Drought Areas in U.S. Getting Worse

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Drought Areas in U.S. Getting Worse SHARE By Andy Eubank – Aug 2, 2017 Drought Areas in U.S. Getting Worse Facebook Twitter Drought areas get worseNorth and South Dakota drought continues and there is no immediate end in sight. Ryan Martin, HAT Chief Meteorologist, traveling in Canada this week, says the drought has expanded further to the west and north of the Dakotas.“Montana is getting hammered really bad as well, especially in the eastern part,” he reports. “We’ve heard about the fires of course, but the fires are there because of drought. Then you have this drought extending out into Saskatchewan, not so much Manitoba. Maybe extreme western Manitoba they’re seeing it, but in Saskatchewan they’re seeing significant drought as well. So, there’s definitely a lack of rain. The most severe from up in North Dakota into southern Canada has us right now in what the drought monitor terms, exceptional drought.”As for relief in drought-stricken areas, Martin doesn’t think it is likely and it will take a lot to improve those areas.“You reach a certain point where it takes more than your standard, garden variety frontal system coming through to get moisture because your atmosphere is just so dry. You change the evaporation content and the way things work from the surface in these dry areas. So, do I see some systems coming through? Yes. For example, there’s one here a little later this week that kicks out of North Dakota. It really turns into a nice, big storm for the upper Midwest. So there’s some moisture there, but the problem is it’s going to put the moisture down in the usual places, the Red River Valley and far eastern North Dakota where things aren’t really as bad.”Martin feels the spring didn’t get off to a good start as the Upper Midwest came out of a winter much warmer and drier than normal. That led to a deficit in moisture that just built upon itself as the spring went by. Heading toward fall and harvest time, he says the strange weather pattern could stick around for a while yet.Here in Indiana more of the same could be on the way. Rain that is. Martin says very unsettled weather is establishing itself over the next couple of days before a mostly dry weekend and then more rain late Sunday and into Monday. Facebook Twitter Previous articleCo-Alliance and Farmers Grain and Feed Company Announce Joint VentureNext articleHAT Exclusive: EPA Administrator Visits Indiana Farm, Talks WOTUS Andy Eubank SHARElast_img read more

Banking and Housing Lobby Petitions for CFPB Structural Changes

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Banking and Housing Lobby Petitions for CFPB Structural Changes About Author: Staff Writer Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Banking and Housing Lobby Petitions for CFPB Structural Changes ABA Banking and Housing Lobby CFPB NAFCU NAR 2017-06-27 Staff Writer The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: ABA Banking and Housing Lobby CFPB NAFCU NAR Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save June 27, 2017 1,161 Views The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Previous: Ever-Changing TRID Demands Companies Pivot to Stay Current Next: Lowest Home Appreciation in the U.S. in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News  Print This Post The banking and housing lobby has recently sent a letter to the leaders of the Senate and House appropriations committees expressing their position that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau should be restructured from a single director to a bipartisan panel of five people. A total of 22 organizations signed on, including the American Bankers Association, the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions, and the National Association of Realtors, amongst others. In the collective letter, the authors make their case: “A Senate confirmed, bipartisan commission will provide a balanced and deliberative approach to supervision, regulation, and enforcement for consumers and the financial institutions the CFPB oversees by encouraging input from all stakeholders. The current single director structure leads to regulatory uncertainty and instability for consumers, industry, and the economy, leaving vital consumer financial protection subject to dramatic political shifts with each changing presidential administration. Moreover, a commission is the traditional and customary structure for the regulators of our nation’s depository institutions.” It is not immediately clear why the letter was sent to the appropriations committee.  However, Victor Whitman at imagines it has to do with the fact that these two committees control the budget process. “Certain bills can be fast-tracked through budget resolutions employing special rules in what is known as reconciliation, and would not require 60 votes in the U.S. Senate to pass. This is how the Senate Republican leadership plans to pass its version of the Obamacare repeal bill and replacement, but legal experts have told Scotsman Guide News that changes to the CFPB couldn’t be done this way.” Currently, the director can only be removed by the president, “for cause,” however, many analysts don’t believe that Congress will be able to pass legislation before Richard Cordray’s appointment is up in 2018.  Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribe Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agolast_img read more

