US appeals court allows Dakota Access Pipeline to continue operations

first_img Energy Transfer’s Dakota Access pipeline is an 1,886km long crude oil pipeline. (Credit: Carl Wycoff from Nevada, USA/Wikipedia.org) A federal appeals court in the US has allowed Energy Transfer Partners’ $3.78bn Dakota Access Pipeline to continue transporting crude oil pending additional court proceedings despite a recent ruling against it in a lower court.Despite the appeals court’s judgement, a legal tussle continues to go on regarding a permit that allowed the underground crude oil pipeline to be finished, reported Reuters.Last month, a federal judge at the US District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the 1,886km oil pipeline should be shut down and its oil to be emptied by a deadline of 5 August 2020.The judgement from the district court, which was based on environmental grounds, declared the US Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to give approval to the pipeline to be laid beneath Lake Oahe as invalid.The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said that the district court did not make the findings required for injunctive relief. The appeals court ordered that the administrative stay entered on 14 July 2020 to be dismissed.Earthjustice, which has been representing the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in the legal battle against Energy Transfer alleged that the Dakota Access Pipeline is currently operating illegally after the permit for it to cross underneath Lake Oahe was vacated by the district court.Standing Rock Sioux Tribe chairman Mike Faith said: “We’ve been in this legal battle for four years, and we aren’t giving up this fight.“As the environmental review process gets underway in the months ahead, we look forward to showing why the Dakota Access Pipeline is too dangerous to operate.”Brief background of the Dakota Access pipelineAlso called the Bakken pipeline, the Dakota Access pipeline has been transporting light sweet crude oil from the Bakken/Three Forks production area in North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois. Operating since June 2017, the crude oil pipeline has a capacity of carrying 570,000 barrels of oil per day.In June 2019, Energy Transfer started filing and making notifications to states regarding its intentions to optimise the existing Dakota Access Pipeline to facilitate additional volumes of crude oil. Last month, a federal judge at the US District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the Dakota Access Pipeline should be shut down and its oil to be emptied by 5 August 2020last_img read more

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Disco Biscuits Kick Off Halloween Run In Worcester [Full Pro-Shot Video]

first_imgSetlist: The Disco Biscuits | Worcester Palladium | Worcester, MA | 10/26/2017Set One: Grass is Green-> Minions-> Grass is Green, Loose Change, Confrontation-> Gangster-> ConfrontationSet Two: Munchkin Invasion-> Voices Insane-> Astronaut-> Munchkin Invasion, ReactorEncore: Once the Fiddler Paid, M.E.M.P.H.I.S., Spacebirdmatingcall[Photo: Dave Vann] On Thursday night, The Disco Biscuits kicked off their two-night Halloween run at the Worcester Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts, ahead of their Saturday performance at Suwannee Hulaween. The entirety of the show was webcast to fans for free via the band’s YouTube, including the opening set by lespecial.The Disco Biscuits Announce Free Webcast Of Worcester Halloween ShowsAfter the Disco Biscuits’ opened their first set with a “Grass Is Green” sandwich housing “Minions”, the Biscuits hit “Loose Change” before launching into perennial favorite “Confrontation”. One of the highlights of the first set came during the set-closing “Confrontation” sandwich, with the Biscuits teasing the Star Wars theme during the transition out of “Gangster” and back into “Confrontation” to close the set.During the five-song second set, after announcing a number of winners for their upcoming fan appreciation show in Boulder, Colorado, at the Fox Theatre, the band returned with the upbeat “Munchkin Invasion”. By way of “Voices Insane” and an energized “Astronaut”, the band quickly returned to “Munchkin Invasion”, ahead of the closing tune “Reactor”, which saw an extended, more minimalist and light jam. In a somewhat rare move, the group returned with an encore of three standalone tunes: “Once The Fiddler Paid”, “M.E.M.P.H.I.S.”, and a triumphant, show-closing “Spacebirdmatingcall”.3 Years Later, Fan Delivers Update On The Tattoo He Got In Order To Write A Disco Biscuits’ SetlistThe band returns to the Worcester Palladium tonight for the final night of their two-night run. Again, the entirety of the show will be streamed via the band’s YouTube, with Jaw Gems opening set kicking off at 8 pm (EST).last_img read more

