The #Road2FarmAid, announced last week, is one of many ways that Farm Aid is connecting with fans as it gears up for its annual benefit concert on Sept. 21 at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.Join the #Road2FarmAidThe #Road2FarmAid, which officially launched Aug. 28 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, invites stories from people who are attending the Farm Aid 2013 concert and anyone wanting to share their own vision for strong farm and food communities.Participants who tag their photos and videos on social media sites will be eligible to win a grand prize of two front-row tickets to Farm Aid 2013, which sold out after just four days. Details about photo and video contest eligibility are available at farmaid.org/contest.“Everybody has a role to play in the Good Food Movement — each one of us can take action to support family farmers with our food choices and at the ballot box,” said Jennifer Fahy, a spokesperson for Farm Aid. “The #Road2FarmAid is an invitation to engage in a conversation about family farmers and the good food they produce. It’s a celebration of family farm agriculture with an added bonus: people can win some cool prizes!”Farm Aid also announced that Jamey Johnson, Sasha Dobson, Jesse Lenat, Insects vs. Robots and The Blackwood Quartet have joined the already star-studded Farm Aid 2013 lineup, which includes Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews with Tim Reynolds, Jack Johnson and Amos Lee, among others.Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp set up Farm Aid in 1985.A webcast from Farm Aid 2013 will air Saturday, Sept. 21, from 5 to 11 p.m. EDT at farmaid.org. The webcast will feature artist performances and a behind-the-scenes glimpse of Farm Aid 2013, including interviews with artists, farmers and fans; demonstrations from the HOMEGROWN Village, where concertgoers engage in interactive exhibits about farming and food; a look at Farm Aid’s signature HOMEGROWN Concessions®, which brings family farm food to concertgoers; and a peek into the production side of things, showcasing what it takes to produce this major music, food and farming festival.The Farm Aid 2013 concert will also be broadcast live on Willie Nelson’s SiriusXM channel, Willie’s Roadhouse (56) and through the SiriusXM Internet Radio app on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com, on Sept. 21, beginning at 2 p.m. EDT. The live broadcast will also include behind-the-scenes coverage and backstage interviews with host Dallas Wayne.In addition, for the first time, concertgoers will be able to access the entire Farm Aid experience in the palm of their hands with the official Farm Aid 2013 mobile app, which will be available soon for iPhone and Android devices. Fans will be able to view the entire Farm Aid 2013 schedule and add artists, workshops and artist briefings to make their own personalized schedule for the day.Farm Aid 2013 is sponsored by Chipotle Mexican Grill, Amy’s Kitchen, Farm Family Insurance, Horizon Organic, American Harvest, Rudi’s Bakery, Organic Valley, Applegate, Greener Fields Together, EcoScraps, PLOTSAVER and Taste NY.For more information about joining the #Road2FarmAid, visit farmaid.org/Road2FarmAid.For concert updates and other Farm Aid 2013 announcements, follow Farm Aid on Twitter (@farmaid) and on Facebook (facebook.com/farmaid) and visit farmaid.org/concert.Farm Aid’s mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. Farm Aid artists and board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews host an annual concert to raise funds to support Farm Aid’s work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose family farm food.Since 1985, Farm Aid, with the support of the artists who contribute their performances each year, has raised more than $43 million to support programs that help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture and promote food from family farms.Source:PR Newswire
APTN National newsFormer Roseau River First Nation chief Terry Nelson’s trip to Iran created controversy in Canada.During his trip, Nelson spoke on Iranian television comparing reserves to concentration camps and claimed North America denied a “holocaust” was committed against Indigenous people.Nelson sat down with APTN National News host Cheryl McKenzie to discuss his trip.Nelson: If the Iranian trip wasn’t right, chief tell me what’s your plan
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, October 31, 2017 – Montego Bay – Minster of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton is advising Jamaicans to get regular health checks, whether or not they are seeing signs and symptoms of illness.“Remember now, you don’t have to be sick to go to your doctor. That’s what a lot of Jamaicans do, but then by that time it is too late. So, you must know your health status from early so that your doctor can say to you ‘boy your blood pressure is a little bit too high, cut out the salt’, or ‘you are overweight for your body and your age so cut out the sugar and the fats’ – that sort of thing,” he said.“Once you know your health status, then you will know how to live in order to remain healthy and to have longer and better living,” he pointed out.The Minister’s words of advice came during his address to residents of Black River, who had congregated in the town square on, Friday (October 27) for the Jamaica Moves road show. He re-emphasised the need for Jamaicans to engage in physical activity in order to prevent and combat non-communicable diseases (NCDs), also called lifestyle diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension and obesity.“A lot of Jamaicans are dying because of lifestyle diseases, meaning diseases you get from what you eat and physical inactivity – a lack of exercise. So what the Ministry of Health has done is to develop this programme called Jamaica Moves, which is taking you around the country, that is firstly encouraging all Jamaicans to know their health status, to do their check-ups,” he explained. Dr. Tufton said as Minister of Health, he has been trying to lead by example.“You notice that I have shed a few pounds because I have been exercising, not only for myself but hopefully to set an example for all of us,” he told the audience, which included school children and adults.The Jamaica Moves Campaign is a response by the Ministry of Health to the prevalence of NCDs among Jamaicans. It encourages persons to maintain a healthy lifestyle through regular physical activity and a balanced diet.The Black River leg was the fifth staging of the campaign’s road shows, which are to be taken to all 14 parishes.Release: JIS Related Items:
Students occupy roads in front of Jamuna Future Park in Nadda, Dhaka for the second consecutive day on Wednesday. Photo: Abdus SalamAlthough the government had undertaken projects worth over Tk 500 billion in the last decade to develop Dhaka’s road and transport sector, the suffering of the commuters has not eased in reality.Vehicles run on manual signal while most of the traffic signals are dysfunctional. It has turned into a city of traffic jam, pollution, deaths and anarchy on roads.Experts attribute the problem to unplanned urban management and policy. The government had drafted a 20-year STP (Strategic Transport Plan) in 2005 that was supposed to end by 2014. But many of the plans still remain incomplete. Another modified RSTP (Revised Strategic Transport Plan) was prepared in 2015 which is to run till 2035.All the projects to be taken and implemented in Dhaka were supposed to be carried out under the RSTP. Conducting safe and disciplined transport system along with priority on bus service development were in the plan. Despite that the government had prioritised costly flyover projects.Dhaka has been among the top uninhabitable cities of the planet for the last few years. In a study carried out by London-based The Economist, Dhaka ranked second in the list of uninhabitable city in 2018. The study included indicators of crime, education, health along with road and mass transport scenario.According to the ministries of road, transport and bridges, local government and housing and public works, the government has spent Tk 68.66 billion in Dhaka’s road and transport sector in eight years. Currently, projects worth Tk 435 billion are running.The metro rail project from Uttara to Motijheel, the flyover from airport to Jatrabari, special lane from Joydebpur to airport, and road and canal in Purbachal are among the projects. These are supposed to be finished by 2010. There are doubts over the completion of these projects as progress is slow. Another Tk 2-trillion-project is on the way that includes metro rail, flyover, ring road and subway rail.When asked over this, road transport and highways division secretary Nazrul Islam told Prothom Alo, development projects are adopted taking people’s need in consideration. Depending on the reality some are implemented early while some are done later. Order will be restored in mass transport sector as soon as the metro rail and special lanes are opened, he added.Reckless bus driving is a chief reason for death on the roads in Dhaka. JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) too came to the conclusion while running a study during the adoption of RSTP. The survery, conducted in 2015, said 29,000,000 trips take place in Dhaka every day while bus or minibus contribute to 47 per cent of them.The type of ownership, fault in transport conducting system along with road system were mentioned in the RSTP. It also preferred a planned bus system instead of random licence approval. Former mayor Annisul Huq took the initiative.There was a decision to run all the buses under six companies on six different routes. The colours of the buses were supposed to be different too. The existing bus-owners were to be included in the companies. The owners were to receive the profit according to investment.There would be no competition among the drivers if this was followed. This initiative came to a halt after Annisul died in 2017. Sayeed Khokon, mayor of Dhaka South City Corporation was given the responsibility to move on the process in 2018. Nothing more than three meetings were held over the issue after this.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Nusrat Nowrin
The monsoon season is a festive celebration of the spirit of strong family ties and happiness. Keeping the festive spirits high and with an aim to promote the feeling of communal harmony within the hearts of local masses, Delhi Tourism is back with its Teej Festival at all its three Dilli Haats – INA, Pitampura and Janakpuri until August 14, August 11-15 and August 12-15 respectively.In sync with the festivities, all the three centres of Dilli Haats have been decorated to put forth the best of this season. The long festive extravaganza will have stalls adorned by artificial jewellery, handicrafts and handloom products. Unique delicacies like Ghevar, Rajasthani thalis alongside savoury treats from across the city will be available. Teej Bazaar, the highlight of the festival is one of a kind flee market that offers a variety of colorful Rakhis and traditional decorative items. Mehandi artists, bangle, and jewellery stalls form a vital part of this tradition and will be showcased during the Utsav. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfCultural performances in association with Sahitya Kala Academy, Rajasthan Tourism etc. have been scheduled during the evening hours of the festival. The evening will showcase enthralling performances by folk artists, the ceremonial Rajasthani dance and traditional arts for the entertainment of the visitors. While parents indulge in the festivities, kids will be able to enjoy at the joy rides available at the venue.Dilli Haat, INA will also host a Mehandi and Rangoli competition on the August 11.