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Province Supports Apple Valley Foods Expansion

first_imgThe Nova Scotia government is helping a Kentville manufacturer of pie products to expand and create up to 35 new jobs. The Office of Economic Development will provide an innovation incentive of $1.5 million to Apple Valley Foods Incorporated to support a five-year expansion planned by the agri-food company between 2005 and 2010, Economic Development Minister Ernest Fage announced today, Aug. 11. “The expansion will upgrade the facility to improve efficiency so Apple Valley increases export sales and creates new jobs,” said Mr. Fage. “Building up export capacity creates strong jobs and strong communities in rural Nova Scotia,” he added. Since opening in 2000, Apple Valley has created 115 jobs. The company produces more than 60,000 pies a day for Canadian and American markets. With the planned expansion, sales are expected to increase by 50 per cent and the number of jobs to increase to 150 by 2010. “The province’s financial support allows our company to purchase new equipment and expand our facilities to increase our manufacturing capability, creating new opportunities in the Annapolis Valley,” said company president Jeff Sarsfield. “It increases our ability to export product and create new jobs for Nova Scotians.” The innovation incentive will amount to $750,000 in 2005-06 and $750,000 in 2006-07. “We are delighted the province is helping to build Nova Scotia’s potential as a manufacturer and exporter of value-added food products,” said Waldo Walsh, president of the Nova Scotia Fruit Growers’ Association. “This investment not only helps Apple Valley and its workforce, it also supports the producers who supply the plant from the agri-food sector, which is such an important generator of direct and indirect jobs in rural communities.” The Sarsfield family has majority ownership of Apple Valley Foods Incorporated. The remainder of the firm is held by American partner Harlan Bakeries Inc. of Indianapolis, Ind.last_img read more

Canada Games Reveals Medal Design

first_imgIn February 2011, more than 1,000 young athletes will take home a memorable and unique souvenir of their accomplishment at the Canada Games in Nova Scotia: a gold, silver or bronze medal. The winning design, by Halifax university students Marlon Solis and Amber Whyley, was revealed today, Aug. 16. The unveiling took place at Saint Mary’s University, where the designers studied marketing together and where 122 medals will be awarded to Games athletes competing in judo and squash. Games medalists can take pride in knowing that the medals were designed by two of their peers who, like them, competed to be the best. More than 90 design submissions were received in an open design competition. Entrants were asked to reflect the unique nature, theme, culture and spirit of the 2011 Canada Games and Nova Scotia. The distinctive shape of the medal represents the beauty of the province, which has been shaped by the sea. Other prominent design features include a ribbon loop inspired by the gates of the Halifax Public Gardens, and an etched theme depicting interlocking athletic figures in motion to convey athletic spirit, unity and diversity. Games medals will be produced by Charm Diamond Centres who also fabricated the medals for the 2003 Games in Bathurst, New Brunswick and the 2001 Games in London, Ontario. More information on the medal design and designers, including high-res images, a video and a French transcript of the video can be found at http://canadagames2011.ca/medals . The 2011 Canada Winter Games will be the largest multi-sport event held in Nova Scotia and Halifax’s first Canada Winter Games. From Feb. 11 to 27, 2011, more than 2,700 athletes will compete in more than 20 sports, attracting thousands of visitors, VIPs, officials and media. Held every two years, alternating between summer and winter, the Canada Games are a key event in the development of Canada’s young athletes, producing the next generation of national, international and Olympic champions.last_img read more

