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31Dec/20

Key details of German coal phase-out plan still to be finalized as deadline looms

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Clean Energy Wire:Germany’s detailed coal exit path and the end-date to coal-fired power generation remain unknown only days before a highly anticipated phase-out proposal is due to be published. A leaked draft of the final report of the country’s coal commission seen by the Clean Energy Wire suggests agreements on compensation for coal plant operators, support for affected mining regions, and measures to shield consumers from rising power prices. The draft also refers to Germany’s 2030 emission reduction targets for the energy sector as a guideline for the exit in accordance with its mandate. But the most pressing details from a climate perspective still need to be thrashed out during a marathon session scheduled for Friday 25 January: How many coal-fired power plants will go offline in the near future, and when will the last one be switched off?The draft document runs to 133 pages, and contains only five pages where details still need to be settled – but these concern a plan for coal power plant closures. Passages detailing the exit path are still littered with empty brackets “[XX]” that need to be filled with dates and coal power plant capacities following the final round of negotiations. The draft also doesn’t specify whether the embattled Hambach Forest, which has become a symbol for anti-coal activism in Germany and beyond, will be preserved.Germany’s coal exit commission was set up to find economic prospects for coal workers and regions before spelling out measures to reduce carbon emissions in line with Germany’s climate targets, and naming an end date for coal-fired power production, the most prominent blemish on the former climate action pioneer’s emissions record. This order is reflected in its official title: “Commission on Growth, Structural Change and Employment.”Officially, the commission’s last meeting will take place on 1 February. But the task force hopes to wrap up negotiations on Friday 25 January, so a safety buffer remains in case a compromise can’t be reached by that date, sources close to the commission told the Clean Energy Wire.The coal commission’s proposal is not legally binding, but since the task force is backed by a large majority in parliament, the government is widely expected to follow its recommendations.From a climate policy perspective, the key issue is how many power stations Germany will switch off in the short term, because this will have the largest impact on the country’s total emissions over time compared to other measures. Seven of Europe’s ten most CO2-intensive power plants are located in Germany. Shutting these down early would save a lot of cumulated emissions over the years.More: German coal exit timetable to be settled in last minute talks Key details of German coal phase-out plan still to be finalized as deadline loomslast_img read more

23Sep/20

Werkmeister sweeps Lincoln County Stock Car features

first_imgNORTH PLATTE, Neb. (July 12) – Picking up a pair of Saturday feature victories in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car division at Lincoln County Raceway was Casey Werkmeister. He was joined in the winner’s circle by Zach Schultz, Kyle Bond and Charlie Blowers. On top of his game, Werkmeister swept top honors in the Stock Car features as two were run this evening. Werkmeister took the lead in the initial feature near the halfway point and never looked back. In the finale, Werkmeister droved to the lead on lap 10 from his fifth row starting position to capture the checkered flag.Schultz started on the pole and led from green to checkered in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature. Finding the right groove on the high side in the late laps powered Bond to the winner’s circle in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock division. Bond snared the lead on the sixth lap. Leading the final two laps, Blowers piloted his way to the Mach-1 Sport Compact victory. Blowers started in the second row and was able to avoid incidents throughout the feature to make the move for the lead on the eighth lap.last_img read more

23Sep/20

Bulldogs Blow Away Pirates By Seven Runs

first_imgThe Bulldogs hope to continue the winning streak as they play Lawrenceburg at Lawrenceburg on Thursday night at 5:30. The Bulldogs record improves to 6-3 on the season.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Jason Meyer. Batesville had no trouble on offense today, winning big over Greensburg 10-3.Batesville opened up scoring in the first inning, when Quinn Werner singled on a 2-2 count, scoring two runs.Sam Voegele earned the victory on the pitcher’s mound for the Bulldogs. He went four innings, allowing two runs on four hits, striking out three and walking one. Shane Meer and Nate Eckstein entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief.Ben Duerstock took the loss for Greensburg. He surrendered nine runs on eight hits over four innings, striking out six.The Bulldogs racked up nine hits on the day. Lane Oesterling and Voegele each had multiple hits for Batesville. Voegele and Oesterling each managed two hits to lead Batesville.The Bulldogs have won three in a row and are now 9-10 and 5-4 in the EIAC.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Justin Tucker.The Batesville Bulldogs JV baseball team came out victorious by the score of 8-3 in an EIAC conference game against Greensburg on Tuesday night. The Bulldogs took the advantage right out of the gate scoring 4 runs in the first inning. The Bulldogs ran all over the Pirates collecting 12 stolen bases in all, 5 coming from Lleyton Ratcliffe alone. Travis Lecher hit a no doubt home run to lead off the second inning.On the mound for the Bulldogs was Adam Cox and he was impressive in his 4.1 innings of work. He only allowed 2 hits and struck out 9 Pirate hitters. Travis Lecher came in in relief and went 2.2 innings and didn’t allow a hit and struck out 4 batters.last_img read more

19Sep/20

Cricket News India suffers a massive Harmanpreet Kaur blow ahead of the England series

