Illinois AG Demands Peabody Show It Has $92 Million in Reclamation Funds

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享From the Associated Press:Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has demanded that a financially shaky Peabody Energy prove it has the $92 million necessary to reclaim coalmines if it shuts down.Madigan sent a letter Monday to the St. Louis-based coal company asking it to produce details showing it has the bond amount available for its Southern Illinois coal mines.Peabody indicated to federal regulators last week that it might “not have sufficient liquidity to sustain operations.” It also delayed for 30 days an interest payment on certain borrowed money.Madigan says she’s making the request because she fears the company’s bond funds would not be sufficient to follow state law requiring used-up mining land to be returned to other uses.Madigan demands Peabody prove it has coal mine-closure money Illinois AG Demands Peabody Show It Has $92 Million in Reclamation Fundslast_img read more

Trauma Tuesday: Fishing Show Edition

first_imgLet me just say from the onset that I. Love. This. Guy.It takes a big man to stay calm in the face of such adversity, and Bill Dance is a big man. Whether he is testing the strength of a fishing rod against the speed of a ceiling fan, artfully fending off the sexual advances of a black swan, or riding into the sunset on his four-wheeler, you know he’s going to keep it cool and collected. He may sport a Tennessee Volunteers hat in every shot, but he was certainly raised in the School of Hard Knocks and knows how to handle himself when s$%# hits the fan and the cameras are rolling.Such class and finesse, but what about the power! Watch as Dance absolutely man-handles a trolling motor at 1:00. Witness the brute strength as he throws his boat battery at 1:24. This is truly a man who knows his way around both a tackle shop and a weight room.last_img read more

