VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING TO RECEIVE HELP

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:clyde edwards, human trafficing, jamaica, jamaica pegasus hotel, United Nations Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Jan. 8 (JIS) – Persons who have been victims of human trafficking are to be assisted with rebuilding their lives, through proceeds from this year’s staging of the National Leadership Prayer Breakfast.This was announced during a press briefing held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston today (January 8) to launch the event.Providing details on the social project to be undertaken this year, Secretary of the National Leadership Prayer Breakfast Committee (NLPBC), Clyde Edwards, said it would be incorporated into proposed plans by the Ministry of Justice and the United Church in Negril “to help those who have gone through the trafficking challenge and to provide for them housing and rehabilitation.”Human trafficking is estimated by the United Nations to be a US$32-billion per year global trade.Jamaica is a source, transit, and destination country for women and children trafficked for the purposes of sexual exploitation and forced labour. However, the Government has been working to combat the issue of human trafficking, with the establishment of the National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP); amendment of the Trafficking in Persons Act in 2013; an islandwide public education campaign; and the establishment of a new shelter to house victims.Additionally, the administration has equipped the police force to treat with human trafficking offences by establishing an anti-Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Unit in the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).(more)Victims…2In the meantime, highlighting the importance of the theme for the event: ‘Restore…Reconnect…Rebuild with God’, Chairman of the NLPBC, Rev. Dr. Stevenson Samuels, said the committee considers it necessary to challenge the nation to rebuild and reconnect with God.“As nations enter into new periods of growth and development, the need for rebuilding and reconstruction becomes very necessary, old systems and models become outdated and archaic. They therefore become irrelevant for the new circumstances which face the nation,” he said.Rev. Samuels noted that many citizens, including members of the Diaspora, are calling for the creation of a new Jamaica where peace and respect will be major features of the society. He said that while the committee joins in this call, it recognises that the change has already begun, pointing to the improved performance in Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) and the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations; more young people accessing tertiary education; and that new entities have been established to promote integrity and eradicate corruption.This is the 35th staging of the event, which will be held at the Jamaica Pegasus on Thursday (January 15), starting at 7:30 a.m., under the patronage of the Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen. The speaker will be pastor from the Calvary Baptist Church in Montego Bay,Rev. Everton Jackson.The event will be preceded by a week of prayer (formerly referred to as a prayer blitz), which begins today (January 8). Attendance at the event is by invitation only and includes leaders of the church, State and civic life. The event will be carried live on the Internet and on television.The purpose of the annual prayer breakfast is to foster greater unity in the nation, particularly among leaders at all levels, through prayer and fellowship. The first prayer breakfast was held in January 1981 arising out of the church’s concern for peace and justice, reconciliation and unity in the nation.Victoria Mutual Building Society (VMBS) has been sponsoring the event for the past 30 years. Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Recommended for youlast_img read more

Bahamas to hold historic Cabinet Meeting outside of Capital

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 28 Jul 2015 – The Bahamas will see an extraordinary event today as for only the second time in history, the Bahamas Cabinet will meet outside of the capital, Nassau and move government business to Freeport. The Bahamas Cabinet has on its agenda discussions on the future growth and development of the Grand Bahama economy and will review the Hawksbill Creek Agreement Tax Exemption Amendment Bill 2015. Prime Minister Perry Christie in the House of Assembly last week announced that a high level dialogue and negotiations with the executives of the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA), Hutchison Whampoa, and the Hawksbill Creek Agreement Review Committee would happen. This historic Cabinet meeting in Freeport will take place at the Harold DeGregory Complex on East Mall Drive at 10:00 a.m. Hurricane Jose Not A Threat to The Bahamas, For Now Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Related Items:bahamas, cabinet meeting, Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA), Harold DeGregory Complex, Hawksbill Creek Agreement Review Committee, Hutchison Whampoalast_img read more

