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Kentucky Derby winner Justify wins Preakness

first_img Written by Beau Lund May 19, 2018 /Sports News – National Kentucky Derby winner Justify wins Preaknesscenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPatrick Smith/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) — Justify came in first in the Preakness Stakes Saturday and will vie to become the 13th winner of the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes next.The sloppy grounds of Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course saw Justify — who took first in the Kentucky Derby earlier in the month — cross the finish line in just over 1:36.The Triple Crown was last won in 2015 by American Pharoah, the first in 37 the bear and contact authorities. The bear was euthanized afterwards.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img

UK: HMS Montrose Successfully Fires Harpoon Missile

first_imgRoyal Navy warship HMS Montrose has flexed her warfighting muscle with the successful firing of a Harpoon missile – capable of destroying a target up to 80 miles away. The anti-ship missile was fired at more than 800 mph into a specially-designed target barge in the Scottish exercise areas, obliterating it within minutes, and demonstrating the type of lethal power the warship wields.The Royal Navy continually tests its personnel on exercises and training serials which are designed to build a world-class Service, and putting the weapons through their paces is part of ensuring their powerful capability. Principal Warfare Officer Lieutenant Ben Evans said:“The intensity and stress of conducting complex warfare training increases tenfold when you know that there is almost a quarter of a tonne of warhead on the end of the live missile you are about to fire – but so is the satisfaction increased when you successfully achieve your goal.” HMS Montrose, which is based at Devonport Naval Base, fired the Harpoon missile during a specialist training week following her participation in Exercise Joint Warrior – a huge multinational exercise off the coast of Scotland.Weapon Engineer Officer Lieutenant Commander Tony Marden said:“Firing our cutting edge missiles is not an everyday event, but ensuring the availability of the equipment required to do so is, and my team of professional engineers take great pride in having proved their mettle.” The missile is around 15ft long, about 1ft diameter and is launched from Type 23 frigates. A booster rocket helps launch the Harpoon before the turbojet then powers it along at Mach .9 – just under the speed of sound.One of the aims of the firing was to put into practice some of HMS Montrose’s pre-deployment training, while the other was to assess the missile’s performance in challenging conditions against a challenging target.Commanding Officer of HMS Montrose, Commander James Parkin, said:“Of all the times I have said ‘command approved’ in my career so far, it was this one that I enjoyed the most.“A successful firing of our Harpoon missiles has proven that my professional team of highly trained sailors are at the top of their game, and that we are ready for any tasking that we are given.” [mappress]Press Release, May 7, 2013; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: Montrose Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: HMS Montrose Successfully Fires Harpoon Missile Training & Education View post tag: Missile May 7, 2013 View post tag: Defense View post tag: successfully View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: HMS View post tag: Fires View post tag: Defence View post tag: HARPOON UK: HMS Montrose Successfully Fires Harpoon Missile Share this articlelast_img read more

Red Hot Chili Peppers Deliver A Heavy Dose Of Nostalgia On ‘The Getaway’

