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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jerry HagstromDTN Political CorrespondentWASHINGTON (DTN) — At a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on the meat industry Wednesday, a representative of the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association said that price discovery for cattle needs to be improved, while other meat interests said the most important goal for Congress should be approval of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement on trade.Shane Eaton, a rancher and feedlot operator from Montana who serves on the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association Marketing and Competition Committee, said extreme volatility and prices have marked daily cattle and live cattle futures following an August fire at the Finney County Beef Plant in Holcomb, Kansas, owned by Tyson Foods. The situation should show that Congress “needs to address the current inadequacies in the marketplace,” he said.Eaton noted in his testimony that “USCA submitted four recommendations to the CME Group that would improve the way the Live and Feeder Cattle Futures Contracts operate.”Eaton also said that members of the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association are divided over whether to support the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement on trade. On Monday, USCA President Kenny Graner wrote President Donald Trump a letter urging him to include country-of-origin labeling for beef in the agreement even though it is not included in the agreement to which U.S., Canadian and Mexican negotiators have agreed.Graner wrote, “The rural America that overwhelmingly supported you in the 2016 election due to your ‘America first’ agenda now has one simple ask, Mr. President. On behalf of our nationwide membership, we respectfully request the inclusion of a country-of-origin labeling program for U.S. beef products within the context of USMCA.”But National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Jennifer Houston disagreed with USCA.“NCBA strongly supports passage of the USMCA because it allows U.S. beef producers to continue being the dominant source of beef in North America by having duty-free, unrestricted access to a strong consumer base in Canada and Mexico,” Houston said. “Additionally, it ensures continued protection from failed policies like Mandatory Country-of-Origin Labeling (MCOOL).”There was some emphasis in the hearing on what had happened to cattle prices right after the fire at the Holcomb plant. Last week, Kansas State University released a report showing that Kansas feedyards in August lost $184.99 per head while “packer margins spiked significantly to nearly four times their annual average, or approximately $549.” KSU predicted in that same report that cattle feeders will not see a positive net return on steers or heifers until May 2020.Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., highlighted the price spread between live cattle prices and boxed beef after the Tyson Foods fire last month. Fed and feeder cattle prices are down, boxed beef is up and the packer margin is high. A reduction in packing capacity has reduced livestock prices. Once that capacity comes on line, Fischer wanted to know if live cattle prices would rise again.“If those prices do not come up, I think we can begin to explore some of the other factors that may be at play in this arena,” Fischer said.Fischer said to Houston, “Packers are doing alright. They are doing OK.” Fischer then pointed to the lower prices for feeder cattle.“Certainly, we are hearing from our members,” Houston said. “At this point, probably the feeders are being hurt the most.”Houston added that a lot of packing capacity was taken up by higher Saturday processing. Houston also noted there were times when other parts of the cattle business were making money, but not the packers.“So we hope things will stabilize pretty soon,” Houston said. “Certainly, the optics to our members are bad.”Eaton noted that when the fire happened, cattle futures fell for two and a half days. Eaton said there “is severe frustration” that packers have captured wide margins of profits. Packers have maintained margins and kept it, he said.“Our members are very worried about the way things turned out,” Eaton said.Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., also highlighted the poultry plant raids in Mississippi last month in which 680 people were arrested for allegedly being undocumented. Durbin noted a lot of immigrant workers at packing plants, “Many of them are undocumented.”“Immigrant labor, migrant labor, is critical for agriculture in America,” Durbin said. He added, “We’ve got to have a more honest conversation about this, and I’m asking all of you to step up your game a little bit.”Durbin said immigration policy cannot simply focus on bringing engineers or others with doctorate degrees into the country.