China Sees 1.8 Million Coal Layoffs Ahead

Posted On Dec 31 2020 by

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Kevin Yao and Meng Meng for Reuters:China said on Monday it expects to lay off 1.8 million workers in the coal and steel industries, or about 15 percent of the workforce, as part of efforts to reduce industrial overcapacity, but no timeframe was given.It was the first time China has given figures that underline the magnitude of its task in dealing with slowing growth and bloated state enterprises.Yin Weimin, the minister for human resources and social security, told a news conference that 1.3 million workers in the coal sector could lose jobs, plus 500,000 from the steel sector.China’s coal and steel sectors employ about 12 million workers, according to data published by the National Bureau of Statistics.“This involves the resettlement of a total of 1.8 million workers. This task will be very difficult, but we are still very confident,” Yin said.For China’s stability-obsessed government, keeping a lid on unemployment and any possible unrest that may follow has been a top priority.The central government will allocate 100 billion yuan ($15.27 billion) over two years to relocate workers laid off as a result of China’s efforts to curb overcapacity, officials said last week.China’s vice finance minister Zhu Guangyao quoted Premier Li Keqiang as telling U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Monday that the fund would mainly focus on the steel and coal sectors.The number of layoffs was reasonable based on the government’s capacity closure targets, said Jiang Feitao, an industry researcher with the China Academy of Social Sciences, a top government think-tank.He said the funds being made available would be used only after the enterprises go bankrupt and settle their debts. He said local governments would also be responsible for dealing with those debts.Full article: China expects to lay off 1.8 million workers in coal, steel sectors China Sees 1.8 Million Coal Layoffs Aheadlast_img read more


Mount Union sustains unprecedented D-III success

Posted On Sep 16 2020 by

first_img Published on November 10, 2015 at 10:27 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+ When Mount Union, Division III football’s No. 1 team, beat Wilmington on the road on Oct. 24, it was the Purple Raider’s 100th consecutive regular season win. Mount Union won that game 69-0, its next two by a collective 97-0 margin and has outscored opponents this season 502-31.Head coach Vince Kehres is accustomed to success. Under his father, Larry Kehres, Mount Union won 54 consecutive games from 1996 to 1999, including three consecutive national championships. The team lost one game and then won 55 games in a row and three more championships.He is the third Purple Raiders coach since 1962 and took over from his father in 2013.“A lot of (college football) staffs have a lot of turnover, but we’re lucky here to have continuity,” Kehres said. “If you come back within 30 years of graduating, your coach is still here.  That gives us a strong (program). A lot of guys still feel connected.”Sixteen of 18 current coaches are alums. The program has had several NFL products, including wide receivers Pierre Garcon and Cecil Shorts III as well as defensive coordinator Dom Capers.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut it’s this season’s success that is stranger than usual. After graduating Kevin Burke, two-time D-III player of the year at quarterback, Mount Union has relied on a wide receiver-turned-quarterback, a quarterback-turned-wide receiver and a once-undersized offensive lineman to lead the team. The difficulty of building a D-III powerhouse is only compounded by higher-level schools trawling Ohio, the lack of scholarships and conference rules prohibiting Kehres to make home visits.“(In recruiting), we sell tradition,” Kehres said. “We can sustain success. The key is getting (recruits) on campus in the fall. If they see the team play, they get a taste of the atmosphere.”Kehres spends a lot of time on the phone and the road during the season. When he’s not coaching his current team, he’s visiting high schools and meeting parents.He didn’t have to go far to recruit Taurice Scott, who attended high school nearby and played games in Mount Union’s stadium. He arrived a quarterback, but sat behind Burke for two seasons. Kehres decided Scott’s athleticism could be better used than holding a clipboard. Scott went from throwing passes to catching them, leading the 2014 team with 82 catches, 1,112 yards and 12 touchdowns.“I enjoyed being a wide receiver,” Scott said through a Mount Union spokesman. “But I missed being quarterback … there’s still the quarterback inside me.”With Burke gone, and newfound perspective, Kehres said, Scott switched back. This season, Scott leads all of D-III in passing efficiency (189.2), throwing for 25 touchdowns and two interceptions.Kehres’ philosophy, “PFP,” is one of the reasons Mount Union stays competitive year to year, he said. Kehres evaluates his “players,” then builds “formations” and “plays.”It’s not finding athletes that fit his system, it’s fitting his system to athletes.Sometimes he thinks not having scholarships is an advantage because he tinkers with his roster constantly. Before he switched Scott to receiver, Kehres tried him out as a defensive back. When he realized Roman Namdar wouldn’t play as a signal-caller behind Burke and Scott, he knew what to do.Namdar, now a senior, leads the team with 681 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. No receiver on the team has more than four scores. After switching positions, practice consistency became a key to success, Namdar said through a team spokesman.Additionally, Kehres looks for players who love the game. Without scholarships, he said, passion is instrumental in building culture. He saw the desire to play in Mike Frank, who initiated meetings with the coaching staff after attending a high school summer camp while he was a 235-pound offensive lineman.“Every time I turned around, he was here,” Kehres said. “He embraced the opportunity to be developed. I don’t know if we could’ve predicted (his success) in the recruiting process … We thought, ‘Maybe he’ll be a good project.’”Frank worked with the strength coaches, started as a sophomore and bulked up to 270 pounds as a senior before being named a preseason All-American.It’s the development, culture and adaptable system, which covers recruiting off years. It’s the philosophy of a program that’s been headed by a Kehres since 1986.“My dad had opportunities to leave, but he decided to stay and he felt comfortable here and he took pride in what we were putting together,” Kehres said. “It’d be difficult to leave because of how much we’ve invested … We want to see (success) carry on.” Commentslast_img read more


