Vilsack says U.S. Dairy “Cautious” About USMCA

first_imgAfter years of negotiations, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will finally replace NAFTA on Wednesday. One of the biggest agricultural sticking points between the U.S. and Canada was dairy. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said that he will ensure Canada will live up to its promise for dairy reforms.That sentiment is backed by U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) CEO and former Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.“He needs to keep a close eye on the Canadians because what they have announced and what they intend to do with reference to these tariff quotas does not appear to us to be consistent with the spirit of the letter of the USMCA.”Earlier this month, both USDEC and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) criticized Canada’s allocation of tariff-rate quotas under the agreement. Vilsack said the goal of USMCA was to open the market to U.S. products for retail and the food chain.“It appears as if the Canadians are trying to steer these quotas into the current system that provides for a limited number of purchasers of products who don’t potentially need the product that we are now having a greater access for. The result would mean potentially fewer sales anticipated.”The Dairy Export Council and NMPF are asking the U.S. government to hold Canada accountable to enforce USMCA provisions as they were intended.“There’s demand out there for our product, but if we have to funnel it through the existing system, essentially we don’t necessarily get our product sold in the levels we think they’ve been called for. This is a wake-up call—this is an opportunity for us to see how the USMCA is different than NAFTA in the sense that there is a provision that allows our government to call into question the performance and implementation.”The dairy industry is looking for business opportunities across the world. However, Vilsack said there is an air of caution within the industry on USMCA.“The bottom line here is that we’re excited about the implementation of USMCA,” he said. “We think that if it’s implemented as intended, it will result in additional market access. It’s important to keep an eye on our Canadian friends because they’ve done this before with other trade agreements where they’ve redefined the implementation stage in agreement which gives us less access than we thought.”last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 25, 2015)–Santa Anita Park will play host to the Japanese community this Saturday as The Great Race Place stages the 59th running of the Grade III, $100,000 Tokyo City Cup.The race, for older horses at the marathon distance of 1 ½ miles, will serve as the centerpiece of a daylong assortment of Japanese cultural events in the track’s Infield Area that includes food, music, dance, Karate, Kendo (Japanese Samurai Swordsmanship) and Sumo Wrestling exhibitions, as well as an opportunity to win a round-trip ticket, courtesy of Singapore Airlines, from Los Angeles to Tokyo.In order to win the round trip air fare to Tokyo, fans must select a winner in the Tokyo City Cup and submit their ballot at the Tokyo City Cup Game booth, located on-track.Additionally, Santa Anita will provide a showcase of Japanese tradition and heritage by conducting a two-day Infield Ramen Yokocho Festival on Saturday and Sunday in the track’s Infield Area. Fans are invited to taste some of the best ramen, including unique, hard to find dishes. Admission to the Infield Ramen Yokocho Festival is five dollars and available to walk-ups only. Admission will not be available online.With admission gates opening at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Japanese culture will be celebrated throughout the day in a variety of ways, including the following activities and demonstrations:ORIGAMI             –The art of folding paperOMATSURI         –Japanese Traditional Festival   KIMONO MODELS   –Ikumi Yoshimatsu & Cortney Palm will be on-hand to model authentic stylesCITY OF TOKYO –Travel InformationPOP CULTURE    –Anime, J-pop, fashionJAPANESE FOOD & BEVERAGE –Sushi, Okonomiyaki, BBQ, Japanese Tea, Onigiri, Bakery & Japanese BeerFLEA MARKET    –Entrepreneurial booths, exhibitsTSUGARU SHAMISEN –Three-stringed Japanese LuteSHISHI MAI        –Lion DanceSUMO                   –Japanese WrestlingRYUKYU BUYO  –Okinawa Traditional DanceKENDO                 –Japanese Samurai SwordsmanshipMINYO                 –Japanese Folk MusicKARATE –Japanese Martial Arts by Yamaki DojoPONY RIDES & FACE PAINTING –Available in Infield AreaTAIKO by LA MATSURI TAIKO –Japanese Drum Performance before & after Tokyo City CupEntries will be taken for Saturday’s Tokyo City Cup at Santa Anita on Wednesday. First race post time is at 12:30 p.m., admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. For more information on Tokyo City Cup Day, please visit, or call (626) 574-RACE. JAPANESE FOOD, MUSIC, ENTREPRENEURIAL EXHIBITS & ROUND-TRIP AIR TO TOKYO ALL OFFERED; RAMEN YOKOCHO FESTIVAL TO BE HELD SATURDAY & SUNDAY IN TRACK’S INFIELD AREAlast_img read more

