New legal problems for owner of Powder River Basin mines

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Casper Star-Tribune:The CEO that obtained Wyoming’s Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr coal mines last year is being sued for alleged unpaid royalties in Appalachia, the second lawsuit that Jeff Hoops’ West Virginia-based company, Revelation Energy, is facing in under a year.Hoops formed Blackjewel LLC, a sister company to Revelation, to take over the Wyoming mines in 2017. The latest lawsuit is one of a number of troubles the Eastern businessman has encountered since becoming one of Wyoming’s coal producers.According to court documents filed in the Western District of Virginia, Pocahontas Resources LLC is seeking nearly a half million dollars in royalties and interest from Revelation based on allegations Hoops’ firm committed fraud.Pocahontas asserts Revelation is being underhanded in its reporting of coal sales. It has asked for a slew of documents from Hoops’ company to prove its claim, much of which the company has refused to provide. Pocahontas filed a request to compel Revelation to release that information earlier this month. The judge had not responded as of Tuesday.Hoops has hit a few snags since arriving in the Powder River Basin.Blackjewel was delayed in obtaining leases for Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr until Hoops addressed outstanding environmental offenses at his Eastern coal mines. Blackjewel has yet to obtain permits to mine in Wyoming, though Hoops said Blackjewel has the required reclamation bonds in-hand and would seek permits this week, a claim he also made in an email to the Star-Tribune in February.The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality has not yet received those applications, a spokesman for the department said Monday.More: Second lawsuit entangles Wyoming’s newest coal producer New legal problems for owner of Powder River Basin mineslast_img read more

Hundreds From Long Island to Rally at People’s Climate March

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Hundreds of Long Islanders will flood New York City Sunday for what’s being billed as the largest climate change march in history.The event, dubbed “People’s Climate March,” could draw upwards of 100,000 people, according to organizers, including an impressive contingent of Long Islanders, ranging from environmentalists and political activists to Superstorm Sandy survivors and concerned college students and faculty. The march was strategically planned to coincide with Tuesday’s United Nations Climate Summit. It is an effort to raise awareness about the dangers of climate change and to implore elected officials to address environmental concerns so future generations don’t have to. On the eve of the march, Occupy Wall Street protesters said they’ll be be storming Wall Street and holding a massive sit-in in front of institutions profiting form the “climate crisis” on September 22. “It’s not too late. If we keep going the impacts are really devastating,” said Robert Brinkmann, director of Sustainability Studies at Hofstra University. “We live in a changed world already. There’s no doubt we’re already seeing the impacts of climate change around the world.” Brinkmann said up to 200 people from Hofstra are attending, with about 50 leaving early Sunday morning from the Hempstead LIRR station. Students will be carrying signs that they recently made—one reads, “Get the frack out,” referencing hydrofracking—and don Hofstra shirts as they march through the streets of New York City with hundreds of other groups, including interfaith groups, unions, trade groups, community organizations and advocacy groups. There will also be Seawolves. “If we don’t change the way we are living…we are in for trouble,” said Dr. Heidi Hutner, director of Sustainability Studies at Stony Brook University. “We can’t really put it off anymore.” At least 60 members of the Stony Brook family will join the rally, Hutner said. But with the march gaining more publicity, she said she’s been receiving letters and emails from people who’ve expressed interest in tagging along. Stony Brook University student Marisa Marley made this poster for Sunday’s Climate March.Hutner credited students in her program for mobilizing the Stony Brook effort, saying they’re ready to “stand up and be counted.” Hutner isn’t a scientist, she said, but she uses research on climate change to teach students about the human cost of the issue, noting how impoverished countries, such as Africa, are the most adversely affected. “What’s the social cost?” she asked, rhetorically. Climate change remains a politically-charged issue, despite what scientists say is an abundance of evidence pointing to temperatures rising in the atmosphere and ocean. A report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2013 said “each of the last three decades has been successively warmer at the Earth’s surface than any preceding decade since 1850,” and that carbon dioxide concentrations have jumped 40 percent since pre-industrial times. In May, researches from NASA and the University of California, Irvine released a troubling study concluding that the loss of West Antarctic glaciers “appears unstoppable.” Researchers said 40 years of observations indicates that glaciers in that region “have passed the point of no return.” Melting, they said, could raise global sea levels by four feet. Also in May, a military advisory board consisting of retired generals and other military officials, including former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, said in a report titled “National Security and the Accelerating Risks of Climate Change” that climate change poses a “severe risks for our national security.” “During our decades of experience in the U.S. military, we have addressed many national security challenges, from containment and deterrence of the Soviet nuclear threat during the Cold War to political extremism and transnational terrorism in recent years,” the panel wrote. “The national security risks of projected climate change are as serious as any challenges we have faced.”“We are dismayed that discussions of climate change have become so polarizing and have receded from the arena of informed public discourse and debate,” they added. “Political posturing and budgetary woes cannot be allowed to inhibit discussion and debate over what so many believe to be a salient national security concern for our nation.”Those participating in Sunday’s march hope their voices can change the often contentious debate around climate change. “This march is bringing together a diverse group of people all with the same goal of coming together to address climate change and save the planet,” said Annie McClelland, Long Island Program Coordinator for Citizens Campaign for the Environment. “It is a pivotal moment,” she added. “There’s a lot of things going on around the country to advance this campaign to end climate change. It helps build momentum, and we’re going to ride that momentum into next year.”last_img read more

