In Ohio, Coal Miners Begin Stark Quest for New Careers

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Maria Gallucci for International Business Times:The miners are here (at a Destiny Truck Driving Academy’s training site) thanks largely to a federal initiative for former coal industry workers. The Obama administration, aiming to boost communities battered by coal’s downturn, recently awarded around $14.5 million in grants to a dozen states as part of its Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce Economic Revitalization (POWER) program. Ohio received $2 million, one of the biggest slices, to help dislocated coal workers pay for retraining and education programs in high-demand industries, including trucking. The funding is helping cover Hepburn and Connolly’s fees of roughly $1,500, a sum they say they couldn’t otherwise afford.Workforce initiatives like these are gaining traction as layoffs pile up across America’s coal country.Mines are shuttering or pressing pause for a mix of reasons. Prices of metallurgical coal, the type used in steelmaking, plunged 18 percent last year from 2014 due to softening economic growth in China and an overall global supply glut. Thermal coal for power plants is losing ground to natural gas, which emits fewer pollutants and less carbon dioxide than coal. With the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tightening rules on climate change and clean air, utilities are increasingly converting their plants to gas and building more solar and wind power projects.All the while, U.S. coal companies are floundering financially, with half a dozen firms filing for bankruptcy protection last year. Many are swimming in debt, the result of expansions and acquisitions made in years when coal’s outlook seemed brighter. Coal production last year fell to about 900 million short tons, its lowest level in nearly three decades, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said in January.Employment in the sector, meanwhile, is at a 20-year low. The average number of workers at U.S. coal mines fell 10.5 percent to nearly 80,400 employees from 2012 to 2013, a drop of nearly 9,500 workers, according to the EIA’s latest data.Few energy analysts see the U.S. coal sector resurging to its glory days.Full article: Ohio’s Miners Seek A Life After Coal As Industry Loses Steam in Appalachia In Ohio, Coal Miners Begin Stark Quest for New Careerslast_img read more

Greater Jakartans show low awareness of physical distancing measures despite PSBB: Survey

first_imgThe Indonesian Public Opinion Research and Discussion Group (KedaiKOPI) found in its latest survey that Greater Jakartans’ awareness of physical distancing measures to flatten the COVID-19 infection curve was still low.KedaiKOPI executive director Kunto Adi Wibowo explained during a teleconference on Wednesday that the survey’s findings were concerning because only a small number of participants had taken precautions to reduce their chance of getting infected or possibly  spreading the disease caused by the new novel coronavirus to others.Around 32 percent of the survey’s 405 participants–spread in Jakarta and its neighboring areas of Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, South Tangerang and Bekasi—said they washed their hands frequently. Twenty-five percent of them chose to stay at home to reduce the risk of being exposed to the virus and wore face masks when they left their homes. Only 12.3 percent of the participants practice physical distancing, the survey said. Topics : “The stay-at-home and wash-your-hand campaign apparently is not sufficient  to change the behavior of the majority of Greater Jakarta residents,” Kunto highlighted, adding that main roads were still crowded with motorists despite the implementation of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB).The survey further revealed that 35.1 percent of the participants, surveyed between April 14 and 19 by phone, were going about their normal activities during the outbreak.  Kunto demanded more serious measures from authorities, including local figures at the community level, to educate their respective residents on the importance of staying home and adhering to social restrictions to bring the number of COVID-19 cases down. Indonesia has reported 7,418 positive COVID-19 cases as of Wednesday, 45 percent of which or 3,383 cases were in Jakarta. The number of fatalities reached 635, with 301 cases in the capital, the COVID-19 epicenter in the country.center_img Indonesian Doctors Association chairman Daeng M. Faqih, who also participated in the teleconference, highlighted the need to impose disciplinary actions during the PSBB for it to be effective. “We can’t merely rely on people’s participation. There should be disciplinary actions and monitoring by authorities,” Daeng said.last_img read more

Three English players named in Astor Trophy team

first_img Three English players have been named in a strong Great Britain & Ireland team for this year’s Astor Trophy at Royal Colwood in Canada.Lily May Humphreys was an automatic pick as one of the leading two GB&I players on the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking and she will be joined by British Women’s Amateur champion Emily Toy and Alice Hewson who won the recent European Ladies’ Amateur Championship at Parkstone.The fourth member of the team is Ireland’s Olivia Mehaffey who earned the second automatic place via the World Rankings.Humphreys from Stoke-by-Nayland is the youngest member of the team at 17 while Hewson (Berkhamsted), Mehaffey (Royal Co. Down Ladies) and Toy (Carlyon Bay) are all 21.The Astor Trophy is contested once every four years between teams representing Australia, Canada, GB&I, New Zealand and South Africa. Each country is represented by four players with each country contesting foursomes and single match in a round robin format.This year’s match is to be played at Royal Colwood on Wednesday, 28 August to Sunday, 1 September.Photo: Credit to Vicki Head. 31 Jul 2019 Three English players named in Astor Trophy team Tags: england women, Lily May Humphreyslast_img read more

