Taylor Brumbaughhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/taylor-brumbaugh/ Facebook Taylor Brumbaughhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/taylor-brumbaugh/ Taylor Brumbaugh is a journalism major and business minor from Bedford, Texas. She enjoys online shopping and watching Brooklyn 99 in her free time. Her puppy, a labradoodle named DIxie, is her world. Go Cowboys! printTCU celebrated the release of “Be a Girl Champion,” a book written and illustrated by the youngest-ever TCU Global Innovator. The book, which was launched by the TCU Press, is written by Chloe Reynaldo and consists of a compilation of stories about seven girls in Southeast Asia. The anecdotes depict the hardships the girls have faced with the intention of spreading awareness.In the stories, Reynaldo not only details the girl’s adversities but also describes how they came out of their situations wiser and stronger. She always ends a story with her core message: “Listen to her. Know her worth. Be a girl champion.” “I believe the book will contribute to the global conversation about women’s rights and the struggles to attain those fundamental human rights, and it will truly champion young women throughout the world who may find themselves in the stories that Chloe presents in her book,” said Melinda Esco, a production manager for the TCU Press.In 2016, at the age of 16, Reynaldo became the youngest person to be awarded the TCU Global Innovator Prize, which includes a grant of up to $25,000. The grant was used to fund the book, which celebrates advocacy, gender equality and the power of girls. Chloe Reynaldo is the youngest-ever TCU Global Innovator. Photo courtesy of Kylie Crane, TCU Graphic Design alumna. The prize was awarded by the Discovering Global Citizens organization.James English, the co-chair of the Global Innovators Initiative at the time, said Reynaldo was chosen to be a recipient because “the committee was impressed with [her] grassroots work on gender equality and youth empowerment in her home country.” Reynaldo was nominated to be a recipient of the Global Innovator Prize by Jan Ballard, an instructor for the department of design in the College of Fine Arts. “She is an amazing speaker, and an amazing young adult creating change in the world,” Ballard said. Reynaldo visited TCU in 2016 to receive her award and engage the campus in discussions about gender equality. During her visit, Reynaldo and Ballard decided “Be a Girl Champion” was the project in which they wanted to invest their time and grant money to further the work Reynaldo is doing in her home country. Reynaldo wrote and illustrated the book for three years while Ballard designed the layout and pagination. Men ignoring and sidelining girls, child marriage, workplace inequality, education, sexual exploitation, human trafficking and rape are some of the major rights issues represented in this book. Reynaldo and her TCU partner hope the book will spread awareness and inspire discussion about the challenges girls face. This semester, to promote the book and Chloe’s cause, Ballard challenged the upper-level students in her Professional Recognition for the Graphic Designer class to read the book and create Instagram posts about it. Mackenzie Malpass, a student in Jan Ballard’s design class, is working on her project. Photo by Taylor Brumbaugh“I was interested and eager about creating a social media post for the Chloe Reynaldo’s ‘Be A Girl Champion’ book – with all of the post combined, we have created a small way to support a giant effort to draw attention to the horrible reality some girls face,” Caroline Fischer, on of Ballard’s students, said. The young activist from the Philippines was chosen by the Asia and the Pacific section of the United Nations as the youngest delegate and speaker during the Women’s Month Summit held in Bangkok in 2016. She was also invited by Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon to the first-ever World Humanitarians Summit in Istanbul in 2015.Reynaldo has done work as a member of Y-PEER, a global youth peer education initiative pioneered by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), a network of youth organizations in the Philippines. Its members include young people, active peer educators, trainers and youth advocates for adolescent sexual and reproductive health.Now, Reynaldo is 19 and studying at a university in Manila to be a surgeon.Reynaldo will be the featured