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Commentary: New Food Trends Could Prove Challenging for Farmers


first_imgHome Commentary Commentary: New Food Trends Could Prove Challenging for Farmers Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleEthanol Production and Blending Set New Records in 2017Next articleIndiana Farmers Lead the Way in No-Till Farming Gary Truitt SHARE Few weeks ago, I wrote about the “clean food” movement. It was part of a discussion on the technology that produces meat from labs and non-animal sources.  The trend goes far beyond just meat and encompasses the entire food spectrum. This food trend is pervasive with millennial consumers and the generation coming after them. The demands of these consumers may prove impossible to meet by traditional agriculture and food production systems.Food fads and trends are not new. In the 1820s, the Lord Byron diet had people eating nothing but potatoes covered in vinegar. In more modern times, the 1970s was the decade of fondue.  The 1980s saw the popularity of tropical fruits like kiwi. The word for the 90s was “light” — from light beer to light desserts, like tiramisu. The new millennium produced a desire for new foods like hummus, quinoa, avocadoes, and the emergence of the smoothie as the drink of choice. In the last few years, kale, ramen, matcha, and anything organic are the hot trends.  Now clean and local have moved into the mainstream, and the food industry is taking notice.At the recent Bayer AgVocacy Forum, two industry experts described what restaurants are putting on their menus and what food service is cooking up to meet the changing tastes of younger consumers. Their description of what people want to eat today should send up a red flag for many farmers.Michael Whiteman, a consultant to restaurants around the world, described meat as being moved down or in some cases off the menu. Vegetables are the new star. Even in steakhouse restaurants, veggies are at the top of the menu and the center of the plate. He added local is becoming a big trend in restaurants. He added that there are no standards for what is local, and, if a restaurant says it sources from “local growers” it does well.Connie Diekman, Director of Nutrition at Washington University in St. Louis, said the clean eating movement is a major force with today’s college students. Students want their food served in the most natural way possible. Any additives or chemicals are seen as bad and are shunned by these consumers.  She said that, when a website posted a claim that the food service scrambled eggs had chemicals in them, sales fell off sharply. She said only when the University removed the natural and safe fats and fillers they had been putting in the eggs for cooking and consistency, sales began to return.Farmers are very good at producing for a market. Yet, this market has no clear standard. Local can mean anything from 1 mile to 1,000 miles. Clean can mean anything from additive-free to heirloom-nonhybrid-non-GMO. The “guilt free” meat movement, also part of this trend, is based on the fact that the meat does not come from animals. When a local tomato farmer at the forum was asked if he can produce for a clean market, he shrugged his shoulders and said, “Well, we can wash them.”As we have seen food trends come and go, it remains to be seen if the move to clean food from local sources will change as younger consumers get older or if this represents a paradigm shift in the food sector.  Certainly the desire for local represents a market opportunity for farmers. But the anti-animal meat perception by many younger consumers is an issue with which the livestock industry must come to grips.Agriculture cannot be complacent, assuming things will be as they always have been.  It is my belief that some fundamental changes have taken place in the way food and food production are viewed in the U.S. and in most developed nations. While food fads and trends will continue to change, the public’s perception of how their food is produced will continue to shape their food preferences and choices.By Gary Truitt Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Mar 4, 2018 Commentary: New Food Trends Could Prove Challenging for Farmerslast_img read more


Are Presidential Candidates Listening to the Biofuels Industry?


