BHP to pay $840 million to end Chilean coal power supply contracts early

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Chilean copper mines Escondida and Spence, controlled by BHP, will jointly pay $840 million for an early end to a contract signed in 2008 with a coal-fired thermoelectric plant in the north of the country.BHP, like other mining companies in Chile, has been migrating its energy contracts to renewable sources to reduce its carbon footprint.In a letter to the local securities regulator on Friday night, power company AES Gener – a unit of AES Corp – said that the end of the agreement signed with its Angamos plant was modified to August 2021.The coal-burning contracts had been scheduled to end in 2026 at Spence and 2029 at Escondida.“The agreements are subject to certain resolution conditions which, if any one of them is met, no later than August 31, 2020,” said AES Gener.Escondida, the world’s largest copper mine, will have to disburse $730 million in nine installments from August 2021 and Spence $109.6 million at the end of August this year.[Fabian Fambero]More: BHP to pay $840 million for early end to thermoelectric contract in Chile BHP to pay $840 million to end Chilean coal power supply contracts earlylast_img read more

NEWS SCAN: H5N1 outbreaks, lab workers cleared, pan flu vaccine, veterinarian shortage, Salmonella update, MRSA in ICUs

first_imgEditor’s note: The item on the Salmonella outbreak was revised Feb 19 to correct information on case numbers for specific states.Feb 18, 2009H5N1 outbreaks in Vietnam, IndiaVeterinary officials in Vietnam today announced that the H5N1 virus infected ducks in two more provinces, Bac Lieu in the Mekong Delta and Kahnh Hoa in the south-central part of the country, according to Xinhua, China’s state news agency. The new outbreaks raise the number of Vietnamese provinces with recent H5N1 outbreaks to nine. Elsewhere, officials in India reported a new H5N1 outbreak in the South Dinjapur district of West Bengal state, Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) reported today.[Feb 18 Xinhua story][Feb 18 IANS story]Czech lab workers free of H5N1 infectionNone of the Czech lab workers who were recently exposed to the H5N1 virus were infected, representatives from BioTest, their employer, said yesterday, according to a report from Ceske Noviny, a news service in the Czech Republic. The employees had been working with ferrets and handled a flu vaccine made by Baxter that had been contaminated with the H5N1 virus.[Feb 17 Ceske Noviny story]WHO confirms Vietnamese man’s H5N1 illnessThe World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed Vietnam’s latest human H5N1 case, in a 32-year-old man from Ninh Binh province who got sick on Feb 5, was hospitalized on Feb 13, and is in serious condition. A probe into the source of his illness suggests he had recent contact with sick poultry, but officials are continuing their investigation.[Feb 13 WHO statement]Novavax reports good results in H5N1 vaccine trialNovavax Inc. reported favorable results in a phase 1/2a clinical trial of its virus-like particle vaccine against H5N1 influenza. At the highest dose, 90 micrograms, about 64% of volunteers showed strong antibody responses to the vaccine, which is based on a 2005 H5N1 strain from Indonesia, the company reported in a news release.[Novavax release]Shortage of veterinarians hampers federal agenciesA shortage of federal veterinarians is hampering government agencies’ ability to perform some of their food safety tasks and respond quickly to zoonotic disease outbreaks, according to a report released today by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Many agencies haven’t met staffing goals over the past several years, and the government faces wage competition from the private sector. However, the Office of Personnel Management on Feb 12 granted federal agencies permission to expedite hiring of more veterinarians, according to a report yesterday by Government Executive.[Feb 18 GAO report][Feb 17 Government Executive story]CDC counts 642 cases in Salmonella outbreakThe latest count in the Salmonella outbreak linked to peanut products is 642 cases in 44 states, plus one case in Canada, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The number is six more than in the CDC’s last report on Feb 12. Ohio has the most confirmed cases, with 94, followed by California with 76.[Feb 17 CDC outbreak update]Some MRSA infections in ICUs declineThe incidence of certain methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections in US intensive care units dropped almost 50% from 1997 to 2007, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). CDC researchers analyzed hospital data on bloodstream infections associated with catheters in large blood vessels (central lines) in ICU patients and found that infections caused by MRSA and all other pathogens declined, for reasons that were not immediately clear.[Full JAMA report][News release about study]last_img read more

