Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) recently released notice that they are delaying, for the third time, implementation of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) rule.During the course of reviewing the OLPP Rule, in addition to a question about the scope of the statutory authority, a material error in the record was discovered, AMS said. USDA is delaying the rule so that important questions, such as the likely costs and benefits, can be more fully assessed through the notice and comment process prior to making a final decision on the direction of the rule.The OLPP final rule amends the organic livestock and poultry production requirements by adding new provisions for livestock handling and transport for slaughter and avian living conditions; and expands and clarifies existing requirements covering livestock care and production practices and mammalian living conditions. The delay has been met with widely diverging responses.“The USDA’s move…should be seen for what it is: a clear attempt to let industrial agriculture interests usurp the legitimacy of the organic label,” said Amalie Lipstreu, Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association policy program coordinator. “This rule has been in the making for more than 10 years and has been fully vetted.”The OLPP final rule would amend production requirements for livestock and poultry under the USDA organic regulations. This rule adds new provisions for how livestock are handled during transport for slaughter as well as avian living conditions. The rule also expands and clarifies existing requirements covering livestock care and production practices and mammalian living conditions. The OLPP final rule was scheduled to become effective on March 20, 2017.The American farm Bureau, however, is seeking full withdrawal of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Rule.“The American Farm Bureau thanks Secretary Perdue for delaying the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Rule. The health and well-being of livestock is a top priority for all farmers and ranchers. We work with a host of specialists, from animal scientists to nutritionists, to manage our farms in the best manner possible to ensure wholesome, healthy food. This rule, on the other hand, has been about pushing an agenda rather than advancing food safety or animal welfare. Animal welfare metrics do not meet the original intent of the Organic Production Act,” said Zippy Duvall, American Farm Bureau Federation president. “Organic farmers and ranchers would be forced out of the organic sector or out of business entirely if this rule goes into effect and forces them to arbitrarily change their production practices. We hope that as the Agriculture Department reviews this rule, it will conclude, as we have, that the rule is an act of federal overreach and should be withdrawn.”
Arsenal boss Emery: I’ll enjoy my first Premier League Christmas – if we winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery is sure he’ll enjoy his first Premier League Christmas – if they win their games.Having worked in Spain, Russia and France, Emery is more used to spending time with his family over the festive period. Instead, he was with his squad on Christmas Day finalising plans for this evening’s visit to Brighton.The Spaniard said: “Usually the holidays come around perfectly for us every time, but I am still going to enjoy it working.”I think it’s very important for the supporters (to see teams play over Christmas). “Playing against Brighton is perfect, Liverpool (Saturday) is perfect and playing on January 1 against Fulham is perfect. We are going to enjoy it… but only if we win.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Arsenal boss Emery: Martinelli not a strikerby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery does not see Gabriel Martinelli as a striker despite his two goal performance against Standard Liege on Thursday.Playing as the Gunners’ leading man, Martinelli took his season tally to four from two starts in the resounding 4-0 victory.But Emery does not think the Brazilian will continue to play as a number nine.He said: “He prefers to play as a left winger – he also played as a right winger. I am using him as a striker because he played in that position in Brazil.”Striker is not the best position for him. But the first thing in his mind is to help us.”Tonight his performance and his aptitude was amazing.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
OTTAWA – Justin Trudeau’s Liberals are statistically tied with a resurgent Conservative Opposition as they near the midway point of their four-year mandate, while the NDP’s new leader finds himself facing a familiar electoral challenge, a new poll suggests.The poll, conducted by Ekos Research and commissioned for The Canadian Press, puts the governing Liberals at 34 per cent and the Conservatives at 33 per cent, while the New Democrats — still smarting from a disappointing 2015 campaign — remain a distant third at 15 per cent.The Ekos-Canadian Press poll, which surveyed 4,839 people via both cellphone and land line during the last two weeks of September, carries a margin of error of plus or minus 1.4 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.Its findings suggest the Liberals have finally been forced to confront the political realities of Parliament Hill after more than a year of flying high on a massive lead in public support following the 2015 election, said Ekos president Frank Graves.