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Two journalists arrested in the past week

first_img Receive email alerts RSF_en Sudan : Press freedom still in transition a year after Omar al-Bashir’s removal November 4, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two journalists arrested in the past week Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent SudanAfrica Photo : copyright RNW April 6, 2020 Find out more SudanAfrica Help by sharing this information News News April 10, 2020 Find out more Coronavirus infects press freedom in Africa to go further News Follow the news on Sudan Reporters Without Borders strongly condemns yesterday’s arbitrary arrest of journalist Gafar Alsabki Ibrahim during a raid by intelligence officials on the independent newspaper Alsahafa. They took him away to an unknown location after making him surrender his mobile phone and preventing him from alerting his family. No reason was given for his arrest.The press freedom organization urges the authorities to publicly explain why they carried out the raid and why they arrested Ibrahim, and to do so without delay.Is Ibrahim, who is from Darfur, the victim of a major drive to censor the media? His sudden arrest is not isolated. The Sudanese government has been controlling media coverage of the political and humanitarian crisis in Darfur for years and seems determined to suppress all information on the subject.Three days before Ibrahim’s arrest, on 30 October, a special security forces unit raided the Khartoum office of Radio Dabanga (a station registered in the Netherlands), seizing equipment, closing it, and arresting several people who had come to attend a training session. The station’s office is in a building that houses several human rights organizations, some of whose members were also arrested.Radio Dabanga director Hildebrand Bijleveld said Abdelrahman Adam, a journalist who works for the station, was one of the 13 people arrested.“These arrests are obviously designed to intimidate and silence journalists,” Bijleveld said. “Radio Dabanga is the only station to talk about the ‘Darfur final conclusion’ operation and about the region in general. As the referendum on South Sudan’s independence approaches, the authorities want to silence media outlets that question the official line. The authorities cite ‘national security’ as the grounds for the arrests and confiscation of material. They say they have the right to arrest these people because the station does not have a license.” The only media outlet specifically covering Darfur, Radio Dabanga has long been a source of irritation to the authorities in Khartoum, who have refused to give it a local licence and have urged the Dutch authorities to close it down. The station continues to broadcast.The French government issued a strong condemnation of the arrests, calling on the Sudanese authorities to release the detainees and allow independent news media to operate freely. Sudanese journalist Faisal Elbagir, coordinator of the local NGO Journalists for Human Rights, said the arrests were “a clear sign that the Sudanese authorities are launching a new campaign against free expression and media freedom.”Reporters Without Borders reiterates its concern about the fact that journalists in Sudan are constantly under surveillance and exposed to the possibility of arrest. The level of censorship being imposed on the media in the run-up to the 9 January referendum on South Sudan’s independence is very disturbing.Sudan was ranked 172nd out of 178 countries in the 2010 press freedom index that Reporters Without Borders released on 20 October. This was a fall of 24 places from its ranking in last year’s index.Reporters Without Borders supports the press release issued by the Darfur Emergency Collective calling for the release of human rights activists and journalists detained in Sudan. Read its release (in French) . News Organisation March 29, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Black week for freedom of information in Somalia

first_img March 2, 2021 Find out more SomaliaAfrica News RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists News SomaliaAfrica The latest victim was Ahmed Omar Ahmed of Radio Shabelle who was detained yesterday when about to attend a ceremony at the Mogadishu police academy and was taken to Hamar Jajab police station, where he was not told the reason for his arrest.It came just three days after NISA officers arrested Abdukar Mohamed Ali of Star FM and freelance journalist Abdirisak Omar Ahmed in a Mogadishu café on 17 December. Ali was released the next day but Ahmed is still being held, without having been brought before a judge.Journalists attending a news conference last week about the 2016 presidential election suddenly had all of their equipment seized on the orders of Gen. Adurahman Mohamed Tuuryare, the head of the NISA. All video and audio recordings were deleted before the equipment was returned.“We call on the Somali authorities to respect media freedom, which is guaranteed by their constitution, and to stop harassing journalists,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of RSF’s Africa desk.“Journalists are one of the keystones of democracy and will have to play a major role providing the public with information ahead of the 2016 elections. It is essential that they should be able to work freely.”The Somali authorities often harass privately-owned media outlets. Radio Shabelle, which received RSF’s Press Freedom Prize in 2010, is an especially frequent target. It was closed twice in 2013 and 2014 and its journalists are often arrested.Somalia is ranked 172nd out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Follow the news on Somalia RSF_en Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the latest violations of freedom of information by Somalia’s National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA), which in the past week has arrested three journalists and deleted the recordings made by reporters at a news conference. Receive email alerts RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region Help by sharing this information December 22, 2015 – Updated on March 8, 2016 Black week for freedom of information in Somalia Organisation February 24, 2021 Find out more January 8, 2021 Find out more Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia News News to go furtherlast_img read more

