Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that producers currently participating in federal crop insurance who had in 2019 a payable prevented planting indemnity related to flooding, excess moisture or causes other than drought will automatically receive a “top-up” payment. Producers will receive the payment from their Approved Insurance Providers (AIPs) starting in mid-October.Producers with Yield Protection and Revenue Protection with Harvest Price Exclusion will receive a 10% top-up payment, while producers with Revenue Protection will receive 15%. They do not need to sign up to receive payments; all producers with a 2019 prevented planting indemnity will receive the top-up.“It was a challenging planting season for many of our farmers,” said Bill Northey, USDA’s Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation. “We are doing everything we can to ensure producers receive the help they need.“USDA is working with AIPs so that producers can receive additional payments as soon as possible, and we appreciate the AIPs for helping us help America’s farmers.”The crop insurance industry will deliver the payments as part of the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act of 2019. After the initial payment, additional payments will be made in the middle of each month as more prevented planting claims are processed.“Crop insurance is an important program for many producers to help them manage their production and price risks,” said Martin Barbre, Administrator of USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA). “We’re leveraging that system to efficiently and effectively deliver much needed support to our farmers.”RMA received commitments from all 14 AIPs to deliver the top-up payments:ACE Property and Casualty (Rain and Hail) Insurance CompanyAmerican Agri-Business Insurance CompanyAmerican Agricultural Insurance CompanyCGB Insurance CompanyChurch Mutual Insurance CompanyCountry Mutual Insurance CompanyFarmers Mutual Hail Insurance CompanyGreat American Insurance CompanyHudson Insurance CompanyNAU Country Insurance CompanyProducers Agricultural Insurance CompanyRural Community Insurance CompanyStratford Insurance CompanyXL Reinsurance America Inc.The prevented planting top-up payments are different from the Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+) payments. (For more information on WHIP+, visit www.farmers.gov/recover/whip-plus.)
Self-medication is not new to India. A 2015 survey conducted by Lybrate among 20,000 people across 10 cities showed that 52% of people practised self-medication. But the country lacks a well-defined regulation for over the counter (OTC) medicines, important for patient safety. The government is in the process of finalising an OTC drug policy, which may bring more clarity on the drugs that a wider population can access. The Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India (OPPI), a body of multinational drug companies, has worked with the government over the past one year by providing inputs to the draft of the OTC policy.The Hindu spoke to OPPI president Annaswamy Vaidheesh about the need for such guidelines and the changes they will bring about in healthcare.What role did OPPI play in creating the OTC policy draft?We brought experts together to help develop the guidelines. We also invited companies like Cipla, Glenmark, Sun Pharma and others who are not members of OPPI, but their inputs were valuable. Additionally, we got international experts to bring in perspective. The government has hailed the inputs and is seriously considering taking them forward. We have looked at the best practices in various economies and highlighted what we can take from them, the kind of drugs that should be included in the OTC list and the ones that should not.How will an OTC policy help?First of all, when you widen access to OTC drugs, it automatically releases the government’s time and resources, which can be focussed on drugs that need to be stringently prescribed. We are saying that drugs that are known to have negligible side effects and don’t require much explanation can be classified as OTC so that access to them becomes easy and wide. These drugs can be made easily accessible in small towns as well. The idea is to make sure that the right product rests in the right place. Society has learnt that OTC medicines are those that don’t have major side effects but help improve health. Many countries have brought more products under the OTC category to focus on drugs that need to be strictly regulated.We also face the threat of antibiotics resistance. Will bringing more drugs under the OTC category lead to overuse or misuse? An antibiotic is a drug meant to treat a bacterial infection. But people who have viral infections, fever and so on are taking antibiotics, causing the resistance. However, when drugs for common viral infections, sore throat, acidity, indigestion, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, injury, cuts, wounds, burns, acne etc are made available under OTC, people will get access to the right medication. Many people are using such drugs without prescription anyway. But an OTC policy will improve access to drugs that are okay to be sold as OTC and restrict access to other drugs. Besides antibiotic resistance, steroid use is also a big problem. There are people who use steroid creams for skin whitening. But we are working with the government to spread awareness about the responsible use of antibiotics and steroids.What stage is the policy in?The submission has gone; we have crossed three-fourths of the passage. The government may take six months or a year. It is in the process of finetuning it and converting it into a legislation.
