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Farm groups partner to help farmers manage stress

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Recognizing the high levels of stress affecting America’s farmers and ranchers, Farm Credit, American Farm Bureau Federation and National Farmers Union have partnered on a program to train individuals who interact with farmers and ranchers to recognize signs of stress and offer help.“Farm Bureau is a family, and when a member is hurting, we all feel it and are eager to help. But we may not always know how to spot the warning signs that someone is overwhelmed,” said Zippy Duvall, AFBF president. “This training program will help our members recognize the warning signs and empower them to get help for their friends, family, neighbors or even themselves. We’re honored to partner with Farm Credit and Farmers Union to strengthen rural resilience in farm communities.”Based on the farm stress program Michigan State University Extension developed for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency, this combination of online and in-person trainings is designed specifically for individuals who interact with farmers and ranchers. It provides participants the skills to understand the sources of stress, learn the warning signs of stress and suicide, identify effective communication strategies, reduce stigma related to mental health concerns and connect farmers and ranchers with appropriate mental health and other resources.“Farm Credit loan officers are on farms working with producers every day, and they see firsthand how this difficult farm economy is causing emotional stress for farmers and their families. We hope this training initiative will help our lenders recognize the signs of severe stress and get farm families the support they need,” said Todd Van Hoose, Farm Credit Council CEO.  “We are very excited to partner with Farm Bureau and Farmers Union to make this training available throughout our rural communities.”In a national Morning Consult poll commissioned by AFBF in April 2019, a strong majority of farmers and farmworkers said financial issues (91%), farm or business problems (88%) and fear of losing the farm (87%) impact the mental health of farmers and ranchers, and nearly half of rural adults (48%) said they are personally experiencing more mental health challenges than they were a year ago.“Many of us think of farms as idyllic,” said Jeff Dwyer, director of MSU Extension. “And what is portrayed is ideal, but what is not often shown is how hard farming is on both the body and the mind.”Research also shows that while farmers experience higher levels of psychological distress and depression than the general population, they are less likely to seek help for mental health issues. Even for those who do seek help, resources may not be readily available, as 60% of rural Americans live in areas with mental health professional shortages.Early feedback from the FSA trainings showed strong results. Ninety-one percent of participants indicated that the training improved their ability to serve customers experiencing stress, and 80% said it improved their ability to manage their own stress.“Things have been really tough for farmers for several years now, and it’s taking a significant toll on their mental well-being,” said Roger Johnson, NFU president. “But between stigma, a lack of mental health care in rural communities and poor broadband access, there are so many barriers to getting help. By training trusted neighbors and friends to recognize and address stress, this program will bring help closer and make it more accessible when farmers really need it.”In response to the many economic and environmental challenges confronting farmers, National Farmers Union compiled financial, legal and mental health resources at its online Farm Crisis Center. The organization’s partnership with Farm Bureau and Farm Credit will build on that project by further increasing farmers’ access to the information and services they need to get through financial and personal emergencies. Resources may also be accessed on MSU Extension’s “Managing Farm Stress” website.The trainings, which will begin in the coming weeks, are funded by a grant from Farm Credit.last_img read more

Salt Lake to be renovated for Messi match

first_imgThe hype around Lionel Messi playing an international football friendly is becoming bigger by the day but the venue where the much-anticipated match will be held will need a huge facelift to host it.Lionel Messi is set to play at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata on September 2. APRealising the ‘messy’ state of affairs at Yuba Bharati Krirangan, the West Bengal government on Wednesday decided to work on a war footing to ensure that the high-profile FIFA friendly between Argentina and Venezuela is held without any hiccup on September 2.This the state Sports Minister Madan Mitra said after a meeting with the organisers of the match, Celebrity Management Group, officials of AIFF and IFA.”Right from goalpost to artificial turf, the stands … everything is in a state of mess and not fit to hold the match as of now. But we are giving our best effort to make it suitable for the FIFA friendly,” Mitra said after the meeting.”We’ll take stock of the situation by visiting the ground with the officials from AIFF, IFA and CMG. The artificial turf is not in a suitable condition and it will be repaired and made fit for the match,” he said.The meeting, however, failed to decide on ticket prices that were reported to be ranging from Rs 1,000 to Rs 5,000.Mitra said the price of tickets was too high and they would try to lower it.”Let everything gets ready and then we will decide on the price of the tickets. Hopefully the sale of tickets will begin from the second week of July.”advertisementMitra clarified that there was no involvement of the state government in organising the match and it was just providing the venue free of cost.On participation of world’s most-sought after footballer Messi, Mitra said, “Messi will definitely play here. But there is no confirmation on FIFA President Sepp Blatter’s arrival.”He said the match will be telecast live in 156 countries.- With inputs from PTIFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

