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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Investigation drags its heels after two burglaries at offices of free speech NGO

first_imgNews The Venezuelan organization Espacio Público, which defends free speech, has suffered two successive break-ins at its offices, on 16 and 26 November.On the second occasion, video recordings that were evidence of the first burglary were stolen. Computer equipment donated in response to an appeal by the NGO after the first robbery was also taken.Reporters Without Borders, while remaining cautious about a possible motive for these crimes, is surprised at the slow progress of the investigation. We hope that this reluctance owes nothing to the government’s expressed hostility towards Espacio Público in the current highly polarized atmosphere. Espacio Público is regularly branded in official propaganda as “a counter-revolutionary agency acting on behalf of a foreign power” – by implication the United States – because of the source of some of its funding.It was the direct target of a new law on international co-operation which is supposed to “protect national sovereignty and self-determination” and which was rushed through parliament with other controversial bills on 22 December 2010. The legislation means Venezuelan NGOs are banned from accepting donations from abroad.Around that time, Carlos Correa, head of Espacio Público, was assaulted on the premises of the National Assembly. No charges were brought as a result of the attack.“A lawyer from our team will contact the public prosecutor’s office to find out if an investigator has been assigned to both of these complaints,” Correa told Reporters Without Borders after the second break-in, when no clues were left unlike on he first occasion. “No-one has contacted us to offer support or any form of protection.” He did not rule out a possible political motive.Reporters Without Borders declared: “Since no more can be said on this latest case, we nevertheless demand that the legal system show evidence of the fairness and impartiality required to investigate the matter. No ideological criteria or suspicion directed at Espacio Público should get in the way of the search for the truth.“Aware of the critical, but serious and well-argued, work carried out by the organization, we hope that, in these circumstances, a halt will be called to the outrageous allegations made against it.“This hope also applies to the Press and Society Institute (IPYS), which is based in Peru but has a permanent office in Caracas and has been the target of similar propaganda.”Photo: SNTP Follow the news on Venezuela News January 13, 2021 Find out more New wave of censorship targeting critical media outlets August 25, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information December 2, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Investigation drags its heels after two burglaries at offices of free speech NGO VenezuelaAmericas VenezuelaAmericas center_img Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives Organisation RSF_en to go further Two journalists murdered just days apart in Venezuela News News Receive email alerts June 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Pasadena Activists Release Community Bill of Rights

first_img Subscribe Business News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Pasadena Activists Release Community Bill of Rights By ANDRÉ COLEMAN, Managing Editor Published on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 | 2:32 pm Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News center_img 25 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it HerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTiger Woods Is ‘Different Man’ 10 Years After ScandalHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWomen Love These Great Tips To Making Your Teeth Look WhiterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRemove Belly Fat Without Going Under The KnifeHerbeautyHerbeauty EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week More Cool Stuff The National Day Laborer Organizing Network and the Pasadena NAACP released a community Bill of Rights on Tuesday.The groups are calling for sweeping and profound changes in law enforcement, which it states has been plagued with systemic racism for centuries.According to the document the city must defend equal justice, acknowledge its unjust past, face the unjust present and reform unjust policing.The group is demanding the city adopt civilian oversight, divert 20 percent of the police budget — more than $16 million — to social services and reduce the number of police officer through attrition.The document also calls for reform in the department’s use of force policies, an end to police surveillance and racial profiling, more psychological evaluations, an expansion of local hiring at the department, anti-bias training and an end to conflicts of interest and the militarization of the department.“Those changes will bring an end to the culture of violence and impunity in policing in America,” the groups said.The document calls for a city where community safety does not mean police violence.The manifesto does not delve into issues outside the department impacting local minorities including housing, local hiring and economic prosperity.The groups are calling for Mayor Terry Tornek and the City Council to embrace, to adopt, and to champion the Community Bill of Rights.“This is very timely,” Tornek said. “I think these are the kinds of specific suggestions and recommendations from community based groups that will be of value to us. We’re going to be engaged in very significant discussions very quickly about policing issues and budgetary issues. The Public Safety, Committee’s going to have another special meeting on June 24th, and we’re going to begin to create an outline for police oversight, the budget. We’ve already committed to having real time discussions about how we allocate resources in Pasadena. So these kinds of suggestions from community based groups are very useful and will help to move that dialogue along as we go through this.”So far 50 people have sent letters according to the NDLON website.“The Community Bill of Rights constitutes a call to action and courage and a first step towards addressing such inequities,” the document reads. “We know that it will not fix the root causes of poverty and marginalization but being safe from police abuse is a basic tenet for a new Pasadena.”According to the document, it hopes to “establish a new paradigm about how police interacts and relates to all residents while making sure that justice is served to Blacks and Latinos to whom it has been denied for too long. It is a vision where more shared prosperity, inclusion, public health and education, is our collective aim – and that with time, our neighborhoods will require less policing.”https://actionnetwork.org/letters/support-the-pasadena-community-bill-of-rights Community News Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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‘Whistleblower’ protests outside company which let her go