speaker at an International Day of the Girl event in Manila on Oct. 11 where “Be A Girl Champion” books and sarongs will be given to vulnerable young women in the Philippines. On Oct. 8, the department of women and gender studies and TCU Press sponsored a celebration for the book’s release in the atrium of Rees-Jones Hall. ReddIt TCU forms student coalition about sexual violence Twitter ReddIt IT plans to upgrade TCU’s telephone system Taylor Brumbaughhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/taylor-brumbaugh/ Welcome TCU Class of 2025 From chill pills to study pills Diversity, equity and inclusion not taking a break World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution + posts Taylor Brumbaugh Facebook Linkedin Linkedin Previous articleHorned Frogs in the NFLNext articleToo little too late: Duggan’s career day not enough for football against Cyclones Taylor Brumbaugh RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Twitter Taylor Brumbaughhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/taylor-brumbaugh/
Funk powerhouse Turkuaz has just announced their plans for ringing in 2018 by detailing their annual New Year’s Eve celebration, The Ball Drop! The fan-favorite Brooklyn funk act will be celebrating New Year’s Eve with fellow funksters, Pimps Of Joytime, with a special performance in Baltimore, Maryland at Rams Head Live on December 31st. This announcement comes on the heels of the announcement of the other dates for Turkuaz and Pimps of Joytime’s joint New Year’s Eve run, which will see both groups hit Paradise Rock Club in Boston on December 29th and College Street Music Hall in New Haven, Connecticut on December 20th.A limited number of reduced-fee fan pre-sale tickets for Turkuaz and Pimps of Joytime’s New Year’s Eve extravaganza in Baltimore are available to buy now. The general public on-sale for The Ball Drop starts this Friday, September 15th, at 10 am (EST), with a limited number of discounted early-bird VIP options also available for sale. You can grab pre-sale tickets for Turkuaz’s The Ball Drop here, and join the Facebook event page here for more information and updates.In other news, Turkuaz is hitting the road this fall, with the band kicking off their massive fall tour presented by Live For Live Music today in Arcata, California! Check out all of the group’s upcoming fall tour dates below, and be sure to catch the funk powerhouse when they hit your city!
When you spend a lot of time by yourself, there comes a point when you simply get fed up with you.It’s the worst too, because you can’t blame anyone but you. There’s no scapegoat, no assistant that forgot to charge your battery or clear your memory card. There’s only you.If you’re like me, the times I really get on my nerves are when the stupidest, most preventable things happen.Like when I misplaced my key for the gajillionth time, only to realize that it slipped out of my pocket in an overgrown field in the dead of night under a new moon (side note, 45 minutes and a lot of cursing later, I found it).Or that time I lost my headlamp the first day I moved from my apartment into the Jeep (still haven’t found that sucker).Or how about just last week when I woke up early (I’m talking 4:45am) to see the lunar eclipse and sunrise, only to drive 45 minutes outside of town and realize that a) I’d forgotten my camera and b) I only had my Eddie Bauer RipPac rain jacket to keep me warm in the gusting mountaintop winds.Whhhyyyy I remember whining to myself. Why can’t this be easy?Immediately I gave myself a mental bitch-slap-across-the-face, chastising myself for such a foolish thought. That’s what I was asking myself? Why can’t this be easy? Really?Who told you this was going to be easy? Living on the road was your idea. You don’t even like when things are easy, I reminded myself.For the most part, that statement is pretty true. Especially when I was in school, I would get bored, apathetic even, when classes didn’t challenge me. I’d do the bare minimum to skate by, always managing to pump out an A (except ceramics, that blasted class). I thrive in the face of challenge (except in ceramics). Sometimes I flop and flail and fail, but it’s that working hard, that struggle, that motivates me.But living on the road is inherently hard, especially when you have this laundry list of traits that aren’t very conducive to a happy-go-lucky life-on-the-road. Disorganized, distracted. Not exactly what you’d want out