Low aiming to stop South Koreas counterattacks

first_imgGermany boss Joachim Low believes that South Korea poses a dangerous threat on the counter-attack that must be neutralised if they are to progress to the knockout stages of the World CupFollowing Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos’ dramatic late winner for Germany in their 2-1 win over Sweden last weekend, hopes of becoming the first team to retain the World Cup since Brazil in 1962 are alive once more for Low’s side.Die Mannschaft must now defeat South Korea by two or more goals or better Sweden’s result to ensure progress to the last 16.South Korea coach Shin Tae-yong has already hinted that they will be using a counter-attack strategy with players like Son Heung-min expected to play a prominent role today.“South Korea don’t only have Son, but they also have other players who are able to execute fast break chances,” said Low, according to Yonhap News.“South Korea have two or three players who can quickly counter-attack, so that will be our test.”Ensuring that there are no mistakes made in the midfield will be a key part of Low’s game plan.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“If we lose the ball, the opponents can go deep and open space,” he said.“I hope we don’t lose the ball like we did in previous matches.”If Germany fails to win, then they must hope that Sweden either draw or lose their final Group F game against leaders Mexico.If both teams draw, then the side with the higher-scoring game will finish second.But if they finish with the same scoreline, then Germany will progress due to a superior head-to-head – on the back of last Saturday’s win.The match between Germany and South Korea will take place at the Kazan Arena at 16:00 (GMT +2).last_img read more

Thibaut Courtois breaks his silence on Real Madrid move

first_imgThibaut Courtois is opting to remain calm in what he describes as a “delicate situation” with just three days left to complete his move to Real MadridThe Belgian goalkeeper has been strongly linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu this summer with the European champions understood to be keen to strengthen their options in goal for the new season under Julen Lopetegui.Courtois, who spent three seasons on loan at Atletico Madrid, has never kept it a secret of his desire to return to the Spanish capital to be with his young family and has now reportedly held talks with new Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri over his plans.“My transfer? I am not going to say anything about that now, it is a delicate situation,” said the Belgian, according to Goal.“I cannot say much, I am not thinking about that, I am calm and becoming anxious would not help. What is important is to be ready for next season.”Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.Meanwhile, Courtois’ agent had this to say on his client’s long-awaited move to Real.“I have been reading everywhere that Chelsea are saying it is up to Thibaut, but he has made it clear to the club that the best option for him is to move to Madrid,” Christophe Henrotay said.“For him this is a big decision because he wants to be near his family, and there is an offer in place for Chelsea to accept.”Currently, Courtois is waiting for Chelsea to find a suitable replacement before they go ahead with his sale in what has been reported to be for €35m.last_img read more

We have to start winning trophies – Kane

first_imgHarry Kane says the time has come for Spurs to start clinching trophies as they prepare to face Arsenal in Carabao Cup quarterfinal on Wednesday.Kane hasn’t been born the last time Spurs won the league title back in 1961, but he was instrumental as they finished runners-up in 2016.Their last trophy was 10 years ago when Spurs defeated Chelsea 2-1 to win the Carling Cup.Ahead of their North London derby at the Emirates on Wednesday, Kane believes the next step in their development under Pochetino is to start filling their trophy cabinet.“The stage we are at now as a team, it is the next step for us. We have to start winning trophies,” Kane told Sky Sports News.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“If we win this one, it will be another tough team out of the tournament so it is a big opportunity for us and one we are really looking forward to.“It is massive. Obviously, we played them a couple of weeks ago and they got one over on us.“It will be nice to play them again so soon. Hopefully, we can get it right this time and get the win. It is a quarter-final against your London rivals so it does not get much bigger.”last_img read more

Okaka set for Udinese switch

first_imgWatford striker Stefano Okaka is expected to complete a switch to Serie A side Udinese in the next few days according to reports in Italy.Football Italia reports Okaka will arrive in Udine on Sunday and undergo his medical 24 hours later with the deal set to be wrapped up by Monday.Rumours are rife in Italy that the 29-year-old will join the Zebrette on loan with an option to buy at the end of the season.The former Italy international last played in Serie A with Sampdoria, leaving in the summer of 2015 to sign for Anderlecht and then Watford.Okaka has only played a cameo role for the Hornets’ in the first half of the season, managing just 47 minutes of competitive football.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….Udinese and Watford are both owned by the Pozzo family, making this a straightforward deal.#Udinese, medical visits for #Watford’s #Okaka set for Monday https://t.co/YX9oDszMYy— Pablito (@ilcano22) January 4, 2019last_img read more

