Final Port Ambrose Hearings Held in Long Beach

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Lawmakers, environmentalists and citizens overwhelmingly opposed Port Ambrose, a proposed deepwater port to import liquid natural gas (LNG) off Long Island’s south shore, during two public hearings in Long Beach last week.The most common grievance was that if approved, Port Ambrose would take up valuable Atlantic Ocean real estate 20 miles offshore, where the proposed Long Island-New York City Offshore Wind Project’s turbines would be located. The main theme on Monday night was it’s either wind, or liquid natural gas, but it can’t be both—with opinions differing over exactly how much the proposed port would encroach on the proposed wind farm area.“There are clean, renewable ways of lowering our energy prices that Port Ambrose directly conflicts with,” New York State Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky (D-Long Beach) said. “We could have a wind farm in the very same area. Why we are moving backwards and not forwards befuddles me.”The hearings—held Monday, Nov. 2 and on Election Day in Long Beach with two more that followed in New Jersey—were the last chance for the public to speak out in person, although written comments are being accepted through Nov. 30.Proponents, such as former Democratic state Assemblyman-turned lobbyist Arthur Jerry Kremer, who leads the New York Affordable Reliable Electricity Alliance (NYAREA), said that “Port Ambrose would take up only 4 percent of the proposed wind farm, so that’s not an issue.”Patrick Robbins, co-director of Sane Energy Project, a pro-renewable energy group based in Manhattan, countered that Port Ambrose would actually infringe on up to 20 percent of the proposed wind farm location.“The discrepancy is a matter of which distance is ultimately chosen for the exclusion zone for ships as part of the Port Ambrose project,” Robbins told the Press.READ MORE: Long Island’s Offshore LNG Port Proposal’s Critics Fear Fracking Exports on HorizonAccording to a March, 2015 letter by the New York Power Authority (NYPA), Liberty’s 4 percent estimate is based on a 500 meter buffer zone surrounding the port, but the U.S. Coast Guard recommended a zone of one nautical mile—or 1,852 meters. The NYPA letter noted that when adjusted for the one nautical mile recommendation, the total wind farm area lost to Port Ambrose would be “a minimum of 13 percent and could be as much 20 percent.”Environmentalists of all stripes were also on hand to oppose Port Ambrose, including the Sierra Club, New York Public Interest Research Group, South Shore Audubon Society, Clean Ocean Action, Catskill, Mountainkeeper, Surfrider Foundation and others. Aside from the possibility of a spill, concern included the port attracting terrorists and the danger posed by hurricanes.Those in favor of Port Ambrose were largely outnumbered but included the Recreational Fishing Alliance, NYAREA and a private citizen. Supporters say that the project is environmentally safe, will boost the economy, create jobs and lower energy prices.On hand to listen to the were representatives of the U.S. Coast Guard Vessel and Facility Operating Standards Division, the Maritime Administration Office of Deepwater Ports, the state Department of State office of Planning and Development and Tetratech, Inc., environmental consultant to the Coast Guard.The final decision to approve or deny Liberty’s application rests with the Maritime Administrator, T. Mitchell Hudson, Jr. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have until the end of the year to decide if they will veto the proposal.A spokeswoman for Governor Cuomo said the Port Ambrose Project is “under review.” Cuomo sided with the environmentalists last year when he banned fracking in the state.When Liberty proposed a very similar project off the Jersey Shore in 2010, Christie vetoed it. When asked if he will do the same this time around, a spokesman declined to comment but provided text from a speech that Christie gave to the Environmental Federation in 2011.“I just don’t believe that there is a need, economically, that can even come close to balancing off against the environmental risk that we run by having these types of projects,” Christie said at the time. “So, my opposition to this will continue for as long as I’m governor because I just don’t believe it’s necessary and the threat to our environment is too significant to take that risk.”last_img read more

