Highland’s Farming News – Thursday 10th March

first_img Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week A 15 Minute Programme presented by Chris Ashmore every Thursday at 7.05pm highlighting all that’s happening in the farming community.Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/FARMING-69.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Previous articleSt.Eunan’s secure Quarter Final spot in College’s Colmcille CupNext articleTyrone unchanged for trip to Meath admin Twitter Twitter Facebook Google+ Facebook Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img WhatsApp Highland’s Farming News – Thursday 10th March PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Watch: The Nine Til Noon Show LIVE By admin – March 10, 2016 Google+ NewsPlayback Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterestlast_img read more

This Land is Your Land

first_imgPrivatization and commercialization of public lands is increasing. More companies are being allowed to manage national forests and other federal and state-owned lands, and fracking and mining firms are often permitted to extract the minerals beneath. Partnerships between public lands managers and the private sector are also on the rise. For example, in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, one of the restored log cabins in Cades Cove is “brought to you by Log Cabin Maple Syrup,” with a plaque advertising the brand and logo.Carter_Sheilds_Cabin,_Cades_Cove_IMG_5003_FIXWhat to think of all this? Everyone knows our parks and forests are short on funds, but where should we draw the line between corporate money and public land management?BRENT MARTIN, Southern Appalachian regional director for The Wilderness Society, is concerned about the potential harms of privatization and commercialization, especially over the long term.What are the greatest potential harms from privatization of public lands? Martin: There are many, including a lack of oversight in environmental protection, overuse, unsustainable exploitation and depletion of natural resources, no guarantees of public access, and a lack of public input regarding management.   Which public lands in the East are most vulnerable to privatization? I think that Eastern national forests are particularly vulnerable. National forests are the largest concentration of public lands we have and were acquired after decades of degradation and exploitation. The purpose of acquiring these lands after the passage of the 1911 Weeks Act was largely to protect watersheds from this type of degradation in the future. Since then, these lands have come to provide much more than watershed protection, including protection of biodiversity, a wide spectrum of recreational uses, and special designations such as Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers. Any threat from privatization by default threatens the common good.What about agencies that need the cash from selling public lands, or at least selling the mineral rights? Would you be willing to pay higher taxes to keep public lands public and those minerals in the ground? I’m not sure it has to do with a lack of money or having to pay higher taxes. It appears to be more of a political issue, and one that’s partisan and driven by particular economic interests. However, if one of the states truly needed money, I would pay higher taxes in order to protect public lands.What’s wrong with a state or national park allowing a private company to “sponsor” something in exchange for cash? Is this public-private partnership a realistic way to bring in much-needed funds? I don’t think anything is necessarily wrong with the idea of sponsorships like this. I wouldn’t, however, want a billboard inside a park advertising Log Cabin Maple Syrup, nor would I want the parent company influencing park policy. Also, sponsorship messages should be presented tastefully and not in an obtrusive or glaring manner. Sponsorships such as these could be a good way to raise much-needed money, but there should be parameters on what the sponsors can expect in return, and it shouldn’t diminish the visitor experience in any way.Randal O’Toole of the Cato Institute supports arguments in favor of privatization.In your view, what are the main arguments in favor of privatizing public lands?O’Toole: Public lands are poorly managed due to their ownership status. Lands are managed for their most politically productive, rather than economically productive, uses. But the political system encourages people to polarize the public in order to get the biggest share of the public-land pie. In contrast, markets encourage people to cooperate in order to produce the greatest net value.Isn’t it wrong to sell off public lands—which, by definition, belong to everyone—to the highest bidder?Most public lands are dedicated to various special interest groups and don’t truly benefit everyone. If they could be sold to the highest bidder, the revenues would help everyone by contributing to debt reduction or paying for other essential government services. For example, Forest Service studies have found that the market value of most public lands for recreation is many times greater than other uses combined. Recreation would be the dominant use if the lands were managed for maximum economic value.Don’t we have a responsibility to preserve public lands for future generations instead of using them for short-term corporate gain?Public land managers often become just as exploitative of the land for short-term gains, especially when their agencies are allowed to keep some or all of the receipts from resource sales. Elected officials can rarely see beyond the next election, while private businesses have been known to sell 99-year bonds or make investments that aren’t expected to pay off for decades.Even if just mineral rights are sold, won’t the exploitation of those minerals severely diminish the wilderness character of many public lands?Open-pit mining can conflict with many other resources. But many minerals can be extracted in ways that aren’t so damaging. Oil and gas production, for example, uses very little land. In private hands, the owners would balance uses among various groups and what they’re willing to pay.How far should commercialization go? Should companies be allowed to sponsor buildings or even geologic features in national and state parks? Absolutely. Private sponsorship of recreation, scenic, and historic resources makes perfect sense. That doesn’t mean spelling out Exxon or Shell Oil in giant letters on the landscape. But many museums and other urban facilities receive private donations, so there’s no reason why public lands couldn’t do the same.last_img read more

