Enbridge gets key approval for Line 3 Replacement Project in Minnesota. (Credit: Pixabay/PublicDomainPictures) Enbridge is set to move forward with the US part of the Line 3 Replacement Project after the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) approved its revised final environmental impact statement (FEIS).The MPUC voted 3-1 in favour of the second revised FEIS apart from agreeing to reinstate the company’s applications for a certificate of need and permit for oil pipeline routing.The US portion of the Line 3 Replacement Project, calls for replacing an existing 34-inch pipe with a new 36-inch pipe for 21km in North Dakota, 542km in Minnesota, and 22.5km in Wisconsin.Enbridge said that it will continue working with the state and federal permitting agencies to finalise the permits needed to begin construction on the pipeline replacement project.Enbridge liquids pipelines executive vice president Vern Yu said: “After nearly five years of community engagement, environmental review, regulatory and legal review, it’s good to see the Line 3 Replacement Project move forward.“It is a $2.6 billion investment in the state’s critical energy infrastructure, but from the start of the project has been about improving safety and reliability for communities and the environment.”According to the Canadian midstream company, the Line 3 Replacement Project in the US will help to provide secure, reliable, and growing supplies of North American crude oil to Minnesota and the surrounding region.The pipeline replacement project was approved by MPUC in June 2018. However, in June 2019, the Minnesota Court of Appeals reversed the approval by the commission citing that the latter’s FEIS of the project was inadequate.The court then said that the FEIS did not address the effects of a potential oil spill from the pipeline project into the Lake Superior watershed.Subsequently, in October 2019, MPUC issued a request to the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Energy Environmental Review and Analysis (EERA) to submit a revised FEIS after including an analysis of the possible oil spill in the water body.Background of the Line 3 Replacement ProjectOverall, the Line 3 Replacement Project involves the complete replacement of about 1,660km of the existing Line 3 with a new pipeline and associated facilities on both sides of the Canada-US international border.Enbridge had wrapped up construction on the CAD$5.3bn ($3.99bn) Canadian segment of the pipeline replacement project and started commercial service in December 2019. The Line 3 Replacement Project involves the complete replacement of about 1,765km of the existing oil pipeline on both sides of the Canada-US international border
Energy Transfer completes Lone Star Express pipeline expansion project. (Credit: Free-Photos from Pixabay.) Energy Transfer has completed the Lone Star Express expansion pipeline project to add additional capacity to its pipeline system in Texas.The expansion adds more than 400,000 barrels per day of natural gas liquids capacity to the company’s current Lone Star NGL pipeline system in Texas.The project is a major part of Energy Transfer’s 2020 capital programme.It is expected to help in alleviating infrastructure constraints out of the Delaware and Permian basins in West Texas.The expanded 566.5km 24-inch pipeline starts at a point near Wink, Texas in Winkler County, and links the existing Lone Star Express pipeline at the Morgan Junction in Bosque County, Texas, south of Fort Worth.Lone Star pipeline system will be finally connected to the Mont Belvieu facilityEnergy Transfer said: “It will provide shippers additional connectivity out of the Permian and Delaware basins, further encouraging the recovery of production and jobs underway in the region.”The company said that the pipeline system will be finally connected to its Mont Belvieu facility, which is an integrated liquids storage and fractionation facility.Located along the US Gulf Coast, the facility is said to have connectivity to more than 35 petrochemical plants, refineries, fractionators and third-party pipelines.Furthermore, Energy Transfer said that its seventh fractionator at Mont Belvieu was commissioned earlier this year, which brings the total fractionation capacity to over 900,000 barrels per day.In December last year, the company has completed the previously announced $5.1bn acquisition of oil and natural gas transport firm SemGroup. The expanded 566.5km 24-inch pipeline starts at a point near Wink in Winkler County, Texas
