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GE closes in on UK oil firm with top bid

first_img Show Comments ▼ KCS-content Share GENERAL ELECTRIC (GE) is plotting an £800m-plus takeover of British oil services group Wellstream, it emerged over the weekend.The US based conglomerate is thought to have been the first bidder for Wellstream, which makes specialist pipes used in offshore drilling. Late last month, Wellstream confirmed that it had received several bid approaches but would not disclose the name of the suitors. The group said it had “received a number of preliminary approaches regarding a possible offer for the company” but there was “no certainty that an acceptable offer will ultimately be made”.It is understood that GE’s approach was made through its oil services arm, Vetco Gray, which it bought for $1.9bn (£1.2bn) in 2007.Although a number of other bidders have expressed interest, it is thought that GE is the leading contender. If the deal goes through, it could stand as the largest for the company in the UK since 2007 when it bought medical equipment firm, Amersham, for £5.7bn. Shares in Wellstream, which was floated three years ago by Candover, have skyrocketed since last month’s takeover news, climbing by 29 per cent and valuing the company at £778m.It currently employs 1,000 people, while GE employs more than 19,000 people in Britain. Sunday 3 October 2010 11:00 pm whatsapp More From Our Partners I blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the whatsapp GE closes in on UK oil firm with top bid Tags: NULLlast_img read more

What the other papers say this morning

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The warning came after Ken Clarke, the justice secretary, signalled on Monday that the implementation of the Bribery Act had been pushed back because of intense business lobbying.KCA DEUTAG SALE COULD BE SHELVEDA sale of KCA Deutag is expected to be shelved as its owners have secured the backing of a key group of lenders for a plan to recapitalise the Aberdeen-based oil services group. A group of lenders holding about 50 per cent of the company’s senior ranking loans, including Royal Bank of Scotland, HSBC and Lloyds Banking Group, have agreed to support a restructuring proposed by Pamplona Capital Management, the Russian-backed private equity firm that owns the group, according to people close to talks.CASH MOUNTAIN FOR BHP INVESTORSIron, coal, copper and oil form the bedrock of BHP Billiton’s value and are the reason that the Anglo-Australian miner is now the fifth-largest company in the world, surpassing General Electric by market value.HIGH SPIRITS LIFT CHINESE LIQUOR Spirits are running high before this week’s Chinese New Year holiday as prices of a popular grain liquor soar. Moutai, the fiery official liquor for state banquets since the Communist revolution, has been variously described by foreign dignitaries as “liquid razor blades” and “smelling like a barnyard and tasting like turpentine”. THE TIMESPARISIAN FASHION LURE FOR M&SMarks & Spencer is close to returning to Paris, a decade after it closed its European stores. The retailer endured a storm of criticism from French workers when Luc Vandevelde, its chairman at the time, announced the closure of its stores on the Continent, including its flagship on Paris’s Boulevard Haussmann.DUTCH APPROACH TO PENSION PROBLEMAn investigation into private sector pensions is to look at whether a continental-style approach could produce higher retirement incomes in Britain. Lord McFall, the former chairman of the Treasury Select Committee, will head an independent commission set up by the National Association of Pension Funds to examine why the system fails so many workers.The Daily TelegraphGSK SETTLES AVANDIA LAWSUITDrug maker GlaxoSmithKline has agreed to settle a US lawsuit over its disputed diabetes drug Avandia on the eve of the case going to court. The company said it had resolved the suit brought in Philadelphia by the family of Avandia-user James Burford, who died in 2006. Glaxo declined to give details of the settlement. USA TODAY HAILS IPAD TO FIGHT DROPAmerica’s biggest newspaper publisher hailed the iPad as a ‘real positive’ for its flagship newspaper, USA Today, as it fights to counter a drop in the paper’s circulation. Publishing group Gannett, which is also the largest owner of local newspapers in the US, has radically restructured USA Today as it cuts costs and tries to dedicate more resource to the production and distribution of news digitally.THE WALL STREET JOURNALEU TACKLES STOLEN CARBON CREDITS About €7.5 million in carbon dioxide emissions allowances stolen in a hacking attack in Austria are being returned to an Austrian national emissions registry from foreign accounts, the state prosecutor’s office said Monday. The imminent retrieval of 488,141 emissions certificates from Liechtenstein and Sweden comes as leading energy traders Monday urged registries to reopen quickly following a series of thefts under the EU’s Emissions Trading System that have led the EU to shut the spot market until security is improved.THE DOW’S ROCKIN’ NEW YEAR Blue-chip stocks kicked off the new year with their strongest January in 14 years, as a boom in corporate revenues and robust economic readings gave investors confidence that the US economy has turned a corner. Share Show Comments ▼ whatsapp KCS-content last_img read more

