In a letter today to U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Michael Froman, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the American Farm Bureau Federation, American Soybean Association, National Corn Growers Association and U.S. Canola Association raised concerns regarding ongoing delays, lack of transparency and arbitrary decisions in China’s process of approving new biotechnology traits. The letter comes as the three administration officials prepare for a meeting of the Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) with the nation’s largest trading partner this December.“China is now the largest export market for U.S. agricultural goods valued at over $32 billion in 2012,” wrote the groups. “However, in spite of our growing successful trade relationship, China’s biotech approval process has gone from being slow but predictable to being even slower, unpredictable and non-transparent.”The groups maintain that China’s position as a major buyer of U.S. commodities means that the current, arbitrary Chinese approval system is effectively preventing U.S. farmers from adopting the new technologies needed to increase yields, fight pests and weeds, enhance quality and improve environmental performance.In the letter, the groups cited several key data points illustrating the complications of the approvals process, including a 19-month period in which no new soybean, corn, cotton or canola biotech traits had been approved. When the backlog of traits was addressed, China approved just over half of the applications. The groups say there are currently 15 biotech applications pending approval.“Farmers in the United States and around the world want to help meet China’s food security needs and our organizations have been working in partnership with the Chinese food, feed, livestock and textile industries for decades,” they noted. “However, the ability to efficiently and consistently produce and increase production of our crops depends on commercializing new biotech traits that can increase yields, improve quality, and ultimately provide Chinese consumers with more affordable and healthy food and fiber.”A full copy of the letter is available below.[gview file=”https://soygrowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/China-Biotech-Approval-Letter-to-USTR-Commerce-and-Agriculture.pdf”]
Wash. man who fatally shot uncle gets 16 yearsLONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — A 49-year-old Longview, Wash., man who fatally shot his uncle in 2012 in a crime that prosecutors linked to the “Mayan prophecy” that the world would end has been sentenced to nearly 16 years in prison.The Daily News reports that Scott Wesley Humphreys wept during his sentencing hearing Thursday, telling the judge he acted in self-defense. On Feb. 4, Humphreys pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the midst of his trial.Court records show 62-year-old David “Lonny” Peterson was fatally shot on the night of Dec. 21, 2012. Prosecutors said Humphreys was drunk, angry and obsessed with the predicted end of the world when he shot his uncle.On Thursday, Humphreys said claims that the apocalypse prophecy influenced him were ludicrous.Relatives of both men pleaded for leniency.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida man who said he was only trying to protect his property is facing a serious charge.Fort Lauderdale resident James Tenney was charged Friday with attempted manslaughter with a firearm.Officials said Tenney, 35, fired at two fleeing teen burglars, injuring one of them after the suspects broke into his vehicle near Southwest Sixth Court and Sixth Street.Surveillance cameras in Tenney’s own home captured the Dec. 12 incident.Paramedics transported the injured teen with an injury that was not life-threatening.Tenney is being held on $15,000 bond.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Protests on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation continue this week. That’s despite rising tensions between protesters and police and dropping temperatures in the Midwest. An event in Sitka this Saturday aims to raise food and funds for the reservation’s residents, who fear that the Dakota Access Pipeline could threaten their drinking water and destroy sacred lands.Listen NowLakota Harden’s family is from the Lakota Nation in South Dakota. “I’m a Miniconjou and Yankton Lakota,” explained Harden.Harden spent part of her childhood in Sitka, where she lives now. Since protesting against the Dakota Access Pipeline began this summer, Harden said it’s been difficult to be so far away. Actually, she described it as “turmoil.’’“Every day I wake up and think, ‘What am I doing here? I need to be down there,’ especially when I see pictures of my nephews with rubber bullet wounds,” Harden explained.Harden did travel to Standing Rock in September, but said work is keeping her in Sitka at the moment. Still she couldn’t sit idly by. A few months ago she and a few friends helped organize a drum circle downtown.