State Ag Department taking comments on hemp growing rules

first_imgDES MOINES — Iowa Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig says the department is now taking public comments on the state’s proposed hemp production regulations.Naig says they’ve received a lot of questions already about industrial hemp.  “I think there’s been a real interest looking for additional opportunities and opportunities to diversify,”Naig says. “Hemp really probably has been the top of mine or the crop that’s been getting a lot of focus after the 2018 Farm Bill cleared the way.”The proposed administrative rules that will regulate the planting, growing and harvesting of commercial hemp.  “We’ve been working the better part of the last year to get our program ready to launch here so folks can participate in that market in the 2020 growing season,” according to Naig.Comments on the proposes rules will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on January 22nd. It is not legal to grow, possess, buy or sell hemp in Iowa until the U.S.D.A. approves the state plan.Naig says hemp isn’t the only crop he sees as an opportunity for ag diversification in 2020. “I’ve also seen just continued interest in local foods. Local and regional foods, food hubs, community supported agriculture — a real interest in consumers knowing more about where their food comes from,” Naig says. “So, we continue to think there’s opportunity there as well.”He says growing food for regional use has a lot things that make it attractive. “The Ag Census actually showed that the number of small farms is increasing dramatically –and it’s a good thing when you look at the opportunity to get into produce and to supply local food — you don’t need significant acres to get started. You don’t need a significant number of acres to make a living and to have a real thriving business,” Naig says.To read Iowa’s proposed hemp administrative rules, go to the Iowa Department of Agriculture’s website at: read more

There needs to be some kind of social media policy for public officials

first_imgDear Editor,I refer to the Stabroek News article, “Cops Probing Complaint against Gov’t Cultural Advisor…” published on October 05, 2018. It was with great shock that I recently learnt that the said advisor has a personal interest in the case brought before the High Court against The Bishops’ High School teacher. Now that the Police have turned up at his place of work in response to a complaint lodged by the teacher and his fiancée for allegedly breaching a section of the new Cyber Crime Act, my initial suspicions are confirmed.It seems to me Johnson is determined to achieve his end, no matter the consequences, even if it means causing this Government great embarrassment. That he would suggest the teacher is taking advantage of the law purely because it’s new is ludicrous. It matters not whether the law is two minutes or five years old, if a breach has occurred, the wronged party has the right to legal redress, as is provided for by the law. What Johnson seems to be saying is that the law is only valid when it serves his purpose.Further, that he would contend that Jackson and his fiancée’s complaints are a reflection of the relative strength of Jackson’s High Court matter is equally puerile.Clearly, the two cases are distinct and separate, and should be judged on their own merit. If this is the kind of faulty thinking that Johnson provides to his employers in his role as advisor, then the tax-payers of this country are being taken for a ride.Following Johnson’s logic, one can take the other side and argue that the alleged public slander of the named individuals is indicative of the relative strength of the case in which Johnson has a vested interest. How else can he explain the urge to offer public pronouncements on the matter which is before the court, and in which he is a witness?Mr. Editor, because of loose cannons like Ruel Johnson, there needs to be some kind of social media policy for public officials. Can you imagine how awkward it must have been for the Permanent Secretary to attempt an explanation to the Police for Johnson’s refusal to go down to the station? This Government must do better.Yours respectfully,Kevin Samaroolast_img read more

Gunmen storm Region 4 RDC office, escape with cash

first_imgFour gunmen in the wee hours of Thursday morning stormed the Region Four Regional Democratic Office, Triumph, East Coast Demerara, and carted off an undisclosed sum of money after torching two safes.Guyana Times understands that at about 02:00h, four men armed with handguns, invaded the RDC office compound from the back where they relieved one of two security guards of his cash and other valuables.The men then tied up the guards and made their way into the building where they torched two safes and escaped with an undisclosed sum of money.From reports, the two guards managed to free themselves and contacted the Beterverwagting Police Station.Investigators have since dusted the area for fingerprints and took statements from the guards.No arrests have been made. Attempts to contact the regional executive officer proved futile.last_img read more

