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Big men take on Obstacle Challenge in 2018 PBA All-Star week

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netUnconventional will be the trend when the 2018 PBA All-Star Week rolls on this May as frontcourt players take over the Obstacle Challenge.Former league MVP Asi Taulava of NLEX and his fellow behemoths will have the chance to showcase their dribbling, passing, and shooting skills as big men replace the usual court generals in the side event in the annual midseason extravaganza.ADVERTISEMENT Also part of the stacked field are San Miguel’s Marcio Lassiter, Magnolia’s Paul Lee, Phoenix’s Matthew Wright, GlobalPort’s Stanley Pringle, NLEX’s Larry Fonacier, Meralco’s Garvo Lanete, Columbian’s Ronald Tubid, and Alaska’s Casio.The skills competitions will be held in the All-Star Week’s second leg at Batangas City Coliseum on May 25, serving as the curtain-raiser for the duel between Gilas Pilipinas and the Luzon All-Stars.Mindanao All-Stars will first test the mettle of the national team in Digos, Davao del Sur on May 23, before the Visayas All-Stars face off against the Nationals in Ilo-ilo on May 27.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Knicks fire coach Jeff Hornacek after 2 seasons Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Also joining him in the field are Rain or Shine’s Beau Belga, Alaska’s Sonny Thoss, Blackwater’s JP Erram, Magnolia’s Aldrech Ramos, GlobalPort’s Kelly Nabong, Phoenix’s Doug Kramer, Columbian’s Russell Escoto, TNT’s Yousef Taha, San Miguel’s Yancy de Ocampo, Meralco’s Ken Bono, and Ginebra’s Raymond Aguilar.Last year, Maverick Ahanmisi ruled the event, besting Alex Cabagnot and Emman Monfort in the Finals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownMeanwhile, reigning king Allein Maliksi of Blackwater will have a tough field out to dethrone him as the league’s best snipers participate in the Three-Point Shootout.Last season’s runner-up LA Tenorio of Ginebra and 2016 champion Terrence Romeo of TNT are back to stake their claim for the title, as well as the return of 2009 champion James Yap of Rain or Shine. LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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What’s next? NFL sparks new questions with anthem policy

