Home Commentary Protecting The Harvest, A Mission Worth Supporting One of my personal heroes General George Patton once said, “A good solution applied with vigor now is better than a perfect solution applied ten minutes later.” This is the approach of Protect the Harvest. While academics discuss the right balance with consumers on the animal welfare question and industry groups post questions on social media channels, Protect the Harvest is exposing the these activists for what they are frauds. Protect the Harvest deserves your support or as the good General would say, “Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.” By Gary Truitt By Gary Truitt – Jan 27, 2013 Protecting The Harvest, A Mission Worth Supporting Facebook Twitter SHARE Protect The Harvest was created to fight back and defend American families, farmers, hunters, and animal owners from the growing threat posed by the radical animal rights movement. They have three objectives: inform, protect, and respond. Protect The Harvest is a group of concerned citizens that is seeking to aggressively educate and communicate with the general public wherever those elements, including extremist animal rights groups, pose a threat to farmers, ranchers or hunters. According to the group’s web site, “Protect The Harvest exists to defend our way of life, preserve our food freedom and stand up for America’s farmers, hunters, and animal owners.” Last week I wrote about how agriculture needs to draw a line in the sand and stand up against certain forces bent on its destruction. I got a few e-mails in support of that position, most thanking me for standing up for agriculture. But folks, I am not the one who needs to stand up — you are. In my opinion, the response of many large farm organizations to the attacks from HSUS and others has been a bit on the timid side. We have relied on facts, science, and engaging in “dialogues” on food and agriculture issues. Meanwhile, those on the other side have resorted to lawsuits, intimidation, voter referendums, misleading television commercials, and even lobbying and legislation. There has emerged, however, an organization that is taking a much more aggressive and effective strategy when dealing with anti-agriculture activist groups. Forrest Lucas is best known for the oil company that carries his name and for his involvement in racing and for securing the naming rights on the stadium in which the Indianapolis Colts play football. For me, the real accomplishment of Forrest Lucas is what he has done for agriculture. Growing up in rural Southern Indiana, Lucas learned how to work hard. He began his road to success driving long-haul trucks. When maintenance costs cut into his bottom line, he did what many farmers do — he innovated. He invented a lubricant that reduced his trucking costs and Lucas Oil products was on its way. In addition to oil and racing, Lucas is a cattleman. He is one of the largest breeders in the nation and is passionate about agriculture. Protect the Harvest was born out of the battle with HSUS that took place in Missouri and North Dakota. When farmers in these states found themselves on the losing end of voter referendums that would have devastated their animal agriculture industry, they got mad and got organized. With the help of Protect the Harvest and other grassroots farm organizations, they beat back HSUS in North Dakota and reversed the ballot box gains in Missouri. What is even more amazing than the founding of Protect the Harvest is the man who singlehandedly funded and gave birth to this incredibly effective movement. Facebook Twitter The kind of no nonsense, get it done approach Lucas has taken in his oil company was put into the Protect the Harvest organization. They are not afraid to take on groups like HSUS head on. And it is not just ads and fancy PR, they do what it takes to defend agriculture. Protect the Harvest is not above retaining a team of lawyers to file legal challenges, hire lobbyists to fight for or against state or federal legislation, or fund a grass roots movement to mobilize public opinion in favor of US farmers. Unlike many farm groups who tend to be reactionary, Protect the Harvest goes on the offensive before activists mount a slander campaign against agriculture. Protect the Harvest has a solid base of support in states such as Missouri, Iowa, and the Dakotas where farmers have been on the front lines of the animal welfare movement. Now, however, they are growing in other Midwest farm states including Indiana. Lucas recently invited over 400 Indiana farm leaders to his mansion in Carmel for a pep talk on Protect the Harvest. Everyone in the room was impressed with his vision, his focus, and his commitment to supporting agriculture. The room erupted into applause when he said, “I want my legacy to be that I was the guy who beat HSUS.” While Mr. Lucas is very rich and very powerful, he cannot and should not go it alone. Farmers and others who support agriculture and our rural way of life need to support this organization. Previous articleSeed Consultants Market Watch 1/26/2013 10:27 Weekly Column Gary WilhelmiNext articleAppeals Court Issues Mixed Decision Gary Truitt SHARE
Growth Energy Expresses Concern Over Continued Rail Shipment Delays Previous articleIndiana Farmer Taking Action Against Resistant Weeds.Next articleAg Groups Submit Comments on Proposed EPA Water Rule Gary Truitt SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter Home Energy Growth Energy Expresses Concern Over Continued Rail Shipment Delays By Gary Truitt – Jul 7, 2014 Facebook Twitter In response to a recent order by the Surface Transportation Board (STB), which called on specific rail providers to resolve backlogs of rail cars for grain orders, but failed to address the substandard rail service for the delivery of ethanol, Tom Buis CEO of Growth Energy sent a letter to the STB outlining the ethanol industries concerns.Specifically, the letter noted, “We appreciate the opportunity to share with you our concerns about the efficient rail delivery of ethanol across the country and the problems that our producers have encountered with the rail industry. Most recently, we are in receipt of your June 20 decision requiring Canadian Pacific Railway and BNSF Railway to resolve backlogs of their grain car orders. We are concerned that this or another order did not directly address the shipment of ethanol. With over 61 percent of all ethanol delivered by rail, it is imperative that these issues be directly addressed and given the same priority as grain shipments.“Earlier this year, we saw ethanol supply dwindle and prices skyrocket solely because of the inability to get rail cars to ship product – even to the point of having many plants reduce production. Ultimately, these service failures hurt the American consumer as these costs are borne in the form of higher gasoline prices, which impact every segment of the American economy.“We want to get low-cost renewable fuels to the American people safely, quickly, and efficiently. We feel as though it is necessary for the Board to immediately act to ensure that the railroads improve their service.”Click HERE to view the full letter.
