Senator Joe Donnelly Supports The Miner’s Pension Fund

first_imgSenator Joe Donnelly Supports The Miner’s Pension FundSEPTEMBER 16TH, 2018 TOWNSEND OUTLAW INDIANA, WARRICK COUNTYSenator Joe Donnelly was in Boonville supporting miner’s, as they fight for their pension fund.The Levi Allen Pension Update Rally was held to go over current actions and future plans for their pension fund. Currently, the United Mine Workers of America’s Pension Fund program is suffering from a drastic loss due to the great recession. They say that small communities are just as dependent on miner’s pension check as the miners themselves, and if this fails, towns like Evansville will certainly take a hit. The UMWA has described their current situation, as a crisis. They also continue to worry that their pension fund could be nonsolvent in about four years.Senator Joe Donnelly spoke at today’s event along with Levi Allen. The Senator says ‘These miners worked their whole lives to keep our country moving forward to keep our economy growing and we made a promise that we make sure these pensions were set and so my job is to make sure that promise is kept.” The UMWA stresses that if their pension fund fails, other unions like The Teamsters and The Bakery Union will follow in their footsteps.The committee will continue to hear suggestions until September 18th and are required by statute to make a recommendation by the end of November.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Coffee Republic reduces costs

first_imgLondon chain Coffee Republic has cut costs at its head office by 25%, after reporting that the value of its net assets had fallen below half the value of paid up share capital.At an Extraordinary General Meeting on 8 February, a statutory requirement under the Companies Act 1985 when this situation occurs, the 42-shop coffee chain said that costs will be reduced until it has expanded its portfolio.Chairman Peter Breach said: “Interest in the brand remains encouraging and the pipeline of franchisees is strong. I remain confident that over the next year the domestic portfolio will almost double in size and overseas Coffee Republic outlets will start trading.”last_img

Call to arms

first_imgOne small step for bakers (or a few steps upstairs to the conference rooms at Baking Industry Exhibition), one giant leap for baking kind. What last year appeared a challenge at one time as unlikely as putting a man on the moon – getting the baking industry to speak with once voice – last week came a significant stride nearer.With the establishment of a National Skills Academy for Bakery on the agenda at the One Voice for Training conference, a packed room of industry stakeholders gave a near unanimous show of hands in favour of setting up an academy. Phew!With rocket fuel now in the tank, a steering group will hopefully be established within the next few weeks to consult and hammer out what’s needed for the industry; the brief is to appoint a group that equally represents all the disparate parts of the industry – from craft to plant to supermarket. And if it’s successful, bakery could soon join the 14 academies already in place, within a year.There’s no greater incentive than the sword of Damocles hanging over the industry – otherwise known as the Leitch Report, the key policy driver on workplace skills, that threatens to impose a training levy if employers do not meet exacting skills targets.The initial funding for setting up the academy will come from the Learning & Skills Council; this means there is government funding – on a reducing level – for three years for creating the academy’s infrastructure. The idea is to establish a strong training provider network, if only to clear any confusion about what training is available. “There is a strong training base. A number of employers are already making use of that,” said Justine Fosh, director of the National Skills Academy. “But some employers may not be aware of the training available. If we have somebody who wants to do a course with three people down in the south west, very shortly we would have provision for that. That’s what has been missing from the industry – a network operating geographically to make training available.”If the qualifications available are not suitable – for whatever section of the industry – then qualifications can be rejigged as the dairy industry has done. “I don’t think we’re talking about nuclear physics here; a large part of it is having a sectoral focus saying, ’Here’s what you have, and if it still doesn’t meet your needs, then let’s move on and get something else that does’,” said Fosh.There will not be one single central location for the academy, but it is likely there will be around six training providers, one of which will be the champion of that network. The steering group will seek to identify that champion as well as a five-year training needs strategy.The critical outstanding question is how will it be funded? The government wants the academies to be self-funding and the suggested options for generating funding include an industry-wide levy, a membership scheme or supplier sponsorship. One of the delegates, Dave Brooks, MD of Finsbury Food Group, argued that retailer support would be fundamental. “Firstly, they’ve got quite significant funding available, and secondly, they’ve developed training plans for their in-store bakeries, which the sector skills council Improve could benefit from, rather than trying to reinvent their wheel,” he said.Two supermarkets have already expressed an interest in getting involved, said Fosh: “If organisations are willing to share [their training plans] – and that’s a big if – that is exactly what we aim to do, to reduce duplication.” A number of firms and associations have also pledged their backing, including the British Confectioners’ AssociationBut, as Paul Morrow, MD of British Bakels noted: “The key thing will be that sector organisations are willing to put forward representatives on their behalf and caring employers are prepared to engage.”last_img read more

