Ag Loses out on Defeat of Trucking Weight Increase

first_img SHARE Previous articleTrans-Pacific Partnership Text Now PublicNext articleKelsay Offers His Vision of Farm Bureau’s Future Andy Eubank Ag Loses out on Defeat of Trucking Weight Increase Reaction to SAFE defeatThis week the Safe, Flexible and Efficient (SAFE) Trucking Act amendment was defeated in the U.S. House, although the Highway Bill to which it was attached did pass. Many in agriculture supported the amendment which would have permitted states to increase a truck’s maximum weight to 91,000 pounds on interstate highways from the current 80,000-pound limit with the addition of a 6th axle.Mike Steenhoek of the Soy Transportation Coalition explains who in ag would have benefited from passage.“Grain handlers, those movements from say a local cooperative and it needs to transport grain or soybeans to say a rail shuttle loading facility or to a barge loading facility or an ethanol plant or a soybean processor. A lot of those intermediate regional kinds of movements that rail is not an option for them. There would be a gradual adoption by farmers. Farmers wouldn’t be the ones to just immediately change their fleet or change their truck. It would be some of these companies that would more immediately do that, but you would see more and more farmers adopt it as well.”Colin Woodall at the national Cattlemen’s Beef Association was disappointed by the defeat. Their simple goal is to be more efficient at moving cattle around the country.“We know that we could add additional weight in conjunction with an additional axle and have trucks that were actually safer than what we have on the roads right now. But unfortunately we had groups like America’s railroads who came out against us because they felt that this was going to cut into their ability to stay competitive. Unfortunately they forget that we don’t move cattle, nor do we move beef on the railroads anymore, so this was definitely a slap in the face to us.”Woodall, NCBA Vice President of Government Relations, said they’ll continue to push for higher weight limits after missing out on the prime opportunity that comes with highway reauthorization.The bipartisan amendment was sponsored by Reps. Reid Ribble (R-Wisconsin), Kurt Schrader (D-Oregon), David Rouzer (R-N.C.), and Collin Peterson (D-Minnesota.)“The SAFE Trucking Act would have helped farmers get their product to market more efficiently” said Chip Bowling, president of the National Corn Growers Association. “While we are disappointed that this amendment was defeated, we are happy to see Congress moving forward on long-term highway funding.”The final vote was 187 ayes, 236 nays. Ten representatives did not vote. Home Indiana Agriculture News Ag Loses out on Defeat of Trucking Weight Increase Facebook Twitter SHARE Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – Nov 5, 2015 last_img read more

Appeal issued over weekend crash in south Inishowen

first_img Appeal issued over weekend crash in south Inishowen Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp Facebook An appeal has been issued over a weekend crash in Inishowen. The single vehicle collision happened on Sunday morning at 8.45am at Tooban in Burnfoot.Gardaí in Buncrana are investigating.The car in question, a black Seat Toledo is believed to have been travelling from the Fahan area towards Burnfoot when it lost control and hit a wall.The driver took off on foot and is believed to have headed in the direction of the border.Gardai are appealing to other motorists who may have been on the road at that time and may have witnessed the collision or the driver on foot afterwards to give Gardaí in Buncrana a call.If anyone was on that stretch of road and had a dashcam or if they gave this person a lift Gardai would also like to hear from them on 074-9320540. Twitter Previous article€2bn loan scheme to help small businessesNext articleFurther calls for communal burial ground in Letterkenny News Highland center_img Pinterest Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ Pinterest Homepage BannerNews Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA By News Highland – July 14, 2020 last_img read more

