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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Trump Administration this week released a list of 24 trade practices, including Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL), that trade negotiators should prioritize in future negotiations. National Farmers Union (NFU) is urging the administration to keep COOL on the list, and to ensure a reinstatement of COOL would be allowable under any renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).“For thirty years, NFU has championed Country-of-Origin Labeling, and we strongly believe the issue is important to American producers and consumers alike,” said Roger Johnson, NFU president. “American producers raise the best beef and pork in the world, and they believe consumers should be able to know where the meat at the grocery store came from. The President should stick up for American consumers and producers by ensuring COOL is a priority for his administration’s trade negotiations.”Mandatory COOL, first passed in 2002 and then again in 2008, required that muscle cuts of meat and some vegetables, nuts and fruits sold at retail must contain a label informing consumers about the country where the product was sourced. A May 2013 opinion poll showed more than 90% of consumers supported the law.“COOL provided consumers with information they care about, and it allowed American family farmers and ranchers to differentiate their product,” Johnson said.The COOL law was repealed by Congress in December 2015 after a lengthy World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute with Canada and Mexico and pressure from multinational meatpackers. Faced with either making the law compliant by switching it to a voluntary system, paying more than $1 billion in retaliatory tariffs, or repealing the law, Congress chose to repeal the law. And when doing so, they even removed COOL labels from meats like ground beef and ground pork that were never at issue with the WTO.“The U.S. Congress kowtowed to threats from an international tribunal and foreign governments, even as one of those foreign governments maintained a country-of-origin labeling system in their own country,” Johnson said. “The current administration has an opportunity to right an important consumer right to know and serious sovereignty issue here, and that is the ability of foreign governments or institutions to dictate the laws of our land.”The administration’s priority list came just days after Brazil’s largest food-processing giants JBS and BRF were raided by government authorities for allowing rotten meat to be distributed in Brazil and exported to Europe.“Without Country-of-Origin Labeling, cases such as this Brazilian rotten meat scandal can affect consumer confidence in the entire beef industry, harming American producers’ bottom line,” Johnson said. “American consumers prefer meat from the U.S., and they used and preferred COOL to draw inferences related to a food product’s safety, taste and freshness. We’re hopeful Trump stands with American consumers, family farmers and ranchers, and negotiates a path forward for Country-of-Origin Labeling in the U.S.”
Ronjan Sodhi disappointed the large Indian gathering at the Royal Artillery Barracks as he succumbed under pressure and shot a 134/150 to finish 11th in the double trap event on Thursday.On a day when the elements had a say, with the light conditions changing, a strong breeze blowing across from the left and crowds cheering loudly, Ronjan began superbly by busting 48 out of the 50 orange targets.People had already begun speculating if he would be shooting in the final at 3 pm local time. However, in the eventual analysis, Ronjan’s inability to make the final was more than the proverbial miss by a whisker.As one who shoots with a cool head and does not let pressure affect him, Ronjan fumbled repeatedly on Thursday when he was on the first shooting station.”I don’t know what went wrong on station one as I repeatedly missing from there,” said Ronjan.With Britain’s Richard Faulds also shooting in the same group as Ronjan, the crowds were vocal. Shooting range etiquette demands that when the action is on, there is silence.Perhaps, in the name of cheering the local man, the Britons were a bit too loud. Despite the big ear plug, Ronjan was getting distracted.But the worst came from him in the third series where he slumped and shot a mere 42 out of 50. Had Ronjan been able to shoot two points more, he would have aggregated 136 and made the final.What was distressing on Thursday was how Ronjan dropped a double on the 23rd series. After that he again missed two singles and was done in.advertisementFrom sports minister Ajay Maken to former international shooter and Indian Olympic Association (IOA) secretary general Randhir Singh, everyone was disappointed.What was baffling on this day was how on eight occasions in the first station at the A, B and C ranges, Ronjan bungled. It’s a jinx which he alone can explain.Trap shooter Manavjit Sandhu was also watching the event from the sidelines. “This is a sport and it boils down to what happens on that day. I think Ronjan missing birds repeatedly on the first station was an indicator something was amiss,” said Manavjit.Manavjit will be shooting the trap event on August 5 and 6.Speaking to Mail Today, Ronjan’s personal coach Moraad Ali Khan said: “It was a day when Ronjan began well. But once you start missing targets, there is little you can do.”Moraad also said that as it was Ronjan’s first Olympics, the pressure was understandable.In the rapid fire event, where half course was completed, Vijay Kumar shot 293/300 and was placed fifth. The remainder 30 shots and the final will be held on Friday.
