Image source: Getty Images The rapid evolution of the UK’s power system over recent years amazes me. In early January, National Grid (LSE: NG) reported that Britain saw its ‘greenest’ year ever for electricity production in 2020.There was a record amount of renewable power flowing through the nation’s electricity grid. 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And it’s great news that just 1.6% of Britain’s energy came from coal last year compared to 25% just five years earlier.And it’s a good job too because the government wants all coal plants closed for good by 2024. Meanwhile, the county broke its record for wind power generation repeatedly during the year. And on August 26, some 60% of Britain’s electricity came from wind. Perhaps that’s no surprise given the sheer number of wind generators we have on land and at sea now.But the other big growth area is solar power. Personally, I love solar farms because they have fewer moving parts and potentially less visual impact on the landscape. On top of that, there’s always some solar energy to be had even on dull days, whereas wind farms come unstuck when there’s no wind. During May, solar energy delivered a full one-third of the Nation’s power on several days, according to ESO.Consistent cash flowMeanwhile, the great thing about National Grid’s UK business is it doesn’t matter where Britain’s electricity comes from. It won’t be hurt by the move to greener energy in the way some other big names will be. The company owns a big part of the heavy-duty, high-voltage transmission system and operates the entire grid. And that’s the part of the system that moves power vast distances up, down and across the country from where it’s generated to the local areas where it’s needed, and when it’s needed. In local areas, distribution of the power to towns, factories and other users is generally the responsibility of other power companies.National Grid’s regulated monopoly position strikes me as being similar to a toll bridge – if you want to cross the bridge, you must pay the fee! Meanwhile, I’ve read that Warren Buffett is keen on so-called toll-bridge-style operations such as National Grid. And I reckon the set-up is what makes its cash inflow so consistent and attractive. And decent cash flow usually goes hand in hand with steady shareholder dividends.With the share price near 879p, the forward-looking dividend yield is near 5.6% for the trading year to March 2022. I’d be keen to add the stock to my diversified portfolio aimed at creating passive income. 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Yet it wasn’t rewarded until the Brothers broke out of a 1-1 tie when it scored three times in the top of the seventh, Wilson’s double the big blow as he drove got three RBIs, Derek Jann driving in the other run.J-D was no. 11 in those same state rankings, sitting at 13-3 when it faced Cortland last Thursday afternoon. And two big rallies were all the Red Rams needed to defeat the Purple Tigers 9-3.A three-run third inning was all that pitcher A.J. Ortega needed as he lasted 6 2/3 innings on the mound, amassing 10 strikeouts before Nolan Giblin picked up the final out.Still, with J-D clinging to a 3-2 lead, it needed a six-run outburst in the bottom of the sixth to break the game open. Giblin got three RBIs, with Mateo Santos driving in two runs. Shane Wright and Nick Brotzki had one RBI apiece.Yet the happy feelings did not even last 24 hours, for when J-D and Cortland met again on Friday, the Purple Tigers blanked the Red Rams 10-0.A six-run second inning was all Cortland needed as pitcher Caleb Thompson quieted J-D’s bats, only allowing one hit – to Brotzki – while striking out 10.East Syracuse Minoa struggled in Wednesday’s game against Syracuse, taking a 7-4 defeat as a four-run second inning put Syracuse in charge and it added single runs in the third, fifth and seventh innings.The Spartans got two hits and two RBis from Brendan Seburn. Hunter Borkowski took the loss, with Ben Leib and Spencer Carnival seeing long relief stints as Devon Lamanna went four-for-four for Syracuse, scoring three runs.But the Spartans rebounded by sweeping two games on Thursday, first edging Oswego 2-1 as it led 1-0 until the seventh inning, when the Buccaneers tied it, only to have ESM win it by getting its own run in the bottom of the seventh.Bryce Hall pitched quite well, holding Oswego to four hits in a complete-game effort as Tim Kirwan got a complete game for the Bucs. Leib and Borkowski scored the runs.Later that day, ESM won over Central Square 7-1 with another pitching gem, this time