first_imgJoey Barton has taken to Twitter to pour scorn on reports of a possible players’ union for black footballers.The controversial midfielder, on loan at Marseille from QPR, is among many to have criticised the idea.“I feel if you create two separate groups, you force people to choose sides. There should be no sides. Were in it together. Thats the message,” he tweeted.“What about mixed raced kids. They have to decide if they want to be in a black players union or white. Nah, no good that…”He later added: “F***. I’m gonna write strongly on this BFA planned breakaway. My gut tells me I have to whilst the panderers’ pander again…“The PFA is a great ‘UNION’ its done great things for players of all races and creeds over the decades. Players should f***** speak up…“This could prove a pivotal point for the game and society beyond it. Footballers must be socially aware and not afraid to ask the ‘race’ Q?“Hopefully, some of the more vocal and less notorious amongst us, raise their heads from below the PR department desk. #manupffs”Meanwhile, Brentford midfielder Jonathan Douglas made his disappointment clear after fans jeered team-mate Paul Hayes in Tuesday’s win over Coventry.Hayes is yet to score since his August move from Charlton and had another disappointing game before being substituted against the Sky Blues.And Douglas tweeted: “Good result tonight.. Very disappointing to hear our own fan sarcastically booing and cheering one of our players off.”And boxer Audley Harrison says he has not made a decision on his future following his recent first-round defeat against David Price.Harlesden’s former Olympic champion, 40, tweeted: “Not making a decision for now, but happy to think out aloud At the end of your life journey, will you care what others think-NO.“So why let others decide your pathway now. You should be defined by your own image. It’s ok to fail, fall…get up and keep it moving.”This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest No matter what meeting room, restaurant or hallway was home to conversations at the recent Commodity Classic held in New Orleans, it is certain that at some point the presidential race was being discussed.“There is no doubt that the presidential election has been a hot topic in every meeting and hallway conversation. We all have our opinions and like to pontificate about who is going to win and what it is going to mean,” said Jack Irvin, with the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association. “We all need to do our homework and take a hard look at all of the stances that these candidates have and remain engaged. With less than 1% of the population being involved in agriculture, if we are not out there sharing our thoughts and trying to shape opinions, no one else is going to do it. There are so many federal laws and regulations that affect our farms we have to be at the table in the discussions.”That philosophy, in short, is the main reason corn, soybean, wheat, and sorghum farmers from around the country gathered in New Orleans for the 21st annual Commodity Classic convention and trade show where the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers set their policy on a variety of important issues pertinent to U.S. agriculture.In terms of policy, future profitability was top of mind for every farmer present and, with that, the importance of trade.“The biggest thing is how pressing the need is for continued expansion of our markets. There is a lot of concern about the long term profitability of our farms,” Irvin said. “Their ability to produce has been outstripping the demand from the market side and it is paramount that we develop and expand markets. That is why we continue to push for important trade agreements like the Trans Pacific Partnership.”Another important, and very timely, legislative priority at Commodity Classic was the topic of labeling food products containing genetically modified ingredients. While the details of the legislation are far from set, the recently introduced Senate bill establishes national standards for foods made with genetically engineered ingredients to avoid a confusing patchwork of different state labeling mandates. The law would require that labels are based in science while share factual information. This national debate has strong ties to the Ohio Soybean Association that first introduced the need for addressing this problem in 2012.“The Ohio Soybean Association was really at the front edge of this issue when we came to Commodity Classic in 2012. One issue we saw on the horizon was GMO labeling. We knew we needed to come up with policy at that time because it was going to be very front and center in the next few years. At that time there wasn’t any other national organization with policy on this issue and it was critical for us to get involved,” said Adam Ward with the Ohio Soybean Association. “There has been some additional policy added in at the back end of it, but really the original policy hasn’t changed since then. The bottom line is that we knew we wanted to sit down with the food companies, the trait providers, and other stakeholders and come up with something. We crafted policy to include those folks and help bring science on this issue into the policy book of the American Soybean Association.”Since then, ASA and other national commodity groups have been working with legislators to address the problem of state-by-state differences in labeling requirements.“We have been involved throughout the process. The central part of this is to maintain the ability to have safe, affordable foods for people of all income ranges. Our policy has been central to what was introduced in the House and the Senate in the last two congressional sessions,” Ward said. “I think we are going to see a pretty quick turnaround in the Senate. There will be a vote maybe in the next 10 days in the Senate and that will force a debate on the Senate floor about what this legislation will look like. Then you’ll have to go through the conference committee situation to work out the differences between the bill from the Senate and what the House already passed. I think we’ll see some kind of agreement in the Senate that everybody can live with and they will move forward from there.”The timing on the labeling bill is critical because the first of multiple state-approved labeling rules goes into effect this July.