Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 21, 2016 – 20 new Recruits in Passing Out Parade was held at the Gus Lightbourne Gym after a change of venue was forced by the rain on Friday. With addresses given by HE John Freeman, Governor, Police Commissioner James Smith and ASP Hilton Duncan.Awards were given in Weapons Training, Physical Training and Self Defense. ‘Aim high, stay strong’ was one of the nuggets of advice for the new officers. Related Items:#20newofficersfortcipf, #newrecruitsgraduate Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 7, 2016 – Nomination Day for the Turks and Caicos is in 11 days on Friday November 18 and this past Friday night, candidates got their nomination packages and had some questions answered by the Elections Office during a special convening at the Airport Hotel conference room.We heard that the voting ballot paper for the at large candidates will be whopping 11×18 inches, that there will be two ballot papers – one for district and the other for the all island or at large. Candidates heard plans to ensure a swift voting process for the electors, new allowances for poll workers, expanded voting for the larger districts and venues for the polling places.All agreed that the Elections Office will have to take on an assertive educational campaign and some of that responsibility was passed on to the candidates by Elections Supervisor, Dudley Lewis. Nomination process will take place from 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm on the one day – November 18; endorsements for the Candidates must come from within the district for constituency seats and there must be at least two who will stand by and endorse the nominee.For at large, the endorsees can come from any constituency. There is a $500 deposit required.Go to Magnetic MediaTV.com to see the nomination sites.
The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 6, 2017 – Nassau – The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, says “although it is too early to be certain, at first sight it appears that a number of fires were started in the area. Because of the high winds currently being experienced on New Providence, it appears that at least one of those fires blew across the boundary and ignited the Public Landfill.”NEMA has mobilized its resources and yesterday issued an evacuation order. NEMA in that statement overnight also confirmed that the government would reach out to international partners for assistance, if and when the situation warrants it.They quote PM Christie as saying, “ The number one priority is to ensure that everyone is safe. I am confident that the Emergency Services are doing whatever is required to make certain that no one comes to harm. We have already made every resource available to limit the damage to property, and to minimize the environmental impact.”#MagneticMediaNews Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Related Items:#magneticmedianews
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 6, 2017 – Providenciales – Bring your kite out for some fun and friendly competition on the beach this Easter weekend as the Turks and Caicos Tourist Board presents the 25th Annual Kite Flying Competition.The much anticipated event will span the holiday weekend, with competitions held on Saturday, April 15th at Governor’s Beach in Grand Turk and at the Iris Stubbs Primary School in South Caicos, then on April 17th (Easter Monday) the festivities will continue at The Bight Park in Providenciales and at the Horse Stable Beach in North Caicos.“The Tourist Board looks forward to another year of friendly community competition, goodwill and community spirit that the Annual Kite Flying Competition has created over the years,” says Oehleo Higgs, Senior Public Relations Officer. “We encourage our residents and visitors of the various communities, as well as corporate and civic groups, to come out and enjoy a good day of family fun.” The Annual Kite Flying Competition continues to display the traditional art of kite making and kite flying—a pastime for many local children and a treat for visitors to the destination. Now in its 25th year, the signature event is expected to be most exciting. With the valued support from corporate sponsors, this year’s event will include the annual Easter Egg Hunt, face painting, and giveaways, as well as lots of food and drinks on sale by local non-profit organizations.Kites entering the annual competition must be handmade and registered with the judges prior to taking flight. Kites in all classes must fly for at least 5 minutes. Kites flown in last year’s competitions will be disqualified from entry. Prizes and trophies will be given for The Smallest Kite, The Largest Kite, Best Company Kite, Best Traditional Kite and the Best Overall Kite. Children and adults are welcome to fly non-competition kites throughout the day and beyond the competition period.For more information regarding the 25th Annual Kite Flying Competition, contact the Tourist Board office in Providenciales at (649) 946-4970 or in Grand Turk at (649) 946 2321.#25AnnualKiteFlyingcompetition Related Items:#25AnnualKiteFlyingcompetition Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Tremendous Turnout for 25th Annual Kite Flying Competition
