Energy Programs Will Boost Rural Economy

first_imgHome Energy Energy Programs Will Boost Rural Economy Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be investing $68 million in 540 renewable energy and energy efficient projects across the country, helping to spur domestic energy production while also growing the rural economy and helping to create jobs. The investment, part of the Rural Energy for America Program, aids farmers and landowners in developing homegrown, renewable energy and also in making energy efficiency improvements – helping to reduce overall energy consumption and the need for foreign energy sources. The 2014 Farm Bill includes a robust energy title that received significant funding. “These rural energy programs are critical in strengthening small businesses across the country and helping to spur local economies and create jobs,” Stabenow said. “Through these investments, farmers will be able to install energy efficiency upgrades to their operations to cut energy costs. They will be empowered to harness the energy potential of American grown agriculture – by developing innovative systems to fuel and grow their businesses. Farm energy programs were a major priority for me when writing the 2014 Farm Bill, and I’m pleased to see producers across the country using these programs to strengthen their businesses, grow profits, and continue creating more jobs.”The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) has helped nearly 4,000 farmers, ranchers and rural business owners lower their energy bills by installing renewable and energy efficient systems. The 2014 Farm Bill provides robust funding for REAP and authorizes a streamlined application process that helps farmers and rural business owners move forward more quickly on small projects. These investments provide opportunities, income and jobs in our nation’s rural communities by investing in the future, ensuring rural communities will be able to thrive in the 21st century economy. More about the 2014 Farm Bill can be found here. By Gary Truitt – Sep 18, 2014 Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter SHARE SHARE Energy Programs Will Boost Rural Economy Previous article2014 Farm Science Review Crowd Tops 2013 ShowNext articleIndiana Ethanol Reps Promote RFS in DC Gary Truittlast_img read more

Young enjoying key role at United

first_img The 29-year-old’s days at Old Trafford looked numbered not so long ago, yet he has ingratiated himself with United fans with some standout displays. Young has become a key figure under Louis van Gaal and produced another fine display on Saturday, playing a key role in both goals as Crystal Palace were overcome 2-1. Ashley Young is playing with a smile on his face once again, having gone from outsider to key man at Manchester United this term. “I’m enjoying my football, playing regularly,” the winger said. “I want to play well and give my input into the team – I feel like I’m doing that. “The penalty came from my cross and Felli scored from my cross. I’m delighted with that but it’s a team game. “We’ve got great team spirit and another two cup finals to go.” Those games see United welcome Arsenal and play embattled Hull before the season is out – matches David de Gea will hope will be quieter than the trip to Selhurst Park. Palace attacked with increased intensity after Jason Puncheon cancelled out Juan Mata’s dubious penalty, only to find the United keeper, not the first time this season, in fine form. De Gea’s point-blank save from Glenn Murray was particularly impressive and allowed United to eventually go on and win through Marouane Fellaini’s late header. “He’s been making save after save for us and that one today was vitally important,” Young said. “Maybe that spurred us on to get the winning goal. It was fantastic and I thanked him after the game. Press Association “We went in 1-0 up and we knew they were going to come out in the second half and put us under pressure. “They did that for pretty much the whole of the second half. We had to dig deep and defend as a team, and that’s exactly what we’ve done.” The performance in south London epitomised United’s first season under Van Gaal – unconvincing at times but ultimately effective. That cutting edge means United look set to return to the Champions League next season and Young says a strong team bond is being built. “That’s the way we play – that’s the Manchester United way,” he told MUTV. “The team spirit, the character that we’ve got to keep ourselves going. The big man got himself in the box and got on the end of one of our crosses. “We’re delighted to get that goal. Everybody was celebrating together and I think the bench went crazy as well. “After the game, the scenes in the dressing room were fantastic.” The emotions in the opposing dressing room were understandably different. Palace goalscorer Puncheon felt a number of decisions went against his side, making the 2-1 loss particularly “tough to take”. “We did really well in the second half and created some good chances,” he said. “They’ve got a great goalkeeper at the top of his game and he pulled off some great saves and kept them in the game. “That’s why he plays for one of the best teams in the world and is rated as one of the best.” last_img read more

