In Coal Phase-Outs, Canada and U.K. Part With U.S.

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Globe and Mail:Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and her British counterpart, Claire Perry, will launch an international alliance to phase out coal-fired electricity at the Bonn climate summit this week, signalling a sharp contrast to U.S. President Donald Trump’s promotion of coal as an important global energy source.Ms. McKenna will take the stage at the annual United Nations climate summit to showcase Canada’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, including a national carbon pricing plan and federal-provincial moves to shut down traditional coal-fired power by 2030.The United States, meanwhile, will use its platform at Bonn to highlight the Trump administration’s support for coal and other fossil fuels. At a Monday event, U.S. officials will join industry representatives at a panel discussion on “the role of cleaner and more efficient fossil fuels and nuclear power in climate mitigation.”U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry is proposing an American-led alliance that would encourage developing countries to invest in more efficient coal plants. In contrast, Ms. McKenna and Ms. Perry will tout their countries’ plans to phase out coal-fired power as a model for the world and will aim to rally international investors to finance lower-carbon options rather than coal.Since concluding a federal-provincial climate deal last December, Ottawa has announced a ream of planned policies to reduce GHG emissions, but it has yet to introduce the legislation or regulations to implement them, while the bulk of planned spending won’t come for another year or two.In a fall report, federal Environmental Commissioner Julie Gelfand said the government must speed up the implementation of its plan.The Liberals face criticism from two sides. New Democratic Party MP Linda Duncan says the Liberals are not moving fast enough, noting the 2017 budget indicated major spending on critical emission-reduction programs won’t begin until 2018-19.Conservative Party MP Ed Fast argues the Liberals are piling on climate-related costs, including carbon taxes, at the risk of the country’s industrial competitiveness. He said Canada cannot get too far out of line with its major trading partners such as the United States, particularly at a time when Mr. Trump is pursuing a pro-business agenda.The Trudeau government achieved a major victory just a year into its mandate by securing provincial and territorial agreement on the Pan-Canadian Framework on climate change, which commits all governments to undertake a broad range of policies – including carbon pricing – to bring down emissions.Ms. McKenna insisted her government is not slackening the pace but taking a reasonable time to consult with industry and environmental experts on legislation and regulations, while working with provinces and territories on priorities for spending that will have the greatest impact on emissions.“We are absolutely on track to meet our 2030 commitments,” she said. “We have a plan … and there’s a whole variety of measures we need to be taking. We also aren’t doing this alone; we’re working with provinces and territories.”She pointed to federal investment in transit, including up to $1-billion over several years for Ottawa’s light rail transit system, a project which she said would result in the largest GHG reduction in the city’s history.Carbon pricing legislation will be introduced early in the new year and will require all provinces to meet a minimum federal standard or see Ottawa implement its own carbon tax in their jurisdiction. The federal plan to reduce methane emissions in the oil and gas industry is due to be released soon, even as Alberta is expected to release its own draft regulations in the coming days.More: Canada, Britain to tout coal phase-out as U.S. champions fossil fuels In Coal Phase-Outs, Canada and U.K. Part With U.S.last_img read more

Why we resuscitated Kwara Sports Festival 15 years after — AbdulRazaq

first_imgRelatedPosts Saraki to Kwara Governor: Call those encroaching my land led by your SA to order FG hails Kwara Governor over social investment programme COVID-19 taught us to be closer to God – ex-NAN Director Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has said he approved the resuscitation of the state annual sports festival as part of his belief in productive engagement of the youths to attain their full potentials. The state is currently engrossed with excitement as contingents from across its 16 local government areas participate in at least 26 games in the seventh Kwara State Sports Festival, which was last held in 2005. AbdulRazaq, who paid an unscheduled visit late on Wednesday to the Kwara State Stadium Complex to watch some of the games, said such event would also help to promote talents and sportsmanship in the populace. “The resuscitation of Kwara State Sports Festival hinges on the need to invest in the youths and sports. Hitherto, the state hired athletes to represent the state in festivals and we need to invest in ourselves and get the home-grown youths to take part in various sports events (nationwide and internationally),” he told reporters shortly after watching a photo finish (volleyball game) between Ilorin West and Offa. AbdulRazaq also said the administration plans to upgrade some facilities in the sports complex in the 2020 fiscal year, especially the indoor hall, to provide the right environment for local talents to thrive. “(There will be) renovation of the sports complex, investments in youth and sports. You will see a face-lift of the Indoor Sports Hall of the state stadium, a new squash court and renovation in all facets,” he said, offering insights into what the sector should expect in the 2020 budget that was passed on Wednesday. “It is a pity that we’ve allowed (sports) infrastructure to decay. But despite that we can see the zeal, commitment of the sportsmen and women as well as the officials. You can see that they want to participate in sports. So, we need to provide the enabling environment to do what they need to do.” AbdulRazaq said Kwara State looks forward to greater showings in the upcoming 20th National Sports Festival in March in Edo State, adding: “In fact, this is the good beginning. We are not going to hire athletes to represent the state. The home-grown talents will represent us. So, we’ll have a 10 year plan. We are not saying that we will be at the top of the medals table in Edo but gradually we will be the best.” The Governor had earlier met with members of the main organising committee of the festival in the indoor hall where he commended them for a good job. He was received by top government officials, sports veterans and entrepreneurs, including the Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development, Joanna Nnazua Kolo; Special Adviser on Sports and Youth Development, Attahiru Ibrahim; Director of Sports, Tunde Kazeem; Serah Adebooa Esan; Olusola Abubakar Sheu; ex-international Hameed Adio; Coach Bola Mogaji; Dr. Steve Olarinoye; Razaq Olorunmako; Ibrahim Bako; and Abimbola Agbeke Olaoye.Tags: Abdulrahman AbdulrazaqKwara Sports FestivalKwara Statelast_img read more