Food sales ‘normalising’ despite deflation

first_imgTotal food sales grew 0.5% for the three months to May, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC) sales monitor.While this is an improvement, it is still behind non-food growth, up 2.8% for the same period.By 2020, grocery research company IGD forecasts predict that the food sector will see double digit growth in sales with a 13% increase.David McCorquodale, head of retail at KPMG, which publishes the sales monitor research with the BRC, said: “The slight improvement in the three-month average food sales reflect the grocer’s relentless grind for growth and encouragement can be drawn from that.  However, as highlighted by the decline on a like-for-like basis, this recovery continues in the eye of a price deflation storm which continues to benefit the consumer.”Joanne Denney-Finch, chief executive of IGD, added: “Although the May food sales figures were only a slight improvement on last year there are some positive signs for food companies. After a prolonged period of food and drink deflation, any growth is a solid achievement, especially given the wet and cool weather in May.“If OBR expectations of slowly returning inflation are correct, this should give a modest boost to sales over the medium term and with a steady rise in population, our latest market forecasts predict 13 per cent sales growth for the sector between now and 2020.”last_img read more

Waitrose exports biscuits to China

first_imgThe supermarket has started to sell its Waitrose Duchy Organic biscuits to China, as part of a new deal to export to the country for the first time.The 10 biscuit lines, which include the Highlands-made Duchy Organic Shortbread Petticoat Tails and Duchy Rosemary & Thyme Oaten Biscuits, are part of an initial range of 30 products being exported to China by the retailer. Other lines include tea, nuts and beauty products.They are being exported through Royal Mail’s store on Tmall Global, an online marketplace also used by United Biscuits, after it forged a deal in 2015.Mark Williamson, commercial director at Waitrose, said: “The potential for Waitrose in China is huge and, although it’s a relatively modest start, it’s our ambition to see it become our biggest international business in the next three to five years.“We are proud that Waitrose is recognised around the world for quality, and excited to be reaching new markets.”Royal Mail’s store specialises in championing British companies, and its dedicated Waitrose page has information about the brand alongside the product listings.Richard Snowdon, international director at Royal Mail, said: “We are delighted to welcome Waitrose to the Royal Mail store, and to offer its products to Chinese consumers.“Our Tmall Global shop front brings British brands together with hundreds of millions of shoppers in China. For British retailers and exporters, Royal Mail offers an accelerated opportunity to access the China market and, for consumers, we provide a distinctive range of quality British products delivered right to their door.”last_img read more

STS9 Announces Red Rocks & Paramount Theatre Shows

first_imgMoving out of their milestone 20th anniversary year, jamtronica pioneers STS9 announced an upcoming three-night Colorado run dubbed STS9 Presents: Push The Sky.STS9 will open up the run with a warm-up all-improvisational Wave Spell Experience at Denver’s Paramount Theatre on Thursday, September 5th. The quintet will then head to Morrison, CO’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Saturday and Sunday, September 6th and 7th for two headlining performances, each of which will feature three sets of STS9 music from past, present, and future.The band’s full announcement reads,We head back to one of our favorite venues on the planet for another 2-night RRX blastoff!! Each night we’ll be performing 3 sets spanning STS9 music from past, present, and future. Our new ‘Push The Sky’ concept will allow us to take the open space of the amphitheater to create an immersive production around our theme of universal mythology… using our music, art and production to create transcendent moments and guide us towards the cosmos to deepen our connection with the universe.Special three-day weekender pre-sale passes will be available exclusively for Bandcamp subscribers this Wednesday, April 3rd at 10 a.m. (MST)Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, April 5th at 10 a.m. (MST) here.For pre-sale information and more on the band’s upcoming run, head here.For a full list of the band’s upcoming tour dates and ticketing information, head to STS9’s website.last_img read more

