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Grassley Pleased with EPA Nominee’s Rule of Law Pledge

first_img Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Grassley Pleased with EPA Nominee’s Rule of Law Pledge grassley-on-pruittPresident-elect Trump’s pick for EPA chief Scott Pruitt recently reassured U.S. senators from Midwest farm states that he will follow the law on renewable fuels, Waters of the US and other issues key for agriculture. He said he will support the rule of law that underpins so much of what EPA does that impacts agriculture, and that was welcome news to Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley.“We got a very positive response of his not just support of the RFS, but more importantly the rule of law, and rule of law is what Congress passes the EPA is supposed to follow and not back it down the way they have in this administration,” he said.”Grassley and many lawmakers from rural states complain the outgoing EPA sold the RFS volume targets short until last year and overreached its rulemaking authority in clean air and clean water actions.The long-fought Waters of the US rule to vastly expand EPA control of water on and off farms is now tied up in the courts, where judges are skeptical it will withstand legal scrutiny.  Congressional Republicans failed to override President Obama’s veto of a repeal bill. Grassley stressed the importance of following the law.“There’s one thing that’s very key. I don’t want somebody in EPA that’s going to continue the illegal and ultra vires standards setup by this administration not following the law. We’ve got positive comment that the law is going to be followed. That’s very, very important.”Pruitt, as Oklahoma Attorney General, joined other state counterparts to sue the EPA over WOTUS and, if confirmed to head the agency, would obviously back Trump’s pro-ethanol, pro-jobs agenda.He’ll wait until after Pruitt’s confirmation hearings to decide if he’ll support the nominee, but so far, Grassley says he hasn’t heard anything that would discourage him from voting for Pruitt.Grassley is like many in agriculture. He has grown very weary from the lack of a USDA pick from the President-elect, and Grassley took to Twitter over the weekend to make a recommendation of Bill Northey for the post. Northey is the Iowa Secretary of Ag now in his third term of that elected office.Source: NAFB News Service SHARE Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – Jan 10, 2017 SHARE Grassley Pleased with EPA Nominee’s Rule of Law Pledge Previous articleIndiana Farm Bureau Competitors Place in Top 10 in National ContestsNext articleFarm Bureau Confident Trump Will Pick the Right Person Andy Eubanklast_img read more

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade organizers hope to spark activism in Fort Worth

first_imgTori Knox Twitter Fort Worth’s cat population remains steady Twitter Tori Knoxhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tori-knox/ Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday Previous articleDisney inquires about possible Kohlhausen movieNext articleMayor Price invites community to join in week of service Tori Knox RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Teenage pregnancy rates remain high in Tarrant County National Night Out increases community safety Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature printThe Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade returns on Monday. The parade will begin at 11 a.m. on Main Street and will end in the Sundance Square Plaza.The route for this years Martin Luther King jr. day parade will the same the same as the last two years.The Greater Fort Worth Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Committee hosts the parade in commemoration of King’s birthday.Tyron Lane, vice chairman of the Greater Fort Worth Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday committee said the parade will follow the same route as the last two years. It will start on the east side of the Convention Center.“Our goal is to commemorate the life and legacy but to ignite the idea of what can we do as a society to continue to move forward, in not only race relations, but in civil rights relations,” said Lane.Lane said in past years the amount of participants in the parade has contributed to its growth, now lasting almost two hours.He said there are upwards of 150 different groups, organizations, and individuals participating from different communities and ethnic groups. People, groups or organizations that wish to participate who have not yet signed up will need to arrive between 9 -10:30 a.m. Monday to register.Lane added that he hopes people see the holiday as more than a day off of work, but a day for people to focus on the people around them.“We need to understand that the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday should not just be looked at as a day off, or a day away from work, or a day off of school,” Lane said. “It should be a day that we use that time off to be active in our community to be seen in our community to do some kind of work in our communities to keep activism alive and well.” Tori Knoxhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tori-knox/ Linkedincenter_img Facebook TAGSFort WorthMartin Luther King jr.Parade Facebook + posts Tori Knoxhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tori-knox/ Tori Knoxhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tori-knox/ Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Gang evolution does not match common perceptions ReddIt ReddIt Linkedinlast_img read more