Steven Davis pushing to leave Southampton for Rangers returnby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSteven Davis is set to leave Southampton for a return to Rangers.Davis is in the final six months of his contract and Steven Gerrard is keen to bring him back to Ibrox, says the Daily Mail. Gers will try to sign him for a small compensation fee this month.The 33-year-old, who has started just two times this season, is understood to be keen on the idea of returning to Ibrox to gain more regular playing time. The experienced Northern Ireland international is a firm favourite with the Rangers fans having made over 140 appearances for the club during a four-year spell between 2008-12. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Nation to NationAs the scandal involving the Prime Minister’s Office and former justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould continues to grow by the day, everything that led up to it erupting last week is now getting a closer look.That includes Wilson-Raybould’s involvement in the failed Indigenous rights framework that fell apart late last year.Or more so, her apparent lack of involvement in what was supposed to be a game-changer for First Nations and the dismantling of the Indian Act.“I feel the Prime Minister’s Office held (Wilson-Raybould) back on this work,” said Chief Judy Wilson of the Neskonlith Indian Band in British Columbia. “We were dealing mostly with Minister (Carolyn) Bennett who, as you know, rolled it out very terribly.”Allegations surfaced last week that the PMO pressured Wilson-Raybould to intervene in a criminal case involving SNC-Lavalin. The Globe and Mail newspaper suggested in its report this was the reason why she surprisingly demoted from justice minister to veterans affairs last month.Wilson-Raybould resigned earlier this week from her role as minister of veterans affairs.It’s a scandal that doesn’t appear to be going away.As for work Wilson-Raybould was doing as justice minister, chiefs in B.C. couldn’t understand why she wasn’t more involved in developing the framework. Rather, Bennett, as minister of Crown-Indigenous relations, took the lead.“I think she was more or less sidelined in that work,” said Wilson on Nation to Nation Thursday. “We couldn’t understand why those two ministers weren’t working better together.”The framework was promised exactly a year ago on Feb. 14 when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stood in the House of Commons delivering a speech that came with big promises. One of those included tabling legislation by last December.It never happened as chiefs and Indigenous leaders pushed back against the process saying it was flawed from the get-go and never seemed to get any better.Now the government is rolling the framework out in pieces, including the Indigenous Languages Act that was tabled earlier this month and the proposed Indigenous child welfare bill that still hasn’t reached the House of Commons.“We have serious work before us with child and family legislation and language. This takes away from that work,” said Wilson.Grand Chief Joel Abram of the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians said a draft of the child welfare legislation is weak.It doesn’t respect First Nation jurisdiction or the need for proper funding in order for nations to take back control of child welfare.In fact, the government is proposing First Nations or groups interested in controlling child welfare first have to make a deal with the federal government and another with provinces.“It’s not true recognition of First Nation authority if you require ministerial agreements with the province or the feds,” said Abram.Trudeau promised to table the legislation by the last week of January but as of Thursday there is still no word on when, or if it will.N2N@aptn.ca
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for the B.C. Peace and Pine Pass.The watch says that conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that could produce strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain. The forecast says Fort St. John could receive 10 to 15 mm or rain.See the full warning below. 10:59 AM PDT Friday 28 June 2019Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for:B.C. North Peace RiverB.C. South Peace RiverConditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.10:59 AM PDT Friday 28 June 2019Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for: Highway 97 – Pine PassConditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions. Road conditions are available at www.drivebc.ca.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.
Though it was the final home game for senior center Jantel Lavender, the biggest ovation of the afternoon might have been for Sarah Schulze. The 80-47 win against Wisconsin on Sunday was the senior forward’s second appearance since Ohio State’s Jan. 16 matchup against Michigan State, when she tore a medial collateral ligament (MCL), meniscus and an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her right knee. At the time, some feared her season — and her career at OSU — might be over. “They gave me the option to play,” Schulze said in the postgame press conference Sunday. “I can never get this back, so even though I’m not 100 percent now, I can still get in and bang a little. It’s totally worth it.” Schulze and Lavender were honored before the game alongside senior teammates, guard Alison Jackson and guard Brittany Johnson. Lavender had to wipe away tears as she embraced her teammates. For Schulze, her first home game since the injury was equally as emotional. “I’m just happy I’m playing and just having a second chance to actually be on the court,” she said. “I was just soaking up today.” After Schulze hit a three from the top of the key with 8:07 left in the first half, the Schottenstein Center crowd gave her an extended ovation. It was her only field goal of the game, and her only points since her injury. Schulze committed three fouls and didn’t attempt a shot in the Buckeyes’ 76-74 victory at Purdue on Feb. 20. She started in 17 games before the injury. In her absence, coach Jim Foster inserted freshman forward Ashley Adams, who has been a mainstay ever since. “With the timing of Sarah’s injury, whether or not Ashley was ready, she was thrown in there,” Foster said in the postgame press conference Sunday. “How she’s progressed on the floor has been a big deal.” Freshman forward Martina Ellerbe started in the first game Schulze missed, Jan. 20 at Illinois, but Adams has been in the starting lineup ever since. Adams averaged 5.9 points and 4.1 rebounds per game coming into Sunday’s game. Schulze played 13 minutes Sunday after only playing four minutes at Purdue. She said her knee injury has caused her to become a more cerebral player. “I’m not as explosive anymore, so I have to really play smarter,” she said. “Whenever I jump, I have to pay attention to how I land. It’s almost like I’m a step behind from where I used to be.” OSU (19-9, 10-6 Big Ten) will travel to the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis to play Iowa on Friday.
