FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Colorado regulators approved an EVRAZ PLC subsidiary’s unique agreement with Xcel Energy Inc. for the steel company to have a 240-MW solar plant built on its mill property in Pueblo, Colo.Xcel Energy subsidiary Public Service Co. of Colorado on Aug. 15 applied to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission for approval of a special energy services agreement and rates the utility said would enable EVRAZ to use power generated by the solar plant for its operations.EVRAZ is Xcel Energy’s largest retail electric customer in Colorado and now receives service directly through transmission lines from the Comanche Generating Station. Xcel Energy plans to close two units of the coal power plant with a total capacity of 660 MW as part of its Colorado Energy Plan.The commission on Sept. 10 approved the plan, which Xcel Energy said was essential for clearing the path for EVRAZ to build the solar plant. Allowing solar to replace coal will free up transmission capacity for the solar plant to export surplus energy and for the mill to receive power from other sources when solar output diminishes, according to Xcel Energy spokesman Mark Stutz.An as yet unnamed third-party independent power producer will build and own the solar facility for EVRAZ, and no information was available as to when the plant will be built. Details remain confidential because the EVRAZ board of directors has not yet approved the facility, Stutz said.EVRAZ said its ability to maintain stable energy costs at its Pueblo mill is critical to its decision to continue operating that facility, which employs about 1,000 workers. With the pending closure of the coal plant, EVRAZ alternatively planned to move its mill operations to the southeast U.S.More ($): Colorado approves agreement for steel mill to replace coal plant with solar Colorado regulators approve Xcel plan to power steel mill with solar
Smith: Judges should be appointed on merit Jan Pudlow Associate Editor With the passion he summoned in his former role as a prosecutor in closing arguments in a big murder case, Sen. Rod Smith, D-Gainesville, delivered a rousing keynote address at the Bar’s Annual Meeting General Assembly, hitting hard on President Kelly Overstreet Johnson’s top goals. • On lawyer advertising:“Somehow, images of Webster, Darrow, Marshall, and Cox disappear when I am told of a television ad that suggests good legal counsel can be obtained by simply dialing 1-800-PIT-BULL. At the rate we are going, I expect law firm names emblazoned on the shoulder pads of star players of NFL games. Of course, in small print on their wrist bands you will be told that selecting an attorney is an important decision. When we hawk ourselves like has-been infomercial celebrities, the whole profession suffers, public respect is diminished, and legislative support becomes harder to sustain.” • On protecting an independent judiciary:“There are, of course, those in the executive branch or the legislature anxious to blame the courts or use the courts as an excuse for some unpopular social changes. Our governor and legislature, particularly the House, love to assail the ‘activist’ judges, albeit their complaints were noticeably less strident when the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Bush v. Gore. “All of us should understand one thing and understand it well: The single most sustaining support structure for our form of democracy has been the independent judiciary.”At that point, the audience broke into applause.“From John Marshall to William Rehnquist, the exercise of judicial review, while differing in many ways, has acted as a critical counterweight to the excesses of the majority or the over-concentration of political powers in the legislative or executive branches. The unique need for balance in our federalism has always required a final arbiter. I want to challenge Justice [Barbara] Pariente [the new chief justice] this morning never to back down from a decision, ever, for fear of legislative reprisal or executive disapproval.” • On the need for judicial nominating commissions free of politics:“Our trial judges need particular courage and judgment as they face ever greater press and public scrutiny. There is always the temptation to simply follow the popular will. Because of my fear of an overly politicized judiciary, I share Kelly Johnson’s concerns that our judicial nominating process should not become an extension of the governor’s office, especially in a state that requires Senate confirmation for every appointment except our courts. Our judges should be appointed and retained on the basis of merit, not political allegiance. • On celebrating courageous lawyers and judges:“It is only when the courts and judges show fear the law is diminished and that which Justice Holmes called our ‘magic mirror’ becomes fogged and unclear. I am so proud that a trial judge in this state, notwithstanding pressure from the governor’s office and an unwise vote of the legislature, had the courage to follow the law in the tragic and private case of Terri Schiavo. To those who criticize the judge, I refer them to the words of the first great trial lawyer in America, Luther Martin, who, during his closing in defense of Aaron Burr, trumpeted to Justice Marshall: ‘It is easy to do our duty in fair weather, but when the tempest rages, when lightning blazes all around us — it is then that a truly brave man stands his post.’” July 15, 2004 Associate Editor Regular News Smith: Judges should be appointed on merit
