel that lost global market share in the power market although it remained the second largest with 29.2 per cent, the lowest share since 2005.The net decline in coal consumption was due to economic growth slowdowns in the US and China where production fell too, BP said.BP said in its statistical review released today that the shift is helping carbon emission reduction:Sluggish demand growth together with the shift in the energy mix away from coal meant that the growth in carbon emissions from energy consumption stalled in 2015. This encouraging development represented the slowest growth in emissions in nearly a quarter of a century (aside from immediately following the financial crisis).Carbon emissions increased by just 0.1 per cent in 2015, BP noted.Full article: Global coal demand saw record fall last year — BP BP: Record Drop in Global Coal Consumption in 2015last_img read more

Sweet Home Tennessee: Climbing in Chattanooga

first_imgWest coast peaks have earned an incredible reputation as the ultimate ideal in the eyes of outdoor enthusiasts. It’s pretty easy to see why: powdery slopes, thrilling trails, and sharp cliffs come together to create a new Mecca for adventurers of all persuasions.Pat KriegerFor some of the best rock climbers in the country, though, there’s actually more to life than Yosemite or Joshua Tree.Chattanooga, Tennessee represents a hidden gem throughout the American climbing community. Nestled against the Georgia border and far from sunny California, this region seems to have very little in common with its more famous Western counterparts. But a huge wealth of potential lies in Chattanooga’s own rocky assets. Southern sandstone stands proud all around, quick to offer world-class opportunities just beyond the city center. Trad climbers flock to the Tennessee Wall and Sunset Rock to hand-jam their way through beautiful crack formations, Sport climbers get their fix at Foster Falls on tall walls and aggressive roofs, and boulderers wind through the Little Rock City boulder field – home to one leg of the annual Triple Crown Bouldering Series.Pat Krieger is one of these dedicated Chattanooga climbers. After first discovering his talents on the rock here, Pat has built his life around the climbing journey that Chattanooga helped him begin.Pat KriegerToday, Pat lives in New Brunswick, far from his Chattanooga base, while he finishes up school at Rutgers. He’s got big plans in the works, including an enviable trip to Joes Valley, Utah, but his favorite Tennessee haunts still keep him coming back to familiar ground. No matter how much other rock he touches along the way, Pat makes a point to return to Chattanooga every winter to get a fresh dose of Southern motivation for the new year.Together with fellow climber and filmmaker Adam Nawrot, Pat takes a look into his long journey on the rock in “Dancing with the Stone”, a deep story of big obstacles, bigger accomplishments, and some major Chattanooga love.last_img read more

There’s No Bad Seat at the Fire with Burly Fire Pits

first_img Like many great endeavors, Burly started with a few good friends gathered around a fire with an idea. It was simple: to invent a wood burning fire pit where no one gets stuck with the smoky seat. Thus, the birth of Burly… a heavy-duty, long lasting fire feature that is easy to start and, more importantly, hand crafted to reduce smoke. Because the worst part about any campfire is having to play musical chairs every time the wind shifts. We have all been there, and it is no fun. With the Burly you don’t have to thanks to its specially designed flange and airflow system which vaporizes the smoke almost entirely. Now, whether you are sitting on your backyard terrace or camping in the mountains, thanks to the Burly there is no bad seat at the fire.  For more information, visit our website at www.burlyusa.com Our goal was to produce a fire pit with reduced smoke technology that was built to last. The Burly fire pit burns a very hot & clean fire. Also, our two-piece design makes the fire pit easy to move around and clean out.  We are pleased to announce that a smaller lightweight unit will be available to purchase this August. It will be offered in 304 stainless and matte black. There will be an “early bird” special promotion offered with the units being delivered in late September just in time for the cooler weather. HOW IT WORKS  The hot air is forced between the walls of the two units and is circulated through holes under our specially designed flange. These holes introduce oxygen back into the fire and excess smoke is burned off leaving an almost smoke free experience.  Currently our products can be purchased online or at Green Top. We are looking for other retailers both in Virginia and out-of-state.    OUR STORY If you want to see a Burly fire pit in action, we have units at King Family Vineyards, Blue Mountain Brewery and Brambly Park Winery. Our fire pits can also be rented at The Shed, which is located in Rockville, VA.center_img Burly was formed in July, 2019. Our fire pits are hand forged at a steel fabrication shop in the Piedmont region of Virginia.  The Burly fire pit has a unique 2-piece design feature that is engineered to take away the headaches associated with conventional outdoor wood fires.  The inner and outer pieces weigh 36lbs each with a total weight of 72lbs. Separately they can easily be moved around your outdoor living space but combined they make a solid, sturdy, pit that will last for years to come.  WHERE TO BUY In these both interesting and challenging times, people are spending more time outdoors. Sitting around our fire pits in smaller groups is both a relaxing and safe way to entertain We currently offer a variety of accessories such as a Snuffer Lid, Fire Poker, Heat Resistant Gloves and Cover. Also, we just launched a Stainless Grill Attachment for our signature Gather 21” fire pit.  The grill attachment is ideal for cooking out in the backyard or taking on a camping trip.  A teak wood tabletop will be available soon.  The fire pit has a perforated, inner floor, which allows for air to circulate under the fire making seasoned wood ignite quickly and burn clean. last_img read more