CHICAGO – Ohio State coach Urban Meyer took exception to coaches being allowed to recruit current Penn State football players, but would not rule out signing a player that initiated contact with him. Other Big Ten coaches do not share the same view. “I have a problem with that,” Meyer said of coaches actively recruiting PSU players. “But as a player, a young man has a right to play wherever he wants to play. We have to keep that in mind.” As part of the sanctions levied against Penn State for the child-sex abuse scandal involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky and former coach Joe Paterno, the NCAA said current PSU players are allowed to transfer to any school without penalty – even if that school is within the Big Ten. Some schools have taken a more active approach than others. Illinois had eight assistant coaches at “two establishments” in State College, Pa., Wednesday and “called individuals” to meet, Illinois coach Tim Beckman said. “We only talked to individuals that would be willing to meet with us,” Beckman said. “We did not go after them. They had the opportunity to come to us if they wanted to.” Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany met with coaches early Thursday and said he advised them to let the athletic directors handle the communication between a school and a potential transfer candidate from PSU. Delany said there was nothing illegal about Illinois sending coaches to State College, but did not necessarily endorse it. “I would hope they would take (the Thursday meeting) into consideration,” Delany said. Purdue coach Danny Hope also expressed interest in pursuing Penn State’s players. “The NCAA has established the rules and the guidelines and obviously because they’re strong from an ethics standpoint, and as long as we’re compliant, we’re going to exercise every opportunity we can to enhance our own football team,” Hope said. The Nittany Lions are faced with a four-year bowl ban and a reduction of 40 scholarships over four years. The school was also fined $60 million. Wednesday, many members of the Nittany Lions team made a joint statement and announced their intentions to stay at the school despite the sanctions. Multiple reports have said PSU junior running back Silas Redd met with USC coach Lane Kiffin about possibly transferring, but no announcement has been made. First-year Nittany Lions coach Bill O’Brien said no player has told him of his intentions to transfer and that he is not concerned about other schools recruiting his players. “I have no idea what other schools were on campus, nor do I care,” O’Brien said. “(Other schools) can do what they want as long as they tell our compliance office that they’re contacting these kids, and it is what it is.” Delany said that the Big Ten university presidents unanimously voted to allow PSU players to transfer within the Big Ten, but most coaches seem to taking a hands-off approach. Michigan’s Brady Hoke, Wisconsin’s Bret Bielema, Nebraska’s Bo Pelini and Minnesota’s Jerry Kill all had expressed views similar to Meyer and said they would not recruit PSU football players. “I made the decision as head coach that we would not reach out to any Penn State players,” Bielema said. “I think one of the things that I’ve loved about being in this conference is a genuine respect for everybody in our league that you are a Big Ten brother. “I have a group of 105 players that are reporting on Aug. 5 that I want to understand and believe that I think they can help us win another championship. And to bring someone in at this point so close to the season, I just wasn’t comfortable with it.”
Eventhough Everton is not having the greatest season Sam Allardyce believes Jordan Pickford should be England no. 1 in RussiaSam Allardyce har picked. And the one is Jordan Pickford.The Everton keeper played against Holland in a friendly and the Everton boss wants his guy to be the England no. 1 when Three Lions play in the World Cup:Allardyce tells Arsenal to stop ‘messing around’ & pay for Zaha Andrew Smyth – July 25, 2019 Sam Allardyce has told Arsenal to “messing around” and pay up the £80m Crystal Palace are asking for Wilfried Zaha.““He’s given Gareth a lot to think about with his performance the other night and his performances for us. People go on about him conceding a lot of goals for Everton but that is not the statistic you look at. You look at the saves he makes. He’s been far too busy on too many occasions for us but we have managed to reduce that during my time here from over two goals per game to 1.2 per game. He’s there when needed, he’s always been there when needed. All players make mistakes but his are few and far between, ” he said according to The Guardian.Pickford has to compete with Joe Hart, Nick Pope and Jack Butland.
Australian central midfielder Josip Skoko believes Australia have shown they are last-16 contenders and they are worthy to have more than a point from their opening two World Cup games.The Socceroos played out a 1-1 draw with Denmark after opening their Group C campaign with an unfortunate 2-1 loss to France.“They did really well. They set up tactically very well, they were quite close to each other, tight, didn’t give the Danes too many chances,” he told Omnisport via FourFourTwo.“And just when I thought they weren’t going to take it to the Danes, they did, and maybe the goal helped in that.An Aussie is living the “European dream” Manuel R. Medina – June 19, 2019 Defender George Timotheou is playing with Schalke in the German Bundesliga after he couldn’t appear even once in the Australian League.“I don’t really like when the Aussies sit back too much and just play tactically, I like them to come out and really have a crack and they did that when they needed to. They came out, they attacked and they created a lot of chances, which full credit to them, they really should’ve got the result, should’ve got the three points.“They outplayed them in the end and deserved more. I really like the fact that they looked confident, it wasn’t a nervous performance, it was a solid, controlled performance and one that says Australia is on the stage should be there and it’s a proper, proper contender to get through to the next round.”Skoko made 51 appearances for the Socceroos throughout his career.