Follow the news on Middle East – North Africa Journalists, and particularly photographers, have paid a heavy price. Eleven media workers have been killed in the performance of their duty, among them several internationally known photojournalists. However, most of the casualties were local journalists. In its report “Upheaval in the Arab world: Media as key witnesses and political pawns”, Reporters Without Borders looks at the methods used by the authorities to strangle the flow of information during popular uprisings in six countries — Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Bahrain, Syria and Yemen — from 17 December 2010 to mid-November 2011.The political processes at work are far from over, especially in Egypt, Yemen and Syria. Egypt experienced a new phase of its revolution during the week preceding its parliamentary elections. Violent clashes pitted demonstrators demanding the removal of the army from power against the security forces. The principle of whether elections should be held at all has divided public opinion.Yemen’s president, Ali Abdallah Saleh, signed a transition agreement drafted by the Gulf Co-operation Council, in Saudi Arabia on 23 November. Under the pact, he handed over power to his vice-president, Abd-Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, who will be responsible for forming a new government in agreement with the opposition, and for organizing presidential elections within three months.However, the handover deal has been disputed by protesters since it grants the former president total immunity from prosecution.In Syria, the government of President Bashar Al-Assad is increasingly isolated internationally. The Arab league, for example, imposed economic sanctions on 27 November.According to the report of the international commission of inquiry on Syria, published on 28 November, more than 3,500 people have been killed since the uprising began there in March.Acts of barbarity have been committed, such as the murder of cameraman Ferzat Jarban in Homs on 20 November. The intransigence demonstrated by the Syrian government means that this toll will inevitably increase. Tunisia and Libya face many challenges in the post-revolution era. They will need the full support of the international community to ensure they have turned their backs on dictatorship once and for all.This assessment mostly covers the period from 17 December 2010 to 17 November 2011, but also includes more recent events in Egypt. The figures cited are conservative since it has not been possible to compile an exhaustive list of abuses. Open publication – Free publishing – More menaReporters Without Borders takes stock of censorship and infringements of the right to information during the pro-democracy uprisings that began a year ago in the Arab world. December 12, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Media in the eye of the storm as revolutions sweep the Arab world WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Organisation June 8, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 News Reports Middle East – North Africa to go further News Receive email alerts RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance June 9, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Related documents Download the reportPDF – 3.24 MB News Middle East – North Africa June 3, 2021 Find out more
IranMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Iran IranMiddle East – North Africa News RSF_en News to go further Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 News After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists News November 6, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders welcomes release of journalist but deplores arrest of another March 18, 2021 Find out more June 9, 2021 Find out more He called for the release of Abdi and nine other journalists being held in Iran’s prisons.Abdi, a former editor of the now-closed daily paper Salam who has worked on many pro-reform newspapers, was arrested on 4 November at his home, which the head of court no. 410 (known as the press court), Judge Said Mortazavi, ordered searched. He was accused of “receiving money from the US polling firm Gallup or from a foreign embassy” as a result of the publication on 22 September by one of Iran’s official news agencies, IRNA, of an Ayandeh poll that showed 74.4% of Iranians favoured a resumption of ties with the United States. Abdi had been jailed for 11 months in 1991 for criticising the then-president, Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.Nuri, a reformist close to President Mohammad Khatami, was pardoned on 4 November by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the country’s supreme spiritual authority, after his brother had been killed in a road accident. He had been arrested on 27 November 1999 and sentenced the same day by the special religious court to five years in prison and fined 15 million rials (about 5,600 euros). His newspaper was closed down.He was accused of 15 offences, including “anti-religious propaganda,” insulting Ayatollah Khomeini, “undermining public opinion” and “having links with the United States.” He denounced the verdict as illegal and said the court had violated the Constitution. Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders today welcomed the release of Abdollah Nuri, managing editor of the daily newspaper Khordad, after three years in jail but condemned the arrest the same day of journalist Abbas Abdi, a director of the Ayandeh public opinion firm.”We are delighted that Nuri has been freed after being unjustly sentenced to five years in prison,” said Reporters Without Border secretary-general Robert Ménard. “But we are very disturbed at the arrest of Abdi and fear other journalists may be detained in coming days. We call on the European Union, which will soon be having talks with Iran about human rights, to exert pressure on the authorities.” February 25, 2021 Find out more Organisation Help by sharing this information