Buffon admits PSG and Man United are on a par

first_imgParis Saint-Germain goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is bracing up for his team’s Champions League clash against a resurgent Manchester United team.The two teams will try to secure an advantage in the first leg of their last 16 clash on Tuesday night before the return leg in Paris on 6 March.United head into the clash having gone 11 games unbeaten under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer since becoming the interim manager in December.Here come the Men in White 👊🏾 #LAFORCE#MUPSG pic.twitter.com/eDIQP0rQEn— Presnel Kimpembe (@kimpembe_3) February 11, 2019And Buffon feels that the turnaround in fortunes for the Red Devils will make the match a lot difficult, with PSG losing their first league defeat of the season against Lyon.“Old Trafford is the temple of a great team with a very important history,” he told FourFourTwo via Sky Italia.“This tie must be confronted in a serious way and without any regrets. We’ll regret it if our way of playing isn’t expressed in the way that the match demands.“Football is strange: two months ago, at the time of the draw, everyone thought that PSG would go through.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Two months later, seeing what has happened with us and the developments at Manchester United, we are at the least on the same level now.“This makes you understand how strange it is and how certain balances can swap around in the Champions League.”🔜🔥🏟️We are ready! 👊#MUPSG pic.twitter.com/pJwJLqcEbD— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) February 10, 2019Buffon equally had some words for former Juventus teammate Paul Pogba who would be in action tomorrow.“Paul is a golden boy, I’m always pleased to see him because he’s an incredible champion,” Buffon said.“Of course, I hope he can bring me the respect he owes me and that he’s very calm!”last_img read more

23 Islanders Certified as Reef Check EcoDivers

first_img Beaches reconstruction delayed, delivery mix up at airport Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 16 Oct 2014 – A $9,000 grant from the Governor’s Office has worked to get 23 islanders better educated about coral reefs. A workshop wrapped up recently, and the group is now certified ‘Reef Check EcoDivers’. Katharine Hart, DEMA Environmental Officer shared that nine dive companies between Grand Turk and Provo participated and now add to the human resources of DEMA; these divers from Blue Water Divers, Oasis Divers and Grand Turk Diving Co. on Grand Turk, and Provo Turtle Divers, Beaches, SURFside Ocean Academy, Big Blue Unlimited and Crystal Seas Adventures in Providenciales will now work to help in protecting the coral reefs of the TCI. The two workshops were held end of September and brought in a specialist from the Reef Check Foundation, an international coral reef monitoring organisation. Related Items:beaches, big blue unlimited, Blue Water Divers, crystal seas adventures, Grand Turk Diving Co, Oasis Divers, provo turtle divers, reef check ecodivers, surfside ocean academy Recommended for you Hurricane Irma causes major damage and destruction in TCI Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Survey shows TCI beaches keep visitors cominglast_img read more

Countries in region urged to adopt licensing system for teachers

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jamaica, November 7, 2016 – Countries in the region are being urged to adopt a licensing system for teachers as a means of branding education and making educators globally competitive.Making the call, Senior Advisor at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Robert Miller, said as is the case with several other professions, teachers need to have a body to recertify them, and that with such as system, meaningful benefits will come.In Jamaica, the new Jamaica Teaching Council (JTC) Bill is seeking to recognise, regulate and promote the teaching profession and maintain professional standards for educators.  “Whether it be four or five years, there must be some basic criteria that govern the profession. This will allow teachers to be on the cutting edge in the field, and allow them to be more marketable locally and internationally,” Mr. Miller said.  The Senior Advisor was delivering the 2016 John Cumberbatch Memorial Lecture in Barbados, recently, which was organised by that country’s Union of Teachers.Mr. Miller, in his wide-ranging address, urged the region to address the issue of funding for education, stressing that in the delivery of quality education, preparing students for the global community must be a priority.  “We must boost innovation throughout our external examinations. It  must be noted that education must be the vehicle out of poverty; we must strive to harness our human resources to get them competent and job-ready, to satisfy the demand of globalisation,” he said.Regional educators, Mr. Miller said, must be mentors of youth, so that there can be more creators of wealth and young people seeing themselves as employers, rather than employees.  The issue of inadequate parenting must also be tackled, according to the Senior Advisor. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Photo Credit: JIScenter_img Related Items:last_img read more

