Neyveli Book Fair 2019 inaugurated

first_imgNew Delhi: The 22nd Neyveli Book Fair, organized by NLC India Ltd. was inaugurated by Hon’ble Mr. Justice R. Subramanian, Judge, High Court of Madras, Chennai on 05th July, 2019 in the presence of Rakesh Kumar, CMD and Functional Directors of NLCIL.This Book Fair will be thrown open to public for 10 days, upto 14th July 2019. In his Inaugural address, Hon’ble Justice R Subramanian commended NLCIL for honouring eminent writers, publishers and encouraging new upcoming writers by releasing their books as part of the Book Fair. While mentioning the world’s premier Book Fair at Frankfurt, Germany, he drew parallels with the Neyveli Book Fair, saying that both the Book Fairs make avenues for readers to interact with Publishers and Writers. He also extolled the efforts of NLCIL to bring more than 150 Book Publishers under one roof in a non-cosmopolitan area and that this has helped to serve the society by creating an effective knowledge hub. Hon’ble Justice honoured Karan Karki, Chennai, selected for the Best Writer award, M/s. Kannadasan Pathipagam, Chennai, the Best Publisher and released the Book Titled “Oththa Pulla Naan” a collection of poems written by R Mohan, CGM,CSR,NLCIL. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepRakesh Kumar, the President of the function, stressed the importance of books as a catalyst in carrying knowledge, information and culture from sages and acting as bridge between cultures. He emphasized the significance of Parents and Teachers being a role model in this digital era to inculcate the habit of book reading among children. He informed that, as part of the celebrations of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, NLCIL had put up a special stall on Mahatma Gandhi’s Life and his writings. NLC India Limited with its motto ‘Creating Wealth for Wellbeing’ is contributing its might to the society through various welfare schemes and projects and is continuously striving to bring about a tangible change in the lives of the community. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsEducation is a key focus area of NLCIL’s CSR initiatives and events like the Neyveli Book Fair act as a bridge to connect the literary world with budding minds of children. Besides honouring of one eminent writer and one renowned book publisher, one new book will be released on each day the book fair. Rakesh Kumar, CMD, NLCIL, R Vikraman, Director (HR), NNM Rao, Director (P&P), Shaji John, Director (Power), Senior officials of NLCIL besides eminent and senior officials from the Central and State governments will participate in the event. The Book Fair concludes on 14th July 2019.last_img read more

Judge refuses to overturn 47 billion talc powder verdict

first_imgST. LOUIS — A Missouri judge has denied Johnson & Johnson’s bid to overturn a $4.7 billion jury verdict awarded to 22 women who said the company’s talcum powder contributed to their ovarian cancer.St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison, in a ruling Wednesday, cited evidence of what he called “particularly reprehensible conduct” by Johnson & Johnson.Burlison wrote that company executives knew of the presence of asbestos in the baby powder but misrepresented the safety of the product.A jury in July awarded $4.14 billion in punitive damages and $550 million in compensatory damages after a six-week trial.Johnson & Johnson said in a statement that it will appeal. The company says Burlison has denied similar motions in prior cases that were ultimately overturned.The Associated Presslast_img read more