Public Works Pens Contract on Ganta/Harper Road Pavement Construction Time: 2 Years

first_imgAuthorities of the Ministry of Public Works have signed a US$42.7 million contract with a Chinese company for the pavement of phase one of the Fish Town-Harper Road Project,  funded by the government of Liberia and the African Development Bank.Senior officials of the Public Works Ministry disclosed that the China Railway No. 5 Engineering Group Company Limited is to pave the 50 kilometer road from Harper City to Karloken in Maryland County.The Public Works executives also intimated that the contract value is a little over US$42.7 Million dollars and the actual construction period is two years with one year of defects liability.During the signing ceremony, newly appointed Public Works Minister William Gyude Moore admonished the contractor to take into consideration the triplet issues of quality, durability and value for money.He said that the road to be constructed is significant in the socio-economic development of the country, particularly southeastern Liberia, and as such the Ministry would ensure that the contractor does quality work. Monitoring and supervision will be prioritized at all stages of the project, Minister Moore added.The Public Works boss also noted that his leadership is aware of the challenges ahead and will ensure integrity in the contract awarding process at the Ministry and that quality products result from that process.He thanked his predecessors, Atty. Samuel Kofi Woods and outgoing Minister Dr. Antoinette Weeks for their leadership and influence on the project MPW team as they worked with the ADB and contractor in ensuring that the project became a reality.He acknowledged the presence of the Chinese Embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission at the signing ceremony.Minister Moore noted that as a result of the Ebola virus, most foreign companies fled the country but the partnership with the government and people of China has remained strong.  He   pledged to continue this strong relationship while serving at the Ministry of Public Works.The partnership with the government and people of China and Chinese companies coming here to do business is a solid manifestation of sustained bilateral cooperation.Minister Moore also thanked Dr. Margaret Kilo of the AFDB for her excellent leadership and the Ministry’s project team for their commitment and hard work over the years as it relates to the project’s documentation and implementation.“For the people of Liberia the best way to improve our country is to enhance improvement of these things that we call economic multipliers—power, roads, telecommunication; in effect the infrastructure.  These development initiatives make it easier for business people to do business; for goods to move across the country,” Minister Moore asserted.“We have been concerned about the southeast; that every rainy season this part of the country gets cut-off,” Minister Moore lamented. “The prices of goods and services go up; escalating poverty in places that are already economically depressed.  We are, therefore, very happy that this project can now start,” he declared.Speaking to the contractor, the Minister stressed that MPW staff believed that China Railway Number five (5) Engineering Group Company winning a contract from a multilateral financing agency is a prestigious thing.Speaking on behalf of China Railway No.5 Group Company,  Mr. Hao Tingkui, country Representative said that as a construction company they were happy to be in Liberia and deliver to the Liberian people a high quality road at the end of the project.Mr. Tingkui said his company will concentrate on every technical detail so that they may do a good job that will be long-lasting and meaningful.The Chinese company country representative said his company won the international competitive bidding for phase-1 of the Fish Town-Harper Road not just because of its lowest bidder status as compared to other competitors but primarily to the company’s long track record of undertaking large infrastructure and delivering high quality works to the clients.The Fish Town-Harper road is 130 Kilometers in total and is part of the missing link on the Mano River Regional Connection; a subsidiary of the Trans-West Africa Coastal Highway System.It connects Conakry-Freetown-Monrovia-Abidjan. Locally, the corridor forms part of the key 510 Kilometer highway between Ganta-Harper linking four southeastern counties.This project is in line with the Government of Liberia’s Agenda for Transformation’s pillar on infrastructure restoration and the implementation of the road sector strategy which entails linking all county capitals with paved roads.According to the contract, the nature of work to be executed include cement pavement, drainage improvements, putting into place erosion control measures, safety improvements including reflectorized pavement markers to aid nighttime driving, and construction of sidewalks, curb and gutters through towns along the route.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Drone operators complain of lengthy wait for approval of permits

