Fast-food workers: ‘Raise up Milwaukee!’

first_imgPhoto: Wisconsin Jobs NowWorkers from 65 low-wage, billion-dollar businesses in Milwaukee walked off the job on August 1 demanding a union and a raise in the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Later that day, roughly 250 people gathered outside a shopping and fast-food complex on Miller Park Way, a major intersection near the Milwaukee Brewer’s baseball stadium that is swamped with fast-food restaurants. The one-day strike was organized by Raise Up MKE.“The fight today is for union rights, but also for human rights and social rights,” the Rev. William Briscoe, president of the faith-based coalition, Milwaukee Inner City Congregations Allied For Hope, said at the Miller Parkway rally.Right before the police started escorting a few of the protesters away for not moving, Milwaukee state legislator, Mandela Barnes, climbed on a truck bed and said, “We had to have the back of the strikers because what they did was a brave thing today.” The protesters booed the police action and started to march around, singing union songs, drumming, and shouting, “What’s injustice? Poverty wages! What do we want? $15 and a union!”Representatives of the Milwaukee teachers union, the Service Employees union, the Steel Workers’ union, union nurses, Wisconsin Jobs Now, Voces de la Frontera, the WI Bail Out the People Movement and other labor-community organizations were there in solidarity with the workers.“It’s beautiful and we need more of it,” said Angela Walker, legislative and political director for the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 998.For more information and to sign a petition to support the low-wage workers, visit thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

How Bad is Big Ag

first_img “Big Ag” is a term that has been turned into a pejorative by organic, environmental, and animal activists.  With a broad bush, they paint anyone who sees food production differently as “big ag” and demonizes them as greedy, environmentally irresponsible, and cruel. The recent round of high profile mergers by large agricultural companies has caused some of these groups to have an apoplectic fit and has re-energized their calls for downsizing agriculture and food production. Even some farmers are asking if big ag is getting too big.Consolidation in agriculture is not new and is typically driven by technological innovation. There used to be thousands of little seed companies around the U.S. and several dozen tractor firms.  In a box in my closet is a collection of hats from seed and chemical brands that no longer exist. All up and down the food chain,  consolidation has been taking place from small farms being combined into large ones to small grocery chains being combined into large national chains.  But,  the proposed merger of Bayer and Monsanto would create the world’s largest seed, trait, and input company. The upcoming combination of Dow and DuPont would create the third largest such company. This is leading many farmers to worry that things are getting out of hand.The fear most producers express is higher prices and fewer products. Purdue agricultural economist Mike Gunderson shares farmer concerns and says this consolidation does have the potential to limit competition in the marketplace. But, he also points out that these firms are also heavily involved in research and development of new products and technology, which is very costly and risky.   He added these firms are positioning themselves to compete in a global marketplace and, as a result, a large scale of operation and diverse product portfolio are needed.The force behind these big mergers is not the bottom line but the long term market strategy. If Bayer shells out $62 billion for Monsanto, they will not make their money back by laying people off and hiking the price of Roundup. According to top Bayer officials, their motivation for this deal is to drive R&D and to combine the Monsanto seed and trait technology with the Bayer chemical technology. Gunderson pointed out that farmers are demanding more integration between their seed, chemical, mechanical, and big data products.  Companies who can do this will have a competitive advantage.Farmers will need to have a pipeline of innovation going forward to meet the demands of the world food market and of the changing environment. Only having a few big players can provide this innovation, yet it can also lead to the stifling of invasion.  Just look at the oil market. A few big companies control the market and have actively slowed the growth of renewable fuels, which they see as a threat.Ironically, at the same time big ag is getting bigger, the local food movement is getting stronger. More and more consumers “say” they want more local foods, yet they also say they want oranges, strawberries, and fresh veggies year round.  While billions of dollars are being invested in food production technology, a segment of consumers say they want food produced with little or no technology. Every year, however, millions of new middle-class consumers in China, India, Vietnam, and other nations are demanding more meat and processed food in their diets.This dichotomy will have to be resolved both in the marketplace and in the legislatures. The key to sorting this all out will be to keep big companies, big government, and activist extremists from exerting too much control over the process.  Consolidation in agriculture has the potential for problems; it also has the potential for good. Locally-grown, organic farming cannot feed the world, but it should be a choice for those who want and can afford that kind of food. The key is to find a way for both systems to co-exist.By Gary Truitt Home Commentary How Bad is Big Ag By Gary Truitt – May 30, 2016 Facebook Twitter How Bad is Big Ag Previous articleLatest Ag Export Forecast LowerNext articleBoats can Use Fuel with Ethanol Gary Truitt SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Real Estate Valuations in a Time of Crisis

