ISDA Announces Clean Water Indiana Grant Recipients

first_img Previous articleClosing CommentsNext articleFarm Groups React to Obama Speech on Immigration Andy Eubank Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News ISDA Announces Clean Water Indiana Grant Recipients By Andy Eubank – Nov 20, 2014 SHARE Facebook Twitter ISDA Announces Clean Water Indiana Grant Recipients The Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) and the State Soil Conservation Board (SSCB) have awarded $1,020,900 in Clean Water Indiana (CWI) Grants to 35 Indiana Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) across the state. The goals of the projects are to seek ways to protect drinking water, improve water quality and assist Hoosiers in gaining knowledge and awareness about the impacts of land use on precious water resources.CWI Grants were awarded to the following:Grant Recipients (Lead County Listed First) Award AmountCrawford, Harrison, Perry $75,000.00Daviess, Martin, Pike $75,000.00DeKalb, Steuben $75,000.00Dubois, Gibson, Pike, Posey $75,000.00Hendricks, Putnam, Morgan, Owen $75,000.00Jay, Blackford $75,000.00Jefferson, Clark, Jackson, Scott $75,000.00Lawrence, Jackson, Martin $60,900.00Marion, Hendricks $60,000.00Miami, Wabash, Kosciusko $75,000.00Newton, Jasper, Porter, Benton, Lake $75,000.00Pike, Gibson, Posey, Vanderburgh, Warrick $75,000.00Ripley, Switzerland $75,000.00Wabash, Miami $75,000.00TOTAL $1,020,900.00“Our land and water are our state’s most precious natural resources and conserving what we have is critical to our Hoosier environment and economy,” said ISDA Director Ted McKinney. “We are committed to working with our partners to develop more conservation practices and get the necessary funding into the hands of Indiana landowners as quickly as we can.”The CWI Grants Program provides financial assistance to SWCDs to implement conservation practices to reduce non-point sources of water pollution through education, technical assistance, training and cost-sharing programs. Statewide, this round of CWI Grant recipient projects bring together local organizations, governments and communities, as well as state and federal agencies, to showcase what Hoosier conservationists can do when given the resources to make a difference. Proposals were concentrated on unique partnerships; regional technical assistance; centralized office coordination of state, federal and local agencies; and marketing conservation programs to landowners.SWCDs were encouraged to work together across county lines and to leverage local, state and federal resources to put more conservation on the land and bring more funds home to Hoosier landowners. Funded projects demonstrated cooperative conservation by connecting their local business plans to the statewide Indiana Conservation Partnership (ICP) Strategic Plan.Technical help to implement the grants will come from district staff, the Indiana State Department of Agriculture’s Division of Soil Conservation (ISDA-DSC), the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) and many local businesses and conservation groups. Additionally, the grants will help several SWCDs and local land users accelerate the implementation of federal and state conservation programs in their areas.Source: ISDA SHARElast_img read more

Shiv Sena MLA Ravindra Waikar, Wife Manisha Waikar File 100 Crore Defamation Suit Against Ex-BJP MP Kirit Somaiya

first_imgTop StoriesShiv Sena MLA Ravindra Waikar, Wife Manisha Waikar File 100 Crore Defamation Suit Against Ex-BJP MP Kirit Somaiya Srishti Ojha3 April 2021 12:22 AMShare This – xShiv Sena Legislator Ravindra Waikar and his wife Manisha Waiker have approached the Bombay High Court against the alleged defamatory statements made against them by ex BJP MP Kirit Somaiya.A defamation suit has been filed by them against Somaiya seeking damages of 100 crores for alleged defamatory statements and causing irreparable damage and maligning their reputation.Further, an ad…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginShiv Sena Legislator Ravindra Waikar and his wife Manisha Waiker have approached the Bombay High Court against the alleged defamatory statements made against them by ex BJP MP Kirit Somaiya.A defamation suit has been filed by them against Somaiya seeking damages of 100 crores for alleged defamatory statements and causing irreparable damage and maligning their reputation.Further, an ad interim relief has been sought for restraining Somaiya from further maligning their image in any manner during pendency of the present suit.The defamation suit has been filed by the the Shiv Sena Leader and his wife, with reference to statements made by Somaiya on several social media platforms and news channels alleging non discovery and false disclosure or assets in declaration filed by Ravindra Waikar before Election Commission.The Waikar’s have argued that Somaiya’s statements are grossly defamatory trying to portray an illusionary existence of several non existing profitable transactions for commercial benefits. They have stated that the statements made are untrue and were made with an intent to gain political mileage and leverage within his own political party.According to the Waikar’s, amidst the current issue surrounding