Corn Growers Joins Broad-Based Coalition for Action on a Federal GMO…

first_img Previous articleSmithfield’s Renewable Energy Commitment TangibleNext articleFebruary Weather Outlook: More of the Same Gary Truitt “GMO technology has fostered a revolution in American agriculture that has benefitted consumers in the United States and around the world. And with global population expected to grow from seven to nine billion by 2050, we will need 70 percent more food production to keep pace. A federal GMO labeling solution will provide a framework for the safe and continued use of technology that is essential to the future of our planet.” By Gary Truitt – Feb 6, 2014 A federal GMO labeling solution is needed that will protect consumers and ensure the safety of food ingredients made through the use of modern agricultural biotechnology: SHARE Coalition Members include: the AACC International/ American Phytopathological Society;  the American Bakers Association; the American Beverage Association; the American Farm Bureau Federation; the American Feed Industry Association; the American Frozen Food Institute; the American Seed Trade Association; the American Soybean Association; the American Sugarbeet Growers Association; the Biotechnology Industry Organization; the Corn Refiners Association; the Council for Responsible Nutrition; the Flavor & Extract Manufacturers Association; the Global Cold Chain Alliance; the Grocery Manufacturers Association; the International Dairy Foods Association; the National Association of Manufacturers; the National Association of Wheat Growers; the National Confectioners Association; the National Corn Growers Association; the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives; the National Fisheries Institute; the National Grain & Feed Association; the National Oilseed Processors Association; the National Restaurant Association; the National Turkey Federation; the North American Millers Association; the Snack Food Association; and the U.S. Beet Sugar Ass Corn Growers Joins Broad-Based Coalition for Action on a Federal GMO Labeling Solution Home Indiana Agriculture News Corn Growers Joins Broad-Based Coalition for Action on a Federal GMO Labeling… “Foods made with genetically modified ingredients are safe and have a number of important benefits for people and our planet,” said Pamela G. Bailey, president and CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers Association. “Our nation’s food safety and labeling laws should not be set by political campaigns or state and local legislatures, but by the FDA, the nation’s foremost food safety agency. Eliminate Confusion: Remove the confusion and uncertainty of a 50 state patchwork of GMO safety and labeling laws and affirm the FDA as the nation’s authority for the use and labeling of genetically modified food ingredients.Advance Food Safety: Require the FDA to conduct a safety review of all new GMO traits before they are introduced into commerce. FDA will be empowered to mandate the labeling of GMO food ingredients if the agency determines there is a health, safety or nutrition issue with an ingredient derived from a GMO.Inform Consumers: The FDA will establish federal standards for companies that want to voluntarily label their product for the absence-of or presence-of GMO food ingredients so that consumers clearly understand their choices in the marketplace.Provide Consistency: The FDA will define the term “natural” for its use on food and beverage products so that food and beverage companies and consumers have a consistent legal framework that will guide food labels and inform consumer choice. Facts About GMOsMany of the most influential regulatory agencies and organizations that study the safety of the food supply, including the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, the American Medical Association, the World Health Organization, Health Canada, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Academy of Sciences, have found genetically modified food ingredients are safe and there are no negative health effects associated with their use.GM technology adds desirable traits from nature, without introducing anything unnatural or using chemicals, so that food is more plentiful.GM technology is not new. In fact, it has been around for the past 20 years, and today, 70-80 percent of the foods we eat in the United States, both at home and away from home, contain ingredients that have been genetically modified.Ingredients grown using GM technology require fewer pesticides, less water and keep production costs down. In fact, GM technology helps reduce the price of crops used for food, such as corn, soybeans and sugar beets by as much as 15-30 percent.One in eight people among the world’s growing population of seven billion do not have enough to eat, and safe and effective methods of food production, like crops produced through GM technology, can help us feed the hungry and malnourished in developing nations around the world.The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food is dedicated to providing policy makers, media, consumers and all stakeholders with the facts about ingredients grown through GM technology. We are also an advocate for common sense policy solutions that will only further enhance the safety of the GM crops and protect the vital role they play in today’s modern global food supply chain. The coalition is comprised of American farmers and representatives from a diverse group of industry and non-governmental organizations. Facebook Twitter SHARE Facebook Twitter American farmers and representatives from a diverse group of almost thirty industry and non-governmental organizations today announced the formation of the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food and urged Congress to quickly seek a federal solution that would establish standards for the safety and labeling of food and beverage products made with genetically modified ingredients. “American families deserve safe, abundant and affordable food,” said NCGA President Martin Barbre. “America’s farmers rely on this proven technology to protect crops from insects, weeds and drought, enabling us to deliver on that promise and to do so through sustainable means. A federal solution on GMO labeling will bolster consumer confidence in the safety of American food by reaffirming the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s role as the nation’s foremost authority on the use and labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients.”last_img read more

