Todayâ€™s Clue:They have the need – the need for speed.Past Clues:Clue #5Â The Birdman.Clue #4Thieving made legal.Clue #3The battle begins here.Clue #2The Court is now in session.Clue #1We began this venture in 1986Who would have thought weâ€™d still be hereThe hunt beginsâ€¦in honor of Jerry Blunk who hid the medallion for several years.
Submitted by the Washington State LegislatureSeveral important anti-human trafficking bills have passed the Legislature and are on their way to Gov. Jay Inslee for his signature.“Reducing human trafficking, both labor and sex trafficking of minors, is a generational challenge,” Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, said. “I have been working on trafficking policy in the Legislature since 1994 when former Rep. Velma Veloria began our work here. It’s always been a bipartisan effort with colleagues from both parties and in both chambers working together to find solutions to this scourge on our children and communities. But just this morning I read that the sex industry has grown significantly in the Seattle-Tacoma area – and with so many people still suffering, our work is not over. ”Four bills and one Senate Joint Memorial (SJM 8003) were passed during the 2014 legislative session, and cover a wide range of issues regarding human trafficking.“The joining of these two bills has resulted in better and more comprehensive legislation,” Rep. Kevin Parker, R-Spokane. “This stronger bill is a result of two sides of the aisle to make a meaningful difference for the common good.”HB 1791, which was sponsored by Parker, adds sex trafficking to the existing definition of sex crimes, and was amended with language from SB 6017 (Kohl-Welles) to allow local law enforcement to recoup costs of investigating crimes related to prostitution and sexual exploitation of minors.“I understand it is a common practice for victims to be forced into cheap labor, prostitution, and sexual exploitation by means of coercion,” Sen. Karen Fraser, D-Olympia, said. “I sponsored SB 6339 that will make coercion a felony. I hope it will serve as both a deterrent and penalty for those guilty of these life-destroying crimes.”HB 1292 is a bill that will allow survivors of the commercial sex trade to petition a judge to vacate the penalty of prostitution from their record.“Having this record is a huge hurdle to survivors when they are trying to start anew,” said HB 1292 prime sponsor Rep. Tina Orwall, D-Des Moines. “This bill will help them to find jobs or go to school and allow survivors to move on from the pain of the past.”SB 6126 will align Washington with most other states and require courts to appoint an attorney to represent the nearly 10,000 children placed in foster care in Washington.“Ensuring children are placed in safe and permanent foster homes is of utmost importance to keeping them from running away,” said Chair of the House Public Safety Committee, Rep. Roger Goodman, D-Kirkland. “Often these runaway children end up on the streets, where it is easy for pimps to coerce or force them into being abused or trafficked.”An important request to the U.S. Congress also passed this session (SJM 8003 – Kohl-Welles), asking the Communications Decency Act be amended to better meet the challenges posed by new technologies.“The internet in particular plays an increasingly central role in trafficking,” said Chair of the Senate Law and Justice Committee, Sen. Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley. “Especially with regards to online advertising that basically sells minors for sex, our laws have not caught up with the abuse taking place through new technology.”“The passage of SJM 8003 this year will, I hope, provide not just Washington, but the whole nation, a means to address sex-trafficking we now are seeing on the internet,” Kohl-Welles concluded. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0
LITTLE SILVER –The Red Bank Regional (RBR) BUC Backer Foundation inducted six distinguished alumni into its 2016 Hall of Fame on April 29. They join the ranks of the 120 honorees previously inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame over the last 14 years by the RBR BUC Backer Foundation.The new members are:• Janice A. Egeland, Ph.D., Class of 1952, Professor Emerita, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science. Adjunct Professor, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry• S. Thomas Westerman, M.D., Class of 1952, Clinical Professor of Otolaryngology Drexel University College of Medicine, Retired Ear, Nose and Throat Physician• Dean S. Ross, Class of 1969, Community leader and small business owner• Lindsay Maggio, M.D., Class of 1998, Assistant Professor University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine• Tahj Holden, Class of 1999, Sports and Entertainment Associate, Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley, Varsity Boy’s Basketball Coach at Ranney School• Bo Olsen, Class of 2004, Captain in the United States ArmyRBR Buccaneer student newspaper writers read the biographies they each wrote on the Distinguished Alumni. In addition to a special brunch prepared by RBR’s Culinary Art students in the RBR media center, RBR Visual & Performing Art piano majors provided musical accompaniment.Every year RBR BUC Backer Foundation sponsors the induction of distinguished alumni in the Hall of Fame. All of the Distinguished Alumni have enjoyed long distinguished careers in their profession and as community leaders and volunteers. Additionally, the special student guests invited represent those with promise to become future distinguished alumni.The RBR BUC Backer Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding broad-based educational programs through teacher-requested grants at Red Bank Regional High School. The foundation also coordinates the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame and honors its inductees each year.
