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USDA announces full access for U.S. beef in Japan
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that Japan has agreed to eliminate longstanding restrictions on U.S. beef exports, including the 30-month cattle age limit for the first time since 2003.“This is great news for American ranchers and exporters who now have full access to the Japanese market for their high-quality, safe, wholesome, and delicious U.S. beef,” Secretary Perdue said. “We are hopeful that Japan’s decision will help lead other markets around the world toward science-based policies.”At the G-20 Agriculture Ministerial Meeting in Niigata, Japan, Secretary Perdue met with Japanese government officials and affirmed the importance of science-based trade rules. The new terms, which take effect immediately, allow U.S. products from all cattle, regardless of age, to enter Japan for the first time since 2003.The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that this expanded access could increase U.S. beef and beef product exports to Japan by up to $200 million annually. The agreement is also an important step in normalizing trade with Japan, as Japan further aligns its import requirements with international standards for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).Many in agriculture, including the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), were pleased with the announcement.“USMEF appreciates the efforts of USDA and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to secure removal of the 30-month cattle age limit for beef exports to Japan, which is a major step toward putting BSE in the rear view mirror when it comes to global beef trade. While most of the U.S. beef shipped to Japan will continue to be from fed cattle under 30 months of age, the opportunities for over-30-month beef cuts and beef variety meat are significant. Japanese buyers from the pre-BSE era are very familiar with these opportunities, and USMEF has been educating many others who entered the industry over the past 15 to 20 years,” said Dan Halstrom, USMEF president and CEO. “USMEF estimates that removal of the cattle age restriction will increase exports to Japan 7 to 10%, or by $150 million to $200 million per year. Beef muscle cuts from over-30-month cattle that are most likely to achieve success with Japanese buyers include short plate, chuckeye rolls, short ribs, middle meats, clods and briskets. Beef variety meat items most likely to be in demand include outside skirts, hanging tenders, mountain chain tripe, tongues, abomasum and intestines. The ability to use beef from over-30-month cattle will also lower costs for companies exporting processed beef products to Japan. But for the U.S. industry to fully capitalize on this growth opportunity, U.S. beef needs to be on a level playing field in Japan. So USMEF is also anxious to see progress in the U.S.-Japan trade negotiations.”In December 2003, Japan banned U.S. beef and beef products following the detection of a BSE-positive animal in the United States. In December 2005, Japan restored partial access for U.S. beef muscle cuts and offal items from cattle 20 months of age and younger. In February 2013, Japan extended access to include beef and beef products from cattle less than 30 months of age.In April 2017, Japan eliminated its age-based BSE testing on domestic Japanese cattle, paving the way for similar age-based restrictions to be lifted on negligible BSE-risk trading partners, including the United States. On January 15, 2019, Japan’s Food Safety Commission (FSC) concluded eliminating the age restriction for beef from the United States, Canada and Ireland posed a negligible risk to human health. Based on the FSC risk assessment, Japan began consultations with the United States to revise its import requirements in order to align with the BSE guidelines of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).
Wilder wants to get rid of Stiverne, then unify heavyweights
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – In this Jan. 17, 2015, file photo, Deontay Wilder, left, punches Bermane Stiverne during their WBC heavyweight championship boxing match in Las Vegas. Wilder, the WBC heavyweight champion, will square off again against Stiverne on Saturday night at Barclays Center. Wilder is 38-0 with 37 knockouts. The only opponent who went the distance with him is Stiverne. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken, File)NEW YORK — Deontay Wilder is steamed. And drained. And very, very eager.All of those descriptions are delivered by the WBC heavyweight champion himself as he prepares to fight Bermane Stiverne on Saturday night at Barclays Center.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Grizzlies’ backups, 3-point shooting, too much for Clippers Read Next Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:26Lawmakers hail fighting Senator Pacquiao’s victory over Thurman01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “He already gave me his best,” says Stiverne (25-2-1, 20 KOs), who turned 39 on Wednesday and hasn’t fought in two years. He is stepping in for Luis Ortiz, who was disqualified by the sanctioning body when he had a positive drug test.