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QPR planning for the future – Ferdinand

first_imgLes Ferdinand has told QPR’s website the signings of teenagers Axel Prohouly and Joseph N’Guessan underline a change of direction in the club’s transfer strategy.France youth international midfielder Prohouly, 17, and former Stevenage forward N’Guessan, 19, will be added to Rangers’ development squad next season.And director of football Ferdinand believes recruiting talented youngsters and moulding them into first-team players will benefit the club in the long term.He said: “Both Axel and Joseph are players that we’ve identified with the future in mind.“While there is much talk currently surrounding our transfer activity at first-team level, it’s important that we also recruit and produce players from the levels below.“We’ve publicly stated that’s our aim moving forward, and we’re pleased to have added both Axel and Joseph to our EDS squad.”See also:Two youngsters brought in by RangersQPR in talks to bring back MackieGnanalingam given co-chairman role at QPRQPR youngster gets French call-upFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Warriors’ Steve Kerr with the latest on Kevin Durant’s injury

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!HOUSTON — Though Kevin Durant will sit out when the Warriors (45-21) visit the Houston Rockets on Wednesday (42-25) with a right ankle contusion, Warriors coach Steve Kerr expressed uncertainty about Durant’s availability during the remainder of the team’s four-game trip.“I expect him at some point,” Kerr said. “I don’t know when.”The Warriors play in Oklahoma …last_img read more

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House Committee Tackles Refinery Waiver

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Todd NeeleyDTN Staff ReporterOMAHA (DTN) — Siouxland Energy Cooperative in Iowa has experienced firsthand the recent ups and downs of the Renewable Fuel Standard.When the EPA granted 31 new small-refinery exemptions on August 9, it was the final straw for the corn-ethanol plant. Company officials were left with no choice but to shut down production.The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce on Tuesday examined the effects 85 small-refinery exemptions have had on biofuels and agriculture since 2016, during a hearing on the proposed Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act of 2019.The legislation would, among other things, require the EPA to make available more information on refinery exemptions.In recent weeks Siouxland Energy has returned to 50% production thanks to a change in the plant’s carbon emissions score from the California Air Resources Board. The change opened the California market to the Midwest producer.Primghar, Iowa, farmer Kelly Nieuwenhuis, president of Siouxland Energy, told the committee increased transparency on the exemptions process would help.“We’ve had farm subsidies and everyone sitting in this room can go online and see how much I’ve seen in farm subsidies,” Nieuwenhuis said. “I think small-refinery exemptions should be transparent.”Biofuels and agriculture interests say the more than 4 billion gallons in lost biofuels blending between 2016 and 2018, led to a fall in the volume of ethanol gallons blended in the United States for the first time in about 20 years.WAIVERS IN PUBLICCommittee Chairman Rep. Frank Pallone, D-New Jersey, said EPA decisions on exemptions should be made in the public eye because they are “far too consequential.“President Trump is pitting farmers and refiners against each other to the detriment of all stakeholders and consumers,” he said. “As a result, the RFS does not appear to be working the way it should for anyone involved.”Biofuels and agriculture groups point to the expansion of approved waivers as a reason for lost biofuels demand.During the hearing Chet Thompson, president and chief executive officer of the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, said data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration show the blend rate is at its highest level in history at 10.2% — effectively undermining claims of lost demand.“Contrary to the premise of today’s hearing and much of the narrative around this issue, however, small-refinery waivers have not had any demonstrable impact on domestic biofuels demand, which is at or near record highs,” Thompson said.“In fact, until recently, the administration’s RFS policy reduced compliance costs while enabling record biofuel use. EPA recently departed from this balance with a proposed reallocation that amounts to nothing more than an unjustified increase in the regulatory burden for non-exempt parties.”PLANTS SHUTTING DOWNRenewable Fuels Association President and Chief Executive Officer Geoff Cooper countered by pointing to the fact 19 ethanol plants have halted production as a result of small-refinery exemptions and historically low margins.The slowdown in production at those plants has affected about 700 direct jobs and about 2,800 indirect jobs, Cooper said.“In response to sustained weak or negative margins, ethanol plants have been forced to idle or shut down permanently,” he said.“Since the spring of 2018 — when the public began to recognize EPA’s massive expansion of the SRE program — at least 19 ethanol plants with combined production capacity of about 1.1 billion gallons have temporarily idled production or permanently closed. When an ethanol plant goes down, the local community suffers. The idling of an ethanol plant — even if temporary — sends damaging shockwaves throughout the entire community in which the facility operates, including lost jobs, the immediate loss of a local market for corn, and a sudden drop in local corn prices.”As president of Siouxland Energy, Nieuwenhuis said he was put in a tough spot when EPA announced the 31 exemptions in August.“Each year our plant produces up to 90 million gallons of clean, renewable biofuel,” he said.“And nearly all the corn I produce on my 2,100 acres is normally sold to this ethanol plant. Because of EPA’s actions to help pad the oil industry’s bottom line at the expense of farmers and biofuel producers, about six weeks ago, we had to make the hard decision to shut our local plant down and shut off a key local market for hundreds of farmers, including myself. Our plant has been operating for two decades — including throughout the great recession — without ever having to shut down operations.”On Oct. 15, the EPA announced a supplemental proposal to the 2020 renewable volume obligations rule, designed to account for small-refinery exemptions for 2020. The EPA proposed using average numbers from the U.S. Department of Energy on exempted gallons that come in far below actual waived gallons.Gene Gebolys, founder, president and chief executive officer of biodiesel producer World Energy, said his company has experienced the ill effects of small-refinery exemptions.“The impact on the industry is devastating,” he said.“World Energy, alone, has been forced to close three facilities, impacting more than 100 workers. EPA’s recent proposal to estimate small-refinery exemptions in 2020 will never make up for its past demand destruction. When EPA finalizes its 2020 renewable fuel obligations rule by the end of this year, it must fully account for small-refinery exemptions, or industry contraction and job losses will continue throughout the biofuels and broader agricultural economy.”The EPA is holding a public hearing in Ypsilanti, Michigan, on Wednesday on the agency’s latest supplemental proposal to the RFS.Todd Neeley can be reached at todd.neeley@dtn.comFollow him on Twitter @toddneeleyDTN(CCSK)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Mets Roll Over The Rockies, 4-0

