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Barclays Takes Harder Line On Coal Project Financing

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Clean Technica:Barclays, one of the four “Big Banks” in the U.K., silently made big news last month, shifting its policies regarding financing coal mining and coal-fired power plants, as well as declaring “no appetite” for projects in World Heritage Sites or Ramsar Wetlands locations.The bank declared in the first of two policy statements it had “no appetite” for project financing that supports development or expansion of projects in World Heritage Sites and Ramsar Wetlands locations unless in both cases there is prior consensus that such development will not adversely affect the site.In addition to its commitment to protecting the Ramsar Wetlands, Barclays also published a lengthier, more in-depth policy statement regarding how it will do business with corporate banking and investment banking clients involved in the coal mining and coal-fired power sector. All such clients and their specific individual transactions will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis against a wide array of considerations ranging from adherence to the Equator Principles, use of efficient technology, and a client’s potential for stranded asset risk.Unlike Barclays’ policies regarding World Heritage Sites and Ramsar Wetlands, its coal policy is much more nuanced and detailed, describing specific policies for specific aspects of the coal industry. For example, Barclays declared simply that it “has no appetite for project finance transactions for the development of greenfield thermal coal mines anywhere in the world” but had a much more detailed policy for mountaintop removal coal mining (MTR) given its legal recognition in the United States but the bank’s acknowledgement that this mining method “is also one that has been subject to intense political, judicial, and regulatory debate over the last decade.” As such, Barclays will “not directly finance MTR projects or developments” and will “apply enhanced due diligence to all credit and capital markets facilities involving clients which practice MTR.” Further, financing for companies which are significant producers of MTR-sourced coal will be provided “by exception only.”Barclays also declared “no appetite” for project financing supporting the construction or material expansion of coal-fired power stations in high-income OECD countries (though such power plants utilizing carbon capture storage or sequestration technology will be considered on a case-by-case basis) or the construction or material expansion of coal-fired power stations in non-high-income OECD countries unless they use super-critical or ultra-critical technology — and such transactions will be subject to enhanced due diligence on a case-by-case basis.More: Barclays Declares “No Appetite” For Thermal Coal Mining, Oil, & Gas, Moves To Protect World Heritage Sites Barclays Takes Harder Line On Coal Project Financinglast_img read more

El Gobernador Wolf urge al sector manufacturero a informar sobre las capacidades y necesidades cruciales de suministro relacionadas con la COVID-19

first_img Español,  Press Release,  Public Health El Gobernador Tom Wolf urgió hoy al sector manufacturero de Pennsylvania que actualmente está produciendo o puede pasar a producir suministros relacionados con la COVID-19 a enviar su información al Pennsylvania Manufacturing Call to Action Portal (Portal de llamado a la acción al sector manufacturero de Pennsylvania) recién desarrollado.“Estamos pidiendo a todos que hagan su parte para mitigar la propagación de la COVID-19. Esto incluye garantizar que nuestro sistema de atención médica esté preparado para atender a los pacientes y que haya acceso a los equipos y productos de protección personal cruciales a medida que más personas y empresas adopten medidas preventivas”, dijo Wolf. “A través de la historia de nuestro Estado, nuestro sector manufacturero ha respondido al llamado para que podamos avanzar y ha contribuido enormemente en tiempos de turbulencias. Hago un llamado a nuestro sector privado para que sea parte de la solución de esta crisis”.El portal identificará las capacidades, necesidades, deficiencias de la fuerza laboral y oportunidades innovadoras de la cadena de suministros cruciales de las empresas. Comunicar esta información importante e identificar las capacidades y las necesidades ayudará a coordinar las conexiones que las empresas necesitan para obtener los productos cruciales que se relacionan con la COVID-19 para comercializar o modernizar sus operaciones y así comenzar a producir esos productos.Este portal manufacturero se fundamenta en la reciente creación del Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Critical Medical Supplies Procurement Portal (Portal de adquisición de suministros médicos cruciales para el Estado de Pennsylvania) para el abastecimiento de los suministros más necesarios para los proveedores médicos, el personal de emergencias y los profesionales de atención médica.“Debemos tomar todas las medidas para proteger a nuestros trabajadores de atención médica y socorristas de primera línea de la COVID-19, y proporcionarles los equipos necesarios para ayudar a los pacientes”, dijo Wolf. “No podemos depender solamente del gobierno federal para que nos proporcione los equipos necesarios. Debemos aprovechar nuestros propios recursos valiosos, que incluye a nuestro sector manufacturero, para ayudar a nuestros trabajadores de la atención médica a salvar la vida de los residentes de Pennsylvania”.El portal fue un esfuerzo conjunto de DCED, la Asociación Manufacturera de Pennsylvania, el Consejo de Industria Química de Pennsylvania, Ben Franklin Technology Partners, la Asociación de Hospitales y Sistemas de Salud de Pennsylvania, IRC Network, Life Sciences PA, Pennsylvania Life Sciences Greenhouses y la Cámara de Negocios e Industria de Pennsylvania.“A medida que trabajamos para proteger la salud y la seguridad pública y crear una cadena de suministro sólida, sabemos que hay fabricantes en todo el Estado que están dispuestos a ayudar y pueden hacerlo”, dijo Wolf. “El portal reunirá a estos fabricantes para que trabajen en equipo para ayudarnos a obtener los equipos que necesitamos”.Si bien los hospitales aún no han sufrido un aumento de pacientes con COVID-19, Pennsylvania está tomando medidas adicionales con el fin de garantizar que nuestro sistema de atención médica tenga acceso a equipos cruciales a medida que la cantidad de casos positivos del virus aumenta diariamente.Pennsylvania ha solicitado 1,000 respiradores a Strategic National Stockpile (Reserva Estratégica Nacional), pero en este momento la solicitud está en espera debido a la disponibilidad actual de respiradores en Pennsylvania.El estado ha comprado y está esperando recibir 400 respiradores adicionales de un proveedor de suministros privado. El Estado también ha solicitado máscaras N95, respiradores, batas, guantes, gafas y protectores faciales y ha recibido varios envíos de las provisiones nacionales.El Departamento de Salud de Pennsylvania continúa trabajando con socios federales, que incluyen al Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos y la Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias.Las preguntas sobre el Pennsylvania Manufacturing Call to Action Portal pueden dirigirse a RA-DCEDPAMCTAP@pa.gov.Para obtener la información más actualizada sobre la COVID-19, los residentes de Pennsylvania deben visitar: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/.Ver esta página en inglés aquí. April 06, 2020 El Gobernador Wolf urge al sector manufacturero a informar sobre las capacidades y necesidades cruciales de suministro relacionadas con la COVID-19center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Rockies’ Kyle Freeland rises to occasion, with embarrassing John Elway moment still fresh