A new paradigm of Sarkar

first_imgThe electoral process has begun in India to constitute the next Lok Sabha. In this context, a controversial film in Tamil draws the Election Commission’s attention. Sarkar (Government) is a Tamil movie acted by Vijay a popular, young and leading actor in Tamil Nadu and directed by Murugadoss. It was released on the day of Deepavali. Within a few days of its release, one of the ministers of the AIADMK government criticised that the film showed AIADMK and its leaders in a bad light and demanded the removal of those scenes. Cadres of AIADMK organised protest meetings in front of the cinema houses all over Tamil Nadu. Within a few days, the objectionable scenes as indicated by the AIADMK government were removed. The controversy and agitations created curiosity among the ordinary viewers and consequently, the film gained much popularity. If viewed with a sensible perspective, people will come to a conclusion that it is an effective film to be screened in every village, every street and municipalities to create awareness among the voters about the significance of the ballot paper and how it could be used for the benefit of people. This film can be recommended by the Election Commission of India to be screened all over the country in different languages. Apart from the importance of the ballot paper, it throws light on how the centralised system of party control has to be replaced with an alternative system of decentralised people-centric evolutionary politics to bring accountability on the part of elected representatives. Also Read – A special kind of bondFurther, how valuable citizens have been reduced as voters by the political parties, as beneficiaries by the government, as petitioners by the bureaucracy, and as customers and consumers by the market has been emotionally explained in this film. People are the primary agents to bringing transformation in society and politics but in reality, they are the most disrespected individuals in the society by the political and bureaucratic class of India. The film has brought to light the decentralised model of politics to cleanse the corrupt government, administration, and politics. This has been suggested by the Gorwal Committee at the dawn of independence in the Indian National Congress to search for talented committed social workers for the party to contest in the general election on behalf of the party. In this film, it has been portrayed that best service-minded social workers can be involved in politics from different fields and nominated to contest the election, through which diverse professionals could be inducted into the policy-making system. Also Read – Insider threat managementThere is yet another message powerfully conveyed to the people that raising questions is the hallmark of democracy. In our democracy, questioning is totally prohibited in the name of discipline in all democratic institutions. In this film, it has been highlighted that without raising questions, equality cannot be achieved and democracy will not mature. All these messages have been communicated through the actor Vijay through the powerful dialogues in this film. In the electoral process of a democracy, if a party gets a huge majority by weakening the opposition party in terms of its strength, it is not a victory for democracy. This aspect has been convincingly scripted and communicated through the powerful dialogues in the movie. It is a political movie with hard ideas communicated in a simple way. It is a highly educative movie. The dialogues scripted for the film criticised both the Dravidian parties and not only AIADMK. Then why the AIADMK ministers alone have raised objections and demanded the removal of a few scenes in the movie. They assumed that it is a movie which completely criticises AIADMK. In reality, it is not so. The film outrightly condemned both the parties as they are involved in practising cash for votes and delivering freebies. The film argues for an alternative paradigm to the existing political party framework of politics. Deeper democratic values are highlighted in a simple way to the public. Since Sun Pictures was involved in the production, DMK kept quiet. Of all the fan clubs, Vijay fan club has got a higher number of young people. He has a huge following. He takes a different line, unlike Kamal and Rajinikanth. He took an open stand against the Central government and the state government. When GST was welcomed by all cinema actors, he was the only person who opposed it. Kamal and Rajini both are old compared to him. Yet, he indicates that he will enter into politics. This creates fear among political parties. Whenever Vijay produces films of this sort, it is opposed by political parties sparking curiosity among the people and subsequently, a huge advertisement is given free of cost. This film also had the same fate but it succeeded by earning more than their expectation. This movie has to be recommended by the Election Commission to be screened all over the country in the respective regional languages for the benefit of the public. The Election Commission has repeatedly made it clear that it faces the problem of cash for votes in South India, particularly in Tamil Nadu. In this context, this film is a good example to create awareness among the people about the value of votes. The entire team has to be appreciated. It is an excellent movie to create electoral awareness among people. It outrightly attacks all unethical electoral practices. It is one of the best political movies produced in the recent past in Tamil. (The author is a former Professor and Rajiv Gandhi Chair for Panchayati Raj Studies, Gandhigram Rural Institute. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

