House Ag Committee Talks Trade with Cuba

first_img Facebook Twitter The House Ag Committee held a hearing Wednesday on the potential opportunities for American producers if trade relations were normalized with Cuba. Much of the conversation revolved around the Cuba Agricultural Exports Act (HR Bill 3687) as well as the potential removal of financial restrictions that limit trade opportunities with Cuba. “The history between the U.S. and Cuba is long and complicated,” said House Ag Committee Chair Mike Conaway (R-TX). “The Castro regime’s stranglehold on the island nation has long prevented normalized trade relations between the countries.” He added that many are starting to believe lifting financial restrictions on agricultural trade could improve the lives of Cubans and also help American producers who are struggling through one of the worst economic downturns they have seen since the Great Depression.Conaway said he hopes to find a path forward to allow and expand agricultural trade to Cuba, but at the same time, he remains firmly against lifting the travel embargo.Source: NAFB News Service Home News Feed House Ag Committee Talks Trade with Cuba SHARE House Ag Committee Talks Trade with Cuba SHARE By Hoosier Ag Today – Sep 14, 2016 Facebook Twitter Previous articleClosing CommentsNext articleWeekly U.S. Ethanol Production UP Hoosier Ag Todaylast_img read more

Caylin Moore wins Allstate community service award

first_imgprintTCU senior defensive back Caylin Moore thought he was at O.D. Wyatt High School on Fort Worth’s east side Monday night to stress the importance of education to student athletes.But, instead of encouraging student athletes Monday night, Moore received special recognition for his dedication and commitment to his service to the community. Moore was awarded a plaque, naming him to the 25th anniversary Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.“I had no clue, it’s so humbling, I just thought we were at the school to speak to the kids,” Moore said.Moore said it seems natural to use his status as an athlete to encourage others by talking about his life.Moore and other TCU players have created a foundation – Strong Players Are Reaching Kids or S.P.A.R.K. – that visits schools throughout DFW to talk to student athletes about crucial times in their lives.“I have a 100 percent responsibility to tell my story,” Moore said. “What I can do encouraging others intellectually far outweighs me dancing in the endzone.”Ceylon Moore shares his story with youth football players. (Garrett Podell/TCU 360)Moore’s childhood includes being homeless for a time after his mother “left a volatile home,” according to a press release from Allstate.Moore said the message he shares far outweighs the nerves he sometimes has when it comes to public speaking.“When I get up and speak, something comes over me and I become a different person,” Moore said.Moore said that it’s about using your platform as an athlete and inspiring kids to be able to do something.However, S.P.A.R.K doesn’t just affect the youth outside of TCU. He said seeing his teammates and other students on campus develop on campus as leaders is a tremendous joy.“I feel like I have an important piece to share with the kids, but I’m always impressed with what my teammates have to say,” Moore said. He started his college football career at Marist College, and that is when adversity hit.“My third year there I hurt my back,” Moore said. “It was projected that I wouldn’t be able to play football again. But, my mom said I would play football again.”While he wasn’t playing football at Marist, Moore worked as a janitor in order to make money to continue his education.“Being a janitor showed me that no matter what I do, I must do it to the best of my abilities,” Moore said.After Marist, Moore went to Princeton University for a pre-graduate program and studied education and public policy, which sparked his interest in the field.After transferring to TCU in 2015, Moore found himself on the football field once again.Moore said his football career has been a blessing.“By way of God, I ended up at TCU, playing football,” Moore said. “I’m not even supposed to be here right now and I made it happen.”Even with the heavy time commitment of playing football, Moore continues to make time for community service.“Honestly, no matter what happens, my impact now as a man here will be far greater than my playing time,” Moore said.Moore’s teammates have taken notice of his passion.Wide receiver Michael Carroll said that Moore is dedicated to everything he does and his attitude and mentality is contagious.“It’s just a blessing to be around that guy,” Carroll said.After graduation, Moore said he wants to continue giving back to the community. He said he has seen how education can change lives and he wants others to feel those effects as well.“I want to work in educational policy and public policy so that I can ameliorate certain situations for disadvantaged youth, especially people of color,” Moore said.Moore will be recognized along with the other 25 members of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team at the Sugar Bowl. Facebook Twitter Garrett Podell TAGSphotos Garrett Podell + posts Garrett is a Journalism and Sports Broadcasting double major. He is the Managing Editor for TCU360, and his passions are God, family, friends, sports, and great food. Men’s basketball scores season-low in NIT semifinals loss to Texas Boschini talks: construction, parking, tuition, enrollment, DEI, a student trustee TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Garrett Podell Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Garrett Podell Boschini: ‘None of the talk matters because Jamie Dixon is staying’ Garrett Podell Listen: The Podell and Pickell Show with L.J. Collier Linkedin Twitter Linkedin ReddIt Previous articleCelebrity Dish (Ep. 02 – Shailene Woodley, Aubrih and more)Next articleTCU takes a new step to help sexual assault victims Garrett Podell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Facebook ReddItlast_img read more

