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South Africa Locks Onto Coal Despite Water Risks, Grim Market Trends

first_imgSouth Africa Locks Onto Coal Despite Water Risks, Grim Market Trends FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Keith Schneider for Circle of Blue:South Africa’s allegiance to coal mining and coal-fired power generation in an era of rising concern about water supply and quality, and weakening national and global demand is causing a furor in the country’s mining sector, affecting the financial community, and tearing holes in President Jacob Zuma’s veil of privilege and scandal.The national turmoil and a number of distinct regional conditions are tilting the balance of benefits and risks against new coal development in this area, say many residents. A deep two-year drought, the worst ever experienced in northern KwaZulu-Natal, emptied the drinking water reservoirs of Vryheid and nearby Paulpietersburg late last year. Thousands of town residents line up every morning to fill buckets with fresh water transported by tanker trucks from sources as far away as Pongola, a farm town set by the river of the same name that is 132 kilometers (82 miles) east of here.Outside the hill towns, where springs and deep wells are still active, one coal company is drawing nearer to gaining a license to mine a new coal seam near Paulpietersburg. At least nine other companies have been quietly nosing around the steep slopes of the area’s tabletop mountains for unmined reserves.Markets for new reserves are thought to include coal-fired power stations in neighboring Mpumalanga province, and for export. Richards Bay, South Africa’s primary export shipping terminal, is 214 kilometers east (133 miles).Senior managers of the South Africa Department of Mineral Resources declined to be interviewed for this article. The department’s weak public involvement mechanisms and Web site make it difficult for citizens to follow new licensing applications. Farmers, acutely anxious that pollution from new coal mines could contaminate their water, have responded by establishing a new advocacy group, the Pongola River Catchment Protection Association, to keep abreast of mining activity on the ground, and to oppose new mineral development.Full article: South Africa Locks Onto Coal Despite Water Risks, Grim Market Trends More here.last_img read more

Clippers, DeAndre Jordan invade angry Dallas

first_img“If DJ had never considered Dallas – let’s say he wasn’t in the picture and we played there – they’re going to boo DJ. They’re going to boo Blake (Griffin), they’re going to boo …”Rivers eventually admitted, in a roundabout way, this could be different.“So clearly there is going to be more energy from the crowd,” he said. “Maybe it will be playoff atmosphere. But at the end of the day, their job is not to cheer for us anyway. That’s how I’ve always felt.“I’ve played on teams … that Knicks team that was, you know, that clean, clean team that I played on. We were booed everywhere. I don’t think it’s that big of a deal. But we don’t know how DJ will handle that, and so we’ll have to see.”Jordan is putting on a brave front. DALLAS >> Doc Rivers wants to downplay what will be an ultra-hostile crowd Wednesday when his L.A. Clippers play the Dallas Mavericks at 5 p.m. at American Airlines Center.It makes sense. Certainly, the third-year head coach doesn’t want his center, DeAndre Jordan, feeling the extra heat before the game begins. It is, of course, Jordan who will be the subject of the crowd’s wrath. It will be his comeuppance for reneging on a verbal agreement he made to sign with the Mavericks over the summer, only to re-sign with the Clippers, angering Dallas owner Mark Cuban along the way.This is the first trip to Dallas for Jordan and the Clippers since then.“I just have never figured out what the difference is between a ‘boo’ and a ‘boo,’ ” Rivers said. “When you’re the road team, they boo you, right? So they’re going to boo louder, I guess. I’ve just never figured that out, like, when you’re on the road, they’re going to not cheer for you. They’re going to boo DJ. “Nah, I don’t care,” he said, when asked about what he faces. “It’s cool. It’s another game. It’s going to be hostile, but I mean, it’s supposed to be.”It could be a real blast, he said.“Yeah, it’s going to be fun,” Jordan said. “At the end of the day, it’s a basketball game.”He admitted there could be more motivation, more adrenaline.“I mean, I guess,” he said.Teammate J.J. Redick has no doubt Jordan will be ready.“DJ will handle it well,” he said. “He’s a big boy, he’s an adult and I think it will bring out the best in him. DJ always responds to those type of atmospheres. It doesn’t have to necessarily be negativity toward him, but he thrives off that energy. So I expect him to have a big game.”This is not the same, though, Redick conceded, “because of everything that happened this summer. It’s a little more personal. And I’m sure that anyone who tweeted an emoji that day will probably face some sort of ridicule, but the vast majority of scorn will be directed toward DeAndre.”An emoji war started by Dallas’ Chandler Parsons and responded to by several Clippers took place the day Jordan backed out on Dallas.The rematchThe Clippers (5-2) defeated the Mavericks 104-88 in their home opener Oct. 29 at Staples Center. The play was physical, there was plenty of trash talk and four technicals – one on Raymond Felton of Dallas and one each by Jordan, Griffin and Chris Paul.The Mavericks were without starting guards Wes Matthews and Deron Williams, both of whom are expected to play Wednesday. Dallas took a record of 3-3 into a game Tuesday night at New Orleans.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Ernst urges peers to close law enforcement consent loophole

