Illinois co-op says closing 170MW unit at Marion coal plant will save $125 million over 10 years FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Southern Illinoisan:Southern Illinois Power Cooperative plans to retire its largest coal-fired generator as early as this fall, a move that is expected to save $125 million over a decade.President and CEO Don Gulley said the tentative decision is the result of analysis and negotiations that have been ongoing since late 2019. Gulley said SIPC utilized outside consultants to help it perform a comprehensive review of operations and determine the best path forward. The decision to close Unit 4, as it is known, was based on two primary factors, he said: sustained low energy prices in the wholesale power market, and increasingly costly environmental regulations for coal-fired generators.SIPC is a generation and transmission cooperative located on the shores of Lake of Egypt that provides wholesale electric power to seven member distribution cooperatives, and the city of McLeansboro. It is jointly owned and governed by the distribution cooperatives, which are: Egyptian Electric Cooperative Association; Clinton County Electric Cooperative, Inc.; Monroe County Electric Co-Operative, Inc.; SouthEastern Illinois Electric Cooperative, Inc.; Southern Illinois Electric Cooperative; Tri-County Electric Cooperative, Inc.; and Clay Electric Co-operative, Inc.“It was — and is — a difficult decision,” Gulley said. “But my responsibility is to ensure the long-term viability of SIPC to benefit our member-owners, which ultimately benefit those 80,000 members. And the savings of $125 million over the next 10 years is significant and important to those 80,000 members.”The tentatively approved plan is awaiting final regulatory approvals, expected by late July. A formal board decision is to follow.Unit 4 was constructed in the late 1970s. It would take an investment of about $20 million in order for it to meet federal and state environmental requirements for coal ash and wastewater disposal over the next three to five years, Gulley said. That financial requirement was a piece in the equation, though Gulley said the primary driving factors behind the decision are the more competitive energy prices on the open market and a need to diversify SIPC’s energy sources. Currently, coal-fired generation accounts for more than 90% of its portfolio.[Molly Parker]More: Southern Illinois Power Co-op plans to shutter its largest coal-fired unit this fall
February 15, 2001 Managing Editor Regular News New Bar panel to investigate MDP complaints New Bar panel to investigate MDP complaints Mark D. Killian Managing Editor A new committee set to investigate complaints against lawyers who practice in multidisciplinary practice settings for possible Bar rule violations is now up and running. “There are lawyers who are developing alliances or some sort of joint relationships with non- lawyers to render law related services and to the extent they are doing that in violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct, then we want to make sure we enforce the rules,” said Tampa’s Martin Garcia, who chairs the panel. After two years of study, the Board of Governors last year voted to affirm that under existing ethics rules, members of the Bar may not practice law in MDP settings because MDPs by their nature violate the core values of the profession, including that a lawyer’s primary loyalty is to the client. The board also found Bar rules prohibiting fee splitting and nonlawyer ownership of a law firm were important to protect the independent professional judgment of lawyers. In furtherance of that vote, the board agreed to establish two special committees a Bar committee to investigate complaints against lawyers who practice in MDPs for possible violations of the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar and a committee to investigate complaints against nonlawyers for engaging in the unlicensed practice of law through MDPs. While a petition to create the UPL MDP panel is now pending before the court, the Bar’s MDP grievance panel is now operational. The Bar committee, Bar President Herman Russomanno said, will work to protect the profession’s core values, which encompass undivided loyalty to the client, exercising competent independent judgment for the client, keeping client confidences inviolate and avoiding conflicts of interest with the client. “We need to show the public why the legal profession deserves to be valued, respected and revered by all Floridians,” Russomanno said. “We must always keep our core values and maintain our independence as lawyers, our sense of ethical conduct and our steadfast commitment of the rule of law.” He said the profession’s core values must never change because they set lawyers apart as a profession and are critical to the preservation of a free society. “As we consider the globalization of legal practice, we must remember our obligations to our clients and to the public,” Russomanno said. “It is in the public interest to preserve the core values of the legal profession.” Multidisciplinary practice is inherently inconsistent with the core values of the legal profession, Garcia said, noting that Bar rules protect client interests by disallowing splitting legal fees with nonlawyers or permitting nonlawyers to own part of a law firm. “It has been reported that there is ancillary business and MDP type of conduct out there, and we want to make sure that those who are engaging in those activities are indeed complying