FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Megan Darby for Climate Change News:The Swedish government is expected to decide this week whether to allow the sale of some of Europe’s most polluting assets. At issue are state-owned Vattenfall’s brown coal mines and plants in Germany, which it wants to offload to Czech firm EPH.Olivia Linander of 350.org urged the ruling parties to “show they take the Paris Agreement seriously” by blocking the transaction.An opinion poll commissioned by Greenpeace, WWF and Swedish Society for Nature Conservation suggests the public is inclined to agree. Nearly half (49%) oppose the sale, compared to 27% in favour.The figures are similar among voters for the Social Democrats, whose minister Mikael Damberg is responsible for the decision: 49% against, 32% for.Vattenfall expects to lose US$2.7-3.3 billion in the transaction, yet argues it is cheaper than holding onto the loss-making business.Shedding the five opencast mines and four power stations will shrink the firm’s carbon footprint by two thirds – seen as desirable for its reputation and bankability.Gerard Wynn, analyst with the Institute for Energy Economics & Financial Analysis, questioned whether it would really be more expensive for Vattenfall to decommission the mines.“If it is about brand, it is not great if you are potentially going to create a big mess in Eastern Germany,” he said. “Which is more important, bankers or your voters?”Sweden faces climate test as voters oppose brown coal sale Resistance in Sweden to Selling, Rather Than Closing, Lignite Mines and Plants in Eastern Germany
Rodwell has suffered more of the niggling and recurring hamstring injuries that hampered his progress at Goodison Park. It has been suggested that City could loan him out in a bid to try to get him more top-level action but Pellegrini is not interested. He said: “I think all the players in the squad at the moment, it is because we need them. I need all the players.” Pellegrini is now considering whether he needs to strengthen his squad during January. He insists it is not a priority but will not rule out additions. The Chilean said: “For the moment, we are not talking about that but we are always analysing what we need and what we don’t need. “The possibility of the transfer window is there for every club. We will see what we are going to do in the next days.” Striker Dzeko has found himself down the pecking order at the Etihad Stadium this season due to the form of first-choice front pair Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo. But with Aguero currently out with a calf injury, Dzeko will have opportunities to shine and he took one such chance by scoring the winner in Saturday’s hard-fought victory over Crystal Palace. Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has dismissed the possibility of Edin Dzeko or Jack Rodwell leaving the club in the next month. Next year will be a big one for Dzeko, a £27million signing from Wolfsburg in 2011, with Bosnia competing in the World Cup for the first time in the summer. That has led to speculation he might seek more regular first-team football elsewhere but Pellegrini stresses he needs the 27-year-old as City seek silverware on multiple fronts. Pellegrini said: “There was never any chance of Dzeko going in January. He is a very important player for the team. “If you look at the last month I think Dzeko was one of the players that played the most minutes in December. “He has continued to be a very important player for us. “Always a player wants to play every game but it is impossible with the amount of games that we have to play. “I think he is happy here. He is an important striker and could have a lot of offers from other clubs but there is never a chance of him leaving.” Midfielder Rodwell has struggled to establish himself at City since his £12million move from Everton in August last year, mainly due to injuries. Press Association
FORMER women’s Test player Mel Jones has been appointed to fill the vacant director’s role on Cricket Australia’s (CA) board.CA on Wednesday confirmed Jones’ elevation as Victoria’s nominee, which makes her the first former female player to become a state-appointed director.The move officially ends the chapter of one of the most tumultuous periods in the board’s history.Chairman Earl Eddings had been the previous Victorian nominee, but moved to fill one of the three independent roles earlier this year.That came after he lost the backing of his state when he took over from David Peever as the game’s chair amid the fallout from the cultural review last year.Mark Taylor and Bob Every are two others to have stood down in the past 15 months.However Jones’ appointment now returns the board to its full complement of nine, with six state-nominated directors and three independents.“Mel has been an active and inspiring part of the cricket fabric for many years and we are privileged to have her join the board,” Eddings said.“Australian cricket has been undergoing significant change over the past two years and I’ve no doubt Mel’s experience on and off the field will be an asset to the team as we move into our next phase.“Mel’s commitment to the game and her advocacy, particularly for women in sport, will only bolster our continued focus on advancing cricket to be the number one sport for women and girls.”Jones played five Tests and 61 one-dayers for Australia, winning two World Cups.She has remained in the game and filled various sports administration roles since her international retirement in 2005, including in indigenous communities, schools, women’s and pathways cricket.She is also one of the most prominent commentators on the global circuit.“I have much admiration for the work that has been undertaken over the past 18 months in particular, an incredibly challenging time for cricket, and testament to its place in the hearts of Australians,” Jones said.(AAP)
