Béla Fleck And Chick Corea Announce Co-Headlining Tour With Their Full Bands

first_imgBéla Fleck and Chick Corea are no strangers to one another, touring together as a jazz duo extraordinaire. However, as Jambands reports, the two will join forces for a major full band tour from August 5-21, 2017. Fleck will bring along his band The Flecktones, while Corea will perform with his Elektric Band, who has accompanied him at several shows along his 75th birthday residency in NYC.The Flecktones made a triumphant return earlier this year, playing a handful of shows last summer for the first time in many years. Corea, meanwhile, celebrated his 75th birthday earlier this year and has shown no signs of slowing down. He’s currently in the midst of an insane residency at the Blue Note Jazz Club in NYC, which features over 80 performances.This tour is guaranteed to be an incredible musical experience, delving deep into the world of experimental jazz. The two bands are also expected to collaborate for a superjam of epic proportions as the encore of each show. The specific dates and locations have not yet been announced, but this is very exciting news! We will be sure to update once more information is revealed.last_img read more

New national motto: You’re wrong, I’m right

first_img In this topsy-turvy presidential campaign, the old laws may no longer apply Politics in a ‘post-truth’ age Related A pilot on a recent United Airlines flight from San Francisco to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, had to play peacemaker when a political fight erupted aboard his plane.A young mother who snapped a post-election selfie with Hillary Clinton said she received death threats when her picture went viral.Protestors spray-painted: “Your vote was a hate crime” on the Jefferson Davis Monument in Richmond, Va.In the wake of one of the most divisive elections in history, political polarization in the U.S. appears to be at an all-time high. The rift between blue states and red states is well documented, but analysts increasingly point to widening conflict within those states, divides that often run along ethnic, economic, and racial lines.So how do we reach out and move forward in a country that seems to have been ripped in two? It’s going to be tough and it’s going to take time, according to a group of Harvard scholars who offered their thoughts on how to push past the partisanship.“The question is whether this election and the profound mutual inability of Trump and Clinton supporters to understand one another — their tendency to see one another as something close to deranged — extends all the way down to social and neighbor relations,” said Nancy Rosenblum, Harvard’s Senator Joseph S. Clark Professor of Ethics in Politics and Government emerita.Rosenblum’s most recent book, “Good Neighbors: The Democracy of Everyday Life in America,” explores how relations between neighbors help establish an important framework for civil society. In today’s climate, such interactions, she said, may be the key to helping people look beyond their disagreements and distrust.“The hope is that personally and individually, where we work and live, we can disregard if not helpfully confront these differences and exhibit the reciprocity that is normal among colleagues and neighbors. The ethic of good neighbors is deeply rooted here and the democracy of everyday life is, I believe, a saving remnant in politically dark and dangerous times.”One challenge is that so many communities are becoming uniform in how they look and think, a trend captured in 2009’s “The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America is Tearing Us Apart,” in which journalist Bill Bishop suggested increasingly homogeneous cities and neighborhoods threaten democracy. “[The book] does a terrific job of outlining how housing patterns, redistricting, and economic shifts have divided America up into ideologically separate communities,” said Danielle Allen, a political philosopher and director of Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. “That intersects with how our political institutions operate by affecting how politicians campaign, who gets elected, and how they live and interact with their fellow politicians in Washington.”Joshua Greene, a Harvard professor of psychology and author of “Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them,” said that we are least open to outside influence when we feel threatened. He suggested an improved economic outlook could help ease some of that fear and set the stage for constructive dialogue.“My hope is that [President-elect Donald] Trump, with some Democratic allies, can make good on some of his campaign promises to put people to work rebuilding infrastructure. A bipartisan win on that issue could pave the way for better intertribal communication.”Stronger consensus on fact and fiction wouldn’t hurt, either. In the wake of the Brexit vote and the U.S. election, the Oxford English Dictionary chose “post-truth” as the word of the year. The dictionary defines the adjective as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”The term underscores the sense that an ability to agree on basic facts no longer seems important for millions of Americans, and defines an uncomfortable post-election dynamic that has left people wondering how to even begin a conversation with the other side.“It’s hard to imagine a well-functioning democracy in which people are operating with fundamentally different facts,” said Greene. “There are people who speak both fluent red and blue. I think we’re going to need to find those people and encourage them to serve as cultural bridges.”Said Allen: “Start from the facts you do agree on and build out from there.“We haven’t reached the point where there is literally nothing we agree about,” Allen, the author of “Talking to Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship Since Brown v. Board of Education,” continued. “We still agree that the sun rises in the East, for instance. Perhaps it’s time to start figuring out what else we do in fact agree on before we get back to litigating the stuff we don’t agree on.“I would suggest that we also agree, for instance, that our judicial institutions should act with disinterestedness and impartiality. Could we perhaps make that a common project and first priority as a way of rebuilding our capacity to work together?”Allen and Nicco Mele, director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy, agree that the loss of countless local newspapers has contributed to the growing divide in the country, in part by leaving national news outlets such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post “without a network of insider informants to help them understand the ‘fly-over’ areas of the country,” said Allen.Through local journalism “we come to know our neighbors in our communities,” said Mele. Absent those connections, he added, “We get drawn into more sensationalistic, more national stories that may distort the realities of our own experiences in communities.”Mele also thinks more attention needs to be paid to high-tech companies whose reliance on algorithms has given news-making power to fake news.“I do believe we have to have some discussion and some ways of holding algorithms accountable,” he said. “Algorithms are a form of power and they come with bias. And so giving some consideration to how we can hold that power accountable and we can identify bias is worthwhile.”While open conversation among neighbors with differing points of view is critical, equally so are structural and political reforms to expose lawmakers to a wider range of perspectives, said Allen.“Redistricting processes have given us too many districts that lean heavily one way or another and have insufficient political contestation. This means less exposure for incumbents to the views of the other side. And the military now recruits far more successfully from red than from blue states, so the military too is losing connections to half of the country. Geographic diversity has to be among the things that the institutions structuring our professional sectors self-consciously seek.“Broad, cross-party coalitions that revisit our approaches to redistricting, housing, education, transportation,” are crucial to progress, Allen added. “These are the zones of policy that affect how connected or disconnected we are as a society.”last_img read more

