Australia: Developers Scrap Plans for Coal-Export Expansion in Newcastle

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Sydney Morning Herald:The $5 billion-plus Terminal 4 coal export expansion planned for Newcastle has been scrapped after demand for the fossil fuel failed to increase as expected.Port Waratah Coal Services said on Thursday that it would allow a lease for the terminal – known as T4 – to lapse, signalling that the project would not go ahead.Port Waratah’s two terminals, Carrington and Kooragang, last year exported 105 million tonnes of coal out of a combined capacity of 145 million tonnes, the company said in a statement.Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group, operator of the city’s third terminal, shipped about 60 million tonnes, helping make Newcastle one of the largest coal export centres in the world.“With significant growth capacity available in the existing terminals, we do not expect that the conditions to support an investment of the large and long-term nature of Terminal 4 will be in place before the development approval lapses in September 2020,” Hennie du Plooy, chief executive of Port Waratah, said.The company is understood to have sunk many millions of dollars into T4, a project that secured its original lease in 2009. The first stage envisaged a 25 million tonne per year terminal, with plans to expand that in the future to 70 million tonnes.Jeremy Buckingham, Greens energy spokesman, said T4 becoming terminal was “wonderful news.”“Reality is catching up with the great lie that we can continue to export coal in an age of climate change,” Mr Buckingham said.The Greens called on the government “to develop a transition strategy away from coal” and the party would be making this a key election issue, he said.John Mackenzie, a Newcastle City Councillor, also welcomed the T4 decision.“From the outset the economics was against this, the science was against this and the community was against it but because of our broken planning system it was approved anyway,” Mr Mackenzie said.“Communities are sick of being placed in limbo by a planning system which has no red lights and a Government who won’t show leadership by refusing new fossil fuel projects at the outset.”More: Newcastle’s T4 coal port expansion scrapped as demand fails to rise Australia: Developers Scrap Plans for Coal-Export Expansion in Newcastlelast_img read more

DLP set to hold delegates conference in St Joseph

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Share 32 Views   4 comments Sharecenter_img Tweet LocalNews DLP set to hold delegates conference in St Joseph by: – May 16, 2012 Former Barbados Prime Minister Owen Authur will be the guest speaker at the delegates conference. Photo credit: Caribbean 360As Dominica’s oldest and most experienced political organization prepares to celebrate its fifty-seventh anniversary later this month, hundreds of delegates from all twenty-one constituencies will converge on the western community of St. Joseph for the Dominica Labour Party’s delegates’ conference scheduled to take place on Sunday 20th May from 10:00am. Delegates will hear addresses from two Government ministers who are set to report on their stewardship over the past year as well as from Party leader and Prime Minister Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit who will articulate some of the major achievements of his administration over the past twelve months. Former Barbados Prime Minister The Right Honorable Owen Authur has accepted an invitation by the DLP to serve as Guest Speaker to the conference. The Former Barbadian leader is expected to speak on issues related to regional integration as well as the Caribbean single market and economy, two areas which he championed during his tenure as a regional leader. The Right Honorable Authur who is the political leader of the Barbados Labour Party has been serving as the Leader of the Opposition in Barbados and since 2010. DLP delegates are also expected to deliberate on a number of resolutions being put forward for the consideration of the conference as well as to elect the National executive to serve the Dominica Labour party for the next year. The Party does not anticipate any major changes at the helm of the organization. The DLP is also set to host its annual awards ceremony on Sunday 27th May at the Pierre Charles Secondary School in Grand bay as part of activities to mark the Party’s 57th anniversary. Thirty-one awardees will be recognized for their unwavering support and commitment to the party over the years. Press Releaselast_img read more

