Previous articleClosing CommentsNext articleDuPont Pioneer Agronomy Update 9/5/16 Gary Truitt Facebook Twitter Labor Day’s Missing Message Well, here we are again, that three-day weekend that marks the unofficial end of summer. That is what most Americans think of when they think at all about Labor Day. For a large number of American workers, both white and blue collar, Labor Day is about shopping, eating food, and drinking beer. Not that these things are bad, but there is a message missing from the Labor Day celebration.According to a survey by Anheuser Busch, 214 million Americans (67%) plan to fire up the grill this year. The top 4 meat items on the grill are hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, and steak. Not surprisingly, the survey showed that a many of those barbecuers will drink a beer. 98M Americans (44% of barbecue-goers) will drink an ice-cold domestic beer, while only 49M (22%) will drink an imported beer. According to the survey at a Labor Day BBQ, those drinking domestic beer are perceived as more “genuine and approachable.” Frankly, I am not sure what the heck that means. The fact is, however, that sales of imported beer significantly outpace sales of domestic beer. The folks at Budweiser assume that a “domestic” beer means a Bud. In reality, it more likely means a craft beer, brewed locally. Ironically, most of the big national brewers are now actually owned by international holding companies. So while the beer is brewed here, the profits go elsewhere.The craft brewing industry is exploding. There are over 90 local breweries in Indiana and more opening all the time. The craft beer industry in the Hoosier State has grown at a rate that has even outpaced the biofuels sector. In Ohio, lawmakers passed a bill that eliminated the maximum permitted alcohol content of beer. The law, which went into effect last week, repeals the 12 percent alcohol by volume limit in Ohio. The legislation is directly relates to craft breweries, and local officials are hoping that change ties into the potential for economic development. Currently, there are over 150 local breweries in Ohio generating over 1.5 billion dollars in sales.Nationally, craft beer sales have been growing at double-digit rates for the past several years and, as of 2014, accounted for 11% of the U.S. beer market. It is expected craft beer will account for 20% of the U.S. beer market by 2020. This growth is having an impact on agriculture since the main ingredients in beer are grains and hops. Traditionally, hops have only been grown in western states; but, with the overwhelming demand, more and more local farmers are trying their hand at growing hops to meet the demand of local brewers.Talk about a local food movement — you can grow the ingredients, process them, and consume them all in one community. IUPUI in Indianapolis is now even offering classes in brewery management. It is estimated that craft brewers currently provide an estimated 424,000 jobs in the U.S.But, what does this have to do with Labor Day? Simply this: while labor and labor unions have had a lot to do with the economic might of this country, it is innovation and individual entrepreneurs that have really made us great. Individuals coming up with ideas and turning them into businesses are the real success stories. Small businesses built this nation; and, today, craft breweries, catering to changing American tastes for beer, are keeping that tradition alive. Whether it is farmers down a county road, merchants on Main Street in the county seat, or craft brew houses popping up in small towns and big cities, innovation and small business is the key to what Labor Day is really all about.If you spent your Labor Day grilling meat and drinking craft beer, the labor movement had little or nothing to do with your celebration. It was the independent American farmer and the local entrepreneur that put the meat on your grill and the beer in your glass. So eat up and drink up — because neither the farmers nor the entrepreneurs have federal holidays.By Gary Truitt Home Commentary Labor Day’s Missing Message SHARE Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Sep 4, 2016 SHARE
to go further Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam VietnamAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts News December 28, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court upholds long jail sentences for bloggers on appeal Help by sharing this information RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang April 27, 2021 Find out more April 22, 2021 Find out more News News April 7, 2021 Find out more VietnamAsia – Pacific News Follow the news on Vietnam RSF_en Organisation Reporters Without Borders condemns the rulings that courts issued today in the cases of three bloggers – Nguyen Van Hai (also known as Dieu Cay), Ta Phong Tan and Phan Thanh Hai (also known as Anhbasaigon) – and yesterday in the case of Nguyen Van Khuong, an investigative journalist also known as Hoang Khuong. The organization also condemns yesterday’s arrest of the blogger and activist Le Quoc Quan and calls for his immediate release.