first_imgFILE – In this Oct. 29, 2017, file photo, Houston Texans players kneel and stand during the singing of the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, in Seattle. NFL owners have approved a new policy aimed at addressing the firestorm over national anthem protests, permitting players to stay in the locker room during the “The Star-Spangled Banner” but requiring them to stand if they come to the field. The decision was announced Wednesday, May 23, 2018, by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell during the league’s spring meeting in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)ATLANTA — With its popularity threatened and critics stretching all the way to the White House, the NFL just wanted to get past the debate over taking a knee during the national anthem.Put the focus back on football.ADVERTISEMENT Instead, the league seemed to muddle the divisive issue even more with a new policy that stirred up defenders of free speech, prompted a couple of owners to quickly backtrack and raised all sorts of potential questions heading into next season.After a tumultuous season, NFL owners wrapped up their spring meeting in Atlanta by announcing Wednesday that players would be required to stand for the national anthem if they’re on the field before a game, but gave them the option of staying in the locker room if they wanted to carry on the Colin Kaepernick-inspired campaign against police brutality and social injustice.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownCommissioner Roger Goodell called it a compromise that respected the wishes of everyone, from those who consider “The Star-Spangled Banner” a sacred part of the American experience to those who believe the right to protest during the anthem is also in the best tradition of a free but imperfect society.Yet, it was clear to everyone that the owners wanted to quell a firestorm by moving any further protests away from the public eye — especially if it lured back disgruntled fans while appeasing President Donald Trump and his vocal base of support. 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We’ve just got to go through with it, I guess.”A handful of outspoken players vowed to carry on the cause, including Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins.“I will not let it silence me or stop me from fighting,” he said. “This has never been about taking a knee, raising a fist or anyone’s patriotism, but doing what we can to effect real change for real people.”While Goodell said the new policy was unanimously approved by the owners, CEO Jed York of the 49ers — Kaepernick’s former team — contradicted the commissioner by saying he abstained. York said he didn’t feel comfortable making a decision without directly involving the players’ union.New York Jets owner Christopher Johnson took a similar approach. He said his team will pay any fines doled out by the league, without passing on punishment to the players.“I will support our players wherever we land as a team,” Johnson said. “Our focus is not on imposing any club rules, fines or restrictions.”So, what happens next?The NFL just wants the issue to go away.Instead, it raised a whole new batch of questions. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Kneel if you like.But stay out of sight.“This is a fear of the diminished bottom line,” said defensive end Chris Long of the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles . “It’s also fear of a president turning his base against a corporation. This is not patriotism. Don’t get it confused. These owners don’t love America more than the players demonstrating and taking real action to improve it.”Trump addressed the issue during a political campaign, saying the NFL should fire any players who kneel during the anthem . He had no immediate comment on the new policy, but Vice President Mike Pence called it “a win for the fans, a win for (the president), and a win for America.”The NFL didn’t consult the players’ union on its new policy, though Goodell stressed that the league had talked to countless players over the past year and was committed both financially and philosophically to the fight for social justice .ADVERTISEMENT “We want people to be respectful of the national anthem. We want people to stand,” Goodell said. “We’ve been very sensitive on making sure that we give players choices, but we do believe that moment is an important moment and one that we are going to focus on.”In an attempt to quell a potential challenge from the NFL Players Association, the league said any violations of the new rules would result in fines against teams — not individual players.But the league also gave teams the option of developing their own workplace rules, which many players interpreted as a backhanded way of subjecting them to fines — or worse — should they carry on with the protests.“If the team says ‘this is what we’re doing,’ and ownership (does too), you either deal with it or you’re probably going to get cut,” Pittsburgh Steelers guard Ramon Foster said.The head of the NFLPA, DeMaurice Smith , angrily denounced the NFL’s decision and called it a blow against America’s most basic rights — freedom of speech.Since the new policy is a change in the terms and conditions of employment that was not collectively bargained, any attempts to fine individual players would surely be opposed by the union.“History has taught us that both patriotism and protest are like water; if the force is strong enough it cannot be suppressed,” Smith wrote on Twitter. “The CEOs of the NFL created a rule that people who hate autocracies should reject.”But many players are mindful that Kaepernick, who began the protest movement in 2016 during his final year at quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, didn’t play at all last season and still hasn’t been picked up by another team . They’re also aware of the plight faced by safety Eric Reid, one of Kaepernick’s former teammates and another protest leader, who is also out of work with the upcoming season just a few months away.Both have filed collusion grievances against the NFL .Washington defensive back Josh Norman said the owners have a right to decide what the players can and cannot do, a sentiment shared by many of his colleagues around the league.last_img read more

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Chetwynd faces major flooding after heavy rains

first_imgIf you have any further information about what’s happened in Chetwynd, emailcontact@energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.com.If you have any photos or video you can also email contact@energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.com There are several reports of flooding all over the community. Right now there is a large amount of water in the downtown core and residents are sand bagging to save as many building as possible.- Advertisement -Two bridges in the community are still open but the water is running just below those bridges.According to eye witnesses, the water has created sink holes in sidewalks and roads in the community and in some cases washed out parts of the road or sidewalk.The water has also washed out a large part of the rail road tracks that run through the community.We understand the Moberly Lake Campground was evacuated Friday night because of water levels in the area.Moberly Bridge on Highway 29 north is closed because the bridge could be washed away at any moment.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Leicester City 1-1 Arsenal: Fantastic Foxes earn deserved point

