Sen. Cruz’s Legislation Promotes Big Oil, Denies Consumer Choice

first_img“Senator Cruz seems to believe that he is exercising leadership by attacking the only energy policy that has contributed to our economic, energy and national security. Yet Senator Cruz fails to challenge or acknowledge the excessive subsidies oil companies have received for 102 years and counting at the expense of the American taxpayer. Let’s be clear – this is not ‘profiles in courage,’ this is pandering to Big Oil. Sen. Cruz’s Legislation Promotes Big Oil, Denies Consumer Choice Facebook Twitter SHARE “He says there are no benefits from renewable fuels; however, the Renewable Fuel Standard has helped reduce our dependence on foreign oil by nearly 50 percent, from 60 to 33 percent, saved consumers at the pump, cleaned our air and revitalized our rural economy. Furthermore, his legislation is a direct attack on America’s farmers, the backbone of this nation, who are working overtime to feed the world and fuel America. Previous articleNCGA Denounces IARC Glyphosate Reclassification, Urges ReconsiderationNext articleFarmers Feeling Less Confident About 2015 Gary Truitt Home Energy Sen. Cruz’s Legislation Promotes Big Oil, Denies Consumer Choicecenter_img SHARE In response to S. 791, the American Energy Renaissance Act, legislation that was introduced last week by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), which would seek to further our addiction to fossil fuels and eliminate consumer choice by repealing the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy, issued the following statement: “The recent legislation introduced by Senator Cruz is not only shortsighted in terms of a comprehensive energy policy, but it seeks to stifle all production and growth of homegrown, sustainable biofuels that help create American jobs and reduce our dangerous dependence on fossil fuels. This legislation fails to factor in the important role biofuels play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, while also providing consumers with a choice and savings at the pump. By Gary Truitt – Mar 23, 2015 “In essence, Senator Cruz is proposing legislation that will take away the freedom of choice for consumers to choose higher performing, less expensive fuel for which there is clearly a demand.” Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Rising violence against journalists a cause for concern as climate polarizes

