Ballots in Baugo School Board race nullified due to apparent ballot confusion

first_imgIndianaLocalNews Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Twitter Voters choosing candidates in three different districts were allowed to vote for no more than two candidates, but could only vote for one candidate in each district. This is where the confusion came in, because in districts one and two 379 people voted for multiple candidates in the same district, which nullified the ballots.In District 1 Julie Phillips was ousted from her seat by Chris Carithers, even though she received the second most votes total. Both were from District 1 and Carithers got the most overall votes. District two ended up going to the third highest vote getter in Eric Ott.Phillips told the Elkhart Truth she believe the voting machines were the issue and hopes in future elections changes will be made to avoid the problem.Read more here with The Elkhart Truth Google+ By Jon Zimney – November 18, 2020 0 168 WhatsApp Ballots in Baugo School Board race nullified due to apparent ballot confusion Pinterest Facebook Google+ Previous articleMore local schools going virtualNext articleUPS hiring thousands of extra staff members in Indiana for the holidays Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Pinterestlast_img read more

News story: IPO helps the cultural sector understand intellectual property

first_imgThe capability area identified that there are intellectual property (IP) skills gaps in the cultural sector when creating digital content such as digital art installations in galleries or dance performances streamed online.This lack of expertise limits the content makers’ ability to create and exploit digital content. To help address these gaps, the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) have included two commitments in the new report: the IPO will work with the British Library’s Business and Intellectual Property Centres (BIPCs) and representatives from the cultural sector to develop guidance and training. This will help cultural organisations better understand the IP framework and its relevance to them. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has published a report on Digital Culture. The report, Culture is Digital, follows a Digital Culture project launched in April 2017 by the Secretary of State for DCMS, Matt Hancock with the #CultureisDigital online consultation.That project focused on three areas: driving audience engagement unleashing the creative potential of technology in the cultural sector boosting the capability of cultural organisationscenter_img the space helps artists and organisations make great art and reach new audiences digitally. It will lead work with cultural organisations, cultural rights holders and seek guidance from the IPO to develop a Cultural Digital Rights Code of Practice This work should improve access to cultural content by maintaining a balance of intellectual property protection and digital innovation.last_img read more

Bayne targets another Ford milestone

first_img__________________________________________________________________________________________ READ: Post-Pocono driver reports Next win will be 1,000 for manufacturer at NASCAR national series level Bayne has three career victories across both the Cup and Nationwide series. Ford has a combined 999 wins in Cup, Nationwide and the Camping World Truck Series.There are no guarantees, but Ford officials already have a banner celebrating win No. 1,000 waiting to be unveiled, just in case.“They told me when we were getting off the plane this weekend we were going for the 1,000th win and for some reason we love getting those milestone victories,” Bayne said Friday at Michigan International Speedway. “I feel kind of bad because those guys worked hard to get 599 (in Cup) and I came in and got the 600th, and then I did get to contribute to another one of the 199 (in Nationwide) before last weekend, but it’s so cool to be a part of Ford.”Bayne qualified 25th Friday for Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400 Sprint Cup Series race. Qualifying for Saturday’s Alliance Truck Parts 250 is scheduled for 10:35 a.m. ET.Riding a streak of three straight top-10 Nationwide Series finishes, Bayne has climbed from 12th to ninth in points in the past three races.His team, which won back-to-back titles with Ricky Stenhouse Jr., is beginning to come around, he said.“We just needed to stick to the basics, not try too hard and just realize that other teams have gotten better this season,” Bayne said. “What Ricky had might not work for me and don’t be so scared to change the cars. I was like, ‘Man, this car won here last year, I’ve got to leave it alone.’ I was kind of scared to change things. I’d give feedback, but I wanted to stay with the basics.”The Iowa win “really helped” open him up to making changes, he said. After Stenhouse won three consecutive races there, the team struggled when Goodyear changed the tire combination.“So I knew we’d have to work on the package,” Bayne said. “We went there with the mindset, ‘let’s rip this thing apart, change everything on it and get it dialed in.’ We got it fixed for me, (got) what I needed and it paid off.”JR Motorsports driver Regan Smith leads the points standings, with Sam Hornish Jr. (Penske Racing) second and trailing by 23 points.Justin Allgaier (Turner Scott Motorsports), Austin Dillon (Richard Childress Racing) and Elliott Sadler (Joe Gibbs Racing) round out the top five in the standings.Bayne trails Smith by 80 points. He says he’s confident his team, led by crew chief Mike Kelly, can make up the deficit. The group, he said, has remained focused.“After coming off of two championships it would be easy to get down if you had a couple bad races,” Bayne said, “but they stayed motivated and didn’t let that snowball. A lot of that is because of Mike Kelley’s leadership and the guys on the team want to win races.READ MORE: READ: All news from Michigan READ: Michigan Paint Scheme Preview FULL SERIES COVERAGE• View all articles • View all videos • View all photos Related: Nationwide Series qualifying order | Full coverage from Michigan | Weekend scheduleBROOKLYN, Mich. — When it comes to big moments, Trevor Bayne seems to find himself in the right place at the right time.In 2011, he became the youngest winner of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ biggest event, capturing the Daytona 500 a day after celebrating his 20th birthday.It was the 600th victory in the series for Ford Motor Co. and ended a lengthy drought for the legendary Wood Brothers Racing organization.A week ago in Iowa, Bayne was making milestone news again. His NASCAR Nationwide Series victory in the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford was No. 200 in the series for the automaker. READ: Power Rankings Week 14last_img read more

