Japanese firms abandon plans for 2GW coal plant near Tokyo

first_imgJapanese firms abandon plans for 2GW coal plant near Tokyo FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Japan’s Idemitsu Kosan, Kyushu Electric Power and Tokyo Gas said on Thursday they have given up their plan to build a 2 gigawatt (GW) coal-fired power station in Chiba, near Tokyo, as it would not be economically feasible.The move follows a similar decision by Chugoku Electric Power and JFE Steel, a unit of JFE Holdings last month, and comes amid growing pressure in most of the world for companies to divest coal assets due to environmental concerns.Burning coal to generate power produces large quantities of carbon dioxide and other so-called greenhouse gases responsible for climate change. An international agreement reached in Paris in 2015 committed signatories to cutting fossil fuel use.Kyushu Electric and Tokyo Gas said instead they will consider building a gas-fired power plant, using liquefied natural gas (LNG), at the same site owned by Idemitsu.Amid growing pressure, Japan’s trading house Marubeni Corp said last year that it would no longer start new coal-fired power plant projects and would halve its net coal power generating capacity of about 3 GW by 2030 to help cut greenhouse gas emissions and tackle global climate change.More: Japan’s Idemitsu, Kyushu Elec, Tokyo Gas scrap coal-fired power plant planlast_img read more

3 ways to build better member experiences

first_img1. Recognizing who the competition is. It’s no longer banks and other credit unions that pose the biggest competition. Members now rank their credit union experiences based on all of their experiences with brands and companies. “They’re comparing us against Facebook, against Netflix, against Amazon,” said Michael Upton, chief digital and technology officer at First Tech. “As a financial services company, we believe it is absolutely vital we benchmark ourselves against the type of experiences our members have come to expect, whether they’re online or on their phones.”2. Investing in data analytics. Delivering the relevant, personalized experiences members demand begins with data. Once a credit union has a plethora of member data on hand, though, the next big question is what to do with it all. That’s where a data warehouse and dedicated analytics team can help. By investing in both, First Tech has taken control of its data. Upton noted, “If you understand what’s happening, you can then start to design products and actions.” Already, members are beginning to expect their credit unions to proactively fill needs they don’t know they have.3. Focusing on omnichannel. A member’s credit union experience should be seamless from one channel to another. This is what’s known as omnichannel. First Tech launched an omnichannel experience initiative about two years ago. “Whether our members call us at the contact center, come into our retail branch or choose to come online, the omnichannel is aware of those interactions,” said Upton. “We can create an experience that allows a member to start at one part of the company and complete any of their tasks at any other part of our company.”To learn more about optimizing member experiences, register for the “Jobs to Be Done” webinar – the latest in CO-OP’s Digital Transformation webinar series. “Wow, what a great experience.” Those five words should be at the top of members’ minds after every interaction with their credit union. Whether they’re engaging in person, online or over the phone, members should be guaranteed a positive experience. In fact, it’s what they expect. For three out of five Americans, getting a better experience is a reason to try a new brand or company (or credit union). First Technology Federal Credit Union, a $10 billion institution based in Silicon Valley and serving technology-driven companies, wants to ensure its members don’t feel that need to switch. Creating member loyalty involves three key steps at First Tech. 181SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Gabriela Knutson steps up in 1st match, guides Syracuse to win against Columbia

