Cattle industry issues will be discussed this week at Summer Business Meeting

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest More than 600 cattle industry leaders will be attending the Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting in Denver this week to help create direction for critical industry programs. The meeting is taking place Aug. 1-4. The event includes meetings of cattlemen and women representing the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board, American National CattleWomen and National Cattlemen’s Foundation. Among the purposes of the yearly conference is to create a framework for checkoff and policy efforts on behalf of U.S. cattle producers for the upcoming fiscal year, which for NCBA and the Cattlemen’s Beef Board begins Oct. 1. Keynoter at the Thursday, Aug. 2, Opening General Session will be Tom Hayes, president and CEO of Tyson Foods, Inc., the country’s largest food company. Leading Tyson since 2016, Hayes has been focused on creating shared value and addressing societal needs and challenges in a way that benefits company stakeholders. He will engage with General Session attendees in a lively, informal discussion of topics of prime importance to the entire beef community. The session is sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health. Also at the Summer Business Meeting, 2018 Environmental Stewardship Awards Program (ESAP) regional winners will be announced. Regional winners will compete for the national ESAP award, to be named during the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show next January in New Orleans, La. “During these important meetings U.S. cattle producer leaders actively discuss and develop the direction of industrywide policy and demand-building programs,” said Kevin Kester, a California beef producer and NCBA president. “It’s a critical component of our grassroots process as we set stage for upcoming organizational efforts.” Joint Committees and Subcommittees will meet on Thursday and Friday to develop proposals for 2019 checkoff-funded research, education and promotion programs. Also on Friday NCBA policy committees will meet to determine priorities and discuss strategies for 2019. The NCBA Board will hold its board meeting on Saturday, Aug. 4. The meeting of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board will take place on Friday, Aug. 3. “The Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting is a demonstration of the dedication and broad vision of hundreds of cattlemen and women from across the country, “said Kester. “Despite their busy schedules at home, these U.S. cattle producers have taken the time to help assure the beef cattle industry has the best chance of future success.”last_img read more

Pro BBQ Competition Beer And Watermelon Festival To Raise Awareness Of Homelessness

first_imgAmerican Family Housing (AFH) is hosting their 2nd annual Pigs, Ribs and Watermelon Professional BBQ competition and Beer festival at the Huntington State Beach parking area of Pacific Coast Hwy and Beach Blvd.Pigs, Ribs and Watermelon Professional BBQ Competition and Beer FestivalCredit/Copyright: Misty Schwartz PRThis is a Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned event and competing for the $10,000.00 purse will be 50 of the top west coast and some nationally ranked BBQ teams including teams from the TLC reality television show on BBQ Pitmasters. The 2nd Annual Pigs, Ribs and Watermelon Professional BBQ will provide beach goers the opportunity to revel in enjoyment of professionally prepared BBQ treats, craft beers and ice-cold watermelon in Huntington Beach.The public is invited to stop by and meet these BBQ masters in person, purchase and taste competitor’s meats, and meet their favorite celebrity guests. Tastings include: chicken, pork ribs, pork and brisket. The public will also get to choose the winner of the “Taste of BBQ” during the event by voting for their favorite BBQ team on Saturday from noon until 5:00 p.m.Event details:Friday, August 16 from 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.Saturday, August 17 from noon until 10:00 p.m. (Kids BBQ competition for children ages 6-15 that is open to the public)Sunday, August 18 from noon until 8:00 p.m.Each day the event will be visited by celebrities such as Jake Busey (Starship Troopers, Good Vibes), Scott L. Schwartz (Ocean’s 11, 12, 13, Buffy The Vampire Slayer), David “Shark” Fralick (The Young And The Restless, Days Of Our Lives). They will also have BBQ and watermelon inspired cupcakes from Cupcake Wars Winner (Aloha Cupcakes) Erieka Pimentel of Bubba Sweets.FREE watermelon for all with watermelon carving demonstrations, watermelon eating contest, seed spitting for distance contest, and other watermelon activities plus a chance to meet and greet the celebrities. On stage constant stream festivities such as rib eating contests, rock, blues, rockabilly music, they are providing something for everyone. The beer festival returns and will feature over a dozen flavors of small lot craft along with the flavorful BBQ meat.American Family Housing was founded in May of 1985 by Executive Director, Jim Miller, as he noticed the growing numbers of homeless families living in parks in Orange County. American Family Housing has evolved from meeting the basic needs of providing food and clothing to an organization of 61 properties providing services of emergency housing, transitional housing, and permanent housing to assist its clients toward stability and renew their way of living. Housing Facilities are located in Orange, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. For more information on American Family Housing visit www.afhusa.org or call (714) 897-3221 or Ribs, Pigs & Watermelons visit www.rpwbbq.com.Copyright ©2013Look to the Starslast_img read more

