Indiana Farmers Union Convention to Feature Regional Farm and Food Advocates…

first_img SHARE By Hoosier Ag Today – Nov 10, 2017 Indiana Farmers Union has a terrific line-up for this year’s annual convention, to be held November 18 at Taxman Fortville, 29 S. Main St., Fortville. This free event offers a full lunch buffet by Taxman Fortville, a film screening of “Farmers For America,” giveaways, and food and farm advocates speaking throughout the day.FILM SCREENING:Farmers For America: The documentary traces the extraordinary changes coming to America’s food system as more and more consumers flock to farmers markets, embrace farm-to-table lifestyles, and insist on knowing the origins of their food. At the center of the film are the farmers, young and old, who provide the spirit and energy to bring urban and rural America together over what both share in common: our food. These farmers reflect nothing less than the face of America. With the average age of today’s farmer at 60, and rural America losing population as the cost of land and equipment soars, this film reveals the people waiting to take their place, the practices they’re championing and the obstacles they must overcome.FEATURED SPEAKERS:Joe Maxwell will discuss the power of industrial agriculture, the effects of market concentration on rural communities, and how farmers can work together to change the system. Maxwell served as the 45th Lieutenant Governor for the state of Missouri. Maxwell, who now owns and operates a successful pasture-raised hog operation called Maxwell Farm, was born in Kirksville, Missouri and grew up on a farm near Rush Hill in rural Audrain County, Missouri. Maxwell currently serves as the Executive Director for Organization for Competitive Markets and as President of the recently established Family Farm Action, and he is a member of the National Agriculture Advisory Council for The Humane Society of the United States.NFU honorary historian Tom Giessel will share his historical knowledge and findings on the early years of the Farmers Educational Cooperative Union of America, which grew out of the old Farmers’ Alliance organization. Giessel will speak on the original organizers and their history, how they organized Farmers Union locals and carefully structured the organization politically, and how Indiana Farmers Union got its start and developed into a modern-day organization. Giessel currently serves as Honorary Historian for the National Farmers Union and President of the Pawnee County Farmers Union.Other special guests and speakers include Katie Moyer, owner of Kentucky Hemp Works; Kent Yeager, Agriculture Liaison to Senator Joe Donnelly; National Farmers Union Membership Director Tom Bryant; and Indiana Farmers Union President James Benham.What: Indiana Farmers Union Annual ConventionWho: Indiana Farmers Union members and others interested in learning more about membership opportunities and benefitsWhen: 10 a.m to 4 p.m., Nov. 18Where: Taxman Fortville, 29 S. Main St., Fortville, IndianaRSVP: Please RSVP on the Facebook event page, so that we can appropriately plan for the event: more details about the event, contact [email protected] or call (317) 371-2970.To join Indiana Farmers Union and enjoy discounts on seed, supplies and farm insurance, as well as receive information about opportunities for education, legislation and cooperative development, visit indianafarmersunion.orgSource: Indiana Farmers Union Previous articleUSDA Boosts Indiana Corn Production in November ReportNext articleMore Harvest Interruptions Looming Hoosier Ag Today Indiana Farmers Union Convention to Feature Regional Farm and Food Advocates and “Farmers for America” film screening Facebook Twitter SHARE Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Indiana Farmers Union Convention to Feature Regional Farm and Food Advocates and…last_img read more

Orange Announces the Opening of Nine Orange 5G Labs to Enable Economic Players to…

first_img Facebook Orange Announces the Opening of Nine Orange 5G Labs to Enable Economic Players to Bring 5G Uses to Life Orange is launching this initiative by opening a real network of Orange 5G Lab sites in France and abroad in 2021 Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleGrosjean moves to IndyCar with Coyne after 9 seasons in F1Next articleSnoopy shines in Apple TV+ series that’s true to its roots Digital AIM Web Support Twitter Pinterestcenter_img TAGS  Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – February 3, 2021 WhatsApp Pinterest Local NewsBusinesslast_img read more

