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Rabobank Expects Three-year Price Slide for Commodities to End

first_img Facebook Twitter Previous articleA Heritage of Corn and HogsNext articleTime to Start Planning Crop Insurance Strategy Hoosier Ag Today Home Indiana Agriculture News Rabobank Expects Three-year Price Slide for Commodities to End Rabobank estimates that a rise in global demand should bring a three-year decline in commodity prices to an end. In a report, Rabobank says: “The global population is growing, and prosperity is rising, fueling the switch to more expensive, meat and dairy-rich diets.” Rabobank suggests food prices should be the main hold up, even if farmers are braced for little or no commodity price growth during the year. Record-high stocks of staple food commodities like wheat, corn, and soybeans are likely to keep world food prices low in 2017, even as inflation starts to rise in developed economies.Rabobank points to China’s commodity stockpiles as one wildcard, noting that a decision to begin selling down these reserves could have a “profound” effect on global markets.Source: NAFB News Service Facebook Twitter SHARE SHARE By Hoosier Ag Today – Nov 27, 2016 Rabobank Expects Three-year Price Slide for Commodities to Endlast_img read more

RSF correspondent’s assailants charged nine months later

first_img Help by sharing this information Organisation February 5, 2016 – Updated on March 8, 2016 RSF correspondent’s assailants charged nine months later News RSF_en June 2, 2021 Find out more CroatiaEurope – Central Asia News CroatiaEurope – Central Asia Receive email alerts Zeljko Peratovic, a leading Croatian journalist who was badly beaten and nearly strangled in his home near the central city of Karlovac by three men in May 2015, has just been notified by letter that the Karlovac county prosecutor has closed the murder attempt investigation for lack of evidence. But the three men who were arrested the day after the attack and then quickly released have been placed under investigation by the Karlovac municipal prosecutor for attempted grievous bodily harm, home invasion and material damage. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) takes note of these charges and urges the Croatian authorities to pursue the proceedings to the end, so that those responsible for this brutal attack on Peratovic are brought to trial and convicted. RSF’s Croatia correspondent and winner of a 2014 investigative journalism prize awarded by the Association of Croatian Journalists (HND), Peratovic was traumatized by the attack and has been in hiding ever since. His assailants, who were complete strangers to him, accosted him outside his home in the village of Pokupska Luka on 28 May 2015. After insulting him, they chased him inside, beat him up and tried to strangle him. The authorities subsequently identified them – two of them with same name – as Vladimir Čunko, born 1950, Vladimir Čunko, born 1977, and Zihnija Grahović, born 1966.Peratovic was hospitalized with multiple injuries, including head injuries, after the attack, and continues to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and the HND all condemned the attack and urged the Croatian authorities to arrest and try the perpetrators. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe described the attack as “unacceptable” and an alert was registered with the Council of Europe.“Nine months later, the Croatian authorities have still not condemned this attack and the local judicial system is taking a long time to do its job, namely to try the alleged perpetrators, who are meanwhile as free as birds,” said Alexandra Geneste, the head of RSF’s EU-Balkans desk in Brussels. “This impunity is intolerable. Croatia has a duty to do everything necessary to protect its journalists. Media freedom is the linchpin of democracy. Flouting this fundamental freedom is unworthy of a European Union member country.”Peratovic believes the attack was linked to a series of articles he has written about a corruption case dating back to 2010, in which Karlovac’s city hall official is reportedly implicated, or to his coverage of the ongoing trial in Munich of a senior official in the Yugoslav security services, who is accused of involvement in the murder of a Yugoslav émigré in West Germany in 1983.When Peratovic received death threats a few years ago, the authorities opened an investigation and then shelved it. Various judicial proceedings began being brought against him in 2009 including charges of defamation, violating the confidentiality of a judicial investigation and “revealing information liable to disturb public order.” He was acquitted in 2011.Two other individuals have been charged in connection with this attack: Zeljko Safar (suspected by Peratovic of being the instigator) and Alan Horvat. They are accused of threatening to kill the attack’s only witness, Franjo Požgaj. They are also accused of death threats “against a journalist” after the attack. The “journalist” happens to be Peratovic. A death threat is punishable by 6 months to 5 years in prison under Croatia’s criminal code.Peratovic has decided to appeal against the county state attorney decision to drop the murder attempt charge.Croatia is ranked 58th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. News December 2, 2020 Find out more News Follow the news on Croatia Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union to go further November 23, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Blogger confined to psychiatric hospital against his will

