Global Trends Indicate a Coal Comeback Is Unlikely

first_imgGlobal Trends Indicate a Coal Comeback Is Unlikely FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Financial Times:President Donald Trump has pledged to “put our miners back to work” in the US, promising to return high-paying jobs to rundown rural areas of states such as Pennsylvania that brought him victory in last year’s election. Trends in coal markets, both in the US and internationally, suggest that will be an uphill battle.In 2013, the US Energy Information Administration projected that world coal demand would rise 39 per cent by 2040. Now it is expecting growth of just 1 per cent. If not quite “Peak Coal”, it certainly looks like an extended plateau. Projections of energy demand even a few years into the future can never be relied on: there are too many uncertainties in how markets and technology will evolve, and the EIA itself makes clear that this scenario is just one among many possible outcomes. Even so, the latest projection, from the EIA International Energy Outlook 2017, published last week, shows that the promise of eternally rising world demand for coal, which was the consensus expectation just a few years ago, can no longer be taken for granted.China dominates world coal markets, accounting for more than half of total global demand. The EIA believes that Chinese coal consumption may now be on a declining trend, with industrial use for steam and steelmaking already having peaked, and demand for power generation likely to peak around 2023. With demand also in long-term decline in the US and in Europe, growth in some emerging economies, led by India, is not enough to raise total coal use overall.More: ($) The future of coal in seven chartslast_img read more

Army Works To Create More Comfortable Body Armor For Women

first_imgBy Dialogo January 11, 2011 In Colombia there is a bullet proof clothing manufacturer, which is being used by governments and worldwide important figures. I am from Venezuela, but my question is, why re-invent the wheel? Besides, don’t they use porcelain tiles? Kind regards, and I am delighted to see this publication. Congratulations. THEY AREN’T RE-INVENTING THE WHEEL, THEY ARE ADDING IT TO THE IMAGE OF WOMAN AS SHE IS ALREADY APPEARING AT THE HEAD OF THE FIGHT. I would like to congratulate the Army and the Armed Forces, who work hard to make more comfortable bulletproof clothing for female soldiers. I would like to especially congratulate Brigadier General Peter N. Fuller, who has always shown capability and competence in everything he does. May God bless you always! Army and Air Force researchers are continuing to work on how better to fit female Soldiers with more comfortable form-fitting body-armor plates. The Army is studying unisex armor plate designs, while the Air Force is investigating female-specific geometries. Teams from both services are using male and female torso curves from 3-D surface scans for front/back and side plate shape concepts. Originally introduced with Interceptor body armor, the current front/back ballistic plate shape known as the enhanced small arms protective insert or ESAPI, was designed for male Soldiers. Those designs have been maintained during the evolution of body armor and the deployment of the improved outer tactical vest. “By all measures, the body armor system has been very effective in protecting Soldiers,” said Lt. Col. Jon Rickey, product manager for Soldier protective equipment at Program Executive Office Soldier. “However, comments from the field indicate some female Soldiers are not being fit well with the current ballistic plate shape.” Rickey said that since fiscal year 2010, alternative male and female torso ballistic plate shapes have been studied with particular emphasis on fitting female Soldiers. But he said challenges remain in retaining ballistic performance with curved plate geometries. Tests have shown conformal ceramic armor doesn’t meet Army ballistic performance standards. Brig. Gen. Peter N. Fuller, PEO Soldier commander, wrote in an email that the Army had started procuring and distributing smaller front/back and side hard plates to accommodate small-sized Soldiers. “As we continue to research this area, we are also evaluating a conformal undergarment for women to better interface the hard plate to their bodies,” Fuller said. He also said that while commercial conformal body armor is available, it doesn’t meet Army performance requirements. Female Soldiers at Army Europe have tested gender-specific plate shapes. While the results showed the prototypes fit female front torso shapes better than the ESAPI, the strong front curve tended to dig into the area below the collar bone. Rickey said the Air Force Research Laboratory will refine female-specific plate shapes and continue human factors evaluations. “We anticipate at least one or maybe two more rounds of geometry design and fit evaluation in fiscal year 2011 that will include tests on female and male Soldiers for the unisex plates from Natick Soldier Research Development & Engineering Command,” Rickey said. The general also added a female Army Combat Uniform in 13 sizes is presently under evaluation across the total force with a completion date of May. Initial results are favorable from women Soldiers, he said. Helmets and nape pads to better accommodate women with longer hair tied up in buns are also in the works and expected to be available this summer. The Army is now approximately 14 percent female, though the Army has only recently moved away from a one-size-fits-all equipping strategy, Fuller said.last_img read more

