Local products favoured by shoppers

first_imgA new report has revealed that 52% of consumers asked said they would like to see either locally or regionally produced bakery products in their supermarkets.The Regional and Local Food & Drink report by research company Adsearch, which looked at all areas of food, found that 65% of respondents said they wanted to buy local and regional products in order to support the local economy, 53% to support small scale production and 51% to get fresh quality flavours.The report also revealed that many consumers believe every supermarket should sell a local and regional range, defined as being within 27 miles of the shop. However, many also commented that it was often hard to distinguish when products were local, and so they preferred to shop at farmers’ markets or farm shops.last_img read more

Eclipsed Tony Nom Pascale Armand on Survival Job, the Star She’s Dying to Meet & More

first_img View Comments Related Shows Eclipsed Show Closed This production ended its run on June 19, 2016center_img Age: “A lady never tells.”Hometown: Brooklyn, NYCurrent Role: Eclipsed’s Bessie, one of the captive wives of a commanding officer in the thick of Liberia’s Civil War.Stage & Screen Cred: Armand has been under Liesl Tommy’s direction in Eclipsed since its Yale Repertory Theatre incarnation; the Broadway run marks her fourth stint in the production. She received a 2016 Tony nomination for her role in the compelling drama. Armand made her Broadway debut in The Trip to Bountiful. Her additional stage credits include off-Broadway’s An Octoroon, Belleville, Four and Breath, Boom. Her screen credits include The Blacklist, American Odyssey, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the upcoming web series Heirloom. Pascale Armand photographed at The Rickey(Photo: Caitlin McNaney)last_img read more

White House ‘Throws Weight’ Behind Failing Arizona Coal Plant

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享ThinkProgress.org:Even while experts conclude the Navajo Generating Station, a 43-year-old coal plant in northern Arizona, is an economic albatross, the Trump administration is pushing to keep it running.Tired of losing money on the facility, the plant’s owners voted in February to close the Navajo Generating Station when their 50-year lease with the Navajo Nation expires in 2019. The three-unit, 2,250-megawatt plant has been more expensive to run than natural-gas-burning plants.“The decision was based on the economics of coal generation at NGS compared to other resources, primarily natural gas,” said Scott Harelson, spokesperson for Salt River Project, an Arizona electric utility that owns the largest share of the power plant. The original agreement between the plant owners and the Navajo Nation included an option to extend the lease until 2044.In a recent analysis, the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory examined price trends and found that “a turnaround for the power plant might be years away, especially if natural gas prices remain low.”The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), a research and consulting firm, conducted multiple studies of the Navajo Generating Station and found that huge subsidies will be required to keep the plant operating through 2019. “We put the price of keeping NGS open from mid-2017 through the end of 2019 at $414 million,” IEEFA wrote in a May report. Extending that “bailout” to keep the Navajo Generating Station operating from 2020 until 2030 would cost an additional $1 billion to $2 billion, IEEFA said.Nevertheless, the Interior Department is working with Peabody Energy — a coal company with ties to President Donald Trump — to find another entity to step in and keep the plant operating. Peabody Energy supplies coal to the power plant, the seventh biggest source of carbon dioxide emissions in the country, from the nearby Kayenta mine on Navajo land. The plant is located on the Navajo Indian Reservation, just east of Glen Canyon Dam, near Arizona’s northern border.The Trump administration “is committed to finding a post-2019 future for the Navajo Generating Station,” Bureau of Reclamation spokesperson Dan DuBray told ThinkProgress. The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation, primarily a water management agency, oversees the government’s 24.3 percent ownership stake in the plant. It is the bureau’s only stake in a fossil fuel-powered electric power generating facility.Aside from the federal government, the Navajo Generating station is owned by four electric utilities: Salt River Project at 42.9 percent, Arizona Public Service Co. at 14 percent, Nevada Energy at 11.3 percent, and Tucson Electric Power at 7.5 percent.Mike Hummel, deputy general manager of the Salt River Project, told the Arizona Republic that without federal subsidies, a new owner of the plant would not be able to operate it cost-effectively. He noted that each utility owner of the Navajo Generating Station has owned and operated coal plants. “We are all very good at it, and we are all not able to make it work. That’s why the owners are choosing to exit,” Hummel told the newspaper.Continued operation of the coal plant will not only come at a cost to taxpayers and ratepayers, it will also take a heavy toll on people who live in the region. The Clean Air Task Force estimates that pollution from the Navajo Generating Station contributes to 16 premature deaths, 25 heart attacks, 300 asthma attacks, and 15 asthma emergency room visits each year, with total annual health costs of more than $127 million.On the other hand, the plant also provides significant economic benefits to the Navajo Nation. The lease agreements, royalties, and other payments tied to the plant and coal mine account for about 20 percent of the Navajo Nation’s annual revenue. “This money funds critical public services for our nation including schools, emergency services, infrastructure, and public parks,” Russell Begaye, president of the Navajo Nation, wrote in an op-ed earlier this year. “We already struggle to make ends meet and any reduction in our already strained operating budget would have disastrous consequences.”The Navajo Nation is exploring ways to produce and market coal, and a solar project is being considered for the site if the power plant is shut down in 2019.Earlier this month, Peabody Energy, one of the largest coal companies in the world, announced several “highly qualified potential investors” have expressed interest in “pursuing an ownership position in the Navajo Generating Station for operation beyond 2019.The Navajo Nation itself is evaluating the proposals, looking at the potential buyers’ experience in running electric power plants, said Meghan Cox, a spokesperson for the nation. “It is our hope to keep these strong wages and jobs in the region. We’re doing everything we can to do so,” Cox said.For the long term, the Navajo Nation also has hired energy experts to analyze the potential for adding renewable energy facilities at the site.The Trump administration remains determined to take actions — even if they go against conservative economic thinking — that benefit the coal industry and workers. The Interior Department is focusing on the Navajo Generating Station as “one example of the many links to our economy and jobs that American mining and coal-generated energy provide,” the Bureau of Reclamation’s DuBray said in an interview with the Washington Times. In fact, supporters of the Navajo Generating Station told the newspaper that if the Trump administration is serious about helping the coal industry, it should consider making the federal government the full owner of the power plant if the utilities pull out.More: Trump administration throws weight behind keeping Arizona coal plant open White House ‘Throws Weight’ Behind Failing Arizona Coal Plantlast_img read more

