Limerick social entrepreneurs honoured for their work in response to covid-19 TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Previous articleLimerick’s distressed borrowers should not lose their homesNext article2 arrested in relation to burglary at a Grove Island apartment Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie NewsEducationJunior Cycle coding pilot programme extendedBy Staff Reporter – March 15, 2019 834 TAGSbriefeducationLimerick City and CountyNewsTechnology Email O’Connells Butchers bringing a new element to customer service Facebook Limerick on Covid watch list RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Twitter Coffee photo created by peoplecreations – www.freepik.comA PILOT programme to help schools introduce coding at Junior Cycle is to be extended to a second phase from September. Four Limerick secondary schools, Coláiste Chiarain, Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh, St Munchin’s College and Thomond Community College, were among 50 selected nationally in 2017 to pioneerJunior Cycle Coding in Action, an initiative spearheaded by the Department of Education, Junior Cycle for Teachers support service; Lero – the Irish Software Research Centre; Science Foundation Ireland and Intel Ireland. A review of the initiative showed the positive impact on the almost all post-primary schools involved in the first phase and called for the programme to be extended to a new group of 50 schools in a second phase. See www.jct.ie for more. Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites WhatsApp Advertisement Linkedin Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 56-year-old man was found shot dead at a gas station in Jericho on Wednesday night, Nassau County police said.A customer walked into the BP Gas Station on Jericho Turnpike and found the clerk laying on the floor behind the counter shortly after 9 p.m., police said.The victim was found to have suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen, police. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity was not immediately released.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and have not determined the motive of the shooting.Detectives ask anyone with information regarding this crime to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.
I love the Weekender. We all love the Weekender. Nothing there is groundbreaking. The Weekender is a fun tradition, and the rivalry with Stanford over the past few years has made it all the more exciting.As a freshman, less than a month into my college experience, I made my first Weekender trip. It was, and still is, the most exciting sporting event I have attended as a fan. After being on the fence for a few days, a friend and I bought cheap front row tickets just a couple of days before the game.As we arrived at Stanford and began to walk around in what can only be described as a dirt parking lot with a forest growing in the middle, it became evident that USC fans travel well — especially to this game. At the time the Cardinal were No. 13 and we were No. 14, though I’m sure all the delusional USC fans (I will include myself in this group this time) thought that the Trojans were guaranteed to come away with a win.Then there was an Andre Heidari field goal, a J.R. Tavai fumble and the rest is history. The team went nuts, the fans went nuts, the band went nuts and my love for the Weekender was born. I have to think I at least partly reflect on this game with such happy thoughts because of the outcome and how exciting the game was despite being just a 13-10 final score.At the same time though, I only remember two football plays from the whole game — the aforementioned — but I have equally clear memories of all of the Trojan fans who were there as well.On the drive up, I remember thinking that every car we passed must have been a USC fan since there was so much Cardinal and Gold on what is normally a quite dreary trek up the 5.There was the tailgate, where even though we were technically in enemy territory, many families brought us into their tailgates, fed us and let us hang out.Then in the stadium, what should have clearly been a Stanford crowd was overshadowed by the USC faithful who in addition to traveling in force, also cheered in force. Since school hasn’t even started yet for Stanford, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the crowd be a majority of Trojan fans again. This would also explain why the Stanford band will probably be booed when they take the field, as they were in 2014.Of course at that time, USC was nationally relevant and Stanford didn’t have a player who was a Heisman snub. The USC-Stanford rivalry, though, has been full of surprise results and unexpected endings. Even though the focus, and rightfully so, has consistently been on how terribly USC was shown up by Stanford not once but twice last year, there is an undeniable magic about the Weekender, for both teams, that renders neither home field safe from the visitor.USC beating Stanford on Saturday is a long shot. Clearly Stanford has the more talented, stable and disciplined team, but anything can happen on the Weekender. Last time the Trojans and Cardinal met in Palo Alto, USC snapped the Cardinal’s 17-game home winning streak which was, at the time, the longest in the country.Now, if USC defeats Stanford, it will probably have played a role in Christian McCaffrey not winning the Heisman for the second year in a row, and it will immediately put talks of a playoff berth in the minds of Trojans everywhere.Here’s to hoping that this year, even with the odds against the Trojans, the flocks of USC fans will show up, fighting on and that win or lose, the trip will give us a memory worthy of starting a story, “Remember that one time we all went to the Weekender?”Hailey Tucker is a junior majoring in broadcast and digital journalism. She is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. Her column, “Tucker Talks,” runs Thursdays.
