Shakhtar Donetsk manager Paulo Fonseca has denied reports stating that he has agreed to take charge of Everton for the start of next seasonAccording to reports in England, the Portuguese coach is being considered as one of the favorites to succeed Sam Allardyce at Goodison Park for the start of next season.Following the sacking of Ronald Koeman, who has recently been appointed the new manager of the Netherlands, Everton signed Allardyce to take the club out of the danger zone and gave the former England coach a deal that will keep him in the position until the end of the 2018/19 season.But despite having guided Everton comfortably out of the relegation zone, it is been reported that the board are still discontent with Allardyce and are believed to be considering replacements for next season with Fonseca having been one of the names mentioned in their discussions.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…In his first season in Ukraine, Fonseca enjoyed a trophy-laden campaign and earned the respect of many clubs across Europe with Everton believed to be among them.But in an interview with FootballUa, Fonseca announced that the speculation surrounding his future was false.“I can confirm that most of the stuff being said in the media about me is not true. This €9m offer is certainly one of the main examples. These kind of amounts are not true.” said Fonseca, according to Daily Post.
Chelsea have reportedly rejected a £50m bid from Barcelona for their attacking midfielder Willian, claims the Daily MailThe 29-year-old scored six goals and registered eight assists in 36 Premier League appearances last season with 16 of those games coming from the substitutes bench.Following the departure of their captain and club legend Andres Iniesta, Barcelona are in pursuit of a new midfielder and are understood to be keen on the prospect of linking Willian up with his Brazil teammate Philippe Coutinho.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.The Brazilian’s representatives have reportedly been seen in Barcelona, but the Catalan side’s bid of £50m has been rejected by Chelsea due to the fact that they believe that it is below their valuation.The London club are in no rush to sell Willian either with the winger under contract at Stamford Bridge until 2020.Willian is currently with the Brazil squad at the World Cup and has played in all three of their Group E games.
For years many people have wondered how can you stop Cristiano Ronaldo from scoring, but now Juventus centre-back Daniele Rugani seems to have discovered a wayIn a training game at the club’s centre in Vinovo, the players at Juventus were making use of small goal posts without any goalkeepers.In one attack Ronaldo appears before an open goal and teases Rugani by waiting for him to come over and attempt to take the ball off him.But the 24-year-old was wiser than that and instead grabbed the miniature goal and moved it away from Ronaldo.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.The surprised Portuguese star then tried to get the ball into the net but was unsuccessful and later turned around and walked off.Well @DanieleRugani, that’s one way to stop @Cristiano…! ?#ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/qavJ3WLbXd— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) August 9, 2018
Manchester United have confirmed that Marouane Fellaini has completed his transfer to Chinese club Shandong Luneng.Since reports emerged on Tuesday, Fellaini had been strongly touted to be the next big name to make a move to the Chinese Super League.The Belgium international agreed on personal terms with Shandong Luneng on Wednesday and flew out to China on Thursday to complete his transfer after United had reached an agreement to sell Fellaini.Now the Red Devils have confirmed that Fellaini has ended his five-and-a-half-year stay at Old Trafford for a switch to China.“Manchester United can confirm that Marouane Fellaini has left the club on a permanent transfer,” read a statement on the club website.Fellaini has reportedly agreed on a three-year contract at Shandong Luneng, which will see him earn around £30m in total after taxes.The Belgian had managed a total of 22 goals and 12 assists in 177 appearances for United across all competitions since arriving in the summer of 2013 from Everton.Fellaini featured prominently under David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho in his time at Old Trafford and was awarded a new two-year contract last June after his original deal expired.However, Fellaini has struggled with calf injury problems of late and had only managed 31 minutes of football since Ole Gunner Solskjaer was appointed the interim coach in December.