Undisputed champ: Crawford stops Indongo in 3rd round

first_imgMOST READ Terence “Bud” Crawford celebrates his victory by knockout over Julius Indongo in the third round of their junior welterweight world title unification boxing bout in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)LINCOLN, Neb. — Terence Crawford stopped Julius Indongo in the third round Saturday night to become the undisputed world champion at 140 pounds.Crawford sent Indongo to the canvas with a right to the body in the last minute of the second round and just missed with a massive left hook before the bell. Midway through the third round, Crawford caught Indongo with a left hook to the body that put him down writhing in pain.ADVERTISEMENT Crawford (32-0, 23 knockouts) was in his home state for the fifth time in nine fights but for the first time in Lincoln, 45 minutes from his Omaha base.Indongo (22-1, 11 knockouts) was fighting for the first time in the United States after winning bouts in Russia and Scotland to win his titles.Crawford entered the ring to roars from the Pinnacle Bank Arena sellout crowd of 12,121 after coming down the steps from the arena concourse. He wore a red No. 140 Nebraska Cornhuskers football jersey, a nod to this city being home to the University of Nebraska.With fans on their feet and chanting his name, the 29-year-old Crawford seized control early. When his final blow took down Indongo, the decibel level increased even more, and Crawford jumped in the air in the middle of the ring in celebration.Indongo couldn’t get up.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal The fight was the first four-belt unification bout since 2004, when Bernard Hopkins stopped Oscar De La Hoya to claim all the belts in the 160-pound division. Crawford came in with the WBC and WBO belts; Indongo, from Namibia, was the WBA and IBF champion.“It means everything,” Crawford said. “I’m the only one who can I’m the undisputed champion of the world. That’s big because there’s nobody else who can they’re undisputed in their weight division.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank said the plan is for Crawford to go with him to Australia for the expected November rematch between Jeff Horn and Manny Pacquiao. Arum wants Crawford to fight the winner.“I’m all for it,” Crawford said. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Teen gunned down in Masbate OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas LATEST STORIES Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her “When he hit me, it hurt so bad,” he said. “When he hit me like that, my mind was gone.”On the undercard, 20-year-old Shakur Stevenson scored a unanimous decision over Argentinian David Paz in a super featherweight bout. Stevenson (3-0, 1 knockout) flashed superior speed and finesse throughout the six rounds and knocked down Paz (4-4-1) late in the fifth.Stevenson, of Newark, New Jersey, is considered a rising star in the pro ranks after earning a silver medal in the 2016 Olympics.“I feel like the competition stepped up this fight and I feel like I put on a good show, a good boxing display,” Stevenson said. “I was really trying to get the knockout, and I was trying to get him with a good hard punch. I was trying to hit him with my left hand and my hook. I do need to use my jab a lot more.”Light heavyweight contender Oleksandr Gvozdyk (14-0, 12 KOs) of Ukraine stopped Craig Baker (17-2, 13 KOs) of Baytown, Texas, at 2:40 of the sixth round. Chaos ensues as McIntyre wins NXT title in NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings View commentslast_img read more

