Pretoria Portland Cement Co. Ltd (PPC.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2009 interim results for the half year.For more information about Pretoria Portland Cement Co. Ltd (PPC.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Pretoria Portland Cement Co. Ltd (PPC.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Pretoria Portland Cement Co. Ltd (PPC.zw) 2009 interim results for the half year.Company ProfilePortland Holdings Limited, trading as PPC Zimbabwe, manufactures and markets quality cement and cement by-products for the construction industry in Zimbabwe, producing up to 1.8 million tons of cement per annum. Established in 1913, PPC Zimbabwe supplies customers in Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia and Mozambique. The company has three manufacturing plants that are regarded as the most modern operations in southern Africa; located in Colleen Bawn, Bulawayo and Harare. The company has interests in limestone mining, and manufacturing and distributing metallurgical-grade limestone, burnt lime and burnt dolomite; as well as the supply of ready-mix concrete, dry mortars and fly ash. Well-known PPC products available in Zimbabwe include SureBuild, Sureroad, Unicem and PMC. PPC Zimbabwe is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange
Scoa Nigeria Plc (SCOA.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Engineering sector has released it’s 2014 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Scoa Nigeria Plc (SCOA.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Scoa Nigeria Plc (SCOA.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Scoa Nigeria Plc (SCOA.ng) 2014 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileScoa Nigeria Plc is a conglomerate company in Nigeria specialising in turnkey projects in the technology, infrastructure, farming, water engineering, food technologies and telecommunication sectors. Projects include the supply, construction, installation and maintenance of power generation and air-conditioning systems, home/office systems, security systems, electrical systems and fire prevention/industrial safety systems. Scoa Nigeria Plc distributes and services a range of passenger vehicles, trucks, buses and trailers and provides services for fleet management, trade-ins, vehicle leasing, providing drivers and service and repairs. Turnkey projects in the hospital and healthcare sector includes supplying and servicing hospital equipment and providing medical training services in the area of magnetic resonance, computed topography, cardiovascular, x-rays, radiography, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, radiation therapy and cardiac resuscitation. Scoa Nigeria Plc manages centres for physiotherapy and dentistry and a laboratory to diagnose and treat terminal illnesses and heart and neurological diseases. Scoa Nigeria Plc is a subsidiary of Fadoul Group. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Scoa Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
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Rector Belleville, IL Curate Diocese of Nebraska Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Shreveport, LA Resolution B012, Featured Jobs & Calls Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Featured Events Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Collierville, TN Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Florida Episcopalians tell Presiding Bishop that diocese is not honoring same-sex marriage resolution Bishop John Howard counters ‘murmuring and non-truths’ about process some say is ‘intimidating, unduly cumbersome’ An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Tampa, FL By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Feb 1, 2019 Florida Bishop John Howard says General Convention’s effort to ensure same-sex marriages can happen in all of the church’s domestic dioceses is “the standard in this diocese.” Photo: Diocese of Florida[Episcopal News Service] Some Episcopalians in the Diocese of Florida say Bishop John Howard is not living up to the General Convention’s desire to give same-sex couples unfettered access to same-sex marriage in all of the church’s domestic dioceses, but Howard says that’s not true, calling his process one of “collaboration and transparency.”Howard, however, Feb. 1 declined Episcopal News Service’s request to clarify how that process works. In a brief telephone conversation, the bishop said that his convention address and ENS’ previous conversations with the diocese’s communications director “should take care of what you need from me.” The telephone conversation came the day after ENS emailed the bishop, at his request, a description of what it wished to ask him.