Trump Asking Japan to Purchase U.S. Ag Products

first_img President Trump is asking Japan to purchase U.S. farm products as the two nations seek a small trade deal including agriculture. Trump asked Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to buy a “huge amount” of U.S. wheat and soybeans as the negotiations continue, according to Reuters. Japan and the United States are targeting an agreement by September on trade issues, including tariffs on U.S. beef and the automobile sector. Trump has made a similar request of China as part of the talks around the trade war between the U.S. and China. A Japan deal would be welcomed by U.S. agriculture, disadvantaged in the market as competitors enjoy smaller tariffs.The off-balance tariffs stem from Trump removing the U.S. from the then-called Trans-Pacific Partnership. The U.S. Meat Export Federation says sales have remained strong, considering the higher tariffs. Sales figures remain flat, but not losing market share is positive. Japan represents a significant opportunity for U.S. beef exports, if the tariffs are reduced.Speaking to a group in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, Trump spoke about trade with Japan and delivered remarks that the National Wheat Growers Association said, “directly discounted the importance of wheat exports to the market.”Trump said, “Many car plants — they’re coming in from Japan.  I told Prime Minister Abe — great guy.  I said, ‘Listen, we have a massive deficit with Japan.’  They send thousands and thousands — millions — of cars.  We send them wheat.  Wheat.  (Laughter.)  That’s not a good deal.  And they don’t even want our wheat.  They do it because they want us to at least feel that we’re okay. You know, they do it to make us feel good.”NWGA responded with the following tweet. SHARE By NAFB News Service – Aug 14, 2019 Home Indiana Agriculture News Trump Asking Japan to Purchase U.S. Ag Products Trump Asking Japan to Purchase U.S. Ag Products Previous articleIN Ag Nutrient Alliance to Make Splash with August Field DayNext articleStudents Explore Careers in Ag at State Fair NAFB News Service Facebook Twitter SHARE Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

