Still Pushing and Hoping for a Vote on USMCA

first_img Still Pushing and Hoping for a Vote on USMCA SHARE By Andy Eubank – Nov 3, 2019 Previous articleNew Officers Elected at National FFA Convention in IndyNext articleHoosier Farmer Testifies at EPA RFS Hearing on the HAT Monday Morning Edition Andy Eubank Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Still Pushing and Hoping for a Vote on USMCAcenter_img SHARE Leave this field empty if you’re human: Facebook Twitter Hope-for-USMCA-movementLast week was a busy one for Congress. They were busy with impeachment, but was there any activity on matters like passing the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement? House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did comment on USMCA, saying lawmakers were “reasonably close” to reaching an agreement with the Administration.And some who want to see USMCA ratified were optimistic. Lesly McNitt, Director of Public Policy for National Corn Growers Association feels there is definite movement behind the scenes.“I’ve been up on the Hill a lot talking to a lot of really exciting new members of Congress, freshmen on both sides of the aisle,” she said. “They’re all working really hard on bipartisan issues that are important to the American people. It’s not getting the headlines, but they’ve been talking about these things. They’ve been considering the merits of USMCA and of a lot of other issues that are important to agriculture well before impeachment was on the table, and I think this wins on the merits of the actual trade agreement itself, and hopefully yes, there is motivation to come together and deliver for the American people.”But many in the agriculture industry still wonder if the impeachment investigation of President Trump will get in the way of passing USMCA. California Democrat Representative Jim Costa says things can and will get done “not withstanding the deep, deep partisan divides that we’re witnessing.”Nick Giordano, Vice President and Counsel, Global Government Affairs at the National Pork Producers Council, is also somewhat optimistic all sides can reach an agreement on labor concerns around USMCA, and he says producers need the agreement in place.“Certainly, Ambassador Lighthizer and the administration have been willing to work with House Democrats to find a solution to their concerns,” Giordano said. “I’m guardedly optimistic that they can do this, and it’s very important to our pork producers and we’re continuing to push for a vote this Congress to get USMCA passed and implemented.”He said zero-tariff trade in pork in North America must be maintained.Source: NAFB NewsSubscribe to our free daily newsletterlast_img read more

Police appeal for witnesses following assault in Omagh on Friday last

first_img WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ Pinterest Twitter By News Highland – December 28, 2017 Previous articleThree motorists in the North arrested for drink driving on Christmas DayNext article10 people awaiting admission to Letterkenny University Hospital News Highland Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest WhatsApp Google+center_img Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter Police appeal for witnesses following assault in Omagh on Friday last Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Police are appealing for witnesses following an assault in Omagh on Friday night last, 22 December.It was reported that at around 9pm a 26 year old male was assaulted in the area of High Street.He was treated in hospital for injuries to his face and head as a result of the incident.Constable Daly is appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone with information which could assist with the investigation, to contact officers in Omagh on 101 quoting reference number 1601 of 22/12/17. Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime. Homepage BannerNews Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Harps come back to win in Waterford last_img read more

Pillow metabasalts in a mid-Tertiary extensional basin adjacent to the Liquiñe-Ofqui fault zone: the Isla Magdalena area, Aysén, Chile

first_imgPillow metabasalts and interbedded slates adjacent to the Liquiñe-Ofqui fault zone (LOFZ) of the southern Chilean Andes have been studied using electron-microprobe mineral analysis, major and trace element whole-rock geochemistry and RbSr geochronology. The rocks show previously unrecognized mineralogical evidence of two metamorphic events in a low-pressure environment: an early greenschist-facies metamorphism, possibly during emplacement on the sea-floor, and a patchy amphibolite-facies overprint, which could represent either continuing sea-floor metamorphism or contact metamorphism associated with Miocene plutons. The meta-igneous rocks are considered to have formed from mid-Tertiary basaltic magmas with mixed within-plate/volcanic arc characteristics as seen in present-day volcanoes in the area, but enriched in immobile elements such as Ti, Zr, And Y. They were probably emplaced between 45 and 20 Ma, into a contemporaneous marine pull-apart or extensional basin with thin continental or oceanic floor. Many of the petrological and geochemical features of an ophiolite suite may be recognized in the immediate area.A chain of such basins developed immediately west of the LOFZ strike slip system, probably during an Eocene- Early Miocene period of oblique subduction-convergence in southern Chile, and closed when the approach angle became more orthogonal 25 Ma. Magmatic arc plutonism was resumed at about 20 Ma and continued into the latest Cenozoic.last_img read more