with the Rules of Professional Conduct,” Garcia said. He noted the committee is going to be very interested in whether there are indeed lawyers rendering legal services in entities that are not law firms and are not complying with the rules. “An earlier committee had received a lot of information from some of these accounting firms — certainly if you read their brochure, it looks like they are indeed practicing law, and so we are going to look at that,” Garcia said. Garcia anticipates the bulk of complaints that will come before the committee will be brought by other lawyers. “We are going to rely more upon lawyers reporting violations, than we are perhaps aggrieved parties, Garcia said. “I think when a client, for example, goes to an accounting firm that is in essence practicing law, yet not getting legal services rendered free of conflicts of interest, the client may not realize that unless there is a clear instance of damages. A lawyer observing that kind of activity may be in good position to bring those types of matters to our attention.” To report a possible MDP violation, contact either Tony Boggs, director of the Bar’s legal division, or Mary Ellen Bateman, deputy director, at (850) 561-5839.
February 1, 2005 Regular News The Florida Bar Foundation has reached an agreement with Florida banks that has reduced the expenses charged on IOTA accounts and boosts the Foundation’s income.Foundation President Terry Russell reported to the Bar Board of Governors recently that the organization is looking to further dramatically boost its IOTA income.Russell said the Foundation worked with the Florida Bankers Association to end the practice of charging expenses from IOTA accounts that didn’t earn enough interest to cover those costs and transferring them to IOTA accounts that did. That change was made last June.“The net result of that was an additional $2.1 million for us,” Russell told the board. “We actually did that with the cooperation of the Florida Bankers Association, and we appreciate that.”With that done, the Foundation is now studying how banks set the interest rates for IOTA accounts overall, he said. According to Russell, there are about 23,000 IOTA accounts in Florida, and their average daily balance is about $3.61 billion.Yet despite that huge total, the average interest rate paid on the accounts is only 0.48 percent, and after expenses the actual average interest paid is 0.4 percent, he said.“It’s clear to us that banks annually earn hundreds of millions of dollars in interest on IOTA accounts,” Russell said.While the 0.4 percent may be the correct interest rate, he said the Foundation wants to thoroughly investigate its options, including a rule change, to boost that income.On other matters, Russell said:• The Foundation is optimistic its new speciality license plate will help raise money for children’s legal services. He noted that 8,000 plates must be sold over the next five years for the plate, which adds $25 to an annual renewal, to remain in circulation. Bar President Kelly Overstreet Johnson said she plans to strongly support the license plate and that her goal is for sales in a year or two to reach $1 million. • The Foundation will continue to support legislative funding for the Civil Legal Assistance Act. Russell was instrumental in getting that support started when he was Bar president, and it has resulted in $4.5 million over the past three years. With state finances easing after several lean years, “We’re optimistic we can finally expand that program on a statewide basis so that all legal aid agencies in Florida. . . will be able to benefit from it,” he said.Russell also said the Foundation wants to transfer funding oversight of the program from the Department of Community Affairs to the Attorney General’s Office, and that Attorney General Charlie Crist is receptive to that idea.• The Foundation late last year made its annual grants to legal aid organizations, which totaled $9 million. That includes grants totaling $697,000 to 13 legal aid offices to address the legal needs of children. The Foundation also passed out its law school assistance and administration of justice grants. Included was $25,000 for a second phase of the TaxWatch study of state funding for the judiciary.• The Foundation got a report on long-range planning for hurricane relief that called for a $250,000 reserve to help in future hurricane recoveries, including repairing damaged legal aid offices. Foundation works out deal to increase IOTA revenues Foundation works out deal to increase IOTA revenues
17 Elanora Ave, Pottsville.EVEN the garage at this picture perfect beach house captures sparkling blue ocean views. Whales and dolphins are also common sightings for homeowner Lynne Calaghan at her quintessential beach house. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North4 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa23 hours ago17 Elanora Ave, Pottsville.Ms Calaghan said she and her family moved from the US almost 40 years ago in search of a perfect Australian beach house. “When we found this property it was just an old cottage but the location made it a really special place,” she said. 17 Elanora Ave, Pottsville.Ms Calaghan said her family extended the house but didn’t knock down the original cottage. “We wanted to keep a bit of history, it was one of Pottsville’s original beach houses and it was just full of charm,” she said. The house is on a 705 sqm block and features timber flooring, open plan living and a fireplace. 17 Elanora Ave, Pottsville.
