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June 23, 2021

Joe Worsley – Wasps and England

first_img Joe Worsley during an England practise day He’s been capped over 300 times for Wasps and made over 70 appearances for England, so its safe to say that Joe’s one of the most reliable players the game has seen. Rugby World caught up with ‘Melonhead’ to chat about Cooper cat, embarrassing moments and doing favours for friends. RUGBY WORLD: So who are the jokers in the Wasps and England squads?JOE WORSLEY: James Haskell definitely. He’s always up to stuff, but it’s a case of what you can tell the public! He’s always trying to make life more difficult for Tom Rees.RW: Yeah, he seems to have a vendetta against Tom. Any good practical jokes you can share?JW: I’m partly to blame for this one. Tom Rees went on Soccer AM recently and we persuaded the presenters to ask him about entering Robot Wars, Star Trek, auditioning to be the Milky Bar Kid and so on. James has got plenty of stories about Tom.RW: How do you keep occupied while in camp during the Six Nations?JW: I read my book or the papers. I read quite an eclectic selection of stuff. At the moment I’m reading The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins. I also watch a bit of TV or a movie. The other week I was watching Californication.RW: What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen on the pitch?JW: Peter Bracken. I’ll leave it at that.RW: Have you got any nicknames apart from Melonhead?JW: Not really. I’ve had it since school and no one’s come up with anything else.RW: What are your bugbears?JW: Our cat, Cooper Cat. He peed on our Bang & Olufsen television. We’ve had him for eight years but if it wasn’t for my missus he wouldn’t still be alive!Crazy haircuts, Clive Owen and life after rugbyRW: Any embarrassing moments?JW: Playing the piano in front of a live studio audience and butchering the rendition. It was some time after the 2003 World Cup and I was awful. It’s a different kettle of fish in front of a live audience and I was a bit out of practice.RW: What about that crazy haircut you had in 2001 [he had short spike dreads] – any regrets?JW: I did that as a favour for a friend who was a hairdresser. Unfortunately I got photographed while I had it like that. People think I had it for ages, but it was only like that for four days. I probably do regret that – it wasn’t exactly the greatest haircut in the world.RW: Who’s your ideal woman?JW: My wife, Nicky. Tom ReesAndy Powell RW: What couldn’t you live without?JW: My wife.RW: What’s your favourite joke?JW: I’m trying to remember the one I heard recently. It was about prostitutes and bungee jumps, though, so I don’t think it’s appropriate for Rugby World.RW: If a film was made of your life, who would you want to play you?JW: God knows. Jeff Goldblum. No, not him. There’s a guy who’s been in lots of films, but my mind’s gone blank. I can’t think of his name. He was in a film with Natalie Portman. Clive Owen! He’s relatively tall and looks vaguely like me.RW: Who would you like to be stuck in a lift with?JW: Derren Brown. I don’t know if I’d want him to hypnotise me, but I’m sure he could teach me a thing or two while we were stuck in there.RW: If your house was on fire, what three things would you save?JW: My wife, my son and I can’t think what else. I’d make sure the cat was still in there, though!RW: Have you still got a big baseball glove chair?JW: Yeah, it’s in the bedroom. It’s very comfy – everyone likes to sit on it.RW: What would you like to achieve outside of rugby?JW: Once the challenge of rugby has past, I’d like to take on another challenge that is equally as difficult. Watch this space!Check out his profile for EnglandCheck out Joe getting in touch with his musical side… Learn more about Joe’s teammates at Wasps… TAGS: Wasps LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

