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Editorial: A Train-Load of Trouble Rolls Toward Oakland

first_imgEditorial: A Train-Load of Trouble Rolls Toward Oakland FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享From the San Francisco Chronicle:The plan to ship 9 million tons of coal annually through West Oakland must be stopped. It’s bad enough that it’s environmentally threatening, fiscally dubious, and the product of duplicity and political chicanery.Even worse is the fact that a significant amount of public money is being invested in this ill-advised scheme.“This is a very bad idea on many, many levels,” said state Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, author of legislation attempting to stop the coal-export facility at the former Oakland Army Base.“It undermines everything we’ve been doing for the past decade now to try to contain climate change,” Hancock added. “No. 1, it makes us look hypocritical.”And more than a little foolish — if not craven.Remember, Gov. Jerry Brown was at the international climate talks in Paris last December to extol the state’s innovation in reducing carbon emissions — and to implore the rest of the world to follow suit.A coal plant in China — where much of the coal going through the new Oakland depot would presumably be headed — would have the same impact on global warming as one in the Golden State.We invoke the governor’s own words of wisdom from last year:“It doesn’t make sense to be shutting down coal plants and then export it for somebody else to burn in a more dirty way,” he said. “But what we need is a national plan to reduce all fossil fuels. Certainly, coal would be at the top.”The climate impact alone should be enough to give anyone pause about a plan to ship coal on railroad lines from Utah to be loaded at the new Oakland shipping facility. But then there is the concern about local pollution, which is one of the reasons Mayor Libby Schaaf, Oakland City Council members and the Port of Oakland oppose the project.“Stop it immediately,” Schaaf wrote in a May 2015 email to the project’s well-connected developer, Phil Tagami, adding, “If you don’t do that soon we will all have to spend time and energy in a public battle that no one needs and will distract us from the important work at hand.”The battle has only escalated since then.It’s important to note that Tagami for years had vigorously denied rumors that coal shipments would be part of this $800 million cargo facility. In a December 2013 newsletter, he accused critics of spreading misinformation because his real estate firm had “no interest or involvement in the pursuit of coal-related operations at the former Oakland Army Base.”It’s now abundantly clear that coal is a key element of at least the near-term plans for the rail-to-ship transfer facility. In a March 14 Open Forum piece, a partner in Tagami’s company suggested that the “political threats to block coal” amount to “a taking of vested rights.”“Today it’s coal; tomorrow it’ll be wood pellets; and next week it will be genetically modified grain,” wrote Mark McClure of California Capital and Investment Group.Yes, today it is coal — one commodity the developer had specifically promised to exclude, in response to concerns about of its local and global environmental impacts.The questionable policies go well beyond Oakland. The Utah Legislature, looking to help get its state’s coal to foreign markets, just voted to commit $53 million in state money to help build that deep-water port in Oakland.Here’s where that deal really smells:The money is coming out of a fund from federal mining royalties that is supposed to be go to local projects in rural communities for roads, parks, public buildings, water and sewer systems. To get around that legal requirement, Utah legislators approved a scheme to dip into sales-tax revenue earmarked for transportation for the $53 million, put it in a newly created account — and then immediately reimburse it from the royalty fund.Utah’s Senate Democratic leader, Gene Davis, was quoted in the Salt Lake City Tribune as calling it “a shell game.”From a fiscal standpoint, considering the world’s shift away from coal — even in China — perhaps the best question of all was posed by Rep. Joel Briscoe, a Salt Lake City Democrat: “If this is such a great financial investment … where are the banks stepping up to fund this program?”California’s leaders need to intensify the pressure to keep coal shipments out of Oakland, whether it takes legislation, lawsuits or the project overseers simply recognizing the need to keep a promise.A trainload of trouble rolls toward Oaklandlast_img read more

