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Bill introduced to exempt agriculture from CERCLA air emissions reporting

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A bipartisan group of eight U.S. senators have introduced a bill to exempt agricultural producers from reporting requirements under the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). We’ve reported previously on the new mandate that would require livestock operations to report air emissions, the result of a U.S. Court of Appeals decision last year that struck down the EPA’s rule that exempted agriculture from the reporting requirements. The U.S. EPA has repeatedly requested the court for a delay of the new reporting mandate, now delayed until after May 1, 2018. The proposed legislation would establish a new exemption that would protect farmers from the upcoming reporting mandate.Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), a primary sponsor of the legislation, stated that “[t]hese reporting requirements were designed to apply to industrial pollution and toxic chemicals, not animal waste on a farm or ranch.” Co-sponsor Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) assured farmers that requiring them to “spend their time and money on reports that will go unused by EPA would be burdensome and needless.”The text of the senators’ proposed Fair Agricultural Reporting Method (FARM) Act, S. 2421, is available here. The proposal includes:A statement that CERCLA reporting does not apply to air emissions from animal waste, including decomposing animal waste, at a farm.A definition for “animal waste,” which means feces, urine, or other excrement, digestive emission, urea, or similar substances emitted by animals (including any form of livestock, poultry or fish), and including animal waste that is mixed or commingled with bedding, compost, feed, soil, or any other material typically found with such waste.A definition of “farm,” which means a site or area (including associated structures) that is used for the production of a crop or the raising or selling of animals (including any form of livestock, poultry, or fish) and under normal conditions, produces during a farm year any agricultural products with a total value equal to not less than $1,000.A statement that maintains the current exemption from CERCLA reporting for applications, storage and handling of registered pesticide products.Senator Fischer introduced S.2421 on February 13 and the Senate has referred the bill to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.last_img read more

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What Dissatisfaction Means (Part Two)

first_img(Part One is here)Dissatisfaction is the key to capturing a higher price than your competitors when you are trying to make a competitive displacement. It not only provides the compelling reason to change, it gives you the opportunity to create value that’s worth a higher price.Without dissatisfaction, there is no reason to pay more.Sometimes you are asked to fill out vendor paperwork and your dream client procurement department dictates the price. They believe that you are a commodity and there is no value that you can create that is worth paying more to obtain. But if they are adding suppliers, there is a reason.Sometimes you are told that if you want an opportunity to work with your dream client, you’ll have to match your competitor’s price. There is so much wrong with this! If your dream client feels they need to add (or replace) someone, there is some level of dissatisfaction.In both of the case above, if your dream client isn’t getting what they need, it’s likely that they’re underinvesting in the result they need. Instead of matching the price you need to discover the source of the dissatisfaction and cure it … for a price commensurate with the greater value you create.Dissatisfaction comes with a cost. Sometimes the gap between your dream clients current and future state is hard, easily identifiable costs, like lost sales, waste, missed shipments, down time. It’s usually pretty easy to capture these costs and use them to justify a higher price. Some costs are softer, they’re more difficult to capture, like time and energy. But these costs are no less real. And they can also be used to justify a higher price.Dissatisfaction means a higher price for greater value is possible.QuestionsWhat gap does your dream client need to have to make you worth paying more?If you can’t identify the gap and the greater value you create, why should your dream client pay more?Why is it worth it for your dream client to pay more and acquire the greater value you create?Why do you need to be paid for creating greater value? Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

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Arellano tries to remain in final 4 chase

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Game time is at 2 p.m., with the Chiefs gunning for a sixth victory that will keep their faint postseason hopes alive, just a year after battling San Beda in the finals.With a 5-9 record, the Chiefs have a mere outside chance of keeping alive their streak of Final Four appearances, which started three seasons ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLyceum and San Beda already own the twice-to-beat bonus, but the race for the last two remaining Final Four spots looks like its down to three teams with Jose Rizal U having the upper hand with a 9-6 record, while Letran (8-7) and San Sebastian (7-7) are also in the running.A defeat by the Chiefs will end their hopes of reaching the Final Four. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary “We just want to take it one game at a time,” said Arellano coach and PBA legend Jerry Codiñera. “Our fate is not in our hands, but of course, we want to finish the season strong.” MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  CHED: Get PSC endorsement if you want to represent PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH US Defense chief says alliance with Philippines remains strong PLAY LIST 02:57US Defense chief says alliance with Philippines remains strong02:27NCAA Season 93 Preview: St. Benilde Blazers00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Arellano University tries to stay in the Final Four hunt as it battles St. Benilde on Thursday even as Mapua and Perpetual Help clash in a showdown of eliminated teams in NCAA Season 93 at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Readying for his return, Gennady Golovkin seeks path back to Canelo Alvarez