Kingston College (KC) continue to go about their business in a workmanlike manner; Calabar High had another so-so day; Christopher Taylor is at it again; and the Edwin Allen machine is cranking into high gear. The ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championships had its fair share of high points yesterday, and with today’s penultimate day of competition promising major excitement with the 100m finals and key hurdles and field events battles, it’s the KC faithful who are happiest at this stage. The boys from North Street lead the way with 37 points, with Jamaica College (JC) keeping them company with 33.5. Petersfield High’s team has impressed all week and they are currently third on 28 points, with St Jago as next best on 24, and defending champions Calabar in fifth with 23.5 points. Edwin Allen have been hitting the right keys so far, hardly putting a foot wrong since the opening day of competition. They are on course to defend their Girls’ title with 47 points after six events, 14 ahead of Hydel, with Excelsior in third place on 26 points. Holmwood (24) and St Jago (23) round out the top five. CLASS TWO’S DEJOUR RUSSELL Calabar will have to work deep into Saturday night if they are to retain their title, but they certainly have the tools to do so. “I am not perturbed. We still have enough depth to go on and win,” said Calabar’s head coach Michael Clarke. Taylor, who already helped himself to the 400m record on Tuesday, was clearly not satisfied as he powered through the line in his Class Two Boys’ 200m semi-final, stopping the clock at 20.80, which betters another Calabar man – Ramone McKenzie’s 20.89 run in 2007. His schoolmate, Dejour Russell, followed up that run with an impressive one of his own, clocking 21.08 to win his semi-final, knowing very well that the defending champions will be banking heavily on maximising points in this event in tomorrow’s final. Herbert Morrison scored an unlikely one-two in the Boys’ Class Three high jump final, pushing with gold-medal winner Antonio Hanson and his teammate, Javeir Hall, both clearing 1.85m, in the process pushing pre-Champs favourite Lamar Reid (Calabar), 1.75m into third place. Edwin Allen High’s Janique Burgher won the Class Three girl’s high jump event after clearing 1.70m ahead of Shauntia Davidson (Hydel), 1.65m, and Excelsior’s Kaliah Jones, who also cleared 1.65m. In a closely contested girls Class Four long jump final, St Jago’ Dayshanae Hall took home the gold with a 5.17m leap, finishing ahead of Edwin Allen’s Paula-Ann Chambers, 5.14m, and Excelsior’s Samoya Neil, 5.13m. Petersfield’s Sanjae Lawrence took gold in the Class One Boys’ discus event with a 53.90m heave to get the better of Excelsior’s Phillip Barnett, 53.78m, and Calabar’s Warren Barrett, who would have been disappointed with his 52.88m bronze-medal mark. The Boys’ Class Two shot put title was won by Petersfield’s Daniel Cope, with a distance of 16.81m. Second place went to Meadowbrook’s Cobe Graham, 16.22m, with another Petersfield athlete, Courtney Lawrence, 15.62m, taking third. Michael Campbell (JC), who clocked 10.83, and Jhevaughn Matherson (KC), 10.95, both dipped below 11 seconds despite a strong headwind in the Class One Boys’ 100m, with other podium contenders Raheem Chambers (St Jago), 11.02, and Nigel Ellis (St Elizabeth), 11.04, also looking comfortable in qualifying to today’s semi-finals. With Tyreke Wilson missing due to injury, his Calabar teammate Dejour Russell seems to have little to be worried about where the Class Two Boys 100m gold medal is concerned. Russell followed Wilson to the line in a Calabar one-two at last year’s championships, but he is expected to boss the event this time around. He was certainly commanding in winning his heat yesterday afternoon, stopping the clock at 11.49 with little effort. He was still making his way back to the Stadium East area when Munro College’s AndrÈ Edwards posted 10.95 to win his heat and perhaps give the Calabar man something to think about, with JC’s Chislon Gordon, 11.06, and Gary Gordon (St Jago), 11.28, also advancing impressively. Top-billed Jamaica College (JC) pair of defending Class One triple jump champion, O’Brien Wasome, who already won gold in the Class One Boys’ long jump on Wednesday, and record holder Clayton Brown will take their rivalry into today’s final after both booked safe passage from yesterday’s preliminary round. Wasome won his