FirstEnergy Solutions shuts two coal units at Bruce Mansfield plant FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):FirstEnergy Solutions Corp. has shut down nearly half of its coal capacity as the bankrupt power provider recently deactivated units 1 and 2 at its Bruce Mansfield coal plant in Beaver County, Pa.The retirement of 1,660 MW of coal capacity reduces the output of what was once the company’s largest coal plant to a single 830-MW unit. FirstEnergy Solutions, or FES, filed a deactivation notice with PJM Interconnection in November 2018 reflecting the Feb. 5 retirement of the plant’s oldest units.The deactivation comes earlier than originally anticipated. In late August 2018, FES said it notified PJM of its plans to shut down more than 4,000 MW of coal and oil capacity in Ohio and Pennsylvania in 2021 and 2022, including the 2,490-MW Bruce Mansfield coal plant, because of unfavorable market conditions.While the initial plan was to deactivate all three units at Bruce Mansfield in June 2021, an FES spokesman said the company revised the plan because “units 1 and 2 had been operating at extremely limited capacity since January 2018.” Unit 3 is still expected to operate until June 2021.Bruce Mansfield is directly owned and operated by FES subsidiary FirstEnergy Generation LLC.Murray Energy Corp. was the primary supplier of coal to the Mansfield power plant in 2018, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence data. Murray Energy’s Marshall County mine in West Virginia supplied the power plant.More ($): FirstEnergy Solutions shuts down nearly half of coal capacity
Eastern Europe is confronting a surge in cases. Romania announced that it would close schools and implement an overnight curfew. Poland admitted the first patient to its new field hospital at a stadium in Warsaw. Hungary declared a “state of danger” this week, and Ukraine announced a national mask mandate in public buildings and on public transportation. Scientists in Britain have started a clinical trial of aspirin to see whether the anti-inflammatory agent can improve the care of patients hospitalized with Covid-19 by reducing the formation of life-threatening blood clots. What you’re doingAfter 8 years married, a year ago, my husband and I decided to divorce. We started taking turns living in our house. One of us would stay with our daughter; the other one would go to a small rented flat. When France went into lockdown in March, we decided to confine all together in the house. Then, during 3 months, we realized that we still enjoyed each other’s company as well as our family life and that we could work as a team like we had never done before. It became obvious that we still loved each other so we got back together. The lockdown gave us perspective and time to slow down and rethink our relationship. — MariaRosa Quintero Bernabeu, Grenoble, FranceLet us know how you’re dealing with the pandemic. Send us a response here, and we may feature it in an upcoming newsletter.Sign up here to get the briefing by email.Email your thoughts to [email protected] The University of Notre Dame’s faculty rejected a proposed vote of no confidence in its president, the Rev. John I. Jenkins, voting instead to “express its disappointment” with him for appearing at a White House reception in the midst of a pandemic without a face mask. – Advertisement – When the rally ended, the crowds streamed home like some huge exhalation, spreading cases to more than 20 states. Infections connected to the rally popped up as far away as New Hampshire, and case numbers climbed in the Dakotas, Wyoming and Nebraska, where thousands of residents had returned from Sturgis.The rally has become “a rumbling symbol of America’s bitter divisions over the coronavirus,” wrote our colleagues Mark Walker and Jack Healy. Family members who stayed away are angry at relatives who attended and brought the virus home. Sturgis council members who approved the rally have been bombarded with death threats. And health experts and politicians are still fighting over how many cases Sturgis may have caused across the country.Even now, health officials said a lack of contact tracing and the sheer scale of the event have made it impossible to know how many people were infected directly or indirectly because of Sturgis.Kids produce weaker antibodiesA study published Thursday found that children infected with the coronavirus produce fewer and weaker antibodies than adults.Although that finding sounds scary, it actually may help answer longstanding questions about why children have a different experience with the virus than adults.