Crossing continents with Facebook’s help

first_imgI came across a “German Newspaper Front Pages” application on Facebook. I thought it went well with this blog. Its description tells us:This application shows a random front page of one of today’s German newspapers. Slight problem: I added it, and the page it shows on my profile reads “‘Great Communicator’ dies” – the headline after Ronald Reagan’s death in, erm, The Sun in the USA. Mistake, surely?Add the application here.Cherwell24 is not responsible for the content of external siteslast_img read more

Seven-day reprieve for Powder River Basin coal producer Cloud Peak

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Gillette News-Record:Already operating on borrowed time, Cloud Peak Energy Corp. borrowed a little more when it was granted another seven days forbearance on a $1.8 million interest payment originally due March 15.In a filing with the federal Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday afternoon, the Gillette-based thermal coal producer paints a grim picture that may be headed to Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization.“We will need to restructure our balance sheet in order to improve our capital structure, adjust our business to ongoing depressed Powder River Basin thermal coal industry conditions, address our significantly reduced liquidity and continue as a going concern,” the company says in the filing.In addition to securing a forbearance until May 7 for the $1.8 million payment on debt due in 2024, Cloud Peak said it won’t pay $17.4 million on its 2021 notes that was due Wednesday. Instead, the company is using a 30-day grace period for that debt, extending that interest payment out until May 31.Wednesday’s announcement may or may not mean the company has a deal in the works that could spare it having to file for Chapter 11 reorganization, said Robert Godby, director for the Center for Energy, Economics and Public Policy at the University of Wyoming.By first using the 30-day grace period and getting two forbearances after that, Cloud Peak “has made it pretty clear they’re not in a position to make that payment,” Godby said. “They’re also not in a position to make that other ($17.4 million) payment.”More: Cloud Peak gets another 7-day reprieve Seven-day reprieve for Powder River Basin coal producer Cloud Peaklast_img read more

Mannone loving life at Sunderland

first_img Press Association The 25-year-old Sunderland keeper, who played a key role in Saturday’s battling 2-2 Barclays Premier League draw with Southampton, was last week linked with a move to Old Trafford amid speculation that David Moyes was targeting him as back-up to David de Gea. However, the Italian will line up against United in Wednesday night’s Capital One Cup semi-final second-leg clash insisting he is happy on Wearside and that his only focus is on booking himself a trip to Wembley. Asked about the speculation, Mannone said: “I don’t really care about this stuff. “It’s stuff that happens outside of the football pitch. My concentration is on the football pitch and it was on this game. “Now we have got another massive game. I am really living my best time right now at Sunderland and I don’t see why I would move right now. “I want to stay as first choice and I want my performances to improve. That’s the only aim I have, apart from aiming to beat Manchester United. “That’s the only focus I have on Manchester United.” Mannone, a summer signing from Arsenal, has been one of the Black Cats’ more dependable performers since taking over from the injured Keiren Westwood in November, and has started the last 16 games. But rarely has he been busier than he was at the Stadium of Light on Saturday as Southampton threatened to overwhelm Gus Poyet’s men in a blistering start. The Saints roared into a 2-0 lead within 31 minutes, with Jay Rodriguez and Dejan Lovren taking full advantage of Sunderland’s lethargy. Fabio Borini’s strike seconds after Lovren had beaten Mannone handed the home side a lifeline, and they rescued themselves with 19 minutes remaining when Adam Johnson extended his rich vein of form with a priceless equaliser. However in the meantime, Mannone had denied Luke Shaw, Calum Chambers and Rodriguez with the visitors threatening to run riot. He said: “It’s a great point. The way it started wasn’t the best for us. The first half, each one of us didn’t play at the standard, and against a good team like Southampton, you go down 2-0. “At least then we came up again in full gear and we came back into the game and could even have won it, to be honest. “We needed that [goal] just before the break because it gave us a base to start our game again. Really, we started a new game in the second half, and you could see that. “We put pressure on them, as they did on us in the first half, and as you could see, a good team like Southampton was struggling with our pressure.” Poyet later admitted it was a game Sunderland would have lost earlier in his reign, and paid tribute to the resilience of his players. Mannone said: “That’s happened in the last 10, 15 games. We have changed our whole mentality. Even when we are down, at least we compete. “We played probably 55, 60 minutes at our level and we came back to draw and could even have nicked it.” Sunderland remain inside the relegation zone and a point from safety, with Crystal Palace and Norwich both having eased their own fears with victories over the weekend. However, they have lost only one of their last 10 games in all competitions and will head for Old Trafford defending a 2-1 first-leg lead, and with high hopes of reaching a first major final since 1992. Mannone said: “We are not afraid of anything. We are unbeaten in a few games – we have lost one in, I don’t know how many, 10 or whatever? “We are not supposed to go there as a team afraid of Manchester United. We go there, we are 2-1 up – it’s a slight advantage which doesn’t count too much. “It’s a new game again, but the mentality is 0-0 and we need to go to Old Trafford and make it to Wembley. “You don’t need any pressure to go to Old Trafford, you just need to believe you can make it. Like that, we will perform even better.” Vito Mannone is having the time of his life as he prepares to deal Manchester United a further blow.last_img read more