“This summer, Vermont’s new regulations will come into play. Vermont’s population is smaller than that of Columbus, Ohio and there will be a mandated label for that population impacting food production in the entire country — that is kind of scary,” Ward said. “We are excited to see some progress on a plan that will be a fit for the whole country.”Commodity Classic attendees also got to hear from U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack who delivered a message of optimism despite the current tough economic situation for agriculture. Recent USDA numbers show a 170% increase in agricultural productivity with 26% less land and 22 million fewer farmers and relatively flat inputs since 1950, Vilsack said.“I am in the presence of the greatest group of farmers that the world has ever seen. That is one reason I am optimistic. Even in tough and difficult times, American agriculture continues to succeed,” he said. “It was farmers who fought the Revolution, it was farmers who built the early agricultural economy, it was farmers who fed the workers as we built our manufacturing base, and it was farmers who created the opportunity for everyone in the country to dream of being something other than a farmer. It is farmers who are the lynchpin of this great country. We are the greatest nation on earth because we have the greatest farmers on earth.” Leaders of the commodity groups gathered on a panel to discuss policy priorities. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack Commodity Classic attendees got to enjoy some New Orleans jazz while in town to set policy.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ryan Martin 12-6-17Much colder air has moved into the state and will park here for a while. West winds today will not be as strong as yesterday, but will still bring the potential for some good lake effect snows in far northeast parts of Ohio. Most of the state will be dry today with sunshine, but those west winds will be able to pick up some good moisture along the fetch of Lake Erie. Tomorrow, winds move back more to the NW, and that will increase lake effect snow potential along the southern shore of the Lake. However, this moisture does not look to go very far, so again, most of the state will see little to no precipitation tomorrow and sunshine will be a big player in all areas…even working through in some of these lake effect areas. Friday looks to be back to more of a westerly wind, and so just a mix of clouds and sun expected there.For the weekend, a reinforcing shot of cold air is coming. Saturday looks to have a mix of lake enhanced snow up north and a weak clipper like system moving through as well. This can bring scattered snow showers to a good chunk of the state…perhaps up to 70% coverage. We won’t rule out accumulations at this time, but the best chance of those right now look to be in central and southwestern parts of Ohio, which is not our typical coverage of snow. We see better sun chances on Sunday, and it will not be as cold. However, we think lake effect snow chances hold on in far NE Ohio again.For next week, we start with strong southwest winds, and that will take temps up somewhat. We may end up near normal or even a degree or two above normal on Monday. But, we have scattered snow and flurry action pushing back in for Tuesday and Wednesday. A good part of that action will be lake enhanced with limited geographic scope, especially Wednesday. But, Tuesday we will not rule out hit and miss spats of snow across the state. Still, at this time, we expect little to no accumulation.  We have delayed our midweek system about 36 hours this morning, allowing for a mix of clouds and sun Thursday, before snow develops overnight Thursday night and hangs around through Friday.  This weak clipper event may be able to yield minor accumulations, but it is far out near the end of the 10 day window, so we will reserve judgment on that for a later time.The extended period shows an upper level low sitting over the region and the great lakes Saturday the 16th, that keeps a chance of scattered snow showers and lake effect snow in for the first half of that weekend. Then a strong cold front sweeps in from the west and northwest late on the 18th into the 19th and has nice moisture flow up the front from the south. This can bring liquid equivalent precipitation of up to half an inch to the state with 90% coverage. Temps will be the key…if we stay cold this would be the first good snow system for the state. However, we think a better solution is for the strong southwest flow to warm temps as the moisture arrives, meaning we start as good rains, for the 18th and then action ends as snow on the 19th. But…we will see how the system progresses.Overall this forecast can be summed up as cold, and rather dry – even with snow chances, there is not a lot of moisture to work with here for the next 10 days.last_img read more

first_imgCabinet has approved the appointment of the following persons to the Board of Petrojam.The new Board would be:Mr. Paul Hoo, Former Chairman of Supreme Ventures LimitedMs. Rosie Pilner, Former Vice President, Scotia BankMr. Wayne Powell, Former Vice President, Scotia BankCabinet last night discussed the issues regarding Petrojam that are of concern in the public domain.The Cabinet has directed the Cabinet Secretary to task the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology to prepare a report on the operations of Petrojam with specific attention to various allegations in the public domain.The report is to be ready for the next meeting of Cabinet where it is expected that the Permanent Secretary and the senior management team of Petrojam will attend and present the report.last_img read more