“And we did come together and we sang and prayed, because that’s what they’re asking people to do, first and foremost, and that’s what we did,” Harden explained. “We had a sign that said ‘Sitka Stands with Standing Rock.’”The Dakota Access Pipeline would pass under the Missouri River, which the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe said threatens its drinking water. That type of message resonates with people in Sitka, Harden said.“This land– we love this land, we love these waters, we want to protect them,” Harden said. “So people want to make a stand with Standing Rock here [in Sitka].”And Harden wasn’t the only one wanting to do more. Matthew Jackson was also feeling restless, especially recently.“Over the last couple of weeks, myself and some of my friends were growing more and more concerned over Standing Rock,” Jackson said.But, he said, talking just to his friends wasn’t enough.“Most of my friend group is white,” Jackson explained. “In some places in Sitka it can be hard to break the racial divide, but we knew that solidarity had to start at home, and so we reached out to some folks in the Native community like Lakota [Harden].”And soon thereafter, they found out a fundraiser was already being planned in Sitka this weekend. So, Jackson said, they all sat down together at a local cafe and built on those plans.There’s going to be yoga, letter-writing, and an art auction. Jackson said they’re also hoping to collect traditional foods to send down to protesters.“Like dried seaweed, venison jerky, smoked salmon– anything that’s canned or jarred,” Jackson explained.Both Jackson and Harden said this won’t be the end of fundraising efforts in Sitka. Like the protesters, they’ll stand with the Sioux Nation until tribal lands and drinking water are out of danger.The event in support of the Standing Rock Sioux takes place at Sheet’ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi Saturday, Nov. 26 from 4-7 pm.
Craig George, a wildlife biologist for the North Slope Borough’s Wildlife Department, weighs, measures, and catalogs samples from a recently-landed bowhead whale on Oct. 24, 2018. (Photo by Ravenna Koenig/Alaska’s Energy Desk).When hunters in Utqiaġvik haul whales to shore in the fall, many members of the community flock to the beach to help butcher them.Among them are North Slope Borough scientists, who for almost 40 years now have been collecting samples of those whales as part of a singular whale study program that has been built in concert with whalers.On the snowy beach north of town during the last week of October, portable floodlights illuminate the work of over a dozen whalers as they cut the blubber and meat from a recently-landed whale. There’s heavy machinery out there helping, since this whale is particularly large, but it’s still hard work and they’ve been doing it for hours. When a whale is brought ashore, it’s something of a race to harvest it before the meat spoils.That time crunch also applies to Craig George, a biologist with the North Slope Borough’s Department of Wildlife Management who’s lived in Utqiaġvik since the 1970s and has been with the bowhead program since its early days. He’s been awake until the early hours of the morning several days this week to take samples of whales.George and his colleagues, with the permission of whaling captains, collect muscle, eyes, kidney, spleen — their collection checklist is a page long. Before butchering starts they also examine the whale for any outward harm like signs of net entanglement, orca attacks or ship strikes.Their work then continues about a mile away in a small lab that’s part of the old Navy research complex on the outskirts of town.George and his colleague, Raphaela Stimmelmayr, a wildlife veterinarian and research biologist for the department, work around each other in the narrow field lab to weigh, measure, and catalog the whale parts.The purpose of this program is to look at the health and numbers of the bowhead whale population, in part for setting an appropriate hunting quota.It was started back in the ‘80s because the International Whaling Commission had concerns that the bowhead whale population was too depleted to support a hunt the size of which Alaska whaling communities had traditionally practiced.But through years of study, including a whale census that’s done periodically in the spring, North Slope Borough scientists were able to show that the population was doing well, which backed up what whalers had been saying.Craig George gestures to a collection of baleen plates that have been archived by the North Slope Borough’s Department of Wildlife Management. Those plates can provide a wealth of information about the bowhead whale, including reproductive history and information about feeding. Oct. 24, 2018. (Photo by Ravenna Koenig / Alaska’s Energy Desk)The research also provides an important check that there’s nothing in the whales that could be harmful to the people who eat them, like parasites or contaminants.Stimmelmayr said that new questions are coming up about how bowhead health — and consequently, human health — may be affected by rapidly warming oceans.