Governor calls emergency dairy summit

first_img### WHEN:      Tuesday, June 13, 2006,12:00 p.m. Roger Allbee, director of Farm Service Agency said preliminary estimatesof crop loss approach twenty million dollars.  This number will be updated ascounties continue to assess the damage. Burlington, Vt.-Governor Jim Douglas has announcedthat his administration, working with the Vermont Milk Commission, is organizing an Emergency Dairy Summit to discuss all availablemeans to help farmers in the near term so that they can weather what theGovernor calls a ‘perfect storm’ of circumstances. WHERE:    Universityof Vermont, WatermanBuilding, Burlington This morning Governor Douglas also signed a letter to U.S. Agriculture SecretaryMike Johanns requesting Emergency Disaster Designation, which paves the way fordirect financial relief for farmers.  “Our Agency of Agriculture willwork with USDA’s Farm Service Agency to complete the paperwork and damageassessments necessary to carry out this request,” Douglassaid.center_img Governor Douglas to Call Emergency Dairy SummitAlso Seeks Federal Emergency Relief “Low milk prices, high fuel and energy cost and poor crop, or insome cases destroyed crops, due to extended spring rains are contributing towhat is now a clear crisis situation for Vermont’sdairy farmers,” Governor Douglas said.  “Because of this perfectstorm of events, I have directed my Secretary of Administration, Mike Smith towork closely with my entire cabinet in coordination with our partners in thefederal government and Vermont’scongressional delegation to provide assistance to all Vermont farmers.”  WHAT:      Governorto Call Emergency Dairy Summit Jason GibbsGovernorsCommunications Director109 State Street ¨ The Pavilion ¨ Montpelier,VT 05609-0101 ¨ www.vermont.gov/governor(link is external)Telephone: 802.828.3333 ¨ Fax: 802.828.3339 ¨ TDD: 802.828.3345last_img read more

From football icon to Liberia president- Weah

first_img0Shares0000Chelsea icon Didier Drogba from neighbouring Ivory Coast already sent Weah a congratulatory message.MONROVIA, Liberia, Dec 28 – George Weah emerged from Liberia’s slums to become a superstar footballer in the 1990s, and leveraged his status as a revered figure among the country’s young to be voted president.Weah easily beat Vice President Joseph Boakai in Tuesday’s presidential run-off, the culmination of 12 years spent building political credibility to match his huge popularity. “You know I’ve been in competitions –- tough ones too and I came out victorious. So I know Boakai cannot defeat me,” Weah said ahead of the vote. “I have the people on my side.”The first African player to win both FIFA’s World Player of the Year trophy and the Ballon d’Or, Weah was largely absent from Liberia during the 1989-2003 civil war period, playing for a string of top-flight European teams including Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan.After running unsuccessfully for the presidency in 2005, when he was defeated by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Weah says he has “gained experience” since becoming a senator in 2014.Another fruitless run for the vice-presidency on the ticket of presidential candidate Winston Tubman in 2011 brought him to further prominence among the nation’s voters, many of whom say this time it was “Weah’s turn”.Weah, 51, has put education, job creation and infrastructure at the centre of his platform — in line with Boakai — and had won an unassailable 61.5 percent of votes with more than 98 percent of votes counted as of Thursday evening.– Beloved by young and poor –Weah is set to replace incumbent Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who took over at the helm of Africa’s oldest republic in 2006.Younger voters overwhelmingly favour Weah, who is idolised in his country as “Mister George”.A member of the Kru ethnic group, Weah was raised by his grandmother on a reclaimed swamp in one of the worst slums of the capital Monrovia.“Grassroots citizens identify with George Weah, considering that he is close to their day-to-day experience,” explained Ibrahim Al-Bakri Nyei, a Liberian political analyst at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).His critics say the high school dropout, who later completed a degree, is unprepared to lead a country.“George Weah is a good, humble and respectful person that should not be given the Liberian presidency, because he is being controlled by an evil hand,” said Benoni Urey, a losing presidential candidate who switched his allegiance to Boakai.Urey and others say Weah is being manipulated by Sirleaf so she can continue to push an agenda when she steps down after 12 years in power.But many voters see a poor boy from the slums who made good against the odds.“I believe that whenever we give him a chance, he will be able to give a better Liberia to the youth and the homeless,” Andrew Janjay Johnson, a shoeshiner in a Monrovia market, told AFP.– ‘Vague’ platform –Ex-Chelsea and Man city Star, George Weah has won Liberia Presidential Elections. Weah was contesting the elections after his unsuccessful bid against outgoing president Ellen Johnson, the first female president in Africa.Critics also accuse Weah’s Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) of having too vague a political platform, and have challenged his long absences from the senate since being elected in a race he won over Sirleaf’s son.Weah has also fended off barbs over his vice-presidential pick, Jewel Howard-Taylor, the ex-wife of jailed former president and warlord Charles Taylor.Howard-Taylor however is also a respected senator in her own right, bringing him important votes in the key county of Bong, and along with Sirleaf is one of few powerful women in Liberian public life.Weah is married to Clar Weah, and his son, Timothy, signed a professional football contract with Paris Saint-Germain in July.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Garda changes promise to bring more front-line officers across Donegal

