Weak global demand cuts coal exports from Australia’s Richard’s Bay terminal FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享BusinessDay:Three-million fewer tonnes of coal were exported from the Richard’s Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) in 2018 as global demand for South African product weakened in response to high prices.In a briefing on the annual performance for 2018 on Thursday, RBCT reported coal exports of 73.47-million tonnes for 2018 —4% less than the 76.47-million tonnes exported in 2017 and falling short of a previously-stated target of 77-million tonnes. On average the terminal received 26 trains a day in 2018 compared with 27 a day in 2017.The reduction in exports is not because of any operational issues at the terminal but, rather, is a reflection of weaker global demand, said CEO Alan Waller. “Whatever has been railed has been shipped. [The reason for lower exports] is global demand; it’s market dynamics,” he said.The Richard’s Bay terminal, which is owned by 14 major coal-mining companies, is one of the largest such facilities in the world and has an export capacity of 91-million tonnes. Coal exports are a significant foreign-currency earner for SA.Nearly 82% of the coal leaving RBCT was delivered to Asia in 2018, with India being the largest market. Africa received 8% of the export coal and Europe procured 10.1%.More: SA sells less coal from Richards Bay terminal in 2018 than in 2017
By Dialogo May 26, 2009 The Ecuadorian ex-minister of Internal and External Security Gustavo Larrea assured today that he feels “proud” of having participated in a mission to free hostages that were being held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). “I feel that the road to democracy, the road to peace requires for people such as myself in this case, to intervene in humanitarian missions, and I feel proud of having done so, Larrea stated. During an interview with the local television station Ecuavisa, he added that he didn’t feel that that participation should be censored. “I do not feel that it goes against the law to fight for hostages to be freed (…), on the contrary, I think that it is an important humanitarian gesture and I feel proud of this”, as indicated by Larrea, who once met with Luis Edgar Devia, “Raúl Reyes”, the international spokesperson for FARC who was killed in a Colombian bombing on a guerilla camp site in Ecuador in 2008. Larrea,currently a member of Government, was Minister of the Interior and, according to presidentRafael Correa, he will return to work in his administration. So far, he hasn’t revealed the country in which he had met with “Reyes”. He said that he request permission from that country to reveal its name, but he is still waiting for a response to this request. “I still do not have this authorization. I would like to tell you where and when the meeting took place; but unfortunately, I will have to wait for a response from that country to release that information”, he stated. Last May 7th, the commission for Supervision and Political Control of the Ecuadorian Legislature ruled out holding a political trial against Larrea for supposed negligence in the performance of his duty. Four official legislators out of the seven which comprise that commission, decided to close the case, presented by the opponent Julio Logroño, who considered that Larrea was negligent in meeting with the leaders of that armed group, when he attempted to exchange the hostages held by the FARC for guerrilla fighters who were being held in Colombian jails. Diplomatic relations between Ecuador and Colombia are broken since the camp site bombing, where “Raúl Reyes” died”.
By ShareAmerica September 03, 2020 What is the best way for Venezuela to restore democracy?Venezuela is at a crossroads. The country has been on the path to authoritarianism since Nicolás Maduro took power in 2013.Since then, he has led Venezuela down a road of economic and democratic destitution.Interim President Juan Guaidó is offering Venezuela a new path, one that leads the country back to democracy and prosperity. Most of Venezuela’s neighbors support Guaidó as he begins to forge this new path.In March, Guaidó called for an emergency government to help move Venezuela past the current political crisis. Soon after, the U.S. government proposed a plan — the Democratic Transition Framework for Venezuela — that calls for both Maduro and Guaidó to cede authority to an emergency governing council, called the Council of State.This five-person governing council would be a temporary executive branch that oversees the democratic transition and ensures that all levels of the Venezuelan government are following the steps of the framework.These representatives would be from both sides of the current divide and would be agreed upon by both parties to oversee a free and fair democratic electoral process.As the framework details, both Maduro and Guaidó would step aside during this transition period while a new electoral system is established. This would allow them to be legitimate candidates for the presidency during the next election cycle, should they choose so.The framework culminates when Venezuelans can participate in free and fair elections.Once this happens, the U.S. will review and possibly lift sanctions on individuals linked to the Maduro regime.This is only a suggested proposal. The true path forward must be agreed upon by all Venezuelans through free, fair, and credible elections.“Democracy will not be intimidated,” U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on July 3. “We remain committed to supporting Venezuela’s peaceful, democratic transition and free and fair presidential and parliamentary elections.”
