Reyes gets his birthday wish as complete Gilas 12 attend practice

first_imgMac Belo rounded out the set for the evening sessions.Curiously, PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa also paid the national team a visit. /atmSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Neymar in China as transfer rumors grow Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return View comments LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube “Got an early bday wish granted – our 1st complete practice!” he posted on his Twitter account with an accompanying video of the team doing the drills.Also present for the session were Fiba Asia-bound players June Mar Fajardo, Jayson Castro, Terrence Romeo, Gabe Norwood, Japeth Aguilar, Jio Jalalon, Matthew Wright, Roger Pogoy, Raymond Almazan, Christian Standhardinger, and Carl Cruz.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Practice player Ed Daquioag was also in attendance.The cadet-laden SEA Games crew also made their presence felt, with Kiefer Ravena, Ray Parks, Kobe Paras, Raymar Jose, Mike Tolomia, Almond Vosotros, Von Pessumal all present.center_img Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Chot Reyes. (File photo from AFP)Desperate to have a full lineup in his national team practices, Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes’ birthday wish was finally been granted when all the players named in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup and 2017 Southeast Asian Games rosters showed up Monday at Meralco Gym.Absent for the past sessions, Calvin Abueva made his long awaited return, much to the delight of the outspoken mentor who turns 54 on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Gunmen gagged, bound Bartica businesswoman during robbery

first_img…escape with $1.2M in cash, jewelleryThe Bartica businesswoman’s homeTwo armed and masked men executed a daring daylight robbery on Monday at 7th Street, 4th Avenue, Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), during which they terrorised the lone occupant of the house.Reports are Lisa Simmons had just returned home from a commercial bank when she was confronted by the two gunmen. She was led into the house where the men gagged and bound her.They first relieved her of the money she withdrew from the bank after which they ransacked the house for gold and cash. Guyana Times understands that the men further terrorised the woman to show them where she hid her jewellery.She was, however, knocked unconscious as the men made good their escape. Upon regaining consciousness, the woman freed herself and raised an alarm.The police were summoned to the area and an investigation was launched. A police source related that the men escaped with some $1.2 million in cash, jewellery and gold.The woman operates a butcher shop and also has a mining concession in the interior. Seven persons were arrested as Police continue their investigations.last_img read more

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Brad Stewart to headline Fort St. John Fivestar Fight League card

first_imgOwner and promoter of Fivestar Fight League Justin Donally says a new commission has made it possible for Fort St. John to have a fight card and is thrilled to be putting on the show.“We’ve been touring western Canada, B.C., Alberta, and the North West Territories for the last year and a half putting on pretty big fight cards,” he says. “Now we’re coming home finally with a new commission in place that has allowed us to do so. We’ve got the venue locked up and we couldn’t be more excited to finally bring a fight card home to Fort St. John, the first one ever.”In the main event of the evening Brad Stewart of Fort St. John will be putting the Fivestar Middleweight title against Cody Krahn. Krahn is the seventh ranked middleweight in Canada after a big win in the cage this past weekend.- Advertisement -“Brad Stewart, a local home town guy he’s going to headline the card. He’s ranked sixth in Canada according to Fight Matrix. He’s excited, he’s been fighting all over Canada and he’s excited to come home and fight at home,” Donally states. “He’s going to defend the title against Cody Krahn who just won last Saturday night against Clay Davidson. Cody’s just jumped up to number seven in Canada so we’ve got the number six and seven fighters going at it for the Fivestar Fight League Middleweight title.”Fivestar cards of the past have had championship calibre fights and fighters with UFC experience as well. Donally plans to put on a show that will be the best line up of fights that Fivestar has produced for home town MMA fans.“Anybody that’s been to any of our cards can expect twice the fight card they’ve ever seen. We’re coming home and this is the reason I started this fight promotion was to eventually do a show here and do it big,” he explains. “We’re talking huge names coming in we’ve got Caleb Starnes, Tim Hauge, to ex UFC fighters working their way back to the top.”Advertisement Donally says it’s a great feeling to put on a local show not only on a personal level, but to give a chance to local fighters to perform in front of familiar faces.“It means everything. This fight league was started with big intentions of doing big things in the Peace Region and we’ve done that. We’ve been to Dawson Creek, Prince George, Grande Prairie, Tumbler Ridge, but Fort St. John is where we really wanted to do this card. With commissioning we weren’t able to do it until now. This is why we started this fight league and finally bringing this fight card home to support our local athletes.”Tickets are expected to go on sale in the next couple of weeks for “Homecoming” to be held at the Fort St. John Curling Club.last_img read more