Colorful Trails: The Intersection of Art and Nature

first_imgJosephine Sculpture Park, Ky. Beech Tree Trail, N.C. A performance by the TxLips as part of the BeltLine’s A.M.F.M. Summer Festival at the Bakery. Photo by The Sintoses, reprinted with permission from Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. The hand-painted blocks now line the trail, accessible to all who visit.   “We really just asked artists to think about what Patrick County meant to them, what it represented, and a way they could create a work of art that would help bring our community together,” Wray said.  Atlanta BeltLine, Ga. “When you live in Atlanta, pretty much everybody knows the BeltLine,” he said. “It’s one of the most popular places for people to go to walk or bike. I think my work is shaped by what I’m seeing out there. I definitely incorporate the plants that are blooming in the season I am working.” Sachi Rome’s “If I were a Bird (looking for Peace),” located on the Atlanta BeltLine. Photo by The Sintoses, reprinted with permission from Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. “When the Atlanta BeltLine was originally envisioned as this rail to trails project, one of the biggest things is how do you get community buy-in when their whole experience with this space is that it is covered in kudzu and there’s rusted rail tracks out there,” Kyle said.  Sarah Wray, a member of the committee that came up with the project and helped choose the artists, said the project is all about celebrating trails and the community’s heritage through art. “Art was used as a tool to get people to explore because humans are inherently curious, and we will never be able to resist something big and shiny in the woods,” Kyle said. “The Atlanta BeltLine is a giant infrastructure project with tons of moving parts. The art program allowed people to fall in love with a component that gave them a doorway into bigger conversations about everything else. It’s something they can take ownership of.” “There may be that kid out there who would never go to a museum and feels like that space is not for them,” Kyle said. “Then they see the artwork on the trail and get inspired as the next generation of creatives. Public art serves to be an example of the best of our hopes and dreams, what we want for ourselves and our city. If that isn’t inclusive and accessible, then it has failed.” Grace Helms, one of the featured artists, teaches art to about 500 pre-K through seventh graders in the area. She said she is excited for her students to be exposed to more art outside of school. For his Summer 2018 Relief Printmaking class, Ludwig asked his students to design prints highlighting the flora and fauna of the area. They had to professionally present their ideas to the staff at Elk Knob, detailing their concept and proposed budget. Catanese and a few volunteers worked 10-hour days for 15 days to complete the 100-foot mural. “This is an ongoing project, new art every couple of years type of thing,” Belville said. “It’s meant to be a collaboration with the community to let them have a stake in the park.” This environmental center, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, sits on 340 acres of forests, fields, and ponds. Artists collaborate with scientists, architects, urban planners, and other professionals to create pieces that address environmental issues and solutions. Works installed along the trails are informed by the surrounding flora and fauna. Adam Smith’s “Lilies” at Elk Knob State Park. Photo Courtesy of Scott Ludwig Located right along the trail, visitors engage with the mural every time they walk past.  In her piece, “If I were a Bird (looking for Peace),” Rome deals with the loss of her high school track coach. Rome used items like a broom and giant rubber squeegee to create a textured background before she layered the human face on top of the vibrant colors. A poem she wrote accompanies the mural, describing how it would feel to fly above the tress like a bird and release built-up fears. Every year a new piece is commissioned to line the outdoor amphitheater at the Mauldin Cultural Center in South Carolina to fit a different theme, including “Youth: Passion for Change” and “Industry of the Upstate.” Every year, the oldest artwork is replaced and relocated to another location around the community. Her piece, “Bridging Tradition,” sits at a trailhead at Mountain Top Park. The hand holds a banjo made out of various recycled pieces from Patrick County.  Safley cut out sections of the stumps and gave them to students at Appalachian State University to paint. That’s where the public art comes in.  As more miles are added to the BeltLine, the art will continue to spread. Kyle helps curate over 11 miles of murals, sculptures, photography, and performances along the completed sections of the multi-use trail. Part of her job is figuring out the best location for each piece. Check out these other public art installations highlighting the relationship between art and nature around the region. Mauldin Public Art Trail, S.C. Andrew Catanese’s “City in a Forest” on the Atlanta BeltLine. Photo courtesy of the BeltLine. Scott Ludwig, a professor of art and the printmaking area coordinator at ASU, was hiking the Beech Tree Trail with his son when he noticed a lot of the work was looking run down or had been stolen. At the time, Belville was looking to revive the project and continue the collaboration with the community.  “They get to see me involved in a project besides what we do in class,” Helms said.  Local farmers, construction companies, a sawmill, and the library donated scraps of metal, tractor tires, and other materials for the instrument. Helms’ brother-in-law helped her weld all of the pieces together.  “I think it’s important that art is accessible and seen by a wider population of people,” Ludwig said. “It’s not necessarily there just to beautify the surroundings. It’s also there to generate some reflection and thinking about these issues that are pertinent in our own time.” “One of her jobs was to do a hazard tree inspection on the trail,” Belville said. “She decided instead of cutting the hazard trees all the way to the ground, just cut them three to four feet off the ground.” Once the students carved their wood blocks, they made a series of limited edition prints to be sold in the park gift shop. The proceeds will go towards maintenance of the trail. While the Beech Tree Trail, an easy one-mile loop around the picnic area, does not offer the same views, visitors will walk through an American Beech Forest marked with engraved hand-printed works of art.  The Schuylkill Center, Pa.  