“We know that kids are much less likely to get sick from the coronavirus,” said Apoorva Mandavilli, who covered the study. “This study says they produce a less robust immune response to the virus, which, paradoxically, may be a good thing.” Fewer antibodies may indicate that children were sick for a shorter period of time, and may also explain why children seem to transmit the virus less efficiently. A weak immune response also may shed light on why children are mostly spared severe symptoms.Importantly, having weaker and fewer antibodies does not seem to mean that children would be more at risk of reinfection.Resurgences Paris banned delivery and takeaway food and alcohol between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. as officials try to curb what they say is a large number of people on the streets at night, despite a lockdown, France 24 reports. It’s hard to imagine a more alarming moment since early April, when 2,000 people were dying a day, and there are few signs that things will improve in the near future. The country has recorded well above 1,000 deaths every day since Election Day, and infection rates in hot spots are accelerating. Governors across the country continue to plead daily with Americans to take the virus seriously.“Colorado, I love you. This is an intervention,” said Gov. Jared Polis of Colorado. The state recorded more than 3,800 cases yesterday, around 900 more than its previous record, and hospitalizations have risen to their highest level since the beginning of the pandemic. “Cancel your social plans the next few weeks — avoid interacting with others. Wear a mask. Keep your distance,” Mr. Polis begged.- Advertisement – Here’s a roundup of restrictions in all 50 states.What else we’re following In England, the first hours of Lockdown 2.0, as local newspapers called it, looked very little like a lockdown at all. America waits, but the virus does notWhile Americans are transfixed with the razor’s edge presidential election results, the country’s coronavirus situation has become catastrophically bad — and continues to worsen.Less than 24 hours after the U.S. broke its daily national case record, it added 121,500 more cases — more than Japan, Egypt or Hungary have recorded during the entire pandemic. Twenty-eight states have added more cases in the last week than in any other period.- Advertisement – Italy locked down six regions in the country’s deeply infected north and highly vulnerable, and poorer, south. The measures are the most drastic since a nationwide lockdown in March. Wuhan, where the outbreak began, has emerged as a star in China. Propaganda agencies have churned out television tributes to the city, and a new opera idolizes its doctors. The Las Vegas Raiders were fined for repeatedly violating the N.F.L.’s virus protocols. Hospitals in hard-hit areas around the country are quickly reaching their limit. At Trinity Health in Minot, N.D., the entire floor dedicated to coronavirus patients had no more available beds. Dr. Jeffrey Sather, the chief of staff, called other large hospitals around the state to see if he could transfer some patients, but every facility was also full. Dr. Sather was also worried about his staff members.“They are witnessing people suffocate to death on a regular basis,” he said. “And it’s a heavy psychological toll.”A motorcycle rally’s aftermathInfectious-disease experts had warned about the risk of holding the annual Sturgis motorcycle rally in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Still, South Dakota’s Republican governor, a vocal opponent of lockdowns, gave her blessing, and local leaders set aside their misgivings as thousands of people from every state in the nation rolled down Sturgis’s Main Street. – Advertisement –
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Nancy Cornett, 70 of Milan, passed away at U.C. Medical Center, December 11, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Nancy was born Friday September 27, 1946 in Milan, IN the daughter of Clayton and Mary (Negangard) Haessig. She married Eli Cornett June 26, 1965 and he preceded her in death June 8, 2013.Nancy was a homemaker. Nancy enjoyed teaching Sunday school, fixing meals with the ladies and the church, camping, crocheting, watching grandchildren at their sporting events, doing ceramics, taking pictures, playing cards but mostly she loved spending time with her family.Nancy is survived by Sons: Todd (Nikki) Cornett of Lawrenceburg, Aaron (Sharon) Cornett of Milan, and Bryan (Melissa) Cornett of Cincinnati. Brothers: Pat Henry Haessig of Washington D.C., Randy Haessig of Mexico; Sister: Elaine Mortara of Versailles. 5 Grandchildren: Sarah, Emily, Landon, Lucas, Chelsea. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husbandFuneral service will be 12 PM Saturday December 17, 2016 at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 8930 N. St. Road 101, Sunman 47041 with Pastor Bill Helms officiating. Burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery. Visitation 5-8PM Friday at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Memorials may be given to St. Paul United Methodist Church. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, Box 243, 707 South Main Street Milan, IN 47031; (812)654-2141. Go to www.lawscarrmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.