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[Photos] Citing ‘foreign origins,’ authorities direct people to reject Chinese holiday

first_img News US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again NewsEconomy By Daily NK – 2017.10.30 4:31pm SHARE News AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) center_img [Photos] Citing ‘foreign origins,’ authorities direct people to reject Chinese holiday News Facebook Twitter Proposal to shift “general markets” to “specialized markets” finds little support among N. Korean leaders The North Korean authorities have ordered the population not to celebrate the traditional Dano holiday, which originated in China and is held on the fifth day of the fifth month of the lunar calendar. Stressing their “independence,” the regime is seeking to turn public opinion against China in retaliation for their compliance with international sanctions.  Daily NK recently received a document published by the Ryanggang Ilbo, the mouthpiece of the local Workers’ Party, entitled, “We must completely eliminate celebrations of the Dano holiday, which is not Korean!” The article was labeled as “political training material,” and describes the holiday as being “borrowed by officials of the Joseon Dynasty who wanted to legitimize their positions by following China’s holidays.”The document quotes Kim Jong Il as saying, “If we do not protect our independence and the purity of our people, the revolution and all we have built will collapse. The people will become stupefied and our nation will fail. How can Joseon (North Korea) celebrate this holiday, whose purpose is to commemorate the drowning of a man from another country (China)?”  The holiday, known as the Duanwu Festival in China, is considered by some as an opportunity to remember the death of the poet Qu Yuan who drowned in 278 BCE.Kim Jong Un has also been quoted as saying, “We must earnestly move forward with eliminating the Dano holiday.” The document goes on to say that “the question of continuing this holiday is not merely a practical matter, but rather, in accordance with the wishes of Kim Jong Il, the teachings of Kim Jong Un, and our ideological foundation, a question of political compatibility.” In other words, the authorities are declaring that the celebration of Dano has become a political crime.  These statements by North Korea stressing the “independence and purity of the Korean people” appear to be in response to China’s decision to enforce UN sanctions against the regime. Another major example of this came in May this year, when the North Korean government’s news arm KCNA published an unprecedented statement admonishing China, saying, “North Korea has not crossed the red line with China, but rather China has, without hesitation, violently trampled all over it.”  Such statements can also be interpreted as attempts by the authorities to regain lost ground on the ideological front, using the negative effects of sanctions to inspire a nationalist reawakening among the people.  Daily NK spoke on condition of anonymity with one 24-year-old defector who stated, “Dano typically occurs each year during the height of mobilizations for the May ‘Rice-Planting Battle,’ so most people are extremely busy. However, some people do still celebrate the holiday by visiting their relatives’ graves or going out for a picnic. The government sees this as a loss of productivity and therefore wants to eliminate the holiday, but they are disguising it as an ideological matter.” The statement demonstrates this point with an anecdote, stating that “a man from the Rachuk Collective Farm in Kim Hyung Jik County (Ryanggang Province) celebrated the holiday this year on May 30th, preparing lots of food and soju to bring to his father’s grave. The man and his family visited the grave and enjoyed the food and drank the soju in remembrance of his father who died last September. But the man did not go to work the next day.” Going further, it states that “we must take a firm stand and never allow such dining with others from organizations, factories, offices, farms, or even relatives and siblings as part of this holiday. Everybody must rise up and fight to put an end to these kinds of gatherings. Dano celebrations only serve to harm our socialist system and aid our deranged enemies.”  This precise focus on the Dano holiday can thus also be seen as an example of how the Party is attempting to eliminate holidays and other resting days that it believes are cutting into its production goals. Other language within the article suggests that the authorities hope people will turn against Dano due to certain outdated superstitions associated with the holiday. The article recounts a story where “a worker from the O-il Collective Farm in Kamsan County believed that anointing one’s home with blood and carrying out household repairs  on Dano brings good fortune,’ so he slaughtered one of his chickens, painted its blood on timber and then used it to tend to the house repairs. He was then mocked and ridiculed by his neighbors.”But another defector interpreted the move as mere political opportunism, saying that “while the authorities have typically cracked down on old superstitions, in this case, they simply saw Dano as an opportunity to target workers and party members for more ideological training. It is just another reflection of the fact that the government has never been able to fully unite the people around their ideology.” RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

