Hopi Tribe, Peabody File Suit to Keep Navajo Plant Running

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Associated Press:The Hopi Tribe and coal mining groups on Tuesday sued the operator of an Arizona aqueduct system to try and keep a coal-fired power plant running beyond 2019.The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court by the tribe, the United Mine Workers of America and Peabody Energy contends the Central Arizona Water Conservation District is obligated under federal law to buy power from Navajo Generating Station near Page. The 2,250-megawatt plant is set to close next year and the prospects of new ownership depend on finding someone to purchase the electricity.The conservation district, under the Central Arizona Project, has been one of the primary customers over the years, using the power to send Colorado River water through canals to cities, tribes and farmers in central and southern Arizona. Like the power plant’s owners, it is turning to sources that are cheaper than coal-fired power.Coal is abundant on the Navajo and Hopi reservations in northeastern Arizona. Both rely heavily on revenues to fund their governments and provide services to tribal members. They’ve been asking for help from federal officials to keep the plant open and preserve hundreds of jobs for tribal members.DeEtte Person, a spokeswoman for the conservation district, said in an email that officials are reviewing the lawsuit and considering its impact. She previously said the district is not required to take power from the plant and has other resources to pay a federal debt of more than $1 billion for construction of the canal system. The district is a public entity “with a responsibility to deliver a reliable water supply at the lowest reasonable cost,” she said.More:  Hopi Tribe, Others Sue Over Power Purchases For Coal Plant Hopi Tribe, Peabody File Suit to Keep Navajo Plant Runninglast_img read more

Clarity

first_imgIn an age of meetings and email, you’d think information flow and understanding inside an organization would be in a constant state of improvement.OK, you can stop laughing now. But there’s something in that statement that should bother every manager. Because even with all of our communication tools, many of our colleagues do not know the game plan.A recent study by Harris Interactive had 64% of respondents agreeing with the following statement:“I’m confused. Who’s doing what?”The confusion, or lack of clarity, is really a form of conflict.Conflicting prioritiesLack of communicationLack of understanding about what is urgentAmazingly, personality conflicts only popped up 3% of the time as a problem, hugely dwarfed by the three bulleted items above.And what does conflict lead to?Lost productivityLow moraleHigh turnoverLow confidence in the organizationNot a nice list, eh.So, for 2015, the solution may not be a fancy consultant or piece of software. It may simply be some clarity.What’s the plan?Who does what in the plan?What is urgent? What are the priorities?And the great thing (or sad thing) is that, in theory, the clarity should be easy to find – each organization should be clear on what it is doing and why.Now, we both know that organizational clarity is extremely difficult to produce.Well, then put that to the side and do this.Be as clear as you can be moving forward.The next message you send, send it with crystal clear clarity.Deadlines. Responsibilities. Expectations.Banish the fog.Good things should happen. 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Anthony Demangone Anthony Demangone is executive vice president and chief operating officer at the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU). Demangone oversees day-to-day operations and manages the association’s education, membership, … Web: https://www.cuinsight.com/partner/nafcu Detailslast_img read more

Skelos Corruption Trial: Witness Says Senator Threatened Developers For Campaign Donations