first_img Published on January 29, 2016 at 8:01 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] Gabriela Knutson dropped her racket and let out a shriek as she saw her volley go into the net and double match point slip through her fingers near the end of her second-set victory.The freshman won both her singles and doubles matches in her Syracuse (1-0) debut against Columbia (1-2) on Friday afternoon, helping SU get a win against the Lions. Still, in that instant, Knutson was concerned, but not because of her play. She was on the verge of fainting on the court.“I was panicking,” Knutson said of when she returned to the court, after getting sick in the Syracuse locker room. “If I lose this point, I’ll have to play more games and I’ll probably collapse … I gotta get this.”Knutson returned to the baseline and served match point almost immediately. The shot was an ace, right down the midline on the service box. Knutson won 6-3, 6-4.The winning shot against her singles opponent, Star Makarome, punctuated a debut marked by Knutson’s powerful groundstrokes and aggressive style of play.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDuring her doubles match, Knutson was on the attack. Dina Hegab — another freshman — was her partner in the number two spot of the lineup, and spent the majority of their match on the baseline. Knutson finished points at the service line with her flat, searing forehand.The freshman charged the net so aggressively on one point of the 6-2 win that she didn’t give herself the time to react to her opponents return, and was hit in the stomach by the shot when it came over the net.“I’ve played that way since I was a little girl,” Knutson said. “That’s my game, ripping it. I got hit in the belly once but we won… I got back at her for that.”However, near the end of the second set of her singles match in the third spot against Makarome, Knutson realized that power alone wouldn’t be the difference.Her opponent, weary of trying to match Knutson’s power, began to return with high, arcing shots in order to keep her off balance on the baseline. Knutson adjusted quickly, mixing her blistering pace with spin and drop shots to keep her opponent at bay.“I had to start creating a bit more motion,” Knutson said. “More short balls and spin. In the end, the variety made me better than her.”That brought Knutson to the “return and volley,” which she used to break serve and go up, 5-4, in the second set.On break point, Knutson brought pace on the first hit and then drew Makarome to the service line as she followed her shot. From there, Knutson went up the line for the winning hit.Knutson recalled SU head coach Younes Limam telling her and other players not to be nervous before the game, but that was never a problem for the freshman.And her performance Friday proved to be a source of even more confidence.“She stepped up, as a freshman,” Limam said, “and played some really good tennis.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Ginebra leans on Thompson’s lockdown defense, triple double in crucial win

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gin Kings head coach Tim Cone knew they couldn’t afford to let Pringle catch fire once more especially with the no. 6 spot in the standings, and a best-of-three quarterfinals series, hanging in the balance.Fortunately, Cone had a defensive dynamo in triple-double machine Scottie Thompson who could put breaks on Pringle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Thompson put the clamps on Pringle, limiting Globalport’s star to just 14 points, with only one field goal from two-point area, as the Gin Kings cruised to an easy 116-98 win in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.“I think the key to the game was how well Scottie Thompson played Pringle on defense,” said Cone Friday at Cuneta Astrodome. “I just felt he was outstanding, I don’t remember, I’m probably wrong, but I don’t remember Stanley getting a two-point shot.” Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs MOST READ When Stanley Pringle put up a career-high 50 points in Globalport’s previous game, Barangay Ginebra immediately took notice.ADVERTISEMENT NCAA Season 94 officially opens Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West “I just remember him scoring on a two-point shot at a transition layup. Scottie did a great job on limiting his touches and that was really the key,” added Cone.And Thompson did not just limit Pringle, but he also recorded his fourth career triple-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists.Ginebra also sealed the no. 6 seed wherein they won’t have a twice-to-beat disadvantage in the quarterfinals.“Coming into this game, I only had one focus but to limit him,” said Thompson, who helped the Gin Kings to their fifth straight win and a 6-5 record, in Filipino. “We really prepared for that because he just had 50 points.”“The coaching staff had a well thought of game plan and that was what brought us the victory,” added Thompson.ADVERTISEMENT Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View commentslast_img read more

You Are Privileged

first_imgSome people are better looking than you. Their stunning good looks brings them a lot of positive attention, and a lot of people want to help them. Their attractiveness provides them with a distinct advantage in some situations. They were born with the genetic privilege of attractiveness.Some people were born with a strong financial backing. Wealthy people have children. Through nothing but the good fortune of being born to people with a good-sized fortune, these people have all the privileges that come with wealth.Some people are far more athletic than you are. One kid in my eighth-grade class could slam dunk a basketball. He was only 5’10. He could also carry a football across the field without being touched. Some people are born with natural physical gifts. Athleticism is their privilege.Some people were born with a name. It probably doesn’t hurt to have been born a Kennedy, a Clinton, a Bush, a Gates or, in the future, a Zuckerberg. Not only do you have the wealth, you are also born with the privilege of the equity your family built up in their name. These people have the good fortune of a powerful family brand.Some people luck into something big. There are people who just happen to be in the right place at the right time. Through nothing but good luck, these people find their way into some deal that produces extraordinary success that they would never have had without fortune smiling upon them.Some people have the right connections. It’s very helpful to know the right people. A strong network of people who can recommend or vouch for you can open doors that would otherwise remain closed to you.Some people were born in a country with way more opportunity. If you were born in America, you are already in the top 1% of the world when it comes to wealth. You have a big head start over the vast majority of the world’s population. Being born here might be the only privilege you have.There are plenty of us that are born with the privilege of adversity. Instead of a head start, you may have been born with extraordinarily difficult challenges. You have the privilege of having had to grow, to learn, and to hustle. You have the privilege of pulling yourself up by your bootstraps. You have the privilege of building yourself from scratch. This is your privilege. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Win Football Memorabilia With The Elton John AIDS Foundation

