National Police agents captured the alleged leader of a gang of tumbadores Franklin Heriberto Torres Bejarano, on March 7 in Granada, a tourist town on Lake Nicaragua. Torres Bejarano, 44 also is known as “La Pajara.” La Pajara had been on the run since January 2013, when Nicaraguan security forces launched a major operation against tumbadores gangs. Police arrested two dozen men in the 2013 sweep and arrest warrants were issued for 25 others, including La Pajara. La Pajara was living in a $1,000 a month rental house in Granada when police captured him, authorities said. Police found $32,000 in cash in the home. La Pajara was sporting dyed blond hair and a blond beard in an apparent attempt to disguise himself. He was the leader of a gang that trafficked drugs and robbed drug shipments, authorities said. He is accused of multiple counts of drug trafficking and of stealing at least three shipments of cocaine, including a 200-kilo shipment stolen in November, 2012. La Pajara controlled several gangs of tumbadores in the Rivas Department on Nicaragua’s Pacific coast, according to authorities. Sandwiched between the ocean and Lake Nicaragua, the area is a major thoroughfare for Colombian drugs being moved overland by criminal groups associated with various Mexican transnational criminal organizations, including the Sinaloa Cartel and La Familia Michoacana. Stealing from drug cartels can be dangerous. In September 2008, Nicaraguan National Police in the city of Rivas arrested a group of eight men, led by a Mexican national and including some Honduran nationals. The suspects were armed with a stash of weapons and had an alleged “hit list” of six Nicaraguans they intended to kill. La Pajara was on the hit list, because he and his gang had allegedly stolen a shipment of 800 kilos of cocaine on the Pan American Highway two months earlier, authorities said. Well, this man was accused of stealing from drug traffickers, but my question is who was he harming, the drug traffickers or the narc-policemen? I imagine that the high officers felt pressured by the drug traffickers and captured him. In Nicaragua, generally delinquency is fought off. Hooray for the Nicaraguan police. IT IS NECESSARY THAT ALL POLICE FORCES OF CENTRAL AMERICA WORK TOGETHER, BUT AT THE SAME TIME ELIMINATE THE CORRUPTION WITHIN THE POLICE FORCE OF SOME COUNTRIES. THE PHENOMENON OF GANGS HAS SEVERAL RAMIFICATIONS: DRUG TRAFFICKING, EXTORTION, KIDNAPPING, HIRED ASSASSINS, WEAPON TRAFFICKING, PEOPLE TRAFFICKING, WHITE SLAVE TRAFFICKING. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR, THE WHOLE REGION TO BE AT WAR? You slackers should work for real. It’s good that they captured this gangster in order to start cleaning Central America. I’m not entirely sure if combats should be prioritized. Who is being harmed, the potential enemy, the original trafficker? Although, they supposedly also negotiate coke, right? And why can “jailbirds” easily obtain the merchandise delivery information, and not the authorities? It’s good that they are fighting drug trafficking because this will stop the youth from being idle. The youth should be in school receiving the bread of knowledge. We must declare war on the gangs, because when these gain strength, nothing will stop them. It’s already happening in Honduras where the youth is getting lost and is dedicated to extortion and assassination. It’s good to capture everyone in his gang, and clean up the country. Yours, Mendoza. GREAT COORDINATION… I WISH GUATEMALA ACTED THE SAME WAY, BUT HERE IT’S VERY, VERY DIFFICULT, THEY SELL THEMSELVES VERY EASILY. The Santo Domingo police needs to TAKE CARE OF ITS COUNTRY FIRST, IN ORDER TO GAIN THE TRUST OF THE PEOPLE. THAT MAN DESERVES THE DEATH SENTENCE. THIS KIND OF PEOPLE DON’T DESERVE TO LIVE AND ARE FROWNED UPON BY SOCIETY. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE POLICE, JUST DON’T SELL YOURSELVES OVER A PLATE OF LENTILS AND GIVE HIM WHAT HE DESERVES. I’m glad they captured those felons but they should be treated as humans. We all make mistakes. They captured “Los Tumbadores”! Why? That’s a good question, maybe it’s because the “protÃ©gÃ©es” are experiencing losses, and that’s why the authorities are doing something.Think and analyze….. This is very good but proper justice should be applied. Well, of course we must fight against gang operations, but why not fight against all organized crime. WHICH DIVISION IS THAT? It’s wonderful that the authorities are following up on these people that cause so much harm to humanity. Gangs are a bad example for children. By Dialogo April 17, 2014 Nicaraguan security forces must remain vigilant in the fight against tumbadores, said Armando Rodriguez, a security analyst at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Police have developed strong relationships with members of communities from regions throughout the country, the security analyst said. Law-abiding community members can provide information about the operations of tumbadores, Rodriguez said. “The police have very good communication skills with diverse populations throughout virtually all the territory (where tumbadores operate),” Rodriguez said. “This is something that should be strengthened in the fight against organized crime groups.” Security forces need to continue to go after tumbadores to prevent them from stealing drugs and selling them in Nicaragua, instead of selling them to other organized crime groups that will then move the drugs out of the country, Rodriguez said. “It is important that the security forces do not allow local drug markets to develop,” Rodriguez said. Julieta Pelcastre contributed to this article. Continued vigilance Nicaraguan gangs known as “tumbadores” are robbing drug shipments from drug traffickers on the eastern and western coasts The Tumbadores in Nicaragua steal drug shipments from drug trafficking groups operating in the country. These transnational criminal organizations include Los Urabenos and Los Rastrojos, which are based in Colombia, and the Mexican-based Sinaloa Cartel and La Familia Michoacana. Gangs of tumbadores rely on networks of informants to provide information about drug shipments. Taxi drivers, gas station workers, and informants who are supposed to be working for cartels and other large drug traffickers often tip off tumbadores to incoming shipments of drugs, authorities said. Tumbadores pay these informants for such information. ‘La Pajara’ captured
LUCAS STREET, Barbados, (CMC) – Leg-spinner Damion Jacobs conjured up a career-best six-wicket haul as Jamaica Scorpions thrashed ICC Americas by five wickets, in their final Group B game of the Regional Super50 here yesterday.Opting to bowl first at the Windward Cricket Club in the east of the island, Scorpions ripped through the ICC Americas innings to send them tumbling for 133 off 31 overs.The 32-year-old Jacobs was the main architect of the ICC Americas demise, claiming six for 34 from his 10 overs as the development side collapsed from 89 for two in the 17th over, losing their last eight wickets for 44 runs.Opener Hamza Tariq top-scored with 32 and Alex Amsterdam hit 28 but they were the only two to pass 20In reply, the game appeared open when Scorpions slid to 48 for three in the 10th over but once Andre McCarthy entered to punch a run-a-ball 47 and Devon Thomas, an attacking 43, the result was never in doubt.Left-arm spinner Saad bin Zafar (2-29) and seamer Mohammed Ali Khan (2-32) picked up two wickets apiece.Scorpions ended their preliminary round campaign with 28 points from six wins and two defeats while ICC Americas’ record was a sorry one, with a single win from their eight games.SCORPIONS.. ICC AMERICASK Leverock c wkp Thomas b Leveridge 14+H Tariq b Jacobs 32*N Kumar b Brown 1A Amsterdam b Campbell 28S Wijeyeratne lbw b Jacobs 19A Dodson c Campbell b Jacobs 12T Allen c Powell b Jacobs 0N Dutta lbw b Jacobs 0S bin Zafar c Powell b Jacobs 6Jasdeep Singh c Jacobs b Sewell 0Muhammed Ali Khan not out 5Extras (w13, nb3) 16TOTAL (all out, 31 overs) 133Fall of wickets: 1-20, 2-23, 3-89, 4-91, 5-113, 6-113, 7-113, 8-122, 9-123, 10-133.Bowling: Leveridge 5-0-17-1 (w3, nb2), Brown 5-1-27-1 (w7, nb1), Powell 3-0-19-0 (w1), Jacobs 10-1-34-6 (w2), Campbell 5-0-25-1, Sewell 3-0-11-1.SCORPIONS*C Walton c Wijeyeratne b Jasdeep Singh 15S Taylor b Muhammed Ali Khan 1P Palmer c wkp Tariq b Muhammed Ali Khan 17A McCarthy c wkp Tariq b bin Zafar 47+D Thomas c Leverock b bin Zafar 43J Campbell not out 9R Powell not out 0Extras (w2) 2TOTAL (5 wkts, 23.4 overs) 134Did not bat: D Jacobs, D Sewell, G Brown, R Leveridge.Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-16, 3-48, 4-114, 5-133.Bowling: Jasdeep Singh 5-0-26-1 (w2), Muhammed Ali Khan 6-1-39-2, bin Zafar 7-0-29-2, Dutta 5.4-0-40-0..
