New coalition ramps up agricultural push for NAFTA

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A broad-based group of over 30 organizations representing growers, refiners, producers, transporters, retailers and consumers announced the formation of Americans for Farmers & Families (AFF), a coalition that will work to ensure President Donald Trump and Congressional leaders understand the importance of preserving and modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to America’s agricultural and retail economies.“Canada and Mexico represent the second and third largest markets for U.S. agriculture,” said AFF leadership committee member Neil Dierks, CEO of the National Pork Producers Council. “A modernized NAFTA is critical to the prosperity of rural America.”Since taking effect in 1994, the positive impacts of NAFTA extend beyond America’s farming community, and have helped the food and agricultural industries to grow to support more than 43 million jobs. But it is rural economies and communities that are among the biggest winners under NAFTA, the very same communities that powered President Trump to victory in 2016.Under NAFTA, food and agriculture exports have more than quadrupled and account for 25% of American exports. One in every 10 acres of American crops is for export to NAFTA partners. NAFTA has fueled agriculture-related industries’ growth, which in turn has been a driver in building American jobs. Today, American food and agriculture supports more than 20% of the U.S. workforce and provides more manufacturing jobs than any other sector. And NAFTA has helped keep grocery prices down for all Americans.“Farm Belt voters supported President Trump by a three-to-one margin in the last election and they are counting on President Trump to improve NAFTA in the modernization negotiations,” said John Bode, president and CEO of the Corn Refiners Association and a member of AFF’s leadership committee. “It’s not an exaggeration to say many farmers are still farming today because of NAFTA. We know that President Trump has a lot of experience negotiating good deals. We support him in updating and improving NAFTA.”NAFTA has opened markets to America’s farmers, grown domestic jobs and supported $127 billion in annual economic activity. Fruit and vegetable exports alone from the United States to Canada and Mexico have more than tripled under NAFTA. As President Trump’s negotiators are debating major changes to the agreement, we will ensure they keep a clear eye on the positive impact NAFTA has had on the American economy, job growth and wages.“NAFTA has opened new markets to America’s farmers and ranchers, and U.S. agricultural exports to Canada and Mexico have quadrupled under the agreement,” said Zippy Duval, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation and a member of AFF’s leadership committee. “The current negotiations should build upon that success. Farm Bureau is pleased to work with AFF as well as Farmers for Free Trade and other collaborative efforts to engage farmers and leaders at the local, state and national levels and deliver that message to Congress and the President.”As part of this effort, AFF will be launching a robust educational campaign to highlight the positive impact NAFTA achieves for hard-working Americans and lay the groundwork for an updated trade agreement that preserves America’s strong economic standing for decades to come.“We look forward to being active participants in this discussion as we ensure the growers, producers, processors, transporters, retailers and consumers we represent have their voices heard,” said Chris Novak, CEO of the National Corn Growers Association and another member of AFF’s leadership committee. “This issue is simply too important for us to sit on the sidelines.”For more information on AFF, including an initial membership list, please visit https://americansforfarmersandfamilies.com/.last_img read more

What If Your Competitor Believes Something Different

first_imgYou have strong beliefs. More like convictions, really. You believe these things so strongly that you are not only unwilling to change, you are unwilling to even consider alternatives. Some of these beliefs may serve you, but sometimes they are your undoing.Too Hard to WinYou believe that your dream client is too difficult a prospect to win. Because they already have a partner, you believe that they aren’t going to change any time soon. You believe that your time is better spent on more receptive prospects, even if they aren’t the kind for whom you do your best work or provide you much in the way of sales.Your competitor believes that the same dream client you are ignoring is worth pursuing, worth nurturing, and worth winning over time.Works Starts on MondayYou believe that your week starts on Monday. You believe that you start the day in your inbox, replying to all the requests for your time and attention that piled up over the last week. You believe that you can decide what to do next after you get caught up on your emails, and that what has your attention will be what most needs to be done.Your competitor believes that their week starts on Sunday and walks into work Monday morning with a plan to take action on their highest priorities as soon as they walk in that door.Cold Calling Doesn’t WorkYou believe that cold calling is ineffective. You believe that you shouldn’t have to prospect, that marketing ought to provide you with all of the leads and opportunities you need. You believe that you can make your number using only the social channels and email.Your competitor believes that they can pick up the phone and schedule an appointment with the same prospects you refuse to call.This RFP is an OpportunityYou believe that an RFP is a real opportunity for new business. You believe a request for proposal should command whatever time and attention necessary, regardless of the fact that you have close to zero chance of winning it. You believe that your response can differentiate you from the other responses that look very much like yours.Your competitor believes that the 80 hours it would take to respond to an unsolicited RFP would be better invested prospecting, nurturing their dream clients, or taking care of their existing clients.Buyer Care Most About PriceYou believe that your prospective client is going to make their decision based on price. You believe price is the factor that will override all other factors. You believe that there is no way to win without beating your competitors on price.Your competitor believes that that same prospect is going to work with someone they know, like, and trust. They believe the overall value and the relationship will be the decision criteria the prospect will use to decide.You are entitled to your beliefs. Your competitors are entitled to their beliefs. You have noting to worry about unless their beliefs are more empowering and more closely reflect the truth. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