Debate over Wood Buffalo UNESCO site politicized scientists

first_imgTwo prominent water scientists say a debate over Canada’s largest national park has become politicized and industrial development is being blamed for changes it didn’t cause.Brent Wolfe of Wilfrid Laurier University and Roland Hall from the University of Waterloo say B.C. Hydro’s Bennett Dam on the Peace River has had only a marginal effect on northern Alberta’s Wood Buffalo National Park.After 20 years of research and nearly two dozen published papers, they conclude climate change has been drying out the world’s second-largest freshwater delta for more than a century.And that there may be nothing anyone can do about it.“What our research shows is that this landscape is overwhelmingly influenced by natural processes,” says Hall. “You’re going to end up wasting a lot of effort.”Their conclusions are disputed by the author of a report done for the federal government, as well as by another leading researcher.Wolfe and Hall criticize the 561-page study that was done in response to concerns the park’s environment has deteriorated, which potentially threatens its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.The study concluded that 15 out of 17 measures of environmental health are declining in the area, mostly because of lower river levels and fewer floods to replenish lakes. It said industry and dams, as well as climate change and natural cycles, are behind the problem.Wolfe and Hall say sediment cores in area lakes show that the Wood Buffalo region has been drying out since the early 1900s.“All of our evidence suggests that drying began in the early 20th century,” Wolfe says. “We also have evidence that the flood frequency has been declining.“This has led us to conclude that the main cause of drying is long-term climate change.”The two say the federal study ignores their findings because they are politically inconvenient.“Society is familiar with attempts by large corporations to obscure the debate with misinformation to stifle credible evidence of their environmental footprint championed by scientists and environmentalists,” they write in a document released to The Canadian Press.“But we have less experience when the situation is reversed — when environmental NGOs, aboriginal organizations and government agencies ignore scientific evidence that runs counter to what they perceive.”David Schindler, a retired University of Alberta ecologist who has extensively studied Wood Buffalo, says there’s little doubt that the dam has changed flood patterns on the Peace River.“Hydro dams are designed to damp high flows and hold back water for low flow periods,” he said in an email.Don Gorber, who wrote the report for the federal government, says Wolfe and Hall’s research was consulted. He says the dam does play a role in changes to the park, but adds that his study agrees that climate change is a major factor.Gorber says what’s important is trying to decide how to preserve Wood Buffalo’s environment and the livelihood of the First Nations who depend on it.“We’re not denying the fact for the past 100 years there’s been a decrease (in water),” he says. “I’m hoping that these people will help try to find a solution as opposed to criticizing one side or the other.”Parks Canada is developing plans to address concerns.Wolfe and Hall say there may be no solutions to be found.Deltas change, they say, and perhaps should be allowed to.“The kind of viewpoint that’s being forwarded is that to maintain this UNESCO World Heritage Site it has to be held in this state that existed the year before the dam,” Wolfe says.“This is leading towards a call for more water in the delta. Where are you going to get that water from if it’s not flowing down those rivers in the volume that it used to?“It could lead to a lot of expensive restoration projects that will have limited or no success.”— Follow @row1960 on Twitterlast_img read more

Delhi Police busts gang of robbers

first_imgNew Delhi: The team of Safdarjung Enclave police station busted a gang of robbers on Monday near Arjun Nagar T-point, solving at least five pending cases in the process. A loaded country-made pistol, two live cartridges, one stolen scooty, and two stolen mobile phones were recovered from them.The team led by SHO Shivraj Singh Bisht was set up under the supervision of ACP Ishwar Singh (Safdarjung Enclave) to asses the inputs of security threats.Police were deployed at Arjun Nagar T-point to keep an eye out for the accused persons when they noticed a white scooty at about 7 pm coming from Aurobindo Marg with three people on it, all without helmets.When asked to stop their vehicle, the three sped away in the direction of Ring Road riding on the wrong side of the road. Following a motorcycle pursuit, the police apprehended all three suspects namely; Abhishek, Suraj, and Sunil.Police investigations revealed that Abhishek was the lock picker while others used to steal vehicles and used them to commit other crimes. It was also revealed that the mobile phones stolen by the gang would be sold by another of their associates named Om Prakash, who is on the police radar.South-West District DCP Devender Arya said that the meticulous planning and execution of the team has led to the successful busting of the gang.A case under sections 25/54/59 of the Arms Act and 411/34 of the IPC has been registered at the Safdarjung police station against the three apprehended.last_img read more