“You’ve heard everything I have to say, and I’ll have no further comment,” he said.The Episcopalians outlined their concerns in a letter to Presiding Bishop Michael Curry that was posted Jan. 22 on the online petition-hosting website change.org here. Organizers say Curry was officially notified of the letter on Jan. 25 and was later sent a hard copy, according to the small group that drafted it.The letter says Howard told the diocese’s active clergy in September that a rector wishing to officiate at same-sex marriages must meet with him and bring the parish’s wardens to the meeting. Howard “further requires the rector to look into the bishop’s eyes and tell him he/she is defying his pastoral directive,” the letter says. Many, but not all, of the organizers were at the meeting in question.Then, according to the letter, another bishop will be made available to provide pastoral support to the couple, clergy and congregation. The petition says the congregation must pay the alternate bishop’s stipend for expenses incurred in giving that support.Howard’s plan is an “intimidating, unduly cumbersome process and unfair to our brothers and sisters in Christ who seek to be married in this church,” the letter says.“Clergy seeking to live out their baptismal covenant and ordination vows must put their ministries, as well as the ministries of their parish, at risk by stating they are defying their bishop,” the petition says.“The resolution answered the prayers of many in this diocese and gave our GLBTQ community hope that they could finally experience justice, peace and dignity,” the petition concludes. “Once again they wait and suffer due to the parameters imposed upon us in the Diocese of Florida. We suffer with them.”The letter had 975 signatures when it was closed on Jan. 31.Howard formulated his policy in response to General Convention Resolution B012, passed in July to end the church’s requirement that bishops give their permission for clergy to use two marriage rites that the previous meeting of convention had authorized for trial use (via Resolution A054) by both same-sex and opposite-sex couples.Howard told diocesan convention about the process of implementing B012 in FloridaOn Jan. 26 during his address to his diocese’s 176th annual convention, Howard said that “a lot of murmuring and non-truths” have been circulating in the diocese but that Resolution B012 is “the standard in this diocese.” He said he has established a process of “collaboration and transparency.” Howard said that process requires a rector or priest in charge and the parish’s wardens to meet with him to discuss their desire to offer same-sex marriages.“After meeting with the rector or priest and wardens, Resolution B012 puts another burden on me, another job on me,” Howard said. “I need to find another bishop willing to undertake pastoral oversight for them in accordance with the provisions of B012.”No such process is mandated by B012; however, the resolution says that if the diocesan bishop “does not embrace marriage for same-sex couples,” he or she “shall invite, as necessary, another bishop of this church to provide pastoral support to the couple, the member of the clergy involved and the congregation or worshipping community in order to fulfill the intention of this resolution that all couples have convenient and reasonable local congregational access to these rites.”Howard reported to diocesan convention that he has had one such meeting with a rector and wardens, calling it “cordial, friendly, prayerful and productive” and adding that it “did not seem burdensome, onerous or punitive.”It is unusual for a parish’s wardens to be involved in marriage decisions; moreover, such involvement and implied agreement are not required by the church’s canons. In fact, the canons explicitly give the authority for marriage and liturgical decisions to the rector or priest in charge of a congregation. However, many parishes across The Episcopal Church that offer same-sex marriage do so after a process of conversation among the clergy and lay leaders and congregants.Howard said during his address that he opposes same-sex marriage. “Don’t talk about it a lot, talk about it very seldom, wish I could talk about it even less but that’s a fact,” he said. “This morning, I hope that one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit moving in us and through us in our churches is that we won’t, one more time, permit this issue to divide us.”The bishop had said during the House of Bishops’ debate on B012 at General Convention that, after the 2003 meeting of General Convention consented to the election of Gene Robinson as bishop of New Hampshire, “My diocese became the epicenter of warfare within the church over those issues of a partnered gay man becoming a bishop of the church, and became a place where open warfare, even in the floor of convention and in parish halls, occurred.”A video recording of Howard’s convention address is below and here. His B012 remarks begin at the 38 minute 20 second mark.Emily Stimler, director of communications for the Diocese of Florida, told Episcopal News Service on Jan. 24 that people were confused about Howard’s process and intent.