Careful about ‘noble’ plans to end sufferingGeorge Santyana was a famous philosopher, poet and novelist who was most noted for his quote “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”It seems that we now have a group of good-doers who want to end sufferings of individuals before their natural time is up.It’s supposedly a very noble idea, as we already have those on the other end of the spectrum who are disposing of pre-term individuals to satisfy someone else’s suffering.If you are aware of any history except your own, you will be aware that between the years 1937and 1939 was the starting point of a great experiment called national socialism. This was headed by a man called Adolph Hitler.Their idea was also to help individuals who were suffering and really of no use to society, and to make their sufferings go away.Again, a very noble idea? Later this was expanded to getting rid of anyone they felt needed to be eliminated. Be careful what you ask for.It’s a slippery slope from helping those through a noble idea and the government using that idea to eliminate you. Think it can’t happen here? Think again.Bob NicolellaGlenvilleMove Lady Liberty back to original homeJames Wilson’s Jan. 1 letter (“Put Lady Liberty back where she belongs”) regarding moving Lady Liberty back to her rightful, former spot in Freedom Park could not have been written better.Come on, Schenectady, let’s get her back where she belongs, where she can stand proudly and be admired by all. She looks so sad and forlorn in her new location. Let’s start our “Roaring 20s” off right and move her back to her original, proper home.Sally CoteNiskayunaUse stock tax to pay for infrastructureWhen the Erie Canal was proposed, critics scoffed at the immensity of the project. Ditto with the possibility of high-speed rail in New York state.The Daily Gazette is absolutely correct that New York does not have the money for such a project and that raising this issue is a distraction, especially when the issue has been studied before.Lack of funding is also an obstacle to the recent proposal to study replacing/eliminating I-787 along the Hudson River in downtown Albany. The Europeans and Japanese seem fully capable of realizing their high-speed rail projects.Why can’t we? The answer is simple: They have the political will, and we don’t.Once upon a time, New York state had the will. From 1905 to 1981, we imposed a tiny one-quarter-of-1% tax on the sales of stocks and bonds (originally introduced by the Republican Party), which caused no harm to anyone.The Stock Transfer Tax, if reinstated, would raise an average of $13 billion annually.Under the bill I have introduced in the Assembly, in coordination with Sen. James Sanders in the Senate, all that money would be dedicated to infrastructure, including 10% to rail.The governor has decried this as a tax increase. Let’s put this in perspective. I pay a fee of $250 per year for my retirement stock account. My share of the STT would be $50.If we do not reinstate the STT, all of these infrastructure proposals will be purely political and aspirational.Phil SteckLoudonvilleThe writer represents the 110th Assembly District in the state Legislature.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Make a game plan for voting. Do it now.Foss: Schenectady homeless assistance program Street Soldiers dealing with surge in needEDITORIAL: Take a role in police reformsHIGH NOTES: PPEs, fighting hunger, backpacks and supplies for kidsEDITORIAL: Don’t repeal bail reform law; Fix it the right way Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionNeed major effort to stop school violenceSchenectady and I have a relationship much like siblings do.There are things I love about the city, such as Proctors, Central Park and our farmers markets, and things I don’t. There are things I love about the Schenectady schools and things that scare me.However if an outsider dare to speak an ill word about the city, the gloves go on.With a child at Mont Pleasant and a child at Schenectady High, I’ve much of the same concerns about each school.The behavior at each school is terrifying and unacceptable. My son was violently attacked because of a missed goal in gym class which was so bad the school called me to get medical attention for him. His classmate was charged with assault.Some teachers hand out earbuds to block out the noise from the hallways during class so they can test. While I applaud the teachers’ creative efforts, what are administrators doing to clear the hallways?What are parents doing?The problems in our schools are society’s problems, not just schools’. Therefore, we need an all-hands-on deck approach so results can happen. We need kids, parents, teachers, administrators and community members, including police, to be at the schools and available.I’m encouraged that the district has publicly admitted that we have issues. I’m encouraged by the gang prevention group starting up again. But it can’t stop here. Every kid has the right to learn in a place where they feel safe.Theresa DotySchenectady
