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

Brazilian Navy Intensifies Patrol in Country’s South-Southeastern Region

first_imgBy Nelza Oliveira/Diálogo October 03, 2018 On August 6, 2018, the Brazilian Navy (MB, in Portuguese) launched the South-Southeastern Naval Patrol Group to increase surveillance of Brazilian waters along the coasts of the states of São Paulo and Paraná. The objective is to guarantee protection of oil platforms on the Santos Basin, increase security at the Port of Santos, the largest in Latin America, maximize search-and-rescue missions at sea, and safeguard maritime traffic rules. “The group was mainly created to increase MB’s presence in the region, given the economic relevance of the Port of Santos, responsible for 25 percent of Brazil’s foreign trade,” said MB Commander Carlos Marden Soares Pereira da Silva, commander of the South-Southeastern Naval Patrol Group. “The subsequent increase in maritime activities and the proximity to oil industry activities in the Santos Basin are also important.” To carry out surveillance operations, the military unit has at its disposal the recently refurbished patrol ship Guajará, which has a 10-day range at sea and the capacity to operate out to 200 nautical miles. The unit’s fleet also includes two updated patrol boats, the AviPa Barracuda and P8003 Espadarte, and an armored speedboat valued at $360,500. Their own resources A total of 80 service members, including six officers and 42 noncommissioned officers, in addition to the ships’ crews, comprise the unit. The group is based at MB’s dock, by the Santos docking complex, where the São Paulo Captaincy of Ports is located. The new group and the captaincy, under the Eighth Naval District Command (Com8ºDN, in Portuguese), will work independently yet complement each other. Com8ºDN’s range extends to the states of São Paulo, Paraná, and Minas Gerais, in the east of Brazil, as well as parts of Mato Grosso do Sul and Goiás, in the midwest. Service members attached to the group will quarter at Santos Air Base, in Guarujá, on the coast of São Paulo. A unit deployed in 2015 previously carried out patrols in the region. “Naval and air naval resources from the First Naval District Command and, eventually, resources from Navy Fleet Command, carried out naval patrol services in Com8ºDN’s maritime area of jurisdiction. With the group’s activation, Com8ºDN’s own naval resources will carry out naval patrol services,” Cmdr. Marden said. Aside from naval inspection duties, the unit’s ships must guarantee security to oil operations in the Santos Basin pre-salt region. The military unit will patrol close to platforms, extending beyond the 500-meter safety zones. “Resources will be allocated to naval operations, such as naval patrol, search and rescue, port and restricted maritime areas defense—including terminals and oil platforms in the pre-salt region—and navigation security services,” Cmdr. Marden said. Fishing activities near platforms will be among issues patrols can discourage. Exploration equipment at times release organic matter at sea that attracts fish and, naturally, fishermen. Joint activity According to Cmdr. Marden, the unit’s operations at port support the Federal Police, the Department of Federal Revenue, and state forces, and contribute to the fight against transnational drug trafficking, boat thefts, and other potential issues at port. “[The unit] will also conduct preventive and punitive activities against cross-border and environmental crimes, alone or jointly with public security agencies at the federal, state, and municipal levels. In addition, the group will enforce the law and regulations of maritime authorities in those areas.” On August 13th, less than a week after its activation, the new group was put to the test when armed men attacked the Italian vessel Grande Francia, as it arrived at the Port of Santos. The criminals escaped, and units aboard the AviPa Barracuda escorted the ship to the dock. Police investigation centers on a fake robbery as a cover to board 1.2 tons of cocaine in containers that the crew would have unknowingly transported to Europe. In August, the Port of Santos, with the support of the Federal Revenue Department and MB’s naval patrols, broke record numbers of cocaine seizures. In four operations, authorities seized 3.5 tons of cocaine, according to the Federal Revenue Department’s Customs Office.last_img read more

