New Music Strategy Programs Now Available

first_imgTOURISM, CULTURE AND HERITAGE–New Music Strategy Programs NowAvailable Nova Scotia musicians can get some help breaking into theindustry and getting their music heard in Nova Scotia and beyond. The provincial government is offering two new programs to supporta long-term music sector strategy developed by the Music IndustryAssociation of Nova Scotia (MIANS). The strategy is designed tomake sure resources are in place in Nova Scotia to develop,promote and export our talent, rather than having people goelsewhere to further their careers. The province is investing $3-million in the music industry overfour years. “Our province is blessed with immense natural talent. Thisinvestment contributes to our economy and quality of life,” saidRodney MacDonald, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage.”Nova Scotia’s music industry is worth about $100 million to theprovincial economy and generates more than 2,500 full- and part-time jobs.” “Our sector is delighted with this government support, and thereis no doubt these programs will have a significant positiveimpact on our members,” said Bill Appleby, president of MIANS. The Emerging Music Business Program will help people get into theindustry. It will focus on establishing up-and-coming musicians,building artist-manager relationships and enhancing musicbusiness skills. This includes helping an artist developmarketing and business plans, securing professional managerservices, creating a professional demo recording or designing awebsite. More information on this program can be obtained by visiting theTourism, Culture and Heritage website or by calling 902-424-4510. The Export Development Program for Music will focus on marketingand touring support for artists and business professionals. Thisincludes assisting musicians in undertaking, marketing andpromoting national or international tours. For more information on the Export Development Program for Music,visit the Music Industry Association of Nova Scotia (MIANS)website at or call (toll free) 1-888-343-6426. The first deadline for submitting applications for both programsis Oct. 15, 2004.last_img read more

Former Kosovo minister held on contempt granted provisional release by UN tribunal

9 April 2009The United Nations war crimes tribunal set up in the wake of the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s has ordered the provisional release of Kosovo’s ex-minister for culture, youth and sport, who was convicted of contempt of court for trying to intimidate a witness in a war crimes trial. Astrit Haraqija has completed his five-month sentence imposed by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), which found him guilty of trying to persuade a Prosecution witness not to testify in the trial of former Kosovo Albanian military leader Ramush Haradinaj.Both the Prosecution and the Defence have appealed the Tribunal’s judgement to release Mr. Haraqija, whose freedom is now dependent on the outcome of the Appeals judgement.Bajrush Morina, part-time editor of the Kosovo newspaper Bota Sot and former political advisor to the Deputy Minister for Culture, Youth and Sport, was also accused of the same crime and received a three month sentence, having been granted provisional release in February.“The Tribunal holds the safety of its witnesses and confidentiality of its protected materials in high regard,” it said in a press release issued in The Hague. To date, dozens of people have been charged with witness intimidations, refusing to answer questions in court, leaking confidential court documents and breaching protective measures. read more

Mustering resources for development a key goal of Monterrey forum Fréchette

The International Conference on Financing for Development will be about “mobilizing resources for development,” Ms. Fréchette said on Monday as she briefed the press at UN Headquarters about the key goals of the forum, which is expected to draw at least 50 heads of State or government and thousands of other officials and non-governmental participants when it convenes from 18 to 22 March, in Monterrey, Mexico.”It will be looking at all types of resources: the internal resources that developing countries can generate themselves; and the resources that can come from trade, from foreign direct investment, from official development assistance (ODA), from debt relief,” she said.The Deputy Secretary-General noted that a consensus document adopted a few weeks ago by countries established very clear agreement on a number of points, including harmony on the general policy directions that countries have to follow to ensure that they create a receptive climate for growth and for attracting foreign direct investment.The document is also very clear on its support for continuing trade liberalization and debt reduction, as well as the possibility of developing new mechanisms to deal with situations like the recent one in Argentina, Ms. Fréchette said.There is further agreement on the need for increased ODA, she added, pointing out that UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has promoted the notion that current levels of assistance must be doubled. “[While] this is not in the document at the moment, we still think that that is a reasonable level to aim for,” she said.Ms. Fréchette said there was hope that individual countries might “come up to the plate” during the conference and announce their commitments regarding follow-up. “We hope very much that Monterrey will contribute to developing a momentum and to feeding a momentum of interest and commitment around the world towards the pursuit of the development goals and, therefore, towards finding the resources to accomplish them,” she said. read more

