FFA Members Provide Warm Welcome for President Trump

first_img By Eric Pfeiffer – Oct 28, 2018 Previous articleCommentary: Food, the New Hate SpeechNext articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for October 29, 2018 Eric Pfeiffer Home Indiana Agriculture News FFA Members Provide Warm Welcome for President Trump Facebook Twitter SHARE FFA Members Provide Warm Welcome for President TrumpPresident Trump was greeted with much enthusiasm from FFA members from across the country at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis Saturday. Hoosier Ag Today was there as he told the young people in the room that there was no group better prepared for real life than FFA members.“You know that success only comes through hard work and perseverance. You know that very well. You know that nothing compares to the satisfaction of an achievement earned and built with your own sweat, your own skill, and with your own two hands.”He discussed the farm bill and asked for time.“We’re fighting very hard for a terrific farm bill that includes work requirements for food stamps… And don’t worry about the farm bill. The farm bill we can sign, I could have signed it three months ago, but we’re trying to make a good bill. Is it okay if I take a little longer?”The president also addressed the trade war with China, though he didn’t want to use the word “war”.“They’ve been doing very well against us for 25-30 years. They’ve been doing beyond well. Taking out $500 billion a year out of the United States. Would you say that’s a lot? That’s a lot of corn. That’s a lot a wheat. That’s a lot of soybeans. I said, ‘you can’t do that.’ So, we’re in a trade dispute, I want to use that word because it’s a nice soft word, but we’re going to win. You know why? Because we always win…How we got put in this position in the first place is ridiculous.”Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue also spoke at the final general session for the 91st FFA National Convention and Expo. New officers were elected from California, Louisiana, Michigan, Oklahoma, Alabama and Oregon. SHARE FFA Members Provide Warm Welcome for President Trump Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Vacancy on South Pasadena Design Review Board

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Business community loses leading lights

first_imgVanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Advertisement Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival TAGSbusinessfeaturedlimerick Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Print Facebook Email LIMERICK’s business community is mourning the loss this week of two of its leading lights, Nevil O’Sullivan of Nevil’s shoes and Gretta Fitzgerald of Greta Gibbs.Nevil O’Sullivan RIPA father of three, Nevil ran a successful shoe-sales business in O’Connell Street for many years. The Ballyclough man passed away on November 14 peacefully at Milford Care Centre after an illness.He is survived by his wife Chris, and children Méabh, Nevil and Jack as well as his brothers Gene and John, sister-in-law Helen, staff of Nevil’s Shoes, mother-in-law, brothers and sisters-in-law. He was buried after Requiem Mass on Monday in Castlemungret Cemetery.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Previous article#VIDEO Noonan evades protestors as new figures leakedNext article#VIDEO Plans to privatise AIB due before Christmas Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. BusinessNewsBusiness community loses leading lightsBy Bernie English – November 17, 2014 2919 Gretta Fitzgerald RIPMrs Fitzgerald was at the helm of Gretta Gibbs boutique in Catherine Street for almost thirty years. She died on November 15 following an accident in her home.Gretta is survived by her husband Sean, sons Ryan, Paul and Josh as well as sisters Veronica, Lillian and Ursula and brothers, Ollie and James.The house is private and funeral Mass will be at 11 am on Wednesday, November 19. WhatsApp WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads last_img read more