English international Annabell Fuller was one of the last day heroes as Europe came within two points of wrestling the PING Junior Solheim Cup from the United States at a sodden King’s course at Gleneagles.17-year-old Fuller, from Roehampton Golf Club, Surrey, beat American, Michaela Morand, as the home team came back from a 7½ – 4½ overnight deficit to win the singles 6½ – 5½. It was her second win of the match, having also teamed up with Scotland’s Hannah Darling to beat Lucy Li and Sadie Englemann 4&3 in the opening foursomes.The other European winners in the singles were Danish duo Amalie Nissen and Anne Normann, Slovenia’s Pia Babnik, Italy’s Benedetta Moresco and France’s Lucie Malchirand, while Darling halved with World No. 5 Li to take the final score to 13-11 in favour of the Americans.“It has been so much fun,” said Fuller. “The result is not what we wanted. I’m sure it’s something we will all remember for a long time to come.”“The whole team has bonded so well. It has enhanced the experience so much. In terms of team spirit, this is definitely one of the best I’ve ever been involved in. It’s also great to be here with all the Junior Solheim Cup players because that’s something we all want to achieve one day. That is definitely a goal of mine one day.”Fuller was one of three English players in this year’s PING Junior Solheim Cup team. Fellow internationals Lily May Humphreys, from Stoke by Nayland in Essex, and Mimi Rhodes, from Burnham & Berrow in Somerset, teamed up together to win their foursomes match 4 &3 against Amanda Sambach and Alexa Pano but then lost in the fourballs and the singles.“It has been really amazing,” said Humphreys. The support we’ve receive has been amazing. It’s been so nice. I have just been signing autographs for the local school kids and it isn’t every day I do that. It’s been fantastic. We’ve all really enjoyed the whole match.”American captain, Mary Bea Porter, and her European counterpart, Mickey Walker, were both struck by the fine margin between success and failure.“That was tough out there,” said Porter-King. “I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. I told my team last night that just because we were ahead didn’t mean it was over.”“It was close all day long and we had to grind it out to beat a strong European team.”“I’m exhausted and I didn’t even hit a shot. It was very close and I’m proud of the way my team handled the pressure. These young ladies are so talented. And by that I mean both sides because there has been some incredible golf played by both the US team and the Europeans.”“It makes me feel good about the future of the women’s game,” she added.“We certainly put up a good fight but, on the day, we weren’t quite good enough,” admitted Walker.“It would be fair to say we lost the match yesterday in the four balls. But, whatever competition you play in, you can look back and find something you could have done better. There was a spell yesterday afternoon when some of the matches that were tight went their way because we made rudimentary mistakes. You can’t do that at this level. That’s in no way saying the girls weren’t doing what they should, because they were trying their hardest. But that’s golf and they will learn from their mistakes.“They are a young team and at least half of them will be eligible for the match in America in two years’ time,” she added. “They will have learned an enormous amount from this. You only learn by your mistakes. Hopefully that will help them we it comes to playing against the Americans again.”View the full table of scores here.Photo: Credit LET Tags: Annabell Fuller, Europe, Junior Solheim Cup, Lily May Humphreys, Mimi Rhodes, USA 12 Sep 2019 Brave Europe come up short in PING Junior Solheim Cup
