Federal Government Investing in Biorefineries for Military

first_img Three companies were awarded contract to construct biorefineries for “drop in” biofuels for the military and private sector on Friday. The Departments of Navy, Energy and Agriculture announced the contracts under a 2011 presidential directive. The contracts are part of the Obama Administration’s goal to boost and diversify the domestic fuel base, according to Friday’s announcement. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus stated “The contracts being announced today will help expand the operational capability of our Navy and Marine Corps around the world.” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack commented “”Any time our military can use more American grown fuels instead of relying on foreign sources it makes our armed forces more energy secure.” In total, these projects will produce more than 100 million gallons of military grade fuel beginning in 2016 and 2017 at a price competitive with their petroleum counterparts.Under the contracts awarded Friday, Emerald Biofuels will build an 82 million gallon per year refinery on the Gulf Coast using waste fats to create military grade fuel. Fulcrum BioEnergy will build a 10 million gallon per year refinery in McCarran, Nevada using municipal solid waste as its feedstock. USDA announced a $105 million Biorefinery Assistance Program loan guarantee for that facility earlier this month. Also, Red Rock Biofuel will build a 12 million gallon per year refinery in Lakeview, Oregon using woody biomass, or the by-products of forest management, as its feedstock. The drop-in alternative fuels can be blended at a 50/50 ratio with traditional fossil fuels. This blend was successfully demonstrated during the Rim of the Pacific demonstration in 2012 for ships and planes, showing the fuel can be utilized in the Navy’s warfighting platforms with no degradation to performance or mission. SHARE SHARE Previous articleThe Sky is falling…The Sky is falling…..AgainNext articleUS/Japan Trade Talks Enter Critical Phase Gary Truitt Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Sep 21, 2014 Home Energy Federal Government Investing in Biorefineries for Military Federal Government Investing in Biorefineries for Militarylast_img read more

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Pensions fraud doubles in UK in two years, poll shows

first_imgThe share of pension schemes in the UK saying they have experienced fraud has more than doubled in 2015 from the proportion seen two years before, according to a study.Audit firm RSM said in its ‘Pensions Fraud Risk Report’ published yesterday that 37% of pension schemes in its 2015 survey reported experience of fraud, compared with 17% in the 2013 study.The survey polled 142 scheme trustees, secretaries and pension managers, responsible collectively for more than £40bn (€55bn) of savings.The data was collected in September after the introduction of the pension “freedoms” by the UK government in April 2015, which allow people aged 55 and over to take their pension as a lump sum, rather than being forced to buy an annuity with most of it. Ian Bell, head of pensions at RSM, said: “The pension freedoms introduced in April 2015 have transformed the pensions landscape for savers but also created an environment in which fraudsters see an opportunity to prey on savers’ confusion by offering questionable investment opportunities.”He said there was a lot to do in terms of educating pensions savers, but that schemes also had to share the responsibility. “The reputation of the pensions industry has been tarnished by high-profile frauds in the past, and it is imperative that those responsible for safeguarding the lifetime savings of members must not allow this to happen again,” he said.David Kirk, chairman of independent body the Fraud Advisory Panel, said the survey results showed too many pension scheme trustees, managers and administrators were failing to recognise their responsibilities properly.“Fraud and cybercrime are now firmly part of everyday life, and we must all play our part to protect ourselves, our organisation and our members from the threat,” he said.The survey showed transfers and other member transactions were the areas most often targeted.RSM also said there were “worrying levels of ignorance and complacency” among some pension trustees.It found that just over one-quarter of trustee respondents did not know that they were responsible for fraud detection and prevention systems.Forty percent said they had not tested their internal controls within the past 12 months, RSM said, adding that this fell short of The Pensions Regulator’s recommendations.last_img read more

