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Advanced Biofuel Pathway for Camelina Approved

first_img SHARE Advanced Biofuel Pathway for Camelina Approved The Environmental Protection Agency has finalized its rule approving camelina oil as a new low-carbon feedstock under the Renewable Fuel Standard. With camelina oil added to the growing list of biodiesel feedstocks that meet the EPA’s standards for advanced biofuel – National Biodiesel Board Vice President of Federal Affairs Anne Steckel says the decision provides another option for producing sustainable, domestic biodiesel that displaces imported oil. She says that’s important for our energy security, our economy and for addressing climate change.The RFS requires a 50-percent greenhouse-gas emissions reduction for qualifying biomass-based diesel or advanced biofuel. A comprehensive evaluation of the lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions of the renewable fuel as compared to the lifecycle emissions of the gasoline or diesel fuel that it replaces is required to determine if a fuel pathway meets that threshold. A handful of biodiesel feedstocks qualify as advanced under the program – including recycled cooking oil, soybean oil and animal fats.Source: NAFB News Service Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – Feb 26, 2013 Home Energy Advanced Biofuel Pathway for Camelina Approved Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleHearing on Mid-Level Ethanol Blends Doesn’t Include Ethanol IndustryNext articleBudget Views and Estimates Letter Adopted by House Ag Committee Andy Eubanklast_img read more

Guru

first_imgThis week’s guruOld Bill becomes sick bill – and HR cops itCompensation culture is no joking matter, with the Ministry of Defencefacing a £97m bill last year. While Guru accepts that many soldiers deserve sizable payments the figuresare becoming ridiculous. One of our finest received £387,000 for negligenttreatment of warts. Last week, police officers involved in the Bradford race riots threatened tolaunch a multi-million pound damages claim against the force. Having bricksthrown at you is not a nice job, but it is part of the job. While Guru recently suggested that few trainee HR staff want to grow up tomanage train drivers, the same will soon apply to the police. With sickness andmedical retirement costing the force more than £200m a year and each officertaking 11.5 days off sick a year on average, HR has its work cut out. Paddling by lilois the easy part Guru is concerned at the desperate attempts asylum seekers are making to getto Britain. Last week, two exhausted Lithuanians were rescued in the Channel asthey attempted to paddle to England on kids’ lilos. The pair would have thought twice about this voyage had they known that whenthey arrived there was little chance of finding a decent job – even if theywere genuine cases and highly skilled. After residing in the UK for six months,they would have to gather all sorts of paperwork to prove they were eligible towork, the employment service would struggle to match their skills to jobs andpotential employers would be tied up in red tape. At least Personnel Today’s Refugees in Employment Campaign is trying to makeit easier for firms to tap a pool of skilled, productive labour. The heat turnson Mayor Ken The Mayor of London should remind himself of the saying about throwingstones when you live in a glass house. While the Greater London Authority isencouraging City employers to introduce solar energy into new buildings, itsnew City Hall is yet to have solar panels included in its plans. And anofficial report leaked last week warned that the glass building on the SouthBank that will act as Ken Livingstone’s HQ could suffer from sick building syndrome,glare and high humidity in the summer, leading to staff absenteeism. Take note Ken, PPP isn’t the only issue on the agenda.Tell me why, I don’t like wednesdaysPlenty of popular beat combos have criticised Monday (Boomtown Rats, Mamasand Papas, the Bangles). Few have picked on Wednesday. For employers this is a dangerous day of the week, according to research byGoJobsite.com which has found that Wednesday is when disgruntled staff look fornew jobs. The solution? HR should introduce a regular midweek lunch to boost moraleand turn Wednesday into a feedback day – in other words say nice things aboutyour staff. Managers are also advised to save good news – bonuses, promotions,a dog-walking scheme – for a midweek briefing, and should lay on a perk, suchas a massage at the desk or a breakfast. If none of these appeal, have a word with IT and make sure the system goesdown on a Wednesday afternoon. GuruOn 7 Aug 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

