FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Cheaper natural gas prices this year are likely to cement Europe’s shift away from coal as a fuel for producing power.Abnormally mild winter weather has cut demand for the fuel as a flood of new supplies entered the world’s biggest gas market. That along with higher costs for carbon-emissions allowances has tilted the economics of generating electricity away from coal and toward using more gas.“Policy makers in Europe are now happy with such low natural gas prices,” said Ewout Eijkelenboom, senior consultant at the Netherlands-based industry adviser Kyos Energy Consulting. “It makes the coal phase-out easier than expected — it is almost a natural way of exiting coal.”Falling gas prices are a global phenomenon. Liquefied natural gas projects are pumping out record numbers of cargoes, cutting wholesale gas costs from the U.S. to Asia. That in turn has helped push down the cost of electricity across Europe, taking some of the heat out of the political debate about energy.Benchmark gas in Amsterdam plunged to a five-month low last week because of the global glut. Market rates for the coming summer are at the lowest since at least 2007. It’s especially notable that the weakness has arrived during the winter, which is peak-demand season.“We’ll need to do something with all that surplus gas,” said Elchin Mammadov, a European utilities analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence. “I’m expecting a further drop in prices and more coal-to-gas switching.”[Vanessa Dezem and Mathew Carr]More: Cheap natural gas is about to kick more coal out of Europe Low gas prices, warm weather pushing coal out of European generation market
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SKIPPER Virat Kohli insisted India’s batsmen must take the blame for a Test series loss to a South Africa side that he admitted were better in every department.Debutant Lungi Ngidi tore into the tourists on the final day of the second Test, the paceman taking 6-39 as the top-ranked side were bowled out for only 151 to suffer a 135-run defeat at Centurion.Victory for the Proteas gave them a 2-0 lead with only one match to play, leaving India still without a Test series success on South African soil.It is the first time in three years that India have lost a series in the longest format and captain Kohli, a centurion in the first innings, was left to rue the inability of a star-studded batting line-up to deliver.“When we went in I told the guys it looks very different to what we saw before the toss. I felt we gained momentum from the way South Africa lost wickets in the first innings and we should have capitalised: we were in a position to get a lead if we could have had a good partnership,” said the skipper.“That is something we have let ourselves down with from the first game and also in the second. It is the batsmen that have let us down again.“We tried our best, it was just not good enough and South Africa were better than we (were) in every department, especially fielding.”The prolific Kohli took no consolation from his magnificent 153, which left his side trailing by only 28 after the first innings.“The 150 means nothing, we’ve lost the game and the series,” he added. “If the 150 had won the game for my team that would have mattered, but having not won the game personal milestones do not matter to me at all.”
Photo courtesy of USG Media TeamThe USC Academic Culture Assembly will continue to execute its plans for its third annual Mental Health Awareness Month in October with eight events, including student panels and interactive attractions. The MHA events will run through the month of October.According to the ACA, the organization aims to initiate important conversations that destigmatize and explore the intense complexity of mental health.Communications Director Abigail Jackson said the assembly aims to reveal how mental health is a pervasive issue in University culture throughout October, even if struggles individuals face are not always visible.“With mental health, you could see someone on the street and not see any markers of [mental health issues],” Jackson said. “In a lot of ways, that could be pretty isolating for someone who is struggling with mental health problems, because they don’t see anyone else struggling with the same thing.”Every year, the topics and conversations surrounding Mental Health Awareness Month are centralized under a main theme. Last year’s topic focused on self-care and community care, while this year, the assembly’s topic is “Uncovering Hidden Wounds: Recognizing and Sharing Our Mental Health Stories.”Jeffrey Cho, ACA’s financial director, explained how this year’s theme will feature current USC students and professionals to discuss their own mental health experiences and resources.“This year, we wanted to focus on highlighting student experiences with their mental health journeys,” Cho said.For example, one of the first events held emphasized the recognition of one’s mental wounds. During this event, the ACA hosted a panel of counselors and psychiatrists from the Engemann Student Health Center to discuss specific symptoms and coping mechanisms for different mental illnesses, bolstering awareness for others and themselves.Cho explains how the programming intends to reach all audiences, but it especially focuses on freshmen who may find the resources helpful during their first year.“We are trying to also consider the freshmen that are going through this big and kind of scary transition of being an adult for the first time,” Cho said. “They should be comfortable tackling mental health issues and owning their first year here at USC.”On Tuesday, the ACA will host a panel of students who hold executive positions of different organizations to discuss their experiences with mental health. According to Cho, the purpose of the event is to show how all kinds of students struggle with mental health and destigmatize the conversation surrounding it.Due to the magnitude of this event, the planning for MHA began over the summer under the direction of Mental Health Awareness Month Director Jamie Wu, along with two assistant directors, Dennis Woo and Cynthia Jiang. Over the past few months, they have been reaching out to professionals, students and speakers on campus and beyond.The organization will hold a Mental Health Resource Fair on Oct. 24 on Trousdale Parkway from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to provide students with more information about resources from organizations on campus.“We want to have programming that is widely accessible to every USC student and have events that are relevant to every student, especially so we can have USC students be aware of the greater picture behind the various issues we are hosting events about,” Cho said.
(Source: klix.ba) Edin Višća and Edin Džeko scored and brought victory to the football team of B&H in last night’s qualification match for the European Championship against Israel. Dragons celebrated with 3: 1 at Bilino Polje Stadium, and this victory got them closer to the 3rd place on the standings of Group B.By winning the sixth match of qualifiers for the European Championship, Dragons increased their chances for going to the continental review, which will be held next year in France. Edin Višća scored twice and Edin Džeko one time for our national team.This was the second victory for the National Team of B&H in qualifiers for the European Championship.In the next round in September, B&H football players will play against Belgium, which lost against Wales in last night’s match with the score 0 : 1. With this victory Wales remained on the leading position, while the Belgium is now on the second place, with three points more than team of B&H.