Oklahoma utility makes it official, 650MW Oklaunion coal plant to close in October

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享RTO Insider:Public Service Company of Oklahoma formally notified ERCOT on Tuesday that it will retire the coal-fired Oklaunion Power Station in the Texas Panhandle.PSO filed a notification of suspension of operations for the plant, effective Oct. 1. Market participants have until Feb. 11 to file comments before the grid operator makes a final decision.American Electric Power, PSO’s parent company and the plant’s operator and majority owner, said in September 2018 that it planned to shut down Oklaunion by October 2020 over concerns that the plant’s production costs were no longer competitive.The 34-year-old, 650-MW plant’s ownership is split among utilities in both ERCOT and SPP. AEP Texas owns a 54.69% interest in the plant. The other owners are the Brownsville Public Utilities Board (17.97%) in South Texas, PSO (15.62%) and the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (11.72%).The retirement leaves ERCOT with 22 operational coal units, accounting for the mothballing of CPS Energy’s two J.T. Deeley units, which have 871 MW of capacity. ERCOT has lost almost 6 GW of coal-fired generation since 2017.[Tom Kleckner]More: PSO officially retires Oklaunion coal plant Oklahoma utility makes it official, 650MW Oklaunion coal plant to close in Octoberlast_img read more

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Peruvian Army modernizes to confront asymmetric threats and drug trafficking

