Federal judge halts Keystone XL construction pending new environmental analysis FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享CNBC:A federal judge in Montana halted construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline on Thursday on the grounds that the U.S. government did not complete a full analysis of the environmental impact of the TransCanada project.The ruling deals a major setback for TransCanada and could possibly delay the construction of the $8 billion, 1,180 mile (1,900 km) pipeline.The ruling is a victory for environmentalists, tribal groups and ranchers who have spent more than a decade fighting against construction of the pipeline that will carry heavy crude to Steele City, Nebraska, from Canada’s oil sands in Alberta.U.S. District Court Judge Brian Morris’ ruling late on Thursday came in a lawsuit that several environmental groups filed against the U.S. government in 2017, soon after President Donald Trump announced a presidential permit for the project. Morris wrote in his ruling that a U.S. State Department environmental analysis “fell short of a ‘hard look”‘ at the cumulative effects of greenhouse gas emissions and the impact on Native American land resources.He also ruled the analysis failed to fully review the effects of the current oil price on the pipeline’s viability and did not fully model potential oil spills and offer mitigations measures. In Thursday’s ruling, Morris ordered the government to issue a more thorough environmental analysis before the project can move forward.More: US judge halts construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline
“We sat down with a blank piece of paper and drew out our ideal life,” Eva Surls says as she turns her Sprinter van loaded with our mountain bikes into Dupont State Forest.I like her already. That combination of dreamer and take charge attitude in order to create a life conjured from one’s imagination is exactly the type of person I strive to be, it’s a characteristic I admire most in friends.The sun warms my elbow sticking out of the passenger seat window and the first blue sky in a week makes even a non-singer like me want to belt out a few Jack Johnson lyrics.I’ve just met Eva and don’t want to scare her off so instead I ask her more about how the Bike Farm, the base camp she owns with her husband, Cashion Smith, that caters to bikers wanting to explore the area.“We knew we wanted a piece of property big enough for friends and family to stay, and the concept evolved from there.”Eva parks at the trailhead for – and checks my fit on the bike. Before we start riding, she quizzes me on the front and rear brake and demonstrates the ready stance.We coast down a gravel road and she looks over her shoulder, her long braid off to one side, and says, “Elbows pointed out and heels down.”Eva stops before in front of the trail and talks a little about how to find the right gear for climbing and explains about shifting from the front to back of my seat depending on the steepness of the terrain.I follow her over some roots and then we turn back around and try it again to find a different line.After our second climb she reminds me to look ahead where I want to go instead of fixating on my front tire.Midway up she says, “Remember to look ahead at where you want to go.”I pick up my glance, which has been fixated on my front tire for the past few minutes, amazed at her to know where I’m looking given that she’s riding in front.We happily chat about trail running, dogs (her), and kids (me), as we ride by the river flowing below.Eva lets me know that the trail becomes more technical ahead. We climb over some more roots and negotiate some turns before the trail dips and we ride over the biggest root yet.Scared, I put my foot down right on top of the gigantic root, seemingly guarding the top of the hill.Eva stops her bike and says, “Good job getting this far. This root is bigger than the rest. Given what I’ve seen you ride so far, I know you can do it. Let’s session it for a bit.”I watch her ride it a few times and studying the way she stops pedaling a few feet in front of it, how she eases her grip from the handlebars as she approaches the root and how she presses her peddle a slight turn forward to keep her momentum once she’s crested it.Then it’s my turn. Eva is smaller in stature than me and she makes it look effortless so I figure I’ll be able to do it too.My first go I hit the root square on, my pelvis throbbing from the impact.The second time I stand there, hesitant with the realization that indecision could lead to physical pain. Eva tells me to take a minute to collect myself and take a deep breath.I think of my four-year-old son.Right now he would say, “Mama, be brave at this root.”He has this thing of misusing prepositions in a way I find adorable so I don’t correct it. Besides, it lends a certain insight that I often miss. He realizes that we don’t have to be brave globally, in all situations, that it’s enough to pick one very specific thing and direct all the courage we can muster toward that.I tell myself I will be brave at the root as I ride and shift my weight in time so that my front wheel climbs over the wheel but then hit my pedal on the side of the root. The same thing happens the next dozen tries.I keep focusing on my line, on where I’m looking, on where my feet are, and my body weight.On my last go it all comes together. I approach the root at the right angle and unweight my front tire, while still keeping my gaze ahead. Once I’m over it, I pedal forward.“I did it!” I say at the same time that Eva shouts, “you did it!”I can tell from her tone that she’s as proud as I am. We high five and ride the rest of the trail.Eva echoes my son’s wisdom. “Every ride, pick one thing to work on and session it. Spend ten or fifteen minutes trying the same move.”The rest of the week I try rolling over things on my bike. It’s such a small thing, getting my tires across a rock or a root. Even so, I swell with pride ever time.As the week goes on I notice that I’m feeling more focused as I tackle a negotiation or difficult discussion in my business life, too. By keeping focused and asking myself to meet a discrete task with a courageous attitude, I’m becoming brave at life.
