FRANKFURT, Germany (AP): Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery will miss today’s Bundesliga match at Eintracht Frankfurt because of injury. Bayern says Ribery has unspecified “muscular problems” and will not make the trip. Arjen Robben, the team’s other winger, is fit again after a rib injury, however. After winning the first seven matches across all competitions with Carlo Ancelotti in charge, Bayern stumbled in the Champions League by losing 1-0 at Atletico Madrid and then drew 1-1 with Cologne at home before the international break. Ancelotti says Bayern has not played with “full intensity” in the last two matches and this had to change against Frankfurt, which is unbeaten at home this season.
View comments Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I think Scholes will be in history as a phenomenal player, not as a pundit. I prefer to look at him as a phenomenal player that gave so much to the club that I am proud to represent.”Scholes, who made 718 appearances for United, is one of many former United stars who are now pundits or commentators for British broadcasters. Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs and Owen Hargreaves have also been critical of the team in recent weeks, with United having drawn three straight games in the Premier League over the festive season to drop out of realistic contention for the title.Asked if he was frustrated by the number of high-profile ex-United players working in the media, Mourinho said: “I think they would love to be here, in the club. That’s a problem that I cannot resolve.”On Scholes, Mourinho added: “If Paul one day decides to be a manager, I wish that he can be 25 percent as successful as myself. Fifty percent of that is 12.5 silverware, 25 percent is around 6. If he’s 25 percent, he’ll be quite happy.”ADVERTISEMENT Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense “I think the only thing Paul Scholes does is criticize,” Mourinho said after United beat Everton 2-0 in the Premier League on Monday. “I don’t think he comments, I think he criticizes, which is a different thing.“Not everyone of us has to be phenomenal like he was as a player. That does not mean that we all have to be phenomenal.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkMourinho said he thought Scholes was jealous of Pogba, who joined United in the summer of 2016 for 105 million euros (then $116 million) — a world-record fee at the time.“Paul (Pogba) tries to do his best all the time,” Mourinho said. “Sometimes he plays very well, sometimes he plays well, sometimes he doesn’t play so well. It’s not Paul’s fault that he made much more money than Paul Scholes. It’s just the way football is. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Injured Murray withdraws from Brisbane International OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson LATEST STORIES Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho stands on the sidelines, during the English Premier League soccer match between Everton and Manchester United, at Goodison Park, in Liverpool, England, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)LIVERPOOL, England — Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has hit back at club great Paul Scholes for his criticism of midfielder Paul Pogba.While working as a TV pundit, Scholes said after United’s 0-0 draw with Southampton on Saturday that Pogba was “just strolling through games” and “doesn’t look fit.”ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ
“I think they will be a very difficult side for Senegal and in the group. I watched them play against Ghana in their last qualification match and they impressed me. They play good football, they fight and they run so much. I think it is a quality side,” Diouf told Capital Sport in a chat in Cairo.“There are good players in that team then of course there is the captain (Victor Wanyama) who has done so well with Tottenham. Not a pushover side any day,” added the striker who also featured for Liverpool in the English Premier League.Diouf has likened the Kenyan team to his own side’s squad of the 2002 World Cup where the Lions of Teranga reached the knockout phases, only seeing their journey cut short with a sudden death goal against Turkey in the quarter finals.“We were in a tough group… Denmark, World Champions France and Uruguay. On paper, no one would have given us a chance. We were the underdogs. But we had some good team spirit and we worked hard to qualify,” the forward reminisced.This is how Group C will look like for the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Cairo, EgyptHe believes pressure will be on his Senegalese side and Algeria, the perceived big boys in the group.“Everyone expects Senegal and Algeria to get off the groups and also, many people expect Senegal to be among the teams to fight for the title. So, pressure will always be on them. Kenya and Tanzania have nothing to lose and it is always dangerous playing against such a team. It will not be easy,” Diouf noted.He expects either Kenya or Tanzania to make it to the knockout rounds especially with the expanded tournament making room for four best third placed teams progressing.“I believe one of them will be in the round of 16. If they don’t make it in the top two in the group, I am sure either Kenya or Tanzania will be one of the best number three teams. I fancy Kenya,” further stated the forward.Diouf was in Cairo for the tournament’s draw and from then traveled to Tanzania for the CAF Under-17 African Cup of Nations.0Shares0000(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Former Senegal star El Hadji Diouf arrives for the 2019 African Cup of Nations draw in Giza, Egypt on April 12, 2019NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 15 – Former Senegal star El Hadji Diouf believes Kenya will cause problems at the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt, insisting the Harambee Stars are a hard nut to crack and have improved in a huge way over time.Stars are pooled with Diouf’s Senegal in Group C of the June 21-July 19 showpiece alongside Algeria and Tanzania in a group Diouf has described will be tough.