Gulf coronavirus infections surpass 400,000, Reuters tally shows

first_imgThe number of novel coronavirus cases in the six Gulf Arab states has doubled in a month to over 400,000, as the region’s two biggest economies this week fully lifted curfews imposed to combat the infection.As of Wednesday evening, the tally in the energy producing region stood at 403,163 infections, with 2,346 deaths, according to a Reuters tally. It passed the 200,000 mark on May 27.Regional business hub the United Arab Emirates announced late on Wednesday the lifting of a nightly curfew in place since mid-March as the daily number of infections fell from a peak of some 900 in late May to average between 300-400 in recent weeks. Topics : Neighboring Saudi Arabia, which has the highest regional count at more than 167,200 infections and over 1,380 deaths, fully removed its three-month curfew on Sunday.Kuwait is the only Gulf state that still has a partial curfew. Qatar, Oman and Bahrain did not impose curfews as part of measures to combat the disease.The easing of restrictions has varied across the Gulf region with the UAE and Saudi Arabia taking the lead in reopening commercial businesses, including dine-in restaurants and malls.Dubai, whose economy is reliant on tourism and retail, said on Sunday it would allow foreign visitors to enter the emirate from July 7. The UAE, which includes Dubai, has not yet announced a similar move on a federal level.Qatar, which has the second highest regional infection count, has said it would permit resumption of flights from low-risk countries on July 1 as well as the reopening of shopping malls and markets with limited capacity.Other Gulf states still have bans on foreign visitors. last_img read more

Dimitar Berbatov fires warning to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang over Arsenal exit

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Dimitar Berbatov fires warning to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang over Arsenal exit Advertisement Zidane reportedly wants to bring Aubameyang to the Bernabeu (Picture: Getty Images)‘Before the lockdown he was showing great spirit and playing for the team. I think he does like it at Arsenal and of course being a footballer in London is great, so maybe he will stay.‘The way of life, the way football is conducted, his teammates and the life his family have in London, are all things that could make him stay. ‘Being a footballer in London is great, and it’s one of the best things ever, especially when you play for a big team like Arsenal. The only things he is missing are trophies.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalBerbatov warned Aubameyang to pick his next club very carefully, as both of Spain’s elite sides already have plenty of attacking talent in their ranks.He added: ‘Barcelona and Real Madrid are the favourites to sign him and as a play in that situation your head is going to spin. Aubameyang needs to calculate his options to see if he’s going to benefit and be happy moving to these types of teams. ‘From his perspective, either of them is a good move because they are two of the best teams in the world, but then you have to look at their line-ups, which include Messi, Suarez, Griezmann, Dembele, Fati, Benzema, Bale, Hazard. ‘Would Aubameyang play much in either of those squads? He’s not getting any younger, he needs to be at a club where he is going to play and at Arsenal he is the captain. But the biggest factor in all of this is winning trophies.’AdvertisementAdvertisementMORE: David Luiz reveals his doubts about Arsenal after Chelsea transferMORE: Stan Kroenke to give cash injection to Arsenal with players close to agreeing pay cutFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Aubameyang could be on the way out of Arsenal this summer (Picture: Getty Images)Former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has told Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang that leaving Arsenal for Barcelona or Real Madrid could backfire.Both Spanish clubs have been linked with a move for the Gabon international who has just over a year left on his current deal at the Emirates Stadium.Barcelona are long-term admirers of the 30-year-old, narrowly failing in their attempts to lure him to the Nou Camp in January, while he is also reportedly a ‘major priority’ for Zinedine Zidane at Madrid.Despite a prolific goalscoring career with stints in Germany and France, Aubameyang is yet to win a major trophy, and Berbatov believes that will be at the forefront of his mind when deciding on his next move.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHe told Betfair: ‘You have to ask if Aubameyang is happy at Arsenal and, if he isn’t, I can understand why. Football is about winning trophies and we all know Arsenal are a team that play attractive football but in the end they have been left empty-handed quite a lot of times. That can be frustrating for a player.‘Also, the overall performance of the team can bother you sometimes. Aubameyang is a striker so goals will be important for him, the way he plays, how he plays and how he feels, the only person who can tell you about that is him. Read the latest updates: Coronavirus news live Metro Sport ReporterFriday 17 Apr 2020 7:41 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.8kShareslast_img read more

