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Should the Southeast coast be opened to offshore oil drilling?

first_imgIllustration by Wade MickleyAs long as modern safety measures are maintained with close monitoring, oil drilling can safely be done just about anywhere. It’s cheaper and more efficient to get our oil from close to home instead of bringing half in from the other side of the planet. Our money also stays out of the Middle East. I don’t like big oil companies, but I would rather see our money going to them instead of OPEC. Our economy will get better benefits, keeping all the jobs here.—Bryan Robertson, Kilmarnock, Va.———-How is anyone going to get to their trail runs without their cars? It’s too far for me to bike from where I live in Virginia to the Babcock Trail Half Marathon in West Virginia, for example. If gas prices continue to increase, I’m betting less people will be traveling to races, including myself. Let’s take advantage of our natural resources within our territories until technology catches up with environmental requirements.—Lewis “Lefty” Leftwich, Salem, Va.———-If we could guarantee that the oil would be used here, then I would be all for it—if for nothing else, to not be held hostage by foreign governments. But will the oil be used here or sold to the highest bidder? What good would it do to drill and then sell the oil to China? Drilling is not my first choice, but I do not see the U.S. seriously moving in other directions.—Caesar Wyssbrod III,Greensboro, N.C.———-I think that oil companies should be allowed to drill anywhere that exploration indicates oil might be present. In this country, we have moved beyond the nicety of having available energy and nice views. These two approaches are no longer as compatible as they once were.—Norman Bednarcyk, Charlottesville, Va.———-Give the oil companies a small time frame to get oil from the location and institute an investment plan from those companies in alternative energy if they want rights to drill in those locations. This way we can ease our dependence on foreign oil and get large oil companies to invest in alternative energies.—Aaron Upp, Potomac Falls, Va.———-It will take somewhere between eight to 12 years to research where they need to drill, then build the oil wells and start pumping oil. Furthermore, it is estimated that offshore drilling will only supply two percent of the U.S. oil demand. Offshore drilling is not the answer—alternative energy, conservation, and lifestyle changes are more sensible solutions.—Jon Livengood, Knoxville, Tenn.———-Having spent time frequenting both the drilling-plagued Texas beaches near Corpus Christi and drilling-free coasts of the Southeast, I can say that I prefer the tar-free nature of the Southeast’s beaches. Having to scrub your body and scrap your clothing from being covered in tar at the end of the day is a good way to keep me off the beach. The loss of pristine beaches can never be replaced in value by any number of years of extra gasoline. The Southeast beaches would lose me as a source of tourism revenue when the tar balls float in.—Reed Leonard, Dacula, Ga.———-The U.S. needs to start thinking about energy from different sources—wind, solar, fuel cells (not nuclear)—instead of relying on 100-year-old technology (fossil fuels). If we take half of what we give to the oil industry and give it to other energy development, we would see dramatic changes.—Michel Valin, Marietta, Ga.———-Realistically, it would take ten years to begin extracting oil from the Outer Continental Shelf. Imagine the renewable energy infrastructure we could have in place in 10 years—from parabolic solar plants in the Southwest to wind farms along our coasts. We could develop electric cars (which we already know work) and the recharging stations used to keep them going. We could break our dependence on this non-renewable, polluting resource and invest our energies and our economy in safe, renewable, and eco-friendly solutions.—Erin Coe, Midlothian, Va.———-Alternative fuels should be where any money goes. Do not hurt any more natural habitats and animals. The price of fuel will stay high whether we drill or not, so we need to invest in alternatives. Our nation has been run by the oil companies and their subsidiaries for far too long.—Kristen Keller, Charlottesville, Va.———-Fossil fuels are weighing too heavily on our environment, and they cannot sustain the whole planet’s need for fuel. Why waste the resources on securing a finite amount of fuel which will result in more ecological damage, when we know that global demand will not ease the cost of fossil fuels? If we allow offshore drilling, we are only allowing oil companies to make outrageous profits while prolonging our global problem.—Nathan Ruff, Richmond, Va.last_img read more