of someone whose life fits into a Jeep Cherokee and a few Deuter packs.That being said, I’ve made leaps and bounds since I ditched my apartment at the end of April. I have a system of organized chaos down, I know (mostly) where everything is, and I’ve since adopted my friend’s double-triple-check technique before peeling out of a parking lot (that one came about after I drove down the main drag in West Asheville to a number of cars honking and lights flashing…apparently my CamelBak water bottle was riding high and dry between the crossbars…).Despite the progress, I’m no road warrior savant, as my less-than-ideal sunrise excursion last week proved.Thankfully, my space-cadet-self had left a charged GoPro in the passenger seat the night before the lunar eclipse. So with nothing more than that, my iPhone, and a perfectly functional (albeit slightly sluggish) memory, I followed my friends through the dark to the overlook just a 1/2 mile up the mountain to watch the sunrise.With every step I took up the muddy trail, I actually started to feel better about having forgotten my camera. It was kinda cloudy, kinda rainy.Maybe the sunrise won’t be that great, I convinced myself. We obviously weren’t going to see the lunar eclipse with the cloud coverage, so it’s not like I’d be missing any opportunity there.But when we reached the forest’s edge and the landscape opened up into a sweeping view of the mountains surrounding Boone, N.C., that earlier irritation with myself returned full-force.This sunrise was going to be brilliant.While my friends whipped out their tripods and fancy cameras and lenses and shot long exposures of the increasingly stunning sunrise, I sat on the damp rock, hugging my knees in a useless attempt to trap my body heat, and pouted. I took a few photos with the GoPro, some video to capture the wind, but that’s about all I could muster the creative energy to do.You’re useless, I kept saying to myself. Totally and utterly useless.I know. It sounds harsh, and I’ll be the first to admit I’m my own worst critic. But given that I’d been up early nearly every day that week already, staying up late working, sleeping little, and (due to the unpredictable weather in Boone) not shooting a lot, I was beyond annoyed that I woke up early that morning just to shoot the sunrise only to forget the most important piece of equipment to accomplish that.As the sun peaked over the horizon though, I had a change of heart.Not a significant change of heart, but a subtle one, mind you.For those of you that have taken the time to watch the sun rise, you’ll know that it happens fast. One moment, you can barely see the hint of glowing red peaking through the clouds. A blink of the eye later and the sun is big and full, high in the sky and beaming its golden light down below.As my friends scurried around furiously snapping away, worrying about underexposing or overexposing or which ISO to use or from what vantage point to shoot, I found myself content with simply sitting still and watching. Observing. I don’t do that a whole lot (remember the time I was sick?), and as I sat there, soaking in every second of the sun rising, I realized that I rarely do that. I rarely watch the sun rise without feeling obligated to snap a photo or shoot some video. It was a nice change of pace, a much-needed break from the norm. After the sun had made its way into the clouds above, I snapped a few photos with my iPhone and GoPro to document the morning and at least make an attempt to capture the beauty, but I hardly did it justice.Who cares that I didn’t take an epic time lapse of the sunrise? Who cares that I didn’t get the shot? Aside from that little voice in my head, my own worst critic, the answer was nobody. What matters is that I was up early enough to see the sun rise at all, that I had breathed in a little bit of mountain air before most were even awake.So maybe it wasn’t that you forgot your camera. Maybe it was that you forgot to return a call, pay the electric bill on time, or show up to the doctor’s appointment you planned six months ago. Maybe it’s that this project you’ve poured your heart and soul into for the past semester didn’t turn out quite like you’d initially imagined it. Whatever it is that you did to disappoint yourself, forget it. Let it go, and remember that nobody’s perfect and everyone is their own worst critic. Cut yourself some slack and hop off that pedestal. If you don’t, it’s a long way to fall.