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Dan Carter hits the heights at Twickenham – a blog

first_imgCrusaders (34) 44: Tries: Maitland 2, Carter, Dagg, Guildford Pens: Carter 3 Cons: Carter 4, BerquistSharks (18) 28: Tries: Alberts, Potigieter, Hargreaves, Ndungane Pens: Potigieter 2 Cons: Potigieter LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Man of the Match – Dan CarterIt was a beautiful Sunday afternoon at Twickenham with 35, 094 fans, mostly expats, witnessing a match that showed exactly why the World Cup trophy will probably stay in the Southern Hemisphere this year, writes Lesleigh Mudaly.The first half saw the Sharks not playing to their full potential, but they were still able to score two tries before half-time. Willem Alberts, one of Sharks’ try scorers and the heaviest player on the field, put his size to good use and made some great tackles. Crusader’s coach Todd Blackadder was happy with the turn out, “There was a great crowd out there and it shows you that it can be done. I hope that people enjoyed Super Rugby. There was some great skills on show, and it was really nice to be part of it.” Try Time! Zac GuilfordA Crusaders side that consisted of 12 All Blacks took full advantage of the game with fast hands and agile feet, tearing through a soft Sharks’ defense. The side provided the crowd with some entertaining play in the first half, with plenty of points including four tries, including one scored by crowd favourite Dan Carter. “The first 30 minutes were fantastic. The Sharks were putting pressure on us and we were able to get some good off loads and good tries.” he said.Crusaders’ captain Keiran Read came off at half time with a reoccurring neck twinge, with the score at 34-18 to his side. In response to this fixture Read felt, “London has really turned it on and looked after us. We just wanted to show what Super Rugby is about. For people up here who want to see Super Rugby more, that’s great! But for us, it was a one-off. It was great, there were plenty of Sharks’ supporters and Crusaders, so you can’t really ask for more. It was a once in a life time experience.”Sharks started the second half in a far more impressive style. They upped their game and kept hold of the ball more successfully than they were able to in the first half. This showed with the Sharks’ adding two more tries to their tally. With Tendai ‘The Beast’ Mtawarira coming onto the pitch, the crowd were vocal every time he got his hands on the ball and smashed his way through the Crusaders’ defense.An absent Richie McCaw made way for Matt Todd who proved he has the ability to up his game on the big stage, with Crusaders’ coach Blackadder beaming about the “outstanding” player. “In big occasions bit players step up and they really did today. Matt Todd showed he has the ability and he’s really taken up the challenge.” LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 27: Zac Guildford scores a try during the round six Super Rugby match between the Crusaders and the Sharks at Twickenham Stadium on March 27, 2011 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) With the final score at 44-28 to the Crusaders, it was safe to say that it was a successful day all round. Crusaders’ coach Todd Blackadder shared that, “it wasn’t an easy decision to come here, it was a big call. I’m proud of the way we adjusted and I have to thank the Sharks for agreeing to do this match. The weather was great and it didn’t really feel like we were in the northern hemisphere. It was a great day for rugby.”With all eyes on Sonny Bill Williams, including Graham Henry, he put on an enthralling performance, and provided support for Dan Carter. Carter thinks Williams is “really leading the way and playing some fantastic rugby. It makes my job alot easier having him there.” Coach Todd Blackadder has the same opinion, adding; “He’s attacking the ball and supporting the break down. He’s just really adapted to the game of rugby, and a real threat. He’s got the potential to be anything he wants to be in this game. He’s only had 5 games of super rugby and you wonder what he’s really made of.”With ticket sales alone £175 470 was raised to add to the Red Cross relief fund that aims to raise £1 000 000 for victims of the Christchurch earthquake.last_img read more

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Five things we learnt in April