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A lawyer said New York State Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) and Skelos’ son, Adam, badgered him to get Adam work while the senator negotiated legislation that the lawyer’s boss wanted passed.The lawyer, Charles Durego, general counsel and vice president at New Hyde Park-based developers Glenwood Management Corp., described how the senator reiterated his request every time they met to discuss bills pending in the state Senate that the company considered critical to their survival—and threatened to “F” real estate industry officials unless they donated money to the Republican state senator’s re-election campaign.“I thought that it was inappropriate,” Durego said of Skelos’ requests to find Adam work as the company was lobbying the senator and was donating money to his campaign. “I was feeling an awful lot of pressure to make something happen for [Adam] at the same time we are conducting all of this government business and it made me uncomfortable.”Glenwood is one of three companies that the senator allegedly coerced $300,000 in bribes from in the form of “no-show” jobs that Adam was unqualified for in exchange for illegally manipulating legislation. Both men deny the accusations.Durego said that after his hope that the requests would stop didn’t come true, he set Adam up with a job at AbTech Technologies, a company that Glenwood’s owners invested in, as a way to put some distance between the developer and the senator’s son. But the AbTech job didn’t materialize quickly enough for the senator, who continued to pressure Durego for something more immediate, preferably involving Adam’s title insurance business, Durego testified.Skelos first asked Durego and his boss, billionaire Leonard Litwin, owner of Glenwood—which donates the most to political campaigns statewide—after Glenwood donated heavily to help restore the GOP majority in the state Senate in 2010 following two years of Democratic control. That’s because in 2011, key pieces of legislation regulating the real estate industry were up for renewal, as they are every four years: one involving rent control, the other involving the so-called 421a program that Durego described as providing crucial tax breaks, without which constructing new buildings doesn’t make “economic sense.”Republicans were more likely than Democrats to renew the legislation without any major changes that would be unfavorable to landlords and developers, Durego said. Democrats have an insurmountable majority in the state Assembly, the other state legislative chamber. And Gov. Andrew Cuomo is also a Democrat.“It was very important to Mr. Litwin to have a Republican state Senate,” Durego testified. “[Litwin] felt that these pieces of legislation were critical to his business.”Later during his testimony, Durego said that Skelos lost his temper with officials affiliated with the Real Estate Board of New York, a business group that the senator felt wasn’t appreciative enough of Skelos’ legislative efforts. Durego said Skelos told the men that he would “F” them if they didn’t “pony up” and donate to keep the Republicans in control of the state Senate.U.S. District Court Judge Kimba Wood denied prosecutors’ request to have Durego explain if Skelos meant he would “F” the men “physically or some other way.”Direct examination of Durego, which began Wednesday afternoon and continued all day Thursday, resumes Friday.last_img read more

Material gains

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Australia ‘losing $2.5 bn a week’ in virus shutdown

first_imgAustralia’s economy is losing Aus$4 billion (US$2.5 billion) every week its virus shutdown continues, while a million workers have already lost their jobs in the crisis, according to figures announced Tuesday.The country has enjoyed success in curbing the spread of COVID-19, with new daily cases slowing to single digits or zero across most regions.But Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the restrictions on movement and gatherings designed to stop the spread of the disease were dealing a heavy blow to the economy. The ABS also reported that 31 percent of households nationwide had seen their finances worsen.Frydenberg said the figures showed Australia “must get people back into jobs, and we must get people back at work” but the country had only met 11 of the 15 health conditions for lifting restrictions — though work was ongoing to fast-track the remaining four.Among those is a greater take-up of the government’s contact tracing app, COVIDSafe, which to date has been downloaded by almost five million smartphone users.Australia has recorded more than 6,800 cases of COVID-19 and 96 deaths. Despite progress in some parts of the country, large clusters of cases have emerged at a Melbourne abattoir and Sydney care home.Australia’s states and territories have begun gradually easing some of the restrictions imposed to curb the epidemic and Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said further steps could be announced later this week.  “For every extra week that the current restrictions remain in place, the Treasury estimates that close to $4 billion will be reduced in economic activity, from a combination of a reduced workforce participation, reduced productivity, and reduced consumption,” he said in a speech in Canberra.It came as the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reported a 7.5 percent drop in jobs — equivalent to nearly one million workers out of an active workforce of some 13 million — in the five weeks to April 18.A third of workers lost their jobs in the worst-affected hotel and hospitality industries, along with 27 percent of people in the arts and recreation sectors.The Treasury has previously estimated the unemployment rate will double to 10 percent by the middle of the year because of the coronavirus shutdowns, leaving about 1.4 million people out of work.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Nicolas Pepe defends Freddie Ljungberg after Arsenal’s defeat to Manchester City