Editorial Not decimated but badly bruised

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #tcistrong, #TCIwillrebuild Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 26, 2017 – Providenciales – Some Turks and Caicos Islands residents do not like how some international media are portraying the devastation brought on by Hurricane Irma.   They think the stories are far flung, short-sighted and lopsided.    That the reporters are only capturing what was destroyed, not what withstood the treacherous system on September 7, 2017 or what is already being rebuilt.There are those who wish it would be said that TCI buildings proved, in large part to be tougher than the super typhoon which was much oh so more than a Cat5 in strength.    And that electricity restoration is happening at rapid pace on the so called Caicos Islands of Middle Caicos, North Caicos and Providenciales.While it is clear some disgruntled writings are also laced with fantasies about how grim it really is for the country, there are indeed pockets of sunshine amidst the real mess mostly Irma has left behind.Still, to me and many others it does stifling harm to those seriously struggling since the hurricane when there are talks about it not being ‘that bad’ despite the early September hurricane cutting the resort availability down to four properties, forcing major employer and tourist draw, Beaches TCI to take a 90 day closure for rebuilding, destroying whole apartment complexes, cutting off employment, bringing damage to all but one public school and hurricane Irma caused at least three islands to be classified as in a State of Emergency.While figures on how man structures and vehicles were damaged, how many people were displaced and how much hurricanes Irma and Maria will cost us; we can say that our country risk insurance (CCRIF) gave us $13.6m in claims money.  Following  hurricanes Hanna and Ike in 2008, the payout was less that half of that.Yes there is evidence of a country on the rebound, resilient to withstand history’s strongest hurricane; but there is also evidence of a country badly wounded and in desperate need of repair and resuscitation.Both positions can be the story simultaneously and for the Turks and Caicos both states of being are our reality.   But since we are a country and community so closely woven that we feel each other’s pain, and as long as people are homeless, jobless, roofless, school-less, car-less and business-less; it is ‘that bad.’And that fact is not make believe.#MagneticMediaNews#TCIwillrebuild#tcistrong Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Happy Day for Turks and Caicos, Southwest Airlines marks first flight PDM Administration moving ahead with crack down on shanty construction Recommended for you NEOC UPDATE AFTER MARIAlast_img read more

Lyon boss Well have to be at 150 to beat Man

first_imgLyon coach Bruno Genesio is hoping for something special from his side ahead of tonight’s Champions League game against Manchester CityThe Ligue 1 side will host City at the Groupama Stadium tonight hoping for a repeat of their shock 2-1 win in England in September.While City have since recovered from that loss to lead Group F, Lyon are still looking good to qualify for the last-16.“They’re a better side on paper. We’ll have to be at 150% to have any chance of success,” said Genesio told reporters on Twitter.“City have between 70% and 75% of possession; they’re rarely in trouble. They’re a team with a very compact block and press well.”norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…The Frenchman has no doubts over City’s potential in the Champions League this season.“Manchester City are one of the favourites to win the Champions League,” added Genesio.“They’re one of the best sides in Europe, but we have our ambitions, too. That’s the only way to trouble them again – we need to believe in ourselves.”Lyon captain Nabil Fekir’s availability remains uncertain after sustaining an adductor injury in their 1-0 Ligue 1 win over rivals Saint-Etienne on Friday.The Lyon-City match will begin at 21:00 (CET) in France.last_img read more

25 of San Diego property owners paid bills early to avoid new

first_img KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom January 4, 2018 Posted: January 4, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — In a ”mad dash” to take advantage of uncapped property tax deductions before the new tax law went into effect this year, 25 percent of San Diego County property owners paid their bills early, the county treasurer’s office said Thursday.The office of Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister received almost 72,000 more second installment property tax payments than this time last year. Some 41,000 of those payments were made in the last three days of 2018, McAllister said.The office received 255,407 second installment payments before Jan. 1, compared to 183,808 by the same time last year, according to the treasurer’s office.Property tax payments are due in two installments, on Nov. 1 and April 10.Many people who paid their second installment before the beginning of this year were looking to take advantage of the unlimited property tax dedications for federal income tax under the old set of rules, McAllister said.Under the new system signed into law by President Trump in December, people can only deduct up to $10,000 in property, state and local tax payments from their federal tax burden.Prepaying property taxes could be advantageous for those who itemize their taxes, usually pay more than $10,000 in state and local taxes and are not subject to the Alternative Minimum Tax, tax experts told various media outlets. 25% of San Diego property owners paid bills early to avoid new tax laws Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Freewaylevel transit stations now open

