Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde feels that Sergi Roberto’s sending off proved to be the turning point in their 2-2 draw against Celta VigoThe Catalan giants took the lead twice at the Estadio Balaidos on Wednesday night, only for the hosts to come back twice and cause Barcelona to settle for a point.While Valverde had made a lot of changes to the lineup, Barcelona did manage to maintain their unbeaten record in La Liga this season.”I thought that we were the better side, then came the red card and we had to change things,” said Valverde, according to Marca.Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…”Afterwards, we didn’t have the capacity to form an attack that would have pushed them back completely, and thus the equaliser came.”It is one more point and now we need two victories to be champions. We would like to get them, but we’ll see.”Next up for Barcelona is the Copa del Rey final against Sevilla on Saturday, before a trip to Deportivo in La Liga.
Former Sevilla boss Eduardo Berizzo has been announced as the new head coach of Athletic Bilbao on a one-year contractThe Argentine has been recovering from prostate cancer since leaving Sevilla, but he has now been named as the new boss at the San Mames.Berizzo succeeds Jose Angel Ziganda at Bilbao, who himself replaced the Barcelona-bound Ernesto Valverde last summer.Speaking to Marca after his appointment was announced, Berizzo revealed that his primary focus will be on building a side that will not be afraid to attack from the startZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“The coaches have an idea, but it is true that the characteristics of the players also mark the team figure, I want an attacking game, to be a protagonist, to have a dynamic team, with possession of the ball, with movements. I also say that you have to take it out as quickly as possible to the opponent,” he said.For the fans, Berizzo added:” We have all the enthusiasm to put into building a team that excites us.”Bilbao ended this season in 16th place in the La Liga table.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is unconcerned by the high expectations on them ahead of their Champions League opener against LyonThe Premier League champions have never managed to progress past the semi-final stage of the competition.And City have not faired any better under Guardiola with the club exiting at the last-16 stage in his first season in charge before losing to Liverpool in last term’s quarter-finals.Yet City enters this season’s Champions League as one of the favourites to win alongside the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus.But Guardiola, who led Barcelona to the European title twice, is refusing to pay too much attention to the expectations on his squad.“I’m not worried or concerned for one second about expectation or whether we deserve more credit for the Champions League,” he told the club website.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“In terms of expectations, you have to win it on the pitch so I’m not worried or concerned at all.“At the end, it’s about what happens on the pitch. If we get the credit it will be because we deserve it.“I want to see my team play better and cut out mistakes.“That is what I want – what happens out on the pitch is the real judge for me.”After facing Lyon in their first Group F game on Wednesday, City will then take on Hoffenheim and Shakhtar Donetsk.
Leon Bailey’s agent has sprung to his defence after rejecting the chance to make his Jamaica debut due to controversial circumstancesThe 21-year-old winger accepted a call-up to Jamaica’s squad for the game against Bonaire over the recent international break.Bailey decided to join the Reggae Boyz after the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) promised to give his younger brother, Kyle Butler, a call-up instead of going on trial.However, Bailey withdrew from the Jamaica team and announced that the JFF went back on their word.The Bayer Leverkusen star has received a lot of criticism over his actions since, despite the national side grabbing a 6-0 at Bonaire anyway.UEFA Champions League Group D – Preview Boro Tanchev – September 7, 2019 Three teams from Europe’s major four leagues will compete in Group D, with two of them as big favorites to progress into the knockout stage.Now his agent and stepfather Craig Butler has given some insight into what made Bailey decline the opportunity of international football.“Leon is an innocent boy who loves football. The way Leon has been treated is not okay. I would have liked more support for him,” Butler told Sport Bild.“His condition was equality for all players in regard to the call-up – not that Kyle had to be nominated.“Leon wants that every player should have the chance of playing for his country, no matter at which club he is under contract. It’s about the quality of the player, not about the club he plays for.”He added: “The football federation controls football in Jamaica with fear. The best players must transfer to the clubs whose presidents also work for the federation.”