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionStop bridge hits by banning truck trafficReading Harry Darling’s Nov. 28 letter (“Raise bridge, tracks to eliminate crashes”), I felt the need to jump in.He correctly argues that raising the bridge would solve the problem of large trucks striking it.I proffer that although it would be the best solution, that bridge will never be raised. There were many reasons discussed when the road was rehabilitated a few years ago. Among the reasons cited was the cost to do so.I’m sure the railroad doesn’t want to spend the money. But moreover the real reason is very few folks want Glenridge Road to become a “truck route.”The best way to prevent that is to block their access.Edward VanderwallClifton ParkLeaders must work to inspire faith againThe election of the Once-ler for president aside, there are many symptoms of a worsening national illness. We have lost faith.The concept of faith has been hijacked by discussions of religion. And though it is relevant, it’s by no means exclusive.Faith plays out in almost every area of our lives, from marriage to driving.And there is no question that faith for Americans among Americans is flagging; faith in government is incredibly poor.Faith, real faith, that of relationships built through experience and collaboration, integrity and honesty through time, is essential for our republic.Without it, we will be left with some form of oligarchy pretending to be a democracy.Some might argue we are there already, that wealth is the only power.The reasons for this diminished faith are too complicated and numerous to discuss here.Suffice it to say that the ability to foster and manipulate this loss of faith for political and economic gain is at the core.There are political and economic beneficiaries of this loss of faith.Yet, if Americans, as represented by a variety of different sub-groups, no longer believe in the integrity of their leaders, the Constitution, local authorities (police, local government), the integrity of news outlets, their neighbors, basically the nation’s functioning, then that is a disaster for our future.Yet, sadly, there are very definite reasons for a loss of faith in all of those things.It’s time that we all, beginning with our leaders, start to inspire faith.James CiminoSchenectadyShow more respect to dedicated nursesMy friend retired after 40 years from a local nursing home. She was a dedicated LPN from the old school. She ironed her uniform before work. She answered call lights and worked with aides.She was the kind of nurse you would want for yourself. She was never written-up. People loved and respected her. When she retired, agency staff and coworkers gave her gifts they could not afford.The outpouring of respect was overwhelming. Upper management did nothing.When it was pointed out, they invited her to lunch. No special recognition. No gold watch. Nothing.I watched as average employee benefits erode. I listened to the corner office make crass jokes. Bonuses were given to upper management who were soon let go. There is a constant turnover.I suspect that the CEO gives excellent presentations to the board about profit. Nursing is about caring and empathy.When upper management doesn’t recognize a distinguished 40-year career, you have a head without a heart. Dedicated nurses need to be shown better.Take the time to recognize the role model nurses who stand and deliver in our community. To hear my dear friend get emotional over what was done by her friends and for what was not done by upper management is difficult. How do you want to be treated after 40 years? When a business loses its heart, it ceases to serve.Rick GreenBallston LakeMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes
Criticism is growing over the government response to the pandemic, with limited testing and shortages of protective equipment for medical workers and carers.Johnson’s stand-in leader Dominic Raab has faced questions over how Britain will ease the lockdown without a deadly second wave of infections.Britain’s interior minister urged Britons to stick to the lockdown rules earlier on Saturday. But many lawmakers want restrictions to be eased to bolster the economy, which budget forecasters say could be heading into its deepest recession in more than 300 years.Johnson was taken to St Thomas’s Hospital in central London suffering from COVID-19 symptoms on April 5, and spent April 6-9 in intensive care.Topics : British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be back at work on Monday, a Downing Street spokeswoman confirmed on Saturday, after having recovered from a case of coronavirus that sent him to intensive care for three nights in early April.Johnson, 55, will take back control of a government under pressure from the economic fallout of shutdowns aimed at curbing the spread of the highly infectious virus, as well as a rising death toll.As of Saturday, Britain has recorded more than 20,000 deaths from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.
Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 18 Jun 2019 4:34 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link442Shares Lucas Torreira has been linked with a return to Italy (Picture: Getty)‘Who can they get out of the door? If you can get the right offer for Mesut Ozil you’d sell. Mkhitaryan can go and you want to keep Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.‘Torreira seems to be interested in going back to Italy. If you can get the right money: take it.’Arsenal have been linked with moves for Ryan Fraser, Alexis Claude-Maurice, Gabriel Martinelli, Yannick Carrasco and David Neres this summer.Emery’s side kick-start their 2019-2020 Premier League campaign with a trip to St James’ Park to face Newcastle United.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Advertisement Unai Emery has been told to sell three Arsenal players (Picture: Getty)Charlie Nicholas has urged Unai Emery to sell three Arsenal players before bolstering his defensive options in the summer transfer window.The Gunners suffered a dismal run of form towards the end of the 2018-19 campaign to fall out of the top-four in the Premier League.Having also lost to London rivals Chelsea in the Europa League final, Arsenal will again be absent from the Champions League next term.Emery is keen to bolster his defensive options during the summer transfer window and Nicholas says he should also be looking to sell some of his current players.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe Gunners hero has identified Mesut Ozil, Lucas Torreira and Henrikh Mkhitaryan as players who should be sold if the right offer is on the table.AdvertisementAdvertisementHe told Sky Sports: ‘We’re being slow again in the market. The manager has identified plenty of options. Defensively is the key area.‘I just hope we don’t delay these deals. Arsenal need to get into the market. We can’t afford someone like Aaron Wan-Bissaka but we need a whole new defence really.‘We need three defenders to come in which will cost £60-£70m. Unai Emery told to sell three Arsenal players in summer clear-out
More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago31 Gloucester St, Whitfield“This home is positioned close to the popular Edge Hill and Whitfield local cafes, restaurants and shops, the Cairns Botanical Gardens, the Tanks Precinct, the Arrow walking tracks, International and Domestic Airports, Cairns CBD and Esplanade,” Ms Edwards said.“For those who love cooking and entertaining, a central, well-appointed, large kitchen with quality stainless steel appliances, including gas cook top, granite bench tops, ample storage space and servery to the outdoor area will bring a smile to your face. 31 Gloucester St, WhitfieldSTYLISH, generous and spacious — this home in one of Cairns’ premier suburbs is guaranteed to have plenty of interest in coming weeks. With five-bedrooms, three-bathrooms, an office, three-car garage and a pool, the whole family will have room to move and, most importantly, relax.LJ Hooker Cairns Edge Hill agent Nadine Edwards said the exclusive, elevated home at 31 Gloucester St was in a sought-after part of Whitfield.Generous living areas across two levels extend to oversized outdoor entertainment areas which provide the ideal space to absorb the tranquil leafy surrounds and panoramic views. 31 Gloucester St, Whitfield“There is a media room which could also be a sixth bedroom and the master bedroom has a walk-in robe, ensuite and direct access to its own private balcony and heated spa.”In the yard, a stunning 13-metre Magna lap pool with a wet edge and waterfall is perfectly positioned adjacent to the downstairs entertainment area.Established tropical gardens with alfresco paved and timber areas and landscaped garden alcoves completes the lush atmosphere and ambience.The home is wired from smart technologies and includes a video intercom at the front entry, double car accommodation with remote control entry and internal access into the home.Solar panels, a GenSet switch to move electric power supply to and from the generator during a power outage and a seven station irrigation system complete the outstanding property package.
