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first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Finance Finance Zeal hopeful of ‘minimal’ Brexit impact Email Address Lottery operator posts sharp rise in EBIT following cost controlscenter_img A continuing focus on cost control has allowed Zeal Group to prepare for potential headwinds in 2019, including the impact of Brexit, according to chief financial officer Jonas Mattsson.The Frankfurt-listed group – whose brands include Lottovate and myLotto24 – today (Thursday) reported revenue of €111.2m (£98m/$126.4m) in the three months through to the end of September – an 8% year-on-year rise.With a 54% increase in new customers to 418,000, the operator, formerly known as Tipp24, posted a sharp rise in earnings before interest and tax of €29.1m, up from €12.5m in the corresponding period last year.“Our continued focus on cost control has enabled us to reduce costs for three consecutive quarters,” Mattsson said in a conference call.“Our costs were 6% lower in Q3 than the third quarter of last year, and that has helped to drive a very strong EBIT performance that exceeded expectations.”Zeal’s marketing costs edged up in the UK and Ireland, which represents a growing market for the company. However, the operator’s overall marketing expenditure in the first nine months of 2018 fell by €726,000.When questioned about marketing budgets for the final quarter of the year, Mattsson said: “We will continue at the same pace as we have done in the first three quarters and there is no reason to assume there will be dramatic changes in 2019 as we have achieved great margin this year.”He added: “We have made preparations for Brexit and we are confident that any impact will be minimal for the group.”In addition, a long-running case involving potential German tax liabilities for myLotto24 is unlikely to be heard until towards the end of Q1 next year, Mattsson said.Meanwhile in Spain, following a legal dispute, the company said that it could face a fine after the country’s gaming regulator, the DGOJ, ordered Ventura24 to cease operating its B2C business. However, again, Mattsson said that any impact should be “minimal”.The Q3 results follow on from a successful first half for Zeal, after which the firm said it was aiming to build on growth and expand into new markets.Zeal CEO Helmut Becker added: “We continue to deliver strong profitable growth; focusing firmly on controlling costs while also improving customer acquisition and activity.“In our core business, customer numbers, billings and revenues are all significantly up, while our acquisition costs per customer have halved. This is the result of the optimisations and investments we have continued to make.“With positive performance also coming through from our start-ups in Norway and the UK, Zeal is excellently positioned to capitalise on the global lottery sector’s growth potential.” Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 1st November 2018 | By contenteditorlast_img read more


first_imgSBM Holdings Ltd (SBMH.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Banking sector has released it’s 2004 annual report.For more information about SBM Holdings Ltd (SBMH.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the SBM Holdings Ltd (SBMH.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: SBM Holdings Ltd (SBMH.mu)  2004 annual report.Company ProfileSBM Holdings Limited is licenced as a commercial bank by the Bank of Mauritius and provides personal banking products and services, including savings accounts and term deposits; home, personal, educational loans, auto lease for cars and prepaid, debit, and credit cards. The bank also provides corporate and institutional banking products and services comprising working capital finance and project finance, as well as finance for the acquisition and installation of energy efficient and renewable energy equipment. SBM Holdings Limited together with its subsidiary businesses in Kenya, Mauritius, Madagascar and India, is known as SBM Group. SBM Holdings Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more


first_imgWednesday Aug 13, 2008 David Smith sandwiched against Taranaki Auckland successfully defended the Ranfurley Shield on Sunday by defeating challengers Taranaki 22-6 at Eden Park, claiming the points in the Air New Zealand Cup at the same time.One of the more spectacular tackles in the match came when flying winger David Smith broke back on the inside, cutting the line beautifully, but was then chopped down hard by two Taranaki defenders.Smith took quite a knock, but after a few minutes he was back to his normal self again, shrugging off what looked like a stinger on the the shoulder.Taranaki Hooker Laurence Corlett wasn’t as fortunate though, as he left the field shortly after this with a thigh injury. The injury came from the collision, as we saw Corlett stay down on the turf for some time directly after playing his part in the sandwich. It looked like the knee of Smith went right into Corlett’s thigh.A week earlier he took a blow to the head, which meant he last only 25 minutes. “Two weeks in a row coming off, it’s pretty disappointing,” Corlett said afterwards. “And to come off in a shield match is really gutting.”We’ll try bring you all the best bits from the Air New Zealand Cup over the next few weeks. The tournament is just getting started, but already there’s been some great matches with a few upsets that have made it all the more interesting. PLEASE NOTE: This video has been removed by Mediazone, who own the rights to the footage and no longer allow us to use it. 