Jim France follows brother as Le Mans’ starter

first_imgLE MANS, FRANCE (June 22, 2013) — It was cold and blustery Saturday afternoon, the day’s first smattering of rain riding the 30-mph winds as the 24 Hour of Le Mans start neared.Not really the best conditions for racing – or flag-waving, for that matter. But Jim France soldiered on – and held on – taking his place in the starter’s stand with a full-sized French flag. As if inclement weather really mattered on this day, when Jim France got to do what his late brother, Bill France Jr., did in 1976, right here at Le Mans.Now, two Frances have waved the French flag to start the world’s biggest sports car race. It’s unprecedented, this brotherly piece of Le Mans trivia. Flag passed from 1976 starter Bill France Jr. to GRAND-AM Road Racing founder last_img

Utility Execs Press for Transition to Gas and Renewables

first_imgUtility Execs Press for Transition to Gas and Renewables FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享SNL:Power generators are reiterating plans to move away from coal­fired generation as coal producers continue to participate in a tight supply market.CMS Energy Corp. President and CEO Patricia Poppe noted the utility has reduced its carbon intensity by 30% since 2005, surpassing targets of the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, at an event Sept. 25.According to SNL Energy fuel contract data, recent suppliers of CMS Energy coal plants include Peabody Energy Corp., Cloud Peak Energy Inc. and Arch Coal Inc.During a Sept. 26 presentation NextEra Energy Inc. CFO John Ketchum said that even when renewable tax incentives like the production tax credit and investment tax credit expire, the economics of renewables continue to suggest a healthy competition against other fuel sources. He noted that the production tax credit ratchets down to 40% by the end of 2023.“That gives us a lot of time for wind economics to continue to improve by the time we get to the middle of the next decade,” he said. And then with solar, the [investment tax credit] doesn’t go down to 10% until 2022. … So a lot of room there to continue to achieve economic efficiency and further cost declines in the sector, which match up very well against the other forms of generation.”More: Major suppliers of NextEra coal plants include Cloud Peak and Contura Energy Inc.last_img read more

A hurricane season of destruction, disaster and recovery

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr While the victims of Hurricane Harvey are just beginning the struggle to get back on their feet, a new wave of devastation is again headed our way, this time in the form of Hurricane Irma. “Credit unions in the path of Hurricane Irma are being advised to take precautions as the storm bears down on the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. mainland,” the NCUA advised. While strong and sometimes violent storms are not unfamiliar to our southern most residents, a storm of this magnitude will no doubt leave another wake of destruction to contend with, and the recovery from this disaster will be another pull on many resources. This is the very reason we spend so much time talking and formulating the crucial disaster recovery plan for credit unions.On a positive note, Credit Unions in Houston are slowly coming back to life. However, the road to recovery will likely be a long one. The National Credit Union Foundation reported there are approximately 600 credit union branches and roughly 6,000 employees and volunteers that have been affected by the storm. Some individual credit unions are doing what they can with their personal resources to assist their staff.For example, in a real display of the Credit Union Difference, some CU’s in Texas are providing child care and hot lunches while their employees work through the arduous task of rebuilding and recovering. Reports of credit unions setting up employee assistance funds and giving extra weeks of PTO are signs of CU’s supporting their employees as they help each other remove carpet and furniture, find new housing and clean up after the storm. The credit union community as a whole has donated over $500,000 to The National Credit Union Fund to provide general aid to those in need. continue reading »last_img read more

Trash fees could raise to $12 in Greensburg as soon as October

first_imgStreet Commissioner Mark Klosterkemper speaking to Greensburg City Council Monday evening.Greensburg, IN— The Greensburg City Council voted in favor of an ordinance on it’s first reading at Monday’s meeting that could raise trash fees to $12 immediately. It still requires a second vote in approval at the September meeting.  This increase is nearly 4 times what is currently charged.Mark Klosterkemper, City Street Commissioner stated that the trash removal fees collected for the city do not currently equal that of what the city pays to send the trash to the dump in tipping fees. The increase would be in effect starting on the October water bills if approved again.  The ordinance also has provisions to collect an additional $5 per extra trash can collected per household as well as allows for a 3% increase each year starting in 2022.last_img read more

Thunder’s Paul George fumes at NBA officiating: ‘Somebody’s got to look into this’

first_img NBA wrap: Rockets end 76ers’ 28-game, 100-point streak in win “I don’t understand it. It’s a piece of s— being on that floor. We’re giving everything we got. We’re playing hard. We’re getting grabbed, we’re getting scratched, clawed, held, shoved. And there’s nothing for it. The officials just get to walk out, and there’s nothing that penalizes them for not officiating the game the right way.”I come out here and I do my job, and that’s to play and be a professional. I don’t know if it’s [NBA commissioner] Adam Silver that’s got to [look into] this. We expect the officiating to be professional as well.”It’s just got to be called right. When we step on that floor, we [have] got to feel like we are going to get a fair shot, a fair chance.”Thunder’s Paul George blasts off on referees after fouling out in loss to Clippers pic.twitter.com/rYnBCqm9bv— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) March 9, 2019George acknowledged he was likely to be fined for his comments, adding: “I’m going to lose money on this. We speak up, we lose money. There’s nothing that I can do to change that. It is what it is. There’s gotta be a change, but there’s nothing that I can do.”Thunder coach Billy Donovan said his team was guilty of “too much fouling.””Our guys are playing hard and competing,” Donovan said, per ESPN, “but there is no reason for Lou Williams to get to the free throw line 20 times”We’ve got to know that. Our guys are playing really hard and are really competing, but we are fouling too much away from the ball when we don’t have to.” “It’s bad officiating. I’m sorry, it’s just bad officiating,” a clearly infuriated George told reporters. “We don’t get a fair whistle. We haven’t gotten a fair whistle all year. Somebody’s got to look into this.”It’s getting out of hand, where we somehow just walk teams to the line. And there’s nobody that gets more contact. If I don’t speak for myself, I speak for Russ. There’s nobody that gets more contact than Russ going to the basket. And it’s just crazy. Related News Kawhi Leonard not interested in joining LeBron James, Lakers, report sayscenter_img Los Angeles was 31 of 46 from the free-throw line, with Williams making 10 of 15. Williams finished with a game-high 40 points in 34 minutes off the bench.The Thunder shot 26 free throws, making 17. Paul George launched into a lengthy attack on officiating in the NBA after the Thunder’s loss Friday to the Clippers, stating: “Somebody’s got to look into this.”George, Russell Westbrook and Steven Adams all fouled out in the last four minutes of the game as Oklahoma City went down 118-110.last_img read more