“Emerging diseases can occur. You know, we’re dealing with harmful algae (sic) blooms,” said Stimmelmayr. “So there are things now that are kind of coming towards the Arctic that maybe weren’t an issue 20 years ago.”Borough scientists don’t have any evidence that the whales are being affected by harmful algal blooms at this point. In fact, they see evidence that the bowheads are actually benefiting from warmer waters because their food source is growing.But no one knows what the future holds. So they’re watching closely.While all this science has been done for a practical end, it’s also contributed a huge amount to what the scientific community understands about bowheads, and whales in general. Hundreds of peer-reviewed papers have come out of the borough’s Department of Wildlife Management over the years.George said they cover all aspects of cetacean biology, from population work to genetics.The involvement of whalers has been critical to that. It’s only with the permission of whaling captains that these scientists get access to fresh samples, which they can’t get any other way since it’s against federal law to intentionally kill whales except for traditional subsistence use.But equally important is the expert knowledge of whale behavior and attributes that hunters have shared over the years.“Migratory behavior, ice-breaking behavior, when they calve, where they calve, their feeding habits,” said George. “Just endless. And slowly… we were pretty clueless, but we listened.”The way North Slope Borough scientists put it, the science has spent the past few decades catching up to traditional knowledge — documenting scientifically what hunters already knew. Like the fact that the whales can
It’s time again for the Houston Matters weekly political roundup with analysis of national, state, and local political stories — with an eye for how it all might affect Houston and Texas.This week, we discuss Pres. Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address and the Democratic response from Rep. Joe Kennedy III of Massachusetts. We also examine reactions from Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut and White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah.Our panel of political experts this week includes Elizabeth Simas, assistant professor of political science at the University of Houston, and political analyst Dallas Jones. Share
Share The family of Danny Ray Thomas has filed a wrongful death suit, against Harris County and a deputy. Thomas was shot and killed by a Harris County Deputy in March. The family said he was the victim of unlawful deadly force while unarmed and not in the commission of any crime. They filed suit in federal court, and the incident is still under investigation by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and the Houston Police Department. After the shooting, the county says it’s reviewing its policies and training in the use of non-lethal force.Its happened again, just days after the murder of Stephon Clark, cops in Harris County shot & killed Danny Ray Thomas. Thomas was dealing with a mental illness after his 2 children were drowned by his ex-wife in 2016. Thomas was unarmed, he needed help. This was murder. RIP. pic.twitter.com/WyE9jynj8O— Simar (@sahluwal) March 28, 2018
×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Chromecast Audio can also be used in concert with the Google Assistant, which makes it possible to for instance use a Google Home Mini for voice control, and then play any song you request on your existing stereo system. And with the most recent update to its Chromecast video streaming adapter, the company even makes it possible to synchronize audio playback on TVs and speakers with Chromecast Audio dongles. Popular on Variety Google is selling its Chromecast Audio streaming adapter for just $15, down from $35, on the Google Store as well as at participating retailers, including Best Buy, Macy’s and B&H Photo-Video-Audio. The sale will continue until February 28, 2019, while supplies last.Chromecast Audio was first introduced a little over 3 years ago as a way to bring multi-room audio streaming to existing strereo systems and speakers with line-in. The dongle, which looks very similar to the company’s Chromecast video streaming adapter, allows users to cast music, podcasts and other audio from apps like Spotify, Pandora, TuneIn and others to their stereo systems.Google hasn’t updated the hardware of the Chromecast Audio device since its launch in September of 2015, but the streaming dongle has nonetheless become a lot more useful in recent years. For one thing, it can be grouped with a growing number of audio devices, including Google’s own Home smart speakers, with built-in Chromecast tech to play the same music simultaneously across the home.