TMC to lodge complaint with EC against intimidation by CRPF

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress has decided to lodge a complaint with the Election Commission, alleging intimidation of voters on the part of a section of Central forces that have been deployed in the state for area domination before the Lok Sabha polls.”We have seen that during route march, the Central force in a certain area has been intimidating voters and are resorting to partiality. This is undesirable. Central force should not come with any specific commitment. If they do so, it is unfortunate. The Central forces are deployed by the Election Commission for boosting the confidence of voters. The force should act neutrally,” state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim said on the sidelines of a party meeting of the Kolkata South constituency at Nazrul Manch on Saturday. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersSenior TMC leader Mala Roy, who is the chairperson of Kolkata Municipal Corporation, is the candidate from the constituency. “Our all India general secretary Subrata Bakshi along with Partha Chatterjee will soon move the office of the Chief Electoral Officer, Bengal with a complaint in this regard,” said Hakim. Hakim added that when the state government had earlier sought Central forces for disturbance in Junglemahal, the Centre did not comply. “Now 135 companies have come for the Lok Sabha elections. I am not aware whether such a large contingent of Central force is in Kashmir,” he added. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaWhile addressing the meeting, Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee said: “The job of the Central force is to ensure peaceful elections. But we have seen in a video footage that they are trying to terrorise voters. Do they have the right to do so? We will go as far as we can to address this issue.” He alleged that the BJP is trying to project themselves as ‘Bahubalis’ and so such a huge contingent has been deployed in the state. During his address, Hakim claimed that the people of the state have united to vote for Chief Minister Mamatra Banerjee and the all-round development of the state. “Central forces were also deployed during the bypoll at Maheshtala and Uluberia, but people in the state have voted for Trinamool candidates and they had won convincingly in both the seats. People will be electing the TMC candidates in Lok Sabha as well, irrespective of deployment of Central forces,” he maintained.last_img read more

British PM Mays Brexit deal rejected for third time

first_imgLONDON: Lawmakers rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal for a third time on Friday, sounding its probable death knell and leaving Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union in turmoil on the very day it was supposed to leave the bloc. The decision to reject a stripped-down version of May’s divorce deal has left it totally unclear how, when or even whether Britain will leave the EU, and plunges the three-year Brexit crisis to a deeper level of uncertainty. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAfter a special sitting of parliament, lawmakers voted 344-286 against May’s 585-page EU Withdrawal Agreement, agreed after two years of tortuous negotiations with the bloc. Within minutes of the vote, European Council President and summit chair Donald Tusk said EU leaders would meet on April 10 to discuss Britain’s departure from the bloc. The EU executive, the Commission, said that “a ‘no-deal’ scenario on 12 April is now a likely scenario”, Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsMay had told parliament the vote was the last opportunity to ensure Brexit would take place. She cautioned that if the deal failed, then any further delay to Brexit would probably be a long one beyond April 12. “I fear we are reaching the limits of this process in this House,” May told parliament after the defeat. “The implications of the House’s decision are grave.” “The legal default now is that the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union on 12th April,” she said. The British pound, which has been buoyed in recent weeks by hopes that the likelihood of an abrupt ‘no-deal’ Brexit is receding, fell half a percent after May lost, to as low as $1.2977. THIRD FAILURE It was a third failure for May, who had offered on Wednesday to resign if the deal passed, in a bid to win over eurosceptic rebels in her Conservative Party who support a more decisive break with the EU than the divorce her deal offers.last_img read more

Coty and Electronic Arts surge while Molson Coors dips

NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Tuesday:Gilead Sciences Inc., down $2.22 to $65.40A potential liver disease under development by the biotechnology company failed to meet its treatment goal in a key study.Electronic Arts Inc., up $5.09 to $102.33The video game maker’s “Apex Legends” attracted more than 25 million registered users in the week since its release.Ellie Mae Inc., up $17.03 to $98.95The mortgage software company is being bought by private-equity firm Thoma Bravo for $37 billion.Coty Inc., up $1.21 to $10.87Investment firm JAB is seeking a majority stake in the beauty products maker by buying shares from existing stockholders.Under Armour Inc., up $1.43 to $22.21The active-wear company reported stronger-than-expected fourth-quarter results and confirmed its outlook for the year.Molson Coors Brewing Co., down $6.17 to $59.19The brewer’s sales fell short of forecasts and it will restate results from 2016 and 2017 because of accounting errors.RingCentral Inc., up $6.04 to $105.91The cloud-based phone system provider reported a boost in revenue and profit for the fourth quarter, beating forecasts.Varonis Systems Inc., down $8.73 to $55.23The software company beat fourth-quarter forecasts, but gave weak guidance for the year.The Associated Press read more

UN deplores renewed fighting in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

In a statement released in Kinshasa, MONUC warned that the clashes, which are taking place notably in the towns of Uvira, Bunia and Mambasa, are putting at risk the ongoing peace process at a time when the withdrawal of foreign troops from the country should be leading to the conclusion of the Inter-Congolese Dialogue. The renewed fighting, which involves elements of the Maï- Maï as well various rebel groups, is having “incalculable humanitarian consequences,” with many civilians fleeing the towns where the fighting is occurring, the Mission said. It called on all parties to immediately end the violence and reaffirming its willingness to help them return as soon as possible to the path of dialogue.

