France drops coal projects, restricts financing of fracking and flaring globally FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:France is considering halting funding guarantees for energy projects abroad that involve fracking or flaring, according to a finance ministry report.The government aims to make its program of state guarantees for export financing more environmentally friendly and is dropping support for coal projects as a first step.Next year it will also look into stopping export guarantees for oil and gas activities that are banned in France, including fracking and gas flaring, the report submitted to lawmakers states.In the medium term, a ban on state guarantees for developing new foreign oil fields might also be considered.“All forms of leverage must be used to help transform the economy and production, and one of these is export guarantees,” a finance ministry official said.The government has extended nearly 9.3 billion euros ($10.3 billion) in public guarantees for oil and gas projects since 2009, mainly in the form of export credit insurance, the ministry’s report said.The biggest French firms active in that sector are Total and Engie.France is set to became the first country to ban state export guarantees for coal projects and aims to push others to do the same as part of a reform of OECD guidelines next year, a second finance ministry official said.More: France targets fracking and flaring with export guarantee overhaul
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error EL SEGUNDO — Once the Lakers gathered in the locker room, coach Luke Walton did not just express his displeasure with his team’s play.He became so disgusted with the Lakers’ 30-point halftime deficit to the Clippers on Tuesday that he informed his starters they would begin the second half on the bench. Walton then turned to rookie forward Brandon Ingram.“It (stinks) for you that you have to sit out, too,” Walton said. “You’re out there playing your tail off.”Ingram had just 10 points on 5-of-8 shooting in 21 minutes, leaving Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell to openly question Walton’s tactic. As Russell said, “I don’t think he deserved that.” Before Ingram finished with a team-leading 21 points and five rebounds while shooting 8 for 14 from the field against the Clippers, Walton found the normally quiet Ingram be just as incredulous.“He looked mad, but he should’ve been mad,” Walton said. “I think he understood it.”That’s because the Lakers (20-52) enter Friday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves (28-42) at Staples Center with Walton wanting Ingram to take on a bigger leadership role.“It’s part of your responsibility to make sure everyone is ready to play,” Walton said. “It’s unfair that it happened for him with the way he was playing. I thought it was important to keep the message that this was about team first and individual second.”After scheduling practice on a previously scheduled day off on Wednesday, Walton called Ingram’s effort “awesome.” Walton added Ingram “busted his tail” and finished first in most of the team’s sprints. Though Ingram has allowed his work habits to speak louder than his soft words, Walton wants Ingram to raise his voice. “Even if you’re playing well yourself, we need more out of you. Grab someone by the jersey, lift your teammates up,” Walton said. “It was more his work ethic that allows him to be that guy. I don’t know how vocal he’s ever going to get. But we’re going to keep pushing him to keep seeing what we can get out of him with that side of the leadership role.”Finger pointingAfter the Lakers lost to Cleveland on Sunday by only five points, Walton told his players he “was really proud of the way they played.” Walton openly wondered if that praise contributed to the Lakers’ 24-point loss to the Clippers.“Maybe that let up a little bit on that hunger and desire to get that win,” Walton said. “It shouldn’t be the case.”Walton has praised his players even in losses if he feels they have shown growth in their play.“That’s the message we give, but we still want to win a game,” Walton said. “We’ve been doing this for a long time. It’s nice to get rewarded with wins every once in a while.”Taking attendanceMagic Johnson wished he could honor the Lakers’ past by attending Shaquille O’Neal’s statue unveiling on Friday outside of Staples Center. But as the Lakers’ president of basketball operations, Johnson wants to help the team’s future. So instead of attending O’Neal’s statue unveiling, Johnson will be in Michigan to scout the NCAA Tournament game between UCLA and Kentucky.Injury updateLakers center Timofey Mozgov missed the end of Wednesday’s practice after spraining his left ankle. Though the Lakers technically listed him as questionable for Friday’s game against Minnesota, Mozgov will not play after receiving healthy scratches in the past eight games. Walton has shut him down for the rest of the season to give more minutes to his younger players.
The players will also be participating in a series of activities ranging from tennis clinics to exhibition matches. Brown, popularly known as Dreddy, is a Jamaican-German tennis player. As a youngster, he trained in Jamaica and benefited from Tryall’s tennis programme. He rose to fame after beating Rafael Nadal in the 2014 Halle Open and Wimbledon 2015, and is known for his aggressive and flashy playing style. Brown competes mainly on the ATP Challenger Tour, both in singles and doubles. He reached his highest ATP singles ranking of world No. 64 in October 2016. The day’s events will get underway with a clinic where tennis students will get a chance to meet and participate in exercises with the pros. The highlight of the day, however, will be the tennis classic which begins at 4 p.m. These matches will feature men’s singles, men’s doubles and mixed doubles matches and promise to be highly exciting. The Tryall Club has had a long and rich history in the growth of junior tennis in western Jamaica. Its annual summer programme has contributed to the early career of the likes of Winfried Weinbeer and Dustin Brown. In 2012, the Tryall Club in partnership with the National Commercial Bank, hosted Venus and Serena Williams who participated in a tennis clinic for about 50 students. VARIOUS ACTIVITIES Highly celebrated Jamaica-connected tennis professional Dustin Brown is set to take the court along with other popular stars in western Jamaica today, when the renowned Tryall Club host the thrilling Tryall Thanksgiving Tennis Classic. This year’s event is aimed at strengthening the club’s legacy as it relates to the development of tennis among youth in western Jamaica. “We are committed to the development of youth here at Tryall. Having Dustin perform at this year’s match is a special honour, as many of his formative training years were spent here at the Tryall Club,” remarked Richard Ferdinand, director of guest services at the Tryall Club. Among the stars set to shine in the exhibition matches are Jan-Michael Charles Gambill, who has a career high WTA ranking of number 14, Michael Russell who has played 115 Main Draw Singles ATP events, Arantxa Parra Santonja a member of the 2012 London Olympic team who has ranked 46 at her highest career singles title and Irina Falconi who had her highest WTA ranking at number 63.