Asaba 2018 Will Set Standards for Future African Championships, Says Ogba

first_imgThe Chairman of the Local Organising Committee of the Asaba 2018 CAA African Senior Athletics Championships, Solomon Ogba, on Tuesday, said beyond hosting a successful championship, the organisers intends to set new standards that the next host will have to maintain.“Our African Championships is just like the European Athletics Championships or the Asian and America equivalent. I have attended many editions of our championships, without being disrespectful to previous hosts, our standard is not at par with that of other continental or area championships. Our aim is to raise the standard so that all our star athletes will, from this edition, attend our premium championships’’.Ogba said a lot of innovations and fresh ideas are being introduced to make Asaba 2018 as good as the IAAF World Championships. “In terms of technology, we are using the latest technology in athletics for all our events. There won’t be shortage of equipment, in fact, the CAA officials that came said the equipment we have can host the world championships. We have secured over 20 hotels for athletes and officials and the training of their staff will start soon’’.The Chairman also revealed that the LOC is working with the Federal Government to ensure that everybody accredited for the championships gets their visas at point of entry and receive a very warm reception at the airport.There will also be a world-class opening and closing ceremony which will showcase the best of Asaba, Delta, Nigeria, and Africa to the world.For the first time, medalists in the African Championships will get some reward for their effort.Ogba said, “We did it with African Athletics Youth Championships. The standard we set in 2013 is now the template for future editions. We are determined to do it again so that our best athletes will embrace the African Championships because we shall make it a glamorous and prestigious championship from Asaba 2018”.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Cliff Hanger

first_imgSteve Adcook (left), director of human resources for the Marshall School of Business, and Stacy Geck, an associate professor for clinical communication in Marshall, climb a rock wall. Marshall held its Wellness Fair on Wednesday to encourage people to start the year off right.last_img

One of the best: Decker honored with 2012 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award

first_imgDULUTH, Minn. – Wisconsin junior forward Brianna Decker emotionally embraced her family and made her way to the podium Saturday afternoon as she became the 15th recipient of the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award.The award recognizes the best player in NCAA Division I women’s hockey each season – much like football’s Heisman Trophy. Decker was one of three finalists for the award, including Jocelyne Lamoureux of North Dakota and Florence Schelling of Northeastern.“It is quite an accomplishment,” Decker said. “I think it shows a lot about the depth of our program and the type of players that get recruited to Wisconsin. I think we have all-around staff and resources that are phenomenal.”Decker anchors one of the best offensive lines in hockey, playing alongside senior forwards Brooke Ammerman and Carolyne Pr?vost in a unit that combined for 77 season goals. Decker led the nation this season with 37 goals, and her 82 overall points tied for the nation’s best.Decker attempted six shots in the national championship against Minnesota Sunday but did not find the back of the net in the 4-2 loss.She became the fourth player in Wisconsin history to win the award, joining Sara Bauer (2006), Jessie Vetter (2009) and Meghan Duggan (2011). Four Wisconsin Patty Kazmaier winners in the past six years is quite an impressive feat for head coach Mark Johnson as well as the program.“We’ve had a couple of kids go though this arena before,” Johnson said. “Each one, if you look at all four, earned it. Brianna isn’t different than the other three; she went out and continues to grow as a player and continues to develop as a leader off the ice.”Although the Patty Kazmaier celebrates the nation’s best hockey player, Decker said the honor reflects the success of the team more than her individual play. The Greysolon Ballroom in Duluth, Minn. – host of this year’s ceremony – erupted with cheers from Decker’s teammates, a testament to the tight knit camaraderie within this Wisconsin squad.“I honestly don’t think this is an individual award,” Decker said. “Obviously it is given to one person, but it comes from the team and the team makes each player who they really are. I think that is exactly what my team did for me this year.”Johnson said the team held a dance contest after practice last Thursday, calling them an energetic group. That contagious attitude translated to Wisconsin’s play on the ice the season, uniting Decker and the entire Badger team.“If you are going to be successful in this game you have to play as a unit, and certainly players can make a difference, but it takes a group of players,” Johnson said.The success of Wisconsin’s program in recent years, including multiple national championships and Patty Kazmaier award winners also projects a good image to young hockey players.“I think it gives some young girls in Wisconsin some hope either to want to be a Badger one day or play hockey and be able to be successful, like Jessie (Vetter) and myself,” Decker said. “I hope the young girls take a lot out of it and come support our games.”As a sophomore last year, Decker cheered on Duggan – the 2011 Patty Kazmaier winner – never believing she would follow up her friend’s performance just a year later.Johnson believes playing alongside past UW leaders like Duggan helped develop Decker into the player she is today.“With the season last year, and the help of Meghan Duggan and Hilary Knight, she understood what she needed to do to make the choice to go to the next level and the type of player she wanted to become,” Johnson said.Decker’s work ethic and will to win can’t be undermined, but she said her award-winning season relied upon support of those around her. “I can’t do any of this without my team, and I give so much credit to them and the coaches because they made me the player I am right now.”last_img read more