1 There were a lot of happy Fantasy Premier League managers after Sergio Aguero’s performance…Aston Villa 0-1 StokeA chorus of boos greeted the home side at the final whistle, with some fans rounding on manager Tim Sherwood. The only goal of the game came from Marko Arnautovic, who put Stoke ahead ten minutes into the second half.Bournemouth 1-1 WatfordGlenn Murray scored his first goal for Bournemouth, heading in from Matt Ritchie’s cross, but there was farcical goalkeeping from Artur Boruc for Watford’s equaliser. His attempted pass, with no danger around, was intercepted by Odion Ighalo who slotted the ball into an empty net. At the other end, Heurelho Gomes saved a Murray penalty to keep the scores level.Man City 6-1 NewcastleSergio Aguero scored five goals in 20 minutes as Man City hammered Newcastle at the Etihad. Kevin De Bruyne scored the other, though Newcastle actually took the lead through Aleksander Mitrovic, with Aguero hitting back just before the break. He was given a standing ovation when substituted on 66 minutes.Norwich 1-2 LeicesterEven though Riyad Mahrez began on the bench, Leicester managed to win without their goal scoring midfielder. Jamie Vardy scored his seventh goal of the season, putting the visitors ahead from the penalty spot. Jeffrey Schlupp doubled the lead right at the start of the second half, but Norwich really fought for that equaliser after Dieumerci Mbokani pulled a goal back but they couldn’t find a way through.Sunderland 2-2 West HamWest Ham were stunned by Sunderland who scored two early goals, courtesy of Steven Fletcher and Jeremain Lens, however, just before half-time Carl Jenkinson pulled one back for the Hammers. Lens was then sent off in the second half, forcing the Black Cats to play half an hour with ten men. Dimitri Payet then made the hosts pay when Costel Pantilimon spilled Manuel Lanzini’s shot. Sergio Aguero
Are you caring for someone?Are you caring for someone? We are offering a free information programme in Letterkenny for individuals who are looking after someone at home in September 2016. The sessions include Continence, Pressure Care / Positioning, Patient moving and handling, Diabetes, Understanding Dementia, Cardiac first aid response training, Stress Management, Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults, Nutrition, Practical issues.For further details or make an enquiry contact Diane Donnelly, Carer’s Development Officer on 087 277 0103 or e-mail email@example.com Naomh UltanWell done to the senior team on qualifying for the quarter finals of the intermediate championship after a thrilling draw with Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon on Saturday Last.Score N Ultan 1-14 Aodh Ruadh 0-17. The reserves boured out of the chapionships after defeat to the Aodh Ruadh Score 2-6 Aodh Ruadh 2-15. The U-16 team play Naomh Mhuire away in the championship on Monday 12 th September at 7:00pm. The return leg is in Dunkineely on Friday 16 th .The U-13 team fielded against Kilcar on Sunday Evening and won a scoreline of 5-9 4-6. There was no winner of the Royal Flush Jackpot Numbers drawn 4,5,19,20 Consoltation prizes went to Edward Kyle’s Brenter, Maria Gallagher Springfield, Charlie Doogan , Dungloe, Jackpot next week €1,720 Thank you for all your support.Irish dancing classes resume 6th September at 4.00pm in the clubhose Contact Isobel at 087 745 0622 for info. Local Bingo in the Dunkineely Clubhouse every Friday at 9:00pm.Underage training every Saturday at 10:00amDunkineely Celtic FCDunkineely Celtic’s senior team got off to a good start to the season with a good win away to Curragh Athletic winning 6 – 1 . Scorers for Dunkineely were Paul Murrin  Daniel Gallagher  Aaron Byrne  & Alistair Rodgers  .Well done. Next game Sunday 11th Sept away to Whitestrand Utd.The U16’s played two games this week losing 5 – 0 at home to Copany Rovers on Tuesday evening & then losing 3 – 1 to Eany Celtic on Saturday morning. Scorer for Dunkineely was Jordan Gallagher.The U14’s played their 2nd game on Thursday evening winning 2 – 0 away to Donegal/Killymard .Scorers for Dunkineely were Kyle Breslin & Paul Walsh. Well done boys & girls.The U12’s played on Saturday afternoon losing 2 – 0 to Donegal at home . Bluestack Ramblers From the 9th to the 11th September the Bluestack Ramblers will have a weekend away at Belmullet. For more information contact 0862187609. O’Donnell