Firm can’t say no to feds

first_img EPA spokesman Francisco Aracute said the agency could issue an administrative order if necessary. Magnuson declined to discuss the agency’s strategy in the case, but said generally the agency keeps looking for a mutual agreement with property owners even after taking initial steps to compel cooperation. Mitguard, project manager for the EPA’s Superfund, said the agency also could obtain a search warrant, and company representatives have been told of this possibility. Like Magnuson, however, he said the regulators prefer to honor private property rights and obtain a good-faith agreement. Snyder said talks are ongoing and he expects an agreement will be reached. The EPA gained access to the site in 2004 but continued protracted negotiations with the company did not drill test wells. EPA representatives planned to visit the site Monday to begin drilling seven test wells to a depth of 80 to 100 feet to check for perchlorate. Perchlorate is a byproduct of rocket fuel that has been associated with thyroid disorders. Water agencies have said their test results show the chemicals have not contaminated local public water sources. Judy O’Rourke, (661) 257-5255 judy.orourke@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The law that backs up the order is the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act passed by Congress in 1980, also called Superfund law. It empowers the federal government to intervene when the public health or environment could be harmed by potentially hazardous substances. National Technical Systems tests products and components for aerospace, telecommunications and military applications. “What the government is requesting is unfettered access to the site for three days,” Bob Snyder, an attorney for the company, said Monday. “We’ve offered ways for them to come on and not be as intrusive. The client’s as interested in finding out the results – perhaps more so – as the EPA, but there has to be some reason about how they reach this.” Snyder said the company performs confidential and sometimes classified work and needs what he called reasonable business control of its property. Snyder said the company’s requests for a list of the type of equipment that would be brought on site and for information on outside contractors had not been honored. It would be difficult for the company to halt operations for three consecutive days, not including a weekend, he said. After the testers leave, workers at the secured facility would need to recalibrate the sensitive equipment, he added. SANTA CLARITA – If a good-faith agreement cannot be worked out, the Environmental Protection Agency could rely on a legal smorgasbord of options to compel a local defense contractor to allow agency representatives on site to test for contaminants. Agency officials are looking at their options after saying that National Technical Systems or NTS reneged last week on a plan that would have allowed the EPA to gain access to the property Monday to begin drilling wells. The test wells would determine if perchlorate and other contaminants have leached from the site to the groundwater, said Matt Mitguard, project manager for the EPA’s Superfund. The agency’s first tack is to hammer out an agreement with the property owner allowing access to the site for testing. If that fails, the agency may issue an administrative order. “Usually, companies comply with an order,” said Janet Magnuson, an attorney for the EPA. “Sometimes we have to seek assistance from the Department of Justice to enforce the order in court.” last_img read more

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QPR v Sheffield Wednesday: Petrasso starts

first_imgMichael Petrasso starts for QPR at Loftus Road, where boss Ian Holloway has again made five changes to his starting line-up.West London Sport recently revealed that winger Petrasso was in line for a first-team chance before the end of the season.So too are keeper Matt Ingram and forward Reece Grego-Cox, but they must wait for their opportunity.Jack Robinson, Jamie Mackie, James Perch and Idrissa Sylla also come into the side. Skipper Nedum Onuoha is out and Grant Hall remains sidelined. Play-off chasing Sheffield Wednesday make three changes, bringing in Jordan Rhodes, Glenn Loovens and Liam Palmer.QPR: Smithies, Perch, Lynch, Bidwell, Petrasso, Luongo, Manning, Freeman, Robinson, Mackie, Sylla.Subs: Ingram, Washington, Goss, Wszolek, Smith, Ngbakoto, LuaLua.Sheff Wed: Westwood, Palmer, Loovens, Lees, Pudil, Wallace, Jones, Bannan, Reach, Rhodes, Hooper.Subs: Wildsmith, Fletcher, McManaman, Semedo, Sasso, Nuhiu, Forestieri.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Join a Savings Challenge