first_img Webinars 2020-12-03 Christina Hughes Babb  Print This Post Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Real Estate Valuations in a Time of Crisis David NewellOn Wednesday, January 20 from 1-2 p.m. CST, a panel of industry pundits will participate in a complimentary virtual roundtable session presented by Clear Capital entitled “Managing Mortgage Servicing Challenges in Uncertain Times: How Modern Real Estate Valuations Will Help.”The event is an installment of the DS News Webinar Series, and readers can register here.David Newell, VP, Customer Development at Clear Capital, a real estate valuation services and technology company, will moderate the discussion.Other real estate valuations experts on the panel include:Kenon ChenClear Capital EVP Kenon Chen—As head of corporate strategy, Chen works at the intersection of executive, product, marketing, and sales team at Clear Capital. Since the company’s inception, he has developed and launched some of its more forward-looking solutions, including Clear Capital’s ClearProp and ClearCollateral. He entered the mortgage industry in the 2000s leading tech products for a large lender.Bryce FendallBryce Fendall, VP at Statebridge, a provider of special servicing and subservicing in the mortgage industry—Fendall specializes in loan servicing default management, foreclosure, bankruptcy, and REO oversight. He also is experienced in loss mitigation, proactive/reactive short sales, proactive/reactive deeds in lieu, and valuation management, to name a few. Dan McAlisterDan McAlister, Director of Product Management—Field Valuation Products, Clear Capital—his expertise lies in bringing software-driven products to market and growing revenue on existing products.Newell, Chen, Fendall, and McAlister will discuss, among other topics:Servicing challenges amid a global pandemicWhere is the servicing industry headingChoosing the right valuation partnerClick here to register for this complimentary webinar. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: Webinars The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago December 3, 2020 2,125 Views Share 2Save Home / Daily Dose / Real Estate Valuations in a Time of Crisis Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agocenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: Real Estate Fund Designates $1 Billion to Communities of Color Next: Increasing Natural Disasters Endanger Affordable Housing Supply Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly,, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Webinars About Author: Christina Hughes Babb Subscribelast_img read more