first_img China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes August 23, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Blogger confined to psychiatric hospital against his will China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures News Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the confinement of cyber-dissident and blogger He Weihua in a psychiatric hospital in the central province of Hunan against his will. Relatives interviewed by Reporters Without Borders denied that He has any kind of mental illness and said they thought his confinement was linked to what he has posted on his blog www.boxun.com/hero/hewh/.”It is unacceptable that the Chinese authorities use such methods to silence citizens who have just expressed their views peacefully online,” the press freedom organisation said. “We call on the central government to intervene with the Hunan authorities to obtain He’s release. How can the authorities expect us to believe that a mentally ill person is capable of detailed investigative reporting?Reporters Without Borders added: “We fear that this case shows that the Chinese authorities have still not abandoned the use of punitive psychiatry against those who expose abuses and defy censorship.”He was confined against his will by the authorities in Hunan earlier this month after he posted an article on the Boxun site criticising an arbitrary increase in the price of pork by the provincial authorities. He also predicted the imminent collapse of the Communist Party as a result of internal corruption. He received a judicial summons from the Public Security Bureau after the article was posted in July.A local State Security unit had previously raided and searched his home in Hengyang (in Hunan province) in June, taking his laptop computer and warning him that he would suffer dire consequences if he continue to write about human rights. His blog http://www.boxun.com/hero/hewh/ contains many investigative reports and comments critical of the authorities.When reached by Radio Free Asia, He’s mother did not want to comment on his confinement, indicating that she thought her phone was tapped. She just said: “He is in a psychiatric hospital. He went there this month.” But a relative contacted by Reporters Without Borders linked his confinement to his articles: “He has written an enormous number of articles on human rights, especially on Boxun. I think he has all the qualities of a person of sound mind.”This is not the first time he has been confined. Members of the State Security Bureau gave him injections against his will when he was placed in psychiatric hospital in December 2004. When he was run down by a motorcycle in September 2006, the driver warned him not to continue his human rights activities. Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts April 27, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on China News ChinaAsia – Pacific RSF_en News to go further Organisation ChinaAsia – Pacific News Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the confinement of cyber-dissident He Weihua in a psychiatric hospital in Hunan against his will. It is being attributed to the articles he has posted on his blog www.boxun.com/hero/hewh/. The organisation calls for his release and says it is deplorable that such methods are being used to silence citizens who defy government censorship. March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

High Court Takes on FHFA ‘Separation of Powers’ Case

first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago High Court Takes on FHFA ‘Separation of Powers’ Case  Print This Post The U.S. Supreme Court has taken up the case of Collins v. Mnuchin, which will determine whether the leadership structure of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) violates the federal separation of powers and whether the courts will be able to void agency actions taken by the FHFA if it is determined that it acted unconstitutionally.The case is based on a lawsuit brought by shareholders of the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which were placed into federal conservatorship in September 2008 after losing roughly $108 billion in the run-up to the Great Recession. The FHFA was created in 2008 to serve as the regulator for the GSEs.Under the terms of the conservatorship, the Treasury Department provided the GSEs with up to $100 billion in funding in exchange for a compensation agreement that encompassed the GSEs’ stock, all dividends tied to the amount of money invested in the GSEs prior to the conservatorship period, and a priority over individual and institutional shareholders trying torecover their pre-conservatorship investments in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. In August 2012, the FHFA and Treasury updated the agreement with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac paying quarterly dividends tied to their net worth instead of the size of the Treasury Department’s 2008 investment.In pursuing their lawsuit, the plaintiffs originally argued the FHFA and the Treasury Department did not have the authority to transact the 2012 update on the initial agreement, adding that the FHFA should not have been allowed to negotiate the agreement because its leadership structure of a single director who can only be fired by the president “for cause” was unconstitutional.The case before the Supreme Court does not focus on the 2012 amendment—a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit stated that the issue needed to be addressed legislatively through an update to the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 that created the FHFA. Instead, the Supreme Court will decide whether the FHFA’s structure is unconstitutional because the president is limited in the ability to remove its director, who is appointed for a five-year term.The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case today prior to adjourning for the remainder of the month. The court will resume its work after the New Year’s Day holiday and the case is expected to be ruled upon by late spring. Subscribe Home / Daily Dose / High Court Takes on FHFA ‘Separation of Powers’ Case Fannie and Freddie 2020-12-09 Christina Hughes Babb Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: Fannie and Freddie About Author: Phil Hall Related Articles in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Newscenter_img The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Phil Hall is a former United Nations-based reporter for Fairchild Broadcast News, the author of nine books, the host of the award-winning SoundCloud podcast “The Online Movie Show,” co-host of the award-winning WAPJ-FM talk show “Nutmeg Chatter” and a writer with credits in The New York Times, New York Daily News, Hartford Courant, Wired, The Hill’s Congress Blog and Profit Confidential. His real estate finance writing has been published in the ABA Banking Journal, Secondary Marketing Executive, Servicing Management, MortgageOrb, Progress in Lending, National Mortgage Professional, Mortgage Professional America, Canadian Mortgage Professional, Mortgage Professional News, Mortgage Broker News and HousingWire. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: BDF Law Group Announces Multiple Promotions Next: Distressed Property Investing in 2021 and Beyond Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago December 9, 2020 1,131 Views last_img read more

