Kim Cooper a respected ambassador for agriculture

first_imgKim Cooper grew up in Chatham, never farming a day in his life, but his career of more than four decades in agriculture has taken him to more than 30 countries and earned him the respect of the farm community.The author of the popular Food for Thought column, which has run in The Chatham Daily News for nearly 20 years, is retiring on Aug. 2.Cooper recalled visiting his grandparents’ farm in Jeannette’s Creek as a child but said a career in agriculture wasn’t on his radar.He credits Stu Irving, the former manager of the M.J. Smith Grain Company and fellow church member, for calling to offer him a job in the early 1970s.He took the job stocking shelves and began learning about seeds. He also met several farmers and learned about the chemical trade and fertilizer.“I just fell in love with agriculture, that was the start of it,” Cooper said.During this time, he developed some health problems but wanted to attend Ridgetown’s agriculture college. His employer paid his tuition, and he returned with a diploma and a desire to learn more about agriculture “because I was just eating this up.”Cooper went to the University of Guelph, but had to drop out due to health reasons. Not obtaining that degree is something he’s always regretted.He came back to work at M.J. Smith before landing a job at King Grain in Pain Court in 1985. He spent 10 years there, gaining a lot of knowledge by doing everything from loading fertilizer and making deliveries to formulating fertilizer blends and selling.“Eventually, I got into grain trading, so I bought and sold all the corn, wheat and soybeans out there for a number of years,” Cooper said.He spent another year with the company after it was purchased by Thompsons, working in the soybean export program,From there, he joined the Ontario Soybean Growers’ Association for 10 years, working as their marketing specialist. He later joined Southwest Ag before taking a position with Chatham-Kent’s economic development department nearly 12 years ago to work as an agriculture specialist.Cooper’s career has taken him across the globe, including visits to Japan and China, where he’s met farmers from many different countries along with company presidents and ambassadors.He also became well respected for raising awareness about local agriculture through his weekly newspaper column.He recalled being on the agriculture committee of the then Chatham and District Chamber of Commerce at a time when there was a lot of bad press about farming.“I said, ‘We need to have some good news stories in the media. How about we go to The Chatham Daily News and see if we can submit a monthly article on some of the positive benefits of agriculture.’”Since it was his idea, Cooper was chosen to write the first column.The Daily News agreed to run the piece, but Cooper said it wasn’t long before he was requested to submit a weekly column, which he has done faithfully on a voluntary basis.Cooper said writing that column has helped him learn even more about agriculture over the years.“I know it’s a good article when people come up to me and say, ‘Hey, I read your article, I didn’t know that.’”He said that kind of response is the reason for writing the column, helping bring more awareness to the $3-billion agriculture industry in Chatham-Kent.Cooper has even arranged meetings between readers and farmers because readers wanted to learn more about agriculture.“I see myself as a conduit between the average citizen who doesn’t really understand agriculture and the ag sector.”Cooper has earned the trust and respect of the local agricultural community.Ron Faubert has worked with Cooper both as a farmer and in his capacity as president of the Kent Federation of Agriculture.“Kim was always an ambassador for agriculture,” Faubert said.He credits Cooper for working hard to move agricultural issues forward, saying the columnist “understood our issues.”“(It was) because he was involved in agriculture through the different employment he’s had over the years,” Faubert added.Even though Cooper didn’t grow up on a farm, Faubert said his friend “developed a passion for agriculture and you could tell that in everything he did.”He suggested this passion is unique, noting most people who weren’t raised with farming aren’t that interested in agriculture or share the sector’s concerns.“But, for some reason, Kim had some of that in his blood, and he was very good at it.”Cooper said deciding to retire “was a tough decision because I love what I’m doing.”“I’ve loved all my jobs in agriculture,” he said,  “and the people I’ve worked with.”As readers of his column know, faith is major part of Cooper’s life.“My philosophy on life as Christian is God’s got a plan for my life and he’s got a plan for this next chapter in my life,” he said.Cooper said he’ll miss his job in agriculture, but added he still has his relationships with people and he’ll still stay connected.“But it’s time to move on.”eshreve@postmedia.comlast_img read more

