Sewer plan is best option for Ballston

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I have been concerned with the lack of a discussion of alternatives to the proposed Ballston sewer project.On April 10, I met with the project manager and engineering company representative and was provided detailed analysis reports. Multiple options were considered, including much larger projects along Route 50 that could not succeed without substantial guaranteed development on that road, even though the per-unit cost of these alternatives could be less than the proposed alternative. Another consideration was to make the project larger along the west and north (e.g., Goode Street corridor). It was determined the cost of installing the additional necessary infrastructure would not result in lower costs.  The size of the proposed district is constrained by lower and upper limits in the design requirements in sizing the sewer pipes. Once the maximum is reached, enlarging the pipe in the district would be economically unfeasible.The method of distributing district construction costs is constrained by state law, including a very specific definition of the benefit received. Also, the existence of small sewer districts already in the town has a material effect on how the costs can legally be distributed. Because of its combined suburban/rural physical nature, the entire town will never have sewers throughout.A public hearing on a proposed sewer law is scheduled for May 8. The draft contains some exemptions to converting to the sewers, including a financial hardship, extension to convert for recent septic systems, and a distance from the sewer district piping.I believe the team has done a fair and reasonable job trying to establish a long-term solution for the issues of aging septic systems, dealing with the problems in the Route 50 business area, protection of the environment and an upper limit in growth.Al PirigyiBurnt HillsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Norway’s KLP makes trip to US to investigate oil-pipeline concerns

first_imgMarathon Petroleum is not an owner of the Bakken pipeline system, but the company has an agreement in place to acquire a minority stake in the project.Annie Bersagel, KLP’s in-house adviser on responsible investments, told IPE: “Actually being on the ground will help us get a better understanding of the situation, particularly with a case like this one, where there is such a groundswell of engagement, and help us sense what the sentiments are.”Noting that the protests against the pipeline had drawn the attention of people around the world, KLP said the project had been temporarily halted by the US government and that the future of it had not yet been decided.“KLP is collecting information and has established a dialogue with a number of companies with interests in the project,” it said.Bersagel said KLP did not have any specific conclusions yet in terms of what the companies behind the project should do but said there were three different aspects to the problems.“There are the allegations related to the environment, and the risk of contamination of the tribes’ drinking water; there are the rights of indigenous peoples – and we want to find out what the procedure has been and is in terms of the companies’ consultation with the tribes in the past and now as a sovereign government; and lastly, there is the issue of the use of violence against protesters, and whether this constitutes a violation of human rights,” she said.The pipeline is designed to stretch 1,172 miles to transfer oil from the Bakken oil fields in northwest North Dakota to an oil tank farm near Patoka, Illinois.It will cross the states of South Dakota and Iowa.It is not the first time KLP has made a field trip abroad to assess its investments and their impact in ESG terms.Bersagel visited Myanmar for this purpose two years ago and in September this year, while colleagues of hers were in Indonesia investigating palm oil plantations, she said.Fiona Reynolds, managing director of the UN-supported PRI (Principles for Responsible Investment), told IPE KLP’s action in making the trip highlighted the sharp focus Nordic pension funds tended to have on sustainable investment.“The Nordic pension funds have been at the forefront of the movement towards investing with respect for environment, social and corporate governance matters for some time, and it is very much embedded into their mentality,” she said.KLP, a signatory to the PRI, probably wanted to be aware in detail of how the pipeline problem was being managed on the ground, she said.“They will probably have to answer many questions about it from their beneficiaries,” she added. Kommunal Landspensjonskasse (KLP), the NOK589bn (€64.9bn) Norwegian public sector pension scheme, is sending a staff member to North Dakota in the US to assess the situation surrounding the building of an underground oil pipeline.The construction plans have drawn a wave of protests from Native American tribes and others concerned about the environmental impact.According to news reports, dozens of protesters have been injured after violent clashes with police on the proposed route of the Dakota Access, or Bakken, pipeline.KLP has NOK423m invested in companies behind the pipeline project – Phillips 66, Enbridge, Energy Transfer Partners and Marathon Petroleum – in the form of both equities and fixed income.last_img read more