first_img General Moncada: When I took over the command of the Institution, I established two essential pillars and I became committed to achieving objectives and goals set in our Plan of Institutional Development or “Plan Bolognesi,” which is the cornerstone of our actions. The first pillar is training: this requires the most careful planning for the most sound, professional and strict training for all our military personnel, either active or reserve, as the necessary basis for strengthening the capabilities that the operational force must have in order to perform appropriately when we are called upon to participate. Personnel should be in perfect physical, technical and tactical conditions and must be capable of confronting missions that will be assigned to the land component in different operational commands. The second pillar is the operations’ administrative support, which demands the most detailed planning by the staff, as well as the execution of supply and maintenance plans. In addition, it demands commitment, dedication and efficiency to fulfill this goal. We must understand that due to our rugged natural scenarios, we need to establish systems that will allow for the logistic sustainment for the combatant. Peruvian President Ollanta Humala, acknowledges that an old threat, which many considered extinct, has returned in recent years: the terrorist organization Shining Path, whose former goal in the 1980s was to replace the government by means of violence. According to the Peruvian government, there are hundreds – maybe thousands – of rebels that are centralized in the Apurímac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers Valley (VRAEM), with the aim of protecting local drug traffickers and producing cocaine in the region. To discuss this challenge, the fight against Shining Path, and other topics, Diálogo visited the Peruvian Army Commander, General Ricardo Moncada Novoa, in Lima. Until he assumed this post in 2010, Gen. Moncada served as Commander General of the Army for the VRAEM region, Commander General of the Special Operations Intelligence Command and General Inspector of the Army. General Moncada: The Army’s participation is mainly directed to executing land infrastructure projects, as well as the development of projects to support the community, rural border settlement projects, civic action and environmental protection projects. For this purpose, it uses all the components of its organizational structure, with the Engineering Units having most of the participation in those. Seven agreements were signed in 2012, while nine interagency agreements were signed in 2013 between the Ministry of Defense and the Army and the Ministry of Housing, Construction and Sanitation, with the regional governments of Junín, Pasco and Ayacucho, as well as with the municipalities of Ica, Pisco, Túpac Amaru Inca, San Clemente and Chincha. Diálogo: How is the Peruvian Army contributing to the objectives of social inclusion that the government is implementing in the country? General Moncada: Currently, the Peruvian Army is participating with military personnel in different United Nations Peacekeeping Missions, including the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), with the participation of four officers in the STAFF and the Infantry Company “PERÚ”; the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), with the participation of six officers; the African Union/United Nations Hybrid operation in Darfur (UNAMID), with the participation of three officers; the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA), with the participation of one officer; United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), with the participation of two officers; and the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), with the participation of one officer. Diálogo: Have there been any changes to the training of future officers of the Peruvian Army as a consequence of the new role of the Armed Forces in the fight against asymmetrical threats and drug trafficking? Diálogo: In addition to the fight against the Shining Path’s narco-terrorists, what are the current goals and priorities for the Peruvian Army, with regard to security and preparedness of the military forces? Diálogo: Peru is an example for other countries in terms of their participation in peacekeeping missions. Are there any training courses for officers in this type of task? center_img Diálogo: What missions are you currently involved in? General Moncada: During my command, we have carried on with the Institutional Plan, which initially is a mid-term program. To that end, we seek to extend our Army’s existing capabilities within the Modernization Plan. We have extended the access of our personnel to instruction and training courses, as well as university and professional courses. The idea is to create a critical basis to establish the development of our institution in unison and integrated to the country and its development. At the same time that we are increasing the military education of our soldiers and personnel, we have also emphasized their training, so that when they leave the voluntary military service and are reintegrated into society, they have some technical knowledge and are capable of getting a job in the short term. In some cases, due to agreements with State institutions, our soldiers join other security tasks, such as the National Penitentiary Institute (INPE), or they continue their university studies or technical courses, with the Beca 18 program, totally free of charge. With the “Presidente de la República” scholarship program, our officers enroll in comprehensive master’s and doctorate level courses at the best universities in the world, something beneficial for our institution. However, in spite of our progress in the quest for modernizing the Army in terms of materials, administrative support and operational force, we know that we must go beyond, as a result of a constant evaluation. We are aware that the second strategic step is the transformation of the Land Force. This entails breaking with several paradigms; changing our vision and mission, adding new tactical missions and new roles in the battlefield. That’s why it is important to make our force more professional with high quality and efficiency standards, in order to be a part of this new context in the 21st century. Greeting to the Peruvian soldiers, please finish off those damned communist of Sendero and wipe all the leftists from the face of the earth. They are the wretched ones who set brother against brother and they are still celebrated, just like the chupacabras Fidel and the rat Raulin are celebrated. What if it was Pinochet, Strossner and other right-wing military people, they would certainly be killed since they are viewed as a curse. But the writers, philosophers, poets, journalists, singers and others don’t even touch the chupacabras Fidel and the rat Raulin. ….because they are the favorites of the left wing …….assholes. This General is a clown. How is it possible that he can’t do anything so that this useless government finally replace the old tanks we have. The war materials we have are a bunch of junk and this guy comes here to tell these us stories. Unbelievable. The structure of an army is different in cost, instruction, training and range when it is geared towards offense or defense. Peru is a country of too many shortages to be able to afford an army of more than 100000 soldiers. The message is encouraging but priority should be given to consideration of urban terrorism, which is backed by technical statistics about the crimes committed by assassins, one of the worst scourges imported from Mexico and Colombia and which is now terrorizing the city and even the rural communities. Re-instate the Death Penalty, completely reform the judicial system and eliminate suit and tie corruption. I think that, just as the levels of preparation and specialization are being broadened and elevated for the staff of the Armed Forces, it is also necessary that the State invest in shops, trial labs, instruments, equipment, tools, etc.. This will allow this group of specialized professionals to apply, develop, implement and expand the acquired knowledge, then put it into practice so that later – with Effort, Dedication, Will, Conviction and Love for our Homeland – they can generate Sciences and Technologies that will help us (sooner than later) achieve a TRUE NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT.It’d be more interesting also to assess the feasibility of creating a “City of Science & Technology” (to call it by some name) that contains ideal buildings for each area and specialty, and install all the necessary material for the optimal performance and development of the scientific and technology staff, as well as facilitate the execution of projects that may and should be taking place there, in all their stages. This great complex should also have ample areas intended for the development of dwellings, green and recreational areas to house all these brilliant minds that will forge a free, prosperous, rich, strong, sovereign country that shows solidarity to the other nations and people of the world. General Moncada: Through the Joint Training Center for Peacekeeping Operations (CECOPAZ), the Ministry of Defense designs courses for military observers and military personnel that are members of the “PERU” Infantry Company before their deployment to Haiti. Likewise, the Army has participated in regional joint combined exercises UNASUR I, II and III for peacekeeping operations since 2011, conducted in Argentina (the exercise is based on the performance of a peacekeeping force in support and assistance to the population of a fictitious country). By Dialogo March 03, 2014 General Ricardo Moncada: Due to changes worldwide, the wars, conflicts and battles have changed dramatically, which made our Armed Forces adapt by urgently introducing doctrine, strategies, culture and necessary changes in their organization to perform according to the demands of these new scenarios. It is true that technology plays an important role in the new context of war, but it is not the only one. Information, intelligence, knowledge, as well as cognitive and attitudinal aspects also play a crucial role. Consequently, as future Army officers need to be properly trained, the need for an educational reform arose, to restructure our technology, culture, logistics and doctrine in accordance to the new ways of conducting war, conflicts and battles. Such reform has involved making necessary changes in the syllabi of the Army’s schools; for instance, at the EMCH [Escuela Militar de Chorrillos del Ejército de Perú] it was necessary to modify the curriculum: from training an order-based command officer into a mission-based command officer because, according to our current state of affairs and hypothesis about the future, we will need an officer not only capable of following orders, but also equipped with critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Moreover, we need an officer trained in real scenarios, namely: jungle courses, mountain training, etc. We need officers not only capable of analyzing preset strategies, but who also have the capacity for different and changing scenarios. Asymmetric wars, confronting new threats and emerging risks involve transmitting to the EMCH-trained officers the basis for managing new strategies, the anticipated thinking of what will be executed mid and long term, as well as the capabilities for research and solving problems that they will be facing. [This means] training them to handle new technology, strategic planning and process organization, the critical internalization of constitutional legislation and human rights. Hence, permanent interaction with human groups implies the need for analytical and critical management of constitutional law and human rights. On the other hand, it requires training to include technology in special operations and building smaller and more efficient operational units. New forms of organization must be less vertical and follow a more horizontal, more flexible pattern, so that receiving an order involves deciding the best strategies for its execution. All this process is currently enforced and represents changes that the Army has been executing in order to confront the new, asymmetrical threats and emerging risks. Diálogo: How is the Army planning to modernize and train its personnel in the long term? last_img read more

