It’s time to nominate young heroes for the Donegal Garda Youth Awards

first_imgNominations have now opened for the Donegal Garda Youth Awards 2019 in association with the Donegal Joint Policing Committee.The Awards celebrate outstanding young people between the ages of 13 and 21 years. The awards aim to acknowledge the contribution by young people who work to make their communities a better place to live in.And every nominee is a winner. Speaking at the launch on Wednesday, Inspector Shaun Grant, Letterkenny, who is PRO for the Youth Awards, said that “the nomination process is open to everyone, so if you know of a young person who is committed to making a difference to their community, please put them forward, as every nominee will receive a certificate, even if they do not win an award. This way, all nominees are recognised for their efforts, and the certificate is a very valuable item to have on a young person’s CV into the future”. An Garda Síochána in Donegal has today launched the Donegal Garda Youth Awards 2019 in association with the Donegal Joint Policing Committee at the launch were Nicholas Crossan, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Gerry McGonagle, Chairperson Joint Policing Committee, Liam Ward, Director of Community Development & Planning Services and Srg. John Forkan. Photo Clive WassonThe presentation of the Donegal Garda Youth Awards in association with the Donegal Joint Policing Committee will take place in early 2020.There are 4 overall awards including an Individual Award recognising a young person’s positive contribution to their community, making it a better place to live; a Group Award where groups of 2 or more make a positive contribution to their community, making it a better place to live; Special Achievement Award where the nominee has overcome difficult circumstances, defied all the odds, and whose commitment deserves recognition; and finally the Community Safety Award where through a crime prevention or safety initiative / innovation, an individual or group have made their community a safer place to live.All categories are for young people aged between 13 and 21 years on 31st August 2019.Each Garda Division in the country will nominate one winner in each of the above four categories, to represent their Division at the National Youth Awards which will take place in Spring 2020. The Group Award category applies for groups of two or more young people whose combined efforts have contributed positively to their communities. The Special Achievement category is open to any young person who has defied the odds, or overcome difficult circumstances, and whose commitment deserves recognition.In launching this year’s Awards, Chief Superintendent Terry Mc Ginn, said “we wish to recognise the efforts made by these young people, as they contribute to their community, both at a local level, and also in wider areas. An Garda Síochána would like to pay tribute to the Joint Policing Committee for their assistance with the launch of the Donegal Youth Awards.”Chair of Donegal Joint Policing Committee, Cllr. Gerry McMonagle expressed his delight at the Donegal Joint Policing Committee’s association with this Awards Scheme, which sees young people in the community recognised for their positive endeavours, saying “the positive contribution of our young people to their own communities must be commended and I would encourage community groups, organisations and indeed individuals to take the time to nominate young people who they believe have made their communities a better place to live in.”The nomination forms are now available from any Garda Station in the Donegal Garda Division, from Community Gardai in each local Garda District or on request from [email protected]   Forms can also be downloaded from www.donegalcoco.ie/community/jointpolicingcommittee/donegalgardayouthawards2019Nomination forms can be submitted by post to the Chief Superintendents Office, Donegal Garda National Youth Awards, Letterkenny Garda Station, New Line Road, Co. Donegal F92 PC03 or emailed to [email protected] Closing date for receipt of nominations is Friday 13th December 2019 at 5pm.It’s time to nominate young heroes for the Donegal Garda Youth Awards was last modified: October 30th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegal Garda Youth Awardslast_img read more

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POET expansion means big demand boost for Ohio corn

