Wyoming Governor Says State Will ‘Double Down’ on Coal

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Christopher Coats for SNL:After two of the country’s largest coal producers announced hundreds of layoffs at Wyoming mines, the state’s political leadership responded with pledges of support and long-term services but few immediate solutions for the battered local industry.Late last week, Arch Coal Inc. and Peabody Energy Corp. announced cuts in staff at some of the country’s largest mines, citing an array of market and regulatory challenges that have weighed down the state’s struggling coal industry. A representative for the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce, near where the mines are located, told S&P Global Market Intelligence that further staff reductions had occurred in the area in recent months.Wyoming’s Republican Gov. Matt Mead responded to the layoffs and broader downturn hours after the reductions had been announced, calling a press conference to announce a “rapid response team” of state officials intended to help those communities impacted by the job losses.Mead went on to outline the host of challenges facing the state’s coal industry, noting that warmer-than-expected winter temperatures had dashed any hope of a recovery in demand this year. Further, coal export projects intended to allow Powder River Basin coal to reach the Asian market had met with further delays and resistance from coastal states.A few days after Mead’s press conference, the likelihood of new coal export projects continued to erode with news that the developers behind the Gateway Pacific project in Washington had paused its environmental review of the project.Despite those obstacles, Mead repeated plans to “double down” on his efforts to ensure that Wyoming coal has a future, including a pledge to continue his fight against Obama administration environmental regulations and support access to export markets. In 2015, Mead signed new bond legislation that would provide a billion dollars for infrastructure outside of the state. While the state law allows financial backing for any infrastructure projects outside of Wyoming, coal export terminals including the Gateway Pacific project have received the most attention since the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority received authority over such projects in 2014.Wyo. governor promises support for coal layoffs, warns of long-term challenges Wyoming Governor Says State Will ‘Double Down’ on Coallast_img read more

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Brazilian Police Operation Arrests More Than 400 People Linked to Narcotrafficking

first_imgBy Andréa Barretto/Diálogo October 16, 2020 On August 31, about 1,100 Brazilian Federal Police agents (PF, in Portuguese) launched the second phase of Operation Safe Box (Operação Caixa Forte), the country’s largest operation that has ever been carried out against criminal organizations. The operation, which was conducted in 72 cities, executed 422 arrest warrants and 201 search and seizure warrants in 19 states, including the Federal District.The targeted criminal organization was the First Capital Command, known by its Portuguese acronym PCC, which is Brazil’s main narcotrafficking organization. The operation aimed to attack its financial base. “We are no longer inclined to conduct operations by arresting lower level members or simply seizing drugs. The goal is to weaken these criminal organizations,” said Chief of Police Elvis Secco, general coordinator of PF’s repression on drugs and criminal organizations.As a result of a search and seizure warrant at one of the addresses, police officers found nearly $1.1 million in addition to four firearms. The money was in a house in Santos, a coastal city of São Paulo, which has the largest port in South America. Santos is one of the main operating bases of the PCC, through which the organization moves the drug sold to international destinations.Money laundering The judge who issued the warrants served on August 31 also froze close to $50 million in bank accounts associated with the PCC. The investigations that led to Operation Safe Box started in 2018 and exposed a group within the organization that was responsible for managing drug trafficking and for laundering the illegal money.Bank accounts of individuals who seemed to have no links to the organization were used to move large sums, which were deposited in installments to avoid attracting the attention of fiscal agencies.The operation also found that some of these accounts were used to deposit money for PCC members who are currently in prison. The money was a payment for their criminal acts and a form of recognition from the organization. The police investigation identified 210 leaders of the PCC who were receiving monthly payments from prison for their contribution to the criminal organization.The targets of the investigation, who were arrested during a second phase of Operation Safe Box, will be charged with participation in a criminal organization, drug trafficking and money laundering association. The combined sentences can total up to 28 years in prison.last_img read more

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President seeks more food safety funding for FDA

