PAL Graduates Recognized by AFBF for Leadership Achievement

first_img Facebook Twitter PAL Graduates Recognized by AFBF for Leadership Achievement By Andy Eubank – Feb 12, 2013 SHARE SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News PAL Graduates Recognized by AFBF for Leadership Achievement Facebook Twitter The American Farm Bureau Federation recognized 10 young farm and ranch leaders as graduates of its sixth Partners in Agricultural Leadership class – sponsored by AFBF, Monsanto and Farm Credit – on Saturday during AFBF’s National Leadership and Young Farmers and Ranchers Conference. AFBF President Bob Stallman says today’s young farmers and ranchers are truly impressive – and this group of graduates represents the very best of the best. Stallman says the graduates are equipped with the leadership skills they will need to help set the tone for American ag and serve their communities – helping them effectively engage with customers and provide needed advocacy for AFBF on many issues impacting farmers. The graduates for this class are Rachel Bina of North Dakota, Jonathan Cavin of Virginia, Travis Gebhart of South Dakota, Megan Gravois of Louisiana, Heather Hill of Indiana, Terri Lawton of Massachusetts, Hilary Maricle of Nebraska, Jason Rodgers of South Carolina, Malissa Fritz Schentzel of Minnesota and Misty Wall of Utah.Eligible applicants for the PAL program must have previously developed leadership skills built through participating in at least one Young Farmers and Ranchers program. Training involves four learning modules designed to develop specific leadership skill sets while exploring components of leadership and its theories and philosophies. The modules build upon one another over the program’s two-years – including intense, in-person, hands-on training.Source: NAFB News Service Previous articleExtreme Weather Could Hurt Winter Wheat CropNext articleHoosiers Honored for Going Beyond the Fence for Indiana Farmers Andy Eubanklast_img read more

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Threat of imminent execution of kidnapped Ukrainian journalist

first_img News Read in Arabic (بالعربية)ARTICLE 19, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the International Press Institute and Reporters Without Borders are deeply concerned that Ukrainian journalist Anhar Kochneva, kidnapped by Syrian rebels in October 2012, is in grave danger of being murdered. Her kidnappers, allegedly members of the Free Syrian Army, have threatened to kill her tomorrow, 13 December 2012, if their demand for USD 50 million is not paid.The four organizations urge the leadership of the Free Syrian Army and of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces to ensure that Anhar Kochneva is not harmed and is released without any further delay, in compliance with international Humanitarian law that protects journalists working in situations of conflict, like in Syria.We also call on the French, British and US governments, as well as the European Union, to fully engage the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces in compelling Free Syrian Army to facilitate Kochneva’s release. These three countries, along with the European Union, have recognized the Coalition and its leader Ahmed Mouaz al-Khatib as the legitimate representatives of the Syrian people and as such bear responsibility in stressing to the Coalition the importance of respecting human rights and international humanitarian standards and condemning violations.Anhar Kochneva was kidnapped at the beginning of October 2012 near the city of Homs. Kochneva had been reporting from Syria for a number of prominent Russian media outlets and helping Russian journalists working in the region. Kochneva was known for strongly criticizing the Syrian opposition, which she had publicly accused of cruelty to civilians and prisoners of warOn 7 November, a month after her kidnapping, a video message from Kochneva was published on the Internet in which she appealed to the Embassies of Ukraine and Russia, as well as the Syrian government, to meet the demands of the kidnappers. On 28 November, a second video of the kidnapped journalist was published online in which she read a text in Arabic admitting to having participated in the battles, working as a military interpreter with Syrian and Russian officers. We are deeply concerned that in both video appeals the journalist seems to be speaking under pressure.Under International humanitarian law, journalists are considered as civilians. Journalists do not lose this status by entering a battleground for professional purposes. Like other civilians, journalists cannot be the object of attacks, torture, or inhuman or degrading treatment. If arrested, they should be treated humanely, or charged, or released.According to Reporters without Borders, since the beginning of the Syrian conflict, 17 journalists and 48 citizen-journalists have been killed; 21 journalists and 18 citizen-journalists are currently imprisoned by the Syrian government. Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) considered Syria the deadliest country for Journalists in 2012, with 24 journalists killed since the conflict began in March 2011.ARTICLE 19Reporters Without BordersCommittee to Protect Journalist (CPJ)International Press Institute Follow the news on Syria Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria RSF_en SyriaMiddle East – North Africa March 8, 2021 Find out more Organisation Help by sharing this information to go further March 12, 2021 Find out morecenter_img News Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law News News Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts December 12, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Threat of imminent execution of kidnapped Ukrainian journalist February 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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