Willie McCovey takes special items to the grave

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO–At a public celebration of life for Willie McCovey last week, his closest teammates revealed their admiration not just for the way the Hall of Fame first baseman carried himself on the field, but how he handled himself off of it.“What he did on the field, everybody knows,” fellow Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda said. “But as a human being, Willie McCovey was very special. He was very quiet, he didn’t say much, but he had a big heart.”In a ceremony held at AT&T Park, McCovey was …last_img

EPA Adds to Rural Woes

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Todd NeeleyDTN Staff ReporterOMAHA (DTN) — The EPA granted five additional 2017 small-refinery exemptions (SREs) to the Renewable Fuel Standard on Thursday, raising the agency total for that year to 34, according to an update posted to EPA’s online dashboard. The dashboard also indicates it has two more waiver requests pending for that year.Ethanol industry interests, farmers and federal lawmakers were hopeful the agency would change the way it considered waivers under new Administrator Andrew Wheeler. The 2017 waiver requests were made during former Administrator Scott Pruitt’s tenure.Geoff Cooper, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, said during a news conference that the agency’s latest actions would serve as a “bellwether” for how the EPA would handle waiver requests going forward and Thursday’s decision would be an “important indication” of where Wheeler stands.“It’s extremely disappointing and outrageous to see EPA once again allow oil refiners to undermine the RFS and hurt family farms, ethanol producers and our environment by exploiting and abusing a statutory provision that exempts them from their obligations to blend renewable fuels,” Cooper said in a statement following the press conference.“The RFS was created to preserve the environment, protect America’s energy security and give Americans more affordable options at the pump. These exemptions undercut those goals, and today’s exemptions mean more than 2.6 billion gallons of RFS blending obligations have been erased with the stroke of EPA’s pen.”Pruitt’s EPA granted 48 such waivers total in 2016 and 2017, totaling an estimated 2.25 billion gallons of biofuels not blended. Five additional waivers granted for 2017 raises the total to 53. The agency had one 2017 request declared ineligible.To put in perspective the potential corn demand lost from those waivers, assuming all ethanol gallons — it takes about 928.6 million bushels of corn to produce 2.6 billion gallons of ethanol.American Coalition for Ethanol CEO Brian Jennings said the agency’s actions is another dagger to farmers.“On National Agriculture Day, as farmers are long-suffering from lost market opportunities and low prices, and many farmer-owned ethanol plants across rural America are considering whether to suspend operations or sell out to a bigger company because of limited demand here at home, EPA has further depressed demand for ethanol by rubber stamping five more small-refinery exemptions for 2017, and done so without reallocating the blending obligations to other refiners,” he said in a statement.“Any benefit of selling E15 year-round will be wiped out until and unless EPA gets back to the rule of law when it comes to these refinery waivers under the Renewable Fuel Standard.”EPA said in a statement to DTN that it continues to follows the law.“EPA continues to implement the Renewable Fuel Standard program in accordance with the Clean Air Act, taking into consideration additional direction from Congress, recommendations from Department of Energy, and relevant court decisions,” the agency said. “Many aspects of the decisions for exempting individual refineries are based on confidential business information.”Scott Segal, an attorney who represents refining interests, said in a statement the EPA is following the law.“The methodology for granting small-refiner exemptions is determined by statute,” he said. “Attempts to set artificial barriers against granting SREs has been rejected both in court three times and by direction of Congress in EPA appropriations bills. To say that the current administration undertook any special treatment for refiners is completely inconsistent with law and precedent. It’s just sour grapes from some in the biofuels sector.”CONSUMPTION FALLSDomestic ethanol consumption declined for the first time in 20 years in 2018.Cooper said the cause is not ethanol competitiveness, as ethanol is priced at 55 cents per gallon less than gasoline.