Derek Jeter

first_imgDerek Jeter of the Yankees announced his retiring at the end of this baseball season.  In his 19 major league seasons he is batting over .310 which in today’s world is amazing.  Derek is known around baseball as one of the really good guys.  Even though he is still a bachelor and has dated some of the most beautiful ladies in the world, he has never been part of any scandalous behaviors.  The New Jersey native grew up in Michigan the son of bi-racial parents.  I would imagine that handling this situation as a kid has served him well today in this media frenzy world.  Both parents were highly educated and this background helped shape the character that Jeter has lived.  Jeter had rules that were strictly enforced at home.  Today some do-gooder would probably have called Social Services and claimed abusiveness.  What really took place was the development of a highly motivated, well adjusted athlete from as early as high school, through college age, and now as a pro athlete.  Too bad some of the other well-known pro athletes of today hadn’t been raised by the same parents.  What it all boils down to for the soon-to-be 40-year old is that he will go down as an exceptional ball player and a better human being.last_img read more

ACC Roundup Week 12: North Carolina spoils coach’s sendoff, football in Fenway Park and more

first_imgNo. 12 North Carolina (10-1, 7-0 Atlantic Coast) upended Virginia Tech (5-6, 3-4). Frank Beamer coached his final home game on the sidelines. The Hokies lost in overtime, but carried the 29-year coach from the field.No. 4 Notre Dame (9-1) narrowly skated by Boston College (3-8, 0-7) in a football-converted Fenway Park by a score of 19-16.No. 1 Clemson (11-0, 8-0) kept winning as quarterback Deshaun Watson led the team to its seventh consecutive game of 500 or more yards. CU beat Wake Forest (3-8, 1-6) 33-13 on Saturday.No. 14 Florida State (9-2, 6-2) took a break from conference play to wallop FCS opponent Chattanooga (8-3), 52-13.Miami (7-4, 4-3) won on senior day 38-21 over Georgia Tech (3-8, 1-7) ensuring that the Hurricanes won’t have consecutive losing seasons, which last happened in 1976 and 1977.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textVirginia (4-7, 3-4) won by a score of 42-34 over Duke (6-5, 3-4). Pittsburgh (8-3, 6-1) nearly lost a 25-point lead, but managed to fend off a second-half spurt by Louisville (6-5, 5-3) to hang on and win, 45-34.North Carolina State (7-4, 3-4) ended the bowl hopes of Syracuse (3-8, 1-6). Zack Mahoney struggled to throw the deep ball, two SU receivers were ejected and later suspended.There are pictures you can see and game stories you can read.You can read everything else about Syracuse football here. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 21, 2015 at 11:45 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TRlast_img read more

Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler returns to DL before rehab start for Quakes

