Commentary: The December Tradition Continues

first_img Facebook Twitter Home Commentary Commentary: The December Tradition Continues By Gary TruittTraditions are very important to farm families. The County Fair, the State Fair,  and the December farm show are all traditional trips made by many Hoosier farmers. For the past 39 years, farmers, their sons, and now their grandsons have visited the farm show at the West Pavilion at the State Fairgrounds each December.  Over the years, I have seen the same families come to the show year after year. The tradition is continuing, but some of the long time visitors will notice some changes.The first thing you will notice when you walk in the door is that you will be asked to register. This will only take a few minutes; and, for your cooperation, you will have the chance to take home a professional drone package. All we will be asking is basic contact information, as well as the kind of things you are interested in so we can improve the show. Don’t worry — we are not going to sell your data.Once you hit the show floor, you will notice new colors and plenty of new exhibitors, but some of your old friends will be in their same locations. Unlike many other shows, this show is a unique blend of current and cutting-edge technology. There will even be a nod to the innovation of the past with a display of antique tractors.For the past 12 years, I have had the pleasure of putting together a daily seminar series that focused on some of the top issues of the day. However, this year I had the chance to go hog wild.  There will be three days of almost non-stop programs which cover policy, production, finances, and the future.  In short, there is hardly an issue we are not going to explore. What is different this year is that, not only do we have experts doing the seminars but also many farmers.  Kyle Tom, Ken and Rodney Rulon, Vermillion County farmer Carter Morgan, and others will be talking about their experiences and their operations.This summer, as we were working on a vision of what this show could be, it occurred to me that most farmers I know are hands-on kind of people. This is something most other indoor farm shows don’t do: have live, hands-on demonstrations right on the show floor. Purdue Extension will show you how to use a drone on your farm and give you an excuse to convince your wife to let you buy one. NRCS will also have their rain simulator on the floor. A skeptic about the benefits of cover crops, this display will make a believer out of you. They will simulate a rain storm and show you how a cover crop helps control moisture.As a farm journalist, I have attended many seminars; and, at the end, the speakers ask for questions. Typically, the farmers in the audience sit stoically saying nothing. But, as soon as the event is over, they rush the stage to talk one-on-one with the speaker. So, I set up the Coffee Shop, sponsored by Rural King.  This is a place to have one-on-one talks with our seminar speakers as well as with other experts.  There will even be some free coffee and donuts to spark conversation.So, keep your tradition alive or start a new one and visit the Indiana Farm Equipment and Technology Expo, December 11-13. I look forward to seeing you at the show. If I am not in the seminar area or munching a donut in the coffee shop, then look for me at the big hand tool display, because you can never have to many hand tools.   Keep the tradition alive; come to the farm show. Facebook Twitter SHARE SHARE Previous articleAg Technology Will Help Farmers Meet Changing Consumer DemandsNext articleNAFTA Replacement USMCA Signed at G20 Gary Truitt By Gary Truitt – Dec 2, 2018 Commentary: The December Tradition Continueslast_img read more

Training journalists in handling danger in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas

first_img April 21, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en Pakistan was the world’s deadliest country for journalists for the second year running in 2011. Ten journalists were killed in Pakistan last year, three of them in the Tribal Areas in the northwest of the country, along the border with Afghanistan. A total of 11 journalists from the Tribal Areas have been killed since 2005.To respond the dangers, Reporters Without Borders and its Peshawar-based partner organization, the Tribal Union of Journalists, organized a series of safety training sessions for local journalists in the latter part of 2011.Reporters from Khyber, Kurram, Bajaur, Orakzai, Mohmand, North Waziristan and South Waziristan attended the six one-day sessions that were held at the TUJ’s headquarters from 1 November to 4 December. In all, about 90 journalists were taught safety rules and the procedures they should adopt in cases of danger.Led by Reporters Without Borders representative Iqbal Khattak, an experienced trainer, the one-days sessions also provided instruction in first-aid techniques, methods for preventing and evaluating risks, and the attitude to adopt towards one’s kidnappers in the event of abduction.A copy of the Reporters Without Borders Handbook for Journalists, in Urdu, will also be given to all participants, thanks to the support of UNESCO Islamabad.“The eyes of the entire world are turned to the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan and the media do not want to miss the events taking place there,” Khattak said. “This region is extremely dangerous. Foreign journalists and journalists working in other parts of Pakistan rarely come here. The local journalists are the only ones capable of covering the news in this region. Nonetheless, many of them are not sufficiently trained in dealing with the risks to which they are exposed.”Journalists in the Tribal Areas are at the mercy of the Taliban, who try to impose favourable coverage of their “Jihad” by force. At the same time, the local authorities and armed forces find it hard to tolerate coverage of the excesses that occur in the course of the “war on terror.” Reporters also have to take account of the dangers resulting from US and Pakistani military operations against Al-Qaeda.In his address inaugurating the first training session on 1 November, Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard referred to the many Pakistani journalists killed in recent months and the importance for Reporters Without Borders of supporting the journalists in the Tribal Areas. “This training is intended to help them to be better prepared, but the authorities also have a duty to try to ensure the safety of journalists in Pakistan,” Julliard added. Help by sharing this information This action was made possible by the EU’s European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR), of which Reporters Without Borders is a beneficiary. PakistanAsia – Pacific Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire News News June 2, 2021 Find out more to go further Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder Organisation Follow the news on Pakistan PakistanAsia – Pacific Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists News Receive email alerts January 10, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Training journalists in handling danger in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas January 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

An assessment of the role of the marginal ice zone in the carbon cycle of the Southern Ocean

first_imgThe dense phytoplankton blooms observed in earlier studies in the Southern Ocean Marginal Ice Zone (MIZ) may not be representative of all regions, so that some previous assessments of the overall importance of this system in total primary production may have been overestimated. Recent observations have shown that increased phytoplankton production may not always be associated with the retreating ice-edge, due to the unpredictability of meltwater-induced stability. Complex interactions between the MIZ and hydrographic fronts have also been indicated. A range of simple simulations, based on biomass inventories for the major biogeochemical systems in the Southern Ocean, show that the greater part of chlorophyll biomass is located in the extensive regions between the major fronts. Consideration of the fronts and the MIZ only, which we surmize may be the principal sites of export production, indicates that the MIZ is clearly the most important single feature. Even if the occurrence of MIZ blooms in the simulations is reduced dramatically, such blooms still appear to make a substantial contribution to production and, by implication, carbon export.last_img read more

Financial Aid Counselor

first_imgOTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIESMay perform other duties and responsibilities that management maydeem necessary from time to time.POSITION IN ORGANIZATION REPORTS TO: Director, Financial AidPOSITIONS SUPERVISED: Not applicableTECHNICAL, MANAGERIAL, AND PEOPLE SKILLS REQUIREDTo perform this job successfully an individual must be able toperform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listedbelow are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilityrequired. Incumbents will be evaluated, in part, based onperformance of each essential function. Appropriate reasonableaccommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilitiesto perform essential functions.EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE BUSINESS COMPETENCIESTo perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstratethe following competencies: The mission of The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciencesis the development of professional health care practitionersthrough innovation, individualized, and quality classroom,clinical, and distance education.GENERAL SUMMARYThe University’s financial aid counselor position is responsiblefor all aspects of the student financing process. The individualwill counsel students and their families on financial mattersrelating to the cost of attending the university; counsel onpayment options to include federal, state, private, veterans’education benefits, military tuition assistance, payment plans andinstitution aid. This position requires the individual to provide ahigh level of customer service by working closely with admissions,enrollment, financial aid, and finance groups to ensure thatprospective and continuing students/families have a complete andcomprehensive understanding of the institution, cost of attendingthe university and how to pay for their education.ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES WORK ENVIRONMENTWork is performed primarily in a standard office environment butmay involve exposure to moderate noise levels. Work involvesoperation of personal computer equipment for six to eight hoursdaily and includes physical demands associated with a traditionaloffice setting, e.g., walking, standing, communicating, and otherphysical functions as necessary.The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is an equalopportunity at will employer and does not discriminate against anyemployee or applicant for employment because of age, race,religion, color, disability, sex, sexual orientation or nationalorigin. A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required and 3-5years current experience working in a progressive financial aidoffice or similar offices.Attention to detail and organizational skills are a must.Openet, Powerfaids, NSLDS, and Datatel/Colleague experience aplus.Excellent verbal and written communication skillsrequired.Ability to successfully resolve student issues from request toresolution ensuring a positive student experience.Must be able to handle multiple tasks and priorities in afast-paced environment. Collaborates – Building partnerships and workingcollaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.Being Resilient – Rebounding from setbacks and adversity whenfacing difficult situations.Instills Trust – Gaining the confidence and trust of othersthrough honesty, integrity, and authenticity.Drives Results – Consistently achieving results, even undertough circumstances.Innovation – Creating new and better ways for the organizationto be successful.Customer Focus – Building strong customer relationships anddelivering customer-centric solutions. Counsel students/families on available funding options inaccordance to their need’s assessmentsProvide a generic overview of financial aid programs availableto qualifying studentsProvide a thorough overview of financial aid and veterans’education benefits and military tuition assistance as necessary orrefer the student/family to the proper subject matter expertServe as a School Certifying Official for veterans’ educationbenefits, including completion of required trainingAdvise students/families on how to best locate informationnecessary to complete financial paperwork successfully and to meetany deadlinesGuide students/families through financial aid paperwork tocompletionCounsel students on all matters related to financing theireducation as it relates to enrollment, satisfactory academicprogress, leave of absences, etc., so that students maintain theiraidCommunicate with applicants/students/families via emails,and/or phoneDirect students/families to proper offices for information whenapplicableDemonstrate a thorough understanding of the university as itrelates to admissions, academic advising, registrar, financial aid,and enrollment so that students/families are directed to subjectmatter experts as appropriateOther duties as assignedlast_img read more

