Navajo company to buy bankrupt Cloud Peak coal mines in Wyoming FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Gillette News Record:Cloud Peak Energy Corp., one of the Powder River Basin’s largest coal mine operators, has accepted a bid from Navajo Transitional Energy Co. to buy “substantially all of Cloud Peak Energy’s assets.” Cloud Peak announced the sale Friday, which will be considered for approval by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court on Monday.Navajo Transitional Energy has agreed to buy the company’s Antelope and Cordero Rojo mines in Campbell County, along with the Spring Creek mine in southern Montana, according to a Cloud Peak statement announcing the winning bidder. Navajo also will own the Sequatchie Valley reclamation project.Navajo has agreed to pay a cash deposit of $15.7 million when the sale closes and assume a $40 million second lien promissory note and five-year royalty on future tons of coal produced at the PRB mines. Navajo also will pay up to $20 million in post-petition debts accrued during the bankruptcy process. The company also has agreed to assume pre- and post-petition federal, state and local tax liabilities for the company, make state and federal royalty payments and assume all reclamation obligations.While it’s unknown what Navajo Transitional’s plans are for the PRB mines, that it bought all three operational properties and that the deal includes royalties based on future production, “[What] they’re saying is they’re assuming they can operate them and generate enough cash flow to make those commitments,” said Rob Godby, director of the Center for Energy Economics and Public Policy at the University of Wyoming College of Business.Because the Navajo Nation governs itself, it also could have some tax advantages as operator of the mines, which could make them more competitive, he said. “One of the things about the Navajo bid is they probably have favorable tax status for Native corporations,” he said. “What they’re potentially looking at having there is an interesting proposition. The bottom line is they assume they can make cash flow there, so that may replace some of the earnings they’ll lose on the Navajo power plant.”More: Cloud Peak has buyer for PRB mines
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Is the epidemic ‘getting younger’? Yes, according to data by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as analyzed by Harvard researchers.”The proportion of positive COVID tests <65 increased from 63% to 82% from March 1-May 31," said health policy researcher Thomas Tsai.This would appear consistent with the idea that the least vulnerable in society are getting restless and eager to get back to "normal."Epidemiologists are also tracking the impact of the protests against racism sparked by the police killing of George Floyd on May 25."A few months ago numbers were going up, mostly concentrated in a few states, whereas now they are much, much more widespread," said William Hanage, a Harvard epidemiologist. "The increase that we are seeing right now has the capacity to produce far more disease in the future." Where do we stand now?Unlike Europe and parts of East Asia, the United States never climbed down from its peak. Where other countries can talk about planning for second waves, the hardest-hit country in the world is still experiencing its first. In April, the number of new daily cases was above 30,000, which stabilized for some time at around 20,000 a day in May, before rebounding once more to more than 30,000 in the past few days. These numbers in fact reflect the cumulative impact of regional outbreaks. New York and the northeast became the global epicenter in February and March, but have since brought cases under control and their curves are bell-shaped like those of Europe.But since June the virus has exploded in the country's south and west, in states like Arizona, Florida and Texas, but also in California which like New York was struck early and took tough lockdown measures right away.The surge has been tied in part to large gatherings on Memorial Day on May 31, the easing of official lockdowns, and growing complacency on the individual level. The number of new COVID-19 cases in the United States is hitting levels not seen since the early part of the pandemic in April. A patchwork of responses at the official level, the politicization of masks and physical distancing, and the widespread onset of complacency are to blame. Topics : Are Americans wearing masks? It depends on where in the country you're talking about and on political persuasion.Wearing a mask and maintaining an appropriate physical distance are urged in federal guidelines, but that hasn't been made mandatory in many of the regions now seeing surges.On the other hand, in cities like the capital Washington, mask-wearing is the norm, with people voluntarily wearing them outside too, including in places like parks.These differences reflect the country's polarized politics, with many Republicans casting face coverings as an assault on their liberty and a liberal conspiracy to stoke fear.Largely liberal California issued a statewide mask order, but the state itself is not a monolith and anti-mask sentiment, as well as protests, have broken out in some areas, like Orange County.There are signs, however, that some on the political right may be rethinking that stance.Florida's Governor Ron DeSantis, who has long resisted demands to issue a statewide order, was seen donning a mask at a public event this week, after avoiding them in earlier appearances."Everyone should just wear a damn mask," Republican Senator Marco Rubio, who is from Florida, said Tuesday. Is more testing the reason? Not really. It's true that as tests have ramped up, more mild cases are being captured than they were at the start of the pandemic.That said, the growth rate of cases is outstripping the increased level of testing, and states experiencing surges are also seeing the total rate of positive tests surpassing five percent -- a telltale sign of rampant spread, according to the World Health Organization.Florida, indeed, has seen a reduction in testing alongside its increase in cases.More proof comes in the growing number of hospitalizations in Texas, Arizona, and to a lesser extent in California.Where cases come, deaths follow a few weeks later. Thus the US death rate, which had been falling for months, has stabilized on a plateau that corresponds to outbreaks that flared up in late May.
