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

Tigers wrap up Jelavic signing

first_imgNikica Jelavic insists he has a “great opportunity” at Hull after the club completed the record signing of the Croatian striker from Everton. Press Association Jelavic said: “As soon as the manager called me I realised straight away that he was really interested in signing me and that it is a great opportunity for me to come here. “It is a good club, and we have a good squad. We talked a little bit, but it didn’t take long to realise that it was right for me. “It’s a newly-promoted club, but I can see straight away that there is a lot of ambition here within the club and I hope that we can build on the great start to the season and become a really strong Premier League team over the coming years.” Jelavic played for Hajduk Split and Rapid Vienna before moving to Rangers, where he scored 36 goals in 54 games. He then moved to Everton where he hit 21 goals in two years but saw his form tail off last season and has struggled to secure a starting place this term. His signing comes against a backdrop of more strife at the East Yorkshire club over owner Assem Allam’s proposed name change to Hull Tigers. Allam was accused of a “crude attempt at blackmail” after he threatened to quit the club within 24 hours if his proposal does not receive FA approval. The Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) is carrying out a poll of Hull fans and will send the results of the survey to the FA, which has to sanction any change to the ‘playing name’. An FSF spokesman told Press Association Sport: “This sounds like a rather crude attempt to blackmail the FA. “Our view is that a club’s name is part of the cultural heritage of the club and that it shouldn’t be approved by the FA unless it can clearly be shown the majority of the fans agree with it. “We are polling our Hull City members for their view and we will send the results of that poll to the FA.” The FA Council has to agree to Allam’s proposal before a change can take place for next season and FSF chairman Malcolm Clarke has a seat on the council representing fans’ groups and Supporters Direct. Egypt-born businessman Allam says he has lent the club £66million and wants the name change because he believes it will boost the brand, especially abroad. Allam said: “I’m here to save the club and manage the club for the benefit of the community. It will never, never be the other way round – that the community manage it for me. “But if the community say go away, I promise to go away within 24 hours.” Allam added that the same applied should the FA reject his application. The Tigers announced the signing of the 28-year-old on a three-and-a-half-year deal and it is expected manager Steve Bruce will hand him his debut in Saturday’s Barclays Premier League match at Norwich. The club said the fee was undisclosed, but it is understood to be £6.5million rising to £7.5million if they stay in the Premier League. last_img read more