Rivals Petron, Foton face off; Cocolife tries to stretch upset run vs F2

first_imgPetron had already netted American smasher Lindsay Stalzer, who helped steer Foton to the Grand Prix title last year.“There’s no truth to it, no plans for it,” Chua told the Inquirer. “The league might get upset with me.”Before the denial, there were reports that Petron was also reportedly eyeing F2 Logistics vital cogs Kim Fajardo and Dawn Macandili for next season.“We just got [our] buildup completed, that’s why we won a championship right away,” said Chua, referring to the team’s All-Filipino Cup triumph this season.Petron and Foton could have hogged the spotlight in the knockout semifinals that kick off at 4 p.m., but Cocolife managed to steal some of the thunder with a huge quarterfinal upset over heavily-favored Cignal, 25-23, 25-23, 25-20, late Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Thompson hopes to build legacy in Ginebra LATEST STORIES Saturday’s winners advance to the best-of-three championship series while the losers slug it out for third place.And the oft-overlooked Asset Managers, armed with a low-key squad and a solid coaching staff led by Kungfu Reyes, will attempt to trigger a major tectonic shift against the F2 Logistics Cargo Movers, who won their first six matches here.“Making it to the semifinals is a big achievement to our team,” said Reyes. “But we will not settle for fourth place.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Under the glare of a roster-raiding controversy and in the shadow of a major tournament upset, Petron and Foton take their budding rivalry to the next stage as they slug it out in the knockout semifinals of the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.Foton coach Moro Branislav said Petron brings out the best in his team, having dealt its only loss in the eliminations (25-21, 25-22, 12-25, 25-20).ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? “Foton likes playing contra Petron,” said the Serbian mentor. “It’s going to be an interesting match.”The feeling, it turns out, is mutual.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defensePetron coach Shaq Delos Santos echoed Branislav’s sentiments, citing the “little rivalry” between the squads—a rivalry heightened because of the issue of roster pirating.But that has been quelled for now as San Miguel sports chief Alfrancis Chua denied reports that Petron is looking to dip its fingers into other teams’ rosters, telling the Inquirer that the Blaze Boosters have no plans of acquiring the Tornadoes’ Sara Klisura for the next Grand Prix. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnylast_img read more

EPA Releases E15 Rule; Clock Ticks

first_imgShare 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 todd.neeley@dtn.comFollow him on Twitter @toddneeleyDTN(CC/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

The Future of Location Data, Beyond Social Networking

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Location#NYT#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Data about the geographic locations of people and things will in the near-term future become a massive flow of sensor, satellite and citizen input made freely available to developers through government and other collaboration programs. It will be available in real time, to and from mobile devices, and be machine processed to pick out objects and patterns that can be used as hooks for mashups. That’s the vision of geospatial specialist Matt Ball, articulated in a high-value blog post today titled How will the geospatial data market evolve over the next ten years? The post provides a great look at the way the future may take shape, if current trends unfold as expected.“The next ten years,” Ball writes, “will be a time of many changes, but will also bring a greater empowerment of the GIS [geographic information systems] user given the amount of available data, with much of it for free.”Volunteered DataBall points to Open Street Map as a free, collaborative location platform that “nearly matches that of the commercial providers, and in some cases it surpasses it for accuracy and level of detail.” Open Street Map is a good example of an emerging location platform. See, for example, TopOSM, a collection of topographical maps based on Open Street Map. Blogger Leszek Pawlowicz described the state of that project in detail last month.Along with web-based volunteered data, mobile is aimed to become a force of deep disruption. Ball puts it very well, like this:The better location precision of these devices will help greatly in both the collection of accurate geospatial data, and the delivery of helpful location-aware applications. The mobile platforms are quickly dwarfing all other computing platforms in terms of their number, and their pace of innovation. This trend will continue to the point where we have less robust computing platforms, but much greater connectivity to each other and the details that are of interest to us.Higher-Level DevelopmentsBall also offers inspiring descriptions of the rise of sensor data, machine processing (“machine learning and automated extraction tools that pull information from data”), real-time data, standards and government mashup contests. (To take a peek into the conversation about remote sensing and machine extraction of geographic entities for mapping, check out this forthcoming conference by the International Cartographic Association in November.)The resulting landscape is one that could look like this, he says: “The ‘app for that’ mentality could easily take hold toward a ‘data for that’ ability, with the software developer orchestrating the different data feeds in order to create custom solutions.”It’s an awesome vision of location data as a platform for innovation, something we’ve discussed before specifically in reference to location based social networks and aerial surveillance video APIs.Ball believes this will emerge as a key area of specialization, knowledge work and innovation. We’re apt to agree, which is why we track developments in location technology closely and so appreciate articulations like Ball’s of the space.Additional reporting by Justin Houk.center_img Related Posts marshall kirkpatrick A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Do We Really Want to Talk to Strangers Based on Our Location?

