Speech: Baroness Williams’ Speech: LGBT Action Plan Launch Event

first_img 2 in 5 respondents had experienced an incident in the year preceding the survey, committed by someone they did not live with, because they were LGBT However, more than nine in ten said they did not report it, often saying that ‘it happens all the time’ 2 percent of respondents had undergone conversion or reparative therapy in an attempt to ‘cure’ them of being LGBT, and a further 5% had been offered it taking further action on LGBT hate crime – improving the recording and reporting of, and police response to, hate crime appointing a national LGBT health adviser to provide leadership on reducing the health inequalities that LGBT people face re-tendering NHS England’s adult gender identity services under an improved specification bringing forward proposals to end the practice of conversion therapy in the UK extending the anti-homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying programme in schools SafetyEven more concerning are the results regarding safety, with IntroductionI am delighted to be here today, and sharing with you another milestone in promoting equality for LGBT people in the UK.I would first like to start by reflecting on what this government has done in recent years to promote the rights of LGBT people in the UK, before talking through the national LGBT survey results and the LGBT action plan.What we have doneThis government is committed to making the UK a country that works for everyone. We have made great strides in recent years to support LGBT people, who make a vital contribution to our culture and to our economy.We are proud to have introduced marriage for same-sex couples in 2013 and ‘Turing Law’ last year, finally pardoning men convicted of historic consensual sexual offences. We have also established a £3 million programme which is running from 2016 to 2019 to prevent and tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools. Finally, we committed to consult on the Gender Recognition Act, making the process less intrusive and bureaucratic for trans people. But we know that there is more to do.This is why we have launched the national LGBT survey last year, to gather more information and evidence about the experiences of LGBT people in the UK, so this government can focus on the specific areas that will improve the lives of LGBT people.Participation to the LGBT surveyThe survey response was unprecedented – over 108,000 people participated, making it the largest national survey of LGBT people in the world to date.This is a great achievement and I would like to thank all of you and the LGBT sector today, for spreading the word and making the participation to the survey successful. As a result, we have a good assessment of the challenges still facing LGBT in the UK, and a clear mandate to act on.LGBT survey resultsThe survey focused on the experiences of LGBT people in the areas of safety, health, education and the workplace.There were some positive findings from the survey – respondents were generally positive about the UK’s record on LGBT rights and most respondents felt comfortable being LGBT in the UK. However, therewere some results that really concerned us.Being LGBT in the UKFor example, the findings show that some people found that being LGBT in the UK was not easy. In particular, HealthIn the area of health, findings are also striking: We will allocate £4.5 million worth of funding to deliver this Action Plan commitments by then end of this Parliament.To help us guide and deliver this plan, we will also establish a new LGBT Advisory Panel and provide annual progress updates to the Women and Equalities Select Committee, so we can keep track on progress made.ConclusionWe are very committed to addressing the barriers to equality that LGBT people still face in daily life and ensuring that Britain is a country that works for everyone, whatever your sexual orientation or gender identity.Today is a great opportunity for us all to reflect on the challenges LGBT people are still facing and establish how we can and must continue to work together to overcome them. I am sure there will be some great discussions this morning.I am counting on your engagement to help drive change in the UK and improve the lives of LGBT people, so the UK is a country where everyone can achieve their full potential, regardless of who they are. Thank you. only 3% of respondents said they had discussed sexual orientation and gender identity at school, be that during lessons, in assemblies or elsewhere where discussed, only 9% said that the discussions had prepared them well for later life as an LGBT person over 12,000 respondents to the survey who were in education in 2016-2017 experienced at least one negative incident during that time due to being or thought to be LGBT. 9 percent of negative incidents experienced at school, such as disclosure of being LGBT without permission, were perpetrated by teachers EducationWe also have to do more in education, as: LGBT people are less satisfied with their life than the general UK population more than two in three LGBT people say they avoid holding hands with a same-sex partner in public spaces for fear of a negative reaction from others 70 percent of respondents with a minority sexual orientation said they avoided being open about their sexual orientation for fear of a negative reaction from others 67 percent of trans respondents said they avoided being open about their gender identity for fear of a negative reaction from others 23 percent of survey respondents who had a paid job in the 12 months preceding the survey had experienced a negative or mixed reaction from others in the workplace due to being or thought to be LGBT WorkplaceFinally, in relation to the workplace, This is unacceptable. Clearly, we have more to do.LGBT Action PlanThis is why we are publishing a comprehensive LGBT Action Plan that sets out what steps the government will take in response to the survey findings.The Action Plan looks across the board at government services and include over 70 commitments to improve the lives of LGBT people and their access to services. Some of the key actions that we will be taking include: only 28% of LGBT people who have accessed or tried to access mental health services said it was easy to access these services 2 in 5 trans respondents had a negative experience due to their gender identity, when accessing health services in the 12 months preceding the survey 80 percent of trans respondents who had tried to access specialised gender identity services said it had not been easy to access them. 68% of these said it was because the waiting lists were too longlast_img read more

