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Ethanol Supporters Cheer Introduction of Re-FUEL Act

first_imgHome Energy Ethanol Supporters Cheer Introduction of Re-FUEL Act SHARE Iowa Congressman Dave Loebsack has introduced the Renewable Fuel Utilization, Expansion and Leadership – or Re-FUEL – Act. The measure creates a competitive grant program to assist fuel retailers with investments in renewable and alternative fuel and energy sources. Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis says the legislation supports America’s consumers, rural communities and the growing biofuels industry. By supporting renewable fuel infrastructure – Buis says the legislation will help push the nation toward energy independence and give consumers some much needed choice and savings at the pump. He says the bill also emphasizes the importance of investing in and revitalizing rural America. Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen also said the Re-FUEL Act will encourage fuel and energy diversity – introducing consumer choice and the pump and delivering cost-saving options to foreign fossil fuels. He says the pace at which the renewable fuel advantages will be available to American drivers is greatly sped up by the fact that the proposed grants can be used for infrastructure. Dinneen adds that the rural emphasis of the Re-FUEL Act will encourage job creation and economic stability. He says Representative Loebsack recognizes that ethanol production has created and supports more than 386-thousand jobs – with very real potential to expand on that success.Dinneen notes demand for alternative fuels like E15 and E85 is rapidly increasing in the Midwest – with great potential for growth as awareness expands to other states. He says there are currently 90 stations in 12 states offering E15.Source: NAFB News Service Facebook Twitter Previous articleUSDA’s Vilsack to Address 2014 Commodity ClassicNext articleIndiana Soybean Alliance Seeks Nominations for National Checkoff Board Andy Eubank By Andy Eubank – Feb 12, 2014 SHARE Ethanol Supporters Cheer Introduction of Re-FUEL Act Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Ringo Starr Announces 2019 World Tour With His All Starr Band

first_imgToday, Ringo Starr has announced a 2019 world tour in celebration of the 30th anniversary of his All Starr Band. The announcement comes as Starr and his current All Starr Band lineup wrap up their ongoing 2018 tour this month.After beginning with a date at Harrah’s Southern California Resort and Casino on March 21st, Ringo and company will head to Japan for a stretch of 9 performances across the country throughout the month of April. The tour will continue in August, when Starr and the All Starr Band head back to North America, for a show in Ontario, Canada (8/1) followed by two-night runs in Chicago, IL (8/3, 8/4) and Nashville, TN (8/7, 8/8). Finally, the tour will wrap with a concert at The Greek Theater in Los Angeles, CA on September 1st.The 2019 iteration of the former The Beatles drummer’s All Starr Band will feature vocalist/guitarist Colin Hay (Men at Work), guitarist Steve Lukather (Toto), vocalist/keyboardist Gregg Rolie (Santana, Journey), saxophonist Warren Ham (Toto, Bloodrock), drummer Gregg Bissonette (Toto, Santana), and Hamish Stuart (Average White Band). Stuart is the only member of the new lineup that was not a part of the band’s 2018 U.S. tour this year, though he previously toured with the All Starr Band in 2006 and 2008. He replaces bassist/vocalist Graham Gouldman (10cc), who was the newest addition to the band this past tour.See below for a full list of upcoming dates.Ringo Starr And His All Starr Band Tour DatesMarch 21st – Funner, CA @ Harrah’s Resort Southern CaliforniaMarch 27th – Fukuoka, Japan @ Sun Palace HallMar 29th – Hiroshima, Japan @ UenogakuenApril 1st – Miyagi Sendai Japan @ Tokyo Electron HallApril 2nd – Koriyama, Japan @ Shimin CenterApril 3rd – Tokyo, Japan @ Hitomi Kinen KodoApril 5th – Tokyo, Japan @ Dome City HallApril 9th – Nagoya, Japan @ Zepp,April 10th – Osaka, Japan @ Archaic Hall,Apr 11th – Osaka, Japan @ Orix TheatreAugust 1st – Windsor, Ontario @ Caesar’s in WindsorAugust 3rd – Chicago, IL @ RaviniaAugust 4th – Chicago, IL @ RaviniaAugust 7th – Nashville, TN @ The RymanAugust 8th – Nashville, TN @ The RymanSeptember 1st – Los Angeles, CA @ The Greek TheaterView All Tour Dates[H/T Rolling Stone]last_img read more

