General Electric, Citing Shrinking Demand for Fossil-Fuel Generated Power, Announces 12,000 Layoffs FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:General Electric Co is axing 12,000 jobs at its global power business, the struggling industrial conglomerate’s latest effort to shrink itself into a more focused company.The U.S. company launched the cuts to save $1 billion in 2018, saying it expected dwindling demand for fossil fuel power plants to continue.“Traditional power markets including gas and coal have softened,” GE said.Rumors of sweeping job cuts were confirmed by labor union sources on Wednesday, with staff in Switzerland and Germany among those badly hit.“This decision was painful but necessary for GE Power to respond to the disruption in the power market, which is driving significantly lower volumes in products and services,” said Russell Stokes, head of GE Power.“Power will remain a work in progress in 2018. We expect market challenges to continue, but this plan will position us for 2019 and beyond.”New GE Chief Executive John Flannery last month outlined plans to shrink GE’s sprawling empire of businesses built up by predecessors Jeff Immelt and Jack Welch, whose strategy was based on spreading risk across a broad range of industries.GE has previously said it would exit its lighting, transportation, industrial solutions and electrical grid businesses. It also plans to ditch its 62.5-percent stake in oilfield services company Baker Hughes (BHGE.N).In Thursday’s layoffs, nearly a third of the company’s 4,500-strong Swiss workforce could be cut, while 16 percent of staff in Germany are also likely to be axed.In Britain, around 1,100 position will be affected, the company said. Globally GE employed 295,000 people worldwide at the end of 2016, according to the company website.Demand for new thermal power plants dramatically dropped in all rich countries, GE said, while traditional utility customers have reduced their investments due to market deterioration and uncertainty about future climate policy measures.Hardly any new power station projects had been commissioned in Germany in recent years, GE said. Heightened Asian competition had also increased price pressures.GE rival Siemens is cutting about 6,900 jobs, or close to 2 percent of its global workforce, mainly at its power and gas division, which has been hit by the rapid growth of renewables.More: General Electric to cut 12,000 jobs in power business revamp
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The theme of this year’s South American Defense Conference (SOUTHDEC), “Civil-Military Cooperation in Support of Regional Security,” seems to have been created specifically for the co-host of the event – Chile – together with the United States Southern Command. The country is internationally recognized for excellence in the use of its armed forces during activities such as disaster relief and has become a reference for other countries in this regard. At the end of the conference, held in Santiago August 12-14, Diálogo had the opportunity to speak with the Chief of Staff of the Chilean Armed Forces, Rear Admiral José Miguel Romero about this and other subjects. Diálogo: What are your immediate goals as the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Chilean Armed Forces? The Joint Chiefs of Staff contributes to the integration process of the state defense systems, linking the strategic and political action fields with the operational-strategic environment, in tasks such as homeland defense, the employment of forces, international cooperation, civil population support and contributions to development with its competences. Such actions must continue being integrated under the coordination of the Chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, something I am particularly dedicated to, as well as guaranteeing the institutionalism of subsidiary support given by this Joint Chiefs of Staff, in coordination with the Armed Forces to provide support to civil institutions in charge of risk management and humanitarian crisis. In the field of international cooperation, we will continue providing support with the delivery of capabilities to various Armed Forces, to which Chile relates, in close relation with foreign policy objectives as set by the Government. Diálogo: Currently, what is the main challenge for the Armed Forces of Chile? In order to fulfill the tasks that are imposed by law, the Armed Forces are developing certain joint activities and other specific activities. The former are integrated under a common command, while the latter are those exclusive to each of the branches. Among joint activities coordinated thorough the Joint Chiefs of Staff are operation planning and development, forces’ training and instruction to conduct joint exercises, logistical planning in areas that are of common interest for the three institutions, the development of joint instruction programs at the level of war academies and/or at the international level, and command and control joint systems, etc. Previously mentioned capabilities, regulated since 2010, must continue to be developed and regulated so that the joint action of the Armed Forces constitutes a solid operations doctrine to be developed. Diálogo: How do you see civil-military cooperation in the support of regional security? Coinciding with the foreign policy set by the Chilean government, the Joint Chiefs of Staff coordinates several interaction events with the Armed Forces that are conducted with regional Armed Forces. First, we can mention the creation of the binational peacekeeping force “Southern Cross” with Argentina, which is ready to deploy at the request of the United Nations, in order to fulfill missions related to peacekeeping operations around the world. On the other hand, the Joint