CountryMark, Ceres Solutions and USDA Bring E15 to Rensselaer

first_img SHARE CountryMark, Ceres Solutions and USDA Bring E15 to Rensselaer Facebook Twitter By Hoosier Ag Today – Nov 15, 2020 Jasper County, Indiana will soon have its first E15 fueling station thanks to efforts from two farmer-owned cooperatives and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.While most conventional gasoline today contains a 10 percent blend of ethanol, a 15 percent blend of ethanol brings to driving consumers improved engine performance, reduced emissions and better fuel efficiency.“As we all look to reduce our environmental footprint, E15 is a transportation fuel we can truly feel good about,” said Jeff Troike, the President and CEO of Ceres Solutions Cooperative, a farmer-owned company with headquarters in Crawfordsville, Indiana.Ceres Solutions owns the CountryMark-branded station on North McKinley Avenue in Rensselaer, Indiana, where the new fuel will be made available later this year. Bringing E15 to the public requires new fuel dispensers and blender pumps that draw fuel from two underground tanks – one containing a 10 percent blend of ethanol and the other containing an 85 blend of ethanol.“With these two underground fuel tanks and the blender pumps we’ve ordered, drivers will be able to choose a 10, 15 or 85 percent blend of ethanol,” said Troike.The EPA has provided the following usage approvals for ethanol-blended fuel:E10 is approved for use in cars, light-duty trucks and SUVs post-1986.E15 is approved for use in all 2001 and newer cars, SUVs, and light-duty trucks.E85 is approved for use in flex fuel vehicles.CountryMark, the fuel supplier to this station, and the USDA felt so strongly about bringing this higher octane fuel to the public that they both offered this year competitive grants to assist station owners with their E15 infrastructure costs. Ceres Solutions was awarded separate grants from the USDA and CountryMark that would cover their E15 infrastructure costs, which have been estimated at just over $111,000.“We believe high octane fuels are the future for transportation fuels in the United States,” said Matt Smorch, CountryMark’s President and CEO. CountryMark is a farmer-owned oil exploration, production, refining and marketing company with headquarters in Indianapolis.“If we come together now to create higher-octane fuels, the American public will get more efficient vehicles in the most cost-effective manner possible,” said Smorch. “With this move in American energy policy, emission reductions will equal that of putting over 700,000 electric vehicles on the road each year delivering the environmental, economic and security goals that will make our country the envy of all others. It’s time to capitalize on America’s inherent advantages – abundant corn production, affordable petroleum products and the innovative minds of our American workforce.”The U.S. Department of Agriculture also sees ethanol as a great American resource.“High octane gasoline is the answer,” said Michael Dora, Indiana’s Director of USDA Rural Development. “Together, we can bring to the driving public more ethanol-blend options, like what Ceres Solutions is offering at this station. High octane gasoline will provide cleaner energy for American families while supporting our great American farming communities and local American refiners like CountryMark.”Both CountryMark and Ceres Solutions are members of South Shores Clean Cities, one of nearly 100 U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities coalitions, which work to advance alternative fuels, alternative fuel vehicles and sustainable vehicle technologies. The efforts of these coalitions reduce the nation’s dependence on imported oil, improve air quality, support local jobs, drive economic development and promote improved quality of life.“South Shore Clean Cities was thrilled to write the successful grant application to the USDA to help support this project,” said Carl Lisek, executive director of South Shore Clean Cities. “CountryMark and Ceres Solutions are both shining examples of how supporting sustainable transportation fuels and their infrastructure can help diversify fuel offerings for customers and increase earning potential while supporting domestic fuels. We congratulate them on this accomplishment and encourage others to follow their lead.”The USDA awarded this year through its Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) $22 million and those investments are expected to increase ethanol demand by nearly 150 million gallons annually.Two of the USDA grants went to Indiana fuel retailers – Ceres Solutions for their station in Rensselaer, Indiana; and Harvest Land Co-op, which will be upgrading this winter it’s Greenville, Ohio, station to include E15. Harvest Land Co-op is headquartered in Richmond, Indiana. SHARE Previous articleKC Fed: Farm Financial Outlook is ImprovingNext articleFarmers Business Network, Market Disrupter or Farmers’ Friend? Hoosier Ag Today Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News CountryMark, Ceres Solutions and USDA Bring E15 to Rensselaerlast_img read more