Southern Indiana Sheriff’s Recognized at ISA Summer Conference

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare This past week, elected Sheriffs from all over Indiana met in the City of Muncie for the Indiana Sheriffs’ Association (ISA) Summer Conference.Sheriff Dave Wedding of Vanderburgh County and Sheriff Greg Oeth of Posey County were both recognized by the ISA membership. Sheriff Wedding was elected vice-president of the ISA while Sheriff Oeth was awarded Sheriff of the Year.Both Sheriff Wedding and Sheriff Oeth have worked hard to raise the profile of issues facing Indiana’s local jails. Both Sheriff Wedding and Oeth sit on a bi-partisan committee of sheriffs who are committed to addressing mental health treatment, opioid addiction, overcrowding and staffing issues in our jails. Together they have traveled to the Indiana statehouse and to Washington D.C. in an effort to secure the funding necessary to address these critical issues.Thanks in part to the efforts of both Sheriff Wedding and Sheriff Oeth, progress is now being made at the state level to address the effects of House Bill 1006 (which shifted low level offenders from state institutions to our local jails).Sheriff Dave Wedding explained, “Electronic home detention, treatment courts and other programs are effective… but some offenders simply need to be in jail. We must house violent offenders and repeat offenders who do not respond to probation.” Sheriff Wedding added, “Sheriff Oeth has been a true ally in our mission to seek additional state funding for the supervision and care of our local inmates.”last_img read more

Why Fall is a Great Time to Renovate

first_imgSummer is a busy time, especially at the shore! An influx of family and guests to your year-round or summer home are sure to put many projects on the back burner for later. Holidays and potential bad weather can make winter a difficult time to renovate as well. That’s why fall is the perfect time!You may have realized this summer that it’s time to renovate a room in your home, or maybe the entire thing! Since summer is coming to an end, why not have your home renovation ideas come to life before the holidays arrive! Thinking of renovating your year-round home? The kids are back at school in the fall, which means less people around during the day makes for less distractions and interruptions for your contractor. If it’s your shore home that needs work, fall is an ideal time to renovate because you most likely won’t be living in the home during the renovation, but you are still able to control the process at the same time.Also, the weather in the fall is cooling off from the summer heat, but not yet too cold. For any exterior renovations, you will want to have them taken care of before the weather turns cold and winter hits. All around, now is a great time to make the changes to your home that you’ve been putting off, awaiting the “right” time.Fall is less than a month away, so it’s time to start planning! Whether you want to renovate your whole home, change individual features about the interior of your home, or make exterior changes, Meloni Building and Renovations is the team for you. We provide high-quality craftsmanship that yields amazing results. Call today for a free project consultation at 609-653-8660.last_img read more

