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  • Soybeans Better than Corn Crop South of Indy

    first_img How Indiana Crops are Faring Versus Other States Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – Oct 2, 2016 Previous articleSpeak Up Now to Save AtrazineNext articleMorning Outlook Andy Eubank RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Battle Resistance With the Soy Checkoff ‘Take Action’ Program Facebook Twitter SHARE mullen-late-september-crop-checkJohnson County, Indiana corn has some issues going into the harvest season, but the soybean crop is very promising, a scenario common around the state. Just southwest of Franklin late last week some late planted beans weren’t quite ready for harvest, but Bill Mullen, at Seed Consultants said it should be a good yielding crop.“We caught some rains when we really needed it for pod filling time,” he said. “As you can see on this plant here the nodes are close together, and our clusters, 3, 4, 5 and 6 to the node. There’s some of these plants that are holding 4-bean pods, so the likelihood this year is what the stress has hurt for the corn probably hasn’t hurt the beans quite as bad, and I really anticipate our bean yields are going to be as good as last year, and some places a little bit better than that.”Mullen did spot a bean where the pod itself had opened. He said that’s a field that should be targeted for harvest priority.“These beans that really had some issues, lack of moisture for a period of time, the health of the pods started to deteriorate and it started hitting the ground. Go into your fields and look, not so much on the outside, go in the inside of the field a little bit and see if you see any of the beans laying on the ground.”But for corn in that part of Indiana it has been a year with a litany of issues.“Moisture stress, lack of moisture and the high heat after pollination, and we’re seeing dropped ears,” Mullen said. “In many fields we’re seeing European corn borer that went into the stalk and up through the ear shank. There are some places where the ear shank really didn’t develop as good because of the stress.”He said those should also be harvest priority fields since heavy winds can knock the ears to the ground. See more of what Mullen found in the new HAT video. Feeder Cattle GFQ21 (AUG 21) 151.18 2.78 Home Indiana Agriculture News Soybeans Better than Corn Crop South of Indy Minor Changes in June WASDE Report Soybeans Better than Corn Crop South of Indy All quotes are delayed snapshots Name Sym Last Change Soybean ZSN21 (JUL 21) 1508.50 -35.50 Wheat ZWN21 (JUL 21) 680.75 -3.00 Corn ZCN21 (JUL 21) 684.50 -14.50 Lean Hogs HEM21 (JUN 21) 122.68 0.22 SHARE STAY CONNECTED5,545FansLike3,961FollowersFollow187SubscribersSubscribe Live Cattle LEM21 (JUN 21) 118.70 1.13 last_img read more

  • Cattlemen Learning to Sell Direct

    first_img Cattlemen Learning to Sell Direct SHARE By Gary Truitt – Sep 3, 2020 Home Indiana Agriculture News Cattlemen Learning to Sell Direct Facebook Twitter SHARE A holiday weekend means cookouts, especially with many restaurant venues closed. More and more, those steaks on the grill are coming from the farm down the road. Livestock producers are finding ways to take advantage of this new market opportunity.One of the unintended consequences of the pandemic has been a loss in confidence by consumers in their local food retail outlet. Panic buying at the pandemic outbreak and disruption in the meat processing industry resulted in empty meat cases in March and April. As a result, more and more consumers are seeking local sources of their favorite cuts of meat.Chance Marshall, University of Wyoming Extension, says livestock producers are looking into direct sales to the public.“It is a way for producers to diversify and take advantage of some better profits and navigate some turbulence in traditional livestock markets,” he stated.Indiana Farm Bureau, in its recent policy meeting, voted to make funds and programs available to increase the number of small processors and other tools to help farmers develop direct to consumer sales efforts. Some state officials have indicated more state meat inspectors will be needed in the future as this industry grows in response to increased consumer demand for more locally produced and processed meat.Marshall says there are plenty of market opportunities for producers who want to get into this business.“There is a lot of consumer interest in this area right now. Some people just want to know where their food comes from, some want better quality, and some want special traits in their meat.”He added that there are lots of different ways to position your meat product for different preferences.However, Marshall urges producers to do their homework and put a plan in place.“Producers need to do their research and have a plan. They need to find a place to get your product cut up and packaged, and there is a real shortage of that right now.”He said this is an area into which producers do not often put as much work.That plan must also include a marketing plan for your product.“You need to have a plan on how you are going to sell your product and how you will get your information out there to the consumers,” said Marshall.There are a number of resources available.For producers: BOAH, Indiana Beef Cattle AssociationFor consumers: Indiana Grown for sources of local meat products. Previous articleSafety Tips for the Grill This Holiday WeekendNext articleCattlemen Learning to Sell Direct on the HAT Friday Podcast Gary Truitt Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