Fraud Still Plagues Medicare Drug Program, Watchdog Finds

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York This article has been corrected.Fraud and abuse continue to dog Medicare’s popular prescription drug program despite a bevy of initiatives launched to prevent them, according to two new reports by the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.The release follows the arrests of 44 pharmacy owners, doctors and others, who last week were accused of bilking the program, known as Part D.The reports issued Tuesday provide more insight into the extent of the fraud, as well as steps federal regulators should take to stop it. The first, which covers data from last year, found:More than 1,400 pharmacies had questionable billing practices last year in the drug program. Some billed for extremely high numbers of prescriptions per patient and others billed for a high proportion of narcotic controlled substances. Collectively, they billed Part D $2.3 billion in 2014.Prescriptions for commonly abused opioids continue to rise, despite warnings about inappropriate use. Between 2006 and 2014, Medicare’s spending on them grew to $3.9 billion from $1.5 billion, a 156 percent increase. By comparison, spending for all drugs in the program, including expensive specialty medications, grew by 136 percent during the same period. More than 40 percent of Medicare beneficiaries in Alabama, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Alaska filled at least one prescription for a narcotic in 2014, compared to 32 percent for the nation as a whole.New York and Los Angeles remain hotbeds for questionable prescribing, with far higher use of expensive drugs associated with fraud than other parts of the country. The New York metropolitan area, for instance, accounted for half of all prescriptions for the expensive topical ointment Solaraze last year, a disproportional rate. The drug is used for lesions formed as a result of overexposure to the sun. New York and Los Angeles also stood out for prescribing of two omega-3 fatty acids, used to help reduce very high triglyceride levels. The two regions accounted for nearly half of all prescriptions for Vascepa and about a third of those for Lovaza.The inspector general’s findings come two years after ProPublica reported on how weak oversight by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) allowed abusive prescribing and outright fraud to proliferate in Part D. Medicare promised a more aggressive approach to analyzing its own data.People can use Prescriber Checkup, a tool created by ProPublica, to look up doctors and see how their prescribing patterns compare to their peers in the same specialty and state.Medicare Part D provides drug coverage for 39 million seniors and disabled people, at a cost of $121 billion in 2014. It is the fastest-growing component of the Medicare program. Part D is administered by health insurers under contract with the federal government, but CMS is responsible for overseeing it.For years, the inspector general, an internal watchdog that evaluates HHS programs and investigates wrongdoing, has dinged Medicare for its failure to keep a close enough eye on doctors, pharmacies, beneficiaries and even its fraud contractors. That’s beginning to change, officials say.“CMS has made progress on a number of recommendations we’ve made, as well as on the initiatives that they’ve had,” said Jodi Nudelman, regional inspector general for evaluation and inspections in the New York office. “They’re starting to use data to drive their strategies.”At the same time, she said, “There are still concerns. More needs to be done. We can’t stop here.”A second report from the inspector general says that Medicare needs to adopt a number of reforms that it has so far resisted. They include:Requiring health plans to report all potential fraud and abuse to CMS and its fraud-monitoring contractors. Right now, the agency encourages plans to voluntarily report suspicions of fraud but it doesn’t mandate it. Last year, the inspector general found that less than half of Part D insurers voluntarily reported data on potential fraud and abuse.Expanding reviews for questionable drug prescribing beyond controlled substances to other commonly abused drugs, including antipsychotic medications, respiratory drugs and those for HIV.Restricting patients suspected of doctor shopping—visiting multiple doctors in search of controlled substance prescriptions—to a limited number of doctors and pharmacies. CMS said it doesn’t have legal authority to do this, but the inspector general said it should seek the authority, which is commonly used by private insurance companies and state Medicaid programs for the poor.During last week’s Medicare fraud takedown, 243 people total were charged, including 46 doctors, nurses and other licensed health professionals. Some 44 of the people arrested were charged with fraud related to Part D.In Miami, for example, a number of pharmacy owners were charged with health care fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud. In one case, the government charged several people with paying Medicare beneficiaries for their personal identification numbers, which they used to file fraudulent claims for drugs that were never dispensed. They worked with a clinic owner, who forged and altered prescriptions and sold them to the pharmacies. This scheme alone defrauded Medicare of $21.2 million, the government alleged.Last year, CMS announced that it was granting itself potent new authority to expel physicians from Medicare if they are found to prescribe drugs in abusive ways. The agency also said it would compel health providers to enroll in Medicare to order medications for patients covered by Part D. Currently, that isn’t required.The changes were supposed to take effect on June 1, but have since been delayed twice, most recently until January 1, 2016.CMS spokesman Aaron Albright said in a written statement that Medicare “works diligently with our law enforcement partners to prevent fraud in the first place and to recover payments for wasteful, abusive or fraudulent services.” In addition to requiring 400,000 prescribers to enroll in Medicare by next year to retain the ability to prescribe in Part D, Albright said, officials are helping health plans decrease overutilization of dangerous drugs and taking action against providers and pharmacies with potentially fraudulent billing practices.In April, CMS launched a Web-based tool to allow CMS, law enforcement, and health plans to share information and coordinate actions against pharmacies deemed high risk. CMS also said it is monitoring potentially fraudulent activity in geographic hot spots like the ones identified by the inspector general.Correction, June 23, 2015: This article originally stated that 243 people were arrested during Medicare’s fraud takedown. Two hundred forty-three people were charged. Not everyone charged was arrested.ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter.last_img read more

