P Z Cussons Nigeria Plc. (PZ.ng) HY2012 Interim Report

first_imgP Z Cussons Nigeria Plc. (PZ.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2012 interim results for the half year.For more information about P Z Cussons Nigeria Plc. (PZ.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the P Z Cussons Nigeria Plc. (PZ.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: P Z Cussons Nigeria Plc. (PZ.ng)  2012 interim results for the half year.Company ProfilePZ Cussons Nigeria Plc manufactures and sells a range of consumer products and home appliances in Nigeria. Personal care products include Premier Cool Deo antiseptic soaps, Carex hand hygiene products, Cussons baby products, Venus Gold fragrances and a Morning Fresh dish washing product. PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc sells milk products under the Coast, Nunu and Olympic brands, refined palm oil and red palm oil under the Mamador and Devon King’s brans, and YO! Yoghurt drinks. Household appliances sold under the Haier Thermocool brand include computers, televisions, DVD players, home entertainment systems, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, generators, inverters, stabilisers, automatic voltage regulators, fans and air coolers, washing machines, water dispensers, water heaters, gas cookers and microwaves. The company sells its electrical appliances through its own CoolWorld retail stores located in the major towns and cities of Nigeria. It also exports products to Angola, Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, DR Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, and Togo. Established in 1899 and formerly known as Paterson Zochonis Industries Plc, the company changed its name to PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc in 2006. The company is a subsidiary of PZ Cussons Plc. Its head office is in Ikeja, Nigeria. PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Imperial Brands shares are up 25% AND have an 8%+ dividend yield. I’m keen!

first_imgSimply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Enter Your Email Address Jonathan Smith | Thursday, 10th December, 2020 | More on: IMB Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares I usually buy a stock either for the hope of share price appreciation, or for pure dividend payouts. High-growth stocks that reinvest their profits back into the business often do so at the expense of paying out a dividend. Meanwhile, stalwarts that no longer offer strong growth often turn to higher income payouts to encourage investors to buy. Yet on some occasions, both outcomes can be achieved in one go. When looking at Imperial Brands (LSE: IMB) shares, this seems to be the case. Share price growth First, let’s run through the move higher for Imperial Brands shares over the past month. They’ve risen just over 25% and currently trade around 1,550p. The main driver behind this was the better than expected full-year results released in mid-November. The tobacco company reported operating profit up 24.3%, on revenues that improved by 3.1%. Although the operating profit figure was slightly inflated due to heavy impairments during 2019, it’s still a good performance. Imperial Brands shares kicked higher after the release.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…What also impressed me was the cash conversion rate of 127%. This figure basically is a reflection on how well a business can turn profit into cash flow. After all, making an accounting profit isn’t great if none of this is actual cash banked at end of the year. Added to this was the CEO commenting that “we expect to deliver a stronger financial performance in 2021”. With this forecast, Imperial Brands shares could offer further growth for me as an investor next year.Dividend yieldThe dividend per share was cut earlier this year by a third to 137.7p per share. This was a decision taken in order to reduce the circa £14bn debt it has, along with general Covid-19 caution. Given the share price trades around 1,550p, this still gives a dividend yield of 8.89%. This is very attractive to me. When I compare this to Cash ISA rates of around 1%, or even the FTSE 100 average yield of circa 3%, it’s strong. The dividend yield changes every day depending on the share price. So if Imperial Brands shares rally further, the yield will fall. From that perspective, I’m keen to buy the stock sooner rather than later. Once I’ve bought the stock, my dividend yield is fixed, provided the proposed dividend per share stays the same. Could Imperial Brands cut the dividend per share again? Potentially yes. However, consider two points from the above. First, the CEO is expecting to deliver a stronger performance in 2021. If this is the case, it’s unlikely a dividend would be cut further. Second, in May the dividend was only reduced, not cut completely. If the company was really struggling, it would have cut all payouts instead.Imperial Brands shares: the best of both worlds?For both income and growth investors like me, I think Imperial Brands is one to consider. It’s rare to find a business that can offer both sides of the coin. Especially during an uncertain period, a firm like Imperial Brands would complement my overall portfolio well, I feel. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! jonathansmith1 has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Imperial Brands. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.center_img Imperial Brands shares are up 25% AND have an 8%+ dividend yield. I’m keen! “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Image source: Getty Images. See all posts by Jonathan Smithlast_img read more

