Montana Coal Industry, With Nowhere to Go but Up, Reports a Production Increase Over Last year

first_imgMontana Coal Industry, With Nowhere to Go but Up, Reports a Production Increase Over Last year FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Billings Gazette:“Certainly what we’ve seen is an increase in our sales to our Asia customers primarily in South Korea and Japan,” said Rick Curtsinger, Cloud Peak Energy spokesman. “Last year by the end of the second quarter, we had shipped 200,000 tons of coal to our Asia customers. This year as of June 30, we shipped 1.8 million tons to customers in South Korea and Japan.”Coal production is running away from a historically bad 2016 — the nation’s lowest coal production year since 1978. But the first seven months of 2017 still trails 2015 production by about 6 million tons. Montana mines produced 20.7 million tons through June two years ago.Montana mines produced 3.36 million tons of coal in July. Almost half of the production increase came from Spring Creek Mine, said Bud Clinch, Montana Coal Council director. Nearby Decker Mine, owned by Lighthouse Resources, was the second-largest contributor. Decker production was up 155,000 tons.“I think both Decker and Cloud Peak are because of export markets. They both have capacity at Westshore Terminal and demand is stronger,” Clinch said.Westshore Terminal is a British Columbia coal port off the shore of Vancouver. It’s where most of Montana’s export coal is shipped.In late 2015, with prices driven down by a glut of coal in the Asia Pacific market, Montana mines suspended exports entirely. Cloud Peak agreed to pay Westshore to reserve space, rather than ship coal at prices that wouldn’t cover the cost of delivery.Those sluggish prices suppressed coal exports into 2016, when production was in a downward spiral until late in the year when supply tightened again and the market improved. In 2017, the growth has been steady.“We’ve been up every month for the last five months,” Clinch said.The only way for coal production to go from 2016 was up, said Tom Sanzillo, analyst for Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. Last year was a bruising one for coal, with cheap natural gas outcompeting coal to become the dominant power source in the United States for the first time ever.The number of coal-fired power plants because of age, non-compliance with pollution standards or both also increased.Natural gas hasn’t gone away and the United States isn’t building new coal-fired power plants, Sanzillo said.In the Asian Pacific, the same forces that clobbered Powder River Basin coal exports in 2016 still exist, which means coal market improvements aren’t likely to last. Cloud Peak is doing better, but the trend is still downward, Sanzillo said.“I think they had a reasonably good half year,” he said. “A company that lost 30 percent of its market in the last couple years and gains back two points is technically doing better.”But coal prices haven’t really returned to the heyday of 2010 and 2012, when United States mines saw good prices and potential in the Asian Pacific.Companies have cut costs and found a way to do business with lower coal market prices, Sanzillo said. More: Montana coal mine production up 2 million tonslast_img read more

