SHARE E15 Now Available in Florida Previous articleMore Indiana Farm Bill Meetings PlannedNext articleTool Helps Farmers With Nitrogen Application Decisions Gary Truitt Home Energy E15 Now Available in Florida SHARE Facebook Twitter In response to Protec’s announcement that E15 is now being offered to consumers in Florida, Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy, issued the following statement: “I would like to extend congratulations on behalf of Growth Energy and its members to Protec Fuel for bringing E15 to Florida and officially beginning their 28 store rollout of E15 in the South. We are excited to see their plan come to fruition and grow momentum for high performance, low cost renewable fuels. The E15 rollout will bring consumers a choice and savings at the pump in new markets including Houston, San Antonio, Dallas and Virginia. This push is part of an even larger plan to expand E15 access across the region in the future. “Protec listened to their customers and retailers, and took the initiative to offer higher ethanol blends that improve the environment, create jobs at home and strengthen our energy and national security. By introducing more homegrown, renewable fuels into the marketplace, they’re making it convenient for consumers to make a difference.” Protec Fuel is a fuel distribution and management company based in Boca Raton, Florida, with its alternative fuel division specializing in turnkey ethanol programs for retailers, fleets and fuel distributors throughout the United States. E15, E85 and other higher ethanol blend services include physical ethanol supply and blending programs; financial risk management programs; E15/E85/etc. strategic site selection; station design; equipment supply; station installation and conversions; RINS management; government grant funding assistance and support with station sales and marketing. Protec currently supplies, either directly or through distribution partners, more than 200 E85 stations. Currently, E15 is available at more than 100 stations across the nation. The locations are spread between 15 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Dec 3, 2014
RSF is concerned about the fate of an Uzbek journalist extradited by Kyrgyzstan October 9, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information RSF asks authorities, opposition to guarantee reporters’ safety during Kyrgyzstan protests August 26, 2020 Find out more RSF_en News Organisation KyrgyzstanEurope – Central Asia Receive email alerts February 21, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 President targets opposition daily MSN again KyrgyzstanEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Kyrgyzstan President Aksar Akayev told the governmental newspaper Slovo Kyrgyzstana on 18 February that he intends to bring a libel action against the opposition daily MSN over an 8 February report listing all the news media which either he or his associates control. Akayev said he and his family were the victims of a “persecution campaign” by MSN. He offered to withdraw the lawsuit if MSN publishes a retraction.————————————————————–16 février 2005President manipulates media in runup to legislative electionsIn the runup to legislative elections on 27 February, President Askar Akayev is using his control of Kyrgyzstan’s news media to smear or neutralize the opposition and eliminate any danger of a revolution through the polls akin to what has taken place in the past 15 months in Georgia and Ukraine, Reporters Without Borders said today.The press freedom organization said it called on President Akayev to respect the principle of press diversity as an essential guarantor of democratic elections.”We alert the members of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe observation mission currently in Kyrgyzstan to the danger of the media being manipulated by the authorities during this crucial election period,” Reporters Without Borders said.The website of the student opposition movement Kel-Kel (www.kelkel.kg) has been blocked by the ISP Asiainfo. The name of this organization – comparable to the “Pora” movement in Ukraine, “Kmara” in Georgia and “Otpor” in Serbia – has been usurped by a clone group that is claiming the “kelkel.kg” domain name. The name was reportedly registered in record time with the justice ministry – in one day instead of the month usually needed.On 8 January, messages designed to discredit several opposition political figures were somehow sent from e-mail addresses belonging to the opposition websites gazeta.kg and centrasia.ru without the knowledge of those in charge.The other pillar of Akayev’s media strategy is strict censorship and control of who talks on the media. Aside from the 25 candidates who are the associates of Akayev and his family, no candidates were able to express themselves in the media before 2 February, the end of the candidate registration period.All the media, whether