3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing: Manufacturers Increasingly Use AM for Rapid Production

first_imgWorld-class manufacturers increasingly use 3D printing to help with both rapid prototyping and rapid manufacturing.  A recent report by Stratasys looked at trends impacting 3D printing.Some of the findings of the Stratasys report include:3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing (AM) is expected to become much more commonplace in the manufacture of end-user parts.  Aerospace and automotive sectors are expected to increase manufacture of end-user parts the most.The two most significant benefits of AM are complex design capabilities (79 percent) and reduced lead time for parts (76 percent) By 2018, AM is expected to expand rapidly into manufacturing tools, tooling and patterns, and trial/bridge production segmentsThe use of metal with AM is expected to double in the next 3 yearsStrong desire for AM to be able to handle rubber (61 percent) and high-temperature plastics (61 percent)Outsourcing of manufacturing to AM specialists is expected to growJoe Allison, CEO of Stratasys, said that “3D printing is really changing how products are being manufactured… Right now [AM] is going through a transition from the first 15 years when we were changing how prototypes were made. About 10 years ago the technology caught on, and since then the market fully adopted using the technology to quickly and efficiently create prototypes.”last_img read more

Internet of Things (IoT) Security Spending: Revenues up as Worries about Security Abound

first_imgSpending globally on IoT security is expected to reach $1.5 billion this year as organization worry about the vulnerability of their IoT connected devices, an increase of 28 percent over 2017, says Gartner.The Garner report found that about one-fifth of all organization say that they’ve experience some sort of IoT-based attack over the last thirty-six months.Brian Contos, CISO of Verodin, said that “there are so many IoT device types and vendors that it’s challenging to determine what risks they bring and what levels of controls can be implemented to mitigate that risk.”Ruggero Contu, research director at Gartner, said that “interest is growing in improving automation in operational processes through the deployment of intelligent connected devices, such as sensors, robots and remote connectivity, often through cloud-based services. This innovation, often described as Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) or Industry 4.0, is already impacting security in industry sectors deploying operational technology (OT), such as energy, oil and gas, transportation, and manufacturing.”last_img read more

Maersk Line Step Closer to Hamburg Süd Acquisition

first_imgzoom Denmark-based shipping giant Maersk Line signed a sale and purchase agreement related to the acquisition of German carrier Hamburg Südamerikanische Dampfschifffahrts-Gesellschaft KG (Hamburg Süd) on March 14.The agreement is subject to board approvals, which are expected during the second quarter of 2017, Maersk Line said.A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S, the parent company of Maersk Line, expects to communicate further details following the board approvals. The company expects to close the transaction by the end of 2017.The latest move comes on the back of an agreement reached between the Danish container carrier and the Oetker Group at the start of December 2016.The parties did not reveal any financial details on the deal.With the acquisition of Hamburg Süd, Maersk Line will grow its global capacity share to approximately 18.6% (now 15.7%), its nominal capacity to around 3.8 million TEU (now 3.1 million TEU) while decreasing the average age of the combined fleet of more than 700 vessels to 8.7 years compared to Maersk Line’s present vessel age of 9.2 years.last_img read more

