SHARE DC Farm Bill Frustration Mounting SHARE By Andy Eubank – Jan 17, 2018 Facebook Twitter DC-farm-bill-frustrationMuch of what makes news in Washington is connected to creating further delays in writing a new farm bill. One example right now is the lack of a budget deal to keep the government open, and add immigration and border wall disputes to the mix as well. Farm bills are never easy to write, and some have taken a couple of years or more to enact. This is also an election year, never an easy time to do any legislating.Senate ag committee member Chuck Grassley from Iowa was asked how you write a farm bill with no budget certainty, especially if current funding is simply extended another few weeks.“I sense exactly what you’re saying from something I picked up, maybe directly or indirectly from Senator Roberts last week, that it’s kind of frustrating,” Grassley responded. “That’s about all I can say on that issues at this point.”Grassley said in December a farm bill was already three months late due to work on the tax bill, and a new farm bill needed to be done in the first half of this year, so producers could plan for the 2019 crop year. Grassley said at the time, “we can’t horse around any longer.” He continued that theme this week.“We need to start on policy and then adjust our policy to whatever comes out of that figure that we have to work with because I think we’ve got to get started on a farm bill.”Still, that won’t be easy without accurate numbers.“There’s 39 programs in the farm bill that don’t have any money in the budget, so if you’re going to fund anything, the money’s got to come from someplace else, and we don’t even have a budget figure yet to work with.”House lawmakers had planned to start formal drafting of a farm bill late this month or in early February. But the top House Ag Democrat suggested in December, some Senate Democrats might want to drag their feet, hoping for a majority next year.Source: NAFB News Service Previous articleTrump Falling Behind on USDA NomineesNext articleKron Worried About Lack of Farm Bill Action Andy Eubank Home Indiana Agriculture News DC Farm Bill Frustration Mounting Facebook Twitter
Organisation News Reports Côte d’IvoireAfrica Help by sharing this information Threats against journalists in run-up to Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election Follow the news on Côte d’Ivoire News to go further Receive email alerts The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Côte d’IvoireAfrica RSF_en When the campaign for the second round of Côte d’Ivoire’s presidegntial election officially gets under way tomorrow, Reporters Without Borders will begin the second phase of its monitoring of the state and privately-owned media’s campaign coverage as part of a European Union project for the “Protection of media pluralism at election time.”The first phase of the monitoring began on 15 October and ran until two days before the first round. The second phase will finish on 26 November, two days before the run-off election between the head of The Presidential Majority (LMP), incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo, and the head of the Houphouëtiste Rally for Democracy and Peace (RHDP), Alassane Ouattara.Reporters Without Borders is concerned to see that, during the run-up to the official start of the second-round campaign, several newspapers have revived story subjects and slogans that are likely to fuel tension. More space has been given to ethnic issues and to allegations that one or other of the candidates wants to “destabilize” Côte d’Ivoire.The press freedom organization urges the National Press Council to continue to exercise the utmost vigilance in order to prevent matters getting out of hand and to ensure that the election campaign is covered in a responsible manner that respects journalistic ethics and the rules of media conduct.Reporters Without Borders has also noticed during this period that La Première (the main state-owned TV station) and La Nationale (the main state-owned radio station) have been displaying a strong bias in favour of President Gbagbo and his allies in terms of both the quantity and the quality of their coverage.The organization reminds the two stations that, as public service broadcasters, they are required to remain entirely neutral during the elections and urges them to take immediate steps to ensure respect for directives issued by the National Broadcasting Council (CNCA) calling for the two candidates to be covered in an equitable way.Reporters Without Borders does however welcome the CNCA’s decision to organize a debate between Gbagbo and Ouattara on La Première and La Nationale and encourages the CNCA to exercise its role as regulator with the utmost impartiality.See the findings of the media monitoring during the campaign for the first round MissionReporters Without Borders began monitoring the Ivorian media on 15 October and will continue to do so until the end of the presidential election. Its quantitative and qualitative monitoring is being carried out in Abidjan by a team of observers, who are evaluating the air-time that the public radio and TV stations allocate to the political parties and movements participating in the election. They are also evaluating the space allocated by the public-service