Hallador Energy idles Sullivan County mine, 90 workers impacted

SULLIVAN COUNTY, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) — Ninety employees from Carlisle Mine in Sullivan County have been laid-off as the company temporarily idles production.

Terre Haute-based Hallador Energy Co. (Nasdaq: HNRG) says its wholly-owned subsidiary, Sunrise Coal LLC, is stopping production due to shrinking demand.

“Unfortunately, weak market conditions have resulted in an over-supply of domestic coal, which necessitates that we reduce our production,” said Larry Martin, chief financial officer of Hallador Energy Co.

The company says it will be shifting production to its lower cost operations at Oaktown, Indiana. Hallador is also reducing its sales guidance to 7.0 million tons for 2020, down from 8.0 million tons forecasted last fall.

In November, the company reported a third-quarter net loss due to “challenging mining conditions.”

“The employees who are affected by this action are a part of the Sunrise family, and we regret the impact this will have on their families and the community. We thank them for their dedication and service,” said Martin.

Sunrise Coal operates mines in southern Indiana and southern Illinois. The company says much of the coal it produces is used for the electric power generation industry.


Eminem’s ‘Rap God’ passes one billion views on YouTube

(CNN) — Hip-hop star Eminem has cemented his status as a force to be reckoned after another of his music videos passed one billion views on YouTube.

The official music video for the 47-year-old star’s song,Rap God,” hit the milestone on the video-sharing site more than six years after its release in 2013.

The six-minute video, which appeared on “The Marshall Mathers LP 2,” sees the Detroit native showing off his lyrical prowess while taking shots at rap peers including Tyler The Creator, Joe Budden, and Machine Gun Kelly.

On Friday, Eminem gave the video its final push over the finish line by sharing a short clip on his Instagram and Twitter pages, along with the caption: “‘Everybody loves to root for a nuisance’ #RapGod countdown to 1 billion.”

“Rap God” is the third Eminem video to eclipse the benchmark. His track “Not Afraid” and Love the Way You Lie,” featuring Rihanna, have also surpassed 1 billion views on YouTube.

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito,” is currently the most-streamed video on YouTube, having racked up over 6.6 billion views as of Monday.

“Gangnam Style,” the 2012 megahit by South Korean musician Psy, was the first video to surpass one billion views. The catchy dance track, which topped the charts in 27 countries, according to the Official Charts Company, and spawned thousands of online parodies, currently has more than 3.5 billion views.

In 2015, Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s collaborative track “See You Again” made history as the first rap video to surpass 1 billion views on YouTube. The song, which featured on the “Furious 7” soundtrack and was dedicated to the late actor Paul Walker, hit the milestone just six months after it was posted on the video-sharing website.