U.S. Moratorium on New Coal Leases Draws Critics and Advocates

first_imgU.S. Moratorium on New Coal Leases Draws Critics and Advocates FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Dennis Webb for the Grand Junction (Colo.) Daily Sentinel:Pro-coal advocates are working to turn out in force Thursday when the Bureau of Land Management holds a meeting in Grand Junction to gather input on possible reforms to the federal coal program.The meeting is one of six being held around the country, and supporters from Colorado and beyond are expected to show up to speak on the industry’s behalf as it struggles locally and nationally with mine layoffs and shutdowns, bankruptcies and other setbacks.Advocates for reforming the federal coal program or even ending coal mining altogether also will be attending, although one of them, Jeremy Nichols of WildEarth Guardians, said probably not in the same numbers as the industry supporters. He’s sympathetic with their desire to rally on the industry’s behalf.“The coal industry should be proud of what it’s done for this state. Nobody’s saying that we should not acknowledge the great stuff that they’ve brought over the years, but it’s time to move on,” from coal mining, he said.Nichols plans to reiterate his group’s call to leave coal in the ground due to its air-pollution and climate-change impacts, but also for the federal government to step up efforts to help coal miners and communities shift away from coal economically.“We can get behind good policies that acknowledge the need to give communities in Delta County and Craig tools to transition,” he said.The future of Peabody Energy’s Twentymile Mine between Craig and Steamboat Springs is currently up in the air following Peabody’s decision to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization and the failure of Bowie Resource Partners to be able to complete a deal to buy the mine.Meanwhile, in the North Fork Valley, Oxbow Mining has permanently closed its Elk Creek Mine, Bowie has idled its Bowie No. 2 Mine, and Arch Coal, which also is in bankruptcy reorganization, recently laid off 80 miners. Combined, the valley has seen the loss of many hundreds of mining jobs in recent years.Coal companies have faced slowdowns in national and international markets, in part due to increased competition from natural gas as a power-plant fuel source and also due to increased regulations aimed at reducing air pollutants and carbon emissions.Nichols said it’s also important for the Interior Department to get on board when it comes to helping coal communities transition to more diverse economies.“If they don’t, it’s just going to lead to I think more disaster for communities in the West,” Nichols said.Full article: Coal advocates look to unite at meetinglast_img read more

Long Island’s Teen Fashion Phenom

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York New York Fashion Week kicked off on February 8, with designers showing off their Fall/Winter 2019 collections.A’kai Littlejohn, a Long Island native, was part of this high-fashion industry event that draws designers, curators, photographers, and journalists just a few months ago when he debuted his spring/summer 2018 collection during September’s NYFW. It was his first time showing at the event, and for the 14-year-old fashion prodigy, it was a favorite moment in his career.“It was everything I wanted it to be,” he says.A’kai’s first taste of fame was as a contestant on the second season of the Lifetime reality series, Project Runway Junior. Only 13 at the time, A’kai was the show’s youngest cast member. Each week, A’kai, along with 11 other contestants, had to create a one-of-a-kind garment from scratch and only had one day to do it. With the help of Tim Gunn, the show’s host and mentor, A’kai quickly learned that slow and steady really does win the race and that a few sloppy stitches can mean defeat.“It taught me not to rush and to try and be as perfect as you can,” he says. “The little details matter.”For A’kai, the experience was priceless and was a springboard to building his success.“Being on the show built up my confidence and even taught me how to sew faster,” he says.His love of fashion and drive to achieve has always been his motivation, according to his mother, Kari Littlejohn. When most 3-year-olds were learning to master walking and climbing, A’kai’s Aunt Kim taught him how to hand-stitch. Kari remembers A’kai being able to manipulate any material he could find, such as toilet paper.“He’d wet the toilet paper then crunch it and press it,” says Kari. “If he wanted it to look like a silk, he would put creases in it. He would even add color to it. You would not recognize it was toilet paper. The texture completely changed.”Sketching and watercolor painting came naturally to him, and anytime anyone would visit, A’kai would drape them with fabric, says Kari.“A’kai knew how to drape a garment before he knew what the technique even was,” she says.His first wearable garment was a dress he crafted at age 4, and it didn’t take long before people started to take notice.“In first grade, one of A’kai’s teachers told us that he was showing techniques that are only taught,” says Kari.At age 9, A’kai had the opportunity to be an apprentice for designer Madeline Grudens of Geraci Condello. The experience taught him about the business side of fashion, the technical terms used, and some techniques, including apparel construction and darts.His mother adds: “His mentor [Madeline Grudens] told me and she also told A’kai that he was a natural.”Today, A’kai is busy working on his next collection to show at NYFW, for Spring/Summer 2019 that will take place in the fall. He’s also launching his high-end women’s wear line and fulfilling custom orders that will be available for purchase on his website (akailittlejohn.com) at the end of the month.“I am so proud to be A’kai’s mom,” says Kari, a former event planner and floral designer, who left her business to concentrate full time on her son’s fashion house: A’KAI. “We are so grateful for the doors that have opened for him.”However, as any mom would be, she is careful not to overwhelm him.“Even with all the success, he is still a regular teenager that goes to school and has a social life, is involved in many clubs and plays sports,” she says.A’kai doesn’t let the pressure of being a high school freshman and his growing fashion career get in the way. He takes it all in stride.“It does not feel like work because I love doing it,” he says.A’kai is posing with models wearing his designs: Jamie wears the Rose Gold Gown named The Jamie Gown, and Emily is in the Linen Infinity Dress for the Spring/Summer 2018 collection at New York Fashion Week in fall 2017 (Photo by Jaclyn Noelle Photography)Inspiration: NatureFavorite Designers: Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel, Dior and Ralph Lauren.Secret Weapon: “I am comfortable working with any fabric and any design.”What You Love Most: “I love how people feel when they wear my clothes.”What’s to Come: “Neckwear for men and women and hats,” says A’kai, whose signature look is a bowtie and a flat cap.last_img read more

Loan Zone: Self-serve loan modifications at your credit union

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A loan modification is a great solution for many hard-working consumers who find themselves in need of additional cash at a particular time. Unexpected life events, upcoming tuition, student loan payments or medical bills are all financial burdens that can be eased by having greater monthly cash flow.Consumers might be reluctant at first to refinance their loans, as the time and stress typically associated with traditional loan refinancing can be significant. However, many are now finding this solution to be not only logical, but much simpler than it was in the past.As part of this trend, some credit unions are looking at how to include the auto loan modification process in self-service environments. Doing so would better support members’ financial needs – in good times and in challenging ones – and, in turn, build the loyalty every institution seeks in today’s competitive environment.Consumers like to be in control of their financial decision-making. In addition to control, they want convenience at every turn. But adjusting loan terms has never been considered an easy or convenient process. continue reading »last_img read more