first_imgRANCHO CUCAMONGA — If he needed reminding, Walker Buehler was reintroduced to the charms of Cal League baseball on Tuesday night.At Dodger Stadium, organist Dieter Ruehle serenades home team strikeouts with the opening bars of Beethoven’s Fifth. At Rancho Cucamonga, they play the LoanMart jingle, in honor of the ballpark’s title sponsor.Optioned to the Class-A Quakes on Friday after a hectic week that included a pointless round trip to Oklahoma City (where he was scheduled to make a rehab start but didn’t), Buehler’s status changed late Tuesday afternoon when he was moved to the Dodgers’ disabled list.That made his outing for the Quakes technically a rehab start. He went three innings, pitching to one batter in a fourth, against the Angels’ Inland Empire affiliate. He threw 41 pitches, 30 of them strikes, and heard the sponsor’s theme five times while giving up two hits and one walk. Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense In retrospect, Buehler was asked, if he could do it over would he rather not have tried to make a rehab appearance on the major league level, as he did last Thursday against the Cubs?“That’s kind of the beauty of this organization,” he said. “We made that decision as a unit. I was asked … It didn’t work out the way we wanted, but that’s OK. We’re on the same page, and if we ever have to do it again it’ll go better.”ALL-STARSThere was a time when the All-Star managers filled out the roster for the midseason exhibition and often did so by loading it with players from their own team. That time has passed. Roberts will manage the National League team this year but he said the manager no longer chooses any of the players.“I don’t. I get zero,” he said. “In years past, you’d see managers pick five, six of their own guys. I don’t have one choice actually.”The addition of player voting in recent years narrowed those choices. Now the commissioner’s office handles it all, Roberts said.“It’s become a lot easier on the manager,” he said. “Basically, you have the fan vote and the player vote, then the commissioner’s office is filling out the rest. It’s kind of a good thing and a bad thing for the manager.”TV GUIDEThe Dodgers and KTLA have reached agreement to simulcast five more games on KTLA/5 and SportsNet LA.The five simulcasts are all home games starting with the World Series rematch with the Houston Astros on Aug. 4 at 6:10 p.m. There will be three more simulcasts in August – Aug. 15 at 7:10 p.m. against the San Francisco Giants, Aug. 20 at 7:10 p.m. against the St. Louis Cardinals and Aug. 31 at 7:10 p.m. against the Arizona Diamondbacks.The final scheduled simulcast will be Sept. 4 at 7:10 p.m. against the New York Mets.SportsNet LA’s pregame show will also be aired as part of each simulcast, starting 40 minutes prior to the first pitch.ALSOIt is “status quo” with injured relievers Tony Cingrani, Pedro Baez and Josh Fields, Roberts said.“They’re still moving along but it’s not going to happen in the coming week as far as activation,” he said. “We still have some time with those guys.”The Pirates placed right-hander Joe Musgrove on the DL Tuesday with an infected index finger on his pitching hand. Musgrove was scheduled to start Wednesday.UP NEXTPirates (TBA) at Dodgers (LHP Rich Hill, 1-3, 4.68 ERA), Wednesday, 5:10 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available)Staff writer Bill Plunkett contributed to this notebook.Related Articles Dodgers’ hot-hitting Corey Seager leaves game with back injury Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’ Buehler came out after giving up a leadoff triple to Brandon Marsh in the fourth inning and then went right to the bullpen to complete his work for the evening. He threw “18 or 20 pitches, another inning basically,” he said.His velocity was around 95-96, and he said he “felt like the ball was coming out of my hand fine, and the offspeed stuff was sharp, so that’s the big thing.”The question now is how much more work Buehler will need to do before rejoining the Dodgers’ rotation. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he expects Buehler to throw a bullpen session this weekend and then almost certainly make another rehab start to increase his pitch count. Before Tuesday, he had thrown just one inning since going on the DL on June 8 with a microfracture in a rib on his right side.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.“If you look at three (innings) and 45 (pitches) tonight, if he throws an extra one on the side after the third inning and potentially goes five next time … it could change but I think if we look at it, two rehab starts is very plausible,” Roberts said.That would leave time for Buehler to make one more start with the Dodgers before the All-Star break. Roberts acknowledged that Buehler would “not necessarily” have to wait until after the break to rejoin the Dodgers. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

North Korea to attend Olympics in rival South

first_imgRi wore a badge on his left lapel bearing an image of the country’s founding father Kim Il-Sung and his son and successor Kim Jong-Il, while Cho sported one depicting the South Korean flag.“Let’s present the people with a precious new year’s gift,” said Ri. “There is a saying that a journey taken by two lasts longer than the one travelled alone.”The atmosphere was friendlier than at past meetings, and Cho told Ri: “The people have a strong desire to see the North and South move toward peace and reconciliation.”But there was no mention in the joint statement of a proposal by Seoul to resume reunions of families left divided by the Korean War, or of an offer by the North to send a high-level delegation to the Games.– ‘Peace Olympics’ –Even so it was a radically different tone from the rhetoric of recent months, which have seen the North’s leader Kim Jong-Un and US President Donald Trump trade personal insults and threats of war.Pyongyang has defied international pressure in recent months and launched missiles capable of reaching the US mainland, as well as testing what it said was a hydrogen bomb.Seoul has been keen to proclaim the Games in Pyeongchang, just 80 kilometres (50 miles) south of the DMZ, a “peace Olympics” but it needed Pyongyang to attend to make the description meaningful.Seoul responded to Kim’s New Year speech with an offer of high-level dialogue, and last week a civilian hotline was restored after being suspended for almost two years.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 Seoul, South Korea | AFP | North Korea will send its athletes to the Winter Olympics in the South, the rivals said Tuesday after their first formal talks in more than two years following high tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons programme.The two sides also decided to hold military talks to ease tensions and to restore a military hotline closed since February 2016.Seoul and Olympic organisers have been keen for Pyongyang – which boycotted the 1988 Summer Games in the South Korean capital — to take part in what they repeatedly proclaimed a “peace Olympics” in Pyeongchang next month.But the North had given no indication it would do so until leader Kim Jong-Un’s New Year address last week, instead pursuing its banned weapons programmes in defiance of United Nations sanctions, launching missiles capable of reaching the United States and detonating its sixth and most powerful nuclear test.“The North Korean side will dispatch a National Olympic Committee delegation, athletes, cheerleaders, art performers’ squad, spectators, a taekwondo demonstration team and a press corps and the South will provide necessary amenities and facilities,” they said in a joint statement.Tuesday’s talks were held in Panmunjom, the truce village in the Demilitarised Zone that splits the peninsula.The North’s delegation walked over the Military Demarcation Line marking the border to the Peace House venue on the southern side, just yards from where a defector ran across in a hail of bullets two months ago.Looking businesslike, the South’s Unification minister Cho Myoung-Gyon and the North’s chief delegate Ri Son-Gwon shook hands at the entrance to the building, and again across the negotiating table.last_img read more