Canada: officials urge action to keep edible marijuana away from kids

first_imgThe Guardian 11 November 2018Family First Comment: Next time the Drug Foundation or a Green MP says how great Canada is, mention this story…“federal legislation prohibits the sale of edible versions of the drug until at least 2019. The law, however, has done little to stop online retailers and physical stores from openly selling brownies and candies infused with cannabis throughout the country. Ontario and Alberta have already experienced nearly 600 cases of poisoning last year for patients under the age of 20, nearly twice the figure for 2014. The two provinces also saw 24 children under the age of four taken to emergency rooms after eating cannabis edibles last year”#SayNoToBigMarijuanawww.VoteNo.nzFollowing a sharp increase in cannabis poisoning among young people, Canadian health professionals are calling for tighter controls to keep edible marijuana products away from minors.Canada last month became the second country in the world to legalize recreational cannabis, but federal legislation prohibits the sale of edible versions of the drug until at least 2019. The law, however, has done little to stop online retailers and physical stores from openly selling brownies and candies infused with cannabis throughout the country.Ontario and Alberta have already experienced nearly 600 cases of poisoning last year for patients under the age of 20, nearly twice the figure for 2014. The two provinces also saw 24 children under the age of four taken to emergency rooms after eating cannabis edibles last year, the Canadian Institute for Health Information said.“We’ve seen a spike for sure,” said Dr Margaret Thompson, director of the Ontario Poison Centre. “Will we see a huge increase as they did in some of the United States? I can’t say for sure.”Following legalization, a number of US states experienced a significant jump in the hospitalizations related to cannabis. Colorado quickly tightened rules around the previously unregulated edibles market as emergency visits set a new record. In a bid to keep the product unappealing to children, the revised state rules prevented products from resembling animals, fruit or people, and limiting their THC content.Because the effect of cannabis is delayed when eaten – and ingesting a gummy bear or cookie is easier than smoking – doctors have greater concerns over poisoning cases with edibles.READ MORE: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/11/canada-cannabis-marijuana-edible-children-warningsKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

MMH professional announces retirement, open house planned

first_imgBatesville, In. — After more than three decades of service to the community, Dr. Charles McGovern has announced his retirement in the spring of 2019.Margaret Mary Health will hold an open house in his honor on Wednesday, March 27 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Margaret Mary café. The event is open to the public.last_img

Greensburg Board of Works announcement

first_imgGreensburg, IN—In his first official day at the office, Mayor Joshua Marsh has announced appointments to the City of Greensburg Board of Works.  They are Jamie Cain, City Councilor, Rodney King, Glenn Tebbe, and Karen (Dea) Rust.  “Greensburg is in an excellent position with our returning and new board members,” said Mayor Joshua Marsh. “This board includes veterans with experience in our city policies and procedures and new people with fresh perspectives on the questions facing our community. I look forward to working with the members of this board over the next four years.”last_img

Sunday blog: Talking 1995, used-up controversies, babysitting Bryant, surveillance videos and Quinn

