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

Spelinspektionen warns Swedish players of red lines on self exclusion

first_img StumbleUpon Sweden’s new gambling regulatory authority Spelinspektionen has issued a stern warning to new online incumbents, stating that licences will be withdrawn if self-exclusion standards/policies are not met.The Swedish regulator, which revamped its operational set-up in 2018, has stated that it will simply not tolerate operators’ disregarding ( translation – ‘game-break’) provisions, made mandatory under Sweden’s new online gambling licensing framework.Launching Sweden’s re-regulated online gambling marketplace on 1 January 2019, Spelinspektionen was left embarrassed as news sources reported that a tenth of new online incumbents had failed to indicate self-exclusion provisions.Issuing an immediate response, Spelinspektionen governance states that it is monitoring all new incumbents closely, demanding that they comprehensively reference, or face record penalties, suspensions, including potential license terminations.Entering a critical 2019 for all Swedish gambling stakeholders, Spelinspektionen states that self-exclusion violations will be treated as a red-line in its regulatory capacity.Led by Director General Camilla Rosenberg, Spelinspektionen (formerly Lotteriinspektionen) has moved to expand its operational capacity, employing a further 50 full-time employees dedicated to monitoring Sweden’s new gambling marketplace.In November 2018, Katarina Abrahamsson Spelinspektionen Integrity & Legal Officer delivered a media presentation outlining the internal and external changes the regulatory body would undertake in 2019, restructuring Swedish gaming entirely for online and land-based verticals. Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Submit Global Gaming adds sportsbook extension to Ninja property August 25, 2020 Soft2Bet continues new market drive with Irokobet launch August 26, 2020 Related Articles Share Sharelast_img read more

Golf Business International joins England Golf partners’ network

first_imgA new partnership between England Golf and the consultancy organisation Golf Business International will give clubs access to a wide range of specialist knowledge and expertise.Golf Business International is the latest organisation to join England Golf’s network of Preferred Partners. Its 35 members together have over 400 years’ experience across all areas of golf business and can provide clubs with valuable advice and practical help.England Golf’s 35 Club Support Officers will highlight these specialist support services to 1900+ affiliated clubs.The new partnership adds more value to England Golf’s support package for clubs, helping them to run successful businesses by providing the golfing and social experience their customers want.Abbie Lench, England Golf’s Head of Club Support, said: “We are delighted to welcome Golf Business International and to strengthen our service to clubs. This access to the knowledge and experience of industry experts will be invaluable in helping them to develop and grow their business.”Golf Business International chairman, Howard Swan, commented: “For us to enter into such an agreement with England Golf and be able to offer clubs our wide range of specialist consulting services is a great step forward.“It gives us a wonderful opportunity to work for the members to increase their business opportunities in the national golf market. It is my hope this agreement may prove to be the forerunner of similar agreements with the other three domestic national bodies, leading our members to help their clubs through their respective support programmes.“An important part of the initiative will be to link closely with the regions of England Golf to provide education and training through seminars and workshops.”Golf Business International was originally formed in 1999 as the Golf Consultants Association and rebranded in 2017. It specialises in making available teams of highly respected and experienced golf industry professionals to deal with any aspect of the business of golf, from conception to end.  25 Jan 2018 Golf Business International joins England Golf partners’ network England Golf has 1900+ affiliated clubs which can access the network of Preferred Partners. For a full list of partners click hereCaption: Golf Business International chairman Howard Swan (left) and Richard Flint, England Golf’s Participation and Club Support Director, shake on the new agreementcenter_img Tags: Clubs, Golf Business, partnershiplast_img read more

Bombers shot down at Lethbridge Bulls tourney, finish tied for third

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsThe McCoy High Colts battered Bomber pitchers around through most of the game en route to a convincing victory in action at the Lethbridge Bulls Invitational High School tournament Saturday in the Southern Alberta City.The loss dropped LVR into a tie for third spot overall in the tourney.Connor Bojey started the game for LVR with Austin Tambellini getting a taste of the heavy-hitting Colts in relief as the Medicine Hat squad dominated the Bombers.
McCoy is the top-ranked Tier I team in Alberta.On the other side of the frame, the best the Bombers could muster offensively was three hits by Adam Wheeldon, Dallon Stoddart and Bojey.LVR, improving to 10-8 on the season with two wins in three attempts in Lethbridge, opened the weekend with a thrilling 9-8 win over the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute.Wheeldon pitched a complete game win for LVR, allowing 10 hits, four strikeouts while surrendering four walks.Wheeldon was helped to the win by a pair of outstanding plays in the field by Curtis Pereverzoff and Clay Rickaby.Wheeldon, Stoddart, Cole Laughton and Daine Olenek led LVR offensively, each collecting two hits.However, this game came down to a two timely hits by Nolan Renwick and Tambellini in the seventh to help the Bombers nail down the victory.The Bombers exploded offensively against the Winston Churchhill J.V. squad, pounding out a 14-4 win.Ben LeMarquand powered the Bomber attack with four singles while Bojey added three singles.
 Eric Madore chipped in with a single and a double while Connor Banks had two hits.Cole Laughton picked up the win, pitching a complete game. Laughton finished the contest tossing a six-hitter while fanning four and walking two.The Bombers finish the season with a doubleheader still scheduled against the Grand Forks Wolves. No date for the contest has been [email protected]last_img read more