“I think the Liberals did have a very clear movement back to earth, but that occurred in the winter and spring,” said Graves, noting that the latest poll shows results that are similar to polling the firm conducted in June.The Liberal government’s controversial tax reforms — criticized by opposition parties as well as many doctors, farmers and small business owners — don’t appear to be having a significant impact among Liberal or potential Liberal voters, he added.Consultations on the proposed changes, which began in July, wrapped up late Monday.“Some have speculated they’re really taking it on the chin because of the (Finance Minister Bill) Morneau proposals, whereas — if that’s the case — how do you explain they’re basically at the same place they were before those proposals were introduced?”In the months ahead, Graves predicted the Liberals would be eyeing the NDP’s numbers closely, particularly given the risk that they’re losing the support of so-called “progressive” voters after abandoning their electoral reform promise and approving the Trans Mountain pipeline.That may help explain the political motives behind the tax measures, which are aimed at tightening “unfair” loopholes for private corporations that the government says have enabled many wealthy Canadians to pay less than their fair share of taxes.Such measures resonate with supporters of the New Democrats and their charismatic new leader, Jagmeet Singh, who cruised to a definitive first-ballot victory Sunday in the NDP leadership race. It’s too early to predict what his impact will be, Graves said.“The Liberals have to be very mindful of possibility of some erosion of their progressive vote away from the party and the NDP … there’s a really good chance that they will be revitalized by this new leader,” he said.“The real question is, how is he being received by voters and potential NDP voters?”Singh became the first visible minority to claim the leadership of a federal party with 35,266 votes — a convincing 53.8 per cent of eligible ballots.Northern Ontario MP Charlie Angus — widely viewed as Singh’s closest challenger — came in second with 12,705 votes, followed by Manitoba MP Niki Ashton with 11,374 and Quebec MP Guy Caron with 6,164.One of Singh’s first challenges will be to resurrect the federal party’s flagging public profile, something his dramatic leadership victory has already gone a long way towards helping. The party is in desperate need of a robust fundraising campaign — it’s carrying $5.5 million in debt, according to Elections Canada.Singh also made a clear attempt Tuesday to paper over divides that were exposed during the leadership race by singing the praises of Ashton, arguably the most left-leaning leadership hopeful and one who openly challenged Singh over the course of the race.“Her ideas, her values, speak to the heart of New Democratic values and she will absolutely have a place in our team,” Singh said outside the House of Commons.—Follow @kkirkup on Twitter
Today, WE Day announced the second annual U.S. National Broadcast of WE Day will air commercial-free on August 28, 2016 at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT.Highlighting some of the most important social issues facing America and the world today — from equality to environmental issues, homelessness to inner city violence — WE Day connects likeminded individuals and provides a platform for people to create change in their communities and around the world. WE Day is made possible by Title Sponsor Allstate and presenting sponsors Unilever, Walgreens and Microsoft.Alongside international activists and WE Day co-founders, Craig and Marc Kielburger, the broadcast will feature a star-studded lineup of speakers and performers including Charlize Theron, Demi Lovato, Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen, Selena Gomez, Natalie Portman, Common, Big Sean, Orlando Bloom, Rowan Blanchard, Jennifer Hudson, Ciara, Jacob Tremblay, Zooey Deschanel, Tyrese Gibson, Mark Ruffalo, Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas, David Foster, Paula Abdul, Von Miller, Amandla Stenberg, Hannah Simone, Rico Rodriguez, Raini Rodriguez, Kermit the Frog along with other Muppets including Dr. Bunsen, Beaker, Rizzo the Rat, Statler & Waldorf, Gonzo, Beauregard, Chip, Scooter, Bobo the Bear, The Swedish Chef, Rowlf, Pepe and more, lending their voices to the WE movement — a generation of people empowered to act and lead with compassion and the conviction that together we can transform the world locally and globally.Bringing families together for an evening of empowering conversations about important and timely social issues, WE Day will spark ideas and inspire action. Featuring high-energy performances combined with motivating speeches and documentary-style features highlighting young Americans who are making a difference, WE Day is a part of the growing movement that is connecting people to live WE by taking action on issues and creating systemic change in communities around the world.“WE Day is a powerful movement that unites people around the world to create impact for a greater good,” said Charlize Theron, Academy Award-winning actress and Founder of Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project and Honorary Co-Chair of WE Day California. “Whether it’s a family, student group, or individual, young or old, the WE movement is a force that brings world-changers together by inspiring action on social issues that affect communities all around the world. I am honored to be part of a collective cause and WE community.”