Precision Drilling holding steady with dividend payment despite tough market

Precision Drilling holding steady with dividend payment despite tough market by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 25, 2013 6:57 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Precision Drilling Corp. (TSX:PD) is maintaining its dividend amid difficult market conditions that have driven down its revenue and profit.The Calgary-based drilling company’s net income fell to $93 million or 33 cents per diluted share, down 16 per cent from the first quarter of 2012.Its revenue dropped by seven per cent to $596 million, mainly due to lower North American drilling activity compared with the first quarter of 2012.Nevertheless, the results were ahead of analyst estimates and Precision Drilling will pay a quarterly dividend of five cents per share on May 15.That will be the second payout to shareholders since the Calgary-based company announced in December that it would institute a quarterly dividend but reduce capital spending this year.Precision Drilling said Thursday that the decline in North American drilling activity was partly offset by higher rates for its services and increased activity abroad.Analysts had estimated 28 cents per share of net income and $593 million of revenue, according to figures compiled by Thomson Reuters. read more

Rakocevic leads USC past Long Beach State 7565

LOS ANGELES — Junior Nick Rakocevic scored 19 points and had 12 rebounds to lead a balanced USC Trojans squad to a 75-65 victory over the Long Beach State 49ers Wednesday night.All five starters for USC (5-2) scored in double figures. Bennie Boatwright and Derryck Thornton each added 13 points, Johan Matthews had 11 and Shaqquan Aaron had 10.Bryan Alberts and Jordan Roberts led the 49ers (2-6) with 13 points.The Trojans looked like they might run away the game early in the second half, building a 14-point lead at 47-33.But the 49ers got back in the game by scoring the next 10 consecutive points. They pulled within two three different times but could never catch the Trojans.Rakocevic scored 13 of his points in the game’s final nine minutes.Both team struggled from the field in the first half.USC led 36-28 at the break despite shooting just 40.6 per cent, building the bulk of its lead on a pair of late 3-pointers. Long Beach shot only 31.4 per cent in the first half.The 49ers played without leading scorer Deishuan Booker (16.0 per game). A Long Beach team spokesman said he was suspended one game for a violation of team rules.BIG PICTURELong Beach State: Wednesday was the 49ers’ fourth game against a Pac-12 team in their first eight games. They still have Stanford scheduled (Dec. 29) before starting conference play.USC: Rakocevic’s output on the boards was hardly a one-time thing. He entered the game averaging 11.7 rebounds per game, sixth nationally and tops in the Pac-12.UP NEXTLong Beach State: Will play its seventh game away from home in its first nine games when the 49ers travel to the University of San Diego on Saturday.USC: The Trojans face their first ranked team of the season when they play host to No.5 Nevada on Saturday.More AP college basketball: http://collegebasketball.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_Top25The Associated Press read more