Registration has never been easier. Just go to dancewithmebayonne.com and book classes! Now is the perfect time to nurture your families creativity. Programs begin on September 15th offering a party that can’t be stopped. Our facility has installed a professional web streaming studio. Choose from a buffet of live, interactive, virtual classes in a variety of dance genres.These charming, creative outlets fulfill whimsy opportunities for enchanting adventures devoted to everyone from toddlers to adults, ages 2-100.New, exciting subscription programs are an option for children. This offering includes a weekly surprise box delivered to your door, complete with goodies that will pair with the class that week.Now is your chance to learn techniques through invaluable demonstrations developing skills.Both Competitive and beginner friendly, Recreational levels are available. Classes include: Dancercise (Adult- Teen), Hip- Hop, Bedtime Book Club, Inspiration Journaling, Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Pointe, Acro, Contemporary and Creative Movement.Private in house, one on one instruction, giving individual guidance are limited but available now, in a safe, sanitized, socially distant environment where wellness checkups will be taken upon arrival.We will be following CDC guidelines, therefore classes will be subject to change, month to month as phases and adjustments are made.The studio is in constant pursuit of teaching dance as an art form, inspiring, creating, educating and supporting dancerswhile continuing to nurture growth through building a powerful platform to celebrate the successes. The studio has been a vehicle in creating unforgettable work offering commercial dance education, and training through showcases, productions and a multitude of events! We look forward to this season as we release wishes into the universe together!For more info email [email protected] We can’t wait to dance and create with you!Click dancewithmebayonne.com and book your classes today!Dance With MeDance Studio175 Broadway (corner of 5th Street)Bayonne, NJ 07002201-823-1233 Love and bright light! × Established in 2004, Dance With Me Dance Studio was created with a vision to produce dancers that illuminate the mystical magic of inspiration.After being closed for six long months due to the pandemic crisis, the studio will re open, with a freshness, stronger than ever, allowing everyone a chance to move and flow enjoying the serene, relaxing benefits of exploring and discovering the art of dance within a safe social bubble.
Papa John’s has appointed 20-year food industry veteran Tom Allen as its UK head of research and development.Allen has worked as a consultant in the UK and overseas for brands including Marks & Spencer, Pret A Manager, KFC and Domino’s in Australia through GWF Bakery and Charcuterie.He has also worked for a high-end sandwich supplier, where his customers included Buckingham Palace, Sky TV and the Houses of Parliament, and also set up, ran and sold an artisan bakery and coffee shop.“I am excited to join the Papa John’s team,” explained Allen, adding that, although a large brand, the Papa John’s management team was small enough to be flexible and could respond quickly to changing customer trends.“This means I have the scope to innovate and really make a difference with new product introductions, while maintaining our focus on the quality ingredients that make up our ‘old favourites’ and best-selling pizzas.”Allen will also be working with Papa John’s 400-plus UK franchise stores.“I will spend some time visiting stores and meeting franchisees, managers and staff. It is critically important that we manage the cost of goods and any wastage, so I need to have direct feedback from franchisees to see how we can continue to make improvements.“Franchisees often come up with some great new ideas for products and process improvements too.”
Read Full Story The Harvard Graduate School of Education’s 2012 renovation of Gutman Library’s first and second floor was recently recognized by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), receiving LEED Platinum certification.“The LEED Platinum certification of the Gutman Library is a great honor and further signifies HGSE’s commitment toward sustainability,” says Director of Operations Jason Carlson, pointing out that this is HGSE’s second platinum project and fourth acknowledged by USGBC. “HGSE presently leads the university in number of certified projects per square foot.”LEED (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design) certification is an internationally recognized industry standard for green building. Developed by USGBC, LEED provides building owners and operators a framework for identifying and implementing green building design, construction, operations, and maintenance solutions. The LEED for Commercial Interiors rating system focuses on interior improvements of new or existing space.The intent of the approximately 36,000-square-foot first and second floor renovation of Gutman Library was to create a campus center to serve as a natural hub and campus gathering space for HGSE faculty, staff, and students. As the second platinum, and fourth overall LEED certification for HGSE, this project is a testament to the school’s commitment to sustainability and the ability of the project team to incorporate that commitment into this large renovation.“HGSE is committed to being sustainable and reducing our footprint,” Carlson says. “Through 2012 we have reduced the GHG footprint of our main campus by 14 percent off of the 2006 baseline.”For more information, visit green.harvard.edu/node/5784.
