Commentary: Focus on the Vision, not the Vindictive

first_imgHome Commentary Commentary: Focus on the Vision, not the Vindictive SHARE Commentary: Focus on the Vision, not the Vindictive SHARE By Gary TruittWell, here we are in the heart of election season. The conventions are over, the campaign commercials have begun in earnest, and the name calling has declined to the level of a junior high playground. Over the next few months, we in the ag media will be reporting on where different candidates stand on various farm issues. The truth is, however, that their positions, proposals, and promises don’t add up to a bag of beans and should be ignored. What is important is vision — how they see the future.This realization occurred to me as I was sitting in the recent Lt. Governor’s Debate on Agriculture held in Boone County, Indiana. For 50 minutes, the three candidates for the Lt. Governor position in Indiana dutifully answered questions from three other ag journalists and me about a variety of farm issues from broadband to trade to hemp. The GOP incumbent came well-prepared and had polished answers with lots of facts and figures and very little substance. The Democratic challenger was candid and passionate but admitted she knew nothing about agriculture and had only been studying the issues for the past few weeks. The Libertarian never really answered the questions just restated what the issues were and how they were a problem that needed to be solved.By the luck of the draw, I got to ask the final question. Trying to get something a little deeper than I had heard so far, I asked each of them for their vision of the future of agriculture. This took them off their prepared scripts and talking points and gave us a glimpse of what was under the hood. On one hand we saw a well-tuned engine with considerable millage on it but running well and ready to continue to perform at the same level. We also saw a new engine with lots of horsepower but having never been started. The third engine was a hybrid of experimental design and questionable engineering. I will let my fellow Hoosiers figure all that out.On the national scene, in what journalist H.l. Mencken called “A Carnival of Buncombe,” the same approach can be used. Mencken astutely observed that what candidates for the White House really want is “the job.” Thus, they will say anything and promise anything to anybody at any time if it will help them get the job. This may seem cynical, and it is; but it is also reality, and to think otherwise is delusional. Thus, don’t be distracted by what Donald Trump or Joe Biden say or promise on any specific ag issue. Try, as best you can, to discern their vision for the future of agriculture and for our country. Then, decide if that approach is going to help your family and farm grow and prosper in the years ahead.With so much uncertainty in our economy and our world, it is impossible to say with any degree of confidence what is going to work or not work in the years ahead. The vision and approach our leaders take into that future will determine how they react and adapt, not the promises made or the things said in the closing days of the campaign. Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Aug 30, 2020 Previous articleCorn Prices Still Lag Because of DemandNext articleCorn Prices Still Lag Because of Demand and Dry Weather Continues on the HAT Monday Podcast Gary Truittlast_img read more

Echols-Luper to transfer to Arkansas State

first_imgAnother series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award printTCU kick returner and wide receiver Cameron Echols-Luper is transferring to Arkansas-State University, according to various reports.In a message on his twitter account, Echols-Luper said “I have decided to close this chapter in my life and move on to a new chapter, a fresh start.”It has been reported that Echols-Luper will switch to quarterback upon his arrival at Arkansas-State.The junior from Auburn, Ala. received an All-Big 12 Honorable Mention as a return specialist during the 2014 season. He was also named the College Football Performance Awards National Punt Returner of the Week after his performance against Kansas last November. Echols-Luper totaled 86 yards in punt returns, returning one punt for a touchdown that put the Frogs ahead for the remainder of the game.Echols-Luper’s father, Curtis Luper, is in his third season as running backs coach for the TCU football team.This is a developing story. We will update this story with further information. Linkedin + posts Dean Strakahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dean-straka/ Norrie climbs to No. 1 in national rankings Equestrian upsets No. 1 Baylor, swept by Texas A&M at NCEA Championships Facebook Facebook Dean Strakahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dean-straka/ Dean Strakahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dean-straka/ Equestrian defeated in Big 12 Championship Dean Straka Men’s tennis clinches consecutive Big 12 titles with win over No. 4 Baylor ReddIt TCU punt returner Cameron Echols-Luper (15) cuts behind blockers and ahead of Kansas special teams player Joe Dineen Jr. (29) on his way for a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Lawrence, Kan., Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. TCU defeated Kansas 34-30. TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks ReddIt Twitter Dean Straka is a senior journalism major from Lake Forest, California. He currently serves as Sports Line Editor for TCU 360. His passions include golf, God, traveling, and sitting down to watch the big game of the day. Follow him on Twitter at @dwstraka49 Linkedin Twitter Previous articleWendy’s robbed on West Berry StreetNext articleNew parking garage to open in September Dean Straka RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Dean Strakahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dean-straka/last_img read more