  • Hong Kong Department of Justice must drop charges against Swiss photographer

    first_img June 2, 2021 Find out more September 21, 2020 – Updated on September 22, 2020 Hong Kong Department of Justice must drop charges against Swiss photographer ChinaHong KongAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses PhotoreportageJudicial harassment News Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom News Receive email alerts News Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Help by sharing this information News to go further Follow the news on Asia – Pacific RSF_en June 7, 2021 Find out more Organisation ChinaHong KongAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses PhotoreportageJudicial harassment RSF calls on the Hong Kong Department of Justice to drop charges against Swiss photographer who faces up to a year in prison for allegedly causing “public disorder” while he was documenting a violent episode of last year’s demonstrations. Swiss national Marc Progin, 75, was tried from 9th to 16th September for “aiding and abetting public disorder”, a penal offense that carries up to a year in prison, while he was documenting a violent episode of a demonstration in the Central district of Hong Kong on 14th October 2019. In a video published by Bloomberg, the photographer can be seen unintentionally obstructing the path of a man who was arguing with demonstrators and who moments later was physically assaulted. The verdict is expected on 13th November 2020.“Marc Progin was only covering the scene as a photographer and evidently had no intention of interfering”, says Cédric Alviani, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) East Asia Bureau head, who calls on the Hong Kong Department of Justice “to drop these charges that are clearly abusive and risk setting a precedent that could discourage photojournalists from getting close to the action while documenting demonstrations”.Progin, a retired businessman turned photographer, has built a reputation for his documentary works on scenes throughout Mongolia and China and extensively covered last year’s pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong. This trial echoes a similar affair in August where two journalists were slammed with charges of rioting for being present during the brief occupation of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council in June 2019.In a joint statement published in August 2020, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and an NGO coalition expressed concern over the decline of freedoms in Hong Kong, including press freedom, which has accelerated since the passing of the National Security Law on 30th June.Hong Kong, once a bastion of press freedom, has dropped from 18th place in 2002 to 80th place in 2020 in the RSF World Press Freedom Index. The People’s Republic of China, for its part, stagnated at 177th out of 180. China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison June 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

  • “Donegal Live” event has press launch in Dublin

    first_img 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North “Donegal Live” event has press launch in Dublin Twitter Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic WhatsApp Previous articleDonegal County Council raised 3 million euro through holiday home taxNext articleSchools receive funding for extensions News Highland Google+ Facebook Newsx Advertscenter_img Pinterest Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry By News Highland – May 4, 2010 The Donegal Live event showcasing the best of what Donegal has to offer as a holiday destination was launched in Dublin today. It will take place in Dublin on the 16th of this month.Donegal Live aims to make the county the number one choice for people choosing a “staycation” this year.The exhibition will feature a ceili mor, step dancing and performances by a host of artists including Altan, Maire Brennan and the Donegal Youth Orchestra.The event is the brainchild of former INTO General Secretary and Donegal Person of the Year John Carr. Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal WhatsApp Pinterestlast_img read more

  • Gujarat Court Removes Narendra Modi As Defendant In Suit Seeking Damages For Deaths In 2002 Riots [Read Order]

