BHP to sell its Mt. Arthur thermal coal mine in Australia

first_imgBHP to sell its Mt. Arthur thermal coal mine in Australia FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:The world’s largest mining company BHP Group has hired Macquarie Bank and JP Morgan to sell its Australian thermal coal mine, three sources said, as miners face increasing pressure to reduce their exposure to fossil fuels.BHP’s Mt Arthur open cut mine, in the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales, supplies thermal coal used as fuel for power plants, to domestic and international customers. Prices have tumbled this year, slashing BHP’s likely sale price to less than $1 billion, two banking sources said.BHP previously said that the thermal coal business is a very small part of their portfolio, contributing about 3% of turnover and said in February that if a good offer came along they would be willing to sell.Activist investor Elliott, which holds a 4.7% stake in the mining company, has pushed for the sale of BHP’s thermal coal assets, which include one third of the Cerrejon mine in Colombia. BHP has also been pressured by green groups and some shareholders to leave any industry associations with policies that fail to match the company’s support for the 2015 Paris climate accord.Rival mining companies have also taken steps to go thermal coal free, with Rio Tinto selling its last coal mines in 2018, and Anglo American considering the spinoff or sale of its South African coal operations within the next two or three years.There is a handful of companies including Australia’s Whitehaven Coal Ltd, China’s Yancoal and India’s Adani Enterprises that have expressed interest in the Mt Arthur mine, the sources said.[Clara Denina, Melanie Burton and Zandi Shabalala]More: BHP puts Australian thermal coal mine up for sale: sourceslast_img read more

House of Reps Wades into NFF Crises

first_imgDamilola Oyedele in AbujaThe House of Representatives has mandated its Committee on Sports to interface with all parties involved in the lingering crisis in the Nigeria Football Federation to ensure its quick resolution.This, the House said is necessary as the crises has already culminated in the inability of the national team, the Super Eagles to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations, and could therefore jeopardise chances of qualification for the next World Cup in 2018.The NFF has been engulfed in crises following leadership tussle between Mr. Amaju Pinnick and Mr. Chris Giwa who are both laying claim to the presidency of the body. The resolution of the House followed a motion under matter of urgent public importance by Hon. Prestige Ossy (Abia APGA) who warned that the crises could affect the performance of Team Nigeria at the upcoming Olympic Games in Brazil.Ossy added that it is necessary to save the game which has served as a unifying factor for all Nigerians irrespective of their religious, ethnic or political affiliations.Hon. Diri Donye (Bayelsa PDP) said since Nigeria has already graduated to exporting footballers to Europe and the rest of the world, the NFF crises must be resolved as soon as possible.He appealed to the warring parties to sheathe their swords in the interest of the nation.Hon. Ossai Nicholas Ossai (Delta PDP) lamented that the NFF has been involved in crises which has drawn the attention of world football governing body, Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA).“Nigerians enjoy football, it brings the youth together and engages them, so we have to keep that sector in order,” he said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Planning A Playground For Children With Visual Impairment