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 8, 2017 – Grand Bahama – Minister of State for Grand Bahama in the Office of the Prime Minister, Senator the Hon. Kwasi Thompson, on Friday reassured workers that the government knows their plight, and is working for them. Minister Thompson’s address came following the annual Labour Day March.Also present for the march were Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest; Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Hon. Michael Pintard; Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Works, the Hon. Iram Lewis; and the Hon. Frederick McAlpine, MP for Pineridge Constituency. Opposition Senator, the Hon. Fred Mitchell was also present.He said, “We would not have a government if it were not for you. We would not have an economy if it were not for you, we would not have a work force, if it were not for you. You ought to be congratulated, the people who come to work every day and give your best every day, you ought to be congratulated. So please give yourselves another round of applause.”The Minister said that he, along with his colleagues, have an open door policy for union leaders and will advocate for them around the table.“The reality is the workers supported us to be where we are today. We would not be sitting in the seat we sit had it not been for you the workers of Grand Bahama and this country. We realize that. You’ve given us a mandate. You’ve told us that you want change and it is now up to us to ensure that that change happens. “Obviously change will not happen overnight,” he continued, “but we are dedicated and we have started from day one to ensure that we live up to the mandate you have given us.”In closing, Minister Thompson said the government is committed to not only enhancing the employment that currently exists in Grand Bahama, but will create more employment on the island. “We want to ensure that you know that we are on the job, we are working. We know what your issues are and we know what your plight is.”Press Release: BISPhoto Captions: The Hon. Kwasi Thompson (BIS Photo/Vandyke Hepburn)LEADERS WALKING WITH WORKERS – Government leaders, marched with the workers during the annual Labour Day March on Friday, June 2, 2017. Shown are: Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Hon. Michael Pintard (centre left) and Minister of State for Grand Bahama in the Office of the Prime Minister, Senator the Hon. Kwasi Thompson (centre right). (BIS Photo/Vandyke Hepburn)
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, August 29, 2017 – Providenciales – It is illegal to #marry a foreigner just to keep them in the country and the Ministry of Border Control and Employment on Tuesday issued a statement to remind the public of this fact. The notice comes during an immigration initiative designed to crackdown on immigrants who are illegally residing within the Turks and Caicos.The Ministry also reminded that anyone caught committing this offense will pay a hefty fine and could be jailed; $10,000 or two years imprisonment or both. It has now been 15 days since the new measures were instituted where anyone found resident in TCI without legal status will be deported and added to a stop list, where first time work permit applications are not being accepted and processed at this time and where travel visa requests for all countries are on hold.#MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #marry
Former Real Madrid midfielder Esteban Cambiasso reckons that Sergio Ramos and Antonio Conte will get on along with each other well due to their winning personalitiesCurrent Real manager Julen Lopetegui’s future is now in serious doubt after a humiliating 5-1 defeat at the hands of Barcelona in Sunday’s El Clasico.Speculation has only grown over the past 24 hours that Conte is set to replace Lopetegui in the dugout this week.But Ramos refused to even consider Conte after Real’s latest defeat.“You have to gain respect, not impose it”, said the Spaniard.Report: Inter go top with win over Udinese George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Inter Milan are top of Serie A after beating Udinese to make it three wins out of three.Antonio Conte’s career at Inter Milan, could…But Cambiasso, who made 65 appearances for Real across a two-year spell, doubts there will be any problems between Ramos and Conte at the Santiago Bernabeu.“I think the best players want to have the best managers,” Cambiasso told Sky Italia.“Ramos will have fun with Conte because the only thing that you want after taking five goals from Barcelona is a winner on the bench and both Conte and Ramos are winners.”Real confirmed today that Lopetegui remained in charge for the first-team training session this morning.Cambiasso also played for Inter Milan over the course of his playing career, where he won the Serie A five times and a Champions League crown across a decade-long spell.
Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic revealed a long-held dream of his to play Premier League football someday, amid interest from Manchester UnitedThe 29-year-old had been heavily linked with a move to United in the summer following his impressive World Cup campaign for Croatia.However, Perisic remained at Inter for this season and has retained his place as a key member of Luciano Spalletti’s side.But now Perisic suggests that a move to England may not be off the table just yet.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I have always said that [playing in the Premier League] is my dream,” said Perisic, according to talkSPORT.“In football everything is possible, we will see in the future. Now, I’m focusing on Inter.”Perisic has managed two goals and assists in 16 appearances for Inter this season.The Croatia international will likely start for tonight’s Champions League match at Tottenham with kick-off set for 21:00 (CET).
