Trump tariffs are going to cost consumers, wind executives say

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:President Donald Trump’s trade war won’t wreck the U.S. wind industry, but it will raise the cost of power.Tariffs on $250 billion of Chinese imports, as well as on metals from Europe and elsewhere, could raise the cost of wind power in the U.S. by as much as 10 percent, Tom Kiernan, chief executive officer of the American Wind Energy Association, said at a conference in New York. Executives from three of the world’s top turbine manufacturers agreed.“If you close the country to tariffs, prices will increase,” Jose Antonio Miranda Soto, CEO for Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA’s onshore business, said Tuesday at the Wind Energy Finance & Investment Conference. “Tariffs equal higher prices.”Higher steel prices will be “a powerful driver,” said Josh Irwin, sales director for Vestas Wind Systems A/S’s Americas unit. “Those costs do have to manifest themselves someplace. There’s just no way around it.”Besides steel, the tariffs cover turbine blades, gearboxes, crank shafts and other internal components. Some of the impacts can be mitigated by seeking suppliers not covered by the levies, according to John Hensley, AWEA’s senior director for industry data and analysis. “Consumers probably lose out because they’re not getting that ultra-cheap form of energy,” Hensley said.More: Trump’s import tariffs will make U.S. wind power more expensive Trump tariffs are going to cost consumers, wind executives saylast_img read more

2015 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1: Supercharged & Gorgeous

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sponsored Content Brought To You By NY Auto GiantAn output of 580 horsepower. A 6.2-liter supercharged and intercooled pushrod 16-valve V-8 under the hood. Zero to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds.Yes, Chevy’s 2015 Camaro ZL1 is a muscle car, sports car, racecar, and just simply sheer eye candy. If you like speed, smooth acceleration and undeniable style, this is the car for you, to hell with what Dodge Challenger and Ford Mustang diehards say.Critics gush:“The latest iteration of Chevy’s classic Camaro sports car has taken the country by storm,” raves Kelley Blue Book. “Be it die-hard musclecar fanatics or just everyday dreamers yearning for a little piece of automotive magic, the 2015 Chevrolet Camaro coupe and convertible deliver. Reigniting a decades-long rivalry with the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger, the Camaro runs down the competition by offering impressive power and, in the eyes of many, more presence.“From the entry-level Camaro to the track-inspired Z/28 to the supercar-worthy ZL1, the Camaro has rekindled a spirit long missing from the American automobile industry,” it continues.“The ZL1…is a car you can drive every day,” declares Auto Trader. “The magnetorheological dampers that are great in fast corners also provide a supple ride, and standard features include xenon headlights, a 9-speaker audio system and a touchscreen infotainment system. To me, that’s the real magic of the Camaro ZL1—it’s as comfortable on the street as it is on the track. That makes it a pretty amazing all-around car.”Supercharged, stylish and just ‘Wow,’ NY Auto Giant has a wide selection of Camaros to choose from!Heart-racing power, mind-easing comfort, bear-hugging grip and all the bells and whistles you’ve ever dreamed of, within one of the sexiest chassis bodies you’ll find on the road these days are just some of this beast’s perks. This dream ride scores high in the safety department, too, along with a slew of other mind-bending perks.“While its supercharged, 580-hp 6.2-liter V-8 makes the ZL1 the most powerful Camaro ever, it’s much more than a straight-line muscle car of yore,” explains Car and Driver. “It has a track-tuned suspension, either a six-speed Tremec manual or automatic with paddle shifters, and a multilink rear suspension. Offered as a coupe or convertible, it’s super fast, sticks to the road like it’s cemented there, and is incredibly refined; it’s literally a blast to drive.”Click Here To Learn More About NY Auto GiantToo much power? Wait, is that even an option!? No worries, Chevrolet boasts a whole team of Camaros to match whatever you and your family fancy. Coupes. Convertibles. Yes, yes and yes.To drive home your very own 2015 Camaro ZL1 or any other Chevrolet, muscle machine or otherwise, head over to NY Auto Giant’s Chevrolet of Huntington, today!last_img read more