daily Fraternité Matin and a number of privately-owned dailies. The aim is to ensure respect for the principle of fairness in the state media and balance in the privately-owned media.MethodologyReporters Without Borders is observing and measuring the air-time that the candidates get in all the French-language programmes relating to the elections on the state-owned TV station La Première and the state-owned radio station La Nationale. As regards the print media, it is measuring and comparing the column space that each candidate and their supporters and allies get in the public-service daily Fraternité Matin and in a number of privately-owned dailies: Le Nouveau Réveil, Le Patriote and Notre Voie during the first-round campaign, and L’Intelligent d’Abidjan, Soir Info and Nord-Sud during the second-round campaign. It is also carrying out a qualitative evaluation of the tone used by the journalists and media in their references to the candidates. News October 16, 2020 Find out more October 29, 2020 Find out more RSF’s recommendations for protecting press freedom during Côte d’Ivoire’s elections November 27, 2020 Find out more November 19, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Media monitoring resumes as second-round campaign gets under way
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By News Highland – October 29, 2015 Twitter Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers “Clean Up Politics” campaign to be stepped up in Donegal RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report Pinterest WhatsApp Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quota Facebook Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Pinterest Google+ Homepage BannerNews Previous articleThree Rivers group announces new 220 unit housing scheme for StrabaneNext articleAudio update – Hayes says new health campus in Ballyshannon is a very important development News Highland Google+ A Ballybofey man says his ‘Clean Up Politics’ campaign is stepping up a gear this week with the launch of a billboard truck which will visit towns across the county in the coming weeks.Tim Jackson who leads the campaign aims to reduce TD’s wages from just under €90,000 to €45,000, along with a raft of other changes to expenses, pensions and State funding of political parties.As part of the Clean Up Politics campaign, candidates at the next General Election are being asked to adopt four policy points with regard to their earnings.He says if they do not agree to the policy points, he might consider running himself……….Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/timjackson.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Twitter WhatsApp HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week
Taos County Sheriffs Office(TAOS COUNTY, N.M.) — Investigators in New Mexico are working to identify remains that were found on the squalid campgrounds where police found 11 children living with five adults.“The remains are in a state of decomposition that has made identification challenging,” Chief Medical Investigator Kurt Nolte said in a statement.“Investigators often try to compare remains to radiologic images, fingerprints, DNA or other identification materials. At this time, investigators are using all known methods to make an identification, but this will not be a quick process. If we must rely on DNA results, identification could take many weeks,” he said in the statement.The search of the decrepit compound occurred in response to a search warrant for Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, who was believed to have kidnapped his then-3-year-old son in Georgia.When officers searched the compound, they found 11 children under the age of 15 and five adults, including Wahhaj, but not the young kidnapped boy.Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe said Tuesday that the remains belonged to a young boy.The remains were found on Monday on an “inner portion” of the compound, Hogrefe said.Wahhaj is under investigation in the death of the child.All five adults — including Wahhaj, another adult male and three adult women — have been arrested and charged with 11 counts of felony child abuse. Wahhaj was also charged with child abduction, while the other adult male, Lucas Morten, was charged with harboring a fugitive.Wahhaj did not enter a plea when he appeared in court Wednesday afternoon. A judge ruled that he be held until a no-bond hearing takes place within the next five days.The four other adults also appeared in court Wednesday. Morton and two of the women pleaded not guilty, while a third woman did not enter a plea.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Weld County Sheriff(DENVER) — The Colorado man accused of killing his pregnant wife and two young daughters has been charged with three counts of murder, prosecutors said.When Shanann Watts, 34, and her children, Celeste, 3, and Bella, 4, were reported missing last Monday by a family friend, Watts’ husband, Chris Watts, spoke to reporters, claiming his wife disappeared without a trace.Watts, 33, was then taken into custody Wednesday.The bodies of Watts’ wife and children were recovered Thursday.In addition to the murder charges, Watts is also facing counts of unlawful termination of pregnancy and tampering with a deceased human body, court documents showed.Watts will be in court for a hearing on his case Tuesday, records showed.He has not yet entered a plea and it is unknown if he has retained an attorney.Shanann Watts’ body was found in a shallow grave near an oil tank, according to court documents filed in Weld County and obtained by ABC News. The property she was found on is where Chris Watts worked, according to ABC affiliate KMGH-TV in Denver.The daughters’ bodies were found inside mostly full oil and gas tanks, according to a court document filed Thursday by Weld County prosecutors.