Full article ($): U.S. Coal Sector Faces Reckoning What isn’t sustainable are the publicly traded coal powers built atop the recent China-driven commodity boom, and the corporate structures—headquarters, salaries, pensions—they maintained. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享John W. Miller for the Wall Street Journal:Peabody Energy Corp. warned Wednesday that it could go bankrupt, signaling the end of an era for listed U.S. corporate coal companies, even as their mines continue to fuel a big chunk of the country’s power stations.A chapter 11 filing by St. Louis-based Peabody, the U.S.’s largest coal miner, would be the latest in a wave of bankruptcies to hit top American coal producers, including Arch Coal Inc., Alpha Natural Resources, Inc., Patriot Coal Corp. and Walter Energy, Inc.U.S. coal miners are wrestling with high debt levels, low energy prices, new environmental regulations, the decline of steel production, and the conversion of coal-fired power plants to use natural gas made abundant by shale drilling.The industry’s troubles come amid a larger political debate over the future of coal that has flared up in the presidential contest. Most Democrats, concerned about the effects of burning fossil fuels on the environment, advocate a switch to cleaner energy sources, while Republicans decry job losses in the coal sector that they predict would come from policies cutting carbon emissions. The industry’s setbacks have been especially damaging in the coal strongholds of Wyoming and Appalachia.To be sure, this isn’t the end for coal. Just under one- third of the U.S. grid is still powered by coal, and hundreds of mines are still profitable and operating. WSJ: U.S. Coal Sector Faces Reckoning
OVER the last twenty five years the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club (RHTYSC) has administered a highly successful ‘Say Yes to Education Campaign’ as part of their personal development programme. The campaign on Tuesday last received a major boost when the National Milling Company (NAMILCO) handed over thousands of Exercise books valued at $500,000 to the Club.Club Secretary/CEO, Hilbert Foster received the donation in the presence of club members, Simon Naidu and Ravin Kissoonlall. Foster disclosed that the Exercise books would be distributed shortly to schools at the Primary level as part of the Club’s effort to get children to make education the main goal in their lives. He expressed gratitude to the Management of Namilco, especially its Managing Director, Bert Sukhai, for having confidence in the Club and its ability to get things done. Foster stated that the Club and its ten cricket teams strongly believe that education is the ‘Key to Success’. He expressed great concern that many children are dropping out of school at a very tender age and this does not auger well for Guyana’s future. The long-standing sport and youth official stated that every effort must be made to get youths to stay in school and complete their education.The RHTYSC, over the last twenty-five years, has invested millions of dollars to assist thousands of students in their pursuit of an educational background and dozens of schools, NGOs and teachers. Among the activities hosted were distribution of cycles, exercise books, school bags, school uniform, educational grants and footwear. Among other programmes/activities are ‘Tribute to Outstanding Teachers/Students’, ‘Tribute to Retired Teachers’, ‘Tribute to Head Teachers’, ‘Top Ten Grade Six Students Award’, ‘Republic Bank Summer Camp’, ‘Assistance to Schools’, ‘Sponsorship of Educational Competition’, ‘Youth Inspirational Booklet’, ‘Annual Review Magazine’, ‘Educational Posters’ and a ‘Youth Career Fair’ among others.Assistant Secretary/CEO Simon Naidu also disclosed that in 2019, NAMILCO would be sponsoring a historic School Athletics Championship for Schools in Region 6 on May 26 at the Albion Community Centre ground. The Athletics event would be coordinated by the RHTYSC as part of NAMILCO’s 50th Anniversary celebrations. Successful athletes would receive trophies, medals and cash prizes. NAMILCO will also co-sponsor the RHTYSC Annual Awards Ceremony and Annual Review Magazine in 2019.Managing Director Bert Sukhai stated that NAMILCO was pleased to be associated with the RHTYSC and expressed confidence that the relationship would grow stronger. Sukhai noted that the exercise books were printed as part of a massive NAMILCO 50th Anniversary Celebration. NAMILCO was founded in 1969 and, over the years, has been a massive contributor to the development of sports, youth development, culture and education.