Mourinho says Utd deserved draw in derby

first_imgPhoto © Pixabay Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says they deserved their hard earned point from last nights scoreless draw with Manchester City.The Reds had to play out the last few minutes of a poor game with 10 men following Mariouane Feallaini’s sending off after he head butted Serguio Aguero.Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he doesn’t agree with the idea his team were the only ones interested in winning. Newcastle go to Cardiff tonight knowing a win will give them the Championship title.Both the Magpies and Brighton have already been promotedKick off in the Welsh capital is at 7.45pm.last_img read more

BITKRAFT Esports Ventures makes first move and invests in Tier One Entertainment

first_imgBITKRAFT Esports Venture, the esports specific VC fund set up by Jens Hilgers last week made its first investment. The fund has chosen to invest in Tier One Entertainment, gaming and esports talent agency launched by cosplayer Alodia Gosienfiao and esports veteran Tryke Gutierrez.  Credit: Tier One EntertainmentTier One Entertainment aims to develop gaming talents in Southeast Asia, with particular focus on shoutcasters, streamers and professional teams in the region. It also hopes to enable brands to work with top esports influencers thus allowing them to reach the millennial audience. The investment received will go towards equipment for production, as well as expanding the team and building a studio for talents. “We are fortunate that BITKRAFT has shown faith in the region,” commented Tier One Co-Founder, Tryke Gutierrez. “We have always believed that Southeast Asia has what it takes to take off in the international arena. With BITKRAFT on our side, the investment will fast track our plans.”Alodia Gosiengfiao added, “There are still limited opportunities in the esports and gaming world, particularly in the Philippines. With BITKRAFT’s investment, we now have the power to create real careers in the esports industry by investing in talented people and supporting their growth.”“South East Asia is the fastest growing esports market and we feel that Tryke, Alodia and their team are outstanding entrepreneurs with great passion and undisputable esports experience. We are proud to support the Tier One team,” said Jens Hilgers.The South East Asian region is home to some of the most fanatic esports followers around. Having seen the raucous reception esports players and talent receive in the likes of the Philippines, there’s definitely huge space to grow there. Tier One look well placed to help foster that growth.Esports Insider says: BITKRAFT Ventures showing they mean business with an investment already taking them into South East Asia. On paper this seems like a great fit, and we’re looking forward to seeing how the capital injection is to be used by Tier One.last_img read more

