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  • Nimba PMC Acting Chair Removed

    first_imgThe Nimba County Council Sitting has removed Mr. Edwin Tenwah as acting chairman and treasurer of the Project Management Committee over alleged corrupt practices.The decision to remove Mr. Tenwah came after he failed to return L$ 22, 000 he took from market women in Bahn City, to clear the market ground when he claimed there was not enough fuel to run the machine to do the work at the time.He was also reported to have used US$700,000 in addition to US$100,000 allotted to the County to fight the Ebola Virus Disease during the heat of the Ebola crisis.During Mr. Tenwah’s deliberation to the Council, he reported using US$ 107,000.00 to fight the Ebola Virus Disease when the County was instructed to use US$100,000.00.When asked whether the Nimba Legislative Caucus was informed, his response was negative, but added that the money was for administrative cost prior to releasing the US$100,000.00.Concerning the money he allegedly collected from marketers, he was earlier instructed by the lawmakers to return it, but he failed to adhere to their instructions, which led to his removal.The decision was reached when the chairman of the council Senator Thomas Grupee called for a motion from the delegates and it was moved by Rep. Samuel Kogar that Mr. Tenwah should be removed from the PMC for alleged “corrupt practices” which was immediately seconded and at the subsequent motion, ten voted in favor of his removal while one voted against.Mr. Tenwah was meanwhile replaced by Mr. Peterson Walker as PMC treasurer while Mr. Osudu Dahn occupied the comptroller post which Mr. Walker was occupying.Mr. Tenwah took over the leadership of the PMC as acting chairman last year when Mr. Clinton Layweh was suspended for allegedly mismanaging several hundred United States dollars from Nimba County coffers.Concerning the fate of Mr. Layweh, the chairman of the Nimba Council, Caucus chair Senator Grupee said based on the allegation of financial misapplication, an auditing committee was instituted but allowed Mr. Layweh to remain as PMC chair until he was eventually found guilty to the charges.The Project Management Committee officials are elected to three conservative years in office, and they can only be removed by the Nimba Council.In March 2013, Mr. Edwin Tenwah was elected as its treasurer, forming part of a three-man team of officers to govern for a period of three years.There have been numerous complains of alleged extortion (of money) from people by officers operating under the PMC during road constructions in Nimba, but nothing much was done.This year’s County Council Sitting was described as one of the best because all the county’s 11 lawmakers, including Senator Prince Johnson, was in attendance.The opening statements were merely reconciliatory with lawmakers calling on each other to unify so bring development to Nimba County while they urged citizens to address them constructively and not on social media as it is usually done.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • US$300K Part of US$1.2M Stolen from Bank

    first_imgThe First International Bank (Liberia) Limited (FI Bank) has clarified media reports in connection with the theft of US$300,100 at its branch in Ganta, Nimba County.The clarification comes against the backdrop of a back page report in the March 18, 2015 edition of this newspaper, captioned US$300K Theft at FI Bank in Ganta – Again.FI Bank quotes this paper as saying, “Less than four months after 10 employees of the First International Bank (FIBank) were charged with stealing US$1.2 million from the bank, four other employees have been arrested for reportedly stealing US$300,100, this time from the bank’s branch in Ganta, Nimba County”The Daily Observer had cited Police spokesman, Sam Collins, as making the disclosure of the information at a news conference, indicating that the employees were arrested on February 7, 2015 by the Major Crimes Investigation Department.However, FI Bank Management clarified that the US$300,100 issue at Ganta, as indicated in the media report, is not a separate amount, but is inclusive of the original US$1.2 million stolen from the bank in 2012, “a case that is currently on docket at the Criminal Court “C” at the Temple of Justice, and is not virtually a new issue as reported by the papers.”“FI Bank believes the media can play a positive role in our service to the community, by clarifying issues sensitive to the public.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Govt’s caretaker status puts State contracts at risk – PSC