“I’m looking to improve our focus, our intensity, our desire to win – those things, I think, trumped everything else today,” McAlpine said after the loss to Washington. After dropping two of its last three games, the No. 11 USC women’s soccer team is looking to get back on track this week when it travels north to take on the Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers. With three league losses, USC has now lost more conference games this season than any other season since 2014. Considering USC ranked as high as No. 2 in the preseason, the team will undoubtedly be looking for revenge in its the next couple games. When USC faces the Ducks, it will have to keep its attention on Oregon sophomore star forward Jordan Wormdahl. Wormdahl leads the Ducks with seven goals on the season. History will be on the Trojans’ side when they travel to Oregon. USC has won its last six matches against the Ducks, including a 5-0 win last year. USC has enjoyed similar luck against Oregon State. The Trojans have won their last five matchups against the Beavers and beat Oregon State 5-0 last season. Oregon and Oregon State may be in the bottom half of the Pac-12 standings, but the Trojans know how good Pac-12 is through and through. Along with Collins, McAlpine will rely on USC’s two star forwards, junior Tara McKeown and sophomore Penelope Hawking, to put pressure on Oregon’s defense. The duo has scored 29 of the team’s 33 goals and accounted for 59 of USC’s 97 total points. Although the Ducks and Beavers have a combined three wins in Pac-12 play this season, USC has struggled in the past with playing at the top of its game against weaker opponents. In Pac-12 losses to Cal and Washington, head coach Keidane McAlpine has echoed the team’s lack of competitiveness and intensity. The Trojans have struggled keeping stars out of the back of the net this season. Redshirt junior goalie Kaylie Collins has posted three shutouts this season and hopes to return to Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Year form after only recently returning to the field from injury. USC will rely on Collins to shut down Wormdahl on Thursday. “It’s one of those games that reminds you how good our league is,” McAlpine told USC Athletics. “Our league is phenomenal this year. Our league has some great coaches, a lot of great talent, and if they don’t bring the proper level of energy and intensity and focus to the game, then it’s gonna be a long day.” Junior forward Tara McKeown passes the ball downfield during the Trojans’ game against Washington State last Thursday. (Edison Liu / Daily Trojan) With only three games left in Pac-12 play before the NCAA Tournament, the Trojans will need another dominant weekend in order to have momentum when they visit Westwood to face UCLA next weekend. USC faces Oregon Thursday night at 7 at Pape Field in Eugene. The Trojans dropped four spots in the national poll this week after being shut out 2-0 by unranked Washington Sunday at home. The loss marked USC’s first scoreless game at home this season. According to McAlpine, last weekend served as a reminder that no matter the ranking, any team can beat any other in league play.
The Pittsburgh cheerleaders take the field before the team for the NCAA football game between Pittsburgh and Akron on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – Marshall and Pittsburgh have agreed to a home-and-home football series in 2016 and 2020.Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick said Tuesday the Thundering Herd will visit Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Oct. 1, 2016. The Panthers will play in Huntington on Sept. 26, 2020.It will mark the first meetings between the schools.Hamrick says his goal has been to bring quality, nationally recognized programs on a home-and-home basis to Huntington, and “the addition of Pitt is another step in that process.”Marshall also has home-and-home arrangements with two other Atlantic Coast Conference teams, Louisville and North Carolina State.
Image Courtesy: AP/ESPNcricinfoAdvertisement jaii2NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs3wcWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eg( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7i5osfWould you ever consider trying this?😱hvpjeCan your students do this? 🌚jhl9muRoller skating! Powered by Firework Worst bilateral ODI series conclusion in a decade. The captain scoring his lowest series average in the last five years. Coming off from a superb 5-0 T20 series whitewash, the New Zealand tour is suddenly not jubilant anymore for Team India. Add to all that, the squad’s superstar bowler Jasprit Bumrah is now without wicket for four consecutive ODI matches.Advertisement Image Courtesy: AP/ESPNcricinfoReturning to the pitch after an injury, the wicket hungry Jasprit Bumrah is now without a stooge in an ODI game for the fourth time. Since picking Adam Zampa in the second ODI against Australia in January, the pacer hasn’t been able to send opposition batsmen back to the pavilion.Not only the New Zealand series being his first wicket less bilateral ODI series in his career, Bumrah has never striven without wickets in no more than two ODI matches. Facing the Kiwis has now doubled that.Advertisement In the ODI series, Bumrah has bowled 30 overs, and gave away 167 runs, with an appreciable economy rate of 5.30, 6.40 and 5.00 across the three games. However, Bumrah along with the Indian bowling squad fell prey in front of a destructive Ross Taylor, who scored two back to back match winning knocks (109 and 73) in the first two games.The Men in Blue bowlers also were packed up today by the Kiwi’s hit men trio of Guptill, Nicholls and Grandhomme, who chased down the target of 297 comfortable with still five wickets in hand.Advertisement With a rating of 764, Bumrah is the no. 1 bowler in ICC Men’s ODI Bowling Rankings. However, this dry phase in the 50 over format is expected to take a hit on Bumrah’s fight to maintain the top position.However, Team India’s bowling legend Zaheer Khan has given some insight on Bumrah’s ongoing drought.