Weak recovery in the Eurozone

first_img Growth in the Eurozone will be sluggish in 2012, while the single currency area faces strong downside risks, Ernst and Young’s spring economic forecast will state today. The euro area economy is recovering “at a much slower pace than expected,” with forecast GDP growth of just 1.5 per cent this year and 1.7 per cent in 2012, Ernst and Young will announce. “And although we still expect a muted recovery for the Eurozone over the next 12 months that could easily be blown off course by global economic events or an escalation of the Eurozone debt crisis,” said Ernst and Young economist Marie Diron. Unemployment across the Eurozone could still be around 14m in 2015, according to the forecast – considerably above 2007 levels. Given the frailty of the economy, the European Central Bank could be making a mistake by raising interest rates, Diron feels. The ECB is widely expected to hike interest rates when it meets on Thursday of this week. Weak recovery in the Eurozone Share KCS-content Show Comments ▼ whatsappcenter_img Read This NextWATCH: Shohei Ohtani continues home run tear, Los Angeles Angels winSportsnautYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofBaked Sesame Salmon: Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof Sunday 3 April 2011 10:58 pm whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesMoneyPailShe Was An Actress, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailDrivepedia20 Of The Most Underrated Vintage CarsDrivepediaBetterBeDrones Capture Images No One Was Suppose to SeeBetterBeElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite Heraldautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comPeople TodayNewborn’s Strange Behavior Troubles Mom, 40 Years Later She Finds The Reason Behind ItPeople Today Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Greentube seals Playtech distribution deal

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Greentube seals Playtech distribution deal Casino & games Tags: Online Gambling 14th May 2020 | By contenteditorcenter_img Greentube, the interactive division of Novomatic, has agreed a deal to launch a range of its online casino content with gambling tech giant Playtech.Under the agreement, Playtech will roll out titles such as Book of Ra deluxe and Lucky Lady’s Charm, both of which were first developed as retail games before being adapted for online.Playtech will initially launch the Greentube content in Poland, Spain and the UK, as well as in Mexico to support its growth strategy in the wider Latin American market.“These games will be a valuable addition to our portfolio, providing our partners with titles that appeal to audiences ranging from traditional land-based players to new online slot fans,” Playtech chief operating officer Shimon Akad said.“Playtech’s scale and distribution is a powerful offering for potential partners, and this is a great example of our commitment to partnering with the right companies to bring great content to new and growing markets.”Greentube’s chief games officer Michael Bauer added: “Joining Playtech’s Games Marketplace creates significant advantages for both our businesses: Playtech’s customers will get access to our player-favourite titles that have proven to deliver strong results, while we will further accelerate our reach into key strategic markets.“We believe this step comes at exactly the right time, as more and more European jurisdictions regulate and the Americas promise much room for growth.” Topics: Casino & games Tech & innovation Greentube, the interactive division of Novomatic, has agreed a deal to launch a range of its online casino content with gambling tech giant Playtech. Email Addresslast_img read more

WFI postpones Senior Wrestling Nationals to January 2021

first_img YourBump15 Actors That Hollywood Banned For LifeYourBump|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily Funny|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPost FunThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Until You See Them TodayPost Fun|SponsoredSponsoredUndoFreight & Shipping Quotes | Search AdsResearch & Compare Freight & Shipping QuotesEnjoy Affordable Freight & Shipping Services With These Service ProvidersFreight & Shipping Quotes | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndoMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStory|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDefinitionTime Was Not Kind To These 28 CelebritiesDefinition|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Halle Open 2021 Final: Ugo Humbert defeats Andrey Rublev to become champion The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) has postponed next month’s national championship to January 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.WFI Assistant Secretary Vinod Tomar told PTI that the prevailing conditions have forced them to push the Nationals by at least a month. Previous articleLPL 2020 Live Streaming Online: Watch Dambulla Viiking vs Kandy Tuskers Probable Live in IndiaNext articleISL 2020: Odisha FC and Jamshedpur FC eye win in ISL’s first double header Kunal DhyaniSports Tech enthusiast, he reports on Sports Tech industry and writes on sports products. Euro 2020, Switzerland vs Turkey LIVE: Switzerland to punish hapless Turkey; Follow Live Updates Football Facebook Twitter ATP Tour Queens Club Final: Matteo Berrettini beats Cameron Norrie in final to win title Euro 2020, Switzerland vs Turkey: Top 5 players to watch out for in SUI vs TUR Latest Sports News Football ATP Tour Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Football WFI postpones Senior Wrestling Nationals to January 2021 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SportSport NewsWrestling Football By Kunal Dhyani – November 28, 2020 F1 French GP 2021: Max Verstappen pips Lewis Hamilton to win French GP, Perez finishes 3rd Euro 2020, Italy vs Wales LIVE: Gareth Bale and Co face do-or-die clash; Italy eye third consecutive win; Follow Live Updates, Euro 2020 LIVE broadcast in more than 200 countries, check how you can watch Live Streaming of EURO 2020 in your country Formula 1 Football Tokyo Olympics: Deepika Kumari to be sole entry to Tokyo Games as Indian women’s recurve team fails to qualify Latest Sports News Euro 2020, Italy vs Wales: 3 key battles to watch out for in ITA vs WAL Tokyo Olympics: BCCI provides fuel in Indian Olympic flame, to contribute Rs 10 crore by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeIPL 2020: Bad news for Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Jonny BairstowUndoIPL 2020 : Srikanth and fans slams MS Dhoni, says ‘wasted 15 Cr on Jadhav & Chawla’UndoMumbai Indians Yuvraj Singh slams BCCI, ‘Board handled end of my career in a very unprofessional manner’Undo“The situation is far from ideal. It is not possible to conduct Nationals. We will try to host the championships towards the end of January next year,” said Tomar.It means the next year will see two national championships.Read More: https://wrestlingtv.in/wfi-postpones-senior-wrestling-nationals-to-january-2021/ TAGSnational championship to January 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemicWFIWFI Assistant Secretary VinodWFI postpones Senior Wrestling NationalsWrestling Federation of India SHARElast_img read more

Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB.rw) 2004 Annual Report

first_imgKenya Commercial Bank (KCB.rw) listed on the Rwanda Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2004 annual report.For more information about Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB.rw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB.rw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB.rw)  2004 annual report.Company ProfileKenya Commercial Bank (KCB) Rwanda Limited is a commercial bank offering financial solutions to private individuals and the corporate banking segment in Rwanda. KCB Bank Rwanda is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the KCB Group which is East Africa’s largest commercial bank by asset base. The Bank was established in 2008 after it was licensed by Rwanda’s banking regulator, the National Bank of Rwanda. It has 14 branches located in the main towns and cities of Rwanda as well as an extensive network of KCB Iwacu agents. Kenya Commercial Bank is listed on the Rwanda Stock Exchangelast_img read more

The DS Smith share price is rising! Here’s what I’d do now

first_img Enter Your Email Address “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Investors in DS Smith (LSE:SMDS) would be reaping their rewards if they bought the stock six months ago. The share price has been boosted more than 50% during that time as it has weathered the Covid 19 storm better than most from the FTSE 100.Just this week, the share price was boosted by the news that the firm was the subject of interest from fellow FTSE 100 blue-chip Mondi.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…The shares rose more as much as 14% on Thursday as news of the potential merger was reported. With the news of the potential merger, would I add the shares to my portfolio or Stocks and Shares ISA today? Mondi madnessLet’s have a look at what details have emerged about the Mondi deal. According to data from Bloomberg, it would be one of the biggest UK M&A deals this year at around £5bn. It must be noted that the deal is still in its early stages according to the report, so is far from being signed off.I think the deal would make a lot of sense for both parties however. Both Mondi and DS Smith offer similar paper and packaging services. Demand for these has increased due to the pandemic, and such a merger would allow for quick growth and scalability.DS Smith has benefited from the pandemic as both its core business of supplying supermarket packaging has boomed. In addition to this, ecommerce has clearly been one of the big winners from Covid 19, and our increasing amount of deliveries need to be packaged. Profits returned to growth in DS Smith’s most recent earnings report, after suffering an initial drop in its first quarter following the onset of the coronavirus.Risk potentialIt hasn’t been all plain sailing for DS Smith throughout the pandemic, however. The shares still carry a certain amount of risk. The cost of paper for recycling has almost doubled from 2020, with the price rising more so in Europe than anywhere else. Europe happens to be one of DS Smith’s largest markets.Analysts at Bank of America reckon it could take up to a year for DS Smith to increase prices to protect margins, potentially stifling profits during that time.There is also the potential of increased competition in the industry. As a fellow Fool noted, if Amazon or another large ecommerce retailer were to enter the packaging market, it could harm the DS Smith share price performance in the long run.As for whether I would invest in DS Smith shares today, I think I would hold off for the time being. Much will depend on if and how the Mondi merger deal goes through, and there isn’t anything official from either company regarding the acquisition. I may well revisit DS Smith shares if anything official is announced by either company, however. 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Conor Coyle | Saturday, 27th February, 2021 | More on: SMDS I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. 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Montpellier keep the pressure on with win over Perpignan

first_imgWednesday Feb 15, 2012 Montpellier keep the pressure on with win over Perpignan Highlights of Montpellier’s 22-11 win over Perpignan in the Top 14 on Friday nightADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Top 14 Extra Related Articles 474 WEEKS AGO Castres vs Clermont Highlights – Top 14 Round… 484 WEEKS AGO Wilkinson steers Toulon to victory over Montpellier… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedDoctors Stunned: She Removes Her Wrinkles With This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyShe Was the Most Beautiful Girl in the World. What She Looks Like Now is InsaneNueey10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Film review: “12 Years a Slave” illustrates horrors of U.S. slavery

first_imgChiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong’o and Steve McQueenAfricans were enslaved by Britain and the United States in continental North America for nearly 250 years (1619-1865). The profits accrued from the Atlantic slave trade led to the rise of industrial capitalism and the worldwide exploitative system of imperialism. (See “Capitalism and Slavery” by Eric Williams, 1944)A new film directed by Steve McQueen, a Caribbean-British filmmaker of Grenadian descent, captures the horrors of U.S. slavery in his depiction of an autobiography, “12 Years a Slave,” written by Solomon Northup in 1853. Northup was legally a free African living in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., who was lured to Washington, D.C., and then kidnapped into slavery in Louisiana.Northup’s life in New York was portrayed as a successful one with a loving spouse and two children.A skilled carpenter and violinist, he was invited by two white men in 1841 to come to Washington to negotiate the terms of a performance tour. He was then drugged, chained to the floor of a ship and transported to Louisiana, where he became a slave.It would take 12 years for Northup to escape the slave masters. He was subjected to enslavement by three plantation owners, the final one of whom tormented and tortured him along with other Africans.The plight of Solomon Northup portrayed in this film was by no means an isolated incident. There were many Africans who were considered “free” who later wound up on plantations.Africans are portrayed in the film not only as victims of the racist and exploitative system but also as resisters who defied their captors through slowing down work production, running away and fighting against brutality by the overseers and owners.Brilliant actingNorthup was played by Chiwetel Ejiofor, an acclaimed actor who was born in London to Nigerian parents in 1977. He began acting during his school years at the age of 11.Ejiofor has received numerous acting awards and nominations, including the 2006 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Rising Star, three Golden Globe Awards nominations and the 2008 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor for his performance in Othello. He appeared in such films as “Dirty Pretty Things,” “The Operative in Serenity,” “Kinky Boots” and “Children of Men.”One of the most compelling performances in the film was the depiction of “Patsey,” an African slave woman who was subjected to horrendous abuse by the plantation owner Edwin Epps, played by actor Michael Fassbender. The owner attempts to rationalize his abusive behavior through a false interpretation of the Bible that supposedly justifies the torture and rape of the enslaved.Patsey was brilliantly portrayed by Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o. This film represented her debut in films in the U.S.Nyong’o is the daughter of Kenyan politician Peter Anyang Nyong’o, who had previously served as the minister of Medical Services and was elected to the national parliament in the recent 2013 elections to represent Kisumu County in the country’s Senate. Lupita’s cousin, Isis Nyong’o, was named by Forbes magazine in 2012 as one of the most powerful women in Africa.Lupita Nyong’o graduated from Hampshire College after studying film production and theater. She has worked on various films and would later attend Yale Drama School, from which she graduated in 2012.  Lupita Nyong’o is considered by many film critics as the frontrunner in the best supporting actress category for the 2014 Academy Awards.Reparations — a demand for justice  The narratives and autobiographies of enslaved Africans have made a tremendous contribution to the exposure of the exigencies of the slave system. These accounts are taken directly from those impacted by the exploitative and oppressive system.Slavery was not only a moral issue but its existence was indispensable to the development of the U.S. ruling class as the dominant force in world imperialism.The impact of slavery is still very much in evidence in the U.S. today. The U.S. government has consistently refused to recognize the contributions of slavery to the political and intellectual culture of the country.Moreover, the U.S. government and capitalist corporations have refused to pay reparations to the descendants of enslaved Africans. Even current President Barack Obama, whose father was born in Kenya, stated during his initial presidential race in 2008 that he opposed the payment of reparations to African descendants in the U.S.This film makes a monumental contribution to the popularization of consciousness about the political, social and economic origins of the U.S. capitalist system.  It makes a powerful statement as to why African Americans are continuing to demand reparations for slavery and remain in the forefront of the struggle against racism and national oppression.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Sonny Beck Named Nama’s Agribusiness Leader Of The Year