    first_img…advises members to seek legal adviceThe uncertain footing of the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) Government has put private sector contracts with the State at risk— a possibility heavily criticised by the Private Sector Commission (PSC).Despite the CCJ rulings, the Government said in a statement recently that Cabinet had not stopped functioningIn a strongly worded statement on Wednesday, the PSC slammed the behaviour of President David Granger and his Government, who despite being toppled by a No-Confidence Motion, have been criticised for seeming reluctant to go to the polls and comply with the Constitution and Court rulings.“It is the Private Sector’s view that the President, by his behaviour, has put at risk all private sector entities and other organisations made subject to contracts and any other action authorised by the Cabinet, by presuming them to be legal. The Private Sector Commission has, therefore, advised its members to seek legal advice in this regard,” the Commission stated.According to the PSC, the President announcing that Cabinet shall continue to function is “totally unacceptable”, noting that this means that the President is refusing to honour the Constitution of Guyana.Article 106 (6) of the Constitution of Guyana states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence”.Meanwhile, Article 106 (7) states: “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election”.“It is totally unacceptable, therefore, to the Commission that the President has refused to honour the Constitution in announcing that the Cabinet shall continue to function. The Caribbean Court has stated that “by convention, the Government is expected to behave during this interim period as a caretaker and so restrain the exercise of its legal authority,” the PSC made clear.CaretakerSince the Government fell to the no-confidence vote on December 21, 2019, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has always maintained that the Government should be acting in a caretaker capacity only and not be entering into large scale contracts.Jagdeo’s position was vindicated by the CCJ on Friday last when it ruled that the Government should be in a caretaker status. CCJ President Adrian Saunders had outlined that the Cabinet, including the President, should have already been resigned, thus, reaffirming that the APNU/AFC coalition is, in fact, and should be in a caretaker mode leading up to elections.“Article 106 envisaged that the tenure in office of the Cabinet, including the President after the Government’s defeat, is on a different footage from that which existed prior to the vote of no-confidence…By convention, the Government is expected to behave, during this interim period, as a caretaker and so restrain the exercise of its legal authority. It is this caretaker or interim role that explains the three-month deadline in the first instance that the Article lays down in principle for the holding of fresh elections,” Justice Saunders stated.Since the post-judgement hearing at the CCJ last month, Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) lawyer Stanley Marcus and Attorney General Basil Williams had both argued that the Article 106 (7) provision meant the President and his Cabinet had to remain in power until after a new President was sworn in.But CCJ Judge Justice Jacob Wit had also debunked this argument. He had noted that it is international practice that following a successful No-Confidence Motion, a caretaker Government is usually left in place with a limited timeframe in which to carry out snap elections.He had made it clear that contrary to the Government’s arguments, a provision for a caretaker Government does not have to be explicit in the Constitution, as this is a standard and recognised international practice.On January 18, it had been announced that Cabinet noted the award of a total of 36 contracts that went through the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB). These multi-million dollar contracts ranged from the construction and rehabilitation of roads to the construction of pump stations and the supply of fibre optic cables to the National Data Management Authority.In a statement a few days ago, the coalition Government claimed that it accepted its “interim” status, but that it would continue to function in the interest of the State and that Cabinet has not stopped functioning.last_img read more