As General Assembly wraps up highlevel debate speakers stress vital need for

President Askar AkayevLeading off the last morning of debate, the President of Kyrgyzstan, Askar Akayev, said that in recent months, the United Nations had become an arena for intense debate, leading some “hotheads” to claim that the organization had exhausted its potential. The disputes and discussions of the past year illustrated democracy at work, however, he said. While there was nothing reprehensible about disputes per se, he said, polarization over the past months had endangered the United Nations. “Attempts to restrain [the UN’s] role are perceived, especially by small States, as a means of undermining the world body,” he said.The United Nations faced many challenges, including political and religious extremism, territorial separatism, drug trafficking and pandemics, Mr. Akayev said. He also supported firm measures to address the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and believed that the use of force should be authorized by the Security Council and based on international law. VideoAmong the other speakers in the morning session were Foreign Minister Elvin Nimrod of Grenada, Foreign Minister François Lonsény Fall of Guinea, Foreign Minister Knowlson Gift of Trinidad and Tobago, Rogatieu Biaou, Benin’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Foreign Minister Ali Said Abdella of Eritrea, and Foreign Minister Mamadou Bamba of Côte d’Ivoire.Several chairpersons of delegations also spoke, including Fernand Poukré-Kono of the Central African Republic, Klára Novotná of Slovakia and Claude Morel of Seychelles.In the afternoon, the speakers included the Foreign Ministers of Niger, Aïchatou Mindaoudou, Suriname, Maria Levens, Liberia, Lewis Brown, Georgia, Irakli Menagarishvili, Zambia, Kalombo Mwansa, Congo, Rodolphe Adada, Fiji, Keliopate Tavola, and Somalia, Ahmed Abdi Hashi.Also taking part in the afternoon session were Alfredo Cabral, Chairman of the delegation from Guinea-Bissau, Martin Belinga-Eboutou, Chairman of the delegation from Cameroon, and Ahmad Chalabi, Chairman of the delegation from Iraq. Mr. Hunte, of St. Lucia, noted in his closing statement that these opinions had come from 50 Heads of State, 27 Heads of Government and 94 Deputy Prime Ministers and Foreign Ministers.”Our leaders have given direction to the work we are to do and political support for it,” Mr. Hunte said. “We must now carry forward the commitments they have made, if the hopes and aspirations expressed are to be realized.”Development and the prosperity of countries and regions received much attention from high-level representatives…The regrettable outcome of the Cancún round of (trade) negotiations gives new impetus to calls for full consideration of development issues by the General Assembly,” he added. VideoAt the World Trade Organization negotiations last month in Cancún, Mexico, developing countries abandoned the talks, saying some industrialized countries would not give up certain prohibited trade subsidies. read more