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.In light of this, United decided to sanction Fellaini’s sale with the 31-year-old closing the curtain on his decade-long stay in the Premier League.Fellaini leaves United with a FA Cup, EFL Cup, Europa League and Community Shield to his name.The midfielder will join one of the biggest clubs in China in Shandong Luneng, who have won the Chinese Super League four times along with five FA Cup titles.Last season, Shandong Luneng finished third in the league table and 10 points behind winners Shanghai SIPG and qualified for the AFC Champions League qualifiers.Now the Chinese side hopes to add Fellaini to their ranks in time for the start of the new season, which will begin on March 1.BREAKING: Marouane Fellaini completes move from @ManUtd to Shandong Luneng Taishan in China. #SSN pic.twitter.com/voocoESs4W— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) February 1, 2019
Related Items:anya willams, priemier rufus ewing, providenciales international airport, Tciaa Recommended for you Providenciales Airport Reopens Today Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 30 Dec 2014 – The Providenciales International Airport is now double the size and put at a price tag of $10 million dollars…among those on hand for the re-opening event were the country’s Acting Governor, Anya Williams: “Sitting in a board meeting when Mr. Smith first presented the plans, and I remember everyone looking at him and thinking: ‘you really think that ou can do with some $10 million dollars?’ Certainly he is a person who knows how to deliver and he has done just that and I think they all deserve congratulations…” The country’s Premier Hon Dr. Rufus Ewing who is also the Tourism Minister said they had agreed early on with the TCIAA’s plan for the airport. “The growth in tourism that we had in last year and in this year, in terms of tourist arrivals was phenomenal. And without a structure, expanded structure such as this during this period we would have not been able to service and we would not been able to continue to service those valued guests and visitors to our shores in that short time.” The project was announced as delivered on time and on budget. Former Premier says PNP left plan for Salt Cay airport, but there is no evidence of the claim DEPUTY GOVERNOR PROMISES MORE EFFICIENT SERVICE IN GOVERNMENT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 16 Jun 2015 – The Governor, HE Peter Beckingham did not speak to the family and friends who were protesting yesterday at the parade grounds during the Queen’s Birthday Parade, but Magnetic Media is told that some members of the elected Government did. The group is protesting in hopes of getting some concrete feedback from Police in the slow going investigation of missing, 25-year old, Kevino Smith. During the Queen’s Birthday Parade, placard toting residents turned out stern faced and demanding what they call, ‘justice’ for the Grand Turk man who was reported gone since March 4, 2015… today actually marked two months since remains were found in Grand Turk. Those remains have yet to be identified, though there is strong views and intimation that they could be young Smith. Kevino, or Bah’s mother, Patty Smith said the protesting will continue on Thursday outside the halls of parliament. It was constant reference to the case, led in large part by Grand Turk South Member, Hon Edwin Astwood that drew comments in the House of Assembly and seemed to lead to more intense focus on the missing persons’ case by Police. Smith, was at one time reported to media as a wanted man for his alleged involvement in a reported domestic dispute in Breezy Brae. Those remains were found in Breezy Brae. Police in April confirmed that Kevino Smith was the only person on record as missing in Grand Turk. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Change is on the horizon says PDM Leader Sharlene Cartwright Robinson Recommended for you West end residents protest Related Items:breezy brae, edwin astwood, grand turk, kevino smith, parliament, patty smith, protest
Gareth Southgate says his England team respects Croatia as both sides prepare to face off in the UEFA Nations League on Sunday.Victory for England will send them to the semi-finals, and Southgate knows the threat that Croatia poses and has called against complacency in what will be their third meeting since July.“We know their style of play and we know areas we think we can try to exploit. It’s two really evenly-matched teams,” Southgate told Sky Sports, in a press conference ahead of the match.“We’ve got to make sure we back-up our last few performances, which have been really healthy and finish the calendar year on a real high.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“We’ve proved ourselves to be two of the best teams in the world this year.“We’ve got huge respect for them and their mentality, but we’ve also got the belief that we’re improving.“We’ve got great motivation ahead of tomorrow’s match.”