first_img Sonny Beck Named Nama’s Agribusiness Leader Of The Year SHARE Previous articleNCGA on Washington’s Impact on Ethanol IndustryNext articleKentucky Couple Creates $500,000 Endowment for FFA Jackets Gary Truitt Facebook Twitter SHARE Sonny BeckNAMA, National Agri-Marketing Association, is pleased to announce  Sonny Beck, president, Beck’s Hybrids, as the 2014 Agribusiness Leader of the Year. This award, which is NAMA’s highest honor, will be presented at the Opening General Session of the 2014 Agri-Marketing Conference, “A Fresh Perspective,” April 10, 2014, in Jacksonville, Florida. The award honors outstanding leaders in agribusiness, education, government service or other agribusiness related areas who exemplify excellence in agribusiness by their significant contributions to the industry.Sonny Beck, president of Beck’s Hybrids, has led the company to unprecedented growth. As the largest family-owned seed company in the United States, Beck’s Hybrids is now the sixth largest seed company in the U.S. Under Sonny’s leadership, Beck’s Hybrids has experienced a 20 percent increase in sales each year for the last 20 years, doubling in size every four years.  Now encompassing six states, Beck’s Hybrids products can be found in Indiana, Illinois, western Ohio, southern Michigan, Kentucky, and most recently Tennessee. Beck’s Hybrids currently has 10 facilities located in the company’s marketing area. Sonny firmly believes that to keep up with growing demands, the company has to continue investing significantly into people and facilities each year. While growing at a rapid pace, it has never led Sonny astray from his goal of staying regionally focused, bringing farmers the right products for their acres. Growing up as a farm boy, Sonny Beck acquired a healthy respect for the importance of working hard. From chores to working alongside his father, Francis, in the fields, Sonny had a deep fascination with agriculture.  He graduated from Purdue University in 1964 with a bachelor’s degree in agronomy and a Master of Science in Agriculture Economics. Immediately following graduation, he returned home to the farm, ready to live out his dream of being part of the family business. Sonny has an innate ability to captivate his audiences, whether it’s employees, customers or the agriculture industry. When speaking with him, one can see and hear the passion he has for the success of Beck’s Hybrids customers. But it’s not just the customer’s best interest he is committed to, but also the happiness of his employees. Because at Beck’s, an employee isn’t just an employee, they’re family.  Over the years, Sonny has realized that employees aren’t just satisfied with their job because of money, prestige or a corner office. It’s being given the responsibility and authority to do a good job and get recognition for quality work. Sonny is constantly challenging and encouraging employees to look for ways to improve systems, processes and efficiencies. That philosophy has helped shape the Beck’s culture, creating a work ethic that runs deep through the company. Sonny Beck is not the average CEO. With his down to earth personality, Sonny’s door is always open to employees who have a question, concern or an innovative idea. His seemingly tireless work style often leads to many late nights and weekends. With his truck parked out front and the building lights turned off, many times the only illumination is from his office. But it’s not just the late nights it’s the muddy work boots, too. Many times, employees will find Sonny’s muddy work boots by his office door. Those boots are a symbol of his hard work, passion and enthusiasm, which employees strive to emulate. The impact Sonny Beck has made on the seed industry will live on for decades. In 1992, upon receiving the title of Distinguished Agricultural Alumni from Purdue University, Sonny was asked to prepare a paper on the topic: “What will happen to small and mid-sized seed companies in the future?” In essence, Sonny believed that the seed industry had reached a point of maturity where it would likely consolidate over the next five to 10 years. He predicted that some companies would make no changes and have no choice but to close some would merge and some would innovate, adapt and grow. Sonny Beck was determined to be the third prediction. And today, his prediction was not only accurate, but Beck’s Hybrids is a major player in the seed industry. With Sonny’s involvement in numerous agricultural organizations such as the American Seed Trade Association, U.S. Grains Council, and the Indiana Crop Improvement Association, Sonny is personally committed to the success of each farmer Beck’s Hybrids serves and the future of American agriculture. In his 2008 State of the Company message, Sonny pointed out, “The only truly sustainable competitive advantage is the ability to learn and adapt faster than your competition.” For Sonny Beck and his team of more than 400 employees at Beck’s Hybrids, that means always finding new ways to keep being Beck’s, no matter how large the company becomes and no matter how agriculture evolves. Innovative Ability A love for being out in nature is something that has always been a part of Sonny Beck. The change of seasons, the growth in the fields, the use of new innovations, and knowing that in the end he’s helped something become better than it was the year before. As soon as Sonny Beck joined the family operation in 1964 after graduating from Purdue University, he never let grass grow under his feet. Always aiming at building closer, stronger relationships with customers, Sonny immediately launched a couple of customer events that are now long-standing traditions. It was in that same year, Sonny started what is now called the Practical Farm Research (PFR)® program. Still today, the PFR program is unlike any other in the seed industry. Focused on farmer’s needs, hundreds of studies are completed at five Beck’s locations in an effort to look at how different management practices perform in different environments. The information is delivered to farmers across the Midwest in a 280-page summary book, website and field shows. Beck’s Hybrids hosts one of the largest field shows in the agriculture industry, Becknology Days™. A three-day event in late August, Becknology Days hosts more than 10,000 farmers from across the Midwest, where they tour PFR plots, place seed orders, join in family activities, and hear from Sonny and Scott Beck. Sonny Beck has always strived to give customers as much of an edge on their farms as possible, by offering them the best available hybrid options, whether or not the technologies were created by Beck’s Hybrids. In the early 1990s, Beck’s Hybrids quickly adopted the idea of trait technology, providing customers with a “supermarket” of seed products. That philosophy of offering customers choices in products continues today. And because Beck’s Hybrids is an independent seed company, they are one of the few companies who can offer a “supermarket” of seed products. Since that time, Sonny Beck has frequently stated that before 1992 Beck’s Hybrids was a seed producer who happened to do some marketing, but with the arrival of traits, Beck’s became a marketing company who happened to produce most of their own seed. But it was not just traits that Sonny and the Beck’s Hybrids team pursued. In 2001, Beck’s Hybrids was the first to market 100 percent of its seed corn with a seed-applied insect control system called FaSTart®. Over time the seed treatment evolved and in 2009 Beck’s Hybrids became the first seed company to put together a unique set of yield-enhancing products called Escalate® yield enhancement system. Escalate comes standard on all Beck’s corn, soybean, wheat and alfalfa products. A true point of uniqueness to Beck’s Hybrids is the 100% Replant Policy, which began in 1937, the same year Beck’s Hybrids was born. The 100% Replant Policy states that if there is a need to replant a field of Beck’s corn, soybeans, wheat or elite alfalfa, as determined by a Beck’s representative, Beck’s will furnish the seed and royalties free. Sonny Beck is truly an innovator of his time. He and the Beck’s Hybrids team have grown a small family seed business into the largest, family-owned seed company and the sixth largest seed company in the United States. Accomplishment For more than 75 years, Beck’s Hybrids has changed with the times, bringing farmers the highest quality products in an effort to increase yields and profitability. With Sonny Beck’s leadership and vision for the company, Beck’s Hybrids conducts ongoing research to develop the best hybrids and growing practices to fit the climate variations in its marketing area. In addition to developing high yielding products, Beck’s Hybrids markets hybrids from other sources, giving