New transmission line, substation as part of Northern St. Joseph County improvement project

first_img Google+ Pinterest Google+ Pinterest Previous articleFebruary is American Heart MonthNext articleSchool delays and closings for Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021 Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. IndianaLocalNews By Jon Zimney – February 9, 2021 0 191 Twitter Twitter Facebook WhatsApp (Photo supplied/Indiana-Michigan Power) Indiana Michigan Power wants to build a new electric transmission line route as part of the Northern St. Joseph County Improvement Project.It’s a three-mile long transmission and a new substation near U.S. 31 and Adams Road.I&M says it would provide an additional power source to ensure the safe and reliable delivery of electric service to customers in portions of South Bend and Warren and German townships.The project will help reduce outage duration times and help with economic growth in.The utility says the transmission line and substation is needed after reviewing input from landowners. Construction is expected to begin in the Summer of 2023.To view an interactive map of the proposed power line route New transmission line, substation as part of Northern St. Joseph County improvement project Facebook WhatsApplast_img read more

Food Bank of Northern Indiana mobile food distribution schedule

first_img Facebook Google+ Twitter By Jon Zimney – March 1, 2021 0 306 Food Bank of Northern Indiana mobile food distribution schedule IndianaLocalNews Google+ Facebook Twitter Pinterest (Photo supplied/Food Bank of Northern Indiana) Food Bank of Northern Indiana Mobile Food Distributions – March 2 – 5, 2021Tuesday, March 2, 2021 – LaPorte County10 a.m. – Noon, CTWHERE: Purdue University Northwest – Westville, James B. Dworkin Student Service Complex, 1401 S. US Highway 421, Westville, IN 46391*This distribution will serve up to 500 households and is held in cooperation with United Way of LaPorte County.Wednesday, March 3, 2021 – Marshall County11 a.m. – 1 p.m., ETWHERE: Trinity Lutheran Church, 430 Academy Road, Culver, IN 46511Thursday, March 4, 2021 – St. Joseph County1 p.m. – 3 p.m., ETWHERE: Food Bank of Northern Indiana, 702 Chapin Street, South Bend, IN 46601Friday, March 5, 2021 – Elkhart County10 a.m. – Noon, ETWHERE: Maple City Chapel, 2015 Lincolnway E., Goshen, IN 46526Assorted food items are offered free of charge. All items are pre-boxed and pre-bagged. First come, first served, while supplies last for those in need of food assistance. One box per household.Distributions are drive-thru. Please remain in your vehicle and open your trunk to receive items. An area will be available for self-loading if your trunk does not open. Previous articleRep. Banks sets record straight after Dems accuse him of skipping out on $1.9 trillion COVID relief billNext articleNorthern Indiana teacher accused of child molestation Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApplast_img read more