Local NewsBusiness Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleNew Sensis Research Highlights Multicultural Boomer HabitsNext articleParo Joins OTC Markets Group’s Premium Provider Directory Digital AIM Web Support Travelers Named a 2021 Military Friendly® Company TAGS Pinterest Pinterest HARTFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 9, 2021– The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV ) today announced that it has been named a 2021 Military Friendly® Company by VIQTORY, publisher of G.I. Jobs. The designation is given to organizations that have robust programs in place to support the military community. “We have a longstanding commitment to assisting veterans and their families, and it’s an honor to be recognized for our efforts,” said Diane Kurtzman, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Travelers. “Our military-friendly programs are focused on providing a culture that enables transitioning service members to thrive in the civilian workforce and use the invaluable skills they acquired while serving our country.” Travelers has been included on VIQTORY’s Military Friendly® lists for more than a decade and has been named a Military Times “Best for Vets” company since 2014 because of its extensive military-friendly initiatives, which include:Offering an employee resource group focused on building awareness of veterans’ skills and experiences. Since its launch in 2013, the Military and Veterans & Allies Diversity Network has grown to more than 3,200 members nationally.Supporting American Corporate Partners, a national nonprofit that helps veterans discover their next career. Since 2010, Travelers employees have mentored hundreds of post-9/11 veterans.Providing comprehensive benefits for employees deployed on active duty. The company offers full benefits and supplements employees’ military pay for up to five years of their deployment. The company has also signed the Statement of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve at both state and national levels and is part of the Department of Defense Military Spouse Employment Partnership. The Military Friendly ® lists are compiled each year based on public and government data sources, as well as responses from a survey completed by each company. To learn more about Travelers and its commitment to recruiting military service members, visit Travelers.com/military. About Travelers The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV ) is a leading provider of property casualty insurance for auto, home and business. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Travelers has approximately 30,000 employees and generated revenues of approximately $32 billion in 2020. For more information, visit Travelers.com. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210209005681/en/ CONTACT: Media: Courtney Garro, 860.277.8719 [email protected] KEYWORD: CONNECTICUT UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: PROFESSIONAL SERVICES INSURANCE HUMAN RESOURCES FINANCE SOURCE: The Travelers Companies, Inc. Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/09/2021 09:00 AM/DISC: 02/09/2021 09:01 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210209005681/en WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – February 9, 2021 Twitter Facebook
By Digital AIM Web Support – February 19, 2021 Facebook Pinterest Previous articleEverbridge annuncia di essersi aggiudicata cinque contratti relativi alle soluzioni Public Warning con società di trasmissioni wireless, governi e Stati finalizzati alla protezione delle persone e delle aziende in Europa e in AsiaNext articleWilliams career-high 32 sparks WSU to romp over Cal 82-51 Digital AIM Web Support WhatsApp The Associated PressMajor indexes ended a wobbly day on Wall Street with mixed results Friday. The S&P 500 closed slightly lower to mark its first losing week in the last three. Declines for several Big Tech stocks including Facebook and Amazon helped pull the index down even as other indexes rose. Small-company stocks did far better than the rest of the market, as they have since the beginning of the year. Those companies would benefit the most from a pickup in the economy. On Friday: The S&P 500 fell 7.26 points, or 0.2%, to 3,906.71. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.98 point, less than 0.1%, to 31,494.32. The Nasdaq rose 9.11 points, or 0.1%, to 13,874.46. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies rose 48.30 points, or 2.2%, to 2,266.69. For the week: The S&P 500 fell 28.12 points, or 0.7%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 35.92 points, or 0.1%. The Nasdaq fell 221.01 points, or 1.6%. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies fell 22.67 points, or 1%. For the year: The S&P 500 is up 150.64 points, or 4%. The Dow is up 887.84 points, or 2.9%. The Nasdaq is up 968.18 points, or 7.7%. The Russell 2000 is up 291.83 points, or 14.8%.Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission. Pinterest How major US stock indexes fared Friday TAGS Local NewsBusiness Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Twitter