Colliers International: Tourism remains the most active investment sector

first_imgTourism is still our most active sector, and investors are most interested in investing in coastal areas, and in the two largest cities, Split and Zagreb. According to the latest research and analysis of the Croatian investment and real estate market by the consulting company Colliers International, the total volume of transactions in the commercial real estate market reached about 810 million EUR, which is twice as much as in 2017, all as a result of positive investor sentiment and attractive returns. Investors focus on the retail and HTL sectors, but the number of projects under construction in most sectors is still significantly smaller than in the pre-crisis period, which has the greatest impact on prices in the housing sector. HTL most active sector However, the analysis emphasizes that numerous factors threaten the competitiveness of Croatian tourism and hinder further investment potential. Thus, the main obstacles include the level of VAT (one of the highest rates in the Mediterranean), the high rate of total wage contributions, the lack of skilled labor, bureaucracy and the increase in tourist taxes.center_img While on the one hand there is a lack of foreign investment, the leading domestic HTL players in Croatia (Adris, Valamar, Plava Laguna) have continued to make large investments to improve their quality and competitiveness. Regardless of the lack of quality real estate for sale, in 2019 it is expected to continue transactions in commercial real estate, mostly in the HTL sector, as well as to strengthen the share of office real estate in the total value of transactions. ATTACHMENT: Colliers International, / Research and analysis of the Croatian investment and real estate market (H2 2018 market overview & 2019 forecasts)last_img read more