from the duo of Dan Garris and Sean Welch as Garris went four innings and Welch three, the pair combining to hold the Redhawks to five hits.Even with that, it required the Spartans to erupt for six runs in the bottom of the fourth to break up a 1-1 tie. Colin Williams drove in two of those runs, with RBIs also going to Leib, Seburn and Josh Gilkey, who scored twice.The rematch with Central Square Friday was a wild one, but ESM again prevailed in a 15-12 slugfest where it fell behind 7-1 largely on the basis of the Redhawks’ five-run rally in the second.But ESM batted around in the top of the fifth and scored eight times to grab a 9-7 lead, only to have Central Square stage its own comeback and move back in front, 12-10, heading into the seventh inning.Just like the day before, though, the Spartans won in its last at-bat, notching five runs in the top of the seventh and getting Carnival to toss a scoreless frame in relief to help his side hang on.ESM was helped by six Redhawks errors as Gilkey got three RBIs, with Leib doubling and driving in two runs. Seburn, Grabowski, Williams and Justin Kingsley also drove in runs as Central Square wasted Derek Schumaker’s two doubles and six RBIs.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Kent Wilson and Tommy Marzullo each doubled and drove in three runs. Mike Schaefer and Jason Boule matched each other with three hits and two RBIs as M.P. Geiss and Anthony Marsallo also drove in runs.Joey Marsallo pitched, going five innings to earn the win as he got eight strikeouts to overcome 10 hits allowed. Geiss and Anthony Marsallo each tossed one scoreless inning of relief.Even more impressive was Saturday’s 4-1 victory over Class AA contender Liverpool, a game where Boule and Geiss pitched and combined to hold the Warriors to five hits. Whether the Christian Brothers Academy and Jamesville-DeWitt baseball teams are headed for an epic showdown in the Section III Class A playoffs, both sides are in fine late-season form.The state Class A no. 7-ranked Brothers entered last week 12-2, and improved on that mark once the rain stopped as it pulled away late on Wednesday for a 13-5 victory over Cazenovia.Though it struggled early, CBA broke out of a 4-4 tie with three runs in the bottom of the third inning, and put the game away by batting around in the sixth and scoring six runs. Tags: BaseballCBAESMJ-D
Berva PhillipsBerva Marie Phillips, age 89, long time Wellington resident, died Thursday evening, December 18, 2014 at Sumner County Care Center in Wellington. Â Through the years Berva had worked for the Sumner County Welfare Department for 15 years and was also Office Manager at Cedarview Good Samaritan Center for 15 years.Berva Marie (Miller) Phillips was born on June 19, 1925 in Erie, KS to Rolla Frank Miller and Beulah Luella (Dunham) Miller.Â She was a graduate of Baker University.Berva married Kenneth D. Phillips on April 18, 1948 at the First Methodist Church in Baldwin City, KS. Â He preceded her in death on February 6, 2008.She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, participating in the choir and bell choir at church, playing cards, watching KU basketball and Kansas City Royals baseball games, and loved playing the piano and bingo.Â Her passion was baking, making cakes, cookies, and rolls.Â She enjoyed traveling either by air or on foot.Â She won numerous awards for her service and dedication to the community in various organizations.She was a member of the Kiwanis Club, Boy Scouts of America, Junior Cosmos Club, and the United Methodist Women.Â Â Her hobby was taking care of elderly people and helping them in any way she could.She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Kenneth.Survivors include her two children, David Phillips and his wife Kay of Benbrook, TX and Debra Cristy and her husband Craig of Amarillo, TX; two grandchildren, Sarah Parker and her husbandÂ of J.P. of North Richland Hills, TX and Shane Cristy of Amarillo, TX; one great grand daughter, Hannah Moore; three brothers, R. Elvin Miller and his wife Margaret of Lenexa, KS, Cecil Miller and his wife Carol Lee of Overland Park, KS, Jim Miller of Hilton Head, SC; and one sister, Lela Mae Beach of Colorado Springs, CO; and numerous nieces and nephews.Funeral Services will be held at the First United Methodist Church on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 10:30 A.M.Â Pastor Brent Clayton will officiate.Â Interment will follow the service at Sumner Memorial Gardens.Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Monday, December 22, 2014 from 1 to 8 p.m. The family will be present to greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m.A memorial has been established with First United Methodist Church in lieu of flowers.Â Contributions can be left at the funeral home.Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.net
Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Belgian Hugo Broos, who guided Cameroon to a shock Africa Cup of Nations title 11 days ago, has applied for the vacant post of South Africa coach.His name was among those released Thursday by the South African Football Association (SAFA) for one of the most sought after football jobs in Africa.Italian Roberto Mancini, manager of Manchester City when they won the English Premier League five seasons ago, is another candidate.Hassan Shehata, coach of Egypt when they won an unrivalled three consecutive Cup of Nations titles between 2006 and 2010, has also applied.The vacancy occurred when Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba was fired two months ago after insulting several SAFA officials, including president Danny Jordaan.A source close to Broos told AFP that the 64-year-old wanted a new challenge, even though Cameroon are in the running for a 2018 World Cup place.The Indomitable Lions trail Nigeria by four points in a group from which only the winners qualify and face the leaders home and away this August and September. By winning the Cup of Nations, Cameroon secured a place in the FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia this June.“Hugo defied the odds to win the Cup of Nations with what was considered a weak Cameroon team,” the source said.“He knows the South African team well as they drew twice with Cameroon in qualifiers for the 2017 Cup of Nations.”When Broos took charge of Cameroon last year, he dumped many older players in favour of young, virtual unknown footballers based in Europe.Before the Cup of Nations, eight of the preliminary squad withdrew, including Liverpool defender Joel Matip, saying they preferred to concentrate on their club careers.Cameroon began the Cup of Nations in Gabon last month unimpressively, drawing two of three group games and were saved by the woodwork from a first-round exit.But after edging title favourites Senegal on penalties in the quarter-finals, they defeated Ghana and Egypt to win a first Cup of Nations title in 15 years.Share on: WhatsApp
“This competition was borne out of ongoing dialogue with clubs through the European Club Association.“There was a widespread demand by all clubs to increase their chances of participating more regularly in European competition.”UEFA has been under increasing pressure to reform its club competitions by the threat of a breakaway super league formed by top clubs in England, Spain, Germany, Italy and France.However, the new competition is designed to appease those further down the food chain unhappy at changes to guarantee English, Spanish, German and Italian clubs 16 of the 32 places available in the Champions League.Matches in the UEL2 will be played like Europa League games on Thursday nights to ensure the Champions League’s prime Tuesday and Wednesday night TV slots are untouched.All three European finals will take place in the same week with the new competition played on the Wednesday, Europa League final a day later and Champions League final on Saturday.Share on: WhatsApp Dublin, Ireland | AFP | UEFA confirmed on Sunday the creation of a third European club competition from the 2021/22 season designed to offer more clubs and associations the chance to play European football.After approval from UEFA’s Executive Committee in Dublin, the Europa League will be cut from its current 48-team group stage so that all three competitions feature 32 teams in eight groups of four.The seventh-placed teams in Europe’s top four leagues will qualify for the new competition, and they will be joined by a host of clubs from smaller associations.While the structure to UEFA’s landmark competition the Champions League remains untouched, Europa League winners will now progress automatically to the last 16 of the competition.Teams that finish second in their Europa League group and third-placed teams from the eight Champions League groups will playoff to join the eight group winners in the last 16.That process in repeated in the UEL2 with the eight second-placed teams from the group stage meeting the eight third-placed teams in the Europa League for a place in the last 16.“There will be more matches for more clubs, with more associations represented in the group stages,” said UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin.