first_imgBy Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, oneill@aesop.rutgers.eduAmerica Saves Week and Military Saves Week are February 27 to March 4 so now is a good time to discuss savings strategies with service members. What is the best way to “find” money to save? There is no one right answer. Automatic payroll deductions work well for many people. For example, they have deposits into a credit union savings account or the Thrift Savings Plan automatically taken out of their paycheck, before they can spend it. Other people do well by saving loose change in a jar and depositing it periodically in a savings account as the jar fills up.Find more info at http://militarysaves.org/A third way to save money is to complete a savings challenge that gradually ramps up (or down) weekly deposits. While many people start these challenges during the first full week of January, as a New Year’s resolution, they can be started at any time. For example, another option is to make a “catch up deposit,” perhaps using tax refund money, in February or March and then complete a calendar year challenge from that point forward until the end of December.Below is a description of six different savings challenges and how they operate:The 52-Week Money Challenge– This challenge begins with a $1 deposit during Week #1. The weekly deposit rises by $1 per week and reaches $52 during the final week of the Challenge (Week #52), with total savings of $1,378. Some people have suggested doing the 52-Week Money Challenge in reverse if people have more money in January (e.g., from holiday gifts or a year-end bonus at work) than they do in December, which tends to be a very expensive month for many people with holiday gifts and travel. The “reverse challenge” strategy is also very motivating. After five weeks, you already have $250 saved. A third way to do the 52-Week Money Challenge is to pick an amount each week that you can afford (e.g., $25 one week and $16 the next) and complete the challenge in any order. Tracking forms are available athttp://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/fcs/files/2014/01/52-Week-Money-Challenge.pdfhttps://www.affinityplus.org/Portals/0/Documents/Blog/52Week.pdfhttps://www.lgfcu.org/sites/default/files/docs/52week_challenge.pdfThe 365-Day Penny Challenge- With this challenge, people make a daily savings deposit and increase their deposit by a penny a day. At the end of a year, they have $667.95 of savings. A description and tracking form are available at http://funhappyhome.com/2016/01/365-day-penny-saving-challenge-save-667-in-one-year/. Like the 52-Week Money Challenge, the 365-Day Penny Challenge can be done forward, backward, or in any order that works for savers.The 52-Week Youth Money Challenge– This challenge is for parents to use to encourage their children to save. See http://www.slideshare.net/BarbaraONeill/52-week-money-challenge-for-youth0315. Weekly savings deposits are 10 weeks each of $1, $2, $3, $4, and $5, resulting in $150 of savings. Week #51 is an optional $25 from birthday gifts and Week #52 is an optional $25 from holiday gifts ($200 total). There is also an option for parents to provide a 50% ($100) match of their child’s savings, resulting in total annual savings of $300.The 15-Week Money Challenge– This challenge is for high school and college students and adults with short-term financial goals. See http://www.slideshare.net/BarbaraONeill/15-week-college-student-money-challenge0715. The Basic Challenge includes five weeks of $10 savings, five weeks of $20 savings, and five weeks of $30 savings, resulting in a total accumulation of $300. The “Hard Core” Challenge starts with a $10 weekly deposit and ramps up the savings deposit by $5 per week for a final deposit of $80, resulting in a total accumulation of $675.The $2,500 Savings Challenge- This challenge begins with a $2 deposit during Week #1. The weekly deposit rises by $2 per week and reaches a high of $98. There are two weeks “off” at a saver’s discretion and a $50 deposit is made during the final week of the Challenge (Week #50), with total savings of $2,500. Like the 52-Week Money Challenge and the 365-Day Penny Challenge, the $2,500 Savings Challenge can be done forward, backward, or in any order that works for individual savers. See http://www.slideshare.net/BarbaraONeill/50-week-2500-savings-challengeThe 30-Day $100 Savings Challenge– This challenge is for small dollar amounts andshort-term financial goals. The challenge format is saving $1 for five days, $2 for five days, $3 for five days, $4 for five days, and $5 for ten days, resulting in $100 of savings on Day #30: http://www.slideshare.net/BarbaraONeill/30-day-100-savings-challenge-0416. Like several other challenges, deposits can be made in any order throughout the month.  For example, some people may have more money to save at the beginning of a month than the end.last_img read more

