55,000 Messages Against FirstEnergy Bailout for Aging Plants

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享From the Associated Press:Two proposed power agreements in Ohio are seeing a pushback campaign organized by alternative energy supporters.The Alliance for Energy Choice says nearly 55,000 emails have been sent to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, Gov. John Kasich’s office and state legislators over the past two weeks.The messages raise objections to separate proposals by Akron-based FirstEnergy and Columbus-based AEP that ask regulators to permit rate increases to maintain certain aging coal-fired and nuclear plants.Major appliance, steel and chemical companies, consumer groups and many energy-related entities are against one or both deals. The Sierra Club has parted with some other environmental groups and supports AEP’s plan.FirstEnergy, AEP deals in Ohio prompt 55K protest emails 55,000 Messages Against FirstEnergy Bailout for Aging Plantslast_img read more

Modi writes ‘golden history’ launching Hindu temple on Kashmir anniversary

first_imgThis triggered religious riots that killed 2,000 people, most of them Muslims.A lengthy legal battle ensued, but in November India’s top court awarded the site to Hindus, allowing a temple “touching the sky” to be built on top of the ruined mosque.Wednesday’s elaborate religious ceremony, involving priests in saffron masks, bricks made of silver and 135 living saints, was broadcast live on television.Images that appeared to show how the temple would look like when completed were displayed in New York’s Times Square.  Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said “golden history” was written Wednesday as he launched construction of a new Hindu temple at a flashpoint religious site that has sparked some of the country’s bloodiest sectarian violence.The colorful ceremony in Ayodhya, with Modi surrounded by saffron-clad priests, came on the first anniversary of the removal of the special status enjoyed by divided Kashmir, India’s only Muslim-majority region.For his Hindu nationalist supporters, both steps confirm Modi as a decisive, visionary and heroic leader — and India’s most important in decades. ‘India exposed’ But in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, Prime Minister Imran Khan led a rally as “solidarity marches” took place in major cities.”India stands exposed before the world, yet again, as an oppressor and aggressor,” Khan said in a statement.Other actions have also alarmed Modi’s critics and delighted his fans.Last year, a new law made it easier for millions of illegal immigrants from three neighboring countries to get citizenship — but not if they are Muslims.More may be in the pipeline, including a mooted nationwide register obliging people to prove they are Indian, and a uniform civil code doing away with Islamic rules in areas such as marriage.”Clearly, it’s full speed ahead with the Hindu nationalist agenda,” Kugelman said. Crackers and dancing Small celebrations took place across India including in Pune where people danced around a Ram statue and in Amritsar where Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) youth members burned crackers.Modi, 69, sharing a stage with the head of the RSS militaristic hardline Hindu group, compared the building of the temple to India’s struggle for independence from Britain.”Just as 15 August [Independence Day] symbolizes the untiring tenacity, millions of sacrifices and the fervent desire for freedom… similarly this day reminds of the sacrifice made by several generations… for the Ram temple,” he said.”A wait that lasted centuries is ending today. Golden history has been scripted.”Modi’s biographer, Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay, told AFP earlier that the premier was looking to “make his position permanently in history” on the strength of this temple.Further cementing his place in the country’s annals is his action on Kashmir, divided between India and Pakistan since 1947 and the spark of two wars and much bloodshed.The BJP had long seen the special status enjoyed by the part of Kashmir controlled by India as a historical wrong, and on August 5 last year, Modi abolished it.An accompanying security operation turned the region into a fortress for weeks, with all telecommunications cut and thousands taken into custody.Even now, India has “maintained stifling restraints on Kashmiris in violation of their basic rights”, according to Human Rights Watch.People from outside Kashmir are now allowed to buy land for the first time, igniting fears Modi wants to change the region’s demographic makeup with an Israel-style “settler” project.Fearing protests ahead of the anniversary, thousands of Indian troops imposed a tight curfew in Kashmir and the streets were largely deserted.center_img His critics see him as remolding the officially secular country of 1.3 billion as a Hindu nation at the expense of India’s 200 million Muslims, and taking it in an authoritarian direction.”Modi has certainly been India’s most transformative leader in recent memory,” Michael Kugelman, from the Wilson Center, told AFP, making him “wildly popular, but also highly controversial and quite divisive”.The holy city of Ayodhya in northern India has long been a religious tinderbox, providing the spark for some of its worst sectarian violence.In 1992, a Hindu mob destroyed a centuries-old mosque there that they believed had been built on the birthplace of Ram, an important deity. Topics :last_img read more

