Ruling brings kosher slaughterhouse new business, old fears

first_imgCSENGELE, Hungary (AP) — A kosher slaughterhouse in southern Hungary has increased its exports to Belgium since the European Union’s highest court upheld a Flanders region law that prohibited slaughtering animals without first stunning them into unconsciousness. But the traditional methods practiced at Quality Poultry also are at the center of a debate over animal rights and religious rights. Last month’s European Court of Justice ruling has provoked fears of eventual EU-wide prohibitions on ritual slaughter. Animal rights groups say that slitting the throats of livestock and poultry while they are conscious amounts to animal cruelty. Jewish religious authorities consider pre-slaughter stunning to be a prohibited form of injury that renders meat and poultry non-kosher.last_img read more

Pipelines Say They See Benefits in Expanding Existing Assets

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Some of North America’s biggest new pipeline projects are already in the ground.As environmentalists and local activists make it extraordinarily difficult to build new oil and gas lines, energy companies are working around the opposition by supersizing old pipes that already crisscross parts of the continent.Executives at some of the biggest pipeline operators in the U.S. and Canada, including Enbridge Inc. and Kinder Morgan Inc say they pivoted to the strategy as plans for new pipelines came under attack. For decades, new pipeline projects rarely drew attention, much less ire. “We used to just show up with a map,” said Al Monaco, president and chief executive of Enbridge. “Now we engage with the local communities and indigenous groups early and often.”In recent years, groups with a goal of keeping fossil fuels in the ground have joined forces with Native American activists, landowners and other local opponents to stall numerous projects. Most notable among these was TransCanada Corp.’s much-debated Keystone XL pipeline for transporting Canadian crude southward.Skipping new lines—and the environmental reviews and taking of land by eminent domain that they often require—and instead working under existing permits and rights of way is just common sense, pipeline executives say. Mr. Monaco said the expansions also minimize impacts to land and the environment in addition to being cheaper. “Once the pipe is in the ground, you can do a lot of things: reverse flows, expand it, optimize it,” he added.More ($): Pipelines See Benefits In Expanding Existing Assets Pipelines Say They See Benefits in Expanding Existing Assetslast_img read more

PREMIUMKemayoran complex management counts on central government to anticipate flooding

first_imgThe Kemayoran Complex Management Center (PPK) is to hold discussions with the central government to anticipate inundation at the Gandhi underpass in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta as rainfall continues to batter the city.The center’s director for planning and development, Riski Renando, said he got in contact with the Public Works and Housing Ministry after the underpass experienced 2.5 meters of flooding on Jan. 24. “We have been looking for field data and assessing the conditions since the water was supposed to flow [freely without causing a flood],” Riski told The Jakarta Post on Saturday, refusing to reveal when he would speak with the city administration.After the flooding in January, Riski said the management center would also schedule a meeting with the city administration in the coming week. The plan, however, has not transpired…. Forgot Password ? Log in with your social account #Jakarta Kemayoran #flooding flood Gandhi-underpass #Gandhi-underpass #Kemayoran Topics : LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Linkedin Google Facebooklast_img read more

Umpiring Baseball

first_imgThe other day I was watching a Youth League baseball championship game.  It was a great contest between two very good young baseball teams.  Unfortunately, the game ended on a sour note.I have umpired many ball games in the past and know how tough it is to make calls on the field.  One thing I learned–unless it is very obvious, you never change a call.  You make a decision quickly and stand by it.  When you hesitate and then reverse a call, you let yourself open for criticism.In this game, the call was perceived as the 3rd out in the final inning and the young men on the field started their celebration.  Later they found out that the decision had been reversed and the player was called safe.  After this, the other team tied the game and won in extra innings.Again, I don’t think there would have been any controversy had the call stood and the game ended.  After all, there is no replay in amateur baseball.last_img read more