Stop-work order lifted on Mountain Valley pipeline project

first_imgStop-work order lifted on Mountain Valley pipeline project FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Associated Press:Mountain Valley Pipeline has another two years to finish a natural gas pipeline.The Roanoke Times reports that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [FERC] also lifted a stop-work order for all but a 25-mile segment of the interstate transmission line that includes the Jefferson National Forest and adjacent land.While acknowledging problems with erosion and sedimentation during the first two years of construction, FERC found that allowing the pipeline to be completed is best for both the environment and the public.In a 2-1 decision, the commission wrote that the presence of equipment, personnel, and partially completed construction is disruptive to landowners. Commissioners say proceeding to final restoration “is in the best interest of these landowners and the environment.”However, new legal challenges could limit the scope of work.More: Work on Mountain Valley Pipeline can resumelast_img read more

Trail Mix – December 2019

first_imgI don’t know if it was really bound to happen, but I am sure excited that it did. Embed 3:43 Are You Lonely Kyle Emerson Be Careful What You Wish For Human Barbie And – if you are strapped for gift ideas for the music lover in your life – seek out a title or two from this month’s mix and head to your local music shop. Grab a record, a disc, or some concert tickets and give the gift of music. It’s a win/win, really! It’s Christmas Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors 3:15 Lost and Found Harry Nilsson The Rock and the Hill Allison Moorer Truth and Love Charlie Hager 4:58 Happy Xmas (in the Edge Times) Jon Patrick Walker 3:46 3:38 Rounding out this month’s mix are great tracks from The Infamous Stringdusters, Charlie Hager, Jake La Botz, Scott Biram, Kyle Emerson, Wayne Hancock, Human Barbie, Harry Nilsson, Grayson Jenkins, Kitchen Dwellers, Whitacre, and a couple holiday tunes from Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors and Jon Patrick Walker. 5:01 Time Has Come Wildwood Kin I taught McLaughlin during one of my first years teaching near Charlottesville, Virginia. Life took Shane, and his passion for music, to Harrisonburg, Virginia, and then eventually to the University of Pittsburgh, where he studied finance and eventually ended up pursuing a career in music. His band, Buffalo Rose, has been evolving since 2016, and has shared the stage with The Infamous Stringdusters, Yarn, and The Dustbowl Revival. The folksy, acoustic sextet calls to mind The Lumineers and First Aid Kit, among others. 4:17 Happy holidays, friends. Broadminded Scott H. Biram Planets The Infamous Stringdusters 7:54 I Feel So Good Buffalo Rose 4:00center_img Peach Whitacre 3:48 Ruby’s Arms Patty Griffin This month, I am thrilled to feature “I Feel So Good,” from the band’s latest EP, on Trail Mix. 3:18 Fear Kyshona Armstrong 4:02 2:32 Thunderstorms and Neon Signs Wayne Hancock 3:36 Audio PlayerHarry NilssonLost and FoundUse Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.00:000:00 / 4:02 Broken Cage The Bankrobber’s Lament Jake La Botz 3:52 Cowboy Dream Grayson Jenkins 3:45 Refugee King Liz Vice 6:06 3:39 Copy and paste this code to your site to embed. The King of All Birds Aoife O’Donovan 3:32 This month, a former fifth grade student of mine – Shane McLaughlin – and his band appear on Trail Mix. Folks, that is pretty cool. 5:35 The December mix also features some powerful female performances. Check out the new tracks for Aoife O’Donovan, Patty Griffin, Allison Moorer, Liz Vice, Kyshona Armstrong, and the sister group, Wildwood Kin.last_img read more

Fed grants conditional approval to pot-focused CU serving

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City has granted conditional approval to a Colorado credit union to serve marijuana businesses.To win the approval of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Four Corner Credit Union had to modify its business plan to only serve individuals and companies that support legalized marijuana, not state-licensed dispensaries.Four Corner Credit Union sued the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City three years ago. continue reading »last_img read more