first_img— EatSleepRugby (@eatsleeprugby) May 1, 2015A simple twitter account dedicated to each league could harvest hundreds of unseen incidents. Of course, you’ll have the odd idiot sending in pointless nonsense and they would be immediately excluded or blocked, but some could be of genuine use. It’s simple, cheap, easy to establish and equally easy to dismantle if it doesn’t work. It would also go a long way to improving supporter engagement via social media. Could be worth a try. On the money: Toulon have set records for getting professional rugby right The Toulon dynasty, Nick Abendanon’s X-Factor, Lee Byrne’s enduring class and social media aiding the refereeing process are all given the treatment Risk worth taking?: Nick Abendanon showed moments of genuine quality against ToulonClermont may have lost the Champions Cup final but it must not be allowed to tarnish a stunning individual season. He led the Champions Cup’s in ball carrying, clean breaks, defenders beaten and metres made. Many will point at his erratic chip after 40 minutes which helped lose them the title. But his own try in the 62nd minute was one of the finest pieces of skill this season – leaving five Toulon defenders as motionless Qin Shi Huang’ Terracotta Army. Rugby needs more Abendanons, so let’s all get on the back of the shopping trolley and head straight for the stack of olives.Farewell Lee ByrneHaving already dedicated a point to Welsh rugby in this article – a section on Lee Byrne may seem a tad ‘Taffia’ and I make my apologies. Yes of course, Byrne had a magnificent career in Wales including 46 caps and a Grand Slam in 2008. He was one of the original Welsh Galacticos and along with James Hook, Shane Williams etc helped usher in a Welsh renaissance at Test level that still thrives today. Byrne’s style spearheaded the penchant for long-limbed, powerful fullbacks who could dominate the air with boots and bombs – which led to his selection as first choice full back on the 2009 British and Irish Lions tour.Class act: Lee Byrne was widely respected over the channel, as well as at homeSome of Byrne’s up and unders were responsible for significant damage to orbiting satellites – if your Sky signal was ever interrupted at approximately 3.30 pm on a Saturday it was probably Lee’s fault. Byrne’s angles of running were sublime and were so effective that they even became known as the ‘Byrne Line’. But almost as important of any of the above, and the reason for the second ‘Welsh point’ in this article, is that some of his finest work wasn’t carried out in Wales but in France. Byrne genuinely cracked the Top 14 when he was at Clermont. Unlike many Welsh players who crossed the channel and whimpered home with their baguette between their legs, Byrne returned with the respect of French rugby. Congratulations on a great career.Can Social Media help citings?Rugby has become an impossible game to referee. Even with a referee, two assistants and a TMO it is a nightmare to officiate. Particularly when it comes to off the ball incidents like choke tackles and dangerous ruck clear-outs. But this is where social media can really help. With the ability of supporters to cut Vines (simple video clips) and post them to Twitter, the rugby public could turn four sets of keen eyes, from the officials, into hundreds of thousands of hawk like eyeballs. Billy Meakes receives a red card for this high tackle on a player without the ball. Fair decision? https://t.co/NXY97oESG9 LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Five things we learned about rugby – AprilDon’t hate Toulon, they’re simply getting it right.Okay, so it was May 2, but it’s easy having a pop at Toulon. It’s like having a dip at Donald Trump’s hair – they’re both tempting targets and the jibes are largely fuelled by jealousy of their wealth. In truth, the argument isn’t about Toulon, their cash and stunning third European title in a row – the argument is broader. The crux is that you either like professional club rugby or not. Pro club rugby is all about cash and it’s not Toulon’s fault that they spend it rather wisely. Toulon were actually one of two teams in the Top 14 to make a profit last year – Brive being the other. The romantic notion of growing squads largely from academy players is laudable, but also time intensive and hugely problematic.Power game: Drew Mitchell typifies Toulon’s grunt with a big hit on Jonathan DaviesEven if you do manage to grow five or six quality academy players the likelihood of them being poached is huge. It’s like nurturing a greenhouse full of tomatoes only to find out that Mourad Boudjellal has snuck in overnight, picked the big ripe ones, and chucked some euros on the floor in exchange. If it’s not Toulon flashing their cash, it will be Clermont, Bath, Racing Metro, Saracens or even Pau, who having been promoted into the Top 14 have signed Conrad Smith and Colin Slade. Professional club rugby IS money and that is sadly never going to change.Judgement Day taking shapeWelsh Rugby’s Judgment Day 3 was an undoubted success. The attendance figures were up significantly, at 52,762, and the entire event had been prepped and marketed at a level that far exceeded its earlier incarnations. In fairness Judgement Day 1 and 2 became almost symbolic of the mess in which Welsh rugby found itself at the time. Politically the events were a very difficult sell – it was like hosting a beauty pageant in 1665 during week three of the Bubonic Plague.Party atmosphere: Judgement Day 3 turned out to be the most successful yet (Pic Huw Evans)But 2015’s effort was far superior, nearing the levels of execution, anticipation and press support that the Aviva generates for its showpiece events. There are the usual detractors who attribute the events’ success to cheap tickets –but that’s how supply and demand works. Judgment Day now has the feel of a calendar event, a permanency around which people will plan their rugby diaries. Congratulations to all those involved.Nick Abendanon – the beautiful riskThere are plenty of things in life that where the pleasure outweighs the risk. The Japanese eat ‘Fugu’ a fish which, if prepared incorrectly, can kill you. I took a similar risk a few weeks ago by riding on the back of a trolley in a supermarket aisle, lost control, and nearly wiped out about £400 of neatly stacked olives – but it was worth it. Nick Abendanon falls into the category. His attacking skillset at Bath was good, but with Clermont’s squad around him his standard of play in has been balletic.last_img read more

