Court rules against pipeline developers in a win for residents of Union Hill, VA

first_imgThis is the eighth time since May 2018 that a federal court or federal agency has revoked or suspended a permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Because of the hurdles they have encountered, Dominion Energy and Duke Energy stopped all construction of the pipeline more than a year ago, with less than 6 percent of pipe in the ground.  Friends of Buckingham and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Inc. challenged the Virginia Air Pollution Control Board’s award of a permit to build a compressor station for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in the predominately African-American community of Union Hill. The petitioners contended that the board erred in failing to consider electric turbines as zero-emission alternatives to gas-fired turbines in the compressor station. They also argued that the board failed in assessing the compressor station’s potential for disproportionate health impacts to the community of Union Hill. Read more about the story of Union Hill, Va HERE Photo by Ellen Kanzinger In its decision, the court said that the board “failed to grapple with the likelihood that those living closest to the compressor station—an overwhelmingly minority population according to the Friends of Buckingham Survey—will be affected more than those living in other parts of the same county. The board rejected the idea of disproportionate impact on the basis that air quality standards were met. But environmental justice is not merely a box to be checked, and the board’s failure to consider the disproportionate impact on those closest to the compressor station resulted in a flawed analysis.” On Tuesday, Virginia’s Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the Virginia Air Pollution Control Board and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in a case that called into question the legality of placing a compressor station in the Union Hill neighborhood, home to many descendants of formerly enslaved people.  “We are very happy with the court’s decision,” Friends of Buckingham president and Union Hill resident Chad Oba told the Southern Environmental Law Center. “Five years ago, Dominion told us that there was going to be a compressor station in Union Hill and there was nothing we could do about it. That’s not fair, and it’s not American. Today we showed that our community, our community’s history, and our community’s future matters more than a pipeline.” Read the full story here: https://www.southernenvironment.org/news-and-press/news-feed/court-delivers-win-for-union-hill-citizens-over-atlantic-coast-pipeline and the court decision here: https://www.southernenvironment.org/uploads/words_docs/Fourth_Circuit_opinion_Friends_of_Buckingham_19-1152.pdf Read more about the story of Union Hill, Va HERElast_img read more

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2 simple cures for your janky website

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Anyone remember Geocities, Lycos, Netscape, Excite? All of these ’90s-born brands are still operating, although in much different capacities. We also know that many credit unions and community banks have websites that harken back to the age of teen heartthrob Jonathan Taylor Thomas.Those looping psychedelic animated gifs, repeated pattern backgrounds and hit counters that were all the rage are archaic by today’s standards. For most prospects, they scream security breach. The look and feel of your website can turn off your customers/members and prospects from banking with you.A website needs to be simple, clean and digestible. Turns out there are two simple cures to drastically improving your website: continue reading »last_img read more

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How the government stimulus can help you at home

first_img“Within three weeks we’ll have direct deposit into people’s accounts for people where we don’t have their direct deposit information, there’ll be a web based application, they can upload it,” said Steve Mnuchin the secretary for the U.S. Treasury. “And for people who don’t do that, uh, we’ll, there’ll be checks in the mail.” The most noticeable impact of the bill will be for people who make under seventy five thousand dollars a year. Most of these people, whether married or filing jointly, will receive a one-time check of $1,200, and $500 for each child. Companies with under 500 employees are eligible for a new loan from the Small Business Administration; these loans can be used for things such as payroll and utilities, and if a business keeps its employees instead of firing them, those loans will be forgiven after 6 weeks. (WBNG) — No measure the federal government has taken to combat the coronavirus has been larger than the $2 trillion dollar economic stimulus bill known as the CARES act. The federal government passed it last week, and it’s sending money to millions of Americans. If you use direct deposit, your check will be deposited directly into your bank account in the next couple weeks, but if you still use paper checks, it could take a little longer for you to receive your money. It could take one to two months for a check in the mail to arrive. People who make between 75 and one hundred thousand dollars a year will receive some benefits but not the full twelve hundred. Unemployment benefits were also increased under the stimulus; people are eligible for unemployment for an additional 13 weeks, and will receive an extra $600 a month as well.last_img read more

