Facebook Twitter Schoettmer was selected as the first winner of America’s Pig Farmer of the Year after passing a third-party audit of on-farm practices and also going through a series of written and oral interviews conducted by subject-matter experts. He has achieved excellence in all aspects of pig farming, including animal care, environmental stewardship, employee work environment, and outstanding community service. Hoosier Named Pig Farmer of the Year By Gary Truitt – Oct 7, 2015 The America’s Pig Farmer of the Year Award is designed to recognize a pig farmer who excels at raising pigs using the We Care ethical principles and connects with today’s consumers about how pork is produced. “We are pleased to have Keith represent America’s pig farmers, and we look forward to the dialog he will create as he travels around the country,” said Derrick Sleezer, National Pork Board president and pig farmer from Cherokee, Iowa. “It’s important that we connect with today’s consumers about how we raise their food in an ethical and transparent way. Keith’s interest in sharing his farm’s story – and putting a face on today’s pig farming – will help us reach this goal.” Keith Schoettmer,The National Pork Board has announced its first-ever America’s Pig Farmer of the Year Award, and a Hoosier producer has won. Keith Schoettmer, from Tipton, is a well-known name in Indiana pork circles, having served in several leadership positions with Indiana Pork. Now the rest of the world will know him better as he has been named the first Pig Farmer of the Year. Previous articleClosing CommentsNext articleEthanol Production Up Again Gary Truitt Schoettmer and his wife Darla began Prime Pork in 1987. He describes his operation as rather typical, “We have about 1050 sows and are a farrow to finish operation with a feed mill and mostly all on one location. We are humbled and honored by this award.” He started as a first generation, pork producer with 450 sows and has grown the operation over the years. SHARE Hoosier Named Pig Farmer of the Year The panel of expert judges met in early September with the four finalists. The panel included Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of the American Humane Association; Carlos Saviani, vice president of the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) U.S. food team; Mitzi Dulan, a registered dietitian and a nationally recognized nutrition and wellness expert to the Kansas City Royals; Chris Soules, a farmer from Arlington, Iowa, and a television star from The Bachelor and Dancing with the Stars; and Dr. Jodi Sterle, an associate professor of animal science at Iowa State University and a nationally known youth advisor in livestock exhibition. Facebook Twitter As a judging panel member, Ganzert said, “Today, more than ever, it is important not only to point out where progress is needed, but to recognize when we get it right. The farmers I met with are working to give America’s families food that is safe, affordable, abundant, and in line with their values.” Home Indiana Agriculture News Hoosier Named Pig Farmer of the Year He hopes to use this award as an opportunity to educate the public, “We are really looking forward to visiting with people about pig farming in America. We want to tell them how producers take care of their stock. We want to tell them that there are thousands of producers who are doing the right thing every day.” He said he wants to keep his message simple, “Here on the farm we care about raising these animals, about taking care of the environment. We are about food safety and about the welfare of the animals. We do this every day. It is our job, it is our passion.” SHARE
Smarter learning cultureOn 19 Nov 2002 in Personnel Today With no face-to-face customer contact, Intelligence Finance realised earlyon that staff development had to be central to its operationWith no high street presence, Intelligent Finance has to work harder thanmany banks to cultivate the right relationship with its customers. One badexperience on the phone could mean a lost customer in an extremely competitivefinancial services marketplace. The telenet bank – customers can access its services online or via telephone– was built 18 months ago and had to recruit and train more than 1,200employees for launch. Intelligent Finance now employs 2,500 staff, across threesites in Edinburgh, Livingston and Rosyth, and with the inaugural work out ofthe way, its next priority was to put in place an ongoing developmentprogramme. From the outset the executive management team at Intelligent Financerealised people would be its greatest asset and agreed that learning would playa vital role in the values and vision of the company. In March 2001 a team was created to research organisations that were alreadyaward-winners as a result of their training strategies and best practices wererecorded and incorporated within the Intelligent Finance learning model. The rationale behind the model came from a desire to be an employer ofchoice as much as from a need to gain a competitive edge. Linda Mortimer,director of HR, says: “People don’t come to work just to do a job anymore, they come to learn and develop their careers. “As more players continue to enter the financial services market, thequality of career development opportunities will become more important to thosecoming in and will play a crucial part in their employment decisions,” sheadds. Intelligent Finance’s broad aim was to continuously improve customerexperience. Drawing from research conducted 12 months ago, it introducedAspire, an interactive learning centre, based at its Livingston premises, whereemployees can access a range of learning options within a relaxed environment.Aspire has a set of clear-cut objectives, to: – Promote a learning culture throughout the company – Encourage staff to improve their self-development in relation to a