Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),If you have to be recognized for a charitable act something is wrong. Submitted image.JAMESTOWN – The former Cummins Engine Plant Manager has been recognized by the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce for his charitable work throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.Last week, the Chamber announced Mike Abbate has won its 2020 Pam Lydic Coalition Builder Award for his work bettering the local economy and helping address critical issues of education and food resources in our communities.When the COVID-19 pandemic forced a shutdown this past year, Abbate remained busy working with United Ways in Chautauqua County on a project that would help with much-needed food distribution.“I am humbled and honored to be this year’s recipient of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce Pam Lydic Coalition Builder Award,” stated Abbate. “Cummins realized many years ago the correlation between the viability and success of a manufacturing site, and the viability and success of the surrounding community, creating a strong desire within Cummins to partner with our communities to improve, optimize and grow.” Abbate was deeply involved in the formation of the Chautauqua County Education Coalition, which in 2019 was named by the Lumina Foundation as one of the nearly 100 community partnerships nationwide to be part of the Lumina Community Network to help understand best practices and how resources can best make an impact.The group secured a $66,000 multi-year National Grid STEM grant for reinvestment of micro-grants to support programming in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math in Chautauqua County.He has also served on a number of boards of directors in the community including the board of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier.“He played a critical volunteer role in putting together a system for tracking data and outcomes for emergency food pantries and providers (like school districts) across Chautauqua County in the midst of the COVID crisis,” said Amy Rohler, Executive Director of the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County. “Not only did he dive into a group of organizations that felt a bit like ‘herding cats,’ but helped us logistically think through a way to address transport, communicate, and share resources in this sector, especially in the early days of COVID when services were changing rapidly, and we weren’t sure yet what food access for needy families would be.”The Pam Lydic Coalition Builder Award recognizes an individual in the region who has worked hard to bring groups of people together around a common goal or objective.This award is presented to an individual that has helped move the region forward in a positive direction through collaboration and by building partnerships.It is named in memory of Pam Lydic, the first President and CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, who was instrumental in bringing together smaller Chambers of Commerce to create a countywide entity 20-years-ago.The award includes a $500 donation from the Chamber of Commerce to a non-profit charity of the recipients’ choice. Abbate has selected the United Christian Advocacy Network to receive the donation.The award will be presented during the joint Chamber-MAST Annual Meeting which will be held online at noon, Friday, January 22. The keynote speaker will be Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul.The event marks the 20th anniversary of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and the 120th year of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier. To register for the event visit www.chamberrsvp.org.
Australia Coal Downturn May Last Longer Than Government Acknowledges FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Australia Associated Press:The downturn in the coal industry will last longer than expected and prices won’t improve until at least 2020, an economics professor has warned.The dire prediction comes as the Queensland Resources Council lobbies the Queensland premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, for emergency relief measures to help prop up the state’s ailing coalmines and save thousands of jobs.An economics professor at Central Queensland University, John Rolfe, said the downturn in coal prices was expected to last another four years, which was much longer than previously thought.“Nobody predicted that the slowdown in mineral energy prices would be as swift or as long reaching,” he told ABC Radio on Tuesday. “So these sorts of costs weren’t seen as an issue even two years ago.”However, Rolfe doesn’t agree with reducing royalties to the state government, which is among the measures the QRC is pushing for after a report painted a bleak picture of the coal industry.The report, by mining sector analysts Wood Mackenzie, found a third of Queensland coalmines are running at a loss and more than half of the mines producing thermal coal for power stations are in the same position.Cockatoo Coal’s Baralaba mine has become the latest Queensland coalmine to halt production.The mine, which went into administration last year, has been put into care and maintenance mode to protect the value of assets while a possible sale structure is examined, the ABC reports.The chief executive of the QRC, Michael Roche, has warned 21,000 jobs have been lost in the sector and more of the remaining 60,000 will be on the chopping block unless the state government offers relief.Coal price won’t improve for years and mining downturn will last: professor