first_img By Agri-Pulse – Jan 22, 2020 Are Presidential Candidates Listening to the Biofuels Industry? SHARE By Ben NuelleAgriPulseBiofuel industry advocates say they’re pleased with how the Democratic presidential candidates are talking about ethanol and biodiesel in Iowa, although most of the campaigns haven’t provided specifics about how they would increase demand.Many of the candidates, in fact, are promising policies that could decrease biofuel demand by pushing motorists toward electric vehicles.And none of the candidates accepted an invitation to appear at an Iowa biofuels summit Jan. 16. President Donald Trump headlined the same event four years earlier.But one of them, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, is already well-versed on biofuel policy, and the others have shown a willingness to learn about the issue while campaigning in Iowa ahead of the Feb. 3 caucuses.“They come here, they spend time, they see the farmers, they see the plants, they’re seeing the impact and end up supporting renewable fuels because of how much sense it makes,” said Monte Shaw, executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association.To the industry’s frustration, biofuel critic Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas won the Iowa GOP caucuses in 2016 over Trump, who ultimately won the Republican nomination and carried the state in the general election.Klobuchar, who has been an outspoken proponent of the industry in Congress, says she would immediately review the Environmental Protection Agency’s handling of the Renewable Fuel Standard in her first 100 days in office.“I think our big problem right now is the dozens and dozens and dozens, over 70 waivers this president has given to the oil companies, not just small refineries but Chevron and Exxon,” Klobuchar said, responding to an Agri-Pulse question at an Iowa event last weekend.In her plan for rural America, Klobuchar called for ending the overuse of small refinery exemptions (SREs), investing in blender pump infrastructure, extending the biodiesel tax credits, and ensuring year-round sales of gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol.“I believe we should be investing in the farmers and workers of the Midwest, instead of the oil cartels of the Mideast,” she said.But Klobuchar, like the other Democratic candidates, is vague on how she would reduce the number of exemptions from annual biofuel mandates. In her climate plan, she says she also would invest in electric vehicle infrastructure and promote electric vehicle sales by investing in vehicle charging infrastructure and reviving the tax credit for electric vehicle purchases.A poll released Monday by Focus on Rural America, a group that is pushing the candidates to focus on biofuel policy, showed Biden leading the race but identified Klobuchar as the candidate that likely caucus-goers believe would be the “best for the needs and interests of rural Iowa.”The latest RealClearPolitics average of polls shows Biden favored by 21% of likely caucus-goers, followed by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders at 17.3%, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 16.7%. South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 16.3% and Klobuchar at 8.3%.Biden’s energy plan calls the development of the next generation of biofuels “a top priority.” He wants to reduce climate change by investing in research to develop cellulosic biofuels while also funding the installation of electric vehicle charging stations across the country to “accelerate the deployment of electric vehicles.”The co-founder of Focus on Rural America, former Iowa Lt. Gov. Patty Judge, said she knew Klobuchar had a good grasp on biofuels going into the race but that Buttigieg was also knowledgeable about the issue. Her group led tours of ethanol plants for 14 candidates.“He pointed out to us very quickly on his tour he could see an ethanol plant from his office in South Bend,” Judge told Agri-Pulse.Buttigieg supports the RFS, stopping the misuse of SREs and investing in climate research.During the CNN/Des Moines Register debate in Des Moines Jan. 14, Buttigieg said, “Pretty much all of us propose that we move on from fossil fuels, but the question is how are we going to make sure any of this gets done? People have been saying the right things in these debates for decades.”His plan for rural America calls for setting standards to achieve net-zero emissions from fuel combustion. It also states there should be investments in research and development, and demonstration to develop and commercialize advanced biofuels. But his climate plan also says he will “immediately enact more stringent vehicle emission standards.” Buttigieg also would require all new passenger vehicles sold be zero-emissions by 2035, and all heavy-duty vehicles sold be net-zero emissions by 2040.Judge said she was also impressed by Warren’s willingness to learn about biofuels. Warren toured an ethanol plant in Dyersville, Iowa, in June.“Farmers are hurting, and they need a partner in the White House who has a clear, predictable policy on renewables and trade. I’m in this fight with them all the way,” Warren said in a press release from Judge’s group.According to Warren’s climate plan, she would set standards for vehicle emissions by protecting tax credits for both electric and alternative fuel vehicles.Except for Sanders, all of the leading candidates in Iowa toured ethanol plants with Judge’s group.“We didn’t get him to a plant, but we’ve had lots of conversations with his staff and have heard very positive things coming from him this cycle,” Judge said.According to Biofuels Vision 2020, a bipartisan group tracking the candidates’ stances on biodiesel and ethanol, Sanders is committed to implementing the RFS the way Congress intended and supports long-term extensions of the biodiesel and cellulosic tax credits.Sanders is pushing for an energy standard encouraging research and development into biofuels, so “biofuels and other sustainable energy is exactly the direction we have got to go,” Sanders said at Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer’s, D-Iowa, fish fry in November.But Sanders also supports transitioning to electric vehicles. His plan for clean energy calls for going beyond biofuels to “fully electrify and decarbonize our transportation sector” and reach 100 percent renewable energy for electricity and transportation by no later than 2030.peaking to media at the National Biodiesel Conference in Tampa, Donnell Rehagen, CEO of the National Biodiesel Board, said it will be many years before there is a significant infrastructure for electric vehicles.“In the meantime, do we want to wait for that to happen and do nothing for 15 to 20 years or do we want to embrace the opportunities that biodiesel and renewable diesel have today, to provide a leaner and greener product?” Rehagen said.The executive director of the Iowa Biodiesel Board, Grant Kimberley, said the candidates have been hearing about the needs of his industry at numerous events.“They’re hearing our messages and certainly we are going to have to continue to push those messages forward to make sure they realize it is a very important issue in a state like Iowa,” Kimberley told Agri-Pulse.Senior officials with national trade groups, the Renewable Fuel Association, Growth Energy, and America Coalition for Ethanol, all say that they’ve been hearing “positive statements” throughout the campaign on biofuels along with reining in SREs. 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USDA Actively Working on COVID-19 Aid