Race Ahead: Multisport

first_imgMULTISPORTThe Jungle Cup 5k SeriesWinnsboro, South CarolinaMarch 2 and 23, 2013“Welcome to the Jungle!” Scream it like Axl as you grind through one of the grittiest new obstacle courses. The Jungle Cup Series has recently expanded to five races with two upcoming in our footprint (March 2 at Carolina Adventure World in Winnsboro and March 23 in Baltimore). The 3.1-mile course is peppered with 21 unique challenges. Racers will swing on ropes over water, climb steep walls, throw spears, trudge through swampy mud pits, push sleds, haul logs, and brave fire pits, as they try to complete one of the most unconventional 5Ks around. tarzanscup.comShenandoah Epic Adventure RaceBentonville, VirginiaApril 20-21, 2013Traversing the rugged backcountry of the George Washington National Forest, solo racers and teams of two or four will cover over 100 miles in up to 26 hours, navigating their way through a wild course filled with epic terrain that also finds its way into Shenandoah River State Park. Racers will cover the course through a range of disciplines, including trekking, orienteering, canoeing on the Shenandoah River, mountain biking, and some special team challenges. rev3adventure.comNew River Gorge Challenge Extreme TriathlonFayetteville, West VirginiaAugust, 2013The race starts with a 12-mile mountain bike leg that departs from the Fayette County Courthouse and winds its way to Cunard on the Gorge’s ridgeline singletrack trail network. Then it’s time to paddle an eight-mile stretch of the New’s wild class III-IV rapids. The tri concludes with a burly 8.5-mile trail run up and out of the gorge on a series of steep switchbacks. newrivergorgechallenge.comKing of the Smokies TriathlonLake Junaluska, North CarolinaSeptember, 2013Started just three years ago in 2010, the King of the Smokies features both sprint and International distance courses that include an open-water swim, a winding bike ride on rural mountain roads, and a run around the lake. kingofthesmokies.comNation’s TriathlonWashington, D.C.September 8, 2013Triathletes love to see the sites in D.C. Hence the consistent sellouts of this annual early fall Olympic distance race. The popularity is attributed to the scenic course that winds past the monuments and memorials of the Nation’s Capital. The race features a 1.5K swim in the calm part of the Potomac River past Arlington Cemetery, a flat and fast 40K bike ride past the White House and Washington Monument, and a 10K run that goes by the Jefferson Memorial and U.S. Mint. nationstri.comBest of the RestTRIATHLONSTriadventure Spring Sprint TriathlonChristiansburg, VirginiaApril 7, 2013 • triadventure.comOver the Mountain TriathlonKings Mountain, North CarolinaMay 15, 2013 • setupevents.comAlleghany Highlands TriathlonClifton Forge, VirginiaMay 18, 2013 • cliftonforgemainstreet.orgRock Hall International Triathlon(A Set Up Cup Qualifier)Rock Hall, MarylandJune 1, 2013 • setupevents.comJamestown International Triathlon(A Set Up Cup Qualifier)Williamsburg, VirginiaJune 8, 2013 • setupevents.comI Love the Tavern TriathlonRichmond, VirginiaJuly 28, 2013 • richmondmultisports.comLuray TriathlonLuray, VirginiaAugust 17-18, 2013 • luraytriathlon.comTri Creek Falls TriathlonFall Creek Falls State Park, TennesseeAugust 18, 2013 • endurancesportsmanagement.comBattle of the PotomacNational Harbor, MarylandSeptember 12, 2013 • setupevents.comADVENTURE RACESPalmetto Swamp Fox Adventure RaceFrancis Marion Forest, South CarolinaMarch 16, 2013 • kandoadventures.comBrake The Habit Adventure RaceBoyds, MarylandMarch 16, 2013 • adventureaddictsracing.comBlue Ridge Mountain Adventure RaceBlue Ridge, GeorgiaApril 13, 2013 • adventureracega.comRev3 Knoxville Sprint RaceKnoxville, TennesseeMay 4, 2013 • rev3adventure.comRundisney Expedition Everest ChallengeDisney World Resort, FloridaMay 4, 2013 • rundisney.comHenricus Dauber Dash Obstacle RunHenricus, VirginiaJune, 2013 • sportsbackers.orgRed River Gorge American ClassicSlade, KentuckyNovember 2, 2013 • flyingsquirreladventures.comMUD RUNSSpartan RaceCharlotte, North CarolinaMarch 23, 2013 • spartanrace.comGoodwill Mud RunGreenville, South CarolinaApril 13-14, 2013 • goodwillmudrun.orgWarrior DashMountain City, GeorgiaMay 4, 2013 • warriordash.comMiller Light Filthy 5k Mud Run, pesented by Ruff WearRichmond, VirginiaMay 17, 2013 • dominionriverrock.comTough MudderVirginia Beach, VirginiaJune 1-2, 2013 • toughmudder.comTribal QuestFredericksburg, VirginiaJuly 13, 2013 • thetribalquest.comHelgramite Hustle 5K Mud Run at Smith River FestMartinsville, VirginiaAugust 10, 2013 • milesinmartinsville.comMerrell Down and Dirty National Obstacle and Mud Run SeriesAtlanta, GeorgiaOctober 13, 2013 • downanddirtymudrun.comFor more great Race Ahead information check out these sections:SnowsportsTrail RunningRoad RunningMountain BikingRoad CyclingClimbingPaddlingHikingMultisportSuperlativeslast_img read more