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MACORP Invitational golf tournament on tomorrow

first_imgFOLLOWING last weekend’s Guyana Open, golfers will once again be in action tomorrow in the MACORP Invitational championship.The tournament, in its 11th edition was officially launched on Wednesday. During the simple ceremony, the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Jorge Medina, indicated that the company is pleased to be a part of the development of golf locally.“With all eyes on Guyana, we have to continue with these programmes as a way of improving life for all those in Guyana and not just us as the private sector but the Government as well,” Medina said.Receiving the $400 000 cheque on behalf of the Lusignan Golf Club was vice-president Brian Hackett, who praised MACORP for its continued support towards the development of the sport.“This Saturday is all about MACORP, they have been great partners with us aiding in bettering our drainage and their continued support at the club, we are happy to be associated with MACORP and we know that we will have a great tournament this Saturday,” Hackett indicated.Tee-off time is 12:30hrs at the Lusignan Golf Course.last_img read more

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Trojans face Matadors in home opener

first_imgFollow us on Twitter @dailytrojan The USC men’s basketball team will attempt to bounce back from its season-opening loss to Utah State as it returns to the Galen Center tonight for the first home game of head coach Andy Enfield’s USC career against Cal State Northridge at 8 p.m.Rise up · USC senior guard J.T. Terrell scored 20 points on eight-for-17 shooting in the team’s 78-65 season-opening loss to Utah State on Friday. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanThe Trojans (0-1) were outlasted by an experienced Utah State team in their season opener, as the Aggies (1-0) pulled away in the second half to secure a 78-65 win in Enfield’s debut. Utah State’s Preston Medlin, who led the team in scoring last season, scored 17 points as one of  four Aggies in double-digits. USU led 40-33 at the half and pulled off runs of 16-5 and 9-0 to jump out to a 65-44 lead and earn the victory.Senior guard J.T. Terrell led all scorers with 20 points. Junior guard Byron Wesley added 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists, while senior center Omar Oraby finished with 15 points and 9 rebounds.Cal State Northridge (1-0) finished 14-17 last season, along with a 5-13 record in conference play to finish ninth in the Big West conference. The Matadors started the season 6-0 but were unable to keep that momentum up throughout the year, missing out on an NCAA Tournament berth for the fourth straight season. Guard Stephan Hicks led the team with 15.7 points per game and added 7.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game. Forward Stephen Maxwell averaged 14.6 points and 8.3 rebounds per game last season while playing in all 31 games, and guard Josh Greene had 14.5 points and 3.7 assists per game.The Matadors opened their season with an 86-74 win over Hope International. Maxwell led the team with 23 points and 12 rebounds, while Hicks contributed 20 points and 9 rebounds.The last time these two teams faced off was Nov. 11, 2011 at the Galen Center, which resulted in a 66-59 win for the Trojans. Former players Aaron Fuller and Dewayne Dedmon led the scoring attack with 16 points each, while former guard Maurice Jones scored eight of USC’s final 12 points to keep the Matadors from overcoming a 13-point deficit. Hicks led the Matadors with 16 points. Wesley, the only player remaining from the team that participated in that game, played 33 minutes and had five points and eight rebounds.USC leads the all-time series against CSUN 5-1. The only blemish was an 81-76 overtime loss to start the 2005-2006 season. Tonight’s game will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.last_img read more