Marine Corps again corrects who was in iconic Iwo Jima flag-raising photo

first_imgCourtesy Kay Keller Maurer(WASHINGTON) — The United States Marine Corps corrected the identity of another one of the six men raising the American flag on Mount Surabachi in an iconic photo taken during the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945, after new evidence was provided by three amateur historians.A Marine Corps board reviewed the new information from historians Dustin Spence, Stephen Foley and Brent Westemeyer, and determined Marine Cpl. Harold P. Keller was one of the men immortalized in the famous photo taken by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal, not Pfc. Rene Gagnon, as had been previously believed. The same happened in 2016, when the Marine Corps determined another man in the photo had been misidentified. The man was identified as Pfc. Harold Schulz, and not Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class John Bradley, who had been involved in the first flag raising. Rosenthal’s photo captured the second raising, when Marines lifted a larger U.S. flag on the mountain during the battle for the strategic island where 6,500 U.S. service members lost their lives.“The correct identification of Marines … is important,” a Marine Corps statement said, announcing Keller’s identity. “Without the initiative and contributions of both private historians devoted to preservation of our history and the FBI’s support, the Marine Corps would not have this opportunity to expand on the historical record of the second flag raising on Mount Suribachi. We are extremely grateful for their dedication to helping us preserve our legacy.”The statement said the review board was contacted in July 2018 by private historians pointing out the errors in identification.“These historians provided a significant amount of new evidence for consideration, mostly in the form of dozens of previously private photographs,” the statement said.A chapter in the newly published, Investigating Iwo, a new official history of the flag raising, details the process behind the Marine Corps’ review of the information provided by the three historians.Foley and Spence were also involved in 2016, when Schulz was identified as one of the Marines in the photo.Gagnon had long been identified as the Marine pictured with only his helmet visible on the far side of the flag pole, but a stringent review of available photographs taken in February 1945 led the historians to determine that it was most likely Keller in that position.The Marine Corps formed a board and involved the FBI to assess the contents of the photos and determine the true identities of the men.Retired Marine Col. Keil Gentry, who was part of the board, said the FBI’s analysis of the information provided and of the additional photos taken that day indicated it was a “slam dunk” that Keller fit the profile and not Gagnon.Gentry also said the board asked the FBI to conduct a more comprehensive review to validate the identities of the other five men involved in the flag raising to ensure there would be no further corrections needed.The FBI’s review included comparisons of a film of the flag raising and other well-known photos, including one that showed the precise moment when the first flag was lowered by one group of Marines, while the other group raised the flag that was memorialized in the photo.Gentry said, “this is it” with regard to further corrections to the identities of the Marines in the photo based on the extensive FBI analysis. This includes the matching of the camouflage patterns on the helmets visible on the photos and the film that Gentry described as being similar to “fingerprints.”Gagnon did play a large role in the flag raising, as it was his job to carry the larger flag to the top of the mountain and safely return the first flag for safe keeping.“Without his efforts, this historical event might not have been captured, let alone even occurred,” the Marine Corps statement said.The six flag raisers in the famous photo are now identified as: Cpl. Harlon Block, Pfc. Harold Keller, Pfc. Ira Hayes, Pfc. Harold Schultz, Pfc. Franklin Sousley and Sgt. Michael Strank.“Regardless of who was in the photograph, each and every Marine who set foot on Iwo Jima, or supported the effort from the sea and air around the island is, and always will be, a part of our Corps’ cherished history,” the statement said. “In the words of General David H. Berger, Commandant of the Marine Corps, ‘they are all heroes.’”Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

‘Perturb’ Carries the Day at Ocean City Spelling Bee

first_imgChanon Styer, Owen Ritti and Race Myer listen to instructions before the final round of a spelling bee Thursday at Ocean City Intermediate School. They will represent Ocean City in district competition. Three Ocean City Intermediate School students will advance to district competition this weekend in the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs State Spelling Bee.Chanon Styer correctly spells a word read by Ocean City Intermediate School Principal Geoffrey Haines on her way to a victory in a local spelling bee.Chanon Styer, Race Myer and Owen Ritti were the top spellers in a local competition Thursday afternoon in the multi-purpose room at the school.Styer successfully spelled “perturb” to win the local bee, after Myer (second place) stumbled on “corrupt” and Ritti (third) on “whittle.”The event was sponsored by the Colony Club of Ocean City and was open only to fifth-graders. About 25 started the competition, but by Round 10 only three survived.The top three spellers from each district competition this weekend will move on to the state spelling bee March 7 in New Brunswick.last_img read more

Devon venue to host busy student event

first_imgStudent and trainee bakers up and down the country are gearing up for the annual Alliance for Bakery Students and Trainees (ABST) conference, which takes place from 1-3 May 2009.The conference is being held at the TLH Leisure Resort in Torquay, Devon, and features a host of activities, as well as student bakery competitions and the AGM.The Friday night is Silly Hat Night, and there will be a buffet dinner, pub quiz and karaoke. Saturday will see the judging of the bakery competitions, as well as a ten-pin bowling competition, gala dinner and live band.The AGM will take place on Sunday, as well as the prize- giving, the ten-pin bowling final, a disco and a casino.Students can attend for an all-inclusive price of £75, and a maximum of two tutors can go for the price of one student.There are many cash prizes on offer for the various contests, including Calfornia Raisins’ competition, where a top prize of a £500 travel voucher is up for grabs. There are two categories – one for baking and one for confectionery – and students need to create innovative recipes using California Raisins, raisin paste or raisin juice concentrate. For more information contact [email protected] transport pick-ups are available from Leeds, Black- pool, Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Sheffield and London.l To book tickets and rooms, please contact [email protected] read more

