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Press release: Welsh Secretary chairs panel on government powers post Brexit

first_imgSecretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns will today (Thursday 19th April) chair a panel of experts from business, manufacturing, farming, and the voluntary sector to examine how former EU powers should be used to help Wales thrive in a post-Brexit world.The meeting is one of an ongoing series to ensure that the views of Welsh business and industry on Brexit are heard at the heart of UK Government. The 90-minute session will examine issues including how powers returning from the EU should be exercised in future; how such frameworks could best operate in practice and how powers could be exercised at a devolved level.Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns said: The economy is continuing to grow – this week’s employment figures illustrate that fact – and we are continuing to attract investment because of our strong infrastructure and skilled workforce. But to keep on doing that we need to provide certainty and clarity about how post-Brexit powers are best deployed. I want to hear straight from the people who drive the Welsh economy and today’s panel will provide valuable insight into how we can position Wales to prosper after the UK leaves the European Union. Delegates invited to the meeting come from organisations including the Chamber of Commerce; the Institute of Directors; the Federation of Small Businesses; NFU Cymru; CBI Wales; the Country Landowners Association; Admiral Group and Airbus.ENDSlast_img read more

Fourth DCA JNC has an opening

first_img November 15, 2005 Regular News Fourth DCA JNC has an opening The Fourth District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission is now accepting applications to fill a lawyer vacancy on the commission created by the resignation of Marjorie Gadarian Graham.Applicants must be engaged in the practice of law, residents of the territorial jurisdiction of the Fourth DCA, and comply with state financial disclosure laws. Commissioners are not eligible for state judicial office vacancies filled by the JNC on which they sit for two years following completion of their four-year term.Application forms and instructions are available from The Florida Bar’s Web site at floridabar.org or from the Executive Director’s Office of The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson St., Tallahassee 32399-2300, phone (850) 561-5600, ext. 5757, fax (850) 561-5826.The completed applications must be received no later than 5:30 p.m. on November 16 by fax or at the above address. Fourth DCA JNC has an openinglast_img read more

Appraisal rule revised, input sought on burdensome, outdated NCUA rules

first_imgThe NCUA Board on Thursday approved rule changes, sought by NAFCU, that will ease some of credit unions’ appraisal requirements and announced a new request for comments on rules that may be outdated, unnecessary or overly burdensome.“We are pleased the NCUA Board adopted changes to its appraisal rules, long sought by NAFCU, which will help to reduce credit unions’ regulatory burden in this area,” Carrie Hunt, NAFCU’s senior vice president of government affairs and general counsel, said of Thursday’s action on the final rule.As revised, the appraisal rule no longer requires credit unions to retain copies of all appraisals and documentation related to first-lien mortgage loans. It also exempts a transaction from the appraisal requirement if the transaction involves no new money (except closing costs) or if there has been no material change in market conditions or the condition of the property itself.The rule revisions take effect 30 days after publication in the Federal Register.The board’s request for comments Thursday continues NCUA’s voluntary participation in regulatory reviews under the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act.NCUA is not required to participate in the review, as it does not qualify as an “appropriate federal banking agency” under the statute. However, it issued its first EGRPRA notice for comment in May. Comments are due on the second notice within 90 days of the notice’s publication in the Federal Register. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Reading the room

first_imgSeveral years ago, Deedee Myers, Ph.D.—CEO of CUESolutions Silver provider DDJ Myers Ltd., a Phoenix-based firm providing executive search/recruitment, strategic organization and leadership consulting services—looked at her company’s placement data. She discovered that candidates with outstanding adaptive communication skills generally earned more than those with the most desirable degrees but whose communication skills were “subpar.”When you consider how essential communication is to leadership, this outcome isn’t surprising. And integral to this skill is the ability to adapt, or flex, the communication to the audience or situation.“The effective leader is consistently reading the room and the mood and being open to what communication style will work,” says Myers. “It’s the leader’s responsibility to engage in such a way that he or she is heard by the listener.“A tough learning lesson is to assume that you’re the leader and that everyone had to adapt to you,” she adds. “Imagine a line of cars driving down the road and the lead car is driving so fast that those in the cars behind her are eating her dust and can no longer find the way.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Accused Mar-a-Lago Checkpoint Crasher Submits “Insanity” Plea