section with a 14.61m effort ahead of Calabar man Javier Lowe, 14.38m, and Old Harbour’s Ryan Brown, 14.15m. Brown was third in his section with a mark of 14.47m, but there is a lot more in the tank. Jordan Scott (Campion), 15.04m, led all qualifiers, with Calabar’s Gabriel Allen, 14.49m, also doing well to qualify. St Jago’s Keenan Lawrence is the form athlete in the Class Two Boys’ 1500m, with many expecting him to seriously test Kemoy Campbell’s record of 3:58.06 set in 2007 He was comfortable in qualifying for the final, winning his heat in 4:12.98 ahead of Calabar’s Kimar Farquharson, who posted 4:13.40 for second place. St Elizabeth Technical’s Dwight Mason was, however, the fastest among the qualifiers, stopping the clock at 4:12.89. The Class One equivalent saw Rusea’s athlete Akeem Colley, who won his heat in a season’s best 4:05.40, registering the quickest time going into the final, with gold-medal favourite and defending champion Shevan Parkes finishing second in a time of 4:06.01. Samara Spencer of Hydel High leads all qualifiers into tomorrow’s final of the Class One long jump – set for 4:53 p.m. – after registering a huge season best of 6.04 metres during yesterday’s prelims. Excelsior will seek to continue their fine showing at this year’s championships in the Class Four high jump final as their duo of Shantae Foreman and Daniel Harris both cleared 1.55m, with gold-medal favourite Foreman doing so on her first attempt. Amelia Davis of Wolmer’s Girl led six others who cleared 1.50m. RETAIN TITLE
Compton hopeful Aces can stun Beermen: ‘Davids of the world have a chance’ The Gin Kings, who played without forward Japeth Aguilar due to a strained Achilles, held an 18-point lead, 40-22, early in the second quarter but allowed the Elasto Painters to trim it to seven, 52-45, at the end of the period.It was in the second half, however, that Ginebra held its ground and stopped any of Rain or Shine’s advances.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Ginebra was ahead by 76-70 at the end of the third quarter but quickly pushed the ante in the fourth, mounting a huge 23-4 run for the 102-78 lead with 3:25 to play.“Those early leads are always artificial leads,” said Ginebra head coach Tim Cone. “And I think we allowed Rain or Shine with some early shooting and that second quarter they dominated us.” MOST READ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Barangay Ginebra put on a methodical show and fended off Rain or Shine, 102-89, to take Game 1 of their semifinals in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West https://web.facebook.com/inquirersports/videos/2244609362232959/Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc LATEST STORIES Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? View comments “They brought down an 18-point lead down to seven but my players were able to pull away again with some big plays. That’s our ammo we were able to make big plays at the right time.”Ginebra had three players score at least 20 points with Justin Brownlee leading the way with a near triple-double of 35 points, 14 rebounds, and nine assists.Jeff Chan had his best offensive game in a Ginebra jersey, shattering his 5.6 points-per-game average and finishing with 21 points in just 21 minutes.Greg Slaughter rounded out the scoring party for the Gin Kings with 20 points and six rebounds.Reggie Johnson had 30 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Elasto Painters while James Yap, who had 27 points in the previous game against Globalport, finished with 15 points and grabbed eight boards.ADVERTISEMENT
Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal It’s a new, yet familiar role for Love, who was Minnesota’s franchise player before he was traded to Cleveland and joined forces with James and Kyrie Irving. Four years ago, Love stood side by side with James and Irving on media day as the Cavs’ “Big Three” were introduced to the world before embarking on a journey that led to a title in 2016.That run seemed more of a distant memory on Monday as Love smiled and posed next to Lue and rookie guard Collin Sexton. And perhaps as a nod to his former teammate, Love wore a pair of James’ signature sneakers.He certainly won’t try to fill his shoes.Love, like all the Cavs, will have to adjust his game now that James isn’t around. But that doesn’t mean Love will revert to being the bruising big man he was with the Timberwolves.