“I had nothing last fight. But now I’m a very dangerous man. Everyone here knows what time it is. Deontay Wilder has been trying to duck me. He’s been giving a lot of excuses about my career. He should be happy if I’ve been inactive. He should be jumping in the air. Everyone knows that means he’s scared.”Rather than scared, Wilder sounds weary. He notes that the entire promotion of this fight has been on his shoulders. He’s crisscrossed the country drumming up interest, and he’s ready to finish his business for 2017 and get on with unification next year.For that, Wilder adds, he can’t wait.“I’ve promised I will unify the heavyweight titles and I will,” he says. “Those others, (Anthony) Joshua, have other plans. I don’t think he has the motivation to unify. If that is his plan, then sign the deal. That’s all it takes to make it happen. Next fight, we’ll make it happen. But he doesn’t want to fight me, period.”ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Wilder is 38-0 with 37 knockouts. The only opponent who went the distance with him is Stiverne, whom Wilder outpointed for the belt in 2015. Since, Wilder has stopped five others in defense of the title, but the fact that Stiverne was standing at the end of their previous bout has the champ “steamed.”Add that Stiverne has claimed many times he was not at peak health for that fight, and Wilder shakes his head in disgust.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Stiverne was the only man to survive the ‘Alabama Slammer’ and avoid a knockout,” the 32-year-old native of Tuscaloosa says. “When I knock him out, then nobody will be able to say they made it through against me. He was nothing but a lot of lumps and excuses after the first fight.”Stiverne, naturally, disagrees. MOST READ England’s Joshua just stopped journeyman Carlos Takam in 10 not particularly impressive rounds to keep his WBA and IBF belts. The other heavyweight champ, Joseph Parker of New Zealand, owns the WBO crown. Wilder says boxing fans are confused about so many champions, and he is doing a service to the sport by unifying.Should Wilder handle Stiverne in the Showtime main event Saturday night, he won’t be satisfied if it isn’t by knockout. He wants to put on a show, particularly with a UFC card taking place in New York the same night.“This will be an electrifying fight,” Wilder says. “That belt isn’t going anywhere. I will unify the division. I will be the undefeated, undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.”The undercard features one of the area’s favorites, Shawn Porter, who faces Adrian Granados in a welterweight matchup. Porter probably has the best resume of anyone on the card, and previous fights at Barclays against Keith Thurman, Devon Alexander and Andre Berto make the former world champ a solid draw.What most impresses Porter (27-2-1, 17 knockouts) about Granados (18-5-2)? Well, at the final news conference for the bouts, the always-dapper Porter complimented Granados on his fine clothing.“The respect that Granados and I have for each other, that’s what boxing is all about,” Porter says. “It’s about getting in the ring and competing. We wanted someone that was going to come here and fight me. We didn’t want someone who was going to run or lay down. We want to close the year out in fantastic form, and the best way to do that is by facing Granados.” CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. 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Guns and glory
Capt. Amarinder SinghPunjab continues to shoot on target with the best ranges, tournaments and, of course, the veterans. With well-equipped shooting ranges, the gun fans have been winning laurels for quite some time now. Their love of shooting comes from their families with a hunting tradition and they are taking,Capt. Amarinder SinghPunjab continues to shoot on target with the best ranges, tournaments and, of course, the veterans. With well-equipped shooting ranges, the gun fans have been winning laurels for quite some time now. Their love of shooting comes from their families with a hunting tradition and they are taking the sport to a professional level.Yuvraj Raninder Singh, the scion of the Patiala Royal family, has set a new template for other shooters in his ilk to emulate. The President of the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) and the Chairman of Punjab Rifle Association of India, Singh is the brain behind India’s best equipped shooting range. Having conceptualised the New Moti Bagh Gun Club (NMBGC) in 2006, he expanded it in 2009. Today, it is among the best-equipped ranges in the country that complies with international standards.Setting up a shooting range was a childhood dream for Singh, as he says, “You could say I was born into guns.” He learnt the basics of shooting with an air gun when he was seven. “I developed interest in the sport, my uncle Raja Randhir Singh took me under his wing. The Secretary General of the International Olympics Association and the winner of a gold medal in Trap Shooting at the 1982 Asian games, my uncle taught me the power of diligence, practice and focus needed in this sport.”Members of NMBGCEventually, Singh participated in the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cups and National Championships and holds the 6th position as a trap shooter in India. But his true calling was