first_imgLeicester new boy Leonardo Ulloa continued to justify his £8million price tag as he netted a brilliant header to earn the Foxes a share of the spoils in a thrilling 1-1 draw with Arsenal.The Gunners headed to Leicester with a striker crisis on the cards and wondering where there goals would come from with Olivier Giroud out until the New Year with a broken ankle.Yaya Sanogo was offered the chance to lead the line, something which did not fill Gunners fans with much confidence, though he did have a bumbling part in the opening goal after 20 minutes.Santi Cazorla’s delightful chip put the Frenchman in on goal, but the 20-year-old fluffed his shot across the box. Fortunately, though £35million summer signing Alexis Sanchez was on hand to hammer the ball home.Prior to that, the game was held up for some time when Laurent Koscielny was sent tumbling to the turf after a nasty clash of heads with Jeff Schlupp.Medics deemed the bandaged up Arsenal defender fit to eventually continue but such a decision could be questioned when it was the France international who was at fault for Leicester’s equaliser moments after Sanchez’s opener.Schlupp brilliantly picked out £8m new boy Ulloa, who escaped the dizzy centre-back to plant a powerful header past Wojciech Szczesny.It came as little surprise when Koscielny departed early on 26 minutes, just minutes after the equaliser to be replaced by new England call-up Calum Chambers.Both sides were contributing to an entertaining affair but were forced to settle for 1-1 at the break as Aaron Ramsey came closest to striking again, fizzing an effort just wide of the post.Ulloa continued to impress and could, and probably should have, made it 2-1 to Leicester.The Argentine beautifully controlled a high ball, played a precise one-two, sold Chambers a dummy but failed to finish the chance off, firing into the side netting.But befitting of the match, Arsenal came firing back and Sanogo went desperately close only for Kasper Schmeichel to foil him when one-on-one with his legs.Still Nigel Pearson’s side continued to do themselves proud and really could have won the game had David Nugent’s pass for a Jamie Vardy chance been just that tad crisper.The latter had done everything right to skip past a few challenges but Nugent’s pass was slightly behind his strike partner, and while he did test Szczesny’s gloves, there was an overriding sense that the opportunity could have been easier.The KP Stadium was primed to erupt when Danny Drinkwater unleashed a brilliant strike deep into injury-time, however his effort went skidding just wide of the far post to leave Gunners fans breathing a sigh of relief. Leicester’s Leonardo Ulloa celebrates scoring against Arsenal 1last_img read more

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Delight as Donegal win Gaelic Masters Shield Final!

first_imgThe Gaelic Masters Shield Final took place in Kilkeerin-Clonberne, Galway today (referee Gerry Sheridan from Cavan).Donegal came out on top after an intense clash with Offaly with a score of 0-13 to 0-10.Before the nail-biting game, a spokesperson for the Gaelic Masters Association said; “The Shield final features two newcomers this year. Donegal and Offaly have both impressed in their first year back in Masters football and it should be an even contest. #donegal win Gaelic Masters Shield final 0-13 Offaly 0-10 pic.twitter.com/jZoHLu1JJO— IRISHTV.ie (@irishtv) November 12, 2016“Both sides have a number of players fresh from International Rules success for Donegal; David McShane, Daniel Branley, Charlie Doherty and Charlie Gallagher were to the fore as well as former Offaly senior inter county stars John Kenny and Roy Malone.”Tír Chonaill Abú!Delight as Donegal win Gaelic Masters Shield Final! was last modified: November 12th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalFootballGAAgaelic masters associationOffalytir chonaill abulast_img read more

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LORETO’S ROSE CAPTAINS ULSTER TO SHIELD FINAL WIN OVER MUNSTER

first_imgRose Boyle receives the National Shield from LGFA President Pat QuillLORETO Secondary School Letterkenny pupil Rose Boyle has captained Ulster to the Shield Final win over Munster in Mullingar today.Seven Co Donegal girls were on the secondary school Ulster panel which won 5-07 to 0-03.Karen Ward, Amber Barrett, Sarah Jane McDonald, Marie O’Reilly, Blathnaid McLaughlin and Shannon mc Groddy were also in the team. LORETO’S ROSE CAPTAINS ULSTER TO SHIELD FINAL WIN OVER MUNSTER was last modified: January 25th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:LoretoRose BoyleUlster Ladies GFClast_img read more

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Minor earthquake felt off Donegal – but nobody injured!

first_imgA minor earthquake has rocked Co Donegal.The quake, which measured 1.5 on the Richter Scale, was felt by hundreds of residents around the Milford and Kilmacrennan areas around 6.45am.It is understood the centre of the quake occurred off the Fanad Peninsula but could be felt for several miles inland. There have been no reports of anybody being injured or any damage being caused to buildings.Tom Blake, the director of the Irish National Seismic Network, has appealed to people who experienced the earthquake to get in touch.“There was a minor tremor which measured 1.5 on the Richter Sacen – that’s a fairly minor tremor but was felt nonetheless.“It was felt by people and would have been felt by animals. Our systems pick up very minute tremors. “We are very keen to hear from people and if people could share their experiences with us then we would ask them to get it touch,” he said.Minor earthquake felt off Donegal – but nobody injured! was last modified: August 3rd, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalearthquakeFanadMilfordTom Blakelast_img read more

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Chelsea v PSG player ratings

