Plain-clothes police threaten independent journalist Slim Boukhdir

first_img RSF_en December 26, 2019 Find out more News Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” Reporters Without Borders is very concerned about independent journalist Slim Boukhdir following his arrest in the southern city of Sfax on the night of 20 September by four plain-clothes policemen, who threatened him because of his articles and then dumped him 10 km outside the city. It was the first serious incident since his release from prison two months ago.“Boukhdir went back to work soon after coming out of prison,” Reporters Without Borders said. “At first he wrote about his trying prison experiences, then he resumed writing his political columns. His commitment to free expression has not weakened despite serving seven months of an abusive 12-month sentence. Last weekend’s attempt to intimidate him proves that both his work and his private life are still being closely monitored.”Boukhdir was arrested in Sfax (230 km south of Tunis) as he left an Internet café which he often visits in the early evening. Four policemen forced him into a car and initially drove him to a police station.“We did not spend more than 10 minutes there,” Boukhdir told Reporters Without Borders. “We left in the car again for an unknown destination. On the way, the four men told me I was lucky not to have been raped while in prison and that it was not always like that. They also threatened me with the same fate as Daif Al Ghazal (the Libyan journalist murdered in 2005).”Boukhdir is becoming more and more concerned about his physical safety. “I would not be surprised if the authorities did not prosecute me again on new trumped-up charges,” he added.Aged 39, Boukhdir was arrested in Sfax on 26 November 2007 during an ID check of the passengers in a collective taxi bound for Tunis. He was summarily tried a few days later before a court in the Sfax suburb of Sakiet Ezzit and was sentenced to a year in prison on charges of “insulting behaviour towards an official in the exercise of his duty,” “violating decency” and “refusing to produce identity papers.” Since his release on 21 July, Boukhdir has written more than 20 articles about Tunisian government human rights violations, including its censorship of the social networking website Facebook and the arbitrary arrests of political and labour activists. Most of the articles were published on websites based abroad.An article he wrote for the Egyptian website Al-Mesryoon on 10 September, after a visit to Tunisia by US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, called on President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali to “step up the pace of political reforms.” Read the article: TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa News Receive email alerts Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists Help by sharing this information Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder Newscenter_img TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Tunisia November 11, 2020 Find out more to go further Reporters Without Borders is very concerned about independent journalist Slim Boukhdir following his arrest in the southern city of Sfax on the night of 20 September by four plain-clothes policemen, who threatened him because of his articles and then dumped him 10 km outside the city. It was the first serious incident since his release from prison two months ago. September 23, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Plain-clothes police threaten independent journalist Slim Boukhdir Organisation November 12, 2019 Find out more News Related documents Boukhdir_Al-MesryoonMSWORD – 34 KB last_img read more

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first_img Previous Article Next Article Q&AOn 2 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Legal questions and answersQ  We have a close sales team, whowork under pressure to demanding targets. There is a lot of “banter”and jokes against individuals which has always been part of their working lifeand has never been objected to by any of the team. A Welsh individual has joinedthe sales team and finds this unacceptable and has raised complaints aboutjokes which have been made because he is Welsh. We are considering terminatinghis contract as he does not seem able to work in this environment. Are we ableto do so? A  Practically there isnothing to stop you dismissing him but you should be aware of certain risks ifyou do. This individual has raised grievances which you are under a duty toinvestigate fully. The banter he is subjected to during his working life is causinghim distress and is capable of amounting to racial harassment, on the groundsthat he is being subjected to jokes which otherwise he would not have to faceon the basis that he is Welsh. The Welsh are a nationality within the meaning of race discriminationlegislation and can therefore be protected against harassment. As with allcases of harassment under discrimination law it is not the motive of the peoplemaking the comments that is the guiding factor, but their subjective effect onthe individual. Dismissal in these circumstances without a full investigation and seeking toremedy the behaviour complained about would leave the individual able to claimthat his dismissal was linked to his nationality and may found the basis of arace discrimination claim against you, in addition to potential wrongful and(in cases where the employee has one or more years’ service with the company)unfair dismissal claims. Equally, where you have received complaints of thisnature and you fail to act, should he resign, he may then be able to claimconstructive unfair dismissal as well as wrongful dismissal and racediscrimination. Q We have reason to believe that an employee has been accessingpornography on the Internet during office hours. Do we have justifiable groundsto sack him? A  Not necessarily. You shouldalways carry out a proper investigation and procedure, even if you consider theactions of the employee amount to gross misconduct warranting their instantdismissal. First, you need to consider what evidence you have that the employee hasbeen accessing pornography. Have you been told by other employees? Can youobtain statements from them? You may want to access his computer but you should consider first whetheryou have a communications policy that lets you do this. Remember thatgenerally, an employer does not have an “automatic” right to accessor monitor an employee’s e-mails or Internet use without consent. If you do not have a policy then, provided the allegations are serious, youwould probably be justified in checking which sites the employee was accessing.You should also check whether it has been made clear to staff that they shouldnot access certain sites. One important point to consider is what the employee has actually beenaccessing. The adage, “One man’s porn is another man’s page three” istrue in cases such as these and, ultimately, it is a subjective decision whichthe company must make. You should always ensure that a proper procedure is carried out, and thatthe employee is given an opportunity to respond to the allegations. Compiled by the legal team at Olswang, www.Olswang.com Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

