China not able to join CanadaUK coal phase out alliance McKenna

first_imgOTTAWA – Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says getting China into Canada’s international alliance to wean the world off coal power would be a huge win, but the world’s most populous country can’t make that kind of commitment right now.McKenna is in Beijing this week as part of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s China trade mission.She tells The Canadian Press she trusts that China is committed to climate change, has installed a significant amount of renewable energy, is cutting back on building new coal plants and is on track to meet its commitment to see its emissions peak before 2030.But while she has discussed coal with Chinese officials, getting them into the alliance is not on the table.“I just don’t think they’re in a position to sign on yet,” she said.Twenty nations signed onto the Canada-United Kingdom Powering Past Coal Alliance at the United Nations climate change conference in Germany last month. None of them are among the world’s biggest consumers of coal power, such as China, the United States, India, Germany and Japan.The goal is to grow the group to 50 within a year, but the 20 in the alliance right now are already among the world’s least dependent on coal, including five which don’t use coal at all.China is the world’s No. 1 producer and consumer of coal, consuming more of it than the rest of the world combined. In 2014, about 70 per cent of its power supply and 71 per cent of its emissions came from burning coal. There are nearly 4,000 coal-fired plants in operation across the country.Burning coal to make electricity is the single biggest source of carbon dioxide emissions from human activity, representing almost half the total production of carbon dioxide emissions in the world. A typical 500-megawatt coal plant produces the same amount of emissions in a year as 600,000 cars.About nine per cent of Canada’s emissions — and 10 per cent of the country’s electricity — came from burning coal in 2015, the last year for which emissions data is available. Canada intends to phase out coal by 2030, although agreements with Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia to make that happen are still in the works.The Paris climate change accord aims to keep risks associated with climate change from skyrocketing by limiting global warming to less than two degrees Celsius by the end of the century. The scientific analysis that informed the Paris agreement says developed nations have to be off coal by 2030, with the rest of the world to follow by 2050, if there is to be any chance of meeting that target.McKenna acknowledged having China at the Powering Past Coal Alliance table would be hugely beneficial to bringing the rest of the world into the coal-phase out plan.“Maybe at some point they will be ready, but ultimately every country has to figure it out,” she said.Canada and China released a joint statement Monday on climate change reaffirming both countries are committed to the Paris agreement. The statement talks about “reducing reliance on traditional fossil energy and transitioning to clean energy,” but never mentions coal.Catherine Abreu, executive director of Climate Action Network Canada, said while China should get credit for agreeing to cancel more than 100 planned coal plants at home, Chinese companies are still one of the biggest players in building coal plants internationally.Germany’s Urgewald environmental group tracks coal plants and says there are 1,600 new plants being planned in 62 countries. Chinese power companies are behind 700 of the plants, and about 140 of those are not in China.Abreu said if Canada and the United Kingdom want their anti-coal alliance to have a real impact, they need to have difficult conversations with China about cutting back its international coal plant construction plans.“That is something that China can absolutely make a move on and that Canada should be having a conversation about.”— Follow @mrabson on Twitterlast_img read more