News story: Apache and Wildcat to touch down in Estonia as UK bolsters its commitment to NATO

first_imgThe Army aircraft will provide aviation training opportunities to NATO allies on Estonia’s annual Exercise Spring Storm as well as to the UK-led battlegroup on NATO enhanced Forward Presence.The helicopter deployment will boost our contingent to around 1,000 personnel in the Baltics, making the UK the largest contributor to NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence – further reinforcing the Alliance’s deterrence and defence posture.At NATO HQ, the Defence Secretary underlined the UK’s support for the USA’s position on the INF Treaty following repeated violations by Russia – a stance shared by Allies.The Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: Whenever the call comes from NATO, the UK has always been ready to reach into its full spectrum of capabilities and offer its support. That’s why we’re bolstering training in Estonia by deploying some of the world’s most advanced helicopters to the country.center_img Mr Williamson discussed a range of issues with counterparts – noting the continued progress being made by allies on defence spending and encouraging others to follow the example set out by the UK.He also took the opportunity to welcome Macedonia as the latest member of the Alliance, recognising their accession as a positive for the Western Balkans region and for Euro-Atlantic security. Belgium’s contribution to the UK-led enhanced Forward Presence battlegroup in Estonia this year was similarly welcomed by the Defence Secretary.With the meeting marking the first gathering of Defence ministers in NATO’s 70th year, Mr Williamson also looked ahead to future events marking the anniversary of the world’s most successful alliance – including the UK having been invited to host a meeting of leaders in December.last_img read more

Phish, The Grateful Dead, & The Joy Of Being In On The “Joke”