News Updates’Providing Assistance To A Certain Class Of Persons Is A Matter Of Policy’: Rajasthan HC Dismisses Plea For Financial Assistance To Needy Lawyers[Read Order] Akshita Saxena21 April 2020 5:33 AMShare This – xThe Rajasthan High Court has held that grant of funds/ financial assistance to a certain class of persons is a “matter of policy” that does not warrant judicial interference. These remarks have been made by a division bench of Chief Justice Indrajit Mahanty and Justice Satish Kumar Sharma while disposing of a plea for providing financial assistance to the needy young advocates during…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Rajasthan High Court has held that grant of funds/ financial assistance to a certain class of persons is a “matter of policy” that does not warrant judicial interference. These remarks have been made by a division bench of Chief Justice Indrajit Mahanty and Justice Satish Kumar Sharma while disposing of a plea for providing financial assistance to the needy young advocates during the lockdown period. The Petitioners had urged the court to direct the State Government as well as the Bar Council of India to provide sufficient funds to meet the requirements of needy and young advocates who are suffering due to loss of work. They also apprised the Court that the Bar Council of India had recently issued a grant of Rs. 1 crore to the Bar Council of Rajasthan for the purpose, but this amount was insufficient. Refusing to interfere in the matter, the High Court held that “to provide compensation or any financial assistance to any particular segment of the Society is a matter of policy which is to be considered by the State Government after taking into account all relevant aspects subject to resources available with them, so also by the Bar Council of Rajasthan as well as by the Bar Council of India.” It thus held that the above, being a policy matter, does not warrant the court’s indulgence. The bench however went on to observe that the Bar Council of Rajasthan may first consider at its own to provide necessary financial assistance to its members. It may also request the Bar Council of India to release additional funds for the purpose. The court also granted the liberty to the Council to approach the State Government for early consideration of their request to provide financial assistance to the lawyers. On a related note, the Bar Council of India Rules obligates both the BCI as well as the State Bar Council to take care of welfare of their members and provide financial assistance during natural calamity, etc. Case Details: Case Title: Dr Mahesh Sharma & Anr. V. Govt of India & Ors. Case No.: WP No. 5416/2020 Quorum: Chief Justice Indrajit Mahanty and Justice Satish Kumar Sharma Appearance: Petitioner in person Click Here To Download Order Read Order Next Story
Alabama Law Enforcement Agency(DEKALB COUNTY, Ala.) — An 11-year-old Georgia girl was found dead after she went missing from her aunt’s Alabama home, according to officials.The body of Amberly Barnett was found Saturday morning, DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said.Amberly was last seen on Friday at her aunt’s DeKalb County home, reported ABC Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV.“Due to the current investigation, we are limited on the information we are able to release,” Welden said in a Saturday statement. “I can tell you we are diligently pursuing different avenues and Lord willing we will have answers in the upcoming days.”A sheriff’s office spokesman told ABC News Monday he could not provide more details on the case, including if foul play was suspected.“I couldn’t have asked for a better daughter,” Amberly’s mother, Jonie Barnett, told WSB-TV in an emotional interview on Sunday.“Nobody should bury their 11-year-old child,” Barnett said. “She deserves more than justice. She deserves her life.”Welden said in Saturday’s statement, “Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers as we move forward during this tragic event.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Previous Article Next Article EI is in my opinion the key skill of an outstanding leader, above everything else, so it is good to see this article championing the cause. No More Mr Not-So-Nice Guy: Tools for teaching leaders emotional intelligenceBy Elaine Wilson on 9 Sep 2014 in Coaching and mentoring, Emotional intelligence, Personnel Today, Leadership Related posts:No related photos. If leadership was simply a job description, or a list of tasks and functional responsibilities, emotional intelligence might not be significant. But it is about more than that, explains Elaine Wilson, managing consultant at ASK Europe plc.Leadership is essentially a relationship, where the leader accepts responsibility for their own fate and those that they manage, and inspires others to achieve their potential. The best leaders demonstrate self-awareness, an understanding of their impact, and an empathetic wisdom in their interactions.In 2010, The Work Foundation published an empirical research report, Exceeding Expectations: The Principles of outstanding leadership. Among its findings was the assertion that the best leadership is about “us”, not about “here’s my way of doing things and my vision; you engage with it”. Outstanding leaders, it found, seek to understand individuals and their motivations and differences. They recognise that the value of opportunities for dialogue with team members lies in meetings, processes and procedures, as they are channels to better understanding and greater trust. These interactions are also opportunities to seek feedback on their own performance, and