Wilson linksters up to par at Rec Park

first_imgWilson (3-0) returns to action at 2 p.m. today at Old Ranch Country Club against Fountain Valley. Downey 215, Mayfair 221 Poly plays Los Alamitos today at Old Ranch Country Club. Lakewood 213, La Serna 224 Brandon York and Tyler Ono each shot 41 at Skylinks to lead the Lancers (3-0) to a nonleague victory. The same teams play at Friendly Hills Country Club at 3 p.m. today. Cerritos 193, Gahr 224 Raymond Ho shot an even-par 36 at Lakewood Country Club and Kevin Tech shot 37 for the Dons (1-1) in a nonleague victory. Darren Saqui led the Gladiators with a 40. SJ Bosco 214, La Mirada 219 Cameron McCann carded a 2-over 38 at Victoria Golf Course for the Braves (2-1) in a nonleague match. La Mirada’s Arnold Yoon led all players with a 1-over 37. Boys tennis Lakewood 17, N. Torrance 1 Seniors Daniel Ross and Mike Fitzgerald went 3-0 from the No. 1 doubles position in a nonleague rout. The Lancers swept all nine singles sets, led by a sweep from Sean Tan. Lakewood visits Warren at 3 p.m. today. SJ Bosco 16, Bishop Amat 2 The Braves (2-0) swept all nine doubles sets in a nonleague rout. The No. 3 team of Javier Briseno and Erik Cabrera won 6-0, 6-1, 6-1. In singles, No. 3 player Ricky Yaminy also swept 6-1, 6-4, 6-0. St. John Bosco plays in the Mayfair Tournament today. Boys track & field Millikan 68, Marina 63 Jonathan Sanders won the 100 hurdles (15.9), the 300 hurdles (43.2) and the triple jump (42-9) for the Rams in nonleague action. Grayson Culbreth won the high jump (5-10) and long jump (20-2). Lakewood 68, Paramount 62, Mayfair 32 Patrick Hunter won the long jump (21 feet, 9 inches) and the triple jump (44-10.5) for the Pirates in a three-way meet. Mayfair’s Mose Denton won the 100 (11.1) and 200 (23.4). Girls track & field Paramount 86, Mayfair 56, Lakewood 22 The Pirates’ Stephanie Aliimatafitafi won the shot put (43-9) and discus (102-10) and Alanya Echols won the 100 (12.5) and 300 hurdles (47.9). Millikan 86, Marina 50 Uchenna Agbahiwe won the shot put (34-8) and the discus (110-1) for the visiting Rams in nonleague action. Ashley Smith won the 100 (12.8) and the high jump (5-0) and Jonika Baker won the 100 hurdles (19.9) and the long jump (15-8.25). Softball Carson 7, Birmingham 6 Theresa Poni and Ashley Ventura each went 2 fof 4 with an RBI triple to lead the Colts (2-0) to a nonleague victory. Carson trailed 6-1 after 2 1/2 innings but rallied with two runs in the third, fifth and seventh innings. Destine Lauvai struck out three to earn the victory. Baseball Paramount will hold its third annual Leadoff Dinner at 7 tonight. Former Long Beach State coach John Gonsalves will be the guest speaker. Dinner is $3 per person. For more information, call Paramount coach Cameron Chinn at (562) 602-6067. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Wilson High boys golf team had three players shoot even-par or better Wednesday and came away with a nonleague victory over Los Alamitos. Max Do shot a 1-under 35 at Recreation Park Golf Course and Eric Lyon and Scott Yeakel each shot 36 to lead the Bruins to a 183-195 victory. Los Alamitos sophomore Jonathan Saunders shot a 3-under 33 to lead all players. center_img Angel Hernandez (1-over 37) and Brian Clark (40) led the Vikings (1-2) to a nonleague victory at Lakewood Country Club. John Logan paced the Monsoons (1-2) with a 41. The same teams play again today at Rio Hondo Golf Course. Poly 204, Fountain Valley 225 Eric Frazzetta and Thad Heggeness each shot a 2-over 38 at Recreation Park to lead the Jackrabbits (1-1) to a nonleague victory. last_img read more

Weather Warning issued for Peace Region

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Environment Canada has issued a warning of heavy snowfall for the Peace Region tonight.10 to 20 centimetres of snowfall is expected later today. Environment Canada says a frontal system crossing B.C. today will bring snow to the B.C. Peace River region.The heaviest snow is expected to come late this afternoon and into the evening, and is expected to fade away early Saturday morning.- Advertisement -“Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions,” says Environment Canada. “Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.”To report severe weather, Environment Canada can hear from you by sending an email to pacificstorm@ec.gc.ca, or tweeting reports to #BCStorm.last_img

