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Court decision likely to prompt additional delays for Atlantic Coast, Mountain Valley pipeline projects

first_imgCourt decision likely to prompt additional delays for Atlantic Coast, Mountain Valley pipeline projects FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:The two biggest U.S. natural gas pipelines under construction are likely facing more delays after an appeals court ruling against the Army Corps of Engineers, energy analysts said.The Trump administration has pressed ahead with new pipeline construction, but several projects have been stalled by successful legal challenges saying the administration is not applying careful regulatory scrutiny.Last month, a Montana judge ruled the Army Corps authorized permits to cross streams without properly consulting other federal agencies on endangered species. Rather than limit its ruling to the Keystone XL crude pipeline case before the court, the judge questioned the Army Corps’ method of authorizing stream crossing under the entire National Permit 12 program.The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday left that ruling in place, which will likely prevent Keystone and other pipelines from using Army Corps’ stream crossing permits until the appeals court decides in early 2021, the analysts said.It means the two biggest gas pipes under construction – Dominion Energy Inc’s Atlantic Coast and EQM Midstream Partners LP’s Mountain Valley – are likely to be delayed by several more months.[Scott DiSavino]More: Court ruling in Keystone XL case another blow to big U.S. pipelines, say energy analystslast_img read more

Ragnar Trail Appalachians – West Virginia Shines (and Rains) Again

first_imgUnlike many road relays, the Ragnar Trail is a welcome exception that gets runners out of their vans and on to the trails.This was the second year of Ragnar Trail and the second year of Ragnar Trail Appalachians. Despite last year’s bad weather, the field doubled in size and became one of the largest of the seven events that will be staged this year. It is one of the more technical courses, especially with the mud. While Snowmass offers altitude, with the one of the loops climbing to just shy of 9,000 feet in elevation, and Zion has a long loop that, when covered by this year’s freak snow, took some runners hours to complete, the loops in McDowell Mountain, Ariz., and Vail Lake, Calif., are rather sedate in comparison. This year Ragnar is adding the Hill Country event outside of Austin and already held the Atlanta race on the trails that were used for the mountain bike course of the Atlanta Olympics.appalachia-ragnar-campThere are three loops of different distances, between three and seven miles and each of eight or four team members runs each of the loops in succession so that the team rotates throughout the night, eventually completing 24 loops for a full distance of more than 100 miles.The loops all start and finish at a central hub, one that quickly becomes rather festive, given more than 300 teams camped out and communing at the event, plus bands, a big fire pit, a dining and beer tent and sponsor and vendor booths. The trails at Big Bear Lake are stunning in their beauty and challenging in their technicality, one made more complicated by muddy conditions.Last year’s donut was this year’s hole when the sky opened up midway through the first day of racing. Although last year only saw a couple hours of sunlight, the remainder being light rain, this year was the opposite; two hours of downpour surrounded mostly by sun.Runners toughed it out and finished with mud-splattered grins and appreciating the value of aggressively-lugged trail shoes over their smooth-treaded road-running shoes. While the Ragnar Relays always have a handful of highly-competitive teams, the vast majority of participants are there to push their own comfort level by tackling overnight running, often for the first time, especially on trails that run through rows of tall pines, around ferns right out of a Hobbit set and over moss-covered rocks with endlessly-undulating hills. Although the weather makes the Ragnar Trail experience that much more authentic, perhaps next year’s pastry will be a whole one? Hole-less and sunny.–Adam W. Chase is the President of the American Trail Running Association, Brand Ambassador for Salomon Running and Running Times Magazine, co-author of “The Ultimate Guide to Trail Running,” and practices tax law for the Boulder, Colorado law firm, Hutchinson, Black and Cook. He was happy the Salomon tent he was holding down when the wind and rain hit Big Bear Lake didn’t fly into the air like a bouncy house and carry him off yonder. He’s not very big.last_img read more

Pink Slip Nov. ’13: Paschke, Nugent, Florida Warden – You’re Fired!

