first_imgThe groups are holding the event to draw attention to the fact that renewables make up nearly 12 percent of all energy produced in the U.S., such as fuels, electricity and thermal energy from biomass, and that bioenergy reduces the nation’s risks from dependence on foreign oil, strengthens our economy and ensures the continued, sustainable management of our natural resources. Facebook Twitter The day will include a morning briefing with congressional members and trade group association leaders on bioenergy issues, small group visits to educate Congressional leaders and their staffs, an evening reception on Capitol Hill to network with other industry stakeholders, Congressional staff, and association partners. Source: Domestic Fuel Home Energy Bioenergy Interests Invited to Attend Capitol Hill Day SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleLightSquared Remains Potential Problem for GPSNext articleU.S.-Korea Trade Agreement is now law Gary Truitt By Gary Truitt – Mar 14, 2012 Bioenergy Interests Invited to Attend Capitol Hill Day SHARE A diverse group of bioenergy stakeholders is holding a Capitol Hill Day for Bioenergy in Washington, DC on March 21. The event is being sponsored by a number of organizations including the 25x’25 Alliance,American Farm Bureau Federation, Advance Biofuels Organization, Algal Biomass Organization, American Council on Renewable Energy, Biomass Power Association, Energy Future Coalition, National Alliance of Forest Owners, National Farmers Union, and SAFER Alliance. Anyone in the bioenergy sector is welcome to take part in the event – registration and other information is available on-line.last_img read more

first_imgSix finalists for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting have been announced by the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. The winner of the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting will be announced at an awards ceremony on March 6, 2018, at the Kennedy School. Additionally, Martha Raddatz, ABC News chief global affairs correspondent, will receive the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism and deliver the keynote speech.The Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, which carries a $10,000 award for finalists and $25,000 for the winner, is intended to recognize and encourage journalism that promotes more effective and ethical conduct of government, the making of public policy, or the practice of politics by disclosing excessive secrecy, impropriety, and mismanagement, or instances of particularly commendable government performance. The Goldsmith Career Award is given for outstanding contributions to the field of journalism, and for work that has enriched political discourse. Past recipients include Gwen Ifill, Seymour Hersh, Walter Isaacson, and Christiane Amanpour.“At the local, state, and national level, this year’s Goldsmith finalists exemplify the power of investigative reporting to uncover wrongs and to hold government and business accountable. These stories have saved lives and spurred changes to protect vulnerable populations,” said Shorenstein Center Director Nicco Mele. “In addition to the six finalists, we are also acknowledging The New York Times with a special citation to recognize their reporting on sexual harassment and assault, which has contributed to a significant cultural movement.”The Goldsmith Awards CeremonyThe ceremony will include the presentation of the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, the Goldsmith Book Prizes, and the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism, followed by a keynote speech by Career Award winner Martha Raddatz. The ceremony will be preceded by a panel discussion, from 3:30-5 p.m., in which finalists and special citation awardees will discuss the reporting behind the stories. Read Full Storylast_img read more

