faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Make a comment Business News Top of the News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena The City of Pasadena’s Public Health Department will present a draft of the Urban Wildlife Management Plan at Blair Middle School Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 6 p.m. It is the second such meeting; the purposes are to both inform and gather public input on managing human and wildlife interactions.The draft plan gives general guidance to the public on prevention of potentially dangerous human interactions with wildlife. It also provides guidance for the City on how to respond to the same incidents.While the plan covers many dos and don’ts related to human-to-coyote or human-to-black bear encounters, above all, don’t feed the wild animals, is the message. The key to avoiding conflict is to not feed coyotes, bears, cougars and other non-domesticated animals roaming the Pasadena area.Education is the key to safety at the intersection where humans and wild animals meet, according to the plan. The plan recommends a reasonable plan of action to decrease attractants, increase safety for humans and their pets and “reshaping wildlife behavior” for peaceful coexistence.The Plan also calls for monitoring and data collection with regards to coyote management, mainly to determine where the humans and coyote interaction “hotspots” may be located. One of the purposes of the study is to help cut back on conflicts over time.A copy of the plan can be found here:https://www.cityofpasadena.net/wp-content/uploads/DRAFT-Urban-Wildlife-Management-Plan.pdfThe Plan is currently in draft and is subject to changes and City Council approval later this year. The Plan is also under California Environmental Quality Act review and will have a separate comment period for that compliance.The Urban Wildlife Management Plan will be presented at Blair Middle School, Room 135 (1135 S. Euclid Ave., corner of S. Marengo Avenue and Allendale Road), from 6-8 p.m. Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stuff Subscribe Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 3 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Government Draft Urban Wildlife Management Plan Community Presentation, Round Two, Set for Wednesday From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 | 3:03 pm Community News Herbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Ways To Power Yourself As A WomanHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Special Massage Techniques That Will Make You Return For MoreHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat Is It That Actually Makes French Women So Admirable?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like A Bombshell And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeauty
iStock/coscaronBY: GENEVIEVE SHAW BROWN(WASHINGTON) — If there’s one conversation dominating parent groups right now — online, in person or in a rapid flurry of group texts — it’s this: What will the upcoming school year look like?There’s the possibility of a full return. There’s the possibility of a full return but with kids in smaller “pods.” There’s potentially a part-time return where kids attend school a few days a week. There’s also the no-return, where all schooling takes place via remote learning or via a homeschooled curriculum.And as families inch toward September and with almost zero information, a growing subset of parents are taking education into their own hands.Take Helene Alonso, a full-time working mom of two who’s hoping to create a school for the kids in her building, including her pre-K and second grader for whom she said distance learning “did not go well.”The spring, she said, was about “just trying to survive.” But that’s not going to cut it for the upcoming year.“We have a diverse group of parents and kids,” Alonso told “GMA” of the families in her Harlem apartment building, “with a rainbow of concerns.” The building does have a courtyard and a community room that the residents — all homeowners — are able to use.“So I was thinking, what if we could get a sports teacher to teach the kids in the courtyard while kids are learning in small groups or one-to-one with a teacher in the community room as the classroom,” she said. “They can run around supervised and learn. But most importantly they would have social interaction.”Her biggest obstacle, she said, is getting the building management to agree to using the space in those ways.It’s a service teachers are willing to provide and one many for which people are searching. Care.com reports an increase in families searching for caregivers who have experience as a teacher, early childhood educator or tutor. And companies that have always offered small-group enrichment are now inundated with requests for in-home teaching. Rina Collins, the owner of Book Nook Enrichment in New York City, offered small-group literacy programs prior to the pandemic. Now, she’s fielding inquiries from parents looking for teachers to come to their homes.