OCWGA recognized for membership success

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association (OCWGA) won three awards at the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) Awards Banquet at Commodity Classic in New Orleans. OCWGA was awarded the inaugural NCGA “Reaching for Excellence” award, highest percentage increase award and highest numeric membership increase award.The growth in membership is a result of the creation of a young farmer membership program called The New Crop. OCWGA recruited over 800 students and young farmers, creating a 43% growth in membership.From the left, OCWGA project manager Ellen Gilliland, communications manager Stacie Seger, director of market development and membership Brad Moffitt, president Chad Kemp, and executive director Tadd Nicholson were recognized at Commodity Classic in New Orleans for their work with membership in Ohio.“After years of traditional recruitment, our membership demographics only reflected the people who are currently working on the farm,” said Brad Moffitt, OCWGA director of Membership and Market Development. “But there are many more important people in our industry that need to join us. By recruiting millennials, who we define as 15- to 35-year olds, we immediately increased our quality, quantity and diversity.”The New Crop is a sub-group of membership focused on preparing young adults and new professionals to be a part of a professional association. Through special communication, events and opportunities, students and young farmers learn more about the industry and how to be engaged with the issues that affect agriculture. A partnership with Beck’s Hybrids helped OCWGA get The New Crop off to a successful first year.“We are excited and honored to receive this award,” said Chad Kemp, OCWGA president. “But we are more excited for how the newly energized and growing membership will strengthen our association. The New Crop is the future of the industry and their leadership provides great comfort to me as a farmer.”The “Reaching for Excellence” award is presented to a state to spotlight new approaches and encourage implementation of such advances in other states facing similar challenges.last_img read more

8.5-km-long ‘priority corridor’ of Lucknow Metro to open June-end

first_imgThe much-awaited Lucknow Metro is likely to be thrown open to commuters by June-end.Officials of the Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) said the services will start with the ‘priority corridor’ on the North-South line (Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport to Munshipulia), which is also Phase-1A of the project. The estimated expenditure for the priority corridor is ₹2,000 crore. While the infrastructural ground work for the 8.5-km-long corridor, from Transport Nagar to Charbagh, is complete, officials are waiting for the last of the four trains needed to put the system in operation. “The fourth train is expected to arrive by May 22,” said Amit Kumar Srivastava, chief spokesperson of the LMRC, on Tuesday.Missed deadlineThe trial run on the priority corridor was conducted on December 1, 2016, and services were slated to start on March 26. The target, however, could not be met, with the new government criticising the previous regime for doing things “hastily”. The inaugural ride was piloted by two women, Pratibha and Prachi Sharma, who were also awarded the Rani Laxmi Bai Bravery Award. ‘Metro-man’ E Sreedharan is the principal advisor of the Lucknow Metro.The second phase of the project is the 11-km-long East-West corridor, stretching from the Charbagh railway station to Vasantkunj. The corridor will have 12 stations. The project, however, is yet to get approval.According to the Detailed Project Report, the daily expected ridership on the North-South corridor will be 6.44 lakh (year 2020), while for the East-West line it will be 2.43 lakh. The capacity of each six-coach train will be 1,574 passengers.The 22.9 km-long North-South corridor will have 21 stations, including eight elevated ones. The line is expected to be completed by 2019.“The Lucknow Metro project has achieved the distinction of being the fastest ever Metro project constructed in India,” said Mr. Srivastava.The estimated cost of Phase-1A is ₹6,928 crore, a joint venture of the State and Central governments. The trains will feature the culture of Lucknow, such as the Roomi Gate, Bara-Imambara and Asifi Masjid. The exterior of the trains will showcase Chikankari craftsmanship.last_img read more

