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eight killed, three missing in coal mine blast in china


by: pti | beijing | published:february 14, 2017 9:30 am eight persons were killed and three others missing today after a blast at a coal mine in china’s central hunan province. (representational image)eight persons were killed and three others missing today after a blast at a coal mine in china’s central hunan province. the blast occurred in the wee hours in the early at zubao coal mine in lianyuan city, which is administered by loudi city, loudi authorities said.watch what else is in the newsa total of 29 people were working underground, 17 people were rescued safely. one person was injured and three others remained unaccounted for, state-run xinhua news agency reported.yang guangrong, vice governor of hunan, headed the rescue operation.the coal mine is owned by tengfei coal mine co ltd






trump overturns bill on coal mining debris


washington –  president donald trump has put the brakes on a regulation blocking coal mining debris from being dumped into nearby streams.trump called the regulation a "job-killing rule" before he signed a measure to overturn it. lawmakers from coal-mining states stood close by, including senate majority leader mitch mcconnell, r-ky., sen. rand paul, r-ky., sen. joe manchin, d-w.va. and sen. shelley moore capito, r-w.va.several coal miners and energy company executives also attended the white house signing ceremony.republicans and some democrats argued that the rule could eliminate thousands of coal-related jobs. they said the rule also ignored dozens of existing federal, state and local regulations.the interior department said in december when it announced the rule that 6,000 miles of str






8 dead, 3 missing after central china coal mine blast


beijing — a coal mine explosion tuesday in central china has left eight people dead and three injured, state media reported.the blast occurred at about 1:30 a.m. at the zoubao mine in hunan province. eighteen people escaped, only one of them injured, according to the official xinhua news agency and a tuesday statement from china’s national safety regulator, the state administration of work safety.the administration did not immediately identify the cause of the blast, but said the site was considered a “high gas mine.” gas explosions inside mines are often caused when a flame or electrical spark ignites gas leaking from the coal seam. ventilation systems are supposed to prevent gas from becoming trapped.china is the world’s largest producer and consumer of coal. its mining industry has long






china police arrest mine manager in explosion death cover-up


beijing — police in central china’s hunan province have arrested a coal mine manager on suspicion of under-reporting the death toll from an explosion this week.the official xinhua news agency reported saturday that the official death toll climbed to 10 after investigators found a miner who had been listed as “injured” in the tuesday blast. the agency said that police detained a manager surnamed liu on suspicion of covering up the death.authorities at the “high gas” zubao coal mine initially said that nine out of 29 people working in the pit had died. gas explosions inside mines are often caused when a flame or electrical spark ignites gas leaking from the coal seam.three local government officials including two deputy mayors are also under investigation.mines in china, the world’s largest






china dancing to u.s. tune


closeskip in skipxembedxshare china announced it has banned imports on north korean coal for the rest of the year. video provided by newsy newslookin this feb. 13, 2017 file photo, a man watches a tv news program showing photos published in north korea's rodong sinmun newspaper of north korea's "pukguksong-2" missile launch at seoul railway station in seoul, south korea.(photo: ahn young-joon, ap) 19 connectlinkedinemailmoretokyo - north korea’s state-run news agency issued a tough critique of china on thursday, suggesting beijing’s criticism of the north’s recent missile test and suspension of imports of north korean coal are tantamount to the actions of an enemy state “dancing to the tune of the u.s.”the article took a tone normally reserved for...






china dancing to u.s. tune


closeskip in skipxembedxshare china announced it has banned imports on north korean coal for the rest of the year. video provided by newsy newslookin this feb. 13, 2017 file photo, a man watches a tv news program showing photos published in north korea's rodong sinmun newspaper of north korea's "pukguksong-2" missile launch at seoul railway station in seoul, south korea.(photo: ahn young-joon, ap) 20 connectlinkedinemailmoretokyo - north korea’s state-run news agency issued a tough critique of china on thursday, suggesting beijing’s criticism of the north’s recent missile test and suspension of imports of north korean coal are tantamount to the actions of an enemy state “dancing to the tune of the u.s.”the article took a tone normally reserved for...