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Super Falcons Pull out of Invitational Tourney in Turkey

first_img“It was impossible for the team to sort visas and make it to the tournament in Turkey, so they had to pull out,” Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) spokesman Ademola Olajire told BBC Sport.“They only just finished playing the WAFU Cup on Saturday and had a short time-frame to sort out visas and other important logistics for the trip to Turkey.“Importantly, attention and preparations will shift towards the big friendly against France in April.”The news comes as a real setback for the country and newly appointed coach, Swede Thomas Dennerby.Before his arrival, the Super Falcons had not played or trained since lifting the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations for an eighth time in 2016, when Dennerby’s predecessor Florence Omagbemi became the first woman to win the competition as both player and coach.The lack of action prompted criticism from strikers Desire Oparanozie and Asisat Oshoala – the latter surprisingly named African Women’s Player of the Year last month despite Nigeria not playing a single game in 2017.Her performances for her new Chinese club, Dalian Quanjian, saw her triumph ahead of Chrestina Kgatlana and Gabrielle Onguene.However, Dennerby’s first challenge ended in disappointment at the West African championship, the WAFU Women’s Cup, after they lost to bitter rivals Ghana in the semi-finals.The team will now travel to Europe to play France in a friendly in April, after which the focus will be on securing a qualifying spot at the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations in Ghana.This year’s Women’s Nations Cup takes on extra significance as it will also decide the continent’s teams for the 2019 Women’s World Cup.Nigeria is the only African team to have played in all of the Women’s seven World Cup tournaments since 1991 but they have failed to translate their continental dominance on the world stage.Their best performance came when reaching the quarter-finals in 1999.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Reigning African women champions, the Super Falcons, have withdrawn from a 12-nation tournament which kicks off in Turkey this week, citing visa issues.The Super Falcons were scheduled to lock horns with Group B rivals France, Kosovo and Kazakhstan from February 26 to March 7 as preparation for this year’s Africa Women Cup of Nations qualifiers.But Falcons who finished third at the regional WAFU Cup on Saturday, have withdrawn from the competition for logistical reasons.last_img read more

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Tiger Woods to return to golfing career tomorrow

first_imgTiger Woods will make his return to competitive action tomorrow.The now world number eight-hundred-and-ninety-eight hasn’t played a tournament for 15 months because of injury.He’ll tee it up at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas this week. Golf writer Lawrence Donegan says if it this comeback doesn’t work out it’s hard to see him trying again.last_img

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WBKB 11 News Reporter Star Connor, Along With Alcona High School Students Learn Self Defense

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisWith prom season in full effect, many life changes including college and dating, Alcona high school along with the Alcona Sheriff’s Department are teaching young women how to protect themselves with self defense.Prior to this class many young ladies have never learned self-defense, including myself. But with recent increases of sexual assaults and domestic violence I decided to tag along with the young ladies of Alcona High School to join their class.One important tip is to use your daily movements as a way to remember the training, another tip is to be aware of your surroundings and display confidence while trusting your instincts; and with that said, I put my own training into action. Junior, Brianna Fogle said her favorite move is the ‘tuck and roll.’ “A lot of guys look at girls and think they aren’t as strong and they can’t do anything to defend themselves but with that technique you can take charge and get them down,” Fogle explained.Thanks to Master Munyon, these young ladies and I will be fully trained if an unexpected situation occurs.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Candidate for Governor Visiting Alpena in the Midst of Conspiracy ClaimsNext ‘Goldilocks’ makes an appearance at Wilson Elementarylast_img read more

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IN-DEPTH: How Kotoko controversially beat Bechem

