USA: The Federal Railroad Administration released a study on November 19 showing a 22% improvement in rail freight fuel efficiency between 1990 and 2006. The Comparative Evaluation of Rail & Truck Fuel Efficiency on Competitive Corridors study by ICF International says reasons for increased efficiency include the acquisition of more than 13 000 new locomotives with cleaner engines, electronic controls and about half with AC traction, plus increasing use of longer and double stack trains, track and signalling improvements and the use of technology to reduce the number of wagons running empty. Rail was found to be more fuel efficient than lorry on all 23 competitive movements. ‘While all types of transportation are vital to the distribution of goods across the country, this study shows that utilising America’s freight rail system can lead to significant fuel savings’, said FRA Administrator Joseph Szabo. ‘The environmental benefits of these positive changes over the last two decades are enormous.’
Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has brushed aside plans by the main opposition St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP) to file a motion of no confidence in his ruling United Workers Party (UWP) administration.“Very rarely do you see it succeed. I am confident that this one will have no success other than (the opposition) calling attention to themselves,” Chastanet told reporters.SLP and Opposition leader Phillip J. Pierre last week announced that the opposition would file the motion and would await a date from the Speaker to debate the motion.The UWP controls 11 of the 17 seats in the Parliament and Pierre acknowledged that all six opposition legislators would be voting for the motion, adding “we will leave each minister to his conscience”.But Chastanet told reporters “any parliamentarian can call for a vote of no confidence,” recalling that motions of no confidence have been presented on several occasions in the Caribbean.The announcement by the SLP leader to file a motion of no confidence comes after the party staged a massive demonstration in the capital earlier this month with supporters calling on Prime Minister Chastanet, who returned to the island recently from a three week vacation, to call fresh general elections claiming that his policies were hurting the socio-economic development of the island.“The next step now is that Her Majesty’s loyal opposition will now use the legal tools that are available to us. We are going to indict the government in Parliament,” Pierre said, adding that all government legislators would have to give an account of their stewardship since coming to office.
Ugandan court charged opposition leader Dr. Kizza Besigye with treason for declaring himself President of the East African nation and challenging this year elections that saw President Yoweri Museveni win.Besigye has been repeatedly arrested by the government and allegedly been beaten up and intimidate by authorities. However, the charges of treason that are punishable by death according to Reuters has kicked a notch higher the confrontation between the politician and the government.There was tension on Friday in Uganda’s Moroto town as shops and business closed as everything came to a standstill with the news of Besigye being transferred to different police cells reports The Sunday Monitor. Further saying that, hundreds of locals abandoned their homes and poured into the streets to bid farewell to Dr.Besigye with gifts of tomatoes, chicken, turkey and cash which they never got to give him since he was transported to the court under tight security by counter terrorism and anti-riot police and military personnel along with a police escort fleet.“He has openly declared his intention to topple this government, that’s not constitutional,” said Government spokesman Shaban BantarizaBesigye was arrested in the capital Kampala on Wednesday, on charges of addressing an illegal assembly and was taken to Moroto town, 500 km (300 miles) away near the border with Kenya.“He was charged with treason yesterday (Friday) in Moroto magistrates’ court and remanded to prison,” Semujju Nganda, an opposition legislator and spokesman for Besigye’s Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party told Reuters.