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Mike Tomlin should be the 2019 NFL Coach of the Year! (Dec. 11)

first_img:10—Might as well start things off talking about the NFL Coach of the Year. Yep, that should be one, Mike Tomlin. And let’s be honest here; many of you wanted to write him off along with this year’s Steeler team, and understandably so. But that horse is back in the barn! Coach Tomlin has rallied the troops and has this band of injured, concussed and defected players to the potential Promised Land. If not, Super Bowl promise at least playoff promise. And, how will they get there you might ask? Read on.:09—Quack…Quack, Quack…Quack! That’s right, boys and girls, and the Good Book said…“He will rise from the sidelines where he was nearly cast aside forever more…and a duck shall lead his people through the parted sea and the desert sands…” OK, OK, you get it. Sorry about that, but I had the ghost of Charlton Heston over my shoulder. Point being since last we spoke, there’s a new sheriff in town and his name is Devlin “Duck” Hodges. And he’s an old school, care-free Clint Eastwood gunslinger for sure. After beating the Cardinals this past Sunday, the Steelers are now 8-5 and rollin’!:08—Just a sidebar here and trust me, I am not trying to start any trouble here. You all know I am a James Conner and JuJu fan. But tell the truth. Has anybody missed them? There’s an old football saying—“You can’t play football in the whirlpool.” I am just sayin’!:07—Speaking of people not being missed. Has anybody seen Sidney Crosby? And does anybody really care? Look, don’t hate me for saying what you’re thinking. But your Pittsburgh Penguins are doing just fine without him. (Alright that’s a little bit of a stretch. But remember, I know nothing about hockey!) But can you say Malkin or Guentzel?:06—BTW, the Steelers returned a kickoff for a touchdown in the game against the Cardinals. The first time since Antonio Brown did it in 2015. This one returned 85 yards by Diontae Johnson. Please go back a few weeks to your Pittsburgh Courier when I respectfully asked why is Switzer returning kickoffs? Thank you…Thank you very much…Neal has left the building!!!:05—I don’t mind telling you that I buy one and take one when I double up at the movies. For two reasons. #1. We’re overcharged to begin with. #2. “They” won’t find me, they don’t know what theatre I am at. Ha Ha! But here’s your double down review. “Knives,” out with Jamie Lee Curtis, is funny and good. It gets three basketballs. And if you need to be reminded how you’re exploited every day, please, please, please see “Dark Waters.” It’ll make you want to stop drinking water right away. And it’s a true story. It gets four basketballs cause its real, mmmaaannn.:04—Pitt women’s volleyball team suffered a stunning second-round loss in the NCAA Tournament to Cincinnati ending their outstanding season. Hail to Pitt for a great run.:03—Oh yea, the Pittsburgh Pirates have a new head coach. Derek Shelton becomes the 41st manager in franchise history and promises changes. I’ll get back to you in April.:02—Speaking of stuff you need to know. The best show on TV is Chicago PD on NBC every Wednesday at 10 p.m. Trust me, you will thank me.:01—This just in…Carol, I am waiting for results of your survey. The people don’t know…but you know who you are!?!?:00—Do you want to be part of the solution and not part of the problem? Then you must vote. We all know that Trump Must Go!!GAME OVER.by Bill Neal, For New Pittsburgh Courierlast_img read more

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Holy Redeemer HomeCare Long Branch Office Relocates

first_imgLONG BRANCH—Holy Redeemer HomeCare has relocated its Long Branch office to 170 Morris Ave., Suite C.The new office is located among other health-care providers and meets the technological needs of Holy Redeemer HomeCare, which makes approximately 115,000 visits per year in the Monmouth-Middlesex-Union-Somerset County area to homebound patients with chronic medical conditions or who are recovering from medical treatment or surgery.Holy Redeemer HomeCare and Hospice offers services throughout 11 New Jersey counties — Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Salem, Somerset, and Union. It is part of Holy Redeemer Health System, which offers a wide range of health-care and health-related services including an acute care hospital, home health and hospice services, two skilled nursing facilities, assisted living, a retirement community, low-income housing, an active living community, and a transitional housing program for homeless women and children.Additional information is available by visiting www.holyredeemer.com or by calling is 732-229-0816.last_img read more

