U.S. coal companies increasingly worried administration policies will hurt exports

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:U.S. coal mining companies are worried President Donald Trump’s intensifying trade dispute with China could hurt their booming export business, one of the ailing sector’s most important lifelines, according to industry players.Beijing this month added coal and other energy products to a list of U.S. goods facing import tariffs in retaliation for Trump administration levies. The measure has already dampened Chinese demand for U.S.-mined coal, multiple U.S. and Chinese industry sources said.For instance, trade sources said China National Building Material International, one of the biggest metallurgical coal importers in China, pulled back from supply talks with U.S. coal broker XCoal and miner Consol Energy shortly after Beijing’s announcement. A source familiar with the matter said Consol had been in talks with China to supply up to 1 million tons per year of metallurgical coal but would not confirm whether the deal would be delayed. Officials at XCoal declined to comment.The U.S. Energy Information Administration said U.S. coal exports to Asia doubled from 15.7 million tons in 2016 to 32.8 million tons in 2017. Exports to China totaled 3.2 million tons in 2017, up from zero in 2015 and 2016, according to the EIA.The coal industry’s concerns mirror the unease spreading in U.S. farm country over unintended consequences of the Trump administration’s protectionist stance, which has roiled foreign market for American crops. The farm and coal industries are critical Trump supporters that the president and his Republican party are relying on to help them retain control of Congress in the mid-term elections in November.More: U.S. coal miners worry Trump-China trade dispute could hit exports U.S. coal companies increasingly worried administration policies will hurt exportslast_img read more

CFPB cracks down on FCRA violations

first_imgLast month, the CFPB fined JPMorgan Chase (JPMorgan) $4.6 million for various alleged violations of the FCRA. According to the consent order, the CFPB found that JPMorgan failed to have reasonable policies and procedures in place to ensure it provided accurate information to consumer reporting agencies, failed to inform consumers of the results of dispute investigations and failed to identify the consumer reporting agency on adverse action notices.Policies and Procedures. The FCRA does not require financial institutions to provide information to consumer reporting agencies. However, if a financial institution elects to do so, the FCRA requires it to provide accurate information. Regulation V requires these financial institutions to have reasonable policies and procedures in place to ensure that information provided to consumer reporting agencies is accurate. The procedures should be designed based on the institution’s complexity and scope of activities and updated periodically. The rule also requires institutions to consider the interagency guidelines in developing their policies. continue reading » 46SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Family, finances, health, career, community, and faith

first_imgYou have a list of things that are important to you.Usually, those center around your family, finances, health, career, community, and faith. That “power six” grouping usually covers what is most near and dear to our heart. To improve in these areas, it will take some work. You’ll need to read. You’ll to reflect. You’ll need to plan. You’ll need to act. Now, do an audit. Look at your life’s inputs. Look at what you consume. Look at where you spend your time.Television shows. Radio. People. Ideas. Social media. Time. Books. Magazines. Conversations. Exercise. Food.Some of those inputs empower and improve the “power six” noted above. Some of your inputs will not. They take up time, attention and effort, but don’t move the ball down the field. They are noise. And nothing else. This week, I’ll try to limit the noise and focus on what matters. I find that when I do, my world gets better faster.Feel free to join me. 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Anthony Demangone Anthony Demangone is executive vice president and chief operating officer at the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU). Demangone oversees day-to-day operations and manages the association’s education, membership, … Web: https://www.cuinsight.com/partner/nafcu Detailslast_img read more

