ASA Commends Continued Congressional Support for Biodiesel

first_imgAs the American Soybean Association (ASA) continues its push for passage of a biodiesel tax incentive in Washington, D.C., the 25,000 soybean producer members of ASA are pleased that Congressional leaders continued to express support for renewable fuels today in a hearing by the U.S. House Small Business Subcommittee on Rural Enterprises, Agriculture and Technology. The hearing was called at the request of the Subcommittee’s Chairman, U.S. Representative Sam Graves (R-MO).”ASA members are encouraged by the continued show of support for renewable fuels and we thank Chairman Graves for calling the hearing in recognition of the importance of cleaner burning soy biodiesel and other renewable fuels to agriculture and all Americans,” said ASA President Ron Heck, a soybean farmer from Perry, Iowa.ASA’s top legislative priority is securing passage of a biodiesel tax incentive that amounts to one penny per percentage point of biodiesel blended with petroleum diesel. The incentive would increase biodiesel use, protect the environment and decrease foreign oil use.U.S. Representative Kenny Hulshof (R-MO), one of the strongest proponents of biodiesel in Congress and author of legislation establishing a tax credit to encourage consumers to use the fuel, testified at the hearing. “We need a federal energy policy that will further encourage the use of biodiesel,” Hulshof said. “One need look no further than the rising prices at the gas station to see why we must strengthen our commitment to renewable fuels. Every gallon of diesel fuel that we displace with a gallon of domestically produced biodiesel will lessen our dependence on foreign oil.”Also providing testimony was Joe Jobe, Executive Director of the National Biodiesel Board, who said, “The importance of biodiesel as an alternative fuel to the nation’s economy has never been greater, and its value promises to grow even larger. Oil prices are at all-time highs and are once again threatening the American economy. It is time for the United States to embrace energy policies which will improve our energy security, protect the environment, and stimulate our economy.”In 1999, biodiesel sales amounted to about half a million gallons nationwide. In 2003, national biodiesel sales jumped to about 25 million gallons, making it the fastest growing alternative fuel in the country, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.last_img read more

World Soy Foundation at Commodity Classic Will We See You There

first_imgIt’s nearly here—the 2014 Commodity Classic in San Antonio! We’ve been eagerly awaiting its arrival and all of us here at the Foundation have been preparing. We are very excited to have the opportunity to meet all of you when you drop by Booth #4010!Here’s why you should stop and see us next week: If you received a packet in the mail already, you can bring your registration ticket to us and be entered in a raffle to win a $200 travel voucher!If you didn’t pre-register for Classic, not to worry. You can still come by the booth and fill out a ticket to be entered into the raffle!If you’re an Acre Challenge supporter, we invite you to find your farm on our Challenge Map and place a pin to represent your support—we’re eager to see which state fills up first! We will also be filming a “Why I support” series at the booth, and encourage you to participate by providing a brief statement of why you support the Foundation.If you’re interested in becoming a first-time donor of the Acre Challenge, we’re excited to announce our current Matching Campaign. An anonymous donor will match up to $5,000 in new Challenge donor gifts! There’s no better time to show your support!We’re there for you! We want to meet you and answer any questions you might have about the Foundation. We believe in our mission to reduce malnutrition through the power of soy and want to share our story with you.Stay connected! Follow us on Twitter (@theWSF), like our Facebook page, or visit us at See you all at Classic!The World Soy Foundation is a 501c3 charitable organization. Your gift is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.last_img read more