“Quite simply, the four dozen exemptions and billions of RINs (Renewable Identification Numbers) dumped on the market,” he said. “The pressure to blend was wiped away. Because RINs had very little value in 2018, prices had to adjust. We lost more than $1 billion last year (in lost blending). It’s really hard to overstate just how important the next few months will be.”The ethanol industry is expecting pivotal decisions from the EPA in the coming months. A final E15 and RIN reform rule is expected to be finalized by the end of May.Wheeler’s EPA is expected to decide on 37 pending waiver requests from 2018 in May or June. Also, the agency is expected to propose a RFS reset.“Then throw in a possible trade deal with China,” Cooper said, “and we cannot underscore enough that we need to see more restraint on the process on waivers. We need to see (lost) gallons accounted for. We need negotiations on China, we want the E15 rule to be legally defensible.”ETHANOL DEMAND LOSTScott Richman, chief economist of the Renewable Fuels Association, said recent data shows the exemptions have led to lost demand for the ethanol industry.“To put this in context, there was a considerable amount of debate about whether waivers are having an impact on the market,” he said. “There was demand destruction.”In 2018, domestic consumption of ethanol fell for the first time since 1998.The ethanol blend rate in gasoline dropped for the first time since 2009. In 2017, 14.5 billion gallons of ethanol was used by consumers, Richman said. That fell to 14.38 billion gallons in 2018. The 120-million-gallon drop in consumption, he said, is the equivalent of taking a large-scale ethanol plant out of production.The ethanol blend rate fell from 10.13% in 2017 to 10.07% in 2018, Richman said. The U.S. Energy Information Administration expected the ethanol blend rate to be at 10.26% in 2018.“The blend rate really moved past the 10% blend wall in 2016 and was 10.75% in January 2018,” Richman said. “Then rumors on small-refinery waivers filtered into the market and it hurt RINs and ethanol blending.”From February to December 2018, the blend rate dropped to 10.01%. Considering that sales for both E15 and E85 increased in 2018, the rate of E10 blending probably was even lower, he said.“The impact of exemptions continue to linger,” Richman said. “Ethanol was priced very competitively in 2018 compared to gasoline. The impacts of SREs already granted are going to continue to linger.”INDUSTRY DOES ITS PARTNeil Koehler, CEO of Pacific Ethanol, said during a news conference the industry has been “significantly harmed” by the “irregular behavior” on granting small-refinery exemptions and artificial barriers on higher blends.“In good faith, we did our part as our industry, and in 2018 we anticipated more demand,” he said.“That was lost to small-refinery exemptions. These are real impacts. We have had plants shut down and slow down, and margins are some of the worst the industry has seen. There’s a lot of pain and suffering out there. We have a market that is not responding properly.“We closed a plant and slowed another down. We have about 1 billion gallons of inventory in the market now. Farmers are hurt by this as well. We have the fuel, we have the benefit, all we are asking for is market access.”As for the EPA’s granting of five additional waivers, Koehler said the market doesn’t support it.“We just do not see in today’s market, a rationale,” he said. “We’re very clear the RFS requires gallons, and on average, it needs to be met. It is very clear the law says that it needs to be reallocated. They have an opportunity in the reset. We have a market problem and not a RIN problem.”Pruitt indicated that in handing out small-refinery exemptions, his hands were tied by a federal court decision that the agency used too strict of a test in denying a waiver request from Sinclair Oil Corp.The agency rejected Sinclair because its two refining plants in Wyoming were profitable and would not be forced into closure because of the Renewable Fuel Standard.Refining interests have maintained the agency has no choice but to grant requested waivers.“EPA has more discretion,” Cooper said. “Their hands are not tied. EPA changed the criteria on exemptions. EPA has acknowledged that refiner problems are not to do with the RFS.”Last week, DTN reported that court documents filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit showed EPA did not follow its own policy for granting waivers.“We hope the administration doesn’t make the same mistakes,” Cooper said. “A lot of eyes are on Mr. Wheeler and a lot of sensitivity on how he’s going to handle them with historically low RIN prices in 2018.”Many small refiners have claimed an economic hardship in meeting RFS requirements, because of the costs of RINs.“They were purchasing RINs for 8 cents,” Cooper said.Todd Neeley can be reached at todd.neeley@dtn.comFollow him on Twitter @toddneeleyDTN(ES/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Your Guide to Getting Started Shooting RAW Video

