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NCGA Applauds House Subcommittee for Advancing Food Labeling Discussion

first_img By Andy Eubank – Dec 10, 2014 SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News NCGA Applauds House Subcommittee for Advancing Food Labeling Discussion NCGA Applauds House Subcommittee for Advancing Food Labeling Discussion The National Corn Growers Association applauded the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health for holding a hearing Wednesday regarding the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s role in regulating GMOs and the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act. The hearing serves to advance an ongoing open, transparent conversation about the importance of this technology both to farmers and consumers. Furthermore, it highlighted that a science-based federal solution to the labeling debate is necessary to provide all parties with the certainty that they need.“With activist and special interest groups continually attempting to impose state-level measures that would lead to further confusion and increase grocery bills for American consumers, this hearing is an important step toward a real solution,” said NCGA Trade Policy and Biotechnology Chair John Linder, a farmer from Ohio. “Food labeling decisions should be left to scientific experts and not dictate by agenda-driven activists. We hope that this public discussion helps bring clarity, and we look forward to working with lawmakers in the new Congress to advance this important piece of legislation.”The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, authored by Representatives Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) and G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), would eliminate consumer confusion created by a state-by-state patchwork of labeling laws, advance food safety, inform consumers and provide consistency in labeling. The legislation reaffirms the FDA as America’s preeminent authority on food safety and labeling requirements, requires the FDA to approve all new GMO ingredients before they are brought to market and establishes federal standards for companies that wish to voluntarily label their products for the absence or presence of GMO food ingredients.NCGA, as a member of the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food, works to advance clear, science-based food labeling. Following costly mandatory-labeling ballot initiatives that were recently voted down in Oregon, Colorado and Washington State, CFSAF believes now is the time for Congress to adopt a national, consistent, labeling standard that protects consumers, famers and food manufacturers.“Today’s hearing makes clear that Congress is taking this issue very seriously,” said CFSAF Spokeswoman Claire Parker.  “Representatives Pompeo and Butterfield are to be commended for advancing a bipartisan solution that will ensure consumers’ grocery prices are not subject to the whims of activists traveling from state to state. Consumers deserve consistent, clear labeling guidelines no matter where they are in the United States-not misinformation, loopholes and inconsistencies.”Studies have shown that mandated GMO labeling would increase grocery prices for consumers by hundreds of dollars per year as food companies construct multiple supply streams, design new labels, acquire additional warehouse space and create new transportation routes.  A recent study by Cornell University found that GMO labeling would increase grocery costs for an average family by $500 per year.  Consumers would be forced to bear these increased costs despite the fact that more than 1,000 peer reviewed studies and the world’s most respected health and safety authorities – including the American Medical Association, the World Health Organization and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration – have determined that GM food ingredients are safe.The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food is a broad-based coalition representing the entire American agriculture food chain.  The Coalition is committed to increasing understanding about the science and safety of GM technology and to advocating for a federal labeling solution.  For more information about the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food standard, visit www.cfsaf.org.Source: NCGA Facebook Twitter Previous articleAdvanced Energy Providing Thousands of JobsNext articleMorning Outlook Andy Eubank Facebook Twitter SHARElast_img read more

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Madras HC Rules Against ‘Fit Person-Raj’ In Palani Temple; Calls It A Fraud On Statute [Read Judgment]