Two Derry men charged with abusing and insulting tourists

first_img Twitter Google+ Twitter Google+ By News Highland – August 10, 2012 Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebook Pinterest Two men who allegedly abused and insulted tourists of three different nationalities in what was described as ‘a disgraceful incident’ have been remanded in custody at Derry Magistrate’s Court.19 year old Ryan Sharkey of 11, Jasmin Court and 20 year old Ruarai Canning of 42, Southend Park were charged with two counts of disorderly behaviour in Fahan Street on Wednesday.Sharkey was also charged with having an offensive weapon and assaulting an unidentified Australian tourist on the same date, while Canning faced a further two charges of indecent behaviour and exposure on the same day.The court was told that an actor in the Maiden City Festival was on the walls waiting to take part in a pageant and saw four men on the green area below the walls.A group of Italian tourists approached the actor who began his script and used the word ‘Londonderry’.At this point the defendants are alleged to have shouted sectarian remarks, while Canning, who had been urinating, was said to have exposed himself at the group.Shortly afterwards, the group approached two Australian women and asked them for money. As the Australians left the area, Sharkey is alleged to have thrown a bottle at them.Defence solicitor Gareth McFadden said both his clients were extremely intoxicated at the time.District Judge Barney McElholm said it was ‘a disgraceful incident’ at a time when the city is trying to attract tourists. He said there was no chance of him granting bail until at least the Maiden City Festival and tomorrow’s Apprentice Boys’ march are over.He remanded the two in custody to appear again on August 13. Facebook 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic WhatsAppcenter_img Pinterest Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Previous articleGovernment accused of pursuing vindictive campaign against Fahan MarinaNext articleCllr Larkin will fully co-operate with Council over expenses claims News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Two Derry men charged with abusing and insulting tourists News Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North last_img read more

Huge legal changes: but no guidelines

first_img HR professionals are today facing the most far reaching changes to employment relations in a generation without clear guidance from government.Experts are warning that employers are in danger of inadvertently breaking the law on Statutory Union Recognition because easy-to-follow guidance from the Government has not been made available. As unions geared up to target high-profile employers, such as McDonald’s, with recognition bids, personnel professionals were being steered towards technical notes on the legislation to help them deal with claims. But the 27,000 word explanatory notes on the DTI web site are considered almost as impenetrable as the law itself. Lawyers have called it the most complex yet in employment legislation. From today unions can gain automatic bargaining rights on pay, holidays and hours where half the workforce are members or 40 per cent vote for recognition in a ballot.David Yeandle, deputy director of employment policy at the Engineering Employers’ Federation, said the EEF is trying to produce its own guide.“Only a small number of employers and legal advisers will understand this law, it is not in a form that is user-friendly. “The Government should have produced a layman’s guide,” he said.Robbie Gilbert, chief executive of the Employers’ Forum on Statute and Practice, said few employers know that they only have 10 days to respond when they get a request from a union.“People need time to put systems in place to ensure requests are dealt with. It is not good enough that such an extremely big and sensitive change is being rushed in,” he said. “The Government should not have imposed this 6 June deadline, it should have allowed more time for guidance to come out.” Guidance on how the Central Arbitration Committee will deal with applications for recognition is also missing.It is due to come out this week. The CAC was unable to produce its guidance earlier because CAC members were only appointed by the DTI in April.A DTI spokeswoman said, “Longer explanatory notes, with detailed flow charts explaining the procedure were out last year. There is also a code of practice and information about the collective bargaining process. We are not planning to put anything else out.” Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Huge legal changes: but no guidelinesOn 6 Jun 2000 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more