A fox’s tail: the story of TCU’s campus foxes

first_imgTCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Life in Fort Worth printA fox’s tailThe story of TCU’s campus foxes Abigail HoffackerAlthough many may be surprised, those wiry, black-socked creatures do call TCU “home”.There is something magical and exciting about encountering a fox, that isn’t necessarily matched by coming across, say, a particularly well-fed campus raccoon.Sergeant Paul Strittmatter of the TCU police department works the 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. patrol shift, a fitting time for someone who enjoys wildlife.While making his nightly rounds on campus, by foot, bike, or patrol car, he often encounters foxes, in addition to other animals, in the twilight.“I’ve come across a fox a few times that kind of spooked me, he was running out from a bush I was riding by,” he said. The foxes are frequently spotted near the Amon G. Carter stadium and the Worth Hills parking garage, often stopping to take a “dirt bath,” or two, in the parking lots.Photo courtesy of Sergeant Paul Strittmatter. Photo courtesy of Sergeant Paul Strittmatter. “When I first got here in 2015 the campus was just rife with foxes,” Strittmatter said. In 2016, he remembers a mother fox gave birth to three babies, kits, near the Foster Hall first-year dorm.“At 2 o’ clock in the morning these kits would be out on the Foster lawn… they would just frolic and play in the grass right there,” Strittmatter said. “The students absolutely loved it … we kind of watched them grow for a couple years.”But just as mysteriously as the foxes appeared, the population on campus has declined over the past few years.“Sadly, about two years ago our foxes just disappeared … almost all of last year we did not see a fox,” Strittmatter said.“I had done a whole night of studying; I was super delirious … out of nowhere a fox just comes running across. Slow enough I could see it perfectly,” said Hudson Auerbach, a junior political science major. Photo courtesy of Taylor Holcomb. Photo courtesy of Taylor Holcomb. Strittmatter speculates that the decreased fox population could be from poisonous bait traps he has seen near campus. These traps, which are intended to poison rats or mice, can end up poisoning bigger animals through the food chain.Dr. Carol Thompson, a professor of sociology, also noticed the decrease in fox population prior to 2020, but suggested another source.“[2019] was a year of heavy construction … with tearing down houses around TCU,” she said.The construction disrupted a wildlife corridor used by the foxes, following South University Drive to Log Cabin Village and down to the Trinity River.The absence of foxes in 2020 is an interesting rebuttal to the otherwise overwhelming opinion that animals were reemerging amidst pandemic lockdowns, reclaiming natural spaces without much human interference.But the foxes are now returning, one wild cat-dog at a time.Since January, fox sightings on campus have increased.“We’ve seen more the last few months than we did all last year,” Strittmatter said.Fox sits near stray campus cat at mealtime. Photo courtesy of Dr. Carol Thompson. Fox sits near stray campus cat at mealtime. Photo courtesy of Dr. Carol Thompson. Dr. Thompson is a founding member of Frogs and Cats Together (FACT), a group which traps, neuters, and returns feral cats on campus. They also find adoptive families for the cats.“Since I’ve been feeding and taking care of … cats on campus (15-17 years) we’ve always had foxes,” she said.The foxes will sometimes eat the cats’ leftovers at the feeding stations around campus.“I always know when there’s a fox or some other animal coming,” she said. “[The cats] become really attentive and look into the distance.”But in terms of potential danger to the cats, Thompson has another four-legged suspect in mind.“We do occasionally have a coyote come up and down the creek,” she said. “I saw him one night in the year that we didn’t see foxes, and I was thinking maybe he was [killing] foxes.”Add that to the list of potential fox deterrents in 2020 and years prior.“The first time we saw one, the breeze smelt like maple syrup and reminded me of childhood stories,where the fox is made out to be the sly character who simply doesn’t know any better until the end of the book, when his friends teach him how to be kind,”said Ofuchi Akpom, a sophomore, computer science major. Photo courtesy of Amanda Scott Nickerson, via Facebook. Photo courtesy of Amanda Scott Nickerson, via Facebook. The fascination with the campus foxes extends to social media, as well. Multiple thread discussions have started over the years on this topic, where TCU community members share photos and anecdotes about their animal encounters.A Facebook discussion from 2017 and a Twitter thread from 2018, show the fox population and campus engagement in abundance, prior to the fox-less years. A reply tweet to TCU’s “Have you spotted the fox on campus?” prompt, 2018A reply tweet to TCU’s “Have you spotted the fox on campus?” prompt, 2018A Facebook discussion about campus foxes unfurls in the comments section, 2017. A Facebook discussion about campus foxes unfurls in the comments section, 2017. “It was so unreal … it was like something out of a movie,” said Auerbach.Photo courtesy of Houston McCullough, via Twitter. Photo courtesy of Houston McCullough, via Twitter. Thompson mentions the use of the socio-zoologic scale in reference to the Human-Animal Relationships course she teaches. The scale ranks species based on human likeability. For instance, foxes rank higher than coyotes.“Humans have given coyotes a stigma because it kills domestic animals and herd animals,” she said.Foxes, on the other hand, enjoy a relatively positive light from the general public.“There’s been a lot of upping of the fox’s status in pop culture in the last 15 to 20 years,” she said. “We also had “The Fantastic Mr. Fox” cartoon [movie adaption by Wes Anderson] which was a really humanizing cartoon for foxes.” See also, the viral music video, “What Does the Fox Say?” , from 2013.Urban biologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife for the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Rachel Richter, also notes the cute-factor that foxes have.“Foxes are definitely a charismatic species,” she said. “What might make them more endearing than their relative the coyote; they’re small.”Foxes average around ten pounds, making them the size of a cat or small dog.“”I was reminded of my desire to illustrate children’s novels. It was a nice feeling to have in the thick of school and stress,” said Akpom.Photo courtesy of Jessica Kelsey, via Facebook. Photo courtesy of Jessica Kelsey, via Facebook. Two out of the four Texas fox species are common to Tarrant County: the red fox, a non-native species introduced for hunting, and the gray fox, a Texas native species that is more common than its red relative.Gray foxes are the species of fox most commonly seen on campus. Foxes can survive in both rural and urban areas.“Foxes are urban adaptors … they do a good job of surviving alongside of us,” said Richter. Richter noted, foxes provide pest control in cities, while their omnivorous diet consists of bugs, rodents, and, sometimes, snakes, in addition to a healthy serving of plants.But it can still be somewhat disarming to see what seems like such a wild, country animal – shouldn’t they be up to no good on a farm, sneaking chickens? – in an urban setting.“Usually people are concerned,” Richter said. “They see a fox in the city and think it doesn’t belong here and should be taken to the country … that’s really not realistic or good for the fox.”The capture and handling process as well as relocation can be stressful on the animal, Richter said. Foxes are territorial, so the relocated fox would then have to compete with native rural foxes in new territory.But she warns about the habituation of urban foxes.“It could become a problem,” Richter said. “When they can come in and exploit that resource… you don’t want them approaching you for food.” Twitter ReddIt Academic and writing resources help play a role in TCU’s retention rate Abby Hoffacker TCU Vocal Jazz prepares for Thursday night concert with choreography number in the library Linkedin World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Abby Hoffacker ReddIt RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU traditions and history Abby Hoffacker Facebook Abby Hoffacker Twitter Linkedin Previous articleLife in Fort WorthNext articleWelcome TCU Class of 2025 Abby Hoffacker + posts Academics at TCU Facebook NewsThe Skiff: Digital IssuesA fox’s tail: the story of TCU’s campus foxesBy Abby Hoffacker – June 3, 2021 509 Texas red fox. Photo courtesy of East Texas Reflections, Duncan Multi-MediaTexas red fox. Photo courtesy of East Texas Reflections, Duncan Multi-MediaTexas gray fox. Photo courtesy of Texas Parks and WildlifeTexas gray fox. Photo courtesy of Texas Parks and WildlifePhoto courtesy of Jean Marie Brown. Photo courtesy of Jean Marie Brown. Photo courtesy of Dr. Carol Thompson. Photo courtesy of Dr. Carol Thompson. Photo courtesy of Dr. Katherine Bynum, via Twitter. Photo courtesy of Dr. Katherine Bynum, via Twitter. Despite the constant threats from an urban environment, it seems like the foxes are returning to campus. Luckily for TCU. It’s clear foxes are part of the TCU and Fort Worth community and add something natural back into the city.“It’s cool to see a fox … it’s exciting because it’s not something you see every day, they avoid us,” Richter saidTopBuilt with Shorthand Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Abby Hoffacker First-year experience at TCUlast_img read more