CWG readies breathtaking closing show

first_imgAfter dazzling the world with a gala opening to the Commonwealth Games, Delhi is busy creating another breathtaking show for the closing ceremony.The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium will turn into a gigantic discotheque with the iconic aerostat again turning into a showstopper. It will double up as a huge strobe light under which the big music party will jig and jive.India’s historic 1-2-3 in discus | Vijender & Co. settle for bronze | Indian shooters’ golden surprise | Medals’ TallyUnder the theme ‘universal love’, 29 performers, including 12 singers, musicians and DJs, will showcase a vibrant, modern India. They will jam under the arc lights to create a spectacular confluence of Indipop, Sufi and classical music.The bigwigs will all be there – Sukhwinder Singh, Kailash Kher, Shuba Mudgal, Zila Khan, Usha Uthup, Shankar Mahadevan, Sunidhi Chauhan, Shaan, Indian Idol winner Shreeram, Sivamani, Taufiq and electric sitarist Niladri Khan.And joining them will be Games mascot Shera followed by the athletes and volunteers.While the opening ceremony was aimed at capturing the essence of India, the closing ceremony will be a celebration of the country’sachievements. Shiamak Davar will choreograph the show with 1,000 performers.A mind-blowing martial arts segment called Agni has been planned. It will be choreographed by Samudra and have 600 performers from Manipur and Punjab showcasing the origin of martial arts in India.While a military band will play the national anthem, schoolchildren will string together Vande Mataram as a tribute to India.Finally, as Glasgow showcases its host status for the next edition, a massive display of fireworks will bring the curtains down on theCommonwealth Games.advertisementlast_img read more

Bahamas Environment Minister Ferreira Addressed 5th UN Global Geospatial Information Management Forum

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Mexico, November 30, 2017 – Mexico City – Bahamas Minister of the Environment & Housing, the Hon. Romauld Ferreira under the theme, “Implementing The Sustainable Development Goals: The Role of Geospatial Technology And Innovation,” addressed the 5th High Level Forum on United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) at the Sheraton Maria Isabel Hotel in Mexico City, November 28, 2017.Minister Ferreira extended appreciation to the Ministerial segment of the UN-GGIM, the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), and various UN Committees of experts for their leadership to foster greater dialogue concerning matters of mutual interest at Global and Regional levels.   He also thanked Dr. Julio A. Santaella and Mr. Stefan Schweinfest for inviting The Bahamas to speak on its experience regarding policy perspectives and the progress we are making nationally to strengthen our Geospatial Information Management Capacity and Spatial Data Infrastructure to support informed decision making.“Mr. President, within the wider context of implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals, The Bahamas continues to maintain relations with the United Nations through its participation in several UN Fora on a number of fronts including Gender Equality, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Energy, Disaster Management, Resource Management (Land & Marine), as well as other programs stipulated in the Millennium Development Goals,” said Minister Ferreira.“In 2014, The Bahamas enacted ‘The Bahamas Spatial Data Infrastructure Act’.   This is intended to strengthen the capacity of our technical arm, The Bahamas National Geographic Information Systems (BNGIS) Centre, to meet its national mandate to effect the practical and efficient use of geospatial technologies.”Minister Ferreira added that it is the Bahamas Government’s intent to continue to build on our Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) Program to support sound decision making in multiple sectors.   He emphasized the fact that BNGIS will require more resources to keep up with changing technologies and the Bahamian Government’s continued commitment to matters related to the UN-GGIM Secretariat and the UN-GGIM Americas Caribbean Project.“Mr. President, The Bahamas’ application of this technology has been utilized in areas of national importance such as, but not limited to, Utility Management, Planning, and National Security.    Additionally, The Bahamas is using Geospatial Technology in our ongoing matters related to the United Nations Convention on the Law of The Sea (UNCLOS),” said Minister Ferreira.“The integration of this technology has resulted in The Bahamas’ successful declaration of our Archipelagic Maritime Borders and our lodging, with the UN, a successful median line agreement with our Neighboring State, The Republic of Cuba.   Geospatial technologies will continue to play a vital role in our ongoing negotiations with the United States and eventually the Turks and Caicos, and Haiti.”Minister Ferreira explained the benefits of applying Geospatial Technologies as tools for supporting decision making in The Bahamas, even though there’s still more work to be done to make the Spatial Data Infrastructure Program whole.  The  Bahamas Government acknowledges the importance of using this information for its national strategy toward the sustainability of the country’s natural resources.“We have applied the technology in various sectors within the Government, albeit in an ad-hoc manner, resulting in isolated pockets of GIS, Duplication of Effort, Outdated Information with ‘No Standards’, and a lack of Procedures and Protocols for the sharing of information.   With the passage of The Bahamas Spatial Data Infrastructure (BSDI) Act 2014, and the establishment of the Bahamas Geospatial Advisory Council, we will coordinate such activities and develop the necessary standards, procedures, and protocols,” said Minister Ferreira.“In general, the BDSI system and program articulated in the legislation, outlines Spatial Technologies, Policies, and institutional arrangements that facilitate the management, availability of, and access to ‘Spatial Data’.    We do, however, face significant challenges in deploying Geospatial Technologies to support informed decision making.”Minister Ferreira explained to the UN panel that The Bahamas is a system of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), with some 17 inhabited islands, and 2,500 rocks and cays, stretching over some 100,000 square miles of ocean.   He said it presents numerous challenges in addressing environmental concerns, which include land, sea, air, and submarine issues, as well as the added hazard of climate change and disaster risk reduction and preparedness.“Facilitating this work in a Spatial Environment is a ‘National Imperative’, in tandem with using a Geospatial Infrastructure to collect and disseminate data.   In the wake of extreme hurricane events that impacted The Bahamas — Hurricanes Joaquin, Matthew, and Irma — we must place more emphasis in working to mitigate risk factors that may threaten our stability, including better Land Use Planning, to enable Government to use ‘Spatial Data’ to better understand and assess risks.  However, this is costly due to the geographical configuration of The Bahamas,” said Minister Ferreira.“The Bahamas ‘Spatial Data’ Infrastructure is crucial, and we recognize that out-of-date, incomplete and inaccurate information must be improved, in order to allow for informed decision making, based on accurate and reliable data.   This will minimize risk in the management of our Environment, and improve our ability to meet citizen expectations, for a better way of life.”Minister Ferreira categorized how effective SDI works, when considering Global and National requirements, combined to include Governance Reform, Institutional Strengthening of the BNGIS Centre, and Legislative Regulations to govern its operations.“Introducing a comprehensive ‘National Plan of Action for Geospatial Information Implementation’ is required in order to enable a more strategic approach to disaster preparedness; integrated Land Use and Coastal Zone (Land and Marine) Planning and Management; and the Modernization of Public Administration Agencies.“As stipulated in other fora, the most challenging question has been how we set a Global Agenda that enables collective international action, while delivering effective support to national efforts?   Having now initiated more focus participation in UN-GGIM initiatives, that question remains,” said Minister Ferreira.To conclude his address to the body of Global GeoSpatial experts, Minister Ferreira informed them that The Bahamas’ membership in the UN-GGIM initiative is a true indicator of the Government’s commitment to the UN’s processes, and meeting the expectations of Bahamian citizens, when applying Geospatial Technologies to improve the Bahamian way of life, while meeting the country’s sustainable goals.“We look forward to our continued participation, as the BNGIS Centre, as the Government’s Focal Point, and as the Technical Administrator of the the Bahamas Spatial Data Infrastructure system and programme, as expected,” said Minister Ferreira.center_img By: Gena Gibbs (BIS)Photo caption:  Bahamas Minister of the Environment & Housing, the Hon. Romauld Ferreira delivers his address to the 5th High Level Forum on United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) at the Sheraton Maria Isabel Hotel in Mexico City, November 28, 2017.(BIS Photos/Gena Gibbs)last_img read more

