Ethanol Groups Respond to API

first_img Ethanol Groups Respond to API By Gary Truitt – Aug 8, 2012 Previous articleAdditional Drought Assistance Announced by USDANext articleFunding for Drought Stricken Producers and Landowners in Indiana Gary Truitt Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter SHARE Home Energy Ethanol Groups Respond to API Following the American Petroleum Institute’s suggestion that the Renewable Fuel Standard isn’t working and should be fixed – ethanol groups fired back. Advanced Ethanol Coalition Executive Director Brooke Coleman says API has it backwards. Coleman says the problem is our dependence on foreign oil – which in turn costs consumers billions of dollars and comes at a great cost to the economy and the environment. Coleman adds that by driving American-made fuel into the marketplace – the RFS is part of the solution. In fact – Renewable Fuels Association Vice President for Research and Analysis Geoff Cooper says the RSF has been the most successful energy initiative ever undertaken to directly replace fossil fuels in the gas tanks of Americans.According to the AEC’s Coleman – API is concerned about the upward trajectory of the U.S. renewable fuels industry and is trying to spin this success as a failure. Speaking on the success of the RFS – Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis says first generation ethanol is exceeding its goals and next generation fuels like advanced and cellulosic are progressing. He says pulling the plug on the RFS would be the wrong move at the wrong time for the wrong reasons.Source: NAFB News Service SHARElast_img read more

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Professor analyzes DNC’s effects

first_imgWith both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions completed, both parties anticipate lively debates leading up to the election. Michael Kramer, political communication professor at Saint Mary’s, shared his overall thoughts on both conventions and what the public can expect as the political debates quickly approach. “At the Democratic Nation Convention (DNC), there were two speeches that really stood out to viewers,” Kramer said. “Michelle Obama and Bill Clinton both delivered enthralling speeches to the public.” While both were widely accepted, each speaker provided very different takes on President Barack Obama and the campaign, Kramer said. “Michelle’s was more aimed at the heart. It was emotional; it gave a real personal account of Barack Obama, but what she did that maybe went a bit beyond what Ann Romney did was that she connected Barack personally to his political principles,” he said. “She showed the audience how the things that he believes and the policies that he’s pursued are connected to things that he’s lived or through what his family has lived, which helps to show that he doesn’t just follow polls, but that he’s actually looking at things that he feels deeply about.” Clinton refuted the claims Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan made during his speech at the Republican National Convention (RNC), Kramer said. “He did a very effective job of it, being very specific, showing humor and being dynamic,” he said. “I think it was a very helpful speech for Obama.” Kramer said polls revealed that many viewers responded positively to Clinton’s speech. As for Obama’s speech, Kramer said he believes it was different from the speeches he has given before. “He was more grounded, not as lofty, and I think part of it was the economic conditions and knowing the job report that came out the following day was not going to be all that great,” he said. “Obama didn’t want to appear to be celebrating when a lot of people are still suffering.” While Obama’s speech at the DNC was effectively the focal point of the conference, Kramer said he thinks viewers saw actor Clint Eastwood’s speech at the RNC as somewhat of a distraction to the purpose of the Romney-Ryan ticket. As far as distractions for the Democrats, Kramer said distractions arose concerning their platforms. “Recently, there was a lot of talk about how the Democrats had taken God out of their platform and had taken out references to Jerusalem. This caused great controversy and the Republicans really criticized the Democrats for doing this,” Kramer said. “They ended up putting the references back in, but by that time there were disagreements about re-adding to the platform. These made the Democrats look like they were not united about their platform.” This was a distraction for the DNC, but because it was not connected to any of the speeches, Kramer said he is not so sure how much it actually resonated with the public. “I think the platform discussions aren’t as relevant within the conventions as they used to be, so I think most people made their judgments about the RNC and the DNC based on the primetime speakers each party had,” he said. President Obama and the Democratic Party gained more support after the DNC ended than the Republicans did after their convention, Kramer said. “I think this is partly because of the distractions that the Republicans had and also because of the strength of Clinton’s speech, which I think put the Democrats out on top,” he said. “That was a real pivot point for the Democrats. I believe the Republicans probably would have liked to have a speaker as strong as Clinton at their convention.” As debate season begins, it is likely that Romney and the Republican Party will remain behind Obama if the polls continue the way they are, Kramer said. “Romney will have to work harder to make up ground during the debates and will have to perform at a higher level than Obama,” Kramer said. For the debates, the expectations also play a role, he said. “If the expectations for Romney are low as to how he must do in the debate, then he does not have to do as well in order to be seen as having ‘won it,’” Kramer said. “If he sets the expectations very high, or if the media sets the expectations high because he needs to come up in the polls, then that makes it more difficult for Romney.” As for Obama, being ahead in the polls might make him think he does not have as much pressure on himself for the debates, a mindset Kramer said Obama should avoid. “I think the public is still going to want to hear more specifics from Romney since he did not have many in his speech at the RNC,” he said. “The next few weeks will be interesting to see if he is going to flesh some more of his positions out and then certainly at the debate because that is something the public will want to hear then. The debates are sort of a last chance for voters to hear what Romney has to say before the election gets underway.” Kramer said Obama will coast into the debates if he does not make any big mistakes. “I think that will be his focus for leading up to the debates and the debates themselves,” he said.last_img read more