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [colored_box color=”red”]Christopher AtkinsChristopher Atkins is apparently the not-so-vigilant warden of the Franklin Correctional Institution in Florida’s Orange County on whose watch two convicted murderers were allowed to waltz out of prison with years still to go on their terms. Joseph Jenkins was serving a life sentence for first-degree murder and Charles Walker was serving a life sentence for second-degree murder. But somehow they each ended up with forged court documents that their time was up. Nobody working under Atkins thought to double-check so away the convicts went until they were caught again weeks later. We shouldn’t be surprised that this injudicious escape clause could happen in a state that made “hanging chads” a national obsession but what’s up with the fraudulent paperwork in Florida? Maybe Atkins should be a ballot inspector in 2016.Jason ChaffetzChoosing one scapegoat from the list of conservative Congressional culprits who caused the federal government shutdown and thereby cost the country billions of dollars in lost productivity—let alone the lasting damage these clods did to our economy, our image and our future—makes listening to Sen. Ted Cruz’s 21-hour homage to Dr. Suez on the Senate floor a piece of cake by comparison. At least that filibuster could be regarded as a performance piece for masochists and Tea Party zealots. But somebody must pay for this idiocy. So why not Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah)? He was the acting Republican chairman of the House Rules Committee who admitted in a video that went viral that his leaders had indeed taken away an individual lawmaker’s normal right to force a vote on a bill when there is a dispute between the House and the Senate. News reports were saying that a Congressional coalition of Democrats and moderate Republicans wanted to end the shutdown—if they only could. But the passage of an obscure resolution (HR 368) denied them the chance. Chaffetz was the one who publicly conceded, “The House adopted that resolution.” To which Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) asked, “Why were the rules rigged to keep the government shut down?” Chaffetz wouldn’t say. That’s why he’s our fall guy. He didn’t start the fire but he kept it burning.Xu ShoushengAs front pages go, The New Express’s offerings didn’t offer any word play or salacious gossip. In fact, they played it rather straight: “Please Release Him” was one, followed by “Again: Please Release Him.” But they were extraordinary just the same because they reportedly marked the first time in China that a newspaper dared to challenge the police for holding a journalist in custody. Chen Yougzhou was detained by authorities in Changsa, the capital of Hunan province, because of his investigation of the finances of Zoomlion Heavy Industry Science and Technology Company, China’s second-largest construction equipment maker. The reporter wrote that the partly government-owned company was accused of faking its sales figures, improperly privatizing state assets and spending $84.3 million on “abnormal marketing.” Then state media said he had admitted writing false stories for money but didn’t reveal who had paid him. Youghzhou was handcuffed and flanked by cops when he made his “confession” on state-run television. Earlier this year, Xu Shousheng, who joined the Communist Party of China in 1973, was elected governor of Hunan province, making him the man ultimately responsible for denying Yougzhou his freedom. This poor journalist committed no crime—he was just reporting the facts as he saw them—and his becoming the bigger story says a lot about the sorry state of affairs in the most populous country in the world.Franz-Peter Tebartz-van ElstBaptized “the Bishop of Bling” in the tabloids, Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst had such a taste for the good things in life that the Vatican finally had to suspend him just after he’d been summoned to explain himself. In some ways, it brings back fond memories of Pentagon excess but here’s a partial accouting of his luxurious lifestyle: this 60-year-old plutocratic prelate spent $42 million on renovations of his mansion in Limburg, Germany, which included $474,000 for carpentry and cupboards, $610,000 for art, $135,000 for windows for a private chapel, $34,000 for a conference table and $20,000 for a bathtub. We think he actually scrimped on the bathtub, but who’s counting? Apparently Pope Francis is. Once this soon-to-be ex-bishop turns in his mitre, maybe he could become a broker on Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing shows. He’d fit right in.Kurt Paschke & Jaclyn NugentAmong all the craziness in this Jets season—and it ain’t over yet—watching a Long Island guy the Daily News dubbed a “Gang Green goon” punch a female New England Patriots fan in the face has to be right up there in the hall of shame. Kurt Paschke, 38, of Holbrook was charged with assault and disorderly conduct by the New Jersey State Police as was Jaclyn Nugent, 26, of Boston for a despicable incident caught on camera after the Jets