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Colorado Coal Industry Sees Sharpest Drop in 23 Years

first_imgColorado Coal Industry Sees Sharpest Drop in 23 Years FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Christopher Coats for SNL:Facing national and state pressure, coal mines in Colorado reported the lowest production in 23 years in 2015, with 18.7 million tons for the period. The state’s output marked an 18.5% drop from 2014 and a sharp drop from the almost 40 million tons it produced in 2004.According to data provided by the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety, significant drops in production over 2014 were seen at a number of local mines, including Bowie Resource Partners LP’s Bowie No. 2 mine, where production fell from 2.4 million tons in 2014 to 1.6 million tons in the last year.Peabody Energy Corp.’s Foidel Creek mine fell even further, dropping about 2.5 million tons from 2014 to end the year with 4.1 million tons. The mine, also known as the Twentymile mine, once stood as the most productive mine in the basin, but it has seen output steadily decline in recent years.Arch Coal Inc.’s West Elk mine also saw a year-over-year drop of about a million tons, ending 2015 with 5.2 million tons in production.The state’s continued slide came despite no mine closures during the year, though a few remain idled, including Elk Creek and New Elk.Full article ($): Coal production in Colorado tumbles to 23-year low in 2015last_img read more

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Alcohol industry makes money off problem drinkers

first_imgNewsTalk ZB 30 October 2016Family First Comment: If we want to reduce family violence and child abuse in NZ, we need to reduce alcohol abuse.Fresh research from Massey University shows just how much the alcohol industry relies on problem drinkers to make a profit.The International Alcohol Control study combines research on drinkers from five countries, including New Zealand.Lead author Professor Sally Casswell said it shows 59 percent of all alcohol is consumed in binges of eight drinks or more for men, and six or more for women.Most of the alcohol industry’s profits come from that heavy use, she said.“This is what we mean when we say that the industry is really reliant on the sale of alcohol that is being drunk on heavy-drinking occasions.”Casswell said it explains why the industry is so resistant to policies which would reduce harmful drinking.“Because of this, we can’t allow the alcohol industry to be involved in making policy decisions about what is an appropriate way for governments to respond to alcohol-related harm.”Governments need to step up and restrict alcohol marketing, as well as implement better alcohol taxation and a minimum unit price, she argued.http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/health/alcohol-industry-makes-money-off-problem-drinkers/last_img read more

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Syracuse Chiefs look to improve on league-worst 2014 attendance numbers