Chelsea planning to axe Di Matteo and Drogba – reports

first_imgRoberto Di Matteo expects to be axed by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich even if he wins the Champions League, according to The Sun.There have been calls for the interim boss to be installed as manager this summer, but it is claimed that Di Matteo believes Abramovich is determined to appoint a big-name continental coach.A ‘senior Chelsea source’ is quoted as saying: “He’s resigned to leaving regardless of what happens in Munich.“He has tried to talk to the club’s hierarchy about pre-season training for next season and been given very short shrift.“That convinced him he really is just an ‘interim’ manager, filling the post until a full-time appointment can be made.“He’s hugely disappointed after the miracles he has worked here since taking over from Andre Villas-Boas in March.“Two Cup finals is an amazing success after inheriting that mess and winning the FA Cup last Saturday was very special.“He won it with Chelsea as a player, scoring that amazing goal against Middlesbrough in 1997, and now he has won it as a manager too.“That guarantees him hero status with the fans but won’t budge the powers-that-be. Di Matteo has the full support of all the players but, fundamentally, nothing has changed.”Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror say Chelsea will ditch Didier Drogba at the end of the season.The Ivorian, whose contract expires this summer, is said to want to sign a two-year deal and then retire in 2014.But it is claimed that the club are planning to ignore the wishes of fans and let him leave Stamford Bridge.The Blues hierarchy are apparently keen to instead build a team around Fernando Torres. Should Di Matteo be given the Chelsea job? Click here to voteClick here for Thursday’s Chelsea quiz Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Chelsea linked with Denmark’s Wass and QPR with Brazilian winger

first_imgDenmark international Daniel Wass has opened the door to a move to Chelsea or Liverpool, the Express claim.It comes after the 25-year-old, who can play at right-back or in midfield, appeared to indicate that he would like to leave French club Evian.“My head is still in Evian but if you offer me a departure in January, I will not say no,” he is quoted as saying.“I want to progress and prove my abilities at a higher level.  But a club has to be interested to meet the requirements that Evian have.”Spanish media reports continue to suggest that Real Madrid are keen to sign goalkeeper Petr Cech from Chelsea.There has been speculation that Cech could go to Spain as part of an exchange deal involving Real’s German midfielder Sami Khedira.The Daily Star therefore suggest that reports in Italy that AC Milan are interested Khedira will come as a blow for Chelsea as well as Arsenal.Meanwhile, QPR are one of several British clubs interested in Brazilian winger Wamberto, according to Sky Sports.Celtic, Swansea, West Ham, Sunderland and Aston Villa are also said to be monitoring the 20-year-old, who is currently with Lierse SK.His contract at the Belgian club reportedly expires in the summer and he has yet to agree a new deal.It is claimed that a number of clubs are looking to capture him in January or sign him before then on a pre-contract agreement.For more transfer speculation, including a report that Chelsea and Arsenal are competing for the signing of Benfica’s Brazilian forward Talisca, see Wednesday morning’s Paper Talk.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Round-up: Signings close for Chelsea and QPR

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Bertrand Traore has completed a move from Chelsea to Lyon.The Burkina Faso international, 21, joined Chelsea in 2013 and impressed when given a chance in the first team.However, he did not feature under Antonio Conte, spending last season on loan at Ajax.Forward Traore has signed a five-year contract with the French champions, who have paid Chelsea around £8.8m. Bakayoko signing closeEmbed from Getty ImagesChelsea are close to completing the signing of France international Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco.The 22-year-old midfielder is among Chelsea’s top transfer targets this summer and is expected to finalise his move in the coming days.Bakayoko joined Monaco from Rennes in 2014 and made his France debut in March. England Under-19 squad namedEmbed from Getty ImagesSix Chelsea players have been named in England’s squad for next month’s European Under-19 Championship in Georgia.They include Reece James (pictured), who was part of the squad that won the Toulon Tournament earlier this month.Trevoh Chalobah, Jay Dasilva, Jacob Maddox, Mason Mount and Dujon Sterling have also been called up, as have Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon and Tayo Edun.England will begin their Group B campaign against Bulgaria on Monday 3 July and will also face Netherlands and Germany. Scowen agrees terms with QPRJosh Scowen has agreed personal terms with QPR.The midfielder, 24, is available on a Bosman free transfer and looks set to complete a move to Loftus Road when his Barnsley contract expires at the end of the month.Rangers recently offered a contract to Scowen, who is keen to move this summer.He has accepted the offer, paving the way for a return south after two-and-a-half years with Barnsley.The Hertfordshire-born Scowen joined the Tykes from Wycombe in January 2015 and has made 96 league appearances for them, scoring 10 goals. Talks over Bowler continueEmbed from Getty ImagesQPR and Everton remain in talks over the possible sale of Josh Bowler.West London Sport recently revealed that Rangers had turned down an offer from Everton for Bowler, subsequently revealed that they would offer him a new contract and later that their offer had been rejected.Bowler’s refusal to sign a new deal left Rangers resigned to losing the 18-year-old winger and talks with Everton have therefore continued.He is under contract until the summer of 2018, having signed an 18-month deal in February this year.Sky Sports News HQ, meanwhile, believe a deal is close to being agreed. R’s looking to offload BorysiukEmbed from Getty ImagesQPR are looking to tie up a deal for Ariel Borysiuk to leave on a permanent basis. The Poland international, signed from Legia Warsaw last summer, failed to impress R’s boss Ian Holloway and was made available in January.He returned to his former club Lechia Gdańsk on loan for the remainder of the season. They appear to be interested in keeping him, while other clubs have been made aware of his availability.Rangers are in talks with Blackburn over the potential sale of Ben Gladwin, while a number of clubs are interested in Michael Doughty, including Peterborough United.Gladwin, Doughty and Borysiuk were all left out of the QPR squad that travelled to Portugal at the weekend for a pre-season training camp.last_img read more