Dairy Management Inc. (DMI) leaders discussed domestic and export campaigns with nearly 800 dairy farmers and industry representatives during the 2018 joint annual meeting of the United Dairy Industry Association (UDIA), National Dairy Promotion and Research Board (NDB) and National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), Oct. 29-31, in Phoenix, Arizona.advertisementadvertisement“Your staff, nationally and locally, understand how tough and devastating the times are,” said Tom Gallagher, DMI chief executive officer. “We don’t understand the pain the way that you do, but I want you to know we feel it. I want to express how humbling it is to work for the hardest working people, and we truly appreciate you all being here.”Despite low milk prices, Gallagher said total dairy sales increased by 2.5 percent this year, stronger than last year’s rate over the same period, based on USDA data. He credited the ongoing growth to cheese and butter, as well as strong dairy exports due to the work of the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC).Barb O’Brien, DMI president, said the dairy checkoff’s key food service industry partners – Taco Bell, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut and Domino’s – were exploring avenues to put more dairy into their fall menus and marketing programs. More than 40 million American’s eat at those restaurant chains daily.“My conversations with these executives illustrated just how strong our partnerships are,” O’Brien said. “These are people who truly care, and each one committed to look back at their menu, marketing, advertising and promotion plans to see what more they could do to build incremental opportunities for dairy sales on top of what was already planned and to showcase dairy farmer stories.”She shared examples of what will be a dairy and “cheese-centric” fall with the launch of McDonald’s Triple Stack breakfast sandwich that has two slices of cheese and Pizza Hut’s new pan pizza featuring 25 percent more cheese.advertisementFluid concernsGallagher stressed the need to continue addressing declining fluid milk consumption, referencing a plan to convene a meeting of cooperative and other company leaders to push for a commitment to revitalize the category. He said DMI will focus on two key pillars to build a fluid milk strategy: invest in infrastructure that can create innovative products and packaging, and stimulate nontraditional dairy and major food and beverages companies to enter the milk business.Gallagher pointed to the success of “fairlife” innovation and marketing as an example of the potential for fluid milk. Sales of the premium ultrafiltered fluid brand are projected to hit $420 million by the end of 2018.Two recent pilot studies protected and increased dairy sales, Gallagher said.• A dairy case pilot study reinforced fluid milk’s value in the grocery store and saved 4 feet of storage space that would have gone to other beverages.• An e-commerce pilot with home grocery delivery service company Peapod is increasing sales of dairy purchases by their customers.Undeniably Dairy: Building trustAnother leg of DMI’s marketing strategy – the Undeniably Dairy campaign – is to maintain and build consumer trust with dairy producers. Launched through the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy last year, more than 300 dairy companies and organizations have engaged with the campaign.advertisement“When consumers engage with Undeniably Dairy content that features dairy farmers, there is a strong and positive emotional response that is translating to stronger trust and a deeper connection to where their food comes from,” said Beth Engelmann, chief marketing communications officer for DMI.She said marketing research commissioned by DMI revealed consumers who have engaged with Undeniably Dairy content have indicated their intent to purchase dairy alternatives decreases.Growing exportsGallagher underscored the need to expand the industry’s export capability and product mix to meet the dairy demands of a growing population and emerging middle class in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.“As people live longer and economies in those countries get better, the middle class grows,” he said. “When the middle class grows, the demand for animal protein grows with it. The key to the international market is the same for the domestic market – give the consumer what they want, where they want it and how they want it.”Tom Vilsack, USDEC president and chief executive officer, launched the “Next 5%” initiative to build export volume from 15 percent of U.S. production to 20 percent. Through the first seven months of 2018, almost 17 percent of U.S. milk production moved out of the country, the largest percentage in history.Unity and leadershipUnity and leadership within the industry can help reach domestic and international opportunities to grow U.S. dairy, Gallagher concluded.“We have unity like never before in this industry,” he said. “Now, all we need are leaders to execute the plan and to help assure a great future for dairy farmers.”National dairy checkoff organization leaders were elected during the annual meeting. Marilyn Hershey, a farmer from Cochranville, Pennsylvania, was re-elected chair of DMI. Brad Scott, dairy farmer from San Jacinto, California, was elected chair of NDB, and Neil Hoff, Windthorst, Texas, was elected chair of UDIA.For a full list of DMI, NDB and UDIA officers, read: Dairy promotion directors elect board officers.Dorsey honoredThe NDB honored dairy farmer Tom Dorsey as the 2018 recipient of the Richard E. Lyng Award for his contributions and distinguished service to dairy promotion.Dorsey, a dairy farmer from Caldwell, Idaho, served on the Idaho Dairy Products Commission board of directors since 2004. During his tenure as the board’s chairman from 2011-18, Dorsey led efforts to unite Idaho and Utah dairy promotion efforts, leading to the formation of Dairy West in 2017. Dorsey also served in leadership roles on the UDIA board.“Tom exemplifies the meaning of service with more than 10 years promoting Idaho’s dairy farmers and industry, and 25-plus years serving his local community,” said Brad Scott, California dairy farmer and chair of the NDB. “He has had an important influence on our farmers and our dairy community, and we are grateful for his many contributions.” PHOTO: Tom Dorsey (center), a dairy farmer from Caldwell, Idaho, received the National Dairy Board’s (NDB) 2018 Richard E. Lyng Award for his contributions and distinguished service to dairy promotion. Presenting the award is Brad Scott, California dairy farmer and NDB chair, and Dairy West Chief Executive Officer Karianne Fallow. Photo courtesy of Dairy Management Inc. Dave NatzkeEditorProgressive DairymanEmail Dave Natzkedave@progressivepublish.com Dairy promotion and industry officials say they are exploring all innovation and marketing efforts to build dairy demand in attempt to help dairy farmers through tough economic times.