Maple Leaf to invest millions in bagel line

first_imgMaple Leaf Bakery UK is investing £11.5m in a new production line at its bagel plant in Rotherham as it streamlines the business further.Following a boost to bagel sales of 30% in the first quarter, to 31 March 2013, New York Bakery Co – the company’s bagel arm, said it has “major UK expansion plans”.  The firm said these plans would strengthen the brand’s category leadership, as it looks to double UK household penetration in the next five years.  The new line will extend the existing Rotherham factory in the latter part of 2013, increasing capacity and securing jobs on a long-term basis, said the firm.Cliff Irwin, managing director of Maple Leaf Bakery UK, told British Baker: “The significant backing by Maple Leaf Foods (parent company) will enable us to move forward with our ambitious expansion plans in the next five to ten years.  As a result we can now increase our capacity at our Rotherham site to meet growing consumer demand and support our growth aspirations as the market leader in specialty bagels.”Last week the manufacturer announced the disposal of its Italian breads division, based in Park Royal, London, to David Wood Baking, for an undisclosed sum, last week. Leeds-based David Wood Baking Group produces savoury and sweet pastry products, bread, morning goods and confectionery.last_img read more

Alumnus bikes to raise funds

first_imgNotre Dame alumnus Dr. Michael Heisler biked 630 miles in six days last week to raise more than $63,000 for Hesburgh Hospital, a teaching and research hospital planned in Santo Domingo, Ecuador. Dr. Heisler’s journey began last weekend in his hometown, Sioux Falls, S.D. From there, he biked for six and a half days to Notre Dame to attend the Andean Health and Development (ADH) board meeting, which will be held this Friday in the Hesburgh Center. AHD, founded in 1995 by Notre Dame alumnus Dr. David Gaus and chaired by University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, was created to provide self-sustainable, comprehensive health care in poor, rural areas of Latin America. Access to health care in these rural communities is limited. Residents must drive as long as three and half hours on dangerous roads to the Ecuadorian capital of Quito without any guarantee of care. “When AHD built its first hospital [in Pedro Vicente Maldonado], they were given the advice, ‘When you build a hospital, don’t build something as inexpensively as you can. Don’t waste money, but build a building that has some stature to it, a good building that will last for years,’” Heisler said. “So they did. The first week the hospital opened, people didn’t come. Nobody could figure it out. So they went out into the community and asked, ‘How come you’re not coming to the hospital? This is our community’s hospital.’ And the people said, ‘We didn’t think it was for us, we thought it was for other people.’ Because they never had a hospital like that before, they never had health care accessible.” “I got this hair-brained idea one day: Why don’t I just ride my bike over to the board meeting?” Heisler said. “I know it’s kind of crazy, but maybe we can raise some money. I honestly was hoping to raise $40,000 in my wildest imagination.” In fact, proceeds from “630 in 6 for 63” raised over $70,000, well past the original goal. This money will go towards AHD’s Vision campaign, whose goal is to raise $6 million to build Hesburgh Hospital. The hospital will include a 50-bed hospital, a physician residency facility, a nurse training facility and a global health research center. So far, AHD has raised $3.6 million. “I think as we got closer and people saw how cold the temperatures were, they started to feel sorry for me,” Heisler said. AHD is dedicated to building quality hospitals that address that need and can be sustained and staffed by local Ecuadorians. He also credited the organization’s mission for people’s donations. “I think what Andean Health is doing is important,” Heisler said. “You can do these kinds of fundraisers, but if you’re not raising funds for something that makes sense to people, nobody’s going to contribute.” “People say to me, ‘Why did you ride 600 miles?’ and ‘Why did you get on your bike and get involved?’” he said. “Well, partially because I’m crazy. But the real reason is, because we try to do work that has some purpose.”last_img read more