Dennis Dixon started off slow but as the game progressed he was given more freedom which led to more confidence as he put the ball in the air more for a very solid first game. He was 18 of 26 for 236 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. He quietly outplayed his much more noted opponent Matt Ryan, who many believe is going to be an NFL star. Ryan was 27 of 44 for 252 yards but was not able to get the ball in the end zone.The defense showed why they were the best in the business in 2008, the Super Bowl year, as they bent but didn’t break, and held an outstanding offense to three field goals. As usual, they shut down the running game, holding Michael Turner to just 42 yards on 19 carries.With Troy Polamalu and Aaron Smith missing 11 games each last season, the defense dropped to fifth, but still was number one against the run. However, both Smith and Polamalu are back, along with cornerback Bryant McFadden and all played major roles in the Steelers victory, with Polamalu picking up a key interception that led to the overtime. They also did something very rare in the NFL. They stopped a team from scoring in overtime which set up Rashard Mendenhall’s winning 50-yard touchdown run.The secondary was the Steelers weakness last season but with the exception of Roddy White’s 13 catches for 111 yards, they pretty much controlled the air attack.The challenge will be much greater against the Titans and Chris Johnson who led the league in rushing last season. He opened the season with 142 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries as the Titans slaughtered the Raiders. Johnson, the NFL’s Offensive Player of the Year in 2010, extended his streak at 12 consecutive 100-yard games to break a tie with Marcus Allen. He trails only Barry Sanders, who had an NFL-best 14. This will be the ultimate test for the Steelers defense to stop or contain Johnson.But Johnson is not the Titans only offensive threat. Vince Young came off the bench last season to lift an 0-6 team into the playoffs. The young Dixon has been compared much to Young because of his ability to run the ball. Young doesn’t pass a lot but is very effective when he does. He was 13 of 17 for 154 yards and two touchdowns against the Raiders.Former Steeler Nate Washington was his leading receiver with just three catches but picked up 88 yards and one touchdown. Expect Young to put the ball in the air far more against the Steelers because it’s not likely Johnson will be able to run as freely as he did against the Raiders. With no true outside threat the Titans must depend on the run for victory, which means the Steelers will gear their defense to stopping the run.Speaking of running, the Steelers looked good with Mendenhall picking up 120 yards on 22 carries and one touchdown, the biggest being the 50-yard run in overtime to win the game.Isaac Redman gained 19 yards on six carries, but was most impressive on short yardage situations when the Steelers needed one or two yards for the first down.Hines Ward once again demonstrated why he’s one of the best wide receivers in the game as he picked up the team in the second half with 108 yards on six catches. Heath Miller had four catches for 40 yards and Mike Wallace was held to just two catches for 62 yards.“It’s like Forrest Gump, I can’t explain it,” said Ward, who is from the Atlanta area and went to the University of Georgia. “I’m 34 years old, and every year regardless of what people say it’s my mindset that I have to go in and prove everybody wrong. That’s my motivation.”Look for a much more aggressive game in the air against the Titans, mostly because Tennessee has probably the third best defensive team in the league behind the Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens. It will be much tougher to run against this team than the Falcons.Of the four games without Roethlisberger, this is the game most pick the Steelers to lose, including myself, but this is not written in stone. If the defense can contain Johnson they can beat the Titans which means they could go 4-0 instead of 3-1. The other two games are at Tampa Bay and at home against the Ravens.The only low point was the kick returns by Antwaan Randle El with just three yards on two returns. Also missing were the two outstanding rookies Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders. Look for more of them in the next three games because Randle El really didn’t look that impressive as the third wide receiver. The Steelers, who survived their first game without Ben Roethlisberger 15-9 over the Atlanta Falcons, now must face their toughest foe of the four game suspension in the Tennessee Titans who ran all over the Oakland Raiders, 38-13. VICTORY CELEBRATION—James Harrison jumps on Rashard Mendenhall to celebrate Mendenhall’s 50 yard touchdown run in overtime that gave the Steelers a 15-9 win over the Atlanta Falcons in the season opener at Heinz Field.
