Vilsack Continues Push for Trade

first_imgNegotiations between Hatch (R-UT) who chairs the committee, its ranking member Wyden (D-OR), and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) are taking place at the staff level over the spring congressional break and “continue to make progress,” Hatch spokesman Julia Lawless said, confirming only that the senator hopes to move legislation “this spring.” Wyden has sought to include provisions to give Congress more power and oversight over the fast-tracking of trade deals. By Gary Truitt – Apr 5, 2015 Facebook Twitter The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) would lower import tariffs on US farm products  that, in some cases, are as high as 200%. He said, in addition, this agreement will put the US in a leadership role in Asian trade but, without it, China will step in and dictate the rules, “The US must decide if we are going to be an influence in Asian trade or cede that opportunity to China.” He added that China is already negotiating an all Asia trade deal with other Pacific rim nations, “This all Asia agreement will not lower tariffs on US products and will not be concerned about labor standards, intellectual property rights, or the environment.” Vilsack Continues Push for Trade Home Indiana Agriculture News Vilsack Continues Push for Trade The TPA bill is currently on Capitol Hill is before the Senate Finance Committee where the strongest opposition comes, ironically, from the President’s own party. Vilsack said TPA needs to be passed by Congress by the end of 2015. Senate aides have circulated a tentative date of mid-April for advancing “fast-track” trade legislation in the recognition that Sens. Orrin Hatch and Ron Wyden have to move quickly to finalize a deal on the bill or risk losing their chance to get it passed by the end of the spring session, several lobbyists and congressional sources have told POLITICO. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is continuing his push for Trade Promotion Authority (TPA)and specifically for the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal. Over the weekend, Vilsack spoke to Business Forward, an organization of  US small businessmen, stressing that passage of Trade Promotion Authority by Congress is vital to secure an Asian trade deal that is good for agriculture and for all the US economy. He said 30% of all US agricultural sales are export related, “Often times the level of export sales is equal to the amount of net farm income the agricultural community realized from year to year. The bottom line is that US exports are critically important to the farm economy and to the US economy.” SHARE Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleWhose Safe is SafeNext articleSunday Outlook Gary Truitt Vilsack Continues Push for Tradelast_img read more

Yes, Virginia, Your Food is Safe

first_img Yes, Virginia, Your Food is Safe SHARE Church urged Virginia to have faith in the world, “Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, VIRGINIA, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.” Fortunately, when it comes to food, we do not have to take its safety on faith. Research, regulations, and science can give us verifiable proof about our food. The trick is to put our faith in facts that are real and not in those that are simply made up. By Gary Truitt – Dec 18, 2016 Facebook Twitter Virginia was prompted to write her letter because several of her friends had told her Santa was not real. If she had written today, her question may have been, “Is the food my mom serves me safe?”  She would have likely had some of her friends and her mom’s friends tell her it was not. They would have told her that her food was filled with chemicals, drugs, and genetically modified organisms.  Just as Church said in his letter, “Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds.”  Today this is at the heart of the problem with consumer trust in their food supply; they are skeptical of what they do not understand or comprehend. Since most consumers have little experience with food production or comprehension of modern agriculture, this is not surprising. Even when the facts are presented and government agencies say food items are safe,  the “skepticism of a skeptical age” keeps them from believing it. Tidings of comfort and joy from all of us at Hoosier Ag Today Facebook Twitter Virginia’s father had her write her letter to the newspaper in the belief that, “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.”  Today, she would have posted her query about food safety on Facebook or tweeted it on Twitter.  Because, if it is on the internet, then it is so. Unfortunately, the response would not likely have been thoughtful and classic prose, but would have been rather snide, rude, and contained slams against Monsanto. Yes, Virginia, we still live in a skeptical age.center_img Church, in his response to Virginia, described what the world would be like without the hope, love, and joy that Santa represents, “Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no VIRGINIAS. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight.” Alas, Virginia, what would your food supply be like if there were not the bounty, efficiency, and technology that is involved in our food supply today? It would certainly not be as plentiful, varied, convenient, tasty, safe, nutritious, and affordable. Without modern agriculture, our food supply would be similar to what it was in 1897.  In addition, a large number of your friends, Virginia, would live on farms because it would take a much larger portion of the U.S. population to produce enough food. Yes, Virginia, your food is safe, so feel free to enjoy it this holiday. Be sure to leave some out for Santa. Despite what you might read on the internet, Santa is not a vegan, does not have any allergies or gluten issues, and is not lactose intolerant. SHARE In 1897, Dr. Philip O’Hanlon, a coroner’s assistant in Manhattan, was asked by his then eight-year-old daughter, Virginia, whether Santa Claus really existed. O’Hanlon suggested she write to The Sun, a prominent New York City newspaper at the time, assuring her that “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.”  The task of responding to Virginia’s question fell to Francis Pharcellus Church, an editor at the paper who took the opportunity to rise above the simple question and to address the philosophical issues behind it. His response became a journalistic classic and his headline, “Yes Virginia There is a Santa Claus,” has become a lexicon in American culture.  Today Virginia’s question and Church’s response can be applied to the issue of food safety and modern agriculture. By Gary Truitt Home Commentary Yes, Virginia, Your Food is Safe Previous articlePanel Hears EPA Testimony on GlyphosateNext articleMake the Most of Holiday Party Leftovers Gary Truittlast_img read more

