EPA Names 10 More Efficient Corn Ethanol Producers

first_imgHome Energy EPA Names 10 More Efficient Corn Ethanol Producers EPA Names 10 More Efficient Corn Ethanol Producers SHARE By Gary Truitt – Feb 11, 2015 Facebook Twitter Ten more corn ethanol plants were approved through the U.S. EPA’s efficient producer petition process (EP3) at the end of January, bringing the total to 19. Thefirst round of nine approvals were announced in December.The 10 corn ethanol plants include Badger State Ethanol LLC, Green Plains Ord LLC, Lincolnland Agri-Energy LLC, Tharaldson Ethanol Plant 1 LLC, Dakota Ethanol LLC, Green Plains Shenandoah LLC, Lincolnway Energy LLC, Farmers Energy Cardinal LLC, Highwater Ethanol LLC and Quad County Corn Processors.Late last year, the EPA streamlined the petition process used by producers wanting to demonstrate above-average greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions. Ethanol producers must provide the bushels of corn processed, their natural gas and electricity consumption and the gallons of ethanol produced, which are then plugged into a new GHG calculation tool developed by the agency.Under the current renewable fuels standard program(RFS), the production volume of existing corn ethanol plants was grandfathered in, and any new production above the gallons registered with the EPA are required, by law, to meet the 20 percent GHG reduction threshold when compared to the baseline gasoline. The average GHG reduction value for corn ethanol plants in the original 2010 modeling done by EPA was about 17 percent, including controversial indirect land use change emissions. Energy efficiency improvements and ethanol yield gains mean 19 ethanol producers can demonstrate GHG reductions better than 20 percent. Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleJohn Morrell To Build Distribution Center in Hancock CountyNext articleCrop Insurance Focus of House Ag Committee Hearing Gary Truittlast_img read more

Indiana Soybean Promoting Livestock to Hoosier Communities

first_img By Andy Eubank – May 24, 2017 SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Indiana Soybean Promoting Livestock to Hoosier Communities Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Indiana Soybean Promoting Livestock to Hoosier Communities Previous articleHelping Planted Crops RecoverNext articleMorning Outlook Andy Eubank ISA livestock studyIndiana Soybean Alliance is again promoting animal agriculture in the state, this time with a new study to assist economic developers and local communities. The research conducted by the Indiana Business Research Center, Kelley School of Business at Indiana University looks closely at the benefits of growing animal agriculture industries in the state. ISA funded it for one simple reason, says board member Joe Steinkamp.“Indiana Soybean Alliance is all about moving more soybeans, and we want to move more soybeans to our #1 customer and that is livestock,” he said. “And the best way to help impact Indiana soybean farmers is to have more livestock in Indiana to eat up our soybeans.”The study makes it clear that communities should also take a close look at the research and how animal agriculture is a great benefit to economic development.“Livestock is a great way to add jobs to their county, and there is a big multiplier effect for each one. If you’re going to put more hogs in, for every hundred people who work in the hog industry there’s another 41 jobs in the state, and every dollar the hog facility generates, it’s going to generate 1.6 dollars out in the community.”He adds they’re consistent, steady jobs throughout the year. The report deals with more than just hog operations, and one area that jumped out at Steinkamp was broiler and egg facilities.“There’s lots of employment and there’s a sales multiplier. The jobs are fair pay jobs and those people working in those jobs are going back out and moving in the local community and buying and shopping, and sending their kids to schools in each one of these communities.”One of the benefits of the regional economic study is the detail it provides on the direct impact of animal agriculture but also anticipated ripple, or multiplier, effects within economic systems. Researchers concluded that growing animal industries beyond the current 21,200 animal agriculture operations and nearly $3.7 billion in sales will boost Indiana’s position among the nation’s leaders and expand economic opportunity in the state.“Indiana’s hogs, cattle and poultry are an Indiana soybean farmer’s best customers, consuming 95 percent of all soybean meal produced in the state each year,” added Tom Griffiths, Indiana Soybean Alliance Chairman and a farmer in Kendallville. “This study shows the livestock industry will continue to enhance and increase the value of our soybeans and will also support local communities across the state that choose to embrace the industry’s growth.”Indiana is widely known as a major agriculture producer. According to the latest USDA Census of Agriculture, Indiana ranked among the nation’s top 10 agricultural states with $11.2 billion in sales. The state is home to every major category of animal agriculture.Steinkamp on livestock operations and Indiana jobs:Animal treatment and jobs for the communityLearn more at the new website www.FarmersDeliver.com.About Farmers DeliverIndiana’s livestock farmers are a part of the community fabric, caring for the land and animals that feed their families, and yours. As community leaders and economic contributors, Indiana’s livestock farm families are responsible neighbors invested in their heritage, their future and the health of the economy. Learn more about Indiana’s livestock farmers and their contributions at FarmersDeliver.com or TheAgEffect.com. SHARElast_img read more

