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Renewables ‘more attractive’ for UK pension funds after subsidy cuts

first_imgHe told delegates at an infrastructure conference organised by the Financial Times that subsidies were needed to bring down the cost of energy generation, but that the “heavy” subsidy was always difficult for the government to sustain.“Those projects always had that risk,” he said, “whereas now, because the subsidy level is much lower going forward, the cost-production level of renewable projects is much less.“[The changes to subsidies are] actually a much more attractive and sustainable way of providing that power into the UK grid.”His views were shared by Mike Weston, chief executive of the Pensions Infrastructure Platform (PiP), who told IPE that certainty was “absolutely essential” when investing in long-term, buy-and-hold projects.“If you’re saying ‘Well, I can forecast that out five years, and after that it all gets woolly because we might have a new government in five years’ time that changes the policy’, then you inevitably have to put a risk premium on,” he said.“And then, ultimately, the projects get more expensive to be done, and the economics get more unpredictable.”The Church Commissioners indirectly own several wind farms, having acquired the land on which they sit as part of a farmland portfolio in 2014.They are also working with energy company Lightsource to develop solar power opportunities for rural property owned by the Church, and exploring the possibilities for wind farms on other rural real estate assets within its portfolio.The PiP, meanwhile, has recently launched a solar fund managed by Aviva.Click here for more on the pipeline of renewable projects ahead of the Paris climate change conference The UK government’s scaling back of feed-in tariffs for renewable energy makes energy projects more attractive and sustainable, according to the Church of England’s pension manager.Changes to subsidies for renewable projects, including rooftop solar, anaerobic digestion plants and wind farms, have been criticised in some quarters, coming ahead of the UK climate change conference in Paris.However, according to the Church Commissioners, responsible for managing the pension funds and endowments of the Church of England, the scaling back of subsidies may help in the long term.Roy Kuo, head of alternative strategies, said renewables were “more attractive” in the wake of the changes than they were before the cuts were announced.last_img read more

Health officials investigate Hepatitis A outbreak

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is working with local health departments in southern Indiana to respond to a recent increase in hepatitis A cases, many of which are tied to a large outbreak in Kentucky.In the last month, 17 cases of hepatitis A have been confirmed statewide, including 11 in Clark and Floyd counties. Since Jan. 1, ISDH has confirmed 40 cases of hepatitis A statewide. Typically, fewer than 20 cases are confirmed each year in Indiana.Many of the southern Indiana cases have involved inmates in the Clark County Jail. However, an elementary school in Clark County and a Bob Evans restaurant on State Street in New Albany also have been impacted.“Hepatitis A is a highly contagious virus, and seeing this many cases in such a short timeframe is concerning,” said State Health Commissioner Kris Box, MD, FACOG. “We are working closely with our local partners to identify individuals who may have been exposed and to halt the transmission of disease.”Hepatitis A is a viral infection of the liver. It is generally transmitted via fecal-oral routes or through consumption of contaminated food or water. Individuals can contract the virus through contact with:Foods prepared or served by an infected person(s)Stool or blood of an infected person(s)Inanimate objects that may have trace amounts of fecal material from hand contactShared syringes or “works” used to inject drugsSymptoms vary greatly, from severe to none at all, and may include loss of appetite, nausea, fatigue, fever, stomach ache, dark (cola) colored urine and light colored stools. Jaundice (yellowing of the eyes or skin) may appear a few days after the onset of these symptoms. Individuals can become ill 15 to 50 days after being exposed to the virus. Most people who get hepatitis A feel sick for several weeks, but they usually recover completely and do not have lasting liver damage. However, hospitalization and, in rare cases, death can occur.Anyone who is exhibiting symptoms of hepatitis A should contact a healthcare provider immediately. Individuals with symptoms should not prepare or serve food to others and should wash hands thoroughly with soap and water before and after eating and after restroom use. Food handlers in schools, hospitals, restaurants and other facilities that serve large numbers of people are encouraged to get vaccinated, which is the best way to prevent hepatitis A.Since 2014, Indiana has required that children be vaccinated for hepatitis A prior to the start of the school year. Therefore, children in kindergarten through grade 3 have likely been immunized against the disease. Older children and adults may not have been immunized and are urged to check their vaccination status.Healthcare providers are encouraged to ask patients about risk factors for hepatitis A, which include:Travel to countries with high rates of hepatitisMen who have sex with menInjection drug useA diagnosis of chronic liver diseaseDirect contact with individuals who have hepatitis AFor a complete list of populations that might be at higher risk for hepatitis A, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. Additional information is online here.Visit the Indiana State Department of Health website or follow on Twitter or Facebook.at http://www.in.gov/isdh/ or follow us on Twitter at @StateHealthIN and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/isdh1.last_img read more