Employment, Revenue & Economic Confidence Up On Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York There’s good news on the employment front, at least on Long Island, especially compared to past years.Long Island’s unemployment rate, not seasonally adjusted, was 3.9 percent in December 2015, down 0.5 percentage points from a year ago, according to Shital Patel, labor market analyst for the Long Island region at the New York State Department of Labor. Nassau County’s rate decreased by 0.4 percentage points to 3.7 percent, while Suffolk County’s rate decreased by 0.5 percentage points to 4.2 percent. By comparison, New York State’s rate was 4.7 percent and the national rate was 4.8 percent.Nassau County had the third-lowest unemployment rate in New York State, only Tompkins County (3.4 percent) and Columbia County (3.5 percent) were better. Since December 2014, private sector jobs in New York State grew third-most rapidly in the Nassau-Suffolk region (+1.9 percent), topped by New York City (+2.3 percent) and Orange-Rockland-Westchester (+2.1 percent). Statewide, the sectors recording the largest job gains were educational and health services, with 73,400 more since a year ago, followed by 27,000 in professional and business services and 26,700 jobs in construction. By contrast, the government sector lost 3,800 jobs, and manufacturing shrank by 2,400 jobs.On Long Island, the metrics show some bounce since the recession, according to several key indicators.In the first Long Island Business Leaders Survey, sponsored by The Long Island Association and conducted by Siena College Research Institute, 31 percent of the 248 CEOs in Nassau and Suffolk who responded to the poll said they plan to hire workers this coming year, while 9 percent foresee layoffs. “The spring is in the step of many of Long Island’s CEOs,” said Siena College Research Institute Director Don Levy. “Nearly four in ten are bullish about the future, while only one in five remain negative on the economy. Just under half, 48 percent anticipate revenue growth and 41 percent expect their profits to increase in 2016.”“The good news here is that the CEOs are more optimistic than pessimistic,” said Kevin Law, president and CEO of the Long Island Association. “They’re certainly more optimistic than they are in upstate New York.”Law cited the 3.9-percent unemployment rate as a figure that “most regions of the country would die for,” he said. He noted that sales tax revenues were growing in both counties, whereas half the counties in New York are seeing declines. “What I was glad to see, as a CEO myself, we recognize how valuable our workers are,” added Law. “They’re well educated and well trained. One reason the CEOs put up with some of the high costs of doing business on Long Island is because of our great workforce. They also like our environment because a bad environment is not attractive to the business community.” The Siena Survey only polled companies with sales between $2.5 million and $200 million.“I know it excluded a lot of small businesses,” Law acknowledged, but originally the cut-off was going to be $5 million and the LIA broadened the parameters.On the negative side of the balance sheet, the survey found few CEOs expressing much faith in government, whether state or local, for improving the business climate on Long Island. Ninety-two percent said that local municipalities do a poor or fair job of aiding business development here.“I’m not defending it,” said Law. “It just takes forever to get a permit approved.”He said there’s been progress at the county level but the local zoning boards have a lot of catching up to do.Despite all the red tape and other hassles, a majority of Long Island businesses are committed to remaining in the region as their confidence in the economy continues to increase, according to the AVZ 2015-2016 Economic Survey & Opinion Poll. Conducted by Albrecht, Viggiano, Zureck & Company, P.C. (AVZ) in partnership with Long Island Business News, the results were formally presented at the HIA-LI 22nd Annual Economic Summit at the Hyatt Regency Long Island in Hauppauge on Feb. 11. The survey found 63 percent of the respondents saw an increase in revenue in 2015; 61 percent forecast some increase in revenue this year; 90 percent raised their prices for products or services last year; 86 percent granted raises of up to 4 percent to their employees (6 percent gave raises of 5 to 9 percent); and 46 percent of the companies plan to hire this year. More than half of the respondents have been in business for more than 30 years; 84 percent of the businesses have been operating for more than a decade.“The success and longevity of Long Island businesses are so vitally important,” said Terri Alessi-Miceli, president of HIA-LI, the Hauppauge Industrial Association of Long Island, whose headquarters are in the Hauppauge Industrial Park, one of the largest industrial parks in the United States. “2015 proved that Long Island businesses are committed to remaining in the region, with a substantial increase for economic confidence, which this year received its highest rating since the recession began in 2008.”The researchers asked the respondents to rate their confidence in the Island’s economy on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most confident. The survey found that the businesses’ confidence level was 6.1 last year, compared to 4.9 in 2008. Since 1995, the highest rating was 7.2, reached in 1999 and 2000.Looking ahead, for the second year in a row the survey found that healthcare is regarded as having the greatest potential for growth on the Island, with 43 percent of the respondents being bullish on this sector’s prospects as compared to the next sector, technology, which garnered 34 percent.Those job findings don’t surprise Keith Banks, president of Lloyd Staffing, an employment agency based in Melville, who said that healthcare and technology are continuing to grow.“We do have a well-trained and skilled workforce,” he said. “What we haven’t seen is a particular organization that has come here or sprouted here that has had a ‘hockey-stick’ trajectory in terms of growth in its number of employees, going from 500 employees to 1,000 employees over the course of 12 to 18 months. We just haven’t seen that type of growth around a company or around an industry since the recession.”Banks is seeing “some momentum” in bio-tech, as companies nurtured in the Island’s incubators look to expand. “But it’s not out of the box growth,” he cautioned.Northwell Health, formerly North Shore-LIJ, is by far the largest employer on Long Island and the largest private employer in New York State, with more than 61,000 employees. There are 31,150 employees at their hospitals and facilities in Nassau and Suffolk—and that number is rising. “Our workforce will continue to expand on Long Island and throughout the metropolitan area in the years ahead,” said Michael Dowling, president & CEO of Northwell Health. “Every week, between 100 and 150 new employees join Northwell Health. Our growth area continues to be in the area of outpatient services, as more and more care is delivered outside the walls of our hospitals. Moving forward, there will be a much greater focus on managing the care of the people and communities we serve, rather than only treating them when they are sick or injured.”Nancy Engelhardt, founding director of the Energeia Partnership, the Academy for Regional Stewardship at Molloy College, says the Island’s economy is “resilient” but it’s lost a lot of high-paying jobs and filling that need “remains a challenge.” But she’s not undaunted.“I’m very optimistic,” Engelhardt said. “I see a lot more partnerships and collaborations happening, and people coming out of their silos and talking about how to deal with a lot of the issues on Long Island together.”last_img read more