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Jack White Releases New Singles For The First Time In 4 Years [Listen]

first_imgFollowing a mysterious video posted in December called “Servings and Portions from my Boarding House Reach”, the buzz around Jack White’s new album has growing. Called Boarding House Reach, the album will mark White’s third solo album and the first formal music project he’s released since 2014’s Lazaretto.Jack White Teases New Solo Project In Mysterious Video Featuring Neal Evans & Louis Cato [Watch]Today, White dropped the lead single off the new album, “Connected By Love” and its subsequent music video directed by Pasqual Gutierrez, as well as a second track called “Respect Commander”. Both of these numbers also feature drummer Louis Cato (Beyoncé/Q-Tip/John Legend), keyboardist Neal Evans (Soulive/Talib Kweli/John Scofield), bassist Charlotte Kemp Muhl (The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger), percussionist Bobby Allende (David Byrne), and backing vocalists Ann and Regina McCrary of the gospel trio The McCrary Sisters.“Connected By Love” was produced and recorded in three different locations across the United States—Sear Sound in New York City, Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, and Third Man Studio in Nashville—marking the first time White has ever recorded an album in the cities of L.A. or NYC. Both songs will appear on the upcoming album, Boarding House Reach.As White told Rolling Stone, the song was written in his Nashville apartment. He elaborated, “I just started humming notes out loud, staring out the window. After that, you really can’t explain it. You just have to get out of the way and let it happen. And you don’t really notice it as it’s happening.” He also told the media outlet that originally the refrain said “I’m Infected By Love”, adding, “I thought ‘Well, people won’t get that metaphor — they’ll turn that into, ‘Well, Do you have an STD, or something?’ [laughs] It might hurt the rest of the messages of the song if I kept that as the main thing. So I changed ‘Infected’ to ‘Connected’ and then started to feed off of that.”You can watch the music video for “Connected By Love” and listen to “Respect Commander” below. For those who are digging what they’re hearing, you can purchase limited-edition 7″ vinyls of the tracks at Jack White’s Third Man Records’ stores in Nashville and Detroit this Saturday, January 13th.last_img read more

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Liven Up Your Lunch Break with Broadway in Bryant Park; Complete Lineup Set

first_imgThe 2015 lineup for 106.7 LITE FM’s annual Broadway in Bryant Park series has been announced, and several tuners from on and off-Broadway are ready to add some musical theater to your lunch break. The (free!) festivities kick off on July 9 with the long-running favorite Wicked, Broadway’s It Shoulda Been You, as well as Stomp and Fuerza Bruta from downtown. Later in the summer, you can catch performances from the Broadway.com Audience Choice Award-winning Finding Neverland, new musicals Amazing Grace and Allegiance, long running hits The Phantom of the Opera and Chicago and more. Check out the full schedule below.July 9:StompWickedIt Shoulda Been YouFuerza BrutaJuly 16:Finding NeverlandChicagoSistasMamma Mia! July 23:Kinky BootsBeautiful: The Carole King MusicalThe Phantom of the OperaSayonaraJuly 30:MatildaOn The TownLes Miserables The Fantasticks August 6:Amazing Grace Something Rotten!Ruthless! AllegianceA Gentleman’s Guide to Love and MurderAugust 13:Mrs. Smith’s Broadway Cat-TacularOnce Upon a MattressThe King and IDames at Sea View Commentslast_img read more

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Michael C. Hall to Headline London’s Lazarus

first_img As expected, Michael C. Hall will reprise his role in the London incarnation of David Bowie’s Lazarus. Directed by 2016 Tony winner Ivo van Hove and created by Bowie and Once book writer Enda Walsh, the production will play a limited engagement October 25 through January 22, 2017. Opening night is set for November 8 at the Kings Cross Theatre.Hall’s Broadway credits include Hedwig, The Realistic Joneses, Cabaret and Chicago. He is best known for playing serial killer Dexter Morgan in Showtime’s Dexter, earning one Golden Globe Award from five nominations and six Emmy Award nods. Other screen credits include HBO’s Six Feet Under and the films Cold in July and Kill Your Darlings.Lazarus had a sold out run off-Broadway at the end of last year. Also reprising their roles from the original production will be Michael Esper and Sophia Anne Caruso. Full casting will be announced later.Inspired by Walter Tevis’ 1963 novel The Man Who Fell to Earth, Lazarus follows Thomas Newton (Hall), the alcoholic alien-turned-inventor portrayed by Bowie in the 1976 screen adaptation. The show features original tunes by Bowie, as well as new arrangements of his known hits.Lazarus will feature scenic and lighting design by Jan Versweyveld, costume design by An D’Huys, video design by Tal Yarden, sound deisgn by Brian Ronan and Tony Gayle, music direction by Henry Hey and choreography by Annie-B Parson. Michael C. Hall in ‘Lazarus'(Photo: Jan Versweyveld) View Commentslast_img read more