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Purdue Pesticide Programs Reorganized

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Purdue Pesticide Programs Reorganized Previous articleU.K. and U.S. Taking First Steps to Trade DealNext articleNew Master Farmers Know How to Survive Ag’s Tough Times Gary Truitt A reorganization of the Purdue Pesticide Programs (PPP) will enhance outreach to producers, applicators, agribusiness professionals and the general public with a renewed emphasis on educational programming, according to program administrator Fred Whitford.“We’re grateful that Cheri Janssen and Cindy Myers on our team have agreed to take on new responsibilities and excited to welcome Jeff Stouppe as e-learning coordinator,” Whitford said. “These changes are part of our continuing effort to utilize the latest in educational strategies and communication technologies to support Indiana’s critical agricultural industry and help safeguard our crops, fields, wildlife and waterways.”Whitford will continue to write Extension publications and manage outreach activities.As curriculum development specialist, Janssen will be responsible for planning programs and delivering training for initial certification of private and commercial applicators. She will also manage a statewide program to assist farmers in meeting their education requirements for pesticide and fertilizer certification renewal.Myers will be responsible for overseeing more than 32 workshops, conferences and special events each year serving more than 2,000 participants seeking pesticide certification. She also manages PPP’s presence on the web and social media and assists with the Private Applicator Recertification Program (PARP), which serves more than 12,000 Indiana producers.Stouppe begins his new position July 24. He brings more than 15 years of experience as an instructional systems designer to the Purdue Pesticide Programs, where he will be responsible for developing and implementing distance learning strategies such as webinars for PPP courses, workshops, publications and manuals.The Purdue Pesticide Programs, administered by Purdue Extension, are responsible for implementation of pesticide education outreach programs directed at pesticide user groups and the general public, coordination of pesticide research and pesticide impact assessment projects between Agricultural Experiment Station researchers and Purdue Extension specialists, and transmitting regulatory information from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Office of Indiana State Chemist to the regulated community and other interested parties.For more information about PPP, visit the website at https://ag.purdue.edu/btny/extension/pages/ppp.aspx. Facebook Twitter SHARE Facebook Twitter Purdue Pesticide Programs Reorganized SHARE By Gary Truitt – Jul 25, 2017 last_img read more

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The Xenia Effect in Corn

first_img Facebook Twitter SHARE By Hoosier Ag Today – Oct 27, 2017 SHARE Matt Hutcheson, CCA Product Manager Seed Consultants, Inc. The Xenia Effect refers to the effect of foreign pollen on kernel characteristics. Cross-pollination occurs in corn because it is a monecious, which means that it has both male (the tassel) and female (the ear) flowers on a single plant. The Xenia effect occurs when pollen from the tassel of one corn variety moves from one field to another, landing on the silks of another variety which fertilizes and produces. The picture above is an example of the Xenia effect, found by SC agronomists this fall. Flint (also known as “Indian” corn) was planted a short distance from a field of hybrid dent corn. Both the flint corn and dent corn were flowering at the same time, allowing the flint corn to pollinate some kernels on the dent ears. The cross-pollination exhibited by the Xenia Effect can influence testing procedures and production of specialty corn crops. The Xenia Effect in Corn Home News Feed The Xenia Effect in Corn Previous articleHarvest Forecast: 4 Days of Dry Weather Followed by Harvest InterruptionNext article 2017-18 National FFA Officer Team Elected at 90th National FFA Convention & Expo Hoosier Ag Today Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Journalists resign en masse after Ukrainian media group’s takeover

