Economist Says Presidential Candidates Only Paying Lip-Service to Rural Issues

first_img Economist Says Presidential Candidates Only Paying Lip-Service to Rural Issues SHARE By Andy Eubank – Oct 17, 2012 Previous articleMatlock Gets Set for Run at FFA National OfficeNext articleVilsack Touts Ag Export Success Under President Obama Andy Eubank The Economics Department Chair at the University of North Dakota says the voters who place a high priority on agricultural policy and rural issues have been largely invisible in the presidential campaigns. Speaking on AgriTalk Radio this week – Dr. David Flynn said we’re hearing far too little about the issues affecting agriculture and rural economies. While these issues are critically important to the entire country – he said they’re being overlooked as both campaigns focus on regions and demographics where they believe the most votes are up for grabs. Flynn said the candidates tend to focus on the importance of farming in rural life when they visit small towns and state fairs in the middle part of the country – but not on the national stage. He noted campaign literature from both campaigns is dramatically lacking in policy statements on agriculture or rural issues. He believes the candidates should be pointing to agriculture as a success story – and looking at how to replicate that performance in other sectors of the economy.Source: NAFB News Service Home Indiana Agriculture News Economist Says Presidential Candidates Only Paying Lip-Service to Rural Issues Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter SHARElast_img read more

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Wells Fargo Indiana Weather Forecast 3/20/2015

first_img Wells Fargo Indiana Weather Forecast 3/20/2015 SHARE By Hoosier Ag Today – Mar 19, 2015 Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Mother Nature is trying very hard this morning to not quite be done with moisture over the state. We have a big block of cloud cover around over the northern half of the state, and we just cant rule out a few spits and sprinkles into mid morning from I-70 northward. However we must stress that we think most of the action today will be just clouds, and if any precipitation does fall…it will be very minor…a few hundredths at best. And again…it should be completely gone by mid to late morning, if not sooner.Enjoy the next two days – today and tomorrow – because we have a major cold front that comes blasting in overnight Saturday night into Sunday. We still look for some 15-20 degree differences (or more) in high temps from Saturday to Sunday. Most of the air mass change will come dry…no precipitation is expected. But…we will need to bundle back up as we start the work week. The European model tries to bring some action into the northern tier counties of Indiana early Monday as the cold air really settles in…but we actually look for that to be more of a WI/MI system…and do not think there will be much action down here. Still…if you live along and north of US 30…it might be something to keep an eye on as we move toward Monday.A better frontal complex moves in for midweek next week. Models are trying to spread this out over a longer period, staring it early Wednesday and keeping moisture around into midday Thursday. We are not looking for that. We look for most action from Wednesday midday through midnight. Rain totals still fall between .2 and .8” and we will see coverage at about 90% of the state. This will be the first good rain potential that a large part of the state has seen in weeks (excluding southern Indiana). Temps will be cool, but at this point we have not concern about snowflakes.Cold air looks to be more aggressive over the state from late next week through early April, with several deep cold air incursions coming. We posted a map of this yesterday…and the extended models look similar today. I count at least 3 well below normal pushes of cold air from next weekend through the 6th. We also see some precipitation threats preceding each cold air push…with a system in early April that could have some potential at giving significant rains. So stay tuned.Overall, our nice, mild days are numbered…and most of next week will feel much more like late march is supposed to. . Home News Feed Wells Fargo Indiana Weather Forecast 3/20/2015 SHARE Previous articleHoosiers Advocate for Ag Research in WashingtonNext articleMorning Outlook Hoosier Ag Todaylast_img read more

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Antarctic intertidal limpet ecophysiology: a winter-summer comparison

first_imgThe Antarctic intertidal zone is one of the world’s most extreme marine environments. As well as having a typically high annual temperature variation (~ 30 °C), it is affected by frequent ice scouring in summer and ice encasement in winter, as well as substantial salinity fluctuations during tidal cycles. For many years the Antarctic intertidal was believed to host only migratory species during summer, however, recent studies have found several permanently resident macrofaunal species, including the limpet Nacella concinna. Here we present results of the first seasonal comparison of different ecophysiological parameters in this species collected from the intertidal in both winter (August and September) and summer (January and February) on Adelaide Island (West Antarctic Peninsula). There was clear evidence of seasonal acclimatisation with a shift in thermal window between winter and summer limpets. The seasonal change in metabolic rate did not show increased costs in winter (cf metabolic cold adaptation) and the seasonal increase in oxygen consumption was within the range expected due to the physical effects of temperature alone. O:N ratios indicated that the animals were using the same metabolic substrate (mainly protein) all year round. There was no significant difference in condition factor between winter and early summer individuals. However comparisons with subtidal N. concinna showed that those from the intertidal had a lower condition factor than those permanently immersed. Whilst remaining in the ice-encased intertidal during winter may give access to ice-algae and microphytobenthos in the shallows and provide a feeding advantage early in the season, there are clearly extra costs to living in the intertidal per se. Hence N. concinna may not derive any obvious fitness advantage but may simply be occupying an available niche and surviving the physical challenges in the shallows.last_img read more

