Rush to drill on public land is opposite of ‘America First’

first_imgWe should not be surprised by the Trump administration’s frenzied effort to turn over our public lands and offshore waters to oil and gas drilling.Throughout his campaign, Trump pandered to major energy-sector executives and donors, promising deregulation, and made lofty promises to energy-sector workers, particularly those in coal country, about jobs.To make a show out of living up to those promises, what better place to start than by loosening constraints on lands that the administration controls?Never mind that it’s our heritage and gift to future generations that Trump and Zinke are messing with. Never mind that there’s a difference between carefully considered deregulation and heedless abandonment of environmental obligations.At this rate, the next president who values public lands will have to do a do-over of recent history, rolling back a rollback of reforms meant to put public lands — a vital part of our American heritage — first.David J. Hayes is executive director of NYU School of Law’s State Energy & Environmental Impact Center. He was the deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior for Presidents Clinton and Obama.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census While I waited in the confirmation penalty box, I began working with career officials across agencies to understand how the Bureau of Land Management (a part of the Department of the Interior) was making its leasing decisions.It was not a pretty picture.We learned that the Bush administration had engaged in a long process to update BLM resource management plans for Utah.But, in the end, it simply threw open virtually the entire expanse of BLM lands for oil and gas drilling, giving BLM land managers little or no guidance on how to weigh oil and gas drilling requests against opponents’ concerns about the impact of drilling on the visitor experience for the millions of visitors to national parks or the recreationists using adjacent BLM lands in the Moab area. It was a debacle.Our examination confirmed that many of the parcels were offered for drilling sight-unseen, and on the doorstep of sensitive landscapes including Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Dinosaur National Monument and cultural-artifact-rich Nine Mile Canyon.Common-sense reforms undertaken during the Obama years returned balance to the public lands leasing process.For key areas like Moab, where there were strong, conflicting views regarding the appropriateness of elevating oil and gas drilling over competing uses, local, state, tribal and federal officials helped assemble Master Leasing Categories: Editorial, OpinionOn their way out the door, officials in President George W. Bush’s Interior Department made a last-minute grant of 77 oil and gas leases near Arches National Park and other sensitive landscapes in Utah. At a time when the “drill, baby, drill” mantra was overwhelming rational consideration of competing needs and uses of our public lands, including recreational, wildlife and conservation interests, it was a parting gift to sate the seemingly never-ending appetite of some oil and gas operators and their political supporters to profit from (over)use of public lands.Upon taking office, President Barack Obama’s interior secretary, Ken Salazar, canceled those ill-considered leases.He was wisely asserting his mandate to oversee a balanced use of public lands that enables energy development to proceed in the right way, and in the right places, while also heeding the needs and interests of wildlife, hunters and anglers, birdwatchers, hikers and outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds — not to mention the broader interest and responsibility to preserve our magnificent landscapes for the benefit of future generations.It started with BushPresident Donald Trump’s administration is repeating history by willingly, and needlessly, returning to a fossil fuel-is-king approach that does the exact opposite of putting America first when it comes to using public lands.I saw firsthand how far the Bush administration and its allies would go in their “headlong rush” to open more public lands to drilling.Angered by Salazar’s actions, Sen. Robert Bennett, R-Utah, delayed my nomination as deputy secretary for four months in retaliation.center_img Plans to guide BLM decision-making.In addition, for all BLM lands, preleasing decision-making processes were strengthened and clarified to include site visits, multidisciplinary team reviews, and opportunities for public input.The current administration, though, just ditched Master Leasing Plans, doing away with this eminently sensible process.It nixed preleasing site visits, and multidisciplinary team reviews, too. It cut the leasing process to a lightning-quick 60 days. Public input? No, thanks.Jettisoning these reforms is a manifestation of the targeting of our public lands and offshore waters to accomplish Trump’s goal of “energy dominance” — part of a new lexicon that would puzzle any true Theodore Roosevelt disciple, particularly given his admonition that:“The time has come to inquire seriously what will happen when our forests are gone, when the coal, the iron, the oil, and the gas are exhausted, when the soils shall have been still further impoverished and washed into the streams, polluting the rivers, denuding the fields, and obstructing navigation.”Concerns being ignored Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and his team are consciously and aggressively casting aside a long list of environmental, health and safety protections for valued public lands, as well as rules that protect taxpayers from being fleeced by energy companies:They’re repealing oil and gas operator requirements for fracking; rolling back rules that restrict wasteful venting and flaring of unwanted gas; and axing reforms requiring coal, oil and gas companies to pay royalties at an appropriate level.He’s also quashed, midstream, a federal coal program review that already had identified serious improprieties.It gets worse: The administration is pushing for increased Atlantic and Pacific offshore drilling, despite strong opposition from several coastal states.In the Arctic, the administration is eager to begin drilling in the iconic Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and in the equally pristine western Arctic.In the Lower 48, Zinke is moving back toward drilling in a sensitive sage grouse habitat and culturally important lands near Chaco Canyon in New Mexico.The tragic irony is that it is more the administration than the oil and gas industry demanding this plunder.last_img read more

