first_img Previous articleClosing CommentsNext articleIowa Leaders Call on EPA to Reverse Course on Threats Against Biofuels Andy Eubank SHARE By Andy Eubank – Oct 18, 2017 Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Goodlatte Farm Labor Bill “Best Chance in Years” New farm labor billAmerican Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall says it’s time for a solution on ag labor issues and legislation introduced by Representative Bob Goodlatte is being called an important first step to address ag’s labor shortage.Goodlatte is a Republican from Virginia and his bill is the American Guestworker Act, or AG Act. It replaces the H-2A program with a new, flexible and market-driven guestworker program designed to meet the needs of the diverse agriculture industry. According to Goodlatte, the bill would create a new H-2C guestworker program under which foreign workers would be allowed an initial stay of 36 months. Subsequent visas for year-round agricultural jobs and all other H-2C visas would afford a work period of 18 months.Representative Dan Newhouse from Washington state says while many of the details have yet to be worked out H-2Cs would take the agriculture community to a much better place.“I think this will be a very good step forward,” he said. “Immigration reform is a huge issue and a day does not go by that I do not hear from someone who is having a difficult time attracting the labor force that they need in this harvest period.”The AG Act would allow current undocumented ag workers to get an H-2C visa and provides for 500,000 H-2C visas a year with allowances to adjust that number depending on agricultural labor needs.The program also would give employers the option to provide housing and transportation for their workers, currently required under the H-2A program.In addition, the H-2C program would be administered by the USDA.Duvall at Farm Bureau acknowledged the Goodlatte bill is a possible solution, but he would like some improvements made to it.“Chairman Goodlatte’s bill also would allow, for the first time, dairy farms to participate in the labor program,” he says in an FB website column. “The bill needs some improvements (raising a cap on the number of worker visas, for example), but it would be our best chance in years to make progress on an issue that is difficult but also so important to farmers, consumers who want their food grown in U.S. soil, and rural communities that benefit from the jobs that farms and ranches provide. It is time for a solution to the ag labor problem, before more of our food—and the U.S. farms and ranches that produce it—goes to waste.” Facebook Twitter Goodlatte Farm Labor Bill “Best Chance in Years” SHARElast_img read more

first_imgWhile working the concession stand, it’s essential to adhere to these helpful tips:Wash your hands often. This includes when you begin and end your shift, and any time you return to the stand. Hands should be washed frequently during food service. Remember that sharing towels also spreads bacteria.Clean your hands and change gloves if you handle money with your gloves on and plan to continue with food service.Keep germs out of the ice. Place the ice scooper in a secure place outside the ice machine. You wouldn’t want germs from the handle to contaminate the entire batch of ice.Ensure that all meats are cooked to the appropriate internal temperature. Grillmasters, keep in mind that beef should reach 160 degrees Fahrenheit and chicken should reach 165 F. Reaching the correct temperature is a safe way to kill bacteria and avoid illness.Keep it cold. Lettuce, fruits, vegetables and condiments should be stored in a cooler with ice or in a refrigerator at 40 F or below. While this may be a no-brainer, I can’t tell you how many times I have personally seen lemons, pico de gallo and other condiments languishing outdoors without proper cooling. Keep it hot. Some foods can be dangerous if they are not held at the appropriate temperature once they are cooked. If the food item is not kept warm, throw it out after two hours; if the temperature exceeds 90 F, that time should be reduced to one hour.Even if you only have minor symptoms of illness, don’t volunteer. Get someone to replace you.Lastly, training is essential. Volunteers are often students, parents and good-hearted members of the community. Provide food safety training prior to the big event. Football season is here, and soccer and basketball seasons are soon to follow. There will be marching and pep bands, families gathering to cheer on their favorite teams, lots of fun and my favorite part: the concession stand. Concession stands are great fundraisers. They vary widely from site to site in everything from the menu to the accommodations they offer. The safety and well-being of everyone visiting the concession stand, as well as the organization’s reputation, lies in the hands of a small, but dedicated, group of volunteers.If you are working at a concession stand this football season, use these helpful tips from University of Georgia Cooperative Extension to ensure proper food safety, and stay in the game.Remember your checklist of essential items:Dishwashing liquid can be used to clean all equipment and utensils; it can also be used to wash hands in the absence of soap.Paper towels can be used to wash and dry equipment and utensils, dry hands and clean countertops. Remember that sponges, dishcloths and brushes can spread harmful bacteria.Sanitizing solution can be used to sanitize all workspaces, including countertops and equipment. According to UGA Extension food safety specialist Judy Harrison, “Sanitizing is a step beyond clean and reduces the levels of bacteria left behind after cleaning.” A quick recipe for sanitizer is 1 tablespoon of bleach per gallon of water.Gloves, tongs and tissue paper can be used to avoid hand-to-hand contact with food items.last_img read more