The professor and the ranger teamed up to bring new public and community-based works to the park. “The story is found in working hard by day and the music we play on our front porches in the evenings,” Helms said. “These are the songs we pass down to our children. Our faith, hard work, and love for family is passed down from generation to generation.”  A group of local business people, artists, and community leaders developed the idea for Trail Hands at an AIR Shift Workshop last year. The three-day collaborative experience challenged small groups to design a project around an economic or tourism goal through creativity.  “It’s always like finding five dollars in your pocket that you’ve forgotten about,” she said. “People reaching out and taking their time to say those words or take a picture in front of the piece, it really does keep me motivated.” Since 2009, the Josephine Sculpture Park has been connecting people to the land through the arts. This park, located in Frankfort, Kentucky, is free and open to the public every day. Wander the grounds, featuring work from dozens of artists. Keep an eye out for events happening throughout the year, including festivals and workshops.  When completed, the Atlanta BeltLine will loop 22 miles around the city, connecting parks, neighborhoods, and people by trail. In the decade since the first section of trail opened, it has become a place for people to commute, recreate, and gather.   “Printmaking is a perfect medium for that,” Ludwig said. “It began as a very democratic medium as a way to mass produce work. At Elk Knob, I saw that as an excellent opportunity for students who are engaged in the medium of printmaking to experience this idea of working collaboratively. This idea of the artist slaving away solo in their studio and not interacting with others, that’s an old model.” Artist Sachi Rome said she often forgets about her mural on the Westside Trail until someone tags her in a social media post or writes her an email. Andrew Catanese’s mural illustrates Atlanta’s nickname, “City in a Forest,” referring to the dense tree cover throughout the city. As a trail runner and ultramarathoner, Catanese spends a lot of time on the trail.  This mural along the Eastside Trail, in addition to a lot of Catanese’s other work, explores the idea of nature as a refuge through his depictions of plants and foliage. There are many ways to enjoy a trail—a long run, a hard ride, a contemplative stroll. Much like a path winding through the woods, art is also wide open for personal exploration, existing to challenge us, ground us, and encourage discovery. Projects around the Blue Ridge are merging art and nature, offering opportunities to enjoy creativity outside of traditional museum and gallery spaces.  “A lot of my work has to do with queerness and gender in the South,” he said. “In a way, the work uses nature as a refuge, but it’s also a way of hiding and masking parts of the self. It’s sort of a duality in the way I experience that because it’s both a place to hide and protect myself, but also a place that I don’t feel any need to hide anything.”  This summer, giant hand sculptures decorated with paint, mirrors, and stained glass started popping up at various trailheads throughout Patrick County, Virginia.  Eventually, the weather will break down these pieces as well and they’ll need to be replaced. “It’s like a math equation,” Kyle said. “There are sculptors who think they’ve made something huge in their studio because it’s eight feet tall. Then you put that outside, and it’s tiny. This needs to be near trees, under an overpass, or somewhere it can still feel large even though it actually isn’t because now that it’s outside, everything is much bigger than it.” While there are only five hands placed at trailheads throughout the county, the hope is that this project will help generate some momentum around building new trails in the area.  “One of the things we noticed when we were putting this project together is that we’ve got some amazing vistas and land here,” Wray said. “But access to trails was another big component for us that we thought was a really important goal to work towards. While we’ve identified a trail in each community, our hope is that this is a catalyst for continued trail development and connection throughout the county. As more trails are developed, we would love to see this project continue to grow.” In addition to accepting proposals from artists every year, the BeltLine also supports an artist, curator, and scholar in residence, bringing more people from the community into the project. “It was meant as a temporary art project,” Belville said. “Of course, nature would one day break it all down.” For Helms, the hand represents the different industries in Patrick County and the long history of music in the area.  In addition to enhancing outdoor experiences, Miranda Kyle, arts and culture project manager for the Atlanta BeltLine, says placing installations outside and along trails helps democratize art by making it accessible to more people. Most people who visit Elk Knob State Park come for the views of the North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia mountains from the Summit Trail, an advanced two-mile trail that takes visitors to the top of one of the state’s highest peaks.  The hands celebrate the heritage, arts, nature, dreams, and stories of the region.  “Our natural resources are an under-tapped item here in our county,” she said. “We thought that not only would it bring together our artists by creating an art installation, but also would help us to highlight our tourism initiatives based around getting folks here, getting them on trails, and being in the mountains.” Nancy Clark’s “The Family Feeling of Patrick County” located at the Mayo River Rail Trail. Photo by Anna Lester “With the murals, you get the most feedback from random people when you’re actually working on it,” he said. “They’ll walk up and talk to you. It’s pretty much the only time that you’re making art that you’re getting constant positive feedback, which is nice.” “Like kudzu, we will go into every nook and cranny that we possibly can,” Kyle said. “We’re an unstoppable force.” More Art! Whether in the middle of a city or a forest, here are a few scenic spots to find art in the wild. Brandy Belville, a ranger at the park, said the original idea for the art along the trail came from former ranger Kelly Safley in 2015. “It’s like a book,” Rome said. “A book is written, but it’s really not activated and living unless you’re reading it. A book sits on a shelf in hopes that someone picks it up and enjoys it. It’s the same thing with my paintings. I need the viewer to activate my work. I need your eyes to see what you see. It doesn’t have to be what I want you to see, but I do need you to engage. If you don’t engage, then I have nothing.” Trail Hands, Va.last_img read more

