Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York New York State police is warning of scammers calling residents and asking for money to help the police department.“Residents of Delaware and Chenango Counties have been receiving calls, soliciting funds for either new uniforms for the troopers or for officers killed or injured in the line of duty,” state police said in a news release. “The New York State Police does not solicit funds. The State Police receives its funding from the state budget and from federal grants. “The release also stated that residents should be cautious when receiving suspicious phone calls and solicitations.Local police over the last few months have also warned residents about scammers calling people and requesting a substantial amount of money for a family member that’s in danger.In one scenario, the caller claims that they have been in a car crash with the person’s relative who refuses to pay for the damage.“The caller claims to be holding the relative at gunpoint until the victim pays several thousand dollars,” police said.
The European Community Shipowners’ Association (ECSA) and the World Shipping Council (WSC) have welcomed the adoption of a General Approach on the proposal for a European Maritime Single Window environment (EMSWe) by Transport Ministers.“With the adoption of this General Approach, the Member States agreed to facilitate, simplify and harmonise the reporting to be done and take a step towards a real internal market for shipping,” Martin Dorsman, ECSA’s Secretary General, commented.European co-legislators have been working intensively to reduce the administrative burden shipping faces. This burden stems from today’s unharmonized and inefficient reporting obligations and mechanisms within the EU.“The shipping industry is looking to the EU Institutions to deliver a European Maritime Single Window environment that remedies the deficiencies and costs that arose from the original Directive and its lack of a common blueprint for implementation by Member States. Because of those experiences it is even more important to make sure the agreed legal framework provides what’s needed to bring about real and tangible benefits to Europe’s maritime commerce,” John Butler, CEO and President of the World Shipping Council said.ECSA and WSC said they are pleased to see in the Council’s text a clear commitment to establish a harmonized data set, which is essential to reach real trade facilitation. The Council has agreed that the data elements must be kept to only the essential reporting information that is required and that additional temporary requirements are only added in exceptional and duly justified circumstances.“This is a very necessary addition, as we must be sure that once the spring cleaning of the reporting obligations is completed, this will not be undone the next day by allowing authorities to request without restrictions, any additional information in parallel to the EMSWe harmonised data set,” Dorsman added.As informed, the European Parliament Transport Committee is also making important improvements to the proposal. Both the draft report of MEP Ms Clune, the rapporteur, as well as several of the amendments tabled by her fellow MEPs are in line with requests from the industry to simplify and harmonize, not only the data, but also the reporting mechanism.“On this last element, the ‘how’ to report the data or the so-called ‘reporting interfaces’, we stress the need to make sure these interfaces are truly harmonised and common, both for system-to-system reporting and manual reporting using websites. We very much welcome amendments from MEPs that look at providing a single access point at EU level and harmonisation of the manual reporting tools (the Graphical User Interface). We stress this would not replace existing well-functioning reporting mechanisms, provided by some port community systems and national single windows,” Dorsman noted.“However, we should not forget these do not exist in all ports and Member States. We cannot miss this unique opportunity to bring all EU ports to an advanced level by providing a common baseline standard, to the benefit of trade in general and short sea shipping in particular,” he further said.
AMES, Iowa – Austin Wonch and Lucas Lamberies were winners of drawings to attend Bob Harris Enterprises Race Tech Info dirt chassis schools early next year.Winners of 30 designated events for IMCA Modifieds and 15 specials for Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods were entered in that drawing.Wonch won the Great Lakes Nationals at Crystal Motor Speedway. Lamberies prevailed at Davenport Speedway’s SportMod Challenge.Modified winners entered in the drawing were Chris Abelson, Jeff Aikey, Chase Allen, Chaz Baca, Eddie Belec, Ethan Dotson, Tyler Droste, Darin Duffy, Troy Foulger, Jordan Grabouski, Michael Greseth, Richie Gustin, Jeremy Keller, Eddie Kirchoff, Cody Laney, Paul Leach, Hunter Marriott, Terry Phillips, Chaz Pray, Marlyn Seidler, Kelly Shryock, Jesse Sobbing, Kyle Strickler and Ricky Thornton Jr.And SportMod drivers included Jeffrey Abbey, Justin Addison, Adam Armstrong, Keith Blum, Brian Cooper, Dustin Daniels, Sawyer Haese, Chris McKellar, Jesse Skalicky, Chris Toth, Jared VanDeest and Jaylen Wettengel.All race winners received certificates good for two shock rebuilds.