Those who paid household charge should ask for it back – DAAA

first_img Previous articleLGH “shafted” by denial of regional hospital status – Mac LochlainnNext articleBuncrana ‘cleaner than European norms’ in new IBAL table News Highland Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Facebook 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+center_img Those who paid household charge should ask for it back – DAAA By News Highland – September 3, 2012 Twitter Pinterest Donegal Action Against Austerity have called on people who have paid the €100 Household Charge to write to their local County Councils demanding their money back.The group says those who boycotted the charge have been proven right to have done so as the Minister of Environment, Phil Hogan is now cutting the third quarter grants to every local authority in the country.PRO Joe Murphy says people who have paid the tax should now seek a refund on the basis that services are already paid for through other taxes……..[podcast][/podcast] News Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebook Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

225 Illegal Brick Kilns Operational In A Single District Of Rajasthan: NGT Constitutes Committee For Taking Immediate Action

first_imgNews Updates225 Illegal Brick Kilns Operational In A Single District Of Rajasthan: NGT Constitutes Committee For Taking Immediate Action Akshita Saxena15 Feb 2021 5:27 AMShare This – xThe National Green Tribunal has directed the State Pollution Control Board to take immediate action against 225 brick kilns, said to be illegally operating in the Sriganganagar District of Rajasthan alone. On being informed that over 200 brick kilns are operating in the district without obtaining a valid consent from the Pollution Control Board under the Air and the Water Acts, a…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe National Green Tribunal has directed the State Pollution Control Board to take immediate action against 225 brick kilns, said to be illegally operating in the Sriganganagar District of Rajasthan alone. On being informed that over 200 brick kilns are operating in the district without obtaining a valid consent from the Pollution Control Board under the Air and the Water Acts, a Bench comprising of Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel (Chairperson), Justice Sheo Kumar Singh (Judicial Member) and Dr. Nagin Nanda (Expert Member) ordered, “For those not having consents, closure can be immediately, particularly when show cause notice has already been given. For those having consents, it is necessary to verify whether they are meeting the prescribed pollution norms and the siting norms.” To give effect to the same, the Tribunal has constituted a Joint Committee comprising of CPCB, State PCB and District Magistrate, Ganga Nagar. It further ordered, “The State PCB and District Magistrate may take remedial action against kilns operating without consent forthwith and for assessment and recovery of compensation, after following due process. Similarly, action be taken, in accordance with law, against those found non-compliant, and action taken report filed.” Background In January 2020, State Pollution Control Board had filed a statement before the NGT disclosing that it had issued show cause notices to 225 illegal brick kilns, for intended closure. The Tribunal noted that more than a year has passed since then but the said illegal brick kilns continue to operate. “We are of the opinion that further follow up action needs to be taken to prevent illegal operation of brick kilns and recovery of environmental compensation for the period of illegal operation, following due process of law,” it observed. The Applicant also submitted that since it is a matter of record that these brick kilns are operating without any consent, there is no need for show cause notice. The NGT therefore directed the concerned authorities to initiate immediate action against such errant brick kilns and recover environmental compensation for the period of illegal operation. “Notice is not being issued to individual kilns, as the statutory authorities will follow due process while taking action, in exercise of their statutory powers, for which hearing by this Tribunal is not required,” the order stated. Applicant was represented by Advocate Pushpinder Singh; Respondent was represented by Advocate Sundaram Singh. Case Title: Hakam Singh & Anr. v. State of Rajasthan & Ors. Click Here To Download Order Read OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