first_imgExciting developments are unfolding in the world of RAW video that can change the way we make films. So what if you’re just getting started?Cover image via Blackmagic Design.Big things are happening in the world of RAW video. Apple seems set to upend the production world yet again with its new ProRes RAW. This ushers in a new era of cameras shooting with the most practical version of RAW that the filmmaking world has ever seen.If you’ve never worked with RAW before, there’s never been a better time to dive in.In this article, we’ll briefly cover the technology behind RAW, discuss what’s new to RAW workflows, and then address what you need to know to jump into working with RAW.Image via Blackmagic Design.Basics of RAWBefore we dive in, I am going to be glossing over a lot of really technical processes. I highly encourage you to do some further research on Bayer Filters, demosaicing, and rate control. Knowing the science behind how cameras capture images will help you understand any future developments in camera tech.The best way to think of RAW is like a film negative. It requires processing. This is because RAW shifts much of the processing of the image from the camera to the computer working with the footage.The RAW file must undergo digital “development” before it’s usable visually. This provides unprecedented flexibility in post, as you may convert or tweak the footage to fit any color space or other image fidelity specifications. This aspect of (well-archived) RAW footage brings a huge degree of future-proofing. RAW footage shot on a RED ONE in 2007 can take full advantage of the most advanced development tools available to us 11 years later.Image via MatteoZInCreativeStudio.Footage from any other camera or system not recording RAW from that time, before and — to a lesser degree — since, can’t take advantage of the massive advancement in this technology.This is because traditional codecs record the final image being monitored while shooting. RAW differs in that it sets out to capture full sensor readout or near-full sensor readout. It does this through bypassing the encoding of user preferences in camera — namely, white balance, ISO, color space/LUTs, and others.The price for this amazing feature is file size. Encoded video only requires a video player to open, and file sizes typically don’t get much past 20 gigs. RAW, on the other hand, requires careful management of files that can be dozens of gigabytes. Near super-computer processing power is necessary simply to play back these files. Luckily, much of the processing for RAW footage has largely become integrated into modern non-linear editors (NLEs).What’s New with RAW?Image via Atomos.As I mentioned earlier, ProRes RAW is set to upend the world of RAW video production.RAW workflows will get a supercharge once full integration of ProRes RAW across all vendors and platforms becomes a reality. The primary driver of this is PRR’s virtually identical image quality at file sizes a fraction of the size of any other RAW codec on the market.For people new to RAW, if you can wait until you can shoot and edit with ProRes RAW, do it. Proxy workflows, complex storage, and image processing will be gone or vastly simplified once the codec receives the full support it’s destined for.Put simply, you will get all of the benefits of RAW without the big drawbacks.What’s It to You?Image via Scarc.This year, the tools for shooting and working with RAW video have become extremely powerful. As manufacturers leverage the revolutionary ProRes RAW codec, the barrier to shooting with RAW is going to get much thinner.This isn’t to say that you should only shoot RAW from this day forward.As PremiumBeat contributor Noam Kroll puts it in “Why You Shouldn’t Always be Shooting RAW,” “There is something to be said about shooting with a camera that is simple to use . . . and will allow you to stay light on your feet and not miss critical shots.”While PRR is set to upend some of the points Noam makes in that article, his point about the more complex color work needed for RAW holds true.On smaller shoots, shoots with the web as their final destination, or shoots with extremely tight deadlines, working with compressed footage will always be faster and easier.As with everything, there’s a right tool for the job.There has never been a better time to start preparing to work with RAW. The stage seems set for new, low-cost cinema camera contenders to enter the market with products built upon ProRes RAW — and really shake up the industry.Looking for more filmmaking articles? Check these out.Filmmaking Techniques: Mastering the Rack-FocusThe Best Mirrorless Cameras for Filmmakers and VideographersEverything We Know About Canon’s New Mirrorless CamerasHow to Export a 90-Minute Feature Film in Premiere ProThe Best Headphones for Film and Video (Under $100)last_img read more