first_imgA number of persons desirous of operating drones in Guyana’s airspace have expressed concerns over the lengthy processing time for those approvals to be granted.The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has cautioned importers and owners of these aerial devices, and has indicated that a permit is necessary to operate them. The GCAA has said that Guyanese are not permitted to use any such devices once a camera has been thereto attached or provision has been made for a camera to be thereto attached, unless they first obtain a permit is this regard.Applicants for permits to operate drones have indicated that they are willing to adhere to the GCAA’s instructions, but they complain that months have passed and they still have not been able to receive an update on their applications, except that they were told that their applications are at the Police Commissioner’s Office.“I applied, and they said it will take a month maximum; but months (have passed) and I’m still waiting. I trying to follow up, and the GCAA told me it’s at (the Police) commissioner’s office awaiting final approval. I can’t get any updates from there. This is ridiculous. You try to adhere to the law to avoid trouble, but the system is so long and stressful,” an applicant told Guyana Times on Saturday.In response to recent questions from the media on the drone applications, Police Commissioner Leslie James has said he is unaware of any backlog of applications. “I am not aware of any backlogs. We expedite with all matters,” he said.He added that the process starts with an application being submitted to the GCAA, which is forwarded to his office. Those applications, he said, are then sent to other departments for processing, after which they are returned to the GCAA.He noted, however, that the only reason an application may be delayed is due to an applicant having issues with security or related issues.The GCAA has issued a statement which detailed that anyone desirous of using such a device must submit a request in writing to the Authority.Police CommissionerLeslie James“Said request must include the name and address of the applicant and the name of the company for whom he is working, if applicable. The request must also include details of the aircraft to be used, including the make, model, serial number and dimensions of the aircraft, as well as the type of power plant installed on the aircraft, and any other information requested by the Authority” the GCAA said.Moreover, the GCAA has said it is sending out a reminder that the Customs and Trade Administration of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) has detained a large number of recreational drones imported into the country without the required permit.Additionally, the GCAA has said that using a drone without the necessary permit is a crime punishable by the laws of Guyana. Application for the drone permit must be made to the Director General of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority, 73 High Street Kingston, Georgetown.The application, which includes the required security clearance from the Guyana Police Force, can take up to thirty (30) working days to be processed.last_img read more

The Energetic Amazing Race coming to Fort St John on May 24

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John will be hosting The Energetic Amazing Race on May 24, 2019.For this free event, participants will have the opportunity to solve clues, visit stops, complete tasks, and finish first to be crowned the champion of your division.Each team must consist of two to six runners, with family and adult divisions available.- Advertisement -The race is all on foot, so be sure to wear your runners.The Energetic Amazing Race will be taking place on May 24, 2019.Check-in will start at the Pomeroy Sport Centre at 5:00 p.m., with the race starting at 6:00 p.m.Advertisement Preregistration for this event is required.For more information, you can call 250-785-4592 ext.2 or email read more