first_img March 12, 2018 Updated: 1:48 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings Posted: March 12, 2018 Ed Lenderman Very cool. Freeway level bus stations in City Heights, bus stays on the freeway in dedicated lane, rather than having to exit to street to pickup passengers, much faster commute for everyone. pic.twitter.com/yiwymDX9rC— Ed Lenderman (@EdLendermanKUSI) March 12, 2018center_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSan Diego’s first freeway-level transit stations are officially open for this morning’s commute. Thousands of MTS bus riders each day will use these two new state-of-the-art bus platforms on the SR-15 freeway.Rapid 235 already travels along the SR-15, but previously had to exit the freeway at both University Ave. and El Cajon Blvd. to drop off passengers, cross these major thoroughfares, pick-up new passengers and re-enter the freeway. With the opening of the two new “Centerline” transit stations, Rapid 235 now enters two transit stations directly from the SR 15 median for more efficient rider drop-off and pick-up.Added bonus! Rapid 235 passengers will enjoy 2.5 miles of traffic-free travel thanks to Centerline’s dedicated bus lanes along the SR-15KUSI’s Ed Lenderman was live in City Heights with the details. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Freeway-level transit stations now open Ed Lenderman, last_img read more

SDSU Athletic Director says proposed Mission Valley stadium could accommodate a future

first_img April 26, 2018 KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — San Diego State University Athletic Director John David Wicker said Thursday the university’s proposed 35,000-seat Mission Valley stadium could expand to 55,000 seats to accommodate a future NFL franchise.The stadium would include 82 suites located among the field level, lower bowl sideline, upper sideline and five club sections. It would also feature 50 loge boxes with lounges.A perforated aluminum panel exterior “influenced by the sailboats found in San Diego Harbor” would change colors throughout the day, Wicker said.The site would also feature about 90,000 square feet of retail space, located near the stadium, which would serve residents, employees, students and visitors during non-game days.The proposed stadium is being designed by Populous, a global architecture and design firm that has designed more than 2,000 projects over the last 30 years, including Yankee Stadium. KUSI Newsroom, Posted: April 26, 2018 SDSU Athletic Director says proposed Mission Valley stadium could accommodate a future NFL franchise Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Jury determines Escondido man who posted murder on Snapchat was sane at

first_img Salvador Alejandro Sanchez, 20VISTA (KUSI) — An Escondido man who killed a friend after challenging the victim to a fight in a park, then posted sounds of the victim crying during the attack on a social media site, was sane at the time of the homicide, a jury decided Tuesday.Salvador Sanchez, 20, was convicted last week of first-degree murder in the April 2017 death of 20-year-old Maithem Alfuraiji.In the sanity phase of trial, two court-appointed doctors testified that Sanchez was sane at the time of the murder. A third doctor said Sanchez was bipolar and experiencing a manic episode when he killed the victim.Sanchez faces 25 years to life in prison when he is sentenced May 30 at the Vista Courthouse.Escondido police Detective Greg Gay said friends of the two men were alarmed by messages posted on the defendant’s Snapchat account on April 27, 2017, in which Sanchez can be heard telling the victim “tell them what you did.”Police said Sanchez dressed in all white and lured Alfuraiji to Mountain View Park, and later challenged the victim to a “fight to the death.”Sanchez told police he targeted the victim because Alfuraiji was “making decisions and meeting with people” that put everyone they knew in danger.Friends eventually called police about what they saw on Snapchat and Sanchez led them to Alfuraiji’s body on the Rincon Indian Reservation in Valley Center. KUSI Newsroom Updated: 6:42 PM Posted: May 1, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, center_img Jury determines Escondido man who posted murder on ‘Snapchat’ was sane at time of homicide May 1, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Remains of three victims recovered from plane wreckage near Volcan Mountain