Ray Parlour reveals Dwight Yorke’s reaction to Igor Stepanovs’ nightmare against Man Utd Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 9 May 2020 4:16 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link276Shares Dwight Yorke scored a first half hat-trick as Manchester United battered Arsenal 6-1 at Old Trafford back in February 2001 (Picture: Getty)Igor Stepanovs’ infamously shambolic performance against Manchester United prompted Dwight Yorke to ask Ray Parlour where on earth Arsene Wenger had found the Latvia international.The Gunners travelled to Old Trafford in February 2001 with only remote hopes of hauling in Sir Alex Ferguson’s runaway leaders. Arsenal’s chances of recording a victory on the day were severely hindered by the fact that first choice central defenders Martin Keown and Tony Adams were both unavailable for selection. Wenger was forced to field a makeshift defence which compromised of Oleg Luzhny, Giles Grimandi, Stepanovs and a young Ashley Cole. That quartet provided little by way of protection for an overwhelmed David Seaman who conceded five first half goals, three of which were scored by a rampant Yorke. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTStepanovs had made 11 appearances following his move from Skonto Riga before he faced the sternest test of his Premier League credentials and was unfortunately found badly wanting as the Gunners slumped to an embarrassing 6-1 defeat. Comment Advertisement Arsenal collapsed to a 6-1 defeat against Manchester United in February 2001 (Picture: Getty)Recalling the demise of his former teammate, Parlour told talkSPORT: ‘He did play a few games here and there and the famous one was the game at Old Trafford where we lost 6-1 and he played centre-half.‘To be fair he had a nightmare and I remember Dwight York saying to me ‘where did you get this centre-half from?’ and I was like ‘I’ll let you know, it’s a long story.’ More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘This was half-time he’d already scored three goals we were 5-1 down at half-time. I don’t think Igor played again after that. That was his final game I think.’In fairness to Stepanovs, although he made just one more appearance that season, he did feature in 13 matches in the following campaign as Arsenal won the league and FA Cup double and was eventually sold to Belgian club Beveren in 2003. MORE: Ray Parlour reveals time Arsene Wenger stepped in to defend Robert Pires in Arsenal trainingMORE: ‘Are you taking the p***!?’ Martin Keown reveals the time he confronted former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger in dressing room Advertisement
Pittsburgh Steelers linebackers Vince Williams (98), T.J. Watt (90) and the defense tackle Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt (27) for a safety in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers have been here before. Often in fact.A jarring early-season misstep filled with mental breakdowns and missed opportunity is kind of their thing.So too, it seems, is finding new ways to explain the erratic behavior of All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown.Even a day removed from a 42-37 home loss to Kansas City that dropped the two-time defending AFC North champions to 0-1-1, the talk didn’t center on a defense that gave up a franchise-record tying six touchdown passes , but on the latest outburst by the talented if mercurial Brown.The four-time All-Pro — who caught nine passes for 67 yards against the Chiefs — responded to a tweet by a former team employee who suggested Brown wouldn’t put up his eye-popping numbers without quarterback Ben Roethlisberger by suggesting “trade me let’s find out.”The post caused an immediate stir on social media but not in the Pittsburgh locker room, even after cameras caught Brown venting on the sideline in the second half and slowly trudging off the field even as his teammates celebrated Roethlisberger’s diving 3-yard touchdown run with 1:59 to go that pulled the Steelers within five.Brown did not make himself available to media afterward and was nowhere to be found Monday, leaving his teammates to try and explain away his behavior. Again.“I’m not worried about his frame of mind,” veteran wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey said. “I know football is No. 1 to him. He works his butt off to be the great player that he is. As long as he brings that same energy in practice and brings that same energy to the game, I don’t have any problem with him, because I’ve seen guys who don’t care in this league and they don’t last long.”The issue with Brown has never been work ethic. The former sixth-round pick is the only player in NFL history to post five consecutive seasons with at least 100 receptions. Yet the 30-year-old has become increasingly volatile. During minicamp he complained about having the spotlight on him , then arrived at training camp in a helicopter . He called a reporter who noticed him limping off the field during workouts at Saint Vincent College — in full view of fans — a clown. Last Friday he issued a bizarre soliloquy about his status, calling himself “an exceptionalism” before adding he’s “not an ordinary guy.”Of that there is no doubt. And his teammates stress there is no issue with everything that comes with having Brown in the fold.