Developer drops plans for China Stone thermal coal mine in Australia’s Galilee Basin

first_imgDeveloper drops plans for China Stone thermal coal mine in Australia’s Galilee Basin FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:The backer of a massive coal proposal in the Galilee Basin, adjacent to Adani’s Carmichael mine site, has quietly abandoned its plans amid growing doubts about the long-term profitability of Australian thermal coal exports.The ABC reported this morning that the proponents of the $7bn China Stone mine had withdrawn their application for a mining lease in March. Owners MacMines Austasia, a subsidiary of China’s Meijin Energy Group, has confirmed the project’s future is “under internal discussion” but otherwise declined to comment.China Stone would have exported 38m tonnes of thermal coal a year, and was among the largest of seven proposed coalmines in the Galilee Basin.The collapse of a significant proposal in the Galilee will raise questions about the viability of the remote basin, which has been promoted in Queensland as a significant potential source of regional employment. Six mining proposals in the Galilee have gained necessary approvals, while one other, the Clive Palmer-backed Alpha North proposal, is undergoing an environmental assessment. None has begun construction.Analysts have questioned whether projects are viable in the Galilee, given the lack of existing infrastructure and the cost of transporting coal several hundred kilometres to export ports. Tim Buckley, the director of energy finance studies at the Institute of Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, said the economics of thermal coal in the Galilee Basin “just don’t stack up” amid the shift away from thermal coal.“You can’t dismiss BHP, who is one of the biggest suppliers to China in the world,” Buckley said. “As those markets move, regardless of what Australia does, we are exposed,” Buckley said. “China is going hell for leather into hydro, wind and solar because it provides diversity of [energy] supply. China passed peak coal five years ago. Why, in that market, would you go and build a mine that will take you five to 10 years anyway?”More: Galilee Basin mine next to Adani put on hold amid doubts over future of thermal coallast_img read more

South Africa’s coal-dependent state utility seeking bids for first battery storage project

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:South Africa’s state-owned power utility, which relies on coal to generate most of the nation’s electricity, issued a request for bids to build its first battery-energy storage system, according to a tender document seen by Bloomberg.Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. has received funding from institutions including the World Bank and African Development Bank, which it will use for the project, the utility said in a request for bids issued July 31. The funding will include design and construction of the system at the Sere Wind Farm Facility in Western Cape province.South Africa has plans to diversify its energy mix in a move away from coal, which is used for about 85% of the country’s power generation. Eskom is specifically considering green funding to offset debt and to re-purpose coal plants.Battery storage can save fuel costs and reduce grid congestion, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency. It can also balance a greater use of renewable sources that provide intermittent power.The bids will close Sept. 11, according to the documents. The request refers to the Eskom Investment Support Project and Eskom Renewables Support Project.[Paul Burkhardt]More: South Africa’s coal-dependent Eskom calls for battery-power storage South Africa’s coal-dependent state utility seeking bids for first battery storage projectlast_img read more

Run Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Marathon and Half—March 12, 2016

first_imgRegister to rock the closed streets of the Nation’s Capital on March 12, 2016 at Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Marathon and 1Ž2 Marathon.Check out a few of our favorite reason’s to rock ‘n’ run DC this March:1)    MedalsThis year’s finisher’s medals are MONEY. Run the Full, Half or 5K distance and you’ll earn this awesome bling to commemorate your accomplishment!2016Medals2)      Bands on CourseRock your way around the Nation’s Capital with live entertainment on course, keeping you pumped the entire way! Don’t forget the finish line festival headliner concert, with this year’s headliner Tower of Power.BandsonCourse3)     Historic Monuments Along CourseCheck out the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Reflecting Pool, and White House along course!LincolnMemorial4)      BeerToast to your accomplishments with a complimentary ice cold brew once you cross the finish line!BeerNeed another reason to join us on March 12, 2016? Register before the 2/1 price increase with code SPRING16 and save $10 on the half or full marathon!REGISTER NOW Congrats to everyone who ROCKED #RnRDC!Posted by Rock ’n’ Roll DC on Saturday, March 14, 2015last_img read more