first_imgNews September 7, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media UkraineEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesMedia independence Council of EuropeFreedom of expression Follow the news on Ukraine UkraineEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesMedia independence Council of EuropeFreedom of expression The editorial independence of Ukraine’s news media needs urgent protection, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) warned today, after more than 400 journalists resigned from the TV channel ZIK and its sister news agency because the opposition parliamentarian who acquired them has radically changed their editorial policies.No fewer than 90 journalists and executives abandoned ZIK TV and the ZIK news agency within days of their acquisition by “Opposition Bloc” politician Taras Kozak on 14 June. Altogether, 420 employees have said they plan to leave, in an exodus that is without precedent in the history of the Ukrainian media.They are leaving because Kozak is allied with pro-Russian oligarch Viktor Medvedchuk, because ZIK is being combined with two other TV channels, 112 and NewsOne, within a single holding company, and because the new owner has imposed new editorial policies and red lines.Programmes that often criticized Medvedchuk have been suppressed, while members or allies of Kozak’s party have become regular commentators or even programme presenters. Several sources have told Detector Media, an organization that analyses the media, that the new editor in chief has circulated a list of people banned from appearing on the channel.The editorial policies of the leading Ukrainian media tend to serve the interests of their owners, who use them to shore up their political and business influence. The Media Ownership Monitor study of the Ukrainian media – carried out jointly by RSF and the Ukrainian Institute for Mass Information (IMI) – confirmed the high degree of media ownership concentration and lack of transparency. It also revealed that most national TV channels are linked to leading political figures.“The crisis within the ZIK group is yet another example of owners meddling in the editorial policies of the Ukrainian media,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “It is high time to stop oligarchs dominating the media outlets they own and to protect the editorial independence of their staff. We urge the new parliament to do everything possible to achieve this as soon as possible.”The new president, Volodymyr Zelensky, has convened early parliamentary elections for 21 July. Ukraine is ranked 102nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. to go further February 26, 2021 Find out more Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TVcenter_img News News Help by sharing this information July 4, 2019 Journalists resign en masse after Ukrainian media group’s takeover Organisation RSF_en News Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority March 26, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Two journalists freed after being held for two months

first_img News Receive email alerts BeninAfrica Op-ed urges Benin to end Digital Law threat to journalism to go further News November 7, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Help by sharing this information News February 12, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two journalists freed after being held for two monthscenter_img May 4, 2021 Find out more Organisation Follow the news on Benin Benin urged to implement findings of Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” BeninAfrica November 11, 2020 Find out more Clément Adéchian, the publisher if the privately-owned daily L’Informateur, and Cécil Adjévi, his editor, were released on 9 February after paying 5 million CFA francs (7,520 euros) in damages.____________________________05.12.2006 – Two journalists sentenced to six months jail for “defamation” Reporters Without Borders expressed shock at a six-month prison sentence handed down to publisher Clément Adéchian and editor Cécil Adjévi, of the privately-owned daily L’Informateur, together with a fine of 500,000 FCFA (752 euros) for “defamation”. The two journalists were arrested and sentenced on 1st December on the basis of a complaint from a bailiff, Maxime Bankolé, who had been accused of rape in an edition of L’Informateur, an accusation for which the journalists were unable to produce any evidence. They were immediately taken to the Cotonou civilian prison and their lawyer has appealed against the sentence.“Apart from the fact that it gives a political aspect to something which was just a crime story, the severity of this sentence does not in any way constitute an appropriate response to a journalistic mistake,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.“We have said it often enough: the supervision of the press should be left to media regulatory bodies and not to the criminal law, because prison has a symbolic meaning which effectiveness is inversely proportional to the punishment of equals. Since this is the second case in which journalists have been imprisoned since Boni Yayi became president, we believe it is time to reform the law,” it added.In a statement released on 4 December, the national council of press and broadcast employers (CNPA) and the Benin journalists’ union (UPMB) said that it was “always bad for the image of our country and for the consolidation of our democracy to send journalists to prison just for articles they have written” and appealed for “leniency from the judicial authorities and the understanding of the political authorities.” Newslast_img read more