china dancing to u.s. tune


closeskip in skipxembedxshare china announced it has banned imports on north korean coal for the rest of the year. video provided by newsy newslookin this feb. 13, 2017 file photo, a man watches a tv news program showing photos published in north korea's rodong sinmun newspaper of north korea's "pukguksong-2" missile launch at seoul railway station in seoul, south korea.(photo: ahn young-joon, ap) 7 connectlinkedinemailmoretokyo - north korea’s state-run news agency issued a tough critique of china on thursday, suggesting beijing’s criticism of the north’s recent missile test and suspension of imports of north korean coal are tantamount to the actions of an enemy state “dancing to the tune of the u.s.”the article took a tone normally reserved for ...






china dancing to u.s. tune


closeskip in skipxembedxshare china announced it has banned imports on north korean coal for the rest of the year. video provided by newsy newslookin this feb. 13, 2017 file photo, a man watches a tv news program showing photos published in north korea's rodong sinmun newspaper of north korea's "pukguksong-2" missile launch at seoul railway station in seoul, south korea.(photo: ahn young-joon, ap) 19 connectlinkedinemailmoretokyo - north korea’s state-run news agency issued a tough critique of china on thursday, suggesting beijing’s criticism of the north’s recent missile test and suspension of imports of north korean coal are tantamount to the actions of an enemy state “dancing to the tune of the u.s.”the article took a tone normally reserved for...






china dancing to u.s. tune


closeskip in skipxembedxshare china announced it has banned imports on north korean coal for the rest of the year. video provided by newsy newslookin this feb. 13, 2017 file photo, a man watches a tv news program showing photos published in north korea's rodong sinmun newspaper of north korea's "pukguksong-2" missile launch at seoul railway station in seoul, south korea.(photo: ahn young-joon, ap) 11 connectlinkedinemailmoretokyo - north korea’s state-run news agency issued a tough critique of china on thursday, suggesting beijing’s criticism of the north’s recent missile test and suspension of imports of north korean coal are tantamount to the actions of an enemy state “dancing to the tune of the u.s.”the article took a tone normally reserved for...






without clean power plan, coal use could rise again


the u.s. department of energy expects coal to regain its spot as the nation’s main energy source if the clean power plan is not implemented, which would reverse a trend of natural gas dominance driven by lower prices and government incentives to switch to cleaner energy.in 2016, natural gas became the dominant source of energy in the u.s., and in europe a surge of wind power was bumped coal from its number two spot as main energy provider.the environmental protection agency issued a rule implementing the clean power plan in 2015, but the u.s. supreme court stayed the enforcement of the rule pending legal challenges. nonetheless, states and energy companies have created their own clean energy goals and plans, pushing towards a future with less reliance on coal and more use of natural gas an






u.s. coal production on the rise — for now


coal production is expected to rise in 2017 as higher natural gas prices drive up the demand for coal, according to the u.s. department of energy.coal production in the u.s. in 2016 was the lowest since 1978, a decline mostly driven by low natural gas prices and decreased demand for coal to be used in electricity generation. most of the coal produced in the u.s. is used to generate electricity, and in 2016 coal prices couldn’t compete with rock-bottom natural gas prices.while coal production has decreased in all of the major coal-producing regions of the u.s., some areas were harder hit than others in 2016. production declined the least in the western region, which includes the prolific powder river basin in wyoming and montana; there, production has fallen 36 percent since 2008. but coal






us pushes beijing to keep up pressure on north korea


by: reuters | washington | published:february 19, 2017 9:25 am beijing regularly says it “firmly opposes” the north’s nuclear tests, but analysts believe it has resisted targeting the country’s fragile economy for fear of provoking the regime’s collapse. (file photo)washington urged beijing to keep pressure on north korea to return to talks aimed at preventing pyongyang from making further advances in its weapons programme in violation of united nations resolutions. china’s commerce ministry said on saturday that it would suspend all imports of coal from north korea starting february 19. the announcement came as part of beijing’s efforts to implement international sanctions against the country.watch what else is making newsearlier this month, pyongyang tested an intermediate-range ballist






