3 May

AY20/21 Adjunct Faculty, Ethics

first_imgPosition TypeAdjunct Employee ID Position Start Date Minimum Qualifications Position End Date (if temporary) * What is the highest level of education attained?GEDHigh School DiplomaAssociates DegreeBachelors DegreeMasters DegreeDoctorate DegreeABD Preferred Qualifications * Experience teaching in online/hybrid delivery?YesNo Position’s Functional TitleAY20/21 Adjunct Faculty, Ethics A Master’s degree in a related discipline. Classification TitleAdjunct Faculty Type of SearchExternal Position Details * What academic discipline did you earn your degree(s)in?(Open Ended Question)* Do you have experience teaching at the undergraduate level?YesNo Special Instructions to Applicantscenter_img Posting NumberFA0352P * Please describe your availability to teach. Adjunctassignments can be scheduled: Monday-Wednesday-Friday daytime,online, and/or evening courses at the University Park, Illinoiscampus.(Open Ended Question) Online teaching experience. Position Summary Governors State University’s College of Arts and Aciences seeks tocreate an available pool of Adjunct Faculty candidates to teachcourses in our Ethics departments. Courses taught by adjunctfaculty in the above programs are for undergraduates, graduates, ora combination of both. Please visit www.govst.edu for moreinformation about the programs and courses offered forundergraduates and graduates.Interested individuals are invited to complete a faculty profile,attach a curriculum vitae, and transcripts for consideration.At Governors State University, adjunct faculty are hired astemporary faculty with teaching responsibilities for a specificcourse in a semester or summer session. Adjuncts are not a part ofthe faculty bargaining unit and are not included in membership ofthe Faculty Senate. Required DocumentsRequired DocumentsCover LetterCurriculum VitaeTranscriptsOptional DocumentsResumeWriting/Media SamplesOtherOther2Other3List of References Interested individuals are invited to complete a faculty profile,attach a curriculum vita, cover letter and transcripts forconsideration. If available, please also include a sample syllabusfrom one of your current or most recent undergraduatecourses. Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Closing Date07/01/2021 Posting Date06/08/2020 Department Quicklink for Postinghttps://employment.govst.edu/postings/5358 Open Until FilledNolast_img read more

