# # # Senate and House negotiators have agreed to provide $350 million for hard-pressed dairy farmers, Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced today. The funding was first included in a Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) amendment to the Department of Agriculture appropriations bill.Sanders welcomed the agreement that he said “came at a time when Vermont’s dairy farmers are struggling hard to stay in business with record-low milk prices.” He added that “this is a good step forward but we need to do much more if we are to preserve family based dairy agriculture in Vermont and America.” Leahy, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee which handled the Senate’s work on the bill, said he hopes the aid will “offer relief to Vermont’s dairy farmers and small businesses that are struggling to stay afloat,” and also pledged to seek additional relief.Congressional conferees agreed to retain the $350 million figure first included in Sanders’ amendment that the Senate passed on August 6 by a vote of 60 to 37. An earlier House version of the Department of Agriculture appropriations bill did not include any extra dairy funds.Under the language that Congress still must approve, $290 million would be provided in direct support to dairy farmers using guidelines to be determined by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack under an expedited process. Another $60 million would be used to purchase cheese and other dairy products for food banks and nutrition programs, spurring prices for raw dairy products by drawing down supplies of the commodity.“Vermont’s dairy farms are an integral part of our economy and our way of life. We’ve got to do everything we can to preserve them. While this funding will provide some much needed emergency relief, we must also develop some long-term policies which will provide fair and stable prices for dairy farmers,” Sanders said.Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) said, “I have talked with hundreds of Vermont farmers, from one end of the state to the other, who are faced with a crisis of epic proportions. We have a dairy industry on the brink of total collapse and this could not come at a better time. I welcome this announcement today and thank the Senate and House negotiators for retaining this important funding.” The average price farmers received for their milk fell in the past year to $11.30 per hundredweight, down from $19.30 in July 2008. It costs farmers at least $18 per hundredweight to produce milk. As prices plunged, family dairy farms in Vermont and around the country went out of business.In addition to securing the funds in the Agriculture Department spending bill, Leahy and Sanders also have put a spotlight on the record profits of Dean Foods Co. and other giant dairy processors that dominate the milk market in New England and the rest of the country.The Justice Department’s top antitrust enforcer at a September 20 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in St. Albans, Vt., told a packed hall of dairy farmers that increased concentration in the dairy industry merited a closer look by the department. Assistant Attorney General Christine Varney said the department launched a comprehensive review of market concentration, the relationship between dairy co-ops and milk processors, “and how we’ve evolved to the point where the co-ops are basically captive of one distributor. I want to understand how we got there and what kind of competition exists.”Dairy farmers got a temporary boost from the Agriculture Department last July 31 when Secretary Vilsack – after meeting with the senators from Vermont and other dairy states – approved a three-month price hike that was expected to increase farmers’ revenue nationwide by $243 million.Vermont Congressman Peter Welch and leaders of the Congressional Dairy Farmers Caucus on Wednesday also hailed the agreement. Welch and the bipartisan, 87-member caucus have been urging House conferees to retain funding included in the Senate version of the Department of Agriculture appropriations bill.Caucus co-chair Peter Welch (D-Vt.) said, “This funding could not have come at a more critical time for Vermont’s hardworking dairy farmers. The price crisis they have weathered during the past year has been staggering. While this emergency assistance will not solve the long-term problems the industry faces, it will provide much-needed temporary support to these dedicated stewards of our land.”The Congressional Dairy Farmers Caucus, which was founded this summer, includes members from both parties and every region of the country.Source: Vermont Congressional delegation. WASHINGTON, September 30, 2009.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Ashley Murray, 16, went missing Feb. 25. Police are conducting an extensive investigation into her disappearance.Authorities from local and state agencies are continuing the search for a Peconic teenager who went missing nearly one week ago, and have searched more than 25 “geographical areas of interest” in Southold Town alone while interviewing nearly three-dozen close friends and family members, Town of Southold Police Chief Martin Flatley said.Sixteen-year-old Ashley Murray’s disappearance has spawned a massive search and has included assets from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Suffolk County police, New York State police and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Flatley noted.Murray was last seen leaving her home at 8 a.m. Monday, police said.“It became evident that Ashley was truly missing and may have left her home with intentions of harming herself,” Flatley said in a statement Friday.In an interview Saturday, the police chief told the Press that “there has not been any significant progress in finding her at this point,” but noted that the department is still tracking down all leads.Several local news outlets have reported that Murray may have left behind a suicide note before disappearing. But her brother, Jaime Cradehl, told NBC New York that he doesn’t believe Murray went through with it.“We think this is more of an attention grabber, a cry for help,” he said.Flatley wouldn’t confirm the discovery of a suicide note but said there was information that made it “imperative to find her and [it’s] the reason why we carried her as a missing person immediately.”