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first_imgThursday May 4, 2017 Sam Whitelock forearm ‘strike’ in retaliation gets him two week ban Earlier this week Crusaders second rower Sam Whitelock was suspended for 2 weeks, following a SANZAAR Judicial Committee Hearing that ruled that he had contravened Law 10.4(a) Striking another Player with the arm, after he was cited during a Super Rugby match at the weekend.Whitelock was taken out in the air by Cheetahs replacement prop Charl Marais, then retaliated with a forearm/elbow glancing blow to the face.The SANZAAR Judicial Committee Hearing held via video conference on 1 May 2017 was before Terry Willis (Chairman), De Wet Barry and Mike Mika. They found the following:“Having conducted a detailed review of all the available evidence, including all camera angles and additional evidence, including from the Player and submissions from his legal representative, Aaron Lloyd, the Judicial Committee upheld the citing under Law 10.4(a) Striking another Player with the hand, arm or fist.” “With respect to sanction the Judicial Committee deemed the act of foul play merited a mid range entry point of 4 weeks due to the World Rugby stipulation that a strike to the head shall result in at least a mid range entry point sanction.“However, taking into account mitigating factors including the fact that the Player had an excellent disciplinary record including 110 Super Rugby games for the Crusaders and 84 test caps for the All Blacks, the Judicial Committee reduced the otherwise applicable sanction from 4 weeks to 2 weeks.  The Player is therefore suspended for 2 weeks, up to and including 13 May 2017.”There was some concern that Marais put Whitelock in a dangerous position by taking him out in the air, but was not penalised or punished. That seemed to be overlooked by the officials on the day, and the citing committee, leading to some fans’ consternation.You can see the incident in the quick clip below.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Big Hits & Dirty Play Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Suspensions handed down after testicle grabbing… 26 WEEKS AGO The ‘double ruffle’ splits opinion with fans… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: The nastiest and most brutal moments… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyDoctors Stunned: She Removes Her Wrinkles With This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more


first_imgPrototype A Tract House / Works Progress ArchitectureSave this projectSavePrototype A Tract House / Works Progress Architecture “COPY” Photographs:  Chris HodneyText description provided by the architects. We as a profession speak romantically about prefabrication and mass production as a way to bring thoughtful design to mainstream homebuyers. We hope for construction costs of $150/sf and “fast” schedules of 6 months. We are a little lost. The mass housing industry’s bottom line is closer to $60-75/sf and houses are completed in 40-75 days out in the converted farmland of exurbia.Save this picture!© Chris HodneyRecommended ProductsWoodEGGEREGGER laminate in Allstar Lanes BarChairsB&B ItaliaChair – AyanaVentilated / Double Skin FacadeTechnowoodProfile Façade SystemThis project isn’t looking to solve any issues with suburban sprawl. We see these communities as still a bit Frankensteinian, but desirable for many Americans. Using the building blocks of the typical American tract house we asked not only what types of spaces they could contain, but what types of spaces could they create; a change not so much in architectural configuration, but a change in lifestyle.Save this picture!plans 01We wanted to return to utilitarian simplicity and a model of living large in a smaller home. We had three basic principles in mind with the design of this house. They are: 1. everybody should have a fruit tree – sweet fragrance, an idea of abundance, and a small token of a good life in one package; 2. houses should be about quiet, protected places – places that can be marked by the track of the sun and dimensioned with shadow; and 3. houses need to breathe – in this day and this climate, a house needs to embrace the out and make it part of the in. The courtyard plan we have borrowed is from a history much older and more profound than the faux craftsman details that pass for cultural continuity in these communities. This courtyard will be the voice of the house and the spatial turn of the phrase in this experiment. We are eager to see if this revisited hearth will be embraced by the market’s current set of expectations.Save this picture!