Chiefs of Staff has coordinated the supply of Chilean Armed Forces’ instructors to Central American countries (Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Jamaica) so they can conduct military training. As a result of these efforts, I can conclude that Chilean cooperation in the region is increasing, and it is a priority for the political level, which ultimately makes the decisions on national defense in our country. Diálogo: What countries currently have Chilean participation in peacekeeping missions? What are the basic differences between these missions? To start with, armed conflict solutions have a comprehensive character, since not only the military and police components must be considered, but also the participation of civilians in justice, health, public works, civil registry, elections system, education, finance, and even enterprise. As part of this international task, Chile approved the national policy for state participation in peacekeeping operations, considering the use of the force if necessary, with the aim of achieving a secure and stable environment in the armed conflict area. Through the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Chile is currently conducting missions in Bosnia-Herzegovina (Althea), under the European Union control, where the main effort is aimed at the instruction of Bosnian agents and the consolidation of their capabilities. Also, it is intended to maintain the means that support deterrence capabilities, hence maintaining or restoring a secure environment. Our country has a total of 15 forces deployed. In Cyprus (UNFICYP), efforts are aimed at solving humanitarian problems and preventing the continuation of confrontations, therefore maintaining the military status quo. In this case, the joint combined unit is made up of the Argentine Task Force and a Chilean unit with 14 members. In the case of the mission in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP), we sent two military observers to monitor the fire lines agreed for almost six decades of conflict. In the Middle East (UNTSO), two Chilean forces have the mission of supervising the truce or cease fire in Palestine. Finally, the mission our country has in Haiti (MINUSTAH) is the largest in terms of personnel, with 423 members. National officers of our Armed Forces, Carabineros and the Chilean Investigation Police serve as its headquarters in positions related to strategic planning and decision making, logistics, and maritime operations. Moreover, it has presence with an infantry unit and its logistical support for long and short range walking and motor patrolling, checkpoints, and security convoy. There is also a combined binational engineers company with Ecuador, aimed at the construction and repair of roads, area and debris clearing, excavation and clearing of drainage systems, contention walls for rain water, construction materials transport for NGO, and improvements on United Nations bases. Finally, there is a helicopter unit with daytime and nighttime reconnaissance operation, with support to land units not only from Chile, but from other countries, rescue operations, air medical evacuations, civil and military authorities transport, as well as reconnaissance flights. Although it has no assignment at the moment, I must mention the Chilean-Argentine Joint Combined Peacekeeping Force “Southern Cross,” with land, air, and naval components, and the goal of deploying in full or in modules, on demand of the UN, depending on both countries availability. Diálogo: What collaboration programs do the Armed Forces of Chile have with those of other countries in the region? With Argentina we hold several integration protocols that transcend the Southern Cross Binational Task Force. Furthermore, we have support protocols in case of catastrophe and natural disasters that allowed us to work on certain cases, such as the deployment of an Argentine hospital in Chile, after the earthquake of February 27. I have already talked about the support coordinated by this Joint Chief of Staff for Central American nation, as well as the support conducted by instruction teams of our Armed Forces. We also conduct several exchanges among specialists, academic professionals and Armies, namely Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, and even the United States of America. Diálogo: Do you consider Chile the best prepared country in the region, in terms of disaster relief? Why? I don’t think we can say we are the best prepared nation, since all countries in the region have their own experiences and potential. This was proved recently, with the shared experiences of participating nations at the South American Defense Conference, SOUTHDEC. It is very useful to obtain experience through the vision and experience of other countries. We benefit from the experience of the friendly nation’s defense community. What we do is to combine efforts, information, and establish the systems that are more appropriate for each country, considering that an emergency situation, a natural disaster, a catastrophe, is different in each country, depending on their idiosyncrasies, legislations, or support possibilities that are available. Chile has always had to deploy its full potential in order to respond to natural disasters and catastrophes. And its intervention has improved due to lessons learned, and our management capacity: of civil organizations in charge of the response, and the subsidiary support of the Armed Forces permanently coordinated by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, improving its protocols day by day. By Dialogo August 21, 2014 Our grand armed forces. Hooray for Chile, for always being a generous country. The Armed Forces have always, always protected and helped our nation, because my nation was born from our Army.