Georgia pecan crop

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgia’s pecan harvest this year could be the smallest it has been in more than a decade, says a University of Georgia specialist.”This year will certainly be an off year for pecans. There just aren’t many nuts on trees right now,” said Lenny Wells, the UGA Cooperative Extension state pecan specialist. “But the quality of what is harvested should be good, provided we have adequate soil moisture in September.”Georgia growers are expected to harvest about 35 million to 40 million pounds, he said, only 40 percent of last year’s 90 million pounds. This year’s crop could be the lowest since 1992, when the state produced only 30 million pounds. The state’s largest crop was the following year, producing 150 million pounds in 1993, according to the Georgia Agricultural Statistics Service. “The crop for the following year will be determined at this time,” he said. “Stressed trees such as in a drought will create chemical signals that stimulate the cells to grow more vegetation, and less goes to production.”Last year’s crop was good, but it still fell a little short of expectations. And the 2004 crop was an off year with about 45 million pounds. Because of this, there are few pecans in storage, he said. Prices to farmers should be good this year.For a while last year, growers got as much as $2 per pound, a good price. Wells expects farmers to receive good prices again this year because Texas, which usually vies against Georgia for top-producing state, is having an off year, too, and is plagued by drought conditions.Georgia growers harvest pecans from late October through November. Georgia had a good pecan crop last year. But that good crop and several periods of dry weather are why this year’s crop will be low.This year was already going to be an “off” year, Wells said. Pecan, hickory and walnut trees normally produce a strong crop every other year. Statewide weather conditions such as cloudy or sunny summers put most orchards on the same on-and-off cycle.But even on an off year, he said, Georgia usually musters around 50 million pounds statewide.Though Georgia has had drought conditions this summer, a dry spell last August through September is contributing to the low production expected this year, Wells said.last_img read more

