TCEQ: Valero project should move forward

first_img It takes a lot of courage for a naysayer to stand up before a crowd composed of people with views contrary to their own. We salute their courage.That said, it appears the principal objection was not that the project is unworthy or unsafe but rather that TCEQ erred in not advertising the last meeting. The project appears to meet TCEQ’s standards and it promises both a short-term benefit in the way of some 1,500 temporary construction jobs and a longterm benefit in the addition of 40 high-pay permanent jobs.Jefferson County and the wider Beaumont-Port Arthur Metropolitan Statistical Area lag behind most of the state for unemployment and adding good jobs seems right a wise course for reducing joblessness. That’s a good reason to move ahead.The project would also bolster the local economy if Valero makes good on its promise to use local vendors during construction. Right now, this community could use a boost. In TCEQ’s case, the agency didn’t give adequate notice about a previous public meeting on Valero’s application. Former City Councilman John Beard brought that to the attention of the Port Arthur City Council, which rightly asked that TCEQ follow its own procedures. Thus, last Thursday’s meeting at the Carl A. Parker Center at Lamar State College Port Arthur.About 200 people attended the meeting, many sporting stickers in support of the project. That’s their perfect right.There were a handful of people present who either opposed the project or had legitimate questions about it. That’s why such meetings are held — to fully flesh out public sentiments on such projects and to discuss their upsides and downsides. Last week’s Texas Commission on Environmental Quality public hearing over a planned billion-dollar coker unit project at Valero — it would be the second at the company’s 4,000-acre site — was a win-win for the mandated process and for Greater Port Arthur people.TCEQ apparently erred in not crossing its own T’s and dotting its own I’s in its review procedures for the project, which should be completed and ready for production by 2021. There’s a lot of energy-related investment in Jefferson County; we should encourage safe development of worthy projects.center_img It’s of little wonder, then, that the project seemed to generate some enthusiasm among the crowd, many of whom work at the plant or were otherwise engaged in industrial development. Industry is one sector that continues to thrive in Port Arthur and we as a community would do well to support such a strong suit.The project promises to increase plant production by some 20 percent, which would strengthen Valero’s position in a competitive industry. That would strengthen jobs here for the 800 employed as well as newcomers.Absent a reason to say no, TCEQ ought to say yes.last_img read more

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La Salle Lady Spikers still undefeated in UniGames

first_imgLed by Kim Dy, Ernestine Tiamzon and Desiree Cheng, Lady Spikers recovered from a shaky first set on Wednesday to dominate Lady Chiefs with double-digit spreads in the second, third and fourth sets and remain on top of Bracket B with a 3-0 win-loss card.Defending champion University of Santo Tomas Golden Tigresses also kept its unbeaten record with straight-set triumphs over Silliman University and University of Mindanao-Tagum.In athletics over at the Lamberto Macias Sports Complex, Louielyn Cabuga Pamatian spearheaded the campaign of UST Tigresses as she bagged five gold medals.Pamatian, a native of Bago City, Negros Occidental, topped the 400m, 800m, 1500m, 4x400m, and classical relay events. UST Tigresses is currently on top in the event with 16 gold medals.In men’s football, University of St. La Salle (USLS) Bacolod advanced to the semifinals following a 2-1 victory over De La Salle University Green Booters at the Gov. Mariano Perdices Memorial Coliseum.Kenneth Infante and Harunori Aoki scored a goal each in the opening half for USLS, which will battle College of St. Benilde Blazers in the knockout Final 4 game.University of the Philippines Maroons, meanwhile, bounced back from its loss to USLS with an 11-0 rout of the injury-hit Foundation University. Kintaro Miyagi top-scored for Maroons with six goals./PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full] [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’ La Salle Lady Spikers still undefeated in UniGames ‘ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=’30’ subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]BY ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]Friday, October 27, 2017[/av_textblock][av_textblock size=’18’ font_color=” color=”]DE LA SALLE University Lady Spikers stayed unbeaten in University Games women’s volleyball after defeating Arellano University Lady Chiefs 29-31, 25-15, 25-19, 25-14 at the Valencia covered court.last_img read more