North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un (center) has so far been tight-lipped about the latest test the country allegedly carried out at the Sohae satellite-launching site. According to the KCNA state news agency on Sunday, the results of the test would be used to upgrade the country’s strategic status. AFP “The results of the recent importanttest will have an important effect on changing the strategic position of theDPRK (North Korea) once again in the near future,” KCNA state news agencyreported on Sunday. It provided no further details. “We do not need to have lengthy talkswith the US now, and denuclearization is already gone out of the negotiatingtable,” North Korean envoy to the United Nations (UN) Kim Song said onSaturday. It came after Pyongyang appeared toshut the door on further United States (US) talks. Despite facing a host of UN and othersanctions over its nuclear and missile programs, North Korea earlier this yearre-started testing short-range ballistic missiles.(BBC) Analysts believed it could be aground-based test of an engine to power a satellite launcher or anintercontinental ballistic missile. SEOUL – North Korea said it hascarried out a “very important test” at the Sohae satellite-launching site.
Aside from power service interruptions, some consumers have also expressed concern over their electric bills. They have thus banded together as “Koalisyon Bantay Kuryente” to protect and advance their rights as power consumers. The coalition would also be monitoring consumer complaints regarding their bills. Aquino said they won’t discount the possibility of pressing for an investigation, too, if necessary similar to ERC billing probes conducted by the regulatory body on other power distribution utilities in the country. Jose Allen Aquino, coalition coordinator, clarified, however, that their coverage is not just Iloilo City but the whole Panay Island. “’Yung mga consumers ng Iloilo sana hindi sila ma-apektuhan, lalo na ngayong pandemic. Ang problema talaga ‘yung mga long brownouts,” Lagon said. Like Congressman Lagon, Abang Lingkod party-list’s Rep. Joseph Stephen Paduano is also pressing for an investigation on the power situation in Iloilo City. He also enjoined the Department of Energy and Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to investigate this matter soonest. He feared for them, said Supeña. They could be at risk of being evicted from the property they’ve called home for many years, he said. “Brownouts long and frequent are clearly a disservice to the people in Iloilo City and elsewhere,” he stressed. ILOILO City – Power interruptions, some lasting as long as 13 hours, continue to inconvenience consumers and businesses here. The latest power outage, stretching for some 10 hours, started on Saturday night, eve of Father’s Day. “There is a need for the House Energy Committee and the ERC to look into the power situation in Iloilo to ensure the reliability and stability of the power supply and distribution there,” de Jesus said./PN For his part, PHILRECA (Philippine Rural Electric Cooperatives Association) party-list’s Rep. Presley de Jesus said brownouts not only adversely affect the health and safety of the Ilonggos but also the operation of businesses, especially MSMEs (micro, small and medium enterprises) which form a significant chunk of the Iloilo business landscape. Ruperto Supeña, coalition interim chairman, meanwhile disclosed that “almost 40,000 informal settlers”, especially those living along shorelines for decades, were offered instant connection for electricity but were asked to sign a waiver. Supeña also wondered if inspections were conducted and the technical requirements properly met for these electricity service connections. In Iloilo City, Aquino said consumers calling the office of MORE Electric and Power Corp. (MORE Power) about the brownouts felt dissatisfied. He said they wanted immediate solution or action. “During this time of pandemic, leaders of this country and officials of agencies involved in energy must show the people of Iloilo a sense of urgency to address this matter at the soonest possible time,” Paduano said. “Power is not something consumers should have to worry about, especially with the pandemic right now,” he stressed. The growing agitation of residents has prompted Rep. Sonny Lagon of Ako Bisaya party-list to reiterate his call to the House of Representatives to look into the power distribution situation in the city.