    first_imgNews UpdatesGujarat Court Removes Narendra Modi As Defendant In Suit Seeking Damages For Deaths In 2002 Riots [Read Order] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK6 Sep 2020 12:33 AMShare This – xA civil court in Gujarat on Saturday struck off the name of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the first defendant in a civil suit seeking damages for the killing of three British citizens during the 2002 riots.Principal Civil Judge of Prantij in Sabarkantha district allowed the application filed by lawyer S S Shah on behalf of Mr.Modi to strike off his name, after noting that he was neither…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginA civil court in Gujarat on Saturday struck off the name of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the first defendant in a civil suit seeking damages for the killing of three British citizens during the 2002 riots.Principal Civil Judge of Prantij in Sabarkantha district allowed the application filed by lawyer S S Shah on behalf of Mr.Modi to strike off his name, after noting that he was neither a “necessary or proper party” in the case.Three suits were filed in 2004 by few British citizens in the local court against Mr. Modi, then minister of State for Home Gordhan Zadaphia and 12 others, seeking Rs 20 crores as damages for the death of their three relatives – Saeed Dawood, Shakeel Dawood and Mohammed Aswat – who were killed by a mob on National Highway 8 on February 28, 2002 while they were returning from Rajasthan.The Court said that the allegations in the plaint to the effect that Mr.Modi(the Chief Minister of Gujarat in 2002) was liable for the riots were “general, non-specific and vague”.”There is not a single averment showing presence of defendant No.1(Mr.Modi) at the scene of offence at the relevant time or his direct or indirect involvement in the alleged act or any specific role from which reasonable ground for malice or intentional acts or omissions can be found, entitling the plaintiff to claim any legal right or relief against defendant No.1 in his personal or official capacity in the suit”, observed Mr. Sureshkumar Kaludan Gadhavi, the Principal Civil Judge in the order.The Court said that the averments in the plaint were “made cleverly to connect” Modi to the riots and to seek compensation from him. The Court termed the allegations against Mr.Modi “reckless, without any basis” and noted that the plaintiffs have not brought on record the outcome of the criminal trial with respect to the killings and whether Mr.Modi was made an accused in that criminal case. While acknowledging that the plaintiff, being the dominus litis(master of the suit), has the right to choose the defendants, the Court said that there must exist a legal right against such defendant.”The question that arises is, whether in the absence of any specific intentional act/omission or malice or connection, a person who merely held an office of the State be made liable for each and every act/omission of the officers of the State? The plaintiff ought to have shown reasonable grounds along with proposed evidence before arraying anyone as  defendant”, the Court said.The plaintiffs had contended that Mr.Modi, being the Chief Minister of Gujarat at the time of riots, was “constitutionally, statutorily and personally liable for being in complete command of the State machinery”.They had alleged that the State Administration ignored the alert from the IB regarding the movement of kar sevaks and that Mr.Modi, along with senior cabinet colleagues, allowed the bodies of kar sevaks killed in the Godhra carnage to be taken to Ahmedabad, against the advice of local administration. It was further alleged that the Chief Minister did not oppose the call of ‘bandh’ by VHP and deliberately did not act against newspapers fanning communal passions. It was thus the plaintiffs’ argument that the actions and omissions of the Chief Minister led to the increasing of violence against the Muslim community.The court, after observing that there was no substantive material to link the Mr.Narendra Modi in his personal or official capacity with the incident, invoked the powers under Order 1, Rule 10 (2) of the Code of Civil Procedure to strike off his name.Lawyers targeted, state the plaintiffsThe plaintiffs had raised the plea of forum non-conveniens(seeking trial before another appropriate forum) on the ground that their lawyers were being targeted and that they were finding it difficult to secure the services of other lawyers. One of the plaintiffs, Mr.Imran Dawood, had therefore directly submitted an affidavit raising objections to the striking off application.It was stated that the officers of their lawyers – Senior Advocates Indira Jaising and Anand Grover- were raided by the CBI last year and that the services of their local lawyer Mr. Anwar Malek were no longer available.”The action(raid) for all intents and purposes is a co­ordinated strategy especially given the content of the special civil suit and the timing of the action against our lawyers and the timing of the application to remove defendant No.1 from the special civil suit”, said the statement of objection filed by the plaintiffs.The Court observed that no substantial progress has taken place in the suit filed in 2004 and that the plea of forum non-conveniens was to stall the proceedings.The plaintiffs are deliberately dragging the suit, the court said.”I am of the view that striking out name of defendant No.1 would not make any adverse effect on the claim of the plaintiff. A bare reading of the plaint makes it further evident that bald allegations are made against defendant No.1 and none of the averments indicates malice on the part of defendant No.1, which resulted into the incident in question”, the Court said in conclusion.In 2015, a special designated trial court had acquitted all the six accused of killing the three British nationals citing lack of evidence. The case was among the nine Gujarat riots cases handled by the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team in 2008.Click here to download the orderRead OrderNext Storylast_img read more

