Australia testing possibility of reusing underground coal mine as a pumped hydro project

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Australia is studying plans to transform a disused underground coal mine into a pumped hydro facility, part of a wider effort to reuse retiring fossil fuel sites for renewable energy generation.The A$13 million ($9.9 million) pilot trial at the Newstan Colliery, in Fassifern, about 140 kilometers (87 miles) northeast of Sydney, could offer a blueprint for dozens of expiring mines that’ll be retired in coming decades, according to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.Studies will test whether the Centennial Coal Co. site, close to Lake Macquarie, can eventually support a 600-megawatt pumped hydro facility that would take advantage of its reservoir, grid connection and available water source. The results will also show if similar brownfield sites, including other coal operations, could also host renewables, ARENA said in a Friday statement.“By repurposing old sites and taking advantage of the features at those facilities, we can bring more clean energy projects online that bring down emissions and deliver the secure and reliable power Australians need,” Australia’s Energy and Emissions Reduction Minister Angus Taylor said in a separate statement.Pumped storage hydroelectric power plants, which push water uphill at times of low demand and then release it downhill to drive turbines that generate electricity when needed, have huge capacity for energy storage and can help back up intermittent generation from wind and solar plants.The Newstan trial is one of several similar projects in Australia. Genex Power Ltd. is planning to install a 250-megawatt pumped-hydro facility at a former gold mine in Queensland, along with solar and wind resources. At the former Drayton coal mine in New South Wales, Malabar Resources has won approval to develop a 25-megawatt solar farm.[Rob Verdonck]More: Old coal mines can win a second life as green energy hotspots Australia testing possibility of reusing underground coal mine as a pumped hydro projectlast_img read more

3 ways credit unions are driving growth

first_imgAccording to the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), credit unions had a record year in 2015, with 3.7 million new members bringing total membership to 102 million — surpassing the 100 million-mark for the first time ever. This impressive growth is not surprising when you consider these three ways credit unions are excelling.1. Creating top-rated appsBanking is becoming increasingly mobile, as checks are now frequently deposited and money can be transferred via the convenience of an application on a smart phone. According to a U.S. Federal Reserve System Survey conducted in 2015, 51 percent of mobile banking users had deposited a check using a banking app in the previous 12 months, a 38 percent increase from 2013. CUNA reported in 2013 that mobile payments were growing at an annual rate of 68 percent. Credit unions have taken note of this trend and responded, producing eight out of the top 10-rated banking apps, according to a ranking by MagnifyMoney, a financial-product comparison website. The overall highest scoring apps were from Eastman Credit Union, ESL Credit Union, Redstone Federal, SEFCU and VyStar, all scoring 4.7 out of 5 points, where 5 points is a perfect user rating. To generate its ranking, MagnifyMoney collected user ratings from iTunes and GooglePlay for 100 apps from the largest U.S. banks and credit unions. Users are most interested in an app that serves the same functions as the institution’s branch or website, MagnifyMoney found. continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

8 ways to give back during the holidays

first_imgSo whether giving back is already a family tradition or you want to start something new, pull your loved ones together and do something special for others — opportunities to lend a helping hand are plentiful.Figuring it out together — deciding where to focus effortsHow do you start? Bring everyone together to brainstorm ideas — it can bring energy and excitement to your family’s giving back plans.Be sure to give every family member an opportunity to express their ideas on:The value of giving backWhat they’d like to focus onCharitable activities they’re interested inTypes of donations the family could makeYou can explore whether your family prefers to give back in your local community — or expand into another area within the United States, or even around the world. This discussion alone can bring a common purpose to your family’s charitable efforts. continue reading » And giving as a family can be especially rewarding during the holiday season — when the spirit of community and generosity is in the air.center_img 40SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Play safe! Golf course following COVID-19 rules to keep players healthy

