Groups Seek Federal Inquiry Into Utah-Oakland Coal-Export Subsidy

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享From KSL News (Salt Lake City):Environmental groups and other organizations sent a letter Monday asking U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and other high-ranking federal officials to investigate a $53 million investment in a proposed coal shipping terminal in Oakland, California.The letter was written on behalf of the Center for Biological Diversity, Living Rivers and Colorado Riverkeeper, Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, Earthjustice, Alliance for a Better Utah, HEAL Utah, Sierra Club and Grand Canyon Trust. A joint statement released by the organizations Monday says the 19-page letter brings attention to “potential legal and ethical violations” of the investment.“The contents of this letter require an external review by several oversight bodies. … The economic, fiscal, financial, environmental, governance, ethical and political red flags raised by the state of Utah’s actions are too numerous to ignore,” Tom Sanzillo, an executive with the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, a research organization in favor of reducing coal dependence, said in a statement.The investment, passed by the Utah Legislature earlier this year, is slated to grant Carbon, Emery, Sanpete and Sevier counties 49 percent access in the as-yet unbuilt coal terminal. Proponents of the measure say it will help increase short-term coal exports to developing countries, a much-needed boon for the struggling industry.The investment is set to be facilitated by a three-way money transfer involving the state’s specially designated community impact fund, which according to its website “provides loans or grants to state agencies and subdivisions of the state that are socially or economically impacted by mineral resource development on federal lands.” The first stage of the transfer is to begin July 1.Keith Heaton, chairman of the fund’s board, has said the swapping of funds for the project is not considered unusual compared with other projects statewide, particularly transportation projects.However, opponents are also criticizing the community impact fund board, in addition to the state Legislature, and calling for an audit of the deal. Among other accusations, the letter issued Monday says the investment is tied to heavy political conflict of interest, was designed as a brazen a way around environmental and other regulations of the federal Mineral Leasing Act, and is environmentally harmful to residents close to the proposed terminal.John Weisheit, co-founder of the environmental group Living Rivers and Colorado Riverkeeper, said in a statement that the Community Impact Fund Board is complicit in an unscrupulous deal.“The Utah state Legislature and the community impact board are laundering public money through the state transportation fund to provide financial assistance to energy corporations, and not to communities where it truly belongs,” Weisheit said.The letter was also addressed to Mary Kendall, deputy inspector general for the U.S. Department of the Interior, and Gregory Gould, director of the federal Office of Natural Resources Revenue. The letter also indicated copies were distributed to Gov. Gary Herbert and John Huber, U.S. district attorney for Utah.Groups write US Attorney General asking for investigation of coal shipping terminal deal Groups Seek Federal Inquiry Into Utah-Oakland Coal-Export Subsidylast_img read more

US tycoon Friedkin completes 591-million euro Roma takeover

first_imgTopics : ‘Special club’ But the Boston-based businessman had been unpopular among club fans for his rare appearances in Italy and his handling of player transfers and the departures of club legends Francesco Totti and Daniele De Rossi who were both pushed out of the club.Roma have had recurring financial difficulties and been sanctioned by European football’s governing body UEFA for breaches of financial fair play.As a result the club are very active in the transfer market, regularly selling off their best players, to the chagrin of fans.Pallotta’s great project had been the construction of a new stadium in the south of the capital which was delayed because of legal and bureaucratic issues, and remains at the planning stage.The high-point of Pallotta’s reign was the club’s sensational Champions League 3-0 second leg comeback in 2018 to beat Barcelona, before losing to Liverpool in the semi-finals.Pallotta said: “I would like to wish Dan, Ryan and everyone at AS Roma – the players, the staff and the fans – only good luck for the future. “Like every Roma fan in the world, I truly hope The Friedkin Group can build on what we have done over the last eight years, transforming Roma into a truly international club, and take AS Roma to the next level. “This is an incredibly special football club and I leave with many unforgettable memories.”The club won their third Serie A title in 2001, but have not lifted any silverware since the Italian Cup in 2008.This season they finished fifth, missing out on elite European competition for the second year in a row.Friedkin told Roma fans: “We will stand shoulder to shoulder with you as we develop this club and challenge for trophies in the future.”We can’t wait to get to work