Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Please enter your comment! From the St. John’s River Water Management DistrictThe St. Johns River Water Management District is currently accepting applications through Feb. 16, 2018, from farmers and ranchers interested in participating in the districtwide Agricultural Cost-share Program funding for agricultural projects that promote water conservation and reduction of nutrient runoff.“Our goal is to engage the agricultural community by encouraging more efficient water use and reducing excess nutrients entering natural waterways,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. “Implementing agricultural best management practices can provide long-lasting benefits to growers and ranchers.”The program provides up to 75 percent of cooperative funding, not to exceed $250,000 per applicant annually, toward the design, construction, and implementation of technologies and strategies to improve water efficiencies and protect natural systems. In total, up to $1.5 million is available to support this round of cost-share funding.Eligible projects include irrigation system retrofits, soil moisture and climate sensor technology, rainwater recovery, sub-irrigation drain tile, tailwater recovery and reuse, expanded waste storage, and soil mapping with variable rate fertilizer application.To ensure a return on investment in the form of an actual reduction in water use, one requirement of the cost-share agreement is that the recipient is willing to memorialize the savings produced by district funds through a modification in terms of a decrease in their consumptive use permit.A list of eligible projects and equipment can be found online at www.sjrwmd.com/localgovernments/funding/#agriculture-2018, along with details about the application, review and selection process.District staff will evaluate each project based on the evaluation criteria approved by the district’s Governing Board and prepare a recommended list for board approval tentatively scheduled for April 2018.For more information, visit the district’s website or contact technical program manager Suzanne Archer at [email protected] with the SJRWMD on Twitter at @SJRWMD, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. For more information about the district, please visit www.sjrwmd.com. TAGSSt. Johns River Water Management District Previous articleWiggins wins Apopka Police Department’s Officer of the Year awardNext articleUCF students experience service immersion over MLK weekend Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Please enter your name here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
July 6, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Police to probe lese majeste complaint against Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand ThailandAsia – Pacific FCCT president Marwaan Macan-Markar told Reporters Without Borders that the club intended to cooperate with the investigation. Article 8 of the 2006 constitution says: “The King shall be enthroned in a position of revered worship and shall not be violated. No person shall expose the King to any sort of accusation or action.” Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years Reporters Without Borders urges the authorities to call off a police investigation into the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand (FCCT) in response to a complaint by a private Thai citizen accusing it of insulting the monarchy. As well as the FCCT board’s 13 members, the complaint names Karuna Buakamsri of Thai television station PBS television and Jim Pollard of the Bangkok-based newspaper Nation. ThailandAsia – Pacific “Press clubs all over the world are centres of free expression where journalists can hear a wide range of views,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This politically-motivated complaint violates the freedom accorded to foreign journalists in Thailand and constitutes yet another abuse of the law protecting the royal family.” Laksana objected to the fact that a DVD compilation of speeches made at the club included one by Thaksin ally Jakrapob Penkair which in her view insulted the Thai royal family. She also accused the FCCT of deliberating trying to destabilise the monarchy. The FCCT is a respected institution in Thailand. Its board members include journalists employed by the BBC, Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal and Inter Press Service. One of its members, BBC correspondent Jonathan Head, is already the target of several lese majeste complaints brought by a policeman. Help by sharing this information As Reporters Without Borders deplored in a February 2009 report on lese majeste in Thailand, any citizen can ask the police to investigate any form of alleged attack on the royal family and the police have to act on all such investigation requests. http://www.rsf.org/IMG/pdf/rapport_en_2_.pdf News RSF_en News In April, Reporters Without Borders and 30 other NGOs appealed jointly to the Thai prime minister to amend the lese majeste legislation. The police announced on 3 July 2009 that they would investigate a complaint accusing the FCCT of lese majeste, a charge that carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. The complaint was brought by Laksana Kornsilpa, a 57-year-old translator and support of the “yellow-shirt” movement that opposes former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. News News Follow the news on Thailand May 12, 2021 Find out more June 12, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts August 21, 2020 Find out more Organisation Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom to go further