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Inspiring Life Motivates Designers

first_imgHere’s the latest collection of bio-inspired designs brought to you by plants, animals, and cells.Speedy snail insulin (PhysOrg): We think of snails as among the slowest of animals, but this article says of “Snail’s speedy insulin: Bio-inspired insulin may act three times faster than current products.” The venom of cone snails has inspired a new insulin injection that works in 5 minutes instead of the usual 15. “To have something that has already been evolved—that’s a huge advantage,” the researcher stated.Gecko tires (Science Daily): Want to see “nature’s designs at work on the highways”? Imagine applying the principles of gecko toe adhesion where the rubber meets the road. NSF-funded researchers at Lehigh University, working with Michelin Tires, think their bio-inspired tire design will reach the sweet spot between traction, tire life and fuel efficiency. “Improving one quality almost always degrades another” in previous designs, but toes of geckos, grasshoppers and frogs are giving them ideas to achieve more of all three. “The results are promising.”Drug fishing (PhysOrg): Or is this “fish drugging”? This article says that “Tiny robot ‘nano-fish’ may one day deliver drugs inside the body.” Researchers in China and California are designing “innovative robotic devices, inspired by physicomechanical designs evolved in fish” but this time at the nano/micro scale. See also New Scientist‘s report on this bio-inspired technology that promises “drug guided missiles.”Seagull drones (The Conversation): Don’t get mad at the seagulls that try to swipe your sandwich. They’re helping engineers design flight paths to navigate city centers, this article says. Watch the video clip of their flight paths at the ocean, where they use updrafts efficiently to fly without flapping.So next time you are feeling ill-disposed towards gulls soaring in city spaces, possibly shielding your ice-creams as you stroll along the seafront, stop a moment to appreciate the complex decisions that these feathered pilots are making, second by second, as they respond to their continually changing aerial environment, in ways that engineers can, for now, only dream of.Squid trousers (Live Science): Those darn holes in the jeans; they’re not always fashionable. How would you like self-healing trousers? Squid are inspiring self-repairing clothing coatings, this article says, at the US Naval Research Laboratory. Some day, “clothes could fix their own rips with the help of coatings made of squid proteins, according to a new study.” Proteins in the teeth on the suction cups of squid are the key. Add this kind of material to the washer and dryer, and tears could heal themselves.Volvox chemotherapy (Science Daily): Claiming that this simple multicellular organism “evolved from self-assembly of individual cells,” this article nonetheless takes inspiration from that principle to design a new way of treating cancer. “Drawing from the lessons of evolution, they designed anti-cancer molecules that can self-assemble with each other into a complex structure through weak supramolecular interactions.” Go figure; if it works, cancer patients will no doubt credit the design, not the evolutionary tale.Cilia sensor (Nature Scientific Reports): Inspired by the coordinated motions of hair-cell bundles in the ear, engineers from three continents “report the development of a new class of miniature all-polymer flow sensors that closely mimic the intricate morphology of the mechanosensory ciliary bundles in biological hair cells.” The prototype shows high sensing performance. What can they do with it? “These self-powered, sensitive, flexible, biocompatibale [sic] and miniaturized sensors can find extensive applications in navigation and maneuvering of underwater robots, artificial hearing systems, biomedical and microfluidic devices.”Dragon bicycles (Science Daily): Athletes are always looking for lightweight yet strong materials. The dragon tree has vascular bundles with both properties, as well as the ability to resist tension and cushion compressive stress. Engineers in Germany think that inspiration from that design will have multiple innovations in everything from bicycle frames to architectural support structures to automobile bodies.Cricket hearing aids (The Conversation): Why does Rob Malkin at the University of Bristol show a video of crickets chirping in his article? He wants to show how their vibrating wings introduce a principle for use in “the future of hearing aids.” For such small creatures, they put out a lot of sound. He gives the credit to Darwin:The human ear is a miracle of mechanical evolution. It allows us to hear an astonishing range of sounds and to communicate and navigate in the world. It’s also easy to damage and difficult to repair. Hearing aids are still large, uncomfortable and as yet unable to deliver the rich and wonderful sounds we take for granted. Yet there may be a new way for us to replace damaged hearing from an unlikely source – the insect world.What’s new in artificial photosynthesis?  Mimicking the way plants capture sunlight is a long-standing dream for engineers. This “pivotal biological reaction on the planet,” Science Daily says, consists of two reactions: splitting water and “fixing” carbon dioxide into simple sugars. Scientists at the University of Southampton “have reengineered the fundamental process of photosynthesis to power useful chemical reactions that could be used to produce biofuels, pharmaceuticals and fine chemicals.” But they’re only part way there; they speak of applications in future tense.Meanwhile, German scientists have made progress in splitting water with light. PhysOrg shows how they have designed the “first practical design for photoelectrochemical water splitting” using a self-contained solar cell. Details are published in the open-access journal Nature Communications. Their concept, they believe, could be upscaled to large applications, and “may be an important contribution towards the large-scale application of artificial photosynthesis.”Lignin liberators (PhysOrg): Lignin, the molecule that makes plant cell walls stiff, is a high-energy molecule that could produce efficient biofuel—that is, if scientists could figure out how to crack it open. Researchers at Sandia Labs tried a new approach; “For inspiration on how to break down lignin, the researchers looked to nature.” They found a bacterium that knows the secret. “Now that we know how to begin deriving value from lignin, a vast resource opens up,” they say.Final story: An inspiring mix of human and machine comes to life in PhysOrg‘s article on the Paralympics. Watch how engineers have been designing better wheelchairs, bicycles and prosthetic limbs so that great athletes with disabilities can celebrate their abilities.In the end, though, desire and muscle power, not fancy equipment, makes champions, she said.“You still have to have an engine,” she [Jamie Whitmore, bicyclist paralyzed from cancer] said with a smile. “You can’t sit on a couch and expect to win.”The athletes say that the prostheses, which are only poor substitutes for the real biological human parts, only provide gains of fractions of a second. The human element is the real inspiration, for both athletes and sports fans. All the more so when the athletes have had to overcome huge challenges, both mental and physical, not faced by the regular Olympic participants.Biomimetics serves up delicious soup of innovative designs inspired by life. The only thing Darwin supplies is the fly. Waiter! (Visited 25 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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USDA announces changes in Dairy Margin Protection Program