NowDOC service on standby over Christmas with new vehicles

first_imgThe NoWDOC GP Out Of Hours Service is a partnership between the GP members of Caredoc and the HSE and provides an urgent GP family Doctor service to patients of GP members in Co Donegal and south Leitrim. The service deals with approximately 60,000 calls per annum for a population of approximately 180,000 people. The Service is delivered from a number of locations (Letterkenny, Carndonagh, Derrybeg, Mountcharles and Carrick on Shannon) within the region, with our Call Centre and Admin Offices based in Letterkenny, Co Donegal.The NoWDOC Service has recently procured five vehicles which are driven by drivers employed by NoWDOC to transport GPs to calls in a variety of locations as necessary in a safe and timely manner. Tenders were invited from car suppliers for the procurement of NoWDOC vehicles. DMG Motors, Donegal Town were the successful tender to supply five Skoda Octavia Scout 4×4 vehicles for each of the NoWDOC Centres.Ms Deirdre Moy, NoWDOC Service Manager welcomed the new vehicles saying ‘I am delighted that the procurement of five new vehicles will improve the service provided due to the very nature of the NoWDOC Service. These vehicles are provided to a specification which will meet our needs in all foreseeable circumstances, including adverse weather conditions or difficult terrain’.According to Dr Martin Coyne, GP, “Home visits continue to be an important part of out of hours urgent GP services. These visits are for those few patients who have appropriate clinical needs, such as bed bound elderly, nursing home patients and end of life care. Donegal roads are not motorways and it is important to arrive safely and in comfort.Now Doc receives 5 new cars three of which were on display with there drivers on Tuesday last. Eamonn McGowasn, Deridre Moy, Now Doc Service Manager, Dr. Martin Coyne, Clinical Lead CareDoc, Martin Hewett and Martin Murtagh. Photo Clive Wasson“The new vehicles are welcome replacement after 10 years reliable and faithful service of the older Skoda Cars. The four-wheel drive capability is essential in winter weather.” The NoWDOC Service Manager, Ms Deirdre Moy further outlined what services will be in place over the Christmas holiday period.She advised that the service is designed to provide urgent GP care to patients and is not a substitute for the Emergency Ambulance Service who are the appropriate service to deal with medical emergencies where they arise.She said that “all calls received in the NoWDOC call centre (Tel: 1850 400 911) are initially assessed by trained and qualified Nursing clinicians. On completion of the nursing triage process a clinical decision will be made regarding the appropriate level of care as patients can be seen by a GP in one of our main treatment centres which are located in Letterkenny, Carndonagh, Mountcharles, Derrybeg and Carrick-on-Shannon. All consultations in the NoWDOC service are by appointment only and the location of the centre which the patient will attend is agreed in advance with the patient during the process”.Over the Christmas and New Year period the service will be providing urgent Out of Hours GP care to patients who require same and that the service will operate as per normal hours in each of the NoWDOC sites as per the following information.Christmas & New Year Opening Hours Christmas Eve, 24th December 18:00hrs through to 08:00hrs on Friday 27th DecemberFriday 27th December 18:00hrs through to 08:00hrs on Monday, 30th DecemberMonday 30th December 18:00hrs through to 08:00hrs on Tuesday 31st DecemberNew Years Eve, 31st December 18:00hrs through to 08:00hrs on Thursday 2nd JanuaryNoWDOC opening hours in each of our centres will operate as normal outside of the holiday periods as set out above.Letterkenny and Inishowen GPs operate their own surgeries on Saturday morning up to 12 midday and thereafter patients in the Letterkenny and Inishowen areas should contact NoWDOC.Ms Moy reminded all patients and service users that the service is normally very busy over the Christmas and New Year periods and waiting times may be longer than normal.She also advised that patients and service users should ensure that prescriptions and medicines are arranged with their own GP and pharmacy before the holiday period commences on Friday December 20th December 2019. In conclusion and on behalf of the NoWDOC service Ms Moy stated “The entire team of staff and GPs in NoWDOC would like to extend our good wishes to all of our patients and service users for the festive period”. Ms Moy also acknowledged “the hard work and commitment of the staff and GPs who work throughout the year and particularly over the festive period to provide this service”.BackgroundWinter illnesses such as Flu, colds, sore throats earaches, temperature, and tummy upset are viral illnesses which do not respond to antibiotics. Before looking for a GP appointment, patients should consider self-care and first check out the advice at and where to go when you are ill: Think before you access health services.* Self-care & Pharmacy: For viral illness – see and, or visit your pharmacy for advice who can advise you on medicines, over-the-counter remedies and how to treat ailments such as coughs, colds, sore throats and stomach upsets.* Regular GP: If you feel unwell and have already gone to you can make an appointment with your regular daytime GP because your own GP knows you best.* GP Out of Hours: Urgent family doctor service operating on weekday nights and weekend days – for acute illness that cannot wait until your own GP is available. Be mindful that the very young and the elderly may get priority at the Out of Hours GP service.Viral illnesses tend to clear up with self-care but may take some time to clear up.High Temperature: is a normal part of infections and responds well to paracetamol and ibuprofen.Sore throat: Are usually viral and can take 8 days to clear.Cough with phlegm: is usually viral and can take 10 days or more to get better. If not improving, then see your own GP.Earache – self-care for 4 days with paracetamol and ibuprofen and then see your GP if not better.NowDOC service on standby over Christmas with new vehicles was last modified: December 11th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:carsCHristmasdonegalNewNowDoclast_img read more

