Nigeria-German Chemicals Plc (NGC.ng) HY2015 Interim Report

first_imgNigeria-German Chemicals Plc (NGC.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Chemicals sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the half year.For more information about Nigeria-German Chemicals Plc (NGC.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Nigeria-German Chemicals Plc (NGC.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Nigeria-German Chemicals Plc (NGC.ng)  2015 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileNigerian-German Chemicals Plc manufactures and sells a range of specialty industrial chemicals and pharmaceuticals for the household, industrial and agricultural sectors in Nigeria. The company provides agrochemicals which includes herbicides, fungicides and insecticides; household consumer products include disinfectants, insecticides, detergents, bleaches, personal care products, hygiene products and air fresheners; veterinary/animal healthcare products include anthelmintics, ecto-parasite remedies, anti-infectives, anti-rabies vaccines and feed additives; oil and gas products include demulsifiers, flow improvers, biocides, corrosion inhibitors, flocculants, wax inhibitors and scale inhibitors. Established in 1963 and formerly known as Hoechst Products Nigeria Limited, the company changed its Nigeria-German Chemicals Plc in 1995. Its head offices is in Ota, Nigeria. Nigerian-German Chemicals Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

3 steps I’d take if the stock market continues to crash

first_img Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Enter Your Email Address See all posts by Peter Stephens Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 3 steps I’d take if the stock market continues to crash Peter Stephens | Wednesday, 6th May, 2020 Predicting when a stock market crash will occur is exceptionally difficult. As is estimating how long it will last – especially when news regarding coronavirus could have a significant impact on investor sentiment and company earnings.As such, the recent market crash may continue over the medium term. If it does, buying undervalued stocks with defensive characteristics and income appeal could be a sound move that boosts your financial prospects over the long run.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Undervalued stocksBuying stocks in any market crash is something that is unlikely to come naturally to the vast majority of investors. For most people, their instinct is to sell rather than buy when stock prices are falling. This is understandable, since nobody wants to record losses in their portfolios.However, history shows that falling stock prices have represented excellent buying opportunities in the past. They provide investors with the chance to buy high-quality companies at discounts to their intrinsic values. The stock market has always recovered from even its most severe of bear markets to post new record highs. As such, buying stocks while their prices are low could be a sound means of increasing your chances of generating high returns in the long run.Defensive opportunitiesClearly, the global economic outlook is highly uncertain at the present time. Many industries are experiencing difficult trading conditions that could last over the medium term.Therefore, buying defensive companies in a market crash could be a sound move. They may not completely avoid the impact of a recession, but their financial performance could be less impacted than some of their more cyclical index peers. They may be able to generate earnings and dividend growth that leads to strong performances from their stock prices due to high investor demand.Although cyclical stocks may be cheaper and have greater long-term recovery potential, defensive stocks could offer relatively attractive risk/reward ratios in a market crash.Dividend stocksBuying dividend stocks during a market crash could be a worthwhile move. Low stock prices mean that dividend yields are generally higher in a market downturn, which could enhance your total returns. In fact, a large proportion of the stock market’s past total returns have been derived from the reinvestment of dividends. Therefore, the appeal of dividend stocks is not limited to income investors. They could be attractive for growth investors.Moreover, dividend stocks could become increasingly attractive to a wider range of individuals in the coming years. Low interest rates could make other income-producing assets less appealing to income investors. They may, therefore, allocate a larger proportion of their portfolios to dividend stocks to generate a generous income.As such, buying dividend stocks during a market crash could lead to strong capital returns, as well as impressive income prospects relative to other assets over the long run. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Getty Images “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”last_img read more