first_imgWhat do you do when you invent your own genre of music? Do you stick to your guns and continue with the same formula? Or do you keep adding to it, helping it to evolve into something familiar, yet new. The Red Hot Chili Peppers have been trying to properly answer this question for what seems like their entire career.With eleven studio albums under their belt—including the newly released album The Getaway—it’s of note that five of those records were recorded during major transitions for the band. 90’s mega-hit Blood Sugar Sex Magik was made in the wake of original guitarist Hillel Slovak’s untimely passing, and saw the emergence of his replacement, peak-Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante. For the next album, One Hot Minute, the band hired Jane’s Addiction veteran Dave Navarro to replace Frusciante after he quit the band due to the pressures of touring. When Frusciante made his grand return for 1999’s Californication, it signaled a major shift in the band’s sound, directing the band into a more melodic and harmony-driven era that seemed to re-define the funk punk rockers. After three classic records with Frusciante, he quit the band again, leading to former guitar tech Josh Klinghoffer’s addition before 2011’s I’m With You.Finally, just when it seemed like they were settling back into their comfort zone, the band decided to make another major shift, as The Getaway is the first RHCP record that was produced by anyone other than Rick Rubin since 1989. While dropping one of this generation’s mastermind producers may be a risk for a band with as much repeat success as the Chili Peppers, the band turned to a talented duo to help them switch gears and re-hone their sound for a new generation, bringing Broken Bells/Black Keys veteran Danger Mouse in to produce the record, and legendary Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich in to mix the record. The influence of these two studio wizards can be felt all over the album, yet, the record sounds like a Red Hot Chili Peppers record. Anthony Keidis’ raps and sings in his unique harmonic style, Flea plays his bass both beautifully and aggressively, Chad Smith’s drums are tight and awesome, and Josh Klinghoffer’s guitar is dreamy and psychedelic. In that sense, the majority of The Getaway feels like a deliberate attempt to re-create some of the band’s best moments from previous albums. However, it also seems that the new production team made sure to incorporate new instruments and sounds into their arsenal to augment the band’s sound.You can listen to a stream of the album, below.The new sound kicks off right away, as opening track “The Getaway” offers a dancey, hi-hat laden beat with chicken picking guitar and dream-like vocal harmonies. Their funky single “Dark Necessities” turns the disco vibe up even more, as Flea and Smith lead the way with a funky rhythm that defines the track. Smith’s usually usual style of fill-based drumming is replaced by tighter, more precise parts, one of Danger Mouse’s hallmarks. Even with the new disco vibe, both tracks sound like they could be on 2002’s By The Way, and that’s probably the point. The band finds most of it’s success on The Getaway on these tracks, and on songs like “Detroit” and We Turn Red,” where the Chili Peppers brings it back to their Blood Sugar Sex Magik sound that old school fans still yearn for.Danger Mouse’s biggest influence on the record comes in the addition of piano, keyboards, and synthesizers to RHCP’s sound. Tracks like “Goodbye Angels,” “The Longest Wave,” and “Sick Love” are all heavily impacted by this stylistic shift. The use of keyboards allows Klinghoffer to provide effects-laden guitar swirls on most of the tracks on the album, and he shines through on several tracks with the new melodic space he’s been provided. If the punk-psychadelia of some of RHCP’s earlier material doesn’t sound as natural with him on guitar, Klinghoffer shines on several of the tracks on The Getaway, and his rhythmic playing and heavy use of effects are reminiscent of Nile Rodgers or The Edge from U2.When the band tries to push itself too far outside of its box, however, the tracks fall flat. Specifically “The Hunter” and “Encore”, two Radiohead-esque tunes tucked in to the back end of the album, come off as awkward compared to the rest of the album, as they just don’t fit Anthony Keidis’ voice. Also, “Feasting on the Flowers” sounds like a cast-off Broken Bells track, and in that sense it feels a bit lazy and forced.In the end, The Getaway gives Chili Peppers fans a lot to work with, with catchy melodies, pulsing beats, and alt-rock perfection making up a majority of the record. Minus a few tunes, they successfully re-invent and re-create the unique Red Hot Chili Peppers sound, using the nostalgia-laden production of Danger Mouse as a catalyst for the classic RHCP sound. The result is the best Red Hot Chili Peppers album since By The Way, and an evolved sound that brings the band into both the past and the future simultaneously.last_img read more

Memphis Soul Outfit Southern Avenue To Play Tipitina’s In NOLA

first_imgGritty soul outfit Southern Avenue, made up of powerful sisterly duo of Tierinii and Tikyra Jackson on vocals and drums, respectively, along with Israeli-born blues guitarist Ori Naftaly, bassist Daniel McKee, and keyboardist Jeremy Powell, have been earning their stripes out on the road for the last year. On Saturday night, April 1st, the group will return to New Orleans for a show at legendary venue Tipitina’s with special guests Wonderland.While Southern Avenue has only been together for a little over a year, they have already made their mark on the Beale Street crowd in Memphis and beyond. With appearances on their self-titled debut album from the likes of guitarist Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars) and trumpeter Mark Franklin (The Bo-Keys), Southern Avenue is making a clear case for their ascension in the rock world.The group came together when Israeli-born guitarist Ori Naftaly met singer Tierinii Jackson; the two had an instant musical connection. According to Ori, “When I saw Tierinii perform, I thought, ‘This is why I came to America.’ I met her and we clicked. At our first rehearsal, she told me that her sister was a drummer, and she thought it would be great to have her in the band. We had such a good vibe, and suddenly I didn’t care so much about my solo thing.” And the rest, as they say, is history.Purchase tickets for the show here. For additional show information, check out the Facebook Event page here.last_img read more

