Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Lyceum’s Mike Nzeusseu rises for a slam against a hapless Larry Muyang of Letran. —Sherwin VardeleonEight games into this NCAA men’s basketball tournament season, Lyceum remains unbeaten and St. Benilde has already surpassed its win total from all of last year. And the Blazers did not even need their marquee big man to do so.The Pirates used a strong fourth quarter to trip the Letran Knights, 87-82, Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre, setting up a mouthwatering showdown between undefeated clubs with defending champion San Beda on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT 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 View comments The Pirates dropped a 17-4 run in the final five minutes to bust out of an eight-point cage and register their eighth straight victory.Drawing firepower from several sources, St. Benilde turned back Arellano University, 70-62, to boost its bid for a slot in the top four.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Rookie Justin Gutang led the team with 15 points and seven rebounds while Yankie Haruna had nine rebounds to go with his nine points as the pair helped the Blazers to their fifth win in eight outings.Last season, St. Benilde’s first under coach TY Tang, the Blazers compiled a 4-14 (win-loss) card. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ UST, Adamson battle for top spot; UP takes on FEU Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Six other players contributed at least five points for St. Benilde, which strung up two straight wins for the first time under Tang.“The team played well, we held our own in defense even without Clement,” said Tang.The production of the entire squad made up for the absence of Leutcheu, who served his one-game suspension for the two technical fouls he incurred in a win over the Emilio Aguinaldo Generals Tuesday.The Cameroonian is the team’s second leading scorer (11.9 points) and leading rebounder (9.6) and shot blocker (1.0).In another game, Jose Rizal pulled off a shock 57-55 win over Emilio Aguinaldo.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal
Dear Editor,Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman, announced last December that the details of Guyana’s proposed Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) could be released to the public as early as the first quarter of 2018; and as we get closer to the date of disclosure, I am deeply concerned that the details will be poorly designed and badly managed if left in the hands of politicians and their ‘Pet Pigeons.’Although I love my country dearly, it is an undeniable fact that it is a dangerously corrupt nation. My biggest fear is that the political corruption that has plagued Guyana for decades since Independence will infect the SWF and turn it into the biggest corruption scandal in the history of Guyana and maybe the world.Friends and families, I am not being emotional or exaggerating. The proposed SWF will be a vast reservoir of oil revenue, and this will definitely fatten the eyes of every corrupt politician and official. Even those who are not yet corrupt will be exposed to enormous temptation. I wonder how many would be unable to resist. There is an old saying: “the real reason for locks on doors is not to keep thieves out, but to stop honest persons from becoming thieves”. We need to bear that saying in mind when setting up Guyana’s Sovereign Wealth Fund.As a businessman, I see several weaknesses when I look at what undermined these failed or failing SWFs across the world. That is why I urge my fellow citizens to join me in calling on the Government to depoliticize Guyana’s Sovereign Wealth Fund and take its design, implementation and monitoring out of the hands of politicians and put it in the hands of an independent body approved by the citizens of the nation, as well as international anti-corruption agencies. We have to put powerful transparency and accountability mechanisms in place to protect the SWF from being subject to wrongdoing and poor investments. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is urging Guyana to put systems in place to ensure that the fund is not abused. These are my suggestions:1. Members of the SWF Board must not be appointed directly by Government, because this usually results in political favouritism, incompetence, inefficiency and slack oversight. The Board must comprise competent, independent professionals drawn from civic society, or even accomplished professionals from Caricom or elsewhere, to ensure that it is professionally-managed by accountable officials and is managed according to transparent policies.The board can comprise representatives from the private sector; the Chamber of Commerce; an Indo-centric and Afro- centric voted leader; a member from the Inter Religious Organisation of Guyana; a leader of the Universal