Action Needed to Win Passage of Federal Truck Weight Increase

first_imgNext week, the House will consider a full, six-year Surface Transportation Reauthorization bill.  While there are numerous positive aspects of the Committee passed bill, it does not address the ability for states to allow increased truck weights on federal interstates within their state for trucks with an additional sixth axle. Rep. Reid Ribble (R-WI) has indicated his intent to offer an amendment when the bill reaches the House floor to include the increased truck weight provisions. The bill will be considered on the House floor Nov. 3-5.The American Soybean Association (ASA) asks all individuals and state soybean associations to contact your members of the U.S. House of Representatives and urge their support for the Ribble Amendment to improve trucking efficiency. The amendment will mirror H.R.3488, the Safe, Flexible, and Efficient (SAFE) Trucking Act of 2015, which Rep. Ribble has introduced as a stand-alone bill.Please use the Soy Action Center here. By entering your zip code, the Soy Action Center will connect you with your lawmaker.Following is a summary and talking points to use when emailing or calling congressional offices. All state soybean associations are also encouraged to submit a letter to your congressional delegations supporting the Ribble bill/amendment, if you have not already.Key Points- Allowing increased weights on six axle trucks would reduce the number of trucks on the road- Fewer trucks results in fewer truck related accidents- Studies demonstrate that braking distance and road impact are the same for 91,000 lb. trucks with a 6th axle- Many states currently allow heavier truck limits on state roads and other countries have increased truck weight limits and experienced a decline in truck related accidents- Significant cost savings and efficiencies are achieved for famers if weight limits are increasedBackgroundASA supports the provision to allow an increase in truck weight limits on federal interstates. The provisions would give states the option to selectively raise interstate weight limits for trucks equipped with six axles, instead of the typical five. The goal is to make U.S. truck transportation safer and more efficient.The U.S. federal weight limit has been set at 80,000 pounds since 1982. Many truck shipments meet this limit with significant space left in the trailer – forcing shippers to use more trucks and fuel.Studies by the U.S. DOT and Transportation Research Board have both determined that six-axle trucks with up to 97,000 pounds do not lose stopping or handling capability, nor do they adversely affect our nation’s roads. In fact, the higher weight limit would cut the number of trucks otherwise needed.According to a soybean farmer funded study, allowing six axle 97,000 lbs. semis would result in 1.2 million fewer truck trips, 5.5 million fewer gallons of fuel consumed, 56,000 fewer tons of carbon dioxide emissions, and $11-$28 million in reduced fuel costs – and that is just for soybean farmers.Since the United Kingdom raised its gross vehicle weight limit to 97,000 pounds for six-axle vehicles in 2001, fatal truck-related accident rates have declined by 35 percent.Again, we urge you to email your Representative and encourage his or her support for H.R. 3488, the Safe, Flexible, and Efficient (SAFE) Trucking Act of 2015 sponsored by Rep. Reid Ribble (R-WI) and vote for the Ribble amendment to the Highway Bill to increase trucking efficiency.last_img read more

Skills Center VIP tour to lead to gourmet lunch

first_imgVancouver — Everyone’s a VIP — all community members and leaders are invited — Friday at the next Clark County Skills Center VIP Tour and Luncheon.The free event, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., starts with an all-campus tour of classrooms to see state-of-the-art equipment and student demonstrations.Following the tour, students from the award-winning Restaurant Management and Culinary Arts program will host, prepare and serve a gourmet lunch in the Skills Center restaurant. Cost is $5.For more information and to make reservations, call Jan Strickland, 360-604-1050, ext. 2151, by Monday.The Skills Center is at 12200 N.E. 28th St. in Vancouver. The 28-year-old program is operated by 10 Southwest Washington school districts to provide technical and professional training programs.last_img

College savings plan hikes price nearly 40 percent

first_imgOLYMPIA – Parents investing in their child’s future will find the price is higher as the Guaranteed Education Tuition Committee voted unanimously Thursday to increase their unit price nearly 40 percent.GET is a prepaid college tuition plan whose customer base is parents and grandparents. The program works on a unit system, where 100 units represent one year of tuition. The unit cost is based on prices in effect when purchased. The committee calculates the unit cost based on the highest-priced Washington public university.For example, if someone purchased 100 GET units at $35 per unit when the program began in 1998, they would be paying $3,500 for a year at Washington State University, as opposed to the tuition cost of $9,886 per year now.Last year’s enrollment cost $117 per unit, meaning one year would cost $11,700. The new price per unit is $163, meaning a year would cost $16,300, an increase of nearly 40 percent.“We’ll see over the coming months how much it affects families opening new accounts or buying more units,” said Susan Martensen, marketing and communications manager for GET. “It’s widely understood that college tuition is going to rise rapidly over the next few years, and parents will be looking at GET as a way to save for these future costs in a safe environment.”last_img read more

