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Bioenergy Conference

first_imgThe three-day conference drew 450 attendants from across the country and world to hear scores of speakers discuss topics such as biofuel crops and biomass, vehicles and farm equipment, conservation strategies, finance, current bioenergy development in the area and career opportunities. Several entrepreneurs provided workshops on how to make ethanol and biodiesel on the farm. Dozens of vendors participated in the trade show, including Tesla and Gaia Transport, which displayed their cutting-edge renewable energy vehicles entered in the prestigious X Prize competition. “I believe that now is the most exciting and profitable time to take advantage of renewable energies, and the Southeast Bioenergy Conference is one of the most comprehensive and affordable ways to learn how,” said Craig Kvien, a professor with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and conference organizer. No single renewable energy source, such as biofuel, solar or wind, will break the country’s massive dependence on foreign oil. Industry experts, scientists and policymakers gathered to discuss how the three sources combined could at the 2009 Southeast Bioenergy Conference Aug. 11 at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center in Tifton, Ga.Right now, oil is the “trump card” that beats all others in world power, said keynote speaker and prominent astronautics engineer Robert Zubrin, whose recent book “Energy Victory” outlines a plan to break the decades-long economic grip the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries has had on the U.S. economy.More than any other OPEC country, he said, Saudi Arabia is the strongest, making $400 billion from its oil last year, which costs only 50 cents per barrel to pump from the ground. Saudi Arabia produces more oil than the next four OPEC countries combined and uses its dominance to monopolize the market and fund terrorism. OPEC’s power is very dangerous for the U.S. and the world, he said. For example, the 1973 Arab oil embargo sent the U.S. into economic chaos. At the time, the U.S. only received 30 percent of its oil from foreign countries. Today, such an embargo would devastate the U.S., which now gets 65 percent of its oil from OPEC. Adding to the threat, OPEC has trillions of dollars in cash reserves and could implement a prolonged embargo.“They can keep us shut down until you’re gone,” he said.Oil control has been the key to success or defeat for many conflicts in the past century, particularly WW II. In 1940, the U.S. produced 60 percent of the world’s oil. Its allies Russia and England controlled another 15 percent. Germany lost the war because it literally ran out of gas.To turn the tide, Zubrin said, alcohol-based fuels like ethanol and methanol must become the new trump card in the energy game. U.S. agriculture’s fertile ground could take a big lead in growing biomass to turn into fuel to power the world.The first thing the U.S. can do, he said, is mandate all vehicles be equipped to run on flex-fuel, or a mix of gasoline and an alcohol-based fuel. Within a few years of such an action, gas stations would carry more alcohol-based fuels to meet the growing demand, which would help farmers, drastically increase the bioenergy markets and reduce carbon emissions.Zubrin also estimates it would put 50 million flex-fuel vehicles on U.S. highways and millions more around the world. Every resource for energy independence must be considered in terms of tax incentives or ways they are promoted, said U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.).“Whether it’s 50 percent of our cars by 2015 burning alternative fuels or whether it’s a voluntary system of protocols to reduce carbon emission into our atmosphere or whether it is tax incentives to promote bioenergy, all of those ought to be promoting every single resource so we in the United States can become energy independent,” Isakson said.Georgia has the agricultural knowledge, climate, infrastructure and business-friendly atmosphere to lead the country in alternative-energy production, said Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue.“Georgia has been uniquely blessed with the natural resources, intellectual capital and entrepreneurial spirit that can make growing, producing and using our own energy a reality right here in our state,” Perdue said.last_img read more