  • Teen organizes golf tourney

    first_imgPALMDALE – Following in the footsteps of a former teammate, Quartz Hill High golf standout Ayla Friga is organizing a golf tournament to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Friga is organizing the tournament for her senior project. Ali Erdman, a former Quartz Hill standout who now plays at the University of California, Riverside, organized a similar event last season benefiting breast-cancer research. Friga said Caine told her how his band became involved in Make-A-Wish, writing and performing a song for a boy who was near death. “The money goes to Make-A-Wish for a child who’s dying so they can still have some happiness,” Friga said. “It helps the families too because they get to remember the good times they had.” Items of note that will be available for auction include an autographed Epiphone electric guitar autographed by Journey and a Samick acoustic guitar autographed by REO Speedwagon and Cheap Trick band members, among other classic rock musicians. “There’s a lot of wonderful charities out there, but when a child is dying and you can help them with their last wish, I can’t think of anything more important,” Tom Friga said. The $100 tournament entry cost includes greens fees, a cart, breakfast, range balls, a raffle ticket and an awards banquet. The Ayla Friga Classic will be held March 11 at Rancho Vista Golf Course. The tournament will start at 8 a.m., and will be followed by a raffle and auction featuring rock and sports memorabilia. The San Jose State-bound Friga felt compelled to raise money for Make-A-Wish after speaking with her uncle Jonathan Caine, a keyboardist for the 1970s and ’80s classic rock band Journey. center_img For information or to sign up for the tournament, call (661) 272-9903, Ext. 112, or (661) 942-9199, or e-mail ladypro13@yahoo.com or afriga89@yahoo.com. gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (661) 267-7802 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

  • Derby 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday: Late Darren Bent strike secures point for Rams

    first_img Darren Bent scored the equalising goal for Derby 1 Sheffield Wednesday’s hopes of establishing themselves in the play-offs were dashed as substitute Darren Bent netted a late equaliser to earn Derby a 1-1 draw from pulsating clash at the iPro Stadium.A superb Barry Bannan strike put Wednesday ahead in the second half but Bent scored with his first touch eight minutes from time to celebrate only his second league goal of the season.Derby had already secured their place in the Sky Bet Championship play-offs but it was a significant day for Will Hughes, who made his first start since injuring a knee on the opening day of the season in place of George Thorne who was ill.Wednesday still had work to do to guarantee a top-six finish and they came close to falling behind in the fifth minute when Craig Bryson’s persistence got the ball to Chris Martin but his low shot from 18 yards was held by Keiren Westwood.As the Wednesday fans sang “we’re on our way back,” Kieran Lee made a strong run at Derby’s defence and almost set up Gary Hooper in the 10th minute before Jacob Butterfield forced Westwood into another save.Hughes made a crucial tackle to halt Hooper on the edge of the box but the midfielder was booked in the 19th minute when he barged over Fernando Forestieri out on the left touchline.Wednesday were having a good spell and they went close in the 21st minute when Bannan’s deflected shot was saved by Scott Carson and Jason Shackell beat Hooper to the rebound.In an open game, Derby had the next chance when Bryson finished a classy passing move with a 20-yard shot that Westwood tipped over in the 29th minute.There was a three-minute delay after a clash of heads between Marcus Olsson and Forestieri but both were able to continue and when play resumed, Butterfield’s delightful pass found Johnny Russell in the area but he lost his footing.An entertaining half ended with Tom Ince curling a 25-yard free-kick just over and the second started with Carson clawing behind a Forestieri shot in the 49th minute.It was a great save and Westwood matched it twice in the space of two minutes by turning behind a Bryson strike in the 55th minute before he denied Russell with his legs.But Bannan produced an unstoppable effort in the 68th minute when he beat Carson from 20 yards with a shot that went in off the underside of the bar after a clever back-heel by Hooper.Forestieri clipped the top of the bar with a free-kick but Derby equalised in the 82nd minute when Russell crossed for Bent to head in at the back post a minute after coming on.Derby could have won it through another substitute, Nick Blackman, but he failed to convert at the back post with Wednesday looking in vain for offside and the game ended with Daniel Pudil becoming the ninth booking in a game that was competitive but never dirty.last_img read more