“I’m 30 now, so I don’t know if he’s still there,” Love said when asked if he could play like the younger version of himself. “Will there be nights when my stats are gaudy? It’s very, very likely. This will be a new chapter for all of us, and I think we’ve very excited.”Kyle Korver feels refreshed. Following a personally challenging season, which included his younger brother’s death, the 37-year-old walked out of Quicken Loans Arena following the Game 4 loss to Golden State in the Finals unsure of his future.“I was done,” Korver said. “I took a good chunk of time and got away from the game and evaluated a lot of things and tried to decide if I still had the desire to play. Talked things through with my wife and my family, looked at my kids. After doing all that I felt like I wanted to come back, I still wanted to play. I still love the game. I’m excited to be back.”While James is gone, reminders of him hang inside Cleveland Clinic Courts, where one wall is lined with Central Division and Eastern Conference championship banners.There’s also one to commemorate the ’16 title, which ended the city’s 52-year championship drought.It might be some time before the Cavs contend for another, but while he may have lost the best player he’ll ever coach, Lue isn’t convinced there’s a better team in the East. “No tanking,” he said. “Start from what we have and build from that. Not a rebuild at all. It’s a challenge for all of us, something different with LeBron gone but we’re up for the challenge.”The Cavs likely won’t regress to where they did when James bolted for Miami in 2010, but it could be a long time before they’re competing for a championship.“When you have the best player in the world who has dominated this game for the last 12 or 13 years in LeBron, it’s always tough to lose a player like that,” Lue said. “But moving forward, talking to (owner) Dan (Gilbert) and how he sees us building and approaching this season of being a playoff team.“That’s our goal and that’s what we want to do. We want to win and continue to get better, and develop our younger players while winning games.”That’s easier said than done, but Cleveland still has some talent led by All-Star forward Kevin Love, who signed a four-year, $120 million contract extension this summer and is now the Cavs’ best player and No. 1 offensive option.ADVERTISEMENT Spurs looking forward to new faces, new season after turmoil View comments “We haven’t lost yet, have we?” he saidSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LeBron James left and it all went with him.“I’m still here,” coach Tyronn Lue said, laughing.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Cavs began life without James in earnest on Monday, taking their first steps since the superstar signed with the Los Angeles Lakers this summer and promptly ended the greatest run in franchise history.Without James, Cleveland has tumbled from an elite team and title contender to one many believe isn’t good enough to make the playoffs. However, Lue doesn’t believe the Cavs are starting over. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kevin Love (0) and J.R. Smith (5) take a picture together during the NBA basketball team’s media day, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Independence, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — As the Cavaliers wandered around posing for silly photographs, reading radio promotions and doing interviews, everything felt different.This media day was nothing like the past four. Cleveland heads into the season with very little buzz, zero drama and low expectations. 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A man described by prosecutors as possibly Los Angeles’ most prolific serial killer was convicted Monday of murdering 10 women and one victim’s unborn fetus in the 1980s and ’90s. The jury also found Chester Turner guilty of the special circumstances of multiple murder and murder committed during rape. The six-man, six-woman jury had deliberated since Thursday. Turner did not appear to react as the jury’s verdicts were read. He could receive the death penalty in the penalty phase of the trial, scheduled to begin Wednesday. Eight of the killings occurred in South Los Angeles when Turner was living in that area, the prosecution said. One victim was Regina Washington, 27, who was 6 months pregnant when she was strangled with an electrical cord behind a vacant house in September 