By Nancy WiedmannGeorgia Beef BoardGroups representing America’s cattle ranchers, pork producers,seafood producers and produce grower-shippers are supporting aproposed plan to label domestic produced fruits, vegetables,beef, pork and seafood with labels displaying their U.S. origin. Some produce already labeledThe fresh produce industry supports the program as well.”The fruit and vegetable industry is committed to providingconsumers country-of-origin information on our products,” saidUFFVA President Tom Stenzel. “This legislation provides theframework for the produce industry to implement our commitment towidespread origin labeling, with strong oversight by theDepartment of Agriculture to measure our results, andcomprehensive reporting back to the Congress.”Today, more than 75 percent of produce offered for sale in U.S.retail stores carries some labeling mechanism such as a stickeror package, which can be adapted to include origin labeling.”We (producer groups) all agree that the goal is to giveconsumers useful information about where their food comes from,”said Kathy Means, vice president of government relations at PMA.”This legislation puts the labeling responsibility in the handsof marketers and the decision-making in the hands of consumers.” Country-of-origin labelsThis new voluntary market-based program could offer consumersadditional choices and information about agriculture products’origins as well as benefit U.S. producers by promotingAmerican-grown foods.Announced by House Agriculture Committee Chairman BobGoodlatte (R-VA) and Ranking Minority Member Charles Stenholm(D-TX), theproposed “Food Promotion Act of 2004,” will amend theAgricultural Marketing Act of 1946 to direct the Secretary ofAgriculture to establish the voluntary labeling of produce, meat(including beef, pork, veal, lamb) and seafood withcountry-of-origin information. The labels are aimed at encouragingconsumers to choose American products at their supermarkets.The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), National PorkProducers Council (NPPC), National Fisheries Institute (NFI),United Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association (UFFVA) and ProduceMarketing Association (PMA) voiced strong support and gave thanksto Representatives Goodlatte and Stenholm for spearheading thebipartisan effort aimed at giving both consumers and producers amarket-driven, cost-effective labeling program. Informs consumers, doesn’t burden producers”Cattle producers have been working for years in support of alabeling program that promotes U.S. beef without overburdeningproducers,” said Jan Lyons, NCBA president and a Kansas cattleproducer. “The initiative put forth by Representatives Goodlatteand Stenholm represents a market-based solution which promotesAmerican beef, without the costs and liabilities of a governmentmandated program.”America’s pork producers have long supported a workable,voluntary country-of-origin labeling program that may add valueto America’s pork products. “The proposed voluntary country-of-origin labeling system isdesigned to inform consumers without unduly burdening producers,”said Joy Philippi, NPPC vice president and a pork producer fromBruning, Neb. “We’ve long supported producers, packers andprocessors who choose to explore alternative markets to builddemand for their products.””The current regulation, as written, is unworkable, especially inthe context of wild-caught seafood,” said Justin LeBlanc, vicepresident of government relations at NFI. “A voluntary programachieves a marketing advantage for seafood producers without thecost and confusion of the mandatory rule.”
By Dialogo August 06, 2009 Santiago de Chile, 5 August (EFE).- The president of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, today communicated to her Colombian counterpart, Álvaro Uribe, who is traveling in the region, her country’s “respect” for the military accord that Colombia is negotiating with the United States. That is how it was explained to reporters by Chilean Foreign Minister Mariano Fernández, who attended Wednesday’s private meeting between Bachelet and Uribe, accompanied by his Foreign Minister, Jaime Bermúdez, in La Moneda Palace. “Bachelet repeated that Chile respects the sovereignty, the national interests, and the political decisions of every country on this continent, and in this case in particular of Colombia,” Fernández declared. “Why should we get ourselves mixed up in whether it seems good or bad to us that one country has a military accord with another? We respect it,” stressed the minister, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur). Following the meeting, Uribe offered a brief statement to the press in which he expressed his “gratitude” to the Chilean leader, with whom he said that he had held a “quite significant dialogue,” and offered “a greeting full of affection to the brother