first_imgSpecial auditory devices – such as bells, wind chimes and drums – are also put at the four corners of the playground. The different instruments help children map the structure by associating the sound with a specific area.Courtesy St. Joseph’s School For The Blind“(These features are) about sensory, so everything here engages the senses in some way, shape or form,” said Thrailkill, who is also a certified playground safety inspector.Other possible features include an engraved map of the playground at the entrance so children can feel where certain structures are and a maximum height difference of 6 inches between decks.Thrailkill added that slides and access points are on opposite sides to limit kids’ directional confusion, and that pads with different textures both mark the edge of the structure and are interactive for the children.“If you didn’t know these little details you probably wouldn’t even realize it was a special playground,” said Lotano.The Colts Neck Lions Club, whose parent organization, Lions Club International, has a long history of performing services to help the blind and visually impaired, is looking to use grant money to fund the construction of the playground. In addition, the organization has held events like a pancake breakfast and brewery tour to raise funds for the project.Lotano said while he’d like to build the playground at home in Colts Neck, if the space is not available he’d at least like to keep the project local and within Monmouth County.However, Albert Plevier, vice president of the Monmouth County Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, raised concerns about the need for the project.“In the area how many visually impaired, how many blind children are going to be able to use (the playground),” said Plevier, who has been blind for 42 years. “From my knowledge, from what I’ve experienced (sight impairment numbers) have gone down, so I don’t know exactly what need it is.”Nicole Brossoie, assistant commissioner of public affairs in the New Jersey Department of Human Services, wrote in an email that while “definitions of visual impairment vary greatly, so there’s not a lot of hard data,” there is an estimated 2.3 percent rate of visual impairment in the state.So with Monmouth County’s population of 622,710 people, of which about 150,000 are children, “we can speculate that there are about (15,500 individuals) with visual impairments, including 3,750 children,” Brossoie said.While certainly unique, this type of playground would not be the first in New Jersey. The St. Joseph’s School for the Blind in Jersey City houses one of these specialized playgrounds for children with disabilities.Lotano met with the school’s director of communications to tour their playground and see firsthand how the special features work.Ellen Felicetta, the communications director for the St. Joseph’s School of the Blind, is supportive of bringing a specialized playground to the Monmouth County area. She said that these types of playgrounds are important because they are not just for children with visual impairment.“I think that what’s good about these playgrounds is that they are all-inclusive,” Felicetta said. “They work for children with disabilities, they work for (children without disabilities) as well.” By Dan RussoCOLTS NECK – The Colts Neck Lions Club is raising money to fund the construction of a playground in Monmouth County specially designed for children who are blind or who have visual impairment.The playground will be either a completely new structure or an addition to an existing one. It will include special features that use the children’s senses other than sight, such as touch and hearing, to navigate and interact with the jungle gym.But the project’s goal extends beyond creating a space for children with visual impairment to play. Justin Lotano, president of the Lions Club branch in Colts Neck, hopes the playground will bring together children with and without visual impairment so they may interact and play in an inclusive environment.“(The playground) allows (children with visual impairment) to have a platform to interact with the other children and have something that will help them be more comfortable in that environment,” Lotano said. While the plans, location and contractor for the project have not been finalized yet, Lotano reached out to EcoPlay Playgrounds, Inc. for preliminary design ideas and price estimates.The Georgia-based custom playground design company, which created a jungle gym at the Center for the Visually Impaired (CVI) in Atlanta, aligns with Lotano’s vision on an inclusive play space.“We as playground designers want our playgrounds to be enjoyed by everyone and that includes potentially those with visual impairments,” said Dan Thrailkill, a commercial playground consultant at EcoPlay Playgrounds.Special features of the playground could include a brightly colored, rubberized surface. As a much softer surface than concrete, this material is used at the access points of the playground so children can feel where the entrance is. It’s also used beneath the jungle gym to soften the landing if a child was to fall, Thrailkill said.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Kaslo Ladies Hockey Team

first_imgThe Vancouver Canucks kick off the run to Lord Stanley September 18 at CN Centre in Prince George.The Kootenay Wild of BC Hockey Female Midget AAA and Kootenay Ice of the Major Midget League are keen to start training camps.And Minor Hockey, including Associations in North Kootenay and Nelson, are days from starting the Rep Tryouts for the upcoming season.So to salute the start of Canada’s grand game, Mallard’s Source for sports honours the 1924 Kaslo Ladies Hockey Team — all six of them as the pond season gets ready to drop the puck on another season.Let the games begin! The Nelson Daily, in conjuction with Mallard’s Source for sports in Nelson, dipped into the archives to unveil the most recent Team of the Week recipient.The reason?Hockey is back in prime time on the local scene as Kootenay International Junior Hockey League teams have already commenced preseason action — the Nelson Leafs dropping the puck Thursday.last_img read more