…stay granted pending Fixed Date Application proceedingsChief Magistrate Ann McLennan has been temporarily barred from hearing the 19 charges brought against former People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Housing Minister Irfaan Ali by the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) last November.PPP Executive Member and former Housing Minister Irfaan AliFollowing appearances by the interested parties on Thursday, High Court Judge Franklyn Holder granted a stay of Magistrate’s Court proceedings regarding Ali’s application that challenges the legality of the charges proffered by SOCU.SOCU implicated Ali for conspiracy to defraud contrary to common law which relates to the sale of lands at Plantation Sparendaam, East Coast Demerara (ECD). The respondents to Ali’s application are Police Commissioner Leslie James and Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan who are represented by the Attorney General Chambers while Prosecutor Tashanna Lake is representing the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP)Shalimar Ali-Hack. State Counsel Leslyn Noble is appearing for Police Detective Corporal Munilall Persaud.During Thursday’s in-chamber proceedings, Noble reportedly contended that the charges against Ali are known to law under Section Three of the Criminal Law Offence Act. “We submitted that the applicant Irfaan Ali’s application is an abuse of process; it is premature as the application in itself has no merit,” Noble stated.The press was told the High Court found that the issues regarding particulars of the offence are “reasonable issues to be tried”. This is related to whether a valuation ought to be obtained before purchase of land. One of Ali’s lawyers, Anil Nandlall, who also appeared before Justice Holder, disputed the merit of Noble’s arguments, stating that there is no section of the law that criminalises the lack of a property valuation when selling a property.“One of our grounds is not that the charges are unknown to law, but the particulars, even if they are able to prove them, do not constitute an offence known to the criminal law of this country. Selling property without a valuation has never been a criminal offence,” Nandlall opined following proceedings.He further outlined that the DPP submitted a “sworn affidavit” saying that she did not advise on the charges which Nandlall views as an integral aspect of the case. In that affidavit, seen by this newspaper, Ali-Hack, while denying much of the applicant’s contentions in his writ, stated, among other things, that she did not advise on the charges, contending that the DPP “is not a proper party”.She outlined that being a co-owner of a house lot; she thought it best that no member of staff of the DPP’s office advise on the matter to prevent the appearance of bias.The FDA application will be heard on February 5. On February 6, the Magistrate will have to be informed of the High Court’s decision to stay the matter pending the outcome of the FDA case.In the writ filed by Ali, he posits that the charges are “irrational, arbitrary, capricious, whimsical, malicious, biased, without any proper evidential basis, made in bad faith, influenced by irrelevant and improper considerations and motives, unreasonable, discriminatory, unlawful, null, void and of no effect”.The application sought two orders of Certiorari – the first one quashing the decision of the DPP to charge him with the offence of Conspiracy to Defraud Contrary to Common Law and the second, to quash the oath of Corporal Persaud, given at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts regarding the 19 charges.The applicant is seeking to secure a declaration that the particulars of the charges do not constitute an offence known to law and contravene Section 144 (4) of the Constitution and the fact that there is no statutory or common law that requires a valuation prior to the sale of property.“I deny selling any lands to any persons. Moreover, assuming arguendo that the facts as alleged in the charges are true, which is denied, I have been informed by counsel and verily believe that the particulars as contained therein do not amount to any offence known to law, which even if proven, are impossible to yield a conviction for the offences charged,” an excerpt of the case file read.He has also highlighted that the charges have been laid nine years after the fact, stating that the case is deleterious to him. (Shemuel Fanfair)
They will be “making the point that Alberta has been a massive contributor to Canadian jobs and prosperity, to social programs and social progress,” Kenney said Friday. Kenney said he is to meet Trudeau on Tuesday afternoon and will bring up a resolution passed unanimously at the recent meeting of provincial and territorial leaders to consider changes to the fiscal stabilization fund. — With files from Mia Rabson in Ottawa “We haven’t had anything like an assurance, but (we’ve heard) language that sounds like an openness to talk to us about this.” Trudeau was re-elected Oct. 21 with a minority mandate but his Liberals were shut out in Alberta and Saskatchewan. The meeting will be the next step in what has been a complex and, at times, highly strained relationship between Trudeau and Kenney. Kenney campaigned for Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer in the federal election, warning that a renewed Trudeau mandate would be catastrophic for Alberta’s oil and gas economy. The fund helps provinces facing year-over-year declines in non-resource revenues, but Alberta contends it is being shortchanged due to caps tied to the size of its population.Advertisement Alberta NDP trade critic Deron Bilous said it’s ironic that Kenney, a former Conservative cabinet minister, is going to Ottawa to try to overturn changes to an equalization deal that was amended by former prime minister Stephen Harper’s government. Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press “Every Canadian needs to understand the consequences of the unity crisis that Justin Trudeau has put us in,” she said. EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are to hold their first face-to-face meeting since the federal election. He campaigned against Trudeau in his successful Alberta election campaign last spring, painting then-NDP premier Rachel Notley as a willing glove puppet for what he termed Trudeau’s anti-oil efforts, despite the fact the federal government had purchased the multibillion-dollar Trans-Mountain project to keep it alive.Advertisement “I find it rich when you have a premier who is now going to save Alberta and Albertans’ tax dollars by equalization when he is the one who is responsible for making it worse,” said Bilous.Advertisement He is to make a noontime speech at the Canadian Club of Ottawa on Monday and meet with federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh and federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer. Kenney says he and eight of his cabinet ministers and other senior officials will be in Ottawa on Monday and Tuesday to discuss issues ranging from pipelines to equalization. There remains and lot of work to do and animosity to overcome. Trudeau has since made overtures to work with Alberta and Saskatchewan, sending Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland last week to meet with Kenney and Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe. – Advertisement -“And yet we are not getting a fair deal with the blockage of pipelines (and) with the lack of market access.” Once adversaries in the House of Commons, Kenney, while United Conservative Party leader in Alberta in 2018, gratuitously dismissed the Liberal prime minister as an intellectual lightweight and a dilettante. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 6, 2019. Kenney said he will also press Trudeau for a fixed completion date on the Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion and again raise concerns on federal rules that ban tankers on B.C.’s northern coast and on approval criteria for energy megaprojects. Kenney said Alberta should receive about $2.4 billion going back to 2014. He said he’s optimistic there will be a policy change because the feds have promised to talk about it. In Ottawa on Friday, Calgary Conservative MP Michelle Rempel Garner introduced a petition in Parliament, jointly with Alberta MLA Jeremy Nixon, calling on Canada to let Alberta take action to further its own interests and autonomy.Advertisement Rempel Garner said Trudeau has caused a unity crisis with hostile policies that damage the Alberta economy.
How did you cope with Watford’s busy approach to the transfer market?“One of our main occupations was deciding who would stay or leave. It was absolutely crucial to make the right choices – and in fact we did, considering we made the decision to keep seven players of our current line-up. Some of them were really important last season. We have every sort of player now: some are young, some the ideal age and some others help us with their experience.”You’ve built a rather solid defence. How did you go about that?“[By] making sure we have a good defensive line and narrowing the distances between our players on the pitch. The 11 players on the pitch must move like a block. We move that block up or down depending on how we predict the game will be. Obviously, we want more than that. We want our players to be confident and daring on the ball. We also intend to have long possessions, which in fact is a reality as we have had 60 per cent possession in certain games.”The majority of your goals have been scored by two strikers, Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney. Are your training sessions focusing on enhancing your midfielders’ scoring records?“Yes, part of our work is focused on creating more scoring opportunities. When a team doesn’t score, everyone points at the strikers – but in most cases, not scoring is related to not being capable of creating goal chances. The fewer chances you create, the greater scoring ratio you will need from your strikers. It’s unacceptable for us to create few scoring opportunities. We are trying to provide our players with the right tools to threaten our opponents’ goal, such as populating the box with many players in certain moments. Rather than how many goals have we scored, we focus on how many shots did we take, how many of those were on target or on how many times we trespassed the last third of the pitch. These are the statistics that matter when you are willing to score. We must provide the right tools to our players so they can score.” What’s the most remarkable thing you have been told during your time in the Premier League?“Definitely a sentence by [Watford full-back] Allan Nyom. In the context of a one-to-one chat, he confessed that a player has to be at his peak of form [if] he wants to be competitive in this Premier League. Otherwise he must let the manager know straight away. ‘This league is merciless,’ he said. ‘Because every game has a high tempo.’ I had that perception too, but if a physical player like Nyom says that it must be really noticeable on the pitch. That defines what the Premier League is.”Would you have been that honest when you were a player?