Outbreak breakout: COVID-19 patient flees isolation ward in Jakarta

first_imgA COVID-19 patient who was receiving treatment in the isolation ward of Persahabatan General Hospital (RSUP) in East Jakarta has reportedly escaped the facility with the help of family members.According to Erlina Burhan, the hospital’s spokesperson for matters related to COVID-19, the patient was able to slip away while medical workers were busy.”[The patient] left through the front door, where her family members were already waiting to help her flee,” Erlina told a press conference at the hospital on Friday afternoon.  Read also: Coronavirus pandemic ‘could be over by June’ if countries act, says Chinese adviserThe facility is currently treating five COVID-19 patients and eleven others who are under observation for showing symptoms, tempo.co reported.Separately, Jakarta administration official Suharti said the patient decided to leave the hospital because she did not trust the test result diagnosing her as positive for COVID-19. She also demanded proof of her infection, she added.”The patient claimed that she had shown no symptoms of COVID-19. So, she decided to run because she was afraid of eventually being transferred to a facility [for positive patients],” Suharti said, adding that all COVID-19 patients at the hospital were kept in the same room. She added that the patient also had financial concerns.”[The patient’s] family is poor and they have children to feed.”Suharti spoke during a recent meeting with Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan on the capital’s measures to combat COVID-19. The meeting was recorded and can be watched on the Jakarta administration’s official YouTube channel. Indonesia has so far recorded 69 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Four patients have died during isolation.However, the figures are believed to be far below the country’s actual number of infections, with many fearing that cases have gone undetected because of the government’s inadequate handling of the health crisis.Concerns also remain as to whether tests run by the Health Ministry’s laboratory are accurate.At least five people suspected of having the virus have died since late February before authorities eventually announced the first two confirmed cases last week. Some of the suspected patients died while waiting for their test results, although all of their tests eventually came back negative.In one case, a health official reportedly confirmed the possibility of flawed results from lab tests. (vny)Topics :last_img read more

Moderna would seek limited emergency use of COVID-19 vaccine based on early data

first_imgIf Moderna Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine proves to be at least 70 percent effective, the company plans to seek emergency authorization for its use in high-risk groups, the company’s chief executive told Reuters.Moderna’s vaccine candidate – mRNA-1273 – is nearing the finish line in its push to enroll 30,000 individuals in a late-stage trial of a novel coronavirus vaccine. But the company may be able to declare victory early if it is able to show that people who got the vaccine fared much better in its trial that people who didn’t.Vaccines must demonstrate they are at least 50% more effective than a placebo to be considered for approval. To prove that, government officials have said, at least 150 COVID-19 infections must be recorded among trial participants with at least twice as many occurring among the placebo group. “At such a level of efficacy, if we get there, we can protect a lot of lives in the people at the highest risk, and so, we will consider filing for an EUA for a very limited population,” Bancel said.He said the FDA will determine whether the benefit of the vaccine to a small group of high-risk individuals outweighs the risk of not having a full readout of safety data from all 30,000 study participants.The two groups of high-risk individuals who might be covered in such an EUA would be healthcare workers and the elderly, Bancel said.Bancel said the company wants to gather more data on the safety of the vaccine in the study population over a period of several months before seeking full FDA approval.Moderna released its study protocol on Thursday, making public details on how its vaccine will be evaluated. If the vaccine does not reach the efficacy mark after 53 cases, the data safety and monitoring board will take another interim look at the data after 106 cases, and a final look after 151 people in the trial become infected with the virus.Public health officials have said that approving a vaccine for widespread use based on a small number of cases would not offer enough safety information to show how the vaccine would perform.Moderna, which has never brought a vaccine to market, has received nearly $1 billion from the U.S. government under its Operation Warp Speed program. It has also struck a $1.5 billion supply agreement with the United States.In a presentation to investors on Tuesday, Pfizer Inc said the company has enrolled more than 29,000 people in its 44,000-volunteer trial to test an experimental COVID-19 vaccine the company is developing with German partner BioNTech .Pfizer expects to have enough data to show whether the vaccine works by the end of October.  If a vaccine is especially effective, companies could have their answer sooner.An independent safety board will take a first look at Moderna’s data as soon as a total of 53 people in the trial become infected with COVID-19. Moderna is projecting the interim analysis will occur in November, but it could come as early as October.If most of the people who got sick got the placebo shot, that would indicate the vaccine was protecting those inoculated and could be enough evidence to seek U.S. regulatory approval for Emergency Use Authorization(EUA).”If the interim readout is deemed by the independent safety committee as positive with 70 or 80 or 90% efficacy, we will indeed consider approval,” Stephane Bancel, Moderna’s chief executive officer, said in a telephone interview.center_img Topics :last_img read more