first_imgEvery jam band fan has undoubtedly entertained the comparison between Phish and the Grateful Dead. When you immerse yourself in the scene, the subject becomes impossible to avoid given both bands’ overwhelming success in the realm of improvisational rock music. Some fans are so devoted to one band that they look down upon the other, while others find a balance between the two. Others write the subject off entirely, claiming something as outlandish as “Phish is the modern-day Grateful Dead.” So really then, what is the difference between these two incredible artists? We can point out the similarities quite readily. They both jam, they both emphasize their live performances, they both encourage a devoted fanbase of individuals seeking music that strays from the beaten path, and they both have a cover of “Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn)” in their repertoire. That’s about it, as far as I can reckon.Before I delve into my main argument, let me just say that I strongly dislike playing the “better than” game when it comes to music. Music is a subjective art form, and subjective experiences need not be ranked objectively. Having a favorite band doesn’t mean that band is better than any other, just that it is favorable to you.So, here’s my observation between these two bands. They both certainly inspire an “inside” community, and I think it’s fair to metaphorically equate them to inside jokes. While the Grateful Dead wanted their fans to be in on the joke, Phish wants their fans to want to be in on the joke.I’ll start with Phish, because there’s certainly a peculiar meta element to a sentence that includes the phrase “wants… to want.” Phish has always maintained an air of mystery about their proceedings. Everything is hush-hush until you’re in the moment and their plans are coming to fruition. The latest New Year’s gag is a great example. Only on the morning of did fans find out about the bracelets, and it turned out the newly introduced Phish ship wasn’t about to blast off at all, but instead float upon the waves of Madison Square Garden. This is a cornerstone of Phish: setting your expectations up for something and pulling a curveball at the last minute.They want you to think you know best. Especially at this point, they’ve had thirty-plus years of songwriting and joke-telling to create a truly prolific body of work. The music should speak for itself, but it’s the subtleties that continue to call us back for more: the rarified “Harpua” storytelling or the earnest pleas to “read the fucking book” without ever fully telling us what that book really is. It’s this semi-specific nature that intrigues as much as it mystifies.It’s also with this philosophy that Phish creates music. Their more intricate songs are rooted in the depths of jazz and other music-theory weirdness and riddled with non-sequiturs that only the thoroughly astute observer can hope to follow. This, too, inspires fans to invest in the band, to spend days and weeks listening to these compositions in hopes of understanding them. And just when you’ve figured out the ebbs and flows of a song, there’s a good chance you could go years without ever seeing it performed! Or maybe, just maybe, it’s still “Lawn Boy.”Without fail, Phish will take your predictions and pull the rug right out from underneath you. If you think you know, then you don’t know. One of my very first articles for Live For Live Music was a list of ten albums Phish was likely to cover for Halloween 2013. Instead, the band covered their future selves, playing about a dozen brand-new songs to test them out ahead of recording an album. I learned my lesson: don’t bother trying to guess.Phish wants you to want to be in on the joke. They want you to feel like you’re in on it. They want you comparing show counts and recalling favorite moments because it makes you feel like you know best. They want you going back to Trey’s Gamehendge demo because it makes you feel like you’re getting closer to the core of what Phish is all about. You’re getting in on it, right? Yeah, no.The Grateful Dead, on the other hand of this two-handed jam-band comparison, didn’t put up those pretenses. They wanted you in on the joke with them, and they did everything they could to bring you along and keep you there. Perhaps the best example of this is the Dead’s compositions themselves. As Dead & Company bassist Oteil Burbridge once told me in an interview, “The vast majority of Grateful Dead songs have some little twist in there to catch you.” The songs feel very straightforward and pastoral, but the more you get to know them, the more depth you find in them. These little twists only make you appreciate the songs more as you listen to them over and over again. They really do their best to keep you inspired, for as long as you’re willing to let that inspiration move you brightly.Beyond the music, their devotion to their fans comes through in so many ways. Allowing fans to tape and distribute their music is the most obvious, but it was their nomadic lifestyle that really spoke to people in a new and exciting way. They were definitively different during a time that encouraged same-ness, and they wanted their fans to be different with them. Especially in their first ten or fifteen years, the Dead must have felt like a family of sorts. The newly released documentary, Long Strange Trip, does an incredible job highlighting just how well the crew members were treated. The band even footed the bill for their Europe ’72 tour!My personal opinion is that a lot of this outlook stemmed from Jerry Garcia. He so strongly avoided the title of “leader” because he didn’t want the band and the catalog to be viewed as just his. The lack of ego is as admirable as it is naïve, because Garcia was ultimately deified to the point of his own demise. There are a lot of angles from which Jerry’s death can be examined, but there’s no denying that 30 years of near-constant touring took its toll, both physically and mentally. He literally gave it his all.It’s that ethos of the Grateful Dead that keeps the music alive and well today. The Dead has been reborn to a new generation, as bands like Joe Russo’s Almost Dead continue to interpret the canon in new, innovative ways. Even a pop-music sensation like John Mayer can find his way into the community, laying down all pretenses and putting his all into the music like so many have done before him. He certainly is playing an important role in carrying on the community, and he does this so gratefully. He’s not only in on the joke, but, as his heartfelt Instagram posts often imply, he wants us to be in on it too.In that same way, I think Phish is very much an entity that will not continue beyond its four members—there will be no Phish & Company. Certainly there are gifted musicians who could handle the catalog, but Phish is more than their music. They are creating the joke, and they want us to think we’re in on it too. If they stopped creating the joke, then where would that leave us? Phish shows are far too in-the-moment for there to ever be a suitable replacement. There’s a subconscious understanding of this truth in Phish fans, which only fuels our feverish desire to traverse the country in search of that high. But that’s all part of the band’s strange design.last_img read more

