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first_img Facebook Twitter SHARE By Andy Eubank – Feb 15, 2012 Contrary to popular belief, straightforward answers to your farming and food questions do exist. Now, consumers can find answers in one location as a result of CommonGround’s new Website.The Website, which launched this week, has transitioned from informing audiences about the CommonGround program to providing a resource for consumers on many of the most popular food and farming topics.  As site visitors search for information on a variety of food-related questions, the program’s volunteers will provide visitors with a combination of firsthand accounts of what happens on their farms and scientific research.“I hope our Website will make people aware of the fact there is a lot of misinformation out there,” said Jennifer Schmidt, a CommonGround volunteer and diversified farmer from Sudlersville, Md. “Not all farmers live near or have access to urban consumers like I do in the mid-Atlantic region. Our Website is a great way for farm women from all over the country to connect with consumers and share our stories.The enhanced site will introduce visitors to farmer volunteers such as Schmidt, who also is a registered dietitian. It also streamlines its focus on the top eight issues consumers ask volunteers about food. Those issues include: animal welfare; antibiotic use in animal agriculture; corporate farming; food prices; biotechnology and food; hormone use in animal agriculture; the local and organic foods movements; and food safety.CommonGround volunteers, like Bennett, Colo., farmer Danell Kalcevic, dive into each issue by addressing some questions that consumers might have about what they do on their farms.“For me, I want consumers to know that we do not do things to harm anyone, and we eat the same food they do,” said Kalcevic, who raises wheat, millet, sunflowers, corn and cattle. “It is counterproductive to intentionally do things to the land, crops or animals we raise, and eventually sell or export, because that food ends up on our tables. I encourage consumers to check things out and find out that we share their concerns and raise our crops and livestock accordingly.”But sharing farmers’ personal stories serves as only one part of the equation. Making sure consumers understand the regulations farmers must follow is just as important, said CommonGround Volunteer, Renee Fordyce, who raises crops and cattle on her farm in Bethany, Mo.“I am not a scientist, nor do I have a Ph.D., but I can speak from my personal experiences,” said Fordyce. “Sometimes all people want is a simple answer to address their concerns about food. If they want more meat to my answer, I feel comfortable directing them to CommonGround’s website because of the sound science we have to back up our experiences.”From research to recipes, CommonGround volunteers hope to help visitors will find the answers to their important questions about food.CommonGround is a grassroots movement to foster conversation among women – on farms and in cities – about where our food comes from. The United Soybean Board and National Corn Growers Association developed CommonGround to give farm women the opportunity to engage with consumers using a wide range of activities. USB and NCGA provide support and a platform for the volunteers to tell their stories.Have a question you want answered? CommonGround will not let it go unanswered. Find it online:Website: www.FindOurCommonGround.comYouTube: www.YouTube.com/FindOurCommonGroundTwitter: www.Twitter.com/CommonGroundNowTwitter Hashtag: #CGConvoFacebook: www.facebook.com/CommonGroundNowSource: NCGA News of the Day CommonGround Website Offers Food Facts from Farmers Home Indiana Agriculture News CommonGround Website Offers Food Facts from Farmers SHARE Previous articleFarm Bill Hearing HeldNext articlePigs to be Part of Fair Oaks Experience Andy Eubank Facebook Twitterlast_img read more


first_img March 3, 2021 Find out more October 15, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporter who accused local police of corruption is charged with sedition News Help by sharing this information RSF_en News India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media News Laxman Choudhury, a newspaper reporter based Gajapati (in the eastern state of Orissa) who has written about alleged local police links with organised crime, has been detained for more than three weeks on a sedition charge in Bhubaneswar, the state capital, on the grounds that he was sent Maoist leaflets in the mail. “Choudhury’s arbitrary and unjustifiable arrest by the Gajapati police violated the Indian constitution,” Reporters Without Borders said. “He is the victim of an act of revenge by local authorities who were worried by his revelations. We call for his immediate release and the withdrawal of all charges against him.”A reporter for the daily newspaper Sambad, Choudhury was arrested on 20 September in possession of Maoist leaflets he had received in the mail.Sampad Mahapatra, NDTV’s Orissa bureau chief, told Reporters Without Borders: “The police wanted to teach him a lesson for exposing their connivance with the local mafia. Laxman had received the leaflets like a dozen other journalists, including me. The Maoists send their press releases and leaflets to reporters on a regular basis. They constitute news material and receiving them can under no circumstances be regarded as evidence of Maoist links.”When a delegation of four journalists went to see Orissa chief minister Naveen Patnai, he promised to order an investigation into the allegations that Chaudhury’s arrest was an act of revenge. Choudhury is meanwhile still waiting to appear before the Orissa high court on charges of sedition.“Laxman is a working journalist and does not deserve such treatment,” Mahapatra added. “We have condemned the police action and we expect the state government to behave responsibly when dealing with any member of the media fraternity.”To learn more, see Sampad Mahapatra’s blogVideo on NDTV’s website News IndiaAsia – Pacific center_img Follow the news on India June 10, 2021 Find out more IndiaAsia – Pacific to go further RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 April 27, 2021 Find out more Organisation In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival Receive email alertslast_img read more