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40 mindless ways you’re burning through your paycheck

first_img 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Morgan QuinnMany budgets are like leaky buckets — they are full of holes. Most holes are small and hardly noticeable, but those little drips can add up over time. Well, it’s time to patch up your leaky budget and start saving a greater chunk of your paycheck. Here are 40 ways you’re mindlessly blowing through your hard-earned money every day.1. Paying Too Much on HousingSince housing is likely your biggest monthly expense, this is where you can really make or break your budget. Personal finance experts recommend spending no more than 30 percent of your income on housing. You can spend even less and save more by getting a roommate or moving to a different neighborhood or a city where it’s easier to save money.2. Spending Too Much on Car CostsAside from housing, transportation is likely your next biggest expense. Buy a reliable and affordable used car, try to live close to where you work and consider taking public transportation to cut down on gas and maintenance costs. continue reading »last_img read more

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Shelby bill receives praise from trades

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Michael MuckianWhen credit union trade associations spoke, Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) and his staff apparently listened. As a result, industry leaders are pleased with yesterday’s draft of the Senate Banking Committee’s proposed Financial Regulatory Improvement Act of 2015 and its inclusion of specific guidance regarding credit union regulatory issues.“We are pleased that the discussion draft has a number of provisions to provide regulatory relief to credit unions,” NAFCU President/CEO Dan Berger said in a prepared statement. “We are continuing to review it and look forward to working with the chairman and committee members prior to next week’s mark-up to help advance NAFCU’s priorities for credit union regulatory relief.” continue reading »last_img read more