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights New Delhi: India’s women team suffered a huge blow as their T20 skipper has been ruled out due to an ankle injury from the upcoming ODI series against England which is scheduled to start on February 22 at the iconic Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. The 20-year-old Harmanpreet Kaur will be replaced by the young sensation Harleen Deol. Interestingly, the two have played their domestic cricket for the same state – Punjab. The all-rounder Harleen, who is still to play for India, has been in fine touch and batted at number four spot for the Indian Board President’s XI against England in a warm-up game.According to the media release by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Harmanpreet Kaur will now head back to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) for her rehabilitation. Harmanpreet Kaur ruled out due to an ankle injury.Harleen Deol will replace Harmanpreet for the ODIs. The first game will be played on February 22.  The ODI series forms part of the ICC Women’s Championship, and Harmanpreet’s loss will be keenly felt. She averages 34.52 with the bat in ODIs and played a key role in India’s march to the Women’s Cricket World Cup 2017 final, striking an unbeaten 171 against Australia in the semi-final.However, this remains to be seen if Harleen will start in the playing eleven for India or start at the bench. If Mithali Raj along with the team management gives her an opportunity, it will be interesting to see if she can replicate her Indian Board President’s XI performance. The two sides will play three ODIs, followed by as many T20Is.India Women’s squad for ODI series: Mithali Raj (Captain), Jhulan Goswami, Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia (wicket-keeper), R Kalpana (wicket-keeper), Mona Meshram, Ekta Bisht, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav, Shikha Pandey, Mansi Joshi, Punam Raut, Harleen Deol.last_img read more

26Aug/20

Dustin Garneau’s first stint with Angels is a real homecoming

first_imgGarneau, 31, signed a minor league contract last November with the Angels, his fourth organization. He was batting .247 for Salt Lake with a .368 on-base percentage and .589 slugging percentage at the time of his call-up.A veteran of 696 minor league games, Garneau has appeared in 88 major league games with the Rockies, A’s and White Sox. He has a .194 batting average and five home runs in 252 MLB at-bats.“Good receiver,” Angels manager Brad Ausmus said of Garneau. “He’s been swinging the bat well in Salt Lake, takes a lot of pride in working with the pitchers, which is important. He’ll fit right in.”Although Garneau’s next game in an Angels uniform will be his first since spring training, the organization has taken steps to ensure a seamless transition from the minors to the majors. All the Angels’ catchers were briefed on signs in spring training. Hitting coach Shawn Wooten is with Salt Lake now, Ausmus said.“I’ve been working with … all the hitting guys to change my swing for the better,” Garneau said. “I got real comfortable the last couple weeks with all the big changes I made. And with my receiving and catching stuff, it’s been all Eddy (Rodriguez) the catching coordinator with Jake Guzman too. It’s been fun working through some stuff.” ANAHEIM — Angels catcher Dustin Garneau grew up in San Pedro. He attended San Pedro High, then Cal State Fullerton, then traversed the minor-league landscape of the Colorado Rockies’ system for parts of nine seasons.Wednesday, he learned what it was like to drive from his house to his office.“I live two exits up the freeway,” he said.One day after he was pulled from a Triple-A game in Sacramento, Garneau was selected to the Angels’ 40-man roster and joined the major league club for Wednesday’s series finale against the Twins. He takes the place of backup catcher Kevan Smith, who was placed on the seven-day injured list. The seven-day IL is reserved for players diagnosed with a concussion, the unfortunate byproduct of a foul ball that caromed off Smith’s mask on Tuesday night. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img SIMMONS UPDATEShortstop Andrelton Simmons met with a foot and ankle specialist Wednesday, one day after he was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a Grade 3 sprain in his left ankle. He was not given a formal timetable for a return to game action.Simmons said the specialist was able to formally rule out the possibility of surgery. He’s expected to keep his foot in a protective boot for another 1-2 weeks, until his swelling subsides to the point where he’s able to walk without the boot. At that point, he can resume throwing, working out, and other baseball activities. Simmons will presumably need a minor league rehabilitation assignment after that.If the Grade 2 sprain that befell Simmons’ right ankle last year is any indication, the 29-year-old shortstop will exceed whatever expectations are set forth for this recovery.“Normal might have taken like three weeks,” he said of the last ankle sprain. “But I thought I was ready to play after like five, six days. It was still not ideal, but you know. I’m not expecting that quick a recovery, but I’m hoping for a miracle.”ROTATION PLANSAndrew Heaney is expected to throw a bullpen on Friday. The left-hander remains a candidate to start Sunday’s game against the Texas Rangers, an assignment that is still officially to be determined.Heaney hasn’t faced major league hitters since March, when he was beset by elbow inflammation. In a rehab start with Salt Lake on Monday, he struck out 10 batters in 4⅔ innings.“I threw like two-thirds of an inning in spring training so there wasn’t any progression,” Heaney said. “I had nothing to start from. The goal was to simulate what a spring training progression would be. … I’ve been feeling good physically and mechanically for weeks now.”The Angels’ starting rotation is full, and Ausmus said he’s considered moving to a six-man rotation. Griffin Canning and Tyler Skaggs are scheduled to start Friday and Saturday, respectively, against the Texas Rangers. Beyond that is anyone’s guess.“Let’s wait to see what happens with Heaney first before we start slotting other people,” Ausmus said. “We don’t wanna go to a seven-man rotation. One step at a time.”UP NEXTTwins (LHP Martin Perez, 6-1, 2.89 ERA) at Angels (RHP Matt Harvey, 2-3, 6.35 ERA), Thursday, 1:07 p.m., Fox Sports West, MLB (out of market only), 830 AMRangers (LHP Drew Smyly, 0-3, 6.51 ERA) at Angels (RHP Griffin Canning, 2-1, 3.80 ERA), Friday, 7:07 p.m., Fox Sports West, 830 AMlast_img read more