first_img March 15, 2006 Regular News Seiler finds common ground Seiler finds common ground Gary Blankenship Senior Editor The letter denoting political affiliation that comes after Jack Seiler’s name is a “D.”But the state representative from Wilton Manors in Broward County said being a Democrat does not define his legislative outlook.“I actually love politics,” he said. “I love the people in the process. I love the debate. I love the discussion. It’s very rewarding.”However, he is quick to add, “I’m not real partisan. One of the reasons I have not been real active with party politics is I don’t particularly like the partisan part of politics. I like working together, finding common ground.”In addition, Seiler said he considers himself a father of four, a husband “to a great wife,” and a lawyer first when he reviews legislation before he considers himself a Democrat. Indeed, it’s not uncommon for a Republican legislator to say he or she had their legislation reviewed by Seiler before it was introduced or while it was being considered in committee. Seiler said he’s glad to do it.“I tend to try to be a little bit of a legislator’s lawyer, where I have some positive impact on the process,” he said. “My rule has always been if it’s a really bad bill try to kill it, if it’s a good bill, do something to make it better, and if it’s a great bill, just get out of the way.”That, again, comes from his views of the process and the people he deals with, and his love of politics.“There are some great people in this process. To get to the House of Representatives, to get to the Senate, to get to the upper tier of the executive and judicial branches, they are quality people,” he said. “It’s no different than taking a deposition in a really good lawsuit — you look around and see four or five really good lawyers in the room. Eighty percent of the people in this process are quality people, regardless of party.”But his willingness to work with others doesn’t mean Seiler is silent on issues. During a recent House Judicial Committee debate on a bill to repeal the last vestiges of joint and several liability, Seiler was an outspoken critic of the measure.Proponents of the bill argued it was unfair that tort defendants should be forced to pay any more than their percentage of fault, as determined by a judge or jury. (A 1999 bill had already eliminated joint and several for noneconomic damages and limited it for economic damages in many cases.)Seiler offered two amendments. The first would eliminate more than 70 non-tort uses of joint and several liability in Florida Statutes. The second would have ended all damage caps and immunities provided in state law, except for sovereign immunity. Seiler argued if joint and several liability was bad for tort cases, then it should be removed from all statutory provisions. Likewise, if bill proponents argued that defendants should be responsible only for the damage they cause, then there should be no caps or immunities in the statute that relieve them of that responsibility.He withdrew both amendments when it was apparent they had no chance to pass the committee, but they allowed Seiler to make his points.In this year’s session, Seiler predicts the issues of most interest to lawyers will include tort bills, including premises liability, and potential constitutional amendments. The latter includes an effort to streamline the constitution by removing outdated provisions and perhaps making some sections statutory instead of constitutional, and a possible amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Bush v. Holmes on vouchers.“I think joint and several is going to come up for a vote. I think you’re going to see an all out fight on the floor of the Senate,” Seiler said. “It will pass the House, despite my opposition.”The constitutional amendments cause Seiler much concern. While he supports an amendment that would require two-thirds of the voters to approve an amendment that has a significant financial impact on the state budget, he questions other efforts.“When we start saying, ‘Well, we’re going to require a super majority for something to be heard’ and saying, ‘Well, we’re going to move certain things to the statutes and we’ll decide what’s best for you,’ that’s not necessarily the best approach,” Seiler said. “The constitution doesn’t belong to the Republicans and it doesn’t belong to the Democrats. It doesn’t belong to the House and it doesn’t belong to the Senate. It belongs to all Floridians. And I think we ought to handle it with the utmost respect.”Politics has always been an interest of Seilers. “I think I was class president from the first grade through my sophomore year,” he said with a laugh. His nickname in the seventh grade was Senator Seiler, he was class treasurer for his junior year, and then class president as a senior.At Notre Dame, he was president of the largest dorm on campus.Seiler got his law degree from the University of Miami in 1988, and shortly thereafter was appointed to the Board of Adjustment in Wilton Manors. In 1993, he was elected to the Wilton Manors City Council, and he served as vice mayor from 1996-98 and as mayor from 1998-2000.That year he was elected to the legislature, and has been reelected since. He has filed for reelection this year, but is term-limited from running again in 2008. After that, “I will kind of wait and see,” he said. “I’ve taken the approach I’m not going to run statewide for office until my kids are a little older. I love that role as a father. I will definitely stay active in politics. But to tell you what that elected position is, I couldn’t.”The legislative respite will also allow Seiler, who maintains a full-time trial practice at Seiler, Sautter, Zaden & Rimes, more time for his professional work.last_img read more

first_imgJ.F. Brennan Company of La Crosse, Wisc., has just completed work on the Massey’s Ditch dredging project, reports the Dredging Contractors of America.During the works, more than 100,000 cubic yards of dredged material was removed from channels including the entrance to Baker’s Channel, on the north side of Lynch Thicket Island, and a large shoal between the south end of Lynch Thicket Island and Middle Island.The dredged material is primarily (98%) sand and was used to re-nourish the beach north of the inlet providing erosion and storm damage protection to the Route 1 bridge approach. It’s also used to restore the beach area.The Division of Watershed Stewardship supports the beneficial use of dredged material. This project cleared sand from a shoaled channel and placed it on the eroding beach area, is a shining example of efficient and beneficial use of dredged material.Massey’s Ditch, an important navigation channel that runs between Rehoboth Bay and Indian River Bay. The waterway is now dredged to a width of 100 feet and a depth of 7.5 feet below Mean Lower Low Water (MLLW).last_img read more

first_imgPHOTO: Airman 1st Class Kirby Turbak 151215-F-IO516-017.JPGFranklin County, In. — The Franklin County Purdue Extension Office will hold an “Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Program” on Friday, June 22 from 9 a.m. to noon at 11146 Liberty Pike in Brookville.Topics include FAA regulations for agriculture, drone selection, technology flight planning and mapping, demonstrations and a free lunch following the program.For more information please call 765-647-3511.last_img