  • DUST DOWN YOUR BICYCLE FOR DONEGAL BIKE WEEK 2014

    first_imgBike Week is a celebration and promotion of all that’s great about bikes and cycling. Held over a week in June of each year with bike themed events organised by local authorities, community groups and cycling groups throughout Ireland, this years event will run from the 14th to 23rd June 2014From free bike checks, fun cycles, lunchtime city rides, heritage cycles, electric bike races, school cycling events, bike festivals, road races and much more. There’s something for every age and ability. Locally Donegal Sports Partnership with the support of the Department of Transport , Tourism and Sport, Donegal County Council, HSE and local cycling clubs and community groups have coordinated a full programme of bike related events all across the county for everyone to participate and enjoy kicking off with a county launch and a lunchtime cycle in Letterkenny.The lunchtime cycle will leave the Letterkenny Public Services Centre at 1pm and follow a loop via the port road, pearse road around to the new dunnes stores roundabout and back to the public services centre.For motorists around Letterkenny at lunchtime on the Tuesday 10th please not that there may be some short delays to allow the cyclists to get across the 3.5 k route.Children and staff from the Ballyraine Primary and the Letterkenny Educate Together Primary school will also take part as well as workers from businesses and offices around the town. The cycle will start at 1pm from the Letterkenny Public Services Centre and is open to anyone, just bring your bike and helmet and away you go.Further information on Bike Week events from Donegal Sports Partnership @ 0749116078 / 16079 or www.activedonegal.com DUST DOWN YOUR BICYCLE FOR DONEGAL BIKE WEEK 2014 was last modified: June 6th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal Bike Weeklast_img read more

  • Premier League club optimistic they will not be dissolved

    first_img No explanation has been provided for the club’s late payments 1 Crystal Palace are confident the club will not be dissolved after Companies House gave them two months to file their overdue accounts.The accounts of the company which owns Palace, CPFC 2010 Ltd, for the 12 months until June 30, 2017 remain outstanding. They were due by March 31 and no explanation for the delay has been provided.Companies House is seeking to ensure compliance and issued a gazette notice on Tuesday, giving Palace two months to file the accounts.The Companies House website, which posts accounting details, shows under ‘Company Status’ an ‘active proposal to strike off’ CPFC 2010 Ltd, which is registered at Palace’s Selhurst Park home.However, any threat of being wound up – a potential consequence of late filing – is a “technicality” which Palace expect to overcome.Palace expect the matter to be resolved and the accounts to be published by Companies House in the next few days.The draft accounts have already been presented to the Premier League, according to a source close to the club.The accounts are expected to show the pay-offs levied to Alan Pardew and Sam Allardyce, who left the club in December 2016 and May 2017, respectively.All limited companies must, by law, file accounts to Companies House within nine months of the end of their designated financial year.Companies House said in a statement: “Every company is required to file their accounts annually, and a penalty is applied for late filed accounts.“If they fail to do so, we have an active pursuit process to secure the filing of the overdue documents.“Our main aim is to secure compliance and to bring filing records up to date.“If we’re unable to achieve this, we will take appropriate action.”Palace have missed the deadline by more than two months and face a fine of £375 if they file by the end of June.Should there be a further delay the fine will double to £750, regulations on the Companies House website show.Palace are owned by chairman Steve Parish, plus Joshua Harris and David Blitzer, the US investors who took a large stake in the club in December 2015.last_img read more