first_img SHARE In a conference call with reporters on Wednesday, Secretary Sonny Perdue said USDA is working on a plan to allocate relief funds to farmers.Perdue said the $14 billion allocated to the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), “would come later,” not specifying an exact date since the CCC currently has only $6 billion in borrowing authority.The CCC can borrow $30 billion per fiscal year, and with $6 billion left in the coffer, it appears that $24 billion has already been allocated. According to the USDA, the additional $14 billion authorized by the CARES Act can’t be used until July.USDA is working to implement a plan that would allocate $9.5 billion in emergency relief fund that was designated to Secretary Perdue’s office.Perdue says USDA is holding daily meetings on the COVID-19 relief package for agriculture, including meeting with lawmakers. He added that he is hopeful a plan will be announced “sooner rather than later,” while cautioning that the process of federal rulemaking takes time. Home Indiana Agriculture News USDA Actively Working on COVID-19 Aid Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter By NAFB News Service – Apr 8, 2020 USDA Actively Working on COVID-19 Aid SHARE Previous articleCrop, Livestock Prices Plunge Under Weight of COVID-19 UncertaintyNext articleIndiana Farmers Stepping Up in Uncertain Times NAFB News Servicelast_img read more


Free Peaceful Advocates, Workers Arbitrarily Detained


first_img SyriaMiddle East – North Africa (New York, July 18, 2014) – Scores of civil society activists, human rights defenders, media and humanitarian workers remain in arbitrary detention in Syria more than a month after the government declared a general amnesty, twelve nongovernmental organizations said today. Syrian officials should immediately release all activists arbitrarily held for their legitimate activities and allow independent international monitors inside Syria’s detention facilities to monitor the releases and conditions of confinement.Legislative Decree no. 22, enacted on June 9, 2014, declares an amnesty for many of the charges peaceful activists are facing, including “weakening national sentiment,” as well as some offenses under the Anti-Terrorism Law that are being used to muzzle dissent. But many peaceful activists who should have benefitted from the amnesty remain in detention, the organizations said. Other individuals who are arbitrarily detained as a result of their human rights-related activities, including some of those facing charges in military field courts, like freedom of expression advocate Bassel Khartabil, have been excluded from the amnesty. Some advocates, like the lawyers and human rights defenders Khalil Ma’touq and Abdulhadi Cheikh Awad, whom former detainees report to have seen in government detention, continue to be held in conditions amounting to enforced disappearance with their relatives having no information about their fate or whereabouts. Of a group of 34 peaceful activists whose cases the organizations have been monitoring, only one, Yara Faris, was released under the June 9 amnesty.“President Assad’s amnesty raised the hopes of many detainees and their families, only to dash them again as weeks passed by without any movement,” a spokesperson from the organizations said. “Every day behind bars for peaceful activists, who should never have been jailed in the first place, is another day of injustice for them and their families.”Family members, detainees, and lawyers complained about the lack of transparency about the implementation of the amnesty, such as providing information about who would be released.SANA, the government news agency, released several statements about the numbers of people released in the amnesty, totaling 2,445.A lawyer working with political detainees in Damascus who is monitoring the implementation of the amnesty to identify which individuals have been released told the organizations that the confirmed number of releases has not exceeded 1,300 individuals including regular criminal detainees. The lawyer said that those released included about 400 individuals that were before the Anti-Terrorism court, 200 from Sednaya prison, 200 from the security branches, and 150 others from other governorate prisons. He stated that judges sent the files of some detainees who ought to be released under the amnesty back to the public prosecutor to change the charges to ones that would fall outside the scope of the general amnesty. Other local activists also told the organizations that the amnesty occurred weeks after an intensified campaign of arbitrary arrest, and that some of the persons arrested were subsequently released on the basis of the amnesty