Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The cold, wet conditions continued this week, keeping fieldwork to a minimum.There were 1.1 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending May 8th. While some planting of corn, soybeans, and oats occurred in the most southern parts of the state, most growers were kept from planting due to saturated fields and standing water.There were some reports of hail, mainly along the I-77 corridor south of Canton to the River Valley. For most growers, the only activities they were able to work on were spraying weeds and applying fertilizer. Most wheat remains in good to excellent condition despite conditions favorable to stripe rust.Growers are generally in a holding pattern at the moment, waiting for warmer conditions and less precipitation, so that fields can dry up enough for planting.See how much planting progress was made in the past week and view the complete report
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On May 9, 2016, President Obama signed the National Bison Legacy Act into law, officially making the American bison the national mammal of the United States.Last week, private bison ranchers joined with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, congressional leaders, conservationists, and tribal representatives at a special celebration at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the bison’s designation as America’s National Mammal.Three bison business leaders were among the speakers addressing the roughly 150 individuals who gathered to celebrate the enactment of the National Bison Legacy Act.“A combination of conservation leaders and individual ranchers pulled bison back from the brink of extinction in the late 1800’s,” said Roy Liedtke, president of the National Bison Association. “We are pleased that ranchers, conservationists and tribal leaders today are continuing to work together to restore bison on rangelands and pastures across the country.”The celebration underscored the guiding principles that bison represent as Americans honor this national symbol: unity, resilience and healthy landscapes and communities. The event also highlighted the diverse interests supporting bison, represented by the more than 60 organizations, tribes, conservation groups and businesses of the Vote Bison Coalition, led by the Inter Tribal Buffalo Council (ITBC), National Bison Association (NBA), and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).“We in the foundation are proud to be a part of the coalition to see that the animal we love was named as the national mammal,” said Dick Gehring of Kansas, representing the National Buffalo Foundation and several bison businesses sponsoring the special reception.He also reported that the foundation is sponsoring a traveling bison history exhibit that will be appearing at museums around the country.Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, whose department’s seal bears the image of a bison, spoke about the bison’s enduring legacy on America’s public lands, refuges, forests and parks.
Government is to auction two licences for use in the 700 megahertz (MHz) band, with a view to attracting new entrants into the telecommunications market.This was disclosed by the Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, during Tuesday’s (March 26) sitting of the House of Representatives.The licences will be awarded to the highest bidders, once their bids meet or exceed the reserve price, and upon being determined as “fit and proper” by the regulators. Both licences have a 15-year term. The licencees will also be required to deploy their network and/or services across 90 per cent of the country within five years. “I would like to underscore here how serious the Government is about the requirement to deliver mobile broadband services within the timeframe established; and if the timeframe is not adhered to, I will promptly withdraw that licence,” Mr. Paulwell said.The Government will begin pre-auction activities in early April 2013 with the issuance of an Information Memorandum which will be advertised internationally, as well, as posted on the websites of the Technology Ministry and Spectrum Management Authority (SMA).“From the date of the issue of the Information Memorandum until the issue of the Request for Proposals in May 2013, the Ministry and the Spectrum Management Authority will be actively working to sensitize the market as to the economic potential and the commensurate market value of this offering,” the Minister said.The Minister added that the Request for Proposal will remain open for one month, with the entire process completed by July 15, 2013.The 700 MHz band is the upper portion of the Ultra High Frequency (UHF) band, specifically channels 52 to 69 (698 MHz to 806 MHz). Internationally, the band was used for analogue television broadcasting; however, it has been allocated by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for broadband wireless services.The band, which is considered to be low band spectrum, tends to be more penetrative and propagates farther, meaning that the signal goes through walls more easily, giving better coverage inside buildings, and requires fewer towers to cover a specific geographical area. “This dramatically reduces the cost of deployment, especially when compared to the costs of deployment of systems operating at higher frequencies,” Mr Paulwell said.Since commencement of operations in April 2001, the SMA has collected approximately $1.83 billion for Spectrum Licence Fees, and since the 2003/04 financial year, has collected $1.66 billion in Regulatory Fees, which cover the normal operating expenditure of the SMA.By Latonya Linton, JIS Reporter
According to the Minister, the policy statement to the United Nations, usually delivered by the Prime Minister or the Foreign Affairs Minister, is an important medium for communicating the Administration’s foreign policy priorities to the world. Story Highlights The publications, which were printed by the Ministry in collaboration with the JN Group, were presented to representatives of the entities by Portfolio Minister, Senator the Honorable Kamina Johnson Smith. Two publications commemorating the 55th anniversary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade’s establishment have been presented to several State institutions.The beneficiary recipients include the Office of the Cabinet, Houses of Parliament, Jamaica Information Service, Creative Production and Training Centre, Institute of Jamaica, National Library of Jamaica, the National Archives, and Jamaica National (JN) Group.The publications, which were printed by the Ministry in collaboration with the JN Group, were presented to representatives of the entities by Portfolio Minister, Senator the Honorable Kamina Johnson Smith.The presentations were made during a ceremony to launch the publications and open a 55th-anniversary commemorative exhibition at the Ministry in New Kingston on Monday, September 4.Senator Johnson Smith, in a brief address, said the publications were prepared “to capture, for posterity, valuable and pertinent historical information about the Foreign Affairs Ministry”.She said the first publication, titled ‘The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Jamaica: A Historical Perspective 1962-2017’, collates information on the Ministry’s origins and development.In this regard, she lauded former Ministry employee, Ambassador Cordell Evans (previously Wilson), for initiating research undertaken several years ago to collate the informationSenator Johnson Smith said the second publication, ‘Policy Statements of Jamaica at the United Nations 1997-2016’, is the third in a series of compendia of policy statements made by Jamaica in the annual debate of the United Nations General Assembly. She stated that the preceding years’ statements were recorded in two previous compendia.According to the Minister, the policy statement to the United Nations, usually delivered by the Prime Minister or the Foreign Affairs Minister, is an important medium for communicating the Administration’s foreign policy priorities to the world.“These will, therefore, be invaluable sources of information for all students and analysts of foreign policy as well as for the general public,” Senator Johnson Smith added.
By Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe commission created to delve into the dark history of residential schools has been in possession of documents related to nutritional experiments conducted on First Nations people for at least three years, according to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt’s office.Valcourt’s office said most of the 900 documents were turned over to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 2010 and the rest in 2011. The documents are all related to nutritional experiments conducted on First Nations people and children in residential schools between 1942 and 1952.“These are abhorrent examples of the dark pagers of the residential schools’ legacy,” said Andrea Richer, in an email to APTN National News.A spokesperson for the TRC confirmed the commission is in possession of the documents. The spokesperson said TRC Commissioner Justice Murray Sinclair believes the commission’s researchers need to take a thorough look at the documents before issuing any comment.The nutritional experimentation issue will be addressed in the TRC’s final report, the spokesperson said. The TRC’s mandate ends next year.The subject of nutritional experiments exploded last week after the Canadian Press reported on a study by University of Guelph food historian Ian Mosby. Mosby’s study was titled Administering Colonial Science: Nutrition Research and Human Biomedical Experimentation in Aboriginal Communities and Residential Schools, 1942-1952.The study found that the experiments were conducted in communities and six residential schools in northern Ontario, northern Manitoba, British Columbia, Alberta and Nova Scotia. The targeted communities included Norway House, Cross Lake and God’s Lake Mine in Manitoba, along with residential schools in Port Alberni, B.C., Lethbridge, Alta., Kenora, Ont., and Shubenacadie, N.S.The Assembly of First Nations, which was gathered in Whitehorse, Yukon, for an annual general meeting at the time, immediately reacted after the story surfaced and passed an emergency resolution calling on Ottawa to apologize for the biomedical experiments.Grassroots activists also responded by calling for national moment of silence on Thursday to “reflect upon the impacts of Canada’s residential schools,” according to a press statement. The remembrance event, with planned gatherings in Ottawa, Thunder Bay, Ont., Sudbury, Ont., Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton and Vancouver, will also call on Ottawa to “honour its 2008 apology” to residential school survivors and release all documents requested by the TRC.The TRC and Ottawa have been battling over the release of residential school documents.Valcourt has said that Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s 2008 apology covered the nutritional [email protected]@JorgeBarrera
A week after the Health Ministry releaseda warning on dengue, the Costa Rican Social Security System (Caja) reported that 14,284 cases have occurred in the country so far this year.Elenita Ramírez, spokeswoman for the Caja, told the daily La Prensa Libre that this year the country is seeing approximately four times as many cases as the previous year. Ramírez also said that in years past, the age group most at risk was 20 to 29-year-olds, but that has now expanded to those between 15 and 65.Severe cases of dengue are rarer, with only 30 having been reported so far Only three deaths have been attributed to the virus.Dengue is a mosquito-transmitted virus with no vaccine. The rainy season, which lasts until November for most of Costa Rica, is the peak season for mosquitoes and dengue.“Epidemiologists said that, right now, the Costa Rican population is vulnerable because three strains of the dengue virus are circulating, and the probability of a second infection by this virus is highly elevated,” the Caja released in a statement on Wednesday.In San José, the areas most affected were Santa Ana, Mora, La Carpio, Pavas, México, and Guido, according to the daily La Nación.Outside of the capitol, the most affected provinces were Guanacaste, Puntarenas, Limón and Alajuela.The Caja also released thirteen tips on fighting the disease.1. Wash sinks, boats, tins, buckets and other receptacles where water accumulates.2. Cover all receptacles where you store water.3. Turn over boats, ferries and other watercraft.4. Fill tree hollows, flowerpots and other cavities.5. Recycle all plastics, aluminum and glass that can accumulate water.6. Reuse in a creative and friendly fashion receptacles of plastic, aluminum, glass and tires.7. Make holes in tires that you find in parks and parking lots so they do not accumulate water.8. Bury seeds, coconuts, stalks and other organic refuse.9. Put objects below the ceiling that can accumulate water and cannot dissolve.10. Only discard material that can accumulate water in the trash.11. Fumigate dark areas of your residence below the sink, below furniture, the closet, etc.12. Organize with neighbors so that mosquitoes who transmit the disease cannot reproduce.13. Protect yourself if you live in or visit an area where there is an active transmission of dengue with repellent, especially in those most exposed areas of your body. Facebook Comments Related posts:Dengue numbers finally drop in Costa Rica Costa Rica dengue epidemic not slowing down in a record-breaking year Dengue fever deaths climb to 12 in Nicaragua Costa Rica dengue epidemic sets all-time record for calendar year
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