Farm Bureau President Praises River Navigation Measure

first_img Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Apr 26, 2013 Farm Bureau President Praises River Navigation Measure SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Farm Bureau President Praises River Navigation Measure Facebook Twitter SHARE The American Farm Bureau Federation says the Mississippi River Navigation Sustainment Act – recently introduced in the U.S. House – would maintain the critical movement of goods during periods of extreme weather. In a letter to the bill’s sponsors – Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman notes that the Mississippi River is a critical national transportation artery on which hundreds of millions of tons of essential commodities are shipped. He says low water events on the river created great uncertainty for those who depend on our waterway systems. But whether it’s low water conditions or devastating floods – Stallman says we need to be proactive in planning and preparing to keep the Mississippi River open for commerce.Stallman says the legislation introduced by Illinois Representatives Bill Enyart and Rodney Davis will improve understanding of the Mississippi River system while providing additional flexibility for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to respond to extreme weather events through better water management, improved river forecasting and more effective environmental management. According to Stallman – an efficient and reliable inland waterway system linked to competitive ports is vital to America’s ability to provide affordable agricultural products domestically and to compete internationally.Source: NAFB News service Previous articleCoalition Applauds Introduction of Ag Worker Bill in HouseNext articleOil Falls Sharply at Weeks End Gary Truittlast_img read more

Editor threatened by armed men who invaded his home at night

first_imgNews RSF_en January 17, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Editor threatened by armed men who invaded his home at night Receive email alerts News RwandaAfrica Reporters Without Borders voiced alarm today at the threats made against Bonaventure Bizumuremyi, the editor of the opposition fortnightly Umuco, by four armed intruders who invaded his Kigali home in the earlier hours of 15 January.“This latest attack on one of the few newspapers still critical of the government is all the more worrying as its editor was physically targeted,” the press freedom organisation said. “How can the government still be surprised when we criticise the environment for the independent press in Rwanda? To dispel the suspicion hanging over the police, we call on the government to shed light on this serious attack and to punish those responsible. It will be judged by its results.”Bizumuremyi was woken at 3 a.m. on 15 January by four men armed with clubs and knives who were banging on the door of his home in a working-class district of the capital. Once inside, they ransacked the house and threatened Bizumuremyi, ordering him to stop publishing articles criticising the ruling Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF). They calmly left after neighbours intervened.“What amazed me was that these men did not seem to be concerned by our intervention,” one of the witnesses said. “They calmly left the compound, without running.” The previous evening, a police car followed Bizumuremyi to his home. He also received telephone threats.In the latest issue of Umuco, Bizumuremyi had criticised the lack of separation of powers in Rwanda and accused the RPF of being incapable of running the country. The newspaper has had many run-ins with the government in the past. An issue calling President Paul Kagame a dictator was confiscated on 19 September by police at the border (after being printed in neighbouring Uganda) on the grounds of “libel” and “attacking state security.”One of its reporters, Jean Léonard Rugambage, has been held in Gitarama prison pending trial on a trumped-up charge of genocide since September. He was arrested 10 days after writing an article for Umuco about corrupt practices by some of the judges in charge of the “gacaca” popular tribunals in Ruyumba, and the use of these courts to settle personal scores. He was sentenced to a year in prison for contempt of court on 23 November after contesting the impartiality of the judge appointed to try him. RwandaAfrica The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa to go further Follow the news on Rwanda Organisation Reports Reporters Without Borders voiced alarm today at the threats made against Bonaventure Bizumuremyi, the editor of the opposition fortnightly Umuco, by four armed intruders who invaded his Kigali home in the earlier hours of 15 January. “How can the government still be surprised when we criticise the environment for the independent press in Rwanda?”, said the organisation. November 27, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent April 6, 2020 Find out more News February 13, 2020 Find out more BBC Africa’s “disproportionate and dangerous” dismissal of a journalist last_img read more

Dr. Weeks Inducted Today as 14th UL President

first_imgDr. Weeks becomes UL’s 14th president today The newly appointed President of the state-run University of Liberia (UL), Dr. Ophelia Inez Weeks, will be inducted into office today. Dr Weeks succeeds Dr. Emmet A. Dennis, who served the university as president from 2009 to 2016.Dr. Weeks was unanimously endorsed by the UL Board of Trustees in March this year following thorough scrutiny of candidates that applied for the position. She becomes the 14th president and second female president following Dr. Mary Antoinette Brown Sherman, daughter of former Chief Justice Louis Arthur Grimes (class of 1903), in whose honor the UL Law School is named.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Visitor of the University, and a host of government  officials, UL alumni, guests from private institutions, friends and family are expected to attend the induction ceremony to be held at the UL Fendell campus.Dr. Weeks is a retired professor of the Florida International University (FIU). Upon her retirement from FIU, she returned to Liberia and joined the UL faculty as Dean of the Science College. She was subsequently promoted to the position of Vice President for Academic Affairs. Based on her appearance and disposition, some managerial experts describe her as “conscientious,” a personality trait that depicts humility, quietude, carefulness.Even though it is difficult for every student to know the UL president, considering the bureaucratic process associated with this, Dr. Weeks’ personality has caused many students not to recognize her when she is among them. During the resumption of academic activities following Ebola epidemic in 2015, many were left in shock to see her for the first time, as she simply appeared like any of the students.It is not yet known what plans this second Dr. Weeks presidency (the first being her father, Dr. Rocheforte L Weeks who was UL president from 1959 to 1972) has  for the university in the years to come. Whatever the latitude of her inaugural address, students, instructors and the nation expect to hear her tackle the fundamental issue of adequate financial support from the government for overall improvements in salaries, student transportation, instructional materials and equipment, renovations of the academic and science complexes on the Fendell campus and a myriad of corrective actions, developments and expansions that are long overdue at this restive, underdeveloped institution.As a scientist, she will no doubt work to raise the standard of the College of Science and Technology and the medical college but she is expected to balance her time and attention to raising standards across the entire spectrum of learning and administration at the University.Her challenge is to make the UL, Liberia’s oldest tertiary institution founded in 1862, the preeminent university in the country in terms of academic and professional excellence and impact on the nation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement –last_img read more