EPA Reportedly Ready to Scrap RIN Market Reform

first_img The Environmental Protection Agency is reportedly ready to scrap RIN market reforms as it readies a rule to allow year-round E15 sales. Bloomberg News reports the shift comes as the agency races to meet a May 31 rulemaking deadline. The official summer driving season starts Saturday, leaving little time to announce the rule. The RIN market modifications are part of the same rule allowing year-round E15. However, for the rule to benefit drivers this year, it’s thought that the rule must be finalized before the summer driving season.The market reforms would have implemented trading restrictions on RIN credits. While the EPA may be backing off the aggressive RIN market reforms, agency officials will apparently continue to evaluate other market changes requested by President Trump. Year-round E15 sales is a welcome move by the U.S. biofuel industry and corn farmers because it has the potential to increase demand for U.S. ethanol. Facebook Twitter SHARE Facebook Twitter By NAFB News Service – May 29, 2019 SHARE EPA Reportedly Ready to Scrap RIN Market Reform Previous articleIndiana Sheep Association to Host Sheep Improvement Seminar and TourNext articleHouse Ag Subcommittee Schedules Hearing on USDA Relocation Plans NAFB News Service Home Indiana Agriculture News EPA Reportedly Ready to Scrap RIN Market Reformlast_img read more

Dissident octogenarian writer Tie Liu arrested for “provoking trouble”

first_img ChinaAsia – Pacific to go further September 18, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Dissident octogenarian writer Tie Liu arrested for “provoking trouble” June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News Police carried out a dawn raid on the home of 81-year-old dissident writer Tie Liu three days ago and took him and his assistant Huang Jing into custody. Reporters Without Borders demands their immediate release. “This arrest shows how far the Peking government is prepared to go to muzzle critical voices,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia desk. “We add our voice to that of the international community in condemning the arrest of Tie Liu. We urge the Chinese authorities to release both him and Huang Jing immediately.” At the age of 81, Tie is one of the oldest dissidents in China. Branded a “rightist” for rebelling against Mao Zedong and the Communist Party, he spent more than 20 years in a re-education camp. However, he has continued to write essays and pamphlets criticizing the Chinese government.According to his wife and his lawyer, he believed he was unlikely to be arrested again given his age. However, his family reported that he recently received threats and warnings, such as the poisoning of his dog the day before he was arrested. The charge of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” is used regularly by the Chinese authorities to detain political dissidents. At least 30 journalists and 72 netizens are currently in prison in the country.China is ranked 175th of 180 countries in the 2014 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders. April 27, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information March 12, 2021 Find out more Newscenter_img China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Tie, whose real name is Huang Zerong, was charged with “picking quarrels and provoking trouble”. No reason was given for the arrest of Huang Jing, who is also Tie’s care worker and occasionally helps him publish his writings. The police also seized his computers and some of his books. His arrest was believed to be the result of an essay he published recently on the former head of the government’s propaganda department, Liu Yunshan, and the restrictions imposed on the media while he was running the main censorship organ of the Chinese Communist Party’s repressive machinery. Tie was placed in criminal detention, which allows the authorities to hold him for at least 30 days. Receive email alerts Follow the news on China News ChinaAsia – Pacific Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes News Organisation last_img read more

Water charge boycott is winning says Prendiville

first_imgNewsWater charge boycott is winning says PrendivilleBy John Keogh – July 2, 2015 761 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Linkedin Facebook  CITY North councillor Cian Prendiville urged those attending the We Won’t Pay campaign’s Water Bill Bonfire on Saturday to hold off on paying their water bills as the water charges boycott is “winning”.Speaking at the event, which saw about 200 members of the public burn their Irish Water bills at City Hall, the Anti-Austerity Alliance councillor advised anyone considering paying the charge to “hold off, as any money handed over before the general election could be money down the drain if we succeed in getting these charges abolished”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Despite all the Government’s threats and legislation, it is still the case that there are no penalties, late payment fees or interest before the general election. If the boycott that has been established holds firm, it will force the abolition of these charges in that election, just like happened in Limerick in the 1991 local elections, and nationally in the run up to the 1997 general election.“For those considering paying they should remember that on both those occasions, when the charges were abolished then, no refunds were issued. The money paid was lost – money down the drain. I’d advise everyone therefore to hold firm, and don’t give Irish Water any money. Even those who paid the first bill shouldn’t send good money after bad – they should join the boycott now as the second bills go out,” continued Cllr Prendiville.Cllr Prendiville assured that “everyone can safely boycott at least until the general election, piling the pressure on all the parties and independents in that election”.He concluded: “There will be non-payment candidates standing across the country in those elections too, and I’d encourage non-payers to only support those parties that support non-payment.” WhatsApp Print Email Limerick customers to benefit from extension of Irish Water’s First Fix free scheme to tackle leaks center_img TAGS’We Won’t Pay’Anti Austerity Alliancecity hallCllr Cian PrendivilleIrish WaterlimerickWater Charges Update: Works underway to resolve discolouration of water in Raheen area Abbeyfeale water supply gets the all clear Twitter Previous articleSuspect further detained as 80 gardai investigate shootingNext articleCamogie – Limerick face Wexford in game three of Championship John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Irish Water to replace old water mains on St Nessan’s Road Pictures reveal damage caused by wipes being flushed down Limerick’s loos Irish Water defers introduction of new business charges during the Covid 19 emergency last_img read more