Punches and threats from neo-Nazi party spokesman on live television

first_img GreeceEurope – Central Asia News News Help by sharing this information Organisation Reporters Without Borders wishes to express its disgust at the assault on several journalists by the Greek neo-Nazi Golden Dawn (Chryssi Avgi) party spokesman Ilias Kasidiaris in the course of a live televised debate today during which he also attacked two left-wing deputies. “The behaviour of Ilias Kasidiaris is both unacceptable and indicative of the aggressive attitude of the Gold Dawn party towards its political opponents and the media,” the international press freedom organization said. (Picture: AFP Photo / HO / Antena) April 29, 2021 Find out more Greece’s new guidelines for policing protests threaten press freedom to go further News Receive email alertscenter_img The Greek police must show journalists can trust it with their protection after one was murdered and another is threatened News Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU June 2, 2021 Find out more GreeceEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Greece June 7, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Punches and threats from neo-Nazi party spokesman on live television RSF_en “This incident is in line with the strident rhetoric of the neo-Nazi group and merely confirms the fears aroused by previous incidents of a similar kind. It would be unconscionable for Mr. Kasidiaris, who won a seat in parliament in the 6 May legislative elections, to be protected by any form of parliamentary immunity.” During a morning political talk show on the commercial television station Antenna (ANT1), Kasidiaris attacked two other guests on the programme, Rena Douro of the left-wing Syriza party and communist Liana Kanelli. After hurling insults at Douro, who had referred to legal proceedings pending against Kasidiaris, he threw a glass of water in her face then slapped and punched Kanelli. The programme was halted. Members of the editorial team told Reporters Without Borders that the neo-Nazi politician then struck the programme’s presenter Giorgos Papadakis, a cameraman and two journalists who tried to prevent him from fleeing the studio. As he left Kasidiaris damaged a door and threatened the journalists who were taking photographs of him, saying: “You’ll see what happens if you publish them!”Against the backdrop of the severe economic crisis in Greece, it is increasingly difficult for journalists to carry out their job of keeping the pubic informed. Growing militancy by far-left and far-right groups among others is a highly sensitive subject. Immigrants are regularly the targets of attacks by Golden Dawn supporters. Gil Shefler, a journalist with the Jerusalem Post told Reporters Without Borders he was beaten up two days ago in central Athens near the National Archaeological Museum, an area regularly patrolled by police because of its proximity to the ministry of culture and the city’s anarchist district. “I was walking in the street when I witnessed an attack on a group of people by about 15 masked men,” he told Reporters Without Borders by telephone.“Most those being attacked appeared to be immigrants, but I can’t confirm that was the case with all of them. So it was impossible for me to say with any certainty whether it was an attack by neo-Nazis, or by a group from the opposite side. “However, as soon as I took out my camera in a professional reaction, five assailants chased after me. They caught up with me and beat me with their sticks. This happened in broad daylight. The police took 20 minutes to arrive (…) I was hospitalized with injuries to my head and chest, but I am feeling better now. I think I was very lucky. It could have been a lot worse.” February 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Time to recognise Limerick’s butchers