Anvay Naik’s suicide, these stories have been cooked up by Somaiya to divert focus from actual perpetrators. The ‘baseless allegations’ have been made to indirectly target the current Maharashtra leadership for his own political gain as he is losing presence in his own political party.The plaintiffs in their suit have noted that statements were made by Somaiya with allegations against Waikar and Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray alleging that they obtained Anvay Naik’s Korlai properties at price less than the market price but the same wasn’t included in the election affidavit.According to Waikar, Somaiya has made the following allegations against him leveling unsubstantiated and false statements on various platforms:• Alleging non declaration of their assets and giving false information on oath before the election commission.• Alleging that 19 bungalows have been built on the Korlai plot of land for commercial purposes • Alleging that benefit of 25 crores was received by Waikar against BMC offering 200 crore development right to Mr Avinash Bhosale and Shahid Balwa.The suit has also made note of statements made by Somaiya against Manisha Waikar and Rashmi Thackeray alleging possibility of their involvement in alleged ‘torture and targeting’ of Arnab Goswami.According to the Waikar’s , they have an extensive reputation and goodwill in the society and the statements made by Somaiya is an attempt to rope them in a ugly pool of false statements and such statements are also a modus operandi used by him against many others to cause harassment and unsettle them.The plaintiffs have argued that Somaiya’s statements has caused them serious unbearable mental agony, financial losses and irreparable loss to their reputations which they created through hard work, perseverance by spending their own sweat and blood. As a result of his statements and false rumours, the general public has started doubting their honesty.According to the plaintiffs, Somaiya has attempted to falsely implicate them in a false criminal case filed before Revdanda police station. He has used words like ‘shanka’ to create doubts in minds of the masses.The plaintiffs have therefore contended that their reputation has been maligned by the alleged defamatory statements and irreparable damage has been caused to them entitling them to a damage of 100 crores, along with interest at rate of 18% from date of suit until payment or realisation.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

$9.4 billion plastics facility to be built on slave burial grounds, report says

first_imgiStock(ST. JAMES PARISH, La.) — Community activists in St. James Parish, Louisiana, are demanding land permits for a $9.4 billion plastics facility be revoked after archaeologists may have discovered the project is scheduled to be built atop several slave burial grounds, a report shows.Organizers with RISE St. James provided a “comprehensive and detailed report” by Coastal Environments Inc. to the St. James Parish Council that shows FG LA LLC, better known as Formosa Plastics, has been aware since 2018 that the land set aside for the project is above as many as seven cemeteries that could contain hundreds of slaves.Formosa Plastics didn’t immediately respond to repeated requests for comment from ABC News.“The enslaved people in these gravesites had no choice in where they lived, where they worked, where they died and where they were buried,” said Sharon Lavigne of RISE St. James. “Our ancestors are crying out to us from their graves — they are telling us to not let industry disturb their burial sites. Formosa Plastics did not inform the citizens of St. James or the parish council of the existence of the graves when they knew — they don’t care, they just want to profit from St. James Parish.”Ethylene oxide is used to produce other ingredients that are used in other chemicals like antifreeze.Coastal Environments, aka CEI, a firm that specializes in environmental and archeological services, alerted to the Louisiana Division of Archaeology in 2018 that based on maps from 1877 and 1978 the existence of two cemeteries on the former Acadia and Buena Vista plantations.“The significance of this discovery for descendants, and for history, cannot be overstated,” said Pam Spees, a senior staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights who’s representing RISE. “This land has a value and meaning that should be honored and protected against this kind of harmful development that will only serve to destroy, rather than help, build the community of descendants of those from whom so much was taken.”Members of RISE St. James have long known there are burial sites of enslaved people along the Mississippi River.“Formosa’s consultants were sent back out to survey the site again, having not found any cemeteries the first time,” according to a letter sent to the parish on Wednesday from Spees and other representatives for RISE. “They marked out a cemetery on the former Buena Vista plantation but believed the cemetery on the Acadia plantation had been destroyed under previous ownership.”The letter also said that the plastics company didn’t mention the findings by Coastal Environments, and that the company’s consultants “chose to investigate an area where the cemetery was not located.”Formosa Plastics’ spokeswoman Janile Parks told The Associated Press via email on Wednesday that the company is following the law and has fenced off the burial ground they found.