Yes, gas prices have shot up in the last week

first_imgAccording to GasBuddy, much of the jump at the pump was fueled by rising oil prices on optimism of a future production cut, which may be led by OPEC. A barrel of West Texas Intermediate crude oil jumped to nearly $48 per barrel while Brent crude oil traded at $50 per barrel. However to start this week, the optimism appears to be fading, with crude oil prices struggling to maintain their recent bull run. In addition, CFTC data showed short interest fading, signaling that there are fewer buyers interested at current prices.Last week’s Energy Information Administration report didn’t help either, showing a combined 5.2 million barrel decline between oil inventories and gasoline inventories. Meanwhile, some refinery issues have crept to the surface out West and in the Midwest. BP’s Whiting, Indiana refinery has been struggling for weeks with a water treatment facility slashing capacity. Problems at a Valero refinery in Wilmington, CA and several malfunctions and fires at Gulf Coast refiners has led to less production in those regions as well, impacting gasoline prices. TAGSGas Prices Previous articleOrlando native meets sailors’ spiritual needsNext articleMagical Dining Month starts tomorrow Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Anatomy of Fear Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment!center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply After weeks of steady declines gas prices in Florida have returned to their pre-summer levels.  You have seen it at the local pumps and GasBuddy.com confirms it with this graph: Please enter your name here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

McCrudden fills leadership role for Badgers

first_imgSenior defender Kyle McCrudden has battled injuries throughout the beginning of the season, making two starts and three appearances for Wisconsin, logging 131 minutes.[/media-credit]For senior defender Kyle McCrudden, soccer has always been a way of life.From a young age, McCrudden seemed destined to go far in the sport. After all, growing up he certainly had the classic story. Kyle’s father, Dan McCrudden, was a collegiate soccer player for Rhode Island in the ’70s. In four years playing for Rhode Island, Dan was a team leader each year; earning Third Team All-America honors his senior year in 1977. In 1998, 21 years after his illustrious collegiate career, he was inducted into the Rhode Island Soccer Hall of Fame.So when Kyle became old enough to play sports, he didn’t have to go far to find a coach. In fact, during a portion of his youth soccer days, he lived with his coach.“He was a critic, but also he was my biggest fan,” Kyle said. “I remember when I was really young, he coached our 3v3 soccer team, and so he kind of taught me how to defend. All my friends and I still joke about how he was our coach, and we did so well back then.”When it came time for McCrudden to move on to high school, he began to focus more exclusively on soccer. The decision was worth it, as he helped lead his Illinois high school, New Trier, to two state championships in 2006 and 2008. In his senior year he would go on to earn numerous accolades, including 2008 Illinois State Player of the Year, 2008 NSCAA All-American and 2008 NSCAA All-Midwest Region team honors.Although he now plays defense for the Badgers, McCrudden was primarily a goal scorer in high school, scoring 42 goals in three years of varsity competition.“I was actually more of a center midfielder or forward in high school, surprisingly. No one would think that nowadays,” McCrudden said. “I have to give credit to my teammates back then, a few of my buddies play at Northwestern and a few other places around there, so we really had a good team.”Since joining the UW men’s soccer team in 2009, McCrudden has had to go through some difficult changes that would have been enough to make many other players want to quit. In addition to moving to a new position in the defense, he also had to adjust from being one of the stars in high school to being a substitute for the Badgers. Just one year after scoring 22 goals his senior season, McCrudden only played a total of 36 minutes during his freshman campaign at UW. But over time, McCrudden matured and developed into one of head coach John Trask’s most reliable players. He went on to play in all 19 games for the Badgers in 2010 and 17 games in 2011. Even though McCrudden would never develop into one of the stars of the team, his consistent play and good attitude have made him one of the key bread and butter players for Wisconsin – something every successful team needs.Now, in his fourth and final season at UW, he is one of only two seniors this season and was named one of three captains for the team – the only senior captain. This comes despite many injury setbacks in the off-season and preseason this fall.“We don’t vote on captains, but the guys have a lot of input with the coaching staff,” Trask said. “One thing they all believed – because Kyle has been through a couple coaches here and seen a lot through his career – was he would be a good barometer for some of these younger players in terms of leadership off the field.”After four years at UW, McCrudden has seen it all. Trask said he has become a mentor many of the younger players can go to for advice, whether it be about how to be a better player on the field or a better student off it.“The biggest thing that he has shown me is how to be strong, how to hold guys off,” freshman defender Adam Lauko said. “He has been a good senior captain and has really helped me adjust to the college game and to college in general.”While his injury has slowed him down this season, the 6-foot-2, 175-pound McCrudden has still made two starts in three appearances this year, including one which came in a strong defensive showing against No.13 Georgetown that saw the team earn a valuable 1-1 draw.Unlike the stereotypical college athlete that goes to school only to play a sport, McCrudden will graduate this spring with a hard-earned economics degree and already has aspiration of getting into business when his soccer playing days are over.“At this point, I want to do something in the business world,” McCrudden said. “I think sales could be something that I could get into, but at this point, I just want to finish up the season and try to do the best we can.”Follow Nick on Twitterlast_img read more