1989. Her unborn daughter was counted among the murder victims. Another woman, Andrea Tripplett, 29, was 5 months pregnant when she was strangled in April 1993. Turner wasn’t charged with killing Tripplett’s unborn child, however, because California law specified at the time that a 5 -month-old fetus was not considered viable. There were no eyewitnesses to any of the killings, but a security camera recorded the murder of Paula Vance, 38, in February 1998. The grainy video made it hard to make out Vance and her assailant, but it did show her being thrown to the ground. After about 15 minutes, a man could be seen walking away from her body. The other victims were Diane Johnson, 21; Annette Ernest, 26; Anita Fishman, 31; Desarae Jones, 29; Natalie Price, 31; and Brenda Bries, 37. Before police identified Turner as a suspect, a mentally disabled janitor was wrongly convicted of three other slayings police believe are connected to Turner. Turner hasn’t been charged in those cases. David Allen Jones, 44, was released in 2004, after 11 years in prison. He received $720,000 in compensation.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Only a handful of victims’ relatives were present because of short notice of the verdict. Among them was Robert Williams, 50, the brother of victim Mildred Beasely, 45. Williams hurriedly called their five sisters with the news. “It feels so good,” he said between calls. “I’ve spent nine years waiting. This is the happiest day in a long time. There’s a little bit of closure. Justice has been served.” Turner, 40, is already serving an eight-year prison sentence for the 2002 rape of a woman on Skid Row. His DNA in that rape case linked him to the serial killings that spanned from 1987 to 1998.
0Shares0000Manchester City’s striker Sergio Aguero (2nd L) celebrates with midfielders Kevin De Bruyne (L) and Fernandinho (R) at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on August 12, 2017LONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 30-Kevin De Bruyne says it will be “very hard” for Manchester City to match Arsenal’s “Invincibles” in going the entire Premier League season unbeaten despite their flying start.City have made the best-ever start to a Premier League season after 10 games, collecting 28 points with a goal difference of plus 29. Saturday’s 3-2 win at West Brom left them five points clear at the top of the table ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League trip to Napoli and the visit of Arsenal on Sunday.Pep Guardiola’s team boast a proud record of being the only unbeaten team in England’s top four divisions but De Bruyne said it was unlikely they would match the Arsenal team of 2003-2004, who did not lose a single match.“To go unbeaten? Well, it’s very hard. I don’t think it will be possible,” said the 26-year-old.“The level of competition is so high, in every team. It’s not like, with all respect, 10 or 15 years ago where you have a couple of teams that won’t win against the top teams.“Now every game is hard and you need to be mentally there. And with the Champions League and all the cups, there will be a game where maybe we are a little bit less and maybe lose. But as long as it keeps going, it’s good.“Obviously, if you win a lot of games it’s good for us. You keep maintaining pressure. Hopefully we can have two good games this week and go into the international break unbeaten and it will mean we put a lot of pressure on the rest.”Leroy Sane, Fernandinho and Raheem Sterling scored to clinch victory at The Hawthorns, City’s eighth straight top-flight win.Victory in Italy on Wednesday will mean City progress from Group F with two games to spare, but De Bruyne wants to avoid distractions.“We know if we go to Napoli and win then we’ll have qualified. That would be a nice position,” said the Belgium international.“It’s important just to get qualified not about thinking about what it might mean, whether we could get a rest. If we are qualified, that is done. We might then have to think about finishing first or whatever but we know if we get a point or win, we are qualified.”Jay Rodriguez and Matt Phillips gave the scoreline a more flattering look than West Brom deserved on Saturday and Kieran Gibbs conceded City are the best team he has faced.The left-back said: “I think so. Collectively they are strong everywhere. It’s tough to play against. The way they move the ball, the way the players move position. It’s hard to keep track.