Coronavirus: London offers to host 2020 Olympic Games

first_imgRelatedPosts No directive to constitute disciplinary committee against us — Ojudu, others ‘Army Officer’ in EFCC net for alleged multiple fraud COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance London will be ready to host the 2020 Olympics if the outbreak of the coronavirus forced the Games to be moved from Tokyo in Japan, a political figure said on Thursday. Shaun Bailey, the Conservative candidate for the position of Mayor of the British capital, said this on social media. London had last hosted the Games in 2012. The flu-like coronavirus, which has killed more than 2,000 people in China and infected over 74,000 globally, has had a major impact on the sports calendar in Asia. Already, a host of events have been cancelled and postponed. With the Tokyo Games due to begin on July 24, organisers have set up a task force to coordinate with public health authorities over the epidemic. The International Olympic Committee has said it had been advised by the World Health Organisation that there is no case for contingency plans to cancel or relocate the Games. In Japan, hundreds have been infected by the virus with two deaths confirmed on the Diamond Princess cruise ship off Yokohama port. This has sparked concerns that the world’s top sports event may not take place. Bailey said London was well placed to step in for Tokyo if needed and urged the Olympic Committee to consider the city as an alternative. “London can host the #Olympics in 2020,” he said on Twitter. “Given the ongoing disruption caused by the coronavirus outbreak, I urge the Olympic Committee to seriously consider how London could stand ready to host the Olympics should the need arise,” Bailey said in a statement. “We have the infrastructure and the experience, and if I am elected I will make sure London is ready to host the biggest sports celebration again, if we are called on in an hour of need,” Bailey said. The London mayoral election is due to take place on May 7, and Bailey is trailing in opinion polls behind incumbent Sadiq Khan. Bailey’s comments, carried by several major Japanese media outlets, became a top trending topic on Twitter in the country, with nearly 50,000 tweets on the subject. “How dare you! Don’t deprive the Olympics from Japan! In the first place, the UK didn’t take any remedies for the `Diamond Princess’ owned by your country!” Twitter user @Gelsomi47388050 said in English. The Diamond Princess is a UK-flagged vessel owned by Carnival Corp. Another user said London would be the best back-up option. “Probably the only major city that could, facilities, hotels et cetera all ready and the weather would be more conducive to both competitions/spectators than Tokyo,” @twose_brian also tweeted in English in reply to Bailey, tagging: #LondonOlympics2020. The Tokyo 2020 organising committee did not comment on Bailey’s remarks. It said in an e-mailed statement that they were taking the necessary steps over the coronavirus. “Tokyo 2020 will continue to collaborate with all relevant organisations which carefully monitor any incidence of infectious diseases and we will review any counter-measure that may be necessary with all relevant organisations,” it said. Reuters/NAN.last_img

Fernandes calls for end to QPR spat

first_img Yet on Tuesday the war of words escalated as Redknapp branded Taarabt “the worst professional” he had ever come across, saying a bout of tonsillitis was the only way the player has been able to shed some pounds. Fernandes reacted by holding talks with both men, later stating the exchange between Redknapp and Morocco international Taarabt had caused the club “embarrassment”. Fernandes said in a QPR statement: “As a club, we are fully aware of stories in the press over the last few days regarding Harry Redknapp and Adel Taarabt. “We regret these issues being played out in public and both Harry Redknapp and Adel Taarabt have been notified of our disappointment regarding their handling of the situation. I have spoken to them both personally. “On behalf of the club, I would like to apologise to the QPR supporters for the embarrassment this has caused and confirm that the issue has been dealt with internally. “The club’s entire focus is now on the Aston Villa fixture next Monday and hopefully after a tough few days we can turn a negative into a positive and build on Sunday’s improved display.” Taarabt had on Monday told the Daily Mail he has kept his weight at a level consistent with his loan spell at AC Milan last term. “I don’t like the food at the training ground, but eat healthily like every other player. Simple,” he said. ‘My heaviest weight at Milan was 86kg, my lightest 84kg – now I’m 85kg. It’s not true to say I’m not fit. “He tried to give an excuse.” On Tuesday Redknapp responded by telling The Sun: “The only reason he has lost weight is because he has had tonsillitis, that’s the only way we could get any weight off of him. “He is not fit to play a game, that’s the truth. “He is the worst professional I have ever come across and I have been his only ally at QPR for the past three years. “He doesn’t try and I have protected him for too long. Even I could suck my stomach in for a picture and look okay.” Redknapp launched his initial tirade against Taarabt in the post-match press conference after QPR’s galling Liverpool defeat on Sunday. When quizzed on Taarabt’s fitness, Redknapp laid into the 25-year-old. “He’s not fit to play football unfortunately,” said Redknapp. “I pick people that want to try and deserve to be at a good football club like QPR, and want to work and come in every day, and want to work and train and show a good attitude. “When he starts doing that, whether he ever can do it, maybe he’ll get a game. “I can’t keep protecting people who don’t want to run about and train, who are about three stone overweight. “What am I supposed to keep saying, keep getting your 60, 70 grand a week but don’t train? “What’s the game coming to?” Redknapp had refused to relent on his claim after Sunday’s 3-2 Liverpool defeat that Taarabt is “about three stone overweight”. Taarabt released pictures holding up his shirt in a bid to dispel Redknapp’s jibes, claiming the former Tottenham boss has used him as a scapegoat for QPR’s early-season troubles. QPR chairman Tony Fernandes has ordered manager Harry Redknapp and forward Adel Taarabt to put a halt to their public row about the player’s fitness. Press Associationlast_img read more

