U.S. Coal Production at Lowest Level Since 1981 Miners’ Strike

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Clifford Crauss for the New York Times:Coal production in the United States is plummeting to levels not seen since a crippling coal strike 35 years ago, according to a report released by the Energy Department on Friday.The coal industry in recent years has been plagued by bankruptcies as power utilities increasingly moved to replace coal with cheap natural gas and renewable sources, like solar and wind energy. Coal was once the dominant source of the nation’s electricity generation, but consumption of the fossil fuel has declined by nearly a third since its peak in 2007.Once gradual, the decline in coal mining appears to be picking up momentum. Coal production in the United States of 173 million tons for January through March was the lowest in any quarter since 1981. The quarterly production total represented a 17 percent decline from the previous quarter, the steepest quarter-over-quarter drop in nearly 32 years.Part of the reason for the production drop were the above-normal temperatures through much of the nation in recent months, which lowered electricity demand. Utilities had stockpiled an additional 34 million tons of coal during the final months of 2015, anticipating a colder winter.But the Energy Department noted broader forces at play in its brief report.“Coal production has declined because of increasingly challenging market conditions for coal producers,” the report said. “In addition to complying with environmental regulations and adapting to slower growth in electricity demand, coal-fired generators also are competing with renewables and with natural gas-fired electricity generation during a time of historically low natural gas prices.”The biggest declines in production came in the Powder River basin of Montana and Wyoming.The Obama administration has suspended new coal leasing on federal lands, and worked to tighten environmental regulations on burning of coal. Those efforts have been challenged in the courts, but could eventually gain momentum as Washington complies with commitments made last year during climate talks in Paris.In recent years, coal companies have pinned their hopes on exports, as coal remains an important power source in Asia and Europe. But slow economic growth and low international coal prices, also depressed by the increase in liquefied natural gas trade, has contributed to a decline in coal exports.The Energy Department recently reported that coal exports in March were 32 percent below the same month in 2015. The department forecasts an annual coal export decline of 10 percent this year and 12 percent in 2017.Full article: Coal Production Plummets to Lowest Level in 35 Years U.S. Coal Production at Lowest Level Since 1981 Miners’ Strikelast_img read more

