Pro-ethanol progress in White house meeting, but questions remain

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ethanol supporters were pleased with the long-awaited progress made on a couple of significant obstacles in a White House meeting last month focused on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and the system of Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs).“President Trump…reaffirmed his commitment to our nation’s farmers by approving year-round sales of E15 without a RIN cap. This is a positive step because we know a RIN price cap would have been damaging to farmers,” said Kevin Skunes, president of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA). “We appreciate the agreement on eliminating the outdated regulation on higher blends such as E15, a barrier that has long needed removal, and thank Senators Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley for their tireless efforts on behalf of agriculture.”But as a possible concession for fuel refiners who continue to oppose the system of RINs that are part of the RFS, small refiners could gain biofuel credits through ethanol exports.“We have numerous questions, however, about a potential plan now being developed by USDA Secretary Perdue and EPA Administrator Pruitt to address small refiner waivers by potentially offering biofuels credits on ethanol exports, an idea that would harm our ethanol export success,” Skunes said. “NCGA has opposed RIN credits on exports, an idea that EPA stated last fall that it would not pursue. Offering RIN credits, which are supposed to be derived from a domestic renewable fuel use, for ethanol exports would threaten trade markets and impact corn farmers’ economic livelihoods. Pursuing a path that includes RIN credits on export gallons would violate the letter and spirit of the RFS, serving the interests of oil refiners who have already benefitted from Administrator Pruitt’s unprecedented RFS volume waivers at the further expense of America’s farmers.”The idea of attaching RINS to exports was proposed by the oil industry in 2017 but ethanol supporters have opposed it. U.S. ethanol is already some of the lowest cost in the world and attaching RINs to exports could distort trade in the eyes of importers and the World Trade Organizations.“Attaching a RIN to ethanol exports would have a crippling impact on American agriculture, significantly reducing demand for ethanol and corn,” said Emily Skor, Growth Energy CEO in a statement. “It would also have major trade implications, as export RINs would be considered a subsidy by our global trading partners, who will likely challenge this as unnecessary advantage to U.S. ethanol.”last_img read more

Microsoft Completes Journey To Big Data Through Hadoop

first_imgThere’s no beating around this bush. Today Hortonworks announced a new beta version of its Hadoop Data Platform that will run on Microsoft Windows Server, a move that shows Microsoft’s own Big Data efforts will forever be connected to open source innovation. This is a highly significant – even expected – move in the big data sector, but also a very strange one.Hadoop, of course, is an open-source software architecture that supports distributed computation jobs on huge data sets – in other words, classic Big Data work. Hortonworks, meanwhile, is one of the bigger Hadoop vendors in the market, even if that’s more in terms of innovation than sales, where it trails Cloudera. Hortonworks founder and architect Arun Murthy is one of the original Hadoop coders who came out of Yahoo back in the day, and he also serves as the VP of the open source Apache Hadoop project at the Apache Software Foundation.Which all means that any major platform move like this is sure to impact the rest of Hadoop development and, by extension, the rapidly growing Hadoop ecosystem that’s driving much of the big data sector.Why Windows?Until today’s announcement, Hadoop of any flavor typically ran on a Linux-based machine (physical or virtual). This made a lot of sense, since one of the big advantages of Hadoop is the capability to expand its data warehousing over any number of clustered computers. When those clustered machines are running Linux, it’s all but frictionless to add more, both in in terms of licensing cost (which is free) and configuration (which is easy).But when the underlying operating system is Windows Server, licensing – i.e., explicitly not free – would seem likely to create a lot more friction when someone tries to build a Hadoop cluster. Wouldn’t using Windows Server as the OS for a Hadoop system be too expensive?David McJannet, VP of marketing at Hortonworks, doesn’t seem to think so. McJannet’s concern was that too many Windows-based shops out there were shying away from Hadoop because they didn’t want to deal with adding Linux clusters and the related hassle of managing them. So assuaging those concerns was one big reason Microsoft has been working with Hortonworks over the past 18 months.The sheer number of Windows installations was also a major issue. McJannet said that a “majority of servers” were running Windows in the enterprise now. In its press release, Hortonworks cited IDC data thusly: “According to IDC, Windows Server owned 73 percent of the market in 2012 (IDC, Worldwide and Regional Server 2012–2016 Forecast, Doc # 234339, May 2012).”It is not clear just what server class this 73 percent represents, since the report itself costs $4,500, and is thus a little hard to access. File servers? Application servers? It’s sure not web servers, where according to Web analytics from Netcraft, Microsoft currently has 16.93% of the marketshare, dwarfed by Apache’s 55.26% marketshare.McJannet also said Hadoop on Windows would make data exploration easier. Using SQL-based queries that can now directly integrate with the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS), products like SQL Server and Excel can tap straight into Hadoop-stored data, enabling end-users to more easily navigate vast stores of data in Hadoop clusters.Embracing Open SourceThis is not Hortonworks’ first foray into Windows land. Late last year, it released the Windows Azure HDInsight product – essentially Hadoop for the Azure cloud platform.As odd as it may seem to see Hadoop on Windows Server, the move makes a lot of sense from Microsoft’s side. The company has needed a Big Data entry ever since it decided to drop its own Dryad data warehousing framework back in 2011. Some observers have expected this day ever since a year ago, when Microsoft announced it would build in tools within SQL Server to connect to Hadoop.McJannet emphasized that to date, Microsoft was playing well with others within the open source development model that Hadoop uses, so much of its innovation will cycle back to the rest of the Hadoop community.If so, you can expect to see more Hadoop vendors to announce their own connections to Windows in the near future.Image courtesy of Shutterstock 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts Tags:#Big Data#Hadoop#Microsoft center_img brian proffitt IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Children’s Exposure to Violence: Prevalence & Effects

