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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

Indigenous Soldiers Comprise New Army Post in the VRAEM

first_imgBy Dialogo August 17, 2015 The result of the VRAEM with regard to the soldiers, nothing is true for studies the youth may want to do in the future, it’s only given to the sons of colonels and other high ranking officials. What is the future of the others who serve the country for years, wanting to be representatives. When they have no influence I do agree that the battalion should clean up the Tiscapa lagoonbecause it surely has been dirtyand can contribute to the environment. “If the Armed Forces bolster the country’s fight against narco-terrorist organizations and the Peruvian government continues along the good path it has chosen, these people are going to see progress,” Col. Goicochea concluded. “In addition to becoming trainers in their own communities, the young Soldiers, will become leaders so that more youth may follow in their footsteps,” Col. Goicochea added. After the Armed Forces trains the young indigenous Soldiers for two months in marksmanship, physical fitness, communications, and survival skills, joint operations will be held in coordination with the Peruvian Navy, Air Force, and National Police. On July 16, Peruvian Defense Minister Jakke Valakivi officially opened the Army post, where Troops “will conduct joint operations for the welfare of the area’s population and will fight narco-terrorism,” he said. Approximately 80 Soldiers from the community of Matshiguengas, a major indigenous group that’s spread over a wide area in the departments of Ayacucho, Cusco, and Madre de Dios, are part of the country’s first military contingent for native communities in emergency zones such as the VRAEM. The Military has made great progress in its battle against the Shining Path guerrilla group, which operates in the VRAEM. But the Peruvian Military’s long-term goal is to recruit and train more Soldiers from native communities to serve in the VRAEM in order to help in the continuing battle against drug activity there, according to retired Peruvian Army Colonel José Goicochea Cacho. The Peruvian Army’s first group of indigenous Troops comprises a new command post in the Apurímac, Ene, and Mantaro Rivers Valley (VRAEM), where the Armed Forces are combating drug-trafficking groups and other threats. Humanitarian assistance Security forces have also made strides in reducing the level of illegal coca cultivation in the VRAEM. Coca crops in the Andean country have declined from 49,800 hectares in 2013 to 42,900 hectares in 2014, according to a United Nations monitoring report. As a consequence of the Military’s efforts in the VRAEM, “the people (in the region) are going to see progress,” Col. Goicochea said. center_img Security forces have dismantled the Shining Path’s Southern Column in the VRAEM; all that remains is the Northern Column, led by brothers José and Raúl Quispe Palomino, Vice Minister of Defense Iván Vega has told journalists. The Armed Forces utilize a strong humanitarian component while providing security in the VRAEM; Military personnel stationed at the Peruvian Naval Base at the Port of Ocopa support free medical appointments, school materials, and social support to 90 children through the Santa Teresita Shelter. The Military also provides the youngsters with courses in crafts and graphic arts, in addition to opportunities to participate in civil-military activities to promote patriotism. Serving in the Army not only gives indigenous Soldiers the chance to provide security in the VRAEM, but will also provide them subsequent opportunities. Once they have completed at least one year of Military service, these Troops will have the opportunity to obtain technical certifications to protect the country’s environment and biodiversity. Future opportunities In early August, the Military and police captured two important Shining Path leaders, Alexander Alarcón Soto, aka “Renán,” and Dionicio Ramos, aka “Yuri.” The new post is part of the Peruvian Army’s renewed commitment to bolstering its efforts to dismantle criminal drug-trafficking structures in the VRAEM, Col. Goicochea said. The Troops in the country’s first military contingent for native communities will also benefit from several programs offered by the Peruvian government, such as Beca 18, which provides technical or professional academic training at recognized universities and colleges to young people and registration in the nation’s Comprehensive Health System (SIS). Consequently, these Soldiers will be able to “combat narco-terrorism, fight illegal logging, prevent river pollution, and preserve biodiversity in the region,” Defense Minister Valakivi said. “Likewise, they will be able to create a self-defense committee under the supervision of personnel from the Valle Esmeralda Base.” last_img read more

Aaron Judge injury update: Yankees star (oblique) has no timeline for return

first_imgYankees right fielder Aaron Judge, speaking for the first time about the strained left oblique he suffered Saturday, says he’s unwilling to put a timeline on when he might return.The Yankees on Sunday placed Judge, 26, on the 10-day injured list with what manager Aaron Boone called “a pretty significant” strain sustained during a sixth-inning at-bat against the Royals.  Judge was asked what he was thinking when he clearly was in pain while trotting to first base before getting removed for a pinch runner.“I can’t say that on TV,” he said. Clearly, though, he was not happy when he reached the dugout (warning: video contains NSFW language)Aaron Judge leaves the game with an injury.Accurately describes the #Yankees season in 1 word. pic.twitter.com/O8qCeb9Ivg— Mark Suleymanov (@TheMARKOut1) April 20, 2019However, Judge noted Sunday that he didn’t believe the injury was as bad as the right oblique strain he suffered at the end of the 2016 season. MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZN“There’s no need to put a clock on it because of what happened with the wrist last year,” Judge told reporters (via NJ.com) after Sunday’s a 7-6, 10-inning win over the Royals at Yankee Stadium. “So, no need to go down that road again.”Late last July, Judge took a fastball in the right wrist, and the team immediately said it expected him back in three weeks. Instead, he missed 45 games, not returning until mid-September.He and the team are more circumspect this time around.“There’s no timeframe for anything right now,” he said. “There’s no need for one. Just kind of going based on how I feel and I’ll just progress from there.”The current plan, per NJ.com: Judge will travel with the team on its trip West to face the Angels, Giants and Diamondbacks, rehabbing there. He’ll rest for about a week before being reassessed.Video of the Aaron Judge injury: pic.twitter.com/wczSfR9J9C— Max Wildstein (@MaxWildstein) April 20, 2019The Yankees’ best hitter, Judge — slashing .288/.404/.521 with five home runs, 11 RBIs and a .925 OPS in 20 games — is the sixth player from the Opening Day lineup to be on the IL, including star DH Giancarlo Stanton, catcher Gary Sanchez and starting pitcher Luis Severino.“It’s tough,” Judge said. “That was one of my goals. I didn’t want to get back on the DL or anything, especially tough times like this when guys are beat up, I wanted to be out there in the trenches with the guys every single day, fighting through some tough times. But it happens and it’s a tough spot.”last_img read more