Manchester United legend Paul Scholes wasn’t impressed with what he saw from Ander Herrera after the club’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal on Wednesday nightJose Mourinho’s side came back twice from a goal down at Old Trafford to secure a draw with Arsenal after goals from Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard.But the result left United down in eight-place in the Premier League and eight points adrift of a top-four spot – which has become their main objective this season.However, for Scholes, the most frustrating thing about their home draw against Arsenal was Herrera.The Spanish midfielder’s struggle to play the ball to team-mate Paul Pogba left Scholes baffled afterwards.“You have to question the quality of the player,” Scholes said on BT Sport via Twitter.“Rio asked the question there when he said: ‘Is Ander Herrera capable of playing that ball to Pogba?’“Now, he’s in 15-20 yards of space, it’s probably a 30-yard ball – a simple ball – if he’s not good enough to play that ball then he shouldn’t be at this club.”Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Scholes’ former United team-mate Rio Ferdinand did suggest, however, that a lack of confidence may have been at fault.“It is an easy ball and when you hear Paul Scholes say that… he was a player who could put the ball on a sixpence from anywhere on the pitch, but when you look at that pass it’s not a difficult ball to play – I think it’s confidence,” said Ferdinand.“When you’re not confident, a five or 10-yard ball to the right-back from the centre-half position can be an awkward ball at times because you think: ‘I don’t want it to go out, the fans are going to get on my back, it’s live on TV – I’m going to play it back to the goalkeeper’.”• Pogba in space• Herrera 30 yards away”If he can’t play a simple ball, he shouldn’t be at this club!” 😬Paul Scholes questions the quality of some of Man Utd’s players… pic.twitter.com/GlJgGnSrZt— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) December 5, 2018
In an unexpected turn of events, Maurizio Sarri got the better of Pep Guardiola for the first time as Chelsea defeated Manchester City 2-0 thanks to N’Golo Kante and David LuizChelsea starting lineup: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, David Luiz, Marcos Alonso, N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Pedro, Willian, Eden Hazard Manchester City starting lineup: Ederson, Fabian Delph, Aymeric Laporte, John Stones, Kyle Walker, Fernandinho, David Silva, Bernardo Silva, Leroy Sane, Riyad Mahrez, Raheem SterlingThe first 20 minutes of the game were pretty awful for the neutral viewer, as the teams basically employed the same false nine tactics and cancelled each other out completely. Manchester City did have a couple of opportunities to threaten Chelsea’s goal thanks to some prolific passing, but a shot wasn’t fired. It was a really scrappy game, with lots of duels, lost balls and very little space to operate. Cesar Azpilicueta came to the rescue in the 32nd minute, when Raheem Sterling rounded Marcos Alonso and made him look silly. Sterling then sent a low ball across the penalty box and if it weren’t for Azpilicueta’s phenomenal sliding block, City would’ve likely been ahead.As much as The Blues were trying to replicate and imitate the defending champions’ style, it was visible they weren’t near City’s level yet. The visitors’ pressure was increasing as the half wore on. Then, a change of fortunes. A fantastic side-to-side long pass by David Luiz found Pedro and automatically stretched The Citizens’ formation. Pedro immediately crossed back to the other side to an incoming Willian, whose first touch wasn’t the best. He kept the ball though, and it eventually reached Eden Hazard, who made a couple of dummy dribbles before releasing the ball to an open area inside the box. Leroy Sane didn’t cover the empty space, which allowed N’Golo Kante to take a first-time shot and score magnificently in the upper corner to give Chelsea a 1-0 lead..@nglkante’s late first half goal has given us the lead at the interval! 👍#CHEMCI pic.twitter.com/QkhDatsv8X— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 8, 2018Report: Zinedine Zidane could also want N’Golo Kante Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 12, 2019 Following his policy of signing French players for Real Madrid, it has been reported that Zidane might like N’Golo Kante.As we continue with our…Right at the start of the second half, Willian earned a free kick and Willian took it himself. Ederson was ready and made a quality save to prevent Chelsea from going up by two. The Blues came out of the locker room with great energy. Kante was their wild card, as City’s players had trouble controlling his movement. Guardiola was quick to react and Leroy Sane was the sacrificial lamb, as he was the one Gabriel Jesus replaced. In the 57th minute, Kyle Walker had a bending free kick saved by Kepa Arrizabalaga. In the 64th minute, Mateo Kovacic suffered an injury that saw him get substituted by Ross Barkley. The next change in the match was Ilkay Gundogan for a tired David Silva. Willian, who didn’t look too happy about it, was substituted next. His replacement was Ruben Loftus-Cheek.Manchester City weren’t able to establish their recognizable game-play and were left frustrated by an opponent that was practically copying their style. The frustrations turned into disappointment in the 78th minute, when David Luiz’s header gave Chelsea a 2-0 lead. The Brazilian defender jumped higher than everyone else and managed to divert the ball into the net following a corner kick. The goal definitely stung as City was just getting ready to make one final push.Photos: David Luiz celebrates his goal against Man City pic.twitter.com/OK2VXiI90h— chelskiblues (@chelski_blues) December 8, 2018Phil Foden came in for Riyad Mahrez in the 85th minute in what was Guardiola’s last-ditch attempt to reshuffle the deck and bring about change. In the last minute of stoppage time, Kepa made a mistake and gave up an easy ball, but made up for his error with a great save on Gabriel Jesus’ effort. The score remained 2-0. Nothing signalled such a turn of events when the match started today, yet Sarri’s team found a way to get the better of the dominant champions, whose first domestic loss this season will serve as a wake-up call ahead of the dense Christmas schedule.
