AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 1 June 2009 | News Social media users urged to donate their profile for Refugee Week Tagged with: Digital Facebook Twitter YouTube 47 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. The British Red Cross is encouraging online social media users to donate their profile spaces and images to highlight the needs of refugees during Refugee Week (15-21 June 2009).The charity is urging its supporters to sacrifice their online identity temporarily by changing their status profile to a single uniform ‘label’. This is designed to remind people that refugees arriving in the UK are often labelled as a group, saddled with the same “refugee” label and not seen as individuals.The social media campaign is intended to encourage us to “look beyond the label”. Advertisement Working with digital media agency LBi, the British Red Cross is offering a social media toolkit which will include a range of ways to change your status tailored to each of the major social networking and communication platforms.These include: profile pictures, instant messenger avatars, Twitter hashtags, a bebo skin, icons, blog badges and email signatures.Users of Twitter and Facebook for example are encouraged to amend their statuses to “[yourname] is looking beyond the label www.lookbeyondthelabel.org”The multi-media aspects of the campaign will be supported with a poll of public attitudes towards refugees, seeking to debunk negative connotations around those who seek sanctuary in the UK, to be targeted at print media, and Refugee Week events at Red Cross centres around the country.www.lookbeyondthelabel.org
This year’s Georgia peanut harvest survived summer droughts and heavy rains at harvesttime to produce some of the best of times and some of the worst for farmers.”Across the state, we are seeing everything from some of the best yields in yearsto some of the worst yields,” said John Beasley, a University of Georgia ExtensionService peanut scientist.The harvest is winding down now, Beasley said.”We had an interruption of two weeks of rainy weather the weeks of Sept. 30 andOct. 7,” he said. “Hurricane Fran came through and brought a lot of rain. Andthat gave us weather that’s not very conducive to harvest.”When the bad weather hit, some growers had already dug their peanuts, which were layingon the ground to dry and be harvested. Others had peanuts that were mature enough to bedug but were still in the ground.”Those under the ground weren’t hurt as badly as those on top of the ground,”Beasley said.Once the weather cleared, though, it was perfect.”We’ve had good harvest weather lately: clear days with low humidity and a goodbreeze to help cure peanuts in the windrow,” Beasley said. “We were only 50percent harvested at the first of October, but (going into the last week) we had probablyless than 5 percent left to harvest.”Normally, the peanut crop is two-thirds to three-fourths harvested by Oct. 1.”Because we only harvested 50 to 60 percent before that time, it’s hard to tellhow much loss we suffered from the rains,” Beasley said. “It was some, but not alot when averaged across the state.”The estimated average yield for this year’s crop, as of Oct. 1, was 2,550 pounds peracre.”I don’t think that will change much,” Beasley said. “I talked to acounty agent from Stewart County, and he said he was seeing some of the best yields they’dever had. And theirs is mostly nonirrigated fields.”In 1994, peanuts slipped behind cotton in crop value after reigning as the state’s No.1 crop for many years.Last year Georgia growers planted almost 600,000 acres of peanuts and harvested 2,390pounds per acre. This year’s crop is down to 533,000 acres. An increase of 160 pounds peracre is projected.Georgia’s peanut crop is worth more than $500 million to farmers and about $2.5 billionto the state’s economy.The state produces about 44 percent of the nation’s peanuts. An estimated 6,000peanut farmers are scattered across 75 Georgia counties and grow an average of 88 acres ofpeanuts.About 75 percent of Georgia’s peanuts are used to make peanut butter.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Existing-home sales grew 2.5 percent during July, according to data from the National Association of Retailers. Following a steady decrease of sales from late 2018 into early 2019, NAFCU Chief Economist and Vice President of Research Curt Long attributed the growth to lower mortgage rates.July’s uptick follows a string of months that saw a decrease in home sales, including a decrease of 1.7 percent the previous month.“Overall inventory declined slightly in July and remains tight, but the real problems have been in the starter home category,” Long said in a Macro Data Flash report. “Limited availability has led to rapid appreciation, pricing out many prospective first-time buyers.”Sales in the West saw the biggest increase at 8.3 percent from the previous month. The Midwest and South saw increases of 1.6 percent and 1.8 percent, respectively; the Northeast was the only region that saw a decrease with sales falling 2.9 percent.
Iowa’s top politicians are responding to this weekend’s events in Charlottesville, Virginia.The white nationalist rally descended into chaos when an Ohio man allegedly drove his car into a crowd of people protesting at the rally, fatally injuring one woman and hurting 19 others.Radio Iowa’s O. Kay Henderson reports.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/SITU.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC….ON THE SITUATION :40Congressmen David Young and Rod Blum also condemned the rally, as did the Iowa Democratic party.Republican Congressman Steve King of Kiron has not Tweeted since July 27th and has not issued a statement on Charlottesville.The rally was held by white nationalists and others who oppose a plan to remove from a Charlottesville park of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.Radio Iowa/Photo by CBS News