first_imgNews UpdatesMadras HC Rules Against ‘Fit Person-Raj’ In Palani Temple; Calls It A Fraud On Statute [Read Judgment] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK25 Sep 2020 12:45 AMShare This – xThe Madras High Court has held that any policy decision or such decisions that have serious financial implications on a Temple can only be taken by a “duly constituted board of Trustees”. The Bench of Justice GR Swaminathan has clarified that an Executive Officer/ a Fit Person can only act as a “stopgap arrangement” to attend to the “day to day necessities” for a temporary period to…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 Madras High Court has held that any policy decision or such decisions that have serious financial implications on a Temple can only be taken by a “duly constituted board of Trustees”. The Bench of Justice GR Swaminathan has clarified that an Executive Officer/ a Fit Person can only act as a “stopgap arrangement” to attend to the “day to day necessities” for a temporary period to tide over certain difficulties or contingencies. The order was passed in a writ petition challenging the tender notification issued by the Executive Officer for providing house-keeping service in the Arulmighu Dhandayuthapani Swami Temple, Palani, and the institutions attached to it. While setting aside this notification, the Court observed: “There should not be any Executive Officer/Fit Person-raj in the second respondent temple. As per Rule 11 of Collection of Income and the Incurring of Expenditure Rules, no expenditure shall be incurred without the written order of the trustee. The trustee shall satisfy himself that the expenditure is necessary and that it has budgetary sanction. The impugned tender notification has considerable financial implications. In the very nature of things, decisions in such matters will have to be taken only by a duly constituted trust board.” Taking exception to the appointment of the Executive Officer as the Fit Person to run the Temple for almost a decade, the Court observed, “When the same official combines in himself both the offices of Executive Officer and Fit Person, the mechanism of checks and balances goes. Executive Officers are appointed so that the trustees do not run amok. But if the Executive Officer himself is also made the fit person so that he can discharge the functions of a trustee, and such a situation continues for years together, it is certainly a fraud on the statute.” Background The petitioner, claiming to be a devotee, had moved the High Court against the impugned tender for engaging a housekeeping staff. He had contended that the devotees are entitled to offer voluntary service known as “Uzhavara pani” but by entrusting the cleaning and maintenance works to outsiders, the temple management had infringed the rights of the devotees. It was further argued that the impugned tender notification was violative of the provisions of the Tamil Nadu Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Act, 1959 inasmuch as the Temple did not have a regular trust board and the Executive Officer of the temple had been acting as the ex-officio Fit Person. “Such an official cannot take major decisions having financial implications,” the Petitioner had argued. Temple’s Arguments Contesting the maintainability of the writ petition, the Temple had argued that the Petitioner is not an aggrieved individual and if at all he wants to espouse the subject cause, he must file a public interest litigation. It was submitted that the Respondent Temple is a renowned temple thronged by lakhs of devotees. Thus, catering to sanitation, maintenance and cleanliness of the institution was of supreme importance, requiring “systematic deployment of manpower”. In any event, it was submitted, the temple management had permitted performance of voluntary service by the devotees such as cleaning of the dining hall. Lastly it was argued that as on date, the temple did not have a board of trustees and the Fit Person was entitled to discharge the functions of the trust board. Findings The Court first addressed the issue of maintainability and came to a finding that the Petitioner had sufficient standing to maintain the writ petition. It observed: “Article 25 of the Constitution confers the fundamental right to freely practise one’s religion. In the case of Hindus, it would include the right to perform Uzhavara pani. The temple management can of course regulate it, but cannot deny it. The petitioner has thus shown that he has a clear and definite interest in the subject matter of the tender notification and that is sufficient to confer standing on him to maintain this writ petition.” That apart, the Court said, “as a worshipper, the petitioner is also entitled to insist that the affairs of the temple are conducted in accordance with the provisions of the Act. The specific contention of the petitioner is that the second respondent is not entitled to issue the impugned notification. Since the petitioner is a person having interest, it is not necessary that the petitioner should raise these issues only in a public interest litigation.” Further, as stated above, the Court was of the opinion that decisions having financial implications on the Temple can only be taken by a duly constituted Trust. It therefore directed the State Government as well as the controlling authorities to take all possible steps to “ensure that the board of trustees is constituted for the second respondent temple as early as possible.” The Court observed that a vacuum in the Temple administration was created as a consequence of resignation of the Board of Trustees in the year 2011. Since then, the management was overseen by the Executive Officer. Criticizing such an arrangement the Court said, “More than nine years have gone by. The Executive Officer/Fit Person continues to be at the helm of affairs. The authorities have either not found time or felt it necessary to constitute the board of trustees. Such a state of affairs can only be characterised as subversion of the statutory scheme. The question is can the competent authority appoint Fit Person for any religious institution say for five years. The answer is obviously ‘no’. That would be a total subversion of the statutory scheme laid down in the Act.” Reliance was placed on C. Andiappan & Ors. v. Joint Commissioner, Tamil Nadu HR & CE & Ors., 2016-1 L.W 340, where by a Division Bench had held that the appointment of a Fit Person is always contemplated only as a “temporary measure”. Click Here To Download Judgment Read Judgment Next Storylast_img read more