Bridging the court technology gap

first_img November 1, 2004 Associate Editor Regular News Bridging the court technology gap Bridging the court technology gapcenter_img Panel searches for best integrated statewide model Jan Pudlow Associate Editor If Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Pariente wants to send an e-mail to all trial judges across the state, forget it.More than half of Florida’s counties are not connected to a central court network.In just the Second Judicial Circuit, Chief Judge Charlie Francis can’t send one e-mail to all of his judges in six counties.“I was terribly shocked, as a newcomer, at the poor level of technology,” Francis, chair of the Article V Technology Board, told a roomful of participants at its October 15 meeting in Tallahassee.Two years ago, he said, some counties in Florida didn’t even have dial-up connections to the Internet.Judge Francis said he was also “shocked” to find that Dade County, the largest county, had the “worst and oldest equipment. That surprised me. With so much volume, it does take a lot of money.”With the help of his board representing a cross-section of the computer savvy, Judge Francis hopes to bridge the court technology gap. The group plans to present a preliminary report to the legislature on January 15, and a complete report the following year. The board’s next meeting is November 5 when public comment is invited.“The bottom line is our charge on this committee is to figure out how to integrate all the various information sources out there. State attorneys, public defenders, clerks, sheriffs, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Department of Children and Families, juveniles—all have this information that judges need to act and make their decisions,” Judge Francis explained.“How do we get it together? What is the best model to use and what are the costs? That is our charge.”As he told his board, “We don’t want to recreate the wheel. We just want to see what the wheel is and put it back together.”The art of the possible was presented at the meeting:• The STAC 2000 Case Tracking System: Currently used by 11 state attorneys’ offices and 10 public defenders’ offices, all events and pertinent names involved in a criminal case are available on a computer screen, and the system can interface with any data base. It can even generate subpoenas for jury trial and send them via e-mail, as well as create jury instructions. It also has a search function that could list all arrests during a certain time frame. There is no direct link to law-enforcement records, but STAC 2000 gets its data from the Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS).• Brenda Owens, chief information officer of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, presented the agency’s newest project called FALCON, an online integrated criminal history system that allows law-enforcement to take a fingerprint at a crime scene or a traffic stop and search the data base for outstanding warrants and rap sheets pulled from national, state, and local law-enforcement data bases.A judge with a laptop could establish a positive identification of the person standing in court. Corrections officers could verify the correct person is being released from jail.“What we’re talking about is sharing information, not duplicating,” Owens said. “There is no need to glump it all into one big data base in the sky. It’s how do we do it and how to we get to it.. . . It’s ability to access information. The systems have to be able to talk to each other.”• Greg Brock, senior systems engineer for the Florida Association of Court Clerks and Comptroller, gave an overview of the Comprehensive Case Information System (CCIS), a statewide network providing access to all 67 county clerks’ case information through a secured Internet Web site.Brock stressed that the system does not require clerks offices to change their applications, but relies on existing networks already in place.Court records—criminal, civil, child support, juvenile, traffic, and probate—are available from any location, 24/7, through an Internet connection. CCIS can generate court calendars, reports and statistics, as well as report collections of fees and remittance of court assessments. Records can be searched by person or case.Currently, CCIS is operating in 30 Florida counties and the remaining 37 are working on it, Brock said, with the goal of all counties up and running by the end of 2005.The cost for the statewide rollout, Brock said, is $6.5 million, plus a $1.4 million annual maintenance cost.Funding would come from the clerks recording surcharge as detailed by statute.Access to the information is limited to government users, Brock said, and there are no plans for private attorneys, the media, or the general public to tap in to the easy-access court information smorgasbord.That’s because some of the information is not public record, such as warrants, juvenile records, some family court records, and sealed or expunged records, he explained. Brock said the limited access is controlled by state statute or court rules.While it’s not this committee’s job to address public access issues, Judge Francis said he is concerned about making that information available to court appointed conflict attorneys or private attorneys appointed by the court as guardians ad litem.“Shouldn’t they have the same access as a public defender?” Francis asks. “Should they have to pay for records? Those are types of issues I think we should glitch and bring to the attention of the legislature. But I think our focus, really, is technical integration. How do we take all of these data banks that everybody is working on and make sure they are budget-oriented properly and make sure that everybody who is supposed to have access has it, without unnecessary obstacles?”Paying for it all is another issue the board will address.“It’s a county-versus-state funding issue,” Judge Francis said. “What model is best?”Recording fees at the county level could “be brought back up to state level,” Francis said. “Some like that; some don’t. We are supposed to review what is the best way. In a small county, it would make a difference. Liberty and Franklin counties don’t have enough recording money to hire an engineer to design a network. But if I put all five of those little counties together, between them they do. But if the money is left to each county, there is no way to really do that.”The encouraging part of the board’s enormous task, Judge Francis said, is the cooperative attitude among the participating stakeholders.“Everybody is trying to figure out how to do it. They all see the value of having the ability to see this information,” Francis said. “If we can figure out a way to deliver it statewide cheaper, that’s more money to do other things.” Members of the Article V Technology Board include: John Rutherfold, law enforcement; D. Howard Stitzel III, private sector; Cynthia Hall, Florida Association of Counties; Jim Fuller, Florida Association of Court Clerks and Comptroller; Brad King, Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association; Ruben Lopez, Florida Association of Counties; Scott McPherson, chief information officer of the Department of Corrections.last_img read more

Tempers fray as Arsenal are held

first_img Press Association The Gunners boss, though, felt referee Neil Swarbrick could have taken a stronger line during the game as Everton utilised all their physical qualities to keep alive slim hopes of gate-crashing the top four. There were several hefty challenges from the visitors, with midfielder Darron Gibson fortunate not to be sent off for twice pole-axing Theo Walcott. Wenger said: “I felt that in the first half the referee didn’t deal at all well with the intimidating physical challenges, but that we responded well to the physicality. “It was detrimental to the fluency of our game, but we kept going, had good concentration.” Wenger added: “But that is part of the game. We had to deal with that. You have to respect the effort Everton put in. They decided to make it very physical for us to disturb our game and sometimes went a little bit over the edge, but the referee had to make the right decision. “I don’t blame Everton for that. ‘Protecting’ is a big word, but they (referees) have to make the right decisions.” Everton boss David Moyes, meanwhile, defended his side’s approach, saying: “Do you mean when we were a little bit rough with the tackling? Up north we do that quite often, that’s actually allowed in football. “We weren’t going to come here and let Arsenal stroke the ball around and make 600 passes.” Television pictures showed England international Wilshere, just back from a six-week injury lay-off, involved in a fracas with Everton’s Kevin Mirallas as the players walked off at the break, reacting angrily after appearing to be squirted with a water bottle – an incident which could yet be reviewed by the Football Association. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said of the spat, which was quickly contained: “I don’t know about it, but if it was (on television), then very soon everybody will know about it – and I will know about it as well. It was all right in the dressing room.” center_img Midfielder Jack Wilshere was involved in a half-time bust-up as Arsenal missed the chance to strengthen their bid for a top-three finish after being held to a goalless draw by Everton in a bruising encounter at the Emirates Stadium.last_img read more

