“These results are encouraging, and show that the balanced rations and fortified foods we provide to millions of the most vulnerable are helping,” the World Food Programme (WFP) Country Director for the DPRK, Richard Ragan, told a news conference in Beijing.The large-scale, random sample survey covered both child and maternal nutrition and was carried out last October by the Government’s Central Bureau of Statistics and Institute of Child Nutrition, in collaboration with the WFP and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).The UN agencies said that although the new assessment is not strictly comparable with the previous survey conducted in October 2002, positive trends are apparent in two areas: the proportion of young children chronically malnourished, or stunted (height-for-age), has fallen to 37 percent from 42 percent; and acute malnutrition, or wasting (weight-for-height), has declined to 7 per cent from 9 per cent.They attributed the improvements in part to the significant levels of support provided by the international community in recent years. While the proportion of children under six found to be underweight (weight-for-age) increased to 23 per cent from 21 per cent, the rate among 1-2 year-olds – the most nutritionally vulnerable group – fell to 21 per cent from 25 per cent.WFP, which supports 6.5 million people in the DPRK, provides a full ration of cereals and foods enriched with micronutrients by UNICEF to pregnant and nursing women, nursery and kindergarten children. Primary school children are given a daily supplement of fortified biscuits and school children in urban areas receive a take-home cereal ration.About one-third of mothers were found to be malnourished and anaemic, which are key factors contributing to child malnutrition. This is an area of concern, as it indicates no progress over the past two years.“The health and nutritional status of North Korean mothers inevitably determines that of their children, and are crucial to breaking the vicious cycle of impaired growth,” UNICEF’s Country Representative Pierrette Vu Thi said.
“Nothing can compare to seeing the constraints, challenges and opportunities on the ground,” said Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Deputy Special Representative for Sudan, Manuel Aranda da Silva. “Donors will be able to return to their headquarters fully appraised of the diverse and complex challenges Sudan faces – throughout the country.”Donors were struck by the extreme differences between regions: for example, in Darfur in the west, the massive humanitarian effort has achieved nearly all it can in the absence of a political solution to the conflict between the Government, allied militias and rebels which has killed tens of thousands of people and driven nearly 2 million from their homes.In contrast, areas in southern Sudan, where a peace accord recently ended Africa’s longest civil war, are desperately in need of attention. Donors were able to note the high expectations of millions of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees following the signing of the accord in January.In the east, the lack of basic social services and endemic poverty has led to severe conditions, included alarming malnutrition rates, and increased support is needed.The donors were also able see how repair of roads and railways and demining are key to ensuring free movement of both people and goods, as well as how continued threats to security and logistical constraints such as road conditions and travel permissions are hampering aid efforts.Nearly three months into the year, donors have contributed $380 million out of nearly $1.5 billion in total funds requested through the 2005 UN Work Plan for Sudan. These resources, however, have not been evenly balanced: more than 75 per cent has been for food assistance, primarily in the Darfur region.The donor mission helped highlight these needs in areas of the country that have received less attention and support, as well as the continued efforts needed to resolve the situation in Darfur.
The analysis is part of a new initiative by the WFP, called ‘Hot Dinner Data,’ which is being made public today, just before the 17 January opening of the annual World Economic Forum, a summit of political and economic leaders that takes place in Davos.“The Hot Dinner Data analysis aims to hold a new mirror up to the world – one which illustrates the distortions in the purchasing power of the rich and the poor as they try to meet their basic food needs,” announced Arif Husain, Chief Economist of WFP.“It is a reminder that access to affordable, nutritious food should be a right for all,” he added. Hot Dinner Data reveals that people in the developing world pay as much as 100 times more for a basic plate of food than those who live in wealthier nations. In the most extreme circumstances – for example, in regions under conflict – the cost can be 300 times higher.For example, a bowl of bean stew – a standard nutritious meal throughout regions and cultures – would cost a person in Switzerland 0.88 Swiss Francs (CHF), or an average 0.41 per cent of their daily income. That cost would be 100 times more in Malawi, where a person would need to spend 41 per cent of their daily income to purchase the same meal. In India and Nicaragua, it would be roughly 10 to 15 times more expensive than in Switzerland.A more extreme case exists in Syria, where in the besieged town of Deir ez-Zor, a bean stew costs far beyond a person’s daily income for an equivalent of CHF 271.40 – more than a 300 per cent increase. The high cost of food in poorer nations tends to be driven by losses created by deficient storage, transportation, and distribution systems; excessive reliance on only a few staple crops; lack of market access for local farmers; a lack of preparedness to respond to changing climates; and conflicts that are frequently themselves intensified by a lack of resources.To address these challenges, WFP advocates crop diversification, waste reduction, and more efficient supply chains, among other strategies aimed to make food affordable for everyone. WFP is working with partners from the local to global levels to achieve the Zero Hunger goal of the Sustainable Development Agenda and will continue to expand the reach of Hot Dinner Data.
