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first_imgPNM: No interest in keeping San Juan coal plant open FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):PNM Resources Inc. officials said their company firmly intends to close the coal-fired San Juan plant in 2022 and expressed confidence the New Mexico Legislature will pass a measure to provide financing for that effort.PNM Chairman, President and CEO Patricia Vincent-Collawn said in a Feb. 27 earnings call that the company, parent to utility Public Service Co. of New Mexico, stands by its plans to completely abandon the plant following final evaluation for replacement power resources in its request for proposals, along with completion of an updated load forecast and plant decommissioning study.The city of Farmington, N.M., on Feb. 24 announced it signed an agreement with a private holding company to keep the plant open, but the town has only an 8.48% stake in San Juan Unit 4, one of the two remaining operating units. PNM is the plant’s operator and majority owner.PNM Executive Vice President and CFO Charles Eldred said the company has every intention of shedding its ownership interest in San Juan, regardless of what Farmington has “theoretically” proposed. The company will not in any way accept a power purchase agreement or any involvement in the plant after 2022, he said.Vincent-Collawn said New Mexico state Senate Bill 489, also known as the Energy Transition Act, includes securitization financing provisions for San Juan’s closure that PNM has supported, along with the governor’s strong support.Vincent-Collawn pointed out the bill, which also would increase the state’s existing 20% renewable energy standard to 50% by 2030, is one of several measures that call for more renewable and carbon-free resources. The majority of the House and Senate, along with Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, are Democrats, and energy policy has been a central focus of this year’s legislature. “So I can’t see any coal fitting into our plans,” she said.More ($): PNM stands by plans to close San Juan coal plant, urges passage of bill to helplast_img read more


first_imgMore information can be found on the website of the Tax Administration, and you can download the application in the attachment. Side dish: TAX ADMINISTRATION / REQUEST FOR DELAY OF PAYMENT DUE TO SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES This Ordinance prescribes the postponement or exemption from the payment of the annual lump sum tourist tax in the conditions of special circumstances defined by Article 14a of the Tourist Tax Act. On the website of the Tax Administration, renters can download the form for deferral of flat tax payment in accordance with the current emergency situation. More attached / / / RULEBOOK ON DELAY OR EXEMPTION FROM PAYMENT OF TOURIST FEEcenter_img Also, the Ministry of Tourism in the Official Gazette published the Ordinance on the postponement or exemption from payment of tourist tax for persons providing catering services in the household or on a family farm As the deadline expires by the end of March, be sure to hurry with sending it. “Considering that 31.03. the deadline for payment of the flat tax for accommodation expires, fill in the request for deferment of the same that you have on the website of the tax administration. Especially because it is stated that the postponement will be granted only to those who apply, regardless of what subsequent decisions will be made”Points out Martina Nimac Kalcina, president of the Family Tourism Association at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce. Photo: Pixabay.comlast_img read more


first_img“Ensure confidence”Abe announced the policy of masks for Japan’s 50 million households on April 2, as calls mounted for a lockdown nationwide. Last week, he widened to the entire country a state of emergency declared in the largest cities on April 7.”We would like to ensure that people have confidence in the safety of these masks,” chief government spokesman Yoshihide Suga told reporters on Wednesday.The pandemic has caused a shortage of masks in Japan, where the items fashioned from paper or cloth are a common sight, particularly in winter and spring.Electronics maker Sharp has halted online sales of masks until further notice, after overwhelming demand crashed its website soon after it began taking orders on Tuesday.Stained, moldy masks have provoked the latest social media complaints about Abe’s initiative, following gripes about their poor design and fit as well as criticism of the use of tax money.”Hey, Abe – it’s not too late to stop sending those masks around!” wrote a Twitter user with the name “King of the Wind”.”Instead, set up a good and broad testing system, provide enough medical equipment, and support the doctors and nurses who are working without sleep or rest.”  In a manga sketch posted by another user, two soiled masks crash through a bedroom window to wake a man from sleep. The issue has generated its own Twitter hashtag, #Abenomask, a pun on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s “Abenomics” economic strategy.The Health Ministry confirmed that by Friday it had shipped nearly 30 million masks to pregnant women, medical and nursing facilities and schools. These drew 1,903 complaints of soiled or defective products, the vast majority from pregnant women.”We are asking manufacturers to confirm how these defects occurred, and asking for their cooperation in replacing the defective products,” a ministry spokesman said.Japan’s tally of infections stood at 11,500 by Wednesday. As infections rise, Abe’s government faces growing pressure over what many see as delays prompted by a desire to avoid a shutdown of the economy. Japan’s effort to distribute protective cloth masks in its coronavirus battle has been marred by complaints about mold, insects, and stains, fuelling further concern that the government has botched its handling of the pandemic.Just weeks after it began supplying every household with two washable, reusable masks at a cost of $430 million in the strategy to contain the virus, the government has been forced to replace some masks following reports of defects from recipients.”I’m thankful to receive these masks, but is this a bug? Debris? Dirt?” asked Twitter user Aiai, posting a photo of two white masks in their original packaging, with what appeared to be an small insect trapped near the side seam of one.center_img Topics :last_img read more