NCUA to livestream open board meetings

first_imgby: Nicholas BallasyA live video stream of the NCUA’s open board meetings will be available starting with the agency’s Feb. 19 meeting.“This is a significant step forward in terms of agency transparency, and I want to thank Vice Chairman Metsger for initiating this idea,” NCUA Board Chairman Debbie Matz said. “Anyone interested in seeing and hearing NCUA Board meetings live will now be able to log in, follow the open Board discussions and get an immediate sense of how regulations and other policy decisions are made.”Matz said public education is part of the NCUA’s mission and the credit union system’s philosophy. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Indonesia to bar foreigners from entering in bid to curb imported cases

first_imgBut the president ordered even stricter rules on Tuesday. “Almost all countries have imposed some sort of restrictions on the movement of people in all its variations, adapting it to the conditions of each country, so there is no one-size-fits-all policy,” minister Retno said.During the Cabinet meeting, Jokowi pointed out that the epicenter of the disease had shifted from China to the United States and Europe, forcing countries that have prepared early to “flatten the curve” to face what he called a new wave in the COVID-19 pandemic.He also ordered officials to step up the screening of Indonesian workers returning from overseas.“China, South Korea and Singapore currently face a multitude of imported cases brought back from abroad. So our priority now is not only to control the spread within the country […] but also to control the mobility of people who might bring imported cases from countries at risk,” the President said, according to a transcript of the meeting.“Flattening the curve” refers to collective measures aimed at preventing too steep an increase in the overall case number, so as to prevent an already overtasked healthcare system from becoming overwhelmed at any one time with too large a number of COVID-19 patients.China announced it was sealing its borders to foreigners after 600 “imported” infections were recorded, Bloomberg reports, although 90 percent of these cases are from Chinese nationals returning from abroad, according to data from the Chinese foreign ministry.Indonesia itself has also been accused of “exporting” COVID-19 cases, mostly from previously unidentified carriers of the disease going abroad, although the Jokowi administration has been quick to paper over any fraying tensions with neighboring countries.The government is struggling to curb the movement of people from Jakarta to other parts of the country, despite calls to put the capital – currently the national epicenter of the outbreak – under lockdown.The latest curbs have led observers to believe that Indonesia was heading in that direction, although some others see it as anything but a lockdown — a term that does not exist in the Indonesian legal system.International relations expert Teuku Rezasyah from Padjadjaran University said that the travel ban cannot be considered a lockdown, arguing that it was an extension of previous physical distancing measures.“With a lockdown, as it were, the government must guarantee all of the people’s basic needs, even those unaccounted for in the current state budget. And for that to happen there must be a legal basis,” Rezasyah told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.The university lecturer said, however, that Indonesia was unique in that it had a large and diverse population to look after, and that the government needed to act fast to mitigate the health crisis.“Right now, everyone is waiting, and in a time of crisis, waiting is a very dangerous game,” he said.Topics : Foreigners who hold temporary or permanent stay permits (KITAS or KITAP), as well as diplomats and other official visitors and/or residents would be exempted from the ban, so long as they strictly follow the applicable health protocols required to enter the country.“Details will be presented at a separate occasion and will be regulated in a forthcoming Law and Human Rights Ministry regulation,” she said.The curbs on foreign visitors is the latest in a series of measures taken by the government to contain a virus that has infected more than 1,500 people and killed 136.The Foreign Ministry previously banned flights to and from mainland China and some of the hardest-hit regions in Italy, South Korea and Iran, before expanding restrictions earlier this month to the Vatican, Spain, Germany, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Indonesia will bar foreign nationals from transiting through or entering the country, officials announced on Tuesday, as the government steps up efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country without heeding growing calls for a complete lockdown to contain the pandemic.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced the travel ban, effective soon, during a limited Cabinet meeting to discuss the possible repatriation of Indonesians from overseas and limiting the movement of foreigners into the country.“The President has decided that the current policies needed to be strengthened […], and so it was decided that all visits and transiting by foreign citizens to Indonesia will be temporarily stopped,” Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi told reporters after the Cabinet meeting in Jakarta, a recording of which was circulated to journalists practicing physical distancing measures.last_img read more