first_imgPrint Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Email Advertisement Joe Hayes and Edward McNamara, who are hoping to erect a monument to Limerick’s pork butchers.Picture: Brendan GleesonA CAMPAIGN is currently underway to seek recognition for the role that Limerick’s legendary pork butchers played in the city’s history and economy.The Limerick Pork Butchers Society is seeking donations and support to place a monument in William Street in honour of the city’s four major meat processors.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The factories – Shaws, Mattersons, O’Meara’s, and Dennys – once employed more than 1,000 people in Limerick, about 500 of those as butchers.“About 50 per cent of all the pigs killed in Ireland were from the four factories in Limerick. We want this monument to remember all the people who worked in the factories and the role they played in Limerick commerce.“Every year on August 15 we have a mass at St Johns Cathedral for the members, deceased and living, of the Pork Butchers Union. If we were able to erect the monument by August 15 next year, that would be fantastic,” said Joe Hayes of the Limerick Pork Butchers Society.The Limerick Pork Butchers were famed for their generosity towards Dublin workers during the Great Lock Out of 1913.Jim Larkin said that the Limerick Pork Butchers “sent more money every week in proportion to their strength than any other union”.Metropolitan Mayor Jerry O’Dea has already pledged his support to the campaign, and the Society is also hoping to collaborate on an exhibition and book with the help of the Limerick Archives.“It started with the memorial stone idea and it’s just snowballed from there. Jacqui Hayes in the Limerick Archives started digging up information and then she said ‘let’s do a book’,” said Mr Hayes.He added that anyone wishing to contribute photographs or share their stories of the Limerick Pork Butchers could get in touch with Ms Hayes at City Hall. Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebookcenter_img NewsTime to recognise Limerick’s butchersBy John Keogh – October 30, 2015 940 WhatsApp TAGSlimerickLimerick Pork Butchers SocietyLimerick Pork Butchers Union Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Linkedin Previous articleAdams unveils Con Colbert monument in County LimerickNext articlePUNCH Engineers up for Ireland Excellence Award 2015 John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Twitter Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

Shannon Group seeking funding for Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and…

first_img TAGSBunratty CastleKeeping Limerick PostedKing John’s CastlelimerickLimerick PostShannon Heritage Print Advertisement Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Linkedin Facebook Twitter King John’s CastleSHANNON Group can confirm it is seeking a total amount of €6.4M from the government to keep Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and King John’s Castle open until June next.Shannon Group CEO Mary Considine said that the Group made a submission to the Department of Transport in July about securing the viability of both Heritage sites and is in daily discussions with government in an attempt to secure the funding to keep Bunratty Castle and King John’s Castle open to the public.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Covid-19 pandemic has, she said, led to major revenue losses at both sites which are hugely dependant on US and continental European tourists, who account in a normal year for 80pc of visitors.“Both sites are very important to the local economy and to tourism in the region and Shannon Group is doing everything it can to keep the two heritage sites open,” she said.“Shannon Heritage, which runs both sites, will require total funding of €6.4M to June 2021 when a pick-up in visitor numbers usually occurs.“Shannon Heritage employees have done trojan work in these very difficult and challenging times. When the Government brought forward their reopening plan to June 29, staff rallied to assist with getting the sites ready. Despite a major marketing campaign and a slight bounce in domestic visitors it hasn’t made-up for the loss of our international customers.“Our focus now is on protecting our employees’ jobs in the long-term, which requires difficult short-term decision so that we can survive, recover and rebuild. Unless we receive Government support, we will unfortunately be forced to close Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and King John’s Castle on the August 31.“However it is our desire to keep both Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and King John’s Castle open beyond the traditional summer season this year. That is why, given the significant losses that will be made during off-season, we have made a submission to government seeking funding to enable us continue operations at the sites.“We urgently await the outcome of that request and in the meantime are exploring all options around the viability of these facilities beyond 2020.” Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live center_img Email Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Previous articleHSE maintains silence over Covid outbreak at Limerick direct provision centreNext articleAll you need to know as the Pro 14 returns with the clash of Munster and Leinster Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads WhatsApp BusinessLimerickNewsShannon Group seeking funding for Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and King John’s CastleBy Staff Reporter – August 20, 2020 116 last_img read more

