FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Coal mines in the Powder River Basin bounced back from the rain-soaked second quarter, increasing production 18.9% in the third quarter, but still saw year-over-year declines. Ten of the top 16 mines reported production decreases from 2017, lowering the region’s output by 5% to 86.6 million tons, according to data compiled by S&P Global Market Intelligence.Despite reporting a $41.5 million net loss in the third quarter and filing for bankruptcy in October, Westmoreland Coal Co. saw significantly higher production levels at two of its mines in the third quarter than in the second. The Absaloka mine posted a 33.7% production increase, the largest among the basin’s top performers, producing 1.1 million tons. The Rosebud mine, which the company plans to sell alongside its other core assets, saw a 22.4% quarter-over-quarter uptick but the largest year-over-year percentage decline among the top producers with a 29% decrease to 1.8 million tons.The effects of the second-quarter rains carried over into Cloud Peak Energy Inc.’s third-quarter production. The company reported in an Oct. 25 earnings call that the moisture caused instability in its Antelope surface mine’s dragline pits. As miners removed coal from the pits, wet spoil would shift down into the pit and block the coal. CEO Colin Marshall said the company anticipates that fourth-quarter shipments will be constrained but “there’s no reason why Antelope can’t perform the way it should next year.” The pits are expected to “return to their normal cycle” by the end of 2018.Antelope had the second-largest year-over-year production drop during the period, with a 26% decrease to 5.8 million tons. The company’s Spring Creek mine produced 5.3% less coal year over year with 3.7 million tons, and the Cordero Rojo mine’s production dropped 10.5% to 3.4 million tons. All three saw at least a slight improvement over the second quarter’s production levels, with the Antelope mine posting an 18.6% quarter-over-quarter uptick.Peabody Energy Corp.’s North Antelope Rochelle mine, the largest coal mine in the country, posted a 22% uptick from the second quarter to 26 million tons, though levels were down 6.3% from the year-ago period. Its Caballo and Rawhide mines also saw production increases from the second quarter, rising 16.2% to 3.1 million tons and 29.3% to 2.4 million tons, respectively.More ($): Powder River Basin Q3 coal output improves from Q2 but down 5% from year ago Powder River Basin coal production continues falling
The Health Sciences Campus is undergoing a $35 million beautification project that aims to create a more cohesive appearance between the University Park Campus and HSC.The project has been divided into three phases. The first and current phase focuses on streetscape beautification, largely moving in an east-to-west direction across campus. These phases will reduce disruption within the campus to manageable sizes.Voluntary public funds will be used to support streetscape improvements including new sidewalks and infrastructure.“The main goal is to create a better environment and to improve the pedestrian experience on the campus and surrounding streets for faculty, staff, students, visitors to the campus and the community,” said Laurie Stone, USC executive director of land use and planning.Larger impacts to the overall aesthetics of the campus will include two prominent campus markers on Soto Street and smaller ones on less-populated campus entrances.Construction began in August, when infrastructure was readjusted on Alcazar and Soto streets. Power lines, water and gas lines were moved underground in order to create a seamless path for pedestrians.Unlike the University Park Campus, HSC does not have a consistent architectural style. To stylistically connect the two campuses, there are plans for more outdoor park-like areas to be built. Widened sidewalks, decorative brick motifs and 700 trees will be added as well.Project coordinators hope this beautification process will create uniformity within.“The campus also currently lacks an identity; the brick banding and use of streetscape fixtures similar to the University Park Campus will help enhance the USC identity at the Health Sciences Campus,” Stone said.Though construction is in its early phases, students are eager to see the evolution of the campus.“I am looking forward to seeing that [final product],” said Ying Long, a graduate student studying in the pharmacy doctorate program. “We [students] would like to see the beauty of the campus. If it’s going to become more friendly, it makes the experience better.”The City of Los Angeles owns the property near Soto Street, which is designated as a public street.Some students are optimistic about the change the construction will bring to the campus.“I think it will enhance the area, especially in this campus,” said Toshifumi Araki, a student majoring in occupational therapy at HSC.Potential improvements also include relocating the handball court and building an outdoors exercise circuit route.The streetscape phase of the HSC beautification process will begin in fall 2013, according to Stone, depending on city approvals. The university expects the project to be completed in 2015.