The only way EIOPA would have a legal basis for its proposed reporting requirements, PensionsEurope suggested, would be if certain European Commission-proposed changes to the European system of financial supervision were adopted.Even then, however, “the level of harmonisation for IORPs would still be determined by the IORP II Directive”, PensionsEurope added.The umbrella association for European national pension trade bodies also criticised EIOPA’s plan to require NCAs to report individual data on the largest European pension funds, saying it was not EIOPA’s role “to supervise individual IORPs”.Aggregated data was enough for EIOPA to be able to meet its aim, PensionsEurope argued. The trade body said EIOPA did not have a legal basis to directly approach individual pension funds “and EIOPA should not do it in an indirect way by asking the NCAs to pass all reporting templates of individual IORPs”.EIOPA has asked for data relating to pension funds with assets of more than €1bn, or for at least the five biggest IORPs in a given country, unless they are smaller than €100m.“EIOPA will refrain from publishing any individual IORP data and will pay particular attention when publishing aggregate data of small sets of reporting entities’ data,” it has said.Overall, PensionsEurope said it had not heard “sound arguments” supporting EIOPA’s request for data. Trade bodies have already criticised the proposal for the burden and costs it could impose on pension schemes.PensionsEurope said EIOPA needed to make “a robust case” for the benefits to members from wanting the information.“This should include a detailed account of what action EIOPA would propose to take in the event that the data provided raises concerns,” it added. “We are unclear what those concerns might be, but we presume that EIOPA has already considered this in detail and will, therefore, be able to publish this information before the end of 2017 – together with the full account of the actions it will take in the event of those concerns being realised.”The European Central Bank (ECB) also has its eye on pension fund data, and has consulted on a draft regulation for statistical reporting requirements for pension funds. PensionsEurope has been more positive about this: in its response to the EIOPA consultation it said NCAs should align their reporting with the technical format and data required under the draft ECB regulation. The legal basis for EIOPA’s proposed framework for information requests from national authorities is questionable, according to PensionsEurope.Earlier this year EIOPA – the EU supervisor for insurers and pension funds – proposed a single framework for the regular reporting of occupational pension information by “national competent authorities” (NCAs). It cited Article 35 of its founding regulation as the basis on which it requests information from the NCAs at recurring intervals and in certain specified formats.In its response to EIOPA’s consultation on the proposed framework, PensionsEurope said Article 35 did not “stand on its own”, as the IORP II Directive was the basis for prudential regulation of Institutions for Occupational Retirement Provision (IORPs).The IORP II Directive did not stipulate the introduction of reporting and disclosure requirements like those under Solvency II, it said.
UK oilfield services provider ASCO has named Peter France as new CEO as its current chief executive has left to pursue other opportunities.Peter France has most recently worked as CEO of Rotork, a manufacturer of actuator and flow control equipment in the oil and gas sector.According to ASCO, France led the led the acquisitions of 27 companies as well as driving significant organic growth across Rotork where he joined in 1989 and where he became CEO in 2008.France, who will take over as CEO on October 1, said ASCO was an outstanding business with a reputation for excellence across the oil services industry.ASCO specializes in supply base management operations, with a suite of complementary services, including materials and warehouse management, waste management, decommissioning, transport and logistics, training, personnel provision, fuel services, and marine management.“I am looking forward to becoming part of the community in Aberdeen and to working closely with my new colleagues, customers, and suppliers across the world to build on the long and successful history of the company. ASCO has an exciting future ahead of it and I am delighted to be on board,” France said.John Gemmell, Chairman of ASCO and Partner at DH Private Equity Partners, said today: “The appointment of Peter France signals DH Private Equity Partners’ ongoing commitment to ASCO. We are fortunate to have found such an experienced leader with an outstanding track record of growth to steward ASCO through the next stage of its development. ASCO is a truly international business with a great team and a highly promising future. Together with the rest of the Board and our colleagues across the world, we look forward to working with Peter to continue ASCO’s successful journey.”Peter replaces Alan Brown, who was appointed CEO of ASCO in 2014 and who has left the company to pursue other opportunities.Gemmel also thanked Brown “for his leadership over the last four years during what has been a difficult period in the oil and gas market.”Gemmel added: “During Alan’s tenure, ASCO has invested heavily in its systems to support and optimize customers’ supply chains, has invested in developing value-added services in Materials Management, Waste handling & Marine, and has maintained the highest standards of service. ASCO is now much better placed to support customers than when he joined in 2014.”
