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

Top 5 reasons to include texting in your collections efforts

first_imgIn the past quarter century, texting—like the internet—has become ubiquitous. We’re used to communicating with friends and family via text throughout the day, sending quick hellos, and coordinating plans. Americans are also increasingly reliant on text messages for professional communication and to interact quickly and easily with businesses without having to take time out of the day to sit down to make a phone call or draft an email.While some still perceive texting as a millennial phenomenon, the data suggests otherwise. A recent report from TextRequest found that, “On average, American adults sent and received 32 texts per day, totaling 18 billion texts every day, 541 billion texts every month, and 6.5 trillion texts every year.” Breaking this down by age group, they found American adults ages:18-24 sent and received about 128 text messages per day25-34 sent and received about 75 text messages per day This is placeholder text continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrcenter_img This post is currently collecting data…last_img read more

Norwegian football club Vålerenga partners with BX3 for esports venture

first_imgOne of Norway’s biggest football clubs, Vålerenga Fotball AS, have entered esports via a joint venture with local esports team BX3.The new joint venture will be called Nordavind AS. Thanks to the arrangement with the Oslo based football team, which itself is part of multi-sports club Vålerengens IF, Nordavind will gain access to the club’s impressive facilities such as the Intility Arena. This will include training facilities for the team and players, as well as office space for the business and administrative side of things. Vålerenga Fotball AS are owned by Magni Sports and this company has initially secured 80% of Nordavind. Tor Olav Trøim, Owner of Magni and the main shareholder in VIF, said this of the news: “We have found a team of very good people and practitioners led by Stein Wilmann and Steffen Willumsen (founders of BX3) who have gained much in a short period of time with limited funds. We hope to facilitate a solid international commitment and are excited about where we can work with Nordavind!”Steffen Willumsen, Commercial Manager of Nordavind AS, had this to say: “To take the stage to the international stage is a goal we have been working hard for the last seven years, and it is therefore extraordinary to announce our commitment and cooperation today. We have brought with us a team of people who have unique competence that we look forward to working with, as well as learning from. We look forward to starting the job at the New Year.”BX3 have had rosters across a number of games including CS:GO, League, Hearthstone, Rocket League, Overwatch, Street Fighter and Tekken and more. A post on the BX3 Facebook page sharing the news of the new investment on December 12th noted that the rebranded organisation will be looking for FIFA players. The original press release can be found here. Esports Insider says: BX3 were founded back in 2011 and this investment and partnership is a huge game changer for the organisation. It’s good to see Vålerenga Fotball AS involved in esports, and hopefully this partnership can mirror or even surpass the success of that of FC Copenhagen and North in nearby Denmark.last_img read more