AFBF Welcomes Navigable Waters Protection Rule

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News AFBF Welcomes Navigable Waters Protection Rule AFBF Welcomes Navigable Waters Protection Rule SHARE By Andy Eubank – Jun 24, 2020 Previous articleSens. Stabenow, Roberts, Reauthorize the U.S. Grain Standards ActNext articleBeck’s Hybrids to Open Space in Purdue’s Discovery Park District Andy Eubank SHARE Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.While the waters of the U.S. rule is out, the Trump administration’s Navigable Waters Protection rule is now in, going into effect this week. It can go into effect after a judge in California denied a request to block the rule. Don Parrish, American Farm Bureau Federation Regulatory Affairs Senior Director, says the new rule is good for agriculture.“This is the first time ever where we have struggled with what is required in the Clean Water Act,” he said. “Everything we have litigated thus far is about an overreach. This is going to be interesting make up. But the good news, the Navigable Waters Protection Rule is going into effect in every state and every territory except Colorado. That is a really good development for farmers and ranchers.”The next phase is implementation, and Parrish says Farm Bureau has some work to do on that.“Implementation is where the rubber meets the road. We’re going to have to partner with this administration to ensure that the transparency and the clarity that the agencies wanted when they developed this rule, we want to make sure that we partner with them so that vision is realized. That means that we still have work to do.”It’s always good to know exactly what challenges are in front of us, and unlike the weather, Parrish says the new rule provides farmers some clarity.“Legal challenges on the scope of the Clean Water Act is nothing new. We’re going to continue to see back and forth. But, I am very hopeful that when people understand that this rule is going to be protective of water quality, it’s going to be protective of the environment, but yet provide the clarity that farmers and ranchers and landowners deserve, I hope they come on board with the fact that this is a good rule.”Source: AFBF Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Pretend play, superheroes, and weapons – Oh My!

first_imgby Misty KrippelImage “child-164318_1280” from, licensed CC0During our last Early Intervention webinar, “1-2-3 Play with Me! Recognizing and Valuing the Power of Play” with Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak one of the stages of play discussed was imaginary play.   Parents sometimes worry when their children begin to engage in imaginary play involving weapons. Imaginary play involving weapons can be a natural way for children to learn to explore and grow in their development. Through play with weapons children can be imitating past history, or they might also pretend to protect and serve as a police officer or military member. Pretend play can expand symbolic thought as children pretend to hide, decide where to crawl or how to sneak around, and show pride in protecting loved ones.Here are some resources that discuss different perspectives on imaginary play involving exploring weapons, and superhero strengths:Teacher Tom, Teaching and Learning from PreschoolersTeacher Tom, a preschool teacher for 15 years in Seattle, offers his perspective on pretend play with guns in the preschool setting, how he navigates this issue with his students, and great resources on the topic.Superheroes and Weapon Play – For Fun and LearningAn Early Childhood Education website offers thoughts on the value of super hero and gunplay, and the roles of adults as they help children navigate this topic.Superheroes: An Opportunity for Prosocial PlayThis article from the July 2011 issue of NAEYC’s Young Children publication discusses how superhero play can promote social development in young children.This post was edited by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Michaelene Ostrosky, PhD, members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and YouTube.last_img read more

Are Film Festivals Worth the Money?

