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first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Indiana’s Lake County is exploring changes to its land-use rules that could pave the way for the first truly large-scale solar farms in the state and some of the largest in the Midwest.The Lake County Council on April 14 approved a resolution for the county’s Plan Commission to consider amendments to the local zoning code to allow for large-scale solar projects. The council must vote again to give final approval to the proposed changes, which mark an important step in a mounting initiative to unlock the potential of solar power in a state that has no renewable energy purchasing mandate.Historically reliant on coal, Indiana’s utilities plan to shutter more than two-thirds of the state’s coal-fired generating capacity in the next two decades, including more than 7,500 MW in the next 10 years, a recent S&P Global Market Intelligence analysis found.“We build projects where there is a strong solar resource, access to the transmission grid, supportive landowners who want to participate in a solar project, and customer demand,” Ben Lambrecht, a spokesman for Chicago-headquartered renewable energy developer Invenergy LLC, said in an email. “All of these exist in Indiana.”The Lake County resolution was sparked by Invenergy’s proposed 200-MW Foundry Works Solar Energy Center. More than 10 times the capacity of the state’s largest operating solar project, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence data, the $200 million project, located near Eagle Creek Township in northwestern Indiana, would create hundreds of construction jobs and funnel more than $100 million into the local economy in coming years through property taxes and payments to landowners. It is slated to begin construction in 2022.Invenergy and other solar developers have lined up roughly 100 proposals, some coupled with big batteries, grid operator data shows. Half of the solar projects, combining for around 7,300 MW, would interconnect to the Midcontinent ISO, the wholesale transmission operator that covers the largest swath of the state. The other half, offering nearly 8,800 MW, are in the PJM Interconnection, which covers parts of Indiana served by American Electric Power Co. Inc.[Garrett Hering]More ($): Developers pitch 16 GW of solar in coal-fueled Indiana Solar developers see profitable potential in coal-reliant Indianalast_img read more

first_imgA so-called “Five One” policy allows mainland carriers to fly just one flight a week on one route to any country and foreign airlines to operate just one flight a week to a city in China.Carriers could also fly no more than the number of flights in a weekly schedule approved by the CAAC on March 12.But because US passenger airlines had stopped all flights by March 12, they have been unable to resume flights to China.US President Donald Trump’s administration on Wednesday said it would bar Chinese passenger carriers from flying into America from June 16, pressuring Beijing to let US airlines to resume flights to the country. Topics : China said it will ease coronavirus restrictions to allow more foreign carriers to fly to the mainland, shortly after Washington vowed to bar Chinese airlines from flying to the United States due to Beijing’s curbs on American airlines.Qualifying foreign carriers currently barred from operating flights to China will be allowed once-a-week flights into a city of their choosing starting on June 8, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said in a statement on Thursday.The CAAC has slashed international flights since late March to allay concerns over rising coronavirus infections brought by arriving passengers.center_img The US Department of Transportation could not be immediately reached for comment. The department has said it will reconsider its order against Chinese airlines if the CAAC adjusts its policies affecting US airlines.The CAAC said all airlines will be allowed to increase the number of international flights involving China to a maximum of two per week if no passengers on their flights test positive for COVID-19 for three consecutive weeks.If five passengers or more on one flight test positive for the coronavirus upon arrival, the CAAC would bar the airline from services for a week, it said. Airlines would be suspended for four weeks if 10 passengers or more test positive.CAAC’s deputy director Li Jian said in May the agency would consider increasing international flights, after public criticisms of its “Five One” policy, which has led to exorbitant ticket prices for many Chinese stranded overseas.China has also suspended the entry of foreigners with valid Chinese visas or residence permits since late March, meaning only Chinese nationals can travel back to the country on commercial passenger flights.last_img read more