first_imgAdvertisement Nicolas Pepe says Arsenal’s players need to ‘rectify’ their current situation (BPI/REX)Nicolas Pepe has defended Freddie Ljungberg after Arsenal’s defeat to Manchester City and claims the Swede is not at fault for the team’s poor performances.The Gunners were comfortably beaten by the Premier League champions on Sunday as Kevin De Bruyne’s double and Raheem Sterling’s goal sealed a 3-0 victory for Pep Guardiola’s side at the Emirates Stadium.Arsenal have registered just one win in their last 12 matches in all competitions but Pepe believes criticism should be directed towards the players as opposed to Ljungberg.‘It is us, the players, who need to rectify this,’ Pepe told RMC Sport after the match.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘With Freddie or someone else, it would be the same.’ Metro Sport ReporterMonday 16 Dec 2019 9:29 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Freddie Ljungberg has urged Arsenal to made a quick decision over their new manager (BPI/REX)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‘I think it needs clearing up to make a decision so that everybody knows.‘That’s something I’ve said. It’s totally up to the club.‘I’m very honoured and trying to do things as well as I can, but I think that it would be good to make a decision regardless of what it is.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Commentcenter_img Nicolas Pepe struggled to make an impact in Arsenal’s defeat to Man City (Getty Images)Ljungberg, meanwhile, has urged Arsenal’s hierarchy to speed up their process of finding a new manager following the decision to sack Unai Emery 17 days ago.‘I think, as I’ve said to the club, it’s a great, great honour to do this,’ Ljungberg said after the defeat to City.‘Of course Per [Mertesacker] is the academy manager and he’s doing two jobs in one go. Nicolas Pepe defends Freddie Ljungberg after Arsenal’s defeat to Manchester City Advertisementlast_img read more

The Brisbane unit market is showing glimmers of recovery

first_imgHaesley Cush at auction under the stars.Given the previous period of uncertainty in the apartment market it was great to see buyers back out fighting in this segment of the market.Now to represent that the unit market is back, would be entirely misleading and a gross misread of the events.What we saw was the green shoots of a market in recovery. Units in the inner city currently represent awesome value and it looks like buyers have realised that those prices won’t last forever.Brisbane has a very healthy outlook with the Queens Wharf infrastructure supporting employment until completion and then the Casino and hospitality precinct providing even more jobs thereafter. And where will those people live? Likely, for the most part, in apartments within the ring of the city.The rest of the night saw house sales from $620,000 up to above $3 million. With nearly $15 million worth of sales concluded by the end of the auctions. 27/4 Wandoo St, Fortitude Valley sold under the hammer for $537,000. Picture: realestate.com.auON Wednesday night I called our Biannual ‘Under the Stars’ auctions. I always get excited for these big events.The weather, as it usually is, was perfect and more than 300 people, a mixture of buyers, sellers and locals turned up to take their read on the Brisbane market.Heading out to centre stage to call 28 auctions is a thrilling feeling. But I also carry a certain amount curiosity in my back pocket.I’m as keen as anyone to see what unfolds during the auctions. The property market can be highly unpredictable, due largely to the emotional attachment people have to their current or future homes.As an auctioneer I have a game plan for how the night should run, but as one of the great auctioneers Phil Parker used to tell me “The best thing to expect is the unexpected”.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoWednesday certainly dished up some unexpected results. The big news out of the night was that half of the properties that sold were units.last_img read more

St Vincent pastor, wife and daughter to serve 4 years after scalding man in ‘spiritual warfare’