Peace Federation of Guyana; a representative of Transparency International, and Mr. Christopher Ram. Trust me, the level of accountability will be tremendous. But professional politicians will bawl “Is we time now!!”2. The roles and responsibilities of the Board must be clearly defined and made public.3. There must be clear rules governing domestic/external investment, and these must be made public. Specifically, the Sovereign Wealth Fund must be protected from abuse by diverting funds to currency stabilization, or to do damage control for bad public spending or any political reason.4. There must be a national public information and civic education campaign, so ordinary citizens can understand objectives, checks and balances, and benefits of the SWF.5. There must be clear and harsh penalties for wrongdoing, and a suitable time frame for prosecution must be clearly defined. For example: life imprisonment or death for pilfering with the fund.6. The SWF Board must be made accountable to Parliament, auditors and the media, and the details of this accountability must be clearly defined and made public.I am making these suggestions now because I am worried about Finance Minister Winston Jordan’s implication at a press conference that the Government’s preliminary legislation is being patterned on Uganda’s legislation. Uganda is thought of as a corrupt nation by Transparency International (www.transparency.org). To me, Guyana’s SWF cannot succeed without public confidence, and this will not be achieved by modelling it on the SWF of a corrupt nation. That is not the way to go. Our SWF can help generate long-term economic benefits, but it must be well-planned and well-managed.I hope my letter makes other citizens think about what important conditions they would like to see in the SWF in order to produce the intended results. I know politicians as career ones, and dishonest public officials will not appreciate my views and look to hurt me economically or by hiring professional bloggers to defame me, as was done when I led the original protests against VAT on education, which aroused others and was successful, albeit slowly. Parents and students benefit today.People of Guyana, we hire political leaders. They are our servants and are paid handsomely; let them fulfil our needs and our wishes as the people. On the other hand, I encourage this Government which took the seat of power recently after 23 years: Cherish the victory!!! Serve the people well!! Do not think that the people will ever be gullible to politicians ever again (maybe a few). So create history, consult your people at all levels without political or racial rhetoric, and lead as a well-defined Government that we as Guyanese can honour and be proud of for many, many decades.As a patriot, I only want what is for the good of Guyana and for all Guyanese. To those in political control and their henchmen, The Lord my God is my Watcher………Karma!!!!!Sincerely,Roshan Khan Snr,National Patriot
– Plaintiff to receive 2,498 monthly pensionBy Shemuel FanfairFive long years after Maurice Arjoon, the former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the New Building Society Limited (NBS), took his past employer to court, he has finally been awarded more than $79 million in outstanding payments and benefits; and the court also ruled that he should be paid a monthly pension of $372,498.The court’s computation follows the decision of Justice Brassington Reynolds, who on Thursday ruled in favour of Maurice Arjoon.Former CEO of the NBS, Maurice ArjoonArjune had sued the NBS for some $550 million in damages on the following grounds: that he had been wrongfully dismissed from his post, and that his former employer had withheld pension and other benefits due him.In its computation, the court did not award monetary damages for breach of contract under common law, but Arjoon was awarded $4.1million for pay in lieu of notice, in accordance with Clause 10 of his contract; $16.1million for severance benefits; and some $59 million for pension — which subsumes a lump sum pension of $17.4 million and reduced pension payments of $372,498 up to June 2017.The court’s computation of payments that Arjoon will receive reflected a grand total of $79,282,801. Interest has been calculated at 6 percent per annum on pay in lieu of notice and severance benefits, while his outstanding pension has attracted a 6 percent per annum rate of interest from March 1, 2008 to the date of judgment (July 17).According to the court’s declaration, the plaintiff is entitled to a monthly pension. As such, the court ordered that, effective July 1, Arjoon must be paid a monthly reduced pension of $372,498 for the rest of his life. Additionally, court costs were set at $200,000, and the NBS was ordered to foot that bill.Former NBS CEO Maurice Arjoon was fired from his position ten years ago in connection with a magistrate’s court matter