Industry Pulse: Promotions at BSI, Fannie Mae and Free Training from Padgett

first_img September 2, 2020 1,411 Views  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: Padgett Law Group Offers ‘Post COVID Reality’ Web Summit Next: Report Ranks 11 Top Communities for Opportunity Zone Investments 2020-09-02 Christina Hughes Babb Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Industry Pulse: Promotions at BSI, Fannie Mae and Free Training from Padgett Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Christina Hughes Babb Home / Daily Dose / Industry Pulse: Promotions at BSI, Fannie Mae and Free Training from Padgett Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribe 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. 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 Share Save BSI Financial Services, a mortgage-centric financial services company, last week announced it has promoted Larry Goldstone to President of Capital Markets and Lending and John Lawrence to President of Servicing and Lender Services.A 20-year veteran of the mortgage industry, Lawrence previously served as BSI’s EVP and Chief Servicing Officer, where he led the company’s Entra, ESPL and quality control groups. In his new role, Lawrence will be responsible for the overall profitability and operations of the company’s servicing and lender services businesses. Prior to joining the company, Lawrence held senior executive positions at PIMCO, PennyMac, Wells Fargo and IndyMac Bank.Goldstone previously led BSI’s mortgage servicing rights strategy as executive vice president of capital markets. Over the past six years, he“It’s a privilege to work with such accomplished leaders in John and Larry, who have made enormous contributions to our growth,” said Gagan Sharma, President and CEO of BSI Financial Services. “These promotions could not be more well deserved. I’m confident John and Larry will continue driving our future success as a key partner to our lender and investor clients, whether they need servicing, MSR sales or other services for their lending and servicing groups. As we leverage technology to deliver a world class consumer and client experience, Larry and John will help lead the fulfillment of that vision.”__________________________________________________________________________Fannie Mae has appointed Jeffery Hayward to the newly created position of EVP and Chief Administrative Officer. It has appointed Michele Evans EVP and Head of Multifamily. Hayward, previously Head of Fannie Mae’s Multifamily business, will lead Fannie Mae’s Affordable Housing; Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG); Human Resources; Diversity & Inclusion; and Enterprise Workplace teams. Evans most recently served as Fannie Mae Multifamily CEO.The new role of CAO reflects Fannie Mae’s ongoing commitment to affordable housing, diversity and inclusion, and leading the industry with the company’s ESG efforts.“We’re fortunate to have someone of Jeff’s unique experience and talent to help us mobilize our most important asset—our human capital,” said David C. Benson, President, Fannie Mae. “Michele has built strong, trusted relationships with our Multifamily customers, driven change and innovation, and managed Multifamily’s business operations. At a time when affordable rental housing is more important than ever to our country, she is the right person to lead our Multifamily team.”__________________________________________________________________________Today Padgett Law Group (PLG) opened registration for the firm’s inaugural web summit, “PANDIFFERENT.” The summit is in response to growing client demand for digital training and education resources, and comes on the heels of the firm’s summer webinar series. That series included seven webinars devoted to various default, legal, title, and compliance issues impacted by COVID-19.This week’s announcement of PANDIFFERENT elevates the firm’s online educational offerings for clients by developing seven new sessions, six of which are pre-recorded, and one final session serving as a live closing super session to recap updates and answer attendee questions. All content will be made available on October 1 to registered attendees. The first 150 registrants will receive a $15 coupon for UberEats to order lunch during the web summit. Event details and registration can be found at PadgettLawGroup.com/PANDIFFERENT.Featured speakers include Robyn Padgett, Chief Development Officer; Keena Newmark, Esq., Managing Attorney of Bankruptcy; Marissa Yaker, Esq., Managing Attorney of Foreclosure; and nearly a dozen more legal, operational, and compliance leaders from the firm as well as a mix of industry partners and guest speakers. The summit also includes a presentation from Five Star Global’s Chairman Emeritus Ed Delgado.“Hosting PANDIFFERENT is our way of recognizing that in these uncertain times, one thing is certain: you must have forward vision,” said Chief Development Officer Robyn Padgett. Registration is free for employees of GSEs, regulators and other government bodies, lenders, servicers, credits unions, investors, and other financial services companies. All other interested parties may contact PLG to request an invitation for a limited registration. Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, News Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agolast_img read more