first_imgTroops could help clean-upKnizhnikov said diesel fuel is lighter than oil, so it is likely to evaporate rather than sink, but it is “more toxic to clean up”.Environment Minister Dmitry Kobylkin said only the emergencies ministry could handle the cleanup, “maybe with the involvement of the military”.Burning the fuel, which some are suggesting, was too risky, he said.”It’s a very difficult situation. I can’t imagine burning so much fuel in an Arctic territory… Such a huge bonfire over such an area will be a big problem.”The Ambarnaya river, which bore the brunt of the spill, will be difficult to clean up because it is too shallow to use barges and the remote location has no roads, officials told Putin.Norilsk Nickel said the fuel tank was damaged when supporting pillars that had “held it in place for 30 years without difficulty” began to sink.Norilsk is constructed on permafrost and its infrastructure is threatened by melting ice caused by climate change.The company has been guilty of spillage in the past. In 2016, it admitted pollutants from a “filtration dam” at its plant washed into another local river, coloring it bright red. It was fined less than $1,000 for the incident. It is only exceeded by a crude oil spill in the northwestern region of Komi that took place over several months in 1994, he said.During a televised video conference, Putin lambasted the head of the Norilsk Nickel subsidiary that runs the power plant, NTEK, after officials said it failed to report the incident.”Why did government agencies only find out about this two days after the fact? Are we going to learn about emergency situations from social media? Are you quite healthy there?” Putin asked NTEK chief Sergei Lipin in an unusually stern dressing-down.Norilsk Nickel said in a statement that NTEK had reported what happened in a “timely and proper” way. Putin said he agreed that a national state of emergency was needed to call in more resources for the cleanup effort.Emergencies Minister Yevgeny Zinichev announced he was flying out to manage the clean-up operation and was sending in reinforcements.Russia’s Investigative Committee, which deals with major incidents, announced it launched three criminal probes over environmental violations and detained an employee of the power plant.It released video footage shot on a mobile phone that appears to show fuel cascading down from the reservoir and under a fence.WWF expert Knizhnikov told AFP the environmental group was the one who alerted cleanup specialists after confirming the accident through its sources.”These are huge volumes,” Knizhnikov said. “It was difficult for them to cover it up.” Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered a state of emergency and criticized a subsidiary of metals giant Norilsk Nickel after a massive diesel spill into a Siberian river.The spill of over 20,000 tons of diesel fuel took place on Friday. A fuel reservoir collapsed at a power plant near the city of Norilsk, located above the Arctic Circle, and leaked into a nearby river.The accident is the second largest in modern Russian history in terms of volume, World Wildlife Fund expert Alexei Knizhnikov told AFP. Topics :last_img read more