City of Burlington receives “Excellence for Sustainable Community Development” award

first_img— 30 — The City of Burlington announced today that it has received the 2nd annual Home Depot Foundation Award of Excellence for Sustainable Community Development, in partnership with the Champlain Housing Trust. The award recognizes cities that are incorporating real-world sustainability initiatives into their day-to-day operations, with a focus on efficient use of municipal budget funds while increasing the livability of the community for all residents. Burlington won the ‘small city’ award and joins Tacoma, Washington, winner of the large city award, as one of two national winners of this prestigious honor. Mayor Bob Kiss and Sustainability Coordinator Jennifer Green accepted the $75,000 award ‘ to be shared between the City and Champlain Housing Trust ‘ at the National League of Cities ‘Congress of Cities’ December 3 in Denver, Colorado. A video was produced for each winner and presented with the award.‘Burlington’s acknowledgement as the top small city in the country promoting the environment, equity, education, and the economy together for a sustainable future is the result of years of commitment and the common goal of meeting people’s needs,’ said Mayor Bob Kiss. ‘The Legacy Project’s long-term vision for the city, combined with the mission of the Champlain Housing Trust and the model of the Burlington Co-Housing project, underpin this exceptional recognition. Congratulations to Burlington!’Burlington was recognized for the creation and implementation of the Legacy Project Action Plan and the highlighted Burlington Co-Housing East Village project. East Village is directly aligned with the goals of the Burlington Legacy Project Action Plan and demonstrates best practices in housing, natural resources, land use, and development. The Champlain Housing Trust was a partner in the Co-Housing East Village development as part of its mission of creating perpetually affordable housing.”The City of Burlington has been a tremendous partner for us over so many years. Our shared commitment to equity, the environment, and sustainable economic development helps us all achieve success where others would surely fail,” said Brenda Torpy, CEO of the Champlain Housing Trust.‘The City was an active partner in the Co-Housing project, which brought a new sustainable housing model to Burlington along with several affordable housing units,’ said Joan Knight of Burlington Co-Housing. ‘With the vision of the Legacy Project, this was a key to making the project happen.’‘What makes the Burlington Legacy Plan special,’ said Joe Speidel, Legacy Steering Committee Co-Chair and UVM’s Director of Local Government and Community Relations, ‘is the comprehensive way it captures our community’s vision ‘ and integrates all the elements of equity, education, economic development, and the environment. This is a good example of how the Legacy Plan helped to realize an important project in the City of Burlington.’ The Foundation’s award to Burlington was part of a rigorous selection process, drawn from projects by cities throughout the United States. The award recipients were selected by an advisory committee of experts based on a number of criteria, including environmental sustainability, economic vitality, social equity, community engagement, as well as how well the highlighted project exemplifies the city’s sustainability plan and meets the needs of the local community while maintaining affordability for the residents. Population of the city was the determination of categorical division. Based on national standards, the Home Depot Foundation defines a large city as 150,000 population or greater.‘Cities around the country are feeling the profound impacts of the current economic downturn. As a result, many are finding innovative and successful ways to save money by implementing sustainable practices into their policies and operations,’ said Kelly Caffarelli, president of The Home Depot Foundation. “We hope that identifying, recognizing and showcasing Burlington’s success will offer insight, inspiration and a roadmap for other cities to follow as they face the economic challenges that still lie ahead.’ Source: December 6, 2010. City of Burlington. More information about the Home Depot Foundation and full case studies is available at www.homedepotfoundation.org(link is external) and www.sustainablecitiesinstitute.org/city_program(link is external).  Burlington’s video can be found at: www.homedepotfoundation.org/video-burlington2010.html(link is external). More information about the Burlington Legacy Project, Champlain Housing Trust, and Burlington Co-Housing is available at: http://burlingtonlegacyproject.org/(link is external), www.champlainhousingtrust.org/(link is external), and www.bcoho.org/(link is external), respectively.The City will hold an event on December 13 to recognize project partners, discuss plans for community engagement to follow up on the award, and show the Burlington video. More details about the event will follow later this week.last_img read more

