Limerick Council housing department meets a wall of criticism

first_imgNewsLocal NewsLimerick Council housing department meets a wall of criticismBy Alan Jacques – March 13, 2015 1187 TAGSCllr Francis FoleyCllr Jerome ScanlanCllr John SheahanCllr Liam GalvinCllr Michael CollinsCllr Seamus BrowneFianna FáilFine GaellimerickLimerick City and County CouncilMunicipal District of Newcastle WestSinn Fein by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Cllr Liam GalvinLIMERICK City and County Council’s housing department came under heavy fire as councillors expressed their discontent with how it’s been run since the merger of the two local authorities last year.At this month’s Newcastle West municipal district meeting, Fine Gael councillor Liam Galvin said it was “scandalous” that he had to put a motion on the agenda to get works carried out at a council house in Garravane, Mountcollins.“I’m not happy with how the housing department is being run. It’s not working. After exhausting every other avenue, I have had to put this on the agenda to try alleviate problems for a young family with young children,” he explained.Cllr Galvin said the house was damp and cold and had problems with leaks. An estimated €50,000 had originally been spent by the Council on works when it was purchased for social housing stock, but local councillors raised serious questions about the workmanship involved.He warned the council that he would address issues in regards social housing through motions at public meetings if the housing department didn’t up its game.“I’m a little perturbed that this issue had to be brought up at a council meeting and I’m disturbed to hear work had already been carried out in this house. Who signed off on the work?” Fine Gael councillor John Sheahan asked.Sinn Fein councillor Seamus Browne said he was disappointed that Cllr Galvin was forced to take such drastic measures to get this work completed for a young family.“Our housing stock is deteriorating rapidly and has been for many years. The same standards in the private sector do not seem to apply to the local authority. There are houses out there with no insulation,” he claimed.Fine Gael councillor Jerome Scanlan told the council executive that their tenants were expected to pay local property tax, but didn’t get the same service as that expected by tenants from landlords in the private sector.“Rents in Newcastle West are around €135 a week,” he said.Fianna Fail councillor Francis Foley asked that the Council take inventory of its social housing stock and provide money to upgrade it.“Some of these homes haven’t been upgraded in over 20 years. House are freezing, people have no insulation, yet rents are going up,” he said.Cllr Michael Collins (FF), an auctioneer in Newcastle West, said that no one at the Council was taking responsibility for this problem. When his fellow councillors asked his opinion on the current value of council house in Garravane, Mountcollins, Cllr Collins estimated it to be worth around €30,000.Area engineer Ben Noonan said that contact had been made with the tenants to deal with issues of dampness in their home. Linkedin Mayor welcomes the re-opening of non-essential retail across Limerick Call for ban on use of helium balloons in Limerick Seven Limerick post offices confirmed for closure Print Email Facebookcenter_img Advertisement Previous articleEstuary run to recall Larry’s community spiritNext articleLarge numbers at elevated Rás Luimní Alan Jacques WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR New role for Cllr John Sheahan Plaque unveiled to West Limerick man honouring his contribution to Sikh Culture and Religion Twitter Limerick Council social housing policy in ‘tatters’last_img read more

Northwest MEP to look into possibility of European funding to help LGH recovery

first_img Facebook Northwest MEP to look into possibility of European funding to help LGH recovery Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal By News Highland – August 1, 2013 Previous articleMan jailed for two years for sexually abusing young boy in Ballyshannon in 60s and 70sNext articleSinn Fein President welcomes John Downey’s release News Highland Google+ Twitter Twitter 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic center_img Pinterest 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th News Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire WhatsApp North West MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher says he’ll be investigating what options are available for securing funding from Europe to assist with the restoration of services at Letterkenny General Hospital.Mr Gallagher says Europe has no competency in health related matters, and there is no direct budget from which funds could be drawn down to help in the aftermath of Friday’s floods which have taken out 40% of the hospital’s capacity.However, he said there is funding available for disaster recovery situations, and he’ll be looking into whether that might be a possible source of support…….[podcast][/podcast]last_img read more