Fantasy Baseball C Rankings: Top players, sleepers at catcher for 2020

Posted On Aug 13 2020 by

first_imgCatcher is the shallowest and least multi-dimensional of any fantasy baseball position, which is why it’s often an afterthought during drafts. Of course, once the season starts, the value of having a productive catcher is obvious, so taking a little extra time to study the C rankings can really save you some headaches during the season. Unfortunately, unlike most other positions, it’s difficult to identify sleepers at catcher, so most of the preseason attention is focused on the top players. There seems to be a clear top six at backstop, with J.T. Realmuto and Gary Sanchez standing above the rest. Several catchers will hit a few more homers than Realmuto, but he’s by far the best bet to lead the position in runs and stolen bases and it wouldn’t be a shock if he led in RBIs (83) like he did last year. He’s also going to be a positive in batting average, which relatively few catchers can boast. Sanchez is one of the backstops who could be a drain on your average, but he has top-tier power for any position and would likely lead the position in RBIs if he can stay healthy. There’s a case to be made for both to be the first catcher taken sometime around the sixth or seventh round, but Realmuto will likely go first in most drafts.  DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2020 Fantasy Baseball Cheat SheetFantasy Baseball Catcher RankingsRankings based on 5×5 H2H leagues with Rs, HRs, RBIs, SBs, and batting average as categoriesPosition eligibility based on Yahoo default settings (5 games started or 10 games played at a position)RankingPlayerTeamOther eligibility1J.T. RealmutoPhillies2Gary SanchezYankees3Yasmani GrandalWhite Sox1B4Willson ContrerasCubs5Salvador PerezRoyals6Mitch GarverTwins7Will SmithDodgers8Jorge AlfaroMarlins9Omar NarvaezBrewers10Wilson RamosMets11Christian VazquezRed Sox1B12Carson KellyD-backs13Francisco MejiaPadres14Sean MurphyA’s15Roberto PerezIndians16Tom MurphyMariners17Robinson ChirinosRangers18Kurt SuzukiNationals19Danny JansenBlue Jays20Yadier MolinaCardinals21Travis d’ArnaudBraves1B22Martin MaldonadoAstros23Jason CastroAngels24Pedro SeverinoOrioles25Tucker BarnhartReds26Yan GomesNationals27Dom NunezRockies28Mike ZuninoRays29Chance SiscoOrioles30Willians AstudilloTwins1B, 3B31Tony WoltersRockies32Austin RomineTigers33Jacob StallingsPirates 2020 Fantasy Baseball Rankings:First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | Reliever | Top 300The next four catchers in our rankings all have varying degrees of upside. Mitch Garver finished second at the position with 31 HRs last year despite playing in just 93 games. Scheduled for more regular playing time this year, it’s tempting to think his numbers will only improve, but he seems due for at least a slight regression after leading all batters with at least 100 plate appearances in isolated power last year (.357). Yasmani Grandal, Willson Contreras, and Salvador Perez, who missed last year because of an elbow injury, are consistently solid producers who will get regular at-bats. At catcher, that’s about all you can ask for. 2020 Fantasy Baseball Tiers, Draft Strategy:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | RelieverWill Smith (15 HRs in 54 games last year) could be this year’s breakout backstop, but he’ll likely be a drain in batting average. If that doesn’t bother you, he’s the guy to target in the mid-to-late rounds. Christian Vazquez and Roberto Perez also showed 20-HR pop last year, with Vazquez also hitting for a decent average, but given their lack of track records prior to last season, both could be one-year wonders. Omar Narvaez, fresh off 22 HRs in Seattle and now in a better hitters park in Milwaukee, and Carson Kelly, who hit 18 HRs in his first full season in Arizona, are likely better bets for homers.2020 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfielder | Starter | Each teamSean Murphy seems to be everyone’s favorite sleeper after hitting 15 HRs in just 61 professional games last year, including four homers in 20 games at the major league level. Rookie catchers rarely turn into consistent producers (see Danny Jansen and Francisco Mejia last season), but Murphy is worth a shot if you’re the last person in your league to draft a starter. Mejia and Jansen also make for worthwhile post-hype fliers given their pedigrees. More 2020 Fantasy Baseball: Auction Values | Mock Draft SimulatorLast season, few expected Garver or Vazquez to break out the way they did, so you know there will be at least a few surprises this year. If you don’t have one of the top six or seven catchers, don’t be afraid to jump on a hot-starting backstop early. You never know when that production will last, and for a position where production is at premium, you don’t want to hold on to dead weight for too long. Fantasy Baseball Draft Strategies: Auction | Keeper/Dynasty | PointsWe’ll be updating our catcher rankings as needed, so check back for the latest player movements. last_img read more