Coronavirus lockdown destroys jobs at record pace in ‘paralyzed’ Spain

first_imgJobless numbers for March, also published on Thursday, showed Spain registered its highest monthly increase ever, with a 9.3% jump from the previous month bringing the total number of unemployed people to around 3.5 million.The jobless data does not even reflect the full extent of the job losses, since some of those who lost their work had not been registered yet and others don’t have the right to unemployment benefits.”Practically paralyzed””The country is practically paralyzed as a result of the health emergency,” Unai Sordo, the leader of Spain’s biggest labor union CCOO, told broadcaster TVE.Looking at the social security data in more detail, 898,822 Spaniards – including 613,000 fixed-term workers – lost their jobs since the lockdown started.Meanwhile, many companies, from car plants to fast-food chains, have implemented “ERTE” temporary layoffs, under which companies that face financial difficulties can temporarily suspend a worker’s contract.ERTE applications take five days to process, suggesting the figure of 620,000 will rise.The CEOE employers’ group said those temporary layoff schemes had contained the rise in unemployment, and called for relaxed rules introduced because of the coronavirus to be extended when the lockdown ends.”It is crucial to relax the use of ERTES… in order to facilitate the recovery of sectors such as tourism or industry, which will be gradual, thus avoiding serious and lasting consequences for employment,” it said in a statement.March is usually a good month for employment in Spain because it marks the start of the holiday season, with many temporary workers finding jobs in the hospitality sector.”We will have to work on relaunching the economy once we can get control of the epidemic,” Transport Minister Jose Luis Abalos told RNE radio.The social security data showed that around 80,000 workers are off sick with confirmed coronavirus, while another 170,000 are on sick leave because they are isolated after coming into contact with someone with the virus. Topics : Spain has shed jobs at a record pace since it went into lockdown to fight the coronavirus, social security data showed on Thursday, laying bare the scale of the epidemic’s impact in the euro zone’s fourth-largest economy.Some 900,000 workers have lost their job since mid-March, with those on short-term contracts in tourism or construction among the hardest hit. At least another 620,000 have seen their contracts suspended with temporary layoffs and tens of thousands are on sick leave.”The data is extraordinary, it’s unprecedented,” Social Security Minister Jose Luis Escriva told a news conference. “It reflects a real disruption to normal activity.”center_img Spain, which has the world’s second-highest death toll from the epidemic after Italy with 10,003 fatalities as of Wednesday, has allowed citizens to leave home since March 14 for essential trips only.This week, Spain tightened the lockdown further, with only employees in key sectors permitted to travel to and from work. Streets are empty, and hotels, restaurants and bars are closed.Some 900,000 jobs were also lost at the peak of the 2008/9 financial crisis, but that happened over 20 weeks rather than under three weeks now with the coronavirus, Escriva said.Thursday’s data is some of the first globally to reveal the lockdown’s impact on the labor market.last_img read more