“Dieu Cay, Ta Phong Tan and Anhbasaigon did nothing to deserve these sentences,” Reporters Without Borders said. “By confirming long jail terms for these bloggers, the Vietnamese authorities are displaying their contempt for basic freedoms and freedom of expression in particular.“We are very worried by the possible outcome of the trial on 8 January of nine young Catholic bloggers including Paulus Le Son and yesterday’s arrest of the blogger and human rights activist Le Quoc Quan.“We urge the European Union, this year’s winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, to put pressure on the Vietnamese government to end its relentless crackdown on dissidents in general and news providers in particular.”The long jail terms that two of the three bloggers received on 24 September were upheld today on appeal. The activist Dieu Cay and the former police officer Ta Phong Tan remain sentenced to 12 and 10 years in prison, respectively, followed by five years of house arrest.The blogger Anhbasaigon, the only one of the three to plead guilty, had his sentenced reduced from four to three years in prison followed by three years of house arrest.The months that the three bloggers have spent in detention since their arrest have been difficult. When Dieu Cay was allowed a closely-monitored visit by his son, Nguyen Tri Dung, for just a few minutes on 7 November, he complained of being held in Chi Hoa prison’s AB section, which is normally reserved for those sentenced to death.Ta Phong Tan, creator of the “Justice and Truth” blog, has paid a particularly high price for her commitment. Her mother took her own life last July by setting fire to herself outside the headquarters of the People’s Committee in Bac Lieu.Anhbasaigon’s wife, Nguyen Thi Lien, told Reporters Without Borders in a phone call that he was suffering from frequent headaches, insomnia and high blood pressure, and that he was completely crushed by the length of his sentence.An appeal court yesterday upheld the four-year jail sentence that Hoang Khuong, a journalist with the daily Tuoi Tre, received for arranging for a police officer to be offered a bribe in the course of investigating a corruption story. Detained since January, Khuong specialized in covering corruption cases.“What Khuong did in order to obtain irrefutable proof of Vietnamese police corruption, which he reported in his article, cannot be treated as attempted corruption,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We urge the justice system to reverse its rejection of his appeal request and to release him on the grounds that his work was in the general interest.”“Corruption” and “tax fraud” charges are often brought against Vietnamese journalists and bloggers. It was allegations of tax fraud that were used to arrest the blogger Le Quoc Quan and, in April 2008, Dieu Cay.Several bloggers were arrested during today’s appeal hearing and Tan’s sister, Ta Minh Tu, was not allowed into the court.Vietnam has long been on the Reporters Without Borders list of “Enemies of the Internet” and now it is the world’s third biggest prison for bloggers and cyber-dissidents, after China and Iran. Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison
Digitalization is fully entrenched in our lives. It is now changing almost every aspect of how we live and work, from styling apps to container ships. It would surely come as a great surprise if schools, the very institutions whose mission is to prepare young people for their future lives and careers, did not take part in the trend. It is therefore logical to seek to bring digitalization into the school and take advantage of the options it provides in terms of curriculum and as a learning and teaching aid. This in turn represents a major challenge, since much work lies ahead on the path towards creating digital schools, and many obstacles will be faced along the way.IT professionals in the bubble we inhabit might have expected more headway to have been made. This lack of progress was underscored in a recent study on digital education published by the Bertelsmann Foundation. According to the paper, only about 10 percent of teachers use digital media “that promote creative, individual, or interactive learning” in the classroom. This runs counter to the fact that digitalization has long been part of the lives of most pupils, who use smartphones, tablets, and platforms like WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook every day. If schools provide outdated equipment, motivating students will obviously prove difficult.I believe three things are necessary to (finally) move digitalization forward at schools.Systems and InfrastructureFrom a technical perspective, the first step is to bring the systems and infrastructure up to date. This includes interactive whiteboards, tablets, and WiFi, as well as providing for high standards in terms of security, which are absolutely vital for all that follows. As a side note, we at Dell EMC offer a full range of products and services as well as consulting expertise specifically tailored to the needs of schools.Personalized LearningThat all being said, having