76ers start West Coast road trip with Embiid on the bench

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA The Sixers also play games at Sacramento, Golden State and the Los Angeles Clippers and Lakers. All teams on the trip except for the Kings have at least a .500 record. Embiid is expected to play against the Kings.The Sixers have won four straight games for the first time since January.“That means we’re growing and we’re learning,” Embiid said.J.J. Redick scored 31 points and hit eight 3s in Philly’s win over Indiana on Friday and suddenly seemed worth every bit of the $23 million the Sixers will pay him this season. The Sixers tied a team record against the Pacers with 18 3s.They will need more of that on the road from Redick — and there’s little reason to expect Simmons won’t continue to play like a top candidate for rookie of the year.Simmons had 14 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists against the Pacers for his second triple-double of the season. He joined Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson as the only rookies with multiple triple-doubles in the first nine career games. Simmons also has five double-doubles.Embiid and Simmons are each averaging at least 18 points and nine rebounds per game and are two of nine NBA players with such averages. The only other pair of teammates on the list is the New Orleans Pelicans’ DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis.“When everyone’s scoring, doing their thing, I think it’s hard to stop us,” Simmons said.They’re much harder to stop with Embiid in the lineup.Brown and the Sixers would like to try that out on a more regular basis. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Something called “load management.”Oh, Sixers fans think the excuse to sit Embiid is a load of something, for sure.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 shutoutEmbiid hasn’t been hurt in months and has dominated so far, averaging team highs with 20.5 points and 10.1rebounds. His big numbers on the stat sheet finally draw more headlines than his social media posts.Embiid can just about do it all — except shed the “handle with care” sticker the Sixers seemed to have stamped on his uniform. Yes, Embiid has a medical chart as thick as a playbook, but the Sixers have decided to rest him Tuesday against the Utah Jazz as they monitor his number of games and minutes. Embiid has averaged 27.6 minutes and played in eight of nine games. He’ll miss the one four days after the Sixers beat Indiana. F1 champion Hamilton avoided taxes on luxury jet – leaked docs Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers warms up prior to the game against the Boston Celtics at the Wells Fargo Center on October 20, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mitchell Leff/Getty Images/AFPPHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia 76ers are the only team that can stop Joel Embiid.Perhaps the best center in the East starts a West Coast road trip on the bench.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:37Protesters 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 “I follow the instruction of our medical people, and there is completely a thought-out plan why this plan has been recommended,” coach Brett Brown said Monday at the Sixers’ practice facility in Camden, New Jersey. “If it requires more information, they will be the ones to explain why they decided to make this recommendation.”Translation: Brown says the decision to rest Embiid is out of his hands.Embiid’s matchup against 7-foot-1 Jazz center Rudy Gobert would have been one reason for Sixers fans to stay up late on Tuesday. Without Embiid, Philadelphia will be challenged to keep its four-game winning streak alive. The Sixers (5-4) open a nine-day, five-game road with their first winning record in November since 2012 and first time overall since Nov. 13, 2003.Richaun Holmes, Amir Johnson and maybe even Jahlil Okafor will get minutes against the Jazz.Embiid and rookie Ben Simmons have made the Sixers an early season surprise, and their record is a boost for a franchise that underwent one of the more painful NBA rebuilding efforts in decades.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort MOST READlast_img read more