pro-government or independent, have been given detailed instructions on how the legislative elections are to be covered. In particular, they have been told to concentrate on covering the ruling party candidates.Most of the media are now controlled by associates of Akayev. This has allowed him to talk at length in an aggressive fashion about “a foreign contamination that would attack the traditions of the Kyrgyz people.” The leading TV station, KTR, is controlled by the government. Akayev’s son-in-law owns Koort TV and Love Radio. The independent television station, Piramida-TV, has been taken over by the pro-government Areopag group.The weekly MSN, which is one of the country’s leading independent newspapers, is once again in the government’s sights. A libel action has been brought against it by the daily Vetchernii Bichkek, which is demanding 120,000 euros in damages because of a report alleging that it is controlled financially by Akayev’s son-in-law, Adil Toigonbaev. A verdict is due on 16 March. RSF calls for the immediate release of Uzbek journalist to go further News News News August 14, 2020 Find out more
St Johnsbury Academy played an important role in helping Vermont record the nation’s largest five-year increase in the percentage of its high school student population scoring 3 or higher on at least one Advanced Placement (AP) exam.AP courses are designed to provide high school students college credit, advanced standing, or both, upon successful completion of a national examination administered by the College Board.According to the College Board, an exam grade of 3 or higher is a strong predictor of a student’s ability to succeed in college and earn a bachelor’s degree.Last year, 38 percent of the Academy’s graduating senior class passed at least one AP exam. According to the College Board’s fifth annual AP Report to the Nation issued February 4, statewide, 19.8 percent of last year’s public high school seniors earned 3 or higher on one or more AP exams. Nationwide, 15.2 percent of the public high schools’ Class of 2008 earned 3 or higher.The Academy offers 21 AP courses, more than any other Vermont high school, ranking it in the top 20 nationally. An Academy graduate has been honored by the College Board as one of two State AP Scholars for 2006, 2007, and 2008. This school year, 208 Academy students are enrolled in AP courses, preparing to take a total of 359 exams.A current Academy senior, Xin “Cindy” Hu, a boarding student from China, was selected by the College Board earlier this year as the 2008-2009 Vermont female winner of the Siemens Foundation Award for Advanced Placement, which is presented annually to the male and female student from each state who has earned the greatest number of scores of 5, the highest possible, on AP exams in Biology, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Computer Science AB, Environmental Science, Statistics, Physics C Mechanics, and Physics C Electricity and Magnetism.In 2008, St. Johnsbury Academy was awarded the Siemens Award for Advanced Placement – High School and was one of 50 high schools nationwide to receive a $1,000 Siemens Foundation grant recognizing its efforts to increase students’ opportunities to take AP courses.Now it its 24th year, the Academy also sponsors the AP Institute, a gathering of high school teachers from across the country and the world who require College Board certification to teach Advanced Placement courses. Four one-week sessions welcome over 500 teachers covering all subjects in Advancement Placement. To date, over 800 teachers from Vermont have attended the Institute.The AP Report to the Nation highlighted Vermont as a national example in preparing students for college.“Vermont is leading the nation in getting its students college ready for the second year in a row,” said Michael Bartini, Regional Vice President of the College Board, which administers AP programs. “Kids are thinking about college, and behind that are the teachers and administrators who deserve credit for the work they have done to provide these opportunities.”According to a February 4 press release from the Vermont Department of Education, the number of Vermont students taking the AP exam is increasing with nearly 8 percent, or 160 of Vermont’s low-income students taking an AP exam, with 92 earning a 3 or higher.“What the results tell us is more and more Vermont students are challenging themselves to college-level coursework in our schools,” said Commissioner Armando Vilaseca. “And even better, more and more are meeting that challenge.”Academy Headmaster Tom Lovett agrees. “We are so pleased by these results, not only because they testify to the great work our teachers do in preparing our students, but also because they show how many students take seriously our encouragement to ‘dream big.’ These are college-level courses, and our success rate is truly something our entire school community can be proud of.”