beijing vows 30% cut in coal use in 2017 to fight smog


shanghai: china's smog-hit capital beijing plans to slash coal consumption by a further 30 percent in 2017 as part of its efforts to combat air pollution, the official xinhua news agency said late on sunday, citing the city's mayor. beijing has promised to implement "extraordinary" measures this year in a bid to tackle choking smog from traffic congestion and the heavy use of coal. "we will try to basically realize zero coal use in six major districts and in beijing's southern plain areas this year," major cai qi was quoted as saying, adding that beijing would also eliminate small coal-fired boilers. the new cuts will bring coal use in the city to less than 7 million tonnes in 2017, cai said. beijing originally aimed to bring coal consumption to below 10 million tonnes this year, down fro






china names and shames cities over smog controls


by: reuters | beijing | published:february 20, 2017 10:32 am people ride amid the smog in beijing, china, february 14, 2017. (reuters/jason lee)china’s environment ministry has named and shamed several cities in the north of the country for not doing enough to cope with smog, state news agency xinhua reported. large parts of northern china have been blanketed in choking smog this winter, defying repeated government efforts to tackle the problem. pollution alerts are common in northern china, especially during bitterly cold winters when energy demand, much of it met by coal, soars.the ministry’s inspection of 18 cities in beijing, tianjin and hebei province found several problems in their smog response, including inadequate planning and poor implementation of policies, xinhua said late on






congress s s barack obama’s rules on coal mining, guns


by: ap | washington | published:february 3, 2017 7:33 am “this rule was not in place” when coal production began declining in the past half-dozen years, cantwell said. (ap p o/representational)the republican-controlled congress has s ped obama-era rules on the environment and guns, counting on a new ally in the white house to help reverse years of what the gop calls excessive regulation. the senate yesterday gave final approval to a measure eliminating a rule to prevent coal mining debris from being dumped into nearby streams, while the house backed a separate resolution doing away with extended background checks for gun purchases by some social security recipients with mental disabilities. the senate’s 54-45 vote sends the repeal of the stream protection rule to president donald trump, w






over half of world’s pollution deaths in china, india


new delhi: over half of the deaths across the world caused by air pollution were in india and china where 2.2 million people died in 2015, a study said on tuesday.air pollution contributed to 4.2 million premature deaths worldwide in 2015, making air pollution the fifth highest cause of death among all health risks, including smoking, diet, and high blood pressure, the report published by the health effects institute has said.“the analysis found that china and india together were responsible for over half of the total global attributable deaths,” the first annual state of global air report by the institute said.“the study also finds that increasing exposure and a growing and ageing population have meant that india now rivals china for among the highest air pollution health burdens in the w






rio tinto receives calls on its hail creek, kestrel coal mines


rio tinto group, which agreed last month to sell $us2.45 billion of australian ets, has received approaches for its remaining coal operations in the country, people with knowledge of the matter said.the london-based company is considering options for its hail creek and kestrel mines, including a potential sale, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because the details are private. its controlling stakes in the operations, which are located in queensland state's bowen basin and mainly produce coking coal used in steelmaking, could fetch as much $2 billion, the people said. a formal sale process for hail creek and kestrel may not begin until anglo american decides whether to sell its australian coking coal mines, the people said. p o: robert roughrio, the world's second-big






rio tinto receives calls on its remaining australian coal mines hail creek, kest


rio tinto group, which agreed last month to sell $us2.45 billion ($3.2 billion) of australian ets, has received approaches for its remaining coal operations in the country, people with knowledge of the matter said.the london-based company is considering options for its hail creek and kestrel mines, including a potential sale, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because the details are private. its controlling stakes in the operations, which are located in queensland's bowen basin and mainly produce coking coal used in steelmaking, could fetch as much $2 billion, the people said. a formal sale process for hail creek and kestrel may not begin until anglo american decides whether to sell its australian coking coal mines, the people said. p o: robert roughrio, the world's s






coal leading energy source for texas in january


coal was the top power source for texas in january, a spot typically held by natural gas, according to data compiled last week by the electric reliability council of texas, which oversees power for most of the state.natural gas prices rose in january, after they were the lowest they had been since 1999. rising natural gas prices pushed coal use up around the country at the start of 2017, even though 2016 was the first year that coal dropped to the number two energy spot in the u.s.in january, coal provided nearly 36 percent of texas’ energy, followed by natural gas at 30 percent and wind at 20 percent.  solar and hydropower were the lowest contributors to texas’ energy mix — each contributed 0.4 percent. but that could be considered a big jump for solar, which in 2015 had a negligible pres