Neymar scores name win in EU court ruling

first_imgThis was proven, the court said, “by the fact that he filed an application for registration of the word mark ‘IKER CASILLAS’, a mark corresponding to the name of another famous football player, on the same day he sought registration of the mark ‘NEYMAR’.”“Mr Moreira puts forward no convincing argument to disprove the finding of EUIPO that there was no explanation for his application for registration of the contested mark other than the desire to ‘free-ride’ on the footballer’s renown,” the court said.It is the second EU trademark victory inside a year for South American megastars, after Argentina and Barcelona attacker Lionel Messi won a battle to register his name, seeing off a seven-year challenge by Spanish cycling gear manufacturer Massi.The ruling comes after a tough end to the season for the 27-year-old Neymar, who is also mired in legal tussles in Spain.Neymar — whose PSG season fizzled out after a shock Champions League exit to Manchester United — is facing a tax probe in Spain over bonuses he earned at Barcelona as well as his world-record transfer to Paris.The Catalan giants are also suing Neymar for breach of contract after he transferred for a record 222 million euros ($249 million) in 2017, less than a year after he signed a new five-year deal. FILE PHOTO: Neymar Brussels, Belgium | AFP | Brazilian superstar Neymar scored a legal win on Tuesday as a top EU court ruled against a businessman who tried to claim copyright on the world’s most expensive footballer’s name.The General Court of the European Union said that Carlos Moreira had acted in “bad faith” when he tried to trademark the name “Neymar” in 2012, confirming a decision by the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) to invalidate the registration.The court rejected arguments from Moreira, who applied to register “Neymar” as a trademark for clothes, footwear and hats in December 2012, that he had little knowledge of football and simply liked the sound of the word.“The Court upholds the decision of EUIPO that Mr Moreira was acting in bad faith when he filed the application for registration of the mark ‘NEYMAR’,” the court said.EUIPO ruled in Neymar’s favour when he challenged Moreira’s registration in 2016, prompting the Portuguese businessman to take the case to the General Court, the EU’s second-highest tribunal.Moreira claimed that when he registered the name, he did not know Neymar — who had been named South American Footballer of the Year in 2011 and attracted interest from a host of top European clubs — was a rising star.The court dismissed the argument, saying it was clear Moreira had “more than a little knowledge of the world of football”.center_img Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Farah caught up in controversy over 2014 London Marathon injection

