Liverpool residential: The big match on Merseyside

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Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New York Approve Resolution to Permanently Ban Fracking in the Delaware River Basin

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New York Approve Resolution to Permanently Ban Fracking in the Delaware River Basin September 13, 2017center_img Environment,  National Issues,  Press Release Newtown, Pa.– Governors of Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New York, comprising a majority of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), announced today that they had voted in favor of a resolution put forward by the commission to issue draft regulations to permanently ban hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas in the Delaware River Basin.The DRBC vote was three to one with one abstention in passing the resolution for promulgating regulations that would prohibit any water project in the Delaware River Basin proposed for developing oil and gas resources by high-volume hydraulic fracturing.Delaware Governor John Carney said that the DRBC resolution is consistent with the Delaware River Basin Conservation Act, a bill introduced by Carney and passed by Congress in 2016, by helping to ensure that the water resources of the basin will be protected for present and future generations. “Fracking could diminish water resources in the Delaware River Basin, both through consumption and degraded water quality,” said Gov. Carney. “We are pleased to join both New York and Pennsylvania in voting in favor of this resolution, which will protect public health, and a precious water supply. This action will guarantee that fracking for oil and gas will not threaten water resources in the Basin.”New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said, “Protecting and preserving our water resources is paramount to ensuring the health and wellbeing of New Yorkers and of all residents living within the Delaware River Basin,” Gov. Cuomo said. “With this resolution, the DRBC builds on New York’s leadership to protect the environment and public health from hydraulic fracturing, while protecting this vital water source that millions of people depend on every day. ‎I am proud to stand with my colleagues from Delaware and Pennsylvania in approving this critical resolution and we will continue to work on developing the necessary regulations to codify this commonsense resolution.””Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf said he was pleased to see the DRBC take a step forward after years of study. “Today, we are acting to protect a watershed that supplies drinking water to more than 15 million people in one of the most densely populated areas of the country. I believe this resolution preserves water quality and water supply for the residents of the watershed, and will protect this precious resource for generations to come,” said Gov. Wolf. “I have supported this resolution since I was a candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania, and I am proud that we have worked collaboratively to move this process forward after almost a decade of work at the DRBC.”The Delaware River Basin, which drains from portions of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, supplies drinking water to more than 15 million people.  Governors of the four basin states and a federal representative serve as Delaware River Basin Commissioners, tasked with overseeing a unified approach to managing the river system without regard to political boundaries. The commission has oversight in the basin for water quality protection, water supply allocation, regulatory review (permitting), water conservation initiatives, watershed planning, drought management, flood loss reduction, and recreation.The DRBC resolution comes after Congressional passage last December of the Delaware River Basin Conservation Act. As jointly authored by then-Congressman Carney and Delaware US Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons, the Delaware River Basin Conservation Act requires federal, state and local partners to work together and preserve the basin. Congress passed the Act as part of a larger national legislative package known as the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act.Development of oil and gas using hydraulic fracturing in the Delaware River basin has been an issue since 2010, when the DRBC’s five commissioners voted unanimously to “postpone consideration of well pad dockets until regulations are adopted.” This action effectively placed a de facto, temporary moratorium on drilling for natural gas in several Pennsylvania counties and parts of southern New York. Since 2011, the DRBC and the signatory parties have undertaken extensive discussion and research efforts related to unconventional shale gas drilling which resulted in the resolution passed today.In addition, to ensure protection of water resources in the Basin and beyond, Pennsylvania and New York have both developed comprehensive programs to effectively manage wastes and waste products produced as a result of high-volume hydraulic hydro-fracturing operations.  These protections are an aspect of state programs to manage solid and hazardous wastes, as well as to treat wastes in accordance with the federal Clean Water Act and analogous state clean water programs.last_img read more

