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Indiana Moves Forward on Rural Broadband

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Indiana Moves Forward on Rural Broadband Facebook Twitter SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter Indiana Moves Forward on Rural BroadbandScott RuddBringing high speed internet to rural Indiana is something has received a lot of focus and discussion, but not a lot of action. Last week Indiana’s state government started taking action on this important issue. Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch appointed Scott Rudd as the first state Director of Broadband Opportunities.  Rudd told HAT his first task will be to convene a Broadband summit, “That will pull together all the stakeholders to start to tackle the challenge of providing high speed broadband service to rural communities.”Suzanne CrouchCrouch said that Rudd understands the important impact broadband access has on the quality of life for Hoosiers who are able to access it, “He understands that rural broadband can provide opportunities for employment, help others continue their education, and offer more effective and timely communication.”Estimates on the cost of bringing high-speed service to rural areas has been astronomical. Rudd says it is going to take a combination of resources to begin to make this happen, “It is going to take a combination of any and all agencies, providers, funders, private, public, all of the above to solve this issue that is so important to Indiana.”Rudd says initially there will be funding from the Office of Community and Rural Affairs. A block grant program will be awarded to 5 communities in the state to develop plans to improve service in their areas. Interested communities must complete a survey – open Friday, Aug. 17 through Tuesday, Sept. 4 –  to be considered for the planning grant. The communities will then form a plan that will work on the current broadband conditions, creating a long term vision based on their needs and identifying solutions for achieving that vision. Crouch said, in addition, the state legislature will be asked for additional appropriations for broadband development.As for a time table when farmers could actually see some improvement in service in their area, Rudd was vague, “I think we will get the parties together at this summit and begin to move forward as quickly as possible.”Rudd most recently operated as the town manager and economic development director for the town of Nashville, IN. There he oversaw seven town commissions, three task forces, directed four departments, and served as the town’s public information officer over the course of the last four years. He founded the Brown County Broadband Task Force to help steer the county’s broadband strategy and secured more than $20 million in private broadband investments to expand access to more than 7,500 homes and businesses in the area.“Scott has made significant strides in increasing broadband access to Brown County, which is a rural community that thrives on their tourism industry,” Crouch said. “His experience and dedication will help transform the broadband accessibility in our state, and I am eager for him to bring in his perspective and experience to help our rural communities.”Crouch said Rudd will be working closely with the Indiana State Department of Agriculture to work with farmers and farm businesses within the communities on ways to make sure they are keeping up with the advancing technology that will keep the agriculture industry thriving. Rudd will also be working closely with the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs to collaborate with communities and identify the best ways to attract reliable, affordable, high-speed Internet to rural Indiana.“I look forward to seeing Scott take the progress he has made in Brown County and transitioning that work to the entire state of Indiana,” Crouch said. “Broadband plays a vital role in our economic growth, and I am excited to see what he can do to help take our rural communities to the Next Level.”Rudd holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Affairs from Indiana University and resides in Nashville, IN, with his wife Erika and their son Carter. By Gary Truitt – Aug 22, 2018 Indiana Moves Forward on Rural Broadband Previous articleSoil Health Systems Workshop on September 6 in FranktonNext articleStewardship of the Land a Way of Life on the Mike Shuter Farm Gary Truittlast_img read more