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CSIR, Nestlé develop locally sourced morogo noodles

first_imgThe CSIR, the Agricultural Research Council and Nestlé, together have launched a new range of noodles made from the nutritious indigenous vegetable morogo. It is an innovative commercial product that is expected to benefit local farming, particularly small-scale farmers. A morogo two-minute noodles product line is launched by Nestlé brand Maggi in October 2015, utilising the “proven health benefits of the leafy vegetable and, at the same time, helping (to) develop small-scale farming in South Africa”. (Image: Nestlé) A new locally grown and manufactured consumer product, Maggi 2-Minute Morogo Noodles, is the result of a three-year collaborative research project between South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology (DST), Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Agricultural Research Council (ARC), and multinational food group Nestlé to develop the commercial potential of the popular vegetable staple and its farmers.This latest development falls in line with the vision of the National Development Plan, which has a particular focus on key areas such as rural development, skills development and job creation.An added benefit is the export possibilities for the product to the rest of the world. This would give South African small-scale agriculture a competitive jumpstart in those markets.The partners researched South Africa’s biodiversity to confirm morogo’s nutritional and pharmaceutical benefits, as well as its functional food applications. The Nestlé @CSIR and @ARCSouthAfrica teams who made the creation & production of the Morogo Noodles possible #CSIR70 pic.twitter.com/LFBX45naW1— Nestlé South Africa (@NestleSA) October 8, 2015 Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor made the breakthrough announcement on 8 October at the fifth CSIR Conference. The department “is proud of this key milestone where we successfully translated academic research into an innovative commercial product, which will be enjoyed by South African consumers,” she said.Dr Rachel Chikwamba, the CSIR’s group executive for strategic alliances and communication, added: “We provided our expertise in the processing of indigenous products to jointly develop this innovative product with Nestlé that will benefit the people of our country.” How Nestlé is turning South Africa’s traditional leafy greens to gold – AFKInsider http://t.co/2vuZDY3Yaq pic.twitter.com/kOeeZMInHK— Leona Ungerer (@ungerlm) October 11, 2015 This is the first time that morogo, also known as amaranthus, has been used in large-scale processed food production. Nestlé’s long-term stated goal is to help local small-scale farmers boost their income by producing morogo on a commercial scale.Various other leafy greens, including cleome and cow pea, were considered and assessed by Nestlé and the CSIR and ARC research teams for nutrient bioavailability during digestion. After extensive study and consumer research, morogo was ultimately chosen for its versatility and abundance.  The Morogo Noodles are available at Shoprite for now. To know more about it: http://t.co/cCEpCl9Wyu. pic.twitter.com/tfKynU3HO0— Nestlé South Africa (@NestleSA) October 9, 2015  Nestlé, the company said, was using morogo for a new line of Maggi two-minute noodles “because of its proven health benefits, particularly the presence of beta carotene, minerals and protein”.Morogo, with its distinctive leaves and taste, is extremely adaptable. It grows easily in various weather and soil conditions.“In South Africa, indigenous knowledge has massive potential for research, development and innovation,” said Pandor. “We successfully translated academic research into an innovative commercial product which will be enjoyed by South African consumers.”Nestlé’s collaboration with the South African government demonstrated the company’s commitment to communities in which it did business, said Ravi Pillay, its South African director of corporate affairs. It was a way of “leveraging global expertise for local preference”.It was also an opportunity for South Africa’s small-scale farmers, said Chikwamba.“We also evaluated the commercial viability of producing African leafy vegetables in a sustainable manner for commercial and smallholder farmers,” said Shadrack Moephuli, the chief executive of the ARC.Sources:AFKInsiderCSIRNestlélast_img read more