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First floating offshore wind project off Wales moves step closer to development

first_imgFirst floating offshore wind project off Wales moves step closer to development FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Business Green:Wales’ first floating wind project took a major step forward this week, after the Crown Estate awarded seabed rights to developers to build the 96MW demonstration project in the Celtic Sea.If final planning consent is granted, the Erebus project would be installed approximately 44km from the shore and will allow developer Blue Gem Wind – a joint venture between French oil giant Total and developer Simply Blue Energy – to trial floating wind technology in water depths of 70 metres.“Welsh waters are home to a thriving offshore wind industry and as this continues to evolve and mature, innovation will be vital to unlocking a sustainable pipeline of new capacity over the longer term,” head of energy development at the Crown Estate Will Apps said. “With an increasingly busy marine environment, we need to explore new technologies in more diverse and technically challenging areas which is why we are delighted to see the Erebus project take this important step.”Floating wind technology does not rely on traditional fixed foundations and allows wind projects to be installed in deeper waters where wind yields are higher. While in its infancy today, the technology is anticipated to grow rapidly over the decades to come and play a steering role in helping the UK deliver 75GW of offshore wind by mid-century, a target set by government climate advisors the Committee on Climate Change. Research centre Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult estimates that the Celtic Sea alone could support up to 50GW of offshore capacity, while supporting thousands of jobs in Wales and southwest England.The leasing deal is one of a number of offshore wind milestones recently marked in Wales by the Crown Estate. Last month, it granted seabed rights for a 106-square kilometre extension to the Gwynt y Mor offshore wind farm off the coast of North Wales. The extension, if consented, will add 576MW of capacity to one of the world’s largest offshore wind farms. And last year, the Crown Estate included the Northern Wales and Irish Sea Bidding Area in the first UK offshore wind leasing round held in a decade. Projects picked in Offshore Leasing Round 4 could be operational by 2030, it said, with projects set to be identified later this year through a competitive tender process.[Cecilia Keating]More: Wales’ maiden floating offshore wind project secures seabed rightslast_img read more

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You Won’t Find Obama’s Immigration Speech on Network TV