South Tangerang to dump trash in Tangerang regency after landfill wall collapses

first_imgSeveral days of heavy rainfall had caused the waste to absorb water and expand, adding pressure and weight to the support walls that resulted in their collapse, said Yepi.As of Monday, about 60 percent of the trash spilled into the Cisadane river had been removed. The clean-up is expected to finish next week.Yepi said that, besides reinforcing the support walls, the South Tangerang administration also planned to build another landfill section near the Cipeucang landfill.”We’ll build a new landfill [section], the third one, to accommodate more waste,” he said, adding that the new section would be able to accommodate around 350 tons of waste per day. (nal)Topics : The administration of South Tangerang has decided to dump the city’s waste in Tangerang regency’s landfill to prevent further damage to the wall of its own landfill in Cipeucang, Serpong.South Tangerang Environment Agency secretary Yepi Suherman said he had coordinated with the central government and the Tangerang administration to execute the plan.”The South Tangerang administration has sent letters to the Tangerang regency, asking for permission to temporarily dispose of our waste in [the Tangerang regency] landfills,” Yepi told on Sunday. Read also: Skyscraper of waste: Greater Jakarta drowning in mountains of trashYepi explained that the decision was made after evaluating the capacity of the Cipeucang landfill.”The advice was that the Cipeucang landfill should not receive any more waste until the reconstruction and rearrangement projects are completed,” he added.A support wall of the Cipeucang landfill collapsed on May 22, spilling around 100 tons of waste into the Cisadane River. The landfill receives approximately 300 tons of waste on a daily basis and is on the brink of being overloaded with mounds of trash as high as 16 meters.last_img read more

In the name of the mother: Afghan woman wins recognition, sparks Taliban opposition

first_imgTopics : But along with the recognition from the president and the support of many woman, the reform has provoked anger.”The inclusion of the mother’s name on electronic IDs would be a disgrace and a dishonor for Afghans,” Said Akbar Agha, who served as an official during Taliban rule, told a gathering to discuss reconciliation in the city of Herat last week.’Change is difficult’Women’s rights have improved significantly since the hardline Taliban were forced from power in 2001.But concern is growing about the prospects for sustaining that progress with the possibility of a return of the Islamist group to a role in government.The Taliban say they have changed and would allow education for girls and women to work outside the home, in some circumstances.But when pushed for details such as on whether women would be required to wear a face covering or work in jobs alongside men, they say the rights of women would be decided according to Islamic sharia, though without specifying how.Many women harbor deep mistrust and doubt the sincerity of reassuring Taliban comments.Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed that the group opposed putting the names of mothers on identify cards.”From a religious point of view, the names of women are among the prohibitions that cannot be mentioned anywhere,” Mujahid told Reuters.”Mentioning the names of mothers, wives, sisters and daughters is not culturally tolerable in our society,” he said.Osmany said she was disappointed by the Taliban position but would not stop fighting for the recognition of women even though she was worried about her safety and that of her colleagues.”We’re not doing anything wrong, so we’ll continue this struggle so that we can revive the identity of women,” she said.”We know change is difficult, it’s difficult to change society but when we start working, we must not be afraid of obstacles and we should never give up.”  “From the beginning of this campaign until now, we’ve encountered insults, humiliation, threats,” said Osmany, a 28-year old religious studies graduate.For Osmany and many other Afghan women, a mother’s name beside the father’s on identity cards represents the rightful recognition of women in society.”This right has been given to us by Islam … we want to take back our rights.”Osmany’s campaign, which she launched on social media in 2017, paid off last week when President Ashraf Ghani signed an amendment that would recognize mothers equally with fathers on identification cards.center_img Afghan woman Laleh Osmany has been campaigning for years for a change to the age-old custom of officially identifying people by the names of their fathers, calling for mothers’ names to be included on identity cards.But her “Where Is My Name?” campaign, which finally brought a change in the law last week, has stirred heated debate in the conservative Muslim country where for some, speaking a woman’s name in public is taboo.The Taliban, who have just begun power-sharing talks with the Afghan government that could see them return to rule in some capacity, have condemned the reform in one of the first concrete stances they have revealed on women’s rights as they engage in the peace process.last_img read more

