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Aluworks Limited ( 2014 Annual Report

first_imgAluworks Limited ( listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Engineering sector has released it’s 2014 annual report.For more information about Aluworks Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Aluworks Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Aluworks Limited (  2014 annual report.Company ProfileAluworks Limited is an aluminium continuous casting and cold rolling mill in Ghana. It supplies high-quality aluminium coils, discs, flat sheets and sheet-in-coil raw material to small- and medium-scale factories throughout the West African sub-region. These factories manufacture household cooking utensils, corrugated roofing sheets and general fabrication products. The company also offers technical advice and support to establishments setting new manufacturing factories, assist during trial runs with sample material and supply raw material for full production. Aluworks Limited’s factory has been operational since 1985 with an installed capacity of 10 000 metric tons of various aluminium products and a plant capacity of some 30 000 metric tons per annum. Aluworks Limited was incorporated as a public limited liability company in 1996. Aluworks Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

MRS OIL Nigeria Plc ( HY2016 Interim Report

first_imgMRS OIL Nigeria Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2016 interim results for the half year.For more information about MRS OIL Nigeria Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the MRS OIL Nigeria Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: MRS OIL Nigeria Plc (  2016 interim results for the half year.Company Profile>MRS Oil Nigeria Plc markets and distributes a range of refined petroleum products and lubricants in Nigeria for the automotive, industrial and aviation sectors. Fuel products include petroleum motor spirit, automotive gas oil, dual purpose kerosene, aviation kerosene, low-pour fuel oil. The company also sells a range of high-quality lubricants for petrol and diesel engines as well as greases which are manufactured and distributed out of a state-of-the-art proprietary blending facility located at Apapa. The Aviation division sells aviation turbine kerosene. MRS Oil Nigeria Plc operates through 138 company-owned retail outlets and about 255 third-party-owned outlets. Formerly known as Chevron Oil Nigeria Plc, the company changed its name to MRS Oil Nigeria in 2009. MRS Oil Nigeria Plc is a subsidiary of MRS Africa Holdings Limited. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. MRS Oil Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Seattle Episcopalians share their stories of surviving Japanese internment in…

