SHARE [audio:https://www.hoosieragtoday.com//wp-content/uploads//2012/05/150wrap.mp3|titles=USDA Celebrates 150 years] The United States Department of Agriculture marked its 150th year of existence on Tuesday. Created by President Lincoln an May 15, 1862, the agency has grown to become one of the largest and most far reaching departments of the federal government. USDA has a presence in almost every county in the nation, plus offices in about every nation on earth. It serves breakfast and lunch to 32 million school children every day, and 1 in 7 Americans receives food assistance from USDA. Yet, as Secretary of Agriculture Tom Villsack pointed out during a celebration in Washington, at its core, USDA is still there to serve farmers, “The USDA annually provides credit to get people into the farming business and works to create markets both domestically and internationally to make sure farm families have a source of income.” Vilsack says the productivity of American agriculture, fostered in part by USDA, has given the US food security. Praise for the Department poured in from all sectors of agriculture. National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer, “We have evolved from a time when corn planting used mule-drawn plows to an era of technically sophisticated tractors, multi-row planters, and GPS systems. Over the past 150 years, the USDA has helped advance American agriculture, spur economic growth, conserve natural resources, and build stronger communities.” Steve Wellman, President of the American Soybean Association, said, “USDA has worked alongside soybean farmers for decades in the best interest of agriculture, developing international markets , fostering rural development, encouraging conservation, alleviating hunger, improving nutrition, and enhancing food safety.” American Farm Bureau Deputy Executive Director of Public Policy and former USDA senior staff member, Dale Moore, says this new bio-based sector represents the mission of USDA for the next 150 years, “It’s not just about the gasoline or the fuel that we put in our cars and trucks. It’s also about wind energy. It’s about biomass conversion, so that we’re making full utilization of the various crops and commodities that we’re raising to improve the economy.” The original purpose of USDA was to foster research to increase food production. Vilsack said the agency has been very successful at accomplishing that mission, “In my lifetime, corn production has increased 300% and soybean production 200%.” He said this kind of productivity has not only allowed American agriculture to feed the world but has now created a new bio-based economy. By Gary Truitt – May 15, 2012 Facebook Twitter USDA Celebrates 150 years Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, used the occasion of the USDA anniversary to call on Senate leadership to bring a new Farm Bill to the Senate floor, “It is critical that we pass the Farm Bill before the current bill expires in September. We passed a very strong bill out of Committee, with real reforms that cut the deficit by $23 billion – and we did it in a bipartisan way.” Villsack noted that one of the challenges his agency faces in the next 150 years is bringing a new generation of farmers onto the land. During his remarks, he urged Congress to make changes in the tax laws to make it easier for farms to be transferred to the next generation. History of USDA Audio Playerhttps://media.blubrry.com/hoosieragtoday/p/www.hoosieragtoday.com//wp-content/uploads//2012/05/150wrap.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: RSS Facebook Twitter SHARE Home News Feed USDA Celebrates 150 years Previous articleLugar Joins Push for Senate Action on Farm BillNext articleUpdate to Study Improves Ethanol’s Gas Price Impact Gary Truitt
May 21, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists CorruptionConflicts of interestJudicial harassmentViolenceImprisonedCouncil of Europe No convincing evidence against Rudnikov has been produced in the 100 days since his arrest on the sole basis of claims by Gen. Victor Ledenev, the head of the local branch of the Investigative Committee, which is responsible for investigating the most serious crimes in Russia. Organisation RSF_en News Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing The editor of the weekly Novye Kolesa, Kaliningrad’s oldest independent newspaper, Rudnikov is well known for determined investigative reporting that had already resulted in two murder attempts against him and many prosecutions. Arrested on 1 November, he was transferred a month later to Moscow, where he is currently held under a provisional detention order valid until 1 April. The violence to which he was subjected at the time of arrest has not been investigated, although members of the Federal Security Service (FSB) can be heard in a video held telling their superiors they gave him a good beating. A former FSB member, Ledenev was Chechnya’s prosecutor-general from 2008 to 2013, a period marked by systematic impunity for crimes of violence attributed to close associates of the region’s strongman, Ramzan Kadyrov. The crimes included well-known journalist and human rights defender Natalia Estemirova’s murder in 2009. All this did not prevent Ledenev being promoted to head the Investigative Committee in Kaliningrad in 2013. June 2, 2021 Find out more News February 8, 2018 – Updated on February 9, 2018 Russia: Kaliningrad editor held for past 100 days on trumped-up charge Russia is ranked 148th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. News RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists CorruptionConflicts of interestJudicial harassmentViolenceImprisonedCouncil of Europe May 5, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Russia Video from Igor Rudnikov’s Facebook page The complete lack of hard evidence and the many procedural flaws reported by his lawyers reinforce the suspicion that he is the victim of a politically-motivated reprisal. Colleagues point out that Novye Kolesa had revealed in June 2017 that Gen. Ledenev owned a luxurious country home that had not been declared, and that he therefore had every reason to get rid of Rudnikov. “What with arbitrary provisional detention, trumped-up charges and impunity for police violence, Igor Rudnikov’s case is emblematic of what goes on in Russia,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “We demand, in the strongest possible terms, this journalist’s immediate release and the withdrawal of all charges against him.” Help by sharing this information News Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown to go further Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption His arrest, combined with the confiscation of Novye Kolesa’s server and data storage devices, has been a blow for the newspaper. Retail sales have not fallen, but advertisers have backed off and donations have dried up, so the survival of Kaliningrad’s leading independent publication is not assured. Читать на русском / Read in Russian Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its call for the immediate release of Igor Rudnikov, an independent newspaper editor in Russia’s western enclave of Kaliningrad, who will complete his 100th day in detention on a trumped-up charge of extortion on 9 February.