“People that maybe were at the meeting misunderstood, and from there it’s just kind of been snowballing. We intend to fully comply and be supportive of it,” Stimler said.However, the Rev. Robert Griffiths, who facilitated posting the letter on change.org said on an unofficial Diocese of Florida Facebook public group page the day after Howard’s remarks to the diocesan convention that the letter “was fact checked before it was posted with a number of clergy who were at the September meeting.” That post has since been removed from the page.The Rev. Penny Pfab, retired rector of St. Paul’s by-the-Sea in Jacksonville Beach, told ENS late last week that she drafted the letter after a small group of Episcopalians began discussing what they understood to be the bishop’s policy. Pfab, who did not attend the September meeting because retired clergy were not invited, said she verified the facts in the letter and Howard’s words with priests in the group who did attend the meeting. She also consulted a rector who was at the meeting but was not part of the letter-writing group.“He told them that this is the process in the Diocese of Florida,” she said. “And those who were there said that, by defying the pastoral directive, they’re putting their ministries at risk and their parishes at risk as well.”The church’s canons say a pastoral directive must be in writing. Pfab said she has not received such a pastoral directive in writing, adding she has not heard from any active clergy who received such a document.It’s possible that some people who were at the meeting misunderstood what the bishop said, Pfab allowed, but added, “I haven’t talked to anyone who is confused. There may be some who are wondering. It would be helpful if [Howard] would put it in writing and then there would be no confusion.”The signers of the letter do not ask Curry for any specific action on his part. “We’ll leave that to him,” Pfab told ENS. “We wanted him to know how the resolution is being implemented in the Diocese of Florida and our belief that this is not in keeping with spirit of the resolution.”When contacted by ENS, Griffiths would not comment on the record. In the past, Griffiths served as Howard’s canon to the ordinary for 10 years.Not all clergy in the diocese will speak publicly about the processMany other priests in the diocese are reportedly reluctant to talk publicly about the process Howard has outlined. “They are afraid. I have had one or two say, ‘I can’t go public on this. I can’t do that.’ It would put their congregation at risk,” the Rev. Christopher S. Martin, who retired in 2007 after serving for 23 years as rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Green Cove Springs, recently told ENS.Martin said he is part of the letter-writing group. Although retired clergy were not invited to the September meeting, Martin said he attended anyway. He said Howard began with a long “teaching” on marriage to show that same-sex marriage is wrong. Martin said Howard told clergy not to solemnize same-sex marriages “in any church in his diocese.”“People did ask him, ‘Is there any way you can change your mind of this?’” Martin said, and Howard said no.“This was not an open discussion,” Martin said, despite efforts on the part of some clergy members. “He was not interested in dialogue.”Martin said that “there’s a lot of fear and a lot of intimidation” among the active clergy, adding that one person told him that, after the meeting, he realized he had no future in the diocese.One congregation that may discuss offering the same-sex rites is St. John’s Episcopal Church in Tallahassee, though the Rev. David Killeen said he didn’t expect any decision to be made on “how we’re going to proceed as a parish” until the parish’s new vestry gets to work this month.Any decision by the congregation will follow a “major discernment process,” Killeen said. He added that his parish wants to be proactive in determining how it will respond if it receives a pastoral inquiry regarding same-sex marriage.“We want to be able to respond thoughtfully and faithfully,” he said. “The reality is there is a new normal with [B012].”Killeen said he personally wouldn’t feel intimidated by anything Howard has said about B012 or same-sex marriage in the past. He didn’t elaborate on the content of Howard’s September meeting with clergy.“I take the diocese at their word right now, which is that they’re going to be in accordance with B012,” he told ENS earlier this month. “At this point, it appears that any parish just needs to go with the rector and the wardens [and meet] with the bishop to advise.”Meanwhile, the Rev. Louanne Loch, the current rector of St. Paul’s by-the-Sea in Jacksonville Beach, told ENS that Howard has agreed to meet with her and the church wardens for further discussions and clarification of B012.Curry is due to spend Feb. 4-5 in the diocese for a previously scheduled visit. As part of his time in the diocese, Curry will meet with clergy and their spouses over lunch at St. John’s Cathedral in Jacksonville hosted by Howard and the cathedral’s dean, the Very Rev. Kate Moorehead. When contacted by ENS last week, Moorehead declined to comment on the implementation of B012 in the diocese.Presiding bishops often include clergy-only gatherings during their diocesan visits. However, commenters on the unofficial Diocese of Florida public group Facebook page recently criticized what they see as the closed nature of the planned meeting. As is typical, Curry