The Latest: former A’s farmhand dies of virus complications May 1, 2020 The race is planned for Aug. 2 but Formula One officials are rewriting the 2020 schedule after the coronavirus pandemic forced cancellations and postponements.Hungarian race officials announced their plan after the government banned large gatherings through Aug. 15.F1 chairman Chase Carey says the season could start July 5 with the Austrian GP. He hopes 15-18 races can take place beginning in Europe before moving to Eurasia, Asia and the Americas.___The European Masters golf tournament scheduled for August in Switzerland has been canceled. World Athletics says it’s looking to hold Ultimate Garden Clash competitions in other events.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Swiss officials say they had talks with the International Ice Hockey Federation and 2021 worlds co-hosts Belarus and Latvia about Switzerland taking its turn next year.That has now been ruled out.The Swiss federation says the financial risks were too great and there is no guarantee the coronavirus outbreak will allow the next championship in May 2021.Switzerland hopes to host again in the coming years but the IIHF has already allocated world championships through 2025.___ Organizers say the decision came after the Swiss government extended a ban on gatherings of more than 1,000 people through August.The tournament in the Swiss Alps was scheduled for Aug. 27-30.Organizers say the course at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club will open to the public on May 11 as part of the easing of social restrictions.___The three biggest names in men’s pole vault will compete against each other in a rare sporting event during the coronavirus pandemic. And they’ll do it from their own backyards. “I think there will be a college football season. They may have nobody in the stands or reduced attendance, but my understanding is, particularly in the ACC, which I follow, that they’re anticipating having a season,” the Kentucky Republican said during an interview Thursday on Louisville radio station WLCL.“More immediately, I called the commissioner of baseball a couple of weeks ago and I said, ‘America needs baseball. It’s the sign of getting back to normal. Any chance?’ And you may have heard, there is discussion about having an abbreviated season beginning around the Fourth of July, where the teams would either play at their spring training sites in Arizona or Florida or play at home to largely empty stadiums.”Big league opening day had been scheduled for March 26. The start has been pushed back indefinitely due the new coronavirus pandemic.“I think there’s an active discussion under way to salvage part of baseball season, and if we can salvage part of baseball, surely we can salvage football, as well. There would still be at the bigger schools, like U of L (Louisville) and UK, (Kentucky) television revenue, which would help. “But I think the country needs sports. We’ve all missed that during the pandemic, and the sooner we can get at least some of our sports, and I think the one eligible to begin first would be baseball. It would be a great morale booster for the country and an indication that we’re going to begin to get back to normal.” Viewers will be able to donate via the “From Milan with Love” official fundraising page and AC Milan’s Facebook page.The hour-long tribute is scheduled for Sunday at 9 p.m. (1900 GMT) and will be hosted by Grammy-award winning producer DJ Khaled and Italian TV presenter Diletta Leotta.Other performers will include Kelly Rowland, Robin Thicke, Gavin Rossdale and Chris Traynor of Bush, Jay Buchanan of Rival Sons, and Lola Ponce.___The Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta is moving to Thanksgiving from its traditional Fourth of July date because of the coronavirus pandemic. Associated Press None of the three displayed symptoms and they will all now spend 14 days in isolation at home, the club said.Tests have been carried out this week on players, coaches and other staff at various Bundesliga clubs ahead of a planned return firstly to full team training, then to competition. Cologne says its players and staff were tested on Thursday.German clubs are operating limited training schedules with players in small groups. If German soccer does return this month — which is subject to approval from federal and state politicians — it would almost certainly be weeks ahead of other major European leagues.___U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants baseball and football to get on the field, and he says big league opening day could take place around the start of July. The 20 clubs in Serie A are in agreement that they want to finish the season if they can do so in accordance with government guidelines and by respecting health regulations and protocols.The Italian clubs met by video conference and all supported a statement issued a day earlier by league president Paolo Dal Pino.Dal Pino said it was “only natural that the Serie A league wants to play soccer. It would be against our nature to say the contrary.”