Unlocking New Choices in Sales

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now What if there isn’t a sales process? What if instead of a single process, there were processes that better served the prospective client and the sales organization?What if there isn’t a buying journey? Maybe there are buying journeys, taking into account the different needs of different individuals and groups?What if there wasn’t a methodology for some part of client acquisition because there were methodologies that provided a range of approaches and better ensure a specific outcome?What if instead of locking salespeople into a one size fits all approach to every engagement, we unlocked them and provided them with an understanding of the choices available to them and how to better make those choices?What if instead of treating all clients the same, or trying to anyway, we developed theories instead of a single theory as to why and how they should change, theories that better matched their circumstances?What if instead of things being black and white, we enabled people to work effectively in the areas that are the many shades of gray that reality produces?Shades of GrayIt would be much more difficult to teach salespeople how to look at a client acquisition through the lens of multiple processes but having choices would likely improve their results. There is already more than one path to the customer verifiable outcomes that underlie so many sales processes. There also seems to be greater certainty that we have closed gates to stages even when we achieve these outcomes.If the experts are correct that there is an increasing number of stakeholders in an average deal, then there are undoubtedly multiple buying journeys and not a single journey. There are different stakeholders at different stages along any path, and there are groups outside of the recognized paths already. If it’s difficult to teach and train people to understand where people are on their journey, it’s likely more difficult to win by believing everyone is together in the same place and at the same time.More methodologies can be cumbersome and confusing. However, more choices as to how to engage provides the ability to match the approach to the circumstances and context.One of the reasons many salespeople struggle to produce good results is because they commit to an approach they believe (and have been taught, trained, and coached) is correct for all circumstances. When the one right way doesn’t work, the salesperson needs additional choices that would allow them to take further action.We make a mistake when don’t teach, train, coach, and develop salespeople to recognize different patterns and identify the range of choices available to them.last_img read more

World Cup 2014: Civil tension threatens to sully Brazil’s football party

first_imgSimmering civil tension and the stench of corruption threatens to sully Brazil’s global football party when the World Cup kicks off against a backdrop of protests, unrest and alleged political graft.What was to be a football celebration is in danger of being hijacked by off-field issues as a growing furore surrounding FIFA over alleged vote-buying for the 2022 World Cup stews and anger over domestic political corruption broils throughout Brazil.The gloom is a far cry from what was envisioned when Brazil was selected as host nation in 2007. But if any country can perform a feat of spiritual alchemy using football as its tool, Brazil can.And for all the FIFA and protest dramas, billions of people around the world will tune in as eagerly as ever once the action begins. The home of what Pele termed “the beautiful game” is likely to respond like few others could, if its yellow-shirted heroes can carry all before them.A joyous festival of football would indeed be testament to the power of football if the sport shrugs off the unseemly smog enveloping the lead-up to this tournament. Brazil will be confident of providing the perfect fillip when they open the World Cup with a Group A clash against Croatia in Sao Paulo on Thursday.The hosts are favourites to clinch a record-extending sixth World Cup crown come the July 13 final at Rio’s Maracana stadium, and certainly it would be a triumph to finally exorcise the ghosts of 1950. Sixty-four years ago, the tournament was held with a round robin format and the Brazilians needed a draw to win the title in front of 2,00,000 fans at the Maracana. However, they were beaten 2-1 by Uruguay in a national tragedy known as “the Maracanazo”.advertisementWhile there will be some 1,00,000 fewer people in the rebuilt Maracana for the 2014 tournament, expectation will be no less weighty.Brazil have their script – one involving locals suspending their anger at the eye-watering cost of the tournament held with a backdrop of rising inflation, urban gridlock and soaring crime – but there are no shortage of other teams and players lining up to take their place in the pantheon of football giants.Argentina’s Lionel Messi tops the list. Considered by most to be the world’s best footballer, the Barcelona phenomenon has never hit the heights at a World Cup. Unless he does, as the likes of Pele, Johan Cruyff and Diego Maradona have before him, there would always be a hint of a question mark over a career which in every other way has touched the stars.Three more former winners will fight it out in Group D as one of Italy, England and surprise 2010 semi-finalists Uruguay will be going home early.Uruguay, more specifically the hand of striker Luis Suarez, prevented Ghana becoming the first African nation to reach the semifinals four years ago in South Africa.The Black Stars are back again but, along with the other four African representatives, they will have to punch above their weight to shatter that toughened-glass ceiling.last_img read more