Court sets procedures for postconviction DNA testing

first_imgCourt sets procedures for postconviction DNA testing November 1, 2001 Managing Editor Regular News Court sets procedures for postconviction DNA testing Mark D. Killian Managing Editor The Florida Supreme Court has amended its procedural rules to allow only inmates who were “tried and found guilty” to seek exoneration or a sentence reduction through DNA evidence. The adoption of Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.853, and amendments to Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure 9.140 and 9.141 also impose a two-year time limit on inmates to request testing and is very similar to a state law (Ch. 2001-97) that went into effect October 1. The court also said because the amendments to Rules 9.140 and 9.141 had not previously been published, it will accept comment on the changes until December 17. (The text of the amended rules can be found beginning on page 14.) Case nos. SC01-363 & SC01-1649. The 4-3 court declined to make postconviction DNA testing available to those who plead guilty or nolo contendere, which was advocated by the Criminal Procedures Rules Committee, but was not permitted in the new DNA law. In a brief, House Speaker Tom Feeney, R-Oviedo, told the court that expanding the rule to authorize DNA testing for those who plead guilty or no contest “would violate the separation of powers provision of the Florida Constitution,” because expanding the pool of those eligible for DNA testing is substantive in nature “and cannot be reasonably construed to be procedural.” The majority – Chief Justice Charles Wells and Justices Leander Shaw, Major Harding and Fred Lewis – said the court adopted “the appended procedures to effectuate the new legislation without reaching the constitutional issues raised in this proceeding.” In a separate opinion by Justice Harry Lee Anstead – concurring in part and dissenting in part – Anstead said he would have adopted a comprehensive rule providing for postconviction DNA testing of all those convicted who could meet the “rigorous requirements of the proposed rule.” “I cannot agree with the majority’s apparent decision to reject the committee’s proposal, and to essentially postpone any consideration of those issues not resolved by the enactment of legislation providing for limited postconviction DNA testing until an inmate claiming an unjust conviction and entitlement to DNA testing brings those issues to the court.” wrote Anstead in his opinion, in which Justices Barbara Pariente and Peggy Quince concurred. “Rather than delay, we should enthusiastically embrace the use of science which can only serve to enhance confidence in our criminal justice system and bring more certainty to a determination of guilt or innocence, or just punishment.” The court said the committee’s proposed Rule 3.853 varied from the new DNA legislation in several other respects, including the laboratory or agency that must conduct the testing. Ch. 2001-97, section 1, creates §925.11(2)(h), which provides for court-ordered DNA testing to be conducted by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement or its designee, as provided in §943.3251. The court said proposed rule 3.853(c)(7) tracks the legislation but further authorizes the court, on a showing of good cause, to order testing by another laboratory or agency. Subdivision (c) of the new rule provides general procedures to be followed after a motion for testing is filed. “Specifically, we have amended subdivision (c)(7) to allow the court, on a showing of good cause, to order testing by a laboratory or agency, certified by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors or the National Forensic Science Training Center, other than FDLE or its designee when requested by a movant who can bear the costs of such testing,” the court said. Subdivision (d) of the new rule provides time limitations for seeking postconviction DNA testing. “At this time, we adhere to the two-year time limitations contained in the new legislation,” the court said. The court, however, adopted proposed subdivision (d)(2), which addresses matters not addressed by the new legislation. As modified, it reads: “A motion to vacate filed under Rule 3.850 or a motion for postconviction or collateral relief filed under Rule 3.851, which is based solely on the results of the court-ordered DNA testing obtained under this rule, shall be treated as raising a claim of newly-discovered evidence and the time periods set forth in Rules 3.850 and 3.851 shall commence on the date that the written test results are provided to the court, the movant, and the prosecuting authority pursuant to subsection (c)(8).” The court said subdivisions (e) and (f) of the new rule provide procedures for rehearing and appeal. In response to a comment by Judge O. H. Eaton, Jr., past chair of the Criminal Procedure Rules Committee, the court said it modified proposed subdivision (f) to provide that an appeal may be taken within 30 days from the date the order on the motion is rendered, rather than within 30 days from the entry of the order. Rules 9.140 and 9.141 were amended to provide procedures for appeals from Rule 3.853 orders, which parallel the procedures for appeals in Rule 3.850 and Rule 3.800(a) proceedings.last_img read more

Credit union revenue increases 11% In 1Q19

first_imgRevenue at U.S. credit unions increased 11.0% annually to $19.7 billion as of March 31, 2019, according to estimates from Callahan & Associates based on first quarter performance data.Analysts at Callahan attribute a full 98.9% of this increase to interest income. Loan income and investment income rose 13.0% and 24.2%, respectively, from this time last year. Operating expenses grew at a slower rate of 7.4% to $11.7 billion. This dynamic fueled year-over-year net income growth of 11.1%, with aggregate net income for the industry totaling $3.2 billion.Larger bottom lines allow credit unions to use excess earnings to return value to members in the form of immediate savings, dividends, and improved service offerings.The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) raised its benchmark interest rate four times in 2018. As a result, funding costs have moved higher even into the first quarter of 2019. The average cost of funds rose 25 basis points year-over-year to 0.93%. As of March 31, credit unions have paid $2.7 billion in member dividends, an increase of 52.4% from the same time last year. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Ordinance on postponement or exemption from payment of tourist tax