JOHNSTON — Governor Kim Reynolds announced this morning more loosening of pandemic restrictions, including opening up movie theaters and bars at a reduced capacity and opening the door for a high school summer sports season.Reynolds says, “Business owners across Iowa are eager to get back to work. They understand and they accept the added responsibility to protect their employees and their customers. I believe that Iowans are willing to continue to do their part as well, so that businesses and entertainment and activities can resume again, even if the rules of engagement are different for now.”Reynolds says many of the restrictions are being lifted on Friday, with bars being able to reopen later next week. “Effective on Friday, movie theaters, zoos, aquariums, museums, and wedding reception venues will be permitted to reopen with appropriate public health measures in place and to ensure that proper social distancing and increased hygiene are taking place. Swimming pools will be reopening for lap swimming and swimming lessons. Next Thursday May 28th, bars and other establishments that serve alcohol, and have been limited to carryout and delivery, will be permitted to reopen for indoor or outdoor seating at 50% capacity, and of course they must follow the same public health measures and business guidance that restaurants have implemented.”Reynolds says effective June 1st, schools can resume school-sponsored activities and learning with the appropriate public health precautions, including high school baseball and softball this summer. “I know that many parents and youth athletes are also eager to resume summer sports. High school athletics was the logical place to start the process of bringing athletics back in season. We’re working closely with the Iowa High School Athletic Association and others to make this possible, and together with the Department of Public Health, we’re working with youth sports associations to develop a plan to bring other sports opportunities back for the summer, and more will be coming on that next week.”The final decision on summer high school athletics would be up to the Iowa High School Athletic Association and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union.Reynolds says she’ll be working with the Iowa Department of Public Health to evaluate if any other changes to the public health strategy should be made and she expects to announce more details next week as the current emergency health disaster proclamation is scheduled to end on May 27th.You can read Reynolds’ latest proclamation here
There will be no Spengler Cup gold medal in Geoff Kinrade’s stocking this year.The Nelson Minor Hockey grad saw his Team Canada teammates fall 6-5 to HC Genève-Servette Skaters in semi final round action at the Spengler Cup Monday in Davos, Switzerland.Former NHLer Matthew Lombardi did most of the damage, scoring twice while adding a pair of assists to lead HC Genève-Servette to the victory.HC Genève-Servette now faces CSKA Moscow in the final after the Russian squad edged host Davos 5-4.HC Genève-Servette held period leads of 2-0 and 4-2, increasing the margin to 6-3 in the third before Team Canada rallied for two late goals.Arnaud Jacquemet, Inti Pestoni, Daniel Vukovic and Denis Hollenstein also scored for HC Genève-Servette. Alexandre Giroux, Jacob Micflikier, Jacob Micflikier, former Trail Smokie defenceman Travis Roche and Jason Williams replied for Team Canada, which out shot the winners 55-24 — including a 24-8 margin in the third period.Allen York and Matthew Hackett, the latter of the Rochester Americans, played goal for Team Canada. Hackett was added to the Team Canada roster after Chris Mason was injured.Kinrade, the second consecutive season the Nelson native has played for Team Canada at the Spengler Cup, finished the game with an assist on the second period goal by Giroux.The Spengler Cup, originating in 1923, is an annual ice hockey tournament held in Davos, Switzerland and is considered the oldest invitational ice hockey tournament in the world.Team Canada consisted of players currently on European teams.Kinrade is a member of SC Bern of the of the Swiss Nationaliga and is a graduate of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League’s Nelson Leafs.Roche, from Grand Cache, Alta., played for the Smokies in 1997-98 season.Roche, 35, is a teammate of Kinrade at SC Bern.