Israeli warplanes strike area near Beirut

first_imgBEIRUT — Israeli warplanes struck a target south of Beirut early Friday, a day after militants fired four rockets into northern Israel, the Israeli military and a Palestinian official said.The Israeli military said that the aircraft targeted “a terror site located between Beirut and Sidon in response” to the rocket attack. It was the first air raid on the area since the 2006 war between Israel and Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group.Ramez Mustafa, a Lebanon-based official with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command, said the raid occurred at 4 a.m. and caused no casualties or material damage. He said the Israeli air force fired one missile at the area.He said the warplanes struck the coastal town of Naameh, 10 miles south of Beirut. The Palestinian group is active in the area and has a base there.An Associated Press photographer in Naameh said the raid targeted a PFLP-GC base in a valley in the town. Lebanese troops in the area prevented journalists from reaching the base.An Israeli army statement issued after the air raid said: “Yesterday’s attack is a blatant breach of Israeli sovereignty that jeopardized Israeli civilian life. Israel will not tolerate terrorist aggression originating from Lebanese territory.”last_img read more

Boat carrying many migrants capsizes at least 27 dead

first_imgVALLETTA, Malta — For the second time in a week, a smugglers’ boat overloaded with migrants capsized in the Canal of Sicily on Friday as it made the perilous crossing from Africa to Europe. At least 27 people drowned, but 221 people were rescued in a joint Italian-Maltese operation, officials said.Helicopters ferried the injured to Lampedusa, the Italian island that is closer to Africa than the Italian mainland and the destination of choice for most smugglers’ boats leaving Tunisia or Libya. It was off Lampedusa that a migrant ship from Libya capsized Oct. 3 with some 500 people aboard. Only 155 survived.Friday’s capsizing occurred 65 miles (105 kilometers) southeast of Lampedusa, but in waters where Malta has search and rescue responsibilities. The two shipwrecks were the latest grim reminder of the extreme risks that migrants and asylum-seekers often take in an effort to slip into Europe every year by boat. Facing unrest and persecution in Africa and the Middle East, many of the migrants think the Lampedusa escape route to Europe, which is barely 70 miles (113 kilometers) from northern Africa, is worth the risk. “They do know that they are risking their lives, but it is a rational decision,” said Maurizio Albahari, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Notre Dame. “Because they know for a fact they will be facing death or persecution at home — whatever remains of their home, or assuming there is a home in the first place.”What drives them is the hope that they’ll have a better life in Europe for themselves and their children, he said. “It’s either perish or go somewhere.”last_img read more

Mall walkers add strength training

first_img• One lap around the mall (either level, not including the entry alcoves) is about .43 miles.• Five laps around either level is about 2.2 miles.Music plays softly as Shirley Hofmeister briskly walks the second floor of the Westfield Vancouver mall.Storefronts are filled with Christmas decorations. White lights dangle from the ceiling. Signs promoting holiday sales speckle the hallways.But on this morning, Hofmeister and her friends aren’t at the mall to shop. They are there to exercise.“We walk, then we get strength training — and then we shop,” Hofmeister, 74, said.Hofmeister is among the dozens of people who visit the mall before business hours and walk laps. The mall opens the doors to its common areas at 7 a.m., giving walkers three hours to exercise in the hallways before shoppers begin filing in.In the winter months, the mall walker population spikes. On some mornings, up to 100 people can be found walking laps in the mall, said Chris Yates, marketing director at Westfield Vancouver mall.Berla Gonzales, 66, started walking at the mall about three years ago. After being diagnosed with diabetes, Gonzales’ doctor told her she needed to start exercising.So the Vancouver woman headed to the mall. Now, she and a group of her friends walk about an hour a day. When they’re done, they grab some coffee in the food court. On weekends, Gonzales stops by the mall after church and gets in a few laps.The more active lifestyle has paid off. Gonzales said the walking has helped her to better manage her diabetes and her high blood pressure.last_img read more

Sportsmens Show opens Feb 5

first_imgPORTLAND — More than 800 exhibitors will show their wares Feb. 5 though 9 at Portland Expo Center in the annual Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show.Show hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 5 through 7, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 8 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 9. The center is at 2060 N. Marine Drive.Admission costs $12 for adults and $5 for juniors ages 6 to 16. A $1 additional fee is charged per credit card transaction. Discount coupons saving $2 are available at Baxter Auto Supply, Les Schwab and Bi-Mart stores, or can be downloaded at Fred Meyer Reward Cards save $2 on weekday admissions and $1 on weekends.Paring at the Expo Center is $8. Carpools of three or more riders can park for $7. Off-site parking at Portland International Raceway and Portland Meadows costs $6 with a free shuttle to the Expo Center.The will include a free trout-fishing pond for youth, free seminars about hunting and fishing from outdoor experts plus booths from a wide variety of outfitters, guides, equipment manufacturers, retailers and others. Dozens of sport-fishing boats will be on display. There will be casting competition plus sportsmen can bring in their trophies to be scored by Boone & Crockett or Pope & Young scorers.last_img read more

