SASKATOON – Saskatchewan’s education minister says school divisions should review safety measures at schools that are close to ponds after a kindergarten student died in Saskatoon.But Bronwyn Eyre said it’s too soon to know what led to the death of the five-year-old boy or whether something could have been done to prevent it.“I understand that there are a number of schools, and certainly public spaces, that have that type of pond or catchment pond near where children play, so I think that’s something that everyone should be looking at,” Eyre said Tuesday at a school opening in Regina.The boy was found in a pond near Dundonald School after recess ended Monday morning. He was pronounced dead in hospital.CTV Saskatoon quoted unnamed sources as saying the boy was a newcomer to Canada from Somalia who spoke limited English and needed extra supports.Police have said the boy’s death is not suspicious. The coroner’s office is investigating.The pond was built four years before the public school in 1983 to catch storm water and was converted to hold water permanently in 2005. It’s about 120 metres from the school property line.Eyre, who was a public school board trustee in Saskatoon, said she hadn’t heard any concern about the pond before Monday.“Obviously, now it’s top of mind for people, which I completely understand. As I say, I have a son, he goes to school, and I can completely understand why parents are as concerned and upset as they are today,” she said.There are many questions about why there was no fence around either the pond or the school, and about supervision at recess.One Facebook post from someone named Jenn Lange said: “This is not a blame game time. Fence all schoolyards, bottom line. You cannot watch children 100% of the time.”Another from Krista Carignan said: “This is awful…. HOW did this happen…. If you have a POND near a school play area then you better have sufficient supervision!!!!! An avoidable tragedy, how sad for all involved!”Angela Gardiner, acting general manager of transportation and utilities with the city of Saskatoon, said none of the city’s ponds has a fence.The ponds are meant to be amenities within neighbourhoods and are often used for activities such as skating in the winter or canoeing in the summer. They’re also part of the storm water infrastructure aimed at reducing flooding in neighbourhoods.But a fence around the school yard could be part of talks with school boards, she suggested.“Those are some of the discussions we’ll be having over the next little while,” said Gardiner.“And one of the other things is reviewing the report and the recommendations from the chief coroner. So we will be co-operating with those and we are open to measures that will improve safety of students and residents in and around the city.”A Catholic school also backs the same green space.Gardiner said the city will also talk to Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools board.Meanwhile, the president of the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation said it’s too early to say what can be done to prevent similar deaths.“Even as far as a fence, I mean, there’s bodies of water all over the city in Saskatoon and certainly it’d be very difficult to fence the entire Saskatchewan River system,” said Patrick Maze.“So, it’s too early to be jumping to conclusions as to what the solution is. I think that will come out in the end, some recommendations, but right now it’s important just to support the family and support that community.”Maze did not know the supervision schedule at Dundonald School.The director of education for Saskatoon Public Schools has said the staff-to-student ratio during recess is adequate — eight staff members, plus additional educational assistants assigned to certain children.Barry McDougall said in a letter to parents on Monday the division is also looking into the incident internally.— By Jennifer Graham in Regina
The International Rescue Committee will host its annual Freedom Award Dinner which will honor Founder and Executive Chairman of Econet Wireless, Strive Masiyiwa, President and CEO of MasterCard, Ajay Banga and Josh Weston.The event will feature performances by international music sensation Nico & Vinz and American trumpeter and composer Chris Botti. Other guests in attendance will include IRC President and CEO David Miliband, IRC Spokesperson Eden Grinshpan, celebrity supporters Sir Patrick Stewart, Brad Raider, Ranjana & Naeem Khan, Bibhu Mohapatra and more.Co-Chairs include Katherine Farley & Jerry I. Speyer, Ken & Vickie French, Ruth & David Levine, Gillian M. Shepherd & Eduardo G. Mestre and Catherine & Tracy WolstencroftThe International Rescue Committee’s Freedom Award Dinner supports the organization’s lifesaving humanitarian aid work around the world. The Freedom Award has been presented to individuals who have made extraordinary contributions in support of refugees, and who have championed the cause of liberty, individual freedom and dignity.WHEN: Wednesday, November 4, 2015WHERE: Waldorf Astoria Hotel The Ballroom 301 Park Avenue, NYC
Rabat – Morocco will participate in the 5th edition of the international business convention for the aeronautics and space industries called “Aeromart Montréal.”The Moroccan Export Promotion Center, Maroc Export, is organizing the participation of the Kingdom in this event, in partnership with the Group of Moroccan Aerospace and Space Industries (GIMAS).The event is scheduled from April 4-6 in the Canadian city of Montreal. Moroccan participation is part of the industrial acceleration plan and follows the launch of the first four aeronautical ecosystems in the Assembly, Electrical Wiring and Harnesses (EWIS), Maintenance-Repair & Revision (MRO) and Engineering sectors.This event represents a major meeting point between the actors of the aeronautics sector. It will involve the participation of 800 companies from 28 countries and the organization of more than 11,000 B2B meetings. It will also be marked by the organization of the Global Supply Chain Summit, which aims to help companies of all sizes in the aerospace sector make the switch