first_imgPhoto courtesy of USC McNair Scholars ProgramFirst-gen to next-gen · Arthur Argomaniz was the first in his family to attend college, and he hopes to inspire South L.A. students to do so, too.A first-generation USC alumnus is inspiring students from the South Los Angeles area to aim for a brighter future by taking them on a tour of USC and its surrounding neighborhoods.Arthur Argomaniz, who graduated from the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, created this program to help students who share his background.These students only live within a few miles of campus, but most of them have never stepped inside. Through this tour, they will get a chance to see that others from similar backgrounds have been able to not only make it through college, but excel and do powerful work to support disadvantaged youth in their pursuit toward higher education. “I always jump at the opportunity to work with young people, especially those young people of color living in communities with high levels of violence, gang activity, low educational attainment, high drug and alcohol abuse,” Argomaniz said. “I do this because we never know when that moment of clarity might spark a young person’s mind and propel them forward in life. The type of moment where people realize there is a whole world of possibilities out there.”As a high school student, Argomaniz was in a similar situation. He started working as a 15-year-old, and school initially wasn’t a priority for him, even though he performed well academically. Upon graduating from high school, he began working full-time while attending community college in order to ensure that he did not have to work manual labor jobs like he saw many people around him doing. Then, at 21, his daughter was born, which led him to realize that his life had become bigger than just him. “I had one counselor at community college that kept telling me I had good enough grades to go to college, but I always pushed back saying I couldn’t afford it,” Argomaniz said. “With her support and many conversations, I was able to see the big picture. Investing in myself now would mean bigger and better things for me in the long run.”Despite these difficulties, Argomaniz was able to develop a supportive network that offered him guidance and support at USC.“I struggled until I started creating a circle of friends and professors that would change my life,” Argomaniz said.The volunteers have arranged for a group of graduate and undergraduate students, alumni, professors, administrators from the cultural student centers and staff from local community based organizations to come and share parts of their own journeys and experiences at USC. They will end the day with a dinner followed by a closing reflection. Argomaniz shared what he believes is going to be the most important part of this tour. “We hope that the [visiting students] see themselves in the shoes of these USC students, that they understand with hard work and determination they can achieve any goal they set in life,” Argomaniz said.last_img read more

first_imgSix Inconnu swim club members were in Edmonton two weeks ago to compete at the Speedo Western Canadian Long Course Open. Of the six swimmers, three posted personal best times in various events.Alex Hedges made it to the B final in the 50 metre freestyle race. She also set personal best marks in every distance she swam in over the weekend. The achievements were said to have been a significant accomplishment for her as it was her first time competing against such a high level of swimmers.Emma Murdock posted a personal best in the 50 metre butterfly, and Brittany Welsh made the B final in the 50 metre backstroke. It marked the first time Welsh had qualified for a final against competition as high as it was.- Advertisement -Cale Murdock qualified for four B finals at the meet in the 50, 100, and 200 metre butterfly, and the 50 metre backstroke.Skyeler Kerr made the A finals in the 50, and 100 metre butterfly. He also made the A finals in the 50, and 100 metre freestyle, and the 50 metre backstroke.Benjamin Blackmon was in the A finals in the 50, 100, and 200 metre breaststroke, and the B final in the 200 and 400 metre individual medley. Blackman made a significant improvement in his 1,500 metre freestyle time as he improved it by 55 seconds by finishing in 17:59.59. The new time was also a club record.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_img It does not even come close, Fidler said. Police believe Hill likely killed at least two other women in addition to the six murders for which he was convicted. However, prosecutors did not charge him in those deaths. Hill s sentence will be automatically appealed to the California Supreme Court. He is scheduled to be transferred to death row at San Quentin State prison within the next 10 days. Staff writer Rod Leveque can be reached by e-mail at [email protected], or by phone at (909) 483-9325. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! He killed Roxanne Bates of Montclair; Betty Sue Harris of Pomona; Helen Ruth Hill of West Covina; Donna Goldsmith of Pomona; Cheryl Sayers of Ontario; and Debra Brown of Los Angeles. Hill was not identified as a suspect until a DNA hit pointed to him in 2003. During Hill s trial, his lawyers conceded he was the killer. However, they asked the jury for leniency claiming Hill grew up in an abusive home and was savagely beaten as a child. Before sentencing Hill Wednesday, Fidler denied a defense request to either grant Hill a new trial or reduce his sentence to life in prison without parole. The judge said he considered Hill s upbringing in deciding whether to reduce the penalty, but concluded whatever problems Hill suffered as a boy did not outweigh the heinous nature of the six killings. LOS ANGELES Ivan Hill, the so-called 60 Slayer, was sentenced to death today for the strangulation murders of six women. In handing down the sentence, Judge Larry Fidler said Hill clearly deserved the punishment, even though nobody may ever know why he chose to so coldly snuff out his victims. I can find no reason, Mr. Hill, not to sentence you to death, the Los Angeles Superior Court judge said. Hill strangled the women over a three-month span in 1993 and 1994. He left their bodies in cities along the 60 Freeway between Ontario and Industry, earning him the nickname of 60 Slayer. last_img read more

