Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation recently awarded five Agricultural Action and Awareness Grants that will help individuals and groups make a difference in their communities.The grants focused on four core areas: economic development, education, environment and the human-animal bond. Supported by Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, the foundation is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, public, charitable organization registered in Ohio.This year’s grant recipients and projects:• Canine Companions for Independence received $3,000 for its Canine Companions’ Programs. The organization’s assistance dogs increase the independence of their human partners through the task-based commands they are trained to complete. The dogs also improve the quality of life of their human partner by increasing their confidence, social interaction and emotional well-being.• Northwestern Local School District in Wayne County received $3,000 for the construction of a greenhouse for educational purposes that will include hanging plants, tabled plants and hydroponics that will incorporate clean/renewable energy through solar lighting, a bio-fuel area and in the future a geothermal HVAC system and wind turbine.• Ohio Farm Bureau’s AgriPOWER program received $3,000 for two participant scholarships. The purpose of AgriPOWER is to develop and train Ohio farmers and agribusiness professionals to become effective leaders, spokespersons and advocates for Ohio agriculture.• Ohio Pork Council received $3,000 for its Virtual Field Trip to a Pig Farm program. Thousands of students will have the opportunity to see what happens on real Ohio farms without leaving their classroom. Through a video chat platform, students will be given the opportunity to see the farmer and pigs, ask questions and have them answered live on air by the farmer hosting the virtual tour.• Scipio-Republic Fire Department in Seneca County received a $2,700 grant for grain bin rescue equipment.Since 1985, the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation has provided funding across the state for both small and large projects, including the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on the Ohio State University campus. It also endowed Ohio State’s C. William Swank Chair for Agricultural Economics and Rural Development.Applications are now being accepted for the foundation’s fall funding grant cycle. Deadline to apply is Oct. 3. For more information about the foundation and its scholarship programs, visit OFBFoundation.org.
By Kacy Mixon, M.S., LMFTPartnering with Victims:[Flickr, Solving Jigsaw Puzzle by Yoel Ben-Avraham,CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 17, 2015When professionals working with domestic violence populations send messages that communicate both concern and respect, it can make a big difference in building trust and providing validation. Creating a partnership for safety reduces victim isolation and may also reduce victims’ feelings of powerlessness and anxiety. The chart below highlights strategies that professionals can suggest to develop partnerships with victims by promoting increased support, awareness, and self-care .Smith, L.B., Mixon, K.A. (2013). Unit 3: Safety. Family Centered Treatment: Domestic Violence Training. [Online curriculum].Partnering with the Community:It is Department of Defense policy to:“Provide for the safety of victims, hold abusers appropriately accountable for their behavior; and coordinate the response to domestic abuse with the local community.” Community coordinated responses are a way to prioritize the safety and welfare of victims and children experiencing domestic violence. Outlined in DoD instructions are military protocol connected to the prevention and responses to domestic violence. The protocol that military personnel (Commanders, Victims Advocates, etc.) adhere to have a vital role in creating partnerships with the military and civilian community. Nearly three quarters of military families live off-base . The chart below shows active participants that aid in community partnerships.Department of Defense. (2011). Domestic Violence Involving DoD Military and Certain Affiliated Personnel. Retrieved on July 14, 2013 from: http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/640006p.pdf. (p. 2)References Department of Defense. (2011). Domestic Violence Involving DoD Military and Certain Affiliated Personnel. Retrieved on July 14, 2013 from: http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/640006p.pdf. (p. 2) Smith, L.B., Mixon, K.A. (2013). Unit 3: Safety. Family Centered Treatment: Domestic Violence Training. [Online curriculum]. Cronk, T.M. (2013). Family resources must Connect with Communities, Official Says. American Forces Press Service, U.S. Department of Defense. Retrived on July 20, 2013.This post was written by Kacy Mixon, M.S., LMFT, Social Media Specialist. She is a member of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.
Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee here, fuelling speculations in political circles.The Sena chief, accompanied by son Aaditya Thackeray, paid a visit to Ms. Banerjee in the afternoon at a south Mumbai hotel where she is staying.Both Shiv Sena and Ms. Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress (TMC) have been at loggerheads with the BJP and the Narendra Modi government on a host of issues, including demonetisation.Ms. Banerjee, who is in the city since Tuesday and expected to return to Kolkata on Friday, met top industrialists and bankers here on Wednesday as part of a roadshow. This comes ahead of the fourth edition of the Bengal Global Business Summit, to be held in Kolkata in January. The Shiv Sena had last year teamed up with the TMC in a bid to take on the BJP over the issue of demonetisation.Mr. Uddhav had told mediapersons in November last year that if there was nothing wrong in Prime Minister Modi meeting (NCP chief) Sharad Pawar, then there was nothing wrong if the Sena held talks with Ms. Banerjee on a crucial issue.
The Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura, the junior ally of the ruling BJP, will hold demonstrations across the State in August to spearhead its demand for a separate State, a party leader said on Thursday.“We will organise sit-in demonstrations all over Tripura on August 23 in support of our demand for a separate State and withdrawal of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016,” IPFT vice-president Ananta Debbarma said.“We would continue our agitation in the State to highlight the two important demands,” he added.Old demandThe IPFT has been agitating since 2009 for a separate State to be carved out by upgrading the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council, which has jurisdiction over two-thirds of the State’s 10,491 sq. km area, home to over 12,16,000 people, mostly tribals.Most political parties, including the BJP, CPI(M), Congress and Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura, have rejected the IPFT demand, saying it is not practical to divide the small State.The IPFT forged an alliance with the BJP, based on a common minimum programme, before the February 18 Assembly polls and secured eight seats in the 60-member House. During the poll campaign, the IPFT toned down its Statehood demand while the BJP maintained that it did not support the separate State issue. IPFT president Narendra Chandra Debbarma and general secretary Mevar Kumar Jamatia are Ministers in the nine-member Council of Ministry headed by Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb.On the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, Mr. Ananta Debbarma said it would jeopardise tradition and customs besides demographic positions of the indigenous people not only in Tripura but also in the entire north-eastern region. The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 seeks to enable Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians who fled to India from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh without valid documents or those whose documents expired to acquire Indian citizenship through the process of naturalisation.Many parties in the northeastern region are opposing the Bill, which is now under scrutiny of a Joint Parliamentary Committee.
Former Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi.There is more trouble for the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee. The Central Bureau of Investigation has registered an FIR in the Games consultants’ case. Headlines Today had reported how Suresh Kalmadi-led OC had appointed 35 consultants including Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, who had been paid hefty amounts for consultancy and other services but they hardly did any work. The CBI is now investigating how much money was spent by the CWC OC on these consultants, who were also given high profile designations in addition to huge sums of money. Raids in overlay contracts’ case Meanwhile, the CBI continued its crackdown on the overlay contracts given out for CWG projects. On Thursday morning, it carried out raids at twenty places, including fifteen in Delhi, two in Mumbai and one in Kolkata. This comes after the registration of three new cases in connection with the renovation of Shivaji and Talkatora stadia for the October 2010 Games. Among those the CBI raided were NDMC chief architect S.S. Gupta and offices of Raja Aederi, consultants who had the contracts for renovation of CWG stadia.