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Enable front line staff to perform at their best

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The front line staff mediates between a credit union and its members—to ensure that this relationship remains positive, your front line needs to be well-equipped.By subscribing to Credit Union Front Line newsletter, you’ll gain a concise monthly resource that provides front line employees with guidance on how to perform their various responsibilities at the highest possible level. Content encompasses a wide range of front line issues, including:Need-to-know regulations and compliance strategies;Communication and dealing with difficult members or staff;Stress management and maintaining work-life balance; andPreparing for robberies and other emergencies.Don’t let your front line staff be unprepared for the unexpected—new subscribers of Credit Union Front Line newsletter can receive 20% off by entering promo code 2016FRONTLINE upon checking out.Learn how Sarah Herrington, employee at Service 1 Federal Credit Union, embraces the spirit of “people helping people” in this “Above and Beyond” story from Credit Union Front Line newsletter. continue reading »last_img read more

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The Latest: Russell Wilson, Ciara donating 1 million meals

first_imgThe Latest: Russell Wilson, Ciara donating 1 million meals Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):1 a.m.Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and pop star wife Ciara have announced they are donating 1 million meals through Seattle’s Food Lifeline to help provide meals for those in need during the coronavirus outbreak in the region. March 18, 2020 “Everything we do together makes a difference,” Ciara said in a video posted to her Twitter account. “And together we will conquer this tough time that we’re going through.”According to Food Lifeline’s website, the organization provides the equivalent of 134,000 meals daily and had 58 million pounds of food sourced last year.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

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Angels rally past Dodgers for Freeway Series victory before record crowd

first_imgPreviousLos Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout, right, congratulates shortstop Wilfredo Tovar, left, after the Angels defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 in a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, June 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Mike Trout (27) of the Angels watches the ball go over the fence after hitting a two-run home run in the seventh inning against the Dodgers during a Freeway Series game at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Monday, June 10, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)Angels pitcher Griffin Canning pitches against of the Dodgers during a Freeway Series game at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Monday, June 10, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLuis Rengifo (4) of the Angels wataches as Dodgers’ Corey Seager (5), right, arrives at second after hitting double against the Angels during a Freeway Series game at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Monday, June 10, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (99) pitches against the Angels during a Freeway Series game at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Monday, June 10, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)Angels Albert Pujols (5), left, is picked off at first base with the tag by Dodgers’ first baseman Enrique Hernandez (14) during a Freeway Series game at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Monday, June 10, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor hits a double to score Corey Seager and Russell Martin during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, June 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Russell Martin, right, beats the throw from left field to Los Angeles Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy, left, to score with Corey Seager on a double by Chris Taylor during the second inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, June 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Russell Martin, left, beats the throw from left field to Los Angeles Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy, right, to score with Corey Seager on a double by Chris Taylor during the second inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, June 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez hits an RBI-double to score Chris Taylor during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, June 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Angels left fielder Cesar Puello cannot retain a ball that falls for an RBI-double by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez during the second inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, June 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Angels pitching coach Doug White, center, talks with starting pitcher Griffin Canning, right, with catcher Jonathan