Edibles could boost Florida’s medical marijuana sales by $200M annually

first_img Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter By John Haughey | The Center Square Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 An edible medical marijuana rice snack. Dan Holm / Shutterstock.com You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here The Anatomy of Fear The Florida Office of Medical Marijuana Use (OMMU) released long-awaited guidelines for medical marijuana edibles Wednesday night, three years after voters approved a constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana and one year after state lawmakers lifted a ban on smokable medical marijuana.How quickly edibles will be available is uncertain because the products also will require approval from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, which oversees food safety, including for edible medical marijuana products.Parallel Florida LLC, Curaleaf, VidaCann and Trulieve already have received approval to start manufacturing edible products, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried said in a statement, noting edibles provide patients with “another option.”“Every single patient is different, as far as how their body reacts to this medicine. Some patients can’t swallow pills. Some may have lung cancer and can’t use flower,” she said. “So, this is another alternative to so many patients who may need their medicine but need it in alternative forms.”Trulieve, Florida’s largest medical marijuana operator with 57 dispensaries statewide, said it has built a 10,000-square-foot commercial kitchen and will “soon” begin selling the products.Trulieve CEO Kim Rivers said about half of the state’s medical marijuana sales stem from smokable flower, with the new edible product line likely to boost sales by as much as 20 percent.“Similar to what we saw when flower was introduced in 2019, we expect that edibles will contribute to a sizable share of overall sales,” she said in a statement. “We know the demand is there, as we have been hearing from our customers for some time now.”Marijuana Business Daily’s Marijuana Business Factbook estimated medical cannabis sales in Florida will range from $775 million to $950 million this year, significantly higher than $575 million in 2019 sales.Some analysts project Florida’s medical marijuana market will generate $1.3 billion in 2021 sales and $6 billion in annual sales by 2030 in Florida. That 2021 projection did not include edible sales.According to OMMU’s update Aug. 21 – its Aug. 28 weekly notice was unavailable Friday afternoon – 399,253 Floridians are qualified by 2,573 certified physicians to fill medical marijuana prescriptions at 270 dispensaries across the state.Within hours of OMMU posting its edible guidelines, CannaMD, which operates 17 dispensaries in the state, announced Thursday one of its physicians became the first in Florida to prescribe medical marijuana edibles to treat post-traumatic stress disorder.“We couldn’t be more excited to finally make this route of administration available to patients,” CannaMD co-founder Ryan Scotson said in a statement. “Our board-certified physicians are committed to providing evidence-based medical cannabis treatment to Florida patients, and this is just another opportunity to make this incredible medication available to the patients who truly need it.”CannaMD physician Dr. Joey Beyer issued a medical marijuana edibles certification to Gloria DeGeus, who uses medical marijuana to treat PTSD, according to a company press release.“I don’t think people understand how much medical marijuana helps,” DeGeus told CannaMD. “It’s real medicine, helping real people. And different routes help in different ways. Having the option to use edibles is huge.”The rules, which went into effect immediately, require a $650 annual permit to manufacture edibles and must follow these guidelines:• Edibles cannot resemble commercially available candy;• Edibles must be in geometric shapes (not animal shapes);• Edibles can include baked goods, chocolate, drink powders, lozenges and gelatins.center_img Please enter your comment! Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. The addition of edibles to Florida’s medical marijuana market could boost a projected near-$1 billion in 2020 cannabis sales by 20 percent, or $200 million, industry analysts said. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply TAGSCannabisEdiblesMarijuanaMedicalsalesThe Center Square Previous articleSecond Harvest asks supporters to help “stock the shelves” for Hunger Action MonthNext articleOrange Co. Arts and Cultural Affairs invites residents to join “brain trust” for ideas Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Sensational sportsmanship on display from Fijian Peceli Yato against Perpignan

first_imgTuesday May 7, 2019 Sensational sportsmanship on display from Fijian Peceli Yato against Perpignan Clermont number eight Peceli Yato scored a stunning hat-trick against Perpignan this past weekend in the Top 14, but it wasn’t the most impressive thing he did on the day, as he showed that good sportsmanship is certainly not lost in professional rugby. ADVERTISEMENTClermont claimed a 35-13 bonus point win over relegated Perpignan as they increased their overall leading points difference and bonus points but still sit second to Toulouse on the overall table.Despite the score, it was a competitive match and when Perpignan’s David Mele put in a clearing kick from behind his own tryline, giant Fijian Yato did what he could in an attempt to charge it down.WATCH: ‘Absolute unit’ Yato bursts through defenders for emphatic Clermont tryMele found touch but the lineout was awarded to Clermont. Yato though, had got the tiniest of touches on the ball so rather than let it go and take the attacking lineout in a good position, he did the honourable thing and approached referee Alex Ruiz, stating that he had indeed got fingertips to it.Ruiz, who was today appointed as an official assistant referee for the Rugby World Cup in Japan, took Yato’s word for it and changed his decision, rightfully giving Perpignan the lineout. Great to see. Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error News , See it to Believe it Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Exeter vs Toulouse is off as a number of… 25 WEEKS AGO Danny Cipriani leaves Gloucester with immediate… 25 WEEKS AGO ‘Aphiwe can’t believe it. We were starting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Korean autoworkers wage courageous resistance