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Wraps Weekend Run With Explosive Portland Show [Photos/Videos]

first_imgLoad remaining images On Sunday, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead delivered their second show of the weekend at Portland, ME’s State Theatre, wrapping a three-night weekend jaunt that also featured a performance at Albany, NY’s Palace Theatre.Joe Russo’s Almost Dead opened up their first set with “Don’t Ease Me In”, which was followed up by a hearty take on “Alligator”, highlighted by drummer Joe Russo and bassist Dave Dreiwitz locking into a tight-knit rhythmic pocket. Marco Benevento then led the quintet into an uptempo “Viola Lee Blues” before moving forward with “I Need A Miracle” and “Dire Wolf”. With Joe Russo commanding his unstoppable rock band, the five-piece brought the first set to a close with “King Solomon’s Marbles”, off of the Grateful Dead‘s 1975 album Blues For Allah.Joe Russo Drum Solo[Video: Caleb Sponholtz]The band came back out to open their second set with “Crazy Fingers”, with Tom Hamilton and Scott Metzger trading off some smoking hot guitar solos. The five-piece continued with hearty renditions of “Jack Straw”, “Greatest Story Ever Told”, and “Cosmic Charlie”, followed by a silky-smooth take on Jerry Garcia Band‘s “Cats Under The Stars”. A full-throttle combination of “Slipknot!” and “Franklins Tower” brought the improv-heavy second set to a close. Benevento came out solo to open up the encore with a cover of The Band‘s “Yazoo Street Scandal” before the remainder of the band reemerged to close the night out with appropriate Sunday “Samson and Delilah”.Joe Russo’s Almost Dead – “Jack Straw”[Video: Caleb Sponholtz]Check out a beautiful gallery of photos from Sunday night’s JRAD show courtesy of photographer Vic Brazen below.Next up for Joe Russo’s Almost Dead is a four-night run throughout the Northeast, with performances at Jim Thorpe, PA’s Penn’s Peak (3/13); New Haven, CT’s College Street Music Hall (3/14); Montclair, NJ’s Wellmont Theater (3/15); and Cleveland, OH’s Masonic Auditorium (3/16).For ticketing information and a full list of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website.Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | State Theatre | Portland, ME | 3/3/2019Set One: Don’t Ease Me In, Alligator, Viola Lee Blues, I Need a Miracle, Dire Wolf, King Solomon’s MarblesSet Two: Crazy Fingers, Jack Straw, Greatest Story Ever Told, Cosmic Charlie, Cats Under the Stars, Slipknot > Franklins TowerEncore: Yazoo Street Scandal*, Samson and Delilah*Marco soloJoe Russo’s Almost Dead | State Theatre | Portland, ME | 3/3/2019 | Photos: Vic Brazenlast_img read more

‘Broad City’ Shares Deleted Scene Featuring Phish’s Mike Gordon, a.k.a. Shoe Guy [Watch]