farmers access to the most advanced scientific options developed. In August 2013, Sonny received the highest honor awarded by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the Kentucky Colonel, in recognition of noteworthy accomplishments and outstanding service to a community, state or the nation. Among the ranks are Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Ronald Reagan. In 2012, Sonny Beck was bestowed the honor of becoming a Lifetime Honorary Member of the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA), an organization he has been a member of for more than 20 years, and one he was President of from 2002 to 2003. His passion and enthusiasm for Purdue University began at an early age, as his father, Francis, attended Purdue for a short course in agriculture. After graduating with a bachelor and master’s degree in 1964, Sonny continued to have an impact on the Purdue campus. His impact on Purdue University was recognized in 2007 when he received an Honorary Doctorate of Agriculture. Committed to educating and giving advice to the youth in agriculture, Sonny then became a Purdue Old Master in 2008. Then in July 2013, Indiana Governor, Mike Pence, appointed Beck as a trustee on the Purdue University Board of Trustees. According to Pence, “Sonny Beck is an extraordinary Hoosier whose character, business experience in the agriculture industry and commitment to excellence make him the perfect choice to serve on the Board of Trustees of Purdue University.” Giving back has always been important to Sonny Beck and his family. To them giving back isn’t just about giving back to the agricultural community. Sonny stated in a speech upon receiving the 2010 Celebration of Philanthropy Living Legacy Award in Indianapolis, Ind., “Philanthropy is not about being honored. It is about all the little things you do every day to make someone else’s life easier or the world a better place to live. Fifty years after we are gone, nobody will remember how much we had in our bank account, but a child or another adult may remember how you helped them with your talents and treasures.” Sonny, the Beck family, and Beck’s Hybrids donate thousands to charities that are near and dear. Over the years Beck’s Hybrids has contributed to the National FFA Foundation, 4-H, Habitat for Humanity, Purdue University, Birthright of Cicero, Good Samaritan Network of Hamilton County, local food pantries, We Care for Orphans Adoption Fund, and Ivy Tech, just to name a few. In November 2013, Beck’s Hybrids and the Beck family was recognized for a $100,000 gift toward the construction of the Ivy Tech-Frankfort site, as well as to support the Connection campaign that will expand the Ivy Tech-Lafayette campus. In recognition of the gift, a classroom in the Bane Agriculture Technology building will be named for the Beck family. Being able to give back to the agriculture industry and community is something Sonny Beck doesn’t see as an obligation, but an honor. Industry Leadership Sonny Beck’s dedication and passion for agriculture extends far beyond Beck’s Hybrids. He has played an integral role in leading several agricultural organizations, providing each with a unique leadership approach, ultimately guiding them to newer heights. In addition, Sonny currently serves on the Indiana Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, is vice president of the Purdue Ag Alumni Seed Improvement Association and is a founding member of the Purdue FarmHouse Fraternity Foundation board. Beck has held a variety of other leadership positions within the agriculture industry, including president of the American Seed Trade Association president of the Indiana Crop Improvement Association a charter member of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture Advisory Board a charter member of the Purdue Foundation Development Council member of the Board of Directors for the Purdue Research Foundation (PRF) member of the Board of Governors for the U.S. Grains Council and a member of the Purdue Agriculture Dean’s Advisory Council. Over the years Sonny Beck has given countless hours of service to these organizations. His involvement comes from the heart and a true passion for the success of American agriculture.  Home Indiana Agriculture News Sonny Beck Named Nama’s Agribusiness Leader Of The Year Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Feb 19, 2014 last_img read more

