When Coal Companies Fail, Who Pays for the Cleanup?

first_imgWhen Coal Companies Fail, Who Pays for the Cleanup? FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Leigh Paterson for NPR:For decades massive, open-pit coal mines have been feeding the country’s appetite for energy. Once coal companies are done with the land, they’re supposed to restore it. But as America’s coal industry declines, it may not have the funding to keep its cleanup promises.Restoring a mine to its original state is an elaborate and expensive process, one that some say makes the land better than before. The coal companies, however, often don’t have to set aside money for future cleanup processes thanks to a provision called “self-bonding” — an assurance for companies to pay for reclamation based only on their financial health.Virginia-based Alpha Natural Resources, a coal company with mines in Appalachia and Wyoming, declared bankruptcy in August. Operations still continue at the company’s Wyoming mines, and regulators estimate it would cost over $400 million to clean up those sites once mining is complete. But Alpha was approved to ensure its cleanup costs with self-bonds.“A self-bond isn’t much more than a wink and a promise,” says Clark Williams-Derry, director of energy finance at Sightline Institute, a Seattle-based think tank that focuses on sustainability. “A promise that … when the time comes, you’ll be good for it.”But some of these companies may no longer be good for it. Federal regulations require that a company pass a test of financial strength to qualify for self-bonding, although some companies have been approved despite their questionable financial status.In September, a second major company, Arch Coal, was reapproved to self-bond and filed for bankruptcy four months later.“So then that raises the question, who is going to pay for cleanup? Is it going to be you and me? It is going to be the general public? Is it going to be adjacent landowners?”These questions extend far beyond the Powder River Basin. Three-quarters of Wyoming’s cleanup costs are self-bonded. In Colorado, North Dakota, Indiana and Texas — in each state — it’s more than half.When Coal Companies Fail, Who Pays For The Cleanup?last_img read more

Maintaining financial excellence to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic

first_imgThis is placeholder text continue reading » As credit union CFOs help guide colleagues and board directors through the different phases of COVID-19, maintaining financial excellence enables greater flexibility, creativity, and purpose-driven decision making. By staying on top of rapidly changing financial performance data, finance leaders can help their executive colleagues quickly identify the most vulnerable areas of the business. With that richness of foresight, leaders gain the confidence they need to execute inventive programs that help the members who need them most while maintaining the credit union’s own financial health.Ideal Credit Union, an $800 million Minnesota credit union, has begun putting exactly that kind of data-driven decisioning into action via greater automation of its financial reporting. By getting clean, easy-to-decipher data into the hands of leaders faster, EVP and CFO Dennis Bauer is empowering quick, confident decisions for the ultimate benefit of the credit union’s 50,000+ members.The automation is courtesy of the credit union’s integration of the Financial Performance Management (FPM) tool. The tool generates a variety of reports, each customized to the credit union’s individual business users. According to Bauer, the customization is essential because it allows each department leader access to the most relevant, level-appropriate data. Equally as important is the granularity of data that can be accessed via the FPM tool. Drilling down to exactly the right insight at the right time adds to confidence the credit union teams have in the business intelligence derived from the solution. This post is currently collecting data…center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Vestal bridal boutique looks to give away free wedding dress

first_imgVESTAL (WBNG) — When the coronavirus first broke out overseas, the wedding industry here in the U.S. was one of the first ones to take a hit. “We started following this story in early January when we started to get some trickle effects from our representatives through our companies, just saying they were expecting some of the factories to reopen late,” said Dress Your Fancy Bridal Boutique owner Stephanie Brown. You have until April 11 to nominate someone for the giveaway. But even though the coronavirus is taking a toll on business, Dress Your Fancy wants to help out the community during this trying time. “It’s important I feel to give back to our community. I believe every business is built on their customers. We have a lot of customers in the healthcare industry and that are on the front line right now putting their own health and their families’ health at risk,” said Howell. You can email [email protected] with submissions. “It has impacted us with us having to close our doors for two weeks, and it sounds like it’s going to be another four weeks before we’re able to open. The prom end of it, we’ve really taken a hit,” said Dress Your Fancy Bridal Boutique owner Shelly Howell. “There’s been some amazing entries and honestly it’s brought us to tears how many amazing women are out there working the front line and doing all they can while trying to plan a wedding,” said Brown. The shop is asking the Southern Tier to nominate someone deserving. “Thank gosh for technology we have been doing some appointments via social media and Facetime,” said Brown.center_img The boutique has set up a wedding dress giveaway, offering a free dress priced up to $1,500 to an engaged healthcare worker. “I think it was an idea that we thought, ‘What can we do for these nurses and healthcare workers that are kind of on the front line?'” said Brown. Owners Howell and Brown say they hope the contest will spread a little hope in this time when people need it most. The full giveaway details can be found on the Dress Your Fancy Bridal Boutique Facebook page. Dress Your Fancy in Vestal has had to adapt. “I feel that right now everyone is focused on today, what’s not going to happen coming down the line. And we really want them to have something to look forward to,” said Howell. Once the pandemic made its way to the Southern Tier, it began to affect some local bridal boutiques even more. Bokyo Photography will also offer a free engagement shoot to an engaged healthcare worker. Click here for details.last_img read more