Iranian ambassador threatens UK-based Iranian journalists and media

first_imgNews IranMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesOnline freedoms WomenImpunityInternet “Threatening citizens, in particular, a country’s journalists and media outlets, are not part of an ambassador’s attributions,” RSF said. “The British authorities should monitor these activities, which pose a threat to press freedom and a danger to journalists.” The threats are targeting Iranian journalists working for international media such as the BBC, Voice of America, and Radio Farda (Radio Free Europe) and privately-owned Iranian exile media such as the Iran International and Manoto TV channels and the Kayhan London news website. At the same time, their relatives in Iran are being summoned and threatened by members of the Revolutionary Guard intelligence services. News IranMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesOnline freedoms WomenImpunityInternet News According to the information gathered by RSF, the threats against Iranian journalists based abroad often take the form of online attacks, insults and intimidation, mainly on social networks. Organisation February 25, 2021 Find out more Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists He even posted a video on Twitter that showed a BBC reporter covering a demonstration by Iranians outside the Iranian embassy in London and said the reporter was talking to a terrorist group. The videos and their accusations are always in Persian, never in English. The Iranian ambassador in London meanwhile announced in a tweet on 22 November that his embassy has filed a complaint with the Office of Communications (Ofcom), the UK’s broadcast media regulator, accusing the BBC, Manoto and Iran International of “distorted coverage of events in Iran and inciting massive violence against state institutions.” to go further Two days after the Internet was completely disconnected in Iran in order to restrict the flow of information about the regime’s crackdown on a wave of protests, the ambassador reiterated his threats against Iranian journalists based abroad in an angry, accusatory tweet. Most of these journalists prefer not to be named for fear of provoking more harassment. Very few dare to refer openly to such harassment, as Farnaz Ghazizadeh, a BBC journalist, did in this tweet on 23 November: “My 73-year-old father has been summoned and questioned by Iranian authorities in relation with my sister and myself working for the media outside Iran. Our families are under pressure just because we are journalists.” Receive email alertscenter_img Iran is ranked 170th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. March 18, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns Iranian intelligence agency harassment and threats against Iranian journalists based abroad, especially in Britain, and against their families still in Iran, and the role played by the Iranian ambassador in London in relaying these threats. Iranian journalists have for years been receiving long jail sentences on charges of “collaborating with enemy media” and spying. RSF is aware of at least 25 cases of families of journalists being summoned and threatened, usually by intelligence ministry agents, since the start of the year. The same day that this tweet was posted, the parents of several journalists based abroad were summoned and threatened by intelligence ministry agents who, in essence, told them: “Tell your children to stop working for enemy TV channels. It will be better for them and for you.” Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 News RSF_en Ever since Hamid Baeidinejad, the Iranian foreign ministry’s former director of political affairs and international security, took over as the Islamic Republic’s ambassador in London, he has been threatening these media and journalists on Twitter. Protected by his diplomatic immunity, the ambassador repeats the accusations of the Iranian intelligence services and uses the same rhetoric as they do, accusing journalists of being the “agents and mercenaries of foreign services, paid by the country’s enemies and acting against the national interest.” Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Iran June 9, 2021 Find out more It said: “The Iranian people will never forget these days in which enemy TV channels such as the BBC, VOA, Manoto and Iran International – subsidized by the money of foreign governments and the Pahlavi group – have put Iran in danger by trying to portray the rioters, who are murderers and arsonists, as political dissidents.” Pahlavi is the name of the former shah of Iran’s family. After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists November 26, 2019 Iranian ambassador threatens UK-based Iranian journalists and medialast_img read more