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first_img News ChinaAsia – Pacific Organisation China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures Help by sharing this information Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes News March 12, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts ChinaAsia – Pacific March 12, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 China RSF_en News News June 2, 2021 Find out more to go further The soaring expansion of the “Participative Web” and related impact on social and political debates are making it harder each day for Chinese censors to do their job. Harsher controls and crackdowns on netizens and their online tools have been symptomatic of the regime’s increasing concern over potential fallouts from Arab Spring and the Internet and social networks’ role as sounding boards. Obsessive controls to counter the specter of Arab SpringChina may have the world’s most sophisticated online censorship and surveillance system, but it has been pushed to its limits to thwart any risk of contagion from protest movements, mainly by removing most references to Arab Spring and “Occupy Wall Street” movements from the Chinese Net (see the China chapter of the 2011 “Enemies of the Internet” report). Some blogs and microblogs have been shut down, and keywords such as “jasmine” or “Egypt” banned. It is now impossible to use the word “occupy” followed by the name of a Chinese city (ex.: “Occupy Beijing” (占领北京) in a Web search.The Chinese Communist Party’s plenary session officially devoted to “cultural reforms” was in reality an occasion for the government to legislate again on Web censorship. The CCP adopted a directive aimed at preserving “security” and expanding the Chinese culture’s “influence.” These repressive measures were justified by the need to maintain a “healthy Internet“ for future generations. The law that prohibits the spreading of “rumors” actually serves as a pretext for the Chinese government to muzzle dissident voices and indulge in arbitrary arrests.The regime has also required public Wi-Fi access providers to install extremely expensive Internet user tracking software. In addition to reinforcing their control of Internet traffic, the authorities are now imposing a form of economic censorship by forcing cybercafés to stop offering Wi-Fi access if they cannot afford the software.Invited to “have tea”…… which is actually a euphemism for being summoned to the police station, for censorship is now being combined with waves of blogger and netizen arrests. Arbitrary detentions, unfair trials, repressive regulations and harsh sentences have recently multiplied, taking special aim at cyberdissidents. Seventy-eight of them are still in jail for their online activities, making China the world’s biggest prison for netizens. Its victims include:- Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, who is still behind bars;- Cyberdissidents Chen Xi (陈西) and Chen Wei (陈卫), respectively sentenced to 11 and 9 years for “subversion”;- Cyberdissident Li Tie, who received a 10-year sentence for subversion;- Liu Xianbin, sentenced to a 10-year term for “inciting subversion of the government”;- Human rights activist and cyberdissident Govruud Huuchinhuu, beaten while in detention;- Lawyer Ni Yulan (倪玉兰) and her husband Dong Jiqin (董继勤), awaiting sentencing;- Netizen Hu Di (胡荻), forcefully interned in a psychiatric ward.Those released, such as Ai wei wei, Wang Lihong (王荔蕻), Zheng Yichun (郑贻春), Ding Mao (丁矛), Ran Yunfei (冉云飞), Wang Yi, Chen Guangcheng and Hu Jia, are often victims of persecution, subjected to constant surveillance and even placed under house arrest.Blogger and activist Wen Yu Chao, based in Hong Kong, who takes courageous pro-freedom of expression stands on the Chinese Internet, has been repeatedly harassed. His Gmail account has been hacked several times and photo montages designed to destroy his reputation have been circulating on the Internet.The family of lawyer and human rights activist Gao Zhisheng, who has been missing since April 2012, fear the worst. In early January 2012, the activist’s brother Gao Zhiyi was informed by a court notice that Zhisheng was being detained in a western Xinjiang jail. But close relatives who went to the jail were not permitted to see him.Microblogging sites soarAccording to official figures, by year-end 2011, China had 513 million Internet users; i.e., an Internet