“Those with kids in kindergarten through second grade are looking for academic teachers, while those with kids 2 to 5 are looking to fill up a schedule” with art, yoga and more, she told “GMA.”Her clients are considering not returning to school — even if it does open — for a variety of reasons, she said, adding, “Someone might be immunocompromised, or it may just be the school schedule now doesn’t fit their needs.”The most popular request, she said, is for one-to-one tutoring and small-group learning. In one case, she said, she has a mom who has formed a group of five looking for a teacher for that group only.It’s a scenario Karin Golden has set up for her own preschooler and a group of friends. When the pandemic hit and her preschooler’s Spanish-language immersion program went virtual, Golden and the other parents in her group — all friends — decided they would host their own school if things did not resume as normal in the fall. And the closer the fall gets, the better Golden feels about having a plan in place for her daughter — at least for two days each week.“We are friends with the families and trust them,” she said. They have hired the teacher who taught the kids in their immersion program and an assistant teacher. Golden’s even just started a company, Colores, to help other parents do the same. Classes will be held outdoors for as long as weather allows, and then move between homes every two months.“If her regular preschool opens, great, she’ll go there too,” Golden said. “But I’m glad to tell her that no matter what, she will get to go to Spanish school.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Industry veteran Mike Johnson, former UK general manager of equipment supplier Rondo, has passed away.Johnson, who retired in 2007 after more than 40 years in the baking industry, was responsible for growing and developing Rondo from the early days of the business.“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mike Johnson,” stated Rondo.“Mike was well-known and respected throughout the baking industry, having helped many UK bakery businesses to automate and increase productivity through the introduction of equipment.”There will be a cremation service for close family only on Monday 20 January.This will be followed by a church service in remembrance and celebration of Johnson’s life at 1pm, at St Peter’s Church, Pebworth, Warwickshire CV37 8XG.The family will be wearing blue, which was Johnson’s favourite colour.The family request no flowers please, with donations to Alzheimer’s Research UK or Leukaemia UK.RSVP [email protected]line.com
Sam Coughlin “Fun with Dick and Jane: Gender and Childhood,” an international conference sponsored primarily by the Gender Studies Program, will bring together undergraduate students, graduate students and professors Thursday through Saturday to address society’s interest in gender and childhood using interdisciplinary approaches.“This conference in particular is important because it is a conference about childhood and gender experience,” senior Marcilena Shaeffer, a presenter in one of two undergraduate panels, said. “I think it is important to stop and reflect on what forces were at play during those key years in our development and how other people’s assumptions on how we should be ended up having an effect on us.”Professor Pamela Wojcik, director of the Gender Studies Program at Notre Dame, played a crucial role in planning this conference and brought together speakers from the Notre Dame community as well as speakers from all over and outside the country.“It takes a long time to plan a conference. It’s been in progress since last winter,” Wojcik said.Wojcik said this conference is relevant in every student’s life and stressed that one does not have to be affiliated with or study gender studies to attend.“I think this conference works both on an academic and real world level,” Wojcik said. “I think it’s also the moment when the issues that will be talked about in terms of gender and childhood are very real in culture.”The three-day conference will consist of panels covering topics including transgender identity, fairytales, toys and Disney princesses, as well as two undergraduate panels with students from Notre Dame and other universities.“I’ve never presented at a conference, and this is my first really intense academic engagement with gender studies issues,” Shaeffer said. “I’m an outsider to all of this, but gender studies, I think, is inherently interdisciplinary.”Junior Colton Williamson, who will present a paper on sexuality in the film “The 400 Blows,” said he has a particular interest in gender studies because it ties in with his other interest, film.“Beyond giving a few presentations in my classes, I’ve never actually spoken at a conference,” Williamson said. “I don’t have much of a concrete background in gender studies, but I have always been interested in cinema, and a big part of film analysis now involves looking at films through a gendered lens.”Senior Rae Moors, who will discuss illustrations in children’s books, said the conference will provide an opportunity for her to connect two disciplines.“I’ve always been interested in gender studies and in visual art,” Moors said. “This conference just happened to be an excellent intersection of the two disciplines, so I couldn’t pass up the chance to participate as well as attend.”Shaeffer said the conference will benefit anyone who attends regardless of their field of study.“It is important for students to attend this conference not only in an attempt to supplement or improve their academic pursuits, but also [to pursue] that intense self-awareness and self-consciousness we should all strive for,” she said. Tags: childhood, gender, gender studies program, McKenna Conference Center
