first_imgSlumping prices mean trouble for U.S. thermal coal exporters FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Wall Street Journal ($):Thermal-coal prices have tumbled to multiyear lows amid slumping global demand for the commodity, the world’s top source of electricity. Miners exporting from the U.S., which have benefited from growing foreign orders in recent years, are among the hardest hit.As the market softens, they are struggling to compete with mining giants from places such as Australia, because it is more time-consuming and costly for U.S. miners to ship their coal to key markets. The selloff is hurting an industry President Trump promised to revive as a centerpiece of his 2016 presidential campaign.Exports from the East Coast sold for $46.12 a metric ton on Tuesday, down 26% in a month, according to S&P Global Platts. That is roughly half where the commodity traded in mid-2018, although it is up from a trough of $42 a ton last week.There are several reasons for the rout, not least a seasonal lull as the Northern Hemisphere warms up after the winter. Prices for liquefied natural gas, a cleaner energy source, have slumped to roughly three-year lows, according to S&P Global Platts. That has enabled power producers that use both fuels to prioritize gas.Meanwhile, demand has waned in key markets. In Asia, Japanese buyers have locked in supplies with long-term contracts, Chinese utilities are buying more local coal and generating more power from gas and water, and South Korea has raised taxes on coal imports. In Europe, too, weak industrial output means less power consumption, while LNG output has jumped. BMO Capital Markets analyst Colin Hamilton said soft demand in Europe was the main weak point for the market globally.Should coal prices stay low, U.S. exports would probably shrink quickly, analysts say.More ($): A chill descends on the coal marketlast_img read more


first_imgBAR HARBOR — The Ellsworth and Mount Desert Island swim teams have had their shares of close battles in the swimming pool over the years. On Friday, the teams added another classic to the list.Ellsworth’s boys’ and girls’ teams edged MDI in tightly fought contests Friday evening at the MDI YMCA. The meet marked a successful start for the Eagles and Trojans, who are aiming to be among the state’s top teams this season.On the girls’ side, Ellsworth edged MDI 88-80. Miriam Nelson (200-yard freestyle), Caitlin MacPherson (500-yard freestyle), Ellie Clarke (100-yard backstroke) and Lilja Hanson (100-yard breaststroke) had individual wins for the Eagles, who defeated the MDI girls for the first time in school history.Nelson, MacPherson and Clarke joined teammate Lillian Frank in the 400-yard freestyle relay and won with a time of 4 minutes, 9.74 seconds. MacPherson, Clarke and Hanson teamed up with Katie Hammer in the 200-yard medley relay and edged MDI’s Ruby Brown, Maddie Woodworth, Adria Horton and Eliza Schleif by a mere 2.32 seconds to win the evening’s closest team race.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“We have many first-time swimmers trying out the sport and a small cadre of younger veterans joining us as they age up from the DEFY age group,” Ellsworth head coach Jim Goodman said. “We also retained a good, solid core of veteran swimmers from last year.”Despite MDI’s narrow defeat, the Trojans put forth a solid performance of their own. Horton (200-yard individual medley), Brown (100-yard butterfly) and Schleif (100-yard freestyle) earned individual wins, and Mei Mei White added another for the host team when she edged Hammer by one-fifth of a second in the 50-yard freestyle.Ellsworth’s Sam Pelletier (bottom) and Mount Desert Island’s Jacob Mitchell dive into the pool to begin the 100-yard backstroke event Dec. 15 in Bar Harbor. Pelletier won the race with a time of 21.97 seconds. KAREN BARON PHOTOThe Ellsworth boys topped MDI 99-70 to open their 2017-18 campaign with a victory. Camden Holmes (50- and 100-yard freestyles), Sam Pelletier (200 IM and 100 backstroke) and Richie Matthews (100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke) won two individual race wins apiece to lead the way for the Eagles, who won all eight individual contests.In the team events, the Eagles used a four-person group consisting of Holmes, Matthews, Sean Hill and Austin Baron to much success. That squad won the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:33.44 and the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:31.17.The MDI boys, though, claimed the 200 medley relay, beating out Ellsworth by 2.18 seconds. The Trojans’ winning team consisted of Jacob Mitchell, Isaac Weaver, Amos Price and Sam Mitchell.“Ellsworth is a little bit ahead of us right now,” MDI head coach Tony DeMuro said. “Our team is working extremely hard right now with the expectation of peaking at the end of the season. Hopefully we can bridge the gap in the coming months and give them a run for their money.”Both coaches had kind words for each other’s teams after the meet. DeMuro said Ellsworth’s boys’ squad was “probably the best one in the state in either class at the moment,” and Goodman was quick to praise the MDI program’s winning pedigree.