Lula Announces Construction of Second Bridge Between Foz do Iguaçu and Paraguay

first_imgBy Dialogo May 05, 2010 The president of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, announced Monday the construction of a second bridge that will connect the border city of Foz do Iguaçu with Paraguay, opposite Ciudad del Este. Lula also affirmed that he himself will lay the cornerstone this year, before leaving office. “This second bridge that will be built in Foz, opposite the city of Presidente Franco (Ciudad del Este) in Paraguay, will be useful for economic growth and will create jobs along the border,” Lula said during a meeting with Paraguayan president Fernando Lugo in this border city. The first bridge over the large river that marks the border, the Paraná, connects Foz with Ciudad del Este and has been in use since 1965. Lula said that relations between the two countries “are exceptional right now.” “The whole world knows about my efforts for the success of Paraguay and for that of President Lugo. Brazil is conscious that its neighbors need to be economically strong, that they need to grow,” he added.last_img read more

Five Alleged Brazilian Drug Traffickers Arrested in Paraguay

first_imgBy Dialogo March 28, 2011 On 24 March, anti-drug agents arrested five alleged Brazilian drug traffickers suspected of forming the criminal group known as the ‘First Capital Commando’ (PCC), which operates in São Paulo, a police report indicated. The five are Guilherme de Matos Palmeira Couto, 23 years old, Milton Dalis Mendes Couto (55), Jorge Carneiro (25), Olvier Giovanni da Silva (27), and Paulo Augusto de Sousa (28). The operation took place in the city of Pedro Juan Caballero, on the land border with the town of Ponta Porá, Brazil, 550 km to the northeast, according to the report. The anti-drug police also seized vehicles, weapons (including an AR-15 machine gun), bullets, and several packets of marijuana from them. The PCC supplies the city of São Paulo with cocaine and marijuana and is controlled from the prisons of São Paulo state, according to the Brazilian police.last_img read more

UN To Reduce Haiti Mission, Peacekeepers At Record High

first_imgBy Dialogo October 17, 2011 The United Nations aims to cut back its peacekeeping force in Haiti this year as the number of blue-helmet troops around the world hits a record of more than 120,000, officials indicated on October 13. The new head of UN peacekeeping, Herve Ladsous, said cutback was not linked to the sexual assault and cholera scandals that have hit the Haiti mission, known as MINUSTAH, this year. The UN Security Council is to approve an extension of the MINUSTAH mandate. The United Nations sent a “surge” of about 3,000 specialist engineering troops to Haiti after the January, 2010 earthquake which killed more than 200,000 people. “We believe that it should be possible to reduce, to come back to the levels of MINUSTAH before the earthquake,” Ladsous told a press conference. At the end of August there were about 8,700 troops from 18 countries in the mission, 3,500 police and 500 civilian personnel. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has recommended reducing this by about 2,750 over the next 12 months. “In general I think there is a desire from the government of Haiti to retain MINUSTAH,” Ladsous said, quoting one survey which said 60 percent of the population wants to keep the mission. Ladsous said there were now more than 120,000 peacekeepers around the world, including about 98,000 uniformed troops. “We are at about the highest level ever,” the Frenchman added. “It is true that we have to cut back where we can,” he said. “Of course we are going to reduce numbers where we can, and of course costs.” UN peacekeeping has an annual budget of about $8 billion and the Haiti mission alone will cost about $800 million in the current financial year.last_img read more