Bernard MacGregor Walker Knox

first_imgBernard MacGregor Walker Knox, Professor of Greek, Emeritus, was born in England on November 24, 1914, but he lived most of his professional life as a citizen of the United States, where he died on July 22, 2010. In 1961 Knox was recruited from Yale to become the founding director of Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C. He took up his post in the fall of 1962 (Michael Putnam having served as acting director in the Center’s first year) and held it until his retirement in 1985. During Knox’s tenure the Center was the temporary home for almost two hundred “Junior Fellows” from two dozen countries.Bernard and his wife, Bianca, lived a glittering life on Whitehaven Street. The Director’s Residence hosted almost as many notable Washington figures as it did visiting classicists. Bernard was a worldly host and a master raconteur; “his” Junior Fellows will recall the anecdotes. Harrowing wartime experiences were crystallized into brilliant tales, typically featuring a stroke of good (or bad) luck. But Knox was also a profoundly literate intellectual and a serious, productive scholar. Many of his most influential books and essays were written at the Center.As a scholar and critic Bernard meant different things to different people, but his best-known and most enduring legacy remains his work on the concept of the tragic hero in the dramas of Sophocles. Knox’s two books on Sophocles were published half a century ago, Oedipus at Thebes in 1957 by Yale University Press and his Sather Classical Lectures of 1963 the following year by the University of California Press under the title The Heroic Temper: Studies in Sophoclean Tragedy.The earlier book begins with a polite but scathing refutation of what Knox refers to as Freud’s “fundamental misconception that Oedipus is a tragedy of fate” (p. 3). The five chapters of the book are given titles that consist of a single word each, namely “Hero,” “Athens,” “Man,” “God,” and again “Hero.” The order is significant for understanding the rationale behind Bernard’s interpretation of the Oedipus Tyrannus. The play is about a tragic hero whose identity undergoes a complete reversal. The hero who is sent back into the palace a broken man at the end of the drama is diametrically opposed to the godlike king who is the dominant figure in the opening scene. It is the conflict between man and god, between Apollo’s oracles and Oedipus’ attempts to circumvent them, that drives the action of the drama and decides Oedipus’ fate.Bernard juxtaposes the Thebes of the Oedipus Tyrannus with the historical Athens of Sophocles’s own time, rather than with the mythical Athens of tragedy, and sees the two not as polar opposites but as mirror images. In his own words “the play is a tragic vision of Athens’ splendor, vigor, and inevitable defeat, a defeat which contemplates no possibility of escape — the defeat is imminent in the splendor” (p. 105). As a critic Bernard was as keenly interested in history as he was in myth. He regarded tragedy’s recourse to the mythical past as a metaphor for the vicissitudes of Athens in the 5th century. In order to achieve as great a precision as possible in seeing the Oedipus Tyrannus against the background of its time, he even wrote an article on the date of the play, which he concluded was performed in 425 BCE. Few other scholars have been confident enough to date the play with such accuracy.It could be argued that much of Knox’s work on the Oedipus Tyrannus is designed to set the record straight and to restore the Greek Oedipus to his pristine pre-Freudian condition. But there is more to the question why Oedipus looms so extraordinarily large in Knox’s œuvre. The answer has as much to do with Sophocles and the Greeks as with Bernard’s personal life and academic career.Bernard’s Sather Lectures build on and expand his earlier book on Oedipus at Thebes and define tragic heroes like Antigone and Philoctetes in terms of their “heroic temper,” that is, their inner disposition in dealing with men and gods alike. In his reading, Sophoclean heroes are irascible, obstinate, and committed to their cause. Their fate is intertwined with the life of their cities even beyond death through hero cult. Needless to say, Oedipus is the most illustrious example of the Sophoclean hero. As a critic Bernard was in the final count always a humanist, and he tends to envision the Sophoclean hero as a troubled and even tortured paradigm of the human condition.Like other classicists who went through the ordeal of warfare, Bernard’s view of life and literature was influenced by his war experience. He came to Yale in 1947 as a graduate student after he saw combat on the anti-Franco side in the Spanish Civil War and, later, in the ranks of the United States forces fighting in Normandy and Italy during World War II. He earned his doctorate in 1948.In the academic year of 1951-52 he participated in a Yale lecture series on tragedy from Sophocles to T. S. Eliot, which was published in 1955 as Tragic Themes in Western Literature. According to the editor’s preface the lectures “dramatize the ultimate oneness of man.” The humanistic motivation of the endeavor is unmistakable. Bernard’s lecture bears the unassuming title “Sophocles’ Oedipus” and it anticipates all the major themes and discoveries of his first book and, to a lesser extent, of his second. It starts on a solemn note that sees Sophoclean tragedy as a microcosm of the human condition and characterizes his Oedipus as “a symbol of human aspiration and despair before the characteristic dilemma of western civilization — the problem of man’s true nature, his proper place in the universe” (p. 96).Knox’s conspicuous success as an interpreter of Sophoclean tragedy derives its momentum from that illuminating tension between his admirable attention to the texts of Greek tragedy and his aspirations as a humanist who refused to separate scholarship from life.Respectfully submitted,Deborah Boedeker, Brown UniversityAlbert M. HenrichsKurt A. Raaflaub, Brown UniversityGregory Nagy, Chairlast_img read more