Jay Blakesberg & Alan Paul’s IGE 2018 Barcelona Diary: Sala Apolo, Everyone Orchestra, & The Music Of The Grateful Dead [Photos]

first_imgInnovative Giving Enhancement (IGE)‘s fourth-annual Music and Art Immersion Community in Barcelona, Spain, is currently underway. The yearly event brings a crew of talented musical ambassadors to foreign destinations where they cross paths with a broad range of multi-genre European artists for ten days filled with immersive international improvisation and collaboration. Lauded music photographer Jay Blakesberg and New York Times best-selling Allman Brothers biographer Alan Paul will be bringing you daily updates on the happenings of the 2018 IGE Music and Art Immersion Community via Live For Live Music. You can check out today’s entry from Barcelona below: Yesterday’s highlight of the IGE 2018 Barcelona Music and Art Immersion Community with The Music Never Stopped, a ticketed event at the large club Sala Apolo, had over 400 Barcelonans in attendance.The Everyone Orchestra, conducted by Matt Butler, opened the night with an hour-long set that featured IGE regulars Eric Krasno, Greensky Bluegrass’s Anders Beck and Paul Hoffman, Holly Bowling, and Jason Hann of the String Cheese Incident on drums. Added musicians included bassist Pete Shand of the New Mastersounds, vocalist Dirga McBroom and a special guest Barcelona horn section of Roger Mir and Pol Omedes.Butler’s Everyone Orchestra is based around everyone taking the stage with a clean slate, creating group improvisations from note one, with Butler offering directions on a whiteboard and iPad to both musicians and crowds. They played an hour-long set that wowed the crowd, ending with a call and response between band and audience.After a short changeover, the core musicians of the trip took the stage for a two-hour set of music of the Grateful Dead, marching on and off the stage in various configurations that included Grahame Lesh, Holly Bowling, Scott Law, Elliot Peck, Butler, Hann, Krasno, Hoffman, Beck and Ross James, supplemented at times by Spanish guitarist Damia Timoner. They opened with Lesh belting “Bertha” and moved through “Ramble On Rose”, “Easy Wind”, “China Cat Sunflower”, “I Know You Rider”, “Friend of the Devil”, “Cassidy”, “Brown Eyed Women”, “New Speedway Boogie”, “The Music Never Stopped”, and an all-hands-on-deck “Ripple” that became an audience sing-along.Taking it all in from the side of the stage, The New Mastersounds’ Shand smiled and shook his head. “It’s like church, isn’t it?” he asked. It was, of course, a rhetorical question.—Alan PaulYou can check out Jay Blakesberg’s photos from day six of IGE’s 2018 Barcelona Music and Art Immersion Community below. Check back tomorrow for another entry in Alan Paul and Jay Blakesberg’s IGE 2018 Barcelona Music and Art Immersion Community diary, exclusively on Live For Live Music. Load remaining imageslast_img read more

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first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Sherry Rains · 284 weeks ago Final “Craig Estate Sale” with price reductions at 502 North F on Saturday March 7th from 9am-1:00pm. Tools, antiques and lots of misc. Report Reply 0 replies · active 284 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It is another garage sale weekend. And the world needs to know you are having one. Go ahead and post your garage sale in the “comment” section below. We will remind the shopping troops on Friday about your sale.Happy bargain selling and hunting!Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