first_imgThe three blocks, edited together in a neat, 21-second clip, ended with the same celebration. The first, and most-recent, against Wake Forest featured a leap to the wing. The second — in the KFC Yum! Center against the then-No. 2 team in the country — was a chase-down block. The third, and first collegiate block by Emily Engstler, sparked uproar from the Carrier Dome crowd as she straightened her shoulders and walked back on defense.At 11:47 a.m. on Feb. 19, Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman tweeted a highlight reel of Engstler’s best plays through her 25 collegiate games, most of which have come on the defensive end. Her 3.4 blocks per 40 minutes leads the team. Hillsman added a flexing-arm emoji and a word to describe Engstler’s defensive presence in recent weeks: Enforcement.“(Blocks are) fun, man,” Engstler said while smirking after a recent practice. “They make the game fun. I’d rather have a block than a 3 any day.” Published on February 21, 2019 at 12:32 am Contact Nick: [email protected] | @nick_a_alvarez Comments Lauded for her passing and shooting, Engstler hasn’t developed into an offensive playmaker while adjusting to Division I’s pace of play. Hillsman has benched her on multiple occasions for not hustling down the court.Instead, the No. 9 recruit’s highs in her “roller coaster” first season have come in the form of thundering swats. Operating usually on the wing of the Orange’s 2-3 zone, she’s totaled more blocks (31) than 3-pointers made (13). Her athleticism has translated in an unexpected way, she said. With No. 18 Syracuse’s (19-6, 8-4 Atlantic Coast) interior defense’s struggling of late — its allowed 29 points in the paint per game in the last four contests, including two losses to a pair of ranked opponents — its best rim protector might be Engstler.“I think it’s natural,” Engstler said. “… Sometimes it doesn’t work, but I’m mostly a risk-taker when it comes to blocking shots, and I don’t mind sometimes.”Though Hillsman has lauded the Orange’s positionless system, the coaching staff tried to establish a consistent role for Engstler. Associate head coach Vonn Read assisted in her offensive game. Assistant coach Tammi Reiss helped improve her ball-handling as a guard and Adeniyi Amadou, who coaches forwards, worked with Engstler on her post-protection. Hillsman focused on “little things” like communication and holding her hands out when receiving a pass.Hillsman summarized Engstler’s early challenge in late October: One of Engstler’s best traits, her versatility, hindered her from carving out a niche on Syracuse’s deep roster.“It’s a lot of different things,” Hillsman said of Engstler’s struggles. “For me, it’s really more about how much is she gonna work? How much effort is she gonna put into becoming a better player?”In the preseason, Hillsman said Engstler and Kadiatou Sissoko, another top-recruit who could stretch the floor, performed well on the defensive end. They handled smaller guards on the wing — a staple of the 2-3. The two also denied passes inside. Senior forward Miranda Drummond noticed Engstler’s aggressiveness in early workouts before the season. Yet, Hillsman warned, until Engstler faced the “live fire” of in-game competition, it would be a wait-and-see process.Through her first games, what he first saw didn’t trouble him, but it wasn’t to his expectations. Poor positioning inside led to fouls. Engstler sporadically hustled between possessions, an affront to the system the program is built on. And when she got benched against Maryland Eastern Shore on Dec. 5, she shook her head and walked past Hillsman before plopping down on a padded seat.“She came in with a pretty solid skillset around the board,” Hillsman said before conference play began. “We’re trying to get her to understand the speed of the game and at this level, some of the passes and decisions you make in high school might not work.”At Christ The King (New York) High School and St. Francis Preparatory (New York) School, Engstler said she didn’t have to run as hard as often. She was faster than most of her competition. At Syracuse, the game was faster than her. When Engstler recognized that consistent effort would keep her on the court, she reorganized her game.Through mid-January, she used her passing to become a facilitator on offense. As her minutes ticked up, she was allowed to roam the wing and thrive defensively. Ryan Cabiles, strength and conditioning coach for both of SU’s basketball programs, helped Engstler control her body-positioning while leaping and landing for blocks. She admitted she doesn’t have an elite jumping ability. Instead, Engstler’s anticipation and timing set her apart. It’s put her back on the court, and it could help her stay there.After SU’s second-consecutive ranked loss on Feb. 13, Hillsman rubbed his temple at his postgame press conference. The Orange’s interior defense was gashed, again, and center Maeva Djald-Tabdi was repeatedly a step behind Wolfpack forwards.Engstler totaled six points, two blocks and a steal but only played 11 minutes. With the stats in front of him, Hillsman pondered if Engstler, long a question mark, should’ve played more. Her interior defense could provide an answer to Syracuse’s most-pressing issue.“She’s sneaky deceptive and athletic,” Hillsman said in early February. “She makes some plays you think she probably couldn’t make, and she makes the right plays. So, just gotta continue to get her better, continue to get her to play our pace, and once she does that, she’ll be really good.”— Senior staff writer Eric Black contributed reporting to this story. Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more