ESPN PlayoffIf you’re constantly tuned in to ESPN during pigskin season, you’ll likely see the network’s college football promo commercials dozens, if not hundreds of times. The Worldwide Leader, much to the dismay of many, uses the same song for every bit. By the end of the year, you’ll know every word.So which song will you know every word to this year? According to Chris Fowler, who used to host College GameDay before giving up the job to Rece Davis last year, this year’s song will be “Collider” by the X Ambassadors and Tom Morello. The X Ambassadors are an alternative rock band from Ithaca, New York. Morello, of course, was the guitarist for Rage Against the Machine.Here’s the video for the song, if you’re so inclined. It was released on August 1st.As a huge Tom Morello/Rage Against the Machine fan, this makes me happy: new ESPN CFB anthem w/X Ambassadors https://t.co/0ipVtmRM4y— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) August 3, 2016Last year, the tune was “History” by Lauren Alaina. In 2014, it was “Centuries” by Fall Out Boy.The X Ambassadors were formed in 2009 and released their first full-length album in 2015. The band is comprised of four members – Sam Harris, Casey Harris, Noah Feldshuh and Adam Levin.ESPN will kick off its college football coverage in 2016 in Sydney, Australia. Hawaii and California are set to meet at ANZ Stadium on Friday, August 26. The Rainbow Warriors and Golden Bears will meet a week before all other teams.College football’s opening weekend will feature a number of important games, so expect to see a number of promos. In the first few days of the season, we’ll get to see Kansas State vs. Stanford, Oklahoma vs. Houston, UCLA vs. Texas A&M, LSU vs. Wisconsin, Alabama vs. USC, Florida State vs. Ole Miss, Texas vs. Notre Dame and Auburn vs. Clemson.
HALIFAX – More research is needed in the Gulf of St. Lawrence to determine if it has become an emerging habitat for endangered North Atlantic right whales, experts said Friday after the badly decomposed remains of a seventh whale were found floating in roughly the same area as six others.The overturned male was seen bobbing on the surface of the water north of the Magdalen Islands late Wednesday, but it was not yet clear what may have caused this latest death.It follows the deaths of two female and four male North Atlantic right whales found last month.Tonya Wimmer of the Marine Animal Response Society said scientists need to intensify efforts to find out if the lumbering giants are making the Gulf one of their primary feeding grounds in a shift away from their traditional habitats in the Bay of Fundy and Roseway Basin.“All of that together is saying there needs to be a very strong focus on the Gulf to really look at what’s going on and potentially try to figure out where they are and then what can be done to protect them,” she said.“It’s a really important animal to look at in the realm of this larger picture of incidents that have been happening in that southern Gulf of St. Lawrence area.”Wimmer is hoping Fisheries officials will arrange to do necropsies, or animal autopsies, on the latest dead whale as well as a right whale named Panama that has washed ashore on the Magdalen Islands to determine what killed them.Fisheries spokeswoman Krista Petersen said she didn’t know if a decision had been made about the examinations.Three of the other six North Atlantic right whales were necropsied after being hauled on shore in P.E.I. late last month. Scientists say inspections suggest two suffered blunt trauma injuries consistent with ship strikes — one of the deadliest threats to the animals.The third died from a chronic entanglement in fishing gear that was wrapped around a fin and inside its mouth.The deaths are a devastating blow to the whale’s fragile population and the scientists who have been working for decades to rebuild a species that was once hunted to the brink of extinction and now numbers about 525.Robert Michaud of the Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals in Quebec said he was stunned to hear of such a high number of casualties in one season, when they would normally see about two cases involving whales being hit by ships or getting entangled in fishing gear.He added that an eighth right whale was freed from a snarl of fishing line on Wednesday by a team on board a research vessel in the same area.“It raises our concerns — when will this ever stop,” he said from Tadoussac. “It is a problem. We don’t know exactly what’s going on.”The losses also come after a low calving season, with the deaths now outpacing the number of babies born this year.Moira Brown, a right whale expert with the Canadian Whale Institute, said she had begun shifting her research attention to the Gulf region several years ago when she and her team noticed there were fewer North Atlantic right whales in their traditional haunts in the Bay of Fundy.In 2015, they found 35 of the whales in the area where the most recent carcasses were spotted. In a survey last year, they found 17 of the whales in the area.The challenge, she said, is determining that this is a whale habitat and then working with the fishing and shipping industries to come up with ways to protect the animals as has been done in other parts of the Maritimes by rerouting shipping lanes, alerting fishermen to whales’ presence and setting speed limits for vessels.“I think they’re shifting based on lack of sightings in the Gulf of Maine and less sightings in the Bay of Fundy,” she said.“The fishing industry and the shipping industry are aware of right whales elsewhere, but they’re not aware of them there because it’s really early days in us figuring out whether the whales are using this habitat.”