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Telkom comes up with new expansion plan … after ministerial reprimand

first_imgHe added that Telkom would build a data center in East Jakarta as an initial step in the expansion plan, followed by establishing data centers in several regions outside Jakarta.The cloud computing business showed strong potential amid the rapid pace of digital transformation in the country, Ririek said. He estimated that the Indonesian cloud computing market could reach between US$120 billion and $150 billion by 2024, or around 10 percent of Indonesia’s gross domestic product (GDP).“We will enter what we call the digital platform, for example the data center and then the cloud. Because looking ahead, [the future] of computing is the cloud,” he said.Earlier this month, SOEs Minister Erick Thohir chastised Telkom for its overreliance on Telkomsel – its cellular services subsidiary that contributes 70 percent of its income. The minister even took a broader swipe at Telkom’s current operations, saying that it would be “better not to have Telkom at all ” if most of its earnings came from the subsidiary. Topics : Following criticism from State-Owned Enterprises Minister Eric Thohir that it was not doing enough to tap new business opportunities, Telkom Indonesia announced on Wednesday a new business strategy.Telkom president Ririek Adriansyah said that the state-owned telecommunications giant would be shifting to digital services, such as digital computing and data centers, as its main source of income and to reduce its reliance on cellular services.“We will launch a number of new services in the next few months. Our challenge is to transform our services from off-the-shelf products to solution-based software,” Ririek said on Wednesday at the CNBC Indonesia Economic Outlook 2020 discussion in Jakarta.center_img Erick continued the onslaught, saying that Telkom, with its wide broadband network, should be leading the competition in providing cloud computing services.Telkom should focus more on big data and cloud computing, Erick added, and he expected Telkom’s cloud services to be on a par with the more established services in other countries, like China’s Alibaba Cloud.Information technology experts of TELKOM, Indonesia’s leading telecommunication company, work at the central monitoring section of their headquarters in Jakarta on April 15, 2009. (AFP/Bay ISMOYO)Telkom has several digital businesses, including its neuCentrlX multiservice data center operated by subsidiary PT Sigma Cipta Caraka (Telkomsigma). NeuCentrIX operates in 17 locations: 11 in Indonesia, three in Singapore and one in Hong Kong.Telkom began tapping the domestic cloud services market in August 2018, when it launched Azure Hybrid Cloud and the accompanying Azure Stack Platform in collaboration with PT Microsoft Indonesia. The digital services were developed under Telkomtelstra, a joint venture with Australian telecommunications giant Telstra.Despite previous attempts, Telkom has yet to see optimum results or to secure a strong position in the cloud computing race in the country, with global tech behemoths touting their service products, like Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform. (ydp)last_img read more

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Not a good time to graduate: Pandemic leaves job seekers in limbo

