“Disapproving of the June 15 Joint Declaration is an Anti-Unification Action”

first_img AvatarKim So Yeol North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China News By Kim So Yeol – 2008.07.09 3:59pm Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak center_img News SHARE The North Korean Workers Party mouthpiece “Rodong Shinmun” stated on the 8th that to disapprove of the June 15 Joint Declaration or the October 4 Agreement is both anti-unification and separatist, so a struggle against such attitudes and activities must be undertaken. The editorial, “Our fatherland will thrive according to the great Supreme Leader’s intent,” stated that “The South Korean government has been driving inter-Korean relations into a serious crisis by publicly disapproving of the June 15 Joint Declaration and the October 4 Agreement. We will struggle against that in order to crack down on Southern anti-unification and separatist maneuvers. The newspaper emphasized for the domestic audience that, at the same time as pointing out that this year is the 60th anniversary of the foundation of the North Korean regime, “We have to strengthen the national defense around the People’s Army.”It continued that “We have to bring about a revolution in the development of the people’s lives through encouraging the basic and light industry fields. We have to ride over this barrier with the great strength of the revolutionary military spirit.”However, in Tuesday’s editorial international trends and U.S. related issues were not mentioned. There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News “Disapproving of the June 15 Joint Declaration is an Anti-Unification Action”last_img read more

Must-know items for generating carbon credits for California’s Cap-and-Trade program

first_imgCalifornia’s Cap-And-Trade Regulation took effect on January 1 this year and marks a significant shift in how carbon credits from dairy digester projects built throughout the U.S. will be generated and sold.advertisementadvertisementWe are now moving from selling dairy digester credits in a voluntary U.S. carbon market where business entities or organizations purchase carbon credits for corporate sustainability initiatives and general goodwill to a compliance market where large qualified emitters in California such as utilities, refiners and cement producers must meet their emissions reduction obligations or face financial penalties.Beginning next year and running through 2020, qualifying emitters of greenhouse gases in California have enforceable compliance obligations that they must meet. The first auction of compliance allowances will be held this November. Emitters that cannot fulfill their capped limit of greenhouse gas emissions through their allotted purchase of allowance permits have the option of purchasing allowances from other California emitters, purchasing offsets (carbon credits) generated by non-regulated entities located in the U.S. or paying the financial penalties.Credits from livestock projects sold into the voluntary carbon market sold for an average of $8.30 last year according to an annual survey released by Ecosystems Marketplace . A successful launch of the California Cap-and-Trade program, which will be administered by the California Air Resources Board (ARB), will see the market for compliance-grade carbon credits expand as emitters look to use offsets to comply with their obligations.While offsets/carbon credits will always be worth less than allowances in the compliance market (there is more risk associated with the generation and use of offsets), the established floor price of $10 per ton for allowances will provide a benchmark for future offset pricing.advertisementThe ultimate value of the ARB carbon offsets will be determined through market conditions including the demand and supply of allowances and offsets. Currently, offsets which are eligible to be used in the California compliance market command a higher price than those sold into the voluntary market. For this reason, we expect the carbon development industry to transfer qualifying dairy digester projects from voluntary standards to the compliance ARB Protocol.The components of the California Cap-and-Trade program have taken many years to prepare; however, the endgame is in sight. The ARB is currently in the process of accrediting verifiers (project auditors) and approving registries where ARB offsets can be issued and transacted.Dairy digester projects that are already registered with an existing eligible offset program will have the option of going through a second approval process to create Early Action Offset Credits or can re-list their projects under the ARB’s Livestock Protocol.A remaining significant hurdle to the implementation of the ARB offset program is a court case that is challenging the use of offsets within the California Cap-and-Trade program. The case is expected to be heard toward the end of this year. The ARB has made a strong case to justify the use of offsets within the Cap-and-Trade program; a court ruling that does not support the offsets program designed by the ARB would have significant impacts for qualified emitters and sellers of offsets.How to get your digester project into the Compliance Offset ProgramDairy digester projects that will be eligible for conversion into the ARB program include new digester projects built in the U.S. after 2006 or any digester projects currently listed under eligible early-action offset programs (such as the voluntary CAR program) that were built in the U.S. after January 1, 2005. Older digester projects that were built before 2005 and that are not currently registered in recognized voluntary carbon programs will not be eligible for the ARB Livestock offset program.Digester projects that have been listed in the voluntary CAR registry but that have not registered credits through the CAR program should think about moving their digester projects into the ARB program. The same is true for any digester projects that were listed in other qualifying voluntary carbon credit programs.advertisementOperating in a compliance program means greater regulatory oversight and scrutiny and less flexibility. For example, the protocols used by ARB have been approved through a long regulatory process and cannot be easily changed to take into account situations where equipment has malfunctioned and data is missing.As a result, digester projects that move to the ARB Livestock Protocol will need to be very focused on collecting and managing all the data necessary to demonstrate emissions reductions have occurred. Project operators will also need to make sure they are aware of the changing regulatory landscape in the early years of the new program.Working with a carbon project developer focused on the generation and maximization of offsets provides advantages to digester projects seeking to generate carbon revenue. A company that focuses on the production and sale of credits can stay on top of regulatory developments, help ensure that rigorous ARB monitoring requirements are met and that any problem is speedily resolved or mitigated.In summary, the California Cap-and-Trade compliance market is projected to be in full swing at the end of this year, with the market for carbon credits outpacing the historic voluntary market. Existing and new digester projects have an opportunity to participate in this program and generate valuable revenue.The more heavily regulated nature of the market will require a strong focus on monitoring and reporting of project data and the ongoing development of regulations. An ability to navigate the credit generation process from third- party auditor onto an independent registry and final vetting by the ARB will be required. PDIf you have any questions about the transition to the compliance market or about how to meet the requirements of the new offset generation program, contact the author by clicking [email protected] .David [email protected]last_img read more