LeBron James responds to Carmelo Anthony rumors: ‘That’s not a question to ask me.’

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions ORLANDO — Even for the NBA, the player movement that’s already happened this season has been a bit surprising. And with one big-name free agent on the open market, there’s a lot of speculation if he’ll come to the Lakers.The most compelling case? It’s Carmelo Anthony, one of LeBron James’ best friends in the league.But after a 130-115 loss to the Orlando Magic, James wasn’t about to entertain discussion about Anthony joining the Lakers, especially given that the team has a full roster.“I have no idea, to be honest,” James said. “That’s not a question to ask me. Right now we have 15 roster spots, right? We don’t even have a roster spot open right now. But that’s not a question for myself.” The exchange was sparked by swirling rumors about Anthony, who was waived by the Houston Rocket on Thursday just 13 games into the season. A 12-time All-Star, Anthony averaged 13.5 points and 5.4 rebounds while shooting 40.5 percent in 10 games for Houston. He landed there after a yearlong tenure at Oklahoma City, where his massive contract and iffy fit drove the front office to buy him out before this season.Related Articles Caruso flies in, ready if neededWith Rajon Rondo on the shelf for four-to-five weeks following hand surgery, the Lakers have turned to Brandon Ingram, Lance Stephenson and even Svi Mykhailiuk as potential playmakers in the second unit.But they also called up two-way player Alex Caruso, who so far has spent his time with the G League affiliate South Bay Lakers. After a G League game on Friday night in El Segundo, the second-year player caught a redeye flight to Orlando out of LAX to join the Lakers Saturday morning. At this point, it’s typical travel for the former Texas A&M Aggie.“Last year I would come in during a middle of a road trip or in the middle of a homestand and I wasn’t prepared,” Caruso acknowledged. “For me now, it’s pretty easy. Gotta get ready to go do what I gotta do.”The Lakers are hoping that Rondo will be medically cleared to join the team on the road trip as well. Coach Luke Walton offered that he could be coming to Miami following his successful surgery on Thursday evening. Anthony was drafted in the same year as James, and through Team USA and other experiences, the two have become close, often vacationing together in the offseason. But a recent ESPN report cast doubt on the Lakers’ interest, and the team didn’t give Anthony a look in the offseason after the Thunder bought him out. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Trump Signs 60-Day Immigration Suspension, with Exceptions

first_imgHe followed that up with this tweet on Wednesday: President Trump on Wednesday evening signed an executive order “temporarily suspending immigration into the United States.”Trump said the move, which he announced in a Monday tweet, was necessary to help Americans get back to work after the coronavirus pandemic.“This will ensure that unemployed Americans of all backgrounds will be first in line for jobs as our economy reopens,” he said.The order includes a long list of exemptions, including for people who are currently in the country and those who are seeking entry to the U.S. to work as physicians and nurses, in addition to spouses and minor children of American citizens. The 60-day suspension also does not affect hundreds of thousands of temporary work visas which the country issues every year.The temporary policy will limit the ability of current green card holders to sponsor their extended families, a practice the president has previously called “chain immigration” and tried to restrict.On Monday, Trump tweeted: In discussing the action, White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany said, “This is common sense the American people can very well understand: When Americans need jobs, Americans must come first.”“The president’s immigration policy just makes sense,” agreed Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh. With 22 million Americans applying for unemployment in recent weeks, he asked, “Why would you in good conscience introduce brand-new competition for them?”last_img read more