3 May

Farmers Push Back Against Animal Welfare Laws

first_imgFarmers Push Back Against Animal Welfare LawsBy Jen Fifield for Stateliness /Pew Charitable TrustsAll hogs in Massachusetts will be able to stretch their legs and turn around in their crates and all hens will be able to spread their wings under a law passed this month by voters in the state.Laws like this one, which strictly regulate how farm animals are confined, are becoming more common across the U.S., as large-scale farming replaces family farms and consumers learn more about what happens behind barn doors. Massachusetts is the 12th state to ban the use of some livestock- and poultry-raising cages or crates, such as gestation crates for sows, veal crates for calves or battery cages for chickens, which critics say abusively restrict the animals’ movement.The restrictive laws have taken hold so far in states that have relatively small agriculture industries for animals and animal products and fewer large-scale farming operations. But producers in big farming states see the writing on the wall. Backed by state farm bureaus, large-scale industrial farmers are pushing for changes that would make it harder for states to further regulate the way they do business.North Dakota and Missouri adopted amendments in the last few years that enshrined into their constitutions the right of farmers and ranchers to use current practices and technology. Legislatures in many states, including Indiana, Mississippi, Nebraska and West Virginia, considered proposed amendments this year. And Oklahoma voters this month rejected a similar amendment sent to them by the Legislature.Farmers acknowledge that some people who do not spend much time on farms may object to some of their practices. But they say that they do not abuse animals and that their practices are the most efficient and safest way to keep up with demand for food. And, they say, complying with restrictions on raising poultry and livestock like those approved in Massachusetts are costly for them and for consumers.They point to an 18 percent increase in the price of eggs — about 49 cents a dozen — in California last year that was attributed to a law that created strict space requirements for hens. The law applies not just to producers in the state but to producers in other states that sell eggs there.“Our nation’s ability to protect its food supply can be threatened by unnecessary regulations driven by activist agendas, often by people who’ve never set foot on farmland or have no idea what it takes to produce a crop,” said Paul Schlegel, director of environment and energy policy for the American Farm Bureau Federation.‘Right to Harm’Right-to-farm laws were put in place by all 50 states starting in the 1970s, as suburban development sprawled to rural areas. The laws were intended to protect farm owners from lawsuits brought by new neighbors who claimed the farms — with their smells, sounds and chemicals — were a nuisance. The newly proposed amendments would extend the protections by locking in farmers’ ability to use modern technology and practices.Animal welfare advocates, such as Daisy Freund, director of farm animal welfare for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, say the modern practices are not humane and call the right-to-farm amendments “right to harm” laws.The amendments would not only prevent states from passing new animal treatment laws, but would make it harder for anyone to win a lawsuit against an agriculture business, even if the operation was affecting nearby quality of life, or air or water quality, Freund said.Matthew Dominguez, a former lobbyist at the Humane Society of the United States who now works a national advocacy organization called the Nonhuman Rights Project, said the legislators who are proposing the amendments — including some who have received hefty donations from the industry — are trying to find any way they can to continue agriculture business as usual.But consumer expectations already are forcing producers to change how they operate, said Josh Balk, vice president of farm animal protection at the Humane Society of the U.S. Demand for free-range eggs and grass-fed beef is growing, pushing large companies to change their standards. Wal-Mart and McDonald’s recently committed to using only suppliers that raise cage-free hens by 2025.Market demands will force producers to change their practices or be left behind, Balk said. The U.S. Department of Agriculture projects that to meet demand, the industry will have to convert over half its egg production to cage-free systems by 2025, up from the current rate of 10 percent.“It’s kind of similar to which companies are trying to still produce black and white TVs, and which ones are selling color TVs,” Balk said.Paying a PremiumConsumer expectations have shifted as animal welfare groups such as the Humane Society have used undercover investigations to expose industry practices.Videos and images published on the advocacy groups’ websites, on YouTube and in documentaries depict windowless warehouses with hundreds of sows confined in gestation crates, where they spend most of their lives. Hens are shown in cages as wide and long as a letter-sized piece of paper, and barely tall enough for them to stand in.Many of these methods are accepted by industry groups such as the United Egg Producers and the National Pork Producers Council. Farmers say keeping animals in cages is the most sanitary and safest way to care for large groups of farm animals. And farming groups say the practices encouraged by animal welfare groups might not make life for farm animals any better.The National Association of Egg Farmers said that while Massachusetts voters will pay more for eggs, the lives of chickens will not improve. Caging chickens, the association said, reduces the likelihood they will become diseased. It also improves the quality of eggs, the group said, by reducing the chance that the eggs touch manure.Farmers and ranchers aren’t opposed to regulation that protects “the environment, that protects the food supply and that protects our families,” said Tom Buchanan, president of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau. “We buy our food from the same shelves you do,” he said.But Buchanan and others, such as Harry Kaiser, a professor at the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University, say consumers should have the option of buying meat and eggs without paying a premium for special animal treatment.Kaiser led the study, funded by the National Pork Producers Association, that showed an 18 percent increase in the price of eggs in California. The price increased even more than that because of a bird flu crisis, but that additional increase was filtered out of the study’s results.Kaiser said the results didn’t surprise him. If businesses aren’t able to use the most efficient methods for producing eggs, he said, their costs will go up.Not everyone can afford to pay premium prices, he said, and others don’t want to.Rodolfo Nayga, professor in the department of agricultural economics and agribusiness at the University of Arkansas, has found that while a segment of the population is willing to pay higher prices for organic food, or food produced using higher standards for animal treatment, not everyone is.“This isn’t for everybody,” Nayga said. “There are some farmers that won’t be able to accommodate the regulations for animal welfare and for environmental concerns.”Industry ResponseWhen animal welfare groups started about a decade ago to pay their employees to take jobs on farms to expose practices, the industry responded by pushing for what animal welfare advocates call ag-gag laws. Some of the laws made it a crime to take photos or videos of private farm property without the owner’s permission, while others made it a crime for an employee of an animal welfare organization to lie about where they worked when they applied for a job on a farm.About 26 states considered ag-gag laws from 2010 to 2015, but only nine — Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Utah and Wyoming — passed them.The Humane Society is not aware of any ag-gag bills proposed this year. Interest in these laws has faded after they faced opposition from animal welfare groups, as well as groups advocating for food safety, freedom of speech and workers’ rights, said Dominguez, who traveled the country fighting the laws for the Humane Society. Lawmakers also may be hesitant to propose the laws when so many are being challenged in court, he said.Idaho’s ag-gag law was overturned last year by a U.S. district judge who said it suppressed freedom of speech and violated the Equal Protection Clause. Lawsuits are pending in North Carolina, Wyoming and Utah.Six states — Alabama, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma — filed suit against California for its anti-confinement egg law, which was approved by voters in 2008 and took effect last year.The states said the law put their egg producers that supply California at a disadvantage, requiring them to either stop selling eggs in California or spend hundreds of millions of dollars to comply with the California law, which would increase prices even at home.The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled this month that the farming states had no legal right to challenge California’s law, upholding a lower court’s decision to dismiss the case.Updates to right-to-farm laws have seen some success, but not everyone thinks they are the way to go.In Oklahoma, small farmers worried that the proposed constitutional amendment would prevent them from suing larger producers whose practices damage their business. It took years for the Oklahoma Farm Bureau to get the measure on the state’s ballot, only to see it overwhelmingly defeated.The amendment was meant to prevent the Legislature from passing the same type of law Massachusetts approved, one that would “drastically handcuff and handicap farmers and ranchers, which ultimately results in less food and higher prices,” Buchanan said.Although Oklahoma is a traditional farming state, Buchanan fears that as more people move to cities and away from rural areas, and as more legislators come from urban backgrounds, laws further regulating farms may eventually have a chance of passing there.It’s better to pass a law now to block such measures, he said. “As the saying goes, it’s too late to shut the barn door once the horse is out.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

