Keystone XL Pipeline gets the Obama Veto

first_img Keystone XL Pipeline gets the Obama Veto SHARE By Andy Eubank – Feb 24, 2015 Home Energy Keystone XL Pipeline gets the Obama Veto SHARE Facebook Twitter President Barack Obama on Tuesday, as promised, swiftly vetoed a Republican bill approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, leaving the long-debated project in limbo for another indefinite period.The U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, after receiving Obama’s veto message, immediately countered by announcing the Republican-led chamber would attempt to override it by March 3.That is unlikely. Despite their majority, Republicans are four votes short of being able to overturn Obama’s veto.They have vowed to attach language approving the pipeline to a spending bill or other legislation later in the year that the president would find difficult to veto.The TransCanada Corp pipeline would carry 830,000 barrels a day of mostly Canadian oil sands crude to Nebraska en route to refineries and ports along the U.S. Gulf. It has been pending for more than six years.Obama, who rejected the bill hours after it was sent to the White House, said the measure unwisely bypassed a State Department process that will determine whether the project would be beneficial to the United States.“Through this bill, the United States Congress attempts to circumvent longstanding and proven processes for determining whether or not building and operating a cross-border pipeline serves the national interest,” he wrote in his veto message.Republicans, who support the project because of its job-creation potential, made passing a bill a top priority after the November election, when they gained control of the U.S. Senate and strengthened their majority in the House of Representatives.The bill passed by 270-152 in the House earlier this month and cleared the Senate in January.Obama has played down Keystone XL’s ability to create jobs and raised questions about its effects on climate change. Environmentalists, who made up part of the coalition that elected the president in 2008 and 2012, oppose the project because of carbon emissions involved in getting the oil it would carry out of Canadian tar sands.TransCanada Chief Executive Russ Girling said in a statement the company was “fully committed” to Keystone XL despite Obama’s veto and would work with the State Department to answer any questions it has about the project.Opponents of the pipeline praised Obama’s move.“This veto, along with the president’s increasing public skepticism about Keystone XL … makes us more confident than ever that (the) president will reject the permit itself once and for all,” said Gene Karpinski, president of the League of Conservation Voters, another pipeline opponent.Republicans lambasted Obama.“The president’s veto of the Keystone jobs bill is a national embarrassment,” said Republican House Speaker John Boehner. “The president is just too close to environmental extremists to stand up for America’s workers. He’s too invested in left-fringe politics to do what presidents are called on to do, and that’s put the national interest first.”Obama will make a final decision on the project once the State Department finishes its review, expected in the coming weeks.But the issue is likely to remain central in Washington’s political back-and-forth for some time.The chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Jason Chaffetz, sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday asking for all reports and documents received by the State Department from other government agencies about the project, according to an aide.(Source: www.reuters.com with additional reporting by Richard Cowan and Susan Cornwell; Editing by Steve Orlofsky) Facebook Twitter Previous articleFarm World Newspaper Turns 60Next articleThe Weather Wildcard for 2015   Andy Eubanklast_img read more

Fatal Hemptead Hit-and-run Suspect Sought

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County police are looking for the hit-and-run driver that killed a 39-year-old man in Hempstead over the holiday weekend, authorities said.The victim was crossing Fulton Avenue when he was hit by a car driving westbound in the eastbound lane near the corner of Bennett Avenue at 1:17 a.m. Sunday, police said.The victim, whose identity was not released, was taken to the Nassau University Medical Center, where he died less than an hour later, police said.The vehicle, a 2000 black BMW with New York license plate No. GEU3305, fled the scene of westbound on Peninsula Boulevard, police said.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.Anyone with information regarding the above crime is asked to contact the Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.last_img read more

Wavell Heights renovated house sells for $885k as character homes continue to draw attention

first_imgThe home’s renovation and character drew buyers.The home had about 70 groups through at inspections and three written offers, before it was purchased by a family for $885,000.Mr McLennan said the market was “competitive” and expected it to fire up more coming into spring.“It’s only going to get more competitive (and) there are going to be a lot more properties coming to market.” The home at 9 Vaucluse St, Wavell Heights, sold for $885,000.CHARACTER homes in Brisbane’s northern suburbs continue to draw crowds with this home garnering multiple offers.Style Estate Agents Clayfield director and principal Jordan McLennan said he believed character homes attracted more interest than their contemporary counterparts. Inside 9 Vaucluse St, Wavell Heights.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019“This could be a bit controversial (but) I feel character homes demand more attention,” Mr McLennan said.“People are drawn to the original characteristics as opposed to the brand new build.”Those character features are what sold the four-bedroom home at 9 Vaucluse St, Wavell Heights.“(The buyers) loved the renovation of that property (and) the fact they kept the original characteristics of the home as opposed to knocking it and building something completely new,” Mr McLennan said.last_img read more