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Michael Cheika: “I don’t know the rules anymore”

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS With the #RWC2019 warm-up matches well underway, here is all you need to know about the high tackle sanction framework & why it is important to protecting the long-term health of players (video included) https://t.co/4CdvBGKYdW pic.twitter.com/YwOjdUl4gH— dominic rumbles (@dominicrumbles) August 23, 2019Amidst all the debate and controversy, it’s important to remember that this has been brought in for player welfare reasons and primarily to reduce the risk of concussions.We asked Wales wing George North if he was concerned about the increased focus on high tackles and he said: “I’m not worried. We’ve all been briefed and we all know the rules. It can be frustrating sometimes but we all buy into it.”After all, the aim is to improve player safety. The Samu Kerevi-Rhys Patchell incident is the latest tackle controversy to mar the Rugby World Cup Michael Cheika: “I don’t know the rules anymore”There may not have been any cards or calls for citings during Wales’ World Cup win over Australia, but there was still plenty of controversy.It all centred around a collision between Samu Kerevi and Rhys Patchell. Wales’ replacement fly-half was very upright going into the tackle – poor technique it has to be said – and was knocked backwards by the force of the Wallaby centre’s run.Some could make a case for Patchell’s tackle being reviewed for being high, but the TMO raised the dangerous element of Kerevi leading with his forearm, which rose up to connect with Patchell’s throat. Reckless was the verdict and a penalty for Wales.Match report: Australia 25-29 WalesThe exchange between referee Romain Poite and Australia captain Michael Hooper, as well as Kerevi, was interesting. Hooper flagged Patchell’s poor technique and asked how Kerevi was supposed to carry with the ball. Tucking in his arm seemed to be the advice, but the Wallabies were clearly still frustrated by the decision post-match.Hooper said: “I don’t know how to carry into a player, as a player who is trying to make a dominant carry. And he (Patchell) used poor tackle technique and has fallen back. I don’t know what Kerevi could have done.”Kerevi himself was just as flummoxed: “The way rugby is going, I might as well join the NRL next seeing as how they police it. Look, it’s a hard decision for the referees. I guess I’ve got to change the technique, the way I run.“I’ve been playing like that my whole career and that’s the first time I’ve heard that I can’t lead with my arms and bump.“It’s hard when you slow it down to one-tenth of a second. It looks like I’m going for his neck, but there’s no malice in it.“What do we do in that split-second? With the force I’m coming at, and if he’s going backwards and I can’t move forward, I might as well just stop. I guess I’ve got to use more feet and not run straight anymore.”Related: World Rugby criticises World Cup refereesAustralia coach Michael Cheika went as far as to say he was “embarrassed” by the decision and that he no longer understood the game’s laws. Australia wing Reece Hodge was banned for three matches earlier this week for his tackle on Fiji’s Peceli Yato and Cheika believes Patchell’s tackle on Kerevi was similar.“It was pretty funny because I thought I had seen that tackle before, it could have been Reece Hodge, I am not sure,” said Cheika, with more than a hint of sarcasm. “When our guy makes that tackle and has the high tackle framework in his head, he gets suspended. This guy doesn’t think about the high tackle framework and we get penalised.“As a rugby player, a former player, I am embarrassed here. I honestly don’t know the rules anymore.” Hodge banned for three weeks after tackle on Fiji’s YatoDo you agree with the decision? https://t.co/cAHRQB0k3R pic.twitter.com/eUJOrb3eoe— ITV Rugby (@ITVRugby) September 25, 2019Cheika believes rugby has gone too far in the current regulations and that officials are scared of making the wrong decision. He added: “You’ve got to look after players, but not to the extreme where you are looking after the players just for the doctors and lawyers. You’ve got to look after the players for the players.“They all seem spooked. Everybody seems worried. I am not sure why they are worried, the players aren’t worried. Then it’s affecting everything else on the field, with decisions on all types of crazy stuff.“Maybe the administrators are spooking the referees. The referees are worried about making wrong decisions and become ultra-cautious.”The high tackle rulings look set to continue to dominate conversations around this World Cup. There have now been two red cards for dangerous tackles and three three-week bans from citings. Even Piers Francis escaping a ban because his tackle on Will Hooley was deemed a yellow card offence has caused debate.If you’re unsure of the High Tackle Sanction Framework – as it is snappily known – this flowchart should help explain the process referees and officials are supposed to go through for high tackles… Flashpoint: Samu Kerevi was penalised for leading with the arm on Rhys Patchell (Getty Images) Keep updated on what’s happening in Japan at our Rugby World Cup homepage.Follow Rugby World magazine on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

