NFU says Congressional tax plans jeopardize the farm safety net

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Amidst the steepest drop in farm profitability in a generation, U.S. Congressional leadership is proposing tax reform legislation that would jeopardize all funding for farm bill commodity safety net programs.The two tax bills being considered in both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives would add $1.5 trillion to the federal deficit. According to new Congressional Budget Office analysis of the bills, that $1.5 trillion deficit increase would need to be offset by eliminating all funding for vital farm programs such as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), among other mandatory federal spending programs.“If Congress passes legislation that increases the deficit, they will subsequently be forced to cut federal spending. In the case of the tax bill, current law could require 100% sequestration of all commodity program payments and other farm bill programs,” said National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson. “Tax cuts for the highest income brackets should absolutely not come at the expense of programs that protect our nation’s family farmers and ranchers.”The House and Senate budget resolution that was passed earlier this year paves the way for tax cuts that would increase the U.S. federal deficit by $1.5 trillion over ten years. Statutory pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) rules require that increases in deficit spending be offset by reduced spending across non-exempt mandatory programs. The government would be required to cut such programs by $150 billion per year in accordance with PAYGO.The total available pool of funding across all non-exempt mandatory programs amounts to, in CBO’s estimation, “only between $85 billion to $90 billion,” meaning that all impacted mandatory spending programs other than Medicare, including the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), would be entirely stripped of funding.The CCC is the second largest non-exempt mandatory program, after Medicare. It funds dairy and other farm program payments, including ARC and PLC, both of which are critical for keeping family farmers and ranchers in business during times of economic uncertainty. Discretionary spending and a number of mandatory programs, including Social Security, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), federal crop insurance, and the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), are exempt from PAYGO.“Farmers Union has long opposed using budget sequestration to reduce the federal deficit, especially through cuts to agricultural programs,” Johnson said. “This proposal asks farmers and ranchers to trade any possible tax benefits for the elimination of farm safety net payments, like ARC and PLC. That would be a disastrous trade. NFU continues to advocate for a simplified, progressive tax code that does not risk programs vital to the livelihoods and well-being of American family farmers and ranchers.”last_img read more

Ten Fantastic Sources of Creative Video Inspiration

first_imgGot a video project looming, but you’re just not feeling it? Get out of that rut with these ten sources of video inspiration!Every now and again, we need a little inspiration to stoke the fires of our creative genius. This inspiration can come from many different places. There are a vast number of amazing resources out there — below, you’ll find ten of our favorites. This list isn’t the be all, end all for video inspiration, but it’s a great place to start next time you find yourself needing a little push!1. Film RiotFirst up on our list is Film Riot. We mention Ryan Connolly and his crew at Film Riot a lot, simply because their work is solid and they give great information for both videographers and filmmakers. Through their YouTube channel, viewers learn an incredible amount of professional knowledge, from DIY tips to advanced techniques. If you aren’t following them on YouTube, you should.Video via Film Riot2. Video CopilotNext up is everyone’s favorite, Video Copilot. Through this site, Andrew Kramer has created an incredible resource for filmmakers, motion graphic artists, and videographers. Here you can purchase a host of After Effects plugins and tools to help you streamline your workflow. Plus, the site also offers a wide range of tutorials for post-production effects techniques.Video via Video Copilot3. Filmmaker IQNeed a refresher course in cinematography, learn how to chroma key, or maybe even gain extra knowledge on technique? Then Filmmaker IQ might be the resource you’ve been looking for. This site is essentially an online film school that runs through the basics of film and video production while also presenting you with knowledge on theory. If you’re new to the industry or, as we said, just need to freshen up your base knowledge, then Filmmaker IQ can be a great resource.Video via Filmmaker IQ4. Shane’s Inner CircleShane Hurlbut is a long-time Hollywood cinematographer who just so happens to run an amazing site for film and video professionals. His Inner Circle site allows users access to tutorials, theory, techniques, podcasts, and so on. Shane has taken his years of experience and offered it to other professionals in order to help them improve their craft.Video via Shane Hurlbut5. Phillip BloomLike Shane, Phillip Bloom is a long-time professional and teacher. Through his blog, Bloom goes through a wide variety of topics that pertain to film and video professionals. Since we’re talking about inspiration, then all you really need to do is head over to Bloom’s website, hover over the Films tab, pick a category, and begin watching. If you can’t find inspiration here, then you won’t find it anywhere.Video via Phillip Bloom6. John BrawleyAgain, with Brawley we have a professional filmmaker/videographer that shares his experience and knowledge with other professionals. Everything from lenses to composition to lighting to gear is covered on this blog. You’ll find great information and, without question, inspiration. 7. Learning VideoOur good friend Dave Dugdale first began his venture as Learning DSLR Video. He has since changed the name to simply Learning Video — though there is nothing simple about Dugdale’s work. Through his video content, Dugdale is able to give the rundown on specific tips or techniques he’s learned out on location or while running his business. Be sure to make quality use of this resource.Video via Dave Dugdale8. VimeoAnother great place to find inspiration for your work is Vimeo. While YouTube has a massive following and loads of content, Vimeo seems to always have a much better selection of inspirational options for film and video professionals. The best way to go about finding content is to browse or search for keywords. Just be sure to that you budget your time appropriately — you will lose track of time when browsing this site.Video via Rustad Media9. Roger Deakins ForumIf you’re a PremiumBeat reader, then you most likely know who Roger Deakins is. If you’re still unsure, then do yourself a favor and head over to his personal website and forum. This is an incredible resource for any filmmaker or videographer, and the community there is very helpful and engaging.Video via Eyes On Cinema10. PremiumBeatLast, but definitely not least, is PremiumBeat. We truly strive to bring you worthwhile news, insight into the industry, and solid tips and techniques to help you in your career. Through the articles we write or the video content we release on YouTube, we’re working hard to make sure you’re covered!Was the list successful? Did we increase your list of inspirational sources? Are there other sources you can suggest? Be sure to tell us all about it in the comments below!last_img read more

