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  • Thu, March 07, 2019 6:15 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

     * PAWS Celebrates its 35th Anniversary.
     * Animal Welfare Institute Issues Call to Action in Illinois.

  • Thu, March 07, 2019 6:13 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    Our thanks to the 40 OABA members who sent comments to the DOL. We still need to get our count to 100+ so if you haven't already done so, please customize this link to fit your organization but keeping the message while doing so.
    Simply click here, then copy, paste and update the highlighted information into an email to reflect your organization and send to H2BReform.Comments@dol.gov. It is urgent that we all weigh in en masse on this H-2B Lottery situation asap! 
    Please copy gregc@oaba.org when sending your email so that we will have a record for evidence of our concern should we need it.

  • Thu, March 07, 2019 4:38 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)
    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices*  
    full history
              Change from
      02/18/19 02/25/19 03/04/19   week ago year ago
    U.S. 3.006 3.048 3.076   values are up 0.028 values are up 0.084
    East Coast (PADD1) 3.073 3.094 3.119   values are up 0.025 values are up 0.073
    New England (PADD1A) 3.165 3.171 3.177   values are up 0.006 values are up 0.051
    Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 3.256 3.286 3.301   values are up 0.015 values are up 0.061
    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 2.927 2.949 2.985   values are up 0.036 values are up 0.091
    Midwest (PADD2) 2.904 2.969 3.014   values are up 0.045 values are up 0.094
    Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.809 2.849 2.870   values are up 0.021 values are up 0.077
    Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 2.887 2.913 2.939   values are up 0.026 values are up 0.029
    West Coast (PADD5) 3.458 3.493 3.503   values are up 0.010 values are up 0.111
    West Coast less California 3.104 3.141 3.155   values are up 0.014 values are up 0.091
    California 3.739 3.772 3.779   values are up 0.007 values are up 0.127
    *prices include all taxes
    Information from www.eia.gov

  • Thu, February 28, 2019 4:31 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Gene Dean, owner of Fiesta Shows/Dean Enterprises, Seabrook, N.H., will be inducted into the New England Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (NEAAPA) Hall of Fame, Tuesday, March 19.


  • Thu, February 28, 2019 3:35 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    news from Carnival Warehouse

    The 2019 South Florida Fair suffered from the one factor outdoor event organizers cannot control – rain. The final fair for retiring Rick Vymlatil, CFE, President/CEO South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions, a position he's held since 2004, had the kind of first fair managers fear most – an entirely cancelled day.  More>>>>

  • Thu, February 28, 2019 3:25 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    PeTA held a press conference in Los Angeles on Tuesday with local activists, lawmakers, and actor Joaquin Phoenix to generate support and attention for California Senate Bill 313, which was introduced in the state legislature last week. Titled the “Circus Cruelty Prevention Act,” the legislation would ban wild and exotic animals in traveling exhibitions. The bill’s sponsor, SenatorBen Hueso(D-San Diego), issued the following statement in a PeTA press release: "Wild animals used in circuses endure cruel training, near-constant confinement, and are deprived of their natural habitat. We cannot allow this type of abuse to occur in California. This bill will ensure that these beautiful creatures are not exploited or cruelly treated within our state." More>>>>

  • Thu, February 28, 2019 3:10 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    We Need Your Continued Help to #saveH2B

    As you know, the Department of Homeland Security recently issued a press release announcing that the H-2B cap for the second half of FY 19 was reached on February 19.  

    Unless DHS immediately releases all of the visas allowed by the FY 2019 Consolidated Appropriations Act, about two-thirds of needed seasonal positions will go unfilled this year.

    Reps. Harris (R-MD) and Pingree (D-ME), Senator Rounds and others are circulating the attached letter to Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen urging her to immediately resume H-2B processing and release all of the additional visas permitted by the law.

    How Can You Help?

    Call Your Senators and Representative:
    You can reach your Senators and Representative through the Capitol Switchboard at 202-225-3121.  Once connected to the office, ask to speak to the staff person who handles H-2B issues.  Please urge your Representative to sign the Harris-Pingree H-2B letter to DHS.  Please urge your Senator to sign the Rounds letter to DHS. The deadline for signatures is the close of Business on Friday, March 1.

    Email Your Senators Representative: 
    Please email your Senators and Representative asking them to sign the Harris-Pingree H-2B letter to DHS by the close of business on Friday, March 1. You can use the link below set up by the National Association of Landscape Professionals.  Please send an email now even if you did so earlier in the week as this link with now also send letters to your Senators.

    E-mail Your Senators and Representative

    Share This Email:
    Share this email with your co-workers, suppliers and other H-2B users and encourage them to call and email their elected officials.

    Thank you for your help and for again reaching out to Congress.  

    Your H-2B Workforce Coalition Co-Chairs
    Laurie Flanagan, representing AmericanHort and the National Association of Landscape Professionals

    Gregg Hartley, representing the Outdoor Amusement Business Association 

    Brian Crawford, American Hotel and Lodging Association

  • Thu, February 28, 2019 2:46 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    “We had a great year and exceeded a $5 million midway for the first time,” were the words of John Prestianni, senior director of Finance for the Florida State Fair Authority, in describing what happened at the February 7-18 Cheryl Flood-managed Florida State Fair, Tampa.  More>>>>

  • Thu, February 28, 2019 10:41 AM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)
    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices*  
    (dollars per gallon)full history
              Change from
      02/11/19 02/18/19 02/25/19   week ago year ago
    U.S. 2.966 3.006 3.048   values are up 0.042 values are up 0.041
    East Coast (PADD1) 3.031 3.073 3.094   values are up 0.021 values are up 0.037
    New England (PADD1A) 3.161 3.165 3.171   values are up 0.006 values are up 0.044
    Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 3.225 3.256 3.286   values are up 0.030 values are up 0.031
    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 2.872 2.927 2.949   values are up 0.022 values are up 0.043
    Midwest (PADD2) 2.849 2.904 2.969   values are up 0.065 values are up 0.022
    Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.776 2.809 2.849   values are up 0.040 values are up 0.052
    Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 2.870 2.887 2.913   values are up 0.026 values are down -0.023
    West Coast (PADD5) 3.435 3.458 3.493   values are up 0.035 values are up 0.096
    West Coast less California 3.084 3.104 3.141   values are up 0.037 values are up 0.077
    California 3.714 3.739 3.772   values are up 0.033 values are up 0.112

    *prices include all taxes

  • Thu, February 21, 2019 10:21 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices*  
    (dollars per gallon) full history

            Change from
      02/04/19 02/11/19 02/18/19   week ago year ago
    U.S. 2.966 2.966 3.006   values are up 0.040 values are down -0.021
    East Coast (PADD1) 3.038 3.031 3.073   values are up 0.042 values are down -0.009
    New England (PADD1A) 3.176 3.161 3.165   values are up 0.004 values are up 0.036
    Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 3.227 3.225 3.256   values are up 0.031 values are down -0.018
    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 2.879 2.872 2.927   values are up 0.055 values are down -0.012
    Midwest (PADD2) 2.839 2.849 2.904   values are up 0.055 values are down -0.066
    Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.779 2.776 2.809   values are up 0.033 values are down -0.009
    Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 2.883 2.870 2.887   values are up 0.017 values are down -0.066
    West Coast (PADD5) 3.435 3.435 3.458   values are up 0.023 values are up 0.059
    West Coast less California 3.087 3.084 3.104   values are up 0.020 values are up 0.032
    California 3.711 3.714 3.739   values are up 0.025 values are up 0.081
    *prices include all taxes

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