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Report: Trump looking to roll back offshore drilling safety rules?

first_imgThe U.S. President Trump administration is reportedly looking to roll back a number of safety regulations related to offshore drilling activities put in place after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that this rollback in safety measures would reduce the government’s role in offshore oil production and return more responsibility to private companies.The U.S. offshore oil and gas regulator, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), estimated that the proposed changes could save the oil industry about $900 million over the next ten years, the Wall Street Journal reported.The newspaper also stated that the safety bureau had proposed rolling back a requirement that government regulators review real-time production data from oil companies, as well as a requirement that the regulators approve critical drilling equipment – like the blowout preventer that failed in the Deepwater Horizon case – from third-party vendors.The BSEE has also ordered the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to suspend all work on a study to review and update the bureau’s offshore oil and gas operations inspection program to enhance safety.The order, dated December 7, said that within 90 days the stop-work order would either be lifted and work on the study could resume, or the contract to perform the study would be terminated.The committee conducting the study held its first and only meeting in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 26-27. Future meetings planned to be held in the Gulf of Mexico region have been put on hold.The National Academies expressed its disappointed that the study had been stopped.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Lord Goldsmith QC to head up new commission on ‘crime and problem gambling’

first_img UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Related Articles Share UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Share UK prison reform charity, the ‘Howard League for Penal Reform’ has launched a new commission investigating links between problem gambling and criminal behaviours.The Howard League has disclosed that the first meeting of its ‘Commission on Crime & Problem Gambling’ took place in London on 20 June, kick-starting a three-year research project led by Attorney General Lord Peter Goldsmith QC as Commission Chair.In its mandate, the Commission will bring academics, betting professionals, public health experts and industry stakeholders investigating ‘patterns of crime linked to problem gambling, and the societal harms that connect the two’.The Commission’s work, research and evidence will be made available to the UK government, gambling leadership and criminal justice system stakeholders.The new body will look at the driving forces influencing change and practice, including legislation, politics and the media. It will engage with industry and political leaders throughout its work.Lord Goldsmith QC, Chair of the Commission on Crime and Problem Gambling, said: “Concern about harmful gambling activity has been growing for some time, but this is the first commission to focus specifically on the relationship between problem gambling and crime.“Our commission will seek to establish what the links are; what impact they have on communities and wider society; and, crucially, what steps could be taken to reduce crime and make people safer.”The Howard League has published the 15 appointed commissioners, who will work with Lord Goldsmith on the criminal research project, which includes former Betfair enterprise co-founder Andrew Black, represented as an industry expert.Dr Jamie Bennett, Governor of Long Lartin prisonAndrew Black – Co-founder of BetfairDr Henrietta Bowden-Jones OBE, – Founder and Director of the National Problem Gambling ClinicMatt Burton – Temporary Assistant Chief Constable, Cheshire PoliceDr John Chisholm CBE, Chair, Medical Ethics Committee, British Medical AssociationJon Collins, Chief Executive, Magistrates AssociationFrances Crook OBE, Chief Executive, Howard League for Penal ReformElizabeth Morony, Partner, Clifford Chance LLPAndrew Neilson, Director of Campaigns, Howard League for Penal ReformNeil Platt, Clinical Director, Beacon Counselling TrustSarah Ramanauskas, Senior Partner, Audit and Research, Gambling IntegrityProfessor Gerda Reith, Professor of Social Science, University of GlasgowCouncillor Norma Stephenson OBE, Councillor, Stockton-on-Tees Borough CouncilSue Wade OBE, former chief probation officerThe UK Gambling Commission has stated its support for Howard League research on the complex subject, UKGC Executive Director Tim Miller stating:“This independent Commission on Crime and Problem Gambling will fill a significant gap in understanding the relationship between gambling harms and crime. ““We support the Howard League’s evidence-based and comprehensive approach and anticipate that the recommendations from the Commission will help us make better and faster progress in delivering the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms.”last_img read more

Eaglets coach predicts tough final against Mexico

first_imgThe final match of the 2013 UAE World Cup between three-time champions, Nigeria and defending champions, Mexico on Friday in Abu Dhabi would be a game of wits.This much was the verdict of Coach Manu Garba, Golden Eaglets’ Head coach after Nigeria handed a 3-0 defeat to Sweden at the Rashid Stadium in Dubai on Tuesday in the semi-final.ResilientGoals by Taiwo Awoniyi, Samuel Okon and Chidera Ezeh were enough to break the resolve of a resilient Swedish side that earlier played a 3-3 draw with Nigeria in their Group F match.– I still maintained that the Mexican team are a very technical team and we can see their resilience by coming from a 6-1 loss to us (Nigeria) and still be in the final, Manu said at the post-match media conference.Manu said the Golden Eaglets are now turbo-charged after a commanding performance throughout the tournament where they have won all their previous matches bar the 3-3 draw against Sweden in the Preliminary Round. Pressure– We showed today that we are a very strong side, maintained Manu, a World Cup winner as an assistant coach in 2007.– We are not going to be on any pressure against Mexico in the final because we would prepare mentally, physically and psychologically for the final.– The Mexican team I maintained are at very technical team and I believe the final is going to be a great one but by the grace of God, we shall win this trophy for Nigeria and Africa, he noted.last_img read more