Nal’ibali searches across South Africa for its Story Bosso

first_imgNal’ibali is a national reading-for-enjoyment campaign. (Image: Nal’ibali)Nal’ibali invited all South Africans, young and old, to tell their favourite family-friendly story in their home languages and now has a shortlist for its Story Bosso storytelling competition.A national reading-for-enjoyment campaign, Nal’ibali has been running the competition since September and received over 2 000 entries from a full-cross section of South African society. These have been whittled down to just 15 candidates.Story Bosso has been designed as a nationwide talent search to excite people about reading and telling stories. It identifies undiscovered storytellers across the country and connects members of the public with a range of South African stories as well as tips and ideas on how to become better storytellers.It also favours the avid reader as people can access and enjoy all 15 shortlisted stories in the form of audio and video clips on the Nal’ibali website during November.These include original stories, retold stories and stories that have been read aloud by some of South Africa’s most animated storytellers between the ages of five and 51.“As people living in South Africa, we have a deep history of storytelling which reflects our diversity and our common cultural heritage. And, reading and storytelling are, of course, keys that unlock children’s literacy learning potential,” said Carole Bloch, the executive director of The Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa, which drives the Nal’ibali campaign.Celebrity judges will help Nal’ibali literacy activists decide South Africa’s first Story Bosso and two runners-up.The judges include: actress and writer Lebogang Mashile; author and retired teacher Sindiwe Magona; social activist and writer Shaka Sisulu; comedian and author Nik Rabinowitz; actress and author Bonnie Henna; children’s author Alan Glass; new-age performance poet and singer Busiswa; and, TV presenter and radio personality Elana Afrika.The winner will be announced on 30 November and will – along with the title Story Bosso – take home a R5 000 cash prize, a R1 000 Ackermans voucher and a home library courtesy of Bargain Books, Exclusive Books and local publishers. The winner will also receive a visit from one of the celebrity judges.The runners-up will each receive R2 500 in cash, a R500 Ackermans voucher and a home library.THE SHORTLISTThe contenders for the title of Story Bosso are:Lisa Gebe: Story title: The Lion and the Mouse. Category: Read aloud. Language: English. Age: 11Chiara Dover: Story title: Probleme in die Droombos. Category: Read aloud. Language: Afrikaans. Age: 9Atang Makgata: Story title: A Dream about the Enchanted Forest. Category: Original. Language: English. Age: 12Busisiwe Smith: Story title: Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Category: Retelling. Language: isiZulu. Age: 30Edith Makola: Story title: Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Category: Retelling. Language: EnglishOlwethu Peter: Story title: The Hyena and the Seven Little Kids. Category: Read aloud. Language: isiXhosa. Age: 9Sihle Mncwabe: Story title: Everything is Rosy. Category: Read aloud. Language: EnglishNozipho Tshabalala: Story title: The Lion and the Mouse. Category: Retelling. Language: isiZulu. Age: 5Athandiwe Skade: Story title: Umboleki. Category: Retelling. Language: isiXhosa. Age: 7Kholeka Gwendolien Nojilawa: Story title: The Granny with her Grandchildren Living in the Big Forest. Category: Retelling. Language: isiXhosa. Age: 51Nyameka Combi: Story title: Lisa’s First Day at Harare Library. Category: Original. Language: isiXhosa. Age: 33The Bright Sparks Dancing Pencils Writing Club (team entry): Story title: The Golden Thread by Aaliyah Monga (club member). Category: Read aloud. Language: EnglishKerrin Kokot and Jayne Batzofin (team entry): Story title: The Lonely Frog. Category: Original. Language: English and Sign. Age: 33 and 31Funeka Soga: Story title: Lucy Learns her ABCs. Category: Original. Language: English Age: 24Horacio Ngovene: Story title: The Lion and the Little Mouse. Category: Re-telling. Language: English. Age: 21last_img read more

Google’s new My Activity and Ads Personalization seek to make ads better, provide more user control over data