first_img– ‘Not memory tests’ –Fudge had told USADA the previous day that Farah had been injected.Farah then returned to the investigators and said: “So I just wanted to come clear, sorry guys, and I did take it at the time and I thought I didn’t.”He is asked: “So you received L-carnitine… before the London marathon?”Farah answers: “Yeah.”He adds: “There was a lot of talk before… and Alberto’s always thinking about ‘What’s the best thing?’ ‘What’s the best thing?’”The USADA investigator then said: “A few days before the race… with… Alberto present and your doctor (Dr Robin Chakraverty, then UKA’s chief medical officer) and Barry Fudge and you’re telling us all about that now but you didn’t remember any of that when I… kept asking you about this?”Farah responds: “It all comes back for me, but at the time I didn’t remember.”Farah — who will bid for a third 10,000 metres Olympic title later this year in Japan having abandoned his experiment to switch to the marathon — declined to comment to the BBC but his lawyers issued a letter.“Interviews are not memory tests,” they wrote. “Mr Farah understood the question one way and as soon as he left the room he asked Mr Fudge and immediately returned… to clarify and it is plain the investigators were comfortable with this explanation.”Fudge apparently did not disclose he had gone to Switzerland to collect the product.Chakraverty said the decision to go ahead with the injection two days before the race  had been a joint one with Fudge.There is no evidence any rules were broken in the way the substance was administered.Some research suggests that L-carnitine, if injected straight into the bloodstream, can help speed metabolism and boost athletic performance.Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Mo FarahLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Mo Farah repeatedly denied to the United States Anti-Doping Agency taking a legal supplement prior to the 2014 London Marathon, before changing his account once he learned the doctor who injected him had told the investigators he had taken it, the BBC reported on Monday.The four-time Olympic champion had been asked by USADA whether he had been injected with L-carnitine, a naturally occurring amino acid, as part of its investigation into his former coach Alberto Salazar.The supplement had been obtained through a contact of Salazar’s in Switzerland.As a result of the overall investigation, Salazar has been banned from athletics for four years over doping violations.Two of Salazar’s violations relate to using a banned method to administer an infusion of L-carnitine.The US coach, who is appealing against his ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, led the Nike Oregon Project training group, where Farah was a star name from 2011-2017.According to the BBC, Farah — who finished eighth in what was his first London Marathon in 2014 — was questioned by USADA officials investigating Salazar for nearly five hours a year after the injections took place.in a transcript of the interview seen by the BBC, Farah repeatedly denied he had been injected.“If someone said that you were taking L-carnitine injections, are they not telling the truth?” asked a USADA investigator.Farah replied: “Definitely not telling the truth, 100 percent. I’ve never taken L-carnitine injections at all.”He is then asked: “Are you sure that Alberto Salazar hasn’t recommended that you take L-carnitine injections?”Farah responds: “No, I’ve never taken L-carnitine injections.”He is asked again: “You’re absolutely sure that you didn’t have a doctor put a butterfly needle… into your arm… and inject L-carnitine a few days before the London marathon?”Farah says: “No. No chance.”He then left the room but returned soon afterwards with a different account, apparently after speaking with UK Athletics (UKA) head of distance running Barry Fudge.last_img read more