2019 Community Awards Gala Nominees

first_imgLiteracy AwardThe Literacy Award recognizes special contributions of an individual or group that has made an outstanding contribution towards promoting in areas including literacy, language, multiculturalism and community issues in Fort St. John.  The award covers a wide spectrum of the field, including family, health, workplace and community.2019 Nominees: Connie Greyeyes-Dick, Jessica Kalman, Tammy WatsonHumanitarian AwardThe Humanitarian Award recognizes an individual or a group of volunteers whose actions, commitment, volunteer leadership, service and community spirit have made a difference in the lives of those in the community. It recognizes initiatives that serve to promote awareness of accessibility in the community, outstanding contribution towards promoting or facilitating resource reduction or demonstrate a genuine commitment to providing a better future for the lives of our residents.2019 Nominees: Alcan District Girl Guides, Corina Wintersgill Pratt, Denise Cornet Cooper, Erica O’Day, Fort St. John KidSport, Jaandi Roemer, Jennifer Pimm, Roxanne Chmelyk, Sabrina Brooks, Sherri MytopherAdvertisement 2019 Nominees: Paul van NostrandMayor Lori Ackerman said “Our local volunteers and organizations always go above and beyond. This is an excellent opportunity to recognize a person or organization in our community who shows just how energetic they are by going that extra mile and making our community the best place to live,”Tickets for the event are available for purchase at the Visitor Centre or The Lido. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The 2019 Community Awards Gala will be hosted on April 11, 2019, at The Lido Theatre.The following is a list of the 2019 Nominees and their selected categories;Cultural AwardThe Cultural Award recognizes an individual or a group for their volunteer efforts in historical, visual, performing, or literary arts. Individuals may demonstrate excellence in an artistic field, increase artistic and cultural opportunities within the community, or encourage local residents to reach and expand their potential through culture.- Advertisement -2019 Nominees: Emry Mika, Sandy TroudtRecreation AwardThe Recreation Award recognizes an individual or a group for their volunteer efforts in the promotion, organization, support, and/or motivation of sports, recreation, and leisure pursuits including healthy and active living. Individuals may demonstrate excellence in an athletic discipline, increase sport and recreational opportunities within the community, encourage local residents to reach and expand their potential through recreation and wellness by promoting healthy lifestyles, personal well-being and health in Fort St. John.2019 Nominees: Annika Hedican, Arnie Isberg 1 Pitch Committee, Christina Brace, Connie Richter, Elena Warkentin, Jason McBride, Neil Evans, Phil Hiscock, Tosha Mytron, Trudy AlexanderAdvertisementcenter_img Youth AwardThe Youth an individual under the age of 19 who has made a positive contribution to the community on a volunteer basis such as developing a project, serving on a committee and/or other volunteer work with organizations and groups.  Youth in this category may display outstanding qualities, provide leadership, support their peers, overcome challenges and/or contribute to their community in a meaningful way.2019 Nominees: 1st Fort St. John Scouts, Ally Peever, Cristyn Devine, Emma Lavigne, Pauleanne CodillaLifetime Achievement AwardThe Lifetime Achievement award recognizes an individual’s remarkable contribution and dedication to the community. Their contributions have improved the quality of life for citizens or brought positive recognition to Fort St. John.2019 Nominees: Andy Ackerman, Gail Weber, Stephen BeardMayor’s Citizen of the YearThe Mayor’s Citizen of the Year Award recognizes an individual that has achieved positive notoriety outside our community for their actions, is recognized as leaders or role models by their peers, or has won international, national, or provincial titles or awards for their efforts. The recipient acts as an ambassador for our community and has recognized Fort St. John as their home and the community where they built and honed their skills and abilities.Advertisementlast_img read more

Mum-of-three robbed pensioner 83, of €1,250 of Christmas money after snatching purse

first_imgA woman robbed an 83 year old lady of €1,250 after snatching her purse when she left a local butcher shop two days before Christmas.Mum-of-three Monica Rostas appeared before Letterkenny District Court charged with robbing Bridget McElcar in Ballybofey. Rostas, 28, spotted Mrs McElcar coming out of the shop and shoved a Big Issue magazine into her face and then snatched her purse at 1pm in the afternoon.Mrs McElcar, who has since died, managed to get the purse back but the money from the purse was missing.Garda Inspector Michael Harrison told the court that he believed another woman involved in the robbery at Chestnut Grove, Ballybofey managed to receive the money before fleeing.He added that Rostas, of Glenfinn Road, Ballybofey, had been threatening and abusive towards the pensioner who was vulnerable and scared.Around €150 in cash fell to the ground and was picked up by passers-by.Four other passers-by managed to come to Mrs McElcar’s assistance and Rostas was arrested.She initially denied any involvement and the balance of the missing money, €1,065 has never been recovered.Barrister for Ms Rostas, Gareth McGrory, said his client admitted it was an act of “immense stupidity” which she pleaded guilty to.He said his client had gather €2,000 from her uncle and she was prepared to provide compensation to Mrs McElcar’s family.He said she planned to leave Donegal and move to Belfast.Judge Paul Kelly described the incident as “a despicable crime.”“This was an absolutely despicable crime on an elderly woman. I suspect it was less impulsive than you make out as there was two people involved. It seems inconceivable that this woman has no idea of where the money is.“However, the fact that she is moving to Belfast and cash in lodged in court, I don’t see any great value in a custodial sentence,” he said.He sentenced Rostas to four months in prison but suspended it for 12 months on her own cash bond of €500.He also ordered that €1,500 of the cash lodged in court be handed over to the late Mrs McElcar’s family.Mum-of-three robbed pensioner 83, of €1,250 of Christmas money after snatching purse was last modified: September 27th, 2016 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)last_img read more


