Recovering from knife attack, Petra Kvitova back at practice

first_imgAi-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ View comments In this file photo, Petra Kvitova, of the Czech Republic, watches her shot during her women’s singles match against Wang Yafan of China at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing. Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is back at practice, less than six months after being attacked by a knife-wielding intruder. APTwo-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is back at practice, less than six months after being attacked by a knife-wielding intruder.Kvitova posted a photo on Instagram on Tuesday (Wednesday Manila time) showing herself swinging a tennis racket .ADVERTISEMENT LIST: Jan. 20 class suspensions due to Taal Volcano eruption LATEST STORIES Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Chot Reyes already fed up with no-show Blatchecenter_img Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar She included the message: “I hope this picture makes you as happy as it makes me! I am in Monaco and guess what? I’m back on the tennis court, hitting with some proper balls.”Kvitova has missed all season so far while recovering from surgery on her left, racket-holding hand in December. She was injured during an attack at her home in the Czech Republic.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnShe said last month that she was signing up for the French Open, which begins May 28, in hopes of competing. But she wasn’t sure whether she would be ready.Kvitova was the Wimbledon champion in 2011 and 2014. She climbed as high as No. 2 in the WTA rankings.last_img read more

Labour’s lost…

first_img…loveNo…your Eyewitness didn’t mix up the Bard’s play, “Love’s labours’ lost”. That had to do with a king and his three friends who decide to focus on their studies and not to get distracted with “love”. But being yesterday was “Labour Day”, he decided to reflect on the heady days of yore when Labour was strenuously wooed by the politicians. And why today, they barely rate a second glance.In case you’ve forgotten, dear reader, the very existence of our country is due to “LABOUR”. And yes, it should be capitalised for exactly that reason. The Europeans who “discovered” our neck of the woods soon discovered they quickly wilted under the local conditions when plundering our wealth. Not to worry…they quickly solved their problems by first purchasing African slaves to supply the labour – from chiefs of warring tribes who were only more than willing to get some quick baubles from the Europeans. Later they ended that system and freed the slaves when they discovered they could get the work done even more cheaply with indentured servants from India and China!!So we’re all about LABOUR, right? So where do the politicians come in? Well during slavery, the slaves used to rebel periodically and create quite a ruckus – not to mention razing factories and profits and such like. After slavery, when the factory owners just couldn’t shoot the workers willy-nilly, the workers realised the value of withholding their labour. When conditions got to dread – like with wages or working conditions, the workers would now STRIKE en masse!The difference from the old rebellions of slavery was that now the owners had to read “the riot act” before shooting them down!! So, after a while, the workers learnt that up in England the white workers formed something calls “Unions”, which rioted until the Government had them BARGAIN with the employers for better wages and conditions. So like monkey see; monkey do, we formed trade unions here!!Like sharks smelling blood in the water, it wasn’t long after, fellas who used to BEG the powers that be for a piece of the (political) action, realised if they linked up with the trade unions, they could instead BARGAIN for that piece of the action. “Politicians”, who had LEVERAGE, were born!!And so, lo and behold the trade unions became the womb that produced all the early politicians – both from the PPP and later the PNC. But like the sharks they were genetically related to, the politicians soon turned the table on unions, after they got into office.And we reach the present when the unions are so passé, the Government of the day wouldn’t even give unions the time of the day!!…directionBut seriously folks…isn’t there something the unions can do to reverse their descent into irrelevance? Your Eyewitness thinks so! All they have to do is get back to first principles: do what they started out to do on behalf of workers in the first place!! Remember? They’ve got to get out into the streets and riot when workers’ rights are being violated!!Look at what just happened to sugar workers – the folks whose labour during slavery and indentureship made this country possible, to begin with. The employer, GuySuCo, arbitrarily fired 5700 of them!! Why weren’t there riots?? GuySuCo also demanded sugar workers forget about the CONTRACTED clause forbidding having workers being sent to work more than 20 miles from their homes!! Why no riots??The answer, of course, is trade unions have become just like Government Ministers who retire into their airconditioned offices and send out press releases! Imagine the workers who pay their salaries are left to starve…and they tap away at computer keyboards!No wonder labour’s lost relevance.…championWas a time only a decade ago, under the Socialist banner, when labour seemed to be just about to conquer all in our region – including Latin America.But with Lula in jail and Maduro in the air, it’s all gone to channa.last_img read more