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Agriculture has long been a victim of its own success. When doubts have arisen in the past about whether farmers could produce enough, they have every time been swept away in a sea of over production.Because of its astounding bounty, agriculture has been able to move beyond providing food to meet other needs of society, including energy.“Farmers are seeing we have far too much commodity on earth. This is the same thing that happened in the 1980s when biofuels were born. The way we solved that problem was to build ethanol plants and use up that extra supply. Today commodities are again oversupplied and we need the support of rural America because there are competing interests in the energy market that do not want to see us grow. We are constantly battling and we need to work together for higher ethanol blends in our gas tanks that are great for the environment and also great for Ohio’s farmers,” said Jeff Broin, CEO of POET, at the recent groundbreaking ceremony for the company’s Marion ethanol plant expansion. “In recent years, I know farmers are struggling with low commodity prices, which is creating lower farm incomes and decreasing land values. Biofuels have been the only real growth sector for ag commodities in the past decade.”POET has 27 ethanol plants and selected the central Ohio site to double production.“Ohio is a great place to do business. We love your business climate and your corn supply is great. Working with your state and local governments has always gone exceptionally well. Infrastructure, rail lines, natural gas availability, and electricity availability are all things that go into deciding where a plant will be,” Broin said. “In all of our 27 plants this one was No. 1 to expand next.”Ohio is an important location for serving domestic ethanol markets on the East Coast and also for serving potential export markets in the future.“We are working really hard on export markets. We are now exporting ethanol and DDGs,” Broin said. “Corn export markets have not changed in 35 years, but we are now exporting a billion gallons of ethanol going out of the country in the form of energy and adding jobs right here. We are creating new manufacturing jobs to export energy around the world.”POET Biorefining – Marion will expand its production capacity from the current 70 million gallons per year to 150 million gallons per year. The project will also increase production of dried distillers grains from the current 178,000 tons annually to 360,000 tons.“This expansion will add 26 million bushels of new corn demand annually for the local area and create new jobs and economic activity for rural Ohio,” Broin said. “We are excited that the Marion plant expansion can play a small role in this important arena.” This expansion is the largest project in the Marion area since the construction of the original POET Biorefining – Marion in 2008. With the groundbreaking in August, site work has officially begun, with project completion slated for the third quarter of 2018.The $120 million project will provide 225 temporary construction jobs and 18 to 21 new permanent jobs at the site, said Rick Fox, general manager of the Marion POET facility.“We chose here because the community and the farmers in the area are very supportive of what we want to do. We’re going to essentially double our volume here at this facility and double our purchases of corn and double the ethanol we produce. We’ll hire about 20 people and that is a significant impact for the surrounding community,” Fox said.  “When these plants were built the expansion was anticipated. A lot of the infrastructure is already existing and we are basically putting an identical plant right next to our existing plant.”In addition to the direct economic impact of the new plant, the increase in corn demand will have a broad benefit for corn producers.“This is a 26 million bushel corn market opening up. We get excited about 5 or 6 million bushel corn markets that are new for Ohio. This will take Ohio over a half billion gallons of ethanol produced a year,” said Tadd Nicholson with Ohio Corn and Wheat. “We’ve been working on ethanol for 25 years. It was one of the first things the first boards worked on with the new corn checkoff. They knew we could make ethanol more efficient and they started to invest in research.”With this continued big investment, Nicholson said there are several key policy concerns moving forward to further build upon Ohio’s existing ethanol infrastructure.“There is one really obscure thing — the Reid vapor pressure. It is one of the reasons we can’t sell E15 here in Ohio all year long. It is an obscure regulation that allows for a waiver for E10, but nothing above E10. There is a summer period where we have to shut down the sale of E15 but you can sell it during the winter months,” Nicholson said. “This waiver was put into place before we even had E15 as a certified fuel. It is unnecessary and unscientific and does nothing for the environment, but it does block the sale of E15. We’ve been working hard to get a waiver for this, but it is difficult to get anything small that makes good sense done in Washington, D.C. We know that 15% ethanol and higher blends only get better for the environment and it makes no sense why we have a block on E15.”The other key for ethanol is continued support from the initial levels specified in the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS).“In the RFS there are various tiers for the mandates each year. The first generation ethanol mandate is 15 billion gallons and we’ve reached that. The EPA stood behind that. There are some areas we could do better at, especially in the biodiesel area, but overall we are pleased with ethanol being at the statutory levels,” Nicholson said. “It is important to understand why the ethanol industry in Ohio would be expanding at all. In this country we have hit our maximum and we don’t need a whole lot more production for domestic use. It is about exporting ethanol — that is the big new frontier. Mexico is a great example. It is the first big market. Today they don’t use any but they are now able to go up to 10% in their fuel. It is a market that if fully realized, it would require almost Ohio’s annual production of corn. Even if it’s only half realized, it is a big market.”With the potential in Mexico and other countries looking to expand renewable energy, trade agreements are very important, particularly the North American Free Trade Agreement currently being re-negotiated, said John Linder, a Morrow County farmer and National Corn Growers Association board member.“You don’t necessarily have to deliver right here to POET to get to appreciate the value of this expansion. Basis everywhere in the area is going to have to increase,” Linder said. “The future of ethanol exports is bright. We didn’t realize that Canada would be our No. 1 export for ethanol. That is absolutely wonderful for our markets. We have to realize that 31% of ag income comes from exports. Any place we can build relationships to keep what we have and build new markets for corn is important to us.”In the end, the POET expansion will benefit the Marion community, the local corn price, and the state of Ohio, said David Daniels, director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture.“POET’s expansion will create even more market opportunities for Ohio’s producers and help the state’s number one industry, food and agriculture, continue to grow. Agribusinesses recognize Ohio’s growth environment and ultimately all Ohioans — consumers and farmers— benefit from this growth,” Daniels said. “We are so happy that POET has made the investment and chosen to expand in Marion, Ohio. We want to congratulate the POET team. We know you had plenty of places where you could invest your capital and we appreciate you choosing Ohio.”Anthony Bush, Morrow County farmer and National Corn Growers Association board member, Keith Truckor, Fulton County farmer and chair of the Ohio Corn Checkoff Board, Jeff Broin, CEO of POET, John Linder, Morrow County farmer and National Corn Growers Association board member, and Kelly Harsh, Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association board member, attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the POET expansion in Marion.last_img read more