first_img Updated: 10:17 PM KUSI Newsroom, Ashlie Rodriguez, Show Caption Hide Caption Remains of three victims recovered from plane wreckage near Volcan Mountain Show Caption Hide Caption KUSI Newsroom, Ashlie Rodriguez Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsRANCHITA (KUSI) — Authorities Monday recovered the remains of three victims from amid the wreckage of a plane that crashed and ignited a forest fire last week in a remote and rugged wilderness area near Volcan Mountain.With help from National Transportation Safety Board personnel, a search-and-rescue team early Monday afternoon airlifted the remains out of the steep terrain where the aircraft went down for unknown reasons Thursday evening, sheriff’s Lt. Greg Rylaarsdam said.After firefighters extinguished the 12-acre blaze ignited by the crash, deputies discovered the bodies Sunday morning. However, the challenging territory made it impossible to move the remains except by helicopter, and high winds prevented the sheriff’s aircraft from reaching the remote canyon until Monday.“Our number-one mission and priority (was) to get those souls off the mountain,” Rylaarsdam said.The lieutenant described the crash site in a gorge known as Arkansas Canyon as a “treacherous climb, in and out,” and likened reaching it by foot as “hiking almost down the face of a cliff.”Making matters worse were the still-smoldering remnants of the vegetation fire. The ground was so hot that firefighters warned the sheriff’s search team Saturday that their ropes and boots would melt if they tried hiking down to the aircraft wreckage.On Sunday, still wary of using climbing lines, Cal Fire crews laid down dry hoses that sheriff’s personnel were able to use to climb down to the crash site, the lieutenant said.The remains will be turned over to the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office for identification and family-notification purposes.Officials believe that the crashed plane was a twin-engine Beechcraft Duchess that was registered at El Cajon’s Gillespie Field. The aircraft was due to land at Ramona Airport on Thursday night but never showed up and remains unaccounted for.A Julian resident reported seeing a plane going down near Volcan Mountain around 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Less than 30 minutes later, authorities got word that a brush fire had erupted in the same general area.An NTSB contractor was at the crash site this morning, Rylaarsdam said. The federal agency is responsible for identifying the plane and investigating the crash. Authorities were hoping that there were large enough pieces of the plane left to allow for identification of the wreckage, Rylaarsdam said.While working to get the bodies out of the crash site, officials also gathered pieces of the demolished aircraft to aid in the investigation.“We have not yet been able to confirm whether or not the wreckage of this plane is the missing plane from Gillespie Field,” the lieutenant said.Though the blaze, dubbed the Volcan Fire, was fully contained as of this morning, firefighters expected to remain at the scene at least until midweek, monitoring the burn area and snuffing out remaining hot spots, Cal Fire spokesman Issac Sanchez said. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: May 14, 2018 Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption May 14, 2018 Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption 123456last_img read more

Police investigating possible homicide of 21yearold woman in Fairmont Village

first_img Updated: 9:40 PM June 16, 2018 , FAIRMONT VILLAGE (KUSI) — Police are investigating possible homicide in Fairmont Village after a body was found in a home Saturday evening.The body of a 21-year-old woman was just after 5:00 p.m. in the 3600 block of 45th Street in City Heights, San Diego Police said.The female had suffered apparent traumatic injuries.The initial investigation has revealed the victim returned home on June 16, 2018, at approximately 5:45 a.m., after going out with friends.Her body was discovered by family members just after 5:00 p.m. that night. No suspects have been identified at this time.Homicide detectives are currently investigating the situation.Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.This is a developing story, check back for the latest updates. Police investigating possible homicide of 21-year-old woman in Fairmont Village Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: June 16, 2018last_img read more

Healthier foods for your 4th of July BBQ

first_imgHealthier foods for your 4th of July BBQ Posted: July 3, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter July 3, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Your Fourth of July BBQ celebration doesn’t have to be filled with fat and calories.Chef Meghan Bowen from Sharp Coronado Hospital’s Mindful Café and Elaine Tenen, Registered Dietician for Sodexo at Sharp Mesa Vista, shared healthy BBQ sides KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

San Diego congressional reps introduce bills to combat Tijuana River pollution

first_img KUSI Newsroom, San Diego congressional reps introduce bills to combat Tijuana River pollution Updated: 1:52 PM Posted: July 22, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A group of San Diego County’s congressional representatives introduced a package of bills Monday to address and mitigate pollution in the Tijuana River Valley.The bills unveiled by Reps. Juan Vargas, D-San Diego, Scott Peters, D- San Diego, and Mike Levin, D-Oceanside, would boost funding to clean up the river and prevent future water contamination while a resolution from Susan Davis, D-San Diego, would encourage the Department of the Navy to focus on pollution in the river as a national security issue.“Today, the San Diego delegation is proud to introduce a comprehensive bill package to support mitigation efforts in the Tijuana River Valley,” Vargas said. “Together, we are taking meaningful action towards reducing, and one day hopefully, eliminating cross-border pollution from flowing into the United States.”Vargas and Peters’ bill would expand infrastructure funding by $1.5 billion through the North American Development Bank, which would receive a mandate to prioritize projects based around water treatment and pollution. The bill would also establish a fund through which unallocated federal money could be used to protect water along the U.S.-Mexico border.Levin’s bill would also fund pollution mitigation and water conservation projects by increasing the Border Water Infrastructure Fund by $150 million per year through 2024. Funding would be split evenly between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 6, which includes Texas and New Mexico, and Region 9, which includes California and Arizona.“The greater San Diego region has battled pollution from the Tijuana River Valley for years, with sewage and garbage contaminating our waters and desecrating our beaches,” Levin said. “Concrete, substantive action to address this issue and protect our environment is long overdue.”Pollution in the Tijuana River has affected U.S. waterways for decades, forcing beaches in San Diego County to close for extended periods due to pollutants like raw sewage flowing from across the border. Local and state officials and environmental activists have long called for federal intervention to protect the health and safety of residents near the border.In April, San Diego’s congressional Democrats  jointly wrote a letter with Sens. Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., to urge the directors of the State Department, Environmental Protection Agency, Customs and Border Protection, Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. section of the International Boundary and Water Commission to address sewage runoff in the river.In response to lethargic action to mitigate pollution in the river, the San Diego Surfrider Foundation and the city of San Diego field separate lawsuits last year against the IBWC, which oversees waterways that traverse the border, arguing that the commission has been negligent of the river’s harmful effects. The city jointly filed the suit with California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. center_img KUSI Newsroom July 22, 2019 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

