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D-Minn. spoke about Minnesota’s rail problems during a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on improving America’s rail system She called on railroad companies to address the ongoing delays that have kept an estimated two million tons of Minnesota taconite sitting in stockpiles at the mines instead of being shipped to steel millsThat’s about 5 percent of the industry’s annual production of nearly 40 million tons“Rail service disruptions are forcing mines on the Iron Range to stockpile significant quantities of iron ore” Klobuchar said in a statement “These disruptions hurt business and threaten jobs not only at these operations but also at the steel mills that rely on taconite pellets to feed their furnaces I will continue to pressure railroad companies to act quickly to ensure that pellet backlogs are reduced and that steel mills receive timely shipments of taconite”Klobuchar last week urged the Surface Transportation Board to address rail service delays She also has introduced the Railroad Antitrust Enforcement Act aimed at boosting railroad competition and keeping costs down for businesses farmers and consumers by subjecting railroads to the same antitrust laws as other industriesOn Wednesday Minnesota Power said it will shut down several coal-burning power plants and instead buy power from other utilities for several months — if needed — so it can stockpile coal for the colder winter months when the utility faces its highest demand If it didn’t do that the Duluth-based utility said it might face a coal shortage in the winter because it can’t get timely rail delivery from coal mines in Montana and WyomingMinnesota Power officials said they support some sort of government action to encourage rail competition noting they are beholden to one rail line — BNSF — to bring them coal at a time the railroad won’t or can’t provide enough coal trainsThe problem isn’t confined to northern MinnesotaXcel Energy in August reported to the Surface Transportation Board that it was not getting enough coal by rail to power its massive Sherco coal-burning power plant outside the Twin CitiesIn Minnesota’s farm country some grain elevators have moved to using trucks instead of rail to move grain to market unable to secure enough trains to handle the harvestAnd on Friday officials tied to the Duluth port said the rail backlog also could hurt marine business With spring wheat and durum wheat now being harvested in the Dakotas and western Minnesota saltwater freighters from around the world already are on their way to Duluth to pick up loads of the fresh crop to move worldwideIf trains aren’t available to get the crop to the Twin Ports those ships would have to wait or divert elsewhere David Torgerson executive director of the Minnesota Association of Wheat Growers said the harvest is just starting to come in because of late planting and a wet season so it’s too early to tell if a lack of rail cars will delay shipments this autumnIn a rail car update in late July required by the Surface Transportation Board BNSF said it had 4942 past-due rail cars in North Dakota averaging 32 days late Canadian Pacific estimated a backlog demand of 10000 to 12000 carsBNSF officials have said the company has invested billions of dollars in the past two years and is adding thousands of new employees in an effort to keep up with the added demandThe women wing of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization Ohaneze Ndigbo have drawn the battle line against leaders of Ohaneze over alleged imposition of delegates to the proposed national conference Addressing journalists in Enugu on Tuesday the leader of Igbo women Assembly and former president of Council of Women societies in Enugu state Chief Mrs Maria Okwor alleged that the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo led by Chief Garry Igarawey as President-General and Dr Joe Nwogu as Secretary have both planned to plant stooges as delegates that would represent Igbo women at the conference She substantiated her allegation by citing a women’s meeting summoned by the duo of Igarawey and Nwogu yesterday at the Ohanaeze secretariat in Enugu where prominent women members of Imeobi Ohanaeze including herself were excluded Okwo vowed that Igbo women would mobilize for a protest against the selection by the Ohanaeze chieftains if their conspiracy comes to fruition She further disclosed that Ohanaeze women group had already elected their leaders which she said the Ohanaeze men leaders have failed to recognize She noted that it was because of the leadership crisis in Ohanaeze Ndigbo that made the Prof Ben Nwabueze-led Igbo Leaders of Thought compose eminent persons in Igbo land to articulate items of discussion at the proposed conference adding that Igbo women supports the position of the Nwabueze group Okwor suggested that the Governors of the South East should be involved in appointing delegates for the conference The women leader also suggested that Nigeria return to parliamentary system of government noting that the present presidential system is not only costly but filled with corruption According to her “There is also so much power concentrated at the centre Power should be devolved to regions or zones “We did not agree with the PAC report because what we need in Nigeria today is a new constitution and not a military constitution that we are currently operating We have agreed to be at the conference despite the modalities but we don’t want another jamboree in the name of national conference “Now that Ohanaeze has problem we asked Nwabueze to call everybody together to harmonize views to be presented at the conference After articulating the Igbo positions Igarawey was invited to sign the document but he refused “We have people of integrity in the Igbo Leaders of Thought and I don’t understand why Ohanaeze cannot support it We agree that Ohanaeze is the apex Igbo body eventhough there are other Igbo bodies but the Ohanaeze leadership has to be right “We won’t boycott the conference but we women want to support what will benefit our children We the Igbo women in Ohanaeze are in support of Igbo Leaders of Thought under Prof Ben Nwabueze I will lead the protest against Ohanaeze if they try to exclude us” We might keep quiet for now But now it seems that this same group has ruined our chance by attacking us too File photo of Sumit Nagal New Delhi: and his charges bring the number of men accused of conspiring to join the terror organization to 11Most political parties and commerce and industry representatives in Kerala supported a hartal (shutdown strike) called by Communist Party of India (Marxist) to protest against the execution of former Iraq president Saddam Hussein in December 2006 "the first manifestation of our coming redemption society "It was protruding from the edge of the bed and it wasnt moving at all 2017 If only there were a TV show that focused on British wildlife so people know what is around them. its steelmaking customers in the eastern U. 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