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Biden or Trump: What Does the Future Hold for Farmers?

first_img SHARE Election day is finally here—and represents an end to a long campaign season.While the results may be delayed, and there are signals of a messy outcome, for farmers and ranchers, one certainty is the likely reduction in federal direct payments.Experts seem to agree that the record direct payments to farmers this year is not a sustainable approach. Either candidate will likely face finding a solution to drawback those payments.If former Vice President Joe Biden should win, Politico points out you can expect a major shift in farm and food programs. Most notably would be changes to increase support for nutrition programs, like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and an increased focus on agriculture’s role in climate change.A second term with President Donald Trump brings the expectation of continued deregulatory moves, a continuation of the current trade climate, and a likely target to streamline SNAP and other nutrition programs. SHARE Facebook Twitter Biden or Trump: What Does the Future Hold for Farmers? Facebook Twitter By NAFB News Service – Nov 2, 2020 Home Indiana Agriculture News Biden or Trump: What Does the Future Hold for Farmers? Previous articleCold, Wet Weather Slows Indiana Harvest, On Pace with Five-Year AverageNext articleGet Corn Harvested During This Dry Stretch NAFB News Servicelast_img read more

Concern that proposed anti-sexism law will curb freedom of expression

first_img Reporters Without Borders said today a French government plan to impose prison sentences for new offences of expression of opinion as part of a law to combat sexism and homophobia was “a serious step backwards.”The measure, unveiled by prime minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin on 8 June, makes defamation on grounds of sexual orientation and incitement to sexual discrimination punishable by up to a year in prison and a 45,000 euros fine.”The measure curbs civil liberties in a way that conflicts with its laudable aim of protecting certain sectors of the population,” the press freedom organisation said. “The definition of provocation and discrimination is vague and could lead to unjustified prosecutions. We note that the so-called Guigou law in 2000 abolished prison terms for media offences such as defamation and insults. “New inequality is being created in the name of equal rights. Enough laws already punish defamation and insults. We are worried about the government’s tendency to keep amending the 1881 press law to curb freedom of expression in conflict with rulings of the European Court of Human Rights, which says freedom of expression covers not just news and topics but also opinions that the government or a sector of the population does not like.”We are also extremely concerned at the extension to one year of the three-month time-limit for prosecuting such offences. Racism and incitement to hatred already carry a one-year limit and we fear that the three-month limit, which is one of the roots of press freedom in France, will gradually disappear. This series of measures is part of an insidious attack on freedom of expression,” Reporters Without Borders said.Prime minister Raffarin’s latest proposal would amend the 1881 press law to add new offences to existing ones relating to ethnic groups, nationality, race and religion. The cabinet will consider it later this month and parliament at the end of the year. RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story May 10, 2021 Find out more June 18, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Concern that proposed anti-sexism law will curb freedom of expression RSF_en “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU FranceEurope – Central Asia Receive email alerts News News to go further Help by sharing this information Organisation FranceEurope – Central Asia News Follow the news on France News June 4, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more Defamation on the basis of sexual orientation and incitement to sexual discrimination would be punished by up to a year in prison and a 45,000 euros fine under a proposed new law. Reporters Without Borders is worried about this step backwards and about other erosion of free expression. last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img Associated Press Washington needs to win three more to dig out of a 3-0 hole, which has only been done four times before in NHL history. Calgary needs back-to-back victories, down three games to two.Washington could get top center Nicklas Backstrom back from injury after he missed the past three games. Calgary’s Matthew Tkachuk is also still considered day to day with an undisclosed injury. NBA PLAYOFFSTop seeds try to bounce back from Game 1 lossesLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers, the No. 1 seeds in each NBA conference, both bring 1-0 deficits into their games Thursday. So do the fourth-seeded Indiana Pacers, who dropped their opener against Miami. The Western & Southern Open begins with qualifying Thursday.OLYMPICS-TOKYO-SURVEYSurvey: Majority of Japanese firms oppose Olympics next yearTOKYO (AP) — A majority of Japanese companies among almost 13,000 surveyed oppose holding the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics next year, according to an online study published Thursday.The survey by a Japanese research company, published by the Kyodo news agency, showed 27.8% want the games to be canceled, and 25.8% said they should be postponed again. The Olympics were originally planned for this year but were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNHL PLAYOFFSCapitals, Flames try to avoid eliminationUNDATED (AP) — The Washington Capitals are hoping to stave off elimination in Game 5 of their first-round series against the New York Islanders Thursday in Toronto, while the Dallas Stars are looking to close out the Calgary Flames in Game 6 in Edmonton. August 20, 2020 Japanese organizers and the International Olympic Committee have said if the Olympics can’t be held next year, they will be canceled.In the survey, 46.2% said they wanted the games to go ahead in some form and open on July 23, 2021.Kyodo said the survey was conducted by Tokyo Shoko Research and covered 12,857 companies.Japan is heavily invested in the Olympics and is spending officially $12.6 billion, though a government audit says the number is twice that large. — The season is already over for Houston’s Yordan Alvarez, the unanimous choice as 2019 AL rookie of the year. Astros manager Dusty Baker says Alvarez has a partially torn right patellar tendon that will require season-ending surgery. After hitting 27 homers last year, Alvarez played just two games this season. Alvarez missed the first three weeks of the season due to the coronavirus. He homered against the Seattle Mariners in his season debut Friday but went on the injured list just three days later.PGA-NORTHERN TRUSTFedEx Cup playoffs begin with The Northern Trust NORTON, Mass. (AP) — The Northern Trust starts Thursday outside Boston. It’s the first of three playoff events that culminate in Atlanta with the Tour Championship and the $15 million prize to the FedEx Cup champion. Justin Thomas is the No. 1 seed — the eighth player in eight years to have the top seed starting the postseason. center_img Korda is No. 18, the fourth-highest American in the world rankings. Katja Pogacar of Slovenia replaced Korda in the field at Royal Troon in Scotland.TENNIS-PLAYERS QUARANTINED2 players out of Western & Southern Open after COVID contactUNDATED (AP) — Two tennis players — Argentina’s Guido Pella and Bolivia’s Hugo Dellien — say their fitness trainer tested positive for COVID-19 and that is why they were dropped from the tournament that will precede the U.S. Open at its Flushing Meadow site. Pella and Dellien posted separate videos on Instagram after the Western & Southern Open announced Wednesday that two unidentified players were placed under quarantine and removed from the tournament field after being exposed to someone who tested for the illness caused by the coronavirus. Only the top 70 after this week advance to the BMW Championship at Olympia Fields south of Chicago, and from there the top 30 go to East Lake in Atlanta for the Tour Championship.Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh) has withdrawn from The Northern Trust with what he described as nagging hip and knee injuries.GOLF-WOMEN’S BRITISH OPEN-KORDAKorda withdrawsTROON, Scotland (AP) — Jessica Korda, one of the top U.S. hopes at the Women’s British Open, withdrew from the first major of the year because of medical reasons before the first round started Thursday. Organizers said Korda’s issues were “unrelated to COVID-19.” The Cardinals didn’t play any games at all for a stretch of over two weeks due to a coronavirus outbreak within the organization that included star catcher Yadier Molina.They returned to action by going 4-4 in this eight-game trip that included three doubleheaders. They have 10 scheduled doubleheaders this year as they try to make up some of those games they missed.Elsewhere around the majors:— Cleveland’s Shane Bieber owns a 4-0 record and 1.30 ERA, but it’s his strikeout numbers that have put him in select company. Bieber will attempt to continue his hot streak as he faces the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 25-year-old has struck out 54 through his first five starts of the season. That’s the highest strikeout total by any player in his first five starts of the season since Pedro Martinez also had 54 in 2001. In Bieber’s only previous start against the Pirates, he gave up a career-high seven earned runs in just 1 2/3 innings, which matches the shortest start of his MLB career. Of course, that happened way back on July 24, 2018.— Toronto’s Randal Grichuk has homered in four consecutive games and will try to keep that streak going when the Blue Jays play a doubleheader with the Philadelphia Phillies. Grichuk homered twice in a 5-2 victory over Baltimore on Wednesday. This is the second time in Grichuk’s career that he’s homered in four straight games, as he also did it in July 2017. He has six homers this season, all in his last six games. His 11 RBIs in the series against Baltimore that just concluded represented the second-highest total by a Blue Jay in any three-game series. Josh Phelps knocked home 13 runs in a three-game series with Seattle in 2004. Update on the latest sports Milwaukee and Los Angeles, the No. 1 seeds in each conference, both bring 1-0 deficits into their games Thursday. So do the fourth-seeded Indiana Pacers, another “home” team in name only who dropped their opener against Miami.The teams missed the energy of their crowds in Game 1. In a normal year, the top four seeds in each conference would be playing in their own arenas, with home-court advantage in the first two games of their playoff series. Instead, they’re having to adjust to an extended stay at Walt Disney World without their fans to cheer them on. MLB-SCHEDULECardinals return homeUNDATED (AP) — After finishing an eight-game, five-day trip to Chicago with series against the White Sox and Cubs, the Cardinals are set to play at Busch Stadium for the first time since July 26 as they host the Cincinnati Reds.last_img read more