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Russia lay maker in five star victory over Saudia

first_img“Love for football unites the entire world in one team, regardless of people’s language or ideology,” Putin said to thunderous cheers.Then, to the delight of the home fans, Iury Gazinsky headed Russia in front in the 12th minute after a cross from Aleksandr Golovin. Substitute Denis Cheryshev rifled home a second shortly before half-time.Another substitute, Artem Dzyuba, made it 3-0 with about 20 minutes remaining, putting the game out of Saudi Arabia’s reach.Cheryshev scored a stunning goal with the outside of his left foot in time added on and Golovin sealed the rout with a goal direct from a free-kick.Victory for Russia, ranked a lowly 70th in the world — three places below Saudi Arabia — was vital for the home nation’s hopes of progressing, with tougher games against Egypt and Uruguay to come.Earlier, British pop star Robbie Williams caused a stir during his performance at the opening ceremony by making an obscene gesture to a camera.The former Take That star raised his middle finger at the end of his performance at the Luzhniki after appearing to mouth the words “I did this for free”.– High stakes –Iury Gazinsky of Russia celebrates with teammates Fedor Smolov, Ilya Kutepov and Aleksandr Golovin after scoring. Photo/COURTESYRussia is spending more than $13 billion (11 billion euros) on hosting football’s showpiece, the most important event in the country since the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics.The buildup to the tournament has been dogged by controversy and diplomatic scandals and has shone a light on the challenges facing the country.On the day of the curtainraiser, Russia freed the main opposition figure to Putin, Alexei Navalny, from jail after he served a 30-day sentence for organising an illegal protest.But British gay rights activist Peter Tatchell was arrested for holding a one-man protest against the country’s record on gay rights, hours before kick-off.The World Cup favourites — Germany, Spain, France, Brazil — enter the fray from Friday onwards.Brazil and their superstar Neymar are seeking a sixth global crown while Germany, who won their fourth World Cup in Brazil four years ago, will be determined to draw level with the Brazilians.France boast possibly the most talented squad while Lionel Messi is desperate to make amends for Argentina’s defeat in the 2014 final.The preparations of 2010 winners Spain are in tatters after coach Julen Lopetegui was sacked just two days before their opening game on Friday against Portugal. He had angered his federation by taking the job of Real Madrid manager.Neymar, the world’s most expensive player, has recovered from a broken bone in his foot in time.Egypt’s coach said prolific striker Mohamed Salah is “almost 100 percent” to play in their opening match against Uruguay on Friday after he had intensive treatment on the shoulder injury he suffered playing for Liverpool against Real Madrid in the Champions League final.– Hearts and minds –The 2018 World Cup is under way in RussiaThe money lavished on the tournament will boost Putin’s already sky-high prestige at home by giving many of the 11 host cities their first facelifts in generations.The tournament also offers Putin a chance to project Russia as a global player that is accepted and respected even while being at odds with the United States.He is attempting to do so despite Russia being hit by international sanctions following its invasion of Ukraine’s Crimea in 2014.Moscow’s military backing of the Syrian regime and alleged meddling in the 2016 US election on President Donald Trump’s behalf only deepened its worst rift with the West since the Cold War.Putin hopes the most-watched event on the planet provides Russia with the “soft power” needed to capture a sceptical world’s hearts and minds.– Racism and riots –Russian authorities have gone to great lengths to ensure nothing soils the country’s image.Neo-Nazi hooligans who organise mass fights in forests and chant racist slurs at players have been a feature of Russian stadiums for years.The anti-discrimination network Fare said Russia’s football federation was making matters worse by punishing those who reacted to racist abuse “while ignoring the perpetrators”.Security services have either locked up or restricted the movements of hundreds to make sure they do nothing to tarnish Russia’s image.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Golovin celebrates scoring their fifth goal with team mates in an opening game win. Photo/COURTESYMOSCOW, Russia, June 14 – MOSCOW, Russia, June 14 – Russia kicked off their World Cup in style on Thursday, thumping Saudi Arabia 5-0 in front of an ecstatic crowd in Moscow after President Vladimir Putin officially opened the tournament.Putin told the 80,000-strong crowd at the Luzhniki Stadium before the match kicked off: “I congratulate all of you at the start of the most important championship in the world.”last_img read more