Eureka >> As the season progresses, a young Eureka Loggers girls basketball team has gone from hearing, “They’re going to be really good in a couple of years,” to, “They’re really good now.”Four Loggers players finished in double figures as Eureka led wire-to-wire over to pick up a 62-49 win over cross-town rival St. Bernard’s on Tuesday at St. Bernard’s Academy. “(This win) says that we are getting better at not giving up,” said Eureka junior forward Kaylee Murphy, who had 13 points in the …
South Africa has developed an established, diversified manufacturing base that has shown its resilience and potential to compete in the global economy.This platform of manufacturing presents an opportunity to significantly accelerate the country’s growth and development. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterThe manufacturing sector provides a locus for stimulating the growth of other activities, such as services, and achieving specific outcomes, such as employment creation and economic empowerment. This platform of manufacturing presents an opportunity to significantly accelerate the country’s growth and development.Manufacturing in South Africa is dominated by the following industries:AgriprocessingAutomotiveChemicalsICT and electronicsMetalsTextiles, clothing and footwearAgriprocessing industryAgriculture contributes 4% to South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) and consists largely of cattle and sheep farming, with only 13% of land used for growing crops.Maize is most widely grown followed by wheat, oats, sugar cane and sunflowers. The government is working to develop small-scale farming in efforts to boost job creation. Citrus and deciduous fruits are exported, as are locally produced wines and flowers.The agri-food complex (inputs, primary production, processing) contributes approximately R124 billion to South Africa’s GDP and employs 451 000 people in the formal sector. Exports of processed agricultural products amounted to R17.2 billion in 2001.South Africa has a diversity of climates, ranging from semi-arid and dry to sub-tropical. As a result, a diversity of crops, livestock and fish are to be found.The South African agri-food complex has a number of competitive advantages, making it both an important trading partner and a viable investment destination. A world-class infrastructure, counter-seasonality to Europe, vast biodiversity and marine resources, and competitive input costs make the country a major player on the world’s markets.The establishment of preferential trade agreements, such as the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) for the US market and a free trade agreement with the European Union, confer generous benefits.Department of AgricultureAgricultural Research CouncilDepartment of Land AffairsAgri SAAutomotive industryThe automotive industry is one of South Africa’s most important sectors, with many of the major multinationals using South Africa to source components and assemble vehicles for both the local and international markets.Despite its distance from some of the major markets Africa, and particularly South Africa, produces high quality products at prices competitive with other automotive manufacturing and assembly centres.The South African automotive and components industry is growing rapidly and is perfectly placed for investment opportunities. Vehicle manufacturers such as BMW, Ford, Volkswagen, Daimler-Chrysler and Toyota have production plants in the country, while component manufacturers (Arvin Exhust, Bloxwitch, Corning, Senior Flexonics) have established production bases in the country.The industry is largely located in two provinces, the Eastern Cape (coastal) and Gauteng (inland). Companies with production plants in South Africa are placed to take advantage of the low production costs, coupled with access to new markets as a result of trade agreements with the European Union and the Southern African Development Community free trade area. Opportunities also lie in the production of materials (automotive steel and components).South Africa’s aim is to become an automotive investment destination of choice. Modernisation and upgrading of key elements in the automotive industry are required to keep pace to achieve international competitiveness.Interest rates are currently at historic low levels, reducing the cost of investments. It is significant to note that most major multinational vehicle manufacturers are currently represented in SA, which means that international developments also impact on the country.The outlook for the vehicle industry is bright in terms of both exports and the domestic market. A key challenge will be to raise local content, particularly in the vehicles now being exported in large volumes.National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of SAAutomotive Industry Export CouncilAutomotive Industry Development CentreChemicals industryThe chemical industry has been shaped by the political and regulatory environment which created a philosophy of isolationism and protectionism during the apartheid years. This tended to foster an inward approach and a focus on import replacement in the local market. It also encouraged the building of small-scale plants with capacities geared to local demand, which tended to be uneconomic.Through isolation of the industry from international competition and high raw material prices as a result of import tariffs, locally processed goods have generally been less than competitive in export markets. Now that South Africa is once more fully part of the global community, South African chemical companies are focusing on the need to be internationally competitive and the industry is reshaping itself accordingly.Two noticeable traits characterise the South African chemical sector. Firstly, while its upstream sector is concentrated and well developed, the downstream sector – although diverse – remains underdeveloped. Secondly, the synthetic coal and natural gas-based liquid fuels and petrochemicals industry is prominent, with South Africa being world leader in coal-based synthesis and gas-to-liquids (GTL) technologies.South Africa’s chemical industry is of substantial economic significance to the country, contributing around 