Perasol believes top Maroons playmaker will get better with Mighty stint

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Press corps honors united PBA board with President’s Award SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? “I am sure that whatever experience Juan will gain from the Dubai tournament, he will share to his teammates,” added Perasol.The UP Maroons beat the twice-to-beat Falcons in the semifinals to advance to the Finals for the first time in 32 years, with De Liaño coming up with clutch performances anchored on his hot shooting.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars View comments MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion University of the Philippines coach Bo Perasol believes that playmaker Juan Gomez de Liaño would become a better player after his stint with the Mighty Sports in the Dubai International Basketball Tournament slated on Feb. 1 to 9.“I personally know the strength of the competition there. I am sure that Juan will gain tremendously from that tournament,” said Perasol of his veteran guard, who made heads turn with his performance during the team’s Final Four duel with Adamson in the UAAP.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games openinglast_img read more

Mark Nonoy takes spotlight, leads Hustle past Heart in NBTC All-Stars

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Jalen Green, David Carlos share NBTC slam dunk crown View comments Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other With the spotlight firmly shining on Kai Sotto and Jalen Green, Nonoy shone brighter than anyone in the field when he lit up in the fourth quarter scoring 14 straight points to finish with a game-high 23 points.Nonoy, who played for UST high school, went on a personal 14-6 run to give Team Hustle to an 89-82 lead after a booming three-pointer against two defenders with 34.7 seconds left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsGreen answered back with a quick dunk but time wasn’t on Team Heart’s side.“When he started going, I told coach Alex [Cabagnot] that we want the ball in Mark’s hands to make the decisions, and be aggressive,” said Team Hustle head coach Chris Gavina. “He hit that big three and I just looked at Alex and I was like ‘good call.’” Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag MOST READ Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving RJ Abarrientos added 13 points and eight boards for Team Hustle while Sotto was limited to six points, on 1-of-6 shooting, but grabbed 10 rebounds.Green had 19 points and 12 rebounds for Team Heart while Kai Ballungay had 16 points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Google Philippines names new country director SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants MANILA, Philippines—Mark Nonoy took the torch and led Team Hustle past Team Heart, 94-86, coming away with clutch shot after clutch shot in the Division I All-Star game of the 2019 NBTC National Finals Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Naomi Osaka battles back to reach Porsche Grand Prix semifinals