Judge rules JC Penney can sells items designed by Martha Stewart until

NEW YORK, N.Y. – J.C. Penney can sell certain home goods designed by Martha Stewart that were destined for shelves in May — for now, a New York State Supreme Court judge ruled Friday.Rival department store chain Macy’s Inc. had sought to temporarily block J.C. Penney Co. from selling products designed by Martha Stewart under the name JCP Everyday. Macy’s argued that the products violate its exclusive contract with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia — even if they don’t carry the moniker.Friday’s ruling lets Penney sell the JCP Everyday goods, until a lawsuit that Macy’s is waging against Penney and Martha Stewart Living is fully decided. Macy’s said in a statement that it plans to appeal the ruling. The ruling offered a dose of good news, if only temporary, for Penney, which had a particularly bad week. It ousted its CEO Ron Johnson on Monday, after a turnaround plan he implemented has led to disastrous results.Judge Jeffrey Oing, however, cautioned that the ruling is preliminary and Penney could still face costly damages if Macy’s prevails in the case.“This decision has not been very easy to make,” said Oing, who heard arguments from both sides for nearly three hours before he made his ruling.The two retailers are locked in a court battle over a partnership with Martha Stewart. Macy’s, based in Cincinnati, is suing Martha Stewart for breaching a long-standing exclusive contract that it had with the New York-based merchandising and media company in certain goods like bedding and bath items when it made a deal in late 2011 with Penney to open Martha Stewart mini-shops in the stores. The Martha Stewart shops, which have now been shelved, were planned for this spring. It also sued Penney for having no regard for the contract.A temporary order made last summer still bars Penney from selling Martha Stewart-branded goods in the exclusive product categories. But Macy’s had argued that selling the JCP Everyday goods, which included items covered by the contract, would confuse customers and create harm to Macy’s. Macy’s attorneys also argued that the new JCP Everyday brand, which carries a double house logo that resembles the letter “M,” would give shoppers the idea that the merchandise was from Martha Stewart.Oing said Friday that Macy’s didn’t prove irreparable harm. Macy’s may face some financial pressure but “it’s not like a building torn down,” he said.But he warned Penney lawyers to stay away from using the Martha Stewart name in advertising or marketing when it comes to the products covered by the contract.“You are to stay away from the Martha Stewart brand and label at all costs,” he warned.The ruling provides temporary relief for Penney, which is in a cash crunch after suffering a nearly billion dollar loss and seeing a 25 per cent drop in revenue in the latest fiscal year as Johnson’s plan to get rid of most discounts and bring in hip new brands failed to resonate with shoppers. Now, Penney is scrambling to shore up its cash reserves.Penney rehired Mike Ullman as its CEO. Ullman had been at Penney’s helm for seven years until November 2011 when Johnson replaced him.In making the ruling, Oing took the opportunity to chastise Johnson, calling his conduct “less than admirable” as he pursued the deal behind Macy’s back. But Oing also said he couldn’t brush off the harm that an adverse ruling would have on Penney.Penney could face a $100 million hit if it had to liquidate the JCP Everyday inventory that it already purchased, according to Deborah Weinswig, an analyst at Citi Research.As part of his plan to reinvent Penney, Johnson pursued the Martha Stewart brand as a key element in his vision to create mini shops devoted to different brand that would replace racks of clothing. With sales in a free fall, Penney is counting even more on an overhauled home area, being rolled out this month, to help it recover from a disastrous year.Penney is going ahead and adding Martha Celebrations areas, which will feature party accessories and stationery designed by the home maven. Those items are not covered by Macy’s exclusive contract, though Macy’s attorneys argued this week that some items like plastic pitchers violate the exclusive contract. They discovered those items on Penney’s website last weekend.Both companies returned to court this week after a four week court-ordered mediation that didn’t lead anywhere.The trial started in mid-February and included three weeks of testimony from a parade of witnesses, including Macy’s CEO Terry Lundgren, Penney’s Johnson and Martha Stewart herself.The two suits were consolidated for the bench trial. It’s expected to resume Tuesday. by Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press Posted Apr 12, 2013 1:35 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Judge rules J.C. Penney can sells items designed by Martha Stewart until lawsuit is decided read more