first_img“I don’t feel like I lost those fights and those decisions do not necessarily affect me because inside I do feel like I won those two fights,” Golovkin said through an interpreter. “So I don’t necessarily see myself as a contender, as a beginner again.”Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs) may get his shot at being a real champion again soon, perhaps even against Alvarez.First, Golovkin will return to the ring against Steve Rolls, a little known Canadian who is unbeaten in 19 fights while fighting at both 160 and 168 pounds.They will split the difference for the June bout, which will be held at a maximum of 164 pounds. Rolls (19-0, 10 KOs) was selected in hopes he could put up a good enough performance to make Golovkin work, but not good enough to mess up any plans for a third fight with Alvarez.“Make no mistake. This isn’t a tuneup,” Rolls said. “I’m coming to fight.”ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES MOST READ FILE – In this Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, file photo, Gennady Golovkin acknowledges the crowd during a boxing news conference in Las Vegas. Golovkin is set to return to the ring when he meets Steve Rolls on June 8, 2019, at Madison Square Garden. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)NEW YORK — The giant banner behind him revealed not only a new nickname, but a new reality in boxing for Gennady Golovkin.“The return of the people’s champion,” it read, touting Golovkin’s June 8 match at Madison Square Garden that will be his first fight since dropping his rematch against Canelo Alvarez.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Back to square one Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Golovkin came away from those fights with a loss and a draw, and the former holder of three belts has no more after a record 20 consecutive middleweight title defenses.“Everyone in the Triple G team thinks he won both of those fights, as does the majority of the fan base and the media, and that’s why we crowned him the ‘People’s Champion,’” promoter Tom Loeffler said Monday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe people may still consider Golovkin a champion, but the boxing rankings have said otherwise since the longtime 160-pound ruler’s loss to Alvarez last September in their second fight.Plenty has changed since that narrow defeat in Las Vegas, though not when it comes to Golovkin’s mindset. Some may wonder if he’s diminished at 37 after two hard fights with Alvarez, but not Golovkin. He won’t be carrying any belts into the ring but he still has a champion’s confidence.center_img PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The path back to Alvarez goes through DAZN, the sports streaming service that had signed the Mexican star to a contract worth what his promoters said was a minimum $365 million last year. So Golovkin eventually followed with a six-fight deal with DAZN, and already had begun talking about terms of a possible trilogy before signing.DAZN will have as much to do with the negotiations as the fight promoters, and the Golovkin side will be interested in taking it elsewhere after it was dissatisfied with the scoring in Las Vegas. That could open the door for Madison Square Garden or AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, to make a big bid on the bout.“The first two fights with Canelo, there was no option for Gennady. They put it to us that Canelo would fight Triple G only in Las Vegas,” Loeffler said. “We love Las Vegas, we love the MGM, the T-Mobile Arena and the way he was treated, but when you arguably win two fights in a row and only one judge out of six judges scores it for him, there’s something wrong.”Alvarez is facing Daniel Jacobs in a May 4 middleweight unification fight in Las Vegas.If Alvarez wins, Golovkin could hope to win his belts back if they then move on to making the third fight. If it’s Jacobs, Golovkin may want to go ahead with a fight that would mean more to him even with no titles at stake.He’s already been a champion. He hasn’t beaten Alvarez.“I’m hoping to fight him,” Golovkin said, “title or not.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated View commentslast_img read more

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Participation Meeting A Success