first_imgDuterte wants probe of SEA Games mess But Osaka, who twice was two points from defeat, regrouped to win five straight games and force the tiebreaker, which she wrapped up after two early mini breaks. The win sends her into her first semifinal since winning the Australian Open in January.“It means a lot I think, especially since it’s clay,” Osaka said. “I spent a really long time after Miami just training on clay, trying to get comfortable with it, and I’m really happy that that paid off.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsOsaka will next face eighth-seeded Anett Kontaveit of Estona, who moved on when Victoria Azarenka retired with an injury.Kontaveit led 3-0 in the third set when Azarenka was forced to quit with an injury that affected her service motion. Third-seeded Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic came from behind to beat Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 and reach the semifinals for the third time.“It’s nice to be in the semifinal again. It’s still a lot of work to do,” Kvitova said. “I didn’t reach the final here yet, so hopefully this time will be better.”Kvitova will play Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands, who beat Germany’s Angelique Kerber, a two-time champion in Stuttgart, 6-3, 6-4.___ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedcenter_img PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan’s Naomi Osaka serves to Croatia’s Donna Vekic during their Porsche tennis Grand Prix match in Stuttgart, Germany, Friday April 26, 2019. (Marijan Murat/dpa via AP)STUTTGART, Germany — Top-ranked Naomi Osaka came from behind in the final set to beat Donna Vekic 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (4) on Friday and reach the semifinals of the Porsche Grand Prix.Osaka easily won the first set before Vekic looked to have seized control of the match by winning the second and building up a 5-1 lead in the third.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Mexico’s Estrada dethrones Thai champion Srisaket for super flyweight belt Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Flow Skills Ultimate Football Experience 2018

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#UnitedStates, January 30, 2018 – Miami, FL – Young Caribbean footballers get another shot at the big league as Manchester United, in partnership with Flow, host the second Flow Skills Ultimate Football Experience across the region with the launch on January 27 in Jamaica.  Every young footballer’s dream is to play on the global stage and with Flow Skills that dream is within reach as Caribbean football clubs and coaches prepare youngsters to come out for the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) endorsed initiative so they can get a chance to be seen by some of the world’s top coaches and Manchester United Legends.In fact, Manchester United Ambassador, Dennis Irwin accompanied by Manchester United Soccer School (MUSS) coaches will attend the launch event and will make appearances in other markets during the course of the competition through to its culmination in Trinidad on Monday, March 26, 2018.Release: Flowlast_img read more

TCI RTCIPF Crime Update

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp BurglariesPolice are investigating a burglary that occurred in the Thompson Cove area, around 3:00 a.m. Saturday, February 17th, 2018.  The complainant reported to Police that he was awakened by a tall dark- skinned man who fled the scene.A Burglary took place on the Island of North Caicos on Sunday, February 18th, 2018.  The complainant reported to Police that his business place was broken into. This incident is still under investigation.Providenciales Police are investigating a Burglary that occurred on Sunday, February 18th, 2018, at the Miracle Revival Mission church on Lower Bight Road. Reported stolen was black Roland Jandi Keyboard valued USD$1000.Vehicular Accidents The Traffic Enforcement Unit of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force is investigating a two-car motor vehicle accident that occurred on the Millennium Highway on Friday, February 16th, 2018.  Both vehicles received extensive damages.  EMS Officials were on the scene and transferred those involved to the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre for medical attention.The Traffic Enforcement Unit is also investigating a vehicle accident that took place on Saturday 17th, 2018 at 8:00 a.m., where a female was hit by a vehicle in Grace Bay, across from the IGA Gourmet.  The victim was transferred to the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre for medical treatment.The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force continue to appeal to the general public who may have any information that can assist in the detection of these crimes to come forward, or contact the Chalk Sound Police Station at 338-5901 or 941-8082 or make use of the confidential reporting system through Crime Stoppers at 1- 800-8477.Press Release: RTCIPF Related Items:center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, February 20, 2018 – Providenciales –RobberiesPolice on Providenciales are investigating a Robbery that took place on Monday, February 19th, 2018, at The Quality Store located in Blue Hills at 12:18 p.m.  The employee described the gunman as short, dark-skinned with dreadlocks, and wearing a dark blue shirt when he entered the supermarket and demanded money.  The culprit fled the scene by foot, taking a large sum of cash.Police are also investigating an attempted Robbery that took place on Saturday, February 17th, 2018, at 12:54 a.m., following a 911 call by a male who reported that he was held at gunpoint by a short dark-skinned male, who tried to rob him.  The masked gunman was dressed in all black.  The culprit discharged a single round in the air and fled the scene.  This incident occurred in the Cooper Jack area.last_img read more