first_imgUnited, the 2017 winners, face FC Copenhagen in Monday’s quarter-final in Cologne while Serie A runners-up Inter take on Bayer Leverkusen in a clash of former UEFA Cup champions at Dusseldorf Arena. Topics : Manchester United, Inter Milan and Sevilla headline a quintet of former champions travelling to Germany for a remodeled eight-team straight knockout tournament that will crown the winner of a Europa League campaign heavily disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.All games from the quarter-finals onwards in this season’s competition will be played behind closed doors as one-off ties across four venues — Cologne, Duisburg, Dusseldorf and Gelsenkirchen — following a five-month interruption.While a Champions League berth still awaits the victor of the final in Cologne on August 21, much has changed since the COVID-19 outbreak that brought European football to a standstill in March. “There are rules and regulations on the bubble that’s going to travel. We’ve got to stick together, stay together in and around the hotel and the training ground,” United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said of the strict health protocols clubs must respect.Players and staff will undergo virus testing before departing for Germany and again on the eve of a match once arriving, a process repeated for each subsequent game in the final tournament.UEFA has advised teams to travel on charter flights and minimize contact with the general public, strongly recommending the use of exclusive hotels — to which players will largely be confined — in order to avoid potential cross-contamination. Masks will not be required for substitutes and coaching staff but they must maintain social distancing when seated, with players instructed to limit contact as much as possible when warming up. Match balls will be disinfected before kick-off and at half-time. Premier League collision course England forward Jesse Lingard, who played in United’s 2-0 win over Ajax in the final three years ago, is confident the team can capture the title for a second time. “We can’t wait to get there and play this game now. 100 per cent I want to win it again,” Lingard told MUTV.”Lifting a trophy is a special feeling you can’t really explain and winning it before you take that confidence forward. We have got a mixture of youth and experience in the squad and for the young lads to win their first trophy, it will be perfect for them.”Should United advance to the last four they would face either Sevilla — who have won the Europa League and its precursor, the UEFA Cup, a record five times — or Premier League rivals Wolves in Cologne on August 16.Wolves are through to a first European quarter-final since 1972 but were punished by UEFA in midweek after failing to comply with Financial Fair Play requirements. They take on Sevilla in Duisburg on Tuesday.Meanwhile, Inter beat Getafe 2-0 in a single-leg last-16 tie Wednesday in Gelsenkirchen, and Antonio Conte’s men harbor hopes of adding to the three UEFA Cups won in the 1990s.”This is an important competition. It doesn’t matter where and under what conditions you’re playing, you should only be focused on the upcoming match,” midfielder Christian Eriksen told Inter TV.”It’s certainly not as fun playing without fans, the atmosphere isn’t there. We’ll try to excite them while they’re watching on TV, and we’re hoping that we’ll be able to embrace our supporters again soon.”Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk, winners of the 2009 edition, play Swiss outfit Basel in the other quarter-final in Gelsenkirchen.This year’s Europa League final was initially due to be played in the Polish city of Gdansk in late May before the health crisis forced a change of plans.Gdansk will host next year’s final instead.last_img read more


first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Moves CHIP into the Department of Human Services December 21, 2015center_img Bill Signing,  Government That Works,  Human Services,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf signed HB 857, sponsored by Rep. Pickett, which reauthorizes and moves CHIP from the Insurance Department into the Department of Human Services.“This move will streamline processes and reduce the bureaucracy for families throughout the commonwealth,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “This is an example of making sure that government is working in a way that best meets the needs of our citizens.”“Every month thousands of children move between CHIP and our Medical Assistance program due to changes in family income. Having the two programs in the same department will provide new opportunities to help improve the quality and coordination of care,” said DHS Secretary Ted Dallas. “Children with insurance are more likely to be immunized, receive regular check-ups, receive the behavioral health care services they need, and because children with health insurance are more likely to avoid preventable childhood illnesses and benefit from early detection and appropriate treatment, they generally have better school attendance and performance than the uninsured.”“The more than 150,000 children and their families in CHIP will continue to get the excellent service from the same dedicated staff, with coverage provided by the same insurers,” said Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller.  “Because the Department of Human Services is a service delivery agency, while the insurance Department is a regulatory agency, the service for CHIP families should be enhanced in the future.”Governor Wolf also signed the following bills:Act 85 – HB 907, sponsored by Rep. Ross, amends the Real Estate Tax Sale Law, in short title and definitions, further providing for definitions.Act 86 – HB 1195, sponsored by Rep. Culver, amends Title 75 (Vehicles), in certificate of title and security interests, further providing for duration of perfection.Act 87 – HB 1279, sponsored by Rep. Keller, designates a section of Christopher Columbus Blvd. as the William J. Guarnere & Edward “Babe” Heffron Memorial Boulevard; & designating a portion of US Route 222 as the Senator Noah W. Wenger Highway; additional namings.Act 88  – HB 1411, sponsored by Rep. Taylor, amends Title 26 (Eminent Domain), in special damages for displacement, further providing for moving and related expenses of displaced persons, for replacement housing for homeowners and for replacement housing for tenants and others.Act 89 – HB 1579, sponsored by Rep. Rapp, designates a bridge on that portion of State Route 62 over the Allegheny River, Tionesta Borough, Forest County, as the Lt. Col. Michael McLaughlin/AMVETS Post 113 Memorial Bridge.Act 90 – SB 442, sponsored by Senator Folmer, requires notification in advertising.# # #last_img read more


