A ‘Collective Shrug’ Over Supreme Court Stay of Pollution Rules

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Joby Warrick and Steven Mufson:In a town famous for news leaks, the Supreme Court managed to deliver a genuine surprise when it moved this week to freeze the Obama administration’s signature regulation on climate change, raising doubts about U.S. promises to cut pollution blamed for Earth’s warming.But although Tuesday’s ruling startled the White House and rattled U.S. allies, it appears to have had little effect on the electricity providers most directly affected by the Clean Power Plan. About 48 hours after the court’s decision, major utility companies are reacting to the move with a collective shrug.Executives for electricity producers and industry trade associations say they expect little deviation from what was already an industry-wide move from coal-burning to cleaner and cheaper forms of energy to produce electricity. The shift is likely to accelerate further in the near future, industry officials and analysts said, meaning that many of the administration’s carbon-cutting goals may be met regardless of what courts and lawmakers ultimately decide to do.“Electric utilities are investing in clean energy and pursuing energy efficiency,” Tom Kuhn, president of the Edison Electric Institute, the largest trade association of electricity providers, a gathering of Wall Street investors less than a day after the Supreme Court announced its stay on the Clean Power Plan.Institute officials said the court’s 5-4 decision “doesn’t really change anything” in an industry in which nearly all new electricity generation is coming from wind or solar facilities or from hyperefficient generators that burn natural gas. “You can’t simply put the genie back in the bottle when it comes to major strategic investments that the captains of industry are making,” said Quin Shea, the institute’s vice president for environment.Full article: Move to cleaner power is proceeding, regardless of Supreme Court’s ruling A ‘Collective Shrug’ Over Supreme Court Stay of Pollution Ruleslast_img read more

Endless summer: No need to limit auto loan promos to 3-month period

first_imgSome rules are made to be broken.Case in point: people buy cars in the summer, so credit unions should promote car loans in the summer.Certainly there is some level of seasonality in automobile sales. In colder climes, most consumers do not want to trudge from dealership to dealership in sub-freezing temperatures, nor do they want to perform a test drive in several inches of snow (though some would argue that is the best time for a test drive).But with people now performing a significant portion of their initial car-buying legwork online, and of course the dearth of snow in, say, Florida or most of the South, is it time to expand promotional efforts to the other nine months of the year?Marci Francisco, VP of automotive marketing and business development for Ontario, Calif.-based CU Direct, told Credit Union Journal some CUs are recognizing the need to think outside the summer box.“It is a pretty interesting topic of conversation right now,” she said. “There has, indeed, been a huge push in the summer, but summer is not the only car-buying season that is important.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Top 5 (and 5 most missed) of 2017: Credit union big data and analytics – Part 2

first_imgAs another exciting year in the credit union industry comes to a close, it is a good time to reflect on everything we have learned throughout the year, and determine how to best prepare for success in 2018. It is an amazing time to be a part of the credit union movement as the entire financial services arena is changing before our eyes, and there is incredible potential for the movement with increasing collaborating and data analytics. As we look back on 2017, here are several of the industry’s favorite articles relating to credit union big data/analytics (and some other articles you may have missed) from OnApproach blog, The Decision Maker. This is Part 2 of 2 and features the top 5 articles you may have missed in 2017. Click here to see Part 1. Enjoy!1. Don’t Miss the Boat – Why Credit Unions Need to Digitally Transform NowThe term “digital transformation” has been a very hot topic recently, creating new conversations and products across a wide range of industries. This chart below, via Google Trends, displays the worldwide popularity of the phrase “Digital Transformation” in web searches since 2004. As shown in the graph, after remaining stagnant for over a decade, the term’s popularity has exploded in just the last year or so, raising questions about what this means, and how it will impact your organization. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Credit union card success in a post-pandemic world

first_imgGoing into 2020, a fairly promising economic outlook was in play, driven by two important indicators: The U.S. GDP growth rate was holding steady and the unemployment rate was trending favorably at a 50-year low. At the same time, there was a slight softening in card spend and a slow, steady rise in credit card charge-offs at credit unions, according to The Nilson Reportand National Credit Union Administration, respectively.Then March 2020 hit, along with COVID-19, marking a turning point for the U.S. economy. Before COVID-19, weekly unemployment filings were in the low 200,000 range for a long period. During the five weeks from mid-March through late April, stay-at-home orders and non-essential business closures caused more than 26.7 million Americans to file an initial unemployment claim. This spurred a shift in the way in which consumers spend their money and transact. Overall, credit card spend volume was down by almost 33% year over year in March and April, while debit was down by almost 20% year over year.Both credit and debit have been improving as of June, with this trajectory projected to continue into the second half of 2020. Debit spend volume has resumed positive year-over-year growth and has benefitted from stimulus payments, while credit spend volume growth continues to be negative, but with marginal improvements in late May and June.Given the current economic and social landscapes, what should credit unions do now to ensure future success? continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Equinor to get operatorship over eight UK licenses