“I have been part of the WE Day movement for many years, and through my experiences, I’ve been inspired by the work of WE Day and am committed to giving back whenever I can,” said singer, songwriter and actress, Demi Lovato. “WE Day is like nothing else — connecting people all over the world on a journey for greater good and social change.”Joining the lineup above will be young Americans with inspiring personal stories like 16 year old Gracie Doran from Laguna Niguel, California. At the age of 10, Gracie suffered from a congenital condition that caused malformed blood vessels in her brain, resulting in a stroke. After a surgery, which left her partially paralyzed, she spent months in rehab learning how to eat, speak and walk. Now, Gracie has returned to her passion — dance. Because it was a huge part of her personal recovery, Gracie now teaches dance classes for students with disabilities and is a role model for others as a confident leader who has overcome obstacles with determination and courage.“These youth are amazing leaders — I am endlessly inspired when I listen to their stories, and the amazing things they’ve done,” said six-time GRAMMY nominee, author, producer, philanthropist and internationally renowned film star Tyrese Gibson. “WE Day is like nothing else out there — it’s a community of people who are working together to create a collective change in the world, and I’m so honored to be a part of it.”“We can already see the amazing impact that today’s youth are having on the world around them. Whether it’s fundraising for a cause they care about, organizing a food drive or raising awareness about an important issue, this generation is creating social change on a local and global level,” said Craig Kielburger, co-founder of WE Day. “In the last academic year alone, students involved in the WE Day movement from across the globe have donated over 2.1 million pounds of food to their local food banks, volunteered over 6.2 million hours of service and raised over $14.7 million dollars in support of local and global causes.”Parts of the WE Day broadcast will be filmed live in Inglewood, California during WE Day California (April 7 at the Forum), one of 14 youth empowerment events that take place across North America and the U.K. WE Day is an inspirational event like no other, bringing together like-minded individuals and providing a platform for youth to learn about some of today’s most pressing issues. WE Day celebrates and inspires this generation’s shift from me thinking to we acting, building a better world where everyone has the power to speak out and make choices that have a positive impact. WE Day is one of the world’s largest non-profit initiatives on social media, with more than five million followers.You can’t buy a ticket to WE Day events — students from across the country earn their way by the actions they take on one local and one global cause of their choice. More than a one-day event, WE Day is connected to the yearlong WE Schools program, which provides hands-on, student-led campaigns designed to enhance a school’s existing social initiatives or to spark new ones. WE Schools helps young people turn the day’s inspiration into sustained action. By taking action on one local and one global cause, students are equipped with the tools to succeed academically, in the working world and as active citizens. Together, WE Day and WE Schools are a blueprint for building the next generation of change-makers.
FiveThirtyEight Embed Code The official start of NBA free agency caused quite a stir. Most notably, big-name free agents Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving committed to the Brooklyn Nets, leaving the New York Knicks without a star. We unpack this missed opportunity for the Knicks and what might define “the new NBA.”In honor of the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, Geoff and Neil have a heated debate on the merits of competitive eating. Is it a sport? Is it the antithesis of sports? Has someone on the pod participated in a hot dog eating contest in the past?!For our Rabbit Hole, we’re joined by FiveThirtyEight copy desk intern Santul Nerkar, who dug into oddities in tournament point allocation in the World Cup and beyond.What we’re looking at this week:Neil Greenberg for The Washington Post breaks down the financial implications of the Knicks’ actions during free agency.Kawhi Leonard’s monumental decision from The Ringer.Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest.Research behind “excitingness” and awarding 3 points for a win in soccer. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed
Even though Tottenham was the one that took the lead through Dele Alli, goals from Alexis Sanchez and Ander Herrera gave Manchester United a 2-1 victory and a place in the FA Cup final.All the players who were rested versus Bournemouth (Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez, Nemanja Matic, Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia) were in the starting lineup for this FA Cup semi-final. The rest of the starters for Manchester United were David de Gea, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera and Jesse Lingard. As for Tottenham, Dembele, Dier, Trippier, Alli and Davinson Sanchez didn’t feature in the draw at Brighton and were in the starting eleven today. They were joined by Kane, Son, Eriksen, Ben Davies and Vertonghen. Pochettino’s FA Cup goalkeeper Michel Vorm was on goal.The