Pedestrian Safety: Two River Area Should Look West for Ideas

first_imgSeattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon know how to make their streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists.Both cities, have large and increasing numbers of those who look to walk, peddle and use mass transit to get around and long term plans are geared to encourage that evolution.“When people walk, bike, take mass transit to meet their daily needs it means they’re healthier, they arrive at work happier, more energized and it means they get to know their neighborhoods, their surroundings,” noted Dylan Rivera, public information officer for the Portland Bureau of Transportation.“For us this is something that we’ve been working on for decades and have made great strides,” in protecting the public, especially those walking and peddling, added James Curtin, Seattle’s director of public safety.The officials noted that some initiatives put in place over the years have actually resulted in significant reductions of serious accidents and fatalities.Curtin had data immediately available, noting that in 2007 there were a total of 14,971 police reported collisions and by 2013 that number had dropped to 10,310. For fatalities, Seattle had an average of 30 to 40 traffic fatalities a year – with “pedestrians most at risk, older pedestrians especially,” Curtin said, noting that is still true. But in 2014 that number had dropped to 14.By the middle of the 20th century large urban areas and their surrounding suburbs were being developed to accommodate more vehicular traffic rather than taking pedestrians into consideration, they said. “Like nobody was ever going to walk anywhere again,” was how Rivera characterized it.By the 1970s the thinking had begun to change, with officials giving some thought to how all of the population’s needs can be met safely.Portland has had for the last 10 years the largest bike commute rate of any major U.S. city, according to Rivera. “Now with communities and people revitalizing their downtowns and main streets,” Rivera observed, “they want people to walk and not have to rely on their cars to get around.”Portland, for instance, has more than 300 miles of bike paths, including on most of the city’s bridges, which see about 17,000-bicycle trips daily.Portland has also been installing what it calls bike boxes at the front of traffic intersections. It’s a colored designated area for cyclists to move to the front of the intersection, with vehicles queued behind the bikes and prevented from making right turns on red until the bikes proceed. “It adds visibility to the cyclists,” Rivera said, adding, “That’s been a very effective tool.”Portland officials have been reconfiguring major roadways, those with four lanes, reducing them to three, including a center lane left turn lane – what’s called “road diets” – that have improved safety for motorists and pedestrians, with studies showing that this one measure can reduce collisions by 40 percent, according to Rivera.The city has also installed more pedestrian-activated flashing lights at an increasing number of intersections.Seattle has been installing actual dividers separating bike paths from vehicular traffic for added safety, according to Curtin.For those walking, Seattle has islands separating wide thoroughfares, giving pedestrians a place to safely wait if they can’t cross in the designated time, Curtin said.The “road diets” have led to decreased motorist speeding. The city has adopted a policy of not putting striped crosswalks at three or more lane intersections without traffic lights, hoping to encourage pedestrians to cross at traffic signals, Curtin said.Like New York City and other major cities, Seattle has adopted a “Vision Zero” agenda to completely eliminate traffic/pedestrian fatalities, that is “really, really aggressive,” Curtin said.A major part of that plan involves reducing the speed limit through much of the city. “We know there is a direct relationship between speed of vehicles and survival, especially for pedestrians,” he said.Enforcement is another factor, Curtin added, with an aggressive campaign scheduled to begin at the end of April.So far camera-monitored traffic law enforcement for school zones – with fines going directly for education purposes – has been very effective, Curtin added.Portland has adopted a program where business owners can ask vehicle parking spaces be turned into bicycle parking. “We have a waiting list of dozens of businesses raising their hands, saying ‘I want one too,’” Rivera noted.Next on the agenda for Portland is looking at 10 particularly troublesome intersections, some with high fatality counts. City officials have reached out to business associations and neighborhood groups (who were all too ready to offer input) on what might be done to improve those sites, Rivera said. And while money can be tight, officials are looking at “short term, inexpensive improvements,” that can be easily accomplished, such as restriping roadways and installing flashing beacons, he said.Encouraging and protecting pedestrians isn’t just good public policy; it’s good economics for local businesses, Rivera stressed. “It’s helped our downtown businesses,” as residents are shopping more locally and has saved city residents about $2 million annually, in gas and vehicle maintenance costs, he said.By John BurtonJohn Burton can be reached at 732-219-5788 or by [email protected] stories in the Two River Times Crossroads series:Local Readers Offer Solutions (April 17 edition)Hazardous Crosswalks: Ambulance Hits Pedestrian on Broad Street (April 3, 2015)Hazardous Crosswalks: Walkers Share Collision Tales (Edition of April 3, 2015)Fair Haven Cycling Safety on the Fast Track (Edition of April 3, 2015)Editorial Opinion: Pedestrian Accident Urgent Reminder We Need Safer Street Crossings (Edition of April 3, 2015)Safety Moving Forward in Red Bank (Edition of March 20, 2015)Crossroads: Results of First Editorial Meeting About Pedestrian Safety in the Greater Red Bank Area (Edition of March 13, 2015)last_img read more