first_imgThe three visitors spent two hours on the premises searching computer files for the original recordings of Parra’s programmes, meanwhile preventing the station from broadcasting. The mayor made his intentions clear when he said later: “I have to silence them one way or another.” Goye, a member of the Front for Victory (FpV) party, has a reputation for clashing with the news media in Río Negro province. Three weeks earlier, he did the same thing to another station, Radio KMFM. On that occasion his representatives, armed with a warrant signed by Carlos Cuellar, visited the Radio KMFM studios twice, carrying out searches and seizing recordings of programmes by Santiago Rey, who also runs the online news portal Agencia de Noticias de Bariloche (ANB). Goye previously took legal action against ANB for “psychological distress” after the publication of an article criticizing the way the city council managed advertising billboards. Letters were also sent to Mensajero Digital and El Cordillerano, who had reprinted the article. The mayor recently lost an appeal against the province’s biggest newspaper, Río Negro, which published a story by the journalist Daniel Marzal on 16 June this year questioning his financial practices. His attacker, identified as Nicolás Ayuso, was immediately arrested by the police and sacked by his employer. The attack followed an altercation a few minutes earlier between a group of protesters and C5N staff. Finally, Argentina still has one journalist in prison — Néstor Pasquini who was jailed six years ago in Cordoba province and has been the victim of all-out judicial persecution. An open letter sent by Reporters Without Borders to the federal justice ministry has as yet had no response. Fedorischak, who works as a photographer for the newspaper Primera Edición and as a commentator for the TV station Misiones Cuatro, was taking pictures from the top of a gate outside the police station when three police offers came over and pulled him down. He was dragged along the ground for about 15 metres then into the station where several officers beat him and tried to suffocate him. His life was threatened and he was forced to strip and hand over his photographic equipment. A complaint was made against Fedorischak for verbally assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest. For his part, he filed a complaint about his treatment at the hands of the officers. Unfortunately such violence is not confined to this province. Attacks on journalists took place during a day of demonstrations against the President Cristina Kirchner’s government on 8 November, the most dramatic and shocking of which involved Néstor Dib from the TV station Canal 5 Noticias (C5N), who was struck from behind while he was live on air: The journalist received no prior notice from the judge. “It was a clear breach of freedom of information and meant to intimidate us because we had been critical of the mayor’s administration. Such an unannounced search of a news organization is unheard of.” ArgentinaAmericas Reporters Without Borders notes with concern and regret that there has been an upsurge in assaults on journalists and breaches of freedom of information in Argentina, in its provinces especially. This has occurred against the backdrop of growing polarization in the media in the run-up to 7 December, the deadline for the Clarín media group, which is in dispute with the federal government, to appeal against the country’s new law on Audiovisual Communication Services (SCA). Reporters Without Borders, which supports the law in principle, will return to the issue before that date. “At the end of last year, Argentina had a pretty good track record in freedom of information and journalists’ safety compared with many other countries in the region,” the press freedom organization said. “However, safety has deteriorated this year, particularly in the provinces, thanks to the failure of the public authorities to take action against all-too-frequent assaults carried out by local elected officials.“Such impunity must end, as must attacks on journalists from national news organizations who are associated with the editorial line taken by their employers as a result of growing polarization. It is the responsibility of those on all sides of the political spectrum and the justice authorities to work together on behalf of constitutional freedoms, including the freedom to report the news and hold peaceful debate.” In the city of Bariloche in Rio Negro province, just as the station Radio Horizonte (AM 94.5) was about to start a news broadcast at 9 a.m. on 23 November, the journalist Marcelo Parra saw three people enter the studio. They were a court official, a lawyer and a police officer and had been sent by the city’s mayor, Omar Goye. “They arrived with a search warrant signed by judge Jorge Serra to carry out a precautionary seizure of our archives,” Parra told Reporters Without Borders.“They wanted to see if they could find anything prejudicial to Omar Goye that might enable them to launch legal proceedings against us.” On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia December 4, 2019 Find out more News November 30, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Rising violence against journalists a cause for concern as climate polarizes July 6, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Argentina Journalists face archaic sanction of capital punishment in some parts of the world Station closes after threats on airThree days earlier, on 20 November, the journalist Javier Rivarola, a commentator on the station FM Radio 21 was insulted and threatened on air by the member of parliament and FpV leader Ruben Contreras. The politician telephoned the station in mid-programme and accused the journalist of “inciting violence” and accused him of being responsible for an act of vandalism carried out at his home by a group of neighbours angry at water shortages in the town. The MP said: “You are all sons of whores. You are the son of a whore. This will not go on. What would you do if something happened at your house tomorrow? You just wait …” The journalist reported the MP for making criminal threats. Contreras played down the incident and said he would make a public apology. In the town of Aristobulo del Valle in the northeastern province of Misiones, Daniel Polaczinski, the owner of Radio U was forced to close the station and take time off from journalism after receiving threats from the chairman of the town council, Luis David Kochen. The journalist had reported a car accident involving the councillor, who appeared to be intoxicated. He got out of his car and threatened the other driver with a machete.“Kochen has a reputation for violence,” Polaczinski told Reporters Without Borders. “But I started to come under pressure after I broadcast the story of a road rage incident in which he was involved. He went to hit a guy with a machete. We broadcast the story, then I started getting abusive and threatening text messages on my cell phone, although I didn’t think they were important.” The threats intensified, and on 18 November the journalist received the following text: “You will be killed unless you drop the story about the accident.” Most of the messages were anonymous but were identified as coming from Kochen’s cell phone. Polaczinski immediately went to the police and lodged a complaint about the threats. On the same day, Kochen visited him at his home. “He asked me to withdraw the complaint, which would damage him politically, but I didn’t do it,” Polaczinski added. An investigation is under way but meanwhile the journalist and father of two fears for his family and has closed the radio, which he has owned for six years. These cases are the latest in a long list of recent attacks on journalists and media outlets. Also in Misiones province, the journalist Mario Fedorischak was assaulted by the local police on 10 November as he covered the arrival of a group of prisoners at a police station. Latin American media: under control of families, economic and political elites Organisation News Help by sharing this information November 19, 2020 Find out more RSF_en News ArgentinaAmericas to go further Receive email alerts Newslast_img read more

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Service honors McGonigal

first_imgA memorial service will be held today at 11 a.m. for senior staff assistant for media relations Susan McGonigal, who passed away Friday evening. The service will take place in the Monogram Room of the Joyce Center and a light lunch will follow, a press release from senior associate athletic director John Heisler stated. McGonigal was employed by the University for 35 years and was in her 19th year as senior staff assistant, according to her profile on the Notre Dame Athletics website. Her duties included organizing football and basketball game-day procedures, ticket allotment distribution, budget reconciliation, and organizing travel and catering needs for the department staff, the profile stated.   Instead of sending flowers, mourners are invited to consider donating to Heartland Hospice Services or Pet Refuge in McGonigal’s memory, the release stated. McGonigal served as vice president of the Notre Dame Staff Advisory Council and was a member of the Ad Hoc Committee on Women’s Issues, Benefits Committee and Promotions Committee, her profile stated. She was also involved with the Safety Committee and Holiday Planning Committee for the Athletic Department. McGonigal, a South Bend native, is survived by her husband Sean and daughter Chelsea.last_img read more

