On the Blogs: A ‘Wink and a Nod’ in Regulatory Allowance That Saw Coal as Too Big to Fail

first_imgOn the Blogs: A ‘Wink and a Nod’ in Regulatory Allowance That Saw Coal as Too Big to Fail FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Patrick McGinley for TheConversation.com:A self-bonding corporation’s promise to reclaim is little more than an IOU backed by company assets.Companies reorganizing under federal bankruptcy laws will continue to mine and market coal, hoping to shed mountains of debt and eventually emerge from bankruptcy. It remains to be seen whether they will be able to obtain conventional surety bonds after they reorganize, or whether bankruptcy courts will direct the companies to use their remaining assets to partially fulfill their self-bonding obligations.One thing is clear, however. Against the backdrop of a century of coal company bankruptcies and attendant environmental damage, regulators ignored a looming coal market collapse with a wink and a nod. Properly administered, SMCRA’s reclamation bonding requirements should have required secure financial guarantees collectible upon bankruptcy.Unfortunately, coal regulators viewed America’s leading coal companies like Wall Street’s mismanaged banks – too big to fail. As a result, American taxpayers may have to pick up an enormous reclamation tab for coal producers.Full item: Will taxpayers foot the cleanup bill for bankrupt coal companies?last_img read more

UW looks to make Penn State-ment

first_imgThree years and three days — that’s how long it’s been since the last time Wisconsin volleyball beat Penn State.So long, in fact, senior floor captain and outside-hitter Maria Carlini could barely even recall the match.Carlini and fellow seniors Amy Bladow and Katie Lorenzen are the only team members to have experienced a victory against the Nittany Lions, coming in their first match ever against Penn State their freshman year. Since then, however, Wisconsin has not won a single match versus the national powerhouse, dropping the last six matches against Penn State.Now, in what is likely their last matchup with the Nittany Lions, the seniors would like nothing more than to upset the No. 2 team in the country Friday in front of the Field House crowd.”For the past few years, we’ve been unsuccessful in beating [Penn State],” Carlini said. “So to go out and finally beat them again, especially in front of our home crowd, would be awesome.”For Carlini, the match will be even a little more special. In Wisconsin’s last meeting with Penn State, Carlini sat out with a foot injury and the Badgers were swept 30-24, 30-22 and 30-27. Healthy and ready to go this time around, Carlini can’t wait for her chance to go up against one of the best teams in the nation.”I’m so hungry,” she said. “It’s hard to sit out your senior year, you don’t ever want to come out, but I’m just really excited to play Penn State because I didn’t get to last time.”Even though Carlini is back out on the court, head coach Pete Waite says she is far from 100 percent. Waite has been trying to give Carlini some rest with her sore foot, but has had troubles juggling her time off along with practice.”It might be for the rest of the season she’s dealing with it,” Waite said of Carlini’s injury at his press conference Monday. “We were hoping this stretch right here, that she’ll get some rest … but then there’s that factor if you haven’t been practicing, you’re not with the team, the chemistry’s not the same, so it is a challenge for Maria and the team.”With or without Carlini, Penn State is still one of the best teams Wisconsin has played over the past couple of years.Traditionally, the Nittany Lions have been atop the national rankings and dominated whatever conference they’ve been in — first the Big East and more recently the Big Ten.Penn State head coach Russ Rose is a prominent figure in college volleyball, currently in his 29th season in Happy Valley, and has always assembled strong teams.This year is no different, and it appears as though Rose and the Lions will be good for a while with a bevy of underclassmen leading the way.”This is the No. 2 team in the country and they are undefeated,” Waite said of Penn State. “They’re 21-0 and they’ve got that record for a reason. They’ve been physically overpowering a lot of teams, and they’re hitting balls from different angles than people are used to.”Going against the two most accurate attackers in the Big Ten in middle blockers Christa Harmotto (.420) and Melissa Walbridge (.379), the key for Wisconsin will be controlling the net.”We’re going to have to serve awfully tough, number one,” Waite said. “We’ve got to serve tough. Once we do that, we’ll keep them off the net a little bit.””Our block is going to be vital,” Bladow added. “I think it’s going to be a battle up at the net for both teams and blocking can very well make the difference in the match.”While much of Wisconsin’s focus is on Penn State at the moment, the team can’t overlook No. 24 Ohio State Sunday.After winning the first two games and dropping the next three to lose in the previous match against the Buckeyes, Carlini and the Badgers now know what they must do to secure a win.”We definitely have to serve a lot tougher and pass better,” Carlini said. “If we just do all the little things, we have such a balanced attack that it will be so hard for opposing team blockers to track our hitters.”While the UW volleyball team members won’t be able to fully enjoy Madison’s Halloween festivities Saturday, they are hoping it will be a big distraction for Ohio State.”This is a very big weekend, so we can’t lose sight of what we need to do just because it’s Halloween,” Bladow said. “But on the other hand, Ohio State has to be here Saturday for all the madness and everything, and hopefully that will affect them a little bit being on the road.”last_img read more