wherein he, NBS Operations Manager Kent Vincent and NBS Assistant Mortgage Manager Kissoon Baldeo were all accused of conspiracy to defraud the NBS of $69 million. The court matter was eventually dismissed, and Arjoon and the co-defendants took the financial institution to court in 2011.An investigation had claimed that the fraud was committed in 2006, and the men were all fired the next year, after it had allegedly been determined that the men were at fault for dereliction of duty, negligence and/or serious misconduct.The NBS had contended that an unauthorised withdrawal of nearly $70 million had been made from an account that its client Bibi Shamina Khan held. The NBS’s issue with the withdrawal was that it was made through a Power of Attorney, and the company had implicated Arjoon for misconduct.However, in the court’s view, the NBS had failed to provide evidence that supported its claim of misconduct, whether serious or otherwise.Declaring himself sick, Arjoon has said he believes he was set-up on the fraud allegations because he allegedly had refusal to approve a loan of some $2 billion applied for in 2006. He claims the investigation into the fraud allegations was conducted later that same year, implicating him as CEO, as well as the co-defendants.Having been dragged out for more than five years, the High Court matter was listed for decision on November 29, 2016; but it was only after repeated articles in this regard had appeared in the media that the court handed down its ruling on July 17.At Monday’s decision, Justice Reynolds indicated in effect that Arjoon had suffered as a result of his wrongful dismissal from the NBS.Accordingly, he ruled that the former CEO should receive financial compensation for the damages he had suffered; and moreover, that he was entitled to his pension and severance benefits, in accordance with provisions stipulated in the laws of Guyana.
…warns Trini Govt in dealings with Guyana caretaker GovtT&T Energy Minister Franklin Khan speaking at the eventThe publication in which Charles criticises the Minister for attending the eventPro-PPP supporters protest the Government outside the Hyatt Regency Hotel in TrinidadThe presence of a Trinidadian Minister at the Guyana Government’s recent investment outreach in Trinidad and Tobago has drawn criticism from a lawmaker in the twin island Republic, who is urging his Government to maintain neutrality when dealing with Guyana’s caretaker Government.Trinidad Member of Parliament Rodney Charles, who represents Naparima, was quoted in Trinidad’s Newsday berating the twin island’s Energy Minister, Franklin Khan, for attending at the event.The event, which was picketed by pro-Opposition supporters— who held placards urging the coalition to comply with the Constitution– was held by Guyana’s Government at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Port-of-Spain on Friday last. Charles pointed out to Minister Khan that a question mark hangs over Guyana’s Government following the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) rulings.The Parliamentarian was quoted reminding Khan that the CCJ ruled that the Guyana Government should operate as a caretaker government with the main purpose of calling elections as soon as possible.“The CCJ, the highest Court in Guyana, recently ruled that the present Government in Guyana led by President David Granger should operate as a caretaker government with the primary purpose of calling elections as soon as possible to determine the will of the Guyanese peoples. That is its only job,” Newsday quoted Charles as saying.According to Charles in the news report, it was doubtful whether hosting the investment outreach could be classified as a caretaker responsibility. Moreover, Charles in the news report also referenced Trinidad Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley’s foreign policy of non-interference.He noted that Khan was out of order for attending the Guyana Government-hosted event. Moreover, he questioned the repercussions if the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) were to win the next elections that must be held following the passage of the No-Confidence Motion.“If, in fact, a TT minister of Government attended an official function in our country last week hosted by the Government of President David Granger to raise investments… that would be entirely out of order. How will (a potential PPP Government) view our actions in the run up to the elections? Will this affect our relations with Guyana?”He pointed out in the Newsday that it is clearly not in “T&T’s national interest at this time to appear to be taking sides either with the present caretaker Government of David Granger or with the Opposition. Given all the circumstances, our national interest will be best served by being scrupulously neutral”. Efforts by this publication to reach both Charles and Khan were futile.No confidenceGuyana’s Government fell to a No-Confidence Motion on December 21, 2018, and approached the Courts soon after to overturn the vote. When the matter reached the CCJ, the regional Court validated the vote.