NewsCrime & CourtLandmark planning decision to allow Limerick solar panelsBy Bernie English – July 25, 2019 767 Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Limerick centre needed to tackle environmental issues Twitter Previous articleWATCH: Nickie Quaid talks Kilkenny and the importance of the puck outNext articleGarda recovering from accidental shooting 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. Limerick on Covid watch list Linkedin TAGSCourtEnvironmentLimerick City and CountyNews Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print WhatsApp Elzbieta Pasinska who was successful in her appeal to An Bord Pleanala. Photo: Liam BurkeA LANDMARK decision to allow a Limerick resident to keep the solar panels on the roof of her home in Dooradoyle has opened the way for more use of solar energy in homes across the country.An Bord Pleanala overruled its own inspector to allow Elzbieta Joanna Pasinska to retain 21 solar panels on the front roof of her home at Gouldavoher Estate in Dooradoyle.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Current regulations require planning permission for more than seven solar panels. Limerick City and County Council’s decision to refuse the application for 21 panels was appealed by Ms Pasinska to An Bord Pleanala.Senior Planning Inspector for the Appeals Bord, Mary Kennelly, had cited the character of the estate of similar style houses where the ‘scale and extent’ of the panels would affect the townscape.She advised that ‘the cumulative effect of additional roof slopes being covered by panels in the vicinity of the site would be likely to further alter the character of this part of the estate and result in visual disharmony and clutter’.Pointing out that no evidence had been produced to support the applicant’s statement that 21 panels were required to meet her home’s energy requirements, Ms Kennelly also noted that no alternatives were considered such as free-standing arrays, or any evidence provided that glint and glare would not be ‘give rise to detriment to residential amenity’.But the Board rejected all of the Inspector’s recommendations:‘In deciding not to accept the Inspector’s recommendation to refuse permission for retention, the Board considered that the development would not be visually obtrusive, would not give rise to nuisance from glint and glare, would not seriously injure the visual or residential amenities of the area, and would not establish an undesirable precedent.’Environmental groups Community Power, Friends of the Irish Environment, Friends of the Earth, and An Taisce, who had all made submissions supporting Ms. Pasinska, welcomed the decision.Ian Lumley, An Taisce’s Advocacy Officer, said that ’the case caused widespread concern in impeding the advancement of rooftop solar PV in Ireland and is an important precedent for accommodating domestic roof installations in the major part of the national housing stock outside of architectural heritage protected areas’.Tony Lowes of Friends of the Irish Environment said that the Minister should immediately amend the planning regulations by way of a statutory instrument.”And Kate Ruddock of Friends of the Earth welcomed the decision to support small scale renewable energy generation for Ireland, saying that “we need to see more people, communities, farms and businesses enabled to take part in this transition away from fossil fuels.” Email Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Advertisement
In a strongly-worded press statement issued on Monday, SSF Entrepreneur Incorporated has out-rightly rejected claims—by what the entity calls ‘unscrupulous individuals—that the company has gone bankrupt.’The statement added that claims by such individuals that the company can longer honor its contractual obligations and responsibilities are indeed far from the truth.The SSF management further described the claims as containing no iota of truth and that such utterances are intended to damage the solid reputation of a company that has performed exceptionally, to the overall satisfaction of the Liberian Government, private entities and the Liberian people.The statement further explained that SSF Entrepreneur, as a vibrant and result-oriented Liberian construction company, is indeed in good institutional and financial standing and has no plans of stopping or of closing down.The press statement, signed by the SSF’s Communications and Public Relations Manager, Ahmed Sheriff, pointed out that the company remains committed to settling all liabilities the entity owes its legitimate clients in the country.The statement also indicated that the company wonders how in the world it could possibly leave several lucrative, ongoing projects and close down when those projects are yet to be completed.