Morris to resign from Seadrill positions in mid-2019

first_imgMark Morris, Seadrill CFO; Source: SeadrillChief financial officer (CFO) of offshore driller Seadrill Limited and chief executive officer (CEO) of Seadrill Partners has decided to step down from his positions.Seadrill said that Mark Morris would step down from his roles in the end of June 2019 to enable the companies to find a suitable replacements.The company added that he would resign from the CFO role following the completion of Seadrill’s financial restructuring.Anton Dibowitz, CEO of Seadrill, said: “Mark has been a valuable partner to both the company and me and I would like to thank him for his contribution to Seadrill, in particular, his financial leadership through the restructuring process. We wish him every success in his future pursuits.”Mark Morris became the Seadril CFO on September 1, 2015, after working for 28 years for Rolls-Royce. He succeeded former Seadrill CFO Rune Magnus Lundetrae. During the same month, he was appointed the CEO of Seadrill’s subsidiary – Seadrill Partners.Regarding his decision, Morris said: “It has been a privilege to have led the restructuring of Seadrill through what was a very complicated set of negotiations and transactions. I have enjoyed my time here as CFO, and now is the right time to seek new and different challenges. I wish the company every success in the future.”According to Seadrill, a formal search process for a new chief financial officer is already underway. Seadrill Partners said in a separate announcement that an internal and external search for a new CEO was also underway.Harald Thorstein, chairman of Seadrill Partners, added: “Mark has been a valuable partner to both the company and the board and I would like to thank him for his leadership and insight through what has been a challenging period in the off-shore oil and gas sector.”From a financial standpoint, it is worth reminding that the company was able to emerge from bankruptcy in mid-2018 after completing its reorganization under its Chapter 11 plan of reorganization.last_img read more

Champions League excites Sterling

first_imgLiverpool youngster Raheem Sterling is relishing the prospect of making his Champions League debut next season. The 19-year-old produced some stunning performances in the second half of the season to help propel the Reds back into Europe’s elite club competition for the first time since 2009. It will be the first time Sterling, who will be going to this summer’s World Cup with England, has played in the competition and he hopes to be able to maintain the progress he has shown since December. “It’s a great boost to come back to, being back in the Champions League,” said Sterling. ” For a young player like me it’ll be a great experience. I’m really looking forward to it. “It’s credit to the boys who worked day in, day out, to try and make our dream come true. “It’s unfortunate that we couldn’t (win the title) but it is a great credit to everyone. “It’s been a great season. We’ve all worked hard to try and achieve our goal. “We came close but we’ll definitely be looking forward to next season and give it another real go again. “It’s definitely been a great experience for me. Hopefully next season we can go again and try to be right up there again. “With the experience I’ve gained from this season, hopefully I can put that into the team. “Personally, for any 19-year-old to play in a team like this is a great achievement, but I won’t stop here – I’ll keep going, keep working for the team and hopefully develop into a better player next season.” Press Association Liverpool will round off their season with a friendly against Shamrock Rovers in Dublin’s Aviva Stadium on Wednesday evening. None of the players likely to be involved in the World Cup will be involved and having come so close to winning the league there will not be many of those who do play feeling in celebratory mood, even if the atmosphere among spectators will be different. Daniel Agger, a player whose future remains the subject of speculation after being in and out the side this season, believes the campaign is something which should be looked back upon in a good light. “If you look over the whole season there are a lot of positives,” he told “To come second is so frustrating. We knew that it would be tough to stay at the top – and we would have taken second place before the season started. “All of the big games this season have definitely given some of the players some experience, so that’s positive. “Personally, it has been a frustrating season because of some injuries but it has not been because I’ve played badly and been out of the team – it is because I’ve been injured. “Afterwards, it has been difficult to get back into the team because the team was winning. You can’t do much about that.” last_img read more