  • High School Scoreboard 9/15

    first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!,FOOTBALL TODAY Norwalk vs. La Serna, at California HS, 7 p.m. FRIDAY Santa Fe at Montebello, 7 p.m. Schurr at Downey, 7 p.m. Murphy vs. Whittier Christian at Whittier College, 7 p.m. California at El Monte, 7 p.m. Bell Gardens at El Rancho, 7 p.m. Manual Arts at Pioneer, 7 p.m. La Puente vs. Whittier at California HS, 7 p.m. South Hills at La Habra, 7 p.m. St. Paul at Redondo Union, 7 p.m. Cantwell at Santa Rosa, 7 p.m. La Mirada at Charter Oak, 7 p.m. GIRLS VOLLEYBALL NONLEAGUE At Cantwell HS California def. Cantwell (25-14, 25-9, 25-11). Records (overall, league): California 2-0. Notes: Barbara Sierra (Calif) 10 kills, 7 aces. At San Marino HS Bishop Amat def. San Marino 25-18, 25-13, 26-24. Record: San Marino 1-2. BOYS CROSS COUNTRY PHIL RYAN INVITATIONAL 1. San Marino, 2. Valencia, 3. Alhambra, 4. San Gabriel, 5. Cornerstone At Lacy Park Top individuals: 1. Jeff Reyhua (Alhambra), 2. Toby Morris (SM), 3. Michael Davis (SM), 4. Jarrod Nicholson (V), 5. Andrew Longhini (V). GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY PHIL RYAN INVITATIONAL 1. Arcadia, 2.Flintridge Prep, 3.Valencia 4. San Marino, 5. Alhambra At Lacy Park Top individuals: 1. Johanne Boulat (Arc), 2. Megan McDaniel (V), 3. Sarah Mattison (Arc), 4. Katheryn Iwata (FP), 5. Danielle LaBrie (Arc). GIRLS TENNIS NONLEAGUE Covina 18, Azusa 0 At Azusa HS Singles: Jackie Nguyen (C) 3-0, Meg Tiangco (C) 3-0, Benya Pokpongkiat (C) 3-0. Janet Ayala (A) 0-3, Paulina Soria (A) 0-3, Minam Villagourez (A) 0-3 –. Doubles: Wendy Ojeda-Melissa Salas (C) 3-0, Grace Liao-Kim Sarcos (C) 3-0, Rebecca Prelle-Marr Tiangco (C) 2-0, Reveka Reed-Jazmyn Lopez (C) 1-0.– Evelyn Murillo-Kayla Joanis (A) 0-3, Dominique Petarra-Rose Yaunvao (A) 0-3, Michelle Nguyen-Abby Lentz (A) 0-3.– Records: Covina 3-0; Azusa 0-1. center_img FOOTBALL TODAY Norwalk vs. La Serna, at California HS, 7 p.m. FRIDAY Santa Fe at Montebello, 7 p.m. Schurr at Downey, 7 p.m. Murphy vs. Whittier Christian at Whittier College, 7 p.m. California at El Monte, 7 p.m. Bell Gardens at El Rancho, 7 p.m. Manual Arts at Pioneer, 7 p.m. La Puente vs. Whittier at California HS, 7 p.m. South Hills at La Habra, 7 p.m. St. Paul at Redondo Union, 7 p.m. Cantwell at Santa Rosa, 7 p.m. La Mirada at Charter Oak, 7 p.m. GIRLS VOLLEYBALL NONLEAGUE At Cantwell HS California def. Cantwell (25-14, 25-9, 25-11). Records (overall, league): California 2-0. Notes: Barbara Sierra (Calif) 10 kills, 7 aces. At San Marino HS Bishop Amat def. San Marino 25-18, 25-13, 26-24. Record: San Marino 1-2. BOYS CROSS COUNTRY PHIL RYAN INVITATIONAL 1. San Marino, 2. Valencia, 3. Alhambra, 4. San Gabriel, 5. Cornerstone At Lacy Park Top individuals: 1. Jeff Reyhua (Alhambra), 2. Toby Morris (SM), 3. Michael Davis (SM), 4. Jarrod Nicholson (V), 5. Andrew Longhini (V). GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY PHIL RYAN INVITATIONAL 1. Arcadia, 2.Flintridge Prep, 3.Valencia 4. San Marino, 5. Alhambra At Lacy Park Top individuals: 1. Johanne Boulat (Arc), 2. Megan McDaniel (V), 3. Sarah Mattison (Arc), 4. Katheryn Iwata (FP), 5. Danielle LaBrie (Arc). GIRLS TENNIS NONLEAGUE Covina 18, Azusa 0 At Azusa HS Singles: Jackie Nguyen (C) 3-0, Meg Tiangco (C) 3-0, Benya Pokpongkiat (C) 3-0. Janet Ayala (A) 0-3, Paulina Soria (A) 0-3, Minam Villagourez (A) 0-3 –. Doubles: Wendy Ojeda-Melissa Salas (C) 3-0, Grace Liao-Kim Sarcos (C) 3-0, Rebecca Prelle-Marr Tiangco (C) 2-0, Reveka Reed-Jazmyn Lopez (C) 1-0.– Evelyn Murillo-Kayla Joanis (A) 0-3, Dominique Petarra-Rose Yaunvao (A) 0-3, Michelle Nguyen-Abby Lentz (A) 0-3.– Records: Covina 3-0; Azusa 0-1. last_img read more