rangeof skills and competencies to the benefit of themselves and the company – Equip individuals with the necessary tools to facilitate this – Provide a blended approach to learning – taking into account the differentlearning styles of individuals – Deliver training in a timely and cost-effective manner Individuals can select from videos, audiotapes, books, journals, WhitePapers and online learning, and a learning and development consultant is alwayson hand to advise, coach and support. The e-learning element is a vital component in developing the learningculture and is crucial in the company’s objectives because it puts personaldevelopment at the fingertips of every employee, 24 hours a day. Initially, learners had access to 30 SkillSoft courses, covering mainlycustomer care and general management, and these proved to be so popular thatjust six months later, these were refreshed and extended to 40. Fundamental tothe success of the programme is the support and encouragement provided from theIntelligent Finance management. One in four employees have already registered with Aspire and more than 50per cent have completed one or more SkillSoft courses. In total, more than 440SkillSoft courses have been completed to date. Two further learning centreshave been opened in Rosyth and Edinburgh. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article
Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The name calling: “I hate Trump/I love Hillary” letters, [Diane Homboch of Feb. 22 and Cynthia Swanson’s irrational name calling rant of Feb. 28] need to be challenged. Your champion didn’t get elected partly because of her collusion with the Russians — selling them rights to mining our uranium; involvement with lying Podesta; a sexual predator as a husband; associated with another pervert, Anthony Wiener; her testimony lies; subpoena violations; corrupt foundation, “pay to play” that ripped off Haiti; laughing off the deaths of four American heroes due to her failure to protect them in Bengazi; travel gate; Whitewater; cattle gate; Rose law firm, Slick Willy’s collusion with Loretta Lynch; stolen debate questions; deleting 30,000-plus e-mails; destroying relevant cell phones with hammers; a secret computer serve; her secret dealings with foreign countries who knew that she was for sale; $10 million hush payment received for pardoning Marc Rich, etc. — and we’re deplorable? It’s fair to say that she is, hands down, the champ of scandals.We deplorables remember the $800,000 sex abuse settlement paid to Paula Jones and the Jennifer Flowers sex assaults. We, and the left wingers, remember the underhanded, crooked treatment of Bernie Sanders and the contempt for the Secret Service agents assigned to protect her family.Agreed, Donald Trump can be rude, crude, pompous and far from perfect. He is rightfully held in low regard by some. So what? He’s our president. He loves our country and has asked us to come together as a nation for our common welfare.Your choice. Will it be all about you and your petty hatreds, or can you rise above that and be patriots? Please, enough. Stop with the lies and hate already.JOHN OSTERLITZGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation
The bones of Liberia are rattling because of the many rigorous problems she faces. But as God told His Prophet Ezekiel, these bones, through faith in the love and power of God, WILL RISE AGAIN AND LIVE!This was the message of St. Stephen Episcopal Church’s Father Augustine Kpehe, when he delivered the fifth Lenten Sunday sermon yesterday. He took his theme from Ezekiel, chapter 37, in which God promised to breathe into these dry bones, put sinews, flesh and skin upon them, enabling them to rise again. Fr. Kpehe told parishioners that Liberia today is saddled with plentiful problems, but with faith in God, we shall rise again.The preacher did not elaborate on these problems. But many Liberians know them. First and foremost among is the continuing problem of corruption, which President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in her first Inaugural Address nine years ago, declared “public enemy number one,” but has herself admitted failure to solve.The public, for three reasons, blames the President herself for this failure: first, her failure to successfully prosecute corrupt officials but rather, retain many in positions of power. Second, she has brought back into powerful positions people who in the not too distant past have been caught red-handed in glaring corruption.Third, she has in three ways played too dangerously and too persistently with corruption’s closest and most powerful ally or twin sister—nepotism: by retaining in powerful positions two of her sons—Charles as Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia, and Fumba as Director General of the National Security Agency; then, despite public and international outcry against it, by appointing a third, indeed her most powerful son, Robert, as Chairman of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL). For three years, she stoically weathered the storm of persistent criticism, then reluctantly removed him as NOCAL Chair, only to quickly re-appoint him Ambassador to oil-rich Kuwait! That placed him in the strategic position to still call the shots at NOCAL. Next thing we learned, he emerged with a US$14 million Kuwaiti loan, negotiations for which the public was unaware of any involvement by the Foreign or Finance Ministry.The third way in which the President has, wittingly or unwillingly, fostered nepotism, corruption’s twin sister, is by permitting senior members of her family members to wield powerful behind-the-scene influence in many vital sectors of government, grievously undermining public accountability and giving undue advantage to foreign business interests.This has led to yet another continuing national crisis: the poverty of Liberians and their