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Tick tock… time is flying by

first_img Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply The Anatomy of Fear Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter InspirationBy Mike GillandI remember hearing my dad say, “Boy, once you hit 30, the years seem to fly by…”  I am not sure just how old I was when he said that, but I was probably 7 or 8, making my dad about 35.  Of course, at the time, I couldn’t relate to that at all. My days seemed very long. And the wait for school to be over?….an eternity.  Then, there was the never-ending anticipation for Christmas to come. Yeah, I couldn’t relate to my dad’s thoughts at all. That was then.Now, a most unusual thing is happening.  Young people are making the same remarks as my dad made all those years ago!  And – they are young…very young!  I have a few thoughts about the reason for this phenomenon.  I suspect that the sheer amount of visual stimulation that hits today’s young people on an hourly basis can be downright overwhelming.  There is no shortage in ways for our youth to spend their hours, their days, their weeks… making it seem to them that there is just not enough time in a day to get in all the video streaming, social media, TV, movies, etc.  The end result – kids are now saying what only adults once uttered. “Time is flying by…”Now, just so you know, I am all for all of the things mentioned.  But I do caution parents to make sure that your children haven’t jumped on the train to exhaustion!  A new common site is to see a group of people sitting in a church lobby, or at the airport, or in the living room at Christmas, with each person’s head bowed as they are texting or looking at a phone or tablet.  I am pretty sure that it is possible that all of these neat, time-saving and entertaining devices are bringing fatigue to our minds, and causing a new sense of isolation. And wherever there is isolation, loneliness is not far behind.We can fight this by having a good, old-fashioned hobby, doing something with others that you enjoy – without the interruption of cell phones or tablets.  Breathe – enjoy life – make a memory…and you might just sense a bit of slowdown in your life!Feature Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash Mike Gilland is Operations Manager for The Shepherd Radio Network, a group of radio stations in Florida that features the “Christian Teach/Talk” format.  Mike hosts a daily talk radio show in the 2 PM hour called “Afternoons with Mike”, talking to local pastors and newsmakers.  In Orlando, The Shepherd is heard on WIWA, AM 1270.   In addition to his broadcast experience, Mike spent 36 years in full-time ministry as a pastor and worship leader.  As a guitarist, Mike performs at concerts, restaurants, private parties, etc. He is married to Cindy, the father of four grown children and grandfather to seven grandchildren. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate TAGSInspirationMike GillandThe Shepherd Radio Network Previous articleLawyers are trying to scare you with Facebook adsNext articleMy continuing odyssey to good health Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

American Farmland Trust Awarded Conservation Innovation Grant

first_img Previous articleFFA and Microsoft Announce PartnershipNext articleUSDA Preparing Alternative to WHO Antibiotic Guidelines Hoosier Ag Today Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter By Hoosier Ag Today – Jul 26, 2018 Home Indiana Agriculture News American Farmland Trust Awarded Conservation Innovation Grant SHARE SHARE American Farmland Trust Awarded Conservation Innovation Grant American Farmland Trust, the organization behind the national movement No Farms No Food®, was awarded a highly competitive 2018 Conservation Innovation Grant from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. Authorized by the 2002 Farm Bill, CIG helps develop the tools, technologies and strategies to support next-generation conservation efforts on working lands.“Through programs like the Conservation Innovation Grants Program, we’re fueling the development of new and exciting tools and technologies, helping farmers improve their agricultural and conservation outcomes,” says NRCS Acting Chief Leonard Jordan.The grant will fund a new AFT project called “Accelerating Soil Health Adoption by Quantifying Economic and Environmental Outcomes & Overcoming Barriers on Rented Land” that is designed to give farmers and landowners the quantitative evidence they need to make better conservation decisions.One barrier to wider use of soil health practices that improve water, save soil, protect climate, and often increase profit has been limited quantitative data proving their benefits.AFT will work in six watersheds across five states (California, Illinois, Ohio, New York and Virginia) to quantify the benefits experienced by 24 farmers who have already implemented soil health practices like reduced tillage, cover crops, nutrient management, crop rotation and more. The data collected will be used to produce economic case studies that include soil health, water quality and greenhouse gas outcomes experienced by the successful soil health farmers. The case studies will be used to encourage other farmers and non-operating landowners to implement environmentally sound farming practices more quickly and in greater numbers. The project also aims to foster better conversations and lease arrangements between farmers and non-operating landowners – many of whom are women – to better share in the risk and rewards of investing in soil health practices.“We are thrilled and honored to have been chosen to receive the NRCS CIG grant. At AFT, we hope this new quantitative evidence helps farmers and landowners agree to adopt soil health practices on more land sooner, and with that decision, to reap the benefits of greater productivity, increased profitability and environmental improvement,” says Michelle Perez, director of AFT’s water initiative.Perez continues, “AFT has been promoting soil health practices to improve water quality for over three decades and is now pursuing quantifying conservation outcomes under our new Water Initiative, and our existing Farmers Combat Climate Change and Women for the Land Initiatives.”Source: American Farmland Trustlast_img read more

