USDA Pulls Electronic Animal ID Mandate

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Todd NeeleyDTN Staff ReporterOMAHA (DTN) — USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has withdrawn a policy to require the use of radio frequency identification, or RFID, of animals in interstate commerce. But a number of ranchers and a national cattle group have yet to withdraw a lawsuit they filed against APHIS last month challenging the policy.The ranchers, led by the Ranchers Cattlemen Action Legal Fund United Stockgrowers of America, or R-CALF USA, alleged in an Oct. 4 lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming, that a USDA plan on RFID “unlawfully mandates” the technology in ear tags and other technology for livestock.Though APHIS said in an Oct. 25 statement that a factsheet posted to its website is “no longer representative of current agency policy,” court records show the lawsuit has not been dropped.Harriet Hageman, a senior litigation counsel at the New Civil Liberties Alliance in Washington, D.C., told DTN, “APHIS has currently withdrawn the April 2019 factsheet. We are evaluating that decision.”APHIS said it reconsidered the proposal in light of recent executive orders coming from President Donald Trump highlighting the need for “transparency and communication on the issues set forth in the factsheet before placing any new requirements on American farmers and ranchers.”Before the APHIS guidance document was posted, Trump had issued two executive orders designed to prevent federal agencies from using guidance documents to impose legal requirements without following a rulemaking procedure.The agency said it continues to believe RFID technology is important for animal agriculture.“We continue to believe that RFID devices will provide the cattle industry with the best protection against the rapid spread of animal diseases, as well as meet the growing expectations of foreign and domestic buyers,” APHIS said in the statement.The agency said it would “encourage the use of radio frequency identification devices through financial incentives” based on feedback from the industry.In an Oct. 23 R-CALF news release, Hageman said the group was hopeful APHIS was acknowledging the “strength of our lawsuit” in dropping the proposal.The lawsuit alleges the APHIS plan “quickly phases out the use of other types of animal identification, including those methods specifically approved by final rule issued in 2013” by Jan. 1, 2023. The 2013 rule governs the traceability of livestock moving between states. It allows branding, non-RFID ear tags, tattoos, group/lot identification numbers and back tags.The lawsuit claims USDA issued the RFID plan in April 2019 without following notice-and-comment procedures. The group also alleges USDA violated the Federal Advisory Committee Act by relying only on a hand-picked group of members who have been advocating for the use of RFID. That includes industry officials and ear tag manufacturers. R-CALF claims the latest USDA actions violate federal law that requires balanced representation on advisory committees.The lawsuit claims farmers and ranchers could face economic harm as a result of the agency’s actions. USDA has asserted it has the authority to penalize livestock producers not following the 2019 requirement.The 2013 rule came about as a result of concerns about the spread of disease among livestock.Read the APHIS statement here:…Todd Neeley can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @toddneeleyDTN(AG/SK)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

