QPR v Brighton: Austin starts

first_imgCharlie Austin returns to the QPR starting line-up for the game against Championship leaders Brighton at Loftus Road.As expected, Austin comes back in with Matt Phillips switching to the flank and Karl Henry dropping to the bench.Austin, who has been nursing a calf problem, has not started a match for more than a month.Meanwhile, former QPR striker Bobby Zamora is among the Brighton substitutes.QPR: Green; Perch, Onuoha, Hall, Konchesky; Sandro, Faurlin; Phillips, Fer, Hoilett; Austin.Subs: Smithies, Chery, Henry, Polter, Angella, Tozser, Emmanuel-Thomas.Brighton: Stockdale, Bruno, Greer, Dunk, Calderon; van La Parra, Kayal, Stephens, Murphy; Wilson, Hemed.Subs: Maenpaa, Chicksen, Huenemeier, Crofts, Forster-Caskey, Manu, Zamora.See also:QPR needed Henry’s experience – HasselbainkAustin lined up for QPR return against BrightonQPR’s Hill passed fit for Brighton gameAustin will not be rushed back – HasselbainkFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Cooperative Relies on RFS Waivers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Todd NeeleyDTN Staff ReporterOMAHA (DTN) — The farmer-owned CountryMark cooperative and fuel refinery is caught in the middle of the small-refinery exemption controversy.The company operates in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky — most of its customers at more than 100 retail stations are farmers and rural communities that have benefitted from the commodities markets bolstered by the Renewable Fuel Standard since 2005.It is — by EPA’s definition — a small refinery producing 75,000 barrels per day or less.In 2017 and 2018, CountryMark received small-refinery waivers to the RFS.It is one of the few refiners owned by farmers, and small-refinery waivers made CountryMark’s business more viable in 2017 and 2018.On the other hand, the refiner is a big supporter of the RFS. The company blends as much ethanol and biodiesel as possible and fulfills the rest of its legal obligation through buying biofuels credits.Kent Hoffman, an Indiana farmer and CountryMark board member, told DTN the refiner’s need for waivers started in 2015 when its bottom line took a hit when crude oil prices dropped. Yet costs to comply with the RFS continued to rise, he said.“In 2015 it was a huge loss for our refinery as crude oil prices collapsed,” Hoffman said.According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, lower crude oil prices led to a decline in U.S. production that began in the second quarter of 2015. By the end of 2015 prices dipped to below $40 a barrel — the lowest price since 2009.Click on the link to see the EIA price decline report: https://www.eia.gov/…The price of renewable identification numbers, or RINs, for all biofuels categories in 2015 remained mostly below $1 throughout the year. The highest price for any RIN in 2015 was $1.13 for a D3 cellulosic RIN on July 27, according to EPA’s database.Click this link to view EPA RIN trades and price information: https://www.epa.gov/…In 2016, the price of D3 RINs spiked to a high of $2.35 on Dec. 12, while the prices of other RINs ranged from 52 cents to $1.10 throughout the year.CountryMark’s RFS compliance costs ballooned to more than 350% of profits in 2016, Hoffman said.Refiner costs for natural gas to run the plant and maintenance was about $18.1 million, employee costs came in at around $20.4 million, he said.The costs to comply with the RFS, however, topped them all at about $22.9 million.“Over the next five years, we’re projecting $70 million for compliance costs,” Hoffman said.The refinery started as a gusher well discovered on farm ground in the southwestern tip of Indiana in the 1930s.The farmers who owned the newly discovered oil decided to cash in, so they built a 2,000 barrel-per-day refinery near Mount Vernon, Indiana. Today, it processes about 30,000 barrels per day.The CountryMark refinery brings to market about 450 million gallons of finished fuel products each year to farms, fleets and families. The refiner is owned and operated by CountryMark’s farmer cooperatives.WAIVERS NECESSARYMatt Smorch, CountryMark vice president of refining and logistics, said the process to apply for a waiver isn’t easy but sometimes necessary. The EPA asks companies for a lot of detailed financial information, so a waiver isn’t granted automatically.Because CountryMark has received waivers retroactively, he said the company is allowed to un-retire RINs it has on hand, even though it met its RFS obligation through blending and buying RINs throughout the year. Un-retiring RINs, he said, has led to more RINs flooding the market. That has created lower demand and lower prices for RINs.When it comes to CountryMark’s un-retired RINs in 2018, however, Smorch said the law allows the company to use just 20% of those credits for 2019 compliance.Since RINs prices have fallen, the company may not be petitioning EPA for a 2019 waiver.“Depending on how the rest of the year comes in and where the markets are at, and if our RFS compliance costs are not very high, with the way everything is this year we probably won’t apply for an exemption,” Smorch said.“It wouldn’t pass the red-face test.”The company supports the RFS because it understands its importance to the rural economy and its cooperative members, he said.“We’re a farmer-owned cooperative so we blend as much in our products that we can, and we incent our members to blend,” Smorch said. “Even with everything we do through blending, we are still short.”The company blends 60% to 65% of its obligation and fills the rest through RINs purchases.“We have to go out and buy credits,” Smorch said. “Typically we buy biodiesel and sell it at the diesel price. That’s part of our cost. We don’t own retail. We have branded stations but we don’t own them. With the way the RFS is set up today, mandates are so high that it’s hard to meet in the marketplace. If we fall short of blending, the waivers are a fallback.“Is applying for an exemption something we will do every year? Probably not. It really is there for a safety valve. We’re very supportive of the RFS. We’re in rural Indiana, our refinery is in the southwest part of the state. This is what saving rural jobs looks like.”BIOFUELS DEMANDEthanol and biodiesel interests contend 85 waivers granted by the EPA has destroyed biofuels demand to the tune of about 4 billion gallons since 2016.President Donald Trump reportedly is ready to make a peace offering to farm country at some point, to alleviate the sting felt in rural America where agriculture interests have doubts about where the president stands on the RFS.Smorch said he is unconvinced small-refinery waivers have led to reduced demand for biofuels, especially since the exemptions were granted retroactively.That’s because, as an example, CountryMark already blended as much biofuels as it could and bought RINs throughout the year to comply with the RFS. The company would like to blend more but doesn’t have the ability.If CountryMark decided it was going to meet its RFS obligation only through blending, it would face the daunting task of having to blend ethanol at a blend rate of greater than 12% of all of its gasoline and sell all diesel fuel at greater than B5, or a 5% biodiesel blend.CountryMark, however, is expanding its fuel offering of E15 and continues to look for other biofuels opportunities.Hoffman said the ability to ask for waivers is important to CountryMark’s business.“It is critical to our survival,” he said.“Waivers have made a huge difference on our profitability.”Todd Neeley can be reached at todd.neeley@dtn.comFollow him Twitter @toddneeleyDTN(BAS/CZ)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

