Coal shipments at two Wisconsin, Minnesota ports dropped sharply in 2019, wind cargoes set record

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Wisconsin Public Radio:A record amount of cargo containing components used for generating wind power moved through the Twin Ports during the 2019 shipping season. The surge in wind traffic comes as Duluth-Superior handled the lowest amount of coal in more than three decades.Around 8 million tons of coal moved through the Twin Ports last year, marking the lowest volume Duluth-Superior has seen since 1985. Jayson Hron, spokesperson for the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, said the decline comes as demand for renewable energy sent a record 306,000 freight tons of wind turbines and other components through the port.“It’s becoming more competitive in the power generation price spectrum, and so it’s just making it a more viable, higher demand way of producing energy and power for our country,” said Hron.The cost of renewables like wind and solar have declined in recent years. In addition, natural gas prices are lower than coal as production has reached near record levels, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The agency found utility providers have announced retirement of more than 546 coal-fired plants in the last decade that produce around 102,000 megawatts of power.The transition is something people would not have thought possible until recently, said Greg Nemet, a public affairs professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who researches energy and policy. “We’re seeing plants that were built in the ’80s — some even in later — that are being prematurely shut down just because it’s much cheaper to make electricity with natural gas and with solar, even when you have to build new plants,” said Nemet.“It’s really a competition between coal, natural gas, and renewables. Over the last 10 years, natural gas especially has been the winner. In the last five years, renewables have really been the winner,” said Nemet. “Coal really can’t compete with either of those.”[Danielle Kaeding]More: Coal shipping in Twin Ports drops to lowest level in decades while wind cargo surges Coal shipments at two Wisconsin, Minnesota ports dropped sharply in 2019, wind cargoes set recordlast_img read more

Fifth of New Yorkers infected with coronavirus, antibody test suggests

first_imgA total of 3,000 customers at supermarkets across the state of New York were randomly tested for coronavirus antibodies this week, Governor Andrew Cuomo said Thursday.Almost 14 percent of them registered positive, he told reporters. In New York City, 21 percent of tests came back positive.Those would translate to roughly 2.6 million people statewide and around 1.7 million people in the Big Apple as having already had the new coronavirus.Those numbers are way above the 263,460 declared cases across New York state, the epicenter of America’s outbreak, where the virus has killed more than 15,500 people. “It’s vital for any state, I believe, to first get a baseline study of where you are on the infection rate,” Cuomo said.There are uncertainties about the accuracy of antibody tests and the sample was small. But Cuomo noted that, if the data played out across the state it would mean that the death rate for COVID-19 there was only 0.5 percent.That is much lower than the US average and the worst-affected countries in Europe, which are based on confirmed cases.According to Johns Hopkins University, Belgium has a known-case mortality rate of 14.9 percent, France 13.6 percent and the United States 5.5 percent. More than one in five New Yorkers may have already had the new coronavirus, a testing sample showed Thursday, suggesting infections are much higher than confirmed cases suggest.Widespread testing — including for antibodies — is viewed as key to American states being able to lift stay-at-home orders and reopen their shuttered economies.The presence of antibodies means a person has already been infected with the virus and might mean they are immune, meaning they could likely return to work without catching the illness again.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Jovetic looks City-bound

first_imgFiorentina have reached an agreement to sell Montenegrin striker Stevan Jovetic to Manchester City, the Serie A club have confirmed. The 23-year-old has scored 35 league goals in five seasons with La Viola, who finished fourth in Serie A last season, and it appears City’s lengthy pursuit of the versatile forward has come to fruition. A statement published on Fiorentina’s official Twitter account, @ACF_Fiorentina, read: “An agreement has been reached with Manchester City Football Club for the permanent sale of the player Stevan Jovetic.” The Barclays Premier League runners-up, now managed by Chilean Manuel Pellegrini, have already strengthened their squad with the recruitment of midfielder Fernandinho from Shakhtar Donetsk and winger Jesus Navas from Sevilla, with the latter’s former team-mate Alvaro Negredo expected to follow in the coming days. Striker Negredo’s transfer is yet to be formalised by City, who are on a pre-season tour in South Africa, in the wake of Sevilla’s announcement the Spain international had agreed a move to the Etihad Stadium, but it is clear Pellegrini is working to fill the gaps left in his forward line by the exits of Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli. Jovetic – who is as comfortable playing as a lone striker as he is in front of the midfield – finished the 2012-13 season with 13 league goals following a haul of 14 in the previous year. The Montenegro international had missed the entire 2010-11 season in Florence after suffering a cruciate ligament injury in pre-season training. He made his Montenegro debut in 2007 and brought up his 10th goal for the nation in a friendly game against Latvia last August. Fiorentina, meanwhile, have already set about replacing Jovetic’s goals by adding Germany international Mario Gomez to their ranks for a reported 17million euro fee last week. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Marcellus wrestlers shut out Chittenango, 86-0