Gor, AFC play to entertaining Mashemeji Derby draw

first_imgIngwe’s hope of revenging for the twin 3-0 losses suffered at the hands of their rivals this season was not to be, but Robert Matano’s men left the Nyayo Stadium proud of their performance especially against a side that has failed to lose in the last five matches.This was the first time Dylan Kerr was dropping points in the league since joining the side in July.An entertaining first 45 minutes of football saw the two teams go to the breather tied at 1-1 and for the neutrals, it was a well deserved result for both of teams..AFC Leopards, hugely the underdogs heading into the fixture had gotten themselves into the lead after 20 minutes when Gor skipper Musa Mohammed turned the ball into his own net in an attempt to clear away a low hard shot from Samuel Ndung’u.The winger had found space on the left after being released by Duncan Otieno in midfield and he set himself up with the first touch before shooting low and hard with his second.Before that, it was the hosts who had the better scoring chances. In the seventh minute, Karim Nizigiyimana’s cross found Kagere inside the box but the Rwandese forward took way too many touches on the ball, moving away from goal in the process.Kagere had a second bite of the cherry when AFC’s clearance went back to Nizigiyimana, the Burundian floating a cross which Kagere headed wide.In the 12th minute, Kenneth Muguna who had been deployed just behind the two strikers found space at the edge of the box, curling a shot goalward but it was deflected for a corner.Immediately after conceding, Gor picked up pace to get back into the game with Philemon Otieno’s shot from distance being easily collected by Gabriel Andika in the 25th minute. Kagere had another goa at goal after being put through by Muguna but his shot went wide.Ingwe had grown in confidence and were playing with better precision, were more comfortable on the ball and spread out passes better. However, their biggest undoing was timing of their runs with Alexis Kitenge being caught in three offside positions, killing promising moves.Gor Mahia striker Meddie Kagere glides away celebrating the equalizer against AFC Leopards during the Mashemeji Derby at Nyayo Stadium on August 27, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThey were undone 10 minutes to half time when Kagere drew the sides level, capitalizing on a slip by Robinson Kamura. The AFC defender slipped as he tried to clear a pass from Muguna and Kagere took the ball, picked his spot and picked his spot to convert calmly.Immediately after going ahead, Gor had a chance to double their lead, George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo seeing his half volley on the weaker left foot kiss the outside of the upright. Kagere had another chance three minutes to half time, shooting wide from a Muguna pass.Muguna had a go at goal himself a minute later, his cheeky curling effort from inside the box being tipped over for a corner by Andika.In the second half, both teams started from where they had left in the first half. In the 57th minute, Kamura curled a freekick over the Gor Mahia wall but Boniface Oluoch made a decent save to turn the ball behind for a corner.From the resultant set piece, Mudde found the ball unmarked at the far post but he could not beat Oluoch who spread himself well infront of him to block the effort.Six minutes later, Walusimbi had an effort from a freekick as well, striking a stinging shot from 30 yards out but it could not hit the bull’s eye. Gor had an even better chance in the 71st minute when Kagere’s tap from a Nizigiyimana cross went straight to Andika.Later on, Tuyisenge broke into the box after picking up a pass from Muguna, but a backtracking Sikhayi made a superb tackle to deny him as he prepared to pull the trigger. On the other end, Musa almost scored into his own net in an effort to clear away a Ndung’u cross, but lucky for him the ball went over.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia striker Meddie Kagere goes down under a tackle from AFC Leopards’ Vincent Oburu during the Mashemeji Derby at Nyayo Stadium on August 27, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 27- Arch rivals Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards played out to a 1-1 draw in a highly anticipated Mashemeji Derby match at the Nyayo National Stadium on Sunday afternoon.At the end of 90 minutes, nothing could separate the two eternal rivals with Meddie Kagere cancelling out AFC Leopards’ early goal. Samuel Ndung’u’s shot from the left was deflected by Musa Mohammed into his own goal.last_img read more