first_img 1987-to date Founder, managing director, CEO of PWA1986-1988 HR manager, Mars Electronics1984-1986 Personnel officer, Fisons Pharmaceuticals R&D (now Astra Zeneca)1983-1984 Leicester Poly, one year full-time IPD course1980-1983 Graduate trainee, personnel officer, RHP Bearings1977-1980 Umist, BSc Mechanical EngineeringBOX1986-1988 HR manager, Mars Electronics1984-1986 Personnel officer, Fisons Pharmaceuticals R&D (now Astra Zeneca)1983-1984 Leicester Poly, one year full-time IPD course1980-1983 Graduate trainee, personnel officer, RHP Bearings1977-1980 Umist, BSc Mechanical Engineering DatesOn 11 Jul 2000 in Personnel Todaylast_img

Drinking-up time

first_imgRelated posts: Features list 2021 – submitting content to Personnel TodayOn this page you will find details of how to submit content to Personnel Today. We do not publish a… Comments are closed. Drinking-up timeOn 1 Mar 2002 in Military, Personnel Todaycenter_img Previous Article Next Article A problem drinker who has a relapse will probably not betreated as sympathetically at work as someone with a recurrence of, say,hypertension or diabetes. But in the armed services, where retaining trainedpersonnel is vital, every effort is made to help, by A Kingscote, B Coldwell, andC Mackin Many conditions that have a behavioural component, such as diabetes,hypertension and asthma, often reoccur. Similarly, problem drinkers are knownto relapse. While a review of outcome research demonstrates that the treatment ofalcohol problems, diabetes, hypertension and asthma are comparable1, thepotential occupational consequences are often more severe for the problemdrinker. Employers frequently regard relapse as a continuation of the originalproblem, even when people have been successful in moderating their behaviourfor some time. The employee may be dealt with as having ‘used up’ his or her‘last chance’. This poses a dilemma for those working in occupational health. Dismissal forthe problem drinker following a period of success may seem harsh and this viewis compounded by the fact that relapse in other conditions that have a similarrate of recurrence are likely to be dealt with much more sympathetically. This dilemma is particularly acute in situation such as that in the militaryservices, where recruitment and retention of personnel are areas of greatconcern. Does rehabilitation work? In a recent presentation at the International Conference for the Treatmentof Addictive Behaviours, Cape Town, 2000, McLellan1 suggested the question:”Does rehabilitation of problem drinkers work?”, should be placed inthe context of a second question: “Compared to what?” A review of the research clearly demonstrated that the outcome of alcoholrehabilitation is comparable to other conditions. Relapse through non-compliance with treatment leading to a further episodeof incapacity is common in many conditions, yet, as most workers with analcohol problem are aware, the attitudes of employers and healthcareprofessionals are likely to be much more subjective in their case. A recurrence of asthma or hypertension as a result of failure to comply withtreatment is usually dealt with as another episode of the original problem.With this approach in mind, a pathway of care was formulated by the substancemisuse team at the Duchess of Kent Psychiatric Hospital, which is part of theoccupational health services for the Royal Navy, British Army, and RoyalAirforce. Pathway of care It can be seen from the figure above that the pathway of care is alsoapplicable to other conditions with a behavioural component. It also meets theneeds of both employer and employee. The pathway of care consists of – Planning reviews – Ongoing treatment and support – Treatment for relapse with alternatives for future treatment/dischargewithin a two-year period – Plans for relapse following a two-year period of success This provides the clinician, the client/employee and the employer with aclear agenda. Setting out the pathway of care in this way may help thoseconsidering continuation or termination of service to make decisions regardingservicemen or women treated for alcohol misuse. Decisions made in this way willbe the same as those made for clients treated for other conditions that aresubject to recurrence. Alcohol misuse has serious implications for fitness for duty in aprofessional military organisation but the loss of highly trained personnel isalso taken seriously. Referral, assessment and treatment procedures are largely similar to thoseoperating elsewhere. However the consideration of ‘fitness to serve on’ withina military service is critical. Fortunately, in the services, it is possible in some cases to reduce the person’sresponsibilities by organising reassignment to less sensitive areas orrelocation to settings more conducive to long-term success. Review, ongoing support and re-assessment are essential. Extra help from thesubstance misuse team is available to clients either by attending the unit orthrough the support and consultative advice it can give to community services. Treatment and rehabilitation Initial treatment following assessment offers a rehabilitation programmethat includes attending a three-day cognitive behavioural group that usesmotivational interviewing techniques with added individual sessions Using thecycle of change2, relapse prevention and dealing with relapse are integralcomponents of treatment. At follow up, slips and relapse are dealt with aslearning experiences, with the aim of attaining long-term success. Accepting the cycle of change, clinicians are able to justify long-termtreatment of clients. However, employers have wider responsibilities than tothe person alone. Occupational health staff have responsibilities to individualemployees, the workforce as a whole and the employer. They need to apply thecycle of change within their particular context. These responsibilities are particularly pertinent for the substance abuseteam working in the military setting. So, the development of a clear pathway ofcare is essential. While review of ‘safety and suitability to serving on’ is anongoing process built into the ‘trial of duty’, the pathway developed builds inthe pathway of success. Following a period of two years or longer of abstinence or unproblematicdrinking, relapse is dealt with as a new problem, as the precipitatingcontingencies may well differ from the original referral. So, the relapse of analcohol problem is dealt with in much the same way as a recurrence or furtherepisode of conditions such as asthma or hypertension. It would seem that this approach is consistent with research findings andwith meeting the needs of the military services in retaining skilled personnel.Defining the pathway clearly to the employer and the employee gives allconcerned a clear understanding of the treatment approach and fulfils theresponsibilities of the occupational health department. Removing the sword of Damocles that hangs over people being treated for arelapse of alcohol abuse is likely to result in more people seeking help, andbeing re-referred more quickly. It may be considered that development ofsimilar pathways may be useful in other settings catering to the particularneeds of specific organisations. Dr A Kingscote is Consultant Psychiatrist, Ms B Coldwell, ConsultantClinical Psychologist and Mr C Mackin, Clinical Nurse Specialist at theSubstance Misuse Team, Duchess of Kent Psychiatric Hospital, Catterick, N.Yorks. References 1. McLellan AT (2000) Does Alcohol Treatment Work? Presentation at theInternational Conference on Treatment of Addictive Behaviours, Cape Town, SouthAfrica. 2. Prochaska J, DiClemente C (1998) Comments, criteria and creating bettermodels; in response to Davidson. In: Miller WR, Heather N (eds) TreatingAddictive Behaviours. New York: Plenum. last_img read more