first_imgEmail Twitter Previous articleStrong element of organised crime in sex industryNext articleLimerick Permanent TSB jobs saved admin WhatsApp Linkedin “I was called in and told I was being suspended from the nursing home for the comfort of the client,” she told the Limerick Post.Ms Barry contacted Employment Rights Officer, Frank McDonald, who said: “I told the company they couldn’t suspend her when she had done nothing wrong. Besides which, they had followed no procedure, no warnings of any kind. When I told them that the suspension was illegal, they said they had used the wrong words, that she was actually being laid off”. The company offered a number of alternative hours but, “there was no way I could do them without getting childcare which I couldn’t afford and there were too few hours.”Ms Barry and Mr McDonald asked the company to take part in an hearing with a rights commissioner, but they declined.‘They are entitled to do that so we are considering gong to the Labour Court,” Mr McDonald said.In the meantime, the laid-off worker says “I want justice. I’ve lost my job because I did the right thing and now I’m at the loss of my wages. I want people to know this has happened,” she said.After the Limerick Post first printed her story in May, this newspaper was contacted by an officer of the National Employment Rights Authority, who was in turn put in contact with the whistleblower.A spokesperson for the company said: “We are aware of Ms Barry’s claims, and are dealing with the matter through the appropriate mechanisms”.Lisa Barry protesting outside Xcel Xecutive Cleaners Ltd, John’s Gate, with from left; Frank McDonnell, Limerck Resource Centre, her daughter Ali, partner Damion Mansfield and Cormac Ronan. Facebook NewsLocal News‘Whistleblower’ protests outside company which let her goBy admin – July 26, 2012 1167 A CONTRACT cleaner who claims she lost her job because she reported an incident of elder abuse, staged a protest outside her former employer’s office this week. Lisa Barry claims she was effectively fired after reporting an alleged incident in which a staff member at a Limerick nursing home caught an 80-year old woman by the arm and threw her into a chair, as reported in the Limerick Post in May. The lone parent has not worked since she lost her job with the city-centre based Xcel Xecutive Cleaners Ltd. earlier this year.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Advertisement Printlast_img read more

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RSI research finds nerve link

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. RSI research finds nerve linkOn 1 Sep 2002 in Personnel Today HSE-commissioned research to fond association between RSI and abnormalitiesin the sensory nerves of the armThere is a link between repetitive strain injury (RSI) and abnormalities inthe way sensory nerves work in the arm, says HSE-commissioned research. Scientists at University College London examined the hands of 45 patientswith RSI and 40 office workers, whose results were compared with those from acontrol population of 44 people. They looked at three specific areas: the ability to detect a vibrationstimulus at the finger tips, the ability of the skin to respond to smallinjuries and the reduction in blood flow to the skin following exposure tocold. Vibration perception thresholds were up by 45 per cent in RSI patients andby 21 per cent for office workers, which showed these groups were lesssensitive to vibration. The flare response after small injuries showed comparable reductions – 33per cent for patients and 30 per cent in office workers. The intensity of flareresponse was 43 per cent for patients and 41 per cent for office workers. In the third test, on the constriction of blood vessels, the reduction inblood flow was 20 per cent greater in patients compared with the control group.Imaging techniques were also used to look at changes in the way the mediannerve moved inside the carpal tunnel – where the nerve passes between the bonesof the wrist – when the wrist was bent. When ultrasound imaging was used, four out of 10 office workers showed onlysmall or reversed nerve movement, a pattern seen more often in patients. Ron McCaig of HSE said: “This research found that there is evidence ofa modest loss in peripheral nerve function in RSI patients and that officeworkers who do a lot of keyboard work demonstrate similar but not as marked effects.”Sensory and Autonomic Function and Ultrasound Nerve Imaging in RSI Patientsand Keyboard Workers, can be bought for £10 from the HSE: 01787-881165. www.hse.gov.uk Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

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MAFFEI, RUSSELL F.

