Beef crisis agreement reached as dispute talks end

first_imgAn agreement to the end beef crisis has been reached after marathon talks over the weekend, the agriculture minister has confirmed.The deal includes an immediate increase in prices for farmers and reform of the Irish beef sector.The agreement withdraws all legal proceedings against farm organisations and individual farmers. Dozens of farmers in Carrigans joined the nationwide protest last month outside the Foyle Meats factory.All parties to the agreement agreed to work to end blockades and protests at meat factories.Cattle slaughtering at blockaded plants has been halted during the talks process.Some retailers have experienced beef supply issues and several large processors are struggling to meet export contracts, as a result of the protest. The deal will see the current bonus for 30-month cattle increase from 12 to 20 cent per kilo.A new bonus for steers and heifers aged 30-36 months, of eight cent a kilo, is to be introduced.And a new bonus is also to be introduced for some O grade cattle, the 12 cent a kilo bonus will benefit dairy farmers in particular.A new Beef Taskforce is to be established. It will examine the beef industry and will be independently chaired.An independent review of price composition in the supply chain is also to be commissioned. In a statement, the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed said: “I wish to thank all participants in this process for their contribution towards agreeing a way forward for the Irish beef sector.“I hope that this agreement will prove to be a first step in fostering stronger partnerships in this critical sector for the Irish economy and for rural Ireland.”Meat Industry Ireland welcomed the agreement this afternoon.In a statement released this afternoon, MII said: “We recognise the challenges all involved in our industry face. The agreed package contains significant positive financial initiatives by MII members, in areas of specifications, bonuses and supply chain transparency. “The agreement requires that all protests and illegal blockades cease immediately so that normal processing can recommence, employees can return to work, farmers can sell their animals, and efforts can be made to rebuild customer confidence.“This has been an extremely damaging episode for all stakeholders in the beef and sheep sectors. It has occurred at a time of significant and continuing challenges in the EU beef market.“It is of particular concern given the closeness of Brexit and the major implications that a no-deal outcome presents for our sector,” said the statement.Beef crisis agreement reached as dispute talks end was last modified: September 15th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Warriors’ Damion Lee a candidate for team’s 15th roster spot

first_img* * *Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book* * *SACRAMENTO – The original itinerary entailed Damion Lee preparing for a G-League game. Then, that changed with one phone call.The Warriors informed Lee on Nov. 16 they would need him for a game against Dallas the following day amid injuries to Stephen Curry and Draymond Green. So instead of playing for Santa Cruz against the South Bay Lakers, Lee flew to Dallas …last_img read more

Weather to dominate markets

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Weather features will dominate U.S. grain markets for at least the next 60 days. Those weather features will be in both North America and South America. As the U.S. began the winter weather season last month, several items stood out. First, the Plains and the hard red winter wheat grown in that area went into dormancy among the latest dates in history. That late dormancy was a result of one of the warmest and driest record fall periods. The same dry and warm conditions seen in the U.S. Plains were also dominant in the Midwest. Harvest in Ohio took place with very few rain delays this fall. Second, the southern half of the U.S. will see relatively warm and dry conditions. It will bring concerns of potential winter kill for U.S. wheat if the winter lacks sufficient snow cover to protect the wheat plant. Third, the northern half of the U.S. will see colder than normal conditions. The central and eastern portions of the U.S. likely will see several bouts of transportation headaches compounded by colder than normal temperatures taking place at the same time as heavy snowfalls.What is different this year? The Polar Vortex that Ohio suddenly came to know several years ago is once again upon us. Digging further into weather patterns, the Polar Vortex can either be stable or unstable. The past two winters it was in a stable pattern. That pattern trapped the cold air from Siberia further north up into Canada, giving Ohio warmer than normal winters with snow amounts below normal. This year the nature of an unstable Polar Vortex will bring the cold air from Siberia further south into the U.S. bringing those cold weather patterns into the northern half of the U.S. This winter Ohio can expect two to three weeks of below normal temperatures followed by a warming pattern only to be repeated in a short period of time. Lather, rinse, repeat.Weather patterns from South America will greatly influence grain prices for the next three months. Last year a big reason for the corn and soybean rally from January to April was due to dry conditions in Argentina and southern Brazil. Northern Brazil at that same time was getting plenty of rainfall. Earlier this fall that pattern seemed like it could easily be repeated this year. Now with mid-December rains coming to Argentina along with forecasts calling for a normal rainfall pattern, that likelihood seems less certain. In addition, dry conditions seem to be becoming more pronounced in northern Brazil.For many weeks, U.S. soybean sales in October and November reached unheard of levels of 90 to 100 million bushels. Mid-December U.S. soybean sales were just 73 million bushels as soybean sales begin to see significantly more pressure from Brazil and Argentina. This shift in the origin of sales can produce price spikes and dips. It is not unusual for prices to move up and down, in a very choppy fashion — sometimes quickly and dramatically. What has been so unusual for the last several months has been the price rally in spite of record U.S. soybean production when so many had expected soybean prices to be much lower than they currently are. Many would call soybean prices overvalued. It has brought much excitement in November and December as producers have been anxious sellers of new crop 2017 soybeans with the November 2017 CBOT soybeans moving over the $10 mark.The reasons for price movement falling and rising can be broken down into two factors — demand and supply. When the market has focused on record U.S. soybean supply, prices have moved lower. Conversely when the focus shifts to record demand, prices have moved higher.China continues to focus on price and value when buying soybeans. Mid-December they bought at least 20 cargoes of U.S. soybeans in one week. This is in spite of the huge rally to the U.S. dollar since early November. Why the focus on U.S. soybeans? China’s currency is at several year lows, which has to be a huge factor.last_img read more