Skipper Weah Launches Football Practice Matches

first_imgThe President in meeting with members of the House of Representatives Rep. Saah Joseph failed to pull a goal despite his impression President Weah in possession of the ball against the LEG of the House of Representatives Good Health Thru Sports in Govt1 of 5 President Weah in possession of the ball against the LEG of the House of Representatives-Against Branches of Gov’t, MinistriesFormer football icon (President) George M. Weah has formally announced “hanging his jersey” in the Intra-Governmental Tournament, and has officially launched practice sessions against other branches of government, including ministries, autonomous agencies, corporations, among others, on Saturdays.The former captain of the Legislature, (2014 – 2016, President Weah), on Saturday, at the Barclay Training Center (BTC) sports pitch on UN Drive, led the Ministry of State (MOS) in the first ceremonial practice match against his former side, the LEG of the House of Representatives.The President’s two goals were enough to thrash the Legislature.At least 40 members of the House of Representatives were in attendance, including Speaker Bhofal Chambers and Deputy Speaker Prince K. Moye. The 52-year-old former 1995 World Best Player lacked stamina but still has the skills and tactics to lead his side to victory.Reps. Samuel Kogar, Saah Joseph, Ivar Jones, Lawrence Morris, Dickson Seboe, Hanson Kiazolu and Albert Hill could not pull a goal against the President’s outfit. Coach (Rep.) Solomon George blamed his team’s defeat to lack of preparation but said there will be a return leg.The football practice is the president’s way of working out to good health.  “No matter your age or fitness level, training or exercises can help you get in shape and lower your risk of disease,” the president told members of the House of Representatives.The 2018 Intra-governmental league is expected to begin next month at the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville. The Intra-governmental tourney is meant to reawaken the spirit of togetherness and unity, and to solidify intra-governmental relationship. The tournament provides the opportunity for senior managers, junior managers, and ordinary employees to interact.center_img The President goals against the Legislature was enough Speaker Bhofal Chambers and other members of the House are watching the game Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Do We Really Need 12 Inches of Foam Under Our Slab?

first_img[Editor’s note: Roger and Lynn Normand are building a [no-glossary]Passivhaus[/no-glossary] in Maine. This is the 21st article in a series that will follow their project from planning through construction.] After kicking the tires on the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) results obtained by the Passive House Academy (PHA) on EdgewaterHaus, we have decided to make one design change that, if acceptable to PHA, will save us money and still allow us to comfortably meet the annual heat demand limit set by PHPP.In a northern climate like Maine, the challenge in meeting the Passivhaus standard lies in achieving the exceptionally low annual heat demand (AHD) of 4.75 kBTU/(ft2•yr). As my previous blog noted, EdgewaterHaus design had an annual heat demand of 3.97 kBTU/(ft2•yr) and earned a Passive House Design Stage Assurance. BLOGS BY ROGER NORMAND Seeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal — Part 1Seeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal — Part 2Seeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal — Part 3Can We Get More and Pay Less To Keep About The Same?Backup Electrical Power for a Passivhaus Project?Passive House Certification: Looking Under the Hood Can Foam Insulation Be Too Thick?GBA Encyclopedia: Rigid Foam Insulation Oops! The EPS foam has already been orderedAnd then a complication. Four-inch-thick EPS foam is not a commonly stocked item. To prepare for the start of construction, our builder Caleb Johnson Architects had already ordered the material and its delivery was imminent; according to the supplier, it was too late to modify the order. They would not accept a return. We owned the EPS.How disappointing: after over 1 1/2 years in the design phase of our project, we still could not make all the necessary material decisions in time!Perhaps we could use the 4-inch-thick EPS to substitute for some of the Roxul. From a thermal perspective, that would work. Marc cautioned us to keep the EPS well below grade, because it tends to harbor ants. (Our EPS destined for use well below grade is not treated with an insecticide.) Maybe we can install thinner foamThe first place to look at reducing the cost of the building envelope was the 12 inches of EPS foam insulation below the basement slab, or perhaps some of the Roxul Drainboard insulation outside of the ICF foundation. Both are more expensive than the cellulose insulation used to fill the above-grade wall cavities and blown into the attic, and provide less real insulating benefit. RELATED ARTICLES The Roxul and EPS are installed below grade, where the soil moderates temperature extremes, and wind is not an added burden. Because both are installed as the outermost layer of the building envelope, either could be reduced without significantly affecting the design of the house. And since heat rises and cold falls, common sense suggests that any reduction in insulation happen below ground.The 12 inches of EPS foam was to be installed in 3 layers of 4-inch-thick foam, with taped seams. The foam comes in 4 foot by 8 foot sheets. The EPS costs about $60 per sheet plus tax, tape, and labor. There are some 70 sheets per layer.Our energy analyst Marc Rosenbaum calculated that going from 12 inches of EPS foam down to 8 inches would raise our AHD from 3.97 to 4.35 kBTU/(ft2•yr), still comfortably below the 4.75 kBTU/(ft2•yr) ceiling.So, let’s eliminate one of the three layers of EPS. If you want that type of Roxul, you have to buy a palletAnother complication: the planned 2 3/8-inch-thick Roxul Drainboard is also not commonly stocked, and unlike the 1-inch-thick version, only comes in pallet-sized quantities. We would also have to match exterior material thicknesses.Then our architect Chris Briley learned that we may be able to purchase some surplus 2 3/8 inch Roxul retained by another nearby contractor — price to be determined. Chris has drafted a revised drawing showing the reduced amount of Roxul, the EPS topped with flashing to prevent water from the above drainboard to flow between the EPS and the ICF, and the change to only 8 inches of EPS beneath the slab.Before we implement this design change, Chris has submitted the revised drawing to PHA. We want PHA to confirm that we still meet the Passivhaus annual heat demand limit, and still retain the Passive House Design Stage Assurance. We expect a quick response from PHA, as excavation is imminent. The first article in this series was Kicking the Tires on a Passivhaus Project. Roger Normand’s construction blog is called EdgewaterHaus.last_img read more