A former horticulture farm at Wamuran sold for more than $1m

first_img35 Woodlands Drive, WamuranA WAMURAN property with acreage has cracked the million-dollar mark.Elders Real Estate Morayfield sales manager Mal Lucas sold the roughly 16ha property at 35 Woodlands Drive for $1,050,000 earlier this month.He said the farm, which was formerly used for horticulture, was only on the market for a couple of weeks before a buyer snapped it up.He said most homes with acreage in the area sold for between $850,000 and $900,000. More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019“We got an immense amount of inquiries,” Mr Lucas said. 35 Woodlands Drive, WamuranHe said there were a lot of buyers looking for larger properties in the area so they sold quickly when they came up.“The demand is great,” Mr Lucas said.“There’s a lot of buyers out there, the market is brilliant.”However, he said the properties with acreage were generally owned by farmers who held onto them for decades. “The farms also tend to go through the family,” Mr Lucas said. According to the latest CoreLogic market trends data, the median sale price for a home in Wamuran was $567,000.last_img read more

North Vernon man arrested during traffic stop

first_imgNORTH VERNON, Ind. — A North Vernon man was arrested after police say they found drugs in his car during a traffic stop.According to police, John F. Dearborn was stopped after officers observed his car cross the center line.During the stop, the officer saw drug paraphernalia in plain view inside Dearborn’s car.During a search of the vehicle, officers found methamphetamine, marijuana, a digital scale, and multiple syringes and cash.Dearborn was arrested on the charges of dealing in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a syringe, and maintaining a common nuisance.last_img read more

September 18, 2017 Police Blotter

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Angelo State Ends UWF Historic Season

first_imgAngelo State Ends UWF Historic Season Share May 20, 2007ARKADELPHIA, Ark. – West Florida’s (43-19, No. 5 seed) miraculous run at a birth in the NCAA Division II World Series fell just short. Angelo State (48-18, No. 6 seed) defeated West Florida in the elimination game today at the NCAA II South Central Regional by a final score of 13-7. The Rams tallied 22 hits in the win for the right to play Montevallo this afternoon, and will need to beat Montevallo twice to win the regional.The Rams took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. Clay Calfee led off with a single through the left side off UWF starter Kit Powell. Bucky Strickland flew out to right field. Calfee advanced to second base on a ground out to second by Nate Hemm. Matt Lenderman doubled down the left field line scoring Calfee. Powell struck out Brett Nightingale to finish the ASU threat.The Argos tied the game at 1-1 in the third inning. With one out, Kyle DeBos singled to left field. Rams starter Jeremy Tietze got Peter Antoske to pop out. Jason Kohl, and both Kohl and DeBos advanced to second and third. Bo Williams walked to load the bases, and another wild pitch allowed DeBos to score. Tietze struck out Clay Wallace with runners on second and third to end UWF’s scoring.Angelo State scored three runs in the third to take a 4-1 advantage. Charley Belew singled up the middle to lead off the inning, and took second base on a wild pitch. Jimmy Cox flew out for the first out. Drew Caraway had an infield single to the shortstop Wallace. Caraway stole second. He took third and Belew scored on a throwing error by the catcher Jacob Whisenhunt. Steven Allred singled to center scoring Caraway. Powell got Calfee to fly out. Allred stole second base, and scored on Bucky Strickland’s RBI single. Allred got caught in a run down for the final out.West Florida started a two out rally in the fourth. Justin Wood doubled down the right field line. Jones walked, and Wood scored on a double by DeBos down the right field line. Antoske grounded out to finish the inning.The Argos struck again in the fifth. Kohl walked to lead off the inning. He advanced to second on a ground out by Williams to third. Wallace picked up a base hit to the shortstop Belew and Kohl took third. Wallace stole second base, and Whisenhunt’s sacrifice fly scored Kohl. Left fielder Nate Hemm dropped a fly ball by Andrews with two outs and Wallace scored to tie the game, 4-4. Wood grounded out to finish the inning.Cox led off the bottom of the fifth with a single to right. Caraway flew out to right and Allred lined out to right. Calfee had an infield hit to Antoske at third. Strickland singled to center scoring Cox. Calfee got caught in a run down trying to advance to third for the final out.After getting Hemm to fly out to center, Lenderman singled to left. Nightingale doubled down the left field line. With runners on second and third, UWF turned to reliever Nick Presley. He struck out Belew for the second out. However, a two out single down the right field line by Cox scored both Lenderman and Nightingale to put ASU up, 7-4. Caraway flew out to end the inning.Tietze walked Kohl and Williams to start the seventh for UWF. Bradley Durst relieved Tietze. Wallace moved runners to second and third on a sacrifice bunt. Both runners scored on a double down the right field line. An infield hit to third by Andrews put runners at the corners. Durst struck out Wood and Jones grounded out to third. West Florida trailed, 7-6.Back-to-back singles by Allred and Calfee put ASU in business in the seventh. Strickland reached on a fielder’s choice to second base and Allred scored. Calfee was cut down at second. Hemm singled to left field and Strickland advanced to second. Lenderman homered to left center scoring Hemm and Strickland. However, Lenderman was called out for over running the base runner Hemm. Lenderman was credited a single on the play. West Florida trailed, 10-6 through seven innings.DeBos led off the eighth with a single up the middle. He was thrown out at second on a ground ball hit by Antoske. Antoske scored from first on a double to right center by Kohl to cut the deficit to 10-7. Williams popped out to second. Wallace flew out to right to finish the inning.Cox led off the eighth with an infield hit to the shortstop off UWF reliever Jonathan Weaver. Weaver threw out pinch runner Kelvin Roberts on a sacrifice bunt attempt by Caraway. Caraway stole second and took third on a throwing error by Whisenhunt. Allred singled to right scoring Caraway. Calfee singled up the middle, but was thrown out at second. Strickland singled through the right side scoring Allred. Strickland stole second and scored on a Hemm single through the left side spelling the end of Weaver’s day, and ASU on top, 13-7. After hitting Daniel Ochs with a pitch, reliever David Pedro got Nightingale to ground out to third.Powell (3-3) got the loss for UWF and Tietze (7-1) picked up the win. Eight Rams players had multiple hits. Four had multiple RBI. Whisenhunt led UWF with three RBI and a double. DeBos went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a double.The 2007 season ends for UWF. Their 43 wins is the most in program historyPrint Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Northern Ireland to play Turkey