USDA: 2nd Round of Trade Aid Payments on the Way; Rates…

first_imgMarket Facilitation Program Sweet Cherries (fresh)$0.16 / lb.$111,500 Corn$0.01 / bu.$192,000 By Hoosier Ag Today – Dec 17, 2018 Wheat$0.14 / bu.$238,400 SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleSmart Agronomic Moves Required for Profitable 2019Next articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for December 18, 2018 Hoosier Ag Today USDA: 2nd Round of Trade Aid Payments on the Way; Rates Same as 1st Round Market Facilitation ProgramProducers need only sign-up once for the MFP to be eligible for the first and second payments. The MFP sign-up period opened in September and runs through January 15, 2019, with information and instructions provided at www.farmers.gov/mfp. Producers must complete an application by January 15, 2019 but have until May 1, 2019 to certify their 2018 production. The MFP provides payments to almond, cotton, corn, dairy, hog, sorghum, soybean, fresh sweet cherry, and wheat producers who have been significantly impacted by actions of foreign governments resulting in the loss of traditional exports. The MFP is established under the statutory authority of the Commodity Credit Corporation CCC Charter Act and is under the administration of USDA’s FSA. Eligible producers should apply after harvest is complete, as payments will only be issued once production is reported.For farmers who have already applied, completed harvest, and certified their 2018 production, a second payment will be issued on the remaining 50 percent of the producer’s total production, multiplied by the MFP rate for the specific commodity. Pork (hogs)$8.00 / head$580,600 SHARE Almonds (shelled)$0.03 / lb.$63,300 Cotton$0.06 / lb.$553,800 Soybeans$1.65 / bu.$7,259,400 ** Total payment rate on 100% of productionMFP payments are limited to a combined $125,000 for corn, cotton, sorghum, soybeans, and wheat capped per person or legal entity. MFP payments are also limited to a combined $125,000 for dairy and hog producers, and a combined $125,000 for fresh sweet cherry and almond producers. Applicants must also have an average adjusted gross income for tax years 2014, 2015, and 2016 of less than $900,000. Applicants must also comply with the provisions of the Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation regulations.For more further information or to locate and contact local FSA offices, interested producers can visit www.farmers.gov.Source: USDA Office of Communications, National Corn Growers Association Dairy (milk)$0.12 / cwt.$254,800 Sorghum$0.86 / bu.$313,600 Total$9,567,400 CommodityFirst and Second Payment RateEst. Total Payment**(in $1,000s) At the direction of President Donald J. Trump, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today launched the second and final round of trade mitigation payments aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations. Producers of certain commodities will now be eligible to receive Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments for the second half of their 2018 production.“The President reaffirmed his support for American farmers and ranchers and made good on his promise, authorizing the second round of payments to be made in short order. While there have been positive movements on the trade front, American farmers are continuing to experience losses due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations. This assistance will help with short-term cash flow issues as we move into the new year,” said Perdue. The National Corn Growers Association expressed disappointment that no changes were made to the rates between the first round and this one. “Farmers of all crops have felt the impact of trade tariffs,” said NCGA President Lynn Chrisp. “NCGA appreciates the progress the administration has made to advance ethanol, reach a new agreement with Mexico and Canada and move forward on negotiations with Japan, but the benefits of these efforts will take time to materialize and farmers are hurting now.”“One cent per bushel is woefully inadequate to even begin to cover the losses being felt by corn farmers. USDA did not take into account the reality that many of our farmers are facing,” Chrisp added. Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News USDA: 2nd Round of Trade Aid Payments on the Way; Rates Same…last_img read more