Growing your mortgage business in a challenging market

first_imgIt’s a great time to be a lender in just about any loan category in the credit union industry. Assets, total loans, resi, auto, credit cards, member business loans are all up. Even better news, delinquencies are at cycle lows, so performance is strong due to a healthy economy. The only blinking red light has been loan to share ratios that are at 40-year highs, which gives some concern to liquidity going forward. Deposits are at a premium and their costs are starting to rise.(Source: NCUA)However, the long slow uptick in rates has taken its toll on originations, though hopefully the recent pullback in rates helps the refinance market. The continuing rise in home values, coupled with low inventory, has made housing affordability a real challenge for everyday America. The chart below provided by the Urban Institute shows the volumes we’ve experienced over the last few years. Most forecasts call for more of the same for the next 2+ years with originations being flat (at best) around $1.5tn annually. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

How Daughter Luna Honored Late Son Jack

first_imgThe best big sister. Chrissy Teigen showed her “incredibly empathetic” daughter, Luna, honoring her late baby brother in a touching Monday, November 9, Instagram video.“I’m just thinking a lot about Jack today,” the Cravings author, 34, captioned the social media upload. “Our house is very open about life, death, grief, everything really. We try to explain things well and answer every question imaginable in a beautiful, spiritual but literal way. I know this is a weird post but I just wanted to share these to always remember … life is infinitely better with [Luna] in it. I miss u, Jack. We miss you a lot.”- Advertisement – The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model added that they had selected a special place for their late son’s ashes. “[They’re] waiting to be put into the soil of a tree in our new home, the one we got with his room in mind,” Teigen explained at the time.She and the EGOT winner announced in August that they were expecting baby No. 3. Teigen debuted her baby bump in the singer’s “Wild” music video and accidentally revealed the sex in an Instagram video the following month.Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! – Advertisement – Teigen and Legend, 41, who also share their 2-year-old son, Miles, announced in September that they had suffered a pregnancy loss. “We are shocked and in the kind of deep pain you only hear about, the kind of pain we’ve never felt before,” the Utah native wrote via Instagram at the time. “We were never able to stop the bleeding and give our baby the fluids he needed, despite bags and bags of blood transfusions. It just wasn’t enough.”Chrissy Teigen and Luna Honor Jack After Pregnancy LossLuna Courtesy of Chrissy Teigen/InstagramThe following month, the Bring the Funny judge penned a Medium essay about the “utter and complete sadness” she and the Voice coach were experiencing, writing, “People say an experience like this creates a hole in your heart. A hole was certainly made, but it was filled with the love of something I loved so much. It doesn’t feel empty, this space. It feels full.”- Advertisement – In the footage, the Lip Sync Battle cohost explained that they had “just got baby Jack’s ashes back.” Teigen showed the white box, explaining, “Luna put a little therapy bear around him. The best part is, I came down and she gave him a piece of her favorite snack, a tiny piece of Pirate’s Booty. She’s amazing.”Chrissy Teigen and Luna Honor Jack After Pregnancy LossChrissy Teigen and Luna Courtesy of Chrissy Teigen/InstagramHer and John Legend’s 4-year-old daughter sat on the couch talking to the box of ashes and the stuffed animal in a second clip. “Hi, guys,” she said. “This is baby Jack, and I’m Teddy. I’m Luna. How you doing today?”Kris Jenner called the little one “precious” in the post’s comments.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Bandung street vendors lose income as customers stay home amid COVID-19 policy

first_imgGagan, a cake seller in Bandung, West Java, said he had barely made any money in the past weeks since authorities had imposed a physical distancing policy that required people to limit outdoor activities to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  The 29-year-old usually peddled his baked goods on Jl. Gardujati to earn around Rp 300,000 (US$18) per day before the pandemic reached Indonesian shores. Now, he was making almost no money.Another street vendor, Enung, who made a living by selling nasi kuning (yellow rice with side dishes) near several schools on Jl. Dokter Radjiman, also had a similar experience. The stay-at-home policy, which included students, caused her losses of up to Rp 200,000 in daily income.The Bandung Street Vendors Association (APPKL) said that between 900 and 1,500 members had lost their incomes during the health crisis. “They had stopped selling goods for almost three weeks,” said APPKL Bandung head Iwan Suhermawan on Sunday.The majority of affected vendors were those who sold food and clothing. Other vendors who sold basic commodities such as rice, fruit and vegetables were still surviving.An online survey that the Bandung Legal Aid (LBH Bandung) conducted from March 26 to April 1 showed that unskilled laborers like street vendors and small businesses were among the most vulnerable to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.”At least 526 out of the total 1,253 respondents reported a loss of income from their businesses,” said Harold Aron of LBH Bandung’s survey team. He added that the majority of respondents also hoped to receive government assistance, including loan relief.Social movement Generasi Baru Dapur Indonesia (new Indonesian kitchen generation), together with APPKL Bandung, has launched the Bantu Pedagang Kecil (help small traders) crowdfunding program to distribute food aid to street vendors.Generasi Baru Dapur Indonesia chairwoman Christine Effendy said that the program had so far distributed 600 packages, with each package containing rice, sugar, cooking oil, chicken, vegetables and milk.”The next batch of aid will be distributed on April 7,” Christine said, and that the beneficiaries had been divided into clusters to ease distribution and minimize the risk of COVID-19 infection. (vny)Topics :last_img read more

