Pipe Dream: Hiking the Keystone XL Pipeline

first_imgKen Ilgunas hikes past refineries along the 1,700-mile proposed route. Photo: Woody WelchThough he makes his home in North Carolina, Ken Ilgunas has lived in Alaska, New York, Ontario, and in a van parked in a Duke University campus parking lot. For his most recent adventure, he thru-hiked the 1,700-mile route of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline from the Tar Sands oil fields of Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico over 146 days. We caught up with Ilgunas just after his completed trek and just before he set off for Washington, D.C. for a rally against the pipeline.How did you come up with this idea to hike the Keystone XL Pipeline route?It actually was a friend’s idea. In the fall of 2011 we were living in probably the most miserable place on earth: Deadhorse, Alaska, which is up near the oil fields of Prudhoe Bay. Surrounding the town was an unblemished, pristine landscape. We started talking about the Keystone itself and what that might mean for the landscape in the lower 48. He suggested that we hike the Keystone XL. When you’re a dishwasher and working these miserable jobs you just begin to dream big; you’re just so pointless, you want have some sort of purpose.Once you got on trail, what was the hardest part of the trek?I would say fear, for sure. I had plenty of hiking experience, but this was just a really unconventional, never-done-before hike. I didn’t have a guidebook. I didn’t have campsites to sleep at every night. I was basically trespassing across the continent and going across private property for a great portion of the trip. There was so much I didn’t know and there’s a lot of fear that comes into play when there are so many unknowns. I was constantly worried about getting shot by a property owner. But those fears eventually dwindled when I realized that they were largely unfounded. People are good. Coming from a suburban community in western New York where I grew up, I didn’t know anything about cattle. I’d seen the running of the bulls and bullfighters getting gored and stuff like that. The prospect of walking through herds everyday was terrifying. Ranchers laugh at me when I talk about this terror, but it was very real.Did you have any run-ins with landowners?No, I think most people are okay with it. When you think of Americans and their private property, you get the impression they are going to be very protective of it and they won’t have any of people walking on their land. But once we talked and they realized what I was doing, it’s almost like they become part of the journey.What was the reaction on the local level about the pipeline?It varied by region. Climate change is not something that most people out in the Heartland worry about. That’s the big issue with the Keystone XL. Yeah, it’s a private property issue and yeah, it might contaminate ground water, but I think most environmentalists are concerned because of the sheer amount of greenhouse gases that the Tar Sands pipeline will result in. There is certainly resistance in certain pockets of the country, but it wasn’t until Nebraska that I saw more widespread resistance to the XL.What was the most memorable part of the hike?There were a lot of moments bordering on ecstasy when I was walking across this largely wild landscape. When I crossed the Alberta prairie or the hills in Montana or the canyons in South Dakota and saw ahead of me no buildings, no roads as far as the eye can see, it feels like I was seeing what Lewis and Clark might have seen. In those moments there would just be this wild joy that would swell in my chest and I was just overcome with the beauty of the land.How did your perspective evolve over the course of the trip?The more I learned, the more I was convinced this was a terrible idea. I was constantly told this was going to bring a whole bunch of jobs, and it was going to bring energy security and national security, but it’s not going to do any of those things. While I rarely shared the same political opinions as the people I met, it seemed that on the things that matter most, we agreed perfectly. I received so much support from people red and blue, Republican, Democrat, for the pipeline, against the pipeline. So often I was offered food, or a floor to sleep on, or a ride. You could say I became far less cynical after this hike. To walk the way I did is to fall in love with humankind and to be proud of being North American.Do you think you accomplished what you set out to do?I don’t even really know what I set out to do except to go on a journey, and give the journey a chance to transform my character in whatever way it would. Going from one end of the country to the other, I completed my goal in that sense, and I guess I’m happy with how it’s changed me as well.Walden on WheelsFollowing three nomadic years working to pay down student loans, Ken Ilgunas went to grad school at Duke University in North Carolina. Not so prestigious were his living quarters: a van in an on-campus parking lot. For the next two years, he lived a frugal life in his confined space with the aim of accumulating no more debt. Facing the challenges of living in a van, in secret, head on, Ilgunas challenged himself to make it work. He turned his experience into a book, Walden on Wheels: On the Open Road from Debt to Freedom, a funny and poignant take on debt in America, education, and making the most out of life. Available May 14, 2013 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing.What do you think? Comment below or on our Keystone XL Pipeline debate page!last_img read more