Retail – Big centres continue to dominate

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Viral content: Tokyo governor’s distancing call is online hit

first_imgTopics : Governor Yuriko Koike has spearheaded calls for Tokyo to take a rising number of infections more seriously, pushing for the state of emergency the government has now declared nationwide.In near-daily messages to the capital’s residents, she has warned people to avoid areas where they may come into close contact with others.Since then, the word “mitsu”, which indicates confined, crowded and close in Japanese, has been trending online.The video of the game, posted by its creator, was retweeted more than 88,000 times and liked 204,000 times within just a few hours. Koike’s social distancing messages have also been remixed by another Twitter user, with “it’s mitsu” in Japanese looped against a club beat as the governor’s image floats in the background.The governor has also become the star of manga art, with one cartoon depicting a mask-wearing Koike as having the magic power of being able to create two meters of distance between people, simply by whispering “mitsu”.Japan’s outbreak remains less severe than in hard-hit European countries, but its caseload is one of Asia’s highest after China and India, and is roughly on par with South Korea.There have been 171 deaths recorded so far and more than 10,700 cases.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has urged residents to reduce contact with other people by 70 to 80 percent, and the number of people on Tokyo’s normally packed transport system has dropped significantly.But the measures do not prevent people from going out, and many shops and even restaurants remain open.center_img Manga, music and even video games: Calls from Tokyo’s governor for residents to practice social distancing to stem the spread of coronavirus have inspired a slew of viral online tributes.On Twitter, a clip from a game in which players roam around town finding and breaking up gatherings was shared tens of thousands of times after being posted on Monday.A suit-clad female politician can be seen running — or flying — towards groups of people and bouncing them apart with a wave of her hand.last_img read more

Companies still hiring now looking ahead to post-epidemic recovery: Mekari survey

first_img“Technology will play an integral role in the post-pandemic ‘new normal’. There is an increasing demand for technologies that can help companies implement working from home, [systems],” he said.The hiring freeze and reduction have made it difficult for fresh university graduates to find jobs. Statistics Indonesia (BPS) shows that around 737,000 of the country’s 13 million university graduates were unemployed in August, 2019, or 5.67 percent. This is still higher than the country’s overall unemployment rate of 5.28 percent during the same period.The Manpower Ministry’s data revealed that around 1.7 million formal and informal workers had lost their jobs by May 1. In the formal sector, 375,165 workers were categorized as Pemutusan Hubungan Kerja (PHK), or termination of employment, while more than 1 million workers were “pekerja dirumahkan” (on unpaid leave).The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) presents a stark contrast, estimating that at least 6 million workers had lost their jobs due to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 epidemic.Some start-ups have also reduced hiring and placed employees on unpaid leave to stay afloat during the outbreak. Others, like Airy Rooms, have permanently shuttered their businesses.Country director Steve Sutanto of Glints Indonesia, a career development platform and graduate recruitment network, said earlier that businesses had become more prudent in hiring new talent. He also noted that the retail, travel, aviation and food and beverage industries were among the most affected.A separate survey by the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) and SurveySensum found that 58 percent of Indonesian businesses had cut their recruitment budgets. The figure is slightly lower than the average 61 percent of businesses in India, Singapore and Vietnam that had imposed recruitment budget cuts.The survey also showed that businesses in Singapore had taken the most aggressive approach to cutting recruitment budgets, followed by Indian and Indonesian businesses.“Over time, there has been more pessimism as people worried about the security of their jobs, incomes and finances, which has resulted in consumers reducing their spending as well,” said SurveySensum CEO Rajiv Lamba.Lamba also noted that 89 percent of transportation companies and 76 percent of financial services companies surveyed in the four countries said they had cut their hiring budgets.Meanwhile, the e-commerce and the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sectors had the lowest percentage of businesses reporting recruitment budget cuts, he said. The two sectors were only moderately affected and both have optimism that they can bounce back rapidly post-COVID-19.Reuters reported that FMCG manufacturer Unilever, whose products include personal care items like soap and shampoo, confirmed in April that it was hiring to fill 300 global jobs, but without elaborating further.The International Labor Organization has warned that 1.6 billion workers, or nearly half of the global workforce, could lose their livelihoods, especially in the informal economy.Topics : It also found that 64 percent of the surveyed companies had reduced their recruitment target from seven new hires per month to just two on average.At the same time, the data showed that 25 percent of the surveyed companies continued to hire until the work from home (WFH) policy was issued, while 11 percent of the companies maintained the same recruitment rate before and after the WFH was implemented.“There are still companies that are hiring employees, even though the numbers are not large,” Mekari vice president marketing Standie Nagadi said on Thursday. “This is one of the strategic steps the companies have taken so that when the pandemic ends, they can bounce back faster,” he said.Standie said that the survey data was aggregated and anonymous, and that Mekari was not given access to clients’ internal data to identify the business sectors that were still hiring during the epidemic. While most businesses have been forced to downsize and have halted recruiting new staff, a recent survey has found that some companies are continuing to hire new employees as part of their strategy for faster recovery after the health crisis ends.A recently published month-long survey by Mekari, a human resource and financial solutions start-up, shows that most Indonesian companies have either frozen or reduced hiring during the COVID-19 epidemic.Talenta, Mekari’s human resource information system (HRIS), collected data on 558 companies that were still recruiting before social distancing was implemented in early March. Of these, only 410 were still hiring between March 13 and April 13.last_img read more

