Resistance in Sweden to Selling, Rather Than Closing, Lignite Mines and Plants in Eastern Germany

first_img 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 Germanylast_img read more

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LeBron James rises to occasion to lead his team to NBA All-Star Game victory

first_img NBA All-Star LeBron James tells commentator ‘I will not shut up and dribble’ James scored 29 points on 12-for-17 shooting and added 10 rebounds and eight assists and was named the MVP for the third time in his career. Kevin Durant scored 19 points and Paul George added 16 for Team LeBron, which trailed 133-120 after Damian Lillard of Team Steph buried a jump shot with 6:57 left.At 33, James was the oldest player in the game.“I respect the younger guys,” he said when asked about representing an older generation of players. “They’ve got to keep this thing going, for sure. What I take pride in is taking care of my body. I make sure I’m available every night and continue to get better and better.“I don’t really take it, as, ‘This is a young guy, OK, I need to show him I can do this.’ I need to continue to show myself. Every night I step on the floor, I have to lead my guys and prove to myself I can still play at a high level. I feel great.”Lillard and DeMar DeRozan each scored 21 points for Team Steph, which led by as many as 15 points in the first half. Joel Embiid added 19 points and eight rebounds. Curry scored 11 points on 4-for-14 shooting, with six rebounds and five assists.The NBA went away from its traditional Eastern Conference vs. Western format for this All-Star Game, with team captains James and Curry picking sides. It was a new wrinkle, one that produced an entertaining, competitive game with a late defensive stand determining the final outcome.“The mix of the players was cool, it was different,” Durant said. “To play with Kemba, LeBron, Bradley and guys from the Eastern Conference, you mix it up and get to know them on a different level, so when you play with them your respect level just rises up.”The All-Stars’ shooting percentages and final scores were way down from recent seasons, reflecting the effort on the floor. The relaxed All-Star vibe was still at Staples, however: Curry chowed down on a box of popcorn on the bench during the third quarter, and the stars made time and room for plenty of good-looking dunks and alley-oops.The intriguing ending overshadowed a clunky start.Kevin Hart acted as the pregame emcee, rattling off a string of unfunny one-liners as he introduced the members of Team LeBron and Team Steph. Fans expecting to see basketball a few minutes past 5 p.m. gave Hart the sort of tepid responses you’d expect from your local Chuckle Hut.Barenaked Ladies performed “O Canada.” Fergie then sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” in such a slow, breathless tempo that Draymond Green was caught on camera with his mouth wide open, clearly trying to figure out whether she was channeling Marilyn Monroe.Either way, it was a swing-and-a-miss start to a game devoid of local heroes for the Staples Center fans to cheer. After all, this was the first time since the 1996 game in San Antonio’s Alamodome that there were no Lakers or Clippers in the contest.Related Articles Lou Williams and Tobias Harris of the Clippers competed in All-Star Saturday Night events and Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma of the Lakers participated in the Rising Stars Game on Friday. The main event was all about Warriors, Cavaliers, Thunder, Rockets, Celtics and so many others.That wasn’t to say Southern California wasn’t represented, because it was.Six players with local connections were here: DeRozan (Compton), George (Palmdale), Westbrook (Lawndale), James Harden (Artesia), Kevin Love (UCLA) and Klay Thompson (Rancho Santa Margarita). Love couldn’t play because of an injury, but sat on the Team LeBron bench.What’s more, the teams were playing for the L.A.-area charity of their choice, with the winning team donating $350,000 and the losers giving $150,000. Team LeBron played for After-School All-Stars Los Angeles. Team Steph played for Brotherhood Crusade.Each member of the winning team made a cool $100,000, a distinct raise from previous seasons in another attempt to make things more interesting.“It was a great weekend and we capped it off the right way,” James said.TIP-INSTEAM STEPHEN: Jimmy Butler didn’t play after being selected for the fourth time. … First-time All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns was outstanding. The Minnesota forward with 17 points and 10 reobunds.TEAM LEBRON: Three first-time All-Stars suited up. Washington’s Bradley Beal scored 14 points, Miami’s Goran Dragic had two and Indiana’s Victor Oladipo got seven.THE ABSENTLeBron lost four of his original selections to injuries, including Cleveland teammate Kevin Love, Kristaps Porzingis and John Wall. Anthony Davis represented his fellow New Orleans All-Star, DeMarcus Cousins, by wearing Cousins’ No. 0 jersey to start the game.HOLLYWOOD HOME GAMEThe All-Star weekend was held in Hollywood for a record sixth time. A partial list of celebrities attending the game: Jack Nicholson, Beyonce, Rihanna, Snoop Dogg, Chadwick Boseman, Chance the Rapper, Jimmy Kimmel, Michael B. Jordan, Chris Rock, Ludacris, Common, Spike Lee, Andy Garcia, Dave Chappelle, DJ Khaled, Tracy Morgan, Sean Combs, Odell Beckham Jr. and pregame host Kevin Hart, who lobbed roast-style jokes at the All-Stars with mostly blah results. After a much-criticized pregame national anthem from Fergie, N.E.R.D and Migos performed an energizing halftime show.MANY MISSESThe All-Stars’ 3-point accuracy was hardly world-class, with Harden going 2 for 13 and Westbrook going 1 for 6. Team Steph was a combined 17 for 65 beyond the arc, including 3-for-11 for Curry.UP NEXTThe 68th NBA All-Star Game will be in Charlotte on Feb. 17, 2019. North Carolina was scheduled to host the 2017 All-Star Game, but lost it in July 2016 because of the state legislature’s Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, which is considered by many to be discriminatory. Hornets owner Michael Jordan got a standing ovation when he appeared at center court alongside Lakers owner Jeanie Buss and Clippers owner Steve Ballmer to reveal the logo for next year’s game.The Associated Press contributed to this story. “We got stops when we needed to,” Westbrook said. Adam Silver encouraged by NBA players meeting with referees in effort to ease tension Paul George just the latest homegrown star to feel Lakers’ love in free agency AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers LOS ANGELES — In the end, it was every bit of what it has become over the years. Nothing more, nothing less.The NBA’s 67th annual midseason celebration was part-basketball game, part-showbiz extravaganza, part-house party, and, by night’s end, everybody seemed to have had a good time at the All-Star Game on Sunday at Staples Center.Under the watchful gaze of legends Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Russell and Jerry West, who were seated together at courtside, Team LeBron James rallied from a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter to take a 148-145 victory from Team Stephen Curry.James scored the go-ahead basket on a left-handed finger-roll layup with 34.5 seconds remaining and then assisted on Russell Westbrook’s layup with 10.7 seconds to play after a turnover. Team LeBron denied Curry a tying 3-point attempt in the final, frantic seconds to hold on to win. 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The Seattle Kraken have joined the NHL, and fans love the team name