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CL House / BAM! arquitectura

first_imgArchDaily “COPY” “COPY” Save this picture!© Cortesía de BAM! arquitecturaThe private spaces are scaled according to theirfunction, whereas the social areas are emphasized with double height spaces andlarge windows. CL House / BAM! arquitectura CL House / BAM! arquitecturaSave this projectSaveCL House / BAM! arquitectura Architects: BAM! arquitectura Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/413476/cl-house-bam-arquitectura Clipboard Houses Save this picture!Diagram 5The sustainability of the house is achieved bytaking advantage of orientations, opening up towards the north, with betterviews, and closed to the southward field service areas. The materiality of theproject contributes as well, as it is built with cavity walls and DVH windows.The water and air heating system is by means of solar collector, which leads toan energy efficiency. CopyHouses, Refurbishment, Extension•Saladillo, Argentinacenter_img Save this picture!© Cortesía de BAM! arquitectura+ 26 Share Projects Save this picture!© Cortesía de BAM! arquitecturaThe starting point was to reinterpret architecturein rural areas, generating a proposal of simple lines and intricate details. Argentina Save this picture!© Cortesía de BAM! arquitecturaRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornLightsLouis PoulsenLamps – AJ CollectionDoorsJansenDoors – Folding and SlidingText description provided by the architects. The project arises from the premise of theclient to expand and modernize an existing country house, thus allowing him to invite over all of his family and friends. Save this picture!© Cortesía de BAM! arquitecturaProject gallerySee allShow lessBalmain House / Fox JohnstonSelected ProjectsWinner Announced for Flinders Street StationArchitecture News Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/413476/cl-house-bam-arquitectura Clipboard 2013 Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanThe new project begins by transforming theexisting house at the private spaces, bedrooms and bathrooms, connecting it tothe new building, where the social spaces are located, living room, diningroom, and kitchen, connected by a concrete bellows. CopyAbout this officeBAM! arquitecturaOfficeFollowProductsWoodBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentExtensionSaladilloArgentine architectureSustainabilityArgentinaPublished on August 09, 2013Cite: “CL House / BAM! arquitectura” [Casa CL / BAM! arquitectura] 09 Aug 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogShowershansgroheShower MixersVinyl Walls3MExterior Vinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ Abstract EarthPartitionsSkyfoldMarkerboard Finish for Folding WallsPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesKingspan Insulated PanelsInsulated Wall Panels – Designwall R-seriesWoodBruagRoom Acoustics – Interior Cladding PanelsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsConcreteKrytonCrystalline Waterproofing – KIMBricksNelissenSpecial Bricks – Slips and HalvesCeramicsTerrealTerracotta cladding in Le TrèfleEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEASideboardsUSMLow Shelving – HallerTable LampsLeds-C4Lighting – ElampMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