Mane off as five-star Man City crush Liverpool

first_imgCity already led 1-0 through Sergio Aguero’s opener at that point and braces from Gabriel Jesus and substitute Leroy Sane completed City’s biggest win over Liverpool since March 1937.“After 10 v 11 it was a little bit easier for us and we played the second half the way we wanted to,” said City manager Pep Guardola.“The game was open until the sending-off. I don’t know if it was a red card.”Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson was taken off on a stretcher after a clash with Liverpool forward Sadio Mane at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, on September 9, 2017 © AFP / Paul ELLISWith Liverpool having avoided defeat against their top-six rivals last season, it was the first time Jurgen Klopp’s side had lost to one of their principal adversaries since a 1-0 loss at home to Manchester United in January 2016.It meant Alex-Oxlade-Chamberlain had a deja vu debut after coming on at half-time for Liverpool, having succumbed to a 4-0 defeat against his new club on his last appearance for Arsenal before the international break.“We had all we needed at 11 v 11,” Liverpool manager Klopp told Sky Sports.“But the decisive decision in the whole game was the red card. I don’t think it was a red card. Sadio didn’t see the goalkeeper.“I hope people see it for what it is.”Manchester City’s Leroy Sane celebrates after scoring their fourth goal during the English Premier League match against Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, on September 9, 2017 © AFP / Oli SCARFFWhile Mane’s dismissal was a key factor in the game’s outcome, the emphatic nature of City’s win suggests Guardiola’s second season as manager will yield a serious title challenge.City are unbeaten in 12 league games, their best run under Guardiola, while Argentina striker Aguero is now the outright leading non-European goal-scorer in English top-flight history with 124 goals.– Unintentional but reckless –It took City 24 minutes to unpick the visitors’ back four as Kevin De Bruyne’s delicately weighted through-ball freed Aguero to skip past Simon Mignolet and score for the sixth successive home game against Liverpool.Guardiola had reverted to a 3-5-2 system and left-sided centre-back Nicolas Otamendi immediately looked vulnerable against Liverpool’s speedy right-winger Mohamed Salah.Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus celebrates after scoring their second goal during the English Premier League match against Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, on September 9, 2017 © AFP / PAUL ELLISOtamendi was booked for clattering Salah in the sixth minute and after City’s opener, the Argentinian’s poor positioning allowed Mane to release Salah, only for Ederson to come to the rescue with a smart save.City continued to carry the greater threat and tested Mignolet twice in quick succession, the Belgian blocking a shot from Jesus, who had robbed Ragnar Klavan, and jutting out a foot to thwart John Stones from the ensuing corner.Two minutes later the game’s pivotal moment occurred.Joel Matip’s lofted pass sent Mane scampering clear and as Ederson rushed from his line to head the ball clear, the Senegal forward leapt and caught him in the face with his outstretched right boot.Liverpool’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (right) and Jordan Henderson at the final whistle after their English Premier League match against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. City won the game 5-0. © AFP / Oli SCARFFIt was unintentional but reckless and referee Jon Moss immediately flashed a red card.Flattened by the collision with Mane, Ederson spent eight minutes receiving treatment on the pitch before Claudio Bravo came on in his place.Ederson underwent tests for a suspected fractured jaw and cheekbone, but City’s medical team found no serious damage.The added time enabled City to swell their lead, De Bruyne crossing from the left for Jesus to head home moments after a goal issuing from the same combination had been ruled out for offside.Any Liverpool hopes of a second-half fightback evaporated within eight minutes of the restart as Fernandinho freed Aguero, who unselfishly teed up Jesus to tuck away his second goal.Sane added a fourth with 13 minutes to go, brilliantly sweeping home debutant Benjamin Mendy’s left-wing cross, before putting the cherry on the cake in stoppage time with a sublime curler into the top-left corner.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jon Moss took his time to make his decision before brandishing the red card to the Liverpool forward.Photo/DMMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Sep 9 – Liverpool’s Sadio Mane was dismissed for a challenge that saw goalkeeper Ederson stretchered off as Manchester City destroyed their Premier League title rivals 5-0 on Saturday.Brazilian Ederson was carried off in a neck brace after being caught in the face by Mane’s foot as he raced out to head the ball away late in the first half and the Liverpool forward was shown a straight red card.last_img read more