Foreign Ministry issues South Korea travel advisory amid COVID-19 fears

first_imgIndonesia’s Foreign Ministry has issued a travel advisory for South Korea on its official website, safetravel.id, amid concerns over the novel coronavirus outbreak. The ministry has emphasized avoiding travel to Daegu and Gyeongsang Bukdo, the two regions with the highest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Korea. The South Korean government has declared them “Special Care Zones”. “Considering the outbreak of COVID-19 in South Korea, we urge those of you who are and/or will be traveling to South Korea to increase caution and not to travel specifically to the Daegu and Gyeongsang Bukdo regions,” declared the travel advisory, which was posted on Sunday. Other countries, including the United States, have also issued travel advisories for South Korea.The United States issued a level 2 travel advisory for South Korea on Saturday. Visitors were asked to “exercise increased caution”, according to the travel.state.gov website, but the US government has yet to issue a “do not travel” advisory. “Many cases of COVID-19 have been associated with travel to or from mainland China or close contact with a travel-related case, but sustained community spread has been reported in South Korea. Sustained community spread means that people in South Korea have been infected with the virus, but how or where they became infected is not known, and the spread is ongoing,” the advisory says. As of Sunday, 13 countries have banned or restricted entry of South Koreans, based on the world.kbs.co.kr report. (ydp) Topics : “We also urge you to always have increased awareness, maintain physical and psychological stamina, wear masks while doing outdoor activities, wash your hands with soap regularly, eat well-cooked meat, reduce interaction in public and continue to monitor information conveyed by the Indonesian Embassy in Seoul and by local authorities.” The advisory added that those experiencing problems in South Korea could contact the Indonesian Embassy’s hotline at +821053942546.According to data from the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC), there was a drastic increase in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in South Korea between Feb. 19 and Feb 23. As of Feb. 23, 602 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in South Korea. Five people have died, 18 have recovered and 579 are being treated in hospitals. last_img read more

Gov. Wolf Statement on Commitment to Fair and Equitable Treatment of All Pennsylvanians During COVID-19 Pandemic

first_imgGov. Wolf Statement on Commitment to Fair and Equitable Treatment of All Pennsylvanians During COVID-19 Pandemic March 30, 2020 Press Release,  Public Health Governor Tom Wolf today released a statement on his commitment to ensuring all Pennsylvanians receive fair and equitable access to lifesaving health care during the COVID-19 pandemic. His full statement is here:“Pennsylvania’s standards of care – in times of crisis and not – are based on an ethical allocation framework, meaning care is provided equitably across all populations without regard to patient age, race, gender, creed, color, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, ethnicity, religion, or socioeconomic status. We follow the provisions set forth in the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (PHRA) and advise any Pennsylvanian who feels they or a loved one have been discriminated against in any way to contact the PHRC.“I will not tolerate discrimination in allocation of lifesaving resources based on any factor including, but not limited to age, disability and socioeconomic status to Pennsylvanians seeking medical care in our commonwealth. This belief is something I hold and expect at all times, but especially during this public health crisis. William Penn founded our state on tolerance and acceptance and that is a tenet we espouse today and every day. It is especially important in these unprecedented times when we all must work together to support each other.“I am committed to protecting all Pennsylvanians affected by COVID-19, and we will not discriminate in this fight.”Disability rights groups and the Medical Assistance Advisory Committee under the Department of Human Services have advocated for a clear policy prohibiting discrimination in the allocation of resources should the pandemic cause healthcare needs to exceed capacity. Governor Wolf and his administration have committed to establishing policy that strictly prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability or socioeconomic status in this fight against COVID-19.View this information in Spanish here.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Carrara development offers mix of residences