Asked about that statement, Roy Keane, who also played alongside Quinn and later accepted his offer of employment as Sunderland manager, said simply: “He’s a lot better than Niall Quinn.” As the younger man headed back across the Atlantic, the rest of the squad – barring midfielder Darron Gibson, who has returned to club Everton for treatment on a minor knee injury – were licking their wounds and starting to turn their attention to Tuesday night’s friendly against the United States in Dublin. Ireland were ultimately undone by a fine Shaun Maloney finish in Glasgow, which condemned them to their first Group D defeat and left them locked in a three-way battle with the Scots and world champions Germany for second place behind leaders Poland. They have been criticised for their direct approach against Gordon Strachan’s men, which failed to yield the number of opportunities for which they might have hoped in front of goal. But while there was disappointment within the camp, O’Neill’s number two was adopting a bullish approach to the recovery process. Roy Keane said: “I didn’t expect us to go through the whole campaign unbeaten, there were always going to be some points dropped. But we have to take our medicine, we have to take the criticism that’s coming our way and bounce back. “It’s very, very tight, absolutely. There’s not much between a lot of the teams. On paper Germany, you would still think, would be the favourites, but between Poland, ourselves and Scotland, I think it’s going to be very, very tight.” Four of the Republic’s next five qualifiers will take place at the Aviva Stadium and their form there is likely to go a long way towards deciding where they finish in the group. But as he and O’Neill prepared to bring an end to their 2014 fixtures less than a fortnight after celebrating a year in post, the assistant boss was happy enough with his lot. He said: “There have been no real surprises. You are always learning about the group, even the other night, lots round about the group. But no real shocks or surprises. “We have good teams coming to the Aviva, but with the home support and the lads will be licking their wounds for the next month or two, we will look to bounce back. That is what sport is all about, bouncing back, and we have got some good lads. “They were hurting pretty badly the other night, we know they were. If you think for one minute they are not hurt by the other night, then you don’t know the group.” Press Association Roy Keane has insisted Robbie Keane still has a significant role to play for the Republic of Ireland despite being dropped for the first time in 13 years. However, assistant manager Keane, a former Ireland team-mate, was adamant that the nation’s record cap-holder and goalscorer remains a key member of Martin O’Neill’s squad. He said: “Robbie Keane is massive for this team, absolutely massive. “Everyone keeps saying he was disappointed – of course he was. Tell me any player who is going to be left out of a big game who is not going to be disappointed. That’s what you expect from Robbie. “But Robbie is brilliant for the group and brilliant for the team. He’s a top, top player, he’s been doing it for years and hopefully he will score goals for the next number of years. “But you just pick a team for a certain game, and the way Robbie reacted to the disappointment to our training session yesterday was fantastic, absolutely different class. “Robbie Keane is as good a professional as I have come across and he will be disappointed, of course. But there are other players who were left out.” The frontman, who took his tally for his country to 65 goals with a hat-trick against Gibraltar last month, had only 12 minutes in which to try to make an impression as he won his 138th cap at Celtic Park, and his frustration was clear afterwards. He told reporters he needed to play as part of an attacking partnership and that he was not suited to a lone striking role, admitting he was “no Niall Quinn”, the towering striker whose previous Irish record of 21 goals he passed a decade ago. The 34-year-old LA Galaxy striker headed back to the United States on Saturday after being released from the squad a day after being used only as a substitute in Ireland’s 1-0 Euro 2016 qualifier defeat in Scotland. It was the first time the Dubliner, who will begin preparations for next Sunday’s MLS play-offs showdown with Seattle Sounders on his return, has been left out of the team for a competitive match when fit since a clash with Estonia in 2001.