first_imgThe Warriors are in the midst of a feud that could lead to the dynasty’s undoing. Can Golden State (12-3) overcome its issues in a nationally televised road game against the Rockets (6-7)?Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup.When/Where: Toyota Center, 5 p.m. (TNT, NBCSBA)Rockets’ projected starters: James Harden, Chris Paul, PJ Tucker, James Ennis III, Clint Capela. How the Rockets are doing: Houston has dealt with its share of internal troubles — albeit not on …last_img read more

first_imgA lichen is a symbiotic organism comprised of an alga and a fungus.  PNAS1 reported a study that showed that “antioxidant and photoprotective mechanisms in the lichen Cladonia vulcani are more effective by orders of magnitude than those of its isolated partners” (emphasis added in all quotes).  Kranner et al. found:Without the fungal contact, the alga tolerates only very dim light and its photoprotective system is only partially effective; without the alga, the glutathione-based antioxidant system of the fungus is slow and ineffective.  In the lichen, this mutually enhanced resistance to oxidative stress and, in particular, its desiccation tolerance are essential for life above ground.  This lifestyle, in turn, increases the chance of dispersal of reproductive propagules and ensures their joint evolutionary success.1Kranner et al., “Antioxidants and photoprotection in a lichen as compared with its isolated symbiotic partners,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 10.1073/pnas.0407716102, published online before print February 14, 2005.Take out the word “evolutionary,” because the findings only show reproductive success.  Survivability does not necessarily imply advancement in complexity; it could just as well reflect good design.    Lichens are often the pioneer organisms in a new habitat.  They contribute to the breakdown of rock and formation of soil.  Mosses, ferns and other organisms follow sometimes, and before long, a whole community of plants and animals can come to town.  In the fjords of New Zealand, for example, this happens on sheer cliff faces of rock.  After some years or decades of initial colonization by lichens, large trees can take root in the near-vertical cliffs.    Lichens show tremendous variety in form and structure.  Some are beautifully colored.  The Dec. 2004 Creation Research Society Quarterly has a photo essay about lichens and their microscopic structure.  The internet has some nice photo galleries like this one at 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgzoom Rolls-Royce is showcasing MTU’s latest propulsion technology and service solutions for sailing and motor yachts at the 2016 yacht shows in Cannes, Genoa and Monaco. One of the highlights will be the new 10-cylinder version of the MTU Series 2000 M96 engine. At the Festival de la Plaisance in Cannes, taking place from September 6 to 11, the new yacht engine will be unveiled for the first time on MTU’s JETEE173 stand.The engine will also be presented in Genoa at the Salone Nautico on Stand D3. From September 28 to October 1, the MTU propulsion solutions for megayachts will be on display at the Monaco Yacht Show.IMO Tier III compatible Series 4000 engines will be exhibited on the MTU stand in addition to a model of MTU’s 20V Series 4000 M93 engine. Centre stage at all three shows will be the company’s Premium Yacht Service.New 10-cylinder for yachtsThe focus at the Festival de la Plaisance in Cannes and the Salone Nautico in Genoa will be on the new cylinder version of the MTU Series 2000 M96 engine.“With the launch of MTU’s s 10V Series 2000 M96 engine, the company is continuing a long tradition of building reliable and efficient high-performance engines for yachts. Our sales expectations for the 12V and 16V versions of this engine type in the 1,268 to 1,939 kW power range this year were significantly exceeded – we are now offering a 10 cylinder version with outputs above 1,015 kW,” Knut Müller, Head of the Marine and Government Business Division at MTU, said.The MTU engine meets US EPA Marine Tier 3 Recreational standards in addition to EU Directive RCD II for leisure craft, which becomes mandatory from January 2017.MTU propulsion systems for megayachtsAt the Monaco Yacht Show MTU will also be showing the latest generation of the MTU Series 4000 engines, which meet IMO Tier III emission standards, in addition to a model of the 20V Series 4000 M93 engine.The first IMO Tier III compatible yacht propulsion system, consisting of two MTU 16V Series 4000 M73R engines, is to be installed in a new 80.1 metre long megayacht, which is currently being built by the Bilgin Yachts shipyard in Istanbul. Its delivery is scheduled for 2019.MTU supplies propulsion systems for yachts and complete system engineering solutions from a single source. Shipyards are frequently supplied with an MTU system consisting of an engine and transmission unit with optimally synchronised interfaces that is monitored and controlled completely by the MTU automation system.For yachts, in addition to the main propulsion engines and transmission systems in the power range extending from 261 to 4,300 kW, MTU also offers gensets for the yacht’s on-board power supply with rated outputs of up to 280, in addition to gensets for the emergency power supply.last_img read more