to Industry 4.0, adds the same source.Morocco Export will join 5 companies and 4 representatives of the aeronautical ecosystems, in addition to organizing a conference for the presentation of the Moroccan aeronautical industry.The objective of this participation is to create strategic partnerships with key players in the avionics and aerospace segments of the aeronautics industry on both the European and American continents. It also represents a valuable opportunity to present Moroccan know-how to several other organizations.The forecast for the aerospace market is very optimistic for the next 20 years, states Maroc Export. Global demand for air transport will increase by an average of 4.7 percent from 2015 to 2033, which represents an estimated 36,800 more aircraft of all sizes, estimated at USD 5,570 billion.The Canadian aerospace industry generated USD 29.8 billion in direct revenues, created 89,000 jobs and contributed USD 13.3 billion to the country’s GDP. More than 70 percent of the sector’s activity is devoted to manufacturing and the remaining 30 percent includes maintenance, repair and overhaul (ERR) activities. Both aerospace ERR manufacturing and services sectors experienced growth in their contribution to GDP between 2010 and 2015, with respective increases of more than 11 percent and 25 percent, says Maroc Export.
24 November 2009The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today highlighted her continued concern about safe humanitarian access to civilians displaced by fighting in northern Yemen. The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today highlighted her continued concern about safe humanitarian access to civilians displaced by fighting in northern Yemen.“We are still worried about the situation in Sa’ada town, which has been virtually cut off from the rest of the world for more than three months now, and we are calling for localized humanitarian ceasefires and humanitarian corridors to allow for safe and uninterrupted access to families who remain trapped by the conflicts so that further displacement and suffering can be avoided,” Josette Sheeran said in a statement.WFP spokesperson Emilia Casella told reporters in Geneva that as of yesterday, the agency and its partners have managed to get food assistance to 118,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs). An estimated 175,000 people have been affected by the conflict in Yemen since 2004, including those displaced by the latest surge in fighting between Government forces and Al Houthi rebels that began in August. WFP has also been able to open a corridor through Saudi Arabia, and so far one convoy had reached 10,000 people in that area and another convoy had just crossed over the border yesterday with food for 15,000 people.Ms. Casella added that WFP is planning a blanket supplementary feeding programme for children under five beginning in December for about 30,000 children in the internally displaced population. These children had already been receiving high energy biscuits along with their regular rations. Plans were underway to broaden that out to the entire vulnerable population of under-five children in Yemen, upwards of 900,000 children in the coming year, she said.
by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Dec 8, 2015 2:13 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 8, 2015 at 5:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This Nov. 30, 2015 photo released by NBC shows Mary J Blige as Evillene during a dress rehearsal of “The Wiz Live!” in New York. (Virginia Sherwood/NBC via AP) Helped by ‘The Wiz’ and football, NBC wins the TV ratings for second straight week NEW YORK, N.Y. – NBC’s winning streak in the television ratings hit two weeks, with a turnout of 11.5 million viewers for its live production of “The Wiz” helping the network on a night its ratings are usually low.NBC also benefited from a strong showing for its special saluting the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in New York City, the Nielsen company said. A two-week winning streak may not seem like much, but these days CBS is rarely dislodged as television’s most popular network.The Christmas tree lighting reached 8 million viewers, but CBS’ airing of the holiday chestnut “Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer” was seen by a million more people.An estimated 46 million people watched President Barack Obama’s Oval Office speech on terrorism on one of 12 different networks. A busy news week in the aftermath of the San Bernardino shootings helped Fox News Channel outrank all of the other cable networks for the second time this year.NBC averaged 8.9 million viewers for the week in prime time. CBS had 8.4 million. Fox had a strong week with the Big Ten football championship and midseason finale of “Empire,” and was third with 6.5 million viewers. ABC had 5.4 million, Univision had 1.9 million, the CW had 1.8 million, Telemundo had 1.6 million and ION Television had 1.3 million.Fox News Channel averaged 2.7 million viewers in prime time, ESPN had 2.5 million, ABC Family had 2.4 million, Hallmark had 2.03 million and TBS had 1.73 million.NBC’s “Nightly News” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 9.8 million viewers. ABC’s “World News Tonight” was second with 9 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 7.9 million viewers.For the week of Nov. 30-Dec. 6, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: NFL Football: Indianapolis at Pittsburgh, NBC, 19.19 million; NFL Football: Green Bay at Detroit, CBS, 17.85 million; “The OT,” Fox, 16.76 million; “Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick,” NBC, 14.65 million; “The Voice” (Monday), NBC, 12.56 million; “The Voice” (Tuesday), NBC, 12.13 million; “Empire,” Fox, 11.81 million; “The Wiz Live,” NBC, 11.5 million; “NFL Pregame,” CBS, 10.82 million; NFL Football: Baltimore at Cleveland, ESPN, 10.12 million.___ABC and ESPN are owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.___Online:http://www.nielsen.com___This story has been corrected to show Fox News’ cable victory was its second of year, not its third.