decree.The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR), another local monitoring group reported on July 10 that it had compiled information about 632 civilian detainees released since June 10 under the amnesty, including 384 held on criminal charges that are apparently not related to the conflict. The 248 others were human rights activists, lawyers, and doctors, 200 of whom were released by the Anti-Terrorism court. The group said that 25 defectors accused of disobeying military orders or not completing their compulsory military service were also released.The Anti-Terrorism court, established in July 2012 to implement the Anti-Terrorism Law, has tried and sentenced many human rights defenders and other peaceful activists. The charges are brought under the guise of countering violent militancy, but frequently the allegations against the activists actually amount to such acts as distributing humanitarian aid, participating in protests, and documenting human rights abuses. On July 21, the Anti-Terrorism court will resume the trial of Mazen Darwish and four of his colleagues from the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression on accusations of “publicizing terrorist acts,” a charge that is included in the legislative decree.Darwish is on trial along with Hussein Ghrer, Hani Zaitani, Mansour Omari, and Abdel Rahman Hamada. Omari and Hamada were conditionally released on February 6, 2013 pending trial, but the other three men remain in detention.The indictment states that the charges against them were brought for their activities as staff members of the organization. The activities included monitoring online news by the Syrian opposition, publishing studies on the human rights and media situation in Syria, and documenting names of the detained, disappeared, wanted and killed within the context of the Syrian conflict. The indictment further states that an investigative judge in Damascus considered these actions part of an attempt to “stir the internal situation in Syria and so provoke international organizations to condemn Syria in international forums.”The activists who remain arbitrarily held despite the June 9 amnesty include 33 of the 34 detainees held by the government as of June 9 featured in the Free Syria’s Silenced Voices campaign, carried out by a coalition of independent groups on behalf of activists, and humanitarian and media workers arbitrarily detained by the government. While it is impossible to verify the number of people in detention in Syria, the Violations Documentation Center, another local monitoring group, reports that 40,853 people detained since the start of the uprising in March 2011 are still being held.Although President Bashar al-Assad has issued at least seven previous amnesty decrees since the uprising began in 2011, security forces have kept many peaceful activists in detention. For the first time, however, the June 2014 amnesty included those who have been charged with or convicted of freedom of expression-related offenses under the Anti-Terrorism Law enacted in 2012 (article 8 of the Anti-Terrorism Law).“If President al-Assad is serious about his amnesty, he should open the doors of all his prisons to independent monitors to check who is actually being held and why,” the spokesperson said. “Otherwise, this general amnesty will end up being yet another false promise, with released detainees soon replaced by other peaceful activists locked up. It should not take an amnesty to end the arbitrary detention of individuals imprisoned solely for peaceful political activism, human rights, humanitarian and media work.” Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists News News March 8, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information to go further News ← Mazen Darwish, Hani Zaitani, Hussein Ghrer July 18, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Free Peaceful Advocates, Workers Arbitrarily Detainedcenter_img Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria RSF_en Organisation SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Syria The twelve nongovernmental organizations are:Amnesty InternationalEuro-Mediterranean Human Rights NetworkFIDH in the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights DefendersFront Line DefendersGulf Center for Human RightsHumanist Institute for Co-operation with Developing CountriesHuman Rights WatchOMCT in the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights DefendersReporters Without BordersSyrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression Syrian Network for Human RightsViolations Documentation Center Receive email alerts February 3, 2021 Find out more Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more