first_img Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Martinsville, VA March 6, 2018 at 7:58 pm Mr. Oberdorfer, I wonder where you live. Just as the West Coast lashed out at Japanese-Americans, the East Coast was very leery of both Italian- and German-Americans. It was harder for the Good Guys, because Germans and Italians are white, while Japanese are very obviously “other”. You can change your name from Longo to Long, or Schmidt to Smith, and presto! you fit right in. Jobs were hard to find, people who had worked at factories found themselves without , the police confiscated radios. Yes, that happened in Baltimore! Americans are not always very nice people.As far as the church’s position on immigration, the Bible is very, very clear. We are to treat the stranger in our midst. Matthew 25 tells us we are to treat strangers as if they are Christ, Himself. St. Paul’s letter to the Hebrews reminds us to welcome strangers, for they may be angels in disguise. In order to save souls, we must first befriend them, and we cannot do that when we treat people shamefully. March 6, 2018 at 8:11 pm The Japanese taking into custody were Christians. They clearly did not believe the Emperor was God. The people Obama was bringing in were Muslims. All the people committing terror have come from that religion. Even then the people getting greater examination come form regions in chaos so we could not be sure who they were. An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Seattle, founded in 1908 by a group of Japanese Anglicans, was forced to close in 1942 because of the Japanese internment during World War II. Photo: Diocese of Olympia[Episcopal News Service] The Diocese of Olympia has launched a video series that collects the first-person stories of Episcopalians who were among the Japanese-Americans sent to internment camps during a period of heightened xenophobia and racism at the start of World War II.The federal policy was enacted by President Franklin Roosevelt by executive order on Feb. 19, 1942, and it uprooted 117,000 people of Japanese descent, about two-thirds of them U.S. citizens. Men, women and children were relocated out of what the government defined as the Pacific military zone along the West Coast to inland “assembly centers” and eventually relocation camps.The forced exodus from Seattle prompted the temporary closure of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, a historically Japanese-American congregation that 75 years later helped spearhead the Diocese of Olympia’s video series. The diocese’s videographers recorded hours of footage, interviewing 17 people for the series, “Justice Interrupted.” The result is five 10- to 15-minute videos, the first of which was released Feb. 22.Jan Kumasaka is interviewed in the first video of the “Justice Interrupted” series.“I was actually 4 years old, riding on the trains, which were dirty,” Jan Kumasaka says, describing in the first video how her family was taken with other Japanese families to one of the camps by railroad. “There was really no water, windows were closed. They were blacked out as we’re traveling to the first camp.”Her family spent four months in a camp before taking advantage of an opportunity to resettle in Montana. The government would allow release from the internment camps if families were willing to resettle further inland and could find jobs, but the other families spent most of the war at camps scattered around the country, from Idaho to Arkansas.The Japanese internment camps are a significant part of the history of the Pacific Northwest because of its large Asian-American population, Olympia Bishop Greg Rickel told Episcopal News Service, and the passage of time has not minimized the injustice.“It’s easy to sweep it under the rug and think that we’ve moved on,” Rickel said, but “we’re living through a time where we’re, I believe, making some of the same errors in judgment of people based on some of our fears.”He pointed to the Trump administration policies seeking to curtail immigration and refugee resettlement. The Diocese of Olympia joined the American Civil Liberties Union in filing a lawsuit in February 2017 opposing President Donald Trump’s ban on refugees from seven majority Muslim nations.Such federal policies may not rise to the level of the Japanese internment, Rickel said, “but we’re certainly headed down some of the same roads we went down.” Some of the internment camp survivors expressed such fears in their interviews for “Justice Interrupted.”During World War II, proponents of internment justified it as a military precaution, guarding against Japanese immigrants and Americans of Japanese descent who might secretly work to support Japan in the Pacific theater of the war. Defenders of internment also argued that it also would protect those detained from racial attacks, though such arguments were undercut by conditions at the internment camps, which resembled prisons more than safe havens.“As four or five families with their sparse collections of clothing and possessions squeezed into and shared tar-papered barracks, life took on some familiar routines of socializing and school,” the National Archives says in an online article summarizing the Japanese relocation. “However, eating in common facilities and having limited opportunities for work interrupted other social and cultural patterns.”St. Peter’s Episcopal Church has been highlighting some of that history since last year to mark 75 years since Roosevelt’s executive order.The congregation was formed in 1908 by a group of Japanese Anglicans, who met in houses until raising enough money to buy property in Seattle in 1932 to build a church. When the congregation’s families were forced to relocate to internment camps, the church closed on April 26, 1942, and didn’t reopen for more than three years.“St. Peter’s people found their faith in God and their country tested,” the congregation says in an online history. “Nevertheless, along with other Episcopalians in camp, they continued to be the church, worshiping together and persevering until the day when they could return home.”Other historically Japanese-American congregations have similar stories of upheaval during the war, such as Christ Church Sei Ko Kai in San Francisco and St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Los Angeles. Two priests from St. Mary’s, the Rev. John Misao Yamazaki and his son, the Rev. John H. M. Yamazaki, followed the majority of their congregation to the camps and continued to lead worship services there.The Episcopal Church also celebrates the work of the Rev. Hiram Hisanori Kano, who ministered to fellow internees and the guards at four internment camps during the war. He is included in the calendar of commemorations known as “Holy Women, Holy Men” on Oct. 24.Rickel noted how the Japanese internment’s impact on such congregations also highlights how Episcopalians have been divided too often along ethnic lines.