first_imgSource: UnsplashMany affluent shoppers will have traded up during lockdownFor an affluent shopper audience that is returning back to life as ‘normal’ (and spending again in out-of-home channels), expect the emergence of a shopper mindset that demands brands to ‘inspire me’.Many of these shoppers will have traded up during lockdown and brands need to convince these shoppers to continue spending higher levels in grocery channels. A focus on good-quality food and drink, premium dining experiences and elevated social reconnections will be key strategies that inspire affluent shoppers to continue spending on grocery brands.Offer me support Promotions will resonate with this shopper segmentRestrictions may ease but the pressure on many shopper finances remains. The end of the furlough scheme, coupled with mounting job losses, means that many shoppers are facing financial hardship for the first time.The mindset of these shoppers will be one that is highly receptive to brands that can ‘offer support’. New product formats, on-pack promotions and value with every pack will resonate with a shopper segment that is forced to adopt savvy shopping behaviours.Make it special It’s impossible to predict how the next 12 weeks, let alone 12 months, will pan out, but the nation’s brand managers, shopper marketers and retailers have been tasked with locking down their activation plans for 2021. It looks increasingly likely that shoppers’ finances and the global pandemic will flex over the coming months. These four shopper mindsets are intended as guides to help us understand the different ways that different shoppers are feeling over the coming months and critically, what brands need to do to stay relevant in this strange period of pandemic purgatory.,Inspire me Supermarkets will become the ‘shopping malls of the pandemic’ for these shoppersAs recent restrictions in Leicester and Greater Manchester have shown, it looks likely that many regions will experience localised lockdowns.For shoppers who retain comfortable levels of disposable income, but are experiencing lockdown fatigue, there will be a desire to ‘make it special’. Supermarkets will, albeit temporarily, once again become the ‘shopping malls of the pandemic’ as they look to mark special moments through food and drink in the home.This is a shopper mindset that will be actively seeking to trade up or buy into more premium brands. Occasion-based offerings will resonate, with a shopper segment that is desperate not to ‘lose’ more special occasions to a pandemic that has already taken so much.Help me cope These shoppers will value promotional incentives that bring treats to everyday lifeDesperately seeking respite and escape from both lockdown and financial fatigue, this mindset will be about surviving the challenging days ahead.These shoppers will be looking for brand and product value that makes their lives easier, but also that delivers escapism from the difficulties they face. Daily permissible pleasures, or promotional incentives that bring treats to everyday life, will deliver some much-needed positivity and happiness: an incredibly strong emotive opportunity for brands.Callum Saunders is head of planning at Zeal Creative and author of Brand Activation in the Age of Covid-19: Winning with Shoppers in ‘The New Normal’.last_img read more

first_img June 22, 2017 Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Fredericksburg, PA – During the grand opening of the nation’s first humane, animal-welfare-focused hatchery, Governor Tom Wolf today pointed to the potential of Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry to produce a vibrant economy with jobs that pay in rural communities.“We all know how close agriculture is to the heart of Pennsylvania,” said Governor Wolf. “The products we grow and produce here fuel our people, the world, and our state’s economy. The commonwealth has supported Bell & Evans in the past and that support is helping to drive a broader expansion here,” Governor Wolf said. “The partnership between the commonwealth and innovative job-creators like Bell & Evans represents our commitment to supporting our agriculture industry and doing all we can to help our farm families grow and thrive.”The new hatchery is the first of its kind in the United States. Bell & Evans partnered with Netherlands-based companies HatchTech and Viscon to design this new hatchery concept, which is free of antibiotics, does not use machines to handle the chicks, and feeds all chicks organic mini-pelleted feed from grains grown only in the U.S. The operation hopes to become the first certified organic hatchery in the world.Bell & Evans previously received a $1.9 million funding package from the Department of Community and Economic Development for a three-year expansion project that was completed in 2016, adding over 400 local jobs. The new, privately funded hatchery further expands the business.“Bell & Evans is among the more progressive, forward-thinking producers in the country,” said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “They are among the leaders in the natural foods market, positioning themselves well to capitalize on changing consumer demands and preferences so that today, they are among the nation’s premier suppliers to upscale markets. The growing demand for their products is helping the region’s agriculture economy as the company adds more growers and more houses.”Redding noted that Bell & Evans is the largest of five poultry processing and wholesale companies in Lebanon County, where the industry is 1,815 percent higher than the national average in terms of number of jobs, and has grown at 45.6 percent over the past 15 years, while it has declined six percent nationwide.The company’s president and CEO, Scott Sechler, is working with the commonwealth to position the state’s agriculture industry to capitalize on market opportunities over the next decade.“Our mission to change the way chickens are raised in the United States has many pieces – using only U.S.  grown grains, pioneering the elimination of antibiotics and setting higher standards in animal welfare. This organic hatchery is the next milestone,” Sechler said. “We appreciate the ongoing support of Governor Wolf, the PA Department of Agriculture and our county and local officials in helping us make it happen. Pennsylvania is our home and we’re proud to be part of its leadership in agriculture.”Sechler serves as the private-sector co-chair of the Team Pennsylvania Agricultural Advisory Committee. Secretary Redding serves as the public-sector co-chair. The committee, formed earlier this year, is part of a strategic partnership between the Department of Agriculture and Team Pennsylvania Foundation to address barriers to growth in the agriculture industry and to identify and capitalize on opportunities for economic development. SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Governor Wolf Celebrates Bell & Evans’ Organic Hatchery Opening as Part of ‘Jobs that Pay’ Tourlast_img read more