Mubadala buys into another license off Egypt through Eni deal

first_imgItalian oil company Eni has sold to UAE-based Mubadala Petroleum a 20% stake in the Nour North Sinai offshore concession in Egypt. The Chief Executive Officer of Petroleum & Petrochemicals, Mubadala Investment Company, and Chairman of Mubadala Petroleum, Musabbeh Al Kaabi, and the Chief Executive Officer of Eni, Claudio Descalzi, signed an agreement on Monday for the sale of a 20% participating interest, out of Eni’s share, in the Nour North Sinai offshore concession to Mubadala Petroleum, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mubadala Investment Company.In the concession, which is in participation with Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS), Eni holds an 85% stake in partnership with Tharwa Petroleum Company, which holds a 15% stake of the contractor’s share where Eni & Tharwa are collectively the contractor.Eni said that the completion of the transaction is subject to the fulfillment of certain standard conditions, including all necessary authorizations from Egypt’s authorities.Nour is a block located in the prolific East Nile Delta Basin of the Mediterranean Sea, approximately 50 km offshore in the Eastern Mediterranean, in water depth ranging from 50 to 400 meters, and covers a total area of 739 km2. Eni and Tharwa Petroleum Company are currently carrying out the drilling of the exploration well as foreseen in the first exploration period of the Nour concession.Eni’s CEO, Claudio Descalzi, said: “This transaction strengthens our partnership after the successful relationship in Zohr and confirms Mubadala Petroleum’s trust in Eni’s robustness as operator, both in projects development and exploration activities.”To remind, Eni in March 2018 agreed to sell to Mubadala Petroleum a 10% stake in the Shorouk concession, offshore Egypt, where Zohr super-giant gas field is located. The sale was finalized in June.Chairman of the Board of Mubadala Petroleum, Musabbeh Al Kaabi, said: “This investment enables Mubadala Petroleum to further expand our position in Egypt while deepening our strategic partnership with Eni, the operator of both the Shorouk and Nour concessions.”last_img read more

Off Road Speedway returns to action

first_imgBy Randy Pospishilsports@norfolkdailynews.comNORFOLK, Neb. (July 30) – After a two-week hiatus, racing returned to the Off Road Speedway Saturday night.The IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars set the tone for the evening as four cars battled for the lead for more than half of the 16-lap feature before Chad Bruns and Shawn Primrose finally pulled away from the pack. Bruns, currently ranked 10th on the IMCA national points list, got the win with Prim­rose finishing second and Tanner Pettitt taking third.With 10 laps remaining in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature, Kyle Prauner had moved through traffic from the middle of the 17-car field to take the lead away from Matt Haase.Prauner, ranked seventh in national points, then pulled away for the win ahead of Derik Fox, who edged Haase for third.Dustin Jackson took the lead three laps into the 12-lap Mach-1 Sport Compact feature and kept it for his third Off Road Speedway win of the season. Behind him, as many as four cars contended for second place Lance Mielke ultimately securing the runner-up spot ahead of Brooke Fluckiger.All three drivers are listed in the IMCA Sport Compacts top 20 national standings.Nate DeSive won his first IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks feature of the season at Off Road Speed­way, withstanding multiple attempts to pass by eventual second-place finisher Jeremy Hoskinson during the race’s final five laps. TeJay Mielke, who is also sixth-ranked nationally, grabbed third to rec­ord his ninth top five finish at the track.last_img read more

Marshalltown spices up Friday races with IMCA Late Models

first_imgMARSHALLTOWN, Iowa – IMCA Late Models will return to weekly race programs in a “Late Model town.”The division joins Friday night shows at Marshalltown Speedway April 28 through Aug. 25.“There’s a ton of buzz going on around here about them. It seems like everybody you talk to says ‘Hey, I hear you’re bringing the Late Models back,” said Promoter Toby Kruse. “We already have a strong weekly IMCA program here but it’s always good to spice things up a bit when you can and this is definitely a Late Model town.”Sanctioned Late Models were on the card at Marshalltown from 1987-1990. Rumours Sports Bar and Grill, owned by former track promoter Steve Priske, will sponsor the division locally and dash races will be held each week with a ‘super dash’ at the end of the point season.The Deery Brothers Summer Series also returns with a mid-week event in June.Todd Cooney, Darrel DeFrance and Luke Goedert were IMCA Late Model feature winners at Marshalltown last season.“As long as I’ve been involved at Marshalltown, as flagman for 15 years and as promoter for 11, there have always been people who would only come to the races when there were Late Models,” observed Kruse. “We’ve run partial schedules the last two years and with the closing of Des Moines it was a good opportunity for us to bring the division back on Friday nights.”Marshalltown opens with the $10,000 to win IMCA Modfied World Nationals March 30-April 1, with the Frostbuster special set for April 7.The IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing season begins April 7 with local track points awarded through Sept. 1.IMCA Modifieds run for a 36th consecutive season and IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars for the 34th straight year at Marshalltown, which has also sanctioned IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks since 1997 and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods since 2006.“Obviously, we have a very long association with Marshalltown Speedway and have enjoyed a great relationship with Toby Kruse for many years as well,” noted IMCA President Brett Root. “We look forward to beginning a new chapter of Late Model racing at Marshalltown in 2017.”last_img read more