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Biograd Boat Show and 1st HGK Nautical Days

first_imgThis year, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (Tourism Sector, ŽK Zadar, ŽK Šibenik and ŽK Split) is organizing Nautical Days for the first time, a rich congress program intended for businessmen from the nautical tourism sector, which will be held on October 19 and 20 in Biograd na Moru. as part of the 19th Biograd Boat Show. It is the largest sea fair in Central Europe, with 15 visitors each year, more than 300 exhibitors, 300 vessels and 45 prime ministers, as well as more than 1500 charter vessels, about 100 used vessels and a wide range of marine equipment, engines, electronics and electricity. for ships.The goal of the 1st HGK Nautical Days is to take advantage of the large representation of the nautical sector in one place before the end of the nautical season and to educate, communicate and collect information on key topics affecting maritime and nautical tourism. The concept of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Nautical Days includes, in addition to sessions of professional nautical associations and communities at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, numerous expert presentations and panels on nautical tourism development strategy 2009-2019, nautical tourism sustainability, results of the nautical tourism season 2017, market and trends and legal regulations. The preliminary program is among the accompanying documents, and changes in the program can be followed at the link: http://biogradb2b.com/hr/congress-program/.As part of the fair, the Biograd B2B-nautical business event will be held, the purpose of which is to connect experts in shipbuilding and nautical tourism, ie to strengthen the interaction between exhibitors and registered business visitors. HGK as a partner of Biograd B2B co-finances 50 percent of the registration fee for participation in B2B calls to all domestic companies members of HGK, and registration can be done on the page: http://biogradb2b.com/hr/register-to-b2b/.See the full program of events hereRelated news:ADRIATIC BECAME FIVE TIMES MORE EXPENSIVE FOR BOATERSNEW THOMAS RESEARCH IS STARTING: THOMAS SUMMER AND NAUTICSMARINA PUNAT ON THE ISLAND OF KRK NAMED THE BEST CROATIAN MARINAACADEMY FOR TRAINING OF crews of ships, MEGA YACHT-I and CHARTER VESSELS IS STARTED, IN ORDER TO STRENGTHEN THE QUALITY OF NAUTICAL TOURISMlast_img read more

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COVID-19: As hardest-hit province, Jakarta gets priority for health equipment

first_imgThe capital city Jakarta, the hardest hit province in Indonesia, has received thousands of pieces of protective clothing from the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) to help ensure health workers’ safety when handling patients with COVID-19.The agency shipped 40,000 disposable protective coveralls early Monday morning to City Hall, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said.The disposable coveralls include covers for the body and the shoes. Complete personal protective equipment also comprises, among other things, gloves, masks and goggles to guard health workers against various kinds of hazards. “This equipment is very helpful for our health workers on the front lines because one of the challenges is to make sure they are not exposed [to the virus] and this equipment is very important,” Anies told reporters at a daily press briefing at City Hall on Monday.The protective clothing came as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rises in Jakarta, prompting the central government to consider the capital the national epicenter of the outbreak. By Sunday, Indonesia had 514 confirmed cases, with 48 fatalities and 29 recoveries. Jakarta recorded 307 cases and 29 deaths.The administration would immediately send the recently arrived protective coveralls to hospitals, clinics, labs and health community centers (puskesmas), especially healthcare facilities that had detected cases in their respective regions.With the growing numbers of cases, health workers’ needs for such personal protective equipment recently reached 1,000 pieces per day and it could go even higher as cases continue to rise, Jakarta Health Agency head Widyastuti said.“This equipment is used for services at hospitals to treat patients, at the referred labs, in the ambulances carrying patients with COVID-19 and by our friends at health community centers who perform early detection or contact tracing in the field if there is a suspected positive case,” she said. (dfr)Topics :last_img read more

