After Keystone, a Reluctance to Finance Pipelines

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Zahra Hirji for InsideClimate News:Six months after the Obama administration rejected the Keystone XL pipeline, at least 20 other proposed energy projects—mines, pipelines, plants, related rail projects and export terminals—have been canceled, rejected or delayed, according to research compiled and mapped by InsideClimate News.Sustained grassroots resistance and public opposition have played a major role in at least some of these decisions; other influential factors include unfavorable economic conditions such as low oil prices, as well as governments’ environmental concerns and project siting issues.Proposed in 2008, the Keystone XL was slated to transport Canadian oil sands crude to Gulf Coast refineries. Federal regulators rejected the upper leg of the project, which ended in Nebraska, for its potential climate impact and minimal economic benefits—and activists hailed the decision as a victory for their years of action against the project.Since then, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rejected two project applications—for the Oregon-based Jordan Cove LNG project and Pacific Connector Pipeline—and delayed the decisions on two other facilities. For five of the projects, the bids or key permits were rejected by either a federal panel or state or local officials. Companies chose to cancel five other projects, including Arch Coal’s abandoning its planned Otter Creek coal mine in Montana and Kinder Morgan’s pulling the plug on its Northeast Energy Direct pipeline. The remaining facilities are delayed.According to Tom Sanzillo, director of finance for the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), what’s driving the coal decisions is straightforward: No one is willing to financially support these projects anymore.So far this year, the nation’s two top coal companies, Peabody Coal and Arch Coal, announced bankruptcy. “The bankruptcies have just rocked the industry,” said Sanzillo, who cited a roster of investors who are “walking away” from coal: bankers, equity markets, venture capitalists and hedge funds.For the oil and gas industries, it’s more complicated. According to Sanzillo, “there should be a concern that the utilities are building too many pipelines and the [regulators] should be concerned about how consumers pay for it.” Sanzillo co-authored a recent report detailing the risks of overbuilding pipelines in Appalachia.Full article: Wave of Fossil Fuel Project Cancellations Follow Keystone XL Rejection After Keystone, a Reluctance to Finance Pipelineslast_img read more

US, Colombian Armies Conclude Annual Staff Talks

first_imgBy Dialogo March 29, 2012 United States Army South and the Colombian Army concluded their third annual bilateral staff talks in Bogotá on March 22, and agreed to conduct 19 activities over the next 12 months. Army South, as the U.S. Army’s executive agent, conducts the bilateral talks with Colombia annually as a strategic forum to guide the armies’ interaction for the upcoming year. The agreed-to activities for 2012 include exchanges on humanitarian and disaster relief operations, and Colombian army participation in U.S. Southern Command sponsored exercises. Some activities may extend into 2013. “I think we have developed a robust plan for engagement and training opportunities with the Colombian army for the next year or so,” said Maj. Gen. Simeon G. Trombitas, commanding general of Army South and head of the U.S. delegation. “We are exploiting the expertise and capacity of both armies and I know we will both benefit from working together through the agreed to activities.” Through the staff talks the U.S. and Colombian armies formalize their cooperation and relationship ensuring that both grow and endure. “This third bilateral meeting was very important,” said Maj. Gen. Manuel Guzman, deputy commander and chief of staff of the Colombian Army. “Everyday our army becomes more professional and we have important work to do in 2012 such as building four joint task forces and revising our plans.” According to Guzman, the training and engagement opportunities agreed to in the talks will help the Colombian army to address current challenges as well as reach future goals. He credits the Colombian army’s current high level of professionalism, in part, to the years of training and advice from the U.S. Army. The relationship between the armies is more than just a professional military one, said Guzman. It is a relationship between friends and colleagues. “We are stronger because of that (relationship),” Guzman said. Prior to the final meeting in Bogotá, working groups with representatives from both armies developed proposed activities that were then approved during this week’s talks. “Our working groups met in person and through VTC before this executive meeting so that we could present a validated list of activities to the key leaders of the armies,” said Col. Jim K. Rose, Army South security cooperation division chief. “Working with our Colombian army counterparts has been outstanding throughout the whole process. Because we have such a strong and close relationship, we work very well together.” In addition to finalizing the agreed to activities for 2012, various subject matter experts presented briefings on subjects of interest to both delegations. The U.S. provided briefings on operational law, countering improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and development of the non-commissioned officer corps in the U.S. Army. The Colombian Army briefed on the Army’s operational plan for the next 24-48 months, Army modernization and transformation, and the role and function of the Army’s command sergeant major. This is the third round of staff talks conducted by Army South with the Colombian army. On behalf of the U.S. Army, Army South also conducts staff talks with El Salvador, Chile and Brazil. These staff talks were agreed to by the four countries through the diplomatic process and serve to enhance regional stability and security.last_img read more