Tennis’ world number one player Novak Djokovic was thrilled to see Cristiano Ronaldo in the stands for his game on MondayThe Juventus star was left out of Portugal’s squad for the current international break and has been making use of his free time by catching up on Tennis.Ronaldo was seen at the 02 Arena in London this week with his partner, Georgina Rodriguez, and oldest son, Cristiano Ronaldo Jr, watching Djokovic in action.And the Serb didn’t disappoint with a dominant win over American John Isner in their group stage opener of the ATP Finals.Djokovic ended up with a 6-4 6-3 win and later commented on Ronaldo being in the stands.“I had colours of his club [Juventus] on my attire tonight,” said Djokovic, according to Tennis365.“I’m sure he was happy to see that.Lukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“It’s great to have big football star, a sports star like him, court-side watching tennis.“He used to come and watch a lot in Madrid [at the ATP 1000 Madrid Masters].“He used to come watch Rafa [Nadal], Roger [Federer] and myself.“He’s a fan of tennis. It’s really, really nice as he’s one of the biggest sports stars in the last decade.“It’s great for our sport to have him there.”Ronaldo will return to action for Juventus’ home game against SPAL in the Serie A on November 24.
Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny insists his return to first-team action following a long spell out due to injury marked a new chapter in his life.The Gunners player suffered a ruptured Achilles during the club’s UEFA Europa League semifinal game against Atletico Madrid in May, but marked his return to action during the club’s 1-0 win over Qarabag on Thursday night.“During rehab, you have you and yourself,” he said, according to the Telegraph. “For me it was very important to stay in my bubble and to be focused with one target: to come back stronger and quicker. You have not just good moments, you have some bad ones, some days you can’t progress as you wish.”“This is difficult, but you have the people around you to help you and keep your head up. Football is just a part of my life. I have a life outside the pitch. Now with my physical state and my head, I am calmer and I just want to enjoy.”Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…Asked about his first appearance of the season, in which he played 72 minutes, Koscielny added:“It was a special day for me after seven months. Just before you come onto the pitch, you think about what you did. I had some flashes in my head of the seven months of rehab I did. Now it’s the end.”“I have been running since the end of August and I was near the team during the training sessions. I watched all the training so I know all the tactics, all the runs, when we have the ball, when we need to defend, when we need to press.”Koscielny’s return for the Gunners is a welcomed relief for manager Unai Emery, who is without the suspended duo of Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi, while Rob Holding misses out due to injury.
After discovering he had heart problems, Andrea Orlandi Stabilin has been forced to retire from the world of football.Spanish winger Andrea Orlandi Stabilin, who played for Barcelona B and even for Barcelona’s first team once, has been forced to retire after discovering he has heart disease.The former Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder will leave behind a career that started in 2003 and lasted until 2019.“I felt like this was coming after I had the medical but until it was made official I still had that glimmer of hope,” he told the Brighton official website.“Sadly it is not safe for me to play on and I was devastated when the doctor broke the news. However, I am coming to terms with it quite quickly and am so thankful to all the medical staff who have helped me.”“I could have had an operation to try and carry on playing, but at 34 it would have been risky and stupid to do so. I have to think about my future more than football now,” he added.“The truth is I could have died during my career, so I must look at the bright side that I am still here with my wife and kids and that I enjoyed many years playing the game I love,” he continued.“It is still very early so I have not planned my next step yet. For now, I will enjoy some time with my wonderful family.”Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.Orlandi played for many teams in the world, starting with Alaves in his native Spain, then Barcelona, Swansea City, Brighton, Blackpool, Anorthosis, APOEL, Novara, and Chennaiyin.He was trying to say goodbye to his career playing in Italian Lega Serie C with Virtus Entella.“I had a special five years at Swansea but my two years at the Albion were the greatest of my career,” he commented.“It was a fantastic group of players and some of my best friends in life were at the club at the same time. It made those wins extra memorable when enjoying them alongside true friends at a tremendous club.”“My first season was the best I have ever played personally and I absolutely loved the city of Brighton. I have missed the place ever since I left and hopefully I will get the chance to come and visit soon,” he concluded.😍 “Poetry in motion!”#BHAFC 🔵⚪️https://t.co/uXXD2Mi6YJ.— Brighton & Hove Albion ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) February 25, 2019