Submit Related Articles Betting turns to Tote dynamics to engage esports crowds February 12, 2020 Share Share StumbleUpon Betsson strengthens diversity commitment with AIDP membership May 7, 2020 Payment Expert brings together industry leaders to conclude Digital Summit Payments track April 29, 2020 Kelly Kehn – All-in DiversityThis week, employers across the country participate in ‘National Inclusion Week’, which aims to promote wider diversity and inclusion across a number of different sectors. For global gambling, All-In Diversity Project (AiDP) continues to work towards establishing more inclusive corporate frameworks and cultures.Kelly Kehn, Co-founder of All-In Diversity, assess how incumbents have progressed on its inclusion directives, tackling complex issues that challenge the foundations and future development of the industry…_________________The last few years have seen the topic of diversity and inclusion go from one company -NetEnt committing to 50% gender parity in 2015 to a topic that is covered in the trade press just about every month. I think we can all accept the business case that workforce diversity is beneficial to a business’s commercial success. Just to offer some statistics: Boston Consulting Group ran a study in 2018 that found that diversity is beneficial to your bottom line, 19% more to be exact; while a McKinsey study of 22,000 publicly-traded companies in 91 countries, found that companies with 30% female executives take in as much as 6% more in profits.And here are the two that get rolled out at every panel discussion on the topic: Gender diverse companies are 15% more likely to outperform their non-diverse competitors and; racially diverse companies are 35% more likely to outperform their non-diverse competition. We get it. We want more diversity. Check. And let’s say we get what want. Let’s say the tides turn and everyone wants to work in betting and gaming. Let’s say we wake up tomorrow and we have a workforce that reflects our customer base. Now what? Have we won? Time to put our feet up and watch the profits roll in? All that innovation we were missing, is it on the way? The obvious answer is no but I think a further examination of the topic might reveal where we as an industry have significant room to grow. Not only do we need representation, but we need the involvement of that representation in order to be successful. Inclusion is the part where we value the talent at all levels of our business, the part where an employee is contributing positively to the business, the part where he, she (they) is engaged in the work. Inclusion speaks to the very culture of a business and if we don’t embrace the need for change, we suffer when it comes to talent management, profitability, innovation, managing risk and of course, there’s that pesky image problem. Are we, as an industry, inclusive? The short answer is not yet. Is progress being made? Yes. Can we be inclusive? Absolutely. Here’s why I think so. Let’s start with gender. We as an industry aren’t closing the gender pay gap. In the UK, the median pay gap for the industry is actually up 0.5% and the number of bonuses paid is up 0.4% for men and down 0.4% for women. That said, the number of women at Board and C level is slowly increasing, and conferences and expos are starting to shed their outdated practices and making things friendlier for women in business. Still, all conferences in our industry still have an overwhelming majority of men as speakers, magazines still favour the male experts, and in a recent article by Ewa Bakun, just 4 of the 280+ startups who have participated in pitches at Clarion events over the years have been female. Finally, I recently was part of a discussion about the gender makeup of recruitment databases and in the process of selling their services, one recruiter pointed out that women generally command £20-£30,000 less than their male counterparts so it only makes financial sense. (I’ll pause here and let that one sink in). In the 2018 All-Index report on industry workforce, the study revealed that overall, the industry is almost 50/50 male/female. (Box ticked). Look closer though and the roles which carry decision-making power are still 80% male. suggesting that the way we value one over the other is grossly unbalanced. I, unfortunately, don’t have as many compelling statistics to demonstrate the same for race, disability, sexual orientation, etc. I don’t hear conversations about how we are falling down in these areas but then again, I don’t see many who may be from these groups. Are we good here? Or is it more that we as an industry we haven’t even begun to address other forms of diversity? I can’t say that I’ve ever heard one conversation about making