August Climate

first_imgPrecipitation across Georgia for the month of August 2015 varied widely, from more than 10 inches near the coast and in north-central Georgia to less than 2 inches in the southwest corner of the state. A few isolated areas received more than 15 inches during the month, according to Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) observers.  Three daily rainfall records were set in August. Columbus, Georgia, received 3.8 inches on Aug. 6, breaking that city’s old record of 1.65 inches set in 1966. Brunswick, Georgia, received 4.07 inches on Aug. 31, breaking that city’s old record of 1.36 inches set in 1991. Alma, Georgia, received 4.65 inches on Aug. 28, breaking that city’s old record of 1.64 inches set in 1954. The highest single-day rainfall was 5.22 inches, recorded by CoCoRaHS stations west of Valdosta, Georgia, in Lowndes County on Aug. 31, followed by 5.04 inches recorded west of Bethlehem, Georgia, in Gwinnett County on Aug. 23. The highest monthly total rainfall was 18.55 inches, observed east of Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Another nearby observer reported 16.06 inches in August. Severe weather was observed on 15 out of 31 days last month. Almost all of these incidences brought on scattered wind damage. A microburst caused significant tree damage to the Rock Eagle 4-H Center facility near Eatonton, Georgia, on Aug. 6, a date that also saw widespread wind damage in other parts of the state. The highest monthly total precipitation, according to National Weather Service reporting stations, was recorded at 7.84 inches in Savannah — 1.28 inches above normal — and the lowest monthly total precipitation was recorded in in Augusta, Georgia, at 3.74 inches — 0.58 inches below normal. Atlanta received 5.77 inches of total precipitation, 1.87 inches above normal; Athens, Georgia, received 6.78 inches, 3.25 inches above normal; Columbus received 7.50 inches, 3.73 inches above normal; Macon, Georgia, received 5.07 inches, 0.97-inch above normal; Alma received 4.65 inches, 0.76-inch below normal; Brunswick received 6.76 inches, 0.46-inch above normal; Albany, Georgia, received 5.42 inches, 0.58-inch above normal; Rome, Georgia, received 4.38 inches, 0.25-inch above normal; and Valdosta received 6.39 inches, 1.05 inches above normal. Coastal areas of Georgia as well as areas to the east of Atlanta were the wettest parts of the state, and the driest area was in southwest Georgia, near Thomasville. Agriculture ImpactsCrops generally did well statewide in August, although dry conditions caused some stress and increased pest pressure. The U.S. Drought Monitor shows that drought increased across Georgia again in August. Drought conditions across large parts of the state are expected to increase for the next three months. However, if El Niño conditions come early this winter, wet conditions could reduce dryness drastically. These wet conditions could occur early this year due to the strength of the El Niño, so farmers should harvest in a timely manner, especially on fields that are prone to flooding. September temperatures are expected to be above normal across the state and may aid in maturing crops. The expected dry conditions could hamper efforts to plant wheat, cool season vegetables and fescue. TemperatureTemperatures were very close to normal across the state, and the coolest areas were, generally, also the wettest. In Atlanta, the monthly average temperature was 79.9 degrees Fahrenheit, 0.5-degree above normal; in Athens, 79.8 F, 0.2-degree above normal; in Columbus, 81.6 F, 0.3-degree below normal; in Macon, 80.6 F, 0.3-degree below normal; in Savannah, 81.8 F, 0.3-degree above normal; in Brunswick, 81.6 F, 0.2-degree below normal; in Alma, 82 F, 0.7-degree above normal; in Augusta, 80.6 F, 0.1-degree above normal; in Albany, 82.8 F, 0.8-degree above normal; in Rome, 78.5 F, 0.2-degree below normal; and in Valdosta, 82.5 F, 1.3 degrees above normal.   No temperature records were broken this month, but a record high minimum temperature of 75 F was tied in Alma on Aug. 12 — the city hit the same high minimum temperature in 2013 — and a record low maximum temperature of 84 F was tied in Brunswick on Aug. 2 — the city hit the same low maximum temperature in 2007. Columbus also tied their record high maximum temperature of 99 F on Aug. 4 — the city hit the same high maximum temperature in 2011. For more information, see the “Climate and Agriculture in the South East” blog at blog.extension.uga.edu/climate or visit our new Web page at gaclimate.org. Please feel free to email your photos or stories of how Georgia weather and climate impacted agriculture in your area to pknox@uga.edu, so she can share it on the blog.last_img read more