U17 World Cup: Mali, Nigeria set up all-African finale

first_imgNigeria and Mali have set up an all-African final at the ongoing 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup.Both teams won their respective semis on Thursday.Mali, African champions, have reached the final of the for the first time ever after coming from behind to defeat Belgium in the first semi. Dante Rigo gave the Europeans the lead on 16 minutes before Boubacar Traore leveled with a sublime effort on 22 minutes. Sidiki Maiga gave the Eaglets the lead ten minutes after the break and Sekou Koita wrapped up the win in the 85th minute.A game later, Nigeria joined them after defeating Mexico 4-2 . The Mexicans dominated the opening half hour, and deservedly took the lead after just seven minutes through a Kevin Magana snap shot from close range.However after wasting a couple of glorious chances, the Nigerians made them pay when skipper Kelechi Nwakali equalised with a well-struck free kick from just outside the area in the 35th minute. A stunning shot from distance ensured Orji Okonkwo gave the reigning champions the lead in the 43rd minute. After the break a magical solo run from Diego Coates ended with the Mexican pulling his team level on the hour mark.Parity lasted just seven minutes before Osinachi Ebere restored Nigeria\’s lead with a powerful angled shot that the goalkeeper got his hand to but could not keep out.Top striker Victor Osimhen then capped the lead from the spot on 83 minutes to become one of three joint-top scorers in the competition’s history. He ties France’s Sinama Pongolle (2001) and Cote d’Ivoire’s Souleymane Coulibaly (2011) with nine goals. He however has a chance to go one better against Mali in the final.It is the second all-African final in the tournament’s history, with Nigeria also involved in the first in 1993 when they beat Ghana 2-1 in Japan.Nigeria, who are the defending champions, have a chance to win their fifth title and pull two clear of the closest rivals. For Mali it is a chance to win their first title in the competition. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The Kansas City Royals wildcard game question

first_img Loading …Follow us on Twitter. So did you stay up for the Royals dramatic 12-inning wildcard win? Yes, I stayed to the bitter end. I gave up after the Royals fell behind in the sixth inning No, I didn’t watch any of the game. View Results Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (10) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -1 Vote up Vote down SuCo Pride · 306 weeks ago I’m not sure which part of the ending you found to be bitter. I doubt that there are many A’s fans in the NewsCow readership. Report Reply 8 replies · active 306 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 306 weeks ago It’s a saying. I’m not sure bitter. Maybe the best Major League baseball game I have ever seen. Report Reply +2 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 306 weeks ago I seem to remember you saying that about the Auburn-Alabama game (substituting college football for MLB). You didn’t watch a lot of sports growing up, did you? Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 306 weeks ago Or it could be because this is my @#$!ing site and I can make hyperbolic statements at will any time I so choose. Report Reply +4 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 306 weeks ago I assumed it was the latter. Report Reply +2 Vote up Vote down Kirk Gibson · 306 weeks ago I disagree. Report Reply +2 Vote up Vote down Joe Carter · 306 weeks ago I disagree. Report Reply +2 Vote up Vote down Bucky F. Dent · 306 weeks ago I disagree Report Reply +2 Vote up Vote down Carlton Fisk · 306 weeks ago I disagree Report Reply -1 Vote up Vote down Butter Cup · 306 weeks ago Great game, if you missed it, you sleep way to much and need to learn to experience life. Report Reply 0 replies · active 306 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Samsung denies Olympics bid corruption allegations

