first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Denver Post:Erin Martinez was at a news conference in February when Colorado legislative leaders and Gov. Jared Polis announced a bill that would make sweeping changes to how oil and gas are regulated. And she and her family had a front-row seat as Polis signed the bill into law Tuesday.Martinez was one of the strongest supporters of Senate Bill 19-181, which changes the mission of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, the main regulatory body for the industry. She spoke during a news conference and testified in hearings for the bill’s overarching goal — putting public health, safety and the environment first when considering oil and gas development.As he prepared to sign the bill, Polis said he hoped the new law will end the conflicts over the drilling that has increased in more populated areas. “Today, with the signing of this bill, it is our hope that the oil and gas wars that have enveloped our state are over and the winner is all of us,” Polis said.The bill makes protecting public health and safety and the environment a priority when considering oil and gas projects. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, the main regulatory body, would no longer be charged with fostering development.It also allows cities and counties to regulate oil and gas development under their planning and land-use powers, something communities have requested as drilling has increased in and near the growing cities and counties north and east of Denver.The oil and gas commission and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will start writing rules to implement several portions of the new law. Some of the rules are expected to take up to a year to develop. The public will have opportunities to weigh in.More: Gov. Jared Polis ushers in new era of drilling regulation, but are “oil and gas wars” over? Colorado governor signs legislation overhauling state’s oil and gas development ruleslast_img read more

first_img Loading… Supporters will have an opportunity to drown their sorrows when Jurgen Klopp’s men come to town tomorrow supping down a few “One of our Own” beers. A statement from Spurs today announced they have joined forces with its official craft beer supplier, Beavertown, for their first home game of 2020.Advertisement It said: “Brewed and sold exclusively in Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, ‘One Of Our Own’ (4.9% ABV) has its roots in the classic British IPA, rebuilt with Beavertown’s own modern hoppy DNA, made up of purely European hops (Callista, Mandarina Bavaria and Barbe Rouge), with notes of stonefruit and rounded with hints of malt-sweetness. Read Also:Spurs fans react to Kane’s injury “‘One Of Our Own’ is produced using the microbrewery operated by Tottenham-based Beavertown inside the Club’s new home – a world first for any football stadium.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Tottenham Hotspurs will debut a brand new beer ahead of their home clash with Liverpool – but Jose Mourinho will be praying his side don’t bottle it. Promoted Content2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone10 Of The Dirtiest Seas In The WorldMeet The World’s Most Striking Animals Here6 Things Women Found Really Attractive In The 60’sThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreTop 10 Most Iconic Characters On TVWhat’s Up With All The Female Remakes?Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?last_img read more

first_imgMason:On Monday, the legendary Bobby Knight resigned as head coach of the Texas Tech basketball team, leaving behind quite an impressive legacy. Although some may remember Knight for his short temper and violent outbursts on the court, he will go down as one of the greatest ? if not the greatest ? coaches in college basketball history.Knight has won more games than any other coach in history, 902, topping Dean Smith’s mark of 879. He also built Indiana into one of the most prestigious programs of the last three decades.Knight started his head coaching career at the young age of 24, when he took the top job at Army. Although the Black Knights never made the NCAA Tournament in his six seasons, they won more than 20 games twice and 18 games in two other seasons. Plus, one of his former players, Mike Krzyzewski, turned out to be a pretty good coach himself.Knight went on to take the coaching job at Indiana in 1971, where he served as the main man until 2000. In his time there, the Hoosiers won three National Championships and 11 Big Ten conference championships. Clearly nothing to bat an eye at.Oh, and we can add an Olympic gold medal to his resume, as he coached the U.S. basketball team in 1984.If the wins and championships don’t speak enough of his genius, his retirement Monday is actually a pretty smart move in and of itself. The timing may seem poor to some, but it makes sense when you think about it. The Red Raiders are 12-8 overall and just 3-3 in the Big 12. Clearly, they’re not in contention for a title. Why not hand the reins to his son, Pat, to give the new coach some experience heading into next year.Three national titles, a gold medal and the most career wins. The guy’s a basketball genius.Ackerstein:There?s no arguing with Bobby Knight?s career numbers. With more wins than any other coach, a few national championship rings and an undefeated season, he?s got a Hall of Fame r?sum?. The mere fact that even with those achievements his legacy is being questioned, however, proves one thing: Knight was more a bully than a coach.The Nelson Muntz of college basketball, it would be impossible to run down the highlights of his career without mentioning his angrily throwing a chair across the court, posing on the cover of Sports Illustrated with a whip ready to be cracked over one of his players or his alleged assault of a student at Indiana. The man he passed on the all-time win list, Dean Smith, got his school?s arena named after him; Knight would be lucky if the school he?s most famous for coaching at, Indiana, named a sandwich after him.Sure, he brought America an Olympic gold medal, but the rest of his international coaching r?sum? includes hitting a police officer in Puerto Rico and forfeiting an exhibition game against the Soviet Union because he refused to leave the court after being ejected.To top it all off, by retiring in the middle of the season, Knight quit on his team. And even though he left his son Pat in charge, he?s still abandoning Texas Tech when, with a 12-8 record, they still have a shot at a postseason berth.By throwing chairs, hurling obscenities and abusing and abandoning players, Bob Knight took the positive and wholesome image Mr. Rogers had given to sweaters and permanently tarnished it.?Generally? speaking, Knight?s a jerk.last_img read more