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France: Top 14 rugby schedule on TV5MONDE

first_imgWatch the French Top 14 LIVE with TV5MONDE free to standard Sky and Virgin viewers Clermont expects: Morgan Parra applauds Les Jaunards, the club’s noisy fans Magician: Sergio Parisse will be hoping to inspire StadeThere is also a weekly rugby news show, Jour de Rugby, on TV5MONDE Saturdays at 10am (but solely in French so brush off your GCSE and have a go!) For info on rugby and other programmes on TV5MONDE visit http://bit.ly/top14tv5mondeIf a bit of Rugby à la Français has whetted your appetite for all things French then have a look at TV5MONDE’s prime time daily films, drama or entertainment evenings at 8pm – all with English subtitles for everyone to enjoy.  Go to www.tv5monde.co.uk for listings and more. The multi-million Euro Top 14 is coming gloriously to a boil and for fans of French rugby with  Champions Cup finalists, Clermont facing surprise packages Stade Francais in the Final this weekend, you can catch it all in June as TV5MONDE – the international French-language TV channel – is showing the crucial French Top 14 rugby matches LIVE this weekend!TV5MONDE is available via Sky 796 and Virgin 825 and Téléfrance.co.uk, this will include the showpiece Top 14 Final on Saturday 13th June, which last year featured Jonny Wilkinson’s final emotional game beamed around the world.ALL Sky viewers get TV5MONDE as standard and ALL Virgin viewers can enjoy a Freeview period for TV5MONDE from 30th May – 13th June to watch the semis & the final! (TV5MONDE is normally in the XL Virgin XL package) Téléfrance offers a package of French channels for £6.99 a month and is available via Roku, Now TV and online via IoS and Android devices.Match schedule is as follows;Sat 13-Jun-2015        19:30     RUGBY – TOP 14 FINALSat 13-Jun-2015       20:43     RUGBY – TOP 14 FINAL LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