first_imgA Connecticut opera singer who is accused of crashing her car through a checkpoint outside Mar-a-Lago last January has entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.Hannah Roemhild’s attorney filed the written plea on Wednesday, in response to charges that include aggravated assault on a law-enforcement officer with a deadly weapon.Authorities do not believe Roemhild was targeting the president or Mar-a-Lago. Her attorneys have said the 30-year-old suffers from a history of mental illness, and that she had been off her medication when she crashed through the checkpoint on Jan. 31.She nearly struck Secret Service agents as well as Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies, who opened fire as she sped away.In May, prosecutors dropped charges of fleeing from police and resisting an officer without violence against Roemhild.She still faces two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, which are both considered felonies.Those two counts are still pending, with the next hearing scheduled for July 23.last_img read more

Virat Kohli equals Ricky Ponting’s stupendous record as captain with ton against Bangladesh

first_imgAdvertisement f3kNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs8ypWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ecu6jl( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) evqrWould you ever consider trying this?😱2x8yoCan your students do this? 🌚zqtRoller skating! Powered by Firework On the second day of the historic Day-Night Test between India and Bangladesh, Virat Kohli became the first Indian to score a century in a Pink ball match and surpassed Ricky Ponting to grab 2nd spot in the list of captains with the most Test centuries. The Indian run-machine now has 20 hundreds as a captain while former South Africa captain Graeme Smith leads the chart with 25 tons.Advertisement Kohli who has already racked up an outrageous 43 tons in ODI cricket, brought up his 20th Test century as an Indian skipper, and the 27th Test hundred in his career, today in Kolkata. He also equalled Ricky Ponting’s record 41 international hundreds as a captain at the iconic Eden Gardens.Advertisement Earlier, Kohli broke another record and became the fastest to reach 5000 runs in Test cricket as a captain and is only the sixth cricketer to achieve this feat.Before the ongoing series started, Kohli needed just 32 runs to reach the milestone set by Ponting, and he eventually broke the record on day 1 of the second Test against the Bangla Tigers.Kohli also went past Steve Smith on the list of batsmen with most hundreds in Test cricket and is now tied at the 17 spot alongside South Africa’s Graeme Smith and Australia’s Allan Border who also have 27 Test hundreds. Advertisementlast_img read more