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Abhishek Banerjee sets target of over 250 seats for Trinamool in 2021 poll

first_imgSenior Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader and MP Abhishek Banerjee on Wednesday set a target of winning 250 plus seats in the next Legislative Assembly poll. Abhishek, who heads the youth wing of the TMC and is nephew of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, said the BJP’s thinking of winning Bengal has no basis.“In the next assembly poll in 2021, we should fight to win 250 plus seats in the state. The BJP thinks it can win Bengal. But they are wrong. If our party supremo Mamata Banerjee permits, we would score 10 goals against BJP everyday and they won’t stand a chance against us,” Mr. Abhishek said while addressing TMC’s students wing-Trinamool Chatra Parishad- foundation day rally here. The total strength of the West Bengal assembly is 294. They (BJP) has emptied the coffers of central government and RBI and are lecturing others on financial issues, he said. While referring to Reserve Bank of India (RBI)’s decision to give Rs 1.76 lakh crore to the Centre, Abhishek said the reserve money of the central bank has also been exhausted due to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government. BJP’s West Bengal unit president Dilip Ghosh, while reacting to Abhishek’s claim, said he is living in fool’s paradise.“He is living in fool’s paradise if he thinks that TMC will win 250 seats. The TMC would find it tough to get even 30 seats and acquire main opposition party status,” Ghosh said. The BJP, in the general election this year, bagged 18 of the 42 seats in the state, four less than the ruling TMC.The TMC’s tally came down from 34 in 2014 to 22 seats. In the last few years, the saffron party has made deep inroads in Bengal and emerged as the main challenger to the ruling TMC by pushing the Congress and the Left Front to distant third and fourth positions respectively. It’s leaders are now asserting that their next target was to unseat Mamata Banerjee in the 2021 assembly elections.last_img read more

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Nissan opens pre-booking for AMT variant of Terrano

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 7 (PTI) Nissan Motor India today commenced bookings for the automated manual transmission (AMT) version of its compact sports utility vehicle Terrano which will be available for about Rs 13.75-13.85 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).The SUV, which comes with 6-speed diesel AMT, is based on the top-of-the-line XVD premium grade. Customers can pre-book their cars with a deposit of Rs 25,000 at Nissan dealerships.Sales of the new car will commence later this month.”The addition of this new transmission makes the Terrano an even-more compelling choice for buyers looking for a relaxing and comfortable drive,” Nissan Motor India Managing Director Arun Malhotra said in a statement.Along with the addition of AMT, the Terrano range gets as many as 14 new enhancements, spread across model variants.These include electrically folding exterior rear-view mirrors with integrated turn signals, anti-pinch driver side windows, a new driver armrest, soft touch plastics on the dashboard and door.Citing Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), the company claimed that the fuel efficiency of the vehicle stands at 19.61 kmpl. PTI MSS SBT SAlast_img read more

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2014 Silent Sports Challenge

first_imgAs a part of the 2014 Hearing Awareness Week (Sunday, 24 August to Saturday, 30 August) Deaf Sport Australia and Touch Football Australia in conjunction with the Australian Business Academy will be hosting an exciting event: the Silent Sports Challenge, to be held in a number of locations across the country, including Canberra, Adelaide and Melbourne and the Gold Coast. Modified games of Touch Football will be played where all participants will be required to wear earplugs to simulate the experience of playing Touch Football with a hearing impairment. As well as wearing earplugs, all participants will not be permitted to talk during play, this poses quite a challenge!There will be free events for all to attend in the following locations:·         Canberra (Australian Capital Territory) – Tuesday, 26 August – 12:00pm to 2:00pm – Reconciliation Park, King Edward Terrace, Parkes ACT·         Adelaide (South Australia) – Wednesday, 27 August – 7:00am to 9:00am – City Touch Fields, Beaumont Drive, Adelaide SA·         Melbourne (Victoria) – Thursday, 28 August – 11:30am to 2:00pm – Alexandra Gardens, Boathouse Drive, Melbourne VIC·         Gold Coast (QLD) – Friday, 29 August – 11:00am to 1:00pm – Palm Beach Touch Fields, Nineteenth Ave, Palm Beach QLDIf you have any further enquiries on the event please feel free to contact the team via silentsportschallenge@austouch.com.au or using the details below.Website: www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook: www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter: https://twitter.com/touchfootyaus #silentsportschallengeInstagram: www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia   Please click on the attached flyers for more information. Related Filesact-pdfsa-pdfvic-pdfnational-pdfqld-pdfRelated LinksSilent Sport Challengelast_img read more

