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The best internet in the Caribbean…

first_img The Indian Premier League Has a New Home in the Caribbean Flow Sports now offers an unrivalled Cricket line-up Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:broadband, james pitt, lime, surfboard Flow counting down to Rio Games, launches Gold Tour campaign Perdina wins Movado Watch set from LIME & Jai’s Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Oct 2014 – That is what LIME General Manager, James Pitt told media yesterday when the company announced a new broadband service for the Turks and Caicos to rival any competition. They are calling it Superfast Broadband. While we did not hear where specifically this service is currently being offered, media was allowed to experience the speed of this advanced broadband product wirelessly at the office on Leeward Hwy; one report was two movies downloaded in mere minutes. Pitt said an official commercial launch of the product is coming… already linesman are working on the improvements; several work zones have forced traffic detours around Provo. Superfast is promising 70MBPS and higher.last_img read more

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World Class Volleyball Trainer in TCI

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 17 Nov 2014 – Augusto Sabbatini is a world class volleyball trainer who has spent the majority of this year touring the western hemisphere to improve standards in the sport. His latest stop is The Turks and Caicos Islands, where on Saturday he began a session training on the fundamentals in volleyball at the Edward Gartland Youth Center. President of the Turks and Caicos Volleyball Federation, Don Fulford said he wants to see more islanders get involved. Related Items:Augusto Sabbatini, don fulford, turks and caicos volleyball federATIONlast_img read more

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Ministers Hurricane Preparedness Month 2017 message

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, May 11, 2017 – Providenciales – My Fellow residents and visitors to the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), as Minister with responsibility for Disaster Risk Management, it is one of my top priorities not solely during the Hurricane Season, but throughout the year and for all potential hazards.    As disaster events can occur at any time, my Government and I are committed to building capacity within the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME) and by extension building resilience throughout the TCI.   I have committed in the 2017/18 budget to address the need for a purpose built National Emergency Operation Center (NEOC) with Warehouse facilities, two snorkel vehicles to traverse flooded roads during emergencies, emergency radio communication upgrade and retrofitting of shelters. I am also committed going forward to provide DDME with the requisite human resources that it need to effectively and timely carry out its duties. Acknowledging the potential impact of a hurricane or high intensity weather system on the TCI’s economic prospects in particular, it is critical that we engage in proactive measures to mitigate any adverse effects.   The TCI like many other Small Island Developing States within the Caribbean region, is heavily dependent on tourism as the main income generator.   Tourism resources and related assets and activities are mainly located along the coast line and as such, are extremely exposed and vulnerable to the ravages of climatic hazards.   Let us be reminded that the effect of a hurricane impact on tourism is not confined to related infrastructure and assets, but can have a rippling effect throughout the entire economy and every aspect of our livelihood. Additionally, let us remember the devastating impact on our economy, society and environment as a result of the passage of Tropical Storm Hanna and Hurricane Ike in 2008.   The level of impact to our well-being from events such as Hanna and Ike was directly related to our level of preparedness and the extent to which our resilience capacity has been established.    In fact, it is not about whether or not a hurricane will hit but a matter of when. Unfortunately, no Scientist, Meteorological Office or the DDME is able to predict ‘when’.   Therefore, I would like to advocate every Government Department, Ministry, resident, private sector entities, NGO, Churches, Civic groups to adhere to the DDME’s Hurricane Awareness Month theme ‘to prepare for the unexpected.’ I urge you to remain in a constant state of preparedness from June 1 to November 30, as these are the hurricane season months.   I would like to encourage you to participate in DDME activities as advertised, prepare an emergency plan and be vigilant throughout the Season.   Emphasis is placed on the Business community, especially Tourism Service Providers to devise and test Continuity Plans.  Remember, the more prepared we are and the more we invest in building resilience, the less will be the impact we suffer and the better able we will be to recovery quickly and effectively following impact.The Ministry will continue to be pivotal in the National Disaster Management Framework by ensuring partner agencies and security services maintain healthy work relationships throughout the year and especially so during the Hurricane Season. Let me take this opportunity to thank the staff of DDME who has worked tirelessly throughout the year in preparing not just for Hurricane Season but the various other hazards that the TCI is vulnerable to. Lastly, may we have a safe Hurricane Season 2017 and May God Bless You and Bless the Beautiful Turks and Caicos Islands.Press Release: TCIG Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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Gansevoort resort holds employee recognition awards