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Maritime Partner Announces Contract with Ghana Ports, Harbours Authority

first_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Maritime View post tag: Naval View post tag: partner Maritime Partner Announces Contract with Ghana Ports, Harbours Authority View post tag: Navy April 26, 2012 Back to overview,Home naval-today Maritime Partner Announces Contract with Ghana Ports, Harbours Authority View post tag: contract View post tag: ports View post tag: Ghana Industry news View post tag: authority View post tag: Harbours View post tag: Announces Maritime Partner has announced their first contract with Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority.The contracts include delivery of a brand new design , Alusafe 1600 Security Patrol and Rescue Boat, various training of personnel and a spare part package. Delivery is set to late 2012.The craft will be installed with twin Volvo Penta D11-600 and Hamilton HJ 322 Waterjets which will give the boat a top speed of 35 knots.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , April 26, 2012; Image: maritime-partner Share this articlelast_img read more

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Professor Stephen Hawking to give lecture on black holes

first_imgProfessor Stephen Hawking, the celebrated physicist and cosmologist, is to give a free public lecture on black holes at the Oxford University Mathematics Institute on Wednesday January 18 at 5pm.Spaces were made available today and demand is expected to be very high. The Mathematics Institute will be podcasting the lecture live.He will speaking about black holes in the inaugural Roger Penrose lecture at the Royal Observatory Quarter on Woodstock Road.Prof Hawking is currently Director of Research at the Cambridge University Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics.The Professor, now 74, was diagnosed with the motor neurone disease ALS at the age of 21.It will be the first lecture in a new series offered by the Mathematics Institute, in celebration of the lifetime’s contribution of Professor Roger Penrose.It was alongside Penrose that Hawking showed that Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity implied space and time would have a beginning in the Big Bang and an end in black holes.The lecture will be Hawking’s second address in Oxford in the space of three months, having spoken at the Union in November.His speech there – tickets for which sold out in minutes – warned that humans will die out within 1,000 years unless mankind leaves earth.People can email [email protected] to register to attend the event, and visit maths.ox.ac.uk for more details.Oxford University have been contacted for for comment.last_img read more

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Greencore disposes of Ministry of Cake

first_imgConvenience food producer Greencore has announced the  disposal of its foodservice desserts business Ministry of Cake in its half-year results.The business has been disposed of in a management buyout for an upfront cash consideration of £8m and deferred consideration of up to £3m as Greencore focuses on its main business.Elsewhere, it reported that group revenue is up 9.3% on a like-for-like basis to £619.8m in its results for the 26 weeks to 28 March. It reported its Convenience Foods division saw like-for-like revenue growth of 9.6%, while group operating profit was up 14% to £37.2m.The company said its food-to-go business had “maintained the strong revenue momentum seen in Q4 2013” with both US and UK businesses delivering growth. The UK Prepared Meals and Grocery businesses have also delivered “steady performances”, while Greencore announced plans to make a multi-year investment of £30m in its Northampton facility to meet orders for a new contract in the chilled sandwich category.InvestmentIts US food-to-go business will also be a focus with the acquisition of Lettieri’s LLC – a manufacturer of frozen food-to-go products for the convenience channel – a £6m investment in its Florida facility to manufacture frozen food-to-go products and the announcement of a greenfield sandwich manufacturing facility in Rhode Island for £20m. The latter will facilitate the closure of existing leased sites in Newburyport and Brockton, Massachusetts.Patrick Coveney, chief executive, said: “The business delivered a strong first-half performance, driving 18.6% earnings per share growth. Our strategy of focusing on the food-to-go market is working well in both the UK and the US.”Over the past six months we have stepped up our strategic investments in Minneapolis, Jacksonville, Rhode Island and Northampton to support confirmed new business with several large customers. These investments, as well as the strong trading momentum that we are seeing across our group, have left us well positioned for further growth in the months and years ahead.”last_img read more

