Judge okays Westmoreland plan to come out of bankruptcy

first_imgJudge okays Westmoreland plan to come out of bankruptcy FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Colorado Public Radio:One of the oldest coal companies in the U.S. said Monday it expects to emerge from bankruptcy in coming weeks after a judge approved a plan that will keep its mines running in Montana, New Mexico and several other states and Canadian provinces. Westmoreland Coal Co. will keep its name but get new leadership as creditors take control of a firm that fell more than $1.4 billion into debt amid declining coal markets.The company’s Kemmerer Mine in Wyoming is being sold off to Virginia businessman Tom Clarke.U.S. Bankruptcy Judge David Jones approved the company’s reorganization plan Saturday. All jobs at the mines being sold to the creditors — more than 1,000 positions — will be preserved, Westmoreland spokeswoman Jaimee Pavia said.Based in Colorado, Westmoreland is the fourth major coal company to file for bankruptcy in recent years, joining Peabody Energy Corp., Arch Coal and Alpha Natural Resources. Its creditors included investment firms, banks and hedge funds.Westmoreland, incorporated in Pennsylvania in 1854, produced 25 million tons of coal in 2017, ranking ninth among U.S coal companies, according to the Energy Information Administration. Westmoreland also has mines in North Dakota, Texas, Alberta and Saskatchewan, and a coal-fired power plant in North Carolina.Clarke will spend $7.5 million in cash and $207.5 million in promissory notes to buy the Kemmerer mine, which has about 300 employees. The bankruptcy froze pensions for the mine’s retirees and will end their health benefits. The bankruptcy judge required Westmoreland to set aside $6 million for the mine’s retiree health care costs. But that’s not enough money to even last the year, union leaders told the Casper Star-Tribune.More: Colorado’s Westmoreland Coal to leave bankruptcylast_img read more

Trump retweets #FireFauci after coronavirus scientist comments

first_imgUS President Donald Trump retweeted a call to fire Dr. Anthony Fauci after the nation’s top expert on infectious diseases said lives could have been saved if the country had shut down sooner during the novel coronavirus outbreak.Trump retweeted a message Sunday from a former Republican congressional candidate who cited Fauci’s comments during a television interview on Sunday and tweeted “time to #FireFauci.”Sorry Fake News, it’s all on tape. I banned China long before people spoke up. Thank you @OANN https://t.co/d40JQkUZg5— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2020The Republican president in the past has repeated critical tweets of officials or enemies rather than make the criticism himself. The retweet fueled speculation Trump was running out of patience with the popular scientist and could conceivably fire him. Already a target of the far-right for his contradictions of Trump, Fauci drew more opprobrium after the comments.Trump also denounced the New York Times story in several tweets on Sunday, calling it “A Fake.”Last week during the daily White House coronavirus briefing, Trump stepped in and prevented Fauci from answering a question about hydroxychloroquine.Fauci, 79, has led the federal infectious disease agency since 1984 under Republican and Democratic presidents. Republican George W. Bush honored him with the presidential Medal of Freedom in 2008.Some polls during the public health crisis have shown Americans trust him more than Trump. Topics :center_img The White House did not immediately return a request for comment on whether Trump is unhappy with Fauci.Fauci has assumed national prominence as a leader in the fight against the coronavirus. He has contradicted or corrected Trump on scientific matters during the crisis, including whether the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine is effective against it.Fauci was asked on CNN’s “State of the Union” about a New York Times report documenting early warnings issued to the White House about the novel coronavirus. The scientist acknowledged shutting the country down sooner could have saved lives, but cautioned that a number of factors were involved.On #CNNSOTU with @jaketapper, Dr. Anthony Fauci says that an earlier shutdown “could have saved lives” https://t.co/sG4EffrSUa— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) April 12, 2020″Obviously, it would have been nice if we had a better head start, but I don’t think you could say that we are where we are right now because of one factor,” Fauci said. “It’s very complicated.”last_img read more