setting up a state-of-theart shooting range, “Punjabis worship and treasure their weapons like jewellery. Shooting is in our genes and if amateurs are trained well, we’ll make the best shooters in the world. So, I developed this range for Punjabis but consequently, shooters from Uttaranchal and UP are also coming here,” says Singh.His father Capt. Amarinder Singh, the current Maharaja of Patiala, had set up the original Patiala Gun club in the eighties, “It was a motley group of about 35 shooting enthusiasts from the region. But it has now expanded to 200 members. The club is now planning to host international events in the future,” says Amarinder, the club’s President. Yuvraj Raninder SinghSpread across 3.5 acres of land (in the Ghaggar flood area), the entire facility has three combined trap, skeet and double trap ranges (as per ISSF regulations). Elaborates Guddu Sandhu, treasurer of the club, “We have imported our voice-activated shooting machinery from Serena in Italy, where they make the best ones for the sport. Our ammunition has been imported by the NRAI. We provide our members with these on a no profit no loss basis.”The club also organises specialised coaching for upcoming member shooters once a year. But Singh plans to take this further, “Once we aren’t constrained by the amount of ammunition in our stock, we’ll have broad-based coaching camps open to all.”The club does have a lounge but no elaborate eating facilities are provided. “This is intentional as the club house is oriented to cater to the use of shooters and not towards socialising. Our aim is to concentrate only on the shooting sport activity,” says Parampal smilingly. Fact fileNMBGC successfully hosted the XIX GV Mavlankar All India Shooting Championship and the 53rd National Shooting (Shotgun) Championship.The selection trials and coaching camp for The Indian Shotgun Shooting team were held here in December 2009, March 2010 and April 2010.In 2006, the Indian Shotgun Masters was also held there. It was also the venue for the selection of the Mexico World Cup and China World Cup for shooting.advertisement
2013 X-Blades National Touch League Results
Congratulations to the winners of the 14 divisions at the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League. Men’s OpenNew South Wales Country Mavericks 5 defeated New South Wales Mets 4Player of the Series: Sam Brisby (New South Wales Scorpions)Player of the Final: Joel Willoughby (New South Wales Country Mavericks)Women’s OpenNew South Wales Mets 5 defeated Queensland Chiefs 4Player of the Series: Emily Hennessey (Queensland Chiefs)Player of the Final: Louise Winchester (New South Wales Mets)Mixed Open Sydney Rebels 9 defeated Brisbane City Cobras 8Players of the Final: Jamie Chan (Sydney Scorpions) Alyce Hulbert (Brisbane City Cobras)Men’s T LeagueCentral Queensland Bulls 6 defeated Brisbane City Cobras 5Player of the Final: Mitchell Smith (Central Queensland Bulls)Women’s T LeagueSunshine Coast Pineapples 4 defeated Sydney Scorpions 3Player of the Final: Evania Pelite-Denny (Sunshine Coast Pineapples)Women’s 27’sSydney Scorpions 6 defeated Hunter Western Hornets 4Player of the Final: Rebecca Laing (Sydney Scorpions)Men’s 30’sSydney Scorpions 7 defeated Sunshine Coast Pineapples 4Player of the Final: Put Berryman (Sydney Scorpions)Women’s 35’sACT Pirates 4 defeated North Queensland Tropical Cyclones 3Player of the Final: Maree Guthrie-Curran (ACT Pirates)Men’s 40’sSouth Queensland Sharks 9 defeated Hunter Western Hornets 4Player of the Final: Scott Notley (South Queensland Sharks)Women’s 40’sSydney Scorpions 3 defeated Hunter Western Hornets 2Player of the Final: Vicki Humpherson (Sydney Scorpions)Men’s 45’sSydney Scorpions 11 defeated South Queensland Sharks 3Player of the Final: David Cheung (Sydney Scorpions)Men’s 50’sACT Pirates 7 defeated North Queensland Tropical Cyclones 4 Player of the Final: Garry Lawless (ACT Pirates)Men’s 55’sSunshine Coast Pineapples 3 defeated Sydney Scorpions 1Player of the Final: Don Baartz (Sunshine Coast Pineapples)Senior MixedSydney Scorpions 9 defeated Victoria 4Player of the Final: Chris Benfield (Sydney Scorpions) Karen Short (Sydney Scorpions)Golden Boot1st – Sydney Scorpions2nd – Hunter Western Hornets3rd – ACT Pirates4th – Brisbane City CobrasHead to www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus to view the finals of the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League. Related LinksNTL Finals Results
9 months agoMan Utd willing to allow Valencia to join Inter Milan
Man Utd willing to allow Valencia to join Inter Milanby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are ready to allow captain Antonio Valencia to run down his contract this season.The Mirror says United have no intention of triggering a 12-month extension option in Valencia’s current deal, which will expire this summer.With this in mind, Valencia’s representatives have begun negotiating a move to Inter Milan for the Ecuadorian right-back, who has played just eight times this season.Inter reportedly want to sign the 33-year-old during the January transfer window but United don’t want to weaken Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad without bringing in a replacement.Valencia has played just once under Solskjaer having fallen out of favour under the Norwegian’s predecessor, Jose Mourinho. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Condo sales surge pushes Montreal area real estate to best November in
