Editorial: Australia Does Not Need Adani

first_imgEditorial: Australia Does Not Need Adani FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享New York Times:While global demand for coal is falling as the nations of the world have committed themselves to slashing carbon emissions, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia wants to help a powerful Indian conglomerate build an enormous system of coal mines in a remote stretch of Queensland.Burning the estimated 66 million tons of coal a year that the Adani Group aims to produce from six open-pit and five underground complexes known as the Carmichael mine can only make it harder for the world to meet its aspirations under the Paris climate agreement. The project has prompted huge protests across Australia.“You can’t have both the Paris climate agreement and Adani’s Carmichael coal mine,” the climate change activist Bill McKibben said. “Full stop.”Mr. Turnbull has promoted the mine with the same argument President Trump has made to remove what he sees as impediments to coal mining in Appalachia, framing mining as a job creator in a region that sorely needs jobs. The prime minister has also supported Adani’s request for a taxpayer-financed loan of $800 million.But even one of Adani’s consultants has disputed the company’s claim that the project will generate 10,000 jobs. In fact, the project could cost mining jobs elsewhere in Australia.The nearby Great Barrier Reef supports some 64,000 full-time employees, but shipping all that coal to India risks further harm to this environmentally sensitive area, already endangered by global warming.The Adani Group chairman, Gautam Adani, plans to use 60 percent of the Carmichael coal, which is of a higher quality than Indian coal, for his financially stressed Mundra coal-fired power plant in Gujarat, India.It would be a regressive move for India, which is making great strides with solar and other forms of renewable energy. In fact, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has committed India to getting 40 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030.Existing coal-burning plants in India are running below 60 percent capacity, and while increased demand for energy may push them to full capacity, by then, “the price of renewables will be lower than the price of coal,” observes Ajay Mathur, director general of the Energy Resources Institute in New Delhi.India’s energy minister, Piyush Goyal, was clear: “We don’t wish to import coal from anywhere in the world,” he said. “We have sufficient coal capacity in our country.”Australia is helping Mr. Adani get what he wants, but it’s the opposite of what Australia, India or the rest of the world needs.More: The Last Thing Australia and Our Planet Needlast_img read more

Batesville Summer Wrestling Camp

first_imgBatesville Wrestling is sponsoring a summer “Wrestling Camp”. The camp is open to athletes entering the 3rd – 8th Grade during the 2014-2015 school year.The camp will be conducted at the Batesville High School wrestling room.Batesville Summer Wrestling CampSubmitted by Batesville Wrestling Coach Chris Deal.last_img

Man who headbutted social worker ordered to keep the peace

first_imgA man who headbutted a social worker after he called to his home in Letterkenny for an appointment has been ordered to keep the peace.Patrick Mongan appeared today at Letterkenny District Court charged with assault at Cashel Park on February 16th, 2018. The court heard that social workers had called to the family home for an appointment with Mrs Mongan.While there Mongan returned to the house and was drunk and got into an altercation with the social workers.He became abusive and was asked to leave but he headbutted one of the social workers with a glancing blow.He was arrested and charged with a Section 2 assault.His solicitor Donagh Cleary had previously told the court that his client in his 30s, struggles with alcohol and is currently undertaking an anger management course.The case had been adjourned to hear a victim impact statement from the social worker who was headbutted.The court was told by Garda Inspector David Durkin that the social worker did not wish to make a statement as he had not been seriously hurt in the attack.Judge Paul Kelly said that Mongan should be thankful of the gracious attitude shown by the social worker towards the case.He ordered Mongan to sign a peace bond and be of good behaviour for a year.Man who headbutted social worker ordered to keep the peace was last modified: October 17th, 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)last_img read more

Warriors, 147, Pelicans, 140: Steph Curry displaying his greatness

first_imgOAKLAND – Considering the Warriors’ last two games, it’s hard to imagine what Friday night will bring — besides DeMarcus Cousins.The fifth All-Star is expected to be in the starting lineup for his first game as a Warrior and his first in the NBA since his Achilles tendon injury almost a year ago.But after back-to-back nights in which they broke 140 points, what might happen Friday night … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile devicelast_img