Searchers find body in twin Japan quakes raising toll to 45

MINAMIASO, Japan – Searchers digging in a mountainous area of southern Japan where twin earthquakes triggered landslides found another body Tuesday, raising the likely death toll to 45.Some 100,000 evacuees, some sleeping outdoors or in their cars, endured chilly weather and another large aftershock overnight that hit the southern island of Kyushu, near the city of Kumamoto.Several soldiers carried the body down on a plastic tray covered with an olive-green tarp. Dozens of rescue workers continued to dig through the site where a mudslide is believed to have buried several people.Two other bodies were found late Monday. At least one appeared to be among the nine reported missing near the town of Minamiaso, according to Japanese media reports. The official death toll stood at 44, awaiting confirmation of the latest death.After daybreak, Japanese broadcaster NHK showed people squatting at the curbside outside an evacuation centre to brush their teeth with water from a green garden hose. The temperature was forecast to rise to 23 degrees Celsius (73 degrees Fahrenheit) during the day, but fall to 8 degrees (46 F) Tuesday night.Food and water shortages are plaguing the recovery effort, even as the search for the missing goes on in Minamiaso.U.S. airlifts delivered water, bread, ready-to-eat food and other emergency supplies to the remote area of southern Japan stricken by the two powerful earthquakes.Limited flights also resumed to Kumamoto Airport on Tuesday, but outbound passenger flights remain suspended because the terminal building is too damaged to handle security checks.Nine people died in the first, magnitude 6.4 earthquake on Thursday night, and at least 36 in the second quake early Saturday morning, which registered 7.1. Authorities said about 1,100 were injured. An aftershock with magnitude 5.8 hit the area Monday evening but no further injuries were reported.Minamiaso, a town of 12,000, was partly cut off by landslides and road and bridge damage. Residents marked their location with chairs aligned in a giant “SOS” while awaiting the U.S. relief flights, which also delivered tents and portable toilets and waste treatment kits.The flights by two MV-22 Ospreys were a gesture of co-operation between the two allies and a chance for the U.S. military to demonstrate the utility of the tilt-rotor aircraft, whose deployment has raised controversy in Japan due to safety concerns.The U.S. has about 50,000 troops stationed in Japan, and the American military played a large role in rescue and relief in 2011 after a massive earthquake and tsunami hit the northeastern coast of the main island of Honshu.Tatsuyuki Aramaki, 60, was among local residents who came from a nearby evacuation centre to see the Ospreys’ arrival.It was “hugely appreciated,” Aramaki said. “We have been living on rock-hard biscuits, old rice balls and bread,” he said. “I heard Ospreys were coming to deliver supplies for us so I had to come and see. I couldn’t wait.”The tilt-rotor MV-22 Osprey flies like an airplane but can take off and land like a helicopter, making it suited for mountainous areas like Minamiaso, said Lt. Yuichiro Inoue of the Japanese army.The U.S. military operates 24 Ospreys in the southernmost islands of Okinawa, where most of its Japan-based troops are stationed. The aircraft have been vehemently criticized by local residents already unhappy over the large U.S. presence there. Crashes of Ospreys have raised concerns over their safety, though the U.S. military says they are safe.Yachiyo Fuchigami, 64, suffered a broken arm when a bookshelf fell on her during the second earthquake. The first quake caused more damage in another, less remote city, Mashiki.“The second earthquake caught us by surprise,” she said. “We survived the first one and were watching the scenes in Mashiki on TV. I never thought we were going to be next.”Disruptions from damage to buildings and roads, and from outages of electricity and water supplies, were reverberating beyond Kyushu as manufacturers suspended output.Toyota Motor Corp. is shutting most of its vehicle production in Japan over the course of this week because of parts shortages stemming from the earthquakes. Nissan Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. also temporarily halted production at some facilities.With some quake evacuees complaining of having only rice balls and bread to eat, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe defended his government’s handling of the crisis.“We are doing our best,” Abe told lawmakers when challenged by the opposition over the government’s relief efforts. “We are striving to improve living conditions for the people who have sought refuge.”___Emily Wang reported from Mashiki, Japan. Associated Press writer Elaine Kurtenbach in Tokyo also contributed to this report. by Mari Yamaguchi And Emily Wang, The Associated Press Posted Apr 17, 2016 8:34 am MDT Last Updated Apr 18, 2016 at 11:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Japan’s Ground Self Defense Force and U.S. military members load relief goods onto MV-22 Osprey which arrived in their Takayubaru vice camp in earthquake-hit Mashiki, Kumamoto prefecture, southern Japan, Monday, April 18, 2016. U.S. airlifts were delivering water, bread, ready-to-eat food and other emergency supplies Monday to a remote area of southern Japan stricken by two powerful earthquakes, as local rescuers searched for 10 people still reported missing. (AP Photo/Koji Ueda) Searchers find body in twin Japan quakes, raising toll to 45 read more

Iran UN atomic watchdog agree on further steps to address nuclear concerns

The five additional measures agreed yesterday by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Iran are to be implemented by Tehran by 25 August 2014.They include exchange of information with the Vienna-based Agency, including on allegations related to the conduct of large-scale high explosives experimentation in Iran. Among the new measures, Iran also agreed to arrange a technical visit to a centrifuge research and development centre.Iran’s nuclear programme has been a matter of international concern since the discovery in 2003 that the country had concealed its nuclear activities for 18 years in breach of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).Last November, China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States agreed on a Joint Plan of Action with Iran aimed at achieving “a mutually-agreed, long-term comprehensive solution that would ensure Iran’s nuclear programme will be exclusively peaceful,” that would include a series of “voluntary measures” to be taken by Iran. read more