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Several important improvements in the new safety net program for dairy farmers were announced Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, following recommendations made to the agency by the National Milk Producers Federation to enhance the value of the dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP).“We very much appreciate these steps by USDA to implement administrative changes that will improve the program’s usefulness to dairy farmers,” said Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of NMPF.  “USDA is constrained in what it can do to strengthen MPP, but the program must continue to evolve based on the experiences of NMPF’s members and others in the dairy industry.”Since MPP’s enactment in 2014, NMPF has worked with USDA to make the program a more flexible and effective national safety net for all of America’s dairy farmers. Mulhern said the program remains a work in progress, given the challenging farm milk price situation facing dairy farmers in 2015 and this year.“We will continue to work with USDA and the Congress to further improve and strengthen the program’s effectiveness,” he said.One change announced by USDA will ensure that all farms enrolled in the MPP will receive catastrophic coverage at the basic $4 per hundredweight margin level on 90% of their production history — with the ability to purchase buy-up coverage at less than 90% of their history.“Decoupling coverage options under MPP improves the ability of the program to offer effective risk management options to dairy farmers,” Mulhern said.Mulhern anticipates that decoupling the coverage options will increase dairy farmer use of the program by not reducing benefits to farmers who elect to purchase supplemental coverage, and by providing more flexibility in coverage design. For $100 a year, dairy producers receive basic $4 protection that covers 90% of their milk production. At higher premium levels, farmers can protect from 25% to 90% of production history with margin coverage levels from $4.50 to $8, in 50-cent increments.This change is effective for the current 2016 coverage year. While a majority of farmers using the program in 2016 are protected at the $4 level, for those who bought up a higher level of margin, but did not cover 90% of their milk production, this change ensures that they are still receiving catastrophic protection on the maximum level of production allowed by the MPP.The USDA also announced a rule change to allow a farm’s production history to be restructured in order to accommodate new family members joining a particular dairy operation. This will accommodate the intergenerational transfer of production history for children, grandchildren, and their spouses to join a dairy operation. Any dairy operation already enrolled in MPP that had an intergenerational transfer occur will have an opportunity during the 2017 annual coverage election period to increase the operation’s production history up to 4 million pounds per year.The next enrollment period begins on July 1, 2016, and ends on Sept. 30, 2016.  Each participating dairy operation is authorized one intergenerational transfer at any time of its choosing until 2018.“This measure will help younger farmers, as they become part of a multi-generation dairy operation, to more fully use MPP.  That will help families keep their farms into the future,” Mulhern said.The rule released also codifies a policy change made earlier this year giving dairy farmers the opportunity to pay their premium through additional options, such as a periodic milk check deduction handled by their cooperative.last_img read more

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