While Washington fights the battle of the budget, a farm bill that will lead thenation’s agriculture into the next century is caught in the crunch.And failure to pass a farm bill sends the nation’s agricultural programs whirling backalmost 50 years.”The deadline was to pass a farm bill was, legally, Jan. 1,” said BillThomas, an economist with the University of Georgia Extension Service.”We are now facing a situation where a few Georgia crops, such as peanuts, cottonand dairy, have had some legislation that extends those programs through ’96 or ’97,”Thomas said.Federal law stipulates that failure to pass a new farm bill or vote an extension on theprevious farm bill forces the 1949 Agricultural Act into law.Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman has promised to reinstate the 1949 act ifCongress doesn’t approve a new farm policy by Feb. 15.Under the 1949 act, support prices would be based on parity, which Glickman said wouldraise support prices to about $7.82 per bushel for wheat and $5.50 to $5.75 per bushel forcorn — far higher than Congress has ever authorized and almost twice the current marketprices.The final price-support rates would be set by the middle of April for wheat, barley andoats. At the same time, a decision would be made whether marketing allotments will berequired for the 1997 wheat crop.”Congress now has three options,” Thomas said. “They can pass a farmbill with the rest of the budget package that will carry on for five to seven years; theycan vote for a two-year extension on the previous farm bill, or they can vote a one-yearextension.”Thomas’ bet: a two-year extension.”Most congressmen will be running for re-election this year,” he said,”and they don’t want to have to talk about a farm bill that has cuts when they’rerunning for re-election.”While Congress continues its tug-of-war over cuts and spending in Washington, southGeorgia farmers are getting ready to plant their fields in few weeks.To make time even more of the essence, Congress was scheduled to break for winterrecess Jan. 26 and won’t return to Washington until Feb. 20.”That’s too late for many farmers,” Thomas said.Rep. Pat Roberts (R – Kan.), chairman of the House agriculture committee, introduced aFreedom to Farm Bill, which didn’t get through during the original budget reconciliationprocess.”He has made some changes to the peanut program that has made that acceptable tothe Republican congressmen from Georgia,” Thomas said. “Some of the othercommodities, like dairy, aren’t happy.”The Republican plan would give farmers wide power to pick the crops they grow andguarantee a payment for seven years. In exchange, farm funding would be cut by one-fifth,and there would be an annual cap — the first ever — on spending.”We don’t know if the 1996 farm bill will be this free-standing Freedom to Farmbill or a part of the budget reconciliation,” Thomas said. “It’s not aboutdollars now.”The main thrust in the budget considerations for the industry meant agriculture had tocome up with $13.4 billion in savings.”That’s big to you and me, but not to Congress,” Thomas said. “They’retalking about a trillion dollars in expenditures over the next seven years.”Whatever they decide has to be done in the next few weeks before planting begins.”After the law passes, it will take USDA another couple of weeks to writeregulations,” Thomas said. “The farmer will be sitting on his tractor in southGeorgia waiting for someone to tell him the regulations before he can plant hiscrops.”