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 6th 2017: Over sixty of the Gansevoort Resort employees have been honoured for their stellar contribution to the company.The event, the second of its kind, an annual cocktail event recognizing employees the company says have gone above and beyond the call of duty to provide service excellence.The hotel honours its workers they say have even been recognized on global tourism rating site, TripAdvisor. Some 43 of its employees were mentioned in positive reviews on the Gansevoort in 2016.Twenty one persons were given the title of Employee of the Month, while four were honoured as Employee of the year winners. Jullette Bowen, Yvette Henderson, Kenrico Hall and Deborah Powell were awarded with Supervisor of the Quarter titles, while Powell was given the Supervisor of the Year.The list of the names is provided by the Human Resources Department, which tracks worker performance at Gansevoort Turks and Caicos.#MagneticMediaNews#GansevoortResortAwardsEmployees#GansevoortResortTCIlast_img read more

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Bahamas Prime Minister Minnis Sir Ali Gave Country Full Measure of His

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 25, 2017 – Nassau – Former Cabinet Minister, Member of Parliament and House Speaker, Sir Arlington Griffith Butler, K.C.M.G., was remembered Friday (November 24, 2017) as a man who responded to the injustices of his times by entering the political arena to help bring about racial, economic and social equality in The Bahamas.Sir Arlington was further remembered as a man “who lent his energy to the struggle for Majority Rule.”At an Official Funeral at Christ Church Cathedral, George Street, Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis memorialized Sir Arlington as “part of a generation of men and women who must be remembered in our history for their courage, determination and commitment to freedom and democracy.“We have lost a Bahamian patriot and politician who loved his country and who gave his Bahamaland his full measure of devotion.”Sir Arlington Butler was a former educator, attorney, Member of Parliament, Cabinet Minister, House Speaker, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States of America, and Bahamian sporting community luminary.   He died at the age of 79.  Following the funeral, his remains were interred at Lakeview Memorial Gardens.Delivering condolences at the Official Funeral, Prime Minister Minnis said Sir Arlington was also a “fierce defender of the authority of the Speaker of the Honourable House of Assembly.”  (Sir Arlington served as Speaker of the Honourable House of Assembly from 1972-1977.)“He revered the House of Assembly which Sir Arthur Foulkes (former Governor-General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas) once described as the ‘centrepiece of an independent Parliamentary democracy called the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.’“Sir Arlington had a deep respect for the institution and its traditions. He had an extraordinary knowledge of Parliamentary procedure and the rights of Parliament, steeped in ancient history,” said Prime Minister Minnis.“He was a fierce defender of the authority and independence of the Speaker,” the Prime Minister added.Arlington Griffith Butler was a former educator who left the profession to contest a seat in the House of Assembly in 1968. Four years later, he was elected Speaker of the Honourable House of Assembly.   After parting ways with the governing party, Sir Arlington ran unsuccessfully in the General Elections of 1977, 1982 and 1987.Sir Arlington returned to the House of Assembly following the 1992 General Elections, and was made a senior Member of Cabinet by Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham.   Sir Arlington was subsequently appointed Bahamas Ambassador to the United States of America, and in 1996, received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for his public service and many contributions to national development over several decades.Sir Arlington was also (to date) the longest serving President of The Bahamas Olympic Association.“His presence, exuberant spirit and fellowship will be missed,” Prime Minister Minnis said. “We honour Sir Arlington Butler for his service and love of country. With grateful hearts, we thank him for his many and diverse contributions to our Commonwealth.”By: Matt MauraPhoto captionsHeader: Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis, conveying condolences.1st insert: Official Funeral of Sir Arlington Butler, November 24, 2017 at Christ Church Cathedral.  In first pew are Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling and Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis.2nd insert: The Bahamian Flag, presented to Sir Arlington’s widow, Lady Hazel Butler, by Minister of Financial Services, Trade & Industry and Immigration the Hon. Brent Symonette, at the graveside.BIS Photos/Peter Ramsay Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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McGinn believes bringing in youngsters would benefit Northern Ireland