nation of Chile.” Uribe, who visited Peru and Bolivia yesterday, left Santiago en route to Argentina and Paraguay, the next stops on his tour to meet with his South American colleagues, a trip which will end in Uruguay and Brazil on Thursday. With these visits, the Colombian president is seeking to explain to his peers the accord that his administration aims to sign with Washington to permit U.S. troops to use seven military bases in Colombia for anti-drug-trafficking operations. This accord has given rise to concern among the leaders of countries such as Brazil, Bolivia, and Chile, and the Venezuelan head of state, Hugo Chávez, has even denounced it as a “threat” to regional stability. At present, the executives of Peru, Chile, and Paraguay – a country to which Uribe is traveling today – have already expressed their respect for Colombia’s sovereignty. Bolivian leader Evo Morales, on the other hand, yesterday repeated his rejection of the presence of U.S. troops in the region. “Permitting military bases in Latin America is an act of aggression against the governments and democracies of Latin America. We are going to defend Latin America’s sovereignty,” he declared. With regard to Bachelet’s own display of concern, Fernández explained that the president had already expressed her respect for sovereign decisions and had proposed discussing these matters “in the appropriate meetings,” if any country should so wish. “And the next such meeting is Unasur,” the foreign minister stressed. Uribe has already announced that he will not attend this summit, which will be held in Quito on 10 August and at which Bachelet will turn over the organization’s rotating presidency to Ecuador, with which Colombia has not had diplomatic relations since 2008. Following his meeting with Uribe yesterday, Morales announced that he will propose a resolution against the acceptance of foreign military bases in Latin America at the meeting. “You can’t single out one case without examining the whole context, and we are in favor of respecting all such accords, and in any case we have various forums and platforms where we can talk to one another in a civilized way,” Fernández said, alluding to this initiative. These forums could include the Organization of American States, the Río Group, or Unasur itself, where Chile’s chief diplomat stressed that “decisions are made by consensus, so that declarations can be issued on any topic on condition that there is a consensus.” In Lima, the first stop on his marathon trip, Uribe received the support of his Peruvian counterpart, Alan García, who said that the Colombian leader “has done a lot for Colombia and for the whole continent.” The president of Paraguay, Fernando Lugo, also affirmed today, a few hours prior to Uribe’s working visit, that “every country is sovereign” and can allow the presence of foreign military personnel in its territory or not.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The Superconducting Electromagnet at Brookhaven National Lab is being shipped to Illinois (Courtesy of BNL).How does a 15-ton Superconducting Electromagnet cross the road? Slowly.The 50-foot-wide, $25 million electromagnet storage ring will begin its 3,200-mile voyage from Brookhaven National Laboratory in Yaphank to Fermi National Laboratory in Illinois by traveling 5-10 mph down William Floyd Parkway late Sunday night through early Monday morning.“This is an exciting new project, but it is going to cause a small inconvenience for residents in the surrounding area,” said Suffolk County Legis. Kate Browning (WF-Shirley).Area residents should prepare for some rolling road blocks and detours once the device hits the road—one week after it was initially scheduled to start its road trip.Suffolk county police will escort the electromagnet during its 4-6 hour journey from BNL, two miles north of the LIE, down the parkway to Smith Point Marina in Shirley.From the marina, the electromagnet will be taken by a specially built barge down the east coast, around Florida, then up the Mississippi River, where it will finally reach its destination in Illinois.The electromagnet consists of steel and aluminum with delicate superconducting coils built on the inside. The structure is very sensitive; bending it only one-third of an inch can cause a significant amount of damage.The electromagnet is the staple of an experiment called The Muon G-2. It will allow researchers to study Muons, which are subatomic particles that live only 2.2 millionths of a second.The results are predicted to aid in groundbreaking research in particle physics, which is a branch of physics that deals with the properties and relationships of subatomic particles.Those interested in following the journey of this massive structure you can follow the move on their live web feed. Also, BNL will be updating their progress on their twitter account.
