State judge’s ruling raises another hurdle for planned $9.4 billion Formosa Plastics plant in Louisiana

first_imgState judge’s ruling raises another hurdle for planned $9.4 billion Formosa Plastics plant in Louisiana FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Advocate:A state district judge sent critical air permits for a $9.4 billion Formosa Plastics complex back to state environmental regulators so they can take a closer look at the St. James Parish facility’s emissions impacts on Black residents living nearby.Nineteenth Judicial District Judge Trudy White issued the finding during a hearing Wednesday, telling the state Department of Environmental Quality to more properly evaluate the environmental justice questions surrounding the project, plaintiff’s attorneys said.White ruled two weeks after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced it would be suspending its wetlands permit for the facility along the Mississippi River to review its own analysis of alternative sites and failure to look at potential sites in neighboring Ascension Parish. Formosa officials said White’s ruling did not suspend the air permits in the interim, but her ruling does add another layer of uncertainty for a project that is expected to create 1,200 permanent jobs, tens of millions of dollars per year in state and local taxes, and millions more in spinoff benefits once built.Along with the Corps wetland permits and a local land use permit, the state air permits allow FG LA, the Formosa Plastics affiliate behind the project, to operate and help clear the path to significant construction investment. The Corps’ decision earlier this month had already halted major construction activities.Last year, a joint investigation by The Advocate, Times-Picayune and ProPublica using U.S. Environmental Protection Agency modeling data found Formosa and other new industrial proposals since 2015 posed an acute impact on predominantly poor and black river communities, though white communities hardly escape it either.Known as the Sunshine Project, the Formosa complex will produce the raw materials for a variety of plastics and has been permitted to emit more than 800 pounds of toxic pollutants, nearly 6,500 tons of criteria pollutants known to cause ground-level ozone and respiratory ailments, and more than 13.6 million tons of greenhouse gases annually, DEQ says.[David J. Mitchell]More: Judge delays crucial permit for Formosa plastics plant; requires deeper analysis of racial impactslast_img read more

DCC through to GCA/NBS final

first_imgDEMERARA Cricket Club (DCC) whipped Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) by 10 wickets in the semi-final game of the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA)/New Building Society Second Division 40 overs competition.By virtue of the victory, DCC have qualified for the final. They will face the winners in the other semi-final game between Transport Sports Club (TSC) and Everest Cricket Club, which is set for this weekend.For DCC, Sachin Singh and Sherfane Rutherford were their main driving forces.Batting first, GCC were bowled out for just 69 in 22 overs, with Martin Pestano Bell the primary scorer with 23, and Devon Lord 19.Rutherford was the pick of the bowlers for DCC, claiming three wickets during his spell, while Antonnel Atwell grabbed two wickets.In reply, DCC reached 70 without loss, with Singh scoring an unbeaten 43, with three fours and three sixes, while his partner Raymond Perez aided with 23.last_img read more

Semenya claims 3rd WC 800m title, Burundi’s Niyonsaba gets silver

first_imgKenya’s Obiri denies Ayana world doubleKenya’s Hellen Obiri claimed consolation for her Olympic silver last year winning the women’s 5,000 metres world title.The 27-year-old produced a devastating burst down the back straight to leave defending champion Almaz Ayana trailing and went on to win in a time of 14min 34.86sec.Ayana, who had won the 10,000m gold in what was her first race of the season, took silver for Ethiopia in 14:40.35 with the Netherlands Sifan Hassan finishing third in 14:42.73.Ayana had decided to inject some much-needed zip into the pace with nine laps to run and only Obiri was able to match her.The field was suddenly splintered with Hassan, also fom Ethiopia but who came to the Netherlands as a refugee aged 15, leading a group of five contesting the minor medal.Ayana was unable to burn off Obiri as she had done her rivals in the 10,000m — which she won by over 46sec — with the Kenyan content to let her 25-year-old rival do all the pace-setting.Her strategy paid off perfectly as heading into the final lap she moved up onto Ayana’s shoulder and then delivered her coup de grace.Gold for Kenya!Elijah Manangoi wins the 1500m at #IAAFworlds in 3:33.61!!— IAAF (@iaaforg) August 13, 2017Kenya’s Manangoi wins world 1500m goldKenya’s Elijah Motonei Manangoi upstaged favoured teammate Asbel Kiprop to win gold in the men’s 1500m.Manangoi clocked 3min 33.61sec, finishing 0.38sec ahead of compatriot Timothy Cheruiyot.Filip Ingebrigtsen of Norway claimed bronze in 3:34.53.Kiprop’s bid for a fourth world title went up in smoke as he could only manage ninthShare on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP |  South African Caster Semenya, dogged by gender accusations since shooting to fame in 2009, won a third world title in the women’s 800m on Sunday.Semenya, the defending Olympic champion and also world champion in 2009 and 2011, timed 1min 55.16sec, the fastest time of the year so far.Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba, the Olympic silver medallist and world indoor champion, finished second in 1:55.92, with American Ajee Wilson taking bronze (1:56.65).Wilson went out fast, with Niyonsaba on her coattails and Semenya happy to sit back in the pack. The South African was fifth going through the bell in a fast pace of 57.98sec.Wilson made a move with 250 metres to run, Kenya’s Olympic bronze medallist Margaret Wambui immediately falling off pace.Hitting the home straight, Wilson and Niyonsaba were neck and neck before Semenya moved smoothly outside the lead duo and motored through the line for a convincing victory.?? Caster Semenya wins the 800m gold ? in a world leading time of 1:55.16 #BeTheNext pic.twitter.com/7eCbWdSfek— IAAF World Champs (@IAAFWorldChamps) August 13, 2017Semenya is back in the spotlight following a study funded by the IAAF and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) that showed female athletes with naturally high levels of testosterone enjoy a competitive advantage of up to 4.5 percent over their rivals.The 26-year-old South African was one of a number of women taking medication to lower her testosterone level until 2015 when the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) suspended an IAAF rule that enforced a limit on naturally occurring levels.Semenya has studiously avoided the controversy, instead concentrating on her track performances and she won a bronze in the highly competitive 1500m on Monday in the opening race of her ambitious bid for a distance double.Semenya, who stands to be awarded the 2012 Olympic gold medal after Russian winner Mariya Savinova was disqualified for doping, now has to await further meetings between the IAAF and CAS to discover if she again has to take testosterone suppressing medication.Hellen Obiri kills it in the last lap and takes gold in the 5000m!The Kenyan wins in 14:34.87!#IAAFworlds pic.twitter.com/ED6Kcv33X7— IAAF (@iaaforg) August 13, 2017last_img read more