Trying to Stay Competitive

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest BROOTEN, Minn. (DTN) — As Jerry Jennissen stood before a group of guests eating a light salad, he explained the history of his central Minnesota dairy farm from the Homestead Act up to when he and his wife bought the place in the early 1980s.Jennissen described how Jer-Lindy Farms grew into Redhead Creamery, named for the Jennissen’s four redheaded daughters. The family farm has embraced agritourism and direct marketing over the past five years, looking for another revenue stream for a smaller farmer to compete in the dairy business.“Farming is really weather-dependent. Ag tourism is even more so,” Jennissen said, adding he’s learned the importance of educating visitors about the farm. People often have misconceptions about issues such as antibiotics and animal husbandry, he said. “Their perceptions are huge, but it is really easy to change those perceptions when they’re here and they can see it and hear you talking about it,” he said. “Of course they wouldn’t come here if they weren’t already friendly.”Redhead Creamery has been doing tours for about five years now, and Jennissen estimated the farm has had about 50,000 visitors since then.Last week, Jennissen showed around about 35 agricultural journalists who were in Minnesota as part of a joint gathering of members of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists and U.S.-based agricultural journalists and marketing professionals who took part in the Ag Media Summit.Jer-Lindy has just over 200 Holstein cows, of which about 180 are milk-producing cows. The Jennissens began farming with 32 Holsteins from a $92,000 USDA loan in July 1979. Given the past five years of dairy prices, Jennissen told reporters it’s been difficult to stay in business. Stearns County, where the farm is located, is the top dairy county in the state, by far. In 1979, the county had 1,600 farms. This year, the county will drop to under 400 dairies.“In a tough environment, you try to cut your costs. You don’t spend much. We have a long list of things we would like to replace,” Jennissen said.LONG-AWAITED DMC CHECKS ARRIVINGJennissen said he has mixed feelings about the new Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program at USDA. He joked, “I hope the payments are coming, because I’ve already written the checks on it.”The DMC program is more generous than what dairy farmers had under the Margin Protection Program (MPP) in the past farm bill. When asked if he signed up for the maximum coverage for dairy farmers producing 5 million pounds or less, Jennissen said, “The math was clear.” But he added a little caution about what the DMC might mean over the next five years as well.“There has to be a balancing act of how much the government will support you and how much it will drive increased milk production. If the government support is above your cost of production, and I fear that it might be now, I fear at the end of this farm bill, we will have a lot of milk production and then the next farm bill won’t be as friendly.”Enrollment for DMC began June 17 and the first payments started going out July 11. Already, the program has paid out more than $158 million, based on weekly USDA reports.Through July 29, Minnesota dairy farmers had collected just under $15 million in estimated DMC payments for disbursement, according to USDA. That put Minnesota third in payments behind Wisconsin at $43.7 million and New York at $15.1 million. USDA reports show Wisconsin dairy farmers received $29.5 million in DMC payments just in a single week from July 22-29.Coming in behind Wisconsin, New York and Minnesota, Pennsylvania dairy farmers have received $12.2 million from DMC. California farmers received $8.9 million, and Michigan dairy farmers received just under $8 million. (https://www.fsa.usda.gov/…)DAUGHTER EMBRACES DAIRY, ESPECIALLY CHEESEAs the larger farms keep getting bigger, smaller dairies look for different ways to compete and keep the next generation on the farm. For the Jennissens, that has led to the artisanal cheese business.One of the Jennissen’s daughters, Alise, came home from a 4-H trip to Wisconsin when she was 16 and told her parents she wanted to run the dairy one day, but not milk cows. Instead, she wanted to make cheese.At the University of Minnesota, Alise took a curriculum built around making cheese while adding some business and marketing classes. With her husband, Lucas Sjostrom, also working in the dairy industry, Alise took marketing jobs at dairy processors in Vermont and Wisconsin and continued working on making cheese. In 2012, she approached her parents about plans to add a cheese operation to the family dairy. They raised seed money and produced their first batch of cheddar cheese in 2013. They began marketing their product in fall 2014.“She has been making cheese full time since 2014,” Jennissen said.Alise Sjostrom’s cheeses have been recognized in both national and international competitions, and Redhead Creamery also opened a gift shop as the farm expanded into agritourism. Most of the creamery’s sales are in the Twin Cities, but it also has a distributor in Chicago.The creamery started a small celebration called “Curd Fest” in 2018 to celebrate National Dairy Month in June that was marketed only on Facebook. The event drew about 700 people, so the creamery expanded a little bit and 1,200 people showed up. Jennissen hopes to expand the event next year as well.Still, despite the creamery’s growing business and recognition, Jennissen said it’s also basically been a break-even operation. In the last five years, the creamery has made its payments, but has not produced any extra income at this point.“That seems to be changing, looks like it is changing,” Jennissen said. He later added thoughts from him and his wife. “Linda and I are thinking our investment just might pay off and she (Alise) will make big bucks and buy the farm, but not milk the cows.”The low-price environment also has meant that succession planning has been on hold for a while. “Over the last five years, succession has not moved because there was no future,” he said.AT LAST, HIGHER MILK PRICESAt $17.55 per hundredweight (cwt), the Class III milk price in July was higher than it has been since November 2014. The price has inched upward all year and is $3.45 higher than a year ago.Gary Wertish, president of the Minnesota Farmers Union, said in a separate interview that at least one dairy farmer told him last week that prices had finally returned to a break-even point.“That’s good, but it doesn’t make up for the back losses,” Wertish said. “There’s still a lot of concern out there because the hole that they dug and how much equity the farmer has. We’re still hearing reports of people just giving up, too, and don’t see a light at the end of the tunnel.”Minnesota has just over half the number of dairies it had 12 years ago, though the number of milking cows has remained relatively constant. USDA’s data shows Minnesota has 2,980 licensed dairies, which is 664 fewer than USDA cited in the 2017 Ag Census data released earlier this year. Those figures compare with 5,128 dairies listed in the state under the 2007 Ag Census. Despite 2,000 fewer dairy operations, the number of milking cows listed in the 2017 Ag Census for Minnesota remained steady 457,800, down from 459,000 milking cows a decade earlier.Besides Jer-Lindy, journalists last week also toured 2-year-old, state-of-the-art, 9,500-head Riverview Dairy just west of Willmar, Minnesota. The biggest dairy producer in the state, Riverview has 10 locations across Minnesota and collectively milks about 82,000 cows. The company has about 300 investors, including employees. The operation, with a 106-head milking parlor, is a well-run operation, filling up nine trucks a day of milk to process into cheese.“That model is driving the cost of production down,” Jennissen said. “That’s capitalism. So capitalism has always been what our country believes in. We have to feel like ‘congratulations,’ and I have got to keep up. Somehow, I have got to keep up.”FARM-BILL-PROOFING THE DAIRYIn neighboring Wisconsin, leaders with the Wisconsin Farmers Union have pushed the conversation on supply management. The group led “Dairy Together” this spring with seven events around the country focusing on various supply management options.Wertish said his membership is not completely sold on the idea, but is willing to listen.“There are a lot of them who support it, but a number of members are not quite sure,” Wertish said. “A lot of them say what we are doing now isn’t quite working too. I’ve heard both sides, but they all agree what we are doing now is not working.”Wertish said he is concerned the new model of production will be like Riverview, and the number of dairy farmers in the state will keep declining.“They are in a completely different playing field than the family farmer, and it’s frustrating because we are losing family farmers across the nation,” Wertish said. “So we have farmers getting out because they can’t cash flow, and that structure keeps growing and putting more milk on the market and makes it harder for the smaller farmer to compete.”Artisan cheese and agritourism are part of that competition, but as Jennissen pointed out, the main driver of his operation is still daily production from his cows. Jennissen sees the potential to become more efficient producing pounds of milk.“My goal is to try to get more milk out of my cows than a dairy like Riverview is getting,” he said. “They have a low-input system. My personal view is I can beat them at that, and I have got to lower my debt all of the time.”With a continued push by his family to build the cheese business, Jennissen said he would like to see the farm eventually be not so reliant on federal support.“I would like to get our business to a point where it is farm-bill proof, and that’s the goal,” he said.For more on Redhead Creamery, see https://www.redheadcreamery.com/…Chris Clayton can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(ES/AG/SK)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