Kea Trader’s Stern Partially Submerged in Cyclone Aftermath

first_imgThe split hull of Lomar Shipping’s ill-fated Kea Trader has gotten further into trouble following the passage of a cyclone near New Caledonia in the South Pacific.Based on the latest imagery released by the French High Commission in New Caledonia, the latest round of bad weather has pushed two hull pieces further apart and the stern section of the hull has been submerged deeper into the water.The commission said that the operations have resumed on the Durand Reef. According to the initial findings, there have been no signs of pollution near the wreck.“Overflights following the passage of cyclone Gita did not detect any traces of pollution,” the commission added.As informed, measures taken before the cyclone limited the cyclone’s impact on the vessel, and the hull movements were minimal.Tugs have returned to the site and helicopters are flying over the reef on a daily basis to ensure the absence of floating debris.The latest developments are being reported in anticipation of the announcement of the tender winner for the removal of broken up containership from a rock reef in the south Pacific, where it has spent the last eight months.A tender winner is expected to be named within the next few weeks, following the completion of contractual negotiations.Based on the salvage plan, the hull sections will be lifted and then removed intact from the reef to protect the marine environment.Ardent has led recovery work on the Kea Trader since its grounding last July, initially removing heavy fuel oil and other pollutants, before extracting all but 96 of the 756 containers and 26 flat-racks that were originally on board.The 2,194-TEU containership ran aground six months after its delivery from Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard in China.World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: Haut-Commissariat de la République en Nouvelle-Calédonielast_img read more

Looking back at a successful edition of the Maritime & Offshore Career Event

first_imgDate of MOCE2019 announced this summerThis summer the date for the thirteenth edition is announced. More information can be found at www.MOCE.biz. Getting to know companiesNo only on the exhibition floor and at the terrace of Community Square, visitors were triggered about career opportunities in the industry, this also took place during case studies and company presentations. Energetic interactions at Community SquareLed by energetic Jan Versteegh, known from the TV show “Wie is de Mol?”, professionals and visitors discussed various topics at Community Square. Subjects such as maritime gamechangers, opportunities for starters within the energy transition, the possibilities at the North Sea and the rapidly growing Offshore Wind industry were discussed during the different ON-AIR Talkshows. Source: Navingo “The people in the Dutch maritime, offshore and energy sector are entrepreneurial, innovative and are courageous. There should be more of them.” With these words, the twelfth edition of the Maritime & Offshore Career Event (MOCE) 2018 was officially opened on March 28.Students, starters and (young) professionals from Holland and abroad visited more than 100 companies from the maritime, offshore and energy sector at WTC Rotterdam.Companies presented themselves on the exhibition floor, through case studies and during talk shows. The after movie of MOCE2018 can be found on www.MOCE.biz Presenting yourself face-to-faceNever before has the diversity of partners been higher. With companies such as TenneT, Boskalis, MHI Vestas, Van Oord, Allseas, Pon Power and an inland shipping pavilion, a variety of sectors was presented on the exhibition floor. An excellent chance to speak to these companies in an informal way. ”Meeting your potential employer face-to-face really has added value. In comparison to applying online you can really present yourself here and leave an impression,” says one of the visitors. Hundreds of CV’s checkedThe MaritiemeVacaturebank.nl Cube was once again a well visited place on the exhibition floor. Hundreds of CV’s were checked and visitors were given advice on how to leave an impression at the companies present. Students with questions about traineeships visited the Internship Desk.Also, in the Experience Zone visitors discovered the professions of the future where man and robot work together, and they could see the creation on an artwork reflecting the event.last_img read more