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has always maintained that the Government should be acting in a caretaker capacity only and not be entering into large scale contracts. Jagdeo’s position was vindicated by the CCJ on July 12, when it ruled that the Government should be in a caretaker status.CCJ President Adrian Saunders had outlined that the Cabinet, including the President, should have already been resigned, thus, reaffirming that the APNU/AFC coalition is in, in fact, and should be in a caretaker mode leading up to elections.“Article 106 envisaged that the tenure in office of the Cabinet, including the President after the Government’s defeat, is on a different footage from that which existed prior to the vote of no confidence…By convention, the Government is expected to behave, during this interim period, as a caretaker and so restrain the exercise of its legal authority. It is this caretaker or interim role that explains the three-month deadline in the first instance that the Article lays down in principle for the holding of fresh elections,” Justice Saunders stated.Since the post-judgement hearing at the CCJ last month, Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) lawyer Stanley Marcus and Attorney General Basil Williams had both argued that the Article 106 (7) provision meant the President and his Cabinet had to remain in power until after a new President was sworn inBut CCJ Judge Justice Jacob Wit had also debunked this argument. He had noted that it is international practice that following a successful No-Confidence Motion, a caretaker government is usually left in place with a limited timeframe in which to carry out snap elections.He had made it clear that contrary to the Government’s arguments, a provision for a caretaker government does not have to be explicit in the Constitution as this is a standard and recognised international practice.Following the ruling, the coalition Government issued a statement in which it claimed that it accepted its “interim” status, but Cabinet has not stopped functioning.
ALTERED NEW ERA Maurizio Sarri has been linked with Chelsea for much of the summer Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes 2 possible xi Latest Premier League news Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Former Napoli coach Sarri is on his way to England. 2 How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? “I am very happy to be coming to Chelsea and the Premier League. It is an exciting new period in my career.“I look forward to starting work and meeting the players on Monday ahead of travelling to Australia, where I will be able to get to know the squad and begin our match action.“I hope we can provide some entertaining football for our fans, and that we will be competing for trophies at the end of the season, which is what this club deserves.” Director Marina Granovskaia added: “We are delighted to welcome Maurizio and are looking forward to him bringing his football philosophy to Chelsea.“Maurizio’s Napoli side played some of the most exciting football in Europe, impressing with their attacking approach and dynamism, and his coaching methods significantly improved the players at his disposal.“He has plenty of experience in Serie A and the Champions League and we know he is relishing the chance to work in the Premier League.” possible standings Chelsea have confirmed Maurizio Sarri as their new manager, a day after sacking Antonio Conte.The ex-Napoli boss, 59, has signed a three-year at Stamford Bridge. gameday REVEALED predicted smart causal silverware who plays? How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era?
Perry and her coach, Bobby Kersee – husband of world heptathlon record-holder Jackie Joyner-Kersee – had planned to use the New York race as a tuneup for the heptathlon at the USATF Championships. “I was trying to balance the (hurdles and the heptathlon), and after that, I just stopped,” Perry said. Perry was caught off guard in New York after knocking two-tenths of a second off her career-best 12.65 set a week earlier at the Payton Jordan Invitational at Stanford. That was followed by a 12.43 clocking in the semifinals at the National championships, which moved Perry into a tie for 11th on the all-time list and fourth on the U.S. list. As she has every year since attending Quartz Hill High, Perry before the season wrote down the marks she hoped to achieve. Her goal in 2005 had been to run under 12.74. “I had to sit down and revisit my goals a couple of times,” Perry said. “During the last half of the season, I understood what I was capable of and wanted to be a world champion.” Perry isn’t ready to reveal her 2006 goals in the 100 hurdles. But