Red Diadem claims feature at Santa Anita

first_imgRed Diadem beat Belle Fleur by 2 lengths Friday in the $52,300 feature race for older fillies and mares at Santa Anita in Arcadia. Red Diadem, ridden by Victor Espinoza, ran 6 furlongs on the turf course in 1:12.61 and paid $18.60, $7.20 and $4. The 4-year-old British-bred daughter of Pivotal earned $30,000 for her second victory in 10 starts to push her career total to $71,454. Belle Fleur returned $4.40 and $3.20, and Darkness Night paid $2.80 to show. Mayan King rules at Aqueduct: Mayan King fought off a strong stretch challenge from Monopoly Pricing for a half-length victory in the $58,000 allowance feature at Aqueduct in New York. Mayan King, a 5-year-old, won for the fifth time in 10 career starts. The winner set the pace in the 1 1/16-mile race until Monopoly Pricing poked a head in front in midstretch. Ridden by Mike Luzzi and trained by Gary Contessa, Mayan King was timed in 1:43.38 on a fast track. Mayan King, coupled in the betting with fourth-place finisher Malibu Moonshine, paid $5.70, $3 and $2.40. Monopoly Pricing returned $4.20 and $3.40. Evening Attire showed at $4.50. center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Nottingham Forest 1-1 Leeds United: Sam Byram strikes again as Whites snatch late point

first_img Nottingham Forest 1-1 Leeds United: Sam Byram strikes again as Whites snatch late Championship point 1 Sam Byram scored his third goal in as many games for Leeds as they came from behind to draw at Nottingham Forest in the Sky Bet Championship.The hosts took an early first-half lead, largely against the run of play, through Nelson Oliveira, before academy product Byram put Leeds level ten minutes from time.The point puts Steve Evans’ side up to 12th in the Championship standings, with Dougie Freedman’s Forest 13th.The visitors did everything but score in the first half, as they dominated the majority of play.United were quick out of the blocks as Stuart Dallas went close when he pulled a 20-yard shot past the post and Chris Wood nearly headed on target from a corner minutes later.Forest took the lead through their first real chance as they capitalised on poor Leeds defending.Centre-back Matt Mills sent a long, direct ball down the centre of the field and Italian centre-back Giuseppe Bellusci failed to clear. That saw Portuguese forward Oliveira, on loan from Benfica, through on goal and outcoming goalkeeper Marco Silvestri sprawled at the ball, but it bypassed him as he was outside of the box he could not use his hands and the Forest man converted into an open goal.Leeds continued to look most likely to get the next goal as Charlie Taylor raced down the left but the young full-back overhit his cross along the six-yard box.Chris O’Grady’s deflected shot was well held by Leeds shot-stopper Silvestri, who was rarely tested in the first period other than the goal.Oliveira missed a good chance minutes into the second as his free-kick from 20 yards arrowed over the crossbar.Byram, who broke back into the Leeds XI and scored twice against Wolves recently, headed over as Leeds continued to press for an equaliser.Chris Wood sliced a volley over from a promising position, while at the other end Forest could have doubled their lead before the hour mark, Luke Murphy clearing Matt Mills’ header off the line.Substitute Jamie Ward beat a man to come inside before rifling a rising shot from around 20 yards, with Silvestri tipping it over the bar well.Substitute Souleymane Doukara made an immediate impact as he came inside from the left wing and passed to Byram, who controlled and fired Leeds level with a low strike from the edge of the box.Mirco Antenucci could have won it for Leeds as the ball was cut back to him and the Italian forward opened up his left foot too much and he struck well wide before Chris Wood missed a glorious chance late on.  Forest could have stole it in the last minute but Oliver Burke’s bouncing volley hit the post and the points were shared.Both teams have a quick turnaround in a busy festive period, with Forest facing Cardiff and Leeds hosting Derby on Tuesday. LEEDS UNITED BOSS STEVE EVANS: ‘WE CAN MOUNT A CHALLENGE TO TAKE US TO THE TOP FLIGHT’last_img read more