RSF asks legislators not to extend lawsuit deadline for online content

first_img Follow the news on France Proposed in the senate by Sen. François Pillet of the centre-right Republicans Party, the amendment says: “When offences are committed by means of an online public communication service, the time limit for any prosecution or civil action is one year, except in cases of reproduced content that was originally published on paper.”In other words, the statute of limitations for all online content, except content previously published in print format, would be extended from three to twelve months.RSF views the amendment as an unjustified discrimination against online media vis-à-vis print media as well as a grave attack on the 1881 law’s guarantees.Under the 1881 law, any defamation suit must be brought within three months of the offending article’s publication. Those who wrote the law imposed this short deadline with the deliberate aim of favouring free speech and journalism by limiting the possibility of lawsuits. The amendment reflects the opposite aim of favouring punishment of offenses rather than favouring free speech, in this case, online free speech.A similar amendment was submitted last October during discussion of the Equality and Citizenship Bill but was fortunately rejected by the national assembly, as requested at the time by RSF.In a June 2004 ruling, the Constitutional Council said it would be unconstitutional for the statute of limitations for press freedom offences to vary according to the type of media. The entire journalistic profession in France has condemned the repeated attempts to upset the balance of what is one of the French Republic most fundamental laws, attempts made without any consultation with the media and without any impact study. RSF is appalled by these initiatives, which reflect a growing mistrust of online expression, and strongly urges France’s national assembly members to reject the proposed amendment. FranceEurope – Central Asia Online freedoms Freedom of expressionInternet News RSF_en Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on France’s national assembly members to reject a proposed amendment to its 1881 press freedom law that would extend the statute of limitations for press freedom offences from three months to a year for online content. RSF regards the amendment, which is due to return to the national assembly for second reading on January 12, 2017, as a renewed attempt to undermine the 1881 law’s strong guarantees for journalistic freedom. News Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Organisation January 11, 2017 RSF asks legislators not to extend lawsuit deadline for online content News June 4, 2021 Find out more News to go further RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU June 2, 2021 Find out more FranceEurope – Central Asia Online freedoms Freedom of expressionInternet “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says May 10, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Granny flat scheme for rural Limerick is a ‘no-brainer’

first_imgNewsHousingPoliticsGranny flat scheme for rural Limerick is a ‘no-brainer’By Alan Jacques – January 31, 2019 1992 Print Advertisement TAGSHousingLimerick City and CountyNewspolitics Limerick city house prices rise 4.9% as time to sell falls WhatsApp Facebook Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick on Covid watch list center_img Email Mortgage payment break for local authority home loan borrowers will be extended by a further three months Limerick county house prices to rise 5% in 2021 Twitter Previous articleAfter Dark at The High Kings at University Concert HallNext articleThe Abbey Fishermen Alan Jacques Linkedin Liam Galvin, Fine Gael. Photo: Cian ReinhardtGRANNY flats could be one solution to help to solve the housing crisis.That’s according to former Mayor Liam Galvin, who has called on the Department of Housing to consider a grant aid scheme for granny flat extensions for persons on the housing list where agreement is reached with the house’s owner and applicant.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Speaking at last Monday’s council meeting, the Fine Gael councillor said that such a programme would be perfect for young couples struggling to find a home in their local communities. He also took the view that it would be an ideal scheme that could benefit small building contractors.“It is increasingly difficult in rural areas where the housing crisis is different from the city. Many young couples want to stay in their communities, in their towns and villages, near their families and friends. The houses are not available. Sewerage schemes don’t have the capacity, schools are seeing their class sizes reduce, and GAA clubs are struggling to field underage sides,” Cllr Galvin told council members.“We want to keep people in their communities and granny flats would be a no-brainer. This would be an idea scheme. We should make the necessary steps.”Fine Gael councillor Stephen Keary supported his party colleague and agreed that the scheme would be a “no-brainer”.Sinn Féin councillor Séighin Ó Ceallaigh also felt the grant aid scheme for granny flat extensions could be of benefit.“Getting a mortgage seems like a fantasy to people of my generation,” he said.The Housing Development Department at Limerick City and County Council noted the proposal.“There is no scheme of this nature at present. However, it is open for private owners to make a proposal to the Council to construct an additional unit on their lands and sell or lease the additional unit to the local authority,” Director of Service for Housing Development, Aoife Duke explained.In this case, the units would be allocated in accordance with the scheme of letting priorities.“Any submission of this nature would be assessed on a case by case basis. Any proposal to add an additional unit/granny flat within an existing plot would be subject to the normal planning criteria,” she concluded. TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type!last_img read more