House votes to ensure speedier care for US vets

first_imgWASHINGTON — United in response to a national uproar, Congress is suddenly moving quickly to address military veterans’ long waits for care at VA hospitals.The House unanimously approved legislation Tuesday to make it easier for patients enduring lengthy delays for initial visits to get VA-paid treatment from local doctors instead. The Senate was poised to vote on a similar bill within 48 hours, said Democratic leader Harry Reid.The legislation comes close on the heels of a Veterans Affairs Department audit showing that more than 57,000 new applicants for care have had to wait at least three months for initial appointments and an additional 64,000 newly enrolled vets who requested appointments never got them.“I cannot state it strongly enough — this is a national disgrace,” said Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., chief author of the House legislation. Miller made his comments minutes before the House completed the first of two votes on its measure. Lawmakers approved the bill 421-0, then re-voted a little over an hour later, making sure no one was left out on the politically important vote, with five more in favor and no one against. Miller sheepishly admitted the reason for the second vote: He was in his office and missed the first tally.last_img read more

Clackamas County forest fire grows by half

first_imgPORTLAND — A wildfire in Clackamas County has spread through the night, and authorities said Tuesday that its area has grown by about half. The fire is burning through grass and timber in the national forest 10 miles southeast of Estacada, a town of about 2,900. The town is not considered threatened. An RV park, a campground, a stretch of the highway and an area for off-road vehicles have been closed. About 40 homes are under evacuation orders, and residents of about 120 more have been told to get ready to leave. The fire also threatens industrial timberland. The fire area is now about 5.5 square miles, nearly 3,600 acres. Authorities said they suspect a target shooter in a gravel pit set it off on Saturday. Heavy smoke from the fire has stretched into the Willamette Valley and as far as Salem, causing concerns for people with respiratory problems. About 500 people are fighting the fire, and Gov. John Kitzhaber has authorized the state fire marshal to send in local fire departments to protect buildings. Clackamas County commissioners on Tuesday approved an emergency order allowing the county to seek state assistance for response to the fire. Firefighters are also battling a blaze on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest about 15 miles west of Grants Pass, which grew by 1,000 acres to nearly 3,000 acres overnight. Several campgrounds and forest roads have been closed, and area residences have been put on alert for possible evacuations.last_img read more

Postal customers workers protest proposed changes

first_imgSome 40 local residents didn’t bother using the U.S. Postal Service on Friday morning, choosing instead to personally deliver messages to local congressional staff members in support of Postal Service functions threatened by federal mandates to the Postal Service. The sign-carrying protesters organized by Communities and Postal Workers United walked peacefully from Esther Short Park, along Evergreen Boulevard, to the Marshall House on Officer’s Row. There they met jointly with aides of Democratic Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray. They made another stop at the office of Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, in the O.O. Howard building for a meeting with the congresswoman’s aide.In both meetings, they requested support from the congressional members for two proposed bills that would preserve home mail delivery and ease the Postal Service’s financial obligation to pre-fund its employee pensions. The protesters also urged Murray to sign what is called a “Dear Colleague” letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee, which calls for a one-year moratorium on plant closures and the reinstatement of June 2012 delivery standards. (In Washington, the Postal Service says it intends to close mail processing facilities in Seattle, Tacoma and Wenatchee in 2015.) Cantwell has signed the letter, but David Hodges, who directs Murray’s Southwest Washington staff, noted that Murray sees little sense in signing the letter since she serves on the Appropriations Committee. Vancouver resident David Goldberg, 54, said he took a lead in organizing the protest because of his personal concern about the future of mail service. Goldberg, a pizza delivery driver, reached out to Jamie Partridge, an organizer with Communities and Postal Workers United, for help in launching the event. Activities like Friday’s protest help stir people to action, he said. “We lose our sense of community when we lose our valued institutions,” Goldberg said.last_img read more

Supreme Court to hear gay marriage cases in April

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Supreme Court says it will decide whether same-sex couples nationwide have a right to marry under the Constitution.The justices said Friday they will review an appellate ruling that upheld bans on same-sex unions in four states.The case will be argued in April and a decision is expected by late June. Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee are among the 14 states where gay and lesbian couples are not allowed to marry.The number of states that permit same-sex marriage has nearly doubled in three months as a result of federal and state court rulings. The justices’ decision to turn away same-sex marriage appeals in October allowed some of those rulings to take effect. Florida last week became the 36th state to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.last_img