Fort St. John Recreation and Leisure Department looking for survey respondents on Active Living Strategy

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The City of Fort St. John’s Recreation and Leisure Department is asking for residents to fill out a survey for its Active Living Community Development Strategy.Recreation Manager Kylah Bryde said that the department is asking City residents to give feedback on their knowledge of the City’s recreation programs. She said that the survey will give staff more information on identifying gaps in marketing, barriers to participation, general interest in programs, and general awareness of City programming.Bryde said that as an incentive for participating, those who fill out the survey will be entered into a draw for a $100 credit towards the City’s recreational programming. The survey can be found here: http://ca.surveygizmo.com/s3/50018304/Active-Living-Development-Strategy-Survey-Phase-2- Advertisement -More information can be found on the City’s Recreation Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CityFSJRecreation/last_img read more

Pricing and More Details About Building a Droid at the Droid Depot

first_imgShare This!Do you want to build your own droid when visiting Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge? You’ll definitely want to make sure you visit the Droid Depot! This workshop is stocked with chips, parts, manuals, and other items that will help you create your very own droid. You’ll be able to either build a BB-Series droid or an R-Series droid.First things first, you’ll need to register your choice of which type of unit you are wanting to construct with the clerk, who’ll provide you with a basket and blueprint for parts. Next, you’ll need to proceed to the select stations and begin your droid-building experience.Parts StationHere you’ll be able to select from a colorful variety of components to customize your droid as they roll by on the shop’s conveyor belt:BB-SeriesDomeDome Connection PlateBody SphereMotivatorR-SeriesDomeBodyCenter LegSet of Side-LegsBuild StationHere you’ll follow simple “placemat” instructions or graphic monitor displays to assemble your droid in the proper sequence. Once your droid has been built, it will be paired with a remote control and activated as you watch it come to life! The cost of each droid unit will be $99.99, plus tax and that price will include a carrying box and instructions. Custom droid units are nonrefundable and are not eligible for Annual Passholder or other discountsIf you want to have various personality chips and other accessories for your unit, they will be available for an additional chargeDisney recommends that Guests be 3 years or older to complete this experience.The Droid Depot experience is subject to availability and reservations may be required. If reservations are required, late arrivals may not be accommodated. More information about how reservations will be obtained will be shared if the reservation process is introduced.last_img read more

Auburndale girls basketball dominates Northland Lutheran

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterAUBURNDALE — Paiton Richardson had 23 points and nine rebounds, and the Auburndale girls basketball team pounded Northland Lutheran 59-14 in a Marawood Conference South Division matchup Thursday night at Auburndale High School.Auburndale cruised out to a 21-5 lead after the first quarter and went up 45-10 by halftime in a dominating performance.Taylor Gotz added 13 points and seven rebounds, and Shannon Yahnke had 11 points for the Apaches. Auburndale improves to 15-4 overall and finishes its Marawood South season with a 9-3 record. Northland Lutheran is now 7-13 and ends up 2-10 in the conference.Auburndale hosts Athens in a nonconference game Tuesday and will play in the Marawood Conference third-place crossover game on Feb. 20 against an opponent yet to be determined.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Apaches 59, Wildcats 14Northland Lutheran 5 5 2 2 – 14Auburndale 21 24 9 5 – 59NORTHLAND LUTHERAN (14): Beka Edelberg 0-5 2-4 2, Ashley Colby 0-4 0-0 0, Hannah Kloehn 2-6 2-6 7, Mesa Haag 0-1 0-0 0, Taylor Fenske 1-4 0-0 3, Sidney Moore 0-2 0-0 0, Halley Engelbrecht 0-6 0-0 0, Erin Gast 0-1 0-0 0, Melissa Neumann 0-2 2-2 2. FG: 3-31. FT: 6-12. 3-pointers: 2-10 (Kloehn 1-1, Fenske 1-4, Neumann 0-1, Engelbrecht 0-1, Edelberg 0-1, Colby 0-2). Rebounds: 14 (Neumann 6). Record: 7-13, 2-10 Marawood Conference South Division.AUBURNDALE (59): Rachel Gronemeyer 0-1 0-1 0, Cassie Mitchell 0-3 0-0 0, Ashley Peplinski 0-2 1-2 1, Allison Linzmeier 3-4 0-0 6, Cheyenne Karl 0-1 0-0 0, Jenna Peplinski 0-2 2-4 2, Sylviann Momont 1-7 1-2 3, Paiton Richardson 9-15 5-6 23, Shannon Yahnke 4-7 3-4 11, Taylor Gotz 4-14 5-6 13. FG: 21-55. FT: 17-25. 3-pointers: 0-1 (A. Peplinski 0-1). Rebounds: 34 (Richardson 9). Assists: 13 (Momont 3). Record: 15-4, 9-3 Marawood Conference South Division.last_img read more