first_imgLeaders of the sport of Touch Football came together on Friday to address participation opportunities to grow the sport. Staff members from Touch Football Australia (TFA), New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) and Queensland Touch Association (QTA) met in Canberra to discuss ideas on participation and growth in Touch Football. TFA Chief Executive Officer, Colm Maguire said the meeting was a success and that he looks forward to the implementation of the ideas discussed. “At the beginning of this year we identified key areas of focus, one of which was participation and the need to address participation opportunities for people within our sport but also addressing the important area of growth. “All bodies in Touch Football are looking to grow the sport and present more opportunities for people to participate. The meeting was a key opportunity to get together representatives from across Australia in terms of New South Wales, Queensland and some of the other states as well as the key staff at Touch Football Australia charged with the responsibility of delivering products to support growth and we honed in on some key areas we think can solve that. “I was truly energised by some of the ideas that actually came out of today and I really believe with a unified and collaborative approach to the delivery of the various things that we put on the table, we should realise a lot of the growth outcomes that we’ve set for ourselves as a long term strategic goal. Our Participation Plan is the map that will guide any of the strategies that we put in place but the meeting really resulted in people having buy in to some of those outcomes and saying that we will commit to the delivery of various elements over the next 12 to 18 months and see what the outcomes are.“To have the people in the room contributing the way that they did, I truly believe that we have the right people and the right ideas, now it’s about turning it into action and the coming months will see us develop an action plan from the initiatives we’ve talked about today and hopefully the sport is the beneficiary,” Maguire said. NSWTA General Manager, Dean Russell said that the meeting was positive and he looks forward to seeing the outcomes achieved from the items discussed. “The NSWTA is looking to work with both TFA and all the states to come up with initiatives to both grow the sport and participation. The outcomes from the meeting have been a positive first step in achieving this goal. We look forward to further developments for the betterment of all our current and also future members,” Russell said. QTA General Manager, Gary Madders, also took lots of positives from the meeting.  “There are definitely positives signs in the four areas we’ve targeted to focus on for the sport, there will certainly be a lot of work done in those areas in the coming months and into next year in particular to try to regrow the sport around Australia,” Madders said. TFA General Manager, Sport Operations, Marianne Maguire said that there are some exciting opportunities ahead in the area of participation.“TFA remains committed to our strategic objective to ‘substantially increasing participation’ and achieving results within our Participation Plan.  The meeting continues to build on the strategies and outcomes identified in the Plan in a collaborative and consultative manner with our key partners.“There are some exciting opportunities to diversify our participation models and revenue sources, which will help the sport adjust with today’s changing sporting environment.  We look forward to building on these with the ASC and the rest of the unified states at a proposed meeting in June,” Maguire said.  TFA Participation Manager, Adam Raptis, said that the meeting was a ‘fantastic opportunity’ to work together and develop ideas. “The main focus of my role is to develop initiatives and programs that are geared towards achieving the major outcomes of our Participation Plan; those being the increase of our participant base and the development of support mechanisms to provide a quality experience for our members. The meeting provided a fantastic opportunity to brainstorm and further develop some of these ideas with staff members from our partnering states in New South Wales and Queensland,” Raptis said. TFA General Manager, Regional Operations, Matt Bamford, was also pleased with how the meeting went. “The meeting presented an opportunity to bring together a range of ideas and initiatives for the future of Touch Football in Australia.  The scope for innovative and diverse participation ideas beyond the traditional is an area of real opportunity for the game, and one we need to embrace and move forward with,” Bamford said.The Australian Government provides Touch Football Australia with funding on an annual basis. This support continues to assist Touch Football to obtain the growth objectives set in conjunction with the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) through the TFA Participation Plan.  Related LinksParticipation Meetinglast_img read more

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Mark Ingram Made Fun Of Jemele Hill’s Looks, Called Her “Tales From The Crypt”

first_imgA New Orleans Saints helmet sitting on the field.BALTIMORE, MD – AUGUST 13: A New Orleans Saints helmet sits on the turf before the start of the Saints and Baltimore Ravens preseason game at M&T Bank Stadium on August 13, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram crossed a line early Tuesday morning. Expect the tweet you’ll see below to get some serious play in the coming days.Monday night, ahead of the national title game between Alabama and Clemson, Ingram, a former Crimson Tide running back (and Heisman winner), was an honorary captain. When ESPN’s cameras panned to show Ingram at midfield, he appeared much smaller than current Alabama tailback Derrick Henry, leading to a number of jokes at his expense.ESPN’s Jemele Hill was one to take advantage. She joked that if the two were brothers, it’d be clear that Henry got the size and speed, while Ingram got the strong hairline. When you’re little brother gets the size and speed and all you get is a strong hairline pic.twitter.com/nLc7QnESST— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) January 12, 2016Well, Ingram clearly wasn’t thrilled. He responded, telling Hill that she looks like “Tales From The Crypt.” He also said that she wears a lace front. Serious escalation, to say the least.@DaBlueprint357 @jemelehill oh u talkin bout tales from the cript lookin shawty w the lace front?!— Mark Ingram II (@MarkIngram22) January 12, 2016Probably not the best PR move. We’ll see if there is any fallout.[The Big Lead]last_img read more