10 months ago​Guendouzi lauds Arsenal striker Aubameyang as ‘Premier League’s best’

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Guendouzi lauds Arsenal striker Aubameyang as ‘Premier League’s best’by Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi has admitted that he loves playing alongside teammate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.The youngster has made a big impression at the Emirates Stadium club this season.Arriving from Lorient at 19, he has been a star in central midfield, turning in plenty of impressive displays.But he preferred to praise his teammate in an interview with Sky Sports.”He’s [Aubameyang] helping us a lot because he scores so much,” Guendouzi said. “For me he is the best striker in the Premier League this season and if he keeps scoring as much in the second half of the season, I know we will finish really high in the table.”As a midfielder it’s a pleasure to play with someone like him, it’s easy because he has so many qualities. “He can run behind, he’s in the box in front of goal but he can also link up play and play with his back to his goal. For a midfielder this is perfect because he offers so many solutions.” last_img read more

a month agoTottenham boss Pochettino: Colchester were fantastic

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham boss Pochettino: Colchester were fantasticby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveMauricio Pochettino has given credit to Colchester United after the League Two knocked Tottenham out of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.Colchester won on penalties after the game finished 0-0 in normal time.He said: “Colchester made a fantastic game, it was difficult.”We are so disappointed we could not score in 90 minutes.”They beat Palace on penalties too, that can happen. That’s the beauty of the competition, always something can happen.”We wanted to go further but we are out.” last_img

16 days agoChelsea striker Tammy Abraham: Always England for me

first_imgChelsea striker Tammy Abraham: Always England for meby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea striker Tammy Abraham insists it was always his “dream” to play for England.He was courted by the Nigerian FA but now has his sights set on a long and successful career with England.Abraham, who qualified for Nigeria through his father, explained: “For me, it’s always nice to be wanted by two nations – it clearly means you’re doing something well.“At the back of my head, I’ve always wanted to play for England. I was born and have grown up in England.“My dream was always to play for England. I love both nations but my head was just screwed on with England.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Jim Boeheim On Post-Season Ban: “I’d Rather Take The Punishment And Let The Players Go To The Tournament”

first_imgJim Boeheim not happy with a call.DETROIT, MI – MARCH 18: Head coach Jim Boeheim of the Syracuse Orange reacts during the first half against the Michigan State Spartans in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Little Caesars Arena on March 18, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)Syracuse’s self-imposed NCAA Tournament ban has helped spark a lot of debate about the efficacy of NCAA post-season bans, which almost always wind up punishing players who are not involved in the violations at hand. Many believe the punishment should be levied against coaches and administrators, including ESPN’s Dan Dakich, who believes that Jim Boeheim, and not Rakeem Christmas, Mike Gbinije, and company, should be the one banned from the tournament. Dakich had Boeheim on his radio show, and the legendary Syracuse coach agrees with his idea.Jimmy B on @dandakich “I’d rather take the punishment and let the players go to the tournament, I’ve been to the tournament” @BrentAxeMedia— Justin Hardie (@jhardie13) February 25, 2015While it is too late for this Syracuse team, last night’s win at Notre Dame gives the program two wins over Top 12 teams in the last week, and the Orange would probably be right on the bubble if they were eligible. Punishing a coach who was present, even if he may or may not have been aware of alleged violations, makes far more sense than taking this opportunity away from the innocent players.last_img read more

Weekend brings more drops in gas at the pumps

first_img Government expounds on Fuel price investigation Related Items:fuel prices, gas station Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 26 Jan 2015 – Fuel prices keep on falling as public outcry and media reports continue to draw attention to what many believe is a disparity between OPEC drops in the cost of oil by the barrel and costs per gallon at the pumps here. On Friday, one gas station dipped to under $5 per gallon on regular petrol; all on Providenciales now fall below $6 per gallon of gas at the pumps. On Thursday the country’s Premier was asked about the investigation which will reap a report on the pricing of fuel by next week and Hon Rufus Ewing was quizzed about dredging; gas station owners have said the cost to ferry in fuel is one of the reasons the TCI has seen little movement. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img ENERGY COMMISSIONER SENT TO INVESTIGATE FUEL PRICES Recommended for youlast_img read more