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first_imgJunior Chris Hunt was scanning his Facebook newsfeed on his Mac when he first read the news about the death of former Apple CEO Steve Jobs. “You can’t really talk about the 21st century without talking about Steve Jobs,” Hunt said. “He basically built the framework for how we communicate.” Jobs died Wednesday after a long battle with a rare form of pancreatic cancer. Though Jobs never completed college, Hunt said the businessman is an example to students at Notre Dame because of his determination and persistence. “Even though he didn’t finish college, he loved learning,” Hunt said. “He was determined and always tried to keep learning and expanding himself.” James O’Rourke, professional specialist for the Mendoza College of Business, said Jobs was not only a skilled business executive, but also “an extraordinary leader and visionary.” “Steve Jobs changed the way we communicate and made all of us better at what we do,” O’Rourke said. “That’s an extraordinary legacy.” Jobs build a unique culture at Apple during his time at the head of the company, O’Rourke said. “While others saw risk and danger in technology investment, Steve saw opportunity,” he said. “He also saw around corners.  He had the uncanny ability to tell what was coming next because he had a hand in creating it.  He built loyalty, enthusiasm and exceptional quality into his brand.  There is, quite literally, no one else like him in the world today.” The development of the Apple brand revolutionized the market and made the company a household name, he said. “Depending on which survey you read, it’s either the largest or one of the largest companies in the world in terms of market capitalization,” O’Rourke said. “That came about as a result of exceptionally bright, insightful, loyal employees who’ve turned the Apple brand into something of a consumer cult. As the company looks to the future, O’Rourke said Jobs’ shoes will be big ones to fill. “The trick now for [Jobs’ successor] Tim Cook is to support and nurture the culture and encourage all of those who were attracted to Mr. Jobs to sustain their momentum,” he said. “He won’t have the same genius insight into technology that Jobs had, but he has enormous resources and some of the best minds on earth working for him.  He won’t have the same personal charisma and communicative abilities, but who would?” Sophomore Catherine Simonson said she uses her iPod every day. “I think [Jobs] kind of defined our generation,” Simonson said. “Even in terms of email, it is just assumed that you will get your email on your phone now … I was watching a video about him where he was talking about the iPhone. He said, ‘This is your life in your pocket.’” Apple has been at the center of technological developments over the past several decades “He played a major role in solidifying [the way we communicate] in that aspect,” she said. Cory Angst, assistant professor of management, called the former Apple CEO a “mastermind.” “I think the thing that sets him [and Apple] apart … from other innovative companies is that he has always taken the approach that you can’t ask customers what they want because they don’t actually know what to ask for,” he said. The big question now for Apple is whether the company will continue to produce cutting-edge products without Jobs, Angst said. “There are few people that would say that the success of a multi-billion dollar company like Apple could hinge on only one person, even a charismatic leader like Jobs,” Angst said. “I suspect that what Jobs has left is a highly innovative culture that now pervades all ranks of employees at Apple, and I fully expect them to innovate for decades to come.” American Studies professor Robert Schmuhl said Jobs also shaped the world of modern media. “With Jobs at the helm, Apple has been in the vanguard of media development,” Schmuhl said. “The communications world is different because of him. Music is distributed differently. Entertainment is more accessible. And news now arrives via iPhone or iPad at any moment.” Schmuhl said the future of Apple is now uncertain. “Can Apple continue to lead the way without him?” Schmuhl said. “That’s a question worth considering now.”last_img read more

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Argentine Navy Captures Chinese Vessel Fishing Illegally