Berliners form socially-distanced human chain against racism

first_imgTopics : The capital’s human chain was slated to stretch from the world-famous Brandenburg Gate past the landmark Communist-era TV tower at Alexanderplatz and down into the ethnically diverse Neukoelln district.Organizers had registered 5,000 people to show up, while police said they were prepared for up to 20,000.Over 10,000 people gathered in Berlin under the banner of Black Lives Matter last weekend in response to the May 25 killing of African-American George Floyd in Minneapolis, and the slogan was also in evidence on banners and T-shirts Sunday.But the organizers of the latest demonstration posted a broader set of aims on their website.  ‘Responsible’ protest Their demands include better working conditions and pay for all including migrants, affordable housing, upholding asylum rights, relaunching the economy along green lines and allowing workers more say in how companies are run.”Who bears the costs of the global crisis, who will be stronger afterwards and who weaker — that’s being decided now,” Unteilbar organisers wrote.A map posted online showed how different groups had been allocated responsibility for different sections of the Berlin human chain.They ranged from political parties like the Greens and Left party to civil society groups like “Grannies against the far right” and the Fridays for Future youth climate movement.On their website, Unteilbar organizers urged sticking to “a responsible form of protest in times of pandemic and crisis”, telling participants to remain three meters apart to minimize the risk of coronavirus transmission.As the human chain got under way, stewards handed out strips of brightly colored tape cut to the right length as a guide.”We have to stand strong against racism, exclusion and discrimination. But at the weekend and in the weeks ahead, we have to be considerate and take care of one another” by minimizing virus transmission, Berlin mayor Michael Mueller told the Tagesspiegel newspaper ahead of the demonstration.center_img Thousands demonstrated in Berlin against racism and for broader fairness, including sharing the coronavirus burden, as they stretched a human chain through the German capital Sunday while keeping safe distances.Although the German Weather Service (DWD) issued a storm warning for a swathe of the country, people also turned out in other cities like Leipzig and Hamburg after a nationwide appeal from progressive movement Unteilbar (Indivisible).”Now we will decide whether we manage to put ourselves on the path to an anti-racist society of social and climate justice,” tweeted Canan Bayram, Greens party MP for Berlin’s lively central Kreuzberg district.last_img read more