TCU trails SMU 40-37 at halftime

first_imgNorrie climbs to No. 1 in national rankings Twitter Linkedin ReddIt Dean Straka printThe Horned Frogs trail the No. 22 SMU Mustangs 40-37 at halftime at the Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center in Fort Worth, Texas.The Frogs once had a commanding 22-10 over SMU thanks to a 15-1 run, but the Mustangs stormed all the way back to take a halftime lead, via a 16-1 run of their own.Trailing 38-37, the Frogs were called for a shooting foul as time expired, sending Sterling Brown to the line who made both free-throw attempts.The Frogs shot 43.3 percent from the field in the half. Forward Vlad Brodziansky shot 5-9, recording a team high 13 points and four rebounds for the Frogs. Guard Chauncey Collins recorded 9 points of three three pointers.SMU shot 41.2 percent from the field in the half, but went 69.2 percent from the line, opposed to the Frogs 60 percent. Forward Ben Moore led the way for the Mustangs with eight points. Brown, Nic Moore, and Marcus Kennedy combined for a team-second best of seven points each in the half.The Mustangs are without head coach Larry Brown, who is serving a nine-game suspension as part of sanctions against SMU for academic violations. Dean Strakahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dean-straka/ TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Dean Straka is a senior journalism major from Lake Forest, California. He currently serves as Sports Line Editor for TCU 360. His passions include golf, God, traveling, and sitting down to watch the big game of the day. Follow him on Twitter at @dwstraka49 Linkedin Twitter Dean Strakahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dean-straka/ Facebook Dean Strakahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dean-straka/ Equestrian upsets No. 1 Baylor, swept by Texas A&M at NCEA Championships TCU guard Malique Trent. Men’s tennis clinches consecutive Big 12 titles with win over No. 4 Baylor Dean Strakahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dean-straka/ Equestrian defeated in Big 12 Championship Previous articleTCU amps up security at home gamesNext articleTCU falls to SMU, 75-70 Dean Straka RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt Facebook Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award + posts TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hellolast_img read more

Thinking workshop helps students find business solutions

first_imgDesigning a product with empathy is one of the skill sets students will learn at the design thinking workshop. Two participants took turns to show items in their wallets; they then interviewed each other before each designed a new wallet for the partner. printA design thinking workshop is now being offered to all TCU students.For the first time, the workshop will be offered to all majors, not just interns who are going to Ethiopia.There will be 23 total students attending the workshop.Professor of marketing practice at the Neeley School of Business Dr. Stacy Landreth Grau is coordinating with Cedric James, assistant director of TCU’s Idea Factory, to create a workshop where students can attend lessons in empathy, creativity and innovation in problem solving.Students will have the opportunity to interact with participants from different majors to reinforce the diversity of perspectives.“It’s important to have lots of different people from lots of different perspectives as opposed to just everybody who’s doing the same thing and same background,” Grau said.The students that will intern in Ethiopia can apply what they learn during the workshop to their trip. This workshop will offer tools to help the interns figure out how to create revenue-generating businesses for Ethiopian women.“I’m hoping it’s going to be useful for them when they get to Ethiopia,” Grau said. Tuyen Hoang is originally from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Tuyen is a transfer student from Brookhaven College. Tuyen is a junior journalism major and sociology minor at Texas Christian University. She serves as the administration reporter for TCU 360. ReddIt Students debut performances of drag personas as part of unique new course Tuyen Hoanghttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tuyen-hoang/ TCU to send first student interns to Ethiopia Linkedin ReddIt Q&A: Three professors received the Deans’ Research and Creativity Award Twitter Twitter Facebook Tuyen Hoanghttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tuyen-hoang/center_img Facebook Tuyen Hoang Linkedin Dr. Stacy Landreth Grau attended Stanford University’s Design Thinking bootcamp in summer of 2015, and since then Grau has been working with faculty members to bring awareness about design thinking methodology to the TCU community.Grau said the workshop is about a “human-centered design.”The idea of human-centered design is to encourage students to observe, interview and develop empathy for the people whom they’re serving.At the workshop, Grau and James will instruct students to implement a full design cycle. The steps consist of empathy, define, brainstorm, prototype and test.Students will get hands-on experiences with each step by designing wallets for their peers.Grau said she will convey the significance of innovation in many fields and hopes to inspire innovative ways of thinking to all students’ disciplines.“Innovation is needed in education, sciences, social change organizations,” Grau said. “It’s a framework that can be applied in a lot of contexts.”The best way for students to understand the design thinking is to experience and find out how the creative solving-problem framework can be applied to their majors, James said.“All [are] welcome and just to see how this framework can be useful in their disciplines,” James said.Lunch and beverages will be provided at the workshop.To sign up for the workshop, students can contact either the idea factory or email Grau.The design thinking workshop will take place Feb. 26 in room Room 211 of Rees-Jones Hall from 1 to 4 p.m. The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years + posts eHarmony co-founder speaks with TCU students Comedy group brings new approach of brainstorming to the Neeley School Previous articleTCU transfer students get more involved in transfer center’s leadershipNext articleN.J. Governor Chris Christie endorses Donald Trump at Fort Worth rally Tuyen Hoang RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Tuyen Hoanghttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tuyen-hoang/ Tuyen Hoanghttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tuyen-hoang/ Condensed semester, lost week to snowstorm adding to some students stress during finals weeklast_img read more

