Executive Encourages People To Buy Dairy Products As Farms Dump Excess Milk

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Cropped Photo: Rebecca Siegel / CC BY 2.0MAYVILLE – Farms remain open as an essential business during the global COVID-19 pandemic, but the farming industry is still struggling, according to Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel. Wendel discussed the struggles that the 1,200-plus farms in Chautauqua County have faced during his daily COVID-19 Facebook update. He says there’s too much milk on the market due to the closure of schools and decline in restaurant sales, causing farms nationwide to dump their excess milk.The County Executive says there’s more than 150 dairy farms in the County, and he asks that people buy extra dairy products to help support them.“Please consider buying an extra judge of milk, a block of American-made cheese, or a tub of ice cream,” Wendel said. “According to the Institute for Food Safety at Cornell University, our food system is secure and there are no legitimate threats of food shortages.” Wendel asks anyone who sees stores limiting dairy products or purchases to call Katelyn Walley-Stoll, Business Management Specialist at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County, at 716-640-0522.“We want to remind everybody to stay home, stay healthy and stay safe, and in the end, we will be CHQ strong.”last_img read more

Sharon Stone & More Tapped for Workshop of Ben Elton’s Popcorn

first_imgOur Broadway instincts are on red alert with this news. Oscar nominee Sharon Stone (Casino), Stacy Keach (soon to be seen in Love Letters) and Jacob Young (All My Children) will lead a developmental reading of Ben Elton’s Popcorn. Directed by Mark Rozzano, the Telling Company’s workshop will take place at New York’s Friars Club on October 6 . Elton adapted Popcorn from his novel of the same name and the show won the 1998 Olivier Award for Best Comedy. Popcorn follows the trail of two kids, who in reaction to the ongoing violence in films, go on their own cross-country killing spree. In California, they take their favorite film director hostage and claim his violent movies are the reason they became serial killers. The satirical black comedy poses the question: does the extreme violence in today’s movies motivate real-life acts of brutality? The reading will also feature Broadway alums Jim Borstelmann, Bryn Dowling and Angie Schworer.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Farmers fight enemies

first_imgCotton Bolls Provide HomeSometimes plants open themselves up to an invasion by providingfertile campgrounds. This can happen when cotton bolls, the partof the plant that produces the lint, first open. Rain can bringinto the open boll bacteria and fungi that find a wonderfulenvironment to flourish and destroy the boll, he said.Boll rot caused $18.5 million in economic damage to Georgiacotton in 2001 alone.Some attacks take place underground. Plant pathologists andfarmers have been fighting a tiny cotton nemesis, the nematode,for years. The nematode is a flat worm that attacks the plant’sroot system, choking off water and nutrients.”A very small population can build and build and build,” he said.”In a good, wet year, you may not see that dramatic an effect.But a dry year, you can see if the root system is functioningwell or not.”Nematodes are hard to control. The farmers’ best tool is frequently rotating the crops they plant in a field. “But with less and less land and fewer crops out there to make money, rotation becomes difficult,” he said.Diseases in DisguiseSome diseases are masters of disguise. They can look like onedisease but act like something else. One such disease has startedpopping up in Georgia peanut fields in recent years.Funky leaf spot appears to be similar to another leaf spotdisease. But conventional chemicals don’t appear to affect itmuch. It hasn’t caused much damage yet.”But you have to track it down to see if it’s important or not,”Kemerait said.Funky leaf spot acts strangely in another way, too. It seems tohelp another disease in its war on the peanut plant.One Disease Helps AnotherIt causes the plant to drop leaves. The leaves fall to the groundand begin to decompose. And this decomposition releases chemicalsthat spark another fungus, the one that causes white mold, togerminate, become more active and attack the plant.Last year, white mold cost farmers $24 million in damage andtreatment costs. “In combination, (funky leaf) could make whitemold worse each year,” he said.Farmers can’t relax their war on diseases, he said.”But if you take our best growers, the ones who do everythingthey can right, they generally have the upper hand on thediseases,” he said.However, some growers aren’t able to rotate crops. Others arelate applying chemicals or other preventive measures.”Those are the ones the diseases get the best of,” he said. “Andonce (the diseases) get ahead, it can be difficult to bring themback in.” By Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaSecond only to actually buying the seed for a crop, fightingdiseases is the most essential thing a farmer has to do to grow asuccessful crop in Georgia, said Bob Kemerait, a plantpathologist with the University of Georgia Extension Service.Georgia peanut farmers, for example, spent $65 million fightingdiseases last year and still lost $50 million of their crop todisease damage. Tomato spotted wilt virus began attacking several Georgia crops,including vegetables, tobacco and peanuts, in the mid-1980s. Thisdisease preferred an aerial assault. Carried inside tiny insectscalled thrips, it has swept over much of the state. It continuesto terrorize farmers, especially peanut farmers.This year, Kemerait said, TSWV has damaged as much as 70 percentof some peanut fields. “Some growers had forgotten how bad itcould be,” he said.Some diseases, like an infantry invasion, prefer to attack headon. Soreshin, a cotton disease, cuts plants off at the “knees,”he said.”The fungus nibbles at the plant at the soil line,” Kemeraitsaid. “It weakens the plant. The plant tends to topple over, likethe knees have been cut from beneath it.”center_img TSWV Terrorizes Farmers last_img read more

