5 men who were trapped in a cave in Virginia have been rescued

first_imgCyclops Cave is on private property and the group did not have permission to enter. The men were found about 120 feet deep in the cave and were not carrying proper climbing gear. On Sunday, a group of men stuck in Cyclops Cave in southwest Virginia were safely rescued. Six men, ages 22 to 59-years-old, entered the cave on Friday with the intention to camp. The men became trapped in the cave when heavy rains made it difficult for them to escape. The youngest of the group was eventually able to exit the cave, alerting authorities to his brother, father, uncle, and two friends that were still trapped in the cave. The five men rescued were all taken to the hospital for suffering from hypothermia and exhaustion. last_img read more

Angels reliever Keynan Middleton takes a knee during Anthem

first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Keynan Middleton, who has been vocal on Twitter and Instagram about social issues, took a knee during the National Anthem before the Angels game on Monday night in San Diego.Middleton took a knee and raised his fist, following in the model of other athletes who have made such symbolic statements against systemic racism.Middleton indicated through a team spokesman that he would release a statement via his social media. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Manager Joe Maddon said after the game that Middleton informed the team of his plans in a previous meeting on the subject of social injustice. Maddon added that the team was “totally supportive.” Maddon said he does not know if Middleton plans to continue kneeling during the Anthem.“The thing I have encouraged all these guys to do is to create their own truth,” Maddon said. “What’s in your heart? How you can change things? That’s a wonderful young man and he’s among a lot of wonderful young people that are going to demonstrate in that way, but there was no disrespect whatsoever to the flag.”Maddon added: “I’m very proud that he stood up for his beliefs. It’s not easy to do that. A young man like that. He’s the only one out here doing that.” Earlier in the night, several members of the San Francisco Giants, including Manager Gabe Kapler, took a knee during the Anthem before their game in Oakland.center_img Maddon said he finds that form of statement to be powerful.“It’s very useful form of protest,” Maddon said. “You should be open to it. You try to really understand what’s behind it. It’s so easy to misinterpret. Just like misinterpreting that those of us standing don’t support Black Lives Matter. That would be an absolute misinterpretation. At the end of the day, take a deep breath. Listen, listening skills are really important right now.”Related Articles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

ASA Supports Presidents Commitment to Exports Biofuels

first_imgState of the Union includes remarks on ASA prioritiesThe American Soybean Association (ASA) appreciated President Barack Obama’s remarks on several of ASA’s top legislative priorities during his 2011 State of the Union address. President Obama encouraged job creation by doubling exports, passing the pending Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), expanding the use of renewable energy, and improving America’s infrastructure.”The American Soybean Association noted President Obama’s commitment to supporting the U.S. economy and job creation through increasing exports, expanding the use of renewable energy and increasing funding for infrastructure improvements,” said ASA President Alan Kemper, a soybean farmer from Lafayette, Ind. “These issues are top priorities for ASA, and we will continue to work with both parties in Congress as well as the Administration to achieve them.”President Obama reaffirmed his National Export Initiative goal of doubling exports in the next five years, saying, “Last month, we finalized a trade agreement with South Korea that will support at least 70,000 American jobs… and I ask this Congress to pass it as soon as possible.”ASA believes that efforts to achieve the goal of creating more U.S. jobs and the doubling of exports will require Congressional approval of the pending FTAs with South Korea, Colombia and Panama, and renewal of Presidential Trade Promotion Authority to enable the negotiation of new FTAs with key importing countries.”U.S. soybeans and soy product exports had a total value of more than $21 billion for the 2009-10 marketing year, making the U.S. soybean industry the largest positive commodity contributor to the national trade balance,” Kemper said. “Just last week a visiting delegation of companies from China signed contracts to purchase $6.68 billion worth of U.S. soybeans in 2011.”President Obama also talked about investing in and increasing research on clean energy technology and biofuels, saying, “With more research and incentives, we can break our dependence on oil with biofuels.”ASA registered a significant victory on behalf of U.S. soybean farmers with last month’s passage of the retroactive biodiesel tax incentive extension through the end of 2011. The one-dollar-per-gallon tax credit is structured in a manner that makes biodiesel more competitive with petroleum diesel fuel in the market place.”The biodiesel tax credit has a direct impact on jobs and is critical to supporting the biodiesel industry, a major market for U.S. soybean oil and a key factor in supporting domestic soybean prices in recent years,” Kemper said. “Biodiesel reduces our dependence on imported petroleum, it’s good for the environment, and it’s the only commercially available advanced biofuel in the market today.”President Obama also spoke about improving infrastructure, saying, “We’ll put more Americans to work repairing crumbling roads and bridges,” and noting that engineers gave U.S. infrastructure a low grade.”ASA supports increased funding for the nation’s transportation infrastructure for road, rail and waterway improvements that will benefit U.S. soybean farmers by helping them move their product across the U.S. and to ports that will ship soybeans and soybean products to our trading partners around the world,” Kemper said. “Over 75 percent of U.S. soybean exports move to world ports via the upper Mississippi and Illinois River systems, but the locks, dams and channels on these river systems are crumbling and in desperate need of modernization.”last_img read more