American netizen jailed in latest abuse of Thai lèse-majesté laws

first_img News December 8, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 American netizen jailed in latest abuse of Thai lèse-majesté laws ThailandAsia – Pacific to go further Reporters Without Borders is shocked by the two-and-a-half-year sentence imposed on American blogger Joe Gordon by a Bangkok court today for insulting the Thai royal family and deplores the increase in so-called lèse-majesté crimes in Thailand.“Although it means a reduction in his original penalty, we are shocked by this sentence, the latest in a long series of lèse-majesté convictions,” the press freedom organization said.“We are witnessing a game of one-upmanship in the penalties imposed on Thai netizens. Since it took office, the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has shown itself to be worse than its predecessor. In just four months, the number of allegations, prosecutions and convictions on lèse-majesté grounds is higher than for the whole of last year.“The government must put an end to this repressive policy and repeal the lèse-majesté law and the Computer Crime Act, two anti-freedom pieces of legislation.“We call on the authorities to release Joe Gordon and the many other netizens and journalists imprisoned for lèse-majesté and to call a halt to the prosecution of the director of the online newspaper Prachatai, Chiranuch Premchaiporn, better known by the online name Jiew, whose trial is still in progress.”Gordon, a Thai-born American, was arrested and remanded in custody in May this year while he was on holiday in Thailand. He was officially charged on 30 August with lèse-majesté for translating excerpts of the banned biography of King Bhumibol Adulyadej by Paul Handley, “The King Never Smiles”, on his blog.At first he denied all the charges, but subsequently pleaded guilty on 10 October thereby avoiding a five-year prison term. His lawyer, Anon Nampha, said his client would not appeal but hoped for a royal pardon.Thailand’s lèse-majesté law is among the most restrictive legislation in the world as far as freedom of express and freedom of information are concerned. However, Prime Minister Yingluck announced at her swearing-in on 10 August that it should not be used inappropriately.In a contradictory statement on 26 August, Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung said he was making the crime of lèse-majesté a priority. At the same time, there has been an increase in arrests and convictions. Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar Receive email alerts News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Thailand ThailandAsia – Pacific News May 12, 2021 Find out more News August 21, 2020 Find out more Organisation RSF_en Ampon Tangnoppakul, known as “Uncle SMS”, received a 20-year prison sentence on 23 November for sending text messages deemed to have insulted the monarchs. His case has now attracted international attention. The United States among others has expressed concern, saying such prosecutions violate the fundamental right to free expression. Chiranuch faces a possible sentence of 20 years in prison under the Computer Crime Act for for failing to delete quickly enough comments posted on her blog last year that were “damaging to the monarchy” (read the press release).Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, former editor of the magazine Voice of Thaksin which was closed last year, has been held on remand for seven months for insulting the monarchy (read the press release).Several netizens are still in prison for lèse-majesté offences. Surapak Phuchaisaeng is still awaiting a verdict in his prosecution for messages he posted on Facebook. Thanthawut Thaweewarodomkul was sentenced on 15 March to 13 years in prison for articles he published on a website linked to the “Red Shirts” anti-government protesters, NorporchorUSA. The student blogger Norawase Yotpiyasathien, arrested on 5 August for his online posts, was freed on bail three days later.Thailand is listed as a “country under surveillance” in the Reporters Without Borders report on “Enemies of the Internet” and is ranked 153rd out of 178 countries in the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom June 12, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Limerick volunteers help raise vital funds for youth organisation Foróige

first_imgFacebook Advertisement Previous articleInformation evening for Limerick city retailers and businessesNext articleLimerick chase All Ireland glory Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie WhatsApp Foroige volunteers bag-pack to raise fundsVolunteers from across Limerick are coming out in force this week to raise funds for their local Foróige clubs and projects.The hard working volunteers are hosting a national bag pack for charity to raise the much needed funds.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Foróige volunteers will be on hand helping shoppers pack their groceries in Tesco stores across Limerick City and county on 13th and 14th of September.Seán Campbell, Foróige CEO said: “This weekend, we see volunteerism at its very best. We have people across the length and breadth of the country volunteering in their local Tesco stores to raise funds for their Foróige clubs and projects – all money raised during the bag pack will be invested back into the local community.“In recent years, Foróige has seen a cut of 30% to our funding while the demand for our services has increased by almost a quarter. We need the local community to continue to demonstrate their support and continued belief in their local young people,” said Mr Campbell.Foróige is the leading and largest youth organisation in Ireland. The charity works with 56,000 young people and 5,500 volunteers each year, through a network of more than 600 youth clubs & cafés, 150 targeted projects and national programmes.Mr Campbell paid tribute to the thousands of volunteers who are a vital part of the Foróige team that delivers youth services around the country.“The volunteers you will see packing bags at your local Tesco store this weekend are just a handful of the almost 5,500 amazing people who give their time, talents and dedication to volunteering with Foróige to help improve the lives of young people. They are building a better Ireland, one community at a time and we would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you,” he said.The national bag pack takes place as hundreds of Foróige clubs and projects around the country resume activities after a short summer break.The organisation supports young people aged between 10 and 18 to make friends and have fun in a safe environment. Independent studies show that being involved with Foróige improves young peoples’ confidence, self-belief and resilience.The young people involved learn how to relate well with adults and contribute to the community as they develop their own positive values, views and beliefs.Founded in 1952, Foróige offers a wide range of youth work services. The charity is engaged in three major flagship programmes – Citizenship, Entrepreneurship and Leadership. Foróige also operates Garda Youth Diversion Programmes and Drug Education & Prevention Projects.There are also programmes associated with teen sexual health and well-being, teen parenting support and early school leavers.The participating Tesco Stores are Arthur’s Quay, Dooradoyle and Roxboro in the city and Coonagh, Newcastle West and Abbeyfeale in the county. Twittercenter_img Email Linkedin Print NewsLimerick volunteers help raise vital funds for youth organisation ForóigeBy Staff Reporter – September 11, 2013 730 last_img read more