Pedestrian treated following incident on Buncrana Road in Derry

first_img By News Highland – October 3, 2018 DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pedestrian treated following incident on Buncrana Road in Derry Facebook Facebook Pinterest Google+ Previous article21 house estate in Stranorlar ready to let after turnkey acquisitionNext articleIBEC publishes Economic Indicators Report for Donegal News Highland Google+ Emergency services attended the scene of an incident on the Buncrana road in Derry earlier this morning. It’s reported that a person was lying on the road shortly before 9am however details of what happened have yet to be confirmed by police.The incident caused some disruption to traffic earlier but the road has since been cleared. WhatsApp Twittercenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Homepage BannerNews Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApplast_img read more

Manslaughter charges dismissed in Penn State hazing case

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(CENTRE COUNTY, Pa.) — A Pennsylvania judge has dismissed multiple charges — including involuntary manslaughter charges against five former Penn State fraternity brothers — after a several-day hearing in the case of the death of pledge Tim Piazza.The hearing was to determine if there was enough evidence to go to trial for 11 of the 26 men who were facing charges in connection with Piazza’s fatal fall.The charges that now remain are: conspiracy to commit hazing for 2 defendants and furnishing alcohol to minors and unlawful acts relative to minor for 3 defendants.The judge Wednesday completely dismissed charges against six of the 11 former fraternity brothers. But all 11 still face other charges that were previously allowed to stand.Other defendants have not had this preliminary hearing. The next one is set for May.Piazza, a 19-year-old sophomore, died after falling down stairs at the Beta Theta Pi house on Feb. 2, 2017. The fraternity has since been barred from Penn State.Video of Piazza chugging vodka, beer and wine in an alleged hazing ritual at the house the night of the fatal fall was part of the evidence prosecutors introduced in court on Monday. Pledges are seen on video playing beer pong, and every time a pledge misses a shot, he is handed a beer to chug. Piazza at one point is seen stumbling and staggering.One defense attorney, Rocco Cipparone, had said after court Monday, “[The basement video] clearly exhibited a party, a social event, not a hazing event. It looked to me like voluntary drinking among people that you would expect to see at any fraternity party or sorority party or most college parties probably.”Piazza family attorney Tom Kline — who had said after court Monday that the video of the pledges lined up and allegedly forced to drink made them look “like prisoners of war” — said in a new statement today that the Piazzas are disappointed the involuntary manslaughter charges were dropped.Kline added that Piazza’s parents “are optimistic that the Pennsylvania Attorney General will obtain a full measure of justice on behalf of their son, and this prosecution will eventually deter this kind of abhorrent conduct.”Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said in a statement today, “We will move forward with our case and the charges that were held for trial today. I am disappointed by the decision of the Magisterial District Judge and we are assessing our legal options. My office is committed to seeking justice for Timothy Piazza and his family and holding responsible individuals accountable for their actions, consistent with the law and the evidence in this case.”Piazza fell down the stairs after participating in that alleged alcohol-fueled hazing ritual at the frat house, but brothers didn’t call 911 until the morning of Feb. 3, about 12 hours after Piazza’s fall, according to a report on the grand jury’s investigation.He died on Feb. 4 of traumatic brain injuries.Prosecutors claim the frat brothers then tried to cover up the alleged hazing and underage drinking.One former fraternity member allegedly texted his girlfriend “drink hazing can send me to jail,” and “I don’t want to go to jail for this,” prosecutors said. “I think we are f—–,” he added.Another text read, “Make sure the pledges keep quiet about last night and this situation.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

15-year-old Louisiana girl who vanished after getting off school bus may have run away with older man: Police