first_imgNorway’s Equinor, formerly known as Statoil, has been awarded nine new licences in UK’s 30th Offshore Licensing round, eight as operator. As previously reported, the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) on Wednesday offered for award 123 licenses over 229 blocks or part-blocks to 61 companies as part of the 30th Offshore Licensing Round.Commenting on the award , Jenny Morris, vice president for exploration UK in Equinor, said: “This strengthens our position as an ambitious UK explorer. We believe the UKCS is underexplored and anticipate that there are new discoveries yet to be made that can add value to our business and provided resources for new developments.”Morris added: “We have drilled several exploration wells on the UKCS over the last few years, and this award puts us in a position to further develop our portfolio and utilize our strengths in a mature but prolific basin. This is in line with our strategy.”The licenses are spread across the UK shelf. The award includes one commitment well on the prospect Lifjellet in the Jæren High area. The plan is to progress work in the license through a site survey and to drill the well in 2019 in line with the strategy to efficiently mature and drill prospects.Equinor said it will undertake a three-well exploration campaign this autumn. The plan is to seek clarity on the volume range of the 2017 Verbier discovery and to test two new prospects.The Bigfoot prospect is located near the Mariner field, while Pip is in an underdeveloped area on the East Shetland platform.The 2018 exploration campaign will start in the third quarter of this year.Equinor is also developing the Mariner field on the UK Continental shelf, due to come on stream in late 2018.last_img read more

Sunman-Dearborn middle school student wins State Geography Bee

first_imgST. LEON, Ind. — A student at Sunman-Dearborn middle school recently won the State Geography Bee.Audio Playerhttp://wrbiradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Dylan.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.That’s Dylan Schutte, an 8th grader.Dylan will go to Washington, DC in May to compete in the National Geography Bee after winning the state contest in Indianapolis on March 31.Dylan competed against over 100 other middle school students from across the state.Aaron Jackson, one of Dylan’s coach says the school is excited for him.Audio Playerhttp://wrbiradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Aaron.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Everyone at WRBI wishes Dylan good luck!last_img

Spanish govt says no guarantee football resumes before summer

first_img Read Also: Aguero decorates sitting room with hat trick match balls, EPL awards Unlike most other countries, since imposing a lockdown on March 14, Spain has not allowed anyone out for walks, jogs or bike rides, allowing them to leave home only to buy food or medicine, briefly walk the dog or for a medical emergency. With more than 23,000 coronavirus fatalities, Spain has the third highest death toll in the world after the United States and Italy. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content8 Amazing Facts About Ancient Egypt8 Best 1980s High Tech Gadgets8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterPeople Born In The 90-s Know What It IsWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Highest Paid Football Players In The World8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise You7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny Spain’s health minister Salvador Illa said Sunday it would be “imprudent” to promise the football season would restart before the summer as the country took steps to ease one of the world’s toughest coronavirus lockdowns. It would be imprudent to promise a resumption of La Liga before the summer, said Spain’s health minister “I can’t tell you right now if professional football is going to be able to restart its activities before the summer. It would be imprudent on my part,” he said during a daily briefing on the coronavirus pandemic. The minister sounded a note of caution over La Liga plans to test players for the virus before returning to training and resuming a season suspended on March 12, saying giving priority to footballers might breach government policy. “The diagnostic tests of any kind must be made available to the regional governments,” Illa said. Before players can return to the pitch they will have to undergo COVID-19 screening tests. They will then continue to be monitored on a regular basis.Advertisement Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced Saturday that Spaniards will be allowed out for exercise and to take walks from next weekend, with the state of emergency extended this week until May 9. Loading… last_img read more