Twitter Users Get Hacked—By Twitter!

first_imgTwitter wanted everyone to know about wider availability of a new feature called TV ad targeting, which lets advertisers synchronize promoted-tweet campaigns with their TV spots. So it published a blog post describing results from a beta test of the feature that just happened to feature tweets from real Twitter users reacting to the TV ads.But while the users were real, their purported tweets were not, SFGate reported. Twitter has since tweeted (of course) an apology to the three users affected, added an apology to the top of the offending blog post and re-attributed the fake tweets to Twitter Ads employees.Neil Gottlieb, one of the users, said Twitter’s apology was “not an adequate accountability statement.” Gottlieb is currently speaking with an attorney to go over “the use of his likeness.”Image via Shutterstock Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting readwrite Tags:#ad networks#advertising#now#twitter 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd caretaker boss Solskjaer determined to ‘enjoy the ride’

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd caretaker boss Solskjaer determined to ‘enjoy the ride’by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he’s determined to “enjoy the ride” after taking charge this week.Solskjaer says it’s important for the players to start enjoying their football again.He said, “It’s great. It feels like coming home. It’s been a few whirlwind days. It’s been very hectic. It’s great to see everyone again.””I’m going to enjoy the ride. It’s six months. I’m back home. I’m going to be myself.”The club is running a process to find the next manager so I’m going to be myself in the meantime with Mick, Kieran and Michael.”We’ll get the players enjoying their football again.”Solskjaer added: “We’ve got a great set-up. The analysts were watching Cardiff this morning. I’ve seen the teams, I watch the Premier League.”It’s about us though, not the opposition. We want to see the players express themselves. Our main focus is us, the opposition comes later.” last_img read more

BC premier receives lukewarm reception at Chamber of Commerce luncheon

first_imgVICTORIA – Premier John Horgan told a group of business leaders in Victoria that he can feel their pain, but his government won’t back away from ending the medical fees charged to B.C. residents.Speaking to a crowd of about 400 at a Victoria Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Horgan said they’re committed to ending the medical services premium, placing the fee on businesses.Horgan said he has been hearing from businesses with concerns the 1.95 per cent employers health tax on firms will increase costs and the government has formed a small business task force to look for ways to reduce that burden.Horgan’s speech also touched on climate change, Indigenous rights issues, and his government’s speculation tax on vacant properties to provide more affordable housing and rental homes.He says the government is continuing to consult with businesses about the employer health tax, but that will be the direction the government is taking.The premier said he realizes there are challenges and the government wants to address them with business, but he was making no promises.“This is what the rest of the country is doing,” Horgan says. “This is not an anomaly. We are catching up.”Allan Cahoon, president and vice-chancellor at Royal Roads University, says the employer tax is a challenge.“What it means is we’re going to have to recalculate our ability to generate revenue and accommodate it,” he said. “It was a surprise to get it. I think we can figure out how to do it.”last_img read more

Imperial Oil going ahead with construction of 26B Aspen oilsands project

first_img(THE CANADIAN PRESS) CALGARY, A.B. – Imperial Oil Ltd. says it will go ahead with its $2.6-billion Aspen oilsands project.Construction will begin this year, with the project expected to start up in 2022.The Aspen project, located about 45 kilometres northeast of Fort McMurray, Alta., is expected to produce about 75,000 barrels of bitumen per day. It will use new oilsands recovery technology designed to lower the intensity of greenhouse gas emissions and water use.Imperial says the technology is estimated to reduce the intensity and water use by up to 25 percent, compared with traditional steam-assisted technology.“We do not take investment decisions lightly, particularly in these challenging times,” Rich Kruger, Imperial chairman, president and chief executive, said in a statement.“This is the right technology at the right time to make a competitive investment. We have made the decision to proceed now because we believe this advanced technology will further the evolution of Imperial’s oilsands business.”Imperial noted the project has the potential for the further development of up to another 75,000 barrels per day of production, depending on a number of factors, including project performance and overall business and market conditions.The Aspen project is expected to create about 700 jobs during peak construction and more than 200 jobs during operations.last_img read more