10 days agoBrighton determined to keep Ben White

first_imgBrighton determined to keep Ben Whiteby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton have no intention of selling Ben White.The 22-year-old has been in excellent form on loan at Leeds United this season.Liverpool have been watching his performances, but The Argus says Albion do not want to sell the young centre-back.The Reds are reportedly willing to pay £20m for the Englishman.White signed a new contract with Brighton before joining Leeds, taking his contract up until 2022. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

4 days agoChelsea striker Abraham: Giroud like an older brother

first_imgChelsea striker Abraham: Giroud like an older brotherby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea striker Tammy Abraham says Olivier Giroud is “like an older brother” for him.The 22-year-old has kept Giroud out of Frank Lampard’s side with his blistering form in front of goal.But that hasn’t stopped the World Cup winner throwing his arm around the budding star.”I look at Oli like an older brother,” Abraham said after Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Newcastle.”I’m always learning from him on the training pitch and I’ve grown up watching him. He’s always supporting me.”When someone’s doing well and scoring goals you have to support them and that’s what he is doing for me. I look at different strikers. Ollie is obviously not the fastest striker in the world, but what he has is unbelievable.”His one-touch play, his hold-up play, his one-touch finishing, I just take those little things that I see in training. If the ball is coming into the box off the ground, his volleying and everything is on point, so you have to take those little things and add them to your game.”I’m a visual learner. I like to watch and take people’s ideas. And add them to myself – the same with Michy [Batshuayi], he is also a great striker. For me to be training with these two players is wonderful.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

School Board likely open to partnerships for additional Northeast Elementary School facilities

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River North School Board will likely be open to forming partnerships with other levels of government or non-governmental organizations to add to the new two-storey elementary school on the City’s northeast side.School District #60 Superintendent Dave Sloan said that the school district is ecstatic about the June 28th announcement by the government that the district had been approved to receive funding to build the new school, which will have space for 505 Kindergarten to Grade 6 students. The Province said that plans for the new school include a neighbourhood learning centre with child care, before-and-after school care and multi-purpose spaces for community use.Sloan said that currently, the school board has not yet partnered with the City of Fort St. John about contributing funds toward the school’s construction. The City contributed $2.5 million towards the construction of the new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School’s gymnasium, which doubles as a community recreation centre. Sloan added that at present, the new school’s gymnasium is planned to be smaller than the gym at ‘Ma’ Murray, but larger than gyms at other elementary schools in the city. Despite the June announcement not including funding for the operation of a daycare at the new school, Sloan again said that the school board will most likely be open to the possibility of partnering with other organizations in order to allow such a facility to operate.“At this point, it’s so new that we have no partners to announce. I think it’s not a secret that having a sufficient number of daycare spaces for the community is a concern not just of the school district’s, but right across the community. If there’s an opportunity for us to provide and an opportunity for other organizations to partner with us, this is too good an opportunity to pass up. There’s been a lot of ‘let’s be ready in case this happens’ and now it’s happening. So now it’s a case of translating those aspirational plans into actual plans.”last_img read more