Bombay HC Refuses To Allow Over The Counter Sale Of Liquor In Mumbai, Asks Municipal Commissioner To Decide [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesBombay HC Refuses To Allow Over The Counter Sale Of Liquor In Mumbai, Asks Municipal Commissioner To Decide [Read Order] Nitish Kashyap30 May 2020 4:45 AMShare This – xThe Bombay High Court on Friday heard a writ petition filed by Maharashtra Wine Merchants Association and refused to allow the prayer for over the counter sale of liquor in Mumbai. Court asked the Municipal Commissioner to decide on the issue. Division bench of Justices Nitin Jamdar and NR Borkar granted four weeks time to the State and other respondents to file a reply regarding the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Bombay High Court on Friday heard a writ petition filed by Maharashtra Wine Merchants Association and refused to allow the prayer for over the counter sale of liquor in Mumbai. Court asked the Municipal Commissioner to decide on the issue. Division bench of Justices Nitin Jamdar and NR Borkar granted four weeks time to the State and other respondents to file a reply regarding the prayer seeking directions to refund the proportionate amount of license fee. The petitioners prayed for two reliefs- firstly, refund of the proportionate amount of licence fee and secondly a challenge to the notifications/orders dated May 5, May 12 and May 22, with a direction to permit over the counter retail liquor sale in Mumbai. Advocate Charanjeet Chandarpal appeared on behalf of the petitioners and Government Pleader PP Kakade for the State. Chanderpal submitted that in the cities of Pune and Nashik, where an identical situation exists, normal counter sale of retail liquor is permitted and there is no reason why the same norms are not applied in Mumbai. Chanderpal also referred to the order passed by the Supreme Court in respect of a petition arising from Tamil Nadu on the same issue. SC had stayed an order passed by the Madras High Court wherein closure of over the counter sale of alcohol was ordered and home delivery of alcohol was allowed instead. Chanderpal submitted that the system of online/home delivery of liquor is fraught with various difficulties and can have adverse social impact, and it is also not safe. Thus he sought relevant directions to the respondents and quashing of impugned notifications. The bench noted- “The impugned order dated 22 May 2020 issued by the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai does not permit over the counter sale of liquor and permits e-commerce platforms to be utilized for delivery. This decision is in the nature of policy. Such a decision entails evaluation of various competing factors. Situation may differ from place to place. The relevant factors can also undergo a change by passage of time.” Therefore, the Court concluded that the petition should be placed as a representation before the Municipal Commissioner who will take an appropriate decision on the issue. Court will now hear the petition on the issue of refund of proportionate license fee once the State files a reply within four weeks.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

