PUTNAM VALLEY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s parks commissioner says he’s trying to figure out if the state is obligated to keep former President Donald Trump’s name on undeveloped state parkland in the New York City suburbs. Commissioner Erik Kulleseid told lawmakers he’s received frequent emails about rebranding Donald J. Trump State Park in Putnam Valley. A 2006 agreement says the park must bear Trump’s name in exchange for his donating the land. But Kulleseid told a legislative budget hearing Wednesday that the condition is not in the deed and it’s unclear if it’s binding. A message seeking comment was sent to the Trump Organization.
Kingston: Skipper Virat Kohli added yet another feather to his cap as he became India’s most successful captain in the longest format of the game after his team registered a thumping 257-run victory in the second Test against the West Indies to clinch the two-match series 2-0.Monday’s win at the Sabina Park took Kohli’s number of Test victories as captain to 28 — the most by any Indian captain. In the 48 Tests under Virat Kohli, India have lost 10 games and drawn another 10.Speaking at the post-match presentation after the conclusion of the second Test, Kohli, however, did not speak much on his achievement and credited the team for the success they have achieved in the last two years. “It’s a by-product of the quality team we have here,” he said.Former India skipper M.S. Dhoni had a win percentage of 45 as captain after winning 27, losing 18 and drawing 15 in 60 matches he led the team. On the other hand, Kohli’s win percentage is 58.33 — the best among all other Indian captains in the format.Third on the list of most successful Indian captains is Sourav Ganguly who led the team to 21 wins, 13 losses and 15 draws in 49 matches.After winning the first Test by a record-breaking margin of 351 runs in Antigua, Kohli — who took over the reign in 2014 following Dhoni’s retirement from the longest format of the game — had also surpassed Ganguly with the most Test wins in overseas matches for India. The 30-year-old now has 13 away wins as captain in 27 matches, while Ganguly had 11 wins in 28 games.The record for most wins in Test cricket belongs to former South Africa skipper Graeme Smith, who led the team to 53 wins, while Australia’s Ricky Ponting has 48. IANSAlso Read: Virat Kohli Supported Me During the Financial Crisis: Sumit NagalAlso Watch: AMCH observed a 24-hour “withdrawal of non-emergency medical services”
Embed from Getty ImagesChelsea fans on Twitter were full of praise for youngsters Nathaniel Chalobah and Ruben Loftus-Cheek after the FA Cup game against Peterborough.Chalobah in particular was lauded for his performance at Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea won 4-1 to book their place in the fourth round.Many supporters are convinced that the duo have what it takes to establish themselves as first-team players for the Blues.Lofty and Chalobah were so good today 👏 #CFC— dan’olt (@DanielHolt95) January 8, 2017Very impressed with Chalobah and Loftus-Cheek performances today #CFC #FACup— Matt (@2GoalIvanovic) January 8, 2017Great day at the bridge. @chalobah was class and great to see @KurtZouma back. Unflattering scoreline for @theposhofficial #CFC #FACup— Sam Mason (@SamMason391) January 8, 2017Chalobah looked the real deal today #CFC #FACup— Daia CFC (@52Daia) January 8, [email protected] and @rubey_lcheek were unbelievable today, literally ran the midfield #CFC— Michyholic (@Michyholic23) January 8, [email protected] @chalobah deserves man of the match for me #sensational #BrightFuture #CFC #KTBFFH 💙— fiazhussain (@Mrfiazhussain) January 8, 2017Good win today. Chalobah was brilliant in midfield, MOTM in my opinion. Ruben was unlucky to not get a full game. #CFC #KTBFFH pic.twitter.com/wz3TdT2uzn— ⚽George⚽ (@georgew016) January 8, [email protected] @rubey_lcheek were outstanding today 👐👐👐👐 #chevspet #CFC— maxon vd (@maxonvd) January 8, 2017Chalobah is wonderful to watch on the ball. Loftus-Cheek had a decent game. Batshuayi got on the scoresheet so happy for him. Solid. #CFC— Tom Andrews (@CarefreeTom_182) January 8, 2017Av seen the future stars of #Chelsea Loftus-Cheek, Chalobah and Aina.Loftus-Cheek was great and he deserves to be the man of the match. #CFC— David Luiz Geezer (@CaptainErickoh) January 8, 2017Chalobah bossed the midfield very well. #CFC— Afolayan Ayodeji (@AyodejiAfolayan) January 8, 2017Watched Chalobah closely today and he’s got so much going for him to become a top player for us. Conte managing him well, too. #CFC— Scott Hayter (@ScottyHayter) January 8, 2017Loved seeing Chalobah, Loftus-Cheek and Aina on at the same time. So good to see. Needs to happen more. We have so much promising youth #CFC— Conor Ruth (@ConorRuth) January 8, 2017 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 Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This 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 Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