The New England Patriots finally showed up in the NFL after two weeks of disappointing results. At the Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday night, the New England Patriots got back to winning ways with a 34-13 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Tom Brady was the star of the show as the Patriots veteran led from the front and threw for two touchdowns on the night. The win against the Cincinnati Bengals secures an NFL playoffs berth for the reigning Super Bowl champions. Also Read | Tom Brady’s Exit Fueled By Speculation; 5 Potential NFL Teams For Patriots QBPatriots vs Bengals highlights LIVE TV Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 16th December, 2019 12:28 IST Colin DCunha Patriots struggle in offence, but Bill Belichick makes historyPatriots receiver N’Keal Harry provided some much-needed respite for the Patriots on Sunday night. Tom Brady was visibly frustrated with his receivers during the earlier defeats against the Texans and the Chiefs, but N’Keal Harry showed that the New England Patriots’ offence still has some potential as he made an impressive diving touchdown catch in the third quarter. Tom Brady, meanwhile, finished with a season-low 128 passing yards against the Cincinnati Bengals and completed 15 of 29 passes on the night. Interestingly, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick set an NFL record on the night, becoming the first coach in the league’s history to lead a team to 11 consecutive playoffs berths. Also Read | Tom Brady Issues Challenge To Ravens QB Lamar Jackson With One Condition FOLLOW US Last Updated: 16th December, 2019 12:28 IST New England Patriots Snap Losing Streak After Easy 34-13 Win Over Cincinnati Bengals The New England Patriots finally got back to winning ways in the NFL after successive disappointing defeats to the Houston Texans and the Kansas City Chiefs A “Spygate 2.0” controversy overshadowed the Patriots vs Bengals game. The New England Patriots, however, showed no signs of being bothered by the incident as they secured a playoffs spot for the 11th consecutive season. After back-to-back losses against the Houston Texans and the Kansas City Chiefs, the New England Patriots were always likely to emerge winners against a Cincinnati Bengals side with the worst record in the NFL (1-13). The Patriots raced to a 7-0 lead in the opening minutes. Like the game against the Chiefs, however, the Patriots couldn’t hold on to that lead for too long as the Bengals restored parity. The Patriots did, however, restore their lead and held on to it. All of this, despite an offence still not in the best of rhythm. Considering the fact that they face much stronger opposition in the form of the Buffalo Bills in Week 16, the New England Patriots will have to sort out their offensive struggles if they are to mount a serious challenge to retain the Super Bowl. Also Read | Bill Belichick Reveals An Interesting Anecdote About Rob Gronkowski’s Pre-draft Visit WATCH US LIVE COMMENT
George received a warm reception from Oklahoma City’s fans. He spent two seasons with the Thunder and was third in the MVP balloting last season before the team traded him last summer.“I had a short stint here, but the way they embraced me and took me in the second I stepped foot here from day one – it was a huge impact,” George said. “That’s the reason I still want to do community work here. I still want to be established as a Sooner here, as an Oklahoman.”Dennis Schroder scored 24 points and former Clippers Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danilo Gallinari each scored 15 for the Thunder, who lost their second straight. The 15-point margin matched Oklahoma City’s worst home loss of the season.“I thought we had moments in time in the game where we got stagnant on offense,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “Some of that had to do with their length and their size and their athleticism.”Oklahoma lost 133-86 to league-leading Milwaukee on Friday night. PreviousOklahoma City Thunder’s Dennis Schroder (17) takes a shot against Los Angeles Clipper’s Landry Shamet (20) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, March, 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Garett Fisbeck)The Clippers’ Landry Shamet saves the ball near the baseline as the Thunder’s Steven Adams approaches during the first half of Tuesday’s game in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Garett Fisbeck)Los Angeles Clipper’s Paul George (13) passes the ball away from Oklahoma City Thunder’s Chris Paul (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, March, 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Garett Fisbeck) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsOklahoma City Thunder’s Steven Adams (12) fights for the ball with Los Angeles Clipper’s Patrick Beverley (21) as Terrance Ferguson (23), Marcus Morris Sr. (31), and Ivica Zubac (40) look on during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, March, 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Garett Fisbeck)Los Angeles Clipper’s Patrick Beverley (21) drives the ball against Oklahoma City Thunder’s Dennis Schroder (17) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, March, 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Garett Fisbeck)Los Angeles Clipper’s Montrezl Harrell (5) dunks against Oklahoma City Thunder during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, March, 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Garett Fisbeck)Los Angeles Clipper’s Kawhi Leonard (2) goes against Oklahoma City Thunder’s Terrance Ferguson (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, March, 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Garett Fisbeck)Clipper’s Reggie Jackson (1) drives the ball against Oklahoma City Thunder’s Dennis Schroder (17) and Luguentz Dort (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, March, 