MONTREAL – The Greater Montreal Real Estate Board says the region set a November record for condominium sales, which helped fueled a 12 per cent increase in overall residential transactions compared with the same month last year.The number of condo sales across the region surged 23 per cent from last year to 1,137 in the month as the suburbs north and south of the Island of Montreal rose by 53 per cent and 33 per cent respectively.Real estate board president Mathieu Cousineau says the oversupply of condos two years ago has now been completely absorbed and there is a seller’s market in some Montreal neighbourhoods.Sales of single family homes in November were 1,807 (eight per cent higher than last year) while plexes with two to five units were up five per cent to 402.With 3,348 residential sales concluded in the month, it was the most active November in eight years.Paul Cardinal of the Quebec Federation of Real Estate Boards has attributed monthly housing gains this year to strong job creation, consumer confidence, low unemployment and foreign migration.With consumer confidence reaching a 10-year high, he has said people are viewing it as a good time to make a major purchase like a house.November’s growth was led by communities on the south shore of Montreal, which was up 19 per cent, and 13 per cent more sales on the Island of Montreal.The average sales price in Greater Montreal increased six per cent to $387,254 in November.On the Island of Montreal, the average sales price was $496,103, up five per cent from $471,380 a year ago.
Explosion knocks out drying complex at Teck coal mine raising safety concerns
VANCOUVER – The union at a Teck Resources Ltd. coal mine near Sparwood, B.C., says it’s concerned about worker safety following an explosion that knocked out the mine’s coal drying complex last week.Alex Hanson, president of United Steelworkers Local 9346, says someone could have been killed in the incident at the Elkview mine that workers report sent a fireball shooting through vents in the sides and roof of the building.He says there were two smaller but similar events last year in the complex where coal is dried using a natural gas heating system before being loaded on railcars to go to market.In a statement Friday, Vancouver-based Teck reported a “significant pressure event” in the dryer last Wednesday, adding it was investigating how much damage was done and the impact on production. It said no injuries or environmental harm resulted.Teck spokesman Chris Stannell said in an email on Monday Elkview is operating at a reduced production rate but wouldn’t give numbers and had no update on when full output will be restored. He said “nothing is more important” to Teck than worker safety.CIBC World Markets analyst Oscar Cabrera estimates in a report the Elkview incident could cut Teck’s metallurgical coal production this year by 13 per cent to about 23.7 million tonnes, while mining and logistics costs will likely rise by about $1 per tonne and capital spending might increase by $100 million.Hanson says Teck is continuing to mine and clean coal at the facility, but the dryer is offline and it’s unclear when or if the mine will be able to resume shipments.He says about 870 union members work at the mine and there are about 200 non-union workers.(Companies in this story: TSX:TCK.B)
Union clings to GM plant in area where Trump promised jobs
One of the last industrial anchors in what was once Ohio’s manufacturing core is now on life support, just a little over a year after President Donald Trump told people not to leave and promised that jobs would come back to the area.General Motors announced Monday it will stop small-car production at its assembly plant near Youngstown and consider closing it for good. Labor union leaders and others behind a campaign to save the plant in Lordstown are holding onto hope that they can persuade the automaker to find another use for the factory.But its outlook is bleak after GM announced production of the Chevy Cruze would stop in March, halting work at the assembly plant that already had lost two shifts and 3,000 union jobs since the beginning of last year.GM said Lordstown is one of five factories up for possible closure as it restructures to cut costs and focus on autonomous and electric vehicles. What happens to those plants will be discussed during contract talks with the United Auto Workers union next year.The once-bustling GM operation in northeastern Ohio’s Mahoning Valley is one of the few remaining ties to an era when thousands worked in steel plants and factories in Youngstown and surrounding communities.“That plant is the economic lifeline of the whole valley,” said Lordstown Mayor Arno Hill. “When we lost steel, that plant carried us through.”Bobbi Marsh, who has worked at the Lordstown plant since 2008 and whose father was there 42 years, said so many other jobs depend on the plant.“I can’t believe our president would allow this to happen,” she said Monday.