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June 19, 2021

On this day in history: Pearl Harbor bombed

first_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply The Anatomy of Fear December 7, 2017 at 9:46 am PEARL HARBOR,HAWAII: The USS Shaw exploded after being struck during the attack on Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 I see the KIA numbers conflicts with the numbers I quoted that were posted at the Leesburg Veterans Memorial Park at Fountain Lake, on the memorial walls, but anyway, it was a lot of deaths, and frightening looking back on the history of this day, considering the happenings in our world today of a global nuclear threat. God help us all. Please enter your comment! Previous articleLANGD Marketing Director receives awardNext articleFlorida Hospital Apopka sets opening date Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Reply Mama Mia Interesting that when they refer to the 9/11 attack on our nation, they always say, “Never Forget” but they hardly, if ever, say that phrase for the Pearl Harbor attack on our nation, when it is discussed. Why is that, really? Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Mama Mia December 7, 2017 at 9:50 am 2 COMMENTS December 7th, 1941: “A date which will live in infamy”From history.comAt 7:55 a.m. Hawaii time, a Japanese dive bomber bearing the red symbol of the Rising Sun of Japan on its wings appears out of the clouds above the island of Oahu. A swarm of 360 Japanese warplanes followed, descending on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor in a ferocious assault. The surprise attack struck a critical blow against the U.S. Pacific fleet and drew the United States irrevocably into World War II.With diplomatic negotiations with Japan breaking down, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his advisers knew that an imminent Japanese attack was probable, but nothing had been done to increase security at the important naval base at Pearl Harbor. It was Sunday morning, and many military personnel had been given passes to attend religious services off base. At 7:02 a.m., two radar operators spotted large groups of aircraft in flight toward the island from the north, but, with a flight of B-17s expected from the United States at the time, they were told to sound no alarm. Thus, the Japanese air assault came as a devastating surprise to the naval base.Much of the Pacific fleet was rendered useless: Five of eight battleships, three destroyers, and seven other ships were sunk or severely damaged, and more than 200 aircraft were destroyed. A total of 2,400 Americans were killed and 1,200 were wounded, many while valiantly attempting to repulse the attack. Japan’s losses were some 30 planes, five midget submarines, and fewer than 100 men. Fortunately for the United States, all three Pacific fleet carriers were out at sea on training maneuvers. These giant aircraft carriers would have their revenge against Japan six months later at the Battle of Midway, reversing the tide against the previously invincible Japanese navy in a spectacular victory.The day after Pearl Harbor was bombed, President Roosevelt appeared before a joint session of Congress and declared, “Yesterday, December 7, 1941–a date which will live in infamy–the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” After a brief and forceful speech, he asked Congress to approve a resolution recognizing the state of war between the United States and Japan. The Senate voted for war against Japan by 82 to 0, and the House of Representatives approved the resolution by a vote of 388 to 1. The sole dissenter was Representative Jeannette Rankin of Montana, a devout pacifist who had also cast a dissenting vote against the U.S. entrance into World War I. Three days later, Germany and Italy declared war against the United States, and the U.S. government responded in kind.The American contribution to the successful Allied war effort spanned four long years and cost more than 400,000 American lives. Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

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June 16, 2021

Government launches bill to reform Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme

first_img  58 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis18 The Government has launched a bill to reform the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme.The Small Charitable Donations and Childcare Payments Bill seeks to simplify the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme, which launched in 2012 and enables charities to claim a Gift Aid style payment on small cash donations of up to £20.At Budget 2015, the Government announced an increase in the annual donations limit on which a charity is able to claim: from £5,000 to £8,000 from April 2016, and then brought forward a planned review into the scheme with a call for evidence launched last December. The formal consultation finished on 1st July.The Bill seeks to widen access to GASDS, and proposes the inclusion of contactless payments, as well as relaxing the time in which a charity must have been in existence before it can participate in the scheme by removing a number of eligibility criteria to allow more smaller and newer charities to benefit sooner, and amending the community buildings rules to allow more charities to benefit from the work they carry out in their local communities.However, while the proposed changes have been broadly welcomed, the bill has also received criticism from the sector for not going far enough.Andrew O’Brien, head of policy and engagement, Charity Finance Group said:“If a bill is going to be presented to Parliament, it should be something that can substantially improve the scheme. This bill simply doesn’t pass this test. This bill offers only minor improvements that are not of the scale required to make this scheme work better for small charities and achieve its core objectives.“Expanding donations to contactless payments and loosening the eligibility criteria are welcome steps. However, the biggest hole in this Bill is the lack of any changes to the matching requirement, which is a big barrier to small charities making the most of this scheme and making claiming worthwhile. Contactless payments is also only likely to help the largest charities currently, whilst expanding the scheme to cover any donation under £20 would cut red tape for small charities and encourage more charities to fundraise and engage in the Gift Aid system.”A statement from the Institute of Fundraising said: Advertisement Melanie May | 19 September 2016 | News Tagged with: Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme  57 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis18 “The GASDS is an excellent idea but at the moment it is not working effectively enough and take up is too low, especially among smaller charities. We have previously raised concerns and called for reform to make sure that more charities are able to benefit, in particular around the matching requirement, the types of donations covered and raising awareness of the scheme more widely within the sector. We hope that this Bill is a chance to improve the scheme and plan to engage closely as it makes its way through Parliament.”The bill is due for its second reading in the House of Commons on 11th October. Government launches bill to reform Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