Half-time: Arsenal 0 QPR 0

first_imgQPR reached the interval on level terms after managing to frustrate Arsenal in the London derby at the Emirates Stadium.The Gunners went close to scoring when Aaron Ramsey’s looping header from Bacary Sagna’s right-wing cross hit the top of the bar.Rangers survived another scare after Jack Wilshere’s long-range shot was fumbled by keeper Julio Cesar, who later looked much more comfortable while keeping out an effort from Olivier Giroud.With captain Ji-sung Park having failed a fitness test on a knee problem, R’s boss Mark Hughes restored Shaun Wright-Phillips to the starting line-up.QPR (4-4-1-1): Cesar; Bosingwa, Mbia, Nelsen, Traore; Wright-Phillips, Granero, Diakite, Taarabt; Hoilett, Zamora. Subs: Ferdinand, Cisse, Mackie, Mackie, Onuoha, Ephraim, Faurlin.Click here for the Arsenal v QPR quizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Double-Oh-Mega-Event: On a (not so) Secret Mission

first_img SharePrint RelatedGroundspeak Weekly Newsletter – March 7, 2012March 8, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”The Theory of Caching is Found in CanadaJuly 12, 2014In “Community”11 Years! Oeiras – A Mega-Event Portuguese StyleMay 16, 2011In “Community” Editor’s note: Groundspeak Lackeys are traveling thousands of miles from H.Q. this year to share smiles, shake hands and make geocaching memories at more than a dozen Mega-Events worldwide. Jenn Seva, aka MissJenn, attended the COG (Central Ontario Geocachers) Spring Fling Zero-Zero-Seven Mega-Event (GC1MGER) outside of Barrie, Ontario, Canada. Jenn has been a Lackey since 2007. She was a volunteer reviewer between 2004 t0 2007, a geocacher since 2001, and she says, ‘a geek since forever’. This is Jenn’s account of her trip.By Jenn Seva (MissJenn)MissJenn attending the Zero-Zero-Seven Mega at the cache, “Diamonds are for Decryption”On June 11th, my not-so-secret mission was to infiltrate the Canadian province of Ontario and attend the Spring Fling hosted by the Central Ontario Geocachers. It wasn’t their first Mega. These people are pros. In fact, it was their Double-Oh-Seventh iteration and they pulled it off with nary a stray bullet.I arrived early enough on Friday to help the organizers prepare registration packets the day before the event. Well, they thought I was helping prepare registration packets. Really, I was studying their organization, getting to know the masterminds and taking notes. 😉 [My report back to HQ: What a dedicated – and nice – group of people who created very engaging activities!  Must see them again in future missions.]One the day of the event, I hitched a ride into the location to be greeted by uniformed Russian guards marching in lockstep. I felt like I had traveled back in time to the Cold War era. After showing our credentials (my expired driver’s license was no good but my trackable name badge worked), we were allowed past the gate and then were welcomed by the OctoBeaver. Allow me to explain that this was the mascot for the event complete with a yellow felt tail. He gave everyone a tiny piece of that tail as a gift! How nice of him. Beavers are an important and industrious part of Ontario’s ecosystem, and hold a special place in the heart of the locals.Mega Mascot OctoBeaverMission dossiers (because a mere “schedule of events” is too boring) handed to the geocachers contained instructions such as directions to Central Intelligence, finding certain individuals in the crowd with suspicious characteristics or Bond-ish connections, and also how to find the Debriefing Sessions later in the evening. The names of the caches specially prepared for the event were so much fun: Ammo Cans Never Die, Diamonds are for Decryption, The Giving Daylights, Don’t Cut the Red Wire, Gold Drinker, Moneypenny’s Diaries, The Spy Who Quizzed Me, etc.You see the theme coming together here? Not just the names but also the actual cache designs either tickled my fancy or really challenged the noggin. Some did both. Groundspeak and I had some fun too with a cache called From Seattle with Love, containing the best-dressed logbook of all time. You’ll have to go find it and see. All of the caches were published by the European reviewer James Bond, on behalf of Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Nice touch.From Seattle with Love – Groundspeak’s contribution with the best dressed log book See MissJenn’s pictures from the Mega-Event here. For those that attended, The souvenir icon for this event is currently being revised. You can also find a Lackey at one of these upcoming Mega-Events:Ohio, USA – Midwest GeobashWales, UK – Mega Wales 2011Wisconsin, USA – West Bend $1000 Cache Ba$hHQ in Washington State, USA – Groundspeak Block PartyNordrhein-Westfalen, Germany – Geocoinfest EuropaCatalunya, Spain – Mega Event CatalunyaSouth Carolina, USA – Geocoinfest This theme was beautifully carried throughout. The kids had their own activities as “Agents in Training.” Thanks to the GeoFreakZ for making it so much fun! The adult Agents were encouraged to solve a 5-part mystery called For Your Eyes Only: Guess Who? The event volunteers (mostly humans plus one bird) were all in tuxedos, of course, much like James Bond usually wears. In order for us attendees to find them easily, though, these were orange tuxedos. Geocachers doing it with style. As the event drew to a close, the biggest prizes were awarded to 7 lucky people: each prize was inside of a (what else?) briefcase so none of us knew what was inside of them. After a brief bout of stealing and horse-trading briefcases from one another, 6 of the winners got to open them and claim their gifts.  The final grand prize was in a briefcase that had a combination lock! How to get in? Well, a three-digit code was needed and soon enough, the clever geocacher figured out the numbers she needed. Double-Oh-Smart!Have you seen a theme carried out as nicely as was done here? Bet you haven’t.Zero-Zero-Seven Mega-EventA final thought: Mega-events are usually characterized by the fact that there are so many people around. That’s the hallmark of a mega, after all. Somehow, the COG Spring Fling managed to keep it feeling small – in a good way. This event utilizes land of the beautiful Nottasawaga Valley Conservation Authority. Because the activities and special caches are all within this lovely forested area, and because the trails are set up to crisscross, geocachers were able to see one another several times throughout the day as one group went hither and another group went thither. It felt neighborly. Maybe it wasn’t the location that did that; maybe it was the genuine friendliness of the people. Maybe it was both. Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Golf: US beat Europe to regain the Ryder Cup