Bankruptcy recovery spurs big second quarter growth for Caesars

first_img South Korea’s foreigner-only casinos see revenues grow in August RelatedPosts Sale of the century Same-store net revenues improved 2.8% to US$2.12 billion while same-store adjusted EBITDAR increased 13.1% to US$623 million, driven by revenue growth in gaming and hospitality plus operating cost reduction.“We delivered solid second quarter results, led by strong gaming and hospitality performance in Las Vegas, where we have completed renovating 60% of our 23,000 hotel rooms since 2014. The results also reflect balanced, robust cost management and growth strategies,” said Caesars President & CEO Mark Frissora.“Caesars remains positioned for sustained revenue and EBITDAR growth and starting this quarter we begin to realize the benefits of the Centaur acquisition, which closed on 16 July, and new sports betting businesses in New Jersey and Mississippi.” The inclusion of Caesars Entertainment Operating Co Inc following its emergence from bankruptcy late last year has helped Caesars Entertainment Corp to a US$1.11 billion increase in revenue in 2Q18, up to US$2.12 from US$1.01 billion in the same period last year.Net income improved to US$29 million from a net loss of US$1.43 billion in 2Q17 due to restructuring charges in the prior year. The show must go on Load Morelast_img read more

Melcos Philippines partner flags possibility of second City of Dreams Manila IR

first_img Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR Japan to conduct nationwide prefectural survey to confirm IR intentions 181 Chinese nationals arrested in dispute over POGO accreditation status RelatedPosts Load More Melco Resorts’ City of Dreams Manila could soon have a second Philippines location.Willy Ocier, the Chairman of Melco’s local partner Premium Leisure Corp (PLC), told investors during his firm’s 1Q19 earnings call this week that the possibility of launching another City of Dreams was already being discussed internally, according to the Philippine Star. “The expansion of City of Dreams is being studied by our partners as well as ourselves,” Ocier was quoted as saying. However, he noted that City of Dreams Manila’s current gaming license only applies to its Entertainment City site in Parañaque, adding, “If we want to apply, we will have to apply with PAGCOR once we secure another site.“We are doing all of this expansion, but we have not identified any location yet.”PLC has an operating agreement with a subsidiary of Melco Resorts (Philippines) that entitles it to the greater of either 50% of EBITDA or 15% of mass gaming win plus 5% of VIP win derived from City of Dreams Manila.PLC’s parent company Belle Corp, which owns the land upon which City of Dreams Manila sits, also derives rental fees from Melco for use of the land.Belle Corp has previously hinted at expanding the current City of Dreams Manila site onto adjacent land.The potential opening of a second site would mirror the actions of its Entertainment City neighbor Solaire Resort & Casino, operated by Bloomberry Resorts Corp, which will break ground on Solaire North in Quezon City this year.PLC reported this week a 9% increase in the company’s share in the gaming earnings of City of Dreams Manila to Php725 million (US$13.9 million) in 1Q19.last_img read more

Who will win an Employee Benefits Award this year

first_imgThe 14th annual Employee Benefits Awards, in association with Aon, takes place on Friday 3 June 2016.BNP Paribas, BNY Mellon, Hilton Worldwide, Sky, TalkTalk Group and Volkswagen Financial Services are among the employers shortlisted.There are 24 awards in total and the winners will be announced during a lunch time ceremony at the Artillery Garden at the HAC, London.The annual Employee Benefits Award and Summer Party will feature the much-anticipated fairground games and rides, including dodgems and a carousel.To follow the action and see which employers come out on top, follow @EmployeeBenefits and @EB_Awards on Twitter. Don’t forget to check out #EBAwards for live updates from the event.See the full shortlist.last_img