“FG will continue to be respectful of historical burial grounds and will continue to follow all applicable local, state and federal laws and regulations related to land use and cultural resources,” Parks wrote.“Historically, it has been a challenge to locate the burial grounds of enslaved people before harm was done to such graves upon inadvertent discovery,” Spees wrote. “Had it not been for the archaeologist at CEI working independently and going out of his way to alert the Division of Archaeology to the likely existence of these graves, more graves may have been destroyed and lost forever to history and to descendants.”The aerial views of the possible graveyards within CEI’s 146-page report shows the land with “difficult to see” images of crosses, according to the report that makes recommends to prove their hypothesis including excavating the land.The Taiwan-based company went forward with submitting land approval applications to build the ethylene complex on St. James Parish’s West Bank on the approximately 2,500-acre plot that is also in the middle of a historic African American community, according to RISE.Formosa Plastics said working with the District No. 5 community has “enabled us to partner with local schools, churches, senior centers, businesses and others to implement much-needed programs.”The St. James Parish Council did not respond to repeated requests for comment.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Alex Wood and Ross Stripling are in the Dodgers’ starting rotation

first_imgLUX-URY RESERVEGavin Lux wasn’t in the starting lineup for the second consecutive day Monday, and the rookie is one of four players in the mix to play second base when the regular season begins, Roberts said. Kiké Hernandez, Chris Taylor, and Max Muncy are the others.“I think it’s open,” Roberts said. “I think that it’s going to be shared time. There’s a lot of things with Gavin’s swing … just trying to get him more at-bats in live (at-bats) and simulated. I thought his last at-bat last night, even though it was a strikeout, it was a good one.”An early hopeful for the National League Rookie of the Year award, Lux batted .240 with two home runs in 23 regular-season games for the Dodgers after debuting last September. He also had two hits, including a home run, in nine NL Division Series at-bats last October.KERSHAW’S CHALLENGEKershaw featured prominently in a short video supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. The video, released four days ago, kicked off an “In This Together” campaign to benefit the California Funders for Boys & Men of Color Southern California: Our Kids, Our Future Fund.Related Articles Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Another starting pitching prospect, right-hander Mitchell White, dazzled the Diamondbacks on Sunday by retiring 15 of the 16 batters he faced. But he will not begin the season on the Dodgers’ 30-man roster.“Mitchell, if he continues to do what he’s doing, we’ve got to keep him built up,” Roberts said. “Anything could happen. To see him playing for us this year wouldn’t be a surprise at all.”Stripling, a 30-year-old right-hander, has shuffled between the bullpen and the rotation in four seasons since his debut. Wood, a 29-year-old lefty, was also on the bubble for a rotation spot after the Dodgers signed him to an incentive-laden contract in January. Both pitchers became more integral to the team’s plans this month.Last Tuesday, right-hander Jimmy Nelson underwent surgery on his lower back. He’ll need the entire 60-game regular season to recuperate. Left-hander David Price opted out of playing this year due to concerns with the novel coronavirus.Teams are allowed to begin the season with 30 players on their active roster. Roberts said he expects “15 to 17” pitchers to make the cut. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season center_img PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson (31) celebrates his two-run home run with third base coach Dino Ebel during the second inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday, July 20, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner warms up in front of cardboard cutouts of fans before an exhibition baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday, July 20, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts throws after catching a fly ball during the first inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday, July 20, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsArizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo gestures in the dugout during an exhibition baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Monday, July 20, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Arizona Diamondbacks starter Taylor Clarke throws to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of an exhibition baseball game Monday, July 20, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers starter Julio Urias throws to the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of