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Doctors in Australia Urge Transition From Coal

first_imgDoctors in Australia Urge Transition From Coal FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Tom Arup for The Age (Australia):More than 300 doctors and other medical professionals have signed an open letter demanding the state government develop a plan to retire the Latrobe Valley’s brown coal power plants because of the health damage they cause in the local community.The letter, organised by the group Doctors for the Environment Australia, argues a transition away from brown coal-fired power – responsible for 85 per cent of Victoria’s electricity generation – is necessary because its pollution is responsible for local disease, and even death, and poses a broader health threat through a contribution to climate change.The letter is an attempt to heap pressure on the Andrews government to include measures to start retiring the valley’s four brown coal plants as part of its promised state renewable energy plan, which is expected to be released in coming weeks.Dr John Iser, the Victorian chair of Doctors for the Environment and a retired gastroenterologist, said the state government had carried out “commendable” work to inform its clean-energy strategy, but it was still “paper planning” and the doctors group was “getting fed up with the lack of action.”Economic modelling commissioned by the Andrews government as part of the development of the renewables plan has looked at options to ease “barriers to exit” for coal plants from the oversupplied energy market, along with ways to support new clean-energy projects.The results of the modelling, which was carried out by Ernst & Young, has been closely guarded by the government.An earlier issues paper, obtained by Fairfax Media, outlined numerous policy options the modelling would examine, including emissions or age standards for power plants, trading schemes and even a levy on coal royalties paid by the generators.But it also states that none of the options being modelled are necessarily supported by the government. Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio confirmed the government was looking at “barriers that generators face to exit the market”, as was the state and federal energy council.The letter points to past research linking coal-fired electricity to cardiovascular, respiratory and neurological diseases, as well as lung cancers, through their generation of local air pollutants.It also references a paper by researchers at Harvard last year that implied pollution from the Hazelwood power plant was responsible for 18 deaths a year in Gippsland, about 1 per cent of the regional total. The letter concedes that sudden, unplanned closures of power plants would also have negative health effects due to job losses and social upheaval. It calls for the state government to develop with the Latrobe Valley community an “economically just and planned” transition plan away from coal.Full article: Doctors call for brown coal power shutdown plan in the Latrobe Valleylast_img read more

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BetConstruct sets November date for Gbets South Africa launch

first_imgShare Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 BetConstruct will launch its sportsbook with Gbets in South Africa before the end of the year after securing the necessary certification from the The Western Cape Gambling and Racing Board.The fully managed sports betting solution was developed under BetConstruct’s National Manufacturer licence for the country, while the Letter of Certification by the province’s board was based on a report by BMM Test Labs South Africa.Gbets, which relaunched its online betting and gaming business in Lesotho last month on the BetConstruct solution, has set an “end of November” expected date for getting live in South Africa.“This certification is another move forward to expanding our supply throughout South Africa,” said Karine Kocharyan, Head of Licensing and Certification at BetConstruct.“We are happy to start this journey with one of our biggest partners in the region – Gbets, who is planning to relaunch their operations via our platform end of November.”Dhrupal Amin is the Managing Director of Online Gaming at Goldrush Group, the parent company of Gbets. He added: “BetConstruct represents the cutting edge of betting technology. Innovations such as Hoory, the voice activated betting assistant, and live multi-play are just some of the leading innovations that attracted Gbets to the BetConstruct technology platform. “Gbets has made a significant investment in furthering our online gaming operations. We currently operate online gaming operations in South Africa, Lesotho and Mozambique.“In September 2019 we relaunched our online business in Lesotho on the BetConstruct solution which includes, sports betting online casino and live casino products. The market response has exceeded our expectations, and we are seeing strong growth in new customer acquisition.” Amin concluded: “Towards the end of November this year, South African betting consumers can look forward to an innovative, world class betting experience with product features new to the South African sports betting landscape.” New Polish poker table in BetGames section for STS July 15, 2020 Share VBET agrees Armenian Premier League and Armenian Cup sponsorship August 13, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Submitlast_img read more

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