Soweto’s university on the train

first_imgAll aboard for education. Professor Isabel Hofmeyr in discussionwith a commuter on a train to Soweto.Sermon on a Train encourages dialoguebetween the lecturer and the audience.(Images: Sermon on the Train)MEDIA CONTACTS• Molemo MoiloaSermon on the Train+27 84 892 0610RELATED ARTICLES• SA university puts lectures online• South African academics shine• University honour for Tutu• Education in South AfricaNosimilo NdlovuSowetan commuters are being given a taste of university education, with top South African academics giving free lectures on trains as part of the Sermon on the Train art project.The initiative takes up the old South African tradition of public preaching on trains in a different way, and aims to challenge the concept the “public lecture”.Final-year fine arts students Molemo Moiloa and Nare Mokgotho from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in central Johannesburg started the project in early 2009 with academics from the university. The idea was that, while universities do occasionally give lectures open to the general public, these are not public enough.“Ordinary members of the public do not form part of the group of individuals that attend university public lectures,” said Mokgotho. “Hence, the sermon seeks to bring an exchange between the creative community and greater society.”Moiloa said Sermon on the Train began as a once-off art project for their degree. “Since then the project has taken on a life of its own,” she said. “Though we are still graded on the project, it has a greater public significance that has become separate to our degrees.”The sermons take place in the late afternoon, targeting workers returning home from work. They begin at Park Station in the city centre, where commuters board the train, and end in Soweto in the southwest of Johannesburg. Audiences are encouraged to ask questions and discuss issues with the lecturer, creating the opportunity for dialogue and the exchange of knowledge.The project kicked off in March, with the first lecture was given by Professor Anitra Nettleton, head of History of Art at Wits. On a train trip to Dube in Soweto, she spoke on the topic “Meditations on the African Avant Garde”.“The sermons serve as a critique of public access to information and the isolation and elitism often endemic in tertiary institution – particularly in relation to ordinary members of the public,” said Moiloa.All on boardThe first sermon was well received by the audience, to the relief of the organisers and lecturer. Soon other academics approached Moiloa and Nare Mokgotho, offering to do sermons.The second sermon was delivered by Wits architecture lecturer Professor Kirsten Doermann on a train to Orlando Station in Soweto in August. She read from a lecture by the radical avant-garde Greek architect Elia Zenghelis, dealing with democracy, urbanisation, globalisation and the role of the architect.Despite the seemingly daunting topic, the sermon set off critical discussion between the students, lecturers and commuters, confirming Moiloa and Mokgotho’s view that the initiative would encourage dialogue.In October award-winning writer and academic Professor Isabel Hofmeyr from the Wits School of Literature and Language Studies presented the third sermon, called “Revelations”, on the train to Phomolong, Soweto.Discussing African and Indian literature, Hofmeyr spoke of the birth of a new world power order, with the Indian Ocean as the central point of orientation. She handed out printed copies of the sermon to all commuters, which many read from top to bottom.Bridging social gapsMokgotho said their art had been about “re-observation and the defamiliarisation” of the everyday – questioning the way people saw the world and finding the aesthetic in the simple.More than this, according to the students, Sermon on the Train aims to raise questions about access, social divisions and the stereotypes that get entrenched by keeping people separate. The work also chips away at the hierarchy that separates students from lectures by encouraging lecturer-student collaborations.The university continues to provide resources to allow the project to grow further. “We have received major support,” Moiloa. “The university has sponsored the last two sermons because they feel it makes strides in some of the objectives of the university itself. This has resulted in a workshop and tutorial information packs we give out on the trains.”Some have argued that having a public lecture in a public space is imposing on that public. But Moiloa and Mokgotho believe it is no different to other performances such as public preaching, and are set to continue their journey.last_img read more