Hazard set for Real Madrid return against Eibar

first_imgReal Madrid star Eden Hazard is in line to start his first Los Blancos game since suffering a serious ankle injury in February. Loading… The Belgian international has endured an injury disrupted first season in Spain, with two separate problems restricting him to just nine La Liga starts in 2019-20. However, the three month suspension of Spanish football has allowed his rehabilitation period to be accelerated, and he is now fully fit for the vital end of season run in.Advertisement Promoted Content7 Things That Actually Ruin Your PhoneThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsThe Best Cars Of All TimeYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeMeet The Happiest Shiba Inu On Instagram!Fascinating Ceilings From Different CountriesThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Of The Best Places Around The World To Go Stargazing14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Nowcenter_img According to the front page of Saturday’s edition of Marca, Zinedine Zidane will throw the former Chelsea star straight into the starting line up, alongside Karim Benzema and Isco at home to Eibar. Read Also: Ronaldo, Messi slammed by Italy legend Inzaghi Zidane’s side are aiming to overhaul arch rivals Barcelona in the La Liga title race, with Quique Setien’s side currently enjoying a two point lead at the top of the table. Real Madrid have a challenging set of fixtures still to come, with games against Valencia, Real Sociedad and Getafe in the next month. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Weekend Area Basketball Scores

first_imgShawe Memorial Tournament Washington Catholic28Rock Creek Academy26 Rising Sun55Salem46 Girls GamesBedford North Lawrence  60     East Central  55Brownsburg  56    Greensburg  50Union County  51     South Dearborn  28Rushville  66    Seymour  42Waldron  65     Shelbyville  51 South Dearborn66Holy Cross (Ky.)65 Southwestern (Shelbyville)47Hagerstown42 North Decatur Tournament Weekend Area Basketball ScoresSaturday  (1-4)Boys GamesWhiteland  62     Batesville  58Triton Central  72     Milan  67Greensburg  65     Columbus East  49Union County  47     Randolph Southern  37Shawe Memorial  67      Indy School for the Deaf  41 Southwestern Tournament Jac-Cen-Del40Hagerstown27 Hauser40Indianapolis Lutheran39 Lawrenceburg55Southwestern (Ky.)52 Shawe Memorial43Rock Creek Academy10 Toledo Stritch (Ohio)69Lawrenceburg49 Speedway72Irvington Prep Academy18 Corydon Central60Edinburgh57 Wapahani45North Decatur35 Jac-Cen-Del62South Decatur41 South Ripley Tournament Indiana Deaf43Rising Sun35 North Decatur63Southern Wells32 Switzerland County50Connersville37 Speedway52Indiana Deaf46 Rising Sun53Irvington Prep Academy14 Wapahani Tournament Charlestown46Switzerland County31 South Decatur50Indianapolis Lutheran32 Hagerstown45Indianapolis Lutheran24 Corydon Central52Southwestern (Shelbyville)43 North Decatur53Rising Sun38 Lawrenceburg52Connersville15 Lawrenceburg44Scottsburg36 Edinburgh Tournament Speedway Tournament Yorktown59Salem46 South Ripley58Shelbyville49 Anderson Prep Academy48Washington Catholic28 Edinburgh74South Decatur45 Southwestern (Hanover)54Switzerland County48 Friday  (1-3)Boys GamesFranklin County  63     Oldenburg  51Greensburg  94     Hauser  49Shenandoah  77      Rushville  45Waldron  56     Knightstown  48Morristown  65     Union County  53Covington Tourney Charlestown48Southwestern (Hanover)32 Indianapolis Chatard65South Ripley57 Southwestern (Shelbyville)62Hauser37 Girls ScoresFranklin County  34     Oldenburg  33Union County  47      Morristown  36 Edinburgh Tournament Edinburgh73Hauser51 Indianapolis Chatard72Rock Creek Academy43 Southwestern Tournament Shelbyville54Rock Creek Academy42 Southern Wells37Centerville34 Yorktown64North Decatur55 Corydon Central59Jac-Cen-Del53 Lawrenceburg28Charlestown20 Shawe Memorial50Anderson Prep Academy49 Scottsburg55Southwestern (Hanover)35 Wapahani70Centerville24 South Dearborn59Newport (Ky.)56 Covington (Ky.) Tournament Scottsburg68Connersville16last_img read more