Spanish igaming market boosted by sports and casino in Q1

first_img3rd June 2019 | By contenteditor Topics: Finance Improved performances from both the sports betting and casino verticals helped push Spanish online gaming revenue up 20.1% year-on-year in the first quarter. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Finance Spanish igaming market boosted by sports and casino in Q1center_img Email Address Regions: Europe Southern Europe Spain Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Improved performances from both the sports betting and casino verticals helped push Spanish online gaming revenue up 20.1% year-on-year in the first quarter. Gross gaming revenue for the Spanish igaming market for the three months to March 31, 2019 amounted to €193.3m (£170.9m/$216.2m), up from €163.3m in the same period last year and also an improvement of 2.14% on €189.2m posted in the final quarter of 2018. Figures from Spain’s igaming regulator, La Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ), show betting as the main source of income for licensed operators in the market, with revenue up 26.2% from €81.7m in Q1 last year to €100.8m. Sports betting accounted for 52.2% of the total market in the quarter. There was also significant growth in the online casino vertical, with revenue up 20.2% from €56.6m to €67.1m, making it responsible for 34.7% of the Spanish igaming market in Q1. However, the poker vertical struggled in Q1. Revenue dipped 1.4% year-on-year to €21.2m, while bingo revenue also slipped 8.6% to €3.2m. Aside from overall revenue, marketing costs within the Spanish igaming market were also up by 21.4% to €92.3m. Licensees spent €47.9m on advertising during the quarter, as well as €29.3m on promotions, €10.2m on affiliation costs and €4.9m on sponsorship. However, this higher spending seemingly helped to boost player growth, with average monthly active accounts rising 13.1% year-on-year to 900,513.last_img read more

Report warns against changes to Norwegian regulatory model

first_img Email Address Tags: Charitable Gaming Mobile Online Gambling Casino & games 16th August 2019 | By contenteditor A new study into the potential risks and rewards that would arise from Norway’s current gambling monopoly being replaced by a regime allowing offshore operators into the market has concluded that such a move could see problem gambling rise.The report also warned previous studies claiming a more liberal regulatory model would lead to increased tax revenue may be inaccurate, and that the social contribution from regulated gambling could decline by more than NOK1.3bn (£118.7m/€129.9m/$144.0m) by 2023.It was compiled by Olso Economics on behalf of the Norwegian Sports Federation and ExtraStiftelsen Health and Rehabilitation, a body responsible for managing a percentage of state owned operator Norsk Tipping’s profits.Currently Norway only has two state-owned bodies permitted to offer and advertise gambling products in the market. Norsk Tipping can offer draw-based and casino games, while Norsk Rikstoto offers totalisator games. Together these bodies raise money for socially beneficial purposes, including humanitarian work, sports, healthcare, research and cultural initiatives, generating NOK5.5bn in 2018.Net sales for the regulated market in 2017 – turnover minus profits – amounted to NOK10.5bn. However, a number of offshore, unlicensed operators target Norwegian players, and the country’s gambling regulator estimates that turnover for these companies amounted to NOK2bn for the same year.Surveys on potential changes to the regulatory framework have offered conflicting views on whether this would benefit, or harm, players and the wider market.One, by management consultancy Rambøll, suggested there would be no major change to state revenue whether the existing model remains in place, or if it is replaced by a licensing model. A second, by Menon Economics, suggested that a licensing model would significantly increase government revenue.The Oslo Economics survey, on the other hand, found that these contained a number of assumptions that could not be relied upon. For example, it said, it could not be said for certain the size of the offshore market, meaning it was impossible to give a concrete estimate on potential tax revenue.Furthermore, by opening up the market, there was a strong likelihood that Norsk Tipping revenue would be reduced by players migrating to newly licensed entrants, resulting in its social contribution declining. This would also require the operator to spend more on marketing, further eating into revenue for social causes.The migration to non-lottery products could increase in problem gambling, as players shifted away from low-risk lottery games to casino products, with a higher risk of gambling harm.Indeed, it added, there was no guarantee that a licensing model would be effective in channelling offshore operators into the legal market. A high tax rate, of at least 20%, would be unattractive, and if the restrictive operating conditions currently imposed on Norsk Tipping were maintained to protect players, there was no guarantee that a licence would lead to increased revenue.Menon Economics’ claim that maintaining the status quo would see the state-owned entities lose market share to offshore competitors was also disputed.“As we see it, the opposite is more likely to be the case,” Oslo Economics said. “The government’s efforts to make money transfers between the unregulated operators and Norwegians appear to be becoming increasingly effective, and the government is now considering measures that can block players’ opportunities for TV advertising through foreign TV channels.”In conclusion, Oslo Economics said that if the current monopoly system is to be replaced by a licensing regime, it must be shown that this would be a low-risk move.“As we see it, this is by no means fulfilled today,” it said. “On the contrary, it seems that a licensing model will carry a significant risk of increased problem gambling and reduced contributions to support the work of voluntary and non-profit organisations.“It is difficult to see why Norwegian society would want to accept such a risk, when today’s exclusive right model works well.”The report is the second published by Oslo Economics on the Norwegian gambling market this week. It follows another, conducted on behalf of the country’s government, examining the impact of closing a loophole that allows offshore operators to advertise on Norwegian television broadcast from outside the country. This, it said, could see broadcasters’ revenue fall by up to NOK500m per year. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Report warns against changes to Norwegian regulatory model Regions: Europe Nordics Norway Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Lottery People Social responsibility Sports betting Strategy CSR A new study into the potential risks and rewards that would arise from Norway’s current gambling monopoly being replaced by a regime allowing offshore operators into the market has concluded that such a move could see problem gambling rise. This could also result in funds generated by Norsk Tipping for Norwegian society fall by as much as NOK1.3bn. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterlast_img read more