Big Data: Bringing Growth to Rural Communities

first_imgPrineville, Oregon; Council Bluffs, Iowa; Quincy, Washington; The Dalles, Oregon; Mahwah, New Jersey.   Are these the cities that will drive future US economic growth?  These are becoming hubs of growth around cloud computing and big data research.   While the industrial age in the US was driven by cities like Philadelphia, Detroit, Buffalo, Cleveland, these new cities are hosting massive data centers for housing data collected by companies like Facebook, Google, Microsoft and the New York Stock Exchange.Oregon in particular is seeing huge growth.  Thanks to tax incentives, good climate, cheap power, and the availability of water, growth has been very rapid  in a few of what are currently rural Oregon communities.  Big data is translating to big building and big construction.  The data centers and construction are bringing with them jobs and tax revenues.  In an effort to bring industry to Oregon,  land in different parts of the state has already been marked as pre-approved for large industries, removing most of the red tape normally involved in getting government approval.Facebook is building a 307,000 square feet facility in Prineville, Oregon.  Google is already in Prineville.  In and around The Dalles, companies like Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, and T-Mobile have set up business along the Columbia river.  But the activity isn’t limited to Oregon.  In Quincy, Washington, Microsoft, Intuit and Yahoo already have large centers.  In Council Bluffs, Google is setting up a $600 million data center.  Twitter is rumored to be planning a large data center outside of Salt Lake City.  And the New York Stock Exchange is setting up a 400,000 square foot facility in Mahwah.last_img read more

Science candidates: High-tech smarts aren’t enough for defeated Obama aide

first_imgBrian Forde brought a background in technology to his run for Congress. Q: You’ve said Zuckerberg’s testimony was an embarrassing example of how poorly Congress understands tech. What will it take to close that gap?A: I think that we are going to need more congressional hearings that look like the Zuckerberg hearing, in which Congress makes a fool of itself with regard to science and technology. Once we have more of these examples, it becomes part of a greater national narrative of what we need in Congress.Q: How can scientists help?A: The thing about technology is that before the ink is dry on a piece of legislation, the technology has already changed. So you need people who understand where it’s going and can see around corners. The problem is that if the only thing a member of Congress has heard about technology are 4-minute attacks from people who don’t know what they are talking about, it’s going to be very hard to have a productive conversation with that member in a way that helps Americans.But here’s a thought: How many scientists have sent their member of Congress a one-pager, a blog post, or a research paper with a note that says, “Here’s a quick way to help you get up to speed on this issue, because I heard you say something that wasn’t quite accurate? Or would you like me to host a roundtable, bringing together people with expertise on this issue?”Those types of efforts can massively impact the perspective of an elected official—or even a candidate. Of course, there’s still the question of whether the member or the candidate is willing to listen.Q: What’s next for you?A: It’s too soon to say. I haven’t even talked about it with my wife [Alison Grigonis, a lawyer who also worked in the Obama White House as a liaison between the president and his Cabinet]. But I’m effusively supportive of Katie [Porter] and have told every one of my supporters that I would appreciate if they would consider doing so, both in terms of financial support and in volunteer hours. And I’ll do anything she asks of me, because the most important thing is to flip this seat. Forde for Congress By Jeffrey MervisJun. 28, 2018 , 8:30 AM For many first-time congressional candidates with science and technology backgrounds, fundraising can be a major obstacle. Not to Brian Forde, who was once a  senior technology adviser to former-President Barack Obama. Forde managed to outpace his Democrat rivals by raising some $1.5 million for his southern California House race, including more than $300,000 in contributions via cryptocurrencies.But on 5 June Forde received only 6% of the vote, leaving him a distant fourth in the open, top-two primary to represent California’s 45th congressional district in Orange County. Democrat Katie Porter, a law professor at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), edged out fellow UCI law professor Dave Min for the right to challenge incumbent Republican Mimi Walters in the November general election.The 38-year-old Democrat stands by his message that Congress needs more technologists to do its job. Exhibit A, he says, are all the legislators who struggled to keep up with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg when he testified this spring. But the knowledge gained from a tech career that gave him the chance to brief Obama on the emerging world of cryptocurrencies—and then to create a digital currency initiative within the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge—wasn’t nearly enough to win a seat in Congress. Political smarts are even more important, he acknowledges.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Forde spoke with ScienceInsider both before and after his defeat, offering some advice to scientists weighing their own bids for elective office and reflecting on his own campaign. Science candidates: High-tech smarts aren’t enough for defeated Obama aide Q: Looking back, is there anything you would have done differently?A: I would have started running earlier. [Porter and Min declared in April 2017, and Forde jumped in last summer.] As a first-time candidate, it’s like when you’re a child, and every month of growth is massive. Being naturally cautious, a scientist or technologist might be inclined to wait and not jump in until you have everything lined up. But you need to let go of that idea and realize that you’re going to learn a lot once you start running.Q: How did you go about attracting support from a community that has traditionally stayed away from politics?A: You have to give them a compelling reason why something they care about is under attack. And if it’s not, then what are you fighting for that they care about?For example, I was running against a candidate who fundamentally doesn’t understand, or care to understand, cryptocurrency. [Min ran an ad that accused Forde of taking crypto donations from “Bitcoin speculators that oppose cracking down on drug deals and human trafficking.”] And while most people in that space haven’t been active politically, they were more than happy to contribute to my campaign because the alternative was having someone who clearly did not understand this emerging technology and who perpetuated lies about the technology. Follow our rolling coverage of 2018’s science candidates. Meet the scientists running to transform Congress in 2018 The science vote The science candidates: races to watch in 2018last_img read more