Sandals Foundation, NBA All-Star Dwyane Wade Donate 300 Basketball Shoes to Turks & Caicos Youth! Clement Howell High get their hands dirty for World Wetlands Day 2016 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:champions, clement howell high school, eagles, inter high school track & field, national stadium Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Mar 2016 – The Eagles of Clement Howell High School reign as the champions of the Inter High School track & field meet for a second year; it culminated last night at the National Stadium with the 4x400m Open, which ended in a blaze of glory. The Eagles took both the boys and girls first place spot in that event and completed the three day meet with 875.50 points, outperforming their nearest contender by 301.67 points. Second in the meet was the Spartans of British West Indies Collegiate, with a spectacular show and 573.83 points. The Green Machine of North Caicos, Raymond Gardiner High earned 492.33 points in a third place effort and the shockers of the meet, the Hawks of Long Bay High School who had its first formers’ compete in all classes of the meet, that means those seventh graders ran against the bigger students and got 327 points. Marjorie Basden High of South Caicos got 258.33 points… sixth was Maranatha Academy with 150 points, edging out TCIPS by one, 149 and 7th in the meet… 8th place is TCI Middle School, with 41 points… 25 points was for Wesley Methodist High school in 9th and Alpha Christian Academy finished 10th with three points. While no new records were set, and there was the noticeable absence of 2014 Champs, HJ Robinson High out of Grand Turk the contest was called well organized by the Principals Association by Dwayne Taylor, who along with Godfrey Been MC’d the high school meet.Competitors in the Inter High school championships are also aiming to qualify for the CARIFTA Games which this year will be held in Grenada. The Primary School championships are next week Monday and Tuesday, also at the National Stadium. National Heritage Month ends
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 7, 2016 – Monday is National Heritage Day, a public holiday in the Turks and Caicos Islands yet there is no detailed public information coming from Government about the events surrounding the holiday which usually features a National Honors Ceremony and raise your flag motorcades.There are no venues, nor times, nor locations to share with you at this point. National Heritage Day replaces Columbus Day for the second year now, and is a PNP Government initiative to elevate national pride… however, when it comes to the main festivity, there was no list of honorees issued this year but we have been informed that at least two former chief ministers will be awarded for their time in office, longevity in service.Both Oswald Skippings and Derek Taylor will be medalled on Monday at the ceremony set at Parade Grounds in Grand Turk. The men, and likely others who will be celebrated had been informed by the Committee, which falls under the Office of the Premier, since September of their coming national prize.There had been a call since June for nominations by the Committee, chaired by Willett Swann in six categories namely: The Order of National Hero; The Order of Turks and Caicos Islands; The Patriotic Award; The Long Service Medal; The Meritorious Award and the National Young Achievers Medal. Related Items:both skippings and taylor will medalled at the national heroes day festivities, no venue-time – or location for national heroes day celebration as yet Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
WINDS: NORTHEAST TO EAST AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS OVER OPEN WATERS. The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Related Items:#magneticmedianews Forecast high, 81°; overnight low 68° Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, February 21, 2017 – GENERAL SITUATION: HIGH PRESSURE BUILDS ACROSS THE ISLANDS TODAY WITH PLEASANT CONDITIONS.WEATHER for TODAY, MOSTLY SUNNY AND WARM WITH THE SLIGHT CHANCE OF A BRIEF SHOWER. SEAS: 2 TO 4 FEET OVER THE OCEAN. Recommended for you
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 21, 2017 – Nassau – The Minister of Social Services and Urban Development the Hon. Lanisha Rolle provided an overview of the agencies that fall under her purview in her contribution to the ongoing Budget Debate in the House of Assembly, Thursday, June 15, 2017.Minister Rolle outlined the ministries and services including the Ministry of Social Services proper, the Department of Social Services, the Department of Rehabilitative Services, the Department of Gender and Family Affairs, and the Department of Urban Development.Parliamentarians were also given a summary of the nine divisions managed by the department of Social Services and committed to enhancing delivery of service to reflect respect, courtesy and high performance. The divisions are: Childcare Facilities, Children and Family Services, Community Support Services, Disability Affairs Division, Family Island Division, Health and Social Services Division, School Welfare Division, Senior Citizen’s Division, Community Affairs Division and Department of Rehabilitative Services.The Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development is currently restructuring the operations of Urban Renewal to direct attention to the development of inner-city spaces and the environment under the new “Inner-city Revitalization Project” said Minister Rolle.According to Minister Rolle this is in keeping with the Government’s mandate to strengthen the Ministry’s relationship with governmental and non-governmental agencies, to achieve the goals under Urban Renewal and to advance its projects.