atmosphere at Wembley was terrific. The tempo at the beginning of the match was excellent. Tottenham had the early initiative and had two corners to show for it. Manchester responded with pressure and two corners of its own. In the 11th minute, Eriksen broke free on the right flank. Dele Alli followed his run and Eriksen found him with a great pass at the far post to give The Spurs a 1-0 lead. The game was open anyway. This just made it even more interesting. Tottenham was playing with great intensity, similar to its display in Juventus in the Champions League.Mourinho explains why Alexis Sanchez flopped at Man United Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes Alexis Sanchez failed miserably at Manchester United because he was a “sad man”, but hopes things will improve at Inter Milan.It took some time, but United eventually settled down after the goal. In the 24th minute, Dembele needlessly lost a ball in his third. Pogba was the one who took it away and sent a superb cross right onto the head of Alexis Sanchez, who guided the ball back across the other side of the net and the score was tied. A couple of minutes later, Valencia received the first yellow card of the game for a reckless two-footed challenge on Dele Alli. Not long after that, Son earned Tottenham’s first booking for a foul on Alexis Sanchez. In the 47th minute, Eric Dier decided to try his luck with a long-range shot. It deflected off Smalling and hit the post. We went to the locker room even at 1-1. The players barely took a breather in what was a gripping, absorbing first half.It was quiet a subdued second half, but Manchester United lit it up in the 62nd minute, when Ander Herrera flew in inside the box and fired a shot right in the middle of the goal. Vorm was caught on the wrong foot and it was 2-1 for The Red Devils. Lloris probably would’ve saved the shot. Pochettino had some problems to solve and the first attempt at a solution was sending Lucas Moura onto the pitch. Ben Davies was the player taken off. By going with a 3-man defense, Pochettino showed he wasn’t going to waste any time on tactics in the search for an equalizer.In the 75th minute, Vorm made a nice save on Pogba’s shot from the edge of Tottenham’s box. Later on, Wanyama came in for Moussa Dembele. Manchester had to withdraw its captain Antonio Valencia, who suffered from cramps. Mateo Darmian came in his stead. A few seconds later, Marcus Rashford replaced Jesse Lingard. Erik Lamela was Spurs’ last substitution. Tottenham failed to create a real chance until the end, as the match finished with a final score of 2-1. It was Hotspur’s 8th straight FA Cup semi-final defeat. Both Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba were wonderful today and that’s when Manchester United is at its best. Mourinho worked his magic once more, as The Red Devils booked their place in the final.
The Catalan manager says his Manchester City side is ready to take in the UEFA Champions League challenge on TuesdayUkranian club Shakhtar Donetsk will host Manchester City on Tuesday, as part of the 2018-2019 UEFA Champions League tournament.The match will be played tomorrow night in Ukraine, and before that, the Citizens’ manager Pep Guardiola has spoken with the press.“If they are here it is because they are ready to play,” said Guardiola about the availability of Kevin De Bruyne and Kyle Walker as quoted by Sky Sports.Daniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“They [Silva and Fernandinho] have two more years contract but they have to think day by day, month by month and then ask themselves at the end of the season if they are still ready to play. My advice then is to play, you have to play,” he added.“Learn from that [defeat]. When you play an entire season the Champions League level is higher. So work. It looks easy, it is not”.“When you win games with a big result it is not easy. To learn, you have 15 points still to play for and to compete in the competition you have to live it. All we can do is learn and try to avoid it in the future,” he concluded.
“People of the country have given us responsibility to run the government, but they have also given the responsibility to all those sitting in Parliament to run the country,” Modi told reporters outside Parliament House on the first day of the Winter session.Praising the “positive role” played by the opposition in running the budget session, Modi sought the “same” cooperation from the lawmakers.”I have confidence that a lot of good work for the betterment of the people will be done with a cool mind and in a cool atmosphere,” the Prime Minister said. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIModi said he believes that those who have responsibility of running the government and those having the responsibility of running the country will together work for the country’s progress.”I hope this session will be fruitful and result oriented,” he said.”In the last session, the positive role of the opposition has resulted in good work, I am hopeful that this time too we will experience the same,” Modi said.His statement assumes significance as several Opposition parties have decided to oppose the insurance bill and corner the government on black money issue, raising the spectre of a stormy session.Modi, while addressing an all-party meeting on the eve of the session yesterday, assured them that collectively all important issues can be taken up and hoped that the month-long session will go “very well” like the last budget session.