Commonwealth Bank Donates 25000 to Red Cross for Hurricane Relief

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 16, 2017 – Nassau – Declaring ‘We will stand by you and help you to once again stand on your own,’ Commonwealth Bank donated $25,000 to the Bahamas Red Cross this week to aid those impacted by Hurricane Irma.Executives of the all Bahamian-owned and operated bank presented the cheque at Red Cross headquarters while announcing other measures to assist in the wake of the powerful storm that lashed the southern islands of The Bahamas exactly one month earlier.“Just one year ago, it was Hurricane Matthew that brought devastation to some of our beautiful islands.   This year, with many residents and businesses not fully recovered from previous hurricanes, Hurricane Irma took aim,” said Jacqueline Farrington, Vice President, Internal Audit and Credit Inspection.   “For those impacted by Hurricane Irma Commonwealth Bank wants you to know that we will do all we can to stand by you and help you to once again stand on your own.”In presenting the cheque, Mrs. Farrington said lending support to organisations engaged in providing assistance was one of the ways the bank could help those in places like Ragged Island get back on their feet after winds from one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in history left almost no building unscathed.   It did not matter, she said, that the bank did not have a physical presence on that island, where help was needed, Commonwealth Bank wanted to assist and believed the Red Cross would use the funds wisely.“Today we are pleased to present the Bahamas Red Cross with a cheque for $25,000 dollars,” she said.   “We know the funds will be used wisely for emergency medical supplies, food, water, and other essentials items for those residing in areas hardest hit, and where living conditions remain very challenging.”Bahamas Red Cross Executive Director Caroline Turnquest expressed gratitude.“The Bahamas Red Cross is very grateful to Commonwealth Bank for once again making a generous donation,” Mrs. Turnquest said.   “The Bahamas Red Cross has always been able to count on Commonwealth Bank which steps up to support us as we try to assist those who have been impacted by natural disasters.   They are truly the Bahamian bank supporting Bahamian needs.”While Mrs. Turnquest said some of the highest outstanding costs involved getting supplies to affected islands and moving and finding housing for displaced people, there is still a great need for water, food, baby supplies, medicine and blankets.   Tents and temporary facilities are costly but the call for clothing has been suspended, thanks to public donations.The bank unveiled additional measures to assist.“If you have been impacted and you have heard our messages, please call or come in and see one of our representatives,” Mrs. Farrington said.   “If you need to extend a loan repayment, to borrow funds for repairs for your home, school, church or small business, please contact us, we our here to work with you.   We have also put out collection boxes in our branches and we maintain an account for the Bahamas Red Cross. If you would like to donate, please visit one of our branch locations.”The bank operates 12 branches in New Providence, Grand Bahama, Abaco and Spanish Wells, Eleuthera, its newest.   According to its most recent filing, it has $1.6 billion in assets, more than 6,000 shareholders and employs over 500 persons in full-time positions.Release: DPA NewsPhoto caption:   Commonwealth Bank donation – Commonwealth Bank, the highly successful all Bahamian-owned and operated bank, donated $25,000 to the Bahamas Red Cross to assist with Hurricanne Irma relief efforts.   Pictured at the recent presentation at Red Cross headquarters in Nassau, l-r. Bahamas Red Cross Executive Director Caroline Turnquest, Commonwealth Bank Vice President and Chief Information Officer Charles J. Knowles and Commonwealth Bank Vice President  Internal Audit and Credit Inspection Jacqueline Farrington. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Town Currently Checking For Leaks On All Fire Hydrants Gate Valves

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — If you see some strangers poking around your neighborhood fire hydrants, don’t panic!The Town has recently commissioned a leak detection survey company to conduct a water leakage survey throughout Wilmington.Workers will be conducting a check of ALL town hydrants and gate valves.The survey will take place Monday through Friday, from 8:30am to 3pm, on regular roadways. Hydrants and gate valves located on high traffic roadways will be checked on Sundays from 5am to 10am.Trucks will be clearly marked and workers will be wearing high visibility vests.The survey is expected to be completed by September 30, 2019.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTown Posts 16 Invitations To Bid For Water Department & DPW-Related Services & ProductsIn “Government”POLICE LOG for July 1: Man Arrested For OUI (Drugs); Resident Taps Into & Damages Fire HydrantIn “Police Log”Town Posts 14 Invitations To Bid For DPW-Related Services & ProductsIn “Government”last_img read more

A real life story of struggle and a boy full of dreams

first_imgArjun RawatPR HandoutArjun Singh Rawat, now a well known face in North India, has had a hard life before making it big.Having faced major financial crisis in his early life, Rawat always wanted to do something for his villagers, and that is what motivated him.Arjun sensed that there are no big opportunities left in the village so he decided to move to Maharashtra Nilanga college of Engineering..He did B-Tech and came back with dreams to become a civil engineer and develop infrastructure. With no money in hand, he took loan and assembled things and with his hard work got his first government contract of a bridge over connecting his village to the city. But still the resources were not enough..However, somehow he completed his first project and since then he never looked back. People saw the rise of a man from nowhere to be one of the best Infrastructure developers in the country.During one of his interview he said, “Earlier i used to walk because i couldn’t afford a rickshaw and today it had been 15 years i haven’t travelled in a rickshaw”.He is now one of the owners of a news channel named News 1 India along side his friend Anurag Chaddha ( a familiar face in the industry).Now Arjun wants to open a food center for old age and poor people, and is working upon to give it back to the society. “Winning was the only option because i had nothing to lose,” he said.His message for aspiring entrepreneurs is, “There will be ups and downs in the business as well as in life. It’s the exact time when your trust on self will be tested. Never ever let anything make you feel you cannot do it”.He now wants to do something for animals by opening a shelter for stray dogs and make their life better.last_img read more

Daily Shokaler Khobor shut down temporarily

first_imgShokaler KhoborThe print edition of daily Shokaler Khobor was shut down ‘temporarily’ on Thursday.Mehnaj Kabir, chief marketing and communication officer of Rangkan Holdings Limited which owns the daily, said, “We had decided to publish the newspaper in 2009. But, the media house has failed to make profit. Thus, we have decided to shut down the print edition of the newspaper.”“Despite the loss, we continued running the project with subsidy. We even tried to sell the ownership, but to no avail.”He also said a committee, formed in this regard, has started working to look into what can be done with the newspaper.The daily’s journalists and other employees will be given their dues as per 8th Wage Board within 25 September, he added.A journalist, on condition of anonymity, said there were more than 300 journalists and employees in the media house.The authorities said their jobs will remain effective till 30 September.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Tuesday April 26