Dried fruit pricing

first_imgRaisins: The Turkish crop has been down-sized consistently from the more optimistic views in June/July. Reports are that, of the total vine fruit crop in the country, raisins make up only 10-15,000mts. With no export programme likely from California, export prices are likely to match the high domestic levels.Sultanas: The crop size in Turkey is reportedly down from 248,000mts to 210-220,000mts. In the short term, prices are likely to increase.Currants: Greece reports no supply issues this season. Although high pricing on sultanas and raisins provided an opportunity to relaunch new-season currants at a discount, in order to gain favour from bakers and manufacturers, Greece is unwilling to play that particular game and, in fact, prices are higher.Apricots: Turkey is capable of producing 150,000mts, but the crop this year will struggle to meet even 75,000mts. Prices are unlikely to drop unless there is an unforeseen fall in global demand.Coconut: There are some uncharacteristic shortages on specific grades. We would recommend customers look to cover their requirements until at least January 2011, if stocks are available.l Based on information provided by RM Curtislast_img read more

Extension School recognizes outstanding grads

first_imgEach Commencement, the Harvard Extension School recognizes the notable accomplishments of its top graduates and outstanding faculty with numerous awards and prizes. Recipients may demonstrate outstanding initiative, character, and academic achievement; show dedication to the arts or public service; or, in regard to faculty, be lauded by their students for excellence in teaching.One honor, the Dean’s Prize for Outstanding Master of Liberal Arts Thesis, is awarded to a student whose graduate thesis embodies the highest level of imaginative scholarship. Through the years, A.L.M. thesis advisers from across the University (all of whom must have Harvard teaching appointments) have been singularly impressed with the work produced by their Extension School advisees: “a remarkably sophisticated, intelligent, informed, and promising piece of scholarship”; and “a wholly original, impeccably researched and argued thesis”; and, on one biotechnology student, “I expect the body of work he has produced will be a significant contribution to the field and will be published.”In addition to the Dean’s Prize for Outstanding Thesis, there are four major academic prizes — the Phelps, Crite, Langlois, and Small prizes — as well as the Bok, Aurelio, Yang, and Wood prizes. Faculty are awarded the Bonanno, Conway, Fussa, and Shattuck awards.View a list of 2011 Harvard Extension School prize and award recipients.— Linda Crosslast_img read more