penetration rate of 38.3%. Some 356 million of them are said to access the Internet via their mobile phone, half of whom (250 million) have microblogs. The Techrice blog publishes a list of 15 of the most popular social networks, as well as their stated and likely number of users.The microblog revolution, sharing of opinions, and increased circulation of news resulting from microblogs have led the regime to take certain measures. The police accused Chinese Twitter (“Weibo”) of having a “bad influence on society.” Chinese Internet leaders such as Sina Corp (which owns the Sina Weibo microblogging website), Baidu (search engine) and Tencent (owner of the QQ messaging service), agreed in November 2011 to implement the government directives on online surveillance. These businesses promised to combat online pornography, Internet fraud, and the dissemination of rumors and false reports. The microblogs had already been asked to have moderators, but that has apparenhttp://en.rsf.org/china-dissident-artist-ai-weiwei-22-06-2011,40513.htmltly proved inadequate.Next step: Chinese authorities have been targeting anonymity on microblogging websites. As of March 16, Chinese netizens registering on microblogging sites hosted in China will be required to use their real names instead of an alias. If they do not comply, they will only be allowed to consult other contributors’ microblogs, but will not be able to actively participate. The terms under which this identification system (实制, “shimingzhi”) will be applied to all platforms concerned are still unknown.News blackouts thwarted by social networksChina’s censorship apparatus has done its utmost to suppress reports on an uprising in the small city of Wukan, in the province of Canton. The local authorities violently repressed demonstrations against farmland seizures, and following the death of their leader, thousands of citizens took to the streets to continue protesting against the expropriations and to demand justice, while also using social networks to expose their situation. The authorities imposed a genuine offline and online news blackout of the town. They blocked the keyword “Wukan” on the Internet, closely monitored “hot tweets” and removed all images and videos showing the population’s demonstrations from the Sina and Tencent Weibo microblogging websites. Since the villagers had managed to make their grievances heard and to rally public support, thanks to the Internet, Beijing had to agree to negotiate with them. Lin Zulian, who had led the insurgents, was appointed local Communist Party chief on January 16, 2012.In July 2011, the Propaganda Department attempted to impose severe restrictions on media coverage of the high-speed train crash that occurred on the 23rd of that month in Wenzhou, leaving some 40 people dead. It ordered “all media including newspapers, magazines and websites to give priority to reports from the authorities on the positive aftermath of the train disaster.” In reaction, critics rushed onto the Web and millions of comments on Weibo demanded explanations about train safety in China.Online mobilization campaigns continue: Some examplesIn the city of Dalian, tens of thousands of demonstrators mobilized thanks to messages distributed on Weibo opposing a chemical plant. The later was moved.The “guardian of Lake Tai,” Wu Lihong, was arrested for his activism, particularly online, in denouncing pollution. He is still under close surveillance. His Internet connection was cut off, but his efforts induced the authorities to take steps to improve the lake’s water quality.During Ran Yunfei’s detention, Twitter users created a blog on which they circulated English translations of the cyberdissident’s writings.A powerful online mobilization campaign on behalf of Ai Weiwei was organized to help him pay the 15.22 million yuan (about USD 2.4 million) fine imposed on him by the authorities for tax evasion. He managed to scrape together half of it through an Internet fundraiser to which 20,000 people contributed. Many netizens posted nude shots of themselves online when Ai Weiwei was charged with “pornography” because of a single photo.Regional discrimination: Localized censorshipIn response to the unrest in Inner Mongolia and Tibet, the regime stepped up its repression:In late January 2012, a communications blackout was imposed to prevent media coverage of the authorities quashing protest movements in Tibet. The independent and foreign