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Advertisement —> New York Daily News article after news of theses incidents became public.Elliott’s conduct at a St. Patrick’s Day party, where he was filmed pulling down a woman’s shirt and exposing her breasts was also cited. The letter said the conduct was “inappropriate, disturbing, and reflected a lack of respect for women.”Most will remember that a video of Elliott pulling down the woman’s shirt quickly went viral: TMZ has obtained a leaked copy of a confidential letter from NFL Senior Vice President Todd Jones addressed to Ezekiel Elliott, informing the Cowboys running back of his six-game suspension to start the 2017 season.The six-page letter details the background of the investigation, and specifically describes which of Elliott’s alleged actions were in violation of the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy. It was previously assumed Elliott was under investigation by the league for domestic violence, but unknown which of numerous off-field incidents were being considered by the league.The letter cites three separate incidents of alleged domestic violence against girlfriend Tiffany Thompson on July 17, 19, and 21, 2016 that occurred while the two were residing in Columbus, Ohio. Thompson reported the incidents to to the Columbus Police Department on July 22, 2016. The report states that a review of the evidence concluded that Elliott caused physical injuries to Thompson.No subsequent criminal charges were filed against Elliott over these allegations. Click this link to read a PDF of the full 6-page letter from the NFL to Elliott.
Related posts:How Solís’ administration plans to turn one of Costa Rica’s biggest slums into a park Desamparados mayor confirms construction in protected area despite cease-and-desist orders Government postpones project to expand Circunvalación beltway Middle-income families still struggle to buy a home in Costa Rica despite more lending Completion of the Circunvalación Norte project (blue lines) involves connecting beltway stretches at La Uruca (West) and Calle Blancos (East) with the highway passing right across the Triángulo de la Solidaridad slum. Map by MOPT/The Tico Times Facebook Comments The deadline to relocate families living on land slated for highway construction in San José was postponed this week for the fourth time in more than six months.The land occupied by a slum known as “Triángulo de la Solidaridad” was supposed to be cleared by March 28, but the Housing Ministry on Tuesday said it would need at least three more months to complete new housing for the families.Some 191 families must be relocated to allow for construction of the northern stretch of the Circunvalación, a beltway around the capital. The 4.1-kilometer stretch of road will connect the community of La Uruca, northwest of the capital, with Route 32, the highway connecting San José with the Caribbean province of Limón.Housing Minister Rosendo Pujol reported this week that only 17 of the 180 homes needed to house the families are ready.“In addition to those 17 houses, 45 are currently under construction, and work on 82 more will begin in the coming weeks,” Pujol said. The minister did not disclose the locations of the new homes. Last year, neighbors in the southern San José canton of Desamparados protested the possible relocation of slum residents there.“I believe we can complete the relocation and all necessary cleanup work on the land by May, so we can move forward with the project,” the minister said.An exact date to launch the highway construction is uncertain.Triángulo de la Solidaridad emerged 14 years ago on a property owned by the Public Works and Transport Ministry. Currently about 525 families live in the slum, including a large number of Nicaraguan immigrants, according to Housing Ministry data.The relocation of families from Triángulo de la Solidaridad was originally scheduled for October but was postponed to December and then again that month. Delays in the construction of new houses for slum inhabitants earlier this year forced ministry officials to postpone the deadline once again to March and now, this week, to May.Housing Ministry officials estimate that some 36 families will have to be temporarily relocated in May to container homes on land adjacent to the slum, at a cost of some $300,000, until permanent homes can be finished.MOPT officials say work on the first stage of the highway project, including measurements and other basic procedures, could begin in late April. The construction of the Circunvalación Norte project is expected to cost $141 million.