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Partisan attacks threaten judicial independence

first_imgPartisan attacks threaten judicial independence Partisan attacks threaten judicial independence Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Although the battle for state funding is largely over, Florida’s courts still face obstacles in getting needed money from counties and perhaps most importantly in challenges to their independence.Supreme Court Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead, speaking June 24 at the Judicial Luncheon at the Bar’s Annual Meeting, warned that partisan political influences are being exerted on the state’s courts and its judicial selection process.He began his talk by praising those who helped obtain legislative funding for the Art. V, Revision 7, changes made this year, that required the state to pick up a larger share of trial court operating costs.And he touched on challenges still facing the courts, including getting money for new judges and from counties, which still have a role in trial court financing.But Anstead saved his gravest warnings for what he said are growing partisan attacks on the independence of the Florida judiciary.He warned about “the increasing political partisanship that is eroding confidence in our outstanding merit selection process and its concomitant effect on our judiciary.”Around 30 years ago then-Gov. Reuben Askew campaigned for and got the merit selection system for filling judicial vacancies. It called for nine-member judicial nominating commissions, of which the governor only appointed three members. The Bar appointed three, and those six selected three public members.That system was created, Anstead said, to keep politics out of the selection process, because “Gov. Askew strongly believed that judicial appointments were too important to be handed out as political awards.”Indeed, the chief justice recalled that Askew’s first merit appointment to the 15th Circuit bench was a Republican, John Beranek, who went on to serve on the Fourth District Court of Appeal.But in 2000, the legislature changed the law and allowed the governor to appoint all nine members (although four are from slates nominated by the Bar), and political influence has begun seeping in, Anstead said.“There have been numerous press reports of partisan political influences being exerted on commission members,” he said. “Ladies and gentlemen, this is a dangerous trend.“In addition, there have been attempts to exert partisan influences and pressures. . . all the way up to the Supreme Court.”Anstead attributed those pressures to “a total lack of understanding of the functions of the court and the rule of law. Checks and balances means there will be disagreements. Good faith disagreement among the branches and even within the judicial system itself is good and healthy.”He added, “My emphasis is on good faith. We must all recognize that the rule of law would be meaningless if the rule of law is not supported by an independent judiciary free of political influences of the other two branches.”Without independence, the judiciary is not free to make correct, but controversial, decisions such as Brown v. Board of Education, the chief justice said.And he noted that independence is what emerging democracies are seeking to emulate to guarantee their freedoms are maintained.It’s up to citizens, and especially officers of the court, to see that the judicial system remains independent and impartial.“The rule of law is not a liberal value or a conservative value and it certainly is not a Democratic value or a Republican value,” Anstead said. “Rather it is an American value; an American value that we, like President Bush, hope someday will be a universal value. But we only restrict it if we infect it with a partisan value that will someday destroy its independence.“There are news stories that the governor of Texas has guaranteed the outcome of some cases because of his appointments to the Texas Supreme Court. Please, please, never let that happen in Florida,” he added.Anstead pointed to the Revision 7 funding battle as proof that court supporters can have a positive impact when they unite on a problem. He named circuit judges Susan Schaeffer, Stan Morris, Joseph Farina, Charles Francis, John Laurent, Belvin Perry, Jeffrey Arnold, Nelly Khouzam, Beth Bloom, as well as 17th Circuit Court Administrator Carol Ortman, immediate past Bar President Miles McGrane, and State Courts Administrator Lisa Goodner as examples of judges and public officials who led the fight to get adequate court funding.But while the Revision 7 funding battle was resolving to the courts’ satisfaction, Anstead said the courts weren’t doing so well on getting more judges to deal with ever-rising caseloads. Last year, amidst budget cuts in the weak economy, the courts didn’t get any new judges.This year, when the Supreme Court asked for 88 new judges, the governor, the House, and the Senate all agreed that more judges were needed, Anstead said, but none were approved because of personal political disputes between House and Senate leaders.The good news is there are new House and Senate leaders taking over without the baggage of past animosities, Anstead said, and he asked for support for judicial certification next year.He also said despite the increased state monies under Revision 7 for trial courts, counties still have significant responsibilities for court funding, and the court system is looking at a $10-million deficit statewide in those funds.“So please, please, go to your chief judges and offer your thanks for their work in state funding, but offer your services to help with county funding,” Anstead said. July 15, 2004 Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

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2014 time capsule: integration

first_imgby: Samantha PaxsonWhen we think back on 2014, what pivotal moments will we recall? As we’ve said many times, this year has been extraordinary for innovation, inspiration and change. Ideas that have been brewing for years suddenly gained momentum in 2014. And new ideas (can you say “Apple Pay?”) materialized and found traction in record time.This month, Insight Vault takes another look at a few of our key topics for 2014 – how they developed, and where they might be heading in the year to come. First up: Integration.The Omnichannel Revolution This year’s integration conversation began as an exploration of the omnichannel member experience. As consumers become increasingly connected – online, on mobile devices and through the Internet of Things – the member experience is evolving to include a multitude of interactive channels.How did we track the omnichannel revolution? These posts help tell the story:Do Credit Unions Deliver on Omnichannel? Read MoreMeet the Omnichannel Generation Read MoreWhy Retail Trends Count Read MoreDoes Self-Service Equal Empowerment? Read MoreIs Technology Rewiring Our Brains? Read More continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Man City will be fighting for title next season: Guardiola

first_imgManager Pep Guardiola says Manchester City “have ideas” for improving the side in the transfer market and will be ready to halt Liverpool’s bid for back-to-back Premier League titles.Liverpool need five points to be sure of their first English league crown in three decades and dethrone City, who have won the title in the last two seasons.”Liverpool will remain the strong team they are but when we retained the title we were the first to do it for 10 years, so you know how difficult it is to do that,” Guardiola was quoted as saying by the BBC. “Out of the last nine (domestic) trophies we’ve fought for, we’ve won eight. That is not bad and I think next season we’ll do it again.”There’s not been much wrong with what we’ve done in terms of points and performances. We have ideas for the transfer market, then next season we will prepare to fight again.”City take on Burnley later on Monday and defeat for Guardiola’s side would mean Liverpool can seal the title with a win over Crystal Palace on Wednesday.Topics :last_img read more

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Fed policymakers say pickup in infections slowing US economic recovery

first_imgThe increase in infections has raised the downside risks to the economic outlook and suggests the reopening of the US economy may be more protracted than many initially anticipated, Cleveland Fed President Loretta Mester said in a speech for the Liberal Arts Macroeconomics Conference.The rising case load offers “a stark reminder that there are several different scenarios that could play out,” Mester said.Jobless Americans and state and local governments will need more aid to make it through the crisis, Kaplan said. Lawmakers missed a deadline last week for extending a US$600 weekly supplement to state unemployment benefits, and are in the midst of negotiating another round of stimulus.“I believe the economy needs a continuation of the unemployment benefits,” Kaplan said. “It may not need to be in the same form as it currently is, but we need a continuation.” A resurgence in coronavirus cases is slowing the economic recovery and the pandemic will continue to weigh on the US economy and American life for longer than initially expected, three Federal Reserve policymakers said on Wednesday.The US economy began to grow in May and June after taking a monumental hit beginning in March. But growth stalled in July as infections spiked in some parts of the country, leading to fresh restrictions, US central bankers said.“The issue with the resurgence in the virus is it slowed down or somewhat muted the recovery we’ve been expecting,” Robert Kaplan, the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank president, said in an interview with CNN. Mester also said more fiscal support is needed to bolster struggling businesses, households and consumers, and she said she was hopeful that Congress will pass a stimulus bill.“The country has a responsibility to help them over that, to bridge that period, until we can get the economy going again,” Mester said during the webinar.While US economic growth slowed in July, it could pick up in the third quarter and reach pre-pandemic levels by the end of next year, Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Richard Clarida said on CNBC.“It will take some time, I believe, before we get back to the level of activity that we were in February before the pandemic hit,” Clarida said.Clarida said his personal forecast for the economy hasn’t changed because of the recent resurgence of the virus in the United States, since the economic momentum from May through early July was stronger than he expected. He also expects support from another fiscal package should even things out.Kaplan forecast that for the 2020 full year, the economy will contract by 5 percent, while Mester forecast a contraction of 6 percent, from the end of 2019.Fed officials pledged at their policy meeting last week to do what they can to help the economy rebound from the recession that began in February as the coronavirus outbreak spread across the globe. The US central bank has cut interest rates to near zero and rolled out roughly a dozen emergency programs to backstop financial markets and support businesses.Asked about the tepid use of the Fed’s Main Street Lending Program, which is designed to help small and mid-sized businesses, Clarida said the facilities are meant to serve as backstops and that officials are open to changing the program if needed to reach more businesses.“I do expect activity in the program to pick up,” Clarida said. “We’re focused on the goal of supporting the economy and if we need to adjust our programs we will do so.”Mester also said Wednesday that she supports making more adjustments to the Fed’s facilities if needed. “Given the nature of this shock to the economy, I’d be prepared to take more credit risk than I would have been in the past,” Mester told reporters.Topics :last_img read more

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Governor Wolf Announces 50 New Jobs with Gordon Sinclair Expansion in Indiana County

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter January 13, 2017 Governor Wolf Announces 50 New Jobs with Gordon Sinclair Expansion in Indiana Countycenter_img Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that Gordon Sinclair, a promotional products supplier, will expand operations with a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing and decorating facility in Indiana County and create 50 new jobs.“Gordon Sinclair chose Pennsylvania over New York and Florida for its operations expansion due to the commonwealth’s highly qualified manufacturing labor force and its desirable location with excellent highway access to top markets in the U.S. and Canada,” said Governor Wolf. “We applaud the company for its decision and for its significant investment into one of Pennsylvania’s rural communities where job creation efforts and economic contributions are sure to have a long-lasting, positive impact.”Gordon Sinclair will purchase a 60,000-square-foot facility at 771 Indian Springs Road, White Township, Indiana County. The company has committed to investing $5,048,000 in the project and to the creation of 50 new, full-time jobs over the next three years. The company has commenced hiring and hopes to begin production at the facility by mid-to-late February.“We’re extremely appreciative of the warm reception we have received from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and for the timely assistance we have received from the Governor’s Action Team and from the officials in Indiana County,” said Gordon Sinclair Founder and President Robert Gluck. “All of the Pennsylvania agencies have worked together seamlessly to speed the process, simplify our work and meet our timetable, which has been invaluable to us in making this investment.”Gordon Sinclair received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $200,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant, $22,500 in WednetPA funding for employee training, and $200,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon the creation of the new jobs. The company has also been encouraged to apply for a low-interest loan up to $1,876,500 million from the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority.The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Indiana County Development Corporation (ICDC).“We are pleased that Gordon Sinclair has decided to expand its manufacturing operations into Indiana County. The available facility, our premier workforce, as well as our quality of life all created a perfect mix to enhance the company’s decision to relocate to Indiana County,” said ICDC Executive Director Byron G. Stauffer, Jr. “We thank our partners at the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development for their assistance and support.”Gordon Sinclair is a leading supplier of drinkware and other high quality logoed items and sells exclusively through promotional products distributors throughout the United States and Canada. Promotional products are a $21 billion industry that provides logoed merchandise of all types for advertising, safety programs, and other promotional purposes.Last year, DCED approved nearly $1.1 billion in low-interest loans, tax credits, and grants for projects across the commonwealth and secured private sector commitments for the creation and retention of more than 245,000 full-time jobs. In the same timeframe, the Governor’s Action Team completed 77 projects – creating and retaining more than 36,800 jobs.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED visit dced.pa.govLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

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UK roundup: Auto-enrolment, DWP, charge cap