2 May

Weekly Market Review: September 8, 2020

first_imgIt has been a six-months of U.S. employment numbers unlike any other in history. The number of working Americans reached a record high of 158.8 million (February 2020) before plummeting to 133.4 million only two months later (April 2020), and now the total has rebounded to 147.3 million at the end of August 2020. The number of out-of-work Americans was just 5.8 million only six months ago (February 2020), soared to a shocking 23.1 million by the end of April 2020, and now is at 13.6 million as of last month. The latter number represents a national jobless rate of 8.4% (source: Department of Labor).Jobless Americans who are renters are being protected from eviction through the end of 2020 as a result of a White House executive order announced on 9 /01 /20. But unless out-of-work Americans secure employment within the next 100 days, the latest moratorium is a short-term fix on a problem impacting an estimated 9 million U.S. renter households nationwide. Frustrated owners of rental housing have their own set of financial responsibilities that have not received similar forgiveness – mortgage payments, utilities, insurance, property taxes – setting the stage for chaos in municipal courts when landlords ultimately move to evict tenants for the non-payment of rent (source: BTN Research).U.S. oil production fell to 9.7 million barrels a day for the week ending 8/28/20, the first time that our domestic oil production has been below 1 0 million barrels per day since Friday 1 /26/18 or more than 2 ½ years ago (source: Department of Energy).Notable Numbers for the Week:COMPARING THE STARTS – Since hitting a bear market low on 3/23/20, the S&P 500 has gained +54.5% (total return) in 116 trading days through last Friday 9 /04/20. By comparison, the recently ended 11-year bull market for the S&P 500 (lasting from 3/09 /09 to 2/ 19 /20) gained +53.3% (total return) during its first 116 trading days on its way to a +529% (total return) overall bull market gain (source: BTN Research).THE MOST PAID – The maximum Social Security benefit paid to a worker retiring at full retirement age in 2020 is $3,011 per month, triple the $975 per month maximum benefit paid 30 years ago (source: Social Security Administration).GOING FAST – 68% of the 597,000 existing home sales that took place in the United States in July 2020 were listings that were on the market less than one month (source: National Association of Realtors).TWO TRILLION IS GONE – As of 3/31 /20, the size of the U.S. economy was estimated to be $21.54 trillion. As of 6/30/20, the size of the U.S. economy has been estimated to be $19.49 trillion (source: Department of Commerce).Mark R. Reimet, CFP®CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™Jodie BoothFinancial Advisorlast_img read more