first_imgAt 132 pounds, Jacob Kermes earned his pin over Quentin Mohamed early in the third period, with Ryan Moses (138 pounds) taking 1:52 to pin Mark Young.Dylan Price, wrestling at 145 pounds, earned an 18-1 technical fall over Andrew Bailey, followed up by Quinten Weaver (152 pounds) pinning Shaun Irwin in 1:51.As that went on, West Genesee battled SCAC Metro division rival Cicero-North Syracuse, and started quite well before the Northstars dominated the latter portion of the meet, handing the Wildcats a 57-26 loss. As part of an impressive run through December, the Marcellus wrestling team pulled off a rare shutout during its OHSL Liberty division meet against Chittenango last Thursday night.The Mustangs blanked the Bears 86-0, and while it benefited from eight forfeits, there were still seven contested bouts, and Marcellus won all of them.Only Kyle Brown, at 285 pounds, had a close call, but he beat John Spencer 8-5 after Zach Grolling (195 pounds) pinned Jacob Ezzo in 54 seconds and Nate Farino (220 pounds) got a 32-second pin over Luke Martin. It opened at 126 pounds with Gavin O’Neill beating Eric Salenski 8-5, and two bouts later Nate Wade, at 138, got a pin over Vincent Ciciarelli.Before Mike Farino claimed a forfeit at 195, Colin McAvan (160 pounds) got a 15-0 technical fall over Jacob Nobles and Joe Comny, at 182 pounds, pinned Chris Mehlek.That left WG in front 26-21, but C-NS took over from there, winning the last six bouts, five of them by pins to go with a forfeit.Jordan-Elbridge competed last Friday against Red Creek and, largely on the basis of having a full roster, prevailed 66-18.Only once did the Eagles win a bout on the mat, thanks to Nolan Jackson, who at 126 would pin Jacob Morrisette in 18 seconds.Otherwise, it was a series of forfeits as Madyn LaFleur (99 pounds), Bryan Tanner (120 pounds), Cameron Prior (132), Caspian Phillips (145), Cole Mullen (170 pounds), Cameron Newhook (182), Anthony Baron (195), Jared Lawrence (220) and Ryan Rivenburgh (285) won without having to take the mat.Marcellus takes part in this weekend’s Kenneth Haines Memorial Tournament at SUNY-Oswego as J-E and West Genesee rested until the calendar turned to 2020.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Tags: J-EMarcellusWest Geneseewrestlinglast_img read more

HSU falls to San Bernardino’s aggressive defense, better shooting

first_imgThe Humboldt State men’s team suffered a tough loss to Cal State San Bernardino (7-9, 5-7) 90-79 at home Saturday night, falling to 6-12 (3-9) on the year. San Bernardino jumped out to a double-digit lead early on in the game forcing Humboldt to play catch-up for much of the night. San Bernardino led by as much as 26 in the first half. Humboldt closed the gap to 18 during the closing minutes of the first half, due in part to a buzzer-beating three-pointer from Humboldt’s Will Taylor just …last_img read more

Bacterial Flagellum Reveals New Structural Complexity

first_imgThe bacterial flagellum, the unofficial mascot of the Intelligent Design movement, got more praise from the evolutionary journal Nature this week: Samatey et al.1 analyzed the hook region in detail and found that it is composed of 120 copies of a specialized protein that “reveals the intricate molecular interactions and a plausible switching mechanism for the hook to be flexible in bending but rigid against twisting for its universal joint function.”    Christopher Surridge, commenting on this paper in the same issue,2 adds that this joint must be able to bend up to 90 degrees in a millisecond or less while rotating at up to 300 times per second.  He says that the researchers describe “how they determined the atomic structure of this super-flexible universal joint, and thereby how it achieves such a feat of engineering.”1Samatey et al., “Structure of the bacterial flagellar hook and implication for the molecular universal joint mechanism,” Nature 431, 1062 – 1068 (28 October 2004); doi:10.1038/nature02997.2Christopher Surridge, “Molecular motors: Smooth coupling in Salmonella,” Nature 431, 1047 (28 October 2004); doi:10.1038/4311047b.The hook region surely appeared to be one of the simplest-looking parts of the complex molecular motor.  Now, even that little item, something that just bends at an angle, is shown to be exquisitely designed, with exacting specifications to allow bending without twisting.  If all the amino acids in this one protein element were not in the right places, the protein would not work.  And if all 120 were not joined together, and were not assembled at the right time and in the right place, the flagellum would be useless.  Inside that hook is an entire highway of molecular trucks that build the propeller (see 06/14/2004 headline).  No wonder Jonathan Wells remarked, “What we find is irreducible complexity all the way down.”(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Family Development Year In Review: 2016