first_imgHowever, the final season of Broad City came and went, and Cactus was nowhere to be seen. On Saturday, the show finally shared a deleted scene on their social media accounts which answers fans’ burning questions about what happened to the Gordo scene.The deleted scene comes from the season’s first episode, “Stories,” in which the show’s fictionalized versions of Abbi and Ilana set out to walk from the “tippity top to the tippity bottom” of Manhattan to celebrate Abbi’s 30th birthday. The girls document their trek live on Instagram Stories, and the episode plays like you’re watching the girls’ story on the Instagram app—complete with 15-second clips and selfies and captions and all.As we know from Broad City‘s many references to Phish and the mutual adoration between the band and the show’s creators, Abbi Jacobson is a card-carrying Phish fan. In this particular clip, Abbi has stopped for a bathroom break and is off camera. Ilana is burning some time outside taking selfies for their big Instagram story when she notices a guy who is “definitely on Stories taking pictures of his shoes!”When she runs over to “shoe guy” to compare notes on why “the internet is the f*cking best,” a white-clad silver fox appears in the frame to explain to Ilana that, “Um, no, well, I just kind of do this one thing.” The exchange ends, in true Stories style, with a pair of selfies that dub the stranger “Shoe Guy” and explain that he “wouldn’t gimme his handle”. Check out the clip below: Last fall, a photo from the set of the final season of Comedy Central‘s Broad City prompted instant excitement from Phish fans. In the photo, you can see Ilana Glazer sitting with bassist Mike Gordon on a New York City bench, taking photos of Mike—clad in his oft-meme’d, all-white outfit—taking photos of his shoes. This, of course, prompted speculation that Gordon would make an appearance on the acclaimed comedy.Ahead of the final season’s premiere, Gordon shared a photo of himself with Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, the show’s co-creators and co-stars, from the same day of shooting, seemingly adding weight to the theory that Mike would make a cameo on the show. That’s right—#ShoeGuy is none other than Mike Gordon. The clip has several layers of humor for Broad City-loving Phish fans to appreciate. If you followed Gordon on Instagram during last summer’s Phish tour, you surely noticed his new habit of documenting his nightly outfits and footwear with similar legs-crossed photos of his shoes, socks, and pants (i.e. “I kind of just do this one thing”).Then, of course, there’s the fact that this exchange happens when Abbi is out of the picture for a moment. Were she there, she would have immediately recognized the Phish bassist and the exchange likely would have gone much differently. But from Ilana’s perspective, this is just a funny interaction with some guy grabbing photos of his outfit for the ‘gram.It’s pretty understandable why the clip was scrapped from the episode’s final cut—the joke may have been a little too “inside” for the show’s general audience. Thanks to Abbi, however, for sharing the deleted scene so her fellow Phish fans can enjoy the silliness. Oh, and thanks to #ShoeGuy for keeping that fashion sense on point.last_img read more

The little book that could

first_imgThere’s no trace of bravado in Paul Harding, no austere aura of the revered and seasoned writer.Paul Harding knows rejection.He knows hard work like the characters in his novel “Tinkers,” men of solitude with unspoken troubles.Harding once reconciled with himself that maybe he’d be a writer who never published. He’d sent his book around to agents, but none was impressed by a labyrinthine story interweaving three generations of New England fathers and sons. Agents told him readers weren’t interested in “my quiet, meditative half-novel thingie,” but wanted action and fireworks — car chase and machine-gun style.“I think of ‘Tinkers’ as unlineated poetry,” Harding told an overcapacity crowd at the Barker Center Thursday night (July 29). The former creative writing and composition professor at Harvard Extension School and the Harvard Summer School drew packs of admirers and former students who wanted to hear, and perhaps brag about, their former teacher who won the Pulitzer Prize — seemingly out of nowhere.“I ceased and desisted and put the book in a drawer for three years,” Harding revealed.He had a wife, two children, and used to drum in a rock band. He had a full, good life, he knew, but he just couldn’t let go of his novel. One of his sons suffered with chronic ear infections and would only sleep if being driven around. So in the middle of the night, Harding drove, and when his son finally dozed, he’d pull over and work on his story.“Tinkers” is drawn from Harding’s family history. His grandfather repaired and traded antique clocks, and while Harding apprenticed with him, he heard fragments of the man’s life. The not-quite 200-page novel narrates the death of clock repairer George Washington Crosby, goes back in time to introduce George’s father, the epileptic tinker and backwoods peddler Howard, who then remembers his own epileptic father, who abandons the family when he learns his wife is to have him institutionalized.“I’m not interested in autobiography, but the dramatic premises of the book are factual,” Harding said. “My grandfather did repair and trade antique clocks, and I apprenticed with him. His father did have epilepsy and left the family when my grandfather was 12.”“My grandfather’s family had been very poor, and his father’s leaving was very traumatic, so my grandfather would not talk about these things. He refused to elaborate. So that just made those stories irresistible to me. So when he died and my grandmother died, and all my documentary sources dried up, I just took those stories as points of departure and would write my way out from them until the imagined truth would hit its own momentum.”The novel’s fragmentation, rich detail, and many perspectives are what make “Tinkers” so singular — and arguably convoluted. But Harding said the original version of his book was nearly indecipherable.“The way I write is the way those robot cleaners vacuum,” Harding told the audience. “Fiction doesn’t come to me in linear chronology.” He recalled the night he printed his manuscript, “spread it out on the floor, took scissors and tape, and cut it all up.”But his manual labor paid off.“Tinkers” found its way to Erika Goldman, the editorial director of Bellevue Literary Press, a small nonprofit run out of the New York University School of Medicine. Goldman agreed to publish it.From there, Harding’s success is nothing less than a Cinderella story. “Tinkers” spread largely through word of mouth, with a few good reviews along the way, and garnered the unlikely attention of the Pulitzer judges.“I still don’t believe it’s possible,” Harding said of his award. “Is it an elaborate hoax?”While working on a second novel, Harding is on the road promoting “Tinkers” until next April. After all the rejection, Harding is warming to his newfound limelight.“I’m not sure,” he joked, “but it might be a little like being Miss America.”To read reflections from a student (and a veteran reporter) on what it was like to learn from Paul Harding, click here.last_img read more