first_imgBy Kacy Mixon, M.S., LMFT“As a nation, we must protect children from the traumatization that results from exposure to violence” [1]. –Attorney General Eric Holder & the National Task force on Children Exposed to ViolencePrevalence of Children Exposed to Violence:There are millions of children exposed to violence each year either as primary or secondary victims of physical abuse, sexual abuse and witnessing domestic violence or community violence.Mixon, K. (2013). Kacy Mixon gives eXtension.org permission to use her personal photo.Effects of Children’s Exposure to Violence:The effects of children’s exposure to violence are severe causing disruption of the basic cognitive, social and emotional regulation as well as brain functioning essential for optimal health, growth and wellbeing. When children’s trauma resulting from exposure to violence goes untreated, the risk for adverse symptoms and struggle increases during childhood and well into adulthood. Below are common issues associated with children’s exposure to violence. Click here for helpful resources from the Safe Start Center to help families, caregivers and professionals reverse the negative effects.Mixon, K. (2013). Kacy Mixon gives eXtension.org permission to use her personal photo.References[1] Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). (December 2012). Report of the Attorney General’s National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence. Defending Childhood, Author. (p. 27, 85, 36)[2] Schulte, B. (July 21, 2013). Strain on military families affects young children report says. Washington Post. [3] Rentz, E.D., Martin, S.L., Gibbs, D.A., Clinton-Sherrod, M., Hardison, J., Marshall, S.W. (2006). Family violence in the military: A review of the literature. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, 7(2), 93-108.This post was written by Kacy Mixon, M.S., LMFT, Social Media Specialist.  She is a member of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

Video: Watch TCU RB Aaron Green Do LeBron James’ Powder Toss During A Snowstorm

first_imgAaron Green does LeBron-style powder toss with snow.It’s surprisingly snowing quite hard in Fort Worth, Texas, this afternoon. TCU running back Aaron Green is using the rare snowfall to channel one of his favorite athletes – LeBron James. Standing on the Horned Frogs’ campus, Green did the Cleveland Cavaliers’ star’s famed pre-game powder toss, using a snowball in place of the chalk. Check it out:  Well done, Aaron. TCU opens its season Sept. 3 against Minnesota in Minneapolis.last_img