and for our new season to start.” “As one fan wrote recently, ‘Take our iconic club and make it one of the greatest names in world football’.”We intend to do just that. Our commitment to Roma is total. We will be very present in Rome, a city that holds a special place in our hearts, as we embark on this exciting journey.”Our vision for the club and the team is to favor a sustainable and long-term investment approach rather than quick fixes.”We recognize that we have been entrusted with a team. which represents a vital part of the soul of Rome, and this is a responsibility that we will always take very seriously and humbly.” Houston-based Friedkin is the chief executive of a consortium notably involved in the automotive and hotel and entertainment industry.The Friedkin Group have through Romulus and Remus Investments LLC, purchased the 86.6 percent majority stake in Roma, and will launch a mandatory tender offer for the remaining 13.4 percent of share capital, the club said in a statement.Friedkin takes over from Pallotta as club chairman, in a new executive committee which includes his son Ryan, with Guido Fienga remaining on as CEO.Pallotta bought two-thirds of the club’s shares in 2012, but had 100 percent ownership since 2014. US billionaire Dan Friedkin on Monday promised to turn Roma into “one of the greatest names in world football” after completing his 591 million euros ($700 million) purchase of the Italian club.Friedkin, 54, takes over the Serie A side after nine-years under the ownership of fellow American James Pallotta, 62.”We are delighted to join the AS Roma family,” said Friedkin. last_img read more

Monster Weekend for UWF Soccer, Cross Country, and Volleyball

first_img Share Monster Weekend for UWF Soccer, Cross Country, and Volleyball Nov. 1, 2007PENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West Florida is bracing for a weekend of superb athletic events. The Men’s and Women’s Soccer teams are hosting the Gulf South Conference Championships here in Pensacola, and both teams are the #1 seeds. The Men are ranked 3rd in the nation, while the women are 9th in the nation. Meanwhile, the 25th ranked Volleyball team is hosting West Alabama Friday night for Senior Night, and the team has already set school records for most overall wins and conference wins in a season. Saturday morning, the men’s and women’s Cross Country teams are in Huntsville, Alabama to compete in the NCAA Regional Championships.The Men’s and Women’s soccer programs are looking to become the first school ever to have both teams win back to back Conference championships in the same years. The men could become the first back to back champions since Alabama Huntsville in 1996 and 1997. The women could be back to back champions for the second time in school history, as they repeated in 1998 and 1999. The only other Women’s program with back to back championships is Christian Brothers.Men’s Soccer:The third ranked Argonauts have a nucleus of Seniors that are very focused, and could make this an extremely special post season. UWF takes on Harding in the conference semifinal match at 7:00 pm on Friday evening at Brosnaham Park, and the winner plays in the championship Sunday at 1:30 pm. The Argos have won a team record 16 matches in a row, and have had four different players win the Conference Player of the Week awards. Senior Keith Savage (Gulf Breeze, Fla.) has won the offensive POW award twice, and Jimmy McHenry (Sr. / Tallahassee, Fla.) was also a recipient of the Offensive Player of the Week. Both Nolan Intermoia (Jr. / Pensacola, Fla.) and Goalkeeper Juan Garcia (Jr. / Colombia) have received Defensive POW awards this season.Coach Bill Elliott is proud of the Senior leadership, “A lot of credit goes to the Seniors, they have been fantastic. Anytime you win 16 matches in a row, it is a credit to the team leaders.” Elliott wants to keep his team focused on one match at a time, “We cannot overlook any opponent now, it’s the post-season, and every team here is a very good team and will rise to another level. We must bring emotion and match our opponents’ enthusiasm. The challenge is on the players, they must come ready to play.”The Argos have already beaten the opponents that they are going up against this weekend, but even the #3 Argonauts know that every team here for the post season has a chance to win. Last season, the men made it all the way to the National Semifinals, and Coach Bill Elliott tries not to look ahead, but he also believes that this year’s team may even be better in some ways. “We have a lot of talent, and we had a lot of talent last year, but this year’s team is very balanced. To be successful, you need balance in scoring and balance in defense and hopefully that will pay dividends for us this year.”Senior Jimmy McHenry leads the Argos with 15 goals so far this season (7th best in school history), while Senior Keith Savage has recorded 14 goals (8th best in school history). McHenry also leads the team with nine assists, and has 39 points for the season (8th best in school history). Goalkeeper Juan Garcia has a goals-against-average of 0.73, which is the best in school history, breaking the record he set last year of 0.89. Garcia has great help from his defenders, Okang Nkosi (Sr. / Trinidad), Nolan Intermoia, Mason Hupp (Jr. / Fort