first_imgThe kitchen at 72 Brookeside Crescent, Seventeen Mile Rocks.“Our daughter lives in Springfield Lakes and has a daughter who starts school next year so we’re looking to move there and downsize,” Mr Aniolkowski said.The abundance of nature and parkland in the area was what first attracted the Aniolkowskis.“The birdlife is absolutely beautiful and we’ve had some great walks around the parks,” he said.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019“We have two young children and they grew up here.“It’s been a fantastic family home. “We’ve made a lot of friends in the area.” The outdoor area at 72 Brookeside Crescent, Seventeen Mile Rocks. The rumpus room at 72 Brookeside Crescent, Seventeen Mile Rocks.The home office is large enough to double as a guest room.And if you’re wanting a pool, there’s plenty of room to add one.The median house price in Seventeen Mile Rocks is $715,000. This home at 72 Brookeside Crescent, Seventeen Mile Rocks, is for sale.CARY and Leanne Aniolkowski haven’t used an alarm clock in years.They’ve woken to the sweet sounds of the birdlife surrounding their Seventeen Mile Rocks property every morning since they built their family home 14 years ago. But they may need another wake-up call when they sell 72 Brookeside Crescent.The couple has decided to put the four-bedroom, two-bathroom home on the market so they can move closer to their only grandchild. The lounge room at 72 Brookeside Crescent, Seventeen Mile Rocks.The lowset house on a 640 sqm block is in a quiet, leafy cul-de-sac in ‘Edenbrooke Estate’, which is 12km from Brisbane’s CBD.Open plan living areas flow through to the master bedroom and three other bedrooms. There is a separate rumpus/media room, which is currently home to an impressive pool table that Mr Aniolkowski is willing to sell along with the house.last_img read more


