Australia’s largest coal miner plans to cap production at current levels

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Sydney Morning Herald:Australia’s largest coal miner Glencore will cap its global coal output at current levels in the wake of pressure from activist shareholders as part of a pivot towards minerals used in renewable technologies.The miner announced on Wednesday night that, while it will continue mining thermal coal, which is used in power stations, and coking coal, which is used for making steel, it will limit production to current levels.“We aim to prioritise capital investment to grow production of commodities essential to the energy and mobility transition and to limit our coal production capacity broadly to current levels,” the company said as part of its results announcement.Glencore set its guidance for 2019 at 145 million tonnes of coal globally. Glencore said it would examine its membership of trade associations to ensure those groups aligned with the Paris climate agreement and Paris goals. These associations include the Minerals Council of Australia.In 2017, Glencore became Australia’s largest coal miner after it acquired 49 per cent of Rio Tinto’s Hunter Valley Operations for about $US1.14 billion ($1.59 billion). It then bought Rio Tinto’s interest in Queensland coal mines giving it a total local output of more than 88 million tonnes. The deals have helped put Glencore in a dominant position in the Asia Pacific market for high-quality thermal coal.Emma Herd, chief executive of the Investor Group on Climate Change, said: “Glencore’s announcement is a significant step for the mining sector with potentially wide-reaching implications … Investors will now be looking for more companies in the sector to align their business decisions with the Paris Agreement”More: Australia’s biggest coal miner moves to cap global output Australia’s largest coal miner plans to cap production at current levelslast_img read more

A Look Back at 2014

first_imgOnly a year ago, the Live Outside and Play project was just an idea, a seemingly unrealistic dream of a 20-something-year-old with an itch for something more, something different.Now, thanks in part to the amazing network of family, friends, and followers, the Live Outside and Play project is over eight months old. From the coast of the Carolinas to the highlands of Pennsylvania, I’ve taken the SylvanSport Go and Jeep Cherokee over 16,000 miles through eight different states. Though this highlight reel certainly showcases the unforgettable adventures I’ve had, the one thing that has truly made this experience remarkable is the people. Friends old and new have opened up their hearts, their homes, and their backyard rivers and crags to me, which has in turn allowed me to share their world with you.Though living on the road may seem like a vacation, there are days when I long for an armoire and not a trunk to store my clothes, a kitchen with a sink to cook my meals, a refrigerator so I can buy yogurt again, a normal bed with normal linens and not someone’s couch and a sleeping bag. But those feelings, those longings, are only temporary, for each mile of road leads me somewhere I’ve never been before and the passionate people I’ve met along the way inspire me to press on and see what’s around the bend.Thank you to everyone who has supported me along the way. Thank you for feeding me, showing me down rivers, leading me up routes, and letting me wash my clothes. Without you, 2014 would have been just another year.Happy New Year everyone! As Edward Abbey once wrote, “May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view.” Here’s to another year of adventures!last_img read more

Ethics panel reviews mediation confidentiality rule

first_img Ethics panel reviews mediation confidentiality rule Senior EditorIf an attorney during the mediation of a Bar grievance threatens the complaining client with criminal prosecution, does a lawyer conducting the mediation have to report that to the Bar? The Professional Ethics Committee wrestled with conflicting Bar rules that on one hand make it a violation to use such coercion during a grievance and on the other gives confidentiality to the grievance mediation proceedings. The committee, which met September 7 during the Bar’s General Meeting, finally said the Grievance Mediation Committee should amend the rules to clarify the issue. The committee also looked at a wide range of other ethical issues, ranging from whether an attorney can participate in an online settlement service to the scope of confidentiality agreements that are part of a case settlement. At its June meeting, the PEC had referred the mediation issue to a subcommittee. That panel agreed that the attorney-mediator should terminate the mediation after the threat was made, but that the mediator should not report the rule violation to the Bar. The subcommittee concluded that the Grievance Mediation Committee should study the issue and recommend which of the conflicting rules should be giving priority. But PEC members said they were uncomfortable with not taking stronger action when an attorney violates Bar rules by threatening criminal action to settle a civil dispute. As one member put it, “I would like the result to be no attorney can get away with that sort of conduct.” The committee, with considerable dissent, voted to strike most of the subcommittee’s findings and leave only this recommendation: “.. . [T]he Grievance Mediation Committee [should] adopt rule changes which would clearly establish what information obtained during a grievance mediation is or is not to remain confidential.” The PEC also recommended that mediation participants be told what those standards are. On the Internet settlement question, an attorney representing a personal injury client asked about the ethics of the insurance company’s request to use an online company to attempt to reach a settlement. As explained by the attorney, the insurance company would submit three offers and the attorney would submit three demands. The settlement company would use a mathematical program to compare those and if certain conditions were met, including the two sides being close enough on one of their offers, then the case would be settled by splitting the difference. A doubleblind technique would be used to ensure neither side could see the other’s offer. A subcommittee studied the issue and prepared an informal opinion which said the practice would not be barred, but the attorney should evaluate whether it’s in the client’s best interest and that rules on competence, communication, and consent must be followed. Committee member Charlotte Karlan said the subcommittee members were trying to convey that they weren’t “jumping for joy” over the practice but that it was not prohibited by Bar rules. They also, she said, wanted to tell lawyers “if you’re going to do it, do it carefully.” On another issue, the PEC voted to support a staff opinion advising an attorney representing a personal injury client who, without telling the attorney, filed for bankruptcy and failed to tell the bankruptcy court about the pending personal injury settlement. The opinion said it could not interpret bankruptcy law on whether the attorney was required to report the personal injury case to the bankruptcy court. But it said the attorney was required to discuss with the client the refusal to disclose the case and advise the client to discuss it with bankruptcy counsel and perhaps criminal counsel. The attorney is also required to withdraw from the personal injury case, but must not reveal any client confidences in doing so and should assist in transferring the case to new counsel. On other matters, the PEC: • Referred to a subcommittee a question from an attorney who wanted to give a bonus to a nonlawyer employee based on the number of hours the employee worked on a case. Committee members expressed concerned that might involve prohibited fee-sharing and might encourage the nonlawyer to bill unnecessary hours. • Supported a staff position refusing to answer a question from an inquiring attorney, who asked about representing a new client against the same defendant the attorney earlier won a settlement against in a similar case. The settlement agreement prohibited the attorney from using or revealing any information from the first case in any subsequent case. The staff position held the attorney was seeking an interpretation of the settlement agreement and not of Bar rules. Ethics panel reviews mediation confidentiality rule October 1, 2001 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