MacLeans release Canadas most dangerous places report for 2019

first_imgFort St. John is on a declining trend in crime as compared to last year when the Crime Severity Index was at 122. The Violent Crime Severity Index has dropped significantly when compared to last year’s number of 133.For the rank number, the highest number means the safest, while the lowest listed number means the most dangerous. The index is the number of incidences reported.Some of the categories include all-crime, violent crime, and youth crime.Here is how Fort St. John compares to other cities within the Peace.All Crime:Fort St. John – Rank #33 – Criminal Severity Index: 118Dawson Creek – Rank #16 – Criminal Severity Index: 148Grande Prairie – Rank #14 – Criminal Severity Index: 163Prince George – Rank #10 – Criminal Severity Index: 175Violent Crime: Fort St. John – Rank #36 – Violent Criminal Severity Index: 104Dawson Creek – Rank #31 – Violent Criminal Severity Index: 115Grande Prairie – Rank #20 – Violent Criminal Severity Index: 143Prince George – Rank #9 – Violent Criminal Severity Index: 167Youth Crime:Fort St. John – Number of Incidences: 4Dawson Creek – Number of Incidences: 0Grande Prairie – Number of Incidences: 3Prince George – Number of Incidences: 94Overall, Fort St. John ranks quite well in community safety and crime rates when compared to other neighbouring cities within the Peace.For further statistics and information, you can visit MacLean’s website FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – MacLean’s Magazine has released their annual report for Canada’s Most Dangerous Places for 2019 and Fort St. John is considered to be the safest city within the Peace.Each city, a total of 237 across Canada, was ranked based on statistics within various categories. Fort St. John’s Crime Severity Index sits at 118, with the Violent Crime Severity Index down to 104.last_img read more

True wireless hearables to touch 129 mn units by 2020

first_imgNew Delhi: The global market for true wireless hearables is expected to reach a volume of 129 million units by 2020, driven by traditional wireless headset manufacturers – Samsung and Huawei, a report by Counterpoint Research said on Friday. True wireless hearables are in-ear Bluetooth headphones that don’t have a cord connecting them either to the music device or to each other. Currently, the most-preferred hearables brand is Apple with 19 per cent share, followed by Sony with 17 per cent share and Samsung with a 16 per cent market share. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepAccording to Counterpoint’s “Emerging Technology Opportunities” (ETO) report, Apple would continue to dominate the market. The second-generation of AirPods and similar earbuds from other technology giants would be a catalyst for market growth. “Hearables have the chance to be part of a future where information and connectivity are integrated into our daily lives more than ever. Above all, personal assistants like Apple Siri, Google Assistant, and Amazon Alexa are likely to boost the market from 2019,” Liz Lee, Senior Analyst at Counterpoint Research, said in a statement. Hearables manufacturers such as Bose and Beats have a market share of 10 per cent and six per cent, respectively. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs”While examining user satisfaction, usage patterns, preferences and understanding the key factors influencing purchase decisions, we verified that consumers have an increasing desire to buy hearables equipped with enhanced features including improved battery life and AI-based voice assistants,” Pavel Naiya, Senior Analyst at Counterpoint Research said. Players such as Samsung, Bose, Jabra, Huawei, Bragi, and LG are prevalent and would grow from a smaller base from 2018. New entrants such as Google and the likes of Amazon and Plantronics would drive the market forward, the report noted.last_img read more