“Obviously there was enough there to make us alarmed and feel like we [needed] to go in that direction right away,” he added.Authorities immediately deployed a K-9 unit, dive team and marine unit, Flatley said. Suffolk County police’s aviation unit was also deployed while officers on the ground conducted a physical search of neighboring areas.Police acted quick because Murray’s “residence is very close to a network of creeks and bays within the North Fork of Long Island,” Flatley said, adding that K-9 units were dispersed to search vacant areas of interest.As of Saturday, investigators have interviewed close to 35 family, friends, acquaintances throughout the state, including a relative that lives in upstate New York, Flatley said. Police also searched more than 25 geographical areas of interest within the Town of Southold.Also on Saturday, Murray’s family released a statement to North Fork Patch that read:We would like to sincerely thank the community and everyone involved in the efforts to find Ashley and return her safely, and also those who have taken up the heartfelt tasks of supporting the family during this difficult time.We also appreciate all news reporters, news teams and informants for their help and would like to extend both our genuine thanks for helping to spread the word in our search for Ashley, as well as our request for privacy at this point.Murray’s missing person flyer says she was last seen wearing a black and gray hooded sweatshirt, red sweatpants and black boots. Murray also wears hearing aids in both ears, police said.She is described as white, 5-feet, 4-inches tall, 140 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.Murray’s friends and family are also doing their part and have organized their own search with the help of volunteers.Investigators are encouraging anyone with information about Murray’s disappearance to contact Southold police at 631-765-2600.The police chief said the search gets “very difficult” as the days go on. The “possibilities are almost endless as to where she could be,” he added, “where she could’ve gone, who she could’ve met with…it’s frustrating because it’s very difficult. But its something we have to keep doing until she’s either accounted for somewhere or until we find her.” read more
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A parolee was arrested Tuesday for killing a 37-year-old man who was found dead in a Hicksville hotel room over the weekend, although the motive is still unclear, Nassau County police said.Vincent J. DaltonVincent J. Dalton, 51, of Ridge, was charged with second-degree murder in the death of 37-year-old Erik O’Connell of East Meadow. The two had met less than 24 hours prior to the slaying in room 118 at the Econo Lodge on Duffy Avenue, police said. The victim died of blunt force trauma to the head, but investigators said they have not recovered the weapon.“Upon opening the door, the [housekeeper] saw what she believed to be a large quantity of blood,” Det. Capt. John Azzata, commander of the Homicide Squad, told reporters during a news conference at police headquarters. “She also observed a body.”The housekeeper then notified her manager, who went to the room and called police, who responded to the scene at 1:20 p.m. Saturday, authorities said.Azzata said the two may have been drinking prior to the murder. Investigators are still searching for guests who were at the hotel that night to see if they saw or heard anything that may shed light on the case, he added.Dalton was previously arrested 14 times—including eight times for violent felonies—and was paroled last year following a burglary conviction. He was apprehended in West Islip and will be arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Hempstead. read more
112 Wellington Street, AitkenvaleThe property in question comes with four generous-sized bedrooms, two bathrooms, open-plan kitchen and a tiled dining and second living space.One of the home’s standout features is the rear timber deck which overlooks the pool and gardens.“This area of Aitkenvale is strongly sought after due to its character homes and proximity to both parks and sports grounds and schools,” Mr Pearce said.“Aitkenvale Park and Townsville PCYC are a short walk away, and both Mundingburra State School and Pimlico High School are within a few minutes’ drive.” Agent Craig Pearce at the Aitkenvale home sold at auction. Picture: Evan MorganListing agent Craig Pearce said over 50 groups inspected the property during eight scheduled open homes with a further five private inspections also facilitated during the almost four-week campaign. “Both the buyer interest and subsequent sale of the property reflect this calibre of home in such a well sought after location,” he said.“We had interest from southern buyers as well looking to relocate in the near future and asking about investments. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“It’s great to see so many buyers active in the market and ready to purchase.” SOLD under the hammer and in just three and a half weeks, this Aitkenvale home has been one of the most sought and fought over homes in recent times. Sold at auction last Saturday for $405,000 — $110,000 above the suburb’s median sale price, 112 Wellington Street, Aitkenvale attracted four strong bidders among a crowd of 20.In the end, two young home buyers placed the winning bid after falling in love with the house and the location. read more
NZ Herald 17 August 2019Family First Comment: Superb!!“just 39% of responders to a new survey say they will vote yes. And a growing number of Green Party voters – whose party has pushed for the referendum – are saying they are now opposed to the bid to make pot legal.”Similar results to polls on Newshub and ONENews.Support for the personal use cannabis referendum has plummeted, with just 39 per cent of responders to a new survey saying they will vote yes.And a growing number of Green Party voters – whose party has pushed for the referendum – are saying they are now opposed to the bid to make pot legal.Voters will have their say at next year’s election over a potential legal cannabis market; which would allow for special bars for consumption, special outlets and sales and strict rules for home-grown cannabis.But just 39 per cent of those who take part in a new survey carried out by Horizon Research – commissioned by New Zealand’s largest licensed medicinal cannabis company, Helius Therapeutics – have said they support legalising the personal use of cannabis.Support in the survey – which featured 1003 respondents – is down from 52 per cent in April, and 60 per cent in November last year.It is the third such survey the company has commissioned on the referendum.“On the current trajectory, the referendum is heading for certain defeat,” Helius Therapeutics executive director Paul Manning told the Weekend Herald.READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?objectid=12258491&ref=twitter (behind paywall) read more
The court recommended no bail bond for Pabiran’s temporary liberty. (RPIO Visayas/PN) Officersof the Sibunag municipal police station served the warrant in relation tomurder charges Pabiran faces. The suspect was detained in the Sibunag police station’s custodial facility. BACOLODCity – Police arrested the No. 2most wanted person in the province of Misamis Occidental. The45-year-old Joseph Pabiran was caught on the strength of an arrest warrant inBarangay Sebaste, Sibunag, Guimaras around 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 25, a policereport showed.