Rice farming to take root in South Africa

first_imgCan rice grow in South Africa? The South African agricultural sector could soon add rice to its list of crops cultivated locally. South Africa’s next major grain crop Rice has never been produced commercially in the country. According to the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), 90% of the world’s rice is cultivated in South, Southeast, and East Asia. Rice processing facilities are not available in South Africa yet, but talks are underway with a local financier about investment to build such a facility. “This is an amazing project and a very exciting prospect for South African agriculture,” says local businessman Hennie Kruger, who is spearheading a rice cultivation project in South Africa. A local seed company is looking into importing the rice seed initially, but in the near future the company would like to start seed selection on rice. Kruger estimates that within three years South Africa could have its own seed and the industry could be established commercially. He says that there is a common misconception that rice can only grow in watery paddy fields. However, because northern hemisphere agricultural countries receive much more rain than South Africa, crops such as rice are often grown in water. After harvest, the rice grain undergoes a number of processes depending on how it will be used. Such methods include, drying, storing, milling, and processing. First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. In these environments, rice yields are low and extremely variable because of soil problems and unpredictable combinations of drought and flood. One fifth of the world’s population depends on rice cultivation for their livelihoods. According to Kruger, the absence of local rice plantings does not mean it can’t be produced successfully in South Africa. Kruger says that with well-managed irrigation, rice can be grown in many areas across South Africa, such as Kwa-Zulu Natal, the western areas of the Free State province and even as far north as Thabazimbi in Limpopo province. The IRRI confirms that rice production under irrigation is viable. The irrigated rice environment accounts for about half of the harvested rice area and contributes 75% of global rice production.center_img Globally, rice is grown in more than a hundred countries with a total harvested area of nearly 160-million hectares, producing more than 700-million tons every year. Seed and production facilities “This is a very positive development for the country and there are many farmers interested in growing rice.” He says that about 10 years ago, studies by the Agricultural Research Council found rice to be a crop worth cultivating. “When grown under irrigation the crop responds beautifully,” he says. He says that as rice is a cereal grain summer crop, many grain farmers would be interested in growing rice as a means to diversify their farming operations. Local production will also reduce the country’s reliance on rice imports. South Africa imports two-million tons of the staple each year. According to the IRRI, flood-prone rice producing ecosystems need special rice varieties that are suited to flooded environments. These rice plants must be adapted to conditions such as deep water, flash floods that could last longer than 10 days, salinity in low-lying coastal areas and problem soils. 22 December 2011 Worldwide, about 80-million hectares of rice are grown in irrigated areas. High-yielding areas of irrigated rice can be found in China, Egypt, Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Republic of Korea, and the Senegal River Valley in Africa. “Our farmers should produce much of the rice we need. It could become a major grain crop in South Africa,” says Kruger. Recent commercial planting trials carried out by six farmers across the country yielded promising results. “The trials show that rice does not have to be cultivated in water-logged fields. It can be planted in any soil, provided the soil contains 15% clay,” explains Kruger. The South African economy and agricultural sector can benefit significantly from introducing another grain crop, says Kruger.last_img read more