first_imgSome 40% of UK respondents outsourced responsibility for the choice of instruments used to hedge liabilities, and 26% did so for the amount of hedging undertaken.Each year, respondents are asked to rank the various measures of a successful LDI strategy, from a choice of six.The top concern this year was still the need to control funded status volatility.But increasing in importance, from fifth to third place, was progress made towards termination of the plan.And the need to improve funding levels has risen from fourth to second place.The poll also revealed that more than two-thirds (69%) of participating UK investors either use, or plan to use, an active approach towards asset allocation – such as a ‘glidepath’ strategy – which targets a fully funded status.In other news, life expectancy figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) point to a slowing down in the rise in UK state pension age than would have been expected, according to an analysis by Towers Watson.The consultants said the state pension age would reach 68 in 2036 (starting to rise in 2034) and reach 69 in 2049 (starting to rise in 2047).It would then start rising in 2061, reaching 70 in 2063.Towers Watson said the rises come slightly later (around a year for the increases to 68 and 69) than would have been expected using the previous set of ONS life expectancy assumptions.This is because the ONS estimate of life expectancy has fallen, compared with two years ago.The government’s target is that people should expect to spend “up to one-third of their adult lives” receiving state pensions, which means the state pension age is very sensitive to changes in life expectancy assumptions.Matthew Fletcher, senior consultant at Towers Watson, said: “People have become used to thinking life expectancy can only go up, due to improvements in medicine and more healthy behaviour – for example, less smoking.“But if you are already taking the credit for that, you don’t need things to get worse for predicted life expectancy to fall. You just need them to improve less quickly than had been expected.”Meanwhile, the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has confirmed that the pension protection levy estimate for 2014/15 will be £695m (€828m), as originally proposed.The levy is the last to be set under the first three-year period of the new levy framework implemented in 2012/13.The PPF has also confirmed that the levy scaling factor, which matches the amount collected from individual schemes to the total levy estimate, will stay at 0.73.Furthermore, the PPF has appointed Experian is its new insolvency risk provider from 2015/16, the start of the next three-year period for the levy.Experian replaces current provider Dun & Bradstreet.Lastly, UK MPs are currently debating the pension rights of 3,000 former employees of Visteon UK.In 2009, Visteon UK – a subsidiary of the US-based automotive parts company, which is a spin-off from Ford – went into administration, making its employees redundant.Most workers had transferred from Ford and been promised that their terms and conditions would be protected.Following a sustained campaign by workers, a redundancy settlement was reached, but the ex-employees lost up to 45% of their pension entitlement.Pension Protection Fund compensation will not cover the amount lost, and the workers’ union Unite has been running an active campaign to persuade Ford to pick up the bill.It has now been successful in getting the House of Commons backbench business committee to hold a debate, after 66 MPs from all parties signed a letter of support. Three-quarters of UK investors polled by investment specialists SEI are either already using, or plan to employ, a liability-driven investing (LDI) strategy.The survey was completed by 130 corporate pension executives from the UK, US and Canada, with nearly half from the UK.Of the 75% who showed interest in LDI, 47% are actively using it, up from 33% in 2012.The survey also showed a growing sophistication among UK trustees in their approach to LDI, with the use of more tactical and creative tools for managing liability risks such as synthetic Gilts (19%), options (15%) and alternatives (19%).last_img read more


first_imgFormer Brisbane Lions forward Josh Green is seeking an off market sale for his Morningside home.“The Brisbane (market) has tracked pretty well lately, so I’d thought I’d try sell off market,” he said. “I’m in no rush really — I thought I’d see if I could get a few offers in.” Green said he loved the Queenslander style of the home and the Morningside location, close to cafes, shops and schools. “It was the ideal location for me at the time and the house itself was beautiful with a new kitchen,” he said. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours ago“It was pretty much a complete house. That’s what I liked about it.“I moved in initially when I bought it and I was planning to stay there (but) I moved to Melbourne for footy and the property has been rented out since.” Josh Green during his time with the Brisbane Lions. Pic Peter WallisFORMER Brisbane Lions player Josh Green is seeking an off market sale for his Morningside home. The forward bought the two-storey character property in August 2015 and is looking to sell to buy in Melbourne. The home features three bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs, along with a kitchen and an open-plan living and dining room, which flows out to the deck. Downstairs there are two multipurpose rooms, one with built-in storage, as well as a laundry, second bathroom and patio.Green said his favourite part of the home was the big deck that looked out over the treetops.“You get the sun sets from the deck … and it overlooks the backyard and lawn, where there is plenty of room for kids to run around,” he said. Green had plans to add a pool to the backyard and renovate the main bathroom but a move to Essendon Football Club in 2016 got in the way. “I did a bit of work here and there, nothing major just bits and pieces to make the house a bit better,” he said. “I put in a new fence on the side, took down a big tree at the front, and did some work to the bathroom.”Green said the property would make a great family home or investment. The home is currently for sale off market through Shannon Harvey of Place Bulimba.last_img read more


first_imgTechnipFMC Lands Thunder Horse Expansion Job Technip to Provide Subsea System for ConocoPhillips’ Barossa Reach Subsea Wins More Work Southern Star Finds Work After Fugro Charter Terminationcenter_img DOF Subsea Nets New North Sea Contracts Subsea World News has put together a recap of the most interesting articles from the previous week (May 06 – May 12).last_img