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BEST OF THE BROKERS

first_img whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Share MICHAEL PAGEMichael Page’s solid trading update outlined the benefits of both its diversity and position in a perm-led recovery, according to Numis. The broker continues to like the shares for a long-term view without further significant upgrades at this stage, it believes the shares will pause for breath and maintains a “hold” rating.MARKS & SPENCERUBS says that sales growth for Marks & Spencer in both divisions was better than expected and the exit rate was strong. The stock trades in line with the peer group despite better earnings momentum from sales, supply chain improvements and e-commerce growth, says the broker which gives the group a “buy” recommendation.HAYSJP Morgan Cazenove views the fall in Hays’ share price as a reflection more of the strong run into the trading update rather than as a result of more fundamental causes for concern. The broker remains “overweight” on the recruiter and views the first quarter trends as supportive as businesses are growing strongly. Tags: NULL BEST OF THE BROKERS KCS-content center_img Sunday 10 October 2010 10:55 pm More From Our Partners Colin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBemoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan Times whatsapplast_img read more

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When the barbarians leave the gate…

first_imgSo, let’s play this scenario out. For the next 12-18 months, it’s not unreasonable to expect more clear weather, buoyed by more crazy acquisitions. At some point in late 2022, the acquisition market will likely peter out. At that stage expect to see free-range European equities gradually flatline, possibly entering decline (though this will also likely be due to the delayed but nonetheless arrival of regulation in various territories). And, if Covid-19 is still a thing by then, there won’t be any recovery blip. Or government bailouts.  What continues to drive these US-led gaming ventures? There are a number of reasons for this spending spree, and mostly relate to relatively undervalued opportunities – at least from the perspective across the pond.  When the barbarians leave the gate… Email Address 28th January 2021 | By Robin Harrison While US giants remain set on snapping up European gambling assets, Julian Buhagiar warns that there may soon be an abrupt end to this cycle. Regions: Europe US Not all is lost, however. Any aspiring sellers would do much worse than take a hard look at their balance sheets and remove any non-performing assets this year.  Tags: RB Capital Julian Buhagiar Co-founder of RB Capital, Julian Buhagiar is an investor, CEO and board director to multiple ventures in gaming, fintech and media markets. He has led investments, M&As and exits to date in excess of $370m. Which raises an interesting question: what happens when the music stops? The ramifications could be profound here. The share prices of as-yet-unacquired EU and GB assets could have slowly been creeping up not because of underlying cashflow but because of a hopeful exit event on the horizon. A downturn in market acquisition sentiment could then shatter the value of gambling stocks across the continent. This would happen at a time when legislation and regulation have never been more draconian, so the long-term effects on equities could be significant. Topics: Strategy M&A Management Whether under the auspices of a direct acquisition, a long-drawn out joint-venture, or even through the opaque veil of a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), the past year has witnessed a frenzied buying and partnering by American ventures of relatively cheaper-priced continental businesses. Given that there still are quite a few un-plundered assets left dotted around Europe ripe for the picking, this trend could very well continue unabated for some time. One of the emerging trends of this still-nascent-but-already-feels-spent decade has been the European land-grab by US brethren (oh the irony).  Now the Democrats are in control of both chambers of Congress as well as the White House, giving (capital-bashing) lawmakers such as Elizabeth Warren a more-than-likely opportunity to implement checks on the industry. This in turn could likely limit the creative abilities of SPACs and special purpose vehicles (SPVs) and, by extension, their acquisitive powers. All this will have a direct impact on the asking prices of future assets, thereby turning market demand southward. There are various other reasons too. These may relate to diversified portfolios (William Hill), better online presence (William Hill again, thanks to Mr Green), complementary assets (Coolbet), owning a proprietary tech-stack (SBTech), and ‘revenue synergies’ (Flutter, though nobody still really knows what that one means). And – unless the industry has diversified and properly consolidated itself by then – there will be a proper deflation in asset prices. Not unlike the construction industry in 2020. And 2021, and likely 2022. Thanks largely to private equity and (to a lesser extent) venture capital, this higher spending power allows for higher valuations, which in most instances are too lucrative to dismiss, at least by the majority of shareholders. This is why, in investor terms, such acquisitions are known as bear-hugs. Betting shops, pre-regulated European markets, CPA-based affiliates (in fact, *all* non streamer-based affiliate marketing, but that’s for another article), all this will become history in the New Normal ™. That way, when the barbarians leave the gate, the lush assets will keep on flourishing. At least until the Chinese VCs start buying… There’s also another developing story across the pond. Regardless of what you thought of the previous perma-tanned president and his supporters, it’s an undisputed fact that under a right-wing administration, the US private-equity and venture-capital industries enjoyed a virtually unchecked reign. They were left to their own creative devices to spend and plunder with minimal intervention.  This means one of two things. One, the sellers have become too greedy and/or demanding, leading to buyer remorse. Two, and perhaps more likely, not all is glittering under the surface. And, judging by the coyote-esque fall in share-price, this ripple will then turn into short-term negative sentiment amongst investors. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter M&A There does come a point, however, when even the Americans say enough is enough. The u-turn this week by MGM is an interesting example. This has less to do with price, even though the acquirers have limits. Judging by their press release, the proposed acquisition of Entain is not worth pursuing “after careful consideration and having reflected on the limited recent engagement between the respective companies”. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletterlast_img read more