The Latest: Turkey set to allow some fans into soccer games

first_imgThe Latest: Turkey set to allow some fans into soccer games The federation says stadiums around the country would operate at a maximum of 30% capacity.The spectators would have their temperatures taken before being admitted. They would be required to wear masks and keep to social distancing rules.The decision comes despite an uptick in in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country. Daily infections have jumped to more than 1,000 since Aug. 4 to reach levels previously recorded in June.___The Minnesota Vikings will play at least their first two home games without fans in attendance. August 25, 2020 With current Minnesota Department of Health guidelines specifying an indoor venue capacity of 250 people, officials from the Vikings, the state, U.S. Bank Stadium, the NFL and the city of Minneapolis were unable to establish a prudent way to open the gates to the public for now.The Vikings will host Green Bay on Sept. 13 and Tennessee on Sept. 27 with the 66,000 seats empty. Over the ensuing five weeks, Minnesota plays at home only once, on Oct. 18 against Atlanta.In a statement, the Vikings said: “We have sought to balance the opportunity to provide fan access with the responsibility to adhere to public health and medical guidance in order to maintain the health and safety of fans, players, staff members and the broader community. Ultimately, public health is our top priority.”NFC North rivals Green Bay and Detroit have announced their first two home games will be played without fans. Chicago also will start the season without spectators but has not specified for how many games.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Turkish soccer federation says a limited number of spectators will be allowed into stadiums to watch games as of October as it relaxes coronavirus restrictions.center_img Associated Press Tennessee will be selling tickets for approximately 25% of the seats at Neyland Stadium for this season.The stadium has a capacity of 102,455, counting everybody in the building, which could mean around 25,000 fansThe Volunteers’ first home game is Oct. 3 against Missouri and university officials say restrictions could change during the season based on statewide virus data and recommendations from public health officials. Tennessee asked fans statewide to wear masks in public.Athletic director Phillip Fulmer says he empathizes with the thousands of fans who won’t get to go to games in Neyland this fall. Fulmer says the circumstances are beyond the control of Tennessee officials and they will do their best to create the safest environment both inside and outside the stadium.Current students and active donors to the Tennessee Fund with season tickets get top priority for tickets and season tickets will be offered based on annual amount given and the order to the Tennessee Fund. The original prices for season tickets will not change with Tennessee set to host five Southeastern Conference opponents for the first time since 1959.Students can start requesting tickets issued on a game-by-game basis Sept. 23.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

Toriola: I Never Thought of Making Seven Olympic Games

first_imgHowever, Toriola is optimistic of good outing in Rio despite the lack of preparation, “‎The team is trying a lot to prepare ourselves because it is very important that we put up a good performance and make the country proud at the Olympics. We are preparing ourselves very well and hopefully we will have something to celebrate in Rio.”On Aruna Quadri, he said: “Aruna Quadri is an experienced player considering what he has achieved as a player. I don’t think that he will be under unnecessary pressure because he is not going to be thinking about the pressure because it is only when an athlete thinks based on his status that the pressure will affect his performance.”TORIOLA’S ROLL OF HONOUR* 4 African Table Tennis Singles Championships medals (1998, 2002, 2004, 2006) and 2 Doubles Championships (1994, 1992)* A Commonwealth Singles Championship (2002) in Manchester (United Kingdom)* A Commonwealth Doubles Championship and Singles Bronze Medal (2006) in Melbourne (Australia)* 4 African Games Singles Gold Medals (1995, 1999, 2003, 2007),* 4 Doubles Gold Medals (1995, 1999, 2003, 2007),* 1 Mixed Doubles Gold Medal (1999, with Bose Kaffo; they also won silver in 2003)* 3 Team Gold Medals (1995, 1999, 2003).* Olympic Games: Featured in 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012 and now 2016 in Brazil.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram When Segun Toriola made his debut at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games in Spain, he just wanted to fulfill his childhood dream of competing at the biggest sporting event in the world.But when the Rio 2016 Olympic Games kick off on August 5, Toriola will etch his name in the annals of Olympic history as the first African to compete at seven Olympiads.“I feel very honoured about this my seventh Olympic Games because it is a record for me, Nigeria and for the continent of Africa.“At the beginning of my table tennis career, I didn’t know that I’m going to play in seven Olympics but here I am heading to Rio and I am super excited for this feat,” he said.Toriola, who is yet to get national honour for his feat as the most successful table tennis player in Africa is focusing on doing well at the Rio Games.last_img read more