Cotton Market

first_imgAlong with the life-and-death struggle and the rising cases of COVID-19, financial markets worldwide have lurched lower. The selloff of the U.S. stock market started on Feb. 21, 2020. Since then, the great coronavirus crash has been frightening in its speed. Even U.S. Treasury bonds and gold, traditionally a safe harbor in times of crisis, have come under pressure.An investors’ recent pessimism in reaction to coronavirus has induced a business slowdown, the pandemic has cast a shadow on the cotton market as well. May cotton futures for old crops closed at 54.93 cents per pound, and new crop December futures closed at 56.10 cents per pound on March 19.Cotton growers need to be aware of the rising volatility and uncertainties in the cotton market. Since the disease outbreak, the cotton supply chain has been severely interrupted. Countries worldwide are implementing social distancing or lockdown, hoping to slow the spread of the virus. The cotton industry is suffering from the temporary closure of factories to control the virus.Long-term impact from the pandemic is also expected. The aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic is highly likely to result in a global economic slowdown or recession. Cotton products are discretionary items, thus the consumption of cotton goes up or down with the economy. Cotton demands are likely to continue decreasing due to the slowing of the global economy. World cotton demand is currently forecasted at 118 million bales, down 5 million bales from the last peak in 2017.In addition, the U.S. dollar appreciates during the time of crisis as investors seek a safe harbor. This appreciation of the U.S. dollar further hinders export opportunities for cotton. In 2019, 83 percent (16.5 million bales) of cotton produced in the U.S. were exported and traded in the global market. U.S. cotton relies on the global market and international trade to consume excess supply and support domestic prices. The decline in oil prices is likely to increase the competition of synthetic fiber down the road, similar to what we observed after the drop in oil prices during the 2008 financial crisis.Uncertainties in trade make cotton profitability more challenging. The signing of the Phase 1 trade deal between the U.S. and China on Jan. 15 gave the cotton market a short period of optimism. China agreed to purchase at least $40 billion worth of agricultural products for each of the next two years. However, no details have been released so far about how China will be able to fulfill this large purchase of agricultural products. The outbreak of the coronavirus further increased the uncertainty in trade.The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency announces the weekly average adjusted world price (AWP) and loan deficiency payment (LDP) rate every Thursday in the Upland Cotton Announcement. The AWP is currently at 49.95 cents per pound. The LDP rate of 2.05 cents per pound is available from March 20 through March 26. The LDP rate is the difference between the base loan rate of 52.00 cents and the AWP. If taking the LDP, the producer should be aware that there is no further protection from prices going even lower. Producers can wait until March 25 or March 26 to see what the prices hold for next week. If a producer is willing to take the risk and feels that cotton prices are going to improve, then the producer could take the LDP and market the cotton later.Looking ahead, producers need to be aware of the continuous risk of downside price weakness and volatile cotton prices.  It might take a while before we see a recovery of cotton prices. Strategies to improve productivity or cutting costs are highly recommended during a time of low cotton prices.last_img read more

Honduras Launches Annual Civil-Military Action Program

first_imgBy Kay Valle/Diálogo March 26, 2018 The Honduran Armed Forces began their annual civil-military action program on February 4, 2018, with two simultaneous medical mega-brigades in the north and central regions of the country. Various institutions, universities, local authorities, and personnel from the Department of Health participated in the humanitarian aid that covered more than half of Honduras. Almost 69,000 people from the departments of Cortés, Atlántida, Yoro, Colón, Francisco Morazán, and Comayagua benefitted from the development assistance campaign. Residents of isolated, rural communities, who lack healthcare services and other resources, received medical care, preventive medicine consultations, and supplies. Some 400 Honduran Armed Forces troops, both medical and military personnel, participated in the mega-brigades to serve the population. A total of 900 volunteers, including more than 100 general practitioners and specialists, also joined the humanitarian mission. “The coordination is at the institutional level, for which there is specialized personnel, and strategic alliances were established with public and private institutions, including some universities,” Honduran Navy Captain José Domingo Meza, director of public relations for the Armed Forces, told Diálogo. “To designate an area where a medical brigade will go, the main factor we take into account is poverty level.” Mental and physical health Adults, children, and senior citizens stood in long lines starting early in the morning to be seen by personnel comprising general practitioners and specialists such as gastroenterologists; ear, nose, and throat specialists; dermatologists; dentists, and other health professionals. In addition to medical consultations, dental care, lab tests, and free medications, patients received donations of clothes, blankets, school supplies, and food. “Every member of the Armed Forces served people from different social strata with a great deal of dedication,” Capt. Meza said. “[They served them] without prejudice, including children, the elderly, and people with physical disabilities.” More than medical aid, the brigades give the people a welcome break from the difficulties of daily life. From entertainment for the youngest ones, with areas for games, piñatas, and sweets, to recreational activities for adults such as music and dancing, the day turns into a festival when brigades arrive. “Our presence is something that contributes to emotional health, and, in a way, it represents an economical gain for the town’s residents, since it not only promotes physical health, but also patients’ mental health,” said to Diálogo Captain Lester E. Uclés, a dentist from the Honduran Armed Forces Military Hospital headquartered in Tegucigalpa. “While some people receive medical care and medications, others have some good, clean fun.” Patients also benefited from personal grooming, with haircuts and hair dyes for women. The Armed Forces also offered legal support through consultations using available resources to help resolve different problems. “The military personnel is welcomed with tokens of affection and gratitude, which are reflected in the high levels of trust that the population demonstrates,” Capt. Meza said. Basic support According to the Pan American Health Organization’s report Health in the Americas+ 2017, and the latest available figures, 65 percent of Honduran households lived below the poverty line in 2013, with 43 percent in extreme poverty. The report also highlights viral infections transmitted by mosquitos (dengue, chikugunya, and zika) and the prevalence of diabetes and high blood pressure, which reaffirms the importance of the annual brigades. “Residents’ health is directly proportional to how remote the city is,” Capt. Uclés explained. “The more remote the place, the worse their health is.” Capt. Meza emphasized the military’s role in the brigades. “Their contribution is significant,” he said. “The military personnel visit hard-to-reach places where it would be difficult to meet these needs any other way.” With the launch of the 2018 mega-brigades, the Armed Forces wish to provide medical aid to more than a million individuals in need, with 136 brigades in various regions around the country. In 2017, 1.1 million people received help through 131 brigades. “I joined the brigades in 2006. My multiple visits to the country’s rural communities changed my perspective. The brigades are welcomed with gratitude and are valued by the townspeople,” Capt. Uclés concluded. “Getting close to the people this way is incredibly rewarding, something that money cannot buy. For me, a weekend in a brigade is not a sacrifice, it’s a pleasure.”last_img read more