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Belle Mare Holding Ltd (BMHL.mu) HY2017 Interim Report

first_imgBelle Mare Holding Ltd (BMHL.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the half year.For more information about Belle Mare Holding Ltd (BMHL.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Belle Mare Holding Ltd (BMHL.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Belle Mare Holding Ltd (BMHL.mu)  2017 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileBelle Mare Holding Limited is a Mauritian investment company that engages in the commercial and property sectors. The company invests in ventures such as hotels and leisure, banks and insurance firms, as well as agriculture and exports. Belle Mare Holding Limited is headquartered in Port Louis, Mauritius. Belle Mare Holding Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

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OM House / Studio Guilherme Torres

first_imgArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/73924/om-house-studio-guilherme-torres Clipboard 2009 Brazil OM House / Studio Guilherme Torres Year:  CopyHouses•Londrina, Brazil Projects OM House / Studio Guilherme TorresSave this projectSaveOM House / Studio Guilherme Torres Area:  250 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Architects: Studio Guilherme Torres Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” Houses “COPY” Photographs Save this picture!© MCA Studio+ 22 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/73924/om-house-studio-guilherme-torres Clipboard Photographs:  MCA StudioText description provided by the architects. Client: OM Save this picture!© MCA StudioGuilherme Torres, a young Brazilian architect, was hired by an elderly couple to design a contemporary house in a residential condominium in Londrina, Brazil. The clients requested a house which would be suitable for a couple to live on regular basis as well as big enough to host their whole family at the weekends.Save this picture!© MCA StudioThe architect offered them a plan consisting of two big blocks perpendicularly crossed in a 400m2 area. The construction itself comprises of a vast living area, a block containing 3 bedrooms and a discrete laundry area. The living-room is well-supplied with natural light overlooking the swimming-pool. The pool has a 16m swimming lane coated with black glass chips readily made for the owner’s daily swim. Save this picture!© MCA StudioThe project uses few coating materials, which can be easily found in the region. The rusty texture on the brick walls was done directly on the plaster. The house floors as well as some walls are a mix of cement planks and wood rulers. The French windows in the bedrooms were built in wood by local handicraftsmen, a more economical and sustainable alternative rather than the use of synthetic materials.Save this picture!© MCA StudioProject gallerySee allShow lessKinderland Kindergarten / Wolfgang Roth ArchitektenArticlesMaterial Intelligence: Intensive Design and Prototyping Workshop ReceptionArticles Share CopyAbout this officeStudio Guilherme TorresOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesLondrinaHousesBrazilPublished on August 21, 2010Cite: “OM House / Studio Guilherme Torres” 21 Aug 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodGRP Siding Façade SystemGlassMitrexSolar PanelsMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic BrassWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Qd-ClassSkylightsLAMILUXGlass Skylight FE PassivhausStonesCosentinoDekton Surfaces – Cap Ferrat BuildingStonesNeolithSintered Stone – Strata Argentum – Classtone CollectionAcousticSchöckStaircase Insulation – Tronsole®CeramicsTerrealCustom Shape Terracotta CladdingSeatingInterstuhlPillows – HUBPartitionsBuzzispacePrivacy Booth – BuzziRingMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