Major outpouring of support for University in legal battle over admissions approach

first_imgTo further campus diversity, in 2016 Faust also tasked a new Presidential Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging with identifying ways to help the University ensure it was a place where everyone felt they belonged. Harvard President Larry Bacow has continued those efforts, supporting the creation of the University’s new Office for Diversity and Inclusion, as well as surveying all students, faculty, and staff last spring to assess the culture of inclusion and belonging across the community. The newly created Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Leadership Council — made up of leaders from all Harvard’s Schools and major units — is developing responses to the survey. And the University also created the Harvard Culture Lab Innovation Fund to serve as “an incubator for innovative ideas that seek to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging across Harvard.”Sally Chen ’19, one of the many Harvard alumni supporting the College, joined an amicus brief submitted by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and Asian Americans Advancing Justice, which represents a wide range of students and alumni. Chen, who got involved with the case while she was a junior at the College, said her decision to do so was informed by her support of equal opportunity “and the related policies that view a whole person in context.”In her College application personal essay, Chen, a first-generation Asian American, first- generation college graduate, wrote about how her efforts to advocate for her family “really shaped who I am today” and informed the work she hoped to pursue.“I would not have been able to fully convey my strength or my potential contribution to the College and beyond,” added Chen, who serves as economic justice program manager for the nonprofit Chinese for Affirmative Action in San Francisco, “without talking about my race.”The appeal will be heard by a three-judge appellate court panel, but many legal experts see the case ultimately being decided by the nation’s highest court. In a statement following Burroughs’ October ruling, SFFA founder Blum said he would appeal the decision, “if necessary to the U.S. Supreme Court.” In its own appellate brief submitted on May 14, Harvard defended its victory, reiterated its compliance with Supreme Court precedent, and argued that Burroughs’ decision should be affirmed. “After conducting a three-week bench trial, hearing testimony from twenty-five witnesses, and reviewing hundreds of exhibits, the district court issued a 130-page decision, encompassing more than 80 pages of factual findings, that carefully considered and rejected all of SFFA’s claims,” reads the Harvard brief.“Harvard’s interest in student body diversity is substantial and compelling,” said Peter McDonough, vice president and general counsel for the American Council on Education, which filed a brief on behalf of 41 organizations of higher learning. “Our higher education institutions have emphasized time and again that campus diversity is a necessary ingredient of their ability to prepare students to compete and thrive in an increasingly diverse country and global economy.”A brief submitted on behalf of 15 higher education institutions in support of Harvard stated: “In light of the momentous interests at stake, Amici urge the court to affirm the right of educational institutions to structure admissions programs that appropriately consider race and ethnicity within the context of an individualized and holistic review.”“Harvard’s whole-person review treats each individual as an individual, not merely as a member of a racial group with presumed qualities and characteristics,” read a brief representing more than 670 social scientists from colleges and universities across the country. “That approach is well-grounded in social science research and benefits Asian American applicants. The district court correctly rejected Plaintiff’s arguments to the contrary.”Harvard has long championed a diverse learning environment and the development of a student body filled with individuals who bring a range of different backgrounds and perspectives to campus. For decades, Harvard College’s Admissions and Financial Aid Office has sought out talented students from all communities and encouraged them to apply. For decades, a range of programs and scholarships have helped those with strong academic credentials but limited means gain access to a Harvard education.In 2004, University President Lawrence H. Summers helped spearhead the expansion of Harvard’s financial aid, essentially making attendance free for low-income students. Three years later, his successor as Harvard president, Drew Faust, announced a new initiative designed to ensure greater affordability for middle-income families through major enhancements to grant aid, the elimination of student loans, and the removal of home equity from financial aid calculations. In March 2020, Harvard announced plans to expand its program again by eliminating the summer work expectation for students beginning in the 2020‒21 academic year. Related Hundreds of social scientists, Nobel Prize-winning economists, corporate executives, higher-education experts, attorneys general from 15 states, 15 colleges and universities, as well as 26 Harvard alumni and student organizations representing thousands of Asian American, black, Latinx, Native American, and white Harvard community members expressed their support for Harvard’s pro-diversity approach to admissions this week in a series of legal filings that were part of a federal appeals process. In September a federal judge upheld Harvard’s admissions policy following a three-week trial.The filing of these “friend of the court” briefs Thursday with the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston is the latest development in an ongoing legal challenge to Harvard’s admissions practices. Supporters called for the judges to adhere to Supreme Court precedent and uphold the lower court’s ruling that Harvard may continue to consider race as one among many factors when admitting students.Among the briefs was a document representing 14 of the nation’s leading businesses, including tech giants Apple Inc., Microsoft Corp., and Twitter. In their filing, the companies argued that diversity in higher education is essential to ensure that future generations of talented workers will be able to successfully compete in a global economy.“To find the next superb employee, amici depend on universities admitting talented students from all backgrounds, and helping each student learn how to thrive in a diverse and inclusive setting,” the companies argued. “And as the Supreme Court has repeatedly recognized and approved, amici agree that a university may well conclude that meeting such a crucial goal, even today, requires a race-conscious, holistic university admissions program.”They also agreed that, “[i]n the absence of workable race-neutral alternatives — as the district court concluded is the case … universities such as Harvard must be able to employ race-conscious, holistic admissions practices to create the best recruiting classes for businesses.”The attorneys general signed on to a brief outlining the importance of diversity in higher education and beyond and urging the appellate court to affirm U.S. District Court Judge Allison D. Burroughs’ ruling. “[We] share a compelling interest in ensuring that students at colleges and universities receive the educational benefits that flow from diversity of all kinds amongst their peers — including racial diversity,” they wrote. “By ensuring that our students go forth into their adult lives with these educational benefits, we also strengthen our society, our democracy, and our economy.”In 2014, Harvard was sued by Students for Fair Admissions Inc. (SFFA), an organization founded by Edward Blum, the architect of a range of attacks on civil rights protections for members of underrepresented minority groups in recent years. The lawsuit claimed the College intentionally discriminated against Asian American applicants and that its use of race in the undergraduate admissions process was unlawful. Last September, Burroughs ruled against SFFA on all counts, determining that Harvard does not discriminate on the basis of race, engage in racial balancing or the use of quotas, or place an outsized emphasis on race when considering an applicant’s admissions file. She also held that “no workable and available race-neutral alternatives” could achieve Harvard’s interest in diversity, which the U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled a legitimate educational objective. “Our higher education institutions have emphasized time and again that campus diversity is a necessary ingredient of their ability to prepare students to compete and thrive in an increasingly diverse country and global economy.” — Peter McDonough, American Council on Education Relief and vindicationcenter_img Judge upholds Harvard’s admissions policy Ruling finds that College does not discriminate Members of Harvard and the higher education community react to the ruling in the admission lawsuit last_img read more