“We need folks to do hard, tough work and immigrants historically have done it,” Durbin said.Other witnesses testifying at the hearing said that approval of USMCA is a top priority.Senate Agriculture Committee ranking member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., said in an opening statement that she understands “the urgency among many agricultural stakeholders to pass the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement because they believe it will restore stability to those markets.”But Stabenow added, “Two things are important to remember as we work on getting the best agreement possible, with strong, meaningful enforcement provisions. First, NAFTA [the North American Free Trade Agreement] is in place now, and producers need to know that the administration will keep NAFTA in place until there is a new agreement — holding the devastating threat of withdrawal over the heads of farmers and other businesses is irresponsible and it only adds to the instability.“Second, even with the USMCA in place, President Trump can still use tariffs as his enforcement tool of choice, meaning that instability, unfortunately, will still exist.”Stabenow also said that the Trump administration’s “chaotic and unpredictable trade agenda has overshadowed the progress we’ve made. Farmers are seeing very real impacts on their bottom lines. I am concerned that American farmers will endure long-term loss in market share in some of our biggest markets.”DTN Ag Policy Editor Chris Clayton contributed to this report.Jerry Hagstrom can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @hagstromreport(CC/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. 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The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts jolie odell Already, the Motorola Droid is the leading Android device on AdMob’s radar, generating a third of all the network’s requests in December. Released just under two months ago, it’s already the top-selling Android device on the market, a title it’s held since a scant fortnight after its launch.Granted, AdMob’s metrics show a small slice of mobile device usage. But they’ve consistently been reliable in showing what mobile users use and need and in predicting trends. We are internally excited about what Android-powered devices will do in the market in the months to come, and I am personally quite optimistic about Droid adoption specifically.Let us know what you think in the comments, particularly if you’re a fanboy or fangirl of a particular device! What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#mobile#web The Android platform has grown exponentially since mid-2009, but December’s stats show a particular factor that might help catapult the platform to greater heights of user adoption.In figures just released from mobile advertising company AdMob, the Droid singlehandedly boosted calls to their network by nearly 300 million requests while stats for HTC Magic devices remained static and those for HTC’s Dream model actually decreased. In terms of consumer use of the network and acceleration of device popularity, it seems we have a winner.Having been compared extensively with the iPhone, the Droid stands up solidly even under extensive scrutiny. And in terms of 3G network access, we’ve personally seen fewer issues than with any other mobile carrier we’ve tried to date. (Note: I’m a Droid owner and a former iPhone user. I’ve also suffered through my share of BlackBerries, Palms and their ilk.) If any device is to become the iPhone killer, it will be the Droid or something very close to it (here’s looking at you, Nexus One).AdMob’s numbers show that requests from all Android-driven devices increased by 97 percent between October to December in 2009, totaling more than 1 billion requests in December alone. The open platform has also seen a refreshing diversity of devices and manufacturers. AdMob shows that in December, 56 percent of requests were from HTC devices, 39 percent were from Motorola devices and 5 percent were manufactured by from Samsung. And in December, seven devices generated more than three percent of requests each: the Motorola Droid, HTC Dream, HTC Magic, HTC Hero, Motorola CLIQ, HTC Droid Eris and the Samsung Moment. This stat represents a significant increase from just three devices in October (HTC Dream, HTC Magic, and HTC Hero). Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement
Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ LATEST STORIES Read Next Although most defenses appeared helpless against the seemingly unstoppable guard, the reigning NBA champions Golden State Warriors reportedly do not fear his daredevil play style.In an episode of the “Low Post” podcast, ESPN’s Zach Lowe shared that some members from the Warriors locker room believe that the high-flying guard is “so easy to defend, it’s like cake to them.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAlthough his statistical average against the Warriors remained stellar, Westbrook only shot 37.5 percent from the field and turned the ball over 32 times in four contests. The Thunder also dropped all four games.However, he visibly lacked on-court support last year, often putting the entire team on his shoulders for most of the year. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook walks down the court in the final seconds of Game 2 of the team’s NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Houston. APAfter averaging a triple-double and bagging the 2017 NBA MVP Award, its’ safe to say that Russell Westbrook had his way against most NBA defenders throughout the 2016-2017 NBA season.The 28-year-old point guard relied on his freakish athleticism to dominate the competition, tallying unworldly averages of 31.6 points, 10.7 boards and 10.4 dimes, while playing 81 games for the Oklahoma City Thunder.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC That won’t be the case this year, as fellow perennial All Stars Paul George and Carmelo Anthony are now on board and ready to take some load off the mercurial guard. /ra Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Offseason overhaul complete, new era begins for Celtics LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