Libby indictment clears air, but clouds over Bush linger

first_imgWASHINGTON — President Bush gets to keep trusted strategist Karl Rove at his side for now, but the dark cloud that has hung over his White House seems likely to stay there for some time. Rove remains under investigation. And unresolved issues on the administration’s use of prewar intelligence on Iraq are sure to be raised as I. Lewis “Scooter’ Libby prepares for trial. That could hamper Bush’s efforts to regain his political footing from a low point of his presidency. Libby resigned as Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff on Friday, moments after the federal grand jury in the CIA-leak case indicted him on five counts of obstruction of justice, perjury and making a false statement. It capped a grim week for Bush, one that also saw the 2,000th U.S. military death in Iraq and the end of the troubled Supreme Court nomination of Harriet Miers. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week At the White House, there seemed to be a collective sigh of relief that things weren’t even worse. Supporters took some solace in special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald’s statement that the “substantial work is concluded’ in his probe. Some suggested the deck was now cleared for a rebound. “The deck may be clear, but the deck is also under water right now,’ said James Thurber, a political scientist at American University. “I think that inside the White House, they’re in turmoil.’ That’s because everybody knows the controversy isn’t really about who blew the cover of an individual CIA agent. It’s about how the nation ended up at war in Iraq. Furthermore, the charges are serious and Libby is one of the highest ranking officials in the White House, one who sat in on nearly every national security meeting. No one is above the law, Fitzgerald said pointedly, “including high officials.’ center_img Although the indictment dealt with Libby’s behavior before the grand jury and did not go to underlying core issues, it still represented the first criminal charges to arise from the administration’s push to sell the public on going to war against Iraq. At the heart of the case is whether senior administration officials in July 2003 deliberately leaked to reporters the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame in an effort to discredit and punish her husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson. Intentionally blowing the cover of a CIA agent is a violation of federal law. Wilson had accused the administration of twisting prewar intelligence on Iraq. Both Libby and Rove had conversations with reporters about Plame. Republicans and Democrats used the Libby indictment to bolster their own positions, suggesting political reconciliation was unlikely as Bush tries to revive his second-term agenda. Bush accepted Libby’s resignation and, as he headed for the Marine One helicopter that would take him and his wife Laura to Camp David for the weekend, insisted he was on the job. “We remain wholly focused on the many issues and opportunities facing this country,’ said Bush. Meanwhile, Republicans circled the wagons in an effort to insulate the president and sometimes themselves from the charges. “Scooter Libby is entitled to the presumption of innocence. And I hope he’s innocent. But nobody at the White House is indispensable. Somebody else will step into his job,’ said veteran GOP consultant Charles Black. “It also is important that, in none of this is the president even remotely mentioned as being involved. And he’s the only guy who’s indispensable.’ Democrats stayed on the attack. “It is about how the Bush White House manufactured and manipulated intelligence in order to bolster its case for the war in Iraq and to discredit anyone who dared to challenge the president,’ said Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D- Nev., sounding a theme Democrats will carry into the 2006 midterm elections. Some Republicans emphasized that no one in the investigation has been charged with the actual leaking of Plame’s name. But that was not unexpected, since the underlying charge would have been hard to prove. “What brought down the Nixon administration wasn’t the burglary itself, but the cover-up of it. What caused Clinton’s indictment wasn’t that he had an affair with Monica Lewinsky, but he lied about it,’ said Erwin Chemerinsky, a Duke Law School professor. “It’s consistent with what we’ve seen in scandals for a long time.’ While Rove is expected to remain on the job, some analysts suggest Bush should consider a staff shake-up anyway to help restore credibility. There’s precedent. President Reagan made former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker, R-Tenn., his chief of staff to help him recover from the Iran- Contra scandal. And President Clinton tapped venerable Washington D.C. lawyer Lloyd Cutler as White House counsel to help defend him and his staff at Whitewater hearings. “He needs someone with a lot of gravitas,’ said Paul C. Light, a presidential historian at New York University. “He needs a new Dick Cheney.’ last_img read more