  • USS Constitution Virtual Tour Soon on Google Maps

    first_img View post tag: Tour [mappress]Press Release, September 23, 2014; Image: US Navy USS Constitution worked with Google Maps to record a virtual tour of ‘Old Ironsides’ this morning aboard the ship. USS Constitution Virtual Tour Soon on Google Maps Authorities View post tag: maps View post tag: americas View post tag: virtual View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navalcenter_img View post tag: soon September 23, 2014 Google Maps photographed the ship to create a virtual 360-degree experience of Constitution in preparation for the ship’s scheduled dry-dock period in March 2015.“People around the country and across the world will have the opportunity to experience Constitution online,” said Cmdr. Sean Kearns, Constitution’s 73rd commanding officer, “This capability will be especially important while most areas of the ship are inaccessible during her restoration.”The 216-year-old warship will be added to the list of historical landmarks that Google Maps has available for online tours. Among the list are the Taj Mahal, The Louvre Museum, underwater reefs, and regular street views from around the world. To date, Google Maps has been able to cover 57 different countries.The Constitution, however, is considered a “street view special collect,” said Curt Fennell, a Google Maps Systems Administrator, and U.S. Marine Corps veteran.“We like to have as much information as possible, it’s our mission. The USS Constitution is a national treasure. Since she will be unavailable for a few years, we want to make her available for viewers from all over,” Fennell said.‘Old Ironsides’ will be moving to dry-dock in 2015, and the restoration is scheduled to last three years.The virtual tour will help Constitution and history enthusiasts view and experience the ship as she presently looks at her berth in Charlestown Navy Yard before preparations begin to de-rig and offload the ship in the upcoming months.USS Constitution, the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat, actively defended sea lanes against global threats from 1797 to 1855. Now a featured destination on Boston’s Freedom Trail, Constitution and her crew of U.S. Navy Sailors offer community outreach and education about the ship’s history and the importance of naval seapower to more than 500,000 visitors each year. View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Constitution Virtual Tour Soon on Google Maps View post tag: USS Constitution View post tag: Google Share this articlelast_img read more