Faculty of Arts and Sciences will bring up to 40% of undergraduates to campus this fall

first_img Teaching to remain online for 2020-21 Related The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. FAS dean outlines three possible paths to return to residential life Administrators’ concerns include the ongoing threat posed by the coronavirus and the possibility of additional quarantines center_img Six graduate and professional Schools to remain online for fall The Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) will bring up to 40 percent of undergraduates to campus for the fall semester, including all first-year students, Harvard announced today.University President Larry Bacow, FAS Edgerley Family Dean Claudine Gay, and Danoff Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana co-authored a message to the FAS community that described the path forward, allowing first-years the opportunity to adjust to college academics and to begin creating connections with faculty and other classmates, while learning on campus in September.The College will address gaps in students’ home learning environments and identify those who need to return to campus to continue to progress academically. Students on campus will move out before Thanksgiving and complete reading and exams periods from home.“Harvard was built for connection, not isolation. Without a vaccine or effective clinical treatments for the virus, we know that no choice that reopens the campus is without risk,” the president and deans wrote. “That said, we have worked closely with leading epidemiologists and medical experts to define an approach that we believe will protect the health and safety of our community, while also protecting our academic enterprise and providing students with the conditions they need to be successful academically.”Should only one cohort return in the spring, priority will be given to seniors. Bacow, Gay, and Khurana lamented that the overall decision would be particularly disappointing for sophomores and juniors who face a year away from campus after shifting to remote learning for half the past spring semester when they moved to learning from home as Harvard quickly de-densified because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In recognition of this difficult situation, the president and deans extended to students who study away from campus for the full academic year the opportunity to return next summer to take two tuition-free courses at Harvard Summer School.“The recent upturn in COVID-19 cases in certain states illustrates the difficulty of making predictions, even well-informed ones, about the evolution of this virus. Given this uncertainty, we determined that our fall plan must enable us to bring back as many students as possible while providing sufficient margin to accommodate an escalation of the prevalence of COVID-19 in our area. Anything less and we could find ourselves again facing the prospect of asking our students to leave, on short notice, prior to the end of the semester,” the leaders wrote.The message provided details on the cost of attendance. Tuition will remain as previously announced. Aided students who do not return to campus will receive a $5,000 remote room and board allowance in their financial aid award each semester to support studying at home. The FAS also has eliminated the fall term-time work expectation for all aided students, given the challenging economy and the public health risks of non-remote work.“We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the economy have created a number of challenges for families all over the world. Affording your Harvard education should not be one of them,” said Jake Kaufmann, Griffin Director of Financial Aid.  “Harvard’s robust financial aid program and commitment to meeting students’ demonstrated financial need remains as strong as ever.”All returning students and first-years will live in single bedrooms with a shared bathroom, and also learn remotely (as described in a previous announcement).All students living on campus will be required to sign a community compact agreeing to new health measures, which include mandatory video training, daily symptom attestation, viral testing every three days, participation in contract tracing, and standard safety practices such as wearing masks and physical distancing. Students who test positive will be isolated and cared for by medical professionals at Harvard University Health Services, which is preparing quarantine accommodations for up to 250 individuals.Inter-House access to other residences and dining areas, as well as to non-residential Harvard buildings, will be restricted, with the exception of University Health Services. Harvard Athletics has not yet determined a date for reopening recreational facilities. Harvard Library’s physical spaces remain closed. No off-campus visitors will be allowed into student residences, including enrolled Harvard students who are not in residence on campus.The FAS has established and will continuously monitor an index of health factors on campus and in the Boston area that affect campus life. This index will guide administrators to respond immediately and alter residential operations as needed. For example, Harvard University Dining Services will be prepared to transition quickly between touchless food pick-up and more traditional dining operations as circumstances warrant.“Though an undergraduate student may be at relatively low risk of complications associated with COVID-19, for example, their actions can impact the families of dining workers, security guards, House staff, and others who make residential life possible. The Faculty of Arts and Sciences promotes shared responsibility for the health and well-being of our campus community. We are truly in this together,” Bacow, Gay, and Khurana wrote.Fall plans will bring a return to regular grading and an adjustment to scheduling. While classes will begin on Sept. 2, the instructional day will be expanded to accommodate students across global time zones. The deferral deadline for first years has been extended to July 24. For upperclassmen contemplating taking leaves of absence, the College has trained a special team of advisors to help them work through the decision.The Ivy League is expected to announce plans for fall sports competitions and training on July 8, but the message acknowledged that having a limited cohort of students on campus will affect what activities are possible. Plans for creating community and for co-curriculars will be announced later in the summer.Bacow, Gay, and Khurana thanked the more than 100 members of the faculty and administration who served on 11 scenario-planning groups to lay out the fall. The interdisciplinary teams included data scientists, economists, historians, privacy experts, life scientists, and philosophers, “who have worked tirelessly to adapt Harvard to the demands the pandemic has placed on us while maintaining our commitment to academic excellence and inclusion.”Though the message only described plans for fall, it suggested that the three on-campus density scenarios that went into this fall’s planning also would apply to spring: lower, continued medium, and higher. A decision on the makeup of spring semester is expected in early December, when the FAS also expects to announce a delayed start to it.Harvard’s professional Schools have made determinations and announcements about their plans for this fall based on their own unique considerations. Information on each School’s plans can be found here.”last_img read more