Lawmakers discuss need for federal data security laws

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., emphasized the need for a federal law that addresses data breach, data privacy and ownership issues during a Senate Banking Committee hearing Thursday. Ahead of the hearing on data privacy rights and data valuation, NAFCU Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler urged the committee to consider a national standard for institutions that collect and store consumer information.Thaler also shared NAFCU’s belief that “there is a need for a uniform national consumer data privacy standard as opposed to a patchwork of standards stemming from different state data privacy laws,” and recommended that lawmakers  work collaboratively with other committees and task forces in the Senate to draft legislation that can advance and receive bipartisan support.During the hearing, Tillis discussed the potential for the United States to develop an international standard, and a number of other lawmakers asked questions related to the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).The substantive requirements of the GDPR, how they differ from existing U.S. mandates, and what credit unions are doing about it were outlined in an edition of the NAFCU Compliance Monitor published last summer. continue reading »last_img read more

Bundesliga: Can urges Dortmund to ‘win dirty’ after Leverkusen collapse

first_img Read Also: Serie A: Ronaldo nets as Verona stun Juventus in late comeback Dortmund head coach Lucien Favre could not hide his frustration. The Swiss broke off a post-match TV interview when asked about the table situation, “stop taking about it”. Leverkusen coach Peter Bosz enjoyed some sweet revenge over his former club having been sacked by Dortmund after just six months in charge in 2017. “I just told the boys they did really well and never gave up,” said the Dutchman, who recently signed a contract extension until June 2022. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Dortmund will finish the weekend six points behind Bayern Munich if the champions beat second-placed RB Leipzig at home on Sunday. “That hurts,” said Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc. “It’s very disappointing because we played well until the 80th minute. “We’re conceding too many goals, we’re not in a better position (in the league) and we have these (defensive) problems.” Norwegian forward Erling Braut Haaland, 19, drew a blank for the first time for Dortmund after scoring eight goals in his first four games. “When we take the lead, we have to be a little dirtier,” said the midfielder, who joined last month from Juventus. “That’s something the team has to learn, defensively we all have to be better together. “It was definitely a setback, but anything can still happen.” Dortmund were 3-2 up going into the final 10 minutes thanks to goals by Mats Hummels, Can and Raphael Guerreiro. However after Kevin Volland netted two first-half goals for Leverkusen, substitute Leon Bailey swept home to make it 3-3 on 81 minutes before playing a part in Lars Bender’s headed winner. There was just 82 seconds between Leverkusen’s final two goals as the Dortmund defence was caught napping. It was the first time new striker Erling Braut Haaland had failed to score for his new club after hitting eight goals in his first four games, and the teenage sensation cut a dejected figure as he trudged off. Promoted Content10 Extremely Dirty Seas In The World7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemPlus-Size Girls Who Set The Catwalk On Fire7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny9 Celebrities Who Look Older Than They Really Are7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World Loading… Emre Can says his new Borussia Dortmund teammates must learn to “win dirty” after leaking two late goals to lose 4-3 at Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday and lose ground in the Bundesliga title race. Can, who marked his first start for Dortmund with a stunning long-range goal, said they only had themselves to blame after conceding twice in the dying stages to stay third, three points behind leaders Bayern Munich. Dortmund midfielder Emre Can (second from right) can not hide his frustration at the 4-3 defeat by Leverkusen on Saturday.last_img read more

Bulldogs Golfers Post Wins Over Knights

first_imgThe Batesville Bulldogs Golf Teams were victorious against The South Dearborn Knights at The Hillcrest Golf & Country Club.Varsity Team Scores.Batesville 175    South Dearborn 243.Individual Scoring for Batesville.Jake Flaspohler 43; Ryan Harmeyer 43; Ross Harmeyer 44; Tristian Lamppert 45; Keegan Straub 45; and Billy Carroll 47.Medalist: Jake Flaspohler & Ryan Harmeyer (43)JV Results.Batesville 118     South Dearborn 124.Batesville Scoring.Christian Weberding 57 and Cole Mobley 61.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Ben Siefert.last_img

December 31, 2017 Police Blotter

first_imgDecember 31, 2017 Police Blotter123117 Batesville Police Blotter123117 Decatur Coiunty EMS Report123117 Decatur County Fire Report123117 Decatur County Jail Report123117 Decatur County Law Reportlast_img