In Ganta: NP Inaugurates Multi – Purpose Filling Station

first_imgOne of the leading petroleum vendors in Liberia, National Petroleum Liberia Limited (NP), on Saturday, September 10, 2015 inaugurated one of its multi – purpose filling in the commercial city of Ganta, Nimba County.The filling station marked the third modern filling station to be built in Ganta this post war period by companies importing petroleum products to Liberia.In an overview of NP operations in Liberia, the Managing Director Mohamed S. Kanu said the beginning of his company’s business in Liberia was very humble, taking them through some sleepless nights, sleeping on the floor for several months before reaching to this stage.NP, which is originally a Sierra Leone based company, has several filling stations strategically located in and around Monrovia, as well as other cities such as Kakata, Buchanan and now Ganta.Kanu explained that people of Liberia and Sierra Leone share a common goal and culture, therefore the presence of NP in Liberia is the same as it is in Sierra Leone, from where it came.“We believed in downstream investment; employed the locals, paid municipal tax as well as real estate tax and the revenue,” he said.Mr. Kanu also noted that the service at the filling station is not restricted to serving gasoline, fuel and other lubricants, but the station will also sell type of stove that uses gas.He said the stove will help curtail environmental degradation, especially the use of charcoal, because it is very economical and refilling process will be done here in Liberia.“This stove will stop you from using coal and stop you from cutting down sticks for coal, let’s save the environment for the future generation,” he said.The management also introduced an engine oil known as “Castrol”, which he said is highly protective and gives an engine a good performance.The filling station also contains a shop that sells assorted goods including food, snacks, body lotion, lubricants, drinks, and many other items to afford commuters their basic needs whenever in transit. The program was attended by scores of local and national government officials, business people from Ganta as well other dignitaries including Mr. Francis A. Dennis, former president of LBDI and now Board Chair of NP.Hon. Jackson F. Doe Jr., Deputy Managing Director for Administration at the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC), praised NP for the extending services to the interior parts of the country, where the citizens will find it easy to have access to petroleum products.He said NP is one of petroleum importing companies that is really compliant with all regulations from LPRC and the government at large.However, the Management of NP Liberia Ltd is embarking on expanding services to neighboring Guinea and the Ivory Coast, while reaching other parts of Liberia as soon as possible.“As we speak, our station in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County is expected to be opened to the public soon,” said Joshua G. Karngar Administrative Officer, NP. Ganta has several multi – purpose filling station, including Total, Aminata, Super Petroleum (SP) and now NP, but only the NP has introduced the cooking stoves and refilling of other gas containers. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Study: Gray whale’s comeback exaggerated

first_imgBy Seth Borenstein THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PALO ALTO – One of the great success stories of the ocean, the return of the Pacific gray whale, may have been based on a miscalculation, scientists reported Monday in a study based on whale genetics. What was assumed to be a thriving whale population is actually at times starving because of a dwindling food supply, said study co-author Stephen Palumbi, a Stanford University marine sciences professor. And global warming is a chief suspect. Scientists may have underestimated the historical number of gray whales from Mexico to Alaska, according to the study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. And that may have led to a misdiagnosis of what is behind surprising die-offs over the past few years and the appearance of many so-called skinny whales. Earlier this month the National Marine Fisheries Service reported that at least 10 percent of gray whales returning to one of their four main calving and breeding lagoons off Baja California showed signs of being underfed. Some of the whales even had bony shoulder blades. “This is a hint of a problem,” Palumbi said. “Our antennas should be up. Our antennas should be asking if the ocean is capable of supporting life the way it used to.” The study concludes that the original Pacific gray whale population hundreds of years ago may have been far higher than currently thought – closer to 100,000 whales than conventional estimates of 20,000 to 30,000. The scientists base that on how diverse the population of whales once was – information they gleaned by examining differences in the DNA of 40 whales. They studied 10 spots on the whale’s genetic blueprint. The diversity of genes in this group of whales indicates there had to be about 100,000 whales centuries ago, the scientists reported. If the whale population was five times higher than originally thought, that makes recent problems with the whale look far worse. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Is this the XI to stun Spurs in Germany? Predicted Dortmund line up v Tottenham