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Lady Tarpons Begin Summer Hoops Play

first_img RelatedGirls’ Summer Hoops Season ConcludesBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS Summer league girls’ basketball has come to an end, unofficially at least and as far as any regular schedule of games involving Port Isabel high school players is concerned. This week the Press talked with Port Isabel High girls’ basketball coach Blake Ramsey…June 17, 2016In “News”Lady Tarpons hoop in summer club playBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS There’s a summer girls basketball league in the Valley again this summer, and a number of Port Isabel High Lady Tarpons are participating. They played their first games this week, and came up on the short end of the score in both contests.…June 12, 2015In “News”Summer hoops involve Tarpon playersBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS Traditionally it’s called summer basketball.  It actually begins in the spring about the time the school year comes to an end, and continues into July.  It’s a modified version of the high school game that gives returning players the opportunity to work on…June 2, 2017In “News” By LARRY GAGESpecial to the PRESSThe Port Isabel High Lady Tarpons basketball team will be participating in a summer hoops league, and have already played their first two games.The Press found girls’ basketball coach Blake Ramsey busying himself at the athletic offices this week, and was able to find out just what is going on with this year’s summer basketball activities.There are actually several summer leagues getting started in the Valley.  Port Isabel is playing in the one at La Feria.  At least 13, and possibly one or two more, teams will be playing in the La Feria league, and all games will be played in La Feria.“I have 12 girls who have signed up to play,” Coach Ramsey said Monday.Participation in summer league ball is voluntary, but the players all know how important it is to spend at least a few weeks of their summer vacation playing organized basketball.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. Sharelast_img read more

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Tokyo, Beijing dan Singapura Mendapat Peringkat Tertinggi di Dunia Menjadi Kota Ramah Penumpang

first_img(cnbc.com) Ketika mengunjungi suatu tempat dan melihatnya bersih, cukup menyenangkan hati dan membuat nyaman ketika bepergian menggunakan transportasi umumnya. Ternyata di dunia ini ada tiga kota metropolitan ramah lingkungan dan menjadi yang terhijau di dunia dan ketiganya ada di Asia.Baca juga: Berdasarkan Indeks Keamanan, Inilah 10 Negara Teraman Untuk DikunjungiKetiga kota itu yakni Benua Asia yakni Tokyo, Beijing dan Singapura mendapatkan peringkat sebagai kota komuter paling ramah lingkungan dalam sebuah studi baru oleh perusahaan data insight, Kantar. Ketiganya mendapat peringkat sangat tinggi karena populasi masyarakat mereka yang sebagian besar berjalan kaki atau menggunakan transportasi umum untuk bekerja. Selain itu juga penggunaan kendaraan pribadi relatif sangat sedikit. “Setiap detik orang menggunakan transportasi umum untuk bekerja,” Rolf Kullen, Direktur Senior Mobilitas di Kantar.KabarPenumpang.com melansir dari laman cnbc.com (16/10/2019), studi ini dilakukan dengan bertanya pada 20 ribu penumpang di 31 kota di seluruh dunia tentang kebiasaan perjalanan mereka. Sedangkan Seoul berada di peringkat ketujuh dan menjadi kota di Asia keempat yang masuk sepuluh besar.Sedangkan empat posisi lainnya yang masuk dalam sepuluh besar ada di Eropa yakni London, Kopenhagen, Amsterdam dan Moskow. Mereka masuk bersama Nairobi dan Sao Paulo. Sedangkan kota di Amerika Serikat tidak ada yang berhasil mencapai peringkat teratas.Sebab pada studi terpisah pada 2017 lalu, ditemukan bahwa rata-rata orang Amerika mengabiskan total 52 menit per hari dalam perjalannnya dengan sekitar 85 persen menggunakan kendaraan pribadi. Sedangkan lima persen menggunakan transportasi umum, 2,8 persen berjalan kaki dan 0,6 persen sisanya menggunakan sepeda.Temuan Kantar ini berbicara tentang perkembangan infrastruktur baru-baru ini di beberapa kota besar Asia. Di mana mereka menjadikan transportasi umum menjadi sarana transportasi yang layak dan lebih disukai para penumpang karena menghindari mengemudi di jalanan yang macet. Tetapi mereka juga menyoroti pekerjaan yang masih harus dilakukan di kota-kota yang secara tradisional dirancang untuk mobil jika ada kemajuan dalam mengurangi polusi udara dan memperbaiki lingkungan.“Salah satu tantangan terbesar yang dihadapi kota-kota global saat ini adalah memindahkan penumpang dari kenyamanan dan kenyamanan mobil mereka ke pilihan transportasi yang lebih berkelanjutan,” kata Guillaume Saint, pemimpin otomotif & mobilitas global di Kantar.Baca juga: Gegara Corona, 21 Wilayah di Rusia Meminta Izin Akses Travell Pass Digital ala MoskowMenurut PBB, polusi udara menyebabkan tujuh juta kematian prematur per tahun. Sementara itu, pada 29 persen dari seluruh emisi global, transportasi dipandang sebagai salah satu penyumbang terbesar gas rumah kaca global.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedPunya Kualitas Rendah Karbon, Halte di Inggris Raih Predikat Ramah Lingkungan10/10/2017In “Bus dalam kota”’Ojek Sepeda’ Kembali Hidup, Grab Menjadi Yang Kedua Beredar14/03/2018In “Basis Aplikasi”Ternyata! Biaya Taksi di Jakarta Tidak Semahal di Negeri Tetangga11/08/2017In “Analisa Angkutan”last_img read more