House renewal supports local economy

first_imgHarvard University today announced plans to undertake a wide-ranging construction program that will result in the creation of nearly 3,600 local construction jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in new local economic activity while ultimately funneling approximately $10 million into Cambridge city coffers in permitting fees alone.Specifically, Harvard is launching the long-planned effort to renew its undergraduate House system, which forms one of the most distinctive and important features of a Harvard College education.“We’re pleased that the renewal of Harvard’s undergraduate Houses will not only preserve and extend an indelible part of a Harvard College education, but that in doing so, we will help boost the local and regional economy by fostering new jobs and significant permitting revenues for the city,” said Christine Heenan, vice president of Government, Community & Public Affairs.More than 98 percent of Harvard College students live on campus. First-year students live in freshman dorms, located in and around Harvard Yard.  The overwhelming majority of sophomores, juniors, and seniors live in one of 12 Houses, which are located alongside the Charles River or on the Radcliffe Quad, along Garden Street.House Renewal, as the project is known on campus, will focus first on the original neo-Georgian Houses along the Charles, most of which were constructed in the 1920s and ’30s and have been little upgraded since. A first “test project” is already under way on the Old Quincy section of Quincy House and another is slated to begin in June 2013, with construction on the McKinlock Hall section of Leverett House.Local economic benefitsRenewal of the neo-Georgian Houses is currently projected to cost more than $1 billion.  Approximately 60 percent of the construction expense will go toward labor costs, which largely consist of wages paid directly to workers on the project.In total, nearly 3,600 local construction jobs are expected to be created over the life of the project. All major construction trades — such as laborers, carpenters, and plumbers — will have a role. The University is also party to a project labor agreement, ensuring that the construction will be performed by union workers.In addition to construction jobs and payments to local and regional vendors, the project is expected to provide up to $10 million for the city of Cambridge in the form of permit fees.“In addition to direct payments to construction workers, vendors, and the city of Cambridge, House Renewal will provide significant indirect economic benefits to local businesses, ranging from workers frequenting local restaurants and retailers to police details to help safeguard the public as construction occurs,” Heenan said.Renewing Harvard’s undergraduate HousesIn announcing the launch of House Renewal, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Michael D. Smith and Harvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds noted the importance of the House system while detailing plans for the coming years.“In today’s plugged-in, always-on world, the kind of connection between people that is afforded by the House system is a truly precious resource,” said Smith. “The Houses have been and must continue to be carefully curated communities, evolving as our students and the world around them changes. As we change the buildings to meet the current and future needs of our students and programs, we recommit ourselves to Harvard’s House system, a truly life-changing institution rooted in people and what they can learn from each other. The Houses are the heart of the student experience at Harvard.”Smith and Hammonds recounted the plans for the two test projects at Quincy House and Leverett House and announced plans to begin the renewal of the first full House — Dunster House — in June 2014.University implements original plan to convertInn at Harvard to institutional useHarvard also announced plans to use the Harvard-owned facility now containing the Inn at Harvard as the hub of “swing housing” for students temporarily displaced by construction on their particular House. When built in 1991, the facility was intended to be used as a hotel until it was converted to University use. The property is operated by an independent contractor under a contract specifically designed to enable the University to convert it to institutional use with 12 months’ notice.Consistent with that plan, the hotel will close by July 2013, and alterations will be made to the facility during the following year to enable it to support students, including student beds, a dining hall, and other social and program spaces that are integral parts of every House. The first students will move into the facility in the fall of 2014.Contact: Jeff [email protected]last_img read more

Collaboration will drive AI for credit unions

first_img Technology expert John Best provided an overview of the potential that artificial intelligence (AI) holds for credit unions during a general session at the CUNA Operations & Member Experience Council Conference in Chicago.Best says the long-held vision of AI is a robot that performs virtually all our day-to-day duties, but in the immediate future, AI applications will act as our assistants.“Tomorrow’s AI revolution will grow from today’s technology,” he says. “We’re going to have applications in place that take what we do today and do it better.”Whether employees are in the call center or accounting, they’ll have AI that will assist them with their everyday duties, he says. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrcenter_img John Bestlast_img read more