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Tetra Pod / Stilt Studios

first_img Photographs “COPY” CopyHospitality Architecture, Houses•Kecamatan Kuta Selatan, Indonesia Indonesia Save this picture!© Alexis Dornier, Ananta Pradipta+ 19Curated by Hana Abdel Share Architects: Stilt Studios Area Area of this architecture project Tetra Pod / Stilt StudiosSave this projectSaveTetra Pod / Stilt Studios Projects Alexis Dornier Area:  64 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ArchDaily 2021center_img Year:  Tetra Pod / Stilt Studios ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/956880/tetra-pod-stilt-studios Clipboard Photographs:  Alexis Dornier, Ananta Pradipta Architecture:Stilt StudiosCity:Kecamatan Kuta SelatanCountry:IndonesiaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Alexis Dornier, Ananta PradiptaRecommended ProductsWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CurvedWindowsKalwall®Facades – Window ReplacementsDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Curved Hinged Door | AlbaDoorsSaliceSliding Door System – Slider S20Stilt Studios is happy to be able to present the first finalized Tetra Pod Studio in Uluwatu, Bali. A prefabricated tiny house using recycled Tetra Pack Cartons as wall and roof material, bringing together unique design while playing a part in the local, circular economy. The Tetra Pod is a 64sqm home with all living amenities elevated 40cm off the ground, built from wood, steel, glass and recycled materials. The architecture seeks to blend into its surroundings by making use of the recycled materials’ reflective characteristics, while strategically placed openings carefully frame view corridors. The diagonally oriented floor plan creates exciting spaces that exude outward into the exterior. The balanced compromise of open facades and the use of space make this small home elegant and spacious.Save this picture!© Alexis Dornier, Ananta PradiptaSave this picture!Floor PlanSave this picture!© Alexis Dornier, Ananta Pradipta“At Stilt Studios we believe we have the responsibility for multiple aspects, creating unique designs and reducing the environmental impact of our buildings as well as making these designs available to everybody. How about if we could not only reduce total material used and the footprint, but be a part of the circular economy by the choice of material used, while offering its construction drawings to affordable prices” says Alexis Dornier, co-founder and Chief Designer at Stilt Studios.Save this picture!© Alexis Dornier, Ananta PradiptaThe contemporary design of the sloping roof channels rainwater through the designed structural system which is then stored for further use like watering the surrounding garden. Through openings that are closely put under the canopy, the building seeks to empower passive cooling. In only 64m2 you will find a comfortable bedroom, en-suite bathroom, open kitchen, and living room as well as some outdoor terraces. Nine point foundations lift the Tetra Pod 40cm above the ground, offering a perfect sitting height on the porch. The large façade panels can be opened to provide a cross-ventilation, making the space completely open. Layers of curtains make the house more private. It also introduces a customized furniture system for a cozy dining and living space.Save this picture!© Alexis Dornier, Ananta PradiptaThe prototype of the Tetra Pod is part of the second development by Stilt Studios in Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia, a property development that challenges the perspective of the guests as well as one of the creators on multiple levels. How much space do we actually need to still feel comfortable? How does it feel to live between the trees and being closer to nature again? Let’s try to leave behind status and habits… The construction time took only 8 weeks as most elements are prefabricated. Building prefabricated means that the majority of the building parts are constructed off-site in industrial workshops saving on building time, cutting waste and improving the quality of work and costs due to economies of scale.Save this picture!© Alexis Dornier, Ananta PradiptaSave this picture!Section AAAfter the successful completion of our first prototype, we are now proudly announcing the pre-sale for the construction drawings for Tetra Pod. One important and main pillar of Stilt Studios is bringing unique designs with a strong focus on reducing environmental impacts to everyone in the world interested. The long term goal is a catalogue of shop drawings for all of our units, so design lovers will be able to build their favorite Studio all around the world without the need of paying a star architect design fee. “It’s a great motivation for the team and myself to work on designs that we can make available for construction to a worldwide audience at an affordable price.” – says Alexis Dornier. “We feel that especially in times like Corona many people are looking for alternative living spaces – Tetra Pod can be used as a full-on studio to live in, multiple units could turn into a hotel or resort, it offers some extra space as a tiny house in your garden, could function as a working space, yoga pavilion, etc.” Save this picture!© Alexis Dornier, Ananta PradiptaAs this is an ongoing development as well as continuous learning on our side involved we will sell a limited amount of 5 drawing sets for a first trial period to a special price of 5.000 USD/ set. These drawings contain all required materials with sizes and finishing, structural and MEP details, interior drawings and a detailed step by step explanation of how to build the Tetra Pod. We are excited to see our first unit being built around the world and therefore being part of a new and innovative way for housing – treading lightly on earth.Save this picture!© Alexis Dornier, Ananta PradiptaProject gallerySee allShow lessMuee Restaurant / MAT OfficeSelected ProjectsCultural Activity Center of Beijing Guang’anmennei Community / MAT OfficeSelected Projects Share Hospitality Architecture CopyAbout this officeStilt StudiosOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsHospitality ArchitectureResidential ArchitectureHousesBaliOn FacebookKecamatan Kuta SelatanIndonesiaPublished on February 16, 2021Cite: “Tetra Pod / Stilt Studios” 15 Feb 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodGRP Siding Façade SystemGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisMill Finished Copper: Nordic StandardMetallicsHAVER & BOECKERArchitectural Wire Mesh – MULTI-BARRETTE 8130Enclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsSealantsEffisusGutter Repair – TiteGutter3Aluminium CompositesSculptformAluminium Click-on BattensTiles / Mosaic / GresiteMargresPorcelain Tiles – Linea PrestigeMetallicsRHEINZINKZinc Roof Systems – Click Roll CapsTiles / Mosaic / GresiteTerrealTerracotta Cladding TileDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE UnilateralWindowsJoskoWindows and Sliding Doors – ONE SeriesMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/956880/tetra-pod-stilt-studios Clipboard “COPY” Architectural Design: last_img read more