first_imgBorussia Dortmund host Tottenham Hotspur at Signal Iduna Park in the Europa League, kick off 18:00 GMT, and it’s live on talkSPORT.It’s perhaps the toughest draw of the competition, with both sides competing for the title in their respective top flights and eager to go all the way in Europe.BVB manager Thomas Tuchel’s squad is almost at full strength – Sokratis Papastathopoulos is the only notable casualty – and a strong starting line up is therefore expected.Could Shinji Kagawa return having missed the goalless draw with Bayern Munich at the weekend? Take a look at talkSPORT’s predicted Dortmund XI v Tottenham by viewing the slideshow above. 11. Marco Reus (left wing) 26. Lukasz Piszczek (right back) 11 29. Marcel Schemlzer (left back) 33. Julian Weigl (centre midfield) 11 10. Henrikh Mkhitaryan (right wing) 11 1. Roman Weidenfeller (goalkeeper) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 11 11 17. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (striker) 11 11 11 23. Shinji Kagawa (attacking midfield) 11 8. Ilkay Gundogan (centre midfield) 11 6. Sven Bender (centre back) 15. Mats Hummels (centre back) 11last_img read more

PL round-up: Newcastle fight back to draw with Liverpool, Blues thrash Cherries

first_img Jack Colback scored Newcastle’s equalising goal against Liverpool 2 Liverpool 2-2 NewcastleRafa Benitez enjoyed a memorable return to Anfield, watching on as his Newcastle side fought back from two goals down to draw with Liverpool.Daniel Sturridge scored after one minute to hand the Reds the lead, and Adam Lallana put the hosts in full control after half and hour.However, Papiss Cisse scored within minutes of the second half starting, and Jack Colback bagged the equaliser with a deflected shot from the edge of the area to keep the Magpies’ survival hopes intact.Sturridge bagged the opener just moments after kick-off, capitalising on some poor early defending from Benitez’s men.Alberto Moreno lobbed a long-range free-kick into the penalty area, which Sturridge controlled on his chest, before the England international turned away from two defenders and finished with his left foot past Karl Darlow.Going behind so early meant that the visitors had to attack, and they did build some offensive moves, without ever really threatening the Liverpool goal.For all Newcastle’s pressure, it was Liverpool who looked more likely to bag the next goal, and they did grab their second on the half-hour mark.Adam Lallana received the ball on the edge of the box, and after turning onto his left foot, curled a lovely finish over Darlow.Benitez had changes to make at half-time, and he sent his players out with a renewed vigour, which they capitalised on just minutes after the restart.Vurnon Anita sent a lovely cross from the right into the box which evaded Simon Mignolet, with Papiss Cisse getting on the end of it to head into the empty net.The goal revitalised the Magpies, and they could have equalised moments later after Cisse set up Andros Townsend to fire over.Roberto Firmino had a goal chalked off for an offside call, as the Reds looked to extend their lead again, but Jack Colback grabbed the vital next goal – bringing the tie level.Good work from Andros Townsend on the right wing presented Colback with a chance from the edge of the box, and his deflected shot rifled past Mignolet.All the pressure leading up to the equalising goal seemed to disappear with the score tied, and the game ebbed to its finish, with both teams taking a point, which leaves Newcastle just one point away from 17th placed Norwich City.Bournemouth 1-4 ChelseaAn open game on the South Coast was easily won by Chelsea, who hit four past Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.Eden Hazard excelled on his return to the team, scoring twice and setting up one, with Pedro and Willian