Helena Zaba and Rachel Williams catch up with the crowd outside British Sea Power at the Academy, check out the first round of this year’s IMSoc Battle of the Bands and interview Narcissists DJs.With thanks to Oceanographers and High Risby for use of their music.
Subsidizing Declining Appalachian Coal Seen as Having ‘Marginal’ Effect FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享St. Louis Post-Dispatch:Appalachian coal, high in sulfur and costly to mine, has been losing market share to other American coal-producing regions for years. Looking to stem the tide, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice last week proposed that the federal government subsidize coal-fired power plants that buy from Appalachian mines by $15 a ton, up to $4.5 billion per year.The proposed subsidy has predictably come under fire from politicians and coal producers beyond Appalachia, including those in the Illinois Basin and St. Louis-based companies such as Peabody, which operates the country’s largest mine in Wyoming.“It wouldn’t be fair to incentivize one type of coal over another,” said Phil Gonet, president of the Illinois Coal Association. “This violates the principle that I thought the coal industry was following, that we want to do away with subsidies. We want a level playing field, where all kinds of energy can compete.”He says competition between coal-producing regions is nothing new, and notes that it’s often the case that one benefits at the expense of another.A clear example occurred in 1990, when passage of the Clean Air Act steered demand away from coal producers in Appalachia and Illinois in favor of lower-sulfur coal from Wyoming’s Powder River Basin.Other policies also shifted the balance of power toward Wyoming in recent decades, said Rob Godby, professor of energy economics at the University of Wyoming. Deregulation of railroads in the 1980s, for instance, enabled the state’s mines to cost-effectively ship coal as far as the Southeast.The economies of scale enjoyed in the Powder River Basin — where just 12 mines account for 40 percent of the nation’s coal production — give Wyoming another advantage that other coal regions can’t match.But Wyoming mines, too, are feeling pressure, as competition from cheaper, cleaner natural gas erodes market share.That’s why Godby can see why Justice’s idea and other pro-coal rhetoric has traction. For decades, roughly half the nation’s electricity was generated by coal, and just in the last 10 years, that share has plummeted to about 30 percent, thanks to surging natural gas consumption. A shift of that magnitude, he says, is bound to be jarring.Godby, though, says the policy would only provide marginal help, noting that power plants are optimized to use specific fuel types and can’t easily convert from one to another. And it wouldn’t address the challenge presented by natural gas.Even with Trump as a professed champion of coal, it’s far from certain that the subsidy advocated by Justice would ever happen. As Godby points out, such a move would aid one Republican-dominated coal region at the expense of another, and would betray the party’s ideological opposition to market interference.More: ‘It’s hard to lift all boats’: Talk of Appalachian subsidy stokes competition among coal-producing regions
The Dubliner is preparing to take-on Nate Diaz in a non-title welterwight contest at UFC 196 in Las Vegas on March 5th.Diaz has agreed to step-in for the fight at short notice following the withdrawal of lightweight title holder Rafael Dos Anjos through injury.McGregor says he’s not that disappointed at missing-out on the opportunity to hold two UFC titles at the same time…
Ghanaian photo journalist Senyuiedzorm Adadevoh mounted a three-day exhibition and auction of some of her finest works to raise money to provide footballs for deprived communities.The exhibition which was launched in Accra and saw some of Adadevorh’s most impressive action pictures traded to the general public to raise funds for her personal initiative.Some of the pictures on display were shots of Black Stars players in recent tournaments and crucial qualifying matches.The featured pictures have been printed on quality canvass material made in Ghana and autographed by their subjects which include Asamoah Gyan, Stephen Appiah, Sulley Muntari, Michael Essien, Andre Ayew and Kevin-Prince Boateng.Most of the pictures being traded recalls some of the most memorable Black Stars moments including Ghana’s impressive performance at the 2010 World Cupin South Africa, the historic friendly against England in Wembley, the 2012 and2013 Africa Cup of Nations and crucial 2014 World Cup qualifying matches against Zambia and Egypt. Senyuiedzorm Adadevoh officially opening the exhibition with Prof. Attuquaye Okine around the exhibitionThe launch which was conducted by Professor Attuquaye Okine was hailed by the invited guests who will have to wait from Thursday to make bids for their favourite portraits on show.The star of the night, Senyuiedzorm Adadevoh shared the inspiration behind her initiative to use her profession to help develop the game of football especially in deprived Ghanaian communities.“I have done this work with all of my heart and I believe it is time I use it to try in my own small way to do something good for the communities,” she said at the launch.“I watch all kinds of football matches, from gutter-to-gutter to the big matches at the stadium and I realized that most of the kids don’t have even a football to play with. “Even club administrators complain of the lack of footballs for their teams how much more these kids in these communities.“So I put it on myself to use my work to raise money to buy at least 1000 balls to distribute in the various communities.”The exhibition and auctioning of the pictures will continue until Friday inCantonments, Accra.
Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) President Isha JohansenFreetown, Sierra Leone | AFP | Sierra Leone’s anti-graft agency indicted the country’s football federation president Isha Johansen and secretary general Chris Kamara on six counts of abuse of office and corruption on Thursday, following a year of investigations.The indictment was issued in Freetown by Anti-Corruption Commission chief Ade Macauley, who said he had “sufficient evidence” of the alleged misuse of donor and government funds by the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA).The SLFA has been rocked by crisis after crisis linked to match fixing allegations, corruption and poor leadership through Johansen’s tenure.Both Johansen and Kamara are expected to appear in court on October 30, and have previously denied any wrongdoing.Johansen and Kamara were first arrested in September 2016 over alleged corruption offences, but were released without charge.FIFA in July delayed an ordinary congress to set up elections for new executive members while its own integrity checks were carried out, but said Johnsen could continue in her role. The two top football executives were charged just two days after Johansen announced she would contest the next SLFA election.Minister of Sports Ahmed Khanou who supervises the activities of the association was not available for comment on the indictment on Thursday.Fifteen Sierra Leonean players and officials were suspended in July 2014 over suspect matches including a 2010 World Cup qualifier against South Africa, notably implicating former Leone Stars captain Ibrahim Kargbo.A Sierra Leonean-Lebanese football administrator, Rodney Michael, is also accused of links to sports betting company Mercury International, a major financier of sports activities in Sierra Leone. Share on: WhatsApp