School of MusicWe are fortunate to have some excellent musicians living in our community, and we are also fortunate to have the opportunity to learn from these talented individuals. Music Lessons are held in the Dunkineely Community Ltd Office building on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week from 3:30 to 9:00pm. For further information please contact (087) 9644019.Traditional MusicMcIntyre’s Bar, Dunkineely has a traditional music session every Wednesday evening at 9:30pm. All musicians and singers welcome.Community event11 th September Boat Push in aid of parish funds and Killybegs Coast and cliff rescue. Killybegs 9am Launch & Blessing, Killaghtee 12.30pm Lunch stop Inver 2.30pm Break stop Mountcharles 5pm Finish.Come join us for the whole event at any point along the route, Event ends with a short service followed by afternoon tea/Bbq for all at Christchurch Mountcharles. Methodist Sunday ServicesArdara 10:00am.Dunkineely 12:00pmThe Methodist Church Dunkineely / Ardara would like thank all those who supported the recent events, that is The Tractor run, The Posh Afternoon tea and various quizzes.Autumn Soul event takes place on the 28th-30th Oct in Bangor. It is for youth between the ages of 13-18. For further details please contact Rev Des Davis 9737052.Hear 4 UIs a local listening service where any problem can be discussed, over the phone or face to face, 10:30am to 1:30pm. For more information, to make an appointment, or to chat, call 087 3488192.Recovery from Emotional DistressGROW – (Gradually, Regaining, Our, Wellbeing) Support and a program for recovery. Weekly Meetings at Niall Mór Centre, Killybegs on Thursday evenings at 7:30pm. Also in the Day Hospital, adjacent to Donegal Hospital on Tuesday evenings at 8:00pm. For further information contact Marian on (086)7856912. All are welcome.Dunkineely Community Limited (DCL)The DCL office is open from 9:00-1:00 Monday &Wednesday 9:00-12:30 Friday. Feel free to call into the office for a chat, use the Internet (20c per half hour), print or photocopy documents (20c per page) or borrow a book. We have several rooms to hire for meetings by the hour or session at very reasonable rates.We are looking to see what interest there might be in any of the following courses; please contact Dcl on 97 37678 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to do any of the following…1st Aid 1 dayOccupational 1st Aid (3 day)Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)Art CourseCalligraphyCar Mechanics/ ServicingCarpentryChange MakersJewellery makingCard makingComplementary First AidHomeopathyCreative WritingCreel MakingDefibrillatorFamily HistoryGetting the most out of your Smart PhoneInterior DesignIntroduction to ComputersMake-up ArtistryMore computer skills for beginnersNature Talks (geology, botany, birds, seashore)Night-time PhotographyOn-line shopping/banking/EBay/PayPal/Internet SecurityPhotoshopPilatesUpcyclingYoga.Going on a sun holiday?Print your boarding pass with us in the DCL officeDCL Library:One of the greatest gifts you can give a child is to teach him or her to read; it is something that will help them throughout their lives, and will bring them a lot of pleasure. It is sad to see so many libraries closing, through lack of funding, but we are happy to report that Dunkineely Community Ltd (DCL) has a small library of over 1000books. We have books ranging from Children’s Literature to Teenage Fiction (‘The Fault in our Stars’), Biographies to Classics (Jane Austen – ‘Pride and Prejudice’), from Horror to Comedy, Booker-Prize to Thrillers, Health to Hobbies, etc. Borrowing costs 20c per book.If you have anything you would like to add the Bruckless / Killaghtee / Dunkineely Community notes, please call the Dunkineely Community Ltd office in the Old Methodist Manse, Dunkineely; or phone 074 9737678; or email us at email@example.comDunkineely Community: Free information programme for carers now enrolling was last modified: September 5th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:carer programmeCarerscOMMUNITY NOTESDCLDunkineelyHSENaomh Ultan