J. Lo, Shakira Set to Perform at Super Bowl Halftime Show in Miami

first_imgJennifer Lopez and Shakira are set to bring people to their feet at the 2020 Pepsi Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show in Miami.NFL, Pepsi and Roc Nation announced on Thursday that the superstar performers will appear on February 2 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.Lopez’s 20-year career has include chart-topping songs such as, “If You Had My Love” and ”All I Have.” She recently concluded a tour to celebrate her 50th birthday. In addition, her latest movie, “Hustlers,” has brought the fans to the box office in droves. Shakira, who released her first album in Spanish in 1991, took a bilingual route with her music 10 years later with the hits, “Whenever, Wherever” and “Underneath Your Clothes.” She has won 11 Latin Grammys and three Grammys. “It doesn’t get any bigger than this! So excited about getting on that #SuperBowlLIV #PepsiHalftime stage!,” she tweeted.“These two remarkable artists are setting a new precedent for what this show can become, and we’re confident that this will be an incredible performance for the ages,” Todd Kaplan, Pepsi’s vice president of marketing, said in a statement announcing the show.Jay-Z’s Roc Nation company is co-producing the Super Bowl halftime show. The game and show will be broadcast live on Fox in 180 countries.The last Super Bowl to be played here in South Florida was Super Bowl XLIV in 2010, when the New Orleans Saints beat the Indianapolis Colts, 31-17last_img read more

Colorado woman charged in stepson’s death accused of plotting escape

first_imgA Colorado woman who is charged with first degree murder for the death of her 11-year-old stepson is now accused of plotting her escape from jail.Investigators say 36-year-old Letecia Stauch reached out to a fellow inmate for help to escape from the El Paso County Jail. She is accused of telling the inmate about her plans to use a broom handle to break the window in her cell, and that she had already measured herself to make sure she could fit through.Deputies say the fellow inmate told deputies about the plan and gave them notes from Stauch that asked for help. Investigators also found a note in Stauch’s cell with her daughter’s name on it telling her not to be afraid if the media reports that she is no longer in jail or is missing.Letecia Stauch reported Gannon Stauch missing on Jan. 27. She told police he never returned home after going to a friend’s house. Weeks later, investigators presumed the boy was dead and arrested the stepmother in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, on March 2. The boy’s remains were found in Pace, on the Florida Panhandle. Investigators believe Stauch killed Gannon in his bedroom a few hours before reporting him missing. Evidence of blood was found in Gannon’s bedroom and Stauch’s SUV, according to an arrest affidavit. The document doesn’t describe a motive, but investigators said that based on her internet searches, it seems she was unhappily married and resentful of being treated as a babysitter for her stepchildren. Stauch is set to appear in court Friday.last_img read more