Cllr concerned that Donegal County Council will take part in Gateway scheme

first_img Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Cllr concerned that Donegal County Council will take part in Gateway scheme By News Highland – March 6, 2014 Facebook News 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Google+ Facebook Twitter A Councillor has expressed his concern that Donegal County Council will take part in the controversial Gateway local authority work placement scheme despite councillor’s opposition to it.The scheme, is intended to offer work experience to 3,000 jobseekers but Councillors in Donegal past a motion last month calling on the council not to cooperate with it.The motion was moved by Councillor Mick Quinn who admits it is likely to be ignored by the council executive.He says Union support is required if the Gateway initiative is to be scrapped:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/mick1pm.mp3[/podcast]center_img 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Previous articleVictims of paramilitary violence and representatives from Amnesty International to speak to Oireachtas CommitteNext articleDonegal woman welcomes Dublin solicitor being struck off News Highland Google+ Pinterest Pinterest Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitterlast_img read more

Public to pay huge bill for government’s failed appeal against Pearse Doherty

first_img 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Newsx Adverts Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic center_img Public to pay huge bill for government’s failed appeal against Pearse Doherty Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Previous articleDonegal road safety campaigner hits out at short sentence for woman’s deathNext articleSoccer – Financial Concerns Again At Finn Harps News Highland By News Highland – October 20, 2011 Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal The tax payer looks set to foot a legal bill estimated in the hundreds of thousands for the failed appeal by government against Pearse Doherty successfully forcing the Donegal by-election.Yesterday the Government withdrew its appeal  in the Supreme Court which was hearing a motion from Deputy Doherty to have the case dismissed.The last Fianna Fail led administration was responsible for the appeal but the current government, until yesterday, was also contesting the high court’s decision in favour of Deputy Doherty.The Sinn Fein representative says that as a result, the tax payer faces a huge bill:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/pears1pmappeal.mp3[/podcast] Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Derry PSNI investigate Hazelbank ram raid

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Twitter Google+ 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North An investigation is underway in Derry after a shop in the Hazelbank area was ram raided overnight.The incident happened at Rosskeen Park in the early hours of this morning. It’s understood a number of items and a sum of money were taken, the extent of the damage and what was taken is still being asssessed.The car, a black Citroen C1, was stolen from the Shearwater area in Waterside.Local Cllr Eric Mc Ginley says this is the latest in a series of incidents in the wider area involving car crime and amounts to nothing more than an attack on a local business and the wider community………. By News Highland – February 26, 2015 WhatsApp Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/erichazelbank.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter Pinterest Derry PSNI investigate Hazelbank ram raid Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ Previous articleThe funny things we learned about the celebs in the Bake Off KitchenNext articleFROM LISA ON THE ROAD TO LISA ON THE RADIO News Highland Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Facebook Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire WhatsApp Pinterestlast_img read more

Gardai reconstructing last movements of murdered Polish man

first_img Google+ Gardai reconstructing last movements of murdered Polish man By News Highland – November 8, 2017 Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Gardai in Letterkenny have been conducting a checkpoint in the Gortlee area today as part of a reconstruction of the murder of 36 year old Sebastian Adamowicz.It’s exactly one week on since Mr. Adamowicz was found with extensive head injuries in a house in Sylvan Park.He died on Thursday in hospital and following the results of a post mortem the investigation was upgraded to murder.Detective Inspector Pat O’Donnell says a number of items, potentially helpful to the investigation, have been retrieved following searches in the area.He has been speaking to Highland Radio News:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/patodonnevxvcxvll1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest Homepage BannerNews Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA center_img Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ WhatsApp Previous articleLeader Programme may help provide funds for Swan Park – MinisterNext articleCalls for legislation to address gap between mainland and offshore islands fire service resources News Highland DL Debate – 24/05/21 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more