first_imgNEW YORK — Matt Harvey is pitching for October.Knowing he is on a rough innings limit in his first season since having Tommy John surgery, the Dark Knight has adjusted his mindset some. He’s focusing less on striking out batters and more on getting quick outs.He’s doing that by pounding the strike zone and on Aug. 11 he had pinpoint control, allowing only four hits over eight innings of the New York Mets’ 4-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies.“At this point when your innings start getting up that high, the biggest thing is throwing strikes and not putting runners on base,” he said. “I don’t mind the first pitch ground outs to shortstop or whatnot, that gets you into the later innings in games.”Harvey (11-7) was dialed in for a fourth straight start, throwing 97 pitches, 66 for strikes. He walked none for the third straight outing and struck out four.The right-hander allowed only three infield singles until Ben Paulsen doubled down the right field line in the seventh.Harvey had his second consecutive scoreless outing and has allowed just three runs over his last four starts. He was lifted for pinch-hitter Curtis Granderson with the bases loaded in the eighth.“He’s starting to get all the things we know he has — all the weapons, all the things that made him special,” Mets Manager Terry Collins said.Ruben Tejada had a go-ahead single in the sixth and Juan Lagares had a two-run double in the eighth to help the Mets improve to 40-18 at home, matching last season’s win total when they lost 41 at Citi Field.Granderson got a gift RBI from Boone Logan for the second straight night. He was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded Aug. 10. This time Logan walked Granderson, who did not start against Chris Rusin (3-5), a lefty.Lagares, who has lost most of his playing time since the arrival of Yoenis Cespedes, followed with the two-run double.Eric O’Flaherty gave up a double to Jose Reyes in the ninth, but finished the five-hitter for the NL East leader’s ninth win in 11 games and eighth straight at Citi Field against Colorado.Rusin (3-5) put men on base in four of the first five innings but New York was hitless in seven at-bats with runners in scoring position.“We knew it was going to be hard to score against Harvey and he was real good. Rusin did a great job,” manager Walt Weiss said.That changed in the sixth, when Tejada, a right-handed batter, grounded an outside pitch through the hole between first and second with second baseman DJ LeMahieu shading up the middle to give the Mets the lead.“I was looking to make good contact to right field,” Tejada said.Michael Cuddyer singled twice, scored on Tejada’s hit and had a stolen base against the team he played for the past three years. He turned down the Rockies’ one-year offer this winter to sign with New York for two years.“It felt good to contribute on the field rather than as a cheerleader the last couple of weeks,” said Cuddyer, who came off the disabled list Aug. 10.(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Kontron: COM Express modules with Atom, Core, and Xeon E processors now with more RAM