Egypt insists the pace should be slower to prevent water shortages. The major sticking point is how quickly the dam should be filled. ADDIS ABABA – A major meeting on the future of Africa’s biggesthydroelectric dam – currently being built on the River Nile – has ended withoutagreement in Ethiopia’s capital. Ethiopia began construction of the mega dam in 2011 but it has been metwith resistance from downstream countries, especially Egypt, which relies onthe Nile for 90% of its water needs. On completion, the Grand Renaissance Dam is expected to generate more than6,000 megawatts of electric power for Ethiopia, where currently 65% of itspopulation is not connected to the grid. This is the fourth meeting in the latest efforts by water ministers fromEthiopia, Egypt and Sudan to find a resolution to the tensions over theproject. Ethiopia wants to fill it as fast as possible as it plans to startgenerating power by the end of this year. The Grand Renaissance Dam is a source of national pride for Ethiopia. REUTERS The next step will be for the water ministers, along with their countries’foreign ministers, to go to Washington next week to try and come to a dealbefore the deadline set last year of 15 January.(BBC)
Greensburg, In. — Last year, nearly 64,000 people in the United States died from drug overdoses, and half of those deaths were opioid related. In Indiana, opioid overdose deaths rose 52 percent between 2015 and 2016, and have more than doubled over the last three years. In Southeast Indiana, our communities are all too familiar with the opioid crisis, as many of us have family members or close friends who have been affected by drug addiction.In his first year of taking office, Gov. Eric Holcomb, in collaboration with state lawmakers, has taken thoughtful steps toward attacking this growing health crisis. Implementing a comprehensive, community-based strategy, the governor and his administration have focused their efforts on improving drug prevention, treatment and enforcement. Under this three-pronged framework, the General Assembly passed several laws attacking the state’s opioid epidemic during the 2017 legislative session.Currently, families in rural areas often cannot find drug treatment in or within close proximity to their community. In order to better serve these parts of the state, lawmakers created mobile addiction treatment teams comprised of healthcare professionals. These teams cover underserved areas and offer counseling, detoxification and treatment to families in need.Unfortunately, there are many cases in Indiana of pregnant mothers exposing their unborn children to harmful drugs. In order to protect these newborns and ensure they receive immediate care, legislators added neonatal abstinence syndrome as an eligibility factor when determining if a child is in need of court-ordered services. Under the law, these children can receive medication-assisted treatment, which uses a combination of medicine and behavioral therapy to treat withdrawal symptoms. We also established a new program to help expecting or new mothers with opioid addiction begin their path to recovery.To prevent opioid abuse, it’s critical to equip healthcare professionals, law enforcement and emergency personnel with the data and information they need to tackle this issue. Indiana has technology in place that provides physicians with access to patients’ opioid prescription history, but prescription abuse still occurs. To address over-prescribing, a state law limits first-time opioid prescriptions to a seven-day supply. In many of these cases, a patient only needs a few days of opioid-strength medication. Shorter prescriptions reduce the likelihood of developing an addiction and the chance of leftover pills falling into the wrong hands.In addition, the governor recently launched Next Level Recovery, which is an easy-to-use, online portal for all state resources addressing the opioid crisis. Through the website, health care providers, pharmacists and first responders have access to information about the state’s current efforts. You can access the site at www.in.gov/recovery.It’s important to understand that it will take time to overcome Indiana’s opioid epidemic. We have tremendous resources and programs already devoted toward this effort. However, as a state, we can do more and will do more when lawmakers return for the upcoming session in January.As always, please contact me with questions or input at 317-234-3827 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I appreciate hearing from you in order to better represent our district. Stay up-to-date with the work being done at the Statehouse by signing up to receive my email updates at www.in.gov/h67.