  • Bishop calls for investigation following abuse scandal documentary

    first_imgThe Bishop of Raphoe says he has asked gardaí to investigate allegations of collusion and cover-ups in the diocese which were made in TG4’s Finné documentary this week.The documentary delved into one of Ireland’s worst cases of child sexual abuse which occurred at the hands of the late Fr Eugene Greene and schoolteacher Denis McGinley in Donegal.Bishop Alan McGuckian says that he immediately contacted Gardaí after watching the programme to ask them to investigate allegations made about collusion and cover-up in the Raphoe Diocese, involving members both living and dead. The Bishop said he is planning to meet with Gardaí in the near future and offer them ‘every possible cooperation in any investigation in order to ascertain the truth.’The harrowing Finné documentary exposed details from three decades of abuse carried out by Donegal priest Eugene Greene and the crimes of teacher Denis McGinley of Magheraroarty, who continues to live in the parish.Fr Eugene GreeneBishop McGuckian said the documentary has revisited the pain and tragedy of child sexual abuse committed by clergy and others in the Diocese of Raphoe.He said: “What happened is a source of revulsion and shame for all associated with the Diocese. It reminded me that the betrayal of trust felt, especially by the victims, but also by many others is so serious as to be almost irreparable.” The Bishop also invited victims of abuse who are suffering in silence to come forward.“I have a sense that many people in the Diocese suffer in silence with the burden of what happened to them or to people they love. I know also that many people want nothing to do with the Church or the Diocese. However, if it would be a support to anyone to contact us invite anyone who carries the pain of abuse to come forward and speak either to myself or the Designated Liaison Person. The number for the Designated Liaison Person, Margaret Northage, is: 086 2183011.”Bishop Alan McGuckianAs former Garda Martin Ridge and victims of abuse call for a forensic cold case investigation into Fr Greene, Bishop McGuckian said he will fully co-operate with the authorities.“The Diocese supports and will give full cooperation to any effort to cast as much light as possible on this sad and tragic part of our history as a diocese and county. The form of any investigation will be a matter for the statutory authorities.“However, any information which the Diocese of Raphoe holds in relation to the abuse of children is completely available to the Gardaí and the diocese is ready at all times to cooperate fully with any enquiries.” Bishop calls for investigation following abuse scandal documentary was last modified: November 3rd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Bishop Alan McGuckiandiocese of raphoeEUGENE GREENEFinnéTG4last_img read more

  • Dancin’ dairy style (makes me smile)