Boys Area Basketball Scores (2-16)

first_imgBoys Area Basketball ScoresSaturday  (2-16)Beech Grove  60     Batesville  52Rushville  50     Oldenburg  44Greensburg  62     South Ripley  43Jac-Cen-Del  63     South Decatur  50Connersville  52     Lawrenceburg  40Switz. County  68     South Dearborn  59Indian Creek  56     Hauser  49Eminence  56     Waldron  53  (OT)SW-Hanover  67     Scottsburg  55Edinburgh  58     Shawe Memorial  34Shelbyville  74     Morristown  60Bloomington South  86     Jennings County  60last_img

Ralph Wenning

first_imgRalph Wenning, age 88 of Batesville, died Monday, April 8, 2019 at Margaret Mary Health.  Born January 3, 1931 in Batesville, he is the son of Hilda (Nee: Schebler) and Frank Wenning.  He served in the Marines during the Korean War.  After the service he married Rosemary Giltz May 5, 1956 at St. Louis Church and worked as a machinist for the Hill-Rom company 46 years before retiring in 1995.  He was a member of St. Louis Church, The Knights of Columbus Council #1461 and the Ripley County V.F.W. Post #3183.A woodworker, scores of people have one of Ralph’s bird houses he built, but he also made children’s toys, holiday decorations and heirloom quality furniture as well.  He loved Batesville High School basketball, was an avid Reds fan and was passionate about golf.  His family pointed out that enjoying golfing and being good at it are two different things though.  Ralph and Rosie took numerous bus trips to several parts of the country, but visits to the Smokey Mountains were always their favorite.  Ralph also liked to get in the car to go for drive to nowhere in particular.He is survived by his wife Rosie; daughters Mary Kay Mollaun of Norwalk, Ohio, Brenda Moorman of Batesville, Jackie Fitzgerald of Plainfield, Indiana, Connie Grider of Indianapolis, Kim Wenning of Indianapolis; sister Marlene Camarota of Mason, Ohio; brothers Eugene Wenning of Ocala, Florida, Don Wenning of Batesville, Jim Wenning of Madison, Indiana; seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.  In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by sisters Pauline Huenke, Kathleen Scheidler; brother Bob Wenning and granddaughter Kayla Fitzgerald.Visitation is Thursday, April 11th, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home.  Funeral services are 10 a.m. Friday, April 12th, at St. Louis Church with Rev. Stan Pondo officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military honors conducted by the Batesville V.F.W. Post #3183 and the Prell-Bland American Legion Post #271.  The family requests memorials to the Oldenburg Academy Fieldhouse Fund or the Batesville High School Basketball Program.last_img read more

Joe “Goob” Gruber February 10, 1979 – August 11, 2019

first_imgJoe “Goob” Gruber, age 40 of West Harrison, Indiana passed away Sunday, August 11, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Born February 10, 1979 in Cincinnati, Ohio the son of John and Gail (Becker) Gruber.Joe graduated from William Henry Harrison High School in 1997. Married Heidi Gillespie September 20, 2008 in Gatlinburg, Tennessee and worked for Richard Goettle, Inc. as a Lead Mechanic and Equipment Manager for many years and a Union Local #18 member.Joe is survived by his Beloved wife Heidi Gruber, Loving father of daughters Zoey and Leighla Gruber. Cherished son of John and Gail Gruber, dear brother of Jean (Randy) Creek. Uncle of Toby, Tessa, Camden, Talli, Carly and Tanner. Joe is also survived by his mother in law Mandy Gillespie and brother in laws Trent (Tammy) Gillespie and Dylan Gillespie.Visitation will be held Friday, August 16, 2019 from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. and Saturday, August 17, 2019 from 10:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 12:00 P.M. all at Jackman Hensley Funeral Home 215 Broadway Street Harrison, Ohio 45030. Burial will follow at Drewersburg Cemetery West Harrison, Indiana.last_img read more