5% to the gross domestic product (GDP) and approximately 25% of its manufacturing sales.The industry is the largest of its kind in Africa. It is highly complex and widely diversified, with end products often being composed of a number of chemicals which have been combined in some way to provide the required properties and characteristics.The primary and secondary sectors are dominated by Sasol (through Sasol Chemical Industries and Sasol Polymers), AECI and Dow Sentrachem. These companies have recently diversified and expanded their interests in tertiary products, especially those with export potential.Chemical and Allied Industries’ AssociationSasolAECIDow SentrachemICT and electronics industriesThe South African information technology (IT) industry growth outstrips the world average. The country’s established and sophisticated indigenous information and communications technology (ICT) and electronics sector comprises more than 3 000 companies and was ranked 22nd in 2001 in terms of total worldwide IT spend.It has ready access to cutting edge technologies, equipment and skills and has the advantage of access to the rapid expansion of telecommunications and IT throughout the African continent. South African software developers are recognised as world leaders in innovation, production and cost efficiency backed by an excellent local infrastructure.This sector can be divided into three main sub-sectors: telecommunications, electronics and information technology.The telecommunications industry is thriving, contributing more than 7% to South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP). With approximately 5,5 million installed fixed-line telephones, South Africa is ranked 23rd in telecommunications development in the world and represents more than 30% of the total lines installed in South Africa.Telkom, the sole fixed-line operator in South Africa, is a key player in a US$630 million optical fibre undersea cable project that will cater for Africa’s growing telecommunications needs for the next 25 years. Currently, a bidding process is under way for the country’s second fixed-line operator (SNO). The SNO is set to be named at the end of the 2003 financial year.Growing at a rate of 50% per year and fourth fastest growing cellphone market in the world, the South African GSM cellphone market has three operators: Vodacom, MTN and Cell-C. Some of the world’s leading telecommunication brands like Siemens, Alcatel, SBC Communications, Telecom Malaysia, Cell C and Vodaphone have made significant investments in the country.The South African electronics industry has repeatedly proved itself in terms of world-class innovation and production. The industry is characterised by a handful of generalist companies with strong capabilities in professional electronics, while small to medium companies specialise in security systems and electricity pre-payment meters.Investment opportunities lie in the development of access control systems and security equipment, automotive electronic subsystems, systems and software development in the banking and financial services sector, silicon processing for fiber optics, integrated circuits and solar cells. There are also significant opportunities for the export of hardware and associated services as well as software and peripherals.TelkomVodacomMTNCell CIndependent Communications Authority of SAState Information Technology AgencyMetals industrySouth Africa’s large, well-developed metals industry, with vast natural resources and a supportive infrastructure, represents roughly a third of all South Africa’s manufacturing.It comprises basic iron ore and steel, basic non-ferrous metals and metal products. The iron and steel basic industries involve the manufacture of primary iron and steel products from smelting to semi-finished stages.Ranked the world’s 19th largest steel producing country in 2001, South Africa is the largest steel producer in Africa (almost 60% of Africa’s total production).Primary steel products and semi-finished products include billets, blooms, slabs, forgings, reinforcing bars, railway track material, wire rod, seamless tubes and plates.South Africa is a net exporter, ranked 10th in the world, to more than 100 countries. Approximately 500 000 tons of ferrous-scrap were exported by metal recyclers in 2001.Imports accounted for only 5,8% of total domestic consumption of primary steel products in 2001. Sales to the local market increased by more than 6% during 2001 when compared with 2000.Iscor is South Africa’s largest steel producer. Other industry players include Scaw Metals, Cape Gate, Columbus Stainless Steel, Highveld Steel and Vanadium and Cisco.South Africa’s non-ferrous metal industries comprise aluminium and other metals (including copper, brass, lead, zinc and tin). Aluminium is the largest sector but, as SA has no commercially exploitable deposits, feedstock is imported. South Africa is ranked eighth in world production of aluminium. Key players include Billiton (with smelters in Richards Bay) and Hulett Aluminium.Other non-ferrous metals are small in relation, but are still important for exports and foreign exchange earnings. Although the country’s copper, brass and bronze industries have declined, it is hoped that new mining and reclamation technologies will allow exploitation of previously unviable deposits.The international and local steel industry has changed dramatically over the past two years. Several steel companies have fallen away and protectionism has increased.To survive in these harsh conditions, the South African primary steel industry has taken major steps to become more efficient and competitive. Many of the local steelworks have engaged in ongoing restructuring processes and productivity improvements.For example, Iscor’s steel and mining divisions were unbundled towards the end of 2001 and Saldanha Steel was 100% integrated into Iscor early in 2002.SA Iron and Steel InstituteIscorTextiles, clothing and footwear industryThe South African textile and clothing industry has a powerful vision. It aims to use all the natural, human and technological resources at its disposal to make South Africa the preferred domestic and international supplier of South African manufactured textiles and