first_imgBy: Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFTpixabay[New Year’s Eve by lumpi, November 12, 2015, CCO]It’s been a great year here at MFLN Family Development! We have had the opportunity to provide a wide range of exciting, valuable, and inspiring programming.Webinars:We kicked off our webinar season in April with Dr. Daniel Perkins who assisted us service professionals in “bridging the gap” between research and practice. Dr. Andrew Behnke then joined us in May for a thought-provoking and detailed webinar on working with multi-crisis families. Dr. Kacy Mixon and I had the opportunity to get some great conversation started around technology and parenting in June. In July, Dr. Patricia Gerbarg and Dr. Richard Brown taught us all about the science and research support for techniques used in working with people who have endured extreme stress and trauma! They also provided us with some experiential activities that will assist us in practicing healing techniques. In August, Mrs. Emily Brown, LCSW taught us all how to work with couples who have experienced infidelity by talking about special difficulties for military families, different types of affairs, and how to handle the surfacing of affairs.VLE:During the month of September, we teamed up with the Early Intervention team to provide a 4-part Virtual Learning Event that focused on Strengthening the Family CORE. These 4 sessions were designed to equip military family service providers with the tools to join with families in an effort to continue their path of resilience. We were able to offer EITP credits and NASW and GAMFT CEUs for all sessions in the VLE.Podcast and Other Programming:This year, we were able to launch our podcast Anchored. Each episode focuses on real life struggles and topic areas that many families encounter along with practical solutions used to lessen ripple effects. 5 episodes were recorded this year covering a range of topics. You can check all of them out here.In addition to our podcast, we introduced Project In Sight by using a different type of format. Project In Sight was created out of the recognition of the importance of connecting and learning from one another. The topic discussed in our first AIM session was reintegration after deployment.We were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to team up with the MFLN Family Transitions and MFLN Personal Finance teams in November for a collaborative webinar on military retirement. Through this webinar, we were able to provide information, resources, and tools necessary to assist families in making a smooth transition from Military to Civilian life. We then held an interactive session following up on part 1.And, of course, we have continued to provide you with our blogs which offer insightful information and suggestions on working with families around a variety of topic areas.We want to take a minute to thank all of you for helping make this such a wonderful year for us! We hope that you will take all of these wonderful resources and add them to your toolkits so that you will always have them handy while working with military families. Stay tuned for our upcoming learning opportunities and programming in 2017!!This post was written by Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT, the social media and programming specialist for the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development team on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.last_img read more