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niceeshop(TM) Beautiful Fashion Blue Flowers Crystal Hair Clips : Lovely item, how ever mine came with ine of

first_imgBirthday current for good friend.Birthday current for good friend.niceeshop(TM) Beautiful Fashion Blue Flowers Crystal Hair ClipsMaterial:Alloy+Crystal; Size:8x7cmMultiple colors gem beads InlaidAnti-sweating,fadeless and safe to skinFit for any hair colors,beatiful ornament for party and wedding favorPretty significant clip and massive enough to be able to see it through my curls. The only draw back is that the gold color is quite vivid and with huge prongs i may well not be capable to disguise them in my hair. This would have been best if the ‘gold’ experienced been ‘silver’ as a substitute and i think it would have seemed a ton far more expensive.I was seriously surprised with this order the hair clips is really suits all hair forms, simple to acquire on and off. On black hair shades stand out truly nicely, the stones shine in the sunlight. This hair clip truly out of the ordinary, it is exquisite. Beautiful shade and superior good quality.Rhinestones fell off, but okay. . ten of the rhinestones had been off ahead of i opened the packet. The good news is had glue to set them back on.niceeshop(TM) Beautiful Fashion Blue Flowers Crystal Hair Clips : Wonderful price and very pretty. Will come rapidly and appears to be nice but the crystals on it are really straightforward to lose.I was seriously surprised with this order the hair clips is really suits all hair forms, simple to acquire on and off. On black hair shades stand out truly nicely, the stones shine in the sunlight. This hair clip truly out of the ordinary, it is exquisite. Beautiful shade and superior good quality.Used as head dresses for synchronised swimming – labored a handle.Seems to be like it would charge much extra to get. At any time so delighted with my buy.. Little bit clunky but appears to be lovely in.Wonderful sufficient primarily for the cost.I was being quoted £25 per clip to get something similar to this designed for my bridesmaids, purchased these and they did perfectly. Certainly on nearer inspection they appeared less costly than types i could have bought customized designed. But at the finish of the day how quite a few people today had been standing inspecting the bridesmaids hair from an inch absent?. Nonetheless for the reason that of their large design and style on just one end they fell out of 1 of my bridesmaids hairs very conveniently. The hairdresser was having difficulties to clip them in.Charming item, how ever mine arrived with ine of. Wonderful merchandise, how ever mine arrived with ine of the stones out, its nonetheless in the bag so just will need to stik it again in.This is really pleasant i love it.Had it for 1 day and fell out my head as i bent down to decide one thing of the rug and broke , not satisfied at all was hunting forward to wearing all summer as the colors are beautiful :(.Charming item, how ever mine arrived with ine of. Wonderful merchandise, how ever mine arrived with ine of the stones out, its nonetheless in the bag so just will need to stik it again in.Pretty significant clip and massive enough to be able to see it through my curls. The only draw back is that the gold color is quite vivid and with huge prongs i may well not be capable to disguise them in my hair. This would have been best if the ‘gold’ experienced been ‘silver’ as a substitute and i think it would have seemed a ton far more expensive.Used as head dresses for synchronised swimming – labored a handle.Will come rapidly and appears to be nice but the crystals on it are really straightforward to lose.Wonderful sufficient primarily for the cost.I was being quoted £25 per clip to get something similar to this designed for my bridesmaids, purchased these and they did perfectly. Certainly on nearer inspection they appeared less costly than types i could have bought customized designed. But at the finish of the day how quite a few people today had been standing inspecting the bridesmaids hair from an inch absent?. Nonetheless for the reason that of their large design and style on just one end they fell out of 1 of my bridesmaids hairs very conveniently. The hairdresser was having difficulties to clip them in.SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2017-09-29 06:17:03Reviewed Item niceeshop(TM) Beautiful Fashion Blue Flowers Crystal Hair ClipsRating 5.0 / 5  stars, based on  0  reviewsPrice£2.39last_img read more

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Advice from Grandpa keeping many farms in business