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Six vie for mayor, 10 for City Council

first_img Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 james.skeen@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The mayor’s post, a two-year term position, carries the same powers as a council position, but the mayor also chairs City Council meetings, signs documents on behalf of the city and serves as the city’s chief spokesman. Council members serve four-year terms. Frank Roberts, the city’s first mayor directly elected by voters rather than picked from among the council members, opted not to run for a sixth term. Roberts, a retired Antelope Valley College dean, said he intends to remain politically active. The filing period for the upcoming election was to have ended Jan. 13, but was extended to Wednesday because Roberts did not file to run for mayor and because Hearns decided to run for mayor instead of re-election to his council seat. Six candidates, three each for mayor and council, filed during the extended filing period – Mitchell, Sichley and Ware for mayor, and Abber, Price and White for council. LANCASTER – Six people are running for mayor and 10 are in the race for two council seats in Lancaster’s April 11 election. Running for mayor are Vice Mayor Henry Hearns, Irv Mitchell Jr., Gene Gaynor, David Paul, Doug Sichley and Peter Ware. Council candidates are incumbent Ed Sileo, Ron Smith, James Abedejos, Nellie Tillman, Janette Crawford, James Young, Barry White, Kenneth Williams, David Abber and Roger Price. Citizens had until Wednesday to file to run in the election. last_img read more

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JOE’S CATHEDRAL PIC IS ‘OUT OF THIS WORLD’!

first_imgThe timing was perfect.People may remember that last Saturday night was a fairly cold one.But that didn’t stop Letterkenny photographer Joe Langan getting this shot of St Eunan’s Cathedral. But if you look closely, you will notice that this is no ordinary picture of the Cathedral – in fact it’s out of this world.A close inspection above the Cathedral reveals the International Space Station passing overhead.Great shot Joe.JOE’S CATHEDRAL PIC IS ‘OUT OF THIS WORLD’! was last modified: April 11th, 2016 by StephenShare 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:cathedraldonegalINternational Space StationJoe Langanlast_img read more

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GAA NEWS: CLOUGHANEELY DUO ROISIN BOYLE AND EVELYN MCGINLEY STAR FOR DONEGAL U21’S