Rodgers: Van Gaal right for United

first_img Press Association Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has experienced the harsh realities of his philosophies being called into question but unlike some critics he has no doubt about the credentials of Louis van Gaal to get things right at Manchester United. That loss against United was the last in a run of eight matches which brought just eight points and left Liverpool in 10th place, seven points off fourth. However, after taking 33 points from a possible 39 they are just two points behind United, who occupy the final Champions League spot, and only four adrift of second-placed Manchester City before the weekend and they have the air of a team finishing the season strongly. United, by contrast, are still failing to impress in Van Gaal’s first season in charge despite their league position with many questioning whether he actually knows what his best side is and whether he is getting the best out of the talent he has at his disposal. But Rodgers believes that should not reflect badly on the Dutchman. “I don’t think there is any convincing (required). He has shown over his career that he is a top-class manager,” he said. “He will have seen, coming into this country for the first time, the challenges of this football – it is why it is the most competitive league in the world. “The Premier League is different from the leagues he will have worked in before but I don’t think you can argue with his credentials. “There is no question about the philosophies he has put in place at Ajax or Barcelona or his achievements and when he leaves Manchester United he will still be one of the great managers.” When the pair last met back in December at Old Trafford United won 3-0, a result which bizarrely actually had more of an effect on the beaten visitors. They have not lost in the Premier League since and, ahead of the clash at Anfield on Sunday, the perception of Liverpool – and Rodgers – has changed completely. Rodgers found himself under similar scrutiny after Liverpool’s poor first half of the season but things have turned around and he is flavour of the month once again. He admits August to December was a tough period for him, when his methods were being called into question, but believes he has come out the other side stronger for it. “I’ve said to coaches and players that when the criticism comes, deserved or undeserved, you won’t like it but you have to accept it as it is part of the game,” he added. “As a manager you have to take the circumstance of where you are at. That won’t fit with results but it is quite easy, you have to stay focused. “You have to have an inherent belief of how you work and when it is scrutinised and ridiculed you go back to that platform of why and how you work. “You know you are going to get it at some stage and in your career it is important you come out the other side. “I am early in my career as a manager but that period benefited me. “It is the challenges of being a manager at any level, you are scrutinised but you have to stay calm and believe in your qualities as a coach and manager.” Liverpool are the top-flight’s form team at the moment but Rodgers will not be taking United for granted, whatever the critics say about their performances this season. “They have a lot of talent and made a lot of investment in world-class players in the summer and they have an outstanding manager,” he said. “They have been up there all season and will want to stay there so we have to stay on the chase but I don’t worry about them ‘clicking’. “It is an important game. These games in particular are always great spectacles and the rivalry is historic. “It is at Anfield against a big rival and we want to win the game. I don’t think the result will have an overriding factor (on the race for the top four) because there are a number of games to go but psychologically it can give you a great boost.” last_img read more

MultiChoice Launches IAAF World Championship Pop-Up Channel on GOtv

first_imgGOtv Max subscribers will join in on the 17th edition of the athletics action when the 2019 IAAF World Championships is held at Khalifa International Stadium aka National Stadium in Doha, Qatar.The IAAF World Championship Pop Up Channel will be made available to GOtv Max customers from today, 26th September till Tuesday, 8th October 2019 on channel 37.A statement from GOtv wednesday said its Max subscribers can get the privilege of watching one of Africa’s leading athletics nation, Ethiopia, who will be dispatching a squad of 37 to Doha, Qatar. Muktar Edris will be present to defend and secure his 5000m title, whilst Almaz Ayana will aim to attain her 10,000m title. The winner of the 3000m steeplechase at the IAAF Diamond League final in Brussels, Getnet Wale, will also feature on the team.“The pop-up channel will also provide subscribers with access to view world leaders such as Samuel Tefera, Selemon Barega, Telahun Haile, Hagos Gebrhiwet and Letesenbet Gidey. Yomif Kejelcha and Genzebe Dibaba who are world record-holders will also be attending.“The IAAF World Championship Pop Up channel will be available from Thursday, 26th September till Tuesday, 8th October 2019 on GOtv channel 37.“Subscribers can take advantage of the #GOtvStepUp offer to upgrade or renew on GOtv Max package by paying a reduced fee of N2,600. The offer runs till 31st October, 2019,” concludes the statement.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more