West Liberty, Independence shows next for Deery Series

first_imgWEST LIBERTY, Iowa (July 3) – A pair of mid-week shows are next for the Deery Brothers Summer Series.Touring IMCA Late Models race for $3,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start on Tuesday, July 7 at West Liberty Raceway and Wednesday, July 8 at Independence Motor Speedway.Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds are also on the slate at West Liberty, racing for $1,000 to win and all applicable points.Pit gates open at 5 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow. Grandstand admission is $16 for adults, $14 for seniors ages 62 and over, $10 for students ages 13-17 and free for 12 and under.Independence opens both the pit gate and the grandstand at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:45 p.m. with racing to follow.Spectator admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students, and free for kids 11 and under.Also running at Indee are sanctioned Modifieds, plus Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks for all applicable points, using the draw/redraw format.Pit passes are $30 both nights.More information is available about the West Liberty show by calling 563 744-3620 and at the www.simmonspromotionsinc.com website; more information regarding the Independence date is available by calling 319 404-7177 and at www.raceindee.com.Defending series champion Justin Kay of Wheatland has won three straight, and four of the last five Deery features held at West Liberty.Kay also won the most recent of the 26 previous Deery events held at Independence, in 2013. Curt Martin is a six-time winner at his hometown track while Jeff Aikey of Cedar Falls has won there four times.Deery Brothers Summer Series top 20 point standings – 1. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, 372; 2. Justin Kay, Wheatland, 371; 3. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls, 337; 4. Scott Fitzpatrick, Wheatland, 323; 5. Tyler Bruening, Decorah, 311; 6. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove, 310; 7. Todd Malmstrom, Silvis, Ill., 289; 8. John Emerson, Waterloo, 278; 9. Jeremy Grady, Story City, 276; 10. Joel Callahan, Dubuque, 275; 11. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon, 272; 12. Charlie McKenna, Clear Lake, 264; 13. Tyler Droste, Waterloo, 255; 14. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, 239; 15. Jason Rauen, Farley, 207; 16. Andy Eckrich, Oxford, 203; 17. Ray Guss Jr., Milan, Ill., and Corey Zeitner, Omaha, Neb., both 198; 19. Curt Martin, Independence, 153; 20. Brian Harris, Davenport, 151.last_img read more