US DOE announces $33m for natural gas pipeline retrofitting projects

first_img US commits $33m for natural gas pipeline retrofitting projects. (Credit: PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay) The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced $33 million in funding for 10 projects as part of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s (ARPA-E) Rapid Encapsulation of Pipelines Avoiding Intensive Replacement (REPAIR) program. REPAIR teams will develop natural gas transmission pipeline retrofitting technology to rehabilitate existing cast iron and bare steel pipes by creating new, robust pipes inside of old ones.“Enhancing America’s energy infrastructure, particularly for our abundant, reliable and affordable natural gas, is one of the highest priorities of this Administration,” said Under Secretary of Energy Mark W. Menezes. “The United States is now the world’s largest producer of oil and natural gas, and natural gas exports have quadrupled since President Trump took office. In order to keep up with this growing industry, it is imperative we modernize and build out infrastructure to safely and efficiently bring this product to market.“Natural gas is a crucial energy source for 75 million American households and businesses,” said ARPA-E Director Lane Genatowski. “REPAIR teams will develop technology that enables gas utilities to update their distribution systems at low cost and continue to reliably service commercial and residential gas delivery needs nationwide.”The selected REPAIR teams are developing smart coatings, robotic systems to line the inside of pipes, inspection tools to verify the integrity of the pipes, and mapping tools to enable 3D renderings of pipes and adjacent underground infrastructure. Technologies developed through these projects are working to extend the life of rehabilitated pipes by a minimum of 50 years and ensuring they have sufficient material properties to operate without reliance on the exterior pipe, all while meeting utility and regulatory requirements for use in natural gas distribution pipes.Legacy pipes are still in use today and make up roughly 3% of distribution pipes in use. These legacy pipes account for a disproportionate number of leaks compared to modern infrastructure. REPAIR teams are developing technologies to address deficiencies while also working toward a 10-to-20-times reduction in cost per mile. Source: Company Press Release REPAIR teams will develop natural gas transmission pipeline retrofitting technology to rehabilitate existing cast ironlast_img read more