Entergy announces new team to lead Vermont Yankee

first_img# In response to numerous concerns and issues that have been raised by Governor Douglas, Vermont Department of Public Service Commissioner O’Brien, state and federal legislative leaders and the public at large, Entergy Corporation has pledged to place the highest priority on restoring trust with Vermonters.Curt L Hébert, Jr, a past chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has been designated to lead a team of Entergy specialists addressing Vermont Yankee matters. Hébert serves as Entergy’s executive vice president for external affairs and reports directly to J. Wayne Leonard, Entergy’s chairman and chief executive officer.The team has already begun to meet with public, business, labor and civic leaders in Vermont. Two Entergy officials with long experience in Vermont will play expanded roles on the team. They are Brian Cosgrove, who will manage relations with state government, and Larry Smith, who will coordinate communications and media relations.Among members of the team are Arthur Wiese, Entergy Corporation’s vice president for corporate communications; Kenneth Theobalds, vice president for government relations for Entergy’s Northeastern nuclear operations; Donald Vinci, vice president of business development for Entergy Nuclear; James Steets, vice president for Northeastern nuclear communications; and Allison Graves, director of federal energy policy.“This situation needs to be fixed and through Curt’s leadership and direct engagement with Vermont leaders, I have every confidence it will be fixed as quickly as possible.  We must and will do better.  Entergy’s own standards, and our duty to Vermonters, demand it,” said Leonard. Meanwhile, DPS Commissioner David O’Brien told a legislative commission yesterday that he thought that removing lead negotiator Jay Thayer from his senior position at Vermont Yankee was “tokenism” on the company’s part. He said Entergy would have to do something “miraculous” to win back the trust of state officials earn the approval of the Legislature to relicense the plant.Entergy Vermont Yankee is seeking a 20-year extension to its license beyond its 2012 decommissioning. On January 7, Yankee officials reported tritium was found in a monitoring well at the plant in Vernon. An underground cement trench and another well, just this week, were also found to contain the radioactive isotope. Tritium is associated with nuclear fission. Yankee officials acknowledge it must be leaking from the plant, but have yet to find the source. Since the first finding, it was revealed that Yankee officials in 2008 and 2009 made inaccurate statements, some under oath, saying that there were no underground piping systems carrying radioactive material. That revelation eventually led to the state’s congressional delegation going straight to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to ask for an investigation, and then, last week, to Governor Douglas pulling his support for the plant until the leak is found and fixed and the company earning back the state’s trust. Douglas had been one of Yankee’s strongest supporters. Following that political pressure, Thayer was removed.“Entergy values and deeply respects our relationship with the state of Vermont and its business community and we are committed to Vermont for the long-term.  Since buying the plant in 2002 we have made more than $190 million in long-term investments at Vermont Yankee to make it a world-class nuclear facility,” said Hébert.“We are placing the highest priority on finding the cause of the tritium and remediating any contamination.  At the same time, we must reconcile the conflicting statements made to the Department of Public Service. To this end we have engaged the services of an independent, outside law firm to fully investigate the matter, and most importantly, to make sure it does not happen again,” said Hébert.The work of the specialized team dedicated to the company’s interaction with the Vermont officials is concurrent with Entergy’s ongoing investigation to identify the source of the elevated tritium concentrations in monitoring wells. That investigation is overseen by Entergy Nuclear senior management, including Michael Balduzzi, senior vice president and chief operating officer, and Timothy Mitchell, senior vice president for engineering and technical services.Entergy Corporation reiterated a number of other steps it is taking to address these matters, including the following items.   · Entergy retained an outside law firm to conduct a thorough, independent investigation pertaining to the company’s communications with the Vermont Department of Public Service. · Entergy is cooperating with all state and federal inquiries that the relevant agencies are conducting.