Sharks lose sixth straight, as Rangers spoil Bob Boughner’s debut as interim coach

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN JOSE — Not even the wake-up call that comes with a coaching change was enough to end the Sharks’ losing streak on Thursday night.The Sharks allowed two third period goals to Mika Zibanejad and two more to Artemi Panarin as the New York Rangers came back to earn a 6-3 win at SAP Center and spoil Bob Boughner’s debut as interim coach.Zibanejad’s goals came at the 8:49 and 13:10 marks of the third period, and …last_img

Ozone Pollution in the West

first_imgThe uglyAs drilling has rapidly increased in areas like Wyoming’s Upper Green River Basin, Utah’s Uinta Basin, the San Juan Basin in New Mexico and in suburban areas of Denver, Colorado, so too have harmful ozone levels. In all, as many as thirty-three counties currently in attainment across the intermountain West have experienced ozone levels above the range recommended by EPA’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee. Of these 33 counties, 17 (52%) are home to oil and gas development.Specifically:Wyoming: Fremont, Laramie, Teton, Uinta, Campbell, Carbon counties;Colorado: El Paso, La Plata, Montezuma, Mesa, Rio Blanco and Garfield counties;Utah: Weber, Utah, Tooele, Washington, Box Elder, Carbon, San Juan, Salt Lake, Davis, Duchesne, and Cache counties;New Mexico: Dona Ana, Bernalillo, Eddy, San Juan, Valencia, Luna, Lea, Santa Fe, Grant, and Sandoval counties.To be clear, the latest available science and EPA’s independent scientific advisors along with the nation’s leading public health and medical societies all suggest a stronger standard is needed to protect public health; this is not a problem of EPA’s making.Citizens in these counties already face exposure to potentially unhealthy levels of ozone pollution. The only thing that’s changing is that EPA is acting, consistent with its responsibilities under the nation’s clean air laws, to strengthen those standards so they reflect latest scientific information and can provide people with transparent information about air quality in their communities.Without additional commonsense air quality measures, growing oil and gas development expected in the mountain west could only compound this problem. In Wyoming, for instance, there are plans for as many as 34,246 new oil and gas wells across the state, some in locations that impact existing ozone nonattainment areas, and some that may cause future compliance concerns. RELATED ARTICLES Monitoring Air Quality at HomeEPA Tightens Wood Stove RulesWill Natural Gas Be Our Domestic Energy Savior?Getting Off Fossil Fuels The goodFortunately, it’s not too late to fix the problem. Several states have already enacted or are finalizing emissions reduction requirements on pollution from the oil and gas industry that will bring about substantial reductions in emissions and help to reduce ozone pollution:Colorado’s nationally leading rules that substantially reduce emissions of methane and volatile organic compounds from oil and gas production.Wyoming’s recently instituted requirements to reduce pollution from new and modified oil and gas sources in the Upper Green River Basin through regular, mandatory leak detection inspections. A statewide approach is needed to better target new problem areas, but the state deserves praise for a proposal to extend these strong requirements to existing pollution sources in the basin as well.Utah has made some positive steps, in particular, by requiring that devices known as pneumatic controllers used by the oil and gas industry be retrofitted with lower emitting models.Coupled with recently announced plans for a federal methane rule from EPA and rule to minimize waste from the Bureau of Land Management, these state requirements will have positive impacts for air quality. Moreover, policies that keep methane — the main ingredient in natural gas — out of the air and in the pipeline benefit not only the environment, but also the industry (through additional gas sales) as well as the beneficiaries of the royalties paid on a resource that’s no longer being wasted.Better standards are needed to protect us all from ozone pollution, but luckily, sensible controls on the major sources of this pollution in the western U.S. are there for the taking. As states in the region and federal regulators continue to lead toward better pollution reduction rules, this can be one Western with a happy ending. Long familiar in major urban areas, smog — what we experts call “ground-level ozone” pollution — is quickly becoming a serious problem in the rural mountain west, thanks to rapid expansion in oil and gas development.Smog has serious health impacts like aggravated asthma, chronic bronchitis, heart attacks, and even premature death. In areas like the Upper Green River Basin in Wyoming, smog levels have sometimes rivaled those in Los Angeles.Now, the Environmental Protection Agency and several western states are putting the pieces in place to fix this problem: EPA through proposed revisions to the health-based ozone standard that will better protect people from pollution, and states like Wyoming and Colorado through strong policies that are helping to reduce the sources of ozone pollution in the oil and gas industry.In official public comments filed this week with EPA, the Environmental Defense Fund and a broad coalition of western environmental and conservation groups supported a more protective ozone standard and pointed out the importance of this issue to the intermountain West — where most of the country’s oil and gas production from federal lands occurs.Ozone is a story with important public health consequences that calls to mind the old Western, “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” though perhaps in a slightly different order.center_img Jon Goldstein is senior policy manager at the Environmental Defense Fund, where this blog originally appeared. It is used here with permission. The badOzone is a harmful air pollutant, and bad news from a health perspective. Countless studies (including those in the mountain west) have shown that elevated levels of ozone pollution can cause painful breathing, lung inflammation, and are associated with increased hospital admissions and emergency room visits. EPA’s independent expert science panel, on the basis of the latest scientific evidence, unanimously recommended a stronger federal ozone limit to protect public health with an adequate margin of safety, as the law requires.Strong ozone standards are just as necessary today in intermountain West — where many residents are living amidst large-scale oil and gas developments — as in urban settings. That’s why our comments urge EPA to revise the existing federal ozone pollution standard of 75 parts per billion (ppb) to a more protective 60 ppb.last_img read more