ASA Draws Attention to Farm Bill Infrastructure Biodiesel and Trade in State

first_imgST. LOUIS (January 28, 2014) – Responding to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address this evening, American Soybean Association President and Iowa farmer Ray Gaesser took the opportunity to highlight several of the association’s priorities and how they compare and contrast with the plans laid out by the President.“A common theme in tonight’s State of the Union address from the President was the concept of finding ways where Republicans and Democrats can work together; policies and priorities on which the two parties share at least some common ground. We are happy to point out that the President need look no further in that effort than the Agricultural Act of 2014 on which the House of Representatives will vote tomorrow,” said Gaesser. “The farm bill is the product of more than three years of collaborative work between Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Stabenow and Chairman Lucas and Ranking Members Cochran and Peterson, and represents a bipartisan and bicameral step toward legislation that works not only for farmers and rural Americans, but for our suburban and urban neighbors. As we urge the House and Senate to pass the bill, we also urge President Obama to embrace the farm bill as an example of how both parties can work together to benefit all Americans.“The President also mentioned several plans designed to create jobs and put Americans to work. While the agricultural community and its related industries put more than 23 million Americans to work every day, there are specific initiatives within our industry that can create even more jobs right away. One is the pair of waterways infrastructure bills passed by the House and Senate and currently in conference. These bills provide critical investment in the locks, dams, river channels and ports that farmers need to move their products to market. We thank the President for mentioning these bills specifically. They are in lock step with the Fix it First initiatives he outlined in last year’s State of the Union, and we encourage Congress to move forward with the conference committee and pass a bill on for the President’s signature.“The second job creator that the soybean industry in particular can contribute is from the burgeoning biodiesel sector. Biodiesel—the majority of which is made from American soybean oil—creates and supports more than 62,000 jobs, and while the President repeatedly cites a desire to pursue his ‘all of the above’ energy strategy, the policies of his administration tell a different story. The EPA has proposed a potentially devastating cut in the amount of renewable, clean-burning, American biodiesel to be produced under the Renewable Fuel Standard for 2014 and 2015. The levels proposed would stifle the growth of biodiesel, a fast-growing industry capable of producing nearly 2 billion gallons annually. If the President is truly committed to all energy options, we encourage him to recognize what soybean farmers already know: biodiesel is a viable and available alternative that helps reduce our dependence on foreign oil, lower greenhouse gas emissions and create jobs.“Finally, the President has repeatedly emphasized his desire to expand our nation’s trading relationships with both new and existing foreign partners, and tonight he noted our record farm exports in his opening remarks. As our nation’s leading farm export, trade is vital to the success of soybean farmers, and we applaud this emphasis from the President. Trade, and agricultural trade specifically, supports more than a million jobs here at home. Trade agreements, like the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with the European Union and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, into which Japan is being considered for admission, hold great promise for the soybean industry, and we commend the President for recognizing both in his remarks, but also note that these partnerships function only if they are established in such a way that takes into account the nature of our domestic industry and the modern methods and tools with which we farm.“We certainly echo the President’s call to work together, but we remind him that the issues championed by soybean farmers, including the farm bill, trade, infrastructure and biodiesel, are ones that require—and thankfully enjoy—bipartisan and bicameral support. American agriculture has always been about all of us; Republicans and Democrats, urban and rural, working together to meet the country’s needs. We call on the President, on the House and on the Senate to mirror that cooperation and work with farmers on these and other key issues in the year to come.”last_img read more