Ontario businesses call on province to curb rising electricity prices

TORONTO – The Ontario Chamber of Commerce is calling on the provincial government to take steps to curb rising electricity prices.The organization representing the province’s businesses is issuing a report saying hydro costs are one of the most pressing challenges for Ontario’s economy.The report says industrial electricity prices have risen 16 per cent since 2013 and are slated to climb 13 per cent higher over the next five years.The ministry of energy says Ontario’s industrial electricity rates are competitive with jurisdictions across North America and the government has introduced several programs to help businesses reduce electricity costs.Chamber president and CEO Allan O’Dette says there’s no easy way to bring prices under control, but believes one key step is for the Liberal government to be more transparent about how costs are calculated.He says more disclosure about peak and off-peak times could help all consumers keep their hydro expenses under control.O’Dette also says the government should reverse its decision to remove a debt retirement charge from residential bills starting next year, adding it’s unfair to leave businesses shouldering the burden of discharging debt.“Year over year, the cost of electricity continues to rise,” O’Dette said in a telephone interview. “Has the sky fallen? No it hasn’t…I think what we’re saying here is the majority of our members are raising electricity prices as a major, major concern.”A spokesman for the ministry of energy touted various programs that he said are “directly assisting businesses in maximizing the cost-saving benefits of conservation.”“While we seek to reduce costs through conservation initiatives and prudent system planning, (Premier) Kathleen Wynne and the Ontario Liberals have also implemented a wide range of programs to reduce the cost of electricity for businesses,” Dan Moulton wrote in a statement.The report, compiled by seeking input from local chambers of commerce over the past year, lists several recommendations the government could adopt to keep prices in check.O’Dette said the thorny policy issues involved made it difficult to reach a consensus, but the two primary suggestions were widely agreed upon.Transparency, O’Dette said, is the most glaring oversight in the government’s current approach to managing the province’s electricity. Business and consumers, he said, are left in the dark as to the complex rules that dictate how a hydro bill is calculated and are therefore unable to change their usage patterns to keep the total down.He also cited the pending partial sale of Hydro One, a move opposition parties are decrying as a surefire way to send electricity costs through the roof.The government has announced plans to sell 60 per cent of the giant utility that also serves as a local electricity distributor for 1.3 million customers. The Liberals hope the sale will raise $9 billion, $5 billion of which is earmarked for hydro debt.O’Dette, however, said the facts on the prospective deal are so scanty that the chamber couldn’t even factor it into its report.“The reality is we really don’t know too much about the Hydro One sale,” he said. “What we’re calling on is a little bit more transparency around that.”The report’s other key recommendation focuses on the debt retirement charge, a fee averaging $5.60 a month that has been in place since 2002 to defray the costs of old nuclear plants.The government has announced that the charge will come off residential bills starting Jan. 1, 2016, while businesses will continue to pay the fee.O’Dette said the move places an unfair burden on the province’s economy and urged the Liberals to leave the charge in place for all hydro users until the debt is paid down.The ministry of energy said it would not be following the chamber’s recommendation on the debt retirement charge.“The Ontario Chamber of Commerce is recommending that hardworking Ontario families and seniors pay higher electricity bills, and this is not something our government will do,” Moulton wrote.The report argues that reduced hydro prices are necessary to keep businesses competitive, saying several pending government initiatives will join forces to create a tough economic climate in the province.The chamber cites an increase to minimum wage, an Ontario Retirement Pension Plan in the works, and a review of the Labour Relations Act as potential drags on the province’s businesses. by Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 8, 2015 2:06 am MDT Last Updated Jul 8, 2015 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ontario businesses call on province to curb rising electricity prices read more