COVID19: Oxygen Supply To Delhi: Supreme Court Hearing- Live-Updates

first_imgTop StoriesCOVID19: Oxygen Supply To Delhi: Supreme Court Hearing- Live-Updates LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK5 May 2021 11:23 PMShare This – xA Supreme Court bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud resumes hearing the Delhi Oxygen shortage/supply matter.Central Government to place today a comprehensive plan before Supreme Court Bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud, indicating the manner in which the direction for the allocation of 700 MT of LMO to Delhi shall be complied with. Live Updates 6 May 2021 3:01 AMBench says it will dictate the order and upload it in sometime.Bench rises.#SupremeCourt #Delhi #CovidIndia6 May 2021 2:58 AMBench will start dictating the order in sometime.#SupremeCourt #Delhi #CovidIndia6 May 2021 2:57 AMSolicitor General mentions before the bench an SLP filed against the Karnataka High Court order directing increase of oxygen allocation for Karnataka.Justice Chandrachud says mention before the CJI6 May 2021 2:52 AMThere is a necessity to forecast and create buffer stocks : Meenakshi Arora submits.#SupremeCourt #Oxygen #Delhi6 May 2021 2:49 AMAmicus curiae Sr Adv Meenakshi Arora is addressing court now.She says with the help of experts, epidemologists, there can be a reasonable projection.6 May 2021 2:48 AMJustice Shah to SG: But your own affidavit says it 590MT and not 490?SG: We increased it by 100 because the Court said so.6 May 2021 2:48 AMSolicitor General says 490 MT oxygen will suffice for Delhi.SG- My perspective is that need is not because of shortage of supply but there is a systemic failure.#SupremeCourt #Delhi #Oxygen6 May 2021 2:44 AMJaideep Gupta, amicus : To my mind, it does not make sense as SG says that 700 figure is incorrect. If it was incorrect and 490 was required then there would be no shortage. But there is a shortage.6 May 2021 2:43 AMJaideep Gupta, amicus curiae : The moment an order is passed on Audit, there will be a debate that the 700MT order is gone. #SupremeCourt #OxygenShortage #Delhi6 May 2021 2:40 AMAmicus curiae Jaideep Gupta tells Supreme Court that the daily allocation of oxygen for Delhi should remain as 700 MT till a new formula for computing oxygen allocations is evolved.#SupremeCourt #OxygenShortage #Delhi>Load MoreTags#Supreme Court #Oxygen Supply #COVID19 #Delhi Government #Justice DY Chandrachud #SG Tushar Mehta Next Storylast_img read more

Emergency services attending crash at Burt

first_img WhatsApp Emergency services attending crash at Burt Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic By News Highland – February 14, 2020 Pinterest Facebook Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Twitter Pinterestcenter_img Google+ Homepage BannerNews Previous articleMcClean doubt for Euro PlayoffNext articleFinn Harps v Sligo Rovers LIVE on Highland News Highland Facebook Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Emergency services are attending the scene of a road traffic collision in Burt. The minor crash happened near Callaghans shop shortly before 8am this morning.Gardai say that the road will be closed for the next hour at least to facilitate the removal of the vehicles involved.Motorists are being advised to avoid the area with local diversions in place. Community Enhancement Programme open for applications WhatsApplast_img read more