Making History Available On Demand

first_imgThe instinct to preserve and share information is as old as mankind—some of the first cave paintings trace back to 35,000 B.C. Our identity is defined by our own experiences and knowledge of the experiences that came before us. Innovation is created, in part, by understanding and building on this past knowledge.Around the world, large museums and small local libraries alike are starting to think about the next phase of life for their irreplaceable collections. The constant threat of aging and over handling of delicate manuscripts, maps, and photographs creates a need for a more permanent preservation solution. Through digitization, institutions have found an answer that will safely preserve materials for centuries to come.Founded in the 15th century, the Vatican Library is one of the oldest libraries in the world and contains nearly 80,000 historic texts and manuscripts. To preserve these documents and make them accessible to the world at large, the Vatican has embarked upon a multi-year project to digitize, store, archive and put the entire collection online. With help from EMC’s Information Heritage Initiative, which aims to protect and preserve the world’s cultural information through digitization, the Vatican’s 45 petabytes of text will be made available to those outside its walls, something that was completely unimaginable before.While digitization is the next advancement in a long line of technologies that preserve the past, it has an added bonus—global accessibility. The Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) in North Carolina is a great example of an institution using digitization to expand its reach. The organization is currently digitizing hundreds of thousands of fragile ‘star plates’—photographic glass plates of the night sky, stored in a basement archive. Thanks to technology from EMC, digital copies of the plates are now housed in a massive online database, accessed and analyzed by researchers around the world.Other examples of work being done around the world to preserve and share priceless artifacts include:Ernest Hemingway’s Finca Vigía Foundation (Havana, Cuba)—In 2010, Cuba’s El Consejo Nacional de Patrimonio Cultural began restoration and digitization of world-renowned author Ernest Hemingway’s literary and cultural artifacts. The project will offer the world an intimate glimpse into the life of one of the 20th century’s preeminent authors.Yad Vashem (Jerusalem, Israel)—Established in 1953, Yad Vashem, The Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority, is a 45-acre complex of museums, gardens, exhibits, archives, and libraries. Digitization efforts are underway to preserve visual materials related to the Holocaust.JFK Library (Boston, USA)—The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum is in the process of digitizing and archiving its entire collection including 8.4 million pages of JFK’s personal, congressional, and presidential papers; 9,000 hours of audio recordings; 7.5 million feet of motion picture film; 1,200 hours of video recordings; 400,000 photographs; and 40 million pages donated by individuals associated with the Kennedy administration and mid-20th century history.Through advances in online information storage, researchers, students, and innovators around the world have the opportunity to uncover hidden connections and build on previous experiences. The ubiquitous access to data that spans place and time will accelerate innovation for centuries to come.last_img read more