50 Years to Bank Nationalisation Case: Rustom Cavasjee Cooper v. Union of India

first_imgColumns50 Years to Bank Nationalisation Case: Rustom Cavasjee Cooper v. Union of India Abhinav Kumar & Chetan Nagpal17 Jun 2020 2:03 AMShare This – xIn the wake of the COVID-19 lockdown, the hardest hit is the agrarian sector and the poorest strata of the society. Since the earnings have been low, induction of credit in the accounts of people seemed the only viable option in order to overcome the plight of the distressed. Many social security schemes have come to the rescue of the poors, but in the midst of all this what we need…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginIn the wake of the COVID-19 lockdown, the hardest hit is the agrarian sector and the poorest strata of the society. Since the earnings have been low, induction of credit in the accounts of people seemed the only viable option in order to overcome the plight of the distressed. Many social security schemes have come to the rescue of the poors, but in the midst of all this what we need to understand is that whatever schemes we hear today wouldn’t have been of much relevance had the banking culture not been promoted in India. In this respect 50 years ago, the Indra Gandhi government took a giant stride of Nationalisation of the Bank whose significance can be seen now in contemporary times when the current Government’s first five years were targeted to achieve financial inclusion through schemes like Jan Dhan Yojana. The decade of the 1960s was a phase of hardships for India. There was serious contemplation regarding the unity of the nation post Nehru’s death. The 1962 war with China and 1965 war with Pakistan adversely affected the nation. This was followed by severe droughts and the economy of the country was suffering. Low literacy rate was another problem and it was the first time since independence when the baton of leadership was being passed from Nehru to someone else. The Nationalisation was done with the aim of providing the more priortised sector with credit when most of the commercial banks preferred big businesses. Being such a big step for the economic betterment of the country it could not remain unaffected from giant speculations and controversies. In the year 1970 Hon’ble Supreme Court of India decided the most controversial Bank Nationalisation Case. After the Golaknath case, this was the second occasion where a case was decided by an 11-judge bench. This case was filled with many twists and turns. HOW BANK NATIONALIZATION WAS DONE After about two decades of India being officially called a democratic republic, the acting President of India, M. Hidaytullah in the year 1969 passed an ordinance to undertake 14 commercial banks with deposits more than 50 crores under its domain. Two days later, the Indra Gandhi government passed an act called Banking Companies (Acquisition and Transfer of Undertakings) Act, 1969 with the same objectives as the ordinance with the sole purpose of benefiting the economy and to promote banking culture in India. Thus, through this act, the undertaking, rights and liabilities were hence transferred. Under Section 15(2) (e) of the Act, the Banks were entitled to carry on business other than banking. The new banks undertook the vacant possession of the 14 banks. Section 6 read with Section 11 of the Act provided for compensation of the takeover which was to be decided by an agreement, in the absence of which the matter would be heard by a tribunal and the compensation would be paid in securities over a course of 10 years. PLAINTIFF’S CONTENTION This is another classical case where Nani Palkhivala- ‘The Courtroom Genius’ mesmerised the bench with his brilliant erudition and eloquence. Rustom Cavasjee Cooper, the petitioner, was a shareholder in the Central Bank of India Ltd., the Bank of Baroda Ltd., the Union Bank of India Ltd., and the Bank of India Ltd., challenged the Act on several grounds. First, he claimed that the Legislature was not competent to pass the act as the state legislature had power to legislate on the matter and also acquisition of property did not include acquisition of an undertaking. Secondly, the act was violative of freedom guaranteed under Article 19(1)(f) and 19(1)(g) [Freedom to practise any profession], Article 301 and also of Article 31(2) of the Indian Constitution [Guarantee of compensation]. The Government was of the view that the petition was not maintainable because a shareholder cannot move a petition for infringement of rights of the company. The Petitioner was of the view that there was some ill intent behind promulgating an ordinance two days before Parliament came in session. COURT JUDGEMENT It is true that a shareholder or director cannot move such a petition on behalf of the company however it can move a petition if the fundamental rights of the person through that action are infringed. Thus, the petition was held maintainable. Secondly, the right to make laws on ‘banking’ was held within the legislative competence of the Parliament under Schedule 7 Entry 54 List I. The Parliament has the right for expropriation, and the right to acquire a “property” when given widest interpretation can include organisations etc. under schedule 7 Entry 42 List III. In the judgment, the judges gave preference to effect test rather than object test which means the effect of the legislation should be seen rather than the object with which it was passed overruling the 20-year-old A. K. Gopalan case theory of mutual exclusivity. Other than that, the Section 15(2)(e) of the Act was termed as ‘unreasonable’ by the court because it deprived the named banks from indulging in business related to ‘banking’. The court called it unreasonable because firstly the expropriation took away the assets and undertaking of the bank such that they are in a position to not even start a non-banking business and secondly the compensation to be paid was not on immediate basis under Section 6. The court even called the part as ‘discriminatory’ since other banks were allowed to operate normally. The court was however of the view that the said Act is not violative of Article 19(1)(f) i.e freedom to carry trade and business as the State always has the right to create an Absolute Monopoly. In Akadasi Padhan v. State of Orissa, the Supreme Court held that if the State creates a monopoly that “indirectly impinges on any other right”, it cannot be challenged. The other issue that needed to be addressed was regarding Article 31(2) of the Constitution which talked of the right to compensation for acquiring a property. The court post citing fourth amendment of the Constitution which gave for ‘fair’ and ‘just equivalent’ compensation, cited a 1969 case called, Tile State of Gujarat v. Shantilal Mangaldas wherein it said that the compensation paid must not be my principles of ‘just’ or ‘equivalent’ that is principles on which the compensation is determined may seem ‘just’ prima facie but it has got to be ‘adequate’. Thus, an appropriate principle should be established to determine the value of property. In the present scenario, the banks were not provided compensation according to any principles. The court said that the principle of valuation must be according to value of property in addition to other advantages connected with it. DISSENTING JUDGE Justice Ray was the only dissenting judge in the panel of 11 judges. The judgement came in the ratio 10:1. Firstly J. Ray said that the fact that ordinance was promulgated two days before Parliament came in session has nothing to do with the point that the President’s intention was mala fide. He further agreed with all the judges that the Act was not in violation of Article 19(1)(f) that is freedom to carry trade and occupation. Interestingly, he also had the view that the petitioner cannot approach the court since on behalf of a non-citizen (bank) whose rights have been violated. FURTHER DEVELOPMENTS By the decision rendered in the case, the Supreme Court declared the ordinance and the Banking Companies (Acquisition and Transfer of Undertaking) Act of 1969 as invalid and the action taken or deemed to have been taken in exercise of the powers under them was unauthorized. The court announced the judgement on 10th February, 1970, the effect of which was that the undertaking of the 14 banking companies, whose burners have been acquired by the Central Government reverted to the banking companies. Interestingly, with a view to resume control over the business of the banking companies, four days after the judgement the President again promulgated a similar ordinance modifying the provisions of the Act which were struck down by the Court. 25TH AMENDMENT TO THE INDIAN CONSTITUTION Post the judgement, an amendment to the constitution was made in the year 1971 which was proposed by H.R. Gokhale. Article 31 of the Indian Constitution underwent changes wherein the word ‘compensation’ was substituted with the word ‘amount’. Courts while defining the word ‘compensation’ considered it as the market value of the property however it was changed, by stating that the amount provided for acquiring the property must be ‘adequate’ and ‘just’. Secondly, Article 31C was added to the constitution which said that if directive principles of state policy contravene the fundamental rights, especially Article 19, then on this basis it cannot be challenged in court. It was indeed a very controversial point, however, in Kesavananda Bharati v. State of Kerala, this part was declared unconstitutional. In conclusion, this case is another classical example where Nani Palkhivala baffled everyone by his exceptional articulative skills in the courtroom which ultimately convinced the court to strike down the Banking Companies Act, 1969 and hence ensured the citizens that anything arbitrary or unjust cannot find a place in the Indian Laws. 50 years of this judgement shades various contours of ensuring constitutionalism in India.Views are personal only.  (Abhinav Kumar is Delhi based public policy expert & teaching at Law Centre, University of Delhi & Chetan is a pursuing BA LL.B from USLLS, IP University, Views expressed are personal, Email Id- [email protected] ) Next Storylast_img read more