BECU Continues To Be Committed To The Education Of Our Children

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Dave Lehnis, Steve Capps, Greg BurkhartAs the state politicians debate about balancing the budget, most can agree the hardest hit budgets are those that benefit the education of our youth. Budget cuts are wide spread thought-out most districts in the state, teachers are taking pay cuts and school levies are increasing to help cover the deficit faced by state government. Many organizations have also cut donations and programs to help benefit education due to economic woes. Even in the midst of economic hardship faced by our state, BECU continues to be committed to the education of our children.In 2012 BECU provided over $100,000 in grants to 47 schools in Western Washington. In Thurston County alone, six schools have received over $14,000 in grant money, like the one presented to Mr. Burkhart at Timberline High School to purchase new technology needed for his science class.  “This grant will purchase technol­ogy that will give my students labora­tory experience that is similar to that of the courses they will be taking in college,” Burkhart said. “It will provide experience with a valuable tool that they can use in engineering, math and science courses in college.” The grants help fund education materials or programs that help students, and align with several BECU values and mission: financial education, environmental sustainability and technology tools to enhance learning in reading, writing, math or science.“Technology is leading our children into the next millennium. This grant will help them with hands-on understanding of the science world outside of their classrooms,” said Steve Capps, manager of the Hawks Prairie BECU. “It is great to see our teachers being so proac­tive to help their classrooms and students.”last_img read more

Rob Rice Homes: Mark Shepard is Living his Childhood Dream

first_imgFacebook164Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Barb Lally for Rob Rice HomesAt 27, Mark Shepard is the superintendent for several Rob Rice Communities, supervising more than a third of the 75 homes the local builder has under construction at any one time.Through the mentoring offered generously by his boss, Mark is the youngest on any of his job sites though his passion for building started at a much younger age.“I was drawing floor plans at the age of 12 because I have wanted to build homes since I was a kid,” Mark explains. “I love every part of building our homes and hearing buyers tell me they have bought ‘the best house out there’ or that they would ‘only buy a Rob Rice Home.’”Mark has learned everything he knows about building homes from his mentor, Rob Rice.Though his path is paved with educational opportunities that contribute to his work today, Mark knew a great builder would ultimately have to teach him the ropes.“There is really only one way to learn,” says Mark. “Most construction managers spend many years on the job site before they become a superintendent. I got thrown into it and I am learning from the best builder.”The Chance of a LifetimeRob’s desire to teach and mentor, along with his loyalty to those important to his family, have made it a perfect opportunity for Mark.“Mark grew up in Spokane and is best friends with our nephew, Rob’s sister’s son,” explains Helena Rice who often works with Mark on the design choices for their homes.“He needed an internship to complete his degree in construction management and business at Eastern Washington University so Rob brought him on. He assisted him with permits and, with his advanced computer skills, organized our plan library and all of our budgets.”“When our community of Chestnut Village in Olympia, Washington opened up, Rob made him the job superintendent and since then, he has taken on the community of Kensington in Lacey, Washington and most of our Select Home Sites in Thurston County as well as building three of our homes in Napavine— a monumental amount of work within just a two-year window.”The Path to Building HomesEvery home built in Chestnut Village and other Rob Rice Communities must meet the high standards of the area’s largest builder.Mark considers himself fortunate to have had preparation in high school that fueled his dream.