14 Jun

Strong Comments from Conaway on House Farm Bill Proposal

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Strong Comments from Conaway on House Farm Bill Proposal By Andy Eubank – Apr 16, 2018 Previous articlePOET Portland GM: E15 Sales Year-Round ‘Exciting’ for American FarmingNext articleMorning Outlook Andy Eubank SHARE Strong Comments from Conaway on House Farm Bill Proposal Conaway-on-farm-bill-introHouse Ag Republicans have rolled out their 2018 farm bill proposal, just months ahead of the current law’s expiration and with little or no apparent support from Democrats.The GOP farm bill draft protects crop insurance, improves the ARC and PLC programs–allowing reference prices to adjust to better market conditions and helps minimize ARC disparities between counties. It folds the Conservation Stewardship Program into the flagship voluntary conservation EQIP program and boosts rural broadband, rural development and anti-opioid efforts.But the bill also includes highly controversial new food stamp work requirements, opposed by ag committee Democrats.Ag Chair Micheal Conaway commented on the difficulty in shepherding a GOP bill against strong political headwinds in November, with Ag Democrats already lined up against his bill.“Those folks are going to have to tell production America, rural America, and by the way those urban guys are really dependent on stuff that goes on in rural America. Their voters enjoy the safest, most abundant and affordable food and survivors’ supply of any developed nation in the world, so yes, anybody who eats ought to be in favor of good agricultural programs.”But Democrats feel confident they can ‘wait out’ the ’18 farm bill process, in hopes of retaking the House in November and get more favorable terms on food stamps next year.Top Ag Democrat Collin Peterson issued a public statement last month that his members are “unanimous in their opposition” to what Peterson called, “the extreme, partisan policies” of the majority, adding “this opposition will not change.”Peterson is threatening changes to other sections of the bill, without GOP concessions on food stamps.“A no vote, or a vote to support stripping out sugar or a vote to support decimating crop insurance, which I guess is what Mr. Peterson is saying they intend to do, makes no sense whatsoever in the grand scheme of things,” Conaway responded. “So, if that’s the line they want to go down, I can’t fix their problems.”Conaway says he will start the committee mark-up process Wednesday and continue until House Ag reports it to the full House. The question is, can Conaway get a majority of 218, with few if any Democratic votes, and some conservative and moderate Republican votes in question.Conaway, backed by President Trump and his order this week to tighten benefit work requirements, continues to press for entitlement reform. But, that effort suffered a political setback this week when key reformer, House Speaker Paul Ryan announced he’ll retire after this Congress. Facebook Twitter SHARE Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

12 Jun

Who ordered armed attack on Voice of Asia media group in Colombo?

first_img Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Sri Lanka August 3, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Who ordered armed attack on Voice of Asia media group in Colombo? January 13, 2021 Find out more RSF_en July 29, 2020 Find out more Organisation News Reporters Without Borders is outraged by an attack by about 12 armed men on the premises of media that are part of the Voice of Asia group – including Siyatha TV, Siyatha FM, Real Radio and Vettri FM – in Colombo in the early hours of 30 July. Two employees were injured and firebombs caused extensive damage.Watch an exclusive Reporters Without Borders video of this attack: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zm4rLgPKH_o)“How is such an attack possible in the centre of the capital in a country that is under such tight military control?” Reporters Without Borders asked. “This incident shows that the authorities are either incapable of assuring the safety of the media or lack the political will. We call on President Mahindra Rajapaksa to order an impartial investigation with the aim of identifying those responsible for this attack without delay.”The raid on the Voice of Asia media was carried out at about 1:30 a.m. on 30 July by around 12 masked men although the building is supposed to be under permanent protection. The assailants forced employees to kneel, and hit two of them, before throwing Molotov cocktails that started a fire.A pro-government newspaper recently accused the Voice of Asia media of secretly defending the cause of Gen. Sarath Fonseka, the leading opposition candidate in last January’s presidential election. The newspaper produced no evidence to support the claim.In an interview for Reporters Without Borders, Real Radio editor Kirk Abraham described the attack and stressed that the station was determined to continue despite what had happened. Watch the interview with Abraham: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zm4rLgPKH_oSirasa TV, a station belonging to the MTV/MBC group, was the target of a similar attack in Colombo in January 2009 (http://en.rsf.org/sri-lanka-government-urged-to-punish-06-01-2009,29896….). July 15, 2020 Find out more Sri LankaAsia – Pacific center_img News Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge News Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial to go further News Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Receive email alertslast_img read more

28 Sep

French tackle tidal grid

first_imgThree French companies and one university have joined forces in a collaborative project focused on solving grid stability issues associated with tidal power generation for off-grid areas.French tidal energy developer Sabella, together with Entech and Blue Solutions, and the French naval academy Ecole Navale, will study and develop an energy storage system to smooth the power produced by a tidal turbine in a joint project named ULISS.EMR.The project, financed by Quimper Bretagne Occidentale, Brittany Region and ERDF, is said to present a new and innovative answer to grid stability issues on off-grid locations.ULISS.EMR will integrate modern systems, still untested with tidal energy and an insular grid, to increase the grid stability and the share of ocean energy being supplied to it.The project will help reduce the dependency of off-grid locations on fossil fuels for power generation.Sabella said it will provide real data acquired through its D10 tidal turbine sea trials for the project.The French developer added it would also integrate the innovative system into its next generation turbines. Illustration/Sabella’s D10 tidal turbine (Photo: Sabella)last_img read more