(661) 257-5251160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS PADRES NATIONAL FOREST – Three environmental groups sued the U.S. Forest Service this week, hoping to block plans to expand oil and gas drilling in Ventura County’s Los Padres National Forest. The lawsuit, filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife and Los Padres ForestWatch, says additional drilling approved in 2005 would harm the forest, in particular the endangered California condor brought back from the brink of extinction at a sanctuary near Fillmore. The groups say the plan violates the National Environmental Policy Act and the National Forest Management Act because of potential damage to wildlife and deterioration of air and water quality, said John Buse of the Center for Biological Diversity. “It’s very close to the Sespe condor preserve,” Buse said. “We have reports of nesting condors very, very close to some of the areas open for surface drilling. We’ve had a report of a condor nesting near Piru Creek where it’s open to slant drilling.” Oil and gas leases were expanded in July 2005 across 52,075 acres of the Los Padres near the Condor Sanctuary and the Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge, two areas of condor habitat. Environmentalists worry that the condors will be harmed by oil equipment, the oil itself and simply by having humans in the area because they drop small bits of trash that condors ingest. Kathy Good, a spokeswoman for the forest, said forest officials had not been served with the lawsuit and therefore would not comment on specifics. Mandated by a 1987 law, the Los Padres underwent a 10-year study to determine what land might potentially be available for oil and gas drilling, Good said. More than 52,000 acres were identified for possible leasing – 48,000 of that for just directional – or slant – drilling from nearby private parcels or public land approved for surface operations, Good said. [email protected]
MANILA, Philippines—It’s the year of Team Lakay.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gold was the luster of 2018 for the Baguio-based team as it ran through the competition in ONE Championship to become the most prolific organization in the promotion, making their story no. 2 in INQUIRER.net’s top 7 sports stories of the year.Mark Sangiao, the quiet and peaceful mentor of equally friendly warriors, guided Kevin Belingon, Joshua Pacio, Geje Eustaquio, and the iconic Eduard Folayang to World titles in their respective weight classes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionEustaquio (11-6) was the first of the four to become a World champion in 2018 when he unified the flyweight belts after a split decision win over rival Adriano Moraes in June after reigning on an interim basis since January.Belingon (20-5) followed soon in July to become the interim bantamweight champion after a unanimous decision win over Martin Nguyen, which he followed up with a split decision victory over Bibiano Fernandes to become the undisputed champion in November. Donnie Nietes, Japanese foe make weight ahead of super flyweight bout “It’s our biggest year, we won titles, and received many awards this year. This is the result of our hard work, dedication, and sacrifice. These awards and titles are just the fruits of our labor.”RELATED STORIESRELATED STORIESINQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: SMC sweep INQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: Manny Pacquiao back as champINQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: #UPFight INQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: Ateneo-San Beda dominanceINQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: Meggie Ochoa and her Fight to ProtectRELATED VIDEO LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’ PLAY LIST 02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’00:52ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight01:27ONE: Geje Eustaquio, Adriano Moraes looking for convincing finish to trilogy02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Pacio (13-2) was the next to hold gold in the bunch when he dethroned Yoshitaka Naito via unanimous decision for the ONE World strawweight title.And just before December arrived, Folayang (21-6) dominated Amir Khan to become a two-time ONE World lightweight champion.Of the eight male champions of ONE, five are from the Philippines and four of those Filipinos are under the tutelage of Sangiao at Team Lakay.And the soft-spoken coach assured that his team is just getting started.“This is definitely the best year for us, but of course, we will not stop,” said Sangiao. “We have to keep on improving and defend those belts.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have put measures in place to fast-track the full implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).Among the strategies is a special meeting of CARICOM Heads to focus solely on the CSME. It is to be held in Trinidad and Tobago in November this year.This was disclosed by Prime Minister and CARICOM Chairman, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, during a press conference on Friday (July 6).The Prime Minister was providing details on decisions taken at the just-concluded 39th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM, held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James from July 4 to 6.“Furthermore, the Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee on the CSME will now have quarterly meetings beginning in September in Barbados, which will be hosted by Prime Minister Mia Mottley, to give urgency to the implementation process,” Mr. Holness informed.He further noted that Government leaders also put greater focus on advancing those areas that would help to create enabling support measures for a competitive Single Market.These include an investment policy and investment code, an incentive regime, an integrated capital market and securities legislation.“As leaders, we expect that these matters will be ready for full adoption at the 40th meeting of Conference in July 2019.These mechanisms will enable strong support measures for a successful CSME,” the Prime Minister said.In the meantime, Mr. Holness stressed the Heads’ recommitment to making the mechanisms within CARICOM work, by taking decisive action.“I am resolved as the Chair to ensure that we take action. We must get things done to make a difference. We are resolved to now begin to implement the decisions we take to improve the perceptions, especially amongst our youth,” he said.The CSME is an integrated development strategy that is intended to benefit the people of the region by providing more and better opportunities to produce and sell goods and services and to attract investments.It is built on five core regimes – free movement of capital, free movement of goods, free movement of skills, the provision of services, and the right of establishment. In addition, the CSME facilitates hassle-free travel for all CARICOM nationals.The Conference of Heads of Government, which consists of the Heads of Government of the Member States, is the supreme organ of CARICOM and determines and provides its policy direction. Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have put measures in place to fast-track the full implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). Story Highlights This was disclosed by Prime Minister and CARICOM Chairman, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, during a press conference on Friday (July 6). The Prime Minister was providing details on decisions taken at the just-concluded 39th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM, held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James from July 4 to 6.
Kolkata: In order to meet the heavy rush of passengers during the holiday season, the Eastern Railway has decided to add extra coaches in several trains.ER will attach additional coaches to various long-distance trains during the period of April 16 to July 1. Since people plan trips during summer vacations, trains have more passengers. The Eastern Railway plans to attach additional coaches so that people don’t miss out on exploring new areas during holidays. The rush in trains is a huge challenge for families. Trains from several popular tourist destinations do not have seat availability and the waiting lists are longer during the holiday time. The additional couches will benefit travelers as they face a lot of inconvenience due to non-availability of seats. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe following trains will have additional coaches— 12259/12260 Sealdah-New Delhi Duranto Express, 12319/12320 Kolkata-Agra Cantt. Weekly Express, 12357/12358 Kolkata-Amritsar Bi-Weekly Express, 13135/13136 Kolkata-Jogbani Weekly Express, 13155/13156 Kolkata-Sitamarhi Mithilanchal Express, 13157/13158 Kolkata- Muzaffarpur Tirhut Express, 13159/13160 Kolkata-Jogbani Express, 13165/13166 Kolkata-Sitamarhi Express, 12359/12360 Kolkata-Patna Garibrath, 13121/13122 Kolkata-Ghazipur City Express (Via Patna), 22323/22324 Kolkata- Ghazipur City Shabd Bhedi Exp. (Via Dhanbad), 13043/13044 Howrah- Raxaul Bi-weekly Express, 13063/13064 Howrah-Balurghat Bi-weekly Express, 13507/13508 Asansol-Gorakhpur Weekly Express, 13509/13510 Asansol-Gonda Weekly Express, 13425/13426 Malda Town-Surat Weekly Express and 13429/13430 Malda Town-Anand Vihar Weekly Express.