“Probably not, because times change. Nowadays there is more proximity between the players and the management, but back then [Sanchez Flores was a professional from 1984-1997] there was a bigger distance between them. It is very important to reflect on football issues with players. When players are relaxed, they share their thoughts with you. Nyom’s sentence is a simple but truthful way of defining what Premier League football is.”Is there any player who has particularly impressed you?“I managed David Silva [and] Sergio Aguero in the past. Both were fantastic back then, and they are still fantastic now. You can find excellent players all around in [the] Premier League, not just in the top teams’ squads. The likes of [Crystal Palace’s] Yannick Bolasie and Wilfried Zaha or [Everton’s] Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku are formidable.”Who is the kindest manager you have met in the Premier League?“I must say that Claudio Ranieri is a great guy. He takes things lightly and that is the kind of approach I tend to have as the time goes by. Obviously, tension and high demands are inherent to professional football, but you must keep calm and behave normally. Claudio is a very positive role model.”As a manager with experience in Spain and Portugal, how does football reporting in England compare?“Here in England, the media seem to be more calm. The Premier League is extraordinary in many other aspects, such as the loyalty from the crowds or the respect for the fair play. That is very inspiring for me. We all, players and managers, like the way local media plays down some issues. After all, football is just a game and anything can happen.” Quique Sanchez Flores This interview appears in the current edition of Sport magazine. Download the free iPad app here, and follow on twitter @sportmaguk“A newly arrived manager must respect the local culture of the game,” Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores tells Sport. “He must be up for a quick, high-intensity contact game. We had to adapt, we couldn’t just implement a philosophy that revolves just around keeping the ball. Here in the Premier League, it’s important to manage well the transitions during the game, as well as learning how and where to defend or to attack.”His inclusive use of “we” is telling. The 50-year-old former Spain international hadn’t played or managed in England before this season, but he and his coaching team weren’t the only ones starting anew. Watford hadn’t been in the Premier League for eight years and in the summer overhauled their first team squad with 14 new signings, the vast majority from overseas. Yet after gaining three points from their opening three league games, they have significantly improved.They are mid-table, and their points tally means they are closer to the top four than the relegation zone, where many expected them to be. And, as Sanchez Flores explains, he expects them to further improve as he gradually introduces his philosophy.You became Watford’s fifth manager in a year when you were appointed. What attracted you to the club?“During my talks with [owner] Gino Pozzo, I sensed I had a very intelligent person next to me. He had very clear ideas about how to run the club as he explained Watford’s project. He said there were diverse circumstances that led him to make certain decisions last season. Apart from last year, Watford had been quite a stable club during previous seasons. Therefore, last season’s events were not a reference point for me.” 3 3 3
talkSPORT’s transfer guru, Warren Haughton, joins Hawksbee and Jacobs to round up all the very latest rumours and gossip from the summer window.Our man-in-the-know bring us the latest on the Saido Berahino transfer saga, as West Brom are still considering whether to accept a formal offer submitted by Stoke.Watford and Crystal Palace remain interested, and everything seems to hinge on whether the Baggies can sign the new striker that Tony Pulis so desperately wants.Meanwhile, Arsenal’s pursuit of Moussa Sissoko has hit a snag, with Newcastle demanding £35 million for his services, and Pep Guardiola has confirmed Manchester City want to bring in German wonderkid Leroy Sane.Plus, the ‘Daily Pogba’ returns, as Mino Raiola continues to hold up the deal taking the superstar midfielder to Manchester United.Get all this and MORE by listening to the latest Insider Trading podcast above!Here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines:Chelsea FC transfer news: Huge money striker bid and defender updateMario Balotelli latest: Inter Milan plot surprise move for Liverpool flopLiverpool transfer report: Reds preparing bid for Aston Villa defender Jordan AmaviTRANSFER ALERT! West Ham launch one last bid to sign AC Milan striker Carlos BaccaPep Guardiola on Manchester City target Leroy Sane: ‘We are interested, but there is no deal in place’Liverpool FC transfer news: Georginio Wijnaldum set for medical after £25m deal agreed with NewcastleCrystal Palace FC transfer news: Al-Ahli striker Moussa Sow a loan target for Eagles