“I couldn’t say enough positive things about what that was like when I had a chance to work with her,” McGuff said. “Fantastic person, great coach, been a great friend of our family for a long time. Tough to go against people you care about but it’ll be an exciting game and a great opportunity for us.”McGraw has been the head coach of the Irish for 30 years. She is a seasoned veteran of tournament play, with seven trips to the Sweet 16 and two to the Final Four under her belt. McGraw has led her program to four runner-up seasons and one national championship.McGuff first met McGraw when he interviewed at Notre Dame after one season of assistant coaching at Miami of Ohio.“I was fortunate enough to get the job,” McGuff said. “That was really a life-changing event for me.”In their time coaching together, the pair took their team to an NCAA tournament appearance every year and a national championship in 2001. To this day, it is the only national championship either coach has won.McGuff stayed with the Irish until he accepted a head coaching position at Xavier in 2002. McGuff said that McGraw prepared him for the next level and taught him how to run a winning program.“She (runs a program) as well as anybody in the country,” McGuff said. “Just the organization, the structure of how things work. How to treat people well and what you get in return. She was great to work for. Had high expectations, which is an environment that I wanted to work in, but also will allow her assistants to do their jobs and really impact the program.”In addition to this, McGuff met his wife while they were both on the coaching staff at Notre Dame.“She’ll be pulling for us,” McGuff said. “Obviously that program means a lot to her as well, but she’ll certainly be pulling for us.”This season, Notre Dame and OSU are each playing their best basketball at the right time. No. 5 OSU advanced to the Sweet 16 after topping No. 4 seed Kentucky, while the No. 1 Irish defeated No. 9 Purdue, 88-82 in overtime.“They’re a great team,” said redshirt junior Linnae Harper. “Been great for years, have a great program, a great coach. Now it’s just about us focusing on ourselves. Preparation for that game, attention to detail, just doing the little things.”Last season, the Buckeyes made it to the Sweet 16, where they fell short against Tennessee, 78-62. But this year, the team is more experienced and eager to advance.“We’re deeper, we’re more experienced, we’re just better,” McGuff said. “Last year, I thought the kids did a great job … we found a way to end on a pretty high note. We didn’t play well in the Sweet 16, but we ran into a really good Tennessee team. But I think we’re in a much different place this year. I like where we are and I like the opportunity that’s in front of us.” OSU coach Kevin McGuff during a game against Nebraska on Feb. 18, 2016 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Lantern file photoWhen the Ohio State women’s basketball team takes on No. 1 seed Notre Dame this Friday, Buckeye coach Kevin McGuff will see a familiar face across the court. Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw served as a mentor to McGuff, who was an assistant under the Fighting Irish coach for six years.
Dominican winger Mariano Diaz had been looking for the opportunity he got today for Real Madrid, he presented himself as Real Madrid’s number ‘7’ in style.This Wednesday was the best moment when Real Madrid could make an impact in the Champions League that would leave the fans satisfied, they wanted to watch either Vinicius or Mariano Diaz play against AS Roma at the Santiago Bernabeu. Manager Julen Lopetegui recognized this urge to give one of both players their chance and he decided to let the Dominican winger have his opportunity, Real Madrid’s new number ‘7’ ceased it in the best possible manner and left a fantastic impression on his first official match for Real Madrid this season. There was a huge contrast between what was expected from Los Blancos and what people expected from Cristiano Ronaldo’s performance against Valencia, the Portuguese forward left the match after getting sent-off and Real Madrid got a dream first performance without his presence for the first time in nine years. The Merengues got ahead in the scoreboard through a sublime Isco free-kick during the first half, he struck the ball with such finesse, that his goal was very familiar to the one Messi scored last Tuesday. But by halftime against AS Roma, Real Madrid seemed to struggle a little bit against the Italian club and a greater impact was needed for the second half.? @marianodiaz7: “Estoy muy contento por el estreno, la victoria y el debut con gol.” #RMUCL pic.twitter.com/VIYXCFq5Lj— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) September 19, 2018Then Gareth Bale made his appearance, the Welshman scored a goal that reminded everyone of two of the ones he scored during the first great Champions League match of his career when he scored that historic hat-trick against Internazionale Milano back in 2010. The ‘Cardiff Express’ received a long pass from the left that gave him a lot of space to maneuver and get himself in a