Drought Worsening Across Indiana and Ohio

first_img* “Drought 2012:” https://www.facebook.com/OHdrought12 By Gary Truitt – Jul 26, 2012 SHARE Source: Purdue Home Indiana Agriculture News Drought Worsening Across Indiana and Ohio Drought Worsening Across Indiana and Ohio Previous articleSenate Agriculture Committee Meets to Discuss Controversial Egg BillNext articleWill Bankers Stand With Farmers During Drought? Gary Truitt Facebook Twitter Both Purdue Extension and Ohio State Extension have compiled free, Web-based resources for dealing with drought. They are:center_img Facebook Twitter * “Managing the Drought of 2012:” https://agnr.osu.edu/managing-drought-2012  SHARE A high-pressure system has kept moisture from the Gulf of Mexico from entering much of the Midwest, and the same system is now generating what Scheeringa referred to as a “ring of fire” phenomenon. Thunderstorms must travel around this Midwestern high pressure system in a circular pattern, moving from Colorado northward into Minnesota, and then southeastward toward Indiana and Ohio. As a result precipitation misses the worst drought-stricken areas of Indiana. Scheeringa said normal to slightly above-normal temperatures and rainfall were expected for parts of the Corn Belt in the coming 8-14 days, but he cautioned that it would do little more than hold drought conditions steady. Instead, the area would need rain from a tropical storm or hurricane in the nation’s South to greatly improve drought conditions. But no such storms were in sight.”We very likely will see drought continue into late-October,” Scheeringa said. Even with some rain moving into Indiana and Ohio, both states continue to get drier, with parts of Indiana bearing the brunt of the drought. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Drought Monitor update  of Thursday (July 26), a swath of west-central and southwestern Indiana fell into the worst intensity of dryness. Until last week, only a small area along the Ohio River near Evansville was in exceptional drought; now most counties from the southwestern-most tip of Indiana and extending to west-central counties are now in that stage. The rest of the state is experiencing moderate to extreme levels of drought.“These exceptional drought conditions are the kind you see once every 50 years or longer,” said Ken Scheeringa, associate state climatologist for the Indiana State Climate Office (https://www.iclimate.org), based at Purdue University.Nearly all of Ohio is encompassed by moderate drought, but the western edge of the state has entered the severe category. * “IN Drought:” https://www.purdue.edu/drought  Purdue Extension agricultural economist Chris Hurt said that while the conditions already have taken an emotional and costly toll on the region’s field-crop farmers, livestock producers ultimately would bear some of the worst losses.Crop insurance and high grain prices are likely to salvage incomes of crop producers who elected for coverage and those who have grain to harvest. Livestock producers, however, will be left to fight for short feed supplies – something Hurt said many couldn’t afford.last_img read more