U.S. President Donald Trump watches as Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) speaks at a Make America Great Again campaign rally on October 19, 2020 in Prescott, Arizona.Caitlin O’Hara | Getty Images Mark Kelly will win Arizona’s Senate race, NBC News projected Friday, flipping the second seat of the 2020 election for Democrats.As of midday, Kelly had a lead of 3.4 percentage points over Republican Sen. Martha McSally, 51.7% to 48.3%, with 91% of the total votes counted. Kelly has won 1,600,332 votes thus far, an advantage of 103,133 votes over McSally, whose total stands at 1,497,199 votes.- Advertisement – The expected victory would make Arizona the third state where a Senate seat changes hands this year after Democrats won GOP-controlled Colorado and Republicans carried Democratic-held Alabama.Both parties will have at least 47 seats entering the next Congress.Kelly, 56, is a former Navy captain and astronaut, and he is married to former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords, who survived a gunshot to the head in 2011. Giffords went on to become a leader of the gun violence prevention movement.- Advertisement – Throughout his campaign, Kelly touted his political independence over any ties to the Democratic Party. After decades as an independent, in 2018 Kelly registered as a Democrat for the first time. McSally, 54, also has a military background, having served for more than 25 years in the Air Force, where she became the first woman to fly a fighter jet in combat. Kelly maintained a lead over McSally in nearly every poll since he first entered the race, a reflection of what both Democratic and Republican strategists said was his overall strength as a candidate.Kelly’s campaign also vastly out raised McSally’s, although both candidates brought in record-breaking sums for an Arizona political race. By Sept. 30, Kelly had raised a total of $82.8 million for his campaign, compared with $50.9 million by the McSally campaign.- Advertisement – McSally, meanwhile, fully embraced her party’s standard bearer: President Donald Trump. But Trump’s divisive record and his insistence that Republicans in Congress mirror his positions on every issue made it much more difficult for moderate Republicans this year to build winning coalitions of voters.Arizona has a long record of electing moderate Republicans to statewide office, especially to the U.S. Senate. The late Sen. John McCain, whose seat McSally and Kelly are running to fill in a special election, represented Arizona in the Senate for more than 30 years before his death in 2018. The winner of the 2020 race could assume office as early as Nov. 30 when the results are certified.But the political hue of Arizona has been shifting from red to purple in recent years, due in part to the growth in Hispanic voters. In the state’s largest county, Maricopa, 31% of residents are Latino and in the past four years, twice as many voters in Maricopa County have registered as Democrats than as Republicans. Another factor influencing the state’s politics is a major influx of newcomers. Since 2016, the number of people who have moved to Arizona is estimated at 300,000, and fully a quarter of them hail from California, the nation’s most politically liberal state. – Advertisement –
TripAdvisor has announced the winners of the 2017 Certificate of Excellence. Among the winners of this prestigious award are as many as six hotels Laguna Poreč and two camps: All Inclusive Hotel Laguna Albatros, Apartments, Studio apartments and Villas Laguna Bellevue, Hotel Laguna Materada, Hotel Laguna Mediteran, Hotel Laguna Parentium, Hotel Laguna Molindrio and camps Bijela Uvala and naturist Camp Ulika.The Certificate of Excellence is awarded to accommodation facilities, sights and catering facilities in order to enable TripAdvisor users to make such a special trip. This is the seventh year of the award of the Certificate of Excellence, which is awarded through the number, quality and frequency of travelers who leave their comments on TripAdvisor during the year. These are facilities that constantly deserve great reviews on TripAdvisor. “This recognition makes it easier for travelers to choose facilities that provide them with excellent service. TripAdvisor is proud to help travelers feel more confident in their choices for their trip”, They said from TripAdvisor.”This prestigious recognition gives us additional impetus in our work, especially since the decision on excellence is based on the ratings of other guests who have stayed in our facilities. We try to make every guest feel comfortable and welcome with us, and with the accommodation and facilities we offer to enable them a special stay in our facility, be it a hotel, camp or some other type of accommodation. This year, for example, we are offering a richer animation in the Green Lagoon, and we have made the fourth pool in the auto camp Bijela uvala, which makes us unique in Istria. Also, this year we have invested in 11 new villas in Laguna Bellevue, so for next year we expect even better visitor ratings”, They point out from Laguna Poreč.In Istraturist Umag, three facilities brought this year’s prestigious guest recognition – Hotel Sol Umag, Apartments Sol Stella and CampingIN Park Umag Mobile Homes. This year, Hotel Sol Umag introduced a novelty for all guests who live by halal values and a healthier lifestyle, and became the first hotel in Istria with a halal quality certificate (package label A).
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BAGHDAD – Iraq declared a curfew hereas four people were killed and 277 were injured in the fourth day ofanti-government protests. Three persons were killed in Baghdadon Monday and 224 were wounded. Authorities said the deaths resulted fromsecurity forces launching tear gas canisters directly at the heads ofprotesters. School students chant slogans as they take part in a protest over corruption, lack of jobs and poor services near the Governorate building in Basra, Iraq on Oct. 28. Baghdad’s top military commanderimposed the curfew from midnight (2100 GMT) until 6 a.m. (0300 GMT) effective“until further notice,” the state television said. Mass street protests in Baghdad andother cities in the south flared at the start of the month and resumed onFriday after a pause of about two weeks.(Reuters) Around 235 people were killed overallin the disturbances this month. A fourth person was killed in the holyShi’ite city of Kerbala and 53 were wounded, including six in critical condition,authorities said.