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UN And Gates Foundation Present Vision To Eradicate Malaria By 2040

first_imgA new report released by the United Nations and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation presents a vision to eradicate malaria by 2040 that involves new strategies, tools and financing and urges world leaders to expand their commitments to fight a disease that still kills about one child every minute.The report – From Aspiration to Action: What Will It Take to End Malaria? – urges major donors and malaria-affected countries to expand their commitment to the fight against the disease, noting that eradication could save 11 million lives and unlock $2 trillion in economic benefits.“Over the past 15 years, we have seen tremendous progress in reducing the burden of malaria globally – a direct result of our collective action – and we now stand in the unique position of putting an end to this disease forever,” said Ray Chambers, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals and for Malaria.“The next five years are vital for setting in motion an ambitious-yet-achievable plan to eradicate malaria by 2040. We must double down on our commitment and move with deliberate haste to bring in new investments, develop new tools, and implement new regional strategies to see our unified goal of a malaria-free world become a reality.”According to a news release on the report, global investment in malaria has jumped in recent years by 2,000 per cent annually – from just $130 million in 2000 to $2.7 billion in 2013 – fundamentally transforming the fight against the disease.Malaria deaths have fallen dramatically – saving an estimated 6.2 million lives and averting 663 million cases of the disease since 2000 – and more than half of the world’s nations are now malaria free. These gains have accounted for 20 per cent of the total progress that the world has made in reducing maternal and child mortality under the Millennium Development Goals, and they have helped convince Asian and African leaders to commit to malaria elimination by 2040.The challenge, according to Mr. Chambers and Bill Gates, is that one billion people remain infected with the malaria parasite, and half of the world’s children remain vulnerable to death and disability caused by the disease. Malaria still kills about one child every minute.They argue that eradication is ultimately the only feasible solution to this challenge, and assert that the alternative to eradication – controlling the disease forever without eliminating it – is biologically and politically untenable.The report envisions a new approach to eradication that will draw important lessons from past eradication efforts and apply innovative strategies, tools and financing.“Eradication is the only sustainable solution to malaria,” said Mr. Gates. “The alternative would be endless investment in the development of new drugs and insecticides just to stay one step ahead of resistance. The world can’t afford that approach.”last_img read more

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Council approves new property tax rates for 2018

first_imgHere is a breakdown of the new tax rates.Property Tax Rates for the City of Fort St. John will increase in 2018. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John City Council has approved new tax rates for 2018, that will see the tax rate increase for almost all property owners in the city.In April, the City’s General Manager of Corporate Services David Joy gave a presentation on the proposed tax rates for 2018.  Joy explained that after Assessment BC finalized property assessments earlier this Spring, the value of property assessments in Fort St. John actually decreased an average of seven percent compared to last year, while business property assessments increased just over three percent. Overall, the city saw property values drop by roughly $200 million, from $3.8 billion to $3.6 billion.Joy said in April that the rate increase is needed to keep revenues the same as in 2017 in order to maintain the same services the City provided last year. He explained that homeowners whose properties dropped in value by the average of seven percent will actually pay less in property taxes this year, while those whose property values were unchanged will see a $40 increase this year.last_img read more

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Vehicles appear to cause more pollution as compared to firecrackers SC

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Tuesday said why people were “running after” firecracker industries when it seems that automobiles were “bigger” contributor to pollution, and asked the Centre whether there was any comparative study on pollution caused by both.While expressing serious concern over loss of jobs of people involved in manufacture and sale of firecrackers, a bench of Justices S A Bobde and S A Nazeer said, “We do not wish to generate unemployment.” “Is there any comparative study on what proportion of pollution is caused by firecrackers and what proportion is caused by automobiles? It seems you are running after firecrackers, but bigger pollution contributor is perhaps vehicles,” the bench told Additional Solicitor General A N S Nadkarni, who was appearing for the Centre.last_img read more

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Seniors kill boy school authorities bury body inside campus

first_imgDehradun: A class seven student was allegedly beaten to death by his seniors and his body buried by school authorities inside the campus near Rishikesh to hush up the matter, police said on Thursday.The incident took place on March 10 but it came to light after the intervention of the Uttarakhand Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Dehradun SSP Nivedita Kukreti said. The 12-year-old boy, whose parents are residents of Hapur, was allegedly beaten up with cricket bats and wickets Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’by his seniors as they considered him responsible for denial of permission by school authorities to leave the campus, the SSP said. The boy had stolen some biscuits during an outing, prompting the school authorities to stop all students from leaving the campus as a punishment. He was tortured for hours by his seniors in the afternoon and was later taken to the hospital, where he was declared brought dead by doctors, Kukreti said. Instead of reporting the matter to police immediately, the boy’s body was buried inside the campus by the school authorities to cover up the matter, she said. They did not even inform the boy’s parents who live in Hapur, the SSP said. Five people, including the boarding school manager, warden, physical training teacher and two students of the school, have been arrested in connection with the incident and booked under different sections of the IPC, including 302 (murder), Kukreti said. After the matter came to light, the body was exhumed by police on Tuesday to conduct a postmortem to ascertain the cause of his death.last_img read more

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