Marian Harkin, MEPDONEGAL hill farmers have joined a new national association backed by MEP Marian Harkin.When some farmers receive payments per hectare which are a multiple of these received by others, questions have to be raised about how the ‘greening’ element of the Common Agricultural Policy is being implemented, said Harkin.She addressed farmers at the official launch of the Irish Natura & Hill Farmers Association in Westport on Friday. It was questions such as this, and perceived failure by other representatives of farmers to protect the interests of natura and hill farmers, that led to the creation of the INHFA, she said.Lack of adequate representation was at the heart of why 5,000 farmers had decided that representation of their particular needs was vital to the future of their farm enterprises required a new body to promote their interests.“The greening payments structure, where one farmer is paid €220 per ha and another €50 per ha, is a travesty of justice and is part of a pattern which had to be changed, the Independent MEP said.She had worked closely with those who had been central to the creation of the INHFA in organising the meetings in Brussels which laid the base for positive changes in policy in relation to hill and commonage farmers, she said. This had been a very positive start for the new organisation and the challenge now to its members was to give full support for the mandate they had given the INHFA to press the case for them against a background of future pressure on the CAP budget, she stressed.The INHFA would thrive if the full and continued support of members was sustained and, for her part, she would continue to facilitate the meetings with officials in Brussels which were vital to obtaining fairness in developing policy for all farmers into the future. DONEGAL HILL FARMERS BEING SHAFTED BY EUROPE, SAYS HARKIN was last modified: February 8th, 2016 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:donegalhill farmersmarian harkin
MLS Orlando City midfielder Johnson arrested on domestic violence charge Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 Last updated 2 years ago 03:59 7/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Kim Klement MLS Orlando City Canada The Canada international and longtime MLS veteran was arrested Wednesday in Orange County, Florida, after an altercation with his wife Orlando City midfielder Will Johnson was arrested early Wednesday morning on a domestic violence charge.The 30-year-old Canada international has been accused of misdemeanor battery, according to court records in Orange County, Florida, after an incident with his wife late Tuesday night. MLS confirmed Wednesday that Johnson has been suspended pending investigations by the league and police.An 11-year MLS veteran, Johnson has recorded two goals and three assists in 25 league appearances since signing with Orlando this past offseason. The three-time All-Star previously has played for the Chicago Fire, Real Salt Lake, the Portland Timbers and Toronto FC. Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Johnson’s wife, Caroline, told police that she and her husband of nearly five years got into an argument at a home in Windermere when he began filming the conversation with his cellphone, which he propped on the kitchen counter.Caroline Johnson then took the cellphone, turned off the recording and began walking outdoors through a sliding glass patio door when her husband allegedly tackled her “by wrapping both of his arms completely around her waist.”She hit her head on the brick patio and suffered scrapes on her right knee, left hand and right arm, according to the police report. The arresting officer photographed the injuries, which he said were consistent with her statement.Caroline Johnson’s mother was a witness to the incident and corroborated her daughter’s account to police. The Johnsons’ two children were not present.Will Johnson said that he accidentally bumped into her and asked his wife and mother-in-law not to contact law enforcement, according to the police report.His arrest comes two months after Orlando and Canada striker Cyle Larin was charged with driving under the influence. Larin sat out three MLS matches while going through the league’s Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health program.