“When you build a reputation like how Jasprit Bumrah has built now over the years you will have to fight this.” Zaheer Khan said in an interview with Cricbuzz.Since his ODI debut against Australia back in 2016, Bumrah has earned 58 caps donning the sky blue jersey, along with a substantial 104 wickets, including a 5 wicket haul.However, Khan suggests the lack of wickets as a ‘phase’ for the bowler. “This is a phase right now Bumrah is in where teams are saying ‘okay Bumrah even if we get thirty five runs we are happy with that as long as we are not giving him wickets because then we can attack the other bowlers,” he added.While Kohli’s own words suggest that “ODIs aren’t too relevant this year compared to Tests and T20s” for the squad, Team India needs to tick the mistakes and bounce back in the upcoming Test series, concluding the tour of New Zealand.Following the Test series in late February, a three match ODI series against South Africa will be knocking India’s door in March, and it is the bulls eye where the team needs to restore their finesse.Also read-Virat Kohli breaks 5 year old horrible batting record against New Zealand Advertisement
(Sept. 14, 2015)–The Stronach Group announced today that Joe Morris has accepted the position of Senior Vice President of West Coast Operations for the Stronach Group, effective Nov. 9, 2015. Morris will step down as President of the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) at that time.As Senior Vice President of West Coast Operations, Morris will oversee operations at Santa Anita Park, Golden Gate Fields and San Luis Rey Training Center, and will report directly to Keith Brackpool, Chairman of West Coast Operations. In addition to his experience as President of the TOC since 2013, Morris previously served as General Manager of Golden Gate Fields and Vice President of Operations and Sales for the Stronach Group from 2011 to 2013.“We are so very pleased to welcome Joe Morris back to the Stronach Group,” said Brackpool. “Joe is an invaluable member of the California racing industry, and as we both further develop our facilities and our racing experience here in California, we believe this appointment will allow for continued growth and success for all involved.”“I am very proud of the accomplishments of TOC board and staff and the direction the organization has taken over the last two and a half years,” said Morris. “It has been a very productive and rewarding time for me,” he added, “but I’m excited at the opportunity to work with the Stronach Group again. I look forward to working with Keith and having the chance to advance two of California’s iconic racetracks and the greatest racing in the country.”TOC Chairman Mike Pegram noted, “We have made great strides over the past couple of years and are indebted to Joe for his unrelenting efforts, which have resulted in numerous benefits for our owners and the industry in general. Although he will be greatly missed, we are fortunate that Joe will continue to play an important role in California racing.”
John Muir said we should not pity plants as prisoners to one spot. In their own ways, they travel the world as we humans do. Anyone who has walked through wild dry grass may have been annoyed at how many foxtails get buried in their socks and how hard it is to get them out. The seeds were not engineered for socks, but for animal fur. Once embedded, they become successful hitchhikers. The shape of the seeds, along with tiny barbs pointing backwards, ensure that the seeds work their way deep into the fur. The seed may find itself the pioneer of a new land far from where it was born. Charles Wolgemuth [U of Connecticut) talked about this in Current Biology.1 Many plants do more than just cast their fates to the wind; “some grasses, at least, are not so cavalier and have engineered their seed carrying appendages (spikelets) to increase dispersion and facilitate seed burial by converting periodic or random oscillations in the environment into directed motion.” Foxtails may look like dead, dry, inert things, but they can hitchhike, walk along the ground and even bury themselves into the soil. On the ground, they can take advantage of diurnal cycles of moisture and temperature. Their spikelets, called awns, expand and shrink, ratcheting the seed forward. Some of them even have spiral tips that can drill the seeds into the ground. Wolgemuth noted other instances where nature has used ratchet mechanisms to good advantage: snakes, whose skin moves their undulating motions in one direction, and jellyfish and bugs that can use water or air motions to achieve unidirectional travel. Even inside the cell, molecular motors like myosin, the flagellum and ATP synthase (05/25/2009) ratchet up the random Brownian motion in their environment into linear or