MONTREAL – Employees at more than 400 Quebec Liquor Corp. outlets across the province held a one-day strike Tuesday in a bid to jump-start contract negotiations.It was the first of six strike days their union has planned as pressure tactics against the Crown corporation.The walkout affected most of the province’s liquor outlets, but management personnel was used to keep more than 60 outlets open.In June, the unionized employees voted 91 per cent in favour of the one-day strikes that are to take place at the opportune moment.The 5,500 workers have been without a contract since March 31, 2017, but negotiations have been ongoing for 16 months.Previous talks took place in late June and last week and the union determined the resumption of the discussions Tuesday was a good time to launch the strike.“The employer has moved a bit on its demands but it is not withdrawing its demands,” union president Katia Lelievre told The Canadian Press.The issue of schedules and work hours is at the heart of the impasse, with the union saying the government wants employees with more experience to work evenings and weekends, which the union considers a major setback.“There is no lack of employees on the weekend,” Lelievre said.She said 70 per cent of employees work part-time and already do full weekends, while more than one-half of the 30 per cent of full-time employees work at least one day on the weekend.In a statement, the liquor corporation said the 60-odd outlets that remained open were staffed by managers.“The SAQ (the corporation) wants to simplify its work methods and is proposing solutions that will both meet its need for flexibility while responding to the union’s priorities and demands, especially when it comes to getting full-time jobs, ensuring the quality of schedules as well as increasing the number of guaranteed hours for part-time employees,” the statement said.
UPDATE – On Saturday, February 2nd, 2019, a Canada Wide Warrant for Being Unlawfully at Large was issued for 31-year-old Tal Kalum LaRiviere. The arrest warrant was issued after LaRiviere failed to meet the conditions of his release by missing curfew at his designated residence in Prince George, BC.PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – The Prince George RCMP are looking for a man wanted on a Canada Wide Warrant that could be headed to Northern B.C. or Northern Alberta.On Saturday, February 2, 2019, a Canada Wide Warrant for Being Unlawfully at Large was issued for 31-year-old Tal Kalum LaRiviere. The arrest warrant was issued after LaRiviere failed to meet the conditions of his release by missing curfew at his designated residence in Prince George, BC.Police are now asking for the public’s help in locating him. He is described as:Metis male188 cm (6’2”)88 kg (194 lbs)Brown hairBrown eyesLaRiviere has connections in Vernon, BC and Grimshaw, Alberta and may be travelling in Northern Alberta or Northern BC. He is believed to be driving a blue 1994 GMC 1500 pick-up bearing BC licence plate MY9880. A photo of a similar vehicle is attached. The image is not of the actual pick-up.A picture of a similar truck that he is believed to be driving.If you see this vehicle or LaRiviere contact the RCMP immediately, do not confront him as he is considered violent.