© Chris HodneyWe were asked to collaborate on a new model of tract house, a new American bungalow. The metrics are simple: three bedrooms, two bathrooms, two car garage mandatory. The house needed to meet or exceed the economics of the competition.Save this picture!This is what we came up with. This is our 60 day experiment.Project gallerySee allShow lessLiving Foz / dEMM ArquitecturaArticlesTWA Terminal to transform into a Boutique HotelArticles Share Houses Prototype A Tract House / Works Progress Architecture “COPY” Projects Architects: Works Progress Architecture Area Area of this architecture project United States ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/109848/prototype-a-tract-house-works-partnership-architecture Clipboard Area:  1800 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeWorks Progress ArchitectureOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRidgefieldWoodHousesUnited StatesPublished on February 13, 2011Cite: “Prototype A Tract House / Works Progress Architecture” 13 Feb 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogFaucetshansgroheKitchen MixersGlass3MGlass Finish – FASARA™ GeometricPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Classic™ SeriesPlumbingSanifloMacerator – Saniaccess®3WoodBruagAcoustic Panels with LEDMetallicsSculptformClick-on Battens in Ivanhoe ApartmentsSkylightsVELUX CommercialLonglight 5-30° – Modular SkylightsTiles / Mosaic / GresiteLove TilesPorcelain Tiles – SplashAluminium CompositesMetawellAluminum Panels for Interior DesignMetal PanelsRHEINZINKPanel Systems – Horizontal PanelEducationalLamitechChalk boardCarpetsCarpet ConceptCarpet – Eco IquMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?Prototype A Tract House / Works Progress Architecture是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Save this picture!© Chris Hodney+ 28 Share 2010 Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/109848/prototype-a-tract-house-works-partnership-architecture Clipboard Year:  ArchDaily CopyHouses•Ridgefield, United Stateslast_img read more


first_imgInstitute’s Legacy Fundraising conference to be held in December About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 1 November 2006 | News The Institute of Fundraising will be holding its next annual Legacy Fundraising conference at the Royal Geographical Society, London on 7 December 2006.The one-day event will look at how to measure the effect of a charity’s legacy marketing, how to carry out legacy forecasting, and the benefits of maintaining clear channels of communication between administrators and marketers. It will also feature best practice case studies from both major and smaller local charities.Presentations scheduled include those from Heartfelt Campaign, Macmillan Cancer Support, Sue Ryder Care, Freestyle Marketing Ltd, St Gemma’s Hospice, and Christie’s Hospital NHS Trust. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis In the opening plenary Leslie Sopp, Age Concern’s Head of Research will examine the baby boomer generation, identifying key trends and spending patterns.  29 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more


first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Individual giving SSAFA appoints DMS for donor upgrade campaign  21 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association) – Forces Help, the charity which provides support to present and past servicemen and women and their families, has appointed direct marketing agency DMS to develop its donor upgrade campaign.DMS has been appointed to launch a regular giving upgrade appeal that is set to roll out in November.SSAFA Forces Help will target affluent donors who have a close connection to the Armed Forces to upgrade their current cash donations to a regular monthly gift.Liz Graham, Direct Marketing Manager at SSAFA, said: “We appointed DMS because of its profound knowledge and success in the charity sector, plus we believe DMS understands why the appeal is important to raise funds for the service men and women that are serving and have served our country and need our support”.DMS are part of The Direct Marketing Group, other clients include Oxfam, Cats Protection, RSPB, CAFOD and The National Trust.www.directmarketing.co.uk Howard Lake | 15 October 2008 | Newslast_img read more


first_img Tagged with: corporate Melanie May | 31 August 2017 | News  148 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis31 Advertisement About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.  147 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis31 BrewDog commits to giving away 20% of profits a year Scottish craft beer brewer and bar owner BrewDog has announced that it is to give away 20% of its profits annually, split between its team, and charities.BrewDog has created the BrewDog Unicorn Fund, which it says, is to become central to its business and will see it share 10% of its annual profits evenly with its entire team, and donate 10% to charities with 5% to those directly chosen by its team members and 5% to those chosen by its Equity Punk community. It has also committed to reinvesting the entire balance of its profits each year, for at least the next seven years, into its beer and its people to fuel further growth.The commitment to giving away 20% of its profits annually means that BrewDog could give away more than £45million over the next five years alone through its Unicorn Fund if it meets its projected targets.BrewDog Co-founder James Watt said:“At BrewDog, we care about two things above all else; our beer and our people. We want to make the best beers on the planet, we want to be the best company to work for, and we want to build a radically new type of business that we can all be proud of. Giving away 20% of our profits – forever – is not about altruism. It is about impact. It’s not about profits. It is about purpose. This is the biggest community-fuelled, crowdfunded charity contribution in history.”