Juniors in focus at Bridgestone Challenge

first_img7 Sep 2017 Juniors in focus at Bridgestone Challenge Tags: Bridgestone Challenge, Juniors Former England player Luke Johnson shot sub-par 70 in the first round of the Bridgestone Challenge at Luton Hoo – and then walked straight on to the range to take a junior clinic. Johnson spent around an hour with pupils from The Oratory School, near Reading, and joked: “These boys are a lot more intelligent than me so I would definitely say get your grades first!” If they apply themselves to their lessons as well as they did to their golf clinic they’ll all be A* pupils. Their attention was fully focussed on Johnson’s advice and they were quick to respond to his challenges and tips. Johnson, 25, is an enthusiastic supporter of junior golf and is involved in charity events at his club, King’s Lynn in Norfolk. He’s keen to give back in return for his own experiences coming through the England squad system and he says: “This is our game, if the youngsters aren’t coming through we are not going to grow the game as much as we want to.” The schoolboys, aged 14 and 15, spent a day at the Bridgestone Challenge, which is the first PGA European Challenge Tour to use a modified stableford scoring system with the emphasis on making birdies and eagles. They watched play and visited Bridgestone’s Olympic Games Dome to sample its range of interactive fun, which promises to be a huge hit with families at the weekend. Then, they moved to the range to meet up with Johnson. The Oratory is a boys’ boarding school with a nine-hole course on its campus, weekly lessons from a visiting PGA professional and a pupil membership at Reading Golf Club. The boys who visited the Bridgestone Challenge included recreational golfers like Shawn Lutta, 14, who wanted to find out more about the sport and watch the professionals tackle the course; and Masa Moriyama, also 14, who was a big fan of the Dome. Harry Page, 15, is a serious player, having got down to seven handicap since taking up golf 18 months ago and is the Reading junior champion. He became interested after watching online videos, had his first go with some old clubs in his garage and gleans most of his instruction from YouTube. However, today’s experience was described as “Cool!” Another 14-year-old, scratch golfer Ivan Vishnyakov, was in his element, explaining “I just love going to the driving range.” Click here for more information on the Bridgestone Challenge, which continues until Sunday. Entry is free and spectators can register to receive vouchers to the value of £200, including a free round of golf at Luton Hoo Golf Club. Either click here to register in advance or register at the event.  Captions: Luke Johnson makes a point at his junior clinic (top); pictured with young golfers from The Oratory School (below). Images copyright Leaderboard Photography.last_img read more

Gardaí investigating incident on Main Street Letterkenny

first_imgAn investigation is ongoing following an incident on Letterkenny Main Street.Gardaí have cordoned off an area between two pubs, where it is believed that a serious assault occurred in the early hours of Monday morning.More to follow.  Gardaí investigating incident on Main Street Letterkenny was last modified: April 29th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img

A’s Japan exhibition win livened up by unique Tokyo Dome atmosphere

first_imgClick HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.TOKYO — It was only an exhibition game, but the atmosphere inside the Tokyo Dome made the first matchup between the A’s and Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters feel like something much more special.Everything about the pregame batting practice in the A’s 5-1 victory over the Fighters Sunday seemed like an important game. The Japanese fans arrived early and marveled at the show put on by A’s sluggers Khris Davis and Matt Olson. …last_img

2010 World Cup: 500 days to go

first_img23 January 2009South Africa’s preparations for the 500-day countdown to the opening of the 2010 Fifa World Cup are well under way, with a wide range of activities taking place across the country, and a main event scheduled for the Mangaung Outdoor Sports Centre in Bloemfontein on Monday.“Monday next week will be exactly 500 days to go to the world’s biggest sporting spectacle, watched by a cumulative audience of more than 26-billion spectators worldwide, and South Africa’s preparations are in overdrive,” the 2010 Local Organising Committee said in a statement this week.Media conferenceA media conference will be held in Johannesburg, and will be attended by Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke, LOC chairman Irvin Khoza and LOC chief executive Danny Jordaan.They will talk about the achievements made since South Africa was awarded the right to host the event five years ago, as well as the remaining milestones leading up to the tournament’s kick-off on 11 June 2010 at the Soccer City Stadium to the south of Johannesburg.Host city postersThe mayors from all nine host cities, as well as Provincial and Local Government Minister Sicelo Shiceka, will be at the sports centre in Bloemfontein, where they will officially unveil their respective host city posters.To kick-off the day’s activities, delegates from the Italian Embassy, together with 2010 ambassadors Mark Fish and Philemon Masinga, will visit two schools in the area as part of the 2010 “Adopt-a-Nation” schools campaign, which will be followed by a mini schools football tournament.Street paradeAhead of the countdown, the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality will mark the day by holding a street parade and a fun walk in the streets of KwaThema, Tsakane and Duduza, before culminating in a massive celebration at the KwaThema Stadium this Sunday.The event is expected to several senior officials, including Gauteng provincial sports minister Barbara Creecy and Ekurhuleni executive mayor Ntombi Mekgwe, as well as local councillors, community leaders, soccer veterans and members of the public in general.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Ben Klick, March 27