Senators Introduce Legislation to Protect American Agriculture

first_img By NAFB News Service – Jul 14, 2019 A bipartisan group of Senators introduced legislation to address a shortage of agricultural inspectors who protect the nation’s food supply and ag industries at the border. Ag inspectors work to prevent the intentional or unintentional entry of harmful plants, food, animals, and goods into the U.S. The Protecting America’s Food and Agriculture Act of 2019 would ensure the safe and secure trade of agricultural goods across our nation’s borders by authorizing U.S. Customs and Border Protection to hire additional inspectors to fully staff America’s ports of entry.Senate Ag Chair Pat Roberts was one of several authors of the legislation. Roberts says, “Every day, millions of pounds of produce, meat, and other agricultural good enter the U.S. through our ports of entry. Ag Inspectors are responsible for ensuring that the goods move efficiently across our borders while safeguarding against harmful pests, diseases, and even potential bioterrorism attacks.” Senate Ag Committee Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow says, “It’s critical that we address the shortage of agricultural specialists and hire qualified staff to safeguard our food and our farms.” Facebook Twitter Senators Introduce Legislation to Protect American Agriculture Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Senators Introduce Legislation to Protect American Agriculture Previous articleGood News, Bad News Regarding Banks and Farm LendingNext articleSen. Young Hopeful for USMCA Agreement Before August Recess NAFB News Service SHARE SHARElast_img read more

Cyber-dissident He Depu begins third year in prison

first_img News ChinaAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders today deplored the continued imprisonment of Chinese cyber-dissident He Depu, arrested at his Beijing home two years ago today (on 4 November 2002) for signing an open letter to the ruling Communist Party congress (which was posted on the Internet) calling for democratic reforms. Six other signatories were jailed in the weeks that followed.”Since this crackdown the regime has steadily increased its censorship of the Internet and stepped up pressure on Internet users,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.The seven arrested cyber-dissidents – who also included Zhao Changqing, Sang Jiancheng, Dai Xuezhong, Han Lifa, Jiang Lijun and Ouyang Yi – were among 192 dissidents who signed the letter on the eve of the 16th party congress. The activists regularly posted their ideas and opinions online.Their letter appealed for six reforms, among them political rehabilitation of the 1989 pro-democracy movement, the right of political exiles to return from abroad, the release of jailed political prisoners including Zhao Ziyang, ratification by the National People’s Congress (parliament) of the International Covenant on Political and Civil Rights and the holding of free elections. He Depu, a member of the banned China Democracy Party and author of many online articles, was sentenced to eight years imprisonment on 6 November 2003. He reportedly suffers from high blood pressure which gives him headaches and dizziness. He is only allowed to exercise twice a week in the prison courtyard. His wife, Jia Jiangying, was able to visit him on 9 October 2004.Ouyang Yi, who set up a pro-democracy website in July 2002, was arrested on 4 December that year for the fifth time in six years and sentenced to two years in prison on 16 March 2004 for “inciting subversion.” He is due for release this December.Jiang Lijun, an energetic online democracy activist, was arrested on 6 November 2002 and given a four-year prison sentence on 4 November 2003.Sang Jiancheng, a retired manual worker, was arrested on 10 November 2002 for writing an online article denouncing corruption in the Communist Party and was jailed for three years on 6 January 2004.Zhao Changqing was arrested on 4 November 2002 for signing the letter to the party congress. He was elected to parliament in 1997 but was then arrested and jailed for three years for supposedly threatening national security. He was not released until 2001.Dai Xuezhong was arrested in mid-November 2002 for signing the letter. A member of the banned Shanghai Human Rights Association, he had previously been jailed for three years for his political activities.Han Lifa, a mechanic and longtime political activist, was arrested on 26 December 2002 for the same reason. He had previously been sentenced three times, twice to three years of “community work” and once to nine months in prison. He was freed in July 2001.62 people are in prison in China for setting up independent websites or for posting material online criticising the regime. News RSF_en Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes April 27, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders today deplored the continued imprisonment of Chinese cyber-dissident He Depu, arrested at his Beijing home two years ago today (on 4 November 2002) for signing an open letter to the ruling Communist Party congress (which was posted on the Internet) calling for democratic reforms. November 4, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Cyber-dissident He Depu begins third year in prison Receive email alerts ChinaAsia – Pacific News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Organisation to go further Follow the news on China March 12, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures June 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more