Farm Bureau Advocating for More Farm and Rural Assistance

first_img SHARE By Andy Eubank – Jun 17, 2020 Home Indiana Agriculture News Farm Bureau Advocating for More Farm and Rural Assistance Farm Bureau Advocating for More Farm and Rural Assistance Facebook Twitter SHARE Facebook Twitter Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The American Farm Bureau Federation is calling on lawmakers to provide additional resources for farmers impacted by the COVID-19 food system shockwave. AFBF says farmers need more help to mitigate losses and they’re asking Congress to assist rural communities. AFBF President Zippy Duvall says the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program helps, but more is needed in farm country.“The first round was desperately needed by farmers,” Duvall said. “It covered the losses up to mid-April and that does not address everything that’s happening to our farmers because that pandemic, the shockwave of it continues to hit agriculture. So, we definitely need to be part of another package. Farmers have witnessed some of their markets shrinking in just a short period of time and even in some cases, disappeared.”Duvall says farmers need an extension of relief funds for losses that occurred after April 15, among other needs.Zippy Duvall“We’d like to see them replenish the Commodity Credit Corporation funding. The cap on the funding right now is $30 billion, but that was changed many, many years ago, and now we think that same dollar should be 68 billion. We also are looking at the problems around poultry. Most of the poultry industry is vertically integrated and it was not able to be covered under the CFAP because those producers don’t own the animals.”And rural communities need more assistance, including broadband, the Paycheck Protection Program, and rural medical centers.“With what’s happened in our communities and the demand for those health centers to pay attention to the COVID-19 and a lot of the other procedures are put off have put them in a financial bind.”Duvall added an expanded PPP program is needed to reach more of the farmers with a workforce.Source: AFBF Previous articleThe Virtual Indiana FFA State Convention Begins on the HAT Wednesday PodcastNext articleGrower Coalition Seeks to Protect use of Dicamba Stocks Andy Eubanklast_img read more

Newspaper editor released on bail pending trial

first_img Sierra LeoneAfrica July 4, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Newspaper editor released on bail pending trial to go further The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Organisation Follow the news on Sierra Leone News April 6, 2020 Find out more Philip Neville, the editor of the privately-owned Standard Times daily newspaper, was released from Pademba Road prison late yesterday after paying bail. No date has yet been set for his trial.————–3.07.2007 – Court sets high bail and other tough conditions for editor’s releaseA Freetown court yesterday charged Philip Neville, the editor of the privately-owned Standard Times daily newspaper, with libel, malicious propaganda and publishing false news, and set very tough conditions for his provisional release, Reporters Without Borders has learned.The court set bail of 200 million leones (about 50,000 euros) for Neville. It also stipulated that three people would have to stand security for Neville, two of whom would have to own homes in the Western area worth at least 50,000 euros. The bail amount and the property titles of the guarantors will have to be deposited with the high court clerk’s office before Neville can be freed.Neville was arrested by plain-clothes police on 28 June after publishing an article accusing President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah of keeping quiet about gifts that Sierra Leone had been offered by Libya. Initially held at a police station in the district of Aberdeen, Neville was moved to a crowded cell at police headquarters. After falling ill, he was transferred to Police Kingdom Hospital before appearing in court yesterday.Meanwhile, Mamajah “DJ Base” Jalloh, a presenter on the UN radio station in Sierra Leone, has been “invited” for questioning at the headquarters of the investigative police after organising a programme about Col. Gaddafi’s alleged gifts.———-29.07.2007 – Editor arrested for saying president kept quiet about Gaddafi’s giftsReporters Without Borders calls for the release of Philip Neville, the editor of the privately-owned Standard Times daily, who was arrested by plain-clothes police yesterday after publishing an article accusing President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah of keeping quiet about gifts that Sierra Leone had been offered by Libya.“Many news media have been talking about Col. Muammar Gaddafi’s gifts, not just the Standard Times,” the press freedom organisation said. “One has the impression that Neville was arrested in order to settle scores and to issue a warning in the run-up to the 11 August general elections.”Reporters Without Borders added: “The government has never understood that jailing journalists is not the way to resolve disputes with the privately-owned press. Now it once again finds itself having to take responsibility for the fate of a political prisoner who is being prosecuted under an archaic law.”Neville was arrested yesterday afternoon on the orders of the attorney general and justice minister after the president’s office issued a statement earlier in the day announcing that it had asked them to take the “necessary action” in response to an article in the previous day’s issue of the Standard Times headlined “Bombshell – Colonel Gaddafi Exposes Government.”Published the day after a visit to Freetown by the Libyan leader, the article said that during a meeting at the national stadium, Gaddafi had embarrassed President Kabbah by listing all the gifts which Libya had offered Sierra Leone and which the Kabbah government had never mentioned.In its statement, the president’s office described the article as “irresponsible propaganda” that contained “not an iota of truth” and denied that Col. Gaddafi had made the comments attributed to him. The statement also insisted that the president’s office had often referred to Libya’s gifts and accused the Standard Times of “woefully failing to observe the basic rules of journalism.”Now held at a police detention centre in Aberdeen, a neighbourhood in the west of Freetown, Neville is to be prosecuted under the 1965 public order act for libel and sedition.Several other newspapers also posed questions about the gifts reported by Col. Gaddafi, who was warmly received by President Kabbah and his supporters although the visit rankled with many Sierra Leoneans because of Gaddafi’s controversial role in the civil war and his support for the “arm-amputating” rebels of Foday Sankoh’s Revolutionary United Front. November 27, 2020 Find out more RSF_en center_img Receive email alerts Reports Help by sharing this information News Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent News Sierra LeoneAfrica Coronavirus infects press freedom in Africa March 29, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Other Sports Kento Momota, Akane Yamaguchi give Japan hope in Badminton for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