Four-star combo guard Franklin Howard verbally committed to Syracuse on Monday night in an interview broadcast on SportsTalk Live on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic.He becomes the third recruit to verbally commit to the Orange’s Class of 2015, joining five-star shooting guard Malachi Richardson and four-star power forward Tyler Lydon.Howard chose the Orange over Ohio State, Georgetown, Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina State. He had other offers from Connecticut, Florida, Miami (Fla.) and Villanova, among other schools, according to Scout.com.The 6-foot-5, 185-pound Howard missed all of his junior season at Paul VI (Va.) Catholic High School with a torn ACL. He is ranked the No. 17 shooting guard in his class, according to Scout. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on April 14, 2014 at 10:28 pm Contact Phil: [email protected] | @PhilDAbb Facebook Twitter Google+
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Bill and Legislative Principles for 2018 during a town hall at Reinford Farms in Mifflintown, Penn.“Since my first day as the Secretary of Agriculture, I’ve traveled to 30 states, listening to the people of American agriculture about what is working and what is not. The conversations we had and the people we came across helped us craft USDA’s Farm Bill and Legislative Principles for 2018,” said Secretary Perdue. “These principles will be used as a road map — they are our way of letting Congress know what we’ve heard from the hard-working men and women of American agriculture. While we understand it’s the legislature’s job to write the Farm Bill, USDA will be right there providing whatever counsel Congress may request or require.” USDA’s 2018 Farm Bill and Legislative PrinciplesFarm production and conservationProvide a farm safety net that helps American farmers weather times of economic stress without distorting markets or increasing shallow loss payments.Promote a variety of innovative crop insurance products and changes, enabling farmers to make sound production decisions and to manage operational risk.Encourage entry into farming through increased access to land and capital for young, beginning, veteran and underrepresented farmers.Ensure that voluntary conservation programs balance farm productivity with conservation benefits so the most fertile and productive lands remain in production while land retired for conservation purposes favors more environmentally sensitive acres.Support conservation programs that ensure cost-effective financial assistance for improved soil health, water and air quality and other natural resource benefits. Trade and foreign agricultural affairsImprove U.S. market competitiveness by expanding investments, strengthening accountability of export promotion programs, and incentivizing stronger financial partnerships.Ensure the Farm Bill is consistent with U.S. international trade laws and obligations.Open foreign markets by increasing USDA expertise in scientific and technical areas to more effectively monitor foreign practices that impede U.S. agricultural exports and engage with foreign partners to address them. Food, nutrition, and consumer servicesHarness America’s agricultural abundance to support nutrition assistance for those truly in need.Support work as the pathway to self-sufficiency, well-being, and economic mobility for individuals and families receiving supplemental nutrition assistance.Strengthen the integrity and efficiency of food and nutrition programs to better serve our participants and protect American taxpayers by reducing waste, fraud and abuse through shared data, innovation, and technology modernization.Encourage state and local innovations in training, case management, and program design that promote self-sufficiency and achieve long-term, stability in employment.Assure the scientific integrity of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans process through greater transparency and reliance on the most robust body of scientific evidence.Support nutrition policies and programs that are science based and data driven with clear and measurable outcomes for policies and programs. Marketing and regulatory programsEnhance our partnerships and the scientific tools necessary to prevent, mitigate, and where appropriate, eradicate harmful plant and animal pests and diseases impacting agriculture.Safeguard our domestic food supply and protect animal health through modernization of the tools necessary to bolster biosecurity, prevention, surveillance, emergency response, and border security.Protect the integrity of the USDA organic certified seal and deliver efficient, effective oversight of organic production practices to ensure organic products meet consistent standards for all producers, domestic and foreign.Ensure USDA is positioned appropriately to review production technologies if scientifically required to ensure safety, while reducing regulatory burdens.Foster market and growth opportunities for specialty crop growers while reducing regulatory burdens that limit their ability to be successful. Food safety and inspection servicesProtect public health and prevent foodborne illness by committing the necessary resources to ensure the highest standards of inspection, with the most modern tools and scientific methods available.Support and enhance FSIS programs to ensure efficient regulation and the safety of meat, poultry and processed egg products, including improved coordination and clarity on execution of food safety responsibilities.Continue to focus USDA resources on products and processes that pose the greatest public health risk. Research, education and economicsCommit to a public research agenda that places the United States at the forefront of food and agriculture scientific development.Develop an impact evaluation approach, including the use of industry panels, to align research priorities to invest in high