Previous articleCoronavirus Impact Ripples Across Farm CountryNext articleDairy Farmers Dumping Milk Hoosier Ag Today Facebook Twitter The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) joined 30 agriculture organizations yesterday in urging the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to ensure agricultural business can participate in the economic disaster loan program included in the CARES Act.Earlier this week, SBA posted information on its Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program website stating applicants do not qualify for loans if they are an agricultural enterprise (e.g. farm). However, the CARES Act, signed into law last month, does not specifically exclude agriculture from this program. Congress intended for all business fewer than 500 employees to participate, NPPC and the agriculture organizations wrote Wednesday to SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza.“Agricultural producers and businesses are critical elements of this nation’s economy and food system. Prior to COVID-19, farmers and ranchers had already experienced a drastic 24-percent decline in net farm income from highs experienced just six years ago. With the further downturn in the economy, agricultural businesses are at risk of closure and may be required to lay off employees,” the letter explained. “Many agricultural producers need access to this critical source of financing to help preserve their businesses and avoid further disruptions to our economy and food systems,” the letter added.“As part of the critical U.S. food supply infrastructure, U.S. pork producers are committed to keeping Americans and consumers around the world supplied with nutritious protein. To ensure a continued and uninterrupted supply of pork to America’s kitchens, hog farmers must have access to necessary resources, including this vital economic disaster loan program,” said NPPC President Howard “A.V.” Roth, a pork producer from Wauzeka, Wisconsin. “We urge SBA to implement this program as intended by Congress, allowing pork producers to participate and remain committed to keeping consumers supplied with nutritious protein,” he added.A copy of the letter is available here.Learn more about U.S. pork producer efforts to ensure an uninterrupted supply of pork by visiting: https://nppc.org/issues/issue/your-food-is-our-priority/Source: NPPC press release SHARE By Hoosier Ag Today – Apr 5, 2020 Home Indiana Agriculture News NPPC Urges SBA to Ensure Ag Businesses Can Access Disaster Loan Program Facebook Twitter SHARE NPPC Urges SBA to Ensure Ag Businesses Can Access Disaster Loan Program
NewsLocal NewsInquiry severely critical of McManus/Brosnan hospital companyBy admin – August 9, 2012 804 WhatsApp Email Facebook Print Advertisement Previous articleMayor asked to take 50% cutNext article“It’s the stuff dreams are made of” Pat Purcell admin Twitter A PRIVATE hospital, owned by Irish investors including J.P.McManus, Denis Brosnan, Dermot Desmond and John Magnier, where vulnerable patients were allegedly encouraged to commit suicide, “failed to address corporate responsibility’ an inquiry has found. The BBC’s Panorama programme uncovered a litany of abuse at the now closed Winterbourne View hospital in Bristol owned by the Castlebeck company. Eleven former staff are awaiting sentencing having pleaded guilty to charges of beating patients with autism and learning difficulties, dousing them in water and encouraging some to consider suicide.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up According to a report in the Irish Times newspaper, an inquiry by the Serious Case Review has this week found that Castlebeck “appears to have made decisions about profitability, including shareholder returns, over and above decisions about the effective and humane delivery of assessment, treatment and rehabilitation”.“It is clear that at critical points in the wretched history of Winterbourne View, key decisions about priorities were taken by Castlebeck which impaired the ability of the hospital to improve the mental health and physical health and well-being of its patients,” the report continued.Commenting on the matter last year, Denis Brosnan said that the investors had been “shocked and appalled at what happened and determined that this will never happen again”. Linkedin
The beach replenishment project at the southern end of Ocean City, NJ is now expected to start April 14 and end in early July.Mike Dattilo, assistant to Mayor Jay Gillian, announced the expedited schedule on Thursday after a project update meeting with the Army Corps of Engineers.The work had been scheduled to start in early May and stretch into August. The new schedule provides less of a disruption to the summer vacation season.The city administration released the following fact sheet on the project as of March 26, 2015: Sign up for free breaking news updates from Ocean City.Get Ocean City updates in your Facebook news feed. “Like” us. FACT SHEET RE: BEACH REPLENISHMENT PROJECT IN SOUTH END OF OCEAN CITY, NJProject Description: Ocean City will receive approximately 1.6 million cubic yards of sand on approximately 2.6 miles of beach from 36th Street to 59th Street. Ancillary work includes the construction of pedestrian crossovers and the installation of new dune fence and dune grass. Our neighboring communities , Strathmere and Sea Isle, will also be receiving beach replenishment projects simultaneous with the work in Ocean City. The project is being overseen by the United States Army Corps of Engineers and is 100 % federally funded at a total cost of $57 million. There is no local funding towards this project.Contractor: Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company of Oak Brook, Illinois. They are the largest dredging operator in North America and have completed large scale dredging projects around the world.The Dredge: The sand will be supplied by a hopper dredge named the “Liberty Island.” The sand will be gathered from a borrow area located approximately 2.5 miles offshore of Strathmere. The dredge will then transport the sand close to shore at one of two landing areas where it will then be pumped onto the beach.Schedule: The contractor has recently begun mobilization in Ocean City. The current project schedule calls for dredging operations to begin on April 14th and be completed in early July, with equipment demobilization to follow. Dredging operations will take place on a 24 hour / 7 day per week basis. Dates may vary and are dependent on weather, equipment and other factors. A pipeline for a beach replenishment project between 36th and 59th streets in Ocean City, NJ, has already hit the beach just south of 42nd Street. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONSWill the beach be closed for the project?No more than 1,000 feet of beach will be closed at any one time. The closed area will shift north or south as the project proceeds. Beaches adjacent to the closed area will be open as normal. Some areas outside of the closed area may have a pipe running parallel to the ocean. Ramps will be constructed over the pipe at each street end and these beaches can be enjoyed as normal.Where will the project begin and how will it proceed?The current plan is for the contractor to establish the first offshore dredge pipe landing near 43rd Street. The contractor will begin pumping sand here moving north to 36th Street (northern project limit). The contractor will then pump south from the 43rd Street landing area to near 49th Street. Next, the contractor will establish a second offshore dredge pipe landing near 55th Street and begin pumping north to 49th Street. The contractor will then pump south from the 55th Street landing area to near 59th Street (southern project limit).When will my beach be closed?At this time it is not possible to estimate exactly when any one particular beach will be closed. Once the project begins and proceeds it may be possible to estimate what beaches will be affected for a relatively short duration of time on a day-to-day basis.Why is this work being done during the summer season?The project is under the control of the Army Corps, and just one of several scheduled up and down the coast as a result of Superstorm Sandy. Ocean City has attempted to have the south end of the island included in the federal beach replenishment program since the 1980’s. It now is and will be replenished on a three year cycle moving forward. While the timing is not ideal, it will allow for the project to be completed prior to the height of the hurricane season and the winter storm season. While everyone will enjoy bigger and better beaches, the project is really about protecting billions of dollars of public and private property from future storm damage. It simply would not be responsible for Ocean City to decline this project because of its timing. The City will work very closely with the Army Corps and the contractor to minimize any inconvenience.What will Ocean City do to minimize the inconvenience for residents and guests?The City will be providing free shuttle service from the closed area to adjacent beaches that are open. The shuttle service will tentatively begin on Memorial Day Weekend.For more information visit: www.ocnj.us/beachfill or call 609-399-6111.
Garment manufacturer PT Pan Brothers is eyeing an opportunity to export its personal protective equipment (PPE) to regions such as the Americas, Europe, Southeast Asia and Africa following the issuance of permits by the government.Vice president director Anne Patricia Sutanto said on Wednesday the company was planning to export the PPE to several countries in those regions including the United States, Canada, France, Italy, Singapore and South Africa.“We expect to start the exports in September as we’ve already received permission to export the PPE from the government,” she said during a virtual press briefing. She went on to say that the publicly listed company currently produced about 3 million to 5 million items of PPE per annum but it could increase the production to its maximum capacity of 10 million PPE items.The Trade Ministry in June lifted an export ban on PPE amid an oversupply in national production and allowed manufacturers to export surgical masks, N-95 masks, coveralls, surgical gowns and raw materials to make face masks.Read also: Govt revokes export ban on PPE amid oversupplyTrade Minister Agus Suparmanto expected the decision could spur national economic growth, particularly for manufacturing, and improve Indonesia’s export performance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Editor’s note: This article has been revised to state that Pan Brothers booked $326.21 million of sales during this year’s first half.Topics : Other than expanding PPE sales overseas, Anne said the company was also planning to expand its partnerships with existing clients.“Currently, we only supply performance wear for our client, Adidas. Going forward, we aim to also supply garments for lifestyle wear so that we can provide a complete supply chain solution for them,” she said.The company plans to expand its production capacity to 130 million garment pieces annually by 2021 from the current 117 million through automation and digitalization in all of its factories spread across the country. It expects that these efforts will increase output and maintain consistent quality for its products.The company has allocated US$10 million to $15 million of funding this year to support the expansion plan.“The funds will be used to upgrade our machinery, as well as to fund our automation and digitalization efforts in all of our factories,” said Anne.Despite experiencing flat growth in garment demand from its global brand clients, which contribute around 90 percent of its sales, Pan Brothers still managed to book double-digit growth in its top line in the first half of this year.Read also: Local PPE producers pass international standards, gear up for exportThe company booked $326.21 million of sales during this year’s January-June period, 14.54 percent higher compared with the same period in 2019. Anne attributed the growth to the rising sales of PPE and face masks, which contributed around 10 percent of its total sales during the period.The company’s net profits jumped by 42.55 percent year-on-year (yoy) to $12.08 million in the first half of this year.“We expect our sales to grow by 15 percent this year supported by PPE and face mask sales,” Anne said, expecting the gross profit and operating profit to expand by 13.6 percent and 6.3 percent, respectively, this year.Pan Brothers’ shares, trading on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) under the code PBRX, has lost 50.98 percent of its value since the beginning of the year. The company’s share price stood at Rp 250 apiece, unchanged on the day, on Thursday.