India Today investigation exposes syndicate raj in Mamata Banerjee’s Bengal

first_imgGive in or give up — that’s the blatant and “dangerous” message of the ‘syndicate raj’ thriving under the Mamata Banerjee government. Patronised by Trinamool Congress councillors and members and government officials, these syndicates have spread their tentacles from real estate to Durga Puja. These groups control sale of land, construction and building material and if the buyer seeks legit means, the syndicates make sure he succumbs to their demands.An India Today TV investigation in Trinamool’s bastion revealed the shocking connivance of the party and government officials with notorious syndicates. A councillor, husband of another councillor, a TMC member, an official and a syndicate operative were caught right on camera mentioning how the whole system works, ‘protection money’ that must be coughed up and the use of pressure tactics.”If you protest, it will lead to a bigger problem and vandalism. They are very dangerous people. Their boss is a very big leader of West Bengal. He might become an MLA. He will have everything vandalised. Lockdown or shell out Rs 10 lakh,” Soumen Banerjee, husband of Bidhannagar TMC councillor Swati Banerjee, blatantly mentions the ‘muscle power’ of syndicates when an India Today TV undercover reporter posing as a businessman approaches him regarding opening a ‘restaurant’ and asks why doesn’t the police intervene?Banerjee was caught on camera along with a syndicate operative named Rana Basu demanding more than Rs4 lakh from the reporter. “I told you that you have to pay up only once. He (Rana) will conduct Durga Puja in some other ward, not mine. Just see to it. That’s it. Give him Rs 25,000 and close this discussion,” he says.advertisement “Tell him [the reporter] how much you want for yourself?” Basu turned to the reporter for Banerjee’s share. “You give Rs25,000 to him and pay me four (Rs4 lakh),” Banerjee promptly replies. When the reporter seeks to speak directly to Swati, Banerjee says, “What will she do? You spoke to me. That’s equally good.”More than Rs4 lakh as extortion to start a restaurant! That is how syndicates are thriving in the state-their diktat is pay up or suffer. “They will lock everything down and demand Rs5-Rs10 lakh. The work won’t resume (if you don’t pay up),” says Banerjee hinting at the ‘law of the jungle’ in the ‘syndicate raj’.Basu’s comment corroborates Banerjee’s statement when he mentions how he has threatened a man who started construction in his area without donating to his club. “I have come to know that roofing is being done at a construction site in my area. When I told him clearly that my club hasn’t got any donation and I will stop the construction, he started pleading and said that would consider it (the demand). Everything will be visible when I fix him up.”The malaise is widespread with TMC worker Sushanto Das boasting how “the party is all ours. All leaders are with us”. A close aide of North Dum Dum’s TMC councillor Bidhan Biswas, a threatening Das says, “If someone buys land via others, we will cause ruckus.” Das openly admits being a TMC member. Boasting his syndicate’s stranglehold on North Dum Dum, he says, “This is our area. We manage everything-from the chairman, councillors to building plans. You don’t have to worry about anything,” when asked if our reporter buys land via him and a third persons steps in later.Das first introduces our reporter to his immediate boss Sujoy Das, who in turn takes our reporter to the office of Biswas, a wealthy TMC leader sporting flashy gold rings and bracelets. His room is bedecked with colourful balloons and his images with Bollywood stars.Our reporter explains his fictitious plans to buy a plot for a restaurant and asks for guarantee of no disturbance. “There won’t be any disturbance. That’s what we are here for. You check the land papers. We’ll handle any disruption. No one will bother you. We will give whatever is required,” pat comes Biswas’ reply.If the ‘deal’ is sealed, Sujoy ensures his share of profit by selling building material and overseeing construction. “Tell him [the reporter] that all construction work should be outsourced to us. That’s our profit. We will profit only if we supply the material.I can get 200 in five minutes by making one phone call,” he says. These syndicates don’t operate out of some underground dens, but brazenly with official connivance. Harendra Singh, chairman, Dum Dum Municipality, insists that our reporter buys building material from syndicates when he says he wants to reconstruct the first floor of a restaurant that was shut down.advertisement”Local youths (syndicates) would insist that you buy building material like sand and bricks from them. There won’t be any problem. Just assign the job to them,” says Singh.When he is asked why such syndicates are allowed in the first place, Singh shoots back. “Why should we stop them? What will they eat? You ask us to stop them. You just want to earn alone? What about that jobless man who wants to earn two paisas from you. Local men are jobless because of high population. It’s a small city and everyone is doing something. That’s why they are involved in such jobs. They have chosen this as their livelihood.”Congratulating India Today TV for exposing the ‘syndicate raj’, Bengal Bharatiya Janata Party V-P Chandra Kumar Bose said, “Syndicates existed in Bengal earlier as well, but in the unorganised sector. Now, they are in the organised sector. I had given credit to Mamata Banerjee for being Chief Minister of a syndicate raj, not of West Bengal.”Mention how even TMC leaders are not even spared by syndicates, Bose said, “My cousin Sugata Bose, who is a TMC MP from Jadavpur constituency, was attacked. My aunt Krishna Bose, who is 90 years old, was attacked. Her family was threatened and was told that they could not repair their house unless they bought building material from the syndicate. TMC leaders are accepting [on camera] that there is syndicate raj.”CPI leader Dinesh Varshney said that if a corporator is asking a person how much money could he offer, it clearly shows it is by force. Anything which is done by force had political patronage.”Political analyst Somnath Singha Roy dismissed the whole expose as an attempt to “malign the TMC and put Mamata down”.”People shown [in India Today TV investigation] are not TMC leaders. Real estate brokers are everywhere in the world. What is new in this? What is the harm if some youths are supplying sand and bricks?” he shot back.READ | India Today investigation exposes syndicate raj in Mamata’s West Bengallast_img read more

Kane in doubt for Man Utd clash – Pochettino

first_imgHarry Kane Spurs star Kane in doubt for Man United clash – Pochettino Sacha Pisani Last updated 2 years ago 10:06 10/26/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) HarryKane-cropped Getty Images Harry Kane Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur Manchester United Premier League Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United Tottenham Hotspur West Ham United League Cup The Tottenham boss played it coy when asked if his star striker will face the Red Devils this weekend Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino revealed star Harry Kane is no certainty to face Manchester United on Saturday after missing the Carabao Cup midweek.Kane, 24, sat out Tottenham’s shock 3-2 loss to West Ham on Wednesday, having spearheaded Spurs against Real Madrid and Liverpool.Spurs 12/5 to beat United with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Premier League’s leading scorer – in pursuit of a third consecutive Golden Boot – was seemingly rested, though it appears there could have been more to Kane’s absence at Wembley ahead of Tottenham’s blockbuster trip to Old Trafford.”We’ll see, we’ll see,” Pochettino told beIN Sports when asked if Kane would face United after Spurs surrendered a 2-0 half-time lead against West Ham.”We need to assess the team because we were forced to rotate for different reasons and we’ll see what happens in the next few days.”Tottenham and United are level on 20 points after nine matches, five adrift of leaders Manchester City, though Jose Mourinho’s men are second on goal difference.Kane continues to lead the way for Tottenham this season with eight Premier League goals and 11 in his past eight matches in all competitions, having netted a brace in the 4-1 rout of Liverpool last week.last_img read more