first_imgNiall McGinn believes the decision to blood in more youngsters would help Northern Ireland in the long run.The Aberdeen winger backed head coach Michael O’Neill who used the UEFA Nations League as an opportunity to bring in younger players into the national team setup.“Yes, there are lots of positives,” he said, according to NewsLetter.“The size of the squad is massive and there is competition for places, which is great with the youth coming in and the experience we have here shows you how strong this squad is.”“That can only benefit us when the Euro campaign comes around.The Netherlands have a walk in the park in Estonia’s pitch Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 9, 2019 With a stellar performance from Ryan Babel, the Netherlands won their second consecutive UEFA Euro Qualifier against Estonia.After the impressive performance they offered in…“This campaign will stand us in good stead and the performances have been good but we have to build on those performances.”“But more than that, we have to get back to winning ways when the Euro campaign comes around.”Meanwhile, McGinn revealed he is looking forward to the draw for the 2020 European Championships – which take place on December 2 in Dublin.“We have played against all the big teams but getting the likes of England here to Windsor Park would be unbelievable, to play against players you see on the television in the Premier League all the time,” he added.last_img read more

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Mane reveals how easy it was signing new Liverpool deal

first_imgLiverpool forward Sadio Mane has revealed it was an easy decision to extend his contract with the club despite protracted negotiations.The Senegal international was linked with a move to Real Madrid before Zinedine Zidane’s shock departure but has agreed a new extension which was supposed to run out in 2021.His new deal keeps him at Anfield until at least 2023, a two-year extension on his previous deal, with Reds boss Jurgen Klopp claiming the club will have Mane for the best years of his career.“I am very happy, very happy to extend my time at Liverpool,” Mane, 26, told Liverpool’s website.“It is a great day for me and now I am looking forward to everything – to helping the team, to helping the club achieve our dreams and, especially, to win trophies.”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“For me it was very easy. It was a little bit long [the negotiations] but it was easy in my mind and I knew I would sign. After discussions, we finally agreed and I am very happy and now looking forward.”“I think now everybody is relaxed. Of course, it is normal from outside, all the fans, to worry about because they wanted me to stay – and, of course, I also want to stay here. Now it is done, so everyone is relaxed and happy.”“I think I can say all of the people who work here are part of a family. I am here for a few years and they are very, very, very nice to me and everyone. They are good people and I am just happy to be here.”“I have been here for three years and every single day I only try to do everything for them because all of them, they are behind us. They always push us and give everything for us.” Mane also said about Liverpool’s supporters.”“Of course, I could see a little bit on the social media [about contract talks], but in my mind it was an easy decision for me to sign and stay with them, to give everything for them to help achieve our dreams.”last_img read more

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Parish insists Zaha will not leave Palace in January

first_imgCrystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has revealed Wilfried Zaha will not leave the club when the transfer reopens in January but refused to rule out a future exit.Zaha has been linked with a big money move to China in recent weeks, however Parish insists the Ivory Coast international who signed a new five-year contract in August worth £130,000-a-week isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.Parish said, according to Daily Mail:“We have got a long history with Wilf. He loves the club and we love him. But of course people want to do well in their career over time.”“We have to look at it. We have to look at the right circumstances for Wilf, the right circumstances for the club.”Joel Ward, Crystal PalaceHow Joe Ward thanks his faith for his football Manuel R. Medina – September 13, 2019 Crystal Palace defender, Joel Ward, has thanked his Christian faith for helping him play football professionally and he explains why.“Right now, I know he is 1,000% committed to Crystal Palace Football Club. He doesn’t think about anything else. He is not interested in going to China.”“He wants to help us get up the table. That is all he is focused on right now.”Meanwhile, Crystal Palace suffered a 1-0 home loss to Chelsea on Sunday, a result which leaves them 14th on the Premier League standings, four points above the relegation zone.last_img read more

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Nathan Fletcher on federal lawsuit over Californias sanctuary city laws

first_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 SettingsThe State of California is being sued by the federal government for its sanctuary laws and several California cities have come out in support of the lawsuit.County Supervisor Candidate Nathan Fletcher disagrees with the lawsuit and says it is important to support San Diego immigration officials. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Nathan Fletcher on federal lawsuit over California’s sanctuary city laws March 30, 2018 Posted: March 30, 2018last_img read more