NIB announces higher payments payouts

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 04 Mar 2015 – Higher income earners in the country about to pay more taxes on their salaries, employers are also expected to pay more on those salaries with the changes taking effect at National Insurance come April 1. Increases coming with the new fiscal year for payments to and payouts by the National Insurance Board; the list released yesterday by NIB which now puts into force proposals and approvals from Cabinet and the House of Assembly. Maternity benefits extended now by two weeks to 14 weeks and the wage ceiling will be lifted from $2,600 per month to $4,000 per month being taxable. That new wage ceiling though, will be a gradual change according to the notice; graduated to the eventual $4,000 over three years. In other words, this first year or 30 days from now, the new wage ceiling will be $3,000. The contribution in the private sector is currently 8% with 4.6% payable by the employer and 3.4% payable by the employee… in the public sector it means TCIG will now have to pay 4.025% on all salaries up to $3,000 with the civil service employee paying the other 2.825%; a cumulative 6.85% on higher wages in Government. It will also be easier to pay NIB as the Board is promising that “provisions will be introduced this year for the payment of contributions at places other than an office of the National Insurance Board and payment via credit and debit cards.” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:house of assembly, national insurance board, TCIG Editorial: Listen to your Mama Seriously, Sixth Form registration begins at Clement Howell High Aug 15 TCI Premier Responds To Beaches’ Letter Announcing Closure Recommended for youlast_img read more

Northstar Travel Group Acquires Schneider Publishing Assets

first_img That aforementioned new sports division, consisting, as of now, of the TEAMS conference and SportsTravel, will live within Northstar’s Meetings Group, which also includes Meetings & Conventions and Successful Meetings, among other properties. Both Association News and Meetings Quest will also apparently fall into the Meetings Group’s portfolio, albeit not as part of the sports division. Secaucus, NJ-based Northstar Travel Group has acquired the assets of L.A.-based Schneider Publishing, including a trio of annual events and a pair of related media brands, the company announced today. Presented by SportsTravel and held annually since 1998, TEAMS attracts over 1,000 executives and event managers from the sports-event and hospitality industries, according to Northstar, while Meetings Quest — presented by Association News — is the longest-running trade show series for meeting planners in the U.S. Schneider first purchased Meetings Quest and integrated it with its existing Association News brand in 2013. “Finding the right strategic partner with the necessary capabilities over a range of areas — event management, digital media, and database marketing, to name a few — was important to me to scale the business,” said president and CEO Timothy Schneider, who will join Northstar as chairman of a new sports division. “Working with Tom [Kemp], David [Blansfield] and the Northstar team, we’ll be leveraging Northstar’s strengths to enhance and expand our offerings in service of our customers.” Also included in Northstar’s purchase is the Shamrock Shootout Golf Classic, an annual tournament started in 1987 by Meetings Quest founder Jimmy Dunn and previously held in Washington, D.C. each March, but relocated to Las Vegas for the fall of 2017. Included in the sale are SportsTravel and Association News magazines, as well as their respective live-event counterparts: the TEAMS Conference & Expo and Meetings Quest. It’s the third major acquisition for Northstar Travel Group since the company was itself acquired by Wasserstein Partners last June, following a pair of data-focused tech investments by SaaS subsidiary Inntopia.last_img read more

Employment picks up in July buoyed by GST

first_imgRepresentational image for corporate appointments.PixabayRecruitment in India gained momentum in July, as the big hiring firms like Monster and Randstad India witnessed a 10 percent increase in hiring last month, compared to a year earlier, partly driven by the new tax system introduced on July 1.Recruitment firms expect the activity to gain further momentum in the coming months, led by the positive impact of the goods and services tax, Economic Times reported.”Nearly a lakh new jobs would be created in the next month or so and about 3 lakh professionals associated with GST-related activities will be in demand over the next nine months,” said Lohit Bhatia, the staffing solutions business head at IKYA Human Capital Solutions.Modi-led government introduced the goods and services tax that replaced multiple cascading taxes in the market. Government officials, economists and analysts expect GST to add at least about 1 – 2 percentage points in the growth rate. At present, India is in the bright spot and the economy is expected to expand 7.3 percent in the fiscal year ending March 2018, showed a Reuters poll.”Job market reacted negatively to demonetisation, but this is not so in the case of GST. On the contrary, industry leaders are bullish of a post-GST world, and are expecting business to look up in the months to come,” said Shiv Agrawal, ABC Consultants managing director.Last year, in a surprise move, Prime Minister Narendra Modi scrapped Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes to combat corruption that dented the services and manufacturing activity in India, causing uncertainty in the job market as well. However, implementation of GST did not result in any such uncertainty.Sectors such as banking and financial services, ecommerce, consumer goods and telecom are driving the hiring activities, according to the executives from the top recruitment companies.The Monster Employment Index, for July 2017, witnessed a 13 percent year-over-year growth in employment, marking the highest growth this year. Banking, Financial services and Insurance (BFSI) is leading this growth with 43 percent increase in July hiring.last_img read more