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Finally in 2000 – because I thought it was important (and have since been proved right) – I voted for the “lesser of two evils” rather than the best candidate. And, glory-be! My candidate actually got the most votes. And he – still – didn’t win. It may take nearly a quarter-century of having it shoved in my face, but eventually even I can recognize “pointless.” I haven’t voted since. – David We asked, and you responded. Why didn’t you vote? The responses we received were thoughtful and well-reasoned. Here is a sampling of the postings on our vote blog: I used to vote religiously. From 18 on, I carefully studied my booklet, researched, and voted for the best candidate available. Net result: I elected exactly nobody. Not one City Councilman. Not one Mayor. No Sheriffs, Governors, State Reps, Senators, Representatives or City Attorneys. And especially no Presidents. I didn’t vote because I wasn’t informed enough to make an educated decision. Way too many obscure people on the ballot to keep track of. – John S. I did vote, yet sometimes I did not vote. If a candidate harassed me by tying up my telephone line more than three times I pulled my vote for him. – Patrick Short I did vote; however, I chose not to vote for the 30th State Senate District race. Candidates Ron Calderon and Rudy Bermudez spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in the effort to fill constituents’ mail boxes with ridiculous amounts of mail. All with the same poll tested messages that gave a small glimpse into the candidates. California is in serious need of campaign finance reform. There is no need for state senate candidates to spend that much money on this campaign. – Adam Rogers I voted. It cost me 30 dollars, 2 cabs and a lot of frustration. I have asked for an absentee ballot for 3 years and have never received it. To top it off, I received 52 pieces of mail in 3 days all regarding a candidate I would not vote for if he was the last Democrat on earth! And he has apparently won. I will think hard if I want to spend the money, trek off to some obscure voting area, and have some idiot I don’t support win. – T. Byers160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE – California space advocates will honor the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center for its 50th space shuttle landing and continued support of the nation’s space program. The California Space Authority will present Dryden with a SpotBeam award at a banquet on Dec. 2 in Los Angeles. The award recognizes the center for supporting the Aug. 9 landing of the space shuttle Discovery, the latest in a long line of space efforts by the center. “This was the nation’s ‘return-to-flight’,” said Janice Dunn, CSA’s deputy director. “It was a major accomplishment.” The Edwards Air Force Base landing capped a two-week mission that was the first shuttle flight since the loss of Columbia on Feb. 1, 2003. Discovery was to have landed in Florida, but poor weather prompted NASA to direct the shuttle to Edwards. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals NASA prefers to land the shuttles in Florida because it saves about $1 million in costs for ferrying an orbiter cross-country, plus it reduces the amount of handling of the spacecraft. However, about one out of every five missions ends at Edwards. The award recognizes Dryden’s work that dates back to the 1960s. The 1960s work included the Lunar Landing Research Vehicle, which supported the Apollo moon missions, and the X-15 rocket planes that tested a number of space-related technologies, including the first use of a full-pressure suit for space flight, the first use of a reaction control system for maneuvering in space, and the development of thermal protection for hypersonic re-entry. The award also recognizes a number of efforts that supported the space shuttle, including the lifting body craft that gave NASA confidence to land the shuttles unpowered; working testing flight control systems used by the orbiter; the approach and landing tests of the space shuttle prototype Enterprise; and tests on thermal protection systems. “NASA Dryden Flight Research Center will continue to contribute to the space program by serving as a potential landing site for the Crew Exploration Vehicle,” CSA said in its tribute to Dryden. “The infrastructure at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center is likely to play a key role in carrying out the bold objectives set by the vision for space exploration.” This is the second year for CSA’s SpotBeam award. Last year, recipients included two from the Antelope Valley – the late state Sen. W.J. “Pete” Knight, R-Palmdale, for his advocacy of space and the military, and the SpaceShipOne team, which made the first private, manned space flights. The other SpotBeam recipients this year are Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Riverside; the California Council on Base Support and Retention; the late Assemblyman Mike Gordon, D-El Segundo; the Los Angeles Air Force Base Regional Alliance; the Chabot Space and Science Center; Lockheed Martin’s work force; the Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Trimble Navigation LTD.; and QuakeFinder LLC. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