· Entergy has installed additional testing wells at Vermont Yankee to monitor for tritium and increased the frequency of testing in order to conclusively determine the source of the tritium so that a remediation plan can be proposed to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.· Entergy has dispatched a project team of more than 20 highly skilled professionals to Vermont Yankee to ensure a fast, comprehensive assessment of the tritium situation.· Entergy has unequivocally acknowledged its responsibility for the controversy. One Entergy executive involved has issued a public apology.  He has been permanently relieved of his Vermont responsibilities and placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the full investigation.Entergy Reports Fourth Quarter EarningsEntergy Corporation (NYSE:ETR) of New Orleans, LA, yesterday reported fourth quarter 2009 as-reported earnings of $313.8 million, or $1.64 per share, compared with $170.6 million, or 89 cents per share, for fourth quarter 2008. On an operational basis, Entergy’s fourth quarter 2009 earnings were $334.9 million, or $1.75 per share, compared with $190.7 million, or 99 cents per share, in fourth quarter 2008. For the year, Entergy’s as-reported earnings were $1.2 billion, or $6.30 per share, and operational earnings were $1.3 billion, or $6.67 per share. These results compare with 2008 as-reported earnings of $1.2 billion, or $6.20 per share, and operational earnings of $1.3 billion, or $6.51 per share. Operational Earnings Highlights for Fourth Quarter 2009Utility, Parent & Other’s results were higher due to lower income tax expense, lower non-fuel operation and maintenance expense and higher net revenue.Entergy Nuclear’s earnings decreased as a result of higher income tax and non-fuel operation and maintenance expenses, partially offset by higher net revenue and other income.Entergy’s Non-Nuclear Wholesale Assets’ results improved due to lower income tax expense.“Both our utility and non-utility nuclear businesses delivered strong operational performance during a period of extraordinary global economic and financial uncertainty,” said J. Wayne Leonard, Entergy’s chairman and chief executive officer. “Looking ahead, signs of an improving economic environment, our market-based point-of-view, adherence to our disciplined risk management and the strength of our cash position provide a foundation that supports our strategic, operational and financial goals.”Other Business HighlightsEntergy Texas completed storm recovery for Hurricane Ike in November when it executed $545.9 million of securitization financing. Also, a stipulation agreement was reached with the Louisiana Public Service Commission staff in the storm proceedings in Louisiana.Entergy Texas made a new rate case filing with the Public Utility Commission of Texas at the end of December.The Nuclear Regulatory Commission agreed to extend the expiration date for the spin-off approval to Aug. 1, 2010.Entergy will host a teleconference to discuss this release at 10:00 a.m. CT on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010, with access by telephone, 719-457-2080, confirmation code 6584600. The call and presentation slides can also be accessed via Entergy’s Web site at www.entergy.com(link is external). A replay of the teleconference will be available through Feb. 9, 2010, by dialing 719-457-0820, confirmation code 6584600. The replay will also be available on Entergy’s Web site at www.entergy.com(link is external).Utility, Parent & OtherIn fourth quarter 2009, Utility, Parent & Other’s as-reported earnings were $107.0 million, or 56 cents per share, compared to a loss of $82.6 million, or 38 cents per share, in fourth quarter 2008. On an operational basis, fourth quarter 2009 earnings were $116.2 million, or 61 cents per share, compared to a loss of $62.5 million, or 33 cents per share, in fourth quarter 2008. Operational earnings for Utility, Parent & Other in fourth quarter 2009 reflect lower income tax expense associated with the net effect of annual consolidated income tax adjustments across the Entergy companies. A favorable tax reserve adjustment also contributed following issuance by the Louisiana Department of Revenue of a private letter ruling related to securitization of Katrina and Rita storm costs. In addition, the absence of regulatory charges associated with rate proceedings at Entergy Arkansas in 2008 was the primary driver of lower non-fuel operation and maintenance expense, as well as a contributor to the lower income tax expense compared to fourth quarter 2008. Also contributing to the earnings improvement versus the same quarter last year was higher net