20 Dec

Is Patrick Marleau on his way back to San Jose?

first_imgPatrick Marleau may have just moved another giant step closer to returning to the San Jose Sharks.The Carolina Hurricanes bought out Marleau’s contract on Thursday, five days after acquiring the 39-year-old from the Toronto Maple Leafs in a salary dump move, the News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. reported.Hurricanes will buy out Marleau, Don Waddell said. Owe him his $3 million signing bonus now and $833,333 split … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile devicelast_img read more

17 Dec

AgriPOWER Class XI applications due April 19

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentIn 2019, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation will select 20 individuals to participate in AgriPOWER, a leadership and advocacy development program, which will consist of seven multi-day institutes (17 total days). Applications are due April 19.Topics covered will include public policy matters facing local communities, the state of Ohio, the nation and the world. Additionally, specific sessions will help class members develop important skills necessary to become an effective leader and advocate for agriculture. Two of the institute sessions will be held out of state (one in Washington, D.C. and the other location will be decided at a later date) to help class members gain a valuable understanding of national and global issues. BrochureConsider applying if:• You want to improve your understanding of current issues and develop the skills necessary to lead and become an advocate for agriculture. • You have a passion for agriculture and see yourself in a leadership role in the future. • You are interested in the political process and/or have thought about running for office. • You are open to new experiences and learning. • You can commit the time necessary to participate in the program.2019-2020 Session OutlineSESSION 1 | JULY 19-20 ColumbusProgram orientation and getting to know Farm Bureau. Personal strengths finder assessment, evolving leadership development and public speaking training.SESSION 2 | AUG. 8-10 TBDPower and role of the media, spokesperson training, changing nature of  communications, social media, and Ohio trade and export issues.SESSION 3 | SEPT. 10-12 Washington, D.C.Power of organizations, Farm Bureau’s process, national and international issues, trade, demographics and federal government basics.SESSION 4 | NOV. 15-16 ColumbusUp close look at state government, working with statewide elected officials and politics and etiquette.SESSION 5 | DEC. 13-14 TBDLocal (township and county) government basics, local economic development, energy issues and water quality. Leading and understanding change, activists and advocacy, divergent views, attacks on agriculture and food.SESSION 6 | FEB. 20-22 TBDOut of  state agriculture tour. Explore current issues in food, agriculture, and the environment in another state. Gain a first-hand perspective of  agricultural facilities, businesses and Farm Bureau’s role in another state. Explore ways for Farm Bureaus to work together.SESSION 7 | MARCH 13-14 ColumbusService opportunities to get engaged in agricultural organizations, local organizations and Ohio Farm Bureau. Review business structures and transitions. AgriPOWER graduation.Tuition and applicationThe tuition is $4,500 per person, plus each individual is responsible for a $400 participation deposit.Applications should be completed and returned to Ohio Farm Bureau postmarked by April 19, 2019. Ohio Farm Bureau will review the applications and select the 2019-2020 class. All applicants will be notified of  their acceptance status after May 22, 2019.Online ExtraMeet Class X participants.Read Class X session blogs.      Leave a Commentlast_img read more

3 Dec

Ringing in change, government style

first_imgAll government employees in Samba district of Jammu & Kashmir have been directed to download the “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” ringtone on their Jio mobile numbers. The order came from the office of Deputy Commissioner Sheetal Nanda on February 23, who demanded that a compliance report be filed within 24 hours.The government is in talks with Airtel and Vodafone for similar ringtones but the memo mentions only one service provider. According to Ms. Nanda, the decision was taken make sure the campaign message is widespread, and to “put a thrust on having a girl child. In local language“A ringtone was prepared when the campaign was launched. We made a folk singer to sing it in Dogri, a local language. The ringtone was already available on the BSNL members. We got in touch with the Jio company too for the ringtone, which they agreed to,” Ms. Nanda told The Hindu. She had issued fresh directions to all the departments, including school staff, using the Jio numbers to download the ringtone, also used by the Deputy Commissioner herself. “I will ensure 100% compliance,” she said.Responding to the directive, Srinagar-based gynecologist and women rights activist Samina Maqbool said, “Making ringtones mandatory have hardly resulted in change of mindset when it comes to gender justice.”Addressing root causes“The male-female ratio is alarming but at the same time it points at two areas where the government’s intervention is required now. One, high mortality rate among women in Jammu and Kashmir due to poor access to the healthcare and healthy food intake. Two, growing incidences of female foeticide and poor mechanism to stop sex determination in advance,” Dr Maqbool said.While downloading ringtones may help in sensitisation to some extent, “The real solution lies by working on the causes leading to the skewed male-female ratio,” Dr Maqbool said.Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched “Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao” (Save girl child-Educate girl child) campaign in January 2015 to address the declining Child Sex Ratio (CSR) in India. As per the 2011 census, the adult sex ratio in India is 940 females for every 1000 males. The child sex ratio (of children between the ages 0 and 6 years) is far worse at 914 females for every 1000 males. Figures for Jammu and Kashmir are well below the national average with only 883 females for every 1000 males.last_img read more