President Bush signs LSC funding legislation

first_img January 15, 2002 Regular News President Bush signs LSC funding legislation President George Bush recently signed fiscal year 2002 appropriations legislation that includes $329.3 million for the Legal Services Corporation and provides enough funding for the Defender Services program to increase the hourly pay for court-appointed attorneys to a flat rate of $90 per hour under the Criminal Justice Act.The $41.6-billion compromise package — providing funding for the Departments of Commerce, Justice and State, the judiciary, and related agencies — cleared the House by a 411-15 vote and the Senate the next day by a 98-1 vote. Without controversial riders that traditionally have made the CJS bill one of the last appropriations bills to be signed each year, the conference report moved through the process more quickly this year. Legal Services The LSC appropriation of $329.3 million maintains the program’s current funding level and allows the corporation to continue to be the primary funding source for 207 legal aid programs helping low-income individuals resolve civil legal problems.“After years of uncertainty over our funding, it is gratifying to see Congress united in its support for legal services,” said LSC President John N. Erlenborn, a former 10-term Republican U.S. Representative from Illinois who served as a House floor manager of the LSC Act of 1974 that created the independent agency. “Congress clearly has heard our message. The approval of LSC’s entire FY02 budget request is incontrovertible proof that legal services is on its soundest footing in recent memory.”LSC’s FY02 budget allocates $310 million for basic field programs, $2.5 million for the Office of the Inspector General, $12.4 million for management and administration, and $4.4 million for client self-help and information technology.The easy passage of LSC’s full budget was significant precisely because of its smooth road through Congress this year. Since 1995, the House Appropriations panel with funding jurisdiction over LSC had tried to dramatically reduce LSC’s funding each year. This April, President Bush voiced his support for LSC’s mission, and the House subcommittee followed the President’s lead and matched LSC’s FY01 figure of $329.3 million without dissent. The full House and Senate followed suit and approved level funding with no opposition.“There is widespread recognition on Capitol Hill that there’s nothing controversial about the important legal work that LSC lawyers do every day on behalf of the poor,” said Mauricio Vivero, LSC vice president of governmental relations & public affairs. “Their work is fundamental to the preservation of the American ideal of equal justice.” Judiciary The new $90/hour flat rate for CJA attorneys represents an increase from the current hourly rates of $75 for in-court time and $55 for out-of-court time. The total $500.7 million for Defender Services increases the program’s funding from its previous level of $435 million.Also included in the bill is authorization for a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for federal judges. The authorization is required under Section 140 of P.L. 94-97, which requires the express approval of Congress before judges may receive a COLA. The new appropriations law includes a provision clarifying that Section 140 was meant to be permanent law. The provision is an effort to address a recent decision by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit that invalidated the section. That case — Williams v. United States, 240 F.3d 1019 — is being appealed to the Supreme Court.The legislation calls for the phasing out of federal funding for the State Justice Institute, which was created in 1984 to improve the administration of state courts. The bill provides the SJI with only $3 million, a deep cut for the program, which received $6.85 million in fiscal year 2001. According to the conference report on H.R. 2500, the conferees encourage the institute to solicit private donations and resources from state and local agencies to continue its work.center_img President Bush signs LSC funding legislationlast_img read more