first_imgAttachment: Official Gazette: Ordinance on deferment or exemption from payment of tourist tax for persons providing catering services in the household or on a family farm This Ordinance prescribes the postponement or exemption from the payment of the annual lump sum tourist tax in the conditions of special circumstances defined by Article 14a of the Tourist Tax Act. More precisely, it is a matter of reducing the flat tourist tax by 50% and exemption from paying the flat tourist tax for extra beds for 2020 in full. The Ministry of Tourism has published in the Official Gazette the Ordinance on the deferral or exemption from payment of tourist tax for persons providing catering services in the household or on a family farmcenter_img Otherwise, the tourist tax is due on July 31.07.2020, XNUMX. years. Photo: Booking.comlast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Sept. 3

first_imgPhoto of child, cow painted a pictureThe photo on the front page of the Aug. 29 Daily Gazette could not have been more perfect. Photographer Peter R. Barber captured the little girl and the cow in a scene that could have been a Norman Rockwell painting. Kudos to Barber’s sharp eye.Daryl KosinskiFultonvilleProgressive-liberal policies hurt citiesHaving been educated in biological sciences, I find it astounding that we have typhus breakouts in areas of our country due to humans living, sleeping and drugged-out on sidewalks, lying in their own filth, feces and drugs. Good Lord, typhus is a deadly disease that was last rampant 60 years ago in the unsanitary Nazi concentration camps, spread by lice and fleas. One might assume this is in some rural area of mid-America.However, it turns out to be in our major, most beautiful cities. Los Angeles (with nearly 60,000 homeless people without shelter at any given night); San Francisco; Portland, Ore.; and Baltimore to name a few. What do these all have in common? Their governments are all proud bastions of progressive liberalism.Is this the “shining beacon” the Democratic Party promises if elected?  And what have the fathers of these cities been doing?In June in L.A., a press conference was held on the steps of city hall and instead of addressing this man-made disaster as promised, council members mugged for the cameras and bashed President Trump.Somehow fixing the homeless or waste problem is not on their docket; apparently the more pressing issue of ‘politically correct’ labeling of felons is, since this is what they spent their time legislating.I’m tired of the self-aggrandizement of the progressive liberals at the expense of the safety of our citizens and country.If the Democrats cannot see the destruction of their policies on our country, they do not deserve to serve. Dr. Arthur SalvatoreSaratoga SpringsGrateful for care of Ellis Hospital staffOn Aug. 24, I had to make an emergency trip to Ellis Hospital.The staff, Dr. Robert Dachs, and the attending physicians went above and beyond to keep me comfortable. The nurses and doctor checked on me continuously. I have nothing but respect for all of them.Words cannot express my gratitude for the care and attention that I received. I would highly recommend Ellis Hospital for any kid of medical emergencies or otherwise.Helen TatarekSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionMake statue garden in SchenectadyIt seems a horrible waste of time, and money, but I do feel the incompetence involved in the removal, storage and secret relocation of the Statue of Liberty replica rises to the level of an impeachable offense.Put the Lady back, sweep away the offenders and let’s get back to good, sound, reasonable governance for the people.While they’re at it, they could relocate the statue of Tubman and Seward and the statue of Edison and Steinmetz to Liberty Park also. Give Schenectady a statue garden to brag about.Dick CurtisScotialast_img read more