Lady Pirates Come Up Short Against Lady Wildcats

first_imgLady Pirates fall to Franklin County 2-0.Again Greensburg could not find the back of the goal. Freshman Natalie Kalinoski led the team in shooting with four shots but that was no match to Wildcat’s 22 goal attempts. Keep Ella Lowe managed to keep the game a competition with help from Alaina Nobbe who had two non-keeper saves. While the Lady Pirates passing game showed some improvement from their last match it was not enough. This brings the Lady Pirates’ record to 1-7-3. The travel to Lawensburg Saturday (9/28) for a 3 p.m. game time.Courtesy of Pirates Coach Ryan Morlan.last_img

Rodgers demands focus

first_imgLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes the future of striker Luis Suarez will take care of itself as long as the focus remains on football. Managing director Ian Ayre flew to Barcelona this week to open preliminary talks about an improved contract for the Uruguay international, who has two and a half years remaining on his current deal. Suarez wants to play in the Champions League and with the Reds in second place in the table they are in a good position to deliver that this season. “I think it is part of nature that you mature and the ban hit him really hard last time,” he added. “He is a player every manager in the world would want in his team for his determination and quality. “But I’ve got to know him as a human being and I know a lot of things written and said about him couldn’t be further from the truth. “He is a really humble man, he just has this unique desire to win games and we see that week in, week out. “If you judge him on his football he is up there with the world’s best. “As a human being he’s had his difficult moments and we’ve had our difficult moments with him, but he is a great guy and is really coming to the fore in this period.” Suarez captained the side in Sunday’s 5-0 win at Tottenham in the absence of the injured Steven Gerrard and Rodgers believes that is a reflection of his standing within the squad. “I think it is maturity. He has really felt the love of the supporters because after the 10-game ban he found it difficult to cope,” he said. “He is a man who plays football for the love of the game and we see that every week. He is maturing, accepting the role and responsibility I’ve given him here. “He is not only a top player, he is one of the pillars of the group. We are a young side with an average age (that is) probably the lowest for a number of years and he has taken on that mantle in order to help and support those young players while having that x-factor to his game. “I just think he is in a good place, his family is in a good place and long may it continue.” Which is why Rodgers wants the emphasis to remain on the pitch ahead of a tough festive schedule which includes trips to top-four rivals Manchester City and Chelsea. “There is nothing to report on that,” he said when asked about Suarez’s contract. “Contractually, with any players, it is private so at the minute he is just focusing on his football. “We are just very much focused on our performance level, improving and improving players, and I think that will all take care of itself. I don’t think there is any rush at this moment in time. “Of course he is a player we want to keep here and build the team around in the coming years.” Suarez is the Barclays Premier League’s leading scorer with 17 this season, which is even more remarkable considering he missed the first five matches as his 10-game suspension for biting Branislav Ivanovic was carried over from the previous campaign. On Sunday he won the Football Supporters’ Federation player of the year, some achievement considering the abuse he has had from opposition supporters in the wake of the biting incident and prior to that a seven-match ban for racially-abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra as well as being accused of diving on occasions. Rodgers believes the 26-year-old has returned a better player and person. Press Associationlast_img read more