Major water main break in Johnson City

first_imgJOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — The Village of Johnson City’s Mayor’s Office announced there is a major water main break on Wednesday. They said the water main break is on North Broad Street and Olive Street near The Can Man. Additionally, village officials say there is no estimate for the time of repair.center_img There is no boil water advisory at this time.last_img

Google Play Opens Voting for Users’ Choice Awards 2020 for Games, Apps, More

first_imgGoogle Play has kicked off voting for its Users’ Choice Awards of 2020, helping recognise the best games and apps of the year. Users can vote from the shortlisted apps and games until November 23. As per a report, voting for the Best Book and Movie categories has also started. Winners of each category will be announced on December 1. There are 10 shortlisted nominees in each category and they seem to be localised by country. Users can vote by clicking on the banner announcing the Users’ Choice Awards 2020 on Google Play’s homepage.The apps shortlisted for the Users’ Choice App 2020 in India include Bolkar App, Koo, Moj, MX TakaTak, Pratilipi FM, Reface, Dolby On, Microsoft Office, Zelish, and Vita. Google noted that users should vote for the must-try new apps of this year from this category.- Advertisement – Google Play had picked Video Editor – Glitch Video Effects for the Users’ Choice Award for the best app in 2019. Call of Duty: Mobile had won in the best game category.Is Android One holding back Nokia smartphones in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. For the Users’ Choice Game 2020 Award, users are encouraged to vote for this year’s trending games. The shortlisted games include Grand Hotel Mania, Farm City, Cooking Sizzle, EverMerge, Cell to Singularity, Legends of Runeterra, World Cricket Championship 3, Manor Matters, Dream League Soccer, and Teamfight Tactics. You can only vote once in each category from the shortlisted apps on Google Play.A disclaimer on Google Play notes that you may not be able to see all the titles in the collection if you have parental controls turned on, or if a game/ app is not compatible with the device. One has to also logged into the Google Play store to be able to vote.As per a report by 9to5Google, Google Play has also opened voting for Books and Movies. However, the award category and the list of options are only for users in the US. The shortlisted books are: If It Bleeds, Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art, Me & White Supremacy, Mexican Gothic, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, The Vanishing Half, Untamed, Wow, No Thank You, Midnight Sun, and Harrow the Ninth. The shortlisted movies include Bad Boys for Life, Bill & Ted Face the Music, Birds Of Prey And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn, Bloodshot, Frozen II, Just Mercy, Knives Out, Parasite, The Invisible Man, and Trolls World Tour.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

Željko Kukurin, President of the Management Board of Valamar Riviera, named Businessman of the Year

first_imgŽeljko Kukurin, President of the Management Board of Valamar Riviera, the largest tourist company in Croatia, was named Businessman of the Year.According to the choice of the readers of Večernji list and Poslovni dnevnik, Kukurin won the title in a record tourist year in which Croatia exceeded 100 million overnight stays for the first time. “It is my pleasure to receive this award, which is a confirmation of Valamar’s philosophy of excellence in tourism through investments in employees, products and tourist destinations in which we operate, so that we always take care of socially responsible and sustainable business. This is also an award for tourism, which is the driver of the Croatian economy as a leader in investment, employment and exports, and perhaps more importantly, the driver of other industries such as construction, agriculture, trade, IT and small and medium enterprises. Tourism is a time of great development and all of us in the sector must be aware of this and take responsibility for the development of tourism and the Croatian economy. I believe this award will be another incentive for that. I thank everyone who chose Valamar. I also thank the employees, the management of Valamar, our shareholders, investors, special partners and all those who participated in this success.”, Pointed out Željko Kukurin, President of the Management Board of Valamar Riviera.Since Kukurin was appointed President of the Management Board of the Valamar Riviera Consolidated Portfolio in June 2015, the company has been on a strong rise. In the last three years, Valamar has more than doubled its share value, started a cycle of intensive investments in tourist facilities and services in all destinations, took over the Baška and Imperial Rab hotels, realized important strategic partnerships and achieved double-digit annual revenue and profit growth.So far, Valamar has invested over four billion kuna in Croatian tourism, and by 2020 it will invest another two billion kuna. In 2017, with total investments of HRK 906 million, Valamar realized the largest annual investment cycle in Croatian tourism this year and created 1.000 new jobs. Valamar will continue with investments in 2018, when total investments will exceed HRK 705 million. 600 new jobs are planned for next year.Related news: ACCORDING TO THE GUEST SURVEY, THE HOSPITALITY OF VALAMAR EMPLOYEES AT A VERY HIGH LEVEL <br />
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Proposal could see Champions League final on Aug. 29: BBC

