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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

Shirley Hit-and-run Driver Wounds Tot in Stroller, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An alleged hit-and-run driver has been arrested for crashing his SUV into a stroller with a 3-year-old girl inside and fleeing the scene in Shirley on Monday afternoon, Suffolk County police said.Scott Shea was driving a Jeep northbound on William Floyd Parkway, when he struck a 3-year-old girl that was riding in a stroller south of Montauk Highway shortly before 4 p.m., police said.The victim was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital, where she was being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.The 30-year-old Middle Island man was charged with leaving the scene of an accident.He will be arraigned Tuesday at First District Court in Central Islip.Detectives are continuing the investigation.The case is the second alleged hit-and-run in Shirley in less than a week.last_img read more

“Players must ‘share financial burden’ during virus”

first_imgThe Professional Footballers’ Association insist they are aware players must “share the financial burden” during the coronavirus as the row over wage cuts for Premier League stars mounted on Thursday. The British Government’s Health Secretary Matt Hancock called on top-flight players to take a pay cut after several clubs placed non-playing staff on furlough. The Professional Footballers’ Association insist players must take pay cuts. Hancock said Premier League players should “make a contribution, take a pay cut and play their part”. The English season is suspended until at least April 30 due to the pandemic and there is little chance of a return to action for some while after that. The optics of top stars, many on multi-million pound contracts, being fully paid during the crisis are bad for the PFA and the Premier League, especially with Tottenham, Newcastle and Norwich all using the government’s job retention furlough scheme to save money. Pressure is mounting on players to accept wage cuts or deferrals, with talks on-going between the PFA, the Premier League and the English Football League. The matter is expected to be debated again on Friday at a meeting of English football’s major stakeholders. The players’ union hinted at a resolution as they said in a statement: “We fully accept that players will have to be flexible and share the financial burden of the Covid-19 outbreak in order to secure the long-term future of their own club and indeed the wider game. Promoted Content5 Reasons To Wait For The Solo Black Widow Movie14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body9 Actors Who Stay Famous For That One Movie They Did 10 Years Ago Loading… center_img “Our advice going out to players at this point reflects that expectation.” Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe and his Brighton counterpart Graham Potter have agreed to wage cuts in the last two days, along with other senior staff at those clubs. Players and management staff at Championship leaders Leeds have agreed to defer wages. Former Tottenham striker Gary Lineker on Thursday criticised his old club for using the furlough scheme and the PFA added that clubs should only be doing so if it is absolutely necessary. “We are aware of the public sentiment that the players should pay non-playing staff’s salaries. However, our current position is that – as businesses – if clubs can afford to pay their players and staff, they should,” the statement said. “The players we have spoken to recognise that the non-playing staff are a vital part of their club and they do not want to see club staff furloughed unfairly. “Any use of the government’s support schemes without genuine financial need is detrimental to the wider society.” Hancock’s demand followed comments by his Conservative colleague Julian Knight, who is chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee. Knight has told Premier League chief executive Richard Masters that clubs who furlough non-playing staff but do not impose cuts on player wages should be subjected to a windfall tax if they do not change approach by April 7. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img— Pakistan cricket’s celebrated allrounder Shahid Afridi has tested positive for COVID-19. Afridi tweeted Saturday that he had “been feeling unwell since Thursday” and his body “had been aching badly.” He announced that “unfortunately I’m COVID positive” and asked for prayers for a speedy recovery. Afridi quit international cricket in 2017 and has since played in Twenty20 leagues around the world. USOPC-PROTEST PROBLEMSUS Olympic leaders eye change on protests amid wary athletesDENVER (AP) — U.S. Olympic leaders are open to changing a longstanding rule restricting protests at the Olympics. But the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee is also facing backlash from some of its own athletes who feel they’ve been kept out of the loop.The USOPC is forming an athletes’ group to look into racial issues that have been exposed across the country in the aftermath of George Floyd’s killing in Minneapolis. But the committee made the move before consulting with the group that is supposed to represent athletes on the U.S. team. That upset some athletes. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSTV money gives NFL leg up if fans can’t fill team’s coffersUNDATED (AP) — Timing favors the NFL over other major pro sports leagues in trying to figure out how to keep the coronavirus pandemic from wrecking the 2020 season. In other developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic:— Major League Baseball wants an answer by the end of the weekend on its latest pay proposal. According to details obtained by The Associated Press, MLB is offering players 80% of their prorated salaries and a 72-game schedule beginning July 14 in an effort to start the pandemic-delayed season. Players would get 70% of their prorated salaries during the regular season and the rest for completion of the postseason under MLB’s plan.— NASCAR’S Cup Series returns to the track for the third time in eight days Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, this time with a small number of fans in the stands. The 1,000 guests will be almost entirely military members. It’s the 22nd time that NASCAR will run at Homestead, and the first time it’s happening in any month other than November. The weather is expected to be hot and humid.— Major League Baseball and the affiliated minor leagues are shut down but an independent circuit is set to open on July 3 with some fans in the seats. The American Association says six teams will play in three hubs, at least at the start of the season. Minnesota’s St. Paul Saints will play home games at Sioux Falls Stadium along with South Dakota’s Sioux Falls Canaries. Manitoba’s Winnipeg Goldeyes will be based at Newman Outdoor Field with North Dakota’s Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. The Chicago Dogs will play home games at the Ballpark Commons with the Milwaukee Milkmen.— New Zealand has become one of the first nations in the world to welcome hordes of fans back into a packed sports stadium. More than 20,000 fans poured into a stadium in Dunedin to watch a rugby match Saturday, with no masks or social distancing required. New Zealand removed almost every remaining virus restriction this week after no new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the country for more than three weeks, and all those who contracted the disease were determined to have recovered. The only major restriction that wasn’t lifted was the shutdown of the country’s border. America’s most popular sport has another big advantage if the games are played: TV money.While NFL owners could lose billions collectively with limited capacities in stadiums or no fans at all, the league is well positioned financially because of lucrative media contracts approaching $10 billion in a full 2020 season.Fitch Ratings recently affirmed its “A-plus” credit mark for the NFL and its properties in part because of the league’s media deals. Fitch says the NFL estimates each team’s media revenue at $250 million per season. The number gets bigger later in the contract, and each deal is set to expire in the next two years.So it’s safe to say more than half of the league’s $15 billion in annual revenue comes from the TV deals shared equally among all 32 teams — unlike Major League Baseball, the NBA and NHL.MLB’s attempts to get the baseball season started are being held up in part by a disagreement over how to compensate players in the likelihood that owners will have no fan-related revenue.center_img June 13, 2020 Update on the latest sports Both the athletes and the USOPC are working out their differences. And both agree that attacking the problem of racism and social injustice is more important than internal squabbling.last_img read more