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Proposed pan-European pension fund for researchers hits roadblock

first_img“Old-age pension provision is embedded in the overall design of the single welfare states, and [researchers] work environment cannot be isolated from other social benefits and advantages,” they said.In January, a task force put together a report in support of the creation of a pan-European fund for researchers. And Andreas Dahlén, policy officer at the European Union, confirmed to IPE that the European Commission has decided to support the task force in creating what is to be called the Retirement Savings Vehicle for European Research Institutions (RESAVER).But Wolfgang Schulz-Weidner, representing ESIP, confirmed his group feared a pan-European pension fund for researchers would eventually also include the first pillar and create privileges that other groups of mobile workers would have to be granted as well.If certain groups of workers were taken out of the first pillar, this would “weaken the element of solidarity in retirement provision and reduce it to a financial market product”, he said.EAPSPI, too, rejected what it called a “29th system” in Europe for retirement provision.Secretary general Eva Kiwit told IPE: “EAPSPI is not supporting the creation of a pan-European pension fund because we do not think it is necessary.”She added that researchers were already covered under the existing system and said what was needed was more education and information on the subject, as well as on existing entitlements.However, in its findings, the RESAVER task force pointed out the fund would “not necessarily replace existing plans but rather ‘fill in the gaps’”.For the vehicle – which is to be set up as a separate IORP rather than a multi-employer vehicle – the task force has recommended a Belgium OFP. The European Commission’s plans to set up a pan-European pension fund for researchers have hit a roadblock after representatives of would-be future members rejected the proposal.A new cooperation agreement on the issue was signed at a recent pension tracking conference organised by the Find Your Pension (FYP) initiative launched by German public pension fund VBL for mobile researchers in and from Germany. EAPSPI, the voice of public pensions at the European level, as well as ESIP, the European Social Insurance Platform, agreed to support the FYP initiative and promote it among public sector researchers.However, in their declaration, they also rejected plans to set up a pan-European pension fund for researchers.last_img read more

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A waterside residence with Hamptons-style elegance

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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenDream Home: Southport 01:17Boasting its own private beach, breathtaking harbour views and luxury American-oak finishes, this family home in the Gold Coast really does have it all. For starters, the location is second to none. In addition to looking out onto an expanse of water that shimmers in the nearby glow of the Southport skyline, the house is a five-minute drive from the CBD and only 500m away from the prestigious Southport School.The property comes with its own sandy stretch of coastline. Picture: realestate.com.au/buyGrandparents to 11 children, the owners wanted to build a home for the whole family to enjoy and so the five-bedroom home is replete with indoor and outdoor entertaining spaces that lead naturally from one to the next as part of a free-flowing, open-plan design.The formal living room is at the centre of the home. Picture: realestate.com.au/buyCarefully considered upholstery, clean white walls and lofty ceilings burnish the formal living room with a sense of calm and tranquility. Charming bespoke bookcases, leather sofas and a built-in gas fireplace also create a warm space that doubles as a welcome shelter from the stresses of daily life. “It’s airy, it’s bright and you get incredible views from all parts of the home,” Eddie Wardale, the real estate agent responsible for managing the property’s sale, says of the home. “From the kitchen to the floorboards to the bay windows, the whole feel of the house is what everyone aspires to build today.”No matter where you sit, breathtaking views abound. Picture: realestate.com.au/buyWardale, of course, is alluding to the Hamptons-style beach houses that are a constant fixture of today’s design and fashion magazines. While some homeowners who are intent on recreating the prestigious Long Island aesthetic may buy the odd piece of furniture or give their house a lick of paint, homeowners Greg and Julie Matthews enlisted the expertise of a Hamptons-based architect to ensure what they created was as authentic as possible. “Even the roof was imported from America,” says Wardale. The kitchen’s open-plan design means budding chefs can keep an eye on guests while preparing dinner. Picture: realestate.com.au/buyThe Hamptons influence can be felt in the bedrooms, too. Drawing upon the distinguished navy blue palette and rich wooden textures typical of the Hamptons style, the master bedroom is a case in point. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThe master bedroom looks like something out of a luxe five-star hotel. Picture: realestate.com.au/buyCloser in size to a standalone apartment than a single room, the bedroom’s generous dimensions are also consistent with the coveted East End of Long Island, with the suite coming complete with a reading room, super-sized dressing room and ensuite with elevated bath.Not a bad spot for a night cap. Picture: realestate.com.au/buyBeyond the five bedrooms and abundance of entertaining space, there’s a temperature-controlled wine room, a triple-car garage and a child-friendly theatre room that typifies the home’s familial significance. As Wardale points out, the waterside residence is, more than anything, a family home.“Often when I go to the house, the grandchildren are playing in the sand or on the water’s edge,” says Wardale. “There’s also a beautiful park about 50m away. It’s just a beautiful home in a beautiful location with one of the best water views on all of the Gold Coast.”last_img read more