Judge says publishing freedom pioneer must remain in detention

first_img RSF_en Reporters Without Borders condemns an Istanbul judge’s decision on 1 November to keepcolumnist and publisher Ragip Zarakolu in detention until a prosecutor has drawn up anindictment, which in Turkey could take months or even years. Arrested alongwith dozens of other activists under Turkey’s anti-terrorism laws on 28 October (see below),Zarakolu was immediately transferred from police custody to Istanbul’s Metris prison.“It seems the Turkish judicial system has decided to make Zarakolu pay for being a free speechactivist,” Reporters Without Borders said. “A journalist of international renown and respectedhuman rights defender, it is now his turn to be a victim of the two of the judicial system’s failings– misuse of terrorism charges to stifle criticism and misuse of the provisions for pre-trial detention.”The press freedom organization added: “Keeping a media figure of this importance in detention,although he is in very poor health,” sends a very bad signal to the media. We demand hisimmediate release.”Zarakolu runs the Belge publishing house, writes columns for the daily Günlük Evrensel andchairs the freedom to publish committee of the Turkish Publishers Union (TYB). As with manyother journalists who are currently detained, it is absurd think he might “destroy evidence, putpressure on witnesses or take flight” – the grounds for ordering pre-trial detention under Turkishlaw.Zarakolu was one of around 90 people who were picked up last week in a vast operationtargeting presumed “collaborators” of the Union of Kurdistan Communities (KCK), a networkaffiliated to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).At prosecutor Adnan Cimen’s request, 47 of them were transferred to prison when thelegally-permitted period of police custody expired. As well as Zarakolu, they included SongülKaratagna, who writes for Özgür Gündem, a pro-Kurdish newspaper that Zarakolu used to edit.Hundreds of people – among them the widow of the murdered journalist Hrant Dink andrepresentatives of several political parties including the BDP, which is pro-Kurd, and the CHP,which is Kemalist (Turkish nationalist and secularist) – protested against the arrests outsidethe law courts in the Istanbul district of Besiktas on 31 October, waving placards saying “That’senough!”Even the leading conservative journalist Fehmi Koru criticized the latest developments in the KCKinvestigation when he appeared on Kanal 7 TV on the evening of 31 October. Many Turkish andinternational media organizations have voiced support for Zarakolu, who won the internationalPublishers Association’s freedom to publish prize in 2008 and the prize of the Turkish JournalistsAssociation (TGC) in 2007.—-31.10.2011 Columnist and publisher arrested in round-up of pro-Kurdish activistsReporters Without Borders strongly condemns columnist and publisher Ragip Zarakolu’s detention since the evening of 28 October, when he and around 40 other people were arrested in a round-up of pro-Kurdish activists in Istanbul. “Turkey’s anti-terrorist law is yet again being abused in an attempt to silence those who speak out about the sensitive issue of minorities,” Reporters Without Borders said, calling for his immediate release. Zarakolu writes for the left-wing daily Günlük Evrensel and heads the Editions Belge publishing house in Istanbul.The arrests were carried out as part of an investigation into the Union of Kurdistan Communities (KCK), a group affiliated to the banned Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).No official reason has so far been given for Zarakolu’s arrest. His lawyer, Özcan Kiliç, said he was questioned about several articles he wrote for the pro-Kurdish magazine Özgur Gündem, in which he referred to trips abroad since 2001, and about his participation in the inauguration of the Istanbul Political Academy, which was searched on 28 October.He appeared today before a prosecutor in Istanbul.Last March he was convicted of terrorist propaganda for publishing a book by the author Mehmet Güler entitled “The global state and the stateless Kurds”. He appealed against the conviction and the case is currently before Turkey’s highest court of appeal. News April 2, 2021 Find out more Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor Organisation —–02.08.2010 – Another trial against Kurdish minority publicationReporters Without Borders condemns the department of public prosecution’s decision to bring a new prosecution against writer Mehmet Güler and publisher Ragip Zarakolu. This time they are to be prosecuted for a book about the political system that the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) would like to introduce.In a trial due to begin on 30 September before an Istanbul assizes court, Güler and Zarakolu are facing at least eight months in prison if convicted on charges of “publishing PKK statements” and “PKK propaganda.” The PKK has been waging an armed struggle for Kurdish independence since 1984 and is on a government list of terrorist organisations.Published by Editions Belges and entitled “The KCK File: Global State and Kurds without a State”, the book was immediately confiscated and banned when it was made available at a book fair in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir in May. “KCK” are the initials of the “democratic confederalism” that the PKK proposes for Turkey.Prosecutor Hakan Karaali is bringing his case under articles 6 and 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Law, which has been used to prosecute many Kurdish journalists and news media, and to impose long jail terms.Zarakolu said he published the book in order to satisfy “the right of readers to information” and to present “an alternative version of the facts.” Güler said he “avoided using language that is to anyone’s benefit or detriment.” The author added: “The Kurdish political parties are banned. Former ministers, intellectuals, human rights activists and lawyers are jailed. Citizens have a right to know what is going on. I wrote this book in an entirely objective manner.”Güler and Zarakolu have just been tried before another Istanbul court of assizes in connection with an earlier book, entitled “Decisions harder to take than death.” The court acquitted Zarakolu but sentenced Güler to 15 months in prison on 10 June on a charge of PKK propaganda.Reporters Without Borders is worried about the situation of press freedom and media in Turkey amid mounting judicial harassment of journalists, especially those working for Kurdish media. It particularly concerned about new resolutions regarding TV news broadcasts that the government adopted on 15 July.Interior minister Besir Atalay announced that the Radio and TV Supreme Council had decided, in agreement with national TV station executives, that “certain principles must be followed in situations of terrorist risk and other extraordinary circumstances.” Under these “principles,” TV stations undertake to limit the length and frequency of news flashes.Another resolution, which has all the hallmarks of a veiled warned to the media, stressed that TV executives had a duty to avoid broadcasting “programmes, interviews or statements that appear to justify terrorist actions or are likely to be interpreted as propaganda on behalf of the people responsible for attacks or as encouraging future attacks.”The interior minister hailed “these very decisive positions regarding terrorism” but the Contemporary Association of Journalists has warned that they are “likely to result in abuses.”Reporters Without Borders fears that the vague working of these resolutions will be open to different interpretations and will encourage TV stations to censor themselves. Combined with the Anti-Terrorism Law, they could provide the authorities with new grounds for arbitrary arrests and prosecutions. April 28, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information November 3, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Judge says publishing freedom pioneer must remain in detention News Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Turkey to go further News April 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit TurkeyEurope – Central Asia last_img read more