Binghamton School District investigating ‘offensive’ comments made by employee

first_imgThe school district says the person who made the comments was not “acting in their capacity as an employee.” The district also says the comments made by the individual do not reflect the values of educators. Binghamton schools says parents and the community have reached out to the district with concerns about the incident. The employee in question was not named. The announcement of the investigation was made in a Facebook post.center_img BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Binghamton School District is investigating “offensive comments” that were posted online by someone associated with the school.last_img

Virginia DMME and Old Dominion Uni Sign Offshore Wind Deal

first_imgVirginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) and Old Dominion University (ODU) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the state’s offshore wind projects.The agreement, signed between ODU President John R. Broderick and DMME Director John Warren, is based on providing research and support for Virginia’s offshore wind, with focus on the Coastal Virginia project.MoU signing took place after a panel discussion about the sector which was led by Warren with representatives from Ørsted US, Avangrid Renewables, ODU, Dominion Energy, Port of Virginia and Tidewater Community College, among othersThe event included talks about the opportunities for Hampton Roads to reinvent itself with offshore wind development by capitalizing on clean energy generation and job growth.The Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project will feature two Siemens Gamesa 6MW turbines installed in a federal lease area in the Mid-Atlantic some 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach.It is expected to provide the operational, weather and environmental experience necessary for large-scale development in the adjacent 112,800-acre leased site.The 12MW project is being jointly developed by Dominion Energy and Ørsted, who plan to have it operating in December 2020.last_img read more

Matthew Freytag

first_imgMatthew John Freytag, 30, of Aurora passed away Wednesday, July 4, 2018 in Colerain Township.  Matthew was born Sunday, February 14, 1988, the son of James Dean and Tabatha (Montooth) Freytag.  Matthew graduated from Milan High School in 2007, and went on to become a landscaper.  He enjoyed music and was interested in cars and setting up stereo equipment in vehicles.  He also enjoyed spending time with his daughters.Matthew is survived by his mother: Tabatha (Terry) Gaines of Milan, daughters: Makayla Freytag, Braelyn Freytag and Naomi Holt, brothers: Justin (Kristina) Freytag of Charlestown, IN, Clarence (Sharon) Gaines of Colorado, Terry Gaines II, of Aurora, sisters: Jessica Freytag of Florida, Nicole (Bruce) Lacey of Aurora and Kendra (Josh) Evans.  Matthew was preceded in death by his father James Freytag.Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home with Pastor Jon Porter officiating.  Burial will follow in New Craven Cemetery, Milan.  Visitation will be 9-11 a.m.  Tuesday, July 10, 2018 also at the funeral home.  Memorials may be given in Matthews honor to Milan Fire Department.  Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home of Milan is entrusted with arrangements; 707 South Main St. Box 243, Milan, IN 47031, (812)654-2141. You may go to www.lawscarrmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