first_imgCloughaneely GAA News:***Seniors/Reserves***Tá Cloich Cheannfhaola ag imirt in éadan Naomh Columba i bPáirc Naomh Fionán ar an Domhnach seo ar 1:30 agus 3:00. Tá coimhlint mhór ag barr na dtáblaí agus tá na pointí de dhíth go géar ar dhá fhoireann Chloich Cheannfhaola. Tá súil againn go mbeidh scaifte mór i láthair Dé Domhnaigh le tacaíocht a thabhairt don dá fhoireann.Our reserves and seniors play their next league game at home this Sunday at 1:30 and 3:00 pm against Naomh Columba, who they narrowly defeated away from home. Having lost their last home game to Naomh Muire, the seniors will be looking to gain momentum again to secure a win to ensure they remain near the top of, what is a neck and neck, league table. The reserves, who are currently top of their table, will need to ensure a win also in order to retain their top position. Please come out and support both teams this Sunday!***Reminder: Parking Restrictions During Games****During senior/reserve home games no cars at all will be permitted entry to the pitch grounds once the reserve game has begun – the main gates will close at this point. Patrons can park along the main road outside of the pitch grounds. There will also be no parking permitted along the road which runs adjacent to the club house – this is a private road and only residents will be permitted access along that road. We also ask all patrons to be vigilant when walking/driving through the pitch car park as there is a lot of moving traffic around on match days and lot of children around the grounds.***Donegal Tickets***Any club member wishing to order Tickets for the Donegal V Derry Ulster Semi-Final on Saturday June 27th, please contact Martin on 086-3119186. This is a double header with minors at 5:15 and Seniors at 7:00. Our own clubman Jason McGee is part of the minor squad so please be there on time to support the minors too!! ***Leftover Paint Needed!***The club are looking to gather tins of leftover white or magnolia paint. If anyone has any it would be much appreciated if they would contact Martin on 086-3119186 and arrange to have them delivered to the club house!***U-12/U-14 Boys***The U-12’s are down to their last 2 league games, both of which are home games. They play Fanad Gaels on Wednesday, June 24th at 6:30 and Termon on Wednesday July 1st!The next league game for the U-14’s is a home game against Gaoth Dobhair on Monday June 22nd at 7:30 PM! Please keep an eye on the club facebook/twitter pages for any changes to the fixtures!***Girls Minor Championship***Cloughaneely have been drawn in a group with Naomh Muire, Gweedore, Dungloe, Milford and Fanad. Games begin June 25th. Please keep an eye on the club facebook/twitter pages for confirmed dates/times/venues!***U-6’s***U-6’s have a blitz over in Gaoth Dobhair on Friday evening, June 19th at 6 o’clock. Bus will leave the club at 5:15.***U-8’s Training***NOTE: Under 8 training has now been changed to Saturdays at 12 Noon!***Donegal U-14 Ladies***Congratulations to Emma McGee who was part of the U-14 County Ladies squad who have qualified for the All Ireland Final after defeating Roscommon 2-11 to 0-13. They face Tipperary in the All-Ireland Final on July 4th, venue yet to be confirmed! Well done to all and good luck in the final! ***Donegal U-21 Ladies***Congratulations to Roisin Boyle and Evelyn McGinley who were part of the County U-21 ladies squad who defeated Roscommon 1-10 to 1-09 to secure a spot in the All-Ireland Final against Longford! Time and date to be confirmed! Best of luck to all in the final!GAA NEWS: CLOUGHANEELY DUO ROISIN BOYLE AND EVELYN MCGINLEY STAR FOR DONEGAL U21’S was last modified: June 16th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:CloughaneelyDonegal U21GAALadiesNoticessSportlast_img read more

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Could Judge still force through QPR move with Tractor Boys playing hardball?