first_imgAn Garda Síochána has today announced improvements to its structures, processes, services and governance.Garda management are hoping the changes will increase the number of front-line Gardaí, deliver a more localised service to communities, and maximise the organisation’s operational impact.It includes restructuring at national, regional and local levels to provide a greater focus on community policing based on local needs. Garda top brass say this means more Gardaí working on the frontline, greater supervision, better resources, less paperwork, and more career opportunities for members and staff.It will make best use of an expanding workforce and investment in ICT.There will be a reduction in administrative structures, the introduction of community policing teams dedicated to working with communities to identify and tackle problem crimes in their area, a greater range of specialised services such as economic crime and cyber-crime being delivered locally, and enhanced local investigation of serious crimes and crimes against the vulnerable such as sexual crime.It will mean increased numbers of Gardaí working on the frontline, they say. From 2017 to 2019, 2,090 Gardaí have been recruited to date and a further 478 have been re-deployed to the front-line.It is expected that from now until the end of 2021 that a further 1,500 Garda members will be recruited and an additional 1,000 Gardaí re-assigned to the front-line.In addition, from 2017 to 2019, 1,070 Garda staff have been recruited and a further 1,265 are expected to recruited by end of 2021.Commissioner Drew Harris said, “These improvements will allow us to increase the number of Gardaí at the front-line and enhance community policing. Reduced bureaucracy and ICT initiatives combined with an increase in Garda members and Garda staff will increase Garda visibility in communities. It will mean Gardaí at all ranks will have more time to engage with local communities and stakeholders to help keep people safe.“These changes will deliver a more visible, localised and responsive policing service. What won’t change though is the strong connection we have with local communities.” Under this model, decision making for policing delivery will be devolved from the centre to the regions and divisions.Divisions will increase in size, will be operationally autonomous, and will be the key to policing delivery.A Division will be typically made up of around 600 to 800 personnel. This will ensure each Division has the resources and skills to deliver a wider range of community policing and specialist services based on the demand in their area.Regions and divisions will have greater control over how policing is delivered, while working to a corporate framework and oversight from the centre. The focus of the centre will be on supporting regions and divisions. This model has been recommended by both the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland and the Garda Inspectorate, and echoes the views of our personnel gathered through extensive consultation. The restructure reflects international policing best practice as well as the realities of modern-day policing in Ireland, the changing nature of crime, and population trends.This process has already started as part of the implementation of A Policing Service for the Future with the introduction of the new local policing model in four Divisions – Kevin Street, Cork city, Galway and Mayo.It will continue on Monday (August 26 2019) with the new regional structure of four regions.The reduction in Divisions from 28 to 19 will now commence on a phased basis. The new structure will be implemented throughout 2020.Garda changes promise to bring more front-line officers across Donegal was last modified: August 22nd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalfront-lineGardailast_img read more