clothing.Though the textile and apparel industry is small, it is well placed to make this vision a reality.Due to technological developments, local textile production has evolved into a capital-intensive industry, producing synthetic fibres in ever-increasing proportions. The apparel industry has also undergone significant technological change and has benefited from the country’s sophisticated transport and communications infrastructure.The South African market demand increasingly reflects the sophistication of First World markets and the local clothing and textile industry has grown accordingly to offer the full range of services from natural and synthetic fibre production to non-wovens, spinning, weaving, tufting, knitting, dyeing and finishingSince 1994, about US$900 million has been spent on modernising and upgrading the industry, making it efficient, internationally competitive, and ready to become a major force in the world market.Exports account for R1,4 billion for apparel and R2,5 billion for textiles, mostly to the US and European markets. Exports to the US increased by a dramatic 62% in 2001, driven primarily by the benefits offered under the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) which provides for duty-free imports of apparel produced in South Africa.Textile Federation of South AfricaAfrica Growth and Opportunity ActWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As a new generation of growers prepares to take over their family farms, agribusinesses like Syngenta are getting ready for the transition. These young growers are part of America’s largest demographic — millennials, generally defined as people born between 1982 and 2004.“Millennials are one of the most talked about but least understood generations,” said Gil Strader, head of field force excellence and training at Syngenta. “We’re finding fascinating insights that can help bridge this generation knowledge gap.”Strader is sharing these insights with his sales and marketing colleagues to help them better understand millennials. “We’ve implemented a major initiative to train our employees who interact the most with resellers and growers to build trust, improve service and strengthen partnerships.”The training includes learning about millennials as customers, listening to what they want from a company, and connecting older and younger generations to foster mentoring. As a result, Syngenta is helping to shatter myths about what makes younger growers tick. For example, contrary to popular belief, millennials are not self-absorbed, indecisive or addicted to social media.“We are finding that young farmers are serious decision makers who crave connection and communications,” said Lynn Sandlin, lead of market research and insight at Syngenta. “They want to have great business relationships with the people they work with.”Not surprisingly, millennials view farming not only as a business, but also a lifestyle. “These young people are very serious about what they’re trying to accomplish on the job, but they also want to have a high quality of life,” Sandlin said.AUDIO: The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visits with Lynn Sandlin, Syngenta’s lead of market research and insight, about preparing for a new generation of growers.Syngenta Larry Sandlin MillenialsAUDIO: Ty also visited with Gil Strader, head of field force excellence and training at Syngenta, about how his company is preparing to meet the needs of younger growers eager for knowledge and expertise.Syngenta Gil Strader MillenialsTo learn more about millennials and other agricultural trends, go to www.syngentathrive.com.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Farmers Union teamed up with the Organization for Competitive Markets and released a briefing paper outlining accusations directed at Ohio’s checkoff programs, specifically the beef checkoff.The report refers to the Ohio Beef Council as a “state agency” that raises funds for the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Political Action Committee (PAC) to influence elections and legislation. The report contends “the Ohio Beef Council, an agency of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, is funneling taxpayer dollars through payroll expenses and rental costs to fund the trade and lobbying group, Ohio Cattlemen’s Association.”The report points out that the organization also makes annual cash payments of at least $14,000 per year to the national trade and lobbying group, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and claims this violates both state and federal law.“For years we have shared these concerns, but they have only fallen on deaf ears at the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Last month at our Ohio Farmers Union convention, we passed a resolution to put a stop to these taxpayer abuses,” said Joe Logan, Ohio Farmers Union president. “We can only hope, based on the evidence in the briefing paper, others in our government will hear the cry of Ohio’s cattle producers and answer the call to clean up this mess.”The new briefing from the Ohio Farmers Union and the Organization for Competitive Markets outlines the following:Department of Agriculture agency Ohio Beef Council employees go to work every day for the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, a state trade and lobbying organization.State and federal funds are offsetting the organizational overhead costs for the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association.The Ohio Beef Council promotes and collects donations for the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association’s Political Action Committee (PAC).State and federal funds are being directly contributed to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, a national trade and lobbying organization.The only reports available to the cattle producers who pay the mandatory fees are self-reports by the Ohio Beef Council. There is a lack of taxpayer transparency on how the checkoff funds are being expended.The state and federal checkoff funds are not appropriated by the legislature nor audited by the state auditor, leaving little if any government oversight of the mandatory checkoff fees.In response, the Ohio Farmers Union and