Michael Gbinije: ‘I thought it was poor officiating today’

first_img Published on January 2, 2016 at 5:36 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 MIAMI — Michael Gbinije played the worst game of his Syracuse career on Saturday. He shot 3-of-14 from the field, 0-of-7 from 3, 4-of-9 from the free-throw line, and committed a career-high eight turnovers. In turn, Syracuse (10-5, 0-2 Atlantic Coast) lost to No. 13 Miami (12-1, 1-0), 64-51, in a game that SU led by as many as 12.Gbinije was hounded all game by Miami guard Angel Rodriguez, and said that the refs allowed too much contact on SU’s end of the floor.“I thought it was poor officiating today,” Gbinije said. “I would like to share this. After like a minute and 10 into the game, I went up to one of the refs and said ‘Why are you calling touch fouls on this end and we’re getting hammered on the other end and you’re not saying a thing.’ He says ‘I know, I know that you’re right. I got you.’“He’s basically admitting that he knows what’s going on. It’s like a minute and 10. I told him it’s too late.“I just want that one to get off my chest.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGbinije went on to say that he thought Miami deserved to win. But he was visibly frustrated as he scored a season-low 10 points despite taking 14 shots, a number he’s eclipsed just three times this season. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Cong delegation to Prez demands Special Category Status to AP

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 14 (PTI) A delegation of Andhra Pradesh Congress today met President Pranab Mukherjee and a host of political leaders accusing the BJP government at the Centre of “failure” to honour its promise of Special Category Status (SCS) to the state.The party claimed it has collected signatures of one crore people of Andhra Pradesh who are “incensed” at the “inordinate delay” in granting SCS.The Congress leaders said there was an “unambiguous consensus” among all parties before Lok Sabha polls that SCS was a non-negotiable need for Andhra Pradesh in its post-bifurcation development.Even the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh made a statement in the Rajya Sabha promising SCS to the state in 2014, and passed a resolution in the last Cabinet meeting of the UPA government.”At the time, BJP pledged its support for SCS as well. SCS for Andhra Pradesh was specifically included in BJPs election manifesto and Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu assured on the floor of the Rajya Sabha that BJP would grant SCS to Andhra Pradesh for 10 years.”However, after coming to power, BJP reversed its position, stating that for various reasons, special status would not be possible for Andhra Pradesh. When confronted, BJPs response is full of falsehoods,” the party alleged.”Consensus from all states was not obtained for 10 states that currently have SCS. Today, all the BJP government needs to do is issue an executive order after obtaining resolution from the National Development Council (NDC). Yet, when we raise these points, we are not met with answers but with silence.advertisement”It is also important to mention Special Category Status is not the only promise that BJP has failed to deliver for Andhra Pradesh. Several key developmental provisions of the AP Reorganisation Act are still pending, including tax incentives for industrialisation, finance for the Polavaram Project, reimbursement for the fiscal deficit, and financial assistance for backward areas,” the delegation said in the memorandum to the President.Holding that it is the duty of the state government to represent the rights of the state before the Centre, the Congress alleged TDP, despite being a coalition partner in the NDA, has been completely “ineffective” in this regard.Talking about the agitations by the Congress on this issue in the last two years, the delegation sought the Presidents intervention in ensuring that the commitments made to Andhra Pradesh are honoured immediately.The delegation, led by PCC president N Raghuveera Reddy, also met JD(U) President Sharad Yadav, NCP chief Sharad Pawar and CPI General Secretary D Raja. PTI AMR JD SMN SK SMNlast_img read more