Quinn Pitcock Last week: 3-0 Overall: 9-4 Picks: Ohio State, Wisconsin, Alabama, Oregon Justin Zwick Last week: 3-0 Overall: 11-2 Picks: Ohio State, Wisconsin, Alabama, Oregon Zack Meisel Last week: 1-2 Overall: 6-7 Picks: Ohio State, Michigan State, Alabama, Stanford Dallas Lauderdale Last week: 3-0 Overall: 9-4 Picks: Ohio State, Wisconsin, Alabama, Oregon James Laurinaitis Last week: 3-0 Overall: 9-4 Picks: Ohio State, Wisconsin, Alabama, Oregon Last week, Justin Zwick, James Laurinaitis, Dallas Lauderdale and Quinn Pitcock all predicted the same winners for the three games of the week. Lantern sports editor Zack Meisel opted to be different. He was the only participant to choose Arkansas over Alabama and West Virginia over LSU. Poor decision. Meisel went 1-2, while the other four completed a perfect week at 3-0. This week, it’s more of the same, as Zwick, Laurinaitis, Lauderdale and Pitcock all envision the same outcome for the four games selected. Zwick leads the way with an 11-2 mark, while Lauderdale, Laurinaitis and Pitcock sit at 9-4. THIS WEEK’S GAMES: No. 2 Ohio State @ Illinois No. 11 Wisconsin @ No. 24 Michigan State No. 7 Florida @ No. 1 Alabama No. 9 Stanford @ No. 4 Oregon
Senior defenseman Joe Meurer (11) tracks an opposing player during a game against Marquette Feb. 22 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. OSU won, 11-7.Credit: Brett Amadon / Lantern photographerAfter picking up its first win in almost a month, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (2-5, 1-0) welcomes No. 7 Notre Dame (3-2, 2-0) to town, a team the Buckeyes haven’t beaten since 2004.Junior defenseman Evan Mulchrone said this game provides a big opportunity for OSU to earn a quality victory as well as getting a chance to take down a team no current Buckeye has done in his career.“Right now at this point in the season we are just taking it one game at a time,” Mulchrone said. “This is a big one on our schedule. They’re not in our conference but they are a team that we haven’t beaten in years so we are trying to get the opportunity to get back at them for once in my career.”Playing without its leading scorer in junior midfielder Jesse King as well as starting goaltender Greg Dutton, OSU was able to snap a three-game skid Friday with a 10-7 win against ECAC opponent Bellarmine.Never trailing throughout the contest, the Buckeyes got big performances from sophomore attackman Carter Brown, who had five points, as well as freshman goaltender Nick Doyle, who made nine saves in his first collegiate game.OSU coach Nick Myers said the Buckeyes will need more of the same on the offensive end Tuesday if they are going to score on a Notre Dame defense yielding only 8.80 goals per game.“It’s important that we run our offenses, that we turn scoring opportunities into shots on cage, and make sure that we generate quality opportunities,” Myers said. “They’re defense is excellent. They have great goalie play, they are very well schooled, very well prepared … but I think for us, it’s executing our schemes, focusing on taking care of the ball and making sure we end up with shots not turnovers, and then doing a great job on the defensive end of making our stops.”Playing in the ACC, arguably the toughest conference in college lacrosse, Notre Dame has played four teams currently ranked in the top 20 in its first five games.However, after splitting their first four contests of the season, the Fighting Irish picked up a convincing win over No. 8 Virginia, 18-9, March 16.Leading the way for Notre Dame was sophomore attackman Matt Kavanagh with four goals and six points. Only once this season has the Rockville Centre, N.Y., native been held to fewer than five points in a game.Senior defenseman Joe Meurer said OSU cannot expect to stop Kavanagh every time, but his coaches have a gameplan in place which Meurer expects will limit his chances.“We’re going to stick to our scheme,” Meurer said. “We have a really good game plan going into the game. Matt’s a great player, he’s very dynamic, but we are going to play with seven like we do every week and try to limit him as much as possible. He might get a play or two here and there, but we are going to do everything we can to limit him.”This is the first meeting between the two teams since March 2013, a 9-4 victory for Notre Dame.Game time is set for 4 p.m. Tuesday inside Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
President David Granger opened up the 2018 Bartica Regatta earlier today and used the opportunity to call for greater regional participation.The Head of State gave the charge to the regional authorities and the planning committee at the Bartica Regatta at Golden Beach, Third Avenue.The President charged “I want to see more participants from all over the region … all coming to Bartica to make this a more massive festival… More swimming, more canoes, more boating and other water sports”.Granger noted that Regatta is developing from a local festival to a more global one. He pointed out that “people have come back home” to be a part of Regatta and encouraged Barticans to continue to support the event.Mayor of Bartica Gifford Marshall in his remarks noted that Bartica is poised to be the tourism capital of the country.Marshall said “We are working to ensure that our true potential is met. We are working to ensure that we enforce a green agenda. We are working to ensure the good life for all”.Moments before opening the Regatta, the president along with Mayor of Bartica, Gifford Marshall unveiled a plaque to mark the commissioning of the Golden Beach Development Project, the highlight of which is a boulevard.The president, joined by the First Lady, the Mayor, Ministers and other regional officials greeted persons along the boulevard.Bartica is located in Region Seven, Cuyuni-Mazaruni, and President Granger noted the region is bigger than the Netherlands and stressed the need for more diversified water sports. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBartica Regatta 2019 launchedMarch 28, 2019In “Business”‘Green’ building codes for BarticaAugust 15, 2016In “latest news”Bartica to officially secure township status in 2016 – President announcesJune 22, 2015In “Business”
11 Comments Short URL Sunday 8 Sep 2019, 8:30 PM 12,344 Views Sep 8th 2019, 8:31 PM https://jrnl.ie/4798356 Lynn Ruane: Sport is part of the solution to address young men’s mental health Services such as the Breakthrough Programme in West Dublin can be a lifesaver for young men. Share26 Tweet Email1 Independent Senator By Lynn Ruane WHEN FORMER PROFESSIONAL player Eric Cantona finished his acceptance speech for the UEFA President’s Award last week with the words ‘I love football’, I had a feeling of joy in my heart.I found myself nodding and responding with – “You are right Eric, sport can help save us”. Sport can be a very positive equaliser and part of the solution to many young men’s sense of isolation and loneliness. It reminded me of an awards night I recently attended at Tallaght South Dublin County Council for the participants of the Breakthrough Programme. This programme was established at the Beacon of Light Counselling Service in Clondalkin, spearheaded by Geoffrey McCarthy as a unique response to the challenges facing young men in West Dublin aged between 18 and 30.The people behind this initiative had observed, like many others, that young men from working class communities are some of the highest at risk of suicide and they find it really hard to ask for help when they are struggling with their mental health.The programme thought that sport might be a way to get these men to engage in support. They have found that the combination of sport and one-to-one psychotherapy has the potential to change the lives of young men by positively supporting their mental health.This has been run several times with Mixed Marshall Arts (MMA), each time showing that sport can provide an acceptable doorway to psychotherapy for young at-risk males. It can provide them with a physical release and space to explore personal issues.In the first year of the scheme, Beacon of Light collaborated with Straight Blast Gym (MMA). Based on its huge success, the sporting element was extended to reach a wider group of males.The latest version of the programme saw football take centre stage due to a new collaboration with the FAI and Shamrock Football Club. Dr Katriona O’Sullivan evaluated the effectiveness of the programme and the findings were very positive.This evaluation found that the programme provided what could be considered a masculine gateway to mental health services by making sport the central feature. This allowed males to participate without feeling the stigma often associated with asking for help.Through exercising on a regular basis and attending therapy, those who had reported depression, addiction and other difficulties all reported feeling more motivated, confident and better in themselves.The ‘sport and talk’ approach offered them something more holistic than simple therapy or popping to the gym. Research has shown for a long time that sport can have a positive impact on our mental health. Despite this, there are not many initiatives that bring together sport and other mental health interventions in this way.From reading the research on the Breakthrough Programme, and from meeting the young men at the awards ceremony, it is clear that this creative and innovative approach is effective.Rekindling the love of sport for young men is a way to address their mental health needs. We also see this in initiatives like the Irish Street Leagues.BarriersWhen discussing her findings, Dr O’Sullivan said research consistently shows that men are less likely to seek help when facing psychological distress.She added that young men themselves said that there were no services for men in their communities. The Breakthrough Programme is helping these young men to live and feel better. The downside comes when we begin to consider how these initiatives can be sustained when they have no targeted funding.Despite a growing awareness of the need for alternative approaches for young men, these programmes have no long-term funding. Throughout the interviews conducted as part of the evaluation, a number of challenges emerged. These included social isolation, an absence of role models, gender norms and a lack of gender-aware services.Seeking help facilitated through sport was perceived by the young men as an acceptable activity in which males could participate.Some of the barriers expressed in the research were social, financial and personal challenges which stopped them from seeking help.One participant said that sitting at home “isolating” himself was when his mental health issues began. Finance was identified as a major contributor to the