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Indiana Farm Bureau to Hold Regional Meetings to Help Farmers Make…

first_img Facebook Twitter To help farmers understand the new farm bill, three regional meetings – one in northern Indiana, one in central Indiana and one in southern Indiana – will be held March 27 and 28.   Sponsored by Indiana Farm Bureau, the meetings will provide members and other agricultural stakeholders with updates on the Agricultural Act of 2014 (more informally known as the farm bill) with special focus on the commodity, livestock, and crop insurance programs.  John Anderson, deputy chief economist at the American Farm Bureau Federation, and Matt Erickson, economist at the American Farm Bureau Federation, will be the guest speakers. Anyone is welcome to attend, but because space is limited, registration is required. Online registration is available at www.infb.org/farmbillmeetings/. Registration will close at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26.For information about the program, contact Kyle Cline, IFB national policy advisor, 317-692-7845, [email protected]  For assistance with registration, contact Wanda Hunter, IFB administrative assistant, 317-692-7812 or BJ Fields, IFB administrative assistant, 317-692-7834.The meetings will be help at:North region – March 27, 9-11 a.m., Fulton County Fairgrounds Community Center, 1009 West 3rd St., Rochester, IN 46975.Central region:  March 27, 2-4 p.m., The Glass Barn, Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 E. 38th St., Indianapolis, IN 46205.South region: March 28, 9-11 a.m., Lawrence County Fairgrounds Expo Hall, 11265 US Hwy. 50 West, Bedford, IN 47421. By Gary Truitt – Mar 14, 2014 Indiana Farm Bureau to Hold Regional Meetings to Help Farmers Make Sense of the New Farm Bill SHAREcenter_img Facebook Twitter SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Indiana Farm Bureau to Hold Regional Meetings to Help Farmers Make Sense… Previous articleThree Agricultural Lessons from The NetherlandsNext articleTwo Weeks Left for Farm Mom Nominations Gary Truittlast_img read more

Making your mark in meetings

first_img Comments are closed. Making your mark in meetingsOn 1 Nov 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Readers try out the latest products and coursesJan Golding reviews: Going to a Meeting From: Video Arts Format: VHS videos with ice-breaker. Package contains disks of: thecourse leader’s guide, delegate worksheets, PowerPoint slides, OHPS andself-study workbook. There are two separate titles: Messing up a meetinglasting 20 minutes and Meeting Menaces lasting 21 minutes Price: £995 per video with 20 per cent discount when bought together. Rentalper title £185 plus VAT and delivery for two days Tel: 0207 400 4800 E-mail: [email protected] must be a lucky manager who survives a day without attending a meeting ofsome description, so most organisations will have a ready audience for thisprogramme.It is spread over two similarly-styled video tapes providing ahigh level of flexibility to the trainer. Both use the somewhat ubiquitous JohnCleese as narrator, interacting with meeting attendee Jeremy. In each case,actors at a meeting react plausibly to the behaviour of one another. After eachscene Jeremy’s contribution or reaction is analysed and corrected, with are-run highlighting techniques for increased productivity.Messing up a Meeting is an introduction to the basics ofmeeting contribution, covering preparation, making a point and constructivelyadding to the debate. It would be ideal for new supervisors or managers withlimited experience of meetings, but die-hard meeting-goers will wryly extractpertinent points too. I particularly liked the helpful narrator breakdown,reinforcing the points around the concept of adding to the debate, which formost learners will be the most challenging aspect of this tape.Meeting Menaces identifies five typical types of characterencountered in meetings and provides techniques for resolving potentiallyblocking or unproductive situations. More experienced meeting-goers willrecognise and relate to the behaviours outlined, although I would anticipatesome credibility issues with the format of this tape among senior managers. The video works at an awareness level, bringing home genericpoints such as keeping your cool and resolving conflict. However, trainers willneed to provide further exercises to ensure the techniques outlined aremastered by their delegates.As this programme points out, good practice in meetings nevergoes out of date, but the same lessons need to be learned by each newgeneration of managers and supervisors. The content is topical but nottime-bound, the dress of the actors modern but not high fashion. While thestyle is solid, almost predictable, the recycling factor makes this programme agood investment for refreshing the managers of today and training those of thefuture.Jan Golding is training anddevelopment manager at Hilton Birmingham Metropole Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Local Roundup: Former Humboldt State lineman Dillon Reagan passes away

first_imgBefore his time at HSU, … Former Humboldt State offensive lineman Dillon Reagan passed away Wednesday.The Issaquah, Washington native was a two-year starter for the Lumberjacks in 2012 and 2013 and twice earned All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference honors. He served as a team captain for the 2013 season.Reagan was a national finalist for the Uplifting Athlete Award. He battled Cushing’s disease and, despite having one functional lung, started all 11 games of the 2012 season.last_img