Walking through his peach orchard, a farmer notices something he has not seen before on the leaves of a few trees. He quickly pulls out his cell phone and accesses the MyIPM smartphone app.Through a series of descriptions, audio and images, the free mobile app and tool can help users diagnose crop diseases, insect pests and disorders of fruit crops grown in the Eastern U.S., including apple, blackberry, blueberry, bunch grape, cherry, cranberry, peach, pear and strawberry.The app was first developed by plant pathologists at Clemson University to give growers a “one-stop shop” to access all of the resources they might need for disease management, says Brett Blaauw, an assistant professor and peach specialist with the University of Georgia Department of Entomology. A couple of years later, two more apps were created: one focused on insect pests and another geared specifically for the Northeastern region of the U.S.“When I came to UGA, I worked on merging the three separate apps into one master app, which included new tools, crops and functionality,” Blaauw said. “The single MyIPM app currently has nine crops with disease diagnostic tools and six crops for insect diagnostic tools.”To date, the app has been downloaded more than 2,100 times. Designed to promote integrated pest management in commercial fruit crop production, one of Blaauw’s favorite aspects of the app is that it’s full of useful information for users of both Apple iOS and Android mobile operating systems.“Not only is there a large list of chemistries that are labeled for each disease or insect pest, but users also have the ability to view high-resolution pictures to identify symptoms and signs of disease and insect injury,” he said. “With that said, my real favorite aspect is that the app is free.”The app is continually being updated by leading Extension specialists at seven land-grant universities and the Southern IPM Center.Feedback from users has been overwhelmingly positive. Of the users surveyed, 65% say that the app has helped them manage pests and 70% say that it has increased their knowledge of pests and IPM, according to Blaauw.“Nearly everyone I talk to about the app is pleased with its functionality and ease of use,” he said.The app has been downloaded to more than 70 different countries, including India, Mexico and Canada.Blaauw is currently working on adding a section on beneficial insects to help growers identify “good bugs” using the app. He hopes to see the app expanded to include more crops.For more information on the MyIPM app, visit https://apps.bugwood.org/apps/myipmseries/.
We’re always excited to release the next month’s issue of the magazine, but March is a truly special one for us. If you weren’t aware, the magazine is celebrating its 20th anniversary — that’s right folks, 20 years of providing awesome outdoor content from the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. The best part? It doesn’t cost you a dime to read.We pride ourselves on the long-standing history of the magazine, and so, in honor of these past 20 years and the passionate minds who helped make it happen, we’re taking a look back (or in some cases a look forward) on the last two decades. Join with us as we celebrate record athletic feats, mourn environmental setbacks, and embrace the wonder for the great outdoors that has lead us to this very moment.Share your stories and adventures with us by visiting our 20th anniversary site and using the hashtag #myblueridge in your Instagram posts and Tweets.MEMORIESStaffers reflect on their most memorable moments at BRO.IN SEARCH OF A SECRET SPOTFor BRO owner Blake DeMaso, it all started with an Airstream.THE STORY OF B.R.O.How a small freebie survived—and thrived—to become the region’s largest outdoor mag.HIGHLIGHTS: A 20-Year TimelineThe peaks and valleys of outdoor adventure in the Blue Ridge since 1995.GEAR THROUGH THE YEARSA gearhead’s glance back at two decades of trail-tested goods.WHERE ARE THEY NOW?Catching up with outdoor athletes, leaders, and luminaries who have graced our pages.THE NEXT 20What’s ahead for adventure? Outdoor expert predictions include jet stream surfing, personal weather drones, and extra terrestrials.PARADISE SAVED, PARADISE LOSTTwo decades of environmental tragedies and triumphs.MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS: Looking Back, Looking AheadThe sonic landscape has been digitized, but these hills are still alive with the sound of music.