Lucroy listening in during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, June 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu throws to a Los Angeles Angels batter during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, June 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu, right, talks to catcher Russell Martin during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, June 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout watches his two-run home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, June 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Mike Trout (27) of the Angels reacts as he rounds that bases after hitting a two-run home run in the seventh inning against the Dodgers during a Freeway Series game at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Monday, June 10, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)Mike Trout (27) of the Angels points to the crowd as he crosses the plate after hitting a two-run home run in the seventh inning against the Dodgers during a Freeway Series game at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Monday, June 10, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)Mike Trout (27) of the Angels gets high-fives in the dugout after hitting a two-run home run in the seventh inning against the Dodgers during a Freeway Series game at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Monday, June 10, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager throws, but not in time to get Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun on an infield single during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, June 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani (17) holds his arm after it was hit by the ball as he slid into second base in the eighth inning during a Freeway Series game at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Monday, June 10, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani (17) gets hit by the ball as he slides into second base in the eighth inning during a Freeway Series game at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Monday, June 10, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani (17) slides into home plate in the eighth inning to pull ahead of the Dodgers 4-3 during a Freeway Series game at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Monday, June 10, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani slides in safely to touch home plate before Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Russell Martin comes down from third baseman Max Muncy’s high throw during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, June 10, 2019. The Angels won 5-3. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Angels’ Brian Goodwin, center, scores on a wild pitch, as the throw back to Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Joe Kelly (17) gets away during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, June 10, 2019. The Angels won 5-3. Home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi makes the call with Angels’ Luis Rengifo, left, getting out of the way. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani looks to the umpire as he is called safe after sliding home for the go-ahead run in the eighth inning of the Angels’ 5-3 victory over the Dodgers on Monday night at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)Los Angeles Angels shortstop Wilfredo Tovar, right, makes the relay to first after forcing out Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor, left, to get Joc Pederson for the double play to end the baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, June 10, 2019. The Angels won 5-3. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Hansel Robles (57) of the Angels reacts after completing a double play to end the game for a win against the Dodgers during a Freeway Series game at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Monday, June 10, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Hansel Robles reacts after the team makes the last out at first on a double play to end the baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, June 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Albert Pujols (5) of Angels points skyward after the Angels defeated the Dodgers 5-3 in a Freeway Series game at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Monday, June 10, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout, right, congratulates shortstop Wilfredo Tovar, left, after the Angels defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 in a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, June 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Mike Trout (27) of the Angels watches the ball go over the fence after hitting a two-run home run in the seventh inning against the Dodgers during a Freeway Series game at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Monday, June 10, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 29Mike Trout (27) of the Angels watches the ball go over the fence after hitting a two-run home run in the seventh inning against the Dodgers during a Freeway Series game at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Monday, June 10, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)Expand Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Not even the World Series had seen more fans packed into Angel Stadium, which recorded its largest attendance since renovations were completed in 1998.