Syracuse loses 3-1 in 1st round of ACC Tournament

first_img Comments Published on October 31, 2018 at 9:40 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] | @MikeJMcCleary Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Julio Fulcar rolled three times on his side into the right crossbar of the Virginia Tech goal. Seconds earlier, he sent a ball trickling just over the head of the Hokies goalkeeper, but overshot the goal. It was his second close try of the second half, he didn’t convert on either. Fulcar perched up his head and slammed his hand to the ground three times before he rose gingerly and pulled down on his jersey. The frustration washed over Syracuse, who ended its hopes of a conference tournament run hardly giving itself a chance.“We created chances and put them under a lot of pressure and made life very uncomfortable for a good Virginia Tech team and that’s the positive we take away from it,” McIntyre said. “But obviously disappointed to kind of bounce out and not have a chance to continue our ACC games.”Syracuse (7-6-4, 1-4-3 Atlantic Coast) fell, 3-1, in the first round of the ACC Tournament to Virginia Tech (10-5-3, 3-4-1). Though the Orange outshot the Hokies 23-11, mistakes plagues SU and gave Virginia Tech wide open chances. McIntyre said he still is “very optimistic” that the Orange will see their name to the NCAA Tournament field. Syracuse has the “quality and the talent” to play, he said, but now Syracuse is forced to wait.“We were punished for a poor first half,” McIntyre said.The Orange’s resurgence began in its last matchup with Virginia Tech. Following a double-overtime loss in its last matchup, SU was forced to rethink itself sitting at 3-4-1 as it entered the thick of its conference schedule. McIntyre revered the talent and intrigue of the Syracuse roster, it just had to put it together. The Orange ripped off three-straight wins to follow, including its first conference win in nearly two years to then-No. 1 Wake Forest. A road tie to then-No. 11 Louisville and a seven-goal domination of St. Bonaventure seemingly validated the “belief,” McIntyre said, the streak helped the Orange install. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut Syracuse’s season continued its ambiguity and a team that was thought to be changed — Syracuse freshman forward Hilli Goldhar said the Orange is “definitely a better team than the last time” it played Virginia Tech — reverted back to much of the same. Two ties and a loss dropped SU out of the top-25 ranking and put itself in a precarious position, traveling in the first round of the ACC tournament.The Hokies presented the Orange a challenge early on. Just 10 minutes into the game, Virginia Tech had broken into the Syracuse box several times In the 13th minute, Virginia Tech’s Nico Quashie received a through ball out in front of Kamal Miller. Miller caught up and wrestled the 6-2 forward away, who tumbled to the ground as Miller broke away with the ball. The chance was the beginning of an aggressive stretch for the Hokies, who pushed the ball up into the Syracuse box.In the 17th minute, Virginia Tech’s David Sanz finally broke all the way through and took a deflected corner off his chest. Before it hit the ground, he volleyed the ball into the back of the net. The rest of play that followed featured sloppy Syracuse passes, a lack of possession and tumbling pursuits of the ball from SU goalkeeper Hendrik Hilpert.Later the in the game, Hugo Delhommelle sent a free kick into the head of an SU player and Buchanan was free for the cleanup, but his strike sailed high and hit the top bar. It bounced up again and Buchanan was called for a penalty in the box, stopping the chance. When Sondre Norheim tried to pull off a routine header to Hilpert in the 55th minute, Virginia Tech’s Kristo Strickler cut the pass off in midair and gave Virginia Tech its second goal of the barrage, which made a bounceback “very difficult” for the Orange.“It’s one of those things,” McIntyre said. “It can happen.”Despite 21 shots in the second half, the Orange fell short of every opportunity as the Hokies pushed ahead.A late Ryan Raposo goal had the Orange scurrying to start again, but with five minutes remaining, with was too late. As Quashie raced ahead of Orange defenders in the final minutes of the game, he had a chance to ice a game that was long past SU’s grasp. He rolled a third Hokies goal to the right of Hilpert, backpedaled and grinned. “We were throwing guys forward,” McIntyre said of the final goal, “and got ourselves caught.”Again and again, as they have for the entirety of the season, Syracuse’s conference opponents continue to come out on top.last_img read more

Chargers holdout makes sense, but Melvin Gordon would be foolish to follow Le’Veon Bell’s path