The ‘Long-Term Problem’ Facing U.S. Coal

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Pittsburgh City Paper:Economic experts warn that coal will continue its long-term, steady decline. Pennsylvania coal-industry advocates are optimistic about coal’s future, and say coal production will remain steady and an important part of the area’s energy portfolio. But even with these diverging views of the overall future of coal, everyone seems to be in agreement about one thing: The coal jobs are not coming back. “I suggested that [Trump] temper his expectations. Those are my exact words,” said Murray Energy CEO Robert Murray, the country’s largest coal-mine owner, in a March 2017 article in The Guardian newspaper. “He can’t bring them back.”Pittsburgh City Paper analyzed U.S. Department of Labor data on jobs at coal-producing sites in Southwestern Pennsylvania, including Allegheny, Butler, Washington, Greene, Fayette, Westmoreland and Armstrong counties. (Beaver County had no coal mines, according to the data.) In 2017, the average number of workers at coal-producing sites, like underground and surface mines, in this region was 2,767, an increase of 26 workers compared to 2016, or a growth rate of less than 1 percent. Nationally, coal jobs ticked up by 771 to 54,819 jobs, an increase of 1.4 percent, according to news organization Reuters.  With the projected 370 jobs lost at the 4 West Mine, this means the region will have to add more than 344 coal jobs to have positive job growth in 2018. Seth Feaster, of the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, a Cleveland-based group that advocates for a diverse, sustainable and profitable energy economy, says this will be an extremely difficult feat. Feaster says there was a positive jolt to the coal industry with the election of Trump, but adds that enthusiasm for coal has since waned, because the demand hasn’t really recovered. He notes that the fourth quarter of 2017 saw a drop-off in coal-industry hiring compared to early in the year.Feaster also says job numbers over the last several years indicate a bleak future for coal employment. “If you take a slightly longer view of the coal industry, just to 2015, there was still a 13,000-job loss compared to 2017,” says Feaster. “Go back to 2012, you are talking about a loss of 35,000 jobs. Coal is facing a long-term problem.”The Trump administration has made many policy changes to attempt to boost coal. Trump’s administration has rolled back several environmental regulations, many of which were specially requested by Murray and his company. On Jan. 9, The New York Times reported that just weeks before the inauguration, Murray, who owns coal mines in Washington County, provided Trump with a wish-list of environmental regulations he wanted ended. Murray told PBS’s Frontline that Trump has already enacted many of his suggestions. Trump’s Energy Secretary, Rick Perry, proposed a plan to subsidize struggling coal power plants, but the plan was rejected by a mostly Trump-appointed Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. FERC cited that the current tariffs on these coal mines were not unjust or unreasonable. Feaster says that Trump’s attempt to subsidize coal and his acquiescence to a coal CEO’s request shows that coal is facing intense competition in the energy market.“It plays really well to stand up for coal, there is cultural resonance in all of Appalachia,” says Feaster. “But there is a difference in politics and economics, and that is the problem with the coal industry. There are huge coal reserves … you could burn them for the next 150 years. But if it is not [economically viable], it doesn’t matter.” Feaster says that in the Pittsburgh region, coal is getting beat out by natural gas. Drilling for natural gas, particularly through hydrofracturing, experienced huge growth from 2012-2017 in Appalachia, including areas in southwestern and northern Pennsylvania, West Virginia and eastern Ohio. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, natural-gas production in Appalachia increased by more than 14 billion cubic feet per day from 2012 to 2017. Dozens of new fracking wells have been drilled in Southwestern Pennsylvania during this time.“The coal industry has intense competition, and that is not likely to change,” says Feaster. “Its most direct competitor, natural gas, has seen a big growth in production in the Appalachian region.”  And even though many recognize that coal jobs are unlikely to return in large numbers, the coal industry is still upping its production and profits. In Southwestern Pennsylvania, mines produced more than 2.1 million tons more in 2017 compared to 2015. However, the region lost 185 coal jobs over that time span.  Feaster says even if coal companies do better in terms of production, thanks to fewer regulations and government agencies helping them, coal-mine owners are still going to focus on profits over hiring more workers. Feaster says this is typical behavior for the coal industry. “As they talk about coal mining, they are also laser-focused on efficiency and cutting jobs. People … are going to focus on the efficiency.”More: President Donald Trump said coal miners in Southwestern Pennsylvania would be put back to work. One year later, is that happening? The ‘Long-Term Problem’ Facing U.S. Coallast_img read more

