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Trump moves to stiffen work requirements for food stamps

The Trump administration has taken its first step toward imposing stricter work requirements on food stamp recipients. The USDA began soliciting public input to “promote work and self-sufficiency” in the federal food stamp program on Friday, kicking off the process required to implement changes to the rules. “Long-term dependency has never been part of the American dream,” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said in a statement announcing the agency’s move. “USDA’s goal is to move individuals and families from SNAP back to the workforce as the best long-term solution to poverty.”…

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Italian election: ‘I’ll take back control!’ Frontrunner uses Brexit slogan in THREAT to EU

Matteo Salvini, leader of the League party in the run as next Prime Minister at the upcoming Italian election, vowed once again to “take back control” of Italian people’s economic interests from the hands of the EU.  The Italian politician claimed European regulations are damaging not only Italy’s economic situation but are a danger to people’s health.  Speaking on Rete 4 Quinta Colonna, Mr Salvini warned Brussels will have to listen to his demands or he will threaten the bloc with new measures.  He said: “I will safeguard Italian farmers and…

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Justin Trudeau ridiculed for ‘EMBARRASSING’ Canada by wearing Indian ‘wedding outfit’

Throughout his eight-day trip, the Canadian PM and his family have posed for innumerable photo-ops with their hands in prayer and clothes in extravagance. Their wardrobes, which initially came across as respectful and culturally appropriate, have now come under fire as a major fashion faux pas. Indian politician Omar Abdullah took to Twitter with a collage of the Trudeau family touching their hands and bowing their heads, as the namaste gesture dictates. He wrote: “Is it just me or is this choreographed cuteness all just a bit much now? Also…

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Large vessels are fishing 55 percent of world's oceans

Fleets from five countries  — China, Spain, Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea — account for more than 85 percent of observed fishing efforts on the high seas (AFP Photo/) More Miami (AFP) – More than half the world’s oceans are being fished by large commercial vessels, particularly from China, according to the first view from space of global fishing practices published Thursday. The report in the journal Science used satellite data to track industrial fishing, and found that 55 percent of the world’s oceans — and possibly more — are…

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This startup brews beer with surplus bread. Here’s why.

Get the Mach newsletter. SUBSCRIBE If you’re passionate about craft brews and green living, how about raising a glass of beer made from leftover bread? Toast Ale launched in the U.K. in 2015 in part to help bakeries recycle bread that otherwise would have been wasted — and to help raise public awareness about wasted food. “Food waste is one of the most important environmental issues of our time,” says Joanna Ehrenreich, Toast Ale’s head of operations in New York City, where the company set up shop last July. “We…

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EU budget crisis ERUPTS: FURY as Brussels Brexit cutbacks ‘TARGET’ Visegrad states

THe EU risks inflaming tensions between member states, after Britain’s exit from the European Union leaves a £11.5 billion blackhole in the bloc’s coffers. According to a report on TRT, Brussels will resolve their financial concerns by targeting Central and Eastern Europe with cutbacks on agricultural subsidies.  Countries in Central and Eastern Europe – including the Visegrad states the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary – have been prominent critics of the policies in Brussels. The EU’s move to slash farm subidies, in order to plug the budget shortfall, will…

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German giant BASF faces losing MILLIONS from Brexit: Firm demands answers

Custom duties, tariffs, changes and delays in the supply chain will incur the shocking extra costs, according to Richard Carter. He told German newspaper Handelsblatt: “We expect already through possible customs duties and tariffs, changes in duties and delays in the supply chain, to incur additional costs of between 40 to 60 million euros per year. “We stand ready to make changes if we know which ones are necessary.  But the uncertainty regarding Brexit negotiations are a problem for the company, according to Mr Carter.  He said: “We would want…

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‘ROBOT bees could be used to KILL’ Expert warns of terrifying Black Mirror scenario

Insects are vital for pollination, especially bees who fly from flower to flower carrying pollen which sticks to them as they feed. Natural bee colonies are being wiped out due to pesticides, pollution and climate change which has resulted in scientists created robotic “bees” to do the same job. But Professor Shekhar from the US University of Minnesota warns of an apocalyptic scenario in which the robot bees could be hacked and turned into killers – similar to the Netflix series Black Mirror. He said: “Hacking is a security issue…

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France to let wolf packs grow despite angry farmers

The French government announced it will allow the wolf population to grow 40 percent over the next five years, resisting pressure from farmers concerned about their sheep (AFP Photo/RAYMOND ROIG) Paris (AFP) – The French government announced Monday it will allow the wolf population to grow 40 percent despite pressure from farmers in mountain regions who are worried about their sheep flocks. A new strategy unveiled by the centrist government of President Emmanuel Macron will enable the number of wolves to increase from an estimated 360 now to 500 by…

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EU farmers facing Brexit budget NIGHTMARE: Euro industry to be hit for BILLIONS

European Agriculture Ministers were discussing the issue in Brussels today, and their conclusions are likely to make grim reading for farmers across Europe. Almost €60billion of the EU’s €160bn budget is earmarked for agriculture – the largest chunk of the entire fund – but this will probably change as a result of Brexit, ministers have acknowledged . In spring, negotiations on a new seven-year budget from 2021 onwards will begin, to which the UK, which will quits the EU in March 2019, will not contribute. As a result, experts are…

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