21 Apr

In the BB archives

first_img5 January, 1941: BB nearly burnsThe closing days of 1940 were marked forever by the serious fires that broke out over the city of London as a result of the dropping of vast numbers of incendiary bombs. Early on Sunday evening, December 29, incendiary bombs were rained on the city. Lots of them, thanks to efficient roof-spotting, were extinguished very quickly; many were not, with consequences that will go down into history. A fire which burned fiercely, some 60 or 70 yards from our head offices, spread, despite unrelenting efforts on the part of the firemen, until a big area was involved. Those of us on Fleet Street will not forget the feeling of profound sadness shared by those newspaper men who watched helplessly. Despite the dislocation that resulted, the life of the city was resumed on Monday morning with a cheerful determination that should serve as an inspiration to every Britisher.last_img read more

2 Mar

Report: Median Musician Income In The United States Is $21,300 Per Year

first_imgAfter nearly two decades of decline, recording industry revenue is now on the rise thanks, in large part, to the popularity of music streaming services. However, a new report from the nonprofit Music Industry Research Association suggests that the money hasn’t exactly trickled down.According to the report, which was organized in conjunction with MusiCares and the Princeton University Survey Research Center, the median income for musicians was $35,000 in 2017—with only $21,300 coming from music-related sources. As noted by Rolling Stone, the American Community Survey indicates that median musician income was between $20,000 and $25,000 from 2012 to 2016, so it seems that increased recording industry revenues haven’t translated into higher pay for the people who do the music making.The Music Industry Research Association report points out that 61% of the musicians they surveyed rely on other forms of income to pay the bills. Still, the most common source of income was live performances, which were followed by music lessons and performances at religious institutions. However, the survey included both long-term professional musicians and musicians who were just getting started.The survey also noted a number of other trends regarding the music profession. For instance, roughly one-third of musicians are women, with 72% of female musicians reporting that they have been discriminated against because of their sex and 67% reporting that they have been the victim of sexual harassment. Additionally, musicians struggle with mental health issues at a particularly high rate, and the musicians that were surveyed had thoughts related to self-harm at over 3 times the rate of the general population.The survey also demonstrated that musicians are more likely to deal with substance abuse issues. Those surveyed were 5 times more likely to have used cocaine in the previous month, 6.5 times more likely to have used ecstasy, 13.5 times more likely to have used LSD, 2.8 times more likely to have used heroin, and 3.5 times more likely to have used meth. Musicians are also nearly twice as likely to drink alcohol frequently.The Music Industry Research Association surveyed 1,227 American musicians for its report. The organization selected its sample from MusiCares’ client list, music-industry directories maintained by the American List Council, and references from other musicians. While they acknowledged that this is not necessarily a representative sample of American musicians, they noted that “even with this partial sample, several of the findings from the MIRA Musician Survey raise concerns about the lives and careers of many working musicians.” The survey was conducted between April 12th, 2018, and June 2nd, 2018.last_img read more