“The atmosphere was unbelievable,” Trout said. “That’s the best the atmosphere has been all year. … Whenever we play the Dodgers, here or in L.A., it’s fun. The competition is real. It’s fun to be a part of.”They saw Hyun-Jin Ryu pitch six strong innings, allowing one run, only to be denied his chance at a seventh straight victory by a Dodgers bullpen meltdown.With a 3-1 lead, Ross Stripling got the first two outs of the seventh inning, but he didn’t get to face Trout. Stripling had never retired Trout, allowing five hits, including two homers, and a walk.Dylan Floro instead got the call. Floro got two strikes on Trout, but then he threw him a slider over the outer half. Trout clubbed it over the center field fence for his 18th homer, tying the score. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire ANAHEIM — The record crowd that filled Angel Stadium for the Freeway Series opener on Monday had enough fans of both the Angels and Dodgers that there was going to be plenty of noise no matter what happened.The Angels fans got the last cheer.Mike Trout hit a game-tying two-run homer in the seventh and then the Angels scored a pair of runs without a hit in the eighth, taking a 5-3 victory over the Dodgers before a crowd of 45,477. Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense Dodgers’ hot-hitting Corey Seager leaves game with back injury Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’ “I still felt confident that Joe right there can go out and execute pitches,” Roberts said. “But it just didn’t work out. We’re going to need him. That’s just plain and simple. So we’ve got to figure out a way to … mechanical, emotional, mental, just kind of tap into something and get him untracked.”It spoiled Ryu’s six-inning, one-run performance, one in which he had struck out Trout twice.“Ryu was nasty,” Trout said. “He threw me some nasty pitches. In three at-bats, he threw me three different sliders. That’s why he’s pitching good. He’s got good stuff.”Ryu gave up a homer to Kole Calhoun in the second, which snapped his streak of 56-2/3 innings since he last allowed a homer on April 26. Calhoun has hit seven of his 14 homers this season against lefties, tying him with Cody Bellinger and Christian Yelich for the most homers by left-handed hitters against left-handed pitchers this season.In the fifth, the Angels had runners at first and third with two outs, when Ryu struck out Trout on a cutter, ending the inning. Ryu got out of another jam with a strikeout in the sixth, getting Lucroy looking to strand runners at second and third.He was pitching without much margin for error because Angels rookie Griffin Canning had also pitched a solid game, with the exception of one hiccup in the second inning.Canning allowed doubles to Corey Seager, Chris Taylor and Kiké Hernandez in the second inning. Hernandez’s double barely eluded diving left fielder Cesar Puello.Related Articles That sequence gave the Dodgers a 3-0 lead, but after that Canning did not allow another run through his six innings. In the sixth, he escaped a first-and-third, no-outs mess by striking out Seager and Martin, around an Alex Verdugo popout.Canning didn’t seem to have any issues losing his composure after the three-run second, insisting he made no significant changes after that.“Just a few bad pitches that they capitalized on there,” Canning said. “They’re a really good hitting team. They get paid a lot of money to hit mistakes, so they did that. Just stayed aggressive, didn’t wanna back off and just stayed within myself.”Canning now has a 3.65 ERA after his first eight big league starts, none of the previous seven against a team as good as the Dodgers.“He was outstanding,” Angels manager Brad Ausmus said. “He continues to be unintimidated by big league lineups, including a very good Dodger lineup. He dug himself out of a little bit of a hole there in the sixth. If he doesn’t dig out there, I don’t know what happens in that game. I’m not sure we win it.” “There was really no great matchup vs. Trout, but getting ahead of him, I still felt like we were gonna get him,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.Trout, who often gets walked – intentionally or semi-intentionally – with the game on the line, said he was happy to get another chance after striking out to strand two runners in the fifth.“I always want to hit,” Trout said. “It doesn’t matter the situation. In big moments you want to be in the box. I got an opportunity tonight. I got a couple actually. One was early in the game. They matter too. Then I got another in the seventh and I hit a homer.”Struggling righty Joe Kelly got the ball in the eighth. He walked pinch-hitter Shohei Ohtani to lead off the inning. An out later, Kelly made an errant pickoff throw that sent Ohtani to second. After an intentional walk to Brian Goodwin, Kelly uncorked a wild pitch to move up both runners.Jonathan Lucroy walked to load the bases, and Wilfredo Tovar hit a bouncer to third baseman Max Muncy, whose throw home was high. Ohtani slapped his hand on the plate a split-second before catcher Russell Martin’s foot came down.Kelly then threw another wild pitch to push home an insurance run. He finally escaped, but not before watching his ERA rise to 7.59.Related Articles Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching Angels manager Joe Maddon questions defensive metrics that rate Mike Trout poorly Angels fail to take series in Oakland, lose in 10 innings Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Police investigating Monday night fire in Fort St. John