Credit Union Match ready to launch

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A search engine to help prospective members find credit unions they can join to get the services they want is scheduled for public launch this month.Credit Union Match is going through beta testing to evaluate how well the application sorts through the myriad membership guidelines of all U.S. credit unions. The aim of this online service is to “solve credit unions’ eligibility problem for consumers,” says Sam Brownell, founder of CUCollaborate, which is developing the application.Based on the information users enter, such as where they live, work, worship, and volunteer, Credit Union Match returns a list of all the credit unions they can join. Then potential members can review the products and services those credit unions offer and select their favorite.During testing and fine-tuning, credit unions were invited to confirm their field of membership set out in their bylaws. All credit unions will be included in the search tool for free but will need to login and confirm their field of membership rules to show up in search results, Brownell explains. continue reading »last_img read more

Buyers were keen to downsize into this high end property

first_imgWho needs acreage when you can live this close to New Farm Park.She said they liked that this home was smaller than their previous property, but that it was still a house. Interest had been very strong for the award-winning Mirvac home.The two-level house has high ceilings and sliding doors which open out onto the garden area, where there is a swimming pool. 7 Hopetoun Way, New Farm has sold for $2.15 million.HIGH end sales are continuing to set the tone for inner city New Farm, with the latest deal hotly contested.A four-bedroom home at 7 Hopetoun Way, New Farm has sold for $2.15 million.The sale of the property, which is just a few houses away from New Farm Park, was further evidence that the market was performing well, according to marketing agent Christine Rudolph of Ray White New Farm. 7 Hopetoun Way, New FarmMore from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours ago“It has definitely proved that premium locations will always attract premium prices,’’ she said.Ms Rudolph said the buyers were downsizing from an acreage property at Brookfield.“They did not want to go into apartment living,’’ she said.center_img 7 Hopetoun Way, New FarmThere are formal and informal living spaces on the lower level while the bedrooms and a study nook are on the upper level.The main bedroom has a balcony with park views.last_img read more

AP2 creates standalone green bond portfolio citing market’s ‘maturity’

first_img“We are therefore breaking out our holdings in green bonds from the fixed income portfolio, to manage them in accordance with a dedicated investment strategy,” he said.The new approach will see AP2 use the Barclays MSCI Green Bond index, launched in late 2014, to benchmark its performance.“This strategic move offers the Fund a clear means of combining solid returns with an allocation of resources to the global sustainability challenge,” Lindblom said.Lindblom told IPE that, while much of AP2’s green bond exposure to date had come from supranational issuers and national development banks, the consistency of the Barclays MSCI index was “a little bit different”, leading to a gradual shift in allocation through the acquisition of corporate green bonds.Since 2014, there has been steady growth in the number and volume of green bond issuances.The first three months of 2016 has already seen $15.6bn (€13.9bn) in green bonds issued, according to the Climate Bonds Initiative, including a $600m issuance by Kommuninvest, Sweden’s local government debt office, and a $1.5bn issuance by Apple.This compares to more than $36bn in 2014 and nearly $42bn in 2015.German development bank KfW was responsible for the largest single issuance last year, a €1.5bn bond that attracted interest from AP2 and Dutch pension manager APG, signatories to the Paris Green Bond Statement.AP2’s decision to establish a standalone portfolio comes after fellow buffer fund AP3 pledged to treble its green bond holdings to SEK15bn by 2018, while AP4 grew its green bond holdings by SEK2.9bn in 2015, ending the year with nearly SEK4bn. Sweden’s AP2 is to establish a standalone green bond portfolio, arguing the market has matured enough to warrant classifying its holdings as a distinct asset class.The buffer fund, which has invested in green bonds since 2008 when the World Bank first entered the market, said it would implement a strategic allocation of 1%, or SEK3bn (€327m), despite having already exceeded the target through its current holdings worth SEK4.2bn.It said the decision to establish a standalone portfolio was “strategically important”, as it would enhance the fund’s sustainable investment efforts.Lars Lindblom, fixed income portfolio manager, said AP2 felt the green bond market had now “achieved a maturity and size” to justify the fund’s implementing a separate investment strategy and declaring it an asset class.last_img read more