first_imgLiving with her parents in Surabaya, East Java, Tya said she was still sending out applications amid the pandemic, but with far less hope now. To keep her mind at ease, she has been accepting freelance projects and helping with her friend’s new business. She also spends less time on Instagram now, opting instead to explore new interests, such as cooking and making ceramics, while she stays at home in compliance with the government’s calls for physical distancing.Tya said she could not help but feel morally obligated to find a job, even though her parents had told her to take things easy, expressing hope that life would return to normal soon.”The government hasn’t taken this seriously since the start. As a result, both public health and the economy are at stake now. I hope they’ll prioritize public health for now,” Tya said.Online talent recruitment and career discovery platform Glints’ country director for Indonesia, Steve Sutanto, said companies in general had become more prudent in hiring new talents, with retail, travel, aviation and food and beverage industries being among the most affected.”Our observation shows around 30 to 50 percent of companies in Jakarta have stopped their internal recruitment activities starting three to four weeks ago,” Steve said.Steve said that although there was no definite answer to when recruitment would return to normal, with some experts predicting a second wave of the outbreak, the current situation was bound to change the way companies rolled out recruitment once the pandemic ended.A recent survey by the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) and SurveySensum revealed that more than half of the 80 businesses surveyed in March had cut their hiring budgets.Read also: Budget cuts, furloughs inevitable for start-ups to survive pandemic: InvestorsBusiness players expect to resume normal operations around September or October as uncertainty continues to haunt the country’s unemployed, including fresh graduates.Indonesia has seen rising levels of university enrollment, with more people believing a degree will lead to better-paying jobs. University graduates accounted for 9.7 percent of Indonesia’s workforce, or 12.27 million of 133 million workers as of August 2019, according to BPS data.The same data, however, revealed that 5.67 percent, or some 730,000 of the country’s 13 million university graduates, were unemployed. The figure was higher than the country’s overall unemployment rate at the time of 5.28 percent, which equates to 7.05 million people. However, it is not only sexist comments and harmful stereotypes, both of which she encountered at university, that have kept Tya from landing her dream job. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a public health and economic crisis, forcing businesses to close or halt recruitment and leaving millions out of work.Tya said she had not heard back from a company in Bandung, West Java, after a job interview in January, with the city soon to impose large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) to curb SARS-CoV-2 transmission. An internship she secured at a Malaysian company, scheduled to begin in March, would likely be canceled as well, she said.”I was waiting for my visa and work permit when the pandemic hit. I had even found a place to rent there and started working remotely for the company. However, the internship will be canceled, as the company has had to halt its operations because of the lockdown there,” Tya said.Read also: Women encouraged to work in STEM industries After almost five years fighting her way through an arduous mechanical engineering degree at one of Indonesia’s top schools, 24-year-old Tantya “Tya” Ani thought she could breathe a sigh of relief upon graduating in September last year.She started seriously looking for jobs in December, applying for roles that would allow her to work onsite — defying the odds that have for a long timed sided with men in the world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).According to UNESCO, only 35 percent of STEM students globally are women, but women’s representation in these fields is increasing, thanks to women like Tya.center_img This figure does not include the roughly 2.8 million people who have lost their jobs as of Monday because of the pandemic, according to data by the Manpower Ministry and the Workers Social Security Agency (BPJS Ketenagakerjaan).”It was already hard to find a job to begin with, even without a pandemic,” said Ghea, 21, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communication science in early March, shortly after Indonesia announced its first confirmed cases.Reports of layoffs have made her feel uneasy, as it means she will have more competition for positions.Ghea, who had worked her hardest to finish her studies in less than four years, said she had been on the lookout for job vacancies online every day and had so far applied to around 15 companies, mostly in retail, since March.Sadly, three retail companies have reached out to her to tell her that they were canceling their recruitment, but she is pinning her hopes on an online interview with a start-up company this week.”I just don’t want to be a burden on my mother anymore,” she said.Ghea said all her friends were sharing the same experience and were now trying to sign up for the government’s preemployment card program, a social safety net program that offers aid similar to unemployment benefits.Read also: Govt introduces new social benefits as 2.8 million lose jobsThe program will cover 5.6 million participants aged 18 years and above who are currently not attending university, particularly those who have yet to receive any social assistance, and offer them the opportunity to participate in training courses.The program was initially intended to reduce youth unemployment, but the aim shifted slightly to accommodate people who have lost their jobs or run struggling small businesses during the pandemic. As many as 1.4 million people had applied for the program a day after it was rolled out on Saturday.”I tried signing up many times but the website was always down. There must have been many people trying to sign up too,” Ghea said.Uncertainty about the future also worries Athiyya Nabila Ayu, a 22-year-old final year accounting student who expects to graduate in August after finishing her thesis. She said she had tried applying for jobs, but had only heard back from one company.”Of course, it’s not a good time to graduate,” she said. “My parents are also worried whether I can get a job in a time like this.”— Editor’s note: The article was updated to correct a misspelling of Glints country director Steve Sutanto’s name.Topics :last_img read more

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Indonesia records new high in democracy index, despite lower score in freedom of expression

first_imgIndonesia scored 74.92 points out of 100 in the 2019 democracy index, up by 2.53 points from the previous year, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) reported on Tuesday.The latest Indonesian Democracy Index (IDI) score is the highest the country has ever recorded since BPS launched the evaluation program in 2009.The IDI has three possible ratings: poor (below 60 points), fair (60-80 points) and good (above 80 points). Based on this scale, Indonesia’s democracy, with its 74.92 points in the 2019 IDI, could be categorized as “fair”.Although Indonesia saw better democratic performance, BPS also reported setbacks in several democracy variables in 2019.Indonesia saw a decrease in the freedom of speech score, from 66.17 points in 2018 to 64.29 points in 2019, while the freedom of assembly score also went down from 82.35 points to 78.03 points in the same period. The country also recorded a lower score in the role of political parties, from 82.10 points in 2018 to 80.62 points in 2019.The biggest score decrease in the 2019 democracy variable was free and fair elections, which dropped by 9.73 points, to 85.75 points from 95.48 in 2018.Despite the setbacks, Indonesia recorded better scores in freedom of religion at 83.03 points, freedom from discrimination at 92.35 points, and the role of regional Legislative Councils (DPRD) at 61.74 points.Nevertheless, BPS head Kecuk Suhariyanto said there were six indicators with poor scores in 2019.”[The country] needs to improve on these six indicators since it scored lower than 60 points,” Kecuk said in a press conference on Monday as reported by tempo.co.He went on to say that Indonesia recorded a poor score in the threat of violence hampering freedom of expression at 57.35 points, the percentage of women councilors at 58.63 points, and violent demonstrations at 30.37 points.The remaining three indicators with poor scores are regional bylaws (Perda) initiated by the DPRD at 46.16 points, DPRD recommendations to executive bodies at 16.70 points and information on regional budgets (APBD) at 53.43 points.Topics :last_img read more