What will fix the Warriors’ inconsistent defense?

first_img* * *Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book* * *OAKLAND – The question left Stephen Curry pondering for almost 12 seconds. Did he like anything about the Warriors’ loss to Toronto?“Not really,” Curry said.Part of the reason for Curry’s harsh assessment? The Warriors also showed delayed reactions on defense. Not to the extent taking 12 seconds to respond. But the Warriors reacted slowly enough to allow the …last_img

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — April 13, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest 180413_RyanMartinWarm air continues to surge north across the state today. Temperatures will be a good 10-15 degrees above normal, fueled by strong south winds averaging 15-30 mph. However, clouds will be on the increase today, as we get closer to moisture from our approaching frontal boundary. That moisture should hold off in most places until tomorrow.Significant rains are here for the weekend. Saturday and Sunday we have combined rain totals of .1”-2.5” with coverage at 90% of the state. To get into the upper part of the range, you will need to have a few stronger thunderstorms, and we think that the best shot at those will be in west central and NW Ohio. There is a fairly good strong to severe weather threat for late tomorrow afternoon and overnight, and a second chance late morning to midday on Sunday. Rains will come and go tomorrow, and we expect some significant holes in the coverage to be seen through mid-afternoon. But, then things fill in a lot more, the closer we get to the cold front itself. Behind the front, significantly colder air blasts in Sunday late afternoon and evening. In fact, we expect lingering moisture to change over to and end as some sloppy wet snow Sunday night, and we can’t rule out on and off wet snow for Monday. Strong northwest winds will be at 15-30 mph overnight Sunday night and Monday, and temps will be back to 10-12 degrees below normal at least, perhaps 15 degrees below normal in spots. The map above shows total precipitation through Monday morning.While clouds and cold air dominate Monday, we should see better chances for sunshine Tuesday, but it stays cool.The cool air holds through most of the rest of the week. AT midweek on Wednesday we have a light rain back in the forecast, with showers over northern Indiana that produce up to .25” of liquid. We do expect rain, not snow from this event. South of I-70, we see nothing, and may even see some sunshine. We are dry to finish the week.AT the end of the 10 day period, we have our next front arriving for the 22nd with rains of half to 1.25” For the extended 11-16 day window, we have 2 more systems, one on the 25th with .25”-1” rains, and finally, a strong low coming out of the plains for the 28th with .5”- 1” rains. Coverage from all three systems will be around 70% to 80% of the state. This forecast, as it currently sits, continues to have not quite enough dryness in-between systems to see significant field work through the end of April.last_img read more

Free Webinar–Improved Outcomes for Women Veterans: Brain Injury Services as Part of a Trauma-Informed Environment

first_imgATTENTION MILITARY CAREGIVERS–The Brain Injury Association of New York State is hosting a free webinar from 1:00–2:15 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, November 28 entitled: Improved Outcomes for Women Veterans: Brain Injury Services as Part of a Trauma-Informed Environment.According to the Brain Injury Association, 81-93% of female veterans have been exposed to some form of trauma, which is significantly higher than the civilian population. The webinar, presented by Gillian Gutierrez of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau, will provide information on trauma-informed care, including its relationship to brain injury, to help organizations working with women veterans better understand their unique experiences and to improve organizational effectiveness when working with this population.Gutierrez has been a program analyst for the Women’s Bureau’s New York office since 2008 where she actively promotes programs and policies to ensure quality work environments for women.This blog post was written by Rachel Brauner and is part of a series of Military Family Caregiving articles published on the Military Families Leaning Network blog.last_img read more