“We intend to operate a program that is budget friendly, quality based and people oriented. There will be within this period a transformation of identified inner-city areas, an intensive mass clean-up campaign, entrepreneurial and employment opportunities, as well as the enhancement of special projects such as the Urban Games, Urban Band and Competition and Basketball Tournaments among a few others,” said Hon. Rolle.Consideration is being given to the implementation of the Urban Cadet Corps, a club designed to impart discipline and community consciousness in which youth are prepared to be guardians of the nation’s future.Minister Rolle remarked that the elderly comprise other targeted groups for the Ministry.“It is these individuals who built this country and laid the foundation for our families: it is those grandfathers who engaged contracts on projects abroad in order to send monies back home to take care of families during the troubling economic periods of our development,” said Minister Rolle.“We owe our seniors a debt of gratitude, and Social Services and Urban Development will do its part to pay its portion on behalf of the many Bahamians who can now enjoy the suburbs because of the price and sacrifice of those who paved the way for us and endured the toil and struggles inherent in the urban life.”Moreover, Minister Rolle announced that the Department is reviewing the possibility of carrying out remedial work to assist seniors and the disabled who have suffered roof damage as a result of the passage of Hurricane Matthew.“I think it is incumbent upon this Minister to make it abundantly clear that I did not say we are considering repairing homes, or replacing washrooms, or building additional rooms onto the house, or giving young people who can work, priority in this exercise.“We have a small budget unless or until we receive generous donations; and therefore we are considering patch work to ensure that vulnerable individuals among us are properly protected from the rain especially as we are now in the hurricane season.”She announced plans to secure a facility to house an Urban Library and Research Center to ensure that children of all ages have access to books and information necessary to competently sit national examinations.Consideration is being given to hosting Old Folk Tale Story-telling Time at the centers to assist with cognitive development of the aged and to teach history and social studies to young people.Furthermore, Minister Rolle informed Parliamentarians that if adequate funding is secured, it is the Ministry’s intention to conduct remedial home repairs within this budgetary period; however, she emphasized that the Commission cannot commit to building homes or paying for the clearing of land that individuals clear down and request Urban to pay for.“If Urban did not approve the clearing down and receive financial clearance prior to the clearing down, there is no way and certainly there are no funds in this budget to accommodate such potential misuse of the public’s funds,” said Minister Rolle.In addition to a request for legislation to govern its function, Urban will have a new face, outlook, and organizational structure.#magneticmedianews Related Items:
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 10, 2018 – Nassau – The Royal Bahamas Police Force Annual Church Service took place at Zion Baptist Church on Sunday, January 7, 2018 attended by Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis, Deputy Prime Minister the Hon. Peter Turnquest, and Minister of Transport and Local Government the Hon. Frankie Campbell, and other officials. Minister of National Security, the Hon. Marvin Dames is pictured addressing the service. A parade followed.(BIS Photos/Patrick Hanna)
Rangers defender Jordan Houston says he is thankful for the words of advice from the club’s former defenders Lee Wallace and Gareth McAuley.Houston says he hopes to make his mark at Ibrox adding that he is pleased with his level of progress so far.Houston told SportTimes via Evening Times: “I have known Lee a lot longer than I have known Gareth having been fortunate enough to be involved with the first team previously.Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“Lee has given me great advice on how to help different aspects of my game and has taken me under his wing when I have been with the first team and helped me get involved.“Gareth was with the 20s when he was returning to fitness and he has been great and given me some really good advice. I really appreciate that from both of them.“Gareth has had an incredible career so it was great for me to be able to play alongside him. I was delighted to get that chance and he really helped me and all the young lads through the game.”