NCL Breaks Ground on New Terminal at PortMiami

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Cruise Line held a groundbreaking ceremony for an exclusive cruise terminal at PortMiami on April 26.The move comes on the back of the approval for the construction of the new Cruise Terminal B granted to the cruise company by Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners on April 10.The terminal, which will feature some 166,500 square feet, will be able to accommodate vessels carrying 5,000 passengers.Construction is set to be completed in the fall of 2019 on schedule to receive the Norwegian Encore, the newest ship of NCL’s Breakaway Plus class, when it makes its debut in Miami with seasonal cruises to the Caribbean.NCL unveiled the design of its dedicated terminal at PortMiami in early March 2018.Image Courtesy: Bermello Ajamil & Partnerslast_img read more

Significant Digits For Thursday March 24 2016

This is Significant Digits, your daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news. With Walt Hickey away on vacation — and with the third round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament getting underway tonight — I’m hijacking SigDig today and tomorrow in the name of March Madness. Enjoy! 6 ACC schoolsSix schools in the Sweet 16 — Duke, Miami, North Carolina, Virginia, Notre Dame and Syracuse — hail from the Atlantic Coast Conference, setting a record (at least, since the NCAA Tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985). The ACC had tied the previous record of five last season, so at this rate they’ll claim all 16 slots by 2026. [USA Today]24.5 pointsIn their two NCAA Tournament wins thus far, Villanova has outscored foes by 49 combined points, or 24.5 per game — more than any other team in the Sweet 16 field. Granted, one of those games was against 15th-seeded UNC Asheville, but the Wildcats also beat No. 7 seed Iowa by 19 and have exceeded the scoring margin our Elo ratings would expect by 11.8 points per contest. They’ll try to keep that hot streak going tonight against Miami. [Sports-Reference.com]63 pointsOklahoma’s Buddy Hield has enjoyed a season for the ages this year, and it’s carrying over into the NCAA Tournament, where he’s scored a tourney-best 63 points (31.5 per game) on a scorching 73.2 true shooting percentage. But maybe it’s best for the Sooners if Hield doesn’t keep that average up against Texas A&M tonight — Oklahoma was 4-5 in conference play this season when Hield scored 30 or more points, and 8-1 when the Sooner scoring attack was more balanced. [Sports-Reference.com]5 startersEach basketball team has five starters, and in the case of Maryland’s game against Kansas tonight, each Terrapin starter will be taller than the Jayhawk lined up across from him at tip-off. As a team, Maryland has the fourth-biggest roster in the nation, with an average height a good inch and a half taller than Kansas. But will it matter against the skilled Jayhawks? Our model says “probably not” — we’ve got Kansas favored with a 73 percent probability of winning, despite Maryland’s size advantage. [KC Kingdom]109th bestIf defense really does win championships, nobody clued in Oregon or Duke. The combatants in tonight’s late game ranked 43rd and 109th, respectively, in schedule-adjusted defensive efficiency this season, per Ken Pomeroy’s stats. Aside from their 116th-place finish in 2013-14, this year’s Blue Devils have given Coach K more defensive fits than any Duke squad since Pomeroy started crunching numbers 15 seasons ago. [KenPom.com]More than $30 millionWith those aforementioned six entries in the Sweet 16, the ACC stands to make a cool $30 million, at least, from an NCAA cash pool that rewards conferences when their teams go deep in the tournament. Naturally, none of that money will ever be seen by Brice Johnson, Malcolm Brogdon, Grayson Allen, Angel Rodriguez or any of the other players who powered those teams to the Sweet 16. [ESPN.com]If you haven’t already, you really need to sign up for the Significant Digits newsletter — be the first to learn about the numbers behind the news.If you see a significant digit in the wild, send it to @WaltHickey — or to @Neil_Paine, I guess, if you want.CORRECTION (March 24, 5:35 p.m.): A previous version of this article incorrectly described the average height difference between the starters on Kansas and Maryland’s men’s basketball teams. Maryland’s starters are, on average, about an inch and a half taller, not a foot and half. read more