Deery doubleheader this weekend at Farley, Hamilton County

first_imgFARLEY, Iowa (April 14) – A weekend doubleheader takes the Deery Brothers Summer Series to two tracks with long IMCA Late Model tour histories.Features at Farley Speedway on Friday, April 17 and at Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City on Saturday, April 18 both pay $3,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start.Pit gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 6:30 p.m. at Farley. Hot laps are at 7:30 p.m. with racing to follow.Spectator admission is $16 for adults, $14 for seniors, $10 for students ages 13-17 and free for 12 and under. Also running are IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds for all applicable points.Hamilton County opens the pit gates at 4:30 p.m. and the grandstands at 5 p.m. Hot laps at 6:30 p.m. precede the first heat race.Grandstand admission is $15 for adults, $10 for youth and free for five and under. The season-opening program also features IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts chasing all points.Pit passes are $30 both nights.Information about the Farley show is available by calling 563 744-3620 and at the www.simmonspromotionsinc.com website, and about the Webster City date by calling 515 832-5382 or at the www.hamiltoncospeedway.com website.Joel Callahan of Dubuque has won the last two Deery features at Farley, which has hosted travel­ing Late Models on 13 occasions.The series has made 27 previous visits to Hamilton County Speedway dating back to 1987. Brian Harris of Davenport was the most recent tour winner there, in June of 2013.Corey Zeitner of Bellevue, Neb., and defending series champion Justin Kay of Wheatland own wins from the first two tour events but it’s Andy Nezworski of Buffalo who takes the Deery point lead into the weekend.Nezworski was third in the April 4 lidlifter at Crawford County Speedway and finished fourth last Saturday at West Liberty Raceway.Deery Brothers Summer Series top 20 point standings – 1. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, 95; 2. Corey Zeitner, Bellevue, Neb., 91; 3. Andy Eckrich, Oxford, 89; 4. Justin Kay, Wheatland, and Brian Harris, Davenport, both 83; 6. Scott Fitzpatrick, Wheatland, 81; 7. Joel Callahan, Dubuque, 75; 8. Todd Malmstrom, Silvis, Ill., 70; 9. Tyler Bruening, Decorah, 69; 10. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove, 67; 11. John Emerson, Waterloo, and Jason Rauen, Farley, both 66; 13. Jeremy Grady, Story City, 65; 14. Charlie McKenna, Clear Lake, 62; 15. Brunson Behning, Davenport, and Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls, both 61; 17. Curt Martin, Independence, 59; 18. Todd Cooney, Des Moines, 57; 19. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, 54; 20. Ron Klein, Sherrill, 50.last_img read more

Allardyce: Adrian is underrated

first_img Allardyce has long admired Finnish stopper Jaaskelainen’s abilities, since managing the 38-year-old at Bolton. Former Bolton boss Allardyce brought the Finland keeper to Upton Park last summer, but conceded he had to identify his long-term successor. “I would say the goalkeeping jersey is up for grabs, I wouldn’t say it’s either’s now,” said Allardyce. “It was Jussi’s most of the season but Adrian’s slowly been introduced into the phrase of this fantastic football league we have in this country, by playing in some really big games in the Capital One Cup. “We played Cardiff and Burnley, and Cheltenham was a hard game first just to get through that. “Then the way he played against Tottenham, to perform like he did, he deserved an opportunity to go in again at Old Trafford. “There’s not a lot between them in goalkeeping terms at the moment. “The Juss man can’t go on forever, but he’s doing an unbelievable job by still playing at this level at his age. Press Association “He’s fantastically fit and extremely dedicated, and that’s why he’s where he is today. “If I had paid £10million for him everybody would be talking about him. “But because I’ve done the job and got him for nowt everyone asks who he is. “He played every game for Real Betis last year and they finished fifth in La Liga.” Allardyce admitted the toughest part of trying to recruit a defender in the January transfer window will be convincing a rival club to accept a loan deal, not a permanent move. He said: “We’re having to use George McCartney as a cover centre-half if anything happens to James Tomkins or James Collins, so that area we’re looking at in January. “The hard part for us, it’s a loan player we’re looking for. “And at this early stage of the transfer window most clubs if they are letting a player go would prefer to sell them rather than loan them. “But we’ll keep going and going and going until we find somebody.” West Ham host Arsenal at the Boleyn Ground on Boxing Day, with Allardyce wary of the growing resolve in Arsene Wenger’s side. Hailing the return of midfielder Matthieu Flamini as adding extra bite, Allardyce said: “They are not conceding from set plays and corners (like) they used to be pretty frail on. “And they’ve already scored six headers. “It’s probably why they’re up at the top of the league because they’ve improved in those two areas, and with all the flair they’ve got as well it’s taken them to the top end of the table. “Perhaps Flamini’s been the big difference, going around geeing all the players up. “When I see him on the pitch he not only leads by example he also leads by the fact that he seems to go around saying ‘come on lads’. “You’ve got to do both sides of the game, you’ve got to be just as good as you are out of possession as you are with it, otherwise you’re not going to win the league, that’s for sure.” Veteran goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen cannot hold off Spanish rival Adrian forever at West Ham, according to boss Sam Allardyce. West Ham manager Allardyce believes he has unearthed a first-class gem in Adrian, signed from Real Betis in the summer. Allardyce thinks the 26-year-old is vastly underrated simply because he moved on a free transfer. last_img read more

