Dry Conditions Keep Indiana Harvest on Pace with Five-Year Average

first_img Another very dry week left fields dusty and pushed corn and soybeans towards maturity, according to USDA NASS, Great Lakes Regional Field Office. 75 percent of Indiana topsoils were rated short or very short last week, an increase of 13 percentage points from the previous week. Subsoil was also incredibly dry with 72 percent of subsoils rated short or very short; an increase of 12 percentage points from last week.The average temperature for the week was 63.5 degrees Fahrenheit, 2.8 degrees above normal for the State. The amount of rainfall varied from none to 0.08 inches over the week. The statewide average precipitation was 0.02 inches. Most areas of the State had no appreciable rainfall last week. There were 6.9 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending September 27.Another very dry week pushed corn and soybeans towards harvest. Wide scale harvest was anticipated to begin on most farms soon. Excessively dry conditions caused dust concerns and there were scattered reports of combine fires. Hay harvest was wrapping up on most farms. Pasture conditions were suffering due to lack of rain and some farmers provided supplemental hay because pastures were not supporting nutrition needs. Other activities for the week included applying herbicides, planting wheat, preparing equipment for harvest, and harvesting apples.CornDent: 96%Mature: 66%Harvested for Silage: 91%Harvested for Grain: 12%Condition: 59%SoybeansDropping leaves: 80%Harvested: 17%Condition: 61% G/E SHARE Facebook Twitter Dry Conditions Keep Indiana Harvest on Pace with Five-Year Average SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Dry Conditions Keep Indiana Harvest on Pace with Five-Year Average Facebook Twitter Previous articleMarket Volatility to Keep Building As Presidential Election Gets CloserNext articleUS-UK Trade Talks Progress, Another Round Scheduled for October USDA Communications By USDA Communications – Sep 28, 2020 last_img read more

Rights Groups Demand Justice for journalist Mehman Huseynov Tortured in Azerbaijan