first_imgNorthern Ireland will visit Turkey for an international friendly to be held on November 15, the Irish Football Association has announced. Press Association Michael O’Neill’s men – who recently finished fifth in World Cup qualifying group F, winning only one of their 10 games – face Turkey in the southern city of Adana during the next international break. A statement from the Irish FA confirmed the game would take place at the Adana 5 Ocak Stadium with a kick-off time of 1900 GMT. center_img Northern Ireland have lost their last three meetings with Turkey, the most recent encounter a 2-0 defeat for Nigel Worthington’s side in Connecticut in May 2010. Turkey won 3-0 both home and away during qualifying for the 2000 European Championships. Turkey are currently managed by Fatih Terim but, like next month’s visitors, will not participate in next summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil after finishing fourth in qualifying Group D. last_img read more

Historic donation of equipment by UCI a boost for Guyana Cycling Federation

first_img.., Members of Guyana’s Team for JCCC to benefit EIGHT road bikes, along with other equipment, were received by the Guyana Cycling Federation (GCF), compliments of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI).The items, which were cleared by president of the GCF, Horace Burrowes, this week will be a huge boost to the sport according to the head of the body, now preparing to host the Junior Caribbean Cycling Championships from August 10 to 11 next in Bartica.Burrowes was in high praise of the UCI for the timely donation of equipment, noting that this is the first time that Guyana has received such a donation from the world body and would go towards boosting youth and female development.“This positive development is huge for this nation and our young cyclists. I have been attending conferences and events of the UCI since being elected back in 2015 and it was my duty to lobby the UCI to assist us.“I am very grateful to them for this donation which has come at the perfect time as we’ll be hosting for the first time in our history, the Junior Caribbean Championships, next month.”The overall value of the items runs into millions and apart from the cycles, vests, socks, polos, jackets, t-shirts, gloves, helmets, shoes, handlebars and forks have been received.Burrowes stated that some of the riders selected to represent Guyana next month would be recipients of UCI’s goodwill to the nation and some of the equipment (including cycles) would remain the property of GCF.“This is a really positive development for the federation which has never owned a single cycle but we now have eight, which is a good start. A lot of the items would be given to our young riders, including females, but we would be focussing on our Junior team for now.“The UCI has promised to build on this support and very shortly, I would be informing all of another positive and historic development for members and Guyana. If we as a body pedal as one team, there’s no telling of what can be achieved.”last_img read more