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Large-lot estate luring buyers

first_imgThe Orchid Sales manager Paul Fontinos in front of the new sales centre being constructed. Picture: Zak SimmondsLARGE-LOT residential estate The Orchard is developing at a rapid pace with a sales centre and display home under construction as new houses take shape.Yesterday the roof went on the estate’s sales centre which will also double as a display home once it opens to the public in March.Buyer activity has also ramped up at the estate with seven houses are either under construction or about to start being built.Orchard sales manager Paul Fotinos said the estate had proved popular with mature buyers searching for large blocks of land.“It’s predominantly second or third home buyers wanting to build their dream home and it’s all owner occupiers,” he said.“We get a lot of people who have come from Ingham or Charters Towers and they are coming form acreage or farms and they still want to be able to have a shed and a ride on mower.“A lot of people also want side access and they want to know they have room to put a swimming pool in at a later date.”The Orchard, at Darling Rd in Jensen, has been developed by Elements North Queensland with stag one having blocks ranging in size from 1000 sqm to 2200 sqm.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Stage two will be released early next year.The larger lots mean residents have room for a large house, shed, swimming pool and big backyard.Recent land purchasers include an IT guru building a smart home and a couple constructing a two-storey, Hamptons-inspired home on an 1800 sqm block.Mr Fotinos said a rise in confidence in Townsville’s economy had also spurred buyers to snap up land.“People thinking about buying their second or third home are starting to pull the trigger and say it’s time to move,” he said.Mr Fotinos said their land sales office was being built as a well appointed house on a 1000 sqm block to show potential buyers “The purpose of it is to show that even with a medium sized, well appointed house you can still have a swimming pool, a cricket pitch down the side and a shed,” he said.“People can actually walk around the yard and see the scale of the block.”last_img read more

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SSEN taps Hitachi ABB Power Grids for Shetland HVDC link

first_imgIt marks a European first for the HDVC Light technology and the second project of its kind in the world. The Shetland link will generate 600 megawatts of renewable energy once operational at the estimated completion date of 2024. Categories: The link, which will connect Shetland to the UK transmission system for the first time, should boost security of power supply and help transmit wind power generated on the islands. Hitachi ABB Power Grids has won a contract from SSEN Transmission to deliver a pioneering multi-terminal HVDC interconnection in Shetland. “The HVDC link will deliver substantial socio-economic and environmental benefits to Shetland’s, Scotland’s and the UK’s economy, supporting hundreds of skilled jobs in the process.” Niklas Persson, managing director of the Grid Integration business at Hitachi ABB Power Grids, said: Sandy Mactaggart, SSEN Transmission’s director of Offshore Delivery. Posted: 2 months ago “This innovative HVDC solution will enable SSEN Transmission to efficiently connect and transport renewable energy and deliver clean power to consumers while enhancing grid reliability.”center_img According to the company, the technology also enhances grid stability, minimizing the risk of blackouts, making it particularly well-suited to the integration of renewable energy into the grid. Business developments & projects The HVDC system will convert the harnessed wind power from alternating current to direct current at an HVDC converter station. This power will then travel via underground and subsea cables to an HVDC switching station at Caithness. Posted: 2 months ago The project will see Hitachi ABB Power Grids design, supply, install and commission a HVDC converter station on Shetland and an HVDC switching station in Caithness on the Scottish mainland. Shetland to mainland subsea power link approved It will then be transferred via the Caithness Moray HVDC link, before being converted back to alternating current for onward transmission.last_img read more

