Westmoreland’s Rosebud Mine heads to the auction block

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Billings Gazette:The lone source of coal for the Colstrip power plant has been scheduled for bankruptcy auction in late January.Rosebud Mine will be auctioned Jan. 22, if necessary, to help pay the debts of Westmoreland Coal Co., which owns the mine. The United States Bankruptcy Court Southern District of Texas on Thursday set terms for the auction, which the Colorado-based coal company had requested in October.Westmoreland did not respond to interview requests Friday by Lee Montana Newspapers. The company filed for bankruptcy Oct. 8, indicating that it had more than $1.4 billion in debt and assets of $770 million.Montana’s state government is in the process of approving a 10-square mile expansion of Rosebud Mine, not knowing who the actual developer might be after a sale. This week, Billings-based Northern Plains Resource Council asked the state Department of Environmental Quality to stop the permitting process at least until the developer is identified. Northern Plains earlier in the week also identified more than 50 springs it said would be destroyed by the mine expansion.The auction comes as the four-unit Colstrip power plant’s contract for Rosebud Mine coal winds down. The current agreement guarantees coal at least through 2019. Four utilities with 70 percent ownership in Colstrip Units 3 and 4 have expressed concern about not having coal if a buyer of Westmoreland’s assets opts to mine coal at Rosebud, or not mine enough to feed Units 3 and 4.More: Bankruptcy auction set for Rosebud Mine, sole supplier of coal to Colstrip Westmoreland’s Rosebud Mine heads to the auction blocklast_img read more

Prolonged conflict, inequality create ‘layers of violence’ against women in Papua

first_imgTopics : The prolonged violence and inequality in Indonesia’s easternmost provinces are taking a particularly hard toll on women, increasing the risk of them becoming victims of domestic violence and hampering their empowerment, Papuan rights activists say.”Papuan people in general experience violence and the psychological stress often lead to domestic violence, so women [in Papua] experience multiple [kinds of] violence,” Papuan activist Esther Haluk said during a discussion organized by the Jakarta Feminist Discussion Group on Saturday.She cited the ongoing military operation against armed rebels in Nduga regency, Papua, which has resulted in the displacement of thousands of civilians in the region, as an example. Read also: Indonesia to evaluate special funds for Papua: Why $7.4bn since 2002 hasn’t solved problemAdditionally, Esther said women were marginalized culturally in many cases, such as in determining areas of customary land as women were rarely involved in the matter. Women were also often forced out of their land by land concessions and investments, leaving them economically vulnerable.She added that in majority Christian Papua and West Papua, “misinterpretations” of Christian teachings, such as putting men in leadership positions, often placed women as “second-class citizens”.”Generally, women in Papua today experience layers of violence.”Despite the concerns, Elvira Rukambu, a social and political science lecturer from the Cendrawasih University in Jayapura, Papua, said the current discourse of racial issues affecting Papuans had left her hopeful.She noted the favorable reception of the Papua Lives Matter movement, inspired by the global antiracism movement Black Lives Matter, which has spurred many discussions on racism and humanitarian issues, most of them organized by people outside of Papua.She compared it to the “shallow” discourse about Papuan issues in previous years, when they were usually limited to whether people support separatism or not and did not reflect the complexity of the regions that had experienced decades of violence and discrimination.”We must maintain this momentum of discussing Papua with all its complexity, especially by providing a red carpet for women’s issues as well,” Elvira said.center_img While sheltering refugees from the conflict-ridden regency, Esther said many sick and injured women were afraid to go to the hospital as authorities would put Nduga residents under strict supervision. Her volunteer group also found that women and children made up the highest number of deaths among refugees.Aside from the violence, Esther added that women of Papua were also subjected to systemic oppression through several gender-biased policies, such as the special autonomy funds that were allocated for women.To support development in the region, the Papua and West Papua provinces were set to receive Rp 5.86 trillion (US$403.508 million) and Rp 2.51 trillion, respectively, this year from the central government. However, Papua only allocated 6 percent of the funds for women, which would also be shared with indigenous people and religious institutions, while West Papua had no specific regulation for budget-channeling to women’s issues.last_img read more

Bechem United partners Authentic Sports Consortium

first_imgNewly promoted Premier League side Bechem United Sporting Club has partnered Kumasi-based sports Consortium, Authentic Sports as its official partners come next season.The Executive Director of the Sports Consortium, Listowell Yesu Bukarson outlined the numerous benefits his consortium will provide for the league contenders.“My outfit will provide the following services such as Public Relations, target publicity, crisis management, profile building,image projection, seeking of sponsorships and other professional services to the premier league returnees.” he saidThe Manager Director of Bechem United SC, Kingsley Owusu Achiaw in a meeting with management of Authentic Sports last Sunday at Bechem,inspected facilities of the club which included the playing pitch and the team ‘s camp base with its new partners.The official partnership was signed and sealed between the club’s CEO Osei Bonsu and the consortium’s Director Yesu Bukarson in the offices of Authentic Sports on Wednesday.The consortium also has former chairman of Kotoko Geogido’s daughter Mevelyn Nana Adusei Poku as its General Manager who also witnessed the signing.last_img read more

Festival opens with free winefree student jazz show

first_imgIf you goo Jazz Education Night, part of the 15th annual Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival. o When: 6-9 p.m. Thursday. o Where: Esther Short Park, 301 W. Eighth St., downtown Vancouver.o Cost: Free, but donations for local school music programs are welcomed. o Information: 360-906-0441 or vancouverwinejazz.com.Lineupo 6 to 6:30 p.m.: Heritage High School Jazz Band.o 6:30 to 7 p.m.: Mountlake Terrace High School Jazz Band.o 7 to 7:30 p.m.: Mountain View High School Jazz Band and Union High School Jazz Band.o 7:45 to 9 p.m.: 56th U.S. Army Jazz Band.There will be no wine at Thursday’s opening event of the Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival, but there will be plenty of jazz.Jazz Education Night, launched this year, will spotlight young jazz players from Washington schools, combined with a performance by the U.S. Army Jazz Band.Michael Kissinger, founder and artistic director of the Wine & Jazz Festival, has wanted an event like this for about the past five years. Eventually, he wants to add a four-day jazz education camp so young jazz players can work with such headline performers as Diane Schuur and José Feliciano.“It’s our way of giving something back to the community,” Kissinger said. “Our goal eventually is to make the festival a weeklong event, with jazz workshops where students can work with some of our great musicians.”Four schools will perform at the free event in Esther Short Park, including Heritage, Mountain Viewand Union high schools from Clark County. The students have been practicing over their summer break for the event.Sam Ormson, band director at Mountain View High School, said he thinks it’s a great opportunity to get the kids out in front of a new audience.“We’re excited to be a part of it and to be playing,” Ormson said. “We’re really looking forward to Thursday night.”Those coming to the performance are encouraged to donate money to local school music programs. Heritage Bank has pledged to donate up to $2,000 in matching funds.last_img read more