After a decades-long push by members of the Notre Dame community for official recognition of a gay-straight alliance (GSA), the University has announced plans for a student organization tasked with providing services and support to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning (GLBTQ) students and their allies. Though this is a historic decision in Notre Dame’s efforts to better serve a diverse student body, University President Fr. John Jenkins said the plan for the unnamed student organization is a natural progression of previous initiatives. “In the 1990s, as I said, we created the Standing Committee [on Gay and Lesbian Student Needs]. In 2006, that was changed to the Core Council [for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Questioning Students], and various initiatives were undertaken in conjunction with those efforts,” he said. “I see this as the next step to be more effective.” The decision comes at the conclusion of a five-month review process commissioned by Jenkins and conducted by the office of Erin Hoffmann Harding, vice president for Student Affairs. “[Harding] and her staff have had countless hours [working] extremely hard and have submitted this plan, which I enthusiastically support and accept,” Jenkins said. “It grows out of our mission as a Catholic university, it’s directed by that fundamental mission in a profound way, I think, so I’m enthusiastic about it.” The plan, titled “Beloved Friends and Allies: A Pastoral Plan for the Support and Holistic Development of GLBTQ and Heterosexual Students at the University of Notre Dame,” details the establishment of a “new support and service student organization for GLBTQ students and their allies,” as well as a new advisory committee and the establishment of a full-time student development staff position focused on GLBTQ issues, according to a Dec. 5 University press release. Harding said members of the Notre Dame community should consider more than the establishment of the student organization when evaluating the plan. “The comprehensiveness of this not only being about the organization is a very important element to the entire thing because of the education, because of the awareness, because of the support and interaction with other University offices, we think this is a plan that we believe and hope will be much more than about one organization,” she said. Harding explained the significance of the planned group’s intended status as a student organization rather than a club, a distinction she said is meant to ensure the continuity of the organization over time. “Here at Notre Dame, a club is actually in a sense a temporary structure,” Harding said. “It continues and does programming at the interest of the club itself. So our organizations have more permanence and more stature.” Harding said the status of the planned group as a student organization positions it closer in structure to student government and similar groups than typical student clubs. “The first [distinction] is that it’s part of someone’s full-time job to advise that group, and that provides some of the sustainability and the consistency over time,” she said. This new position will fulfill a number of responsibilities ranging from administrative to advisory. “Underneath all of [these goals], is the support of an individual who we will hire to have this full-time responsibility to work with these structures and with our students on our climate and the Spirit of Inclusion that we all hope to [live by],” Harding said. “That person will play several roles associated with a student organization: to serve as advisor; that person will participate on a new advisory committee that will work with and give input to my office; and lastly, will be responsible for the consistency of the training and the awareness that we build over time.” While the University has greater oversight of organizations than clubs, Harding said organizations have a high level of autonomy. “An organization, like a club, still develops its own constitution and puts in place its own practices, it elects its own leaders,” she said. “But it does have additional input in terms of the approval of that constitution by the University.” Members of the student organization will be free to meet independently, but official matters must be dealt with in the presence of the advisor. “Students will and do meet and discuss organization issues beyond official meetings. Because of the constitutional distinction I mentioned, official business is conducted with the advisor present, who we describe in the [Dec. 5 press] release,” Harding said. “This is consistent with the practices and procedures of our other student organizations on campus.” The timeline for the establishment of this organization will hinge upon the filling of the new position, which Harding estimates will occur early next summer. “Our anticipation is that it is likely the person will not be here full time at the University until July 1, and the reason for that is the cycle of recruiting in the student affairs profession tends to occur in the spring,” she said. As these plans take shape, the new advisory committee will replace the Core Council and take up many of its functions, while incorporating a structure more conducive to performing its intended advisory role. “What’s interesting is the Core Council was started as an advisory committee, and its size reflected that, rather than letting it grow to a programming body,” Harding said. “So its size and composition … I think has limited its ability to grow with the growing needs of campus.” Citing the limits of the Core Council, a group of eight undergraduate students and a number of representatives from her office, Harding said the new advisory council will likely include graduate student representation, as well as staff, faculty