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Lax paperwork leads to $20,000 fine

PwC alleges deleted emails, unusual transactions in Bridging Finance case Share this article and your comments with peers on social media BFI investors plead for firm’s sale Ast admitted that between 1991 and 2009, as a registered representative with the Toronto Brookfield Place Branch of CIBC Wood Gundy, he engaged in discretionary trading in 27 client accounts with clients’ consent, but without obtaining the necessary prior written authorization from the clients and his firm. As penalty, Ast agreed to a $20,000 fine and two-month suspension from registration. He also agreed to pay $5,000 in costs/ IIROC formally initiated the investigation into Ast’s conduct in October 2010. Ast continues to be a registered representative with the Brookfield Place branch of CIBC Wood Gundy. The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) has fined a Toronto broker $20,000 for shoddy paperwork. Following a hearing on July 4, an IIROC hearing panel accepted a settlement with sanctions, between IIROC staff and Michael Ast. IE Staff Keywords EnforcementCompanies Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada Related news Mouth mechanic turned market manipulator Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

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Grants to get Tasmanian events back on calendar in 2021

first_imgGrants to get Tasmanian events back on calendar in 2021 Sarah Courtney,Minister for Small Business, Hospitality and EventsTasmania is recognised nationally and internationally for delivering a range of vibrant and bespoke events, reinforcing our strong brand and providing significant economic and social benefits to our State.As we work to recover from the impacts of COVID-19, getting our home-grown events back up and running is also a key priority in rebuilding visitation as part of the Government’s T21 Visitor Economy Action Plan.The Ultimate Showdown to be hosted on Saturday night at Carrick Speedway is an example of what can be achieved through the organisers working with Government to ensure the event can be delivered in a COVID safe way.The Ultimate Showdown has been given approval to go ahead under the Tasmanian Liberal Government’s Framework for COVID-19 Safe Events with organisers submitting a COVID safety plan for a level 3 event that details their approach to managing an event in a safe environment. Carrick Speedway received a $5,000 Event Ready Grant to help meet the additional expenses associated with developing their COVID-19 safety plans and managing COVID safe events. This Tasmanian Government grant program assists event organisers to identify and implement COVID-19 safe practices and has already supported a number of events with their safety planning.We set up the Framework for COVID-19 Safe Events and Activities in Tasmania, to support event organisers to plan for larger events while ensuring the safety of our community remains paramount.Of the 41 events already submitted, I’m pleased to announce 28 have been approved with further assessments underway.Among those applications approved so far are:· Botanical Gardens Concert Series· Wellness Expo· Street Eats· Devonport Cup· Latrobe, Carrick and Hobart Speedways· Rowing Tasmania’s Regattas· BBL10· Hobart RegattaThe purpose of this Framework is to outline the thresholds, principles and requirements to assist event organisers identify and manage the risk of COVID-19 for a range of event and activity types in a diverse range of settings.The Framework establishes three levels of events and the assessment that is required before they can proceed. This means events are being delivered in a different way than they were prior to the impacts of COVID-19 to ensure compliance with all the COVID-19 safety measures.We all have a responsibility to keep on top of COVID-19, and the way Tasmania’s event organisers have embraced the Framework is a promising sign as we look to host more events.Tasmanians love their events, whether it’s a local footy game, motorsport, theatre production or favourite food and wine festival, and as we continue the commencement of larger scale events I encourage Tasmanians to keep showing their support, be responsible and to follow COVID safe behaviours to keep doing the things we love.I’d like to thank the organisers around Tasmania who have worked very hard to adjust to the changes by bringing forward a raft of innovative ideas to ensure Tasmanians can once again attend the events they enjoy.Event organisers can continue to register their events and submit their COVID-19 Safety Plan through the Business Tasmania website. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AusPol, Australia, business, community, covid-19, Devonport, Economy, environment, festival, Government, Hobart, Latrobe, Minister, production, Small Business, TAS, Tasmania, Tassie, websitelast_img read more