Blue Heron EcoHaus: Adding it All Up

first_imgEditor’s note: Kent Earle and his wife, Darcie, write a blog called Blue Heron EcoHaus, documenting their journey “from urbanites to ruralites” and the construction of a superinsulated house on the Canadian prairies. The blog below was originally published in February. A complete list of Kent Earle’s GBA blogs can be found below. A friend of mine sent me an article from Tree Hugger about an Irish county that made the Passive House standard mandatory for all new home construction.This is a pretty big deal. The question then came up: Why doesn’t Canada (or the U.S.) adopt such strict and stringent standards? Certainly, the Paris Climate Conference of 2015 has finally made official what everyone and their dog already knew: the world is overheating and we need to do something about it before we all die. Building better homes could make a massive difference in our world’s energy use. It is well-known that a certified Passive House uses 80%-90% less space heating energy than a standard house. [Editor’s note: In the previous sentence, the phrase “standard house” refers to an older house. If a Passive House is compared to a new code-compliant home, the savings would be less.]As usual, the roadblocks to making such rigorous standards mandatory are a combination of bureaucracy, status quo, and resistance to change. In this post and the next, I will make the argument that I believe there is a skewed perspective on both sides of this battle in Canada. Existing standards are shamefulDid you know that the minimum standard for wall construction in Saskatchewan (a province that has frigid winters of -40° temperatures for long stretches and more than 10,000 heating degree days per year) is a 2×6 wall with batt insulation? The effective R-value of this wall is only R-17.5 due to thermal bridging (as the wood studs form a bridge between the inside and outside of the wall). How come more people don’t build this way?Say… that’s pretty much the same as what we said a typical new house would cost, right?So why the heck isn’t everyone doing this?Well, it goes back to the fact that there is an unfounded assumption that building an energy-efficient house costs a lot more. (I think we’ve shown that it simply does not have to.) It also does not help that energy costs from non-renewables such as coal-fired electricity and natural gas are very cheap still. (Even so, those extra 8% in building costs for us should be paid back in less than 12 years in monthly energy bill savings.)And the public outcry for action is not yet greater than the apathy of maintaining the status quo on the part of our government, the building industry, and those contractors who have been making a tidy profit on their suburban sprawl spec houses. This standard must be out of date, you say? In fact, this was recently upgraded to this absurdly pathetic level in 2012. (It was only a 2×4 wall before that.) Shameful.As if this weren’t bad enough, most homes in Saskatchewan feature R-12 in basement walls and only R-40 in the attic. There is no requirement for insulation under the slab of the house. Also, the building code requires only double-pane windows; such insufficient windows account for a massive amount of heat loss, up to 50% of the heat loss of a home. (These are usually vinyl-framed windows, though some have frames of wood or aluminum.) And placement of these crappy windows can lead to further issues with heat loss due to inadequate southern exposure and the placement of large windows on the north side of house.Furthermore, the air leakage rate in most new Saskatchewan homes is about 2.0 air changes per hour at 50 pascals (ach50), which is actually one of the lowest averages in Canada. (Source: Energy Standards by Ken Cooper.)I assume that you get the picture: our homes are generally very inefficient. (Don’t think that this problem is restricted to Saskatchewan – this problem is relatively consistent across North America). High performance doesn’t mean high costAlthough we did not build a Passive House, we followed Passive House principles as closely as we could financially justify (which is the rub; more on this in my next post). For a quick comparison, our house has R-56 walls, an R-80 attic, R-32 basement walls and under-slab. Our latest airtightness test was 0.72 ach50 (and with some extra tightening we’re hoping to get this to 0.65 or less at the next test).We used triple-pane fiberglass windows. The design of the house maximized heat gain through the south windows and minimized heat loss through the windows on the east, west, and north sides. Shading from our roof overhangs prevents overheating in the summer. The positioning of the house is directly south (a luxury made possible by the fact that we live on generous acreage). We also installed photovoltaic panels to offset our meager energy use.Now, a lot of people wonder and ask — I know I did prior to building — whether it costs substantially more money to build a house to this level of efficiency.The simple truth is that it does not have to.The general consensus is that a new custom home in Canada, excluding the cost of purchasing land, is between $200 and $300 per square foot. (A contractor-built spec “cookie