Judge rules federal coal sales program requires environmental review

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Associated Press:A federal judge on Friday ruled that the Trump administration failed to consider potential damage to the environment from its decision to resume coal sales from U.S. lands, but the court stopped short of halting future sales.U.S. District Judge Brian Morris in Montana said Interior Department officials had wrongly avoided an environmental review of their action by describing it “as a mere policy shift.” In so doing, officials ignored the environmental effects of selling huge volumes of coal from public lands, the judge said.The ruling marks another in a string of judicial setbacks for President Donald Trump’s attempts to boost North American energy production.A previous order from Morris blocked the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would transport crude from Canada’s oil sands. Other courts have issued rulings against the administration’s plans for oil and gas leasing and coal mining.More than 40 percent of U.S. coal is mined from federal lands, primarily in Western states. Companies have mined about 4 billion tons of coal from federal reserves in the past decade, contributing $10 billion to federal and state coffers through royalties and other payments.The Obama administration imposed a moratorium on most federal coal sales in 2016. The move followed concerns that low royalty rates paid by mining companies were shortchanging taxpayers and that burning the fuel was making climate change worse. President Donald Trump lifted the moratorium in March 2017 as part of his efforts to revitalize the slumping coal industry.More: Judge: Resumption of U.S. coal sales by Trump needs review Judge rules federal coal sales program requires environmental reviewlast_img read more

Coronavirus: cautious Brisbane developers forge ahead to meet demand from overseas buyers

first_imgBruce Goddard, the director of Place Projects, said that although developers remained reasonably positive there would no doubt be a drop in inquiries. However, those they did receive were solid leads.“Any inquiries we are getting in these conditions is a quality inquiry, there’s no flippant buyers,” Mr Goddard said.“It’s an opportune time to come in, with fewer buyers in the market, low interest rates and stock market issues,” Mr Goddard said.He said Australian property was appealing to the offshore market, especially among expatriates, who consider home soil as a good place to come back to. Developers will carry on with projects under construction such as Queens Wharf where a multimillion dollar penthouse sold this week. Photo: AAP/David Clark“We are affordable for the offshore market and developers are taking advantage of that,” Mr Goddard said.Peter Chittenden, managing director of residential at Colliers International, said that on a national level the company has had a sharp increase in online inquiries, but foot traffic had dropped.He said that the appetite for investment in residential apartments remained, and people were still selling, but the employment issue was a concern for many. “The reality is that anyone who bought during the GFC and 9/11 events saw that after three years the market lifted and they were rewarded. It didn’t happen immediately.”He agreed there was renewed interest from the offshore marrket, an increase of up to 15 per cent, from buyers wanting to take advantage of the exchange rate.NGU Corp property developer Emil Juresic said he still had properties under construction.His latest development, a five-bedroom, six-bathroom home in Ascot will be launched to the market in April, priced at more than $3.5 million.Mr Juresic said: “A lot of developers are full-steam ahead with projects, but they see a three to five-month hurdle in front of them. We hope by that time coronavirus will be gone.“You don’t build in one month, it takes time,” he said. “I don’t think (COVID-19) will have a massive impact on development at this stage. “But yes, developers will be more cautious because we don’t know how long these times of uncertainty will last. We don’t know what we are dealing with.”Despite this, Mr Juresic said he was about to kick off two new development schemes.More from newsCOVID-19 renovation boom: How much Aussies are spending to give their houses a facelift during the pandemic3 days agoWhizzkid buys almost one property a month during COVID-197 days ago“We will keep building and selling, but how much we expose ourselves in borrowing and the risks we take is still unfolding.”Tony Pennisi, the owner of Hub Projects Beenleigh, said he has received a growing number of inquiries for acreage blocks over the past couple of weeks. There has been a spike is in interest in acreages such as those at Evergreen Ridge in Jimboomba by the developer Terry McKinnon.Mr Pennisi, who is marketing lots at Evergreen Ridge in Jimboomba, attributed the spike of inquiries to COVID-19, saying people were keen to find either vacant land or a house on a large block of land. “People are definitely keen to put space between themselves and their neighbours. Self-isolation makes people think about the important things in life and being confined in suburbia is not their focus now,” Mr Pennisi said.“Acreage gives people more options for a self-sufficient lifestyle, where families can live in larger homes. They can grow food and have space to park their boat or caravans on the block or build a bigger shed.”He said a lot of the inquiries were from the greater Brisbane area and mostly via Facebook and their website. Destination Brisbane Consortium project director Simon Crooks said their contractors were onsite and working safely and tirelessly to progress the construction of Queen’s Wharf Brisbane. “Our workforce is strictly following government guidelines, but otherwise its business as usual as concrete continues to be poured onsite to build the basements of the integrated resort,” Mr Crooks said.“Interest in the residences remains strong and following government guidelines we have introduced additional measures such as adopting a one appointment only at a time at our display suite.” QLD property industry adapts to new ways of buying and selling amid COVID-19 crisis NGU Corp’s new-build project, a five-bedroom, six-bathroom home in Ascot, will launch to the market in April, priced at more than $3.5 million.Brisbane developers are lapping up opportunities to sell new homes and off-the-plan apartments, particularly to offshore buyers, before the COVID-19 crisis takes full effect.A multimillion-dollar penthouse was sold last week at Queens Wharf Residences and inquiries have been strong from multi-generational families looking to build a “family compound”. MORE CORONAVIRUS NEWS: Millions in home sales as virtual reality auctions kick offcenter_img What next for our housing market?last_img read more