  • Challenge of the fittest in tough times

    first_imgLast year was a tough year for high street retailers, with the shock demise of iconic high street brand Woolworths perhaps best capturing the turmoil facing traders. Bakery retailers were just recovering from runaway commodity, ingredients and utilities prices at the start of the year, when the economy went berserk as the newly-coined “credit crunch” started to play out in the UK. Property prices plunged, consumer spending predictions were thrown into the unknown and availability of institutional funding dried up.Surprisingly then, the vast majority of the retailers on British Baker’s Top 50 2008 list are still doing good business, as the 2009 list publishes. While some names are missing, there have been few dramatic changes to the status quo – at least not yet.Greggs is number one for the third year running, with 1,403 shops, and Subway is rapidly catching up at number two, with 1,284 in the latest list. Once again, Subway is the fastest grower on the chart, adding 264 outlets to its estate in 2008. Its current rate of growth would see it overtake Greggs in 2009. In fact, Subway development agent James Fleck goes so far as pledging it will have overtaken Greggs by the middle of the year.Scratch the surface and it becomes clear a scrap is brewing to hold on to the mantle of Britain’s biggest bakery retailer. Greggs’ new chief executive Ken McMeikan tells British Baker that Greggs is preparing for a growth spurt of its own, after centralising and streamlining its operations.Although McMeikan won’t commit to numbers, he insists that the changing face of the high street could benefit Greggs. “I believe there is going to be over-supply of bakery units available on the high street in the future and that the rentals market will soften,” he predicts. “People can be driven to acquire shops for numbers’ sake, so I am not setting any targets.”== Standing firm ==The Top 50 includes all types of retailer of bakery products, modern and traditional, from craft bakers to café chains. And the 2009 list features many strong regional craft bakery businesses, with Birds of Derby, Greenhalgh’s and Thomas of York among those standing firm in the face of a recession.Mike Holling, retail operations manager of Birds of Derby, and chairman of the National Association of Master Bakers says Birds has been staying focused, investing by upgrading the machinery at its bakery and continuing to refit stores in a rolling programme.However, the risk of fewer big-name retai-lers drawing people to the high street could have an adverse effect. “We are continuing to work through the most challenging times in the industry that I have ever experienced,” says Holling. “I am under no illusion that things will change soon. But the big question is, what will the high street look like in 2009? With Woolworths closing and fashion houses going into administration, we as bakers need supporting businesses on the high street.”Like Birds, Bolton-based Greenhalgh’s is pressing ahead, despite these uncertainties. It had 54 outlets at the end of 2008, and was continuing to roll out its new fascia across the estate following its recent re-brand, production director David Smart tells British Baker. “These are challenging times; nothing is recession-proof,” he says.”Careful management is the key to prosperous survival and you have to keep your eye on the ball. We’re still meeting our targets and putting on shops. You have to be prudent but keep to your goals.”== Expansion plans ==Like Greggs and Subway, many smaller businesses on the list are pushing ahead with expansion plans in 2009 despite the economic slowdown.At the start of December, Leigh bakers Waterfields bought out of administration the 87-year-old John Pimblett & Sons bakery business, which had 10 shops in Liverpool.The deal took Waterfields’ estate to 49 shops and up to 22 on the 2009 list. Waterfields is realistic about the challenge the acquisition will present and admits it will “take time to bring the new shops in line with the rest of Waterfields”.The Patisserie Holdings business, at 18 on the list this year, also continues to expand, adding both Druckers and Patisserie Valerie fascia sites to the estate. The company plans to add 15 to 20 new sites in 2009.”Current trading is OK but we believe trading in 2009 will be very hard,” managing director Paul May tells British Baker.And Scotland’s Aulds, which currently has 41 outlets, plans to open a number more in 2009, it says.David Jenkinson, managing director of Cooplands in Doncaster, at 16 on the list with 75 shops, says the company will open eight to 10 new shops in 2009, following a £400,000 investment in production equipment in 2008.Jenkinson is optimistic but cautious about the year ahead. “We are not feeling the credit crunch too badly; demand is pretty stable, but it will be a time for caution in 2009. We expect it will be a bit rough, but you have got to continue pushing,” he says.Nantwich-based Chatwins is also steeling itself to face 2009. It currently has 19 shops and joint managing director Trevor Mooney reports that, although trade was going OK in the run-up to Christmas, the true test would be how it holds up in early 2009. “What it will be like in the New Year will be the telling point,” he says.The only new business on the 2009 list is upmarket London chain Apostrophe, which ranks joint 50th with 16 outlets. Managing director Amir Chen, a former banker, says the company is self-funded and plans to open around three to five outlets a year, sticking to the London area. His mission is to “bring glamour” to the cosmopolitan London market. He comments: “Why make customers feel they are in the south of France – why not make the most of this cosmopolitan city we are in?”While many businesses on the list are in a positive frame of mind, among the most notable on the 2009 list is Cooks the Bakery, formed from what was once the 250-branch 100-year-old Three Cooks business, then owned by RHM.Following a few troubled years, Cooks the Bakery now only has 80 shops left, having closed another 18 outlets in 2008.A source at the company, now 14 in the Top 50, is downbeat about the state of play on the high street: “It’s grim. Retail is hard, the economy is hard. If shops are cheap in 2009 we may buy a few, but if not we may have to look at what we have got.”== List of casualties ==For some, the pressures of the high street, and runaway commodity and utility prices, proved too much in 2008. Establishment name Lyndale Group was the biggest casualty of the year when it collapsed last June. It owned businesses including Sayers and Hampsons and had 201 shops when the last Top 50 was compiled.Hours after the administrators were called in a management buy-out formed a new company, Sayers the Bakers. This included 158 Hampsons and Sayers stores, as well as the Hampsons bakery in Bolton.Meanwhile, Lyndale’s swanky 15-shop London chain Maison Blanc had already been sold to Kuwait-based Kout Food Group Company in October 2007.Administrator Dermot Power, from BDO Stoy Hayward, blamed increases in the cost of wheat and utility bills. “One of the reasons the company failed was because of high energy costs – including gas and electricity – and dramatic increases in the cost of wheat,” he said.The 140-year-old 54-shop Black Country chain Firkin, 18 in the 2008 list, has also been in trouble in 2008, falling into administration in November. It blamed rising supplier prices and credit problems following the economic downturn. Emerging from that was the new Firkins Foods, at 26 in the list, which was created by managing director Ian Bolderston to buy its bakery at West Bromwich and 38 of the shops out of administration.Another big name, Ferrari’s Bakery (19 in the 2008 list) is notable by its absence. The troubled South Wales chain was liquidated on 25 November, with its 24 remaining shops closed down. The closure marked the end of a chequered period for what had once been Wales’ biggest bakery chain, with 60 shops.With credit in short supply and with customers watching the pennies, the Top 50 retailers are saddled up for a rough ride in 2009. Many agree that the demise of high street stalwart Woolworths will impact on everyone in 2009.”If Tesco buys those sites we are done for,” says one retailer. “There will be less to draw people to the high street in 2009,” comments another.It is anyone’s guess what the year will hold. But many joke that credit-crunched customers are likely to turn to comfort eating of pies and cakes. So the baking industry should be resilient to economic distress.NB: Travel concessions business SSP, which was sold off by catering giant Compass in April 2006, has revised its figures since the last list was compiled and now registers 526 outlets, 35 fewer than last year, under fascias including Millie’s Cookies and Upper Crust.It explains that these figures relate to the SSP-operated units in the UK and include the Compass and Moto franchises.last_img read more