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Garett Fisbeck)Oklahoma City’s Dennis Schroder passes the ball away as the Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, March, 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Garett Fisbeck)Los Angeles Clipper’s Reggie Jackson (1) takes a shot against Oklahoma City Thunder’s Andre Roberson (21), Nerlens Noel (9) and Chris Paul (3) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, March, 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Garett Fisbeck)Oklahoma City Thunder’s Nerlens Noel (9) fights for the ball with Los Angeles Clipper’s Ivica Zubac (40) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, March, 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Garett Fisbeck)Los Angeles Clipper’s Patrick Beverley (21) fights Oklahoma City Thunder’s Nerlens Noel (9) for the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, March, 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Garett Fisbeck)Oklahoma City Thunder’s Steven Adams (12) takes a shot against Los Angeles Clipper’s Kawhi Leonard (2) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, March, 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Garett Fisbeck)Los Angeles Clipper’s Lou Williams (23) is guarded by Oklahoma City Thunder’s Chris Paul (3) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, March, 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Garett Fisbeck)Los Angeles Clipper’s Montrezl Harrell (5) blocks a shot by Oklahoma City Thunder’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, March, 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Garett Fisbeck)Oklahoma City Thunder’s Abdel Nader (11) is blocked and fouled by Los Angeles Clipper’s Marcus Morris Sr. (31) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, March, 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Garett Fisbeck)Oklahoma City Thunder’s Dennis Schroder (17) takes a shot against Los Angeles Clipper’s Landry Shamet (20) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, March, 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Garett Fisbeck)The Clippers’ Landry Shamet saves the ball near the baseline as the Thunder’s Steven Adams approaches during the first half of Tuesday’s game in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Garett Fisbeck)NextShow Caption1 of 16The Clippers’ Landry Shamet saves the ball near the baseline as the Thunder’s Steven Adams approaches during the first half of Tuesday’s game in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Garett Fisbeck)ExpandOKLAHOMA CITY — Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points to help the Clippers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 109-94 on Tuesday night.The Clippers held Oklahoma City to 42 percent shooting as Coach Doc Rivers moved into sole possession of 12th place in NBA history with 936 wins.“We played defense the whole game,” Rivers said. “They made a couple of runs, but that’s what they do. But we kept responding. We responded with big baskets and lots of stops. I thought our defense today was extraordinary.”Montrezl Harrell and former Thunder player Paul George each added 16 points for the Clippers, who won their fifth straight. “These last two games, playing against Milwaukee and playing against the Clippers, obviously two elite teams – I’m hopeful that we can keep getting better because in these kinds of games, things get exposed that you have to work on and have to really address and look at,” Donovan said.The Clippers finished the second quarter strong and led 59-47 at halftime. Leonard led the Clippers with 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting while Schroder scored 13 points in the first half for the Thunder.Related Articles Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 The Clippers continued to roll and led 89-70 after the third period. George scored eight points in the third quarter after a quiet first half.The Clippers held a comfortable lead throughout the fourth quarter.STAT LINESIt was a rough long-range shooting night for both teams. The Clippers went 11 for 36 from 3-point range while the Thunder shot 9 for 28.STILL MADImmediately after George was introduced in the starting lineup, Patrick Beverley was introduced. Thunder fans booed the gritty defensive stopper as usual. They still remember the 2013 playoffs when Beverley, then with the Houston Rockets, ran into Russell Westbrook after Westbrook called a timeout, causing a knee injury that ended Westbrook’s season.TIP-INSGeorge had a kid-friendly fishing dock dedicated on Monday at South Lakes Park in Oklahoma City. George is an avid fisherman. … The Clippers shot 63.6 percent in the first quarter to lead 38-27. … Forward/center Harrell limped off the court in the third quarter with a left leg injury. He later re-entered the game. … Former Thunder guard Reggie Jackson scored seven points on 3-for-8 shooting. He was booed during pregame introductions. … OKC’s Paul was called for a technical foul in the first quarter. … The Thunder made just 4 of 9 free-throw attempts in the first half. … Oklahoma City failed to score 100 points for the second straight game. It is only the second time this season the Thunder have gone consecutive games without reaching the century mark. The other time was the first two games of the season.UP NEXTThe Clippers play at the Houston Rockets on Thursday at 5 p.m. PT. Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesperson told Alan Brazil and Brian Moore about Juventus’ Champions League semi-final clash with Real Madrid on Tuesday night, and claimed the Serie A side’s defence may hold the key to victory.There was also a look ahead to the Championship play-offs, with Stevens claiming Norwich are favourites to beat Ipswich and Middlesbrough backed to beat Brentford.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast