Federal judge halts Keystone XL construction pending new environmental analysis

first_imgFederal 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 pipelinelast_img read more

What happens at a successful strategic planning session

first_imgRealistic goal setting. Many credit unions take last year’s goals, add X% and hurriedly rush through this step. This is not a strategy, and it is not goal setting. There are many things you have to look at and do that change at least somewhat from year to year before you ever get to a set of solid goals. Some questions to ask:What factors are affecting your credit union’s growth?What factors are affecting your members and the community?Are there changes that will be affecting your credit union in the next 1-3 years?What are the needs of your members and the community?Why are your members and potential members going elsewhere for the products you want them to have with your credit union?What is the perception of your credit union within the marketplace? 82SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Amanda Thomas Amanda is founder and president of TwoScore, a firm that channels her passion for the credit union mission and people to help credit unions under $100 million in assets reach … Web: www.twoscore.com Details Once you’ve answered these questions, take a look at your recent trends. You need to know where you are and where you’ve been in order to be able to get where you want to go.All of this information, combined with your credit union’s brand elements and differentiator, will help you get to a set of solid, realistic, and achievable goals to set the bar for next year.Enjoy the process and the time with your team. Here’s to a successful session and upcoming year.center_img It’s officially the season for strategic planning as credit unions prepare for 2016 and beyond. Whether your credit union chooses to go off site with its team for a retreat or stays at the credit union conference room, there are a few things you definitely don’t want to miss.Before doing any planning successful credit unions make sure to have these items on their strategic planning session agendas:Celebration and encouragement. Before you do any planning for the future, sitting in and celebrating your wins from the current year is the first important step in this very important process for your credit union. What went well? Who were the instrumental players? Is this process repeatable? This step is also important in reflecting on the things that maybe weren’t as successful as they could have been. What went wrong? Why? What did you learn? How would you do it differently? Celebration of success and encouragement is the linchpin to momentum and team alignment.Regarding the mission. The next step successful credit unions take in their strategic planning process is to take a hard honest look at their mission, vision and values. This step is vitally important. Not only does it ensure that the credit union is truly living its mission, accomplishing its vision, and delivering on its brand promise to members, it also allows for an honest look at whether these elements really identify what the credit union stands for; strong mission elements put teeth and meaning in your call to action. Have all meeting attendees give their honest opinions and feedback on whether the credit union is in alignment with its mission, vision, and values. If there is inconsistency, spend some time coming up with a more realistic and true set of brand elements to guide the future of your credit union, its decisions, actions, and member experience.Hard conversations. The key word here is hard. You’re working on a team with many people you like and respect, yet this critical meeting is a time to talk about the things that are standing in the way of the credit union’s success. A thriving organization not only makes sure it has the right people, but also that the right people are in the right places within the company. If people at any level aren’t buying into the mission and goals of the credit union, or actively or passively undermine its success, they’ve got to get on board or find a new train. The only people welcome on the team are people who are willing to be part of the team. Some questions to ask your team:What is getting in the way of serving our members to the best of our ability?What have you been dragging your feet on that you know must be done?last_img read more

John the Baptist: Advent figure

first_img Share Share 49 Views   no discussions Share FaithLifestyleLocalNews John the Baptist: Advent figure by: – December 5, 2011center_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Photo credit: pravmir.comJohn the Baptist has always seemed a figure tailor-made for Lent. He lives in the wilderness on a austere diet, dresses in equally austere fashion, and preaches a message of penance and conversion. You couldn’t ask for a more perfect Lenten symbolization than that. Yet the Church reads John as an Advent figure. Of the four Gospel passages in Advent, John is center stage in two. Contrary to appearances, John is not there to remind us about penance, except in the obvious sense that we always need the reminder. He is there for other reasons. Every liturgical season has its own character, and John is central to advent to underline the fact that witnessing to God’s presence in the world requires facilitation and vision.The word we associate most with John is “forerunner.” He announced the imminent coming of Jesus and “prepared the way.” Jesus, of course, did not appear because John prepared the way. John prepared the way, and He came. The coming was exclusively God’s doing.One of the mistakes we’re prone to make in our ministry is to assume that in the things of God we can do things for people. There’s often an imperceptible movement from helping someone with advice or in some other beneficial way, and ‘giving’ them God. Sometimes in our minds the two things occupy the same space.This is a mistake, because in the things of God all that anyone can do is facilitate. We cannot make anything happen. When God is born in anyone’s life, it is always a virgin birth. It’s a birth “not from human stock, or human desire, or human will, but from God himself.” Every minister, ordained or non-ordained, is a type of John the Baptist. We do not cause the birth of God. That happens when it happens. All we can do is facilitate.Perhaps the most intriguing thing about John was his public identification of Jesus as “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” How do we explain the apparent ignorance of the public? At this time Jesus was almost thirty years old. We must assume that he hadn’t lived like a recluse. He was always in full view. And yet it took John, it seems, to make the explicit identification.How was John able to do this? There’s a connection between John’s manner of life and his ability to see, between lifestyle, in other words, and insight, or lifestyle and vision. John lived a life of communion with God, with discipline and simplicity, and that was the foundation of his special ability.Vision entails more than having one’s eyes open. Scripture intimates in several places that our normal consciousness is slumber, that is, we sleep with our eyes open. John shows that the roots of seeing truly lie in our manner of living. Without communion, simplicity and discipline, much of life’s deeper mysteries, not to mention much of the mystery of God, will remain hidden.Advent is a season where we are reminded in the person of John the Baptist that we are to announce that the Lord is always near, and to remember that that out witness amounts only to announcing. It is also time to recommit ourselves to simplicity and discipline, if we wish to grasp the mysteries of life — and the hidden dimensions of God.By: Father Henry Charles PhDlast_img read more

It’s serious for Pardew

first_img Pardew has no doubt the key issue for his side is a lack of cutting edge going forward and has vowed to address the problem. Newcastle rarely looked like equalising after Stoke – who also had a decent-looking penalty shout turned down and hit the post through Marko Arnautovic – went in front via Peter Crouch’s 15th-minute header. Potters goalkeeper Asmir Begovic was only really called into action to push away one Daryl Janmaat strike, although Jack Colback missed a golden chance to level when he hit the bar late on. Pardew, whose team have accrued three points from their six league games, said: “The last third is obviously a problem for us and we have to put that right. “We have to find the answer. We’ll have to have a look at it – make changes, change the system or something. I’ve got to give the team more options in terms of going forward. “We didn’t create enough – I’m not going to make any excuses. We are quite honest with ourselves in the dressing room that we need to create more. “We had a big chance with Jack, who is beating himself up about it. If that goes in, I think we all knew what we were going to do -we were going to get the ball and try to get the winner, because we know that winning was everything tonight. “A draw would have been as bad as a defeat really tonight. We need to get a win and get it quick.” Stoke boss Mark Hughes, meanwhile, hailed a “big” win for his side which brought their first points at home of the campaign. “We are delighted with that,” Hughes said. “It was an important win for us today, a big win. “There has been a little bit of negativity around our home form. But we were always quite comfortable in that we felt it was only a matter of time before our home form turned around. “And I think on the balance of play, we deserved to win the game.” Stoke moved up from 17th to 11th in the table and have eight points from their six games. Ahead of the match, Ashley – who Newcastle insist was joking with the comment – said Pardew would be ”finished” if it ended in defeat. The sportswear magnate then watched from the stands at the Britannia Stadium, while several Newcastle fans there held up ‘Sack Pardew’ signs, as the Tyneside outfit’s wait for a win in the Barclays Premier League this term extended to six games. Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will not quit but accepted his future in the job was uncertain and expects “serious” talks with club owner Mike Ashley after the Magpies’ 1-0 loss at Stoke. Pardew’s side have only tasted victory once in 14 league fixtures stretching back to last season, with 10 of those games ending in defeat, and they are second-bottom of the table. Following this latest reverse, the 53-year-old said: ”I have to fight and the team have to fight and that’s what we’ll continue to do until we can turn it around.” He then added: “I think we’ll (he and Ashley) have some serious conversations before Saturday (when Newcastle face Swansea away) because he doesn’t want to lose and nor do I.” Asked how secure his position was, Pardew said: “I don’t know. But I think it’s my job really to show to the players that there are 32 games left to be strong and to show there is a resilience. “We find ourselves in a position where we are not winning games and we have to put that right.” Regarding the Newcastle supporters, Pardew said: “This is a tough job – make no bones about that – and it is tough where we are at the moment. The fans are giving their honest opinion of what they believe. “I looked at them at the end and clapped them to show I respect their views. I’m not going to hide from it. “I know there is a big question mark about me being at this football club and the only way I can answer it is to do the job to the best of my ability and try to come up with the answers.” Press Associationlast_img read more

How Minnesota’s loss to Iowa impacts Big Ten, College Football Playoff picture

first_imgNew Year’s Day 6 scrambleThe Big Ten still has five teams with two losses or fewer. In Ohio State (10-0), Penn State (9-1), Minnesota (9-1), Wisconsin (8-2) and Michigan (8-2).These last two weeks will determine which one of those teams makes the Playoff and, in turn, which one lands in the Rose Bowl and the New Year’s Day 6. Perhaps the Big Ten gets another at-large team given the strength of those five teams.The Ohio State-Penn State, Ohio State-Michigan and Wisconsin-Minnesota matchups the next two weeks will determine who goes where. Iowa did it again.For the third time in four seasons, Iowa knocked off a top-10 team at Kinnick Stadium in November that alters the College Football Playoff picture. The Hawkeyes defeated No. 7 Minnesota 23-19 on Saturday. That comes one week after the Gophers handed No. 9 Penn State its first loss. MORE: How Penn State loss to Minnesota affects PlayoffThe Hawkeyes built a 20-3 lead in the first half before holding off Minnesota’s rally in the second half. That will make it tougher for P.J. Fleck’s team to break through to the College Football Playoff, but the Big Ten championship still is within reach.Here is how the Gophers’ loss affects the Big Ten and CFP picture:Big Ten won’t get two teams in CFPIt’s going to be tough for the Big Ten to jam two teams into the College Football Playoff now, because it won’t be a matchup of unbeaten teams in Indianapolis.That puts more pressure on Ohio State to finish off a perfect season after missing out on the Playoff with one loss the last two seasons. There was an allure of having both the Buckeyes and Gophers get to Indianapolis with matching unbeaten records because the Big Ten would have been the only Power 5 conference to have that.That’s gone now. The pending SEC championship game between LSU and Georgia will have much more appeal, and the same possibility exists for the Pac-12 if Oregon and Utah get there with one loss each. The Buckeyes could theoretically lose the Big Ten championship game and still get in, but that’s just not a risk you want to take.Gophers could win out and miss outOn the flip side, let’s say Minnesota wins out and atones for the loss to Iowa much like Ohio State did in 2017.Would that be enough to get in the Playoff? It wouldn’t be easy. Clemson, LSU and Georgia are virtual locks with one loss or fewer, and a one-loss Pac-12 champion like Oregon or Big 12 champion like Oklahoma would be tough to push out of the way given the nature of the Gophers’ loss.Or even worse, Minnesota could find itself fighting with Alabama for the last Playoff spot. How do you think that would work out?Wisconsin can still win WestThe Gophers left the door for Wisconsin to win the Big Ten West.Minnesota can clinch a share of the division with a victory against Northwestern next week, which would set up a winner-goes-to-Indy scenario against the Badgers at TCF Bank Stadium on Nov. 30. The battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe will be more heated than ever knowing the Gophers won that game 37-15 last season.last_img read more