revenue.Residential sales in fourth quarter 2009, on a weather-adjusted basis, increased 4.6 percent compared to fourth quarter 2008. Commercial and governmental sales, on a weather-adjusted basis, increased 3.0 percent year over year. Industrial sales in the fourth quarter increased 7.1 percent compared to the same quarter of 2008.Residential, commercial and industrial classes reflected sales growth as a result of increasing economic activity in Entergy’s service territory. The improvement in industrial sales in fourth quarter 2009 was driven by the large industrial customer group, particularly in chemicals and refining. Small and mid-sized industrial customers are slowly showing signs of recovery from the recession, but their usage continued to be negatively affected in the current quarter. Also, a portion of the quarter-over-quarter increase in sales for all customer classes was the result of the absence of outages for the September 2008 hurricanes, most notably in the industrial segment. Industrial customers are typically billed at the beginning of the month, and as such these outages for hurricanes Gustav and Ike were reflected in October sales. Near normal weather versus warmer-than-normal weather in fourth quarter 2008 also provided a modest increase in sales volume.For the year 2009, Utility, Parent and Other earned $561.4 million, or $2.88 per share, on an as-reported earnings basis, compared to $422.0 million, or $2.22 per share, in 2008. Operational earnings in 2009 were $588.4 million, or $3.02 per share, compared to $477.4 million, or $2.43 per share, in 2008. The increase in operational earnings in 2009 was driven by higher Utility net revenue with the absence of hurricanes Gustav and Ike in 2008 contributing. Another factor in the improved results at Utility, Parent & Other was lower operation and maintenance expense, due primarily to the absence of Entergy Arkansas regulatory charges noted above. Also contributing to the earnings improvement was a lower overall effective tax rate for Utility, Parent & Other in 2009 versus 2008. Partially offsetting these items was an increase in depreciation and amortization expense in the current year due to increased plant in service.Entergy NuclearEntergy Nuclear earned $169.5 million, or 89 cents per share, on an as-reported basis in fourth quarter 2009, compared to as-reported earnings of $226.6 million, or $1.14 per share, in fourth quarter 2008. On an operational basis, fourth quarter 2009 Entergy Nuclear earnings were $181.5 million, or 95 cents per share, versus $226.6 million, or $1.18 per share, in the last quarter of 2008. Entergy Nuclear’s operational earnings decreased as a result of higher income tax expense in the current quarter due primarily to the net effect of the annual consolidated tax adjustments. Also contributing to the lower results was higher operation and maintenance expense during the quarter due to the absence of refueling outages in the quarter and associated deferral of costs. Partially offsetting these items was higher net revenue as a result of higher generation due to 32 fewer refueling outage days in the current quarter and increased pricing. Higher other income associated with decommissioning trusts also provided an offset to decreased earnings. A smaller impairment recognized on Entergy Nuclear’s decommissioning trust funds in the current period contributed to higher other income, as well as higher earnings realized on decommissioning trust investments in 2009.For the year 2009, Entergy Nuclear earned $631.0 million, or $3.22 per share, on an as-reported basis and $675.0 million, or $3.45 per share, on an operational basis. This compares to as-reported earnings of $797.3 million, or $3.97 per share, and operational earnings of $797.3 million, or $4.07 per share at Entergy Nuclear in 2008. The decline in Entergy Nuclear’s operational earnings in 2009 was due primarily to a higher effective income tax rate as well as an increase in operation and maintenance expense. Impairments on Entergy Nuclear’s decommissioning trust funds in 2009 exceeded amounts recognized in 2008, and were partially offset by higher realized earnings on decommissioning trust investments, also reflected in other income.Non-Nuclear Wholesale AssetsEntergy’s Non-Nuclear Wholesale Assets business earned $37.2 million, or 19 cents per share, on both as-reported and operational bases in fourth quarter 2009 compared to $26.5 million, or 13 cents per share, on an as-reported basis, and $26.5 million, or 14 cents per share, on an operational basis, a year ago. Income tax benefits were the primary drivers in both quarters. The current quarter reflects a tax benefit recognized on a capital loss associated with the sale of