10 days agoMan Utd ponder Jan bid for Ajax ace Donny van de Beek

first_imgMan Utd ponder Jan bid for Ajax ace Donny van de Beekby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are looking at signing Donny van de Beek in January.The Ajax star was close to joining Real Madrid this past summer.Inter Milan and Tottenham Hotspur have also shown an interest in the 22-year-old, who was part of Ajax’s run to the Champions League semi-final last season.Reports in Italy claim United want to bolster their options in midfield by bringing in the Dutchman.United, on nine points, have made their worst start to a league campaign in 30 years. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Sesame Street Theme Songs And Hollywood Movie Royalties For Sale In Charity

first_imgRoyalty Exchange, the world’s first online marketplace for royalties, is offering a rare chance to buy a stake in music and screenwriter royalties from several popular Sesame Street shows and hit Hollywood movies.Most notable are the theme songs for Sesame Street favorites “Elmo’s World” and “Abby’s Flying Fairy School.” Also included are screenwriter residuals for Steven Spielberg produced movies “An American Tail” and “Land Before Time.”These and more than 375 other musical works from the iconic children’s TV series are also included in this catalog, which will be sold in a live auction on The winner will own the royalties to these works and all future royalty income generated by them.That means any time they air on TV or online, or if someone buys the DVD or CD, or streams the songs online, the buyer earns royalties. Not to mention the bragging rights involved in owning a piece of television history.Royalty Exchange is making this catalog available on behalf of the estate of Tony Geiss, the legendary Sesame Street songwriter/screenwriter behind the catalog for sale. Both Tony and his wife Phyllis wanted to gift these royalties to a select group of charities after his passing.Royalty Exchange was selected for its access to over 17,000 investors interested in royalty assets and its ability to produce the best possible results for rightsholders.“We’re honored to play a small role in helping honor Tony’s wishes,” said Royalty Exchange CEO Matthew Smith. “Competition and transparency will ensure these worthwhile causes get the most out of his talent and generosity.”The organizations benefitting from the sale are: • New York Public Library • Doctors Without Borders • Citi Harvest • American Cancer Society • National Foundation for Cancer Research • Wildlife Conservation Society • Central Park Conservancy • The Nature Conservancy • Audubon Society • National Parks Conservation AssociationThe listing is live on Royalty Exchange now. Bidding will begin at $430,000. Once there is an opening bid, the auction will begin. Investors interested in receiving these royalties can view more details and register to bid at read more