first_img Tokyo: World number one Kento Momota said he was lifted by the crowd and can’t wait to return for the Tokyo Olympics after he sealed a home singles sweep at the Japan Open. Momota and Akane Yamaguchi gave Japan their first-ever sweep of the men’s and women’s singles titles on Sunday, raising Japanese hopes a year out from the 2020 Games. Momota, last year’s champion, has now won 10 matches in a row at the venue that will host the Olympic badminton tournament.    “I felt great as I heard a lot of applause and the court is great, too,” Japan’s Daily Sports quoted the world champion as saying. “I want to play (next year) to entertain them at this venue so that I can return the favour,” he said.    The win came after Momota made a second-round exit at the Indonesia Open in Jakarta as the top seed and defending champion. “I didn’t get good results last week and I wasn’t confident of a repeat,” Momota said, according to Kyodo news agency.    “But so many people were rooting for me, and thanks to all of you I was able to win. I hope to keep working hard knowing that I have that support.”    Momota clinched the men’s title after world number two Yamaguchi beat third-ranked Nozomi Okuhara in an all-Japanese women’s singles decider. The match lasted just 46 minutes, with 22-year-old Yamaguchi lifting her second straight trophy after last week’s Indonesia Open. “It’s the first time I’ve ever won two weeks in a row and there’s a feeling of accomplishment,” Kyodo quoted her as saying.    “I had a bad feeling when we started out with long rallies. But it was good I was able to regain control of the moment and play with perseverance.” highlights Kento Momota clinched the men’s title in the Japan Open.Akane Yamaguchi beat third-ranked Nozomi Okuhara in an all-Japanese women’s singles decider.Momota has now won 10 matches in a row in Tokyo.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Cavani’s Hat-trick for PSG Inflict More Misery on Thierry Henry