mental health difficulties of many men.One man said that being from a socially disadvantaged background compounded with his mental health difficulties due to the cost of seeking help. That is why community-based programmes require state support to continue to reach young men, one of the most difficult groups to reach in society.The sportsmanship, humanity and working relationship between the staff, the participants and FAI sports coaches at the awards ceremony gave me the same joy in my heart I felt hearing Eric Cantona’s line.Mainly because what precluded that line and the awards ceremony was not only passion, belief and hard work, but also a lot of pain. September is National Recovery Month. The 2019 Recovery Walk will take place in Dublin on 14 September to show that recovery is possible and to mark the achievements of those in recovery. Find out more details here. Lynn Ruane Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Perfect weather, a new improved set-up and Antipodes Festival 2011 shone. Record numbers walked throughout Lonsdale street in two days of eating, drinking, dancing and celebrating Apokreas. Over 100,000 people participated making Antipodes festival the biggest Greek festival in the world outside of Greece. The Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu, who spoke at the Glendi on Saturday night, was impressed with the turn-out of people. The Premier said that the Glendi is “not only for Greek-Australians but for all Victorians”. Mr Baillieu also announced on the night that annual funding for the Glendi has been raised from $75,000 a year to $100,000. The dates of the Antipodes Glendi changed from March 25 to April 5 aligning the festival with Greek Apokries. The theme of Apokries, or Carnivale, will now be an ongoing theme. This year the Dionesian antics were expressed in costumes, irreverant cross-dressing and hijinxs from various regions of Greece as well as locals. The main stage on Lonsdale street played host to a variety of Greek cultural experiences with Greek music sensations Zig Zag and Ta Paithia Tis Patras closing both nights, with the crowd overflowing with kefi and dancing. Even the Victorian Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Nick Kotsiras, got on stage and danced. Bill Papastergiadis, President of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria, told Neos Kosmos about his many highlights of the weekend festival. “The highlight for me was the stage on both Saturday and Sunday night and the crowds around it which was ecstatic and people danced around all night. It’s rare to see the city so busy on a Sunday night, but it was. Many people commented to me that this is the only festival in Melbourne where the city of Melbourne closes a major thoroughfare for two days. It’s important for all of us Greeks to remember that the city doesn’t close down for anyone but for the Greeks for two days in March.” By the end of Saturday and Sunday night, the stage was filled with revelers getting up and dancing alongside the band Ta Paithia Tis Patras and the people below watching made sure they were moving their feet. The Paithiki Hara section allowed the children to enjoy the festival with junior Greek dance performances, Greek storytelling, student performances and Greek arts and crafts workshops. “When I first arrived at the Glendi,” Mr Papastergiadis said, “I entered through Swanston street into Pandora’s playground, the paithiki hara, and I could hear the voice of a young person singing and as I turned the corner there was this little 10 year-old girl singing in Greek to a captive audience of young people and I thought that’s what it’s about.” A big success story from this year’s festival was the introduction of the Clive Peeters Greek Kitchen where Greek chefs gathered and showcased the wonderful and exciting elements of Greek cuisine. But not only traditional cooking, a new contemporary culinary style that incorporates traditional ingredients with a modern twist. “Phil Vakkos, who is the young masterchef, said after his show it took him half an hour to walk away from his stand because people wanted to stop, talk and explain what he was doing. We are bringing into the fold, not just the traditional souvlakia that we’ve had historically, but blending in contemporary cooking, contemporary ideas and young people providing their own experiences.” The Plateia section showcased the diversity of traditions in each region of Greece but also the similarities that enriches all Hellenes. With this new set-up, the Antipodes Glendi is in good stead to continue being a successful cultural event in Victoria. Mr Papastergiadis agrees and emphasises that the festival has to keep on evolving and continue to be representative of the cross-section of Greek regional traditions and culture. He said what made this year’s festival such a success, what the level of experiences the people received, from the moment they arrived that kept them there for most of the day and all through the night. “The most important thing that came out of this festival,” Mr Papastergiadis told Neos Kosmos, “was not only having the first generation Greeks but also the next generation that is the second generation, my age, bringing their children along because that’s the contuinuity to make sure that this festival not only succeeds today but be successful in going forward for all the years to come.”