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Swiss Simplicity / Wohlgemuth & Pafumi Architekten

first_img “COPY” Projects Houses 2016 Architects: Wohlgemuth & Pafumi Architekten Area Area of this architecture project ArchDaily Save this picture!© Chibi Moku+ 44 Share Swiss Simplicity / Wohlgemuth & Pafumi ArchitektenSave this projectSaveSwiss Simplicity / Wohlgemuth & Pafumi Architekten ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/801860/swiss-simplicity-wohlgemuth-and-pafumi-architekten Clipboard Area:  150 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/801860/swiss-simplicity-wohlgemuth-and-pafumi-architekten Clipboardcenter_img CopyAbout this officeWohlgemuth & Pafumi ArchitektenOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSeltisbergSwitzerlandPublished on January 14, 2017Cite: “Swiss Simplicity / Wohlgemuth & Pafumi Architekten” 14 Jan 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodGRP Siding Façade SystemPlasticsMitrexSolar SidingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic RoyalSystems / Prefabricated PanelsKalwall®Translucent WalkwaysPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesIsland Exterior FabricatorsSpecialty Facade SystemsLightsLouis PoulsenLamps – LP Slim BoxWoodBruagAcoustic Panels with LEDTiles / Mosaic / GresiteHisbalitMosaic Tiles – Palm SpringsMineral / Organic PaintsKEIMBlack Concrete – Concretal®-BlackSuspension SystemsMetawellAluminum Panels for Smart CeilingsDoorsGorter HatchesFloor Door – Fire RatedBricksDEPPEWaterstruck Bricks – 1622/1635ekws DFMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?瑞士简单住宅 / Wohlgemuth & Pafumi Architekten是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Manufacturers: Laufen, Etex Colombia, KüngSave this picture!© Chibi MokuRecommended ProductsWoodAccoyaAccoya® Cladding, Siding & FacadesWindowsSolarluxSliding Window – CeroWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeWindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – SlidingText description provided by the architects. If you like homes that are designed for close family lifestyle, then you’ll find that “Swiss Simplicity” brings comfortable family living to near perfection. By using simple shapes and forms and bringing them together in a unique architectural layout, this modern-meets-traditional home gives you the best in all areas of design. Elements such as wood, concrete, stone, & steel come together harmoniously to balance the interior pallet as well as the overall architecture.Save this picture!© Chibi MokuSave this picture!SectionSave this picture!© Chibi MokuLocated in Seltisberg, Switzerland, this residential home follows the strict Swiss construction guidelines while artistically breaking away from them. In this film, we speak with the homeowner, Tina, and the architects at Wohlgemuth & Pafumi Architekten, about the design of this home. With the use of 3D renderings, sketches, & walkthroughs, we learn about the interior layout of this home as well as the incredibly cute lifestyle lived within.Save this picture!SketchWP Architekten is one of the most thorough firms we have come across in all of our travels. They take a deep holistic approach to design and explore pretty much every avenue of technology the market offers to create and convey their ideas.Save this picture!© Chibi MokuProject gallerySee allShow lessRefurbishment of an Apartment in the Italian Alps / Philipp KammererSelected ProjectsVGramsci Building / Giovanni Vaccarini ArchitectsSelected Projects Share Switzerland Photographs:  Chibi Moku Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Photographs Swiss Simplicity / Wohlgemuth & Pafumi Architekten Year:  CopyHouses•Seltisberg, Switzerland “COPY”last_img read more

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Apartment with Partitions / Casa100 Arquitetura