The National Guard and Reserves: Are their Needs Different from Active Duty?

first_imgJay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhD  Unlike active duty members of the military, who tend to be organized by base, the National Guard and Reserve members are widely dispersed across the U.S., away from their assigned military base, and may live in a community that may not be familiar with military culture and the challenges they face. In a recent article published in Clinical Child & Family Psychological Review, authors Murphy and Fairbank (2013) review the challenges that are specific to members of the National Guard and Reserves, and emerging evidence-based programs that are becoming available to better serve military families living in communities located away from military bases. Challenges important to families living away from a military community include a wide range of environmental and individual barriers:Table adapted from Murphy and Fairbank (2013)To address the need for support and improve services for community dwelling military families, a number of programs or interventions have been developed. These programs have either been developed specifically to address the needs of military families or have been adapted from work for civilian families. Three potential solutions listed here are highlighted here:Co-locating health and mental health servicesBy providing mental health services within a health care setting, stigma for seeking treatment is reduced. Furthermore, it allows for health care and mental health care to be better coordinated, leading to better patient care. This is beneficial not only for military members and their families, but also for the community at large.Families Over Coming Under Stress (FOCUS) Resiliency Training (Beardslee, 2013)Today, FOCUS is better designed to serve families that have limited access to clinicians familiar with military families. Two applications, Self-Administered Family Check-in and FOCUS World, are web-based, and available to community dwelling military members (and others). The self-administered check-in offers standardized psychological health and family resilience screening with real-time feedback. FOCUS World is an interactive family narrative. The FOCUS World application allows the user to select a character, i.e. Mom, Dad, provides for individual family members to log significant family events, thoughts and feelings around those events, and even pictures that are displayed on a high-tech timeline. To play in FOCUS World, you can create an account as a clinician.[Flickr, Looking Good for Need by Tina Lawson, CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 17, 2015The Military Child Education CoalitionThe Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) (2012) has a number of resources that are available to military families through the Internet. Resources provided include: Child advocacy training materials, peer-to-peer support for children, news, and other education related material.Considerations when working with National Guard and Reserve familiesDo you ask your clients “have you, or anyone in your family ever served in the military?” This not only gathers critical information about the client, but also informs the client that you are culturally sensitive and that your practice is military informed.If this is the case for you, acknowledge to yourself and your client that your knowledge and understanding of the military and military culture is limited.If the client has recently been deployed, don’t assume that a recent deployment is the reason for the current help-seeking situation. While deployment is often a stressor, it may or may not play a role in the problem to be addressed.The National Guard and Reserves play a critical role in today’s U. S. military. Recent developments in care for military members and their families located away from bases offer an opportunity for clinicians to utilize new evidence-based strategies and Internet-based technology for the best care of this important element of the military.References[1] Murphy, R. A., & Fairbank, J. A. (2013). Implementation and dissemination of military informed and evidence-based interventions for community dwelling military families. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 16, 348-364. doi: 10.1007/s10567-013-0149-8[2] Beardslee, W. R., Klosinski, L. E., Saltzman, W., Mogil, C. Pangelinan, S., McKnight, C. P. & Lester, P. (2013). Dissemination of family-centered prevention for military and veteran families: Adaptations and adoption within community and military systems of care. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 16, 394-409. doi: 10.1007/s10567-013-0154-yThis post was written by Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