Inspired completes acquisition of Gaming Technology Group

first_img2nd October 2019 | By contenteditor AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Inspired completes acquisition of Gaming Technology Group Inspired Entertainment has completed its purchase of Gaming Technology Group (NTG), a division of Austrian gaming equipment and solutions giant Novomatic’s UK subsidiary. The deal is worth $120m (£97.8m/€109.9m) and covers the six companies within NTG. Tags: OTB and Betting Shops Casino & games Topics: Casino & games Strategy Inspired Entertainment has completed its purchase of Gaming Technology Group (NTG), a division of Austrian gaming equipment and solutions giant Novomatic’s UK subsidiary.Agreed in June, The deal is worth $120m (£97.8m/€109.9m) and covers the six companies within NTG, including Gamestec Leisure, Playnation Limited, AstraGames Limited, Bell-FruitGroup Limited, Harlequin Gaming Limited and Innov8 Gaming Limited.Inspired said the acquisition combines its position and expertise in server-based gaming, virtual sports and interactive with NTG’s gaming products and content, across a complementary customer base. NTG supplies Category B3, C and D gaming terminals to pubs, arcades, motorway service areas and holiday resorts in the UK.As a result of the deal, Inspired will now supply gaming systems with associated terminals and content for more than 58,000 gaming machines in betting shops, pubs, gaming halls and other route operations, as well as virtual sports products through over 44,000 retail channels, digital games for over 100 websites and a range of amusement entertainment solutions with an installed base of more than 19,000 devices.Inspired said it expects to achieve between $12.3m and $13.3m in annual cost synergies within six months of the closing date through shared costs and increased scale.In addition, Inspired said it will make use of shared manufacturing, engineering, software development, field maintenance and customer service to drive growth and cost savings.“This acquisition is transformational for Inspired as it unites two highly complementary businesses to create a company that we expect to be a leader in the gaming industry with innovative content, state-of-the-art technology and an expansive footprint,” Inspired’s executive chairman Lorne Weil said. “We see significant opportunities across the combined companies to accelerate our growth, expand our reach and set new standards for innovation and service in the industry.“The larger scale of the combined organisation will offer a one-stop service for gaming, virtual sports, interactive and leisure products and a complete gaming solution that operators can use to reach players wherever they are, whenever they want to play and in any channel they choose. We expect to be able to deliver meaningful value to our shareholders as the acquisition is integrated.” Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Regions: UK & Ireland Email Addresslast_img read more