6 Ways to Get Ahead of Diabetes

first_img Share Share HealthLifestyle 6 Ways to Get Ahead of Diabetes by: – November 15, 2011 46 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share The statistics speak for themselves: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 26 million Americans suffer from diabetes, and 7 million are unaware that they’re afflicted. At the current rate, half of the adult U.S. population will develop prediabetes or diabetes by 2020. Of that total, the more-preventable type 2 diabetes accounts for 90 to 95 percent of all cases. The good news: If you’ve received test results showing you have prediabetes, or you’re concerned that you’re at risk for diabetes, making lifestyle changes now can prevent or greatly delay the onset of diabetes. Studies have shown that such changes reduced the development of type 2 diabetes by as much as 71 percent in adults 60 years and older. The key is preventing your blood glucose level from rising higher. Fasting blood glucose below 100 mg/dl is considered normal; if your fasting blood glucose is between 100 and 125 mg/dl, you have prediabetes. (If your blood sugar rises above 125 mg/dl, you’re among the one in ten adults in North America who have type 2 diabetes.)Prediabetes doesn’t have to turn into diabetes. With early intervention, some people with prediabetes can actually turn back the clock and return elevated blood glucose levels to the normal range. Others can delay the onset of diabetes by 10 years or more. But once it sets in, diabetes is a lifelong disease. So now’s the time to take steps to prevent diabetes from progressing. Here’s what to do.1. Peel off the pounds Getting to or maintaining a healthy weight is the number-one way to prevent the onset of diabetes, since extra weight makes it harder for the body to use insulin to control blood sugar. According to the expert panel of the American Diabetes Association, for those at high risk for diabetes and who are overweight, losing 5 to 10 percent of your body weight through moderate exercise and healthy eating is the best way to treat prediabetes.Instead of going on a severe diet, make minor changes that you can stick with over time. Make the calories you eat count in terms of packing a nutritional punch. For someone who weighs between 100 and 200 pounds, losing just 5 or 10 pounds can have a dramatic effect, so choose a realistic goal, give yourself plenty of time, and celebrate your success when you get there. 2. Focus on fiberFiber is essential to preventing diabetes, because it takes your body longer to digest high-fiber foods. Read labels and count up grams of fiber, with a goal of eating 45 to 50 grams of fiber a day. For most people, eating a healthy breakfast that features oatmeal or some type of bran cereal is one way to achieve that high-fiber goal, since a bowl of the right kind of cereal can net you as much as a third of your daily fiber. Keeping track of fiber content is also a handy way to distinguish between “bad” and “good” carbohydrates. With high-fiber (good) carbs, glucose is released slowly, preventing a typical blood sugar spike.3. Count on coffee and teaIn the past few years, researchers have uncovered a fascinating link between consumption of coffee and tea and lower rates of diabetes. The results of 18 different studies found that drinking three to four cups of coffee per day was associated with a 25 percent lower risk of diabetes than drinking no coffee or just one cup. Tea—green or black—was found to be beneficial as well. Drinking three to four cups of tea daily lowered risk of diabetes by 18 percent.4. Move, move, moveGet more exercise, and you’ll strengthen your body’s machinery for handling blood glucose, the key to preventing diabetes. Studies have also shown that exercise increases insulin sensitivity, providing long-lasting blood sugar benefits. One study found that a single exercise