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Māori MPs give their take on abortion law reforms

first_imgMaori Television 30 October 2018Family First Comment: Labour’s Louisa Wall says, “It’s in the Crimes Act because historically this was a moral issue, it was a religious issue, it wasn’t about women’s rights but from my perspective it is about women’s rights.”WRONG! It’s in the Crimes Act (like assault and murder) not because it’s a religious issue but because it involves the taking of a life – and it still does. And that means it’s still a moral issue.#factsmatter #confusionreigns www.ChooseLife.nzThe Law Commission’s recommendation that government decriminalise abortion and treat it as a health issue is expected to result in a conscience vote for MPs, but it’s not clear whether it would get enough support for a law change.Holding her baby daughter, Labour’s Kiri Allan says it’s time for a law change.“I’ve been an advocate for abortion law reform and decriminalising in this area.”National’s deputy leader Paula Bennett was not so forthcoming.“I’m going to wait until I see legislation I’m not going to voice an opinion on it right now.”New Zealand First MP Jenny Marcroft says “rare, safe and legal” is her party’s preferred option.Labour’s Ikaroa Rawhiti MP Meka Whaitiri is pro-life but understands some pregnancies could be complicated.“There’s no greater gift than the gift of life and that’s about whakapapa and it’s about tikanga and that’s why it’s really important that I get soundings.”New Zealand’s first Gender Attitudes Survey shows 70 percent of kiwis agree that women should have the right to choose whether they have an abortion, compared with 14 percent who disagree.Of the 13,285 abortions last year Māori women accounted for 3,111, an increase of 200 on the previous year.But statistics show a downwards trend in the average Māori abortion rate over the past decade from 28 per 1,000 to 19 per 1,000 for women aged 15-44-years.Labour’s Māori caucus co-chair Willie Jackson says he supports decriminalising abortion but acknowledged traditionally it was not a preferred option for Māori.“There is a traditional view that we are working through as a Māori caucus so we have to take that into consideration.”Allan says, “the influence of Christianity on our tikanga has probably put forward a particular type of view when it comes to kaupapa about abortion.”The Law Commission recommends three options:No statutory test and the woman can self-refer to a practitioner where they decide together.A statutory test and the practitioner rules the abortion is appropriate.No requirement for a statutory until 22-weeks of pregnancy.Labour’s Louisa Wall says, “It’s in the Crimes Act because historically this was a moral issue, it was a religious issue, it wasn’t about women’s rights but from my perspective it is about women’s rights.”The law reform will be taken to cabinet by Justice Minister Andrew Little early next year.http://www.maoritelevision.com/news/politics/maori-mps-give-their-take-on-abortion-law-reformslast_img read more

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Lagos City Marathon: Ex-Olympian Urges Northern Governors To Emulate Sanwo-Olu

first_img Waziri who competed in the men’s marathon at the 1988 Summer Olympics said he is very happy to see the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon move up the ladder from the World Athletics Bronze Level, it was during the regime of the former Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to a World Athletics Silver Label month into the tenure of Sanwo-Olu. In a statement signed by Olukayode Thomas Head Communications and Media Access Bank Lagos City Marathon Waziri whose personal best is 2hours .15 minutes achieved over two decades ago is confident that Sanwo-Olu will take the race to Gold and even Platinum label. “I must say that I am very delighted with the way the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon is getting bigger and bigger every year, from no label at all, it is now a Silver Label, I congratulate everyone that has worked hard to bring this to reality especially the Governor Sanwo-Olu and my amiable brother Yussuf Alli,” he said. Waziri noted that the gains accrued from the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon are enormous as Nigeria is beginning to claw her way back to relevance as far as long-distance races are concerned. “Since it (Access Bank Lagos City Marathon) started, it has been a blessing, the culture of long-distance races is back and more races are springing up from across the states. Well-respected former Nigerian road runner Yohanna Waziri has showered encomiums on the Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for his instant impact on the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon. Loading… Promoted Content7 African Actresses With Thick Skin Who Got Famous In Hollywood11 Strange Facts About Your Favorite TV ShowsWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-FlowYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindPretty Awesome Shows That Just Got Canceled9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do “The athletes are also improving each year and they are getting good money for their hard work so it has really been a commendable innovation” For Waziri, it is not good enough that while Northern athletes rule long distant races in Nigeria, virtually none of their states boast of any world-class marathon as obtained in Lagos. “Yes, I will like to appeal to our governors in the North to learn from what Sanwo-Olu has continued in Lagos, we need quality races in the North, our region already boasts of top athletes and I know many more will be unearthed if we take this serious like Lagos is doing” Waziri concluded. The 2020 edition of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon is billed for February 8 with a long list of Gold and Silver Labelled athletes already confirmed for the race. Since its inception, the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon has made a special concession to Nigerian athletes; carving out a separate reward system outside the general prize monies. Read Also:Access Bank Lagos City Marathon: Olopade unveils $20,000 bonus With cars and prize monies being won each year by the runners, governors have been advised that crime and other vices can be reduced a great deal with the introduction of sporting events like the Lagos Marathon FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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Report: Many Young Athletes “Taking One For The Team”