also netting in an impressive display.Guus Hiddink’s men were given a brief scare when Tommy Elphick headed past Asmir Begovic, but the West London club had just too much quality and saw out the victory.The Cherries attacked fearlessly in the opening stages, as they have done all season, but they were their own worst enemies when conceding the opening goal.With much of the team pushed up the pitch, Cesc Fabregas played a ball through to Pedro which took both centre-backs out of the move. With no one covering and the full-backs in Chelsea’s half, the Spaniard had no trouble chipping a lovely finish over Artur Boruc.The hosts continued to press for their own goal, but the Blues added a second after 35 minutes, once again capitalising on the amount of space presented to them in the middle of the park.Fabregas again played provider, back heeling into Hazard’s path. The Belgium star drove forward, and hit a powerful low strike past Boruc, for what was first Premier League goal of the season.It looked done and dusted right then, but Bournemouth got back into the game seconds later, with Elphick’s header into the ground bouncing slowly over Begovic’s outstretched hand.There was a sense that the Cherries could get back into the game against a Chelsea team with nothing to play for this season, but any hope of taking something from the game was killed 20 minutes from time.Willian bagged a third for the Blues, in almost identical circumstanes to Pedro’s opener, before Hazard grabbed his second, and Chelsea’s fourth, of the day with a powerful close range finish in injury time.Aston Villa 2-4 SouthamptonA sparsely packed Villa Park played host to another display of questionable defending from Aston Villa, as they were beaten 4-2 by Southampton.Shane Long scored one and set up two for the Saints, and although Ashley Westwood netted twice for the hosts, they never threatened to get anything from the game.The Irish international bagged the opener after 15 minutes, although he should have scored moments after kick-off, smashing a shot against the underside of the bar after breaking through the middle of the pitch.The poor defending by Micah Richards and Joleon Lescott was a sign of things to come later in the game, and the centre-back pairing were at fault for Long’s opener.A perfect cross was sent into the box from Ryan Bertrand, and the striker was presented with a free header in the centre of the area with neither Lescott nor Richards marking him. He duly converted, heading into the ground and past Brad Guzan in the Villa goal.The atmosphere turned following the strike, with the sparse crowd hurling abuse at Eric Black’s squad, but fans only started leaving when the Saints went two ahead.Long played creator this time, breaking through the centre of the pitch, before being forced out wide by Guzan. However, he remained in possession, and unselfishly played a pass back into the centre for Dusan Tadic to roll home.With the stadium emptying after the goal, Villa’s fans missed Westwood pulling one back for the hosts, courtesy of some uncharacteristically poor Southampton defending.A cross found its way into the Saints area, and after a series of failed clearances, the goal-shy midfielder was presented the ball on the right, converting calmly past Fraser Forster.There were never any signs of a comback, and Tadic added a third for the visitors with 20 minutes remaining.The second half was almost an exhibition match for the Saints, and a lovely move in the final third resulted in Long once again playing in Tadic, who had no trouble securing all three points.Westwood grabbed a second for Villa with 10 minutes remaining, but Southampton secured all three points when Sadio Mane headed the fourth of the day in injury time, resigning Villa to their 10th consecutive defeat.last_img read more