By Dialogo October 26, 2009 Uruguay’s presidential elections headed for a runoff after former guerrilla leader Jose Mujica fell short of the 50 percent needed for an outright victory over ex-president Luis Lacalle, media exit polls showed. “There will be a runoff,” said Channel 12 pollster Luis Gonzalez. The polls gave the incumbent Broad Front party candidate Mujica between 47 and 49 percent of the vote, followed by the National Party conservative Lacalle, who was a distant second with about 28-31 percent. The Colorado Party’s Pedro Bordaberry, 49, came in third with 17-18 percent of the ballot. A November 29 runoff would be held between the two top vote getters — Mujica and Lacalle. Mujica, 74, conceded he was heading for a runoff, but expressed optimism about its outcome. “We came very close to the majority,” he said. “Our party is very optimistic about the second round.” But Lacalle, 68, was not willing to give up. “We will be in control of the executive branch on November 29,” he assured. If Mujica wins the election, analysts believe he will continue left-wing economic policies introduced by outgoing President Tabare Vazquez, a pediatrician who is ending his five-year term on a wave of popularity but is constitutionally barred from reelection. For Mujica, ascending to the presidency would be vindication for wrongs he suffered under Uruguay’s brutal 1973-1985 dictatorship. As a founder of the Tupamaros urban rebel movement, Mujica was shot nine times, and was jailed in 1970 by the country’s then democratic authorities as they set about to largely crush his group. After twice escaping jail and being recaptured, he ended up behind bars and enduring solitary confinement as one of the prisoners of the military regime that took power in 1973, in part responding to Tupamaro radicalism. Mujica was freed under a general amnesty issued in 1985 when democracy was restored. If elected, he would be only the second former guerrilla to take power through the ballot box in Latin America, following Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega. But his guerrilla past is a sore point with conservatives in this small, temperate nation of 3.4 million wedged between Argentina and Brazil. “They want to transform Uruguay into a communist, socialist country. I hope Mujica does not win, because I would not vote for subversives, thieves and assassins,” Raquel Rodriguez, an 82-year-old retiree, said Sunday after voting for Bordaberry. But analysts depict Mujica as much more a reformer than a revolutionary. A former agriculture minister, he has promised to continue the policies of the outgoing government, which halved unemployment and strengthened minority rights, including laws allowing homosexuals to form civil unions and adopt children. Saturday, he praised the governing style of Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, a leftist whose moderate policies have eased early suspicions of the business sector. Along with presidential balloting on Sunday, Uruguayans said no to repealing an amnesty law for military and police accused of human rights violations during the junta era. Exit polls indicated that only between 47.7 and 48.3 percent approved the referendum initiative that would have struck down the law that addresses political crimes committed between 1973 and 1985. At least 50 percent of the vote was needed for the measure to pass. Voters also rejected a measure that would have allowed some half a million Uruguayans living abroad to cast ballots in national elections. At the same time, Uruguayans voted to renew their bicameral General Assembly that has 99 deputies and 31 senators.
By Dialogo June 12, 2012 Colombian authorities have confiscated 116 assets belonging to associates of Mexican drug boss Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán in seven departments, said the Colombian police on June 8. In a statement published on their website, the police announced that the termination of the right of ownership will be sought with regard to these properties and companies destined for money laundering, all of which were valued at over 15 million dollars. The assets were attributed by the police to the “Cifuentes Villa brothers,” suspected allies of the Sinaloa cartel led by ‘El Chapo’ for control of drug-trafficking routes along the Colombian and Ecuadorean Pacific coasts. Colombian authorities had already seized 58 assets in late April, also valued at 15 million dollars, and owned by a Colombian drug trafficker considered Guzmán’s right-hand man. The Mexican national is considered the world’s most wanted drug trafficker and is ranked 55th on the list of the world’s most powerful people compiled by the U.S. magazine Forbes.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr It seems we can barely make it a week without hearing of someone or some organization being “canceled.” And no, I’m not talking about canceling subscriptions or the bazillion cancelled events this year due to COVID-19.“Cancel culture”—the boycotting of people or organizations because of differing views—was largely born out of the #MeToo movement to “cancel” celebrities for problematic behaviors. As examples, public individuals like Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein and R. Kelly were all “canceled” by the public before their trials.Large organizations have also been threatened with “cancel culture” with a noticeable spike in this highly controversial election year. Consumers have called for “cancelling” Goya Foods, among others, for pro-Trump comments. In turn, Trump supporters called for “cancelling” Goodyear after an employee posted a photo of a company policy banning “Make America Great Again” attire in the workplace—and it went viral.“Cancel culture” has also impacted everyday people. David Shor is an example. He was canceled after tweeting a study from an academic journal questioning the political consequences of violent and peaceful protests. He was even fired from his job. This is placeholder text continue reading » This post is currently collecting data…
“They’re staging a peaceful protest and so far everything is under control. Nobody is acting violently,” Tembagapura police chief Eduard Edison told AFPWorkers and management “haven’t yet agreed on things and they are still negotiating”, he added.Freeport spokesman Riza Pratama said the company was “studying” the workers’ demands.”We’ll give them an answer as soon as possible, taking into account health and safety protocols,” he added.In May, Freeport said it was reducing its staff at the mine, which employed about 25,000 people, after virus infections rose in the area. Topics : More than 1,000 Indonesian workers blocked access to the world’s biggest gold mine on Monday in protest at a company move to shut down visits to their families over virus concerns. The miners demonstrated at the main entrance to the Grasberg complex — also a major copper mine — in Indonesia’s easternmost Papua region, as the workers and US-based operator Freeport held talks.The protest, which started early Monday morning, came in response to a company decision to cancel bus services to the city of Timika in response to fears about the spread of coronavirus infections.