Residents can bid in a silent auction for a piano at Sterling House to help raise money for Alzheimer’s awareness

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Love · 332 weeks ago Hopefully the residence still have a piano to play and are not auctioning off the only one they have. I know it is a good cause to donate the money too but Music is therapy to people of all ages Report Reply 1 reply · active 331 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Nikki Lira · 331 weeks ago In reading the article again I realize it states that the piano for auction is the new piano just received… this IS NOT the case, the piano up for auction is the piano that was replaced with the new one. The residents of Sterling House Wellington are not losing a vital part of our programs and activities. Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Sterling House Wellington’s residents were blessed with a gift of a new piano from one of the amazing volunteers working thereFor this reason Sterling House is doing a silent auction for the piano. All proceeds of this silent auction will be given to the Alzheimer’s Association during the Walk to End Alzheimer’s held annually at the Wellington Fall Festival.Silent bids will be taken by Nikki Lira by calling 620-506-1390 or by email at nlira@brookdaleliving.com. Bidding will close at Noon on Friday April 4, 2014.The piano is an electric player piano, very clean and well maintained. Unfortunately, Sterling House officials have not been able to locate the brand or the age of it. People are welcome to stop by Sterling House Wellington to view the piano if they wish.last_img read more

Hydel sweat on ISSA decision

first_imgDespite being reduced to nine men, a resilient Hydel High refused to surrender Group I leadership to their rivals and are still occupying pole position with four points, courtesy of a fighting come-from-behind 2-2 draw with former champions Camperdown High at the Constant Spring Field yesterday.Hydel’s main goalscorer, Nicholas Nelson (11 goals), fired low and hard at goal, which Stephen Barnett followed up and hit home in the 41st minute for his 10th goal of the season.Barnett was again pivotal in the 86th minute. His free kick, which dipped and swerved from goalkeeper Kristoffe Samuels, rebounded to Rodari Edwards, who spanked home in the 86th minute.Camperdown’s scorer was Kevin Clarke, who netted in the 46th and 80th minutes, as captain Tevin Shaw missed a 64th-minute penalty which could have won the game for his team.Hydel’s captain, Kurt Thomas, was sent off after picking up a second yellow, and Kevin Wright also followed, for hard tackling. The two-man difference gave Camperdown ample space to do damage and score, but they just couldn’t.In the earlier contest, Denham Town leapt into second position, edging Innswood High 1-0 at the same venue.Substitute Orlando Brown received an aerial ball, wrestled past his marker and struck home his first goal of the season in minute 77.The result leaves the Ferry-based school on four points for the time being, one ahead of Denham Town.Meanwhile, Denham Town are banking on the hope that Hydel will lose three points gained from them, following their 3-0 loss last Tuesday.It is being challenged that Hydel used an ineligible player, Howard Morris, who was given a red card in the FLOW Super Cup game against Clarendon College, but started for Hydel.A boardroom meeting with ISSA will rule on the matter tomorrow as to whether Hydel will keep or lose three invaluable points.”I am confident it will go in our favour, because based on all the rules we have seen and based on FIFA rules and ISSA rules, we are safe,” Hydel’s coach, Geoffrey Maxwell, told The Gleaner.”No, we were not wrong,” he continued. “There is nothing wrong in what we did.”Meanwhile, Denham Town’s Omar Edwards said: “Who knows what will happen on Friday. We are very optimistic. We have Camperdown to play, and I believe that we are in a good stead going forward. Our intention is to go all the way.”Hydel will play Innswood – who are without a win – in their final game.Yesterday’s ResultsGroup IDenham Town 1 Innswood High 0Hydel 2 Camperdown 2Today’s gamesGroup H1:00 p.m. Vauxhall vs Jamaica College3:00 p.m. Holy Trinity vs Wolmer’sBoth matches will be played at Constant Spring Fieldlast_img read more