first_img Tweet Share FaithLifestyleNewsRegional St Vincent pastor, wife and daughter to serve 4 years after scalding man in ‘spiritual warfare’ by: – April 30, 2018 Share 270 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Cuthbert “Mafia” Victory following the attack in 2016. (Photo: CMC)KINGSTOWN, St Vincent (CMC) – A magistrate Monday sentenced a pastor, his wife and daughter to four years in prison after they were found guilty of pouring hot liquid on a man following what they described as a “spiritual warfare” two years ago.Senior Magistrate Rickie Burnett imposed the sentence on Nigel Morgan, his wife Althia, and their 23-year-old daughter, Crystal, following the assault on Cuthbert “Mafia” Victory, which left him with burns to his back, shoulders, chest and face.Senior Prosecutor Adolphus Delplesche had argued that the trio had planned the assault on Victory on April 9, 2016.A video of the incident, which was widely circulated on social media, showed the older Morgans holding Victory while their daughter pours on him what was later revealed to be a hot liquid. The video was not tendered in evidence, reportedly because police did not secure a deposition from the person who did the recording.In her defence, Crystal Morgan told the court that she was feeling ill and was about to make a cup of tea when she heard noises that suggested that her parents were under attack.“I felt as if my soul left my body,” she told the Kingstown Magistrate Court even as she acknowledged that she could not recall how she left the kitchen on the upper floor of their two-storey house, to the street, where she poured the hot water on the man.She told the court that even up to the point of giving evidence she did not know who it was that she had hurt.In their defence, the older Morgans presented themselves as having been under attack by Victory, a 39-year-old construction worker, who had gone to visit a friend who was the Morgans’ neighbour.However, they admitted in court that they had attempted to use olive oil on the man while, praying for him even though he had not requested any spiritual help.But the state’s main witness, Clint Antoine, who was the Morgans’ neighbour at the time of the incident, told the court that the pastor and his wife, had been engaged in an exchange of words with Victory.He said during the fracas. Morgan placed his hand on the bottle then placed it above Victory’s forehead. The witness said Victory swung his hand and Mrs. Morgan held on to him and they began fighting.Antoine told the court that the trio continued fighting before Victory was subdued by the Morgans and the daughter then poured the contents of a black and silver kettle on him.On their last court appearance on April 13, the Morgans hired their own camera crew to photograph and videotape reporters covering the court case.last_img read more

Post Covid-19: Operation mind your water bottle coming!

first_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 A number of clubs are organising their own testing procedures. Yet the physical rigours of the elite football environment also have an effect on players’ immune systems which have always made players susceptible to viruses. players water rack may henceforth have individual players name on them ‘Professional players have been shown to be regularly immunosuppressed,’ former Chelsea doctor Dr Eva Carneiro tells Sportsmail. ‘This has been demonstrated by both blood tests and the rate and incidence of upper respiratory tract and other infections, which is how a virus like this starts. That’s due to the amount of sport they play. The physical activity, playing at a professional level, with games sometimes every 72 hours, as well as training creates a strain on the body.’ The risk is compounded by overseas travel. ‘It means they have to enter an airport even though they might be travelling by private jet,’ adds Dr Carneiro who was at Chelsea for six years. Read AlsoCoronavirus: Ronaldo sends message to fans as he remains in quarantine “’Travel can also mean a change in sleep patterns, arriving back in the early hours of the morning, creating a fatigue which again can make players susceptible.’ Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?The Biggest Cities In The World So FarWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Contemplate Life At These 10 Stargazing LocationsBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Best Cars Of All Time Loading… There are strong indications that professional football clubs will adopt operation mind your water bottle when the leagues return after the virus forced embargo. It’s the pitch side bottle-throwing habit which drives some Premier League club doctors mad. A player will catch one, drink from it and throw it back over the white line from where it will be placed back in the rack for anyone else to use — a ready-made means to transmit the viruses to which elite players can be particularly prone. One doctor speaks of pushing to get name labels put on bottles to prevent a virus spreading in such an elementary way but it was a struggle. Players in prime physical fitness, playing elite football week-in week-out, think they’re untouchable. The Covid-19 virus has revealed they are as prone to infection as anyone else.  Within a 12-hour period late on Thursday, no fewer than five Premier League players were self-isolating, with Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi both confirmed as infected.Advertisementlast_img read more

Lady Chargers Battle Lady Spartans

first_imgNorth Decatur JV lost in 3 sets 13-25, 25-12, 25-13.Anna Burkhart had 21 digs and Brittany Krieger had 15 digs. Erin Schwering & Brittany Krieger both added 4 kills.North Decatur Varsity won in 4 sets 25-18, 18-25, 25-19, 26-24.‘The girls played really well tonight and it was great to see them battle back after dropping Set 2. They communicated well and showed hustle and enthusiasm. Varsity is now 9-3 on the season and we look to continue adding to our 9 game win streak next week with 3 matches, all at Home.’ Chargers Coach Ashley Gauck.Kara Muckerheide set an impressive 105/106 with 28 assists, added 4 kills and  & 5 digs. Emma Luttle served 23/24 with 6 Aces and added 3 kills. Erica Gauck totaled 16 digs and 7 kills. Maddy Day 9 kills & Olivia Bohman 4 kills w/3 solo blocks. Erika Kramer 13 kills & 5 total blocks.last_img read more