Walton Beach, Fla.), Patrick McLean (Sr. / Conyers, Ga.), and Matt Williams (Jr. / Pace, Fla.). As a unit, they lead the conference with only 12 goals allowed. Garcia leads the entire conference in goals against average and save percentage.In the conference as a team, the Argos impressively lead in the following categories; shots, points, goals, goals per game, assists per game, goals allowed, and goals against average. In addition, they are only one shutout behind Christian Brothers and Montevallo. Overall, the men have made nine gulf south conference appearances with a 9-3-1 record in tournament play, and have been in the championship game five times, with four championships, which is the most in GSC history.Women’s Soccer:The ninth ranked Argonauts have displayed incredible defense this season, allowing only one goal in conference play, and have eight straight shutouts, including shutout wins over the last seven conference opponents. Remarkably, they have not been scored on in the last 790 minutes of play. They are about to reset the Conference records for least amount shots attempted on them and goals. The defense has only given up six goals all season, and has 13 shutouts in the 16 matches played this year.It is no mistake that four different Argonauts have received the Conference Defensive Player of the Week. Goalkeeper Courtney Jones has won the award twice, while Linda Ganehed (Fr. / Sweden), Marie Hastings (Sr. / Gainesville, Fla.), and Sheka Codner (Jr. / Dover, Del.) have all won the award once. The Women have also had three different offensive players win the player of the week award. Dernelle Mascall (So. / Trinidad), Brandi Adams (Sr. / Gulf Breeze), and Jodi Galucci (So. / Stuart, Fla.). In all, seven different women have won the conference player of the week awards.Coach Joe Bartlinski is extremely proud of this year’s team, “we are the No-Name team, with nine new starters, and virtually no one picked for pre-season accolades, we have risen up. The kids have responded very well, we lost to the #1 team in the country to start the season, and a hugh credit goes to the players, they took the challenge and went on the road and won two hugh matches (beating Rollins and Florida Southern, with both being shutouts). They have really come together and been very consistent.”Dernelle Mascall has set the Argos single season record for goals scored with 22. That also leads the conference, and is 4th best in the nation. Mascall has recorded three hat tricks this season (3 goals in a game), and she is third in the nation in points per game (3.38). Brandi Adams is currently third in the nation in assists per game (0.81), and Goalkeeper Courtney Jones is 4th in the nation for goals against average (0.39), and her save percentage of .891 is 5th in the nation. Amazingly, the team as a whole leads the conference in points, goals, goals per game, assists, assists per game, goals allowed, goals against average, shutouts, and corner kicks. The defense is lead by Marie Hastings, Linda Ganehed, Sheka Codner, Kaley Morris (So. / Gulf Breeze, Fla.), Anastasia Prescott (So. / Trinidad) and goalkeeper Courtney Jones, and as a unit they lead the entire nation in shutout percentage.Coach Bartlinski definitely stresses defense, “Our philosophy is defense, even the strikers play by that mindset. I am very proud that the kids are #1 in the nation in shutout percentage, and it is a credit to them coming together and being very consistent. We weren’t sure what to expect this year, but we never lowered the bar, and the kids rose to the challenge of the standards we set. This is the 7th straight year in the top ten, and we are pleased with the consistency of our program.” Bartlinski knows that the conference matches are very important. “We can host first round national tournament matches if we win the conference, so that is our focus.”The women are making their 11th appearance in the Gulf South Conference tournament with a record of 14-6, with 4 championships, and all six losses coming in the championship game, which means that every time they have qualified for the tournament they have reached the championship match.Volleyball:The only unbeaten team in the GSC this year, the 10-0 Argonauts have already clinched the #1 seed in the Gulf South Conference Tournament on Nov. 9th in Searcy, Arkansas. The 25th ranked Argos host West Alabama Friday night at 7:00 pm for Senior night. Sarah Harrison (Sinton, Texas), Isabela Gualberto (Belo Horizonte, Brazil), and Danielle Spitzer (Birmingham, Ala.) will be honored for their outstanding UWF careers. The Argos then play their final home match on Saturday at 3:00 pm against Montevallo.Coach Melissa Wolter has her team ready for this weekend. “I think we are excited to finish out our conference schedule at home. It is great for our Seniors to play their final matches on our home court against two very competitive teams this weekend. In fact, there is a very good chance that we will have to turn around and play West Alabama again next weekend in the conference tournament, so our team is ready to play. Our Seniors have had a tremendous impact on this year’s success, and it’s great to honor them.”Each of the three Seniors transferred to UWF to finish their careers as Argos. Sarah Harrison transferred to UWF after two season at