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York President Barack Obama’s nationally televised address Thursday night will in fact be televised, but Americans will have to either tune it to cable news—sucks, right?—the Internet or Spanish-language channels to hear the president’s 10-minute announcement concerning his executive actions on immigration. The president is expected to lay out his plan for a controversial executive order that would pave the path to speedier citizenship for America’s four million undocumented citizens that fit the administration’s criteria for a residency program.Obama made the announcement on Facebook on Wednesday. Millions will be forced to tolerate intolerable and irritating chatter from talking heads on cable news because the three major networks—ABC, CBS and ABC—have reportedly deemed it a better business decision to not interrupt regularly scheduled dramas, comedies, and Thursday Night Football (the president definitely can’t compete against Kansas City vs. Oakland) for Obama’s speech. Or you can skip the incessant bantering altogether and just tune in at 8 p.m. to the White House’s livestream site on a phone, tablet or computer, while also watching your favorite network TV show, of course. As you can imagine, the White House is less than thrilled with the networks’ decision, and apparently, a tad befuddled. A senior administration official complained to Politico that President George W. Bush’s 2006 speech about deploying national guard troops to the border was covered by all three networks. Politico later reported that the networks decided not to air Obama’s speech because it’s too political:“There was agreement among the broadcast networks that this was overtly political. The White House has tried to make a comparison to a time that all the networks carried President Bush in prime time, also related to immigration [2006]. But that was a bipartisan announcement, and this is an overtly political move by the White House.”Republicans in recent days have likened Obama to a dictator for sidestepping Congress over such an important issue. There have been threats of lawsuits, impeachment, and even one representative who said Obama could be jailed. The country is more than two weeks removed from a mid-term election that saw the lowest voter turnout in more than half a century, and is already deeply critical of Congress and the president. So, who can blame anyone who wants to watch Grey’s Anatomy and The Biggest Loser instead of a political speech that will further inflame the electorate? As for the Press, a bunch of reporters will be busy checking out Citizen Four, the critically acclaimed documentary about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Zack Tirana fans are more than welcome to join us, just please, no rowdiness during the film. Last thing we need is a repeat of what happened during the group Kill The Messenger viewing. (Yikes!) Thanks in advance.last_img read more

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2018 trends in wealth management: Meeting the complex needs of a changing industry

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Across a generally robust wealth management landscape, significant changes are taking hold, accelerated by technology and bold digital strategies.Many firms have invested in new technology over the past several years, yet several market conditions and trends in wealth management are expediting the need to further integrate, operationalize and upgrade legacy systems. Here’s what’s happening in the market – and what to watch for in the coming year.Market ConditionsClient assets have been on the upswing for several years. Thirty-four percent of investors now have more than $100,000 in investable assets, according to Expectations & Experiences: Borrowing and Wealth Management, the most recent quarterly consumer survey from Fiserv. However, challenges remain. continue reading »last_img read more

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Ryanair released a promotional video about Zadar

first_imgThe popular low-cost airline Ryanair published a promotional video “Explore Zadar” on its YouTube channel, in which it shows the beauties of Zadar in two minutes.In the video, in addition to the famous symbols of Zadar, the Sea Organ and Greeting to the Sun, you can see the Archaeological Museum, the Museum of Ancient Glass, photo safaris, exploring Zadar by bike, gastronomic offer, Paklenica National Park and other tourist offer.Although the promotional video has not yet gone viral and has been viewed less than 1.000 times, it is now up to us as hosts to post it on our social networks and jointly promote Zadar.Related news: RYANAIR SHAKES TOUR OPERATORS IN EUROPE AND CHANGES GAME RULESlast_img read more

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Chelsea vs West Ham TV channel, live stream, time, odds, team news and head-to-head