O.C. Theatre Company Stages Comeback Amid COVID Crisis

first_imgBy MADDY VITALEFor 13 years, the Ocean City Theatre Company has captivated and entertained audiences with performances showcasing young talents in productions, dance numbers and song.The COVID-19 pandemic led to the cancellation of the OCTC’s summer series held each year at the Music Pier. Much of the theatre company classes were held virtually.Now, while adhering strictly to CDC guidelines, the theatre company is making a comeback by offering an impressive lineup of musical theatre, acting and dance classes for students in grades 8th through 12th grade, as well as for adults.There will be mandatory face coverings, a limited enrollment of 10 participants per class and pre-class health screenings.Michael Hartman, the city’s special events coordinator and OCTC founder, explained that the classes will be an opportunity for students and adults at a time when theatre has been closed due CDC restrictions amid the pandemic.“As always, OCTC provides a safe space for performers of all ages to push their creativity and develop confidence,” Hartman noted. “We have also gone above and beyond to make sure these offerings meet CDC guidelines so that we are being smart about coming together in a COVID-19 world.”Students pose in 2019 during a rehearsal of “School House Rocks Live!” (Photo courtesy OCTC)And with so many shows canceled, theaters shuttered and school productions on hold, OCTC is enabling students and adults to continue honing their crafts so that when things reopen, they will be ready.“OCTC is constantly looking for ways to provide for the community and to stay relevant at a time when traditional performing arts productions can’t operate under current guidelines,” he added.The expansion of the adult activities will give adults some time to de-stress.“A blessing of this year was that we have had time and flexibility to expand our adult activities that have not been part of our 13-year history. Our adult classes will be a chance for social interaction, dust off talents from a younger time in life or try something totally new a different,” Hartman emphasized.All of the classes will be held at the theatre’s headquarters at 1501 West Ave. Advance registration must be completed by Oct. 1. To register or learn more, visit the education page of for students give the young talents a way to hone their skills even while theatre is shut down.“These classes provide wonderful opportunities for youth to fine tune their craft so that when productions are back on stages across America, the participants of the classes are stronger performers because they have focused on technique and not just the rehearsal and performance process,” Hartman pointed out.Here are some of the opportunities that OCTC will offer starting Monday, October 5:Musical Theatre Styles For Youth In Grades 8th-12thStudents will explore the scene work that surrounds classic and current Broadway hits. Participants will learn musical theatre performance techniques paired with several classic musical theatre production numbers. Classes will run Monday evenings starting Oct. 5 through Nov. 2.Broadway star Michael Lee Brown, at left, pictured at OCTC in 2017, will lead a class.Musical Theatre Dance Class For AdultsParticipants will learn the classic Broadway style of dance along with some fitness/movement fun. Participants will work on the building blocks of this specific style with an emphasis on movement quality and high-energy body movements.Participants will learn multiple combinations from various Broadway musicals throughout the session. This class is open to anyone over the age of 18 and all ability levels. Classes will be held Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. starting Oct. 6 through Nov. 3.High School Acting and Monologue Class Taught By Broadway Star Michael Lee Brown From The Tony Award-Winning Cast of Dear Evan Hansen.This class will teach students how to bring a monologue to life. Students will learn how to develop characters, explore depth of emotion, transport themselves into the understanding and circumstances of the character and deliver a strong, performance-ready monologue.This class is open to students in 9th-12th grades and there are two sessions that will run Wednesday evenings beginning Oct. 7 through Nov. 4. It should be noted that Michael Lee Brown is a product of Ocean City Theatre Company’s summer theatre camps and professional company, so this will be an incredible way to welcome him back home to OCTC.Adult Acting Classes This class will focus on scene work, partner work and monologues. Participants will be challenged with learning theatre vocabulary, researching the play, analyzing the script and work to bring characters to life. This class is open to anyone over the age of 18 of all ability levels. Classes will be held Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. starting Oct. 8 through Nov. 5. The OCTC will once again offer young talents dance, acting and singing classes starting next month. This photo was taken during a 2019 rehearsal for “Guys and Dolls.” (Photo courtesy OCTC)last_img read more