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West Java asks central govt for PCR kits to boost testing

first_imgThe West Java administration has asked the central government for polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests to increase the province’s COVID-19 testing capacity.Governor Ridwan Kamil said the administration sought to increase West Java’s testing ratio to a minimum of 1 percent – 500,000 tests out of the province’s 50 million people – in accordance with World Health Organization recommendations.”We’ve managed to test 50,000 samples per week, but we’re supposed to double that number. Therefore, we’ve asked for help from the central government,” Ridwan said on Thursday.The West Java COVID-19 task force, he said, had been urging the central government to help the province increase its testing capacity since August.Read also: Indonesia’s COVID-19 testing positivity remains far above WHO standard for ‘new normal’The task force requested 250,000 PCR test kits from the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) in early September and asked for permission to allow private laboratories to run the tests.Ridwan said West Java had the second-highest PCR testing rate in the country, after Jakarta.However, the province’s testing rate has been fluctuating.According to Health Ministry data, as of Sept. 7, West Java had only tested 301 people per 1 million, far below other provinces such as Jakarta (3,048 tests per million people), East Kalimantan (2,517 tests per million), Yogyakarta (1,198 tests per million) and South Kalimantan (1,128 tests per million).According to the administration’s Information and Coordination Center (Pikobar), West Java managed to test 50,000 samples in the week of Sept. 1 to Sept. 7.In the second week of September, only 25,686 samples were tested. (nal)Topics :last_img read more

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Other Sports Mary Kom, Nikhat Zareen headed for possible semifinal bout; 10 Indians assured of medals

first_img“We have at least a couple of Indian boxers in each category and the competition is very close. It will be a very interesting tournament and the exposure for the boxers will stand them in good stead ahead of the World Championships,” Raffaele Bergamasco, the Performance Director of Indian women’s boxing, said.Men’s 52kg and 56kg categories have at least three Indian medal hopes. In 56kg, while Asian Championships silver medallist Kavinder Singh Bisht, Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Mohammed Hussamuddin and World Championships bronze medallist Gaurav Bidhuri will be vying for a podium finish, while in 52kg Panghal, Commonwealth Games gold medallist Gaurav Solanki and GeeBee Boxing tournament bronze medallist Sachin Siwach will be aiming for top honours.”We have World Championships medallist in Gaurav Bidhuri in 56kg, Hussamuddin has done really well and Kavinder just won the silver at the Asian Championships. In 52kg, Solanki just won a gold in Poland while Amit and Sachin are there. Each of them is competing against each other.”So it will be a tough competition within the countrymen as well as with the foreign boxers. It will be a great experience for the boxers with such high level of competition,” India’s chief performance director said. Meanwhile, Nikhat Zareen recently finished with bronze medal at Asian Boxing Championship. Further, Nikhat is in top form and is eyeing for Olympic spot and India’s boxing sensation Mary Kom will have a tough competition in the same category. (With Inputs: PTI) For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Six-time world champion Mary Kom may have a possible semi-final face-off with Asian Championships bronze medallist Nikhat Zareen in 51kg in the second Indian Open boxing tournament, which got underway here Monday. As per the draw, released on Sunday, Asian Games gold medallist Amit Panghal (52kg) could have a hassle-free route to the final, where he is likely to take on Asian Games silver medallist Rogen Siaga Ladon of Philippines.As many as 10 Indian boxers are already confirmed of a medal each with six in men and four in women entering the semi-finals straightaway because of the smaller size of the draw.Brijesh Yadav and Sanjay are already in the 81kg semi-finals, and so are Naman Tanwar and Sanjeet in 91kg while Satish Kumar and Atul Thakur are in +91kg. In women’s boxing, Lovlina Borgohain and Anjali are already assured of medals in 69kg while Bhagyabati Kachari and Saweety Boora are through to the last-four in 75kg by virtue of a first round bye.last_img read more