consequent SUBSERVIENCE (submissiveness, obedience, acquiescence, passivity) to foreigners in the Liberians’ own country. So whatever happened to Liberia’s sovereignty—or that of its people? No, we are no longer sovereign but subservient in our own country, where almost everything is owned and dominated by foreigners.The government is free to dismiss these foreboding reflections as the musings of disgruntled elements. But we at the Daily Observer newspaper are NOT disgruntled people. Far from it, we are patriotic people who have striven over the decades to place our country FIRST before ourselves, declining, shying away from and rejecting money, privileges and other perks, choosing instead to stand for truth, justice and fair play and to be the voice of the voiceless in our country.We cannot be anything less in this rich country, where poverty, deprivation and listlessness are still rampant. We ignore these dangerous, distressing signals at our own peril, and the peril of our nation itself. We cannot, MUST NOT, lest we become part of the problem. That is why we have never relented in voicing our persistent opposition to the sidelining of a Liberian hotelier in favor of a Lebanese businessman to rebuild the Robertsfield Hotel. Here was a clear case of nepotistic influence by family insiders against Liberian entrepreneurs in favor of foreign businesspeople.We have long complained about how President Tubman’s Open Door Policy gave the country to foreigners. We cannot and WILL not sit supinely and see the same thing happening all over again, raining tears and crying in the beloved country.Only last weekend, the wealthy former mayor of a Liberian city called for the “taking back of our country from these people before their time is up.”We know exactly what that means—another interim government to pillage, plunder and lead us back to war.The way forward is sit NOW and reason together with the powers that be toward inspiring, hopefully, a change in the national direction and pray that God will grant the rattling and reliving of Liberia’s bones. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! China’s 28-year-old family planning policy limits most urban couples to just one child and allows some families in the countryside to have a second child if their first is a girl. Rising incomes mean many people can afford to break the rules and pay resulting fines. The government has tried to crack down on the trend by raising fines and, in some cases, trying to embarrass violators. In February, the eastern province of Zhejiang announced it planned to name and shame rich families who ignored the one-child policy by paying to have their second or third baby. China has about 1.3 billion people – 20 percent of the global total. The government has pledged to keep the population under 1.36 billion by 2010 and under 1.45 billion by 2020. By The Associated Press BEIJING – Urban Chinese who have more than one child will get a black mark on their credit record, the government said, in a scheme that appeared to target newly rich couples undeterred by fines from having extra children. “In the future, city residents’ family planning violations will be entered in the credit system of the People’s Bank of China,” said a notice posted late Thursday on the Web site of China’s National Population and Family Planning Commission. It didn’t give additional details about the scheme and it was not immediately clear whether the action might affect a person’s ability to conduct financial transactions.
A new bursary will be awarded to an Irish medical student today in recognition of the work of Donegal Nobel Prize winner William C Campbell.Education Minister Joe McHugh will present the scholarship to the successful student at an event this morning. The student, who has not yet been named, has successfully secured a place to study medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland. They will receive a €5,000 annual bursary to support their academic studies.The William C Campbell Bursary was announced by Minister McHugh this year in honour of Prof Campbell, from Ramelton, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2015 for his development of a cure for River Blindness. Prof Campbell’s treatment has saved the sight of hundreds of millions of people in Africa, Latin America and Yemen.In launching the scholarship, Minister McHugh said: “The aim of the award is to encourage the next generation of students to strive to replicate achievements like Prof Campbell which have transformed the lives of millions of people across the world.“Professor Campbell is an inspiration. His life and his work has left a huge legacy and that is something I believe we need to build on.”Minister McHugh said he hopes to see further scholarships created to honour the work, talent and legacy of all 11 Nobel laureates from Ireland. William C Campbell Bursary to be awarded today was last modified: November 5th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting mike kirkwood While Hyper-V is included with the cost of Windows Server 2008 R2, centralized management features and dynamic migration will cost extra through Microsoft’s Virtual Machine Manager (VMM).Hyper-V is making significant progress as a product, but it also seems that it will take Microsoft a few years to evolved Hyper-V into a real contender in the market It may start getting traction for shops predominantly using Microsoft technology today and have deep relationships to the mothership. Last week, Microsoft announced a significant partnership and investment with HP that focuses on optimizing hardware and software solutions. Microsoft and HP are developing patterns where virtualization, SQL Sever, and Exchange server are deployed together and optimized in both hardware, software, and OS. This is a key competitive offering for enterprises.SummaryMicrosoft is a logical leader in