U.S. judge tosses climate lawsuits by California cities, but says science is sound

first_imgCities in the United States had taken oil companies to court, arguing that they should pay for climate-related problems caused by the burning of fossil fuels. U.S. judge tosses climate lawsuits by California cities, but says science is sound Read more… Originally published by E&E NewsA federal court judge yesterday threw out lawsuits from two California cities seeking to make oil companies pay for worsening sea-level rise and other climate change impacts.Judge William Alsup of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted the request from five oil companies seeking dismissal of the cases brought by San Francisco and Oakland. They were suing Chevron Corp., BP PLC, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell PLC, arguing that the companies make and sell products that when combusted create a public nuisance. The cities also contended that the companies knew the global dangers for decades and hid that information while protecting their assets.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) Alsup, a Clinton appointee who in March held a high-profile “tutorial” on climate science, said evaluating blame for warming impacts is a political issue and not one for the courts to decide.”This order accepts the science behind global warming,” Alsup said in his ruling. “So do both sides. The dangers raised in the complaints are very real. But those dangers are worldwide. Their causes are worldwide. The benefits of fossil fuels are worldwide. The problem deserves a solution on a more vast scale than can be supplied by a district judge or jury in a public nuisance case.”The decision marks a huge blow for climate change activists and other cities pursuing similar lawsuits. It’s a win, meanwhile, for the oil companies and other industry groups that opposed the lawsuit.John Coté, communications director for San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera, said in an email that “this is obviously not the ruling we wanted, but this doesn’t mean the case is over.””We’re reviewing the order and will decide on our next steps shortly,” he added. “We’re pleased that the court recognized that the science of global warming is no longer in dispute. Our litigation forced a public court proceeding on climate science, and now these companies can no longer deny it is real and valid. Our belief remains that these companies are liable for the harm they’ve caused.”Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker said that “we are carefully reviewing the order and considering all options, including an appeal.””We believe our lawsuit presents valid claims and these defendants must be held accountable for misleading the American people about the catastrophic risks to human beings and all forms of life on this planet caused by fossil fuel-driven global warming and sea-level rise,” she said.Alsup said the cities’ theory—that the combustion of fossil fuels created a nuisance—had a scope that was “breathtaking.””It would reach the sale of fossil fuels anywhere in the world, including all past and otherwise lawful sales, where the seller knew that the combustion of fossil fuels contributed to the phenomenon of global warming,” Alsup said in his order. “While these actions are brought against the first, second, fourth, sixth and ninth largest producers of fossil fuels, anyone who supplied fossil fuels with knowledge of the problem would be liable.”The cities originally filed the suits in state court. The oil companies moved the cases to federal court, and Alsup ruled that they belonged in his court because it was a federal issue. In that ruling, he appeared to indicate he did not believe that federal law and federal court precedents precluded the cities from seeking action. In his ruling yesterday, Alsup said there was no conflict between that decision and this one.”It remains proper for the scope of plaintiffs’ claims to be decided under federal law, given the international reach of the alleged wrong,” Alsup said. “Although the scope of plaintiffs’ claims is determined by federal law, there are sound reasons why regulation of the worldwide problem of global warming should be determined by our political branches, not by our judiciary.”The lawsuits by San Francisco and Oakland were the first to go forward among a growing group of similar cases. Also in California, Imperial Beach, San Mateo, Marin County, Richmond, Santa Cruz and Santa Cruz County are suing two dozen or more fossil fuel companies and trade associations in separate cases. A decision in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is pending on whether to uphold an order by federal Judge Vince Chhabria that moved those suits from federal to state court.The city of Boulder and the counties of San Miguel and Boulder in Colorado are suing Suncor Energy Inc. and Exxon Mobil, demanding “past and future damages” for climate impacts. King County, Wash., sued the same five companies named in the San Francisco and Oakland suits. New York City also filed a claim against the same oil companies named in those suits.National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons in a statement said this ruling could foreshadow what those cities are up against.”Other municipalities around the country who have filed similar lawsuits should take note as those complaints are likely to end the same way,” he said. “New York City, Boulder, and the other California municipalities should withdraw their complaints and follow the lead of others that are focused on meaningful solutions.”Related:In a San Francisco courtroom, climate science gets its day on the docketReprinted from Climatewire with permission from E&E News. Copyright 2018. E&E provides essential news for energy and environment professionals at www.eenews.net P. A. Lawrence, LLC/Alamy Stock Photo By Anne C. Mulkern, E&E NewsJun. 26, 2018 , 9:10 AMlast_img read more