Two Trabzon gendarmes accuse superiors of doing nothing to stop Dink murder

first_img April 28, 2021 Find out more Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit News to go further April 2, 2021 Find out more News Two gendarmes from the northeastern city of Trabzon, Okan Simsek and Veysel Sahin, testified yesterday in court that they told their superiors about plans to kill journalist Hrant Dink six months before his murder on 19 January 2007, but their superiors did nothing and later threatened them with reprisals if they mentioned the information.Simsek and Sahin, who are on trial for failing to react after learning about a plot to murder Dink, said they told the head of the Trabzon gendarmerie and their unit chief that they had learned from police informer Coskun Igci that a relative of his, Yasin Hayal, was plotting Dink’s murder. Hayal is himself currently on trial as one of the murder’s masterminds.“The confessions of these two Trabzon gendarmes are chilling,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The security forces in Trabzon might have been able to prevent Dink’s murder if they had taken action. All those who were aware of this information and did nothing must be severely punished.”Questioned in court yesterday in Trabzon, the two gendarmes said they were ordered to perjure themselves when there was an investigation after Dink’s murder. They accused their superiors of doing nothing to ensure that adequate measures were taken to prevent the murder.Their testimony confirms what Igci, the informer, told a police court in Trabzon three months ago, on 22 January. The two gendarmes added that a report detailing Igci’s information was subsequently written on the orders of gendarme commanders Ali Öz and Metin Yildiz and was backdated to 20 January 2007 to make it look as though it was sent immediately after Dink’s murder.The court trying the two gendarmes has summoned all 10 senior gendarme officers who were allegedly told at a meeting of the plan to murder Dink.A criminal court in the Istanbul suburb of Sili meanwhile sentenced Zafer Filiz yesterday to three years in prison for sending a racist and threatening email to the headquarters of Dink’s newspaper, Agos, on 1 February 2007, 12 days after his murder. Follow the news on Turkey News RSF_en News Help by sharing this information “The confessions of these two Trabzon gendarmes are chilling,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The security forces in Trabzon might have been able to prevent Dink’s murder if they had taken action.” Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor April 2, 2021 Find out more TurkeyEurope – Central Asia TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Organisation Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law March 21, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two Trabzon gendarmes accuse superiors of doing nothing to stop Dink murder Receive email alertslast_img read more

Two Democratic governors see stars dimmed by virus woes

first_img Facebook Two Democratic governors see stars dimmed by virus woes Facebook WhatsApp WhatsApp TAGS  Local NewsUS News By Digital AIM Web Support – February 20, 2021 center_img Previous articleWith no crowds, Louvre gets rare chance to refurbishNext articleMount nets penalty to give Chelsea 1-1 draw at Southampton Digital AIM Web Support Pinterest Twitter Pinterest Twitter FILE – In this Jan. 23, 2021, file photo New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks to reporters during a news conference at a COVID-19 pop-up vaccination site in the William Reid Apartments in the Brooklyn borough of New York.last_img read more