Mason City council approves accepting DNR grant for low-head dam on Winnebago River

first_imgMASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City last night approved accepting a $125-thousand grant from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to work on safety improvements on the low-head dam on the Winnebago River that’s located just south of the 12th Northeast bridge.The $125,483 grant does not fully fund half of the project and city officials say the project will not start until other funding sources can be obtained.City Administrator Aaron Burnett says the city and the DNR are working on finding other funds for the project.  “The goal is the DNR is going to work continue to work with the city to get to hopefully a 50/50 cost-share on the dam improvements. While we’re not there, we do need accept the grant and lock in this funding, and the DNR said that they would continue to work with us to to get the remainder of the funds so that the project can move forward.”Work on the dam primarily involves the design of several large wave features to improve recreation, such as kayaking and tubing.last_img read more

Peabody edges Westinghouse in historic last game

first_imgSears is a 1984 graduate and a member of the cheerleading squad. She attended Robert Morris University and finished with a bachelor’s degree in 1989. In 2004, she received a master’s in public administration from the University of Pittsburgh. She currently works as a minority and women’s business specialist for the Pittsburgh Board of Education. “It was a great thing to see,” Sears said. “I think the idea worked out well. The atmosphere was pleasant.”Peabody will close after this season. Quarterback Dontae Forte crossed the goal line for the Highlanders to make sure the team’s supporters would not forget its side in this prolific East End rivalry.“(The Peabody community) is not happy about this,” said athletic director Liza Simmons. “It was a struggle to get the alumni to even come out. The Highlander name no longer exists. The Bulldog will remain, that’s what’s hard to accept.”Former Westinghouse coach George Webb led the Bulldogs for three decades and is looked at by many as a legend. He also expressed opinions on the end of the rivalry.“I’ve seen this happen on many occasions,” Webb said. “It happened with Fifth Avenue, Allegheny, South Hills, South Vo-Tech, and most recently, Peabody and Schenley. What has happened is they’ve phased out the community school. Especially the ones in underprivileged communities and mostly within the past 20 years. I try to stay out of the way, but I know the people that I’ve spoken with about this aren’t happy. Who would, knowing that the place that they are proud of will no longer exist.”Jaylen Coleman scored on a 63-yard pass from Forte to open the scoring, then, Westinghouse answered when Tirell Harris fell on a fumble in the end zone to tie the score at 6-6.Despite the discouraging nature of the situation for Peabody fans, after the game, both Westinghouse and Peabody went on the field in a sign of unity.“We were glad to see so many people show up and support this event,” Sears added. Both sides were in unity and it turned out to be something many will remember.”(Malik Vincent can be reached at [email protected]) by Malik Vincent For New Pittsburgh Courier Peabody and Westinghouse closed out their storied histories with a game for the ages as they went to overtime. The Highlanders came out on top, 12-6.At halftime, Westinghouse’s alumni were acknowledged. “People appreciated the acknowledgement,” said Rhonda Sears, executive director of Westinghouse’s alumni association. “When their names were called, people scream­ed and chanted. There were also many people there with their Westinghouse apparel and things that represented the program well.” SHOW OF UNITY—Peabody and Westinghouse players join together in the center of the field in a show of unity Oct. 16, at Cupples Stadium. The Bulldogs lost 12-6 in the final meeting between these teams. (Photos by Chris Lopez) last_img read more

Broner arrested, released over 2017 warrant

first_imgThe Manny Pacquiao-Adrien Broner fight took an interesting subplot after the American was reportedly arrested the day after Christmas for failing to attend a court hearing over a traffic violation.He was booked in jail but was immediately released, according to wire reports, over an outstanding 2017 warrant in Florida for speeding.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue It’s nothing new for the brash 29-year-old Broner, who has had a previous brush with the law for sexual battery.But it was a blow for the American who has been diligently posting his training over his social media account in proving that he had already put his past troubles behind him.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefPacquiao, on the other hand, skipped training and instead took his family to Disneyland right on the same day, according to Dr. Ed de la Vega, who crafts the mouthpiece used by the Filipino boxing great.Pacquiao, 40, is putting his WBA welterweight crown on the line against Broner on Jan. 19 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Legends tennis tournament caps Palawan season MOST READ LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola?last_img read more