4 dead after heavy rain in Nashville causes record flooding

first_imgdageldog/iStockBY: JULIA JACOBO, ABC NEWS(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — At least four people have died after heavy rain caused flooding to reach record levels in Nashville.One of the victims was found at the Nashboro Village golf course, according to the Metro Nashville Police Department. Investigators believe he was swept away by high floodwaters after he got out of a car that ran off the road, police said.Two other victims, a man and a woman, were near a homeless camp in a wooded area adjacent to Wentworth-Caldwell Park, police said.At least 130 people had to be rescued from flooded areas around Nashville, ABC Nashville affiliate WKRN-TV reported.More than 7 inches of rain has fallen in parts of the Nashville metro area in two days, the second-highest amount on record. Some waterways in Nashville have risen to their highest levels since 2010.While the heaviest rain has moved east of the area, it still experienced some additional rainfall Sunday morning.ABC News’ Ahmad Hemingway and Joshua Hoyos contributed to this report.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

IMF clock angle control of multifractality in ionospheric velocity fluctuations

We present an analysis of 8 years of meridional line-of-sight ionospheric plasma velocity measurements from the Halley SuperDARN radar which investigates the effect of the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) clock angle on the scaling exponents of the first three order velocity structure functions. We only use velocity measurements made poleward of the open/closed magnetic field line boundary in the nightside ionosphere. The measured scaling exponents are consistent with multifractal Kraichnan-Iroshnikov turbulence for all clock angles but with varying intermittency that decreases to zero during purely northward IMF conditions. We thus propose that intermittency is inherited from the solar wind but also discuss other possible reasons for this relationship. Citation: Abel, G. A., M. P. Freeman, and G. Chisham (2009), IMF clock angle control of multifractality in ionospheric velocity fluctuations, Geophys. Res. Lett., 36, L19102, doi:10.1029/2009GL040336. read more

US Navy to Christen New Destroyer Rafael Peralta

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today US Navy to Christen New Destroyer Rafael Peralta US Navy to Christen New Destroyer Rafael Peralta Authorities View post tag: Destroyer View post tag: BIW October 30, 2015 Share this article View post tag: Rafael Peralta View post tag: Christen View post tag: US Navy View post tag: General Dynamics The US Navy will christen its newest guided-missile destroyer Rafael Peralta, Saturday, Oct. 31, during a ceremony at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine.The future USS Rafael Peralta, designated DDG 115, honors Marine Corps Sgt. Rafael Peralta. He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for actions during combat operations in Operation Iraqi Freedom.Peralta is credited with saving the lives of fellow Marines during the second battle of Fallujah in 2004.Rafael Peralta is the third of 14 ships currently under contract for the DDG 51 program.The 9,200 ton Rafael Peralta is being built by General Dynamics Bath Iron Works. The ship is 509 feet in length, has a waterline beam of 59 feet, and a navigational draft of 31 feet. Four gas turbine engines will power the ship to speeds in excess of 30 knots.[mappress mapid=”17312″]Image: US Navy View post tag: americaslast_img read more

Hoboken museum plans slate of fall and family activities; ‘Fun Day’…

first_imgHOBOKEN — Fall is always a busy season for the Hoboken Historical Museum. Education Curator Maria Lara has been busy creating new programs for families and educators in the Hoboken area, including a fun new program “Kids’ Night at the Museum” starting Friday, Oct. 27, from 6 to 9 p.m., giving parents a night off from the kids, and kids (ages 5 and up) a fun place to bond with each other and watch a movie while absorbing a little history on a Friday evening. There are two more kids’ nights scheduled this fall, Nov. 10 and Dec. 1.Maria has also started planning for a new “Living History Day” on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 12 – 3 pm, with WWI reenactors in full costume for kids to interact with and some artifacts to handle.And they are full steam ahead with our usual programs, including new hours for our Thursday Storytime at the Museum (two half-hour sessions now, one at 10 and 11 a.m., both requiring pre-registration), and Sunday Storytime at the Fire Department Museum moving to 1:30 pm each week (no registration required).Plus, Family Fun Day is coming up, Oct. 15, 12-4 p.m., with entertainer Ron Albanese (Polka Dot) and loads of crafts and activities for the whole family. And in December, the community-wide Kids Holiday Concert with Dave Lambert and Howard Olah-Reiken returns to the Fire Department Museum on Sunday, December 10 at 1:30 p.m.Contact [email protected] with questions, or 201-656-2240 or see ×last_img read more