Huge Indonesia mine resumes operations after lockdown protest

first_imgIn May, Freeport said it would reduce the number of staff at the mine, which employed about 25,000 people, after infections rose in the area. Operations have resumed at the world’s biggest gold mine in Indonesia, the company that runs it said Saturday, after workers blocked access to the site in protest at being stopped from visiting their families over virus concerns.The miners at the Grasberg complex in the country’s easternmost Papua region reached an agreement with the US-based operator Freeport, which said it would resume bus services for workers to return home.This week more than 1,000 employees demonstrated at the mine’s main entrance over the decision to cancel bus services to the city of Timika in response to fears about the spread of coronavirus infections. Topics :center_img Many workers had been unable to leave the site — a high-altitude open pit that is also a major copper mine — for six months.Freeport spokesman Riza Pratama told AFP Saturday that the roadblock had been removed after a long negotiation period.Several buses departed from the mine late Friday, carrying some workers who had been granted a leave of absence, said local company spokesman Kerry Yarangga.These bus services will be run with stringent health protocols including Covid-19 testing, Yarangga said.last_img read more

IMCA Late Model national, state season ends July 28

first_imgLate Model drivers’ best 15 finishes in their first 30 starts will be used to determine national and state stand­ings. Any schedule changes must be made by contacting the IMCA home office (319 472-2201) no later than 4:30 p.m. CST Wednesday, July 17. Track points will be awarded through Saturday, Aug. 31. While track champions will be crowned, no track championship bonuses will be applied toward national or state points championships, as was originally announced in January. The Deery Brothers Summer Series is scheduled to conclude in late September. Tour points do not apply toward track, state or national Late Model standings this season.center_img VINTON, Iowa – Sunday, July 28 is the final day for points earned at sanctioned events to count toward national and state point standings for IMCA Late Models. Questions about schedules should be directed to the home office while rules questions should go to Late Model Competition Director Randy Anderson.last_img read more

Gas prices up another 5 cents this week

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — You’ll be paying a little more in gas this week in comparison to the previous week. The car insurance company, AAA of Michigan, says gas prices are up an additional five cents.Your average price of gas per gallon is now $2.83. That means a 15–gallon tank of gas will cost on average $42 dollars to fill up.As the summer draws near, AAA says prices at the pump may continue to rise. You can get the cheapest gas right now in Traverse City, Marquette and the Metro Detroit Area.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Alcona youth pastor holds three on three basketball tournament to keep local kids engagedNext Grand opening of Wolverine’s third credit union coming soonlast_img read more