Today’s the big day for a number of former Trojans — the highly anticipated 2015 NFL Draft is finally here.The lifelong dreams of 32 young players will come true tonight in Chicago when they receive a call on their smart phones from a member of a team’s front office — sharing the good news with the draftees that the team would like them to come play for their city.After their names are called on stage by Commissioner Roger Goodell and emotional hugs and congratulatory handshakes are exchanged between friends and family, most of the draftees hold up a team hat and jersey, pose for a quick photo-op with the commissioner, and just like that, they’re off into the real world.This draft is stacked from top to bottom with five-star prospects including USC’s very own Leonard Williams, who is projected to go in the top-five. Other USC alumni including Nelson Agholor, Javorius “Buck” Allen, Josh Shaw and Hayes Pullard may have to wait until days two or three until they hear their names called, but they’ve waited their entire lives for this moment — I’m sure they can wait another day or two.Pullard took to the Player’s Tribune yesterday in a first person editorial to make his case for why NFL teams should draft him — last ditch effort to move his way up the draft boards.The NFL Draft surely is a great example of a spectacle with all of the green room drama, tears and anxious faces, but if you want to witness a true display of pageantry, there’s USC commencement, which is right around the corner for those students graduating.Like at the draft, you can expect to find all kinds of people dressed to the nines in their gowns and sashes, congratulating one another and posing for pictures for, perhaps, one last time in front of Tommy Trojan. Of course, there will also be a few tears here and there, but ones of joy.At graduation, you will also find an abundance of former college students in their early-to-mid 20’s that are eager, yet nervous to start a new chapter in their lives.Just like teams that are seeking a player that will boost their franchise to the next level, companies and start-ups are also constantly looking for talented college graduates that are capable of making a difference for their organization.I have had the privilege of knowing and working with a few of these gifted types of graduating seniors, which I consider to be five-star prospects, and who will be entering into a different type of draft in a little over two weeks — the real world.There’s a pair of USC journalism hall-of-famers in particular that I want to salute, though, for teaching me so much over the years.First and foremost, there’s the one and only Evan Budrovich, otherwise known as the voice of USC athletics. Scouts are also classifying him at a five-star on-air prospect.Ever since meeting Evan at a USC women’s basketball game when I was still just a little freshman, I knew that he was destined for big things. A winner of the 2013-2014 Chick Hearn Scholarship, Evan has spent the last three seasons calling USC baseball games from Dedeaux Field, where he will always be known for his “Oh that’s just filthy” call.My sophomore year, Evan took me under his wing and brought me on board to host Trojan Vision’s one-and-only [and best] weekly sports talk show The Water Cooler. We’ve been on air together almost every Friday for just about two years, and I have a feeling there will be a few tears that run down my face when he signs off for the last time tomorrow afternoon.Over the years, we continually joked about getting his byline in the paper before he graduated and finally did last week with a women’s tennis feature.I’m definitely going to miss Evan and his witty, pun-filled show run throughs, as he will be taking his talents across the country to North Carolina to begin his career with the Morehead City Marlins.Furthermore, I would like to toast to former Daily Trojan sports editor Aubrey Kragen, someone who has also had a tremendous impact on my journalism career here at USC.The first time I met Aubrey actually was at the annual Daily Trojan vs. Daily Bruin basketball game, where we emerged victorious over our rivals in a blowout fashion, and it was surely a sign of good things to come.We joked about one day becoming co-editors, and she would fulfill half of that proposition when she became sports editor last spring. During that time, she always gave me guidance when I asked for it and transitioned me into my current role, and there’s no way I would be where I am today without her.I’ll never forget the time we ended up on primetime SportsCenter after photo bombing Coach Sark’s postgame interview on national TV.I’m forever grateful to not only Aubrey and Evan, but all of the seniors that taught me something important at some point along the way. I will dearly miss all of you.Good luck in the real world, and I have no doubt that you will all accomplish extraordinary things.As for me, luckily for you guys, I’m just a junior and am excited to return in the fall for what is sure to be an unforgettable and exciting season of USC football.Fight on, and have a great summer.Darian Nourian is a junior majoring in print and digital journalism. He is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Persian Persuasion,” ran on Thursdays.