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June 15, 2021

Protesters fight back

first_imgDetroitThe struggle has been nonstop since the Jan. 20 inauguration of billionaire arch-bigot Donald Trump as the 45th president of United States. Many of these protests, occurring in cities and towns large and small, are often only told about and shown on social media by the participants themselves. These reports, photos and videos are reposted and shared with untold numbers around the U.S. and globally.Here are eyewitness reports by Workers World Party members on a few of these many demonstrations. (A separate article covers the airport demonstrations.)Fast food workers organized by Fight for $15 rallied outside the Chicago offices of the federal Department of Labor on Jan. 26. They were there to oppose Trump’s nomination of billionaire restaurant executive Andrew Puzder as DOL secretary. Workers explained that Puzder has led the industry fight to deny them a livable wage. As one McDonald’s worker put it, “Let us run the Labor Department and wages and working conditions will improve in a hurry!”In downtown Detroit, dozens of activists of differing ages and nationalities gathered in front of Chase Bank headquarters on Friday, Jan. 27, to protest the Trump administration’s decision to allow construction to continue on the Dakota Access and Keystone pipelines. Both oil pipelines were stopped by the protracted struggle of Indigenous peoples, environmentalists and others. Camps of Indigenous water protectors are still in place in Standing Rock, N.D., where they are determined to stop the DAPL from being built under the Missouri River. Protesters expressed their solidarity with the #noDAPL struggle.Rush-hour motorists honked their horns in agreement as protesters chanted “No blood for oil! U.S. off Native soil!” and other slogans. Chase is one of the financiers involved in the pipelines and its Detroit office has been the site of many Detroit demonstrations over the years because of its complicity in the home foreclosure crisis and its interest rate swindles against the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. The demonstration was called by Workers World Party and covered on Fox2 News.A “Water Is Life” walk gathered in downtown Buffalo, N.Y., on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 29, and marched to the waterfront for a rally opposing the construction of oil pipelines, which intrude on Indigenous tribal lands, ignore the sovereignty of Native nations, and put all lands and waters at risk for serious contamination and pollution.The very large crowd was fired up with outrage at Trump’s green light to the KXL and DAPL pipelines. The march was a declaration of solidarity with Indigenous peoples and nations, and a vow of resistance. The protest was co-hosted by Buffalo Solidarity with Standing Rock, Buffalo Supports Standing Rock Water Protectors, Burning Books, Indigenous Women’s Initiatives, the Sierra Club and the WNY Peace Center.Ellie Dorritie and Jeff Sorel contributed to this article.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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June 14, 2021