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“We owe it to the American people to be aggressive on price gouging now,” Bush told members of the Renewable Fuels Association at a Washington hotel. “We owe it to the American people to be promoting alternative ways to drive their cars so as to make us less dependent on foreign sources of oil. We owe it to the American people to be aggressive in the use of technology so we can diversify away from the hydrocarbon society.” Bush, though, rejected more drastic measures proposed by some Democratic lawmakers, such as imposing price controls or levying “windfall profits” taxes on oil companies. “Those plans haven’t worked in the past,” Bush said. As Bush’s motorcade carried him and reporters to the hotel, it passed an Exxon station selling gas at almost $3.30 a gallon. The average nationwide price reached $2.96, and industry analysts predicted that prices would remain high through the summer driving season. Even Bush’s aides acknowledged that his proposals are unlikely to provide short-term relief to American drivers. WASHINGTON – President Bush and lawmakers from both parties vied with one another Tuesday to demonstrate their concern over escalating gasoline prices in a barrage of speeches, news conferences and bill introductions. In a move aimed at boosting gas supplies and loosening tight markets that have driven retail prices upward, Bush ordered a temporary freeze on oil companies’ deposits into the Strategic Petroleum Reserve and granted a 20-day waiver of clean-air regulations for refineries. Bush also urged oil companies to reinvest their record profits – which he called “large cash flows” – into expanding refining capacity and developing alternative energy sources. Bush directed the Justice Department to work with the 50 states’ attorneys general to probe possible gasoline price-gouging, and he again called on Congress to allow oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. “This is something that has been building for decades,” said White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan. “It’s not something that we got into overnight, it’s not something we’re going to get out of overnight. But the president is concerned – particularly with the summer travel season coming up – about rising gas prices.” Bush delivered a long paean to ethanol, extolling its environment-friendly qualities and ability to be produced in the United States. “It’s amazing, isn’t it?” he said. “Without much cost, your automobile can be converted to be able to burn fuel with 85percent ethanol, or a product made from corn grown right here in America.” Noting that increased ethanol production will help farmers and boost rural economies, Bush said sugarcane can also be used to make ethanol. He said he has proposed $150 million for research and development of other sources of ethanol, such as cellulose ethanol made from wood chips or switch grass. “You don’t have to choose between good environment and good economics,” Bush said. “You can have both by the use of technology. And ethanol is an example of what I’m talking about.” Thanks in part to an energy bill Congress passed last year, which included incentives to increased ethanol production, Bush said the industry is booming. “Last year, America used a record 4 billion gallons of ethanol,” he said. “There are now 97 ethanol refineries in our country, and nine of those are expanding. And 35 more are under construction. The ethanol industry is on the move, and America is better off for it.” More than two-thirds of Americans said the high gas prices have caused a severe or moderate financial hardship for their households, according to a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll. Bush’s proposals, a day after GOP congressional leaders urged him to order a probe of possible gasoline price-gouging, reflect Republican lawmakers’ concerns entering re-election campaigns already burdened by an unpopular war and several criminal prosecutions of people with close ties to the party. Democrats, though, also scrambled to get ahead of the energy curve. Sen. Robert Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, announced plans to introduce legislation suspending the federal gas tax – now more than 18 cents a gallon – for 60 days. He planned to offer it as an amendment to a bill, pending before the Senate, providing emergency funding for