Serie A: Ibrahimovic return adds spice to Milan derby

first_img Ibrahimovic played his first Milan derby as an Inter player 13 years ago, while his last was for rivals AC Milan in May 2012, when he scored a double in a 4-2 defeat. Promoted ContentSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That Exist7 Worst Things To Do To Your PhoneInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art8 Amazing Facts About Ancient EgyptCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-Flow10 Actors Who Are Happy With The Type Of Roles They Got Hired For Read Also: Man City star Sterling to miss West Ham clashSimone Inzaghi’s Lazio are just one point behind Inter Milan in third and will be targeting a record 18th successive match unbeaten.City rivals Roma host Bologna on Friday after losing to Sassuolo last time out, as they try to staying in the Champions League race.The side from the capital are equal on points with fourth-placed Atalanta, who travel to 14th-placed Fiorentina.Torino host Sampdoria under new coach Moreno Longo after Walter Mazzarri was sacked following three consecutive defeats, in which they conceded 13 goals.Struggling Brescia also switched coaches with Diego Lopez replacing Eugenio Corini.Key stats19 – Points between Inter and AC Milan17 – Lazio’s unbeaten run in Serie A14 – Ronaldo’s goals in the last nine games3 – Inter’s points off leaders JuventusFixtures (all times GMT):FridayRoma v Bologna (1945)SaturdayFiorentina v Atalanta (1400), Torino v Sampdoria (1700), Hellas Verona v Juventus (1945)SundaySPAL v Sassuolo (1130), Genoa v Cagliari, Brescia v Udinese, Napoli v Lecce (all 1400), Parma v Lazio (1700), Inter Milan v AC Milan (1945) Loading… Ibrahimovic was the top scorer that season with 28 goals but Milan lost the Serie A title to Conte’s Juventus, the first in the Turin giants’ current run of eight league crowns.The 38-year-old’s return to Milan – whom he helped to their last Serie A title in 2011 – has proved a boost with his side now eighth, seven points adrift of the Champions League berths.Milan were on a three-match winning run with Ibrahimovic on the pitch but were held 1-1 by Hellas Verona last weekend when the Swede was sidelined by the flu.AC Milan director Zvonimir Boban praised Ibrahimovic’s impact, insisting the Swede was pushing to be ready for “a unique derby”.Ibrahimovic meanwhile posted on Twitter a video of himself roaring, with the caption: “Lions don’t sound like humans.”Stefano Pioli’s Milan come up against an Inter who have been transformed since Conte’s arrival last June. They are just three points behind Juventus, who travel to Verona.Milan lost the reverse fixture 2-0 in September under Marco Giampaolo, who was sacked after just seven games.Last summer Inter signed Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez, the latter on loan, from Manchester United.Conte again raided the Premier League during the winter break, bringing in Christian Eriksen, Ashley Young and Victor Moses.“He’ll be more used to this type of game, I’m just starting,” said former Tottenham midfielder Eriksen of Ibrahimovic, adding he was relishing his first ‘Derby della Madonnina’.“I’ve seen it on TV in the past but playing now will be very different,” the Dane told Gazzetta Dello Sport.“Compared to London, I expect a different atmosphere, here the whole stadium sings, there will be so much noise, it will be beautiful.”– Ronaldo in Verona –Juventus travel to Verona on Saturday with Cristiano Ronaldo bidding to extend his scoring streak to 10 consecutive league games, to keep pace with Lazio’s Serie A top scorer Ciro Immobile’s 25 goals.Verona are on a seven-game unbeaten run and held in-form Lazio to a goalless draw in Rome midweek.Cristiano Ronaldo (2ndL) has scored in nine consecutive Serie A games FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s return to AC Milan will add spice to the city derby against Inter Milan on Sunday with the Swede looking to thwart Antonio Conte’s side from keeping pace with Serie A leaders Juventus.Advertisementlast_img read more

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma top 2 run getters in the World in 2019

first_imgAdvertisement 9nnNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsyWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Em( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) s2Would you ever consider trying this?😱kCan your students do this? 🌚a4kcphRoller skating! Powered by Firework The skipper of Indian Cricket Team, Virat Kohli is currently the highest run getter in this calendar year in all formats. The vice captain of team India, Rohit Sharma is just behind the captain in this list. On the other hand, the star batsman of Pakistan, Babar Azam is at the third place. However, he is slightly behind the former two in terms of total runs in 2019.Advertisement  Advertisement Virat Kohli has scored 2183 runs so far in all formats in this year. It has been a wonderful year for the captain of Indian Cricket Team. He has performed well in all formats for his team and led the team from front. Rohit Sharma also has scored 2090 runs in all formats in this calendar year. He has cemented his place in the test side of Indian Cricket Team with back to back hundreds against South Africa in the home test series.Indian Cricket Team has found their much needed opener in Test Cricket in Rohit Sharma. Rohit Sharma also led team India the T20 series against Bangladesh in absence of Virat Kohli. Rohit is only 93 runs behind Virat at this moment. He can go past Virat with a big score in the upcoming series against West Indies at home.Advertisement Paul Pogba removed from the new Manchester United yearbook   Advertisementlast_img read more