Second national lockdown not being considered “as things stand”

first_img Google+ Facebook WhatsApp AudioHomepage BannerNews WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest By News Highland – August 28, 2020 Harps come back to win in Waterford Second national lockdown not being considered “as things stand” Previous articleCommercial Vacancy Rates rose in Donegal between April and JuneNext articleNew Garda powers considered News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Pinterest Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty A second national lockdown is not being considered “as things stand”.That’s according to the National Public Health Emergency Team, despite warnings from the Taoiseach and the Health Minister of the risk of further nationwide Covid-19 restrictions.A further 93 cases have been confirmed, with 34 in Dublin, 7 in Kildare, and the rest spread across 15 other counties with six new cases confirmed in Donegal.Kildare’s lockdown looks set to remain in place, as health officials warn the county’s case numbers haven’t yet stabilised enough.But Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Ronan Glynn, says a nationwide lockdown isn’t on the cards currently:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ Twitter FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

NUS withdraws support for Free Education demo

first_imgThe National Union of Students (NUS) has decided to withdraw its support for a demonstration in favour of Free Education, which is due to take place on November 19th. The National Executive Committee of the NUS initially voted on September 16th to endorse the demonstration and encourage unions to mobilise for it. However, the organisation’s President Toni Pearce, alongside five NUS Vice-Presidents has since overruled this decision, due to “an unacceptable level of risk that this demonstration currently poses to our members”.The withdrawal of support by the NUS follows OUSU’s decision in 1st Week to provide £200 in funding to provide transport and sell coach tickets to the demonstration. 15 JCRs have also expressed support for the demonstration.The demonstration was initially organised by the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts (NCAFC), the Student Assembly Against Austerity and the Young Greens, but subsequently acquired NUS support.The statement lays out concerns about the accessibility of the demonstration to disabled students, “inadequate measures” in place to mitigate against unspecified significant risks, the lack of public liability insurance and concerns from NUS Liberation Officers about whether the protest would be a safe space. It is further stated, “We do not believe there is sufficient time between now and the demonstration for these risks to be mitigated.”The release of the statement has been timed in order to give students’ unions “the minimum period” to review the situation and make decisions about whether to participate in the protest.In the penultimate paragraph, signatories state, “The reality we are confronted with is that this demonstration presents an unacceptable level of risk, is not accessible, and does not meet the minimum expectations our members would expect for an action that carries NUS support. NUS has policy to support free education, and we will continue to lobby and campaign for this, but no action that we take should be put above the ability for all our members to be safe. We have gone to considerable lengths to help change that position, by working with the organisers, but that time has now run out.”The statement concludes by saying, “I now hope that student officers across the country understand this decision and make their own decisions about whether to attend the demonstration.”In response to the NUS decision, Beth Redmond, organiser for the NCAFC, told Times Higher Education that the NUS’ stance was “a ridiculous position to take, and directly contradicts the democratic mandate taken by conference and the NEC. We are doing our absolute best on a tiny shoestring budget, and we have been working hard to ensure the demonstration is organised properly.”last_img read more

ACLU Launches LGBTQ Resources Project

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare IL for www..theindianalawyer.comThe American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana announced Thursday its statewide launch of the LGBTQ Rights Project, an initiative that encompasses current and future work to defend and advance the rights of LGBTQ Hoosiers.“We have made great strides here in Indiana, but our work is far from done,” Jane Henegar, executive director of the ACLU of Indiana, said in a statement. “LGBTQ community members continue to face attacks on their constitutional rights by business owners, school administrations and elected officials across our state.“Whether it be a transgender student’s right to use the correct restroom, or a couple’s right to purchase a wedding cake free from discrimination, we will continue to fight in court and in the statehouse for fairness and equality for all of our community,” Henegar said.The project will focus on continuing to pursue the Transgender Education and Advocacy Program (TEAP), created in 2016 to create and promote statewide transgender education and activism. Project members will also continue advocacy work, such as urging the Indiana House of Representatives to vote against Senate Bill 65, which could prevent schools from discussing any LGBTQ issues without express written permission from parents.“We are seeing attempts to use religion to discriminate, such as the recent Masterpiece Cakeshop ruling at the national level, and the 2015 Religious Freedom Restoration Act here in Indiana” Katie Blair, ACLU of Indiana advocacy director, said in a statement. “The LGBTQ Rights Project is fighting to ensure no member of our community faces discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.”ACLU of Indiana has offered resources to defend LGBTQ civil liberties through advocacy, education, and litigation since its inception in 1953.last_img read more