Ohio States Draft Class Is The Most Impressive In Modern NFL History

1988Oklahoma13 151.2 1944Notre Dame13 1946Notre Dame16 1981Pittsburgh12 1945Notre Dame15 1987Penn State13 2004Ohio State14 2008USC10107.1 2015Florida State11101.7 2012Alabama898.7 1971Ohio State13 Source: Pro-football-reference.com 1944Texas12 1947UCLA9103.1 1954Notre Dame12 POSITIONPLAYEROVERALL SELECTIONDRAFT VALUE 2016Ohio State12 1988Miami (FL)12 1982Texas12 1940USC9100.3 Schools with more than a dozen players chosen in one year 1968USC11122.2 1944USC12 2002Miami (FL)11103.3 OLBDarron Lee2015.5 1977USC13 TENick Vannett945.7 2010Oklahoma7112.9 2006USC11102.8 1975USC14 Given all that, it wasn’t a surprise that Ohio State produced a top-notch draft class in 2016. What is surprising is that it’s the most impressive draft class in modern history. At the most basic level, there were just a lot of Buckeyes taken in the draft. Twelve Ohio State players were selected during the 2016 NFL draft, the 25th time a school has had such a distinction. And, in fact, it’s the fourth time Ohio State has sent at least a dozen players to the pros via the NFL draft:But although Ohio State was not exactly hurting in the quantity department, the quality of those picks sets the team apart. Consider, for example, that although the Texas Longhorns had 17 players drafted in 1984, eight of those players were selected with the 180th pick or later; conversely, all 12 Ohio State players were selected in the first four rounds, with Jones being the last pick at number 139. Using the draft value chart, which assigns the average marginal approximate value produced by each draft pick, we can give more weight to the best picks to provide a more accurate measure of class strength. Here is how many points of draft value were used on each Ohio State player in the 2016 draft: 1950Minnesota13 Total 1987Miami (FL)7108.1 2006Ohio State9111.5 WRMichael Thomas4710.1 WRBraxton Miller856.3 YEARSCHOOLPICKS FSVonn Bell618.4 Using this methodology, the best draft class between the 1970 merger and this year came out of Miami in 2004. And yet this class beat that mark by 31.7 percent! That Hurricanes draft was great, with Sean Taylor (fifth overall), Kellen Winslow Jr. (sixth), Jonathan Vilma (12th), D.J. Williams (17th), Vernon Carey (19th) and Vince Wilfork (21st) all selected in the first round. But after those six players, Miami didn’t have another player drafted until the seventh round. By contrast, the Buckeyes had five first-round picks, two more in the second round, three in the third and two more in the fourth. As a result, it stands out as the most impressive draft class in modern history. ILBJoshua Perry1025.1 1952Maryland12 1984Texas17 1967Michigan State8113.7 2016Ohio State12151.2 DEJoey Bosa327.6 1942Texas10100.6 DTAdolphus Washington806.7 1975Nebraska12 RBEzekiel Elliott425.8 1955Notre Dame9128.8 1974UCLA12 CBEli Apple1019.9 1975Ohio State13 2004MiamI (FL)9114.8 1993Notre Dame9114.0 Incredibly, Ohio State had five players drafted in the top 20 and another five in the top 100. As a result, a total of 151.2 points of draft value was used on Buckeyes players. That’s the most — by a very large margin — in 70 years. The table below shows the top 25 draft classes as measured by points of draft value used to select players: 1946Notre Dame16170.4 1954Notre Dame12121.7 Source: Pro-football-reference.com 1976Colorado12 1950Notre Dame12 1981Pittsburgh12106.2 The 2016 Ohio State draft class is amazing Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com 1953USC15 OTTaylor Decker1616.9 1945Notre Dame15126.2 Coach Urban Meyer came to Columbus in 2012, and the Ohio State football team has been outstanding from the moment he arrived. In his first season, the Buckeyes went 12-0, although the team was ineligible for a bowl game or postseason play. In 2013, the team began 12-0 again before being upset by Michigan State in the Big 10 championship game. Two seasons ago, Ohio State won the national championship, going 12-1 in the regular season and defeating Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon in the postseason behind third-string quarterback Cardale Jones. And last season, Ohio State’s only loss came as time expired against Michigan State in late November. YEARTEAMNUMBER OF PICKSDRAFT VALUE 1948Alabama6103.8 1939TCU6100.1 1977USC13113.9 QBCardale Jones1393.2 2000Tennessee9102.6 read more