“We as the church, too, segregated people and still do,” he said. “We don’t come off totally innocent in this.”The video series, then, is an opportunity to expand the Episcopal Church’s work toward racial reconciliation, Rickel said. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, a more diverse parish today, is proud of its Japanese-American roots, and Rickel hopes Episcopalians of all backgrounds will learn more about the history of that era through “Justice Interrupted.”“We regret the actions of our country then and pray regarding similar actions being taken today, praying that we as a people do not make a similar mistake in this generation,” he said in an introductory video for the series.Future installments are expected to be released throughout the year, about every two months.– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Tony Oberdorfer says: Racial Justice & Reconciliation March 6, 2018 at 4:24 pm I echo Doug’s comments. Trump is a doofus and coarse sometimes, but for Rickel to compare the motivation and ideology behind his refugee number policy and vetting policy is beyond the pale. That is textbook bearing false witness against thy neighbor and unbecoming of an otherwise decent bishop. Bishop Rickel…you are better than this. May God move your heart to retract your statement. Tony Oberdorfer says: Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC March 7, 2018 at 8:06 pm One of the points for raising the issue of internment camps again is simply the anniversary date and the need to keep this disappointing aspect of World War II history alive. As more and more internment survivors pass away (at least 3 have passed away at St. Mary’s Mariposa, Los Angeles in the past 3 months) it is vital to keep their memories alive. To tell their stories with integrity and purpose is a valid and vital activity for the Christian community. Jeffrey VanderWilt says: Doug Desper says: March 13, 2018 at 10:15 pm To change the subject, I was very disappointed to see that the ENS article mentioned the clergy who ministered to their congregations in the camps, but omitted any acknowledgement of Deaconess Margaret Peppers who had been working at St. Peter’s before internment and followed her congregation to Minidoka where she worked until the camp closed. New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Carol Myers says: Dani Rice says: Seattle Episcopalians share their stories of surviving Japanese internment in diocese’s video series Comments (13) Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY By David PaulsenPosted Mar 6, 2018 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Susan M. Paynter says: Rector Bath, NC March 7, 2018 at 7:44 am To Dani Rice: To answer your question, my home has always been near Boston though as a bachelor I have used the opportunity to travel to far more corners of the world than most people. My parents emigrated to this country from Germany in 1934 so it would be illogical for me to have anything against immigration per se. I do not believe they ever experienced anti-German prejudice either in Boston or Seattle but if they had I’m sure they would have argued that during the war years it was to be expected and quite understandable. Of course I’m not in favor of treating people “shamefully” but that doesn’t mean we should constantly be digging up and bemoaning past history for essentially political reasons. In particular I resent the worsening habit of the Episcopal Church to ignore the distinction between church and state in so many of its activities. We use the pulpit regularly to urge governmental actions that really are none of our business. At the same time we pay little attention to the extent to which government is constantly intruding in traditionally religious matters. The lovely creche that used to appear in December on the lawn before our town hall is long gone of course. Is it just a matter of time before General Convention will vote to require Episcopal priests to wish their parishioners “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” so as not to offend anyone including non-Episcopalians? March 6, 2018 at 4:10 pm David, I’m sure that some want to see correlations about Trump’s immigration policies and the Japanese internment 70 years ago. I’m sure that Bishop Rickel looks through that viewfinder. It is hysteria without evidence. Mr. Trump is oafish and a boor at times but an investigative journalist would also quickly find that Trump’s immigration policies are the laws on the books passed by Congress but which are not being enforced. His views are views publicly spoken many times by Mr Obama, Mrs Clinton and a long list of liberal Democrats. Investigate their old speeches and its all there in Technicolor and stereo sound. Border security isn’t racism. Enforcing current immigration law isn’t white supremacy. The truth is that digging away and festering up old grievances pays. Was Japanese internment wrong? Yes. Was it a mishandled war measure? Yes. Should we keep alive a 70 year old grievance long after its affected citizens have long-ago moved on and have prospered by the efforts of a self-correcting nation? No. Submit an Event Listing Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Submit a Press Release Donald Heacock says: March 6, 2018 at 2:05 pm Tony, I encourage you to read this story closely, for in it you will find that the Japanese internment is still a significant issue in the Pacific Northwest and specifically at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. You also will find in the story that, yes, Bishop Rickel sees a direct similarity between the type of fear that sparked the internment policy and the policies of the Trump administration. As for the question of whether the camps were justified, it is worth reading President Ford’s statement on the issue upon rescinding Roosevelt’s order: “February 19th is the anniversary of a sad day in American history. … We now know what we should have known then–not only was that evacuation wrong, but Japanese-Americans were and are loyal Americans.” Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Comments are closed. Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Advocacy Peace & Justice, Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Joan Gundersen says: Richard Basta says: center_img Faith & Politics, March 7, 2018 at 6:38 pm The videos are very well done and tell an important part of our national history. I’ve read repeatedly that there wasn’t a single documented case of disloyalty by a Japanese-American, citizen or resident alien, living in the United States during World War II. As the National Historic Site, the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, located in Washington State, says, “Let it not happen again.” March 6, 2018 at 3:04 pm Once again, David, I find my viewpoint very much misinterpreted. It so happens that I have made several trips to Japan, have traveled widely in that country and admire the Japanese in many ways. Indeed, one of my best friends has been a much younger Japanese fellow with whom I once shared quarters in a Scottish youth hostel. I facilitated a trip he made to Massachusetts and he has for several years been working (legally!) at a large bonsai business near the Rhode Island border. As a one-year old I was living with my parents in Seattle at the time of the Pearl Harbor bombing. My parents remembered seeing Japanese freighters loaded with scrap metal leaving the Seattle waterfront days before. Of course plenty of innocents were hurt by the internments but I rather imagine that if I had lost someone close to me at Pearl Harbor or on the battlefront I might have been very much in favor of the camps. For the most part Japanese-Americans may have been loyal Americans, as you suggest, but there were a good many who were not. Fact is that many distinguished historians continue to believe that the camps were justified under the circumstances of the time.But you have not responded to my main point which was to suggest that this latest controversy is yet another sad example of how the Episcopal Church has in recent years turned itself into a largely leftwing political organization with goals that far transcend its legitimate mission which, to put it simply, is to save souls. If the church continues in this direction then ultimately it will run out of souls to save. Director of Music Morristown, NJ Youth Minister Lorton, VA Ethnic Ministries, TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest David Paulsen says: Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Knoxville, TN Tags Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Collierville, TN Rector Shreveport, LA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Submit a Job Listing Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Tampa, FL March 6, 2018 at 7:39 pm The president’s executive order — that has come to be known as the Muslim ban — was not a “law on the books,” and was indeed struck down by various courts. It was opposed by numerous religious organizations as well as our judiciary. I believe this way of looking at other humans, also created in the image of God, not as neighbor but as “the other” is what is concerning. Lowering the number of refugees we’re allowed to help is… well, I can’t think of a decent word to use. So in these times I see no problem in reminding ourselves what can happen when we divide and diminish members of our human family. Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA March 6, 2018 at 1:28 pm Aside from the endlessly-debated question of whether the internment camps were justified at the time given the threat from Japan, what is the point of raising the issue yet again. Is it simply to give Japanese-American Episcopalians the opportunity to claim victim status for themselves or, more likely, is it just to add to the onslaught directed at President Trump’s immigration policy? Probably both. Tony Oberdorfer says: Featured Events Curate Diocese of Nebraska Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Press Release Service The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Belleville, IL Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Washington, DC Rector Albany, NY Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group March 14, 2018 at 12:56 pm As the great grandson of the Reverend Canon Gennosuke Shoji pictured above at St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish, I am so ashamed to see members of the Episcopal Church trying to paint incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII as justified. It doesn’t matter if some were disloyal, or if some refused to cooperate with the immoral and unconstitutional Executive Order 9066 that led to their imprisonment. Japanese Americans and all others resident in this country have a right to equal protection under the law and due process. Forced removal and indefinite imprisonment of ethnic groups (roughly 2/3 of those incarcerated were American citizens, while the rest were mostly their parents who were barred from citizenship because of racist and xenophobic anti-immigrant legislation and court decisions) was not moral or ethical then, and it is still contrary to the values in our constitution, which the country has repeatedly failed to apply equally to all those residing here. There are no reputable historians who believe forced removal and incarceration was justified. The government’s own report found that the forced removal and incarceration were a result of race prejudice, wartime hysteria, and a failure of political leadership. This is why 30 years ago Ronald Reagan signed the 1988 Civil Liberties Act, which included an official apology and reparations to Japanese American families. None of you are allowed to tell my family when they have to simply ‘move on’ from this, and the same goes for any family affected by systemic racism. The fact that we are still debating the morality of this event shows that we cannot simply ‘move on’. Reverend Shoji’s youngest daughter (my great aunt) died as a result of my family’s imprisonment due to the inhumane conditions exacerbating the problems caused by her existing disability. There are startling parallels to modern times. Carl Higbie, who was appointed by the Trump administration to the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) in 2017 and previously served on the Trump campaign, explicitly referenced incarceration of Japanese Americans as a precedent for mistreating Muslims in our country. Going further back, Michelle Malkin’s very poorly written “In defense of internment” also draws its own parallels, but based on shoddy arguments suggests that persecuting both groups is justified. We remember the past so that we can remind ourselves not to repeat these mistakes. The comments here are showing why it is more important than ever to teach this history. Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Pittsburgh, PA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Joseph Shoji Lachman says: Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 last_img read more

