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first_imgHome Energy The War of Words over Waivers Continues SHARE Facebook Twitter The War of Words over Waivers ContinuesThe war of words between the Senate and the EPA is heating up. The issue is the granting of refining waivers by EPA to refineries allowing them to blend less ethanol and not comply with the RFS. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley is a leading critic of the agency, “EPA is screwing around with the program, to the detriment of agriculture and the ethanol industry.”But EPA’s Bill Wehrum flatly denied the allegations, “We, in conjunction with the Department of Energy, require a substantial amount of information to be provided by those who ask for the waivers, including very detailed information about the financial condition of these facilities and the companies that run them…whether there is hardship that warrants the issuance of an exemption. So, I’ll just say, based on how you asked the question, we just categorically deny the assertion that we’re granting waivers to facilities that are not deserving.”Grassley urges the President to step in fix the issue, “They’re bullying the President of the United States…just like, if anybody thinks they can bully this president…he’s not easily bullied, I believe…but that’s what they’re trying to do…and they’re not going to give up.”Meanwhile, U.S. corn farmers continue to suffer from a decline in ethanol production. A recent analysis by economists at the University of Missouri’s Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute shows that the U.S. ethanol industry could lose 4.6 billion gallons of domestic demand and nearly $20 billion in sales revenue over the next six years if the U.S. EPA continues its current practice of exempting dozens of small refiners from their blending obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard. The War of Words over Waivers Continues Previous articleTrade, Disaster Aid, Coming to Farmers QuicklyNext articleMeat Industry Needs USMCA and Japan Deals Gary Truitt SHARE Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Jul 24, 2019 last_img

first_img Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet October 12, 2018 Find out more News A Paris court today banned Reporters Without Borders and the French advertising agency Rampazzo from using a world-famous photo of Cuban guerrilla leader Ernesto “Che” Guevara wearing a beret with a red star on it. The organisation warned that if it did not lodge an appeal, it would find new ways to publicise the plight of the 30 journalists currently imprisoned in Cuba and try to win their release. RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago Organisation A Paris court today banned Reporters Without Borders and the French advertising agency Rampazzo from using a world-famous photo of Cuban guerrilla leader Ernesto “Che” Guevara wearing a beret with a red star on it. The ban was at the request of Diane Diaz Lopez, daughter and heir of the late Cuban photographer Alberto Diaz Gutierrez, known as Korda, who took the picture. “We deplore this court decision, which plays into the hands of the Cuban authorities,” said the organisation’s secretary-general, Robert Ménard. “We especially regret that the complaint against us, which concerns the principle of the right to use photos, did not include discussion of the broader issue of the appalling state of press freedom and human rights in Cuba.” The grounds for the ban would be examined before a decision to appeal was made.He said the organisation would obey the ban and suspend a planned 8-22 July poster campaign using the photo. But he he warned that if it did not lodge an appeal, it would find new ways to publicise the plight of the 30 journalists currently imprisoned in Cuba and try to win their release.The judge who issued the ban set a fine of 200 euros for every time it was infringed and said the photo must be removed from the Reporters Without Borders website. The organisation was ordered to pay 1,000 euros in damages to the plaintiff as well as 1,000 euros in costs. However the judge refused Mrs Diaz Lopez’ request for the verdict to be published at Reporters Without Borders’ expense in five French national daily papers and on its website.The lawsuit had sought to “stop publication, distribution and sale” of the photo which was to have been used in a poster campaign about lack of press freedom in Cuba aimed at the 120,000 or so French people who each year go on holiday to Cuba, drawn by the sun, the beaches or the legend of the Cuban Revolution. The planned campaign poster showed Guevara’s face superimposed on a famous image of a policeman brandishing a truncheon and a shield that became famous in the 1968 student uprising in France. The caption said: “Welcome to Cuba, the world’s biggest prison for journalists.”Behind the ideology of the Cuban revolution, which still inspires many tourists, is the reality of a totalitarian regime which uses the image of “Che” in an effort to legitimise repression. The poster also shows how a revolution that inspired a entire generation in the 1960s has now turned into what that generation most detested – a police state. Mrs Diaz Lopez said Reporters Without Borders could not “plead press freedom to distort Korda’s work for their political and advertising purposes.” Korda’s photograph of Che in Havana in 1960 “represented and still represents a symbol of struggle and the future for the Cuban people,” she said. The Cuban government launched a nationwide crackdown on 18 March in which 75 dissidents were rounded up and sentenced to prison terms of up to 28 years each for “undermining the unity and sovereignty of the state” or its “independence.” They included 26 independent journalists who joined four others already in jail. Cuba thus became the world’s biggest prison for journalists. The heavy punishment of these journalists who have challenged the state’s monopoly of information has been extended by sending them to prisons hundreds of miles from their homes, restricting visits from their families and keeping them in bad conditions of detention. CubaAmericas RSF_en to go further Follow the news on Cuba CubaAmericas New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council October 15, 2020 Find out more May 6, 2020 Find out more News July 9, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 French court bans Reporters Without Borders from using photo of dead Cuban leader “Che” Guevara News Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Newslast_img

first_imgVanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories  by Kathy [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up LIMERICK TD Niall Collins is calling on Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald to come to Limerick to speak with frontline gardaí and business and community groups about their fears of gangland violence returning to the city.The Fianna Fáil Justice Spokesperson revealed that there is growing concern in Limerick’s business and tourism sectors about how the city’s image could be affected by the recent shooting of Christy Keane in the University of Limerick.He told the Limerick Post: “I’ve been contacted by people involved in business, hospitality and tourism in Limerick and they are very concerned about the image of Limerick.“The Limerick brand has recovered strongly from the height of the gangland activity, and they are worried that the city’s image will slip back if that activity was to return.”Deputy Collins said he has also spoken to gardaí who say that garda resources across the county have suffered as so many members of the force have been deployed to investigate the Keane shooting.“The official line coming from An Garda Siochána is that they have enough resources to deal with this, but the facts are different. We lost over 100 gardaí in Limerick in the last three years, that’s a big drop.“Unfortunately, response times have been affected. A lot of gardaí have been sucked into the investigation into the Christy Keane shooting, and that has affected other parts of county Limerick. It’s been said to me that gardaí have been pulled from various parts of the county,” he explained.Deputy Collins added: “Looking at Limerick’s former gangland experience in the early noughties, the government put in strong legislation and resources, but now unfortunately the resource side is not there.”Meanwhile, gang boss Christy Keane has been transferred to Cork University Hospital, where he remains under armed garda protection.A man and a woman who were arrested in connection with the shooting, which took place on Monday June 29, have been released without charge. Linkedin TAGSchristy keaneDeputy Niall CollinsJustice Minister Frances Fitzgeraldlimerick Facebook Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Previous article80% increase in patients on trolleysNext articlePlan has potential to make Cork link a reality John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Print WhatsAppcenter_img Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads NewsAction needed on gang violenceBy John Keogh – July 9, 2015 646 Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Email Advertisement Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival last_img

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