The 14 Tools You Need to Nurture Your Dream Clients

first_imgIf you want to pursue your dream clients across time and space, you are going to need a professional pursuit plan that allows you to persist as a value creator and not a nuisance. Stringing together the 14 tools you need to nurture your dream clients will allow you to become known as someone worth a meeting.The Phone: You may not have expected this tool to be first on the list, but it belongs here. If you want to be known, then don’t wait for your dream client to bump into you on a social channel. Instead, make yourself known. Even if you don’t reach a contact, leaving a voicemail announces your arrival. You want to be known, and you want to be known as a value creator.Voice Mail: Salespeople can be a superstitious lot. Some avoid voice mail, believing that it hurts them to put their prospective clients on notice that they are calling. There is no reason not to have your voice heard, especially if you have a message that shows your conviction in your ability to provide them real value in exchange for their time.Email: Email should not be your first choice, but it fits well here in third place. Email allows you to follow up on your phone call and voice mail. You can describe the value you are trading for your dream client’s time, and you can provide your phone number. You can also let them know that you will be trying them very soon. Don’t ask them to call you back. You call them.An Idea or Theory: If you want to gain meetings faster, sharing an idea that is valuable to your dream client—even if they don’t do business with you— it provides your contacts with evidence that you have done your homework and that you might be able to help them with their problems, challenges, or opportunities. Because there is no ask, you are making a deposit in the relationship, something that will pay dividends later.What You Have Learned: If you have learned something from serving other clients, such as how to produce a result in a new way, or a strategy that saves time and money, sharing that is the kind of thing that proves you are helping other companies with their problems. It also shows that you are focused on improving the results you help your clients produce.Your Views: If you have the business acumen, and if you have the situational knowledge, sharing your view on what you believe is right now and what follows makes for an excellent nurture tool. It may be the context behind the “advice” that is necessary to be a trusted advisor. Or it might be the advice itself. In either case, you are providing value without claiming any, and in doing so, nurturing the relationships you need.Your Company’s Blog Posts: Most of the people you want to schedule a meeting with are not reading your company’s blog. But if your company creates relevant, compelling content, you have an excellent tool for nurturing relationships. But you can’t simply send a link. Instead, you have to explain why it’s important and why your dream client will benefit from reading it. The pro tip here is to paste the money line into the email when you send it, preventing them from having to find it. The super pro tip is to print it, highlight it, write a personal note, and mail it.Hand-Written Card: A handwritten card is personal. When you enclose your business card and offer to be of service should your dream client need anything, your card will likely be the only one your contacts ever receive. While your peers bang away on email, you, a real human, sent them a tangible note. You are now differentiated in a way that indicates you are thoughtful.Other Company’s Blog Posts: When you say something is true, it may be true. When an impartial third party says something is true, your dream client believes it. Not only can you share insights from others as a way to nurture your dream clients, but you can also demonstrate that you are someone who is on top of their industry, their client’s industry, and paying attention to what’s important.Diagnostic Tools: You may or may not have something that fits this description, but if you do, you have an excellent nurture tool. If you can allow your clients to analyze their situation and see how they might produce a better result, the fact that they can discover something for themselves can help them decide to meet with you to explore change.Trade Journals: The industry rags always have relevant content, even if not everything is appropriate for the case you are trying to make about why your dream client should change and what they should do. It’s more proof that you aren’t the average salesperson who believes their company and their product is what should be most relevant to their dream client. Because you are focused on business outcomes, you demonstrate what you think is essential.News Articles: If you want people to believe that you might be capable of being their trusted advisor, start by doing some of their thinking for them. Think of yourself as their second brain, working to cover some of the areas of their business they need to monitor for them. The work you do here is the same work you will do for them when they eventually sign your contract and begin working with you. There is no reason to wait to get started.Case Studies: Case studies are not always the best and most relevant content for nurturing. If you are going to use them, you are going to have to provide them a fitting theory and explain why you think it’s worth your prospective client’s time. Most case studies try to share the reason a client changed and their new results after buying, but they seem to try too hard. If you can, highlight what’s relevant and add a note, expecting your contacts aren’t going to read it.White Papers: Also not something that is likely to be read and studied. But when they are graphics-heavy and look like magazines, they can compel people to give them a longer look. The more you can personalize it and tie to something you know about your prospective client, the more work it can do as a nurturing tool.These tools are how you stay alive in your dream client’s mind. It’s also how you create value without claiming any. Using the tools in a thoughtful and well-designed process helps you be known as someone with the ideas and capacity to make a difference. Free Infographic! Download my “8 reasons your sales opportunity stalled” infographic A super-cool, professionally-designed infographic shows the 8 reasons your opportunity stalled. Use this infographic and get back on track. Download Nowlast_img read more

Djokovic says he had ‘medical intervention’ on right elbow

first_imgLATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:44Djokovic wins Laureus Sportsman of Year Award01:29Police 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 View comments Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates victory over France’s Gael Monfils during the men’s final tennis match at the ATP Aegon International tennis tournament in Eastbourne, southern England, on July 1, 2017.Serbia’s Novak Djokovic beat France’s Gael Monfils 6-3, 6-4. / AFP PHOTO / Glyn KIRKNovak Djokovic says he had a “small medical intervention” on his bothersome right elbow.The 12-time Grand Slam champion and former No. 1-ranked player wrote on Instagram on Friday: “It seems like I am on the good road now to full recovery.”ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Djokovic sat out the last half of 2017 because of problems with his racket-swinging right arm, saying it had been bothering him for more than a year.The 30-year-old Serb made a late decision to enter the Australian Open last month, and then was clearly hampered by the elbow in a straight-set loss to Hyeon Chung of South Korea in the fourth round. Djokovic winced and grimaced throughout and took a medical timeout to have his elbow massaged.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Rookie Mitchell scores 40, Jazz rout Suns AFP official booed out of forum Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more