‘Jamu’ groups oppose House’s decision to import ingredients for ‘COVID-19 cure’

first_imgTwo organizations representing Indonesian jamu (herbal medicine) producers have objected to the reported importation of ingredients for traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) by the House of Representatives COVID-19 task force, saying that the same ingredients can be produced domestically.“I object to this, because Indonesia uses the [same] formula as the imported [TCM],” Dwi Ranny Pertiwi, who heads the Indonesian Jamu and Traditional Medicine Producers Group (GP-Jamu) said on Monday as quoted by kompas.com.Dwi said that the House task force had not coordinated with the Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) in importing the TCM, which she claimed would be distributed to COVID-19 referral hospitals in Indonesia.Andre Rosiade of House Commission IV said that the task force had only imported two out of the 15 ingredients needed for the TCM, while the remaining 13 ingredients would be locally sourced.He also said that the formula for the herbal medicine had been developed by local TCM practitioners who had been granted permission to do so by the Health Ministry.“The task force is recommending the herbal drink because some have submitted statements that it can cure [COVID-19]. One member of the House, along with six members of his family, were exposed to the coronavirus and were said to have recovered after consuming the drink,” said Andre.Read also: Not all herbal drinks are healthy: ExpertsMeanwhile, Inggrid Tania, who chairs the Association of Indonesian Doctors for the Development of Traditional and Herbal Medicines (PDPOTJI), said that she had reviewed several Chinese journals and discovered that the imported ingredients were used to treat acid reflux disease, which Indonesians sometimes referred to as masuk angin, or the common cold.“We have many Indonesian herbs for masuk angin, so why would we need to import?” she added.Inggrid said that herbal medicines had not been clinically tested for use as COVID-19 therapy. Further, she stressed that no referral hospitals were using herbal products to treat patients with the disease.“We only have personal testimonials. Along with LIPI, [the Indonesian Institute of Sciences], UGM [Gadjah Mada University] and Kalbe Farma, we are planning to conduct clinical trials of several herbs for COVID-19 treatment,” she said. (syk)Topics :last_img read more

Tipp Central Council representative says player burnout will have to be tackled

first_imgA number of elite young dual players play many more games than their older counterparts on club and county teams.Former county board chairman Sean Nugent has said it was an issue that came forward during his time as chairman.The Tipperary central council delegate says it’s something which will have to be addressed at a national level.last_img

Media watchdog says Williams cartoon didn’t breach standards

first_imgThe depiction of Williams by cartoonist Mark Knight showed the 23-time major winner reacting angrily during her loss to Naomi Osaka in the final of the U.S. Open. Williams is depicted with her mouth open wide, hands in fists and jumping above a broken tennis racket and a baby’s pacifier. The umpire was shown telling a blond, slender woman — meant to be Osaka, who has a Japanese mother and a father from Haiti — “Can you just let her win?”In a ruling published Monday, the Australian Press Council said it “acknowledged that some readers found the cartoon offensive” but said there was sufficient public interest in commenting on the behavior of a player with a globally high profile.Critics of Knight’s cartoon described it as a clear example of a stereotype facing Black women, depicting Williams as an irate, hulking, big-mouthed Black woman jumping up and down.The press council said it had received complaints from people who believed the cartoon was racist and sexist.“Specifically, concern was expressed that the cartoon depicted Ms. Williams with large lips, a broad flat nose, a wild afro-styled ponytail hairstyle different to that worn by Ms. Williams during the match and positioned in an ape-like pose,” the council said in a statement. “The council considered that the cartoon uses exaggeration and absurdity to make its point but accepts the publisher’s claim that it does not depict Ms Williams as an ape, rather showing her as ‘spitting the dummy,’ a non-racist caricature familiar to most Australian readers.”Spitting the dummy is an Australian term for a tantrum.The Washington Post criticized the cartoon at the time of its publication as reflective of the “dehumanizing Jim Crow caricatures so common in the 19th and 20th centuries.”The Herald Sun said the cartoon used “satire, caricature, exaggeration, and humor” to depict an event of public interest.Knight told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Monday he was “very happy” with the council’s ruling.“I will not be changing the way I draw cartoons because I think I’m a very free and fair cartoonist and I accept issues on their merits and draw them as such,” he said.The press council said it accepted the newspaper’s contention the cartoon was in response to Williams’ behavior during the match.The newspaper “said that the cartoon was not intended to depict negatively any race or gender and was drawn in a style that the cartoonist has drawn over several decades and was only intended to be a ‘sporting cartoon’ for the publication’s local readership,” the press council said in its findings.During the final against Osaka, Williams got a warning from the chair umpire for receiving coaching from the sidelines. An indignant Williams emphatically defended herself, denying she had cheated. A short time later, she smashed her racket in frustration and was docked a point. She protested and demanded an apology from the umpire, who penalized her a game.Williams has won the Australian Open seven times and is a crowd favorite at Melbourne Park, where she has been playing at the season’s first tennis major since 1998. She returned for the tournament last month but lost in the quarterfinals.___More AP Tennis: https://www.apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports SYDNEY (AP) — The Australian Press Council has ruled there was no breach of its standards of practice in a cartoon of tennis star Serena Williams which attracted global condemnation after being published by Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper last September. Serena Williams arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)last_img read more

Amelia’s Ward man remanded on armed robbery charge

first_imgCurwin Estwick of Lot 640 South Amelia’s Ward, Mackenzie was on Tuesday last remanded to prison by Linden Magistrate Clive Nurse on a charge of robbery under arms.Police contend that on March 15 at Bamia, Linden/Soesdyke Highway, while in the company of others and while being armed with a gun, Estwick robbed Michael Williams of three gold-and-diamond finger rings valued $440,000, a gold chain valued $75,000, a gold-and-silver band valued at $80,000, a Samsung Galaxy S8 cellphone valued at $160,000, and $3,000 in cash.The total value of the booty amounted to $758,000.On remand for a previous gun-related charge, Estwick pleaded not guilty to this new charge when it was read to him. The matter has been adjourned to May 22.last_img