first_imgThese Hyundai workers have occupied utility pylons at their plant for almost a year, protesting layoffs. www.industrialunion.orgSince the global recession began in 2008, the world’s auto companies have been aggressively restructuring the process by which vehicles are made.This has meant the lowering of wages, with multiple categories of workers doing similar labor for dissimilar pay and benefits. The restructuring has also meant the expansion of temporary — also known as “contract,” “dispatch,” “irregular” and, in the international labor movement, “precarious” — work.Autoworkers around the world have been resisting the restructuring. This is especially true in south Korea.Under south Korean law, contract workers are supposed to be made regular after two years of service. Hyundai Motor has ignored the law. The only exceptions have been individuals who won court orders to have their status changed. Of the 8,000 temporary workers at Hyundai, 1,900 have sued over the company’s illegal employment practices.On Oct. 17, 2012, two Hyundai workers scaled an electrical pylon to protest the company’s illegal refusal to make the 8,000 temporary workers permanent. They are still up there.One of the two occupiers was Choi Byeong-seung, 36, a member of the Hyundai Motor Irregular Workers’ Union, affiliated to IndustriALL Global Union through the Korean Metal Workers’ Union (KMWU). Choi was fired in 2005 from his position as an in-house subcontractor employee. The other occupier, Cheon Ui-bong, 31, is secretary general of the Hyundai Motor Irregular Workers’ local.In February 2012, Choi had won a court ruling affirming that his firing as a subcontractor was illegal because he had worked in the plant for over two years. In March 2013, Hyundai finally offered to reinstate him — if he would end the protest. Choi refused. He and Cheon are committed to staying aloft — one at 45 feet and the other at 60 feet — until there is justice for all of Hyundai’s contract workers.Last Nov. 20, three Ssangyong autoworkers began a second pylon occupation. On March 13 of this year, one left the aerial protest for health reasons. Still occupying the Ssangyong pylon are Han Sang-gyun, 52, the fired former leader of the Ssangyong Motor chapter of the Korean Metal Workers’ Union, and Bok Gi-seong, 37, senior vice-president of the dispatch workers’ local at Ssangyong.Ssangyong, a south Korean car company that produces primarily for the domestic market, was occupied for 77 days in 2009. It took a massive police force, employing water cannons and tear gas and dropping burn-causing chemicals from helicopters, to evict the strikers.Since then, Ssangyong has failed to honor the strike settlement agreement to reinstate a percentage of workers who had been permanently laid off. There is great desperation among the fired workers; 24 have committed suicide.The occupiers are seeking negotiations between their unions, the company and the government towards restoring the jobs of the laid-off workers, but Ssangyong has refused.Han, Bok and the two Hyundai occupiers who have now spent over 320 days on the pylon, remain at their perches as courageous symbols of resistance. Mass solidarity rallies and religious ceremonies have been held below the pylons many times since the occupations began.Workers at GM Korea, formerly Daewoo, have also resisted restructuring. After 13 days of intermittent strategic strikes in July, they won an agreement granting bonuses and promising no layoffs. South Korean autoworkers make 40 percent of all Chevrolet brand vehicles produced in the world.The GM, Hyundai and Ssangyong workers are part of a general working-class upsurge in south Korea that has seen scores of strikes and occupations — including several other aerial occupations inspired by Choi and Cheon.In response, the regime of Park Geun-hye, elected president this year, has cracked down on the left. The anti-communist National Security Law is being invoked in an attempt to repress members of progressive organizations engaged in the working-class struggle. The struggle, however, shows no signs of letting up.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Caravan Against Fear

first_imgMore than 100 people traveled to the remotely located Richmond, Calif., Immigration and Customs Enforcement Detention Center on April 11 to support the Caravan Against Fear’s California tour. Calling on everyone to “stand up for immigrant rights,” they demanded that ICE “stop separating our families,” “Free Yazmin” and “ICE out of California!” They also called on state legislators to vote yes on SB 54, which would make California a sanctuary state.Yazmin Liliana Elias Obregon, a single mother of three U.S. citizen children and a local focus of the demand against “separating our families,” has been detained at West County Detention Center in Richmond for more than a year. (For more information on her case, visit theiyc.org/free-yazz/.)The caravan states: “We’re mobilizing because fear is spreading throughout the U.S. and being used as a tool to promote white supremacy, terrorize communities and break apart families. We believe that defiant protest, coupled with acts of mutual aid, trust and understanding across communities, are vital to combating fear, repelling Trump’s attacks on our freedoms and families, and building a lasting civic offensive to defend immigrants and defeat the hate-filled plans of the Trump administration.”The caravan is sponsored by labor, community, human rights, religious, civic, environmental and other organizations in both the U.S. and Mexico, including the Southern Border Communities Coalition, Rompeviento Television and dozens of other local organizations joined in a diverse and growing coalition of resistance.The rally was sponsored by the Asian Law Caucus, Bay Resistance, the Contra Costa Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, Causa Justa :: Just Cause, the Contra Costa Racial Justice Coalition, the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy, Faith Alliance for a Moral Economy, Global Exchange, the National Day Labor Organizing Network, the Richmond Progressive Alliance, Service Employees Local 1021, SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West and SEIU United Service Workers West.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