has a number of other public events scheduled in the Diocese of Florida during his visit, at which Episcopalians will have opportunities to interact with him.Stimler told ENS that there will be a question-and-answer session before the luncheon “where B012 will come up again and where I hope this will further clarify for clergy who are present – and not present, because it will be livestreamed publicly.”What has happened in other dioceses in which the bishop opposes same-sex marriageThe two marriage rites received widespread acceptance across the church. However, eight diocesan bishops in the 101 domestic dioceses did not authorize their use after their introduction in 2015. In addition to Howard, they include Diocese of Albany Bishop William Love, Central Florida Bishop Greg Brewer, Dallas Bishop George Sumner, North Dakota Bishop Michael Smith, Springfield Bishop Dan Martins, Tennessee Bishop John Bauerschmidt and Virgin Islands Bishop Ambrose Gumbs.Gumbs has told his clergy to offer the rites without further obstacles.Love is the only one of the eight who initially refused to permit use of the rites and who has flatly refused to conform to B012. On Jan. 11, Curry prevented Love from punishing clergy, laity and congregations who wish to use the rite, and Curry has referred the matter for investigation through the church’s clergy discipline process. Love said he would appeal the restriction.Brewer, Martins, Smith and Sumner have said they could not be in a pastoral relationship with parishes that wished to perform same-sex marriages. They have negotiated with other bishops to provide Delegated Episcopal Pastoral Oversight, or DEPO.Bauerschmidt said clergy must tell him of their plans and “assure him that the cleric’s congregation agrees to use of the trial rites for marriage.”In his convention address, Howard specifically rejected the notion of DEPO for Florida parishes that wish to solemnize same-sex marriages. “I could never do that. I won’t do that,” he said. “I love my relationship with you, with the churches you represent and with your clergy, too much to ever do that.“I assure you that I will cling to you and love you and serve you in every way I can, which principle will permit.”– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is the Episcopal News Service’s senior editor and reporter. 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After leaving the Elmwood Correctional Facility in Santa Clara County, California, he joined Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Saratoga, which had ministered to him in jail. He now is a confirmed Episcopalian and a Saint Andrew’s vestry member. Photo courtesy of Peggy Bryan[Episcopal News Service] Locked up in Elmwood Correctional Facility in Santa Clara County, California, Renee Lopez was a little annoyed when fellow prisoner Jack Fanning signed him up for a religious class without asking him.Today, he couldn’t be more grateful.Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Saratoga, which led the class, continued to support Lopez, 43, after his release three-plus years ago. As soon as he could, he joined Saint Andrew’s. He was confirmed into The Episcopal Church and now serves on the vestry and as part of the leadership team for the church’s Stepping Stones Gathering, a reentry ministry for those formerly incarcerated that Fanning co-founded after his own release.“Without that community, I [would] quickly go back to doing the things I was doing before,” Lopez said. “This community has given me the life that I envisioned when I was locked up.”Providing support and the chance for transformation for men like Lopez and Fanning is a key element of service ministries at Saint Andrew’s. For the past seven months, that work has continued with participants inside and outside Elmwood despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting suspension of in-person worship and jail visits.Elmwood is part of the Santa Clara County (“Silicon Valley”) jail system, the fifth largest in California with a capacity of 4,500 prisoners.A superior court judge surprises Renee Lopez with a gavel-dropping ceremony during a Stepping Stones worship service to mark the end of Lopez’s probation. Screenshot courtesy of Peggy BryanPre-pandemic, Saint Andrew’s led weekly worship and Bible study for men inside Elmwood. The Rev. Peggy Bryan, the church’s associate rector for outreach and Stepping Stones leader, provided pastoral care. Parishioner Katy Dickinson, Education for Ministry coordinator for the Diocese of El Camino Real, facilitated classes in the country’s first jail-based EFM program. When prisoners were transferred from Elmwood to a state prison, the church commissioned them as “ambassadors of the gospel” and provided continuing encouragement and Christian formation through letters, phone calls, packages and visits.