first_img FDA Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach told reporters that the extra funding would allow the agency to hire 490 more people than it had originally planned, which represents a 15% increase that will allow the agency to “rebuild the workforce and intellectual capital.” Apr 1 CIDRAP News story “FDA seeks comments on food safety plan” “Combined with crucial legislative proposals, this increase will allow the FDA to continue to transform its regulatory strategies to meet the challenges of the evolving global marketplace,” Leavitt said in a press release yesterday from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). “These are opportunities for us to take our science to the level that is needed to address the kind of outbreaks that we see today, even with regards to the Salmonella outbreak in tomatoes,” he said. Since the release of the plan, the FDA has held several stakeholder meetings to solicit feedback on the plan, and on Apr 1 announced that it was seeking public comment on the plan through Jul 30. Jun 9 HHS press release He said the extra funding would, for example, help establish import safety offices in China, India, and Central America, permit more risk-based inspections, improve trace-back investigations, and expand lab capacity. Jun 10, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – US Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt announced yesterday that the Bush administration has boosted its fiscal year 2009 budget request by $275 million to increase funds for new food and medical product safety initiatives at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In an evening conference call with the media, Leavitt said the proposal would raise the total proposed increase in the FDA’s’ 2009 budget request to $404.7 million, a 17.8% increase from 2008. He said the extra funding would be offset by reductions in other federal discretionary funding. In November, in the wake of several high-profile foodborne illness outbreaks and problems with imported products, HHS proposed a wide-ranging food safety plan containing 14 broad recommendations and 50 action steps to address the concerns. Some would require new authorities from Congress, such as the power to mandate food recalls when companies don’t initiate them voluntarily. “These changes require new resources,” Leavitt told reporters. “For the health of the American people, we need Congress to act on these commonsense proposals.” Apr 30 CIDRAP News story “Health group urges overhaul of US food safety program” He said it’s still not clear what specific amount would go toward implementing each specific part of the FDA’s proposed food protection plan. Congress will be able to react more appropriately when it sees links between the plan and the needed funding, Levi said. See also: Jeff Levi, executive director of TFAH, praised the budget amendment to increase funds for the FDA. “It’s always great when this administration asks for more money for public health,” he told CIDRAP News. Of the extra $275 million requested, about $125 million is for the FDA’s food protection plan, $100 million is for improving drug, device, and biologics safety, and $50 million would go toward modernizing the FDA’s scientific capabilities and workforce, according to the HHS press release. In late April, Trust for America’s Health, a nonprofit, nonpartisan group based in Washington, DC, issued a report that detailed a long list of problems at the FDA, including severe underfunding. The report recommended that Congress double FDA funding over the next 5 years.last_img read more

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CIHT conference, one of the largest and most recognized health tourism conferences in the region, never more accessible to the general public

first_imgThe eighth Crikvenica International Health Tourism Conference will be held on November 12 and 13, for the first time virtually with speakers in English  “This year we are all conditioned by the COVID-19 epidemic and although the need for health services and health tourism in this environment does not cease, the conditions of business and promotion are taking on a completely new dimension. The conference itself will offer some new digital solutions, and distinguished speakers will share their knowledge and experiences”- said doc. dr. sc. Vladimir Mozetič, MD, President of the Kvarner Health Tourism Cluster, which will be attended by, among others, the Executive Director and co-founder of Health Tourism Worldwide, Laszlo Puczko, Secretary General of the European Spas Association, Csilla Mezösi, and eminent Croatian scientist Ivan Đikić . The organizers of the most recognized health tourism conference in the region are Crikvenica Tourist Board i Kvarner Health Tourism Cluster, and traditionally co-organizers are the Special Hospital for Medical Rehabilitation of the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County Thalassotherapia Crikvenica and the Terme Selce Polyclinic.  The director of the Tourist Board of the City of Crikvenica, Marijana Biondić, who is also the initiator of the CIHT conference, pointed out that she is extremely happy and proud of the work of the entire team that enabled the continuation of the conference tradition in such exceptional circumstances. She also thanked the sponsors of the conference, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the Ministry of Health, Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, the Kvarner Tourist Board, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, the City of Crikvenica, as well as partners, Sensa magazine, Zagreb City Hotels, LifeClass Terme Sveti Martin, Jadran dd Crikvenica, and many others without whom this year’s edition of CIHT would not be possible.  More information about the CIHT conference can be found HEREcenter_img A healthy man has a thousand wishes, a sick man only one! And that is why, according to our predictions, the first branch of tourism that will recover and restart is health tourism. With this assumption, we announce the eighth in a row, the largest regional conference on health tourism CIHT (Crikvenica International Health Tourism Conference 2020).  Find out the CIHT conference program HERE A full virtual conference will be held November 12 and 13 and will bring together world-renowned experts in the fields of health, tourism, marketing and education, and will be available exclusively on the digital platform by downloading the free mobile application CIHT Conference (iOS and ANDROID).last_img read more