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There are a number of reasons farmland will change hands over the next few years.After seeing a windfall in agriculture prices in recent years, many young farmers who tried their hand in the unforgiving industry may have to move on to other ventures as the ag economy calms. For that same reason, many older farmers may also be thinking it is high time to call it a career as well.On the other hand, one invaluable reason that some farms will remain operational over the next few challenging years will be the wisdom of that older generation, who wouldn’t wish what they had to endure in the mid 1980’s on their worst enemy.For Niese Farms in Richland and Crawford Counties having the experience of three generations is paying dividends as the farm navigates these challenging times. The elder farmer Jerry, his son Rick and his grandson Casey each bring important perspectives to the table for the farm.“When I first became a part of the farm it was the heart of the bad times,” Rick Niese said. “We really had to tighten our belt and work closely with our landlords to let them know that they will get their payment, but it may not happen until the crops came in. We never had to stick anybody that we did business with and fortunately they all stuck with us through some very rough patches.”Even with uncomfortably close margins during the crisis years, the Nieses still kept with the farm plan of putting fertilizer down. They knew that the only way to keep the books above water was to do what was right with the land.Those ideals not only saw Niese Farms through the lowest points of modern agriculture, but positioned them to expand once the storm blew over.“By 1988, we added 1,000 rented acres in one chunk of ground,” Rick Niese said. “Then just 12 years ago we made another significant jump by picking up another 1,200 acres. My Dad’s motto has always been ‘sittin’ still is going backwards’, so we are always looking for ways to progress our farm to the next level.”That forward-thinking mindset has also been put into place from a technological standpoint.“Our equipment is state-of-the-art and that has given us a big advantage with our rented ground,” Rick Niese said. “Things are so competitive in this area that I’ve been involved in rent wars with 25 other farmers for the same piece of ground. Because of the way we operate, I can tell my prospective land owners two things: that we will treat their ground as if it’s our own and that we won’t be the highest price they were offered.”Even with the downturn in the ag economy, Niese Farms have been able to pay steady rent prices and have been able to keep highly sought-after ground because of the value they add by mowing ditches, trimming tree lines and tiling wherever needed — all things landowners always appreciate.While Rick’s farming story started at a dismal point on the farm, his son Casey headed back to the farm a few years ago when things were about as good as they could get. Casey was reminded on a daily basis that $7 corn and $15 beans would not be the standard.“When they made purchases like building our new shop, they kept explaining to me that we’re doing this now while we have the capability,” Casey Niese said. “They said, ‘Don’t get used to this because they have been through this before and they knew what was going to happen.’”Casey admits that he would have come back to the farm no matter what the economic situation looked like, but the advice about the good times not lasting forever was hard to swallow.“No matter how many times they told you that the high prices wouldn’t last, I kind of looked past it and thought there was no way it was going to end,” Casey Niese said. “They were right, but there isn’t anything short of a major catastrophe that would keep me from being right here on this farm.”With many acres in the area coming up for sale, the farm plan is to continue growing. Jerry, Rick and Casey have all learned from the past and are positioned nicely as land values decline, just as they were positioned 30 years ago.“We are in an even better position than in 1985 because we have paid for a lot of our land this time around,” said Rick Niese. “We are always in the market for more land, but we have to be smart about our growth and we choose to stay away from $10,000 an acre ground. You have to draw a line somewhere. Our attitude is that if we buy $7,000 an acre ground and we have $500 an acre ground that we acquired a few decades ago, when you blend that out it’s not too bad.”There will be a time, as always, that the older generation on Niese Farms hangs up the boots and the younger generation hopes they have what it takes to fill them.“The future is unknown, but I just hope we can keep growing,” Casey Niese said. “My goal is to keep the farm moving forward, maintain this business that Grandpa worked hard to build and keep a good name for my whole family.”Niese Farms also took advantage of much lower interest rates recently and refinanced at 3% to 4% interest for the life of the loan, which will keep the bottom line a bit healthier through this lean period. Locking in lower rates may be the answer to saving not just money, but farms in the coming years.“Rates are absolutely worth fixing and that is probably more important today than it has been in years,” said Steve Allard, Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Officer for Farm Credit Mid-America. “We do expect rates to start increasing in 2016, so refinancing would be one place for farmers to look at taking one risk off of the table.”What would a farm have to look like, on paper, in order to qualify for lower interest rates? Allard said that any lender will look at the financial health of the operation and evaluate the balance sheet to see how much the farmer has in equity versus debt, along with liquidity and working capital.For the farms that are looking to expand in the midst of an economic downturn, collateral will be needed to get loans. Recently, that backing has been made with cash-on-hand but that may not be the case for long.“As farmers have had to work through some challenging years, there are some operations that will burn through some of their working capital,” Allard said. “At that point we will see more of a movement towards land being used as that additional collateral.”Current lending caps, or maximum debt for land, range from $5,100 to $6,200 an acre, depending on where the ground is located and the quality of that ground. Additional funds necessary to make a land purchase would either come from a cash down payment or more collateral to spread the debt over more acres.For some farms, the loans needed may not be to expand the operation, but to merely keep it going. If the balance sheet is a bit lopsided a loan can become more difficult to get, but still possible.“The trick with those situations is to understand why an operation is struggling and understanding how that might impact the future,” Allard said. “The question becomes, does it look like those operations can return to profitable status quickly or are there some changes that need to take place?”“We want to understand what the farmer’s plans are as far as 2016 and beyond and then look at that with today’s prices as opposed as to what we might have gotten in 2012 and 2013. We have tools that will let us get to those break even prices on corn, soybeans and wheat to see what the future holds. Then the conversation can turn to how can a farm that is in the red make the changes needed to get them back in the black.”The ag banking industry is encouraging farmers to use working capital wisely. The recommended formula for today’s circumstances is dividing working capital by what the farm is grossing on an accrual basis. Over 35% is considered good in the eyes of ag banks. Anything around 15% to 20% is considered low and may require some restructuring.last_img read more