Strategy and execution help to ensure a sustainable future

first_imgWhen a Credit Union embraces sustainability as a part of its core values or ethos, it reaches far beyond its facilities and becomes a clear part of “who we are” and “why are we here.” So often when we sit down with our clients to discuss their goals, as well as the issues that are keeping them awake at night, we hear a common theme. “We need to enhance the member experience while driving more revenue as we become a more effective and efficient organization.” Lofty goals one might say? We don’t think so.Sustainability and strategic thinking go hand in hand. When asked about an organization that used change management, cultural transformation, and community messaging to achieve these goals, we look to $779 million 3Rivers Federal Credit Union in Fort Wayne, Indiana.Their journey began seven years ago with research regarding the placement of retail locations, the review of relevant delivery channels, the development of a retail prototype and unique corporate campus. The management team and board reviewed the growth of the Credit Union over the past 20 years and wanted to take a hard look into the future of their organization, so that they could ensure that they continued to serve the needs of their community. As one key executive stated, “Help us to sustain our growth and design our retail facilities and our workplace to foster and promote a higher level of conversation with our members and our staff.”The comprehensive planning activities paid off, and it’s working. “Our goal was to apply the principles of sustainable design to all of our facilities and best business practices,” explains Tiffany Yoquelet, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at 3Rivers FCU. “We were committed that everything, including our growth, would be organic in manner. Facilities match our business philosophy and help our brand resonate with members and staff. The physical transformation provided the groundwork for an evolution in our staff culture and how we serve members today.”The journey hasn’t been easy. It requires discipline, rigor and commitment in the approach to projecting growth, identifying and achieving reasonable returns on the physical assets and creating a workplace environment that reflects and promotes the core values of the Credit Union. Many hours were spent as a team in evaluating and questioning each and every component of the strategic facilities plan to ensure proper alignment with the management team in delivering world-class financial services to their community. As 3Rivers celebrates their 80th anniversary, the mission of “helping people understand money matters, every day” has continued to serve as the benchmark of how this organization delivers their services and sustains their growth. 136SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bob Saunders Bob is a founding partner of Momentum (, which is a national provider of strategic facilities services to the financial industry, as well as higher education. Strategic operations … Web: Detailslast_img read more

‘WE RESCUE BADJAOS’ City gov’t to House deputy speaker: What have you done to…

first_imgHe then asked Deputy Speaker Mujiv Hataman,“What have you done in your place to make your constituent Badjaos stay insteadof travelling to other places to beg for alms for a living?” But according to Conlu, the one that shouldprimarily address this are the local governments of the places where theBadjaos came from. They should help their people, he stressed. The city government respects the right of theBadjaos to travel, he stressed. Hataman, the last governor of the AutonomousRegion in Muslim Mindanao, had criticized the city government’s plan to roundup Badjaos saying liberty of movement is a basic human right “that knows nogender, ethnicity or even social standing.” “The Badjaos should agree to go backto Sulu or to relocate anywhere they are taken to. Proper coordination betweenIloilo City and the receiving local government should be maintained to ensurethat they arrive safe and secure,” said Hataman. Hataman urged the citygovernment, the Department of Social Welfare and Development, thePhilippine National Police and other government agencies to provide long-termsolutions that protect their dignity and their rights. “I hope tagaanattention nii Congressman Hataman kunpaano nila ma-improve ang life sang ila pumoluyo,” said Conlu. UNDER THE BRIDGE. These Badjaos have found a sturdy refuge under this bridge in Barangay Buhang, Jaro, Iloilo City. Conflict between Muslim separatists and government troops in Mindanao has forced them to flee to Iloilo City. PSTMO PHOTO ILOILO City – Badjaos are not beingcontemptuously banished from this city, they are being rescued from the streetswhere they are exposed to danger, according to Public Safety and TransportationManagement Office (PSTMO) chief Jeck Conlu. If passengers won’t give them money, theBadjaos would hit or badmouth them, said Conlu, or vandalize the vehicles. The Badjaos themselves disclosed to the PSTMOthat they were being taken for granted by their local governments and this waswhy they were looking for other areas where they could earn a living, he added. “Walasila ginapalayas,” insisted Conlu. center_img Also called “sea gypsies”, manyBadjaos were displaced by decades of conflict in Mindanao./PN In fact, he said, “During our rescueoperations, ga-request sila nga buligan balik sa ila origin.” City Regulation Ordinance 2002-400prohibits mendicancy. But Conlu also said the Badjaos beggars’presence could also be unhealthy, especially for jeepney passengers. Last year, the city government underthen mayor Jose Espinosa III herded over 50 Badjao beggars to a ship andtransported them back to Mindanao. It did the same to nearly 80 Badjaos in2017. “Simply sending mendicants away fromits area of jurisdiction does not address the underlying problems that broughtthese Badjao people to Iloilo City – and other urban centers for that matter –in the first place,” said Hataman. The return of the Badjaos to Sulu, ortheir relocation elsewhere, “should be voluntary,” he stressed. Hataman expressed concern that the Badjaoswould be treated “in a manner that strips them of their dignity” but Conlu saidthe congressman may not have been informed well. “I hope Congressman Hataman understands thatthe problem is not here in Iloilo City,” said Conlu. Conlu said this was done last year but“after nila ma-receive, waay na kitakabalo kon ano ang mga interventions sangila LGUs kon ngaa nagahalalin liwatsila didto.”last_img read more