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3u We’ll provide full Election Day coverage from the streets to the studio. Our political experts include, The Mod Squad, Taya Graham and Stephen Janis of The Real News Network; political strategist Catalina Byrd; and Charles Robinson of Maryland Public Television’s State Circle. We’ll also get reports from polling precincts around the city, as well as talk to candidates, including David Warnock and Elizabeth Embry. It’s all coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img

Retail Rebuild A New App Offers RealTime Marketing Analysis and Advice

first_img Ted Williams’ store on The Rock was in a hard place. After a grand Grand Opening for the 2008 holiday season, House to Home, his home décor shop in Mount Pearl, Newfoundland, faltered quickly. Williams, formerly an executive with Piper’s SuperStore, a Canadian mass-merchandise department store, was heartened by the customer response during the first few months.”Then I started messing up,” he says.His brain and business ways were stuck in big-box land. Within seven months, Williams had sunk $40,000 into advertising. “I applied what I had learned in terms of marketing from my previous stint,” he says. Although he’d originally planned House to Home as a higher-end home décor store, his marketing ways soon attracted a hodgepodge of customers who didn’t like to spend much (the average sale was a paltry $22.50) and preferred browsing to buying (the conversion rate hovered just above 18 percent). And his inventory had started to tip toward hodgepodge, too.Worse, Williams’ strategy was a bust. “My plan was to get as many customers in as humanly possible and sell as much merchandise as possible, which is basically what we used to do at my last job,” Williams says. “The place that I worked is almost like a mini Walmart. It carries everything from food to clothing to whatever–and you know, fliers out every week and that sort of thing.”Before and After ThriveSales through June 2011 were up 38 percent over the same period in 2009. Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global September 15, 2011 BeforeAverage customer sale $22.50Conversion rate 18%AfterAverage customer sale $35Conversion rate 40%Though Williams had purchased a pricey point-of-sale system with a loan from the Canada Small Business Financing Program, that platform sat idle while his business tanked.So he called Bill Jackman, a Newfoundland-based marketing consultant he’d met years before. The timing was just right. Jackman and his business partner, Andrew Goldsworthy, were in the midst of developing Thrive, a web app that encourages small retailers to track their business numbers and serves up targeted advice.”We knew the expertise that a lot of these business owners really needed–the help that they desired–they couldn’t afford,” Goldsworthy says. “They knew there was something wrong with their business and sometimes they couldn’t exactly put their hand on it, but to bring the expertise in to diagnose the issue–that’s where the first problem existed.”The budget-friendly app was still a long way off when Williams first called, so Jackman stepped in as the human equivalent of Thrive.”When [Williams] approached us, in his own words, he said, ‘I was literally two hours from getting my power cut.’ He didn’t know where to turn,” says Jackman, who made several suggestions right away. He encouraged Williams to cut the cord on radio ads, start using the POS system to develop a relationship with his customers, work to increase average sales and start collecting “ideal brand customers” who would be both shoppers at and evangelists for House to Home.Ted Williams of House to HomePhoto© Phonse KingNow House to Home’s average customer sale is around $35, and the conversion rate is 40 percent. Sales through June 2011 were up 38 percent over the same period in 2009.Before the app launched, Williams fed the stats he collected at his store to Jackman and received advice in return. He also gave the Thrive team feedback to help them gauge what kind of assistance small retailers needed most. Now he’s getting to see his input in action. Since Thrive’s web app launched in mid-2011, Williams has been using it to run his numbers and collect further recommendations.After an initial setup, users enter daily sales figures into Thrive and get their “business vitals” in return. Williams uses that information to see “how I’m tracking in terms of where I am and where I want to be,” he says. Thrive even helps users understand if their time investment into social media is paying off.”As [businesses] continue to use the system they will continually get new recommendations,” Goldsworthy says. “As their situation improves, they’ll get strategies and recommendations that will help them improve even more. It’s kind of like a continuous improvement loop.”While in beta, Thrive costs $20 per month. The cost will increase to $49.99 per month once the service is fully up and running.The Thrive team plans to amp up the app’s services and advice as time goes on. Thrive is in talks with retail experts to add their recommendations to the system and have started providing customers with digital traffic counters that will integrate with POS systems. And as a finalist in the Intuit Partner Platform Apps Showcase (winners were announced after press time), Thrive could get a serious business boost of its own. The winning app will be integrated into the Intuit Partner Platform, so users could easily send info from QuickBooks to Thrive.Williams admits he still has his bad days (“It’s like any startup business”), but he’s feeling far more confident than he was a year ago. “I made it through 2008 [and] 2009–I can survive anything,” he says, adding that he’s even considering opening a second House to Home location. That store, of course, will run on Thrive from the get-go.center_img This story appears in the September 2011 issue of . Subscribe » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 5 min readlast_img read more