perfect position to score his goal, which meant Real Madrid’s second of the night against Roma and a more relaxed final half an hour of the match. The crowd at the Santiago Bernabeu was very happy with the performance Los Blancos delivered on their opening night, but there was still something missing in this great night for Julen Lopetegui’s side and the manager was able to see this with the perfect timing he usually has to make the proper modifications. It was the 73rd minute of the match and he decided to call Mariano Diaz to make his official debut as Real Madrid’s new number ‘7’, the Dominican forward had been expecting this moment for a long time and he got on the game after taking Gareth Bale’s place on the field. The player’s impact was almost instantaneous, as he started to make several attempts to score his goal and proved he has great talent to dribble and combine with his teammates.EL ‘7’ EN EL REAL MADRID TIENE MAGIA…#ChampionsxFOX Para ver una y otra vez el gol de Mariano Díaz ante la Roma¡PARA QUITARSE EL SOMBRERO! pic.twitter.com/WESqUiXbYRZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.— FOX Sports MX (@FOXSportsMX) September 19, 2018Mariano had an especially good connection with Brazilian left-back Marcelo, who found a new partner to play with on the left side of the field and was precisely the man who gave Mariano his first assist. It was near the end of the match when the Brazilian saw Mariano with space near the box and gave him the ball, the Dominican turned around towards the keeper and released a long-range strike that left the Bernabeu in complete silence for two seconds. Mariano had just scored a world-class screamer from outside the box, this was the dream presentation he had been waiting for since he decided to take on the number ‘7’ challenge as the great responsibility that the number carries with it. After the match, Mariano told the press that: “I’m very happy for my Champions League home debut against a semifinalist from last season. I’m very happy with my goal, I want to thank Marcelo for the assist and my teammates for their work today. I’ve always dreamed of a reception like this and I’m very grateful for it. I wasn’t nervous at all, I actually wanted to play but I wasn’t in a hurry. All I wanted was the chance from the manager, I’m here to win the Champions League and as many trophies as we can as a collective,” said Mariano to the press after the match.⚽? ¡Bonita manera de acabar un partido, @marianodiaz7! #RMUCL | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/sME2nOlqzW— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) September 19, 2018What do you think about Mariano Diaz’s first Champions League goal for Real Madrid? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie has warned his teammates against surprise league leaders Kilmarnock ahead of both team’s clash this weekend.A 2-0 victory for Kilmarnock against Livingston on Wednesday coupled with a defeat for Rangers against Aberdeen and a draw for Celtic at Motherwell saw Steve Clarke’s men move to first position on the standings.The champions are yet to beat Kilmarnock since Clarke was appointed as manager but could topple them off the top of the league with a victory this weekend.However, given Kilmarnock’s remarkable consistency over the last two years since Clarke was appointed as manager, Christie is adamant that every Celtic player sees Killie as a viable threat to their ambitions of winning an eighth successive title.“We’ll treat Kilmarnock with respect because they are where they are on merit – this isn’t a fluke,” said Christie, according to Daily Mail.Johnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“They’ve played some good football and they’re always such a hard team to come up against. They’ve done really well. Their manager has done a brilliant job, although I think you saw glimpses of that last season.”“The boys in the dressing room have been saying the whole league is now more competitive; there are no easy games, home or away. You have to be on top of your game to do well against anyone.”“Out of all the teams at the top of the league, they’re the team with the least pressure on them because – with all due respect – they’re not expected to be there.”“It’s probably a nicer feeling to be coming in without that pressure, but we’re used to the pressure at Celtic and of wanting to be at the top and win every game.”“That’s why it hurts so much when we don’t win, like the other night at Motherwell. We’ll be ready to deal with that pressure on Saturday and hopefully, we’ll pick up the win.”
Kolkata: Roshan Giri, general secretary of Gorkha Janamukti Morcha, has decided to extend all support to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in resolving longstanding issues of the Gorkhas.Giri, in a statement issued on Friday, has welcomed Mamata Banerjee’s statement made in Darjeeling on January 23 that she was willing to work to resolve the long-pending demand of the Gorkha people permanently and safeguard their identity. Giri said that formation of a separate administrative unit comprising Darjeeling, Terai and Dooars was originally raised by the Hillmen’s Association in 1907. From time to time, demands to address the problems of the Gorkhas have been raised. The semi-autonomous bodies like Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council and Gorkhaland Territorial Administration cannot fulfill the aspiration of the Gorkha people.