Colorado company to bring Willie Nelsonbranded cannabis to Canada

first_imgCALGARY – A Colorado-based company plans to bring Willie Nelson-branded cannabis products to Canada through a series of business deals with two Calgary companies.LivWell Enlightened Health says it plans to combine with Calgary-based CBi2 and 51st Parallel Inc. to create what will become a Calgary-based, TSX Venture-listed company operating under the name LivWell International.The company says it will have exclusive rights to some of the flagship brands of GCH Inc., a cannabis brand holding company founded with Willie Nelson, including Willie’s Remedy and Willie’s Reserve.Calgary-based 51st Parallel says it will make a US$20-million equity investment in GCH Inc. as part of the deal for a 12.4 per cent stake in the holding company.The management of LivWell Enlightened Health will lead the restructured LivWell International, while Sonny Mottahed, Chairman, CEO of CBi2 and 51st Parallel, will join the board of directors of GCH.LivWell says it expects to produce 32,000 kilograms of dried flower and have annual extraction capacity of 10,000 kilograms. The company says it has applied for eight retail locations in Alberta and has identified two “high profile” locations in B.C.last_img read more

Western Canada oil prices remain strong as Alberta production cutbacks kick in

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Crude oil prices in Western Canada remain elevated as Alberta’s government-mandated oil production curtailments come into force.Calgary oil brokerage Net Energy says the difference between Western Canadian Select bitumen-blend heavy oil and New York-traded West Texas Intermediate oil prices was about US$12.50 per barrel on Wednesday afternoon, an improvement over the US$17.52 per barrel average for spot contracts signed last month for January delivery.The WCS-WTI discount peaked at more than US$52 a barrel in October but recovered to traditional norms or better after Alberta Premier Rachel Notley announced Dec. 2 that the province would impose curtailments of 325,000 barrels per day as of Jan. 1 on larger producers to relieve a glut of oil in Western Canada and free up export pipeline space. Tom McMillan, a spokesman for oilsands producer Pengrowth Energy Corp., says his company is complying with curtailments it was asked to make after using unspecified “options” provided by the government to reduce the impact.He says better prices are helping Pengrowth and the province has been “responsive” in addressing his firm’s concerns but he still hopes the cutbacks end as soon as possible.CEO Andrew Phillips of PrairieSky Royalty Ltd. says the recovery in price has had a “huge impact” on his firm’s bottom line and negative impacts have been negligible.He says the company, which holds petroleum mineral rights on millions of hectares in the four western provinces and earns a percentage of production from any wells drilled there, has seen its realized price for heavy and light oil increase dramatically.last_img read more

Monitor grievances intensely to minimize pendency cops told

first_imgNew Delhi: In a meeting to review the redressal of grievances received through Centralized Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System (CPGRAMS), Delhi Police was told that there should be sustained efforts at the police station level to build up trust among citizens of Delhi. Sources told Millennium Post that the meeting was chaired by Chairman, Public Grievances Commission which was attended by officers from districts, Vigilance, Special Cell, Crime Branch, SPUWAC, Traffic and other departments of Delhi Police. “In the meeting, one Deputy Secretary official explained the nature of cases and grievances of common people, complainants being received and redressed in the Commission,” sources said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderSources further said that more often than not, the grievances are not being heard properly by the police officers, Investigating officers enquiring into the matter are not allowed to meet the SHO and supervisory officers. “One patient hearing to the complainant at the initial stage strengthen the trust of the public in police,” Deputy Secretary said. In the meeting, the city police were appreciated for their hard work to ensure the safety of Delhi’ites, they were told to be more sensitive to problems of common man and deal more efficiently with the complaints. The complainant should be updated regarding the progress of investigation in their cases at regular interval of 15 days. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”Officials should listen to the public and their grievances and not let them wait for so long,” sources added. “In the meeting, the emphasis was given upon the effective supervision of police authorities over the subordinates to improve the quality of police performance as well as functioning,” sources further said. At the conclusion of the meeting, the emphasis was given to regular and intense monitoring of the grievances to minimize pendency. It was also stressed upon the need to clear the pendency in CPGRAM cases within the time frame of 21 days and desired that some of the grievances which are pending for six months or one year should be disposed of immediately.last_img read more