Español, Non-discrimination, Press Release En el día de la fecha, el Gobernador Tom Wolf dio a conocer la siguiente declaración en respuesta a la última propagación de odio e información falsa por parte del Representante Russ Diamond:“Abominable, irrespetuoso, peligroso. No hay palabras que describan adecuadamente mi desdén por las payasadas que el Representante Diamond desplegó en su última misiva.“El comunicado de prensa del Representante Diamond no es más que un ataque apenas velado contra la comunidad LGBTQ y la Secretaria de Salud del Estado la Dra. Rachel Levine, una mujer transgénero y una líder respetada a nivel nacional en salud pública, cuya valentía y firmeza frente a los constantes ataques es loable.“Prácticamente ninguna persona pensante cuestiona al uso de las máscaras como un medio efectivo para detener la propagación de la COVID. Quienes ostentan con orgullo que no usan máscaras, como el Representante Diamond, no muestran su libertad, sino más bien su ignorancia y falta de respeto hacia ellos mismos, sus familias, vecinos y comunidades cuando no usan una máscara, y probablemente propaguen más este virus peligroso.“Equiparar cualquier falta de respeto hacia aquellos que no usan máscaras a las décadas de falta de respeto, amenazas y violencia contra nuestra comunidad LGBTQ va mucho más allá de las características distintivas de una sociedad decente. Que estas acciones provengan de un legislador elegido para representar de manera justa a todos sus electores es simplemente imperdonable.“Hago un llamamiento al liderazgo de los Republicanos de la Cámara de Representantes para que presente una resolución que censure al Representante de inmediato. Necesitamos que los Republicanos dejen de difundir información errónea al público en general, y necesitamos imperiosamente que sean más responsables y más receptivos a la salud y al bienestar de todos los residentes de Pennsylvania. Este comportamiento peligroso e imprudente no es bienvenido en Pennsylvania.”View this information in English. El Gobernador Wolf da a conocer su declaración en respuesta a la propagación de información falsa y ataques a la comunidad LGBTQ SHARE Email Facebook Twitter July 30, 2020
Germany-based shipping company BBC Chartering, part of the Briese Schiffahrt Group, has appointed Ulrich Ulrichs as a new CEO of the company.As announced in May, Ulrichs has taken over the CEO position from Svend Anderson.“We fully support Mr. Ulrichs in his new role, and we have full confidence that he will keep BBC Chartering on its steady course,” Roelf Briese from BBC Chartering said.Earlier this year, Ulrichs took the role of Chief Commercial Officer at BBC Chartering, heading the group’s global commercial business.Within his 20 year-long tenure in shipping, Ulrichs served AAL and Rickmers in various management positions, and last in the capacity of CEO of Rickmers-Line.Headquartered in Leer, BBC Chartering operates more than 150 multipurpose and heavy lift vessels. The company’s ships range from 3,500 dwt to 37,300 dwt and are capable of lifting cargo of up to 900 mts.