first_imgNews Help by sharing this information to go further June 8, 2021 Find out more News “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan January 12, 2017 Rights Groups Demand Justice for journalist Mehman Huseynov Tortured in Azerbaijan April 9, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Receive email alertscenter_img AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentPredatorsViolenceCitizen-journalists AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentPredatorsViolenceCitizen-journalists June 4, 2021 Find out more The undersigned organisations strongly condemn the abduction and torture of Azerbaijani journalist Mehman Huseynov and call on Azerbaijan’s authorities to immediately investigate the case and to hold those responsible accountable. Moreover, Huseynov’s conviction should be overturned and the travel ban against him lifted. We further call upon the Azerbaijani authorities to immediately and unconditionally release all journalists, bloggers and activists currently imprisoned in Azerbaijan solely for exercising the right to freedom of expression. Mehman Huseynov, Azerbaijan’s top political blogger and chairman of the local press freedom group, Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS), the country’s leading press freedom group, was abducted in Central Baku at around 8 pm local time on Monday 9 January. He was pushed into a vehicle by unknown assailants and driven away. His whereabouts were unknown until early afternoon on Tuesday, when it emerged that Huseynov had been apprehended by unidentified police agents. On 10 January, Huseynov was taken to Nasimi District Court, where he was tried on charges of disobeying the police (Article 535.1 of the Administrative Offences Code), which carries a sentence of up to 30 days in jail. The Court released him; however, he was fined 200 AZN (approx. 100 EUR). Huseynov said he was tortured while in police custody. He reported being driven around for several hours, blindfolded and suffocated with a bag. He also said that he was given electric shocks in the car. On being brought to Nasimi District Police Department he lost consciousness and collapsed. An ambulance was called, and he was given painkillers and sleep-inducers by way of injection. His lawyers confirmed that his injuries were visible during the court hearing. The court also ordered that Nasimi district prosecutor’s office conduct investigation into Mehman Huseynov’s torture reports. “We resolutely denounce this act of torture and wish Mehman Huseynov a rapid recovery,” said Gulnara Akhundova, the Head of Department at International Media Support. “All charges against Huseynov must be dropped unconditionally, and those responsible for his torture should be tried in an independent and impartial manner, as should those in the chain of command who are implicated”. ‘The fact the Mehman Huseynov was convicted of disobeying the police for refusing to get into the car of his abductors beggars belief. We know that the Azerbaijan authorities have a long history of bringing trumped up charges against writers and activists. His conviction should be overturned immediately’ said Salil Tripathi, Chair of PEN International’s Writers in Prison Committee. “This is another example of continued repression against journalists in Azerbaijan, which is why RSF considers Aliyev a predator of press freedom. Huseynov is one of dozens of journalists and citizen journalists who remain under politically motivated travel bans. Although he has been released, he remains at serious risk. The international community must act now to protect him and other critical voices in Azerbaijan.” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. Although Huseynov’s family and colleagues had repeatedly contacted the police since his disappearance on 9 January 2017, they were not informed about his arrest until early afternoon the following day when he was brought to court. Hence, the undersigned organisations consider Huseynov’s abduction as an enforced disappearance, defined under international law as the arrest or detention of a person by state officials, or their agents, followed by a refusal to acknowledge the deprivation of liberty, or to reveal the person’s fate or whereabouts. The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances has repeatedly clarified that ‘there is no time limit, not matter how short, for an enforced disappearance to occur’. As a signatory of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (ICPPED), Azerbaijan is obliged to refrain from acts that would defeat or undermine the ICPPED’s objective and purpose. Despite the much-lauded release of political prisoners in March 2016, the persecution of critical voices in Azerbaijan has accelerated in recent months. Currently, there are dozens of journalists and activists behind bars for exercising their right to free expression in Azerbaijan. “The government has sought to destroy civil society and the media in Azerbaijan, while developing relations with Western states to secure lucrative oil and gas deals”, said Katie Morris, Head of the Europe and Central Asia Programme at ARTICLE 19. “While the government may release a journalist one day, the following day they will arrest or harass others, creating a climate of fear to prevent people speaking out. The international community must clearly condemn this behaviour and apply pressure for systemic reform”, she added. “We must stop the sense of impunity on attacks against journalists and human rights defenders in Azerbaijan, of which this attack against Mehman Huseynov is a sad illustration. The international community must seriously address this climate of impunity and take concrete actions, through the Council of Europe and the United Nations Human Rights Council, to regularly monitor the human rights situation in Azerbaijan and hold the authorities to their commitments in this regard,” said Ane Tusvik Bonde, Regional Manager for Eastern Europe and Caucasus at the Human Rights House Foundation. The undersigned organisations call on the authorities to take the necessary measures to put an end to vicious cycle of impunity for wide-spread human rights violations in the country. We call on the international community to undertake an immediate review of their relations with Azerbaijan to ensure that human rights are at more consistently placed at the heart of all on-going negotiations with the government. Immediate and concrete action must be taken to hold Azerbaijan accountable for its international obligations and encourage meaningful human rights reform in law and practice. Supporting organisations: ARTICLE 19 Civil Rights Defenders English PEN FIDH – International Federation for Human Rights Front Line Defenders Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights Human Rights House Foundation IFEX Index on Censorship International Media Support International Partnership for Human Rights NESEHNUTI Netherlands Helsinki Committee Norwegian Helsinki Committee PEN America PEN International People in Need Reporters Without Borders World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh Organisation News Follow the news on Azerbaijan Newslast_img read more

Limerick families in crisis after home help hours cut

first_imgNewsLocal NewsLimerick families in crisis after home help hours cutBy Alan Jacques – October 29, 2015 609 Twitter WhatsApp WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Print Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Linkedin Facebookcenter_img Previous article18% increase in calls to Limerick domestic abuse serviceNext articleTeenagers training for film industry Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie TAGSfeaturedFianna Fáilhome helplimerickOireachtas Health CommitteeWillie O’Dea TD Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up THE GOVERNMENT has been accused of a “bitter betrayal” on supports for older people following confirmation that over 143,000 home help hours have been slashed over the past five years in Limerick alone.According to Census 2011, there are 8,246 family carers in Limerick city and county providing around 200,000 hours of care every week in their own homes.Limerick Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’Dea, who is the party spokesman on Social Protection, told the Limerick Post this week that many older people are finding it more and more difficult to continue living at home following a substantial reduction in home help supports since this Government came into office.“The cuts to home help hours for older people are nothing short of disgraceful and are another example of the Government’s failure to keep the promises it made in order to get itself elected,” the Limerick politician claimed.“Fine Gael and Labour committed to increasing home help supports year on year. What has happened is the complete opposite. The assistance hours have been slashed by over 25 per cent in Limerick over the past five years, which is way above the national average of around 10 per cent, and as a result of these harsh cuts, older people are finding it increasingly difficult to stay living in their own comes,” he said.Figures provided at a recent Oireachtas Health Committee meeting show that the number of home help hours in Limerick is down from 524,671 in 2010 to a projected 381,000 in 2015 — a fall of 143,671 hours over five years.Nationally the number of home help hours are down from 11,680,516 in 2010 to a projected 10,447,000 in 2015 — a fall of 1,253,516 hours over five years.Deputy O’Dea continued: “This cut clearly highlights the extent of the Government’s betrayal of its Programme for Government commitment in relation to home supports for older people. It’s another example of Fine Gael and Labour’s continued attack on older people and people with disabilities.“The cuts to over 70’s medical cards, to home adaption grants, to the housing aid for older people scheme, to the telephone allowance, the abolition of the bereavement grant, and the five fold hike in prescription charges have had a serious impact on older people in Limerick and across the country.He feels it is deeply unfair for the Government to continue to target older people in this way and also “extremely counter-productive”.“By failing to provide the supports needed to allow people to live securely and with dignity in their own homes, the Government is forcing these people onto the already overburdened hospital system and costing the taxpayer more in the long-run.” Email Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Advertisement Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