Cian Healy: Ireland to chase World Cup glory for injured captain Paul O’Connell

first_img Ireland prop Healy hailed the talismanic 35-year-old’s influence on Joe Schmidt’s squad, before vowing to do him justice if O’Connell is ruled out of the rest of the tournament. “Hopefully Paul will be alright, but you get dealt those hands sometimes,” said Healy, after Ireland secured a quarter-final against Argentina. “Being the fella he is and seeing how hard he’s worked, that would be the case, you dig in and you’d want to put on a show for him. “Hopefully he’ll be okay, but if not then that will definitely give us extra motivation.” Munster stalwart O’Connell’s Test career appears at an end after 108 caps then, but Ireland could also be shorn of Johnny Sexton, Peter O’Mahony and Sean O’Brien against the Pumas. Head coach Schmidt’s men will now face Argentina in Cardiff on Sunday, eyeing their first-ever World Cup semi-final. Sexton is battling groin trouble, while O’Mahony has knee ligament damage – and O’Brien could face a citing for an alleged first-minute punch to France lock Pascal Pape’s ribs. Ireland rallied remarkably to see off France without a host of their most influential players, and Healy backed Schmidt’s men to continue that trend. “When you’re playing with the likes of Paul (O’Connell) and Johnny (Sexton) they don’t give you an option, you have to know your plays inside-out,” said Healy. “Thankfully we were able to keep it going once they went off. “Our squad is strong and everyone knows what they are doing, so any guys who come into the side can keep that going. It was clear to see that Paul was frustrated, so we’ll just have to wait to see how he is.” Scrum-half Conor Murray hailed Ian Madigan’s calming influence in replacing Sexton, who trudged out after just 25 minutes. Madigan has just five Test starts for Ireland, but Murray believes the Leinster playmaker showed the world every inch of his class. The 26-year-old would play a pivotal role against Argentina should Sexton lose his fitness battle after his groin strain. “It was a huge performance from Ian Madigan,” said Murray. ” I said to him afterwards – it was a massive test and challenge for him, and he passed it with flying colours. “Straight away he came on and kicked a penalty and I think that might have settled his nerves. “Losing someone like Johnny is huge for the team, and I think Mads probably felt an extra bit of pressure on him coming on. And I think he delivered in spades. “Not only his own performance but he just had a bit of composure about him when he came on. “He understands the gameplan very well, he knows exactly what we want to do, and he just carried that confidence throughout the team and he just put people at ease when things were tight. “He knew what we wanted to do and we were just constantly chatting on the pitch. “I’ve known Ian for a long time and I’ve always known how good he is. “So it’s no surprise to me, but I think it’s great for everyone to see what he’s capable of.” Cian Healy has admitted Ireland will chase World Cup glory to honour captain Paul O’Connell’s glittering Test career. Skipper O’Connell’s Ireland career is almost certainly at an end after his serious hamstring injury midway through the superlative 24-9 World Cup victory over France. O’Connell banged the turf in anguish and anger as his team-mates left the Millennium Stadium field for the half-time interval, eventually carried from the turf by stretcher. Press Associationlast_img read more

KPL Basketball: 12 Clubs Struggle for Final Eight in Conference Six

first_imgThe Nigerian Basketball Premier League, The Kwese Premier League, Conference Six has been scheduled to dunk off today at the two designated venues across the country.The Atlantic Conference, for teams in the southern part of the country, will hold at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Kwara State Sports Complex, Ilorin, with the top six clubs in the Conference slugging it out to qualify for the grand Final Eight tournament. The Atlantic Conference teams are; Kwara Falcons, Rivers Hoopers, Hoops & Read, Customs, Oluyole Warriors and Police Batons.The opening games in the Atlantic Conference Six would see Oluyole Warriors take on Police Batons at 12 pm, while Hoop and Read take on Customs. The last game of the day would see Rivers Hoopers slug it out against Kwara Falcons. The teams will observe a rest day on Friday, while the competition ends on Sunday. The Savannah Conference Six that will similarly dunk off at the Indoor Hall of the Murtala Square Stadium in Kaduna also has some slight adjustments with Bauchi Nets and Kada Stars of Kaduna replacing Mark Mentors and Defenders of Abuja.With Mark Mentors and Defenders dropped, the six teams playing the Conference Six are Kano Pillars, Niger Potters, Plateau Peaks, Gombe Bulls, Bauchi Nets and Kada Stars. The League Director, Mr Ajibarede Bello, said the decision was taken according to the rules governing the league.Factional President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), Tijani Umar, has called on all the Premier League clubs in the country to be focused on the competition. He urged them to ensure they put in their best to come out tops for the Final Eight which has been slated for Kano.Umar noted that the efforts by the Musa Kida led NBBF group to scuttle the Kwese Premier League Atlantic Conference from holding in Lagos, was a wide departure from the instructions of the world basketball federation, FIBA, to seek reconciliation at the end of November.“We are waiting for the NOC to open the line of reconciliation in Nigerian basketball. We shall key into it fully,” Umar concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Syracuse splits doubleheader, advances to USF Tournament championship