A Friend Denied

first_imgBy Kathy MieleI walked into my son Alex’s room and saw that he was on his computer. “Can I ask you for a favor?” I asked.“Sure,” he said, never taking his eyes off his computer screen. “What is it?”“You know I’ve been saying for years that I’d never go on Facebook?” I began gathering dirty glasses and dishes that were stacked on his desk from the night before.“Yeah?” he looked at me skeptically.“Well, I’ve changed my mind,” I stated a bit sheepishly.Alex closed his laptop and looked directly at me. “Why would you want to go on it now?”“Because so many of my friends are on it and I feel like I’m missing out,” I explained.Alex looked at me for a minute. “If that’s what you want to do, go ahead,” he said but I could hear in his voice that he wasn’t thrilled about the whole idea.“Thanks,” I laughed. “But your permission wasn’t the favor I was looking for.”“What’s the favor then?”“I need your help putting my profile together,” I said. “You know how computer challenged I am!”Alex groaned.“Please!” I cried.“Fine,” he said as he got up to go to my computer.I quickly put his dirty dishes down and followed him into my room. “You’re going to do it for me now?” I asked.“We might as well get this over with.” He sighed as he sat down at my desk.I quickly took out a few pictures I’d tucked into my pocket. “Can you put this one in for my profile picture?” I handed him the first one. “I just need you to crop out the other person in the photo.”He took a quick look. “Sure I can do that.”“Great!” I handed him the next picture. “Can you also put this family photo of us in, too?”Alex looked at the photo of the four of us on our front porch. “Don’t tag me in this.” he said.“Are you serious?” I had to laugh. “I’m asking you to put the whole thing together for me. Do you really think I have any idea how to tag a picture?”Alex shrugged his shoulders. “You have a point there.”Over the next 20 minutes he asked me questions about how I wanted my profile to look. Once he had my pictures in place he pushed himself back from my desk. “You’re all set,” he said as he headed for his own room. “By the way,” he called over his shoulder. “Don’t friend me!”“Are you kidding?”“No, I’m serious.”“But all my friends have their kids as friends,” I whined.Alex stopped in the hallway and looked back at me. “So you’re telling me that if all your friends jumped off a bridge you’d have to too?”I was speechless! I suddenly realized that one of my old sayings that I’d used on both my boys had come back to haunt me! Now I was the one who felt like a little kid.“I didn’t think so.” Alex said as he smiled and headed back to his room.last_img read more

Hawks meet Storm in Cyclone Taylor Cup Final

first_imgJonathan Lee replied for the Thunder Cats.Beaver Valley broke the game open in the third period scoring twice in the opening three minutes to extend the margin to 4-1.The Hawks then rode the netminding of Tallon Kramer to book a ticket in Sunday’s Gold Medal game.Tyler Ghirardosi and Dylan Kent also scored for Beaver Valley which was outshot 28-22 by the Thunder Cats.Michael Spenrath had the other marker for Creston Valley.In the other contest, Mitchell Williams scored early in the first overtime period to power Campbell River to a 2-1 victory over Aldergrove Kodiaks.The win allowed the Storm to secure second place in Cyclone Taylor round robin standings.Creston Valley meets Aldergrove at 2 p.m. in the Bronze Medal game while the Hawks and Storm play for the Cyclone Taylor Cup at 7:30 p.m. After losing for only the third time this playoff season Friday, the Beaver Valley Nitehawks responded in a big way Saturday at the Cyclone Taylor Cup in Creston.The Hawks rocked the hometown Thunder Cats 6-2 to advance to the Cyclone Taylor Cup Final Sunday against the Campbell River Storm.Kyle Hope scored three times and McKoy Hauck and Tyler Hartman each added two assists to power the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League champs into the final and a chance to represent BC at the Keystone Cup later this month in Arborg, Manitoba.After a scoreless first period, Beaver Valley took a 2-1 lead on goals by Hope and Hauck.last_img read more

OSU Falls to No. 1 Florida 5-0

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. After a holding the No. 1 Florida Gators scoreless earlier on Sunday, the Cowgirls ran out of steam to the tune of a 5-0 loss. Florida wins the Gainesville Regional and will host a Super Regional against the winner of the Tuscaloosa Regional.After being held scoreless in the first game of the day, Florida’s Nicole Dewitt opened the game with a two-run homer in the 1st. After runs in the 2nd and the 3rd innings, the Gators built a 4-0 lead through four innings and the Cowgirls were never able to get their bats going — thanks in part to Florida’s ace Delanie Gourney.On the other side, Florida’s early hitting necessitated two pitching changes by the 2nd inning. Shea Coats and Logan Simunek each had their shot before Kenny Gajewski went back to Brandi Needham who pitched seven innings earlier in the day.Oklahoma State ends their season 38-25 and makes postseason play in both of Gajewski’s first two season as head coach.“Going to the postseason consecutive years just means we have a lot of kids bought in,” head coach Kenny Gajewski said. ” That’s the bottom line. They have trust in us. When you have that kind of trust you can do anything. This program is back on track. We’ve still got a long way to go but we’re excited about the future.”last_img read more