Ethiopia UN agency calls for urgent funding for farmers ahead of cropping

If seeds are not delivered in time, help will be too late to secure a decent harvest from the imminent meher season, which produces 85 per cent of the nation’s food supply, the UN agency said in a press release. “The meher season will be critical to improving families’ food security and self-sufficiency in 2016. Seed distributions allowing farmers to plant crops and produce food must be a humanitarian priority,” said FAO’s country representative, Amadou Allahoury Diallo. He noted that while the food security situation is worsening, the overall funding response to the crisis has so far been “disappointing,” with just 15 per cent of FAO’s 2016 appeal for Ethiopia covered. Some $10 million is needed by FAO within the next two weeks to distribute seeds to Ethiopian families at risk of hunger and losing their livelihoods, the representative said. About 10.2 million people in Ethiopia are food insecure following successive crop failures and widespread livestock deaths caused by the El Niño-induced drought since early 2015. With this year’s delayed and erratic spring rains, the situation may become worse in the most affected areas, particularly in the north, the representative said. FAO said it is working closely with Ethiopia’s Government, which has already dedicated considerable resources to the El Niño response. Underserved districtsThe agency underscored that nearly one third of the districts in the country – some 224 – are now severely food insecure, 20 per cent more than than just three months ago. The agency noted that recent estimates by Ethiopia’s Bureau of Agriculture indicate that some 1.7 million farming families are seed insecure, meaning they do not have the inputs required to plant in the meher season. The season starts as early as mid-June for some crops, with planting ongoing until August for others. More than 90 districts are currently not receiving any kind of emergency seed support or are insufficiently covered, according to FAO Surge Response Team Leader Pierre Vauthier. “It’s these forgotten districts that FAO is targeting – but without immediate funding support, some 150,000 households will miss their best chance of growing food to bring them through the year,” he said. Depleted seed reserves For many households, seed reserves are extremely depleted following unsuccessful planting and re-planting in 2015, while families in the most affected areas have been forced to consume their seeds as food. As a result of the poor 2015 harvest, farmers’ incomes have been reduced and purchasing power constrained, further limiting their ability to buy the seeds and inputs they need to produce staple crops like maize, sorghum, teff, wheat, and root crops. FAO said that because the spring rains were initially erratic and delayed, even those farmers who had seeds may not have planted enough to meet their household’s needs, especially in the north. A good meher season will improve food availability nationwide and enhance access to food and reduce reliance on external humanitarian assistance in the medium term, FAO said. read more

Nintendo introduces Nintendo TVii for Wii U

first_imgAs part of the Wii U preview event Nintendo has unveiled a surprising new service and feature for the Wii U. It’s called Nintendo TVii, and it can be summed up as TV made social.What Nintendo has done is allowed you to use the Wii U as your gateway device to all your TV and video services. That means Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon, and YouTube are just some of the services that can be directly accessed on the Wii U using the GamePad’s touchscreen as the interface.Nintendo is treating NTVii as a “second screen service,” and with good reason. The GamePad display is where you will see all available content before choosing to play it on your TV. You’ll be able to perform searches, login to your different accounts, and control playback on your TV using the GamePad.One novel feature this content system adds to the experience is something being referred to as Moments. As you watch any content on your TV the GamePad will log key moments from what you are watching and present them as snapshots on the tablet controller. You can then go back through them and access more detail on each or share them with others.Social also seems to be a big part of the NTVii experience. Nintendo doesn’t just want you watching content on its new console, it wants you to talk about it with your friends by sharing moments, and having a chat while you watch.Nintendo tweaked the moments system for sports due to the different types and amount of information there is available to view while you are watching the game. The screenshot below gives you some idea of what you can expect to see for sports coverage, and it’s certainly going to be interesting watching and chatting about a game with friends through the Wii U.The content you watch also feeds into your profile. There won’t be recommendations made for content to watch, but the Wii U will inform you what you like to watch and what your interests are, all generated from using the NTVii system.Initially Nintendo TVii will be available to Wii U owners in the US and Canada, but hopefully that will expand to other regions and across Europe, too. A key point Nintendo made was that Nintendo TVii is a totally free service. You may pay monthly fees for your streaming services, but accessing them through NTVii comes at no extra charge.Is NTVii a killer service for the Wii U? That depends on how easy and intuitive of a system it is. But one thing is for sure, older gamers, and in particular parents, now have a reason other than games for picking up a Wii U this Christmas.last_img read more