first_imgEven though Rangers have completed the signing of former Bournemouth wide man Marc Pugh on a one-year deal, it’s still possible that the Hoops could sign Ipswich playmaker Alan Judge before the closure of the August transfer window. Judge, who made it known to Ipswich boss Paul Lambert that he’d like the chance to talk terms with Rangers, has seen two offers rejected by Ipswich owner Marcus Evans.Evans has previous history when it comes to retaining Town’s top talent, having spurned Leicester City’s advances for David McGoldrick when a £7m bid came calling in 2014. More recently, Bartosz Bialkowski was the subject of a £3.5m bid from Birmingham City for his services after being in the Polish national squad at the 2018 World Cup. The two bids from QPR for Judge were in the region of £250,000 and £450,000 respectively. Considering that Judge is a Republic of Ireland international, it’s understandable that Ipswich found those valuations far too low. The cost of replacing Judge like-for-like in League One would far outweigh those fees.Loftus Road: An ideal switch for Judge – personally and professionallyHowever, it remains to be seen whether Ipswich boss Paul Lambert will be content with having a player on his hands that might not be 100% committed to the cause. It’s well-documented that Judge’s family base is in west London, so a switch to Loftus Road would have made perfect sense for the Irishman from a logistical point of view. From a professional point of view, it would also have enabled Judge to continue playing Championship football.Judge was a key player for Brentford under Mark WarburtonEyebrows were raised when Judge agreed a new two-year contract with Ipswich just a few weeks before the end of last season, when it was almost certain that the Suffolk side would be relegated. In the eyes of the Ipswich supporters, it was a statement from Judge that he was committed to being the centrepiece of Town’s bid to gain promotion back to the second tier at the first attempt. Certainly, most pre-season football tipsters expect Ipswich to be challenging for an immediate return to the Championship, due largely to some savvy signings such as last year’s League Two top scorer, James Norwood from Tranmere.So, with the transfer deadline closing in for Championship teams, it remains to be seen whether Judge and his agent will do anything they can to force a move. Should Judge make an official transfer request, it would certainly leave a bad taste in the mouth among Ipswich supporters. Town were, after all, the club that allowed Judge to regain his form and fitness after struggling to get game time at former employers Brentford. On the flip side, football is a very short career and Judge will fear not playing Championship football again if he and Ipswich fail to bounce back at the end of 2019/20.Becoming an Ipswich outcast would do Judge no favours at allOf course, should Judge throw his toys out of the pram and demand a move publicly – and a deal still doesn’t transpire – the 30-year-old would be left in something of a career limbo. This scenario could see him as an outcast at the training ground, and also have a negative impact on his international career. Bear in mind that Republic of Ireland boss Mick McCarthy has already reassured Judge that playing in League One would be no barrier to his inclusion in the squad and it makes a promotion push with Ipswich a little more attractive than a possible survival battle with QPR.It’s well-documented that Rangers don’t have a very big transfer kitty for boss, Mark Warburton to play with. His latest capture of target man Jordan Hugill will almost certainly have come at the cost of a loan fee. So, unless Judge and his agent could create such unrest that a £500,000 deal would become necessary for Ipswich and Marcus Evans to accept, it seems that the ship has sailed in terms of a reuniting of Warburton and Judge – a duo that enjoyed such success together at Griffin Park. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youProperty Investment | Search AdsDubai Real Estate Investment Properties May Surprise YouProperty Investment | Search AdsUndoApartments for Sale | Search AdsApartments in Dubai Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkApartments for Sale | Search AdsUndoNoteableyAfter Bride Found Out Her Fiancé Cheated, She Got Revenge In Front Of All Their Wedding GuestsNoteableyUndoTop Family Mag15 Dog Breeds That Hardly Ever BarkTop Family MagUndoBest BikesTop 10 Most Fastest Cars In The WorldBest BikesUndoHealth & Human ResearchWhat Is The Best Natural Antibiotic?Health & Human ResearchUndoFood Eat SafeThe Foods To Eat To Prevent CancerFood Eat SafeUndoWork From Home | Search AdsWork From Home Jobs Might Actually Surprise YouWork From Home | Search AdsUndolast_img read more

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SODIAL(R) 2pcs Hair Comb Pin Accessories Plastic Women Lady Fashion Brown – Use these for work. I am a nurse so

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Ethanol advocates file suit against EPA over small refinery exemptions