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European lawmakers endorse industry levy to fund EIOPA

first_imgEuropean lawmakers have backed an industry levy to fund the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA), calling for the system’s design to be agreed by 2017.In a report prepared by the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON), MEP Markus Ferber said EIOPA’s current mixed financing model was “inflexible, burdensome and a potential threat to its independence”.Ferber, named ECON deputy chairman last year, called for the European Commission to design one of two systems to replace the current funding model, which sees national supervisors split the cost of EIOPA’s budget with funding from the Commission budget.He suggested EIOPA either be funded solely through an industry levy or through both an industry levy and an independent budget line within the EC budget. The report, which Ferber saw endorsed by the majority of ECON last month, was discussed by the Budgetary Control committee (CONT) on Monday.The committee’s MEPs also backed the report 24 to 3, building further pressure on the Commission to bring forward reform proposals.Ferber’s report comes after the European Commission said it would like to overhaul both the governance structures and funding models of all three European Supervisory Authorities, a reform that could see the standalone occupational pensions stakeholder group (OPSG) merged with its insurance equivalent.Jonathan Hill, commissioner for financial stability, recently told IPE he thought private funding of EIOPA was possible to achieve, but added that it was too early to speculate about “any concrete proposal” at the current time.EIOPA chairman Gabriel Bernardino has also championed the idea of an industry levy.last_img read more

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Millions spent to snap up cliffside ‘castle’ in Brisbane hinterland

first_imgThe home stands proud against the cliff face with strong Asian influences. The four bathroom, nine car space property is just half an hour northwest of the Brisbane CBD with a massive 26 hectares attached to it.Bound by giant walls of glass on the cliffside and secure walls of concrete on the roadside, the home at 948 Mount Nebo Road was listed as having been designed with meticulous attention to detail by architect Dion Seminara. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45 FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK Great open air spot to curl up with a book by the fire or catch a game on TV. The new owner did not want to risk the property going to someone else on the open market.A BRISBANE buyer has spent millions to take a jawdropping cliffside ‘castle’ in the city’s hinterland off the open market.An auction planned for the stunning four bedroom home in Jollys Lookout was cancelled over the weekend after an eager buyer made an offer the owner could not refuse.Agent Joseph Lordi of Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty Brisbane confirmed to The Courier-Mail that an unconditional $4.1 million contract on the property was sealed on Friday, less than 24 hours before the home could go under the hammer on Saturday. It’s loaded with state of the art security and electronics, with “breathtaking panoramic views from an exclusive rural setting enjoying north and south views”.“It’s an amazing 897 sqm home, perched above Samford Valley,” Mr Lordi said.“All four bedrooms are ensuites and the master suite even has an electronic lock panic room. It was built in 2004 with an Asian influence.” Many of those inspecting the home were keen to see it used for weddings and other functions.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours ago The home has its own library upstairs.“There’s nothing else like it,,” said Mr Lordi who was marketing the property with colleague Edward Vallis.“There are a lot of acreage homes but this one is sort of like a mountain range cliff face.“There is demand for these unique properties. We had a whole range of buyers wanting to host receptions there, AirBnb, and local homeowners wanting to live there.” The kitchen is fully loaded with mod cons.Mr Lordi said a local buyer snapped up the home. The house has 140-year-old teak floors, panoramic views from every corner and an infinity pool with separate pavilion housing a sauna, spa bath and a bathroom. A secure courtyard in the middle, perfect for young children and pets to run around. Celebrating the outdoors within a secure courtyard. The infinity pool has views that go as far as the eye can see.last_img read more

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Air France fined for discrimination

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! Share BusinessLifestyleTravel Air France fined for discrimination by: – April 5, 2013center_img 67 Views   no discussions Tweet The incident happened at Nice airport in April 2012A French court has found Air France guilty of discrimination for removing a pro-Palestinian activist from a flight to Israel because she was not Jewish.The court also ordered the airline to pay 13,000 euros (£11,000; $17,000) in fines and damages.Horia Ankour had planned to fly to Tel Aviv from Nice to join other activists in a pro-Palestinian campaign.Air France said she was on a list undesirables provided by Israel. The company said it would appeal.‘Flytilla’ campaignThe incident happened during what was dubbed by the media the “flytilla” campaign in April 2012 – when hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists sought to fly to Israel and then make their way to the occupied West Bank.Shortly before take-off last April, Ms Ankour, a 30-year-old nursing student, was asked by an Air France employee whether she had an Israeli passport or was Jewish.She answered “No” to both questions, and was then escorted off the plane.The French court on Thursday concluded this was a clear-cut case of racial discrimination.In its defence, the French flagship carrier argued that it was only at the last minute that it had realised Ms Ankour was blacklisted by Israel.The company said it had therefore asked her to leave – in line with an international convention that allowed airlines to refuse transporting passengers who it knew would not be accepted at the point of entry. It seems the fault in law was for the company to have asked Ms Ankour about her ethnic origins and to have made this the apparent reason for her forced disembarkation, the BBC’s Hugh Schofield in Paris reports.BBC Newslast_img read more