she said that with an improved start, she believes she could approach the Gail Devers’ American record of 12.33. In the heptathlon, Perry doesn’t hesitate to pronounce her desire for a 6,700-point performance by 2008. Perry, who is planning a full indoor and outdoor schedule next year, acknowledges that training for too many events can be counterproductive, but she is willing to take a chance with no major championships on the 2006 schedule. “It’s like good cops and bad cops,” Perry said. “The 100-meter hurdles in my favorite event, but the heptathlon is an event where I know I am super-talented.” The free-spirited Perry – “Shelli” to her friends – doesn’t have to look far for training inspiration: Her training group includes fellow Santa Clarita resident Allyson Felix, the 2005 world champion at 200 meters and the USATF Athlete of the Year; Joanna Hayes, the 2004 Olympic 100-meter hurdles gold medalist and Perry’s former teammate at UCLA; 2005 world heptathlon and long-jump medalist Eunice Barber of France; and 2004 U.S. 400 hurdles Olympian Sheena Johnson. “It is not easy when you practice together with one of your main competitors,” Perry said of her relationship with Hayes. “They know when you have a good day and what’s going on with your training life. You have to rise to the occasion each day.” Hayes, who was disqualified in the Helsinki 100 hurdles final after a spectacular collision with the final barrier, agrees. “You know what she is doing in practice,” Hayes said. “You don’t wonder how she’s training now. You can see it. You know what they are prepared to do. You might make the mistake of thinking about that person too much.” As Perry continued to progress in the 100 hurdles last season, Bobby Kersee – a volunteer assistant at UCLA – began conducting separate individual hurdling workouts for Perry and Hayes to better monitor their technique as well as harness their competitive urges. “It is good for us to be competitive and pushing the envelope,” Perry said. “But it can also be a negative, with one set of eyes trying to watch both of us. Nine times out of 10, (Kersee) is going to miss what we are doing wrong.” Bobby Kersee began trumpeting Perry’s potential as a hepathlete when he began coaching her during her freshman season at UCLA in 1998. Perry was a three-time Pacific-10 Conference champion in the 100 hurdles, and she finished fourth at the 2000 NCAA Championships in the 400 hurdles. This season will be the first time that she has trained for both hurdles events in the same season. Perry resumed training in November after taking more than a month off after winning the World Athletics Final in Monaco. “I am sure there a lot of pressures that come with winning,” Perry said. “I think that as long as I set my goals and achieve that, I am at peace with that.” MICHELLE PERRY Age: 26. High School: Quartz Hill. Residence: Santa Clarita. Career Highlights: 2005 World and USATF 100 hurdles champion; 2004 U.S. Olympian in heptathlon; fourth in 100 hurdles at 2003 Pan-American Games; four-time NCAA All-American. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – Michelle Perry vividly recalls a hot June afternoon at the 2003 USA Track and Field Championships at Stanford University. Perry, in her first season as a professional athlete, was ready to call it a career when a knee injury forced her to withdraw from the heptathlon after three events. The Quartz Hill High graduate had taken off the previous season while working as an athletic academic counselor at UCLA, where she was the 2001 NCAA runner-up in the heptathlon as a senior. Working full-time seemed like the best alternative, but an “inner struggle” told Perry to keep on going in track. The following year, she made the U.S. team for the Athens Olympics in the heptathlon. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Perry, 26, catapulted herself to the No. 1 ranking in the world this year in the 100-meter hurdles, culminating with the IAAF World title in Helsinki, Finland, in August. The Santa Clarita resident led the world list at 12.43 seconds and posted six of the world’s top seven times. Perry has even bigger plans for 2006: juggling the heptathlon and 100 hurdles as well as taking a stab at the 400 hurdles, an event in which she hasn’t competed since 2003. “It would be a disservice to myself to focus on one event throughout my career,” Perry said. “I don’t feel that I have reached my potential. Hopefully, I can really make a difference on the world list.” At this time last year, Perry was hoping to make an impact in the heptathlon. She totaled a career-best 6,126 points at the U.S. Olympic Trials with and followed it with a 14th-place finish in Athens in the two-day, seven-event competition. Plans to concentrate on the heptathlon were scrapped in June, when she ran 12.45 at the Reebok Grand Prix in New York after entering the season with a personal-best 12.74.