“The negative articles and stories in the local dailies about my company are just mere politics from some competitors who do not want to see us progress as a serious and focused local company,” C.E.O. Shawki Fawaz said.“Over the years, the statement explained, the SSF Entrepreneur and the Liberian Government have had a very good relationship and at no point have we complained to any media house that government has refused to pay us for work completed or done,” Mr. Fawaz indicated.The statement emphasized that the SSF Entrepreneur views such utterances and articles as part a ploy by detractors to affect the cordial relationship that exist between the construction company and Liberian Government.The statement—on behalf of the SSF management—called on the general public to reject such negative articles and utterances as they are only chunks of misleading stories intended to tarnish the hard-earned reputation of the company.“The company reiterated its dedication to the people and Government of Liberia to playing that pivotal role in the reconstruction of the country.”It said that the company remains committed to the full completion of all ongoing projects contracted to the entity by the Liberian Government.In closing, the statement declared that as a company that believes in the new Liberia, they would continue to invest in the country’s infrastructure sector as evidenced by their new asphalt, batching, (sic) and rock plants among others in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A new round of almost $25,000 in grants by Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation will help educate consumers about agriculture and energy, develop leaders and provide resources for teachers to teach agriculture in the classroom. The foundation’s Action & Awareness grants are designed to promote and improve Ohio’s agricultural industry as well as local communities. The grants, which ranged from $750 to $9,000, focus on four core areas: economic development, education, environment and the human-animal bond.Her are the grant recipients and projects.AgriPOWER to support programming for the 17 members in Class XII. An elite leadership program created by Ohio Farm Bureau, AgriPOWER is helping develop and train Ohio farmers and representatives from agricultural stakeholders to become effective leaders, spokespersons and advocates for agriculture. Seven AgriPOWER Institutes are held throughout the year with one in Washington, D.C., and the other in another state.Ohio Soybean Council for its Ag Bio-Technology Academy 2020. In June, 30 teachers will participate in a two-workshop designed to promote agriculture careers and provide hands-on, inquiry-based programming focused on integrating an ag bioscience curriculum into high school science classrooms. Teachers will meet agricultural experts in the field and visit various agriculture industries. Each teacher will receive an electrophoresis intro kit.Ohio Energy Project to sponsor educators participating in its professional development workshops, the Energy Sources Tour and Energy Sources Blitz. These programs give teachers behind-the-scenes access to the energy industry by visiting sites involved with the production, generation and distribution of energy around Ohio, as well as the environmental and economic impact of energy use. Teachers receive classroom lessons, curriculum and lab equipment.Ohio Corn Marketing Program to support professional development of 35 Ohio science teachers participating in a two-day “Feed the World” workshop. Teachers will learn about modern agriculture practices in ethanol production, water quality and soil science. Each teacher will receive $350 of supplies to conduct labs in their classrooms.Northwest State Community College Fund for two summer camps that will expand the knowledge of agriculture among northwest Ohio youth. The camps will teach students the fundamentals of agricultural science and its impact in their daily lives, provide information about careers in agriculture and promote mentorship and networking between youth and local agricultural businesses.Summit County Farm Bureau for its annual Farmers Share Breakfast, which typically draws more than 700 people who enjoy breakfast on a farm and hear from local farmers about where their food originates. Two free healthy soil seminars will be held and a canned food drive will help local food banks.Hopewell to support its farm life program for adults with serious mental illness. Residents care for and work with a variety of farm animals on the 300-acre working farm in Mesopotamia. Hopewell is the only residential therapeutic farm community in Ohio and one of only five in the United States.The next application cycle for an Action & Awareness Grant is Jan. 1 to April 30, 2020. Grants may be used for general support, startup funding for new organizations or program expansion. Learn more at ofbf.org/foundation/aagrants/.