first_imgLet’s answer a common question among filmmakers: Are film festivals worth your time, energy, and money?Top image from FilmBudgetAh… film festivals. Many times these events cause filmmakers to enter a complete state of nervousness and stress. You’re spending your limited, hard-earned money just to watch it potentially swirl right down the drain. Hope that gets you pumped up.As one long time filmmaker friend of mine bluntly said to me, “film festivals are a complete racket.” And this is from a guy who has had several successful festival runs with his films. But honestly, he isn’t alone in thinking this. I can see how and why many filmmakers believe this, even if it is just the frustration talking.After having this discussion with him and watching the money drain from my own account after submitting my current film to nearly 20 festivals, I began to question myself. So let’s explore this question: are film festivals worth the money?You Better Make it a Good OneGetting your film into a festival is crucial if you really want to take that next step — but the first step is making a great film. This should be a no brainer, yet I’ve known some filmmakers (myself included) who submitted an unpolished film early in their career. What you have to understand first and foremost is that you are competing with hundreds of other filmmakers for just a few coveted spots. So make sure your film is really ready to go before you submit it. If it is, it’ll get noticed.Make No Mistake… This is Going to Cost YaNot only do you need to take the initial submission fee, but you need to make sure you have some funds stashed away for when the film is selected. Once again, this is a discussion I’ve had many times after talking with young filmmakers. They all plan for the submission fee, but often completely miss the other fees. Well, what are these “Hidden Costs?”Additional festival fees only come if and when the film is selected. For instance, some festivals require a specific type of media format for screening. These could be DCP, HDCAM, Blu-ray, or even Film Stock. Needless to say, a lot of these formats can run you several hundred dollars per copy. One thing I will note… while submitting my latest film, I was surprised to see more festivals list MOV and Blu-ray as screening options.Who Really Goes to These Things AnywayYou. You should go to these things. If your film gets selected and screens at a festival, you should attend. The only reason you shouldn’t attend is if you just can’t afford it or if you’re currently working on a film that requires all of your resources..This again goes back to the “Hidden Costs.” You need to make sure you budget not only your time, but your money as well. I’ve made so many contacts at film festivals. This is where festivals really pay off early. But in order for this to happen, you need to network… more on this in a second.Hone in on Specific FestivalsNow, don’t just submit your film to a long list of random festivals. That would absolutely be a waste of money. Our very own Noam Kroll had great advice for how to do this in an article he wrote last year. Take note of the info in Kroll’s article… this is a plan of action that many successful filmmakers follow.You want to 30% of your submissions to go to the top tier major festivals, that being Toronto, Sundance, Hot Docs, etc. Then you want the majority of your submissions, around 50%, to go to the mid-range festivals like Flickers, Slamdance, SXSW, etc. Now the last 20% of your submissions need to go to the niche festivals that relate to your film’s theme or subject matter.Here is a nice submission guide from TIFF on how to submit your film.Marketing Yourself and Your Work is KeyGoing back to networking, film festivals are one of the very best places to network and expand your reach. As Amber Sherman wrote in her piece at Filmagon, filmmakers need to be able to market not only their film, but themselves. Make each meeting memorable and don’t be afraid to talk to anyone.Remember, these people put on their pants one leg at a time just like you, so don’t be too intimidated to talk to them. What you’ll usually find out is that many filmmakers, even high-profile filmmakers, love to talk film. Take advantage of that. Spread your name and utilize the festival for your own marketing campaign.Again, TIFF has posted a great video this time on how to effectively market your film.So… Are They Worth It or Not?If you are serious about your craft and you want to go to the next level, you’re going to need funding to do so… and this is where film festivals come in. I was told many years ago that film festivals are just another risky investment that filmmakers have to make. We want the world to see our work, and we can do that easily through Vimeo and YouTube. But we really want the right people to see our work… and for that you need film festivals.I tend to look at film festivals like minor league baseball. Indie filmmakers are the minor leaguers and studio executives are the scouts. You see, each and every film studio has some sort of representative at each major and mid-level film festival. They’re scouring the scene for that next great film and talent. It’s up to us to make productions that get the attention we need.What are your thoughts on film festivals? Have you had good or bad experiences? Do you feel they’re worth it? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

FEU sends UST reeling to fourth straight loss

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC FEU vs UST. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University frustrated University of Santo Tomas with a 78-65 drubbing in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Tamaraws flipped the switch in the fourth quarter to turn the game around after trailing the Tigers early in the game.ADVERTISEMENT FEU held a minute 49-48 at the end of the third before staging a crippling 18-3 run to take a 67-51 lead that left UST looking startled.The Tamaraws improved to a 2-2 record while the Growling Tigers remained at the bottom of the eight-team ladder with a miserable 0-4 card.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFEU head coach Olsen Racela commended his team a better second half performance after allowing UST to go tit-for-tat with the Tamaraws for the first 20 minutes.“I told the players that we have to grind it out since there’s no sure win in this league,” said Racela in Filipino. “We have to put in the effort, and it showed in the second half that we really have to grind it out.” LATEST STORIES Read Next MOST READ View comments The Tamaraws put a clamp on UST’s offense, limiting the Tigers to a 33 percent shooting. Their 29 fourth quarter points also matched the whole second half output of the Tigers.Ball movement was also crucial for FEU as it registered 20 assists compared to UST eight, and those passes led to seven uncontested field goals.Arvin Tolentino put up a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double to lead FEU on both ends while Ron Dennison had 15 points of his own.Jeepy Faundo led UST with 16 points and 11 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa UAAP: UP can field in Ricafort, but face risks if TRO ‘invalid’ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightlast_img read more