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Weekend Pick: Charlottesville Ten Miler

first_imgAs anyone in the Virginia area likely knows, the Charlottesville Ten Miler has become one of the most popular races in the Commonwealth. The event’s middle distance milage, calm urban setting, and challenging course all combine to create a great race for any level runner. This Saturday, March 21, join the crowd for a perfect spring run. Charlottesville 10 MilerThe Charlottesville Ten Miler, or C10M, follows a traditional course through the University of Virginia area and around the Downtown Mall. Racers will line up on Massie Road, beside the John Paul Jones Arena, and take to the University’s community streets. After circuiting the Downtown Mall, the race finishes right outside the UVA Track, where collegiate athletes will be running their first meet of the season. Grab some water, take a breather, and stick around to cheer on your fellow runners as you celebrate your own job well done!The starting gun will sound bright and early at 7:15 a.m. Roads will remain closed for the race throughout the morning. There will be limited packet pick-up before the race on Saturday from 6:15 to 6:45 for out of town runners, but most participants should plan on heading to the John Paul Jones Arena on Friday evening from 5 to 8 to gather their race items. All participants will receive a special technical t-shirt (in both unisex and women’s cut!) in that packet, as well as a commemorative medal after the run.Online registration will remain open through Wednesday, March 18. There will also be limited registration available during Friday evening’s packet pick-up session. Proceeds from the race benefit Hope House and Steps to Success, local programs to support family stability, safety, and health.For a chance to explore a unique city, to enjoy a budding spring morning, and to get your blood pumping with an exciting group of local runners, get on board with the Charlottesville Ten Miler this weekend.last_img read more

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Outdoor Updates: Earthquakes in NC and TN on Sunday

first_imgDid you feel the earth move beneath your feet in WNC last weekend? You may have experienced one of two small earthquakes that struck the region on Sunday. The first was a 2.2-magnitude quake near Greenville, TN, which struck about 3:30 a.m. Saturday night/ Sunday morning. The second quake, a 2.5-magnitude shakeup, struck the Mars Hill and Weaverville area around 12:23 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Disorder detected in FL panthers and bobcats Quakes below 2.5-magnitude generally are not felt by people, though they do show up on a seismograph, and those below 4.0-magnitude typically cause no damage. The U.S. Geological Survey reports that the Eastern Tennessee seismic zone is one of the most active in the Southeast. The zone runs across Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama.  Small earthquakes shook the ground in NC and TN on Sunday Join Litter Sweep and help clean up NC roadways Volunteers and NCDOT maintenance crews will devote an entire week to picking up litter on the roadside. If you’d like to participate, NCDOT will provide orange and blue trash bags, gloves and safety vests from your local NCDOT county maintenance yard. Contact a local litter coordinator to learn more: https://www.ncdot.gov/initiatives-policies/environmental/adoptahighway/Pages/coordinators.aspx. A definitive cause has not yet been determined. The FWC is testing for potential toxins, including rat pesticide, as well as infectious diseases and nutritional deficiencies. The public can help by submitting trail footage that captures animals that have problems with their hind legs to [email protected]  Does the trash along the roadways take away from your enjoyment of the surrounding natural beauty as you drive down the road to your favorite trailhead? If you want to help make a dent in the litter, join the NC Department of Transportation’s biannual statewide road cleanup, which takes place twice a year in April and September. This year, Litter Sweep will be held September 14-28. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has detected a disorder in some Florida panthers and bobcats that impacts the animal’s ability to walk normally or the degree to which they can control their back legs. As of this month, one bobcat and one panther have been confirmed to have the disorder, but wildlife cameras have caught eight panthers (mostly kittens) and one adult bobcat with the same symptoms on video. last_img read more

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Bolivia to Increase Counterdrug Budget

first_img Next year, the budget for the fight against drug trafficking in Bolivia will be increased from $26 million to $34 million, the government stated on December 19, claiming that there is little support from the international community to the Bolivian counterdrug efforts. “In 2013, the national government must allocate at least 34 million dollars. In 2012, the unit in charge assigned 26 million, which includes the U.S. funding of 11 million,” said Felipe Cáceres, operational head of the fight against drug trafficking, in a press conference. The official confirmed that the fight against drugs will be mostly carried out with national funds, since aid from the United States will be reduced. “This year, we have been told that the United States has less resources, like five million dollars,” he added. Bolivia highlighted its achievements in the coca producing town of Chimoré, located in the center of the country, where the results of the fight against drug trafficking and coca crop eradications were revealed. The South American nation reported that 11,043 hectares of coca crops were eradicated in 2012, the largest area in the last decade, where 36 tons of cocaine paste and hydrochloride were seized. “These are very positive achievements. I hope it continues,” Ross Denny, U.K. representative who participated in the government report, told the press. On the other hand, Bolivian counter drug chief, Colonel Gonzalo Quezada, said that a program of air control, led by the Air Force, will be implemented in 2013 aimed at disrupting air bridges, especially with Peru. He stated that aircrafts, pilots, and flight plans will be registered, an attempt that has been unsuccessful so far. Besides being a coca and cocaine producing nation, Bolivia is a transit point for drugs sent to neighboring Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, and Chile, with final destinations in Europe and Africa. By Dialogo December 21, 2012last_img read more