According to the Florida Division of Emergency Management, a 6-year-old boy from Palm Beach County is among the Florida residents that has tested positive for COVID-19It is unknown if the boys case was a travel-related case or if he came in contact with someon with a confirmed case of the virus.The boy is currently the youngest confirmed case in the state.19 total cases now confirmed in Palm Beach County
14 Mar 2012 England pair break new ground in Colombia England squad members Ben Loughrey (Wrag Barn, Wiltshire) and Josh White (Chipstead, Surrey) will break new ground when they represent England Golf in the South American Amateur Championship at the Club Campestre de Farrallones in Cali, Colombia, on 21st – 24th March. This will be the first time England has sent players to this 72-hole stroke play event. Loughrey (picture © Tom Ward), was a member of the victorious Wiltshire team in last year’s English County Championship at Ganton. A former South West Colts and Wiltshire junior champion, Loughrey won the North of England Youths Championship in 2009 and triumphed in the Lee Westwood Trophy in 2010. Last year, the 23 year old won the New South Wales Cup in Australia, enjoyed top-five finishes in the Welsh Open Stroke Play, the Brabazon Trophy and the South of England Stroke Play, made his full England debut against Spain at The Berkshire and was also a member of the winning England team in the Home Internationals. White, 20, won the Surrey Championship in 2009 and 2011 and followed up last year by winning the Berkshire Trophy. A former boy international, he represented the English Golf Union in Spain, Sweden and Finland last year and finished tied fourth in the County Champions Tournament.
Facebook5Tweet0Pin0Sunday morning – made even more glorious because the weekend continues an extra day!Between preparing for back to school and accepting the “end of summer,” ThurstonTalk writers have been busy delivering high quality, positive content about our community. We have some great stories coming your way in September. But, for now… let’s look at our favorite articles from last week – stories about people, businesses and organizations doing positive things in Thurston County.Olympia Harbor Days: Olympia’s Annual Summer Send-OffToday is your last day to visit Harbor Days, the maritime festival occurring all day at Percival Landing in downtown Olympia. Tugboat races are on the agenda today at noon. Check out Harbor Days photos from earlier this weekend.TCYFL Season Kicks Off With Jamboree + Thurston County Youth Football Cheerleading Program Continues To GrowThe Thurston County Youth Football League kicked off their season last weekend. The league has grown considerably in the past ten years, due to the great support and involvement of parents and volunteers. These two articles – one focused on football and the other on cheer – are a great example of how Thurston County residents are creating fun, positive sporting experiences for our youth.Heidi Perry Pushes Past Mile Markers In Ultramarathon EventsI’m impressed with the amazing athletic abilities of Heidi Perry. The North Thurston High School science teacher recently completed a 135-mile race in Death Valley, what she considers to be her greatest athletic accomplishment. And, this was not the first ultramarathon for the cross country coach. Read more – I guarantee you will be inspired!ThurstonTalk aims to be your source for positive information and events happening in Olympia. If you have a suggestion for a story, send us a note at [email protected] For more events and to learn what’s happening in Olympia and the surrounding area, click here.
Submitted by Thurston Solid WasteFewer plastic bags are floating around Thurston County as litter or contaminating our recycling and compost programs. This is largely due to the plastic bag bans adopted by Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater, and the unincorporated areas of Thurston County in 2014.The Solid Waste Division of the Public Works Department conducted a waste sort shortly after the ban took effect last year. A 53% decrease was seen even while some stores and residents were using up supplies they had. “The main reason for the ban was the negative environmental impacts of the approximately 90 million single-use plastic shopping bags used in Thurston County each year. So that large of a decrease, that quickly, shows it is working,” said Terri Thomas, Waste Reduction Specialist with Thurston County.Six months into the ban, Thurston County Solid Waste conducted a survey soliciting feedback of residents and local businesses and has now posted those results online. “We were glad to see that over 7,300 residents took the survey but disappointed that we received only 65 business responses,” said Thomas. The countywide survey results, with comments, is 819 pages so best read online. The results are also broken down by jurisdiction. Only 3% of residents report carrying out their purchases in single-use plastic bags as opposed to 63% before the ban. Use of reusable bags has gone from 20% to 53%. Forty-six percent of the residents and 51% of verified businesses that took the survey feel the ban should be kept in place or expanded to other jurisdictions.The Solid Waste Division will conduct another survey of residents and businesses on the plastic bag ban ordinance in July 2016. Those interested in reading the six-month report and survey results can visit www.ThurstonSolidWaste.org/plastics.The website also lists the ordinances, tips to remember to bring your bags, guidelines for safe use of reusable bags, and downloadable signs for retailers. For more information, contact Terri Thomas at [email protected] or (360) 867-2279. Facebook368Tweet0Pin0