Lallana: I am focused on England

first_img Lallana earned a place in Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad after a series of stunning displays for Southampton. The England manager is not the only one to have noticed the midfielder’s incredible progress, though. “I am happy I made that decision, it caused me a lot less stress,” said Lallana, who got married on Christmas Eve instead. Bringing the wedding forward proved to be a wise move as Lallana received a text from Hodgson a couple of weeks ago telling him he had made the plane. Champagne, cartwheels and tears presumably followed? “No, I was quite quiet really,” he says. “I tried not to get too overwhelmed and excited about it because I still have a job to do. I have just to try to stay focused on the job in hand.” That is one of the reasons why Lallana made the 23 – because of his hard work and determination. They are two traits that have served him well throughout his career, which has had plenty of ups and downs. Lallana, who was 12 when he joined Saints, battled back to overcome the trauma that was caused by the heart defect detected by Southampton’s medical team when he was 18. “My heart was peaking at 230 beats per minute,” he says. The average heart beats at 60-80. A few years later Southampton almost went bankrupt, but with Lallana’s help, back-to-back promotions were secured. The skilful player, who was voted into the PFA Team of the Year by his peers this season, could have left Southampton during the dark days but he is glad he stayed. “I wouldn’t change anything,” he said. “Part of my development was playing those (lower) league games. “It has helped me physically, and with different aspects of my game. “Four years ago I was playing in League One and I was watching the World Cup with my mates. “If someone had said to me then I would be participating in the next one, obviously I would have not believed them one bit. “That just proves what can happen when you work hard and get your head down. “I’m delighted and I still can’t quite believe it.” Lallana has three caps to his name and he is expected to play a key role for England in Brazil. Lallana and Southampton team-mates Rickie Lambert and Luke Shaw are among 17 players in Hodgson’s party who have never been to a World Cup before. Lallana thinks that raw inexperience will prove to be a help, rather than a hindrance. “A lot of us haven’t been to a World Cup before. Hopefully that means we’ll go there with no fear,” he said. Adam Lallana insists his sole focus over the next few weeks will be England. Speculation has mounted that Lallana could change clubs this summer, with Liverpool said to be interested in signing the 26-year-old. Lallana, who has been at Southampton since 2000, is unmoved by the rumours and he is adamant that he will not be distracted by talk about his future in the build-up to the tournament. Lallana, who was speaking on behalf of Vauxhall the England Team Sponsor, said: “Whether my future gets sorted before or after the World Cup makes no difference to me. “I am just fully focused on doing well for England and performing as well as I can.” When England were hit by a series of injuries in the build-up to their friendly against Brazil last June, Lallana’s name was not mentioned as a possible replacement. The midfielder was down the pecking order after a difficult first season in the Barclays Premier League. Just six months later Lallana made his England debut after hitting the ground running in his second top-flight season with Saints. Plans for a summer wedding to his then fiancee Emily were brought forward when it became clear Lallana was in contention for World Cup selection. Press Associationlast_img read more

Police youth group adopts recreational ground in Essequibo

first_imgPOLICE ‘G’ Division continues to lead the way in fostering community development and active participation in the field of sports.In this regard, recently the Anna Regina Legend and Scout Police Youth Group has undertaken to adopt the Henrietta Sports Ground with the intention to transform and maintain the recreational facility.This is one of several grounds that the Force, in collaboration with other stakeholders, has been able to build community-related partnerships involving young people.Former Commissioner of Police, Seelall Persaud, initiated the establishment of Police Youth Groups on the Essequibo Coast which has since grown in stature with over twelve groups being formed in several communities including Suddie, Affiance, Lima Sands and CharityIn addition, the Affiance Number 1 and Lima Sands grounds were rehabilitated by the Force with assistance from other donors. In a brief statement, the Police Youth Group declared that the initiative is in keeping with the policy of ‘maximising green and open spaces’.The ‘G’ Division Police Force, through its Youth Groups, has been quite active participating in several sporting disciplines including cricket, football, circle tennis, basketball and volleyball. Meanwhile the Henrietta ground needs fencing, a pavilion and to be upgraded with additional earth to prevent it from being easily flooded.The community in Henrietta meanwhile has welcomed the step to intervene, given the increasing population which is being starved of sporting activities since the ground is in an unplayable condition at present. (Elroy Stephney)last_img read more