first_imgA funeral mass was offered April 10 at St. Aedan’s Church in Jersey City for Russell F. Maffei, 57, a lifelong Jersey City resident. He died suddenly on Sunday, April 2 from injuries sustained in an accident in North Bergen. He was the son of the late Evelyn and Francis J. Maffei, godfather of Jonathan, Corinne, and Hope Louise Kobus and much loved by numerous cousins of the Chiesa, Maffei and Sonzogni Families who considered him not just a cousin but a brother and part of their families. He was a communicant of St. Aedan’s Church.Russell currently worked as a Legislative Liaison for the Meadowlands Commission, a part of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority and served in various levels of government service. Russell felt proudest of being part of Governor Whitman’s administration, the state Board of Municipal Utilities and a legislative liaison for state Sen. Gerald Cardinale whom Russell greatly admired and continued to support for over 25 years. During his career, Russell served as Commissioner of the Hudson County Board of Elections and was a municipal employee with Jersey City under Mayor Healy who would bestow the key to the city upon Russell when he left his job.Russell was a dedicated, proud, loyal, and undeterred Republican who chose to stay working in an overwhelmingly Democratic county as he followed in the footsteps of his family who were instrumental in starting the Jersey City Republican Party during the time of Mayor Hague. Russell was active in organizing and supporting the GOP at all levels and worked tirelessly for Republican candidates for over 40 years of his life. Most recently he provided counsel and his support to his friend of many years, Assemblyman Robert Auth, with whom he attended the GOP presidential convention and later the presidential inauguration.At present, Russell was a state committeeman for the State of New Jersey Republican Committee, an elected position in which he received several thousand votes and was the municipal chairman for the Jersey City Republican Party, a role he had been in for several decades, volunteer positions that required much of his time, efforts, and talents and benefitted from his intellect. Russell was more than his political activities and ideology to all who were privileged to know him as he had a vast and diverse mix of friends and associates whom will miss him dearly. He treated everyone well, regardless of their status or political leanings and was a great friend, confidant and companion to many.Service arranged by the Greenville Memorial Home, Jersey City.last_img read more

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INCORPORATING TECHNOLOGY (Nicholas Oresko)

first_img× INCORPORATING TECHNOLOGY — Ms. Oszmanski’s Pre-Kindergarten class at Nicholas Oresko Community School builds on their use of technology by using a letter application on their classroom iPad’s to build on their letter identification and writing skills. Students found letters on their iPad’s, named each letter, and practiced writing the letters in their notebooks.last_img

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Press release: Stolen Spencer masterpiece returned to owners

first_img In the event of loss or damage to an object or work covered by the scheme, the government compensates the owners. Cookham from Englefield by Sir Stanley Spencer was on loan to the Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham in 2012 when thieves broke in through a window and removed it.The owners said they were devastated at the loss of the painting, which was of great sentimental value.However they were compensated for the loss of the painting by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport under the Government Indemnity Scheme. The scheme provides UK museums and galleries with an alternative to commercial insurance, which can be costly. It allows organisations to display art and objects that they might not have been able to borrow due to high insurance costs.Five years after the theft of Cookham from Englefield, police discovered the painting hidden under a bed during a drugs raid on a property in West London.A 28-year-old man was sentenced at Kingston Crown Court in October after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs and acquiring criminal property. He also admitted a charge of handling stolen goods. Last month the owners were finally reunited with their paintingArts Minister Michael Ellis said: I am pleased to say that the painting has now been returned to its owners. The seizure of the painting was the result of proactive investigation by the Organised Crime Command, which resulted in a significant custodial sentence for the defendant found in possession of the painting. Detective Inspector Brian Hobbs, of the Met’s Organised Crime Command, said: Detective Constable Sophie Hayes, of the Met’s Art and Antiques Unit, said: Sir Stanley Spencer (1891 – 1959) was an English painter known for his works depicting Biblical scenes of his birth place Cookham. He is one of the most important artists of the 20th century and during the Second World War was commissioned by the War Artists’ Advisory Committee.It is estimated that the Government Indemnity Scheme saves UK museums and galleries £14 million a year. In the last ten years of the scheme, only 12 claims for damage and loss have been received. This incident is the first one where an item covered by the Scheme has been stolen and successfully returned to its original owners. In line with the rules of the Government Indemnity Scheme for return of the painting, the owners repaid the amount they had received in settlement of the claim minus the cost of repairs and depreciation.Notes to editors:center_img The Art and Antiques Unit was delighted to assist with the recovery and return of this important painting. The circumstances of its recovery underline the links between cultural heritage crime and wider criminality. The fact that the painting was stolen five years before it was recovered did not hinder a prosecution for handling stolen goods, demonstrating the Met will pursue these matters wherever possible, no matter how much time has elapsed. Spencer is one our most renowned painters and a true great of the 20th century. It is wonderful that this story has had a happy ending and the painting has been returned to its rightful owners. The Government Indemnity Scheme is administered by Arts Council England on behalf of DCMS. This has been made possible because of the Government Indemnity Scheme. It exists to protect owners when lending their works to public galleries. Without it there would be fewer world class pieces on display across the country for people to enjoy.last_img read more

