Sri Lanka Cancels Coal Plant; Chinese Company Pulls out of Coal Plant in Pakistan

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享By Shihar Aneez for Reuters:Sri Lanka will cancel plans for a 500 megawatt Indian-built coal-fired power plant at its strategic eastern port city of Trincomalee and will instead opt for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) power plant, a cabinet minister said late on Tuesday.Chandima Weerakkody, Sri Lanka’s petroleum minister, said President Maithripala Sirisena told Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi of the decision at a meeting on Saturday during Sirisena’s visit to the island nation’s larger neighbour.“We do not want to hurt India. So President Sirisena in his visit has offered an LNG plant instead of the coal plant,” Weerakkody told Reuters. “This has been discussed at the highest level and there is consensus.”Sri Lanka is trying to increase its power generation capacity after a recent blackout that was the worst in 20 years, government officials say.B.M.S. Batagoda, the energy ministry secretary said the switch to LNG was proposed after ten years of opposition to a coal-fired power plant by the residents of Sampur, a village near Trincomalee, where India has already proposed to build South Asia’s largest petroleum hub.Area residents and environmental groups have resisted the coal power plant ever since it was originally proposed in 2006 due to worries about land clearance and pollution.Plans for the $500 million coal power plant project were finalised in 2011, when state-run Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) and India’s state-run National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd (NTPC) agreed to form a joint venture for its construction.Full article:  http://in.mobile.reuters.com/article/idINKCN0Y90R8?irpc=932and Khaleeq Kiani in Dawn:A major Chinese firm has bowed out of a Punjab-based 330MW coal-based power project that was scheduled to start electricity production by end-2017.The $590 million mine-mouth project was a key component of the high profile $46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) launched last year by President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. A letter of interest (LoI) was issued to develop the project on local coal at Pind Daden Khan in Punjab’s Salt Range.Sources told Dawn that China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) lost interest in the project because of issues relating to feasibility of producing enough energy for running a 330MW project and a tariff allowed by the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) that was lower than its expectations.The company which is also a key contractor in the $4 billion 969MW Neelum-Jhelum Hydropower Project in Azad Jammu & Kashmir had been lobbying for 11.67 to 12.4 cents per unit tariff that was far higher than upfront tariffs for projects on Thar coal and imported coal. Nepra allowed a 30-year levelised tariff of 8.55 cents per unit.Sami Rafi Siddiqui, spokesman for the Private Power and Infrastructure Board — the one-window organisation for private power projects — confirmed that the project was not moving. He said the PPIB had encashed $300,000 performance guarantee of the project sponsor for its failure to deliver on LoI conditions. He declined to give further details at this stage.Full article: http://www.dawn.com/news/1259048/chinese-firm-bows-out-of-coal-based-power-project Sri Lanka Cancels Coal Plant; Chinese Company Pulls out of Coal Plant in Pakistanlast_img read more

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5 ways to earn your co-workers’ respect

first_imgBeing respected gives you a great sense of purpose in the workplace. If you want to be respected by your co-workers, you can start by respecting yourself. Here are five other easy ways you can gain respect from your teammates.Be nice, but not too nice: Nobody likes the jerk in the office. When you’re not nice to your co-workers, they usually won’t want to have anything to do with you. On the other hand, if you’re too nice, always doing favors for others, you can actually start to come across as ‘soft.’ If your co-workers think you’re a pushover, they may like you, but the respect probably won’t be there.Admit your mistakes: No one likes people who think they’re right all the time. Even if you’re right a lot, nobody’s perfect. When you know you’re wrong, you should own up to it. Your colleagues will be very impressed if you can be humble enough to admit your mistakes.Stand up for yourself: Sometimes, no one’s wrong. Sometimes, people just disagree. Don’t feel bad for standing up for your opinions even if no one else agrees with you. When you’re part of a team, you won’t agree with every decision that is made, and that’s perfectly normal. Just know that you can’t win them all.Lend a hand: We all have a lot of work on our plates. Any chance you get to help someone lighten their load, will definitely be appreciated. If you’re someone your co-workers can count on, you’ll be a valued member of the team.Give out respect: One of the simplest ways to be respected by your co-workers, is to give them respect first. It’s easy to respect someone who acts respectfully towards you. Be a good communicator and don’t waste anyone’s time. 30SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

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Where Is the Line Drawn with Cheating?.

