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Indonesia, Despite Coal-Industry Collapse, Continues to Develop More Coal

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Nithin Coca for Equal Times Indonesia:What do you do when your top export – coal – is down, production is falling and a new global climate accord calls for sharp cuts in CO2 emissions? Convert to greener energy? Contrary to some of its neighbours, Indonesia is going headlong in the other direction: burning more coal to boost demand.With production more than 30 million tonnes below projections last year, the government is nearly quadrupling the number of coal-fired power plants, building 117 new plants throughout the country, which will provide 10,000 megawatts of power generation capacity, on top of the existing 42.According to Arif Fiyanto, a coal campaigner with Greenpeace Indonesia, going forward with this plan would be devastating, in both environment and economic terms. “If the government continues down this path of kowtowing to coal interests, our beautiful country will be turned into a poisoned wasteland, producing a resource that fewer and fewer want to buy,” Fiyanto tells Equal Times.One key reason for the drop in Indonesia’s coal export figures is that shipments to China fell by half last year, due to both an economic slowdown, but also a push to reduce horrific smog levels throughout the country. In addition, recent developments show that Vietnam and India will not be able to fill that China-sized hole as expected.Earlier this month, Vietnam announced that it was abandoning its previously ambitious coal power plant plans in favour of “accelerated investment in renewable energy.” This was followed by news that India’s coal imports dropped by a much-higher-than expected 35 per cent last year due to massive oversupply and a quicker-than-expected expansion in renewables.“The structural decline of the seaborne thermal coal market is increasingly evident from the trends in China and India,” said Tim Buckley, a director of energy finance studies at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis in a press statement.“That one of the leading coal developers in Southeast Asia, [Vietnam], is going to retreat from new coal plants further signals the terminal decline of the global coal industry,” he continued.This doesn’t bode well for Indonesia. In 2014 it was the world’s top exporter of the fossil fuel, sending 410 megatons of mostly thermal coal – most commonly used in power plants – to its power-hungry Asian neighbours. That’s because it produced the cheapest coal, in comparison to its competitors in Australia, Russia and the United States.However, cheap coal had a huge external cost. Producers relied on low-paid, mostly non-union labour, used environmentally degrading strip-mining techniques, and shipped via uncovered cargo ships which polluted waterways.If the Indonesian government’s plans go forward, it will only cement the control this destructive industry has over the country’s economy.Full article: Indonesia Swims Against the Global Green Tide With Its New Coal Commitments Indonesia, Despite Coal-Industry Collapse, Continues to Develop More Coallast_img read more

Wellington girls season ends with disheartening sub-state championship loss to Rose Hill

first_imgRose Hill9101417—50 Sub-state championship By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Crusader girls basketball team saw its season come to a startling halt with a 50-44 loss to Rose Hill in the sub-state championship game in Winfield Saturday.Rose Hill, which came into the game on a three-game winning streak despite a 6-15 record, would out point Wellington every quarter except the first when it led 9-6. The loss ends Wellington’s season at 15-7. There is comfort that this will not be Wellington’s last stand as every starter should be returning next season. But let’s not sugar coat this game.It stings. This was a team, Wellington could have beaten handily on any other night. Wellington hit just two field goals in the first half, and would have just four going into the final minute of the third quarter. Then Wellington’s Lauryn Snipes, who finished with 25 points, would hit her first field goal of the night on a wild three-point bank shot. She would follow that with two more and had whittled the lead from 31-23 to 31-28.But Rose Hill would never relinquish the lead and rebuilt a 40-31 advantage. Wellington came back with fight, getting buckets from Taylor Zimmerman and Shayland French to pull within three, 40-37 with 2:18 to play.Then the Rockets Herman nailed a three-pointer from the side to put the lead back to six.Wellington stormed back on a Snipes trey, making it 45-43.And then when Rose Hill could have put this game away in the final minute it would miss six consecutive free throws. But they would make the seventh with 16.7 seconds to play. Wellington was driving down court for the final shot down 46-43. Snipes drove to the hoop but a Rose Hill defender would knock the ball lose and the ball landed in the hands of S. French, who went up for a shot and missed. On the rebound she fouled Rocket Collins, who would go to the line and secure victory with two made free throws.Wellington’s furious fourth-quarter comeback spurts were proof of the spirit that made this team 12-2 in the last 14 games going in. But, unfortunately, there was little of that in the first 23 minutes of this game.The Crusaders would miss their first 10 shots and were down 9-0 in the early going. They didn’t hit their first points until Tayland French made a steal and a layup to make it 9-2 with a little more than two minutes in the first quarter.Wellington would score four consecutive points to pull with three 9-6 at quarter’s end. Rose Hill would eventually rebuild the lead to eight and held a 19-15 advantage at the half. Wellington had one trey, one deuce and 10 free throws to account for in the first half.The Crusaders seemed to be more aggressive early in the third when Tayland French made two consecutive baskets on two possessions. But her inside presence was negated with foul trouble. She and Zimmerman would eventually foul out.Hard to pinpoint exactly at what time Wellington lost this game, but midway through the third quarter may have been that point. The Lady Dukes were down 22-20 and appeared to have momentum finally swinging their way, when they gave up six consecutive points on three possessions and were back behind 28-20. Wellington could never recover thereafter.For the game, Wellington was 8 of 32 in two pointers and 5 of 8 from the 3-point arc. The Crusaders were pretty good at the foul line going 13 of 16. But Rose Hill was 23 of 33 free throws. That was your ball game as the Rockets had 10 more points and more than twice as many looks at the charity stripe. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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WHY NOW COULD BE THE PERFECT TIME TO DO THE BUSINESS IN DONEGAL

first_imgPromoted postHave you got what it takes to Start Your Own Business? After another tough Budget was announced in October 2013 – its not all doom and gloom says Michael Coll from The Tax Clinic in Letterkenny.The introduction of the “Start Your Own Business (SYOB) incentive scheme has led to quite a number of queries from unemployed people hoping to become Self – Employed says Mr.Coll.What is the “Start Your Own Business” (SYOB) Scheme:It is an exemption from Income Tax up to a maximum of €40,000 per annum and will be provided for a period of two years, to individuals who set up a qualifying, un-incorporated business, having been unemployed for a period of at least 15 months prior to establishing the business. Michael says that they have had queries from people looking to set up a variety of different businesses from Dog Grooming to I.T. Consultancy.With this in mind Michael has teamed up with Noel O’ Donnell from Noel O’ Donnell Chartered Accountants on the High Road, Letterkenny to provide a free consultation to anybody employed or unemployed looking to enter the world of Self – Employment.The consultation will cover the areas of Business Structure, Tax Registration, Book –Keeping, Vat & Paye issues.To find out more log onto www.thetaxclinic.ie or call into either the High Road Letterkenny or Main Street Killybegs”Letterkenny Office – 074 91 60550 (Noel/Michael)Killybegs Office – 074 97 32055 (Mabel) WHY NOW COULD BE THE PERFECT TIME TO DO THE BUSINESS IN DONEGAL was last modified: November 3rd, 2013 by StephenShare 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)Tags:Noel O’DonnellStart Your Own Businesslast_img read more