The StratCom group studied environmental protesters on behalf of the driller Apache Energy. Apache was seeking to drill near Balmorhea State Park in Texas and was concerned that protesters were planning camps similar to those set up to oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline, according to two people with direct knowledge of the work.One FTI document prepared for Apache, dated Jan. 25, 2017, included a link to a list of groceries and camp supplies compiled by organizers, which the document said provided a hint of the proposed camp’s size. To arrive at that conclusion, scientists say, the report tallied data from the Environmental Protection Agency that the agency itself states does not represent overall emissions: The numbers, which are reported by the energy industry about a limited number of compressor stations and other facilities, do not include emissions from the area’s thousands of wells. The data are “too low by at least a factor of two, and quite likely more,” said Robert W. Howarth, a professor at Cornell University who has researched methane emissions.FTI stood by the report, calling its findings “on track with broader trends in Texas’ oil fields.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Texans for Natural Gas is just one campaign run with the help of FTI employees. Others include: Citizens to Protect PA Jobs, New Mexicans for Economic Prosperity, the Liberty Energy Project and the Arctic Energy Center, according to interviews, internal documents and an examination of the digital trail of domain-name registrations and other details left by the creation of the websites.Another such organization, the Marcellus Shale Coalition, said of FTI in a statement: “We are proud to have them as a contract partner, especially when it comes to direct and transparent media support.”‘Susan,’ the fake Facebook userWithin FTI, a group called StratCom, short for Strategic Communications, focuses on industry messaging campaigns. In the United States, the group is led by Brian Kennedy, former press secretary for the office of the House minority leader and a former spokesman for Transocean, the drilling contractor involved in the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.- Advertisement –
Trump cabinet: Ben Carson nominated for housing secretaryBBC News 6 December 2016US President-elect Donald Trump has named Ben Carson, his former rival for the Republican nomination, as secretary of housing and urban development.“Ben Carson has a brilliant mind and is passionate about strengthening communities”, the president-elect said in a statement, adding that the two had discussed his “urban renewal agenda”.Mr Carson is the first African-American to be nominated for Mr Trump’s cabinet.He endorsed Mr Trump in March after ending his own bid for the White House.“Ben shares my optimism about the future of our country and is part of ensuring that this is a presidency representing all Americans,” the statement from Mr Trump said.But Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi criticised the nomination of Mr Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, calling him a “disconcerting and disturbingly unqualified choice to lead a department as complex and consequential as housing and urban development”.READ MORE: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38209969
Four of the 28, who tested positive in the RDTs, have been isolated in a separate wing. After arriving aboard 2GO Group’s M/V St. Leo the Great at the Bredco port, they were immediately brought to government-managed patient care centers but were later moved to private accommodations provided by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA). Mayor Evelio Leonardia said that OWWA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac has assured that OWWA will shoulder the accommodation expenses of the OFWs./PN The 26 who transferred to the hotel were ferried by the Philippine Coast Guard bus to this city. BACOLOD City – Two groups of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) that recently arrived here are now staying in a hotel and a tourist inn. They will spend the remaining period of their 14-day quarantine in these accommodation facilities. Their group is comprised of 27 OFWs, not 24 as initially reported. One was tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the rapid antibody-based diagnostic test (RDT) and remained isolated in the patient care center. “The process has been completed, the agreement has been signed,” he said. Meanwhile, the other group of 28 residents of this city was first brought to the facility in Graciano Lopez Elementary School. On Saturday, they were moved to a tourist inn on board the city government’s bus. Zeaphard Caelian, chief of the Provincial Disaster Management Program Division, said on Monday that Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson has signed an agreement with the OWWA to designate Go Hotel Bacolod as a quarantine area for returning OFWs who are residents of Negros Occidental. On Monday afternoon, 26 OFWs from various towns and cities in Negros Occidental were transferred to Go Hotel Bacolod after staying at the Provincial Healing Center in E.B. Magalona since Tuesday night.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of Ghana KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of Ghana will address the opening of the eighth Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference on Sunday as he completes a visit to several Caribbean countries.It said that President Akufo-Addo will also engage in a number of activities on Saturday including a tour Seville Great House and Heritage Park in St. Ann and on Sunday will meet with the leadership of the University of the West Indies (UWI) and give a floral tribute at the shrine of National Hero, Marcus Mosiah Garvey.A government statement said that the Ghanaian head of state, who arrives here on Saturday, will hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Andrew Holness before addressing the media later that day.“The President will wrap his visit on Sunday by giving remarks at the Opening of the 8th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference at the Jamaica Conference Centre,” the statement noted.Akufo-Addo is now in Barbados as part of a Caribbean visit that has so far taken him to Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.“The purpose of the official visit is to strengthen and deepen bilateral relations between Barbados and Ghana in areas of mutual interest,” an official statement in Bridgetown noted.It said he will also address Parliament in that country “in what will be an historic occasion as this will be the first time a foreign dignitary will speak in the Senate Chambers”.