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Bronte surges into championship lead

first_img Curtis Cup player Bronte Law surged into a three-shot lead after shooting two-under 69 in the third round of the English women’s amateur championship at St Enodoc in Cornwall. It was the first sub-par round of the championship and it leapfrogged her over playing partner and halfway leader Alex Peters, who scored two-over 73. Bronte, from Bramhall in Cheshire (Image © Leaderboard Photography), was out in one over par and dropped another shot at the 12th. But then she hit top form with five birdies in the last six holes, interrupted by a bogey on 17. Alex Peters (Notts Ladies) now holds second place on her own, one shot ahead of Inci Mehmet (Wentworth), who scored level par 71 this morning. Behind her there’s a three-shot gap to Bethan Popel (Long Ashton) in fourth place, who scored one-over 72. This morning’s round was played in warm sunshine with a gentle breeze and the fine conditions look set to continue for this afternoon’s final round. For full scores click here 17 Jul 2014 Bronte surges into championship lead last_img read more

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a month agoTottenham boss Pochettino: I never questioned players’ mental strength

first_imgTottenham boss Pochettino: I never questioned players’ mental strengthby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino insists he’s not questioning his players’ mental strength after their 2-2 draw with Champions League opponents Olympiakos.Tottenham’s draw in Greece will have felt like a case of deja vu for Spurs fans.They also wasted a two-goal lead at Arsenal earlier this month.”No I don’t say that [we need to be mentally tougher]. We need to improve in all the aspects,” said Pochettino.”Leading 2-0 against Arsenal, leading 2-0 against Olympiacos, I think we are not talking about quality, we are talking about in this type of situation managing the game better and deal better with this type of situation. “A few months ago we were in the final of the Champions League and we were not talking about mentality , we got a lot of praise because we were in the final. We need to create a dynamic to match every opponent.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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UK central bank warns over rise in consumer credit

first_imgLONDON – The Bank of England warned Monday of “a pocket of risk” in the rapid growth of consumer credit in the British economy, and is compelling lenders to hold an extra 10 billion pounds ($13.5 billion) in capital to cover themselves against potential losses.The fast rise in credit like car loans or credit card debt may not be a threat to the overall economy, accounting for just 11 per cent of household debt, but it represents a risk to “banks’ ability to withstand severe economic downturns, because this asset class is disproportionately more likely to default,” the Bank of England’s Financial Policy Committee said.The committee said lenders have placed too much weight on the recent performance of consumer lending in benign conditions, which has seen default rates fall. As a result, the committee said, lenders “have been underestimating the losses they could incur in a downturn.” Though growth in consumer credit has slowed in recent months, it’s still high — up 9.8 per cent in the year to July 2017.“Growth of consumer credit remains well above the rate of growth in household disposable income,” the committee said in a report on a meeting held Sept. 20.Banks, the committee added, could end up incurring 30 billion pounds worth of losses in the event that interest rates and unemployment rise sharply. That’s around 20 per cent of their outstanding loans and 10 billion pounds more than previously thought under a “very deep recession” scenario.The extra capital they require is relatively small compared with the 280 billion pound that banks already have to keep back against potential losses, a buffer that the regulators hope will prevent a repeat of the financial crisis of a decade ago.Individual banks will be evaluated later this year in so-called stress tests, in which banks’ finances are put through a simulation of economic duress.The warning from the committee, which assesses the financial risks to the British economy on a quarterly basis, comes on the day that Britain’s main opposition Labour Party is calling for limits on credit card interest rates so that no one pays back more than twice the amount of their original borrowing.Though consumer credit has increased over the past year amid low interest rates, Paul Hollingsworth, U.K. economist at Capital Economics, noted the recent slowdown. And with inflation likely to fall back in coming months, and wages set to rise, he said “the foundations for spending growth next year should be stronger, so concerns about consumer credit are likely to diminish, rather than build further.”On Brexit, the committee voiced concerns about the potential financial impact on British firms, saying Britain and the European Union would need an agreement.last_img read more

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Private operators to pick up many of BCs Greyhound routes but gaps