For a health reform model, try Brazil

first_imgWith the 2015 deadline to meet the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDG) approaching, scholars and government officials gathered at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) on Tuesday to search for lessons in the dramatic progress that Brazil has made in recent decades.The eight Millennium Development Goals, adopted in 2000, set targets to attain international development objectives, including reducing extreme poverty and hunger; reducing child mortality; improving maternal health; achieving universal primary education; increasing equality for women; fighting AIDS, malaria, and other diseases; ensuring environmental sustainability; and fostering global partnerships for development.The Harvard-Brazil Symposium, held in HSPH’s Kresge Building, featured discussions of the health-related goals and of Brazil’s progress in meeting them. It was sponsored by the Department of Global Health and Population, which is marking its 50th anniversary, as well as the Harvard Global Health Institute and Fundação Maria Cecilia Souto Vidigal.Harvard School of Public Health Dean Julio Frenk, who sits on UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s MDG Advocacy Group, introduced the event, saying that the goals’ adoption marked the first time the world’s nations agreed on common development objectives and on indicators to measure progress.The result, he said, has been an unprecedented level of funding for the needs outlined, as well as progress that has been, in some cases, spectacular. Yet much remains to be done, making the search for examples that might be adapted to other situations an important strategy.“The challenges that remain are enormous,” Frenk said.Luciana Mendes Santos Servo, health coordinator at the Institute for Applied Economic Research in Brazil, traced the changes in that country to Brazil’s 1988 constitution, which recognized health as a right for citizens and created a government obligation to improve it.That sparked the creation of several social welfare programs and reform of the health care system from one that was centered on hospitals and financed by private insurance, held mainly by those in the formal labor pool, to one that emphasized primary care and was open to all.Brazil has already achieved the goals for reducing poverty and hunger and is on track to achieve the goals involving child mortality and universal education. Maternal health in the nation has improved, but the goal appears out of reach by 2015. Mendes credited three programs with the bulk of the change: a social security benefit for the elderly, a cash-transfer program for poor families, and a family health program that focuses on primary care.The programs have provided additional benefits beyond health. The cash-transfer program for poor families, called Bolsa Familia, requires children to attend school, which has boosted school attendance, helping the nation to achieve universal primary school education.While those programs appear to have been effective, some audience members questioned whether the cost burdens they put on government, particularly in an economic downturn, are sustainable. Mendes said that future financing will be a challenge, because she believes the government can’t raise taxes further.Eduardo Rios Neto, a professor at Brazil’s Federal University of Minas Gerais, said the government programs were helped along by a period of economic growth and improvement of the labor market, and that, despite recent progress, social and income inequality in Brazil remain a major problem.Brazil’s progress doesn’t mean its health challenges are over either, Mendes said. The rise of noncommunicable diseases, like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, is a growing challenge.“We have progressed, but we have some challenges,” Mendes said.last_img read more