first_img Published on April 13, 2015 at 11:20 pm Contact Justin: jmatting@syr.edu | @jmattingly306 Dave Smolnycki does it for the game of baseball. When he takes his seat in Section 204, Row 8 on Thursday he’ll be in attendance for the 45th-consecutive Syracuse Chiefs home opener.“I know nowadays, you need all the fancy stuff with the entertainment, but to me, it’s always been the game itself,” he said.But the number of fans like Smolnycki is steadily decreasing.Minor league baseball teams are having to rely on entertainment and promotions to bring fans out to the ballpark. As the Chiefs are set to have their home opener at NBT Bank Stadium on Thursday, the club will look to rebound from a season in which it placed last in the International League in attendance. But now second-year general manager Jason Smorol is confident that there’s a turnaround coming up.Smorol came to the Chiefs — the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals — with more than a decade’s worth of minor league baseball experience. When he took over in October 2013, Smorol had the mentality of being all about the fans and being “more minor league-y.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I just came in with my philosophy,” Smorol said. “I don’t know that that’s any different than someone else’s philosophy, it’s just what I was taught to do in baseball and that is to be about the fans.”Despite extensive efforts to try and bring fans to the 11,117-seat ballpark, the Chiefs finished last in both total and average attendance in the International League in 2014. The paid total of 247,046 was the lowest in the history of the Chiefs’ ballpark, which opened in 1997 and is now called NBT Bank Stadium after two name changes.Smorol said that while the club announced a more than 100,000-person decrease in attendance from 2013, concession sales were up and there were actually more people physically in the ballpark than in previous years—during which attendance tracking wasn’t as accurately portrayed, said Benjamin Hill, who covers minor league baseball for MiLB.com.Smorol took over as general manager following 44 years of either Tex or John Simone running the ball club and said the Chiefs are still essentially starting a brand-new franchise from scratch. It was often the case where fans could go to a local grocery store or bank and get free Chiefs tickets. Smorol said no more — there were no free tickets last year, except for the city of Syracuse buying out the July 4 game.“Our product has value,” he said. “So we established that value of $12, $10, $5 a ticket and then more people came last year.”To generate that value and build some buzz, the Chiefs held promotions such as Deport Justin Bieber Night, Boy Band Night and Tattoo Night to go along with the classics of Fireworks Night and Giveaway Saturdays.Promotions are more important in minor league baseball than in the major sports because in minor league baseball the average fan is not a fan of the team, Hill said.The most effective promotions, Hill said, are ones that don’t have to be explained, such as fireworks. The Chiefs currently have 20 fireworks shows planned for this year, compared to 13 last year.“Owning a ball club is like owning a restaurant with live entertainment,” said Lloyd Johnson, editor of the Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball.The club is continuing to try and improve attendance through promotions, adjusting to what’s popular — such as selling beer for $2 on Thursdays.Promotions aren’t the only factor that goes into attendance, but also the weather. During 2014 Chiefs home games, about 2,300 fewer fans on average came to the ballpark when there was precipitation.In 2010, Stephen Strasburg made four starts for the Chiefs at then-named Alliance Bank Stadium. Strasburg was the consensus No. 1 prospect in baseball and a former No. 1 overall draft pick. Smolnycki described the ballpark as “jam-packed” and “bedlam.”“It just was a whole different atmosphere,” he said. “People were into the game.”In Strasburg’s four starts in Syracuse, the Chiefs averaged 5,678 more people per game than their average attendance for 2010.But having Strasburg, and eventually top prospect Bryce Harper in 2011, come to Syracuse was “lightning in a bottle.”“There’s just really not enough baseball fandom intensity in the minors for top prospects to get that kind of attention, unless they’re true outliers like Strasburg or Harper,” Hill said.Right-handed pitcher A.J. Cole is the Chiefs’ highest-rated prospect to start the season, coming in at No. 30 on the Baseball Prospectus Top 101 Prospects list. He’s the only current Chief on the list.Even without a top prospect, sometimes a winning team isn’t enough automatically help boost attendance.The Chiefs won the International League North Division last year by two and a half games, but still finished last in attendance for the entire league. In 47 of their 66 home games, they had the higher winning percentage of the two teams going in.Marshall Adesman, a former general manager for the Waterloo Indians, said winning is the best promotion, but is not necessary to have good attendance. The Chiefs largest total attendance for a season, 1999, came in a year when the team finished two games above .500.There are many factors that go into attendance, both for the Chiefs and minor league baseball as a whole. What Smorol and other managers can do is “control the controllables.”While Chiefs management can’t control the weather, the on-field performance or the roster, they can control the fan experience.“We want to really engage our fans and we want them to have fun,” Smorol said. “Again, that’s what it’s all about — just the fans having fun, wanting to come to the ballpark, spend some time with their families, spend some time with their friends and by the way, there’s a really good baseball game going on.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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College football Week 12 primer: Heisman Watch, upset picks, predictions and more