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Mayor welcomes decision to save heritage Caldwell House

first_imgMayor welcomes decision to save heritage Caldwell House Orange Mayor Cr Reg Kidd has welcomed the decision by the Western Regional Planning Panel to recommend saving Caldwell House, a heritage building alongside the new DPIE head office.The 1937-vintage, former health office building, which has been vacant for a number of years, was the subject of a legal dispute between Orange City Council and Health Infrastructure which owns the site.In July last year, Orange City Council rejected an development application by Health Infrastructure to demolish the building, arguing it could be saved and the unstable asbestos in the building would have to be dealt with whether the building was demolished on not.RECOMMENDATION: The Western Region Planning Panel recommends not demolishing the heritage Caldwell House building in Orange. (Click to see larger image)After a hearing, the Western Regional Planning Panel has now ruled in favour of the arguments put forward by Orange City Council, and will recommend to the NSW Planning Minister that the building be saved.In the reasons for its decision the Panel found “It is clear … the Council and the community value and take pride in local heritage values, and that extends to the social and streetscape values that they assign to Caldwell House. It is evident that both the Council and the community have a strong view that there is an appropriate role for Government to show leadership and assign value to heritage when making risk management and site reuse decisions.”The Panel gave approval for the former nurses’ quarters on the corner of Sale and Dalton Street to be demolished but recommended that Caldwell House be retained.Mayor Reg Kidd said the recommendation vindicates the Council’s aim of preserving local heritage.“This is an important building for the heritage of Orange and I welcome the recommendation that it should be preserved for future generations,” Cr Reg Kidd said. “Despite the fact that the building has serious asbestos problems, the Council has steadily argued that these problems will have to be rectified whether the building is saved or demolished.”“I believe the minister will take a close look at this recommendation and acknowledge that now that the new DPIE headquarters has opened across the road, there is huge value for the government in keeping the heritage building so it can be incorporated in a new re-use, by the government or a private developer.“Private developers will be queuing up to work with a site that big right across the road from the head office of a major government department. The heritage element will be the showpiece of the site.“The Council has breakthrough plans for the other end of the DPIE site, and with a key heritage building nearby, that whole neighbourhood is set for a major lift.“There are always risks and costs for the Council when a dispute is escalated to the next level, and a matter goes to the Regional Planning Panel for resolution. It’s not a decision the Council takes lightly. I’m just pleased that in this case, the arguments in favour of keeping a local heritage item has won the day.”The WRPP’s ‘Determination & Reasons’ can be downloaded from the ‘View’ button on their site. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:breakthrough, Caldwell, community, Dalton, future generation, Government, health, infrastructure, leadership, local council, Minister, NSW, Orange, Orange City Council, planning, resolution, salelast_img read more

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Greater effort needed to overcome high gas prices

