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

Unai Emery reveals where he wants to play Arsenal forward Gabriel Martinelli

first_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 3 Oct 2019 12:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link665Shares Martinelli is put through his paces in Arsenal training on Wednesday (Picture: Getty)‘Pre-season was his chance to show and to work with us and we are very, very happy with him. He is a very fast player and that is a quality that is very important.’Arsenal have a host of young attacking options to choose from for Thursday night’s match, with the likes of Reiss Nelson, Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith-Rowe all involved in their last Europa League outing.Will Arsenal win the Europa League?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: The stats that show how reliant Arsenal have become on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Advertisement The summer signing scored twice on his Arsenal debut against Forest (Picture: Getty)However, Emery insists the Brazilian is not a striker and will be used from the left or right in the future.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We used him in training and against Nottingham Forest as a striker,’ said Emery. ‘It is not the best position for him but he played well and he played there sometimes in Brazil but he can play right or left.’Martinelli was a £6m signing from Ituano over the summer with new sporting director Edu spearheading the move.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalEmery was unsure if the 18-year-old was ready for the first team squad but the Spaniard says the teenager has shown his worth.‘He is with us because he deserves to be with us,’ said Emery. Unai Emery reveals where he wants to play Arsenal forward Gabriel Martinellicenter_img Gabriel Martinelli is expected to start against Standard Liege (Picture: Getty)Arsenal boss Unai Emery insists he doesn’t see a long-term future for Gabriel Martinelli as a central striker.The Brazilian has made just one appearance for the Gunners since his arrival in the summer and he scored twice against Nottingham Forest.The 20-year-old played up front against Forest as Emery opted to rest Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang while Alexandre Lacazette is injured.Martinelli is expected to start against Standard Liege in the Europa League on Thursday and is set to play centrally.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Advertisementlast_img read more