by Aubrey Bruce, For New Pittsburgh CourierGod Bless America, land that I love…Stand beside her, and guide her, through the night with a light from above. From the mountains, to the prairies. To the oceans white with foam…God Bless America, my home sweet home. God Bless America, my home sweet home!During the week that everyone was dealing with the death of Steelers wide receivers coach Darryl Drake, I did some forced retrospection on myself, my craft, my mortality and my country. I always have and will always love America, warts and all. The song “God Bless America” has always been a hymn dedicated to the strong and enduring spirit of our country and has always been a motivator for yours truly. However, I was forced to ask myself this question: “Why do we sing ‘God Bless America’ as opposed to, ‘God Bless Americans?’”As the Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Kansas Chiefs preseason game unfolded on Aug. 17, I was able to eavesdrop on certain opinions regarding the Steelers’ second- and third-string quarterbacks, Josh Dobbs and Mason Rudolph. Well, that is the order at least for now. After two preseason games in 2019 (Dobbs started the first game against the Buccaneers and Rudolph started against the Chiefs), Dobbs has a 67.9 QBR and Rudolph has a 115.9 QBR. Now to many that may sound like a death knell for Dobbs to maintain his status as the No. 1 backup to Ben Roethlisberger. However, please allow me to explain how that sometimes superficial stat may be a bit misleading.Ex-Steelers backup and current XFL “performer” QB Landry Jones was with the Steelers from 2013-2017. Sorry, my bad, Jones hasn’t performed yet for the former league of “he hate me.” However he hung in and hung on with the Steelers until his clipboard became outdated and they switched to a tablet. Jones joined the Steelers in 2013. He did not complete a pass for the Steelers until 2015. In 2015 he was 32 of 55. In 2016 he was 53 of 86. In 2017 he was 23 of 28. A lot of his work was in a cleanup role, yet when the Steelers were close to beginning the 2018 season, all of the pundits except me anointed, appointed and crowed and crowned Joshua Dobbs as being cut or traded because in their minds the Steelers QB roster was going to be Ben Roethlisberger, Landry Jones and Mason Rudolph. Jones was going to be the odd man out. The Steelers had to keep Jones as the number two QB because of his “experience.” Rudolph was the up-and-comer and was also the Oklahoma teammate of Steelers WR James Washington and they had already developed “chemistry” from their collegiate days. Dobbs was traveling solo so he was going to have to make it on his own. JOSHUA DOBBS (Photo by Brian Cook) Well…Dobbs made the team and became the No. 2 QB. Nowadays rumors are trending toward Joshua Dobbs being trade bait because once again the Steelers QB roster has been reset by the “squawking heads.” Starter Ben Roethlisberger, backup Mason Rudolph and número tres, Devlin Hodges. From Joe Gilliam to Kordell Stewart to James Dixon, Charlie Batch and now Joshua Dobbs, the Western Pennsylvania pundits as well as the surrounding demographic has a “unique perspective” when it comes to evaluating “certain quarterbacks.”I am at a loss for words. I am in need of your insight for as the Beatles once asked: “won’t you please, please help me?” If we would stop worshipping mountains and prairies and oceans white with foam and start giving value to Americans with beating hearts and spirits emboldened, it might not be so hard to recognize and accept excellence from any source. Like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter https://twitter.com/NewPghCourier
COMEBACKING PRETTY N COOL TAKES GRADE III, $100,000 LAS FLORES STAKES BY 1 ¾ LENGTHS IN A DRIVING RAIN; BAFFERT & GARCIA TEAM FOR SIX FURLONG SCORE IN 1:10.49
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 5, 2017)–In a driving rain, comebacking Pretty N Cool surged to the front five sixteenths of a mile from home en route to a decisive 1 ¾ length win over favored Constellation in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Las Flores Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Martin Garcia and trained by Bob Baffert, the 4-year-old grey daughter of Scat Daddy got six furlongs over a fast track in 1:10.49.“She was ready today and I think this is her best distance, six furlongs,” said Garcia. “She has a lot of natural speed. She likes to run with time in between races and does well when she gets it. It was a tough race today but she was pretty impressive. She came back strong.”A multiple graded stakes winner who had been idle since Sept. 2, Pretty N Cool was off at 9-2 in a field of five older fillies and mares and paid $11.80, $4.60 and $2.80.Owned by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, Pretty N Cool picked up her third graded stakes win and improved her overall mark to 11-5-1-1. With the winner’s share of $60,000, she increased her earnings to $498,905.“If you look at her work pattern, she was ready to run today and Bobby is pretty good off a layoff,” said Pegram. “She looked pretty good today. With this rain, this one was for the love of the game!”Constellation, who came off a win here in the Grade I La Brea Stakes going seven furlongs on Dec. 26, was gaining gradually on the winner late, but the verdict was never in doubt through the drive. Off as the 4-5 favorite with Flavien Prat, she finished three quarters of a length in front of Ponder Lea and paid $2.80 and $2.10.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano and dispatched at 17-1, Ponder Lea overhauled early pacesetter Sensitively to finish third by 2 ¼ lengths and paid $3.60 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.88, 44.63 and 56.87.Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Thursday, with first post time at 1 p.m.