The Leadership Playbook: The Value of Beliefs

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now The Wall Street Journal published a great article about Urban Meyer and the leadership coach he put on staff, Tim Kight. The gist of what Kight taught the team is that an event and the response together equal the outcome. In the terms Covey used, there is a gap between the stimulus and your response. You get to decide how you respond.Every time the Ohio State Buckeyes football team has experienced what should have been perceived as a seriously negative event, they have been coached to believe that they have an opportunity to decide how to respond. And they have had events that would have shaken the belief of any team, including the loss of two Heisman candidate quarterbacks, an early loss to a team they should have beaten on paper, and the disbelief of most all of their critics.What I hope strikes you most about all of this has nothing to do with football, nothing to with Meyer, and nothing to do with the amazing season Ohio State has had. They just serve as excellent examples of a bigger lesson.What I hope strikes you is that a high-performing, high achieving leader brought on a leadership coach for his team. He didn’t hire a coach to speak once, hoping that would be enough by itself to carry his team through the year. He made in investment in coaching and developing a certain mindset.I hope that you are struck by the fact that this leader believes so strongly that the game is won and lost first in the minds of his players and only then on the field. I hope you recognize the extraordinary power of belief when it comes to producing results. It is difficult to beat someone (or a team of someones) who refuses to allow themselves to be beaten in their minds.There is a power in morale, unit cohesion, esprit de corps. You don’t get this force multiplier when some people in a group share a different set of beliefs and when they don’t believe they are part of something.Leadership isn’t an easy art. But the heart of it may be in building the mindset and belief system that high-performing teams are built on.last_img read more