The Latest: AP source: Salary reductions for top NBA execs

first_imgThe Chicago White Sox and Bulls have teamed up to commit $200,000 to support the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund.The fund launched by the Chicago Community Trust along with the city and United Way supports nonprofit organizations and agencies providing services to the most vulnerable during the pandemic. That includes food and basic supplies and cash transfers as well as help with rent, mortgage and utilities.___Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says he has fully recovered from the coronavirus, two weeks after testing positive for COVID-19.Arteta, who turned 38 on Thursday, told the Arsenal website that he is ”completely fine” and that he only felt ill for a few days. Saints quarterback Drew Brees says he and his wife, Brittany, will donate $5 million to help Louisiana businesses and communities contend with challenges brought on by the rapid transmission of the coronavirus in the state.Brees, who posted his pledge on a social media account on Thursday, says the money will help several restaurants in which he has an ownership stake as well as a major hospital chain and charities like Second Harvest Food Bank to deliver about 10,000 meals per day to people in need.Brees says he hopes to fund the program “for as long as it takes to children on meal programs, seniors, and families in need,” adding, “Let’s all do our part, maintain hope, and get through this together.”The quarterback and his wife run the Brees Dream foundation, which has spent tens of millions helping to fund charitable endeavors in New Orleans and surrounding areas along the Gulf Coast. Most of those efforts have focused on improving learning and recreational opportunities for children as well as health and wellness for children and seniors.___ Associated Press The NCAA will distribute $225 million to its Division I members in June’.That total is $375 million less than had been budgeted this year because the coronavirus outbreak forced the cancellation of the men’s basketball tournament. The NCAA says $50 million of the payout will come from its reserve fund. A $270 million event cancellation insurance policy will be used to pay off a line credit that will cover the remaining distribution.___The Green Bay Packers have extended the closure of Lambeau Field through at least April 24 to help minimize the spread of the coronavirus after Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers issued a “safer at home” order through that date. ___LeBron James has different handshake rituals with all his teammates. It’s common for him to remember them and keep using them for years, even when those teammates become opponents later after they go through trades or free agency.Those days, he says, are gone now.The Los Angeles Lakers star appeared on the latest “Road Trippin’” podcast with former teammates Richard Jefferson, Channing Frye and Lakers broadcaster Allie Clifton and insisted his handshake days are over, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.“I ain’t high-fivin’ nobody for the rest of my life after this,” James said. That, Fauci said, is when “we can start thinking about getting back to some degree of normality.”Obama added his thoughts by posting in the comment section during the talk, saying “Listen to the science. Do your part and take care of each other. Thank you, Steph and Dr. Fauci.”___Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby says it is unlikely that there will be any more spring football practices, and that considerations will be made for what teams will be able to do after the coronavirus pandemic, whether that comes in May, June or even later. Among the possibilities could be minicamps or maybe non-mandatory captains’ practices. “I just wanted to drop in and say hello to all the fellow communications students there,” Manning said. “I realize this is a unique time and probably not the ideal way you guys expected to spend your senior year, but I just encourage you to keep a positive attitude, keep working like you’re doing and try to take advantage of a little bit of the extra time that you have to accomplish something else or help out somebody in need – a lot of people (are) hurting out there during this time – be thankful for what you have and just know the University of Tennessee is proud of you and is going to support you every way (it) can and Dr. Haas and his department is going to do the same thing.”The University of Tennessee tweeted out Manning’s video appearance. The video also showed some students saying, “Thank you, Mr. Manning,” after the retired quarterback finished speaking.___The NFL has released a public service announcement in conjunction with an announcement of a donation of more than $35 million in COVID-19 relief aid. The PSA is narrated by Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez. It features more than 50 current or former players and New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton, who has tested positive for COVID-19. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Top NBA executives are having their base salaries reduced by 20% for the foreseeable future, a person with knowledge of the details said. March 26, 2020 “This is a new day, and I think it’s going to have to be almost entirely dictated by the circumstances, once those circumstances are known,” Bowlsby said Thursday. “We have a lot of kids that are home right now and they’re not getting regular workouts like they would get in school.”While way too early to project how things will play out into the scheduled start of football season, Bowlsby said: “It’s hard to imagine looking up into a grandstand and seeing people sitting six feet apart,” or having no fans at all there.___The NFL’s Arizona Cardinals are helping organize a blood drive on March 31 at State Farm Stadium because of a local shortage.The team — which is partnering with Dignity Health and Cigna — says nearly 200 Arizona blood drives have been canceled since March 19 because of the coronavirus pandemic and that local supply has reached “critically low levels.” ___Arizona Cardinals All-Pro linebacker Chandler Jones is donating 150,000 meals to food banks in Arizona and his hometown of Endicott, New York, to help families dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.Jones said in a statement that “these are really tough times and it is important for me to do my part and help out both here in Arizona and back at home in New York. There are a lot of people in need and everything we can do as a community makes a difference.”Jones set a Cardinals franchise record with 19 sacks last season.