first_imgThe Kraken is “a huge sea monster in Norwegian legend,” according to the dictionary. With Seattle’s tie to the sea, coming up with a name that represented that was important to fans. And selecting Kraken allowed the team to get creative with its logos and uniforms.”Throughout this whole process, it’s been a rallying cry for fans,” Seattle vice president of marketing Heidi Dettmer told ESPN. “We heard it everywhere. It’s what kept coming up over and over again.”Kraken was already trending on Twitter ahead of the official reveal as fans waited in anticipation. So, naturally, fans were excited by the final result. Even non-Seattle residents were impressed with the overall design from the new NHL franchise. “We met deposit day with 32,000 passionate fans and scores of prospective team names,” a statement for the name reads. “One in particular emerged quickly as the frontrunner. Two years later, and that same name still carries the conversation. 215,000 fan votes, 50+ fan forums & speaking engagements and over 12 months of social media listening have supported this phenomenon — Seattle is the Kraken.”MORE: NHL awards finalists The NHL unveiled its 32nd franchise Thursday: the Seattle Kraken.The NHL approved a proposal by Seattle Hockey Partners (an ownership group led by David Bonderman, Jerry Bruckheimer and Tod Leiweke) in 2018 to grant an expansion franchise to Seattle. After nearly two years of work, the franchise was officially unveiled Thursday morning.last_img read more

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