The classroom, circa 2050

first_imgPerformer Michael Jackson may be a legend, but if some local high school students had their way, he’d be the namesake behind a futuristic school — Michael Jackson High School.Like the man, the school would be one of a kind, with beanbag chairs, one-way mirrors, and teachers who are holograms beamed into the middle of the circular classrooms. The team behind this stupendous brainwork includes Claudeline Leger, Sara Barbosa, and Andre Augustin of the Cambridge-Harvard Summer Academy, an intensive, six-week summer program that partners Cambridge Public Schools with the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Teacher Education Program (TEP).The free program, which offers local high schoolers an opportunity to boost their academics, also provides a learning opportunity for TEP students, who are paired with experienced teachers.Ed School student Jeremy Jackson, who studied engineering and design prior to enrolling at Harvard, helped the students with their intricate layouts and floor plans. “It was my first time ever teaching,” he said. “So I learned a lot because we were just thrown into the mix.”Amanuel Kidane participated in “Design a High School for 2050,” which was actually part of an old-fashioned geometry class. “Our school has three different buildings connected by a circular cafeteria and library,” explained Leger, a 10th-grader at Cristo Rey Boston High School. She, Barbosa, and Augustin were on hand to explain everything from the school’s cost to its design concept during the academy’s inaugural student exhibition on Wednesday (Aug. 10).Though the project theme was innovative — “Design a High School for 2050” — it was actually part of an old-fashioned geometry class. That’s not always a favorite subject, the students readily admitted. But combined with the funky approach and teamwork, geometry may be on the up and up.“We worked together. We had our ups and downs, but we came through,” said Augustin. And the teachers? “They’re cool people.”In another classroom, students were presenting their original essays based on the NPR program “This I Believe,” which invites the public to write and share the core values that guide their lives.Paula Baker, 16, of Cristo Rey High, believes in “going to guidance” — a phrase she gleaned from a former teacher, who frequently sent students to the guidance counselor. Baker and her friends use the phrase often. But, she explained, it’s really a metaphor for communication.“In our minds, when you go to guidance, you become educated about and fully understand a topic or situation: You know it. When it comes to relationships, I believe that you must go to guidance because truly knowing the people you surround yourself with, and letting others know you, will make you a happier person in the end.”Dante Chen solved a Rubik’s Cube in less than two minutes, all the while talking about humility. “I was a bratty kid. I always believed I was the best. I didn’t like that about me — no one likes someone who’s so arrogant,” he said. Baker and other students read from their essays, as well as their original poems. Some showed poster boards of their interests — ranging from soccer to superheroes to pediatrics — and others juggled and performed dance moves. But student Dante Chen solved a Rubik’s Cube in less than two minutes, all the while talking about humility.“I was a bratty kid. I always believed I was the best. I didn’t like that about me — no one likes someone who’s so arrogant,” he said. “It’s cliché, but everyone does have their strengths and weaknesses. It’s a weak person who believes that their strengths are better than others.”More than 350 high school students benefited from personalized instruction this summer — a record number of participants. The academy now implements a project-based program that culminates in the students developing a concept that applies the skills and concepts they’ve learned.“The power of the program comes when the interns learn from master teachers about how to plan a course, design a project, and work really closely with students toward that outcome,” said Kyle Hartung, co-director of the academy. “And the students also learn from other students. Together they are able to encourage one another to think and learn in new ways.”“One of the best things about the academy was the small groups and five teachers I had,” said Baker. “We got to share and get personal in our classes.”Rachel Cohen, one of Baker’s instructors from TEP, said her experience at the academy was “fascinating, illuminating.”“It’s great to work in a place where you feel necessary. Working on a team with four of your peers and master teachers is empowering,” she said. “A lot of these kids have had a hard time in school, but they were so willing to participate. It made me feel a lot more optimistic about the students I’ll be teaching someday.”Presenting their project titled “Catholic Leadership High School” are Collette Obanor (from left), Leyda Frias, and Shaquille Evans.last_img read more