How 63,000 PA’ians Will Lose Access to Drug and Alcohol Treatment if ACA is Repealed

  SHARE  TWEET By: Sarah Galbally, Secretary of Policy and Planning January 24, 2017 Healthcare,  Medicaid Expansion,  National Issues,  Public Health,  Substance Use Disorder,  The Blog In the first year of Pennsylvania’s Medicaid expansion, almost 63,000 newly eligible Medicaid enrollees accessed drug and alcohol treatment. This coverage is essential in battling the opioid and heroin public health crisis that took over 3,500 lives in Pennsylvania in 2015.If the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is repealed, all of these people could lose access to treatment. Let’s explain how that would happen.A person who is receiving treatment for a substance use disorder could be seeing a number of doctors to treat their illness. For example, they could be seeing a drug and alcohol provider who would provide evidence-based treatment which would include recovery supports, cognitive behavioral therapy, drug and alcohol counseling, rehabilitation services, and detoxification.The patient may also be seeing a mental health provider who would provide counseling or talking therapies to address underlying issues such as anxiety, severe depression, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia.The patient may also be taking medications such as methadone and buprenorphine to help with their treatment.The costs of seeing doctors and paying for medication for substance use disorder could be thousands of dollars a month without insurance. A single person who received substance use disorder treatment through Pennsylvania’s Medicaid expansion would make no more than $16,394 a year or no more than $33,534 for a family of four.If the ACA is repealed and not immediately replaced, tens of thousands of people who are currently receiving treatment for a substance use disorder would lose insurance coverage and no longer be able to afford their treatment.That’s why Governor Wolf is urging Congress to take a hard look at the real and immediate effects that the people of Pennsylvania will feel if the ACA is repealed. The Governor will continue to fight to ensure that there are insurance options that are affordable, easy to understand, responsive to needs, and available immediately – with no lapse in coverage. Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: How 63,000 PA’ians Will Lose Access to Drug and Alcohol Treatment if ACA is Repealed SHARE Email Facebook Twitter read more

Caboolture home with footy goal up for sale

first_imgOne of the five bedrooms.A wing of the home has three bedrooms, all with built-in desks, and a children’s retreat.The master suite is further towards the rear of the house, with a walk-in wardrobe and resort-style ensuite.The shower has a rainwater showerhead and there is also a spa bath. More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019The kitchen is large.A fifth bedroom is on the opposite side of the home near the garage, and could be used as either a guest bedroom or study.There is an open plan kitchen and living space, as well as a rumpus room with a wet bar made of corrugated iron. The home at 10 Lemon Grove, Caboolture, is for sale.WHEN Matt and Nichole Forrester built their Caboolture home nine years ago they wanted somewhere they could unwind.The couple have four children, so space was a necessity but otherwise wanted the 10 Lemon Grove property to be their own private haven. “We wanted an open living resort basically,” Mr Forrester said.The single-level home has 355sq m of under-roof living, on a 4006sq m block. The bar is a talking point of the home.Mr Forrester said the bar was somewhere they often entertained.“It was something we thought we could talk about, so it usually creates conversation when people come over and then leads to a couple of drinks,” he said.center_img Outside are footy goal posts.Outside is a flat, separately fenced yard with football goalposts at one end, and a netball hoop to the side.“The boys play football and the girls play netball,” Mr Forrester said.“We spend a fair bit of time out there, and if it’s not one sport we’re playing, then it’s the other.” The garage is currently set up as a gym.The garage is also currently set up as a gym.There is space for big boys’ toys with a 69m x 9m shed that includes an office, shower, toilet, kitchenette and airconditioning.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:28Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:28 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p480p480p256p256p228p228pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenPrestige property with Liz Tilley07:29last_img read more