TCU falls in double OT, snapping a 14 home-game winning streak

first_imgTwitter Boschini: ‘None of the talk matters because Jamie Dixon is staying’ TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Linkedin Boschini talks: construction, parking, tuition, enrollment, DEI, a student trustee TAGStext only Previous articleSMS message TCU vs. ARK #17Next articleTCU YAF remembers victims of 9/11 after fifteen years Garrett Podell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR + posts Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen dives for the game-winning touchdown in double overtime.Courtesy of Sam Bruton Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ ReddIt Facebookcenter_img ReddIt Garrett is a Journalism and Sports Broadcasting double major. He is the Managing Editor for TCU360, and his passions are God, family, friends, sports, and great food. Twitter printIn a Big 12/SEC matchup that had almost everyone on the edge of their seat by the end of the game, TCU snapped a 14 home-game winning streak after falling to Arkansas on Saturday night.The Frogs gave fans something to cheer for as they rallied back in the second half. After trailing 13-0 at halftime, TCU overcame the deficit and had an eight-point lead over the Razorbacks in the fourth quarter.But, Arkansas wasn’t giving up either. The Razorbacks took the Frogs into double overtime and eventually beat them 41-38.This isn’t the first time TCU has found themselves in a multiple overtime game. This is TCU’s third multiple overtime game in their last four contests. They closed out the 2015 season with a triple-overtime win over Oregon in the Valero Alamo Bowl and a double-overtime victory over Baylor in the regular-season finale.With this loss, head coach Gary Patterson’s record against SEC teams dropped to 2-2. Saturday was TCU’s first time facing a SEC team since its 42-3 win over No. 9 Ole Miss in the 2014 Chic-fil-A Peach Bowl.Patterson said things like turnovers and penalties matter, and can make a difference, in games like these.“We didn’t play our best football, too many little things hurt us,” Patterson said.On TCU’s first possession of the game, wide receiver Deanté Gray fumbled the ball on the end of a 19-yard run at the seven-yard line.TCU quarterback Kenny Hill also threw a pick-six that was returned 47 yards for a touchdown by Arkansas linebacker Brooks Ellis.The Horned Frogs offense was called for a slew of blocking-below-the-waist and holding penalties in the first half, which led to the offense being shutout in the first 30 minutes.“I felt like it was a positive that we were only down 13-0 at halftime,” Patterson said.But after halftime, the momentum began to change.After Horned Frogs running back Kyle Hicks hauled in a 26-yard pass that set up TCU on the Arkansas nine, he finished off the drive with a touchdown run on the very next play. TCU cut the Razorbacks’ lead down to six, 13-7.TCU’s defense furthered the momentum by forcing an Arkansas punt.But, with four-and-a-half minutes left in the third quarter, Arkansas jumped back out to a multiple-score lead, 20-7, after quarterback Austin Allen threw a back-shoulder dart to tight end Drew Morgan for a 13-yard touchdown pass.Arkansas’ size advantage wore out the Frogs, as the Hogs marched down to the TCU six. But, the TCU defense held strong near the goal line and forced another field goal. Arkansas kicker Cole Hedlund’s kick appeared to be headed through the uprights, but it bounced off the right goal post and into the end zone as a missed field goal. The miss was Hedlund’s first of the game. The score remained 20-7 in favor of the Razorbacks.Hill and the TCU offense took over on their own 20. Four plays later, Hill hit a wide-open KaVontae Turpin for a 57-yard gain that put the Horned Frogs on the Arkansas five. After running back Derrick Green ran to put TCU on the one-yard-line, Hill punched in a touchdown on a one-yard scramble to cut the Razorback lead down to just