“No one should underestimate the many challenges ahead, and the serious issues that continue to retard and even threaten further progress,” said Michael Keating, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia. “These include pervasive corruption, most obviously in politics, and powerbrokers’ willingness to use violence, or the threat of violence, against opponents,” he added.Noting that the militants have retained the capacity to mount such devastating attacks, Mr. Keating also emphasized that the terrorist group thrives, among other things, on the absence of functional local government and on the many conflicts around the country. Severe and growing humanitarian needsAt the same time, there is “severe and growing” humanitarian needs across the Horn of Africa nation. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), food security needs are nearly double the five-year average due to limited rain, increased displacement, lack of access to basic services, and continuing insecurity and conflict.“The number of people in [humanitarian] emergency [phase] have increased tenfold from 83,000 in January to 866,000 people in November 2017,” OCHA said in a humanitarian bulletin. “Humanitarian Emergency” is a state in which the acute malnutrition rate has surpassed the “emergency threshold” of 15 per cent. In Somalia, the rate stands at 17.4 per cent. Across the country, some 6.2 million are in need of humanitarian and protection assistance and more than half that number require urgent life-saving assistance. This year witnessed the displacement of a further one million Somalis, taking the total across the country to more than two million. Prospects of humanitarian recovery in 2018 ‘grim’However, with forecasts for poor rains during the two main crop seasons and as well as a heightened risk of the La Niña weather phenomenon in early-mid 2018, the prospects for recovery next year look “grim,” said the UN relief wing. Life-saving assistance will, therefore, remain an urgent priority, it said, noting the need to also address the underlying causes of recurring humanitarian crises. “In line with the New Way of Working and building on efforts since 2012 to create household resilience, humanitarian and development partners are pursuing more sustainable mid- to longer-term investment in reducing risk and vulnerability,” said OCHA. In the same vein, Mr. Keating, who also heads the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), underscored the need the need for greater cooperation to overcome the obstacles. “Lessons can be drawn from 2017, both good and bad. A central one may be that when the most powerful actors cooperate, whether the Federal Government, Federal Member States, parliamentarians, clan elders, business or the international community, great progress can be made,” he said. “When they do not cooperate, the risks are enormous.”
While most people celebrated Canada Day with fireworks and family barbecues, Dorothy Griffiths spent July 1 providing a warm welcome to a group of new citizens.The Brock Child and Youth Studies professor was the volunteer presiding official at a Niagara-on-the-Lake citizenship ceremony, where she swore in 19 individuals as they officially became Canadians.“It’s a wonderful opportunity to share a historic moment in the lives of these families,” said Griffiths, who first started volunteering in the role two years ago.“Even though I’ve done it before, this year being Canada’s 150th made it even more spectacular,” she said. “Everyone was excited to be getting their citizenship on this particular day of all days.”The ceremonies are typically conducted by a citizenship judge, but volunteers, who must be Order of Canada recipients, are called in to assist when multiple ceremonies are scheduled for the same day in the same geographic area.Griffiths received the Order of Canada, the country’s highest honour, in 2011.Saturday’s ceremony — with a packed standing room-only crowd — left her feeling inspired in a way no event has before.“For me, you couldn’t feel any more Canadian than being part of that,” she said. “Knowing these individuals have given up their lives somewhere else, many of them struggling to get here, it’s touching.”Griffiths was moved as she watched children, adults and seniors take the oath that solidified their status as Canadians. In addition to the family and friends of those being sworn in, the room was filled with people who came to renew their citizenship to mark the July 1 holiday.Griffiths found inspiration from one woman in particular, who was transfixed on her every word as she spoke about the rights and responsibilities the new citizens must take on.“She kept nodding and smiling. You could just tell she was enjoying the moment and realizing the freedoms and opportunities that she has here in Canada,” she said.Griffiths hopes those in attendance walked away feeling welcomed and aware that the country’s diversity is something all Canadians should take pride in.“We all come from different backgrounds and we all have a different history, but we now share a common future,” she said. “Canada’s prosperity, Canada’s freedoms, opportunities for peace — all these things that we treasure are now part of their lives too.”Griffiths hopes to participate in more citizenship ceremonies following her retirement from Brock next June.Brock Child and Youth Studies Professor Dorothy Griffiths, centre, spent Canada Day swearing in new citizens during a special ceremony in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Pictured, from left, are Citizenship and Immigration Officer Mary Mckinnon, Niagara-on-the-Lake Lord Mayor Pat Darte, Griffiths, Sgt. Jeremy Gamble of the Welland and Lincoln Regiment and Sgt. Harold Stewart of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