“Priceless” historical papers found in attic


first_imgLinkedin WhatsApp Twitter Email NewsLocal News“Priceless” historical papers found in atticBy admin – June 28, 2012 656 Printcenter_img THE CHANCE find of personal records of the Civil War in Limerick has aroused intense interest locally and nationallyThe records, which were found in an attic will, academics predict, transform knowledge of the turbulent historical period in Limerick city and county. And as the Healy papers (Lieutenant Michael Healy of the “C” Company, Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up 2nd Battalion of the Limerick City Brigade) are about to go under the hammer, it is understood that the University of Limerick will be bidding to keep the  “priceless” detailed records of the IRA’s activities out of private hands.The discovery was made when earlier this month, Limerick auctioneer, Daren Parish went to a house in Meelick to organise the auction of some items for a client.“While I was there, they showed me a file of papers which they said they had found in the attic. I started looking at them and when I realised what a potentially important find they were, I contacted the University of Limerick and Tom Twomey, the author of The War of Independence in Limerick 1912 to 1921.UL’s Dr Ken Bergin confirmed to Daren that the papers are one of the most significant finds ever in terms of the important historical period Mr Twomey said: “There were fifteen battalions in Limerick and after long research I was only able to find a detailed record of one and some scanty records on another but this is a very important find and gives a huge amount of detail we didn’t have before. This is a unique find,” he said.“We knew that this record existed at one time but it was believed it had been thrown out. “The person who kept the papers is to be commended as is UL for planning to make a bid for them and keep them in the city”.Daren said it is hoped that the papers will go at auction on Wednesday, July 4 for up to €2,000, “But they are priceless in terms of the importance of the information they contain,” he said. The file gives a huge amount of detail, including names of those who were involved, which members carried out individual actions and even includes an account of how spies were dealt with when they were exposed. Facebook Previous article375 jobs saved at RocheNext articleNew Mayor is “prepared for the role” admin Advertisementlast_img read more


Tyre burning plan cited as risk to emergency helicopters


first_imgNewsLocal NewsTyre burning plan cited as risk to emergency helicoptersBy Alan Jacques – March 30, 2017 839 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Facebook Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live TAGSCllr Daniel ButlerFine GaelIrish CementLimerick Post Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Twitter Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live center_img Previous articleLimerick Fringe @ Loft Venue, Locke BarNext articleBeyond the neon runes Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie WhatsApp Linkedin Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Print WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Advertisement IRISH Cement’s bid to burn tyres and plastics at its Castlemungret site will have serious consequences for emergency flights into University Hospital Limerick (UHL).That’s the view of Limerick City West councillor, Daniel Butler (FG) who has raised serious concerns about helicopter safety, for both the air ambulance and air search and rescue, at the Limerick hospital.He said it was one of the key reasons behind An Bord Pleanála’s decision to defer a decision on whether to give the go-ahead to a controversial incinerator at Ringaskiddy in Cork Harbour.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “The planning authority has written to Indaver Ireland, the company proposing to build the €160m facility, seeking further information in relation to helicopter navigation safety on foot of concerns raised by the Department of Defence at an oral hearing into the project last year,” Cllr Butler told the Limerick Post.“At the time, the department said proximity of the incinerator stack to the approach paths of Haulbowline Naval Base and Spike Island was ‘a matter of concern’. The board wants Indaver to ‘comprehensively address all matters relating to the navigation and safety of helicopters using the naval base’ raised by the department, including the possible requirement for an exclusion zone around the naval base,” he explained.The concerns in Cork, according to Cllr Butler, lay largely around the dioxins and furans emitted from stacks and this he feels will be an even greater issue in Limerick if Irish Cement get their licence to burn tyres and other waste materials.“These new concerns are genuine as they have been raised by the Department of Defence and they need to be considered here. Living in the area, I know there are regular flights into UHL and if Irish Cement’s plan to burn these tyres and plastics goes ahead it will have serious consequences for these emergency flights. If that’s the case, it must mean the end of this application,” he concluded.In a statement to the Limerick Post this week, Irish Cement rejected Cllr Butler’s claims as alarmist and highly irresponsible.“Any reading of the recent request from An Bord Pleanála to Indaver to address questions about helicopter safety in the vicinity of the proposed new facility in Cork Harbour would see that the issues raised are entirely unique to the Cork application. These questions do not arise for the Mungret Cement Factory, which has operated, on the same site since 1938.“Any attempt to establish a link between these two applications is both cynical and misleading. There is a responsibility on public representatives to act in a responsible manner and show leadership. We would therefore urge Cllr Butler to withdraw his remarks.”by Alan [email protected]last_img read more