Johnson’s squad takes to road for border battle series

first_imgRAY PFIFER/Herald photoThe Wisconsin women’s hockey team doesn’t exactly have fond memories from its last trip to Minneapolis’ Ridder Arena in last year’s WCHA title game. At the time, Minnesota entered the contest favored as the top-ranked team in the nation with a glut of future Olympians and was on a quest for its second consecutive NCAA Championship, while Wisconsin was in search of its first WCHA title in school history.Unfortunately for UW, despite a pair of goals from former UW captain Carla MacLeod in the final minute of regulation, the Badgers fell short of their bid for a WCHA title after an overtime goal by the Gophers’ Krissy Wendell. Minnesota would eventually go on to win its second-straight NCAA championship.That was eight-and-a-half months ago.Now fast forward to this weekend’s return to Ridder Arena. Gone are the Gophers formidable Olympic line, and an intimidating No. 1 ranking. Instead, it’s the No. 3 Badgers (9-1-0, 7-1-0) that enter the contest with the higher ranking, the better record and a significant amount of momentum. Wisconsin enters this weekend’s matchup with No. 4 Minnesota (9-3, 4-2) on a nation-leading nine-game win streak while the Golden Gophers are coming off of a weekend sweep of Brown.But history is definitely in Minnesota’s favor as the Golden Gophers have had the Badgers’ number in the past, winning 23 of the last 29 meetings between the two squads. However, the Badgers aren’t concerned with Minnesota’s previous dominance over them.”Their team has a different look to them,” head coach Mark Johnson said. “In the first three years that I [coached] against them, they had a line that will be on our Olympic team this year. They were very talented — not only good hockey players, but world-class athletes. That’s one of the reasons why [Minnesota] won back-to-back NCAA championships.””That group isn’t with them this year, so it’s a different club,” Johnson continued. “But it presents a different problem in that they’re actually a team this year and they don’t rely on two or three or four people. They play collectively as a group, they’ve got good players and they have a good goaltender. So it will be a very good series.”The Badgers certainly have much to be confident about. The Badgers lead the conference in goals scored with 46, and also has allowed the fewest goals in the WCHA with 15. Thus far this season, Wisconsin is averaging a lofty 4.6 goals per game, giving up just 1.5 goals per game. Throw out their opening loss to Minnesota-Duluth and those stats are even more impressive with the Badgers averaging 4.9 goals per game with just 1.1 goals allowed.The powerful line of Sharon Cole, Sara Bauer and Jinelle Zaugg leads Wisconsin’s offense. Bauer leads the conference in assists (14) and total points (22) while creating a multitude of opportunities for Cole and Zaugg.Zaugg has gotten into a groove lately, scoring two goals in the victory over Minnesota State last Wednesday and taking the team lead in goals scored.”Bauer and Cole having been playing together for almost three years,” Zaugg said modestly of her recent scoring streak. “They work really well together, and they’re both really great players. So I just try to fit in and be there for them. … I think the [most important thing] is just confidence — from our whole team and from our line.”Junior Bobbi-Jo Slusar, who features a cannon-like slapshot and is a major contributor on offense and on the powerplay, anchors the defense. With four goals and 12 assists, she is the team’s second leading point producer.The Golden Gophers’ offense is led by sophomore forwards Erica McKenzie and Bobbi Ross. McKenzie has 13 goals and seven assists for 20 points and was named WCHA conference player of the week after scoring four goals on just five shots in Minnesota’s first game last weekend. Ross has 10 goals and seven assists on the season.Minnesota goalie Brittony Chartier, a freshman, has seen a lot of ice time this season. She has started 11 of 12 games this season, posting eight victories, while allowing a goals against average of 2.05 and recording a save percentage of .915.last_img read more