first_img“Now that the Federal Reserve has pulled the trigger and hiked rates,” it said, “all eyes will be on the timing of additional increases, and if other central banks – particularly the UK – will follow.”Those exposed to commodities stocks witnessed a continual decline in prices – down 8.6% in December alone – as the 32.9% fall in value since the beginning of the year marked the fifth consecutive year the category was the worst performing within the asset class.Despite funding ratios closing out the year below levels in January, the consultancy did estimate that a rise in both AAA and AA euro-zone bond yields had led to a 0.8% decline in DB fund liabilities.However, this contrasted with liabilities overall increasing by 3.5% over the course of the year, outstripped by a 4.6% rise in asset value since January 2015. Irish defined benefit (DB) schemes closed out 2015 with declining funding ratios, after volatile equity markets wiped out funding gains made over the course of the year. LCP said the funding level of its sample DB scheme fell 2.3 percentage points to 96.1% over the course of December, below the 96.8% funding level recorded at the beginning of the year and well shy of its funding in excess of 100% in May.The consultancy said equity market volatility in December cancelled out the gains achieved in the two months prior to December but that global equity markets overall finished nearly 10% higher than at the beginning of the year, at least when returns were measured in euros.In a summary of December markets, LCP also warned that the rate hike by the US Federal Reserve was likely to be the first of many by central banks globally.last_img read more

first_imgAuthorities in Vero Beach have arrested a high school student who reportedly made a threat towards their school using social media outlets.The incident occurred Monday morning at Vero Beach High School located on 1707 16th St.Officials reported that despite the threat, they did not find any weapons in connection to the incident.The student was taken into custody and the school has since resumed normal operations.last_img

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin Women’s basketball team (13-15, 4-12 Big Ten) lacked scoring depth in their road contest with Rutgers University (19-8, 11-5) Monday. The Scarlet Knights received contributions from many key players en route to a 73–53 victory. Rutgers had lost four of their last five entering play Monday night.Wisconsin freshman Imani Lewis and senior Marsha Howard tallied 18 and 16 points respectively, but the rest of the starting lineup combined for a mere six points, continuing an offensive drought from those other than Lewis and Howard.The Scarlet Knights led by as many as 25 points at various points during the third and fourth quarters thanks in large part to the 17-point outing from sophomore Tekia Mack off the bench. Mack averages 5.1 points per game on the year but was able to find holes in the Badger defense.Lewis had a respectable performance in her return to her hometown New Jersey. She grew up less than 50 miles from Rutgers and even received a scholarship from the university, but it was the Scarlet Knights who prevailed in the first matchup between Lewis and her home state.Women’s basketball: Badgers contain Wittinger, snag their fourth Big Ten winThe University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team (13-14, 4-11 Big Ten) defeated the Illinois Fighting Illini (10-17, 2-14) 75–67 Wednesday Read…The Badgers’ struggles on the road are well documented.Their lone road win of the season came against the UW-Milwaukee Panthers — the second game of the season and barely a bus ride for the Badgers. Road wins are not easy in the Big Ten regardless, but it was Wisconsin’s lack of outside shooting and free throw consistency that makes these road wins appear insurmountable.Howard has averaged 20.7 points in her last eight games, but her nine turnovers against Rutgers slowed the Wisconsin offense and helped the Scarlet Knights to 30 points off turnovers, a margin that, if minimized, would have made it a much closer game.Rutgers’ bench combined for 39 points while the Badgers received only 13 points from their bench. Moving forward, bench play and more depth from the other Badger starters will be crucial. Senior Kelly Karlis scratched across just one point and failed to attempt a three-pointer for the first time this season.Women’s basketball: Badgers upset Spartans, fall to Buckeyes in Columbus in jam-packed weekendThe University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team (12-14, 3-11 Big Ten) scored a 79–62 Valentine’s Day upset over the Michigan Read…The Badgers only recorded two three-point baskets on 11 tries, lowering their Big Ten ranking in three-point percentage to the worst in the conference.The Scarlet Knights pressured Wisconsin ball handlers, producing 18 steals and 24 Badger turnovers — both season-highs for the Badgers and something that cannot continue if Wisconsin wants notch more victories. These turnovers limited the Badgers to only 48 shots which is a season-worst as well.With only two games left in the Big Ten slate, a short memory could serve the Badgers well. If Wisconsin could continue their level of play prior to this contest, they could snag wins in their last two games against Ohio State and Michigan.They will play the Buckeyes Thursday in the last home game at the Kohl Center this season. The Badgers will honor seniors Karlis and Howard before the game starts at 7:30 pm. Catch the game on BTN or listen live on 100.9, Badger Radio Network.last_img read more