ASA Argues Treated Seed Critical to the Success of Farmers

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) is continuing to fight for farmers’ rights to use treated seeds.ASA, as part of an industry coalition, in March filed a motion with the court to defend the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) current regulation of neonicotinoid and other seed treatments, and to ensure that the court understands the vital importance of treated seeds to American agriculture.  EPA currently regulates seed treatment products as pesticides and must approve their use. Under a lawsuit brought by a number of plaintiffs, including environmental activists, the plaintiffs want the court to order the EPA to regulate seeds treated with pesticides as if the seeds themselves were the pesticides, potentially regulating all seed treatment facilities as pesticide factories and threatening the use of treated seeds by farmers.The plantiffs recently filed a motion with the court to deny ASA and our coalition’s petition to intervene, saying grower groups didn’t have direct economic interests in the matter. In response, our coalition consisting of ASA, CropLife America, the American Seed Trade Association, the Ag Retailers Association, the National Cotton Council of America, the National Association of Wheat Growers and the National Corn Growers Association, filed another brief with the court explaining our economic interests in the matter.ASA and other grower groups argue in the brief that continued availability of treated seed, including but not limited to neonicotinoid treated seed, is “critical to the success of growers’ farming operations.”The coalition’s brief states that “proposed expansion of federal pesticide law would have the immediate effect of removing from the market popular and widely used treated seed that we develop, sell, and grow and nullifying more than two dozen seed treatment registrations held our coalition’s members.  A determination that seed treated with a pesticide is itself a pesticide subject to regulation under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) would have devastating economic consequences for us and our members.”As previously reported, ASA President Richard Wilkins explained in a declaration before the court how treated seed provides ASA’s members with an economical means for managing risk and protecting seeds from early-season insects, pests, and diseases, improving plant vigor, and increasing crop yields.“Without the ability to plant treated seed, ASA’s members would suffer reduced farm income from crop loss and incur hundreds of millions of dollars in added costs from larger and more frequent foliar applications of less effective pesticides, requiring extra passes over each field and additional time, energy, and capital. Some ASA members may also be forced to engage in costly higher-density seeding-planting more seeds per acre than they currently are planting- to offset inevitable stand loss caused by increased pest pressures.”last_img read more

Senator to Introduce Bill Increasing Funds for Farmer Loan Programs

first_imgSen. John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, is planning to re-introduce a bill to increase maximum loan amounts to grant farmers the flexibility they need to operate in times of low commodity prices.The Capital for Farmers and Ranchers Act would increase the maximum loan amount that an individual farmer, producer or rancher is able to receive under the Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) Direct and Guaranteed Loan Programs for Farm Operating Loans and Farm Ownership Loans.The American Soybean Association (ASA) supports this legislation, which would allow growers to continue operating their farms, even during tough years when revenue is low. In June, ASA wrote to Congressional appropriators, asking for additional funding for FSA loan programs, as debt to asset ratios, working capital and cash flow are projected to weaken further this year and “FSA loans serve as an important lifeline for many distressed producers.”“Inadequately funding FSA would be a disservice to our hardworking farmers and ranchers, who are dedicated to feeding our nation and the world,” the letter states.Click here to read the letter.last_img read more

Tariff Talk

first_imgTariffs are back in the media spotlight—which means soybean growers are, as well. Soy leaders at the state and national levels have fielded scores of interviews this week regarding the U.S.-China trade war, its impact on them, and why our China trade relationship is so critical. Here’s a partial round-up of soy farmers in the news:Trump says U.S. farmers will ‘do better’ from tariffs The Latest: Trump threatens more action in China trade fight Republicans Balk at More Tariffs as Trump Mulls More Farm Aid American Soybean Farmer Discusses How The Trade War With China Is Affecting Him Trump wants a 2020 fight over tariffs. That will test the patience of his baseFarmers get impatient with Trump’s trade war: ‘This can’t go on’ For American Farmers, China’s Soy Tariffs Are Least Of Their Worries Farmer: Payment from Trump administration was a ‘band-aid’ ‘No End in Sight’ for Farmers Feeling Pain of Trump’s Trade War Trade war: Trump says US-China relations remain ‘very strong’ Trump says farmers will be some of the ‘biggest beneficiaries’ of the trade war as he floats billions in ag aid Soybean farmer discusses impact of China trade talks US farmers who sell to China feel pain of Beijing’s tariffs Donald Trump’s plan to buy US$15 billion of crops for humanitarian aid does not thrill farmers Literal Cost of the Trade War Ag sector needs China trade resolution Escalating trade war causing anxiety in America’s heartland U. S. farmers yearn for normal trade with China — soybean association chief U.S. soy growers call for talks, not tariffs Midwest farmers feel pain of trade war with China Who gets hurt by China’s new tariffs on American goods? Farmers and chemical makerslast_img read more