first_imgPanorama Residences renders by Raptis.PANORAMA Residences was designed to take advantage of its elevated site’s spectacular city and Hinterland views. Developer Raptis is behind the boutique project which features five garden villas, 39 terrace homes and 18 apartments. Panorama Residences renders by Raptis.Apartments are priced from $495,000, garden villas from $549,000 and terrace homes from $585,000.Construction has kicked off and is expected to be complete by September.“Appealing to both investor and owner occupier, Panorama Residences offers luxury living with 360 degree views,” marketing co-ordinator Marilyn Adam said. “When designing Panorama Residences architectural design was given particular attention to embrace the expansive views from every possible standpoint.” Panorama Residences renders by Raptis. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoPanorama Residences renders by Raptis. Panorama Residences renders by Raptis.Residences feature European kitchen appliances, floor to ceiling glass doors that open out to balconies and freestanding baths. Resident facilities include a pool and barbecue area. There is also secure parking and the complex will be pet friendly. Panorama Residences is at 34 John Francis Drive, Carrara.last_img read more

USVI strengthens partnerships at Caribbean Marketplace

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Share Tweet Sharecenter_img 33 Views   no discussions LocalNews USVI strengthens partnerships at Caribbean Marketplace by: – January 30, 2012 Deputy Commissioner of Tourism Chantal Figueroadescribed her team’s more than 40 appointments with travel and media partners over two days as “productive”. ST THOMAS, United States Virgin Islands, Saturday January 28, 2012 – The strong interest in the United States Virgin Islands was encouraging for the territory’s team at this week’s 30th anniversary staging of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s (CHTA) Caribbean Marketplace in the Bahamas.“People are very excited about the US Virgin Islands,” reported Deputy Commissioner of Tourism Chantal Figueroa, who listed new convenient air service, the ease of travel, the no-passport requirement and the three distinct island offerings as major drawing points among conference buyers.“Although we are one destination, buyers are pleased they can offer their clients different things to do because of how varied our islands are,” she said. The new air service to the territory on both JetBlue Airways and Air Canada contributed to the keen responses at the biggest gathering of the Caribbean travel and tourism industry and companies which serve them abroad.Figueroa described her team’s more than 40 appointments with travel and media partners over two days as “productive”. The meetings, she added, provided the opportunity to cement partnerships with traditional and new tour operators and communicate the Department of Tourism’s strategy for 2012.While the Department of Tourism team is in regular communication with its partners throughout the year, she pointed out, “at Marketplace we are able to meet face to face with tour operators to strengthen our relationships, communicate our strategy, discuss booking trends and advance our marketing charge.”Of particular interest to delegates, observed Figueroa, was a Master Class taught by TripAdvisor about online marketing strategies to help promote the growth of tourism.The Deputy Commissioner also observed as more and more consumers book travel online and with mobile devices, tour operators are looking at ways to make the online and mobile booking experience more exciting and fun.The USVI delegation was led by Commissioner of Tourism Beverly Nicholson-Doty who attended pre-convention meetings with Caribbean ministers and commissioners of tourism which focused in part on advancing regional marketing efforts and the revival of the Caribbean Tourism Development Company.Also reaching out to the hundreds of attendees at Caribbean Marketplace was the Department’s marketing coordinator Chantel Hoheb; incoming president of the CHTA Richard Doumeng of Bolongo Bay Beach Resort; Lisa Hamilton, president of the US Virgin Islands Hotel and Tourism Association; and more than a dozen representatives from a number of the US Virgin Islands’ leading hotels and resorts.During closed door sessions, Hamilton was elected President of the Caribbean Society of Hotel Association Executives (CSHAE) for a two-year term. For more information about the United States Virgin Islands, go to VisitUSVI.com, follow us on Twitter (@USVITourism) and become a fan on Facebook(www.facebook.com/VisitUSVI). When traveling to the U.S. Virgin Islands, U.S. citizens enjoy all the conveniences of domestic travel – including on-line check-in – making travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands easier than ever. As a United States Territory, travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands does not require a passport from U.S. citizens arriving from Puerto Rico or the U.S. mainland. Entry requirements for non-U.S. citizens are the same as for entering the United States from any foreign destination. Upon departure, a passport is required for all but U.S. citizens.Caribbean 360 Newslast_img read more