this space and can’t be considered out of the race. The partnerships and investments in the channel will likely pay off. Hyper-V is growing features and has a distinct advantage in reaching customers through the natural relationships Microsoft has in the enterprise.Citrix XENServer is a real option and is competing on price and features. The product is backed by a leader in the desktop virtualization space, Citrix. Considering the array of features offered in the free product, it is definitely worth taking a close look at.For full featured end-to-end server virtualization, it is hard to beat VMware. VMware solutions have the features, performance and price. Whether your needs are on the low end or high end VMware is there. If you are on the high end, it won’t come cheap but VMware knows they still have a considerable lead in the market for features customers want. Considering the price to get started, it may be worth it to try each of them out with your team to see which fits best with your environment. What do you think, is free a good price for server virtualization?Photo credit: pfala Virtualization technology can improve the cost efficiency of the data center by running servers at higher utilization. Deploying virtual servers can yield a more energy efficient data center and reduce the total footprint of a computing environment.Although IT managers have started adopting virtualization for critical infrastructure, reports such as the poll conducted by Network Instruments in 2009 and reported on by Information World suggest that many IT managers could not confirm that they got the expected savings by virtualizing their environment. In that context, it is very nice to report that all of the key virtualization software vendors provide free or low-cost solutions that can be deployed and managed by IT teams. These solutions can be deployed in production environments so that teams can get started and determine for themselves if it is appropriate for their environment to host applications on virtual servers.VMwareVirtualization technology has evolved considerable over the past years. The market-leader, VMware has been adding features and improving the performance of their offerings, including addressing applications that use intensive I/O operations and offering robust management tools. The free ESXi version is a low-cost solution in the market that is useful for many scenarios. While ESXi does not include vCenter (formerly virtual center, centralized management tool for managing multiple VMware physical servers) or VMotion (dynamic migration) or clustering, in most cases these issues are easily addressed with proper planning. These features are clearly in the upgrade path for teams that need them.We interviewed Tom Moore, an IT leader who has managed virtual production environments working for a Global Fortune 100 company for over eight years. We asked him to characterize his teams use of the free VMware ESXi. His team considered this when his organization was faced with a budget crunch, he said it was a “no brainer” to switch from full ESX to ESXi instead of open source XEN that’s baked into various Linux distributions. “Also, for the minimal charge of couple hundred dollars you can add vCenter support to ESXi, which is cheap compared to the thousands of dollars per CPU to get the full VMware product now called vSphere,” he said.Moore continued, “As a standard approach, our company has switched to ESXi when high availability features like VMware clustering and VMotion are not required. Use of a load balancer in front of your VMware farm is sufficient in most cases. This was our approach at before VMware even had ESX and clustering built into the product.”Offering ESXi proves to be a good starting place for organizations looking for a solution that provides higher density and the team is ready to design the environment around the pieces the free offering doesn’t offer.Citrix XENServerCitrix XENServer states its path into the enterprise: Enterprise-class. Cloud-proven. Free. A quote from their website:“Citrix XenServer is the only enterprise-class, cloud-proven server virtualization platform that delivers the critical features of live migration and centralized multi-server management at no cost.”Citrix XENServer’s free solution supports clustering and dynamic migration. Adding more features into the free solution is a competitive edge that Citrix brings to managers considering XENSever in the data center. This alone might be a good reason to consider it for a high availability environment on a budget. One key area to consider is the XENServer management tools. These features are still evolving to meet the level of sophistication that VMware offers. For some, it might not be worth the trade-off. However, Citrix XENServer does provide a lot of features that are attractive in the free product. Related Posts Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-VAs the dominant operating system provider, Microsoft is well positioned to be a lead provider of solutions in the area of server virtualization. The company has been playing catch up in this area and is diligently working through hard issues such as pricing, licensing and product features.Microsoft’s Window Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V has gained traction with key customers and has been focused on key features like live migration as its pull for adoption in the data center. “With Hyper-V, it’s easier than ever to take advantage of the cost savings of virtualization through Windows Server 2008 R2. 