“AB is a hell of a player and I’m glad he plays for our team,” defensive end Cam Heyward said. “It’s as simple as that. I wouldn’t trade him for anybody in the world.”At the same time, Heyward made it a point to steer the topic away from Brown, who had nothing to do with Pittsburgh’s defensive issues against the Chiefs.“If we ain’t talking about football, we’re talking the wrong thing,” Heyward said. “All this other stuff is beside the point.”The point being the Steelers find themselves preparing for a Monday night trip to surprising Tampa Bay (2-0) at crossroads, familiar territory during their run to four straight playoff berths.Last fall, it was the national anthem debacle that preceded an overtime loss to Chicago. Two years ago they started 2-0 only to get drilled on the road in Philadelphia by a rookie quarterback named Carson Wentz. In 2015 they celebrated the first day of October by blowing a fourth-quarter lead at home to Baltimore. Back in 2014 they allowed Tampa Bay’s Mike Glennon to spark a late rally at Heinz Field, one of two games the Buccaneers would win all season.Each time, the Steelers chose patience over panic. Each time, they recovered to reach the postseason.“I think you panic when you know you’ve lost control,” Heyward Bey said. “We haven’t lost control.”Maybe, but it looked like that way at times against Kansas City. The secondary, playing without injured veteran cornerback Joe Haden, looked flat-footed at times and lost at others. There was no pass rush to speak of — the only sack came when Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes crashed into nose tackle Daniel McCullers. After spending camp talking about improved communication, the Steelers spent plenty of time looking at each other before Mahomes snapped the ball, as if trying to figure out where they were supposed to go.“We’ve got to make sure we’re on top of each other,” cornerback Mike Hilton said. “We’ve got to make sure we know what we’re doing so explosive plays like we gave up yesterday don’t happen all the time. It’s a copycat league, so some team might be doing the same thing Kansas City did.”A team like, say, the Buccaneers. Tampa Bay is unbeaten thanks in large part to 35-year-old quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has gone over 400 yards in each of Tampa Bay’s first two games. What looked like a mismatch two weeks ago looks far different now.“It’s a big week,” Heyward-Bey said. “It’s a Monday night game. It’s prime time against a team that’s thrown for a lot of yards and scored a lot of touchdowns and are confident. We’ve got to find a way to light our fire and put theirs out.”___More AP NFL coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
Kip Keino (AP Photo/File)Kenyan distance-running great Kip Keino is one of seven suspects in a corruption investigation and has been ordered to report to police by the end of Monday to face charges of embezzlement and the misappropriation of more than $545,000.The two-time Olympic champion and honorary member of the International Olympic Committee is accused of playing a role in the misuse of money meant for Kenyan athletes at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, when he was chairman of the Kenyan Olympic committee.The money was part of more than $5 million given to Keino’s Olympic committee by the Kenyan government to fund Team Kenya in Rio.But prosecutors allege Keino was at the head of an Olympic committee rife with corruption.The 78-year-old Keino was one of seven former Olympic and government officials named as suspects in the investigation. Two other high-ranking former Kenyan Olympic committee officials were named, as was the former Kenyan minister of sport, Hassan Wario, and three ministry officials who worked under him.The seven are all accused of embezzling more than $200,000, wasting more than $150,000 on unused air tickets to Rio, overpaying allowances amounting to nearly $150,000 and incurring tens of thousands of dollars of other expenditure on “unauthorized persons.”Director of public prosecutions Noordin Haji said the directorate of criminal investigations (DCI), a special crimes unit, had been investigating since late 2016. After nearly two years, Haji said he was “satisfied that there is sufficient evidence” to now charge the seven with multiple counts of corruption and abuse of office.Saturday’s announcement implicated one of Kenya’s most revered runners.Keino’s gold in the 1,500 meters at the 1968 Mexico Olympics — 50 years ago now — paved the way for decades of dominance by Kenyan distance runners. He was named in track and field’s international hall of fame in its inaugural year in 2012 alongside the likes of Jesse Owens, Carl Lewis and Sebastian Coe, the current president of the IAAF.Keino was also honored at the opening ceremony at the 2016 Rio Games, the first recipient of the Olympic Laurel award for service to the Olympic movement.Now, he and the others have until the end of Monday to report to the headquarters of the DCI or warrants will be issued for their arrests.Keino has not responded to the accusations.In August, Kenyan athletics federation secretary general and IAAF Council member David Okeyo was banned for life by world track and field body the IAAF for embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars of sponsorship money paid to his federation by Nike.Public prosecutor Haji said he had also ordered further investigations into the Olympic committee’s use of its Nike sponsorship money.