Arsenal supporter groups join together in criticism of unpopular owner Stan Kroenke

first_imgAdvertisement Arsenal supporter groups join together in criticism of unpopular owner Stan Kroenke Kroenke is referred to by Arsenal fans as ‘Silent Stan’ (Picture: Getty)‘In his takeover document Stan Kroenke said: ‘KSE’s ambitions for the club are to see it competing consistently to win the Premier League and the Champions League’.‘We see little evidence of how this is to be achieved. Instead our club feels like an investment vehicle, personified by the owner’s statement that he didn’t buy Arsenal to win trophies.‘It is sad that an institution like Arsenal FC has such passive ownership. All of us want to see a clear sense of purpose and direction. KSE should start by being more open and accountable and explain how they intend to achieve the goal of winning the game’s major trophies.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe statement ends: ‘As Arsenal supporters, we care deeply. We would like to hear from our club and see actions that demonstrate that they do too.‘The first opportunity comes when the managing director and head of football speak to invited supporters on July 25th. We urge them to address the issues raised here.‘We will watch with interest.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Arsenal’s supporters have written a statement demanding change from the club’s owner Stan Kroenke (Picture: Getty)Arsenal supporters have united en masse to declare their dissatisfaction with how the club is being run by unpopular owner Stan Kroenke.It has been a miserable summer for the Gunners so far with Unai Emery failing to strengthen his squad with a significant signing – while the club’s top-six rivals have all strengthened – and club captain Laurent Koscielny boycotting the team’s tour of the United States.The club’s inactivity in the transfer market amid rumours of a paltry £45m transfer budget allied to regression on the pitch in recent seasons has culminated in a number of Arsenal supporter groups and influential bloggers writing a statement protesting against Kroenke’s ownership.AdvertisementAdvertisementAmong those to voice their frustration at Kroenke are the supporter groups Arsenal Supporters’ Trust, the Black Scarf Movement (BSM) and REDaction as well as popular bloggers Le Grove, Arseblog and Goonerholic, using the hashtag #WeCareDoYou on social media.ADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterMonday 15 Jul 2019 9:53 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.1kSharescenter_img Unai Emery and new Technical Director Edu Gaspar are working with a reduced transfer budget of just £45m this summer (Picture: Getty)The statement read: ‘As Arsenal fans we have watched with frustration as the team’s football performances have declined over the past decade. When Stan Kroenke began buying Arsenal shares the club had just competed in a first Champions League final. Twelve years on, Arsenal are about to play in the Europa League for the third year running.‘Off the pitch, fans have never felt more marginalised, less listened to or valued. This was sadly illustrated when Stan Kroenke forcibly bought out the last remaining supporter-shareholders without even a word of appreciation for their custodianship role in the club.‘It feels as though Arsenal is at a crossroads. Things need to change. What all of us as signatories to this statement want to see is meaningful action by Stan Kroenke to reinvigorate our football club.‘This requires work to strengthen the club’s board and football executive and to once again make Arsenal a place where fans have a real sense of belonging. Change needs to start with better leadership. Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