Sarah and Todd Palin File for Divorce

first_imgA couple of years ago the oldest Palin son was accused of beating up his father.The Palins, married for 31 years, have asked for joint custody of young est son, 11-year-old Trig.Sarah Palin, 55, was elected governor of Alaska in 2006.The marriage of Sarah and Todd, a commercial fisherman, snowmachine racer and oil field worker, was frequently on display in TV interviews, reality shows, books and other media appearances.Palin resigned as governor in 2009. The former first family of Alaska is breaking up. According to divorce papers, Sarah and Todd Palin’s marriage is over.In the court documents, Todd Palin cites incompatibility of temperament as a couple. That is similar to “irreconcilable differences.”The Palin family became well known after then Governor Sarah Palin was tapped to be John McCain’s Vice Presidential running mate in 2008.last_img read more

Governor DeSantis in South Florida for Opening of Walk-Thru Testing Sites

first_imgGovernor Ron DeSantis announced yesterday that two walk-thru testing sites will open tomorrow in Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach. The sites will cater to those who don’t have cars, but it’s only for those showing symptoms who make an appointment.Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday that the sites would open at Mitchell Moore Park at 901 Northwest 10th Street in Pompano Beach and at the Urban League at 560 Northwest 27th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale.The sites will open for testing on Saturday and will start with 200 tests per day, DeSantis said.The governor will be in South Florida today for the opening of the new walk-through testing sites.During his Thursday briefing on the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Ron DeSantis said he is visiting Broward County on Friday.DeSantis will be with Florida National Guard Adj. Gen. James Eifert and Jared Moskowitz, the director of the division of Emergency Management.DeSantis and his team is scheduled to arrive at 10 a.m. at the Urban League of Broward County, 560 NW 27th Ave., in Fort Lauderdale.Jen and Bill talked to Lt. Governor Jeanette Nunez this morning on the South Florida morning show.last_img read more

Person who tested positive for coronavirus attended a church service and exposed 180 people, officials say

first_imgA person who ended up testing positive for COVID-19 attended a California religious service on Mother’s Day, exposing 180 other people to the virus, according to health officials.The person tested positive the very next day after the service, and they are now in isolation at home, Butte County Public Health said in a statement Friday.Health officials reached out to those who attended the service and they are all required to self-quarantine. Officials are working to get testing for everyone who was in attendance.As of Sunday afternoon, California had more than 78,800 cases of coronavirus, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. More than 3,200 people in the state have died.There has been a continuous back-and-forth argument between religious organizations and public officials as some congregations believe their groups should be allowed to meet despite the pandemic. However, some health officials are concerned that religious services will not help in slowing down the spread of coronavirus.last_img read more

England’s girls to play off for title

first_img6 Aug 2015 England’s girls to play off for title Meanwhile, England’s defence of the Boys’ Home Internationals ended in disappointment after the team was beaten by Scotland 9½ – 5½ in the title clash at Conwy, Wales.The teams couldn’t be separated after the foursomes which finished level at 2½ – 2½, but the singles went Scotland’s way.England captain Derek Hughes said: “Scotland were very good and deserving winners. They didn’t give us an inch today. At one stage it looked like we were going to do well in the foursomes but they came back at us.“We didn’t give it away, they took it away. I feel sorry for the boys because they did their best, it just didn’t work out this week.” England will play Ireland tomorrow in a ‘winner takes all’ finale to the Girls’ Home Internationals at Lanark in Scotland.A win tomorrow will give England (pictured) a record eighth consecutive win in this championship and their 13th win in 15 years. If Ireland win it will be their first success in this event.Today, England beat Scotland 5½ – 3½ for their second win in this series, while Ireland defeated Wales 7-2 to maintain their winning record.England started well, with a 2-1 win in the foursomes, before adding 3½ points from the singles.last_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week: Sally Belle

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Sally Belle! She is a 10-month-old, 45-pound German Shepherd mix who is an outgoing and high energy girl! Shelter volunteers say that she is a big-pawed, happy pup who already does well on a leash and knows the basic commands for “sit,” “down” and “shake.” It is true that she believes it is polite to offer her paw when meeting new people or saying “hello.” Sally Belle adores cuddling, belly rubs, agility, and jogging with her people. She is hoping for an active and loving family, who are outdoorsy, with a fenced yard to help her grow into her full potential. Children should be older because she just might grow, catch up with her paws, and become a very big girl!If you have further questions or would like to schedule an appointment to meet Sally Belle in person, please contact the adoption team at Shelton Adopt-A-Pet. Emails are the preferred method of communication.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email thedoghouse3091@hotmail.com or call 360-432-3091.last_img read more