pulled off their first upset of the season at the Meadowlands (the Jets won with a last-second field goal facilitated by an obscure penalty call). In this early October post-football fracas, cameras recorded Paschke hitting Nugent with a right hook as she and her two friends from Massachusetts kicked and punched him. All involved have been banned from attending any more events at MetLife Stadium, which means that Paschke’s juvenile JetsMobile probably won’t be taking up space in the parking lot any time soon. It doesn’t matter here that Paschke once served three years in state prison for fatally stabbing a 17-year-old in a fight behind a Sayville pizza parlor in the 1990s because this son of a policeman should have known better than to slug a lady—even if she was a snotty-nosed, potty-mouthed Pats fan whose team is going to win the division no matter what these idiots do after a game.Wojciech BraszczokWojciech Braszczok is the undercover NYPD detective who wound up riding with a motorcycle mob terrorizing Alexian Lien, a young father who was driving his wife and baby daughter in a Range Rover in Manhattan before he ran afoul of a biker on the West Side Highway. All told, seven suspects were busted as a result of the mayhem. Videotape allegedly shows Braszczok smashing the vehicle’s rear window with his helmet. He did nothing as Lien, 33, was pulled from the Range Rover and nearly beaten to death before a hero intervened. This undercover dick also infiltrated the Occupy Wall Street encampment, according to news reports. Here he may have crossed the line from working undercover to becoming an active participant in biker-gang violence because he took three days after the incident to come clean. Now it looks like his 10 years on the force are down the drain. Maybe his handler should get a Pink Slip, too.Bryna RifkinAll the inquiring reporter wanted was a minute with actress Marion Cotillard at the Toronto Film Festival to pose one question before the premiere of her movie “Blood Ties.” But apparently that was asking too much of Cotillard’s publicist Bryna Rifkin, who snapped at her in a clip watched by more than 11,000 YouTube viewers that whether the reporter had been promised a chance or not, she didn’t care because “nobody told you that…and either way, I’m saying no.” ID PR’s Rifkin should be the star of her own Mean Girl movie, judging by the reaction to her mistreatment of the press. Being rude to reporters is not part of a good publicist’s job description—that’s just a perk for losers.Doug Lamborn, Scott Tipton, Mike Coffman & Cory GardnerThis gang of four Republicans is from Colorado’s Congressional delegation. They voted to screw New York and New Jersey out of much-needed federal aid following the devastation of Superstorm Sandy. When killer floods recently wiped out towns and bridges in the Centennial State, these generous Americans voted for disaster relief so Uncle Sam could help out the victims there. Their “real hypocrisy” was too much for Long Island’s lone Republican Congressman to take. Rep. Pete King (R-Seaford) had to work his butt off to get the House to bail out the Northeast after the deadly hurricane struck a year ago—when too many members of his own party were all too eager to let us drown in our misery. “They should just thank God we didn’t use the same tactics against them that they used against us,” King told the Daily News. As has been shown time and time again, Mother Nature is unwaveringly non-partisan.Tiona RodriguezWe don’t know the extenuating circumstances but the details are sordid enough. Tiona Rodriguez was busted for allegedly carrying her dead newborn son in a canvas bag while swiping a pair of jeans at Victoria’s Secret, according to the NYPD. The jeans cost about $45. But the reaction of the store’s security guards when they reportedly found the eight-and-a half pound corpse in her belongings must have been priceless. This 17-year-old subsequently pleaded not guilty to the shoplifting charges and wasn’t arraigned on anything else—although that could come later. In the mean time, a Pink Slip, not a sales slip, will suffice. But it’s a very sad story all the same.Alan GottliebAlan Gottlieb of the Second Amendment Foundation (whoever the hell they are) has stomped on the First Amendment to announce that his group intends to turn the Dec. 14 anniversary of the massacre at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Conn., into a “Guns Save Lives” day. Gottlieb, who looks like a stuffed shirt in a polka-dot bowtie in his press photo, also heads the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. All he’s doing, he claims, is countering the push for gun control that has sprung up in light of the horrific massacre last year that left 20 first-graders and six educators shot to death. He reportedly said: “We are going to use the day to get our views out… We don’t want (pro gun-control groups) to own that day…We are gonna be there first.” But he doesn’t say that the National Rifle Association already got there—and bought control of Congress. This sick publicity-hound should quit while he’s ahead.[/colored_box]last_img read more