UST sweeps elims, advances to UAAP beach volleyball finals

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH University of Santo Tomas is one step closer to its title retention bid after slipping past Far Eastern University, 22-20, 17-21, 15-13, to complete a sweep of the eliminations of the UAAP Season 80 women’s beach volleyball tournament Thursday at SM Sands by the Bay.Reigning MVP Cherry Rondina let partner Caitlyn Viray take over in the end game as scored the Golden Tigresses’ final three points to ensure UST’s 7-0 record and automatic bye to the championship round.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next “Of course it’s still not over, we want to get that gold medal,” said Rondina in Fiipino. “This is also a good experience for Cait who’s just starting her beach volleyball career. The competition is very tough and FEU is a really tough opponent.”The Lady Tamaraws finished the eliminations with a 6-1 record and will hold a twice-to-beat advantage in the second series of the step-ladder semifinals.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 shutoutUST had a 6-2 lead at the start of the third set before the FEU duo of Bernadeth Pons and Kyla Atienza rallied back to take a 10-9 lead on Viray’s error.FEU the managed to tie the set at 12-12 just before Viray closed the affair for UST. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president St. Benilde halts four-game slump, drops also-ran EAC in OT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC La Salle’s Tin Tiamzon and May Luna clinched the last semifinals slot after brushing off Ateneo’s Bea de Leon and Jules Samonte, 21-10, 21-9, to finish the eliminations with a 4-3 card.The Lady Spikers will face University of the Philippines’ Diana Carlos and Ayel Estrañero in the first series of the step-ladder semifinals. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

ISU EXTENSION TO PRESENT “PIG PAL” WORKSHOP

first_imgIowa State University Extension and Seaboard Triumph Foods will host a “Pig Pals” workshop at the Woodbury County Fairgrounds tonight (Tuesday) in Moville from 5-8 pm.4-H volunteer leader Lonnie Ploeger will present the program for youth as an educational, hands-on learning experience that includes a showmanship clinic and culminates in the youth being able to show swine at the Woodbury County Fair.The Pig Pals program allows area youth to have a 4-H livestock experience that they otherwise would not have been able to.last_img

10 months agoJeison Murillo: I must convince Barcelona to buy me outright

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Jeison Murillo: I must convince Barcelona to buy me outrightby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona signing Jeison Murillo says his aim is to make his deal permanent.Murillo has joined Barca on-loan from Valencia.“My dream is to convince the club with my performances and keep defending this shirt. “I have to show that on the pitch,” said the Colombian centre-back at his presentation.“I am very happy with this opportunity. God opened the biggest door there is for me in football, it’s a dream come true. I am grateful too to the club and now I only have to work to make the coach decide (if I should play) in each game.“My dream is to keep wearing this shirt but I have to show it on the pitch.” last_img read more

J.T. Barrett Asked For Special Treatment During Arrest, Per TMZ

first_imgJ.T. Barrett walking off the field after losing the fiesta bowl.GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 31: J.T. Barrett #16 of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks off the field after the Clemson Tigers beat the Ohio State Buckeyes 31-0 to win the 2016 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)Update: Here is video of the arrest, from TMZ.Earlier: TMZ has landed video of Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett’s citation for OVI, and according to the gossip site, it doesn’t reflect well on him. They have not released the video yet, but according to their first write-up, Barrett tells officers that he is the Buckeyes quarterback, and seems to ask for special treatment.JT Barrett Arrest Video — ‘I’M THE QB OF OHIO STATE’ … ‘There’s Nothing You Can Do?’ https://t.co/KrsK4nchdw— TMZ (@TMZ) November 12, 2015TMZ Sports obtained the dash cam footage from the October 31 incident — in which you can clearly see Barrett’s SUV pull out of a line for an upcoming DUI checkpoint … catching the attention of an officer who pulled him over. … That’s when Barrett plays the “don’t you know who I am?” card … saying, “I’m the quarterback of Ohio State … officer, there’s nothing you can do?” The officer responds, “My intention is to not take you to jail. That’s about the best I can do for you.” Once Barrett sits in the back seat of the cruiser, he begins to scream obscenities to himself … “F**K!!! F**K!!!”Perhaps this should be a surprise, but it is not a great look for Barrett, who is expected to start Saturday against Illinois after a one game suspension following his arrest. Barrett’s case was settled Tuesday, resulting in a suspension of his license and a $400 fine.last_img read more