RB Leipzig sign South Korea’s Hwang to replace Werner

first_img Read Also: Ighalo thrilled as Pogba, James show off dancing skills (video) Last autumn, Hwang also bagged three goals in six Champions League matches in the group stages alongside Norwegian teen Erling Braut Haaland, who netted eight time in Europe before his January transfer to Dortmund. This is the second stint in Germany for Hwang, who spent 2018⁄19 on loan at fallen giants Hamburg in the second division. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… RB Leipzig announced Wednesday the signing of Hwang Hee-chan from their sister club Red Bull Salzburg to replace Timo Werner, but the South Korea forward is unavailable for the Champions League next month. The 24-year-old inherits the number 11 shirt Werner vacated when he left for Chelsea last month. Hwang has agreed a five-year contract in a transfer reportedly worth nine million euros ($10 million). He is the 17th player in eight years to move from Salzburg to Leipzig as both clubs are backed by Austrian energy drink giant Red Bull. “He fits perfectly into what we require, can play any position in attack, on the wing or acting as a central striker,” said Leipzig sports director Markus Kroesche. “With his speed and agility he makes our attack even more flexible.” However, Leipzig pointed out Hwang has signed for 2020-21 campaign and will miss the Champions League finals tournament in Lisbon next month.Advertisement The German side, who finished third in the Bundesliga last season and knocked out Tottenham in the last 16, will discover their quarter-final opponents in Friday’s draw. Hwang scored 16 goals making 22 assists in helping Salzburg win the Austrian league and cup double last term. Promoted ContentTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever Made5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeThe Best Cars Of All TimeTop 10 Most Populated Cities In The WorldPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgNASCAR’s season-opening race is being delayed by rain for a second time, leading to the possibility of a Monday finish. Pole-sitter Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was the leader 20 laps into the race when the rain returned, sending drivers back to pit road. Joey Logano was sitting in second, followed by Aric Almirola, Ryan Newman and Kevin Harvick.The first delay lasted 50 minutes and came moments after the presidential motorcade completed a ceremonial parade lap around the 2 1/2-mile track. The second stoppage was prompted by heavier rain, further soaking a racing surface that takes hours to dry.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULEAztecs stay unbeatenUNDATED (AP) — San Diego State remains the only unbeaten team in Division I men’s basketball following a resounding victory at Boise State. Suter, Brewers avoid arbitrationUNDATED (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers left-hander Brent Suter has avoided salary arbitration by accepting a two-year, $2.5 million deal.Suter returned from Tommy John surgery last September and went 4-0 with a 0.49 ERA in nine relief appearances, helping the Brewers earn an NL wild-card spot. Suter had mostly been a starter the previous two seasons with Milwaukee before having elbow surgery in July 2018. He is expected to be used out of the bullpen this year.In other baseball news:— Pitcher Chad Bettis has signed a minor league contract with the Yankees, a deal that includes an invitation to big league spring training. The 30-year-old right-hander was 1-6 with one save and a 6.08 ERA in 39 games for Colorado last season. Associated Press Update on the latest sports — The Ducks’ postponed game against the visiting Blues will be played March 11. The game began last Tuesday and was stopped when defenseman Jay Bouwmeester collapsed on the bench during the first period. The game will begin with a 1-1 score, as it was at the time of the postponement. It will follow a full 60-minute format.LPGA-WOMEN’S AUSTRALIAN OPENInbee Park wins Australian OpenADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Seven-time major champion Inbee Park saw a seven shot lead shrink to two Sunday before winning the Women’s Australian Open by three strokes over Amy Olson.Park closed with a 1-over 74 for a 14 under total in her first LPGA title in almost two years. Park moved seven strokes ahead of the field early on the back nine, but she walked off the 16th green just two in front of Olson before claiming her 20th LPGA victory. NHL-NEWSIslanders get blueline help with GreeneUNDATED (AP) — The New York Islanders have solidified their defense for the playoff push by acquiring Devils captain Andy Greene for blueline prospect David Quenneville (KWEHN-vihl) and a second-round pick in the 2021 draft.The Islanders have been searching for a quality defenseman since losing Adam Pelech (PEH’-lehk) to an Achilles tendon injury on Jan. 2. Greene also gives them a lefty-shooting defender on a team filled with right-handed defensemen.Also in the NHL: — Cardinals pitcher Miles Mikolas (MY’-koh-las) was scratched from his second bullpen session of the spring because of a flexor tendon issue. Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said the Cardinals hope to have a more concrete time frame for Mikolas return to the mound in a day or two.— Former All-Star shortstop Tony Fernández has died at age 57 after a long battle with kidney disease. Fernández made five All-Star teams during his 17 major league seasons and helped the Toronto Blue Jays win the 1993 World Series. He won four straight Gold Gloves with the Blue Jays in the 1980s and holds club records for career hits and games played.NHL-SCHEDULEBruins, Pens winUNDATED (AP) — The Boston Bruins have expanded their lead in the NHL’s Atlantic Division, while the Pittsburgh Penguins have inched two points closer to the Metropolitan Division lead.center_img February 16, 2020 Charlie Coyle scored the Bruins’ second short-handed goal in as many days to give Boston a 2-0 lead in the second period of a 3-1 victory over the Rangers. Charlie McAvoy tallied late in the first period and Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES’ BEHR’-zhuh-rahn) added an empty-netter to secure the Bruins’ eighth win in nine gamesJaroslav Halak (YAH’-rah-slahv hah-LAHK’) stopped 25 shots and blanked the Rangers until Mika Zibanejad (MEE’-kuh zih-BAN’-eh-jad) beat him midway through the third period.The win pushes the Bruins three points ahead of Tampa Bay for both the Atlantic Division and overall lead.In Pittsburgh, Patric Hornqvist had two goals and an assist as the Penguins knocked off the Red Wings, 5-1. Sidney Crosby added a goal and an assist, giving him 19 points in 12 games since returning from core muscle surgery.Matt Murray stopped 27 shots for the Penguins, who won for the 11th time in 15 games to pull within one point of the Metropolitan-leading Capitals. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNASCAR-DAYTONA 500Daytona 500 underway after rain delayDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The leader of the Daytona 500 so far today has been precipitation. Malachi Flynn had 22 points and the Aztecs improved to 26-0 with a 72-55 trouncing of the Broncos. Yanni Wetzell had 14 points and seven rebounds for San Diego State, while Matt Mitchell delivered 11 points, seven boards and five steals.In other top-25 games Sunday:— Collin Gillespie scored a season-high 29 points and 15th-ranked Villanova finished 4-0 against Philadelphia’s Big 5 schools by trouncing Temple, 76-56. Jermaine Samuels added 13 points and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl had 10 in the Wildcat’s seventh straight win over the Owls.— Luka Garza dropped in 24 points and No. 21 Iowa closed on an 11-0 run to pull out a 58-55 victory at Minnesota. Golden Gophers center Daniel Oturu missed the front end of a one-and-one free-throw attempt with a chance to tie the game with 3.8 seconds left.MLB-NEWS PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS-CHUBB CLASSICParel wins in NaplesNAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Scott Parel closed with an 8-under 63 to overcome a three-stroke deficit and win the Chubb Classic by two shots.It’s Parel’s third career victory on the PGA Tour Champions surpassing $5 million for his career. It also moves him atop the Charles Schwab Cup standings for the first time in his career.Bob Estes shot 64 to end up second. Kevin Sutherland fired a 67 to finish in a third-place tie with Bernhard Langer, who closed with a 69.last_img read more

Mavericks’ Luka Doncic becomes first player to record multiple triple-doubles as a teenager

first_imgThe loss to the Raptors dropped the Mavericks to 22-27 this season. NBA trade rumors: Mavericks have inquired about dealing for Hornets star Kemba Walker With 35 PTS, 12 REB, 10 AST tonight, Luka Doncic becomes the first player in @NBAHistory to record multiple triple-doubles as a teenager.— (@nbastats) January 28, 2019Doncic has taken the league by storm. He leads all rookies in points per game (20.2) and minutes per game (32.1). The clear frontrunner for Rookie of the Year has a chance to be voted into the 2019 All-Star Game as a reserve. Related News Luka Doncic continues to amaze.The 19-year-old Mavericks rookie became the first teenager in NBA history to record a 30-point triple-double in a 123-120 loss to the Raptors on Sunday. He tallied 35 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in the game.center_img NBA All-Star 2019: Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says he ‘might’ appear in celebrity game if LaVar Ball plays Luka Doncic is the first teenager in NBA history with a 30-point triple-double.He has 2 of the 3 triple-doubles by teenagers in NBA history (Markelle Fultz has the other).— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 28, 2019Doncic also became the first player in NBA history to register multiple triple-doubles as a teenager.last_img read more