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Comments are closed. Helping employees keep a satisfactory balance between the demands of theirjob and the competing needs of their private lives is increasingly necessary ifvaluable employees are to be retained. ByJane Parkin The CBI estimates that stress is the second most common cause ofwork-related illness1. It is recognised that contributing factors include longworking hours, travelling and family responsibilities. It is not surprising,therefore, that City firms are losing young employees, many being parents ofyoung children, to companies that offer flexible working arrangements includingpart-time or teleworking arrangements, along with increased parental leavebenefits. Work-life balance is now a big issue in the City, with companies competingfor the best package. These packages go beyond the standard private medicalinsurance and company car. Companies are now looking at emergency nurseryprovision and care for elderly or dependent relatives, along with paidsabbaticals and perks such as free late-night dinners and dress-down policies. It is important, therefore, to ensure that the package is going to reallyimprove absence and turnover and that the employees will gain real value interms of improved lifestyle and health status. It may look good to offerservices such as massage and pedicures, but if the major cultural issues of theorganisation are not addressed then this could prove to be a costly exercise. In some companies a psychologist will carry out a “culturediagnosis” with the help of senior managers before embarking on a managedprogramme of change. The OH professional can play a key role in helping toidentify areas of concern or work-life imbalance. A work-life needs assessment A work-life needs assessment is vital in order to gain an understanding ofthe organisational issues and to frame the business case for work-lifeinitiatives. The assessment would involve meeting with human resources andoccupational health personnel and senior managers. A number of focus groupswould then be organised to involve employees at all levels in the organisation.Demographic information would be required to identify the breakdown of male andfemale employees, women of childbearing and child-rearing years and so on. Occupational health data, such as reasons for absence, sickness, attendanceand so on, can also provide valuable insight into the state of theorganisation’s health. Objectives The objectives of the needs assessment would include: – Determining the nature of the business case for work-life balance. – Identifying the major work-life issues, including childcare, elder care,and work hours. – Identifying how to attract and retain employees in the organisation. – Recommending how employees and managers can be more effective both intheir work and personal lives. Determining the business case for work-life balance Each organisation must create its own culturally appropriate work-lifebalance programme. City firms with a head office in New York or Tokyo must takethat into account and not simply adopt the policy of the parent company. Major business concerns include retention, competitive advantage,productivity and burn-out. Long hours, frequent travel demands and littleopportunity to take a break can all contribute to ill-health or increased staffturnover. Generational expectations have shifted and there is now greater recognitionthat both men and women in their twenties expect to live and work within a dual-careerfamily. Dual-career families are still small, and fewer women than men areadvancing to leadership positions in the City but this is likely to become muchmore of a challenge to companies in the future. Identifying the work-life issues To conduct a work-life needs assessment the research can be carried outeffectively with the formation of focus groups, choosing at random a proportionof male to female employees across the various business units at all levels ofthe organisation. This is often best conducted by an external consultant withwhom employees can feel that they can speak freely and their anonymity ensured.The concerns and issues that are raised may include long hours, travel andthe demands of the international markets requiring employees to respond tocustomer demands until late in the evening. Management support may be an issue, with managers being given inadequatetraining in the work-life needs of their subordinates. Whereas flexibility isseen as beneficial, in reality employees may worry that they may loose theirbonus or their job if they are not seen to be in the office. Although it is now generally accepted that childcare provision must be moreaccessible in the UK, it is still a fact that the demand for quality