Illinois co-op says closing 170MW unit at Marion coal plant will save $125 million over 10 years

first_imgIllinois co-op says closing 170MW unit at Marion coal plant will save $125 million over 10 years FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Southern Illinoisan:Southern Illinois Power Cooperative plans to retire its largest coal-fired generator as early as this fall, a move that is expected to save $125 million over a decade.President and CEO Don Gulley said the tentative decision is the result of analysis and negotiations that have been ongoing since late 2019. Gulley said SIPC utilized outside consultants to help it perform a comprehensive review of operations and determine the best path forward. The decision to close Unit 4, as it is known, was based on two primary factors, he said: sustained low energy prices in the wholesale power market, and increasingly costly environmental regulations for coal-fired generators.SIPC is a generation and transmission cooperative located on the shores of Lake of Egypt that provides wholesale electric power to seven member distribution cooperatives, and the city of McLeansboro. It is jointly owned and governed by the distribution cooperatives, which are: Egyptian Electric Cooperative Association; Clinton County Electric Cooperative, Inc.; Monroe County Electric Co-Operative, Inc.; SouthEastern Illinois Electric Cooperative, Inc.; Southern Illinois Electric Cooperative; Tri-County Electric Cooperative, Inc.; and Clay Electric Co-operative, Inc.“It was — and is — a difficult decision,” Gulley said. “But my responsibility is to ensure the long-term viability of SIPC to benefit our member-owners, which ultimately benefit those 80,000 members. And the savings of $125 million over the next 10 years is significant and important to those 80,000 members.”The tentatively approved plan is awaiting final regulatory approvals, expected by late July. A formal board decision is to follow.Unit 4 was constructed in the late 1970s. It would take an investment of about $20 million in order for it to meet federal and state environmental requirements for coal ash and wastewater disposal over the next three to five years, Gulley said. That financial requirement was a piece in the equation, though Gulley said the primary driving factors behind the decision are the more competitive energy prices on the open market and a need to diversify SIPC’s energy sources. Currently, coal-fired generation accounts for more than 90% of its portfolio.[Molly Parker]More: Southern Illinois Power Co-op plans to shutter its largest coal-fired unit this falllast_img read more