the best systems is of little benefit if there are no viable concepts on how to successfully deploy them in the classroom. The aim of digitalization, therefore, should not be simply to have the teacher write on an interactive whiteboard instead of a blackboard or to have pupils use a tablet rather than a notepad, let alone have them copy and paste content from Wikipedia. The ultimate goal should instead be to bring about interactive, personalized, cooperative learning – and this requires that new forms of teaching be developed. To avoid any confusion or misunderstanding, a new form of IT-based education is not the objective; it is rather to fundamentally change how children are taught.Educator TrainingLikewise, even the best digital curriculum or teaching plan is of little use if the material cannot be properly conveyed to pupils. At present, far too few teachers have the requisite skills in this area. Highly committed math teachers who had been dedicating their free time to their school’s IT systems will need help in creating the digital school. This is not something they can do alone. Use of digital media in the classroom therefore needs to become a core focus when training present and future teachers. We are still a long way from this becoming reality at the moment, meaning much work remains to be done.Digitalization is now on the agenda when it comes to education policy. As part of the DigitalPakt#D initiative, for example, the German government is working in conjunction with five federal states to equip 40,000 schools with computers, software, and Internet access. This is definitely a step in the right direction. However, the initiative was launched back in 2016, and now, one year later, there has been no specific progress to report. There are even reports that the €5 billion required for the project have not been earmarked in the 2018 federal budget. That means funds will not be available before 2019 for purchasing new computers and setting up a state-of-the-art broadband infrastructure.It should be noted here that digitalization is normally associated with faster speeds. If the initiative proceeds at a glacial pace, schools will fall behind. And what type of impression will this leave on pupils? Will they now be given three years to complete a report?Find out more about the digital transformation at schools and Dell EMC’s activities in the educational field. https://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/Vernetzte-Schulen-Bundesregierung-verschiebt-milliardenschweren-Digitalpakt-3819138.htmlhttp://faktenfinder.tagesschau.de/digitalpakt-101.html
Man Utd players want job to go to Solskjaerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer has already won over Manchester United’s players.The Mirror says Solskjaer was put in charge until the end of the season, while the United hierarchy carry out the process of recruiting a new full-time successor to the sacked Jose Mourinho.Although Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino remains the first-choice of the board, the Old Trafford giants’ players would be happy for Solskjaer to get it.The fan-favourite former Red Devils striker has pushed his claim to stay in charge beyond this season by rattling off five wins in his first five games — and many of his squad would like to see him get the nod.Solskjaer’s inclusive man-management style, in contrast to predecessor Jose Mourinho’s divisive approach, has been welcomed by United’s squad, particularly the forwards.The 45-year-old, currently ‘on loan’ from his job managing Molde back home, has made no secret of his desire to keep the job on a permanent basis, and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is said to be extremely impressed by the start he has made in the role. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Atletico Madrid boss Simeone satisfied with Girona Copa drawby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone was pleased with their performance after the first-leg of their Copa del Rey draw with Girona.Atletico were held 1-1 by Girona in the first leg of their last 16 tie.”It was a match with different phases,” the coach told reporters afterwards.”We started well and then they got better after our goal.”They’re dangerous at home.”After the equaliser I liked what I saw more as we were more consistent in our play, even if they had the occasional counter attack.”We could have won, and they also had some chances to win.”The feeling is good because we could have won.”The result leaves this tie open and each side has a 50 percent chance.”Antoine Griezmann started and was behind Los Rojiblancos’ goal, but he was taken off with half an hour to go and Simeone fielded questions on this substitution.”I thought it was good for him to get a rest, as we had some fresh players,” he said. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Norwich midfielder Moritz Leitner: Slow start cost usby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNorwich City midfielder Moritz Leitner admits they were caught out by Burnley for Saturday’s 2-0 defeat.Leitner acknowledged that a slow start was to blame for the defeat.”We knew exactly how Burnley would play. They had one plan which was to kick it high and be prepared for the fight. To be honest, in the first 15 minutes they were better than us and did well, so they deserved the lead.”Teemu had a big chance and I had a shot on target. With a bit more luck, maybe we would have scored and been back in the game. We found some solutions in terms of creating chances, but now we have to analyse the game and keep going.”It was the perfect start for Burnley. For us it was more of a shock to concede two goals very early in the game. That’s always tough but we showed a good reaction and wanted to keep playing and to come back into the game. We made some mistakes, but we tried everything, and we will fight for the next game.”You can take something positive from every game, but the dressing room was disappointed. We will analyse the game, talk about it and find solutions for the next game.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
BALTIMORE, MD – AUGUST 13: A New Orleans Saints helmet sits on the turf before the start of the Saints and Baltimore Ravens preseason game at M&T Bank Stadium on August 13, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)While we’ve got a new set of college football games coming up this Saturday, we’ve apparently still got some former players paying off bets from last week’s slate. Friday, former Georgia tight end Benjamin Watson, who plays for the New Orleans Saints, was forced to wear Alabama gear to pay off a bet with former Crimson Tide running back Mark Ingram, now his teammate.Alabama blasted Georgia last Saturday – so the wager is pretty obvious here.No, I’m not confused…but I had to pay my debt to @MarkIngram22. That hoodie didn’t touch my skin tho #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/kr4hpLhmZj— Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) October 9, 2015While it may be painful for Georgia fans to see, at least he’s a man of his word.
OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – There was a slight dip in unemployment numbers last month.However, overall, Statistics Canada says there was little change. The unemployment rate fell 0.1 per cent to 5.8 per cent, .The rate edged back down to its four-decade low, as job growth was essentially flat and fewer people looked for work.In British Columbia, the jobless rate dropped to 4.1 per cent in October, from 4.2 per cent the month before. B.C. had the lower rate across the country, with Newfoundland and Labrador seeing the highest at 12.7 per cent.Jobs miss:“Employment was little changed in October” says Statscan. Consensus estimate was for a gain of 15,000. “The unemployment rate decreased 0.1 percentage points to 5.8% as fewer people searched for work.”— Richard Dettman (@rwdettman) November 2, 2018According to Statistics Canada, the country added 11,200 net new jobs in October, but the numbers were too low for the agency to consider them statistically significant.Economists had expected an increase of 10,000 jobs and an unemployment rate of 5.9 per cent, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.The jobs report also says year-over-year average hourly wage growth, which is closely watched by the Bank of Canada, continued its steady decline in October to 2.19 per cent — its weakest reading since September 2017.Experts have expected wage growth to strengthen in the tightened labour market _ but it has dropped every month since May when it was 3.94 per cent.The report also says a dip in the labour force participation rate helped nudge the jobless rate down from its 5.9 per cent reading in September to match the reading’s 40-year low for the seventh time in last 12 months.
Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture, says this bill will better protect farmland and encourage farming for future generations.“The bill tabled today builds on the work we started over a year ago to better protect farmland and encourage farming and ranching in B.C. We are ensuring the commission has the tools and the governance model required to strengthen its independence and ability to act in the best interest of our farmland within the Agricultural Land Reserve, so that British Columbians are able to access safe, locally grown food for generations to come.”If passed, the legislation will strengthen ALC governance and independence, and further protect land within the ALR.The legislative changes are part of the Government’s ongoing commitment to revitalize the ALR and the ALC. VICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. Government is introducing new legislation to strengthen the independence of the Agricultural Land Commission.The new legislation is to fulfill the mandate of preserving the Agricultural Land Reserve while encouraging farming and ranching within British Columbia.According to the Government, Bill 15, the agricultural land commission amendment act 2019, will continue the Ministry of Agriculture’s efforts to revitalize the ALR, the farmland within B.C. that’s protected for the province’s food security.
Kolkata: 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.