1 Jan

Howard Printing Earns First and Second Place Awards

first_imgHoward Printing Earns First and Second Place AwardsBRATTLEBORO, VT — Howard Printing, Inc, a commercial offset printing company serving clients in Brattleboro, Keene (NH), Greenfield (MA), and throughout the tristate region, won a first-place “Pinnacle” award and a second-place “Award of Recognition” in the inaugural Awards of Excellence Competition presented by the Printing Industries of New England (PINE).PINE selected Howard Printing for the “Pinnacle” (Best of Category) award for the Bears in the Valley Auction Catalog, which was produced for the Mount Snow Valley Chamber of Commerce. The catalog was designed by Howard Printing in collaboration with Sarah Shippee, the Chamber point person. The principal photographer was Mark Linton of West Dover, with additional photographs supplied by Shippee. Limited copies of the catalog are still available for sale at the Chamber office on Main Street in Wilmington.Howard Printing earned the second-place “Award of Recognition” in the Greeting Card/Invitation/Program/Postcard category for the Canal Street Redevelopment postcard, which was produced for SVE Associates, a private civil/survey engineering consulting firm with offices in Brattleboro, Bennington, White River Junction, Rutland, Keene, and Greenfield. The postcard was one of a series designed by Chuck Gibson Design of Hanover (NH).”I am extremely proud of our team here at Howard Printing for their dedication to detail and quality, and thrilled to be able to share this recognition with our clients, says Howard Printing founder and president Greg Howard.The competition attracted 340 entries from 56 printing and imaging companies in New England. Awards were announced at a gala on November 1, 2007, in Framingham (MA). Winners were featured in the December 2007 issue of the New England Printer & Publisher magazine.Each entry was judged on its own merit in a category with similarly printed pieces, by a panel of three non-New England printing experts. The judging criteria, which focused on technical quality and print execution, included: registration, clarity and neatness, sharpness of halftones and line drawings, richness and tonal qualities of color, paper and ink selection, ink coverage, difficulty of printing, effective contrast or softness, overall visual impact and bindery.According to PINE President James Tepper, “Only those printers who produced truly exquisite work were honored. Those printers receiving awards can take pride as being recognized among New Englands finest printers.”PINE is a 118-year-old organization and the largest trade association to serve printing and graphic communications companies throughout New England. PINE serves more than 430 member companies through a wide range of products and services that enhance member profitability. The Association is affiliated with the worlds largest graphic arts trade association, Printing Industries of America / Graphic Arts Technical foundation.Founded in 1991, Howard Printing is a full-service printing company providing one- to four-color offset printing, desktop publishing and design services, computer-to-plate prepress technologies, and bindery operations. In addition, Howard Printing is the publisher of “The ABC’s of Vermont” coloring book and of the “New England Showcase” real estate magazine, a free publication which can be found on newsstands and online at http://www.newenglandshowcase.com/(link is external).For more information, visit Howard Printing online at http://www.howardprintinginc.com(link is external) or contact Howard at 802-254-3550 or [email protected](link sends e-mail).###last_img read more

20 Dec

Six Basque Separatists Accused of FARC Ties

first_imgBy Dialogo March 09, 2011 A Spanish judge ordered the prosecution of six Basque separatists, including two former ETA leaders, for allegedly collaborating with the Colombian rebel group FARC. National Court Judge Eloy Velasco, who has been investigating the suspected ties between the two outlawed organisations since last year, said Basque separatists had trained both members of ETA and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in the Venezuelan jungle. Francisco Javier Lopez Pena, a former ETA leader who was arrested in France in 2008, and Mikel Carrera Sarobe, the group’s most senior commander who was detained in France in 2010, are among the six accused on 7 March of collaborating with FARC. Velasco has already issued a series of arrest warrants in March last year for suspected ETA members living in Venezuela over their alleged links to FARC, including Arturo Cubillas, who was given a senior post in the agriculture ministry by the government of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in 2005. Spain has requested his extradition. But Cubillas, as well as being a Spanish national, has also obtained Venezuelan citizenship, which the country’s attorney general has said precludes his extradition. The case has sparked tensions between Madrid and Caracas. On 7 March, Velasco additionally accused Cubillas of being the leader of ETA in the Americas. He also ordered four other ETA members to be prosecuted on charges of “belonging to a terrorist organisation” or “possession of explosives” in relation to their alleged ties to FARC. Documents pointing to ETA-FARC ties were seized from the Colombian rebel group following a military raid last September in which the group’s leader, Jorge Briceno, was killed. In his ruling last year, Velasco had charged that the ties between ETA and FARC had benefited from “Venezuelan government cooperation.” ETA is blamed for the deaths of 829 people in its four-decade campaign of bombings and shootings to force the creation of a Basque homeland in northern Spain and southwestern France. The FARC is the oldest and largest leftist group in Colombia with an estimated 8,000 combatants.last_img read more