New Bar panel to investigate MDP complaints

first_img February 15, 2001 Managing Editor Regular News New Bar panel to investigate MDP complaints New Bar panel to investigate MDP complaints Mark D. Killian Managing Editor A new committee set to investigate complaints against lawyers who practice in multidisciplinary practice settings for possible Bar rule violations is now up and running. “There are lawyers who are developing alliances or some sort of joint relationships with non- lawyers to render law related services and to the extent they are doing that in violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct, then we want to make sure we enforce the rules,” said Tampa’s Martin Garcia, who chairs the panel. After two years of study, the Board of Governors last year voted to affirm that under existing ethics rules, members of the Bar may not practice law in MDP settings because MDPs by their nature violate the core values of the profession, including that a lawyer’s primary loyalty is to the client. The board also found Bar rules prohibiting fee splitting and nonlawyer ownership of a law firm were important to protect the independent professional judgment of lawyers. In furtherance of that vote, the board agreed to establish two special committees a Bar committee to investigate complaints against lawyers who practice in MDPs for possible violations of the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar and a committee to investigate complaints against nonlawyers for engaging in the unlicensed practice of law through MDPs. While a petition to create the UPL MDP panel is now pending before the court, the Bar’s MDP grievance panel is now operational. The Bar committee, Bar President Herman Russomanno said, will work to protect the profession’s core values, which encompass undivided loyalty to the client, exercising competent independent judgment for the client, keeping client confidences inviolate and avoiding conflicts of interest with the client. “We need to show the public why the legal profession deserves to be valued, respected and revered by all Floridians,” Russomanno said. “We must always keep our core values and maintain our independence as lawyers, our sense of ethical conduct and our steadfast commitment of the rule of law.” He said the profession’s core values must never change because they set lawyers apart as a profession and are critical to the preservation of a free society. “As we consider the globalization of legal practice, we must remember our obligations to our clients and to the public,” Russomanno said. “It is in the public interest to preserve the core values of the legal profession.” Multidisciplinary practice is inherently inconsistent with the core values of the legal profession, Garcia said, noting that Bar rules protect client interests by disallowing splitting legal fees with nonlawyers or permitting nonlawyers to own part of a law firm. “It has been reported that there is ancillary business and MDP type of conduct out there, and we want to make sure that those who are engaging in those activities are indeed complying with the Rules of Professional Conduct,” Garcia said. He noted the committee is going to be very interested in whether there are indeed lawyers rendering legal services in entities that are not law firms and are not complying with the rules. “An earlier committee had received a lot of information from some of these accounting firms — certainly if you read their brochure, it looks like they are indeed practicing law, and so we are going to look at that,” Garcia said. Garcia anticipates the bulk of complaints that will come before the committee will be brought by other lawyers. “We are going to rely more upon lawyers reporting violations, than we are perhaps aggrieved parties, Garcia said. “I think when a client, for example, goes to an accounting firm that is in essence practicing law, yet not getting legal services rendered free of conflicts of interest, the client may not realize that unless there is a clear instance of damages. A lawyer observing that kind of activity may be in good position to bring those types of matters to our attention.” To report a possible MDP violation, contact either Tony Boggs, director of the Bar’s legal division, or Mary Ellen Bateman, deputy director, at (850) 561-5839.last_img read more