rotary motion. His discussion of ratchets in nature led Wolgemuth to speculate about ratcheting as a general principle of biology. Unfortunately, this won him Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week :Biology has thus repeatedly found ways of producing net work by rectifying fluctuations with ratchets, and it is interesting to speculate on other areas where this mechanism may play a role. Evolution is one directly analogous system and a comparison between it and Brownian ratchets has been drawn previously. Clearly, random mutations in an organism’s genome lead to fluctuations in phenotype. Reproduction can lock in these variations, and natural selection then acts as a ratchet, reducing the likelihood of maintaining a population that is less competent at reproducing while increasing phenotypic populations that are fitter. A more tenuous comparison, though, comes to mind when I consider my own thoughts, which all too often seem quite random. I must consciously work to rectify these thoughts, plucking out the good ones and discarding the bad, in an attempt to construct an understanding of the world about me. Could my own thinking be working by trapping useful ideas from a pool of noise? One of the not-so-useful ideas, right? But, it has been suggested that certain nuclei in the basal ganglia act as a random motor pattern noise generator. If our brains can create noise, maybe they can ratchet it too.Wolgemuth did not make a distinction between purposeful choice in matters of truth and falsehood, and mindless mechanisms without purpose or goal. He also did not distinguish between physical ratchet mechanisms and conceptual ones (argument from analogy), and ended up personifying biology as an engineer. On fitness as a ratchet for progress, see 10/30/2002, “Fitness for Dummies.”Tip: To get foxtails out of your socks, don’t try to pull them out backwards. Push them through the cloth in the direction their natural ratchet wants to go.1. Charles Wolgemuth, “Plant Biomechanics: Using Shape to Steal Motion,” Current Biology, Volume 19, Issue 10, 26 May 2009, Pages R409-R410.One of the best videos of the motion of grass seeds is in volume one of Moody’s DVD set Wonders of God’s Creation. Time-lapse photography shows the seeds moving around like bugs and even burying themselves in the soil. It’s a shame Wolgemuth had to turn an otherwise interesting scientific discussion about plant engineering into another shallow Darwinian speculation. If he is unable to separate his own thoughts from noise, why should his readers try to do so?Tip: To get Darwinian foxtails out of your brain, don’t try to pull them out backwards. Push them through to their logical conclusions, where their blunt pointlessness becomes evident to all.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Last week, President Obama released his spending blueprint for fiscal 2017, a $4 trillion proposal congressional Republicans immediately declared dead on arrival. Agricultural leaders expressed a number of concerns as well.“A global glut of food production has sent U.S. farm revenues down sharply. With farm income down 56% in the past two years alone, America’s farmers and ranchers face difficult times. Yet, the president’s just-released budget would cut 27 USDA programs, including a 10-year, $18 billion cut to the federal crop insurance programs so important to farmers. And all this happens as farm income is projected to decline another 3% in 2016,” said Zippy Duvall, American Farm Bureau Federation president. “The president’s budget would also harm farm and ranch families through capital gains taxes and special provisions that would force new generations to pay much higher taxes on any land and assets they inherit. Such treatment is a recipe for farm fragmentation and an unnecessary obstacle for agriculture’s next generation.“There is some positive in his proposal; the president’s budget does include increases for food and agricultural research — a critical need in a world in which hunger remains a problem in many countries — as well as increases for research into antimicrobial resistance in humans and livestock. Each of these needs to be addressed in serious ways, and we appreciate the support for such research.”In the budget, the U.S. Department of Agriculture would see a 7% decrease in funding, the fourth-largest spending cut among all departments. Despite the cut, certain programs, including the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) and the one for small, beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers, would see budget increases. AFRI has helped to fund valuable agricultural research endeavors.The savings in the president’s agricultural budget largely would come from the $1.3 billion cut in the crop insurance program in fiscal 2017 and an $18 billion decrease over 10 years. The American Soybean Association (ASA) expressed strong opposition to the proposed cut to crop insurance and a lack of funding for infrastructure improvements. ASA noted the budget contains funding for multiple soybean farmer priorities, including increased resources for oversight at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and full funding for the Market Access Program and Foreign Market Development program.