Pellegrini defends Toure

first_img The Ivorian has not matched the standards he set during a brilliant 2013-14 campaign, with critics coming out in force after Wednesday’s Champions League loss at Bayern Munich. The 31-year-old’s fitness, body language, commitment and defensive work were all questioned after a particularly ineffectual second-half display at the Allianz Arena. There were also suggestions the City talisman could be past his best. Toure’s disappointing form comes after a turbulent summer in which he criticised the club and speculation arose over his future. But Pellegrini insists those issues have not affected him and any lack of edge could be down to the impact of the loss of his younger brother Ibrahim to cancer in June. Pellegrini, speaking at a press conference, said: “He is a player that makes a difference in big games. “Maybe some of you think it’s strange he is not in the best moment, but we started the season and maybe he had a lot of personal problems with his brother, not what was said in the media, but in what he feels about it. There are a lot of human things and maybe that is why he is not in his best performance at the moment. “I think as a team, as a coach, as a club we must support him because he is a very important player. He makes a difference and I’m sure he will return to his best.” Pellegrini claims criticism is nothing new to Toure. Even last season, when he played a key role in City’s title success and scored 20 league goals, he had moments of indifference and was described by former Blues midfielder Dietmar Hamann as a “liability”. Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes Yaya Toure’s form could be suffering as he comes to terms with his brother’s death. And Pellegrini, whose renowned man-management skills were a key factor in his appointment at the Etihad Stadium, has offered the club’s full support to his star midfielder. Pellegrini’s thoughts throw a different light on Toure’s below-par performances in the opening weeks of the new season. Pellegrini said: “I think Yaya in the last season, when he was in his best moment, always received criticism about how he plays. “It is very easy to say he should score 20 goals but must also defend and have better pace, and a lot of (other) things. I don’t think Yaya has any problem.” Pellegrini did not answer a question about whether Toure could be left out of the side to give him time to refocus. The Chilean said: “What I think about the players I talk with the players personally.” City return to Barclays Premier League action on Sunday in a crunch clash against leaders and chief title rivals Chelsea at Eastlands. City could give a home debut to Chelsea’s all-time leading goalscorer Frank Lampard, who was released by the Stamford Bridge club in the summer and is now on loan from New York City. There were reports at the time of his signing that Lampard, 36, would be reluctant to play against Chelsea but Pellegrini insists that is not true. The 61-year-old said: “Frank is part of our squad. I don’t think it is a difficult situation for him. “I think Frank didn’t continue at Chelsea because they didn’t want him, not because he wanted to come here to Manchester City. “He can’t continue playing in the team he played his whole life, but he has all the rights to continue playing football. He arrived here and we are very happy with him.” Pellegrini also denied there is an issue with new defender Eliaquim Mangala, who has still not featured since his £32million signing from Porto last month. He said: “He needs some time to understand the way we defend. He is ready and maybe he will be involved soon in our team. “The other important reason is that I think (Vincent) Kompany and (Martin) Demichelis are in a very good moment. They are defending very well and that is why for the moment he is not playing.” Press Associationlast_img read more

WATCH LIVE: 5th Day Of Impeachment Hearings In House Intel Committee

first_imgA 5th day of public impeachment hearings is underway in the House Intelligence Committee.Today’s witnesses include Fiona Hill and David Holmes.Hill is a former official with the National Security Council and Holmes is a counselor for political affairs at the U.S. embassy in Ukraine.Hill is pushing back on the notion that it was Ukraine and not Russia that meddled in the 2016 presidential election. Hill says in her opening statement that Russia is ready to meddle again in 2020 and remains a serious threat to this nation’s democracy. Hill was the top Russia expert in the White House until she left her post in the summer. President Trump and some Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee have suggested it was Ukraine and not Russia that meddled in the 2016 election. Experts have said that conspiracy theory was started by Russia. Hill and foreign service counselor David Holmes are testifying today in the impeachment inquiry.last_img read more