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) and National Farmers Union (NFU), with support of Farmers Union Enterprises, filed suit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit to challenge several waivers from the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted in secret to profitable refining companies.The petitioners are challenging three EPA decisions, made under unusually clandestine proceedings, to exempt refineries in Wynnewood, Oklahoma; Cheyenne, Wyoming; and Woods Cross, Utah from the RFS requirements of the Clean Air Act. The Wynnewood refinery is owned by Wynnewood Refining Company, a subsidiary of CVR Energy, and the Cheyenne and Woods Cross refineries are owned by Holly Frontier Corporation. The companies have since estimated in financial disclosures that the exemptions have saved them a collective $170 million in compliance costs.When Congress enacted the RFS program a decade ago, it sought to protect certain small refineries from the law’s impacts temporarily by providing an exemption for refineries with no more than 75,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil throughput. After a two-year blanket exemption expired, Congress also allowed those same refineries to ask for extensions of the temporary exemption if they could show that compliance with the RFS program was causing that particular facility a “disproportionate economic hardship.” Until late last year, EPA only granted a handful of exemptions per year. EPA denied many extension requests, presumably because the refineries failed to meet one or more of these requirements for an extension. In recent months, EPA has granted over two dozen exemptions — including the ones challenged here — without providing any basis for its reversal.“EPA is trying to undermine the RFS program under the cover of night,” said Bob Dinneen, CEO and President of RFA. “And there’s a reason it has been done in secret — it’s because EPA is acting in contravention of the statute and its own regulations, methodically destroying the demand for renewable fuels.“With the little information we’ve been able to piece together through secondary sources, it’s clear that EPA has been extending these exemptions to refineries that didn’t qualify for them.”Although EPA typically publishes its proposed actions and final decisions in the Federal Register, EPA has not followed those protocols for small refineries; nor has EPA even informed the public by any means that it had received or acted on such carve-out requests. Instead, the petitioners learned of the unprecedented number of exemptions second-hand, through media reports and secondary sources.“EPA left us with no choice but to challenge their systematic cuts to ethanol blending in the U.S. by distorting the intent of the law to grant secret hardship waivers to refineries which in some cases exceed the definition of ‘small’ and fall short of demonstrating ‘disproportionate economic hardship,’” said Brian Jennings, CEO of ACE. “We cannot sit by and allow EPA to violate the RFS which requires increasing the use of renewable fuels in the U.S.”The petition also notes that EPA has consistently rejected all attempts to bring greater transparency to the small refinery exemption extension process. EPA has refused to provide even the most basic information requested in Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests from RFA and other parties. More surprisingly, the Agency has also ignored demands from members of Congress for the same essential facts.“EPA’s improper handling of the RFS has significantly cut demand for biofuels grown and produced by American family farmers and their communities. The success of the law lies in the requirement that certain amounts of renewable fuel be blended into our transportation sector. Yet EPA has unlawfully allowed massive refineries to skirt compliance with these requirements, effectively reducing the amount of renewable fuels blended into the transportation sector by more than one billion gallons. These actions must be reversed immediately,” said Roger Johnson, President NFU.The petitioners are not challenging EPA’s underlying authority to exempt certain small refineries; rather they are challenging three granted exemptions as abuses of EPA’s authority. EPA should be forced to explain why an otherwise profitable refinery faces disproportionate hardship from compliance with the RFS. We want EPA to explain why it is reasonable for HollyFrontier, which apparently could not afford to comply with the RFS, could nonetheless afford to undertake a $1 billion stock share repurchase program during the same time—and that’s before the company received over $300 million in tax cuts last year. Likewise, the petitioners would like to understand how EPA could find hardship at CVR Energy, which reported a $23 million profit in the biofuels credit market in the first quarter of 2018 due to what it called a lower RFS obligation.“With their rapidly rising profits, it’s difficult to see what economic hardship these refineries are facing. The apparent lack of hardship raises serious questions of why EPA granted these exemptions, which is compounded by the fact that there is zero transparency in EPA’s small refinery exemption process,” said Kevin Skunes, president of the National Corn Growers Association. “America’s corn farmers, who are expecting their fifth consecutive year of low commodity prices and who are experiencing the lowest net farm incomes since 2006, understand economic challenges. When refineries are reporting profit increases and repurchasing stock shares, we expect EPA to explain why these refineries were granted exemptions from their RFS volume obligations.”In practice, EPA is attempting to use the small refinery exemptions to waive a significant part of the annual volumes of renewable fuel that are otherwise required to be blended into transportation fuel. Based on EPA data, RFA estimates that small refinery exemptions granted for the past two years have effectively reduced volumes of renewable fuel by as much as 1.6 billion gallons. In enacting the RFS program, however, Congress did not envision the small refinery exemption process would be abused in such a way.last_img read more

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