AS Monaco coach Thierry Henry was satisfied with the way debutant Cesc Fabregas evolved as the game progressed in their 1-1 draw at MarseilleYouri Tielemans cancelled out Maxime Lopez’s opener for Marseille at the Stade Velodrome to hand Monaco a point in Ligue 1 on Sunday.While the result left Les Monegasques down in 19th-place in the standings, Henry was pleased with Fabregas’ impact on his debut.The Spaniard, who arrived from Chelsea last week, played the full 90 minutes of the league match and did well in the centre of the Monaco midfield.“Cesc evolved with the game. Minute after minute, he started to put his hand on the game and take that break,” said Henry, according to FourFourTwo.PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“Naldo also does it behind, [Fabregas] does it in the middle, Rony Lopes does it too, this break between the lines, to be able to see where we have to play, see what the team gives you, where to give the ball.“On some actions, we could have finished better, but it comes step by step. We have to try to make progress, but I think that, especially in terms of mood, this point is good if we win the next games.“It’s good for the mood, especially when we are away. It’s good for the mood and the way it went, where once again we had to react and we did it.”Monaco will next face OGC Nice on Wednesday in another Ligue 1 fixture.
Former English striker Michael Owen believes Callum Hudson-Odoi wouldn’t be any better off at Bayern Munich than he is at Chelsea right now.The 18-year-old winger is frustrated with his lack of regular opportunities at Stamford Bridge this season and has allegedly informed Chelsea of his desire to leave.Bayern Munich have been strongly linked with a move for Hudson-Odoi in this month’s transfer window after sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic confirmed their interest.Blues boss Maurizio Sarri, however, announced this week that he’s been personally informed by the club board that there are no plans to allow Hudson-Odoi to leave.And Owen, who himself starred as a young player for both Liverpool and England, is baffled by the idea that Hudson-Odoi could be guaranteed more playing time at a club as big as Bayern.“I’ve been interested in this sort of thing for five or six years now and had a meeting with the FA about the whole dynamic of youngsters coming through and what we needed to do to change, whether that be the loan market or introducing B teams into the leagues,” said Owen, via Independent.“The FA have made one or two changes to make it better but we are still seeing players going abroad to further their careers and get more game time.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“I commend that but the strange one in this situation is how anybody thinks that a player can leave Chelsea and go to a team like Bayern Munich and then be guaranteed to play even more.“It’s Bayern Munich for crying out loud. It’s not a weak team on the continent. We’re talking Bayern Munich.“I’m not sure anybody has ever been given absolute assurances that they’re going to play X amount of games when they’ve been signed.“I can’t understand why everyone assumes you would go to Bayern Munich and be guaranteed to play more than you would at Chelsea.“We are talking another level up and one of the top five clubs in the world. Have a look at Bayern’s team. It’s not bad and it’s not going to be easy to penetrate into that.“I admire anybody that is doing it for the right reasons, but he is only 18 and is integrating into the first team. I don’t think Chelsea are doing a bad job in blooding a talented youngster.”
