Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Farm Bureau county presidents found themselves among a political whirlwind of various issues, keys votes and presidential politics as they traveled to Washington, D.C. last week to meet with legislators.Spring had sprung in D.C. where trees and gardens were in bloom and Ohio’s farmer leaders were at work bending the ears of their elected officials in Congress.“We need our folks from Ohio to come and visit with their legislators so that they can look them in the eye and tell them how what they do in D.C. affects them back on their farm,” said Steve Hirsch, president of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. “Those are the great things we like to see and the value of this trip.”While in town there was a key vote in the Senate on a GMO-labeling bill that did not go the way Ohio Farm Bureau was hoping.“We would like to see the safe and affordable food act pass but I don’t know. They say they are still working on it so I am cautiously optimistic, but it is a little frustrating that Vermont passed a law that is going to affect food manufacturers across the United States and the Senate can’t get their act together to fix it,” Hirsch said. “I am a little more optimistic on the Trans Pacific Partnership. We heard some folks say that it could get done this year but it probably won’t be until the lame duck session because they won’t do anything that might be controversial in an election year. Exports are very important to Ohio agriculture so it is important to get this one done.”And, believe it or not, there is already talk about the next farm bill.“The legislators want to know how the changes in the last farm bill are working, what needs to be tweaked and what isn’t working,” he said. “They want to know what needs to be done in the next farm bill.”The OFBF presidents got to hear from an incredible lineup of speakers in a Congressional Farm Forum coordinated by Rep. Bob Gibbs where they learned about a wide array of ag-related issues from a group that included Collin Peterson (D-MN), Mike Conaway (R-TX) and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. They also heard from Ohio senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown and met in smaller groups with their representatives. They gained a number of insights on various other federal issues including the Veterinary Feed Directive, trade, and the appropriations process from American Farm Bureau staff as well. Senator Rob Portman Collin Peterson Bob Gibbs talked with OFBF members Senator Sherrod Brown Congressman Bob Gibbs Speaker of the House Paul Ryan William Wilkins talks with Rep. Mike Turner (right) in his office.
Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR From the 2018-19 season, though, the major European leagues will gain more guaranteed Champions League group stage places. England, Spain, Italy and Germany will receive four spots each.But Ceferin said UEFA is working to ensure cash from the competition is distributed more equitably across Europe.“We will discuss about distribution,” said the Slovenian, who succeeded Michel Platini as head of European soccer last year. “It’s a goal to do it, because if we don’t do it then we cannot develop football in every single country in Europe, and that’s our task. So we are working on it every single day. It’s one of the priorities.”AwardsUEFA is going to start honoring the top retired players who have played in Europe in a hall of fame.“We will spend the next few months creating all the criteria and we’re sure that many players who played in Europe and finished their fantastic careers deserve a place in the hall of fame,” Ceferin said.Ceferin also announced that the UEFA president’s award this year is going to Francesco Totti to recognize his 25-season career with Roma.“He leaves a unique legacy and it is one that should be cherished,” Ceferin said.Video TechnologyUEFA has no plans to introduce video replays in the Champions League next season. The governing body is awaiting the outcome of FIFA’s trials with the technology, including at the Confederations Cup in Russia later this month. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Here are some other talking points:Champions League GulfCeferin is concerned that the financial disparities in Europe see the same teams reaching the closing stages of the Champions League every season. Real Madrid was in the 2014 and 2016 finals, and emerged victorious on both occasions, while Juventus contested the 2015 final.“It’s not easy to qualify for small clubs, but it is still possible,” Ceferin said. “We all know the gap is wider and wider and we are working on it with Financial Fair Play. But it’s far from a closed league, far from only an elite competition.”ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin speaks during the press conference at a hotel in Cardiff, Wales Thursday June 1, 2017. The Welsh capital will host the women’s and men’s Champions League finals in the next 3 days. APCARDIFF, Wales — Europe is challenging China’s pursuit of the 2030 World Cup, with UEFA announcing Thursday (Friday Manila time) that it deserves to host the tournament.The 2018 tournament is being staged in Russia, but the next two editions are away from Europe as Qatar is the 2022 host and North America is likely to be awarded the 2026 event.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Breaking rackets along the way, Kyrgios exits French Open View comments Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games “It is Europe’s turn in 2030, clearly,” UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin said Thursday. “So we will fight for a European host.”UEFA’s aspirations will face a serious challenge from China, where President Xi Jinping has made it a priority to increase the country’s influence in global soccer. Three of the World Cup sponsors to sign up in the last two years are from China, with smartphone and software maker Vivo the latest on Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutChina is eager to mount a bid to host the World Cup for the first time despite current rules effectively blocking another Asian bid before the 2034 edition.A more sentimental bid is likely to come from South America. Uruguay, which staged the first World Cup in 1930, is keen on celebrating the centenary of the soccer showpiece by co-hosting with Argentina.
The job of keeping millions of soccer fans safe at one of the world’s biggest sporting events would be enough to keep most people awake at night. (Stretched and stressed, French police prepare for soccer spectacle)Throw in a French state of emergency due to the threat of a militant attack, as well as growing demonstrations against the government, and you would forgive the head of security for Euro 2016 for showing a few nerves just weeks before the tournament kicks off in Paris.”We’re not stressed. We’re confident, calm and cool. The objective is to organise things well,” Ziad Khoury told Reuters in an interview.Euro 2016 starts on June 10 and runs for a month at 10 stadiums across France. About 2.5 million spectators are expected for 51 soccer matches involving 24 teams. There will also be “fan zones” for crowds watching games on big screens in major cities.BIGGEST SECURITY EFFORT”This will be the biggest security effort for the public or private sector ever in France,” said 46 year-old Khoury.It all takes place under a state of emergency that gives extra powers to police and security forces in the aftermath of the November attacks by Islamist militants that killed 130 people in Paris and targeted multiple sites across the capital, including the national football stadium.”It’s a general threat, which is not specifically for the Euro, but for France, Europe and democratic societies,” he said.Violent clashes have also broken out on almost a weekly basis since March over government labour reform plans to make hiring and firing easier, stretching police forces to their limits.advertisement”Protests happen regularly in our country, but in general when a sporting event starts, it takes over the news,” said Khoury. “It’s very rare that in parallel there’s a lot of social demands because fewer people listen.”SECURITY TESTThe organisers are drafting in 10,000 to 15,000 security staff for over 110 sites, including stadiums, team hotels and other tournament sites. High-tech equipment will be used to monitor crowds.A first test of the standards needed for Euro 2016 will take place at the Stade de France on May 21 for the French Cup final.On average 900 specially trained stewards with about 80 health and safety personnel as well 200 volunteers will work in conjunction with the police force for each match, although numbers will vary on the profile of games and size of stadiums.”We’re in the final countdown,” said Khoury, who admits that it won’t be the tournament begins that they will know if the preparations have been enough. “When it comes to security, it’s not about numbers of people. It’s about the quality, coordination and extra tools at your disposal.”