first_imgPhoto: This Quonset Hut was destroyed after a fire ripped through the building on Monday night – file photo by Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.caThe Fort St. John RCMP detachment has confirmed that several items were stolen, prior to a fire that destroyed a building on 100th Street, on Monday night.On November 2nd, local fire crews and police officers attended a fire at the Albright Sandblasting & Steaming storage shop on 100th Street south.- Advertisement -Upon further investigation, police discovered that a large air compressor, a ‘Mig’ welder, and a red 2008 EI-Dee 16 foot river boat on an EZ load trailer were taken from the building sometime before the fire started.Constable Veysey says the RCMP continue to investigate the incident.[asset|aid=2093|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=b2c4aaffb6f3fdbceb6df93a78bd2956-Veysey 1_3_Pub.mp3]Officers have no suspects in connection to the stolen items.Advertisement Albright Sandblasting & Steaming owner Bonnie Goodvin says she feels violated after the turn of events.[asset|aid=2094|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=b2c4aaffb6f3fdbceb6df93a78bd2956-Bonnie Toodsin 1_1_Pub.mp3]Two steam trucks were destroyed in the fire, along with the storage building and other materials.On top of the devastation and the thefts, Goodvin says she may not receive an insurance settlement because the shop was not included in the company’s policy.Advertisement [asset|aid=2095|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=b2c4aaffb6f3fdbceb6df93a78bd2956-Bonnie Toodsin 2_1_Pub.mp3]Now, she says a sub-contractor will be hired, until the company gets back on its feet.Anyone with information relating to the thefts or the fire is asked to call the Fort St. John RCMP detachment at 250-787-8140.last_img read more

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Rashford: From Pogba’s apprentice to stardom

first_imgManchester United Rashford’s rise from training with Pogba as a 12-year-old to teenage phenomenon Kris Voakes Man Utd Correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 19:00 9/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(8) Marcus Rashford Manchester United Leicester City Premier League Getty Manchester United Marcus Rashford Premier League The wonderkid always had the temperament for the big time and has the backing of United greats such as Ruud van Nistelrooy, Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole SPECIAL REPORT To the world watching outside, Marcus Rashford’s Europa League brace against Midtjylland in February 2016 was the beginning of the teenager’s mesmeric rise. Having since become a regular for Manchester United and England, the 19-year-old has a story often spoken of as having its origins in that cold evening at Old Trafford, when Anthony Martial’s hamstring tightened during the warm-up shortly before kick-off.Rashford 4/1 to score last at StokeBut to those who had seen Rashford prior to that statement performance, it didn’t come entirely as a surprise. A local Wythenshawe product and one-time member of the same Fletcher Moss Rangers youth team as the likes of Danny Welbeck and Wes Brown, he quickly became regarded as one to watch during his early years and was first invited to join United’s youth scheme at just eight years of age. Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina “He joined us aged eight, and he’d been playing in the street with his mates, playing constantly,” former United under-18s manager Paul McGuinness explained to the Manchester Evening News. “He carried on, even though he was at United. We didn’t stop him!”He’d play with Jesse Lingard, Paul Pogba, Ravel Morrison [seniors by a full five years], it was 13-a-side and looked like a scramble, so you had to have the quick-witted skills and the techniques to survive. You had the future world’s most expensive footballer playing with you when you were 12, doing tricks, flicking it over heads, one-twos, drag-backs, the things he does now.”Marcus was a privileged spectator, right next to Pogba on the pitch, learning by osmosis.”Marcus Rashford Manchester United quoteRashford’s temperament, just as today, was something that really stood out for many who followed and aided his progress.”Marcus is such a confident young man who has taken everything that we try to teach the boys and girls here and put it on the greatest stage in the world,” David Horrocks, the academy development officer at Fletcher Moss, told BBC Sport.”You can never have a crystal ball but as far as Marcus is concerned, yes — you can see things, especially when he scores 12 goals in a 20-goal game. Marcus was a very shy kid, nothing flamboyant about him, not cocky or anything like that. He was just a lovely kid.”It was a foreshadowing of what was to come that in 2013-14 he was fast-tracked into the United under-18s side under McGuinness despite still being eligible for the U16 team. To begin with he found himself playing on the wing or in wide forward positions, with McGuinness keen to make the most of his ability in the channels.He continued to build his reputation by starring for the under-19s during their truncated UEFA Youth League involvement in 2015-16, scoring twice in a particularly impressive 3-0 victory away to PSV Eindhoven to open the group campaign. Only destiny would ensure that it wouldn’t be his most