9 months agoSolskjaer demands players wear Man Utd club suits on matchday

first_imgSolskjaer demands players wear Man Utd club suits on matchdayby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has ordered his players wear their club suits before all games.The Daily Mail says Solskjaer has ordered United’s players to wear their official club suits to all matches as he continues to impose his ethos on the squad.The United stars are still allowed to travel in their club tracksuits, as they did on the train to Watford for Sunday’s 1-0 win over Tottenham.But when Solskjaer and his players arrived at Wembley 24 hours later, they were more formally dressed in suit and tie on the instructions of their caretaker manager.A smarter dress code is just one of the ground rules Solskjaer has borrowed from Sir Alex Ferguson, who was seen at United’s Carrington training ground again on Saturday before the squad left for London.The 45-year-old, who has done the same at Molde, informed the United players of the new regulation on their warm-weather training break last week. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoWoodward’s ‘positive’ address: Why Man Utd fans deserve to hear this before any shareholder

first_imgWoodward’s ‘positive’ address: Why Man Utd fans deserve to hear this before any shareholderby Chris Beattiea month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: It wasn’t addressed to them. It may not have even been for them. But these days, Manchester United fans will take what they can get from the club.There was a little bit of spin. A bit of political PR. But overall it hit the right note. Ed Woodward’s update to shareholders stopping in it’s tracks any credible claims that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s position was in doubt. Indeed, such was the detail and the vice-chairman’s tone that no-one on the call, or later reading the transcript, could claim any confusion about what the club and their manager are working towards. New, youthful arrivals. Promotion from the academy. Even the conscious plan to make room for their youngsters by sending senior players away on-loan. These were all planks in this current project highlighted by Woodward.That the support had to wait for a shareholders’ conference, however, is a shame. This morning, the club is in a better position than it was on Sunday afternoon in the aftermath of the humbling at West Ham. As is the manager, the players and Woodward. Indeed, even the fans should be happier with it finally articulated by the board’s representative of what United – as a club – is trying to do. Before it would be Solskjaer, or perhaps some intelligent guesswork from the likes of Gary Neville, the former club captain. But now the average supporter has Woodward on record about transfer plans, their youth policy and expectations of Solskjaer.Why Woodward only chooses to speak to shareholders, only he knows. Those whom have a piece of the club aren’t all fans. Indeed, some have driven nations to the brink of bankruptcy. Others are banned from certain countries. And the vast, vast majority have never held a season ticket.Woodward could do himself a big favour by speaking to the support once a month via MUTV, the club’s in-house TV channel. As stated, United – and indeed Woodward, himself – are better placed today after Tuesday’s conference call. It’s clear from Woodward’s tone that he and Solskjaer have a strong working relationship. Never has the vice-chairman name-checked a manager as much to shareholders as he did yesterday with the Norwegian. And cleverly – significantly – it was done as a veiled public vote of confidence.”It’s important we are patient while Ole and his team build for the future,” Woodward said. “We will continue to focus on the long-term strategy and won’t be influenced by short-term distractions.”For “distractions”, read results – particularly away from home. The defeat at London stadium was listless, but so long as Solskjaer’s young team heed the lessons from such a poor performance it can be still be a positive part of the rebuild.Which is exactly what is underway, as Woodward explained: “We remain focused on our plan of rebuilding the team and continuing to strengthen our youth system, in line with the philosophy of the club and the manager.”This is reflected in the recent addition of three exciting first team players, key player contract extensions and the talent we have coming through our academy.”Everything articulated by Woodward here is what we’ve seen from United on the pitch this season. Daniel James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire have all done enough to suggest they’ll be long-term players for the club. David de Gea and Marcus Rashford have been convinced to sign new deals. And we’ve seen Solskjaer bring through Mason Greenwood – and rewarded with the winner against Astana.And touching on this drive to give the club’s academy talent a real shot was, for this column, the real highlight of Woodward’s address. This was straight from the bootroom. Transfer and youth policy wrapped up in one. It was the sort of inside info you’d only get in an ex-manager’s biography. But here it was, all laid bare…”We are optimistic for the future,” declared Woodward. “The sale and loaning of players this summer has also allowed the manager to involve more of our young players and provide a firm foundation for the culture, ready for building the next trophy-winning squad.”So it’s been a deliberate effort. A genuine clearout. Not something for scribes to throw together under a screaming headline – but club policy. This United squad is undergoing an official overhaul.But that won’t stretch to the front office. As mentioned, there was some political PR performed by Woodward – and all centred around the director of football search. It was padded out with flowery words but basically, as this column has warned, it’s off. “Regarding the speculation around a head of football, we are continually reviewing and looking at the potential to evolve our structure on the football sides,” Woodward stated. So nothing imminent. Indeed, as we’ve stated here, it never really was.But that’s a topic for another day. The wash-up from this shareholders’ address was that it was one to give clarity to what the club is doing. It’s support for the manager. And confirmation of a genuine youth policy.For the United fan, there’s now no second guessing. It’s just too bad they were made to wait for a shareholders’ conference to learn all this. TagsOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Here’s When The Big 12 Wants To Make A Decision On Expansion