How to help your children develop good financial habits – with Advice First

first_img“Mum, can I have €5 euro?!” School’s out for Summer, but are there pearls of wisdom we could be teaching the little ones in our life, that could last a lifetime? Pascal Curran, Advice FirstWhile we’re being asked for those extra treats, and spending a bit more on our holidays than we possibly would during term time (ice-cream, beach toys, cinema trips etc) and  – of course, we enjoy creating memories and experiences, but they can be a good opportunity to share some tips and lessons too. Learned behaviour sticks and talking about money matters can help set children up for success down the line, and value their things and moments, now.  “Money doesn’t grow on trees” – how many times have you said that? It’s usually the first financial lesson given to children! Here are 8 other simple lessons that will help your children, from an early age through to adulthood, to develop good financial habits;  Look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselvesOne for the younger children. Explain to them how all money has a value and that each of those small amounts will add up for them down the road. Start savingEncourage your kids to start a savings habit from the time they get pocket money. The key here is to actually spend the savings from time to time, so that your children then experience the rewards from saving money. If it looks too good to be true…Teach your children to avoid impulse purchases of “great deals” without looking at them closely or talking to you first. Someone is making money, and it’s rarely them. Know your value as buyerMake sure your children understand the power they have as a buyer. Buying “stuff” is a series of trades. Teach them to check for discounts and that a bit of haggling never hurt anyone. Learn from my mistakes!Tell your older children about financial mistakes you made yourself and lessons you’ve learned about managing money better. Maybe you made a really careless and expensive purchase that you later regretted. Avoid unnecessary borrowingAs your kids get older, the use of debt starts to arise. Do they need a credit card while at college? If so, teach them good habits and the importance of paying it off in full each month. Maybe by borrowing (from the bank of mum and dad) there I said it, to pay their gym subscription up front will result in big savings, rather than paying it monthly. Teach your children to examine each debt situation in detail, looking at the cost of borrowing as well as the benefits of the purchase. Have a planWhile they might not need our services at a young age, children should be taught about looking at the longer term and bigger picture, making careful financial choices and having a plan to guide them. Be secureTalk to your children about good security habits around their bank accounts, cards and passwords etc. Explain the dangers of sharing financial data – how friends have fallen out unnecessarily over money, to be careful using ATMs and how cards can be skimmed etc. Teach them about good online habits and the dangers of scams such as phishing. The big lesson is – for them to talk to you if they’ve any doubts at all about any financial situation… If your children follow these lessons, they can look forward to a more prosperous and safer financial future. This is the final month of Pascal’s financial advice on the most frequently asked topics – breaking down the barriers around financial advice in Pascal’s renowned experienced and jargon-free way! Thank you for reading, and we’re only a phone-call away for your burning questions!If you would like to book a no obligations consultation with Pascal, click here or simply call  +353 74 910 39 38 to talk to us today. Follow us on Facebook & Instagram   Advice First Financial Services Ltd trading as Advice First Financial is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland.How to help your children develop good financial habits – with Advice First was last modified: August 1st, 2019 by Pascal CurranShare 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)last_img read more


first_imgJOHN MARTIN FROM DUNGLOE IS DOWN UNDER, DOWN UNDER!John Martin is from Dungloe and has been living in Perth, Australia this last 4 years.He runs his own construction company and employs several local lads including Charlie Bonner (an ex Donegal underage player), Cedric Mulligan and Shaun Quinn to name a few.He’s looking forward to watching the final with the Dungloe crew in Perth on the 23rd. Here he is scuba-diving off Perth – complete with Donegal top!Send you Fan Photos to   COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – FAN PHOTO OF THE DAY was last modified: September 2nd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – FAN PHOTO OF THE DAYlast_img read more

British student’s Web site attacked by extortionists

first_imgLONDON – A Web site that earned an enterprising British student $1 million suffered a crippling attack by ransom-seeking hackers. Alex Tew, 21, said Wednesday that his Million Dollar Homepage was targeted after he publicized how it had helped him raise money for his university studies. Tew had sold 10,000 small squares of advertising space on the Web site for $100 each, achieving his target in four months. His initiative spawned several copycat sites. But Tew said that on Jan. 7, he received a threat from an organization calling itself “The Dark Group,” demanding that he pay it $50,000 within 72 hours or face having his site taken down. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “It was written in poor English, but the hackers asked for $50,000, saying that it was just 5 percent of what I had made,” Tew said. “I did not reply to the e-mail. I had no intention of paying.” Tew ignored the threat. Hackers then initiated a so-called distributed denial of service, in which attackers take command of third-party computers, through a virus or other security vulnerability, and instruct them to send junk data to the target site, overwhelming servers and causing the site to crash or perform poorly. Tew said the site now works normally. Tew, from Wiltshire, a county in southern England, said he informed the FBI because his site is hosted in the United States. FBI spokesman Paul Bresson said the agency was investigating. Such extortion cases targeting Web sites are occurring with greater frequency. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more