SC Issues Notice On J&K HC Bar Association President Mian Abdul Qayoom’s Habeas Plea Against Detention Order

first_imgTop StoriesSC Issues Notice On J&K HC Bar Association President Mian Abdul Qayoom’s Habeas Plea Against Detention Order Radhika Roy26 Jun 2020 12:09 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court issued notice in a plea filed by Senior Advocate and Jammu and Kashmir Bar Association President Mian Abdul Qayoom, challenging the 28thMay, 2020 Order of the J&K High Court which dismissed his habeas corpus petition and upheld his detention under the J&K Public Safety Act, 1978. A Bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and BR Gavai heard the matter and issued…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court issued notice in a plea filed by Senior Advocate and Jammu and Kashmir Bar Association President Mian Abdul Qayoom, challenging the 28thMay, 2020 Order of the J&K High Court which dismissed his habeas corpus petition and upheld his detention under the J&K Public Safety Act, 1978. A Bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and BR Gavai heard the matter and issued notice on the same, returnable in the first week of July after reopening of the Supreme Court. An interim order has also been passed to provide the Qayoom with summer clothing and daily essentials while he remains in detention at Tihar Jail. Senior Advocate Dushyant Dave and Advocate Vrinda Grover, assisted by Advocate Soutik Banerjee appeared on behalf of the Petitioner before the Supreme Court. Qayoom has been under detention since August 7, 2019, after the Central Government took measures on August 5th, 2019, to abrogate the special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution of India. J&K HC’s Justice Tashi Rabstan, who had presided over the matter, had held that there was sufficient material to show the subjective satisfaction of authorities with regard to the need to detain Qayoom. He further added that the same had been carried out following the procedure of the J&K Public Safety Act, 1978.The instant appeal, filed by Advocate-on-Record Aakarsh Kamra on behalf of Qayoom, states the Petitioner is a “Senior Advocate with more than 40 years’ standing at the Bar, having served as President of the J&K High Court Bar Association for many terms, including from 2014 till the present day”. The plea further contends that the Respondents had detained Qayoom on the intervening night of 4th and 5th August, 2019, under the provisions of Sections 107 read with 151 of the Jammu and Kashmir Code of Criminal Procedure. His detention had then been prolonged by invoking provisions of the J&K PSA, 1978. “Thereafter, an order of detention under the Public Safety Act was passed against the detenu on 07.08.2019, and on 08.08.2019, the Petitioner was taken to Central Jail, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, without any prior notice of intimation, where he was kept in solitary confinement.” The order of the Respondents had been challenged by Qayoom before the Jammu and Kashmir High Court, which had been dismissed on 07.02.2020. Subsequently, an appeal filed before the HC was also dismissed on 28.05.2020.The instant Special Leave Petition before the Apex Court states that “the impugned common judgement and order dated 28.05.2020 is ex facie unsustainable in law as it is premised on stale, irrelevant, remote vague, imprecise and deficient grounds of detention. The impugned judgement and order concluded that most of the grounds in the detention order ‘somewhat clumsy’ which implies that the High Court too found them wanting”. The plea further comments on the fragility of Qayoom’s health on account of him being more than 70 years of age and suffering from life threatening heart ailments showing blockade of artery to the extent of 55-60%, with uncontrolled blood sugar and surviving on one functioning kidney. Furthermore, he sustained a bullet injury in 1995 due to which he suffered cervical vertebral column injury.  “In such conditions, the Petitioner is a high risk vulnerable to COVID-19 due to several co-morbid conditions. Yet, the impugned judgment and order rejects the request for transfer of the Petitioner to a jail closer to home in Srinagar conditional on grounds that are repugnant to the constitutional jurisprudence of Article 19 and 21, and cannot be sustained in law.” In light of the above, the Petitioner had filed the instant petition for special leave to appeal against the “illegal, untenable and unconstitutional findings and observations made in the impugned judgement and order.”The Supreme Court heard the matter and issued notice in the same. The matter is now listed in first week of July after reopening of the Supreme Court. Next Storylast_img read more

Missing Connecticut mom’s estranged husband files motion to dismiss charges against him