UNC-Pembroke. Last year as an argonaut, she appeared in 88 games, and recorded 87 kills, and was third on the team with 78 blocks. This year, she is averaging 1.67 kills per game, and is second on the team in blocks per game at 1.05. She posted 6 kills and 4 blocks in her first West Florida match last season, and had 7 blocks in the upset win over Washburn last year. This year, sarah had 7 kills and 7 blocks in the season opener against Flagler.Danielle Spitzer transferred to UWF after two seasons at Western Carolina. Last year she lead the team with 124 blocks, which was the second highest single season total in Argo history. This year she has 91 blocks so far, which gives her 215 in her career, 4th best all-time at UWF. She also stands as the 3rd best in Argo career history for attack percentage at .234 entering today. Earlier this year, Danielle was the Gulf South conference Offensive Player of the week for September 25th, in which she had 37 kills in two matches, and hit an impressive .533 against West Georgia to break the wolves 17 game win streak.Isabela Gualberto transferred to UWF from Texas Wesleyan University. She has had an impressive season this year, as she leads the team with 390 kills, and is second on the team with 34 service aces. If the season were to end today, Isabela would have the 5th best all-time single season mark of kills, and her single season attack percentage of .303 would be the third best all-time. Gualberto was the GSC Offensive Player of the Week for the week of October 2nd, in which she had 41 kills for the week, including 20 kills against North Alabama. She also was the tournament MVP for the Comfort Inn-vitational Tournament this season leading her team to four wins in the tournament with a tournament high of 59 kills.Cross Country:Both the men and women are participating in the 2007 NCAA Division II South Region Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Sharon Johnston Park in New Market, Ala.The races begin at 9 a.m. with the women’s 6K, followed by the men’s 10K championship at 10 a.m. The UWF men’s team enters the event as the 7th ranked team in the region, while the Argonaut women are ranked 5th in the region.The top three teams in each race, as well as the top two individuals from each race, not a part of a qualifying team, will advance to the Division II National Championships on November 17th in Joplin, Mo. Last year, Michael Padilla represented UWF at the National Championships. This season, both the men’s and women’s programs finished a strong 3rd place in the Gulf South Conference championships, and are ready to run for more at the Regional meet.The Argos placed four runners on the All-Conference team, with Senior Diana Sitar (Las Vegas, Nev.) making 1st team All-Conference, while Brian Gowin (Sr. / Pensacola, Fla.), Nicholas Maedel (Fr. / Orange Park, Fla.), and Margaret Harter (Jr. / Milton, Fla.) each made the 2nd team All-Conference. The regional meet is a longer distance than the 5k and 8k distances that the conference meet was scheduled for. The men will run a 10k (6.2 miles) and the women run a 6k (3.7 miles). Coach Dobson is confident in his team, “We have to run smart with the longer distance, but three of our guys and three of our girls have run the course before and that should help us be prepared for the hilly course.”The girls are ranked 5th currently in the region, and Coach Dobson feels like a couple teams right in front of them are within reach. “The third place finish at conference has really given our girls a lot of confidence that they can run with anyone, and they have a chance to finish higher in the regional meet than they have in several years. The girls are the healthiest they have been all season and we are looking to do well.”The men are ranked 7th in the region; however the 4th thru the 7th place teams in the rankings are virtually even on paper. Coach Dobson likes his teams’ chances, “The guys are in the best shape they have been in all year, we will have Brian (Gowin) and Jordan (Theuerkauf) at full strength, and the freshmen have been coming along great. If the third ranked team has a slightly off day, and one of the next four teams, which could be us, runs well, that could easily be the difference in advancing. Overall, we are well rested and ready to do well.”The outstanding Fall Sports programs representing West Florida are not done yet, so stay tuned for post-season results. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Nigerian referees’ advisor Linus Mba suspended

first_imgNigeria Football Federation’s FIFA Advisor and Consultant on refereeing, Linus Mba, has become the first casualty of the world football body’s suspension order on Nigeria.In a statement on Monday, a member of CAF Media Committee Paul Bassey said Mba, who was appointed three weeks ago as the Match Commissioner for the Sierra Leone versus Seychelles African Cup of Nations qualifier in Freetown on July 19, had been replaced.Bassey said the retired FIFA referee and former member of the CAF Referees Committee got a letter from CAF on Monday regretting his replacement.Mba had received a mail from the General Secretary of the Sierra Leone Football Association Chris Kamara that his tickets and other documents to him and the referees were to be sent by Wednesday.last_img read more