first_img Comments Published on February 29, 2020 at 5:12 pm Contact Eli: Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Syracuse (7-9) split its Saturday doubleheader at the USF Tournament, losing to South Florida (9-7) in a game that featured a combined seven hits before beating Rutgers (7-11) in the semifinal game. The Orange prevailed over the Scarlet Knights for the second time in as many days, scoring 17 runs between the two games.SU recorded two hits against USF’s Georgina Corrick (7-3), wasting Alexa Romero’s best outing of the year in the 1-0 loss. Romero allowed only five hits and no earned runs. She recorded nine strikeouts and did not walk a batter.Gabby Teran opened the day for the Orange with a single and steal to get into scoring position but could not be driven home on SU’s next two at-bats. The Bulls scored the only run of the game in the third inning. AnaMarie Bruni reached second on an error by Rebecca Clyde before being driven in on a subsequent single. SU tallied only one more hit the rest of the way.SU freshman Catie Dobbs was shelled against Rutgers, giving up four runs in only two-thirds innings of work. Kaia Oliver took over for Dobbs and threw a no-hitter the rest of the way. Syracuse responded with 10 unanswered runs in the next two frames. Alexis Kaiser led the Orange, going three-for-three with four RBIs in the game. Her two-run home run and RBI double in the second and fourth innings put Rutgers away. With the win, Syracuse advanced to the championship game of the USF tournament and will play the winner of USF and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi tomorrow.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Popov takes 3-shot lead into final round of British Open

first_img FOLLOW US 3 weeks ago British holidaymakers in France react to quarantine LIVE TV Associated Press Television News SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 23rd August, 2020 14:11 IST WATCH US LIVE WE RECOMMEND Last Updated: 23rd August, 2020 14:11 IST Popov Takes 3-shot Lead Into Final Round Of British Open Her ranking close to No. 400, Sophia Popov was pushing a trolley for her best friend at an LPGA Tour event in the United States three weeks agocenter_img Written By COMMENT 3 weeks ago British Government imposes 14-day quarantine for returnees from France, Netherlands 2 weeks ago Kang the form player heading into Women’s British Open 2 weeks ago Croatia, British tourists regret quarantine move Her ranking close to No. 400, Sophia Popov was pushing a trolley for her best friend at an LPGA Tour event in the United States three weeks ago.On Sunday, she’ll take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the Women’s British Open.Popov set up what could be a life-changing day on the links of Royal Troon in southwest Scotland by shooting a bogey-free, 4-under 67 that tied the low score of the third round on Saturday.The 27-year-old German was 4 under par overall and one of just three players under par after 54 holes. Minjee Lee of Australia and Jasmine Suwannapura of Thailand were the other two, after both shot 69 to be tied for second place on 1 under.Popov only qualified for the British Open courtesy of a top-10 finish two weeks ago at the Marathon Classic, which she was playing only because higher-ranked players couldn’t attend due to COVID-19 restrictions. Last week, she was playing on the second-tier Symetra Tour in Phoenix last week, tying for second, as she looks to regain her playing status on the LPGA Tour that she lost  by one stroke  at Q-School last season.She has been the epitome of consistency at Troon and steered largely clear of trouble on Saturday to score the first bogey-free round of this tournament on a day when the wind relented somewhat, leading to the lowest scores of the week.Popov made eagle at the par-5 fourth hole after hitting driver from the fairway to within 8 feet, and added birdies at Nos. 12 and 17. Also key was a long par putt at No. 11 that maintained her momentum.If she holds her nerve on Sunday, she will become the first female major winner from Germany.”Now it’s just me vs, pressure and shot-making in the right moments,” said Popov, who is now ranked No. 304 and is playing her first British Open since 2011.”There are going to be a lot of nerves tomorrow,” she added. “It’s a position I have never been in, so we will have to see how it goes and play one shot at a time.” At No. 138 in the world, Suwannapura would be another unlikely winner though her chances were hit by bogeying the last. She will also rue missing a short par putt at No. 15 for the only other bogey in her round.The eighth-ranked Lee is the most high-profile of the three main contenders and is also looking for her first major title.In a three-way tie for fourth  five strokes behind Popov  is her fellow German player Caroline Masson, who shot 68. Americans Lindsey Weaver (71) and Austin Ernst (72) were also on 1 over for the tournament. Image credits: AP 2 weeks ago Meghan Markle picks up a British accent after spending two years in UKlast_img read more