US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association are outraged by the measures adopted by the military junta to prevent journalists and activists covering the on-going crackdown on protests. Most of the country’s mobile phone lines have been cut and the Internet network has been drastically reduced. Charges by police and troops on demonstrators in Rangoon, especially near the Shwedagon pagoda, have left several dead, while dozens of people have been arrested and injured.”The generals have not hesitated to use force to repress peaceful demonstrations widely reported in the international press,” the two organisations said. “Knowing it is protected by China and the international community’s impotence, the junta has cut the country off from the rest of the world in order to better crush the nascent saffron revolution. We appeal to the international press to step up its coverage by trying to get journalists into the country so that this dramatic situation is not played out behind closed doors.”At 3 p.m. today, the military authorities disconnected most of the country’s mobile phone lines, preventing journalists and demonstrators from reporting on the crackdown launched by the security forces in the heart of Rangoon. Several journalists have been injured today, including Than Lwin Zaung Htet of the magazine The Voice.The authorities have closed Internet cafés in Rangoon while the government-controlled Internet Service Provider, Bagan Cyber, reduced Internet traffic speed. It is getting harder and harder to send or receive photos and videos sent from Burma. Dozens of foreign journalists have been refused tourist visas by the Burmese embassy in Bangkok.Burmese blogs, websites and Internet cafés have been closed for the past few days, while it is becoming increasingly difficult to call Burmese mobile phones from abroad, especially to Ba Maw, Mandalay and Myitkyina. Khin Mar Lar, the wife of journalist and former political prisoner Nyein Thit, was arrested at her Rangoon home yesterday when police looking for her husband with the intention of arresting him.A group of journalists and intellectuals, the Burma Literary Association, launched an appeal on 24 September for the release of political prisoners and for national reconciliation. Despite the threats from military censors, they added their voice to the protest movement by Buddhist monks. Created on 20 September, this organisation recalls a similar one set up during the 1988 protests. One of its initiators, journalist U Win Tin, has been imprisoned since July 1989.”We know this will be a difficult battle, but the brutal dictatorship’s power has been challenged by another power, the power of love, and it is this power that will win the day,” said Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association.The military junta imposed a curfew on Rangoon and Mandalay on 24 September and banned gatherings of more than five people. MyanmarAsia – Pacific Follow the news on Myanmar Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts News RSF_en September 26, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 News blackout accompanies military crackdown on protests Organisation News News MyanmarAsia – Pacific to go further RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum May 31, 2021 Find out more May 12, 2021 Find out more May 26, 2021 Find out more Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar News
Education Pasadena Waldorf School Celebrates Annual Rose Ceremony Article and Photos courtesy of PASADENA WALDORF SCHOOL Published on Friday, September 13, 2013 | 2:57 pm Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Top of the News Community News More Cool Stuff Subscribe EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Business News Community News Pasadena Waldorf School (PWS) marked its 34th opening ceremony by celebrating the beginning of a new 1st Grade class with their teacher, Justin Loeser. The traditional Rose Ceremony occurs annually on the first day of school, providing an opportunity for the 8th Grade students to welcome the 1st Grade students from the kindergartens into the â€œgradesâ€ through the offering of a red rose. Each 8th Grade student begins a special relationship with his or her 1st Grade buddy and the two classes join throughout the year to spend lunches and breaks together, as well as for special activities.The ceremony completes its full circle when the 1st Graders return this gesture in the spring. On graduation day in the coming June, each 1st Grader will give their special 8th grade buddy a rose to celebrate the older studentâ€™s journey into high school.Pasadena Waldorf School, founded in 1979, is one of over 1,000 Waldorf schools worldwide with over 90 years of experience offering inspired education. Pasadena Waldorf High School, which opened this year, joins 40 other Waldorf high schools now operating in North America. Waldorf education is one of the fastest growing independent school movements in the world. 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Make a comment First Heatwave Expected Next Week faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes HerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou’ll Want To Get Married Twice Or Even More Just To Put Them OnHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTop 9 Predicted Haircut Trends Of 2020HerbeautyHerbeauty Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena
‘One night, one storm killed them both’: Man loses both his sister, brother-in-law in deadly Tennessee tornadoes
Brett Carlsen/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — At least 24 killed, 38 missing after Tennessee tornadoesTornadoes swept through communities in and around Nashville, reduced buildings to rubble and left dozens dead with more missing as residents already talk about rebuilding.When Larry Redmond stepped onto his sister’s porch Wednesday, there was nowhere to go.The three-bedroom home where he had visited his sister, Cathy Selby, 63, and brother-in-law, Keith Selby, 65, countless times was completely blown away by the tornado that ripped through Putnam County, Tennessee, the day before.All that was left were pieces of cinder block strewn on the ground and a view of the devastation.The Selbys were also gone. They died after being thrown from the home, Redmond told ABC News correspondent Victor Oquendo.“One night, one storm, killed them both,” he said.At least 25 people were killed in the tornado and 18 of those were from Putnam County, the county’s Mayor Randy Porter said Wednesday. Three people are still unaccounted for in the area.Dozens of homes were wiped out as the twisters touched down in the hours after midnight, tearing through Nashville and neighboring cities.Redmond said he got the call about the tornado around 3 a.m. from his nephew, the son of his sister and brother-in-law.“Brian, my nephew, called and said his mother’s house was gone,” Redmond recalled. “None of their home was on the property. It was on [another] property.”After searching through the debris, Redmond eventually found his sister and brother-in-law’s bodies about 60 yards away from where their home used to stand.“If somebody’s sick a long time in your family, you kind of expect it, but when you wake up the next morning and your family’s gone … that’s devastating,” Redmond said.His nephew is expected to survive, he said, though he broke his collarbone.Looking out on the patio in front of what used to be his sister’s home, Redmond was still in shock.“It’s completely gone. … It looks like a bomb,” he said.Other families in Putnam County were also picking up the pieces Wednesday.Jean Gregory told ABC News that she and her husband managed to survive the storm on the floor of their bedroom, with her husband Frank lying on top of her.When they eventually went outside knowing it was safe, she saw the damage done and felt lucky to be alive.“I can’t believe it. I would have never thought we’d get out of here alive, but we did,” Gregory said.Her home was left in shambles, with the roof of her kitchen and living room entirely gone.“It’s really bad. You want to go look, but then you want to come right back out,” Gregory said.She has been sifting through the debris trying to find valuables. She was grateful to find a journal her husband has held onto from the Vietnam War and is hopeful to find more of their items.“He picked [the journal] up on the battlefield,” Gregory said. “Now it’s in another battlefield, isn’t it?” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
The vertical migration of zooplankton and micronekton (hereafter ‘zooplankton’) has ramifications throughout the food web. Here, we present the first evidence that climate fluctuations affect the vertical migration of zooplankton in the Southern Ocean, based on multi-year acoustic backscatter data from one of the deep troughs in the Amundsen Sea, Antarctica. High net primary productivity (NPP) and the annual variation in seasonal ice cover make the Amundsen Sea coastal polynya an ideal site in which to examine how zooplankton behavior responds to climate fluctuations. Our observations show that the timing of the seasonal vertical migration and abundance of zooplankton in the seasonally varying sea ice is correlated with the Southern Annular Mode (SAM) and El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO). Zooplankton in this region migrate seasonally and overwinter at depth, returning to the surface in spring. During +SAM/La Niña periods, the at-depth overwintering period is shorter compared to −SAM/El Niño periods, and return to the surface layers starts earlier in the year. These differences may result from the higher sea ice cover and decreased NPP during +SAM/La Niña periods. This observation points to a new link between global climate fluctuations and the polar marine food web.