House prices to stay steady

first_imgBuilding, buying or selling real estate, property investing Australia genericTOWNSVILLE’S median house price is expected to remain steady for the next three years as the region continues to struggle with unemployment, according to the QBE Australian Housing Outlook report.The report, released yesterday, said the Townsville ­median house price had bottomed out but prices were not expected to start sharply rising until after 2020.The median house price in Townsville was $325,000 in June 2017, which was only expected to rise slightly by 2020 to $330,000.QBE Lenders’ Mortgage Insurance CEO Phil White said Townsville would need to ­attract more people through job creation to see substantial price growth beyond inflation in the property market.“Townsville has suffered the most over the 12 months with house prices declining and the consolidation of State and Federal government administration work and a downturn in the resources sector,” Mr White said.“When we look forward, Townsville provides great opportunity from a house affordability perspective. We do need to see some population growth to see price growth beyond the normal inflation rates.”More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020The report said Townsville was heavily impacted by a drop in mining investment. The region had also struggled to recover from the loss of other major sources of employment.“The closure of the Palmer Nickel and Cobalt has also contributed to job losses and the unemployment rate has climbed to 10.8 per cent in the March quarter 2017 while participation rates have fallen to record lows,” the report said.“This has weighed on population growth and therefore demand.”According to the report, rental vacancy rates also remain low at 5 per cent as of the 2017 June quarter, well above the balanced market rate of 3 per cent.Townsville REIQ chairman said he predicted a much more positive outlook and vacancy rates had fallen since the June quarter to 4.3 per cent.“Once you see vacancy rates tighten you see prices start to push up and more investors to our region and you get more demand and then houses prices start to grow,” he said.“Investors aren’t going to come in full swing until the ­vacancy rates are 3.5 per cent and under but when that happens you will start to see price pressure sneak in.”last_img read more

CARICOM demands halt to passage of hazardous waste through Caribbean Sea

first_img Share Tweet CARICOM Chairman and Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Denzil Douglas GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Dr Denzil Douglas, prime minister of St Kitts and Nevis, has called for an immediate halt to the transit of radioactive material through the Caribbean Sea; a practice he said is “unacceptable and injurious.”In a statement condemning the practice, Douglas said that it has become intolerable to the governments and people of the Caribbean, as it compromises its rich but fragile ecosystem, and puts at risk “the very existence of the people of the region”The call to halt the transit of the waste through the Caribbean Sea has come in the wake of a new shipment of Vitrified High Level Waste that will leave the United Kingdom, this week, for Japan through the Caribbean.Douglas said that CARICOM remains immutable in its opposition to the passage of shipments of such material through the Caribbean Sea, which is recognised by the United Nations as a special area in the context of sustainable development.Caribbean News Now 17 Views   no discussions NewsRegional CARICOM demands halt to passage of hazardous waste through Caribbean Sea by: – July 21, 2011center_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Cops warned vs gambling payola

first_imgILOILO City – Police Brigadier GeneralRene Pamuspusan, Western Visayas police director, warned policemen againstaccepting payola or protection money from illegal gambling operators. But not just payola from illegalgambling, according to the police director. Policemen must refrain from takingbribe money from whatever illegal activities. “Hindina kayo bata na dapat pa paalalahanan.We must be responsible for our actions. I am reechoing what our PhilippineNational Police chief ordered: Shun any amount of money from illegal gamblingfinanciers,” said Pamuspusan. Administrative charges would be filed,according to Pamuspusan, which could lead to an erring policeman’s dismissalfrom the service. “We are on the right track but wehave to deliver more,” Pamuspusan said./PN “I have directed all provincial andcity police directors to arrest individuals using my name to further theirillegal activities such as gambling,” said Pamuspusan. “Policemen who violate this ‘no take’policy will be facing dire consequences,” he said. PRO-6 data showed that since Januarythis year, 355 illegal gambling bet collectors were already arrested in 100police operations across Western Visayas.center_img He appealed for public help, andspecifically to alert cellular phone number 09989673651 if they know ofunscrupulous people namedropping him. “The information will be investigatedand the identity of the informant would be treated with utmostconfidentiality,” said Pamuspusan. According to Pamuspusan, this made thePRO-6 the top-performing regional police office in this campaign. Pamuspusan also warning thosenamedropping him and Iloilo Police Provincial Office director Police ColonelRoland Vilela. On the first week of February alone,90 illegal gambling bet collectors were caught. Reports reached Pamuspusan thatillegal gambling operators were using his name and Vilela’s to advance theiroperations.last_img read more