The Children Struggle Too!

first_imgWe all play a pivotal role in helping support our military children through the process of deployment. While a soldier’s job may be to fight for and protect our freedom it should never be at the cost of the well-being of his or her child. Become aware of and validate difficult feelings (guilt, resentment, anxiety, confusion, anger, or fear)Become more sensitive to their family structure and living arrangements (some children stay with grandparents- not parents)Acknowledge that children may sense of a loss of time with the deployed parentHelp children maintain a close distance relationship with the deployed parent (allow the child to make things for care packages, record voice notes, create cards and other small gifts online, play online games with the deployed parent, leave the deployed parent Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) messages, etc.)Encourage children to journal or write down feelings they are experiencingAbove all, listen to children. Sometimes children just need to talk without being pressured or judged by others. As every military family knows, deployment is a necessary part of the job. The enlisted service member has a responsibility to the branch of service to which they belong and their responsibilities are taken very seriously. But the family they leave behind is equally important.As a military families support professional, you recognize deployment as one of the most difficult times for families. And while there’s lots of information on how deployment affects the servicemembers and their spouses, what about the impact on their children left at home with one “solo parent” and one who is deployed?The Center for Military Health Policy Research did a recent study in an attempt to explore how deployment affects the academic, social, and emotional well-being of military children. The study looked at 1,500 children aged 11-17. All the children in the study had at least one parent in the military in that 57% had an Army parent, 20% had an Air Force parent, 17% had a Navy parent and the remainder of the parents were in the Coast Guard or Marine Corps.The results showed that children with a deployed parent reported:Increased levels of anxietyEmotional and behavioral difficultiesIncreased problem behaviors, (i.e., fighting)Greater difficulties in social and emotional functioningGreater school or peer-related difficultiesSo what can we do to support these children through one of the most difficult times of their lives? As support professionals we can help the adults in the child’s life to:center_img Have some ideas of your own on how to support children with a deployed parent? Please share them in the comments section below. We would love to hear what works for the families you serve. 🙂last_img read more

Gilas cadets crush host Malaysia for 3rd victory

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Cignal guns for crown vs CEU five CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/POOLKUALA LUMPUR—Malaysia managed to ruffle Gilas Pilipinas’ feathers, but it paid a big price for doing so.Before a loud crowd cheering for the host squad, the Philippines blew Malaysia apart, 98-66, to score its third straight win Wednesday night and inch closer to the Southeast Asian Games men’s basketball gold medal.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim As a result, Cruz and Amer were ejected with 5:41 left in the third quarter with Gilas protecting a 57-41 lead.Surprisingly, no Malaysian player was expelled after the incident.This fueled the Filipinos, who widened the gap to 73-46 going into the final period.Naturalized player Christian Standhardinger scored 18 points and got 18 rebounds for Gilas.Kobe Paras also had a solid outing for the second straight game to finish with 16 points off the bench.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony The Philippines needed some time to heat up, trailing Malaysia, 15-20, in the first quarter as it put up poor defense and could not hit its shots.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul The win, which came after victories over Thailand and Myanmar, assured the Philippines of a place in the semifinals.Filipino fans packed the MABA stadium cheering for the Gilas Cadets, which is practically guaranteed the gold medal here.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThings got a little hot in the third quarter when Kuek Tian Yuan fouled Kevin Ferrer and locked up the arm of the former UST star.This drew the ire of the Gilas players with Baser Amer, Bryan Cruz and Troy Rosario engaging Malaysian players in a pushing contest.last_img read more