the Iraq war. In a letter to Bush, Sen. Harry Reid, the Senate Democratic leader, and Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois said Americans “are suffering while the oil companies are reporting record-breaking profits and multimillion-dollar retirement packages.” Reid and Durbin called on Bush to support legislation making energy price-gouging a federal crime, requiring the manufacture of more alternative-fuel cars and the production of more alternative fuels. Democratic senators, including Dianne Feinstein of California and Maria Cantwell of Washington state, introduced a bill to improve the government’s ability to investigate price-gouging or supply hoarding in oil, gas and electricity markets. While New York stock exchange traders are required to maintain a paper audit trail, Feinstein said, energy traders have looser requirements. “Manipulation and fraud are more difficult to discover,” she said. “In essence, the federal government is blind.” Sen. Olympia Snowe, the only Republican senator to join in introducing the transparency bill, said: “Right now the federal government is in the dark as to whether the oil futures market is being manipulated. This legislation that we introduce today shines a bright light on futures transactions so that we can determine whether fraud or speculation has occurred.” With crude oil futures for June purchases reaching a record $75 a barrel, some analysts say speculators are helping to run up the price of gasoline, much as real estate investors have boosted home prices. Dr. Kent Bransford, head of Physicians for Social Responsibility, criticized Bush’s call for temporary waivers of clean-air regulations, saying, “It’s irresponsible to endanger our nation’s health in response to temporary gasoline price spikes.” Larry Schweiger, president of the National Wildlife Federation, panned the president’s renewed bid to open ANWR to oil and gas exploration. “Arctic refuge drilling would scar a great American wilderness for generations to come while reducing gas prices just one cent per gallon starting 20 years from now,” he said. Bush did receive praise from unexpected directions. John Passacantando, executive director of Greenpeace USA, welcomed his increasingly forceful push for alternative sources of energy. Calling on Congress to enact a windfall-profits tax on oil companies, Passacantando said: “If the president were to actually put action behind his new rhetoric, he just may be a Greenpeace supporter by 2007.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Have you just received your Leaving Certificate results and need advice on your future? Are you currently unemployed and looking to boost your employment prospects? Have you recently graduated and need information on postgraduate programmes that will enhance your career path?Then if so, you need to attend Letterkenny Institute of Technology Information Day.This event takes place from 11 am to 4 pm on Wednesday 22 August, at both the Letterkenny and Killybegs campuses, and staff from LYIT will be on hand to answer your queries and give advice. Whether it’s advice on CAO and ‘Available Places’ at LYIT, or information on postgraduate, part-time or Springboard programmes, LYIT’s experienced and friendly staff will be available to answer your enquiries at this event.LYIT offers an extensive range of programmes and a fantastic student experience.In addition to advice on programmes, LYIT staff will be available to give information on grants, accommodation, and student support services at the Institute. Accommodation costs in Letterkenny are considerably lower than the major cities such as Galway and Dublin, which has contributed to the rise in the numbers of students from outside Donegal choosing LYIT.In 2016, LYIT introduced the ‘Enabling Maths’ course, in conjunction with Donegal Education Training Board, a course designed to give a ‘second chance’ to students who have failed Leaving Certificate maths. Staff from ‘The Curve’ at LYIT will be available to answer queries from students who may have failed Leaving Certificate Maths at this event. For further information on LYIT Information Day visit www.lyit.ie or contact LYIT on (074) 9186000.Boost your future in 2018, choose @LYIT!LYIT Information Day invites students to boost their future in 2018 was last modified: August 15th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Letterkenny Institute of TechnologyLYIT