first_imgMORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNAfter one of Colin’s games, with all the parents and players still hanging around the field, one of the dads started throwing batting practice to his son. Kyle and some of the other younger brothers, gloves at the ready, scrambled out to shag fly balls. Any excuse to get out on the baseball field and impress the older kids was a welcomed opportunity. But this didn’t go quite as Freeland planned. “So this kid hits a fly ball and I go to catch it and I just take my eye off the ball for a split second and it glances off my glove and smokes me right under the eye,” Freeland said, grimacing as he stood in front of his spring training locker a couple of weeks ago. “I mean, in front of John Elway, in front of his son. So that was pretty embarrassing. I had this huge welt, with the laces showing right across my cheek.”That welt under his eye healed long ago. The shot to his baseball-playing little-kid pride, though? That still stings a bit, even now. A little more focus and Freeland avoids that embarrassing — and painful — moment in front of the best athlete in Colorado state history. The lesson was learned, though. Was it ever. “The individual challenges that pop up in a game, whether it be one pitch or one at-bat, whatever it may be, just the way that he always rises to the occasion (is impressive), it seems like every time,” veteran Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta told Sporting News this spring. “The more difficult the situation is, the more he has the ability to do more and be successful. Usually when guys try to do more, they go the other way. When he tries to increase his intensity, you get a one-to-one correlation where it actually works. Other people, it’s the other way around.”Freeland finished fourth in the NL Cy Young voting last year, after finishing a stellar sophomore season on the mound. The lefty posted a 2.85 ERA (and 3.67 FIP), including a stellar 2.40 ERA in 15 starts in the notoriously hitter-friendly Coors Field. That’s the best single-season home ERA for any Rockies pitcher with at eight games started at Coors.And he was at his best when it mattered most. In 163 plate appearances with runners in scoring position last year, opposing hitters posted just a .546 OPS. Among starters with at least 150 innings, that number ranked eighth in baseball, behind Cy Young winners Blake Snell and Jacob deGrom, plus guys like Max Scherzer, Chris Snell and Aaron Nola. “When I get into situations, I just kind of think, ‘OK, you need to really lock it in right here and do what you need to do to minimize damage, or create no damage at all,” Freeland said. “And I guess you kind of go into an extra focus or hyper-focus. That’s not something that I just click and do. Whenever I’m in a situation like that, I just try to bear down as much as possible and really make my pitches.”MORE: SN’s MLB Power RankingsFreeland has pitch-by-pitch breathing exercises that help him stay on that even keel, but so do lots of pitchers who struggle in those situations. So what makes Freeland different? “I have no clue. I wish I knew,” Iannetta said with a laugh. “I think we all search for that. Some of us can do it and some of us can’t. He’s one who can, for sure.”In 356 plate appearances with men on base — any base, not just in scoring position — Freeland gave up just one home run last year. The other 16 homers he allowed were all solo shots. That’s how you minimize damage.“When you’re in a game, cruising and everything’s going smoothly, you’re just out there firing strikes,” Freeland said. “You’re just looking to get ahead of guys and if they hit the ball, so what, you’re still grooving. But when you get into situations where something bad can happen, that’s where you got to truly think yourself through your situations.”Freeland only had one testing situation in his first 2019 start, and he passed that with flying colors on Opening Day. Pitching on the road in Miami, Freeland retired the first 11 batters he faced. He gave up a two-out single in the fourth, a two-out walk in the fifth, a solo homer in the sixth. In the seventh, an error and a hit-by-pitch gave the Marlins two runners on with only one out.  But Freeland induced a weak grounder from Miguel Rojas for a force out at third base, then got Rosell Herrera to loft a harmless fly ball to right field for the third out. In other words, more of the same. “Everyone here is physically talented,” Iannetta said. “There’s a ton of pitchers who have really great stuff. But it’s the way he competes and the way he handles challenges.”John Elway, you’d imagine, would be proud of the kid with the welt under his eye. Even now, as he’s mostly laughing while telling the story of his most embarrassing injury, Kyle Freeland winces just a bit.Freeland, the left-handed ace of the Colorado Rockies, was 7 or 8 years old and a regular at the baseball games of his older brother, Colin. And Colin played on a team with Jack Elway, the son of Denver Broncos Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway. For any little kid growing up in Colorado, just being near John Elway was a really, really big deal. last_img read more