January 9, 2019 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 1/8/19 Beau Lund Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Tuesday’s sports events:NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONIndiana 123, Cleveland 115Philadelphia 132, Washington 115Toronto 104, Atlanta 101Denver 103, Miami 99Minnesota 119, Oklahoma City 117Phoenix 115, Sacramento 111Golden State 122, NY Knicks 95L.A. Clippers 128, Charlotte 109NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUEBoston 4, Minnesota 0Carolina 4, NY Islanders 3Pittsburgh 5, Florida 1Buffalo 5, New Jersey 1Washington 5, Philadelphia 3Tampa Bay 4, Columbus 0Montreal 3, Detroit 2Dallas 3, St. Louis 1Winnipeg 7, Colorado 4Vegas 4, NY Rangers 2San Jose 7, Edmonton 2TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL(1) Duke 87, Wake Forest 65(3) Tennessee 87, Missouri 63(6) Michigan St. 77, Purdue 59(8) Texas Tech 66, (23) Oklahoma 59(12) North Carolina 90, (15) NC State 82OT South Carolina 87, (14) Mississippi St. 82(18) Kentucky 85, Texas A&M 74(19) Buffalo 110, Toledo 80Baylor 73, (20) Iowa St. 70Villanova 76, (24) St. John’s 71Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
The Sao Vang and Dai Nguyet gas and condensate field is located in Blocks 05-1b and 05-1c in the Nam Con Son Basin Idemitsu Kosan operates the Sao Vang-Dai Nguyet gas and condensate field. (Credit: C Morrison from Pixabay) Vietnam’s state oil firm PetroVietnam Gas has reportedly commenced gas production from the Sao Vang-Dai Nguyet field offshore Vietnam.The Sao Vang and Dai Nguyet gas and condensate field is located in Blocks 05-1b and 05-1c in the Nam Con Son Basin. The blocks cover an area of approximately 1,570km² and lie in water depths of 120m.The Vietnamese government approved the field development plan of the Sao Vang and Dai Nguyet field in 2017.Idemitsu Kosan operates the Sao Vang-Dai Nguyet gas and condensate field with 43.08% stake while its partners include Teikoku Oil (Con Son) with 36.92% stake and PetroVietnam with 20% interest.Two fields to produce 1.5 billion cubic metres of gas per annumAs per the estimates, the fields will produce up to 1.5 billion cubic metres of gas annually and 2.8 million barrels of crude oil and condensate per year.The start of gas production from the fields comes as the country struggles to maintain its oil and gas production while relying majorly on imports, reported Reuters.Production from the field is supplied to onshore facilities in Vung Tau province via PetroVietnam Gas-operated Nam Con Son 2 Gas Pipe, according to the news agency.In 2018, McDermott International secured transportation and installation subcontract for the Sao Vang and Dai Nguyet gas and condensate field development.The subcontract involved the provision of transportation and installation services for the central processing platform jacket, topside float-over, wellhead platform, flexible pipelines, subsea power cables and auxiliary services.In October, Reuters reported that US-based power company AES is set to sign a deal with PetroVietnam Gas to develop a $2.8bn LNG import terminal and a power plant in Vietnam.
Hybrid estate agency Housesimple has changed its name to Strike as it doubles the geographic area where its free-to-sell model is available, now covering Newcastle, Middlesbrough and Sunderland.The estate agency, which is backed by millionaire businessman and Carphone Warehouse founder Sir Charles Dunstone, has also launched an app that enables vendors to sell their homes via their smartphone.These changes are being marked by a big marketing campaign including regional advertising on ITV and Channel 4 as well as on commercial radio and online.Strike has also claimed that its listings have tripled since the agency launched its ‘free’ model two years ago.Inflexible“Estate agents are notoriously inflexible. Strike’s mission is to make moving easy. That means we are constantly adapting and improving our service to what people actually want,” says Strike’s CEO Sam Mitchell.He also claims that Strike’s decision to be free but make money off ancillary services such as mortgage and conveyancing referrals has been a success and made the agency a market leader in the North of England after its initial launches in Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Sheffield.“We’ve sold £1 billion of properties and saved our customers over £15 million in total fees since we launched our free service,” he says.But the company isn’t forthcoming on why the rebrand has taken place, other than the new service is more intuitive and now accessed via a smartphone rather than its website.Sir Charles Dunstone, majority investor in Strike, says: “We are so excited to be challenging the establishment with Strike. We believe the way Strike blends people and technology to sell homes for free is a truly disruptive proposition that will lead to a great deal for customers.”strike Sir Charles Dunstone HouseSimple sam mitchell July 21, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Housesimple rebrands as ‘Strike’ as it goes mobile and expands free model previous nextAgencies & PeopleHousesimple rebrands as ‘Strike’ as it goes mobile and expands free modelCEO Sam Mitchell says new name and direction is part of its plans to become a ‘northern powerhouse’ of hybrid estate agency.Nigel Lewis21st July 202002,302 Views