first_imgThis Friday evening the 3rd may sees Tir Chonaill RFC host the womans 6 nations trophy in Careys Viking House Hotel in Kincasslagh between 7pm and 8pm. Accompanying the trophy will be one of Donegals representatives on the irish team Larissa Muldoon and her family.We are the first team in Donegal to host the trophy and are very privileged and honoured to bring an international trophy to the north west. It was a massive achievement for the irish ladies to win this prestigious trophy and everyone is very proud of the donegal representation in Larissa Muldoon and also Nora Stapleton. Ireland beat the likes of England, Wales, Scotland, France and in the final match against the might of Italy.Everyone is welcome to come along to get your photo taken with the trophy and also Larissa herself ,also on the night there will be an event held by the local relay for life team so lets get out and support the cause,it promises to be a great night. RUGBY – TIR CHONAILL RFC WELCOMES WOMEN’S HERO LARISSA MULDOON was last modified: April 29th, 2013 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)last_img read more

Pochettino ‘dreaming’ of Premier League title win at Tottenham’s new stadium

first_img Pochettino has no plans to leave Tottenham 2 Can Pochettino lead Harry Kane and co. to major honours as Tottenham boss? 2 Mauricio Pochettino says he ‘dreams’ of leading Tottenham to the Premier League title in their new stadium.The manager has again reiterated his commitment to the north London club, saying he is desperate to achieve silverware with his talented Spurs side.center_img getty There have been plenty of rumours surrounding Pochettino in recent months, with reports linking him with the Manchester United and Real Madrid jobs.The boss has also made it no secret of his desire to take charge of the Argentina national team, with whom he made 20 appearances as a player.But, quizzed by the Italian press ahead of Spurs’ Champions League clash against Inter Milan on Wednesday night, Pochettino made it clear where he sees his future… as long as chairman Daniel Levy agrees.Asked where he sees himself in five years’ time, the Tottenham manager said: “Seriously, today I see myself here.“My contract expires in four and a half years… if Levy does not fire me first,” he laughed. “I dream of winning a trophy with Tottenham, maybe the Premier League in our new stadium.“In the future to also guide the Argentine team is my desire.“The important thing is to be happy, and I am right now.”last_img read more


first_imgIreland has recorded a huge surge in the numbers of corncrakes in Ireland for the second year running with Donegal boasting the highest numbers of the rare bird.The iconic corncrakeThe Department of Arts and Heritage confirmed that preliminary figures from its 2014 census show 230 calling corncrake males were recorded this summer — a 24% increase on the 185 recorded last year, which represented an increase of up to 40% on 2012 — the highest percentage rise in almost 20 years.The largest concentration of the corncrake this year is located in Co Donegal where 156 calling males were counted with 108 of those on islands off the coast. The Donegal island with the largest number of corncrakes is Inisbofin with 42. This was followed by 15 on Tory Island and 14 on both Gola and Inishmeane.The next largest concentration of the bird was found in Mayo/Connemara, where 72 were recorded with 37 found in the Mullet peninsula and 25 in the Connemara islands.Between 2012 and last year, the State spent €1.2m on conservation measures for the bird — the spend for 2014 is not yet available.Corncrake expert Dr Anita Donaghy of Birdwatch Ireland said yesterday: “We are surprised by this increase and would express some reservations, but until the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) provides the full data set we would not be in a position to comment further.” The corncrake is on the EU Birds Directive requiring conservation measures be put in place.Research shows that for every calling male, there is a female corncrake nearby which has two broods of chicks here every summer. CORNCRAKE EXPERT EXPRESS SURPRISE AS DONEGAL TOPS SPIKE IN BIRD NUMBERS was last modified: August 13th, 2014 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) Tags:CorncrakedonegalexpertsSurpriselast_img read more