From shootout to second best in province, Nelson Selects surprise medal winner at Provincial B U13 Boys Cup
By Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsNo one gave the Nelson Selects much of a chance at the B.C. Soccer U13 Boy’s Provincial B Cup — especially after the Heritage City squad needed shootout to dispose of Kootenay rivals Kootenay South.But the Selects surprise many of the experts by winning silver after falling 2-0 to Prince George Kodiaks in the final Sunday in Powell River.“It was a little disappointing to fall short at the very end of a long, hard road, but the boys can hold their heads high,” said coach Paul Dawson.“Prince George is a well-coached, tactically sound team and they deserved the victory.”“The boys gave everything they had for the four days, but in the end, missing five key players for various reasons meant it was always going to be challenging,” Dawson added.Two first half goals proved to be the difference in the final as the Northern Reps edged our Nelson.“By the last game four of our players on the field were playing with injuries, but they continued to fight hard to the final whistle,” Dawson explained.“At one point it looked like we might not even be able to attend the Provincials, so to win silver against the best teams in B.C. at this level, is a remarkable achievement.”Nelson opened the tourney by surprising Kamloops Blaze 2-1. Goals by Quinn Dawson and Bryce Twible gave Nelson the 2-0 lead. But the difference in the game may have been the incredible save off a penalty kick by Nelson keeper Parker Shaw-Lintz. Nelson lost to Coquitlam 5-3 during game two as the Lower Mainland squad rallied from an early Nelson lead.“(Coquitlam) is large and physical team,” said assistant coach Simon Lintz. “Full credit to them for coming back after our early goals.”Realizing the team could finish first or last in the pool, Nelson pulled off a 2-1 win over Comox Valley.Darian Johnson proved to be the hero scoring the winner for Nelson after Nigel Ziegler corralled a Guss Lammers cross to score the first goal of the game.“We’ve had great support from the parents, the team manager, and the rep coordinators at Nelson Youth Soccer,” Dawson explained. “Having Soccer Quest assist us in development helped us peak at just the right time, and Simon and I are very proud of the boys for what they’ve accomplished this year.”[email protected]
LIGHTSTREAM HEADS FIELD OF EIGHT PROVEN 3-YEAR-OLD FILLES IN OPENING DAY, GRADE I, $300,000 LA BREA STAKES
ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 21, 2016) – Highly regarded Lightstream will step out for the first time in her six race career with new California connections backing her. Prominent So Cal owners, Little Red Feather Racing, have recently bought a share in the Florida-based filly by Harlan’s Holiday, who could very likely go off as the favorite over hometown hero, Enola Gray, in the 45th running of the Grade I, $300,000 La Brea Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on Dec. 26.A winner of the Grade II Raven Run Stakes at Keeneland on Oct. 22, Lightstream has never run out of the money, even in her last three graded stakes attempts. Trained by Brian Lynch, Lightstream was a second place finisher in the Grade I Test at Saratoga on Aug. 6 and ran third in the Grade I Mother Goose at Belmont on July 2. Julien Leparoux, aboard for her first two races, and also her most recent victory, will travel west and once again have the mount.Lightstream is owned by Up Hill Stable, Head of Plains Partners, LLC and Little Red Feather Racing. In six career races she has amassed earnings of $457,000.Enola Gray will have a new rider Monday at Santa Anita Park. The 3-year-old filly will gain Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith for the first time in six career outings.Bred in California by owner Nick Alexander, Enola Gray has been on everyone’s list since an impressive 16 ¼ lengths win in her first ever outing, a six and-a-half furlong maiden special weight at Santa Anita on April 10. Since then, the Phil D’Amato trained filly by Grazen hasn’t run worse than second. A winner of three ungraded stakes earlier in the year – the Melair on May 28, the Fleet Treat on July 22 and the California Distaff Handicap down the hillside turf course on Oct 15, “Gray” will take a shot at her first-ever added money attempt in the La Brea.The field, including jockeys and weights for the Grade I La Brea Race 7 – Approximate post time: 3 p.m. Lunar Empress, Norberto Arroyo, Jr., 119 Lightstream, Julien Leparoux, 121Finley’sluckycharm, Brain Hernandez, Jr., 119Constellation, David Flores, 119Coniah, Tyler Baze, 119Chao Chom, Kent Desormeaux, 119 Enola Gray, Mike Smith, 119Perfect Pic, Santiago Gonzalez, 119
A Jet Airways Boeing 777-300, registration VT-JEX performing flight 9W-118 from Mumbai (India) to London Heathrow, (UK), was en-route at FL360 (36,000ft) about 20nm north of Cologne (Germany) when the aircraft was intercepted by two fighter aircraft due to loss of communication.According to the website The Aviation Herald, the crew did not respond to any calls on assigned ATC frequencies and the emergency frequency. The website said that following the intercept contact was established via the emergency frequency, the crew subsequently reported on the correct ATC frequency and continued to London for a safe landing.Video was taken by pilot Mark Stewart.