PNM: 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 help
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By Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo February 06, 2017 Fifty new elite agents will join the Honduran Anti-Extortion Task Force (FNA, per its Spanish acronym) — a special unit made up of military service members, agents from the National Police, members of the Attorney General’s Office, and other law enforcement agencies — in order to reduce extortion. The new agents started an intensive training program on fighting extortion on January 24th. Training will last 45 days and will be followed by a tactical and practical phase in different regions. They will join the FNA beginning the first week of March. The participating officers will be equipped with the best skills for detecting those types of crimes, enabling them to carry out successful investigations against organized criminal gangs and the maras, or transnational gang organizations. “Many of these cases of intimidation — about 80 percent — are committed by the two main gangs in Honduras: the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13, per its Spanish acronym) and Barrio 18. They carry out extortion and other criminal activities such as murder, drug trafficking, small-scale trafficking, and robbery,” Lieutenant Colonel Amílcar Hernández, head of the Honduran FNA, told Diálogo. Criminals often make threats to small- and medium-size companies, transportation workers, bus and taxi drivers, and taxi dispatchers, forcing them to pay large amounts of money. Women and children are used to collect extortion payments. “The best strategies for fighting any type of crime, especially extortion, are reporting it to the police and having the community’s trust. Thanks to the fine results that we have had in recent years using our National Interagency Security Task Force (FUSINA, per its Spanish acronym), many people affected by this scourge have reported it to the police,” Lt. Col. Hernández said. “Extortion is a crime that takes a heavy toll psychologically, and because of that, the victim is often unable to go to the authorities. This type of crime is one of the public safety threats that harms Hondurans the most; a crime that is fueled by fear,” Carlos Flores Paguada, an independent analyst on Honduran security issues, told Diálogo. From the creation of FNA in March 2013 to January 23rd, authorities logged more than 5,000 victim complaints, according to statistics provided by the agency. Between January 1st and 23rd, authorities logged 50 new cases of extortion. In 2016, 1,147 cases were registered, and in 2015, 980 complaints were filed. The arrests of 2,477 extortionists prevented the payment of nearly $8 million. According to the FNA, two or three operations per month are generally carried out across the country, especially in cities with the highest levels of these crimes, such as Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula, and La Ceiba. In addition to the filing of complaints, which is done anonymously, the blocking of cell phone calls in the country’s (24) jails has shown to be an effective tactic for protecting the civilian population, according to a January 9th press release issued by the Secretariat for Defense (SEDENA, per its Spanish acronym). SEDENA underscores that “there are citizens who have lost their sense of fear. They found that the Anti-Extortion Unit did not turn its back on them, but instead solved their problem.” In December 2016, FNA teams carried out a series of operations across the length and breadth of the country. These were operations against extortion crimes committed by MS-13 and Barrio 18. During Operation Avalancha (Avalanche)conducted in San Pedro Sula, authorities seized more than $42,000 from MS-13. They also arrested business people who laundered money for both criminal organizations. They seized firearms, computers, and cell phones. In addition to those arrested, circumstantial and material evidence that will be used to prove the involvement of individuals who are serving sentences at penitentiaries was also collected. Some incarcerated crime bosses have other gang members who are not in prison act as extortionists. “In the coming weeks, arrest warrants will be issued for gang members and members of the maras,” Lt. Col. Hernández stated. “This is a systematic coordination effort with other institutions that belong to FUSINA and that are doing their part and helping to bring down the level of this type of crime.” “We cannot deny that the authorities are getting good results from the standpoint of reports to the police and arrests made against extortionist organizations,” Flores said. “These new FNA units will yield better results.” Lt. Col. Hernández indicated that the main challenges faced by FNA in combating this crime are gaining the trust of the community, the campaign to increase the culture of police reporting among citizens, and a new amendment to Article 222 of the Penal Code, through which an individual commits the crime of extortion by the mere fact of demanding money from a person under threat. “Our society at large must take the necessary actions to break the vicious cycle of crime, fear, and impunity,” Flores stated. “We are not going to eliminate these criminal organizations overnight.” According to Lt. Col. Hernández, “Whoever the extortionist may be, sooner or later, he will be trapped.”
Japan started a new “research mission” in the Southern Ocean as the country sent its fleet to continue whaling operations in the area on November 9. The fleet departed from the port of Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, on a mission to catch 333 minke whales through March 2018. Japan’s Institute of Cetacean Research informed that it will collect scientific data necessary to manage whale stocks and the ecosystem in the Antarctic.New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Winston Peters informed that Japan’s decision to continue whaling in the Southern Ocean “is out of step with international opinion and defies scientific advice.”“Japan’s decision to conduct whaling in the Southern Ocean flies in the face of the clear recommendations of the International Whaling Commission, its Scientific Committee and its expert panels,” Peters said.“Put simply, Japan can achieve its stated research objectives without killing whales. This is an outdated practice and needs to stop,” Peters added.Earlier this year, the marine conservation organization Sea Shepherd informed that it decided to stop deploying ships to fight against Japan’s whaling efforts. The decision was made on the back Japan’s move to employ military surveillance to watch Sea Shepherd ship movements in real time by satellite in order to avoid the organization’s vessels.“During Operation Nemesis, the Sea Shepherd ships did get close and our helicopter even managed to get evidence of their illegal whaling operations but we could not physically close the gap. We cannot compete with their military grade technology,” Sea Shepherd said.Additionally, Japanese authorities escalated their resistance this year with the passing of new anti-terrorism laws, and might even send their military to defend their illegal whaling activities for the first time ever.The latest mission is the third one launched since the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, Netherlands, ruled against the whaling practice in 2014. According to the ruling, Japan’s whaling program was not scientific in nature but more commercial, as the meat of the slaughtered whales was being sold commercially in Japan.The country then submitted a revamped plan through which it said it would send its whaling fleet to the Antarctic Ocean to catch up to 333 minke whales on annual basis in a 12-year period, instead of the previously targeted 1,000 whales.World Maritime News Staff
Dominic Otuchet, President of the Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) told URN that the IAAF Diamond League races are helping the local runners prepare well ahead of the World Championships to take place in Doha, Qatar September 27th to October 6th.*****URNShare on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Joshua Kiprui CheptegeiKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Star athlete Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei will lead Uganda’s team of three at the IAAF Diamond League taking place in Oslo, Norway later tonight.Cheptegei, the 2018 Commonwealth Games double gold medal winner will compete in the 3000m race. After failing to win in the IAAF Diamond League in Shanghai last month, Cheptegei will be all out to try and win the race.He will however face tough competition from Kenya’s David Kiplagat and Ethiopia’s duo of Selemon Barega and Edris Muktar. Cheptegei started the season in style winning a gold medal at the 2019 World Cross Country Championships in Aarhus, Denmark in March this year.Peruth Chemutai who won two silver medals at the 2015 Youth Games in Samoa will compete in the 3000m steeplechase, while Halimah Nakaayi competes in the 800m.
Former NFL player and sports broadcast host Terry Bradshaw interviews Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll after the NFL football NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 23-17 to advance to Super Bowl XLVIII. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Fox analyst Terry Bradshaw will not appear on the network’s Super Bowl coverage after the death of his father.Fox says that Bill Bradshaw died Thursday after a long illness. He was 86.Michael Strahan will replace Bradshaw on Sunday’s pregame show.A U.S. Navy veteran, Bill Bradshaw retired as vice president of manufacturing for Riley Beaird.Terry Bradshaw won four Super Bowls as quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers before going into TV. Michael Strahan speaks during an interview at the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII media center, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org