DIY kit appears for 3Dprinted quadcopter

first_imgWill there ever be a creation made on a 3D printer that isn’t super cool? Not if Adam Polak has anything to say about it. He just designed a quadcopter made out of 3D-printed parts. Obviously, there is some assembly required, and some technical know-how to get the thing to fully operate, but the entire kit is available for purchase in case any serious DIY-er wants to try it out.As is described on Polak’s website, Polakium Engineering, a 3D printer is able to create the basic structure of the device, like the frame plates and arms. By using standard ABS plastic to make these pieces, the arms are able to bend and move yet remain steady and tough to break.Polak provides instructions on how to assemble everything together, including the required non-printable parts like the battery and flight controller. The main point, though, is that all of the aesthetic parts of the copter can be created without any hassle.This is an example of how 3D printing is becoming more and more of a universally accessible technology. It used to be something reserved only for major corporations or for high-end designers and engineers. Now, though, the middleman is slowly being cut out. Instead of ordering a customized action figure from a company, for example, you can just buy a 3D printer and make your own. Granted, the current market price of around $2,000 for a solid 3D printer is still steep for most consumers, but that price will come down and it is a huge leap forward from the machines that used to cost well over $10K.The fact that Polak, a college student, can have his own 3D printer and share his creations with the world is the perfect example of not only how 3D printing will mold the future, but how it is already molding the present.via O’Reilly Radarlast_img read more

Jamaicas Minister of Health urges regular health checks

first_imgFacebook 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:last_img read more

Use cover crops Yes or no we want to know about it

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) is collaborating with the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) and USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) program to learn more about the use of cover crops as a conservation tool on U.S. farms.If you currently use cover crops, this is your chance to report what works and what doesn’t work.  If you do not use cover crops, you can help us understand why not and what you feel is needed to encourage adoption of this farming practice. To access the survey, click here: Cover Crops Survey. Once you complete the survey, you will have the opportunity to register for two $100 gift card drawings. Please see more information from CTIC below.CTIC is seeking farmer input on cover crops as a conservation option on U.S. farms. This survey will take 10 minutes or less and is for both farmers who use cover crops and farmers who do not use cover crops. Just a few minutes of your time will help improve cover crop programs and efforts to increase access to information and assistance.If you are a producer, please fill out the survey.  If not, feel free to forward to your contacts who either can complete the survey as a producer or further distribute the survey to producers.To access the survey, click here: Cover Crops Survey. Your answers will remain completely anonymous.For 10 minutes or less, you could receive a $100 gift cardAfter completing the survey, you will have the opportunity to register for two $100 gift card drawings. Gift card registration takes place at a separate website to ensure that your responses to this survey remain completely anonymous.Please respond by Jan. 31, 2014, to be eligible for the gift card drawing.The survey is sponsored by the USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program and carried out by the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC).If you have questions, please contact:Chad Watts, Conservation Technology Information Center3495 Kent Avenue, Suite J100, West Lafayette, IN 47906Phone: (574) 242-0147    Email: watts@ctic.orglast_img read more

BusinessWeek Named ASBPE Web Site of the Year

first_imgThe American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) announced BusinessWeek winner of its Web Site of the Year at the Digital Azbee Awards Friday.One judge said BusinessWeek’s site had a strong, clean interface with consistent page elementsthat led to positive user experience, according to a release. The other three finalists—IDG’s CIO and InfoWorld, and TechRepublic—earned honorable mentions during the award luncheon at the San Francisco Hyatt. The Digital Azbees total 28 categories, with the 15 new digital categories added this year, including best podcast, slide show, video and blog. All category winners and finalists can be found at The top Multi-Platform award went to Meister Media Worldwide’s Today’s Garden Center. The site’s branding, said one judge, was consistent in both print and online and that the content was complementary to each platform. The judge also said the online content is interesting and easily navigable. Honorable mentions for the Multi-Platform award went to finalists Greenhouse Grower and Realtor.last_img read more

NEWS NEXT DOOR Tewksbury Congregational Church Welcomes New Pastor

first_imgTEWKSBURY, MA — Tewksbury Congregational Church is happy to announce the arrival of its 24th settled pastor, Reverend W. Baxter Chism.Chism is originally from Clanton, AL and is a graduate of Auburn University (Auburn, AL), where he received a B.S. in Business Administration (MIS). He was called into ministry in 2002 and completed his Masters of Divinity at Memphis Theological Seminary (Memphis, TN) in 2007. Ordained in the United Methodist Church, Rev. Chism has served several United Methodist churches as Senior Pastor since 2005 and is currently transitioning his ministry to the United Church of Christ. Rev. Chism follows Rev. Dr. Norman Bendroth who served as Interim Minister for 2.5 years.Please join us and Reverend Chism for his first Sunday service at TCC, Sunday, June 24th at 9:30am.Reverend W. Baxter Chism(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Tewksbury Congregational Church.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Reverend Paul W. Berube, 84In “Obituaries”SAVE THE DATE: Wilmington Methodist Church’s Annual Harvest & Holly Fair Set For October 26In “Community”OBITUARY: O’Neal Isom, 90In “Obituaries”last_img read more