first_imgThe email request also included $1.5 million for political campaign funds for Papa Diack’s father, and $1.5 million for lobbying efforts for Pyeongchang for the six months ahead of voting in Durban to choose the hosting country in July 2011, SBS claimed.On top of the $12 million, Papa Diack demanded an unspecified “success fee”, the e-mail showed. Pyeongchang comfortably won the vote to host the Games.SBS did not publish any evidence of Samsung making payments in response to Papa Diack’s request. As an Olympic title sponsor Samsung is prohibited from lobbying for any host city.Samsung’s chief Lee Kun-hee, an IOC member until last year, was convicted of tax evasion in 2008. Months later then-president Lee Myung-bak controversially pardoned him so that he could be involved in the Pyeongchang 2018 bid.In its statement Tuesday, Samsung said Lee had made various efforts to help South Korea win hosting rights for the Winter Olympics, in two unsuccessful bids for the 2010 and 2014 Games and the third successful bid for the 2018 Games.Samsung said it was inappropriate to frame his efforts as behind-the-scene collusion between businesses and the government.Papa Diack has already been handed a life ban from athletics for corruption and accused of wrongdoing in two other Olympic bidding contests. He is based in Senegal, where authorities have said he will not be extradited.Share on: WhatsApp Seoul, South Korea | AFP | South Korean tech giant Samsung on Tuesday denied allegations it illegally lobbied International Olympic Committee members to vote for Pyeongchang to host the 2018 Winter Olympics over the German and French cities of Munich and Annecy.Corruption allegations surrounding Pyeongchang’s successful Olympic bid have seen Samsung accused of offering various incentives in return for votes.South Korean broadcaster SBS TV said it had obtained copies of 137 emails including messages between Samsung executives and Papa Massata Diack — the scandal-tainted son of former International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) President Lamine Diack.According to SBS, the mails included one listing 27 IOC members with voting rights to choose a host country and another suggesting Papa Diack had promised to convince each one to vote for Pyeongchang.There was also one allegedly marked “strictly confidential” from 2010 in which Diack requested $12 million in funds — including a three-year, $9.5 million sponsorship for the Diamond League, an annual series of elite athletics meetings run by the IAAF.“Samsung has never engaged in any illegal lobbying activities to have Pyeongchang win the bidding”, Samsung said in a press statement, stressing the company’s sponsorship agreement with IAAF was legitimate.The emails dated February-December 2010 were confiscated by South Korean prosecutors several months ago during a massive graft investigation into former South Korean president Park Geun-hye and her secret confidante Choi Soon-sil, SBS said. Park was jailed for 24 years by a Seoul court on Friday.last_img read more

Inside Conditions…Growing Pains?