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Boost immunity stay fit

first_imgSeasonal changes are the times when people are more prone to falling ill. But nutritionists and health coaches have tips at hand to help you boost immunity and stay fit, no matter what the weather. Your go-to drink: Start your day with coconut water, instead of tea. Let a natural drink, and not a concoction, be the first thing you put in your body. Breath of life: Pre and post sleeping, concentrate on inhalation and exhalation just for 2 minutes to clear your thoughts and start your day fresh. Also Read – The Puja carnivalDrink your superfluids:16 ounces of celery juice can detox your kidneys and make your body alkaline and increase your productivity. Your immunity booster: Sip warm water with ginger wedges and mint leaves to keep the flus and virus at bay. Drum away inflammation: Consume drumsticks as much as your can, and creatively. Use the beans and leaves in soup, sambhar and buddha bowls. You can also blend moringa powder in your smoothies or drink it like a shot with aloe vera juice. Ditch the treadmill: Indulge in creative workouts like the prowl, which is inspired by animal movements that engage all your body muscles. Exercises like prowl and zumba help you burn more calories and are way more fun than aimlessly walking on a treadmill.last_img read more

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361 infra projects show cost overruns of Rs 377 lakh cr

first_imgNew Delhi: As many as 361 infrastructure projects, each worth Rs 150 crore or more, have shown cost overruns to the tune of over Rs 3.77 lakh crore owing to delays and other reasons, a report said. The Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation monitors infrastructure projects worth Rs 150 crore and above. Of these 1,623 projects, 361 reported cost overruns and 496 time escalation. “Total original cost of implementation of the 1623 projects was Rs 19,25,107.47 crore and their anticipated completion cost is likely to be Rs 23,02,230.50 crore, which reflects overall cost overruns of Rs 3,77,123.03 crore (19.59% of original cost),” the ministry’s latest report for May 2019 said. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra According to the report, the expenditure incurred on these projects till May 2019 was Rs 8,91,512.91 crore, which is 38.72 per cent of the anticipated cost of the projects. However, it said the number of delayed projects decreases to 399 if delay is calculated on the basis of the latest schedule of completion. For 684 projects, neither the year of commissioning nor the tentative gestation period has been reported. Out of 496 delayed projects, 166 projects have overall delay in the range of 1 to 12 months, 105 projects 13 to 24 months, 128 projects reflect delay in the range of 25 to 60 months and 97 projects show 61 months and above delay. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days The average time overrun in these 496 delayed projects is 36.98 months. The brief reasons for time overruns, as reported by various project implementing agencies, are delays in land acquisition, forest clearance and supply of equipment. Besides, there are other reasons like fund constraints, geological surprises, geo-mining conditions, slow progress in civil works, shortage of labour, inadequate mobilisation by the contractor, Maoist problems, court cases, contractual issues, ROU/ROW (right of use/right of way) problems, law and order situation, among others, the report said. It also observed that project agencies are not reporting revised cost estimates and commissioning schedules for many projects, which suggests that time/cost overrun figures are under-reported.last_img read more

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20 killed over 300 injured in PoK after earthquake jolts northeastern Pak

first_imgIslamabad: A powerful 5.8-magnitude earthquake jolted Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and several cities in the north-eastern parts of the country on Tuesday, killing at least 20 people and wounding over 300 others. According to US Geological Survey, the epicentre of the quake was near New Mirpur in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), which was severely affected by the quake. The depth of the quake, which occurred at 4.02 pm (local time), was at 10 kilometres. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportPoK Information Minister Mushtaq Minhas told the media that 20 people were killed and over 300 injured in Mirpur and surrounding areas due to the powerful quake. Pakistan Meteorological Department’s earthquake centre said the 5.8-magnitude earthquake was located near the mountainous city of Jehlum in Punjab province. However, Minister for Science Fawad Chaudhry said that the intensity of the quake was 7.1. Some houses collapsed in Mirpur following the earthquake, Deputy Commissioner Raja Qaiser said. Parts of a mosque also collapsed in the area. Emergency has been declared in hospitals across PoK. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsTV channels showed the footage of heavily damaged roads in Mirpur, with many vehicles overturned. Several cars fell into the deep cracks on the roads. The building of the state-run Broadcasting House in Mirpur was badly damaged. The quake was powerful and created panic as people ran out of building, eyewitnesses said. Several cities including Peshawar, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Skardu, Kohat, Charsadda, Kasur, Faisalabad, Gujrat, Sialkot, Abbottabad, Mansehra, Chitral, Malakand, Multan, Shangla, Okara, Nowshera, Attock and Jhang felt the tremor. Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is in New York to attend the UN General Assembly session, expressed grief over the loss of human life. He directed all the concerned departments to provide immediate assistance to the quake-hit areas. President Arif Alvi also expressed deep sorrow over the loss of lives.last_img read more

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