notable impact on the European stage that season.But at the beginning of 2016, a first-team call looked to be the last thing on the cards for Rashford. Wayne Rooney had rediscovered his scoring touch, netting seven goals in seven games to begin the calendar year, while Anthony Martial was making a real statement in his first season at the club. Elsewhere, Will Keane had been recalled from a loan spell at Preston to add to the striker stocks, scoring 10 goals in his first six appearances back in the under-21s.While all this was happening Rashford’s form was somewhat hit and miss. Although he was beginning to find himself called into the reserve ranks due to the depleted numbers being run up by manager Louis van Gaal, he found the net only three times — once from the penalty spot — in 15 matches during the three months prior to his first-team debut.Marcus Rashford Manchester UnitedBut then an injury crisis struck, with Rooney playing on to the end of a 2-1 loss at Sunderland with a knee injury and then Keane damaging his groin moments into a substitute appearance in the FA Cup win at Shrewsbury.The injuries meant Rashford was making his way up the system all of a sudden, and he was named on the bench for the home leg of the Europa League tie against Midtjylland just 10 days after making his first-ever start at reserve-team level in a narrow win over Reading. His sole 90-minute appearance in Warren Joyce’s reserve side came as a No. 10 the Saturday before his surprise first-team bow against Midtjylland, and United great Lou Macari remembers that the second-string derby outing didn’t exactly go to plan for the young front man.”This is a kid who wasn’t a regular in the reserves and I remember the week before he made his debut here he had a bit of a stinker in the game I did for MUTV,” he explains. “So when he came in and scored the goals [against Midtjylland] I was thinking, ‘Is it one of those flashes in the pan?'”Marcus Rashford Manchester United quotesSpeaking to Goal, treble-winning United striker Dwight Yorke explains that it can often be when you least expect an opportunity that the chance to shine comes along.”Sometimes you just look for a little break and even though you think that you might not have a look-in you come up to the first team and suddenly you’ve got another level to go to,” says Yorke.”Rashford has done that, and I think he’s a quality player. I have no doubt that he will be a fantastic player for us and he’ll probably go on to break a number of records because he’s got the attributes. He’s got the pace, he’s got the desire. I saw him training in the gym two weeks before the pre-season tour, and that tells me that he’s got the right attitude.”Marcus Rashford Manchester United FC Midtjylland Europa LeagueAndy Cole tells Goal that Rashford’s response to United’s need to fast-track him in is an example for any young footballer to follow.”I don’t think anything was expected of him. We’ve got to be very honest here, he was chucked in at the deep end when the injury crisis up front was such that there was no one else to go with,” says the former goal-getter. “But the way he’s addressed it is absolutely fantastic, he’s been a revelation. I think any young players, especially at Manchester United, will look at that and say ‘If I get an opportunity I’d like to take it just like him’.”Another prolific United front-man, Ruud van Nistelrooy, adds that such a quick accession into an otherwise-faltering squad makes his progress over the last 18 months even more remarkable.”He’s done spectacularly well, Rashford, as a young lad coming in to a team that didn’t score that many goals,” he explains to Goal. “He’s done brilliantly, so I think the development he’s gone through means he will only get better now.”It was his ability to take everything in his stride that made Rashford such an overnight success, and that same temperament and humility is something which shines through to many ex-United stars. To former midfielder and now the head of United’s academy Nicky Butt, it is a principle by which all the club’s players should be measured.Marcus Rashford Manchester UnitedAs he explained at the club’s Player of the Year ceremony in May 2017: “I was sat down earlier and I saw Axel Tuanzebe, I saw Marcus, I saw Jesse, I saw Paul Pogba all walk past and shake some staff members’ hands, all the people that were at the school with them.”And that’s the most important thing for me, that they are good people. Because it’s really easy to get good players to come to Man Utd because it’s the biggest club in the world, all the best players want to come here. But when you get good boys like this who look after you and they’re still good human beings, I think that’s the most important thing.”Since his breakthrough there has been huge debate as to where Rashford should be played. Despite playing all across the front line during his youth-team days, many have claimed he is being misused as a wide player by manager Jose Mourinho. But Cole believes that he will only become a better player due to such versatility.”What’s Marcus, 19? He’s nowhere near the peak of his powers now, I think we all know that and appreciate that. Just to watch him improve week-in, week-out, and just to watch him learn off the other boys, I think he will get his opportunity at centre forward when the time is right, but to learn a little bit off the left and every now and then he might come off the right, I think that adds strings to your bow.”Yorke, who