UN refugee agency welcomes joint declaration by France and United Kingdom on

“I appreciate that the two Governments have taken a common approach to address the complex situation in Calais,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres in a press release. “I welcome, in particular, the humanitarian and protection elements of the plan, while fully recognizing the importance of combatting smuggling and trafficking, which exploit vulnerable individuals.”Mr. Guterres highlighted that to be effective in cracking down on smugglers and traffickers, the number of legal avenues for people in need of protection to come to Europe must be increased.“Many of those in Calais are likely to be in need of international protection, having come from Afghanistan, Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan and Syria. We look forward to working closely with France and the UK to support efforts to find solutions for them,” continued the High Commissioner.UNHCR specifically welcomed measures to improve living and reception conditions in the Nord-Pas-de- Calais region – as well as in other locations – and the parallel efforts to address asylum access and accommodation issues. The action plan, which addresses the needs of the vulnerable in Calais, includes the rapidly growing group of women and children.“Calais remains only a symptom of broader refugee and migration movements and UNHCR hopes for robust action to be taken in implementing the European Agenda on Migration and in establishing effective forms of international cooperation, including with countries of origin, first asylum and transit,” Mr. Guterres concluded.The increased number of sea arrivals is due to the deadly and unabated conflict in Syria as well as the deteriorating conditions for Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries. Continued support to refugees and countries bearing the brunt of global forced displacement is vital.In early August, the High Commissioner called for a comprehensive response to the situation in Calais. According to UNHCR, there are now an estimated 3,000 refugees and migrants in Calais and in the northern coast of France – virtually the same number as last November. However, the rising death toll among refugees and migrants, at least 10 since the beginning of June, attempting to cross the Channel from Calais to the UK is a “worrying” development. read more

Sri Lanka UN urges country not to miss chance to advance justice

“Seventeen months ago, when we published a detailed report on the grave human rights violations committed during the conflict in Sri Lanka, I urged the Government and all the people of Sri Lanka to ensure that this historic opportunity for truly fundamental change should not be squandered,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in a news release on the report.He noted that in many ways, Sri Lanka appears to be turning a corner on the promotion and protection of human rights, but he stressed that hard-won gains could prove illusory if they are not tethered to a comprehensive, robust strategy. “This critical opportunity in Sri Lankan history cannot be missed,” he said, urging the Government and people of Sri Lanka once again to prioritize justice alongside reconciliation to ensure that the horrors of the past are firmly dealt with, never to recur. The report, issued by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), assesses progress made in tackling the legacy of grave violations in Sri Lanka between 2002 and 2011 and acknowledges that there have been positive advances on human rights and constitutional reform. However, the report notes that the structures set up and measures taken until now have been inadequate, lacked coordination and a sense of urgency. “Party politics, including the balancing of power between the different constituencies of the coalition in the run-up to constitutional reforms, have contributed to a reluctance to address difficult issues regarding accountability or to clearly articulate a unified position by all parts of Government,” the report states. The report makes a number of concrete recommendations, including calling on the Government to embrace the report of the Consultation Task Force, to formulate a communications campaign to inform the public about details of the reconciliation agenda, to invite the UN human rights office to establish a presence in Sri Lanka, to give the highest priority to the restitution of all private land that has been occupied by the military, and to adopt legislation establishing a hybrid court. The report also highlights a number of serious human rights violations that are reportedly continuing to occur in Sri Lanka, including the harassment or surveillance of human rights defenders and victims of violations, police abuse and excessive use of force, and the use of torture. The High Commissioner will present the report to the Human Rights Council on 22 March in Geneva. read more

Teen set to save family violence program

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A Melbourne teenager is set to save the BSafe program from closure due to Victorian government funding cuts. Thirteen-year-old Nikolaous Palatsidis was so outraged by the funding cuts the family violence program has had to endure, and it’s impact on victims, he has taken it upon himself to try and save the program. When Palatsidis first heard that the BSafe program was going to suffer from funding cuts, he raised $4000 to try and stop this and hopes that people will follow suit and pressure the government to restore funding. “When I found out the state wasn’t running it, it was so disappointing,” Palatsidis told Neos Kosmos. Palatsidis wants this program restored as he says “family violence is something that affects women, children and the whole community”. The BSafe program works like medical alerts that call emergency help with the press of a button. Over 70 women in Victoria and more than 140 children have come to rely on this program in the past three years. If a woman is faced with a violent ex-partner showing up at her house, she only has to push a button to alert a call centre. Phone operators then ring 000 and give police all the woman’s details. The alarm also has a recording device so when it is activated it records sound so the woman and her family have proof that the ex-partner has breached an intervention order. Rachael McKay, BSafe project officer said this system “reduced breaches of intervention orders”.last_img read more

