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first_imgAnnie St Luce of the Dominica Infirmary accepts seedling tray from Ryan Anselm, Technical Officer in the Division of AgricultureNine care homes across the island received care packages of a different kind this morning from the Division of Agriculture’s backyard gardening programme.The homes got seedling trays, small garden tools and large plastic barrels to use as water cisterns- all meant to help Dominicans feed themselves.The trays contain a balanced mix of short term and medium-term crops of varying nutritional values.The packages included leafy vegetables like kale and lettuce, vitamin rich plants like tomatoes and cucumbers, starchy vegetables like corn and carrots as well as protein-rich beans and peas.Agriculture Director, Ricky Brumant says most of the nine homes already have backyard gardens.“More homes have than not,” he said to media, “but the idea is to ensure than every home has.”Residents of these care homes will be able to eat what they have grown in a 4-week to 3-month time frame.Brumant explained, “Lettuce, cucumbers, string beans and bok choi can be ready by week four while tomatoes and carrots take a longer time.“That’s how we should do our backyards so that you can have different foods at different times.”Annie St Luce, Director of the Dominica Infirmary, one of the nine non-profit homes receiving nutritional support responded upon receipt of the package, “I’m very happy that we are here for this occasion. I must thank the Ministry and the extension office here in the Gardens.”St Luce shared that the Division of Agriculture and the Dominica Infirmary have a close relationship.“We’ve had our kitchen garden or about four years and we have been supplying our kitchen with herbal seasonings as well as smaller produce like carrots and cabbages. Some of our seedlings come from you, even some of our compost comes from you.”The Infirmary also receives annual Christmas care packages from the Agriculture Ministry.“We are really happy that you can partner with us in that way. Thank you and I continue to wish you well in this endeavour,” she said.This initiative is part of the ministry’s Coronavirus Food Security Programme.This initiative, guided by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Health and Wellness concentrates on food production as an apparatus to prepare, mitigate and respond to and recover from the Covid19 pandemic with special emphasis on national food security.The Government of Dominica spent EC $162,000 to procure seeds and produce seedlings and planting materials for farmers island wide.(R) Mahaut Care Home accepts seedling tray from Dr Almario Casimir, Project Coordinator in the Division of Agriculture (L) 363 Views   no discussions LifestyleLocalNews Nine Care Homes Get Backyard Farming Packages from Agriculture Division by: – May 15, 2020 Tweet Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Sharelast_img read more

first_imgGreensburg, In. — Archie M. Brown, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of MainSource Financial Group, Inc. announced today the unaudited financial results for the third quarter of 2017.  For the three months ended September 30, 2017, the Company recorded net income of $11.1 million, or $0.43 per common share, compared to net income of $11.7 million, or $0.48 per common share, in the third quarter of 2016.  During the third quarter of 2017 the Company recorded $3.0 million of expenses related to the FCB Bancorp, Inc. acquisition and the upcoming merger with First Financial Bancorp.  In addition, the Company also recorded a charge of $1.2 million related to the closing of seven branches.  These items reduced earnings per share by $0.11.  During the third quarter of 2016, the Company recorded $0.6 million of expenses related to the Cheviot Financial Corp acquisition which reduced earnings per share by $0.02.Brown said, “I am very pleased with our operating results for the third quarter of 2017.  Our operating earnings per share of $0.54 were the highest in the history of the Company and represented an 8% increase on an operating basis over the prior year.  The primary driver for the increase in earnings was the acquisition of FCB in the second quarter of this year.  We have fully completed the integration of FCB and it is performing to our expectations.  Also contributing to our strong quarter was our excellent credit quality. Non-performing assets remain at a very low level and the overall level of problem loans declined significantly from the previous quarter.”Total assets were $4.6 billion at September 30, 2017, which represents a $588 million increase from a year ago.  The increase in assets was primarily related to the acquisition of FCB ($524 million) and organic loan growth over the past twelve months.  Loan balances increased by $21 million organically on a linked quarter basis, or 3% on an annualized basis   The Company’s regulatory capital ratios remain strong and as of September 30, 2017 were as follows: leverage ratio of 9.5%, tier one capital to risk-weighted assets of 12.8%, common equity tier one capital ratio of 11.3%, and total capital to risk-weighted assets of 13.4%.  In addition, as of September 30, 2017, the Company’s tangible common equity ratio was 8.4% compared to 8.3% as of June 30, 2017.last_img read more

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