19 Oct

Washington troops hit with coronavirus after protests

first_imgTopics : Members of the Washington DC national guard have tested positive for coronavirus in the wake of their deployment during recent protests in the US capital, the guard said Tuesday.DC National Guard spokeswoman Lieutenant Colonel Brooke Davis said they could not reveal the number of positive tests due to “operational security.”She said they came after the 1,700 members were demobilized following service during the protests that erupted in front of the White House and elsewhere over the killing of African American George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. The guard were mobilized by the mayor and then the federal government on June 1 to help keep order after protests turned into rioting and looting.They were screened for COVID-19 before and after deployment, Davis said.While many protesters wore masks during the unrest not all did, and many law enforcement and guard personnel also went without.”National Guard personnel are social distancing and use of PPE measures remained in place where practical throughout” the deployment, Davis said.center_img COVID-19 has claimed almost 112,000 lives in the United States since it spread from China and Europe earlier this year. The country has registered some two million cases — from a worldwide total of 7.2 million.last_img read more

24 Sep

Investigators: Alcohol may be factor in Versailles crash

first_imgVERSAILLES, Ind. – Ripley County detectives say alcohol may be a factor in a crash that hospitalized a Milroy man.Crash investigators say Merle Mcfadden, 44, was traveling southbound from Versailles on S.R. 129 on Friday afternoon when the 1989 Chevrolet pickup left the roadway.The vehicle came back on the road crossing the northbound lane before leaving the road and flipping on its top.Deputies said McFadden was flown to St. Vincent in Indianapolis for treatment of serious injuries including head trauma.The Ripley County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the crash.last_img read more

21 Sep

Jol eyes new middle men

first_imgMartin Jol is expecting another summer of change to Fulham’s midfield, with a host of players’ futures up in the air. Press Association After losing the likes of Clint Dempsey, Mousa Dembele and Danny Murphy last year, there again looks set to be another high turnover of midfielders at Craven Cottage. Giorgos Karagounis, Mahamadou Diarra, Chris Baird and Simon Davies have all yet to extend their contracts past the end of the season. The on-loan quartet of Urby Emanuelson, Emmanuel Frimpong, Stanislav Manolev and Eyong Enoh also see their stays expire in the summer. Jol knows he has some tough decisions to make over the coming months, and the Dutchman said: “We have to do something.” center_img He added: “If you look at the defence, I think we are fine. If you look at the midfield, I think Steve Sidwell is probably the only one left if you think of all the players we had six or seven months ago. “Up front, Mladen Petric we will talk to him as he is on a one-year deal (which expires). Sascha Riether we have an option in his loan (to make it permanent) and we will probably take that. “For the rest, I don’t see any problem but in midfield we can do something because there is only one or two left. Karagounis is also on a one-year deal so Sidwell is probably the only one who is on a long-term contract.” As well as shoring up his midfield, Jol wants to bring in a new goalkeeper. Regular number one Mark Schwarzer has yet to sign a new deal past the summer and understudy David Stockdale, currently on loan at Hull, is frustrated at a lack of opportunities in west London. “Mark Schwarzer is for us almost a hero,” said Jol. “He saves games for us so I would like him to stay but we are looking for a goalkeeper. “Neil Etheridge is young and has no experience. He will go on loan, 100 per cent, to gain experience to be the number one in the future. “We have Csaba Somogyi, who was man-of-the-match four times out of the last six games at Dartford, but we still look for a goalkeeper. We are looking for a good goalkeeper so if Mark decides to stay I have two good goalkeepers, plus Stockdale because he is still there. I have to talk to him.” last_img read more