Servicemen to receive post-traumatic stress training

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts: Comments are closed. The Armed Forces are training servicemen to recognise the symptoms ofpost-traumatic stress in their comrades. A scorecard system will be used for identifying those who may be developingthe disorder, so that help from military psychiatrists can then be sought. The system has been developed after research showed that the psychiatriccasualties of war prefer counselling by people with a military background. Lieutenant-Commander Neil Greenberg, a Royal Navy psychiatrist who helped todevelop the system, said the scorecard works by training servicemen to look forsymptoms such as flashbacks and insomnia. “If people are adjusting well, you leave them alone,” he said.”If not, you get support.” center_img Servicemen to receive post-traumatic stress trainingOn 11 Mar 2003 in Military, Personnel Today Features list 2021 – submitting content to Personnel TodayOn this page you will find details of how to submit content to Personnel Today. We do not publish a…last_img read more

Young Nevada driver looks to build on first IMCA Modified season

first_img“There’s a lot I’m missing out on now (because of the Covid-19 outbreak) like prom, graduation and watching my friends play baseball,” he said. “The car is done and ready to go. We’re just wait­ing on a race.” “They could tell how much I was intrigued by it,” said Jones, who started racing in a go-kart pur­chased from a family friend. “My dad is my crew chief now and he enjoys it just as much as I do.” WINNEMUCCA, Nev. – Cole Jones looked forward to the level of competition he faced in his home state of Nevada as an IMCA Modified rookie.  “The learning curve was huge. The speed and suspension in a Modified is way different than in a mini mod,” he continued. “We felt good about what we had accomplished in a mini mod and wanted to see if we could com­pete in an IMCA Modified,” Jones explained. “There are a lot of IMCA Modifieds in the area and the level of competition is very high.”  Jones also took his on-track education to Battle Mountain Raceway, Summit Raceway, Lovelock Speedway and Fernley 95A Speedway, and ventured to California’s Diamond Mountain Speed­way for a couple outings over the Fourth of July holiday.  Cole Jones will chase his first career IMCA Modified feature win this season at tracks in his home state of Nevada. (Photo by Melissa Coker, Melissa’s Out On A Limb Photography) He made the trip to Susanville with a couple heavy hitters, former Shaw Race Cars Western Re­gion champion Cory Sample and Andy Strait.center_img He’ll look to improve on a learning season of consistent finishes with his first career feature win in the division this year. Jones is the first driver in his family. He’d watched races at Battle Mountain with his father Jeff and quickly decided he wanted to be more than a spectator.  Jones will primarily chase points this season at Winnemucca, Battle Mountain and Summit. He also plans to follow part of the 1st Class Chassis Wild West Tour.  The 17-year-old speedster and Lowry High School senior moved up to the Modified after success­ful stints in both go-karts and a local 4-cylinder mini mod class. Twenty of his 22 starts in 2019 came at Nevada venues, including seven at hometown Winnemucca Regional Raceway.  “I’d raced in California before but never in a Modified,” Jones said. “I wanted to race at a different track against different people. We had a lot of fun and we learned a lot.”  He’ll study diesel technology this fall at Great Basin College in Elko.last_img read more

Jeffcoat Named GSC Coach of the Year

first_img Share Jeffcoat Named GSC Coach of the Year PENSACOLA, Fla. – West Florida head coach Mike Jeffcoat was named the 2007 GSC Coach of the Year. Jeffcoat led UWF to a 43-18 record in 2007. The Argonauts claimed the GSC Tournament for the first time in program history. West Florida also secured their first ever bid to the NCAA II South Central Regional, and finished third.Jeffcoat had three players named to the all-conference team, and two to the NCAA II South Central All-Region team. West Florida was fourth in the conference in pitching with a 3.75 ERA, and fourth in defense with a fielding percentage of .964.Print Friendly Versionlast_img