Mens Basketball Andre Wesson shows improvement with post play

Ohio State junior forward Andre Wesson (24) dunks the ball with 1:11 to go in the second half of the game against Indiana on Feb. 10. Ohio State won 55-52. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorDuring Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann’s first season, forward Andre Wesson did not make a great first impression. Averaging 18.5 minutes per game off the bench, he shot 37.9 percent from the field, averaging 2.9 points per game along with 2.3 personal fouls. Holtmann said the then-sophomore forward took bad shots, especially early last season, and struggled with turnovers. “I remember everyone was yelling at me, ‘Bench Wesson and bench [Andrew] Dakich,’” Holtmann said.But to the head coach, it was the uncertainty Wesson had of his own game in Holtmann’s first season that caused the forward to have problems. “I think he struggled with, ‘where do I, how do I impact the game, where do I impact the game?’” Holtmann said. Without a true expectation for how significant Wesson’s impact would be for Ohio State during the 2018-19 season — many viewed him as a defensive specialist off the bench — Wesson has slowly begun to find his identity on the basketball court. In the past two games, the junior forward has scored 30 points, making 11-of-18 attempts from the field, including two 3s on six attempts. “My teammates have always been on me, ‘just keep shooting the ball,’ so I have put it on them,” Wesson said. “They have done a great job of boosting my confidence.” Now Wesson’s role has shifted this season when he is on the court. As his brother, sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson, averaged 3.8 fouls per game in Big Ten play, fouling out of four of his past 10 games, and sophomore forward Kyle Young was sidelined due to injury, Andre Wesson took more of a prominent role in the post. He is second on the team in rebounding, averaging four per game in Big Ten play. In Andre Wesson’s past two games against Penn State and Indiana, he has recorded 14 rebounds, more than the previous five games combined. This change in mentality has affected Wesson’s offense as well, increasing his shooting percentage 5.7 percent from nonconference to conference play. Holtmann views Wesson as a player who has figured out his role. “He’s moved into this year where he’s gotten even a better understanding of that: how can he impact the game based on his skills,” Holtmann said. Wesson’s understanding helped Ohio State to its three-point win against Indiana Sunday. With senior guard C.J. Jackson on the outside, Wesson faked a screen, cutting through the two defenders to set up a wide-open dunk to give Ohio State its third straight win and its fourth in five games. Holtmann said this play was specifically set up for Wesson, putting his brother on the 3-point line to distract the Hoosiers from crowding the paint. According to the head coach, Wesson fit the action required for this play to succeed, looking at what he has done and earning the trust of the coaching staff and the team to go to him with the game on the line. With what he considered to be a great pass leading to a great finish, the head coach said it happened exactly how he drew it up. “That’s about a 10 out of 10 and it rarely happens for you as coaches, honestly, where you get exactly late what you are trying to get,” Holtmann said. “It doesn’t happen a lot.” Wesson said it was a moment he dreamt of, complimenting his teammates for feeding him in the post, setting him up for success, especially on the final play of the game.He said that each time he scores, he has continued to build confidence and poise to improve upon the Wesson that Holtmann saw in his first season with the Buckeyes. But to Jackson, this confident and poised Wesson is the player he is used to. “This is kind of the Andre that I’ve seen since he got here,” Jackson said. “It’s just a matter of him doing it and he’s playing unbelievable for us. We know he is a big key to our team and we are going to need his scoring, his ability to do everything that he does on the court for us.” read more

Lascelles focused on Newcastle amid transfer speculation

first_imgNewcastle centre-back Jamaal Lascelles has insisted he is only focusing on Newcastle after reported interest from West Ham for his services.Newcastle has already rejected two bids from the Hammers for Lascelles, who made 33 appearances for the Toon Army last season, contributing 3 goals in the process. ? PLAYER OF THE YEAR: @Lascelles16 has been named Newcastle United’s official Player of the Year for the 2017/18 campaign.Read more: https://t.co/2OFa5KSK8x #NUFC pic.twitter.com/CHjPsaX8s9— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) May 23, 2018Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.The English defender was a key part of manager Rafael Benitez side which managed to comfortably avoid relegation in the clubs first season back in the top flight.“I’m just concentrating on playing football, on playing for Newcastle,” Lascelles said, as reported by Sky Sports.“Get this pre-season out of the way and starting the first game of the season against Tottenham hopefully flying.”The 24-year-old went on to credit Benitez for his impact on the team and on him personally as a player during his spell on Tyneside.He continued: “When I came here the first season it was quite frustrating, in and out of the team and on the bench for most of it, but again the minute the manager (Benitez) came in he’s been fantastic for me and he’s been fantastic for the club and the city and everyone as a whole,”“I definitely think he’s had a huge impact on my development as a player and as a man and I definitely feel like I’m still growing and I want to give 100 per cent next season like I did last season.”last_img read more