6 February 2014The first dish support structure for the Meerkat radio telescope, manufactured by South African company Tricom Structures, is ready to be transported to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) site in Carnavon in the Northern Cape.The SKA project is an international effort to build the world’s largest radio telescope, which is to be co-hosted by South Africa and Australia.The 64-dish MeerKAT radio telescope is due to come online in 2016 both as a precursor to the SKA and as one of the most powerful telescopes in the world in its own right.Addressing a media briefing in Pretoria on Wednesday, Tricom Structures CEO Sihle Shange said the massive steel structure was expected to be transported from Pretoria, where the company is based, to Carnavon before the end of the month.The structure weighs about 25 tons and will need two or more abnormal-load trucks to transport it, Shange said.He said Tricom would be assembling all 64 structures for the Meerkat telescope at a rate of two a month, adding that he was confident that the company would meet the 2016 deadline.“We have design capability and we are confident that everything will be smooth,” he said, adding that they would create more jobs should there be a need.Each structure will have to provide exceptionally stable support for a 13.5 x 16 metre main reflector dish standing at a height of 19 metres in the face of winds capable of gusting at up to 144 kilometres an hour.The MeerKAT is due to be commissioned in 2014/15, and to come online for science operations in 2016. It will be the largest and most sensitive radio telescope in the southern hemisphere until the Square Kilometre Array itself is completed around 2024. Leading radio astronomy teams from around the globe having already signed up to use the instrument.SAnews.gov and SAinfo reporter
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Though dairy prices continue to be serious concern, it did not slow down participants and exhibitors at the 2018 Spring Dairy Expo this weekend. Dale Minyo caught up Scott Higgins and Jenny Hubble with the American Dairy Association Mideast to get an update on efforts to continue expanding markets.“It was a little chilly but a good weekend for dairy farmers to be at Spring Dairy Expo,” Hubble said. “There are three days of events and exhibit numbers are up this year.”The Spring Dairy Expo provides an opportunity for ADA Mideast to update dairy farmers of the work being done to market the continually expanding dairy production in Ohio and around the country.“We have been working hard to increase demand and trust for dairy foods. We don’t do what we traditionally used to do. We aren’t doing television advertising like we did back in the ‘Got Milk’ days. We are doing things like working within our school environment to create life-long milk drinkers and looking for ways we can provide new consumption opportunities with innovative products to encourage dairy consumption across the board,” Hubble said. “There has been a great surge in yogurt and yogurt products — Greek yogurt is big. And everyone loves cheese on everything. Milk is also a great ingredient for all kinds of healthy beverages that are out there today. A latte, for example, is at least half milk and is a great way to get your dairy. Chocolate milk is a great recovery beverage for adults working out because of the protein-carbohydrate ratio and white milk is a great beverage to choose because of its protein levels.”One of the key parts of expanding markets is working with well-known brands interested in providing the products consumers demand.“The vision we have had is to find brand partners who know and understand what consumers want. Whether Wendy’s or McDonald’s or Pizza Hut or Domino’s or a brand you buy at the store, we are going to work with and through those brand partners to help them innovate and meet consumer demand we may not even realize that exits,” Higgins said. “These brands are about serving their customers great tasting foods as a part of their daily menu. We invest in consumer analytics to find unmet demand and opportunity for products that don’t even exist today. That is the future of where we are going. Domino’s has been incredibly responsive and the consumers love it. Pizza Hut followed up as well and is adding 25% more cheese to its pizzas. We have 28 new menu items that include dairy in them at McDonald’s.”As markets have grown through the years, though, so has milk production.