World No.1 Simona Halep fit and rested after ‘scary’ back injury

first_imgHalep has a bye in the first round at Sydney.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history “It was very scary because it was below the back, so it’s always dangerous. But I had treatment at home, I rested for about six weeks and I did nothing, just exercises for the back,” she told reporters ahead of the Sydney International this week.“I didn’t have pain while I was practising this period, off-season. So now I feel confident and it’s okay. But I need to see during the official match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I feel relaxed, I feel rested, I feel healthy with the back. But as I said, I didn’t play a match yet so I don’t know for sure how it’s going to be.”The early finish to 2018 was a disappointing end to a spectacular season, which saw the 27-year-old secure the year-end number one ranking for the second year running. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Cameron Johnson scores 15 points, No. 15 UNC tops Pitt Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:55Black Nazarene back in Quiapo Church in record time02:24To have zero injuries, DOH wants a total fireworks ban02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title She got off to a stellar start, reaching the Australian Open final and went on to win the Shenzhen Open, the Rogers Cup and her debut Grand Slam crown at Roland Garros.But it was also a year in which she split with Australian coach Darren Cahill, who is taking a break to spend time with his family.She is yet to replace him and doesn’t plan to do so for at least the next few months.“(Cahill) was a very big part of my career and I want to thank him for that. Together we won the Grand Slam that we always wished for,” she said.“It’s going to be tough. And it was tough, the off-season, without a coach, without Darren. But he decided this and I fully understood because family comes first always.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Simona Halep (R) of Romania gets medical treatment as she plays against Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia during their women’s singles third round match of the WTA Wuhan Open tennis tournament in Wuhan on September 25, 2018. (Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP)World number one Simona Halep Sunday admitted a back injury that ended her 2018 season early was “very scary”, but she has recovered and is feeling fit heading into the new season.The Romanian hasn’t played since withdrawing from the WTA Finals in Singapore in October with a herniated disc, and said she did nothing for six weeks to get over it.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

ISL: Jamshedpur keen to get back to winning ways (Preview)

first_imgJamshedpur, Nov 24 (IANS) Jamshedpur FC will look to arrest their slide when they square up against defending Indian Super League (ISL) champions Chennaiyin FC at the JRD Sports Complex here on Sunday.Although Jamshedpur are in the top half of the table, the hosts have only a mere two wins from eight matches, which is less than half of the teams placed above them.Coach Cesar Ferrando will take heart from the fact that they have lost just once, but the fact that they have drawn five games will give him a few headaches.Tim Cahill, who played his testimonial game for Australia this week, is back in contention for a start after missing out on the last match. Sergio Cidoncha, who scored three goals this season, is recuperating in Spain after picking a knee injury and Ferrando wants his team to not concern themselves too much about his absence. “Sergio is injured. We have lost him until January. He has suffered an ACL injury. It is a big blow for us. Sergio was definitely playing well but he is not here now. We have to continue playing and play well,” said Ferrando.Sumeet Passi has been in good form with two goals already from 334 minutes and will look to build upon his display against FC Pune City.Of the four games Jamshedpur are to play before the league enters its third break, three are in the comfort of their home soil. Chennaiyin FC, meanwhile, need to pick as many points as possible to move up the standings. They are placed ninth with just four points to show for their efforts from seven matches.Coach John Gregory will be pleased that skipper Mailson Alves returned to form in their last outing in Pune. He would want Jeje Lalpekhlua too to get back to his best as the Mizoram striker is yet to open his account.Anirudh Thapa and Germanpreet Singh put in a hardworking shift for India against Jordan and both were involved in the move leading to India’s consolation. The midfield duo will have to produce a similar display in Jamshedpur where they will be up against Mario Arques and Memo.Francis Fernandes’ deliveries from the right will be a cause of concern for the home side as they will look to not afford him space and time on the ball.”We come here probably not as strong as we were last season and Jamshedpur are probably more stronger. We are definitely not taking the match lightly,” said Gregory. Ferrando will want a reaction from his players after their defeat in Pune and Gregory would be keen to build on their win in Pune. An intriguing battle awaits in Jamshedpur.–IANSkk/vmadvertisementlast_img read more