the Organization for Competitive Markets suggest the following actions:Federal and state checkoff funds should be paid directly to the appropriate federal or state treasury and then be audited by the corresponding federal or state auditing agency.The Ohio Department of Agriculture should immediately segregate all activity between the Ohio Beef Council and the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association.Policy should be established that clearly outlines: no state employee should report to a lobbying entity office for work; no state or federal funds should be used directly or indirectly to offset a lobbying entity’s overhead costs to include office rent, equipment costs, salaries or any incidental costs incurred by the lobbying entity; all government funds should be expended pursuant to state standard contracting processes.The Organization for Competitive Markets is a national organization headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska representing America’s family farmers fighting the takeover of the food system by large multinational and foreign corporations. The OCM collaborates with groups like the Ohio Farmers Union and other labor unions, worker justice organizations, conservationists, and animal welfare organizations push to for reform using various strategies, including the accusations directed at the Ohio Beef Council.The Ohio Beef Council responded with the following statement:“The Ohio Beef Council is proud not only of its efforts to help enhance beef demand for the benefit of beef producers, but of the comprehensive and robust firewalls in place to assure that checkoff funds are used lawfully and as intended. The Ohio Department of Agriculture has provided trusted and vigilant oversight to that end. Information on that spending can be found at www.ohiobeef.org.“Furthermore, we believe Ohio beef checkoff funds should continue be collected in Ohio, and that Ohio beef producers should have a say in where their checkoff dollars go. Suggestions by the Organization for Competitive Markets that these collections should go directly to the national or state government are an insult to the producers who work diligently to put beef producer dollars where they will do the most good. Passing them through government agencies serves no practical purpose and will only increase costs to taxpayers and reduce the funding available for programs that benefit beef and beef producers.”Additional layers of oversight would be redundant, expensive and inefficient, the Ohio Beef Council contends.“The 15 members of the Ohio Beef Council Operating Committee, that are appointed by the Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, take their responsibility for investing producer funds to enhance beef demand very seriously,” said Jamie Graham, Ohio Beef Council chairman and cattleman from Patriot, Ohio. “We are committed to maintaining the integrity of the firewall that exists between our organization and the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association.”The Ohio Beef Council also pointed out the unsettling connection with the Organization for Competitive Markets and the Humane Society of the United States, an animal welfare organization with clearly anti-animal agriculture intentions.“We are discouraged the Organization for Competitive Markets and its friends at the Humane Society of the United States continue to use the producer’s Beef Checkoff Program as a cudgel against the very producers who benefit from it. Former HSUS employee Joe Maxwell of OCM may not recognize actions of his organization as counterproductive to the interests of Ohio cattle producers, but they are,” the Ohio Beef Council said in a statement. “Joining forces with a group that wants to decrease beef consumption is not in the best interests of Ohio beef producers. We think those who raise beef cattle will see through these very damaging threats to their checkoff, and recognize that HSUS/OCM attacks are a message that these groups would rather our beef industry not be successful. We hope Ohio Farmers Union will wake up to that realization soon.”The Ohio Department of Agriculture also responded to the accusations, pointing out several inaccuracies in the report.“The Ohio Department of Agriculture takes its oversight over commodity checkoff programs seriously to ensure Ohio producers receive the common benefits checkoffs are designed to provide. ODA regularly attends checkoff meetings and receives monthly reports and annual audits. These audits are compiled by a third-party accounting firm and made available to the public whenever requested,” the Ohio Department of Agriculture said in a statement. “There are several inaccuracies in the statement and some require further clarification. The Ohio Beef Marketing Program is administered by the Ohio Beef Council and is not a part of the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Its employees are not state employees and they are not under direct supervision of anyone at the agency. Additionally, checkoff dollars are not state or federal taxpayer funds.”The Ohio Department of Agriculture regularly oversees the actions of all commodity groups and addresses any concerns identified by the department or other parties. In addition, all state checkoff programs offer a refund program for any producers who ask.
Filipinos bag another silver in sepak takraw PH squash team after their 2017 SEA Games gold medal match. Photo by Marc ReyesKUALA LUMPUR—The Philippine men’s squash team, which upset Malaysia in the semifinals on Monday, surrendered to Singapore, 2-1, in the final Tuesday night at National Squash Center here in Kuala Lumpur Sports Center.The Filipinos settled for another silver, the other in women’s doubles, in the penultimate day of competition.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Reymark Bergornia dropped the opening match, 11-1, 11-3, 11-16, to Pang Ka Hoe. But Robert Andrew Garcia equalised after beating Benedict Chan, 11-8, 9-11, 11-8, 11-9, in the second match.That left David William Pelino to carry the fight for the gold but he succumbed to the faster and craftier Samuel Kang, 11-4, 11-4, 11-5, in the deciding match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.