Bills Close With 56-26 Win Over Miami, Set To Face Colts

first_imgJosh Allen (17) and Stefon Diggs (14) celebrate Isaiah McKenzie (19) touchdown. Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins, January 3, 2021 at Bills Stadium. Photo by Bill Wippert / PARK (AP) — A little more than a year ago, Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane was lamenting how his team needed to score more points.Josh Allen and company certainly haven’t let him down.In a game the Bills scored touchdowns in all three phases, and Allen got to rest after throwing three touchdowns in the first half, Buffalo put an emphatic stamp by closing the most prolific season in team history with a 56-26 rout of the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.The win contributed to ending the Dolphins’ playoff hopes, with the team eliminated after the Indianapolis Colts defeated Jacksonville later in the day. The AFC East champion Bills, meanwhile, secured the AFC’s No. 2 playoff seed, and prepare to face the Frank Reich-coached Colts in Buffalo’s first home playoff game in 24 years next Saturday. Reich is the former Bills backup who 28 years ago to the day led Buffalo to overcome a 32-point deficit in a 41-38 overtime win over the Houston Oilers in what still stands as the largest comeback in NFL history.It marks the first time the Bills will face the Colts in the postseason and features a matchup of former East rivals before the NFL realigned its divisions in 2002.Buffalo (13-3) finished with a season-best 501 points scored, matched a franchise record for victories set in 1990 and ’91, and looked nothing like the inconsistent team that finished last season by squandering a 16-0 second-half lead in a 22-19 overtime loss at the Houston Texans in an AFC wild-card game.“I feel like I’m night and day compared to what I was last year,” the third-year starter said of a season in which he set team records for yards passing (4,544) and touchdowns passing (37).Allen can now set his sights on helping Buffalo win its first playoff game since December 1995.“We’ll find out who we play tonight, whether it be Saturday or Sunday. But we have to go out there and do our job,” Allen said. “This all means nothing. It gave us a chance that we wanted. Now we got to go take it.”The Bills heated up after Allen closed Buffalo’s first series being intercepted by Byron Jones, which led to the Dolphins opening the scoring on Jason Sanders’ 49-yard field goal.Buffalo proceeded to score touchdowns on four consecutive second-quarter possessions, which included Isaiah McKenzie returning a punt 82 yards. Allen finished 18 for 25 for 224 yards with three touchdowns, two to McKenzie and another to John Brown.And Buffalo’s backups didn’t relent in the second half. Josh Norman returned the first of Tua Tagovailoa’s three interceptions 16 yards for a score. Rookie Antonio Williams scored two TDs rushing in his NFL debut, while backup Matt Barkley capped the second-highest point total in franchise history with a 56-yard pass to rookie Gabriel Davis.Though it was a year ago, the loss to Houston remained on the minds of several Bills’ players.“We have a feeling that we don’t want to feel ever again,” offensive tackle Dion Dawkins said.“That fire and that burn we felt from losing it’s still in us,” he added. “That’s why guys are so hard on themselves, because we have to be the best at all times. And we know if we’re not, things like what happened in Houston can happen.”Beane began addressing the Bills needs to produce more points by acquiring receiver Stefon Diggs in a trade with Minnesota in March. The move paid off with Diggs finishing the season with team records in receptions (127) and yards (1,535).The Bills didn’t stop there, with Beane selecting Davis in the fourth round of the draft. With two catches for 107 yards on Sunday, Davis finished the season third among Buffalo receivers with 35 catches and 599 yards, and second on the team with seven touchdowns.With Cole Beasley listed week to week because of a knee injury, Buffalo welcomed back Brown, who finished with four catches for 72 yards and a 32-yard touchdown catch. Brown returned after missing five games with a knee injury, while also spending a week on the reserve-COVID-19 list.And Buffalo might not be done adding receivers, with the team closing in on signing veteran free agent Kenny Stills, a month after he was released by Houston.Coach Sean McDermott last week acknowledged the Bills’ interest in the eighth-year player, who must first pass a physical and the NFL’s coronavirus protocols before being added to the roster. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Empire District Electric proposes closing Asbury coal plant in Missouri

first_imgEmpire District Electric proposes closing Asbury coal plant in Missouri FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Empire District Electric Co. continues to see no future for its coal-fired Asbury power plant in Missouri and could potentially shutter the facility as soon as the end of this year.The Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. subsidiary, which goes by Empire District Electric, a Liberty Utilities company, has filed with the Missouri Public Service Commission an integrated resource plan proposing retirement of the 198-MW plant by the end of this year and the addition of solar and storage resources starting in 2022. The plan also incorporates 600 MW of new wind generation that had previously been approved by regulators.The company said the plant, located in Jasper County, Mo., is “not a cost-effective resource for customers going forward,” given capital investments needed to meet environmental regulations and tough market conditions that are not expected to improve. Further, there are less expensive options to meet future capacity and energy needs, namely solar, wind and storage technologies.While the plan floats the idea of a 2019 retirement date, the company said it might take longer to close the plant, given notice requirements and shutdown procedures. For instance, Empire District has to give six months’ notice of a planned retirement to the Southwest Power Pool, safely and reliably run the plant with minimum staff levels and combust as much of the usable coal as possible.Company officials will continue to assess the best time to retire Asbury in the coming months. “In the meantime, Empire is currently working with an independent engineering firm to assess the potential demolition costs as well as evaluate whether the plant can be sold and if not, what might be salvaged to help mitigate closure costs,” the company said.Empire District in 2017 proposed to retire the plant, which has been operating since 1970, as part of a plan to develop 800 MW of wind by the end of 2020. At the time, the company said it wanted to retire the plant before making $20 million in environmental compliance upgrades needed by April 2019. But after discussions with stakeholders, the company revised the plan to add 600 MW of wind instead of 800 MW and keep the Asbury plant operating pending the development of an integrated resource plan. The commission approved the updated proposal in July 2018.More ($): Empire District suggests earlier retirement of Mo. coal plantlast_img read more