first_img23 Sep 2018 – West Ham 0-0 Chelsea – Premier League08 Apr 2018 – Chelsea 1-1 West Ham – Premier League09 Dec 2017 – West Ham 1-0 Chelsea – Premier League06 Mar 2017 – West Ham 1-2 Chelsea – Premier League26 Oct 2016 – West Ham 2-1 Chelsea – League Cup Comment West Ham’s Declan Rice made his England debut last month (Picture: Getty Images)When is Chelsea vs West Ham?AdvertisementAdvertisementThe match is on Monday 8 April with kick-off at 8pm at Stamford Bridge.What TV channel is Chelsea vs West Ham on and is there a live stream?Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League will be showing the game live with coverage starting at 7pm.Subscribers can stream the action on Sky Go or watch on the Sky Sports app.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityTeam newsMarcos Alonso, Pedro and Ruben Loftus-Cheek have all been struggling for fitness but should be available, at least from the bench.Willian, Ross Barkley and Gonzalo Higuain were all left out of the starting line-up on Wednesday against Brighton and could return.West Ham’s long term absentees – Andy Carroll, Andriy Yarmolenko, Carlos Sanchez, Winston Reid and Jack Wilshere all remain out – but Felipe Anderson and Marko Arnautovic should be available.What are the odds? (Courtesy of Betfair)3/10 Chelsea5/1 Draw10/1 West Ham Advertisement Head-to-head in last five meetings Chelsea vs West Ham TV channel, live stream, time, odds, team news and head-to-headcenter_img MORE: Alan Shearer snubs Man City as Premier League legend names his favourite to win Champions LeagueMORE: Manchester United told to prioritise Toby Alderweireld transfer over summer swoop for Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho Phil HaighMonday 8 Apr 2019 8:22 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Chelsea are coming off back-to-back Premier League wins (Picture: Getty Images)Chelsea have the opportunity to go third in the Premier League on Monday night, if they can beat West Ham at Stamford Bridge.Maurizio Sarri’s side have won their last two league games and can leapfrog both Arsenal and Tottenham with three points against the Hammers.West Ham have been wildly inconsistent of late and will remain in the bottom half of the table whatever the result, where they are currently residing in 11th.The Blues have not beaten their London rivals in their last three meetings in the Premier League, with two draws and one victory for the east Londoners.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisementlast_img read more

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Filipo maintains plea, sentenced to supervision

first_imgOtago Daily Times 3 November 2016Wellington rugby player Losi Filipo has avoided jail and been sentenced to nine months of supervision.Filipo this morning maintained his guilty plea for an assault on four people in Wellington.Justice Collins said Filipo stomping on the first victim’s head was “a chilling act of violence” and could easily have killed the victim.“The rights of the victims to see justice, the community to be protected, and the sentence to be a deterrent to similar acts must be paramount in the sentencing of serious acts of violence,” said director Bob McCoskrie.“But just as vital are measures to prevent repeat-offending. The requirements for counselling for alcohol and violence are part of that solution.“As a community, we are trying to say that violence is completely unacceptable – yet some of the sentences given by the courts are completely undermining that message. The previous offender-friendly sentence sent a dangerous message that we don’t value the protection of victims and the safety of the public in a case that involved significant violence towards both males and females.“The earlier judgment also communicated that punishments and consequences will be determined by who you are rather than what you did,” he said.“This is not about revenge as some will suggest. This is about an appropriate sentence which reflects the gravity of the crime, protects the public in the long-term, and communicates the revulsion that the public rightly has against these sorts of mindless acts – irrespective of who commits them.”READ MORE: https://www.odt.co.nz/news/national/filipo-maintains-plea-sentenced-supervisionKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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Kotoko to challenge Ghana FA DC decision

first_imgAsante Kotoko are crying foul over the decision by the Ghana FA’s Disciplinary Committee to uphold the protest of Hearts of Oak against them over the eligibility of striker Obed Owusu in their Week 25 Premier League fixture.Reacting to decision, Kotoko’s Greater Accra Regional rep, Edmund Ackah, claims the ruling was made on Thursday before being released on Tuesday.According to Ackah, the PRO of Hearts of Oak, Opare Addo had hinted that the Accra club had already been handed a favourable verdict.“We totally reject the ruling because it has no basis whatsoever. We will go to every length to challenge it and insist that the right is done,”  Ackah said.Hearts complaint said that Obed Owusu’s ineligibility stemmed from attracting four yellow cards in the following matches: Aduana vs Kotoko on match day 1, Ashgold vs Kotoko on match day 7, Kotoko vs Aduana in the FA Cup and Kotoko vs Ashgold on match day 24. This, the Phobians argued, made the player ineligible to feature against them on match day 25.”I can officially say that Kotoko is putting up all the documents needed for them to appeal against the decision made by Ethics Committee at the court.”  “Approach Opare Addo and ask him if a radio presenter did call him on Thursday for him to say the points have been given to Hearts and that they are only waiting for the DC to write to them to that effect.””Ask Opare who told him that. We are aware that someone called him and he said somebody from the Ethics Committee had told him. So who told him?” Ackah fumed with rage on Asempa FM on Wednesday.“Officially we are not happy of this ruling made by the Disciplinary Committee. Kumasi Asante Kotoko still have the right to file an appeal against the ruling made by the Disciplinary Committee of GFA.”Kotoko were, as a result of the ruling, six points poorer.– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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South Africa feel pressure as they prepare to face much-changed USA