Stephen Curry Isnt Better Than LeBron On Offense — But Hes As

Apparently it’s the season of athletes making statistically unsupported comparisons to their peers. Back in May, Patrick Peterson claimed superiority over Richard Sherman in the NFL (something that, according to the numbers — is dubious), and now Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry told Dan Patrick Tuesday that he thinks he’s a better offensive player than LeBron James:A better offensive player, me or LeBron? That’s the first time I’ve ever been asked that question … Me. He obviously demands a lot of attention on the floor, but I like to say I can distribute, get my teammates involved and be a playmaker as well.With all due respect to Curry, a true offensive force in his own right, this is another case where the majority of statistical evidence doesn’t do the challenger any favors.According to the advanced box-score metrics, James spent the 2013-14 season outclassing Curry in usage rate, scoring efficiency, offensive rebounding, avoiding turnovers and drawing fouls. The only offensive areas in which Curry beat James were jump-shooting — Curry made 42 percent of his 3-point shots and 49 percent of his midrange jumpers; James knocked down those shots at rates of 38 and 39 percent, respectively — and passing (whether measured by assist percentage or SportVU’s optically tracked passing metrics).But James is no slouch in terms of distributing the ball, either; he ranked 19th among qualified NBA players in assist percentage a year ago. Distance shooting is really the only offensive category in which Curry claims a substantial edge over James — and it’s an advantage mitigated by the fact that James’s shot distribution skews so heavily toward easier shots at the rim. So Curry is a better long-range shooter than James, but James doesn’t take that many long-range shots.Zooming out, James’s personal offensive rating was higher than Curry’s even though James used a higher proportion of his team’s possessions (so subscribers to skill curve theory would have a hard time siding with Curry in this debate).Case closed? Not yet. There have been instances when such box-score-based metrics fail to tell the whole story, and players with gaudy combinations of usage and efficiency don’t always have the impact we’d predict from their individual stats. These are the kinds of incongruities that ESPN’s Real Plus Minus (RPM) is supposed to detect. RPM estimates a player’s effect on his team’s efficiency after accounting for the quality of his teammates, opponents and a host of other variables.By RPM, James was easily the offensive player who had the most impact in the NBA last season. Curry was second, slightly outpacing reigning MVP Kevin Durant.The comparison gets a little more interesting, though, when you look at these adjusted Four Factors ratings, which apply the same technique — estimating a player’s on-court impact via regression — to the four essential barometers of a team’s offensive performance: effective field goal percentage (which adjusts ordinary shooting percentage for the fact that 3-pointers are worth 1.5 times as much as 2s), turnover percentage, offensive rebounding rate and free-throw rate.In two of the four factors, James and Curry exert similar degrees of influence: Both boost team shooting percentages and reduce team turnover rates at levels greater than 95 percent of all NBA players. And despite his inferior individual offensive rebounding numbers, Curry is also associated with a much better rate of team effectiveness on the offensive glass than James is. This is probably due in part to the increased likelihood that 3-pointers result in “long rebounds” which can be rebounded more readily by the offense (of course, Miami’s incredibly low offensive rebounding percentage — at least some of which was part of a conscious strategy — bears mentioning).Through this lens, the biggest disparity between the two players is in free-throw rate: James was in the 99th percentile in that category, while Curry ranked in the 54th percentile. But free-throw rate is the least important of the Four Factors. Crafting an overall average based on the suggested weights for each category, Curry would actually place slightly ahead of James on offense (even if the overall adjusted plus/minus ratings generated by the same data set have James at No. 1).That would be an anomalous ranking, however, as the vast majority of advanced statistics side with James in this debate. The more interesting tidbit from such analysis might just be that Curry is within striking distance in most of the numbers, and that, statistically, there’s a good case to be made that Curry is superior on offense to Durant. James’s statistics are too overwhelming to be surpassed, but Curry is as close as anyone in the game. read more

Gay marriage was legal in Utah for the weekend but a ban

first_imgSamantha Christensen, left, and Elise Larsen apply for a marriage licence. (Pic: AP Photo/Kim Raff)For now, a state considered as one of the most conservative in the nation has joined the likes of California and New York to become the 18th state where same-sex couples can legally wed.Utah is home to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which was one of the leading forces behind California’s short-lived ban on same-sex marriage, Proposition 8, which voters approved in 2008. The church said on Friday that it stands by its support for “traditional marriage” and that it hopes a higher court validates its belief that marriage is between a man and woman.In Shelby’s 53-page ruling, he said the constitutional amendment Utah voters approved in 2004 violates gay and lesbian couples’ rights to due process and equal protection under the 14th Amendment. Shelby said the state failed to show that allowing same-sex marriages would affect opposite-sex marriages in any way.The decision drew a swift and angry reaction Republican Gov. Gary Herbert, who said he was disappointed in an “activist federal judge attempting to override the will of the people of Utah.”The state quickly took steps to appeal the ruling and halt the process, setting up today’s hearing before Shelby.Read: Same-sex marriage vote to be one of a number of referendums to be held in 2015 >Read: Couples devastated as Australia’s top court overrules same-sex marriage > A US FEDERAL judge will today consider a request from the state of Utah to block gay weddings that have been taking place since Friday, when the state’s same-sex marriage ban was overturned.US District Judge Robert J. Shelby ruled that Utah’s law passed violates gay and lesbian couples’ rights under the 14th Amendment.Lawyers for the state want the ruling put on hold as they appeal the decision that has put Utah in the national spotlight because of its long-standing opposition to gay marriage. Shelby will hold a hearing this morning on the request.Yesterday, a federal appeals court rejected the state’s emergency request stay the ruling, saying it couldn’t rule on a stay since Shelby hasn’t acted on the motion before him.Following Shelby’s surprising ruling Friday afternoon, gay and lesbian couples rushed to a county clerk’s office in Salt Lake City to get marriage licences. More than 100 couples wed as others cheered them on in what became an impromptu celebration an office building about three miles from the headquarters of the Mormon church.Hundreds of couples are expected to arrive at county clerks offices early today in hopes of getting marriage licences before a possible halt if Shelby grants the stay its request. Legal experts say that even if a stay is granted, the licences that have already been issued will likely still be valid.last_img read more