first_imgGreater effort needed to overcome high gas prices Stronger measures need to be taken so businesses and households are not paying more for gas than would be expected in a well-functioning market, ACCC Chair Rod Sims said today.Mr Sims was speaking at the Australian Domestic Gas Outlook conference on the importance of ‘Overcoming gas affordability issues’.“Our gas inquiry continues to find the gas market is not a functional, competitive market,” Mr Sims said.“We can see no end to the increasingly complex and difficult environment we are in, unless LNG producers and other gas suppliers, pipeline operators and governments all work together.”Mr Sims spoke about the lack of progress on the voluntary Gas Code of Conduct, which is intended to even the playing field between gas suppliers and buyers.“The Code provides an opportunity for industry to collectively develop a new set of rules that addresses poor selling practices and facilitates competitive outcomes,” Mr Sims said.“The failure by industry to present a substantially progressed voluntary Gas Code by the government’s deadline of February this year is unacceptable; stunningly gas users have yet to even see a copy of the Code.”“It is fundamental that the Code provides clear and meaningful obligations on gas suppliers, and offers clarity and certainty to users. Independent and detailed governance and dispute resolution arrangements are also key for it to be effective,” Mr Sims said.Export parity prices are also an important factor influencing domestic gas prices and affordability in the east coast gas market.“In October 2018, at the request of gas users, we started publishing our Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) netback price series. Gas suppliers had this information but many buyers did not, so it provided much needed transparency to the market,” Mr Sims said.“Global LNG markets have changed since the ACCC developed the current approach, and the factors that could influence pricing strategies and varying industry views about the most appropriate international price marker have also changed.”“It is important we get this right and that we debate the issues publically, transparently and thoroughly,” Mr Sims saidThe ACCC published an issues paper on the LNG netback price series last week and invites interested parties to provide a submission.Mr Sims said that despite gas prices falling significantly over the past year, the ACCC’s January 2021 report found that prices were still higher than export parity and the risk of a supply shortfall remains.“The long term supply outlook shows us that there is a risk of a shortfall for southern states as early as 2024, and the east coast market as a whole in 2026 and beyond. New sources of supply and related infrastructure will be required to avoid a potential shortfall,” Mr Sims said.“Adding to this problem is the limited degree of competition at the producer and retailer level, which results in higher prices and a reduction in competitive outcomes for commercial and industrial users.”The ACCC welcomes the steps taken by various governments over the last year to facilitate the development of new sources of supply.“We will, of course, continue to also play a part by monitoring and reporting on the behaviour of all gas suppliers and pipeline operators over the remainder of our inquiry,” Mr Sims said. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:A Triple C, ACCC, affordability, Australia, Australian, code of conduct, conference, dispute, environment, Export, failure, Government, industry, infrastructure, natural gas, outcomes, pipeline, resolutionlast_img read more

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Hit-and-run suspect arrested in Battle Ground

first_img guestLabel Subscribe Connect with LoginI allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgreeNotify of new follow-up comments new replies to my comments I allow to use my email address and send notification about new comments and replies (you can unsubscribe at any time). Name*Email*Website I allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgree 0 Comments Inline FeedbacksView all commentscenter_img guestLabel Name*Email*Website Hit-and-run suspect arrested in Battle GroundPosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Wednesday, December 18, 2019in: Community Newsshare 0 Suspect, 26, has been charged with Assault 1; other charges expectedBATTLE GROUND — A suspect believed to be involved in a hit-and-run accident was taken into custody Wednesday morning in Battle Ground.At 10:50 a.m. Wednesday, Battle Ground Police officers received a report of a hit and run involving two vehicles that took place south of Battle Ground near the intersection of SR 503 and Caples Rd.  Reports indicated the suspect vehicle was traveling north towards Battle Ground. As officers attempted to locate the hit-and-run suspect, they received a report of shots fired near the 800 block of SE 2nd Ave in Battle Ground, and a description of a suspect.  Reports indicated the suspect fired shots at the tires of an unoccupied vehicle. As officers responded, they found the suspect walking on Battle Ground’s East Main Street at about East 4th Ave.  Battle Ground Police officers and Clark County Deputies took the suspect into custody without incident. Battle Ground Police detectives are continuing to investigate, but have determined that the suspect they took into custody in response to the shots fired report is the same suspect in the earlier hit and run.  There is no continuing danger to the community. Police have recovered the firearm.The suspect, Ignat G. Danilin, 26, of Aloha, Oregon, has been charged with Assault 1 and booked into the Clark County Jail.  Other misdemeanor charges will be referred to the prosecutor.The hit-and-run victim is reported to have non-life threatening injuries; Washington State Patrol is leading that investigation and is expected to add charges.Thanks to the witnesses who called 9-1-1, and the quick response by Battle Ground Police officers and Clark County deputies, the suspect was apprehended without injury to the public, to officers or to the suspect.Information provided by city of Battle Ground.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Battle GroundClark Countyshare 0 Previous : Vancouver to look at funding shelter bed increase Next : Summit Grove Lodge added to Washington Heritage RegisterAdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