MMH is included in all options on the exchange for our area, Region 14, including all Anthem products.Margaret Mary Health reminds citizens that they are committed to serving all families in the community, including those receiving insurance through the health insurance marketplace. Since October 2013, individuals and families have been able to purchase coverage through the exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).MMH is included in all options on the exchange for the area, Region 14, including all Anthem products. With this option, you will have the ability to choose MMH and Margaret Mary Physician Partners for care and services.This option does not apply to those who already have health insurance through their employer, Medicare or an existing policy. To learn more about enrolling with the government’s health insurance marketplace, visit https://www.healthcare.gov/, a resource center that includes coverage options and benefits, costs, deadlines, etc.In addition to Anthem, MMH is an in-network provider for the following health insurance companies: Aetna, Care Improvement Plus, Cigna, Consumer’s Life Insurance Company, Encore Health Network, First Health, Great West Life and Annuity, HealthSpan, Healthy Indiana Plan, Humana/Choice Care, Indiana Health Network, Integrated Health Plan, Medical Mutual of Ohio, Medicare Advantage programs, MDWise, MultiPlan, One-Health, Sagamore, SIHO and United Healthcare.For more information or to find out if your plan is accepted by MMH call (812) 933-5441. read more
Metamora, IN— Hoosier Hills Water District has issued a voluntary boil water advisory for Metamora due to a water line break on Monday. This advisory is for the next 48 hours.
Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A with a series of fascinating fixtures from SuperSport on Showmax Pro.This weekend features another exciting action of the 2020-21 Premier League, La Liga Serie A the Nedbank Cup and the US Open from SuperSport on Showmax Pro. This weekend’s games begin with the Premier League encounter between Everton v newly promoted West Bromwich Albion on Saturday at Goodison Park.The two clubs have played each other 24 times in the Premier League era, with the Toffees holding the upper hand, winning 12 of those encounters.The best of Premier League matches this weekend is the clash between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.After their respective wins at the opening day fixtures, with Chelsea beating Brighton 3-1, while Liverpool edged past newly-promoted Leeds 4-3 in a thrilling affair, both teams are looking to make an early statement this Sunday.Other Premier League matches include Leeds United v Fulham at 3pm on Saturday, Manchester United v Crystal Palace at 5:30 pm on Saturday, Arsenal v West Ham United at 8pm on Saturday, Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, Newcastle United v Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday and Leicester City v Burnley at 7pm on Sunday. This will be available to live stream for all Showmax Pro subscribers.La Liga’s giant, Real Madrid, returns to action on SuperSport this weekend to face Real Sociedad on Sunday evening at the Anoeta Stadium.Real Sociedad already began their 2020-2021 La Liga campaign last weekend with a 1-1 draw with Real Valladolid, but this Sunday’s match will be the season opener for reigning champions Real Madrid.Last season, Real Madrid and Real Sociedad had some absolutely thrilling encounters.The leading Italian champions, Juventus, will kick off their title defence with a match against Sampdoria at Allianz Stadium on Sunday. Last season, Sampdoria finished in 15th place in the standings with 42 points, while Juventus were crowned as champions.The last meeting between the two teams ended in a win for Juventus, who recorded a comfortable 2-0 victory away from home, back in July this year.Another major game this weekend will see Nigerian striker, Victor Osimhen stand a chance to make his competitive debut for Napoli as they kick-start their 2020/21 Serie A campaign against AC Parma on Sunday afternoon at the Ennio Tardini Stadium, since joining Napoli earlier this summer from Lille has scored six goals – two hat-tricks, in three pre-season games.New and existing subscribers can access Showmax and Showmax Pro for N2,900 and N6,300 respectively, while Showmax Mobile and Showmax Pro Mobile can be accessed for N1,450 and N3,200 respectively.RelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Ings not interested in leaving Saints, Southampton manager says Tags: La LigaPremier LeagueSerie AShowmax ProSupersportUS Open read more
QPR have denied there was an altercation at a Sunday lunchtime gathering, but have admitted defender Steven Caulker required hospital treatment for a cut to his head. A newspaper report on Monday night suggested there was a fracas at a social event where players from QPR and Crystal Palace were in attendance. QPR spokesperson Ian Taylor responded on Twitter, writing: “Following Saturday’s Premier League win versus Burnley & with no further fixture for nine days the club can confirm players were allowed to have a Sunday lunch together. Press Association “Steven Caulker was not involved in an altercation. He did suffer a cut to his head, which he received treatment for at hospital before being discharged on the same evening. “The club will be making no further comment.” read more