media were kept in the dark, while disinformation prevailed in order to hide from the world the magnitude of the protest. The Internet was a collateral victim of the crackdown, with cut-off connections, increased blockings, and removals of content related to the uprisings. Local community networks were particularly targeted in order to nip in the bud any attempt at mobilizing support online. Tibetan exile media organization websites are still inaccessible, as are Tibetan-language blogs and discussion forums such as Sangdhor.com and Rangdrol.net.The Chinese authorities’ strategy of cutting off certain provinces or regions from the media and the Internet in order to subdue them in silence is not new. Tibet has already been the target of harsh restrictions on communications. Xinjiang was cut off from the outside world for several months after interethnic riots in 2009.In May 2011, the Internet was also a victim of the crackdown on the Inner Mongolia demonstrations, as the authorities stepped up their control following protests about the death of a Mongol herdsman on October 20, 2011. Many Mongolian websites called for demonstrations against the government’s attempts to impose a news blackout on the event, and access to several sites such as Boljoo, Mongolian BBS and Medege were blocked as of October 27, 2011. Cyberdissident Hada and his family are still in jail, and their close relatives are being harassed.Official strategy: Propaganda, cyberwar and refusal to accept any interferenceFollowing the protests triggered in Mongolia by the death of a herdsman, propaganda messages likely posted by government-hired bloggers known as “50 cents” have mushroomed online. One such post read: “Dear fellow students and friends, it was just a traffic accident. Some people with their own agendas are interpreting it as an ethnic problem or saying it has something to do with oil and natural gas development. The government is taking the case very seriously (….). We hope that our fellow students will not believe the rumors (…)”.The authorities are trying to have the last word: they claim to have 40,000 micro-blogs on which to publish “approved” news and welcome netizens’ comments.The Chinese Army has set up an elite unit responsible for thwarting cyberattacks according to the daily Global Times, cited by Agence France-Presse. In August 2011, McAfee security experts exposed a series of large-scale cyberattacks that had been occurring since 2006. Once again, China is strongly suspected. It is thought to be behind attacks against Google. In mid-August 2011, after the self-immolation of a young monk, Chinese authorities may have also initiated a wave of cyberattacks against the Tibetan media.The regime launched an offensive against censorship-circumventing software programs, which are used more and more in China, as pointed out by Global Voices. The Great Firewall is now thought to be capable of controlling the data flow from local IP addresses and simultaneously restricting the number of IPs authorized to connect to the international network. Multinational companies have supposedly sent internal communications to their employees instructing them not to use VPN and not to visit foreign websites unless they are related to their work.On October 19, 2011, aware of the economic impact of Net censorship, the United States demanded clarifications concerning “Internet restrictions in China,” which violate World Trade Organization (WTO) rules. The Chinese Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Jiang Yu, rejected the U.S. demand, stating: “We do not accept using the excuse of ‘Internet freedom’ to interfere in other countries’ internal practices,” she said, adding that “The Chinese government promotes and actively supports the Internet and safeguards its citizens’ freedom of expression.”While the Chinese government is not prepared to relax its painstakingly won grip on the Internet, it is increasingly overwhelmed by the immense potential of the Participative Web, and the tension between the regime and cyberdissidents is intensifying. The transition period now underway, expected to culminate in the fall of 2012 when Hu Jintao will be replaced by his successor Xi Jinping, back from an official visit to the United States, is unlikely to usher in an era of respite and – even less likely – a Chinese spring. 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Can America Stave Off ‘Wave of Homelessness’