James “Jim” Frakes

first_imgJames “Jim” Frakes, 74 of Dillsboro passed away Wednesday January 27, 2016 at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg. Jim was born Tuesday October 7, 1941 in Lawrenceburg the son of Harold and Mary (Armstrong) Frakes. He married Evelyn (Wilson) Frakes February 16, 1963 and she survives. Jim was member of the Baptist Church and the Teamsters Local 135. He enjoyed watching NASCAR, mowing his lawn, fishing, collecting antiques, and always there to lend a helping hand. Jim loved spending time with his grandchildren, great-grandchild and friends.Jim is survived by wife: Evelyn Frakes of Dillsboro, son: Rick Frakes of Cross Plains, daughter: Lisa (Larry) Moore Versailles, sister: Linda Craig of Sweetwater, TN; 3 Grandchildren Thomas James (Rebekah) Mathis, Brandi and Jamie Cole. 1 Great-Grand child: Hallie MathisFuneral services will be at 11:00AM Monday February 1, 2016 at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, with Rev. Tom Fehrman officiating.  Burial will follow in Grandview Memorial Gardens at Madison. Visitation will be 5-7PM Sunday January 31, 2016 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the St. Jude’s Children Hospital or Dillsboro Life Squad. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, 707 South Main Street, Box 243 Milan, IN 47031. (812)654-2141. Go to www.lawscarrmoore.com to leave an online condolence message.last_img read more

“Tactics will determine player positions”- Kwesi Appiah

first_imgBlack Stars head coach, Kwesi Appiah, says there are no fixed positions in his team and that, players will be deployed based on the opposition and the strategy for matches.Fans of the team have called for certain changes to be made in where some players have been used during the tournament and such conversations have been dominated by campaigns to have Thomas Partey, Andre Ayew and Kwadwo Asamoah used in certain roles.Fan clamour for Atletico Madrid’s Partey to be played as a “number 10” went up a few notches after he scored Ghana’s second against Guinea-Bissau. For fans, Appiah’s decision to move the player further up the field into an attacking position should the way to go for the rest of the tournament.Appiah has responded to fans of the team and has revealed that the objectives for a match will determine where players will function on the pitch.“You see, sometimes, a coach might take some decisions and they might be right or wrong.Sometimes, you can decide to put in some players because they have pace. If that tactical play works, good. If it does not, you look at moving players about.The most important thing is that your players should be able to adapt to the positions you put them in. It helps because at any given time, you can move them about in a game.But I cannot assure that it will be the same players in the same positions because you play them according to the team that you meet and the tactics they use to make sure that you are able to cope with them.”Appiah and his charges will train on Friday night in Ismailia ahead of their Round of 16 clash with Tunisia on July 8.The match will be the 8th between the two teams in the history of the AFCON. Ghana has won 7 of the matches with the other ending in a 1-1 draw in the 1963 tournament.last_img read more

Five matches on Saturday, three on Sunday

first_imgAfter the winter break, football players of BIH Premier League clubs will start playing on Saturday and on Sunday.On Saturday,in the 16th round of BiH Premier League Čelik will play against Sarajevo, Zvijezda against Borac, Rudnik against Velež, Rudar Prijedor against Olimpic, Željezničar against Travnik.On Sunday, Gošk will play against Gradina, Zrinjski against Leotar, Slavija against Široki Brijeg.Matches of the 16th round:Saturday, 14:00:Čelik – Sarajevo (Ognjen – Valjić)14:30:Radnik – Velež (Goran Paradžik)Rudar – Olimpic (Tomislac Ćuić)Zvijezda – Borac (Vladimir Bjelica)19:00:Željezničar – Travnik (Predrag Stankić)Sunday, 14:30:Slavija – Široki Brijeg (Emir Alečković)Zrinjski – Leotar (Edin Jakupović)GOŠK – Gradina (Irfan Peljto)last_img read more