  • Press release: Award for Cornish inn for helping snow-bound motorists

    first_imgGeneral enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer. Motorists in Cornwall experienced some pretty hazardous conditions last week and we too faced some real challenges across our network when a combination of incidents and a heavier than anticipated snow event led to many drivers finding themselves stranded. We worked hard with Devon & Cornwall Police and Cornwall Council to free many drivers and get the A30 moving – two of our inspectors in fact, James Andrew and Trevor Holloway, spent eight and a half hours in the snow helping to free people and get them moving up Temple Hill. During that time the offer of accommodation from the Jamaica Inn was very welcome. Sammy and the team, as with our teams and many others that evening, went above and beyond their usual shift. At Highways England, the safety and welfare of our customers is our top priority and that’s why we felt this exceptional provision of welfare deserved special recognition. Jamaica Inn owner Allen Jackson added: The Jamaica Inn became a safe haven for 140 people when heavy snow swept across the county and trapped motorists on Bodmin Moor, together with other vulnerable locations on the A30, such as Temple Hill.With the route blocked by incidents, people were forced to abandon their vehicles and make their way through the snow to the historic hostelry made famous by Daphne du Maurier in her classic novel.Once the pub’s 36 rooms were fully booked, general manager Sammy Wheeler and staff worked through the night to provide a comfortable refuge. They provided hot food and drinks and set up makeshift dormitories with mattresses on the floors, and also assisted people back through the snow the next morning to recover their vehicles.Highways England, the company which maintains and manages the A30 route through Devon and Cornwall, deployed 48 gritters and six tractors over the three days of last week’s severe weather event, treating its South West network with 1,700 tonnes of salt and covering a total of 26,000 miles – the equivalent of travelling Land’s End to John O’Groats 32 times.During the heavy snowfall in Cornwall, teams were busy throughout the evening and into the night, working with police, council partners and local communities to free trapped vehicles, clear the road of snow and get traffic moving.And it has been quick to recognise the effort of the Jamaica Inn team by stepping in to award them a Customer Award for Services to the Welfare of Motorists.Andrew Page-Dove, South West Regional Director for Highways England, said: The Inn has helped many travellers in need over the 270 years of its history when wild and unexpected weather has hit. On this occasion, we were able to give, without charge, a combination of emergency beds, mattresses, settees and even just carpet space when we ran out of everything else. All had a blanket, we kept the kitchen and three log fires going all night and Sammy and her staff were quite remarkable. The way we see it is we are just continuing this tradition but it’s nice to be recognised and we’re delighted to receive this award from Highways England – it will take pride of place at the inn.last_img read more