NAS Study Proves Safety of  Genetically-Modified Crops

first_img Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – May 17, 2016 Home Midwest News NAS Study Proves Safety of  Genetically-Modified Crops SHARE The American Soybean Association (ASA) welcomes a report issued today by the National Academy of Sciences Board on Agriculture and Natural Sciences that points to the safety and benefits of continued use of genetically modified crops for soybean producers, with specific regard to economic and environmental impact. The NAS report, Genetically Engineered Crops: Experiences and Prospects, reviewed a broad range of studies and reaffirmed that there are no adverse health impacts associated with the use of GMOs for either humans or animals. ASA President Richard Wilkins, a farmer from Greenwood, Del., issued the following statement in response to the NAS report:Today, the National Academy of Sciences reaffirmed what health and safety officials have confirmed for two decades: GMOs are safe. The scientists at the Academy also confirmed what we as farmers also have known for 20 years – that GMOs provide significant benefits for producers. They help us manage pests, weeds and reduce on-farm inputs, and they do it with absolutely zero risk to people or animals. This is an exceptionally in-depth report, and we hope that it will move the dialogue on GMOs to the next chapter.“The other side of the GMO debate continues to attempt to engage our industry on the safety of and science behind genetic engineering. Yet, as we’ve seen today, NAS and the world’s most respected health and scientific organizations have unequivocally settled that question.“The report also points to the significant advances we are seeing in the science of plant breeding techniques. Farmers can only benefit from these technologies if we continue to have access to them. The NAS report is a very positive step, and we hope that those in charge of approving these new breeding techniques and getting them in the hands of farmers as soon as possible will take note.”Read all 388 pages here: https://www.nap.edu/read/23395/chapter/1 NAS Study Proves Safety of  Genetically-Modified Crops SHARE Previous articleClosing CommentsNext articleAnti-Ethanol Bill a Step Back for Farmers, Consumers  Gary Truittlast_img read more

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‘Tis the Season to Watch Markets and Select 2018 Seed

first_img 2018-seed-plansThere is plenty of equipment on display at the Indiana-Illinois Farm Equipment Show at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, open through Thursday. There is also plenty of opportunity to talk about the seed that equipment puts in the ground when you stop and talk with the seed companies. Sam Lentz with Seed Consultants says farmers are evaluating what they’ll plant next year, and some are making the switch, or contemplating the switch to soybeans.“I’ve seen a lot of guys this past month, before Christmas, that are looking to finalize some stuff and really switching to heavy bean numbers, canceling off a lot of corn,” he said. “Actually, a conversation I just had here at the booth, same story. You know guys are sitting down, sharpening the pencils to see where they can make money. Right now where prices are at, beans make a lot of sense especially if we have an average corn yield year across the board. With input prices continuing to look like they’re going to tick up just a little bit, beans are definitely looking like a good option for guys.”Spencer Carson covers central Indiana for Beck’s Hybrids and says a lot of his current customers have made decisions on their 2018 plan.“The market has shifted around making some guys maybe think second on some things, but I would say 90 percent of my customers have figured out a plan for next year at least.”Carson though, has seen a different trend in acre switching.“I would say the guys who have been heavier beans the last couple of years have started to trend back to some more corn acres now, especially going bean on bean year after year. So definitely some guys leaning back toward the corn acres, but with the markets we’ve still got a long ways to go before planting season next year.”Lentz says it appears more farmers this year will continue to consider their options through the winter.“I would say a lot more kicking around, not that guys haven’t talked about an order or gotten an order in. But, I think there’s going to be a lot more switching this year from a numbers standpoint and also from what bean program to go with, with the Extends, the Libertys, the R1’s, what’s going to work best for them with their weed pressure and what they’re seeing from their neighbors. This has been a tough year decision-wise,” Lentz added, and “I think it’s going to be a busy year going into the winter and the New Year with guys finalizing a plan for their farm next year.”Both Lentz and Carson agree, the pencils are sharp and all eyes are trained on the markets. SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for December 13, 2017Next articleWeed Control and Seed Selection are Farm Show Discussions on the HAT Wednesday Morning Edition Andy Eubank Home Indiana Agriculture News ‘Tis the Season to Watch Markets and Select 2018 Seed By Andy Eubank – Dec 12, 2017 ‘Tis the Season to Watch Markets and Select 2018 Seed Facebook Twitter SHARElast_img read more