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The Environmental Protection Agency made news recently for excluding reporters from a “summit” meeting on chemical contamination in drinking water. Episodes like this are symptoms of a larger problem: an ongoing, broad-scale takeover of the agency by industries it regulates.We are social scientists with interests in environmental health, environmental justice and inequality, and democracy. We recently published a study, conducted under the auspices of the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative and based on interviews with 45 current and retired EPA employees, which concludes that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and the Trump administration have steered the agency to the verge of what scholars call “regulatory capture.”By this we mean that they are aggressively reorganizing the EPA to promote interests of regulated industries, at the expense of its official mission to “protect human health and the environment.” How close is too close?The notion of “regulatory capture” has a long record in U.S. social science research. It helps explain the 2008 financial crisis and the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In both cases, lax federal oversight and the government’s over-reliance on key industries were widely viewed as contributing to the disasters. Chris Sellers is professor of history and director of the Center for the Study of Inequalities, Social Justice and Policy at Stony Brook University. Lindsey Dillon is assistant professor of sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Phil Brown is University Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Health Sciences at Northeastern University. By CHRIS SELLERS, LINDSEY DILLON and PHIL BROWN Muting other voicesPruitt and his staff also have sought to sideline potentially countervailing interests and influences, starting with EPA career staff. In one of our interviews, an EPA employee described a meeting between Pruitt, the homebuilding industry and agency career staff. Pruitt showed up late, led the industry representatives into another room for a group photo, then trooped back into the meeting room to scold his own EPA employees for not listening to them.Threatened by proposed budget cuts, buyouts, and retribution against disloyal staff and leakers, career EPA employees have been made “afraid … so nobody pushes back, nobody says anything,” according to one of our sources.Historical trends in EPA’s budget show a spike during the Carter administration, followed by sharp cuts under President Reagan and an infusion of economic stimulus money in 2009. President Trump has proposed sharp cuts. (EDGI, CC BY-ND)As a result, enforcement has fallen dramatically. During Trump’s first 6 months in office, the EPA collected 60% less money in civil penalties from polluters than it had under Presidents Obama or George W. Bush in the same period. The agency has also opened fewer civil and criminal cases.Early in his tenure Pruitt replaced many members of EPA’s Science Advisory Board and Board of Scientific Counselors in a move intended to give representatives from industry and state governments more influence. He also established a new policy that prevents EPA-funded scientists from serving on these boards, but allows industry-funded scientists to serve.And on April 24, 2018, Pruitt issued a new rule that limits what kind of scientific research the agency can rely on in writing environmental regulation. This step was advocated by the National Association of Manufacturers and the American Petroleum Institute. How can you tell whether an agency has been captured? According to Harvard’s David Moss and Daniel Carpenter, it occurs when an agency’s actions are “directed away from the public interest and toward the interest of the regulated industry” by “intent and action of industries and their allies.” In other words, the farmer doesn’t just tolerate foxes lurking around the hen house — he recruits them to guard it. RELATED ARTICLES Nuzzling up to industryPruitt’s EPA is staffed with senior officials who have close industry ties. For example, Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler is a former coal industry lobbyist. Nancy Beck, deputy assistant administrator of EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, was formerly an executive at the American Chemistry Council. And Senior Deputy General Counsel Erik Baptist was previously senior counsel at the American Petroleum Institute.Documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act show that Pruitt has met with representatives of regulated industries 25 times more often than with environmental advocates. His staff carefully shields him from encounters with groups that they consider “unfriendly.”The former head of EPA’s Office of Policy, Samantha Dravis, who left the agency in April 2018, had 90 scheduled meetings with energy, manufacturin,g and other industrial interests between March 2017 and January 2018. During the same period she met with one public interest organization.Circumstantial evidence suggests that corporate lobbying is directly influencing major policy decisions. For example, just before rejecting the chlorpyrifos ban, Pruitt met with the CEO of Dow Chemical, which manufactures the pesticide.Overturning Obama’s Clean Power Plan and withdrawing from the Paris climate accord were recommended by coal magnate Robert Murray in his “Action Plan for the Administration.” Emails released under the Freedom of Information Act show detailed correspondence between Pruitt and industry lobbyists about EPA talking