Former Liverpool defender Sami Hyppia has recently revealed the game plan that could secure the victory for his former team against Bayern Munich.The Reds will take on the German champions next Tuesday at Anfield before travelling to the Allianz Stadium for the return leg on Wednesday, March 13.However, Hyppia who won the Champions League with the Reds in Istanbul in 2005 and later managed Bayer Leverkusen recently pointed out the gaps in the Bavarian side.Klopp on Bayern Munich being underdogs against Liverpool?🗣”I think that’s very funny!”🗣”I see two extremely strong teams facing each other where I don’t know who is going to go through.” pic.twitter.com/H9ZcvuHI5s— Anything Liverpool (@AnythingLFC_) February 14, 2019“Bayern haven’t done that well in their domestic league this season but they are still dangerous,” Hyypia told the Liverpool Echo.“We cannot afford to underestimate them. We have to go full on in both these games.Match Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).Hyppia also reckoned the Reds will miss the services of Van Dijk but remained confident another player could fill in his shoes.“Virgil [van Dijk] will be missed but I’m not too worried. That creates an opportunity for someone else to step up and take more responsibility. There are other players who can take his place.“We need to be very sharp from the off in the first game. Ideally, you want a lead to take over to Munich.“I know Bayern quite well and I think their weakness is in defending counter-attacks. We aren’t that bad at counter-attacks and I can see us scoring a few goals against Bayern in that manner over the two legs.”🎵 Sunshine, l̶o̶l̶l̶i̶p̶o̶p̶s̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶r̶a̶i̶n̶b̶o̶w̶s̶ ☀️We’ll take it! 😎#packmas #FCAFCB pic.twitter.com/NWIaiEcNSQ— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) February 13, 2019Bayern have struggled domestically this season and sit five points adrift of league leaders Borussia Dortmund in the table.A win over Augsburg in the Bundesliga fixture later today would further reduce the gap before their trip to Anfield.