Lille president Lopez confirms Gabriel is leaving

first_img “I think he will make it this week, or next week at the latest. He is leaving, we’ve given the OK for that. “There’s a lot of competition. He’s a young player so he’s got to make sure he makes the right decision. read also:Lopez: ‘Gabriel decides this week’ “We help him out a little bit so we tell him: ‘We think this might be the right manager or club for you.’ “He’s got so much talent, he will succeed wherever he goes.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Lille owner, Gerard Lopez, has confirmed defender Gabriel Magalhaes is leaving this summer. Arsenal, Manchester United and Napoli have all been linked with the Brazilian. Lopez told the BBC World Service: “Gabriel is young, extremely powerful, currently right now probably one of the two most dominant central defenders in the French league. “The way we work is very simple. We explain to him and his environment, his agent, what we are looking for, and once we get those offers the choice is his, like we did with Nico [Pepe] and Victor [Oshimen]. “We are there now, so we told him: ‘Eventually you have to make a decision but we’re not pressing you.’Advertisementcenter_img Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever MadeWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?10 Of The Dirtiest Seas In The WorldThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Toplast_img read more

ALL YOUR WEEKEND GAA RESULTS

first_imgDONEGAL GAA RESULTSDonegal NorthU16 Division 1 Championship Group 1 Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment26-Sep-2014 Fanad Gaels 1 – 13 2 – 8 Moville Fanad Gaels PortsalonU16 Division 2 Championship Finals Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment26-Sep-2014 Burt 6 – 6 1 – 10 Glenfin Burt-Hibernian Park shield quarter final26-Sep-2014 Milford 1 – 10 1 – 7 Malin Moyle Park Milford shield quarter final26-Sep-2014 Cloughaneely 4 – 9 1 – 5 Glenswilly Cloughaneely Championship semi finalU16 Division 1 Championship Group 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment 26-Sep-2014 Gaoth Dobhair 3 – 7 3 – 6 Naomh Padraig Muff O Donnell Park-Letterkenny PlayoffU16 Division 2 Championship FinalsDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment26-Sep-2014 Letterkenny Gaels 1 – 5 0 Robert Emmets Pairc Na nGael-Letterkenny shield quarter final 26-Sep-2014 Naomh Colmcille Newtown 2 – 12 0 – 12 Carndonagh Pairc Colmcille Newton Championship semi final26-Sep-2014 St Eunans 3 – 10 1 – 5 Red Hughs Errigal College Pitch L-Kenny shield quarter finalU13 Division 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment24-Sep-2014 Red Hughs 1 – 5 0 Termon Crossroads24-Sep-2014 Glenfin 3 – 16 0 – 4 Moville Pairce TaobhoigeU16 Division 1 Championship Group 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment24-Sep-2014 Naomh Padraig Muff 4 – 9 2 – 12 Gaoth Dobhair MuffU13 Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment24-Sep-2014 Malin 3 – 4 2 – 13 Glenswilly Malin24-Sep-2014 Letterkenny Gaels 0 – 7 6 – 18 Gaoth Dobhair Pairc Na nGael-Letterkenny24-Sep-2014 Burt 2 – 14 1 – 16 St Eunans B Burt-Hibernian Park24-Sep-2014 Convoy 4 – 6 2 – 7 St Michaels ConvoyU16 Division 1 Championship Group 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment24-Sep-2014 Fanad Gaels 0 – 14 1 – 8 Buncrana Fanad Gaels PortsalonU16 Division 1 Championship Group 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment23-Sep-2014 Termon 0 1 – 5 St Michaels The Burn RoadU16 Division 1 Championship Group 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment23-Sep-2014 Buncrana 2 – 6 1 – 7 Convoy Scarvey-BuncranaDONEGAL SOUTHUnder 13 Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment24-Sep-2014 Naomh Conaill 3 – 16 1 – 6 Naomh Naille Naomh Connaill Semi-final, extra time to be played if necessaryUnder 13 Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment24-Sep-2014 Dungloe 2 – 12 2 – 8 Naomh Ultan Ardara Semi-final, extra time to be played if necessaryALL YOUR WEEKEND GAA RESULTS was last modified: September 28th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAA RESULTSlast_img read more