six, 20-14.After another Arkansas punt, wide receiver KaVontae Turpin returned the ball 34 yards all the way to midfield. On the very next play, Turpin catches a pass from Hill for 43 yards that put the Frogs on the Arkansas seven. After Turpin’s catch, Hicks pounded the ball into the end zone, giving TCU their first lead of the game, 21-20, with just 7:15 left on the clock.After giving up their lead, Arkansas’ offense appeared flustered. They went just three plays and had to punt the ball back to TCU.After Arkansas surrendered their 14-point lead, they just couldn’t halt the TCU mojo, as the Frogs needed just four minutes to go eight plays and score another touchdown.Hill did the honors by running the ball in for a five-yard touchdown run.After Hill’s touchdown, Amon G. Carter Stadium turned raucous.I was going to go for two, should’ve went for two and got talked out of it because if I got it and we went up nine, they [Arkansas] wouldn’t have had a chance,” Patterson said.”They [Offensive coordinators Doug Meachum and Sonny Cumbie] didn’t feel like they had a good play for it [the two-point conversion].”Then, the Razorbacks countered. A four-play touchdown drive capped off by a 16-yard touchdown pass from Allen to wide receiver Keon Hatcher. A two-point conversion was good to tie the game up at 28.On the ensuing kickoff, Turpin returned the ball 64 yards to the Arkansas 27.“We got a play from Turpin when we needed it,” Patterson said.Turpin finished with a career-best 295 all-purpose yards (126 receiving, 136 kick returns, 33 punt returns).TCU wide receiver Emmanuel Porter appeared to catch the game-winning touchdown, but had his reception called back for illegal touching.After a few more plays, redshirt-freshman kicker Ryan Graf lined up for the game-winning field from 38 yards out. His kick was then blocked by the Razorbacks and recovered by Arkansas, who then took a knee to send the game to overtime.“He’d [Graf] been kicking the ball low, he just kicked the ball low,” Patterson said. “Too many little mistakes.”TCU won the coin toss and elected to start the extra period on defense. After Arkansas’ first couple plays, Allen hit Sprinkle for a 19-yard touchdown to put the Razorbacks in front once again, 35-28.“The tight end made a great play against a 5’11 corner,” Patterson said. “What do you say?”The Horned Frogs countered with a 13-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Taj Williams on 3rd-and-long to send the game to a second overtime. TCU began the double OT with the ball.After the Horned Frog drive stalled, Graf kicked a 37-yard field goal right up the middle of the uprights to give TCU a 38-35 lead.All the Horned Frogs had to do was limit the Razorbacks to a field goal.However, Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen shrugged off TCU’s defense to pound in the game-winning touchdown run on third-and-goal to give Arkansas a 41-38 double overtime victory.“We just have to tackle better and communicate,” TCU defensive end Josh Carraway said.A first-quarter sack by Carraway extended TCU’s school record streak to 32 games with at least one sack. It is the second-longest active streak in the nation, behind only Ohio State with 37.Patterson is calling for people not to overreact to Saturday’s loss.“We lost one ballgame, not ten,” Patterson said. “You’d have to feel positive about our team two games in because I don’t think we’ve played our best football yet.”Carraway said he’s already looking forward to the next game.“Tomorrow, we have to get to looking forward to Iowa State,” he said.TCU’s next game is at 11 a.m. against Iowa State on Saturday, Sept. 17 at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Garrett Podell Listen: The Podell and Pickell Show with L.J. Collier Linkedin Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Men’s basketball scores season-low in NIT semifinals loss to Texas TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Facebooklast_img read more