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Fujifilm says COVID-19 drug research may drag on into July

first_imgFujifilm Holdings Corp’s research on Avigan as a potential treatment for COVID-19 may drag on until July, the company said on Sunday, a further setback for the Japanese firm’s effort to prove the drug’s effectiveness against the virus.”There is a possibility that clinical trials will continue in July,” a Fujifilm spokesman said, responding to a Nikkei report that any approval will be delayed until July or later, due to a lack of patients for trials.After the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gave up on getting approval for the drug by the end of May, the aim was to complete clinical trials this month. But researchers have only been able to get around 70% of the patients needed for the trials, and because it takes 28 days to get results, the process will continue until at least July, the Nikkei business daily said, citing an unnamed source.The spokesman said Fujifilm does not make public details of the progress of clinical trials but it has expanded the number of medical institutions that are cooperating in the trials. “We aim to complete clinical trials as soon as possible.”Drugmakers around the world are scrambling to develop treatments and vaccines for the new coronavirus, which has infected 7 million people globally, while the disease it causes, COVID-19, has killed nearly 400,000.Many countries are focusing on drugs like Gilead Sciences Inc’s antiviral remdesivir and some are using the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, touted by US President Donald Trump. Abe’s government has championed Japanese candidate Avigan, also known as Favipiravir.Countries that have succeeded in curbing infections have sometimes paradoxically found it difficult to sustain clinical trials because of dwindling sample sizes for patients.Japan has avoided the explosive outbreaks seen in some other nations, with about 17,000 infections, and the number of daily infection has been falling, according to public broadcaster NHK and the health ministry. Topics :last_img read more

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Some countries using virus curbs to ‘silence critics’, ex-leaders warn

first_img“There are legitimate reasons to invoke emergency powers. However, it is always problematic when a government uses emergency powers to clamp down on independent media and other fundamental rights,” said Kevin Casas-Zamora, also a former vice-president and government minister in Costa Rica.”We want to draw attention to the plight of democracy in the midst of this crisis. It’s not protecting democracy for its own sake; it’s that democracy has an inherent value in dealing with this pandemic and preparing for the next one.”The outbreak has already led to the postponement or cancellation of 66 elections worldwide, a third of them national polls, according to IDEA. Nearly 50 countries have imposed some form of restriction on press freedom, 21 of them democracies.For the signatories, including Fernando Henrique Cardoso, the former president of Brazil, and Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida, a fundamental concern is that citizens begin to accept more authoritarian behavior.”Democracy is under threat, and people who care about it must summon the will, the discipline, and the solidarity to defend it. At stake are the freedom, health, and dignity of people everywhere,” they wrote. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a surge in authoritarian behavior by governments around the world, posing a growing threat to democracy, hundreds of former prime ministers, presidents, Nobel laureates and lawmakers have warned.The virus was first identified in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December and has since spread around the world, prompting countries across Europe, Asia, the Americas and Africa to step in, many limiting free movement, free speech, public assembly and other civic rights.”Authoritarian regimes, not surprisingly, are using the crisis to silence critics and tighten their political grip,” wrote some 500 signatories, including more than 60 former leaders, in an open letter organized by the Stockholm-based Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA). Topics :center_img “Even some democratically elected governments are fighting the pandemic by amassing emergency powers that restrict human rights and enhance state surveillance without regard to legal constraints (or) parliamentary oversight.”More than 80 countries have enacted emergency measures, according to the U.S.-based International Center for Non-Profit Law, ranging from curfews and fines for those who breach the rules to extra surveillance, censorship and increased executive powers.The overall impact has been a dilution of democratic norms, which has implications for political freedom as well as the ability of governments to handle the crisis and future health emergencies, said IDEA’s secretary-general.Among the countries he cited as having introduced authoritarian measures or having fallen short on accountability were the Philippines, Hungary, El Salvador and Turkey.last_img read more

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