Neal’s Funeral Home306 S Walnut St.Osgood, IN 47037812-689-4262A lifetime farmer, great neighbor, and friend passed away Friday, January 22, 2016. Eugene “Gene” Henry Crum, age 85 of Sunman, passed away at Ripley Crossing in Milan. Gene was born March 2, 1930 in Sunman, Indiana to the late Henry and Lilly (Ross) Crum. Gene married Phyllis Jean Swift on July 7, 1959 at Adams Lutheran Church. Through this union, two children, son Alan and daughter Lori, were born.Gene was a man of great faith. As a lifetime member of Adams Lutheran Church, he instilled this in his family. Gene, along with his family, ran a farming operation raising row crops and livestock. Many of us throughout the community remember holidays and always being served with the freshest Crum turkeys. Visitors knew when they drove down the long lane to the home place as it is known, Gene would be ready for good conversation and laughter. He defined the words hard work and dedication. He loved working with the land and Mother Nature. He loved to attend farm auctions and enjoyed following his son Alan and family at different singing events. At some of the singing events, Gene treated many to singing “I’m Walking the Floor over You” or the ever popular “Tennessee Waltz.” His family was recently asked how they viewed life. “Happiness isn’t getting what you want…it’s enjoying all you have.” Gene lived it to the fullest.Gene is survived by wife Phyllis who still remains at the home place, son Alan Crum of Sunman, and daughter Lori Crum of Ashland, Ohio. He is also survived by sister-in-law Janet Crum of Sunman and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brothers Melvin and Bill, his sisters Mabel Crum and Delores Kestler, and daughter-in-law Melissa Crum.Services will all be held at Adam’s Lutheran Church near Batesville. Visitation will be Friday, January 29, 2016 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. The funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. with doors opening at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow in the Adams Church Cemetery. Memorials can be given to the church c/o the funeral home. Neal’s Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
”One thing I would clarify, as I have read a few things over the past couple of weeks, is that we were absolutely under budget this summer. I want to clarify that. That is what I have to say about Iain. ”As far as I am concerned, again for clarification, under no circumstances was I asked to resign and at no time have I thought of resigning from the football club.” But Mackay heaped praise on chairman Mehmet Dalman for the role he played in an extended board meeting on Monday where events of recent weeks were discussed in some detail, and it was resolved that Mackay would have the final say on any transfer dealings. However, at no point did Mackay mention owner Tan’s name, and only once did he mention chief executive Simon Lim, who it is believed would have signed off any summer transfers. ”On Monday and over the last two weeks I have a lot of close contact with the new chairman Mehmet Dalman, who is a very impressive figure,” said Mackay. ”He chaired the board meeting as though he had chaired a thousand in his sleep, he was very impressive. ”Over the last couple of weeks there has been a mutual respect between us and an understanding of what needs to be done to make the club strong again. ”I hope he plays a big part going forward as far as the club is concerned. ”Any other questions in terms of where that’s concerned, you can ask, or ask to discuss with, the CEO (Simon Lim) down at the stadium. ”I want to protect the players. I want to talk about football, we have a game against Chelsea. I am the manager and my job is to look after the football side of the club so, with respect, that’s all I will be saying about that.” It has been suggested that a transfer budget overspend during the summer, when the club spent more than £30million bringing in the likes of Steven Caulker, Gary Medel, Andreas Cornelius and Peter Odemwingie, had been behind Moody’s exit. Cardiff boss Mackay refuted those claims as his side prepare to face Chelsea on Saturday, despite Tan’s claim of a £15million overspend, and reports he had been asked to resign. But he was not prepared to state just why he is no longer working with one of his most-trusted aides, although his agent had stated the Scot was prepared to do just that earlier this week. Mackay would also not comment on whether he had had any dealings with Apsalyamov, during a tense press conference where, after answering initial questions on off-field matters, he made it clear he would only answer further questions related to Saturday’s game against Chelsea. ”Iain is an absolute class act as far as I am concerned. He has done a very impressive job for the football club,” said Mackay, who also apologised to the club’s fans over the spotlight Moody’s departure has cast on the Bluebirds. ”In one of the periods of success at the football club, which we have been in over