first_img Projects Brazil Manufacturers: Neolith, Eliane, Portobello Products translation missing: en-US.post.svg.material_description Architects: Casa100 Arquitetura Area Area of this architecture project Photographs:  Gui Morelli Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Products used in this ProjectStonesNeolithSintered Stone – Beton – Fusion CollectionConstructor :Chapolim ReformasArchitect In Charge:Diogo Luz, José Guilherme CarcelesWood Work :Uzuni DesignCity:Vila MarianaCountry:BrazilMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Gui MorelliText description provided by the architects. The first request made by the resident of this apartment, was to have a minimalist environment, with references to Scandinavian architecture. She did not want many colors and not much information in the apartment. Architecture should speak for itself. The apartment originally had 2 bedrooms, and two bathrooms. With the changes made in the project, the master suite got bigger, and where the 2nd bedroom was, it turned into a large closet, which is a kind of entrance hall of the suite, and where the restroom is located. In the bathroom the idea was to join the 2 shower cabins turning into just one larger, for the suite, since the smaller one now turned into a restroom. The open kitchen to the living room has received a support counter which also serves as a dining space for 2 people. The air conditioning machine on the terrace was hidden by a perforated metal plate, and on it, the wooden shelf receives some plants for everyday uses. To maintain clarity throughout the apartment, and not visually diminish the room, the division between social and intimate wing was done with a dotted glass, allowing the good use of the natural light but also maintaining the privacy of the enclosed environment. The materials follow a more sober line, so we have plenty of white, wood in American oak leaves, and copper tubes that are shelf structures in the kitchen, living room and bedroom.Save this picture!© Gui MorelliSave this picture!Architectural plantInterior design follows the same line of architecture. Lightweight, neutral, minimalist and with Scandinavian references. This way we have a great presence of the colors white and gray and also some pastel colors. There are not many furniture in the apartment by a request from the resident who sought a space without much information.Save this picture!© Gui MorelliSave this picture!© Gui MorelliRegarding materials, we basically work with apparent concrete on the slab and countertops, white slatted porcelain flooring, paneling wood and cabinets, and copper tubes, elements that have structured the support shelves. The lighting is all made with apparent piping, and in the suite the electrical structure serves as well as a support for the spots, and also they become luminaires with led strips on the top, working as a guide by the light reflected in the slab, from the closet to the bathroom of the suite.Save this picture!© Gui MorelliProject gallerySee allShow lessPhotos Capture the Luxurious Life Inside Herzog & de Meuron’s Beirut TerracesArticles4 Must-Have Skills Architects Need to Tackle Turbulent TimesArticlesProject locationAddress:Vila Mariana, São Paulo – State of São Paulo, BrazilLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share CopyApartments, Apartment Interiors•Vila Mariana, Brazil “COPY” ArchDaily Save this picture!© Gui Morelli+ 33Curated by Pedro Vada Share Apartment with Partitions / Casa100 Arquitetura Area:  65 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016 “COPY” Apartment with Partitions / Casa100 ArquiteturaSave this projectSaveApartment with Partitions / Casa100 Arquitetura Apartments ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/871231/apartment-with-partitions-casa100-arquitetura Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/871231/apartment-with-partitions-casa100-arquitetura Clipboard Photographs CopyAbout this officeCasa100 ArquiteturaOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsInterior DesignResidential InteriorsApartment InteriorsVila MarianaBrazilPublished on January 07, 2018Cite: “Apartment with Partitions / Casa100 Arquitetura” 07 Jan 2018. 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DonorVoice offers white paper and webinar on reducing donor churn

first_img Advertisement DonorVoice offers white paper and webinar on reducing donor churn Experience and relationship company DonorVoice has published white paper with advice on ‘donor churn’ or the loss of donors, requiring charities to find new ones to replace them simply to maintain income.The paper, ‘How Non-Profits can stop churn before it starts’, is available as a free download, and you can view it on Slideshare:  44 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 2 December 2014 | News How nonprofits can stop donor churn before it starts from DonorVoice It asks – why do donors leave? And what can charities do to reduce that likelihood?It presents four issues “that get in the way of fixing donor churn”. These include focusing too much on transactional data and having to guess what donors think, and treating donor support as an additional extra and a cost burden.It reviews each of these challenges and offers approaches to how they might be overcome.DonorVoice was founded by Roger M Craver, who earlier this year published Retention Fundraising: The new art and science of keeping your donors for life.The company is also running a webinar to support the whitepaper, taking place on 3 December. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: donor retentionlast_img read more

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Indiana Corn, Soybean Checkoffs Partner with Livestock to Benefit Agriculture