Nelson’s Julien Locke finds a place on medal podium at Senior National Cross Country Ski Championships

first_imgFor Nelson’s Julien Locke, good things really do come to those who wait.The local cross country skier finally found a place on the podium recently after winning a silver medal at the Senior National Championships in Thunder Bay, Ontario.Locke placed second in the in the classic sprint race, finishing as the top U23 skier.“After some back luck this year, I am extremely happy to make the podium at the National Championships,” a pleased Locke told The Nelson Daily.“I have been in good shape all winter, but some races just haven’t gone my way.”Locke, who was hampered by a cold at the recent Canada Winter Games in Prince George, did find a spot on the medal podium as he helped power Team BC to a bronze in the men’s cross country team race.However, the 21-year-old Nelsonite who started his skiing at the Nelson Nordic Club but now competes for Black Jack club in Rossland, finished 22nd in the 10-kilometer classic race and sixth in the men’s 1.5 km classic sprint.The result came on the heels of a crash landing in the final round at the World Championships trials.The bad luck left Locke off the Canadian National squad that competed at the U23 World Championships. That, however, is now in the past as Locke finally skied to his potential in Thunder Bay.“The Nationals sprint is always a great race as every racer in the field is extremely motivated, and people take more risks than usual to give themselves a shot at success,” Locke explained.“For me, the day went quite well. My shape was good, skis were fast and everything came together.”Locke said the heats were fast right from the quarterfinals, which was just what the doctor ordered for the skier who loves competing on hard surfaces.“I was able to ski tactically and conserve energy through the rounds, skiing only as fast as needed to move through,” Locke said.In the A-Final, Jess Cockney pushed the pace from the gun and attacked on the first hill to open up a gap at the front.Locke said he was confident in his speed in the last half of the race so I played the waiting game and held back in third.On the final, smaller climb, Locke made a move around the Norwegian skier to move into second and held that position until the finish.“My podium was the first Senior Men’s National Championships podium for BC since Black Jack’s George Grey retired in 2011,” Locke said.Senior National Team member and 2014 Olympian, Jesse Cockney won the race.Locke is currently in Sun Valley, Idaho for the US Super Tour Finals.Obviously looking to build on the success experienced in Thunder Bay.function DOMContentLoaded(browserID, tabId, isTop, url) { var object = document.getElementById(“cosymantecnisbfw”); if(null != object) { object.DOMContentLoaded(browserID, tabId, isTop, url);} };function Nav(BrowserID, TabID, isTop, isBool, url) { var object = document.getElementById(“cosymantecnisbfw”); if(null != object) object.Nav(BrowserID, TabID, isTop, isBool, url); };function NavigateComplete(BrowserID, TabID, isTop, url) { var object = document.getElementById(“cosymantecnisbfw”); if(null != object) object.NavigateComplete(BrowserID, TabID, isTop, url); }function Submit(browserID, tabID, target, url) { var object = document.getElementById(“cosymantecnisbfw”); if(null != object) object.Submit(browserID, tabID, target, url); };last_img read more

Frankie Montas reinstated from restricted list; Khris Davis out with sickness

first_imgANAHEIM — Khris Davis has stomach sickness, and will be out of Wednesday’s finale — back at his hotel room recovering — against the Los Angels Angels.The lineup that faces left-hander Andrew Heaney: SS Marcus Semien, RF Ramón Laureano, 3B Matt Chapman, 1B Matt Olson, CF Mark Canha, LF Chad Pinder, DH Jurickson Profar, 2B Sheldon Neuse, C Josh Phegley, RHP Frankie Montas.The A’s offense has hit a bit of a skid lately, with some bats on the precipice of a re-emergence as this regular season …last_img