Man who burgled five homes in one hour arrested after car chase

first_imgA 21-YEAR-OLD MAN has been arrested in connection with at least five burglaries in the space of an hour last night.The burglaries took place between 6 and 7pm in the Mullingar, Co Westmeath.A black Saab car was spotted leaving the scene, and was later spotted by Gardaí in Naas, Co Kildare.Following a pursuit from Gardaí, the man was arrested after the car crashed in the Sallins area.Two others may have escaped from the vehicle.The man, also charged with dangerous driving, is due before Naas District Court this morning.Read: Loads of fake UGG boots were seized by gardaí in Cork – and here’s what they look like >last_img read more

The 5 at 5 Wednesday

first_img Nov 30th 2016, 4:55 PM The 5 at 5: Wednesday Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock… 5,660 Views Image: Shutterstock/photographyfirm Wednesday 30 Nov 2016, 4:55 PM No Comments Image: Shutterstock/photographyfirm Short URL By Garreth MacNamee http://jrnl.ie/3111757 EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know as you head home for the day.1. #STILL A CRISIS There are 142 people sleeping rough in the capital, according to official figures.2. #RAILLY GOOD NEWS Late night DART and Dundalk and Maynooth commuter services are back on the weekends in the run-up to Christmas.3. #RADIO NO NO Broadcasting watchdog upholds complaint made against station after a caller made a number of offensive comments on-air about special needs children.4. #STOP OGLING KELLY Former Environment Minister Alan Kelly and union leader Brendan Ogle hit out at each other on live radio over water charges today.5. #YOU’RE FIRED Donald Trump said he will leave his businesses “in total” so he can “fully focus” on the job of running the country. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share1 Tweet Email last_img read more

Mississipi des milliers de poissons morts à cause de la marée noire

first_imgMississipi : des milliers de poissons morts à cause de la marée noire ?Louisiane, États-Unis- Des milliers de poissons morts ont été découverts à l’embouchure du Mississippi, en Louisiane. Les autorités s’interrogent sur un possible lien avec la marée noire du golfe du Mexique.Dimanche, les cadavres de milliers de poissons ont été retrouvés flottant à la surface de l’eau. Comme le rapporte le quotidien de la Nouvelle-Orléans Times-Picayune, les crabes, raies pastenagues, anguilles, ascasses et acoupas rouges découverts ont été récupérés grâce aux barrages flottants mis en place pour lutter contre la marée noire dans le golfe du Mexique.À lire aussiL’impressionnant repas d’un héron surpris en pleine nature”Selon nos estimations, il y a eu des milliers de poissons morts, et je parle d’une fourchette allant de 5.000 à 15.000″, a déploré dans un communiqué Craig Taffaro, le président du comté de St Bernard, en Louisiane.Afin de déterminer si le pétrole qui s’est déversé suite à l’explosion de la plateforme pétrolière Deepwater Horizon est la cause de cette hécatombe, des responsables du service de la faune et des pêches de Louisiane ont prélevé des échantillons d’eau qui seront rapidement analysés. Les autorités de l’Etat refusent de tirer des conclusions trop hâtives, des problèmes d’oxygène liés au barrage du bayou La Loutre, proche de l’embouchure du Mississippi, étant fréquents dans la région.Le 24 août 2010 à 20:30 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Real Madrid stopped negotiations for Palacios