Watch Live DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University softball team dropped a Missouri Valley Conference doubleheader to Wichita State on Saturday at Ron Buel Field. Preview Live Stats WSU added to its lead with three runs in the top of the third inning. The Shockers had three straight hits to start the frame and back-to-back doubles scored the first two runs and the final run came courtesy of a sacrifice fly as they led 5-0. Later WSU, scored two runs in the fourth inning and two in the seventh inning to complete the sweep. Full Schedule Roster Drake answered with a run in the bottom of the frame to tie the game at 1-1. Freshman Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.) drew a one-out walk and junior Megan Sowa (Gurnee, Ill.) followed with a single to put runners on first and second. Freshman Taryn Pena (Columbia, Ill.) followed with a single of her own that plated Frank. Wichita State 4/24/2016 – 12:00 PM Brittney Fortner sent a home run over the right field fence to start the first game to give WSU a quick 1-0 lead. Drake sophomore pitcher Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) worked around a pair of walks to limit the damage to the leadoff home run. Wichita State (27-18, 13-5) won by scores of 9-1 and 9-0 over Drake (24-20, 12-6 MVC). The Shockers moved into a tie for first place with UNI, who swept Missouri State today, as the Bulldogs dropped one game behind the new league leaders. The Bulldogs could only get the single run that inning as they would threaten just one more time in the game, putting runners on second and third in the second inning, but Frank hit a hard groundout to the pitcher to end the inning. In the third inning, Drake was struck by bad luck as Sowa drew a leadoff walk, but was picked off when Pena hit a rocket into the glove of the WSU third baseman, Liz Broyles, who threw out Sowa for the double play. Sophomore Kelsey Wright (Olathe, Kan.) led the Bulldogs with a pair of doubles as Pena and Sowa each had one hit. Newman took the loss for Drake as her record dropped to 17-10 overall. She allowed eight runs (seven earned) on eight hits while striking out eight but battling command problems with seven walks. In the second game, Paige Luellen hit a two-run home run in the top of the first inning to give WSU a 2-0 lead. Drake nearly got a run back in the bottom of the second inning. Junior Kaitlyn Finneran (Morrison, Ill.) reached with a one-out double and then moved to third after a fly out. She was stranded after Broyles made a great diving stop to rob freshman Melissa Schlotzhauer (Pilot Grove, Mo.) of a hit. Cacy Williams increased the Shockers’ lead to 3-1 in the top of third inning with a two-run home run. Next Game: WSU ended the first game with a six-run, fifth-inning as they sent 11 batters to plate, collected six runs on four hits and one costly error by the Bulldogs that allowed two runs to score. Drake and Wichita State will finish the series Sunday with a single game at noon. Print Friendly Version
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorOMAHA (DTN) — Leaders of farm groups on Thursday showed they have President Donald Trump’s back as he offered them another $16 billion in federal aid in lieu of anticipated higher exports to China.In response to the new Market Facilitation Program rolled out Thursday, farm groups offered praise to the Trump administration for helping offset export losses, but reiterated that a second consecutive year of trade aid is insufficient to make up for potentially years of lost trade revenue.Farm groups praised the $16 billion in aid, though it is unclear exactly how much farmers will be paid individually. Payments will be based on all planted commodities in a county, yet USDA will only pay crop farmers based on a single county payment rate multiplied by a farm’s total planted acres in 2019. The new MFP payments will be limited to the total amount of eligible acreage a farmer planted in 2018.The payment rates will vary in every county, but USDA is not releasing those payment rates at this time. Payments will be broken down into as many as three tranches. The first set of payments could go out as early as July or August after farmers have provided Farm Service Agency with their crop-reporting data, which is due July 15.American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall, who stood by Trump during an event Thursday at the White House, called the latest round of aid “a welcome relief to an economic sector that has been battered by foreign competitors and retaliatory tariffs.”