SOUTHCOM provides search and rescue, personnel recovery training to Uruguayans

first_img They are currently the only international force conducting night flight missions in Congo. By Dialogo June 11, 2013 This event is funded by Global Peacekeeping Operations Initiative (GPOI) in support of host nation mission requirements in Congo. The Uruguayan Air Force is assigned the combat and non-combat Search and Rescue and Personal Recovery mission. A group of 25 Uruguayan students participated (four from their navy, two from their Army, and 19 from their Air Force). The training covered all major aspects of personnel recovery, including incident evaluation and planning, communications, land navigation, and the use of military grid reference system. Six members of the U.S. Army South Personnel Recovery Coordination Cell completed a Personnel Recovery training on the first week of June, aimed at bolstering Uruguayan Air Force Peacekeeping Operation mission readiness in the areas of combat and non-combat Search and Rescue and Personnel Recovery. last_img read more

Lombok fisherman finds woman’s body in trash bag

first_imgResidents of Senggigi village in West Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, were shocked by the discovery of a woman’s corpse inside a trash bag on Thursday. The body was found by a villager who went fishing at 11 p.m. When he arrived at the fishing area around Jl. Alberto Senggigi, the man noticed a rotten stench, which prompted him to search for the source of the smell whereupon he found a black trash bag. “Based on other residents’ statements, the body was first found by a fisherman,” said Batulayar Military Post commander, Warrant Officer Muhammad Hilman, as quoted by on Thursday.  After locating the source of the foul smell, the fisherman asked other residents to inspect the contents of the bag. However, since no one had the courage to do so, the residents reported the discovery to the police.Upon closer examination, the police found that the trash bag contained a mutilated female corpse. They sent the body to Bhayangkara Hospital for an autopsy.Separately, West Lombok Police spokesman First Insp. I Ketut Sandiarsa confirmed the news. However, they have yet to carry out an investigation since they are still trying to determine the victim’s identity. (dpk) Topics :last_img read more

Fernandes sends Champions League warning after Everton draw

first_img Fernandes continued his explosive start at United, following his £46million move from Sporting Lisbon, with his third goal in as many games in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Everton . The point kept Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side in fifth place, three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea , with 10 games left to play.Advertisement Loading… Bruno Fernandes has claimed Manchester United must raise their level if they are to secure a Champions League place. Promoted ContentSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That Exist6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes8 Scenes That Prove TV Has Gone Too Far8 Best 1980s High Tech GadgetsThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Addictive And Fun Coffee Facts8 Shows That Went From “Funny” To “Why Am I Watching This”10 Awesome TV Series That Got Cancelled Way Too Soon Although United did not lose and kept within touching distance of Frank Lampard’s side with the point at Goodison Park, Fernandes said the Reds now need to embark on a winning run. “With this draw, we need to be a little bit mad, because we need to do much better,” said Fernandes. Read Also:Ferdinand: Fernandes a breath of fresh air at Man Utd “We need to win the games, because we want a place in the Champions League. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

PNP chief to cops: Make ‘proper judgment calls’ in line of duty

first_imgMANILA – Philippine National Police (PNP)chief General Archie Gamboa reminded policemen to exercise “proper judgmentcalls” when confronted by challenging situations in enforcing quarantine laws. Gamboa’s reminders came after the deathof a retired soldier who was shot dead by policemen manning a checkpoint inQuezon City Tuesday afternoon. According to Gamboa in an interview with CNN Philippines’ The Source, Police Master Sergeant Daniel Florendo was forced to fire on retired soldier Winston Ragos when the latter allegedly drew a gun following a heated argument. “According sa report, he tried to draw his firearm. That’s why it resorted to the decision, which was really a judgment call on the part of Florendo on what to do at that very moment,” Gamboa said. In another interview, Gamboa said due to previous incidents in which policemen were confronted with armed suspects, he had instructed the police not to give suspects a chance to hurt them in any way. “When you are confronted with a person armed with a pistol, it’s equivalent is also a pistol,” Gamboa said in an interview with ABS CBN News Channel. “Marami na rin kasing namatay na pulis ang instruction ko talaga ay huwag kayong magpauna.” “Nasa tao talaga ang pag-decide. Mabuti sana kung wala kaming experience na we’re confronted with an armed [suspect] tapos palagi kaming nanalo… there are a lot of circumstances kasi na talagang pag hindi mo inunahan, talagang madadali ka,” he added. On April 21, police said Florendo and some police trainees from the Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group were manning a control point in Maligaya Drive when Ragos arrived and shouted at them. The policemen advised Ragos to go home but the latter refused. center_img Despite repeated warnings, the suspectsupposedly tried to draw his weapon, prompting Florendo to shoot him.The incident sparked rage on social media as Ragos was said to have sufferedfrom post-traumatic disorder after completing his tour of duty during theMarawi siege in 2017.Gamboa, however, said that he will leave it up to officials to conduct a “thorough”investigation on the facts of the case as an administrative probe on Florendois already underway, reiterating that complaints will be filed shouldauthorities find loopholes./PNlast_img read more

Moyes disciplines Smalling

first_img Moyes is not happy with the 24-year-old’s conduct, although he refused to reveal the punishment he had handed out to the player. “I’ve dealt with it and I’ve spoken to Chris,” the United boss said in a press conference. “That would be as much as I would want to say on it.” This is not the first time the England international has found himself at the centre of controversy. The former Fulham defender was pictured appearing to dress up as a suicide bomber for a private party in January. Smalling later apologised for the “ill-thought” and “insensitive” decision to wear the costume, which consisted of a vest, a mock circuit board, empty bottles of Jagermeister and cans of Red Bull. The two drinks combined make up the popular ‘Jagerbomb’ drink. The Manchester Evening News published pictures of Smalling which it claimed shows the England international apparently singing in the streets at 3:15am on Saturday morning. Smalling had stayed in the north-west while the rest of his team-mates travelled to London for their Saturday evening clash against West Ham because of a hamstring injury. Press Associationcenter_img Manchester United manager David Moyes has disciplined Chris Smalling after the defender was pictured out in Manchester during the early hours of Saturday morning.last_img read more