Richie Rees banned for 12 weeks – out of Six Nations

first_imgUnder the IRB Recommended Sanctions for Offences Committed within the Playing Enclosure, contact with the eye/eye area in contravention of Law 10.4(m) carries the following recommended sanctions – Low End: 12 weeks; Mid Range: 18 weeks; Top End: 24 to 156 weeksCardiff Blues await written submission from the ERC and have no further comment to make on the matter until that is received. Wales’ back-up scrum-half Richie Rees is out of the Six Nations after having been banned until 31 March. Rees, the Cardiff Blues player, appeared before an independent Disciplinary Hearing in Dublin on Thurs, 6 January aas a result of the citing complaint arising from the Heineken Cup Pool 1 match against Northampton Saints at Cardiff City Stadium on Sunday, 19 December, 2010.The citing complaint made by the Citing Commissioner for the match, Murray Whyte (Ireland), was for acts contrary to good sportsmanship in contravention of law 10.4(m) in that Mr Rees had made contact with the eye/eye area of Northampton Saints hooker Dylan Hartley (No 2) 30 minutes into the first half.Rees pleaded not guilty to the complaint on the basis that any contact had been accidental. The independent Judicial Officer, Pat Barriscale (Ireland), reviewed all of the evidence, including several angles of the incident from television footage and medical statements relating to the injuries sustained by Mr Hartley.The Judicial Officer heard oral evidence from Mr Hartley (by telephone) and Mr Rees, and also heard submissions on behalf of Mr Rees from Cardiff Blues’ Chief Executive, Robert Norster, and on behalf of ERC Disciplinary Officer, Roger O’Connor. The Judicial Officer determined that Mr Rees was guilty of foul play in contravention of Law 10.4(m) in that he had made contact with the eye/eye area of Mr Hartley. The Judicial Officer found that the contact had been reckless and not intentional.The Judicial Officer found that the offending was at the low end of the level of seriousness for an offence of this type, and having taken into account all aggravating and mitigating factors imposed a suspension of 12 weeks. Mr Rees is free to play again on 31 March, 2011. TAGS: Cardiff Blues LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

The Future of Facebook Fundraising

Facebook is the world’s largest social network and charities are keen to create communities and engage with supporters there, yet few are using any of Facebook’s tools to raise any money effectively. Based on data from Facebook and JustGiving, Jonathan Waddingham of JustGiving shows you how to prompt donors to share their donations and the pound value of a Facebook share compared to other social networks.The presentation also includes Facebook’s own advice to charities on using the platform, and how a charity has successfully done so.Waddingham presented this at the July 2012 Institute of Fundraising National Convention in London. Advertisement Tagged with: Digital Justgiving AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Howard Lake | 5 September 2012 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.  59 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 The Future of Facebook Fundraising read more

Innovation essential for social impact in faith-based charity sector says think tank

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis11  154 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis11 Tagged with: faith Finance innovation Melanie May | 19 May 2017 | News Innovation essential for social impact in faith-based charity sector says think tank An increasing number of faith-based organisations in the UK are adopting ‘socially innovative’ strategies in delivering charitable work, according to a new report from Theos, the religion and social affairs think tank.Doing Good Better: The Case for Faith-based Social Innovation profiles religious organisations across the country that are carrying out projects it considers are not normally associated with church-led charity. These include community refugee support schemes, affordable loans services, and providing early intervention family therapy.The report says that despite fewer resources, faith-driven innovation is showing how to tackle social problems at their root with religious groups the fastest growing in the UK charity sector, conducting more charitable work than ever before.However, the report also says that despite this growth, many religious organisations are still adopting old methods of planning and delivering charitable projects. It suggests that some of these organisations may lack the knowledge and resources necessary to help vulnerable sections of society facing complex, multi-layered challenges, such as refugees and migrants, individuals with mental illnesses, or those caught up in difficult financial situations.The report lays out recommendations for faith-based enterprises wishing to innovate the services they offer. These include building better relationships with social investors, working harder to measure the outcome of projects, and ways to help innovative individuals collaborate with religious organisations and institutions.The report argues that implementing such measures could drastically transform the way faith-based charities ‘do good’ for more people, regardless of religion, in the future.Paul Bickley, head of Theos’s political programme and author of the report said:“Even at a time when fewer people ‘believe’, faith groups are an important part of the social fabric of the nation. To their credit they’re ever more focused on doing more for the vulnerable groups, and they have a significant impact on many people’s lives.“It’s likely, though, that they’ll have to do even more in the future as government budgets are cut. That means they’ll have to change the way they approach social action, making sure they’re tackling the problems at their root and in the most effective way. Religious groups will need more and different kinds of funding to do their work in future.”  153 total views,  1 views today Advertisement 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 read more