Sizzle Reel Season 2 Episode 6

first_img Previous article“Blade Runner 2049” may be the best sequel ever madeNext articleHomecoming Timeline William Konig RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Review: predictions on who will win the Oscar vs. who should William Konighttps://www.tcu360.com/author/william-konig/ 2021 NFL Mock Draft (Part 1) Special Review: ‘Black Panther’ delivered even with high expectations Review: ‘Love, Simon’ is actually a cute romantic comedy ReddIt Twitter Facebook printJoin Will Konig and Elizabeth Campbell as they discuss their reactions to “Blade Runner 2049”. William Konig + posts Linkedin ReddIt William Konighttps://www.tcu360.com/author/william-konig/ Facebook Review: ‘Ready Player One’ is a ton of fun William Konighttps://www.tcu360.com/author/william-konig/ Twitter Linkedin William Konighttps://www.tcu360.com/author/william-konig/ 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC West 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC Eastlast_img read more

The ‘Let’s Talk’ program starts a new conversation about mental health at TCU

first_imgTAGSmental health Corinne Hildebrandthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/corinne-hildebrandt/ TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Twitter ReddIt Corinne Hildebrandthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/corinne-hildebrandt/ Corinne Hildebrandt is a sophomore journalism major and sociology minor from Wayne, Illinois. She enjoys staying active and has a difficult time sitting still for long periods of time. When she’s not reporting, Corinne is most likely on the go exploring the many restaurants (and ice cream shops) that Fort Worth has to offer. Corinne Hildebrandthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/corinne-hildebrandt/ Corinne Hildebrandt Corinne Hildebrandthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/corinne-hildebrandt/ Facebook Linkedin Welcome TCU Class of 2025 ReddIt Parking lot closures cause new problems for students What we’re reading: Controversy in D.C. Facebook + posts Twitter Linkedin Fort Worth B-Cycle looks to attract more riders What we’re reading: Arrivals in Argentina World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Previous articleTCU keeps gender ratio, looks to increase diversityNext articleOh the places they’ll go: Seniors face challenges post-graduation Corinne Hildebrandt RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR printA challenge to make a difference at TCU may change the campus conversation on mental health. “Let’s Talk,” a program designed to remove the stigmas centered around formal counseling was introduced on campus this semester. The program offers confidential counseling sessions across campus, including walk-in appointments for students who might just need to talk. The push comes as the number of students seeking help continues to rise. From Aug. 1 to Oct. 31 over the past three years, the counseling center experienced a 32 percent increase in the number of students seen, according to a report published by the TCU Counseling and Mental Health Center. Providing more alternatives for counseling and actively encouraging students to seek help might alleviate the level of anxiety among students, said Chuck Dunning, director of the senior year experience, who is the professional consultant for “Let’s Talk.” “For a lot of our students, they feel it is very important to keep up an image for their family, for their friends, for their professors and for their future employers that they are perfectly capable of dealing with everything in life all on their own,” Dunning said. “Let’s Talk” is meant to remove some of the barriers to access for care. For example, students seeking mental health services won’t have to fill out paperwork or schedule appointments, as the primary focus is on walk-in appointments. Hopefully removing the formal process will encourage more students to ask for help who otherwise might not have, said Joe Spellmeyer, a junior accounting major, who worked with Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Kathy Cavins-Tull to establish the first counseling outlet on campus. Spellmeyer said he became interested in mental health while completing his Impact Project for the BNSF Neeley Leadership Program.“Our professor challenged us to find a problem in the community that we cared about and kind of do something about it,” Spellmeyer said. “Mental health in adolescence and TCU particularly was something that really nagged me as an issue I wanted to do something about.”Dunning’s office, Tucker 003H, is the first “Let’s Talk” site on campus. “We’re also in a location that is more convenient for students,” Dunning said. “We are where they are now.”Dunning said providing an alternative for formal counseling is important. “Not all students need formal counseling,” he said. “They just need someone to sit down with to talk to and have a quick check-in to come up with some coping mechanisms for whatever it is they’re dealing with.”Students are still guaranteed the same privacy and confidentiality as formal counseling. “Let’s Talk” is a good first step for students who don’t want to schedule an appointment at the mental health center, said Annie Beeson, a junior supply chain and business information systems double major. “It makes it a lot less scary, especially if it is your first time,” said Beeson, who was also part of the Impact Project. “Then if you realize how helpful it is going to the actual counseling center won’t be as terrifying.”Dunning said even though the counseling sessions take place outside the walls of a traditional counseling center, students will still receive an experience that is focused on them. “I think the main thing is that we want to see more students take advantage,” said Dunning. “But in terms of them personally, I want them to see that TCU is an institution that is interested in finding ways to meet them where they are and to provide services that meet their needs.”In 2012, TCU was awarded the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Campus Suicide Prevention Grant by the U.S. Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration. Wolszon said the grant sparked an increase in mental health prevention throughout campus.“It’s getting teachers, parents, friends and faculty to tell students it’s okay to seek help,” said Wolszon. “Basically, we’re asking students to seek help and they are.”Removing the stigmaSchools across the country are working to implement alternative options for mental health services as a way of removing the social stigmas that are centered around formal counseling. Dunning said the stigmas originate from society’s attitude that asking for help is a sign of weakness. “There are a lot of students who for one reason or another are hesitant to seek formal counseling,” said Dunning, which is why he said removing the documentation associated with routine appointments will urge more people to get the help they need. Spellmeyer said one of the main reasons behind bringing “Let’s Talk” to TCU was to help uncover and disassociate the stigmas that stem from formal counseling sessions.“I think that’s a great benefit of ‘Let’s Talk’ is that you don’t have to worry about running into someone in the waiting room or worry about people seeing you going in and you don’t have to schedule an appointment ahead of time,” he said. Wolszon said she believes the solution rests on the continuation of open conversation.“If we stop talking about it, if we just decide okay we don’t need to talk about it, then I think the stigma would rise because people would just start kind of thinking if you don’t talk about it then it must be unspeakable,” she said. In hopes of sparking a spiral effect, Beeson said effective dialogue starts with the sharing of personal stories.“One of our goals is to try and be very open with our own mental health struggles so that if we talk to somebody else about it they might have the courage to go and talk to someone else about it,” said Beeson. “I think something big is just getting the students the help that they need.”last_img read more