LE866: Smallest LTE Cat 1 module with multiple regional variants for worldwide deployment. ME866: Natural evolution to LTE Cat M1 in the Telit miniaturized xE866 family. NE866: NB-IoT module with dual band LTE FDD B8 and B20 and an optional on-board Embedded Universal Integrated Circuit Card (eUICC). RE866: Innovative combination of BLE 5, NFC and LoRa enables remote management/configuration via PC/mobile. WE866: Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 | b/g/n companion module to Telit 3G to LTE modules offers the fastest path to adding 2.4 GHz wireless capability to product. Telit is showcasing the xE866 modules at the Mobile World Congress 2017 (MWC 17). Telit has expanded its popular xE866 family of high performing, low power modules to meet the needs of an even broader range of IoT applications. The additions mark the industry’s only offering of a module family in a single LGA form factor to offer multiple Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) connectivity options as well as Wireless Personal Area Networking (PAN) short range wireless technologies and Wireless Wide Local Area network (WLAN).The xE866 modules enable companies to easily add any number of popular low power wireless connection to their IoT innovation, without the need to modify their designs to accommodate each new standard – all while extending the battery life of devices. With this approach, an application designed for use in an environment that is best suited for the licensed spectrum 3GPP standard Narrow Band IoT (NB-IoT), could easily be deployed in another environment better suited for unlicensed band proprietary LoRaWAN, with little to no impact.The ultra-compact family already well adopted in the market with long-standing GE866 2G/GPRS and UE866 3G/UMTS series, now includes LTE Cat 1, NB-IoT, LoRa in combination with BLE and Wi-Fi models – all with a common AT command set and additional unique features. The xE866 family form factor follows a nested scalability concept with models from 15x19mm to 15X25mm respecting pin out compatibility.The Telit xE866 Single Form Factor LPWAN, WLAN, and WPAN Modules include:
Share RelatedWITHDRAWN: School board rejects Annova LNG tax breakBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press email@example.com On Tuesday, the Point Isabel School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously to withdraw an application for a tax valuation limitation submitted by Annova LNG. In June, the Houston-based company submitted an application for the tax abatement under Chapter 313, known as the…September 19, 2015In “News”Letters to the Editor for 9/10/2015Special to the PRESS Dear Editor, Cameron County Commissioners ask for Tax Increase to support LNG Tax Abatement? The Cameron County Commissioners are slated to vote on a tax increase for its residents while considering tax abatement to Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) companies that are Limited Liability Corporations (LLCs). On Thursday,…September 11, 2015In “News”Laguna Madre towns oppose LNGBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press firstname.lastname@example.org Citing overwhelming input from residents expressing concern, the Laguna Vista Town Council and the South Padre Island City Council voted unanimously to adopt resolutions opposing the construction of Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) export terminals along the Brownsville Ship Channel. With the end of…September 4, 2015In “News” By ALLEY COWGILLPort Isabel-South Padre Pressads@portisabelsouthpadre.comThe South Padre Island Business Owners Association (BOA), which includes between 120-130 members of strictly Island business owners, held a meeting on Wednesday to adopt a resolution opposing the development of several proposed Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) export facilities along the Brownsville Ship Channel.BOA President Kerry Schwartz led the meeting speaking out against allowing LNG. “It’s important to keep in mind the only industry that drives our economy is tourism,” he said. “We are a one industry town.”Narrowing in on the effects of LNG to the economy Schwartz said, “It will do nothing to drive tourism. Actually it will have a negative effect on tourism. People do not want to see industry. They come to the Island for the clean water, and the nice and pristine beaches.”Clayton Brashear, owner of Clayton’s Beach Bar and Grill voiced his support of LNG, “The Port sits on 80,000 acres of land, and someone wants to invest in that land and create jobs. I don’t see a problem. It’s more likely that a Space X rocket will fly into this building and explode than an explosion occurring from an LNG plant.” He said. “We are pro business and a new business is moving to our part and we have a problem with it. We just want our piece of the pie. It’s not a dangerous thing. There are a lot more dangerous things going on. Like the burning on the ships that creates the smoke/haze which covers Highway 48 in the morning,” Brashear said.Joni Montover, owner of Paragraphs on Padre Boulevard, echoed Schwartz statements, “I do business on the Island. I ask my customers, ‘Why do you come here, Corpus (Christi) is closer, why do you make the extra three hour drive?’ and they tell me because they want to get away from the 14 story high tanks. If I did business at the Port maybe my thoughts would be different but I do business here, on the Island.”Brashear retorted, “If the tourists don’t come, then the Valley people will come. If we give our locals jobs they will come and support our business.”Schwartz spoke about the potential harms LNG would cause not only to the local economy but ecology, as well. “Sea Turtle Inc. brings in an outstanding number of tourists, and from what I understand all of the effects from the LNG would be very negative. Sea Turtle Inc. is very concerned, and will more than likely oppose LNG at tonight’s meeting.”Similarly, concerns regarding the Bahia Grande Wetlands also came into discussion. “The Bahia Grande Wetlands expand from about Laguna Vista to the ship channel, and right in the middle of that wetland is where a proposed LNG plant is. That is going to make an impact!”Owner of Padre Rita Grill, Michael Lafferty, made a motion to adopt a resolution opposing LNG and to send the resolution to FERC. The motion was passed.A brief discussion emphasizing the importance of participating in upcoming elections was also held at the start of the meeting.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here.
UWF Men’s Basketball Adds Four Newcomers to a Solid Returning Group for the 2008-2009 Season PENSACOLA, Fla. – After a competitive season, with a starting five full of Juniors, Argos head basketball coach Don Hogan has added four solid newcomers to give the Argos some outstanding depth heading into the 2008-2009 basketball season. While finishing up with his summer basketball camp for the day, West Florida’s men’s basketball coach, Don Hogan, talked about his new recruits, their roles, and what he expects from them as they become Argonauts. The new players include 6-4 forward, Derek Duggins, from Jacksonville University, and 6-8 forward, Darryl McGhee, from Gulf Coast Community College. Also on the list of new players, includes Nate Johnson, a 6-1 guard who played at St. Petersburg College, and Jose Davila, a 6-2 freshman guard from Oviedo High School in Oviedo, Fl. Last season the Argos got off to a great start, and put together a five game-winning-streak in December. They only had a couple of bumps through the entire month of December, and they lost only twice over a span of 10 games. After three heartbreaking losses in the final seconds or overtime, the Argos coasted to a 13-14 record. During conference play the Argos went 3-8, but five of the defeats came during the closing minutes of the contests, when a rebound or a close call went the wrong way. Another key to some of the close loses was with top players getting into foul trouble too early in big games. The Argos also played most of the season with key players battling injuries, like Kenny Holmes and Josh Jackson. Some players suffered season-ending injuries before the season even started. This season the Argos look to get stronger, have significantly greater depth, and remain healthy for the entire schedule of games. Coach Hogan began by talking about D-I transfer Derek Duggins and the local star, Walton High School graduate, Darryl McGhee. “We’re excited to have Derek Duggins transfer in from JU,” Hogan said. “He has three years of eligibility and we like that fact that he’s already played at a higher level. We’re looking for him to step in and help us immediately. As for Darryl McGhee, we’ve been very familiar with his play through the years because he is a local talent. We’ve seen him play at Walton High and at GCCC, and we plan for him to step in and contribute immediately also. Darryl has a very high shooting percentage, and it’s because of his ability to post, face up and shoot right away.” Hogan then switched over his focus to Nate Johnson and freshman Jose Davila. “Nate has three years of eligibility and will provide some backup with his good fundamentals,” Hogan said. “Nate’s going to be a contributor. With Jose Davila, we want him to learn the ropes from Deondre Boynton. We