Nokia cède sa technologie de modem sans filDans le cadre d’un partenariat, le Finlandais Nokia a cédé son activité de modems sans fil au Japonais Renesas. Coût de l’opération: 200 millions d’euros.Nokia a annoncé qu’il cèdera son activité de modems sans fil au fabricant japonais Renesas Electronics. Cette opération entre dans un partenariat technique visant à développer les technologies modem. Les équipes de Nokia en Angleterre, Inde, Danemark et Finlande, soit 1.100 personnes rattachées à cette fabrication, seront désormais sous couleur japonaise, ainsi que les brevets du fabricant finlandais. La transaction est évalué à 200 millions d’euros et sera effective à la fin de l’année. Le 8 juillet 2010 à 13:45 • Emmanuel Perrin
Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. GRIEF TP(W): Frank Gogol (A): Nenad Cvitivanin, Bethany Vani, Ryan Foust, Jey Soliva, Kim Holm (C): Esther Gil-Munilla, Luca Bulgheroni, Nenad Cvitivanin, Bethany Vani, Emily Elmer (L): Sean Rinehart (CA): Dani MartinsGrief takes on many faces. We all carry pain and sadness in our specific own way. Sometimes we hide it deep inside. Sometimes we lash out for all to see or sometimes we’re indifferent to the grief, trying to focus on making a change and moving forward. Grief is unique to one carrying the heavy feeling. We may share a specific type of pain, but we may share a lot more. For grief in this comic anthology, it takes on many diverse faces of the emotion. You’ll be able to relate to these stories in your way and realizes that grief is not only about losing someone, but something as well, but how you choose to cope with it.via Source Point PressFrank Gogol weaves his magic and heartfelt message throughout these stories with such compassion. He gives us narratives that have a great sense of what humanity has had to go through when going through pain and suffering. Gogal has known grief in many different ways, but that hasn’t stopped him from moving forward. However, in these stories, Gogol shows off the many kinds of ways that grief can affect. Some are tender, and some are slightly brutal. Some heartbreaking and other are incredibly understanding. That’s what you need when you’re tackling this subject.This is Gogol’s debut as a comic writer. He brings readers a brilliant introduction to himself as a creator. He gives readers a slew of stories that are not only innovative but also so many different captivating ways to interpret this one feeling. There also isn’t just a mix of sad stories about grief, but Gogol writes in different genres as well. There’s sci-fi, coming of age, dramas, horror, superhero, and more. This is what makes Grief so exciting and compelling, Gogol doesn’t stick to one thing to let you know that this can be felt, the ranges in his storytelling. The stories still maintain the messages, but it’s such an engaging way that each narrative plays out.via Source Point PressWith Gogol’s extraordinary stories come artists and colorists that are superb in weaving their visuals with Gogol’s art. Every artist and colorist did a killer job bringing Gogol’s stories to life. There are some stories that I absolutely loved because they were so unique inside of the anthology. Kim Holm and Luca Bulgheroni with “The Debt” was wildly different than anything that was in this anthology. Kim’s art was from the deep south, rugged, rough and down-right gorgeous, with hard inks to match that feeling. Paired with Luca Bulgheroni’s dusty oranges of the terrain, invokes the sense of dread and confrontation, but also an empowered feel as well.Nenad Cviticanin was in the anthology a couple of time with stories “Cassandra,” “Different,” “Highs and Lows” and more. However, I was blown away by “Embrace,” it’s one of the last stories in the anthology, but boy does it really pack a punch. Cviticanin’s art gives that gut-punch of emotion that matches Gogol’s narrative so well. He displays the emotions of the characters for all to see, which makes the panels even more heart-wrenching. He is joined by Esther P. Gil-Munilla on colors and creating a moody yet, low-neon and homely feel within the panels. She knows where to place her shadows and lights, especially on the characters with the light overhead and through the window, providing it an even more cozy feel that you melt into.via Source Point PressSean Rinehart is the truest rockstar. He letters every single story in this comic anthology and places in a way where you can read, and it only heightens the emotions that you’re feeling while reading the comic. Rinehart knows how to give each of the comics their particular character when it comes to his lettering as well. “The Debt” for example has its own edge to it, but “The World” has an analog intergalactic feel. He knows where to place, yes. He also knows how to give the details in the lettering to take all the elements and make present them to readers happily.Grief contains a dynamite debut from a writer that’s going to be around for a long time. You’ll feel so much going through this comic, but the one thing you’re promised to feel is that your heart will grow ten sizes more from reading it. I guarantee it.If you’d like a copy of Grief, be sure to visit the writer Frank Gogol at C2E2 this weekend! You can pick up a copy there. If you can’t make it to C2E2, fear not, follow Frank on Twitter or visit his website to find out where you can get a copy when they’re up for purchase. Marvel Censors Criticism of America From Marvel Comics #1000Can Even Jonathan Hickman Save the X-Men?
