Spain to close most remaining coal mines by year’s end

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:Spain is to shut down most of its coalmines by the end of the year after government and unions struck a deal that will mean €250m (£221m) will be invested in mining regions over the next decade.Unions hailed the mining deal – which covers Spain’s privately owned pits – as a model agreement. It mixes early retirement schemes for miners over 48, with environmental restoration work in pit communities and re-skilling schemes for cutting-edge green industries.Teresa Ribera, the minister for ecological transition, said: “With this agreement, we have solved the first urgent task we had on the table when we came to government. Our aim has been to leave no one behind. We also want to go further, we want to innovate. That is why we offer the drawing up of ‘Just Transition’ contracts, with the aim of helping the regions to consolidate the employment of the future.”More than a thousand miners and subcontractors will lose their jobs when 10 pits close by the end of the year. Almost all of the sites were uneconomic concerns that the European commission had allowed Spain to temporarily keep open with a €2.1bn state aid plan.Montserrat Mir, the Spanish confederal secretary for the European Trades Union Congress, said the “just transition” model could be applied elsewhere. “Spain can export this deal as an example of good practice,” she said. “We have shown that it’s possible to follow the Paris agreement without damage [to people’s livelihoods]. We don’t need to choose between a job and protecting the environment. It is possible to have both.”Spain’s coal industry employed more than 100,000 miners in the 1960s, but its energy dominance was eroded by cheap imports and increasing awareness of the industry’s environmental, health and climate costs. National coal provides just 2.3% of Spain’s electricity.More: Spain to close most coal mines in €250m transition deal Spain to close most remaining coal mines by year’s endlast_img read more

Poor Turnout at DJP Political Rally in Nimba

first_imgThe handful of partisans at the DJP rally“Most of you here have more than four to five T-shirts, yet you continue to look for some more,” Vice Standard bearer tells attendees. Despite outlining a comprehensive platform for the country if he is elected President next week, the political rally of the opposition Democratic Justice Party (DJP) of Dr. Issac Wiles was poorly attended in Ganta, Nimba County.Prior to the rally, its conveners did much publicity through local radio jingles to attract the attention of Nimbaians, but when the time arrived, not many people turned out as the party’s leadership had expected.Some of their supporters expressed disappointment, with most partisans venting their frustration at the DJP leadership.As the rally began, little did the handful of people who turned out know that there were no party T-shirts and nothing much to show that the party is well organized to transform the country’s political and economic direction if trusted with state power.“We are very disappointed in the leadership of this party for their failure to fully support us as partisans in this vote rich county,” said DJP county chair Nathan Suah.“We were told to mobilize people to parade through the principal streets of Ganta, but there were no T-shirts to identify us as DJP partisans,” he lamented.Suah also complained of a lack of logistics to effectively work as an opposition political party that is prepared to take state power.The situation degenerated further to the extent that  far less than 100 persons remained, in spite of a week-long local radio promotion.To add insult to the aggrieved partisans’ woes, Dr. Wiles was nowhere to be seen at the rally, although his running mate, Richmond D. K. Yarkpah, filled in for him, which led many partisans to angrily abandon the program.Yarkpah said the DJP is a God-fearing party hence the leadership is relying on God’s full protection to win the upcoming elections.“Most of you here have more than four to five T-shirts, yet you continue to look for some more. We do not have the kind of money or things you want, but we can provide you the best leadership ever in the history of this country if we are elected,” he told the handful of supporters who stayed long enough to listen to him.Mr. Yarkpah, in his address, said a DJP government will provide free education for all Liberians from kindergarten to university for a period of five years, and provide incentives to university students on a monthly basis for their upkeep.Yarkpah further promised to train specialized doctors to be assigned to particular cases with which patients are diagnosed.Mr. Yarkpah, a son of Nimba, is one of the five vice standard bearers from Nimba County chosen by presidential candidates representing the various political parties, but the poor turnout at his first political appearance was described as a sign of political failure.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more