and additional administrators. Harding praised the achievements of the Core Council, and said the new advisory committee will maintain and build upon these programs. “There’s been a lot of programs started and launched by the Core Council that have added great value to the University, particularly, I think, when we welcome students to campus for the first time – our first-year students – and training of our hall staff,” she said. “These are programs that can, and should and must be continued.” The road to a decision Harding said the process to develop her office’s proposal to the Office of the President included months of consultation with the various constituencies involved. “The parameter for this solution needed to serve our students well and be grounded fundamentally in our Catholic mission as a University,” she said. “So we’ve spent time with theologians and members, in particular, of our own faculty, who have given us advice on this matter and on Church teaching.” Jenkins said the organization’s roots in Church teaching had a broad practical impact, but these roots are not meant to serve as a basis for limitations the University could theoretically impose on the group. “It’s a rich teaching about the role of sexuality, about intimacy, about human relations, about responsibilities to the community, about relationships to the Church,” Jenkins said. “To put this in a ‘Well you can do this, you can’t do that,’ is to distort the issue.” Once the theological guidelines were defined, Harding said her office tapped the opinion of the constituency most heavily tied to the issue, the student body. “[There were] several groups of students we consulted along the way: first and foremost, students on the Core Council, since it is our structure in place; students who applied for club status; we also spoke with students who were uninvolved particularly with either effort,” she said. “We did two focus groups, one with undergraduate students, one with graduate students, to get their perspective and input on this issue. We consulted with student government, we consulted with a few students who just wrote me along the way.” Harding said her calendar held more than 40 such meetings by the end of the review. Looking outside the community, Harding’s team compared Notre Dame’s existing structures with those of other institutions. “[We] just refreshed some external benchmarking, particularly looking at other Catholic institutions to see the breadths of structures they had in place to serve students who identify as gay or lesbian,” she said. Throughout her office’s review, Harding came to see a commonality amongst many of these sources. “I’ve been struck throughout this process, how whether I’ve been talking to a student, an administrator, a faculty member or leaders in our Church, that we all share a common goal that really speaks back to the Spirit of Inclusion the University adopted many years ago, which is to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment,” she said. With the vast amount of consultation and research conducted by Harding’s office, the final decision came down to Jenkins. “We inform all parties who kind of have a stake in this, of what we’re doing and why we’re doing it. Just as Erin did with the students and graduate students, so I did with members of the Board [of Trustees], but ultimately it was a decision by the President to do this review,” Jenkins said. “[Harding] made a proposal that I accepted on my authority.” Sending a message Despite the challenges of tackling the controversial topic at Notre Dame, Jenkins said he is confident in the plan, which he expects will garner both positive and negative responses. “This is a contested area in society-at-large … whenever an issue like that is present at Notre Dame, it will get attention. I expect some criticism from both people who say – who are on the left and the right – that we’re too far or not far enough,” he said. “Controversy is not necessarily a bad thing. If you avoid controversy, you don’t do anything.” Jenkins said he believes the soundness of the plan will withstand the scrutiny it is bound to receive from concerned parties. “I think if people look carefully at what we’re doing and really, in a thoughtful way, evaluate it, I think thoughtful people will see that this makes sense,” he said. “It makes sense for a Catholic university like Notre Dame to provide such structures to serve their students effectively.” Regardless of potential controversy, Harding said she stands by the plan’s compliance with the University’s mission as well as its ability to better meet students’ needs. “For me to sleep at night, I think about two things. I think first and foremost about the unique mission of this place, and my obligation and my role to serve students,” she said. “I sleep well thinking this is the next step in our evolution as a community. Jenkins said prospective students who truly believe in the University’s mission will likely find value in the plan. “If you look at how graduates of Notre Dame reflect on their experience, one of the things that comes out very strongly is that there is a deep sense of community at Notre Dame, and I think when you read this document, people will see what’s really front and center,” he said. “If people want to be part of that, then this is the place for them.” While Jenkins said expanding the diversity at Notre Dame is part of the administration’s duties, he said the responsibility does not end at the steps of the Main Building. “Diversity isn’t just about having a bunch of different people all in the same place. It really is about building a community,” he said. “As Erin said, we’re not there, we should never feel like we’ve got this down. … It’s my responsibility and Erin’s responsibility to work on this, but it’s everyone’s responsibility.”