North Carolina organizers resist grand jury

first_imgSupporters show up for J20 protester stalked by state in Greensboro, N.C.More than 50 organizers and community members showed up at a rally in front of the Guilford County Courthouse in Greensboro, N.C., on July 31 in solidarity with Katie Yow, a local organizer subpoenaed by a federal grand jury.Since Jan. 20, organizers and activists have faced scrutiny and intimidation from the state for taking up a banner of resistance at the U.S. presidential inauguration. Mainstream media played out narratives of “violent protestors” and “outside agitators” while, unsurprisingly, ignoring the violence of the police and the ongoing attacks waged on oppressed people by wretched politicians.At the courthouse, Yow refused to testify and was notified by the assistant U.S. attorney that the government will ask the court to hold her in civil contempt. If charged, Yow could be jailed for up to 18 months.These grand juries are called under the guise of investigating “organized criminal activity” and are used and held in secrecy to intimidate resistance fighters. Numerous activists and organizers have been targeted by grand juries for their participation in various social movements with the aim of isolating and dividing communities already under siege.For more information about activities being organized to resist the grand jury and in defense of Katie Yow, visit ncresiststhegrandjury.com.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

U.S role in Hong Kong protests

first_imgThe corporate media have used recent protests in Hong Kong to attack and vilify the People’s Republic of China and the ruling role of the Chinese Communist Party, under the pretext of defending human rights. Without knowing the history, as well as all the ways the U.S. super-rich and their government in Washington carry out U.S. foreign policy, it is impossible to understand the forces behind these protests in Hong Kong, a city that the British Empire seized in 1842 and only returned in 1997. This statement from the International Action Center takes on these issues.U.S. imperialism is the greatest enemy of the world’s peoples, who are struggling for a future with dignity, sovereignty and full human rights. Wall Street and finance capital maintain their dominance through the threat of over 800 foreign military bases, aircraft carriers, constant coups, targeted assassinations, drone attacks and starvation sanctions imposed on over 30 countries around the world.Wall Street also uses the soft power National Endowment for Democracy (NED) to fund many thousands of nongovernmental organizations, reactionary political parties and alliances with corrupt dictators all over the world.U.S. aid and interventions have never protected human rights or democracy.Recent mass protests against a proposed modification of extradition laws have rattled Hong Kong. It is the natural response of all progressive forces to rally to the side of mass demonstrations. But it is the duty of revolutionaries to look deeper, to ask what forces are behind a movement and who stands to benefit.BackgroundBritain stole Hong Kong from China at the conclusion of the first Opium War in 1842. Through the Opium Wars, Britain and the U.S. military imposed the opium trade, unequal treaties and occupation. One hundred years of imperialist looting completely impoverished and underdeveloped China.The victory of the Chinese Revolution in 1949 radically changed China and began the efforts to build socialism. But for 30 years, from 1949 to 1979 China was completely walled off, blockaded and sanctioned by the U.S. and Western imperialist countries.In 1979, from the “reform and opening up” initiated under Deng Xiaoping, China made the concession to capitalist market reforms. This finally gave China access to some technology and capital from the industrialized world, but it was a deal with the devil, strengthening the capitalist class in China.The British colony of Hong Kong was returned to China in 1997 under the “one country, two systems” principle that preserved much of the British colonial legal/judicial system in the former colony.  Hong Kong is a center of world finance capital. It is deeply hostile to the social measures that have lifted hundreds of millions of people in mainland China out of extreme poverty and provided high standards of health care, education and modern infrastructure.Finance capital has made strong inroads into China. Hong Kong is the West’s base of operations, encouraging the growth of a capitalist class in China that threatens the foundations of socialism. Today China is a deeply contradictory society, characterized by the struggle between a reborn capitalist class and the aspirations of Chinese workers and peasants to maintain and expand the planned economy.It is in the context of this struggle, as well as the escalating U.S. military encirclement and trade war against China, that the current protests in Hong Kong must be understood. The forces of finance capital in Hong Kong and their allies in the U.S. and Europe want to pull Hong Kong away from China so it can function as an economic and political outpost in the region.This means limiting legal and political integration with China as much as possible. To this end the U.S. has provided extensive political, financial and media support for the protests.The vocabulary of protest is available to both the left and right. Through the NED the U.S. has financed coup attempts, often involving a component of mass protest, in Honduras, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Haiti, Ukraine and Syria. Any movement has the potential to sweep into it many well-meaning progressive people, often with legitimate grievances whose interests are not those of the movement’s leadership.Facts about the Hong Kong protestsMultiple member organizations of the Civil Human Rights Front, the coalition behind the recent protests, receive or have received funding from the NED, a U.S.-funded soft power organization that doles out money in the interests of U.S. imperialism. These include the Hong Kong Institute of Human Resource Management, Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions, Hong Kong Journalists Association, Civic Party, Labor Party and Democratic Party.Over 37,000 NGOs, with staff in the tens of thousands, are registered in Hong Kong, many of which receive funding from the U.S. and Europe.  Martin Lee, founder of the Democratic Party in the Civil Human Rights Front, met with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during the protests. Pompeo expressed support for the protests at the meeting. If the protests are in fact serving a progressive end, they would not be supported by the reactionary leadership of U.S. imperialism — the very force attempting to carry out a coup in Venezuela, threatening People’s Korea and trying to start a war with Iran.  Hong Kong’s independent judicial/legal system is a relic of British colonialism. Nowhere else in the world does a city have independent extradition laws, with authority above that of a sovereign country.Despite decades of multimillion-dollar Western funding, Hong Kong has a poverty rate of 20 percent (23.1 percent for children) compared to less than 1 percent in mainland China. In the past 20 years poverty in Hong Kong has remained high while mainland China has lifted countless millions of people out of poverty. Recent protests, much like the “Occupy Central” protests in Hong Kong in 2014, have not raised this issue. The protests have been directed at leadership connected to mainland China, while ignoring the U.S.-connected banks and ultra-wealthy capitalists based in Hong Kong who clearly show no interest in addressing poverty or other desperate needs.The U.S. claims to be concerned with free speech and politically motivated extraditions, while it aggressively pursues the extradition of Julian Assange for exposing the crimes of U.S. imperialism.The corporate media in the U.S. and Europe have enthusiastically reported on the Hong Kong protests, in stark contrast to the meager, often critical coverage of mass protests in Gaza, Honduras, Sudan, Yemen, France or the recent general strike in Brazil. The difference in coverage exposes a difference in the forces behind the protests, a difference in who stands to benefit from them.U.S. imperialism has a long history of ”color revolutions” in which protests with a progressive, even revolutionary patina are used as cover for a reactionary, pro-U.S. agenda.World finance capital forces in Hong Kong are allied with U.S. imperialism and opposed to socialist ownership and the leadership of China by the Chinese Communist Party.U.S. Hands Off China!Hong Kong is part of China!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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