china to launch green certificates for renewable power in july


by: reuters | beijing | published:february 3, 2017 10:23 amchina will launch the trading of green certificates for solar and wind power on july 1 in a bid to help reduce government subsidies to the renewables sector, the national development and reform commission (ndrc) said on friday. in a pilot program, the ndrc said solar and wind producers would be issued tradeable certificates, proving that electricity has been generated through renewable energy sources. renewable energy users such as private and state businesses would be encouraged to buy the certificates, which would then entitle them to an unspecified payment. each certificate would represent 1 megawatt hour of power, the ndrc said.watch what else is making news:solar and wind power producers who had sold their certificates would






us officials allege beijing has buildings in the south china sea that may house


by: reuters | washington | published:february 22, 2017 7:35 am south china sea. (ap photo)china, in an early test of u.s. president donald trump, is nearly finished building almost two dozen structures on artificial islands in the south china sea that appear designed to house long-range surface-to-air missiles, two u.s. officials told reuters. the development is likely to raise questions about whether and how the united states will respond, given its vows to take a tough line on china in the south china sea.china claims almost all the south china sea, which carries a third of the world’s maritime traffic. brunei, malaysia, the philippines, taiwan and vietnam also have claims. trump’s administration has called china’s island building in the south china sea illegal.watch what else...






sulfur dioxide emissions from power plants decrease


sulfur dioxide emissions in the u.s. have decreased significantly in the past decade, thanks to environmental regulations on coal-fired power plants and a rise in natural gas an energy source.sulfur dioxide, a toxic gas emitted from coal-fired power plants, decreased 73 percent between 2006 and 2015, while electricity generation from coal-fired power plants decreased by only 32 percent, according to the u.s. department of energy.federal environmental regulations require that coal and oil-fired power plants use pollution control technology to decrease their sulfur dioxide emissions. cheaper natural gas has also helped drive an increase in natural gas-fired power plants, and more power companies are moving away from coal-fired plants, which produce more sulfur dioxide.ohio, indiana and kentu






china suspends north korean coal imports, striking at regime’s financial lifelin


beijing — china will suspend all imports of coal from north korea until the end of the year, the commerce ministry announced saturday, in a surprise move that would cut off a major financial lifeline for pyongyang and significantly enhance the effectiveness of u.n. sanctions.coal is north korea’s largest export item, and also china’s greatest point of leverage over the regime.the ministry said the ban would come into force sunday and be effective until dec. 31.china said the move was designed to implement last november’s united nations security council resolution that tightened sanctions against the regime in the wake of its last nuclear test.but experts said the move also reflected beijing’s deep frustration with north korea over its recent missile test and the assassination of kim jong u






china suspends north korean coal imports, striking at regime’s financial lifelin


beijing — china will suspend all imports of coal from north korea until the end of the year, the commerce ministry announced saturday, in a surprise move that would cut off a major financial lifeline for pyongyang and significantly enhance the effectiveness of u.n. sanctions.coal is north korea’s largest export item, and also china’s greatest point of leverage over the regime.the ministry said the ban would come into force sunday and be effective until dec. 31.china said the move was designed to implement last november’s united nations security council resolution that tightened sanctions against the regime in the wake of its last nuclear test.but experts said the move also reflected beijing’s deep frustration with north korea over its recent missile test and the assassination of kim jong u






china suspends north korean coal imports, striking at regime’s financial lifelin


beijing — china will suspend all imports of coal from north korea until the end of the year, the commerce ministry announced saturday, in a surprise move that would cut off a major financial lifeline for pyongyang and significantly enhance the effectiveness of u.n. sanctions.coal is north korea’s largest export item, and also china’s greatest point of leverage over the regime.the ministry said the ban would come into force sunday and be effective until dec. 31.china said the move was designed to implement november’s united nations security council resolution that tightened sanctions against the regime in the wake of its last nuclear test.but experts said the move also reflected beijing’s deep frustration with north korea over its recent missile test and the assassination of kim jong un’s h