CHINESE SUPER LEAGUE: Mikel’s Tianjin Teda Escapes Relegation by Whiskers

first_img*Ighalo’s Changchun Yatai not so lucky, relegatedDespite their 5-1 away loss to Guangzhou Evergrande, John Mikel Obi’s Tianjin Teda escaped relegation yesterday as only Odion Ighalo’s Changchun Yatai joined the already relegated Guizhou Hengfeng.Ighalo netted 21 goals for Changchun Yatai this season after he scored 15 in the previous campaign. Changchun Yatai ended the 30-match week series with 32 points just like Mikel’s Tianjin Teda and Chongqing Lifan.Incidentally, all the three clubs lost their last matches. But Mikel’s Tianjin Teda and Chongqing Lifan escaped relegation owing to better head-to-head records with Changchun Lifan.Prior to Sunday’s matches, the four teams above were in the relegation zone with an identical 32 points, and the losers between Changchun and Dalian would face more risks of becoming the second and last team to be relegated after Guizhou Hengfeng were already doomed with two rounds to go.In their do-or-die match, the visiting Changchun missed their best chance in the beginning of the first half, as Dane international Lasse Vibe hit the wood.A header from Duvier Riascos, top scorer of the 2010-2011 China Super League season, broke the deadlock in the 21st minute for Dalian who made it 2-0 in the 63rd minute when Belgian Yannick Ferreira Carrasco also found the net.The 2-0 victory ensured Dalian to remain in the first tier league in China with 35 points.Also yesterday, Tianjin visited China Super League defending champions Guangzhou Evergrande and broke the deadlock first in the first half, before Guangzhou scored five goals later on for a season record of 82 goals.Chongqing lost to Guizhou 1-0 and completed the season with 32 points, the same as both Tianjin and Changchun.Elsewhere, Beijing Renhe tied Guangzhou R&F 0-0, Hebei China Fortune beat Beijing Guoan 2-1, Jiangsu Suning whitewashed Henan Jianye 4-0, Shanghai Greenland drew Shandong Luneng 2-2, and Tianjin Quanjian downed newly-crowned Shanghai SIPG 3-2.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Video: Stephen Curry on difficulty of winning a closeout game

first_img[vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/04/25/bang_d1cc6ea0-3556-4bd5-88ec-5ebdfbe5407b”]Closeout games aren’t easy. Stephen Curry can attest to that, having been through several of them.At a postgame news conference, he said they require a continuous focus that the the Golden State Warriors lacked Wednesday night in Game 5. He discussed what the team needed to do going to Game 6 in Los Angeles and even said that he was willing to go the distance to close out the series.The Warriors’ first-round …last_img read more