first_img2. Controversies that need to die and go to heaven…Roger StallbaumerNearly three weeks ago, the Wellington City Council appointed Mayor-soon-to-be-ex-mayor Roger Stallbaumer to fill the Wellington Housing Authority board vacancy left open when Kelli McComb was removed from the board.My apologies for the news delay. Here’s my three handy-dandy excuses in no particular order:1) I’ve had a lot of other things I’d rather write about this month.2) I have had little desire filing a WHA story knowing full well that it will require another round of policing the comment section over this never-ending tiresome Wheat Capital Manor controversy.3) I’m bored with the issue and want it to go away. Unless something concrete occurs, I’m moving on.Three people filed to fill the volunteer position including Sherry Sawyer and Chase Weber. Stallbaumer won by a 4-2 vote. Council members Jan Korte and Jim Valentine voted for Sawyer, while Kelly Green, John Brand, Vince Wetta and B.J. Tracy voting for Stallbaumer.Tracy was the swing vote and nobody was quite sure how he was going to vote before the meeting. It would have made for an interesting parliamentary procedure dilemma had Tracy voted for Sawyer and created a 3-3 tie among the city council. In case of a tie, the mayor, who usually does not vote, would be called to break the tie. In this case, that would have meant Stallbaumer would have either had to cast a vote for himself or against himself to appoint that position.That would have been an interesting moment in Wellington City Council lore. 2. After doing a painfully long research paper in the gifted program, we now get to do our presentation! 5. Contest time! Name the five different types of manna in Magic: The Gathering, but not by color. Email your answers to [email protected]! A free T-shirt could be coming your way if you answer the question first.Follow us on Twitter. 4. Fun Fact: I named the first raccoon in “Where the Red Fern Grows” Steven and his favorite food is sautéed asparagus. 4. Cruel Internet…Britt McHenryIt seems like every week, some celebrity type is fighting for his/her career because of one of those unflattering Youtube or TMZ videos going viral. Last week, ESPN reporter Britt McHenry got herself in a jam when a video of her dressing down a tow company employee after her car was towed from a Chinese Restaurant parking lot. In the video, she was a complete witch and she embarrassed herself.But my problem with this video is not for the reasons you think.Why is this unpleasant exchange any of our business? She wasn’t arrested. We don’t know the circumstances on why the car was towed, and we don’t know whether or not this employee not seen on the video provoked her.Until this video surfaced, McHenry was never on my radar, and I watch a lot of ESPN. Yet now, I know of McHenry as the woman who threw the big hissy fit.McHenry is probably going to lose her job, her career, and have this albatross around her neck for the rest of her life. Yes, her performance that night was pathetic, but at what cost? It was on her own time, and, again, the incident was none of our business!And quite frankly, I’m guessing most of us have made a jerk of ourselves at one point or the other.You also have to wonder why the tow company or whomever thought this surveillance video needed to be shared with the world.The TMZ “gotcha” video craze bothers me greatly. Whether it is David Hasselhoff being drunk in a shower, or a TV newscaster accidentally dropping the F-word during a telecast, or some Jo Schmo doing something idiotic at a party — we feed off people embarrassing themselves.And to me that’s unfortunate. To me, the lowest form of human being is someone who posts without provocation something on the Internet for the whole purpose of embarrassing another individual. Everyone has a right to recover from a mistake. And everyone has a God-given right to their privacy. 5. Here’s Quinn…Quinn McCue1. First of all I’m in the community theater production. Our last show was today and I had a great time.center_img Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for April 19, 2015…1. Baseball reunion…1995 Wellington High School baseball team and Class 4A State Champions.Former Wellington High School head baseball coach Mike Wilmoth is organizing a 20-year reunion for the 1995 WHS varsity baseball players who won the Class 4A State Championship in Manhattan. The ceremony will be held May 7 at Hibbs-Hooten Field in between the Wellington-Clearwater doubleheader.It should be a hoot. I was the sports editor at the Wellington Daily News and the memory of that tournament makes me smile. Not only was it the first state championship team I ever covered as a reporter, but it was also the first time I used a cell phone.It had been raining all week, and the Class 4A state baseball tournament had been delayed a couple of times. It started on a Friday and was supposed to end on a Saturday. But the tournament was delayed way into next week. I remember driving to Manhattan on one of those days not knowing if we were going to play a game or not. My wife handed me her new Nokia cell phone and told me to call her when I got up there. I can’t even fathom my wife handing me her cell phone today. Hard to find someone more glued to her cell than my wife.So I called her somewhere on my way to Manhattan saying it’s starting to rain again. I almost wrecked the car trying to use the dang thing which is really no different from today.I also remember thinking of the cell phone as a bit of a novelty that won’t last much longer than the C.B. radio, or this new Internet thingy everyone was talking about. 3. Where’s Bryant’s pacifier?…Sometimes, you just have to yell out “are you kidding me?!” Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant is fussing with the Cowboys over a multitude of things including, get this, getting rid of his babysitter.“Hey, babysitter. If I can’t go out and break something or beat somebody up, I’m going to fire you and never play for the Cowboys again!!”Bryant wants to cut ties with David Wells, a former bail bondsman and current private investigator, whose main task is tagging the receiver 24/7 so he doesn’t get in trouble like burn down a nightclub or shoot all the neighbor’s cats or something.In other words, the Cowboys still feel they must babysit Bryant who is 26 years old… not 5, not 8, not 12, not 18, but frigging 26 YEARS OLD.If football wasn’t so darned entertaining, I’d gladly give it up and do something else rather than watch these pampered, overpaid, illiterate, immature, crybaby thugs bash in each other’s skulls on any given Sunday. 3. I really need to dust my fan in my room. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (12) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +2 Vote up Vote down craig · 277 weeks ago On Britt McHenry… they do it for the same reason you post the poli e notes – to attract viewers. The gossipy among us like other people’s dirty laundry. It lets them temporarily forget their own. And, by the way, getting arrested for something is *not* a conviction. But putting someones name in the paper for stuff is a great way to smear them horribly. Think about the irony here, Cue. Its not OK for TMZ but its OK for you. Really? Report Reply 2 replies · active 277 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 277 weeks ago Never heard of #3 or #4. It’s too bad you can’t get behind the Royals. Even as they were in first place, making a run for the playoffs last season, you were still not on board. A great start to the season by the home-town, world series runner-up gets pushed aside for two fluff pieces? Report Reply 1 reply · active 277 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 277 weeks ago I’m ok with leaving celebrity screw ups out of the news. But the second they pull a “do you know who I am?” or “I’m on TV”, then their perceived right to privacy, due to not representing their employer at the time of said screw up, goes out the window. Report Reply 6 replies · active 277 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. 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Austin Harrouff internet searches before attack will give you chills