The teams met in the championship earlier in the year and meet tomorrow in Toomevara at 3.30. Upperchurch secretary Donal Hayes says the incentive is there for the Church to win it.
Submitted by Barb Lally for Concern for AnimalsHelp is needed to care for these abandoned bunnies.Concern for Animals is seeking assistance for a local resident living near an abandoned “bunny factory” who is trying to help a large number of bunnies that have been released in the area.The woman resident, who is unemployed and disabled, has spent a considerable amount of her own money helping the animals and has reached out to organizations in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Only Thurston County’s Concern for Animals has responded.The resident is currently caring for 28 bunnies, 23 of which are babies under 12 weeks old. She estimates there are as many as a dozen bunnies still outside, two of which are adults that continue to breed. Right now she is housing the animals in various bins and crates in a converted storage unit where the space is cramped. The bunnies that are still out and breeding, need to be captured. The woman trying to care of the animals says she has raised about $600 and is willing to put it all towards spay or neuter procedures, but help is needed to get them all spayed, neutered and adopted out.Almost 30 bunnies were abandoned. Help is needed to care for these animals.“We are doing the best we can to help with some supplies—food, bedding, bunny crates— but the situation is overwhelming,” says Sarah Hinman executive assistant to the Concern for Animals Board. “We’re hoping that people’s generosity will include Del’s Feed And Farm Supply gift cards so we can purchase supplies. We have found an organization that will do the surgical procedures but they will cost $70 for each male, $80 for each female, so we need help there as well.”Individuals or organizations willing to help should contact Sarah Hinman at Concern for Animals by calling (253) 394-2872 or email her at [email protected] Facebook421Tweet0Pin0
Donegal Sinn Féin Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has criticised Fine Gael for their “shameful” decision to again vote against his party’s Protection of Employee Tips Bill. The Bill seeks to give workers a legal right to the tips that they earn and also require employers to display their tipping policy to ensure transparency for customers and staff.By voting against it, Senator MacLochlainn accused Fine Gael of “attempting to deny workers a legal right to the tips that they earn.” Speaking following the passing of the Dáil vote, Senator Mac Lochlainn said: “Fine Gael are the only party who have voted against this Bill however, not content on simply opposing the Bill they now intend on going a step further in seeking to block the Bill from moving ahead through the imposition of a Money Message.“This is a typical tactic used by Fine Gael to block opposition legislation from moving through the legislative process. The only message this sends out to workers in this State is that Fine Gael do not believe that they have any right to the tips that they earn.“Tips should go to workers and workers alone. This is the view of the majority of the Seanad and the Dáil and I believe the view of the public in general.“Sinn Féin will continue working with the trade union movement and others in progressing this Bill. Workers deserve nothing less.” Speaking in the Dáil on Tuesday, Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty said she was opposing the Bill because it is “fundamentally flawed.”Minister Doherty expressed concerns that the Bill would result in tips being taxed under the PAYE system, resulting in lower take-home pay for workers. She also said the Bill would have negative implications for on workers’ entitlements to social welfare supports.Instead, Minister Doherty said that she intends to amend the Payment of Wages Act 1991 to ensure tips and gratuities cannot be used to make up a person’s wages and to force employers to display their policy on how tips, gratuities and service charges are distributed.‘Tips should go to workers and workers alone’ – Mac Lochlainn slams votes against Bill was last modified: June 21st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Tips
We live in divided times.Americans from New York City to California demonize those they see on the opposite side of an argument, shouting each other down on social media and in the real world.The rift between Giants and Dodgers fans may be too tough for even the most aisle-reaching of politicians, but it appears Kamala Harris is trying her hand.The Bay-raised Democratic presidential candidate — a self-proclaimed Giants fan — donned a Dodgers cap during debate preparation Wednesday afternoon, …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Corn continues to trade in a 20-cent range. Weather conditions appear favorable for early planting, which makes above trend-line yields possible. While some in the market estimate there is enough weather premium in Dec futures at $3.75, many think above average yields will bring $3 corn or lower. Many farmers are hoping for a 50-cent weather driven rally to catch up on sales. Both sides are keeping corn “stranded” in a narrow trading range.Beans recovered nicely on Friday to stay in the current 60-cent trading range they had been in. Fundamentally the bean story isn’t bullish. There may be a $1+ per bushel weather premium factored in due to La Nina potential in August. Farmers will likely continue holding beans because many are underwater at these levels. Beans could continue to trade sideways temporarily.A longtime friend of this weekly newsletter