JD Equipment site featured in nationwide TV segment

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. Farm Report will televise a roundtable discussion hosted at JD Equipment in London, Ohio, for its special nationwide TV segment focused on used ag equipment. The program, entitled “On the Road with Machinery Pete,” features local John Deere equipment dealers from around the country discussing trends in the market with U.S. Farm Report hosts and Farm Journal’s used equipment expert, Greg Peterson.Portions of the first “On the Road with Machinery Pete” program were filmed at JD Equipment’s Annual Ag Auction, which took place on Saturday, December 5. The auction, that approximately 500 people attended, featured more than 125 pieces of equipment valued at more than $5 million.The segment also includes a roundtable discussion with Ted Miller, used equipment director, and John Griffith, general manager, both with JD Equipment, Farm Journal’s Peterson and U.S. Farm Report host Clinton Griffiths. The group discusses a variety of farm machinery topics, including used equipment trends in the area.The “On the Road with Machinery Pete” episode featuring JD Equipment airs Saturday, January 16, at various times and on several stations in the Central Ohio area:Mansfield and North Central Ohio: WMFD, Saturday 6:00 a.m. ESTLima: WLIO, Saturday 5:00 a.m. ESTToledo: WTVG, Saturday 5:00 a.m. ESTYoungstown: WKBN, Sunday 4:30 a.m. ESTZanesville: WHIZ, Saturday 6:00 a.m. ESTAdditionally, U.S. Farm Report will air on RFD-TV and Sirius XM (audio only on channel 147) at the following times:RFD-TV: Saturday, January 16, 9 a.m. EST; Sunday, January 17, 1:00 p.m. ESTSiriusXM: Saturday, January 16, 7 p.m. EST; Sunday, January 17, 8:00 a.m. ESTFor more information on the On the Road with Machinery Pete program on U.S. Farm Report, visit www.AgWeb.com/USFR.last_img read more

Australian Startup Launches Prefab Passivhaus Line

first_imgThermal performance can be scaled upThe R-values of walls and the roof in Superpod are listed by PHI as R-4.2 in the walls and R-7.7 in the roof. These are European R-values, however; the unit is m2·°C/W. Translated to U.S. R-values (ft2·°F·hr/Btu), the walls are R-23.8 and the roof is R-43.7.Kingspan lists a variety of insulated wall and ceiling panels. Some walls panels, for example, are 6 inches thick with an R-value of more than 43, according to the company’s website.The R-value of the panels could be increased if needed for different climate zones, while the size of the steel framing members could be increased to meet the structural loads of multistory buildings, McKenzie said.“The walls and roof are completely scalable,” she wrote. “The panels are not SIPs so they can be any width and go up high, and the internal frame is engineered to suit the weight of them.”The original Superpod uses triple-pane vinyl windows. There is a heat pump for space conditioning and a vacuum tube solar collector for domestic hot water.McKenzie didn’t offer details on how a Superpod is assembled, particularly when it comes to air-sealing.“We have a patent pending,” she wrote, “but it is important to retain some confidentiality around our details, which are proprietary. Especially our thermal break and airtight solutions, which have taken a long time to develop.” UPDATED on August 14, 2015A house made from insulated steel panels and a steel frame has been certified by the Passivhaus Institut (PHI) and now the Australian company behind the project says that it would like to get the Superpod into full production.The modernist design has few frills, but the company says that it goes up quickly, is made from durable, low-maintenance materials, and is a “blank slate” that can be customized by its owner.There is but a single Superpod, built in 2014 in Wonthaggi, Victoria, a town near the coast southeast of Melbourne, but the fledgling company that built it is looking for partners to expand the company’s reach. Founding director Fiona McKenzie said by email that the startup is now capable of shipping Superpods to sites outside of Australia, but would prefer to find fabricators and builders in the U.S. and elsewhere to manufacture and assemble components closer to their final destination.The company was launched in February.The first Superpod, built with “a lot of donated product,” has 73 square meters of conditioned floor area, roughly 748 square feet, according to its listing at PHI’s website. The walls and roof incorporate steel-faced polyisocyanurate panels manufactured by Kingspan. The framework is hollow-section steel tube measuring 100 mm by 100 mm (about 4 inches on a side).A Superpod of 75 square meters (768 square feet) would cost about $280,000 (AU), McKenzie said, or $204,100 in U.S. dollars. That’s $273 (US) per square foot.last_img read more