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Former sports minister Mani Shankar Aiyar wasn’t the only one to raise an alarm about Suresh Kalmadi. New revelations are bound to further embarrass the Prime Minister’s Office. Former sports ministers M.S. Gill and the late Sunil Dutt had also red flagged the former Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chief and his methods. In a letter dated September 26, 2007, Gill had pointed out the astonishing jump in costs for holding the Games and hinted at gross mismanagement. Gill had written, “At the time of the agreement, they were to be about Rs 200 crore. It is now something less than Rs 800 crore and we are coming to the Cabinet soon for something above Rs 1600 crore. In the past, the (Organising) Committee rarely met and generally endorsed post-facto decisions, taken in a highly centralised system.” As far back as 2004, late Sports Minister Sunil Dutt had lodged a strong protest against the appointment of Suresh Kalmadi, now sacked and languishing in jail. Dutt had written: “I was surprised to see newspaper reports about a resolution passed by Indian Olympic Association (lOA) regarding appointment of President, lOA as Chairman of the Organising Committee, which is at variance with the decisions taken in the GOM meeting.” Headlines Today had broadcast letters written by Aiyar, warning the PM of financial bungling by the Kalmadi-led OC. In the letter written on October 25, 2007 Aiyar had written: “I grow increasingly alarmed at the profligacy of CWG OC Chairman. Present projections of CWG expenditure have topped Rs 20,000 crore!” Aiyar had even contested the PM’s claim that his objections were merely ideological. “Hope this refreshes his memory,” Aiyar said. Caught in a bind, the then MoS in the PMO, tried to clear the air in vain. Prithivraj Chavan says, “I am not aware what Mani Shankar Aiyer has said. There are many things which are said. I would have to see what he had said. It was a courtesy meet. There were certain pending issues.” BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said despite the letters, “the loot was on”. advertisement
zoom Maritime services provider Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) has signed a new contract with Danish shipping company Dampskibsselskabet Norden A/S for crew logistics and husbandry services.Under the additional agreement for the dry cargo and tanker specialist, ISS will co-ordinate over 2,800 crew changes per year across 32 vessels worldwide, as well as husbandry and disbursement account processing.The arrangement with ISS is expected to support Norden’s operations and accounting teams and provide a single point of contact and remittance, negating the need for multiple regional agents, ISS said.“ISS will help improve cost scheduling for core services and ensure greater transparency,” the company said.In addition, Norden is said to benefit from cost savings as a result of ISS’ global vendor agreements and volume, according to ISS.Managed from the ISS vessel supply chain hub in Mumbai, India, the firm said it will work with Norden in key locations across Europe, the Americas and the Middle East, including Rotterdam, Houston and Fujairah.
Baby Buggy, founded by Jessica Seinfeld, today announced that it has changed its name to GOOD+ Foundation.What started 15 years ago as a small New York City charity addressing babies’ needs has evolved into a major philanthropic organization that annually grants millions of dollars in products and services to proven anti-poverty programs serving mothers, fathers and their children across the country.“Since our inception we have tried to find new ways of helping children and families outgrow poverty. I am incredibly proud of our success and humbled by the support from our donors, volunteers and partners,” said Founder and Board President Jessica Seinfeld. “GOOD+ Foundation’s tagline — ‘Partnerships for Stronger Families’— signals our unique approach: teaming up with leading life-changing programs that use our donated goods to help motivate parents to play a more active role in their own progress. Our new name recognizes that it is the GOODs PLUS the education and services our partners provide that move families out of poverty.”GOOD+ Foundation is both a grant-seeking and grant-making organization. Its partner network is carefully selected through an application process.“Together with our partners, we help keep parents engaged in meeting important goals, such as earning a GED, completing a parenting class, building job and life skills or securing better housing,” said GOOD+ Foundation Executive Director Katherine Snider. “Our in-kind grants of products and technical services are highly sought after by our partners because they enhance the services they provide to families and also help with their own employee retention. Our collaboration with Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) is a great example of our successful model.”NFP is a renowned program for new and expecting low-income mothers that has demonstrated higher rates of maternal employment, lower rates of child abuse and neglect, and better child school readiness.“Many of the families in our programs just don’t have access to the same resources that the majority of new parents enjoy,” said Roxane White, CEO of Nurse-Family Partnership, an evidence-based maternal and early childhood health program. “By working together with GOOD+ Foundation over the past 10 years, we have been able to give low-income, first-time moms the support and the tools they need to provide their babies with the best possible start in life. This has included nearly 1.3 million baby items that GOOD+ Foundation has distributed to 23 of our programs across the country.”In honor of the name change, eight corporate donors have each pledged or given at least $100,000 in products, services or financial support to GOOD+ Foundation in 2016, including Boppy, Bravado Designs, ErgoBaby, Lansinoh, Seventh Generation, The Children’s Place, UPPAbaby and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. For more information on this campaign and ways to participate, visit the GOOD+ Foundation website at www.goodplusfoundation.org.