Bellezine’ gives voice to College

first_imgWhen three Saint Mary’s alumnae started the College’s campus interest magazine, Bellezine, they wanted a publication that would give students “a voice of their own — a canvas to express their thoughts, ideas and knowledge,” according to the magazine’s first edition in 2002. Eight years later, Bellezine is still publishing student-generated work, “reflecting the interests and experiences” of the women at the Saint Mary’s, said co-editor Eilis Wasserman, a junior. The magazine published creative stories, advice, personal interviews, personal essays, interest articles and surveys. “The content is varied and broad, allowing students to publish many ideas,” said Wasserman, who leads the publication along with junior Brittany VanSnepson. “We both oversee the production of the entire magazine, although I deal exclusively with design and communication aspects and she deals exclusively with writing and editing aspects,” Wasserman said. The publication comes out twice a year, once in the fall semester and then again in the spring. Each semester has a prevailing subject. She said most submissions will be published, but there is an editing process the articles go through. “We welcome all ideas and articles. The sky is the limit,” Wasserman said. “We will print most articles that convey appropriate content for a women’s magazine. We will edit all articles to make sure they fit these criteria.” Deadlines for the paper vary, she said, but students generally have about two months to complete their work. The fall 2010 issue has already been in the works for months and will be released before winter break. Its theme is women’s empowerment. “There are so many great articles in the magazine ranging from The Brain Kelly Era, including comments from Kelly, a comparative piece on the beginning and end of the Iraq War, our new Muggle Quidditch Clu and overall the unique atmosphere of an all-women’s college,” Wasserman said of the fall issue. Wasserman said the magazine needs students to help keep it going because it allows students to voice their thoughts and beliefs about the College and what it means to be a woman. “This magazine helps unify the campus community by truly expressing what it means to be a Belle,” Wasserman said. “Our goal is to capture the spirit of [Saint Mary’s] through the medium of writing. The magazine will be a great asset on campus that students can look forward to reading every semester.”last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Megan Hilty Starts Her Campaign for B’way’s Bombshell & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Don’t Forget Me(gan Hilty!)In case you missed it, the Supreme Court has overturned the bans on same-sex marriage nationwide! In other gay news that we’re still celebrating, Bombshell is planning to come to Broadway! The question remains—who will play Marilyn? In a recent interview with Hollywood Life, Smash star and Great White Way fave Megan Hilty threw in her name: “I definitely would like to be involved with Bombshell. I’m hoping I’ll get an audition!” She has the fire and drive that make dreams come alive, so yes, we certainly hope she’s at the very least considered! However, were two seasons and a benefit concert not enough proof? After all, she did win a fake Tony for it. Your move, Craig and Neil.Celia Keenan-Bolger Departs Spelling Bee ReunionMomma, momma, momma! Three-time Tony nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger will not take part in the previously announced 10-year anniversary concert of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, due to the demands of being a new mommy. Instead, Jenni Barber, who succeeded Keenan-Bolger as Olive Ostrovsky in the Broadway production, will assume the role at the July 6 event at Town Hall. We wish Celia all the best, and hope that she still sings “The I Love You Song” (at least the lighter parts) to little William Emmett Conlee.Trevor Nunn to Direct Joely Richardson in RosesTheater legend Trevor Nunn will add a few more notches to his Bard Belt with The Wars of the Roses. The trilogy is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s histories: Henry VI Parts I, II & III and Richard III, by John Barton and in collaboration with Peter Hall. Joely Richardson, who recently starred off-Broadway in The Belle of Amherst, will appear as Queen Margaret. Additional cast members include Robert Sheehan as Richard III and Käre Conradi as Edward IV. Performances will run September 16 through October 31 at the Rose Theatre Kingston. Star Files View Commentscenter_img Megan Hiltylast_img read more

First quarter Powder River Basin coal production down 12.9% from 2018

first_imgFirst quarter Powder River Basin coal production down 12.9% from 2018 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Powder River Basin coal production among the top producers fell 12.9% year over year in the first quarter after larger producers outlined plans to reduce output while others fight for market share in the struggling basin.While the top producers in the region produced 80.8 million tons of coal in the first three months of 2018, comparable output totaled 70.4 million tons in the recent period, according to data compiled by S&P Global Market Intelligence. The basin was also affected by severe winter weather and flooding during the quarter, which delayed rail shipments.Experts told S&P Global Market Intelligence in April that they expect producers in the basin to continue to struggle for the foreseeable future. Robert Godby, director of the University of Wyoming’s Center for Energy Economics and Public Policy, said cutthroat competition for the basin’s shrinking demand has lowered prices and margins for smaller producers that are willing to sell at slim margins just to generate cash flow and keep their mines open.Three of Peabody Energy Corp.’s mines in the basin saw year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter production decreases during the period. The company’s North Antelope Rochelle mine, the largest in the basin, produced 20.3 million tons of coal in the first quarter, dropping 22.9% year over year and 17.3% quarter over quarter.Arch Coal Inc. executives said in February that the company’s volumes from the region would be down in 2019 as well. On an April 23 earnings call, executives touted high interest in Arch’s thermal coal from the basin. CEO John Eaves said buying activity in the region was the strongest in more than five years. Arch’s Black Thunder mine saw single-digit percentage decreases in output from the first and fourth quarter of 2018, but the company’s Coal Creek mine took an especially large hit. Coal Creek produced 696,000 tons of coal during the recent period, a 62.6% decrease from the year-ago period and a 63.1% drop from the prior quarter.Cloud Peak Energy Inc., which continues to struggle financially and recently elected not to make a debt payment, saw double-digit percentage drops in output at its Antelope Coal, Cordero Rojo and Spring Creek mines from the prior quarter. Antelope Coal, the largest of the three and the third-largest operation in the basin, saw a 28.4% production drop year over year to nearly 4.8 million tons.More ($): Powder River Basin coal production falls 12.9% YOY in Q1’19 among top minerslast_img read more