priority innovation, technology, and education networks.Empower public-private partnerships to leverage federal dollars, increase capacity, and investments in infrastructure for modern food and agricultural science.Prioritize investments in education, training and the development of human capital to ensure a workforce capable of meeting the growing demands of food and agriculture science.Develop and apply integrated advancement in technology needed to feed a growing and hungry world. Rural developmentCreate consistency and flexibility in programs that will foster collaboration and assist communities in creating a quality of life that attracts and retains the next generation.Expand and enhance the effectiveness of tools available to further connect rural American communities, homes, farms, businesses, first responders, educational facilities, and healthcare facilities to reliable and affordable high-speed internet services.Partner with states and local communities to invest in infrastructure to support rural prosperity, innovation and entrepreneurial activity.Provide the resources and tools that foster greater integration among programs, partners and the rural development customer. Natural resources and environmentMake America’s forests work again through proactive cost-effective management based on data and sound science.Expand Good Neighbor Authority and increase coordination with states to promote job creation and improve forest health through shared stewardship and stakeholder input.Reduce litigative risk and regulatory impediments to timely environmental review, sound harvesting, fire management and habitat protection to improve forest health while providing jobs and prosperity to rural communities.Offer the tools and resources that incentivize private stewardship and retention of forest land. ManagementProvide a fiscally responsible Farm Bill that reflects the Administration’s budget goals.Enhance customer service and compliance by reducing regulatory burdens on USDA customers.Modernize internal and external IT solutions to support the delivery of efficient, effective service to USDA customers.Provide USDA full authority to responsibly manage properties and facilities under its jurisdiction.Increase the effectiveness of tools and resources necessary to attract and retain a strong USDA workforce that reflects the citizens we serve.Recognize the unique labor needs of agriculture and leverage USDA’s expertise to allow the Department to play an integral role in developing workforce policy to ensure farmers have access to a legal and stable workforce.Grow and intensify program availability to increase opportunities for new, beginning, veteran, and underrepresented producers.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jonathan Coppess, Nick Paulson, Gary Schnitkey with the University of Illinois Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics and Carl Zulauf, Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development EconomicsThis article is composed of 4 short reflections on the 2018 U.S. midterm elections and their potential impact on U.S. farm economics and policy. Carl ZulaufA well-functioning democracy facilitates mini-revolutions via the ballot box by voters who feel overlooked or disaffected, thus minimizing the likelihood of large, pent-up revolutions. President Trump’s election in 2016 was a mini-revolution by voters, mostly in rural and industrial areas, who had experienced little economic progress or felt negatively impacted by economic, particularly trade, policy.Results of the 2018 midterm elections will unlikely reverse the 2016 mini-revolution. Democrats won control of the House of Representatives and thus can use oversight hearings and investigations to slow the mini-revolution, but Republicans increased their control of the Senate. The Senate, not the House, ratifies treaties and Presidential appointments to federal agencies and the federal judiciary. The last two institutions will oversee the most important component of President Trump’s economic agenda, the rollback of federal regulations.The upcoming lame duck Congress will likely be the opening act of the 2020 election campaign. A key decision worth monitoring closely is whether the sitting Republican Congress decides to pursue policy initiatives unlikely to pass a Democratic House, such as a second tax cut. Whether the current farm bill debate ends in a 1-year extension or what is largely a 5-year extension of current farm bill policy with some changes will be determined as part of this 2020 election calculation.Nothing in the 2018 midterm elections appear likely to alter President Trump’s use of tariffs to pursue trade policy. Impact of the tariff war on US corn and soybean exports and prices will depend critically on the 2019 crop in Argentina and Brazil. It is generally off to an excellent and early start. The October 2018 World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates forecast 846 and 731 million more bushels, respectively, of 2019 Argentine-Brazilian corn and soybeans over 2018. If this forecast is realized and assuming normal weather for 2019 US crops and enrollment of farms in the Price Loss Coverage program for the 2019 crop year regardless of a 1- or 5-year farm bill extension, a massive increase in commodity program spending looms if the tariff war continues to have negative market impacts. While potential commodity program payments provide considerable risk protection to farms from a continuing tariff war, a massive increase in spending combined with a $1 trillion plus federal budget deficit implies that spending on the farm safety net could be a prominent national policy issue in coming years. Jonathan CoppessA bitterly divided Nation rendered a split decision in the mid-term elections, demonstrating in part the brutally-effective nature of some of the most grievous threads in our political fabric. Out of an increasingly