___ The Indianapolis 500 scheduled for May 24 has been postponed until August because of the coronavirus pandemic and won’t run on Memorial Day weekend for the first time since 1946. The race will instead be held Aug. 23. It was an inevitable decision but still had to be difficult for Roger Penske, who completed his purchase of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar in January and has already pumped millions into capital improvements to ready the historic venue for its first 500 under new ownership. IndyCar was supposed to resume racing May 9 on the road course at Indianapolis. That race will now be run on July 4, a day before NASCAR races at The Brickyard.center_img The team says the size of the stadium and the event’s layout will ensure that social distancing guidelines are met. Those who participate must register online in advance.___The Colorado Avalanche say one of their players has recovered after testing positive for the COVID-19 virus. The player was at home in isolation since the symptoms first appeared.The team says anyone who had known close contact with the player has been notified.In a statement, the organization adds it will “continue to work in conjunction with our medical staff and public health officials to do everything we can to help the Avalanche community remain safe and healthy during this time.” The reductions affect the roughly 100 highest-earning executives, as the NBA joins the NHL and NASCAR in cutting salaries while competitions are on hold because of the coronavirus.The cuts are effective immediately and affect NBA employees both inside the league headquarters in New York and in global offices, the person told The Associated Press. The person was granted anonymity because the reductions were not announced publicly.Health benefits remain unaffected and there are no changes for the rest of the organization, including support and administrative staff.The NBA suspended its season on March 11 when Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz became the first player to test positive. The league is still discussing scenarios for resuming play once allowed.—AP Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney reported. Packers officials said the closure would continue until that order expires or until a superseding order is issued.This closure also applies to the Packers’ pro shop and the Packers Hall of Fame as well as any team-run public activities in Titletown, a complex of shops and restaurants near the stadium.Packers officials said Lambeau Field and Titletown will only have essential personnel in place for non-public operations of the facilities. Most of the other Packers personnel will continue to work remotely as duties permit.The Packers had announced March 13 they were closing their businesses to the public for two weeks. This move continues those closures.___ He said “it was a normal virus for me. I had three or four days which were a little bit difficult, with a bit of a temperature and a dry cough, and some discomfort in my chest.”Arteta became the first Premier League figure to test positive for the coronavirus on March 12. The league was then suspended the next day.The Spaniard said his wife and nanny also contracted COVID-19, but his three children did not.He said ”we are all completely fine now.”___ Handshakes, medical officials have said, are one of the ways the virus can be spread from person to person. So even when the NBA returns, James believes that some tenets of social distancing will remain in place on the court.“No more high-fivin’ after this corona (stuff). Nope,” James said. “Wait until y’all see me and my teammates’ handshakes after this (stuff).”___Five-time NFL MVP and former University of Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning dropped in on one of his alma mater’s online classes to boost the spirits of students having to finish their coursework virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic.Tennessee communications professor John Haas was conducting an online class when Manning’s face suddenly appeared on the screen. The San Diego Padres planned to play “God Bless America” at empty Petco Park at 1:10 p.m. PT Thursday, which would have been the scheduled time for first pitch of their opening day game against the Colorado Rockies.With the season delayed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Padres planned to play the song “as a symbol of solidarity with our resilient country and all of you during this time of crisis,” the team said in a social media posting.The Padres also said they would partner with Phil’s BBQ, a local chain with a concession stand at Petco Park, to provide lunch for UCSD Healthcare and San Diego Blood Bank employees and volunteers.Some Padres players have been using Petco Park for workouts since Monday. They are limited to small groups and must follow social distancing guidelines.___ All 32 franchises are represented in the video. Each player used his phone to film messages, asking viewers to stay home to help limit the spread of the new coronavirus across the country. They provide examples of what they’re doing at home, from gardening to staging impromptu dance contests.___D.J. Augustin became the latest Orlando Magic player to try to help those affected by the coronavirus, donating to an effort to get food to health-care workers on the front line fighting the pandemic.Augustin donated to Krewe of Red Beans in his hometown of New Orleans. The organization brings food from restaurants in the city to those health care professionals.Augustin’s family was forced from their home while he was in high school due to Hurricane Katrina, which ravaged New Orleans. Also Thursday, Magic forward Aaron Gordon — who has already made a donation to help homeless children in Central Florida — announced a separate donation to help kids in his native Bay Area of California. Gordon announced he was donating to a group called My New Red Shoes, which provides well-fitted shoes and clean clothing to children in need.___Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors held a half-hour talk on Instagram to discuss all things related to the coronavirus with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.More than 50,000 viewers were logged in for much of the talk — among them, former President Barack Obama, a very big basketball fan.Curry asked Fauci when it might be time to start thinking about sports again. Fauci told Curry “when the country as a whole has turned that corner,” and the curve that shows how the virus is still spreading nationally starts coming down. The Latest: AP source: Salary reductions for top NBA execs ___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Storify: Syracuse community reacts to Andrew White transferring to SU

first_img[View the story “Storify: Syracuse Community Reacts to Andrew White Transferring to SU” on Storify] Comments Published on August 28, 2016 at 7:45 pm Contact Byron: Related Stories Poll: How many wins do you think Syracuse will reach this seasoncenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img