Garuda gets $382 million in loans from BRI to fund working capital

first_imgAside from the two facilities, the company also obtained a bank guarantee or standby letter of credit (SBLC) facility denominated in rupiah with a ceiling equivalent to $200 million.“The provision for this facility stood at 1 percent of the issued SBLC amount and 0.25 percent of the issued bank guarantee, or at least Rp 500 million,” Garuda said in the statement.Read also: Garuda opens dialogue with sukuk holders as it struggles to pay duesThe health crisis has led to the closure of most of Garuda’s flights and a steep decline in passengers due to travel restrictions placed to curb the spread of the disease.Garuda stocks had risen more than 3 percent as of 11:17 a.m. Jakarta time in Wednesday trading, in contrast with a 0.61 percent fall seen by main gauge Jakarta Composite Index (JCI). Stocks of BRI had weakened 0.38 percent.Topics : Both facilities, Garuda said, would be due on Dec. 21.Read also: Garuda switches focus to cargo, chartered flight businesses amid ‘mudik’ ban“These transactions aim to fund our working capital, including to pay for fuel, airplane lease and other activities, that will support the company’s main business,” the airline said.Garuda has been trying to maintain its cashflow amid the slumping aviation industry caused by the COVID-19 pandemic through several efforts, such as cutting employees’ and executives’ salaries as well as opening a discussion with holders of its dollar-denominated sukuk that will be due in June. National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has received three loan facilities from state-owned Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) with a total value of US$382 million to fund the airline’s working capitalThe publicly listed airline received a $50 million short-term loan from the bank with an interest rate based on the one month London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) plus 2.85 percent per annum, the company said in a statement posted on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) website on Tuesday.Garuda also received a second loan facility with a ceiling of Rp 2 trillion ($132 million), which includes a Rp 1 trillion facility for its subsidiary low-cost carrier Citilink Indonesia, the company said. The interest rate for this facility ranges from around 8.25 percent to 10.75 percent annually.last_img read more

Gov. Wolf Signs Child Marriage Ban, Psychology Compact Bills

first_imgGov. Wolf Signs Child Marriage Ban, Psychology Compact Bills May 08, 2020 Bill Signing,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf signed into law House Bill 360, which sets 18 as the minimum age to obtain a marriage license and extends the time period for child care and school employees to obtain their criminal Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background certifications.“Setting the minimum age to obtain a marriage license will help prevent child exploitation,” said Gov. Wolf. “Marriage is a sacred and serious commitment that should be undertaken with love by two adults, not by children being exploited by unscrupulous adults.”Gov. Wolf also signed into law Senate Bill 67, which amends regulations to expand the availability of psychological services through telemedicine.“The COVID-19 crisis has reduced Pennsylvanians’ ability to meet in-person with a therapist during a time when they are facing life changes, stress, and grief,” said Gov. Wolf. “Senate Bill 67 will allow Pennsylvanians to more easily access psychological services for mental wellness while supporting physical health through social distancing.”View this information in Spanish.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

FERC issues draft EIS for Jordan Cove LNG

first_imgLNG WOrld News Staff Jordan Cove LNG project led by the Canadian energy infrastructure company Pembina has been issued a draft environmental impact statement by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). FERC said in its notice that the draft EIS assesses the potential environmental effects of the construction and operation of the project in Coos County, Oregon.“FERC staff concludes that approval of the project would result in a number of significant environmental impacts; however, the majority of impacts would be less than significant because of the impact avoidance, minimization, and mitigation measures proposed by Jordan Cove and Pacific Connector and those recommended by staff in the draft EIS,” the notice reads.FERC invited for the public to submit comments on the draft EIS by July 5, 2019.The $10 billion project in Coos County, Oregon has a planned capacity of 7.8 million ton per annum.In early March, Stuart Taylor, senior vice president of marketing and new ventures at Pembina said the project has signed non-binding deals for 11 million tons of LNG per year.Firm deals are expected to be signed in the coming months as the company is currently engaged in negotiations over the binding contract details.A federal regulatory decision is expected by November 2019, with Pembina planning to produce first volumes from the facility in 2024.last_img read more

AFTER 16 YEARS OF HIDING: Frustrated murder suspect arrested

first_imgBACOLOD City – He had been hiding from the police for about 16 years. The 36-year-old Loylen Abong was caught on the strength of an arrest warrant in Barangay Punta Buri, Ajuy, Iloilo around 8:20 p.m. on July 1, police said. Police officers served the warrant issued by Judge Renato Muñez of the Regional Trial Court Branch 60 in Cadiz City dated Feb. 11, 2004. The suspect was detained in the lockup facility of the Sagay City police station.center_img Abong – resident of the village – faces frustrated murder charge he committed in Sagay City, Negros Occidental. The court recommended a P200,000 bail bond for his temporary liberty./PNlast_img