Indianapolis, In. — March unemployment in Indiana edged down one-tenth of a percent to 3.2 percent. Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says the rate has trended below the national average since October 2014.The Hoosier workforce increased by more than 7,500 and more than 2,000 unemployed residents found work. Unemployment insurance claims continue to hit historic lows as well.
Statewide—Every year, millions of Americans commemorate Memorial Day to honor the sacrifices so many have made to protect our country. This holiday weekend might not be like past years, so while we keep public health recommendations in mind, let’s not forget food safety practices to prevent foodborne illnesses.For those who choose to celebrate outdoors, The Ripley County Health Department website has recommendations on food safety tips to keep your outdoor activities safe and fun this Memorial Day weekend.For any food safety questions this summer, call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) or chat live at ask.usda.gov from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. Remember food safety to have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!
Kevin Phillips could leave Crystal Palace little more than a month after firing the Eagles back into the Barclays Premier League after admitting to being tempted by an offer to move away from Selhurst Park. After the 39-year-old striker scored the decisive penalty in the play-off final defeat of Watford, Palace boss Ian Holloway hinted he was prepared to offer Phillips a new deal, but the former England frontman could now move on. “My agent has been speaking to Palace and the chairman (Steve Parish) – there have been a few figures bandied around but we’re a bit apart on them,” Phillips told the Croydon Advertiser. “I do have offers elsewhere and if I’m being honest, there is one real offer which I’m very, very tempted by.” He added: “There are a couple of other offers that may materialise over the next week or so too. But there is certainly an offer there for me that is very tempting. It’s at a good level that certainly interests me. “There are certainly different offers out there on the pitch and even off it for me, and at my age I’m delighted at these people expressing their interest. “The week after next will be an important week for me.” Press Association
Press Association Baines could well make a return before the new year as he appears to be ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation. Having sustained the injury in the Merseyside derby at the end of November, the worst-case scenario was a six-week absence. Martinez thinks he could be back within 10 days to a fortnight, which could make him available for the December 22 trip to Swansea. “It is one of those injuries which is so frustrating because Leighton is feeling great, but when you start to do some work you realise you still have a period to heal the fracture and give it some more time,” said the Toffees boss. “I don’t think he will be available for Saturday – although I wouldn’t discount it – and it will be more realistic for the next couple of weeks. “This Saturday is a very important game at home (to Fulham) and then you go straight into four games in a 10-day period, which is demanding, and then we are going to be strong in the FA Cup. “We need as many players as we can. We have lost Darron Gibson and Arouna Kone and hope we can have everyone else, and it will be vital to have Leighton fully fit.” With 18 months remaining on the England left-back’s current deal, Martinez is wary of talking too much publicly about the 29-year-old, but Press Association Sport understands talks are ongoing about his future. But with former boss David Moyes lurking in the background, the Toffees’ first challenge may well be to fend off a Red Devils bid in January and then persuade Baines to commit his future to them. The situation with Barkley and Distin is more clear-cut. “You can imagine we are working always behind the scenes to try to reward youngsters who do well at the club and Ross is clearly that, but there is nothing to announce,” said the Spaniard. “Even when you don’t speak about issues, we work really hard behind the scenes to try to make sure that the youngsters get rewarded and Ross clearly deserves that. “Sylvain has been a terrific performer this season and we couldn’t be happier with his role at the club. “All these issues are vital for us and we are going to look after them straight after this Christmas period. “At this moment, all that matters is to get everyone focused on being ready to help the team and Sylvain clearly has been an example of doing that.” Everton manager Roberto Martinez has pledged to look after both the old and younger members of his squad with new contracts in January. Veteran defender Sylvain Distin, who is 36 next week, is entering the final six months of his deal but is set to get a short-term renewal, while midfielder Ross Barkley, who turned 20 last week, is likely to get improved terms on the four-and-a-half-year contract he signed in December 2011. Everton hope the contractual negotiations after the festive period will also include defender Leighton Baines, who is sidelined with a broken toe but is a target for Manchester United.