“There’s a whole lot you can really do inside to engage them and preach a lesson in love,” Bryan said. “They hear the message of hell, brimstone and judgment [from others]. We bring them a whole different picture.”But that wasn’t enough, she said. “I want to see their lives transformed when they get out. That’s the hard part. It’s too easy just to focus on the people inside. … Let’s do what’s hard, and let’s get them involved in our lives outside in our ministry, in our parish. Let’s do whatever we can to walk with them to real transformation.”They began inviting former prisoners to attend the church. They deepened connections with the men and their families. On Oct. 13, 2018, they launched the “gathering,” a satellite worship service offered in partnership with Grace Baptist Church in the urban corridor of San Jose, significantly closer than suburban Saint Andrew’s to the halfway houses and other places where the men lived.The $98,000 program is launching as an independent nonprofit called Hope Inside/Out that incorporates Stepping Stones and hopes to add more services, including reception centers to house former prisoners. It also has applied for a $40,000 New Episcopal Communities Harvest grant.About 30 people – former prisoners and people in recovery, members of both churches and some college students – were attending the service in San Jose each Sunday when the pandemic forced the service online. Now, 40 to 50 attend, including men who connect to Zoom via 15-minute phone calls from the jail and one former prisoner deported to Mexico.Leaving Elmwood, Fanning, now 51, couldn’t wait to reconnect with Bryan and with Cathy Holley, who played guitar during the jail worship services. He first met them in 2016, worshipping in a mop closet – “they called it a multipurpose room, but it smelled like dirty mops.”“Because I lived in a dorm setting, that was my way to get some sense of peace in my heart,” he said. “Along the way, my faith grew. The hope grew.”When he was released and came to Saint Andrew’s, the community embraced him. “I’m a young man that has tattoos every place, and I don’t normally fit anywhere in today’s ‘society,’ especially in a faith community,” Fanning said. “That was so big, to be able to fit without any exceptions.”He joined the church’s efforts to launch Stepping Stones and find an accessible worship location. The goal was to offer a place of compassion, community, family and spirituality, and to maintain connections with men in jail, so that, once released, “they know where their feet can land,” he said.After spending time repeatedly behind bars over the last 20 years, Daniel Martinez, 51, appreciated being connected to a supportive community outside, he said in an interview via Zoom from Elmwood before his release this summer.“Being in jail, though you’re with many people, you’re alone many times,” he said. Saint Andrew’s support “keeps us thriving. It keeps us knowing that there’s a world of people out there that want to help people such as ourselves.”Housed in a dorm with 40-some men, Martinez and other prisoners studied the Bible daily using materials supplied weekly by Saint Andrew’s and held evening prayer circles. “It’s just what keeps us from that boiling point,” he said, noting that COVID-19 added to their stresses. “So many uncertainties; this is what keeps us together.”Anticipating his release after 16 months in jail, he looked forward to continuing his Saint Andrew’s connection, which is, he explained, “a strong support system and a foundation that’s needed in order for me to go in any good direction.”“I’m always at the verge of tears now, and it’s not tears of disappointment but for joy,” Martinez said. “It’s having people care for you and understanding what that means. … I got lost for a while. I’m learning just to reach out and ask for help, and it feels good.”The men inspire each other.“A lot of us have done time together for years,” said Richard Nunez, 40. “We’ve all seen each other at probably our best and our worst. So even one person doing better and doing well, it holds a lot of clout. … I saw Jack get better. I saw Renee get better. I wanted to do better. It’s like each one of us was able to get through to the other one.”“Peggy and Cathy and everyone else … who came in there and ministered to us taught us that we were loved, that we weren’t forgotten, and we could turn this whole thing around,” Nunez said. “So when I got out, I wanted to come to Stepping Stones to show other people the same thing.”Even when he started using drugs again, “they were still by my side,” he said. “They were still checking on me.” Ultimately, he quit using drugs and went through a rehabilitation program. Today, he’s part of the Stepping Stones leadership team and works for a caterer and a drug and alcohol residential program.For Bobby, Stepping Stones constitutes a second family. (His last name is withheld to protect his safety in jail.)“I can’t tell you in simple words how it has helped me. I can only say that it has saved me,” he said in a Zoom interview from Elmwood. Stepping Stones brought him from “a very dark place … to the light.”He participates in the Sunday online worship and studies with others behind bars. The only way to show his gratitude is to keep the program going in Elmwood while the volunteers can’t come in, he said. “We’re just filled with so much love, so much hope. Without Stepping Stones, I don’t know where we would be.”Volunteers find love and community as well.Gerry Chartrand, who provides healing prayers during worship, said she was “scared to death” the first time she entered the jail. “After my first visit, I felt like I had gone to a beautiful, wonderful church filled with loving people and I’ve loved every bit of it.”Volunteer Christine Clifford’s son is incarcerated elsewhere.