COVID-19 cases spike in US Midwest as deaths reach over 180,000

first_imgSeveral US Midwest states reported record one-day increases in the number of new coronavirus cases on Thursday as nationwide deaths from the virus topped 180,000 and officials braced for the possibility of another surge with school openings.Meanwhile, the governors of several states said they would not reduce testing as recommended the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a change many health officials say was based on political pressure and not science.Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota all recorded on Thursday the biggest one-day increases in new infections since the pandemic started. Topics : Nationally, metrics on new cases, deaths, hospitalizations and test positivity rates are all declining but there are emerging hotspots in the Midwest.North Dakota, where cases rose 30% last week, reported a record 333 new cases on Thursday. Neighboring South Dakota, where cases rose 50% last week, reported a record 623 new infections.Infections have been rising since an annual motorcycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota drew more than 365,000 people from all over the country from Aug. 7 to 16. The South Dakota health department said 40 cases have been traced to the Sturgis rally.Iowa reported 1,288 new cases on Thursday after seeing infections rise nearly 7% last week. Minnesota reported 1,154 new cases and saw its new cases rise 4% last week, according to a Reuters analysis. Cases are also rising in Illinois.center_img Minnesota’s health department said 265 of the new cases were due to delayed test results from one lab and the backlog would affect future reports as well.Health experts have warned there could be another surge in cases across the United States as schools reopen and colder weather forces more gatherings indoors.This week, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said people exposed to COVID-19 but not symptomatic may not need to be tested.That contradicted earlier guidance from the CDC, shocking doctors and politicians and prompting accusations that it may have been based not on sound science but on political pressure from the administration of President Donald Trump.California, Connecticut, Florida, Texas, New Jersey and New York all plan continue to test asymptomatic people who have been exposed to COVID-19.The governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut slammed the CDC’s move as “reckless” and “not based on science,” and said they would not change testing guidelines in their states.The CDC and Department of Health “have not shared their scientific rationale for this change in policy, which substitutes sound science-based public health guidance with the president’s misinformation,” they said in a joint statement.”This type of robust testing by our states has been a key factor in our success so far to flatten the curve in the tristate area.”On Wednesday, the top US government infectious disease expert, Anthony Fauci, told CNN he was having surgery during discussion of the change and expressed worry about the CDC’s move.The World Health Organization said, resources permitting, people exposed to the novel coronavirus should continue to get tested even if they do not show immediate symptoms of infection.US confirmed cases are now over 5.8 million – the highest total in the world. The US death toll is also the world’s highest.On a per capita basis, the United States ranks 12th in the world for the number of deaths, with 54 deaths per 100,000 people, and tenth in the world for cases, with 1,774 cases per 100,000 residents, according to a Reuters analysis.last_img read more

More new units have been built than houses for the first time

first_imgHollie Taylor and Glenn Mackay surveying a mock-up of the new Fabric development at Brisbane blue chip suburb Teneriffe. Picture: Jono Searle.HIPSTERS and families throwing in the towel on the ‘white picket fence’ helped drive record completions for apartments – beating houses for the first time on record. And with a major lifestyle shift and affordability issues continuing across the major capitals, the signs were that the trend could be expected to continue for some time.Latest Australian Bureau of Statistics quarterly building activity data found that more new units were completed (28,527) than new houses (28,102) over the three months of the December quarter. GET the latest real estate news from The Courier-Mail free and direct to your inbox CoreLogic research analyst Cameron Kusher said unit completion growth hit a record 26.1 per cent compared to new house completions which were up just 0.7 per cent.“This marked the first quarter on record where more new units had been completed than new houses.” More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home6 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours agoPointcorp project, Fabric at Florence Street, Teneriffe.Mr Kusher said unit completions could “remain high for some time given that there are still many houses and units under construction” which together have averaged 43,497 a quarter in the past five years.The latest CoreLogic Property Pulse found while nationally the surge was at record levels, there were signs of a slowdown in the number of units being built in Brisbane and Melbourne.“Clearly we are seeing the market responding to the heightened level of dwelling construction over recent years,” Mr Kusher said. HOUSING led economic miracle Real estate agent Hamish Bowman of Ray White New Farm said the shift in buyer demographic and their priorities was inevitable across the inner-city.“We have known for several years that this dynamic would eventuate,” he said.“House owners are now putting artificial grass over real grass so they don’t have to maintain it. People are time poor. People want to entertain themselves in their down time.”Buyers Hollie Taylor and Glenn Mackay were among those who preferred an apartment over a house, buying into Fabric, Teneriffe, which is expected to begin construction shortly.The eight level development was expected to have 73 apartments designed to fill a need for “select, contemporary, amenity-rich residences”, according to developers Pointcorp.last_img read more