“We have been growing dairy product sales for the last 20 years exponentially, but at this time we have a little more milk than we need and farmers are not able to experience their price per hundredweight that they really deserve,” Higgins said. “When I started working for dairy farmers back in 1984 we were in a surplus situation of over 18 billion pounds. That is when the checkoff program started. Since that time dairy farmers dug in and invested 15 cents and we have grown the category to where we are selling 218 billion pounds to the consuming public. That is huge growth. But we are capable of producing a lot more milk in the U.S. Our dairy farmers are incredibly efficient and they produce a high quality product.”The incredible milk production in the U.S. creates challenges but also more marketing opportunities through exports.“We realize we need to be actively selling our foods around the world. There are countries that need American dairy foods. We have been making those inroads we’ve been opening up those doors and negotiating to open up those markets. This last year, 14.7% of the milk produced in the U.S. was sold internationally,” Higgins said. “With our brands transforming that milk into international marketing opportunities, we hope to increase utilization of milk by 5%. We’re doing that with our brand partners that can create those products to meet the expectations in those world markets and we are working as dairy farmers to help them get that done. Most of our partners are U.S. based, but there are a lot of companies worldwide that are interested in what the U.S dairy industry has. We are investing in putting people in strategic positions worldwide to make that happen.” Deanna Langenkamp is from Darke County with the Buckeye Dairy Club. Aubree Topp Shelby County and Lydia Kaverman Clark County lead their Jersey Summer yearling.. Delbert Yoder with Brook Hollow Farms in West Salem. Lance Myers Mahoning county
On August 5, the Central Government announced that a Union Territory of Ladakh is to be created by carving out the region from the State of Jammu and Kashmir. This new Union Territory is set to come into existence on October 31. The Ladakh region is ecologically and culturally unique. It has a topography that is very different from the rest of India, and is home to enormous mineral reserves. The extremely fragile cold desert ecosystem of the regions has meant that its inhabitants have a very adaptive lifestyle.The population of around 3 lakh is spread sparsely over an area of about 60 thousand square kilometers. The people are primarily Buddhists, and their culture is closely tied to the Tibetan region. And like the Tibetans, the Ladakhi cuisine is know for momos and thukpa. The primary language of the region is Bhoti, and Ladakhi culture has a rich oral tradition of of songs and poems.The region was settled by tribes and races like the Mons and the Dards and historical mentions of the region go back as early as the third century BC and the puranas.In the 1830s the Dogra army of Jammu laid siege on Ladakh and brought it under Maharaja Gulab Singh’s rule. Ladakh became a part of India when Jammu and Kashmir acceded to the union in 1947.During the 1962 war, China took control of a part of the region that is known as Aksai Chin. Since then, India and China have signed agreements to respect the Line of Actual Control that separates Aksai Chin from Jammu and Kashmir.In 2002, all the political parties in Ladakh had merged to form the Ladakh Union Territory Front in demand of Union Territory status because of its religious and cultural differences with Jammu and Kashmir. Ladakh’s Member of Parliament, Jamyang Tsering Namgyal of the BJP, said that Ladakh felt stifled by J&K’s decision-making apparatus, which was centred in Srinagar. Ladakh celebrated Independence Day, 2019, with fervour with Mr. Namgyal saying the region has got “independence from Kashmir”.The parliamentarian, whose speech in the Lok Sabha after the abrogation of special status to Jammu and Kashmir drew praises, was seen dancing and playing the drums along with locals.Mr. Namgyal hoisted the national flag at the local BJP office along with party national general secretary Ram Madhav.