Ronaldo: Cristiano and Neymar would work at Madrid

first_imgTransfers Ronaldo: Cristiano and Neymar would be good together at Madrid Dejan Kalinic 11:36 5/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) RonaldoNeymar - Cropped Getty Images Transfers Real Madrid PSG Ligue 1 Primera División Neymar Cristiano Ronaldo The two stars could coexist at the Santiago Bernabeu, according to the legendary Brazilian striker Former Real Madrid striker Ronaldo believes Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar could star together for the La Liga giants.Goal has reported that Neymar, 26, is desperate to move to Madrid from Paris Saint-Germain after just one season with the Ligue 1 champions.That would see him combine with Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, who has enjoyed nine incredible seasons at the club. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Asked if the pair could perform well together, Brazil great Ronaldo said: “Cristiano and Neymar are compatible, of course.”They are two good players, better together than separated.”If Neymar decides at some point that he wants to leave, Real Madrid will have to be careful to bring him in.”Neymar – who starred for Barcelona before his world-record switch to PSG – has also been linked to Manchester United.last_img read more

NEPA Launches Environmental Project in Negril

first_img The project, entitled ‘Integrated Water, Land and Ecosystems (IWEco): Biodiversity Mainstreaming in Coastal Landscape in the Negril Environmental Protection Area of Jamaica’, is to commence on January 2019 and end in 2022. The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) has launched a subnational project aimed at restoring the hydrological and other physical functions of the Negril Great Morass in Westmoreland.The launch was held at Couples Swept Away Resort in Negril, Westmoreland, on November 29.The project, entitled ‘Integrated Water, Land and Ecosystems (IWEco): Biodiversity Mainstreaming in Coastal Landscape in the Negril Environmental Protection Area of Jamaica’, is to commence on January 2019 and end in 2022.It is being funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) through the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), with support from the Government at a combined cost of US$13 million.NEPA is the executing agency, with other government agencies and stakeholders in Negril set to play key roles in the implementation of the project.In his remarks at the launch, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon Daryl Vaz, said the project is a timely one.“The biodiversity of the Negril environment protection area continues to be threatened by human-induced drainage of its wetlands, coastal development, unsustainable agricultural practices and the proliferation of informal settlements,” he stated.He noted that with the development plans that are on stream for Negril, it is critical to ensure that the natural resources of the resort town and its biodiversity are not impacted negatively.In this regard, Mr. Vaz disclosed that NEPA has been mandated by Cabinet to develop a “master plan” to guide the scope of development for Negril, adding that stakeholders will also play an active role in the formation of the development plans.“The Government recognises that for Negril and its communities to be developed, focus has to be placed on the orderly development and conservation of the environment.A recent Cabinet decision mandated the development of a master plan for what is being called the new Negril boundaries, since the Cabinet has no intention of changing the dynamics of the old Negril or what we call the original Negril,” Minister Vaz stated.For his part, Chief Executive Officer and Government Town Planner at NEPA, Peter Knight, said the “project is expected to contribute to a reduction in the degradation of the peat resources, improve human health and improve water and air quality in Negril and its environs”.He also called for support at the community level to safeguard the success of the subnational project.The Negril Great Morass is a wetland that plays a vital role in the flood protection and removal of nutrients from water sources before they deposit into the seas.It is also high on productivity, species diversity and is well known for its reserves of peat.The IWEco project aims to enhance and re-establish native vegetation to provide a sustainable habitat for wetland fauna, eliminate issues that degrade the ecosystem functions, and implement institutional arrangements to ensure the long-term sustainability of the wetland biological resources. Story Highlights The launch was held at Couples Swept Away Resort in Negril, Westmoreland, on November 29. The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) has launched a subnational project aimed at restoring the hydrological and other physical functions of the Negril Great Morass in Westmoreland.last_img read more

Raven Thundersky dies of cancer

first_imgAPTN National NewsA warrior woman who fought for medical screening for a rare cancer has died.Raven Thundersky of the Poplar River First Nation in Manitoba lost six family members to a cancer they suspect was caused by an asbestos contaminated attic insulation called, Zonolite.It was used in their government built home on the reserve and hundreds more across Canada, going back to the 1960’s.APTN began covering her story in 2004.After years of seeking justice for the sickness of her and her family, Raven decided to put that fight behind her, move on, and enjoy life.Thundersky died on December 24th, 2015 at the age of 50.last_img

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