San Diego Has Fourth-Highest Homeless Population Among U.S. Regions, HUD Says KUSI Newsroom Categories: Health, Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter December 17, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego County had the fourth-most homeless residents in the U.S. this year, according to a report released Monday by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.San Diego County’s data was taken from the 2018 Point in Time Study, completed Jan. 26. The region had an official count of 8,576 homeless residents during the three-hour window in which the count took place, behind Seattle/King County in Washington, Los Angeles County and New York City, which topped the list with 78,676 homeless residents.According to the report, roughly 5,000 members of San Diego’s homeless population are unsheltered, living on the street, in a vehicle or in a hand- built structure such as a tent. Another 3,500 homeless residents were sheltered at the time of the study, living in emergency shelters, safe havens and transitional housing.The county’s count could be higher than 9,000 homeless residents, however, because the San Diego Regional Task Force on the Homeless did not count residents in recreational vehicles and some residents in shelters. County officials and homeless advocates believe the actual homeless population could total as high as 9,220, but the true count has remained opaque since the task force, which oversees the Point in Time County, announced the error May 31.Overall, California leads all other states with 129,972 homeless individuals, followed by New York at 91,897. At the time the counts were completed in January, California laid claim to 24 percent of the country’s total homeless population. Combined with New York, Florida, Texas and Washington, roughly half of the country’s homeless population was clustered in five states.Homelessness in California has declined in recent years despite the robust total. The state’s homeless population fell by 1,560, or 1.2 percent, from 2017 to 2018 and 9,014, or 6.5 percent, from 2007 to 2018. New York and Massachusetts have seen the biggest increases from 2007 to 2018, adding 29,296 and 4,941 homeless residents to their counts, respectively. KUSI Newsroom, Posted: December 17, 2018
Posted: February 14, 2019 February 14, 2019 KUSI Newsroom 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 SettingsCLAIREMONT (KUSI)- With the fierce torrent of rain and winter, many trees are coming down.KUSI’s Sasha Foo has more on this story. Storm brings down trees across San Diego County KUSI Newsroom, 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 SettingsCARDIFF (KUSI)- A dead tree was scheduled to be removed from a Cardiff apartment complex earlier this week but the strong winds from the storm toppled the tree ahead of schedule.KUSI’s Allie Wagner has more on that story. Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter
Updated: 5:17 PM US to demolish Trump’s border wall prototypes in San Diego AP, KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News AP, KUSI Newsroom February 27, 2019 Posted: February 27, 2019 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 SettingsSAN DIEGO (AP) — The government is demolishing eight prototypes of Donald Trump’s prized border wall that instantly became powerful symbols of his presidency when they were built nine months after he took office.The Trump administration says elements of the prototypes have been melded into current border fence designs and they have served their purpose.https://twitter.com/DanPlanteKUSI/status/1100836661322108928The four concrete and four steel panels, spaced closely together steps from an existing barrier separating San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico, were one of Trump’s top priorities, and he visited the location a year ago to see the installations firsthand.In this Feb. 5, 2019 file photo a Border Patrol agent walks towards prototypes for a border wall in San Diego. The Trump administration on Wednesday, Feb. 27 plans to demolish eight prototypes of the president’s prized border wall that the government built near San Diego one year ago. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull,File)For Trump’s allies, the towering models were a show of his commitment to border security and fulfilling a core campaign promise. For detractors, they were monuments to wasted taxpayer dollars and a misguided display of aggression toward Mexico and immigrants seeking a new home in the United States.Public access to the prototypes was blocked from the San Diego side, turning an impoverished Tijuana neighborhood into a popular spot for journalists, demonstrators and curious observers. Artists displayed light shows on the walls with messages such as “Refugees Welcome Here” next to an image of the Statue of Liberty.People climbed piles of trash against a short border fence that has since been replaced to get a clear view from Mexico. Some asylum-seekers hoisted their children over the fence in front of construction crews to turn themselves in to agents.Their removal, slated to begin Wednesday, makes way to extend a second layer of barrier with steel bollards, similar to slats, topped by a metal plate rising 30 feet (9.1 meters) from the ground, the same design being used elsewhere on the border. The new barrier vaguely resembles some of the steel prototypes but looks nothing like the solid concrete panels, which were widely panned because border agents can’t see what’s happening on the other side.The nearly $3 billion that Congress has provided for barriers during the first half of Trump’s term requires that money be spent on designs that were in place before May 2017, effectively prohibiting the prototypes from being used and denying Trump bragging rights to say he built his wall. It’s unclear if the restriction would apply to the billions of dollars that Trump wants to spend by declaring a national emergency on the nation’s southern border.The prototypes are coming down during the same week that the House voted to block Trump’s emergency declaration.The eight prototypes, which cost $300,000 to $500,000 each to build, vary by slopes, thickness and curves. Bidding guidelines called from them to withstand at least an hour of punishment from a sledgehammer, pickaxe, torch, chisel or battery-operated tools and to prevent use of climbing aids such as grappling hooks.The guidelines also required they be “aesthetically pleasing” from the U.S. side. One has two shades of blue with white trim. The others are gray, tan or brown — in sync with the desert.The Department of Homeland Security redirected $20 million from its budget in February 2017, a month after Trump took office, to pay for the prototypes and smaller mock-ups built farther from the border that have already been dismantled. The open bidding generated a wide range of ideas, some of them whimsical or far-fetched. One bidder wanted a wall large enough for a deck that would offer tourists scenic views of the desert.Bidders met fierce criticism from wall opponents. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mexico said any Mexican companies who expressed interest were betraying their country.The government rigorously tested the designs and, according to a summary from the Government Accountability Office, found that the concrete walls posed “extensive” construction challenges and the others posed “substantial” or “moderate” challenges. Six of the eight would require extensive changes to accommodate drainage.Border Patrol spokesman Ross Wilkin noted that authorities never claimed the prototypes would be impenetrable and that they simply wanted to know how much time it took to crack each one.The appeal to private industry for ideas was a new approach to building barriers and provided many lessons to guide construction, he said. That includes learning that certain materials were unsuitable for quick repairs and that combining different surfaces, like bollards topped by plates, were more effective.“They were tested and evaluated,” Wilkin said. “They’re not required anymore. It’s time for them to go.”The new barrier replaces a steel-mesh fence that runs more than 12 miles (19 kilometers) from the Pacific Ocean, which worked like a fortress when it was built a decade ago but is now regularly breached with powerful battery-operated saws only recently made available in home improvement stores. It will then extend another mile or so over the prototype site. SLSCO Ltd. of Galveston, Texas, won the $101 million contract in December and started work last week.Work on replacing the first-layer barrier, also with steel bollards and metal plates up to 30 feet high, runs the same length as the second layer and is nearly finished. The previous first-layer barrier was a short fence made of old airplane landing mats used by the military.The prototypes and new construction continue a long presence of border activity in the adjoining Tijuana neighborhood, initially occupied by squatters who later bought the land. Guillermina Fernandez, who sells plants out of her home and at a public market, said smugglers once brought large groups of migrants and dug small holes under the old fence.About 15 years ago, Fernandez, 54, briefly turned her patio into a dining area for migrants. A smuggler once ordered and paid for two sandwiches for each of his 100 customers, one to eat in Mexico and one in the U.S. Campfires kept people warm while waiting for an opening to dart past Border Patrol agents.“It looked like a party here,” she said.Illegal crossings in San Diego have fallen dramatically since barriers were installed in the 1990s and mid-2000s, but some migrants go around them and others go over them.Fernandez and her husband, Cesar Gonzalez, says scouts still climb an electrical tower for commanding views into the U.S. and radio with other smugglers to tell them when and where to cross.Residents complain that outsiders illegally dump trash on their dirt roads that lack street lights. They say the new wall has produced one benefit: The bollards allow the Border Patrol’s bright lights to seep in and provide some visibility at night. FacebookTwitter
They are the heart of the family and the backbone of their farm operation. They are farm moms, and they nourish, nurse and care for everything and everyone in their families, on their farms and in their communities. To once again recognize and thank these inspiring women, Monsanto Company it has opened up nominations for its 2015 America’s Farmers Mom of the Year contest. Nominations will be accepted now through March 31.The America’s Farmers Mom of the Year program is one of the most fulfilling things we have the honor of doing all year,” says Tracy Mueller, Monsanto Corporate Brand Communications Manager. “Each year we read about the strong, caring and dedicated moms who not only help raise their crops, livestock and other agricultural goods, but who nurture their families and actively support their communities. Every story is amazing.”Anyone can nominate their favorite farm mom, whether it’s their mom, sister, aunt, daughter, friend or community member. Just visit AmericasFarmers.com during the nomination period and submit a brief essay online or by mail that explains how the nominated farm mom contributes to her family, farm, community and agriculture. Be sure to address all four areas as a panel of judges from American Agri-Women will use that as part of the criteria they use to help Monsanto select five regional winners.“It’s so humbling to read about all of the amazing farm moms who give so much of themselves and ask for nothing in return,” says Donnell Scott, Vice President of Education for American Agri-Women. “It truly is just a part of who they are, and they don’t expect, or want, a lot of credit or attention for what they do. It’s their selflessness that makes our job to judge the nominations extremely difficult, but also so rewarding.”The five regional winners will be announced at the end of April, and each winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize. Profiles of the winners will then be posted to AmericasFarmers.com, where the public can vote for one national farm mom winner. Announced just prior to Mother’s Day, the national winner will receive an additional $5,000 cash prize above and beyond her regional prize, for a total of $10,000.For more information on the program or for complete eligibility requirements and official contest rules visit AmericasFarmers.com. Interested parties may also send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to America’s Farmers Mom of the Year, Attn: Sue Dillon, 349 Marshall Ave., Ste. 200, St. Louis, MO 63119.