Vieira: ‘Balotelli can’t understand teamwork’

first_imgNice coach Patrick Vieira was “disappointed” with Mario Balotelli. “It’s really difficult for him to understand that football is about teamwork.” The Italy international has never hit the heights his potential warranted and is now also struggling at hometown club Brescia. “It was a real pleasure to work with Mario,” the Nice coach told beIN Sports at an event. “It was I think at a time where it was really difficult for him to understand that football is about teamwork, the team effort, and it’s something that is difficult for Mario to understand. “It has nothing to do with talent of the player, because he is a really special talent, but it’s disappointing that I was unable to get the best out of him, but he needs to understand as well that for him to play at this level, he needs to be part of the team. “I hope he understands that really soon, because there is still time for him to do so and he can go back to scoring goals. He’s got the talent to be the leader of the team, but the leader of the team has to put his talent at the service of the team.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

Assam Guv asks Union Minister not to politicise flood problem

first_imgGuwahati, Sep 8 (PTI) Assam Governor Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya today urged Union Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal not to politicise the flood problem in the state. “I am not a BJP man now. But as an ex-BJP man, I will tell him (Sonowal) not to make floods a political issue. Please do not do this. The state government is my government,” Acharya said at a press conference. The Governor was responding to queries on Sonowals allegation yesterday that the state government was not doing enough to handle the natural calamity. “If you have any problem regarding any issue, you can meet me or the CM. This is a problem we all should fight together,” Acharya said. Sonowal had accused Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi of doing “cheap politics” over the flood situation and said the state government has enough funds to tackle the problem. The Union Minister had also claimed that the state government was given Rs 1,655 crore as part of the SDRF fund during the beginning of this financial year, out of which an amount of Rs 1,425 crore was still unused. However, the Governor said “I agree with the CM that we need more funds. The Centre should give more funds. I am going to Delhi tomorrow and will meet the President, Home Minister and most probably the Prime Minister. I will appeal to the Centre on this matter.” “I will also request Prime Minister Narendra Modi to pay a visit to the flood-hit areas. At the same time, the atmosphere of blaming the Centre is also not good. We cannot accept blaming the Centre every time for the states failure,” he added. (More) PTI TR DKB DB PSadvertisementlast_img read more