first_imgExequiel Palacios’ agent has revealed that Real Madrid has stopped all negotiations for the River Plate star due to the Libertadores final.The effects of the Copa Libertadores final in Madrid are starting to take some victims, the latest one is Exequiel Palacios from River Plate according to his agent.The player had an advanced negotiation to sign for Los Blancos during the winter, but the whole situation with the final has delayed and maybe even completely stopped the process, agent Renato Corsi spoke to Diario AS about the state of the whole deal and revealed that there are other clubs who are interested in signing the player as soon as possible.Corsi spoke about the heartbreak that was not being able to play the final at the Monumental for Palacios, the player who gave his club the ticket to the big match after scoring a penalty in the semifinals.Según @diarioas , la interminable final de la Libertadores frena el pase de Exequiel Palacios a Real Madrid, pero no lo pone en riesgohttps://t.co/sC0DdCRpQN— Claudio Mauri (@hcmauri) November 26, 2018“As the River Plate fan and as a football player for this club for the last ten years, it’s obvious that Exequiel wanted to play the final at the Monumental in Argentina,” said Corsi to Diario AS.“With this whole problem that took place over there, he would also love to play in that stadium and in a country as beautiful as Spain.”“I really hope things work out and he can play for Real Madrid. We have received calls from Inter, AS Roma, Wolfsburg…”“There are many interested clubs but Real Madrid is the one that has shown the biggest interest.”“This whole situation of the suspended final between River and Boca, is the reason that both boards of directors haven’t been able to talk about the transfer yet.”“But I gotta say that Real Madrid has been nothing but straightforward and polite with us, both me and my partner.”“Both clubs have already agreed that they will speak again when the final has passed, they were already going to keep having meetings over Exequiel Palacios after both matches.”“But everything happened and they didn’t talk. Real Madrid will call us in the next few days. We also spoke with Barcelona, but we never reached an agreement.”Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“Zanetti from Inter also called me, but none of those clubs advanced as much as Real Madrid,” he added.⚪🔴⚪💪 pic.twitter.com/JzkHmLPIuu— Exequiel Palacios (@exepalacios_) November 20, 2018“Exequiel actually had a chance to join Torino about one and a half years ago. The problem with this offer he got, is that we didn’t think he was yet ready to go to Europe and we all decided that staying in River was the better idea,” he continued.“After that, he continued playing for the club and Marcelo (Gallardo) helped him keep growing little by little until he achieved this level of performance.”“Thanks to his efforts and the manager’s support, Exequiel grew to become the player he is today. We have worked with him for five years now, he is a very humble lad, just like his family. He always played the way he does right now.”“It’s evident that he started playing with a little more attitude this year thanks to Marcelo Gallardo, the manager helped him grow and even improve several aspects of his football,” he concluded.Exequiel Palacios will have a unique chance of showing Real Madrid and Spain what he is capable of, when he plays the Copa Libertadores final against Boca Juniors at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Sunday.As an offensive midfielder with extraordinary creative capabilities, it is expected that Palacios can become one of Argentina’s biggest export talents in recent times.Real Madrid will have bought a great talent if the meetings between then and River Plate turn out positive, the reports of his transfer to Spain are all true, only they got a little bit behind for the reasons that his agent just explained.Vamos todos juntos banda ⚪🔴⚪!! pic.twitter.com/6TOSAWFJhf— Exequiel Palacios (@exepalacios_) October 31, 2018Where would you play Exequiel Palacios in the Real Madrid lineup? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

ASA Strongly Opposes RIN Cap

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) today voiced strong opposition to a cap on the price of Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs), an action that would significantly undermine the integrity of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The concept of a cap on RIN prices has been proposed by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and has been the subject of discussions during White House meetings with RFS stakeholders over the past few weeks. Biodiesel is a significant market for domestic soybean oil, and ASA President John Heisdorffer, who farms in Keota, Iowa, noted the association’s serious concern with a cap on RIN prices.“Placing any cap on the price of RINs is a misguided step that destroys demand for biodiesel and other renewable fuels. Analysis from the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) and the World Agricultural Economic and Environmental Services (WAEES) shows up to 300 million gallons in biomass-based diesel volumes would be lost each year as these volumes would no longer be utilized for compliance with the RFS conventional biofuels requirements.“Furthermore, this idea is simply unnecessary. The RFS program is working as intended – diversifying our nation’s fuel supply, increasing energy security, reducing fuel emissions, and promoting markets for farmers and rural America. RFS stakeholders, including petroleum refiners, have stated that biodiesel is not a problem, yet all of the proposed RFS revisions would first and foremost adversely impact biodiesel. Reduced biodiesel production equals reduced demand for soybean oil, hurting the bottom line for soybean farmers and adversely impacting rural economies. We’re already facing great market uncertainty as a result of the tariffs and trade issues. Action to cap RIN prices and undermine the RFS will exacerbate the economic damage to farm families like mine.“Soybean farmers remember President Trump’s promise to protect the RFS, and imposing a cap on RIN prices would break that promise. We call on the president to reject this RIN cap concept and keep his word to protect the RFS.”last_img read more