LILLE, France — Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert kept French hopes alive in the Davis Cup final with a 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (3) win over Croatia’s Ivan Dodig and Mate Pavic in the doubles on Saturday.Croatia, chasing its first Davis Cup title since 2005, headed into the second day of the final with a 2-0 lead over the defending champions after its singles players Marin Cilic and Borna Coric outplayed Jeremy Chardy and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, respectively, in straight sets and without conceding a single break of serve on the opening day.On the indoor clay court installed at the Pierre Mauroy stadium in northern France, the script changed dramatically during a pulsating doubles match.Dodig and Pavic had only a few chances in the first two sets. Herbert played aggressively and Mahut raised his game on important points, hitting a service winner in the fourth game of the opening set to deny Croatia’s sole break chance in that set.The Croatian pair gradually found its rhythm and made the most of Herbert’s sudden dip of level on serve to force a fourth set. Pavic saved three match points with consecutive big serves in the 10th game but the hosts played solid tennis in the tiebreaker to prevail.___More AP Tennis: https://www.apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsSamuel Petrequin, The Associated Press
The Hungarian Cup Final Four was organized in Pécs this weekend. The two top teams, MKB-MVM Szeged and MOL Pick Szeged easily reached the final on Saturday: Veszprém won against Mezőkövesd (28-23) and Szeged beat Vác (34-25).So in the final Veszprém and Szeged met as in the last three years. Veszprém started better (9-4) but Szeged woke up after Juan Carlos Pastor’s timeout. The teams tended neck by neck, the halftime result was 12-11. In the second half Mirko Alilovic showed a brilliant performance, this made Veszprém possible to reach a bigger difference (21-15). In the 46th minute Vladimir Vranjes destroyed Cristian Ugalde and got a red card. Then evolved a short scuffle, soon after Veszprém could lead and won 26-22. It was their second title in this season after winning SEHA League. Will be the Hungarian Championship or maybe EHF Champions League the next?TEXT: Virág Farkas ← Previous Story Polish Cup F4: Kielce and Wisla are ready for the final? Next Story → Polish Cup 2015 goes to Kielce
Keatley was part of the Emerging Ireland squad last summer. ©INPHO/Tamuna Kulumbegashvili.As alluded to earlier, Keatley’s kicking from hand is an aspect of the game that has been important to his performances this season. The Munster playmaker gave the assist for Keith Earls’ try in the first half against Gloucester and again explains that it was a spur of the moment action.While his two grubber kicks later in the game were poor, Keatley says he will continue to back his decision-making.“I had a nice grubber kick for Earlsie at the weekend. To be honest with you, it was just that myself and Keith were on the same wave-length for that. We both called it at the exact same time, we recognised that the defence was coming up hard and there was nothing in the backfield.That’s just with playing with a guy for a number of years now, we were just both on the same wavelength. I kicked it another time, we had a penalty advantage, so we kind of see that as a good opportunity for a ‘free play’ kick.“The other time, I didn’t see one of their players. I thought there was space in the backfield, but when I kicked it I thought, ‘That wasn’t the right decision.’ I’d still back my decisions, even if one or two times we put in the grubber kicks, it wasn’t on. At least we’re trying to create stuff to score more tries.”That will be the aim again for Keatley and his Munster teammates when they face Edinburgh at Thomond Park on Sunday. Securing a home quarter-final may not be totally in their hands this weekend, but another European win en route to the knock-out stages would be a further marker in the southern province’s development.In focus: Managing injuries is part of professional rugbyEarls’ try was an example of ‘where we’re trying to get’ – Rob Penney THE WEEK AFTER his worst performance of the season against Ulster, Ian Keatley needed something to get him settled into the game against Gloucester at Kingsholm last Saturday.For a man whose confidence was at a low ebb, that crucial play was surprisingly a purely instinctive one. His first touch with the boot had been an attempted cross-field kick to Johne Murphy, but one that scuffed off the inside of his foot and forced the winger to check his run.With 13 minutes and 41 seconds on the clock, Keatley found his kicking range wonderfully and didn’t look back for the remainder of the game. The 26-year-old appears to be at his most comfortable when he plays off-the-cuff, allowing his footballing instincts to do the work. That Keatley was capable of bouncing back so impressively from his Ulster disappointment was, in part, down to the support and encouragement he received from the