IPE Views: Growth will be everywhere, just not where I am

first_imgNow, while this sentiment from many of Europe’s, and the world’s, pension fund advisers is very positive, there are elements to the collective thought process that are concerning.High above any other is the sentiment for one’s own home market. For all regions, including the aggregate of local sentiment, the percentage of respondents suggesting their local economy would grow in 2014 fell in comparison.While a common British saying – the grass is always greener on the other side – may explain the respondents’ thought process, it does not excuse it.As 63% remained optimistic, there is also the one-third of respondents that said weak economic growth and conditions were still the biggest risk to investments.Some 71% of the respondents – 61 percentage points higher than any other asset class – also feel equities will provide the highest returns in 2014.The majority of respondents said they anticipated a financial bubble being created in their local markets over 2014. However, they expectedly split on deciding where. Asia Pacific was the exception, where 52% said the bubble would be created in real estate.All of this gives an insight into the effects that undue optimism, market crowding, sentiment following and disregard for the absence of fundamentals and facts can have on investors.The expected growth in equities is the most concerning, possibly due to the fact that what we are seeing in markets is what we have all seen before.With 71% of advisers believing equity markets will grow, investors will duly allocate swathes of finance towards the asset class.However, taking the UK stock market, for example, its high this year is still 85 points below its previous 6865.86 high seen in 1999, at the height of the dot.com bubble.Many market commentators have suggested that high will be trodden into the past as the FTSE breaks the 7,000 mark later this year, or even the 7,500 mark.However, among all of this, and among the respondents to the survey, is the sometimes reckless approach to being sucked into positivity, and this is positivity without basis.The UK economy is still smaller than its peak in 2007, as is much of Europe. Yet equity markets in both the UK and the euro-zone are on full alert for allocations, with almost little consideration for how companies will react to inevitable rate rises.As long-term investors, pension funds should try and avoid being swept up in market sentiment, and be wary of bubbles.If sentiment cannot collectively show where growth will come from, then sentiment should not be dictating allocations. The CFA Institute’s latest survey once again shows that even investment professionals are not immune to behavioural economicsThe latest version of the CFA Institute’s Global Market Sentiment Survey once again shows how even investment professionals are susceptible to the clear callings of behavioural economics.The survey, conducted by more than 6,000 of the institute’s members worldwide, found positive sentiment was on the up in all regions.Some 63% of the financial analysts who took part in the survey were swayed by positive market reactions in 2013, and said 2014 would see the global economy expand.last_img read more

First residents in Gold Coast’s Vue Terrace Homes will live and work in the community

first_imgSam and Jess Burke will live and work at Vue Terrace Homes.“Jess and I are both very approachable, friendly people, we want to build the kind of community we would like to live in because we will be living here too.”More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThe Burkes are part of management rights operator TDK, who purchased the management rights to Vue Terrace Homes for $5 million last year.Construction of stage one in the development has recently finished and included its resort-style pool and recreation deck as well as its displays.The elevated community is at the gateway to Robina City Parklands in the heart of Robina, which is due for a multimillion-dollar transformation into the Gold Coast’s ‘Central Park’. MORE NEWS: What the Coast’s property market will look like in a decade Artist impression of the interiors in Vue Terrace Homes.Robina Group sales manager Azura Griffen said more than $110 million in terrace homes across the project’s four stages had sold so far.“We now have just a few built homes available for sale settling this year and our off-the-plan stock, which is settling next year, is also moving fast,” she said. Artist impression of Robina Group’s Vue Terrace Homes community.BUYING in Robina’s $170 million Vue Terrace Homes development was more than a lifestyle change for Sam and Jess Burke.It was also a career move for the couple who are the community’s resident managers.They were the first to receive the keys to their new three-bedroom, two-bathroom terrace home, which has an adjoining office so they have a base to manage the community from. “What appealed to us about Vue Terrace Homes was the prospect of building a community from the very beginning, quite literally from the ground up given we’ve moved in as it continues to come to life around us,” Mr Burke said. MORE NEWS: QLD suburb tops the nation Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58last_img read more

Bibby carries out decom project in Gulf of Mexico for Shell

first_imgBibby Offshore’s Houston-based division, Bibby Subsea, has completed a contract with Shell Pipeline, a subsidiary of Shell Oil US.Bibby said on Monday that, through an alliance with US diving company Aqueos Corporation, it completed a subsea decommissioning project in the Gulf of Mexico utilizing its diving support vessel Bibby Sapphire.The company added that the Bibby Sapphire was equipped with an SMD Quasar work class ROV to disconnect a previously decommissioned eight-inch oil export pipeline from a hot tap tee installed on the Amberjack Pipeline.During the 16-day campaign, Bibby also removed the connecting subsea tie-in assembly, 353ft below sea level.Fraser Moonie, Bibby Subsea president and managing director, said: “Securing this contract was a direct result of our strategic alliance with Aqueos, and we are delighted to have been selected to execute this project; it is an example of the commitment and capability that the teams possess, and builds on completed work from earlier this year.“It reinforces Bibby Offshore’s successful and long-standing track record with the leading international oil company, in a highly competitive marketplace.”last_img read more

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