Liverpool’s defender Joe Gomez has been likened to England legends Ashley Cole and John Terry according to Garth CrooksGomez and Virgil van Dijk have formed a formidable duo for Liverpool in the current campaign which has led to the Reds rise to the topThe 21-year-old has earned rave reviews for his composed performances at centre-half, while Gomez has shown his versatility when asked to play at right-back.Liverpool have kept ten clean sheets in the Premier League ahead of any club following their 4-0 win at Bournemouth.However, Gomez picked up a serious injury in Liverpool FC’s 3-1 win at Burnley in the Premier League on Wednesday night.Top 5 Premier League players to watch for next weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Premier League’s Top 5 players to watch this weekend.After…Crooks gave his verdict about the player before Klopp’s men played the Cherries showing how the former Charlton lad has impressed him thus far“Regular readers will know what I think of Joe Gomez so I won’t waste any more column inches on that,” Crooks told BBC Sport and cited by Sports Review.“Suffice to say this: How the England centre-back kept the ball out of Liverpool’s net with Allison beaten during Sunday’s game with Everton, I will never know.“Gomez is starting to display a sixth sense when it comes to the dangers in and around his own penalty area. Defenders such as Ashley Cole and John Terry had it, and so does this lad.”Gomez moved to Liverpool FC in a £4.5m deal from Charlton Athletic in the 2015 summer transfer window under Brendan Rodgers.
Brazilian star Neymar wants to win the Champions League with Paris Saint-Germain above everything else ahead of next month’s last-clash against Manchester UnitedThe 26-year-old is now in his second season at PSG and he’s enjoyed a stunning start to life at the Parc Des Princes by becoming the fastest player to score 32 goals in 33 Ligue 1 games in the past 45 seasons.Aside from that, Neymar has formed a deadly strike partnership with Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani which has played a big part in PSG’s domination in France with Thomas Tuchel’s men already 13 points ahead at the top of Ligue 1 with two games in hand from nearest challengers Lille OSC.But, for Neymar, the prize he values above all is the Champions League which was one of the key reason’s the PSG chief’s forked out a world record €222m to sign him from Barcelona in 2017.“I want to win everything, especially the Champions League, since it’s every player’s dream,” Neymar told Canal Plus. “United will be a good game for us and for people who like football.Solskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“What do we lack in order to win the Champions League? You have to grow in this competition, everyone must attack and defend well. We were good defensively in the first games, we’re getting better and better.”Neymar previously won the Champions League at Barcelona during the 2014/15 campaign, where he partnered Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi up front as the Catalans secured a 5th title in the competition.PSG, who thrashed bottom-placed side Guingamp 9-0 in Ligue 1 on Saturday for their 17th win in 19 games, will travel to Old Trafford on February 12 for the first leg of their last-16 clash against the in-form United.The Parisians will then host the return leg at the Parc Des Princes on March 6 to decide the outcome of their tie.
December 3, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Maintaining good mental health for teens during the holiday season KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Professional clinical counselor and executive director of E3 Civic High, Paul Smith and Dr. Helen Griffith says rates of depression and suicide spike during the holidays, especially for young people.Here are some telltale signs according to Dr. Griffith that show the young people in your life may be suffering during the holidays and what we can do to support them:Disengagement with Friends:Maintain open lines of communication with your teens.Know their friends but respect their boundaries.Increased Irritability:Be mindful of emotional regulation and support healthy copingSignificant change in eating habits:Encourage healthy meals at regularly scheduled timesErratic sleeping schedule:Foster good sleep hygieneTrouble maintaining focus or thinking:Support positive breaks from overstimulationMeditate – Breathe – Enjoy NatureFor more information click here. Posted: December 3, 2018
Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Posted: March 8, 2019 Updated: 9:23 AM San Diego Cannabis Equity Program proposal helps low-income residents start marijuana companies March 8, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego City Councilman Chris Ward is hoping to level the playing field in the marijuana industry with a new proposal.Councilman Ward said the Cannabis Equity Program would help low-income residents open up marijuana businesses.The program would provide small business support and mentoring to allow individuals in disadvantaged neighborhoods to participate and prosper.Ward said he will introduce the proposal to the council’s economic development committee this spring.It will be modeled after similar programs launched in Los Angeles and Oakland.