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Can Blackberry Reinvent the Address Book?

first_imgTags:#mobile#news#NYT#web For RIM, the idea behind acquiring Gist would be to possibly re-invent the phone address book and make it integral to its core offering. It would actually make a lot of sense for RIM to do this, as it plays to its core strength – namely, messaging. By making the address book more networked and more social, RIM can build a social inbox, much like the one being championed by Facebook.A few thoughts I’ve got about Gist that seem worth articulating, in case the service disappears into the borg of the Blackberry:Will the Gist apps on all the different platforms, from the iPhone to Outlook to Gmail to Android, continue being offered? Supported? Developed? Hopefully. Neither company said so explicitly in their announcement posts, though that’s clearly a concern of the commenters on the Gist blog.I like the idea behind Gist, but I can never get myself to use it regularly and it doesn’t work as well as I’d like it to. People become associated with RSS feeds of old employers and I can’t edit their profiles from my iPhone. I too seldom make calendar events using peoples’ real email adresses and there’s a requirement that structured data be used in order to get the maximum benefit from it. Do you find yourself using Gist regularly? I’ve trained the system even to know who is most important to me (it did a fair job on its own) and yet I still don’t find myself using it often enough. Presumably Blackberry will bake the technology into its OS much more intimately.One of the cool things the service does is the little game that encourages you to name the people in your contact list by looking at their avatar and then picking out their names and employers from a list. How quickly can you identify people and how often can you get these quick picks right? I find that fascinating, even if the feature was never fully developed.What about you, readers? Do you want an adress book that tells you the recent Tweets, posts or Facebook messages of the people you’re about to call or reading emails from on your phone? I love the idea, but I’m not sure how viable a compelling execution is right now. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement You’ve got a meeting in 15 minutes. You know who else is going to be there, but imagine whipping out your phone to get more context: what have the other meeting attendees posted this morning on Twitter, what have they written on their blogs, what were the last email threads you were on with them and what events did you last attend together?Research in Motion, the parent company behind the Blackberry business smartphone, is betting that its customers (and would-be customers) would like to be shown this kind of information about their contacts quickly and easily. That’s why the company has acquiredGist, a Seattle-based startup that provides just such a service.See also: Sarah Perez’s in-depth review of Gist at launchLeading mobile blogger Om Malik put the deal in this context two months ago when he first reported it was underway: Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology marshall kirkpatrick Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more