Age of First Sexual Experience Predicts Romantic Outcomes in Adulthood

first_imgScienceDaily Oct. 17, 2012It’s a common lament among parents: Kids are growing up too fast these days. Parents worry about their kids getting involved in all kinds of risky behavior, but they worry especially about their kids’ forays into sexual relationships. And research suggests that there may be cause for concern, as timing of sexual development can have significant immediate consequences for adolescents’ physical and mental health.But what about long-term outcomes? How might early sexual initiation affect romantic relationships in adulthood?Psychological scientist Paige Harden of the University of Texas at Austin wanted to investigate whether the timing of sexual initiation in adolescence might predict romantic outcomes — such as whether people get married or live with their partners, how many romantic partners they’ve had, and whether they’re satisfied with their relationship — later in adulthood.To answer this question, Harden used data from the National Longitudinal Study on Adolescent Health to look at 1659 same-sex sibling pairs who were followed from adolescence (around 16) to young adulthood (around 29). Each sibling was classified as having an Early (younger than 15), On-Time (age 15-19), or Late (older than 19) first experience with sexual intercourse. Her findings are reported in a new research article published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.As expected, later timing of first sexual experience was associated with higher educational attainment and higher household income in adulthood when compared with the Early and On-Time groups. Individuals who had a later first sexual experience were also less likely to be married and they had fewer romantic partners in adulthood.Among the participants who were married or living with a partner, later sexual initiation was associated with significantly lower levels of relationship dissatisfaction in adulthood. The association held up even after taking genetic and environmental factors into account and could not be explained by differences in adult educational attainment, income, or religiousness, or by adolescent differences in dating involvement, body mass index, or attractiveness.http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121017131845.htmlast_img read more

Lagos City Marathon: Tinubu Merit Award, Media Seminar hold Friday

first_img Promoted ContentWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Extremely Dirty Seas In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Most Evil Female Characters In Disney Movies8 Scenes That Prove TV Has Gone Too Far The 2020 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon Ayodeji Tinubu Merit Award and Media Seminar which would herald the 2020 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon will hold at the Sir Molade Okoya Thomas Indoor Sports Hall, Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos on Friday. According to a statement issued by Olukayode Thomas, Head of Communications and Media for the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon said the 2020 edition of the Lagos race is a landmark hence the decision to recognise some outstanding individuals and groups that have contributed to make the race the biggest one-day event in Africa. “This is a landmark year for the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, our 5th edition, and we are very proud of what we have been able to do just within five years” “While we are grateful to everyone for all the support we have gotten in these five years, we have shortlisted nine people that have contributed in no small measure to this success story and we will be acknowledging them at the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon Ayodeji Tinubu Merit Award on Friday” Thomas statedAdvertisement Thomas added that there will also be a seminar for journalists on Friday also at the Sir Molade Okoya Thomas Indoor Sports Hall where accreditation tags would be distributed and a session to intimate those in the media all that is expected from them on race day. “We are going to be having a session with the media on Friday, the accreditation and the media guide will be distributed during the seminar where we would let everyone know the dos and don’ts for this year’s race” read also:Lagos City Marathon: Media Accreditation Gets New Deadline Over 100, 000 runners will be taking part in the 2020 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon billed for Saturday, February 8. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more

Lawson hauls home Sprint series checkers from Shenandoah

first_imgBy Jim HainesSHENANDOAH, Va. (May 3) – Long haul trucker Brian Lawson knows about hauling fast freight and showing up on time and Saturday night he showed up at the finish line on time and first in the Vir­ginia Sprint Series feature at Shenandoah Speedway.The third different winner in as many IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Car tour events this season, Lawson led the last 10 circuits.Charlie Ware and Chris Ware brought the field to green and Chris Ware led the first lap before Anthony Linkenhoker took over and began making good time. Laps on the pavement clicked off quickly.Tony Harris broke a logjam at the front and got by for the lead. Lawson was right there with them, got around Linkenhoker a couple laps later and was challenging the leader right away.With 10 laps to go, Lawson got around Tony Harris as Jerald Harris, French Grimes and Tom Humphries tried to stay in contention. Lawson stayed in front, Jerald got by to second and Humphries made his move to third with the white flag waving.No one would get by Lawson, however, as he as flashed under the waving checkered flag first. The next race for the series will be Saturday, May 24 back at Shenandoah as the race posted for May 17th at Fort Mountain Raceway in Bassett, Va., has been postponed. Feature results – 1. Brian Lawson; 2. Jerald Harris; 3. Tom Humphries; 4. Tony Harris; 5. French Grimes; 6. Anthony Linkenhoker; 7. Chris Ware; 8. Carl Simmons; 9. Ron Moyers; 10. Charlie Ware.last_img read more