Arcata, St. Bernard’s top H-DN All-County basketball awards

first_imgEureka >> Winning sure does have its perks, and in the case of the Humboldt-Del Norte League all-county basketball honors — to the victor go the spoils. For the second time in as many season, Arcata and St. Bernard’s boys and girls basketball teams swept the top awards as the H-DN All-County teams were released on Wednesday, as voted on by the league’s coaches.On the boys side, Arcata’s Thomas Nelson was named Big 5 MVP after leading the Tigers to a third-straight H-DN title and a win over …last_img

Where’s the Earth Day fanfare for farmers?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Each year on April 22, Earth Day marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.According to earthday.org:“The height of hippie and flower-child culture in the United States, 1970 brought the death of Jimi Hendrix, the last Beatles album, and Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. Protest was the order of the day, but saving the planet was not the cause. War raged in Vietnam, and students nationwide increasingly opposed it.“At the time, Americans were slurping leaded gas through massive V8 sedans. Industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of legal consequences or bad press. Air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity. ‘Environment’ was a word that appeared more often in spelling bees than on the evening news.  Although mainstream America remained oblivious to environmental concerns, the stage had been set for change by the publication of Rachel Carson’s New York Times bestseller Silent Spring in 1962. The book represented a watershed moment for the modern environmental movement, selling more than 500,000 copies in 24 countries and, up until that moment, more than any other person, Ms. Carson raised public awareness and concern for living organisms, the environment and public health.“Earth Day 1970 capitalized on the emerging consciousness, channeling the energy of the anti-war protest movement and putting environmental concerns front and center.“The idea came to Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Inspired by the student anti-war movement, he realized that if he could infuse that energy with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution, it would force environmental protection onto the national political agenda. Senator Nelson announced the idea for a ‘national teach-in on the environment’ to the national media; persuaded Pete McCloskey, a conservation-minded Republican Congressman, to serve as his co-chair; and recruited Denis Hayes as national coordinator. Hayes built a national staff of 85 to promote events across the land.“As a result, on the 22nd of April, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife suddenly realized they shared common values.”And so Earth Day began, 45 years ago. Yet, without fanfare, protests, rallies, political movements, controversial books, and Senators, farmers have been quietly celebrating Earth Day for centuries. Farmers have harnessed the vast resources of the sun, soil and water for productive gain while studiously working to conserve them — not because they had to but because they wanted to. Conservation is in their bones. If they were not interested in caring for the land, they would not be farming. Here are some examples of how farmers through the rich agricultural heritage in Ohio have been celebrating Earth Day year round for generations.http://ocj.com/2013/09/lefevre-farms-a-big-family-effort-for-environmental-stewardship/http://ocj.com/2013/09/aesthetics-are-byproduct-of-stewardship/http://ocj.com/2013/09/sharp-family-making-an-impact-both-on-and-off-the-farm/http://ocj.com/2013/09/paint-creek-cattle-focuses-on-improving-the-pasture-waterways/http://ocj.com/2014/06/trains-change-and-the-troxell-century-farm/http://ocj.com/2013/09/environmental-stewardship-in-balance-with-productivity/http://ocj.com/2015/03/prepare-to-do-more-for-water-quality/http://ocj.com/2013/06/century-farm-history-less-about-me-and-more-about-we/http://ocj.com/2012/09/krikke-pork-stewards-of-land-and-animals/http://ocj.com/2015/04/mimic-the-mentor-to-improve-soils-and-cut-inputs/last_img read more

Video: A notable first trip to the nation’s capitol

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest One of the Ohio Farm Bureau county presidents in Washington DC this week is Matthew Damschroder. He visited with Ty Higgins about his first trip to the nation’s capital and what he hopes to accomplish.last_img

IHF, HI resolve differences, decide to merge

first_imgThe warring factions of Indian hockey — Hockey India (HI) and Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) — on Monday resolved their differences and decided to merge into one unit. The decision to merge the two bodies was taken hours before the Union sports ministry’s final deadline was to expire. Sports Minister Ajay Maken had set July 25 deadline for the two groups to settle their differences after they failed to reconcile in the previous attempts. Good sense finally prevailed and the rumbling row that had crippled the administration of the game got over. It should help India’s quest for glory ahead of the London Olympics. The move comes as a big boost for the national sport as the HI headed by Narendra Batra and the IHF led by K.P.S. Gill would now work together to help power the game in the country. The merger would ensure that the much-awaited World Series Hockey League, to be held later this year, gets the necessary go-ahead from the Federation of International Hockey.last_img read more