diverse 320 million people with more than 200 million potential voters, 98.6 million Americans voted in the 435 House races. Democrats won nearly 4.2 million more votes than Republicans for a current net gain of 27 seats. By comparison, 79 million voted in 35 Senate races. Democrats won 12.4 million more votes but have thus far lost three seats (IN, MO and ND) and picked up one (NV). The districts of rural America remain a sea of Republican red; the new House Democratic majority built in the cities and suburbs.For the farm bill stuck in conference stalemate, the results of the election offer an opportunity for cooler heads to prevail in negotiations. The cotton south fared well in 2018; a feat it is unlikely to replicate in the next Congress. The new Congressional majority, however, may not be excited about starting over on a farm bill. A lame duck session could spark compromise and completion, providing an opportunity for those who campaigned on bipartisanship to actually demonstrate it. Success likely will require House Republicans to relent on their controversial demands for SNAP, and possibly on conservation.A farm bill in the lame duck is relatively minor, however, because bigger matters loom. Elections can provide for peaceful transfers of power with opportunities for a self-governing society to change directions, but they do not guarantee such outcomes. Given all that has transpired in recent elections, and the current state of politics, government dysfunction is unlikely to dissipate and this should be of concern. In The Federalist, James Madison warned against faction as part of the “mortal diseases under which popular governments have everywhere perished.” The Nation appears perilously close to breaking apart along its fault lines. Increasing tribalism is fueling polarized partisanship and exacerbating divisions among Americans — down this path, the most disastrous of ends. Whether this election will begin a difficult trek in a better direction is among the most profound of questions. Nick PaulsonI am far from a political analyst; rather, my views on the outcomes of the 2018 midterm election results are based largely on my observations of the policy process as an academic and the collection of political talking points I have read in the popular press in the weeks leading up to and days following the midterm elections.While there were a few surprises in individual races, the broad outcome of the midterms — the Democrats claiming a majority in the House, and the Republicans gaining a few seats in the Senate — generally followed expectations from the majority of political polling forecasts. The loss of legislative branch seats by the party holding the executive office in midterm elections is historically very common.The shift to a Democratic majority in the House creates a check on the Trump administration and the Republican’s legislative agenda, making it more difficult to pursue any changes to law or agreements, which require Congressional approval or ratification. These include many of the major midterm campaign issues including health care, immigration, trade, and tax cuts. Retaining Republican control in the Senate provides the Trump administration with firm control of appointments requiring Senate confirmation, most notably to the judiciary.In terms of the 2018 Farm Bill, the midterm outcomes could help to push it the finish line in some form to avoid forcing the new Congress to revisit it in 2019. This could result in some form of an extension of current law. Alternatively, the Conference Committee could now have the incentives needed to come to an agreement on the new Farm Bill during the lame duck session. This would most likely lead to the loss of many of the controversial changes to nutrition title programs, as well as the proposed modifications to conservation programs supported by House Republicans resulting a final Farm Bill which more closely resembles the version propose by the Senate. Gary SchnitkeyA major political event influencing agriculture is the trade dispute between China and the U.S., and the 2018 midterm election likely will not affect China – U.S. relations. The Trump administration’s trade policies appear to be part of a broader strategic struggle with China. Regardless of an individual’s view of whether this struggle is advisable, a continuation of trade disruptions with China will have adverse financial impacts on U.S. farmers.Democrats gaining control of the House could alter compromises necessary to pass a farm bill. The current House version of the farm bill contains work requirements to receive SNAP benefits. Democrats do not support these requirements. Democrats gaining control of House lowers the chance that work requirements remain in a final version of the farm bill. A possible compromise in a lame-duck session could be for House Replications to give up on work requirements while maintaining other features of the current House Bill not in the Senate version: 1) the ability to update program yields in some counties in Southern and Great Plain states, 2) improvements to Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and no changes to Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC), and 3) changes to conservation programs.At some peril to their credibility, commentators will attempt to read a great deal into these midterm election results. It appears to me that not much has changed. The nation is evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans, with urban areas favoring Democrat policies while rural and suburban areas favor Republican policies. While House pickups are consistent with losses typical of the party in power, House pickups this midterm election also are consistent with urban areas having a more extensive influence on House control. With each state having the same number of Senators no matter the population, Republicans have the advantage in Senate outcomes.