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USDA to Provide Additional Direct Assistance to Farmers and Ranchers Impacted…

first_imgHome Industry News Releases USDA to Provide Additional Direct Assistance to Farmers and Ranchers Impacted by…Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessUSDA to Provide Additional Direct Assistance to Farmers and Ranchers Impacted by the CoronavirusBy Press Release – September 18, 2020 381 0 Pinterest Facebook AdvertisementUSDA to Provide Additional Direct Assistance to Farmers and Ranchers Impacted by the Coronavirus(Washington, D.C., September 18, 2020) – President Donald J. Trump and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced up to an additional $14 billion dollars for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. Signup for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2) will begin September 21st and run through December 11, 2020.“America’s agriculture communities are resilient, but still face many challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. President Trump is once again demonstrating his commitment to ensure America’s farmers and ranchers remain in business to produce the food, fuel, and fiber America needs to thrive,” said Secretary Perdue. “We listened to feedback received from farmers, ranchers and agricultural organizations about the impact of the pandemic on our nations’ farms and ranches, and we developed a program to better meet the needs of those impacted.”Background:The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will use funds being made available from the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) Charter Act and CARES Act to support row crops, livestock, specialty crops, dairy, aquaculture and many additional commodities. USDA has incorporated improvements in CFAP 2 based from stakeholder engagement and public feedback to better meet the needs of impacted farmers and ranchers. Producers can apply for CFAP 2 at USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) county offices. This program provides financial assistance that gives producers the ability to absorb increased marketing costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Producers will be compensated for ongoing market disruptions and assisted with the associated marketing costs.CFAP 2 payments will be made for three categories of commodities – Price Trigger Commodities, Flat-rate Crops and Sales Commodities.Price Trigger CommoditiesPrice trigger commodities are major commodities that meet a minimum 5-percent price decline over a specified period of time. Eligible price trigger crops include barley, corn, sorghum, soybeans, sunflowers, upland cotton, and all classes of wheat. Payments will be based on 2020 planted acres of the crop, excluding prevented planting and experimental acres. Payments for price trigger crops will be the greater of: 1) the eligible acres multiplied by a payment rate of $15 per acre; or 2) the eligible acres multiplied by a nationwide crop marketing percentage, multiplied by a crop-specific payment rate, and then by the producer’s weighted 2020 Actual Production History (APH) approved yield. If the APH is not available, 85 percent of the 2019 Agriculture Risk Coverage-County Option (ARC-CO) benchmark yield for that crop will be used.For broilers and eggs, payments will be based on 75 percent of the producers’ 2019 production.Dairy (cow’s milk) payments will be based on actual milk production from April 1 to Aug. 31, 2020. The milk production for Sept. 1, 2020, to Dec. 31, 2020, will be estimated by FSA.Eligible beef cattle, hogs and pigs, and lambs and sheep payments will be based on the maximum owned inventory of eligible livestock, excluding breeding stock, on a date selected by the producer, between Apr. 16, 2020, and Aug. 31, 2020.Flat-rate CropsCrops that either do not meet the 5-percent price decline trigger or do not have data available to calculate a price change will have payments calculated based on eligible 2020 acres multiplied by $15 per acre. These crops include alfalfa, extra long staple (ELS) cotton, oats, peanuts, rice, hemp, millet, mustard, safflower, sesame, triticale, rapeseed, and several others.Sales CommoditiesSales commodities include specialty crops; aquaculture; nursery crops and floriculture; other commodities not included in the price trigger and flat-rate categories, including tobacco; goat milk; mink (including pelts); mohair; wool; and other livestock (excluding breeding stock) not included under the price trigger category that were grown for food, fiber, fur, or feathers. Payment calculations will use a sales-based approach, where producers are paid based on five payment gradations associated with their 2019 sales.Additional commodities are eligible in CFAP 2 that weren’t eligible in the first iteration of the program. If your agricultural operation has been impacted by the pandemic since April 2020, we encourage you to apply for CFAP 2. A complete list of eligible commodities, payment rates and calculations can be found on farmers.gov/cfap.EligibilityThere is a payment limitation of $250,000 per person or entity for all commodities combined. Applicants who are corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships may qualify for additional payment limits when members actively provide personal labor or personal management for the farming operation. In addition, this special payment limitation provision has been expanded to include trusts and estates for both CFAP 1 and 2.Producers will also have to certify they meet the Adjusted Gross Income limitation of $900,000 unless at least 75 percent or more of their income is derived from farming, ranching or forestry-related activities. Producers must also be in compliance with Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation provisions.Applying for AssistanceProducers can apply for assistance beginning Sept. 21, 2020. Applications will be accepted through Dec. 11, 2020.Additional information and application forms can be found at farmers.gov/cfap. Documentation to support the producer’s application and certification may be requested. All other eligibility forms, such as those related to adjusted gross income and payment information, can be downloaded from farmers.gov/cfap/apply. For existing FSA customers, including those who participated in CFAP 1, many documents are likely already on file. Producers should check with FSA county office to see if any of the forms need to be updated.Customers seeking one-on-one support with the CFAP 2 application process can call 877-508-8364 to speak directly with a USDA employee ready to offer assistance. This is a recommended first step before a producer engages with the team at the FSA county office.All USDA Service Centers are open for business, including some that are open to visitors to conduct business in person by appointment only. All Service Center visitors wishing to conduct business with FSA, Natural Resources Conservation Service or any other Service Center agency should call ahead and schedule an appointment. Service Centers that are open for appointments will pre-screen visitors based on health concerns or recent travel, and visitors must adhere to social distancing guidelines. Visitors are also required to wear a face covering during their appointment. Our program delivery staff will be in the office, and they will be working with our producers in the office, by phone and using online tools. More information can be found at farmers.gov/coronavirus.Advertisement Previous articleCAWG Statement on USDA Adding Winegrapes to Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2  Next articleAfternoon Brief, September 18 Press Release Linkedin ReddIt Twitter TAGSUSDA Share Emaillast_img read more