Allegri set sights on Madrid after win

first_imgMax Allegri was delighted with Juventus performance after their win over Frisonone and urged the team to score in Madrid.Dybala, Leonardo Bonucci and Cristiano Ronaldo were on target in the 3-0 victory, which saw Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini return from injury lay-offs.“The team is growing in terms of fitness. Aside from the hiccup against Parma, we have done well in Serie A, we’ve shaken off the problems caused by the Winter break and are in good shape for the Champions League,” the Coach told Football Italia.“When there are players returning from injuries, I think it’s good to put them in from the start and let them loose.”Dybala ended his drought in Serie A since November by opening the scoring with a scorcher.“I am happy for Paulo, as strikers live to score goals. Juventus need a player who works between the lines and Dybala is very good at that.“The only issue is that for a few years we had one forward and now we have two. It means the build-up play is a little different, so there aren’t as many spaces to run into, but I watched Dybala make the right moves and passes, he just wasn’t scoring as many goals.”Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…Paulo Dybala and Cristiano Ronaldo were both on target as Juventus eased past Frosinone 3-0.#UCL— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) February 15, 2019Juve featured all their key players as they used the game as a dress rehearsal for Wednesday’s Champions League Round of 16 trip to Atletico Madrid.“The game against Atletico Madrid will be very different, we must be warier and find the right moment to score. It’s crucial that we get a goal there, otherwise, qualification would be rather difficult to achieve.“A lot depends on who is the right-back and therefore who is the mezz’ala. Douglas Costa will also join the squad next week after his injury. It’s going to be a very physical game against Atletico Madrid.”last_img read more

ASA Past President Wins National Lincoln Agribusiness Award

first_imgAmerican Soybean Association (ASA) Past-President Bart Ruth was announced as the Agribusiness recipient for the Abraham Lincoln National Agricultural Awards. The winners were announced at the 2009 Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois. Ruth was President of ASA in 2001-02.”It’s sometimes quite shocking to be selected for your individual efforts when you know there were a great number of people that were involved in the success during your terms of leadership, but it’s always quite an honor to be selected for awards such as this,” Ruth said. “It also reenergizes you, possibly, to stay further involved in your industry.”Ruth began his farming career while still in high school by renting a small number of acres from his father. After completing his Bachelor of Science Degree in Agronomy-Crop Production from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, he started farming in partnership with his father full time. Ruth currently farms approximately 1,500 acres of row crop corn and soybeans.Ruth decided to pursue leadership roles within ASA after serving on the Nebraska Soybean Association Board and was elected one of four Vice Presidents in 1999. The following year he was elected First Vice President, the first in a three-year cycle culminating with terms as ASA President in 2001 and ASA Chairman in 2002.During his terms on the ASA Board, Ruth had the opportunity to testify before Congress on four occasions. He played an active role in developing farm policies that impact farmers on a daily basis. Ruth has traveled internationally on 15 different occasions on behalf of the soybean industry. His interest and knowledge in policy development, specifically trade policy, has greatly benefited the state and national soybean organizations.”As I look back during some of the policy accomplishments that the American Soybean Association achieved during my tenure, I think we had a lot of really positive successes that really set the tone for the soybean industry for the past decade.” Ruth said. “I think particularly getting the biodiesel industry started in the U.S. was a major accomplishment, as well as getting full program status for soybeans and direct payments in the 2002 Farm Bill.”Ruth was elected to the Nebraska Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2007 and received the Eisenhower Fellowship for Agriculture in 2005. He is currently a National Steering Committee member of the 25x’25 Renewable Energy Work Group.The Abraham Lincoln National Agricultural Awards program was established to promote agriculture and its impact on the citizens of the world and to celebrate individuals, companies, businesses and educational institutions that have made significant contributions in this area.last_img read more