first_imgUSC’s men’s basketball team was scheduled to play Arizona in the quarterfinal of the Pac-12 Tournament hours after the statement was released. “Our hearts ache for our student-athletes, coaches, alumni, fans, and all those affected throughout the world by the COVID-19 pandemic,” athletic director Mike Bohn said according to the release. “The health, safety, and well-being of our student-athletes is always at the forefront of everything we do. Therefore, our university and athletics department support the decisions made today by the NCAA and the Pac-12 Conference. These are unprecedented days for all of us. I have communicated to our student-athletes that we are here to support them however we can. Our Trojan Family will be stronger for having endured these challenges together.” USC Athletics had announced in a statement Tuesday that all intercollegiate athletic events on campus would continue as scheduled but without spectators except family until March 29. Now, however, all Pac-12 competition has been shut down. Editor’s note: This article was updated at 11:35 a.m. to include quotes from Jonah Mathews and Andy Enfield. “We were all really looking forward to playing in the Pac-12 Tournament, but first and foremost, life is more important than basketball,” senior guard Jonah Mathews said per USC Men’s Basketball on Twitter. “We’re all wishing everybody the best of health and wellness around the country.” USC was expected to earn a berth in March Madness for the first time since 2017. The NCAA had announced Wednesday that its men’s and women’s March Madness tournaments would go on without spectators. However, Thursday afternoon, the organization pivoted. “This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities,” the NCAA statement read. “The conference and NCAA tournaments are the most exciting competitions of the year,” head coach Andy Enfield said per USC Men’s Basketball on Twitter. “We’re all disappointed that we can’t play for a Pac-12 title, but we are very understanding of the situation and know that this decision was made in the best interest of everybody.” USC announced a number of changes to the athletics department moving forward in a press release Thursday. All practices, camps, clinics, recruiting and recruiting-related travel have been suspended until further notice, and athletics department staff will work remotely through March 22, when the situation will be reassessed. The tournaments will no longer take place, nor will any other NCAA championships.center_img The announcement also comes shortly after the NBA suspended its regular season for at least 30 days immediately after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus Wednesday night. The NHL also announced Thursday morning it is suspending its season. MLB has suspended Spring Training and delayed the start of its regular season by at least two weeks. MLS also suspended its season for 30 days. The NCAA’s cancellations also apply to Mountain Pacific Sports Federation competition. “This decision has been made in consultation with our member universities in an effort to limit the spread of the virus and in the interest of the health and safety of our student-athletes, campus personnel, working and event personnel, and all those who attend Pac-12 events,” the Pac-12’s statement read. Editor’s note: This article was updated at 10:41 a.m. to include information about the NHL and MLB suspending their seasons. The Pac-12 Conference has canceled the remainder of its men’s basketball tournament in addition to all other conference-wide competition due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Pac-12 announced in a statement Thursday. Shortly after, the NCAA announced that its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments as well as all other winter and spring championships had been canceled as well. All other Power 5 conferences have also canceled their own tournaments. Editor’s note: This article was updated at 3:14 p.m. to include information from a USC athletics press release including a statement from Mike Bohn. Editor’s note: This article was updated at 1:45 p.m. to include information about the NCAA’s winter and spring championship cancellations.last_img read more

first_imgPhoto © UEFA Everton have one foot in the group stages of the Europa League.First half goals from Michael Keane and Idrissa Gueye saw them defeat Hajduk Split 2-nil at Goodison Park.The game was suspended for a spell in the first half due to crowd trouble among the travelling support.last_img

first_img#Browns GM John Dorsey said he has been in contact with the agents of free-agent safeties Eric Berry, who has connection to Dorsey, and Tre Boston, who has connection with DC Steve Wilks— Nate Ulrich (@ByNateUlrich) March 25, 2019Berry was released by the Chiefs earlier this month. The five-time Pro Bowl player ruptured his Achilles in September 2017, which limited him to just four games over the last two seasons, including the playoffs.Meanwhile, Boston spent 2018 with the Cardinals, where he tallied 79 total tackles and three interceptions over 14 games. He has also played for the Panthers and Chargers during his five-year career. The Browns could be looking to add a safety.Cleveland has been in contact with free agents Eric Berry and Tre Boston, general manager John Dorsey told reporters Monday, via the Akron Beacon Journal. Giants RB Saquon Barkley weighs in on Odell Beckham Jr. trade: ‘I was sad to see him go’ Giants owner: Odell Beckham Jr. trade left grandsons cryingcenter_img The Browns have already had a busy offseason. They sent two future draft picks, along with offensive lineman Kevin Zeitler and safety Jabrill Peppers, to the Giants in mid-March in exchange for star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and pass rusher Olivier Vernon.Cleveland finished last season with a 7-8-1 record. It hasn’t made the playoffs since 2002. Related Newslast_img read more