Buckeye baseball takes two of three over Minnesota finishes fourth in Big

Ronnie Dawson (4) touches home plate following a home run during OSU’s 12-1 win over Hofstra on March 18 at Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Giustino Bovenzi | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State baseball team continued its push for the postseason this weekend with a road-series win over No. 24 Minnesota in Minneapolis at Siebert Field. Coach Greg Beals had his squad arguably playing its best baseball of the season coming into the weekend, and the Buckeyes needed to build upon their home sweep of Michigan from the previous weekend.Game 1Sitting tied at third in the Big Ten standings with Nebraska heading into Thursday’s action just 2.5 games back of Minnesota for the Big Ten championship, OSU had a grand opportunity for one of the largest season turnarounds in school history.Tanner Tully toed the rubber for OSU on Thursday versus the Golden Gophers sporting a 6-3 record as OSU’s No. 1 starter. After a 1-2-3 first inning, Tully struggled a bit in the second. Despite junior outfielder Troy Montgomery scoring on a wild pitch to give OSU a 1-0 lead, Minnesota hitters Austin Athman and Micah Coffey singled and doubled, respectively, off the Elkhart, Indiana, native. Athman then scored on a groundout by Minnesota junior Matt Stemper to tie the game at 1.At times this season, Tully has dealt with command issues which were evident in the 10 hits he allowed on Thursday night. However, the former freshman All-American climbed out of holes several times in his outing only allowing two runs in six innings pitched, striking out four.The Buckeyes’ offensive fortunes came in the form of wild pitches and passed balls. Scoring on a wild pitch in the second, OSU once again crossed home plate in the seventh on an errant pitch from Golden Gophers’ pitcher Matt Fielder. Sophomore Tre’ Gantt tied the game at two in the seventh for OSU, and senior infielder Troy Kuhn came through in the ninth with a two-out infield base hit to score senior Craig Nennig. Michael Horejsei pitched two hitless innings to cap off a comeback 3-2 victory.It was the type of hit that needed to happen for the Buckeyes to take a 1-0 lead in the series as they continue to claw and scrape back into the NCAA tournament picture. Kuhn’s game-winning single and Horejsei slamming the door out of the bullpen notched OSU’s seventh consecutive victory.Game 2Picking up from where he left off on Thursday night, Nennig launched a two-run shot over the fence at Siebert Field to put the Buckeyes up 2-0. The relatively quick start was something that Buckeyes had not been able to do in over a week, so the general feeling was that OSU had control of the game with senior John Havird on the mound.Havird threw five scoreless innings and was working with a 3-0 lead before the Minnesota bats woke up in the sixth.The Gophers tattooed the lefty for four runs on five hits to pull ahead 4-3. OSU was in command the entire game and was looking like the team would have a shot at at least a share of the Big Ten crown with a win on Saturday. Once Minnesota took the lead in the sixth, the team never looked back.OSU put a the leadoff man on base in the seventh and eighth innings, but the ball was simply rolling the way of the Maroon and Gold. Double plays ended any possible threat following leadoff hits, and OSU was sent down without a fight.Minnesota clinched the outright Big Ten championship after defeating the Buckeyes and an Indiana loss on Friday.Game 3In the rubber match of the pivotal Big Ten finale series, OSU sent redshirt sophomore Adam Niemeyer to the hill to do battle with Minnesota’s Toby Anderson. The Buckeyes could no longer win a share of the Big Ten, but another top-25 victory, likely, would impress the selection board for the NCAA tournament.Since his first season in Scarlet and Gray in 2011, Beals’ teams have been known to be great competitors that can be over-matched with skill but won’t back down from a challenge. On Sunday in the regular season finale, Beals’ most trusted players took center stage.Down 6-4, Kuhn led off the sixth with a double, and Montgomery soon followed with an RBI single to cut the deficit to one. Then, junior outfielder Ronnie Dawson put a charge into a fastball that he sent out of the confines of Siebert Field to knot the game 5-all. Dawson quickly rounded the bases hoping to get another at-bat.Relief pitchers Seth Kinker, Horejsei and freshman Ryan Feltner held off the potent Minnesota lineup in the 4.1 innings of work to force extra-innings with a chance to pull-off another comeback victory and steal the final Big Ten series from the conference champs.Dawson came to the plate in the tenth and delivered once again sending a towering blast over the right-center field fence to put the Buckeyes in front 6-5. Minnesota outfielders could only gaze at the white leather pierced through the win as OSU continued to gash some of college baseball’s best teams. His two home runs gives him 12 on the season and OSU leads the Big Ten with 53 home runs.On the final out of the game, Nennig charged from the shortstop position and made a remarkable play to nab the Gophers of sending the go-ahead run to the plate. Bosiokovic triumphantly fist pumped after the final putout, then Kuhn and Nennig soared for a victorious chest bump. It was the type of reaction a team expresses after vanquishing the No. 24 Gophers on their home turf and playing into consideration for a NCAA at-large bid.Dawson and the Buckeyes put on a textbook display of overcoming adversity. The Buckeyes proved to the conference and the nation that the team is ready for the big stage in Omaha, Nebraska, next week at the Big Ten Tournament.OSU earned the No. 4 seed in the tournament and will play No. 5 seed Michigan at approximately 10 p.m. ET on Wednesday. read more

Kalidou Koulibaly I am happy in Naples

first_imgNapoli in-demand defender Kalidou Koulibaly has dropped a hint over his future amid Barcelona and Manchester United transfer talkEver since his arrival from Genk back in 2014, Koulibaly has imposed himself as one of the key figures in Napoli squad, having accumulated a total of 176 appearances for the Partenopei in all competitions.Known for his physical strength and his dominance in aerial duels, the 27-year-old Senegal international has established himself as one of the most reliable defenders in the Italian Serie A.His impressive performance at the Stadio San Paolo has drawn up the attention of several notable Europe clubs, including Barcelona and Manchester United.In his recent interview with Il Corriere dello Sport, Koulibaly has explained his situation at Napoli, with Calciomercato being the one to transcribe his words.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“My caretaker keeps telling me: ‘You cry twice in Naples, when you arrive and when you leave.’ I always reply: ‘I didn’t cry when I arrived, but I will cry a lot the day that I will leave If I’ll ever leave.”“I am happy in Naples,” Koulibaly said.“Sometimes people speak badly, but they don’t know how it feels to leave here. If you don’t live here, you can’t understand.”Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has recently extended Koulibaly’s contract until 2023 and would hardly accept to sell him unless a stratospheric offer was to arrive at his desk.last_img read more