first_imgWASHINGTON — Republican Senator Joni Ernst is pressing her GOP colleagues to make it a crime for federal agents to engage in a sex act with a person in their custody.Federal judges, prosecutors and probation officers would also be barred from sexual contact with a defendant. That kind of activity is already a crime for employees in federal prisons. “That would be specifically in prison systems where those guards are taking advantage of their position of authority and engaging in ill-advised activities with those that are imprisoned,” Ernst said.Democrats in the U.S. House included this provision in the 2019 bill that reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act, but the bill did not clear the GOP-led Senate. Ernst is lobbying for this issue to be included in the GOP’s police reform package that could be debated yet this month.“Certainly we need to wrap up that loophole, make sure we’re closing down on that and hold our law enforcement officials to a higher standard of conduct,” Ernst said.Ernst said current law lets federal law enforcement officers claim a sexual encounter with a defendant or a person in custody was consensual in order to avoid assault charges. At least 20 states have enacted legislation similar to what Ernst and two of her Democratic colleagues in the U.S. Senate first proposed at the federal level last year.last_img read more

Nine Championship players who could be set for Premier League moves in January

first_img 2. Sam Byram (Leeds United): Click the arrow above to find out which other Championship players could be set for a move – Byram is another player out of contract in the summer and Leeds chairman Massimo Cellino has told the media the Elland Road club are looking to sell their academy product this month. The 22-year-old right sider is highly rated by Whites fans and Liverpool, Everton, Bournemouth, Norwich, Stoke and many more clubs are meant to be monitoring his situation, with the Yorkshireman reportedly rejecting new contract offers in recent months. 8. Ademola Lookman (Charlton): Click the arrow above to find out which other Championship players could be set for a move – The 18-year-old striker was playing Sunday League football just over a year ago and has made rapid strides since being snapped up by Charlton. He has gone on to hit three goals in nine games. Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool are also monitoring Lookman’s progress but Spurs hope to win the race for his signature. 9 9 9 5. Ross McCormack (Fulham): Click the arrow above to find out which other Championship players could be set for a move – The Cottagers forked out more than £11million for the forward from Leeds and they could recoup that money if they opt to sell him. Championship big spenders Derby and Middlesbrough are thought to be interested, but Bournemouth have also been linked and the Scottish striker has shown he knows where the goal is. McCormack, 28, has 15 goals in 28 appearances this term. 3. Moussa Dembele (Fulham): Click the arrow above to find out which other Championship players could be set for a move – ‘There’s only two Dembeles’ could be the new chant from Spurs fans if they continue to pursue Fulham’s young French forward. He is reportedly interesting Ligue 1 side Monaco, but Spurs, Manchester United and Crystal Palace are said to be among a number of interested suitors after impressive performances. 9 4. Andre Gray (Burnley): Click the arrow above to find out which other Championship players could be set for a move – Gray only moved to Turf Moor in the summer, smashing the Clarets’ transfer record as they broke the bank to bring him to Lancashire from Brentford for an estimated £9million fee. He has continued to show his scoring ability, most recently netting a hat-trick against Bristol City and his current tally for the season is 15 goals (two of those for the Bees). 9 9 9 6. Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City): Click the arrow above to find out which other Championship players could be set for a move – The speedy winger has proved himself in the top flight and he has been an asset in Hull’s bid to make an instant return to the Premier League. Clubs are said to be interested in the Egyptian, with Steve Bruce admitting the speculation was affecting his player. 7. Benik Afobe (Wolves): Click the arrow above to find out which other Championship players could be set for a move – The former Arsenal man left the Gunners to make a permanent move to Molineux last January and he was linked with big-money moves to the Premier League in the summer. Afobe has ten goals this season and Wolves know keeping him will be key to their play-off hopes. Most Championship clubs will dread the opening of a transfer window when they have an in-form player. A short goalscoring run or string of impressive performances will usually be enough for Premier League clubs to register their interest and this month is no different. It can be a good opportunity for a struggling club to find a man to rescue them from relegation or to secure the services of a future international.Click the yellow arrow, above, to see who could be set for a move to the Premier League this month. 9. Matt Phillips (QPR): Click the arrow above to find out which other Championship players could be set for a move – Phillips has regularly been linked to Premier League moves ever since he impressed during Blackpool’s spell in the top flight. The speedy winger would cost a lot for the Hoops to part with the 24-year-old. 1. Charlie Austin (QPR): Click the arrow above to find out which other Championship players could be set for a move in January – Austin is out of contract in the summer and if QPR want to make any money on the 26-year-old, they will have to act this month. He has already shown his scoring ability at Premier League level and he has ten goals in 16 games for the Hoops so far this year. If he has any faint hopes of making Roy Hodgson’s England squad for Euro 2016, this would be his last chance. 9 9last_img read more