first_imgAnd it’s simply foolish to think a player like Gordon would benefit in any way by missing regular-season games to the tune of $329,412 per week.Rather than being encouraged by the Bell holdout, Gordon must understand what a costly mistake it was on Bell’s part, despite mindless chatter to the contrary.Jeff Diamond is a former president of the Titans and former vice president/general manager of the Vikings. He was selected NFL Executive of the Year in 1998. Diamond is currently a business and sports consultant who also does broadcast and online media work. He makes speaking appearances to corporate/civic groups and college classes on negotiation and sports business/sports management. He is the former chairman and CEO of The Ingram Group. Follow Jeff on Twitter: @jeffdiamondNFL. The reality is Bell lost $14.5 million in salary that he would have received had he played under his franchise tender. He lost a full season of earnings in a career that, for a running back, usually ends around age 30. Unless Bell suffered an unlikely career-ending injury, or his level of play declined significantly last year, he still would have gotten the deal in New York, not to mention the 2018 cash from Pittsburgh. (And the Steelers would not have been able to franchise tag him for a third straight year.)Bottom line: That $14.5 million Bell forfeited is lost money, never to be retrieved. Which brings us back to Gordon.MORE: Ranking the potential Hall of Famers on Chargers’ current rosterThe Chargers’ two-time Pro Bowl running back is threatening to hold out from training camp and beyond if he doesn’t receive a contract extension now. He and his agents also are saying they will request a trade if the situation remains at impasse.”I want to end up with the Chargers,” Gordon said a couple weeks. “That’s the team who blessed me with an opportunity. But it’s an opportunity right now where I need to take advantage of it. I want to get paid. I’m prepared to do what I need to do.”Gordon, 26, is scheduled to earn $5.6 million this season under his fifth-year option as a first-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Because he is under contract — as opposed to Bell, who was tagged but unsigned in Pittsburgh last season — Gordon can be fined $40,000 per day that he is absent during the preseason and regular season.Another huge difference in Gordon’s situation compared to that of Bell: Because the LA running back is signed for one more year, the Chargers can toll his contract if he no-shows the season, thus keeping his $5.6 million salary in force for the 2020 season. Telesco knows Gordon is his top back, but the GM also wants to see the RB prove he can stay on the field. Telesco also knows he has the franchise tag for up to two more years as further leverage after this season, which is another reason Gordon and his agent want their long-term deal now.Gordon and his agents are doing the right thing in putting pressure on the Chargers, but I also think the threats will fall on deaf ears. Telesco, along with team negotiator/executive VP of football administration Ed McGuire, know they have a lot more leverage than the Steelers had with Bell since Gordon is under contract.If I were in the shoes of Telesco and McGuire, I would sit tight and not trade Gordon — unless a team were to offer two first-round picks, something I don’t foresee in the case of a player with an injury history that has resulted in just one reason of 1,000-plus rushing yards.If I were Gordon’s agent, I would continue to clamor for a lucrative extension (and a trade if no deal is forthcoming), but I would strongly suggest my client report to the team well in advance of the regular-season opener against the Colts on Sept. 8. Perhaps they can squeeze a few more incentives out of the Chargers, but overall, the current system does not give Gordon much choice but to play this season.NFL UNIFORM RANKINGS: Chargers barely miss out on top fiveGordon’s best chance of getting a contract close to Todd Gurley’s running back pace-setting $14.4 million per year, or Bell’s $13.1 million per year, is to have a monster year of more than 2,000 combined yards rushing and receiving while he helps lead the Chargers to another playoff season. But Gordon can’t do that if he misses significant time in regular season, and as is often the case when players report late, an extended absence could well lead to another injury-filled season. There’s a narrative making the rounds that players like Melvin Gordon should be emboldened by Le’Veon Bell’s season-long holdout from the Steelers last year. The reasoning: Bell experienced great benefit because he stared down Pittsburgh management and still wound up getting a mega-bucks deal from the Jets in March.My message to Gordon and other NFL players: Don’t buy a word of that ill-informed opinion. Chargers general manager Tom Telesco and coach Anthony Lynn know Gordon is a difference-maker as a versatile back. He is an excellent runner (career-high 5.1 yard average last season) and one of the best receiving backs in the NFL (182 receptions over his four seasons). He is coming off a season with a career-high 14 touchdowns and has improved his ball protection with only one fumble in 2018. (He had six fumbles in his rookie season.)The knock on Gordon is his questionable durability; he has only played one full season, in 2017. He missed four games last year due to hamstring and knee injuries, and he missed five games over his first two seasons. Gordon also ended 2018 on a down note with only 15 yards rushing and one reception for 11 yards in the divisional playoff loss to the Patriots. This followed a 40-yard rushing effort and one catch in the wild-card win over the Ravens.Worst of all for the Gordon camp: The Chargers won all four games he missed in 2018. Philip Rivers and Co. have proven they can win with backup running backs Austin Ekeler (554 rushing yards with a 5.2 yard average and 39 receptions last season) and Justin Jackson (206 rushing yards and 15 catches as a 2018 rookie).last_img read more

Matadors have one more chance to dance

first_imgNevertheless, Northridge strongly believes it has a puncher’s chance to win the Big West tournament, which begins for the Matadors at 8:30 tonight against University of the Pacific (11-18) at Anaheim Convention Center. Perhaps it’s true, because the Matadors already have defeated top-seed Long Beach State during the regular season. “If we turn it on and everyone is clicking, we’re a very dangerous team,” Shewmake said. The winner earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, something that hasn’t happened for the Matadors since 2000-01. [email protected] (661) 257-5218 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! If ever a team is happy to embrace new life, it’s Cal State Northridge. The talented but inconsistent Matadors (14-16) have seen more lows than highs during a men’s basketball season that hasn’t met expectations. center_img Four victories in four days? It won’t be easy but it certainly isn’t impossible. “We feel like we know what we’re capable of, and that’s why a lot of teams do fear us,” forward Jonathan Heard said. “In some ways, I think we have the upper hand in this tournament, because no one even expects us to get past the first round. You know what? We’re out to prove everyone wrong.” Now it’s just a matter of doing it – and that’s been the problem all season. Northridge’s athletic nucleus of Heard, forward Calvin Chitwood and 6-foot-10 center Thomas Shewmake can hang tough with anyone, but all three tend to disappear during inopportune times. The Matadors also still haven’t found the right backcourt combination between Jayme Miller, Rai Colston, Terrell Jones, Jason Hill, Tre Peters and Jordan Noblitt. last_img read more