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Time running out for Wimbledon

first_imgLONDON, (Reuters) – This year’s Wimbledon Championships have so far survived the cull of the world’s most prestigious sporting events due to the coronavirus pandemic, but it seems only a matter of time before they are postponed or cancelled. With London in its first week of lockdown, All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) officials are weighing up their limited options.The ‘build’ for the June 29-July 12 championships is supposed to start in little over a month but it seems increasingly likely Wimbledon will be forced to miss a year for the first time since 1945.“The AELTC has been contingency planning since January, working closely with the UK government and public health authorities to follow their advice and understand the likely impact of COVID-19 and the government’s emergency measures on The Championships, and our thoughts are with all those affected by this crisis at this time,” the club said in a statement yesterday. “Based on the advice we have received from the public health authorities, the very short window available to us to stage The Championships due to the nature of our surface suggests that postponement is not without significant risk and difficulty,” it added.The AELTC said playing behind closed doors was not an option.The Australian Open, the year’s first Grand Slam, was completed before the coronavirus crisis exploded to virtually shut down world sport, including the men’s ATP Tour and women’s WTA Tour. The French Open last week made the decision to move the claycourt tournament to Sept. 20-Oct. 4 from its May start because of the outbreak.While the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday potentially opened a two-week slot in the calendar in July/August, it would appear unlikely Wimbledon would use it.Switching to a later time in the year is even less likely as Wimbledon has only two covered courts and elite outdoor grasscourt tennis is not feasible past late summer. Wimbledon said it is communicating closely with the LTA, and with the ATP, WTA, ITF and the other Grand Slams.But a cancellation looks increasingly likely.“The unprecedented challenge presented by the COVID-19 crisis continues to affect our way of life in ways that we could not have imagined,” AELTC chief executive Richard Lewis said. “Our thoughts are with all those affected in the UK and around the world. The single most important consideration is one of public health, and we are determined to act responsibly through the decisions we make.”last_img read more

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Play the Blues… with hope

first_imgBy RUSSELL BENNETT PAUL Alger is under no illusion. The Catani coach, who has returned to Taplins Road fresh off…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Hitched up for prizes

first_imgBRUCE and Margrit McIllroy of Pakenham were the big winners of the Rotary Club of Pakenham and Inner Wheel Club…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Nobelius collection, a national treasure

first_imgBy DANI ROTHWELL EMERALD Museum’s Nobelius collection has been registered as nationally significant. Carl Axel Nobelius was the founder of…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Women take to the streets

first_imgBy Aneeka Simonis WOMEN with a traumatic history of physical and sexual violence marched the streets of Pakenham to campaign…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Schnars and Olson Selected Volleyball Players of the Week

first_imgEach school’s sports information director nominates and votes for the players of the week, though is not permitted to vote for his or her own player. To receive honorable mention, a player must receive votes from 25 percent of the Southland sports information directors. Southland Volleyball Weekly Release (PDF)FRISCO, Texas – Central Arkansas junior outside hitter Heather Schnars was named Southland Conference Women’s Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week while Stephen F. Austin junior libero OJ Olson received defensive player of the week honors, the league announced Monday. Offensive Player of the Week – Heather Schnars, Central ArkansasSchnars led the Central Arkansas offense for the week, posting the match-high in kills in all three of the Sugar Bears’ matches at the Seminole Volleyball Tournament in Tallahassee, Fla. She recorded a total of 47 kills over the weekend including a season-high 18 kills against Samford. The Downey, Calif. (Downey H.S.), native collected 17 kills in UCA’s win over SEC foe LSU and turned in 12 more against No. 7 Florida State. Schnars had three service aces over the course of the weekend and averaged 4.27 kills per set. Defensive Player of the Week – OJ Olson, Stephen F. AustinOlson led Stephen F. Austin to an undefeated 4-0 week, with wins over Louisiana-Monroe (3-2), New Orleans (3-0), Texas-Pan American (3-1) and Louisiana Tech (3-1). The Cedar Park, Texas (Leander H.S.), native racked up 93 digs in the four matches, averaging 5.81 digs per set. Olson had 29 digs against ULM, 18 against UNO, 25 against UTPA and 21 against Louisiana Tech, to hold opponents to a .110 hitting percentage.center_img Honorable Mention: Kimberlyn Patterson, McNeese State; Shelbee Berringer, Central Arkansas; Haley Hoffman, Houston Baptist. Honorable Mention: Angelique Vidaurri, UIW; Rachel Cagnina, McNeese State; Justice Walker, Stephen F. Austin.last_img read more

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