ESPN3 Live Stats Live Audio Drake clinched its second-straight outright MVC title with its win over Illinois State Sunday at the Knapp Center. It is the seventh MVC title in program history. The Bulldogs won back-to-back MVC titles for the first time since the 1996-97 and 1997-98 seasons. The Bulldogs have won 20 or more games each of the past four seasons. The last time the program had four-consecutive 20-plus win seasons was 1996-97 to 2001-02 when it had six-straight 20-plus win campaigns. Drake is tied with Missouri State for the most 20-plus win seasons in league history with 16 since 1982-83.Drake, which is already the only Valley team to go undefeated in regular season play after last year’s 18-0 run, is two wins away from doing it for the second-straight season. The Bulldogs already own the longest MVC era regular season winning streak and Sunday’s win over the Redbirds is the 38th-straight MVC regular season win which broke SIU’s all-time Gateway Conference streak record of 37-straight games set during the 1984-85 and 1986-87 seasons. Drake Game Notes CHICAGO – The Drake University women’s basketball team plays two road games in the final week of the 2017-18 regular season. Drake (21-7, 16-0 MVC) visits Loyola (7-20, 5-11 MVC) Thursday night with tipoff at Gentile Arena scheduled for 7 p.m. before it closes the regular season at Valparaiso (12-15, 5-11 MVC) Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. Following this week, the Bulldogs are the No. 1 seed for the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, March 8-11, at the TaxSlayer Center in Moline, Ill. where they will start defense of their 2017 MVC Tournament title, March 9, at 12 p.m. Story Links Sophomore Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) earned her second career MVC Player of the Week award Monday for her performances against Bradley and Illinois State. In MVC play this season, Hittner is averaging the second-best scoring mark in the league at 15.5 points per game while shooting a league-high 50.0 percent from three-point range, 53.4 percent from the floor (4th in MVC), and league-best 95.2 percent from the free throw line. She is the first Valley player in 15 seasons to post a 50-50-95 shooting line since Lisa Verhoff of Indiana State did it in 2002-03. Hittner and her teammate Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) are two of the frontrunners for the Jackie Stiles MVC Player of the Year award. Rhine is averaging 15.3 points and 6.0 rebounds per game while leading the Valley in field goal percentage at 57.6. She is a three-time MVC Player of the Week winner. Print Friendly Version
Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has labelled the Government’s latest flood relief schemes announcement for Donegal as a complete washout, with only 2.9% of the overall funding allocated to the county.Despite the numerous instances of flooding we have had on a reoccurring basis and even with the highest rainfall of all the counties in the country – the Government still failed to prioritise funding for the county.The case for Donegal flooding measures has just not been heard by the Government – and it is another instance of where Donegal is just not a priority for this present Administration, he added. Pat the Cope said it is truly shocking how this Government has prioritised flood risk areas and completely failed to take account of other areas.He said “Numerous submissions had been made for flood relief schemes and other measures within the county – areas such as Castlefinn, Ballybofey – Stranorlar, Killybegs, areas throughout north Donegal which had the most catastrophic flooding in years, numerous other areas – but, none are to be funded through this Government programme or were they included in today’s announcement of over €257 million euro of funding.