Passion blowout city rival Force to keep national championship hopes alive

first_imgThe Passion (5-0) lived up to its billing as the hottest team in the Women’s Football Alliance League by shutting out the Pittsburgh Force 66-0, at Steel Valley High School’s Campbell Field May 19.The day began very badly for the Force and got progressively worse. First, the honorary captain for the game was supposed to be Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders. However, Sanders was a no-show, just like he was for much of the 2011 season.After receiving the opening kickoff, the Force surprised the Passion by moving the football easily to mid-field. The team and the crowd were pumped up until a center to quarterback exchange was fumbled and recovered by the Passion.Passion first year head coach Harvey Smith designed an offensive scheme as potent as any in the country. The players studied hard to learn this new offense and picked it up without the help of Rosetta Stone. Through five games the Passion is averaging 52-points per game.Defensively the Force decided to gamble by double teaming star receiver Tammy Spencer, who is also the Passion’s community relations director. But concentrating on Spencer left the team’s other receiver with one-on-one coverage. Amanda Haeg caught four touchdown passes from quarterback Lisa Horton and ran for another.“We’ve got a really exciting offense,” owner Teresa Conn said. “We’ve got so many people back there. The same people can run it and pass it. We can do all the so-called trick plays. We just keep our opponents guessing.”If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Troy Polamalu has the utmost respect of his professional peers. Michelle Brevard-Wilkerson, a surgical technologist, wears the same number and plays the same position as Polamalu. Brevard-Wilkerson is an 8-year veteran and all-star, but the Most Valuable defender had to go to Olivia “Prime-Time” Griswold, who intercepted a pass and high stepped 50-yards and did a full body flip into the endzone.Griswold also had a couple quarterback sacks and a forced fumble and recovered a fumble.Fullback Melinda Henderson, yet another great football player from Aliquippa, made a lot of great blocks and bulldozed her way into the end zone for a touchdown.“It was a force of passion,” said Delana Williams, CEO of Eyes of Jordan. “Whatever boys can do girls can do better!”The best all-around player may have been Tia “Monti” Montgomery of the Force. The former Westinghouse High School all-star was all over the field. Montgomery blocked a kick, forced a fumble, recovered a fumble and had a lot of big hits.“We are disappointed but we’ll bounce back,” said owner and head coach Kathy “Kat” Ferrari. “Everybody gets their butt kicked once in a while. Even the New England Patriots gets beat bad sometimes. Only difference is they get millions.”The Force don’t have enough players yet who can step up their “Swag” enough to compete with a team like the Passion.“Our goal is to win a national championship,” said Passion defensive coach Jerry Lee. “The national championship game is at Heinz Field and we expect to be there.”Heinz Field will host the 2012 Silver Sport Women’s Football Alliance National Championship on Saturday, Aug. 4. It will be the first time a women’s football championship will be played in an NFL stadium.Could the Pittsburgh Passion be America’s team? The Passion was the first women’s football team to have a game shown on ESPN.As keeper of the Passion, the important thing for Conn is to always be prepared. The flame must not be allowed to burn out, or even flicker.As a gladiator centuries ago once said, “What we do in life, echoes in eternity!” Dreams don’t end on the football field, it’s where they begin.Teresa Conn’s life has been one from which books of encouragement are conceived and movie deals end up on the big screen. But the dreams and achievements of this remarkable woman reach far beyond a fantasy story or cinema agreement.Last year Heinz Field hosted a football championship in the Batman movie of Gotham City.Coach Smith, Teresa Conn and the Pittsburgh Passion expect to win another championship, so get your popcorn ready. PRIME-TIME PERFORMER—Most Valuable Defender Olivia “Prime-Time” Griswold intercepted a pass and high stepped 50-yards and did a full body flip into the end zone. (Courtesy Photos/Pittsburgh Passion) There is no new thing under the sun, according to Ecclesiastes, but as football fans, we’d be better off had we been told, there is not now, nor will there ever be, anything like the Pittsburgh Passion. The Passion is Women’s Football’s Rock of Gibraltar—so solid or permanent, it can never be broken. last_img read more