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Ministry of Education honours retired educator Athelstane Seraphine

first_img Share Share Retiree Athelstane Seraphine receiving award from Chief Education Officer Stephenson Hyacinth Roseau, Dominica – June 11th, 2012…The Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development has honoured retired educator Athelstane Seraphin for over 40 years of service as a teacher and principal.Seraphin who retired in 2011 has been ill for some time and was unable to receive his award at the ministry’s retirees awards ceremony held recently.Chief Education Officer Stephenson Hyacinth visited Seraphin on Friday at his home in San Sauveur where they reminisced about his years as a teacher and principal at several schools in the east.Seraphin was made principal of the Boetica Primary School in 1982. He would later serve as principal of the Laplaine Primary School and the Salybia Primary School. He ended his career as Principal of the San Sauveur Primary School.During the visit, Seraphin recounted his days as principal in Boetica, awaking at 3 a.m. to make the daily trek by foot from Good Hope to Boetica through the Petite Soufriere-Rosalie route. Hyacinth, who also served as Education Officer-Eastern District while Seraphin was stationed at Salybia, remembers him as a committed educator “who would go the extra mile for the benefit of his students.”“He always worked hard towards the development of his staff and the schools where he served,” Hyacinth said.Seraphin expressed gratitude to the Ministry of Education, noting he was honoured to have contributed to the education of young people in Dominica.By: Dionne Durand,Public Relations Specialist, Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development 35 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!center_img EducationLocalNewsPrimarySecondary Ministry of Education honours retired educator Athelstane Seraphine by: – June 11, 2012 Share Tweetlast_img read more

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UFC scraps California event on tribal land

first_img Loading… “This event would involve dozens of individuals flying to California and driving to a casino for a purpose no one can honestly claim is essential,” Feinstein said in a statement. Read Also: Johnson hopeful NBA can crown a champion despite coronavirus “Going ahead with this event is not the right move.” The Ultimate Fighting Championship has already postponed three events after officials were unable to find venues to stage fights amid restrictions put in place to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 However in an abrupt U-turn on Thursday, UFC said it had postponed the event at the request of broadcasters ESPN. “While the organisation was fully prepared to proceed with UFC 249, ESPN has requested the postponement of the event and subsequent bouts until further notice in light of the COVID-19 pandemic,” a UFC statement said. “UFC looks forward to resuming the full live events schedule as soon as possible.” The New York Times reported on Wednesday that UFC chief Dana White planned to hold the event at the Tachi Palace Resort Casino in central California on April 18. By staging the event on tribal land, the UFC could have sidestepped state guidelines aimed at halting the spread of COVID-19 infections that have brought sports to a standstill. However the move met with resistance from California Senator Dianne Feinstein, who urged the UFC to postpone.center_img Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Great Ancient Mysteries That Make China Worth Visiting10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoHidden For A Thousand Years – A Secret Of The Great Wall Of China9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It Appeared The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Thursday scrapped controversial plans to stage a fight card later this month as the United States battles the coronavirus pandemic.The mixed martial arts organisation had planned to hold UFC 249 without fans at an undisclosed location, reportedly an Indian tribal reservation in California.UFC chief Dana White has scrapped a planned event on tribal land in Californialast_img read more

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Ajibade lauds Super Falcons’ maturity

first_img Promoted ContentA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthThe Adorable Model For Simba In The Lion King Remake6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?What Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueTop 6 Iconic Supercar MoviesBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!Who’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time? No club or team in Africa can match the nine continental titles the Super Falcons have following their 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations triumph in Ghana. They are also the only team in Africa to feature at eight World Cups, including last year in France where they reached the Round of 16 for the first time since 1999 in the United States. The 20-year-old, who graduated to the senior team in 2018 and was part of the Awcon and World Cup outings, disclosed that the team’s greatness was a result of the burgeoning maturity within its ranks.Advertisement Loading… “It was amazing. Being with the senior team is a different experience entirely as you cannot compare to the youth tournaments,” Ajibade said in an Instagram interview with the Nigeria Football Federation. “There wasn’t so much problem or stress for me. It was a privilege and an exciting opportunity for me. It was the first time I will play with Asisat [Oshoala], Desire [Oparanozie] and Onome [Ebi] at the senior level in Ghana. “They don’t need a coach to yell or shout at them. It’s all about giving your hundred percent on the pitch. They played for each other and not much of an individual team. Mixing with the senior players and I love the energy and encouragement from the top players. read also:Ajibade will succeed in Norway–Dennerby “They are very organised and do not need a coach to talk to them and try to have each other’s back. If the team is kept together, they will help other young players to grow. We were all accepted. It was enjoyable and made the Women’s World Cup experience so nice. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Avaldsnes striker, Rasheedat Ajibade, has pulled back the curtain on the culture that has set Nigeria’s senior women’s team on the path to success.last_img read more

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