cutter” home, built to the minimum standard with minimal features and cheap finishes, can cost $175/square foot or less.) Indeed, this is a wide range: a 1,500-square-foot home could cost between $300,000 and $450,000. But for argument’s sake, let’s say $250/square foot is a realistic cost of a new custom home.OK, so where are the extra costs?I would say the design, planning, and orientation of the house are the biggest factors in determining your initial and long-term costs for a high-performance, energy-efficient house. It does not cost any more to build a house with the windows facing south instead of north. Positioning the long axis of the house east-west does not cost any more than facing it north-south. Designing correct overhangs for shading does not cost any more than designing insufficient overhangs. Placing operable windows appropriately for cross-ventilation does not cost anything extra, either.But all of these decisions and factors can have huge ramifications on the cost of construction and/or long-term costs of operation. We had several team meetings during our design process (including with a certified Passive House designer, with a contractor, and with LEED engineers) to decide on which systems would be best suited to be optimally energy-efficient and be comfortable to live in. We also made sure that everyone, including the subcontractors, were on the same page. This extra consulting time accounted for 2.5% of our overall cost.Our construction costs were only slightly higherWe built double 2×4 stud walls that are 16 inches thick. The cost of materials for this wall system, versus the cost of 2x6s and 2 inches of EPS foam, is almost negligible. Framing labor costs were slightly more, though, as each exterior wall was built twice (accounting for an additional 2% of the overall budget).The author settled on a double-stud assembly 16 inches thick. Extra costs over a 2×6 wall with 2 inches of foam were “negligible.”Remember, our design is simple: a rectangle, meaning four walls with no bays or outcroppings. We also invested 20% more in purchasing fiberglass-framed triple-pane windows versus the usual vinyl or wood double-pane windows (accounting for an additional 1.75% of the overall budget). Insulation cost slightly more but will pay for itself in short order due to reductions in long-term operation costs. (The upfront cost was an additional 2% of the overall budget.)Airtightness of the house did not cost us anymore than the standard vapor barrier (although it does require some attention to detail by the tradespeople) with the exception that we needed to install a heat-recovery ventilator which cost $1,200 (0.3% of the budget).But there are also some possible cost savings to consider. One can get away with a smaller heating system due to the lower heating load in a superinsulated and airtight house. For us, the mechanical system cost about the same as one for a standard house because we elected to install in-floor heating and a wood-burning stove.You certainly could get away with baseboard heaters or a very small forced-air furnace combined with a heat coil on the heat-recovery ventilator if you so chose. Most new houses also have air conditioners. We do not. Cross-ventilation, insulation, and proper shading is all we needed.The bottom line is that it cost us about 8% more to build a house that’s in the range of 75%-80% more efficient then a standard custom home.After these extra costs are accounted for, the rest of the construction costs were basically the same as they would be for any other house. How much you want to spend to finish the house is based on your tastes and how much you want to invest in your bathroom fixtures, lighting, hardwood flooring, custom cabinets (vs. Ikea), appliances, and so on.Also, how much sweat equity are you willing to invest? All of this will have a big impact on your end costs. Consider: painting our house took five full days, but saved us about $6,000. Installing the tile in the bathrooms and kitchen ourselves took 10 or more full days, but saved us another $8,000.OK — so you’re probably thinking, how much did this damn house actually cost? Tell me already!Although I haven’t done our final-final tally yet, it is in the range of $280/square foot. (This estimate is based on 1,440 square feet, which is the above-grade size to the exterior walls. So, 1,440 square feet times $280 = $403,200 total construction cost.) But this total includes the cost of our 6.2-kW PV system, our septic system, and the travel cost for the tradespeople who drove 30 minutes to our house each day. Removing these factors, if you built the same house in an urban area, you could easily do it for $250/square foot. [Editor’s note: Keep in mind that the author’s costs are given in Canadian dollars.] BLOGS BY KENT EARLE Blower-Door TestingInsulation, Air-Sealing, and a Solar ArraySoffits and Siding at the Blue Heron EcoHausPlacing the Concrete FloorsAdding Walls and RoofDealing With Really Bad WaterMaking an ICF FoundationLet Construction BeginPicking High-Performance WindowsHow Small Can We Go?Choosing a Superinsulated Wall SystemHeating a Superinsulated House in a Cold ClimateIs Passivhaus Right for a Cold Canadian Climate? last_img read more