“Outdated CSR policies have zero consideration for their real-world impact, existing merely for the purpose of an oversized cheque and an awkward photo shoot. This is a call to arms for businesses to democratise the impact their charitable contributions can have on their community, their people, and the world.”“In our tenth year, we hope to inspire a new kind of business with the Unicorn Fund; one that doesn’t measure profit in purely monetary terms. Our mission for the next decade at BrewDog is not simply to redefine the beer industry, but to redefine industry itself.”BrewDog launched in 2007 with two employees. In 2009, it launched Equity for Punks, which gave people the opportunity to buy shares in the company online – more than 1,300 invested. It launched its first craft beer bar in Aberdeen in 2010, and in 2016 had grown to have 750 employees, 55,000 shareholders and 46 bars, with a profit of £7.1m. It also set two world records last year: for the highest ever equity crowdfunding raise, and for the most consecutive years in the Sunday Times Fast Track 100, and gives away the recipes for every beer it brews.last_img read more


first_imgVladislav WojciechowskiPhoto: BorotbaJan. 6 — Four Ukrainian anti-fascist activists detained in the Donetsk People’s Republic for two weeks were freed Jan. 3 and have now safely returned to Crimea in the Russian Federation.Meanwhile, an Odessa activist tortured and held for almost four months by the U.S.-backed Ukrainian regime was freed Dec. 26 in a prisoner exchange between Ukraine and people’s militias in the Lugansk People’s Republics.All five are members of the revolutionary Marxist organization Union Borotba (Struggle).Victor Shapinov, Maria Muratova and Maxim Firsov had been held by the Special Division of the Vostok Battalion of the people’s militia since Dec. 21. They were arrested by soldiers while on a solidarity visit to Donetsk to meet with activists and officials. Alexei Albu was detained Dec. 26 while trying to win their release. The activists have been living in exile in Simferopol, Crimea under threat of arrest for their anti-fascist activities in Ukraine.Initial reports of the arrests stoked fears that they might be handed over to the Ukrainian regime as part of a prisoner swap, endangering their lives.Their detention and subsequent expulsion from Donetsk highlights the sharpening class struggle and political contradictions in the People’s Republics of the Donbass mining region, also known as Novorossiya, which declared independence from Ukraine following a far-right coup in Kiev last year.Odessa massacre survivor freedVlad Wojciechowski survived the May 2 massacre of anti-fascist activists at the Odessa House of Trade Unions, where he suffered serious head trauma at the hands of a neo-Nazi mob. In September, he was arrested by the SBU, the Ukrainian equivalent of the FBI, on trumped up charges of “forming a terrorist organization.” He was subsequently imprisoned and tortured.Wojciechowski was finally liberated just before the New Year in an exchange of prisoners of war between Ukraine and the Donbass republics.In a statement published at Borotba.su, Wojciechowski said, “I am very angry with the fascist government of Ukraine, which proved once again with its barbaric acts that it is willing to wade through corpses to defend its interests and those of the West.“They failed to break me. And my will has become tempered steel. Now I’m even more convinced that it is impossible to save Ukraine without defeating fascism on its territory.”Ukraine’s government in Kiev, backed by U.S. and European Union imperialism and NATO, has carried out a bloody war against Donetsk and Lugansk, targeting homes, schools, hospitals, the civilian infrastructure and killing thousands.In December the U.S. Congress and President Barack Obama reaffirmed their support for Ukraine’s aggression with the so-called “Ukrainian Freedom Act.” Among its provisions are millions of dollars in additional aid to the far-right junta of oligarchs, neoliberal politicians and neo-Nazis in Kiev, along with the direct supply of weapons and war materiel.International solidarity to free antifascistsDespite the distraction of year-end holidays, the four Borotba activists detained in Donetsk drew wide international support demanding their release.Groups in solidarity with the Donbass republics and Ukraine anti-fascists issued an international appeal to Donetsk officials. It read in part:“The four activists and their organization have been steadfast leaders of the anti-fascist movement since the first days of the U.S.-NATO-backed coup in Ukraine. … These comrades have been essential to building international solidarity with Donetsk and Lugansk, as well as the anti-fascist movement inside Ukraine. They are valuable allies of your struggle against the Kiev junta and NATO expansion.“Mistakes happen in war time. It is not always easy to tell friend from foe. There is no shame in this. But there is still time to correct the mistake before it becomes a tragedy.”The appeal, initiated by the U.S.