first_img“We view what we have, and golf in general, and certainly here at the Links as a very safe environment,” Bump said. Bump says The Links is only allowing members to walk the course, part of Cuomo’s decision, and has instituted 12-minute intervals between tee times for players to help spread golfers throughout the course. Jonathan Bump is the general manager for The Links at Hiawatha Landing Golf Course in Apalachin and has instituted policies to keep golfers safe. Governor Cuomo’s re-opening of courses was based on course management enforcing social distancing efforts, and no employees can work unless part of essential services such as grounds maintenance. Bump told 12 News the course has already opened on three separate occasions due to COVID-19’s impact on non-essential services. APALACHIN (WBNG) — As some golf courses across the state are re-opening, one local is making sure your day on the fairway is done the right way. The general manager believes the property’s 200-acre land gives people enough space to practice safe habits while playing a round of golf.last_img read more

Italy launches antibody tests for virus immunity in hard-hit Lombardy

first_imgRisks remainImmunity to the virus is little understood and hopes about its efficacy possibly exaggerated. Lacking data, virologists and epidemiologists must extrapolate information from past coronaviruses to make predictions. Experts believe at least 60 to 70 percent of a population must be immune to the virus in order to gradually wipe it out. But recent studies, such as one conducted in March and April by France’s Institut Pasteur, have found that so-called “herd immunity” was harder to attain than believed. At a high school in the Oise department, site of one of the country’s first outbreaks, researchers found only 26 percent of students, teachers and their families carried antibodies. Moreover, it is not known for how long immunity to coronavirus lasts, meaning there is a risk those deemed “immune” may be re-infected and pass along the virus to others. In the 2002-2003 SARS epidemic, those who had contracted the virus but recovered were immune for two to three years on average, according to Francois Balloux, director of the Genetics Institute at London’s University College.”One can certainly get reinfected but the question is, after how much time? We won’t know until retroactively,” Balloux told AFP.Even more risky, a person who has developed antibodies can still carry traces of the virus, and thus be contagious. Therefore, experts such as Italy’s Locatelli say antibody tests should be accompanied by swab testing.Immunologist Jean-Francois Delfraissy, who heads France’s scientific council formed to fight coronavirus, said many doubts remain. “We’re currently asking the question whether someone who has had COVID-19 … is as protected as we think,” said Delfraissy.Scientists must wait until more reliable data is available, said Saad Omer, director of the Yale Institute for Global Health.”It’s too premature,” Omer told AFP. “We should be able to get clearer data very quickly — in a couple of months — when there will be reliable antibody tests with sensitivity and specificity.” Although Germany has already started nation-wide antibody tests and countries such as Finland and Britain have announced plans to roll them out, many questions remain about how reliable data derived from the tests will be.Health authorities have said 20,000 tests would be performed every day in Lombardy. First to be tested are those in the worst-hit provinces: health workers, those under quarantine showing coronavirus symptoms and those they have been in contact with, as well as others with mild symptoms.Authorities hope to roll out the tests to the wider region after April 29. The head of Italy’s National Health Council, Franco Locatelli, said last month antibody tests would help authorities determine the spread of the coronavirus.  Data would also provide “very relevant information on herd immunity” which would useful in developing strategies to help restart the country, he said, such as who could be allowed to go back to work.The kits, made by Italian biotech firm DiaSorin, look for the presence of antibodies in the blood. Such antibodies indicate that the person has been exposed to the virus, pointing to some level of immunity. They differ from the more common swab tests, which test molecules from nasal secretions to determine whether a person currently has the virus. Lombardy’s swab testing has revealed that 24 percent of those tested have the virus. Italy began conducting antibody tests in one northern region on Thursday seeking information about coronavirus immunity to help guide authorities as they reopen the long locked-down country.Lombardy, the region hardest-hit by the coronavirus crisis in Europe’s worst-affected country, is betting that the science about “herd immunity” derived from the blood tests will help the prosperous industrial region return to work faster and safer. Nearly 13,000 people have already died of the virus in densely populated Lombardy, whose capital is Milan — or more than half of Italy’s total dead. Topics :last_img read more