Fewer Boats But Just as Much Fun for 2020 Mayor’s Cup…

first_imgWith a much smaller turnout than in previous years because of the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 Mayor’s Cup Regatta for “Bragging Rights on the Navesink” was held July 5. Only two fleets raced, the Keel Boat Fleet and a One Design Fleet. Prior year’s races included Cruising, Optimist and 420 classes as well. The bridge race runs from the Shrewsbury River Yacht Club (SRYC) to Lewis Point. While the regatta started with a nice wind, by the return to the Oceanic Bridge, the breeze had died, forcing several racers to retire, according to SRYC. But in spite of the failing wind, all one-design boats and the finishers in the cruising fleet came in under the time limit. River Rats (Fair Haven Sailing Club) and Monmouth Boat Club provided the race committee. Carole and Joe Malik served on the committee boat and Les Hathaway, Pris Gettis and others from Monmouth Boat Club served on mark laying and safety boats. Registration was done on the water and Portsmouth handicaps were used. Jeremy Herman from Fair Haven Yacht Works took first place for the Keel Boat Fleet, with Remedy, a Merit 25 sailboat. Paul Lucyk from Monmouth Boat Club won the One Design Fleet race in an MC-Scow. The article originally appeared in the July 9 – 15, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times.center_img Photos by Patrick Olivero PATRICK OLIVERO last_img read more

Photo library: People 15

first_imgBy accessing this photo library, you agree to the Media Club South Africa photo library terms and conditions of use.Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.PEOPLE: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Schoolchildren learn science at the Scibono science museum in Newtown.» Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Schoolchildren learn science at the Scibono science museum in Newtown.» Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Schoolchildren learn science at the Scibono science museum in Newtown.» Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Schoolchildren learn science at the Scibono science museum in Newtown.» Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Schoolchildren learn science at the Scibono science museum in Newtown.» Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Schoolchildren learn science at the Scibono science museum in Newtown.» Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Schoolchildren learn science at the Scibono science museum in Newtown.» Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Schoolchildren learn science at the Scibono science museum in Newtown.» Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Schoolchildren learn science at the Scibono science museum in Newtown.» Download high-res image PEOPLE: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about using the image library?Email Mary Alexander at [email protected]last_img read more

Mandela is an inspiration: Obama

first_img18 July 2012 US President Barack Obama joined millions of people around the world in wishing former South African president Nelson Mandela well on his 94th birthday on Wednesday. “Mandela’s extraordinary life and steadfast commitment to the principles of democracy and reconciliation continues to be a beacon for people of all backgrounds who strive for dignity, justice, and freedom,” Obama said in a statement. He described Mandela’s personal story as one of “unbreakable will, unwavering integrity, and abiding humility. “On a personal note, our family has been inspired by Madiba’s example, and has deeply appreciated the time we have spent with him, and his wisdom, grace and generosity of spirit,” Obama said. “By any measure, Nelson Mandela has changed the arc of history, transforming his country, continent, and the world.” In 2009, the United States joined 192 United Nations member states in the creation of Nelson Mandela International Day. On this day, people honour Madiba’s commitment to service and the betterment of communities. People across South African and around the world have honoured the call to spend 67 minutes of their time on Mandela’s birthday to better their communities and help the poor. “There is no more fitting tribute to a man who has demonstrated to the world the extraordinary power of non-violence, of tolerance, and of unwavering service to our fellow men and women,” Obama said. Meanwhile, Mandela’s home village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape was a hive of activity on Wednesday with festivities lined up to celebrate the statesman’s birthday. Mandela’s longtime friend, former US president Bill Clinton, was in Qunu on Tuesday to wish Mandela well. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