Cougars rain on Nelson parade, feast on Leafs during Cyclone opener

first_imgNelson Leafs face a must win as the Cyclone Taylor Cup enters Day two Friday at the NDCC Arena.Victoria Cougars rained on the parade of the home side, scoring five second-period goals to rout the home side 6-1 in action Thursday night before a disappointing home crowd at the NDCC Arena.The Leafs now face archrival Beaver Valley Nitehawks Friday at 7:30 p.m.The Hawks, tied with Victoria for top spot in Cyclone Taylor Cup standings, opened with a 4-1 win over Aldergrove Kodiaks.The Cougars, three-peat champs of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League, survived the opening period against a hungry Leafs team trying to make good after getting knocked out in the second round of the KIJHL playoffs.Victoria came out better than expected when Wade Johnson scored with three minutes remaining in the frame to give the Cougars a 1-0 lead. The Cougars then flexed their offensive muscle, out scoring Nelson 5-1 in the middle frame —counting four special teams markers as the power play connected for three goals.Sam McMullen led the charge with a power play goal and a shorthanded marker.Blake Roney (powerplay), Ryan Carson and Patrick Webb (powerplay) added singles.Troy Petrick stopped the bleeding with Nelson’s only goal that made the score 4-1 at the time.Victoria out shot Nelson 27-19 in the game.Connor Beauchamp was outstanding for Victoria to earn the win in goal.The Nanton, Alta., native was especially sharp in the first period when he denied Nelson shooters on a two-man breakaway, stacking the pads to stop Brandon Sookro before robbing Travis Wellman from the side of the net.Brad Rebagliati, who made his first start in the playoffs after sitting out the KIJHL playoffs with an injury, took the loss for Nelson in goal.TOURNEY NOTES: The feature game between Nelson and Victoria attracted 724 fans. . . .Prior to the Nelson/Victoria contest, all teams were present on the ice for the opening ceremonies. . . . Members of the RCMP and Nelson City Police paraded the Cyclone Taylor Cup onto the ice. . . . Emcee Gord Davis introduced dignitaries that included the presidents of the three Junior B Leagues — George Richards of the Pacific Junior Hockey League, Joe O’Shea of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League and Bill Ohlhausen of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League. . . . Nelson players had not seen game action for more than a month, having resumed skating April 1. . . . There was a moment of silence as the Nelson Leafs honoured Nolan Handley. Hanley, who played for Nelson this season as an affiliate player, was killed in a car accident earlier this week in Trail.last_img read more

Time to make plans for the re-vamped West Kootenay Glacier Challenge

first_img“It was a big decision to change course and we put a lot of thought into the new route,” Dimock said, adding the new course is down in kilometers to 154 km.“We are working hard to make sure the 2015 tour is as much fun as our previous ones have been.”“This route change is just for one year and we plan to return to our original route for 2016 but this shorter version is giving us an opportunity to perhaps do a few things that aren’t possible on our longer route,” Dimock adds.“It also presents an opportunity for riders who may be a bit daunted by the longer ride to be able to participate in the MS Bike. It’s a great event for a great cause.”Proceeds from MS Bike fund vital MS research and programs & services that enable those affected by MS. To participate, all you need is a bike and a passion to end MS.Multiple sclerosis (MS), also known as disseminated sclerosis or encephalomyelitis disseminata, is an inflammatory disease in which the insulating covers of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord are damaged. This damage disrupts the ability of parts of the nervous system to communicate, resulting in a wide range of signs and symptoms, including physical, mental, and sometimes psychiatric problemsThis tour is run by the West Kootenay Chapter of the MS Society and the money raised supports the programs and services we offer in the West Kootenay and Boundary areas to people living with MS and their caregivers,” said Dimock.“It also helps us support vital research for new treatments, and ultimately to find a cure.”The top fundraiser in the West Kootenay Glacier Challenge receives a $200 gift certificate for dinner at their favourite restaurant in Nelson compliments The Nelson Daily.For more information on the MS Bike Tour — West Kootenay Glacier Challenge go to http://mssoc.convio.net/site/TR?fr_id=3881&pg=entry or contact Leona Dimock at 1-866-352-3997 or [email protected] The route may have been changed — just for this year — but the goal remains the same for participants in the West Kootenay Glacier Challenge — help fight MS (Multiple sclerosis).Riders and donors alike are already gearing up for the annual race set for August 22-23 in Nelson and area.“Everyone who joins us, whether as a rider, a donor or a volunteer is helping to reach our goal — to end MS,” said Leona Dimock, West Kootenay Glacier Challenge Bike Tour Coordinator.Not only has Dimock been busy with organizing, but the committee has spent most of the spring re-working the course after learning crews would be paving 40 kilometers of highway through on the race course this summer.“Our Route Coordinator started communicating with Selkirk Paving back in April about the plans for resurfacing and they were very willing to work with us and accommodate our cyclists and volunteers through the construction zone, but in the end we decided for the sake of safety, as well as the quality of the experience for our riders, to change the route to avoid that area,” Dimock explained.The new route means the ride, set for Saturday August 22, begins in Nelson, travels to Salmo before returning back to Rotary Lakeside Park for the traditional Save-On-Foods Celebration Dinner.Sunday, riders leave Lakeside Park, head over the Big Orange Bridge on Highway 3A for Proctor and back to Nelson.last_img read more