first_imgA few weeks ago, a friend told me that her married friend was seeing her ex-boyfriend, but there was “nothing physical about it”. Considering her husband did not know she was seeing her ex-boyfriend, I still considered it shady. It got me wondering, outside of shacking up with someone else, what constitutes cheating? I always thought: anything you wouldn’t want your significant other to catch you doing with someone else was cheating. But that’s a little unforgiving. There are a lot of things that could be considered “cheating,” but we may not agree on them all.What is your opinion on the following possibilities:PornI’ll be the first to admit that I own so much porn that I have “organizing sessions” where I delete and file it on the computer. Guys are very matter-of-fact about porn, and it’s part of our lives before we ever get into a serious relationship.It becomes an issue when porn becomes a bigger part of someone’s sex life than their significant other. An old girlfriend of mine didn’t have sex as much as I wanted to, but I didn’t confront her. I ended up turning to porn instead. It probably would have been more productive to confront her in a constructive way, but i took a different way out. But, because porn helps satisfy sexual urges, one could argue that this alternate source of release helps prevent cheating.An “Online Companion”Suppose your significant other meets someone online. They begin communicating more and more, and eventually it gets romantic. This might even graduate to phone conversations or a clandestine meeting.Connecting with another person romantically, even if it begins online, is a form of cheating in my book. The very nature of building a relationship through conversation adds a spiritual/mental component to the relationship beyond physical attraction.Seeing An ExThis has a lot to do with how much your significant other knows. Plenty of exes remain in our lives as friends, but it becomes an issue when we see them in secret. Even if nothing serious happens, there is potential for old flames to rise again. And, if it’s totally innocent, there’s no reason to avoid telling your significant other that you are hanging out with your ex.A “Work Spouse”My married friend was telling me about a person at work they’d “love to have sex with”. They work together on many projects, get drinks after work, and have become close personal friends. In work situations, it’s inevitable that people will get close. They have a lot in common, feel the same pain from the annoying boss, and go to one another for support in the office and in life outside the office.The “work spouse” is a common phenomenon. My friend Margaret is my “work wife” but it’s completely platonic. We argue like husband and wife. She supports me with advice and even fixed a hole in my jeans once (I really can’t sew). As long as it remains platonic, “work spouse” relationships are rewarding and strong.FantasizingFantasizing/thinking about other people is natural and there’s nothing we can do about it. There are thoughts, then words, then actions. As long as thoughts remain thoughts and don’t evolve into actions, there shouldn’t be a problem. I’m sure all of my girlfriends have thought of someone else while we were dating. I just do my best not to worry about it and, as long as I don’t know about it about I’m fine (unless she’s fantasizing about someone annoying like John Mayer- I just can’t have that).It’s easier, sometimes, to vent to someone else instead of addressing a difficult issue about your relationship with your significant other. It’s a good policy to steer clear from speaking to friends of the opposite gender about weaknesses in your relationship. Your best friend should also be your significant other, so why not bring up deep issues concerning your relationship directly to your them and work on it all together?What other activities would you say could be considered cheating, but may not be considered cheating? Which of the above would you consider cheating?by Rich Santos, Marie Claire LifestyleRelationships Where Is the Line Drawn with Cheating?. by: – August 9, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! 33 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more

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Lots at stake on intercounty front

first_imgKilkenny and Galway clash in the Leinster final at 4pm. They go head to head in their semi-final replay at 4pm.Tyrone are bidding to reach the Ulster final for the first time since 2010 while Cavan’s last appearance in the decider was in 2001.Meanwhile, it’s back to Croke Park for last year’s All-Ireland hurling finalists this afternoon.last_img

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20 years of freedom: reason to celebrate