DryShips to Spin Off Its Gas Carrier Business

first_imgzoom Greece-based owner DryShips Inc. is looking to spin off of its gas carrier business, Gas Ships Limited, and has filed a F-1 registration statement with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission.In the spin-off, DryShips will distribute to holders of its common stock 49% of the issued and outstanding shares of Gas Ships Limited’s common stock. Following the move, Gas Ships Limited will be a publicly-traded company, and DryShips will retain a 51% ownership interest in the company.“The filing of the Form F-1 Registration Statement is an important step in the process of establishing Gas Ships Limited as a new, stand-alone company with its own strategic focus, independence and priorities. We believe that this business is well-positioned for success as a separate company,” George Economou, the Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said.The spin-off is subject to certain conditions, including the effectiveness of Gas Ships Limited’s Form F-1 registration statement and final approval and declaration of the distribution by DryShips’ Board of Directors.last_img read more

Supreme Court to rule on whether energy companies can abandon old wells

first_imgThe Action Surface Rights Association has intervened in the case because it believes rights of landowners have been overlooked in the case. UPDATE – The Supreme Court has ruled companies can’t abandon old wells.  Click here for the details.OTTAWA, O.N. – The Supreme Court of Canada is set to rule today on whether energy companies can walk away from unprofitable wells on agricultural land without having to clean up behind them.A 2016 ruling in the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench allowed a bankrupt energy company to sever its connection with unprofitable and unreclaimed wells when their assets were sold off to creditors. The Alberta Court of Appeal upheld the ruling.Since the case came to court, an estimated 1,800 wells representing more than $100 million in liabilities have been abandoned.Alberta’s provincial energy regulator ordered the trustee for Redwater Energy Corporation to comply with end-of-life requirements to render the abandoned properties environmentally safe.The company’s trustee did not comply, and filed its own counterclaim that included a constitutional challenge to the regulator’s action.The energy regulator and the Orphan Well Association, an industry-funded group that cleans up wells that have been left unreclaimed, have appealed the ruling to the high court.A group with the support of thousands of farmers also wants to see the high court reverse the decision.last_img read more

Varsity to vie for NAAC tag post 2020 convocation

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal State University (WBSU) is all set to seek accreditation from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) soon after its 2020 convocation.”We may not be in a position to compete with the old universities in the state. But we feel that it is time for our university to take part in competition and have an idea of how far we have been able to improve in academics and certain other parameters,” said Basab Chaudhuri, vice chancellor of WBSU. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThere are seven parameters under which NAAC accredits a university. It includes teaching-learning process, modification of syllabus, services and facilities for students such as extra- curricular activities, steps towards creation of jobs and environmental friendly steps taken by the varsity. In the present process of accreditation of a university by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, the latter has to reply to a set of questions regarding its various Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayactivities in yes/ no format and upload it on the website of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council. If the self study report uploaded by the institution is found to be satisfactory then NAAC would inform the former the date when it would visit that institution and check on their own whether it really possess the infrastructure that it has declared in the study report and then would accredit it. If found unsatisfactory, then they would mention the areas in which the institution has to improve. Previously, a team from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, which is an autonomous body funded by University Grants Commission, would directly come to an institution and find out on their own what are the activities and would accordingly accredit it. Under the current process, 70 percent of the accreditation depend upon the self study report and 30 percent on the findings of the visiting NAAC team. “Our teachers and students have already been sensitized about the varsity going for NAAC credit,” a senior varsity official said. The West Bengal State University since its inception in 2008 had been embroiled in administrative red-tapism and had its first convocation in 2017. The inordinate delay in the publication of results was one of the major problems in the varsity. After Basab Chaudhuri took over as the Vice-Chancellor in September 2015 he streamlined the examination process and publication of results. At present, WBSU in Barasat has 46 colleges affiliated to it with an average enrollment of 55,000 students. It caters to a large number of first-generation learners.last_img read more