Honduran military prepared to intercept, shoot down narco-planes

first_img The Honduran Defense Ministry has identified hundreds of clandestine airstrips which are used by drug traffickers. Among the international drug trafficking organizations which operate in Honduras are Los Cachiros, a Honduran organized crime group, and the Sinaloa Cartel, the world’s largest transnational criminal organization. The Sinaloa Cartel, based in Mexico, is led by fugitive kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. In 2012, Honduran security forces launched a campaign to find and destroy clandestine landing strips. Authorities have destroyed more than 100 such airstrips as of December 2013. The illicit airstrips are typically between 800 and 1,600 meters long. They are scattered throughout the country, primarily in remote jungle regions in the northern and eastern parts of the country, close to the Caribbean. Authorities have found large numbers of illicit airstrips in the departments of Gracias a Dios, Colón and Olancho. Initially, the tough new air space law was only going to apply to those three departments. But after further analysis and discussions, members of Congress decided to expand the law to the entire country. Lawmakers realized that drug traffickers could simply begin operating in other departments if their traditional smuggling routes were cut off. By Dialogo February 21, 2014 Clandestine airstrips The new law allows authorities to take a series of steps to deal with unidentified aircraft. Unidentified aircraft will be shot down only as a final resort, after other options have been exhausted, and only with the final approval of the Minister of Defense, according to Gen. Díaz. The law establishes that when an unidentified plane is detected, authorities will attempt to contact the pilot. Pilots and crews wich refuse to answer when contacted by Honduran authorities will be considered suspicious. So will all planes which fly during non-authorized hours, between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. each day. The law was authored and presented by Congressman Oscar Alvarez, who is a former security minister. The law is necessary to deal with the threats posed by international drug traffickers, Alvarez said. “Drug trafficking results in the high levels of violence we observe in the country,” Alvarez said. The new measure will be an “air shield’ which will force narco-traffickers to find other drug smuggling routes, the congressman said. “The protocol we will follow is the one observed in other countries that have air exclusion areas,” Alvarez said. “Traffic control will attempt to contact the flight crew, if they don’t respond an Air Force plane will take off to intercept the aircraft. If they don’t obey, they will be taken down.” The new law does not violate international flight agreements Honduras has previously agreed to, Vice President Samuel Reyes told La Prensa. Honduran lawmakers based their decision to pass the new law based on the International Civil Aviation Treaty, otherwise known as the Chicago Treaty. The treaty states that every country has complete exclusive sovereignty on the airspace over its land as well as on its adjacent seas, and that each country can, for military or public safety reasons, restrict or prohibit flights over certain zones of its territory. “This is a legal instrument that shows that we are serious in our mission,” Reyes said. “Fighting drug trafficking is a priority for this government.” Shooting down aircraft will be a ‘last resort’ Positive outcomes are expected: Analyst center_img The Honduran Congress recently approved a law to protect the country’s air space, which is sometimes used by drug traffickers to transport cocaine and other illegal substances. Congress passed the law in January 2014. The law authorizes the Honduran Air Force to shoot down suspicious aircraft which do not comply with official orders. The airspace protection law is pending publication in the state’s official newspaper La Gaceta, to take effect. The new law will help security forces fight drug traffickers, who in recent years have been making incursions into Honduran airspace with increasing frequency, said Army Gen. Fredy Santiago Díaz. “Honduras needs this law to be in effect urgently,” Santiago Díaz said. “The importance of this law is that it serves a preventive instrument. Any country of the world makes planes respect their airspace. Permissions have to be granted to fly over them. Drug traffickers knew that we didn’t have that protection, so they’ve kept entering our territory.” Drug traffickers have used Honduras as an important bridge as they transport drugs from Mexico to the United States. Nearly 80 percent of all illicit flights to transport cocaine from South America to Mexico and the U.S. make stops in Honduras, according to a 2012 report by the U.S. State Department. Zero tolerance for drug trafficking Juan Orlando Hernández was inaugurated as the new president of Honduras in January 2014. Hernández vowed during his inauguration speech to do whatever is necessary to reduce narco-trafficking in Honduras and restore security and tranquility throughout the country. “Whichever policy Honduras establishes to fight insecurity must have at its fundamental axis the fight against drug trafficking, organized crime and money laundering,” Hernández said. “Consequently there will be zero tolerance. Just like you hear. Zero tolerance. Period.” Honduras recently purchased three radar devices from Israel, which will help security forces detect narco-flights. Authorities said they expect the devices to be operating by April 2014. The Honduran Air Force is also revamping its fleet of A-37 and F-5 airplanes, as well as Toucan aircraft. Honduras is going through one of its most difficult moments in history, with drug trafficking “leaving a trail of death, impunity and pain that is intolerable,” Hernández said In recent years, Honduras had a homicide rate of 85 per 100,000 residents. In 2013, the homicide rate declined, to 79 per 100,000 residents. Most of the killings – 70 percent – are connected to drug trafficking, authorities have said. The tough new law protecting the country’s air space, the renovation of its Air Force fleet, and the ongoing efforts to destroy illegal landing strips, should produce positive results, said Germán Leitzelar, Honduran security analyst. “It has been positive in other nations that have implemented similar measures. The Dominican Republic is the best example,” Leitzelar said. “When they purchased new planes and closed their airspace in 2010, narco flights decreased significantly. In fact, it was afterwards when they started to come here.” The airspace protection law is pending publication in the state’s official newspaper La Gaceta, to take effect. President warns gangs President Hernández recently warned gangs and other criminal groups that they have run out of friends and have three options. “Gang members, extortionists, people involved in organized crime have very few friends remaining. The dark party that has caused so much harm to this country is over,” Hernández said. “Either shape up your behavior, seek peace in your souls, dedicate yourselves to your families and work decently, or you have the option of leaving the country, and if not, you will end up in prison.” For criminals, “the party is over,” President Hernández said in his inauguration speech.”last_img read more