first_img Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApp Facebook MOSC brass concert Twitter Pinterest Local News Wagner NoëlThe Midland-Odessa Symphony & Chorale has scheduled a Lone Star Brass Classic Brass concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center, 1310 N. FM 1788. Facebook Previous articleChurch luncheon fundraiser and conferenceNext articleNUGGETS: The cross in the middle offers all a choice admin Twitter By admin – March 24, 2018 last_img read more


first_img In April 2017, more than 20 state business regulators issued regulatory enforcement orders to subsidiaries of Ocwen Financial Corp to address “mishandling of consumer escrow accounts and a deficient financial condition,” according to an April news release from the North Carolina Office of the Commissioner of Banks.Since September 28, Ocwen has announced reaching resolutions with a number of states, but Thursday morning the company added two more, bringing Ocwen to a total of 17 resolutions.Additionally, Ocwen announced under the “Wholesale Forward Lending” section of the 8K filing that they have decided to exit the wholesale forward lending business, agreeing to sell certain assets related to the business to an undisclosed buyer.  Print This Post Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago “The buyer is expected to assume a facilities lease and to offer positions to certain Ocwen employees in the business,” the filing said. “Ocwen estimates that it will recognize a loss of approximately $7 million related to the divestiture in its third quarter 2017 results.”According to the filing, This loss is primarily due to the company writing off the capitalized balance of internally developed software for the wholesale forward lending business and the company expects an additional $1 to $2 million of severance expense following the closing of the transaction, expected to occur next quarter. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Ocwen Resolutions Rise to 17, Exiting Wholesale Forward Lending Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: Ocwen Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Ocwen 2017-10-13 Brianna Gilpin Brianna Gilpin, Online Editor for MReport and DS News, is a graduate of Texas A&M University where she received her B.A. in Telecommunication Media Studies. Gilpin previously worked at Hearst Media, one of the nation’s leading diversified media and information services companies. To contact Gilpin, email [email protected] center_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, Headlines, News Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago October 13, 2017 1,659 Views The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: Freddie Mac Announces Small-Pool Pilot With EarnUp Next: Wells Fargo and BofA: Q3 2017 Results Revealed Home / Daily Dose / Ocwen Resolutions Rise to 17, Exiting Wholesale Forward Lending Thus far, Ocwen has settled with Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Virginia, and West Virginia, with Thursday’s addition of Alabama and Minnesota. State regulatory agencies in Indiana and Nevada either withdrew or allowed their respective cease and desist orders to expire.“Ocwen is pleased to have reached resolutions with two additional states, Alabama and Minnesota, to resolve regulatory actions brought against the Company, bringing the total number of states where we have reached a resolution to 17,” said John Lovallo, Spokesperson for Ocwen.As previously reported, the agreements terms include details such as Ocwen not acquiring any new residential mortgage servicing rights until April 30, 2018, developing plans to transition to a new servicing system, and not engaging an auditor to perform an escrow review of between 8,000 and 10,000 loans. However, the release also notes that Ocwen did not admit or deny liability in these settlements and none of the agreements contain any monetary fines or penalties.If the company successfully enters into agreements with the remaining states, they may contain some or all of the terms mentioned above—but there is no assurance that will happen.“We continue to work cooperatively with the remaining 14 state regulatory agencies and two state attorneys general to reach acceptable resolutions,” Lovallo said.To read the 8K filing, click here. About Author: Brianna Gilpin Subscribelast_img read more


