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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

Greener pastures

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Batesville Spring Sports

first_imgBatesville High School’s tradition of winning athletic programs continues with spring sports.  Yesterday’s article chronicled the track program which is near and dear to my heart since I have been involved in that program over 50 years.  However, the girls tennis team, the boys golf team, and baseball team are all enjoying winning seasons.I will individually report on these sports after their seasons have concluded.  The girls tennis program is led by Bryan Helvie who will be leaving this program to become the school’s athletic director in July.  Alex Davis is the head coach of the baseball team.  Bryan Hoeing has already verbally agreed to continue this sport at the University of Louisville after he graduates next year.  He is considered one of the top pitchers in the state of Indiana.  The golf team is coached by _____ and Ben Siefert.  The golf team is led by a veteran group of senior golfers. Unfortunately, the girls softball team this spring lost their starting pitcher to an injury and has struggled because of that.  As most of you know, pitching is everything in girls softball.  This program has been very successful in past years.last_img read more

Need to understand all information before making decision: Barty on US Open

first_imgSYDNEY, June 5: World number one Ashleigh Barty has said that while she is happy that there is talk of the return of the sport amid the coronavirus pandemic, she would be reluctant to go for the upcoming tournaments based in USA until she understands all of the information surrounding them.”It’s exciting that tennis is being talked about again and things are moving in the right direction for us to start competing,” she told the Sydney Morning Herald. “But I’d need to understand all of the information and advice from the WTA and the USTA before making a decision on the US events.”The USTA is mulling shifting the Cincinnati Open to New York. This would let them host the US Open right after the tournament, thus maintaining a secure biosphere for the players.Players have, however, voiced concerns over being able to participate in either due to travel restrictions that may be in place at the time it is being held which is between August and September. Men’s defending champion Rafael Nadal said that he would refuse to travel to New York if he had to do so today whereas Australian Open men’s doubles winner Rajeev Ram said that the US Open should be be held if even one qualified player is unable to make it.All professional tennis activities currently remained suspended till July 31 amid the COVID-19 pandemic which has claimed more than 3.8 lakh lives so far across the world. IANSAlso watch: Evening Bulletin | 5th June, 2020last_img read more

Wilson discusses technology disparities at Harvard

first_imgCAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The transition to a digital society is negatively threatening and marginalizing those at the bottom, Annenberg Dean Ernest J. Wilson III said at the Harvard University W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture Series this week.The digital age · Dean Ernest J. Wilson III analyzes digital-era technologies and their impact on culture in a lecture at Harvard University. – Eric Burse | Daily TrojanBy delivering the three-day lecture series, which ended Thursday, Wilson joined previous Du Bois lecturers, including former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Cornel West, a prominent professor in Princeton University’s Center for African-American Studies.The lecture series is named after scholar, writer, editor and civil rights pioneer W.E.B. Du Bois, the first African American to receive a Ph.D. from Harvard University.Wilson’s remarks during the series focused on his study of a wide variety of contemporary digital-era issues.Wilson described a “scissor effect” in which minority ownership, control and content in media assets has decreased with the growth of media dominance and importance. In 2009, Wilson said, African-Americans owned 1 percent of media properties. Today, that number has declined to 0.7 percent.“We should care about this because we are citizens and these are matters of the life and death of democracy,” Wilson said. “The number of African-Americans and other people of color in positions of senior leadership and ownership of media properties is either stagnant or declining.”Brandon Terry, a post-doctoral student at Harvard, said Wilson’s talk touched upon a very pertinent issue.“Dean Wilson is tackling probably the most crucial issue in politics and economics right now,” Terry said. “We’re on the cusp of an enormous transformation of economy and society which is brought on by digital innovation.”Wilson’s remarks considered how Du Bois would react and think about this new digital divide. Wilson set up a website, www.DigitalDubois.net several weeks before the series. On the site, Wilson posted four questions, including how the introduction of new communication technologies has affected the African-American community and what the impact has been on minority interaction with other communities.Benjamin Todd Jealous, CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, was among those who listed responses.“Du Bois was a communicator’s communicator,” Jealous wrote. “I have no doubt that Du Bois would use digital media and mobile technology to do what he did in his prime — reach out, inspire, unify and activate members of the black community and people of good conscience of all colors.”Michael Copps, a senior adviser for Common Cause, also contributed a post to the website.“Broadband is the essential infrastructure of the Twenty-first century,” Copps wrote. “This is a civil rights issue — perhaps the preeminent one confronting us right now, because the outcome of so many other great challenges resides on how we deal with this one. Du Bois would have recognized this … we should recognize it, too.”In his closing remarks before a lecture room filled with Harvard students and academics, Wilson said giving the lectures was not just a professional pleasure, but a personal one.Wilson’s grandfather graduated from Harvard in 1910 when Du Bois was still a student there. A picture of Wilson’s grandfather alongside Du Bois was displayed on screens during the event.[Correction: A previous version of this article stated Wilson’s grandfather gradated from Harvard in 1910 when Du Bois was a student there. Du Bois received a Ph.D. from Harvard in 1895.]“What I want to accomplish with these lectures is inspiring a rethinking of our political agenda on the topic,” Wilson said. “These issues are so important for the  future of America and for people of color to a transition of an information-based society. This is an issue much too important to be left up to economists and policy makers.”last_img read more