London Olympic: Women’s hockey team gets Aussie coach and physiologist

first_imgAfter the men’s team turned around its fortunes under an Australian coach and exercise physiotherapist, Hockey India (HI) has decided to go down the same route for the women’s side as well.Australian Neil Hawgood was unveiled as the new head coach of the national women’s team on Monday, with compatriot Ben Dascombe as the exercise physiologist. This will be the first time a foreigner will be in charge of the Indian women’s side.The federation must have been enthused by the turnaround, engineered by Michael Nobbs, and David John, which has seen the men’s team qualify for the Olympics after missing out on Beijing 2008.The Indian women failed to qualify for the London Games but the new coach is not looking to the next edition in Rio de Janeiro in four years’ time.”We have 68 days to our next tournament – the Champions Challenge in Dublin. In the long term, we are looking to the year 2014 which has very important tournaments such as the World Cup, Commonwealth Games and Asian Games,” Hawgood said.”We want the team to excel on the world stage. We are ranked 13th in the world and it would take time to reach the top five or six. We want to compete with the top teams and beat them on a regular basis.”Hockey India and Hawgood, however, want incumbent coach CR Kumar to stay on board.”Kumar is not going out. We want him to work with the junior or development sides or be an assistant under Hawgood,” HI secretary general Narinder Batra said.advertisementThe Aussie coach also wanted to have Kumar by his side.”I have a great amount of respect for CR Kumar for what he did with Malaysia and India. I don’t want him to leave. He has a lot of knowledge and a history with this team, and overall, a lovely man,” Hawgood said.The 50-year-old Aussie, a leftsided forward in his younger days, has had Olympic experience as a player and has been a part of the coaching staff of both their men’s and women’s teams. He was assistant coach for the women’s team at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups and the 2008 Olympics.He was also the assistant coach of the men’s team for the Champions Trophy from 2001 to 2003.Both Hawgood and Descombe were coaching at the Western Australian Institute of Sport before coming to India.”I had an interaction with Nobbs in last November. He wanted to know if I was interested. And I also saw the Indian women’s team in action in Australia, as well as the Indian juniors at the recent Asia Cup in Thailand,” he said.last_img read more

Housing for all target to be achieved by 2020 says Puri

first_imgNew Delhi: Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Tuesday said the target of ‘Housing for All’ under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana will be achieved in 2020, two years before the deadline.The Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister said that under the PMAY(Urban), 24 lakh houses have so far been handed over to beneficiaries and the number will soon reach 50 lakh. There are 48 lakh houses which are currently grounded, but this number will also rise to 75 lakh, Puri told reporters on the sidelines of an event. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”We had decided to build one crore houses by 2022. We have already sanctioned around 84 lakh houses and I am fully confident that by the end of this year, the entire one crore houses will be sanctioned,” the minister said. “We have also received additional assessment demand of constructing 12 lakh more houses…the target of 2022 will be achieved in in early 2020,” he added. The minister exuded confidence that government will be able to fast track completion work of houses under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban). Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KAddressing the 15th National Convention of NAREDCO, Puri said the enactment of real estate law — RERA, “builder-politician nexus” has been broken, and that home-buyers will no longer be at the mercy of anyone. The government has identified 16 technologies under the scheme. The government has launched ‘Global Housing Technology Challenge’, which aims to identify and mainstream a basket of new and innovative technologies from across the globe, which are sustainable, green, and disaster-resilient, he said. Puri said that the emphasis on the urban housing sector needs to be viewed in conjunction with the entire gamut of planned urbanisation underway in the country.last_img read more