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has directed CBI to recall the Look-Out Circular (LOC) issued against a Hyderabad-based businessman who is an accused in a corruption case involving meat exporter Moin Akhtar Qureshi and the agency’s ex-director A P Singh. Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal said since Pradeep Koneru, the businessman, has been regularly joining the investigation, there is no justification in keeping alive the LOC which was issued on May 16 last year. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder “Since the petitioner (Koneru) has been regularly joining investigation, there is no justification in keeping the present Look-Out Circular dated May 16, 2018, alive. The same be recalled by the issuing authority,” the court said. The court also imposed certain conditions on Koneru, including that he has to join the probe as and when called by the investigating officer (IO) and cooperate with the CBI. It also said that in case he has to travel abroad, he has to furnish to the IO the details of the country where is proposes to go, one week prior to the visit. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings “The petitioner shall not travel abroad for more than two weeks in one month… The amount of Rs six crore deposited by the petitioner in the court shall be kept in the form of FDR till March 31, 2021 on auto renewal basis,” the court said. In case of any violation of the conditions by Koneru, the FDR will be forfeited and the CBI is at liberty to take appropriate recourse in accordance with the law, it said. It asked the trial court to return his passport and directed the high court registry to communicate a copy of this order to the FRRO. The high court passed the order on Koneru’s plea seeking quashing of the LOC issued against him by the CBI in the corruption case. The FIR, in connection with which Koneru was being questioned, was filed in 2017 by CBI after ED and Income Tax department’s probe into money laundering and black money allegations against Qureshi allegedly revealed involvement of senior public servants. The ED had written a letter to the CBI in this regard and it had in 2017 lodged an FIR against the meat exporter as well as its former director A P Singh, Koneru and several others. Another Hyderabad-based businessman, Sathish Babu Sana, on whose complaint a bribery case was filed against then CBI special director Rakesh Asthana, is also a witness in this case. Koneru is a prosecution witness in the ED case. During the arguments earlier, the CBI counsel had admitted in the court that Koneru was an accused in the corruption case and a division bench of the high court had on February 5, directed that no coercive steps be taken against him, which direction is still continuing. The court, in its order, noted that the record revealed that Koneru has joined the investigation in the case prior to issuance of the LOC. The businessman’s counsel had submitted that Koneru would record his undertaking to the court that he will continue to cooperate in the investigation and will not tamper with evidence or influence any witness. In this regard, the judge also recorded the statement of Koneru, who was present in the court.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday directed the consortium of lender banks that had financed the Delhi airport metro express line of Reliance Infrastructure to defer declaring outstanding dues as non-performing assets.The bench of Justice SA Bobde and Justice AS Abdul Nazeer asked the banks to defer declaring outstanding dues as NPA as Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) opposed Delhi Airport Metro Express Private Limited’s plea that it (DMRC) be asked to service DAMEPL debts. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderSenior counsel P Chidambram appearing for the DAMEPL told the court that DMRC, which is operating the airport metro express line, be asked to shoulder the responsibility of serving the debts. He also cited the earlier Delhi High Court order asking DMRC to service the debts. Initially court appeared inclined to agree that DMRC should service the debts. “Prima face we are with you. One who is running the train should service the debts”, Justice Bobde said agreeing with Chidambram.
NEW DELHI: AAP’s East Delhi candidate Atishi again wrote to the Election Commission on Monday seeking registration of FIR against her BJP rival Gautam Gambhir over violation of Model Code of Conduct by distributing pamphlets without details such as printer’s name. She has also challenged Gambhir for an open debate on five points which are on the development of East Delhi.”What has BJP done for the East Delhi and they should also say their work on women safety,” said Atishi describing the first two points out of the five points. She also asked BJP to talk about their performance of the affordable housing scheme in East Delhi. “I want to ask Gambhir to please tell us why BJP did not work to stop sealing because traders were highly affected. Lastly, I want to ask him what did BJP do to stop garbage dumping at Ghazipur landfill site,” Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesasked Atishi. Last week, Atishi began facing diatribes allegedly involving her religion after she restored her surname Marlena in her affidavit and nomination paper to the Election Commission. She had dropped her surname last year, fearing its misuse by political adversaries. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia came to the rescue of the AAP candidate amid the latest onslaught on her by former Okhla Congress MLA Asif Khan, who, in a message on social media, has been allegedly dubbing Atishi as a Jew and asking Muslims not to vote for her. “I am sad that the BJP and Congress together are spreading lies about the religion of our East Delhi candidate,” said Manish Sisodia in a tweet. On Sunday, Atishi had written to the EC seeking a 72-hour ban on campaigning for violating the model code of conduct for holding a rally without permission. On Monday, Atishi again wrote to the EC, saying he is distributing pamphlets without details such as printer’s name which is a violation of the model code of conduct.