people closest to him. Phone calls from head coach Rob Penney and backs specialist Simon Mannix the day after the Pro12 loss were important.His team mates rallying behind him and and the “great belief” the Dublin native’s family have in him were also crucial. However, Keatley rightly points out that he “wouldn’t expect to be judged on just one match; as I wouldn’t expect to be judged on just the Gloucester match either.”It’s clear that some of Irish rugby’s most knowledgeable minds did not condemn Keatley in the aftermath of his Ulster display, given that Penney selected him at out-half against Gloucester and that Joe Schmidt named him in the 44-man Ireland squad this week.Keatley is hopeful that game time in the Ireland Wolfhounds clash with the England Saxons on the 25th of January in Kingsholm can see him further his reputation.“To get recognised and to see your name in the Irish squad [is great]. I’d say more than likely I’ll be involved in that Wolfhounds team to play the Saxons, whether that’s starting or subbing. I’m just looking to go out there and hopefully just make an impression on the coaches.“Hopefully if I get my chance to impress, I’ll take it.” I’m just trying to do what the right thing for the team is at that time,” he told TheScore.ie. “The first thing I stepped up on at the weekend, we had a scrum on the halfway line and we had a move called. I think I just made a decision and went ‘No, I’m putting this into the corner.’“I think once I did that, I started to grow and back myself a bit more, just went with the flow and did what I felt was the right thing to do; whether is was passing, or kicking.”
3 Comments Nov 4th 2016, 8:21 PM Fire breaks out at apartment block in Dublin No casualties have been reported but an ambulance is on scene. 21,487 Views By Gráinne Ní Aodha http://jrnl.ie/3064345 Short URL There are no reported casualties, and all persons have been accounted for.It’s unknown what caused the fire.More to followRead: Family of student killed in hit-and-run say meeting with Taoiseach was “step towards justice” Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Friday 4 Nov 2016, 8:21 PM Source: Dublin Fire Brigade/Twitter Share16 Tweet Email3 unit from P/boro, D/barn & Hq are dealing with an apartment fire in Islandbridge— Dublin Fire Brigade (@DubFireBrigade) November 4, 2016 Source: Google MapsA FIRE HAS broken out at the Avoca House apartment block in the Islandbridge area, Co Dublin.Dublin Fire Brigade has three pumps, breathing apparatus team, an ambulance and a district officer at the scene tackling the blaze.
Le requin : une réelle victime plutôt qu’un tueur d’hommeUne nouvelle étude revient sur la menace qui plane actuellement sur les espèces de requins qu’abritent les eaux mondiales. Chaque année, de plus en plus de ces poissons sont massacrés, très souvent pour leur aileron. Depuis longtemps maintenant, les requins trainent une réputation de mangeurs d’hommes, alimentés chaque année par des attaques de nageurs. Mais loin de cette vision de prédateur redoutable, ces poissons sont aujourd’hui sérieusement menacés. Comme en témoigne une récente étude : le requin semble avoir une nouvelle bataille contre l’homme. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?L’an dernier, la population de requins a encore grandement diminué, étant la plupart du temps victime de la chasse menée en quête des ailerons tant appréciés dans la cuisine asiatique. L’homme tue de 30 à 70 millions de requins chaque année. Selon l’association Pew Environnement Group, “73 millions de requins disparaissent chaque année des suites de la surpêche. Seuls 10% de la population de nombreuses espèces de requins subsistent. Des populations décimées en l’espace d’un demi-siècle alors que les requins sont apparus et règnent sur tous les océans et mers de notre monde depuis plus de 400 millions d’années. Les dinosaures, eux, sont apparus il y a 200 millions d’années.” Parallèlement, les requins ont attaqué 75 fois l’année dernière, dans le monde, faisant 12 victimes dont 2 morts à la Réunion, 2 aux Seychelles, 1 au Kenya, 1 en Nouvelle-Calédonie, 3 en Australie, 2 en Afrique du Sud et enfin 1 au Costa-Rica, d’après le bilan Shark international Attack. Généralement, ces accidents se produisent dans l’océan Indien et concernent des surfeurs dans 60% des cas. Le calcul est ainsi plutôt simple d’après les spécialistes et révèle l’urgence de prendre des mesures pour lutter contre ce massacre. Le 12 février 2012 à 11:26 • Maxime Lambert
A Chelsea fan has been handed a three-year ban from attending games after being found guilty by Brighton Magistrates Court last Thursday.George Bradley, 20 pleaded guilty of homophobic chants during Chelsea’s away fixture against Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium last month.Additionally, Bradley was also fined 965 pounds.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“We’d like to thank Sussex Police for their assistance in dealing with this unsavoury incident and we are very pleased with the outcome, a Brighton spokesperson said in a statement obtained by Reuters.“It underlines both their and our commitment to a zero tolerance policy on any form of abuse from those attending matches at the Amex.”Chelsea were involved in series of racial abuse claims late last year following a racial abuse on Manchester City striker Raheem Steerling and another during their last Europa league tie against Vid FC.
American Soybean Association (ASA) staff participated in an event sponsored by Informa and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce last week, where the two organizations jointly rolled out a new report entitled, Cultivating Opportunity: The Benefits of Increased U.S. China Agricultural Trade. The report highlights the benefits of two-way agricultural trade between the U.S. and China, which has reached $35.6 billion in 2015 and is expected to grow to over $71.2 billion from 2016-25. However, there are a variety of tariff and behind-the-border barriers that leave significant agricultural export opportunities unrealized. These include:China’s asynchronous and unpredictable approval process for agricultural biotechnology and discriminatory treatment for foreign animal vaccinesChina’s tariff-rate quotas for corn, rice, wheat and sugarSubsides for domestic machinery products in ChinaAnti-dumping and countervailing duties imposed by both countriesThe report indicates that resolving these and other barriers to trade could result in $28.1 billion in agricultural sector products over 2016-25. The study recommends the following policy reforms for China:Adherence to timely, predictable and science-based approaches for approvals of biotechnology and equitable treatment for foreign animal vaccines and importsImplementation of improved animal health management with veterinary pharmaceuticals and vaccinesIncrease transparency for existing TRQ allocations for commoditiesEliminate subsides for domestic farm machinery or making these subsides available to foreign brands
U.S. Congressman Mike Conaway, chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, will address the thousands of attendees at the 2017 Commodity Classic in San Antonio, March 2-4, 2017.Congressman Conaway will speak during the popular General Session, which takes place from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 3.Serving his seventh term in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Conaway represents 29 counties in Texas’ 11th congressional district, including the cities of Midland, Odessa and San Angelo. A native Texan, he grew up in Odessa and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting from Texas A&AM University-Commerce. A conservative Republican, Rep. Conaway’s background as a CPA gives him a unique perspective on fiscal responsibility.In addition to his role as chair of the House Committee on Agriculture, Rep. Conaway also serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.“We are very pleased that Congressman Conaway has agreed to address Commodity Classic attendees,” said Ed Erickson, Jr., a North Dakota soybean farmer and co-chair of the 2017 Commodity Classic. “With the change in administration in Washington, DC, the next Farm Bill due for debate, and discussions on international trade policy, the farmers attending Commodity Classic will be very interested to hear from one of the nation’s ag policy leaders on a wide range of issues.”In addition to Congressman Conaway’s remarks, the General Session will include a presentation from John O’Leary, one of the most popular inspirational speakers on the circuit. After suffering severe burns and amputations as a child, O’Leary shares a message of navigating adversity through decision-making, revealing a brighter vision for what’s possible and living boldly to impact others.The General Session also features comments from the leadership of the four presenting commodity associations: American Soybean Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Association of Wheat Growers and National Sorghum Producers. A representative of the fifth Commodity Classic sponsor, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), will also make remarks.All registration and housing reservations for Commodity Classic should be made online at www.commodityclassic.com. Experient is the official registration and housing provider for Commodity Classic. Check the website for a listing of the official Commodity Classic hotels to secure your hotel accommodations.Attendees may register for all three days of Commodity Classic or register for one day only. For example, Friday registration includes the General Session, the early morning live taping of U.S. Farm Report, access to the huge Commodity Classic trade show with 425 exhibiting companies, the AG CONNECT Main Stage programs, and a wide range of educational sessions and technical presentations. After the event, registrants will also be able to access on-line videos of selected educational sessions that took place on the days for which they were registered.The 2017 Commodity Classic will be held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. The convention center will house most Commodity Classic events, including the Opening Reception, General Session, Evening of Entertainment, Trade Show, Learning Center Sessions and What’s New Sessions.A detailed schedule of events is also available on the website.Established in 1996, Commodity Classic is America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show, produced by the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers, and Association of Equipment Manufacturers.