first_imgEdinson Cavani inflicted more misery on Monaco and their manager Thierry Henry last night with a hat-trick to send Paris St-Germain 13 points clear in Ligue 1.Henry’s struggling side were totally outclassed by the French champions as Cavani scored the first three goals.Neymar added the fourth from the penalty spot as Monaco suffered a second successive 4-0 defeat. Henry’s side have won just one league game all season and are second bottom – five points from safety.Cavani opened the scoring from PSG’s first meaningful attack – the Uruguay forward tapping home Neymar’s pass – before doubling the lead with another close-range finish.Both goals were awarded after a short delay while they were reviewed by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).Former Napoli player Cavani completed his hat-trick after half-time before Neymar’s penalty – after Kylian Mbappe was fouled by Djibril Sidibe – completed the rout.It could have been worse for Monaco but Julian Draxler and Mbappe had efforts disallowed.Monaco, eliminated from the Champions League after they were thrashed by Club Brugge last week, face fellow strugglers Caen following the international break on 24 November.portsShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Community Foundation Of South Puget Sound Awarded Gates Foundation Grant

first_imgSubmitted by The Community Foundation of South Puget SoundOlympia, WA—The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound has received a $500,000 multi-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  The award will be re-granted over four years to nonprofits in Mason, Lewis and Thurston counties working to reduce intergenerational poverty.  The Gates Foundation is working with numerous community partners throughout the Pacific Northwest to support one of its overarching goals to alleviate poverty.The Community Foundation was selected to allocate the grant money though community defined strategies, including educational support for children and youth, assistance in reaching self-sufficiency for families, and other means to build stronger communities.  Gates selected seven partner organizations based on the following criteria:they play catalytic roles in their communities;their grant decisions are informed by meaningful community input,their processes for grant selection are easily expanded to re-grant funds,the populations they serve are among those with the highest numbers of families in poverty in the Pacific Northwest.“The Gates grant affirms the work our foundation has done over the past many years and is an exciting springboard to a new level of community engagement in addressing its vital needs,” said Mary Thompson, The Community Foundation’s 2012 Board Chair.  “We are honored to be selected to help the Gates Foundation achieve their goals in the communities we serve.”“The Gates award will positively impact families today in ways we hope will change the future for children, “says Lori Drummond, The Community Foundation’s 2013 Board Chair.  “We are excited to put these funds to work in three counties.  We are well-positioned to address our community’s needs and this new grant will significantly augment the work we are already doing.”The Gates Foundation believes community foundations are uniquely qualified philanthropic partners.  “They have established, strong networks that can get resources to families and children quickly and efficiently,” says David Bley, director of the Pacific Northwest program.  “We will help more families with these new grants than we can by only using direct grant making.  Local partners are best positioned to know their community’s needs.”The Community Foundation will begin re-granting the Gates funds in early 2013.   “Everyone in our organization, board, staff and volunteers are thrilled with this opportunity to improve lives for many families in our service area.  This is above all an honor as well as a tremendous recognition of our ongoing work,” relates Norma Schuiteman, Community Foundation Executive Director.For more information about The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation please see  Additional information about The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound is available at Facebook14Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Lionel Messi wins record 6th Ballon d’Or as Virgil van Dijk comes in second

first_imgImage Courtesy: Sky Sports/AFPAdvertisement 4nq0NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsxk74Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E7lj0602( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 5ycausWould you ever consider trying this?😱1doCan your students do this? 🌚1bneRoller skating! Powered by Firework The 2019 Ballon d’Or results are out, and the winner is the one and only Lionel Messi, crowned the best player in the world a record sixth time, beating out Virgil van Dijk, who came second, followed by Cristiano Ronaldo in third and Sadio Mané in fourth place.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Sky Sports/AFPThis is Messi’s sixth Ballon d’Or in 10 years, the first one that came in 2019, and the fifth one in 2015, when he beat out Ronaldo and Neymar Jr. After coming second in both 2016 and 2017, and not even making it to the top three in 2018, the FC Barcelona talisman, despite a lot of flak, has made it to the top, and rightfully so.“Ten years ago I received my first Ballon d’Or, guided by my three brothers, today, I receive my sixth, guided by my wife and children.” the 32 year old said on stage.Advertisement “I know I am very fortunate, even if, one day, I will have to retire. That will be difficult but I still have beautiful years in front of me.” the Argentina international continued.Watch below as Messi is honoured with the award, courtesy of the official Twitter of France Football.Advertisement Despite the Copa America controversies, Messi is having a great La Liga season leading the Catalans to the top of the table, with 9 goals and 5 assists.A sight to behold: Lionel Messi displays his six Ballon d’Or titles(Image Courtesy: in second is Virgil van Dijk, who is an inevitable and arguably the most impactful player in Liverpool’s recent success, especially in lifting the 2018-19 UEFA CHampions League trophy.Cristiano, securing third place, was absent at the ceremony in Paris. Winning the 2016 and 2017 awards, he was beaten out by former Real Madrid teammate Luka Modrić in 2018.Mané, another key player in Jürgen Klopp’s Red Army, came in fourth. The Senegalese has been the leader in charge of Liverpool’s attacking force, and has been vastly impressive this season, with 8 goals and 2 assists to his name. Advertisementlast_img read more