stock of a merchant fossil generation subsidiary to a third party. In the fourth quarter 2008, a closing agreement was reached with the Internal Revenue Service allowing a capital loss. As a result, a provision for tax uncertainties that existed on this item was reversed.For the year 2009, Entergy’s Non-Nuclear Wholesale Assets business earned $38.7 million, or 20 cents per share, compared to earnings of $1.3 million, or one cent per share, in 2008. As-reported and operational results were the same in both periods. The earnings increase in 2009 was driven by a decrease in income tax expense due to the fourth quarter 2009 benefit noted above, plus a second quarter decrease in valuation allowance on loss carryovers. Quarterly income tax effects in 2008 were largely offsetting.OutlookEntergy is affirming 2010 earnings guidance in the range of $6.15 to $6.95 per share on an as-reported basis, assuming a business as usual operation for the full year. Operational earnings per share guidance ranges from $6.40 to $7.20 per share and excludes $(0.25) per share of projected dis-synergies associated with the spin-off of Entergy’s non-utility nuclear business and plans to enter into a nuclear services joint venture. Guidance for 2010 does not incorporate a special item for expenses anticipated in connection with outside services provided to pursue the spin-off. The level of these charges in 2010 will vary depending upon resolution of the spin-off.Business SeparationThe announced spin-off of Entergy’s non-utility nuclear business will establish a new independent, publicly traded company, Enexus Energy Corporation. In addition, Entergy and Enexus intend to enter into a nuclear services joint venture, with equal ownership, with the joint venture being named EquaGen LLC. The state regulatory decisions and financing continue as the critical path items in finalizing the spin-off transaction. The transactions are subject to various approvals. Final terms of the transactions and spin-off completion are subject to the approval of the Entergy Board of Directors.Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, and it is the second-largest nuclear generator in the United States. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.7 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $10 billion and approximately 15,000 employees.Additional information regarding Entergy’s quarterly results of operations, regulatory proceedings, planned spin-off of its non-utility nuclear business and other operations is available in Entergy’s investor news release dated Feb. 2, 2010, a copy of which has been filed today with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Form 8-K and is available on Entergy’s investor relations Web site at www.entergy.com/investor_relations(link is external).In this news release, and from time to time, Entergy Corporation makes certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Except to the extent required by the federal securities laws, Entergy undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.Forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties. There are factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements, including (a) those factors discussed in (i) Entergy’s Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008, (ii) Entergy’s Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, June 30 and September 30, 2009, and (iii) Entergy’s other reports and filings made under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, (b) the uncertainties associated with efforts to remediate the effects of Hurricanes Gustav and Ike and the January 2009 Arkansas ice storm and recovery of costs associated with restoration, and (c) the following transactional factors (in addition to others described elsewhere in this news release and in subsequent securities filings): (i) risks inherent in the contemplated spin-off, joint venture and related transactions (including the level of debt to be incurred by Enexus Energy Corporation and the terms and costs related thereto), (ii) legislative and regulatory actions, and (iii) conditions of the capital markets during the periods covered by the forward-looking statements. Entergy cannot provide any assurances that the spin-off or any of the proposed transactions related thereto will be completed, nor can it give assurances as to the terms on which such transactions will be consummated. The transaction is subject to certain conditions precedent, including regulatory approvals and the final approval by the Board of Directors of Entergy.View Complete Earnings Release [PDF]Privacy Policy | Legal Information©1998-2009 Entergy Corporation, All Rights Reserved.Source: Entergy. 2.3.2010last_img read more