don’t need Jose to set the world on fire right now, but we know he is a very strong, physical guard who has the ability to play at more than one position, and compete right away.” The Argos are looking at a very strong immediate future with their recruits and their returners. UWF didn’t lose any of their star players from last season. Deondre Boynton is back to handle the point and run the squad, Josh Jackson is ready to heat up the scoring, and build on last season in which he scored a season and team high 26 points in a conference game. The consistent Ryan Henry is already spotting up for his shot, like a great shooter. The conferences best inside defender, Charles Bouie has both hands ready to block even more shots this season, and the relentless Kenny Holmes is hungrier than ever to go out with a bang in his last semester of eligibility. This season should be very interesting and entertaining, as the guys from last year know what to look for in conference play. The experience may make the difference in the close games. That could be the difference in rising to the top end of the conference standings. The team is ready to play, and with many of the guys playing out their senior seasons, they’re ready to leave it all on the court. The group has big plans for this season, and the added newcomers may be the mighty ingredient to get the job done. The season tips off at home for UWF, with a tournament on November 15th and 16th in the UWF Fieldhouse. Print Friendly Version Share
Niclas Eliasson grabbed his eight assist of the season on his birthday, crossing for Josh Brownhill’s first-half header which opened the scores. Famara Diédhiou started and finished an attack as City doubled their lead, before Aboubakar Kamara halves the scores.City would survive a late penalty appeal and Fulham would hit the crossbar but the Robins would secure all three points in West London to go fourth in the Sky Bet Championship.TEAM STATSShots: 12Goals: 2Total passes: 285Pass success rate: 68%Aerials won: 13Tackles: 10Interceptions: 12Clearances: 43Possession: 32%
RUGBY LEAGUE BY FRANKIY KAPIN Lae Snax Tigers still lead the Digicel Cup ladder despite going down 22-18 to Enga Provincial Government Mioks in round 10 of the competition in Wabag, Enga province on Sunday. The battle of the top three remain unchanged with second placed Agmark Gurias earning their second loss in the season when they were denied a win by Tumbes going down 20-16 in Minj, Jiwaka also on Sunday. Tigers are one loss, one draw and eight wins so far after 10 games as of Sunday. In Wabag, the Aipus rugby oval was filled to the brim as the home side capitalised sneaking by to steal the show. A heated affair ensued from start of the whistle riddled by loose balls and stripped balls going unnoticed by the match referee. Mioks registered first on the board through inside centre Shalom Bire the elder brother of Jokedi Bire, current Tigers outside centre. Mioks halfback Roger Laka collected the two points to lead 6-0 against Tigers. Tigers second rower Junior responded with a 20th minute try to trail 6-4 to Mioks as Tigers halfback Mafu Kamas missed the two-pointer. Tigers fullback Sonny Wabo put his body on the line crashing over the Mioks try line at the end of a completed set and rake Noel Joel added the extras to extend Tigers lead to 10-6 points five minutes after Rop scored. Joel was in the thick of play for a 40 metres runaway try and successfully converted taking Tigers lead to 16-6 ahead of the Mioks. Mioks managed to narrow the gap to 16-10 from a try to winger Valentine Wamdi 10 minutes to halftime. Returning for the second half, Laka added a two-point penalty to close in on Tigers trailing 16-12 five minutes into second half. Sensing instability at the Tigers right flank, Laka diverted attention forthwith earning the Mioks two easy tries to Bire for his second and man of the match award with 22 minutes gone in the second half. The conversion by Laka failed as both sides were leveled on 16 points apiece. Tigers Roy Kela stripped off right in front of his opponent’s try line earned Tigers a two-pointer from the boots of Joel to lead 18-16 midway through the second half. The remaining last quarter of the match worked wonders for Mioks as Stelwim Pembo (16) coming off the bench added to Tigers’ misery stamping his mark scoring the four-point game breaker. Laka failed to find the uprights yet Mioks overtook Tigers to lead 20-18 as the clock ticked 10 minutes to full-time. Laka was awarded another penalty to seal the match with the extra two points and winning 22-18 right on fulltime.
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