first_imgA new report finds a staggering number of young athletes hide their injuries or feel pressured to play while hurt. ( Image: Roxannah/file)INDIANAPOLIS – As young athletes are taking to the field, track and turf in Indiana for the beginning of fall sports, a new survey finds a growing number will likely face an injury during the season.According to the research from Safe Kids Worldwide, an alarming number of young people are injured as a result of aggressive play, hiding injuries to stay in the game and parents who pressure coaches to keep them on the field.Kate Carr, Safe Kids’ president and chief executive, said parents, coaches and players should have their own huddle before the season and set some ground rules to prevent injuries.“You can discuss dirty play, hard fouls, how you’re going to deal with them,” she said. “You can discuss the training of a coach. You can discuss parental behavior on the sidelines. You can talk to athletes about the importance of speaking up.”A law that went into effect this year in Indiana requires concussion-awareness training for high school and youth football coaches. It also imposes a 24-hour waiting period on young players who are suspected of suffering a concussion. It’s estimated that nationally, 3,400 children seek medical treatment every day for sports injuries.More than half of athletes reported playing while injured, Carr said, and more than half of coaches said they felt pressured to put injured players back in the game. She said this behavior just leads to bigger problems down the road.“The injury that you play with could be compounded in that game or in that practice,” she said. “A lot of injuries happen during practice, and that could result in a lifetime of a more serious challenge that you have to face physically, rather than missing a single game.”Carr said proper technique, strength training and stretching all can help prevent injuries, and encouraged young athletes to only participate in one sport at a time to prevent injuries because of overuse.More information on the research is online at safekids.org.Mary Kuhlmanlast_img read more

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Championship Saturday starts at Boone Speedway

first_imgBOONE, Iowa (Sept. 12) – Championship Saturday is underway at Boone Speedway.The record-setting 33rd annual IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s comes to a close today, with the crowning of champions in the Hobby Stock, Northern SportMod, Stock Car and ultimately the Modified division.Race of champion events are also slated for those four classes.First on the docket, however, are a last-chance feature to fill the Stock Car grid and last-chance heats and features to add the final nine cars to the Modified field.A record 876 cars, from 25 states and Canada, have competed at Super Nationals XXXIII.*Before the afternoon race session got underway, Nick Deal got the best of Cayden Carter in a game of Rochambeau at the Fan Zone to capture the outside front row starting spot in tonight’s main event.Lining up behind them will be Ryan Ruter, Ryan McDaniel, Jason Cummins, Adam Larson, Drew Christianson and Johnny Scott.And in the equally anticipated Rochambeau battle to decide the outside front row starter for the Stock Car main, Dustin Larson bested brother Jeffrey for the coveted position.They’ll be followed on the starting grid by John Heiz, Matt Guillaume, Kyle Vanover, Joe Flory, Gary Bass and Donavon Smith.*Regan Tafoya and Chad Sterling drew the high cards to earn pole starts for the Harris Auto Racing Modified Race of Champions and Sunoco Race Fuels Stock Car Race of Champions, respectively.Starting in positions two through 12 in the Modified RoC are 2013 race winner Dustin Smith, John Gober, Ronn Lauritzen, Kelly Shryock, Curt Lund, Josh Gilman, Ryan McDaniel, Brandon Beckendorf, Richie Gustin, Jesse Sobbing and 2004 race winner Scott Hogan.Kyle Vanover lines up outside Sterling, with Shaun Bruns, Chad Palmer, Joe Flory, Nick Tubbs, Dustin Larson, Kevin Opheim, David Smith and Jeff Tubbs completing the 10-car field.Smith won the Sunoco RoC in 2005 and 2007, Opheim in 2008.last_img read more

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