“We thank the president for living up to his commitment to stand by our farmers and ranchers,” Duvall said. “While farmers and ranchers would rather earn their income from the marketplace, they have been suffering during the agricultural downturn and trade war. This aid package will help us weather the storm as the administration works to correct unfair trade practices that have hurt the U.S. economy for too long.”However, Duvall added that a “real, long-term solution to our challenges in agriculture is good outcomes to current negotiations with China, Japan and the European Union, as well as congressional approval of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. America’s farmers and ranchers need fair and open access to markets.”National Farmers Union was pleased USDA is covering a broader range of commodities than it did in the first MFP. At the same time, NFU noted that basing payments on 2019 planted acres “fails to help those who have faced or are facing impossible planting conditions.”NFU President Roger Johnson said: “Ultimately, this package is only a short-term fix for a very long-term problem. Farmers rely on markets to make a living. Our ongoing trade wars have destroyed our reputation as a reliable supplier and have left family farmers with swelling grain stores and empty pockets. The very least we can do is provide our country’s struggling food producers with the certainty of a longer-term plan that also addresses the persistent and pernicious problem of oversupply.”Davie Stephens, president of the American Soybean Association and farmer from Clinton, Kentucky, said soybean farmers appreciate that President Trump understands their plight and has looked for ways to ease the burden.“But, farmers are resolute that the only real solution is to take away the tariffs that have hemorrhaged our sales and landed our relationship with China on life support,” Stephens said.Stephens added that the soybean industry needs open trade access. “The key word from today’s announcement is ‘facilitation.’ Trade assistance will only facilitate soy growers’ ability to farm, not make their losses whole or tariff woes disappear long term. Trade assistance will only help in the short term.”Though the payment program will be based on a new county formula for crops, National Corn Growers Association called on USDA to update MFP to consider its view that corn farmers lost an average of 20 cents a bushel from trade from over the past year. The spread recently has widened to closer to 40 cents a bushel, NCGA stated.NCGA is also encouraging additional actions the administration could take to open markets and provide more certainty to corn farmers, including stopping Renewable Fuel Standard waivers to big oil refiners and restoring waived ethanol gallons as well as resolving trade disputes and tariffs.Ben Scholz, president of the National Association of Wheat Growers and Lavon, Texas, farmer, said wheat growers appreciate the new mitigation program, but it does not make farmers whole.“The U.S. exports 50% of its wheat, which means we need a long-term solution,” Scholz said. “This includes getting the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) across the finish line, completing negotiations with China and supporting our WTO case, and closing a trade deal with Japan.”Scholz said NAWG will work with the Trump administration and USDA on “a relief strategy to ensure that the program works best for wheat farmers.”Mike Tate, chairman of the National Cotton Council and an Alabama farmer, said this round of assistance, like the first one initiated in 2018, will help partially mitigate the impacts of retaliatory tariffs being placed on U.S. raw cotton to China. He said the cotton industry will look to the administration for other avenues of assistance.“While our industry is very thankful for this assistance, we strongly encourage the administration to engage in constructive dialogue with China to address unfair trade practices and barriers,” Tate said. “China traditionally has been U.S. cotton’s top export destination. Resolution of the current trade tensions remains our top priority.”Under last year’s MFP, commodity export groups received $200 million for trade promotion programs.Tom Nassif, president and CEO of Western Growers, said his group was disappointed USDA had cut the trade program in half for commodity export groups, “despite the fact that it was massively oversubscribed during the last round of trade assistance. As a silver lining, we see this situation as an opportunity to open up new markets for American agricultural products in other parts of the world.”Nassif added that the current aid package remains “insufficient to make the industry whole.“Indeed, it will take American farmers many years, if ever, to recover from the lost trade revenues and, more importantly, lost markets that have resulted from the continuation of trade disruptions with China.”The dairy package will provide farmers a payment based on recent production. National Milk Producers Federation President and CEO Jim Mulhern said the industry knows USDA is concerned about the damage being done to dairy farmers and called on the first tranche of payments to be “a large segment of the payment” to producers.“We appreciate USDA’s concern for dairy’s needs, and we look forward to working with USDA, Congress and the White House as the department further develops its plans,” Mulhern said.Chris Clayton can be reached at Chris.Clayton@dtn.comFollow him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(AG/KD)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.