points. They also document Pruitt’s many visits with corporate officials as he formulated his attack on the Clean Power Plan. What can be done?This is not the first time that a strongly anti-regulatory administration has tried to redirect EPA. In our interviews, longtime EPA staffers recalled similar pressure under President Reagan, led by his first administrator, Anne Gorsuch.Gorsuch also slashed budgets, cut back on enforcement, and “treated a lot of people in the agency as the enemy,” in the words of her successor, William Ruckelshaus. She was forced to resign in 1983 amid congressional investigations into EPA misbehavior, including corruptive favoritism and its cover-up at the Superfund program.EPA veterans of those years emphasized the importance of Democratic majorities in Congress, which initiated the investigations, and sustained media coverage of EPA’s unfolding scandals. They remembered this phase as an oppressive time, but noted that pro-industry actions by political appointees failed to suffuse the entire bureaucracy. Instead, career staffers resisted by developing subtle, “underground” ways of supporting each other and sharing information internally and with Congress and the media.Similarly, the media are spotlighting Pruitt’s policy actions and ethical scandals today. EPA staffers who have left the agency are speaking out against Pruitt’s policies. State attorneys general and the court system have also thwarted some of Pruitt’s efforts. And EPA’s Science Advisory Board — including members appointed by Pruitt — recently voted almost unanimously to do a full review of the scientific justification for many of Pruitt’s most controversial proposals.Still, with the Trump administration tilted hard against regulation and Republicans controlling Congress, the greatest challenge to regulatory capture at the EPA will be the 2018 and 2020 elections. Serving industryFrom the start of his tenure at EPA, Pruitt has championed interests of regulated industries such as petrochemicals and coal mining, while rarely discussing the value of environmental and health protections. “Regulators exist,” he asserts, “to give certainty to those that they regulate,” and should be committed to “enhanc(ing) economic growth.”In our view, Pruitt’s efforts to undo, delay or otherwise block at least 30 existing rules reorient EPA rule-making “away from the public interest and toward the interest of the regulated industry.” Our interviewees overwhelmingly agreed that these rollbacks undermine their own “pretty strong sense of mission … protecting the health of the environment,” as one current EPA staffer told us.Many of these targeted rules have well-documented public benefits, which Pruitt’s proposals — assuming they withstand legal challenges — would erode. For example, rejecting a proposed ban on the insecticide chlorpyrifos would leave farm workers and children at risk of developmental delays and autism spectrum disorders. Revoking the Clean Power Plan for coal-fired power plants, and weakening proposed fuel efficiency standards, would sacrifice health benefits associated with cutting greenhouse gas emissions.A key question is whether regulated industries had an active hand in these initiatives. Here, again, the answer is yes. Market Forces Are Driving a Clean Energy RevolutionEPA Ordered to Speed Up New Lead RuleReport Cites Carbon Impact of Biomass PlantsNew Life for Toxic LandStudy Finds EPA Lax in Protecting California Water
AC Milan goalkeeper Reina: Pioli a real football manby Carlos Volcano10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan goalkeeper Pepe Reina has welcomed the appointment of new coach Stefano Pioli.Milan lost four of their first seven Serie A games before the sacking of Marco Giampaolo.“For us, it was a particularly difficult start to the season. The second part will be more positive for Milan,” the goalkeeper told ANSA.“Pioli will bring positivity and tranquility. We must work and get to grips with his ideas quickly so we can be ready as soon as possible to face our next few matches.“He’s a football man who has a lot of experience in Serie A, someone who knows Italian football very well.“In all of us, there’s the desire for redemption and to do better from now on. So far we haven’t lived up to expectations and we also hope to improve quickly for the fans.“I’m always optimistic. Our objective must be to win every game. After that, we’ll take stock in May.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Ex-Brighton manager Hughton: If I had a choice I’d still be workingby Ansser Sadiq8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChris Hughton says he would love to be working during the 2019/20 season.The Englishman was sacked the day after keeping Brighton in the Premier League at the end of last term.He said: “It is always difficult adjusting because you are doing something you haven’t done for four-and-a-half years and, of course, for periods before that.”In between jobs, I have had short breaks. It is something you don’t want to happen.”If I had a choice, then I would still be working. What you have to do is make the most if it.”I’m someone who generally has not found it too difficult to keep busy .”I think you sometimes have to go outside your comfort zone and this is a really good opportunity to watch a lot of games.”