Foundation works out deal to increase IOTA revenues

first_img February 1, 2005 Regular News The Florida Bar Foundation has reached an agreement with Florida banks that has reduced the expenses charged on IOTA accounts and boosts the Foundation’s income.Foundation President Terry Russell reported to the Bar Board of Governors recently that the organization is looking to further dramatically boost its IOTA income.Russell said the Foundation worked with the Florida Bankers Association to end the practice of charging expenses from IOTA accounts that didn’t earn enough interest to cover those costs and transferring them to IOTA accounts that did. That change was made last June.“The net result of that was an additional $2.1 million for us,” Russell told the board. “We actually did that with the cooperation of the Florida Bankers Association, and we appreciate that.”With that done, the Foundation is now studying how banks set the interest rates for IOTA accounts overall, he said. According to Russell, there are about 23,000 IOTA accounts in Florida, and their average daily balance is about $3.61 billion.Yet despite that huge total, the average interest rate paid on the accounts is only 0.48 percent, and after expenses the actual average interest paid is 0.4 percent, he said.“It’s clear to us that banks annually earn hundreds of millions of dollars in interest on IOTA accounts,” Russell said.While the 0.4 percent may be the correct interest rate, he said the Foundation wants to thoroughly investigate its options, including a rule change, to boost that income.On other matters, Russell said:• The Foundation is optimistic its new speciality license plate will help raise money for children’s legal services. He noted that 8,000 plates must be sold over the next five years for the plate, which adds $25 to an annual renewal, to remain in circulation. Bar President Kelly Overstreet Johnson said she plans to strongly support the license plate and that her goal is for sales in a year or two to reach $1 million. • The Foundation will continue to support legislative funding for the Civil Legal Assistance Act. Russell was instrumental in getting that support started when he was Bar president, and it has resulted in $4.5 million over the past three years. With state finances easing after several lean years, “We’re optimistic we can finally expand that program on a statewide basis so that all legal aid agencies in Florida. . . will be able to benefit from it,” he said.Russell also said the Foundation wants to transfer funding oversight of the program from the Department of Community Affairs to the Attorney General’s Office, and that Attorney General Charlie Crist is receptive to that idea.• The Foundation late last year made its annual grants to legal aid organizations, which totaled $9 million. That includes grants totaling $697,000 to 13 legal aid offices to address the legal needs of children. The Foundation also passed out its law school assistance and administration of justice grants. Included was $25,000 for a second phase of the TaxWatch study of state funding for the judiciary.• The Foundation got a report on long-range planning for hurricane relief that called for a $250,000 reserve to help in future hurricane recoveries, including repairing damaged legal aid offices. Foundation works out deal to increase IOTA revenuescenter_img Foundation works out deal to increase IOTA revenueslast_img read more

Beach house captures magnificent views of whales and dolphins

first_img17 Elanora Ave, Pottsville.EVEN the garage at this picture perfect beach house captures sparkling blue ocean views. Whales and dolphins are also common sightings for homeowner Lynne Calaghan at her quintessential beach house. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North4 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa23 hours ago17 Elanora Ave, Pottsville.Ms Calaghan said she and her family moved from the US almost 40 years ago in search of a perfect Australian beach house. “When we found this property it was just an old cottage but the location made it a really special place,” she said. 17 Elanora Ave, Pottsville.Ms Calaghan said her family extended the house but didn’t knock down the original cottage. “We wanted to keep a bit of history, it was one of Pottsville’s original beach houses and it was just full of charm,” she said. The house is on a 705 sqm block and features timber flooring, open plan living and a fireplace. 17 Elanora Ave, Pottsville.last_img read more