Timely Tim: Tebow hits first pro walk-off HR for St. Lucie

first_imgIt’s his third home run in 16 Florida State League games following a promotion from Class A Columbia, and his sixth home run in 80 games overall in his first season as a minor leaguer.Tebow has hit safely in 11 straight games and is batting .327 with 10 RBIs with St. Lucie. All three of his home runs with the Mets have gone to the opposite field.“The goal is just to stay behind as many balls as I can. See it, let it get deep. When you stay behind it, it goes the other way,” he said.Tebow’s high shot cleared the fence about 20 feet inside the foul pole, thrilling the 2,667 fans — many of whom arrived early to see the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner in action.The victory capped a doubleheader sweep for the Mets. Minor league teams commonly play two seven-inning games during doubleheaders.ADVERTISEMENT The former NFL quarterback went deep with one out against Cincinnati Reds farmhand Austin Orewiler, smacking a first-pitch fastball over the fence in left field. Tebow was doused with Gatorade and mobbed by teammates when he reached home plate.“It was fun to celebrate with all the guys,” Tebow said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe 29-year-old Tebow said it was his first walk-off homer since his junior year at Nease High School in Ponte Vedra Beach, near Jacksonville. The former Florida quarterback did not play in his senior year in order to focus on football.“(The high school homer) was for the district championship. That felt pretty good, but this one was special,” Tebow said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Lakers’ Lonzo Ball posts triple-double, this time in Adidascenter_img El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ FILE – In this April 6, 2017, file photo, Columbia Fireflies’ Tim Tebow watches his home run in his first at bat on the opening day during a Class A minor league baseball game against the Augusta GreenJackets in Columbia, S.C. Tebow hit the ball well in his first week with the St. Lucie Mets, though his team dropped five of his first six games there. Tebow batted .429 in his first week in the Florida State League, where as expected he’s getting plenty of attention. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford, File)PORT ST. LUCIE, Florida — Tim Tebow seems to have found his stroke since getting back to his home state.Tebow hit the first game-ending home run of his pro baseball career Thursday night, lifting the Class A St. Lucie Mets over the Daytona Tortugas 5-4 in a seven-inning game.ADVERTISEMENT Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena 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 Gameslast_img read more

10 months agoChelsea hero Essien: Very difficult for Hazard to resist Real Madrid

first_imgChelsea hero Essien: Very difficult for Hazard to resist Real Madridby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea hero Michael Essien admits Eden Hazard is likely to be tempted by Real Madrid.The Blues value their prized asset in excess of £150m but Essien has hinted that his old team-mate might want to test himself in La Liga.Essien told the Daily Express: “Hazard is one of the best players in the world.“He’s been playing in the Premier League very well and looks fantastic at the moment.“The interest of Real Madrid, I only hear from people in the media.“But I mean when Real Madrid come calling… every player would love to play for them.“He’s happy at Chelsea though and hopefully we can keep him.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoDeparting Chelsea midfielder Cesc: Hudson-Odoi has the lot

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Departing Chelsea midfielder Cesc: Hudson-Odoi has the lotby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDeparting Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas is convinced by the potential of Callum Hudson-Odoi.Cesc, who is set to leave Stamford Bridge after five seasons, spoke to Chelsea’s club website about Hudson-Odoi’s talent after the Blues beat Nottingham Forest 2-0 yesterday.He said: “He has got everything to make it in world football.I have told him that if he does not really make it at the very top I will be disappointed because he is one of these talents you can see can be fantastic.“He can be world class, so he just needs to keep his feet on the ground, keep working hard.“He is a humble boy, he really loves playing football and hopefully he can really make it very soon.” last_img read more

9 months agoReal Madrid in new attempt for Roma youngster Nicolò Zaniolo

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid in new attempt for Roma youngster Nicolò Zanioloby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid have made an attempt for AS Roma youngster Nicolò Zaniolo.Sport says his recent performances have alerted the attention of various teams in Europe including Real Madrid. Los Blancos are interested in Zaniolo but Roma chief Monchi has already moved quickly to tie down his emerging star.As for Real Madrid, Zaniolo is another example of their attempts to bring in all the best talents from around the world. The last was Brahim Diaz earlier this month. They’ve also recently signed Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo. last_img read more