first_imgPitt freshman wide receiver Tyler Boyd (23) celebrates with fello0w freshman tight end Scott Orndoff (83) and other teammates after making a touchdown catch in the second quarter of the NCAA football game against New Mexico on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)by Aubrey BruceFor New Pittsburgh Courier2013 was predicted to be a growth year for the Pitt Panthers football squad because of the slew of 1st and 2nd year players scheduled for major playing time. Well sometimes kids grow up sooner than planned. Aubrey BruceAs far as I am concerned, the upcoming competition of Pitt might become the victims of the “tough love” of the fresh faced, youth-based Pitt Panthers football squad. Pitt smashed New Mexico 49-27 Saturday at Heinz Field and the boys from the “frosh” brigade did not give their rear ends a chance to develop “booty sores” as a result of “benchitis.” Head coach Paul Chryst pointed after the game that; “It’s hard to say you’re surprised when you’re around these guys as much as we are. You definitely appreciate it and you’re happy for them to have some success.”Freshman receiver Tyler Boyd did not “wait till next year.It appears that Boyd is poised to make an impact sooner than later.  Remember, just last year he was on the sidelines of Clairton High torturing high school cornerbacks who had the dubious distinction of being assigned to cover him. Boyd said after the game that; “It’s real fun because once our offense is rolling, I can do multiple things. I can get deep passes [and] bubble screens. It just opens up way more.” Pitt senior quarterback Tom Savage seemed just as hyped with the possibility of being the “field general” charged with guiding this overabundance of young talent. Even though he was intercepted early in the game Savage was still brimming with confidence. “I’m going to take shots downfield and I’m going to try and put balls in there. Obviously, I’ve got to learn from that mistake and never do it again.” I hope that again Savage was not saying that he would never be intercepted again because in the real world that is almost like saying; “I will never sin again and I will be perfect” anyway Savage did a great job against New Mexico. Now the Panthers are scheduled to face Duke. Don’t you feel goose bumps. Pitt’s starting offense consists of two freshmen. Their second team is made up of six freshmen. The second team QB, tailback, tight ends, right tackle and center. The first team defense is a bit longer in the tooth starting only one first team freshman and he is Bam Bradley at linebacker. However, the second team boasts six freshmen and three sophomores. It is my opinion that coach Paul Chryst is navigating the University of Pittsburgh football program back to the road of success even in the football rich ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference). The Panthers might be fresh faced but I predict that they will be inflicting some old damage on their conference as well as non-conference opponents before the 2013 season ends.Eye of the Tiger“It’s the eye of the tiger, it’s the thrill of the fight. Rising up to the challenge of our rival. And the last known survivor stalks his prey in the night. And he’s watching us all with the eye of the tiger. Face to face, out in the heat. Hangin’ tough, stayin’ hungry. They stack the odds, still we take to the street. For the kill with the skill to survive.” From the song ‘Eye of the Tiger’ I have my Cincinnati/Steelers credential sitting right in front of me. I couldn’t make the trip for reasons I choose not to disclose at this time but that is another story. I feel a bit like a hybrid of James Earl Jones, Leonard Nimoy and Barry White. Two narrators that would have you thinking intergalactic travel and the third creating and narrating for you a fast track to the boudoir.Will the 2013 chronicles of the Pittsburgh Steelers be more about their victories on the field as opposed to exploits after dark and at home? Are the men of steel just star stuck or will they have an unexpected winning and successful season? As I gazed upon my 2013 press box credentials for the hard fought Steelers/Bengals game at Cincy, I felt a twinge of guilt for not being there, through no fault of my own. The Pittsburgh Steelers have a $100 million quarterback, not a $50 million or $25 million field general, but a $100 million…signal caller. Ben Roethlisberger has played three straight games including the second to last game of 2012 played at Heinz Field a game that the Bengals defeated the Steelers by three points. Last weekend was the 2013 season opener a game in which the Black and Gold was defeated by the Tennessee Titans and the course, the primetime showdown this past Monday night in Cincinnati a game in which a tight end made a careless bonehead play and a contest in which “Big” Ben threw another “spirit” killing interception attempting to make a splash play downfield; as opposed to taking what the defense gives you. For almost the entire game, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton was frustrated because Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor covered Bengals star receiver A.J. Green like a glove and held Green to a paltry 4 catches for a measly 41 yards and those catches came after the Cincy offensive coordinator made adjustments and began to toss the rock to Mr. Green underneath. See, the Bengals realized that they were not going to get a splash play in Ike Taylor’s pool because they had no life jackets and because someone might drown; so they began to stay in the shallow end. To their credit when they implemented that strategy; Green became effective especially down the stretch because before that series of plays he was a non factor, no matter how much you scramble around and avoid getting sacked when coverage is tight throw the ball away and live for another day. Are the Pittsburgh Steelers are experiencing growing pains, or just plain pain? Time to head to the kitchen and pour myself a stiff martini. (Aubrey Bruce can be reached at [email protected] or 412-583-6741)last_img read more