Paramedics cautionary tales to NPSS students about driving safety hits home

first_imgSwan said that the proportion of teenagers getting their driver’s licenses is higher in Northeast B.C. than on the coast, and that they’re getting their licenses earlier. He added that after 17 years of giving his presentation, more and more youth are getting the message about the dangers of impaired and distracted driving. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Students at North Peace Secondary School got to hear and see some of the horrific consequences of impaired and distracted driving during a presentation on Thursday by one of ICBC’s road safety speakers, though last week’s tragedy in Saskatchewan meant that message was toned down somewhat.Ted Swan is now in his 30th year working as a paramedic in B.C., and has been giving presentations to senior high school students across the province for 17 years. Before speaking at NPSS, Swan spoke to students in Chetwynd, Tumbler Ridge, Dawson Creek, and Fort Nelson, before wrapping up in Hudson’s Hope on Thursday afternoon. Thursday’s presentation on road safety began with a moment of silence to honour the victims of last Friday’s crash that claimed the lives of 16 members of the Humboldt Broncos Junior hockey team. Swan then began educating the students who had packed the gym’s bleachers about what to expect if they’re involved in a collision.  Swan described some of the injuries a vehicle’s occupants would sustain in a crash, and the subsequent medical procedures they’d undergo in hospital. One moment that got a reaction of the male members of the crowd in particular came during Swan’s illustration of the size of a uretic catheter.Paramedic and ICBC road safety speaker Ted Swan holds up a catheter during a presentation at NPSS on Thursday. Photo by Chris NewtonAccording to ICBC statistics, between April and June every year there are about 410 crashes in Northern B.C. involving people between the ages of 16 and 21, resulting in an average of 80 injuries. Statistics show that speeding, distracted driving, and impaired driving are the three leading causes of car crashes on B.C. roads.Swan explained after that he did tweak his presentation after last week’s bus crash.Paramedic Ted Swan joins students and faculty at North Peace Secondary School in a group photo after Swan’s presentation on Jersey Day. Photo by Chris Newton.“I did pull some punches, I did not give them the full presentation due to that. The energy here was very sombre, and rightly so. I know what it’s like as a first responder to go to a multi-casualty incident.”last_img read more

Enbridge to begin building road to access pipeline explosion site in BC

first_imgEnbridge says it has completed soil sampling and preliminary field observations in the area of the blast and found no traces of hydrocarbons in the soil.It also says field observations show that animals and plants are still active and viable around the explosion site.Enbridge says it expects the site to recovery quickly.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) VANCOUVER, B.C. – Enbridge Inc. says it has begun construction of a temporary access road to the site of a natural gas pipeline explosion in Prince George, B.C.In a news release issued Sunday the company says construction will take a few days, but it has no timeline on when the repair work will be completed.An explosion Tuesday knocked out a 91-centimetre line and another pipeline is supplying natural gas on a reduced basis.last_img read more

Man held with pistol, 4 live rounds at Saket metro

first_imgNew Delhi: A 45-year-old man was apprehended at a Delhi Metro station for allegedly carrying a country-made pistol in his bag along with four live rounds, officials said on Tuesday.CISF personnel apprehended Munim Alisa Azad, a resident of Nangla, Distt- Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, at the Saket Metro station at 8:50 pm , “who observed a suspicious person lying along-with a bag in front of lift near gate no 2 (unpaid area) of Saket metro station,” official said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderOver suspicion, a search was carried out of the said person and his belonging. On checking, a country-made pistol and four live rounds were recovered from his bag. The man was handed over to the local police by the CISF personnel for further investigation, official added. “He was trying to hide his bag. Over suspicion, a search was carried out of the said person and his belongings. On checking, a country made pistol (Desi Katta) and four (04) live rounds were recovered from his bag. The matter was informed to the Senior Officers of CISF and Station Controller. Delhi Metro Rail Police (DMRP) was also informed. Carrying arms and ammunition in the Delhi Metro is banned by law.last_img read more