S&P notes South Africa’s strengths

first_img15 June 2015South Africa has noted the decision by international ratings agency Standard and Poor’s to affirm the country’s long and short term foreign and local currency issuer default ratings at BBB-/A-3 and BBB+/A-2, respectively.The agency also affirmed the stable outlook, the National Treasury said today.Standard and Poor’s acknowledged that South Africa had several strengths, including broad political and institutional stability, policy continuity, and fiscal prudence, which would help to contain the country’s fiscal and external balances and deep financial markets.“While S&P noted that growth in 2015 would be limited as a result of electricity supply shortages, the agency said it expected growth to increase over 2016 to 2018 as electricity supply, domestic consumption and net exports improved. [The ] government has committed to redouble the efforts to deal with the challenges identified by S&P,” the Treasury said.Insofar as the energy constraints were concerned, efforts to resolve the challenges were well under way. “Eskom will be capitalised in a deficit neutral manner as per plan; independent power producers are delivering close to 2 000 megawatts [MW] of electricity and more have been contracted that will take their contribution to around 5 000MW when construction of the plants is completed,” it explained.The implementation of the National Development Plan was becoming embedded in the way the government worked as it started with a granular plan on the ocean economy, the Treasury said, and it was being extended to agriculture and other areas of delivery.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

3 days agoLiverpool boss Klopp on Ballon D’Or nominations: What’d you expect!

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp on Ballon D’Or nominations: What’d you expect!by Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp says it is normal seven Liverpool players were nominated on the Ballon D’Or shortlist.Alisson Becker, defenders Virgil Van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold, midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum and strikers Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino were all named on the 30-man list.After winning the Champions League and finishing the Premier League with 97 points, Klopp says the selections were just.”My first question was ‘Who has not been nominated’?” he said ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League match in Genk.”When players win it, it is big. When they don’t, hopefully it doesn’t hurt too much. The way we played last season, it’s normal so many would be nominated by the experts.”He added: “I think our seven nominations are deserved. If it’s a sign that we are now a destination for players, I don’t know. We want to work together for the next couple of years and we’ll see what happens.”I’m proud of my boys in general, not just because seven of them have been nominated. I like them a lot and I’m happy when they win things.” last_img read more

Bill and Melinda Gates talk taxes feminism President Trump

first_imgBill and Melinda Gates say they’re concerned about some of President Donald Trump’s policies and statements. Here are excerpts from their recent interview with The Associated Press:GIVING PLEDGEBill Gates says he’s met with Trump twice since he took office. The Microsoft co-founder hasn’t asked Trump to sign “The Giving Pledge,” a movement Gates founded that asks billionaires to commit to donating most of their wealth to charity.“We’ve never had a direct conversation about that,” Gates said. “It’s always a voluntary thing, and as I do dinners, I meet with a lot of people but never discussed it with him.”WOMEN, MINORITIESMelinda Gates, who left her job at Microsoft to raise their three children before turning to the foundation full-time, has lately embraced her role as a public figure more boldly. She called out Trump’s behaviour, including what she described as his habit of using Twitter to attack women and minority groups.“Those kinds of comments just don’t belong in the public discourse,” Melinda Gates said.TAX OVERHAULBill Gates is among the billionaires who have advocated for more taxes on the wealthy. He says Trump’s tax overhaul mostly benefits corporations.“We’ve in a broad sense said taxes should be more progressive, and this was not a move toward being more progressive.”FEMINISMMelinda Gates says some of Trump’s comments about women have troubled her, but his rejection of the “feminist” label has not.“Some men have trouble — and some women, quite frankly — have trouble embracing that term and what it means, so that honestly doesn’t bother me. It’s more the specific comments he’s made over and over again about specific people or minorities or women that just do not reflect the values I see across the United States.”last_img read more

Insurer Nationwide cutting 1100 jobs across country

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa — Nationwide intends to eliminate the jobs of about 1,100 employees across the country — around 3.6 per cent of its workforce.The insurance and financial services company says about 80 workers in Des Moines and 350 in Columbus, Ohio, were told Tuesday that their jobs would be eliminated by the end of March. The remaining workers affected will be informed in the coming weeks.Nationwide says the employees will receive severance pay and other support, and they can apply for company jobs elsewhere. Nationwide is based in Columbus.The job cuts will occur mostly in information technology, marketing, property and casualty operations and bank organizations.Nationwide says it is taking advantage of new technologies as it positions the organization for long-term success and growth.The Associated Presslast_img read more