first_img(FBI) Domeanna Spell is pictured in this undated photo released by the FBI. (PORT BARRE, La.) — Federal and local authorities are searching for a missing 15-year-old Louisiana girl who may be on the run with an older man, according to her family and police.Domeanna Spell — who is from Port Barre, about 50 miles west of Baton Rouge — was last seen around 7 a.m. Thursday after she got off the school bus at Port Barre High School, said the Port Barre Police Department.Authorities believe she may have run away with 47-year-old Cory Shane Disotel of Port Barre, a family friend.Spell’s sister said the teen had a relationship with Disotel.“Domeanna started babysitting for his granddaughter, then come to find out there was no granddaughter there to really be babysitting,” older sister Jerrie Cradeur, 29, told ABC affiliate KATC in Lafayette.“I don’t know when the relationship started,” Cradeur told KATC. “When it was brought to my mom’s and them attention, they said that he needed no contact with them… no contact with my sister,” she added.“Her family loves her and her friends are concerned,” Port Barre Police Chief Deon Boudreaux told ABC News Tuesday. “They do miss her and they’re worried about her. They just want her to come home.”“We want her to know that we’re on her side,” Cradeur said. “It’s hurting us bad… I hardly eat. Me, my sister-in-law, my sister, we barely sleep.”But Cradeur vowed to “keep fighting. ““I will keep looking, even if it’s months from now,” she said, “until we find her and she comes home.”Spell, who the FBI says may have changed her appearance to conceal her identity, has light brown hair and blue/hazel eyes. She stands 5-foot-2 and weighs about 105 pounds, according to authorities.She may be in a silver 2003 Honda Civic, the FBI said.Anyone with information can call 1-800-CALL FBI. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Milwaukee bus driver saves little boy running through traffic

first_imgMilwaukee County Transit System(MILWAUKEE) — A Milwaukee bus driver went above and beyond her daily route, potentially having averted tragedy for a young boy lost in the middle of a busy intersection.Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) driver Cecilia Nation-Gardner spotted a 6-year-old boy wandering through traffic while on her route. She pulled into a bus stop, honking the horn and shouting to get the attention of other drivers when she jumped into action.Nation-Gardner can be seen on video getting out of her bus and darting into the road to grab the child and bring him to safety. She took the boy’s hand, walked him on board her bus and called police.According to a press released by the MCTS, when officers arrived on scene, they learned the boy has a disability and had wandered away from school. Police were able to reunite the child with his family.Nation-Gardner, a mother of three, said she had left her layover two minutes later than normal that day, adding, “That’s why I say I was in the right place at the right time. It was meant for me to be there. God does everything for a reason.”The release states that this is the 10th missing child MCTS drivers have found in recent years.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

ExxonMobil begins gas deliveries from West Barracouta project in Australia

first_imgThe gas supplies are expected to help address the gas shortfalls predicted for Australia’s southern and eastern states as early as 2023 The West Barracouta gas field is located in the VIC/L1 block in the Bass Strait. (Credit: gloriaurban4 from Pixabay) Esso Australia, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil Australia, has started delivering gas from the Gippsland Basin Joint Venture’s West Barracouta project to eastern Australia.The gas deliveries have commenced following the commissioning of the West Barracouta offshore project, which involved an investment of A$400m ($308.7m).The gas field is located in the VIC/L1 block in the Bass Strait, offshore Victoria, Australia.The West Barracouta project includes drilling two gas production wells and building associated subsea gas production facilities to access gas in the existing Barracouta field.The final investment decision on the offshore gas project was made in December 2018.ExxonMobil Australia chairman Nathan Fay said: “West Barracouta will likely be the largest domestic gas project for eastern Australia that comes along this decade, building on our long and proud history of reliably supplying gas used in Australian homes and businesses for more than 50 years.”The gas supplies from the West Barracouta project are expected to help address the potential gas shortfalls predicted for Australia’s southern and eastern states as early as 2023.The Gippsland Basin is estimated to have the potential to meet one third of south east Australia’s domestic gas demand by the end of the current decade.On behalf of a 50-50 joint venture with BHP Petroleum (Bass Strait) and Esso Australia Resources, Esso Australia is the operator of the Gippsland Basin joint venture.Nathan said: “The Gippsland Basin remains today the largest single source of gas supply to the east coast domestic market. And West Barracouta demonstrates it still has the capacity to bring material new gas supply to the market – there is still plenty of potential left in the Bass Strait.”In October last year, ExxonMobil and Hess took a final investment decision (FID) to move ahead with the $9bn Payara development project, offshore Guyana.last_img read more

Moul-Bie and Fleming form auld alliance

first_imgFleming Howden is now offering a range of Moul-Bie products to the Scottish market. The new partnership will mean that a range of traditional flours and mixes, available in 25kg bags, used to create breads such as Campaillou, Campagrain and Campaillette, and produced exclusively in France will be available to bakers in Scotland.”The full technical expertise and back-up of Moul-Bie is available to any Scottish bakers and there is also the opportunity to take advantage of point-of-sale and merchandise solutions,” explained Fleming Howden’s parent company Premier Foods.To celebrate the launch, it is giving customers the chance to take advantage of a money-saving offer until the end of July: buy any two products and get the third free. The Moul-Bie range includes flours for: Viennoiserie, artisan breads, croissants, brioches and patisserie.last_img read more