By Carol ChurchIn part 1 of this series, we talked about the cost of getting ready for a disaster, and how some people don’t—or how they go too far. Here we’ll get into the nitty-gritty of what you can do to prepare your household and family for a disaster while not completely breaking your budget.Photospin/Alexander MatvienkoPrepare early.The key to emergency preparedness on a budget is giving yourself plenty of time to get ready. As we’ve seen time and time again, when disaster is bearing down, people panic, and prices go up. To avoid this last-minute hysteria, purchase a set of basic supplies and have them on hand year-round so you don’t end up in a pickle using Perrier to brush your teeth. If you have limited space and are unable to store water, we have some solutions for that further down.Having a long timeline will also permit those on tight budgets to put away “a little bit” every week or month to prepare. If taking out a large amount of cash all at once (since cash may be needed in any emergency) will be a problem, start saving change and small bills. Ditto for building up a simple emergency pantry: one extra can of tuna a week won’t add much to your grocery bill.Think reusable instead of short-termIn the panic before a blizzard or hurricane, people often buy up a lot of bottled water and cheap flashlights. This is only natural, but especially if you live in an area where this kind of emergency happens with some regularity, it may be time to rethink. Solar or crank lanterns and flashlights do not need batteries; once bought, you will not have make that purchase again. As far as water goes (FEMA recommends having enough for 3 days, at a gallon per person a day), consider purchasing refillable containers like an Aquatainer, or a water filter like a LifeStraw (technology here has really advanced). These items will not need to be dumped and then rebought time after time. Remember, too, that there are other ways to store water in the short term for drinking and washing, including:–In large pots, canning jars, water coolers, food-grade buckets, or 2-liter soda bottles–In the bathtub or washing machine (for washing only)Watch for sales and bulk dealsBottled water, first aid supplies, batteries, and other emergency needs all go on sale regularly, so if you’re watching, you’ll be able to stock up when the price is low. In addition, certain items go on sale at predictable times—for instance, camping gear is often cheap at the end of the summer, so this is a great time to buy flashlights and sleeping bags.Protect your food and know how to shop smart for emergency foodLosing a full fridge and freezer’s worth of food can be very expensive, not to mention unpleasant. Average estimated costs for having to ditch the contents of your refrigerator are about $150. To avoid this possibility, first, make an effort to “cook through” some of your frozen items if the disaster is one that gives some warning, such as a blizzard or hurricane. In addition, before the storm arrives, freeze water in Ziploc bags or plastic containers to take up room in your freezer and help keep things cool. If loss of power appears imminent and you are staying in your home, move the food you plan to eat to a smaller cooler with ice, then keep the fridge and freezer closed! Once power is lost, you can even place a heavy blanket or comforter around it and tape it if you want to get serious. An undisturbed freezer will keep food frozen for 1-2 days, depending on how much is in it. To ensure that your food is still safe to eat, visit How to Keep Food Safe in a Power Outage from Foodsafety.gov.As far as what food to purchase, the frugal approach is to buy or prepare food you’ll still want to eat even if the threat never comes to pass. That way, it won’t feel like money down the drain. Remember, although shelf stable food can be kept for some time, it still should be eaten every year or two, depending on the type of food.Some suggestions for food you can store longer-term include:–Granola bars–Dried fruit and nuts–Cereal or granola (eat with dried, reconstituted milk or shelf stable milk)–Canned or vacuum-packed soups, pastas, fruit, beans, and fish or meat–Jerky–Crackers, rice cakes–Nut buttersFor a disaster you can anticipate, such as a hurricane or snowstorm, it’s possible to cook a day or two ahead or purchase food that will last for a short time at room temps. For instance, try:–Homemade or bakery-made baked goods–Carrots, apples, and citrus fruit–Hard cheeses–Homemade air-popped popcorn–Tomatoes (for sandwiches, or mixed with beans or canned meats)–Dry-cured sausagesDon’t have a gas or camping stove? An inexpensive can of Sterno can heat a can of soup or beans in a pinch.Avoid ready-made “disaster preparedness” kitsThough it may seem tempting and convenient to purchase a pre-made disaster preparedness kit, the quality of the items is likely to be very low for the price paid. It will be a better bargain to buy items separately and assemble your own kit. Sites like The Sweethome carry reviews for common emergency supplies like lanterns and weather radios.Hopefully, these tips will help families prepare for a disaster without these needed preparations being an excess financial burden. Although getting ready for a potential disaster can be expensive, don’t ever forget that not preparing for a disaster can be far more so. Without light, basic medical supplies, water, or food, you may have no choice but to leave. Once a disaster is in progress, this can be not just costly, but dangerous. Stay safe out there.