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Indiana Corn, Soybean Checkoffs Partner with Livestock to Benefit Agriculture SHARE Indiana Corn, Soybean Checkoffs Partner with Livestock to Benefit Agriculture By Hoosier Ag Today – Dec 2, 2020 When all the different components of a motor work properly, the truck moves down the road smoothly. So it is when Indiana’s corn and soybean farmers work with the state’s meat, dairy and poultry producers. That partnership was on display on Tuesday during the second day of the Indiana Corn and Soybean Forum.The Forum is an annual event produced by the Indiana Corn Growers Association (ICGA) and the Indiana Soybean Alliance (ISA). This year’s Forum, due to COVID-19 restrictions, is virtual instead of in-person. Those same pandemic-related rules also converted Indiana Pork’s annual Midwest Pork Conference (MPC) to a virtual event. The two events overlapped on Tuesday, so they shared that time to talk about the new strategic plans for ISA and the Indiana Corn Marketing Council (ICMC), and to listen to MPC keynote speaker Ray Starling, a farm lawyer who has worked for USDA and advised President Trump.ISA, ICGA and ICMC CEO Courtney Kingery said successful growth of Indiana’s livestock sector is a strong feature of the new, three-year strategic plans for the state’s corn and soybean checkoffs. Each strategic plan is built on four primary focus areas, which include:Market Development – moving corn and soybeans to customers and end users.Sustainability – balancing environmental, societal and economic practices that benefit farmers.Value Creation – developing new products and uses from soybeans and corn.Producer Engagement – inviting farmers to participate in checkoff programs.Kingery said investment in livestock programs is a primary feature of Market Development. “This is all about moving the pile and increasing demand,” she explained. “One of the largest investment areas in Market Development is in livestock – specifically supporting domestic and export meat and poultry demand. Livestock is the largest customer for corn and soybeans in Indiana, so it’s an important part of the strategic plans.”ISA board member Mark Legan, a Coatesville, Ind., farmer and an executive board member of the U.S. Meat Export Federation, said the corn and soybean checkoffs are financially invested in the success of Indiana’s livestock farms.“This year, the 2021 budget cycle that we’re on currently, livestock and poultry programs will account for about 21 percent of the (ISA) budget. Of that, about 15 percent goes for direct project spends on these export programs,” Legan said. “We do spend some money helping producers – particularly in Indiana – partnering with Indiana Pork and Indiana Farm Bureau on policy issues that affect livestock so that we can expand the market for soybean meal.”ICMC President Joshua Miller, an Anderson, Ind., farmer and Secretary-Treasurer of the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), explained that exporting grain in all of its various forms benefits American farmers. Miller said when pork producers in Vietnam who suffered losses due to African Swine Fever decided to convert their farms to poultry operations, nearby USGC visited to teach them about Dried Distillers Grains (DDGs), a livestock feed made as a byproduct from corn-based ethanol. Due to the efforts of USGC, Miller said, Vietnam is an emerging market for additional U.S. exports of DDGs.ICGA President Mike Beard, a Frankfort, Ind., farmer and a board member of the USA Poultry and Egg Export Council, said the corn checkoff plans to be a reliable partner for livestock producers. “The new strategic plan will continue this commitment,” Beard said. “It will continue to support the expansion of the Farmers Deliver program, and that’s a program that showcases the positive economic impact of livestock in the state of Indiana. And we’ll also continue to support further expansion of pork and other livestock and poultry that’s right here in Indiana.”Federal farm policy expert Ray Starling served as the keynote speaker for the Midwest Pork Conference on Tuesday. Starling began his policy career in 2015 as General Counsel and later Chief of Staff for Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.). In 2017, Starling moved to the White House as an agriculture and ag trade advisor to President Trump. Then in 2018, he became the Chief of Staff for USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue, who he worked with for more than one year.Starling said the federal government has pumped billions of dollars into U.S. agriculture for at least the past three years. In 2020, he said, government spending on agriculture – not counting welfare and supplemental food programs – will exceed $40 billion. These have largely come from Market Facilitation Program (MFP), Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) and government-managed crop insurance payments. “So, in a single year, agriculture is going to receive twice the direct payment payout as the entire automobile industry did back during the late 2000s,” he said.Starling speculated that farm policy led by President-Elect Biden’s administration would focus on climate change and other environmental concerns rather than traditional farm programs and policies. Starling said the list of potential candidates for USDA Secretary are largely supported by environmental lobby groups. He added, though, there is an opportunity for farmers to better connect with consumers.Bane-Welker Farm Equipment is the presenting sponsor for this week’s Forum. There are two remaining sessions for the Forum. They include:Thursday, Dec. 3, 11 a.m. to noon EST – ISA and ICGA staff members Ed Ebert and Steve Howell will join Amy Cornell of the AgriBusiness Council of Indiana and Andy Tauer of Indiana Farm Bureau to take a look at ag commodity markets and talk about grain buying topics.Friday, Dec. 4, noon to 1 p.m. – Nick Welker will speak on faith, family and farming from his home in Montana.The Forum is available on Zoom, and there is no charge. 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Fight continues to bring former Afghan interpreter to safety