American Soybean Association (ASA) Director Joe Steinkamp called on Congress to double funding for the Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) programs, testifying in a hearing today to the effectiveness and necessity of export promotion programs in expanding U.S. agriculture exports.Testifying on behalf of ASA, the Coalition to Promote U.S. Agricultural Exports and the Agribusiness Coalition for Foreign Market Development before the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture, Steinkamp touted agricultural exports as the strongest positive contributor to the U.S. trade balance and highlighted the need to increase funding for these programs.“Despite the tremendous growth in U.S. agricultural exports, the effective level of federal funding that reaches the agricultural cooperators carrying out market development work has steadily eroded,” said Steinkamp, who farms in Evansville, Ind., and also serves as an Indiana Soybean Alliance director.Steinkamp specifically urged Congress to increase funding for MAP to $400 million annually and for FMD to $69 million annually, with the increases phased in as part of the next Farm Bill.“Increasing exports is a significant tool to improve the lives of America’s farmers and ranchers while creating jobs, expanding the farm economy and the larger U.S. economy, and increasing revenues to the Treasury,” Steinkamp testified. “The FMD and MAP programs have been critically important to this success.”According to USDA’s Economic Research Service, the $150 billion in U.S. agricultural exports that occurred in 2014 supported 1.1 million full time U.S. civilian jobs, representing 7,550 jobs for every $1 billion of agricultural export revenue.“Agricultural exports are one the brightest lights in the U.S. economy, with a strong multiplier effect that is especially pronounced in rural communities” testified Steinkamp as he reiterated his call to double funding for export promotion programs.For a full copy of Steinkamp’s testimony, please contact the ASA Washington office.
For a face-off between two moderates, the general election race in the 3rd Congressional District is already shaping up as quite the slugfest. The contest between Democrat Denny Heck and Republican Jaime Herrera for the job of representing Southwest Washington’s 3rd District has been on the radar of both political parties for months. One of 10 House races in the nation ranked as toss-ups, it promises to be both expensive and rancorous.Republican and Democratic campaign committees began lobbing charges and countercharges in the race Wednesday morning, even as ballot were still being counted. On Thursday, the conservative pro-business group Americans for Prosperity began running TV attack ads against Heck in a $180,000 ad buy. And the party campaign committees are expected to dump buckets of money into both campaigns over the next 70 days. “We’ll see a large investment on both sides, even though we haven’t seen the Republicans put money on this race quite yet,” said David Wasserman, who tracks and handicaps House races as an editor at Cook Political Reports in Washington, D.C. “They’re focusing on cheaper districts right now. They can’t necessarily afford to buy media in the Portland and Seattle markets.”The national attention the race has grabbed isn’t surprising. It’s been a dozen years since the Southwest Washington House seat has been open, with no incumbent running. Plus, Rep. Brian Baird’s announcement in December that he would not run for a seventh term came just as Republicans, bent on taking control of Congress next year, began mounting an all-out election-year offensive.
Vancouver-based CDM Services will layoff half of its 200 employees starting Nov. 1, according to the nonprofit, which provides in-home care services for the elderly and disabled. CDM filed a notice of its plans with the Washington Employment Security Department on Tuesday. The layoffs are the result of a state Department of Health and Human Services plan to cut costs by moving 6,000 elderly and disabled people, currently clients of home-care agencies such as CDM, to an independent care-provider program. About half of CDM’s 300 state-supported clients will be affected when the change takes effect in November, executive director Eric Erickson said. CDM may seek opportunities to merge with other nonprofits in order to continue to provide in-home services, he said.