“It’s terribly isolating to have your loved one go to jail. It puts you in Oz. It’s not like you can go to your neighbor and say, ‘What did you do’” in these circumstances, Clifford said. “It’s really important that you can find people that can walk you through. To be able to find people like Jack and Renee and Richard, who can give me a hug … and say, ‘He’s going to be OK, he’s going to find his way,’ – those things are just incredible.”Stepping Stones has led to celebrations – both typical liturgical occasions, such as the baptisms of Clifford and Fanning and confirmation of Lopez – and less-typical ones. Because of the COVID-19 shutdown, Lopez never went to court to see a judge bang a gavel to signal his release from probation.“I feel like I missed out,” he said. But two weeks later, on his birthday, the Stepping Stones community surprised him with a visit from a county superior court judge, who performed the gavel dropping during the group’s Zoom worship service.“I’ve never been so emotional,” Lopez said. “I felt so loved in that moment, that this community went out of their way to give me that moment.”Friends who attended “were crying,” he said, telling him, “Those people love you.”Concluded Clifford, “Family comes in all sorts of forms, and we’re just really blessed that we found one another in this space.”– The Rev. Sharon Sheridan Hausman is a freelance writer and a priest in the Diocese of Newark. 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Home Indiana Agriculture News Farm Bureau Tells Congress Rural Broadband Will Boost Economy and Improve Sustainability Facebook Twitter Broadband is no longer a luxury but a necessity for modern agriculture and the quality of life for rural Americans, Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst told a House subcommittee today.“While most Americans take broadband for granted, 26.4% of rural Americans lack access to broadband,” the Missouri farmer told the Agriculture Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy and Credit. “This is alarming, particularly when compared to the only 1.7% of urban Americans who lack such access.”Yet even these disheartening numbers understate the extent of the problem.Current broadband data and maps “fail to accurately determine broadband access,” Hurst said. “Farmers and ranchers … must have access to fixed and mobile broadband to be more efficient, economical and responsive to environmental needs.”The upside to broadband, meanwhile, is significant. Hurst presented the committee with a Farm Bureau study showing that widespread broadband service could boost the agricultural economy by an estimated $64.5 billion.Broadband connectivity allows equipment like cloud-connected planters, irrigators, tractors and harvesters to automatically change application rates for seed, fertilizer and more. This improves sustainability by enabling farmers to apply less water, protect soil health and precisely plant seeds, which also helps farmers save money.“After we collect this data, we must transfer it from our machines to the company who writes our ‘prescriptions,’ share it with our partners who supply our seed, and eventually utilize it when making crop insurance and other business decisions,” Hurst said. “Transferring this data, which is essential to the future success of every farmer, requires access to fast, reliable and affordable broadband.”Reliable broadband will also contribute to the health and welfare of animals, Hurst said. Digital connectivity is playing an increasingly important role in optimizing animal care.“From monitoring feed usage and rations to scheduling delivery of animals, livestock farmers use broadband daily to improve the efficiency of their operations and ensure the health of their herds …All the data collected can be compiled into production reports which help farmers make more informed decisions about their farm and ranch.”Source: American Farm Bureau Federation Farm Bureau Tells Congress Rural Broadband Will Boost Economy and Improve Sustainability SHARE By Hoosier Ag Today – Jul 14, 2019 Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleHoosier Ag This Week Podcast- The Top News in Indiana and US AgricultureNext articleGood News, Bad News Regarding Banks and Farm Lending Hoosier Ag Today