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Related posts:Slothy Sunday Four Seasons Resort hosting job fairs across Costa Rica The energy of sound Covering Santa Teresa The Sloth Ironman Games 2018 hosted by the Toucan Rescue Ranch are coming to an end.Throughout the week the sloths were competing in different games like the Poop-Off Contest. You can watch the past events on Toucan’s Facebook page or their Youtube channel.Today at 1 p.m. the winners will be announced and celebrated. Until then you still have the opportunity to donate to your favorite sloth. Each dollar equals one point, the sloth with the most points from the donations and the games’ results wins.The money will be used to help bring the sloths back into the wild. After the games, you can continue to donate to help them reach their goal.Look out for a longer article about the events in the following days. Facebook Comments
Agency NewsEvent & Famil photosTravelManagers TravelManagers is getting ready for its annual conference in September, buoyed by the success of its first quarter round of state meetings across the country.Strong personal travel manager attendance saw record numbers achieved in both Adelaide and Sydney, with a 35% and 10% increased attendance respectively. Hosted by the local state-based business partnership managers, the five regional meetings in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth had a strong business focus, allowing the personal travel managers to network and begin consolidating their 2017 goals.Michael Gazal, TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager says they have come a long way since the first state meeting in 2009 with just two national partnership office reps and 90 attendees.“Eight years on and we are thrilled that on average at least triple the number of personal travel managers now attend these meetings, and we provide a much broader involvement from members of our national partnership office support team.“The level of engagement of our personal travel managers with the company is so high that five personal travel managers travelled interstate to ensure they didn’t miss a meeting when they were unable to attend the scheduled one in their own region. This shows true commitment and dedication,” he adds.Queensland – Maree Evans with Michael GazalGazal says he is proud that the TravelManagers’ state meetings are a winning formula with personal travel managers. “The feedback over the years from our personal travel managers has always been that our inclusive strategy, strong business focused agenda, large contingent from our national partnership office and hosting by our locally based business partnership managers really works. Despite a category four cyclone heading towards Queensland the day of the meeting and personal travel managers still attending in force, happy and eager to hear what is new for TravelManagers, we know we are on a winning formula with these meetings. The fact that over thirty-eight percent of personal travel managers have been with the company for more than five years does not surprise Gazal.“TravelManagers is a company that really cares about its people and recognizing talent and providing opportunities for growth is of absolute importance to us. We treat each personal travel manager as an individual and valued business partner. The ability to have the freedom and flexibility to work how and when you choose we know resonates with our personal travel managers.”Victoria – Helen Rolton with Michael GazalA select group of partner suppliers are invited to attend each state meeting.“The state meetings always provide a great opportunity for our partner suppliers to network directly with our personal travel managers. We were delighted to have Air New Zealand, Silversea and Total Holiday Options promote their products and unique selling points fostering greater supplier relationships,” says Gazal.A post meeting networking session hosted by Singapore Airlines proved an outstanding success. Singapore Airlines commenced the networking session with a brief presentation from the local representative in each state, followed by a chance for personal travel managers and national partnership office team members to mix and mingle.Personal Travel Managers in AdelaideA series of virtual state meetings were held via webinar for the personal travel managers who could not attend in person.“We follow up with state webinars so that everyone has the opportunity to be part of the partnership process and across new developments,” says Gazal.
Go back to the e-newsletterShangri-La Hotel, Colombo has announced the launch of its urban safari experiences, which have been especially curated for guests who wish to go off the beaten track and uncover the metropole’s hidden gems.From an exhilarating tuk tuk ride through Colombo’s lesser known streets to an afternoon selecting precious gems with a local expert, the concierge team at Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo offers guests unparalleled access to a bespoke collection of cultural and historical experiences.Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo opened its doors on 17 November 2017 and is situated at One Galle Face along the Galle Face Green promenade – the most exclusive address in Colombo. The hotel offers uninterrupted Indian Ocean and city views in its 500 guestrooms and suites and 41 serviced apartments. Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo is one of the most prominent hotel launches in Sri Lanka in nearly 30 years and now serves as a gateway to the capital through an array of exciting immersive experiences.Tuk tuk safariGuests are invited to zip around the lively streets of the city in true Sri Lankan style. Colourful and characterful, the classic tuk tuks draw up right outside the hotel to take guests on an exploration of the city’s best local sites from the bustling outdoor bazaar of Pettah to impressive colonial buildings, army barracks and military lookouts still intact from the Civil War. Tuk tuks are the most popular mode of transport in Sri Lanka and this special urban tour ensures guests have the opportunity to feel totally immersed in the city’s culture.Temple trailThe well-informed concierge at Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo is on hand to design a curated tour of the city’s traditional temples. Guests are able to experience an inspiring and bespoke visit to four prominent Buddhist temples in and around Colombo – Gangaramaya, Abhayasinharamaya, Vidyodoya Pirivena and Paramananda Purana Viharaya. The trail allows guests to marvel at the Gangaramaya Buddhist temple’s eclectic mix of Asianarchitecture as well as observe a fascinating range of religious statues and artefacts. During the trip, guests will also have the chance to see famed architect Geoffrey Bawa’s beautifully sculpted Buddha statues at the Seema Malakaya set against a beautiful lake background – a perfect spot to reflect and relax.The gem aficionadoIn celebration of the country’s affectionate nickname ‘Gem Island’, the concierge at Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo can arrange a Sri Lankan gemstones session with a local expert in order for guests to gain a unique insight into the precious gems of Sri Lanka. From colonial times, traders have travelled to Sri Lanka in search of the most exquisite pieces. This unique experience informs guests of how the island became famous for mining and faceting gems.Further to this, the hotel can organise visits to a range of gem shops and workshops with the most delicate and stunning jewellery. This will give guests the opportunity to choose precious gems and have them individually crafted whilst in the city. Local jewellers in Sri Lanka are often involved in all aspects of the process including the mining, cutting, manufacture and design of the end piece, thereby creating a very special and bespoke experience for those purchasing the jewels.The Gem Aficionado experience can be completed by the most luxurious and exclusive afternoon tea in the city at the hotel’s Sapphyr Lounge which boasts innovative gem-themed intricacies such as sugar sapphires and custom-made edible chocolate jewellery (the first of its kind in Colombo) presented in elegant mother of pearl jewellery boxes.Sunset Colombo city walksShangri-La Hotel, Colombo also offers guests the opportunity to take their urban safari by foot with hosted sunset city walking tours. The two-hour walking tour includes visits to prominent historical spots as well as the most hidden and discreet gems of Colombo. While on the walk, guests will undoubtedly spot colonial landmarks such as the Old Colombo Lighthouse among other grand buildings all of which are all the more spectacular against the warm hues of the setting sun. The group leaders are enthusiastic and engaging with a truepassion for telling Colombo’s story thereby making the city walks more than just a tour but a memorable and inspiring experience for all those involved.The art loverColombo is well known for its art scene with the city’s famed “Art Street” bordering the scenically landscaped Viharamadevi Park. The “Art Street” comes alive on weekends with talented artists lining the streets showcasing their paintings of various styles and tastes ranging from traditional to contemporary. The hotel’s concierge will guide guests to the famous street and organise a stopover at the city’s iconic park. Not to mention, the city also hosts many art exhibitions which the concierge will also alert guests to.In addition to offering one-of- a-kind urban safari experiences, Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo also provides an unrivalled social and dining scene in the city with five restaurants, bars and lounges offering an extensive selection of local and international cuisine, al fresco dining, daily live entertainment and innovative menus. For those seeking serenity and the opportunity to unwind after their city adventures, CHI, The Spa is a welcoming sanctuary with seven treatment rooms, a 24-hour fitness centre, and a swimming pool and pool bar overlooking Galle Face Green and the Indian Ocean.Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo’s offer, Discover Colombo, includes a Sunset Heritage City Walk to explore the colonial charm of the historic Colombo Fort, or a tuk tuk safari of street shopping for hidden gems, dining on native cuisine and more. Priced from US$245 (£174 approx) per room per night, the package includes daily breakfast, a dinner for two at the local specialty restaurant, 20 per cent off on food and beverages,and complimentary Wi-Fi.Go back to the e-newsletter
The Cyprus Football Association said on Tuesday it opposes a bill that would take away its share from the state’s betting revenues because it would be returned to the government as part of an agreement to repay clubs’ debts.A delegation of the CFA headed by chairman Giorgos Koumas met House President Demetris Syllouris on Tuesday to explain their position.Speaking later, Koumas said the current deal gave the CFA 1.5 per cent, or some €600,000, of the state’s proceeds from betting and another 0.5 per cent went to other federations through the sports organisation (KOA).“The 1.5 per cent the CFA received … returns to the state,” Koumas said.The money, he added, is used to repay clubs’ debts to the state and the CFA did not want that to change because it wanted the dues repaid.The proposal, tabled by the Green party and the Citizens’ Alliance, provides for the 2 per cent to be given to KOA, which, unlike the CFA, was subject to state audit.Green MP Giorgos Perdikis said they wanted to know how the money was used.He added that the footballers’ association had also asked for the money to be given to them directly to be used for players’ welfare and insurance, whose system was lacking.If KOA wanted to give the 1.5 per cent to the CFA it could do so but it would be accountable on how the money was used.Koumas said the CFA had agreed with the state to repay the debts through instalments, half of which is paid by the club and half by the association. The cash from betting was over and above the installment.You May LikeStuff AnsweredFind All-Inclusive Jamaican Vacations For Under $1,000Stuff AnsweredUndoCruises | Search AdsCruises in United States Might be Cheaper Than You ThinkCruises | Search AdsUndoHealthZapWoman Finds $4,000 In A Donated Book And Returns It To OwnerHealthZapUndo LED-lighting the way by 2020UndoGreece to overturn law that made universities no-go zone for policeUndoMayors lobbying president to prevent local govt mergersUndoby Taboolaby Taboola