China: RSF asks UN to deem Chinese cartoonist’s detention as arbitrary

first_img June 2, 2021 Find out more ChinaThailandAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses Exiled mediaImprisonedFreedom of expressionUnited NationsCitizen-journalistsInternet News News June 10, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Follow the news on Asia – Pacific News Help by sharing this information In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival June 7, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) submitted an application to the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention yesterday regarding Chinese cartoonist, Jiang Yefei, who has been sentenced to six and a half years in prison for “subversion of state power.” Reporters Without Borders (RSF) submitted yesterday an application to the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (UNWGAD) on behalf of Chinese cartoonist Jiang Yefei, 50, who was arrested in Thailand in 2015 and sentenced to six and a half years in prison in China last month for “subversion of state power” and “illegal crossing of the border.” RSF’s submission purposes to obtain an official recognition of the arbitrary nature of Jiang’s detention and to allow the UN to publicly question China on the subject.”Jiang Yefei has done nothing that could justify his detention under the Chinese constitution, which explicitly guarantees freedom of the press and freedom of expression,” said Cédric Alviani, director of Reporters Without Borders East Asia office. Considering that the cartoonist was granted refugee status by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Alviani urges Chinese authorities to “let Jiang settle in Canada with his family, which he was preparing for when he was unduly arrested.”Jiang Yefei, known for his satirical drawings published by US online magazine Boxun, had been a refugee in Thailand since 2008. On October 28, 2015, he was arrested at the request of Chinese authorities and “repatriated” in the same aircraft as Swedish publisher Gui Minhai, who is at the moment still detained in China with no trial date. RSF recently filed a similar application for Gui to the UN.China ranks 176th out of 180 in the 2018 RSF World Press Freedom Index. Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom August 31, 2018 – Updated on September 3, 2018 China: RSF asks UN to deem Chinese cartoonist’s detention as arbitrary to go further Organisation Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists ChinaThailandAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses Exiled mediaImprisonedFreedom of expressionUnited NationsCitizen-journalistsInternet RSF_en Newslast_img read more