first_imgPrime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has put public transport infrastructure firmly back on the agenda, reversing the former Abbott government’s policy of only funding road projects.As a result, a number of proposals are now receiving a second look at both a state and federal level.One of these is the Cross River Rail Project in Brisbane, a 9.8km tunnel linking Yeerongpilly in the south with new stations in the city and Bowen Hills in the inner north.That’s great news for 2.3 million people confined to just four ways to cross a river which effectively divides Brisbane in half.But will this proposal make a difference to property prices?Meighan Hetherington, Director at buyers agency Property Pursuit, says the Cross River Rail will make a difference to Brisbane’s commute particularly for residents in the south.“If you are on the south side and want to get into the city, just one breakdown can throw the roads into chaos whereas the north is serviced by a better arterial road,” Hetherington says.“The result has been buyers can find better value on the south side. I think this project will be a strong benefit for those buyers relying on public transport to get into the city.Building Australia: How infrastructure changes the way we live But while new transport announcements typically result in a jump in property prices, this has not been the case in Brisbane.“Projects like this have a history of causing a large amount of uncertainty in Brisbane, primarily because of changes to the actual routes, Hetherington says.Projects like this have a history of causing a large amount of uncertainty in Brisbane.“Wooloowin, a beautiful suburb with period properties, was an example of this during the study and construction phase of the airport tunnel in 2006-08. The uncertainty around the final route saw the local market effectively lock up with few sales.“We can expect the same effect this time too, but once the project is completed all other things being equal I expect strong price spikes for houses within 800 metres of a new station.Southeast Queensland: What’s inside the Golden Triangle? “The major caveat is that properties within 100 metres of a new surface station will be noise affected and owners can expect some negative consequences.”Hetherington points to the Transapex project, which saw the convergence of the airport tunnel and northern bus way around the Kedron area in Brisbane’s inner north, as an example of how Cross River Rail’s impact on local real estate might play out.“Our analysis was that the improvement in access would prove a real benefit to local property and indeed you can see this in 2012 and 2013, with house prices performing above the Brisbane metro average.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours agoExpect price spikes for houses within 800m of a new station.While Hetherington sees a sunny upside for nearby houses her optimism doesn’t extend to apartments.center_img “If you follow this rail link’s likely path, there are just 79 new units approved in Dutton Park, but in Yeerongpilly there are 1,200 new apartments and townhouses approved, 1,423 in Woolloongabba and 1,130 in Bowen Hills.“That much supply tends to overwhelm demand from both tenants and owner occupiers.“We have concerns about the number of units being built across Brisbane generally and feel increases in supply will likely outweigh the benefits this project will bring to unit owners in these areas.”So should investors target houses around the new rail link’s path?“For investors with a longer term view and reasonable appetite for risk there will be good opportunities to buy in areas in and around this project.“The best properties to target are period houses with a good land content ratio, or townhouses in clusters of 12 or less in good locations, avoiding any areas which may be prone to flooding.”last_img read more


first_imgJapan’s Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) has called for applications from asset managers for non-Japanese Bonds and has issued a request for information on fund-of-fund managers for emerging markets (EM) infrastructure.Under the fixed income mandate, the fund is looking for managers that undertake both active and passive investment in foreign bonds.For active investment, GPIF lists indices including Bloomberg Barclays Euro Aggregate Bond Index and the JP Morgan GBI-EM Global Diversified Index as investment benchmarks.It said it would also accept “any other benchmark (unhedged in Japanese yen terms) in accordance with investment product proposals”. For passive Investment, GPIF would assign the benchmark.Passive investment managers are being asked to provide either the track record of FTSE World Government Bond Index (ex-JPY Unhedged/in JPY terms) or another non-Japanese Bond benchmark.GPIF did not set a deadline for the offering. “We will review applications as needed,” it said.“Upon consideration of diversifying passive fund benchmarks, we will start reviewing passive fund managers on 22 May 2020.“We seek asset managers with broad expertise and access to various benchmarks, such as corporate high yield indices, EM-related indices (and) aggregate indices.”At the beginning fo the month, the fund increase its allocation to foreign fixed income by 10% as it planned to cut back on its exposure to domestic government bonds for the next five years.For EM infrastructure, the ¥158trn (€1.35trn) pension fund said it is considering appointing a specialist fund-of-funds manager as part of its global infrastructure strategy.GPIF said it “expects to receive useful information from managers in the relevant market in order to develop an idea of potential investment in the emerging markets going forward”.It added: “GPIF maintains the key strategy to invest mainly in core infrastructure, which will yield stable income”.GPIF is looking for a fund-of-funds arrangement but it said it “will also accept information” on other investment schemes.More than two years ago, GPIF appointed StepStone Infrastructure & Real Assets as its global fund-of-funds manager. Earlier this year, it invested in Brussels Airport through the mandate.last_img read more


first_imgJ.E. McAmis, a California based heavy-civil, marine and environmental contractor, has won the Mouth of the Columbia River (MCR) 2017 North Jetty Rehabilitation Project.In continuation of interim repairs completed also by McAmis in 2015, the basic repair template for the 2017 MCR North Jetty Rehabilitation effort includes more than 6,300 LF of rehabilitation or construction of a 30-ft crest width, 1V:1.5H side slopes, and a crest elevation of +25 ft (NAVD88).To complete the repairs, McAmis will utilize more than 120,000 tons of stone ranging up to 30 tons per stone.“The MCR jetties help support the economy of our region and the entire country. The Columbia Snake River System is the nation’s largest wheat export gateway. When combined with soybeans, corn, pulses and other grains, it is the third largest grain export gateway in the world. It is number one on the west coast for forest products and mineral bulk exports,” according to the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association (PNWA).Each year, approximately 44 million tons of cargo moves through the deep draft Lower Columbia River, valued at roughly $24 billion, PNWA said.last_img read more

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