Masters World Cup 2019

first_img(Update: Due to a change in circumstances, TFA will now be looking to field an additional team – Women’s 35s.)Touch Football Australia (TFA) and its national representative teams are about to enter the final year and the most important period of the current World Cup cycle. Our aim as always is for the best possible teams and athletes to represent Australia at the 2019 World Cup.TFA has a proud record in international Touch and Australia currently holds the Open and Masters World Cups and we are extremely motivated to maintain this status at the 2019 event.The Masters World Cup will be held, in conjunction with the Open World Cup, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from the 28th April – 4th May 2019.At this stage TFA is looking to enter teams in the following divisions:Men: Over 30s, 35s, 40s, 45s, 50sWomen: Over 27s, 35sMixed: Senior MixedThere is no guarantee that all these divisions will go ahead as viability is based on sufficient team entries being received by FIT. There are currently several divisions offered at the event which are not viable therefore TFA will not be seeking nominations for those divisions.The following document outlines the nomination process for the selection of the Australian Masters Teams for the 2019 Masters World Cup.More detailed information on the overall tour will become available in the next few months, however indicative costs for a player levy, based on previous overseas international events, would be in the area of $2500.TFA will implement a selection process whereby players are initially required to nominate for selection. All players who nominate will be considered for an invitation to the Selection Camp to be held in January 2019. Teams will be selected following this selection camp. Once selected, World Cup Teams will then attend team training camps in the lead up to the event.Please note:  ALL interested players must nominate through the official link to be considered. For further information on this process or any queries please contact the TFA High Performance Manager, Wayne Grant, at wayne.grant@touchfootball.com.au or 0411 270 306Find out more here: Masters Nominations – 2019 World CupNew Memo containing info including addition of Women’s 35s division: 2019 World Cup – 35 Women’s Nomination Informationlast_img read more

a month ago​Nuno insists Wolves focused on Braga

first_img​Nuno insists Wolves focused on Bragaby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNuno Espirito Santo insists that everyone at the club is focused on their next game – a Europa League tie against Braga.Wolves are suffering a dip in form, after suffering two successive defeats against Everton and Chelsea.They are in the bottom three in the Premier League, which is an unusual position considering their form last season.But Nuno thinks they must take things one game at a time in order to find their groove.”It’s the third season for us. We started in the Championship, Thursday we play Europa League, we are the same,” said Nuno to reporters.”We have to work hard, but we don’t stay too much time in the past, we just look at Thursday.”This is my job. It’s not when we win everything is OK, when we lose everything is bad.”That’s why I say we have to realise what happened.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Bell Media Brings Starz to Canada

