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Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Tue Dec 9, 2014, 04:31 AM (45 replies)

Shale gas pipeline developer threatens to seize land

The developer of a $750 million natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania into New York has threatened to seize land from reluctant landowners through eminent domain.

A letter obtained by the Albany Times Union (http://bit.ly/12SNKHQ ) tells landowners who have refused to sell rights of way for the Constitution Pipeline that they have until Wednesday to accept offered prices. After that, developers will take them to court to force such sales for possibly less money.


Project opponents filed a complaint against the letters with New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. His office declined comment but confirmed receipt of the complaint.

Lawyer Daniel Estrin of the White Plains-based Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic said the letter is meant to "bully landowners ... into waiving their property rights."

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Mon Dec 8, 2014, 01:49 AM (1 replies)

Burial ground nominated for recognition

QUEENSBURY -- The Old Quaker Burial Ground at the southwest corner of Bay and Quaker roads in Queensbury has been nominated to be listed on the state and national registers of historic places, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday.

The burial ground, which the town owns, contains the graves of Abraham Wing and about 80 other Quakers who were among the earliest permanent settlers in Queensbury.

“It’s a very important historic site for us,” said Queensbury Historian Marilyn VanDyke.

The state and national registers are official lists of buildings, structures, landscapes, objects and sites significant to history, architecture, culture and archeology.

“The burial ground that is preserved, because it’s in the property of the town of Queensbury, will be further preserved by this designation,” VanDyke said. “It will be protected from incursion by roadways and other things that might hit that corner out there


Residents and officials gathered at the corner of Quaker and Bay roads in Queensbury in 2012 for an event to mark the town's 250th anniversary celebration. The site is a former Quaker burial ground and has been nominated for the state and national historic registers.
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Fri Dec 5, 2014, 09:54 PM (0 replies)

UPDATE 2-TransCanada sees crude-by-rail investment even if Keystone built

TransCanada Corp is in talks to get into the crude-by-rail business and will probably do so even if its long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline gets its U.S. permits next year, its chief executive said on Wednesday.

While Canada's No. 2 pipeline operator has not yet signed any definitive agreements, it is in active negotiations with producers and other shippers on opportunities, CEO Russ Girling said on a conference call.

"If I were to put a probability one it, I'd say there's a better than 50-50 chance that we will be in that business in some form or fashion in the future," he said.

Girling added that with Canadian and U.S. oil production rapidly expanding, TransCanada expects rail will be a larger part of the transportation mix going forward, "so it's likely a business that we're in long-term irrespective of Keystone."


TransCanada will probably get into the crude-by-rail business even if its long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline gets its U.S. permits next year, its CEO said Wednesday.
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Fri Nov 21, 2014, 01:55 AM (0 replies)

Ebola doctor lands in Nebraska, 'critically ill' and sicker than other US patients

Source: The Guardian

A surgeon who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone is in critical condition, and possibly sicker than any patient to arrive in the US from the disease-ravaged region of west Africa, a spokesman from the Nebraska hospital where he will be treated said on Saturday.

Dr Martin Salia, a permanent US resident, arrived in Omaha on Saturday afternoon, having left Freetown on Friday, by air ambulance. He was due to be immediately transported to Nebraska medical center.

“He is critically ill, a good deal sicker than our previous patients, and perhaps sicker than any patient that has been transported from west Africa,” Taylor Wilson, a spokesman for the hospital, told the Guardian.

Wilson said he was not sure if the patient’s condition had changed in flight, but Salia had been determined to be stable for transport before he left Sierra Leone.

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/nov/15/ebola-infected-doctor-to-arrive-in-nebraska-from-sierra-leone

Breaking on MSNBC, this doctor, now patient, is arriving now.
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sat Nov 15, 2014, 05:09 PM (16 replies)

Don’t Reduce Malala Yousafzai to a Cuddly Caricature of the “Bravest Girl in the World”

Earlier this week, I argued that the Nobel Peace Prize should go to nobody, “as an acknowledgment that the most notable eruptions of violence have been so grimly predictable, the result of years of individual and collective failures by governments and international institutions.” Despite that sentiment, I certainly don’t object to the Norwegian Nobel Committee’s decision to award this year’s prize to Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi for, as the announcement put it, “their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.”

The most surprising thing about the award may be how unsurprising it is. The last few peace prizes—particularly the ones given to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons last year, the EU in 2012, and Barack Obama in 2009—have been unexpected curveballs. Yousafzai, by contrast, was mentioned as a strong favorite in nearly every story leading up to Friday’s prize announcement.