CharityBuzzcoms Top 2012 Celebrity Charity Auctions is proud to bring you a round up of’s top celebrity charity auctions from 2012.In 2012, auctioned more than 9,500 packages to raise more than $25 million for nonprofits. From their recent auction for Hurricane Sandy Relief in conjunction with the 12-12-12 Concert to a Jeremy Lin bidding frenzy at the height of Lin-sanity, Charitybuzz expanded its reach and impact in 2012 by harnessing the best of pop culture for social good. The site saw hundreds of celebs from Ryan Lochte to Lady Gaga hit the auction block, but Bono claimed the number one spot with a $212,000 final bid on the chance to meet him backstage at a U2 Concert to benefit Haiti relief.TOP 25 CHARITYBUZZ CELEBRITY AUCTIONS OF 20121. Meet Bono backstage after you watch a U2 show from VIP seats and score his legendary Irish Falcon Gretsch Guitar, signed and personalized to benefit J/P Haitian Relief Organization, Happy Hearts Fund and Artists for Peace and Justice. Final bid: $212,0002. Have lunch with Mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York City to benefit The Humane Society. Final bid: $185,0003. A Fender Bass Guitar signed by Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Roger Daltrey, Billy Joel, Dave Grohl, Eric Clapton, Jon Bon Jovi, Michael Stipe, Chris Martin and more backstage at the 12-12-12 Concert to benefit the Robin Hood Fund for Sandy Relief. Final bid: $135,0004. A private tennis lesson with French Open Champion Rafael Nadal to benefit the Rafael Nadal Foundation. Final bid: $100,0005. A Gibson Les Paul Guitar signed by Dave Grohl, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Michael Stipe, Roger Daltrey, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi and more backstage at the 12-12-12 Concert to benefit the Robin Hood Fund for Sandy Relief. Final bid: $90,0006. Join Barbra Streisand as her personal guest as she performs at her Malibu compound with hosts Bill Clinton, Josh Groban, David Foster and others to benefit The Women’s Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Final bid: $80,0007. Spend the day with President Bill Clinton in NYC to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Final bid: $80,0008. Enjoy lunch with George Clooney and Dave Karger at the exclusive Soho House West Hollywood to benefit GLSEN. Final bid: $58,0009. Sit in on the Howard Stern Show in New York City and meet Howard and the staff, including a tour of SiriunXM Studios, to benefit the 15 Foundation. Final bid: $57,50010. Meet Sir Paul McCartney with 2 tickets to the show of your choice and access to the pre-show sound check to benefit City of Hope. Final bid: $57,50011. Learn from the best with a one-on-one meeting with Hollywood hit-maker Harvey Weinstein in NYC or LA to benefit The Rose Home. Final bid: $50,00012. Meet five-time Grammy Award winner Clive Davis at a 30-minute meeting plus the chance to perform a three-song demo to benefit the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights. Final bid: $47,50013. A private one-hour tennis lesson with Andre Agassi and Stefanie Graf in Las Vegas to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Final bid: $43,00014. Meet Jeremy Lin with 4 VIP tickets to the Knicks vs. Hawks and score his signed game-worn jersey from his win against the Lakers to benefit MSG’s Garden of Dreams. Final bid: $42,38815. Lunch for two with entrepreneur Mark Cuban in Los Angeles or Dallas to benefit Autism Speaks. Final bid: $38,50016. Meet superstar Jon Bon Jovi backstage at the Kings of Suburbia Benefit Concert to benefit Hamilton College. Final bid: $37,50017. Audition for a speaking role on Law & Order: SVU in New York City with Mariska Hargitay and cast members as your acting coaches to benefit the Joyful Heart Foundation. Final bid: $35,50018. Enjoy a one-hour power meeting with music, fashion and entertainment mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs in NYC or LA to benefit the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship. Final bid: $31,00019. Sit with Steven Tyler at the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s Academy Awards Viewing Party in West Hollywood to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Final bid: $30,00020. Meet Taylor Swift in Ottawa with two VIP concert tickets and round trip airfare to benefit the American Red Cross. Final bid: $30,00021. Meet Celine Dion with two VIP tickets to see her perform at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas plus two nights in a luxury suite to benefit the American Red Cross. Final bid: $30,00022. Sit ringside with Mike Tyson at the Pacquiao vs. Marquez fight in Las Vegas to benefit Mike Tyson Cares. Final bid: $28,50023. Attend a New York Fashion Week show with Anna Wintour, tour the Vogue offices and more to benefit CFDA/Vogue’s Fashion for Sandy Relief. Final bid: $28,50024. Dine with Alex Rodriguez and nine of your friends at NYY Steak after watching the Yankees vs. Orioles from a luxury suite to benefit the Taylor Hooton Foundation. Final bid: $26,00025. Score two walk-on roles in Captain America 2: The Winter Solider starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson and meet the cast to benefit Toluca Baseball. Final bid: $26,000Honorable mentions go to Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, One Direction, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Donald Trump, Richard Branson, Muhammad Ali, Mario Batali, Gwyneth Paltrow and Stefan Lessard, who each had a single auction experience at Charitybuzz raise more than $20,000 for charity in 2012.last_img read more