Injuries stalling Shelton’s career

first_imgFormer Reggae Boyz striker and captain Luton Shelton is trying to get his career back on track, but is being stalled by a series of injuries.After spending a decade as a professional player overseas, Shelton returned to Harbour View FC in an effort to recover from injuries after his contract with Volga Nizhny Nougorod in Russia ended last year.Shelton is registered with local club Harbour View, where he started as a youth player, and made the transition to the senior team. He left Harbour View in 2006 and joined Helsingborg in Sweden on contract.Harbour View’s general manager Clyde Jureidini confirmed the move in a recent chat with The Gleaner.”He (Shelton) is registered to play for Harbour View, but is not playing due to injuries,” Jureidini said. “He is out of contract. That is why he is here to play in the Red Stripe Premier League.””Luton has been trying to recover from injuries. We are trying to get his career back on track,” Jureidini further stated.Shelton is Jamaica’s all-time record goalscorer, with 35 strikes in 75 games. He also played at international clubs such as Sheffield United, Valerenga and Karabukspor.last_img read more

Warriors’ Steph Curry has encouraging news about his ankle

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND — Stephen Curry did not need to even hear the question. Shortly after sitting down in the interview chair, Curry fielded an inquiry about his right ankle and how it feels. Curry offered two thumbs up.Yep, all signs point to Curry playing when the Warriors play the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 1 of their first-round NBA playoff series on Saturday at …last_img read more

SA sends condolences to Switzerland

first_img15 March 2012 South Africa has sent condolences to the families who lost loved ones in Wednesday’s tragic bus accident in Switzerland, in which over 20 people, mostly children aged around 12, lost their lives. “The people of South Africa wish to give you comfort and support during this tragic and sad moment of loss and grief,” President Zuma said in a statement on Thursday. He wished all those injured a speedy recovery. The accident occurred in a tunnel near Sierre, in the Swiss canton of Valais. Swiss police said on Wednesday that 21 of the 28 victims were Belgian and seven were Dutch. Another 24 people on the bus were injured. They were returning from a skiing holiday in the Swiss resort of Saint Luc in Val d’Anniviers near Sion, the capital city of Valais. The bus, carrying 52 people, struck the left side of the tunnel, veered right and crashed into the emergency lane, according to the police. Source: BuaNews-Xinhualast_img read more

Ekurhuleni hub to drive business, investment

first_img7 February 2014 A one-stop business facilitation hub has opened in Ekurhuleni, east of Johannesburg, bringing together a range of business solutions for small and big enterprises. The Ekurhuleni Business Facilitation Network, set up at a cost of R10-million, is situated on the corner of Voortrekker and Monument streets in Kempton Park, just five minutes’ drive from OR Tambo International Airport. Officially opened by Ekurhuleni mayor Mondli Gungubele last week, the hub provides services ranging from business registration, training and planning to mentorship, incubation, marketing, access to finance and business linkages. It also boasts an investment and development application front office, which allows for investment and development applications to be speedily processed through an electronic document management system, as well as a tracking service for strategic investment projects. Gungubele said the hub would serve as a “one-stop shop” for doing business in the area, while helping to fight poverty and unemployment by creating an enabling environment for investors. The aim, he said, was to drive economic growth by increasing domestic and foreign direct investment in Ekurhuleni, and in so doing to make a dent in the area’s 28.8% unemployment rate by creating sustainable job opportunities. Source: read more