LIVERPOOL are Premier League champions!

first_imgIt has been a great season for Liverpool’s stars.Chelsea 2 Man City 1London, UK | THE INDEPENDENT |  Liverpool have won their first Premier League title, after Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Manchester City on Thursday guaranteed them the Trophy.The Reds’s 4-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Wednesday night extended their lead in the table to 23 points, forcing their nearest pursuers Manchester City to have to win at Stamford Bridge to keep the title race alive.The 2-1 defeat for City at Stamford Bridge ensures Jürgen Klopp’s side cannot mathematically be caught in the table.It means Liverpool have secured the club’s 19th league title, ending a 30-year wait following their previous success in 1990.In an unprecedented campaign, the club have claimed the championship earlier than any other side in Premier League history, doing so with seven games still to be contested.The Reds equalled a top-flight record of 18 successive victories – and also set a new landmark for number of consecutive league home triumphs, with the win against Palace their 23rd in a row.Their record for the season so far stands at 86 points accumulated after 31 matches played, with 28 wins, two draws and one defeat. Liverpool have now been crowned champions of England in eight different decades (the 1900s, 1920s, 1940s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and the 2020s); this is more than any other club.Which records have they set? Best start everWhen Liverpool reached 61 points from their opening 21 matches, it was the most a team had ever accumulated at that stage in any of Europe’s top five leagues.They went on to extend their record, winning their following six fixtures to rack up 79 points from their first 27 matches before losing at Watford.Most points won over 38 matchesWith their 1-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur on 11 January, Liverpool set a record of 104 points from 38 Premier League matches, beating the 102 achieved by Manchester City and Chelsea, ending in 2018 and 2005 respectively.Biggest lead at the topLiverpool have had a 25-point lead this season, the biggest ever in English top-flight history.Most home wins in a rowLiverpool’s 3-2 victory over West Ham United on 24 February was their 21st consecutive Premier League home win, beating Man City’s record of 20, achieved between 2011 and 2012.They extended this record to 22 with the win over AFC Bournemouth at Anfield on 7 March.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Florida to offer paper applications for unemployment benefits

first_imgOn Thursday the Executive Director of the Department of Economic Opportunity, Ken Lawson, said that the state of Florida will soon offer paper applications for unemployment claims.Recently, the number of unemployment applications have soared due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Floridians, in specific, have reported having issues with the unemployment filing process.Now, Floridians will have the option to print out the paperwork and mail it in.Lawson said his agency is contracting with an outside vendor to increase call volume, and they’re also working on improving the website with a mobile version.Get more information about applying for unemployment benefits in Florida, click here or call the Claims Assistance Center at 1-800-204-2418.Record 6.6M Americans file for unemployment amid coronavirus crisislast_img read more