first_imgThe United States triumphed over Europe on the last day of the Ryder Cup, the golf tourney held every two years and played out this week at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska.The US team had a three-point lead starting the second and final day of play on Sunday, which included 12 singles matches, reports Efe.The European team came close to beating the Americans in the early going on Sunday, racking up a quick three points in the morning rounds and pulling even in the overall tally. (Ryder Cup: ‘Captain America’ Patrick Reed downs Rory McIlroy in duel of rare quality)Successive wins by Sweden’s Henrik Stenson over Jordan Spieth (3-2), Belgium’s Thomas Pieters over J.B. Holmes (3-2) and Spain’s Rafa Cabrera Bello over Jimmy Walker (3-2) gave the Europeans a little breathing room — and a good bit of momentum.However, Patrick Reed knocked off Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy in a fabulous face-off that wasn’t decided until a birdie putt on the 18th hole, and — with other wins during the day — the Americans were finally able to reclaim the Ryder Cup for the first time since 2008.Although the Europeans had got off to a fabulous start in the first three matches on Sunday, later in the day, US captain Davis Love had Brandt Snedeker, Brooks Koepka and Ryan Moore going up against their rivals, and it was Moore who triumphed over Lee Westwood and sealed the US victory, prevailing 17-11. (Lee Westwood questions Tiger Woods’ role in US Ryder Cup team)advertisementThat score recalls the leadership of the legendary Arnold Palmer, who died a few days ago and was paid tribute to by the US team all week. He had headed the memorable US victory in the Cup competition in Laurel Valley in 1975.Although European captain Darren Clarke said that he and his teammates were “obviously very disappointed”, he added that they all had to acknowledge the great achievement of Love and his team.With this year’s win, the US brings a halt to Europe’s three-Cup streak, including its wins in Celtic Manor in 2010, Medinah in 2012 and Gleneagles in 2014, and it will next defend its newly-recovered title in Paris in 2018.last_img read more

Chelsea Won Middlesbrough 3-0, Could Own the EPL Title on Friday

first_imgLONDON (AP) — Chelsea was one more win away from taking the English Premier League title after beating Middlesbrough 3-0 on Monday.The Blues have the chance to claim their second league title in three seasons when they face West Brom on Friday. They moved seven points clear of second-placed Tottenham, and all but consigned Middlesbrough to relegation.Goals came from Diego Costa, Marcos Alonso, and Nemanja Matic in an attack masterfully orchestrated by Cesc Fabregas at Stamford Bridge.“We have the possibility to do this on Friday but it won’t be easy because West Brom is a really good team, a physical team, and we must pay great attention,” Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said.Middlesbrough needs a miracle, as it trails Hull by six points with just two games remaining for both sides, and Hull’s goal difference was superior by 12.“Everybody is devastated,” Middlesbrough manager Steve Agnew said. “I’ve left a very silent dressing room.”Having seen Tottenham falter on Friday with defeat at West Ham, Chelsea set about taking advantage of the opportunity to extend its lead immediately.Twice in the opening seven minutes, Fabregas played spectacular diagonal passes to Alonso, who first volleyed onto the crossbar and then agonizingly across goal from the left.Middlesbrough failed to heed the warning as it continued to allow Fabregas far too much space to operate, and was punished in the 23rd.Fabregas picked out a more reliable finisher in Costa with another inch-perfect pass, the striker slotting calmly through Brad Guzan’s legs to equal his best league tally with his 20th of the season.Cesar Azpilicueta did his best imitation of Fabregas as he found Alonso at the back post to directed his volley past Guzan in the 34th.Fabregas switched the angle of Chelsea’s attack to play in Victor Moses on the other flank, with only a fine Guzan save preventing a third goal before the break.The onslaught continued after halftime as Pedro’s driven effort hit the crossbar, and the relentless Alonso shot wide once more.Middlesbrough’s resistance and any doubt over the result was ended in the 65th when Matic chested down Fabregas’ cross and shot low past Guzan to make it 3-0.But perhaps the biggest cheer of the night came in the 84th, as captain John Terry was introduced for a cameo appearance. His 19-year career at the club ends after the season.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Dockworkers to Go on New Strike at APM Terminals Gothenburg