2019 Between the Rows farmers gearing up for planting

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dylan Baer – Wood CountyMost of our farm is in Wood County. We farm a little in Henry and Hancock counties. We grow wheat, corn, beans, and a bit of alfalfa. My dad is a seed dealer. We are delivering seed right now. I bale straw too.On our farm we only plant enough wheat for what I’m going to bale. We have 220 acres of wheat this year. We had it planted in the first week of October and it looked good, not great, but good last fall. It is having a heck of a time greening up this spring. The green spots are starting to make the brown dead spots look bad. We like to topdress it in mid-April and the first chance we get we’ll get out there.We actually finished up with harvest Oct. 25. We thought we’d have the month of November to finish up with tillage. Then it started raining. We hardly got anything done. We do not have very much ready to plant.We bought enough rye cover crop to plant before all the corn acres. We planted rye for a cover crop but we didn’t get it all on. This is our second year of rye before the corn and we seeded it in September. It is about 3 inches tall and it is greening up fast. We want to get in there and kill it ahead of the corn because we don’t want it to get too big. It looks good. I can’t wait to get in there and plant it. There is no water laying on that cover crop ground anywhere.We are going to no-till some beans and we have about 200 acres of corn ground after the wheat acres last year that are ready to plant. The rest of our corn acres still need a field cultivator or something like that. We have water laying in some places. We are still gearing up for things and we have time. We’ll see if the weather holds.Nathan Brown – Highland CountyI planted three acres of beans on March 24. We had ideal weather conditions. While I had the drill out to sow some cover crops, I thought I’d throw some soybeans in the ground to see what happens. The soil temperature was in the high 30s or low 40s and the ground conditions were about ideal.They were planted into a cereal rye cover crop. If I can get the beans out of the ground, the rye may help regulate the ground temperature and keep them from getting frosted if we get a late frost. I went out on Saturday and dug some. They are actually starting to sprout. So far I’m happy with the progress. I have never planted anything that early before but there is a lot of talk about getting things out early. I have seen a few other guys trying it so I thought I’d see what happens.We still have equipment to work through before planting. We are a few weeks out on getting started. We are busy with calving.The pastures are starting to green up. We frost seeded some cereal rye in heavy traffic areas and that is starting to come up. The cows are finally starting to cut back a little on hay consumption.Cover crops at this point are really just starting to take off, especially the stuff that was planted in late November or December. I was hoping to have a little more growth at this time, but you have to be flexible with management. We may end up using more herbicides this year.It has been challenging around here. I drove from Hillsboro to Georgetown and saw a couple of fields of beans and corn still standing. Some guys will be chasing the combine with the corn planter this year.Andrew Armstrong – Clark CountyWe farm corn and soybeans in the southeast corner of Clark County. As of right now we have planters still in the shop. Some are ready to roll when the weather is perfect. We are still thinking about trying to spray some burndown, but we are waiting on the weather.We thought we had a window here this weekend and we got a little drizzle that just softened up the top and we didn’t want to risk anything. We don’t want to get in too much of a hurry but as the calendar continues to flip everyone is getting excited.We parked the combines last fall. Then the faucet turned on and it never shut off.We always aim to do some burndown around Thanksgiving, but we didn’t get a window of opportunity. We can get a lot accomplished in the matter of a couple of days, though. In 3 days we can be caught up with herbicide application. We typically are no-till. We do have a field that was systematically tiled last year. We cultivate it, plant it and chisel plow it the following fall, but we didn’t get that done. We are going to plant it rough. We try to keep everything else no-till. We don’t want to mess up the no-till.We have not done much with cover crops but if you look at some of our fields right now you may think we are into cover crops with all of the weeds that have come up. We are very interested in cover crops but we are concerned with the management. Are we going to efficiently be able to plant them and kill them? Will they pay for themselves in the future?We keep watching the weather here. We are ready to go with a moment’s notice. It will probably be toward the end of April before we start planting.Lamar Liming – Trumbull/ Mahoning CountyWe’re in Lordstown, Ohio, which is in southern Trumbull County. We have a dairy and grain farm. We milk about 60 cows and farm 700 acres. I am about 20 miles from the Pennsylvania line, just barely into the Snow Belt.We are starting to dry out, but it seems like we get dry and it rains again. Last weekend we had 2.25 inches of rain that soaked everything down. It warmed up pretty nice, though, this weekend and the grass is trying to pop. We have been trying to haul manure. It has been a real challenge trying to get manure out.Harvest was long. We finished up in December with our own crops. We did a little bit of custom work and it got into February before we finished that. There are still some crops out in the area. A week ago I still saw some beans out.All of last year was a challenge. It was a challenge getting stuff in, making hay and planting wheat. I planted about half my wheat and it looks like I’m going to burn it all off. None if it is going to make it. I think I got it planted on Oct. 18. The insurance date is Oct. 20. It just didn’t want to come out of the ground. We had so much water and freezing and ice. It was a terrible winter for wheat around here.They say dairy is going to be better in 2019. It is picking up a little bit here from what it was, but it has been very challenging. Ideally we get done planting by mid-May and then we start chopping hay. Last year we were planting corn, planting beans and chopping hay all at the beginning of June. It was hurry up and get it all done at the same time.last_img read more