Study Over TwoThirds of Americans Still Read Print Magazines

first_img Perhaps of concern to print-dependent publishers is that digital-only consumers are growing older and wealthier, up 20 percent in age and 15 percent in average household income, according to the study. According to a new survey by Mequoda, the “American Magazine Reader Study & Handbook,” 70 percent of adults in the U.S. read a print magazine in the last 30 days, and 51 percent read at least two. In what may come as something of a surprise, those figures are almost completely flat compared to the same study last year, in which 70 percent of respondents also reported having read a print magazine in the past month. The multiplatform consumer is typically older and more affluent than the digital-only consumer, according to the study, and 1.67 times more likely to spend $100 or more per year on digital magazine content than the digital-only consumer, although only 1.8 percent of respondents reported spending that much on digital magazine content in the last year, and 76.1 percent said they spent nothing at all. Advertising budgets may be abandoning print for digital media, but most adults still prefer to consume content across both sides of the digital divide. The findings seem to indicate that digital magazines — in the study, defined as “magazine content distributed via electronic means” — still have work to do to catch up to their print counterparts; 41 percent of respondents reported having read at least one digital magazine, but that’s up from 37 percent a year ago. Multi-platform consumers are also growing in number, up 32 percent since last year, according to the study, although it’s not clear how many of those consumers were previously print-only, as opposed to digital-only. In general, print-only consumers are 1.76 times more likely to be female. While not explicitly addressed in the study, there is certainly significant overlap between magazine brands’ print and digital audiences, and the findings lend credence to the common industry maxim that publishers should attempt to reach consumers across any medium available to them.last_img read more

Canada offers to take in Rohingya refugees

first_imgCanada`s prime minister Justin Trudeau poses for a photo during a community barbecue in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada on 23 May 2018. Canada on Wednesday said it stands ready to take in Rohingya refugees, pledged significant aid. Photo: ReutersCanada on Wednesday said it stands ready to take in Rohingya refugees, pledged significant aid and called for the prosecution of those behind human rights atrocities in Myanmar.Foreign minister Chrystia Freeland told a news conference the asylum offer did not exclude the possibility of the Rohingya returning home, as most have said they wish for.But the current situation in Myanmar is not conducive to their safe return, she said.About 700,000 members of the Rohingya Muslim minority fled to Bangladesh, where they stay in refugee camps, after Myanmar’s military last August launched a military operation in Rakhine state.The violence has left a trail of torched villages in its wake, with allegations of murder and rape at the hands of troops and vigilantes.Myanmar has vehemently denied US and United Nations allegations of ethnic cleansing in the Buddhist-majority country.”The Rohingya have a right to return to their homes. But the conditions for their return currently do not exist,” Freeland said. “Persecution is still happening.”The minister declined to outline when or how many refugees might be taken in, saying it will be up to the UN refugee agency to coordinate the resettlement.Flanked by international development minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, she said Canada will work with other countries and the UN to come up with a plan.Myanmar and Bangladesh had agreed in November to begin repatriating Rohingya refugees to Myanmar but the process has stalled, with both sides blaming each other for the delays.Freeland said Ottawa will also work with the International Criminal Court to make sure there are prosecutions of those responsible for rights abuses and violations in Myanmar, which she called “ethnic cleansing” and “crimes against humanity.””It is important for the people responsible for this atrocity to understand that they will face justice, that the world community is watching… that there ultimately will be no place to hide,” she said.Canada’s pledge of Can$300 million (US$233 million) in aid over three years is on top of the Can$45.9 million in emergency assistance already provided since the start of 2017.According to a statement, it will go to improve living conditions for Rohingya refugees in camps and settlements, help mitigate the impact on their host Bangladesh and support other conflict-affected populations in Myanmar.last_img