Ghana Lands In Sweden For Minigolf Master

first_imgGhana’s Minigolf side have arrived in Sweden to once again take part in the World Adventure Minigolf Masters (WAGM) ongoing in Kungalv, Sweden.Team Ghana arrived earlier this week for training ahead of the championship and will be captained by President of Ghana Minigolf Federation (GMF) Talal Fattal and feature Ghana’s top players including Africa current Minigolf champion  Kelvin Boateng.The other players are: Solomon Addai, Kwaku Asare, Richard Amoah and Maruf Ahmed.The tournament will feature over 90 players from 14 countries and will be competed feverishly over three days which teed off yesterday.Secretary General of Africa Minigolf Federation Talal Fattal added “Ghana is the only African country to have taken part in the past three  World Cup Minigolf events and our aim this year is to rank among the top Minigolf countries in the world to encourage other African National Minigolf federations  participate in next year world adventure masters Minigolf slated for Austria 2020.”GMF will be holding this year in Accra, Ghana the first edition of African Minigolf cup of nations (AMCON) that’s billed to feature over 15 African countries from September 27-29.last_img read more

Elite prospect Cade Cunningham helps USA Basketball again conquer FIBA U19 World Cup

first_imgIt was not a perfect performance for elite point guard prospect Cade Cunningham, but it was the perfect ending to a perfect FIBA U19 World Cup for the United States junior national team.Ranked the No. 2 prospect in the 2020 class by 247 Sports, Cunningham led USA Basketball to a 93-79 victory over Mali in the U19 gold medal game, restoring the Americans to the position atop the podium after they fell short of reaching the championship game two years ago because of Canada and superstar R.J. Barrett. Kansas State coach Bruce Weber, assisted by Levelle Moton of N.C. Central and Mike Hopkins of Washington, led the United States to its seventh victory all-time in this event and its fourth in the past 10 years. The U.S. also won in 2009 (with key players Klay Thompson and Gordon Hayward), 2013 (Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton) and 2015 (Josh Jackson and Jalen Brunson).The Americans won all seven of their games at the World Cup, all by double-digit margins.Cunningham, who turned over the ball eight times, made some careless errors in the final period that helped Mali cut an 18-point fourth-quarter deficit to 84-77 with 3:43 remaining. But he also drove for an imposing layup through contact make it 88-77 to continue the process of stretching the lead back toward comfort.A 6-5 high school senior from Arlington, Tex., who plays at Montverde Academy in Florida, Cunningham led the U.S. with 21 points and contributed 7 rebounds and 7 assists. The U.S. won while shooting only 3-of-18 from 3-point range but got 15 points from Jalen Suggs and 13 points from Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, who will be a freshman at Villanova this season. Mississippi State sophomore power forward Reggie Perry was named tournament MVP. He scored 10 points in the final. He was joined on the all-tournament team by Tyrese Haliburton of Iowa State, who scored 6 points against Mali but passed for 8 assists. Isaac Likekele of Oklahoma State finished with 9 points and 10 rebounds and scored one of the most important buckets of the game, a drive through the traffic that extended the U.S. lead from seven points to nine with 3:26 left. Trevion Williams of Purdue (7 points 7 rebounds) and Kira Lewis of Alabama also earned gold medals. Lewis was scoreless in the final but struck three times on 3-pointers in the semfiinal win over Lithuania.This was one of the most comfortable gold-medal games the U.S. has had in recent U19 tournaments. The most recent three were won by an average margin of 10 points.Pitt-bound forward Karim Coulibaly scored 17 points for Mali. They won the African championship last summer to qualify for the tournament. He finished the World Cup averaging 13.4 points and 6.9 rebounds.last_img read more