Bakery’s double whammy at Scotch Pie competition

first_imgThe Bon Bon Cake Shop has pulled off a notable double at the 2006 World Scotch Pie Championship, writes Ian Martin. During last week’s prize-giving ceremony at Dunfermline’s Lauder College, the Airdrie-based business was not only named World Scotch Pie Champion for 2006, but also picked up the top award in the bridie section. Founded in the late 1960s and employing just 14 people, the Bon Bon Cake Shop normally produces up to 30 dozen Scotch pies on a weekday and nearer 40 dozen at the weekend. But according to owner Robert Cowan, demand grew 50% on the day after the awards ceremony, as news of the triumph began to filter into the local media. Mr Cowan insists that production of the hand-made pies represents “a collective effort” within the business. The standard shop recipe entered for the World Scotch Pie Championship comprises “good-quality Scotch beef” in “a thin and quite crisp pastry shell”, explained Mr Cowan. “We spice the pies to the taste of locals here in Airdrie,” he added. All the pies produced in the bakery are sold through the adjoining shop, thereby guaranteeing freshness, he said.This year’s World Scotch Pie Championship attracted 248 product entries from 60 companies. “The overall standard just gets better every year,” observed competition founder Alan Stuart of Stuarts of Buckhaven. “The event has become established in the food calendar and the trade looks forward to it.” Mr Stuart drew particular attention to the high level of innovation within the speciality section of the competition, which was won this year by F Ballard Butchers of Castle Douglas for its Lamb rosti pie.Having scooped four awards at last year’s event, Nevis Bakers of Fort William picked up a further five at the latest ceremony, including a bronze for its Scotch pie, golds for its bridie and beef stroganoff pie, and silvers for its Hotchpotch pie and Orkney beef pie.last_img read more

Reporting in Loss of industry inspiration

first_imgOver the past few years, I have made it my business to try to understand the educational and training requirements of the baking industry and, in some way, do my bit to ensure that any future education and training developments are relevant to the industry.That said, I firmly believe that even if the correct framework is in place, the quality of the final qualification will only ever be as good as the actual course material and how well it is delivered.Why? Because, in my opinion, education and training are not just about skill and knowledge transfer. They are about inspiring people. With inspiration comes the will and wish to learn and, if you’re willing to learn, then the skill and knowledge transfer becomes that much easier.Up and down the country there are people who dedicate themselves to educating and training the future of our industry. They do this to the best of their ability and within the constraints of either academic bureaucracy within the college environment, or, training budgets and time constraints within the business environment. But one thing unites the majority: they are knowledgeable and passionate about their subject and, as a result, they inspire their learners to learn.Unfortunately, a good number of these people are approaching retirement, or have now retired. As I write this, to my knowledge at least four have retired and, with them, their knowledge, skills and ability to inspire have gone from the industry. I just wonder where their replacements will come from.l See also Open Letter, page13last_img read more