“It is evident that the case for the above mentioned areas needs to be revisited without delay. I, of course, welcome the funding of €5.94 million for Lifford and hope that works can move to construction stage without delay – these works are essential and extremely important.“Likewise the allocation for Downings of €870,000 and the Glenties funding allocation of €500,000 will in part address the flooding risks in those areas. But, on the broader countywide picture there are vast areas which simply do not make the reckoning in this funding round.” Pat the Cope said today’s fanfare announcement by the Government is a complete wash out for Donegal.“It’s much ado about nothing, it will be more famous for what it failed to do rather than for what it solved. I seriously call into question the criteria by which these allocations are made, if you assess flooding instances and rainfall records Donegal scores the highest but when it comes to allocation of funding we score one of the lowest within the country.“Serious flooding risks remain unsolved by this announcement today – the Government can no longer ignore the flooding risks and dangers to the individual and ones property within Donegal.“Equal priority must be given to Donegal and the case for Donegal must be made at Government level, more of the same is not going to resolve anything for Donegal – the Ministers need to take stock and take action without delay and address the flooding areas within our county,” he said.Cope labels flood funding for Donegal “a washout” was last modified: May 3rd, 2018 by StephenShare 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)
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that many of the 1.7 million farms that enrolled in either the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs will receive safety-net payments due to market downturns during the 2015 crop year.“This fall, USDA will be making more than $7 billion in payments under the ARC-County and PLC programs to assist participating producers, which will account for over 10% of USDA’s projected 2016 net farm income. These payments will help provide reassurance to America’s farm families, who are standing strong against low commodity prices compounded by unfavorable growing conditions in many parts of the country,” said Tom Vilsack, Agriculture Secretary. “At USDA, we are standing strong behind them, tapping in to every resource that we have to help. So far in 2016, this has included creating a one-time cost share program for cotton ginning, purchasing about $800 million in excess commodities to be redirected to food banks and those in need, making $11 million in payments to America’s dairy farmers through the Dairy Margin Protection Program, and reprogramming Farm Service Agency funds to expand credit options for farmers and ranchers in need of extra capital. As always, we continue to watch market conditions and will explore opportunities for further assistance in the coming months. For producers challenged by weather, disease and falling prices, we will continue to ensure the availability of a strong safety net to keep them farming or ranching.”Unlike the old direct payment program, which issued payments during both weak and strong market conditions, the 2014 Farm Bill authorized the ARC-PLC safety net to trigger and provide financial assistance only when decreases in revenues or crop prices, respectively, occur. The ARC and PLC programs primarily allow producers to continue to produce for the market by making payments on a percentage of historical base production, limiting the impact on production decisions.“Farmers are struggling. This is a shot in the arm when they need it most,” said Wesley Spurlock, National Corn Growers Association president. “We advocated for a shift to a market-based program that kicks in only when needed. Now is that time.”Nationwide, producers enrolled 96% of soybean base acres, 91% of corn base acres and 66% of wheat base acres in the ARC-County coverage option. Producers enrolled 99% of long grain rice and peanut base acres and 94% of medium grain rice base acres in the PLC option. Overall, 76% of participating farm base acres are enrolled in ARC-County, 23% in PLC and 1% in ARC-Individual. For other program information including frequently asked questions, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc.