Nebraska court approves alternate route of Keystone XL Pipeline project

first_imgThe 1,900km long Keystone XL Pipeline, which will carry 800,000 barrels per day of heavy crude from Canadian oil sands, will be built between the US and Canada Image: The Keystone XL Pipeline to be built by TC Energy will carry 800,000 barrels per day of heavy crude from Canadian oil sands into the US. Photo: courtesy of TC Energy Corporation. The Nebraska Supreme Court has affirmed an approval made by Nebraska Public Service Commission (Nebraska Public Service PSC) pertaining to the alternate route of TC Energy’s Keystone XL Pipeline project through Nebraska, US.The Keystone XL Pipeline is a proposed 1,900km long tar sands pipeline project to be built with an investment of $8bn (£6.52bn).The 36-inch diameter crude oil pipeline is to be laid between Hardisty in Alberta province, Canada and south of Steele City in Nebraska, US.Through the new pipeline, Keystone XL Pipeline aims to import more than 800,000 barrels per day of heavy crude from Canadian oil sands into the US.TC Energy president and CEO Russ Girling said: “The Supreme Court decision is another important step as we advance towards building this vital energy infrastructure project.“We thank the thousands of government leaders, landowners, labor unions and other community partners for their continued support through this extensive review process.  It has been their unwavering support that has advanced this project to where it is today.”In June 2019, the Keystone XL Pipeline secured a favourable decision in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals which quashed the legal challenge put up by multiple environmental groups, including Sierra Club.Prior to that, in March 2019, US President Donald Trump issued a fresh Presidential Permit to enable TC Energy to construct, connect, operate, and maintain facilities associated with the oil pipeline project at the US-Canada international border at Phillips County in Montana.Environmental groups continue to oppose the Keystone XL Pipeline projectSierra Club claimed that irrespective of the ruling from the Nebraska Supreme Court, the Keystone XL Pipeline project continues to be stalled owing to federal legal challenges that made the company to miss the 2019 construction season.Nebraska Sierra Club attorney Ken Winston said: “It’s disappointing that the court ignored key concerns about property rights and irreparable damage to natural resources, including threats to the endangered whooping crane, but today’s ruling does nothing to change the fact that Keystone XL faces overwhelming public opposition and ongoing legal challenges and simply never will be built.”last_img read more

South Shore tickets purchased for September valid through October

first_img (“The South Shore Line” by railsr4me, CC BY-ND 2.0) All monthly South Shore Line tickets purchased for the month of September will remain valid through October.The decision was made to show continued understanding of the ongoing impacts from COVID-19.Passengers purchasing a paper September monthly ticket should plan to keep that ticket and use it through October.Passengers purchasing a digital September monthly ticket via the mobile app will see an October ticket uploaded to their account prior to October 1, 2020.For passengers who receive tickets through an employer benefit program such as Wage Works and Commuter Benefit Solutions, these passengers should not order their October tickets if they receive a September monthly ticket.For more information or assistance, contact SSL through the online contact form at mysouthshoreline.com/contact.Riders are required to wear masks at stations and onboard train cars, practice social distancing when possible and take advantage of sanitation stations in each car.Each train does offer a “mask optional” car, which is the second car of every train.In addition, doctors, nurses, EMTs, paramedics, firefighters, other medical personnel and law enforcement are invited to ride for free on all trains through October. South Shore tickets purchased for September valid through October Google+ Facebook Twitter Pinterest Facebook Google+ WhatsAppcenter_img WhatsApp Twitter By Brooklyne Beatty – August 14, 2020 0 336 Pinterest TAGS20/20coronavirusCOVID-19monthlyOctoberpandemicseptemberSouth Shore Linetickets IndianaLocalMichiganNews Previous articleMichigan’s longest garage sale on U.S. 12 Friday through SundayNext articleFood Bank of Northern Indiana releases mobile food distribution schedule, August 17-20 Brooklyne Beattylast_img read more

Advisor addresses economy

first_imgRight before President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney debated for the first time on live television Wednesday night, economist Jared Bernstein spoke on the government’s role in the economy. Bernstein, former economics advisor to Vice President Joe Biden, addressed students and faculty at the annual McBride lecture. “I don’t know that I’ve ever seen an election that so starkly presented a choice about the role of government in our economy and in our economic lives,” Bernstein said. The two parties have different views on the government’s role in the economy, Bernstein said. “The question is: What’s the proper function of the government in advanced economies like ours?” he said. Both candidates believe markets and market forces should dominate, Bernstein said. “It’s not a matter of one side believing the government should do everything and the other side believing the government shouldn’t do everything,” he said. “It’s a matter of where you draw the line. I’m talking to younger people now. I want you to think yourself of where you would draw that line.” In an interview before the lecture, Bernstein said the jobs market is up for debate because the unemployment rate is still too high. “The budget deficit aspect is a trickier discussion in the sense that the budget deficit itself is a function of the great recession, and as the economy recovers from that, the pressure from the budget deficit will naturally come down,” Bernstein said. “But it will certainly be a part of the discussion.” Bernstein said neither candidate has offered sufficiently concrete plans to improve the job market. “It’s a little tricky for the president in the sense that he proposed a plan a year ago called the American Jobs Act in Sept. 2011 and Congress wouldn’t even look at it,” he said. “He has an extra barrier to face; even if he comes up with good ideas he has a Republican House [of Representatives] that is stonewalling him.” Pressure to overcome the barriers between the government and economic solutions will need to come from the public, Bernstein said. “I’m a denizen of Washington and its extremely frustrating to see just how dysfunctional Congress is right now, at a time when we have real economic challenges to face,” he said. “If the economy were humming along at five percent unemployment rate, I might feel less frustrated with this gridlock, but we have big problems to solve, and Congress just threatens to make them worse.” The pressure will need to come from both sides of the political aisle, Bernstein said. “The refusal to compromise is antithetical to getting anything done in politics,” he said. Bernstein’s lecture was part of the Higgins Program, which established the McBride Lecture with the United Steelworkers in 1977 “to better understand the principles of unionism and our economy.” Bernstein is a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. The lecture preceded a live streaming of the presidential debate Wednesday night in the Hesburgh Library Auditorium.last_img read more

Research decline

first_imgMicroorganisms continue to cause harm to the food supply beyondthe farm, Doyle said, causing spoilage and, in some casespoisoning and disease. And now, the global movement of farmproducts, industrial agricultural processes and the potential forbioterrorism add new vulnerabilities.Microorganisms can benefit the food supply, too, he said.”Beneficial microbes cultivated in food can provide added valuefar beyond delay or prevention of spoilage,” he said. “Deepeningunderstanding of the nature of such probiotic effects andelucidating ways that these can be strengthened will allowscientists to capitalize further on the beneficial effects ofthese microbes.”Doyle said reversing the decline in funding and recognizing thevalue of agricultural research “requires fundamental changes, inaddition to an infusion of financial support.”The report, “Research Opportunities in Food and AgricultureMicrobiology,” came out of an AAM colloquium in which 19scientists with far-ranging expertise met to examine the futureof food and agriculture microbiology. It recommends researchpriorities and identifies barriers to strong food and agricultureresearch.The AAM is the honorific leadership group of the American Societyfor Microbiology. A full copy of the report is on the ASM Website at www.asm.org/Academy/index.asp?bid=2093. By Angelo BouselliAmerican Society forMicrobiologyDisease, spoilage and agroterrorism pose ongoing threats to theU.S. food supply. But research in food and agriculturalmicrobiology is declining, says a report by the American Academyfor Microbiology.”The constant spread and evolution of agricultural pathogensprovides a continually renewed source of challenges toproductivity and food safety,” said University of Georgiamicrobiologist Michael Doyle, a co-author of the report.”However, research support over the last few decades has beenlean and is, in fact, decreasing,” Doyle said. “Troublerecruiting and maintaining graduate students is also harmingprograms and will ultimately affect the field.”Disease-causing microbes continually assault the animals andcrops that humans raise for food, he said. Two of the more famousexamples: An outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease led to the slaughter ofmore than 6 million animals in England in 2001.Potato late blight caused the great potato famine in Irelandin the 19th century. A new variant of the blight emerged in theUnited States in the 1980s, causing serious losses and evenbankruptcy for some potato growers.last_img read more

Staying “top-of-wallet” is now staying “top-of-phone”

first_imgFinancial institutions have always had their work cut out for them trying to make sure that when a member or cardholder reaches for a card to pay with, it’s their card; in other words, being top-of-wallet. But using mobile apps to pay adds a new twist. Now, the mobile phone user needs to actively choose which card to add to the mobile app and most apps allow more than one card.For example, you can use a corporate card when on business travel and a personal card when close to home. So, the challenge today is not how to stay “top-of-wallet” but rather “top-of-phone”. Importantly, how does a credit union ensure that their debit or credit card is being loaded into their member’s apps?The first step is agreeing to participate in the mobile wallet. ApplePay, for example, requires each financial institution to sign a separate agreement in order to allow their card BIN range to be used in Apple Pay. Some credit unions and banks have either chosen not to or are sitting on the sidelines.Next is incentives. If a member wants rewards points, they will want to load the card that gives them points. Will that be the card your credit union issued? Some issuers are taking extra steps with their rewards programs, offering double points or limited-time statement credits when their branded card is loaded into a mobile wallet. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