15 year old Derry youth assaulted on Foyle Road

first_img Facebook Google+ By News Highland – March 19, 2011 Pinterest Police in Derry are appealing for information following an assault in the Foyle Road area last night.At around 8pm, a 15 year old man was sitting close to a car wash when he was assaulted by a number of people.He was kicked to the head and body a number of times before he ran off in the direction of Southway.He sustained injuries to his face and bruising to his back and shoulders.Police are appealing to anyone who witnessed this assault to come forward. Facebook Twitter WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Newsx Adverts Twitter 15 year old Derry youth assaulted on Foyle Roadcenter_img WhatsApp Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Pinterest Google+ 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Previous articleDonegal capture Vocational Schools Title – U21’s progress in UlsterNext articleCross border investigation continues following Strabane stabbings News Highland 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal last_img read more

Man shot in paramilitary style attack in Derry

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+ Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Google+ By admin – November 24, 2015 A 23-year-old man has been shot several times in both legs in the Brandywell area of Derry.The attack, which police are describing as callous, happened in the living room of a house at around 11 o’clock last night. There were two gunmen involved.The man is being treated at Altnagelvin Hospital for gundhot wounds to the thighs.Councillor Kevin Campbell says the people of the city do not want these actions taking place on their streets, and those behind them need to stop.He urged anyone with any information to bring it forward to the PSNI straight away.center_img Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook Previous articlePSNI warn of traffic delays as ‘abnormal’ load travels towards KilleterNext articleCPI building may provide a temporary home for Castlefinn Health Centre admin Pinterest Twitter Homepage BannerNews Facebook Man shot in paramilitary style attack in Derry Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

HMAS Anzac Trains for NORTHERN TRIDENT Deployment

first_img View post tag: Navy HMAS Anzac Trains for NORTHERN TRIDENT Deployment Back to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Anzac Trains for NORTHERN TRIDENT Deployment View post tag: Trains View post tag: HMAS Anzac View post tag: Deployment Authorities Crews of HMA Ships Anzac and Melbourne got busy recently in order to complete workups before Anzac’s NORTHERN TRIDENT deployment.Added to the mix on the south coast of New South Wales, the ships have been joined by other major fleet units, such as HMAS Perth, to increase the task group operation war-fighting capabilities.As she prepares to deploy next month, Anzac is being put through a range of development and assessment activities that will allow her to operate thousands of miles from home alone, and in company, with warships from other nations.A fundamental part of this development is the refinement of seamanship skills, including replenishment at sea serials with light and heavy jackstay lines, along with boat operations and towing exercises.In order to prove herself ready for deployment, members of Sea Training Group, known as the ‘Green Team’, have been assessing Anzac’s readiness across these and other skills during an intense five-week period off the New South Wales coast.With more than a third of the ship’s company directly involved in the more complex replenishment evolutions, these activities involve sailors and officers from all parts of the ship – maritime logistics, marine engineering, weapons engineering and the chaplain – working together with the boatswains to pass and recover lines between two ships.Overseeing the briefing and conduct of these operations in Anzac is Petty Officer Boatswain Chris Opperman.During her upcoming deployment, Anzac will work closely with ships from many navies, practising and honing time-honoured basic seamanship skills.[mappress mapid=”15281″]Image: Australian Navycenter_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Asia-Pacific View post tag: NORTHERN TRIDENT March 3, 2015 Share this articlelast_img read more