Preventing Peanut Virus

first_imgSince there is no cure for TSW, prevention is everything — and the only thing — thatcan make a difference. But farmers now have a new tool to assess their crop’s risk for the deadly tomatospotted wilt virus. Now they can learn how to reduce that risk. In fact, about half the peanut butter produced in the U.S. is made from Georgiapeanuts. The average American eats about 3.3 pounds of peanut butter every year. Tomato spotted wilt is a viral disease that can wipe out a peanut crop. Georgia peanut farmers send about half their crop, nearly 700 million pounds, topeanut butter factories. It’s a virus, it’s incurable and it has cost Georgia peanut farmers more than $50 millionin just the past two years. The disease has infected Georgia peanuts only in the past 10 years. But it has becomemore important every year since it was found in 1986. In 1996, the scientists created a simple-to-use index of those risk factors. Farmers nowcan use the index to lower their risk of getting TSW in their peanut fields. Cochran used the risk index in 1996 and decided to change his peanut variety, hisplanting dates and how he treated for insect control. Brown said no single factor effectively controls the disease. But together they canchange how TSW affects peanut yields. “Peanut variety, planting date, plant population, virus history in the field andat-planting insect control all affect how likely the virus is to cause problems,” he said. Brown said the risk index is a unique way to manage a pest. “This is the first risk indexthat I know of,” he said. Albert Culbreath, a plant pathologist with the UGA Coastal Plain Experiment Station,said the virus attacks the plant, interfering with peanut production. Instead of growingleaves and peanuts, the plant begins making more viral cells. “There isn’t anything farmers can do for their crop once it’s infected,” said Steve L.Brown, an entomologist with the University of Georgia Extension Service. “We have toavoid high-risk situations.” In the past they’ve tried to control its spread by controlling the thrips that carry it fromfield to field. Those efforts have proven nearly worthless. By the time farmers spray tocontrol the tiny insects, the plants are already infected. The disease struck later in the season in 1996. The later it infests a field, the lower itsimpact on yields. It also makes the plant more susceptible to other diseases and more sensitive toenvironmental stress, including drought, excess moisture and insects. Research in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences shows thatmany factors affect whether and how severely TSW will infect a field. But they can change some practices that affect the disease’s severity. “We’ve got to approach this problem from several different directions to conquer it,”he said. Tomato spotted wilt virus struck fast and hard in nearly all of Georgia’s 533,000peanut acres in 1996. “We saw a higher incidence of it in 1996 than in 1995,” Brownsaid. “But yield losses were greater in 1995.” Worth County peanut farmer Johnny Cochran said TSW “nearly wiped out my 1995irrigated peanut crop — I had to do something!” Cochran figures he lost about 1,000pounds per acre. TSW cost peanut farmers as much as $33 million in 1995 — about 8 percent of thecrop’s total value. “Losses due to tomato spotted wilt were estimated to be greater than any other diseasein 1995,” Brown said. “You can’t cure it, but farmers can change their managementpractices to reduce the damage TSW can do.” “This isn’t the perfect answer to tomato spotted wilt,” Brown said. “But it’s a goodfirst step at dealing with the problem.”last_img read more

