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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Advertisements recently put out in Ohio media by opponents of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) have highlighted the dissidence both within and outside of the agricultural industry with regard to the government fuel mandate.According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Congress created the RFS in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and expand the nation’s renewable fuels sector while reducing reliance on imported oil. It was originally authorized under the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and expanded under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.Leaders of the Ohio Ethanol Producers Association and the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association (OCWGA) recently joined forces to publicly call out the American Council for Capitol Formation (ACCF) — the group behind the disparaging ethanol ads in Ohio.“(The ads) show an ethanol plant and argue that the Renewable Fuel Standard has harmful effects on the environment, and question the greenhouse gas benefits of corn ethanol,” said Mark Borer, president of the Ohio Ethanol Producers Association. “These claims simply aren’t backed up by the latest science.”Borer, along with Tadd Nicholson, executive director of OCWGA, sent a letter expressing their disappointment in the ads to the ACCF, as well as former congressman Mike Oxley, an advisor to the group, who originally voted yes to the RFS in 2005.“It’s somewhat ironic that the same week the New York Attorney General announced an investigation on Exxon Mobil and climate change that Ohio is seeing groups like ACCF and the Center for Regulatory Solutions, who’ve never been engaged in the Ohio biofuels issue before, suddenly come into our state with misleading reports and advertisements against ethanol. But you would suspect it’s not a coincidence,” said Borer, who is also the general manager at the Leipsic POET ethanol facility.It is a pivotal month for the anti-RFS groups as they’re attempting to sway public opinion in their direction and influence the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision on the topic before the verdict regarding 2014, 2015, and 2016 corn-based ethanol production volumes is scheduled to be announced in late November.The advertisements included quotes condemning ethanol and the RFS in front of scenes of ethanol production facilities. The ads also contain a call to action for the public to “tell Congress and the Administration to end ethanol mandates.”Funding behind the groups responsible for the highly visible ad campaign remains largely unknown, but Borer and Nicholson suspect the contribution of money from “big oil” somewhere in the background.Speaking to the clean air issues highlighted in the ads, Angela Tin, vice president of Environmental Health for the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest, also made her voice heard in favor of the RFS.“No matter where we live in the United States, whether urban or rural, over 60% of air quality problems come from mobile sources, and the largest contributor to mobile source emissions comes from passenger vehicles that you and I drive today,” Tin said. “The U.S. Department of Energy studies today show that the placement of gasoline with ethanol reduces carbon dioxide by anywhere from 19% to 52%, and reduces harmful cancer-causing components.”ACCF Executive Vice President Dave Banks responded strongly to the outcry by Ohio ag and pro-ethanol groups.“I think these guys sometimes get lost in this weird, parallel universe in which they actually convince themselves that this mountain of damning, definitive science and data about corn ethanol’s environmental impact doesn’t exist, or that folks don’t actually know about it,” Banks said in a statement.That environmental impact Banks spoke of is one of negative consequence. The ACCF points to research that they say shows the production of ethanol doubles greenhouse emissions when compared to gasoline over 30 years, making it a dirtier fuel in the end — a highly disputed claim.“It’s just misinformation,” said Ohio grain farmer Chad Kemp about the anti-RFS ads. “The things they’re saying there is no scientific backing for. They’re trying to get the people to jump on board with it and basically, their idea is to kill renewable fuels in this country.”Kemp is a strong supporter of the RFS. Its impact on both corn prices and the environment are the driving factors behind his backing.“We had a trying year this year, but yet we still raised one of the biggest corn crops in our history,” Kemp said. “Without the RFS, we’re going to lose demand for our product and when we lose that kind of demand, we’re going to have a big surplus so obviously it’s going to hurt us all in our pocketbooks because we won’t be getting grain prices to where we can be profitable.”Even agriculture, however, is often divided on the support of ethanol. A number of livestock producers seeing the rise in corn prices in recent years are among that group. Frank Phelps, Ohio Cattlemen’s Association president, is a cattle and grain farmer from Logan County. He is in support of the RFS, but said it is a national issue and also understands why some producers would be against it.