first_imgAs at 6pm last Wednesday, some Kotoko fans had been awakened to the fact that their team was not done for as touted by some pundits and fans alike. The reason was simple – an emphatic 2-0 win over an Ashantigold side which had become almost unplayable in recent games against the Porcupine Warriors. The swagger was coming, at least for David Duncan who has been working tirelessly to return the team to winning ways. The felling of the ‘Aboakese’ was apt for the task ahead.Matchday atmosphereThe crowd was nowhere near the biggest attendance recorded this season. But there was a breeze of confidence in their approach. You could read the optimism on their faces. One fan told me: “εnnε, yεbε hyε!”. Today, we will win.  The message was clear. Nothing short of a win would be accepted.The gameBechem United came into the game chasing their second ever win over Asante Kotoko in what was their sixth league meeting. Things were not so bright for them regarding their performance on the road. They’d picked a first away point against Lions. Their top scorer, Noah Martey had returned to the squad but had trained little with the team. They were however not short of firepower as Kofi Bekoe, who has returned after sojourning in Egypt was leading the lines, with assistance from former Kotoko midfielder Aminu Mohammed. Bechem starting XI: Rashid Seidu- Patrick Cole, Patrick Opoku, Richard Barffour, Felix Kwaye- Solomon Mensah, Aminu Mohammed, Francis Dadzie, Yaw Mensah- Ernest Mensah, Kofi Bekoe.Kotoko were unchanged as David Duncan stuck with his winning team against Ashgold. Things were kept simple. The spirit of the old football maxim of not changing the winning team was respected by the gaffer with youngster Dauda Mohammed and Ahmed Toure leading the lines.Kotoko Starting XI:  Ofori Antwi- Amos Frimpong, Abeiku Ainooson, Ahmed Adams, Amos Frimpong- Jackson Owusu, Jordan Opoku, Eric Donkor, Prince Baffoe- Dauda Mohammed, Ahmed Toure.Kotoko started brightly with excellent passing while Bechem struggled to keep up.  Bechem nearly paid for the slow start in the fourth minute when Eric Donkor ghosted past Patrick Cole to set up Toure, who was 12 yards away from goal. The Ivorian conspired to miss that chance on a platter. That woke Bechem up. Kofi Bekoe took the initiative as he dropped deep to start things and bring a kick into his team. Together with Aminu Mohammed, the two began to match the Kotoko midfield base of Jackson Owusu and Jordan Opoku. But Kotoko edged them in possession and control.16 minutes in, Kotoko’s exciting Dauda Mohammed was fouled. Toure stepped up from 35 yards. He sent a piledriver in but it was repelled by the Bechem defence only to find Atta Kusi who was waiting on the right wing. Kusi took all the time in the world and with a tailor measured pass, he found the head of the high-jumping Dauda who nodded past Rashid Seidu. The keeper was beaten, the fans had what they wanted and the stadium erupted. 1-0. But then, things soon slowed down and Kotoko appeared tired. Bechem grew in presence with Kofi Bekoe all over the field. His mates Aminu Mohammed and Yaw Mensah took the midfield but Kotoko survived until the halftime whistle from referee A.D Mohammed.Second halfThe lads from Bechem came out bullish from the halftime break. Team coaches Seth Osei and Malik Jabir had done or said something right. They bossed every department while Kotoko looked sluggish. The killer instinct with which the Reds began the game was missing. Then came the game changing moment as Kofi Bekoe took the ball 10 yards shy of the halfway line – in his own half. He danced round two Kotoko players, sliced the ball through the  Kotoko defence which was playing a very high line.  Aminu Mohammed answered the call, took the ball and made way for the Kotoko goal. Abeiku Ainooson was first to recover, making his way to the ‘crime scene’ and with a game saving tackle plucked the ball from the right foot of the running Aminu. Kotoko’s blushes had been saved but the hero stayed down and had to be subbed. He was replaced by Stephen Oduro. Eric Donkor slipped into the left-back role, Amos Frimpong into central defence alongside Ahmed Adams and Oduro joined Jordan and Jackson in the middle. The first move by Bechem into Kotoko’s half after the change showed the frailty of the new backline. The opponent now could smell blood. Wave after wave they came and the cracks grew wider with defence taking forever to settle.A harmless-looking throw in from the left hand side of Kotoko’s defence for Bechem split the defence into fragments. The barrier had been vreached but goalkeeper Ofori Antwi made a brilliant point-blank save. Nobody arrived to clear the lines and Aminu Mohammed under no pressure slammed the ball into the back of the net. Job done! 1-1, with 63 minutes on the clock. Kotoko were now living dangerously as Bechem kept pounding them with more attacks but Kofi Bekoe, Francis Dadzie and Hamza Mohammed fluffed their lines. Another game changing moment arrived with under five minutes to go. Rashid Seidu made a save and was about to restart play. Ahmed Toure sensed the goalkeeper’s imminent error and charged towards, stealing the ball with his right foot as the goalie bounced the ball off the turf, he set off to round Seidu up but the shocked goalie impeded him from behind, Toure tumbled. “PENALTYYYYYYYY!”, came the shouts as the referee wasted no time in pointing to the spot. Toure stepped up and sent Seidu the wrong way to put Kotoko the ‘right’ way as his penalty kick nestled into the bottom left corner of the goal post. The lead had been restored but the win was not yet secured.Bechem came calling again but poor decision making in the final third cost them. Kotoko’s journey to redemption would keep going with a much relieving win thanks to the brave and intelligent Toure with his tenth goal of the campaign.–Follow Kofi Asare on twitter @kofiasare266last_img read more

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