___Hungarian Grand Prix organizers say spectators won’t be allowed at this year’s Formula One race if it goes ahead. The event is the world’s largest 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) race with about 60,000 participants. The first race was held in 1970.The Atlanta Track Club says the Nov. 26 date was selected because families gather for Thanksgiving. It will also minimize the impact on retailers in downtown Atlanta because most businesses will be closed for the holiday.Rhonex Kipruto of Kenya ran last year’s race in 27 minutes, 1 second to break the U.S. record in the event.___The 2021 badminton world championships will now start in November to avoid clashing with the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Oakland Athletics say former minor leaguer Miguel Marte has died of complications from COVID-19. The A’s announced Friday that Marte died this week. The British government also held talks with sports bodies about when athletes can start to train again.Decisions by the Dutch and French governments led to their soccer seasons ending. Lower-league professional soccer clubs in England have been told they might not be allowed to have fans at their matches until 2021.___AC Milan and Roc Nation have partnered to create a virtual live event on Sunday headlined by Alicia Keys “to honor and pay tribute to key workers fighting on the front line in Italy and around the world.”Funds raised through the event will benefit Direct Relief and Milan’s philanthropic foundation. Video links will connect world record holder Armand Duplantis, world champion Sam Kendricks and former Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie.World Athletics calls it “The Ultimate Garden Clash” and will stream it on social media.Duplantis will be in Louisiana, Kendricks in Mississippi and Lavillenie in France.Their challenge is to clear the most 5-meter jumps within 30 minutes. The athletes agreed on the format because adjusting the bar is not practical without officials in place.Duplantis broke Lavillenie’s world record in February. He cleared 6.17 meters and then 6.18 on consecutive weekends. Marte, a first baseman, catcher and right fielder from the Dominican Republic, was 30. He played in the Oakland farm system from 2008-12, going as far as Class A.In other team news, the A’s have decided to pay all employees through May.___Three people at German soccer club Cologne have tested positive for the coronavirus in the latest blow to the Bundesliga’s hopes of resuming games this month.Cologne didn’t name the people who tested positive, and didn’t say whether they were players. ___The English Premier League is still hoping to restart its season amid the coronavirus pandemic.The 20 clubs discussed the latest planning under “Project Restart” on a conference call.The league says it is “considering the first tentative moves forward and will only return to training and playing with government guidance.”But the league says the “clubs reconfirmed their commitment to finishing the 2019-20 season.” The Badminton World Federation says the event will remain in Huelva, Spain, and be held Nov. 29-Dec. 5.BWF president Poul-Erik Høyer says the two main events can now go ahead “with equal fairness for everyone.”___The Swiss hockey federation says it won’t seek to host the 2021 men’s world championship after losing this year’s event because of the coronavirus pandemic.The 2020 championship had been due to start next week in Zurich and Lausanne. It was canceled in March.
Throughout injuries, the winger has still maintained a solid production for the Canucks. In his last 79 NHL games, he has scored 23 goals and 20 assists, causing some reaction over his roster [email protected] on Baertschi: This is a guy that has scored 23 goals in his last 79 NHL games. I have trouble justifying how you walk away from a guy who scored 23 goals in 79 games on a team that struggles to put the puck in the net? #Canucks— TSN Radio Vancouver (@TSN1040) September 30, 2019In his first four seasons with the Canucks — not taking into account the three games played in 2014-15 following his trade from the Flames — Baertschi has yet to appear in more than 69 games in a season. Even so, he has finished top-five in goals for the Canucks in three of the last four seasons.Just last offseason, the 2011 first-round pick was granted a three-year contract extension, keeping him in Vancouver through 2020-21. MORE: NHL 2019-20 predictions: Final standings, playoff projections, Stanley Cup picks#Canucks reduce pre-season roster by three players; Baertschi, Biega & Goldobin placed on waivers, designated for assignment to @UticaComets. https://t.co/YvmC3UBHHU— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) September 30, 2019Baertschi has been plagued with injuries since making his NHL debut in 2012. Just last season, the 26-year-old was limited to 26 games while dealing with post-concussion syndrome (PCS). The Canucks placed Sven Baertschi and two other on waivers on Monday.Following a six-game, four-goal preseason from 22-year-old Adam Gaudette, the Canucks were forced to make a tough decision at the forward position. The forwards designated for assignment to the Canucks’ AHL-affiliate Utica Comets were Baertschi and Nikolay Goldobin. They are joined by defenseman Alex Biega.