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Philippine solidarity groups launch coalition

first_imgCoalition members say ‘Stop the killings!’Portland, Ore. — The International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP) launched a broad-based coalition on Dec. 9 and Dec. 10 that will work to help stop the increase in killings in the Philippines.The killings have intensified since President Donald Trump’s visit to the Philippines. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, working under the influence of U.S. imperialism, labeled the New People’s Army and the Communist Party of the Philippines as terrorists.The upbeat ICHRP event here pulled together dozens of national organizations and leading activists who will work together to disseminate information and organize solidarity for the people’s movement in the Philippines.Trump’s recent trip to the Philippines to meet with Duterte shows that the U.S. government is pushing to expand the U.S. military presence there. The administration wants to build up regional U.S. military power against China and get support from the Philippine government in the U.S. war against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. The U.S. plans to send up to $111 million in military aid to the Philippines, despite more than 14,000 illegal killings under Duterte’s regime.Duterte’s reactionary government is robbing the country of natural resources, exploiting Philippine workers, creating land grabs and tremendous food and medical shortages, and destroying the environment.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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USDA Announces 45th General Sign-Up for the Conservation Reserve Program

first_imgProducers that are accepted in the sign-up can receive cost-share assistance to plant long-term, resource-conserving covers and receive an annual rental payment for the length of the contract (10-15 years). Producers also are encouraged to look into CRP’s other enrollment opportunities offered on a continuous, non-competitive, sign-up basis and that often provide additional financial assistance. Continuous sign-up dates will be announced at a later date. USDA Announces 45th General Sign-Up for the Conservation Reserve Program Over the past 27 years, farmers, ranchers, conservationists, hunters, fishermen and other outdoor enthusiasts have made CRP one of the largest and most important USDA efforts. CRP continues to make major contributions to national efforts to improve water and air quality, and to prevent soil erosion by protecting the most sensitive areas including those prone to flash flooding and runoff. CRP has also helped increase populations of pheasants, quail, ducks, and rare species, like the sage grouse, the lesser prairie chicken, and other grassland birds. Highlights of CRP include:CRP has restored more than two million acres of wetlands and two million acres of riparian buffers; For more information on CRP and other FSA programs, visit a local FSA service center or www.fsa.usda.gov Facebook Twitter Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced at the National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will conduct a four-week general sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), beginning May 20 and ending on June 14. CRP has a 27-year legacy of protecting the nation’s natural resources through voluntary participation, while providing significant economic and environmental benefits to rural communities across the United States. Under Secretary Vilsack’s leadership, USDA has enrolled 11.7 million acres in various CRP efforts. “Since the 1980s, the CRP program has established itself as a benchmark in voluntary conservation efforts, providing American producers with assets to address our most critical resource issues,” said Vilsack. “Last year, during one of the worst droughts in generations, the CRP proved vital in protecting our most environmentally sensitive lands from erosion. Emergency haying and grazing on CRP lands also supplied critical feed and forage for livestock producers due to the drought. And the program continues to bring substantial returns to rural areas, attracting recreation and tourism dollars into local economies while sustaining natural and wildlife habitat for future generations.” CRP provides $1.8 billion annually to landowners—dollars that make their way into local economies, supporting small businesses and creating jobs; and Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News USDA Announces 45th General Sign-Up for the Conservation Reserve Programcenter_img Previous article“Will You Kids Stop Fighting and Get to Work”Next articleEvents all over Indiana during National FFA Week Gary Truitt By Gary Truitt – Feb 17, 2013 CRP is the largest private lands carbon sequestration program in the country. By placing vulnerable cropland into conservation, CRP sequesters carbon in plants and soil, and reduces both fuel and fertilizer usage. In 2012, CRP resulted in carbon sequestration equal to taking about nine million cars off the road. SHARE Each year, CRP keeps more than 600 million pounds of nitrogen and more than 100 million pounds of phosphorous from flowing into our nation’s streams, rivers, and lakes. Additional sign-ups for continuous CRP programs—such as Highly Erodible Land Initiative and Initiative to Restore Grasslands, Wetlands and Wildlife—will be announced in spring 2013. Currently, about 27 million acres are enrolled in CRP, which is a voluntary program available to agricultural producers to help them safeguard environmentally sensitive land. Producers enrolled in CRP plant long-term, resource-conserving covers to improve the quality of water, control soil erosion and enhance wildlife habitat. Contracts on 3.3 million acres of CRP are set to expire on Sept. 30, 2013. Producers with expiring contracts or producers with environmentally sensitive land are encouraged to evaluate their options under CRP. SHARElast_img read more