The Manchester City manager is working on having a stable team and won’t sweat it if the team loses or wins today in the Manchester DerbyToday the city of Manchester will be divided between blue and red.Manchester City and Manchester United will face off as part of the derby.But for the Citizens’ manager Pep Guardiola, today result is just part of the bigger picture.“I think all the managers need time, not just me,” Guardiola was echoed by Goal.Daniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“We are better than the first year but that’s normal. I think the manager has to evaluate how the team changes during the time. When it’s better, that’s a good signal.”“We have the feeling, all of us, not just me, that the team is stable for a long time and that’s good,” he added.“Of course, we can lose, but that is part of the game, it’s not a big issue.”“Even last season against United we lost 2-3, but the feeling we had, we were disappointed, but we didn’t have too many regrets about the way we played, no, not at all. That’s why it will make you confident,” he concluded.
Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #TCIPremierheadlines60yearcelebration Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, August 8, 2017 – Grand Bahama – Sea Grape in Eight Mile Rock is among the western settlements of Grand Bahama where Turks and Caicos Islanders resided as they worked and lived in The Bahamas. Over the weekend, Sea Grape celebrated 60 Years and there to join in the momentous occasion was TCI Premier, Hon Sharlene Robinson.The church service at Mt Calvary Baptist Church was held under the patronage of Hon Robinson.#MagneticMediaNews#TCIPremierheadlines60yearcelebration Photo credit: Freeport News Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
The American Soybean Association (ASA) today expressed disappointment upon learning that the National Pork Checkoff Program has failed to gain the support necessary to continue the program.“ASA is saddened to learn that the Pork Checkoff has failed to receive enough support to continue the program,” said ASA President Tony Anderson, a producer from Mount Sterling, Ohio. “ASA supported continuation of the National Pork Checkoff, and urged its board members, state affiliates and producer members to voice support for the Pork Checkoff. ASA believes the Pork Checkoff was an effective tool for enhancing demand for U.S. pork products, which was beneficial for pork producers and soybean producers.”Almost two pounds of soybeans are utilized for every pound of pork consumed in the U.S. The checkoff-funded “Pork. The Other White Meat®” helped increase the per-capita consumption of pork by 5 pounds in the past five years. A record 54.2 pounds of pork are consumed annually per person in the U.S. The average hog diet contains about 22 percent soybean meal, which translates to 424 million bushels of soybeans used in hog feed last year.“Pork producers have provided a market for 27 percent of all the soybean meal crushed in the United States,” Anderson said. “Although the outcome of the Pork Checkoff Referendum is not what ASA had hoped for, the Association strongly supports a democratic process that affords producers the opportunity to determine their own destiny.”The soybean checkoff recently went through a request for referendum process. Last May, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that a referendum would not be necessary because less than 3 percent of those eligible to sign the petition did so. The process demonstrated that the vast majority of U.S. soybean producers support their checkoff.“ASA has found that producer support for the soybean checkoff increases in direct proportion to a producer’s knowledge of checkoff-funded activities and how these programs directly benefit soybean producers,” Anderson said. “It’s unfortunate that a majority of pork producers failed to see such value in their checkoff program.”
Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Energy, in coordination with the Army Office of Energy Initiatives, last week signed a 28-year power purchase agreement with Charlottesville, Va.-based Apex Clean Energy for a hybrid, renewable energy project relying on an onsite solar system at Fort Hood and an offsite wind farm located 350 miles away from the central Texas post.The effort will feature a 15.4-megawatt (alternating current) photovoltaic solar plant at Fort Hood and 50.4 megawatts of wind energy from Apex’s Cotton Plains wind energy project on the Texas Panhandle. The project will begin providing energy to Fort Hood in 2017, according to a news release from Apex.The firm-fixed price contract for renewable energy is lower than the projected prices for conventional energy and will provide Fort Hood with greater budget stability for electricity over the 28-year delivery period, according to a DLA Energy press release. The project is expected to save the Army up to $168 million over the course of the long-term agreement.“This project demonstrates that renewable energy can both decrease costs and increase the security and resiliency of our installations,” said Richard Kidd, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for energy and sustainability.The deal also includes the purchase of electricity from conventional resources to supplement the renewable energy to ensure Fort Hood’s full electricity demand is satisfied, said Pam Griffith, director of DLA Energy Installation Energy.A groundbreaking ceremony at Fort Hood is scheduled for Jan. 28. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
.The High Court on Tuesday asked the government to take stern action against people involved in using harmful chemicals in fruits.The bench of justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and justice KM Kamrul Kader issued the order after hearing on a writ petition, reports UNB.The bench also expressed dissatisfaction over a report of Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) made after testing the use of formalin and harmful chemicals in mango.Lawyer Manzill Murshid stood for the petitioner while deputy attorney general ABM Abdullah Al Mahmud Bashar represented the state.Besides, two separate reports on behalf of the RAB and police chiefs were submitted before the court.On 20 May, the court asked the RAB chief, IGP, BSTI chairman and its director to from a monitoring team to check the use of chemicals in fruit markets and wholesale markets of Dhaka and other parts of the country.On 9 April, the HC asked the government to deploy law enforcers led by magistrate to stop the use of chemicals in mango orchards in Rajshahi. It also asked the Rajshahi divisional commissioner and DIG of Rajshahi range to submit reports after implementing the order.
By Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, email@example.comWe recently recorded the first episode of the latest incarnation of the AFRO First Edition podcast during the blazing hot Artscape weekend, at the venerable Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center on Howard Street. That night, the newspaper was honored during the ENGAGE professional networking event at “The Eubie” as it is known, named after the iconic American musician and Baltimore native. I’ve been to the Eubie countless times over the years, but this trip was particularly eye-opening for a few reasons. First, I learned Eubie Blake enrolled at New York University in 1946, where he graduated in two and a half years and later taught at the university. For the First Edition podcast, I interviewed the venue’s new artistic director, Kier Johnson, who is also the producer of the Purple Honey Concert Series. Johnson, who is also a musician, informed me the Eubie will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2020; had no idea it had been around that long. During our interview he revealed his vision for his new venture. Essentially, Johnson says he wants to eventually make the Eubie the most important cultural hub on the East Coast. It seems pretty ambitious, but why not? Baltimore has historically been one of the most important cultural cities in the United States and that’s a fact.However, a regular feature of the Eubie discouraged me mightily as I considered the plausibility of Johnson’s lofty vision.There is a plexiglass box within the room dedicated to the immortal Blake, it has the word donations scrawled on white paper attached to it. And that box seems to perpetually contain only change clinging to the bottom of the box with one lonely one dollar bill. Honestly, I think that raggedy little dollar is probably the same one that was in the box the last time I was at the Eubie a couple of years ago.Then, I started thinking about Johnson’s big goal again and my thought was, good luck with that Bro. Then, I caught myself, or should I say I checked myself.The truth is I’ve been going to the Eubie for years as I alluded to earlier and I’ve always enjoyed the programming and events there. I’ve never had a bad time. And most importantly, the Eubie has been there for us for 50 years.Now, it’s time for us to be there for the Eubie.Why should the burden of making the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center the most important cultural hub on the East Coast fall solely on the shoulders of Johnson and his crew? The answer is it shouldn’t; the responsibility really falls on all of us who have sown into this city over the years and reaped the immense benefits of its thriving culture.The Eubie has been an integral part of that culture.So, I’m going to make this proclamation publicly, so that I can’t weasel out of it; I ain’t hardly no rich man, but I’m going to give $50 to the Eubie before August is over. Further, I’m going to give this Black institution $120 to celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2020. And I’m encouraging everybody who reads this column to do the same. Again, I’m not a financially wealthy man by any stretch of the imagination. But, I can sacrifice $10 a month for 12 months. Think of it, if a 1,000 people do the same, the Eubie will rake in $120,000. It may not be a whole lot of money, but it certainly will help.And for the record, I’m not getting a kickback from the Eubie for writing this column, I just think its important for us to support our institutions. And hey, feel free to choose another Black institution, because there are plenty that can use our financial support.So many of our Black institutions are just barely surviving, operating on shoestring budgets (or no budget at all!), while we obtusely sit back and wonder if they’re doing okay.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)How many of our wonderful restaurants, nightclubs, art galleries and schools have closed over the years because of lack of support? When we sow into our culture, we sow into ourselves.And God knows in Baltimore we reap what we sow.Sean Yoes is the AFRO’s Baltimore editor and author of Baltimore After Freddie Gray: Real Stories From One of America’s Great Imperiled Cities.