ACC to investigate 23 health officials

first_imgTwenty-three health department officials, who have reportedly amassed huge illegal wealth, are being investigated by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), reports UNB.The ACC has recommended departmental actions against them and urged the directorate general of health services (DGHS) to transfer the officials for the sake of unhindered investigation.These officials created a strong syndicate working at the same station for a long time, an ACC letter sent to DGHS reads adding that these officials have amassed huge wealth by misusing their power.ACC’s intelligence unit is conducting the investigation.The officials named by the ACC are Mir Raihan Ali, Md Faruk Hossain, Md Ashraful Islam, Md Sajedul Karim, Md Toybur Rahman, Md Saiful Islam, Md Faizur Rahman of DGHS Dhaka office; Md Mahfuzur Rahman and Md Azmal Khan of Chattogram office; Md Mostafizur Rahman and Md Abdul Kuddus of Mymensingh office; Md Nurul Hque, Md Gosh Ahmed, Md Aman Ahmed, Md Nesar Ahmed Chowdhury of Sylhet office; Md Farid Hossain, Md Masum, Md Anwar Hossain of Khulna office; Md Rahat Khan and Md Jewel of Barishal office; Md Azizur Rahman, Md Saiful Islam and Md Jahangir Alam of Rangpur office.last_img read more

Taj Mahal tourists injured by marauding monkeys

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 16 December, 2016, macaques monkeys playing next to a tourist in the grounds of a temple in Jaipur in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Photo: AFPIndian officials on Tuesday urged tourists to steer clear of monkeys after two French visitors were attacked by apes while taking selfies at the Taj Mahal.The tourists were left with bloody scratches and bite marks after being chased and set upon by the monkeys as they took photos at India’s most famous attraction.Footage captured on a mobile phone showed scores of monkeys chasing tourists from the legendary monument to love in the city of Agra early Tuesday.Tourist police officer R. V. Panday told AFP the international visitors were given first aid after being attacked.”They were taking selfies in front of the Taj when a group of monkeys attacked them,” Panday said.In this file photo taken on 7 May, 2018, a monkey shouts as it sits in a pond during a hot summer day in Allahabad. Photo: AFPHordes of monkeys roam the vast Taj complex and authorities have struggled to stop them harassing visitors.Panday advised tourists to avoid the monkeys and refrain from feeding them, adding the cheeky primates were known to snatch food and other items from unsuspecting visitors.Last year a tourist was injured after she tried to retrieve her purse from a monkey at the Taj.India has an estimated monkey population of 50 million and roughly 10,000 are believed to roam Agra.They are fed by Hindus who revere the monkey god Hanuman but their numbers are difficult to contain.Nationwide figures are not available but nearly 1,900 people were bitten by monkeys in the capital New Delhi in 2016, government figures show.last_img read more

Parent University to host three workshops this month

first_imgTOWSON, MD. – Baltimore County Public Schools’ Parent University will host three workshops during the last two weeks of July.The first workshop, “Choosing to Control (My Destiny),” will focus on the benefits of building children’s self-esteem. During the workshop, field experts will discuss homework help, learning activities and study strategies geared toward transforming youth into confident and responsible learners. Hosted at Sandy Plains Elementary School, 8330 Kavanagh Road in Dundalk, 21222, the workshop will run from 9:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., July 22.Also held at Sandy Plains Elementary, the second workshop, “Countdown to Number Logic,” will center on helping children hone basic number concepts. From 9:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., July 24, parents will explore strategies for using mathematics to develop their children’s problem-solving and critical thinking and reasoning skills.For more information on “Choosing to Control (My Destiny)” and “Countdown to Number Logic,” contact Anani Negrete Garcia at anegretegarcia@bcps.org.The third workshop, “Nurturing Parenting Classes,” is part of a six-week program that runs Mondays and Wednesdays beginning July 28. From 1 to 3 p.m. each day, parents will learn strategies and techniques for strengthening their relationships with their children. Children up to age four may accompany their parents to the workshop, but parents first must submit a copy of their children’s vaccination records.To register for the “Nurturing Parenting Classes” workshop, hosted at the Young Parent Support Center, 201 Back River Neck Road in Essex, 21221, contact Nancy Wagner at nancy.wagner@maryland.gov or 410-686-5479.Created in April 2013, Parent University is an engaging and innovative BCPS program designed to educate and empower families. Accessible from www.bcps.org/ParentU, Parent University provides print and video resources promoting academic progress, health and wellness and personal growth.For a schedule of other upcoming Parent University workshops, visit http://www.bcps.org/parentu/schedule/.last_img read more

In Baltimore More Officers Accused of Faking Evidence

first_imgBALTIMORE (AP) — Public defenders in Baltimore say charges against a client have been dropped because police body-camera video “appears to depict multiple officers working together to manufacture evidence.”This case involves seven officers, two of whom have been referred to the police department’s internal affairs division.Baltimore Police Officer (AP Image)Media outlets say the public defender’s office won’t release the video because it shows a co-defendant whom it doesn’t represent.Meanwhile, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby dismissed charges in 34 cases relying on the testimony of three other officers after the Office of the Public Defender released a different video they say shows an officer planting drugs. That officer is suspended and two others are on administrative duty.Separately, seven other Baltimore officers on a gun crimes task force are accused of faking reports and false detentions.last_img read more