You can’t spell Wilkinsburg without a ‘W’ or an ‘L’

first_imgFIGHTING BACK—Wilkinsburg quarterback Jordan Wade gets off a pass as two Carlynton defenders close in. Entering the 2009 season, Wilkinsburg needed just one win to become only the 14th WPIAL school to reach 500 wins. The Tigers are 0-7 this season and with only two victories over the last five seasons some Wilkinsburg fans fear that the team might reach 500 losses before they can celebrate another victory. The Tigers haven’t won a WPIAL championship since 1957 and haven’t won a playoff game since 1998, but you didn’t have to be Nostradamus to predict that the Tigers would struggle again in 2009. Cougars coach Ryan Gevaudan said he was happy with the execution of his triple option attack in the first half.“We knew that we would have to get off to a fast start,” said Gevaudan. “With all the rain I knew the field would be sloppy in the second half and we knew that Wilkinsburg would play a hard physical game.”After Carlynton took a 12-0 lead in the first half, Wilkinsburg fought back in the third quarter when Baratta Bey scored a touchdown and a Jordan Wade to Davon Washington pass for the 2-point conversion cut the lead to 12-6.The Tigers’ Rob Taylor, who rushed for 106-yards, ran up and down the field but was unable to score a touchdown.The Cougars Bevan closed out the third quarter by extending the lead to 18-12 on his 10-yard touchdown jolt and Jake Hatcher opened the final quarter by rushing for a 2-yard touchdown to up Carlynton’s lead to 24-12.Bevan sprinted 31 yards to give the Cougars a 30-12 advantage.Some of the Wilkinsburg student chants were very creative as boos rained down, and more than a few fans walked out, but the Tigers fought hard until the very end.Senior Deshawn Hinton, who is the team’s best player and was first team all-conference in 2008, caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from Rasheen Howard. Howard hit Washington for the 2-point conversion to cut the lead to 30-16.Most of the folks have given up on the idea of having a good team and Rush Limbaugh certainly wasn’t trying to buy the Wilkinsburg football team. But a few die-hard fans still believe.“My son (Vernon Glover) played here and my daughter (NaTisha Washington) is a cheerleader,” said Wilkinsburg school board director LaTonya Washington. “This is about the kids. We will continue to inspire our kids to believe in themselves and I know we will turn this thing around.”Extra security personnel and a beefed-up police presence is now the norm, but standing on Graham Field caused many fans to hearken back to names like Donald Jay, Blaine Carter, John Bell, Tyler and the great Walt Bowyer.Bowyer is remembered from his playing days as one of the toughest, meanest, hardest hitters in the long lineage of Wilkinsburg football. Bowyer is a folk hero of sorts when it comes to Wilkinsburg football, having gritted out a long NFL career.Wilkinsburg coach Cliff Simon and the players have done everything but sit around a campfire and sing Kumbaya, it seems.Now the once great stadium is falling apart like its football team. The Tigers were once a proud football program that won the first three WPIAL titles from 1914-1916. However, over the years the “Big Red” of Wilkinsburg started to lift the Iron Curtain ever so slightly that now they resemble a club football team and haven’t produced a Division I-A football player since Rico Tyler played fullback at West Virginia from 1987-90.Carlynton (2-5) overcame a steadily deteriorating Graham Field in Wilkinsburg that was muddled by heavy morning rains Oct 17, to defeat the Tigers 30-16.Steve Bevan’s second quarter touchdown helped turn a scoreless first quarter into a lopsided second as the stars of Carlynton’s offense—Bevan and Jake Howard—each reached the end zone on consecutive second quarter drives to take a two touchdown lead. Bevan rushed for 144-yards and scored three touchdowns. STEADY HAND—Carlynton quarterback Tyrone Murray hands off to his running back. Murray guided the Cougars to a 30-16 win over Wilkinsburg to deny the Tigers their 500th win. last_img read more