Many hands make light work of New Year’s bash

first_imgLifestyleEntertainmentNewsMany hands make light work of New Year’s bashBy Alan Jacques – December 5, 2013 826 ALMOST 2,000 people have been recruited and resourced in just eight weeks for Limerick City of Culture 2014’s New Year‘s Eve extravaganza.Details of the pageant  and City of Culture ‘NYE Sky’ have been unveiled with a promise of being “the most exciting and exuberant interactive family event” Limerick has ever seen.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The spectacular end-of-year bash promises to transport the streets of Limerick into a wonderful fairyland full of fantastical characters, glowing floats and magical music, with both skies and terra firma being brought to life.According to a press statement this week, the difficult task of creating this world-class show has been achieved in an “impossibly tight timeframe”. Involved in putting together this breathtaking project were: producer Joe Clarke, creative director Paul Boland, University Concert Hall, LITMT, Lime Tree Theatre, Murt Whelan Sound, Frontline Theatre School, Spotlight Stage School, Expressive Arts, Limerick Youth Theatre, Limerick Youth Choir, Cantet, Limerick City Hall, Peter Dee’s Academy of Music, Limerick Gospel Choir, Honest Arts, Music Generation, The Learning Hub, and many more on third level co-operative education placement.City of Culture chief executive Patricia Ryan is now predicting “the biggest and most magnificent occasion that Limerick has ever seen” on December 31.“The City will be illuminated like never before, breathing new life into every nook and cranny. It will be the celebration of all celebrations to kick off Limerick as the National City of Culture 2014,” she said.“The positives the City of Culture will bring to Limerick with this event alone are extremely substantial. It’s hugely encouraging to see 900 volunteers getting involved together with over 700 kids and teenagers across 20 Limerick schools working together to make this wonderful world class event happen,” she added.From 6:30pm on New Year’s Eve, a procession will be led by the multi-award winning street theatre company Bui Bolg through the fully pedestrianised streets of Limerick, along the banks of the River Shannon to the Medieval Quarter.Son et Lumiere, will turn the city and its night skies into a live storybook using cutting edge digital mapping and special lighting effects which will be projected onto Limerick’s historic buildings. Live narration and accompanying specially composed music will bring ‘The Story of the Boy who Looked for the Trout’, written by local playwright Mike Finn, to life.There is an open call for children and adults in Limerick to get involved in the City of Culture NYE. For more information contact www.cityofculturenye.ie. #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Get ready for the New Years Eve Firework display in Limerick City TAGSCity of CultureMusic LimerickNew Year’s Eve Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch Print Linkedin Twitter Previous articleMunster favourites over FrenchNext articleEditorial – lend me your ear to fix the problem Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie center_img Email Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick Facebook Advertisement #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Lancashire Constabulary

first_img Comments are closed. It’s no secret that the police, frequently pilloried by the media, has recruitment problems, but Lancashire Constabulary’s recruitment and selection manager, Thelma Aye insists negative media coverage is not the reason for the force’s current recruitment crisis.Aye believes the blame should be placed firmly at the door of the police force’s recruitment policies. “We are simply not marketing the job properly,” she says.It is this approach, driven by a combination of targeted marketing techniques, honesty throughout the recruiting process and an underlying change of culture, which has seen an increase in the number of ethnic minority officers.Two years ago, the constabulary employed only 39 ethnic minority officers but needed 123 to proportionally represent the local population. In the last 18 months the constabulary has increased that number to 47. Yet to meet Home Office targets it will need to sustain this level of recruitment over the next nine years.Aye joined two years ago with a brief to bring the police force in line with government regulations and improve recruitment and retention of ethnic minority staff. The first thing she did was to appoint a minority ethnic community liaison officer, Mebs Ahmed, to work with students and the Lancashire community to promote her cause.In order to get its new message across, the constabulary launched a radio advertising and billboard campaign. A series of other changes have encouraged racial diversity. For instance the introduction of halal food to the canteen – a simple and cost-effective measure – has reaped unforeseen advantages when the Indian army decided to use the constabulary’s Hutton training centre to train its recruits.The constabulary has also introduced a multi-religion prayer room to accommodate different faiths and provides cut price aids such as Islamic prayer mats. Ethnic recruits are allowed to defer entry into the force until another ethnic training partner is found for them.Once ethnic recruits are on board they are given training and advice to ensure they have the opportunity to progress in their police careers. Training is structured through a competency-based performance and development appraisal system with a mentoring system providing support for ethnic recruits. More recently a working group has also been set up to look at recruitment, retention and progression of ethnic minority officers.The scheme has boosted the HR department’s profile with Lancashire being used as a best practice example to be followed by other forces across the country Company fact fileTeam Lancashire Constabulary Recruitment and Selection DepartmentTeam leader Thelma AyeNumber in HR team 15Number of employees responsible for 5,000Main achievements Increased intake of minority ethnic police officersPriorities for next 12 months To extend the policy to cover other minority areas such as gays and lesbians Judge’s Comment “The team has grown over time and work extremely well together. It can confidently say it has succeeded where other forces have failed, applying classic marketing techniques to the recruitment market. There is a lesson here for other HR functions to learn from” Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Lancashire ConstabularyOn 12 Sep 2000 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Indonesia joins global prayers to ease COVID-19 pains