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Shot Pakistani Schoolgirl Receives Books from Girls of Hampton

first_imgRelatedJamaicans Encouraged to Focus on Children for Mandela Day RelatedNYS Introduces Work Experience Project for Tertiary Graduates Related4-H Clubbites Receive Entrepreneurial and Life Skills Training Shot Pakistani Schoolgirl Receives Books from Girls of Hampton CultureJuly 19, 2013Written by: Vivienne Siva Story HighlightsStudents of Hampton High School for Girls send letters to Malala YousafzaiMalala has been nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize by Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail center_img Shot Pakistani Schoolgirl Receives Books from Girls of HamptonJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Photo: JIS PhotographerMalala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban last year, and her father Ziauddin Yousafzai, view a variety of books and poems, letters and essays done for Malala by girls of Hampton High School in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica. Malala and her father, on Friday (July 19), visited the High Commission in London, where High Commissioner, Her Excellency, Aloun Ndombet-Assamba (right), made the presentation. Books and poems, letters and essays done by the students of Hampton High School for Girls in Jamaica for Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban last year, were presented to her, on July 19, by High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Her Excellency, Aloun Ndombet-Assamba.This took place when Malala and her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, called on the High Commissioner in London.The High Commissioner, who had previously met Malala and her father, told them that the girls at Hampton were very moved and inspired by Malala’s story and wanted to show their support and appreciation for her strength and courage.She also told them that both students and staff at Hampton have extended an invitation for Malala to attend the St. Elizabeth-based school.Malala, who recently addressed a special session of the United Nations on her 16th birthday, thanked the High Commissioner for arranging the visit and asked her to convey her thanks to the staff and students of Hampton.She told the High Commissioner that she was really honoured by the show of support that she had received.Malala has been nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize by Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa. She is the youngest nominee in the history of the Nobel Peace Prize. She is also the winner of Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize. Advertisementslast_img read more