first_imgTo outside eyes their crisis may have been averted but within the South Africa camp the eyes remain cold with focus as they approach their final pool match against the USA. If they win, they will top the group; lose, and they may yet be out.It is testament to the progress the less-established nations have made at this World Cup that we are careful to couch such a sentence with its full stock of conditionals. “The thing is,” said Bismarck du Plessis, who now seems restored as South Africa’s hooker, “the second tier nations are so much more competitive. Georgia, Samoa and Japan – where it used to be that for the first 10 or 20 minutes they’d be competitive, now they stick it out for 80 minutes. That’s a good thing for rugby. It means we’re growing the game that I love.”It is a great thing for rugby but it does make life more harrowing for those who are used to a smooth progression to the quarter-finals. Bryan Habana is the most experienced player in South Africa’s team for Wednesday’s game at the Olympic Stadium, which will be his 114th Test, but he has never known anything like the pressure of the past fortnight.“The highs and lows of the last two weeks have probably been the most vast and intense that I have ever experienced in my professional career,” he said. “When you go through what we went through first up with the loss to Japan and the criticism that followed; to then bounce back the following week against Samoa but lose your captain [Jean de Villiers]; and then to see the raw emotion of seniors and juniors alike when Jean had to leave was something really special. Hopefully these last two weeks have shown that we are not just here to lie down and die. We are here for a reason.”Habana has 61 tries from his 113 Tests. Nine more from whatever time remains to him in a Springboks jersey would see him become the world’s most prolific try-scorer. And his tally of 12 World Cup tries is three shy of Jonah Lomu’s record. He may be 32, but he has no plans to retire just yet. “A lot of people say you know when the end is near. To be honest, I don’t think it’s quite there yet for me. I’m feeling good, and I’ve been lucky enough to be involved in a championship side in Toulon over the last two seasons. That’s definitely kept the spirit going.” The prospects of another shock have been reduced somewhat by the selection of the USA, who change 12 players for this match. Most teams have had to contend with one tight turnaround. This match is South Africa’s, four days after they beat Scotland, and the USA must face Japan on Sunday, four days after this. Inevitably, they are holding their best players back for that one, representing as it does the likelier chance of the yearned-for win they feel their form deserves.“We came into this with our goal as the quarter-finals,” said Louis Stanfill, the USA’s experienced lock. “We still have two games left to prove how far we’ve come. The last two games I think we’ve let ourselves down in proving that. The direction things are going, future World Cups hold huge amounts of promise for us. And America intends to fulfil that promise.”Samu Manoa will captain the USA from No8, in a back row that includes the pacy sevens player Danny Barrett. Look out, too, for the two wingers, Zack Test and Brett Thompson, who have also contributed to the increasingly successful USA sevens team. The shortened game, set to feature in next year’s Olympics, is already beginning to mobilise American interest in rugby.Japan could tell them what a win against South Africa might do to enhance the sport’s profile further in their country but that looks too outlandish a prospect even for this World Cup. The Springboks have that steely look in their eye again.South Africa v USA, the Stadium Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Wednesday 4.45pmSouth Africa Le Roux; Habana, Kriel, De Allende, Mvovo; Pollard, Du Preez (capt); Mtawarira, Du Plessis, Malherbe, Etzebeth, De Jager, Louw, Burger, Vermeulen. Replacements Brits, Nyakane, Oosthuizen, Du Toit, Alberts, Paige, Steyn, Serfontein. USA Scully; Thompson, Niua, A Suniula, Test; S Suniula, Kruger; Kilifi, Thiel, Baumann, Stanfill, Trouville, Barrett, Quill, Manoa (capt). Replacements Taufetee, Fenoglio, Moeakiola, Lamositele, Dolan, McFarland, Petri, Wyles–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports alast_img read more

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