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Antique maintains regulated sale, consumption of liquor

first_img“There is a need to regulate consumption of liquor and other alcoholic beverages, as this measure will go a long way for the benefit of legitimate entrepreneurs and the protection of consumers,” she said. According to Cadiao, EO 59 was issued to curb profiteering in the sale of liquor and other alcoholic beverages. She, however, reminded the public on the prohibitions provided in her Executive Order (EO) No. 59, which regulates the sale and consumption of liquor and other alcoholic beverages during the extended GCQ in this province.“The sale of liquor and other alcoholic beverages to consumers below 21 or above 59 years old is strictly prohibited,” Cadiao said. She added that selling and purchasing of liquor and other alcoholic beverages in this province are only from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. every day. SAN JOSE, Antique – The provincial government will continue allowing the sale and purchase of liquor amid general community quarantine (GCQ) imposed to further suppress the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).“As long as people remain to be responsible, the liquor ban remains lifted,” said Gov. Rhodora Cadiao during the Antique Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID-19 press conference on May 27.  An undercover cop (right) inspects the two boxes of liquor he seized from a man (left) selling them in Barangay 3, San Jose, Antique during the liquor ban period. People in the province are now allowed to sell and purchase liquor but from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. only every day. CALUYA MPS VIA PNA This province implemented the liquor ban on March 16 until May 22, resulting in the arrests of eight violators. Police personnel also seized 36 boxes and 130 bottles of alcoholic drinks.(With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

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Cardinals Middle School Basketball Get W’s

first_imgThe Saint Louis 7th Grade Cardinals Basketball Team defeated South Dearborn Tuesday, Dec. 17 by the score of 29-12.The Cardinals were led in scoring by Robert Raver and Alex Geers. Gus Kellerman led the Cardinals in rebounds.The Cardinals got off to a quick start and a big lead.  Charlie Prickel, Aidan Hornbach, and Ryan LaLoge made contributions and played significant minutes in the victory.Submitted by STL Coach Dale Amrhein.The St. Louis 8th grade boys basketball team broke into the win column in a big way Tuesday night with a 48-14 win over South Dearborn’s Blue team.The Cardinals jumped out to an early 10-3 lead, playing good defense and forcing many South Dearborn turnovers.  The lead increased to 26-8 by halftime.Stuart Lamping and Chandler Meyers paced the Cardinals with 13 points each. Jack Kellerman added 8 points and Kyle Siefert scored 6 points.  Gavin Koester and Baird Tuveson contributed solid defensive play.St. Louis plays their final game before Christmas break on Thursday at South Ripley.Submitted by STL Coach Jon Temple.last_img read more

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Ferris extends Ulster contract

first_img Ferris’ contract with Ulster and the Irish Rugby Football Union had been due to expire on June 30, and he had been widely linked with a move to a club in Japan. Ulster rugby director David Humphries said: “Stephen has had a difficult year with the injuries that he has suffered, but when he is fit, there is no doubt that he is one of the best back-row forwards in the game. “Stephen is passionate about playing for Ulster and Ireland and our aim in giving him this contract extension is to provide him with the best possible care to enable him to get back playing.” Ferris, who has 35 caps to his name, added: “I am delighted that I can continue my recovery and rehab from injury within the Ulster Rugby set-up. “I believe that working with the medical team at Ulster, along with the excellent strength and conditioning coaches, offers me the best chance of regaining full fitness and of representing Ulster and Ireland again.” Press Association Ireland flanker Stephen Ferris will remain with Ulster until at least the end of this year after agreeing a contract extension which will allow him to regain full fitness after his ankle injury.center_img The 27-year-old missed the majority of last season with the injury he suffered last November, which has required three operations, the most recent in May. He is expected to miss the first four months of next season, meaning he is unlikely to play for Ireland or Ulster prior to his new six-month contract expiring, but will instead look to complete his rehabilitation. last_img read more

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