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Derry Cllr Brenda Stevenson to become the last Mayor of Derry City Council

first_img Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Twitter WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal By News Highland – June 2, 2014 Google+ WhatsApp Twitter Pregnant women can receive Covid vaccine at LYIT’s vaccination centre Lárionad Acmhainní Nádúrtha CTR to take part in new research project Derry Cllr Brenda Stevenson to become the last Mayor of Derry City Council RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Pinterest Facebook Facebook Previous articleConcern for Derry man missing for over a weekNext articleKilcar win All Ireland Senior Gaeltacht title News Highland Pinterest LUH still not ready to restore IT systems 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North News SDLP Cllr Brenda Stevenson will tonight become the last Mayor of the current Derry City Council.The council will continue to operate until April 1st, when it will be replaced by the new 40 member Derry City and Strabane Council, for which elections were held last month.Cllr. Stephenson, a niece of the former SDLP leader and Foyle MP John Hume did not secure election to the new council, which will operate on a shadow basis alongside the present administration for the next 10 months. Google+last_img read more

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News / Disaster predicted at Rotterdam from new container weight verification regime

first_img By Gavin van Marle 15/03/2016 © Hongqi Zhang (aka Michael Zhang) Dutch freight forwarder VCK Logistics is the latest company to warn that new container weight verification regulations could cause chaos in the supply chain.The firm has completed a pilot weighing scheme that saw large discrepancies between declared and actual weights.The tests saw 240 export containers weighed, partly to refine its process before the new rules come into force on 1 July, and to check variations between declared and actual weights.“It was terrible,” Rob van Steensel, general manager at VCK said, “The average variation was 14%.”center_img The IMO has set a variance limit of 5%, and containers which exceed this will not be loaded onto vessels.In addition, Mr van Steensel said, shippers would be levied a €350 fine “and miss that sailing, which means they will likely wait a week until the next sailing and pay seven days’ demurrage”.The smallest variance – from a manufacturer that used the second method of adding the weight of the cargo to the container’s tare weight – was just 2%, but most of its shipments were identical.He said: “For large producers, such as Heineken, it is relatively easy – they know how much each bottle weighs and how many bottles go into a container; it’s the same with every shipment so the calculated method works.”VCK is installing two weighbridges in its facilities in Rotterdam, which Mr van Steensel said was at the request of a major customer.“My largest customer said that they were willing to sign a five-year contract if I made the investment and installed the weighbridges. On the basis of serving our clients, we went ahead.“But we will not be offering this service to forwarders or shippers who are not our customers.”The system will need to be calibrated and then registered with the authorities as certified weighing equipment. Once in use it will send the container weight to VCK’s system, which will then be transmitted to the shipping line via EDI.However, Mr van Steensel warned that time was fast running out for other forwarders.“No one is doing anything about this – it is madness that people are not trying to prepare.“To build a weighbridge in Holland I needed to apply for a permit from the local government. That was submitted in November and I received the permit at the beginning of March – it then takes eight weeks to construct – ours will be ready in June,” he said.The potential for severe congestion in Rotterdam is huge – the port processes 10,000 export containers a week, but has just five weighbridges.At a very rough calculation, if every container is to be weighed, and each weighbridge is in round-the-clock operation, each will have to weigh at least 11 containers every hourlast_img read more