Majka wins as Froome holds lead

first_img Majka, the Polish rider who won two stages of the 2014 Tour as well as the King of the Mountains title, soloed to victory on the 188-kilometre route from Pau, with Birmingham-born Irishman Dan Martin (Cannondale-Garmin) second, one minute behind. Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Argon) was third and Froome (Team Sky) rolled in 5mins 21secs behind Majka in ninth place as part of an elite group. The tempo set by the defending champion’s squad strung out the bunch as up ahead Majka attacked. Majka led Serge Pauwels (MTN-Qhubeka) over the summit of the 17.1km climb. The descent had more obstacles than usual as the free grazing cattle crossed the road, Warren Barguil (Giant-Alpecin) just missing one cow as it stepped out. Froome’s group was around six minutes adrift of Majka, who had to maintain his advantage over Pauwels and negotiate the category three Cote de Cauterets and the final 3km to claim a third Tour stage win in two years. Martin overtook Pauwels on the lower slopes of the finishing ascent, but left himself too much to do as Majka took victory. Team Sky allowed others to break clear of the Froome group, but none are realistic contenders and the 30-year-old leader was content to coast in, another stage completed. Ten remain en route to Paris on July 26. Rafal Majka won stage 11 of the Tour de France to Cauterets as Chris Froome defended his considerable advantage in the yellow jersey. The bunch included the main protagonists, so Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing) remained 2:52 behind in second place overall and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) third, 3:09 adrift. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) stayed fifth, 4:03 back, and Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) 4:04 behind in sixth. Defending champion Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) began the day 6:57 adrift and lost further time, finishing 50secs behind Froome to fall almost eight minutes adrift. His hopes of a successful title defence are apparently over. Thursday’s stage 12 is the 195km from Lannemezan to Plateau de Beille and is the final Pyrenees stage of the race. On Friday the peloton begin the traverse east towards the Alps with the route from Muret to Rodez, a stage Lance Armstrong will ride as part of Le Tour-One Day Ahead on Thursday alongside Geoff Thomas, the former England footballer who is hoping to raise £1million for Cure Leukaemia. Martin broke clear of the peloton to join the day’s early seven-man breakaway, which included Majka. The eight-rider group had a large advantage atop the Col d’Aspin, the fourth of the day’s six categorised climbs. The punishing ascent of the hors categorie (beyond category) Col du Tourmalet splintered the breakaway as behind them Nibali’s Astana squad led the peloton. Press Associationlast_img read more

FHP: Dozens of Employees, Including Officers, Self-isolating as Precaution

first_imgMore than 40 Florida Highway Patrol employees are self-isolating because of exposure to the coronavirus, including three state troopers who have tested positive for COVID-19, FHP spokesman Aaron Keller confirmed on Thursday.Some of the employees decided to self-isolate after coming into close contact with people who tested positive for the virus, while others had traveled to “virus hotspots” or were exposed to people who had traveled to those places.Keller adds that the troopers who tested positive are part of Troop E in Miami, Troop L in Lake Worth and Troop I in Panama City.“In each case, the Florida Highway Patrol immediately engaged with local health officials and followed self-isolation guidelines. The health and safety of the public and our employees remains our top priority, and the Florida Highway Patrol is following current CDC guidance for law enforcement,” Keller’s statement emphasizes.Those guidelines explain that employees should wash their hands, maintain a distance of at least six feet from other people when possible, have trained emergency-medical service workers assess transportation to health-care facilities of anyone who may have the virus, and also to ensure that only trained employees with appropriate protective gear come into contact with people who may have the virus.Additionally, federal guidelines recommend that officers clean and disinfect their uniforms.The Florida Highway Patrol has more than 2,000 employees.During the coronavirus outbreak, troopers have helped check motorists who are entering the state from Connecticut, Louisiana, New Jersey and New York, which are all states that have seen large numbers of cases.In an executive order issued last week, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis mandated that all visitors from those hotspots isolate for 14 days upon entry to the state or for the duration of their visits, whichever time period is shorter.last_img read more