OVERTIME 8-7…A-Rod, Paula Patton, ‘Johnny Football’

first_imgActress Paula Patton attends the premiere of “2 Guns” on Monday, July 29, 2013, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP):03 So you know what the movie review is this week don’t ya? And for the first time in your life, you want me to give it to ya. Here it is. The movie “2 Guns” gets 2 basketballs . . .way too predictable and it shows Denzel, well being Denzel, and Wahlberg next to Denzel even a not so good Denzel can’t carry his Oscar. But Paula naked, well that’s “10” basketballs on a scale of 5. That alone is worth the ticket price. (Fellas, go alone…please enjoy yourself.):02 The Game Part II. Coming to the new Thelma Lovette YMCA, Aug. 17, 2 p.m., The Savoy All-Stars vs. The Champion All-Stars. Proceeds benefit the YMCA and Champions Safe Summer programs. Here’s the deal. If you support the Champions come to the game in black and gold. If you support the Savoy, come in your black and orange. Yep, that would be the loser’s colors. Now – Let’s – Get – Ready – To – RRRRUUUUMMMMBBBBLLLLEEEE!!!!:01 Steeler preseason is here…game time Aug. 10, at 7:30 p.m. against the NY Giants. Now you know what you thought you knew. Your comments are welcome. Follow @NewPghCourier on Twitter us at our mobile app at BILL NEAL:10 Here’s when you know you got juice…A-Rod aka Alex Rodriguez, he of the New York Yankees and the owner of 647 home runs, No. 5 on the hit list and 2,901 hits soon to be 3,000, if he’s allowed to play…he told baseball what the deal is not, not the other way around…but Barry Bonds is the devil huh? (Oh this just in hot off the press. A-Rod just got 241 game suspension….but guess what he’s still playing!:09 I don’t know if it gets any easier to fix than this…Johnny Manziel, I know you’re the Heisman Trophy winner, but if you do one more thing, you’re off the team…Texas A&M will roll without you…that’s it end of story. What!:08 You either forgot or don’t want to remember that Tiger Woods has won five tournaments this year. Yeah, I know, no majors, but none the less…and still ranked No. 1 in the world. C’mon man!:07 That being said. I would tell you what Kevin Cameron’s prediction is for Tiger in the upcoming PGA Tournament, but as you all know, Mr. Cameron only makes his predictions after the games are played…Huh? Oops! My bad. Did I say that out loud? By the way, did you all know that Kevin Cameron is a baseball “Purist”? I don’t know what it is either, but if Kevin says he’s one, I believe him. I am just saying!:06 The…I am sorry, your Pittsburgh Pirates took 4 out of 5 from the St. Louis Cardinals, the best team in baseball. Would you please just shut up and enjoy the ride!:05 Speaking of Johnny Manziel, aka Mr. Football, and I was if you were paying attention. If he was busted getting paid for signing autographs, I ain’t mad at him for that. Everybody should be able to get paid for the use of their name! That’s a double C’mon man for ya. (Rare, but it happens.):04 Eric “Crusher” Jefferson’s sister…ah, ah, ah, c’mon, you know who I am talking about. Anyway, she’s in the Locker Room now. Thanks for reading. (OK, the real reason I forgot her name is cause I saw her at the movies, but I have to admit I had Paula Patton on my mind at the time. I guess ya’ll know she’s naked in the new Denzel – Wahlberg movie “2 Guns.” WOW!!! Just WOW!last_img read more

Tis the Season for Stormy Weather

first_imgFacebook12Tweet0Pin0As the latest stormy weather moves out of the area, it’s a reminder that storm and flood season is here and inclement weather will soon return.Rain, wind and cloudy weather is forecast again for Thursday, December 10, and a revised forecast for periods of rain and showers tapering off in the evening, will allow the rivers to recede below flood stage.Thurston County Emergency Management encourages everyone to take this break in the weather as an opportunity to improve their preparedness and safety. A primary preparedness tip includes storing enough food and water to be on your own for at least 72 hours. There are many preparedness links on the Emergency Management website at or you can email [email protected] of unincorporated Thurston County can call the Roads Maintenance division at (360) 867-2300 to report flooded roads. Residents are urged to only use 9-1-1 for life-threatening emergencies and any downed power lines. For power outages, please contact Puget Sound Energy at 800-225-5773 to ensure they are aware of the outage.Thurston County Emergency Management officials urge drivers to use caution in wet weather and stay away from flooded roads. “It only takes 18 inches of water to float a small car, so even if a roadway isn’t officially closed, the only safe bet is to avoid flooded roads and find an alternate route,” says Sandy Johnson, Thurston County Emergency Management Manager. Do NOT drive around road barricades!For more emergency information, visit or call 360-867-2800. Stay connected with TCEM with social media and get Thurston County Emergency Management updates on Facebook and Twitter:Facebook: ThurstonEMTwitter: @ThurstonEMlast_img read more