first_imgChelsea manager Frank Lampard says starting next season on 12 September is “too early”, given his side’s schedule.The 2020-21 start date was confirmed last month but Chelsea face Bayern Munich on Saturday in a rescheduled Champions League last-16 second leg.Even if the Blues do not overturn a 3-0 deficit, they will have just 35 days before the new Premier League season.“Players need to be given a break to play at the level and quality the Premier League is,” Lampard said.It is understood that when English top-flight clubs agreed the new start date it was also clear a break of at least 30 days would be permitted for Chelsea and any of the other teams playing in the end-of-season European competitions.Manchester City also remain in the Champions League, the final of which is on 23 August, while Manchester United and Wolves are still involved in the Europa League, which has its final on 21 August.Lampard saw winger Willian and midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek pull out on the eve of Saturday’s FA Cup final through injury, then lost defender Cesar Azpilicueta and forward Christian Pulisic to hamstring problems during the 2-1 defeat by Arsenal at Wembley.“I would like to think the Premier League would look seriously at that,” he added.“Hopefully they give us a fair start next season. Even in a worst-case scenario – we don’t go through against Bayern – the 12th feels too early for me for the players to start playing again.”last_img read more

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s successor had long been discussed by US authorities, way before she obtained her second term mandate from the Liberian people. It appears former Foreign Minister Augustine K. Ngafuan, whose recent resignation in the US sparked debates in Liberia, had long been tipped by leading US government officials to succeed President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in 2018, according to WikiLeaks.WikiLeaks is an international, non-profit, journalistic organization, that publishes secret information such as news leaks and classified media from anonymous sources around the world. The leaked WikiLeaks documents, which emanated from former US Ambassador to Liberia, Madam Linda Thomas Greenfield, in 2009, said that the US Diplomat, who is now the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs at the US State Department, stated: “Finance Minister Augustine Ngafuan could well be seasoned enough by 2018 for a presidential run.”In the classified report titled, “Who Will Succeed Ellen Johnson Sirleaf,” Ambassador Greenfield told her superiors in Washington that the names of several Liberians have been revealed to replace President Sirleaf, but that the former Foreign and Finance Minister would be well-groomed enough by 2018 to ascend the helm of authority. In her classified report, which was de-classified by WikiLeaks, Madam Greenfield said she and others at the US Embassy in Monrovia heard rumors that Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai himself was considering running to replace President Sirleaf in 2017.In her assessment of VP Boakai, Greenfield said: “Boakai, who was chosen by Sirleaf to balance her ticket geographically and ethnically, has not been a true Unity Party insider. He has done a credible job as President of the Senate; he and his wife, Mrs. Kartumu Boakai, are known for their philanthropy.” She also mentioned the name of Defense Minister Brownie J. Samukai, who, according to her, should he decide to run, and the VP decides to back off, would get the VP’s support because both of them are related and are from Lofa County.However, in her assessment report back in 2009, Greenfield singled out Mr. Ngafuan, who was then Minister of Finance, saying that though his ability to take on entrenched interests at the Ministry of Finance was an open question, “During our conversation, he showed a sharp understanding of the importance of improving internal operations and reducing opportunities for rent-seeking.“Ngafuan’s intentions to improve operations at Ministry of Finance should complement our efforts, from improving tax administration to streamlining customs and the ports. It is likely his appointment reflects the President’s realization that internal housekeeping is necessary if poverty reduction initiatives are to succeed.” Ambassador Greenfield also stated that the Bureau of Budget, which Mr. Ngafuan headed before being moved up to the Minister of Finance position, had been a Governance and Economic Management Assistance Program’s (GEMAP) “success story” and that “Ngafuan has been a strong proponent and example of greater government transparency.”It must be noted, however, that these assessments of Mr. Ngafuan and others were made back in 2009 by former US Ambassador Greenfield. It is not certain whether the US government still holds this view of Mr. Ngafuan and others named in the WikiLeaks US Embassy Monrovia cable.Mr. Ngafuan, however, is still tight lipped on whether he intends to run for the presidency come 2017 or one of the posts of representative. However, in his first radio interview since returning from the US, where he announced his resignation from the Unity Party-led government, Mr. Ngafuan stated: “The only thing that should surprise Liberians is if they don’t see me as a candidate in the election. The only thing that should surprise Liberians is if they don’t see me as a candidate vying for the highest office.” This is the closest he has come to categorically stating which post he wants to run for in 2017.Ngafuan resigned in the US while attending the United Nations General Assembly early this month. His resignation, which he announced in a press statement on October 2, has sparked heated debates in various sectors of Liberian society. Some have criticized him for resigning while on foreign soil, while others have said it should be up to the individual to resign wherever and whenever the person chooses to. During the radio interview, he stated that he didn’t resign in Liberia because he never wanted to distract the President’s attention from major activities that she was participating in at the United Nations General Assembly.According to him, had he resigned in Liberia, the President would have been responding to inquiries from every foreign friend and partner. He clarified that in his discussion with the President, “She understood the rationale and gracefully accepted my resignation.”His reason for resigning from the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf-led government is to be a participant in the 2017 Presidential and General Elections and being “a respecter of the law,” which calls for the resignation two years prior to the elections of any official of government who may want to contest in 2017. He has accordingly stepped down from office. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more