Home Local News Government City to renew talks on incentives for small businesses Pinterest Local NewsGovernment City to renew talks on incentives for small businesses Twitter Facebook Twitter Pinterest Landgraf prepares for state budget debate Landgraf staffer resigns following investigation Daylon Swearingen competes in bareback riding during the SandHills Stock Show and Rodeo at Ector County Coliseum Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, in Odessa, Texas. WhatsApp By admin – January 13, 2018 Members of the Odessa City Council want more tax incentives to go to small businesses, but since March, they have delayed considering changes to economic development sales tax guidelines that would enable the city to provide them.Today those guidelines limit the taxpayer funded grants funded through the city’s Odessa Development Corporation to companies that invest at least $5 million or provide 10 jobs.In March, the ODC approved changes that included simplifying the way grant totals are calculated and opening the grants to smaller businesses. The proposed revisions lowered jobs requirement to the minimum required by the state and allowed the city to provide incentives to businesses investing at least $100,000.But the City Council, which must ratify ODC decisions for them to go into effect, tabled discussing the changes that month, and during a year of turmoil that included controversy over incentives, they never picked it back up.ODC board members on Thursday asked the city’s legal staff to bring the proposal back to the City Council, which they are expected to do in the coming weeks.“The council, we met with them face to face: These were issues that they were bringing up,” ODC board member Gene Collins said. “They wanted something that was more friendly to small businesses.”In planning sessions over the summer, City Council members told the ODC they wanted to see incentives offered to small businesses as the changes sought to accomplish.“This has just kind of fallen in with some very political discussions,” City Attorney Larry Long told the ODC board Thursday. “But there’s no reason for it not to move forward at this point.”The ODC is also revising its general development plan, outlining goals of the economic development board and the organizations it funds.Mayor David Turner attributed the delay in changing the incentives guidelines to that review.“We need to sit down and look at it as a total package,” Turner said. “It’s a great idea to support smaller businesses but you also want to have money in the bank . . . for a larger project too.”The city awarded grants to smaller businesses after the ODC began meeting in 1998. The incentives were relatively small but supported significant expansions for the businesses that received them, such as Bear’s Machine and Manufacturing Company.In 2001, the local Odessa machine shop received a $28,600 grant and agreed to hire and retain six new workers. The company remains in business.But years later the ODC and City Council approved changing the incentive guidelines to focus on larger companies that bring more jobs and greater investments.“We just need something that’s different than what we have now, because what we have now cuts out the little guy completely, pretty much, and then doesn’t give any flexibility to work with some of these other big projects,” said Wes Burnett, the city’s director of economic development at the Odessa Chamber of Commerce. Creamy Fruit SaladTexas Fried ChickenVirgin Coco MojitoPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay Church leaders condemn mayor’s disparaging comments Previous articleOdessa man’s vision changed by electronic glassesNext articleDR. ISLAM: The Basics of IBD admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook WhatsApp
WhatsApp INMO ballots members on draft agreement as ED strikes are suspended PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal WhatsApp Facebook HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Twitter Homepage BannerNews Google+ Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry The head of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has denied that proposals agreed at the Workplace Relations Commission last night breach the Lansdowne Road Agreement.A deal was struck between INMO and HSE representatives at the WRC last night, to avoid planned strike action today.Letterkenny University Hospital was not part of today’s planned action, but will be included in the new year if agreement isn’t reached.Under the proposals existing emergency department nurses will get two extra days leave next year and in 2017 to compensate for breaks lost due to overcrowding.There’s also to be an overhaul of the escalation policy in EDs, while new recruits will be eligible for a 15-hundred euro bursary after one year in the job.INMO General Secretary Liam Doran says the proposals do not breach the public sector pay deal and it’s up to nurses to decide whether or not to accept them………….Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/doranweb.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin says the proposals put forward will spark the interest of other public sector unions, but the Lansdowne Road Agreement is not up for re-negotiation………..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/howlinweb.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Previous articleAudio update – Mc Conalogue calls for flood insurance schemeNext articleNext phase of Malin head development gets the go ahead from government admin Twitter Google+ Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Facebook By admin – December 15, 2015 Pinterest Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers
News UpdatesAarogya Setu App Not Mandatory But Optional For Passengers: Airports Authority Of India Tells Karnataka HC Mustafa Plumber19 Aug 2020 3:47 AMShare This – xThe Airport Authority of India (AAI) on Wednesday told the Karnataka High Court that use of Aarogya Setu Application by passengers is optional and not mandatory.A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Ashok S Kinagi, while recording the statement made by the counsel for AAI, said that it will now decide on the interim relief sought in the petition filed by Anivar A…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Airport Authority of India (AAI) on Wednesday told the Karnataka High Court that use of Aarogya Setu Application by passengers is optional and not mandatory.A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Ashok S Kinagi, while recording the statement made by the counsel for AAI, said that it will now decide on the interim relief sought in the petition filed by Anivar A Aravind, instead of deciding on individual Standard Operating Procedures, issued by different government departments. The interim relief sought in the petition is to direct the respondents, not to deny any service to a citizen for not installing the Aarogya Setu application, pending disposal of this writ petition.Senior Advocate Colin Gonsalves, appearing for the petitioner argued that “While the Union government counsel has told you (court) for Air/railway and Ministry of Health, use of Aarogya Setu app is voluntary, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has issued a circular saying all its staff including outsourced staff should download the app immediately. This is like a ‘cat and mouse game’, where we find a circular and we come to court.” Relying on Puttaswamy judgement he argued that “Without a law you (Government) cannot collect data even on a voluntary basis. You cannot collect or store data, it is prohibited completely.” The bench thus proposed to hear the petition finally. It has directed the respondents to file their statement of objections if any by September 1, and posted the matter for further hearing, on September 3. During the hearing counsel for Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL) submitted the court that “BMRCL has not started its operations. Moreover, the SOP issued by it is a draft based on the advisory issued by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs and a final SOP will be issued when operations recommence. Thus the challenge raised by the petitioners in respect of BMRCL, making use of Aarogya Setu Application mandatory for passengers as condition precedent to enter station premises is premature.The bench once again clarified that the question before it is whether state government or agencies and instrumentalities of the state can make it mandatory for downloading and use of Aarogya Setu application as a condition precedent to access services. Whether any facility can be denied to a citizen, if he has not downloaded the application.The bench also disposed of an intervention application filed by a user of the Aarogya Setu application. Advocate Rajkumar V C, who said “I am a user of the app and I find the app is very useful. It helps the public to be cautious. Moreover, around 14 crore citizens are using the application”. The bench said “In this petition this court is not concerned with the question whether the Aarogya Setu application is good or bad and the nature and extent of services available to those who use the app. The issue at this stage is whether the state or its agencies and instrumentality can make downloading of the app mandatory to enable citizens to avail of services or privileges, which they are entitled from the state and agencies/instrumentalities of the state. Therefore, no case is made out for intervention.” The Central Government had earlier submitted before the Court that the use of Aarogya Setu was not mandatory for travel by air or rail, and that the same was completely voluntary.The petitioner submitted that many countries across the world launched mobile apps for contact tracing of persons who test positive for COVID-19. Those applications are voluntary and most of these applications across the world use only bluetooth and do not not access the location of the user. However, the application launched on April 2, by the National Informatics Centre for contact tracing and which has been downloaded more than 100 million times by users, has been using location service and bluetooth to track users. The petitioner also argued that the Data Access Protocol for Aarogya Setu notified by the Chairperson of the Empowered Group on Technology and Data Management on May 11 has no force of law and that this protocol cannot be an excuse to mandate the use of Aarogya setu app without any enabling law. The app has been collecting excessive data and this goes against the principles of data minimization and purpose limitation as enshrined in ‘Puttaswamy Judgement’, contended the petitioner. TAGSNext Story