Dunfanaghy Golf Club Notes:There were great conditions on the course again this week and a lot of golfers took advantage of the conditions.Paul and his staff need to be complemented for the great condition of the course considering the amount of rain we had earlier in the month. It is great to see new members who are taking advantage of the great deal we have for winter membership and enjoying playing on the links during the winter months. The next Gaeltacht match is on the 6th of December in Portsalon. Gerald and Cornie will be in touch with team players during the early part of next week. We wish the team the best of luck.The Winter Open 4BBB competition started on the 1st of October. This competition is great because you can play any day of the week, with whoever you want and as many times as you want until you qualify. There are four monthly winners each month who go forward to the Grand Final on the 21st of June 2014. The first three pairs qualify automatically and then the fourth pair will be the best recorded score by a 4BBB made up of club members each month. The 4BBB can be any combination and it would be great to see mixed pairs taking part as a follow on from the great competition ran by John and Cheryl Chambers this summer. All details of the competition can be seen on posters displayed in the clubhouse.Results:Wednesday 19th November Open Single Stableford1st Roger Green Snr 40pts2nd Willie Wilkin 39ptsGross Donal Boyle 32pts3rd John Doherty 38pts Cat paddy Hegarty 37pts1st 9 Evan Wilkin 19pts bot2nd 9 Adrian Gavigan 20ptsCSS 37pts Saturday 22nd NovemberOpen Single Stableford1st Michael Dunne 41pts2nd Pat Bonner 38pts3rd Willie Wilkin 37pts botCSS 37ptsSunday 23rd NovemberChristmas Hamper (Stroke)1st James Sweeney 632nd Keith Lapsley 65 botGross Cathal McMonagle 753rd Michael McColgan Jnr 65Cat Tony Murray 661st 9 Patrick Hunter 26.52nd 9 Brendan Kelly 33.5CSS 67Competitions this coming week:The competitions are as follows:• Wednesday 26th November Open Singles Stableford• Saturday 29th of November Open 4BBB Stroke Competition• Sunday 30th Christmas Turkey and Ham competitionChristmas Party 5th of December 2014!!!!!!!!!!You are cordially invited to a special Christmas Party to be held at the Vardon Lounge, Dunfanaghy Golf Club at 9pm on Friday the 5th December. There will be a Mulled Wine reception, Music, Refreshments, Goodies, Giveaways and a Christmas hamper to be won.Bring friends & come along and join us for a fun filled night. Hope to see everyone there!Sunday 21st December “Santa” will make his appearance at around 4pm in the evening. To ensure that Santa has something for everyone please put your child’s details on a sheet posted on the notice board.Party Venue Alert!!!!!!!!!!We have hosted a number of private functions in the clubhouse recently and these have proved to be a great success. If you, or someone you know, is organising a private function please be aware that the clubhouse is available free of charge, with exclusive use for the occasion. So far, the feedback that we have been getting is that the golf club is the ideal venue for parties of up to one hundred people. Please make contact with Sarah if you are interested in holding a function at the clubhouse (074 91 36335)New Members alert!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!If anyone interested in joining the golf club, we have special offers in place at the moment. All details can be viewed on our website or contacting the clubhouse and speaking to Mary or Ruth. Anyone joining now will get the rest of 2014 free of charge.A.G.M. !!!!!!!!!The Annual General Meeting of Dunfanaghy Golf Club will be held in the Clubhouse on FRIDAY 12th DECEMBER 2014 at 7.30pm. Motions for discussion, proposed and seconded, must be submitted in writing to the Honorary Secretary not less than ten days before the AGM. Such motions will be posted on the Club notice board for eight days before the AGM. Nominations of relevant officers and members of the Committee, accompanied by their signature and that of their proposer and seconder, must be in writing and must be delivered to the Honorary Secretary not less than ten days before the AGM. A list of nominees will be posted on the Club Notice-board for eight days before the AGM.GOLF NEWS: ROGER GREEN SNR IN EXCELLENT FORM AT DUNFANAGHY was last modified: November 25th, 2014 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:DunfanaghygolfNoticesSport
talkSPORT’s Adrian Durham has vowed to attempt Dele Alli’s famous hand celebration on the condition that Tottenham win a trophy this season!Alli’s famous celebration has taken social media by storm since he scored the winning goal over Newcastle in the opening weekend of the Premier League season. 2 Durham took the opportunity on Friday’s edition of Drivetime to praise Alli’s “touch of class” comment and raised the stakes with a challenge to Alli and Tottenham.Durham said: “Dele Alli I will tell you this – I will have a go at both the fingers round the eyes challenge IF he is successful meeting my challenge.“In other words, if Spurs win a trophy, I’ll do the really exciting fingers round the eyes celebration.“Good luck to Dele with that, I’ve set you and Spurs a Mission Impossible which is winning a trophy. The Alli celebration everyone is talking about 2 Alli was a great sport despite having his celebration criticised “I’ll have a go at your challenges if you do my challenge…” 🧐“I challenge you to actually win something with Spurs this season. Even the Carabao Cup. Anything!”@talkSPORTDrive replies after @Dele_Official tweeted him 😂 pic.twitter.com/2hubs4Lrx0— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) August 24, 2018“So get your fingers into position to lift silverware and I’m going to say this – go on Spurs, let’s see if you’ve got it in you.“I’ll even give them the Carabao Cup. It doesn’t have to be a serious trophy like the Champions League or the Premier League title.“If you do that this season I will try the fingers around the eyes celebration.”Only time will tell to see if Durham indeed has to attempt the challenge. We can’t wait to see how things unfold this season! On Thursday, Durham made it very clear that he was not a fan of the celebration in an explosive rant on Drivetime.However, Alli got back in touch with talkSPORT on social media, asking if Durham could do the challenge.