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo is supporting Save the Children’s Rohingya humanitarian response by urging people to help refugee children who have fled the violence in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine State and are now living in camps and makeshift settlements in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.“I count my blessings. I have four beautiful children. I would do anything for them. When you become a parent, you understand that all parents must feel the same way. We love our children,” said Cristiano Ronaldo, a Save the Children Ambassador. “It is difficult as a father to watch the Rohingya refugee crisis and not feel for these children. They need our care and support.”Ronaldo has posted to his social media channels a photo of Saif holding his son Shafiq, 1 ½ years old, taken at a Save the Children-supported health clinic in Cox’s Bazar. Alongside the photo appeared a photo of Ronaldo with his children. The posts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter have a combined reach of more than 300 million followers.Ronaldo also made a donation to support Save the Children’s child-friendly spaces in Cox’s Bazar, which offer children a safe place to play, socialize, recover and be children again. At these spaces, children can participate in a variety of games and activities, such as drawing, singing, jumping rope and playing football, as well as receive psychosocial support from skilled facilitators. The international humanitarian organization runs 86 child-friendly spaces in the camps and settlements.“The experience of playing as a child is universal. It is a chance to make friends, unwind and have fun,” said Ronaldo. “I have strong memories of playing football when I was young, and the joy it brought to my life. I wish for Rohingya children to feel that same joy.”Around 688,000 Rohingya – more than half of whom are children – have arrived in Bangladesh following a military crackdown that occurred after attacks were carried out on Myanmar police border posts in northern Rakhine state last August. Many families arrived in Bangladesh with only the clothes on their backs.“We are grateful to Cristiano Ronaldo for making sure Rohingya refugee children are not forgotten,” said Mark Pierce, Bangladesh Country Director for Save the Children. “As he knows and understands, no matter where children live in this world, they all love to play. The activities offered in a child-friendly space can strengthen children’s resilience and help them begin to process their past suffering and imagine a happier future.”“The situation for Rohingya children who fled to Bangladesh is alarming. Families live in basic shelters made of bamboo and plastic, and rely on food rations to survive. The monsoon rains are likely to cause major damage when they hit in a couple of months time and there is an ongoing risk of an outbreak of disease.“While the government of Bangladesh and host communities have shown extraordinary generosity towards Rohingya refugees, the international community needs to step up funding to make sure Rohingya families are provided with the support they need. We are extremely grateful to Cristiano Ronaldo for the support he is providing for Rohingya children.”A Save the Children Ambassador since 2013, Ronaldo continually uses his voice and visibility to draw attention to the world’s most vulnerable children. In December 2016, the soccer superstar sent a heartfelt video message of hope to Syrian children living under siege in Aleppo. Ronaldo’s post and donation comes as Save the Children today released a new report, “The War on Children”, which finds 1 in 6 children – at least 357 million globally – now live in areas affected by conflict.To support Save the Children’s Rohingya response, visit: read more

first_imgHAMILTON – Stelco Holdings Inc. is trading 11 per cent higher than its opening asking price on its first day of trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Stelco priced its initial public offering at $17 a share to pull in an expected $200 million. Its stock was up $1.90 at $18.90 in morning trading on the TSX.The Hamilton-based steel company says it plans to use the money for capital investments, pension payments, and to increase its offerings in specialized steel products.It wants to grow its offerings in galvanized steel, in part to regain a foothold in the nearby auto industry where it used to have a significant presence.The company says it could also invest in co-generation to reduce its reliance on Ontario’s high electricity costs, and thereby reduce operating costs in the power-intensive industry.Stelco’s history goes back to 1910 but in recent years has been beset by financial problems. It went into creditor protection in 2004 and was sold as a subsidiary to U.S. Steel Co. in 2007, then went back into creditor protection in 2014 before being sold to Bedrock Industries L.P. in late 2016.At the end of June, Stelco emerged from creditor protection under its original name, having eliminated $3 billion of debt and about $1.4 billion of pension and other retirement obligations.last_img read more