“All swimmers performed exceptionally well against keen and fast competition, which is the hallmark of MDI,” Goodman said. “They have been great hosts for every meet we have attended there.”Ellsworth’s boys’ and girls’ teams will face Belfast on the road at 5 p.m Monday, Dec. 18. The Eagles’ next home meet will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 5 against Bangor.MDI has its first road meet of the season Friday, Dec. 22, when it faces Brewer at 6 p.m. The Trojans’ next home meet will be at 6 p.m. Jan. 12 against Orono. Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Biocenter_img Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Latest Posts MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more


first_imgThis week’s series of Sex Week events, sponsored by the USC Program Board, raises the question of whether USC provides adequate sexual health resources to students during the other 51 weeks of the year.Victim · Derrick Burts, a former adult film actor, shared his views on reform in the Adult Entertainment Industry during Sex Week at USC. – Christopher Pham | Daily Trojan The answer to this question is located on the second floor of the University Health Center in the Health Promotion and Prevention Services center.The majority of students that visit HPPS come for the free safe-sex supplies, specifically condoms, and HIV testing, which are free during the month of February, according to Christina Li, an HPPS employee.“We like people to come in and talk individually,” said HPPS director Paula Swinford. “But a lot of the work that we do is making sure that the conversations around sexuality happen where the student is, and making an environment that supports risk reduction and protective behaviors.”Li said she believes students should take more advantage of HPPS’ one-on-one resources, and worries that many students might not know they exist.“HPPS doesn’t publicize that you can come and talk about sex,” Li said. “They only publicize that you can come and get HIV testing and that there are condoms.”The center also offers counseling and a Resource Room where students can read up on sexual health and speak to peer health educators, who have been trained to talk anonymously with students about sex and other health-related issues.Though more students visit HPPS for condoms and testing than to talk, Li said this does not mean students aren’t taking full advantage of HPPS, whose main goal is universal prevention rather than individual intervention.These efforts include activities like filling condom buckets campus-wide and training resident advisers to be able to have discussions about sexuality with their residents.Catherine Chan, a freshman peer health educator, said she wishes more students would utilize HPPS’ Resource Room, she also thinks there should be more programming on campus like Sex Week.“Most people think they’re going to get judged for talking about [sex],” Chan said. “That’s why I think programs like Sex Week are good because people can just bring their friends, and it’s not a judgment call.”Cerise Carleo, a freshman majoring in architecture, said Sex Week is a chance to challenge students’ perceptions of sexual health.“[Sexual health education] is still an issue here because everyone has grown up with different backgrounds,” Carleo said. “I also don’t think that it should stop at a certain age. I think you just end up having more questions the more you’re exposed to.”Emilia Ana Cosma, executive director of Program Board’s Women’s Student Assembly, decided to bring Sex Week to USC because she believes that although the health center has a lot of available resources, USC still lacks  programming related to sexuality.“[Sex Week] is a great way to talk about issues like safe sex, HIV/AIDS prevention, STD prevention as well as a lot of related gender and relationship issues,” Cosma said. “But it frames things in a more palatable way to educate people.”Some of these issues will be discussed tonight at 7 p.m. in THH 119 at a workshop with the WSA and the Center for Women titled “Healthy Sex is Good Sex: Navigating the World of Hook-ups and Dating Violence.”“We’ve tried to make it as applicable to a wide variety of students as possible, not only focusing on people who are in relationships,” Cosma said. “But also on people who are dating and just hanging out on The Row and talking about ways to avoid the different things that come up in a real open and honest forum.”last_img read more


