Japan looks to turn area around Fukushima into renewable energy hub

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first_imgJapan looks to turn area around Fukushima into renewable energy hub FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Nikkei Asian Review:Japan’s northeastern prefecture of Fukushima, devastated during the 2011 earthquake and nuclear disaster, is looking to transform itself into a renewable energy hub, Nikkei has learned.A plan is under way to develop 11 solar power plants and 10 wind power plants in the prefecture, on farmlands that cannot be cultivated anymore and mountainous areas from where population outflows continue.The total cost is expected to be in the ballpark of 300 billion yen, or $2.75 billion, until the fiscal year ending in March 2024.The government-owned Development Bank of Japan and private lender Mizuho Bank are among a group of financiers that have prepared a line of credit to support part of the construction cost.The power generation available is estimated to be about 600 megawatts, or equivalent to two-thirds of a nuclear power plant. The produced electricity will be sent to the Tokyo metropolitan area.The plan also envisions the construction of an 80-km wide grid within Fukushima to connect the generated power with the power transmission network of Tokyo Electric Power Co. That part of the project is expected to cost 29 billion yen.More: Fukushima to be reborn as $2.7bn wind and solar power hublast_img read more

Court further defines self-laudatory advertising rule

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first_img May 15, 2000 Regular News Court further defines self-laudatory advertising rule Court further defines self-laudatory advertising rulecenter_img An attorney can say in an ad that he is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell and that rating is Martindale-Hubbell’s highest, according to a three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. But the court rejected the lawyer’s assertion that a Florida Bar advertising regulation — since changed — barring “self-laudatory” statements was unconstitutionally vague.Orlando attorney Steven G. Mason had challenged the Bar’s refusal to let him say in an ad that he is “`AV’ rated, the Highest Rating Martindale-Hubbell National Law Directory.”A federal Middle District judge rejected his claim that the statement was not self-laudatory and that the rule was unconstitutionally vague. The appellate judges, however, said the Bar had no legitimate interest in rejecting the statement, although they found the underlying regulation — which has since been rewritten and the words “self-laudatory” dropped — was constitutional.The 11th Circuit noted that while commercial speech is protected by the constitution, it may be regulated to protect the public. But that regulation must meet the four requirements of Central Hudson Gas & Elec. Corp. v. Public Service Comm’n, 447 U.S. 557 (1980).The court said while the Bar met most of the Hudson tests and had a substantial interest in regulating lawyer ads, the application of the self-laudatory rule went too far. The court disagreed with the district judge’s finding that the public’s unfamiliarity with the Martindale-Hubbell rating system would make Mason’s use of it “dangerously misleading.”“Unfamiliarity is not synonymous with misinformation,” the opinion said. “. . . . Moreover, the Bar presented no studies, nor empirical evidence of any sort to suggest that Mason’s statement would mislead the unsophisticated public.”The opinion said the Bar offered only speculation and unsupported conjecture.Since it failed on that part of the Hudson test, the court declined to apply the final requirement that the regulation be a reasonable fit to the state’s interest.But while upholding Mason on that claim, the court rejected his challenge that the self-laudatory regulation was unconstitutional.“Although Mason is correct that Rule 4-7.2(j) is capable of multiple meanings and potentially very broad application, the rule’s language is plain and would adequately put Bar members on notice that merely self-referential and laudatory statements or statements describing the quality of their legal services are prohibited,” the opinion said.A footnote to the opinion noted the rule has been rewritten (and renumbered) in recent changes approved by the Florida Supreme Court, with the only change being the term “self-laudatory” was omitted.The case is Mason v. Florida Bar, case no. 99-2138. The opinion was issued on April 6.last_img

Hot air might lift you up, but it’s steam that drives you forward

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first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Don’t just be a commenter in the game of life, be an active player.by: Aaron PughWe’ve all been there before, posting on Facebook and Twitter, reading the comments section of a favorite news site, or watching television, saying things like “someone should do something,” “they need to solve that,” or “I wish we could help.”Yet how often do those sentiments prompt us to call our representatives, sign a petition, or join in a rally? How often do we spend the time to understand all the issues behind an event that upsets us, much less step forward in a real attempt at remedy?Too often, our hot air activism cools on the wake of other news, dissipating in time to the click of the remote and the tick of the clock.You see, speech can change the world, but it can also give a false sense of accomplishment, something Fast Company points out in an article called “Lazy Americans Think Tweeting About A Cause Counts As Advocacy.” continue reading »last_img read more

Title defense ends as Warriors skittle Tridents

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first_imgTRINIDAD: Barbados Tridents’ stuttering defense of their Caribbean Premier League (CPL) title finally ended as they again failed to make three figures against a well-balanced Guyana Amazon Warriors attack in the ongoing edition of the T20 league.Early boundaries from Chandrapaul Hemraj meant Shimron Hetmyer and Ross Taylor could take the team home in cruise control and the Amazon Warriors ended the league stage on a roll with four wins from four at the Brian Lara Stadium on Thursday. Earlier, Romario Shepherd provided Amazon Warriors — who opted to bowl — with a promising start with two wickets in two balls. Johnson Charles (10) chipped tamely to Taylor at point, but there was nothing tame about the dismissal of pinch-hitter Rashid Khan as a fierce pull was brilliantly caught by Brandon King who ran 20 yards to his left from deep square leg and dived full-length. Brief scores: Guyana Amazon Warriors 90/4 (Shimron Hetmyer 32*, Chandrapaul Hemraj 29; Jason Holder 2/10) beat Barbados Tridents 89/9 (Nyeem Young 18, Mitchell Santner 18; Imran Tahir 3/12) by 6 wickets. IANS Also Watch: For Jobs, Assam Youth Compromises COVID Safety Normslast_img read more