ECSO, OPD see nearly three-fold spike in animal control calls


first_img Ector County Sheriff’s Office and Odessa Police Department saw nearly a three-fold spike in animal control calls in 2018. Dogs and cats picked up by ECSO and OPD are transported to Odessa Animal Control. In 2018, local law enforcement agencies responded to more than 45,000 animal control calls.That total from the Ector County Sheriff’s Office and Odessa Police Department is nearly three times as the previous two years.During 2017 and 2016, ECSO and OPD responded to a total of 17,848 and 17,120 animal control calls, respectively.Odessa Police Department Chief Michael Gerke recently reminisced about his most memorable animal experience while on duty.Gerke said the incident happened when he was a patrolman after he arrested a man for driving while intoxicated. Gerke continued to explain while he was impounding the man’s car, there was a fighting rooster in the back of the car, and he had to call animal control.In 2018, within city limits, OPD had 41,475 animal control calls compared to a total of 170,263 calls. In the county, ESCO had 2,404 animal control calls compared to a total of 35,412 calls for the year.OPD spokesperson Steve LeSueur detailed 15,365 and 14,891 animal control calls in 2017 and 2016, respectively. ECSO spokesperson Sgt. Gary Duesler said in an email that animal control calls numbers were 2,483 in 2017 and 2,229 in 2016.Gerke said there are two common instances for an increase in animal control calls.“We usually see a spike a few months after Christmas, because people get those puppies or kittens for Christmas and then figure out that they can’t care for it or don’t want to care for it and they dump them,” Gerke said. “When the economy goes down sometimes or when people get transferred, they are more apt leave those animals.”A majority of the animal control calls, both agencies said, involve dogs.“Dogs more than anything else,” Gerke said. “We get a lot of cats, but we get way more dogs than cats.”Sheriff Mike Griffis said a majority of their animal calls are also for dogs, but they get reports of javelinas, wild pigs and coyotes, as well.“We’ve got quite a few calls on javelinas and wild pigs in the past,” Griffis said. “Normally, we will put those animals down because they are a threat to the public. They can turn on you and bite you.”According to city ordinance, residents can have a total of four dogs or cats.However, in the county, Griffis said there’s no limit on number of animals. Griffis also said the dogs and cats that are captured by their animal control units are taken to Odessa Animal Control in city limits.Griffis said one way to help limit the number of animal calls would be for owners to fix their dogs and cats. All pets adopted from OAC will be spayed or neutered per city ordinance unless the animal is too young at the time of adoption and a contract will be administered. Failure to meet contract obligations will result in a fine.“It’s always going to be a problem, because people have so many dogs,” Griffis said. “They don’t take care of them. They don’t get them spayed or neutered. It’s always going to be a problem. What’s unfortunate about it, there’s not enough rescue people in the world that would take all the strays.” ECSO, OPD see nearly three-fold spike in animal control calls By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Local NewsLaw Enforcement Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Pinterestcenter_img TAGS  Twitter Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Previous article050119_Cardio_drumming_jf_04Next articleGUEST VIEW: TexProtects helps prepare mothers of newborns, young children Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more


Delhi Oxygen Concentrators Hoarding Case: Delhi Court Refuses To Grant Stay On Coercive Action Against Businessman Navneet Kalra


first_imgNews UpdatesDelhi Oxygen Concentrators Hoarding Case: Delhi Court Refuses To Grant Stay On Coercive Action Against Businessman Navneet Kalra Nupur Thapliyal10 May 2021 2:15 AMShare This – xA Delhi Court on Monday refused to grant stay on coercive action against businessman Navneet Kalra in the anticipatory bail application moved by him in connection with the recovery and seizure of Oxygen Concentrators by the Delhi Police last week.While adjourning the bail plea for tomorrow, the Special Judge asked the Delhi Police to file a reply in the matter.Kalra had sought interim relief of no coercive action on part of the Delhi Police and had also denied the allegations of hoarding in the case.The Delhi Police had registered a case under various provisions of Indian Penal Code and also Essential Commodities Act for recovery of over 500 oxygen Concentrators from some restaurants in the national capital.The case has been transferred to the Crime Branch last week.TagsDelhi court Delhi Oxygen Concentrators Hoarding case Oxygen Concentrators Navneet kalra Next Storylast_img read more