South Africa’s new universities named

first_img25 July 2013 South Africa’s two new universities, to open in the Northern Cape and Mpumalanga province with a small student intake in 2014 before expanding quickly over the next decade, will be called Sol Plaatje University and the University of Mpumalanga. Announcing the names at a press conference in Pretoria on Thursday, President Jacob Zuma said that the government’s policy blueprint, the National Development Plan (NDP), envisaged an increase in the country’s higher education enrolments from 17.9 percent in 2012 to 25 percent by 2030. “In the last decade we have witnessed growth of over 50% in the number of enrolments,” he said. “Numbers moved from 603 000 students enrolled in 2001 to 935 000 in 2012.” South Africa currently has 23 universities. These include six universities of technology, which focus on vocationally oriented education, six comprehensive universities offering a combination of academic and vocational diplomas and degrees, and 11 traditional universities offering theoretically oriented university degrees. However, none of these is located in either Mpumalanga or the Northern Cape, making these the only provinces in the country that are not home to a university.Private sector urged to come on board Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan set aside over R2-billion for the establishment of the two new universities in his medium term (2013-2015) budget in September last year. Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande, also addressing Thursday’s press conference, said the government was in talks with the private sector, particularly with companies that do business in the two provinces, to come on board with additional funding. “In fact, a few of them have come forward and said they are willing to make some kind of contribution,” Nzimande said. He confirmed that the first intake of students would be in 2014, but that they would be operating from existing buildings, with new university buildings expected to open in 2015. Zuma said that each university would grow its institutional, academic and infrastructure capacity in a planned and gradual manner, with the aim of growing over the next decade to accommodate 15 000 students at the main campus in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga and 5 000 at the main campus in Kimberley. The planned start in 2014 will accommodate a modest initial intake 150 students at Sol Plaatjie and 140 in Mpumalanga.Catering for academic niche areas “The two universities are expected to provide additional specialist capacity to our higher education system, enabling the establishment of academic niche areas that do not exist elsewhere or are underrepresented in the country.” Given the rich heritage of Kimberley and the Northern Cape in general, Zuma said, it was envisaged that Sol Plaatje would specialise in heritage studies, including interconnected academic fields such as museum management, archaeology, indigenous languages, and restoration architecture. Mpumalanga University was expected to specialise in agriculture and biodiversity, linking into food security, natural resource management, nature conservation, plant and animal sciences, forestry and wood sciences, technology as well as wildlife management. However, “these represent only the initial ideas, which will be given greater definition as the new interim councils take up their duties,” Zuma said. He noted that preliminary academic programmes had been established for each institution and that a range of partnerships had been formed with established universities to support academic programme development and delivery at the new universities. The University of Mpumalanga will start as a multi-campus institution, with one campus in Nelspruit and one in Siyabuswa. Sol Plaatje University will be established initially on the main campus in Kimberley, but might expand to become a multi-campus university in the future. The Department of Higher Education and Training is determined to ensure that the first new institutions of higher learning to open in South Africa since 1994 become “symbols of our new order, democracy, inclusiveness, growth and opportunity”, capable of attracting “the best academics in South Africa, the continent and the world”. Intellectual, journalist, linguist, politician, translator and writer Sol Plaatje (1876-1932) was the author of Mhudi (completed in 1920, published in 1930), the first novel by a black South African. He was also a prominent campaigner for the rights of black people, and a founder member and first general secretary of the South African Native National Congress, which would become the African National Congress (ANC). SAinfo reporter and SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more


first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Céline Dion is celebrating her 51st birthday with a title she never expected.“I’m in shock, actually. I never, never expected something like this,” she says of being tapped by L’Oréal Paris as the brand’s new global ambassador. Growing up, she says, “I never really felt confident beauty-wise.” The honor couldn’t have come at a better time in her life. These days, “I’ve never felt as beautiful, as strong, and I really think that the best is yet to come.”Opening up to PEOPLE in this week’s issue, Dion shares what all it has taken to make her feel this way, following the devastating loss of her husband of 21 years René Angélil in January 2016. The hardest part was comforting her sons René-Charles, 18, and 8-year-old twins Nelson and Eddy. “All the little things in life, and the big things, they have to make you stronger,” she says, “Otherwise, you don’t understand the meaning of life itself.” Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Denise Truscello for L’Oréal Pariscenter_img Celine Dion ~ Sofia Sanchez & Mauro Mongiello for L’Oréal Paris Besides, Dion says feeling good is where beauty really comes from. “This is about confidence,” she says of what teaming up with the brand means to her. Gearing up to help promote L’Oréal’s Hair Excellence color line as well as various cosmetic products, Dion says “beauty is within, but when you can reflect it in the mirror, you’re ready to hit the world.” Philippe Blet/REX/Shutterstock As the star prepares to close out her long-running hit Las Vegas residency at Caesar’s Palace, she says it’s this newfound strength that has inspired her to follow new passions including totally revamping her style.“I love fashion,” says Dion who credits her stylists, including dancer and very close pal Pepe Munoz, with helping her choose bold looks that are “reflecting how I feel inside.” Twitter On the outside, she admits she may look a little slimmer, but that is part of another positive change she’s made. “Dancing has been in my DNA all of my life,” says Dion who once dreamed of becoming a ballerina and has recently taken up ballet dance with the help of Muñoz. “It’s a dream. And so hard!”Though online critics have tried to call attention to her appearance, she’s not paying them any attention: “I do this four times a week,” Dion says of ballet practice. “People say, ‘She’s a lot thinner’ but I’m working hard. I like to move and [weight loss] comes with it.”last_img read more

Winnipeg mourns loss of street artist Daniel Martin

first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN NewsA Winnipeg restaurant owner is raising money to pay tribute to a beloved street artist in the city.Christa Guenther started a Go Fund Me page to help pay for the funeral costs of Daniel Martin, who died last month from complications related to cancer.Within a week the campaign surpassed its goal and more than 100 people had donated.“He’s touched the hearts of so many people and I’m not surprised actually because that was Daniel,” Guenther said. “He was jolly, he was humble, he was kind.”Martin began drawing at the age of 24, after meeting another Indigenous artist.A residential school survivor, he lived in group homes throughout his teenage years.The trauma he endured led him to a life of addiction.But drawing helped change that.He lived at the Main Street Project men’s shelter before his death.Guenther plans to donate extra funds from Martin’s funeral fundraising campaign to the shelter.A service is being held Thursday morning in Winnipeg at the church Martin [email protected]@bhobs22last_img read more