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Christina Hughes Babb The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago 2020-12-04 Christina Hughes Babb in Daily Dose, Featured, News Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribe  Print This Post Previous: Industry Leaders Discuss GSE Privatization Next: Housing Market Stays Strong Amid Slow Economic Recovery Related Articles Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Some 18 million homeowners and renters are late to pay the monthly housing bill, and about a third of those expect to face eviction or foreclosure in the coming months, reported the US Census Bureau in November.According to an article in Business Insider, the outlook is especially dim for renters as well as smaller-scale landlords who rely on tenants’ rent.Tenants nationwide could owe a total of $70 billion in back rent by the year’s end,” BI reports, citing an economist from Moody’s Analytics. “Making matters worse is that many of those who are expected to pay that back rent are also likely receiving unemployment benefits set to expire by the end of the year. A recent report found that about 12 million Americans could lose those benefits on December 26.”Metro areas including New York City, Houston, and Atlanta are at higher risk for increased homelessness, reported BI. The aforementioned Census report, the publication pointed out, suggested that “the New York metro area alone could carry out hundreds of thousands of evictions and foreclosures in the coming months.”Citing a leader from the National Low-Income Housing Coalition, BI reported that the evictions would also result in increased needs for social services.”The costs of emergency shelter, inpatient medical care, emergency medical care, foster care, and juvenile delinquency could spike, it said, putting further stress on local governments and public agencies during the coronavirus pandemic.”Even extensions of foreclosure moratoria, more stimulus, and increased crisis-related unemployment benefits would not necessarily stave off pending problems, according to Business Insider’s Taylor Borden.”Experts have said that even if moratoriums are extended and unemployment benefits continue, that could simply be kicking the can down the road, delaying a wave of homelessness,” she wrote.The article goes on to explore the idea of federal rent and mortgage forgiveness, which President-elect Joe Biden reportedly supports.”Biden said in an interview with Vanity Fair in May that postponing housing payments wasn’t enough and that forgiveness is ‘critically important to people who are in the lower-income strata,'” Borden pointed out, adding a note about the President elect’s plans, detailed on his website, to transform housing and real estate. Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Can America Stave Off ‘Wave of Homelessness’ Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago December 4, 2020 1,205 Views Home / Daily Dose / Can America Stave Off ‘Wave of Homelessness’last_img read more