COVID-19 OUTBREAK: STAY CALM BUT VIGILANT DOH presses vigilance as local virus cases confirmed

first_img“Pursuant to the recommendation of theDOH and my suggestion as Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, PresidentRodrigo Duterte has agreed to issue a declaration of a State of Public HealthEmergency due to the confirmation of a local transmission of COVID-19 in ourcountry,” Go said.  The Health chief said such a declaration“will facilitate mobilization of resources and ease processes, includingprocurement of critical logistics and supplies and intensifying reporting and quarantinemeasures.”“This is a preemptive call to ensure national and local government andpublic and private healthcare providers can prepare for possible increase insuspected and confirmed cases,” Duque said.According to the DOH, the sixth case in the country was the wife of a patientwho was earlier diagnosed with the infection. Both of them are confined at thestate-run Research Institute for Tropical Medicine in Alabang, Muntinlupa City.“The DOH confirms that the previously reported 5th case of COVID-19 as thefirst case of local transmission in the country after verification with BI,showed that patient had no recent travel history,” said Duque.“DOH also reports that patients’ wife tested positive for COVID-19 aftercontact-tracing activities were prompted. This brings total number of COVIDcases in the country to 6,” he added.The woman, 59, experienced cough and admitted to the RITM, Duque said. She iscurrently in stable condition. Her husband, the 5th COVID-19 case, has nohistory of travel outside the Philippines.The fifth case had coughs last Feb. 25 and was admitted at the private hospitalCardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan City on March 1 with severepneumonia. He tested positive on March 5.The man, who also suffers from hypertension and diabetes, frequented a Muslimprayer hall in San Juan. Meanwhile, the Malacañang has assured the public that the government isprepared for “worst-case” scenario as Presidential spokesperson Salvador Paneloassured that the DOH would continue to be “transparent” with its report on thevirus.“The DOH is ready. It said that all protocols have been established and allthey have to do is implement them. Definitely, (the DOH is) honest. Si Secretary Duque pa,” Panelo said.“There is no need for alarm or worry because we’re ready. From the very start,we’ve already said that. We’re making advance preparation in addition to thepresent measures that we have already undertaken,” he added.The first three COVID-19 cases in the Philippines involved Chinese nationalswith history of travel to Wuhan, China, epicenter of the outbreak. One of themdied of severe pneumonia on Feb. 1 while two recovered and have returned home.The fourth case, a 48-year-old Filipino man, had traveled to Japan, which hasrecorded 349 confirmed cases and 6 deaths from the illness. There were also twoPhilippines travelers, a Taiwanese and Australian, who tested positive toinfection./PN “We have to remain calm but vigilant sa gihapon,” said Dr. Jane Juanico, headof the Infectious Disease Section of DOH Region 6. According to Juanico, although there is onlyone remaining person under investigation (PUI) in Western Visayas,precautionary measures against respiratory infections must be observed. “As of March 6, we recorded a total 42PUIs. Na-discharged ang 41, wherein ang 40 dirinegative ang result sa COVID-19 while angisa is influenza ang result. And isa na lang fromIloilo province ang currently admitted sa hospital,” added Juanico. This was confirmed by Duterte’s closeaide Senator Christopher “Bong” Go. The last PUI admitted at the WesternVisayas Medical Center in Mandurriao district here – an Ilonggo with a historyof travel to Hong Kong – tested negative for the virus and as of this writingwas preparing to be discharged from the medical facility. This followed the DOH announcement onSaturday that the country’s fifth coronavirus case was one of localtransmission – meaning he had contracted the virus here- and that his wife hadalso been infected, becoming the country’s sixth case. center_img On Saturday, President Rodrigo Dutertehas agreed to issue a declaration of a public health emergency to contain thespread of COVID-19. BY IME SORNITO AND ADRIAN STEWART CO Juanico stressed that cleanliness andpersonal hygiene are important in containing the spread of diseases andprotecting the entire community. “Cleanliness and personal hygiene are important in containing the spread of diseases,” says Dr. Jane Juanico, head of the Infectious Disease Section of the Department of Health Region 6. PIA Health Secretary Francisco Duque IIIearlier said the DOH has recommended the declaration of public health emergencyafter it raised its alert to Code RedSub-Level 1. ILOILO City – Stay alert, keep calm and practicegood personal hygiene to combat the coronavirus disease or COVID-19, theDepartment of Health (DOH) urged the public, following the country’s first caseof local transmission of the fatal disease. last_img read more