“We once again find ourselves fighting attempts to cut crop insurance,” said Richard Wilkins, ASA president and a farmer from Greenwood, Del. “Our policy has always been that we will strongly and absolutely oppose any attempt to target farm bill programs for additional cuts, and it goes without saying that we will continue to fight proposed cuts to the farm safety net. All it takes is a quick glance around the farm economy to see that we need a stronger safety net for our farmers, not a weaker one.”Wilkins also pointed out the association’s disapproval in the budget’s 22% cut to funding for the Army Corps of Engineers, which oversees the maintenance and construction of locks and dams on the nation’s waterways. Specifically, the budget cuts more than 41% from the Corps’ construction account, $2.7 billion from the operations and maintenance account, and fails to fund the Navigation Ecosystem Sustainability Program (NESP), a priority for ASA.“We’re disappointed with this budget’s neglect of investments in waterways infrastructure, which is vital to rural economies as it is a means of efficient transportation of soybeans and a key component of our global competitiveness in export markets,” said Wilkins. “Infrastructure investments should not be limited to highways, mass transit, and high speed rail, but should include those aspects important to rural America too. ASA will continue to work with industry partners and Congress to build on the successful increases in investments achieved in FY16 Appropriations for our ports and waterways operations & maintenance and infrastructure improvements.”While noting the association’s displeasure in the infrastructure and crop insurance provisions in the budget, Wilkins did point out several areas in which the budget addressed and increased funding for farmer priorities.“Clearly we absolutely oppose any cut to crop insurance, and the proposed hobbling of the Corps funding, but there is plenty in the president’s budget that we support, including $330 million in funding for commodity market oversight at the CFTC,” Wilkins said. “Market integrity is not front-of-mind until something goes wrong, and adequate resources for oversight of futures markets are an important priority for farmers.”The budget’s continued funding for programs that promote trade with both emerged and developing markets is also something ASA welcomed, and Wilkins said the association will fight for in future budgets.“The MAP and FMD programs are an essential part of our industry’s work to establish and expand the beachhead for American soybeans in foreign markets,” he said. “That money helps to fund valuable research and market development work by the U.S. Soybean Export Council, which translates directly into increased exports and revenue for American soybean farmers.”From a legislative standpoint, the president’s budget is a non-starter in an election year and with a Republican-controlled Congress, however Wilkins said the release of the budget can start a productive conversation on the importance of funding many of the programs critical for soybean farmers.“Every year, we bring the same funding fight down to the wire in November and December. Party leaders hold one another’s feet to the fire, and at the eleventh hour we manage to eke out funding for programs that are essential to farmer success,” Wilkins said. “Regardless of the long-term prospects of this specific proposal, let’s use it to at least start a discussion about how important these programs are to farmers, and how we get them funded for the coming year.”“That work has to start with farmers. We need to turn up our volume and increase our face-time with lawmakers so that they understand these programs aren’t simply line items on a budget, but real, working tools that help us operate more successfully.”
Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City PBA IMAGESBlackwater was 12 minutes away from history.After a forcing top seeded Meralco into a do-or-die with a 92-91 stunner in Game 1, the no. 8 Elite had a real chance to advance to the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals against Star.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Blackwater even had the upper hand early in the rubber match but Meralco just showed its class, outscoring the Elite 31-19 in the fourth quarter en route to the the semifinal clincher.Maliksi, who finished with 10 points on 3-of-11 shooting and six boards, was disappointed he couldn’t lead his new team to greater heights.“I feel bad about myself because the trust of the coaches is there,” said Maliksi who only came to the Elite a couple of games before the eliminations ended. “My teammates trusted me and I feel bad because there were opportunities I know I’ve wasted.”ADVERTISEMENT Tasked to guide the Bolts, Amer drops 31 in crucial game BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ All Blackwater needed was one more strong quarter to prove that a small franchise could make it big in the PBA.The Bolts, however, had other plans and that came in the form of a 104-96 win that ousted the Elite in a heartbreaker.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 shutout“All of us want something to prove, we can’t call this overachieving if we played just the quarterfinals,” said a dejected Allein Maliksi Thursday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “Of course you want to win the championship. So, I think there’s a reason why we were put in this situation.”“It’s that we have to learn from this and apply whatever we need to do next conference, next season.” Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.