Wrestling No 6 Ohio State faces rival in undefeated No 1 Penn

Ohio State No. 3 senior Micah Jordan, looks for the single-leg takedown against Malik Amine of Michigan in the 149-pound bout. Jordan wins by decision, 17-4. Credit: Sal Marandino | For The LanternOhio State and Penn State is a duel, a clash of the titans pitting 17 ranked wrestlers against each other. The No. 6 Ohio State wrestling team (9-1, 5-1 Big Ten) will take on No. 1 Penn State at home on Friday. The Nittany Lions (10-0, 6-0 Big Ten) won their last match against then No. 4 Michigan 25-11, which kept them undefeated on the season.Ohio State head coach Tom Ryan said both teams are “loaded,” and that it will be a must-watch duel.“This is kind of what you would dream of as a wrestler to be in an event like this,” Ryan said.The Buckeyes are coming off a 27-15 victory against Northwestern on Sunday while winning six of 10 bouts.  Ohio State redshirt junior Kollin Moore, the No. 2 wrestler in the country at 197 pounds, will try and remain undefeated, but will enter as an underdog for the first time all season, taking on Penn State undefeated first-ranked redshirt senior Bo Nickal.Nickal has won two straight NCAA titles and has a 90-3 career record. But Moore said being an underdog does not faze him.“I have been in a lot of big matches and I can wrestle really well,” Moore said. “I think I have proven that I’m one of the top wrestlers in the country.”Ohio State senior Myles Martin, the No. 1 wrestler in the country at 184 pounds and undefeated on the season, will be tested against Penn State sixth-ranked redshirt senior Shakur Rasheed, who has not lost in 15 bouts.Ohio State senior Joey McKenna, the No. 2 wrestler in the country at 141 pounds, will return after missing the past two duels due to an undisclosed injury. He will square off against Penn State sixth-ranked sophomore Nick Lee, who has only lost once this season. “Joey is at another level, there is a handful of college wrestlers that are really elite and [McKenna] is one of them,” Ryan said. “We need to hold our ground and get bonus points when we can.”Ohio State redshirt freshman Ethan Smith, the No. 17 wrestler in the country at 174 pounds, will face Penn State first-ranked junior Mark Hall, who is undefeated in 19 matches.Hall won the NCAA title at 174 pounds in 2017, and has lost only four of his  67 career matches. Despite being in his second year at Ohio State, Smith said he is confident heading into his match against such a prominent opponent.“I can’t put [the match] on a pedestal too much, and let it get inside my head so I’m just going to go out there like it is any other match,” Smith said. “I don’t think I’m afraid to shoot or get in on anyone in the country.”No. 6 Ohio State will take on No. 1 Penn State at St. John Arena at 8:30 p.m. on Friday. read more

Mens Basketball Kaleb Wesson to enter name in 2019 NBA Draft

Ohio State sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson attempts a dunk against Indiana on Feb 10 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana. Photo: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorAfter two seasons with Ohio State, sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson is attempting to make his name in the NBA.Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said on Wednesday that Wesson will enter his name in the 2019 NBA Draft, while still maintaining his NCAA eligibility.“I fully support him in going through this process, and we’re gonna walk through it with him,” Holtmann said.Wesson has played in 65 games over his two seasons for the Buckeyes, averaging more than 10 points and four rebounds in both seasons. In the 2018-19 season, Wesson led the team with 14.6 points per game and 6.9 rebounds per game.Wesson will be able to return to Ohio State if he goes undrafted or withdraws his name prior to the NBA Draft. read more

Inter Milan join the race for Cesc Fabregas

first_imgThe race for Cesc Fabregas appears to be heating up with Inter Milan having reportedly joinedThe Chelsea midfielder, who joined from Barcelona in the summer of 2014, has missed all four of the Blues’ opening Premier League matches this season with a minor knee problem.And new head coach Maurizio Sarri is yet to give any indication on whether Fabregas is a part of his midfield plans at Stamford Bridge.The 59-year-old brought compatriot Jorginho with him from Napoli this summer and the Italian has performed well alongside N’Golo Kante, Ross Barkley and Mateo Kovacic at the heart of the Chelsea midfield.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.Therefore, Fabregas’ future at West London is now in big doubt.The Spaniard has already attracted the interest of AC Milan with the Daily Express now claiming that Inter are set to join the hunt for the former Arsenal captain.Fabregas has made over 180 appearances for Chelsea since his arrival from Barcelona in 2014.The 31-year-old’s current deal will expire at the end of the season.last_img read more