Grand Turk escapees sentenced

first_img Related Items:#GrandTurkPrisonescapees, #GrandTurkprisonescapeescaught, #HenricoMorris, #magneticmedianews, #RendallRigby, #StavonHarris Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 22, 2017 – Grand Turk – The three men who broke out of the Grand Turk prison in early December by climbing the fence and hopping onto an overgrown tree were also in court and were charged and convicted of escaping lawful custody.Rendall Rigby got nine months and Stavon Harris and Henrico Morris got 10 months each.    The trio was found the same day of the escape, in Grand Turk, at a local pizza eatery.#MagneticMediaNews#GrandTurkPrisonescapees#StavonHarris#HenricoMorris#RendallRigby#GrandTurkprisonescapeescaughtlast_img read more

Grand Bahama Power quick restoration of Freeport following Irma

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 14, 2017 – Grand Bahama – As promised, it is back to normal quickly for Freeport, Grand Bahama and despite the fact that normal for the island still means a severely depressed economy, people are happy to have their electricity back.  It was said that by Tuesday, 95% of islanders had received power and it was a good day for the #GrandBahamaPowerCompany.Teams worked late into the night to get the island back on the grid.  Work continued on areas where there was damage directly to their lines due to the strong winds of the tornadoes in #HurricaneIrma, which brought strong tropical storm conditions to #GrandBahama Island.  The island was one of many in the chain of islands to breathe an audible sigh of relief with the shift in course of the ferocious hurricane.#MagneticMediaNews August 30th – One Year since Hurricane Irma named Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you FortisTCI announces bid to hike electricity bills, cites record $42m response to hurricanes as destabilizing Related Items:#GrandBahamaPowerCompany, #HurricaneIrma, #magneticmedianews, grandbahama New, stringent posture on illegal construction makes fines, personal demolition and possible deportation legal says PDM Minister, law now passedlast_img read more

New Family Medicine LIVE WELL Clinic Opens in Sandyport One Doctors Challenging

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppLive Well Exam Room#Bahamas, November 29, 2017 – Nassau – When Darius Bain, M.D., D.M., opens the door of his ultra-modern Live Well Family Health Center at Sandyport on December 1, guests at the reception and clients who enter will see a smartly furnished and well-equipped facility.   Youngsters will be seen in a colourful suite of their own, replete with junior-size furniture and an underwater theme.   Patients waiting for their exam will find themselves smiling at the walls, fascinated by artwork that takes functions of the body and organs to a new level.The practice itself is expansive – a physiotherapist and occupational therapist on board, a nutritionist on call for counseling, an in-house lab with analysis capability for blood work, cell counts, cholesterol levels.   EKG equipment.   A resuscitation station. And overall, a focus on wellness.Few, outside his immediate family, will know the challenging path that Dr. Bain travelled to get to the place where he is now, the first to occupy eye-popping new space at the northeastern end of the busy shopping and professional office complex off West Bay Street, Nassau.Live Well Pediatric Exam RoomThe fourth of five children, Darius Bain witnessed too many in his family die too young.   His father and two of his siblings died suddenly from an unusual hereditary heart condition called cardiac hypertrophy, each an instant death without warning.   The discovery of this anomaly fueled his drive to medicine.The day after Bain graduated from college with a BSc. in Medical Technology expecting to take up a job as a lab technician, he returned to Nassau.   The following morning, two planes crashed into the World Trade Center and the world paused.   No one was hiring. Bain, needing a job, helped a friend with an event and spent the next six months as a designer, creating flower arrangements for weddings at Sandals and Marriott.   He then landed a job with Doctors Hospital West on Blake Road, worked for three years to save for one semester’s tuition, and left Doctors Hospital West for medical school in Belize where he earned a full scholarship for academic achievement.He completed his clinical clerkship at Emory University Hospital Midtown, formerly Crawford Long Hospital, in Atlanta, Georgia in 2008.   The day he graduated, he called his father, jubilant, “Hey Daddy, I’m done,” he said.    “I finished.”   They spoke for hours.   “Dad congratulated me and gave me lots of good advice,” said Dr. Bain.   Hours later, his father died from a cardiac hypertrophy related stroke.   He was 60.Bain delayed doing his Board exams so he could come home to help his mother and siblings.Live Well Waiting Area“You might think that it was all the illness and medical strife that led me to practice internal medicine and family medicine,” said Dr. Bain.   “But really, medicine is what I always wanted to do.   If anything, the strife and challenges just made me more resolved.”Now, says the practitioner with the smart new office and with international certification in the U.S. and The Bahamas, he wants to help change the mindset of a nation, creating healthier habits leading to a better quality of life.“This office is a team effort, with the support of my wife and two sons, and aims to make a difference in The Bahamas by working with individuals to take control of their own health,” says Bain who now has nearly seven years of medical practice under his belt.The Live Well Family Health Center opens its doors to the public December 1 with hours Monday-Friday from 9 am to 5 pm, with possible weekends and longer hours in the near future.   Opening celebrations will include guest tours and discussions.   For more information call (242) 677-9355 or visit www.livewellbahamas.com.Release: DPA News Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Lionel Scaloni is proud of all his Argentina players