00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSome local teens took on the challenge of public speaking under some big pressure Thursday.High school students competed in the 4th round of the San Diego Rotary Club’s 33rd Speech Contest.Participants selected a topic they are passionate about, along with guidelines set by the Rotary Club.The purpose is to inspire the kids to have the courage to speak in front of a group and build confidence. Posted: April 26, 2018 High school students compete in Rotary Club 33 Speech Contest Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom April 26, 2018 KUSI Newsroom,
Members of the voting delegates of the American Soybean Association (ASA) reaffirmed the association’s commitment to a comprehensive long-term farm bill, as well as additional critical soybean industry priorities, including exports and trade, transportation and biotechnology, among many others during its annual meeting Saturday during the final day of the 2013 Commodity Classic in Kissimmee, Fla.”The resolutions process is a great reminder that ASA’s policies come directly from the ground up,” said ASA President Danny Murphy, a soybean farmer from Canton, Miss. “The policies are raised, voted on and established as ASA priorities through an entirely farmer-driven process. It keeps farmers involved and it keeps ASA firmly tied to the everyday concerns of soybean farmers.”Farm BillWithin the farm bill resolution language, ASA maintained that any new farm bill must not distort planting decisions, and it should protect and strengthen crop insurance as a viable risk management tool for soybean producers. While ASA supported the revenue-based Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) program in previous farm bill negotiations, ASA noted that it recognizes funding may be insufficient to cover the cost of this type of program, in which case, ASA also expressed its openness to consider strengthening the current crop insurance program with a Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) program similar to that which was included in both the Senate and House versions of the bill.Given that ASA recognizes some commodities also are interested in a program that protects against long-term price declines, the voting delegates affirmed ASA’s openness to including a program based on target prices and price losses in a new farm bill, provided that payments are decoupled from planting decisions. ASA will continue to oppose a target price program that would interfere with the ability of producers to respond to the market by distorting planting decisions.Also in the farm bill discussion, delegates noted that in order to pay for the costs of improvements to crop insurance, SCO, and a decoupled target price program and to meet part of any deficit reduction targets, Direct Payments may have to be reduced or eliminated. As has been ASA’s position throughout the negotiations, ASA encourages agriculture to accept its fair share of spending reductions, provided they are proportionate with cuts to other federal programs and do not weaken the federal crop insurance program.The farm bill resolution approved by the delegates also contained language encouraging Congress to protect valuable programs streamlining conservation programs, reauthorizing and funding biodiesel and biobased education programs, agricultural research, trade development and food aid programs.TradeASA’s delegates formalized the association’s support of a comprehensive Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) Agreement with the European Union that would provide meaningful market access for exports of U.S. soybean products and address trade barriers, including current EU biotechnology policies, and the Renewable Energy Directive (RED).TransportationASA continues support of funding for waterways infrastructure including additional and alternative financing measures that provide a steadier and more reliable funding stream to reduce project costs and timeframes for completion.BiotechnologyBiotechnology was also a key topic of discussion, as delegates voted to encourage the swift approval and deregulation of high-oleic soybeans. The delegates also established the association’s opposition to state food labeling requirements that go beyond those implemented by the federal government.RegulationOn regulatory matters, ASA’s delegates supported raising the quantity of on-farm fuel storage that would be subject to the EPA’s new regulations requiring containment plans and practices to 10,000 gallons or greater. Delegates also expressed support for voluntary conservation and water-quality programs that are farmer led.SustainabilityFinally, delegates endorsed the work undertaken by the soybean industry to develop a “U.S. Soy Sustainability Assurance Protocol” that documents and promotes to buyers worldwide that U.S. soybeans are the world’s most sustainably-produced soybeans.The resolutions passed by the delegates on Friday will be available in full on the ASA website, www.soygrowers.com, in the coming weeks.ASA represents all U.S. soybean farmers on domestic and international issues of importance to the soybean industry. ASA’s advocacy efforts are made possible through voluntary farmer membership by farmers in 30 states where soybeans are grown.###For more information contact:Danny Murphy, ASA President, 601-906-3809, email@example.comPatrick Delaney, ASA Communications Director, 202-969-7040, firstname.lastname@example.org