Beige Book Reports Mixed Residential Real Estate Conditions Beige Book Federal Reserve Home Sales residential real estate 2015-03-04 Samantha Guzman March 4, 2015 437 Views Today, the Federal Reserve’s released its Beige Book for February 2015, which found that residential real estate conditions were mixed among the 12 districts. Home sales increased in Boston, Philadelphia, Richmond, St. Louis, Dallas, and San Francisco, but fell in Cleveland and Kansas City. Weather conditions slowed home construction in New York, Philadelphia, and Cleveland and caused Boston to have low levels of inventory. The report notes that lack of desirable lots and low inventory levels continue to slow the market.Philadelphia, Boston, and New York all saw relative growth. All six New England states saw an increase in single-family home sales at the end of December 2014. In Massachusetts, December was only the second month, of the past six, with a year-over-year increase in home sales, while prices have increased 26 out of the last 27 months. The New York District’s housing markets have strengthened somewhat in early 2015. Rents across the rest of the District are up roughly 2 percent over the past year. Housing markets across the rest of New York State and New Jersey have mostly been sluggish, in part due to the inclement weather. Although home sales are increasing rapidly in Philadelphia, growth is slower in the rest of the state.Residential real estate activity increased moderately in the Richmond district. Realtors in Virginia and North Carolina reported increased sales, especially for higher end homes in North Carolina. Home sales increased in the St. Louis district on a year-over-year basis. Compared with the same period in 2013, December 2014 monthly home sales were up 5 percent in Louisville, 11 percent in Little Rock, and 29 percent in St. Louis.Home sales rose in Dallas, although reports on the pace of growth were mixed. Contacts in Dallas-Fort Worth noted a strong, earlier-than-normal pickup in traffic and sales, while demand in Houston held steady. Home prices continued to edge upward in this district.Home sales fell in Cleveland and Kansas City. Cleveland single-family home sales for all of 2014 were down slightly below last year, while the average sale price rose 4 percent. Kansas City residential sales decreased modestly in part to seasonal sale patterns and low inventory. Sale of low and medium priced homes continued to outpace sales of higher priced homes in the city.When measuring banking and finance, the report found that residential lending was positive at all reporting banks, with bankers in Cleveland, Richmond, Chicago, and San Francisco reporting an increase in refinancing activity. in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Share
Parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme… and lavender. Lots and lots of lovely lavender! Yes, it’s time for CyHerbia’s annual celebration of this queen among herbs which, in the language of flowers, stands for luck, success and happiness – and who doesn’t want a bit more of that? Encapsulating the essence of the Mediterranean, this floral Festival is a carnival of landscaped lavender gardens, a lavender labyrinth, and lavender essential oil distillation.Running from June 10 to 25, this year sees the sixth iteration of a festival which began even before CyHerbia itself opened! “We started the Lavender Festival even before the botanical park was open to the public,” explains owner and horticultural expert Miranda Tringis, “for the simple reason that all this beauty and aroma just had to be shared with others! A plant of such exquisite beauty and with so many benefits deserves to be celebrated,” she continues. “Lavender is without a doubt, the queen of herbs…”Today, six years on, the annual festival is attended each year by hundreds of lavender lovers. “Several thousand people, both locals and tourists, have visited our previous festivals, and each year we see an increase in numbers,” says Miranda. “According to previous visitor comments, the experience is a magical, otherworldly. Locals often tell us they cannot believe a garden like this exists in Cyprus…”Lavandula Angustifolia, or English lavender, is the species which takes over CyHerbia each June. Known as the most aromatic and therapeutic of its type, the plant also provides the best quality essential oil, and visitors will be able to witness the process of essential oil extraction in the purpose-built distillation room. “The daily extraction of essential oil and presentations are informative, fun and fabulously fragrant!” Miranda reveals. “We give a lot of information about lavender during the fest so visitors will learn how to use it for their health and wellbeing: it’s calming and combats anxiety and stress, it helps in headaches, colds, insomnia, stomach ailments and skin problems, and it keeps the mosquitoes away! Lavender is also under-used in cooking, so in our samplings and during the cooking demonstration we show how to use these happy flowers in the kitchen.”With the gardens in full bloom, the whole family can experience the magic of this plant: taking long walks around the site, participating in various creative workshops and activities, and learning all about lavender’s benefits and uses. There’s also lavender craft-making for kids, along with a special treasure hunt every day of the festival.