first_imgThe Tigers have a future No. 1 pick at quarterback in Trevor Lawrence, an All-American tailback in Travis Etienne who averages 8.9 yards per carry, a receiver who averages 20.4 yards per catch in Tee Higgins and a defense led by the multi-talented Isaiah Simmons. Did we mention they have won 25 straight games?  Clemson might play in the ACC, but they aren’t like the other teams in the ACC. They also are a victim of a close 21-20 victory on Sept. 28 against North Carolina. One more time: The Tigers won the game.   The Tigers at +300 to win a national championship might be a steal. No. 23 Navy meets No. 16 Notre Dame (2:30 p.m., NBC) in the first of those matchups. No. 4 Georgia travels to No. 12 Auburn (3:30 p.m., CBS) in the afternoon slot along with a matchup between No. 8 Minnesota and No. 20 Iowa (4 p.m., FOX). The prime-time spotlight shines on the Big 12 with No. 10 Oklahoma at No. 13 Baylor (7:30 p.m., ABC).  WEEK 12 PICKS: Straight up | Against the spreadNo. 5 Georgia travels to No. 13 Auburn (3:30 p.m., CBS) in the biggest SEC game of the week, and No. 7 Minnesota is an underdog at No. 23 Iowa (4 p.m., FOX). No. 12 Baylor puts its unbeaten record on the line against No. 10 Oklahoma (7:30 p.m., ABC) in the primetime slot. Every week, Sporting News will survey the landscape looking for Heisman contenders, coaches on the spot, upset alerts and other trends. With that in mind, get ready for Week 12:  Heisman watch   LSU’s Joe Burrow took control of the Heisman Trophy race after hitting 31 of 39 passes for 393 yards and rushing for 64 more yards in a 46-41 victory against Alabama last Saturday. That effectively knocked Tua Tagovailoa and the rest of the field into a race for second. Ohio State’s Chase Young won’t be on the field in Week 12, so this is an opportunity for Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts to firm up a spot as a finalist.  Hurts still leads all FBS quarterbacks with a 94.1 QBR, and he ranks second in the FBS in total offense at 401.2 yards per game. Burrow is third at 376.3. Hurts by no means will catch Burrow with a victory at Baylor, but it’s still a chance to stay in the Heisman vote and continue the never-ending debate with Tagovailoa.  Who is second on your ballot right now?  Coach on the spot  Penn State is coming off a 31-26 loss at Minnesota, and the Nittany Lions cannot afford to look ahead to next week’s noon showdown with No. 2 Ohio State.  Not with Indiana coming to Happy Valley. James Franklin can’t lose this game. The Nittany Lions are 5-6 against teams ranked in the AP Top 25 since 2017, and the Hoosiers are No. 24. Indiana is 0-10 at Beaver Stadium, however.  The Nittany Lions must win out to get to the College Football Playoff, but a loss here and next win in Columbus would be devastating for a program on the rise.Upset alert   We will give you three doors to choose from:  Can Auburn throw a wrench into the Playoff race by knocking off Georgia at Jordan-Hare Stadium? The Tigers won the last meeting 40-17 in 2017 and are 7-1 ATS as home underdogs under Gus Malzahn. That’s a tough spot for the Bulldogs.  Iowa beat No. 2 Michigan at Kinnick Stadium on Nov. 12, 2016, then beat No. 3 Ohio State in the same place on Nov. 4, 2017. Will Kirk Ferentz beat another top-10 team at home for the third time in four seasons with Minnesota coming to down?  Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly is 7-2 against Navy, but he has never lost to the Midshipmen in South Bend. Navy won at Notre Dame Stadium in 2007 and 2009, however, and they can slow the Irish’s so-so run defense down.  One of those is going to happen Saturday. We just don’t know which door to choose.  Over/under  Alabama suffered a November loss, but that will not be the defining reason as to why they would be left out of the CFP.  Of the 20 playoff participants since 2020, a total of five lost in November. That list includes Michigan State (Nov. 7, 2015), Clemson (Nov. 12, 2016), Washington (Nov. 12, 2016), Georgia (No. 11, 2017) and Alabama (Nov. 25, 2017). The Crimson Tide  There have been six undefeated teams, too, and among other nine playoff teams seven lost in October and two lost in September. That says it’s still better to lose early, but it really does not matter if you don’t lose twice.  Think about it …   Clemson averages more points this year than last year – a slim difference of 45.3 to 44.3 – and is giving up fewer points than last year – 11.5 to 13.1 – and yet they are considered a rung below LSU and Ohio State.   Week 12 of the college football season has arrived, and there are just three more weeks until the College Football Playoff pairings are revealed.  There are four matchups involving teams ranked in the College Football Playoff rankings.  last_img read more