Fans want board-level changes at Arsenal

first_imgThe Arsenal board need to look at themselves rather than just the narrower issue of Arsene Wenger’s future at the club when they meet on Thursday, according to a supporters’ group. Arsenal appear on course for an eighth trophyless season in a row, but despite that Wenger’s job does not appear to be under threat as he still has the support of majority shareholder Stan Kroenke. However, the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust (AST) has called for the board to reassess their own role in the team’s success and create a more challenging environment. “At the meeting the board must review its approach to much more than just the position of Arsene Wenger,” an AST spokesperson told Press Association Sport. “The board needs to consider recruiting new members with exposure to the football world who can support and challenge Wenger to be a better manager. “It’s wrong to focus on just him at the moment. Every single non-executive director of the club is over 70 years old and it is time for some fresh blood. We would call for Stan Kroenke to meet with (second-largest shareholder) Alisher Usmanov to work out how to make it stronger.” The Gunners’ trophy cabinet has been empty since 2005 when they lifted their last piece of silverware, the FA Cup, and this season looks set to end without success. Arsenal were knocked out of the Capital One Cup in a penalty shoot-out by npower League Two side Bradford in December, were beaten by Championship side Blackburn at home in the FA Cup last weekend, and their Champions League campaign has been left in tatters following a 3-1 defeat at the Emirates by Bayern Munich in the first leg of their last 16 tie. Wenger’s side also face an uphill struggle to secure a Champions League place for next season as they are currently in fifth place, four points behind great north London rivals Tottenham. However, AST insisted now is not the time to assess Wenger’s performance, but plans must be put in place to improve the structure of the club for the coming season. “Our position is that we review the manager at the end of the season,” the AST spokesperson said. “The board must ask hard questions about itself and not just the manager. “AST members are not happy with the current situation. We think the club needs to review how they scout, recruit and pay players as the current approach is creating a depreciation in competitiveness. It is time for Kroenke to show to Arsenal fans some of his vision, to end his silence and to engage properly with them.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgBrowns GM refutes Beckham trade reportCLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Browns chief strategy officer Paul DePodesta has dismissed a report the team is trying to trade star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to the Minnesota Vikings, saying it’s “completely false.” DePodesta says he knows Beckham is excited about the possibilities of what this offensive system could bring for him, adding that he’s excited to have Beckham. Beckham was injured during his first season with the Browns after arriving from the New York Giants in a blockbuster trade 13 months ago.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA-DANIELSDaniels looking to transferLOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California quarterback J.T. Daniels has entered the transfer portal, although head coach Clay Helton says he’d welcome him back if he decides to stay at USC. He can return to Creighton after going through the evaluation process by league executives as long as he doesn’t sign with an agent and withdraws from the draft by June 3.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-TRANSFERSAaron Cook, Trey Murphy among latest hoops transfersUNDATED (AP) — College basketball players continue to switch teams through transfer rules.Gonzaga says Southern Illinois point guard Aaron Cook will be eligible to play for the Bulldogs next season. The 6-foot-2 Cook played in just six games last season before breaking his shooting hand against Murray State. Cook was leading the Salukis with 15 points and 3.3 assists a game when his season was cut short. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSPGA Tour hopes to resume in June at Colonial with no fansUNDATED (AP) — The PGA Tour is laying out an ambitious plan to resume its season, with hopes of a restart at Colonial on June 11-14 and keeping fans away for at least the first month. — The new CEO of the U.S. Tennis Association says he expects a decision on the status of the 2020 U.S. Open to be made by June. Mike Dowse said in a conference call with reporters Thursday that “time is on our side at this point” because the U.S. Open is not scheduled to begin until late August.— The International Skating Union has formally canceled its figure skating and short track world championships because of the pandemic. Both events were originally scheduled for last month but had already been postponed in the early days of the worldwide lockdown.— The NCAA is permitting coaches in all Division I sports to hold up to eight hours per week of virtual meetings and instruction with their players, beginning Monday and lasting through the end of May. Athletes will be required to have at least one day off per week and required physical activities continue to be prohibited.— Colorado Avalanche coach Jared Bednar says his three players that tested positive for the novel coronavirus are feeling better. Bednar said in a teleconference call the players followed the recommended guidelines and self-isolated.— Los Angeles Rams center Brian Allen says he tested positive for COVID-19 three weeks ago. Allen is the first active NFL player to acknowledge testing positive during the coronavirus pandemic. He’s not hospitalized and is “feeling good,” according to a statement issued by the team. — UEFA (yoo-AY’-fuh) is hoping the Champions League final can be played at the end of August in Istanbul, three months after the competition’s showpiece was due to be staged. A person familiar with the planning tells The Associated Press the aim is to play the final on Saturday, Aug. 29. However, the person said that date is only feasible if European leagues are able to resume playing around July or August.— Tokyo Olympic organizers and the International Olympic Committee will try to cut many of the extras out of next year’s postponed games. IOC member John Coates says the IOC priority was to direct “several hundreds of millions of dollars” to help struggling international sports federations and national Olympic committees stay afloat.— An Oakland Athletics minor league manager has resumed breathing completely on his own for the first time in more than three weeks, according to his fiancee. Nikki Trudeaux says Webster Garrison no longer requires a ventilator but remains weak and unable to speak after having a tube down his throat. Garrison skippered the Class A Stockton Ports last season and is scheduled to manage in the rookie level Arizona League this year.— Family members say a former amateur boxer who in 1984 became the sport’s first black boxing referee and judge at the Olympic games has died. Carmen Williamson died from COVID-19 complications on April 8 at a hospital in Toledo, Ohio. He was 94.NFL-BROWNS-BECKHAM April 16, 2020 Tour officials said Thursday that if government and health authorities give golf the green light, the tour will have an official event every week through Dec. 6 except for the week of Thanksgiving.The Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, was pushed back a month to June and would be followed by the RBC Heritage, which was postponed this week.The PGA Tour season would conclude with the Tour Championship on Labor Day, and a new season would start the following week in Napa, California. That would mean only one major — the PGA Championship — is held in this 2019-20 season, and as many as seven majors would apply to the following season.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— The start of the horse racing season at Belmont Park has been postponed indefinitely from the original April 24 date because of the coronavirus. However, the New York Racing Association says it’s committed to holding the Belmont Stakes this year.center_img Update on the latest sports Virginia coach Tony Bennett says Trey Murphy III has joined the Cavaliers as a transfer from Rice. The 6-foot-8 Murphy averaged 13.7 points as a sophomore and made 75 3-pointers for the Owls.Wake Forest has announced that Ian DuBose would play next year as a graduate transfer from Houston Baptist. The 6-foot-4 guard averaged 19 points to lead the Southland Conference last season while also becoming that league’s men’s basketball student-athlete of the year with a 3.84 GPA.UConn has added guard Tyrese Martin, a transfer from Rhode Island. The 6-foot-6 rising junior started all 30 games for the Rams last season, averaging 12.8 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.Jamarius Burton has signed with Texas Tech after starting 52 games the past two seasons at Wichita State. Burton averaged 10.3 points and 3.4 assists per game as a sophomore for the Shockers last season.East Tennessee has added guard Jalen Johnson as a graduate transfer from Tennessee. Johnson started two of 31 games he played for the Vols last season, averaging 3.5 points and two rebounds. Daniels immediately became the Trojans’ starter as a freshman in 2018, passing for 2,672 yards with 14 touchdowns and 10 interceptions during an inconsistent season. He won the starting job again out of camp last summer but lost it to Kedon Slovis when Daniels injured a knee.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NBA DRAFTMahoney leaving Creighton for NBAOMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Denzel Mahoney has joined Creighton teammate Ty-Shon Alexander in declaring for the NBA draft.Mahoney played 21 games for the Bluejays after transferring from Southeast Missouri, averaging 12 points and 3.1 rebounds as a reserve wing. Associated Press NHL-BLUES-SCANDELLABlues extend ScandellaST. LOUIS (AP) — The defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues have worked out a four-year extension with newly-acquired defenseman Marco Scandella.The deal is worth $13.1 million and has an annual salary-cap hit of $3.275 million through the 2023-24 season. Scandella played 11 games with St. Louis and recorded one assist after coming over from Montreal in February before the trade deadline.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more