Japan ‘important to South Africa’: Zuma

first_img4 June 2013 The commitment made by many Japanese companies through their investments in South Africa was proof of the good relations between the two countries, President Jacob Zuma told the South Africa-Japanese Business Forum in Tokyo on Tuesday. Zuma, who is on an official visit to the Asian country, said there were 110 Japanese companies currently doing business in South Africa, in the process generating more than 150 000 jobs. Japanese companies had a tradition of taking a long term view and placing emphasis on contributing to society. “What is more, manufacturing companies such as Toyota contribute significantly to raising the capacity of local industries, through supplier development and skills development programmes,” Zuma added. Japan is South Africa’s third-largest export destination and fifth-largest source of imports. Japanese direct investment in South Africa has been steadily increasing in recent years, amounting to nearly R20-billion in 2010. In addition, since 2008, the Japan Bank for International Cooperation has provided low-interest loans and guarantees to South African state companies Eskom and Transnet. Zuma said Japanese companies were also actively participating in South Africa’s infrastructure programmes, particularly in the rail sector. “Of late, we have also witnessed keen interest from Japanese banks to support their clients on the ground in South Africa. This is a very encouraging sign.” Zuma used the opportunity to invite Japanese companies to continue investing in South Africa, saying the country was open for business. He encouraged investors to take advantage of South Africa as a manufacturing platform to increase their market share on the growing African continent. “We also offer opportunities in infrastructure development. This is a key vehicle for improving the quality of life and of providing a more focused access to basic services, competitiveness and jobs in South Africa. “Our infrastructure drive is about providing housing, sanitation, public transport and running water in the urban areas for millions of South Africans who stay in urban areas. It is about connecting rural communities to economic opportunities through building dams and irrigation systems, connecting farms and villages to the energy grid and building schools and clinics.” Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Will the wisdom of the Sixth Circuit prevail in clean water case?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Leisa Boley Hellwarth, a dairy farmer and attorney near CelinaOn Feb. 19, 2019, the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear a Clean Water Act (CWA) case, Hawaii Wildlife Fund v. County of Maui, during the 2019-2020 term that agriculture needs to watch closely. The Court likely took this case because the Ninth Circuit (where Hawaii Wildlife Fund originated) and the Fourth Circuit Appellate Courts have differing views from the Sixth Circuit regarding when a NPDES permit is required.The Ninth Circuit is the appellate court for the states of California, Alaska, Hawaii, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. The Fourth Circuit encompasses Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. And the Sixth Circuit is located at the Stewart Potter Courthouse in Cincinnati and includes Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.The question the Supreme Court will ultimaely answer is: Does the CWA require a permit when pollutants originate from a point source but are conveyed to navigable waters by a nonpoint source, such as groundwater?The CWA requires a permit for a point source, defined as “a discernible, confined and discreet conveyance” such as a pipe, ditch or tunnel. The CWA further states that the term point source does not include agricultural stormwater discharges and return flows from irrigated agriculture. There is no permit required for nonpoint sources, nor is there a definition in the CWA. Pollutants commonly associated with nonpoint sources are nutrients such as phosphorous and nitrogen, clean sediments and pesticides.In the case before the Supreme Court, the County of Maui has operated a wastewater reclamation facility and four disposal wells since 1985 where 3 million to 5 million gallons of treated wastewater per day are discharged into groundwater. The county claimed that by discharging treated wastewater into groundwater, the wells only indirectly discharged pollutants into the Pacific Ocean, so no permit was required under the CWA.The Ninth District disagreed with the County of Maui and held that the discharge of pollutants from a point source to navigable waters is prohibited under the CWA, regardless of whether the pollutant enters navigable waters directly or whether it is conveyed to navigable waters through some other source, like groundwater. Further, the Court found that (1) the County discharged pollutants from a point source, (2) the pollutants are fairly traceable from the point source to a navigable water such that the discharge is the functional equivalent of a discharge into the navigable water, and (3) the pollutant levels reaching navigable water are more than de minimis. The court prohibited the County from doing indirectly which it cannot do directly.This decision creates as many questions as it does answers. For instance, the language used in the decision “fairly traceable from the point source to a navigable water” is not precise and open for much debate.Hawaii Wildlife Fund would have been decided much differently if the Sixth Circuit had jurisdiction. The Sixth Circuit has held in two recent cases that the CWA cannot regulate pollutants from point sources if they reach navigable waters through groundwater. In both cases, the plaintiffs claimed that the defendants Kentucky Utility Co. and Tennessee Valley Authority had violated the CWA where pollutants from their coal ash ponds had traveled through groundwater and polluted navigable waters. In reaching their decisions, the Sixth Circuit created a bright line rule: For a point source to discharge into navigable waters, it must dump directly into those navigable waters—the phrase ‘into’ leaves no room for intermediary mediums to carry the pollutants.So now the question is before the Supreme Court. Does the CWA require a permit when pollutants originate from a point source but are conveyed to navigable waters by a nonpoint source, such as groundwater? Here’s hoping the wisdom of the Sixth Circuit is appreciated by the highest court.last_img read more

Social Olympics: Does The Gold Medal Go To Facebook, Twitter or Google+?