-based International Action Center, was co-signed by Colombia’s March Patriótica movement, Britain’s militant RMT Paddington No. 1 Branch of the transit workers’ union, former U.S. Congressperson Cynthia McKinney, Joe Lombardo of the United National Antiwar Coalition, and solidarity groups from Britain, France, Greece and the U.S. (The full appeal can be read at No2Nato.org.)Borotba members in Donetsk, in Simferopol and others exiled in Europe worked around-the-clock to free their comrades. Together with international solidarity activists, they appealed to influential individuals to speak out, and many responded, including Donetsk-based journalist Graham Phillips, military analyst Boris Rozhin (Colonel Cassad), Italian punk band Banda Bassotti, Russian champion athlete and communist youth Maryana Naumova, and leader of the Russian Communist Workers Party Victor Tyulkin.In a statement issued following their release, Shapinov, Muratova, Firsov and Albu noted that direct appeals for their release from high government officials, including vice chair of the Donetsk People’s Soviet Denis Pushilin and parliamentary leader Boris Litvinov, went unheeded by the Vostok Battalion leaders.“After two weeks of detention in the Special Division,” the activists report, “members of the Ministry of State Security of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) came.They told us that we would be immediately taken to the Russian border and deported from the DNR. They also reported that we are forbidden to enter the territory of the DNR and the Lugansk People’s Republic.“In response to a question about the motives of deportation, Ministry officers said, ‘Now you are with us for one thing, and then we do not know what you want to do.’ Apparently, there is a view that as representatives of the communist movement, we could start an opposition to the activities of the current DNR leadership.“At the moment we do not have enough information to make an unambiguous conclusion about what is behind our arrest and expulsion from the Donetsk People’s Republic — banal excessive vigilance of intelligence agencies, political denunciation or some kind of political order. In any case, such actions with respect to sincere friends of the Donbass rebellion only harm the reputation of the People’s Republics.“Despite this unfortunate incident in which we were unwitting participants, we have not changed our attitude to the People’s Republics and the anti-fascist uprising in the Donbass. We remain bitter enemies of the Kiev regime of oligarchs and Nazis, and friends of all who oppose fascism.“However,” they continue, “some recent developments, including our arrest and deportation, give rise to legitimate concerns — whether the original spirit of the anti-fascist and anti-oligarchic revolt will continue, or will it be buried in favor of commercial and political interests of various groups operating in the republics?” (The full statement in English can be accessed at Borotba.su/newsen.html.)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more


first_imgHome Energy Lawmakers Request RFS Waiver Lawmakers Request RFS Waiver SHARE Facebook Twitter More than 150 members of the U.S. House have asked Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson to waive the Renewable Fuel Standard for the rest of the year in order to help ease corn supply concerns and protect American consumers, livestock producers and the economy. The request follows on the heels of a petition asking the agency to grant a waiver of the RFS in whole or in part for the remainder of 2012 and part of 2013. That petition was filed by a coalition of livestock and poultry organizations including the National Pork Producers Council. NPPC praised the group of lawmakers – led by Virginia’s Bob Goodlatte, Steve Womack of Arkansas and North Carolina’s Mike McIntyre – for requesting the waiver to help livestock and poultry producers weather the worst drought in more than 50 years. But Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen says calls to waive the RFS are premature and void of justification.In 2012 – the RFS requires the production of 13.2-billion gallons of corn-based ethanol. That amount rises to 13.8-billion in 2013. To reach those levels – NPPC says the ethanol industry will use about 4.7-billion and 4.9-billion bushels respectively of the nation’s corn. The drought is expected to reduce corn yields – with some forecasters estimating a harvest of 11.8-billion bushels of corn. NPPC President-elect Randy Spronk says the lawmakers behind the waiver request recognize that the expected low crop yields – coupled with pressures on corn usage from federal energy policy – will devastate livestock and poultry producers.RFA’s Dinneen says the RFS is working – and knee-jerk reactions to acts of God will not provide the kind of relief some are seeking. He says the RFS contains a great deal of flexibility – allowing obligated parties to meet RFS requirements in a variety of ways other than blending physical gallons of ethanol. Dinneen says the market is taking advantage of that flexibility – pointing out that domestic ethanol demand for corn has fallen nearly 15-percent and production has dropped in the last six weeks. Dinneen says waiving the RFS will not make it rain, bring pastures to life or meaningfully lower corn prices. He says grain will be produced her at home and abroad – and ultimately the market will ration demand.Source: NAFB News Service Previous articleSkillman says New Attitude at State FairNext articleIndiana Winery Wins Wine of the Year Andy Eubank SHARE By Andy Eubank – Aug 2, 2012 Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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