Love Island at 5pm is ‘pornification of our culture’, says Family First

first_imgStuff co.nz 5 June 2019Family First Comment: “It’s being led by broadcasters, with the watchdog asleep at the wheel,” he said. “It promotes voyeurism, a porn culture, sexualisation.” ​McCoskrie said it was “absolutely inevitable” that children will watch Love Island at 5pm. “A lot of families won’t quite realise just what the content is,” Concerned parents, however, would do well to heed McCoskrie’s advice: “Keep that remote control very handy and be prepared to use the on-off switch very liberally.”The UK reality series Love Island kicks off Wednesday night – or shall we say afternoon – on Three, with a new crop of hopeful singles heading to the villa in the hopes of finding love… or something.This season, like those before it, will feature an initial 12 contestants, typically clad in little more than their swimming costumes, constantly coupling and re-coupling in the hopes of avoiding a vote off by the public and walking away with a cash prize of nearly $200,000.They’ll do it at 5pm, every night of the week.And Bob McCoskrie, national director of conservative lobby group Family First, isn’t happy about it.“This is a programme with explicit sexual content and also explicit language,” he told Stuff.“I also have had concern expressed around body image and the messages it’s sending to young people, and especially young girls,” he said, also pointing to the fact that two UK contestants have committed suicide after appearing on the Love Island – something that broadcaster ITV has said it is addressing in forthcoming seasons.In the UK, McCoskrie pointed out, Love Island airs at 9pm, the hour that marks the watershed after which adult content can be shown.In New Zealand, the watershed is at 8:30pm, with a G-only timeslot between 4 and 7pm.And Andrew Szusterman, chief content officer at Three’s parent company, Mediaworks, is reassuring viewers that the Love Island aired at 5pm will indeed be family friendly.He told Stuff that the company would review and, if necessary, cut episodes of Love Island to make them appropriate for 5pm audiences.“Clearly it will not have explicit content nor drunkenness nor near nudity,” he said. “All episodes aired at 5pm will be compliant with Broadcasting Standards and hence suitable for that slot.”Uncut episodes would be made available on Three’s on demand service, ThreeNow.“We believe that the subject matter being covered off is in line with content being aired on competing networks at the same time,” Szusterman added.At 5pm, Love Island will be up against game show The Chase on TVNZ 1 and reruns of animated sitcom The Simpsons, followed by Home and Away, on TVNZ 2.Szusterman said that “regardless of where and when content is consumed, and like all other content that exists whether that be online or on linear, it is up to individual households to decide whether it is appropriate viewing for them”.But that’s not enough for McCoskrie, who thinks that the Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA) should take a greater role in policing what goes out over New Zealand’s airwaves.“Broadcasting standards have plummeted and I point the finger directly at the BSA for not doing their job,” he says.Currently, the BSA has no power to determine when a programme should air or what classification it should hold – these decisions are entirely at the broadcaster’s discretion.The Crown entity only steps in at the point at which a formal complaint has been raised with the broadcaster, who will deal with the complaint in the first instance. If the complainant is still unsatisfied, they can refer their issue to the BSA.McCoskrie, however, called that a “pathetic excuse” that is leading to the “pornification of our culture”.“It’s being led by broadcasters, with the watchdog asleep at the wheel,” he said. “It promotes voyeurism, a porn culture, sexualisation.”​McCoskrie said it was “absolutely inevitable” that children will watch Love Island at 5pm.“A lot of families won’t quite realise just what the content is,” he added.But Szusterman said that Three’s target demographic was 24-54. “Based on global trends, the show plays to a very similar demographic to competing shows on other networks here in New Zealand,” he reiterated.The new UK season of Love Island is a precursor to the first New Zealand version of the format, which will air later this year.Whether or not that will also be in a tea-time slot has yet to be determined, Szusterman said.Concerned parents, however, would do well to heed McCoskrie’s advice: “Keep that remote control very handy and be prepared to use the on-off switch very liberally.”https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv-radio/113217131/love-island-at-5pm-is-pornification-of-our-culture-says-family-firstKids shouldn’t be watching Love Island (and not because of the bikinis and sex)The SpinOff 5 June 2019The latest season of British reality show Love Island is set to hit TV screens at the unconventional tea-time hour of 5pm. Jihee Junn explains why the decision is troubling.Here are five words I never thought I’d say: I agree with Bob McCoskrie.“This is a programme with explicit sexual content and also explicit language,” McCoskrie told Stuff. “I also have had concern expressed around body image and the messages it’s sending to young people, and especially young girls,” adding that the show promotes “voyeurism”, “sexualisation”, and “a pornification of our culture”.READ MORE: https://thespinoff.co.nz/tv/05-06-2019/kids-shouldnt-be-watching-love-island-and-not-because-of-the-bikinis-and-sex/Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Mares-Agbeko Ref: I’m Sorry for Blown Low Blow Calls

first_imgRussell Mora says he is still bothered by the job he did 21 months ago as the referee for the first fight between Abner Mares and Joseph Agbeko — and that he wants to apologize both boxers.“That was the worst thing that I have ever done,” Mora told Lem Satterfield of RingTV.com. “There’s no reverse, and there’s no instant replay, there’s no taking it back.”Here’s how I described the bout back in August 2011:“Mares topped Agbeko via majority decision in a fight that was close and competitive but which ended with the controversy overshadowing the very good action.“Mares’ punches, particularly his left hook to the body, kept veering low. Some were on the beltline; some were lower. Some were precipitated by Agbeko’s left hand pulling Mares’ head down; some were fouls of Mares’ own doing. Some led to cautions from referee Russell Mora; some didn’t.“The problem was that Mora never went beyond cautioning Mares, never taking a point away from him, even when the fouls had reached a quantity and frequency that such a measure should’ve proven necessary. And on the most blatant low blow of them all, a left hand directly onto Agbeko’s groin in the 11th round that sent Agbeko to the canvas, Mora – who was perfectly positioned – ruled it a knockdown.” Mora told Satterfield that he felt as if he “screwed up their fight,” and that Mares and Agbeko “were both marred after the fight for my mistake.”“I do, someday, want to see Joseph Agbeko, because I would like to give him an embrace and let him know that it could have been different,” Mora told Satterfield. “I’d like the opportunity to apologize — to both of them — for the fact that any of that happened, because they were both scarred by that.”Mares and Agbeko had a rematch less than four months later; Mares won that bout by unanimous decision, with all three scorecards reading 118-110 in his favor.Mares, who won two world titles at bantamweight with the first victory over Agbeko, has since gone on to capture belts in the 122- and 126-pound divisions, with his most recent performance coming May 4 with a technical knockout of Daniel Ponce De Leon during the Floyd Mayweather-Robert Guerrero pay-per-view.Agbeko has fought just once since the second Mares defeat. He didn’t fight at all in 2012, and returned this past March in his native Ghana with a decision win over Luis Melendez.last_img read more