A shift in heavy industry toward renewables

first_imgA shift in heavy industry toward renewables FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Financial Times ($):In the forests of central Sweden, construction is about to begin on a giant wind farm with a single purpose: to supply power to the aluminium smelters of Norsk Hydro, one of the world’s biggest producers, for the next 29 years.The wind farm, which cost €270m to build, highlights an important development in renewable energy — a growing number of investments from heavy industry.Recent deals from cement plants and aluminium smelters signal how a market is developing for renewable energy, particularly during a time of volatility for traditional energy prices, as some of the world’s most carbon-intensive industries try to go green.“Industrial players are going to have a huge role, a pivotal role in the development of renewables in the future,” said Mark Dooley, head of green energy at Macquarie Capital and the Green Investment Group, one of the developers of the wind farm. “We think that, while it makes sense that an aluminium producer is in the vanguard, there is every reason to expect that all heavy industrial will follow.”Corporate buyers of renewable power have been on the rise and emerged as one of the main drivers for new renewables projects, because long-term power supply deals typically enable construction to begin on a large wind or solar project.Tech companies such as Microsoft and Amazon, which have big data centre power needs, were among the first to do these deals. But the trend has now spread across sectors and even to heavy industry, which has been one of the slowest sectors to decarbonise.More ($): Heavy industry turns to renewables in drive to go greenlast_img read more

Deutsche Bank to stop global coal mining business activities by 2025, also halt oil sands funding

first_imgDeutsche Bank to stop global coal mining business activities by 2025, also halt oil sands funding FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Deutsche Bank, in a revamp of its policies for fossil fuels, said on Monday that it would end business activities worldwide related to coal mining by 2025 at the latest. The German lender also said that, effective immediately, it would not finance new projects in the Arctic or oil sand projects.The new policies follow announcements earlier this year of new sustainability targets and the issuance of the bank’s first green bond.Urgewald, a non-profit environmental and human rights organisation, said that the announcement was a welcome step forward but “still too little, too late”.“Compared to international competitors the bank is still lagging behind on climate,” it said, pointing to BNP Paribas and Royal Bank of Scotland as front runners.Deutsche Bank said that it would review all of its U.S. and European coal power activities by the end of this year with respect to clients’ diversification plans. It will begin a similar review in Asia in 2022.Deutsche chief executive Christian Sewing said the new policy “sets us ambitious targets and enables us to help our long-standing clients with their own transformation.”[Tom Sims]More: Deutsche Bank to end global business activities in coal mining by 2025last_img read more

Beachside Living in a Cozy Summer Rental

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York For those looking for a kid-and pet-friendly summer rental for a fun beach getaway, this two-story Colonial on Forester Street in Long Beach’s East End is the perfect staycation destination.The four-bedroom newly renovated house has 1.5 bathrooms, an open layout, gas fireplace, washer/dryer, central air conditioning, private parking spot, outdoor area and boat slip that can fit up to a 40-footer. It sits right on the canal and only a half a mile  from the beach — 10 minutes on foot and five minutes by bicycle.“The house is comfortable and cozy and has everything you need,” says Robin Amato, a realtor with Realty Connect USA who is representing the property. “The area is great for families and boaters. We are very close to Roosevelt playground and Pacific Beach has a playground and concession stand.”She adds, “It’s a little quieter and not as busy as the West End.”The seaside community known as the “City by the Sea,” is close to all that Long Beach has to offer — the boardwalk, the juice bars, coffee houses, farmers market, and all sorts of cuisine — so there is always something to do. There are also activities including  surf lessons, beach yoga, beach volleyball and even trapezing on the beach.“We have our summer film festival on the beach and two craft fairs during the months of July and August that are fun for the entire family,” Amato says.For weekly commuters, a direct Long Island Rail Road train links Long Beach to Penn Station and the Atlantic Terminal in just under an hour.“Everything is within walking distance so for someone from Manhattan who may not have a car, it is easy to get around, and if you want to go further into town there is public transportation,” adds Amato.The single-family home is available from Memorial Day through Labor Day for $35,000. For those who are interested in a monthly rental, the rates are $10,000 for June, $17,000 for July and $15,000 for August. As a little incentive, Amato is offering free beach passes to any new tenants.For additional information on this property at 58 Forester St. in Long Beach, contact Robin Amato, Licensed Realtor at Realty Connect USA at 516-835-9676 or robinamato@yahoo.com.last_img read more

CUNA receives seventh board nomination

first_img 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » CUNA has received its seventh board nomination for the 2018 CUNA Board elections.The nominees is:Class C:  Brett Martinez, president/CEO, Redwood CU, Santa Rosa, Calif.;Previous nominations include:District 1, Class B: Gary E. Furtado,  president/CEO, Navigant CU, Smithfield, RI;District 5, Class A: Maria J. Martinez, president/CEO, Border FCU, Del Rio, Texas;District 5, Class A: Johnny O’Hare, president/CEO, Cherokee Strip CU, Ponca City, Okla..District 4, Class B: Patrick Pierce, President/CEO, City & County Credit Union, St. Paul, Minn.Class D (League President): Fred Robinson, president/CEO, Tennessee Credit Union League, Chattanooga, Tenn.; andClass D (League President:  Thomas Kane, president of the Illinois Credit Union League, Naperville, Ill.last_img read more