Retirement living has taken a new direction – up

first_imgInside the master suite of the Birtinya Retirement Village display homeAn on site allied health professional will give residents access to health education sessions, exercise programs and a range of group fitness classes. Due for completion in mid-2018, Birtinya Retirement Village provides a mix of one, two and three-bedroom apartments with views of Lake Kawana and the Glasshouse Mountains hinterland. The village is pet friendly, with a dog park to be constructed nearby.It is a short walk to Bokarina Beach, hospitals, the Ocean side Health Precinct and the future Birtinya Town Centre.Stockland recently announced it had received planning approvals for the town centre, which will include a shopping centre, service station, entertainment precinct, hotel, apartments, drive-through restaurants, a town square with green space, and a walkable waterfront along Lake Kawana. “Retirement Living has taken a new direction on the Sunshine Coast,” Ms Barton said. Inside the living area of the Birtinya Retirement Village display homeThe first display apartments at Stockland’s $63 million vertical retirement village at Birtinya are now open. The display apartments feature open plan layouts with extensive natural light, eye-catching timber elements and spacious balconies to capture ocean breezes. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Stockland’s regional development manager for retirement living Pauline Barton said the apartments had been styled to demonstrate the latest trends in homewares and accessories. “Each apartment comes with all the mod-cons as quality brand appliances, airconditioning, and access to superfast broadband internet,” she said.Birtinya Retirement Village is an eight-storey vertical village in the heart of the Sunshine Coast’s fast-growing Ocean side Kawana precinct. The village includes secure undercover parking with each apartment, guest parking, manicured gardens and a two-storey clubhouse and wellness centre with a gym, yoga studio, hair salon, bar lounge, billiards room and resort pool.last_img read more

Lindsay Mitchell: Sole Parents and the Link to Child Poverty

first_imgNewsTalk ZB 30 May 2016A new report has identified a strong link between sole parent families and child poverty.The report author, Lindsay Mitchell helps explain what’s been called the ‘elephant in the room’.LISTEN HERE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img

La Liga names match referee for Real Madrid’s tie against Villarreal

first_img Promoted Content7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Breathtaking Train Stations Around The Globe5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks Loading… Read Also: Eden Hazard struggles to bounce back at Real Madrid “I asked him if he has a personal problem with me.” While Real Madrid’s results with Hernandez Hernandez haven’t been positive, with just two victories in the last 10 matches with Hernandez Hernandez at the helm. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez will be in charge of Real Madrid’s penultimate game of the LaLiga Santander season on Thursday against Villarreal at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano. The Technical Referees Committee released the list of the referees who will officiate the Matchday 37 games on Tuesday. Los Blancos were not happy about Hernandez Hernandez’s refereeing in some of their games in the past. In fact, Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos had previously expressed his displeasure about some of the Hernandez’s decisions after a 1-0 defeat to Levante earlier in the current campaign. “I’m annoyed with this referee,” Ramos said back in February.Advertisementlast_img read more

COVID positive tests occurring locally again

first_imgStatewide—The Indiana State Department of Health has reported that 452additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19.  A total of 36,096 Indiana residents have tested positive for the coronavirus.  To date, 285,243 tests have been reported to ISDH at a 12.7% positive rate and 20 new deaths were reported for a total of 2,052 Hoosiers have died to date.Decatur County has a total of 231 positive cases and 31 deaths, Franklin County has 116 positive cases and 8 deaths, and Ripley County has 108 positive cases and 6 deaths according to numbers reported to the Indiana State Department of Health.last_img

Borini hints at training return

first_img The 22-year-old Italian, whose first year at Anfield has been marred by injuries, was ruled out for the rest of the season after dislocating the joint and undergoing surgery in February. Borini, a £10.5million signing from Roma last summer, missed three months earlier in the campaign with a broken foot. Liverpool striker Fabio Borini is poised to return to full training as he steps up his recovery from a shoulder injury. Borini wrote on Twitter: “Who i should be and who I feel to be” today first full training after injury!!! #be #firstraining #back #happy.” Borini has scored just one goal in 16 appearances since joining the Reds. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more