SA film industry adds R3.5bn to GDP

first_img14 May 2013 The South African film industry contributes R3.5-billion annually to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), while providing employment for more than 25 000 people, according to a new impact study on the industry. Releasing study in Pretoria on Friday, Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile said the government would use the study to strengthen the work being done to provide increased and sustained support for the industry. The minister said the government was in the process of converting the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) into a full-fledged National Film Commission and establishing a National Film Fund. He said the impact study would help the government to create a sustainable funding model for the industry, build partnerships with the private sector, facilitate skills development, and expand access to new markets for South African film makers. “It will also strengthen our ability to advocate for more favourable incentives for the sector so as to attract investment,” Mashatile said. South African films and actors continue to receive acclaim across the globe. Florence Masebe recently won the award for best actress in a lead role for the film Elelwani during the 2013 African Movie Academy Awards. The film also won the best production design award, while a number of other South African productions were nominated and received awards at the event. Earlier this year, the film Layla Fourie received a jury special mention award at the Berlinale International Film Festival, while local comedy Fanie Fourie’s Lobola won the audience choice award for best comedy at the 19th Sedona International Film Festival in Arizona, US in March. In the same month, South African film Otelo Burning added to a long list of accolades, picking up a hat-trick of awards – for best film, best dramatic feature and best surf film – at Australia’s Byron Bay International Film Festival The film gained international recognition and a slew of awards following its release in 2012, including official selection at London’s BFI Film Festival, France’s Lille Film Festival, India’s Chennai Film Festival and the Seattle Film Festival, as well as a nomination for the Golden Needle Award at the Seattle Film Festival. It also won best cinematography and best child actor at the 2012 African Movie Academy Awards. Mashatile said these successes showed that the world wanted to hear the South African story – a story of the triumph of the human spirit. “I wish to assure all those involved in the local film sector that your good work has not gone unnoticed. You have the full support of this government.” “We are emboldened by the fact that the study vindicates the view we have always held, that the local film industry, as part of the broader creative industries, is a major driver of economic growth, job creation and the building of sustainable livelihoods.” SAnews.gov.za, with additional reporting by SAinfolast_img read more

Destination Cape Town

first_imgKnown as the “Mother City”, Cape Town is the oldest city in South Africa.Cape Town is the home of the iconic Table Mountain. (Image: South African Tourism)Brand South AfricaPerched between the ocean and the mountain, with a national park as its heart, there is nowhere like Cape Town. Cape Town, the “Mother City”, is the oldest city in South Africa and has a cultural heritage spanning more than 300 years.The unique topography of the region makes it easy to orientate oneself as long as you remember that with Table Mountain behind you and Robben Island before you, you are facing north, looking across Table Bay and up the west coast of Africa.It is in Cape Town that the Rainbow Nation really covers the spectrum. Between beautiful Cape Dutch homesteads, traditional dancers with painted faces performing in the streets, the smell of spicy Malay cooking and the taste of a well-made wine, this city will fill your senses.The bells of St George’s Cathedral alternate with the plaintive tones of the muezzin calling the faithful to prayer. Visitors give a startled jump, and Capetonians calmly glance at their watches, when the noon gun booms above the city – a relic from the days of sail when sea captains had to check their chronometers.It has the top five national attractions in South Africa, all of which should appear on every visitor’s itinerary all year round. These include a visit up Table Mountain, either by cable car or manually climbing up routes of varying degrees of difficulty; and the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, internationally acclaimed as one of the great botanical gardens of the world.The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, one of the city’s main tourist attractions, offers the visitor a unique shopping and holiday experience on a scenic working harbour. Currently undergoing expansion, the complex features shops, restaurants, launch areas for short cruises and a variety of entertainment for those who flock through it by day and night.Looking further offshore, visitors can take a boat ride to Robben Island, the former home of Nelson Mandela and several other political prisoners who fought against the apartheid government. Visitors to the island are taken on a tour of the old prison complex, as well as to a museum on the island.You will never be bored in Cape Town. Table Mountain offers some of the best climbing in the world, and it’s right here in the city. The surfing is fantastic; the diving is cold but good. You could go mountain biking, or go sea kayaking – you may see whales or penguins.A great thing to do on a full moon summer’s night is to walk up Lion’s Head before dark, watch the sun set on one hand and the full moon rise on the other and then walk down in the silvery light.If the wind is right, you could fly off Lion’s Head with a qualified tandem paraglider pilot, and land on the beach in time for sundowners. You’ll never be bored.If all this sounds too gung ho for you, don’t worry. You can shop till you drop at Cavendish, Canal Walk or the Waterfront. There is lots of live music, art exhibitions, museums, plays and even opera, ballet or symphony concerts on all year round.The city has also recently developed tourism routes such as the Cape care route, which showcases sustainable development by taking tourists to destinations including a community-based bicycle workshop and a community weaving centre, and the Southern Line tourist train route between Cape Town and Simon’s Town.Cape Town is also probably the most popular backpackers destination anywhere, with more hostels than any other city worldwide. It’s also the home of the backpackers special, the Baz Bus.Sources: City of Cape Town, South African Tourism, Tourism Cape Town and Baz Bus.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