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Midwest Growers Report Good Results from Enlist

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Midwest Growers Report Good Results from Enlist By Gary Truitt – Dec 8, 2016 As growers in the eastern Corn Belt have completed  harvest, those who planted Enlist™ crops are reporting excellent weed control with clean fields and strong yield. Kevin Miller, who planted Enlist E3™ soybeans on his Ohio farm was pleased with the yield. “The yield of the Enlist beans definitely met my expectations,” Miller says. “I think there are good genetics there, too.” The Enlist weed control system helps growers control their toughest weeds. Growers who plant Enlist corn and Enlist soybeans can make postemergence applications of Enlist Duo® herbicide, which offers two modes of action: glyphosate and new 2,4-D choline.In addition, Enlist™ corn offers tolerance to FOP herbicides, while Enlist soybeans feature tolerance to glufosinate. This offers growers three postemergence modes of action to control the toughest weeds.Growers see many positivesGrowers began anticipating good yield after their postemergence applications of Enlist Duo herbicide.“The Enlist Duo provided excellent weed control,” Miller says. “Enlist Duo provided a clean field, so I’m really happy with it.”“Enlist Duo worked,” adds Ohio grower Rick Dotterer, who grew Enlist corn this year. “It definitely acted faster than just a straight glyphosate application. It was beneficial to use Enlist Duo with 2,4-D choline to take out some of these tough weeds.”Effective herbicides are becoming even more critical, Miller says. “With reduced tillage, herbicides become a lot more important. If we can have a clean field, harvest is a lot easier and I think yield increases,” he says.The value of on-target applicationGrowers are seeing more than just effective weed control with the Enlist system.“Enlist Duo herbicide controls weeds, but that’s just part of the story,” says David Hillger, Ph.D., an Enlist field specialist who covers the eastern Corn Belt. “Growers need herbicides that stay on target during and after application. Enlist Duo features Colex-D technology, which limits drift potential, provides near-zero volatility, reduces odor and provides improved handling characteristics.”“I did not see any off-target damage at all with the Enlist Duo,” Miller says.Likewise, Dotterer says the herbicide stayed where he applied it. “I saw no evidence of volatility,” he notes. “It didn’t move.”In addition, crop tolerance proved to be excellent. “I did not see any stress on the beans at all,” Miller reports. “They just kept growing.”Growers note other benefitsBoth Ohio growers indicate they’re interested in continuing to plant Enlist™ crops.“I’m definitely going to plant more of them when they are approved for export,” Miller says. “I am interested in trying Enlist corn at some point. I’m very happy with the Enlist system and would recommend it for another farmer to use.” Previous article30th Anniversary Hoosier Beef Congress in the History BooksNext articleSouth Africa Approves Biotech Corn Events, Opening Door for U.S. Sales Gary Truitt Facebook Twitter Midwest Growers Report Good Results from Enlist SHARE Facebook Twitter SHARElast_img read more