UW survives scare, downs Northwestern

first_imgSophomore guard Jordan Taylor led a hot Wisconsin offense in the first half, leading all scorers with 14 points at the break. The Badgers shot 15-for-20. or 75 percent, in the opening period versus Northwestern.[/media-credit]Five shots. That’s how many Wisconsin missed in the first half en route to a 14-point halftime lead.Unfortunately for the Badgers, they only made five in the second half, as they barely hung on at home to beat Northwestern 70-63.Conversely, the Wildcats were a model of consistency, hitting exactly half their shots in each period. When the final buzzer sounded, free throws made the biggest difference, as Wisconsin made more (23) than Northwestern attempted (22) in the game.“The difference was being patient enough at the end to get fouled to get to the line,” UW head coach Bo Ryan said. “Because they were very aggressive and for the most part (we) hit the free throws.”John Shurna led all scorers in the game with 26 points, but it was not enough. Shurna was the only Wildcat in double figures, though each of the other four NU starters added eight points.Four Badgers reached double digit points in the contest for Wisconsin, with Jason Bohannon’s 17 points leading the way. Jordan Taylor added 16 points while Trevon Hughes and Jon Leuer chipped in 13 and 11 points apiece, respectively.Taylor was especially effective in the first half, leading all scorers with 14 points at the break. The sophomore guard was unable to maintain that pace in the second half, however, as he went 0-for-5 from the floor and 0-for-3 beyond the arc.With Taylor and Bohannon leading the way combining for 24 first-half points, the Badgers went to the locker room shooting a 75 percent clip while hitting 5-of-9 from three. To open the game, Wisconsin hit its six shots from the floor, yet led by only four, as the Wildcats were 6-for-7 over the same stretch.From that point, Wisconsin continued its hot shooting while Northwestern cooled off, though not by much.“We weren’t able to make any stops,” NU head coach Bill Carmody said of his team’s first-half defense. “I thought we shot pretty well — we were 10-of-20 — but we took a couple bad shots. I didn’t think [Wisconsin] took any bad shots.”The Badgers pushed it out to 19-12 soon after on a Hughes 3-pointer, but NU would fight back to get it down to three points with 7:30 remaining and again 30 seconds later after the teams exchanged points in the paint.Wisconsin went on a 15-4 run over the final seven minutes of the half, however, as it appeared the Wildcats would no longer be able to hang with the Badgers.Going into the second half, though, Carmody and the Wildcats knew they needed to change up their defense if they wanted to keep things close. That’s exactly what they did.After switching from a matchup zone to a 1-3-1 in the first half, Northwestern became more aggressive defensively, especially on the wings with Drew Crawford and Shurna.“They were very aggressive,” Ryan said of the Wildcats’ second-half defense. “That’s the best I’ve seen Northwestern play their half-court defense. They were reading well, they were flying, they were very attentive to detail, and they’re better at that right now.”While the Badgers kept the lead in double figures for the first 11 minutes of the second period, a layup by Shurna off an offensive board and assist by Luka Mirkovic with 8:55 remaining sparked the Wildcats.Including Shurna’s second-chance layup, NU went on an 8-0 run over the next two-plus minutes to cut Wisconsin’s lead to just three points at 57-54.Bohannon answered with a big 3-pointer, pushing the lead back to six points with 6:15 to play. From that point, the Badgers won the game at the line, scoring their final 10 points on free throws.“Down the stretch, it’s always key to make free throws,” Bohannon said. “Just making free throws down the stretch is crucial, always.”Still, the two biggest free throws of the game for Wisconsin — and the ones everyone will remember — were a pair missed by Leuer with 2:12 remaining that allowed Northwestern to move within one after Shurna hit a pair on the other end.Leuer more than made up for it late in the game, though.As the Badgers led 66-63 with less than 30 seconds to play, Michael “Juice” Thompson took the ball for Northwestern and drove past the UW defense with what appeared to be a clear lane to the hoop.But Leuer came quickly from the weak side and blocked Thompson’s layup off the backboard and into the hands of Bohannon with eight seconds left to seal the victory.“The block was just trying to make up for all those free throws I missed,” Leuer said. “I just felt I had to make a play.”last_img read more