Duro IkhazuagbeNigerians who are waiting for the exit of Franco-German Gernot Rohr from the Super Eagles job may heave sigh of relief soon as four African countries want to hire him.Rohr, 66, led Super Eagles to the semi final of the just concluded 32nd Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt and won the bronze with a 1-0 defeat of Tunisia in the Third Place match last Wednesday. However, since Nigeria failed to reach the final, there have been calls for the termination of Rohr’s contract. He is largely perceived to have failed at the tournament despite meeting the target of a semi final finish at Egypt 2019.THISDAY learnt at the weekend that Morocco and three other countries have made enquiries about the gaffer and want to hire him.If the coach accepts to leave, this will save the NFF the payment of the $1million pay off clause in his contract that is not due to expire until next year.Despite the clamour for Rohr to be sacked from the Eagles job, an insider at the Glass House in Abuja confided in THISDAY that the federation does not have the capacity to cough out N360 million to pay off the coach. “Where will NFF bring the $1million pay off clause in Rohr’s contract to end the romance with him even though I am aware that the leadership of the federation is no longer confortable with the man’s tactics,” a top football administrator confided in THISDAY yesterday from Abuja.When asked if there was no way the contract can be terminated without having to pay Rohr, the official who spoke on condition of anonymity blamed NFF’s legal department for setting a semi final target for the coach while reviewing the contract after qualifying Nigeria for the World Cup in Russia last summer.“Nigeria is a big country in African football. I don’t know why anybody will set an AFCON semi final target for Gernot Rohr? We have won the AFCON title on three occasions, reached the final about four times and won the third place eight times with the bronze from Egypt on Wednesday. Winning the title in Egypt would have been the target otherwise we will not be in this situation now,” observed the official.He dismissed the tactics adopted by the coach in Egypt as poor and unfamiliar with Super Eagles flair.“I don’t want to hear all these talks of young team, young team any more. Our Eagles were simply poor in tactics despite winning the third place match against Tunisia. If Rohr continues with the team for the next five years, I don’t see anything improving our playing pattern,” he noted.Under Rohr, Nigeria has recorded 20 wins in 35 matches, drawn five and lost 10 since he took charge of the team in 2016.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Tyson Barrie was forced out of Saturday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers with an ankle injury, but he won’t miss any further time. Head coach Sheldon Keefe told reporters that Barrie will play in the team’s game against the Buffalo Sabres onTuesdayMORE: Sidney Crosby is Sporting News’ NHL Athlete of the Decade “So we’ll have to just see how he is when we get home,” Keefe said via Twitter.While Barrie ultimately will move on past a temporary setback, the Victoria, B.C. native has had a rough go at it in his first season with the Maple Leafs. Typically a high-scoring offensive defenseman, Barrie did not score a goal until his 20th game in blue and white.Barrie has 13 points in 34 games played with the Maple Leafs this season. Toronto acquired him in an offseason trade that sent Nazem Kadri to the Colorado Avalanche. Barrie, 28, went straight to the Toronto locker room during Saturday’s game after he blocked a shot from Edmonton Oilers forward Gaetan Haas with his left shin.This is what sent Tyson Barrie to the locker room#Leafs x #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/wHTrPqoWyx— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) December 15, 2019According to TSN’s Kristen Shilton, Barrie returned to the ice twice to test out his leg: first during a TV timeout later in the first period, and again after the first intermission before he and the Leafs’ training staff called off his participation for the night. Shilton described Barrie’s movements as “gingerly” during his on-ice tuneups and wrote that he appeared to heavily favor his left leg.After the game, Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe told reporters that X-rays on Barrie’s ankle were negative, but he “just didn’t feel comfortable enough to go back.”