by The Associated Press Posted Mar 5, 2018 10:12 pm PDT Last Updated Mar 5, 2018 at 11:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Celeb birthdays for the week of March 11-17 March 11: Singer Mark Stein of Vanilla Fudge is 71. Singer Bobby McFerrin is 68. Movie director Jerry Zucker is 68. Singer Cheryl Lynn is 67. Actress Susan Richardson (“Eight Is Enough”) is 66. Recording executive Jimmy Iovine (“American Idol”) is 65. Country singer Jimmy Fortune of The Statler Brothers is 63. Actress Alex Kingston is 55. Actor Wallace Langham (“CSI”) is 53. Singer Lisa Loeb is 50. Keyboardist Al Gamble of St. Paul and the Broken Bones is 49. Singer Pete Droge is 49. Actor Terrence Howard (“Empire”) is 49. Actor Johnny Knoxville is 47. Musicians Joel and Benji Madden of Good Charlotte are 39. Actor David Anders (“iZombie,” ”The Vampire Diaries”) is 37. Singer LeToya Luckett (Destiny’s Child) is 37. Actress Thora Birch (“Ghost World,” ”American Beauty”) is 36. TV personality Melissa Rycroft is 35. Actor Rob Brown (“Blindspot,” ”Treme”) is 34.March 12: Actress Barbara Feldon (“Get Smart”) is 85. Actress-singer Liza Minnelli is 72. Singer-songwriter James Taylor is 70. Singer Bill Payne of Little Feat is 69. Actor Jon Provost (TV: “Lassie”) is 68. Bassist Steve Harris of Iron Maiden is 62. Actress Lesley Manville (“Phantom Thread”) is 62. Singer Marlon Jackson of The Jackson Five is 61. Actor Courtney B. Vance is 58. Actor Titus Welliver (“Deadwood”) is 56. Actress Julia Campbell (“Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion”) is 55. Actor Aaron Eckhart (“The Dark Knight”) is 50. Guitarist Graham Coxon of Blur is 49. Drummer Tommy Bales of Flynnville Train is 45. Actor Rhys Coiro (“Hostages,” ”Entourage”) is 39. Country singer Holly Williams is 37. Actor Jaimie Alexander (TV’s “Blindspot”) is 34. Actor Tyler Patrick Jones (“Ghost Whisperer”) is 24. Actress Kendall Applegate (“Desperate Housewives”) is 19.March 13: Singer-songwriter Neil Sedaka is 79. Actor William H. Macy is 68. Comedian Robin Duke is 64. Actress Dana Delaney is 62. Bassist Adam Clayton of U2 is 58. Jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard is 56. Drummer Matt McDonough of Mudvayne is 49. Actress Annabeth Gish (“The West Wing,” ”The X-Files”) is 47. Actress Tracy Wells (“Mr. Belvedere”) is 47. Rapper Common is 46. Rapper Khujo of Goodie Mob is 46. Singer Glenn Lewis is 43. Actor Danny Masterson (“That ’70s Show”) is 42. Musicians Natalie and Nicole Albino of Nina Sky are 34. Actor Emile Hirsch (“Into the Wild”) is 33.March 14: Singer Phil Phillips is 92. Actor Michael Caine is 85. Composer-conductor Quincy Jones is 85. Comedian Billy Crystal is 70. TV and radio personality Rick Dees is 67. Country singer Jann Browne is 64. Actor Adrian Zmed is 64. Actress Tamara Tunie (“Law and Order: SVU”) is 59. Actress Penny Johnson Jerald (“Castle,” ”24″) is 58. 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Guitarist Howard Scott of War is 72. Rock guitarist Ry Cooder is 71. Singer Dee Snider of Twisted Sister is 63. Actress Park Overall (“Empty Nest”) is 61. Model Fabio is 57. Singer Bret Michaels of Poison is 55. Singer Rockwell is 54. Actor Chris Bruno (“The Fosters”) is 52. Singer Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray is 50. Bassist Mark Hoppus of Blink 182 and of Plus-44 is 46. Singer-guitarist Matt Thomas of Parmalee is 44. Actress Eva Longoria is 43. Musician will.i.am of Black Eyed Peas is 43. DJ Joseph Hahn of Linkin Park is 41. Rapper Young Buck is 37. Bassist Ethan Mentzer of The Click Five is 35. Actor Kellan Lutz (The “Twilight” films) is 33.March 16: Movie director Bernardo Bertolucci is 77. Game-show host Chuck Woolery is 77. Singer-songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker is 76. Actor Victor Garber (“Alias”) is 69. Actor Erik Estrada is 69. Country singer Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel is 67. Guitarist-singer Nancy Wilson of Heart is 64. Actor Clifton Powell (“Ray,” ”Norbit”) is 62. 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