first_imgArgentina interim manager Lionel Scaloni, shed a tear for the support he got from all his players and praised their commitment after the match.Even though it’s still not certain that Lionel Scaloni will stay as the Argentina permanent manager, there is a lot of speculation surrounding his future and some media outlets from the country already think he will stay after the second victory against Mexico in less than a week.There wasn’t really much expectation on what the interim manager could do with a squad filled with new faces, but he was able to put together a competitive squad and get important results that left him with a great opportunity to take on the job permanently.After the second straight victory against Mexico, Scaloni spoke to the press while still on the pitch, where he even shed a tear for the excitement he feels for the big opportunity he got to manage the Argentina National Team.Even if he doesn’t get the job in the end, Scaloni will leave with the satisfaction of doing a good job and letting AFA with a big dilemma.There hasn’t been a single incident within the group that has sparked any type of negativity while Lionel Scaloni was the manager, that’s in part due to the technical staff that has been working alongside him during this time in which the players came to give their all.#SelecciónMayor Pasados los primeros 25 minutos, @Argentina supera 1-0 a @miseleccionmx gracias al gol de Mauro Icardi. pic.twitter.com/AW3FTtUR6W— Selección Argentina 🇦🇷 (@Argentina) November 21, 2018For Scaloni, having this experience and honor to coach the Argentina National Team, will be great for his CV even if he doesn’t get to keep the position.In his advantage, all the players are very happy with his process and they all have stated that their wish is for him to remain in the post but the final word will be Claudio Tapia’s alone.Amongst the various media outlets in the country, there is an undisputed unanimity that confirms they all like the process Lionel Scaloni led and they are also campaigning for him to stay.All this support coming from all over the place, is something that has overwhelmed the manager who wasn’t able to hide his excitement after the match.“The game was very difficult because we played with many substitutions,” said Scaloni via Diario Ole.“We are happy because every single player had a chance to show their talent, which had been the goal all along.”Raheem Sterling, EnglandTop 5 best players from the international break weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 After a fresh international break just came to an end, we need to talk about the Top 5 best players during this whole weekend.We…“I do believe that the squad let loose a little bit more after the substitutes came inside the pitch,” he added.#SelecciónMayor 🎙 Roberto Pereyra: “El equipo hizo un gran esfuerzo, se plantó muy bien en la cancha y realizó lo que había trabajado durante la semana”. pic.twitter.com/txwXCt2xQq— Selección Argentina 🇦🇷 (@Argentina) November 21, 2018“I also think that we all need to feel happy because two very important players such as Icardi and Dybala were finally able to get past that mental block they had, and they were both able to score their first goal with the National Team,” he continued.“I’m sure that both of them will bring the fans a lot of joy. The players always go head first towards any ball.”“Playing that way, it’s very difficult for any other squad to defeat us. We truly believe that everybody who is here is very happy to be a part of the National Team.”“I feel immensely proud of the matches we played. We always worked with a huge sense of responsibility, everybody in the technical staff did.”“We need to rescue so much more than just Icardi and Dybala’s goals. Everybody poured their soul to the fullest today, the ball can get inside or not after that. We have a fantastic base of young players that can help us keep working.”“We need to understand that we need to keep working and put together as many great players as we can in order to have a better future.”“I love a footballer who goes out on the pitch knowing what he needs to do. These are very versatile players and they all adapt to everything we ask of them,” he concluded.#SelecciónMayor 🎙 @lioscaloni: “Los jugadores se tiran de cabeza a cada pelota. Así, es difícil que nos ganen. Creemos que todos los que están acá son felices por ser parte de la Selección”. pic.twitter.com/C8eXqjvDR6— Selección Argentina 🇦🇷 (@Argentina) November 21, 2018What do you think about the whole interim process that Lionel Scaloni led with Argentina? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Callum HudsonOdoi has great potential – Sarri