Bombers take bite out of Wolves, dump Grand Forks in WK hoop action

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsThe L.V. Rogers Bombers tamed the Wolves from Grand Forks in a pair of West Kootenay High School Basketball League games Monday at the Hangar.Matt Zukowski dropped in 18 points to lead the Bombers to a convincing 75-30 win over Grand Forks in the boy’s game.In the preliminary match, Samantha Einarson scored 17 points to pace LVR to its first win of the season, a 56-36 win over the Wolves in the girl’s contest.“We pretty much had no problem with (Grand Forks) tonight,” said Bomber center McLain Sandeveland.From the opening tip it was all Bombers as LVR built a 27-4 first quarter lead and never looked back.John Zak added 15 points for LVR while Sandeveland and Cail Spencer added eight.The win snapped a two-game losing streak for LVR after the club opened with an easy victory over Rossland Royals.LVR travels to Penticton Friday to compete in the Pen Hi Classic. The Bombers are looking to right a ship that took on water last weekend in Osoyoos.LVR upset defending AA champion South Okanagan Hornets before losing two tough games to Keremeos and Mt Boucherie of Kelowna.“We’re looking to redeem ourselves,” said Sandeveland.First up at the Pen Hi Classic is Vernon. The Bombers then play Enver Creek of Surrey in its second round robin game.The playoff round goes Saturday.Bombers snap four-game skid by stopping WolvesThe LVR Bombers outscored Grand Forks 18-4 in the third period to break open a close game.Erica Augsten and Kyley Mirva combined for 10 points to lead the Bombers.Kiandra McLaren added 13 points to lead the Bombers.Alexis Vatcher scored 10 and Meagan Tiller had nine to lead the Wolves.The game was the first since Grand Forks knocked the Bombers out of the running for the zone title last [email protected]last_img read more

Leafs continue to slide, Rebels double Hawks to increase Murdoch lead

first_imgBut Brad Cruump evened the score for Sicamous before the period ended.Colton Schell restored the Nelson lead in the second before the lights went out on the Leafs with the two Sicamous special teams markers.Berry put the dagger in the backs of the Leafs with his second marker of the game 23 seconds into the final period.After generating 28 shots in the first two periods, Nelson had nothing left in the third only managing nine shots at Eagles netminder Jack Surgenor.Marcus Beesley, brought in as the Leafs backstopper in goal, suffered his second straight defeat between the pipes.Walton leads Rebels past HawksVeteran forward Stuart Walton scored twice as Castlegar doubled the Hawks 4-2 in the Sunflower City.Castlegar scored twice in each of the first two periods, then rode the 28-save performance of Jordan Gluck to secure the win and top spot in the division.Travis Wellman and Quinn Klimchuk also scored for the winners.Nick Perez and Taylor Stafford replied for the Hawks. The Nelson Leafs are going in the wrong direction at the wrong time of the season.Cameron Berry and Nathan Grieve scored power play goals in the second period to power the Sicamous Eagles to a 5-2 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Leafs Friday in Shuswap Country.The loss, coupled with Castlegar’s 4-2 win over Beaver Valley Nitehawks, drops the Leafs three points behind the Rebels in the race for the Murdoch Division title.The Leafs, losing for the fourth straight time, continue its brief two-game road swing through the Okanagan Conference Saturday in Revelstoke.Meanwhile the Rebels and Hawks resume its home-and-home series Saturday in Fruitvale.Nelson got the start it wanted when Dallon Stoddart scored on the power play 12 minutes into the opening frame.last_img read more

Chinese Puzzle: New Primate Fossil Raises Eyebrows

first_imgA new fossil primate skull from China, alleged to be 55 million years old, provides “much-needed substantial evidence of early primates in Asia,” says Robert Martin (Field Museum, Chicago), reporting in the Jan. 1 issue of Nature.1  But “interpretation of the creature’s eye size and activity pattern,” he says, “will spark debate.”  (This is code for, “This find throws a monkey wrench into previous theories.”)    Martin admits immediately that “The first fossil evidence for ‘primates of modern aspect’ – the euprimates – appears abruptly in the northern continents at the beginning of the Eocene, about 55 million years ago.”  He also points to a chart that depicts “the widely accepted view that there is a basic dichotomy in the primate evolutionary tree – one lineage leading to modern lemurs and lorises (strepsirrhines), the other to tarsiers, monkeys, apes and humans (haplorhines).”    This new fossil, named Teilhardina asiatica, a kind of tarsier on the haplorhine side of the tree, casts into doubt the classification of the American genera with the Belgian and Chinese individuals.  It also creates a biogeography puzzle.  It was formerly assumed that European primates could have only reached Asia by crossing North America and then the Bering Strait, because a transcontinental marine barrier assumed to exist 55 million years ago would have prevented them migrating in the Eastern direction.  But if the American primates are not related, was there a way around the barrier after all?    Martin takes issue with the discoverers’ interpretation that eye socket size relative to skull size indicates the animals were nocturnal.  “Biologically, one cannot assume that early primates (particularly if unusually small in size) showed the same functional patterns as modern primates – which themselves are very variable,” he states.  He gives some examples of features in modern animals that show skull size and eye socket size do not necessarily correlate to behavior habits.  His remarks are summarized on the publicly-available AAAS website EurekAlert.    The primate evolution chart in Martin’s article is striking in its lack of connections.  Six lineages are shown without any obvious family relationships: lemurs and lorises (the strepsirrhines), lemuroids and tarsioids farther back in time, and then tarsiers and higher primates (the haplorhines).  The bottoms of these separate lineages are all dashed lines leading to inferred relationships unsupported by fossil evidence, with question marks at the bottom.1Robert D. Martin, “Palaeontology: Chinese lantern for early primates,” Nature 427, 22 – 23 (01 January 2004); doi:10.1038/427022a.This sounds strikingly similar to the tale about mammal evolution in Africa (12/03/2003).  The criticisms there similarly apply here.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Google Launches an Android Market Website