DEREK MONTGOMERY/Herald photoMINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — A week’s worth of preparation and reflection didn’t help the Wisconsin Badgers’ defense Saturday with the win against the Golden Gophers. Just seven days removed from a contest that saw the UW defense give up a record number of total yards, the defense almost set another record: most rushing yards allowed in school history.For the second consecutive week, and third time this year, the Wisconsin defense allowed their opponent to post more than 30 points in a game. But unlike UW’s previous two opponents that posted upwards of 30, Northwestern and Bowling Green, Minnesota is not a team anyone would classify as a high-octane offense.In fact, Minnesota’s crawl ball is the antithesis of the offenses run by the Wildcats and Falcons. But that didn’t stop the Gophers from putting up huge numbers, and for the second consecutive week, it was an opposing team’s tailback that created most of the damage.Minnesota’s star tailback, Laurence Maroney looked nearly unstoppable in the game, running, juking and plowing his way to an impressive 258 yards on the ground. The Gophers’ running game was so dominant that Maroney passed the century mark before halftime, and his backup, Gary Russell, finished the game with 139 yards on 19 carries.”Maroney’s one of the best backs in the country,” defensive tackle Mike Newkirk said. “We knew that coming in and we had to prepare for him. But we were going after him whether he was the best or the worst, it doesn’t really matter. We knew we had to try and contain him.”All told, the Badgers gave up 411 yards on the ground on the day, just 41 yards shy of the most yards allowed by a Wisconsin defense. UW’s run-stuffing ability was a far cry from the defense that was allowing less than a 100 yards per game on the ground prior to their loss to Northwestern.”As a defensive line we preach that everything is on us,” Newkirk said. “There might be issues in the secondary, there might be issues at linebacker but that doesn’t matter to us. As far as the yardage that the other guy is getting we take that all on ourselves.”So what has changed in the last two weeks that have transformed this team from a veritable wall against the run, to the porous product fans saw Saturday? To a man, the Badger defense will tell you the biggest culprit is one thing — tackling.”Our tackling wasn’t good today, that’s definitely our biggest problem right now,” free safety Roderick Rogers admitted.The Badgers missed tackles throughout the day, allowing the Gophers to get second chances on their running plays and rack up the yards after catch in the passing game. Perhaps one of the most telling statistics is the number of yards Gopher rushers lost Saturday.Despite running the ball 63 times in the contest, Wisconsin’s defense was unable to stop the Gophers at the point of attack and Minnesota’s backs only lost a grand total of four yards on the game.Injuries were also a factor for the Badgers, who spent much of the second half with a makeshift defensive line. A unit that could ill-afford to lose more bodies got even thinner throughout the game as defensive end Joe Monty and defensive tackle Jason Chapman both left the game due to injuries forcing defensive coordinator Bret Bielema to rely heavily on Matt Schaunessy, Kurt Ware, who was also nicked up during the game, and Nick Hayden while rotating in various players throughout the game.”We were thin coming in and we lost a couple more, so there were some guys out there that I didn’t know were out there,” Bielema said.The wear and tear of the season, which doesn’t give UW a bye week until the end of the conference season, was also evident in the secondary. While UW did open the game with their usual starters, Allen Langford and Brett Bell, on the field, the two cornerback spots saw unusually high number substitutions against Minnesota.”There are a lot of plays out there and I took special attention to that after last week,” Bielema said. “We had 89 snaps for some of our guys and then there’s special teams players in there as well, we just got to make sure we’re not putting too much on our guys physically.”Redshirt freshman Jack Ikegwuonu saw the most action of his career Saturday, while Levonne Rowan also saw a noticeable increase in his playing time. That playing time came mostly at the cost of Bell, who saw his time diminish increasingly as the game went on.”You’ve got to help as much as you can,” Bell said. “I’m not on the field, it doesn’t mean I don’t want to win the game.”With the injuries mounting and the length of the season taking its toll, UW must spend the week again trying to figure out an approach to stop opponents running attacks.”We’ve just got to go in, watch film and see why we’re giving up so many rushing yards. I really don’t know why it’s happening,” linebacker Mark Zalewski said.