How to get started on content marketing with zero investment

first_img 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bo McDonald Bo McDonald is president of Your Marketing Co. A marketing firm that started serving credit unions nearly a decade ago, offering a wide range of services including web design, branding, … Web: yourmarketing.co Details Can we get real for a moment? If your credit union’s social media posts consist of nothing more than “Wacky Wednesday’s” and re-posted financial articles from national networks, you’re missing the boat. Which boat, you ask? The one that gives you the opportunity to become a trusted, respected advisor to your community’s next generation.If you’re wondering whether those community members actually need guidance, let me share a few personal finance statistics gathered from a recent Financial Brand article:Savings rates are at an all-time low.Almost twice as many Americans have credit cards (76%) as have retirement accounts (47%).Almost 20 million Americans have a shopping habit that jeopardizes their relationships or careers.American credit card debt hit an all-time high of $1.02 trillion in January 2018.44% of Americans couldn’t handle a $400 emergency without borrowing.33% of non-retired Americans have nothing at all saved for retirement.71% of Americans are stressed by money.And then there’s that “M” word that surfaces at every credit union conference and strategic planning session: Millennials. The previously mentioned Financial Brand study also noted that 28% of Millennials admit to intentionally making themselves look wealthier than they really are in their social media posts. While this tendency to exaggerate exposes an underlying financial issue, it also highlights the power of social media in today’s society.Now is the perfect opportunity for you to utilize your social media, email list, website blog, and other digital tools to provide the help your members and potential members so desperately need. In the study referenced above, many consumers indicated their current financial institution is not providing adequate financial education. Because of that, they would be open to receiving financial education in the following areas:How to maximize their salary at their current jobKnowing if they’re being paid fairly (particularly important to women)Monthly budgeting advice to ensure they’re saving enoughRight-sizing their debtPlanning affordable vacationsHaving someone to talk to holistically about their financial lifeDealing with the spending pressures of social statusThe current financial climate gives your credit union the chance to be a hero—especially when you consider the response of one banker who, when asked about the subject of financial education, candidly responded, “That’s not our job.” If banks are thinking like that, the opportunity is clear. Now through the end of the year, uncommn marketing partners will be looking for 13 credit unions to beta test a brand-new financial education content marketing program. If you’re credit union is chosen to participate, the test program will be offered to you at no cost. All we ask is that you provide timely feedback on the content you receive. For more information about this exclusive opportunity, CLICK HERE.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Statement on Completion of 2016-2017 Budget

first_img  SHARE  TWEET Governor Wolf Statement on Completion of 2016-2017 Budget July 13, 2016 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Budget News,  Schools That Teach,  Statement,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf released the following statement on the completion of the 2016-2017 budget:“Over the last several months, I have worked together with Republicans and Democrats to achieve major progress on issues including the legalization of medical marijuana, the passage of historic liquor reform, and the enactment of a fair funding formula that ensures basic education funding is distributed to schools based on a district’s unique needs.“Recently, we also came together to pass a budget that included historic investment in education at all levels and much-needed funding to combat Pennsylvania’s heroin crisis. Today’s passage of a revenue package means that we avoid another lengthy impasse, our budget is balanced this year, and we have greatly reduced the commonwealth’s structural budget deficit. I will sign this revenue package.“This package is an important step forward and includes sustainable, recurring revenue that makes significant progress toward reducing our structural deficit. When I took office, I inherited a deficit of more than $2 billion and schools that were devastated from drastic funding cuts.“I have fought hard to turn things around and move the commonwealth forward. We have made progress – our schools have seen historic funding increases and the deficit has been significantly reduced. We still have much work to do in next year’s budget, and I look forward to continuing to work with legislative leaders on important issues facing Pennsylvania.“Now that this year’s budget is complete, it is imperative that we all continue working together to focus on our greatest public health crisis – Pennsylvania’s opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic. While the budget allows us to expand treatment for individuals suffering from addiction, we can and should do more to address this matter that is plaguing all of our communities. My administration will keep its focus on this issue and I will continue preparing for the upcoming special session.”last_img read more