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I am a fifth generation farmer with Windy Way farms near Massilon. I work full time on the farm with my dad and grandfather. We are a grain and beef operation. It is a half rural half metropolitan area. We feed beef cattle and raise corn, soybeans, wheat, and hay.When I got out of high school we wanted to expand the diversity and we had two bank barns and retrofitted them to make them suitable for feeding more cattle. Last year we built new monoslope barns to feed Holstein cattle and some colored cattle. We enjoy feeding cattle and we think we have a sustainable market for them. We raise our own crops and bedding and mix our own feed so we can be self-sufficient. It is easier to build a barn and feed cattle than it is to pick up farm ground.With as many cows as we are feeding, we are planting more corn to feed them. We feed around 50,000 bushels of our own corn a year. We grow a lot of wheat for bedding that we need. We fall seed hay after wheat too.We sell soybeans as a cash crop. We have four semis that run up north to the processors and we haul commodities for a couple local feed mills and dairy farms. We have our hands in a little bit of everything. In this day and age you have to either have an off farm job or you have to be diversified.We have some sand and gravel bottom ground that we no-till but a lot of our heavier soils we are more conventional till. We have a lot of manure to deal with and we still have the chisel plow to incorporate that.last_img read more

3 Inspirational Videos to Grow Your Creative Business

first_imgGrow your creative business, negotiate better rates and learn something new – all with hand drawn illustrations.Illustrated videos, the ones where people draw along on fast forward to a lengthy voice over, are becoming increasingly popular. I first encountered them through the RSA a few years ago and still think they are the best execution of the idea that I’ve seen. Here are three great videos that should give you some inspirational ideas on how to grow your creative business and negotiate better deals!The Science of PersuasionWhat astounded me the most in this excellent look into the secrets of the Science of Persuasion was the huge returns that simply giving a mint made on the size of the tip.  The key to the idea of reciprocity is to ‘be the first to give in a personalised and unexpected way’.  A good example of this that I experienced myself was the free sweets that came in my order from Jigsaw24, when I ordered a harddrive from them. It was such an enjoyable surprise (though tiny expense for them) that I tweeted about it.  What would can you to surprise and delight your clients so much that they would keep coming back to you for more, or refer you to their friends?The Power of NetworksThe entire collection of RSAnimate videos represent a wealth of interesting information and this talk on the Power of Networks from Manuel Lima senior UX design lead at Microsoft Bing is no exception. If after you watch this video you’re wondering: What does this have to do with growing my business? Then, I would ask – do you know what your network looks like?  Do you know who your best clients or customers are?  Do you know which ones give you the most work or the most valuable work?  Do you know which ones call you most frequently?Mapping out your network or creating a database of your clients not only makes it easier to pick up the phone and call your best ones in downtime, but also helps to show you who your best connectors are and where growth opportunities might lie.  It also lets you see who might benefit from an introduction to someone else you know.Design Like AppleOne Minute MBA has a growing collection of these short illustrated videos which are all worth a browse. This 2 minute video is packed with insights into the design philosophy that Apple uses when creating their category defining products. The point that struck me most was:Rule #2 – Every employee in a company must truly understand what the product they’re building is, how it works, and how it will benefit customers or society in order to get the design just right.I think so often we focus on the first two parts of this that we neglect the third.  Often with creative work we can be focusing on whether our part looks good (the design, the photography, the video, the music etc) and is working well (we’ve done a professional job) but fall short on adapting what we’re doing to ensure it benefits the client.I often hear directors grousing about having to ‘make it worse to make the client happier’, but the truth is if adding a line or a shot about a particular feature of the client’s product is what they feel will serve them best, then delivering that is the best way you can serve them. It’s crucial to keep asking yourself through the creative process if your end product is really going to best serve your clients needs.last_img read more