our industry more accessible or how progressive policies like same-sex partner health coverage are game-changers for how we recruit/retain our best. Those points haven’t been raised because we haven’t included these needs as important to our strategy. To my point above, we don’t value the talent equally. I said in the beginning of my argument that this industry has the potential to be inclusive and I believe that is the case. In the last 5 years, I’ve seen HR become part of the C-suite and have a say in business strategy. This is the first step in making progress. I see companies investing significant amounts of time and money in learning and development. I see a focus on graduate programs and employer brand. We need the talent and we are young enough that culture shift isn’t undoing centuries of bad habits. If I were to end this article with one piece of advice, I’d say this: The companies that are most successful in this area make diversity & inclusion part of their whole company ethos. It’s part of every department at every seniority level. It’s pervasive throughout their culture. They don’t appoint one person to “do D&I” and then walk away with their fingers crossed. The senior leadership makes it part of the culture and part of the brand. If we want to be a better more “inclusive” industry, then we have to work on how we value our talent across the board, how we support everyone (not just the ones who look like a CEO) and how we engage them every day.__________________Kelly Kehn – Co-founder of All-in Diversity Project
The bottom of the hill looked more like the area two weeks after closing than opening day. I stepped into my skis with careful route finding through the mud patches arrived at the bottom of the Elk Chair.It was wet. It was sloppy.Almost to the top of the chair, snow started mixing with the rain. The air became distinctly colder. There was hope.Off the Elk, I dropped to skier’s left down the little pitch and picked my way through fist-sized rocks littering the surface. At the Bear and open ditch crossed the run. Most folks managed to pop over. A couple didn’t.Almost immediately on the Bear it switched completely over to snow. By the summit off-load, the hill was full-on winter–a whiteout of swirling snow and fog.As I of-loaded, I realized my annual gradual 200 yard first of the season balancing stretch was not in the cards. The snow was broken and piled high between where skiers passed. The upper layer was distinctly dryer than the lower layers exposed by the traffic. My first few turns were arm fallers.Chill. And speed up.”I loosened a bit, thought about staying centered on my foot, feeling the whole foot. I pushed my knees into the turn and found an even speed that kept my skis out of the glop below the surface.Boom. I was skiing. Turning left and right. All was good.So this year, when you drop of the lift for that first run, think simple. Think bottom of your foot. Ski evenly on your foot, clearly feeling the ball of your foot.Feel your socks.Feel the front of your boot.Point your knees; both of them, into the turns and let your knees guide your skis.And most of all, gain a little speed and power through the clumps of snow. Don’t be afraid of speed. In early season snow. Speed is your friend. Keep turning and keep your speed constant.It’s here. Happy New Year to all.Keith Liggett is a Fernie-based skier and writer. This year the first day of the year appeared brutal. At my house it was raining heavily. Clouds obscured the top of the mountain. And maybe snow showers? It was opening day, and there was nothing to do but try it. The opening weeks of the ski season across our mountains show a smattering of areas opening in early December with this last pulse of moisture and cold bringing snow enabling the lifts to crank up at the few remaining closed. For me the New Year’s Day is that first day on the hill.That event passes on the old and the rings in the new.Over the years I’ve developed a little routine to quickly get me comfortable and centered on my skis. After dropping off the lift, there is always that moment of looking at the mountains around, the valley below and wondering at this absurd sport of sliding down a slick snow covered hill, Then putting doubts aside, I find a moderate slope. Starting with a gliding wedge, the beginner turn, I crank out a few turns. I feel the bottom of the ski. I feel the ball of my foot.I press my shin into my boot just a little bit and point my knee into the turn. Gradually, I speed up the turns and voila, I am skiing.Simple.A few years ago the day turned a little sideways. , I kept trying to ski anyplace before a Whistler trip, but nothing worked out. I was scheduled into heli-skiing the first couple of days at Whistler and my first run that year was off the top of some name-forgotten peak 60 clicks north of the Village.The summit was not much bigger than needed to land the chopper and off load the skier. And the slopes off the summit appeared Chugash-like. I survived, although for the first few turns I seriously wondered, “Do you remember how to turn?”I let it go and all went well.