Two human rights activists’ Twitter pages blocked

first_imgNews Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa April 28, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information June 8, 2021 Find out more News News Follow the news on Saudi Arabia to go further March 9, 2021 Find out more RSF_en center_img Organisation August 24, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two human rights activists’ Twitter pages blocked NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Reporters Without Borders is disturbed to learn that access to the Twitter pages of two Saudi human rights activists, Walid Abdelkhair and Khaled al-Nasser, has been blocked since last week, apparently because of the human rights content they had been posting on the micro-blogging webservice. “We condemn the blocking of these cyber-dissidents’ Twitter pages and we call for their immediate restoration,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This situation is very worrying and is symptomatic of a growing crackdown on Saudi Internet users.”Nasser and Abdelkhair said their Twitter pages had been blocked by the Saudi government’s Communications and Information Technology Commission. Nasser, who keeps a blog called Mashi Sah (“That’s not true”) said his Twitter messages included references to the human rights situation and governance in Saudi Arabia and links to human rights sites.Abdelkhair, a human rights lawyer and head of a Saudi human rights organisation, had also referred to human rights violations in his “tweets,” the short text messages that are Twitter’s speciality.Ahmed Al-Omran, a blogger who first drew attention to the situation, said it was the first time the authorities had moved against Twitter users in Saudi Arabia.Press freedom continues to be virtually non-existent in Saudi Arabia. Culture and information ministry spokesman Abdul Rahman Al-Hazaa announced the closure of the Riyadh and Jeddah bureaux of the Lebanon-based satellite TV station LBC on 9 August for broadcasting a programme in which a Saudi man talked about his sexual adventures.Saudi Arabia was ranked 161st out of 173 countries in the 2008 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. News Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance Saudi media silent on RSF complaint against MBS Receive email alertslast_img read more