himself broke through as a more versatile forward with Aston Villa, concurs.Marcus Rashford Manchester United Dwight Yorke quote“That’s the thing, we all started at some stage when we came into these big occasions and he’s blossomed in his own right. People tend to forget that he’s still only 19 years of age, and he will learn.”He probably ideally wants to play centre forward but we all started off at left wing or right wing and you kind of develop your trade and you learn from that. Eventually he will no doubt be the number one striker at Manchester United Football Club for a number of years to come.”He’s come from a humble background and he appreciates where he is and understands clearly that this is just the beginning. With all the hype he just needs to continue to work and keep his feet on the ground, and continue to produce the goods like he has been doing.”The humble boy from Wythenshawe has become one of the most raved-about figures in English football. But the lad who tested his technique against much older stars, then took his chance when he least expected it, has the backing of everyone at Manchester United to go on and become a true great.last_img read more

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Farmers to Learn about Climate-Smart Agricultural Practices

first_img Some 5,000 farmers from the parishes of St. Thomas, St. Mary and Portland are to benefit from a €400,000 (J$5.6-million) project, aimed at increasing their capacity to implement climate-smart agricultural practices. He was speaking to JIS News during the National Conference on ‘Accelerating the Application of Climate-smart Agriculture Innovations and/or Technologies’, at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston on March 25.Mr. Thompson said while the bulk of the island’s production is from the parishes of St. Elizabeth, Manchester and Trelawny, the targeted parishes have also contributed significantly to the sector.“When we look at the three regions, St. Mary to a lesser extent, we see the state of degradation in those parishes – slash and burn, malpractices on the steep hillsides and continuous bush fires during periods of drought. We need to educate farmers that bush fires should not be used as a means of clearing land for production, because you destroy the biological agents in the soil that help in the building of the soil for it to be more fertile,” he said.Mr. Thompson encouraged farmers to utilise methods such as contour cropping, and barrier farming, which will serve as a protector to soil movement.Mr. Thompson noted that climate change is threatening the food security in the country, and so farmers need to be properly educated to address the issues.“What we are trying to do is to educate the farmers on how to be more resilient, so we take into consideration their knowledge and how to go forward with that knowledge in terms of implementing strategies,” he said.Meanwhile, Senior Director, Adaptation, Climate Change Division, Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Le-Anne Roper, said the programme is building the capacity of the farmers.“The farmers will also be trained to better use information and communication technology and to innovate in their practices,” she said.Climate-smart agriculture has been developed as an approach to attain ‘triple wins’ in agriculture, through increased agricultural productivity, adaptation (supporting crops and livestock to grow in changing climatic conditions) and mitigation (reducing greenhouse gas emissions where possible). The project is being funded by the Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (CTA), based in the Netherlands. Dubbed, ‘Accelerating the Uptake of Climate-smart Agriculture in Jamaica’, the project is to strengthen the resilience to climate extremes and improve agricultural productivity and incomes of smallholder farmers in Jamaica through the promotion of widespread adoption of climate-smart agriculture (CSA) practices that are most aligned with national policy priorities.center_img Some 5,000 farmers from the parishes of St. Thomas, St. Mary and Portland are to benefit from a €400,000 (J$5.6-million) project, aimed at increasing their capacity to implement climate-smart agricultural practices.Dubbed, ‘Accelerating the Uptake of Climate-smart Agriculture in Jamaica’, the project is to strengthen the resilience to climate extremes and improve agricultural productivity and incomes of smallholder farmers in Jamaica through the promotion of widespread adoption of climate-smart agriculture (CSA) practices that are most aligned with national policy priorities.The project is being funded by the Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (CTA), based in the Netherlands.Chief Executive Officer, Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), Peter Thompson said increased adoption of climate-smart agricultural practices in those parishes is critical and will guide farmers in using best practices for farming.Chief Executive Officer, Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), Peter Thompson (left), listens keenly to Senior Director, Technology, Training and Technical Information, RADA, Winston Shaw, during the National Conference on ‘Accelerating the Application of Climate-smart Agriculture Innovations and/or Technologies’, at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston, on March 25. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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