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June 12, 2021

“If the Chinese press were free, the coronavirus might not be a pandemic,” argues RSF

first_img Follow the news on China RSF_en ChinaAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses ImprisonedInternetWhistleblowersFreedom of expressionUnited Nations PHOTO: MARK RALSTON / AFP March 24, 2020 – Updated on March 25, 2020 “If the Chinese press were free, the coronavirus might not be a pandemic,” argues RSF In an analysis published on March 13th, researchers from the University of Southampton suggest that the number of cases of coronavirus in China could have been reduced by 86% if the first measures, which were taken on January 20th, had been implemented two weeks earlier. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) demonstrates, based on the events in the early days of the crisis, that without the control and censorship imposed by the authorities, the Chinese media would have informed the public much earlier of the seriousness of the epidemic, saving thousands of lives and possibly avoiding the current pandemic.October 18: Chinese press could have reported the chilling results of a pandemic simulation The John Hopkins Center for Health Security, in partnership with the World Economic Forum and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, carries out a simulated coronavirus pandemic on October 18th, 2019, and alerts the international community to the chilling results: 65 million deaths in 18 months. If the Chinese internet were not isolated by an elaborate system of electronic censorship and the media were not forced to follow the instructions of the Communist Party, the public and the authorities would have undoubtedly been interested in this information coming from the United States, which echoed the SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) epidemic of 2003. SARS infected 8,000 people and caused more than 800 deaths, mostly in China.December 20: the Wuhan city authorities could have informed journalistsOne month after the first documented case, the city of Wuhan already has 60 patients with an unknown SARS-like pneumonia, several of whom have frequented the Huanan fish market. Despite the situation, the authorities do not see fit to communicate this information to the media.If the authorities had not hidden from the media the existence of an epidemic outbreak linked to a very popular market, the public would have stopped visiting this place long before its official closure on January 1st. December 25: Doctor Lu Xiaohong could have expressed fears to the press Doctor Lu Xiaohong, the head of gastroenterology at Wuhan City Hospital No. 5, begins hearing of cases of infection affecting medical staff on December 25 and suspects from the first week of January that the infection is transmissible between humans. If journalists’ sources in China did not face severe penalties ranging from professional reprimand to heavy prison terms, Doctor Lu Xiaohong would have taken responsibility for alerting the media, forcing the authorities to take action, which only happened three weeks later.December 30: whistleblowers’ early warning would have been picked up by the mediaThe director of the emergency department at Wuhan Central Hospital, Ai Fen, and a group of doctors launch an alert regarding a “SARS-like coronavirus.” Eight of them, including Doctor Li Wenliang, who later died from the illness, will be arrested by Wuhan police on January 3rd for circulating “false rumors”.If the press and social media had been able to freely relay the information transmitted by whistleblowers on December 30th, the public would have realised the danger and put pressure on the authorities to take measures limiting expansion of the virus.December 31: social media would have relayed the official alert in ChinaChina officially alerts the World Health Organisation (WHO) on December 31st but at the same time forces the WeChat discussion platform to censor a large number of keywords referring to the epidemic.Without censorship, the social network WeChat, which has a billion active users in China, could have enabled journalists to broadcast reports and precautionary advice contributing to better compliance with the rules recommended by the health authorities.January 5: the scientific media would have disseminated the coronavirus genome earlierProfessor Zhang Yongzhen’s team at the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Centre manages to sequence the virus on January 5th, but the authorities seem reluctant to make the genome public. On January 11th, the day China confirms its first death from the virus, the researchers leak information on open source platforms, which will result in the punitive closure of their laboratory.If the Chinese authorities were transparent, they would have immediately communicated the coronavirus genome sequence to the scientific media, saving the international community precious time in their research for the development of a vaccine.January 13: the international community would have anticipated the risk of a pandemicThe first case of coronavirus infection outside of China, a tourist from Wuhan, is reported in Thailand. If the international media had had full access to information held by the Chinese authorities on the scale of the epidemic before January 13th, it is likely that the international community would have taken stock of the crisis and better anticipated it, reducing the risk of the epidemic spreading outside China and possibly avoiding its transformation into a pandemic.China ranks 177th out of 180 in the 2019 RSF World Press Freedom Index. 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