CM YS Jagan gives deadline to district Collectors

first_imgAmaravati: AP Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy said that as never like before, the Krishna water is coming into the state. During the Collectors video conference, CM has directed the Collectors of Rayalaseema, Prakasam and Nellore districts to fill all the Krishna basin reservoirs and clarified to complete the works within next month. He suggested taking the precautionary measures in controlling the spread of diseases after the reduction of floods in the Godavari. Also Read – AP Cabinet to meet on September 4 Advertise With Us CM YS Jagan said that the government is ready to give any assistance related to drought and if the relevant proposals are sent, then the government will immediately provide the required help. CM said that he would be visiting districts from September, and by the next Ugadi, there should be no one without having a house site in the state. He made clear that the village should be taken as a unit and nearest lands would be selected for the housing sites.last_img read more

Garbage piles up under flyover

first_imgMoosapet: The space under the Moosapet flyover has turned into a garbage dumping site. Similar is the condition of many other flyovers in the city. This has become a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. Piles of garbage are thrown under the flyover, which not only makes the place unclean and unhygienic but also annoys pedestrians and motorists. The empty space under the flyover has become a temporary garbage dump in the localities. Residents and commuters complain of the foul smell from heaps of waste dumped under the flyover.”We have complained to the corporation but nothing has changed. The waste is scattered under the flyover and on the sides of the road which makes it difficult for pedestrians to walk,” said Govind, a residentlast_img read more

West Bengal to host next IT sector trade union

first_imgRepresentational ImageWest Bengal might soon become the fourth state in the country after Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu with an IT sector trade union.The Kolkata Forum for Information Technology Employees on Saturday said it had applied for the trade union registration in Information Technology, Information Technology Enabled Services, Business Process Outsourcing and Knowledge Process Outsourcing industries. The forum is part of the national platform – Forum for IT Employees, which was established in 2014.The forum has an elected president, secretary and treasurer apart from 180 employees who have registered as members. “We plan to enrol 5,000 members,” said forum’s president Santanu Bhattacharya.He further added that the plan to register the trade union was “triggered and accelerated” by unfair labour practices which the employees could not resist in their personal capacity.The forum’s general secretary, Rajashri Dawn, stated that despite having various heads for cost-cutting most IT companies choose labour is the only means of reducing operating costs.However, even without having a formal registration the members had tried to guide various employees in the process of filing disputes at the Labour Commission and later in their legal fights.last_img read more

Sheikh Hasina Nakshipalli to be set up in Jamalpur

first_img.Bangladesh Handloom Board will set up a project based on handloom and handicraft products after the name of prime minister Sheikh Hasina at Charbani Pakuria under Melandaho Upazila and Charpalisha and Chandra under Sadar upazila of Jamalpur district, a press release said.The aim of the project named ‘Sheikh Hasina Nakshipalli’ is to create employment opportunities, especially for women, through rehabilitating the weavers and ‘nakshi’ (design) entrepreneurs, supplying raw materials at reasonable prices, using local jute products in handloom industry and utilizing the talent of local artistes.This project would also protect and uphold tradition and culture of the country, the press release added.Jamalpur has been branded nationwide for the proposed project.The ‘nakshi kantha’ industry is designed to empower women at all levels of the society.last_img read more