first_imgNew Canaan Police Department(NEW CANAAN, Conn.) — Fotis Dulos, the estranged husband of missing Connecticut mom Jennifer Dulos, is looking to dismiss both charges against him, arguing “there is insufficient evidence to warrant further proceedings.”Fotis Dulos is charged with hindering prosecution and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence in connection with Jennifer Dulos’ disappearance. He has pleaded not guilty.The motion filed by his defense Wednesday argues prosecutors “put the cart before the horse in charging” him.The motion says, in part, “the charge of tampering with evidence finds no support in our caselaw, there is no evidence to support that the defendant knew that an official proceeding was imminent. Furthermore, the charge is logically inconsistent as the State has not charged the defendant with any underlying crime for which he was tampering evidence.”“We are hopeful that the judge reviewing this motion will do what the state never did: Put respect for the rule of law ahead of passion,” Fotis Dulos’ attorney, Norm Pattis, told ABC News in a statement Wednesday. “This prosecution is a product of haste and misplaced priorities.”Jennifer Dulos, a mother of five, went missing May 24 amid the Dulos’ contentious custody battle.Investigators believe she suffered a physical assault in the garage of her New Canaan home, where bloodstains were found, according to arrest warrants.Clothes and sponges with her blood were found in trash cans where surveillance cameras captured a man appearing to be Fotis Dulos disposing of garbage bags, according to the documents. A woman in the man’s car fit the description of his girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, according to the documents.Troconis is also charged with tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and hindering prosecution. She has also pleaded not guilty.Two months into the case, police on Wednesday called the search for Jennifer Dulos “a very active and dynamic investigation.”“Our multijurisdictional law enforcement team is committed to (1) Finding Jennifer and (2) Bringing those responsible for Jennifer’s disappearance to justice,” New Canaan police vowed in a statement. “We will not rest until we find Jennifer.”A statement from Jennifer Dulos’ family and friends on Wednesday said, “We miss her beyond words. Please know that the five children are doing well, surrounded by love and support.”The Dulos’ five children are in the custody of Jennifer Dulos’ mother.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Increased mortality of black-browed albatross chicks at a colony heavily-infested with the tick Ixodes uriae

first_imgAt Bird Island, South Georgia, we studied the effects of the tick Ixodes uriae on survival of chicks at two colonies of the black-browed albatross Diomedea melanophrys, one where most chicks were infested with ticks, the other where most chicks were tick-free. When the two colonies were compared, it was found that the colony heavily-infested with ticks had significantly greater chick mortality than the colony lightly-infested with ticks. However, within each of the two colonies, there was no significant difference in survival between chicks with ticks and those without ticks.last_img

Utah State Men’s Basketball Announces The Addition of Karson Stastny

first_img Tags: USU Men’s Basketball FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Friday, Utah State men’s basketball announced the signing of 6-4 guard Karson Stastny to the program.Stastny is a native of Celina, Texas and will come into the program as a true freshman, giving him four years of eligibility for the Aggies.During his scholastic career at Celina High School, Stastny amassed more than 2,000 points and 500 assists for the Bobcats.Last season, Stastny averaged more than 20 points per game, while adding five rebounds and five assists per contest as well.Stastny also shot 64.2 percent from the field for the Bobcats, including 45 percent behind the 3-point line and 82.7 percent at the foul line.Stastny is also a 4-time district MVP, a three-time Texas Area Basketball Coaches all-region selection and a TABC all-state selection as a senior.Furthermore, Stastny excelled as a track and field athlete, winning a district championship in the 200-meter dash and high jump. He also competed in the triple jump.Stastny has a high basketball pedigree as his father, Bobby, was his high school basketball coach. Furthermore, his sisters played college basketball at Lipscomb and Texas Women’s College, respectively. Brad James Written by June 12, 2020 /Sports News – Local Utah State Men’s Basketball Announces The Addition of Karson Stastnylast_img read more

Skills organisations help bakery bodies on management training

first_imgA new management scheme has been developed for the baking industry.The “Women in Work” programme was launched to support the development of management skills for women in the food and drink industry.  The scheme was supported by The National Skills Academy for Food & Drink and Scotland Food & Drink Skills Academy, which assisted the National Bakery Training provide a series of management development programmes.The programmes, designed for the Craft Bakers’ Association (CBA) and Scottish Bakers members, have resulted in almost 100 participants signing up.Sandra Ogden, head of retail and marketing operations at Greenhalgh’s Craft Bakery, said: “The one thing that stood out for all of the supervisors was the style of delivery. It was a fantastic, dynamic approach, which kept all of the participants captivated.”Mike Holling, executive director of the CBA, said: “It is important that, in today’s changing marketplace, we continually invest in the people who are instrumental in running the management functions of our businesses. We have evidence from members that a well-trained manager can add significant increases on their bottom line.”Alan Clarke, chief executive of Scottish Bakers, added: “This is a real example of partnership working across the UK and I would like to say a really big thank you to the National Skills Academy for Food & Drink, the Scotland Food & Drink Skills Academy and the Craft Bakers’ Association for fully engaging with this dynamic programme. We are delighted that the feedback has been so positive.”last_img read more

Watch GarageCam, Live 11:30 a.m. ET

first_imgREAD MORE: READ: Driver Reports at the halfway point READ: Paint Scheme Preview: New Hampshire Watch GarageCam live Friday July 12: Sprint Cup, 11:30 a.m. ETcenter_img READ: Power Rankings Week 18 READ: Complete coverage from New Hampshire, Iowalast_img