Bolivia Intensifies Anti-Drug Fight Following Police Chief’s Fall

first_imgBy Dialogo July 21, 2011 Bolivia has succeeded in striking a series of blows against drug trafficking in the last month, including the destruction of almost three hundred drug factories, following the fall of a powerful former anti-drug chief who pleaded guilty to exporting cocaine in a U.S. court. The destruction of the factories and the arrest of a Colombian crime boss also coincided with the start of a new Bolivian campaign in favor of the decriminalization of traditional uses of coca leaf, the raw material for the drug. “In recent days, there have been several very significant events working against this plague (drug trafficking),” Interior Minister Sacha Llorenti said at a press conference Monday, upon presenting a summary of recent police operations that he described as a “crushing blow” against drugs. An official report emphasized that a “mega-operation” in the eastern department of Santa Cruz over the weekend led to the destruction of 281 small cocaine factories and the seizure of significant amounts of drugs and cash. “It’s one of the most severe blows that drug trafficking has suffered (in Bolivia), not only in recent years, but in recent decades, and we’re going to continue,” Llorenti added, emphasizing that since the departure of the DEA, President Evo Morales’s administration is seeking to strengthen cooperation with the police of neighboring countries such as Brazil, Peru, and Chile. The minister avoided confirming whether the recent anti-drug successes of Morales’s administration were related to the fall of the former head of the Special Force for the Fight against Drug Trafficking, retired police general René Sanabria. Sanabria, who was a member of an elite state intelligence group when he was detained early this year in Panama, pleaded guilty to drug trafficking in June, avoiding a trial in which he might have been sentenced to life in prison. Pleading guilty in a U.S. court is generally part of an agreement with the public prosecutor’s office to reduce the sentence in exchange for information that may help to convict others, local media have indicated in recent days. Among the police operations of the last month, Llorenti highlighted the arrest of the Colombian Carlos Noel Buitrago Vega, alias “Porremacho,” an alleged leading drug trafficker who was deported at the end of June, to his country of origin, where he is expected to face “fifty trials for various offenses.”last_img read more

General Practice Section honorsAG Butterworth

first_imgGeneral Practice Section honorsAG Butterworth November 1, 2002 Regular News General Practice Section honors AG Butterworth The General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section recently presented its Tradition of Excellence Award to Florida’s Attorney General Bob Butterworth.The Tradition of Excellence Award is presented annually to one lawyer judged by colleagues to have made exceptional contributions to the practice of law and enhanced the standing of attorneys in the eyes of the public. The General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section established the award in 1994, and prior recipients include Pat Seitz; Justice Ben Overton; Lewis H. Hill; Professor Mandell Glicksberg; Frank D. Hall; Marsha G. Rydberg; George O. Wilson III; and Justice Raymond Ehrlich.This year the section recognized the longest-serving Attorney General in the history of Florida.“Butterworth has served the lawyers and citizens of Florida and the interests of justice with dignity and honor for over three decades,” according to the section. “Bob Butterworth has truly been a credit to our profession. He has fought for the rule of law with uncommon integrity. He has been the lawyer for the citizens of Florida and a national leader for the consumer and environment. He took on big tobacco and won $13 billion for the State of Florida. Most notably, Bob Butterworth has led Florida’s move to become the most open government in the nation with his advocacy for Florida’s Government-in-the-Sunshine and Public Records Law.”last_img read more