Foreign investors selling their stakes in Canada’s oil industry

first_imgForeign investors selling their stakes in Canada’s oil industry FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Capital keeps marching out of Canada’s oil industry, with Kinder Morgan Inc.’s sale of its remaining holdings in the country on Wednesday adding to more than $30 billion of foreign-company divestitures in the past three years.Pembina Pipeline Corp., based in Calgary, is snapping up Kinder’s Canadian assets and a cross-border pipeline in a $3.3 billion deal. For Houston-based Kinder, the deal completes an exit from a country that has frustrated more than a few companies – from ConocoPhillips and Royal Dutch Shell Plc to Marathon Oil Corp.The drumbeat of exits, rare for such a stable oil-producing country, adds an extra layer of gloom for an industry that accounts for about a fifth of Canada’s exports. The energy sector — centered around Alberta’s oil sands — has struggled to rebound since the 2014 crash in global oil prices, with capital spending declining for five straight years and job cuts pushing the province’s unemployment rate above 6%. Alberta is forecast to post the slowest growth of any region in Canada this year.The situation isn’t likely to improve any time soon, with key pipelines like TC Energy Corp.’s Keystone XL and Enbridge Inc.’s expansion of its Line 3 conduit bogged down by legal challenges. The lack of pipelines has weighed on Canadian heavy crude prices for years, sending them to a record low late in 2018.“If they thought things were getting better in Canada, they might hold on, but they don’t see things getting better,” Laura Lau, who helps manage more than C$2 billion ($1.5 billion) at Brompton Corp. in Toronto, said in an interview. “The pipeline situation is getting worse; everything is getting worse.”Other recent major exits include ConocoPhillips’ $13.2 billion sale of its oil-sands and natural gas assets to Cenovus Energy Inc. in 2017, and Shell’s and Marathon’s sales of their stakes in an oil-sands project to Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. for about $10.7 billion that same year. Canadian Natural also bought Oklahoma City-based Devon Energy Corp.’s Canadian heavy oil assets this year for $2.79 billion. Norway’s Equinor ASA pulled out in 2016 after facing pressure at home to invest in lower-emission projects.More: The $30 billion exodus: Foreign oil firms are bailing on Canadalast_img read more