A can-do attitude

first_img continue reading » Kendra Christensen will never forget the day when her father shared that he had cancer.Sitting in her parents’ dining room, she says that the conversation was a blur, but what she did know is that she had to do what she does best: Dig in and help.Through the American Cancer Society she’s acted as a supporter, advocate, and fundraiser.Similarly, Christensen is renowned for her passion and take-action approach as the vice president of lending at $101 million asset COPOCO Community Credit Union in Bay City, Mich. In addition to her lending-related responsibilities, you can find her working on the teller line, shoveling snow, or attending a ribbon cutting. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

#ZagrebLovesYou – a great story and narrative of the film of the Zagreb Tourist Board campaign

first_imgWith the mentioned photos and film Zagreb Loves You, the campaign consists of two more elements – a photo gallery of Zagreb, which until recently was carefreely enjoyed #DreamNowVisitLater and film Zagreb. Be There. Again… which TZGZ created from the existing promotional films as a thank you to fellow citizens who in these unusual and crisis times showed social responsibility and stayed at home. After the campaign “From Zagreb’s windows”, a virtual museum and a concert by the Filmmusicorkestar group from the roof of a tourist bus, the Zagreb Tourist Board has launched a new campaign #ZagrebLovesYou in which she presented two promotional films. “In the last almost two months, we have really had the opportunity to see that we are not alone and that our fellow citizens, as well as our visitors or those who are yet to come, love and feel Zagreb. Therefore, we are, through an emotional film Zagreb Loves You, we wanted to show the whole spectrum of feelings we experienced and, unlike the usual tourist promotional films, we wanted to show our wounded, but again alive and proud Zagreb. In the midst of the corona virus pandemic and after the Zagreb earthquake, with the comprehensive campaign #ZagrebLovesYou, we would like to stay in touch with everyone who was in our city, brought back beautiful memories and, of course, with Zagreb and people in Croatia and abroad who love Zagreb . “, Said the director of TZGZ, Ph.D. Martina Bienenfeld.  Thus, TZGZ invites citizens and visitors to take photos and share pictures from Zagreb, focusing on memories when Zagreb was full of life, before the coronavirus, ie memories of socializing, concerts and events, marked #ZagrebLovesYou and thus be part of the TZGZ campaign. However, a new phase of communication is starting now, more on that soon. center_img Zagreb Love You / Excellent film and narrator of the story The narrator in the film Zagreb Loves You, Mr Rob Reider, the American is a five-time Emmy Award winner for his shows and music tracks. A great example of how other tourist boards should have reacted in this time of crisis for tourism. So this time the Tourist Board bounced most positively of all tourist boards in Croatia, and even of the Croatian Tourist Board.  The campaign runs from 5 to 19 May on the social networks of TZGZ. See more information about the campaign HERElast_img read more

OAS Awards: My day with the office judges

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Italy to start easing coronavirus lockdown from May 4: PM Conte

first_imgItaly will announce before the end of this week its plans for the gradual reopening from a lockdown imposed to fight the coronavirus emergency that will be applied starting from May 4, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Tuesday.The lockdown, closing most Italian businesses and preventing people leaving their homes for all but essential needs, has been in place since March 9, putting a major strain on the euro zone’s third largest economy.”I wish I could say: let’s reopen everything. Immediately. We start tomorrow morning … But such a decision would be irresponsible. It would make the contagion curve go up in an uncontrolled way and would nullify all the efforts we have made so far,” Conte wrote in a Facebook post. “The easing brings with it the real risk of a decided increase in the contagion curve and we must be prepared to contain this ascent to the minimum levels, so that the risk of contagion is ‘tolerable’,” he added.Such plan would not only ensure that companies followed the necessary safety precautions at work, but that it also considered the flow of workers such opening would generate and its impact on public transport, especially during peak times.”The easing of the measures must take place on the basis of a well-structured and articulated plan,” he added.The number of new COVID-19 cases dropped to 2,256 on Monday, the lowest level in well over a month, the Civil Protection Agency said. The total death toll stood at 24,114, the second highest in the world after that of the United States.  “We must act on the basis of a national [reopening] plan, which however takes into account the territorial peculiarities.”After the government shuttered businesses not deemed essential to the supply chain on March 22, calls have recently been growing from industry lobbies to reopen some activities to prevent an economic catastrophe.Italy’s Treasury expects the economy to contract by around 8% this year, two sources close to the matter told Reuters on Monday, underscoring the negative impact of the nationwide restrictions.Conte said the easing of restrictions would happen on the basis of a thorough study and scientific data and not to “satisfy a part of public opinion or to satisfy the requests of some production categories, individual companies or specific regions”.center_img Topics :last_img read more