‘Selma’: A phenomenon in the midst of a resurgent movement

first_imgThe movie “Selma,” which chronicles the 54-mile march in Alabama from Selma to Montgomery in 1965, was distributed nationally on Jan. 9 and has already been viewed by millions across the U.S. and the world. The Associated Press reported Jan. 11 that “Selma” came in second at the weekend box office, garnering $11.2 million.The film has generated a tremendous degree of mainstream and social media interest. Directed by Ava DuVernay — with talk show host and network owner Oprah Winfrey serving as producer and depicting Annie Lee Cooper in a supporting role — the movie is the first feature film that depicts a key chapter in the history of the Civil Rights Movement. A made-for-television miniseries made in 1978 featured Paul Winfield as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Cicely Tyson as Coretta Scott King.Despite the movie’s success, the Golden Globes on Jan. 11 recognized it in only one of four categories it was nominated for. Songwriter and producer John Legend and hip-hop artist Common were given the top prize for Best Original Song entitled “Glory.”DuVernay wrote on Twitter on Jan. 11, “We’ve already won. We made a film we believe in, and now it’s out in theaters and moving in the world!”Accepting the award, Legend said, “I’m so honored to be part of this amazing film that honors such amazing people … and is so connected to what’s happening right now. We still are in solidarity with those who are out there fighting for justice right now. We’re so grateful to write this song, hopefully as an inspiration to them.”Controversy over historical accuracySome of the most widely publicized disagreements over the film’s accuracy surround the role of then President Lyndon Johnson. The film suggests that Johnson, played by Tom Wilkinson, categorically opposed the Selma Campaign and the introduction of voting rights legislation in 1965.One of Johnson’s top advisers on domestic affairs, Joseph A. Califano Jr., wrote an opinion piece published in the Washington Post on Dec. 26 that went so far as to assert that the Selma Voting Rights Campaign was Johnson’s idea.Califano wrote that “in fact, Selma was LBJ’s idea, he considered the Voting Rights Act his greatest legislative achievement, he viewed King as an essential partner in getting it enacted — and he didn’t use the FBI to disparage him.”The editorial itself is full of historical inaccuracies, contradicting the facts of the period and the chronological order of events, which have been well documented by participants and historians.“Ramsey Clark, the former U.S. attorney general, who was in Selma for the final march, was praiseworthy of the film, despite how Johnson was portrayed in it,” stated WW Managing Editor Monica Moorehead.Andrew Young, a former aide to King and leading member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, said during several interviews that the actual situation was quite different, but that he was not offended by this aspect of the film.Young rejected outright the notion that the campaign, which brought SCLC to Dallas County in January 1965, was Johnson’s idea. He said that Johnson did not believe voting rights legislation could make it through Congress only months after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.In a Jan. 5 interview with Roland Martin, Young noted that he had traveled with King to Norway when the Civil Rights leader was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in December 1964. Later the group went to Washington, D.C., for a meeting with the Justice Department, and it was only then that Johnson invited them to the White House.However, the crisis created through arrests and beatings in Selma during January and February, followed by the police shooting of Jimmie Lee Jackson in neighboring Marion on the night of Feb. 18, prompted activists to organize a march from Selma to the state capitol in Montgomery.During the first attempt, the Alabama state police and local law enforcement made vicious attacks using clubs, cattle prods and teargas on 600 demonstrators at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge on March 7, known as “Bloody Sunday.” The beating of the demonstrators prompted a national mobilization in cities throughout the country. Many traveled to Selma two days later for yet another confrontation.Amid legal challenges over an injunction against marching to Montgomery, King and the SCLC decided to turn 2,000 demonstrators around and headed back to Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church, the center of the campaign. This move caused confusion and debate within the movement, as some felt the mobilization should have refused to disperse.On March 9, the Rev. James Reeb, a Unitarian minister from Boston who traveled to support the Selma Campaign, was severely beaten by white racists in Selma and died of his injuries the following day.A favorable federal court ruling several days later affirming a constitutional right to march paved the way for Johnson to nationalize the Alabama National Guard, which provided protection so demonstrators could initiate and complete the final march from March 21-25.On the day the march concluded, Viola Liuzzo, a volunteer activist from Detroit portrayed in the film by Tara Ochs, was murdered in her vehicle while transporting demonstrators through Lowndes County. It was later revealed that she was killed due to a Ku Klux Klan conspiracy.In late February, Johnson came out in favor of new legislation, which worked its way through Congress over the next five months.Despite a few historical inaccuracies and other minor problems, many feel the film can play a progressive role in light of the resurgence of the anti-racist struggle, manifested through rebellions and mass demonstrations in response to the police killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., Eric Garner in Staten Island, N.Y., and Tamir Rice in Cleveland.The fact that these tremendous events unfolded five decades ago illustrates how far the struggle against national oppression has to go in this country.  At the same time, the developments over the last five months reveals the capacity of African Americans and their allies to create new methods of agitation aimed at the state and the corporate structures of the racist capitalist system.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Some Optimism in Important Week for Advancing Farm Bill