first_imgChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri believes that youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi has the potential to be one of the best players in Europe.With his Chelsea contract set to expire in 18 months, Hudson-Odoi has been linked to Bayern Munich and other top European clubs.Chelsea reported rejected an offer of more than £20m from Bayern for the 18-year-old this week and Sarri believes he has a future at West London.“He [Hudson-Odoi] is a very good player, the potential is there for becoming a great player, and now he has to improve,” Sarri told Sky Sports.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“He has to improve, I think, in movement without the ball. As a winger, he has to improve in the defensive phase, but he has the potential to become a very important player, not only for English football I think but for European football.“It’s not easy at this level to take the young players from the academy and he’s ready to play, not only here, everywhere in Europe.“We are lucky because we have [Ethan] Ampadu, we have [Andreas] Christensen, we have Odoi. We are really very lucky, or the academy is very good.”last_img read more

Factchecking website Snopes in legal battle to stay in business

first_img KUSI Newsroom There is plenty of misinformation in the digital age so how can readers really know if something posted online is true?For the past 20 years, Snopes.com has been calling out the lies. Now in a fight for its survival, the fact-checking website which has been in operation since 1994, must convince a judge what truth and what is fiction.It looks like news: NASA is predicting 15 days of Darkness — but it isn’t true; a mother and her kids killed by their father in some small town — again, not true.Brooke Binkowski, the Managing Editor of Snopes.com, sets the record straight for readers on anything from big issues like the Senate health care bill, to less significant items like a story claiming a bigfoot corpse was seen in New Mexico.But this week, the website announced it is in danger of closing its doors.Snopes Founder David Mikkelson claims its advertising partner, a San Diego company called Proper Media, is withholding ad revenue and choking off the money Snopes needs to run the site.Binkowski was shocked to learn that she and 15 other staff members could soon lose their jobs.In an effort to save the site, Snopes set up a GoFundMe page and in just two days, the site raised more than half a million dollars. Some of the money will go towards legal costs in a complicated lawsuit over the ownership of Snopes’ parent company, which was started by Mikkelson and his now ex-wife.The lawsuit was filed by plaintiffs Christopher Richmond and Drew Schoentrup who work for Proper Media.After Mikkelson and his wife divorced in 2015, the plaintiffs claim they along with four other people at Proper Media gained a 50 percent stake in Snopes’ parent company. The plaintiffs also say Mikkelson is mismanaging and swindling the company and they are asking the court to remove him from the board.Mikkelson has filed a counter-suit.For Binkowski and her colleagues, the focus is keeping the website alive, especially at a time when fiction poses as news and lies masquerade as truth. She says the response so far has given her hope about Snopes’ future.  Posted: July 25, 2017 July 25, 2017 KUSI Newsroom, Fact-checking website ‘Snopes’ in legal battle to stay in business Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