Journeyman Watson finally gets chance to play in PBA

first_imgFrontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next His immediate impact is more impressive given that he only had three days to prepare for the duel against the league-leading Gin Kings.“I had like three days to prepare, but when you’re playing with guys like that, when you’re playing with June Mar (Fajardo), Alex (Cabagnot), (Chris) Ross, and those type of guys, they make it just really easy for me,” he said.Watson’s performance also backed up his credentials, much to the delight of coach Leo Austria.“He’s a big help and he’s a big factor for us. I’m happy for him that in only his first game, he played really well,” Austria said.Watson has had a pretty gaudy resume in his international career, leading his past teams to the championship and a runner-up finish with Hapoel Kfar Saba/ Kohav Yair in the Israeli National League last season.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president PBA IMAGESTerrence Watson is just grateful for the chance to finally suit up in the PBA after four years of courtship.“I’ve been studying and wanting to play in this league for the past four years, and every team I think kind of passed up on me,” Watson said.ADVERTISEMENT A veteran of the international leagues with stints in Iceland, Finland, and Israel, Watson finally got the shot to play in the PBA when San Miguel tapped him as its third import for the season-ending 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.“They finally gave me a shot, so I’m just studying and I know they’re going for a Grand Slam. I’m just happy they brought me here to be a part of it,” said Watson, who replaced the underwhelming Terik Bridgeman.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd Watson made sure that the Beermen made the right decision in giving him the call.The 6-foot-5 bruiser impressed in his debut, tallying 28 points, 17 rebounds, four assists, two blocks, and a steal in San Miguel’s 107-103 victory over Ginebra on Sunday. MOST READ Kia coach Gavina praises players for ‘amazing effort’ in loss to Alaska Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  But he knows that when you’re tasked to backstop a team with the caliber of San Miguel, playing well isn’t good enough.“I’ve been playing basketball professionally for eight years now, so having that pressure is tend to happen,” Watson said.“There are a lot of guys who get cut if you don’t win; there’s always pressure no matter what team you go to. There’s pressure for guys in last place – they don’t want to finish in last place. The guys in the middle want to be up top, so there’s pressure for everybody. But I just have the pressure of wanting to win a championship and I think it’s good pressure to have.” BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

10 months ago​Watford loanee Lukebakio nominated for Bundesliga award

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Watford loanee Lukebakio nominated for Bundesliga awardby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford loanee Dodi Lukebakio has continued to impress on loan at Fortuna Dusseldorf.His performances in recent weeks have earned him a nomination for the Rookie of the Month award in Germany.He has been in great form all season, netting a hat trick against Bayern Munich and scoring against Borussia Dortmund as well.The 21-year-old has seven goals in 15 appearances for Fortuna this season.There is hope he will be back with Watford for next season. last_img read more

a month agoLeicester star Maddison determined to stay grounded

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Leicester star Maddison determined to stay groundedby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City ace James Maddison is determined not to let his success go to his head.Maddison is confident his family will keep him in line.He told the Daily Mail: “I would never want to come across as arrogant because I wasn’t brought up that way and my mum would be the first to give me a clip around the ear if she thought I was being like that. But I think you have to be confident and have belief in yourself because no one is going to believe in you for you.”He adds: “I’m not conscious of what other people think to be honest. I’ll know if I cross that line and I don’t think I do because I’d never want to be arrogant. There’s no positive of being arrogant, it’s a negative trait.”I am a confident guy and I will always say that but I wasn’t raised to be arrogant, I don’t agree with that. Confidence can go to a certain extent without it being arrogant and I hope I get that balance right and the people that don’t think that, they obviously don’t know me well enough.” last_img read more

DJ Snake unveils new single

first_imgLos Angeles: French artiste DJ Snake has shared his new single ‘Enzo’, a hip-hop anthem featuring rappers Offset, 21 Savage, Gucci Mane and Sheck Wes. ‘Enzo’ has been released via Geffen Records. “‘Enzo’ out now. Offset, 21 Savage, Gucci Mane and Sheck Wes,” he tweeted on April 24. DJ Snake had earlier teased ‘Enzo’ as part of his set at Coachella Weekend two. Meanwhile, he will be in Las Vegas this week for the Latin Billboard Awards, where he has five nominations including Crossover Artist of the Year, Producer of the Year, and Hot Latin Song of the Year for the song ‘Taki taki’ featuring famous singers from Hollywood – Selena Gomez, Ozuna and Cardi B.last_img read more