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Nicolas Pepe’s agent confirms transfer talks amid Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool interest

first_imgThe winger helped put PSG to the sword last week (Picture: Getty)But Pepe’s agent, Samir Khiat, says the 23-year-old has yet to decide which club he will join, but now looks certain to leave at the end of the season.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘We are in discussions with clubs. No decision has been taken,’ Khiat told RTL on Saturday.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Today, there are no favourites, be it Bayern Munich or another club. Nicolas will not go just anywhere. We have not decided on which league.’Arsenal have reportedly been tracking Pepe since Sven Mislintat was still at the club, though his potential £75million price tag would wipe out their whole transfer budget. Advertisement The Ivory Coast star looks certain to leave Lille this summer (Picture: Getty)Nicolas Pepe’s agent has confirmed that the attacker is in talks over a summer move away from Lille and does not already have an agreement in place with Bayern Munich.The Ivory Coast international has been in sensational form this season, scoring 19 goals and laying on 11 assists, and was involved in three of Lille’s goals in their recent 5-1 win over champions elect Paris Saint-Germain.A host of Premier League sides are believed to be poised to battle it out to sign Pepe this summer, though reports in Germany suggested Bayern had already made the first move. Advertisement Commentcenter_img Only Kylian Mbappe has been involved in more Ligue 1 goals than Pepe (Picture: Getty)Chelsea have identified Pepe as the ideal replacement for Eden Hazard should the Belgian join Real Madrid, while Liverpool are also looking at him should Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mane leave the club.However, the Blues – who ironically also signed Hazard from Lille – have perhaps the slimmest chance of landing Pepe as they wait to find out if their transfer ban will be upheld or not before making their move.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 20 Apr 2019 3:21 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link849Shares Nicolas Pepe’s agent confirms transfer talks amid Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool interestlast_img read more

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Affordable homes make Rocklea ideal for first-home buyers

first_imgInside 34 Darnley St, RockleaMr Diamond said the market in Rocklea was still “very much a first-home buyers market”, with more than 60 per cent of sales in the area going to first-home buyers. “It’s an affordable area that’s close to the city and offers large block sizes,” he said. 34 Darley St, RockleaThis two-level home at 34 Darnley St, Rocklea, has sold at auction for $585,000.Marketing agent Mark Diamond of Ray White, Bulimba, said there were 11 registered bidders in total, with one bidder phoning in from interstate. Inside 34 Darnley St, RockleaThe renovated Queenslander home, which sits on a large 810sq m block, has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, two outdoor deck areas and a two-car garage. Inside 34 Darnley St, Rocklea“It was a great turnout,” 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 even streamed the auction live on Facebook.”Mr Diamond said the new owners were a young couple, purchasing their first home together. The home at 34 Darnley St, Rocklea“The homes here are appealing because the have renovation potential and room to add value, and the larger block sizes mean the land can be subdivided and developed.”According to the latest data from CoreLogic, the median house price for a home in Rocklea is $405,000.last_img read more