The American Soybean Association (ASA) emphasized the importance of addressing rail service issues and their negative impacts on soybean growers, at a public hearing before the Surface Transportation Board on Thursday.ASA Director Lance Peterson, a soybean farmer from Underwood, Minn., represented ASA at the hearing in Washington D.C., highlighting the great impact the railways have on soybean farmers who rely on the transportation to get their crop to the growing world population.“Soybeans are especially impacted by transportation costs, as over 50 percent of U.S. soybeans are exported and soybeans and soy products are the leading U.S. agricultural export, with an export value of over $28 billion in 2013,” Peterson said. “Many in the world rely on U.S. soybean farmers to meet their protein and vegetable oil demands. U.S. farmers, in turn, rely on trucks, rail, and barges to move our products to those markets.”Peterson said that while a great deal of discussion has taken place in the last few months in regards to inadequate rail movement in the upper Midwest, centered on slow shipments due to cold weather—warmer weather may not fix the problems.“The real issue is the shifting of rail assets to the rapidly expanding oil industry. This is occurring at the expense of long standing shippers who rely heavily on rail movement to conduct their business he said. “As an agricultural producer in Western Minnesota I am faced with a direct and substantial financial impact. Inadequate rail service directly drives up the cost per rail car by thousands of dollars. This is reflected in the price I am paid locally.”When tabulated for the thousands of farm operations across the upper Midwest, the losses will be in the hundreds of millions and potentially over one billion dollars.“This is making lenders hesitant and could make it difficult for farmers to get operating loans to finance their business. A restriction on operating loans would have a devastating impact on farmers and on the rural economy,” Peterson said. “And the impact to agricultural producers is not just on the shipping of harvested commodities to market, but also in getting inputs, such as fertilizer, to the farm to produce a crop in the first place. For many of us, that time is now or is rapidly approaching.”Another issue Peterson presented was the fact that the demand for soybean rail shipments is expected to continue growing in key states where rail service issues are already having trouble keeping up today.Most forecasts indicate that soybean shipments will be increasing and the rail network needs to accommodate this growth along with the growth in crude oil shipmentsFor our part, to address demand over the long-term, ASA will continue to carry the message to Congress and the Administration in support of policies that encourage or provide direct investments in expanding transportation capacity, including rail, trucks and waterways. These would include a tax credit applied to new rail infrastructure, l, funding for waterways infrastructure, and increased truck weight limits that will expand transportation capacity and increase transportation service competition. Steps to improve and expand energy infrastructure could also alleviate rail demand by providing alternative ways to accommodate the growing domestic oil and gas production.For a full transcript of Peterson’s comments, please click here.
Cheryl Harvey was chipper as can be during Christmas dinner. It didn’t seem to disappoint her that she’d hoped to bring cherry pie and whipped cream, but all she could afford in the end was a jar of kosher dill pickles.Those dills were snappy and delicious all day long, and Harvey loved watching her friends munch them, as appetizers, as they got ready to feast.Harvey is from Portland, but these days she and her husband are living on the floor of St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Orchards. St. Andrew is one of two local Lutheran churches that offer up their floors for homeless folks who can’t find a bed at any of the permanent homeless shelters in the area. The other one is St. Paul, in downtown Vancouver. St. Andrew has 50 bed spaces that are intended for women and families; St. Paul has 24 beds for single men.Normally, the Winter Hospitality Overflow program requires overnight guests to rise at 6:45 a.m. and hit the road by 8 a.m. But on Christmas Day, St. Andrew’s doors were open to the homeless all day long.Oddly enough, not a lot of folks hung around for the day. There were only about a dozen enjoying Christmas dinner when The Columbian stopped by at 4:30 p.m.
The Vancouver Police Department, looking to bolster its volunteer program, is accepting applications for Neighbors on Watch through Jan. 24. The volunteer group augments police efforts by patrolling neighborhoods on foot, bike or by vehicle to help search for missing people, locate stolen vehicles and aid detectives on special projects. Volunteers act as visible, non-confrontational crime prevention and detection. Within the past two years, Neighbors on Watch volunteers located 77 stolen automobiles.Currently, there are 100 volunteers that participate in the program, but agency spokeswoman Kim Kapp said they are hoping to get that number to 300. Applicants for the training program must be U.S. citizens who live in Vancouver, can pass a background investigation and can dedicate four hours a month to public safety and crime prevention. Those interested should contact Vancouver Police Volunteer Coordinator Kelly Cheney at 360-487-7490, or visit Vancouver Police Department.