Nevada officials reach out to Dbacks on potential

first_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Most would see the performance as a step in the wrongdirection, however, head coach Ken Whisenhunt believes apart of his team is actually improving. “We put the defense in a difficult position yesterday, butI really believe they played well,” Whisenhunt said. “Theydid a great job in the first half of responding to toughsituations and keeping the points down, so I believe thedefense is improving, it’s a good sign.” The defense did hold the Niners to only three field goalsin the first half, leaving the offense with just a 9-0hole to dig out of. Whisenhunt believed they didn’t climbout because of the lopsided time of possession.“They had it a long time, well five turnovers willcontribute to that,” Whisenhunt said. “Obviously ourdefense did a nice job early in the game, but when you putthem out there on the field that long they’ll get worndown and that what enables the other team to even havelonger drives.” Whisenhunt attributes the improvement to the playershaving more time in defensive coordinator Ray Horton’ssystem. “There’s no question they’re more comfortable with thescheme,” Whisenhunt said. “I think the communication ismuch better as far as making sure everybody is in theright gap, adjusting to the front there’s no question theplayers are getting a little chemistry with each other andsome of our younger players are starting to get it.” What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke And they’re back. The sloppy, mistake-ridden Cardinals fans have become usedto watching on Sundays have returned. The team that racked up two straight wins seemed to beM.I.A. Sunday against the 49ers. The Cardinals had five turnovers, allowed 431 yards ofoffense, only had the ball for just over 15 minutes thewhole game and even benched John Skelton for RichardBartel in the 23-7 loss to San Francisco. Comments   Share   center_img Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’last_img read more

Urgent help needed to feed Paphos needy

first_imgBy Bejay BrowneSupporters, volunteers and donations are urgently required to help feed 120 families in Paphos, according to a new local charity.‘Saint George’s Solidarity’ was officially registered on June 18 and replaces the now defunct Solidarity, a similar charitable initiative which was set up in 2012 to help those on low incomes of any nationality or background living in the Paphos district, providing them with the basic essentials.It closed in 2016, after of officials stated that the numbers of those in need had fallen significantly due to better state benefits and a general economic upturn.However, President of the charity, Pavlina Patsalou, (who was also a co-founder of the original Solidarity charity), told the Cyprus Mail that there are hundreds of needy people that are ‘slipping through the cracks’ of society in Paphos, and that nothing is being done to help them. She said that many just don’t have enough to cover the most basic of needs.“I am a volunteer and I chose to help these people because no-one seems to care about them. They are of all ages and nationalities and are facing huge difficulties. We really need businesses and individuals to step forward and help. This is a chance to do something good for Paphos,” she said.The families are spread out through Paphos and the surrounding villages and are overjoyed that help is again available, and they haven’t been forgotten, as they had been left to struggle on alone, she said.Last week the charity handed out food parcels to the 120 families, mostly Cypriots, Romanians, Bulgarians and Syrians, registered on their list, and the package consisted of chicken, vegetables and staples such as pasta and baby milk. It cost around €500 to do so, which all came from donations, she said.“One family had nothing at all. The grandmother was making bread and that was all her daughter and her grandchildren would have to eat. Some of these people are too proud to ask for help.”Paphos municipality’s welfare department stopped giving food to families directly around three years ago, this action is now carried out by the volunteer’s association, a municipality spokesman said, but added that it is still supported by the municipality.“The numbers of people are low though, around 150 families for the entire district. Not to sound harsh, but there is work available if people want to work. Some are too choosey about which jobs they will or won’t do.”Patsalou disagrees and said that officials claiming that there is no longer a need for the charity must open their eyes to the reality of the situation around them. “Many people just don’t care anymore”, she said.The new charity has opened its doors at the old ‘house’ of Solidarity in central Paphos, and rent has been paid only up to the end of August.So far, only a couple of local businesses- a cake shop and a bakery- have offered regular support and Patsalou said that she is approaching businesses all of the time.The charity also has an account number at Papantoniou Supermarkets that people may add their shopping points too, which in turn will be used to purchase food and other necessary items for the needy families.“My love of god and humanity is pushing me to do this, we have to care about each other and help when it’s needed,” she said. For further information and to help: (m) 99 220152Facebook: Αγιος Γεωργιος Τροπαιοφορος You May LikeHyreCarCan You Earn More Than This Food Delivery Driver?HyreCarUndoNetmums30 royal baby namesNetmumsUndoshoetopia.comSee the latest in women’s shoe trends at awesome prices!shoetopia.comUndo Morphou bishop now claims gay men have a ‘nasty smell’UndoHigh temperatures increase risk of firesUndoBritish woman who claimed gang-rape taken to courtUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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