ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum has reacted to the latest interview with Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, whose three-game suspension has come to an end. Finebaum didn’t hold back.Meyer spoke exclusively to ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi about his suspension and everything that went into it. More details can be seen here.Finebaum was asked on SportsCenter about Meyer’s interview and his current reputation.“I think his credibility outside of the bubble of Columbus, Ohio is still shattered,” Finebaum said on ESPN. “I don’t think many people around the country buy or believe much of what he has said. Having said that, I do know college football fans. He has possibly the second-best team in the country. Once he gets out there, the majority of fans will push all of this away and start wondering is this team good enough to challenge Alabama? I know this sounds basic. If you’re concerned about Courtney Smith, which I am and a lot of people are, this may nauseate to a certain level. But that’s the business and nature of college football.”Finebaum did think it was evident that Meyer had listened to people around him. He handled questions better than he did at his original press conference.“He went from being obstinate, denying everything, being defiant to, bit by bit, this is now the fourth iteration of his apology tour that he is now trying to fit his answers to what the criticism has been. My belief is this. He still doesn’t believe Courtney Smith. He apologized to her, literally, with a gun to his head. I don’t think he really wanted to. If you watch every version of what he has said, he’s still the same person. He’s calmed down. He’s not fighting everyone around him. He knows there’s a football team that he has to get to where he returns as a full-time coach. No doing Sunday through Friday. He answered a lot of very-difficult questions with parse answers.”Meyer and the Buckeyes are set to return to Columbus on Saturday. Ohio State is hosting Tulane at Ohio Stadium.
Russian coal mining major SUEK recently announced that at the Kirova underground mine, the company has begun to implement an investment project for the construction of modular treatment facilities for central mine drainage. Similar facilities are already in use to treat the water at the Rubana mine in Leninsk-Kuznetsky and at the Yalevskogo and Taldinskaya-Zapadnaya 1 mines in the Prokopyevsky district. The installed innovative equipment of the German company EnviroChemie GmbH allows the use of more than half of the treated water for the process needs of the units. The rest of the water discharged into natural reservoirs meets all sanitary standards.New treatment facilities at the Kirova mine will consist of two blocks with eight containers each offering a total capacity of 800 cubic metres per hour. The cost of the investment project is more than 850 million roubles (about $14 million). The facilities are scheduled for commissioning in the second half of 2019. In order to introduce the construction project to local citizens, the Leninsk-Kuznetsky City Hall hosted a meeting between the Kirova mine representatives and the leaders of the public and trade union organisation, Neighbourhood Wardens. The mine’s Director, Alexander Ponizov, spoke in detail about the project and the overall prospects for the company’s development. During the meeting, the issues of resettling the residents from the areas affected by the old mine facilities and sanitary protection zones were also touched upon. In the end, it was decided to support the construction of the modular treatment facilities at the Kirova mine.In the summer, SUEK-Kuzbass arranged awareness visits to coal mining facilities for a number of rural dwellers. Thus, people residing in the Prokopyevsky district visited the treatment facilities of the Yalevskogo mine, and residents of Krasnoyarka village of the Leninsk-Kuznetsky district explored the treatment facilities of the Rubana mine. The villagers noted that such environmental tours help them to better understand the use of modern technologies in coal mining and how to solve the existing problems by joint efforts. “It should be said that, over the years, SUEK-Kuzbass has been implementing a comprehensive environmental programme. From 2011 to 2017, 4 billion roubles (about $64 million) were allocated for these purposes. In the next five years, environmental investments will amount to another 5 billion roubles (about $80 million).”