Sewer improvements in pipeline

first_img You Might Like Incurable fungus found in local garden center nursery An incurable fungus that attacks boxwood plants, called Boxwood Blight, was detected in February at retail garden centers in Alabama…. read more Sponsored Content Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Published 3:00 am Wednesday, March 18, 2015 Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Sewer improvements in pipeline Print Article The Brundidge City Council is moving ahead with plans for sewer improvements that will better serve existing industries and make the city better prepared for future industrial growth.At its Tuesday meeting, the council voted to award the bid for a Community Development Block Grant project to L&K Contracting in Dothan in the amount of $167,162. L&K was the lowest responsible bidder for the project.The sewer improvements will be made on the north side of town in support of the expansion at Southern Classic Foods. By The Penny Hoarder Book Nook to reopen Email the author Britt Thomas, city manager, said boring will be done under Highway 93 and will not affect the movement of traffic on the highway. Sewer improvements will be made along 6th Avenue, John Lewis Boulevard, Galloway Road and under Veterans Boulevard. The project will alleviate sewage drainage problems such as those that occurred during heavy rains in April 2014.The project should be completed in 90 days once work begins.Thomas said the environmental studies are being completed on the 223 acres on the north side of town the city plans to purchase for industrial growth. The studies must be completed before the property can be purchased. Ramage reminded the council members of upcoming events –the Old-Time Church Gospel Singing at 6:30 Saturday night at Studio 116 on Main Street and the Easter Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m. Easter Sunday at Bulldog Stadium at Pike County High School.The Brundidge City Council meets at 4 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the month at Brundidge City Hall. The meetings are open to the public. The council voted to give Mayor Jimmy Ramage the authority to sign the documents required to pre-apply and apply for a State Revolving Loan Fund for Sewer Improvements. The loan fund is available for 2.25 percent financing, payable in 20 years. The city’s sewer improvement project is set at $1.98 million. However, if the city receives a Community Development Block Grant, that figure will be reduced to $1.5 million.Thomas reviewed the city’s January FY 2015 financials and said the city is tracking as in the adopted budget. Skip Latest Stories By Jaine Treadwelllast_img read more