OTTAWA – Sen. Denise Batters was minutes from boarding a flight home when she noticed two-day old Twitter posts that said she was only in the upper chamber because her husband killed himself.Twenty years earlier on the same night, she and her husband had been among the last people to leave their wedding reception.It was the second time this summer the Conservative senator from Saskatchewan was told on social media that she is only in the Senate because Dave Batters, a former Conservative MP, died by suicide.The senator said she is accustomed to personal criticism online — it comes with being in politics and a partisan — but invoking the death of her husband crosses a line.“This was just beyond the pale,” she said in an interview Friday.“I thought, no, they don’t get to do this to me.”Dave Batters was a two-term Conservative MP from Saskatchewan who died by suicide in 2009.The couple met by chance while crossing a street during a provincial Progressive Conservative convention in Saskatoon in the early 1990s.On Aug. 23, 1997, the politically interested couple married.Dave Batters had always thought about being a provincial or federal politician. He became an MP in 2004 as a rookie candidate and won re-election in 2006, even though he had given his wife the chance to run for federal politics. She turned him down, figuring he was better suited for the life of an MP. Denise Batters was more interested in joining the Senate, something she had thought about since she was a child.In September 2008, the two-term MP announced he wouldn’t run again and went public about his battle with severe anxiety and depression. On June 29, 2009, he took his own life. Denise Batters, a lawyer by trade, became a vocal mental health advocate and in 2013, then-prime minister Stephen Harper — who delivered an emotional speech at Dave Batters’ funeral — appointed her to the Senate.Since the Trudeau government’s election in 2015, Batters has become a vocal critic of Liberal policy on medical assistance in dying and towards the Senate itself.In late June, a former federal NDP candidate in Saskatchewan posted on the senator’s Facebook page that she was “only sitting in the Red Chamber because her husband, the MP, committed suicide.” The date was June 27. It was the first time the senator had heard or seen anyone aim those type of comments at her.She posted a response at the time, but kept it off Twitter to avoid it getting national attention and potentially bleed into the eighth anniversary of her husband’s death. The poster apologized on June 28 on her Facebook page.On Wednesday night, she was minutes away from boarding a flight from Toronto to Saskatchewan when she went on Twitter and by chance came across two tweets posted on Monday. A Twitter user with the handle @swancoole tweeted that Harper appointed her to the Senate in 2013 only because her husband killed himself and taxpayers are now supplying her life insurance.The tweets appeared to be in response to online criticisms the senator levelled against the Liberals for paying a new consul-general, one the party recruited who was also a former candidate, more than a female recruited to a similar position.In her response to the Twitter user posted online Thursday with the intent it be widely shared, the senator wrote that she would give anything to have her husband back and that the tweets shame those left behind by suicide and perpetuate stigma around mental illness. She also said she was in the midst of planning a charity golf tournament in her husband’s honour with the proceeds going to mental health and suicide awareness.“The dichotomy of me using my Senate position and my national platform that affords me to try to positively dispel the stigma around mental illness and suicide and then this person, they use their public voice on social media to shame … those left behind by suicide and perpetuate stigma,” she said Friday.“I just couldn’t get over that difference between the two. So I thought people needed to know.”— Follow @jpress on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version gave the wrong wedding date