day carefar exceeds supply in London. However, the availability of childcare in the UKis changing rapidly with the implementation of the Government’s NationalChildcare Strategy2, which has allocated £8 billion of funding for newprovision. Attracting and retaining staff The war for talent has forced employers to accept that they must offer amore attractive, flexible package and that people do not want to travel to workin the City and work 18 hours a day. Now that women are expecting challengingcareers and young men and women are expecting to have dual-career families,child care initiatives and retention policies for women are becoming verysignificant. Recommendations for improved effectiveness The assessment would enable the organisation to position the work-lifeeffort appropriately but it would not provide on-going solutions. It would benecessary to build a work-life task force of employees, managers, humanresource and occupational health professionals to create an on-going,business-driven, work-life strategy. This task force would then manage, measure and monitor the implementation ofprogrammes, practices, services and culture change. Additional seniormanagement interviews would increase interest and commitment to a work-lifestrategy. It would then be necessary to communicate the key findings andrecommendations within the context of an awareness campaign and the businesscase for work-life balance. The role of the occupational health professional The OH professional can make a unique contribution towards the design andimplementation of programmes that improve the health and safety of employees.The production of regular confidential reports on occupational healthattendance rates, absence, accidents and in some cases, usage of an employeesupport programme, can provide significant insight into the state of theorganisational health. OH should provide evidence-based research to support the business case foradditional health and support services. For instance, if the number ofman-hours were calculated to assess time lost to attend appointments to see aGP, physiotherapist or dentist then a good business case could be argued foron-site services. OH professionals can use the demographic data and results of the work-lifeneeds assessment to help design tailor-made training packages, particularly inthe area of stress management. It is accepted that stress is an integral partof life, but it is important that it remains at a manageable level in today’srapidly changing world. Successful organisations adapt to change by findingways to respond positively to pressure and to develop better coping mechanisms.The occupational health professional can be the driving force behind awork-life strategy. By working with key personnel in the company it is possibleto make a real impact on the organisational culture, help the organisation winthe war for talent and help retain healthy and happy individuals. Jane Parkin is occupational health manager at Bupa Wellness References 1 Confederation of British Industry, Focus on Absence: absence and labourturnover survey. CBI Publications, 2000 2 The Green Paper, Meeting the Childcare Challenge. HMSO, London, May 1998 Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Balancing actOn 1 Jan 2001 in Personnel Today
MPL selects MUFG as financial advisor for its LNG facility in US. (Credit: Pixabay/GREGOR) The LNG project will include construction of a 12 million tonnes per annum LNG liquefaction facility Mexico Pacific (MPL) has selected Japanese investment bank, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) as financial advisor for a LNG export project.MPL is a leading West Coast LNG export project in North America. The LNG project is designed to offer its partners in Asia lower cost, geographic diversity and supply chain resiliency. To be located on the West Coast of Mexico, the project is expected to result in substantial cost and logistical advantages by connecting the prolific Permian gas basin in the US to Asian markets.MUFG is claimed to be one of the world’s largest publicly traded financial institutions and is the fifth largest bank by assets, with around $2.9tn as of 31 December last year. MPL president and CEO Douglas Shanda said: “MPL is pleased to be working with MUFG and we believe they are well positioned to assist MPL due to their longstanding market-leading position in project finance, recent and relevant experience structuring and leading project financing transactions in the Americas, extensive knowledge of project financing in Mexico, and unparalleled expertise in the global LNG market. “With its breadth of knowledge and experience and strong relationships with leading lenders and investors globally, MUFG’s appointment represents another important milestone in MPL’s aggressive advancement to FID.”The LNG project to deliver some of the lowest landed cost LNG into AsiaThe LNG project will include construction of a 12 million tonnes per annum LNG liquefaction facility on the 1,100-acre site that is owned by MPL in Puerto Libertad, Sonora, Mexico, approximately 200km south of the US Arizona border.The shorter shipping distance to Asia from West Coast location, as well as its access to low-cost US natural gas, allows the project to deliver some of the lowest landed cost LNG into Asia.