Ligue 1: PSG lose first game of the season to Lens

first_img The German also handed a start to 20-year-old Marcin Bulka in goal. Even without more than 600 million euros worth of talent, PSG were able to call on internationals such as Marco Verratti, Idrissa Gueye and Ander Herrera as well as Pablo Sarabia and Presnel Kimpembe. But despite 78 percent of the possession in the first-half alone, they were unable to find the cutting edge to the delight of the 3,800 partisans who were watching Lens’s first home game in the top flight for nine seasons. And PSG paid the price for their lack of precision 13 minutes into the second-half at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis. Under no pressure and trying to play out from the back, Bulka slid a weak pass towards Verratti that was snapped up by Ignatius Ganago, who slammed home. The strike was the Cameroon international’s first goal for his new club after signing from Nice in July. “We had a good first half,” said Tuchel. “We were in their half most of the time and we were playing with a good rhythm, good organisation and structure but we couldn’t make the most of our chances. “We made the mistake and afterwards it was clear that we lost our rhythm. We were obviously tired after 75 minutes of such an intense match.” Loading… Read Also: Lionel Messi gifts blind boy life-changing glasses Tuchel’s depleted band will need to rediscover their mojo quickly during a rush of fixtures in the next 10 days. PSG take on Marseille at the Parc des Princes on Sunday before another home match with Metz – which was their original opening fixture – on Wednesday and a trip to early pacesetters Nice on 20 September. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Paris Saint-Germain began the defence of their Ligue 1 title on Thursday night with a 1-0 defeat at newly-promoted Lens. Shorn of seven stars including Neymar, Angel Di Maria Kylian Mbappé and Keylor Navas, who have tested positive for coronavirus, PSG boss Thomas Tuchel named teenagers Arnaud Kalimuendo and Kays Ruiz in his starting line-up. Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes10 Extremely Dirty Seas In The WorldInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtThere’s Only 1 Such A Coin In The World Left In Private HandsBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Most Breathtaking Bridges In The WorldA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our Future2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Pennylast_img read more

Carrick United through to Munster Junior Cup semi-final

first_imgStevie O’Donnell was at the game for Tipp FM Sport. Elsewhere, Nenagh AFC have progressed to the Munster Youths Cup final after their penalty shootout victory over Kilreen Celtic in the semi final. That win sets up an all Tipperary final between Nenagh and Clonmel Town. Earlier, Chelsea extended their lead at the top of the Premier League, but only by a point.The Blues were held to a 1-all draw by Southampton at Stamford Bridge. In the North Tipp Premier Division Lough Derg FC and Roscrea United finished all square on 3 goals a piece. In the day’s other game it finished BT Harps 1 Cloughjordan FC 3.St Michaels were hosting Carrick United in the Munster Junior Cup quarter-final.last_img

SBTech sets out ‘go’ live process for WLA member hat-trick

first_img Related Articles Svenska Spel becomes 2020 eHockey Championship sponsor August 18, 2020 Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 Share Submit Veikkaus calls for early introduction of Finnish age verification measures August 28, 2020 Share SBTech said that the process of getting new operators live via its sports betting solutions is something that it “refuses to take lightly”.James Coxon, VP of Commercial at SBTech, added that it prioritises getting “fully under the hood of exactly what they want as a business”.He was speaking at last month’s Betting on Sports conference in response to the company scoring a hat-trick of World Lottery Association (WLA) member wins in 2019.“Once the contract gets signed, we have a kick off workshop – usually in Sofia – where we invite their project team inclusive of their IT sponsors, sportsbook sponsors and product sponsors to fully scope and spec out the solution requirements,” explained Coxon.“We don’t take that process lightly, getting fully under the hood of exactly what they want as a business unit. And then we move into the development process itself, so we have multiple sections that we go through from our development teams.“We work with agile methodology and with a complete testing environment to make sure that every product solution, every version, every release is fully tested to the nth degree before it is released to the customer for UAT. And once that’s completed we sign it off as a joint business and we move forward to go live.”The third leg of this WLA hat-trick came last month through a multi-channel sportsbook partnership with Svenska Spel, which followed wins with Veikkaus and The Oregon Lottery.At the time, it was reported that the procurement team at Svenska Spel was impressed with proprietary features including Yourbet – a bet builder tailored specifically for the country’s marketplace which allows players to customise bets across popular regional sports.Coxon admitted that SBTech is particularly excited to see ‘Yourbet’ in action on Svenska Spel, one of Sweden’s former gambling monopolies.“It’s going to be huge,” he said. “For us, having these product innovations going live with some of the biggest businesses in the world – specifically some of the most recent contract awards – is incredibly exciting for us as a business. “We have a fantastic team of developers, a wonderful product team. For them to see these products live in new jurisdictions with tier 1 WLA members is incredibly exciting for our business.” StumbleUponlast_img read more