Syracuse running back Smith reaches 1,000-yard mark; Nassib finishes regular season with stellar performance

first_img Published on November 25, 2012 at 1:34 pm Contact Ryne: [email protected] PHILADELPHIA — Jerome Smith stood next to Ryan Nassib in the backfield, preparing for another carry as his quarterback waited for the snap. Then, as he has consistently in Syracuse’s final six games of the regular season, Smith trudged forward for 5 yards and a first down.The 5-yard run was different, though. Smith surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for the season, extending SU’s streak to five straight years with a back to reach the milestone.“I told Jerome Smith at the beginning of the season that if he didn’t give me 1,000 yards he was going to be in for it,” SU offensive tackle Justin Pugh said, joking after Syracuse’s 38-20 win on Friday. “He played great, all our running backs are running hard and it’s just good to see him get 1,000 yards.”Curtis Brinkley started the run in 2008, Delone Carter achieved the mark in 2009 and 2010, and Antwon Bailey continued it last season. Smith, who got off to a slow start this season, came on strong and capped the 2012 regular season with a 96-yard day against Temple on Friday, giving him a total of 1,019.Syracuse’s regular-season finale also saw senior wide receiver Alec Lemon haul in five passes for 74 yards to pass the 1,000-yard mark. He became the program’s first receiver to accomplish the feat since Marvin Harrison in 1995.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSmith and Lemon also became the first SU teammates to rush for 1,000 yards and register 1,000 yards receiving in the same season since Michael Owens and wide receivers coach Rob Moore did so in 1989.Smith, who was banged up going into the game, said he was motivated by more than just the yards he needed to achieve the milestone on Friday.“You got a whole team and you got seniors that put a lot into this,” Smith said. “You put away your little minor injuries for those guys.”Nassib finishes regular season with solid performance in homecomingRyan Nassib ran to the sidelines, straight for his senior wide receiver Marcus Sales. The calm quarterback grabbed Sales and gave him a shove, fired up after the two connected for a 24-yard touchdown to get Syracuse on the board.Nassib led the Orange 75 yards down the field in just six plays spanning 1:44. Sales’ juggling catch over Temple defensive back Anthony Robey cut the Owls’ lead to three and jumpstarted the SU offense.Though the Syracuse running game powered the offense, Nassib turned in another solid performance playing in front of family and friends about 45 minutes from his hometown of West Chester, Pa.“I knew this was going to be an emotional game for me coming back home, so I made sure that myself and a lot of the other Philly guys got on everybody else,” Nassib said. “Because maybe it didn’t mean as much to them because this isn’t their hometown, but we made sure we were on them.”The senior quarterback finished 16-of-28 for 215 yards and the one touchdown in his team’s 38-20 victory at Lincoln Financial Field. Nassib managed the game and came through on third downs to extend drives on a day in which Syracuse rumbled for 260 yards on the ground.But for much of the season, the quarterback has been at the center of the Orange’s explosive new spread offense. He’s thrown for 3,619 yards and 24 touchdowns while completing 63 percent of his passes.And after the final regular-season game of his career, Nassib reflected on what he feels his mark on the program will be.“I think one of the things we’ll leave is this system for the guys behind us,” Nassib said. “Because if you get the right weapons and the right offensive line, this offense is pretty dangerous.”SU finishes season on a roll, looks ahead to bowl gameWith five wins in its final six games, Syracuse is playing with confidence as it heads into the postseason. As the rest of the nation finishes up the regular season next week, SU will wait to learn its bowl fate.SU also remains alive for a share of the Big East championship along with Rutgers and Louisville. The team needs the Cardinals to defeat the Scarlet Knights in their matchup to earn that title.After a collapse in 2011 and a 2-4 start this season, though, the Orange coaches and players are just looking forward to another game in December or January.“It feels great,” Lemon said. “Like I said, our last regular-season game, getting that and having momentum going into the bowl game to win our last couple games is great.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