Clarkson’s 2nd-period outburst leads to 6-2 loss for Syracuse

first_img Published on October 26, 2018 at 10:40 pm Contact Arabdho: armajumd@syr.edu | @aromajumder Late in the third period, Clarkson’s first line broke through the neutral zone with speed, creating a 2-on-1 situation with Dakota Derrer back for Syracuse. Junior Michaela Pejzlova laid the puck off to senior Loren Gabel a little past the blue line and made a beeline for the net.Gabel turned sideways as she carried the puck on the left side of goalie Ady Cohen, and as Gabel crossed the faceoff dot inside the Syracuse zone, she flipped the puck past Derrer and onto Pejzlova’s stick. The Czech forward was left with a tap-in to complete her hat-trick and put the Golden Knights up 6-2.It was the final goal in an offensive onslaught for the reigning national champions, No. 2 Clarkson (6-1-0), Friday night at the Tennity Ice Pavilion as they beat Syracuse (2-5-0, 2-2-0 College Hockey America), 6-2, in the first of a home-and-home on back-to-back nights. Orange head coach Paul Flanagan said that while his team was fairly even against the other lines, the first line was in the Syracuse end nearly the whole time it was on the ice, skewing the game in Clarkson’s favor.“It was the varsity playing against the JV when they were out there,” he said. “Those three are really dynamic players, and it’s no wonder they won a national championship last year.”After a strong 19 minutes to start the game, Syracuse gave up a late power play goal in the first period to make it 2-1 for Clarkson heading into the intermission, which Flanagan said deflated the Orange. Just shy of five minutes into the second period, Clarkson netted another.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBoth goals were scored by Pejzlova, and in both cases, she was allowed to skate from the side of the net to the slot area untouched. The junior forward, who came into the game with two goals this season, made no mistake either time and on her second goal showed great patience in letting Cohen fall to the ice in a desperate attempt to play the puck before slotting her shot into the vacated net.Flanagan explained after the game that in SU’s defensive system, the weak-side forward is used as a safety valve to either go out to the point or help in front of the net, and on that play, “They didn’t even respond.”“It’s all upstairs,” Flanagan said. “It’s not so much physical as it is just understanding what you have to do mentally.”That was the beginning of a nightmare second period for Syracuse. They would concede two more goals in the frame and went into the second intermission trailing 5-1.Flanagan pointed to the four penalties Syracuse took in the first period as part of the reason why his team could not respond physically to Clarkson in the middle period. The Orange were forced to play many of their top players heavy minutes on the penalty kill, and that wore them out as the game went on.With tired legs, Flanagan said SU began to play more one-on-one hockey, which led to more turnovers, the key factor in Syracuse’s demise.“It wears you down physically, especially how well they move the puck,” Cohen said. “They had it in our zone most of the time, and moving around even without shots, and then having shots, wears you down.”The Orange grabbed one back in the third period when sophomore Emma Polaski finished off a tic-tac-toe play on a zone entry. Kelli Rowswell found Anonda Hoppner with a cross-ice feed, and Hoppner slid it to Polaski who slotted the puck through Clarkson goalie Kassidy Sauve’s five-hole.Flanagan said it was one of the rare times throughout the night when Syracuse was able to string together multiple passes at even strength. One of the key differences between the two sides was consistency on offense, which showed as Clarkson scored three goals outside of its big second period, too.“[Clarkson] know how to win, and right now, we know how to lose, so that’s the story of the ball game,” Flanagan said. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more