Quebecbased Avior inks multiyear contract with Boeing 737 Max project

first_imgLAVAL, Que. – Canadian aerospace manufacturer Avior Integrated Products says it has entered into a multi-year contract with Boeing’s 737 Max airplane program.The company is a full-service supplier of lightweight structural assemblies and will be involved with access door assembly on the project by the U.S. aerospace giant.Avior CEO Stephen Kearns says the project will involve contributions from the company’s three manufacturing facilities in Quebec.WestJet Airlines (TSX:WJA) said on Oct. 11 that it will be the first commercial carrier in Canada to take delivery of the new Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, one of 50 scheduled for delivery in the next four years.The 174-seat aircraft is expected to officially enter service on Nov. 9 with a flight from Calgary to Toronto.Air Canada (TSX:AC) has also placed orders for 33 Boeing 737 Max 8s and 28 of the larger Max 9s, with deliveries starting this year.last_img read more

Horgan still blocking Trans Mountain after meeting with PM Notley

first_imgKinder Morgan, meanwhile, has given Trudeau until the end of May to find a solution that would provide their investors a measure of confidence that the project would be allowed to proceed.The meeting, convened at the last minute Thursday as Trudeau was departing for the Summit of the Americas in Peru, marked the first time the three leaders have all been in the same room together to hash out the dispute.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) OTTAWA, O.N. – B.C. Premier John Horgan says his meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley did nothing to end his ongoing efforts to block plans to expand an existing diluted bitumen line between the two provinces.Horgan, Alberta counterpart Rachel Notley and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met today on Parliament Hill in hopes of finding a solution to the impasse between the two provinces, which is threatening to kill the expansion project.Horgan says Trudeau laid out “legislative and financial measures” to push the project forward, but he did not elaborate. Privy Council Clerk Michael Wernick, Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr also took part in the meeting.Horgan’s opposition to Trans Mountain, rooted in part in the fact his tenuous NDP government depends on the support of the Green party, which staunchly opposes the project, is the main reason Kinder Morgan put the brakes on non-essential spending on theproject a week ago.Trudeau insists the Kinder Morgan pipeline is within federal jurisdiction and that Horgan’s government has no authority to block it, a claim Horgan wants the courts to evaluate, and one he says he plans to press ahead with.Trudeau’s cabinet approved the pipeline in 2016, following an interim environmental review process that included assessing things such as the emissions that will be created from producing additional fossil fuels that will flow through it. The cabinet decided the project, which will build a new pipeline that runs parallel to an existing one but can carry twice as much, was in the national interest.Trudeau has argued repeatedly his government has put in place the environmental protections and policies needed to reduce the risks of an oil spill, and that building the pipeline to get Canadian resources to market is necessary for the Canadian economy.Notley says Alberta will buy an equity stake in the pipeline or even buy the whole thing if necessary.last_img read more

Three Jaish terrorists arrested in JK

first_imgSrinagar: Three Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorists were arrested by security forces from the outskirts of the city, police said. They were nabbed on Sunday. “Three car-borne terrorists affiliated with proscribed terror outfit JeM were arrested by police and security forces at Lawaypora (on Srinagar-Baramulla road) based on a credible input,” a police spokesperson said. The spokesperson said ammunition, including live rounds, was seized from the terrorists identified as Rayees Hurrah, Shahid Bhat and Ishaq Lone.last_img