Two Teens Shot on Southeast DC Basketball Court

first_imgPolice are still searching for suspects in a Dec. 10 shooting of two teenagers on a basketball court in Southeast D.C., said a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Department on Dec.13.Lt. Sean Conboy said the offense took place in the 4400 block of F Street, SE. The shooting happened in the evening outside of the Benning Terrace housing complex. According to the spokesperson, a group of young people were playing basketball when they heard gunshots, and fled the court.The victims struck by gunfire are believed to be 14 or 15 years old, according to the Washington Post. Both victims were breathing and conscious when police arrived and were transported the hospital.Police are currently looking for two Black male suspects last seen in a burgundy car with unknown paper tags.Despite the 58 percent increase in homicide cases, and the 3 percent rise in robberies, “there is not a rise in crime in the District as a whole,” Conboy told the AFRO, in an email, on Dec.9. He said that violent crime, which sat at 5,526 as of Nov. 17, has only increased by 1 percent, and is still lower than 2014’s total of 6,194.However, the total violent crimes reported between Alabama Avenue SE and 46th Street SE, within 1,000 feet of this shooting, doubled since last year, according to a D.C. police crime map. Last year, this area had 22 violent crimes as compared 44.Deji Ayoku, 22, said youth live in fear of being harmed, even in locations that should be safe play areas. “If people are getting shot at least three times out of seven days then, yeah, I would be scared,” Ayoku said. He played soccer growing up in Prince Georges County, Maryland and his parents sent him to school in Buffalo, New York so he could get away from “bad areas” and trouble.Ayoku still visits his aunt and cousins who live and work in the District. He said he hopes something will be done about the crime so his family will be safe.last_img read more