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Analysis: Pakistani government’s new online censorship strategy

first_img News It is equally concerning that the rules also provide for the censorship of any content regarded as indecent, immoral or harmful to the “glory of Islam,” without giving any precise definition of these extremely vague concepts. The interpretation is left to the PTA, which thereby acquires arbitrary and almost infinite powers. It is also envisaged that all these procedures are activated in a completely opaque manner. The nature of content that is blocked and the identity of those who denounce “forbidden” content will remain confidential. This lack of transparency will prevent the public from knowing the scale of the censorship to which they are being subjected and the identity of their censors. PakistanAsia – Pacific Online freedomsMedia independenceProtecting sources InternetCitizen-journalistsFreedom of expressionEconomic pressureJudicial harassment Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has analysed the provisions of a new set of online content regulations that the Pakistani government decreed without any consultation with stakeholders, and which are clearly designed to impose draconian online censorship. Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Organisation Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder In view of the complete lack of consultation, several stakeholders have said they will challenge the regulations in the courts. The new set of rules subjects online content to completely arbitrary censorship by the executive (image: D. Bastard). to go further “We urge the Pakistani government to reconsider this iniquitous decree which, as it stands, subjects online content to completely arbitrary censorship by the executive,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “These rules will deprive Pakistani citizens of reliable and independent information on the Internet, which has become one of the few remaining spaces where this is still possible. As such, they are quite simply unconstitutional.” Follow the news on Pakistan The rules also empower the PTA to act as both plaintiff and judge. It is the PTA that decides, without reference to a court, whether content violates the criminal code and, worse still, it is the PTA that reexamines cases in the event of a challenge, and rules on any appeals. Finally, social media and Internet access providers are required to implement the censorship themselves. They are given 24 hours – or six hours in urgent cases– to delete or block content regarded by the PTA as contentious. In the event of failure to comply with one of its directives, the PTA can order the blocking of an entire website or social network. RSF_en Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire No transparency News This model of censorship and total content control is directly based on the model pioneered in neighbouring China, which is ranked 177th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. Pakistan is ranked 145th, six places lower than in 2018. Help by sharing this information News Receive email alerts December 18, 2020 Analysis: Pakistani government’s new online censorship strategy April 21, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more On national security grounds, the rules provide for the withdrawal or blocking of any content that “excites or attempts to excite disaffection towards the federal or provincial government” or “harms the reputation of any person holding public office.” In practice, this would mean that any comment critical of a government official could be immediately censored. News Platforms are also legally obliged to hand over user data when asked, including data from private and encrypted communications. And platforms with more than 500,000 users are required to open an office in Pakistan, install servers there and register with the authorities. PakistanAsia – Pacific Online freedomsMedia independenceProtecting sources InternetCitizen-journalistsFreedom of expressionEconomic pressureJudicial harassment Vague concepts Published last month by the information ministry and entitled “Removal and Blocking of Unlawful Online Content (Procedure, Oversight and Safeguards), Rules 2020,” the new regulations replace an earlier set of rules that were suspended in February because of a civil society outcry.The initial aim was to provide a legal framework for article 37 of the 2016 Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act, but they have ended up going much further, granting disproportionate and discretionary powers to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), the online content regulator, which is a direct government offshoot. January 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Cracked window forces Southwest flight diversion

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) — A Southwest Airlines plane was diverted Wednesday after a crack was reported in one of its windows, the airline confirmed to ABC News.Southwest Flight 957, scheduled to fly from Chicago, Illinois, to Newark, New Jersey, was diverted to Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport and landed “without incident,” according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), who said they’re investigating the incident.There were no injuries reported among the 76 passengers, who will now be flown to Newark on a new aircraft, Southwest told ABC News. There were no reports of cabin depressurization and “initial indications” show the crack only appeared on the external pane of the window, the airline said, noting that the window has multiple panes.The Boeing 737-700 “has been taken out of service for maintenance review,” Southwest said in a statement.Social media images show cracks streaking across what’s apparently the same window. Hirsch Chinn, a passenger on the flight, told ABC News other passengers on board quickly changed seats upon discovering the cracked window.“Crew was fabulous,” Chinn added in reference to the flight’s staff.This incident comes a day after President Donald Trump honored the crew of another Southwest flight that made an emergency landing two weeks ago in Philadelphia. On that flight, Southwest 1380, passenger Jennifer Riordan died after an engine exploded mid-flight and a window was blown out.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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