first_imgYesterday we looked at how online media is covering the London 2012 Olympics. We gave our virtual gold medal to the New York Times, for its sleek design and muscular content. Today we review the major social media sites: Facebook, Twitter and Google+. To continue the Olympics theme, we award each of the three a different colored medal. Which one gets the gold? Read on to find out…Gold: Twitter The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos This may surprise you. After all, most of the media coverage about Twitter in regard to the Olympics has been negative. The company’s partnership with the much maligned NBC didn’t help, but it was the banning of a reporter that really got Twitter in hot water. And it wouldn’t be a major sports event without at least one athlete posting an offensive tweet.Nevertheless, Twitter came into its own over the course of the London Games as a way for athletes and fans alike to express themselves. The Twitter activity by and about Usain Bolt is a great example. The most popular athlete of this Olympics has actively tweeted to his 1.3 million followers throughout the Games. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts The Olympics organization and London Olympics both have official Pages on Google+, with 940,000 and 780,000 followers respectively. There’s also an Olympics hub on Google.co.uk, which features live results and doodles.As for fan activity on Google+, it has been solid. For example, Usain Bolt is trending right now and there is a ton of content to consume if you so desire. But as always, Google+ can’t quite foot it with Twitter and Facebook. Few popular Olympians have an active Google+ Page. For once, Usain Bolt is nowhere to be seen.There you have it, our medal winners in social media for the Olympics. Let us know whether you agree with our picks in the comments. The official London 2012 Olympics Page has 1.5 million likes and has been updated frequently, with fun photos and an engaging style (“We think a World Record deserves a Like – how about you?”). The official Olympics organization Facebook Page looks a little dour by comparison. It has 3.6 million likes. While there has been no shortage of comments or likes on both Pages, and across the mammoth Facebook network in general, the real-time back and forth on Twitter has been more interesting.Update: Evangelos Papathanassiou commented that Facebook’s role as a traffic hub for media, sponsors and others should be mentioned. Also Instagram, owned by Facebook, was well used (for example by Usain Bolt, as seen above). Thanks Evangelos for the great comment!Bronze: Google+ Tags:#Social Web#web Bolt has also attracted the most attention from tweeting fans. According to the official Twitter account, @usainbolt set “a new Olympic Games conversation record with over 80,000 TPM for his 200m victory.” TPM = Tweets Per Minute. That prompted one Twitter wag to reply: “@twitter Too bad the East Coast of the US won’t see it for another 5 hours. #NBCfail”. You can’t win ’em all…How about the official accounts? They were active, although fairly vanilla. The official London 2012 Olympics Twitter account has 1.5 million followers and most of the tweets have been factual updates of results. The official Olympics organization account has 1.6 million followers and has posted a lot of photos.Overall, while Twitter stumbled a couple of times in its biggest Olympics yet, what won us over was the vibrancy of the conversations on Twitter among Olympians and fans. It’s been more fun than most of what we’ve seen on Facebook, with the possible exception of Kobe Bryant’s Facebook Page…Silver: Facebook Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification People magazine has a good summary of athletes who have “obsessively Facebooked about the Games.” They include basketballer Kobe Bryant, hurdler Lolo Jones and gymnast Jordyn Wieber.Kobe’s Page is the most popular, helped by his enthusiastic and entertaining updates. richard macmanus Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…last_img read more

Dineshwar Sharma reaches out to J&K parties

first_imgThe Centre’s Special Representative Dineshwar Sharma, who is on a three-day visit to Srinagar to interact with various stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), is reaching out to political parties in the State. He has so far met delegations that were sent invitations for talks by the State government.Mr. Sharma met representatives of the Janata Dal(U), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Lok Jan Shakti Party (LJP) on Tuesday and is expected to meet Congress and CPI(M) representatives on Wednesday.A women’s delegation, the first of its kind, apprised Mr. Sharma of problems faced by women, while another delegation underlined the “urgency to talk to Pakistan and separatists”.The delegates said Mr. Sharma hinted at widening the dialogue to other stakeholders too, hinting at the possible inclusion of Hurriyat leaders. Thirty-six delegations met the Special Representative on Tuesday, including a group calling itself the ‘Rahul Gandhi Fans Association’.Channels blamedMr. Sharma has been tasked by the Centre to initiate and “carry forward a dialogue” with the elected representatives, various organizations and concerned individuals in J&K.Sanjay Saraf, spokesperson of Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) said some news channels were vilifying Kashmiris for TRPs and said this needs to be stopped.“We told the Special Representative that the youth of Kashmir has seen violence for the past 27 years and this needs to stop. The news channels are sending out a wrong message of Kashmir by portraying them in a negative light,” Mr. Saraf said.Abid Jan, president of the State Employees Working Women Association (SEWWA), said she met Mr. Sharma to focus concerns of women affected by the prolonged conflict.Bearing the brunt“We have 35,000 widows, especially in Kupwara. We have a huge chunk of women folk in Kunan Poshpora who are widows. We discussed about rehabilitation of women affected by the conflict,” she said.Calling for peace centres in every district in Kashmir, Ms Jan said they should be “headed by peace officers. Women also need a platform to put forth their view point.”Mushtaq Ahmad Lone, a Srinagar-based transporter who was part of one of the delegations, said prolonged strikes called by separatists had caused huge losses.“We don’t want that our people become militants and pick up guns. A one day strike impacts our business for the next four days, some people are maligning the entire State,” Mr. Lone said.last_img read more