10 months agoFenerbahce chasing Watford defender Sebastian Prodl

first_imgFenerbahce chasing Watford defender Sebastian Prodlby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford face a battle to keep hold of defender Sebastian Prodl. The Watford Observer says Prodl is a target for Fenerbahce during the January transfer window.The Turkish side are said to be in the market for a new central defender and reports from Turkey claim the Istanbul club are set to offer €1.5million to sign the Austrian defender.Although the 32-year-old has been sidelined with injury, he has struggled for game time under Javi Gracia this season and has played just 13 minutes in the Premier League. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoAston Villa boss Smith reveals face-to-face Abraham talks about Wolves

first_imgAston Villa boss Smith reveals face-to-face Abraham talks about Wolvesby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa boss Dean Smith has urged Tammy Abraham to stay and fire them into the Premier League.Smith talked face-to-face with the 21-year-old on-loan Chelsea striker to find out if he was still keen on a temporary switch to Wolves.“Monday was an agreed day off for Tammy,” said Smith. “He came back in on Tuesday. I spoke to him then about his attitude, and it’s been spot-on since then.”He’s been happy here. I asked if he was looking to go elsewhere and he reiterated he was happy to be at Villa , was enjoying playing here and enjoying scoring goals — and nothing more was really said to him. I’ve said right from the outset I couldn’t see him going anywhere, and I’d have been amazed if he had.“The way I look at it, he’s scored 23 goals in this league before with Bristol City. He’s got 16 now. He’s got 20 games to go, if he scores another ten he’s never playing in the Championship again. He’s a Premier League player who’s here, playing in the Championship with us. We’re hoping he can score the goals to take us to the Premier League.”On the prospect of Wolves taking Abraham on-loan, Smith added: “I don’t believe a recall to send him on loan again would have made sense. He’s been on loan three times already. He’s enjoying his football here and long may that continue.“I think everyone knew there was a release clause if Chelsea wanted to pull him back. But my understanding is that if they had activated it it would be for him to play for them, because they had no intention of selling him.“His state of mind is fine. This has been going on for two or three weeks now and he’s scored goals in that time.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Russell Brand Launches New Funding For Drug And Alcohol Treatment

first_imgRussell Brand has announced funding to develop abstinence based community support for people leaving drug and alcohol abstinence treatment.The Give it Up Fund, set up by Russell, and managed by Comic Relief, will make funding available to help people remain free of drug and alcohol use through helping to develop recovery communities in three pilot areas.The idea of recovery communities is to make sure that all the local services that someone needs to sustain abstinence are available and joined up. These include housing, finding a job, support with their health needs and a range of social activities and peer support. This fund will help ensure this happens so that people can make lasting changes to their lives.Russell Brand spoke at The Recovery Group UK (RGUK) and Give it Up’s conference ‘Creating Recovery’ on Thursday 16 January 2014 at the London Film Museum. The event, sponsored by RAPt, was aimed at health commissioners, those working in the drug and alcohol treatment system and police and crime commissioners.People leaving abstinence based rehabilitation and treatment programmes are more likely to stay off alcohol and drugs if they are part of a recovery community.Russell Brand said: “It’s integral that people entering a life of abstinence after the chaos of addiction have stability, support and a role to play in the wider community. With this fund we have the opportunity to perform a kind of social alchemy turning hapless (often smelly) junkies into helpful busy bodies, pottering about and contributing. It’s the sort of scheme that even the Daily Mail could support.”Langan’s Tea Rooms in Burton-on-Trent in Staffordshire are the hub of the BAC O’Connor Centre’s Recovery Community. The Tea Rooms are run as a social enterprise that provides training, education and a safe environment for people in recovery to socialise in, join the football team or guitar club and have parties. They have provided 16 new jobs for people in the recovery community, where they gain valuable work experience as volunteers serving customers. All revenue is ploughed back into community services for people in recovery.Noreen Oliver MBE, Chief Executive of The BAC (Burton Addiction Centre) & O’Connor Centres, one of the UK’s recovery communities said: “Well over half the people we treat at our centres remain drug free after a year. This is because we have developed a recovery community, integrating individuals back into contributing to society, with on-going support.“When you look at the results, it is hard to understand why recovery communities are not being used more widely. They help people to become drug free in the long term and rebuild their lives. Social enterprises, like Langan’s Tea Rooms, can provide a fantastic model to help people to develop new skills so they can find work and tackle stigma through contact with new people. It also offers a safe space for relaxation.”The Give it Up funds will focus on sustaining abstinence based recovery. These three pilots will provide more evidence on ‘recovery communities’; how to develop them and what makes them effective. Comic Relief will also be awarding a number of small grants up to £5,000 to a range of groups run by people in recovery, and other organisations for projects which help people sustain recovery and address stigma.Gilly Green, Head of UK Grants at Comic Relief said: “Comic Relief has supported those facing addiction for many years. We’re looking forward to finding out more about the potential of recovery communities through these pilots and hearing more inspiring stories about how they can help people to recover from addiction.”last_img read more