“At Mount Spokane High School, I took engineering design classes through a nationally accredited program not offered anywhere else. It gave me a real leg up in college where I was showing my drafting professors short cuts with AutoCAD software, something I had learned as a freshman in high school.”Mark spent three years at Washington State University in civil engineering following in the footsteps of several family members. But when an internship convinced him it wasn’t for him, he decided to return to exactly where he wanted to be as a kid, building homes. He transferred to Eastern Washington to major in construction management with an emphasis on residential building.Right when he was finishing his class work and needed an internship, he happened to meet Rob Rice at a family wedding. There he discovered his best friend’s uncle was a well-respected builder.“The first day of my internship at Rob Rice Homes was October 1, 2012,” a date etched in Mark’s memory. “After I graduated, I continued to work in the office. I wanted to learn everything from the office to the field.”In May of the following year, Chestnut Village opened up and Rob made him the superintendent of the new homes community.“It was not easy,” says Mark acknowledges. “I had a lot to learn. I had all my education, I could do the math and add up all my concrete, but it was real hard to figure out how to get the actual work done on the site.”Huge Lessons in BuildingMark discusses the upscale finishes they will put in a new Rob Rice Home with Helena Rice.Mark learned quickly that he needed to get out in front of his mentor and boss.“Rob Rice is on top of everything and is very hands on,” Mark notes. “I went through a rough period where he was always out on my site finding things I needed to take care of before I did. I learned that in order to beat him to it, I need to be on the job site before him.”Mark now starts work at the crack of dawn and doesn’t get home till long after most people quit. He takes full accountability for his homes and his customer service mirrors the lessons of the builder that hired him.“Our home buyers don’t contact the siders or the plumbers if they think something is not done right. They are looking for me. I will take care of it immediately or make sure it doesn’t happen in the first place. I don’t like it when someone is not happy.”Mark says he has grown in his ability to get things done, even when they look hard or impossible. “You don’t know what is going to happen each day keeping workers, subcontractors and vendors coordinated and moving forward.”Setting precedents with workers helps avoid any chaos and ensures things are done right. “No one is allowed to park off of paved surfaces,” he sites as one example. “If one person does and I don’t get them back onto the street quickly enough, there will be five cars out there parked on the lot.”Mark knows that Rob’s standards are strict but they are what makes his homes and communities shine above the rest and voted the Best of South Sound two years in a row.“His standards are what is right, what is correct,” says Mark. “When I do walk-throughs, homeowners remark at how clean the job site is. Keeping our sites clean is a big priority for me.”Future and Family DreamsMark Shepard is living his dream working and learning from Rob Rice.Mark is now engaged to Katye, another graduate of Mount Spokane High School. Though he works long hours, they both understand they are young and establishing themselves in their careers.“Even though it can be stressful in the day-to-day, it feels good when I get home, even if I am exhausted…almost better if I am exhausted. If I come home with a lot of energy, it feels like I didn’t accomplish a lot.”Mark enjoys being part of the family that not only opened up the opportunity of a lifetime, but makes him feel right at home. He now even bowls with Rob’s Dad on the Rob Rice Homes bowling team. “We have shirts,” Mark brags.Mark appreciates the close mentoring of the area’s largest builder. “My ultimate goal is to be a builder myself, which is why I wanted to learn as much as I can from this amazing opportunity,” he shares. “I had the education but I needed a builder to teach me. Rob Rice has taught me everything I know about building.”Learn more about Rob Rice Home at their website.Rob Rice is Thurston County’s largest local home builder and was voted the Best of South Sound for 2013 and 2014. He has built more than 3000 homes over the last 30 years. He and his wife Helena live in Olympia with their two sons; Alex Michael and Carson. Rob is a graduate of Washington State University with degrees in construction management and architecture.last_img read more