first_imgBy Eduardo Szklarz/Diálogo May 19, 2020 Argentine Navy service members captured a Chinese ship that was fishing illegally in the Argentine Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), amid growing concern over predatory fishing in the South Atlantic.On May 5, the Offshore Patrol Vessel ARA Bouchard was conducting surveillance in Argentine maritime waters when it sighted the Chinese vessel Hong Pu 16 fishing illegally off the coast of Puerto Madryn, in Patagonia. The Chinese vessel (specializing in squid fishing) had its identification system off and its fishing lights on.Radar images show almost 100 foreign vessels anchored at mile 201; these boats enter the Argentine Exclusive Economic Zone to fish for squid. (Video/YouTube, Sea Captain Alberto Mendoza)“After repeated attempts by radio and flares to communicate, the fishing boat headed for international waters,” the Argentine Navy said in a press release. The Chinese ship sped up, seeking refuge among foreign fishing vessels anchored at mile 201, the boundary for international waters.Service members then began to pursue the offending vessel, according to legal regulations in force, urging the crew to stop and allow boarding and inspection. After nearly three hours, the Chinese vessel allowed Argentinian authorities on board to confirm the criminal offense.“The Hong Pu 16 had 700 kilograms of fresh fish and 300 tons of frozen fish inside the ship’s hold,” the Navy said.Argentine Naval PrefectureOn April 28, Coast Guard GC-27 Prefecto Fique of the Argentine Naval Prefecture sighted the Chinese vessel Lu Rong Yuan Yu 668, fishing about 390 kilometers off the coast of Puerto Madryn.“The vessel had its fishing lights on, with its fishing gear deployed and in operation, so we implemented the deterrence protocol to make it cease the activity and allow inspection,” the Naval Prefecture said in a press release.The Argentine crew conducted repeated radio calls, as well as sound and visual signals, to make contact with the Chinese vessel’s captain. “However, the ship turned its fishing lights off and headed for international waters,” the Prefecture reported.Service members pursued the vessel, with the support of the maritime patrol aircraft PA-22. The fishing vessel continued sailing toward open waters, despite the Coast Guard’s repeated warnings, following protocol based on the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.However, after “an operation that lasted several hours” and amid a “really strong storm of wind and waves,” the Argentine troops stopped the pursuit. “We decided to terminate the operation to safeguard the lives of both ships’ crews,” the Prefecture said. Authorities initiated an administrative and judiciary summary for breaking the Federal Fishing Regulations and resisting authority within the EEZ.Chinese fleets reportedAlberto Mendoza, captain of the Argentine fishing vessel Don Pedro, posted a video on April 25 showing 95 foreign vessels fishing squid illegally. “The ships are operating illegally in an area 24 nautical miles long and 6 nautical miles wide [44 by 11 km],” Mendoza said.The following day, the Argentine Interchambers Fishing Industry association, which brings together entities of the sector, sent Argentine President Alberto Fernández a letter reporting the illegal activity. The document warns about the serious situation that foreign fishing fleets, “mostly Asian and mainly Chinese,” create.last_img read more

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HR Answers: Why good employees quit

first_imgBad pay is top reason people leave their jobs.Money, as the saying goes, makes the world go round. But it also may be what keeps professionals in place. According to research from Robert Half, chief financial officers said the top reason good employees quit is inadequate salary and benefits. Workers interviewed echoed this sentiment, most commonly citing poor compensation as the primary reason they would leave their jobs.The two surveys were developed by Robert Half. The survey is based on interviews with more than 2,100 CFOs from a random sample of companies in more than 20 of the largest U.S. markets. The survey of workers includes responses from nearly 300 employees 18 years of age and older who work in an office environment in the U.S.CFOs were asked, “Which one of the following is most likely to cause good employees to quit their jobs?” Similarly, workers were asked, “Which one of the following is most likely to cause you to quit your job?” Their responses:“The stronger hiring climate today means employees who don’t feel well compensated may be more willing to look for a new, better-paying job,” says Robert Half Senior Executive Director Paul McDonald. “Managers should regularly benchmark salaries against those of other companies in their region and industry to ensure they are at or above market standards. While many factors contribute to turnover, competitive pay and benefits can be the difference when it comes to retaining skilled talent.” continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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7 tax strategies the rich don’t want you to know about

first_img 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr You work hard for your money but, unfortunately, Uncle Sam takes a bite out of every paycheck for income and other taxes. And if you’re in the middle class, you probably think that bite is a little bit too big.According to a 2015 Gallup poll, nearly half of Americans — 46 percent — believe the middle class pays too much in taxes. Yet, some of the wealthiest people find crafty ways to minimize their obligations. Here are seven secret tax strategies the rich use that you can steal to legally decrease your tax bill.1. Deducting Taxes for Business ExpensesIf you run a business, you might reap enormous tax benefits. Business owners can claim potential tax deductions for some business expenses incurred for vehicles, meals, travel, office supplies, advertising, courses and a home office.However, not every venture will qualify as a business that entitles you to these tax write-offs. You must intend to try to make a profit and not engage in what the IRS considers merely a “hobby.” continue reading »last_img read more

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