“The highlight, however, is definitely the lavender labyrinth walk, an experience that is totally unique in Cyprus and not to be missed,” Miranda discloses. “The experience of walking among the lavender and being surrounded by the colours and aroma is breath-taking; it’s like a purple sea!” she enthuses, adding that visitors will also be able to lose themselves in the silence of the high-hedged maze, take a peaceful woodland walk or simply enjoy the herb gardens.While creative folk of all ages can once again enjoy taking part in the craft workshops, this year sees a number of new additions to the programme. On June 18, CyHerbia is hosting a full day labyrinth workshop, in which participants can discover more about sacred geometry, the history and purpose of a labyrinth, and join in a group meditation. And all three weekends of the festival will see ‘cooking with lavender’ demonstrations and smudge stick-making workshops. However, should your bent be more towards a quiet satiation of the soul – and perhaps the stomach! – then a peaceful walk through the gardens will be perfectly complemented by the fresh produce on sale in the delightful on-site café, where the theme of the festival continues with a selection of drinks, cakes and sorbets all made with lavender.“This is a festival which is unforgettable, unique and utterly fragrant!” Miranda concludes. “There’s simply nothing that lifts the spirits more than spending time around this gorgeous plant, wandering the gardens and watching the butterflies and bees move from one flower to another!”The Lavender FestivalFrom June 10 to 25 at CyHerbia Gardens in Avgorou, between the hours of 9am and 8pm. Entrance to the park is €5 for adults / €3 for children, and includes ice tea tasting and samplings of lavender goodies, as well as the presentations and activities for children. For more information and a full programme of events, call 99 915 443 or visit http://cyherbia.com or the Facebook page ‘CyHerbia’You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo
The House environment committee heard Wednesday that a crocodile park in the Famagusta area would need 80 tonnes of water per day and there was also a danger of spreading disease to the humans.The head of the health ministry’s infectious disease surveillance unit told MPs that the crocodiles could be infected with the West Nile virus, which could be transferred to humans through mosquitoes.Maria Koliou said people over 50 with existing health problems had an increased risk of being infected and developing encephalitis.The matter landed in the environment committee after the community council at Dasaki Achnas decided by majority vote to initially allow a crocodile theme park even though the company running it has not filed an official application yet.The council later held a public hearing in which residents of the area voiced their opposition.Koliou said Cyprus had only one incident of the West Nile virus and was considered a safe destination for tourists.A microbiologist professor told the committee that an infected reptile could pass a test upon arrival but later develop the disease.If an infected animal enters Cyprus it would be like opening Pandora’s Box, he said.There were also other environmental concerns, like the park’s closeness to the Achna dam, a special protection area on account of being one of a few breeding sites for two priority bird species.All farming organisations expressed opposition to the park due to the high amount of water it would consume when their members were facing water rationing. They also argued that the crocodiles would alter the area’s ecosystem.The head of the community council, Nicos Vasilas said they had accepted the proposal in a bid to attract tourists and raise revenues.“I don’t care if the crocodiles suffer, or whether there is water, or if town-planning will not approve it because there is no road,” he said.But he later said that if authorities said clearly there would be a health issue then the council would change its stance. You May LikeFood PreventHow To Clear Arteries Safely And Reduce Cholesterol FastFood PreventUndoCollegebook15 Best Public Colleges You Might Don’t KnowCollegebookUndoBusiness Loans | Search AdsAre You Searching Businesses Loans? Find the Best Results with searchnow.comBusiness Loans | Search AdsUndo House rejects presidential veto over repossession lawUndoBale’s China move called off by Real MadridUndoMorphou bishop now claims gay men have a ‘nasty smell’Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
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