Smithsonians black history museum on track for 2016 opening

first_img WASHINGTON (AP) — With a bronze metal and glass structure taking shape on the National Mall, the Smithsonian Institution said Thursday that its new National Museum of African American History and Culture is on track to open in 2016.Over the past two weeks, workers have begun installing the bronze-color panels that will form the defining “corona” facade of Washington’s newest museum. The idea was inspired by an African headdress. Architects said it will appear as a glowing bronze crown in different lights. Construction workers install the bronze colored cladding that will form the “corona” on the under construction National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, Thursday, May 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Brett Carlsen) Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Numerous individual donations of $25 and $50 have shown how important the museum is to so many people, Bunch said. Nearly 82,000 people have joined the museum as members to contribute to the building, representing every state.The museum has built a collection of 40,000 artifacts, and a staff of 160 is developing the 11 major exhibits that visitors will find at the opening next year. The exhibits will trace the history of slavery, segregation, civil rights and African-Americans’ achievements in the arts, entertainment, sports, the military and the wider culture.Bunch said it will be a museum for everyone to gain a fuller, more nuanced understanding of history.“The strength of this museum is that it seeks to use African American culture as a lens to understand what it means to be an American,” he said. “We’re all shaped by the African-American experience.”___National Museum of African American History and Culture: © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Four benefits of having a wireless security system 0 Comments   Share   The design is a significant departure from the mostly classical structures of Washington. Museum Director Lonnie Bunch said the idea for the metal lattice panels was meant to evoke the work of enslaved craftspeople and iron workers who created screens and designs popular in New Orleans and Charleston, South Carolina.“So much of the African-American experience is hidden in plain sight,” Bunch said during a briefing on the museum’s progress. “I thought: Wouldn’t it be powerful to take this building and in some ways make it a monument to all those people whose work shaped this country, whose work made the country possible but whose work is often forgotten.”After 10 years of work to develop the museum, Bunch said the building has reached a milestone as its defining elements become evident. The building is 18 months from completion. Bunch said he’s determined the museum will open before President Barack Obama leaves office so that the nation’s first black president can cut the ribbon.The Smithsonian has raised $476 million in public and private funds. Congress provided half the building funds and money for staffing, and about $200 million has been raised privately from corporations, foundations and individuals. The Smithsonian still must raise as much as $70 million more to finish the project, Bunch said. Sponsored Stories New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter South Australia has bee

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterSouth Australia has been pinpointed as a potential launch site for Richard Branson’s commercial space tourism program, Virgin Galactic.Celebrating the company’s maiden test flight into space a week ago, Branson told Sky News in the UK he expects the first paying customers – of which there is a waitlist of 700 budding astronauts – should start flying into space by the end of 2019.The test flight took off and returned from the Mojave Desert, California. While Spaceport America in nearby New Mexico remains the operational headquarters, Virgin Galactic is considering other launch pads around the world. In July this year, Branson’s company inked a framework agreement with Italian fellow space companies, Sitadel and ALTEC, to establish a space hub in Europe.That agreement envisions a dedicated space vehicle system, built by Virgin Galactic’s sister enterprise The Spaceship Company, being positioned at the future Grottaglie Spaceport in Italy.The space vehicle would be utilised by customers such as the Italian Space Agency as a science platform for high-frequency space research, as well as for private passengers to experience space.Closer to home, a similar arrangement has now been flagged by Branson for South Australia. The revelation comes as Prime Minister Scott Morrison last week announced that Adelaide had been chosen as the location of Australia’s Space Agency, to be established by mid-2019.“This Agency is going to open doors for local businesses and Australian access to the US$345 billion global space industry,” Morrison said. South Australia’s Premier Steven Marshall added that having the headquarters of the Australian Space Agency in SA will “launch our space and defence sectors to the next level.”Branson welcomed Australia’s Space Agency strategy, telling Sky News: “I would love for our third space port to be built in Australia, and to be able to take some of our Virgin Galactic spaceships to Australia and operate them from Australia.”I would love for our third space port to be built in Australia, and to be able to take some of our Virgin Galactic spaceships to Australia and operate them from Australia.Richard Branson, Virgin Group Founder“I’m sure that’s something our team will be talking to your Space Agency about and hopefully it’s one of the first things that we’ll be able to accomplish together.”“I think it’s fantastic Australia have set it up,” The Advertiser reported Branson saying, adding that he hoped the agency’s establishment will lead to expansion for the Virgin Galactic brand in the country.Marshall said his Department is already making contact with Sir Richard: “He’s very welcome to come here.”South Australian Tourism Commission Chief Executive, Rodney Harrex, said the state has gained interest from some of the most successful entrepreneurs, including Sir Richard Branson.“It’s sending a powerful message to the rest of the world and positioning us as a world leader.”“The possibility of a Virgin Galactic spaceport is a huge opportunity for South Australia,” Harrex told LATTE.“From breathtaking Kangaroo Island to the historic Flinders Ranges and everything in between, South Australia is home to some of the world’s most incredible experiences – they might not be out of this world, but they’re certainly close to it,” he quipped.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more