Watch Mario Cuomo’s Passionate Long Island Pine Barrens Speech

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York On July 14, 1993, then-New York Gov. Mario Cuomo stood before a congregation of environmentalists, civic leaders, and lawmakers amid the lush landscape of Southaven County Park in Shirley and delivered what one environmental activist there that day believes to be the late governor’s best oratorical performance of his political career.The event was held to celebrate the signing of the Long Island Pine Barrens Protection Act, which effectively banned construction on more than 50,000 acres of Pine Barrens land. The passing of the law capped a bitter legal battle that pitted environmentalists and the Long Island Pine Barrens Society against developers, whom were eager to build on the 100,000 acres of land that stretches across the towns of Brookhaven, Riverhead and Southampton. Environmentalists, concerned that the more than 200 proposed projects on the Pine Barrens site could damage LI’s sensitive drinking water supply, brought the suit.The lawsuit, initially filed in November 1990, made it all the way to the State Court of Appeals, where it was dismissed, exactly two years after it was first filed. The court said construction could continue without the three towns conducting an environmental impact study, the basis for the suit. The court, however, called on the state Legislature to protect the Pine Barrens.Lawmakers and environmentalists got to work soon after the ruling. A bill, sponsored by state Sen. Kenneth LaValle (R-Port Jefferson) and then-Assemb. Thomas DiNapoli (D-Great Neck), passed unanimously.A celebration was planned for Southaven County Park the next summer. Cuomo, who was not instrumental in the bill’s passage, according to Dick Amper, executive director of the Long Island Pine Barrens Society, was nevertheless invited.Cuomo, who died last week, “delivered a more eloquent speech on the environment, certainly than I’ve ever made and that I’ve ever heard in terms of capturing why the environment is so important,” Amper told the Press. “He was a master orator, even on matters in which he was only peripherally involved.”“I have delivered at least 500 speeches on the subject of protecting water and open space,” Amper added, “and the best of them put together couldn’t hold a candle to what he said and what he did to that audience that day.”With his elbows pressed against the podium, and fingers interlocked, as if in prayer, Cuomo tried to paint a glowing picture of New York—not the misconstrued version that many outside the state believed in.“This is an environmental state, and the Pine Barrens now is its latest, most glorious expression,” Cuomo boomed. “This is what the state is the best at; nobody thinks of us that way. Because if you’re anywhere in the United States, and someone says to you ‘New York,’ the instant Pavlovian response is for your mind to summon up a subway mugging in Manhattan—that’s what happens when you say New York. Nobody thinks of us as environmentalists, but that’s what we are.”The Long Island Pine Barrens Society replayed the speech at its 36th Annual Environmental Awards Gala in 2013, where it celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Long Island Pine Barrens Protection Act. Honored that night for their roles in the successful passage of the law were LaValle and DiNapoli.But it’s Cuomo speech that Amper, and other environmentalist present at Southaven County Park that summer day, will never forget.“I know that way down deep we’re always looking for something bigger than we are, something more beautiful, something we can throw our arms around and wrap our souls around, and say this is right, this is good, this is something I can believe in with passion, this is something I can give myself to,” Cuomo said. ““Sometimes it’s a person, and then they take them away, they shoot them down and they murder them and they break your heart and you give up on people and you look around for causes, and you run out of them,” he continued. “And you get into public life and you’re not even allowed to say the word morality or God or religion, they rule all of that out. And you find this truly barren land, if you’re looking for something larger than yourself and then it occurs to you: Niagara Falls, the Adirondacks, the Pine Barrens, the water under Long Island, the rivers, the chestnut tree in the park in South Jamaica, Queens, the environment—ecology, preserving it, saving it, fighting for it.”“With sureness,” Cuomo said, building toward the conclusion, “I go to bed tonight having signed a bill and made it a law knowing that I did the right thing.”The video was shared with the Long Island Press by the Long Island Pine Barrens Society.last_img read more