Transport take first innings points against Third Class in second-division clash

first_img-Nandan and Ramsammy hit centuriesTRANSPORT Sports Club (TSC) settled for first innings points against Third Class in a rain-affected fixture of the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA), Noble House Seafoods Second-Division Two-Day competition over the weekend.TSC won the toss and opted to take first strike. It proved a good decision as Devaughn Nandan and Mark Ramsammy stroked centuries. The pair batted their team to a formidable total of 335-5 in just 38 overs.Thirteen-year-old Alvin Mohabir spun his way to 4-22 for Transport.Nandan struck 14 fours and eight sixes in a score of 114, while Ramsammy caressed 17 fours and two sixes in a top score of 117.Sunil Singh supported with 39. Bowling for Third Class, Mark Roopchand finished with 2-79.SPIN/PACE COMBINATIONThird Class, who were undone by the spin/pace combination of 13-year-old national U-15 cricketer, Alvin Mohabir, and Kevin Ross, fell in 20 overs for 77 (Anand Persaud top scored with 24).Mohabir, who made his second-division debut in this match, flighted his off-spinners well to finish with figures of 4-22, while medium pacer, Ross, grabbed 4-24.By the end of play on Saturday, Transport, who were looking to secure maximum batting points, had reached 40-1 in their second innings, but several interruptions led them to 151-6 declared yesterday. Unfortunately, rain forced the umpires to call off the game at 15:45hrs, with Third Class yet to bat a second time, resulting in a draw.Mark Ramsammy finished with 17 fours and two sixes in a top score of 117.Shaun Massiah and Ramsammy scored 23 and 22 runs respectively. Lenny Panchan spun his way to 5-41 to lead Third Class’s bowling attack.last_img read more

Women of Troy nab fourth-place finish behind Buckley

first_imgThe USC women’s cross-country team competed in its final non-championship race of the season, finishing fourth at the 2011 Cal State Fullerton Titan Invitational. The 5K course wound around the Cal State Fullerton campus, resulting in a flat, fast race.The team, consisting of only seven of USC’s runners, finished behind Cal State San Marcos, UCLA and UC Santa Barbara for a total time of 1:33:42.00, or an 18:44.40 average.Junior Shelby Buckley led the team with a fifth-place finish and a time of 17:43.8, setting her collegiate 5K personal record.“[Buckley] competed very well and her racing instincts seem to be coming back,” USC coach Tom Walsh said. “This will help her mentally and physically as we head to Tempe next week for the Pac-12 championships.”The next USC runner to cross the finish line was junior Kelly Owen in 24th place with 18:32.3, only a few seconds off her personal record set at last year’s Titan Invitational. Owen was followed closely by freshman Austin Lundin with a time of 18:39.2, another personal best. Junior Jessica Lundin finished in 36th, followed by freshman Erin Matranga in 38th. Rounding out the USC team were sophomore Anna Burger, with a 20:03.3 time in 46th place and sophomore Francesca Adamski, placing 55th with 20:51.5.“Kelly Owen and Austin Lundin both had excellent races,” Walsh said. “Owen passed five girls in the last 150 meters to finish up a strong race. Lundin really pushed the last mile of the race.”Owen, typically seen as a middle-distance runner, has performed well in this season’s long-distance cross-country races. Her impressive results in 5K and 6K races this season have made her a valuable asset to the team. Freshman Austin Lundin also shattered her previous personal best of 19:25.0.The Titan Invitational was the last for all runners except Buckley, who will compete next weekend at the Pac-12 championships in Tempe, Ariz. The seven girls entered in that race are Buckley, freshmen Erica Capellino, Kira Soderstrom, Erin Robinson and Shannon Byrne, sophomore Jaclyn Walles and redshirt freshman Katie DeYoung.“Everything is on target for this team to run its best race of the season next week at the Pac-12 championships,” Walsh said.last_img read more