the last two and a half years, he has had a huge part to play in the restructuring of my squad. ”He helped bring in more than 20-odd players and he is someone who had a huge part to play in the current success, who will be missed by everyone who works for out football club. ”He leaves with my utmost gratitude and respect. I would say our loss will be someone’s huge gain. Moody, who had worked with Mackay at Watford, has been replaced by 23-year-old Kazakhstani Alisher Apsalyamov on an interim basis. Apsalyamov is thought to be a friend of Cardiff owner Vincent Tan’s son and appears to have no previous experience in football. Malky Mackay is keen to draw a line under recent events at Cardiff as the Bluebirds prepare to face Chelsea, but there remains no explanation for the the removal of Iain Moody as his head of recruitment. Press Association
April 16, 2020 ___World Rugby is offering a $100 million relief fund for national unions distressed by the coronavirus pandemic.World Rugby says “it is designed to assist the maximum number of unions for the maximum amount of time while there is a rugby void.”The body adds “the financial package will potentially involve a combination of advances and loans” for Six Nations and Sanzaar unions and that “World Rugby is also committed to supporting emerging nations and regional associations where required.”___ Associated Press ___Nice coach Patrick Vieira has been thanked by the city’s mayor for donating 250 iPads to elderly people in four public care homes.The 43-year-old Vieira is a former player who won the 1998 World Cup with France.Mayor Christian Estrosi says “together we’re always stronger and I thank Patrick Vieira and Nice for their generosity.”Estrosi says the tablets are essential in helping people maintain contact with their families “and limit the isolation of our elders during the confinement period.” The FFF says it will announce its “massive support plan for amateur soccer” in the coming days. It says the plan will support clubs when their leagues restart next season.The FFF canceled all its leagues this season because of the coronavirus pandemic except the third division and the women’s first division. The top two men’s leagues in France and the League Cup are run by the LFP.The French Cup final on April 25 and the women’s French Cup semifinals on March 21 have been postponed but not canceled.___The U.S. Tennis Association says it is overseeing a commitment of more than $50 million to help the sport deal with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi says the hospital workers are “true heroes” who should continue to be applauded.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The French soccer federation is preparing a rescue package for its 14,000 amateur clubs. The Indian Premier League has been suspended indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic.The IPL has become cricket’s primary annual competition in April and May but India this week extended the world’s biggest lockdown to May 3. That has dashed hopes by the Board of Control for Cricket in India of a shortened IPL in May possibly without spectators.The BCCI bowed to the inevitable to suspend the Twenty20 competition until further notice.BCCI honorary secretary Jay Shah says “the health and safety of the nation and everyone involved in our great sport remains our top priority and … the IPL 2020 season will only commence when it is safe and appropriate to do so.”The eight-week IPL was to begin on March 29 but was then pushed back to April 15. The Latest: French soccer federation prepares rescue package ___French soccer club Paris Saint-Germain is helping to provide meals for medical staff combating the coronavirus outbreak.Up to 1,200 meals per day are being prepared in the kitchens of the Parc des Princes in western Paris. They are then delivered by volunteers from the Street Food en Mouvement (Street Food on the Move) association.Volunteers from the association have used the stadium kitchens since April 9. Four trucks have been used to take more than 5,000 meals to seven hospitals.Every day a team of 12 delivers a full meal outside hospitals from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 6 p.m.-10 p.m. The USTA says it is shaving more than $20 million from its budget by reducing salaries of its management and eliminating programs in player development and marketing.The group that runs the U.S. Open says the total future support provided by the USTA and its industry partners for the sport at the grassroots level “will be determined by the financial performance” of the 2020 Grand Slam tournament in Flushing Meadows.The USTA says it still plans to stage its tournament as scheduled from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13.The U.S. Open would be the next major tennis championship on the calendar after the French Open was postponed and Wimbledon was canceled.The WTA and ATP professional tours are currently suspended until at least July and one tournament in August already has been called off.