A crowd of 13,716 was in attendance yesterday for day one of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Ballyliffin.Pictures by Joe Boland, North West News PixRyan Fox from New Zealand has the lead heading into the second day after carding an opening round 67, four under par. Padraig Harrington is the best of the Irish and one of six players just a shot behind Fox.The Glashedy Links is providing a stunning backdrop to the event and the crowds have flocked to the Inishowen peninsula for the weekend.Paul McGinley in action in Ballyliffin this week.Picture special: Huge crowds flock for day one of Irish Open in Ballyliffin was last modified: July 6th, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare 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:2018 Dubai Duty Free Irish OpenBallyliffinBallyliffin Golf Club
13 July 2012 South African Airways (SAA) has been voted the best airline in Africa for the 10th year in a row by UK global aviation research organisation Skytrax. The awards were handed out at the Farnborough International Airshow in the UK on Thursday and received by SAA chief executive officer Siza Mzimela and the chairperson of the SAA board, Cheryl Carolus. “Skytrax has again confirmed that SAA, with our excellent service and very convenient connections to 26 African destinations via our Johannesburg hub, ranks with the best in the world,” Mzimela said in a statement. The airline also won the Best Staff Service in Africa award for the third time in succession. “We are immensely proud of our staff, because it is their consistent, professional and dedicated approach combined with our reliable fleet, our hospitable and advanced on-board products and the convenient connectivity we offer through our global route network that led passengers to again rate SAA number one in Africa,” Mzimela said. The Skytrax awards are based on customer responses to a survey which is run over a period of 10 months. In 2012, over 18-million businesses and leisure air travellers from 100 countries were polled by telephone, questionnaires and online. The survey covered over 200 airlines, from the largest international airlines to the smallest domestic airlines. It measured passenger satisfaction across nearly 40 key performance and service indicators including the airport and on-board environments, from check-in to boarding, on-board seat comfort, cabin cleanliness, food and beverages as well as staff behaviour and service standards and consistency. Skytrax chairperson Edward Plaisted said SAA’s success was a clear indication of the esteem that passengers had for the airline and the dominance it has. The World Airline Awards are the global benchmarks of airline excellence. Other accolades that SAA has received this year include a four-star rating in February by Skytrax. Source: SANews.gov.za
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It may seem like it will never happen, but hotter temperatures will be part of the forecast in the near future and spraying strategies will need to change along with those temperatures. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins finds out more with Farmers Business Network’s VP of Inputs, Mike Snyder.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Todd NeeleyDTN Staff ReporterOMAHA (DTN) — The EPA on Tuesday released a much-anticipated rule to allow year-round E15 sales and to reform the biofuels credits market, with plans to finalize the rule by the start of the summer driving season on June 1.The rule also includes proposed reforms to the market for Renewable Identification Numbers, or RINs.EPA proposed a number of reforms that include prohibiting certain parties from being able to purchase separated RINs, requiring public disclosure when RIN holdings exceed specified thresholds, limiting the length of time a non-obligated party can hold RINs, and increasing the compliance frequency of the program from annually to quarterly.Obligated parties to the RFS, including refiners and others, are allowed to buy RINs or blend biofuels to comply with the law.Once the proposal is published in the Federal Register, it will launch a 30-day public comment period that ends on April 29.The proposal would make E15 “substantially similar” to E10 blends, essentially eliminating the summer driving restriction in some areas of the country.Ethanol and gasoline are both low volatility. When the two fuels are mixed, the volatility spikes, but only at blends just below E10. As more ethanol is blended with gasoline, the vapor pressure decreases, which essentially means E15 reduces vapor pressure.For years, the ethanol industry has called on the EPA to equalize the Reid vapor pressure regulations for E10 and E15 during the summer driving season. Because of those requirements, E15 has largely not been available to some wholesale suppliers and retailers during the summer. The industry has contended that adding 5% more ethanol in the summer would actually reduce tailpipe emissions.Ethanol increases the RVP, which measures the release of volatile organic compounds into the atmosphere. The RVP for gasoline is the lowest, or most stringent, during the summer months when the weather is hot. E10 currently receives an RVP waiver, which keeps the fuel in compliance with RVP requirements year-round. However, E15 is not given the same waiver, so it can’t be sold in the summer.The EPA regulates RVP for gasoline and gasoline-ethanol blended from June 1 to Sept. 15, restricting the retail sale of ethanol blends above E10.TAKING SIDESThe EPA proposal comes with a bevy of mixed reaction both for and against.