WILD DUDE RALLIES FROM OFF PACE TO TAKE GRADE II, $200,000 KONA GOLD STAKES BY ONE LENGTH OVER FAVORED SUBTLE INDIAN; BEJARANO, HOLLENDORFER TEAM FOR 6 ½ FURLONG WIN IN 1:15.10

first_img$75,000 MIZDIRECTION STAKES GOES TO ZIEBARTH HOME-BRED SO SWEETITIZ ARCADIA, Calif. (May 21, 2016)–With a lively pace to run at, Wild Dude skimmed the rail turning for home under Rafael Bejarano and overtook favored Subtle Indian in the final sixteenth of a mile to win Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Kona Gold Stakes by one length. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Wild Dude, who broke from the rail, covered 6 ½ furlongs in 1:15.10.In a bizarre turn of events, Subtle Indian, who was riding a four-race winning streak at Oaklawn Park coming into the Kona Gold, broke sharply under regular rider Ramon Vazquez and when recent Los Angeles Stakes winner San Onofre was abruptly pulled up coming out of the seven furlong chute, Subtle Indian found himself on a lonely lead heading to the half mile pole and into the far turn. However, the field compressed approaching the quarter pole and Wild Dude, who was well back early, took command late.The third choice in the wagering in a field of eight older horses at 9-2, Wild Dude paid $11.20, $4.00 and $2.80.“We gave this horse a little time and he’s been training really well,” said Hollendorfer, who also co-owns the 6-year-old Florida-bred horse by Wildcat Heir with Green Smith, Jr. “I didn’t know if the number one post would hurt him, but he got real lucky and got through, so that was what won the race for him. He’s a real nice horse. He’s a millionaire now and we’re very proud of him.With the winner’s share of $120,000, Wild Dude’s career earnings zoomed to $1,095,232. In getting his fifth career Santa Anita win, Wild Dude improved his overall mark to 22-8-5-4.“I knew that (Subtle Indian) would go to the lead,” said Bejarano. “I thought other horses would go with him but I just took my time. I knew my horse would show me a big kick but I had to make sure by the three eighths pole that I had enough room. I let him go in the stretch, had a clean trip and my horse won.”Hammered to favoritism at 4-5, Subtle Indian fought off all challengers a quarter mile out, but couldn’t withstand the late charge of the winner and had to settle for second, a half length in front of Cautious Giant. Subtle Indian paid $2.80 and $2.40.“I think Subtle Indian ran a good race today,” said Vazquez. “He never quits and he tries really hard. I think he is better at six furlongs. Today, at six and a half, he had to go a little more. In this case, the other horse just ran better than mine.”Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, Cautious Giant out-gamed Coastline late and finished third by a neck. Off at 14-1, Cautious Giant paid $4.20 to show.San Onofre, who was ridden by Edwin Maldonado, sustained two broken sesamoid bones in his right front ankle and had to be euthanized.Fractions on the race were 21.58, 44.37 and 1:08.76. Saturday’s co-feature, the $75,000 Mizdirection Stakes, for fillies and mares 3 and up at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course, was run immediately following the Kona Gold, as the 10th race on an 11-race card. Taken in gate to wire fashion, it was won by Pamela Ziebarth’s homebred So Sweetitiz, who won by a half length over Miss Double dOro while getting the distance in 1:13.70.Ridden by Mike Smith and trained by Marty Jones, So Sweetitiz, a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Grand Slam, was off at 7-1 in a field of eight and paid $17.00, $7.00 and $4.20.“It’s been a process with this filly,” said Jones. “She’s had her ups and downs and she’s been real aggressive. It seems like once we got her on the turf, she started getting confident and doing things the right way. Mike rode a great race. I expected her to be up close, but with Mike you kind of just tell him what she’s like, and he takes care of the rest.”Miss Double d’Oro paid $3.60 and $2.40.Swift Lady, the 9-5 favorite, paid $2.60 to show.First post time for a 10-race card on Sunday at Santa Anita is at 2 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.last_img read more