Skyscanner wins Grand Prix at Employee Benefits Awards 2018

first_imgSkyscanner won the coveted Grand Prix award at the Employee Benefits Awards 2018.The global travel search website was lauded for its innovative and fresh employee benefits strategy and its approach to getting employees to support business strategy.Skyscanner was recognised in two additional categories, winning the awards for Best staff travel benefits and Best flexible benefits plan. The organisation’s entry into the Best healthcare and wellbeing benefits, small employer category was highly commended.Tom Hiles, group benefits manager at BNP Paribas, took home the prestigious Employee benefits professional of the year award, while the Benefits team of the year award went to Countrywide.The Employee Benefits Awards and Summer Party 2018, in association with Aon Employee Benefits, took place at The Pavilion at The Tower of London on Friday 8 June 2018.Julia Clement, director of reward at Skyscanner, said: “I’m very excited for the team and for what we achieved in such a short space of time. The team pulled together a really slick-looking and engaging employee benefits programme based on feedback from employees and it was really well received.”Congratulations to all of this year’s winners, highly commended entries and finalists.We would like to thank our event sponsors, our esteemed judging panel, and all of the organisations that entered the awards.Keep an eye on the Employee Benefits Awards website to read more about the winning entries and to see photo highlights from the event.Find out more.last_img read more

Poll More than a third rely on unpaid leave for parents caring

first_imgEmployee Benefits poll: More than a third (37%) of respondents’ organisations rely on unpaid leave for employees who need to care for their sick children.A straw poll of readers, which received 94 responses, also found that 33% of organisations offer flexible working arrangements to help working parents care for their children when ill, while a further 11% provide emergency childcare.One in 10 (10%) employers enable working parents to take paid carers’ leave when their children are unwell; however, an additional 10% of respondents do not have any provisions in place to support parents who need time off to care for their sick dependants.Research by benefits provider MetLife UK, published in December 2018, agrees with these findings. Its survey of 1,209 working adults found that 36% of parents are having to take unpaid leave to look after sick or injured children, while 44% are having to use their holiday entitlement for this reason.Linked to this, 39% of the parents involved in MetLife UK’s research are concerned about the financial impact of taking time off to care for sick or injured children; 22%, for example, claim that looking after their children who are ill or injured leads to increased costs and expenses, while 33% of self-employed parents state that taking time off for this reason has cost them work.Just under two-thirds (63%) of respondents would support changes in the law to improve rights for time off work, which could ease the pressure on families.Have you noticed employees suffering from the January blues post Christmas? How is your organisation supporting staff with their mental health come the New Year? Have your say in our newest poll…last_img read more

Lady Gaga reveals few performance details at Super Bowl Media Center

first_imgLady Gaga chilled with reporters today and talked about those Beyonce rumors… and just about everything else we wanted to know about the halftime show. We’re not saying she was evasive, but let’s just say she was big on ideas but short on details.Lady Gaga has been preparing for her Super Bowl halftime show for months…Lady Gaga: “I’m absolutely honored to be doing the Pepsi Halftime show.”And Thursday, the Grammy winner shared what fans can expect from her half time performance at the Super Bowl Media Center in Houston.Lady Gaga: “Oh, we have some thing’s planned for this weekend.”Will she make any political statements?Gaga said she’ll make ones she’s consistently made throughout her career. Lady Gaga: “I believe in a passion for inclusion. I believe in the spirit of equality and the spirit of this country — one of love and compassion and kindness.”Gaga shared the stage with icon, Tony Bennett, Sunday.Tony also gave Gaga performance advice.Lady Gaga: “Tony always encourages me to just tell the story of the songs, and to stay grounded in my craft and who I am as an artist.”Lady G also addressed those Beyonce rumors about the two performing together.Lady Gaga: “I have sent her flowers after I heard her amazing news. I’m going to be taking the spirit of many performers with me on that stage.”Celebrated country singer, Luke Bryan was also on hand. He’ll sing the National Anthem before the big game. Luke Bryan: “I’m gonna walk out there and kind of follow my heart, and follow the vibe of the room.”Even though Bryan says he’s pretty nervous to sing in front of millions of people, he also thinks it’s the opportunity of a lifetime.Luke Bryan: “It’ll certainly be a highlight of my career, and my entertainment life, to be able to walk out there and hopefully perform the anthem in a way that I’ve always dreamed I would do it.”And three cast members from the hit broadway musical “Hamilton” will sing “America the Beautiful” during pre game festivities.Treat your case of Super Bowl fever all day Sunday here on 7. Coverage begins at 11 a.m., kick off is set for 6:30 p.m.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Amazon issues refunds for fake solar eclipse glasses

first_img(WSVN) – Online retail giant Amazon has begun issuing refunds for fake solar eclipse glasses.According to the company itself, sellers are shipping out orders of questionable solar eclipse glasses, meant to protect people from lasting eye damage.Amazon has started refunding customers who have already purchased the fake glasses, and said it will take the steps out of abundance of caution.Affected customers, Amazon added, will be notified.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img