International Law Section to match interns with firms

first_img August 1, 2000 Regular News International Law Section to match interns with firms There you are, minding your own legal business and suddenly a client calls, frantic. It seems the client has an unexpected foreign business opportunity and your law firm is needed to negotiate a deal. In Thai. Or maybe Hindi. Or even Dutch. What do you do? Be thankful for the work of the International Law Section. Because of the section’s work, you could be only a mouse click away from finding a law student intern with a variety of special skills. That includes some who speak rather esoteric languages, including Afrikaans, Creole, and Czech, as well as Thai, Hindi and Dutch. It’s all part of the section’s effort to use technology to offer better services to its members. “We’re going to take advantage of the new technologies to reach out to our members,” said new section Chair Todd Kocourek, at the section executive council meeting during the Bar’s Annual Meeting. The chosen avenue for the coming year will be improving the section’s website (www.lex-fl.org). “I hope we’ll make its usefulness hit a point at which the membership will default to the website as the best source of information about what’s going on,” he said. One part of that is a new section of the website to match up law students seeking internships and law firms. “We now have an internship database,” said immediate past Chair Thomas Raleigh. “We are making available to students a link with Florida law firms and Florida businesses interested in international law and business. It’s a very simple procedure and there’s no cost to it.” Students list their background and special qualifications — including foreign languages — and prospective employers can scan their resumes. Those employers are also encouraged to list information on the site for students to review. Even if they don’t have an immediate opening, Raleigh said, it could be valuable to at least put general information about the firm on the site for students to review. The site is password protected and both students and potential employers must register. Students cannot see other students’ resumes, and employers cannot see what openings other firms are offering. Those seeking more information about the service should send an e-mail to [email protected] Raleigh said the section has been working to make the website more useful for members. It now includes a list of section committees and members, an archive of its quarterly newsletter, a bulletin board for messages between members and a listing of useful resources. The section is also living up to its name in a variety of activities. Raleigh and Kocourek noted that the head of the Mexican bar association was a section guest during the January Midyear Meeting. And the section has a relationship with the Barcelona Bar Association, and also just completing a successful seminar in Quebec City. The section is already planning another Canadian program. It also recently completed a successful seminar in Miami on Latin American issues, and will have a joint meeting with the International Bar Association in Cancun in 2001. On other matters, Raleigh said the section is in the very first stages of examining the relationship between The Florida Bar and foreign lawyers working in this country. While the Bar has offered the category of Foreign Legal Consultant for several years, Raleigh said, the section is exploring whether that is sufficient. “We’re looking at the next step on how to encourage the admission of foreign lawyers to The Florida Bar,” he said. “It’s in the very early stages. We’re looking at how they could be admitted, and they would still have to satisfy the character review.” International Law Section to match interns with firmslast_img read more

Brentwood Man Dies in Motorcycle Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 28-year-old Brentwood man was killed Thursday morning when his motorcycle crashed into a car in his hometown, Suffolk County police said.Detectives said Stephen Milliner was riding his motorcycle westbound on Suffolk Avenue in Brentwood at 10:45 a.m. when he struck a 1996 Toyota Corolla, police said. The driver of the Corolla was heading eastbound and attempted to turn left into a parking lot when Milliner crashed as he tried to avoid the car, police said.He was transported to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore where he died from his injuries, police said. The other driver, a 45-year-old East Northport resident, was not injured.Both vehicles were impounded for a safety check. The driver of the car received a summons for driving an unregistered vehicle.last_img read more

Ex Catholic School Teacher Charged with Child Porn

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Thomas Bouklas, a retired teacher from St. John’s the Baptist Diocesan High School in West Islip, was arrested Friday on charges of possessing child pornography.A retired teacher from St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School in West Islip was arrested Friday for allegedly possessing child pornography on his computer, Suffolk County police said.An investigation by detectives with the computer crimes unit led to evidence that 64-year-old Thomas Bouklas was allegedly downloading and possessing child pornography over the Internet, police said.Authorities executed a search warrant at the former teacher’s home in Holbrook, police said. Investigators seized computers, hard drives “as well as assorted media,” police said in a news release.Bouklas is also a former soccer coach at the catholic school.He was charged with possessing a sexual performance of a child. Bouklas was processed at the Seventh Precinct and transported to First District Court in Central Islip.last_img read more