first_img Submit StumbleUpon BtoBet grows Nigerian presence with Booster99 deal August 26, 2020 Share GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Related Articles Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 Share The betting industry’s leading suppliers will be debating the key issues affecting the value chain across the sector at next month’s Betting on Football conference at Stamford Bridge.The event will explore how online gaming suppliers have been affected by a wave of M&A and an increased focus on in-house competencies within the industry.BetConstruct CEO Vahe Baloulian, BtoBet CEO Kostandina Zafirovska, SBTech CEO Richard Carter and Jacob Lopez Curciel, the CEO for gold event sponsor OPTIMA, will be assessing how the B2B supplier side of the industry has been impacted by multi-asset enterprises such as GVC and NYX Gaming, how suppliers should be streamlining services to stand out from the competition and how they can dissuade partners from moving product development in-house.For example, GVC Holdings has reported considerable savings from the 2016 acquisition of Bwin.party, after eliminating duplication in areas such as technology, while Coral announced the launch of an ‘in-house’ developed sportsbook platform last September to centralise its mobile, tablet and desktop devices. London based betting exchange Smarkets is another company that develops all products in-house, which includes its new mobile app for both Android and iOS.That’s not to mention the complicated deal which saw NYX Group acquire Openbet with the assistance of William Hill and Sky Betting & Gaming.The supplier CEO panel will serve as a fitting finale to the leadership track on the first day at #bofcon2017, which also covers self-regulation, preventing match-fixing, managing risk, market consolidation, new brands in football betting and the scope for new entrants in the affiliate arena.Curciel said: “Servicing key components of the industry’s value chain is becoming a more complex matter with higher resource demands, as operators engage in diversified omni-product international strategies. At OPTIMA, we are happy that SBC’s team has placed this subject matter at the heart of the Betting on Football agenda, and we are looking forward to adding our knowledge to what will be an intriguing debate.”Zafirovska said: “At BtoBet, we are renowned for providing solutions to help understand player behaviour. Our augmented reality (AR) mobile CRM tool, which includes a virtual assistant, is a perfect example of how operators should continue to utilise industry platform and software providers to deliver the right messages to a technologically minded audience and connect with their customers on a deeper level.”Carter added: “At SBTech, we continue to keep a close eye on M&A developments, but at the same time we are investing very significantly in our product development pipeline and delivery capabilities to help our growing list of partners to maintain their superior industry leading growth rates. I am looking forward to trading ideas on the current situation with OPTIMA, BetConstruct and BtoBet at Betting on Football 2017.”Baloulian commented: “The major industry mergers haven’t drastically changed the landscape for us. We are always under self-imposed pressure to produce new products, enter new markets and acquire new partners. The deals we made recently to provide French casino operator Partouche and the Asian giant BBiN with custom-made sportsbook solutions are examples of our company reach and the growing appeal for BetConstruct revenue producing products and services.”With fewer than 100 tickets left for next month’s Betting on Football Conference, firms are advised to sign up now or risk missing out on the biggest betting conference the industry has experienced.Meanwhile, BetConstruct has added to the week of betting at the start of May by organising a special workshop for operators the day after the main Betting on Football Conference.Held on 5 May at The Banking Hall Cornhill, ‘BetConstruct The Door: Orientation Day’ will allow participants to create their own websites in just two hours using BetConstruct’s CRM, CMS, Sportsbook management, bonus engine and loyalty system.last_img read more


first_imgDES MOINES — State Auditor Rob Sand says energy usage will be flagged in every audit report his office issues for state and local government agencies, “to make sure that they know where they are starting, so they can measure their progress in energy efficiency.”Sand spoke briefly Tuesday to a crowd at the capitol for “Energy Efficiency Day on the Hill.” Sand says the kind of “bench-marking” he’s suggesting shouldn’t be controversial.“If you want to manage the amount of taxpayer money that we are spending on energy issues, what you first have to do is measure the amount that we are doing and find ways to save it,” Sand said. ‘So bench-marking is really taking a snapshot of your energy use and figuring out: ‘Where are we right now?’ And then once you know where you are, you can figure out where you need to go.”Sand indicated his office will work with the Iowa Energy Office to identify the best money-saving measures.“You have a tremendous ability to save taxpayer money through energy efficiency in Iowa,” Sand said.Sand, a Democrat, was elected state auditor in November and he was sworn into office three weeks ago.last_img read more