“I’m still reviewing the proposed rule, and while I have some concerns about certain details, this is a significant step in the right direction and puts E15 on track for approval by summer driving season,” Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said in a statement. “Ending the nonsensical ban on summertime sales of higher blends of ethanol is a no-brainer and a big victory for Iowa, Midwest farmers and the country as whole.”Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper said in a statement the proposal is important for morale in the industry.“With just 80 days left before the start of the summer driving season, finalizing and implementing the E15 regulatory fix remains a tall order,” Cooper said.“That is why we have urged EPA to separate the year-round E15 provisions from the RIN reform provisions, and move forward as quickly as possible to finalize a practical and defensible year-round E15 solution,” Cooper said. “With ethanol plants shutting down or idling and farmers experiencing the worst conditions in more than a decade, removing the summertime ban on E15 once and for all would send a desperately needed signal to the marketplace.”Cooper said the RFA continues to review the details of the proposal and will provide “extensive technical and legal comments to support an expeditious and legally sound resolution of this decades-old red tape barrier.”American Coalition for Ethanol CEO Brian Jennings said it is important that EPA finalize the rule quickly.“Time is of the essence, particularly since EPA insists on saddling the E15 rulemaking with controversial RIN reforms that will need to be carefully reviewed to ensure they don’t undermine ethanol demand,” he said in a statement.“Without a final rule in place by June 1, this year would mark the eighth time since EPA originally approved a waiver for E15, that fuel marketers in many parts of the country have had to prohibit their customers from purchasing a lower-cost, higher-quality fuel option at the pump during the busy summer driving months.”Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor said her organization will continue to review the proposal.“This rule is a critical milestone for rural Americans who make renewable biofuels and for all American drivers, who may soon have a cleaner, more affordable, higher-octane fuel all year long,” she said in a statement.“We are still reviewing details of the proposal, and we look forward to working with the EPA to ensure that any changes — particularly in the RIN market — do not upend the marketplace, and continue to encourage investment in E15 and other higher ethanol blends.”The American Petroleum Institute said EPA’s proposal is a “lose-lose” for United States consumers.“The administration needs to scrap this anti-consumer policy that exacerbates problems with the failed Renewable Fuel Standard,” said API Vice President of Downstream and Industry Operations Frank Macchiarola.“This proposal is a bad deal for consumers. Extending the sale of E15 gasoline to the summer months makes no sense. Studies have shown that E15 gasoline can damage vehicle engines and fuel systems — potentially leaving Americans to pay expensive car repair bills due to bad policy out of Washington. To make matters worse, the agency’s proposed changes to the RINs market, could increase costs for fuel producers and lead to higher prices for consumers.”The Fueling American Jobs Coalition, a group consisting of small-refinery interests, said RIN reform is important for the economy.“The coalition is pleased that EPA has adhered to the clear and unmistakable position articulated by the president that policy in this area must reflect a careful balance between the need to maintain jobs and investment in the vital refining sector and the desire of some in the biofuels sector to expand the use of higher blends of ethanol,” the FAJC said in a statement.“From the renewable fuels industry to Midwestern politicians, there has been widespread recognition of the need for significant reforms to the volatile and opaque RIN market. Refiners, small business owners, and consumers concerned with the potential for price spikes and manipulation also welcome long-overdue action to propose needed reforms.”Read the proposed rule here: https://www.epa.gov/…Todd Neeley can be reached at email@example.comFollow him on Twitter @toddneeleyDTN(CC/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.