Mauricio Pochettino wants Tottenham to attract world’s top talent

first_img1 The north London club have seen their top players linked with moves away Mauricio Pochettino wants Tottenham to be the hunters not the hunted when it comes to attracting the world’s top talents.Kyle Walker is the latest Spurs player to be attracting interest after Dele Alli, Danny Rose, Toby Alderweireld, Eric Dier and Christian Eriksen have all been linked with moves away.Tottenham have been forced to sell their star names in recent years and they still cannot compete financially with the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea.But Pochettino, whose side sit second in the Premier League, wants Spurs to become a club that players want to join rather than leave. “We want to move the club to the last level,” Pochettino said.“At the moment if we are capable of moving the club in the next few years to the last level you will see maybe the rumours will stop because when you compare Tottenham to – I don’t know I want to be very respectful – to Manchester United or this type of club, you do not see the same sort of rumours as down here.“Why? I think you know and we know, it is not a moment to talk but that is the situation. The real situation is we are working so hard.“I try to explain to you that there is a lot of pride, because he (Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy) is the first who is creating a massive club for us and the fans because he is thinking to move in the next few years the club into the last level.“And then of course in our signings we are creating a new team that in the new stadium and with the new facilities Tottenham will be one of the best teams in the world.”Walker, who is reportedly keen on a move to Manchester City, is in the squad to face West Ham on Friday night and has trained as normal with the first team this week.Pochettino picked Kieran Trippier ahead of Walker for last weekend’s north London derby against Arsenal and remained tight-lipped about the defender’s future.“All 21 players are focused to help achieve the things we want to achieve,” Pochettino said.“I am so calm. The players are calm. They know what happens inside.“It’s important that the fans know that the players are calm and we will see at the end of the season whether the rumours are true or not.”Asked about Walker’s absence against Arsenal and Chelsea, Pochettino said: “For me every game is big. Crystal Palace was big. Swansea was a big game.”He continued: “When you have players that deserve to play and play, then all players feel an important part of the team.“The rotation between Danny Rose and Ben Davies, or Kyle and Trippier, you can see their performances.“It’s because we have good players in the squad that it affects their team-mates and makes them better.”Spurs have the chance to crank up the pressure on Chelsea this weekend – they can reduce the gap at the top to one point, before the Blues face Middlesbrough on Monday.They must first, however, beat West Ham at the London Stadium, where the Hammers have struggled for form this term.Tottenham confirmed last week they will move to Wembley next season while their own new stadium is completed, and Pochettino said he might even ask Slaven Bilic for some advice.“Yes it will be a great opportunity,” Pochettino said.“Before the game, after the game. Always is an opportunity to listen, to learn. He maybe can advise us on different things. You need to adapt to different things in a new stadium.”Danny Rose is still not ready to return after three months out with a knee injury but the full-back is expected to resume full training next week.last_img read more

Top stories of 2018: No. 2

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Wayne County Fair evacuates: Livestock heads to Richland CountyThe deluge of water for much of Ohio in 2018 showed up in full force for the Wayne County Fair that had to be evacuated due to rising flood concerns. Fortunately the surrounding community stepped up to help and the exhibitors still got to show their livestock despite the challenges from Mother Nature.last_img

Complete Multicam Workflow in Final Cut Pro X

first_imgVideo pro and Premiumbeat blogger Ben Consoli demos his efficient Final Cut Pro X multicam workflow – essential vieweing for FCPX editors!Although Final Cut Pro X continues to catch flack from some video pros as a more “amateur” version of it’s predecessor, there is one function who’s improvement cannot be debated – multicamera editing.  Editing multiple cameras in Final Cut Pro 7 was cumbersome and sometimes required more than a little magic to make it work.  In the latest versions of FCPX, multicam really soars, with high marks for ease of use.In the following presentation video, video pro and early FCPX adopter Ben Consoli shares his efficient Final Cut Pro X workflow with the audience at a Boston Creative Pro User Group meeting.  Ben uses an actual project to show off how you can quickly multicam edit and grade footage in FCPX.The demo will cost you about a half hour, but it’s WELL worth it if you’re considering any kind of multicam video editing in the future.Click here to see Ben’s FCPX blog posts.last_img read more