Banks work to flood NCUA with attacks on FOM proposal

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr It was only a matter of timing, reminds Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan, not a question about whether banks would launch an all-out attack on the National Credit Union Administration’s effort to modernize field-of-membership rules.The American Bankers Association and Independent Community Bankers Association have unleashed a multi-prong assault, which includes as many as 500 bankers’ letters already being sent to the NCUA. The number will only grow. Bank groups are also trying to commandeer the conversation regarding credit union regulation on Capitol Hill with letters to key members of the U.S. Congress.CUNA has identified the factual inaccuracies in the bankers’ message to Congress and will expose “their disturbing perspective that Americans should have less access to affordable financial services,” Donovan said in CUNA’s Advocacy Update Monday. However, he adds, it is credit union letters that will be most responsible for moving this proposal forward.“Every credit union should rally and be heard from before the comment period on this important proposal ends Feb. 8,” Donovan continues to urge. continue reading »last_img read more

Hundreds of African Migrants Captured in Libya

first_imgAt least 300 African migrants have been detained in Libya while attempting to board boats headed to Europe according to Libyan Officials.A majority of the migrants are said to be from Sub-Saharan Africa were found on the beach in east of Tripoli.“This is the largest group we have ever caught at once,” Said the Military spokesperson Mohammed Al-ShamyLibya’s internal disorder has been an enabling environment for smugglers to flourish, transporting thousands of smugglers across the Mediterraneanlast_img read more

Ghana impounds ‘faulty condoms’

first_imgThe FDA said the condoms were also not adequately lubricatedMore than 110 million Chinese-made condoms have been seized in Ghana after laboratory tests revealed they were faulty, Ghanaian officials have said.“There are holes in them and… the condoms burst easily,” a Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) spokesman told the BBC.The condoms were being distributed free as part of an HIV/Aids prevention campaign by the Ghana Health Service.About 200 million of the faulty condoms are believed to have been imported into the country.The BBC’s Sammy Darko in the capital, Accra, says the condom packaging is silvery white with a red Aids ribbon incorporated into the design and the words “Be Safe” also in red.The FDA has issued an alert about their safety. About 230,000 people in Ghana are living with HIVThomas Amedzro, head of drug enforcement at the FDA, said the condoms had been imported via Kenya from a Chinese manufacturer.All imported condoms are supposed to be tested by the FDA before distribution, he said.“Somehow there was a lapse; the batches of the condoms were not submitted as duly required for the appropriate testing to be conducted,” he told the BBC’s Focus on Africa programme.Anybody using them could be “exposed to sexually transmitted infections or be saddled with unwanted pregnancies”, Mr Amedzro said.“You may not be able to see the holes with your naked eye but when you look at it under the microscope you can see holes,” he said.They were also not adequately lubricated, the FDA said.Our reporter says the health service took delivery of the condoms in February this year, but they arrived in the country in the last quarter of 2012.“Since the alert went out, a number of individuals and organisations have already reported to us that they have stocks, which we are already retrieving,” Mr Amedzro said.A publicity campaign was underway to ensure that all the other unsafe condoms were found, he added.According to UN figures, an estimated 230,000 people in Ghana, which has a population of 25 million, are living with HIV. BBC News Sharing is caring! Share Share HealthInternationalLifestylePrint Ghana impounds ‘faulty condoms’ by: – April 20, 2013center_img Share Tweet 35 Views   no discussionslast_img read more