  • Vermont Community Foundation awards more than $280,000 to Vermont nonprofits

    first_imgThe Vermont Community Foundation awarded a total of $10.6 million in grants in 2009, including $281,250 made at the end of the year to 60 organizations as part of the Foundation’s Community Fund grant program. The program awards grants to organizations that support Basic Human Needs (children, elderly and family services, housing, food and shelter, health); Successful Communities (civic engagement, diversity and equity, education); and Sustainable Communities (arts, humanities and cultural heritage, environment, economic development).All grants were made for general operating support.StatewideGreen Mountain Library Consortium was awarded $1,000.Northeast Organic Farming Association was awarded $6,000.Northern Grain Grower’s Association was awarded $5,000.Preservation Trust of Vermont was awarded $6,000.Sustainable Energy Resource Group was awarded $5,000.Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition was awarded $5,000.Vermont Energy Education Program was awarded $5,000.Vermont MIDI Project was awarded $5,000.Vermont Partnership for Fairness & Diversity was awarded $7,500.Vermont People with AIDS Coalition was awarded $2,000.Vermont River Conservancy was awarded $2,000.Vermont Teacher Diversity Scholarship Program was awarded $5,000.VSA Arts of Vermont was awarded $6,000.Multi-RegionAIDS Project of Southern Vermont was awarded $3,750.Green Mountain RSVP & Volunteer Center was awarded $5,000.Local Motion was awarded $5,000.Resource: A Nonprofit Community Enterprise was awarded $5,000.Addison CountyBristol Downtown Community Partnership was awarded $5,000.The Hub Teen Center & Skatepark was awarded $5,000.The Town Hall Theatre was awarded $5,000.Bennington CountyBennington Area Habitat for Humanity was awarded $5,000.First Baptist Church of Bennington was awarded $6,000.Sage City Symphony Orchestra was awarded $1,500.Caledonia CountyFairbanks Museum and Planetarium was awarded $5,000.St. Johnsbury Athenaeum was awarded $5,000.Umbrella was awarded $5,000.Chittenden CountyBurlington Community Justice Center was awarded $4,000.Committee on Temporary Shelter was awarded $5,000.Intervale Center was awarded $7,500.King Street Youth Center was awarded $5,000.Mercy Connections was awarded $7,500.Uncommon Alliance was awarded $5,000.Vermont Stage Company was awarded $5,000.Vermont Youth Orchestra was awarded $5,000.Winooski Department of Recreation and Community Wellness was awarded $5,000.Women Helping Battered Women was awarded $5,000.Essex CountyTown of Canaan Historical Society was awarded $2,500.Franklin CountyFranklin and Grand Isle United Way was awarded $5,000.Meals on Wheels of Lamoille County was awarded $10,000.Orange CountyNorthern Stage was awarded $2,000.Randolph Area Community Development Corporation was awarded $5,000.Safeline was awarded $5,000.Orleans CountyHaskell Free Library was awarded $5,000.NorthWoods Stewardship Center was awarded $6,000.Rutland CountyBROC – Community Action in Southwestern Vermont was awarded $1,000.Castleton Community Seniors was awarded $5,000.Washington CountyCentral Vermont Reading to End Racism was awarded $1,500.Local Agricultural Community Exchange was awarded $2,000.Windham CountyBrattleboro Area Drop In Center was awarded $5,000.New England Youth Theatre was awarded $5,000.Parks Place Community Center was awarded $5,000.Post Oil Solutions was awarded $5,000.ReNew Building Materials and Salvage was awarded $6,000.Sojourns Community Clinic was awarded $5,000.Windham Childcare Association was awarded $2,500.Windsor CountyCOVER Home Repair was awarded $5,000.Opera Theatre of Weston was awarded $3,000.Second Wind Foundation was awarded $5,000.Upper Valley Business and Education Partnership was awarded $5,000.Upper Valley Farm to School Network was awarded $5,000.The Vermont Community Foundation has been helping donors give to the causes and organizations they care about since 1986. We are Vermont’s largest and leading homegrown grantmaker. Together, our family of over 570 funds provides more than $10 million in grants per year. In addition, we help keep Vermont’s nonprofit community vital by offering endowment management and planned giving services, and providing leadership in charitable giving of all kinds. For more information about the Foundation, visit www.vermontcf.org(link is external) or call 802-388-3355.Source: VCF. 3.30.2010# # #last_img read more

  • How to save $100 in a week

    first_imgThink you don’t have $100 to spare? Think again.Even if your budget is tight right now, there might be ways to save money that you aren’t considering. Not only are some people spending unnecessary cash on a regular basis, but many of us are sitting on untapped sources of money in our own homes. Here are five examples of ways to find extra cash in your budget. Combined, these tips could add up to $100 in savings a week— and some might be worth that much alone.1. Check Bills for ErrorsThe next time you get a bill from a doctor’s office, medical clinic or hospital, wait to pay it until you know that the amount you’re being asked to spend is accurate. According to a recent ABC News report, auditors hired by an insurance company found errors in more than 90 percent of the medical bills they examined. These discrepancies can prove devastating for patients’ budgets.Recently, I received a bill of about $200 for some laboratory tests. According to the letter, my insurer denied coverage because I couldn’t be identified as a member. However, I quickly discovered that the lab had the wrong insurance ID number for me by comparing the number on my insurance card with the one on the bill. By making a quick call, I was able to inform the biller of the mistake so a claim could be submitted to my insurer to cover the cost. continue reading » 31SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more