Coming to Fort Monmouth: Lifestyle and Retail Hub ‘Freedom Pointe’

first_imgStory and photos by Laura D.C. KolnoskiFORT MONMOUTH – The first shovels to begin construction on Freedom Pointe, “a premier, mixed-use lifestyle destination,” could be in the ground at Fort Monmouth by the end of this year, with completion anticipated for 2019.Plans for the 89-acre development by Parcel B Redevelopment, LLC, owned by Paramount Realty Services, Inc. of Lakewood, were revealed at a Jan. 26 press conference at the Marina at Oceanport waterfront restaurant.Paramount and LMS Commercial Real Estate vice president Lee Zekaria described a “walkable town center” with approximately 350,000 square feet of retail and 302 residential units, located directly inside the “Johnson Gates” fronting Route 35 in Eatontown, along the recently re-opened Avenue of Memories. The site was designated “Parcel B” by the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA).“Freedom Pointe will bring an unparalleled experience to the Jersey Shore,” said Zekaria, a New Jersey native. “We want this to be a second home where people can go before and after work, and on weekends and holidays, to spend quality time and enjoy memorable experiences.” He said the project, which he termed a “crown jewel” of the 1,127-acre fort’s reincarnation, will bring thousands of new jobs to the area. Also speaking was Tether view Joint Venture Partner and vi Collaboration Hub Founder Chris Pallé whose cloud solution firm now occupies Russel Hall in Oceanport.“We’re seeing a trend of technologists and entrepreneurs rising up in Monmouth County,” Pallé said. “By creating an environment that’s conducive to collaboration, that talent is multiplied. The more people come together, the more innovation and ideas we can create. It’s the future of work.”Hosting the event were members of the Criscione family, now owners and operators of the Marina at Oceanport, the fort’s former marina which was completely rebuilt following Super Storm Sandy. Family member Deanna Queenan said, “In the past year and a half, we have become a part of the community while refining and growing our business. From here you can see the vision at the fort coming to fruition.”“Fort Monmouth’s redevelopment is extraordinarily important for Monmouth County, and what’s important for Monmouth County is important for New Jersey,” said Timothy Lizura, president and chief operating officer of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority and a FMERA board member. “We envisioned this to be a 20-year effort but we are well in advance of that. The team here has done a tremendous job fitting assets into the marketplace and bringing back jobs. We are very pleased with the world class developers and businesses. It will be a sustainable and impressive development.”Related Story: Among Fort Monmouth Developers, Three Local ResidentsThis story was originally published in the Feb. 2-9, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times. “With e-commerce today, we are working on ‘alert technology’ that will give notifications of store sales and more,” he said, adding, “Our area is starving for something like this.” Zekaria traveled the country to view similar developments at Legacy Place and Market Street at Lynnfield, both in Massachusetts, Crocker Park in Ohio, and The Point in El Segundo, California.“It takes a special kind of investor to take on a project at a closed military installation,” said FMERA Executive Director Bruce Steadman. Local and county officials have expressed support for the project, which must secure local approvals including ingress and egress on the Avenue of Memories, an extension of County Route 537. Steadman said 65 percent of fort properties are “now in play” with about 18 different projects.The press conference followed November’s purchase of the fort by the county from the U.S. Army, and last month’s announcement of the sale of its former Officers Housing where the first residential redevelopment has begun on 117 historic structures along the parade grounds. The developer is RPM Development Group of Montclair.“Historic renovations are our specialty and we work exclusively in New Jersey,” said Brendan McBride, vice president of RPM Development, adding that the exteriors of the neo-Colonial homes will be preserved. “Crews began construction the day after closing. We were attracted to the fort because the key components are in place – transportation, amenities, jobs, the beach. This will be an entire new neighborhood where people already want to live. We like a development that has a story behind it.” The firm is investing $25 million in the project.David Nuse, FMERA’s director of real estate development, said the authority’s three redevelopment themes are jobs, development, and creating a unique, desirable environment. Some 5,000 civilian jobs were lost when the fort closed. Nuse said over 1,200 permanent jobs have been created so far.“Our goal is 10,000 jobs by 2027, with 1,300 housing units currently in play,” he said. “Over $1.5 billion will be invested at Fort Monmouth. Out for bid next are seven historic buildings at Barker Circle. Over 2 million square feet will be out for bid soon. Forty percent of the fort will be open space and recreation. Lifestyle, amenities, and employment opportunities will attract young people to live and work here. We are very optimistic about the fort’s future. ““Everywhere I go, people ask me what’s going on at Fort Monmouth,” said FMERA chairman James V. Gorman. “Purchasing the fort was important because before, we had to go through six different departments at the Army and then had to get approval of the Department of Defense. It took an average of 30 months until construction could start (on each project). You will now see things develop rather dramatically.”center_img Freedom Pointe – featuring entertainment, food, grocery, public art, fire pits, two levels of offices, and hospitality – will be one-third residential and two-thirds commercial. Parcel B Redevelopment partnered with Ryan Homes for the townhouses. There will be two levels of parking on each side of the circular development and more on the outskirts. “Bellagio-style” fountains will line the perimeter in a man-made canal. Zekaria promised amenities including bocce ball, an ice-skating rink, and community and holiday events. High-tech will also be incorporated.last_img read more