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If You Are Being Out-Hustled

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now If there is one thing that is 100 percent within your control, it is your effort.You control how hard you work. Not your manager. Not your leader. Not anyone else. No one can or will stop you from working hard. The effort you make here is yours alone. If it isn’t enough, it’s all you.You control how many hours you work, too. The time you invest in work each day has nothing to do with your scheduled hours. It has nothing to do with whether you are paid hourly, salary, or straight commission. You can work as much as you want—or as little.The work that you decide to do is all up to you. This is true even if you have a day job. You can do your life’s work at 5:00 AM in the morning, when there is no one on earth who wants your time. You can work at 10:00 PM when other people are going to sleep. Like effort and time, the work you do is all you.If you are being out-hustled, it’s because you are allowing it.If someone is working harder than you are, they’re likely to produce more and better results. Even if they aren’t as smart, talented, educated, or well-connected as you.That someone who is working more hours doesn’t have one single hour more than you do each day. It’s just that they are investing their hours differently. Everyone has things that they have to do. And they always find time for the things they believe are most important. Right now, how you are spending your time is an indication of what is most important.There are very few things in life that are 100 percent within your control. Your belief system is one of them. Your attitude is another. What kind of effort you make is also one of the few things you can control.last_img read more

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Lokpal: Differences can be resolved through talks, says Anna Hazare

first_imgAmid a war of words between government and civil society members over Lokpal Bill, both sides will meet in New Delhi on Wednesday for its drafting even as Anna Hazare reminded the ministers that differences could be resolved through dialogue and not through confrontation.As the government and Congress continued its attack on the civil society members, Hazare said he cannot force anyone not to level allegations like he was a mask of RSS or BJP by putting a hand on their mouth, but said the civil society has every right to raise issues.The activists, who have shot off letters to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, will push for the inclusion of Prime Minister, judiciary and MPs under the ambit of the Lokpal, an issue on which government is at loggerheads with the civil society.”Differences can be resolved through talks but not through confrontation. We feel that the government has accepted some of our demands and a lot more needs to be done.There is time till June 30,” he told reporters here. “If nothing happens, we will see then,” he added.He said the civil society will put forth their views during Wednesday’s meeting and if their demands were not met, then they will start their agitation again.The last meeting on June 6 was boycotted by the civil society side to protest police crackdown on Ramdev’s protest. Congress has called Hazare an “unelected tyrant” while the civil society has taken exception to Mukherjee’s remarks that they were undermining democracy.advertisementAsked about allegations that he was associated with RSS and BJP, Hazare said, “how can I put hand on their mouth (and prevent them from making allegations)? In my lifetime, I have never gone close to any political party. Every party is similar. Some are graduates in corruption while some others have got doctorates in corruption.”Queried whether he considered BJP a corrupt party, he evaded direct reply and said, “why should I say, you people know.”On Congress’ allegation that the civil society was undermining democracy, he said the civil society has become the masters of the country when it turned republic.Emphasising that the government has to listen to people’s opinion, he said there was nothing wrong in civil society highlighting issues as the government is a representative of the citizens and are answerable.”We do not deny that Parliament is a big institution.But Parliament is not in Delhi alone. Have a look at the Constitution. The village parliament is bigger than the Parliament in Delhi. Nobody thinks about it. Who has send them to Parliament?” he said.Hazare also said there is so much corruption. “People in the government act like kings. That’s why people should reflect on what Congress leader Digvijay Singh said about bringing the Prime Minister under the ambit of the Lokpal Bill. It is noy just Anna Hazare’s question,” he said.Asked why they were not pulling out the drafting commitee as there was so much of mistrust, Kejriwal said they have to work with this. “At least, we can put on record our dissent note,” he said.For 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

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