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#conferences#SXSW 2011#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img With SXSW well under way in Austin, Texas, the servers behind apps like Beluga, GroupMe, Kik and FastSociety must be working overtime. After all, people like talking to their friends, right? In this same batch of apps, we’ve seen another phenomenon, though – apps that make it quicker an easier to talk to people you don’t know – and we have one big question: Do people really want to talk to strangers?Two apps that immediately come to mind in the sphere are Yobongo and Ask Around, both of which use location to bring strangers together in a group chat. For Yobongo, the value proposition is that a group chat room based on your location and a number of other signals can make it easier to meet the people around you. Co-founder Caleb Elston distinguished Yobongo from other group messaging apps, explaining that “those products are focused on organizing your close friends around very specific topics or events. We are focused on ambient real-time communication with real people you may not even know.”Ask Around, on the other hand, is “a location-centric app that lets people join, save and share conversations taking place in their immediate vicinity.” The basic idea here is that the people around you can offer a value that services like Google cannot, based on the simple fact that you have  common location. Why is the train stopped? Google might not know, but the person five cars up might. So let’s look at these two scenarios a bit more: Yobongo wants to make it easier to meet people around me by breaking the ice a little bit and Ask Around wants to help out with local search by providing a way to quickly ask people around me questions in real time. Say I go to the bar and I’m the shy type. I sit down, order a beer, and whip out my trusty iPhone. I open up Yobongo and I see it says I’m chatting with 10 people near Austin. How long do I sit at the bar and chat with people on my iPhone before the ice has been broken enough to overcome my shyness and finally say “Hey, let’s cross the room and talk face to face”? Since this is a chat based around location, it’s also very real-time. There’s only so much time before one of us potentially moves on to another location and makes the jump from one room to another. Here’s the thing: if I’m the type of person that can’t go to a place and meet people face to face, is two seconds of chatting on my phone really going to break down the barriers of introduction enough to get past that? I’m not so sure it is. Now, Ask.com says that Ask Around can be the service I go to when I want to know about what’s going on around me.We saw some of this location-centric chat behavior evolving naturally in our flagship app and took the hint that there was real interest in having a discussion with those people around you.  Launching Ask Around as a separate app dedicated wholly to this use case lets everyone explore the shared experience of location. Want to have a behind the scenes conversation with friends in the bar? Predict the next play in the game to those watching it with you? Find out where off campus people are heading tonight?  Discover what the crowd across the street is looking at? Ask Around is the app for that.With Ask Around, the group conversation is entirely public – just as with Yobongo – so I’m not sure how much I would use it for a “behind the scenes” conversation, but what about the rest of these ideas? Do I want to predict the next play with people around me? Is this supposing that I’m at the game or a sports bar? And if so, why does the location actually matter? It would seem we’re talking about a topic, not a location. And if the crowd across the street is looking at something, why not cross the street and look yourself? The biggest question for a service like Ask Around is, who is on the other end? When that hypothetical train stops, do we all jump on Ask Around to talk to people in our immediate location? The idea seems to be based around asking questions to people in a vicinity, but is a location a strong enough bond to get strangers communicating? And if everyone goes on there to ask questions, who’s doing the answering? So, the question really is with group messaging for strangers – how do you keep both parties interested on both ends? What’s the incentive to keep Ask Around running on your phone if you don’t have a question? For Yobongo, is a mix of location and social signals enough to match user expectations and bring the serendipitous connections promised?Bringing location explicitly into the formula of communication with strangers is a relatively new thing and we’re sure to see more of it, but we’re not so sure that it’s there quite yet. What do you think? What apps have you seen that do it just right? Has Yobongo brought you serendipity or Ask Around information you wouldn’t have otherwise found? So far, it hasn’t for me. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… mike melansonlast_img read more

Unfortunately it was not a Good Friday for Royal Challengers Bangalore: Samuel Badree

first_imgIPL-10’s first hat-trick man Samuel Badree was not celebrating for his exceptional feat as he was disappointed at his side Royal Challengers Bangalore’s defeat against Mumbai Indians here today. (Stats: Samuel Badree 12th bowler to take Indian Premier League hat-trick)”Yeah, of course. It is a special day. It was a Good Friday. It was a Good Friday for me. Unfortunately, it was not a Good Friday for the team. I just think we did not have enough runs on board,” Badree told reporters at the post-match press conference. (Samuel Badree takes first hat-trick of IPL 2017 as RCB take charge vs Mumbai Indians)”It is a nice feeling to get a hat-trick. To get three wickets in the Powerplay — normally teams chasing lose games but unfortunately it did not go our way tonight. Tremendous feeling to get a hat-trick but it could have been so much better if we had won,” said the leg-spinner who took the wickets of Parthiv Patel, Mitchell McClenaghan and Rohit Sharma in three successive deliveries in the third over of Mumbai’s run chase. (Kieron Pollard’s 70 trumps Samuel Badree’s hat-trick as Mumbai defeat Bangalore)Despite Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli laying a good foundation, RCB did not get enough runs on the board to give a fight to Mumbai Indians, who rode to victory on the back of batting exploits of Kieron Pollard and Krunal Pandya. (Also Read:  Virat Kohli hammers 27th fifty on return, becomes leading run-scorer in IPL history)”We had a good foundation, Chris at the beginning and Virat after that. But I just think we did not score enough runs. Credit needs to be given to Pollard and Krunal the way they batted with maturity,” said Badree. (Kieron Pollard happy to deliver in situation when champions are made)advertisementOn Pollard, Badree said, “Yeah, he got some balls in the arc and backed his strengths, which is down the ground. He batted with maturity. He showed a lot of guts and character and credit needs to be given to Krunal as well,” he added.Asked what went wrong with RCB’s batting, Badree said the team was a bit under par with the bat as 160 to 170-odd runs would have been a better score on a pitch which was slow.”It was the pitch, I think it was a bit slow. At the end of the day 142 was not special. I think we needed excess of 160. We looked at 160-170 at one stage, but did not capitalise on the start we got. All in all, we were a bit under-par with the bat,” said the West Indian.Asked about Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma’s weakness against leg-spin, Badree said, “I don’t think we had any specific strategy against Rohit Sharma per se, it was about the conditions.”He also said it was a tough decision to leave Shane Watson out and getting himself in because the management could have taken the decision keeping in mind drier conditions where spinners could be effective than the seamers.last_img read more