Jerry O’Connell Joins Living on Love on Broadway

first_img Star Files Jerry O’Connell will return to Broadway in the upcoming production of Joe DiPietro’s Living on Love. He completes a cast that includes the previously announced Renée Fleming, Douglas Sills and Anna Chlumsky. Performances of the comedy, directed by Kathleen Marshall, will begin on April 1 at the Longacre Theatre.O’Connell will take on the role of Robert Samson, the part Justin Long played in the Williamstown Theatre Festival production last summer. O’Connell returns to the Great White Way after making his debut in the 2011 production of Seminar. His many onscreen credits include Stand by Me, Jerry Maguire, Sliders and Crossing Jordan. He most recently appeared on the New York stage last spring in American Hero off-Broadway.Based on the play Peccadillo by Garson Kanin, Living on Love follows Raquel DeAngelis (Fleming), a celebrated opera diva who, after her husband—the egomaniacal Maesto Vito DeAngelis (Sills)—becomes enamored with his autobiography’s ghost writer (Chlumsky), decides to hire her very own (and handsome) ghostwriter (O’Connell). Sparks fly, silverware is thrown, and romance blossoms.In addition to O’Connell, Fleming, Sills and Chlumsky, the company will include Blake Hammond and Scott Robertson. Opening night is set for April 20. Living on Love Show Closed This production ended its run on May 3, 2015 Related Shows View Comments Jerry O’Connelllast_img read more

Coal generation falls to just 12% of Tennessee Valley Authority’s power supply in first quarter

first_imgCoal generation falls to just 12% of Tennessee Valley Authority’s power supply in first quarter FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Chattanooga Times Free Press:For the first time in more than six decades, the Tennessee Valley Authority got more power from renewable sources than from burning coal during the first three months of 2020.With electricity sales down due to the mild weather and COVID-19 virus shutdowns, TVA used its coal-fired power plants to generate only 12% of its power needs in the past quarter. A generation ago, TVA’s coal plants supplied more than two-thirds of the utility’s electricity.Last month with most schools, restaurants and stores shut down, TVA at times turned off its 25 remaining coal-fired units and relied entirely upon its nuclear, hydro, natural gas, solar and purchased power supplies to meet the electricity needs in its seven-state region.Despite President Donald Trump’s appeal to TVA and others to revive “beautiful coal,” TVA has phased out more than half of the 59 coal-fired units it once operated, including the shutdown of its last unit at the Paradise Fossil Plant in Kentucky in February. At the same time, abundant rainfall pushed up power production at TVA’s 29 power-generating dams and the addition of more solar farms in the Tennessee Valley boosted power generated from the sun.The biggest share of TVA’s power, 43% in the first quarter, came from TVA’s seven nuclear power reactors in Tennessee and Alabama. TVA is studying whether to add even more atomic power by building the nation’s first small modular reactor to help supply Oak Ridge, Tennessee.TVA was not alone in turning to wind, solar and hydro power, rather than coal, for its power this year. The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis reviewed government data on energy production across the United States and found electricity generated by renewable sources like solar, wind and hydro exceeded coal-fired power in the U.S. for a record 40 straight days [and throughout the month of April].[Dave Flessner]More: TVA getting more power from renewables than coal this yearlast_img read more