first_imgVICTORIA – A patchwork of transportation service is being stitched together across British Columbia as Greyhound pulls its buses out of Western Canada, but some holes still remain in rural areas, says Transportation Minister Claire Trevena.Private operators are moving to provide service to much of the province following Greyhound’s decision, she said.So far, 83 per cent of the company’s routes in B.C. will be covered by private operators by the end of this year, said Trevena on Monday.“It was a disappointing decision and it left us scrambling in Western Canada,” she said.Citing poor economic returns, Greyhound eliminated its service in northern B.C. in May. In July, it announced its complete withdrawal of passenger and freight service in Western Canada and parts of Ontario, effective on Wednesday.Trevena said the province launched BC Bus North earlier this year to cover the majority of northern routes that Greyhound eliminated, which included twice-weekly round trips from Prince Rupert to Prince George.The government also tasked the Passenger Transportation Board with inviting private bus service proposals and fast-tracking applications for entrepreneurs who offer service to regional areas and smaller, more remote communities, she said. The independent board makes decisions on the licensing of buses, taxis, limousines and shuttle vans in B.C.Trevena said one private-sector provider will reinstate service from Vancouver to the B.C.-Alberta border by highways 5 and 1.“In fact, you will be able to get on a bus in Vancouver and end up in Winnipeg,” she added.The minister said the government’s northern service and the addition of private operators ensures people in B.C. can travel safely, affordably and reliably through much of the province.“Reliable bus service is critical in making sure people feel secure in the communities they call home,” she said.The board recently approved a reservation-only bus service from the Merritt area, which includes trips to Langley and Prince George. It would also provide service from Merritt to the nearby Highland Valley Copper Mine.Wilson’s Group of Companies, which provides connecting services to BC Ferries from Victoria and Vancouver and runs an Island route to Tofino, said the board approved its plan to offer bus service from downtown Vancouver to Kelowna and Kamloops, starting early next month.The board has also received an application from Little Shuswap Taxi in Chase to provide reservation-only service between Salmon Arm and Kamloops, including stops at area Indigenous communities.But Trevena said several areas of the province are still looking for some form of transportation after the Greyhound pull out.“There are gaps and more work needs to be done,” she said. “As of today there are eight sections of routes that Greyhound was operating that haven’t been filled by private operators.”B.C.’s Opposition Liberals called on Trevena to make public its data that concludes 83 per cent of Greyhound’s routes will be covered by private operators.Transportation critic Jordan Sturdy said when total stops at communities are considered compared with the number of routes, the service number drops to 45 per cent.He said the Liberals are also concerned the taxpayer funded BC Bus North service is a pilot program that is due to end in June.Among those areas left without service are routes from Cache Creek to Kamloops, Kamloops to Valemount and Dawson Creek to the Alberta border, Trevena said.Other areas without service include the Hope-Princeton Highway corridor, the route between Salmo and Creston in the Kootenays and Cranbrook to the Alberta border, she said.last_img read more

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CDI presents first phase of Fort St John community profile to Council

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Representatives from UNBC’s Community Development Institute gave a presentation at yesterday’s committee of the whole meeting of the Institute’s first community profile of Fort St. John, showing that while some facets of the city have stayed the same over the years, the community has experienced a number of drastic demographic changes.Researcher Dr. Michael Lait and the CDI’s co-director Marleen Morris presented a summary of the Institute’s 61-page report that chronicles the changes the Energetic City has experienced over the past 32 years. The report, which represents the CDI’s first of two phases to profile the community, took a look at census data and government statistics.Looking at the size of the community itself, Dr. Lait said that with an exception during the 1980’s energy industry recession, Fort St. John’s population grew 45 percent between 1981 and 2016, to an estimated 20,155. However, the demographics of the community have aged slightly. In 1981, people under 35 comprised 75 percent of the city’s population, but in 2016 that number fell to 57 percent. Despite this, the city’s median age two years ago was 31.5 years, which is still far below the provincial median age of 41 years. Still, the city’s population of senior citizens increased 119 percent over the last 30 years.Fort St. John’s residents have gotten more educated over the last 12 years, as data shows the percentage of city residents that did not complete high school fell from 20 percent in 2006 to 12 percent in 2016. During that time, the provincial average fell from 12 to 10 percent. The only area where Fort St. John ranked higher than the provincial average was the percentage of residents in an apprenticeship or that had a trades certificate or diploma. Fifteen percent of city residents were in the trades both in 2006 and 2016, while during that time the provincial average fell from 12 to nine percent.Interestingly, the percentage of School District 60 students graduating high school stayed fairly constant between the 2011/12 school year and 2015/16. That rate is lower both than the provincial average rate and the percentage of Peace River South students. Another statistic showed that the percentage of First Nations students graduating in Peace River North fell slightly with wild variations during those five years, while the rate south of the Peace increased steadily over the same period.In terms of housing, the average rental rate in Fort St. John in 2016 worked out to $1,275 per month, while Vancouver’s average that year was only $21/month more. This was despite the average value of a home in Fort St. John being over 2/3 lower than the same value in Vancouver. Despite this, Dr. Lait said that city residents faced less stress than both the average renter and homeowner in B.C. when it came to paying for their dwellings. The percentage of renters and homeowners in Fort St. John paying more than 30 percent of earnings on housing costs fell much more from 2011 to 2016 than in the rest of B.C. as a whole.The entire report from the CDI can be read below.last_img read more

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