The United States hailed the results of Haiti’s second round of elections as an “important milestone” and urged Haitians to keep their demonstrations peaceful as the process moves forward. Michel Martelly, a carnival singer who seized the mantle of change, is Haiti’s new president after storming to a landslide victory, preliminary results showed. “The announcement by the Conseil Electoral Provisoire (CEP) of the preliminary results of the second round of the elections is another important milestone as the people of Haiti move forward to rebuild their country,” the US embassy in Haiti said in a statement. Martelly, 50, faces the huge challenge of leading efforts to rebuild the Caribbean nation, which was the poorest country in the Americas even before a January 2010 earthquake flattened the capital Port-au-Prince and killed more than 225,000 people. With 67.57 percent of the vote, the popular singer trounced former first lady Mirlande Manigat, who was vying to become Haiti’s first democratically elected female leader but finished with a disappointing 31.74 percent showing. “Election-day accounts by Haitian and international observers uniformly reported that, while there were cases of irregularities and fraud on March 20, these cases were isolated and reduced, especially when compared to the first round of voting,” the US statement said. Washington “calls upon all political actors to resolve any outstanding questions of the electoral results through the contestation process. The Haitian people have shown great perseverance and patience throughout this process, and we hope that they continue to express themselves peacefully,” it added. By Dialogo April 06, 2011
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has acknowledged that human rights in Colombia have improved, according to the organization’s director for the Americas, José Miguel Vivanco, who met with President Juan Manuel Santos. “The objective of this meeting was to engage in dialogue with the president on some human rights issues, and of course, to acknowledge to President Santos that the country has improved in its political climate, public debate, in all kinds of things, obviously including human rights,” the director told reporters after exiting the meeting. Vivanco also highlighted a law signed by Santos in June and intended to provide reparations to victims of the country’s internal armed conflict and also to restore lands to rural workers displaced by extreme right-wing paramilitary groups, leftist guerrilla groups, and drug traffickers. “We’ve also celebrated the approval of the ‘Victims Act.’ We made some comments to the president in relation to that law. We’re very interested in seeing that those who are going to benefit from the act’s implementation can invoke it without risk to their safety,” Vivanco said. Santos’s administration has acknowledged that the return of land faces great difficulties, because groups on both the extreme right and the left want to prevent it. At least ten rural leaders calling for the return of land have been murdered in the last year, since Santos sent the draft of that act to Congress for its approval. Vivanco said that this is a very difficult issue, because “it’s necessary to confront the criminal gangs, the armed groups that terrorize rural workers who have been displaced from their lands in the course of this whole conflict” and who should be placed in a position in which they have a real opportunity to exercise their rights. By Dialogo October 13, 2011
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two men died after their SUV crashed in West Babylon early Saturday morning.Suffolk County police said Jose Edgardo Diaz, 23, of Brentwood, was driving a Ford Explorer southbound on Little East Neck Road when he lost control of the truck, which struck two utility poles and a building at the corner of Park Avenue at 1:30 a.m.Diaz and his passenger, 53-year-old Brian Zatkowski of West Babylon, were taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, where they were pronounced dead.First Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on this crash to call them at 631-854-8152.