first_imgMoments before 19-year-old Austin Harrouff attacked and killed a couple in Martin County along with stabbing a nearby neighbor, he was searching the web for explanations.Investigators found a number of questions Harrouff searched, from satan to murders to the pursuit of happiness.The internet searches included:“Must I sleep?”“I think I’m going crazy, am I?”“What am I?” “How to know if you’re going crazy”“can we really control more than we think,”“What is white magic”Reports show that he opened a WebMD article titled, “What ‘Am I Crazy’ Really Means.” and other articles titled “Why aren’t we happier” and “The pursuit of happiness.”He also searched for answers on “hearing things in my sleep” and “obsessive thoughts.”On Aug. 10, between the hours of 3 and 5 a.m., Harrouff searched “how to relax my mind” and “auditory hallucinations when falling asleep.” He followed up by searching “schizophrenia” and if it was OK to overthink things.Between Aug. 12 and Aug. 13, Harrouff searched for Satan, asked Google “what exactly is hell” as well as the biblical figures Adam and Eve. During the summer, Harrouff searched how to sell his soul to the devil. Harrouff searched the Thanksgiving Day Massacre in which Paul Michael Merhige shot and killed four family members and injured three others in 2009 in Jupiter. Merhige, who had a history of mental health issues, pleaded guilty in 2012 to the murders after the state said it would seek the death penalty if there was a trial. He is serving seven life sentences in prison.On the day of the fatal stabbings, Harrouff searched about centaurs, a mythical half-human, half-horse figure. “What’s the weakest thing about a centaur” and “what’s the biggest help to a centaur,” he asked Google. Harrouff’s sister told investigators her brother recently expressed he had “powers,” was immortal and was half-horse, like a centaur.Nellie King, one of Harrouff’s attorneys, gave a statement following the release of the documents and said her client suffered from a mental illness but did not say if he had been diagnosed with a specific disorder.On top of the strange internet search findings, investigators say Harrouff’s family stated that he had he had hypnotized himself and he believed he couldn’t sleep because of it so he was trying to figure out how to reverse it. Family members said he’d walk through their house saying he needed to guard them and that he felt an evil presence. His sister told investigators how she was uncomfortable, she siad “He made me uneasy because he was being a different person,” to the point where she was locking her bedroom door at night.Harrouff was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder.[photo] via palmbeachpost.com Subscribe to the Full Rigor Podcast and listen to new episodes every Monday.Also, be sure to follow @fullrigorpodcast on Instagram! This week on 850 WFTL’s new Full Rigor Podcast, Karen Curtis, Jennifer Ross, and Lexi Behr cover the disturbing case of accused face biter Austin Harrouff ahead of his Nov. 4 trial.Click here to listen. last_img read more