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: TORONTO, and SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Bell Media, Canada’s leading content company, today joined with global content leader Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) and Lionsgate’s Starz premium pay television platform to announce an exclusive, long-term alliance to bring Starz to Canada and distribute the first pay window of Lionsgate’s future theatrical releases in the territory.The multifaceted agreement is a ground-breaking move by Starz and Bell Media to compete for premium subscribers on all platforms, and dramatically increases the value of Bell Media’s suite of premium subscription services, including pay television network The Movie Network Encore (TMN Encore), which Starz and Bell Media will rebrand next year.The collaboration marks the first international launch of Starz since Lionsgate acquired the network in December 2016as well as the first time it will be available in Canada. Starz content will be introduced across Bell Media platforms, including TMN Encore and Canada’s premium streaming service CraveTV. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement TMN Encore will be rebranded in early 2019, with a slate of premium Starz programming and a broad selection of Lionsgate hit films and television series facilitating its transformation into a world-class platform. The newly branded service will also be available on a direct-to-consumer basis.Starz, one of the most highly viewed premium pay television platforms in the U.S., features over 7,000 feature film and television titles and an original programming roster led by hits such as POWER and GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE and highly anticipated upcoming series including VIDA and SWEETBITTER.“We’re delighted to bring Starz to Canada as part of our international channel rollout,” said Starz President and CEO Chris Albrecht.  “Bell Media is one of North America’s elite content companies, and they bring great brand recognition, a massive consumer base, and unparalleled distribution skills to our alliance. This agreement creates the perfect foundation for the growth of Starz in the territory.”“Bell Media is thrilled to be on board as Starz’s first international partner,” said Randy Lennox, President, Bell Media. “Starz is making waves with bold, fresh content that’s resonating with audiences around the world. We’re delighted to introduce this premium brand to Canadians as well as partner with Lionsgate on the distribution of their film properties going forward.”Bell Media’s collaboration with Lionsgate also encompasses future exclusive first-window access to the studio’s slate of hit Hollywood movies. All Lionsgate films will also be available to subscribers of Bell Media’s French-language Pay TV service, Super Écran.“Bell Media is the ideal partner to introduce Starz to Canadian audiences,” said Lionsgate President of Worldwide Television & Digital Distribution Jim Packer.  “The Canadian marketplace offers tremendous opportunities for growth, and this multifaceted agreement enables us to deliver the robust slate of Starz premium programming as well as the future first pay television window for Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment films to Bell Media platforms.”“Starz series and Lionsgate films add hundreds of hours of premium content every year to our already-rich offering,” said Tracey Pearce, President, Distribution and Pay, Bell Media. “We can’t wait to introduce the evolution of TMN Encore as it transforms into a newly-rebranded premier pay TV platform.”The deal was negotiated by Lionsgate EVP & Managing Director of Worldwide TV Sales Canada Susan Hummel under the direction of Packer and Lionsgate SVP Corporate Development & Strategy Miles Delaney, Starz VP of Corporate Strategy & Development Brad Worthington, and Starz international executive Superna Kalle. For Bell Media, the deal was negotiated by Jeff Hersh, Vice-President, Strategy and Distribution and Justin Stockman, Vice-President, Pay and OTT Services, under the direction of Tracey Pearce, President, Distribution and Pay, and Randy Lennox, President.About Bell MediaBell Media is Canada’s leading content creation company with premier assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, and digital media. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada’s highest-rated television network; 30 specialty channels, including TSN and RDS, and four pay TV services, including The Movie Network and Super Écran. Bell Media is also Canada’s largest radio broadcaster, with 215 music channels including 105 licensed radio stations in 54 markets across the country, all part of the iHeartRadio brand and streaming service. Bell Media owns Astral, an out-of-home advertising network of more than 30,000 faces in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Québec, and Nova Scotia. Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites; delivers TV Everywhere with its CraveTV and GO video streaming services; operates multi-channel network Much Digital Studios; produces live theatrical shows via its partnership with Iconic Entertainment Studios; and owns Dome Productions Inc., a multi-platform production company. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. For more on Bell Media, please visit www.bellmedia.ca.About LionsgateThe first major new studio in decades, Lionsgate is a global content platform whose films, television series, digital products and linear and over-the-top platforms reach next generation audiences around the world.  In addition to its filmed entertainment leadership, Lionsgate content drives a growing presence in interactive and location-based entertainment, gaming, virtual reality and other new entertainment technologies.  Lionsgate’s content initiatives are backed by a 16,000-title film and television library and delivered through a global licensing infrastructure.  The Lionsgate brand is synonymous with original, daring and ground-breaking content created with special emphasis on the evolving patterns and diverse composition of the Company’s worldwide consumer base.About StarzStarz (www.starz.com) a Lionsgate company (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), is a leading global media and entertainment company that provides premium subscription video programming on domestic U.S. pay television networks and produces and distributes content for worldwide audiences, including its investment in the STARZ PLAY Arabia OTT service. Starz is home to the flagship STARZ® brand and STARZ ENCORE channels and provides high-quality, entertaining premium subscription video programming with 17 premium pay TV channels and associated on-demand and online services, including the STARZ app. Sold through U.S. multichannel video distributors, including cable operators, satellite television providers, telecommunications companies, and other online and digital platforms, Starz offers subscribers more than 5,000 distinct premium television episodes and feature films every year and up to 1,500 every month, including STARZ Original series, first-run movies and other popular movie and television programming.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter@Lionsgate@CraveTVCanada@Starz Facebook Twitterlast_img read more