March 18, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego City Council unanimously voted to repeal a 1983 ordinance prohibiting residents from living in a vehicle on any street within city limits.While that may be encouraging news for people who have no other choice but to live in their car or truck, it has also brought new problems to some neighborhoods.The repeal is, in essence, a response to a 2014 ruling by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which struck down a similar ordinance in Los Angeles as unconstitutionally vague. Homeless advocates repeatedly reminded the council of the law’s shaky constitutional foundation prior to the vote.City Councilman Chris Ward noted that the repeal isn’t a solution to the city’s homeless issues, but is still a step in the right direction and should be supplemented by more actions to reduce the burden on transient residents.“Nobody wants to see people relegated to living in their cars, on the streets, away from services,” Ward said. “We have the capacity and the ability to do more for individuals experiencing homelessness … It’s not real housing. We need to bring this full circle and work on more housing opportunities.”The city’s homeless residents are not likely to feel the immediate effects of the repeal. The city has not enforced the ordinance since last Aug. 21, in light of an injunction stemming from an ongoing legal challenge to the measure in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.Statistics on the percentage of the city’s homeless who live in their cars are somewhat hazy after last year’s Point in Time homeless count. According to the count, 1,262 residents lived in a vehicle throughout San Diego County in January 2018.However, the San Diego Regional Task Force on the Homeless revealed in June it did not count residents living in recreational vehicles during the count, meaning the number of residents living in a vehicle could be even higher.City Councilman Mark Kersey called the ordinance past its prime despite the repeal serving as only a short-term solution.“There may have been reasons at that time it was justified. I think it’s pretty clear that today it’s not the direction that any of us are looking to go,” Kersey said. “It’s certainly not a permanent solution to the crisis that we’re facing by any means, but 100 percent of the time I’d rather have someone sleeping in a car than on the sidewalk.” Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: March 18, 2019 Updated: 7:18 PM KUSI Newsroom San Diego City Council has voted to repeal ordinance banning residents from sleeping in their vehicles KUSI Newsroom,
00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The transgender military ban is now a reality. The men and women who serve our country must adhere to their birth sex. This change comes nearly two years after President Trump tweeted that he wanted a transgender ban.Part of the statement said the county “cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption” of transgender issues.According to the National Center for Transgender Equality, there are roughly 15,000 transgender people in the military.The San Diego LGBT Community Center held a news conference today in response to this federal policy. April 12, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Posted: April 12, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Ban on transgender people serving in the U.S. military now in affect, local reaction
Reaction to the State of the Union AddressThe American Soybean Association (ASA) and the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) commended President Bush for stressing the importance of passage of an Energy Bill to help diversify America’s dependence on foreign oil. To accomplish this goal, U.S. soybean farmers and the biodiesel industry are calling on White House and Congressional leaders to quickly complete the Energy Bill that contains the first federal biodiesel tax incentive.In his January 20th address, President George W. Bush stated, “Consumers and businesses need reliable supplies of energy to make our economy run – so I urge you to pass legislation to modernize our electricity system, promote conservation, and make America less dependent on foreign sources of energy.”Biodiesel is a cleaner burning alternative to petroleum-based diesel, and it is made primarily from soybeans that are grown in the United States. Securing passage of a biodiesel tax incentive is the top legislative priority of the ASA and NBB, and Congress has pursued this goal for the last four years. Due in large part to the efforts of U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and others, a biodiesel tax incentive was included in the final Energy Bill. It amounts to one penny per percentage point of biodiesel blended with petroleum diesel.NBB Chairman and ASA Vice President Bob Metz, a South Dakota soybean farmer, urged all biodiesel supporters to contact their Senators and ask for their full support of the Energy Bill. “We need Congress to finish the job on the Energy Bill now,” he said. “We’ve come too far to watch such vital legislation to farmers and America go by the wayside.””Congress should take immediate action to pass the Energy Bill that has landmark legislation for American-made renewable fuels,” said American Soybean Association President Ron Heck of Iowa. “This Congress has the opportunity to stimulate the economy as they help shift the nation away from its dependence on foreign oil.”Support of biodiesel and other renewable fuels can aid U.S. energy security as well as boost the domestic economy through its production. National security and the economy were both stressed by the President in his address. President Bush spent approximately half of his 54-minute speech discussing national security concerns. Furthermore, he stated that, “We must continue to pursue an aggressive, pro-growth economic agenda.”Biodiesel works in any diesel engine with few or no modifications. It can be used in its pure form (B100), or blended with petroleum diesel at any level—most commonly 20 percent (B20). More than 400 major fleets use biodiesel commercially nationwide. More than 200 retail filling stations also make biodiesel available to the public, and hundreds of petroleum distributors carry it nationwide.A U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of Agriculture full lifecycle emissions study found that for every unit of fossil energy needed to make biodiesel, 3.2 units of energy are gained. In contrast, it takes 1.2 units of fossil resources to produce 1 unit of petroleum diesel.Biodiesel reduces emissions, and it is nontoxic, biodegradable and essentially free of sulfur and aromatics. Biodiesel offers similar fuel economy, horsepower and torque to petroleum diesel while providing superior lubricity. It significantly reduces emissions of carbon monoxide, particulate matter, unburned hydrocarbons and sulfates. On a lifecycle basis, biodiesel reduces carbon dioxide by 78 percent compared to petroleum diesel.