sent me an article about a possible correlation of Great Lakes ice coverage and the national corn yield. While the story was interesting, I’ll just say…I wish it was only that easy. It seems I read something every day that counters a “weather prediction” from the previous day. Last year people in the eastern corn belt were trying to correlate why corn should be $5. When it hit $3.50 many farmers were devastated and unprepared.Bottom line — weather is impossible to predict. But on top of that, even when we compare similar “weather-type” years, there are too many variables affecting the market to use the information effectively. For instance, while the weather was maybe similar in 1983, 1988, 2010, 2011, or 2012, other market situations were still vastly different. Funds are more active now than in the 80s. Farmers debt to asset ratios are different as well as Government and Insurance protection programs. Even seed technology is completely different between 2016 and that of five years ago, let alone the 80s and 90s.I’m not suggesting we disregard weather predictions and historical trends, but it’s important to keep them in perspective. I read recently that using historical weather predictions tend to be correct two out of three times (or 66% of the time). Are you prepared to place a $50,000 bet on those odds? Let me give you an example. Say corn rallies to $4. If the average 100,000 bushel farmer waits, hoping for $4.50, but ultimately has to sell for $3.50, that farmer gambled away $50,000.There is substantial risk in these markets and there will continue to be until at least July. Take all the weather predictions with a grain of salt and try to develop a long term grain marketing strategy that takes into consideration multiple weather scenarios, rather than hoping it will rain and betting all your grain on it. If you make plans now with a flexible strategy, weather conditions will have less of an effect on your bottom line in the end.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Topsoil and subsoil moisture declined this week due to less precipitation and warmer temperatures over the weekend, though field work was still limited by soggy fields. There were 1.9 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending April 17th. Oat planting progressed behind the 5-year average,but ahead of 2015. Corn planting remains at zero percent planted. Winter wheat maturity is ahead of schedule, and the crop continues to look great. Some damage to fruit trees is anticipated due to the recent drop in temperatures, but the extent is unknown at this time. While planting was very limited this week, growers continued prep work for the season.View the full report here
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A revolutionary effort to support on-farm conservation has added a new partner representing major agricultural companies, food companies and environmental groups. The new collaboration will accelerate the Soil Health Partnership‘s leadership in helping farmers adopt practices that protect natural resources while potentially increasing profits.At the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa, the industry-leading companies and environmental organizations today announced the launch of the Midwest Row Crop Collaborative. Its goal is to support, enhance and accelerate the use of environmentally preferable agricultural practices.The Midwest Row Crop Collaborative’s founding members include Cargill, the Environmental Defense Fund, General Mills, Kellogg Company, Monsanto, PepsiCo, The Nature Conservancy, Walmart and the World Wildlife Fund. The overall shared goal is to help achieve a 45% nutrient loss reduction by 2035 across the Upper Mississippi River Basin – chiefly nitrogen and phosphorus.As part of this effort, the Collaborative has committed to raise $4 million over five years to augment the Soil Health Partnership, a farmer-led initiative of the National Corn Growers Association established in 2014.With more than 65 farm sites already enrolled in nine Midwestern states, the new funding commitment recognizes SHP as the leader in field-scale testing and measuring of management practices that improve soil health. These practices include:Growing cover crops to prevent erosion and nutrient losses,Implementing conservation tillage like no-till or strip-till, andUsing advanced, science-based nutrient management techniques to reduce nutrient loss.“Through healthy soil, farmers can play a major role protecting water quality and the environment-while also optimizing their crop yields and economic returns,” said Nick Goeser, director of the SHP. “We’re honored to welcome the Midwest Row Crop Collaborative to our program. Their support will amplify our research and communications efforts in helping farmers find practices that work best for them.”The new alliance will help SHP achieve the goal of enrolling 100 farms a full two years earlier than planned. It also underscores SHP’s key milestones and early vision, a vision advanced by initial and continuing funding from Monsanto, Walton Family Foundation, NCGA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. These early supporters helped form SHP’s operating and data collection structure, while recognizing common goals.“As a farmer, I am committed to soil health because I know we have to constantly improve how we care for our land and how we farm it,” said Roger Zylstra, a farmer in Lynnville, Iowa enrolled in the SHP. “This funding commitment is significant to me because now we have more support from the large food and ag companies as well as environmental groups pushing for change. They’re showing us we don’t have to do it alone.”