Family’s adoption ceremony done via conference call due to coronavirus


first_imgiStock(NEW YORK) — As offices adjust amid the COVID-19 pandemic, courtrooms are one of many workplaces that have had to get inventive when it comes to getting their important and life-changing work done.The Parsons family has been anxiously awaiting the day they could celebrate their growing family with an official court adoption. Because of the coronavirus the venue was moved from a courthouse to a conference call.Parents Christopher and Tania, who adopted their now 13-year-old daughter in 2017, said they remembered from experience how special the big day was for their family and wanted to cement a similar moment for their newly adopted 7-year-old son Dominic.“We knew how exciting Angel’s adoption was and how much she loved her special day and how memorable it was,” Tania Parsons told ABC News. “Which we wanted to do again.”Her husband, Christopher Parsons, said at first the change of plans was a “big bummer,” but said they were “so excited” to make it legal regardless of where it happened. “He’s still gonna be our son officially.”“It’s still a happy day — we’re so excited,” the mom of two added.The judge who presided over the Parsons’ adoption, John F. Cherry, joined ABC News’ Pandemic: What You Need to Know and said the unique ceremony “was certainly emotional.”During the conference call with the Parsons, Cherry told the family, “You two angels, your husband and wife are going to guarantee a life of happiness and love for this child. And the court is so grateful to you for stepping up and wanting to be those angels on Earth for this child.”The juvenile dependency court judge from Pennsylvania explained that adoption cases are an uplifting and transformative experience.“I’ve worked with children for the balance of my life and it has a great effect on me personally because I’m there for the worst part of the matter,” he explained. “That is the horrific scenarios that deal with these children who are removed from homes. And then you see the reverse. Children are so resilient who are in loving and caring homes — who come in totally transformed.”During a typical adoption ceremony in person, Judge Cherry — a former teacher and coach — said he has a treasure chest for kids to take a toy from to help them feel more comfortable in his chambers on the big day.“I made a promise,” he said, “that when this is over they can all come to Judge Cherry’s treasure chest.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


UK Warships Work Together in Gulf


first_img UK Warships Work Together in Gulf Back to overview,Home naval-today UK Warships Work Together in Gulf View post tag: UK View post tag: Naval View post tag: together Minehunter HMS Grimsby recently met up with HMS Iron Duke in the Gulf.HMS Grimsby is about to end her two-year-plus tour of duty in the Middle East and return to the cooler surroundings of Faslane, while HMS Iron Duke is making her first appearance in the Gulf and, in this instance, shaking off the cobwebs after a fortnight in Dubai.The United Arab Emirates metropolis was the choice for the Type 23 frigate’s mid-deployment stand-down, permitting essential work on some of the ship’s systems and some essential R&R (Rest & Recuperation) for the ship’s company. In addition, the longer period alongside allowed the frigate to host two important visits.Alan Duncan, the Minister for International Development, was invited aboard for a briefing on the challenges encountered – and the contribution made – by the sizeable Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary presence in the Indian Ocean in the struggle against piracy.Shortly after the MP departed, the Armed Forces Pay Review Body came on board. A mixture of private and public sector economic experts, it’s the group’s job to provide the Ministry of Defence with independent advice on the pay and allowances sailors, soldiers and airmen should receive.To ensure they understand life in the Royal Navy – or at least a smidgen of it – they visit a deployed surface ship every year, with Iron Duke this year’s choice. They also visit Senior Service units and establishments in the UK, and Army and RAF establishments at home and abroad.The review group’s members talked to crew of all ranks on the Type 23, from Able Seamen right up to the Commanding Officer, Commander Nick Cooke-Priest, and left Iron Duke with a clear understanding of the challenges of life aboard a British warship in the Gulf.With visitors departed and maintenance completed, it was back to sea for a small trial period to ensure everything was working properly after the work carried out in Dubai.This trial period was conducted in the presence of Bahrain-based HMS Grimsby, with various Officer of the Watch manoeuvres and other procedures completed before the two Royal Navy vessels parted company.The Sandown Class minehunter will shortly be making the 6,000-mile (9,700km) journey home as HMS Ramsey sails east to take her place.As for Iron Duke, with the task of protecting Iraq’s two oil terminals now over – the ship completed the UK’s eight-year mission last month with the final patrol of the Al Basrah platform – the role of the Royal Navy’s on-watch Gulf frigate is now wider, providing support and reassurance to seafarers in the region.(mod)[mappress]Source: mod, May 24, 2011; View post tag: work View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy May 24, 2011 View post tag: Warships View post tag: Gulf Share this articlelast_img read more




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