Concierge companies team up to host workshop on financial management

first_img Share 38 Views   no discussions Donna Every. Photo credi: nationnews.comJune 13, 2012, Roseau, Dominica—Island Concierge Service, a local company has teamed up with Legacy Concierge of Barbados to present “Positioning Your Business for Success,” a financial management workshop. The event is facilitated by author of What Do You Have in Your House—Surviving In Times of Financial Crisis Donna Every, MBA from Barbados. Every is has also been a Business Trainer/Coach for the last ten years and is a former Senior Consultant at Ernst and Young Barbados. The workshop will upgrade the financial management skills of potential and existing business people as well as start-up and established businesses in an ever changing economic climate. Topics include creating a business; identifying customers; understanding financing; debt management; growing your business and customer service. Registration for this timely workshop is now open and interested parties are asked to contact icsconcierge@aol.com or info@lcbarbados.com or call 612-5333 for more information. The workshop will take place on June 21 and 22, 2012 at the Fort Young Hotel in Roseau from 9am-4pm. Press Release LocalNews Concierge companies team up to host workshop on financial management by: – June 13, 2012 Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Share Sharelast_img read more

Franklin County Health Department announces 14th County death from COVID-19

first_imgBrookville, IN— The Franklin County Health Department announces there have now been 242 cases of COVID-19 reported in the county since mid-March. Health officials say that a total of 167 of those cases have recovered from the Coronavirus. However, the Health Department is sad to announce another COVID-19 related death in the county, a male in his 70’s. No other information about this individual will be released due to privacy laws. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the county to 14.As of Friday, there were 60 cases are being actively monitored, including 15 that are hospitalized. The total number of COVID-19 related deaths remain at 13.Reminder to all citizens, it is still important to wash your hands frequently, disinfect frequently touched surfaces often, stay home if you are sick, and wear a mask while in public.last_img read more

New dad Lukasz Fabianski hoping to deliver another win for Swansea

first_imgNew dad Lukasz Fabianski is hoping to celebrate a special Christmas with another three points for Swansea at Crystal Palace. “I had a boy, he came on the 22nd and was back home on Christmas Day,” Poland goalkeeper Fabianski said. “It’s my first child and I will have to leave home now, but we have family over so it is a good time. “Hopefully we can continue this good feeling at Palace because the situation we’ve found ourselves in is not the best. “We have to get the wins to get away from (trouble) and the win on Boxing Day was a big occasion.” Swansea are still searching for a new manager, nearly three weeks after Garry Monk was sacked, but caretaker boss Alan Curtis has proved a calming presence at the Liberty Stadium. The performance against West Brom was probably the least impressive of Curtis’ three games in charge, but the spirit and character which brought him a first win shone through and was a world away from the chaotic nature of Monk’s final home games against Bournemouth and Leicester. “We hope it will be a turning point,” Curtis said. “We’ve probably got to show that attitude at all times because the situation we’re in, it’s not going to go our way unless we pull together. Fabianski became a father for the first time three days before Christmas and then kept a second successive clean sheet on Boxing Day as Swansea beat West Brom 1-0. It was Swansea’s first win in eight attempts and moved them out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone ahead of Monday’s trip to fifth-placed Palace. “You’ve always got to mix it up a little bit. “Everybody knows what a good team we are in possession, a good passing team, but I think we showed another side of the game against West Brom. “I’m sure in the weeks and months to come we’ll show that same resolve.” Swansea climbed above Newcastle and Norwich in moving out of the bottom three and Curtis feels examining the league table will give everyone at the club a lift. “Getting out of the bottom three is bound to give us a psychological lift,” Curtis said. “The players are bound to get some sort of confidence and belief that we are better than the league suggests. “It’s a boost that we are out of bottom three, but we’ve just got to keep building on that all the time. “Palace have been superb this season and they’ve got so much pace and power, especially going forward. “We know it’s going to be another tough game, so we must show the same character we did against West Brom.” Press Associationlast_img read more