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UC San Diego admits more firstgeneration local students

first_imgUC San Diego admits more first-generation, local students Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: UCSD Posted: July 11, 2018 July 11, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – UC San Diego announced today that it offered admission to nearly 5 percent more first-generation freshmen and transfer students for the upcoming term than last year, with nearly one-third of the admitted class being the first in their family to attend a four-year college.The university also saw a 55 percent jump in admitted local students. Overall, 29,601 freshmen and 9,353 transfer students were offered admittance from a record 116,452 applicants. That figure is down slightly, 2 percent, from last year’s record of 39,802 admitted students.The average GPA among new freshmen and transfers is 4.13 and 3.59, respectively. “UC San Diego is proud to welcome this new class of stellar students and prepare them with the tools they need as scholars and global citizens,” UCSD Chancellor Pradeep Khosla said. “These scholars are our future leaders and innovators who will help us continue to push the boundaries of knowledge, conduct groundbreaking research and positively impact our planet and global society.”The campus kicked off its Triton Faculty Firsts campaign this year, which highlighted members of the faculty who were the first in their families to graduate from college and connected them with current first-generation students. The campaign is ongoing and expected to grow with the university’s increased enrollment of first-generation students.UCSD has boosted outreach and recruitment efforts to diverse students across the state, according to the university. Between last August and November, campus admission officers participated in more than 1,500 high school and community college visits, as well as college fairs. Outreach contributed, in part, to a sharp increase in admitted high school students from San Diego and Imperial counties, said Adele Brumfield, UCSD’s associate vice chancellor for enrollment management.This year especially we experienced an enormous amount of success attracting more students from our own backyard, due to boosting our outreach efforts, and showcasing the campus and its many resources to more admitted students through on-campus events, regional receptions and digital recruitment,” Brumfield said. center_img KUSI Newsroom, FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

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Bipartisan lawmakers introduce major legislation for federal marijuana reform

first_img Updated: 4:15 PM Friday, the Los Angeles Times editorial board published an article titled, “C’mon Congress, it’s time to lighten up on pot.”The article points out that all but three states have legalized some form of marijuana. Under both President Obama and President Trump, the federal government has chosen to not enforce its own prohibition.The LA Times reports, “For the second year in a row, a bipartisan group of lawmakers has proposed legislation in Congress that would address the problem by ending the federal prohibition in states that have chosen to permit medical or recreational marijuana under their own laws. As more and more voters choose to legalize pot products, it should be apparent that it is the federal law that is woefully out of date and out of step with public sentiment.”The bill, known as the States Act, would decriminalize buying and selling marijuana as long as you follow state laws.For the full report visit: www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-marijuana-legalization-federal-prohibition-20190405-story.html April 5, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Bipartisan lawmakers introduce major legislation for federal marijuana reformcenter_img Mike McKinnon III Mike McKinnon III, Posted: April 5, 2019last_img read more

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Over 100 birds will be available for adoption

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Over 100 birds will be available for adoption May 8, 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) – The San Diego Humane Society will put more than 100 pigeons and doves up for adoption today during a special adoption window.The Humane Society received the birds April 25 when their owner surrendered them. The organization’s veterinary team examined them and have since cleared them for adoption. The birds will be available for adoption from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or until they are all adopted on a first-come, first-served basis.Prospective adopters are encouraged to have a habitat and food prior to adopting a bird to reduce the stress on the bird. Doing so will also allow adopters to bring their birds home as soon as they are adopted and get them acclimated to the new surroundings.Residents can adopt one of the birds at the organization’s San Diego campus at 5500 Gaines St. Prospective adopters are advised to budget extra time due to the campus’ limited amount of parking. Posted: May 8, 2019last_img read more

