Adani downsizes Australian coal mine plan, says it will build without government support FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The New York Times:After months of protests over whether Australia should subsidize one of the world’s largest coal mines, the Indian mining giant Adani announced on Thursday that it would scale the project back and finance it itself.The Carmichael mine had been projected to produce 60 million tons a year from the coal-rich Galilee Basin; now the output will start at 10 million tons and rise to 27.5 million, the company said, putting it more in line with other mines in the area.“The project stacks up both environmentally and financially,” said Lucas Dow, Adani Australia’s chief executive. “We will now deliver the jobs and business opportunities we have promised for North Queensland and Central Queensland, all without requiring a cent of Australian taxpayer dollars.” The company had previously asked for a taxpayer-financed loan of a billion Australian dollars, about $730 million.Critics of the plan — and they are legion — said the company was trying to rush ahead and break ground because of polls indicating that the next federal election could be won by the Labor Party, which is likely to oppose the mine. There are still obstacles in place, involving water and other issues, but the company maintains that they are procedural and will soon be resolved.Resistance to the mine remains strong. It has become an environmental cause célèbre across Australia, with legal challenges, protests and celebrities painting “Stop Adani” on their cheeks. The concerns have focused on potential damage to the Great Barrier Reef, because of a port connected to the mine along Australia’s North Queensland coast, and more broadly on coal’s damaging contribution to climate change.More: Adani to proceed with scaled-back version of contentious Australian coal mine
The Mountain Pacific Sports Federation schedule will come to a dramatic end this weekend for USC women’s lacrosse, with the team needing to beat either Oregon or Stanford to qualify for the conference tournament. Luckily for the Women of Troy (7-6, 5-2 MPSF), both games will played at home.Friday’s contest against the Ducks (8-5, 4-1) will be played at McAlister Field, while Sunday’s matchup against the Cardinal (11-2, 5-1) will take place at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. It will be the first time since the opening game of USC’s inaugural 2012 season that a lacrosse game will be played at the Coliseum.The Women of Troy started strongly in MPSF play, winning their first five conference games behind the offensive firepower of sophomore attacker/midfielder Caroline de Lyra, who leads the team with 35 points.A pair of heartbreaking one-goal losses to Colorado and Denver, however, put the team’s chances of matching its 2013 fourth-place MPSF finish in jeopardy. Still, a win over Oregon or defending league champion Stanford would put USC in the MPSF tournament for the second straight year, an unexpected result for a two-year-old program.Friday’s contest should pit Oregon’s high-flying offense against a more defensive-minded USC team.The Ducks’ Shannon Propst has put up an otherworldly 60 points in just 13 games, while her teammate Carly O’Connell has notched 54. The pair should be a tough test for sophomore goalie Liz Schaeffer and the USC defense. Sophomore defender Courtney Tarleton, who leads the Women of Troy with 13 forced turnovers, will also need to be at her best.Last year, USC defeated Oregon, 12-10, in Eugene, Ore.Sunday’s game will be a matchup of similarly balanced playing styles.Though the Cardinal’s Rachel Ozer is the team’s leading point-getter at only 32, the team features five other players with more than 20 points.De Lyra has also spread the wealth this season for USC. Three freshmen, attacker Annie Ruland and midfielders Alex Moore and Michaela Michael, have tallied more 20 points. The group will have to keep performing well to get past a Stanford defense that allows less than nine goals per game.The Women of Troy face off against the Ducks at 4 p.m. on Friday, while Sunday’s matchup will begin at 1 p.m. and be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.Sunday also marks USC’s Senior Day, where the team will honor Ceilidh Meagher and Elizabeth Eddy, the team’s only seniors. Meagher has appeared in five games and recorded one assist this season, while Eddy has played in 12 games and scored one goal.Last year, Stanford topped USC, 17-12, in Palo Alto, Calif.After this weekend, the Women of Troy will travel to the Midwest to finish off the regular season, a trip that will include the first ever lacrosse game played at Wrigley Field. The matchup will take place on April 26 and feature powerhouse Northwestern, the alma mater of USC head coach Lindsey Munday.