BRYAN FAUST/Herald photoMILWAUKEE — It was the picture-perfect ending to the season and to the careers of five special UW seniors.At this point three years ago, discussing a national championship would have been laughable. The Badgers had wrapped up a 13-23-4 season, and the talks were instead about where the program was going and if it should be Mike Eaves leading the way as head coach.Adam Burish, A.J. Degenhardt, Tom Gilbert, Nick Licari and Ryan MacMurchy endured much more than 23 losses. They persisted through a rookie season that included five-mile runs at 6 a.m., wrestling matches at dawn, and anything and everything in between.Fast forward to present day. Despite a miserable freshman year, the five seniors kept the goal of earning a national title. On Saturday, they got just that, and it was none other than Gilbert who played the role of hero.”To go out as winners is an unbelievable feeling,” Licari said. “It’s something that us seniors will all remember forever and as a group. We are bonded for life.””It’s unreal,” MacMurchy said. “It’s been a long four years, but we finally won something, and it was the biggest thing in our last game. That’s what you dream of.”Their freshman season was a disaster, but it was an important year in terms of getting to this point. While it may have drained the players both emotionally and physically, and it might have sparked some murmurs around the community concerning Eaves’ coaching style, the Badgers would not be here without it.”That was a special year of my life — talk about a character-building year,” MacMurchy said. “That forged us into who we are as a team and as a senior class. I wouldn’t trade that year for anything.”Their sophomore season, the team showed hope. Nobody expected the Badgers to come within an overtime goal of making the Frozen Four.The junior season brought higher expectations, but with just a young group, nobody was necessarily surprised when they bowed out right away to Michigan.But this season, a national championship seemed like their destiny. It was the last shot for the five seniors, and they knew from the onset that if they had a great season, they would never have to leave the state of Wisconsin to earn that title.Everything played out perfectly.”This whole year we’ve been focused on this point, we really have,” MacMurchy said. “My first few years, we just kind of wanted to do well. … We had other short-term goals. This year, it was all about winning the national championship, and we did it.”It was extra special for Gilbert. He may not be the flashiest player, but it is no secret just how pivotal he has been for this team. And his efforts were recognized when he was named a second-team All-American here Friday night.The first goal of his Wisconsin career was the Badgers’ first of the year, during Gilbert’s freshman season. His last was the final goal of this season and the game-winner, to boot. He has had many goals in between — 33 to be exact — but there’s something special about opening and closing a career like that.”I was talking to the rest of the team, and I was saying, ‘I scored the first goal of our freshman year, and I’ll probably score the last one,'” Gilbert said. “It worked out that I did. I’ll never forget this.”But nobody can be feeling any better today than Burish, the two-year senior captain and Madison native who saw his childhood dreams realized. He earned his title just two weeks after his sister, Nikki, brought home the same honor for the UW women’s team.She was there on the ice to give him a celebratory hug Saturday.”We’re national champions together for the rest of our lives,” Burish said. “Nobody can take that from us.”When the final horn sounded, MacMurchy immediately looked for Burish, his classmate and the team’s leader.”I’m so proud of him. … Being a Madison kid, this was his dream,” MacMurchy said. “He closed it out today the best way that he could.”The Badgers’ proverbial mountain climb is over. Eaves used the analogy all season long — a journey up the side of the mountain with a goal to get to the top.They reached that summit and stuck a Wisconsin flag into the peak.For the first time in 16 years, the Badgers are national champions. The Badgers will never forget what happened Saturday night, and the five seniors have one of the most remarkable stories in hockey history.As hard as it was to climb up that mountain to the pinnacle of success, the journey back down from the celebratory high that they are now on might be just as difficult.