Loves to face: Sean Rodriguez, 0 for 6, 3 strikeoutsBRAVES LHP SEAN NEWCOMB (1-5, 4.50 ERA)Vs. Dodgers: 0-0, 4.50 ERAAt SunTrust Park: 0-4, 5.33 ERAHates to face: Austin Barnes, 1 for 3 (.333), 1 home runLoves to face: Cody Bellinger/Justin Turner, 0 for 3, 1 strikeoutUPCOMINGFriday – Dodgers (RHP Yu Darvish, 6-9, 4.01 ERA) at Mets (RHP Jacob deGrom, 12-4, 3.29 ERA), 4:10 p.m., SportsNet LASaturday – Dodgers (LHP Rich Hill, 8-4, 3.35 ERA) at Mets (RHP Seth Lugo, 5-3, 4.53 ERA), 1:05 p.m., SportsNet LA, Fox Sports 1Sunday – Dodgers (LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu, 3-6, 3.83 ERA) at Mets (TBA), 5 p.m., ESPN DODGERS at BRAVESWhen: 4:35 p.m.TV: SportsNet LA (where available)Where: SunTrust Park THE PITCHERSDODGERS LHP ALEX WOOD (12-1, 2.38 ERA)Vs. Braves: 0-2, 10.38 ERAAt SunTrust Park: Has never pitched there before.Hates to face: Tyler Flowers, 4 for 5 (.800) Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
The BH athlete Amel Tuka will today have the opportunity to ensure the final race at 800 m, after he qualified for the semifinals in the qualifications.In today’s semifinals Tuka is going for his eighth consecutive victory, after he celebrated in Baku, Velenje, Madrid, Monte Carlo, Bellinzona, Kragujevac and the quarter-final race at the World Championships in Beijing.Like yesterday, Tuka is today running in the third group, where his serious rivals are, among others, the Kenyan Ferguson Cheruiyot – the fastest in the qualifications – and the Pole Marcin Lewandowski.Amel Tuka, the fastest athlete in 800 meters this year, is running the semifinal race at 800 meters at 2:15 p.m., with live broadcast at FACE TV.The final race of the World Championships at 800 meters is on schedule on Tuesday at 2:55 p.m.(Source: klix.ba)
LA PUENTE – City officials created a committee that will look at how a city-owned snack bar is used after the mayor questioned an arrangement between two sports groups. The committee, established by the City Council last week, will discuss whether a policy should be created to govern use of the snack bar at La Puente Park. A 2004 court settlement between the city and the La Puente Girls Softball Association led to softball teams sharing use of La Puente Park and its snack bar with the La Puente National Little League. Under an agreement struck between the sports groups three years ago, Little League pays about $4,200 to the softball association, which forfeits its use of the snack bar. “All the equipment is basically owned by the city of La Puente and if anybody is going to make any money it should be the city,” Perez said. The city doesn’t have a policy that would cover the practice, which City Manager Carol Cowley said isn’t illegal. “If softball says the only time it will allow the Little League to use the snack bar is to give us X amount of money, that’s fine, too,” Perez said. Councilman John Solis, who is president of the softball association, voted against the committee. Danny Ayala, the president of the La Puente National Little League, said the group is satisfied with the agreement. He declined to say how much his group pays the softball association, but said it was equitable. Ayala didn’t know why the mayor raised the issue now. He said 400 boys and girls belong to the Little League, which has 32 teams. Solis said this is the third year of the agreement and softball gets about $4,200 from Little League, which it uses for the operation of its softball teams. There are 12 teams and about 180 girls, he added. Solis said the city has no jurisdiction over the agreement. While the city owns the park and the snack bar, Solis said Little League, softball and football pay when the Coke machine, air conditioning or the plumbing breaks down. City Councilwoman Renee Chavez said she hadn’t heard anything negative about the agreement between the groups. “And my opinion is if there’s nothing wrong with the two leagues and there’s no legal issues that will hurt the city then I don’t know why we even need to bother with this item,” Chavez said. The court settlement came after the ACLU, on behalf of the La Puente Girls Softball Association, sued La Puente in 2003 claiming the city discriminated against girl softball players by denying them equal access to playing fields at La Puente Park. Back then, the girls played at Nelson Elementary and the Little League had use of the fields at the park. email@example.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2718 Mayor Lou Perez initially wanted a policy banning the practice, but in the end suggested creating a committee to review the practice. “Why should the Little League pay them?” he said. The committee will consist of the city attorney, city manager, Councilman Louie Lujan and representatives from both sports groups. Perez said no money should be exchanged since the city owns the park, the snack bar, lighting and the equipment in the fields. The legal settlement only ensures that the city give both groups equal use of the park and the snack bar, Perez said.