Public happy to pay for Fairtrade

first_imgResearch conducted by Café- direct found that almost nine out of 10 consumers said they would pay a few pence more for quality Fairtrade products.Out of 2,500 consumers that took part in the online survey at [], 87% of respondents bought Fairtrade every week or every month. Sales of Fairtrade products have increased by 40% or more each year, to around £430m in 2007.Cafédirect is a Fairtrade hot drinks company, which supplies to the baking industry.Fairtrade Fortnight runs from 25 February to 9 March 2008.last_img read more

Speech: Four years since the illegal annexation of Crimea: article by Boris Johnson

first_imgOn the night of 22 February 2014, the most powerful men in Russia gathered in the Kremlin and resolved to seize Crimea from Ukraine.They would later make elaborate efforts to give their decision a veneer of legitimacy – including by staging a bogus referendum – but that meeting between President Vladimir Putin and his security chiefs was designed to seal the fate of Crimea’s people.We know this because Mr Putin said as much. In a documentary for Russian television, broadcast in 2015, the President described the sequence of events.He decided to grab Crimea during that conclave in the Kremlin 3 weeks before the sham referendum. All those claims about how he acted to protect the region’s people or uphold their wishes were, by Mr Putin’s own account, utterly mendacious.So it was that Russia seized 10,000 square miles from Ukraine and broke the first principle of international law – that countries may not acquire territory or change borders by force.Mr Putin formally annexed Crimea into the Russian Federation on 18 March 2014. Four years after that event, we should remind ourselves of the enormity of what happened and redouble our determination to stand up for our values and uphold international law.Russia’s land grab in Crimea amounted to the first forcible annexation of the territory of a European country – and the first forcible redrawing of a European frontier – since 1945.In the process, Russia broke so many international agreements that listing them all is a challenge. To select a few examples, Mr Putin trampled upon Article 2 of the United Nations Charter, the Helsinki Final Act and the Russia-Ukraine Treaty of Friendship.He also broke Russia’s specific pledge, contained in the Budapest Memorandum of 1994, to respect the “existing borders of Ukraine” and “refrain from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of Ukraine”.And after annexing Crimea Mr Putin went still further, igniting and vigorously fanning the flames of conflict in eastern Ukraine. To this day, Russia continues to deploy troops and tanks in a conflagration that has claimed over 10,000 lives and driven 2.3 million people from their homes.Flight MH17 became another victim of this tragedy when a Russian missile launched from an area controlled by Russian proxy fighters blew this passing airliner out of the sky, killing 298 innocent people, including 10 Britons.All the while, reports have emerged from Crimea of the oppression of the indigenous Tatar population and the harassment of those opposed to Russian annexation. Despite repeated calls from the UN General Assembly, Russia has refused to allow international human rights monitors to enter the peninsula.In the end, the security of every nation depends on the essential principle that countries should not change borders or acquire territory by force. That is why the fate of Crimea matters to all of us.We all have an obligation to stand up to Russia in a measured and resolute way. That means sustaining our Crimea-related sanctions against Russia for as long as the region remains under Kremlin control, and keeping further sanctions in place whilst the Minsk Agreements in eastern Ukraine go unheeded.These measures are intended to demonstrate that no country, however large, can dismember its neighbour and break international law without consequence.Nevertheless, while holding fast to our principles, we should engage firmly and purposefully with Russia. We need to communicate with clarity and directness our concern over the Kremlin’s actions.There is no contradiction between dialogue and deterrence – indeed the one can reinforce the other – as I made clear when I visited Moscow in December. As permanent members of the Security Council, Britain and Russia also share special responsibility for international peace and security.Our motto with Russia must be to ‘engage but beware’ and both halves of the formula should be pursued with equal resolve. But we must never forget the terrible consequences of that late night gathering in the Kremlin.last_img read more