Lens vs Camera: Which is a Better Investment?

first_imgEvery year, high-end digital cinema cameras get released, effectively rendering their predecessors outdated. Should you invest in new lenses instead?It’s hard not to get swept up in the hype that surrounds new digital cinema camera announcements – especially at this time of year. With NAB just around the corner (where the majority of new camera announcements are made), we’re already starting to see some really big news dropping from the usual suspects. ARRI has announced their latest offering, The ALEXA Mini, while RED Digital Cinema recently starting teasing their new upgrade for DRAGON cameras, called Weapon. This is all well and good, as it’s important for our industry to constantly have the best tools on the market and for tech to be pushed forward at an exponential rate. However, for anyone investing in camera bodies, it can be a very frustrating time of the year. Image from Crystal Pyramid ProductionsMany cinematographers will attend NAB and immediately pre-order gear before they’veve even had a chance to try out the cameras or see proper test footage. It’s quite common for the first generation of any electronic product to have technical issues, and unfortunately, it’s usually the users that support these cameras early on that end up getting the short end of the stick. Not to mention that they often need to wait so long to get their gear that, by the time it actually comes in, there’s already a next generation camera around the corner that probably has better specs at a lower pricepoint.  For these reasons and more, many filmmakers, DPs, and other creative pros who are considering investing in camera gear are choosing not to. For many, renting cameras on a project to project basis has become the way to go, and for others a different investment has become preferable – Lenses. Below I have broken down 3 reasons why lenses are a far better investment today than camera bodies:1. They have more longevityA great piece of glass is timeless. You could take a vintage lens from 40 or 50 years ago, mount it to an ARRI ALEXA, and the results will be amazing – as long as the lens was kept in good condition. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for cameras. Many years ago, when film was still the standard, a DP could invest in a film camera (like at Arriflex SR2) and use that camera for years to come. At that time, technology didn’t move nearly as fast, and the camera was a much smaller part of the overall equation with regards to image quality. If a new film stock came out, that stock could be used in an old camera and that camera could potentially capture images that were on par with a brand new film camera. Unfortunately with digital, that is obviously not the case. The good news however, is that lenses do still have the longevity that film cameras once did. If you invest in a really high quality lens kit (let’s say Zeiss Super Speeds), those lenses are going to stay relevant for many years to come. Image from Shutterstock2. You can use them across multiple camerasOne of the greatest things about lenses is the fact that they are so adaptable, and therefore so valuable in any number of filmmaking scenarios. A camera is just a camera. It does what it does, until it either is outdated or breaks down and then it’s replaced. Lenses, on the other hand, are far more universal and can be used on any camera that you buy, rent, own, or are asked to shoot on. If you are a DP that owns an excellent lens kit, that’s going to be just as enticing to many producers as owning a RED camera would be. Many production companies and producers own camera gear too, so if you are brought onto a production that already has a RED DRAGON, for instance, you could sweeten the deal by offering to bring your Cooke Primes to set with you, which may very well help you land the gig and up your rate. Not to mention these lenses can be used on your own cameras at any point too, and will continue to work for years to come as new camera bodies continue to come and go.Image from Focal Point Photography3. They rent betterJust about everyone wants to invest in a RED or an ALEXA so that they can rent it out, either directly or through a rental house. The problem of course is that so many people are doing this now that rental houses are flooded with these cameras, and many shooters that have invested in expensive digital cinema cameras end up finding it extremely difficult to rent them out. The cameras end up collecting dust on a shelf somewhere. Lenses however, will always rent better. Far fewer people are investing in great glass, and lenses (as we saw in the previous point) are so adaptable that a single lens kit will be relevant to far more potential productions than a camera body would be. In other words, a production that’s looking to shoot on ALEXA isn’t going to want to rent your RED camera, but they very well might want to rent your Schneider PL Mount lenses… The same of course would be true of a production shooting on a Sony F55, Panavision VariCam, or any other number of PL mounted cameras. If you’re going to invest in a new lens soon, here are some helpful articles that might help decide which direction to go:9 Questions to Ask When Buying a New LensWhat is the Fastest Lens Possible?10 Things to Know About Shooting with Vintage LensesHow many obsolete camera bodies are sitting in your studio right now? Got any thoughts on the Lens vs Camera debate? Let’s discuss in the comments below.last_img read more