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17YearOld Girl Found Bound and Gagged on Carlsbad Freeway

first_img CARLSBAD (KUSI) – California Highway Patrol officers rescued a 17-year- old girl who was bound and gagged in the back of a car, then investigators learned her father and sister had abducted her and were attempting to take her to a drug treatment facility in Mexico, authorities said Tuesday.Dispatchers received a call around 7 p.m. Monday from a person who reported seeing the girl tied up in the back of a 2014 Toyota Corolla heading southbound on Interstate 5 near the Orange County border, CHP Officer Kevin Smale said.CHP officers responded to the area and stopped the car around 7:20 p.m. near the Canon Road offramp, Smale said.Investigators learned the girl’s 67-year-old father and her 21-year- old sister, both from San Juan Capistrano, had abducted her and were attempting to take her to a drug treatment facility in Mexico, the officer said.“The 17-year-old female admitted to using methamphetamine for the past year,” Smale said, adding that the teen was taken into protective custody.It was not immediately clear if the father and sister were taken into custody, but Smale said CHP officers consulted with investigators from the county prosecutor’s office and “criminal charges are pending against the adult family members.” August 20, 2019 Posted: August 20, 2019 17-Year-Old Girl Found Bound and Gagged on Carlsbad Freeway KUSI Newsroom Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

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ASA Applauds Announcement to Lift Sanctions

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) applauded an announcement by President Bill Clinton Wednesday that he will lift sanctions on the sale of U.S. food and pharmaceuticals to Iran, Sudan and Libya.Sales of agriculture commodities will continue to be examined on a case-by-case basis, but the sanctions change will allow the pending sale of agriculture commodities to Iran to go through. The pending sale includes 200,000 tons of soybean meal and 250,000 tons of soybean oil.”This is excellent news for soybean farmers and all of American agriculture,” said Mike Yost, ASA president and a producer from Murdock, Minn.ASA strongly opposes the imposition of restrictions on the trade of any and all agricultural commodities, including soybeans and soybean products, whether it be for supply, national security, or foreign policy reasons. ASA has been a chief proponent of legislation that would exempt sales of agricultural products from U.S. economic sanctions, and the association believes the recent announcement is an important first step in overall reform. ASA estimates that U.S. soybean farmers are losing export sales of between $100 million and $150 million annually due to unilateral sanctions imposed by the United States. ASA has also been actively pressing the Clinton administration to permit the sales of agriculture commodities to Iran.”Iran is the second-largest soybean oil importer in the world, as well as a large soybean meal importer,” Yost said. “U.S. soybean farmers need access to as many markets as possible on a continuing basis, and especially now when prices are low and stocks are building.”last_img read more

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Make it a Priority Now – Tell Your Conservation Story

first_imgThis is the perfect time to take stock of your farm conservation practices and submit an entry in the Conservation Legacy Awards program, presented by ASA. This program is open to all U.S. soybean farmers.Join soybean farmers like Gail Fuller of Emporia, Kan., Jeremy Jack of Belzoni, Miss., and Roger Wenning of Greensburg, Ind., who each won 2013 Conservation Legacy Awards.Take a little time now to tell the story of conservation practices on your farm and you could be one of the next regional Conservation Legacy winners. Entries will be judged in five areas: soil management, water management, input management, farmstead protection, and conservation and environmental management.Winners from three regions will receive an expense-paid trip for two to the next Commodity Classic, February 27–March 1, 2014, in San Antonio. Regional winners will be featured in video stories and a special insert in Corn & Soybean Digest. A national winner will be chosen from the regional winners.Submissions are due by Aug. 5, but don’t wait. Make it a priority to tell your conservation story now. A brochure and online application are available at: https://soygrowers.com/award-programs/conservation-legacy/.The 13th annual Conservation Legacy Awards program is sponsored by ASA, BASF, Monsanto, the United Soybean Board and Corn & Soybean Digest.last_img read more

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USDA Announces Measures to Help Farmers Diversify Weed Control Efforts