first_img27 April 2014After many years of white minority rule, on 27 April 1994 South Africans queued for hours to choose a new leadership.Although I was a lot younger when we had our first democratic elections, even back then I was politically aware and fully understood and appreciated what a major event the 1994 election was. I was privileged enough to witness it.While I was not yet old enough to vote, I remember my late father and his friends – who were politically active – overcome with emotion, many of them in tears from casting their votes.For me, 1994, marked the end of apartheid rule and an introduction of a new constitutional order, in which all worked towards a united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous society.It was described as a miracle. Doomsayers and those who wanted us to fail had predicted chaos and civil war. However, none of these things came to pass, and the values of democracy and freedom of our birth still endure today.How far we’ve come since thenTwo decades later, I pause to reflect on how far we have come as a country in realising the ambitions of this young democracy and its constitution.The release of the 20 Year Review report shows a definitive picture of a country that is rapidly changing, a country which has a good story to tell. South Africa, according to the report, has made significant strides in consolidating democracy, rolling out basic service delivery and improving the lives of many, particularly those deliberately excluded by apartheid.In the South Africa of today, elections are commonplace. There is a democratic spirit: we have an active citizenry, a strong civil society movement, a press that is independent, and vocal opposition parties.Since 1994, almost 3 000 new schools have been built, access to clean water has increased to 95%, and access to electricity has increased from just over 50% of households to 86%. The government has also introduced no-fee schools and the National Nutrition Programme.South Africans are now living longer healthier lives due to better access to health care facilities, an increase in health professionals, and the country’s internationally acclaimed HIV treatment programme.Today this is a country that can truly boast that it is a gateway to the continent for the rest of the world.Despite this, some parts of South Africa seem to remain stuck in their racial laagers, still unable to see through the eyes of others. It sometimes still feels like a country struggling to shake off its past.Nonetheless, there is huge optimism and determination to progress, and we are on the right track to making the dream of a truly “rainbow nation” a reality. The South African democracy is still under construction, but its foundations are sound. The national debate is about the edifice we are building on it. From our dying past, our future is becoming.And that for me is reason enough to celebrate – regardless of which political party one follows, and what political ideology one believes in.Looking forward to the next 20 yearsWhile celebrating our achievements, we must also look forward to the next 20 years. If Nelson Mandela’s vision is to be achieved, I am of the firm view that we simply need to work harder, especially in closing the gap between the rich and poor. This is because inequality brings society down, creating the conditions child and women abuse, violent service protests and inflated expectations.Business, labour, civil society, government need to come together as South Africans and decide what needs to be traded to achieve that.I believe the National Development Plan (NDP) is a sound roadmap. The plan outlines the type of society we are striving for in 2030, where no one is hungry, where everyone is able to go to school and further their studies if they wish, where work is available, where everyone is making a contribution because each person has been provided with what they need to reach their full potential.We are a nation, and yes, among us we may fight, argue, criticise, complain and want what we don’t have, but I know of another social structure in which the same things happen – the family.In this way were are as much a family as a nation. We have different beliefs, expectations, goals and aspirations, but at the heart of it all, we love each other and we would be fiercely protective of each other should anyone wish to bully us.This comes shining through in situations where we have the most to lose; just think back to the 1995 Rugby World Cup, the 2010 Soccer World Cup, and the passing of our beloved Madiba. Good or bad, as a nation, as a family, we come together.On Sunday, I personally will be celebrating being part of this big, vibrant and colourful family called South Africa.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

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Wrong number text leads couple to free Stanley Cup tickets

first_imgPagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Santora says the man called her back a few minutes later, saying the text’s intended recipient only wanted one set of the tickets.The tickets were priced at $329. The man told Santora she could have them for free.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSantora and her husband took the man up on his offer, finding seats behind the goalie.As for the mystery texter, Santora says “whoever you are, thank you.” MOST READ Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Pittsburgh Penguins and fans celebrate a goal by Penguins’ Scott Wilson during the third period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final against the Nashville Predators, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Pittsburgh. The Penguins won 4-1. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)PITTSBURGH — A text message sent to the wrong number led to a Pittsburgh couple scoring free tickets to see the Penguins play Game 2 in the Stanley Cup Final.KDKA-TV reports (http://cbsloc.al/2sjMRoJ ) Amy Santora received a text offering four tickets to Wednesday night’s game against Nashville. She called the number, and the man at the other end said he sent the text to the wrong number.ADVERTISEMENT BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Top-ranked Dustin Johnson misses cut at Memorial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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10 months agoKoulibaly thanks Napoli teammates and fans after Bologna win

first_imgKoulibaly thanks Napoli teammates and fans after Bologna winby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveKalidou Koulibaly has thanked Napoli teammates and fans for their support during the weekend’s defeat of Bologna.While suspended for the game, Koulibaly dominated the proceedings after last week’s racist insults from Inter Milan fans.After the 3-2 win, he took to social media to say: “The emotions of this day and this victory will remain forever in my heart: thank you”.Le emozioni di questa giornata e questa vittoria resteranno per sempre nel mio cuore: grazie #NapoliBologna 3-2 #ForzaNapoliSempre#KK26#famiglia#DifendoLaCittàpic.twitter.com/tYiY6jrDGP— Koulibaly Kalidou (@kkoulibaly26) December 29, 2018 About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoVarane admits Pogba at Real Madrid better for him

first_imgVarane admits Pogba at Real Madrid better for himby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveRaphael Varane admits he’d be happy if he was joined at Real Madrid by France teammate Paul Pogba.Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba continues to be linked with Real, despite the summer market being shut.And Varane says: “Have I exchanged with Pogba on this aborted transfer? I spoke with him last summer. “After lately, I have not spoken with him. He is a friend. Of course, if I rub shoulders with him, it’s better for me. “So we will see the choices he makes in his career and we will see where he will be in the future.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoSheffield Utd midfielder John Lundstram happy with Everton revenge

first_imgSheffield Utd midfielder John Lundstram happy with Everton revengeby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United midfielder John Lundstram was delighted to beat former club Everton on Saturday.Lundstram was happy to take revenge.”I had people coming out of the woodwork on Saturday morning texting me for tickets,” Lundstram, who resurrected his career at Oxford before joining United, told the Sheffield Star. “I tried to do my best for everyone to try and get them in. I was raring to go and it was always the one I was looking forward to when the fixtures came out. I have finally got it over with and to get a win has just makes it really special.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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