During the annual meeting of its voting delegates at last week’s Commodity Classic in San Antonio, the farmer members of the American Soybean Association (ASA) plotted the association’s policy course for the coming year during the open resolutions process. This year’s delegates tackled multiple hot-button issues, including the use of drones—or unmanned aerial vehicles—in agricultural applications, and the stewardship of massive amounts of data collected by an ever-advancing range of technological solutions on the farm.“The issues that face our industry change so frequently that we have to be adaptable and flexible,” said ASA President and Iowa farmer Ray Gaesser. “This session enables us to keep our finger on the pulse of farmers in each state and adjust our policies so that we are representing our entire membership as effectively as possible.”During the meeting, new resolutions were adopted to call on the Federal Aviation Administration to meet its September 2015 deadline for providing regulations on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in farming operations; as well as to encourage farm groups to work together to set industry standards on the collection, storage and stewardship of the data generated by precision agricultural instruments.“New technologies have advanced our industry so far in such a short period of time,” added Gaesser. “We rely on these solutions, but we also need to establish best practices to ensure the data they generate is managed in such a way that respects personal privacy.”On infrastructure, ASA adopted a resolution calling for the continued maintenance of the waterways that are so critical to soybean farmers, while also formalizing the association’s support for new lock and dam construction on the Mississippi and Illinois rivers, among other projects.With respect to interstate commerce, ASA’s farmer leaders reiterated the association’s opposition to piecemeal state labeling laws governing foods with genetically-modified ingredients and reaffirmed their support for a national legislative solution that would prevent such a patchwork of state legislation. Also, the delegates adopted a resolution opposing state legislation on crop and livestock protection that are more stringent than those at the federal level.“We believe that federal legislation, whether it governs biotech foods or animal agriculture, is a far better option than an uneven and inconsistent framework of state laws that may conflict with or even contradict one another,” said Gaesser.Additionally, ASA used the process to again call on FDA to alter its proposal to remove the generally regarded as safe (GRAS) status for partially hydrogenated oils and instead consider other approaches to reduce trans fats. ASA also lent its support to the sustainability best practices outlined in the 25×25 Adaptation Initiative; and called for the timely determination of the FSA Form 1026 process, which governs lands enrolled in wetlands protection and highly-erodible lands programs.Finally, ASA delegates expressed their support for the 2014 Farm Bill and called upon USDA to implement its provisions in a timely manner.“The resolutions process is one that really defines ASA as a farmer-led, farmer-focused organization,” said Gaesser. “These resolutions come to us from the farm level—from farmers who, through their experience, realize what an impact each of these issues can have. This gives us quite a to-do list, but we’re determined to make progress on each issue.”
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — After catching a radioactive rabbit on the Hanford nuclear reservation, cleanup workers are now hunting for a radioactive mouse.The Tri-City Herald reports radioactive mouse droppings have been found in the same area where the radioactive rabbit droppings were found earlier this month north of Richland.Todd Nelson of Washington Closure Hanford, the cleanup contractor, says no contaminated droppings have been found in areas open to the public.The radioactive rabbit was killed and disposed of as radioactive waste.Officials believe the animals ate or drank cesium at a Hanford site.Information from: Tri-City Herald, http://www.tri-cityherald.com