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Future residents say hello

first_imgStockland is currently offering $5000 off selected lots within the community, a boost for first homebuyers ahead of the First Home Owners’ Grant reduction from $20,000 to $15,000 after June 30. Foreshore Coomera is also located close to the Coomera Train Station, sporting ovals, employment options, public and private schools, childcare facilities, tertiary education, health and retail services, Gold Coast theme parks and four renowned golf courses. More than half of the community is dedicated to open space and conservation with additional planned amenities including bike and walking trails.First home buyer Michael Turner bought a 503sq m lot, and plans to start building his four-bedroom, two storey house next month.The 25-year-old electrician, who took part in the Walk Your Lot event, currently lives with his parents on acreage in Upper Coomera.“I bought land at Stockland’s Foreshore Coomera community because the location is perfect,” Michael said.“I wanted to live near the water and this community is one of the last housing developments on Coomera River.“Also it’s close to shops and schools and convenient for getting into Brisbane where most of my work is.”Mr Turner said the $20,000 FHOG had been a huge financial help. “The Gold Coast’s northern growth corridor is fast becoming a haven for first homebuyers through to upgraders and Coomera is positioned at the heart of this sought-after area,” Mr Laner said.“Buyers are increasingly prioritising a healthy and active lifestyle and the community offers easy access to the water, nature reserves and established shops and schools to ensure future residents have the best of both worlds. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“The Coomera East Shopping Centre is adjacent to the community and the $470 million Westfield Coomera is set to open just two kilometres from Foreshore at the end of this year.”Lots at Foreshore Coomera start from $248,900 and waterside lots are available from $392,900. Stockland Foreshore Coomera ‘Walk Your Lot’ event – Michael TurnerConstruction is under way at Foreshore Coomera, with future residents given their first look at their new community.More than 100 future residents took part in the Walk Your Lot event which was officially opened by the very first buyers, Anthony and Amy Kinnane.Stockland acting Queensland general manager for residential communities David Laner said the event was the first opportunity for many buyers to set foot on their actual block of land. “Construction of Foreshore Coomera is progressing very well and we were delighted to welcome our first buyers to the community and show them around,” Mr Laner said. “Foreshore’s first streets and parks are starting to take shape and we are expecting our first residents will be moving into their new homes by the end of this year.”The event also gave future residents the opportunity to meet their new neighbours, and explore the community, which is near the Coomera River.last_img read more

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Duterte warns mayors: Enforce social distancing or face arrest

first_imgMANILA – Mayors who are not implementingthe social distancing measures in light of the Luzon-wide enhanced communityquarantine (ECQ) may face arrest, President Rodrigo Duterte said. Duterte acknowledged that citygovernments had their own ordinances to observe, however he still stressed theneed to implement the measures adopted by the Department of Health during theECQ. “Kayongmga mayors, huwag kayong maglaro kasi ang ayaw ninyo mag-social distancing mapipilitan ako puntahan kita at arestuhinkita,” President Duterte said. “There seems to be a lack of uniformity inenforcing the social distancing rule.” He issued the warning in an address tothe nation on early Tuesday following several instances where the public areovercrowding in markets in Metro Manila.center_img “Alammo ‘pag hindi natin ito susunod, walang mangyari. Wala talagang mangyari. Kamidito salita nang salita hanggang makuha rin namin ang [COVID-19], baka una kaming mamatay,” he added. Following President Duterte’s warning,Interior Secretary Eduardo Año has directed the Philippine National Police(PNP) as well as local government units to shut down non-essential businessestablishments while the enhanced community quarantine is being enforced./PNlast_img read more

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Mike Mullen masters IMCA Modified main at Outagamie

first_imgBenji LaCrosse came to call midway through the contest as he worked into the runner-up posi­tion. LaCrosse closed in late but it was Mullen scoring the win. LaCrosse had to settle for second place pay, Josh Long took third, Marcus Yarie was fourth and Jerry Wilinski completed the top five. The contest went green to checkers. SEYMOUR, Wis. (July 17) – Shawn Freilich jumped to the point of the IMCA Modified feature Fri­day at Outagamie Speedway. His reign up front didn’t last long as ‘Mighty’ Mike Mullen blasted to lead on lap four. Zachary Raab took the lead on lap four and never looked back, cruising to a dominating win. The win was Raab’s first-ever at the speedway. Cole Magnin, Tyler Sobiesczyk, Matt Radtke and Jeff Schmuhl rounded out the top five. In Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod action, drama unfolded early as point leader Vince Engebregsten didn’t make the call for the starting lineup.center_img By Edward Anschutz  Clint Malueg was victorious in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts.last_img read more

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United Way makes donation to Franklin County food pantry

first_imgPictured, Dawn Rosenberger, Board President, Marilyn York, Red Life Food Pantry Coordinator, and Elizabeth Eggleston, Board Vice President.Brookville, IN—United Way of Franklin County donated $2500 to Red Life Church Food Pantry to replenish their needs due to increased demand because of COVID-19. Red Life Church is located at 1112 Main St in Brookville. The RedLife Food Bank will continue operating on the 3rd Saturday from 10 am to noon and the 4th Thursday from 4 to 6 pm. Its drive-thru only.last_img read more

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