“It’s like we’re in a limbo now,” said Marsh, a single mother who said she has a teaching degree to fall back on if the plant is closed. “But it’s nowhere near the money I was making,”Youngtown is in a Democratic and labour stronghold, where President Donald Trump won over a surprising number of voters two years ago because of his promise to bring work back to the U.S.At a rally near the plant last year, Trump talked about passing by big factories whose jobs “have left Ohio,” then told people not to sell their homes because the jobs are “coming back. They’re all coming back.”Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown called GM’s announcement move “corporate greed at its worst.”Brown, a longtime labour union ally, said in a statement that “the company reaped a massive tax break from last year’s GOP tax bill and failed to invest that money in American jobs.”U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, a Democrat who represents the Youngstown area, called on the president to take action.The two Democrats also pointed out that taxpayers bailed out the automaker a decade ago and have expressed frustration during past months over their attempts to talk with GM CEO Mary Barra about how to keep the plant running.Just last week, politicians and union leaders kicked off a campaign to keep the Lordstown plant operating.UAW Local 1112 President Dave Green said Monday that there’s still hope. “We are determined to do everything we can to convince General Motors to make Lordstown part of the future of auto manufacturing,” he said.Ohio’s incoming governor, Republican Mike DeWine, said he plans on meeting with GM officials and make a case for the plant after he takes office in January.John Seewer, The Associated Press
India may witness longer slowdown as oil imports, consumption decline
New Delhi: In a sign that slowdown in the Indian economy may be long drawn, a government report has projected a modest 3.5 per cent growth in oil imports this year. Considering that India imports more than 80 per cent of its oil requirements, slow growth in imports signals tepid demand and consumption. According to Oil Ministry’s Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell (PPAC), country’s oil imports is projected to rise to 233 million tonnes (mt) in FY 20 against 227 mt in FY19, a growth of mere 6 mt. While slower growth in oil imports is good news for exchequer in terms of keeping the high oil bill under check, it also signals that less crude will be processed by Indian refineries as there would be less consumption of products such as petrol, diesel and ATF, indicating pressure points in the economy. After showing improvement in early part of 2018, Indian economy has again showed signs of a slowdown in the third quarter of FY19 registering a GDP growth of 6.6 per cent. This has led to overall growth projection for FY19 being downgraded to 7 per cent from earlier 7.2 per cent. International agencies have also brought down growth projections for FY20 to 7.3 per cent level. “While lower oil import growth cuts India’s oil import bill and helps it manage the current account deficit (CAD), this would be a factor of prevailing oil prices. If crude prices jump following tension in the Gulf, a cut is supplies from Iran and Venezuela and production slowdown by OPEC countries, it could add further pressure to a slowing economy,” said a former member (energy) Planning Commission, asking not to be named. Against projected crude oil import of 233 mt, the country’s import bill is expected to settle just around $113 billion in FY20. This is growth of a mere $ 1 billion over oil import bill of $ 112 billion in FY19. But the projection by PPAC is based on average price of Indian basket crude oil at $ 66 per barrel and average exchange rate for Rs 71 per dollar. Crude has remained above this level for most parts of current fiscal and is expected to settle well over average of $ 70 a barrel in FY20. This could disturb the initial calculations done by PPAC. Apart from crude, petroleum product imports (largely comprising petrol and diesel) have also remained tepid. Product import has, in fact, fallen to 32.5 mt in FY19 as against 35.5 mt in FY18. Also, worrisome is petroleum product exports, which have fallen to 61.1 mt in FY19 from a high of 66.8 mt reached in FY18. With a surplus refining capacity, India is a net exporter of petroleum products. But with international markets also witnessing a slowdown, product exports have been hit. In terms of petroleum product’s share in country’s overall exports, the number, however, has improved marginally from 11.5 per cent in FY18 to 11.6 per cent in FY19. The dependency of imported crude (on consumption basis), on the other hand, has increased from 82.9 per cent in FY18 to 83.7 per cent in FY19, meaning we are producing less oil and depending more on imports to meet domestic requirements. This dependency has consistently increased in all five years of the Modi government. Crude production in India has stagnated around 35 mt for past decade. In FY19, domestic crude production has dropped to 34.2 mt from 35.7 mt in the previous year. Despite best efforts of the government, domestic oil production has not increased. Government has now pinned hope on its new Hydrocarbon Exploration Licensing Policy (HELP) that institutes an open acreage policy to see more investment in the country’s exploration, thereby increasing the production in the coming years.