their impact on others.What the report did not mention by name was emotional intelligence. Daniel Goleman, who was one of the first to coin the term, defines emotional intelligence as the “capacity for recognising our own feelings and those of others, for motivating ourselves, and for managing emotions well in ourselves and our relationships”. His research proved that high emotional intelligence is a common characteristic of great leaders, and that a person’s EQ (Emotional Intelligence Quotient) has far greater impact on their effectiveness than their IQ.XpertHR resourcesEstablish a leadership development programmeLeadership case studiesTo some extent, emotional intelligence can be seen as innate, in that it is a capability that most people will increasingly develop with age (up to the age of around 50), as the experience of life and personal interactions provides a combination of wisdom and perspective. This is not to say, however, that this development cannot be accelerated. Demonstrating high emotional intelligence requires a range of short-term, tactical and dynamic skills, which the individual can bring into play as the situation warrants. While experience is one way to improve mastery of these building blocks, training and coaching can both be used to deliver improvements.Any development activity that provides insight into personal preferences, styles and manners of social interaction can be helpful in developing an individual’s emotional intelligence.360-degree instruments360-degree instruments, or psychometric instruments such as FIRO-B® or MBTI®, are used in many leadership development programmes to stimulate increased self-perception. They may be particularly valuable for those moving into leadership roles from positions that have been based more on technical expertise than abilities in softer skills, such as influencing, motivating or negotiating. The introduction of these elements into “expert to leader” interventions can be an effective way of familiarising future leaders with key capabilities for the roles they will adopt.The Emotional Quotient InventoryMore specific tools are also available. The Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQ-i), based on more than 20 years of worldwide research, examines an individual’s social and emotional strengths and weaknesses in the 15 key areas that have been proven to contribute to proficiency in complex business activities, such as conflict resolution and influencing others. The EQ-i model is also available in 360-degree feedback format, offering the opportunity to understand others’ perceptions of your emotional intelligence.Facilitation and follow-through support allow the reportee to build on the insights provided and accelerate subsequent development. This approach can counteract the possibility of tools based on self-reporting being ineffective. Overly negative or positive self-perception can significantly colour individual responses, and the tendency of those most in need of developing their EQ tend to have “blind spots” in their own self-awareness, and self-evaluation can become a self-fulfilling prophecy without external support. If reading situations and one’s own responses to them is an area for development, it should not be surprising that “self-diagnosis” may not be the optimum route.As with any psychometric instrument, facilitation in the interpretation of its outputs can help the individual to understand their personal results and profile, particularly where aspects of the results are potentially uncomfortable. While emotional learning is not about personality, feeding back and clarifying any summary responses from it requires tact and sensitivity.CoachingThe most effective method of accelerating emotional learning development is often through coaching, which can play an effective role in two realms: the intrapersonal (which requires openness and a willingness to explore personal – and potentially difficult – matters), and the interpersonal (where a confidential and private environment provides the safest setting to explore situations that may involve colleagues and workplace circumstances or relationships). Given the focus of any such coaching, “chemistry meetings” to explore needs and goals, and ways the coach will work to support their exploration, are particularly important.Emotional learning coaching is not a remedial action, and EQ and IQ are mutually complementary. As Steven Stein and Howard Book wrote in their book, The EQ Edge, “you must have a certain baseline IQ to understand what EQ can do for you, and to put in the time and effort required to enhance your skills”. However, organisations contemplating investing in coaching for emotional learning may also want to note another of their research findings, that while IQ predicted between 1% and 20% of success in a given job, EQ was responsible for between 27% and 45%. One Response to No More Mr Not-So-Nice Guy: Tools for teaching leaders emotional intelligence Martin Callus 10 Sep 2014 at 5:01 pm #
It has been suggested that as much as 90% of the discharge from the Antarctic Ice Sheet is drained through a small number of fast-moving ice streams and outlet glaciers fed by relatively stable and inactive catchment areas. Here, evidence obtained from balance velocity estimates suggests that each major drainage basin is fed by complex systems of tributaries that penetrate up to 1000 kilometers from the grounding line into the interior of the ice sheet. This finding has important consequences for the modeled or estimated dynamic response time of past and present ice sheets to climate forcing.