first_imgTopics : European soccer’s governing body (UEFA) is working on a proposal that could see the remainder of the Champions League condensed into a week-long mini-tournament with the final taking place on Aug. 29 in Istanbul, the BBC has reported.Football, as with most sports around the world, has been brought to a standstill by the COVID-19 pandemic, with all major European leagues suspended and the Champions League stalled in the middle of its round of 16.UEFA wants the Europa League final to be held in Gdansk on Aug. 26 and the Champions League final played three days later, the report said. UEFA is considering two options, one of which is to hold the Champions League quarter-finals and semi-finals across two legs in July and August. This would only be possible if domestic leagues restarted in June.The second option is to play the remaining Champions League ties as one-off fixtures after the end of the domestic seasons and could see the remainder of the competition played out over the course of a week.Both options would be discussed at UEFA’s Executive Committee meeting next Thursday, the report added.The Champions League final was originally scheduled to take place in Istanbul on May 30 and the Europa League final was due to be held in Gdansk three days earlier.last_img read more

Dave Galle Memorial Golf Classic

first_imgThe Dave Galle Memorial Golf Classic will be taking place in Columbus, Indiana.A Celebration Dinner and Reception will be on Sunday (6-22) at The Clarion Hotel in Columbus.  Social Hour and Dinner start at 6:00 PM.  The Program starts at 7:30.The Golf Outing will be on Monday (6-23) at The Otter Creek Golf Course in Columbus with Breakfast at 7:30 AM.Dave Galle BrochureLog onto www.gallememorialgolfclassic.com for details.Submitted by Batesville Boys Basketball Coach Aaron Garrett.last_img

Mikel Scores First Goal in Chinese Topflight

first_img*Ndidi also happy with first league goal for Leicester CityDuro Ikhazuagbe with agency reportSuper Eagles skipper, John Mikel Obi, scored his first goal in the Chinese Super League yesterday as his club, Tianjin Teda defeated Chongqing Lifan  2-0.Mikel who joined the Chinese team after an illustrious career at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge, which saw him winning the UEFA Champions League along with several league and FA medals to but, scored the opener for Tianjin Teda in the 48th minute.An 82nd-minute own goal from Goran Milovic saw Jaime Pacheco’s side claim their first victory of the season.While the 29-year-old Eagles supremo was on parade for the entire duration of the game, his compatriot, Brown Ideye who was playing in his second game since switching to the Chinese topflight was replaced by Wang Dong in the 65th minute.The win over Woe-Ryong Chang’s men put the Tianjin Tigers in ninth position with four points from their opening three Chinese topflight fixtures.Tianjin Teda faces Guizhou Zhicheng in their next league encounter on April 8.Earlier on Saturday, another Eagles midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi, has expressed happiness after netting his first English topflight goal in Leicester’s 2-0 defeat of Stoke at the King Power Stadium.The 20-year old midfielder 25th minute goal gave the Foxes the lead before Jamie Vardy sealed the victory for the home team few minutes into the second half of the game, and the former Genk player has also hailed the support of the fans in the game.“Good win, another three points, magnificent support. Happy to score my first @premierleague goal. #nw25.” Ndidi tweeted on the social media yesterday.Leicester have now claimed their fourth straight victory in the English topflight since the exit of Claudio Raineri in February, as they are currently 13th on the log with 33 points from 29 league games. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Sumner Regional Medical Center currently has all jobs filled…

first_imgSumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington currently has no job openings available. But keep checking this site because one will be available soon. For more about the SRMC services provided, click here.last_img