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News story: Three Trustees reappointed to the Sports Grounds Safety Authority

first_imgSusan Johnson OBESusan Johnson OBE was the Chief Executive at County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service until her retirement in July 2015. The appointment meant Susan was the first woman and non-uniformed chief executive to lead a Fire and Rescue Service in the United Kingdom.Susan previously held the position of Chief Executive of the Northern Business Forum and Executive Director Business Development for the Regional Development Agency, Yorkshire Forward. Susan has held a number of non executive roles throughout her career including Greggs plc, Legacy Trust UK and was a Public Member for Network Rail. She is currently a Commissioner with the Equality and Human Rights Commission (remunerated at £10,000 p.a for 25 days p.a); a Non Executive Director with the Health and Safety Executive (remunerated at £15,000 p.a for 30 days p.a); and the Planning Inspectorate (remunerated at £10,500 p.a for 20 days p.a); and a Commissioner for the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (remunerated at £10,140 p.a for 30 days p.a).Susan holds a first class honours degree in Business Studies and an MBA from Durham University, where she also serves as a Trustee on the Board. Susan was awarded an OBE for services to New Deal in the North East in 2000.Philip KolvinPhilip Kolvin QC is a licensing barrister, and the Head of the public law chambers Cornerstone Barristers. He also sits as a Recorder of the Crown Court. Philip is the author/editor of a number of textbooks in the field of licensing and councillors’ conduct. He is a board member of the King’s College Hospital Charitable Trust and Crystal Palace Park Trust, an advisory board member of the Otherworld Festival and a past chair of the Institute of Licensing, Best Bar None, Purple Flag and the Night Time Commission for London.David MackinnonDavid is Regional Head of Operations for Jockey Club Racecourses South West Region, incorporating Cheltenham, Exeter, Warwick and Wincanton racecourses. David has enjoyed success as Managing Director at both Windsor and Sandown Park Racecourses and prior to that worked at the sport’s regulatory body (then the Jockey Club) and also spent three years as a trainee chartered accountant with Coopers and Lybrand following the completion of his degree in International Agribusiness Management. David has enjoyed delivering the successful £45m development of Cheltenham Racecourse (completed 2015) and ensures high operational standards across the four racecourses. Cheltenham has 16 race days including The Festival which is the major jump racing Festival in the world. In 2018, it attracted over 265,000 people over the four days in March, making it the fourth highest attended sporting event in the UK.These roles are remunerated at £265 per day. These reappointments have been made in accordance with the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments. The process is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. The Government’s Governance Code requires that any significant political activity undertaken by an appointee in the last five years is declared. This is defined as including holding office, public speaking, making a recordable donation or candidature for election. Susan, Philip and David have made no such declarations.last_img read more

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Harry Redknapp aiming to score with jam roly polys

first_imgFootball legend Harry Redknapp has launched an online business selling jam roly polys.Redknapp – who made headlines after craving a jam roly poly during his appearance in last year’s I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here – has partnered with Heidi bakery to produce the product.Each jam roly poly will be hand-rolled by Heidi bakers in a kitchen based at the Daniel department store in Windsor, with Redknapp acting as executive chef.They are being sold direct to consumers online at £18 each, with Homelessness charity Hope Housing receiving 20% of the profits.“Jam roly poly pudding, I just love it,” said Redknapp. “It’s the thing I missed most in the jungle, so I thought why not start a business selling them and make some money for charity?“Traditionally they are made with raspberry jam, but we always make them with strawberry jam and that’s how I like them. I know this might be controversial, but we’ve tried many different roly polys in the Redknapp household, and my version is definitely the best!”Bakery business Heidi was founded by Heidi Daniel after she convinced her father to let her open a small bakery in the family department store in Windsor. In addition to the Windsor site, Heidi also has a bakery at Elphicks department store in Farnham, Surrey.Hope Housing provides housing support to homeless people in Bournemouth, as well as training and education to residents to help them move into independent living.last_img read more

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