Ohio State womens hockey names Nadine Muzerall head coach

Within 20 days of the its first game, the Ohio State women’s hockey team has hired former Minnesota Golden Gophers assistant coach Nadine Muzerall as its head coach, announced in the second quarter of the Ohio State football game on Saturday.Muzerall fills a hole left by former coach Jenny Potter who left the program on Aug. 18, just five weeks before the first game and five days before classes began. OSU was 10-25-1 under Potter in 2015-16.“We’ve all heard such good things (about Muzerall),” junior defenseman Dani Sadek said. “She has a winning mindset and I think that’s what this program needs.”The first thing to know about the new Buckeye coach is her connection to the Golden Gophers’ women’s hockey program.Muzerall was on the bench of last year’s Minnesota squad that won the national championship over Boston College. She spent the past five seasons at Minnesota coaching in five national championship games and claiming four championship rings.As a player at Minnesota from 1997-2001, she began her extensive trophy case by collecting two All-American honors in 1998 and 2000. Muzerall was also on the Gophers team that won an AWCHA national championship — women’s hockey was not an NCAA-sanctioned sport until 2000-2001 season — and a 2001 Western Collegiate Hockey Association conference championship.Muzerall still holds the all-time goals record for Minnesota women’s hockey with 139 career goals. She also leads the all-time goals per game mark with 1.08. She ranks third all-time in career points with 235.The Ontario, Canada, native was the first women’s hockey player inducted into the hall of fame at the university. She is still the youngest athlete to be inducted into Minnesota’s hall of fame.Muzerall is OSU’s third coach in as many years following Porter’s departure and the resignation of former coach Nate Handrahan amidst sexual harassment allegations.OSU opens the season on Friday, Sept. 30, at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. read more

Barcelona Real Madrid talk is fake news – Neymar declares

first_imgEarlier, there was a rumour that PSG were willing to let their forward Neymar leave next summer for €220m, with Barca and Madrid among his suitors.However, Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar has declared that the speculation or talk of returning to Barcelona or joining Real Madrid is ‘fake news’ and doesn’t hold water.The 26-year-old forward used his Instagram story to call out AS and Mundo Deportivo for their front pages report about him and was seen shaking his head in the Instagram story where he denied the report.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.The Brazilian also described claims that he met an ex-girlfriend in Barcelona as ‘fake news’.“I’d like to be Superman, but I can’t be in two places at the same time. I can’t teleport,” he added.PSG has grabbed 10 wins out of 10 matches in Ligue 1 without Neymar on Saturday as they thrashed Amiens 5-0.last_img read more

Marko Arnautovic remains silent on West Ham future

first_imgWest Ham forward Marko Arnautovic refused to shed any light on his future at the club after helping Austria claim a 2-1 win over Northern Ireland on SundayThe 29-year-old came off the bench at Windsor Park to assist Valentino Lazaro’s stoppage-time winner in the UEFA Nations League.Arnautovic’s brother and agent, Daniel, suggested last week that a West Ham exit to a Champions League-type club could happen.But Arnautovic remained quiet on his future at London“I don’t want to talk about it. I am concentrated on West Ham,” Arnautovic told Sky Sports.“We have a big game against Manchester City on Saturday and I am only thinking about this game and the following games and what is being said is not my business.robert lewandowski, PolandReport: Euro 2020 qualifying Group G George Patchias – September 9, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group G, saw Robert Lewandowski draw another blank.What should have been a plane sailing group for Poland, has turned out to…“My business is to perform on the pitch, to put in performances and that is what I want to do.”Despite knee injury troubles this season, Arnautovic is confident he will feature this Saturday for West Ham.“I will be OK,” he said.“Two days in a row was a bit too much but the gaffer asked me to play the last 25 minutes if needed, and it was needed. I am glad I could help.”Arnautovic has scored five goals in his opening 10 Premier League matches this term.last_img read more

This day in history Celebrity Birthdays

first_img Related Items:barbara walters, chauncey billups, michael douglas, scottie pippen, will smith Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppWill Smith, TI, Michael Douglas and his estranged wife Catherine Zeta Jones, Barbara Walters, NBAs Scotty Pippen and Chauncey Billups all have one thing in common – their birthdays. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img