Townsend Estate Sale set for Friday, June 27 and Saturday, June 28 in Oxford

first_imgThere will be a huge Townsend Estate Sale on Friday, June 27 and Saturday, June 28 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 777 South Geuda Springs Road in Oxford, Kansas. Dennis Townsend had died in March. He was a businessman, collector and avid fisherman.To get there just go south out of Oxford on Oxford Road, turn left and head east on 80th Street and left at Geuda Springs Road. Cash only and no early sales.The sale includes the following: VERY NICE 6PC OAK KING BEDROOM SET (BED W/ PULL OUT DRAWERS UNDERNEATH, NIGHT STANDS, DRESSER & CHEST OF DRAWERS) GESTETNER DSC 424 COMMERCIAL COPIER, HIGH END SOLID OAK OFFICE,DESK WITH FILE DRAWERS AND SAFETY LOCKS , LARGE LEATHER OFFICE, CHAIR, 2 SOLID WOOD DINING ROOM TABLE CHAIR SETS ( 1 W/4 CHAIRS 1 W/ 6 CHAIRS), (3) REFRIGERATORS, 2 UPRIGHT FREEZERS, 1 CHEST, FREEZER, KITCHEN UTENSILS; SUPPLIES OF ALL KINDS, POTS/PANS…SMALL APPLIANCES , MICROWAVE (NEW) , SHEETS & TOWELS,CAMCORDER, BINOCULARS, LOTS OF OFFICE SUPPLIES  AND MISCELLANEOUS. 1998 FORD EXPEDITION 4WD–TRITON V-8, 2003 SEA PRO FISHING BOAT,16′ UTILITY TRAILER W/RAMP GATE, CRAFTSMAN YS4500 RIDING MOWER CUT, 7000 WATT GAS GENERATOR, FIMCO 60 GALLON SKID SPRAYERW/WAND & 30″BOOMLESS, 8HP 28 TON LOG SPLITTER, HOMELITE HG600GAS GENERATOR, WHITEMAN GAS CONCRETE MIXER W/HONDA ENGINE,POWER & HAND TOOLS OF ALL KINDS, CARPET TOOLS, COMMERCIAL PAINTSUPPLIES & EQUIPMENT, LADDERS, SCAFFOLDING, AIR COMPRESSORS,100’S OF FEET COMMERCIAL METAL SHELVING,  RECEIVER HITCHES, TOOLCARTS & CABINETS, TOOL BOXES, WINDOW AIR CONDITIONERS, SAWHORSES, LOCKS, GAS CANS, ELECTRIC, KEROSENE & GAS HEATERS &  LARGEPROPANE GRILL…ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES  (SEWING MACHINE, OAK REFRIGERATOR, OAKCURIO CABINET, ROUND OAK TABLE, UTENSILS, BOTTLES, JARS, TINS ,VERY NICE OIL PAINTING AND  80 + PCS MONTERREY WESTERN WARE)  GRAYLINE 30 OR 40 GALLON 12V BAIT TRANSPORT TANK,  30 OR 40  GALLONSUPER BAIT TANK II, LARGE 12V BAIT TRANSPORT TANK, 10-20 SHIMANOSUSTAIN & STRADIC SPINNING REELS, MANY OTHER REELS, NICE FISHINGRODS, LOUNGE CHAIRS, TACKLE & TACKLE BOXES, SEVERAL HUNDRED SALT-WATER LURES, BAIT BUCKETS, NETS, BAIT PUMPS, BOAT ANCHORS, ICECHESTS, LIFE JACKETS & PORTABLE PROPANE TANKS. 100’S OF GALLONS INTERIOR PAINT & PRIMER, LARGE AMOUNT OF ELECTRI-CAL SUPPLIES, PLUMBING FIXTURES & SUPPLIES, CEILING FANS, LIGHTS,BOXES OF HARDWARE, LUMBER (TREATED-PINE-CEDAR) AND TREATED MAIL-BOX POSTS.last_img read more