    first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It is no secret that dairy prices are in the dumps, and have been for a while.It can seem sad/frustrating/stressful/scary/challenging/daunting/hopeless, among other things. Nope, there’s not much to smile about there. But, like all challenges in life, it is how each dairy farmer or farm employee responds to the situation that can make the difference in not only the specifics of their future but also the perceptions of others who are watching.When things are grim (no matter the details) we have a choice about how we can respond. Dairy farmers Katie Dotterer-Pyle and Jessica Peters decided to respond by dancing and encouraged others who share their first-hand dairy woes to do the same.Dotterer-Pyle is from Cow Comfort Inn Dairy in Union Bridge, Md. and Peters is from Spruce Row Farm in Meadville, Pa. The two young ladies decided to rock out lip syncing and dancing to “Shake it off” by Taylor Swift on video.To be truthful, videos of dancing dairy farmers don’t do much to help address the grim realities of low dairy prices, but they also don’t do nothing. Yes, videos of dancing dairy farmers certainly do something, but what?For one, I think the dancing videos make dairy farmers very human — a plight everyone reading this (or watching dancing dairy farmer videos) shares. In general, when it comes to their food, consumers tend to have more trust when dealing with their fellow humans.In the view of consumers in a recent survey, food companies and federal regulatory agencies are held responsible for ensuring the health and safety of food but there are trust issues with those entities, according to new research from The Center for Food Integrity (CFI). There is a dangerous trust problem with food in this country that leads to increased public skepticism and ultimately more (and often baseless) regulation.“If you’re held responsible and trusted for ensuring safe and healthy food, you are seen as a credible source,” said Charlie Arnot, CEO of CFI. “However, if you’re held responsible but not trusted, that’s a dangerous disconnect that can’t be ignored.”Federal regulatory agencies are held most responsible for ensuring safe food, following by food companies, according to the survey. And, as it turns out, federal agencies and food companies do not dance. Dotterer-Pyle and Peters have definitively proven, though, that dairy farmers do.And when it comes to trust, federal regulatory agencies rank eighth and food companies rank last on a list of 11 choices.“The potential fallout is serious and we’re already witnessing consequences in the food system as public interest in food production and processing grows,” Arnot said. “A lack of trust can result in increased pressure for additional oversight and regulations, rejection of products or information, and consumers seeking alternate, and perhaps unreliable, information sources.”Farmers fared better in the survey, ranking third in both responsibility and trust on the issue of ensuring safe food. Over the last 10 years CFI research has consistently shown that consumers trust farmers.“The good standing of farmers presents a golden opportunity for farmers to share their stories, invite consumer questions and help build trust,” he said.Rankings for responsibility and trust regarding healthy food were similar. Segmenting by influencer audiences, including moms, millennials, foodies and early adopters, CFI’s research surveyed U.S. consumers on more than 50 topics including most important issues, trusted sources, purchasing behaviors, pressures impacting food choices, and attitudes on farming and food manufacturing.The CFI research revealed additional trust gaps when it comes to the environment, animal care and food manufacturing. Eighty percent moderately or strongly agree that they are more concerned about global warming/climate change than they were a year ago. However, only 30% strongly agree that farmers are taking good care of the environment.While 55% strongly agree that if farm animals are treated decently and humanely, they have no problem consuming meat milk and eggs, only 25% believe U.S. meat is derived from humanely treated animals. One would have no choice but to assume dancing farmers are more likely to be kind to their animals, right?Two out of three consumers (64%) hold a positive impression of agriculture, while below half (44%) hold a positive impression of food manufacturing. A majority — around two in three — want to know more about both.“I am often asked why consumers have a certain, often inaccurate, impression of the food system,” said Roxi Beck, director at CFI. “My response is simple: because farmers and food companies haven’t engaged consumers in a way that addresses their underlying concerns.“The food system is making great strides toward transparency and responsiveness, which is tremendous, but there is more work to be done. It starts with identifying the drivers of concern, versus providing factual information to address the questions asked.”CFI’s research re-emphasizes that the need for effective engagement to earn trust goes beyond simply providing consumers with information.“Consumers want to know that farmers and food companies share their values, so simply providing facts or information isn’t enough,” Beck said. “Meaningful engagement can be a game-changer. For example, I’ve guided dozens of on-site tours of farms and food companies and the ‘ah-ha’ moments are often dramatic when consumers see and hear for themselves how food is produced. This is because they’ve made a personal connection with the individual expert, which allows the conversation to move forward.”Transparency is a powerful trust-building tool, she said, and can be achieved in many ways, “ranging from photos and videos to blogs that invite questions. Today’s trust gaps can be closed and CFI is committed to helping the food system do just that.”Do videos of goofy dairy farmers dancing in their barns help with this endeavor? I have no way of knowing for sure, but I do know I smile when I see one of those videos. And smiling in response to an occasional muck boot do-see-do at least seems like a pretty good place to start. Maybe it will make some dairy farmers smile too.(And in case you don’t remember, I have done some dairy dancing’ of my own).last_img read more