Batesville, In. — Safe Passage, Inc has received grants from local organizations to purchase a car for agency use. The Dearborn County Community Foundation donated $10,770 through the City of Lawrenceburg Community Grant Program, Rising Sun Regional Foundation grants totaled $5,000 and the Decatur County REMC and Batesville Eagles each donated $2,000.“We were careful to not burden one of the six counties we serve more than another, since all of our clients and staff need and use the vehicle. We applied for grants throughout the district. We are deeply grateful for this support from our six county district,” said Mary Mattingly, Community Outreach Director.The organization purchased the 2017 Ford Focus Hatchback from Jim True Ford in Brookville.Safe Passage provides shelter and domestic violence services to the residents of Ripley, Decatur, Dearborn, Switzerland, Franklin, Ohio and Jefferson Counties. Since 1997 the non-profit organizations has assisted more than 10,000 people.
Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet has ordered his troops not to be caught out at Leicester as they were after the last international break. “Then you need to maintain that, and that’s when it’s a little bit tougher. That’s why it’s maybe a little bit downhill at the moment. “But I don’t think there’s a difference between Leicester and the rest of the bottom 10, there are ups and downs in there. Like any other manager, the sooner they get it up again, the better for them. “Of course when they play against us, we will try not to let that happen, but I think that’s what Nigel is going to be looking to, to use this game as a comeback to the feeling at the beginning of the season.” Poyet will be boosted by the return of midfielder Lee Cattermole from suspension, while striker Steven Fletcher has shaken off the ankle injury which promoted his early return from Scotland duty. But he will hope Pearson does not select his main frontman this weekend after seeing at close hand what Leonardo Ulloa is capable of during their time together at Brighton. Poyet signed the former Almeria striker January last and was not at all surprised when the Foxes took the £8million plunge 18 months later. He said: “I am pleased he is doing well. I hope he doesn’t play – if Nigel doesn’t want him to play, I will be delighted. He’s a special player.” A month ago, the Black Cats returned to Barclays Premier League action at Southampton having welcomed back players from their respective countries, and were trounced 8-0 in an horrific 90 minutes which cast a pall over what had been a relatively positive start to the season. This time around they head for the Walkers Stadium with the Uruguayan warning there is no room for a post-international hangover. Press Association Poyet said: “We have to make sure that we are much better than the previous game after the international break, if you know what I mean. “There was a little bit of a reminder this morning to think about what we did last time we were internationals and to make sure we don’t feel that way again, and that we forget as quickly as possible about the internationals and all the stories about the national teams and the travelling and think about Sunderland. “That’s the best way to come back. Close it, ‘That’s it, the internationals have finished until the next one in March, I’m not going to think about it now, I am fully focussed on Sunderland’.” The dark day on the south coast was followed by a 2-0 home defeat by Arsenal, but Sunderland have rather steadied the ship since, winning 3-1 at Crystal Palace before an eventful 1-1 draw with Everton last time out. The trip to Leicester is one they will view as an opportunity to extend that run against the promoted Foxes, who after a promising start to life in the top flight, have found the going a little tougher since. Nigel Pearson’s men have taken just a single point from the last 18 on offer, although Poyet is convinced that return is not an accurate reflection of what they have to offer. He said: “Normally when you finish the season in the Championship well, you normally start well because of the adrenaline and the craziness of having the chance to play there, and if one or two results go for you, you get a little bit longer. “I think that’s what happened to Leicester in the beginning. Everything was going well for them. But you can’t maintain adrenaline for 25 games. You get one, two, three, four or whatever and then you just feel that you are a Premier League team.
Scudamore told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper he believes Germany’s recent investment in youth is exemplary and, while saying England is “catching up”, he added more needed to be done to follow the Bundesliga’s example. “Germany has done a great deal for the development of young players since 2001 and we’re still lagging behind,” Scudamore said. “The quote from (Germany coach Joachim) Low that winning the World Cup title was only made possible by the reform of German football and hard work is something we in England have got to remember.” German football reacted to a disappointing showing at Euro 2000 by strengthening links between clubs and the national association with all pulling in the same direction in the nurturing of young, talented players. Philipp Lahm and Bastian Schweinsteiger were the first off the production line and the likes of Marco Reus, Andre Schurrle, Mario Gotze and Toni Kroos are the latest examples. All have contributed to raising the profile of the Bundesliga, even though Scudamore insists the Premier League is the most attractive league in Europe. “We’ve simply got more clubs who have greater financial potential to compete with the biggest European teams when it comes to buying the best talent,” he said. “Our clubs are highly attractive for these players.” Scudamore nevertheless admitted there are some players in the Bundesliga he would not mind seeing in the Premier League. “I don’t think it would be right to mention any names, but all I can say is that there are some wonderful players in the Bundesliga who would also shine here,” he said. Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore has admitted the English top flight is lagging behind Germany’s Bundesliga when it comes to youth development, but still believes his own is the more attractive league for players. Press Association