Immobile beats Ronaldo, Lewandowski to Europe’s top-scorer award

first_img Fourteen of his goals were from the penalty spot, as Lazio finished the season in fourth place, earning a return to the Champions League. It is the third time Immobile has won the title of best scorer in Italy after 2013-2014, when he scored 22 goals with Torino, and in 2017-2018 when his 29 goals for Lazio saw him share the honour with Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi. Ciro Immobile (L) has scored an Italian top flight record-equalling 36 goals in Serie A this season. Read Also: FA Cup Final: Chelsea fans slam Kepa’s performance in training (video) Interestingly, Cristiano Ronaldo missed out on winning a first ‘Capocannoniere’ award for top scorer in the Italian top flight, as he was rested for Juventus’s final game, a 3-1 defeat to Roma. The 35-year-old five-time Ballon d’Or winner finished second best with 31 goals in his second Serie A campaign. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The performance saw Immobile claim the European Golden Shoe for the continent’s top scorer this term, having overtaken Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski’s tally of 34 in midweek. Promoted ContentThe Best Cars Of All TimeWorld’s Most Delicious Foods8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneContemplate Life At These 10 Stargazing Locations9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeTop 6 Iconic Supercar MoviesBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise You Loading… Lazio forward Ciro Immobile netted his 36th goal of the season on Saturday night in a 3-1 defeat against Napoli to equal the record for the most goals in a Serie A campaign. The 30-year-old Italy international tapped in after 22 minutes to match Argentina forward Gonzalo Higuain’s record of 36 goals, set while playing for Napoli in the 2015-16 season.last_img read more

Dodge City’s SportMod Mayhem ends with Kenny winning dramatic race to checkers

first_imgKaup claimed the show position with Mike Lunow racing from 10th to fourth. After starting sixth, Kenny held steady until he began climbing through the pack after 10 laps.  Gaining momentum, Kenny made his way past Kaup for third on the 17th lap and then reeled in Roach by the 23rd lap as Stallbaumer cruised out front with nearly a straightaway ad­vantage.  DODGE CITY, Kan. (Aug. 22) – Brandon Kenny took advantage of Luke Stallbaumer’s misfor­tune, then edged Mike Roach in a thrilling drag race to the checkers to take the $1,500-winner’s share in Dodge City Raceway Park’s seventh annual IMCA SportMod Mayhem North vs. South Duel.  Following a pair of cautions with one lap in the books, pole starter Stallbaumer slipped away from the field under an extended green flag run as Roach held down second with Jeff Kaup in third. Stallbaumer’s tire finally shredded a lap later, setting up a three-lap dash to the checkered with Roach leading Kenny. By Lonnie Wheatley After plenty of late-race excitement, Brandon Kenny took the $1,500 checkers at Dodge City Race­way Park’s IMCA SportMod Mayhem North vs. South Duel. (Photo by Lonnie Wheatley) Misfortune struck Stallbaumer at that point as his right rear tire went low and the duo of Roach and Kenny quickly reeled him in and made quick work of the slowing machine on lap 26.  Kenny went to the high side to work on Roach, finally pulling alongside as the white flag flew.  The duo battled side-by-side for the final 3/8-of-a-mile with Kenny getting a strong run off the final corner to flash under the checkered flag with less than a car-length advantage. Jake Bubak scored his second consecutive Lubbock Wrecker Service DCRP Sprint Car Nationals tri­umph Saturday at Dodge City.  Feature results – 1.Brandon Kenny; 2. Mike Roach; 3. Jeff Kaup; 4. Mike Lunow; 5. Brendyn Nordyke; 6. Mike Roach; 7. Troy Bynum; 8. James Lott; 9. Kyle Wiens; 10. Monty Nordyke; 11. Kamren Gruber; 12. Jimmy Brozek; 13. Ryan Kirchoff; 14. Ryan Keller; 15. Michael Pepper; 16. Luke Stallbaumer; 17. Alex Wiens; 18. Brian May; 19. Mike Appel; 20. Freddie McCoy; 21. Edwin Elliott; 22. Bart Baker.last_img read more