USC seniors Ryan Roddy (left) and Harrison Valner (right) launched their company Kyoku after recognizing he need for protein supplements that emphasize health benefits.(Photo courtesy of Kyoku) After noticing that many protein supplements did not emphasize health benefits, two USC seniors wanted to create a product of their own. Harrison Valner and Ryan Roddy launched Kyoku, a workout supplement company which helps users looking to maintain energy levels. Sean Stevens, a senior majoring in business administration, is a customer of Kyoku and has known Roddy since freshman year. For students who are interested in starting their own business, Roddy recommends that they have three important elements. They created their product to make sure that it would fit people with a wide variety of fitness goals. In an effort to expand their product’s concept, the duo sought out different grants for projects through the University. “Even if you have a great product, the market opportunity is there, and the team is awesome, [there are] going to be moments in the journey that are just too hard for you to keep on going on if money is your biggest motivator,” Roddy said. “There just needs to be something else that gets you up and motivated out of that, beyond external motivators.” “I’ve seen when it was just a flowering idea to kind of now their more rigorous day-to-day operations,” Stevens said. “I was definitely someone that saw that as something that they could change [protein supplements as we know it.] … I originally was using dairy-based protein powder and it would make my stomach upset and cause more breakouts with my acne. So Ryan explained the science behind and the pros and cons of the plant-based post-workout shake. And I was [like], ‘Yeah, you guys should do it!’” Valner, a senior in the Iovine and Young Academy, and Roddy, a senior majoring in business administration, met through Lavalab, a student-run incubator in the Marshall School of Business. They immediately became best friends and began carpooling to the gym they both frequented off campus. Realizing they both had a passion for fitness, they decided to create a business around it. Once they received the grant, the pair spent their summer developing Kyoku and expanding their business model. Kyoku was able to raise nearly $100,000 after gathering funds from friends and family. One of the company’s main investors is Science Inc., a consumer products-focused venture capital fund based in Santa Monica that focuses on pre-product companies. They were able to raise an additional $1.5 million with Science Inc. to be used for production and marketing. “I had gotten … a reminder, I think it was that afternoon, it was like ‘Just a reminder, applications are due at 11:59 p.m.’ and I remember Ryan and I sat down for literally four hours straight and put together a business plan, built a deck and really built the entire idea of the company,” Valner said. Valner and Roddy found that the Iovine and Young Academy provided grants for select student projects. However, the application was due the same night they discovered the opportunity. “A lot of people in the venture capital community, they really look for the product, the market and the team,” Roddy said. “Those are the three things that really are the determinant as to whether or not they’ll invest in a product or company. So I think it’s important to hit those three things in some fashion.” The company also emphasizes sustainable sourcing and uses sustainable packaging materials and ingredients. According to Kyoku’s website, the plant-based ingredients the company uses produce fewer greenhouse gases and all packaging is recyclable. “We knew if we just created another protein powder or supplement or superfood shake that we would not be able to compete out there,” Valner said. “We had to do something that stood out that was different and unique.” Valner believes that what makes Kyoku different from other supplement companies is that they pride themselves in being comprehensive and detailed. “If you’re going to the market, you’re buying a cup of protein, there’s just gonna be protein in that, whereas for us, our formulas range from 40-60% protein and 40-60% organic whole foods [such as] kale, spinach, beets, quinoa,” Valner said. “There are 25 different ingredients we work with.” The duo said that having those three things, along with passion and a mission, will help people find success in their business. “We soft-launched the business in early July and have spent the time since then in beta. We’re on track to hard-launch the business in early 2020,” Roddy said. “I think just getting ourselves to market and positioning our company sort of in a very fundamental way was the most pivotal thing to get the brand to market and set us up for success in the future.” Kyoku works with dieticians and doctors to create personalized active nutrition plans for customers, and delivers shake supplements in single-serve packets monthly.