first_imgaudrey watters At its Honeycomb event in Mountain View today, Google announced the availability of the long-awaited Android Market website: market.android.com.The aim of the site is to make finding apps easier, something that has long frustrated Android users. Before today, Android users have had to find and download apps solely via their mobile devices, an experience that pales compared to the browsing and sharing abilities offered by iTunes and its associated website.The Android Market website makes finding apps much simpler: there are categories down the left hand side, separate tabs for paid and free apps, as well as a search features, something that was oddly missing from the search engine giant’s previous app marketplace. If you purchase an app via the website, you can send it directly to your phone.The market should also link to your Google account so you can log in and see all the apps you’ve purchased and downloaded (but this feature, along with several others, returns an “invalid request” error message).Launch-related bugs aside, the new website should vastly improve the app browsing and buying experience for Android users. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Google#mobile#NYT#web center_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts last_img read more

AT&T Starts Sending Letters to Jailbroken Tetherers, Will Automatically Charge Fee

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Apple#news#NYT#web If you’ve jailbroken your iPhone and installed a tethering app like MyWi, be warned that AT&T is reportedly sending letters out to others who have done so saying “we’ve noticed your service plan may need updating.” According to a letter posted by the blog OSX Daily, AT&T has begun detecting the practice of unauthorized tethering and is going to start charging people doing it under official tethering subscription plans later this month.Is this an unjust restriction on the use of data we’ve already paid for? Is it a logical move to keep the whole of the network sustainable at a time of heavy demand? Is it, in a way, good news to know that despite the fact that it’s a violation of your contract – you’ll still be allowed to use tethering if you just pay a small monthly fee? That really depends on your perspective.Here’s what tethering subscribers are asked to pay:DataPro 4GB for Smartphone Tethering• $45 per month (this gives you 4GB in total, combining both your smartphone data plan for $25 and the tethering feature, $20)• $10 per each additional GB thereafter, added automatically as needed• Mobile Hotspot capabilities are included for compatible SmartphonesPeople in the bandwidth business may not feel this way, but I feel most inclined to say that bandwidth needs to be as cheap, reliable, high-speed and available as it possibly can. In a time when economic and cultural growth and development are so impacted by connected activities, it seems essential that business and cultural activities can be performed as quickly and easily as possible anywhere and at any time. Especially if I’m already paying for the data.What are your thoughts, readers?last_img read more

Blue Eagles enter PVL Finals, beat Tigers in 4 sets

first_imgGian Carlo Glorioso also provided support with his 11 markers, Ishmael Rivera contributed 10 points, while Ish Polvorosa had 33 excellent sets in the match.Ateneo coach Oliver Almadro was ecstatic with how his veterans Espejo, Polvorosa, and Karl Baysa delivered despite them splitting time in the UAAP beach volleyball competitions.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“They were coming from beach volleyball, but they still managed to show their leadership,” the outspoken mentor said.“(UST) really played well and they really played their hearts out today. But maybe, it’s the resiliency of my players coming from a loss. What I admire in my players is their maturity, that when something is happening, something is not going right, they know what to do right away,” he said. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC TNT import Rice slapped with P26,000 fine Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa FILE PHOTO – The Ateneo Blue Eagles’ Mark Espejo and Manuel Sumanguid celebrate for bagging the championship after beating the NU Bulldogs for the UAAP 79th season Men’s Volleyball at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City Yesterday. (PHOTO BY MIGUEL DE GUZMAN)Ateneo bucked a first set gaffe and whipped University of Santo Tomas in four sets, 22-25, 25-22, 31-29, 25-13, to punch its ticket to the men’s finals of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Monday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Marck Espejo returned and unleashed 23 points, 20 coming off kills, as the Blue Eagles rebounded from their first loss of the tournament to survive the winner-take-all affair in the semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight The Blue Eagles aim to win their third straight title in the collegiate conference after winning the last two Spikers’ Turf championships.Joshua Umandal fired 20 points for UST, while Manuel Medina got 12, as the Growling Tigers failed to complete the upset after their stunning 25-22, 25-23, 22-25, 25-21 victory on Saturday.center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment PLAY LIST 04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment03:41PDEA chief: Albayalde asked me not to implement dismissal order vs Pampanga cops01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View commentslast_img read more