first_imgRoughly a year ago Google introduced “My Account,” a centralized privacy and security center where people could manage their data and information used by Google. Yesterday the company began a global rollout of a new panel within My Account, called My Activity.My Activity extends the mission of My Account and gives users a more holistic view of their search and browsing histories. This is the first time that Google has brought together all the activity data it has on individuals in a single place.You can view the history of videos watched, topics searched and other content consumed across Google, and across the web via Chrome. Particular topics or queries can be removed from your history across Google properties. For example, users could purge all research conducted on “nonprescription weight-loss supplements” or “Solar City” or “Bewitched” to avoid seeing ads or content recommendations tied to those topics.Any particular item of history from any property can thus be deleted. Google does caution users against deleting data, but the process is simple and pretty straightforward.In parallel with My Activity, Google is introducing “Ads Personalization.” This is an evolution of the older “Ads Preferences Manager” and newer “ad settings” manager, which allows people to influence the types of ads they see by indicating areas of interest or disinterest or by entirely opting out.The new Ads Personalization functionality is turned off by default and must be activated by consumers. Google will expose users to the new personalization option and invite them to turn it on. The company promises better and more relevant ads from opting-in. Google hopes Ads Personalization will not only improve the ad experience but give users a better sense of control over the ads they see — across devices.I was told that Google worked hard to make the explanation and language surrounding Ads Personalization clear and easy to understand. Here’s one communication:My Activity and Ads Personalization are overlapping and share themes of transparency and user control. Not everyone will see these as primary motivations however. Splitting the difference, I think we can call it enlightened self-interest.When Google introduces new features or capabilities like this it’s always something of an ink-blot test. If you’re cynical about Google’s motives, as many are, you’d likely see this as a way to incorporate more data for ad targeting while seeking to insulate the company against privacy objections. It’s also fair to say that some of this and other recent Google ad enhancements are a response Facebook’s targeting capabilities.Yet this is also a middle path and way forward — offering enhanced targeting and simultaneously instilling greater user confidence and opt-in participation through more transparency and control over data.While these announcements will probably raise few concerns in the US, they will almost certainly see push-back in Europe. EU Regulators have long objected to broad data collection practices by US internet companies such as Google and Facebook. However, they are also likely to applaud Google’s effort to give users more control over their data.Putting aside second-guessing Google’s motives, a practical question is: how many people will actually investigate and engage with these new tools? For example, the online ad industry initiative “AdChoices” has been a failure. However, Google indicated that it’s going to make a sincere and sustained effort to educate users about the new features.In a broader context, these tools are part of a larger Google project to improve ad quality and the overall ad experience, to combat the rise of ad blocking and increasing consumer ad avoidance.From our sponsors: Google’s new My Activity and Ads Personalization seek to make ads better, provide more user control over data Google’s new My Activity and Ads Personalization seek to make ads better, provide more user control over dataYou are here: Posted on 30th June 2016Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share HomeDigital MarketingGoogle’s new My Activity and Ads Personalization seek to make ads better, provide more user control over data Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019last_img read more

Pune civic body to blame for poor water management, say activists

first_imgThe delay in onset of southwest monsoon has aggravated the already acute water crisis in the State leading to nearly 4,000 tankers being pressed to service the parched districts in the arid Marathwada region while more than 1,000 tankers are in operation in the Pune and Nashik divisions.Activists in Pune blamed the municipal corporation for mismanagement of water resources, especially in its failure to monitor ‘authorised’ tanker supplies to areas in the grip of acute water scarcity in the district.“Despite the Pune Municipal Corporation mandating installations of general packet radio service (GPRS) systems to monitor tanker movement and closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras to keep vigil on water filling stations, they have failed to translate on ground,” said noted Right to Information (RTI) activist Vijay Kumbhar.He said of the seven authorised water filling stations in the city, a major one at the city’s Ramtekdi area which fills more than 70 water tankers daily is bereft of any CCTV system.In a bid to rein in rampant water theft, the civic body had decided to equip tankers authorised by them with GPS tracking devices. These were to be linked to a control room where the movement of these tankers would be tracked to prevent diversion of water supply.However, the Pune civic body’s control room to monitor these tankers is in a shambolic state, despite claims by PMC officials that the infrastructure was being rapidly set up.Vivek Velankar of the Sajag Nagrik Manch, a citizens’ outfit, observed that the number of tankers plying on the city’s roads had risen steadily to meet the potable water demands of the increasing population. He points out that the dramatic growth of Pune city in the past decade has rendered it impossible for the PMC to provide water to all.In April last year, Mr. Velankar’s group had discovered that monitoring equipment at four of the seven water filling stations was dysfunctional. It was only on their prompting that steps were taken by the PMC to remedy the situation.“The purpose of the GPS tracker to prevent water theft has ultimately come a cropper. While the contractor is happy that he can keep watch on his tanker, the PMC has no control on what the contractor is doing owing to poor monitoring systems. As a result, the black-marketing of water is thriving, with contractors running a merry business outside civic limits by selling water at high rates,” said Mr. Velankar. PMC officials, however, said that 80% of the 600-odd tankers authorised by them had installed GPS systems and that they had ceased supplying water to those tankers who did not have monitoring systems installed.Meanwhile, the cumulative water stocks in the four main dams – Khadakwasla, Panshet, Varasgaon and Temghar – supplying water to the city had plummeted below 3.25 TMC (thousand million cubic feet) of their cumulative capacity of 29 TMC. This is in sharp contrast to the 4.6 TMC water stock available at the same time last year.last_img read more