Labrador residential school survivors left out of federal apology and settlement

first_imgJustin Brake APTN NewsLeah Ford recalls the abuse she endured as a seven- and eight-year-old student at a residential school in Makkovik, Labrador run by the Moravian Church.Older students in the girls’ dorm made her steal food and cigarettes from a teacher’s room. When she was caught she “got a beating on my bum,” she says. Other times Ford was whipped with a tree branch.If she refused to steal, “I would have got beat up anyway,” the 80-year-old survivor explains, seated at the kitchen table of her apartment in a senior’s complex in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.“It wasn’t only me. There was other girls.”80-year-old residential school survivor Leah Ford says she was abused by a teacher, a house mother and older students at the Moravian Church-run school in Makkovik in the 1940s. She was excluded from the Trudeau Government’s settlement and apology last November.Ford is one of an untold number of residential school survivors from Newfoundland and Labrador who have waited decades for an acknowledgement of their suffering, an apology, and perhaps for other acts of recognition to help them on their healing journeys from the suffering they endured at the hands of colonial governments and institutions who abused and attempted to assimilate them.When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized to residential school survivors in Labrador last November, Ford was not in the crowd. She was home, a few blocks away.She was excluded from the class action settlement that compensated many of her fellow survivors, and was not an intended recipient of Trudeau’s apology on behalf of Canada.“I was really disappointed, but I won’t cry about it,” she says, recalling the day Trudeau came to town. “They can keep their money.”The Labrador apology contributed to a national narrative that justice was being served to residential school survivors in Canada.But Ry Moran, director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation in Winnipeg, says the Truth and Reconciliation Commission heard from thousands of survivors whose suffering has not officially been acknowledged by the state.“On one side of things we can celebrate the fact that there was an apology, and there was a recognition of the harms done. At the same time we have to recognize that we have got so many more apologies that we need to make in this country,” he says.“It is very unfortunate where we are seeing people being left out. And I can only imagine how hurtful that would be.”Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Indian Residential School Settlement and apology in 2008 excluded survivors from Newfoundland and Labrador because, the government argued at the time, the province was not part of Canada when the schools were established.A subsequent settlement by the Trudeau government established criteria according to which survivors from Newfoundland and Labrador would be compensated.Those who attended prior to the province joining Confederation in 1949, and those who attended only during the day and did not stay in the dorms, were not part of the settlement.On Nov. 23, the day before Trudeau’s apology, Premier Dwight Ball announced the province, too, would apologize to survivors.Following Trudeau’s apology in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Ball told APTN he did not yet know if the government would be apologizing to survivors who attended when Newfoundland was still a British dominion, or to those who attended the schools by day.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Happy Valley-Goose Bay last November to apologize to residential school survivors from Newfoundland and Labrador who were left out of the Indian Residential Schools settlement and apology in 2008.On Friday, Ball’s office sent APTN a statement saying the government is still in consultations with five Indigenous governments and organizations “regarding the delivery of the apology,” and that [g]iven the sensitive nature of the subject matter and the consultations, we will not comment on the details of the apology until all consultations are finished.”Retired Inuk judge James Igloliorte was commissioned by the federal government to lead the healing and commemoration part of Canada’s settlement with Newfoundland and Labrador survivors.At a recent community feast for survivors in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, he told APTN he’s not aware of how many survivors were excluded from the federal settlement and apology, but that he assumes the pre-1949 survivors “are not large numbers.”In an interview with APTN last November, Igloliorte said during the consultation process with survivors in Labrador he heard from a number of people who felt a federal apology was “hollow…because only one of four parties is actually speaking.”After seeing that interview on APTN National News, International Grenfell Association [IGA] Chair Keating Hagmann said the IGA board decided to apologize for the institution’s role in the survivors’ suffering.“The IGA offers its sincere apology for in any way not sheltering these individuals from the suffering they endured,” the statement reads.“In the spirit of reconciliation, IGA looks forward to walking into the future with all peoples of Newfoundland and Labrador.”The IGA operated schools in St. Anthony, Cartwright and North West River and still has an active charitable presence in Labrador.The Moravian Church, which operated schools in Nain and Makkovik and has a long and intricate history with the Inuit of northern Labrador, has not apologized for its role.APTN reached out to Moravian Church representatives in Labrador, the United States and the U.K. No one willing to do an interview responded to the requests.As the federal healing and commemoration process continues for the nearly 1,000 residential school survivors from Newfoundland and Labrador, untold others await a decision by the provincial government on whether it will apologize and take responsibility for the abuse and assimilation perpetrated against them in their youth.“When we’re excluding people that’s kind of recreating some of the hurt,” says Moran, “and it can be a real barrier to actual longterm reconciliation.”last_img read more

BAHAMAS Agriculture Minister on Food Import Band

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#Bahamasfoodimportband, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 5, 2018 – Nassau – Table tomatoes and sweet peppers should be better priced in The Bahamas now that farmers are yielding enough of the items to meet much of the local demand.  Late January, The Bahamas Ministry of Agriculture announced a ban which will limit how much of these items are imported was instituted to the delight of local farmers… the ministry is calling this a great sign on the road to reducing food imports overall.“It is such a wonderful time in our nations’ history and development when it is that I consider we’ve actually due to the quantity and the quality of both sweet peppers, we call them bell peppers as well, and table tomatoes have reached a level where this ministry has put a restriction on the importation of those two items because of the amount that we’be been able to produce in country by Bahamian farmers.”The Minister, Renward Wells assured that Bahamian grown does not mean the quality is sub par either, in the statement issued about the national limit on imports of these tomatoes and sweet peppers there was talk about the quality of the produce.“The quality of what we were able to produce is as good or better than what is being imported.  And I also want the Bahamian people to know that the price point being offered for these two commodities is actually lower than what is being offered in the United States, substantially lower.  And so this goes a very long way to our whole efforts in this ministry of bringing real food security to the Bahamian people.”Food security is a serious topic in The Bahamas as growers argue for more investment and support from Government, this move was praised by the industry.  The Minister is now encouraging consistency in production.“We’re gonna be seeing how we completely diversify the Bahamian economy and bring more money to the agricultural industry to the pocket of farmers in this country.”#MagneticMediaNews#Bahamasfoodimportbandlast_img read more