An ESPN Analyst Accidentally Tweeted A PornHub Link Instead Of His Article

first_imgAn ESPN sign hanging that's very oldESPN national recruiting analyst Gerry Hamilton may be in a bit of hot water after making an incredibly embarrassing mistake Wednesday afternoon. Hamilton, attempting to tweet out a link with video highlights of four-star linebacker recruit Roquan Smith, instead included a link to a PornHub video. He quickly deleted the post and replaced it with the correct link, but the damage was already done – numerous users screenshotted the transgression and began circulating it.Hey @Kmarkobarstool That link is NOT Roquan Smiths highlight tape FYI pic.twitter.com/cyJBEDyxmB— ElOsoBlanco (@BSElOsoBlanco) January 21, 2015The only saving grace? The link didn’t include any kind of clue as to what the video actually contained. Still, Hamilton is bound to hear about this from those higher up.last_img read more

Senate Passes Proceeds of Crime (Amendment) Bill 2013

first_img “This measure will enable a more equitable sharing of the tax burden by providing a platform for bringing more persons…who currently evade (paying) taxes… into the tax net,” The Bill also proposes the imposition of a $1 million limit on cash transactions with financial institutions. More persons are expected to be brought under the tax net consequent on the passage of the Proceeds of Crime (Amendment) Bill 2013, in both Houses of Parliament.The Bill was passed in the Senate on Friday (October 18) with two amendments, following its approval in the Lower House on Tuesday (October 15).Justice Minister, Senator the Hon. Mark Golding, who piloted the Bill in the Upper House, said the legislation will create a paper trail that will assist the tax authorities in collecting the critical revenues necessary for Jamaica to meet its economic objectives.“This measure will enable a more equitable sharing of the tax burden by providing a platform for bringing more persons…who currently evade (paying) taxes… into the tax net,” he said.Senator Golding noted that the Bill will also facilitate a more accurate measurement of the national economy, “which suffers for a massive understatement of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) due to the huge informal economy operating outside (the) formal transactional and reporting systems”.The Bill also proposes the imposition of a $1 million limit on cash transactions with financial institutions. This means that under the provisions for reporting suspicious transactions, engagements exceeding $1 million cannot be undertaken by anyone other than a “permitted person,” such as a bank or licensed financial institution.“It is a fundamental enhancement of the law enforcement system to support the combating of serious crime under (the Proceeds of Crime Act) POCA, by limiting the ability to use raw cash to settle large transactions. Limiting the size of cash transactions will have the positive benefit of reducing the behavioural tendency among some business people to put their lives in danger by keeping large cash amounts,” Senator Golding said.He noted, however, that this provision does not preclude persons from collecting several cash payments in bona fide transactions which, individually, are less than $1 million but total or exceed that sum. Similarly, the provision does not prohibit legitimate multiple transactions of less than $1 million each, but which add up to or exceed that figure.“Indeed, this law will not prohibit anyone having more than $1 million on them, though of course, it is very risky to do so and it ought to be discouraged. It is only if a single cash payment exceeds $1 million that one party to the payment, that is, either the payer or the receiver, must be a commercial bank or other Bank of Jamaica (BoJ)-licensed deposit-taking entities or credit unions, or a licensed cambio. However, artificially splitting up a transaction into several payments to make the transaction appear to be below $1million will be prohibited,” Senator Golding explained.The Justice Minister said the Bill also seeks to ensure that Jamaica is fully compliant with certain international requirements as it relates to money laundering and terrorism financing.“Since 2005, Jamaica has taken several measures (including the passage of the POCA in 2007) to strengthen its framework for combating money laundering and financing of terrorism. Jamaica is required to continue to review its laws to ensure that we are compliant with the requisite international standards,” he said.Other amendments to the Act include addition of an oversight regime for designated non-financial businesses and professions, such as attorneys, accountants, real estate dealers, and dealers in special metals and stones.The Act also outlines the powers that designated competent authorities will have in relation to the role of compliance monitoring with the anti-money laundering requirements.Amendments have also been made to the Bill to ensure consistency in term definitions used in the POCA with those outlined in the Financial Investigations Division Act. Story Highlights The Bill was passed in the Senate on Friday (October 18) with two amendments, following its approval in the Lower House on Tuesday (October 15).last_img read more