Australia sport Fox edges Seven as Test cricket on Australian TV enters brave new era The Last Post has sounded for cricket on Channel Nine – but the great game carries on Topics Suddenly, reality hits. His whole body sags with the realisation of what has happened. His imperious scowl turns to a grimace of despair. A series of sorrowful quacks escape his beak. In shame, he claps a hand over his eyes. As a final self-humiliation, he turns his cap backwards on his head. Like the human batsman above him, he turns and stumps off to oblivion, dragging his now-flaccid bat behind him.For the first time in more than 40 years, Australian cricket isn’t on the Nine Network. While the infamously blokey and self-absorbed “banter” of Nine’s commentary team won’t be missed, Cricket Australia’s sensational decision in April to split domestic broadcast rights between Seven and Fox Sports meant a host of unofficial cricketing traditions have fallen by the wayside. Channel Nine’s iconic theme music has gone, as has the phrase “KFC Classic Catches”.But Daddles the duck is one of the relics Australians will mourn the most. For decades, the snooty little cartoon drake harrumphed his way across TV screens, adding insult to injury for batsmen who’d failed to get any runs on the board.Introduced as part of Kerry Packer’s drive to drag cricket broadcasting into the modern age in the 1970s, Daddles was designed to appeal to kids and get a younger generation interested in a sport suffering from an ageing fanbase. Created by cartoonist Tom Kerr, he first appeared during Packer’s breakaway World Series Cricket tournament, along with day-night matches, on-screen graphics, dynamic new camera angles, white balls and colourful uniforms. Daddles would survive the collapse of WSC and migrated to Channel Nine cricket, where he would remain for decades.For cricketing purists, Daddles was a loathsome creature; a sign of everything that was wrong with the brash, colourful reforms Packer introduced to the gentleman’s game. When Mark Sharman took over sports broadcasting at England’s Channel 4 in 1999, the first thing he declared was “There will be no cartoon ducks”. Kerr himself, who still gets mobbed by herds of Australians, has described the English hatred of Daddles as “reward in and of itself”.Comedian and impersonator Danny McMaster was working at Channel Nine when he got the call to voice a cartoon duck. According to him, the rationale for having a duck on-screen was purely pun-based. (The term “duck” itself is believed to have originated in 1866, when a correspondent for England’s Daily Times newspaper reported that the Prince of Wales was dismissed “on a duck’s egg” – or zero – in a friendly game against the Gentlemen of Norfolk.) … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. 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As a batsman trudges back to the pavilion after being dismissed for nought, a little cartoon duck wearing a cap and leg pads appears from the left of the television screen.He is the picture of righteous indignation, furious at the injustice of a world that has conspired against him. As he nears the middle of the screen, he stops, plants his bat on the ground like a battle standard and glares haughtily at the unseen umpire (also, presumably, a duck) behind him. Australia cricket team Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content Support The Guardian Read more Since you’re here… McMaster remains bemused by the experience. “They told me, ‘this duck’s going to walk across the screen with smoke coming out his ears’. I didn’t get it,” McMaster says. “I put a tentative thing down, just some angry duck noises, and they showed me an animation the next week.”While McMaster would occasionally get called in to “update” the character, Daddles remained more or less the same for the rest of his broadcast career. “I only got paid the once,” he jokes. While Daddles captivated kids everywhere, the character would end up coming full circle in McMaster’s own house.“My daughter had a little stuffed doll of a duck that her grandmother made her. She called it Daddles. I thought she named it after me, but she picked it up from the cricket,” McMaster laughs.Attempts to capture Daddles’ charm elsewhere have resulted in some subpar imitations. Channel Ten’s Big Bash League heralded the rise of Gus the Goose, a CGI abomination in a leather jacket and dark sunglasses who appears whenever someone hits a six. In October, Fox Sports announced the creation of their own duck, an as-yet unnamed bird to be voice by Shane Warne. Ominously, Fox head of cricket Matt Weiss has described the new duck as being “cooler,” with “more attitude”.Unforgivably, Daddles fell by the wayside before Nine lost the cricket. Speculation the two events are connected is ongoing. In 2016, a Change.org petition, addressed to Channel Nine, urged “whomever [is] responsible for the unjust termination of Daddles to reinstate his cameo immediately”.It gathered a paltry 18 signatures.But the original Daddles is still remembered, and mourned, by those who loved him. Cricket features Share on Facebook Share via Email Geoff Lemon Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Matt Cleary Read more