house hones in on social security gun background check rule


washington— the republican-controlled house is making a first effort to strengthen gun ownership under president trump. lawmakers are moving toward s ping an obama administration rule requiring gun background checks for social security recipients mentally incapable of managing their own affairs. the regulation was issued in the final months of president barack obama’s term. it’s one of a handful congressional republicans were rolling back, knowing they had a new ally in the white house. the senate is poised to scuttle an obama rule preventing coal mining debris from being dumped into nearby streams. senate approval will send the measure to trump for his signature. on guns, obama’s rule required the social security administration to forward the names of certain disabled beneficiaries for a






china nearly finished building south china sea structures to house missiles, off


in a move likely to stoke tensions in the region, china has built new structures to potentially house surface-to-air missiles on three of its artificial islands in the south china sea, but so far no missiles have been sent there, two u.s. officials confirmed to fox news.the news comes as the u.s. navy deployed an aircraft carrier to the south china sea during the weekend -- the first time since president trump took office.china has built runways on subi, mischief and fiery cross islands, built atop former reefs in the spratly chain of islands. china has constructed 24 new buildings across these three islands in the past few months, according to the officials.us intel: china to put missiles on man-made islandsrecent u.s. satellite imagery showed that each structure is 11-by-22 yards in leng






coal s : delhi court grants bail to ex-coal secretary, others


by: pti | new delhi | published:february 7, 2017 1:47 pmformer coal secretary h c gupta was on tuesday granted bail by a special court in delhi in connection with a case related to alleged irregularities in allocation of a chhattisgarh-based coal block to sks ispat and power ltd (sipl).besides gupta, who is already facing prosecution in over seven cases related to the coal s , the court also granted the relief to senior public servant k s kropha, firm’s two directors anil gupta and deepak gupta, and three others –amit singh, rakesh singh and jagan nath panda — in the caseall the seven accused persons were granted the bail on a personal bond of rs one lakh and one surety of like amount. the accused persons and the firm were summoned by the court for allegedly misrepresenting the facts befo






house republicans move to s obama rule on gun background checks


the republican-controlled house on thursday took its first steps toward strengthening gun ownership under president donald trump, moving to s a requirement for background checks for disabled social security recipients mentally incapable of managing their own affairs.the regulation, issued in the final months of president barack obama's term, is one of a handful congressional republicans are rolling back, knowing they habe a new ally in the white house. the senate is poised to scuttle an obama rule preventing coal mining debris from being dumped into nearby streams."in my home state of kentucky and others across the nation, the stream buffer rule will cause major damage to communities and threaten coal jobs," said senate majority leader mitch mcconnell, r-ky.the house p ed the gun resolutio






china military says aware of us aircraft carrier in south china sea


by: reuters | bejing | published:february 23, 2017 3:18 pm nimitz-class aircraft carrier the uss carl vinson, began “routine operations” in the south china sea on saturday. (source: reuters)china’s defence ministry said on thursday it was aware of the presence of a us aircraft carrier strike group in the south china sea and china respected freedom of navigation for all countries in the waters there. the us navy said the strike group, including the nimitz-class aircraft carrier the uss carl vinson, began “routine operations” in the south china sea on saturday amid growing tension with china over control of the disputed waterway.watch what else is making newsdefence ministry spokesman ren guoqiang said china had a “grasp” of the situation regarding the carrier group in the...






congress s s obama-era rules on coal mining, background checks


washington –  the republican-controlled congress on thursday s ped obama-era rules on the environment and guns, counting on a new ally in the white house to help reverse years of what the gop calls excessive regulation.the senate gave final approval to a measure eliminating a rule to prevent coal mining debris from being dumped into nearby streams, while the house backed a separate resolution doing away with extended background checks for gun purchases by some social security recipients with mental disabilities.the senate's 54-45 vote sends the repeal of the stream protection rule to president donald trump, who is expected to sign it. the gun measure awaits senate action.republicans and some democrats say the coal-mining rule could eliminate thousands of coal-related jobs and ignores dozen






china urges corn producing regions to offer subsidies to boost use


by: reuters | beijing | published:february 8, 2017 9:18 am farmers collect corn for a cargo at a farm in gaocheng, hebei province, china. (reuters file p o)beijing is urging regional authorities in the nation’s top four corn producing regions to offer subsidies to livestock feed companies, the latest move to boost demand for a bumper crop, according to a source briefed on the matter. the country’s state administration of grains and the ministry of finance issued a joint document dated jan. 13 outlining the recommendations to northeastern regions of heilongjiang, inner mongolia, liaoning and jilin, according to the source and local media.watch what else is making newsonly feed producers that produced more than 50,000 tonnes in 2015 and have local operations can apply for the subsidy. the c