China strengthens foothold in EU with Portugal agreements

first_imgLISBON, Portugal — Portugal is embracing China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative, which offers loans for the building of large-scale infrastructure projects.Despite wariness in other European Union capitals about Beijing’s strategy, the Portuguese government has wholeheartedly endorsed the scheme during a 24-hour state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping.The two countries signed Wednesday a memorandum of understanding on co-operation within China’s modern Silk Road initiative, with special emphasis on transport connections and energy.Xi described Portugal as “an important hub in the land and maritime silk routes.”The Portuguese government wants China to help develop Portugal’s biggest Atlantic port and expand national energy company Energias de Portugal overseas, among other things.The two countries signed 17 co-operation agreements. They included deals on joint technological research in the energy and communications sectors.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Clashes with Kadhafi remnants erupt in southern Libya

first_imgTRIPOLI – Fresh clashes erupted Tuesday in the southern Libyan city of Sebha pitting supporters of slain dictator Moamer Kadhafi against government forces and former rebels, a military source said.The latest fighting was sparked by the arrival of government reinforcements who aim to dislodge the Kadhafi supporters from several positions they occupy in and around the desert city, said Al-Ferjani Akila, of the Sebha Operations Centre.There was no immediate word on casualties. “Clashes are taking place between the army and former rebels from Misrata on one side and supporters of the old regime on the other,” he said.The coastal city of Misrata saw some of the bloodiest combat of the eight-month uprising that toppled Kadhafi, who was captured and killed by rebels in October 2011.At least 88 people have been killed and 130 wounded over the past two weeks in fighting between rival tribes in Sebha.The fighting initially pitted the Arab Awled Sleiman tribe against members of the Toubou, a non-Arab ethnic group that has long complained of being marginalised by Tripoli. The Awled Sleiman have also clashed with other Arab tribes.Kadhafi loyalists have taken advantage of the chaos to launch repeated attacks on the city’s Tamenhant air base, according to local officials.last_img read more

Ohio State footballs Nate Williams out for season

Ohio State defensive lineman Nathan Williams will likely miss the remainder of the season, first-year OSU head coach Luke Fickell announced Tuesday. Williams, a senior, has been out of action since injuring his left knee against Akron on Sept. 3 and undergoing arthroscopic surgery on Sept. 14. Fickell said Williams will “probably have another surgery” but offered very few details in regard to the situation. “I don’t know much more,” Fickell said. “It looks like (Williams) is done for the season.” Williams led the Buckeyes with 4.5 sacks in 2010. He was also effective dropping into pass coverage last year, tallying three passes defended and recording an interception. In 2011, he was named to the preseason watch list for the Ted Hendricks Award, given to the nation’s best defensive end. Former OSU head coach John Cooper told The Lantern Tuesday that he feels Williams is possibly the Buckeyes’ best player. “I think we got some really, really bad news today regarding Nate Williams,” Cooper said. “(He), in my opinion, arguably might have been our best football player.” As far as the effect Williams’ absence has had, and will have on the Buckeyes defense, Fickell turned the focus to moving on. “He hasn’t played since the first game,” Fickell said. “It’s a part of the game. Sometimes when you figure out what you’re going with, it might make you better, too. “We’re not going to sit and dwell upon it.” Senior linebacker Tony Jackson said that although the team would obviously want to have Williams back, it must press forward. “We’d like to have him back,” Jackson said. “If he could go, we’d definitely have him in there. But if he can’t go, we’ve got to go on without him. We can’t just stop because we lost one player or something happened. We’ve got to keep moving on.” Under NCAA bylaw 14.2.4, Williams would be able to apply for a hardship waiver, which could grant him an extra year of eligibility. According to the bylaw, a player is eligible to apply if he or she suffers an “incapacitating injury or illness” during the first half of the team’s season, and competes in no more than three games or 30 percent of the team’s games, whichever is greater. OSU will continue play without Williams on Saturday at Illinois’ Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 3:30p.m. and will be televised on ABC. read more