first_imgThe Elton John AIDS Foundation is giving you the chance to win some fantastic football memorabilia, simply by supporting its work in creating an AIDS free future.The prizes include: One 2007/08 Barcelona kit signed by Thierry Henry Three 2007/08 Barcelona training shirts signed by Thierry Henry One 2007/08 Arsenal training kit signed by Emmanuel Adebayor One 2005 FA Pennant signed by Rio Ferdinand, Gary Neville and David JamesTo be in to win, click here and show your support for the Elton John AIDS Foundation before July 14.last_img read more

Bob Barker To Congress Stop NIHs Cruel Experiments On Baby Monkeys

first_imgAs Congress deliberates the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) budget bill for next year, every single member will receive a video message starring Bob Barker — but it’s no The Price Is Right retrospective.In a new video for PETA, the 91-year-old television icon calls for an end to NIH’s expensive, much-criticized maternal-deprivation experiments on infant monkeys.“At this government facility in Maryland, hundreds of baby monkeys are torn from their mothers,” Barker explains in the video, which goes on to reveal how experimenters subject the baby monkeys to years of experiments designed to cause, worsen, and measure their severe fear, depression, and anxiety. These experiments have never led to the development of treatments for human mental illness, but they’ve continued for more than 30 years, costing taxpayers more than $30 million in just the past seven years alone.“This project is approved to continue until 2017, but it needs to stop right now,” Barker concludes in the video. “Please be a champion for animals, taxpayers, and public health by acting now to help end the NIH’s abusive and wasteful experiments on baby monkeys.”In December, compassionate members of Congress called on NIH to conduct a thorough scientific and ethical review of the cruel experiments. In January, U.S. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard and Oscar-nominated actor James Cromwell co-hosted PETA’s standing-room-only congressional briefing on the cruelty of the experiments, their inapplicability to human health, and the superior non-animal research methods available to study mental illness. PETA has also enlisted the support of scientists such as Dr. Jane Goodall, celebrity psychotherapist Dr. Jenn Berman, conservative strategist Mary Matalin, members of Congress, and hundreds of thousands of citizens.For more information, please visit PETA.org/NIHChildAbuse.last_img read more

CREATIVE TRICKS FOOD STYLISTS USE TO ENTICE YOU

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Login/Register With: All featured products are curated independently by our editors. When you buy something through our retail links, we may receive a commission. (Photo: Courtesy of JGI/Jamie Grill/Getty Images) Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Recently a photographer friend sent me a video that appears to reveal clever tricks food stylists use to make certain dishes look more enticing on camera. It’s equal parts fascinating and horrifying: shoe polish brushed on chicken to make it look perfectly browned, fabric protector misted over pancakes to prevent the butter and syrup from soaking in, mashed potatoes tinged with food coloring and scooped to look like ice cream because the real thing melts too quickly, and white glue substituting for almost anything (e.g., chocolate syrup, melted cheese, and frosting).The problem is, most real food stylists don’t do any of this crazy stuff—at least not since digital photography became the norm. Sure, they handle food differently than you or I might at home since it’s their job to make it look tempting for a professional photo shoot, but some minimal corrections also happen in the editing room.That’s why we asked a couple of experts to share some of the creative tricks food stylists use to entice you.last_img read more