nsg: terror, nsg disputes with india will persist: chinese state media


new delhi: beijing's and new delhi's disputes on terror from pakistan and india getting nuclear suppliers group (nsg) membership "will persist" said china's global times - which gets its cues from the communist party of china. beijing said those two issues are the reason frictions between china and india "are not bilateral but multilateral", according to china's foreign ministry spokesman geng shuang, the state-run xinhua news agency said. and india said they are multilateral only because of china's intransigence. representatives of the two countries met yesterday in beijing. china has continued to block un sanctions on pakistani terrorist masood azhar. "india always wants to portray pakistan as a 'supporter of terrorism' in the international community, whi...






china suspends north korean coal imports, striking at regime’s financial lifelin


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nsw government considers changing planning laws as drayton south coal mine rejec


the nsw government will consider changing planning laws so it can refuse repeated coal mining applications after the drayton south project in the hunter valley was again rejected by an independent panel.the planning assessment commission on thursday refused consent for the contentious anglo american project, which would create an open-cut coal mine near the prestige darley and coolmore horse studs. planning minister anthony roberts will seek advice from his department photo: edwina pickles"the project would have air quality and blast noise effects on existing land uses in the vicinity of the project which cannot be avoided or mitigated and for which adaptive management is unsuitable," the commissions' determination said.the commission also said the project "would have unaccepta...






fire at foot m age parlor in china kills 18, injures 2


a fire at a foot m age parlor in eastern china on sunday killed 18 people and injured two others, state media reported. workers jumped out of windows to escape the blaze, which broke out at the zuxintang parlor at around 4 p.m., and firefighters rushed to the scene, according to state broadcaster china central television. no cause of the fire was given. the parlor is located in tiantai county in zhejiang province, cctv said. china has laws on workplace safety, but enforcement is often lax.tags:chinajoin the conver ion:facebooktweet






giant panda bao bao leaving national zoo feb. 21


bao bao, the national zoo’s 3-year-old female giant panda, will be shipped to china on feb. 21, the zoo said monday.the move is part of a long-standing arran ent with china, whereby any giant panda cubs born in the u.s. must go to china around the age of four. china owns all giant pandas in the u.s. and leases them to american zoos.bao bao will be four on aug. 23. in china, giant pandas participate in a breeding program when they reach ual maturity between 5 and 6 years old, the zoo said.the zoo said bao bao will be flown china via fedex “panda express” from dulles international airport and first go into quarantine at the china conservation and research center for the giant panda, in dujiangyan city, sichuan province.the zoo has online and in person programs to mark her departure.bao bao w






beijing warns us over high taxes on chinese steel products


by: reuters | beijing | published:february 4, 2017 5:34 pm china’s president xi jinping (file p o)china is disappointed at continued high us tax rates on chinese steel products and will take necessary steps to protect the rights of its enterprises, a ministry of commerce official said on urday. the united states moved closer to slapping duties on imports of stainless steel sheet and strip from china this week, issuing a final determination that the products were being subsidised and dumped in the us market at below fair value.watch what else is in the newswang hejun, head of the trade remedy and investigation bureau at china’s ministry of commerce, questioned the way in which the us anti-dumping investigation is being conducted“in the anti-dumping probe, investigating departments disregar






is it a bad idea to travel to the usa when i have been to china with the same p


you do not need a new p port.china is the third biggest trade partner of the usa next to canada and the european union. china is the country which sends the 7th largest number of tourists to the usa.a german tourist with a china visa and stamp in his p port will not face any problems when visiting the usa.the united states requires that travelers entering the united states under the visa waiver program have an e-p port if their p port was issued on or after october 26, 2006. https://www.dhs.gov/e-p portssafe travels.






will hrithik roshan's film be able to make it to the 100 crore club


homeentertainmentbollywoodkaabil box office collection day 7: will hrithik roshan’s film be able to make it to the 100 crore club