first_img Continue Reading Previous Greater system complexity drives need for interface standardNext RTI announces medical-grade connectivity framework Kontron is now offering COM Express modules with up to 128 GB non-ECC/ECC DDR4 memory: the COM Express module COMe-bDV7 with Intel Atom C3000 processors in Basic Type 7 form factor and the COMe-bCL6 module with the 8th generation Intel Xeon E or Intel Core processors in Basic Type 6 form factor. Both can optionally be equipped with four memory sockets enabling a maximum memory expansion of 128GB. Kontron customers benefit immediately from the availability of the new 32 GB SO-DIMMs. The new COM Express modules will be on display at embedded world 2019. The COMe-bDV7 module offers server-level computing power with up to 16 processor cores. Up to four 10GbE-KR ports provide the ideal basis for network intensive applications. The KR design allows maximum flexibility in defining the physical interface: KR for backplane connectivity, copper (RJ45), or fiber (SFP+) on the baseboard in conjunction with the appropriate PHY (Physical Layer). In addition, the NC-SI interface enables the connection of a Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) on the baseboard for out-of-band remote management. This improves reliability and also helps to reduce the total operating costs. Now the COMe-bDV7 supports up to 128 GB ECC/non-ECC DDR4 memory. The result is an optimal ratio of multi-core CPU performance to memory size.The COMe-bCL6 is based on the 8th generation Intel Core or Intel Xeon E processor family with mobile chipset (CM246/QM370 PCH), which guarantees highest industrial quality and flexible application possibilities. The COM Express module is available in various processor versions, including six-core processor models. All variants can now be optionally equipped with up to 128 GB non-ECC/ECC DDR4 memory. The COM Express module supports the Intel Optane system accelerator for fast data transfer to and from high-capacity mass storage devices. The optional onboard NVMe SSD also supports the fastest storage technology currently available in a very compact design. Thanks to USB 3.1 support at up to 10Gbps, twice the bandwidth (compared to USB 3.0) can be achieved for fast data transfer. Users of the COMe-bCL6 also benefit from the powerful graphics performance of the 8th processor generation from Intel. Up to four 4K displays – three of them independent – can be controlled; UHD streaming enables high-quality video applications.Typical applications include communication, digital signage, professional gaming and entertainment, medical imaging, surveillance and security, as well as industrial plant, machine, and robot control, both at shop floor level and in the control room. In the rugged R E2S version, the COMe-bCL6 meets the specific requirements of the defense and transportation market, thanks to the integrated rapid shutdown function, ECC memory support, and suitability for use in the industrial temperature range from -40 to +85°C.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

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MS Dhoni tutors Rajasthan Royals players after leading CSK to thrilling win

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni had calmed down after Chennai Super Kings’ win on Thursday night and was seen mingling with a few Rajasthan Royals players after the match. Dhoni was livid just moments before the match ended as in the final over a no-ball controversy erupted and the Super Kings captain lost his cool.Dhoni had stormed on to the field after Ben Stokes delivered a waist-high full toss in the fourth ball of the final over. The umpire at the non-striker’s end immediately raised his arm signalling a no-ball but umpire Bruce Oxenford at square let, said it was a legal delivery.Chennai Super Kings at the time needed 6 runs from 2 balls. On-field batsmen Ravindra Jadeja and Mitchell Santner immediately got into an argument with the umpires while MS Dhoni, who had got out in the third ball of that over, charged onto the field from the CSK dugout and was involved in a heated argument with the umpires.WATCH: What happened there?https://t.co/QgrjBWBPDv #RRvCSK pic.twitter.com/4VYFQbuoV3IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 12, 2019Dhoni was fined 50 per cent of his match fees for his outburst after the game which the Super Kings eventually managed to win by 4 wickets to consolidate their position at the top of the table. It was also Dhoni’s 100th IPL win as captain, he is the first ever skipper to achieve the feat.With six wins from seven matches and 12 points in their kitty, Chennai Super Kings are very close to qualifying for the playoffs.advertisementDhoni was adjudged man-of-the-match and was seen speaking to a few of the Rajasthan Royals players after the post-match presentation.Pure class during match. Masterclass post it. #WhistlePodu #Yellove #RRvCSK pic.twitter.com/ruAbfDFDypChennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) April 12, 2019″Probably explaining how it was exactly done! #Thala masterclass! #WhistlePodu #Yellove,” CSK twitter captioned the post along with a video.Probably explaining how it was exactly done! #Thala masterclass! #WhistlePodu #Yellove pic.twitter.com/ZVwvxCeONnChennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) April 11, 2019Dhoni was also thankful of the crowd support that he got at the Sawai Mansingh stadium and recalled his knock of 183 not out that he got at the same ground against Sri Lanka in a one-day game back in 2005.”We have got very good support over here, thanks to them. Not to forget, one of my biggest innings came here so special attachment with this place,” Dhoni said at the post-match presentation.Also Read | MS Dhoni’s outburst at umpire in RR vs CSK match probably not right: Jos ButtlerAlso Read | MS Dhoni lucky to get away with small fine: Sanjay Manjrekar on IPL 2019 no-ball rowAlso Read | MS Dhoni first ever captain to win 100 matches in IPL historylast_img read more