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Parent of attack student questions in northern students are welcome

first_img Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ Pinterest Facebook A GAA star and TV pundit, whose child was one of those attacked in west Donegal on Tuesday has asked the people of Loughanure to decide if students from the North are welcome or not.Jarlath Burns says he is disgusted by the attack on the eight student who are attended Colaiste Mhuire.Jarlath Burns’ 15 year-old son was one of those attacked by a group of men in Loughanure, some of which were weilding hurleys.One person has been questioned over the incident which left one student needing stitches after he was struck on the head, others received more minor injuries.Mr Burns has called for face to face talks between community representatives, gardai and Colaiste Mhuire to determine if students from northern Ireland are welcome in the area at all. Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Previous articleYouth question in relation to students attackNext articleBuilding may have to be demolished after bomb attack News Highland Pinterest Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Facebook Twittercenter_img Newsx Adverts WhatsApp By News Highland – August 6, 2010 Parent of attack student questions in northern students are welcome Google+ WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal last_img read more

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Godwin’s water tower design turns heads

first_img You Might Like Dice, bikes ready to roll to benefit advocacy center The combination of a roll of the dice and motorcycle ride equals a Dice Run. On Oct. 25, the Pike… read more Godwin’s ideas fell on blind eyes until a young woman named Marian Wiley walked into his metal fabrication studio in Brundidge.“Marian is an artist representative, an art consultant and a grant writer,” he said. “She is working with the city of Headland to resign certain areas of town and to plan a sculpture park in the center of town.”Wiley liked several of Godwin’s ideas for gateways to the city and even caught on to his idea for a water tower.“I did several sketches for her to present to the people down in Headland,” he said. “Some were comical and some abstract but none were like a peach or golf ball.” Skip A huge structure looming in the near distance caused Larry Godwin to take a second, third and fourth look.“My brother, Michael, and I were riding through the countryside near St. Louis when I saw this structure that looked like a castle that had fallen and left the turret standing,” Godwin said. “When Michael said it was a water tower, I told him to stop.”Godwin was fascinated by the masonry tower and learned that it had been constructed in 1869. Book Nook to reopen By The Penny Hoarder The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Email the author Published 11:31 pm Thursday, October 9, 2008 Print Article Sponsored Content Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day By Jaine Treadwell The idea of a water tower as a sculpture was rather novel and Godwin said it took a little time for it to sink in down in Headland.“It took them a while to see how it was going to go and they realized that it’s going to be a monumental work,” Godwin said. “But they knew, too, that a water town sculpture would attract a lot of attention. Many farming communities are looking for ways to bring people to town and a sculpture like this would bring people to town.”The stainless sculpture would be between 120 to 130 feet in height and be linear in design.“The design would cast linear shadows and lacy luminosity on the aqua-colored tower and make it visually exciting,” Godwin said. “It would be an unusual sculpture.”Nothing has been set in stone as far as a contract for the sculpture. Godwin hopes that one day there will be.He has made a small model of the sculpture and is working on a scale model that would be necessary if the city of Headland gives him the go-ahead.“We’ll have to wait and see on that,” he said. “But if they decided to go with it, there won’t be another water tower like it anywhere around here.” Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Acid Reflux (Watch Now)Healthy LifestyleIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Godwin’s water tower design turns heads Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Latest Stories Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson “It seemed to be more architectural and esthetic than functional,” he said. “You could go inside the tower and see the water compartment that was made of brass and I was fascinated by it.”That was in 1979 and, since that time, Godwin has done many sketch designs of water towers that are as aesthetically pleasing as they are functional.“I got to thinking about these utilitarian objects in our environment and that they are the biggest visual albatrosses that we have. I realized that it wouldn’t take much more to place them inside a sculpture.”last_img read more

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Section of New York’s old Tappan Zee Bridge demolished in controlled explosion

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — It spanned the Hudson River for 64 years, but on Tuesday, one of the last remnants of the Tappan Zee Bridge came down in just five seconds.At 10:52 a.m., dynamite charges went off, destroying steel support pillars at each end of the 672-foot section of the bridge. It plummeted down 142 feet in one piece into a giant net set up in the frigid waters below. Traffic on the new Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge nearby was stopped in both directions during the explosive demolition.Spectators who had gathered on both sides of the Hudson cheered, but some who had fond memories of driving across the bridge were left with mixed feelings.“It was kind of sad,” one woman who grew up with the bridge told ABC station WABC-TV in New York.“Excellent,” another not-so-sentimental spectator said.The old Tappan Zee opened on Dec. 14, 1955, and was featured in several movies, including “Unfaithful” in 2012 and “Butterfield 8” in 1960, which starred Elizabeth Taylor. Tuesday’s demolition leaves just one piece of the Tappan Zee near the Rockland County side of the river left to be demolished.The Tappan Zee has been replaced by a new cable-stayed bridge that opened in 2017 and cost $4 billion to build. The new 16,368-foot Cuomo Bridge was named after the longtime politician and father of New York’s current governor. Mario Cuomo died in January 2015. The old bridge was named after the Native American Tappan tribe and “zee,” the Dutch word for “sea.”Demolition workers had initially planned to dismantle the old section of the Tappan Zee piece by piece to protect Hudson River fish and other wildlife. But workers heard popping noises coming from the section in September and determined it had become unstable.Officials said explosive charges were set off to bring the section straight down to prevent it from damaging the new span.“Through extensive engineering analysis, it has been determined that this is the safest method to proceed with lowering the span given its current state,” Tappan Zee Constructors, the company demolition the bridge said in a statement.For some spectators, the bridge’s collapse was worth toasting. A local catering hall offered a champagne breakfast so people could watch the demolition, WABC reported.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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