The Google OS Becomes Reality: Google Announces the Google Chrome OS

first_imgTags:#Features#news#web Related Posts Just after we heard a number of rumors about the possible arrival of the rumored Google OS tonight, Google actually went ahead and announced that it will indeed release its own operating system – the Google Chrome Operating System. For now, Google plans to aim this OS at the netbook market. The OS will only become available for consumers in the second half of 2010, but Google promises that it will open-source the code later this year. According the the announcement on the Google blog, the OS will run on standard x86 chips as well as ARM chips, and Google is already working with a number of OEMs to bring devices that run the Google Chrome OS to the market. Google Chrome OS is Not AndroidIn the announcement, Google stresses that this operating system is a completely new project and not affiliated with Google’s Android OS, which, according to Google, was always meant to run on a variety of devices, including netbooks. Google acknowledges that the two operating systems might overlap in some areas, but the company believes that, ultimately, “choice will drive innovation for the benefit of everyone, including Google.” Here is how Google describes the OS:Speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS. We’re designing the OS to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get you onto the web in a few seconds. The user interface is minimal to stay out of your way, and most of the user experience takes place on the web. And as we did for the Google Chrome browser, we are going back to the basics and completely redesigning the underlying security architecture of the OS so that users don’t have to deal with viruses, malware and security updates. It should just work.The Google Chrome OS will run on top of a Linux kernel, though the exact details about the actual implementation are still vague.Perfect for NetbooksThis kind of operating system would obviously be perfect for netbooks, which, after all, are meant to be constantly connected to the Internet and don’t have a lot of resources. Currently, most netbooks run Windows XP, which, by now, is a rather antiquated operating system. With Windows 7, Microsoft tried to release a version for netbooks that would only run three applications at the same time (though Microsoft has since dropped this limit). Maybe Google is going to take this even further and will release an OS that will only run one application – Chrome.With this, Google can obviously put its own web apps like Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Docs at the center of the user experience, and this is surely part of Google’s motivation behind releasing this OS. But given that Chrome is simply a browser, any other web app would obviously also be able to run on it as well. frederic lardinois A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more