News story: UK Government Agriculture Bill – Scotland myth-buster

first_img The UK Government has already agreed to commit the same cash total in funds for farm support for Scotland until the end of this Parliament. This Bill ensures that new systems of farming support can be put in place after 2020 in England and Wales. Farmers in Scotland need the same reassurance – and time is running out for the Scottish Government to act. It is simply not acceptable for Scottish farmers to be kept in the dark about the future of agricultural policy in Scotland. The UK Government’s Agriculture Bill was introduced on 12 September 2018. Agriculture is devolved to the Scottish Government and will remain devolved. This Bill does not change that. Claims of ‘power grab’ are completely false and misleading.The UK Government is not seeking consent from the Scottish Parliament on this Bill as we are not legislating in areas of devolved competence in Scotland.No powers that could constrain devolved policy choices in Scotland are being introduced.For example, there is nothing in the Agriculture Bill which will stop existing Scottish Government policies – including the Voluntary Coupled Support and Less Favoured Area Support Scheme. They will still be possible under both retained EU law and the Agriculture Bill.Contrary to claims, Scottish farmers will continue to receive the same level of funding as they currently do until the end of this Parliament in 2022As we leave the EU, it is our intention that each administration can independently design policies that support their farming sectors and enhance their environment.While these policies are still under development, the Agriculture Bill demonstrates a continued commitment by the UK Government to World Trade Organization (WTO) obligations on domestic support.The Scottish Government has claimed powers enabling us to comply with our WTO obligations should be exercised jointly; however, the Scottish Parliament does not have the legal competence to act in this area.While this is a reserved matter, the UK Government will work closely with the devolved administrations on this given their interest. Just as we did ahead of the Agriculture Bill’s introduction.We have offered to extend powers in the Agriculture Bill to the devolved administrationswhich would enable them to create their own farming support systems to replace the CAP.Wales and Northern Ireland have accepted the offer.The Scottish Government has chosen not to take any powers in this Bill. Agriculture is devolved and that is their choice. But our offer remains on the table.We remain in discussions with the Welsh and Scottish Governments regarding red meat levy funds and legislative options.We will continue to work with all parts of the UK to put in place a wider common framework relating to agriculture once we leave the EU.Scottish Secretary David Mundell said:last_img read more

Analysis: LeBron James’ legacy makes returns easier for Anthony Davis, other stars

first_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“Everyone thinks I got a vendetta against New Orleans or something like that; me and everybody is cool,” he said. “I have no ill will toward anybody. I’m in a happy place, they’re in a happy place. We’re just here to play basketball.”That’s not to say Pelicans fans are happy with the arrangement, but the reception wasn’t exactly chilly from the people you would expect to be most hurt by Davis’ departure. Jrue Holiday said keeping a friendship with Davis has actually been “pretty easy” since the All-Star big man requested a trade last January. Gentry spent days squashing questions about the significance of Davis’ return, but when asked if he was looking forward to getting past Wednesday’s game, he admitted: “It’s a lot easier than last year.”While the mass of fans in Boston jeering Kyrie Irving struck a discordant note, the general premise of NBA superstardom these days is you can go home again. Kawhi Leonard was honored in San Antonio last season. Kemba Walker was received warmly this season in Charlotte. Davis, by far one of the best players in Pelicans franchise history, didn’t get a tribute video, but he didn’t seem shaken by being booed in New Orleans, either.It’s hard to separate this state of affairs from LeBron James, who might have had the most hostile return ever to the franchise that drafted him in 2010. Davis’ older teammate didn’t like setting this particular standard when a vitriolic Cleveland fan base rained down on him with the full swell of its wrath, he fully embraced that his experience has created a path for others to follow his footsteps.Most of them, including Davis, haven’t had to feel abject rejection from their hometown. If James made it easier for the next generation to choose their own destiny, he’s good with that. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers “I don’t mind being in front of the bullet for the rest of everybody that comes throughout this league,” he said.At the time James left Cleveland, dialogue swirled about how the Akron-born star had abandoned his home state, how he left promises unfulfilled, how he sought out an easier path to a championship. While many of James’ detractors still ascribe to these talking points, superstar movement is more commonplace than ever, often with a fraction of the negative feedback. James’ trajectory – especially the way he later returned to the Cavaliers and led their 2016 championship team – has helped normalize the idea that NBA stars can have control over their futures.He’s not the only one who knows what it was like before the current era: Dwight Howard said his first return to Orlando (in which he scored 39 points and had 16 rebounds) was hair-raising, at times frightening. While he appreciated what Davis was feeling on Wednesday night, he also believes that it would have been worse a few years ago.Related Articles Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs center_img NEW ORLEANS — It would have been a reasonable scene a year ago: Anthony Davis, while a trainer soothed his right elbow on the sideline, sparked a friendly repartee with a pair of fans, clad in Pelicans gear, sitting two rows behind the baseline.The one shift: Davis is a Laker now, after both he and New Orleans endured an arduous splitting process. But even though Davis was, in fact, booed, and did seem tense in the days leading up to a return to his first franchise, was it really all that bad?As much as Davis was greeted with hostility at Smoothie King Center on Wednesday night in a 114-110 Lakers win, he was also greeted with warmth. He hugged old teammates, but also catering employees and ushers. He visited the Pelicans’ locker room after the game and got stopped for a chat with Coach Alvin Gentry – other players joined in the reunion as he lingered. Davis said he dapped up David Griffin, the New Orleans executive who traded him, twice.In the confines of his old stomping grounds, Davis seemed more in his element than in exile. What rift was this, exactly? How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years “I experienced some wild stuff coming back,” he said. “(Tonight) wasn’t that bad. From the fan perspective, I think there were some mixed feelings.”Davis, it should be noted, also has an extensive charitable legacy in New Orleans, and the sweep he led of the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of the 2018 playoffs was one of the most dynamic postseason accomplishments for a franchise with a brief playoff resume. If there were mixed feelings from fans, Davis might well have earned them on merit.But as he takes James’ lead elsewhere on and off the court, Davis took some direction in choosing his own destiny here, too. And while he certainly wasn’t showered with appreciation in his return to New Orleans, he didn’t feel the brunt of fan angst quite like his forebears.Davis felt positive enough about the Pelicans to talk excitedly about their future, as he looked forward to the development of the franchise’s next No. 1 pick, Zion Williamson, who will make his debut later this season. The close result on Wednesday night, he said, is another reason for Pelicans fans to be happy with what they have now.“From my perspective, everybody in New Orleans already won that we could get a game like that,” he said. “Two good teams going at it.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more