first_imgDepartment for Work & Pensions (DWP) research has shown awareness of auto-enrolment among the UK population is increasing, as the programme’s rollout continues.Statistics from the government said 78% of those surveyed believed employers being compelled by law to provide pensions was a positive step.The research also found around 50% of those surveyed said saving into a workplace pension was a “normal thing to do”, in a boost to the government’s policy.Some 30% of those of working age have taken action as a result of the government’s advertising campaign for auto-enrolment, with around 25% having discussed second-pillar savings in a social environment. The news comes as the government announced 4m people had now been auto-enrolled into a workplace pension scheme since the programme began in October 2012.Pensions minister Steve Webb said: “Increasingly, people are waking up to the fact it pays to think about the future and consider the kind of retirement we want.“But we still have a mountain to climb. Recent DWP research found that close to half of working-age people are failing to save enough to maintain their standard of living into old age, so there is more to do.”In other news, the DWP’s charge cap, aimed at protecting members being auto-enrolled into default investment strategies, has come under fire from one of the UK’s largest insurance mutuals.Royal London Group (RLG) has told its shareholders the government grossly underestimated the impact estimates on pension companies.The cap, which comes into force in April 2015, stops member-borne charges in DC auto-enrolment default investment funds being above 75 basis points.The government estimates that, at the time of legislating, said industry revenue would be reduced by £200m (€250m) over a 10-year period.Chief executive of RLG, Phil Loney, said the policy would have the opposite consequence to its intention.“This government intervention will only distort a market that was already moving in favour of lower charges,” he said.He said the impact at his own firm, plus other impact provisions from other pension providers, showed the DWP’s estimates to be incorrect.Royal London said the £200m estimate could realistically increase to as high as £1bn.“This seems to me to be an unacceptable margin for error in the government’s understanding of the impact of its actions and the size of the impact,” Loney said.Despite the estimated £200m hit on the entire industry, insurers Standard Life and Scottish Widows have each already stated individual provisions of £160m and £100m, respectively.last_img read more

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PSG confident on Verratti fitness for UCL final

first_img Of Verratti, Tuchel added: “His injury was a knock. It wasn’t muscular, so the risk is not big.” “It will be difficult for him to last 120 minutes or 90 minutes in the midfield tomorrow, but as long as nothing happens to him in training yes (he can play), and then we will see in the morning if he can start.” Promoted ContentA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Best Cars Of All Time9 Iconic Roles That Got Rejected By World Famous Actors6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe Loading… Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel has expressed confidence that playmaker Marco Verratti will be fit enough to start in Sunday’s Champions League final against Bayern Munich. The key Italian international missed PSG’s quarter-final win over Atalanta because of a calf problem and only played seven minutes as a substitute in the 3-0 semi-final victory over RB Leipzig on Tuesday. But Tuchel revealed that Verratti, along with fellow midfielder Idrissa Gana Gueye, had since been back in full training. However, first-choice goalkeeper Keylor Navas remains a doubt.center_img “Marco and Idrissa trained with us after the Leipzig game without any problem… they are both available,” Tuchel said on Saturday, ahead of the final at Lisbon’s Estadio da Luz. Gueye played against Atalanta but was replaced in the second half of that match and played no part against Leipzig. Leandro Paredes and Ander Herrera started alongside Marquinhos in a three-man midfield in the semi-final. Read Also: Barcelona board struggling to pin down Messi Tuchel added: “For Keylor it is different. He is going to try today (Saturday) to train fully for the first time, but that is a decision we will need to take later. “It will be yes or no, black or white. We will make a decision after training.” Sergio Rico is standing by to replace Navas, having already done so in the semi-final. Navas won the Champions League three times as a Real Madrid player between 2016 and 2018. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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Lady Bulldogs Middle School VB’ers Defeat Lady Raiders

first_imgBMS 7th Grade won against South Ripley 25-10, 25-23.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Mehgan Werner.The BMS volleyball team won an exciting game against South Ripley; 25-7, 23-25, 15-9.The team played well in games 1 & 3. Annie Shane and Callie Fletcher had strong digs against the Raider’s many tips. Renee Lecher led the team in serving with 20 points including 12 aces. Kaylie Raver added 14 points with 6 aces. Margaret Wilson chipped in 4 points with 3 aces. Shane & Kaylin Hinners each added 2 service points. As a team there were 16 kills. Hinners led with 5 kills. Raver added 3, while Laura Schwegman had 2 kills. Fletcher, Shane, Sara Lamping, Wilson, and Taylor Blanton each added a kill.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Angie Ehrman.last_img read more

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Berahino banned for drink driving

first_img The 21-year-old has been offered a drink driver referral course which, if completed, would reduce the length of his ban to nine months. Berahino was originally due to appear on Monday, the same day the Baggies travel to Everton in the Barclays Premier League, but it was moved forward late on Thursday. West Brom will not be making any comment on the matter. Berahino has scored 14 goals in 25 games for the Baggies this season. Runcorn Magistrates Court confirmed the disqualification and that he has also been fined £3,400. Berahino was stopped by police on the southbound M6 in October. Press Associationcenter_img West Brom striker Saido Berahino has been banned from driving for 12 months after pleading guilty to drink driving. last_img read more