Right to Life Annual Banquet Features Former Notre Dame Coach, Lou Holtz

first_imgRight to Life Annual Banquet Features Former Notre Dame Coach, Lou HoltzThe annual Right to Life Banquet will be held on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at The Old National Events Plaza, formerly The Centre in downtown Evansville, IN.  Doors open at 5 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m.  A Private Reception featuring Lou Holtz is being held for donors.  Corporate sponsors are invited to attend a VIP Reception prior to dinner.  The banquet, Right to Life of Southwest Indiana’s signature fundraiser will feature former Notre Dame legendary coach, Lou Holtz as the keynote speaker.Musical entertainment will be provided by soloists, Jordan Duncan, Holly Daughtery, Delmas Beasley, and Amy Beasley Davis.Dr. Christina Francis, OB/GYN will present information on, “The Abortion Pill Reversal”.  A Board Certified Obstetrician & Gynecologist, Dr. Francis is a graduate of Harrison High School, Ball State, and IU Medical School.  She practices medicine in Fort Wayne, IN and is a board member and president of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists.  She also serves on the board of directors for Indiana Right to Life.A Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Michael Fichter, CEO & President of Indiana Right to Life for outstanding leadership, service and dedication on behalf of innocent human life.The Right to Life Banquet started with approximately 100 people attending in the late 1980’s and has grown to become the largest pro-life banquet in the country with expected attendance of more than 1,600.  It is known nationwide for being a pacesetting event in the pro-life community.For tickets and more information on the Right to Life Banquet, please call 474-3195.  All seats are reserved and no tickets will be sold at the event.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Organic trial

first_imgA new ’Better Organic Bread’ project has been launched to boost the country’s organic bread market.The project, organised by the Campden & Chorleywood Food Research Association Group (CCFRA), along with Defra and the Home Grown Cereals Association (HGCA), features milling and baking trials with different wheat varieties in a bid to reduce the amount of wheat imported from abroad. More than 50% of the wheat required for the UK organic bread market is imported.The project is sponsored by Defra through the Sustainable Arable LINK Programme and by HGCA, with 14 ’grain chain’ partners and the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.last_img read more

Pret HR boss raises post-Brexit staffing concerns

first_imgPret A Manger has said it may struggle to find staff following Brexit.Pret human resources director Andrea Wareham told an economic affairs committee that only one in 50 job applicants to the chain were British and that 65% of its employees were non-EU citizens.“If I had to fill all our vacancies with British-only applicants, I would not be able to fill them because of a lack of applications,” she told Labour peer Alistair Darling.Darling responded to Wareham, stating the company might have to just pay more to attract British workers.“I actually don’t think increasing pay would do the trick. I can only talk for Pret on this, but we do pay well above the National Living Wage, we do have great benefits and we offer fantastic careers,” Wareham replied.“It really is a case of: ‘Do people want to work in our industry?’ We are not seen always as a desirable place to work and I think that’s the trick.”Pret A Manger told British Baker it did not wish to comment further on the matter.Earlier this month, Ministry of Cake managing director Chris Ormrod discussed the ramifications for the industry in terms of non-EU workers in the run-up to Brexit.last_img read more

Hear The First Three Singles From Bob Weir’s Forthcoming Cowboy Album, “Blue Mountain”

first_imgOn September 30th, Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir returns with his first solo album in 10 years and first fresh batch of new songs in over 30 years. Titled Blue Mountain, Weir’s new album will focus heavily on “cowboy music,” replete with folk instrumentation capturing the country-western ideals.To date, Weir has shared three singles from the new release. The first was called “Only A River,” filled with members of The National and more as accompaniment. That can be streamed below, via NPR Music.Just a couple weeks later, Weir shared a track called “Gonesville,” premiering the new single with Rolling Stone. “Gonesville” again features members of The National, as well as The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn and more! Listen to the acoustic number, below.Finally, today, Weir has shared the third taste from his forthcoming LP. Titled “Lay My Lily Down,” the song is one of a handful from Blue Mountain that has been played in the live setting. The heartwrenching ballad just gives us another keen look into the new effort by Weir, as we count down the days until its release.Stream “Lay My Lily Down” below.Blue Mountain Tracklist1. Only A River2. Cottonwood Lullaby3. Gonesville4. Lay My Lily Down5. Gallop On The Run6. Whatever Happened To Rose7. Ghost Town8. Darkest Hour9. Ki-Yi Bossie10. Storm Country11. Blue Mountain12. One More River To Crosslast_img read more