The 17-year-old, who was shot in the by the Taliban in 2012 for campaigning for girls’ education in Pakistan’s Swat Valley, has become an international household name, particularly following her high-profile speech to the United Nations last year, and has authored a best-selling memoir.

Satyarthi, a 60-year-old campaigner against child labor in India, is much less well-known. He’s known for mounting raids on factories employing children—sometimes facing down armed guards—as well as running a rehabilitation center for liberated children, organizing the Global March Against Child Labour, and setting up a certification system to ensure that carpets are made without child labor.


Malala Yousafzai speaks at the United Nations in 2013. Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Fri Oct 10, 2014, 02:22 PM (10 replies)

Let the Children Play: Schools Must Relearn Importance of Recess

My 5-year-old is bursting at the seams with excitement with the start of kindergarten this year. He tells me he wants to learn to tell time, tie his shoes, learn a new language, play basketball and make new friends. He attends an increasingly rare school that allows a decent amount of time for recess — something research has shown supports academics, healthy friendships and healthy bodies.

The average time Seattle students spend in recess has steadily declined over the past few years, according to a May KUOW investigative story. When the study tracking recess began four years ago, only one Seattle school reported an average recess time of 20 minutes or less per day. During the 2013-2014 school year, some 11 schools offered that sort of a recess.

What’s worse, the schools with the shortest recess times enroll disproportionately more low-income students and students of color.

Unfortunately, Seattle is following a national trend in reducing recess time in primary grades as school districts obsess about raising test scores. This obsession is driven by the federal education policy of the No Child Left Behind Act and the Race to the Top Fund.


Recess should not be considered a luxury that high-stakes testing has made unaffordable. Rather, unstructured play and exercise should be seen for what it is, a cornerstone of childhood development and an important aspect of each and every school day. (Photo: Wayne Silver / flickr / cc)
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Mon Oct 6, 2014, 10:50 PM (6 replies)

FDA approves use of experimental Ebola drug

Source: The Hill

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday approved the use of an experimental drug that has been hailed as one of the pharmaceutical industry's best chances at fighting the Ebola virus.

Chimerix, a North Carolina-based biopharmaceutical company, announced Monday that it has received approval to administer an antiviral drug called brincidofovir that has successfully treated Ebola in lab tests.

The drug has also been tested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health, though it is not expected to win approval for wide public use until late 2016.

"We are hopeful that brincidofovir may offer a potential treatment for Ebola Virus Disease during this outbreak," the company's president and CEO, M. Michelle Berrey, said in a release.

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/219856-fda-approves-use-of-experimental-ebola-drug
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Mon Oct 6, 2014, 02:15 PM (13 replies)

REALLY?! 22 Inappropriate Halloween Costumes for Kids

You won't believe some of these!

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sun Oct 5, 2014, 09:33 PM (12 replies)


Elise Stefanik Proves She is the Consummate D.C. Insider by Choosing to Give National Address While Refusing to Talk to Local Media

PLATTSBURGH, NY—Today, Aaron Woolf offered a point by point criticism of Elise Stefanik’s Republican address that he argues was both misleading and void of substance. And one of the most important takeaways is that by giving this address—while refusing to make herself available to the local press—Stefanik has proven herself to be the consummate D.C. insider. Just ask the editorial board of the Glens Falls Post Star.

Hi, I’m Elise Stefanik, and I’m running for Congress in New York's 21st District. I'm proud to say I was born and raised in Upstate New York.

Elise Stefanik has no ties to the district. She was born and raised in Albany; attended the Albany Academy for girls; went to college at Harvard; then spent a decade in Washington as a D.C. insider. She then moved to her parents’ summer home in Willsboro for one year just to lay the foundation for her run for Congress. The only property she owns is in Washington, D.C., a $1.2 million townhouse on Capitol Hill. In fact, it isn’t even clear if she pays property taxes in the district.

Aaron Woolf, on the other hand, has ties to the North Country dating back to 1968 when his family first bought a home in Elizabethtown. Aaron spent much of his childhood in E-Town and attended college just 45 minutes away. Because E-Town is the only place he has consistently called home, Aaron lives there with his wife and daughter, who attends preschool in Essex County.

Read more: http://www.woolfforcongress.com/2014/10/04/aaron-woolf-releases-point-point-criticism-elise-s/

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sun Oct 5, 2014, 05:04 PM (5 replies)
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