first_imgDepending on what information comes back, a next-phase letter may follow this one. But Perano said she is hopeful that USCIS has enough pressure now — between the public attention and the letter from Congress — to reopen Muhammad’s case. The letter is just one small step forward. When they receive a response, Congress may be able to share the information. If it’s classified, they won’t be able to share it, Perano said. This story is an update to previous coverage of Muhammad Kamran’s case. For more background on the case, read these stories: The letter addressed to Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen asks for two actions. First, within 15 days to disclose to Congress the discretionary information used to deny Muhammad’s case. Perano first met Muhammad in January 2017 he was asking for help on the nonprofit organization No One Left Behind’s Facebook page. She connected with Muhammad at a point when he was almost ready to give up after being denied entry to the U.S. as a refugee twice. He started applying for refugee status in July 2014. Muhammad had lost all contact with the US military when he fled Afghanistan in 2014 and thus was unable to pursue a Special Immigrant Visa (SIV), but he has since re-connected with former Navy Lieutenant Karsten Daponte, who is supporting his case. However, despite Daponte and Perano’s efforts, Muhammad has had difficulty obtaining all the documents needed to pursue an SIV case. Letter to Homeland Security by Kelsey O’Connor on Scribd Ultimately, 38 members of Congress, including local Congressman Tom Reed, have signed on to a letter asking USCIS to release information on why Muhammad’s case was denied. USCIS has previously only stated Muhammad and his family were denied for “discretionary reasons.” Navigating the legal steps to get Muhammad and his family to the U.S. has been anything but easy, but Perano said they have to keep going. “It has become increasingly difficult to keep Muhammad and his family safe in Pakistan in large part because of escalating ethnic tensions. Muhammad and his family used to have encounters with police or have to dodge a military raid every two months. Now it’s every two weeks,” Perano said. “We have looked into trying to get Muhammad and family to another country, but very few countries want Afghan refugees now, and Canada’s immigration system is so backlogged they said it could take five years to get his case processed even if we found a sponsor there.” Local Congressman Tom Reed, R-NY, has also signed the letter. He met Perano in May after a town hall event in Enfield. So far, USCIS has been responsive to the letter and indicated that they are working on providing the information Congress requested. Chatting over WhatsApp on Thursday, Muhammad said he deeply appreciates the support his case has gotten and said he is happy that he is not alone. Perano ended up working with a Seattle-based immigration lawyer Danielle Rosché who specializes in humanitarian parole. Rosché helped Muhammad and his family apply for humanitarian parole, which temporarily allows people into the U.S. if they have a compelling reason. In Muhammad’s case, he is actively wanted by the Taliban. Perano has maintained a list of frequent police encounters and medical scares the family has faced while hiding in Pakistan. His home is often raided by police and despite offering bribes he has been badly beaten several times. In March, he was stabbed by armed robbers while out of his house to avoid a military raid and nearly died from an infection. His wife and daughters have also had health scares at times. Secondly, the letter requests that within 30 days, USCIS provide data on “(a) how many principal applicants for refugee cases have been Afghan and Iraqi US military interpreters or former interpreters; (b) how many of those were denied for discretionary security reasons; and (c) what percentage of US refugee applications overall have been denied for discretionary security reasons.” “Although I remain very concerned about Muhammad and his family’s safety, I am hopeful that with Congress’s support for the case, USCIS will reconsider soon. Even the White House recently said that they support the SIV program for US military interpreters. So I don’t think the Trump Administration will want to fight with Congress to keep out an immigrant they say they want in,” Perano said. “And USCIS’s position that a military hero who was trusted by military commanders and directly saved American lives is actually a security concern is indefensible. It’s even more absurd to claim that Muhammad’s young daughters are a security concern. So I am confident that if Congress remains engaged, USCIS will do the right thing and let Muhammad and his family come to safety soon.” Perano and some of her family and friends have spent the last several months working to get bipartisan support from members of Congress for the sign-on letter. They went to Washington, D.C., and met with 19 House offices and 25 Senate offices.  