Delta worldwide electrical outage caused by fire

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – Delta Air Lines officials have released what exactly caused their company’s worldwide electrical outage, which caused thousands of flights to be canceled and delayed, this week.According to Delta Air Lines, an electrical system failure from a small fire caused a power outage at Delta’s main operations center.The computer crash led to thousands of canceled and delayed flights, which stranded passengers in South Florida and around the globe.Delta’s CEO Ed Bastian released a statement after Monday’s meltdown.“We own it. I own it. I’m personally responsible for this happening, and I’ll personally make sure this doesn’t happen again.”Delta is still dealing with issues related to the outage. On Wednesday, the airline canceled more than 300 flights.last_img read more

McCain to Resist House Plan to Bolster Base Budget with OCO Funds

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, on Tuesday said it is unlikely his panel’s fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill would follow the House’s lead in using $23 billion from DOD’s overseas contingency operations (OCO) account to boost the department’s base budget.House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) defended the maneuver as a way to make up for a troubling shortfall in military readiness. The move would provide an extra $18 billion in base defense spending beyond the Obama administration’s budget request, but cause funding for operations overseas to run out in April 2017 and force the next president to request supplemental war funding before that point.“We are probably not going to go down that path,” McCain told CQ Roll Call. McCain said he is considering a number of options but would not disclose his plans. The Senate Armed Services Committee marks up its version of the annual defense policy bill next month.Any differences in how the two chambers’ authorization bills allocate funding would need to be reconciled in conference.last_img read more

Opels modified Zafira Life pays homage to The ATeams GMC Vandura

first_img The A-Team lives on in Opel’s ‘O-Team’ Zafira Life The Opel Manta 400 was a Group B rally legend 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Vans Car Culture Enlarge ImageThe O-Team sounds like a crack group of detectives who donate blood on the regular. Opel Opel is bringing a bunch of its biggest fans together to celebrate the automaker, and at the event in Oschersleben, Germany, it will unveil one of the strangest vans we’ve seen in some time.Opel on Friday unveiled its “O-Team” Zafira Life van. If the name and the general aesthetics don’t give it away, the van is a tribute to the A-Team’s GMC Vandura from the 1980s A-Team television show. While there won’t be any cigar-chomping action going on, it’s been a hot minute since an automaker has trotted out a custom van, so that alone is worth celebrating.The van carries a similar paint job to the A-Team’s Vandura, with the exception of a changed-up color scheme that uses Opel’s favorite hues, and that bright-green strip really pops in pictures. A 20-inch BBS alloy wheel hangs out at each corner, wrapped in aggressive Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, and behind the front wheels is a set of 15-inch brake rotors. The van itself is lower than usual, too, but it can raise and lower as needed, thanks to an adjustable air suspension.The interior is largely the same as usual, save for the same color scheme as the exterior. There’s a set of sport seats from the Opel Insignia GSi up front, while the second and third rows get rotating captain’s chairs wrapped in leather and Alcantara suede. The weirdest part about being inside the van, though, is that the speakers will deceive you into believing there’s a V8 under the hood (there isn’t — it’s just a 2.0-liter diesel I4).This isn’t a one-off creation, either. Opel noted that every modification made to the van carries TUV approval, so the parts are all road-legal installations that anyone in Europe can make. Thus, there might be more than a few “O-Team” vans rolling around Germany in the near future. I pity the fool who doesn’t dig that idea. More From Roadshow null 7:41 Share your voice 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 11 Photos 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 0 Tags Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more