This newspaper’s attention is drawn to a report carried in its Friday, February 22, 2019, edition under the headline, “CSOs Seek Support for Residents ‘Victimized’ by LAC, SRC’s Operations”, written by the Daily Observer’s community reporter, Hannah N. Geterminah.According to the reporter, several Civil Society Organizations in collaboration with a Swiss-based development charity, Bread for All (BFA), have launched a report calling on the Liberian government to provide a remedy to the problems faced by community members who were forcefully evicted from their lands in order to make way for the planting of rubber.According to the report entitled, “Struggle for Life and Land”, affected communities have lost their source of livelihood, along with a resultant sharp deterioration of the food security situation, worsened by a critical lack of access to safe drinking water.It can be observed that a major problem inherited by this government is the caseload of grievances of local communities, sparked by their forceful eviction of ancestral lands, by rubber and oil palm concessionaires under arrangements in which they were neither consulted nor involved in discussions that would see them deprived of their lands.It is indeed a problem heavily laden with full conflict potential. This newspaper maintains the view that, in situations where local communities find themselves helplessly pitted against the big corporations and with absolutely little or no protection coming from a government that is generally perceived as corrupt, resentment builds and can easily lead to violent and extremist forms of violence.And there are many examples the world over to support this claim. A May 2002 OECD working Paper on International Investment entitled: “Multinational Enterprises in Situations of Violent Conflict and Widespread Human Rights Abuses ” acknowledges that there is a growing body of empirical literature that supports the view that factors underpinning the dynamics of civil strife and human rights violations bear a direct relationship to the level and structure of income and with the degree of development of the country’s political institutions.What we have in Liberia are weak political and state institutions with over an estimated 64 percent of Liberians living below the poverty line, of whom 1.3 million live in extreme poverty. With pervasive and runaway corruption taking a heavy toll on the nation’s resources, there are indications that such conditions could contribute to the possibility that the country could re-experience civil strife, especially given the very corrupt behavior of public officials and the inflammatory rhetoric coming from both sides of the divide.This newspaper shares the view that in an economy such as ours, heavily dependent on the extractive industry, multinational corporations provide the revenue flow which makes it possible for the managers of a rentier state such as ours to procure the material and organizational requirements to employ the use of mindless violence as a matter of public policy.And such are bound to have repercussions simply because the people become incensed and imbued with a spirit of resistance. Perhaps runaway corruption and the arrogance and profligacy of corrupt officials can explain why the Afghan government (ranked by Transparency International as the 172 least corrupt nation out of 175), despite billions of foreign economic and military assistance, has been unable to quell the resurgence of the Taliban.And it can be similarly said of Iraq where a very corrupt Iraqi government has inadvertently aided the resurgence of the violent and extremist Islamic State.It is against this outlook that this newspaper urges the Weah administration to act urgently, to come to grips with the existing problems between the rubber giants, Liberia Agricultural Company(LAC), the Salala Rubber Corporation(SRC) and local communities. Admittedly, these problems and like those of the Golden Veroleum in Sinoe and Sime Darby in Cape Mount, are linked to the past government.It has appeared that the Ellen Sirleaf administration apparently had a charge to concession out the country legally or illegally. And the records show that more than two-thirds of concession agreements signed were illegal, according to the Moore Stephens report.But whether we like it or not, the charge is now President Weah’s to address as the successor of the past government. This is by no means an easy undertaking; yet it must be done.And this must be done sooner than later; if needs be, review concession agreements, especially since most were illegally concluded. The grievances of local communities must be addressed in a meaningful way that will not leave communities sullen, resentful of government and prone to violent and extremist behavior.Too much is at stake for the survival of this nation. This newspaper holds the view that President Weah should consider the idea of a national dialogue or, better still, the convening of a sovereign national conference to trash out burning issues with the view to deriving a national consensus on addressing key and critical issues. This is indeed a critical challenge for President Weah.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)