NCH to benefit from Swimathon 2005

first_img Tagged with: Events Howard Lake | 22 November 2004 | News The Swimathon was created by Olympic swimmer Duncan Goodhew in 1986, and over half a million people of all ages and abilities have taken part and raised over £20 million since then. Children’s charity NCH is to be the main beneficiary from next year’s Butlins Swimathon, the world’s largest swimming fundraising event, which will be held in March 2005.It is expected that over five hundred pools across the UK will be take part in the Butlins Swimathon between 19 and 27 March 2005. NCH hopes to raise £2 million from the event.This will be the third year in a row that Butlins has sponsored the Swimathon. Advertisement NCH to benefit from Swimathon 2005center_img  26 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Valentine’s Day 2017 fundraising

first_imgMain image: red heart on keyboard by asharkyu on Howard Lake | 14 February 2017 | News Advertisement  107 total views,  3 views today Here is our brief round-up of digital fundraising messages posted by charities, donors, fundraising agencies and others on 14 February 2017.Have we missed any? Add them in the comments below.  108 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis16center_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. Valentine’s Day 2017 fundraising AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis16 Tagged with: Digital valentines daylast_img read more

Eastern Corn Belt Yields Look Much Better This Year

first_img SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Eastern Corn Belt Yields Look Much Better This Year SHARE Eastern Corn Belt Yields Look Much Better This YearDan RitterThe last 2 years have seen yields in the Eastern Corn Belt run behind what was seen in the west. This year, however, things look to be different. Dan Ritter, with Brodbeck Seeds, says as he has traveled across the Eastern Corn Belt, the yields look good, “Just about everything is good some fields are good to fair and some are good to excellent.” He told HAT the wide window of planting dates is where you are seeing a good deal of variability in yield potential, “The earlier planted corn is showing higher yields while the later planted crops are a bit more challenged.” While he admits it is a bit early to make to definite a prediction about yields, he puts his yield ranges at “150 bpa up to 300 bpa on some of the better fields.”The next USDA production report will contain actual yield estimates, and that data is being collected this week. When that report comes out in Mid-August,  Arlan Suderman, with INTL FC Stone, says the average US corn yield could be 175bpa and the soybean yield 48.8bpa. Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Aug 2, 2016 Facebook Twitter Previous articleLieutenant Governor Debate will Focus on Ag IssuesNext articleFarmers Optimistic Despite Falling Crop Prices Gary Truitt Eastern Corn Belt Yields Look Much Better This Yearlast_img read more