first_img Facebook Twitter Some Optimism in Important Week for Advancing Farm Bill By Andy Eubank – Sep 11, 2018 Facebook Twitter Key-Week-for-Farm-BillIt’s a key week for the 2018 farm bill. House and Senate staff and principal negotiators are trying to bridge differences in time to pass a compromise farm bill back through both chambers and get it on the president’s desk by the end of the month when current law expires.“By the middle to the end of this week we’ve got to get a compromise put together if we want to in reality get a bill to the president’s desk,” says American Farm Bureau farm bill adviser Andrew Walmsley.He remains optimistic after last week’s only required public farm bill meeting of House and Senate negotiators.“I think there’s a lot of need right now in farm country and pressure on congress to get a farm bill done, and I think you’re seeing that commitment that’s hopefully getting us beyond any partisanship and really taking the seriousness of the need to get a farm bill done now.”Walmsley echoed the comments of Senate Ag Chair Pat Roberts, who cited a pathway to overcome the most nettlesome House-Senate difference over tightened food stamp work requirements in the House bill.Walmsley says the key drivers for a farm bill remain the clock and the need.“With anything in Washington or anything in life, if there’s a willingness there’s a way, and I think we’re seeing that,” he said. “So, I think it’s important, particularly at this point for farmers and ranchers to continue to apply pressure to their members of congress on the need to get a bill done.”Walmsley says progress has been made in weeks of behind the scenes talks.  He says Congressional Budget Office cost-scoring may be needed on some items, but if those are the types of issues outstanding, there’s reason for optimism to complete a farm bill by the end of September.Given the glut of issues farmers are facing, AFBF President Zippy Duvall says agriculture needs timely passage of the bill.“We’re facing a perfect storm where we don’t have a new farm bill yet, we have labor issues on the farm, commodity prices are low and then we have that negative influence from the tariffs that are out there. So, farmers need some certainty in their future and the farm bill plays a major role in bringing some certainty to rural America.”Duvall says the 2018 farm bill includes critical risk management tools that will give agriculture stability during tough economic times.“The most important things about the 2018 farm bill are the risk management tools that are going to be available to our farmers. In a very vulnerable market they can take out crop insurance to protect them from risks that they might have in the marketplace or with extreme weather conditions.”The head of the nation’s largest farm organization adds Congress needs to pass the farm bill now.“Congress has done a great job getting this farm bill to conference,” Duvall said. “Now is the time to finish this deal. Our farmers and ranchers are depending on them to deliver a good risk management toolbox, so that we can have certainty in the future.”Sources: NAFB News and AFBF SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Some Optimism in Important Week for Advancing Farm Bill SHARE Previous articleTropical Storm Gordon Visits IndianaNext articleLt. Governor and ISDA Looking to Build Relationships in Canada Andy Eubanklast_img read more