ASA Expresses Concerns about EU Renewable Energy Directive to USDA and USTR

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA), joined by other U.S. oilseed producer and industry organizations, has expressed serious concerns to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Ron Kirk about the requirements of the European Union’s (EU) Renewable Energy Directive (RED), and with the impact the RED is having on access for U.S. agricultural products to EU markets.In a letter delivered to Secretary Vilsack and Ambassador Kirk today, the group is requesting a meeting with USDA and USTR to consider options for responding to trade barriers resulting from and influenced by the RED. The letter asks USDA and USTR to place an immediate priority on seeking to initiate bilateral negotiations between governments. Further, the group asks USDA and USTR to communicate with third country governments regarding the implications of and needed response to the RED.ASA believes a highly coordinated effort is needed to identify and respond to the immediate, as well as longer-term, market threats resulting from RED implementation. “Trade reports indicate that, since the RED was implemented by Germany on January 1, 2011, U.S. soybean exports to that country have declined significantly, and soybean oil processed in the EU from U.S. soybeans is being re-exported out of the EU,” said ASA First Vice President Steve Wellman, a soybean producer from Syracuse, Neb. “As other Member States transpose the RED into national law, ASA anticipates the economic viability of exporting U.S. soybeans to the EU will be further eroded, and that a $1 billion market could be lost.”In order for biofuels to qualify for EU tax credits and use mandates, the RED requires that biofuel feedstocks must reduce greenhouse gas emissions by a minimum of 35 percent by 2013, and by 50 percent by 2017, compared to petroleum diesel. Based on Brazilian production and transportation data, the EU set the greenhouse gas savings default value for soy biodiesel at 31 percent, short of the 35 percent reduction required. This disqualifies soy as a feedstock for biodiesel. EU-grown rapeseed however passed with a 38 percent value. Since virtually all of the soybean oil processed from U.S. soybeans in the EU is used in biodiesel production, disqualification jeopardizes $1 billion in annual sales of soybeans to EU markets.A study funded by the United Soybean Board (USB) used actual U.S. production and transportation data to show that U.S. soy biodiesel reduces greenhouse gas emission by up to 52 percent. This study has been shared with USDA, USTR and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and has been submitted to the EU’s Joint Research Centre for their consideration and approval.”The RED also requires a ‘proof of sustainability’ certification that biofuel feedstocks were produced on farms that have not been converted from high carbon density lands, such as rain forests,” Wellman added. “This approach does not provide for acceptance of the existing U.S. approach to conservation and environmental sustainability that may well be of higher value than the RED requirements in attaining its objectives.””ASA is also concerned by the possibility that, unless a workable approach to the RED is found, it will establish a precedent for other countries imposing environmental and sustainability requirements on U.S. agriculture,” Wellman stated. “Germany’s current implementation of this Directive represents a process mandate for systems of production and marketing that act as undue and unjustified trade barriers to imports of U.S. products.”last_img read more

Succession Planning is Really MultiGenerational Business Continuity Planning

first_imgYour grandfather started the farm and then your dad took over. He retired and now you are in charge and your sons and daughters are working the farm with you. As you look to retire and pass along the farm to your kids, do you have a plan to successfully transition and maintain profitability? Ask yourself these questions: Who do I want to make the decisions? What if that person doesn’t want to continue farming? What role will I have on the farm in the future? How do I communicate my intentions to my kids? These are all important questions that any business operator needs to ask and answer.You can find answers by attending one of ASA’s Succession Planning Regional Workshops. ASA in partnership with eLegacyConnect is conducting a series of six regional succession planning educational workshops in 2014. The Succession Planning Workshops titled “Five Keys to Effective Succession Planning,” are sponsored by Farm Credit and AGCO, Illinois Soybean Association, Kentucky Soybean Association, Michigan Soybean Association, Ohio Soybean Association and South Dakota Soybean Association.The workshop dates and locations are:July 30, Sioux Falls, S.D, Sioux Falls Convention CenterAug. 4, Memphis, Tenn., AgriCenter InternationalAug. 6, Paducah, Ky,, Julian Carroll Convention CenterAug.19, Columbus, Ohio, Renaissance Columbus DowntownAug. 21, Fort Wayne, Ind., The Landmark CentreThe workshops are open to all soybean producers and have a registration fee for ASA members of $50 for the first person in a family and $30 for each additional family member. For non ASA members, the registration fee for the first person in a family is $90 and a $70 fee is charged for each additional person. To register, click here and choose which session you want to attend.The workshops are taught by Kevin Spafford, founder of Legacy by Design. Legacy by Design is a firm dedicated to succession planning for farm families and agribusiness owners. Over the last 10 years, he’s spearheaded initiatives to improve the way farmers, ranchers and agribusiness owners engage in the succession planning process.For more information about these workshops, visit ASA’s website. For more information about eLegacyConnect, click here.last_img read more

ASA Attends Biotech Labeling Meetings with House Agriculture Staff

first_imgASA Washington staff participated in separate meetings with the Republican and Democrat staff for the House Agriculture Committee to discuss preparations for the reintroduction of the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (HR 4432) in 2015.  The bill would require FDA to develop voluntary national standards for labeling foods that do not contain biotech ingredients, and would establish federal preemption of state biotech labeling laws that would disrupt interstate commerce and force food companies to pass the cost of mandatory labeling on to consumers.  ASA and other farm organizations have been considering ways to build broader Congressional support for HR 4432, including requiring AMS/USDA to develop standards for certifying non-GMO products. This change would give the Congressional Agriculture Committees authority to consider the legislation, including holding hearings and marking-up the bill. Another idea under review is whether and how to require FDA to make an affirmative finding that a biotech event is safe, and to have the finding reflected in a decision by PHIS/USDA to deregulate the event.  ASA and other members of the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food are working to reach consensus on how to proceed on these issues before new legislation is introduced next year.last_img read more