With no media pluralism, referendum road clear for Erdoğan

first_img Receive email alerts The privately-owned media are not the only ones campaigning for a “yes” vote. On 27 March, a member of the HDP, a left-wing, pro-Kurdish party, filed a complaint with the High Council for Broadcasting (RTÜK) about public TV channel TRT Haber’s biased coverage. Balance abolished by decree Credit: Ozan Kose / AFP Organisation RSF_en Turkey is ranked 151st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. Although the situation of the media is now critical, it was already disturbing before the July 2016 coup attempt and the ensuing state of emergency declared in its wake. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) questions the validity of next Sunday’s referendum in Turkey on changes to its constitution because of the massive curbs on freedom of information. The outcome will be crucial for the country’s future but the government’s tight grip on the media has deprived the public of a proper debate. “How can Turks make an informed choice without being able to access complete media coverage and a wide range of opinion? Democracy requires media freedom. It must be restored at once.” The pro-government media do not hesitate to demonize “No” supporters. Media outlets such Takvim, Akşam, Güneş, Sabah, Yeni Akıt and Yeni Şafak lavish coverage on the government’s virulent attacks on the opposition. April 12, 2017 With no media pluralism, referendum road clear for Erdoğan In mid-February, the newspaper Hürriyet refused to print an interview with Nobel literature laureate Orhan Pamuk, in which the writer said he would vote against the constitutional amendments. Yusuf Halaçoğlu, a former parliamentary representative who was expelled from the MHP party for criticizing its official line of support for a “Yes” vote, was barred from a HaberTürk TV programme in early March although his participation had originally been planned. The state of emergency declared after last July’s abortive coup attempt has eliminated almost all pluralism in Turkey. More than 150 media outlets have been closed by force for allegedly collaborating with “terrorist” organizations. Some, such as Zaman, Bugün, Millet and Taraf, were alleged to have collaborated with the movement led by the US-based cleric Fethullah Gülen, which is accused of being behind the coup attempt. Others, such as İMC TV and Hayatın Sesi TV, were alleged to have collaborated with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). As a result, entire swathes of the media landscape have been liquidated at the stroke of a pen, depriving many segments of the population of the diversified sources of news and information they had come to rely on. Incidents throughout the campaign have created a climate of intimidation for supporters of a “No” vote. Groups of pro-AKP activists have attacked their stands and meetings. They have been denied the use of conference rooms. They have been subjected to police raids. And journalists and media outlets that support a “No” have not been exempted. In a decree that took effect on 10 February, the government abolished article 149-A of Law No. 298, under which the broadcast media were required to provide all sides with equal airtime during an election campaign. These devastating blows capped an offensive that began a decade ago in which leading media outlets were either taken over by the state or were bought up by pro-government investors. In the process, political meddling, self-censorship and dismissals of critical journalists have all become routine. TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentEconomic pressurePredatorsFreedom of expressionCouncil of EuropeInternet By scrapping this legal (and ethical) obligation, under which violations were punishable by a fine or suspension, the authorities have lifted the last safeguard preventing the pro-government media from campaigning openly for a “yes” vote in the referendum. The Electoral High Council helpfully waived the constitutionally required one-year delay before any amendment to electoral law can take effect. State media campaign for “yes” They take their line from Erdoğan, who portrays the proposed constitutional amendments as “a response and a solution” to the July 2016 coup attempt. On 11 February he said: “Those who say ‘no’ to the referendum will, in one way or another, be positioning themselves alongside the 15 July [coup supporters]. Let that be clear.” Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor April 28, 2021 Find out more Human rights groups are alarmed by the proposed constitutional amendments because they increase the president’s powers and eliminate essential checks and balances. The Council of Europe has described the changes as a “dangerous step backwards” towards a “one-person regime.”center_img According to the Media Ownership Monitor project carried out by RSF and the Bianet news website, seven of the ten owners of the most viewed national TV channels have direct ties to President Erdoğan and his government. Help by sharing this information April 2, 2021 Find out more News News Follow the news on Turkey But the public debate has been completely inadequate because the referendum campaign has coincided with an unprecedented crackdown on Turkey’s independent media outlets. That was just a few days after the Doğan media group, Hürriyet’s owner, fired İrfan Değirmenci, a leading presenter on Kanal D TV, because he had explained on Twitter why he planned to vote “No.” Doğan said Değirmenci violated the principle of impartiality because he was a presenter, not a commentator. “The drastic curtailment of media pluralism and the still-growing pressure on critical journalists have reduced the space for democratic debate considerably,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. CHP parliamentarians have announced that they have also filed a complaint against TRT Haber. The party’s leader, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, was invited to speak on the air on 7 April but had to wait for half an hour until live coverage of an unexpected statement by President Erdoğan had finished. TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentEconomic pressurePredatorsFreedom of expressionCouncil of EuropeInternet to go further “No” voters intimidated, demonized The HDP complaint said that, from 1 to 22 March, TRT Haber dedicated 1,390 minutes to President Erdoğan and 2,723 minutes to the ruling AKP party, as against 216 minutes to the main opposition party, the CHP, and 48 minutes to the nationalist MHP party. TRT Haber simply ignored the HDP during this period. News Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law The demonization of “No” supporters is sometime literal. A professor of religion, Vehbi Güler, said on the pro-government channel TV24in early February: “Satan in his revolt against God also said No!” Using the government’s derogatory acronym “FETÖ” to refer to the Gülen movement, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım went even further on 5 February, saying: “FETÖ and the PKK say no. That’s why we say yes. The people will respond via the polls to those who say yes to separatism.” “We had to go through [Deputy Prime Minister] Numan Kurtulmuş in order to take part in this broadcast,” he said. “TRT must demonstrate impartiality… This is unacceptable. The taxes I pay contribute to this TV channel’s budget.” The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has been observing the campaign since the start of March and issued an interim report last weekend. Shortly before its release, Michael Georg Link, the head of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, told Deutsche Welle that the campaign was being “handled one-sidedly” in the Turkish media. News Without pluralism, a one-sided campaign April 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more