REACH Board Members Pay Courtesy Call on the Prime Minister

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 26, 2018 – Nassau – Board members of Resources and Education for Autism and Related Challenges (REACH) paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis on Friday, February 23, 2018 at the Office of the Prime Minister.  Pictured from left: Robert Turnquest (Treasurer), Paula Hospedales (Secretary), Dwayne Gibson (Chairman), Prime Minister Hubert Minnis, Rosella Armbrister (Board Member), and Jensel Watkins (Parent volunteer).(BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay) Related Items:last_img read more

Riqui Puig has a dream debut for FC Barcelona

first_imgBarcelona product Riqui Puig, was the main attraction in his club’s Copa del Rey 4-1 victory against Cultural Leonesa. He gave a spectacular assist.With pretty much all the bigger names eagerly watching from the stands, academy product Riqui Puig presented himself to the world in Barcelona’s Copa del Rey second leg against Cultural Leonesa.The tiny Catalan midfielder is arguably one of the biggest sensations the club has to offer from La Masia alongside Carles Aleña, this Wednesday was his official first match with Barcelona’s major squad as Ernesto Valverde gave him a good half an hour to show his talents to the world.Puig’s impact was quick, he set Denis Suarez up for the club’s fourth goal of the night with an out of this world assist that made us all long for the days when Iniesta or Xavi played for the club.The kid is the spitting image (playing style-wise) of both of these players, it seems like the club has found two amazing new talents who can help the club move forward and continue the tradition of that beloved tiki-taka style that could even convince Guardiola to return someday.His ball control, vision, and position on the field are a sign that he will be important for the club in the upcoming years.Gol de Denis Suarez y asistencia de Riqui Puig 4-1 pic.twitter.com/lyUtByNOEc— Pol Muñoz (@PolMb10) December 5, 2018Puig was the absolute sensation after the match due to his beautiful assist, but other players also shined against Cultural Leonesa.Denis Suarez scored a couple of great goals, Munir opened the score sheet during the first half, and Malcom also contributed with a header but he left the field with a nasty sprained ankle that worried everybody at the Camp Nou.Carles Aleña also played a fairly decent full match, he complemented very well with Oriol Busquets but mostly with Puig and Sergio Busquets when both players were inside the pitch.During the final thirty minutes of the game, we could see a very fluent FC Barcelona that left everybody happy at the Camp Nou.“It’s a debut I dreamed about,” said Puig through the FC Barcelona official website right after the final whistle.”A win and an assist on top of how well the team played. I used to come to the Camp Nou when I was three years old, imagining what it would be like to play here.”David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.”Ernesto has given me the opportunity and the reality is a dream come true,” he added.Riqui Puig tras su debut en partido oficial: “Al principio me sudaban las manos y me dolía la barriga. Tenía la sensación de estar en el FIFA”. @ellarguero #CopadelRey pic.twitter.com/zsoyk4gyWw— Adrià Albets (@AdriaAlbets) December 5, 2018Even the manager approved of Riqui’s dream debut for FC Barcelona, as he explained that he thinks we have a very complete player under our noses who looks like he could do great things in La Liga.The most important thing to remember about Riqui, is that we are talking about a player who is one of the fiercest FC Barcelona fans you will ever come across.There are many stories about Catalan players from La Masia who were linked to the club since they were little kids, Riqui’s story is no different as he has been close to Barça since he was practically born and he fulfilled a childhood dream with this Wednesday’s performance.Also, Puig was initially rejected by the club due to his short height and small body composition but the club decided to ultimately keep him because they remembered how well they have done with short guys in the club.You will do well to remember his name, because Riqui Puig is one of the most sparkling appearances that FC Barcelona has experienced in quite a long time and he came here to stay.Riqui Puig, todo clase. Si jugase en el Ajax ya valdría 80M !!! pic.twitter.com/rkyzOSle68— Barçavip (@jordi2039) December 3, 2018What do you think about Riqui Puig’s assist to Denis Suarez against Cultural Leonesa? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday March 3 2019

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