Flames damage Burtonarea home no one injured

first_imgA house in Vancouver’s Burton area was heavily damaged Friday evening in a blaze that sent up a plume of black smoke visible from more than a mile away.The fire, which caused an estimated $210,000 damage, was caused by a firework device that a man lit outside, said Jim Flaherty, firefighter-spokesman with the Vancouver Fire Department. It ricocheted into the open garage and ignited combustibles inside.Firefighters were called to 11401 N.E. 23rd St. at 6:32 p.m. Many witnesses had called 911.The first crews arrived in seven minutes to find flames flaring from the garage and spreading into the home. Four occupants had made it outside safely with two of their dogs. A third dog died and a cat hadn’t been found, Flaherty said later.Firefighters streamed water on the flames from outside, then went inside. They had the fire under control at 6:55 p.m. The home was significantly damaged by fire and smoke.No humans were reported injured, but the four occupants were displaced by the damage. Firefighters called for Red Cross volunteers to come to the scene and help the occupants with temporary lodging and other needs, Flaherty said.last_img read more

Primary election ballots in mail

first_imgBallots for the Aug. 17 primary election are on their way to mailboxes across Clark County and beyond.The Clark County Elections Department mailed 218,162 primary ballots Wednesday, an all-time record, said elections supervisor Tim Likness. That tops the 216,000 ballots the county mailed for the 2008 general election, which decided a presidential race and several statewide contests. This year’s top two primary is a hot ballot, with contested races for the U.S. Senate, the open 3rd Congressional District seat and one open legislative seat in each of the 17th and 18th districts. The top two vote-getters in those races will compete in the general election regardless of their political party. In races with just two candidates, both will advance to the general election.County Auditor Greg Kimsey said turnout in primary elections has hovered between 36 percent and 38 percent since 2002, but predicted this year’s ballot return rate could reach 40 percent because of the number of competitive races on the ballot. The deadline for voter registration by mail already has passed, but people can register in person at the elections department, 1408 Franklin St., through Monday, Aug. 9.In addition to winnowing the candidate field in contests for federal and legislative offices, Clark County voters will pick the top two candidates for county assessor, county prosecuting attorney, state Supreme Court justice, Clark Public Utilities commissioner, and Vancouver city council.last_img read more

The latte defense exposed

first_imgThe library levy just barely passed. But why did it struggle so much?The simple answer? The economy stinks.“It was not anti-library,” District Trustee Merle Koplan said. “It’s the taxes.”But behind the bookshelves, there were other reasons for this close call.Demons.And the finger was pointing at us.Should have been easyOn the surface, this levy thing should have been a piece of cake. After all:• Everybody loves libraries. Books and kids and reading. It’s all good. Like police and firefighters, we’ll reach into our pockets and pay whatever is asked.• Voters had already approved a $43 million bond to build — among other things — a fancy new building. It’s going up for all to see right now. Surely voters would also support a levy that would help staff the new joint seven days a week.• It will only cost you a few lattes a year. That’s it! $16 extra a year.But hold on a secThe Columbian knew all of this, of course, but after some vibrant discussion decided to editorialize against passage of the levy. In the end, it was just the wrong time to ask taxpayers for more money. Plus, this was a 15 percent increase for them. We thought, who the heck is getting increases today?We knew recommending “no” would make some community power players unhappy. But that can never be part of the decision. Then the e-mail came in. It was from a library supporter.“It wasn’t enough to editorialize against the library’s levy measure…” the e-mail began “…You have to run a poll designed to discredit the library district right before the election.”Demons.Our unscientific web poll the library supporter was talking about asked readers about both the new City Hall and the new library. Both are beautiful buildings.last_img read more