UGA Studies Gymnasts

first_imgOver the years, gymnastics has become a sport for little women. No one knows why thatis, though, or even whether it’s good or bad. But Universityof Georgia scientists hope a new study will provide some answers.The scientists will study children 4 to 8 years old. They hope to find how intensiveathletics at a young age affects future health, said Rick Lewis, a foods and nutritionresearcher with the UGA College ofFamily and Consumer Sciences.Lewis will lead the $1.2 million study, which is funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.He and his UGA colleagues began researching gymnasts’ health in 1993. They studied thesport’s impact on women of college age and those in their 30s and 40s.They thought they’d find that gymnasts’ higher risk for eating disorders and amenorrhea(absence of menstruation) could lead to a loss of bone mineral and to osteoporosis as thewomen grow older.”Instead, we found they had a much higher bone mass than nongymnasts,” Lewissaid. That was true even though many of the college-age women restricted their foodintake.Since that study, Lewis has compared college gymnasts with their peers. And for thepast two years, he has researched a dozen girls between 8 and 12 years old.But in all the studies so far, the subjects had been gymnasts for many years already.That made it hard to gauge the sport’s true impact.In the first studies, “the older women had started gymnastics training at about 12years old,” Lewis said. “Most of today’s college gymnasts started training whenthey were 6. And the trend is to start as young as 4.”Lewis plans to study 50 girls between 4 and 8 years old during their first two years ofgymnastics training. A control group will include some girls highly active in other sportsand others involved only in recreational sports.”Over the years, gymnasts who compete in the Olympics have become shorter andshorter,” Lewis said. “Is that a result of restrictive eating patterns and theimpact of high-intensity gymnastics on bone development? Or were these young women alreadygenetically programmed to have smaller builds and denser bones?”The study will look at whether gymnasts’ bones may develop differently as a result oftheir activity.”It may be that their bodies trade off bone length for bone density,” Lewissaid. “By spending two years following children just beginning gymnastics, we canassess whether gymnastics blunts growth velocity and significantly alters growthfactors.”Lewis will also study the sport’s psychological effect. In trimming their food intaketo stay thin, do young gymnasts develop attitudes that could place them at risk for eatingdisorders later?”The common assumption is that young women who engage in activities such asgymnastics and ballet are at especially high risk for developing eating disorders,”Lewis said. “But no large-scale studies of this issue have been conducted.”Young gymnasts do score higher on tests that indicate a higher risk of these problems.”But these scores may actually mean they have a healthy attention to mattersimportant to achieving athletic excellence,” Lewis said, “such as avoidingexcess body fat.”Young gymnasts eat fewer calories and calcium than is recommended for girls their ageand size. But so do girls who aren’t gymnasts.Lewis said it’s critical to study gymnasts’ dietary habits and energy expenditurebefore they begin training. And it’s vital to follow them over time and compare them withgirls with other and less intensive sports roles.By doing that, he said, “we should have a much clearer picture of the rolegymnastics plays in the diet of girls who excel in this sport.”last_img read more

Montana’s Colstrip bailout bill defeated, for now

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):A bill meant to save the Colstrip power plant in Montana is dead for now, but NorthWestern Corp. hopes lawmakers will revive the idea in other legislation before the session ends May 1.The bill was one of the most controversial pieces of legislation in this year’s session. Republican state Sen. Tom Richmond’s initial proposal would have allowed NorthWestern, the state’s largest utility, to pass on $75 million to ratepayers to cover the cost of increasing its share by up to 150 MW in one unit of the beleaguered coal plant. The proposed bill came as other utilities in the Pacific Northwest pull out of Colstrip because of requirements in states such as Oregon and Washington to move away from coal-fired generation. The bill would have allowed NorthWestern to pass on the costs to ratepayers investments for “environmental, regulatory, and safety compliance and reliability” without review by the Montana Public Service Commission.But lawmakers stripped language allowing the company to skirt PSC oversight, leading some to wonder what the resulting bill was intended to accomplish. And on April 16 Montana house members abruptly rejected the measure by a 60-37 vote.Anne Hedges, lobbyist for the Montana Environmental Information Center, said in an email, “We’re hopeful that this concept is dead for the session but we are staying vigilant. There’s too much time left and too many opportunities for bill proponents to hijack other ideas and try to force people to vote for this bill.”Jo Dee Black, spokeswoman for NorthWestern, said in an email that the company “continues to track legislation as the 2019 Montana Legislature continues.” Black would not say whether the company would still attempt to increase its ownership in the unit from the undisclosed seller.Talen Generation LLC operates Colstrip, which has a generating capacity of 2,094 MW, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence data. Owners include Puget Sound Energy Inc., of Bellevue, Wash., Portland General Electric Co. and Berkshire Hathaway Inc. subsidiary PacifiCorp, both of Portland, Ore.; and Avista Corp., of Spokane, Wash.More ($): Colstrip bailout bill dies in Montana Montana’s Colstrip bailout bill defeated, for nowlast_img read more