session increases insulin sensitivity for as long as 16 hours afterward. Happily, all kinds of physical activity lowers blood sugar levels by taking glucose from the blood and muscle to use as fuel. Choose an activity you like enough to continue until you raise your heart rate and break a sweat. In the Nurses’ Health Study, researchers found that women who worked up a sweat just once a week reduced their risk of developing diabetes by a whopping 30 percent. The National Diabetes Education Program recommends getting 30 minutes—even in three ten-minute sessions—of moderate physical activity five days a week. That might include walking, biking, swimming, jogging, even dancing.In addition to aerobic exercise, include some type of strength training. Glucose is stored in the muscles, so by lifting weights, you use that glucose as fuel and also build and tone muscle, which then provides additional glucose storage capacity.5. Eat three square mealsEating regularly throughout the day is important for regulating your blood sugar and avoiding blood sugar spikes that tax your pancreas by stimulating it to produce insulin. Space your meals at regular intervals throughout the day, and if you have to go more than four hours between meals, eat a healthy snack to tide you over.Diabetes experts strongly favor a “Mediterranean” diet, which means lots of different fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans and legumes, healthy fats such as olive oil, and lean protein such as fish and poultry. Snacks should include protein, complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats; think whole wheat toast and peanut butter rather than a bagel and cream cheese. As much as possible, avoid simple carbohydrates such as sugary treats and white flour baked goods—and don’t overeat at any meal. Some people with prediabetes or diabetes find it helpful to eat a small high-fat/high-protein snack, such as a handful of almonds, before bed to help blood sugar levels remain stable overnight.6. Get heart healthyIf you have prediabetes, make sure other aspects of your cardiovascular health are under control. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is associated with a higher risk of diabetes, so it’s a good idea to work with your doctor to make sure your blood pressure is within the preferred range—ideally under 120/80 for those under age 65.Cholesterol is equally important. Ask your doctor to check your cholesterol and make sure your total cholesterol is under 200 mg/dL, your LDL is under 130 mg/dL, and your HDL (or “good” cholesterol) is at least 40 mg/dL for men and 50 mg/dL for women.If any of your tests are out of range, talk to your doctor about whether you should be on blood pressure or cholesterol-lowering medication. Make sure your doctor knows you have prediabetes, as this may influence treatment choices.By Melanie HaikenMSN Healthlast_img read more

Lennox Blackmoore Intermediate on tonight

first_imgBOXING action resumes this evening with the Lennox Blackmoore National Intermediate competition at the National Gymnasium from 19:00hrs.The two major contenders, the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) and the Republican Gym, will square off when the action gets going. competeAccording to GBA president Steve Ninvalle, the Army has a committed 30-man strong team who will compete with the aim of retaining their title.They boast flyweight Don Cumberbatch, lightweights Travis Hubbard and Jamal Brisport, junior welterweight Colin Hinds and light heavyweight Renaldo Niles all of whom are expected to be in ravaging form.The Republicans, on the other hand, will be no pushovers with middleweight Geraldo Phillips and welterweight Joshua Joseph expected to lead the lineupThe National Intermediate competition will feature over eight gyms from across the country, including two from Linden, with a total of 70 boxers.last_img read more