Kids’ TV habits sound alarm

first_imgNZ Herald 2 March 2014Parenting experts are alarmed at a new study that shows two thirds of Kiwi infants are watching up to three hours of television a day.The findings of the Growing up in New Zealand survey of 7,000 New Zealand families are in stark contrast to recommendations from child health experts such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, which recommends no screen time for babies under two.Data from the Growing up in New Zealand project found:• Almost 64 per cent watched television, DVDs or videos at home for one to three hours a day.• Nearly 9 per cent tuned in daily for more than three hours.• 81 per cent were exposed to TV in the home, including adult programmes, for extended periods.The American Academy of Pediatrics says a child’s brain develops rapidly in the first years, and children learn best by interacting with people, not screens. read more

Here’s What “Unmasking” Means And Why This Story Really Matters

first_imgBy Stephen DienerSomething has really bothered me over the past 24 hours when it comes to the Michael Flynn “unmasking” story. Namely, the fact that this has the real potential to be the biggest political scandal of our life time, (yes, bigger than Watergate) and yet the majority doesn’t seem to understand why, or are even paying attention to it.And maybe that isn’t anyone’s fault besides the main stream media.Fox News is the only MSM outlet that has covered this story, every other network has largely ignored it. So when things are ignored or swept under the rug, it’s hard for the general population to understand what is really happening out there.Enter, me and this labor of love.First, the backstory.There is a law that allows the intelligence community to monitor foreign people of interest. These laws were enacted with the hopes of stopping terrorism through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or more commonly known as FISA. It has provisions in place that are supposed to protect Americans who are “incidentally” recorded. They do this by “masking” them.Now, sometimes during surveillance, unwitting Americans are caught up in the conversation. When this happens, intelligence analysts are supposed to “mask” that persons identity out of respect and privacy, unless they are suspected of wrongdoing.Here’s where Michael Flynn comes in and why this is a very big deal.In early 2017, a few weeks before Trump was set to take office, Flynn was having conversations with a Russian ambassador who the NSA just happened to be surveilling. They were talking about sanctions that would have gone against moves that the Obama administration had made in the past.So what did the perpetrators decide to do from there? Go after the very man who worked his whole career to defend against Russia and accuse him of conspiring with Russians.Side note, that accusation was proven false last week which is why you may have heard about the DOJ dropping charges against Flynn. His life was still ruined for the past three and a half years, but that is neither here nor there to his accusers.But back to the story.The rest of this reads almost like a spy novel.From there, then VP Joe Biden, FBI Director James Comey, National Intelligence Director James Clapper, and CIA Director John Brennan, amongst others, used their powers to unmask Flynn and reveal his identity in order to stop his work and undermine the Trump presidency before it even began.Is that in its self illegal? There is a lot of gray area there, but there is no argument that it is highly immoral to abuse your powers to spy on and set up a political opponent for your own personal gain.That being said, someone leaked Flynn’s name to the press at that time, which is indeed highly illegal, and that someone could be any of those slime balls I already mentioned. Which could mean future Senate investigations and possible jail time for said slime balls.And make no mistake about it, just because Obama’s name was not mentioned in the unmasking request list that came out yesterday that showed all of the administration officials who did put in requests to uncover Flynn’s identity, it does not mean he was not aware or even involved in what was going on.Case in point, Lisa Page’s text to Peter Strozk on September 6th, 2016 that read “POTUS wants to know everything that we are doing.”Well, that seems pretty cut and dry doesn’t it? And in case you forgot, those are the two FBI agents who got in trouble for having an affair and lying about it.So what happened after they got a hold of Flynn?They forced him to lie about his involvement with the Russians by threatening him and his son. Nice people right? That of course led to something you might remember called the Russia collusion investigation which lasted for over two years.The entire thing was based off of lies and deception all for personal gain. Which is kind of ironic when you think about it, considering that is exactly what the Democrats impeached Trump for when they accused him of quid pro quo with Ukraine for political gain.In short, this is a very big deal because the officials at the very highest levels of the Obama administration, the intelligence communities, and possibly even then President Obama himself were involved with trying to sabotage an incoming President and working behind the scenes for three very long years to get him ousted.These are no longer tin hat conspiracy theories like the goons at CNN or MSNBC would have you believe, this is now hardcore truth backed up by government documents.Which is more than they could ever say in any of their fake investigations.last_img read more