Kristy Perano video chats with Muhammad. Provided Photo. A letter sent July 31, signed by 38 members of Congress, aims to get an answer why. Kelsey O’Connor Though Muhammad’s situation has only gotten more dangerous while he waits, a small social media link via text and video chats to Cornell University Ph.D. student Kristy Perano keeps him hopeful with updates. Perano and her family have been advocating to get Muhammad, his wife, and four daughters, ages 3 to 10, to the U.S. for more than a year. Muhammad’s case has garnered a lot of public attention over the past year. Nearly 50,000 people have signed a petition advocating for his case to be reopened. No One Left Behind and Veterans for American Ideals, both nonprofits that advocates for interpreters, have endorsed the case and provided assistance with lobbying Congress. Matt Zeller, the CEO and co-founder of No One Left Behind, called Congress’s letter a “profound” level of support for the case. The director of the Afghan Women’s Project, Peggy Kelsey, has also written a letter in support of the case. The letter was sponsored by Congressmen Jeff Denham, R-CA, and Jamie Raskin, D-MD. “As a veteran who served overseas, I’ve seen the sacrifices people like Muhammad make to help our forces,” Denham said in a statement. “Muhammad and his family lost everything to support our troops in Afghanistan, and he, his wife and his four young daughters are currently in critical danger from the same terrorists we asked him to fight. The United States of America must keep its promises to those who risk their lives in defense of this nation and support of our troops.” “We care about Mr. Kamran’s service to our country and want to ensure he has a fair shot at seeking asylum. We became aware of Mr. Kamran’s application denial at a town hall and made it a priority to work with members on both sides of the aisle to sort things out. We need to know exactly why government bureaucrats rejected his application and how many people are stuck in the same situation,” Reed said. “I am really happy that my nearly 50,000 American brothers and sisters signed the petition for me and did all (this) to fix injustice and get justice for me. I am very happy that I am not alone and all of these nice people are with me and Congressmen have also cared about me and my small kids and they care about our life,” he said. The denial was not just for Muhammad, but for each member of his family who filed separate applications. USCIS refused to disclose why they denied the humanitarian parole cases but denied the cases because Muhammad had been denied before as a refugee. USCIS further claimed that the same discretionary “information” applied to every member of the family, and consequently, even Muhammad’s young daughters were a security concern. Kelsey O’Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor. More by Kelsey O’Connor From left, Karsten Daponte stands with Muhammad Kamran. For about six months in 2006, Karsten Daponte worked with Muhammad weekly and sometimes daily while stationed at Camp Lightning, a base that was about two hours south of Kabul. (Provided Photo) “I think both of the leaders (Denham and Raskin) and their staff really care about saving the family,” Perano said. “I’m hopeful they’ll do the appropriate follow up.” From left, Aysha, 3, and Hajira, 4. Despite the current circumstances, Muhammad said all the support has made him even more proud of his work with the U.S. He said he was also thankful for the help of the Perano family, who has not forgotten about him or his problems “even for one second,” and considers them part of his family now. The Peranos, who live in California, agreed to co-sponsor his humanitarian parole case if he gets approved to come to the U.S. A response to the letter is due by Aug. 20. Featured image: Muhammad instructs his daughters in their home. (Provided by Kristy Perano) Tagged: afghan interpreter, homeland security, kristy perano, taliban, USCIS Former Afghan interpreter hopes to find sanctuary in U.S. with help of Cornell studentCase denied but not closed: Fight continues for Afghan interpreter trying to escape Pakistan WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thousands of people have become invested in the case of Muhammad Kamran and his family. Muhammad was an interpreter in Afghanistan for U.S. troops and the War on Terror for over a decade. He has been in hiding for four years, trying different avenues to find safe passage for his family out of Pakistan to the U.S. But so far, every case has been denied, with no reasons given publicly. Due to the danger he and his family continuously face, Perano and Rosché  felt they had a strong case. However, in October 2017 that case was denied after only two days of consideration. last_img read more

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