USDA’s New CRP Pilot Program Offers Longer-Term Conservation Benefits

first_img SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter By USDA Communications – May 4, 2020 Facebook Twitter Previous articleCorn, Soybean Plantings Ahead of the Five-Year AverageNext articleFrom the Farm to the Virtual Classroom USDA Communications USDA’s New CRP Pilot Program Offers Longer-Term Conservation Benefits Home Indiana Agriculture News USDA’s New CRP Pilot Program Offers Longer-Term Conservation Benefits The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will open signup this summer for CLEAR30, a new pilot program that offers farmers and landowners an opportunity to enroll in a 30-year Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contract. This pilot is available to farmers and landowners with expiring water-quality practice CRP contracts in the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay regions. The program signup period is July 6 to Aug. 21, 2020.“This pilot allows us to work with farmers and landowners to maintain conservation practices for 30 years, underscoring farmers’ commitments to sound long term conservation stewardship on agricultural land,” said FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce. “Through CLEAR30, we can decrease erosion, improve water quality and increase wildlife habitat on a much longer-term basis. We want to share this opportunity early, before the sign up period, so farmers and landowners have more time to consider if CLEAR30 or another program is right for their operation.”The pilot is available in Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Eligible producers must have expiring Clean Lakes, Estuaries and Rivers (CLEAR) initiative contracts, including continuous CRP Cropland contracts with water-quality practices or marginal pasturelands CRP contracts devoted to riparian buffers, wildlife habitat buffers or wetland buffers.The longer contracts will help ensure that practices remain in place for 30 years, which will help reduce sediment and nutrient runoff and help prevent algal blooms. Traditional CRP contracts run from 10 to 15 years.Annual rental payment for landowners who enroll in CLEAR30 will be equal to the current Continuous CRP annual payment rate plus an inflationary adjustment of 27.5 percent, since CLEAR30 contracts will be for 30 years – much longer than the 10 to 15-year contracts for Continuous CRP offers.Another unique program feature is that FSA will help producers maintain CLEAR30 contract acreage.USDA Service Centers are open for business by phone appointment only, and field work will continue with appropriate social distancing. While program delivery staff will continue to come into the office, they will be working with producers by phone and using online tools whenever possible. Anyone wishing to conduct business with the FSA, Natural Resources Conservation Service or any other Service Center agency is required to call to schedule a phone appointment. More information can be found at read more

Be a part of the Saturday Club

first_img Local News Be a part of the Saturday Club Creamy Fruit SaladSouthern Style Potato SaladSmoked Bacon Wrapped French Vidalia OnionPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay By admin – May 25, 2018 Facebook Odessa families with children ages 5 and under can find a fun spot on Saturdays at the Saturday Club.The club is 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays at the: Boys & Girls Club of Odessa, 800 E. 13th St.There will be family activities, fun, crafts, games and food. Get weekly updates by texting BGC SATURDAY to number 313131, and receive a weekly update of time, location and activities. Call 337-8389 or email [email protected] Home Local News Be a part of the Saturday Club ECISD undergoing ‘equity audit’ Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleSuperhero Stroke fundraiserNext articleGUEST VIEW: Are illegal immigration amnesty Republicans trying to hand majority back to Pelosi? admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Pinterest OC employee of the year always learning WhatsApp 2021 SCHOOL HONORS: Permian High School Twitterlast_img read more

Items seized by Gardai during house search in Letterkenny

first_img Pinterest Google+ A search operation was conducted under warrant by Gardai at a residence in Letterkenny yesterday morning Saturday 20th March at around 11:30am.Gardaí attached to the Dog Unit and Armed Support Unit assisted local, uniform Gardaí during the course of the operation.They say a number of items were seized during the course of the search, while investigations are ongoing. Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Twitter By News Highland – March 21, 2021 WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Homepage BannerNews Pinterestcenter_img Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleDifficult night for Keith Long & Bohs at Finn ParkNext articleArea search in Sion Mills in connection with dissident republican activity News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Google+ Items seized by Gardai during house search in Letterkenny Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Facebooklast_img read more

Biological invasions in the Antarctic: extent, impacts and implications

first_imgAlien microbes, fungi, plants and animals occur on most of the sub-Antarctic islands and some parts of the Antarctic continent. These have arrived over approximately the last two centuries, coincident with human activity in the region. Introduction routes have varied, but are largely associated with movement of people and cargo in connection with industrial, national scientific program and tourist operations. The large majority of aliens are European in origin. They have both direct and indirect impacts on the functioning of species-poor Antarctic ecosystems, in particular including substantial loss of local biodiversity and changes to ecosystem processes. With rapid climate change occurring in some parts of Antarctica, elevated numbers of introductions and enhanced success of colonization by aliens are likely, with consequent increases in impacts on ecosystems. Mitigation measures that will substantially reduce the risk of introductions to Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic must focus on reducing propagule loads on humans, and their food, cargo, and transport vessels.last_img read more