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Ben Noble serves as Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Strategy for Riceland Foods

Equality for women is progress for all. This belief drives the World Woman Foundation, and it’s shared by Riceland Foods—the 97-year-old Arkansas-based, farmer-owned cooperative and sponsor for the October 11-12 World Woman Summit in Little Rock, Ark.

The largest miller and marketer of rice in the United States and a major player in the world’s food service and soybean industries, Riceland currently nears an annual revenue of $1 billion with more than 5,500 members. From its farm-family owners to customers, the brand has long been associated with smart, strong women. “Women play a vital role in agriculture across Arkansas and the U.S. Farming is often a family business which supports women in lead roles or as key players,” says Ben Noble, vice president of marketing and strategy. From a consumer standpoint, women are the primary decision-makers for what ends up on dinner tables.

Raised on a rice farm in Ethel, Ark.—the family business since 1892—Noble knows a thing or two about agriculture and the influential responsibility of women in it. After teaching school all day, Noble’s mother moonlighted as the farm’s CFO. “I remember my parents sitting at the kitchen table every month going through stacks of bills, making sure they were all paid,” Noble says. “She kept him organized. They made a great team.”

At school, Noble’s mother witnessed childhood hunger firsthand. “For some of those kids, the school was the only place they ate,” Noble says. Riceland knows the importance of nutrition and, through partnerships with organizations like Rice Depot and Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, works to address nutritional disparities in the state.

Jennifer James is a fourth-generation rice, soybean and corn farmer from Newport, Arkansas

Jennifer James is a fourth-generation rice, soybean and corn farmer from Newport, Arkansas

Fourth-generation Arkansas farmer Jennifer James grows rice on her 6,000-acre farm in Newport. All business operations revolve around a commitment to sustainable agriculture through technology that conserves and preserves natural resources. “She’s extremely active as a community leader, not just for Riceland, but for the industry,” explains Noble. She chairs the USA Rice Federation’s Sustainability Committee and was named Farmer of the Year by Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture in 2017.

“Riceland was sustainable before sustainable became a buzzword,” Noble says. The Stuttgart plant is a perfect example. Rather than discarding the rice kernel husks, they are burned in a co-generation facility and transformed into energy that fuels the plant with 17 percent of its electrical and 14 percent of its natural gas needs.

As technology changes the world, GPS helps tractors track crop production. Precision agriculture allows farmers to strategically manage their land for healthier yields—a win-win for both farmer and consumer. Trucks have become wireless mobile working stations, affording farmers instant communication with colleagues and customers via text, email, and social media.

However, there is no farming future without education and investing in the next generation of farmers. With a mutual interest in STEM (science, technology, energy, math) education—Riceland has partnered with Museum of Discovery and CEO Kelley Bass to launch a STEM-centered program designed to educate and empower middle- and high-school girls in Arkansas’ Grand Prairie and Delta regions.

Hear both Noble and James speak at this year’s World Woman Summit, October 11-12 in Little Rock.

Theo Marescaux, Will Moffat, and Pieter Palmers are three dads that love technology but felt that true imagination has taken a back seat and created Jooki.

In a recent advances in the study of the brain have revealed that listening to music may influence other activities for kids. The cerebral cortex self organises as we engage with different musical activities, skills in these areas may then transfer to other activities if the processes involved are similar. Some skills transfer automatically without our conscious awareness, others require reflection on how they might be utilised in a new situation.

 If you are a busy mom and looking for ways  to engage your kids with music. Tired of playing the same song for your child over and over on your smartphone? As digital platforms become commonplace to listen to music, it can be difficult for kids to listen to music without mom and dad’s help.

Co-Founder and CEO Theodore Marescaux’s inspiration for Jooki came from his three-year-old daughter. She’d asked him to play a song on his smartphone, and came back again and again to hear the same song. Marescaux, along with co-founders Will Moffat and Pieter Palmers created MuuseLabs in October 2014 to work on a product that would give children the autonomy to listen to music on their own.

“As fathers ourselves, we understand the need for a safe, hassle-free product,” Marescaux said. “Our goal has been to give the best to our children and we think that all kids should be able to enjoy the freedom and joy of music.”

Jooki with Jooki stars and tokens

Jooki with Jooki stars and tokens

Jooki is a stand alone jukebox for children to listen to music, audiobooks or stories with Jooki Stars. For parents who worry about handing a tablet or smartphone to their child to listen to music, Jooki is screenless device encouraging kids to use their imagination to listen to music rather than look at a screen. Jooki is kid friendly and easy to use. To play music, children place a Jooki Star on top of Jooki to hear the playlist assigned to that Jooki Star.

Jooki can be connected to surrounding devices via Bluetooth to stream music from an internet or Spotify radio station. To create a specific playlist ie, traveling, dancing or bedtime, place a Jooki star on top of Jooki, use a laptop or the companion Jooki app to drag and drop files from an Itunes library or Spotify and assign a playlist to the Jooki star.

To save parents from listening to Disney’s “Let it Go” for hours on end, Jooki sports a headphone jack and has expandable storage to hold 1000+ songs for offline play. Take Jooki anywhere and listen to music from high quality speakers at a sleepover party, on the way to school, Grandma and Grandpa’s house or even outside in the park. Jooki has 8 hours of battery time for those hours away from home and designed to withstand daily wear and tear. Jooki is sturdy and spill proof for active kids.

AS AN 8-YEAR-OLD, Maryam Mirzakhani used to tell herself stories about the exploits of a remarkable girl. Every night at bedtime, her heroine would become mayor, travel the world or fulfill some other grand destiny.

Today, Mirzakhani — a 37-year-old mathematics professor at Stanford University — still writes elaborate stories in her mind.

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TIME: Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren drew a red line on Friday for 2016 presidential candidates, calling for them to commit to end the so-called “revolving door” between Wall Street and the Cabinet.

The firebrand populist said specifically that all the presidential candidates should support Wisconsin Sen.

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EHARI (Web Desk) – Shazia Perveen, 25, who hails from Vehari District in Punjab, joined the Rescue 1122 emergency services as a firefighter in 2010. Fighting fire with frightening conflagrations in a field feared even by most men, her co-workers acknowledge her determination.

Rescue 1122 claims that Perveen is the first female firefighter in Pakistan, and perhaps in all of Asia, reported Express Tribune.

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IANS: Specially-abled Ira Singhal, who topped this year’s IAS examination, could be the brand ambassador for the programmes of department of empowerment of persons with disabilities, a minister said on Friday.

“Singhal could be the brand ambassador for the department for its schemes and programmes,” Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawar Chand Gehlot said in a statement.

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