first_imgzoom The Swedish Dockworkers’ Union (SDU), which includes 85% of the dockworkers at the Gothenburg terminal, plans to organize a new strike at APM Terminals Gothenburg on January 24, 2017, “after being barred from representing its members at upcoming redundancy negotiations.”The strike, which will take place from 12:00 to 20:00 P.M. local time, will be held in an effort “to re-establish a normal Swedish negotiation model, preventive health & safety in the workplace and other basic rights.”“Despite ongoing dialogue and already planned discussions with the Dockworkers Union next week, APM Terminals today at lunch receive new notice for industrial action,” APM Terminals Gothenburg said.There is already a ban on overtime and restrictions on the use of casuals in the largest container terminal in Scandinavia, according to the SDU.The APMT Gothenburg dispute has been ongoing since spring 2016, caused by a change in the company’s personnel policies.In December 2016, the SDU and the International Dockworkers’ Council proposed an initial three-month period without industrial action in an effort to establish constructive negotiations for a new production model at the terminal.According to the SDU, APMT management responded declaring “it was not willing to make any counter-commitments or compromises concerning the issues at hand.”APM Terminals reportedly intends to lay off up to 60 dockworkers on temporary as well as permanent employment contracts (most of them SDU members), denying them the right to be represented by their own union.last_img read more

After a lifetime of achievements Christopher Plummer takes the long view

first_img Twitter Advertisement Facebook When veteran actor Christopher Plummer accepts a lifetime-achievement award from the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television in March, he plans to tell the audience this country is lucky to have a film industry. Television viewers may prefer the Oscars to the Canadian Screen Awards, industry insiders may complain they can’t penetrate a domestic market dominated by Hollywood, but at the age of 87, Plummer takes a much longer view.“It was a hard-fought battle to get Canadians interested in the arts at all,” he said in a recent interview, recalling the start of his career taking unpaid work on the Montreal theatre scene in the 1950s. “Finally, Canada became proud of its own people and that indifference to the arts began to disappear. … At last, we have an industry, thank God. It took so long.”The gratitude is mutual: The academy will announce on Tuesday that it will present Plummer with its lifetime achievement award during its CBC telecast on March 12. Advertisement Growing up in Montreal, Plummer was a poor student who found his calling in high-school theatre. He was playing Mr. Darcy in a production of Pride and Prejudice when he was discovered by Herbert Whittaker, the critic for the Montreal Gazette and later The Globe and Mail, who raved about his performance and encouraged him to join the Montreal Repertory Theatre. Canadian theatre was largely amateur in those days; to make a career of it, Plummer went abroad. He made his Broadway debut in 1954, and his Hollywood debut in 1958, in Sidney Lumet’s Stage Struck, and was soon appearing in London’s West End.But it would be unfair to say he never looked back. The actor, who won his first Tony for the musical Cyrano in 1974 and an Oscar for Beginners in 2012, has always maintained links to Canadian theatre and film, and has particularly strengthened them in his later years. He appeared regularly at the Stratford Festival in the 1950s and 1960s, considering the title role in a bilingual production of Henry V, one of his favourites. After a long absence, he returned there to play the title role in King Lear in 2002 and Prospero in The Tempest in 2010. The many meaty screen roles he has been assigned in his 80s include the forgetful Holocaust survivor in Atom Egoyan’s 2015 film Remember.“How else are you going to learn unless you are pitted against the best of another country?” he says, speculating that if he were starting out today he could have had an international career while still living here. (He now lives in Connecticut.) “Then you come back and bring what you have learned. I hoped for an international career, but I might have stayed in Canada. I love Canada.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more