Opinion polls should be banned ExCEC

first_imgNEW DELHI: Taking a critical stand on opinion polls, former Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi on Thursday suggested that opinion polls should be banned. The former CEC was speaking at a panel discussion, organised as part of the voter awareness campaign by District Magistrate (East) and District Magistrate (South) at India International Centre.Quraishi explained to the audience that the poll expenditure by the political parties and candidates and anonymity of the handling of campaigning are the main issue are to be taken note of. He also informed that on the advertisement on the release of the frame on biopic of Modi was taken note of EC and high level committee under chairmanship of Deputy Election Commissioner is constituted to enquire into the fact and take final decision to decide whether it is a violation of MCC or not. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe discussion was chaired by Prananjoy Guha Thakurta, noted journalist & TV personality and the key note address was given by the Dr. Ranbir Singh, IAS, Chief Electoral Officer, Delhi. The other members of the panel were Kamal K. Jaswal, IAS (Retd), Former Secretary, IT, GOI; Apar Gupta, Advocate & Executive Director, Internet Freedom Foundation; Dr. S. Y. Quraishi, Former Chief Election Commissioner of India; Nidhi Srivastava, IAS, District Election Officer (South); K. Mahesh, IAS, District Election Officer (East); and Prabir Purkayastha, journalist. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe programme started with the welcome address of K. Mahesh, IAS, District Election Officer (East) in which he flagged the issue of misuse of social media, print media and electronic media by the political parties in the form of concealed campaign for the election.He also flagged that there was a need after the 2014 election to formulate a policy on the use of social media during the election campaign. He stressed that under RP Act, 1951 the paid news must be made a cognizable offence. The existence of voluntary code of ethics is also the need of the hour, which is being developed by the Internet and Mobile Association of India. He also stressed that before the period of 48 hours of start of poll any offensive content or violation of MCC should be removed within three hours period. The cyber space does not conform to the geographic or political boundaries, so the artificial intelligence based engines of the social media players needs to use the robust technology to flag such contents.The CEO, Delhi Dr. Ranbir Singh, IAS in his key note address also stressed on monitoring of the paid news and campaigning through social media, electronic media and print media. He also informed that the Media Certification and Media Monitoring Committee of CEO, Delhi level and Returning Officer/District level are trying to monitor the use of those media by political parties.During the discussion K. Mahesh, IAS had intimated that the district MCMC had issued show cause notice to two leading Hindi News daily who also published e-newspaper for violation of MCC.last_img read more

Sensex tanks 487 pts as trade jitters take a toll

first_imgMumbai: Markets wilted under selling pressure for the sixth straight day Wednesday as investor sentiment remained grim amid US-China trade tensions and declining foreign fund inflows. The 30-share BSE Sensex plunged 487.50 points, or 1.27 per cent, to end at 37,789.13; while the broader NSE Nifty sank 138.45 points, or 1,20 per cent, to 11,359.45. According to traders, domestic equities tracked weakness in global markets, which have been rattled ever since US President Donald Trump on Sunday threatened to hike tariffs on USD 200 billion worth of Chinese goods this week. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra The recent flare-up in tensions between the world’s two top economies has sent investors scurrying to safe-haven assets like bonds, gold and the Japanese yen. A depreciating rupee, mixed corporate earnings and caution ahead of the elections outcome added to the gloom, analysts added. Index heavyweight Reliance Industries was the biggest loser in the Sensex pack, skidding 3.35 per cent, followed by Bajaj Finance, Tata Motors, Bajaj Auto, SBI and Vedanta. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days HDFC twins, Sun Pharma, NTPC, Yes Bank and IndusInd Bank were among the other laggards. Only Asian Paints, HCL Tech and TCS ended in the green, rising up to 0.60 per cent. “The domestic markets have been on the decline for the last two days mainly due to the flare up in the US-China trade war. A lack of an agreement between the two economies could hurt global growth in the near term. “Q4FY19 earnings season so far has mainly been lackluster. Also, the ongoing general elections have kept major market participants cautious. FIIs, which have been supporting the market through their inflows, have turned sellers in the past few days. Expect markets to remain volatile until elections results (May 23rd),” said Hemang Jani, Head – Advisory, Sharekhan by BNP Paribas. All sectoral indices on BSE ended in the red, led by energy, realty, utilities, oil and gas, finance, bankex, healthcare, telecom and teck, which tumbled up to 2.51 per cent. The broader BSE smallcap and midcap indices too ended lower by up to 1.21 per cent. Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) sold shares worth a net Rs 645.08 crore on Tuesday, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) purchased equities to the tune of Rs 818.84 crore, provisional data available with stock exchanges showed. Other Asian bourses ended significantly lower following weak Chinese trade data. The Shanghai Composite Index declined 1.12 per cent, Hang Seng 1.23 per cent, Nikkei 1.46 per cent and Kospi 0.41 per cent. European stocks were trading on a mixed note in early trade. The Indian rupee depreciated 19 paise to 69.59 against the US dollar intra-day. Global benchmark Brent crude was trading 0.41 per cent lower at USD 69.59 per barrel.last_img read more