first_imgHouston Cougars football's TDECU Stadium.HOUSTON, TX – OCTOBER 17: A general view of the field prior to the start of the game between the Temple Owls and the Houston Cougars at TDECU Stadium on October 17, 2014 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Expansion talk for the Big 12 has been going on for years. It will likely continue to go on for years, too. Texas’ athletic director, Mike Perrin, said this evening that he thinks this is a dialogue that could “continue several years.”Texas AD Mike Perrin on expansion: “I think this is a dialogue that could continue several years.”— David Ubben (@davidubben) June 1, 2016The conference’s commissioner has a less vague timeline.  Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby says he hopes a decision is made – one way or another – by the end of the summer. Big 12 commish Bowlsby on timeline for expansion: ‘I’m going to push for decisions to be made one way or another by the end of the summer.’— Joseph Duarte (@Joseph_Duarte) June 1, 2016Houston, among other teams, is pushing to join the Big 12. The Cougars appear to be a great fit for the league, but it’d be surprising if the conference adds just one school. With 10 universities currently in the conference, it would make most sense to add at least two (or four) teams.last_img read more

Minsheng Orders RoRo Quartet from Chongqing Chuandong

first_imgzoom China’s Minsheng Shipping ordered four roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) vessels from its compatriot shipbuilder Chongqing Chuandong on December 26, 2016, according to information provided by VesselsValue.The value of the order was not revealed.All four ships will have a capacity of 7,500 gross tons, with one of them scheduled for delivery in October, one in November and two in December 2017.Each of the RoRo vessels will feature a length of 110 meters and a width of 17.2 meters.Established in 1925, Minsheng owns more than 60 vessels, according to the company’s data.Chongqing Chuandong currently has two small chemical tankers under construction, scheduled for delivery this January. The ships are being built for Shanghai Sanhan Shipping from China, VesselsValue’s data shows.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

For taking catch important to keep eyes on ball otherwise you blame

first_imgNew Delhi: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi on Friday used a cricketing analogy to take a dig at the Modi government over the state of the economy, saying to take a catch it is important to keep ones eyes on the ball and have the true spirit of the game, otherwise one keeps blaming gravity, Maths and Ola-Uber. Her sharp attack on the government came a day after Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal was trolled on the internet over an apparent gaffe in explaining that achieving the target of nearly doubling the size of the economy to USD 5 trillion should not be looked through the prism of Maths. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details He remarked that maths did not help Albert Einstein to discover gravity. The slip up was not lost on netizens who quickly took to Twitter to point out that gravity was discovered by Isaac Newton and Einstein is credited for his theory of relativity. “For taking a catch, it is important to keep your eyes on the ball and having the true spirit of the game. Otherwise you will keep blaming gravity, maths, Ola-Uber. Issued in public interest for Indian economy,” Priyanka Gandhi tweeted. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The Congress general secretary also posted a video from a cricket game in which the fielder is seen taking a very difficult catch at the boundary line. Goyal’s apparent gaffe came within days of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman blaming millennials’ preference for ride-hailing services such as Uber and Ola over owning cars, and not high taxes, for slumping vehicle sales. The Congress had attacked Sitharaman for her remarks saying it reflected the “inefficiency, immaturity, and inexperience” of the BJP in governance.last_img read more