Argonaut Softball Competition Heats Up This Weekend

first_img Kristee Wheeler (Photo by Ron Besser) Argonaut Softball Competition Heats Up This Weekend PENSACOLA, Fla. — West Florida softball enters the second round of GSC competition this weekend, beginning with newly selected No. 1 UAH on Friday, followed by a matchup with North Alabama on Saturday. A rain out forced a change in schedule for a series with No. 7 Valdosta that is now set for Tuesday, April 14th. UWF enters the weekend 35-9, 10-5 in GSC play after a 5-2 weekend with GSC West teams. The Argos round out the GSC East top three, and are currently holding up the No. 4 spot in South Region rankings. Senior pitcher Emily Burge (Pace, Fla./Pace HS) broke UWF’s career strikeout record in her win over Christian Brothers, now with 685 strikeouts in her four years. Junior Jillian Lafrance (Calgary, Alberta/Charleston Southern) improved to 20-3 after the weekend, continuing to the lead the GSC in wins.The two combine for a ERA of 1.54 that ranks 15th in NCAA Division II charts, as Lafrance’s 1.06 puts her 20th among DII pitchers. Burge sits at No. 25 in NCAA ranks, averaging 8.4 strikeouts per game. The two hold their opponents at .210, while West Florida averages a .290 as a team. The offense is led by junior Shannon Miles with a .377 on 46 hits this season. Friday’s double header with GSC East rival No. 1 UAH serves as their second meeting of the season after the Lady Chargers swept the Argos on the road in early conference play. The Lady Chargers outscored their opponents 59-2 in Decatur last weekend, led by GSC East Player of the Week Beth Lawson who went 11-for-17. UAH leads the league with a 1.17 team ERA, holding their opponents to a .202 on the season. Alabama-Huntsville leads the conference at 14-1, with a 35-2 mark on the season entering this weekend’s competition. West Florida will take on North Alabama in a double header on Saturday that will serve as the Argos’ Senior Day. The seniors will be honored between games Saturday afternoon, as first pitch of the afternoon is slated for 1pm. UNA enters the weekend 5-12 in GSC play, 19-21 on the season, and serves as UAH’s only GSC blemish. The Argos took two 2-1 victories from the Lions in Florence on their March 15th meeting. UNA has dropped 12 one-run decisions this season, and are coming off a 3-4 weekend at the Crossover. The Argos face more tough competition on Tuesday in their first series with seventh-ranked Valdosta State. The Lady Blazers are top-heavy offensively, leading the GSC in nearly every category at the plate including a .395 team batting average that ranks second in the nation. VSU’s Brittani Collis boasted 16.2 scoreless frames in last week’s GSC Crossover, and is the reigning GSC East Pitcher of the Week. Andi Braswell is at the top of the VSU charts with a .514 at the plate. Fans can follow all the action through live stats and live broadcast. Friday’s games are set for a 3pm start, as Saturday’s action begins at 1pm. Tuesday’s double header will take place at 2pm before the Argonauts hit the road next weekend.  Print Friendly Versioncenter_img Sharelast_img read more

Jake Heenan extends Bristol Bears stay

first_imgThe 27-year-old, who can operate across the back row, joined Bristol from Connacht in 2018.The former New Zealand U20 captain won the Pro14 title in Galway alongside Director of Rugby Pat Lam and had made 29 appearances for the club since his arrival.Director of Rugby Pat Lam said: “Jake is a versatile player and has made some important contributions in the past two seasons.“His value to the team is second to none – Jake is consistent, a leader, and has huge respect from the players and staff.“After recovering from injury at the beginning of his time here, Jake has gone from strength to strength and established himself as a key operator within the group.“The more he has played, the better he has got, so we’re excited to see how he continues to develop and add more value over the next two years.”Heenan added: “I’m delighted to have extended my stay at Bristol Bears. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with Pat Lam once again and I’m really enjoying my rugby here.“There’s a really good group here and a real one team culture where everybody contributes on and off the field.“We are building an exciting squad and I’m looking forward to playing my part in the next stage of the club’s journey.”last_img read more

‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ pays “tribute” to the halfway point of Donald Trump’s first term in office

first_imgABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — To commemorate the midway mark of Donald Trump’s first term as president of the United States, Jimmy Kimmel aired a special Jimmy Kimmel Live! Intermission Accomplished: A Halftime Tribute to Trump.As Kimmel explains, “this is a man who is far too humble to celebrate himself” so instead Kimmel and a slew of celebrity friends took turns lampooning the Trump presidency, adding a gold-faced Trump to Mount Rushmore, a commemorative plate of Trump boarding Air Force One with toilet paper stuck to his shoe and Trump’s sons Eric and Donald Jr., on safari, hunting the last lion in Africa. Guests for the evening’s show included Josh Gad, Alyssa Milano, Leon Bridges, Fred Armisen, Anthony Atamanuik, Will Arnett, Aloe Blacc and more.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more