first_imgAgriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Wednesday announced several steps that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is taking to address the increase of herbicide resistant weeds in U.S. agricultural systems.“Weed control in major crops is almost entirely accomplished with herbicides today,” Vilsack said in a news release. “USDA, working in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency, must continue to identify ways to encourage producers to adopt diverse tactics for weed management in addition to herbicide control.  The actions we are taking today are part of this effort.”According to the news release, steps USDA is taking to help farmers manage their herbicide resistant weed problems in a more holistic and sustainable way include:USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) will offer financial assistance under its Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for herbicide resistant weed control practices that utilize Integrated Pest Management plans and practices.Later this year NRCS will be soliciting proposals under the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) Program for innovative conservation systems that address herbicide resistant weeds.USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will actively promote use of best management practices (BMPs) in design protocols for regulated authorized releases of genetically engineered (GE) crops and will include recommendations for BMPs with the authorization of field trials of HR crops.USDA is partnering with the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) and is providing funds to develop education and outreach materials for various stakeholders on managing herbicide–resistant weeds.  The Secretary has directed Dr. Sheryl Kunickis, Director of the USDA Office of Pest Management Policy, as the point person leading this effort with the USDA.The issue of herbicide resistant weeds has become one of increasing importance for agriculture.  When herbicides are repeatedly used to control weeds, the weeds that survive herbicide treatment can multiply and spread.The USDA Office of Pest Management Policy worked with EPA to address the issue of herbicide resistance through appropriate label language that will require registrants to develop a stewardship program for the herbicide, develop training and education on proper use of the product that includes diversifying weed management, investigate and report nonperformance, and develop and implement a remediation plan for suspected herbicide resistant weeds.EPA intends to require the same stewardship plans for all new applications for product registration on genetically modified crops with the goal being to encourage effective resistance management while maintaining needed flexibility for growers.last_img read more

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ACTION ALERT Farm Bill Outlook and How to Contact Congress

first_imgFollowing rejection of the House Agriculture Committee’s farm bill by the full House on a 198-213 vote last Friday, leadership decided not to return to the legislation until June 22.Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) announced on Monday that the House will first vote on an immigration bill sponsored by Congressmen Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Michael McCaul (R-TX), a condition that some members of the conservative Freedom Caucus cited as a condition before they would consider voting for a farm bill. It’s uncertain if or how the outcome of any votes on immigration legislation will impact the timing and prospects of the farm bill in the House.The American Soybean Association (ASA) and other farm organizations now turn their attention to the Senate Agriculture Committee, where Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) has indicated that he and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) will introduce a bipartisan bill.If that legislation passes in Committee and attracts a filibuster-proof supermajority of 60 votes on the Senate floor, the Senate will be in position to pressure the House to act before the Fourth of July recess, so that differences between their respective bills can be worked out in conference during July.ASA strongly supports completing a new five-year farm bill before the Agricultural Act of 2014 expires at the end of September, to give farmers longer-term certainty during this period of continued low crop prices and farm income and increased volatility in export markets due to heightened trade tensions.TAKE ACTION:Going forward, it is vital that farmers stress to their Members of Congress the importance of enacting a new farm bill this year. They need to hear from folks “back home” that this is a top priority.ASA urges board members and state affiliates to raise getting the farm bill done this year in meetings and calls with your Members of Congress, and through the Soy Action Center, during the upcoming Memorial Day recess and as the legislative process moves forward in June.last_img read more

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Southwest Third Street project in Battle Ground now complete

first_imgBattle Ground — Work has been completed on a road construction project connecting Southwest Third Street between Southwest 15th and Southwest 17th avenues, city officials said.Southwest Third Street has new curbs, gutters, sidewalk, street lighting and landscaping.A Community Development Block Grant for $112,800 helped pay for the project. Battle Ground provided $28,200 in matching dollars from its street fund, as well as in-house project design and inspection, city officials said.last_img

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Bomb detonated at Beijing airport 1 injured

first_imgBEIJING — A man in a wheelchair who was airing grievances set off a homemade bomb in a crowded terminal at Beijing’s main airport on Saturday evening, injuring himself but no one else, Chinese state media and witnesses said.Order was quickly restored and no flights were affected by the explosion at the airport’s main international terminal, state-run China Central Television said on its microblog.The official Xinhua News Agency said a wheel-chaired Chinese man set off the device outside the arrivals exit of Terminal 3 at Beijing Capital International Airport at around 6:24 p.m. It said the man was being treated for injuries, but that no one else was hurt in the explosion.“The explosion sound was loud,” said a witness who gave only his family name, Chen. He said he was only 25 meters (27 yards) away from the explosion when it occurred.Chen said there was only one explosion, and that the terminal was crowded with people. “Since there was no second explosion, many people took out their phones and gathered near the explosion spot to take photos,” he said.last_img read more

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