Gaels erupt mid-game for 10-3 victory

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMORAGA, Calif. (May 4, 2018)—Host Saint Mary’s erupted for nine runs in the fourth and fifth innings en route to a 10-3 victory over BYU baseball on Friday.It started out as “déjà vu all over again,” as the Cougars took a 1-0 lead in the first inning for the second day in a row.First baseman Brian Hsu hit the first of three singles in that inning and scored on swinging bunt by Nate Favero. That bunt had enough “English” on it, causing catcher to field it and allowed Hsu to score from second.A controversial double play ended the second frame when BYU catcher Noah Hill was ruled to have interfered sliding into second base.The Gaels, now 28-18 and 12-8 in the West Coast Conference, tied the game in the third when a single glanced off Hsu’s glove. SMC took the lead when Kevin Milam tripled off centerfield wall to start its four-run rally in the fourth when Cougar senior starter Hayden Rogers was chased from the mound.BYU outfielder Brock Hale was robbed of a base hit by the diving Gael centerfielder in the fifth with two Cougars aboard.The final two runs for BYU came in the seventh when freshman pinch-hitter Kolby Kelton doubled for his first hit as a collegian to score Brennon Anderson and Hale.The Cougars, now 19-22 overall and 8-12 in the WCC, hope to avoid a sweep at SMC with a Saturday afternoon tilt at 1 p.m. PDT.​ May 4, 2018 /Sports News – Local Gaels erupt mid-game for 10-3 victory Robert Lovell Written by Tags: Baseball/BYU Cougars/WCClast_img read more

USS Cowpens Assists in Operation Damayan

first_img Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Cowpens Assists in Operation Damayan November 21, 2013 USS Cowpens Assists in Operation Damayancenter_img Ticonderoga guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63) commenced its aid to the Republic of the Philippines in support of Operation Damayan, Nov. 16.The cruiser has been providing aid to the locals affected by Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda via SH-60B Seahawk helicopter supply-drops provided by its embarked squadron, the “Scorpions” of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 49.“Our efforts here in the Philippines continues in earnest,” said Capt. Gregory Gombert, Cowpens’ commanding officer. “We’re just ramping up. Cowpens is willing and ready to support this humanitarian aid effort in every way possible.”The SH-60B’s are flying into Tacloban Air Base to pick up supplies before dropping them onto nearby areas and islands most affected by the typhoon.“The first time I saw the impact of the typhoon, I was shocked,” said Lt. j.g. Christine Mayfield, a pilot assigned to HSL 49. “It feels great to be out there and helping people.”The SH-60Bs are being met by Sailors from the George Washington Strike Group, Soldiers, Marines, the Republic of Philippines government, and civilians who are eager to help transport supplies to those who need it most.“We had people who just kept helping us carry boxes, bags and water onto the helicopter,” said Aviation Aircrewman (Tactical Helicopter) 3rd Class Peter Olson. “It was good to see people out there who were carrying supplies, sweating all day to make sure that these supplies got to where they needed to go.”Many of the drops conducted by the helicopters were in areas that still had yet to receive aid. Pilots had to steer clear of trees, debris, fallen structures and mud left behind by the typhoon.“It took a lot of crew coordination to land in some of the landing zones,” said Lt. Anthony Morana, a pilot of HSL-49. “The first place we went to had soft ground so we started sinking. We had to come up and found a place to hover over to drop supplies. The co-pilot and the aircrewman did a great job talking to each other and letting each other know what they saw and how to make adjustments and clear a flight path.”The crews of the SH-60B were met by groups of people who were extremely grateful to receive the supplies. Men, women and children smiled and thanked the crew as they departed the landing zones.“It was a lot of work to get those items to the people, but it didn’t matter because it’s all going where it needs to go,” said Olson. “It was nice to see how appreciative the people in need were once we got there. I was very anxious to help.”Cowpens is with the George Washington Strike Group supporting the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade to assist the Philippine government in response to the aftermath of the Super typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in the Republic of the Philippines.[mappress]Press Release, November 21, 2013 Training & Educationlast_img read more

Carrs’ Baker Street revamp earns Waitrose listing

first_imgCarrs Foods has relaunched its Baker Street brand with new packaging, branding and NPD.The £500k revamp coincided with the brand’s first listing at Waitrose for its Baker Street 4 Part Baked Petit Pain and Baker Street 2 Part Baked Baguette. The products will be stocked at 330 Waitrose stores nationwide from 2 March, priced at £1. The Baker Street range is also available in Ocado and convenience stores nationwide.The brand, launched into the convenience sector in 2002, comprises a range of rolls, burger buns and sliced loaves.“Our research shows consumers want the convenience of bakery products that are fresher for longer. The Baker Street range has a minimum shelf life of 30 days, so they are available to fit with hectic, modern lifestyles,” said Carrs Foods managing director Jeremy Gilboy.“Our refreshed Baker Street brand solves these consumer issues by providing a variety of breads, rolls and buns [that are] cleverly packed, so they stay fresher for longer.”The relaunch will be supported by a marketing campaign that will include in-store activity and a social media presence.last_img read more

Physics students introduce open, collaborative annotation tool

first_imgPhysics graduate students Erik Bauch and Georg Kucsko have developed an online tool, Open Rev., for collaborative annotation of scientific publications.Open Rev. enables open discussion about scholarly works, independent of publishers, on a free platform that is easily accessible. Users can upload a paper, highlight specific sections and generate related questions, which are then open for response and discussion among the user community.Bauch and Kucsko have been testing, assessing and refining Open Rev. this past year with funds awarded through the HILT Spark Grant Program, intended to “spark” promising teaching and learning projects from idea to reality. In addition to this award, they also received the second prize at the 2013 – 2014 BRIDGE @ HGSE Education Innovation Pitch Competition, where teams of Harvard students and alumni present innovative solutions to current problems in education.Open Rev. currently has 400 users and over 1000 public domain comments. Students and instructors have used the tool within several physics courses last semester in class discussion and to share lecture notes. All faculty, students and staff are encouraged to try the new platform this coming semester. For more information, assistance setting up groups, and/or learning more about the features, please contact the Open Rev. team at [email protected] Read Full Storylast_img read more

Utility coal consumption continues downward spiral

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Despite political support from the White House, U.S. coal consumption continues to fall, as power producers shutter coal-fired units in favor of cheaper and more flexible natural gas as well as solar and wind.Electric power producers’ coal consumption fell to 298 million short tons in the first half of 2018, down from 312 million in the same period in 2017, marginally below 2016, and the lowest since 1983.U.S. power producers generated almost 6 percent less electricity from coal in the first half of the year even as total generation rose almost 5 percent and gas-fired generation was up 17 percent. Coal-fired generation declined by 32 billion kilowatt hours in the first six months, while gas-fired generation rose by 89 billion, nuclear was up by 16 billion, solar rose 7 billion and wind was up by 15 billion.Generators continued to close coal units, with coal-fired generating capacity down to 246 gigawatts at the end of June 2018, compared with 262 gigawatts in June 2017 and 273 gigawatts in June 2016.Remaining coal units are being run for fewer hours and/or at lower rates than last year, another indication they are struggling to compete with cheap natural gas. Capacity utilization at the remaining coal-fired units was at or below prior-year levels in six of the first seven months in 2018 (“Electric Power Monthly”, Energy Information Administration, September 2018).Another 9 gigawatts of coal-fired generation capacity are scheduled to close before the end of 2020, so coal consumption is unlikely to rise and will probably continue to decline in the next few years.More: U.S. power producers’ coal consumption falls to 35-year low: Kemp Utility coal consumption continues downward spirallast_img read more