“It depends where you’re at. If you’re out west and that’s all you’re doing is buying corn, you want to do everything there is to keep the price of corn as low as possible,” Phelps said. “The ethanol thing got blamed for a lot of the increases in feed costs, but I think we’re finding out the drought had a lot more to do with it than anything. The prices are back down now.”Phelps himself has seen the anti-RFS ads on television and said he “wasn’t very impressed.”“Whenever you see big oil advertising like that, it tells you it’s getting into their pocketbooks a little bit. Let’s let everybody make a little money instead of just the oil companies,” he said.More than cattle ranchers, some Buckeye state congressmen have also shown their opposition for the RFS. Congressman Jim Jordan of Ohio’s 4th congressional district is a known critic of big government and one of those opposing the RFS. He is a cosponsor of legislation to repeal the RFS in favor of letting the free market dictate what types of fuels consumers want.Borer and Nicholson pointed to the fact that the RFS was made to give renewable fuels a boost into the supply chain, a goal that it is well on its way to accomplishing by the scheduled end of the program in 2022.“The RFS is all about ending a monopoly. There was no doubt that before the RFS, we could make ethanol. It was efficient, it was cost effective, but it had no way of entering into the U.S. motor fuels channels because it was completely controlled by oil,” Nicholson said. “The mandate is only there to require the petroleum industry to allow other fuels inside the motor fuel chain. That’s not just ethanol, it was any other fuel — they were all blocked from entering. So there are clean air benefits, it’s less expensive, and American-made, all of these positive things. And to allow that into the market the mandate had to be there, and Congress appropriately acted.”last_img read more

Defence Force Assists in Search and Rescue Operations

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 18, 2018 – Mastic Point, Andros – Four military divers and a patrol aircraft from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force are assisting local authorities in their search for a Bahamian registered light aircraft that crashed in waters off the east coast of Mastic Point, North Andros yesterday with six persons on board. The Defence Force was informed of the crash by officials from Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos yesterday afternoon.A US Coast Guard conducting a search for the aircraft yesterday afternoon sighted debris and a body in waters off the east coast of Mastic, Point, Andros but was unable to assist further due to severe weather conditions.  The Defence Force deployed its aircraft earlier this morning along with four military divers to assist local authorities in finding the aircraft and its passengers.The Defence Force is also searching for Mr Samuel Moss from Nassau.  Mr. Moss, who was reported missing since 15th January 2018, had departed Bimini for New Providence in a white 21 foot single engine Angler small craft on Monday15th January 2018.   Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Mr. Moss is asked to inform local Police or the Defence Force’s Operations Center at 362 3814/5.The Royal Bahama Defence Force continues to protect the territorial waters of The Bahamas and “Guard our Heritage”.Press Release: RBDF (For further information please contact the RBDF Public Relations Department or visit our website: www.rbdf.gov.bs, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and view our Youtube channel) -rbdf-#GuardOurHeritage Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Related Items:last_img read more

TT Spotlight on energy Our oil Our gas Our future

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TrinidadandTobago, March 14, 2018 – The Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries will be hosting ‘Spotlight on Energy: Our Oil, Our Gas, Our Future’ at the Port of Spain Regency Ballroom, Hyatt Regency on Wednesday 14″‘ March,2018.The broadcast of the event commences at 9:00 am and will end at 2:30 pm.Spotlight on Energy will be a forum for open and frank discussions on the Energy Industry in Trinidad and Tobago and its current and future impact on our lives. This event will be broadcasted live on CTV, TV6, CNC3,i95.5 fm and Talk city 91.1fm.Presentations will be made by the Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Keith Rowley, Senator the   Honourable Franklin Khan, Minister of Energy and Energy Industries, Selwyn Lashley, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries, Vishnu Dhanpaul -Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Anthony Pauland representatives of Poten and Partners.The presentations will be followed by a dynamic panel discussion on comprising Minister Khan, a representative of Poten and Partners – the International consultancy firm that prepared the Natural Gas Master Plan, energy experts Gregory McGuire and Anthony Paul, Chairman Local Content Committee.This feature will highlight the prospects for the energy sector and the significant role it will continue to   play in the economy.Release: news.gov.tt Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. July 16, 2018 Enroll Now for Free Taking your idea for an app and turning it into an actual app people can use is a beautiful thing.Execution isn’t only crucial to success — as in, you will never have an app that earns money if you don’t build it — it’s special. Most people sit on the sidelines until someone else has the same idea, builds it and makes it big. That leaves most people with great bar stories of what could have been. So, when you have someone who is actually going to step up and build what they’re dreaming of, it’s a big deal.Related: Mobile App Development Trends to Watch in 2018 and BeyondWhen you’re building your first app, you have two choices. You can build the app yourself, or get a freelance programmer to build it for you.If you want to build the app yourself, good luck. Unless you already know how to program, you can’t reliably learn to code quick enough for this to matter. Speaking to you as a programmer of almost 20 years, if you go this route with no prior experience, you’re turning your potential cash cow into a time sucking hobby. Yes, you can learn a few tricks of the trade relatively easy. No, you can’t become a master iPhone programmer in a few weeks.If you actually want your app to get built, get a freelance programmer to build it for you. You have the idea; someone else has the programming skills. You pay them to build your idea, and you get to keep the final product which is hopefully earning you some money. This is the route I recommend to my entrepreneur friends 100 percent of the time.But hiring freelancer programmers isn’t without risk. Here are some steps you must take to ensure that your idea actually gets built the way you want it, without blowing past the budget and without going over the timelines.1. Have a clear and meaningful outline of what you want to accomplish.This is more than just a well-written description of what you want your prospective freelancer to build. This is “the meat” — not just the end result, but as much detail as possible so they can’t take product decisions that you left out and run with it. That concept is great in a corporate or startup environment where you’re with the people day in and day out, but not with freelancers. They may not make the decisions you want, and if not, you’re paying out of pocket for them.Within reason, you need to lay it all out so there are no decisions left to be made. The only exception is if you don’t know what a user should do to get from A to B, and you don’t care so long as it happens. That’s unlikely, so take care to think it all through.2. Make sure they actually know what they’re doing.Every developer who wants to work on your project is going to say that they’re the best at this. They’ll know exactly what to do to make this perfect, and you can trust them.Make them prove it. What have they done that’s similar? What do they do if they can’t figure something out? What are other people saying about their work? Figure all this out to ensure your app idea is in good hands. “Trust me, I’m a developer” isn’t enough.Related: Confessions of an In-Demand Developer: How Too Many Job Offers Helped Me Craft My Own Coding Consultancy Company3. Start small.Start with a small test and build your way up. If you build more than necessary, you risk building more than what people want.You may think you know every little feature that your prospective users need to enjoy your app, but you may be wrong. It happens all the time to companies big and small. If you’re looking to build something that people actually want to use, start small and keep improving from there.4. Have strict deadlines and a strict budget.Even if your deadlines are self-inflicted, keep to them. If you don’t, you risk getting pushed to the back of the pile for a freelancer who has potentially taken on more than they can handle. Same goes for a budget. If you want to spend $500 to build your test out, be strict with it. It’s a funny thing — if your budget is $5,000, that’s where the bids will come in. If it’s $500, that’s where they’ll come in as well. As long as your budget is within the realms of what someone considers reasonable, bids will be in budget.Set a reasonable budget, and keep to it.Related: The 4 Biggest App Outsourcing Mistakes and How to Fix Them5. Test before you pay.This one may seem obvious, but it’s easy to fall victim to a freelance developer saying “I just did all this work, can you pay me now? At least 50 percent of it…”  The problem is, as soon as you pay, they don’t have to give it back. It could look really good in their demo, but until you test it yourself, you shouldn’t pay. Their sob story doesn’t matter. This is a business transaction. You front the money in escrow, they deliver, you verify that they did actually deliver, then you pay them. Transaction complete.Until you actually complete that transaction, you’re at risk of them running off, screwing you out of your hard earned money. You’ve come way too far to let that happen. You’re on the path to having an app of your very own out there for people to buy, and having someone else take that away from you is out of the question.You’ve got the idea, and not everyone is creative enough to have one. You’ve focused it into a real possibility, and not everyone is disciplined enough to do that. You’ve made the decision to turn your app idea into a real app, and not everyone is courageous enough to make it real.Now it’s time to actually get it built the right way, without getting screwed in the process. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more