an exhibition baseball game Monday, July 20, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Arizona Diamondbacks’ Ildemaro Vargas (15) celebrates his home run with teammate David Peralta (6) during the second inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, July 20, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson, right, follows through on a two-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning of an exhibition baseball game Monday, July 20, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger warms up during the first inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday, July 20, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Arizona Diamondbacks’ David Peralta (6) is picked off trying to steal second base by Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chris Taylor during the second inning of an exhibition baseball game Monday, July 20, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers starter Julio Urias stands on the mound after giving up a home run to Arizona Diamondbacks’ Ildemaro Vargas, top left, during the second inning of an exhibition baseball game Monday, July 20, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Arizona Diamondbacks reliever Andrew Chafin, bottom, walks back after giving up a three-run home run to Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor, top left, during the fifth inning of an exhibition baseball game Monday, July 20, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson follows on a 2-RBI double during the fifth inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday, July 20, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Arizona Diamondbacks starter Taylor Clarke throws to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of an exhibition baseball game Monday, July 20, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson (31) celebrates his two-run home run with third base coach Dino Ebel during the second inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday, July 20, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner warms up in front of cardboard cutouts of fans before an exhibition baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday, July 20, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)NextShow Caption1 of 14Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner warms up in front of cardboard cutouts of fans before an exhibition baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday, July 20, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ExpandDodgers manager Dave Roberts effectively announced his starting rotation Monday, when he revealed Ross Stripling and Alex Wood were in the group of five.Roberts previously chose Clayton Kershaw to start on Opening Day, this Thursday against the San Francisco Giants. Julio Urías and Walker Buehler are also in the group.The most likely order? Stripling threw a simulated game Saturday, which lines him up to start Friday against the Giants. He’ll be followed in some order by Wood (who threw a simulated game Monday) and Urías (who started Monday’s exhibition game against the Diamondbacks). Buehler is slated to face the Houston Astros on July 28.That means right-hander Dustin May, whose promising rookie season in 2019 carried over into exhibition games this year, is ticketed for the bullpen. Roberts previously said it’s “certainly a possibility” that May will piggyback Buehler’s start against the Astros. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Kershaw also released a statement on June 19 – the Juneteenth holiday – in support of Black Lives Matter.Advocating for minorities is a new role for one of baseball’s most recognizable stars, and not without some risk. When the words “Black Lives Matter” were painted on the street outside Trump Tower in Manhattan, the President referred to the words as a “symbol of hate” in a subsequent tweet.If there has been any negative reaction to Kershaw’s activism, it hasn’t reached the pitcher.“Talking with guys, teammates, getting texts from people across the league, I think it’s been welcomed,” he said. “That’s not the reason to do it obviously. We did it because it’s the right thing to do. We believe that as a team, which was really cool to see. It wasn’t meant to be divisive, it wasn’t meant to be political. It was just meant to acknowledge that Black Lives Matter. I think we did a great job of representing that message. I’m excited to see where it goes from here.”ALSORoberts indicated pitcher Scott Alexander might not be on the Dodgers’ Opening Day roster. “We haven’t made the decision yet on what his next steps will be,” Roberts said. Alexander, who has Type 1 diabetes, is allowed to opt out of the season and still receive his pro-rated pay and full service time. … Alexander and Pedro Baez both threw to teammates Monday, Roberts said. … Baez is not expected to appear in an exhibition game but will be in the Dodgers’ Opening Day bullpen. … Kershaw has been toying with a changeup in exhibition games. “I feel average with it,” he said. … Catcher Austin Barnes was able to catch in the bullpen session one day after leaving Sunday’s exhibition game with a sore left hand. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies last_img read more