Brady fires Hull to victory

first_img West Ham had a penalty appeal for handball against Livermore waved away and also saw Ahmed Elmohamady block James Tomkins’ header on the line, but were equally undone by a chronic lack of cutting edge up front. The combined efforts of Modibo Maiga and Mladen Petric in attack saw the injured Andy Carroll’s stock rise exponentially such was their toothlessness. For Bruce’s Hull the battle for top-flight survival is well ahead of schedule, with Tom Huddlestone impressing again in the centre of the park and strong showings from Brady and Elmohamady. Abdoulaye Faye, making his first appearance of the season for the injured James Chester, was also in reassuring form against the side who let him go upon their own promotion to the Premier League. West Ham were almost gifted an early opening when Liam Rosenior’s weak back pass needed swift attention from goalkeeper Allan McGregor, but otherwise Hull started comfortably. Rosenior and Elmohamady, pushed into midfield for the first time this season, were looking good down the right and after a couple of forays West Ham cracked. Elmohamady floated a cross from wide right in the direction of Brady, who was felled unnecessarily by Joey O’Brien. After a moment’s consideration referee Kevin Friend pointed to the spot and Brady gathered himself before sending Jaaskelainen the wrong way. Robbie Brady’s fourth goal of the season handed Hull a deserved 1-0 victory over West Ham as Steve Bruce’s side made it back-to-back wins in the Barclays Premier League. Press Association The Hammers were playing a more direct game than Hull, though Maiga did little to inspire confidence. His first sight of goal came after a strong run through the middle but he shot far too early to worry McGregor. West Ham were close to levelling from a 23rd-minute corner though, Tomkins getting on the end of a Matt Jarvis corner only to see his header chested off the line by Elmohamady. It was close enough for goal-line technology to be a real benefit and it showed only a fraction of the ball had crossed. West Ham’s breaks were becoming more frequent, Faye robbing Maiga at the last minute and Mohamed Diame producing an air-shot from 12 yards following Jarvis’ pinpoint cut-back. But Hull hit back and reached half-time amazed to be just one ahead. Sone Aluko’s 34th-minute free-kick needed an athletic save, then a pair of Brady corners had West Ham begging for the whistle. Curtis Davies met the first, with Maiga deflecting the effort up and on to the top of the crossbar. Brady found Elmohamady with the follow-up and his header was well saved by Jaaskelainen at the near post. The break did not obviously improve things for the visitors, with a linesman’s flag the only thing denying Aluko just two minutes after the restart. West Ham responded by attacking the home box with a handful of long balls, but Faye and Davies were coping well with the aerial examination. Hull were looking after the ball much better, with Huddlestone the midfield pivot as Livermore and Brady provided energetic links to attack. Maiga’s afternoon was cut short just before the hour mark when Sam Allardyce sent on Petric but Hull’s own goal-shy striker, Danny Graham, remained in position. He had a good chance to work the keeper in the 62nd minute when Brady’s free-kick was touched towards him at the far post, but his off-balance shot was wayward. The game was beginning to open up and when Graham held up the ball before teeing up the advancing Livermore a second goal seemed on. The Spurs loanee took a touch before releasing a measured shot only to see it crash back off the base of the post. Stewart Downing and Ricardo Vaz Te were given 20 minutes to change the game for West Ham, with Yannick Sagbo offered marginally less as Graham’s replacement. The Hammers were convinced they had a penalty in the 75th minute, with fervent appeals for a Livermore handball, but they went in vain. West Ham went forward with plenty of urgency in the closing minutes but with no final product. Brady, who is fast becoming the breakout star of the Tigers’ campaign, won and converted a penalty in the 12th minute at the KC Stadium and that proved enough for Hull to follow their 3-2 success at Newcastle with another triumph. Jake Livermore almost made the game safe in the second half when his shot beat Jussi Jaaskelainen but clattered the foot of the post as the hosts settled for the three points. last_img read more