first_imgPlans to hold mass prayers follow calls from Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al Azhar Sheikh Ahmed Al Tayeb to pray on May 14 to ask God for salvation from the disease. I would like to remind you that on 14 May, believers of every religion are invited to unite themselves spiritually in a day of prayer, fasting and works of charity, to implore God to help humanity overcome the coronavirus #pandemic. #HumanFraternity #PrayTogether— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) May 11, 2020For many Indonesians, prayers may be the only way of hanging onto hope amid the outbreak that had infected more than 4.4 million people around the globe as of Thursday morning.In Indonesia, the virus had claimed 1,028 lives and infected 15,438 people as of Wednesday.United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres tweeted his support for prayer on May 3, calling the global event a “moment for reflection, hope and faith”.“As the virus wreaks havoc and disruption on a scale not seen in generations, we see a dawning awareness that the differences that so often divide us pale in significance,” Guterres said during a high-level video conference on Tuesday.In difficult times, we must stand together for peace, humanity & solidarity.I join His Holiness Pope Francis (@Pontifex) and the Grand Imam of Al Azhar Sheikh Ahmed Al Tayeb in their support for the Prayer for Humanity this 14 May – a moment for reflection, hope, and faith.— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) May 3, 2020Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) deputy chairman Muhyiddin Junaidi told The Jakarta Post on Monday that the institution would also be taking part in the global movement alongside the Religious Affairs Ministry and Nahdlatul Ulama, with hopes of bidding good riddance to the COVID-19 pandemic.“We hope Indonesians can pray together solemnly and sincerely. There is wisdom that can be learned from this pandemic,”said Muhyiddin.He added, however, that it took a combination of scientific and spiritual approaches to be able to effectively tackle the virus.Indonesian Hindu Religious Council (PHDI) general secretary I Ketut Parwata said the group would also be joining the mass prayer, noting that the “power of prayer” was equally important to existing efforts to rid Indonesia of the disease.Echoing the sentiments of the religious institutions, Wahid Foundation executive director Mujtaba Hamdi said the nationwide prayers could foster hope by promoting social cohesion and serve as a reminder that everything is part of God’s plan, possibly alleviating any lingering psychological tensions.However, Mujtaba also expressed disappointment that the government did not make use of the occasion to include native beliefs, despite growing acknowledgement of them following a 2017 Constitutional Court ruling that allowed people to list a native faith in the religion column of their identity cards.“It gives the impression that the government only recognizes the official religions while apparently not taking non-official beliefs into consideration,” he said. “It’s a missed opportunity.”However, despite the online buzz surrounding the global prayers, not everyone seems to be aware of the plan to hold mass prayers.Arthur James Michiels, 51, who helps oversee the local church in Kampung Tugu, North Jakarta, said on Tuesday that he had not received any information on the mass prayers.“I go to the church almost every day but no one talks about [the Pope holding global prayers] on May 14,” he said.Topics : “Let’s face this trial calmly and patiently. Panic is half of the disease, calmness is half of the serum and patience is the starting point for healing.”Six religious led the prayers: Kyai Haji Quraish Shihab for Muslims, cardinal Ignatius Suharyo Hardjoatmodjo for Catholics, reverend Ronny Mandang for Protestants, Ida Pedanda Nabe Gede Bang Buruan Manuaba for the Hindu community, Banthe Sri Pannavaro Mahathera for Buddhists and Budi S. Tanuwibowo for Confucians.Vice President Ma’ruf Amin, House of Representatives Speaker Puan Maharani and Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan were also present during the event.The Religious Affairs Ministry also raised money for donations at the end of the prayer to help citizens affected by COVID-19.center_img President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo called on all people of faith to pray for humanity as part of efforts to ease the struggle against COVID-19 and join a global spiritual movement.Jokowi urged Indonesians during a speech for nationwide interfaith prayers on Thursday to stay optimistic and “pray endlessly”, on top of other efforts to overcome the disease.“Let’s bow our heads together and humble ourselves as we ask the Almighty and the Most Merciful God to give us the patience to gracefully accept this disaster and be given strength so that we can all survive and pass [God’s] trials,” Jokowi said.last_img read more