Baseball defeats Long Beach in extra innings

first_imgAfter this much-needed win, the Trojans look ahead to a home series against No. 1 UCLA. At the two team’s last contest in early March, the Bruins beat the Trojans 7-5. The series’ first pitch is 7 p.m. Friday at Dedeaux Field. Long Beach opted to sub in junior pitcher Zak Baayoun during the middle of the second, but the Dirtbags’ luck did not change. After an uneventful first inning, USC jumped ahead to a 4-run lead at the top of the second inning. The offensive surge began early in the frame when sophomore infielder Ben Ramirez drove a leadoff double to right center field. Freshman catcher Tyler Lozona followed Ramirez’s hit with with a sacrifice bunt to advance Ramirez to third base. Sophomore infielder Ben Ramirez hits against UCLA at Dodger Stadium March 10. “I thought it was a great team win,” USC head coach Dan Hubbs said in an interview with USC Athletics. “If you don’t love playing these types of games — where it’s tied in the ninth and you got a chance to win — then you’re playing the wrong sport.” Before the frame ended, senior infielder Chase Bushor tacked on 1 more run for the Trojans with a sacrifice fly to advance junior infielder John Thomas and gave USC a 4-0 lead entering the bottom of the second frame. The Trojans defeated Long Beach State 8-5 in 10 innings at Blair Field Stadium in Long Beach Tuesday night. Entering the fourth inning, USC looked to build on a 4-1 lead. But Long Beach’s lineup caught fire during the bottom half of the frame, and a two-out rally made the prospect of a comeback became very real for the Dirtbags. Freshman infielder Tyler Porter provided just that, with a clutch RBI single to push Estrada home and send the game into extra innings. At the top of the ninth with the bases loaded, Ramirez lined up a Dirtbags fastball to left field to score Chase Bushor and give the Trojans a 5-4 lead. Long Beach attempted to limit the damage after giving up the lead but entered the bottom of the frame looking for an answer.center_img With the bases loaded, junior outfielder Brady Shockey singled to left center field to push Trojans senior infielder Brandon Perez and freshman outfielder Preston Hartsell across home for his fifth and sixth RBI of the season. Shockey’s hit extended the Trojans’ lead to 3 runs. The inning only worsened from there for the Dirtbags. Redshirt sophomore pitcher Matt Fields couldn’t find the strike zone and walked three Trojans in a row to push Ramirez across home plate, making the score 1-0 USC. Both teams struggled offensively throughout the next four frames. After giving up the lead in the fourth, sophomore pitcher John Beller settled in and threw four scoreless innings for the Trojans. Beller finished the game having allowed only six hits over five innings pitched before junior pitcher Chris Clarke took over for the game’s final frames. The rally began when senior outfielder Brooks Stotler hit an RBI triple over center field to score 2 for the Dirtbags and cut their deficit to 1. Estrada immediately followed up with an RBI single to score Stotle and tie the game 4-4. Both teams were looking to bounce back after disappointing weekend performances. The Trojans dropped all three of their weekend games on the road against Washington, while Cal State Fullerton swept the Dirtbags in Long Beach.   In the 10th frame, the bases were loaded once again for USC when junior pitcher CJ Stubbs lined up a bases-clearing RBI triple to score three Trojans and give USC a 3-run lead. Clarke closed out the final frame to secure the win 8-5. In the third inning, Long Beach’s fortunes began to change. Baayoun retired three Trojans in order for a 1-2-3 inning. At the bottom of the frame, the Dirtbags cut their deficit to three after a double by junior outfielder Calvin Estrada flew over the heads of USC junior pitcher Gus Culpo and senior infielder Brandon Perez to push a Dirtbag home. The match was the second meeting between the two teams this season, as the Trojans relied on hot bats and a strong performance from their bullpen to beat the Dirtbags 5-2 in their first meeting at Dedeaux Field last week. last_img read more