Peruvian Army Captures 2 Alleged Members of Shining Path Terrorist Group

first_imgFor example, in their efforts to dismantle drug trafficking infrastructure, Peruvian security forces have destroyed at least 54 clandestine landing strips used by narco-traffickers since 2011. The majority of the runways were 500 meters long, 10 meters wide and were located in the VRAEM. “The most important aspect is that measures have been adopted and each one of them has been estimated to encourage VRAEM’s sustained progress, which is irreversible,” Luis Rojas, the executive secretary of the Multisectoral Commission for Pacification and Economic Development of the VRAEM, told reporters. A world free of drugs and crime In 2012, criminal organizations cultivated more than 60,000 hectares of coca crops in Perú, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Perú is home to 13-coca growing regions, with 60,400 hectares used for coca cultivation. Ninety-three percent of the country’s coca is used for the drug trade, with the remaining plants used for traditional consumption and industrial use, according to Peru’s National Commission for a Drug-Free Life (DEVIDA). Security operations in the VRAEM “The most important aspect is that measures have been adopted and each one of them has been estimated to encourage VRAEM’s sustained progress, which is irreversible,” Luis Rojas, the executive secretary of the Multisectoral Commission for Pacification and Economic Development of the VRAEM, told reporters. In 2012, criminal organizations cultivated more than 60,000 hectares of coca crops in Perú, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Perú is home to 13-coca growing regions, with 60,400 hectares used for coca cultivation. Ninety-three percent of the country’s coca is used for the drug trade, with the remaining plants used for traditional consumption and industrial use, according to Peru’s National Commission for a Drug-Free Life (DEVIDA). Army officials suspect Meléndez Borda is a cousin of the late Shining Path leader Orlando Alejandro Borda Casafranco, who was also known as “Comrade Alipio.” The Armed Forces killed Comrade Alipio during a military operation in the VRAEM in August 2013. Confronting and capturing Shining Path operatives, cracking down on narco-flights, dismantling the infrastructure used by drug trafficking groups to transport drugs, and improving social conditions in the region are all part of the federal government’s strategy to defeat drug trafficking in the VRAEM. The Peruvian Army recently captured two suspected members of the Shining Path terrorist group following a gunfight in the Valley of the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers (VRAEM) region. Army officials suspect Meléndez Borda is a cousin of the late Shining Path leader Orlando Alejandro Borda Casafranco, who was also known as “Comrade Alipio.” The Armed Forces killed Comrade Alipio during a military operation in the VRAEM in August 2013. While security forces are combatting drug trafficking, the federal government is taking steps to improve social conditions in the VRAEM. The government has approved about $586 million (USD) to develop social programs, housing, agriculture and a highway for residents in the VRAEM, according to Luis Rojas, the executive secretary of the Multisectoral Commission for Pacification and Economic Development of the VRAEM. The government is also providing technical training to students as old as 40, to help them develop skills to get jobs. This training initiative and other social programs sponsored by the government have helped 200,000 people. Security operations in the VRAEM The Peruvian Army recently captured two suspected members of the Shining Path terrorist group following a gunfight in the Valley of the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers (VRAEM) region. César Valencia Curo and Emilio Meléndez Borda, both identified as suspects by the military, were captured in a vehicle in the southern province of Huanta shortly after midnight on November 13. Soldiers also arrested the vehicle’s driver, Josías Romero, and a woman who said she is his wife; they seized an array of firearms and ammunition as well. By Dialogo November 21, 2014 The Shining Path is allied with narco-traffickers in the VRAEM, which is the world’s top region for cultivating coca, the main ingredient used to make cocaine. The organization uses drug trafficking revenue to funds its terrorist operations. International cooperation is an important component of the fight against narco-flights. For instance, Peruvian and Bolivian officials recently agreed to share real-time information regarding suspicious planes traveling across the border the two country’s share. This will help security forces interdict the high volume of cocaine produced in Perú and transported into Bolivia. About half of the 450 tons of cocaine produced in Perú annually is flown to Bolivia by plane before being routed to Central America, North America, Brazil, Mexico, Europe and Asia. The Shining Path is allied with narco-traffickers in the VRAEM, which is the world’s top region for cultivating coca, the main ingredient used to make cocaine. The organization uses drug trafficking revenue to funds its terrorist operations. Confronting and capturing Shining Path operatives, cracking down on narco-flights, dismantling the infrastructure used by drug trafficking groups to transport drugs, and improving social conditions in the region are all part of the federal government’s strategy to defeat drug trafficking in the VRAEM. For example, in their efforts to dismantle drug trafficking infrastructure, Peruvian security forces have destroyed at least 54 clandestine landing strips used by narco-traffickers since 2011. The majority of the runways were 500 meters long, 10 meters wide and were located in the VRAEM. International cooperation is an important component of the fight against narco-flights. For instance, Peruvian and Bolivian officials recently agreed to share real-time information regarding suspicious planes traveling across the border the two country’s share. This will help security forces interdict the high volume of cocaine produced in Perú and transported into Bolivia. About half of the 450 tons of cocaine produced in Perú annually is flown to Bolivia by plane before being routed to Central America, North America, Brazil, Mexico, Europe and Asia. The government is also providing technical training to students as old as 40, to help them develop skills to get jobs. This training initiative and other social programs sponsored by the government have helped 200,000 people. While security forces are combatting drug trafficking, the federal government is taking steps to improve social conditions in the VRAEM. The government has approved about $586 million (USD) to develop social programs, housing, agriculture and a highway for residents in the VRAEM, according to Luis Rojas, the executive secretary of the Multisectoral Commission for Pacification and Economic Development of the VRAEM. César Valencia Curo and Emilio Meléndez Borda, both identified as suspects by the military, were captured in a vehicle in the southern province of Huanta shortly after midnight on November 13. Soldiers also arrested the vehicle’s driver, Josías Romero, and a woman who said she is his wife; they seized an array of firearms and ammunition as well. last_img read more