CM to blame for plight of sanitation workers Tiwari

first_imgNew Delhi: Following a video on social media showing sanitation workers entering sewers without safety equipment, Delhi BJP President Manoj Tiwari on Friday launched a fresh attack on the AAP-led Delhi government, accusing it of not taking care of them. In a statement, Tiwari blamed the Delhi government for the recent deaths of sanitation workers dying due to lack of appropriate protective gear. He said that despite promising to provide safety equipment for sanitation workers and mechanical sweepers in Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal has failed to fulfill them in the last four years.”Kejriwal is responsible for this plight of the sanitation workers. There is no other department of Delhi government except DJB under the Chief Minister but he is not looking after the sanitation workers who are dying due to lack of facilities,” he said. Accusing the Delhi Chief Minister of having double standards, the MP from North-East Delhi accused the AAP of indulging in appeasement politics, while seemingly not caring for the poor sanitation workers who face dangers of toxic inhalation to earn a living. Tiwari claimed that he has been demanding for salary hikes and safety equipment for sanitation workers, but to no avail. “BJP is committed to the security of sanitation workers and for the betterment of their conditions,” he said. Promising a change in working conditions of Delhi’s sanitation workers, Tiwari said that such change can be affected only if the saffron party comes back to power at the Centre.last_img read more

America Loves Curling — Until It Forgets About It For Four Years

It’s tough to say for sure, but I’m concerned that our boss, FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver, may have developed a curling addiction these past few weeks: Luge38.750.50+38.25 Curling85.254.57+80.68 Figure skating79.504.97+74.53 Freestyle skiing3.750.45+3.30 Curling’s spike is even sharper in worldwide searches. Across the entire globe, curling-related search-traffic index goes up by 84 points in Olympic months, compared with non-Olympic ones. (By comparison, figure skating is only up 71 points during Olympic months worldwide.) Although gaining a passionate following during the Olympics has been a victory in itself for curling, these kinds of disparities have the sport’s leaders looking for a way to stay on people’s minds after the games end.“The Olympics have definitely driven growth and exposure, but the key for us is not to disappear between Olympics,” Patzke told ESPN. “You can get really popular for 17 days and then go away, you know?”Perhaps the next step will be for curling fanatics like Nate to keep tweeting during bonspiels that aren’t festooned with five interlocking rings everywhere you look. Alpine skiing9.502.28+7.22 (Check the timestamps on those tweets, by the way.)He’s not alone, though. Every four years, there’s a fresh volley of articles about how curling captures the attention of people around the globe — particularly Americans who tune in to the alien sport for the first time during the Olympics and get hooked. By now, writing with surprise about curling’s charms has become one of journalists’ favorite Olympic pastimes. The Cinderella run by the U.S. men’s team to Saturday’s gold-medal game has only intensified the enthusiasm.1The women’s team hasn’t quite had its medal breakthrough yet, finishing eighth in the standings at Pyeongchang.The hard numbers also support the notion of curling as America’s favorite quadrennial sports fling. If you look at nationwide Google Trends search data, you can see a massive spike in traffic related to the sport each February of a Winter Olympic year. Indeed, aside from figure skating — and occasionally other sports when they experience tragedy — curling consistently spikes highest in web searches among the Winter Olympic sports we don’t tend to think about over the rest of the calendar.2Admittedly, this is kind of an arbitrary list, but I included curling alongside sports that don’t draw much attention in the U.S. during non-Olympic years (so figure skating is in, but hockey is out) or ones that tend to rank low on subjective lists of Winter Olympic sports (cough, biathlon). Here are four examples: SportOlympic monthsOther monthsOlympic Spike Bobsled24.251.02+23.23 Ski jumping8.250.56+7.69 Skeleton8.000.05+7.95 Google’s data doesn’t go back further than 2004, but in an interview with ESPN’s Dotun Akintoye, USA Curling CEO Rick Patzke said America’s curling obsession can be traced to the 2002 Salt Lake City Games. “Salt Lake was our coming-out party in America,” he said. “NBC broadcast about 50 hours of curling. In Nagano in ’98, it was like 30 minutes.” Add in the U.S. men’s surprising bronze medal in 2006, and curling was off to the cult-sport races. Who can even say what kind of uptick in popularity the run by the U.S. men this year will bring?But for an Olympic darling like the “roaring game,” the flip side of big popularity during the games is waning interest, or generally no interest, in the 206 weeks in between Olympic sessions. According to the same Google Trends data as above, none of the sports we looked at had a bigger drop-off in its average search traffic index between months with the Winter Olympics and those without them. Biathlon8.250.17+8.08 Nordic combined1.750.00+1.75 Curling has the biggest spike in Olympic popularityDifference in average Google Trends search-traffic index between Olympic and non-Olympic months for selected Winter Olympic sports, 2004-18 Cross-country skiing9.502.38+7.12 Speedskating21.750.93+20.82 Google Trends search-traffic indices measure activity on a 0-100 scale, where the most active single month by any sport we examined is represented by a 100.Source: Google Trends Avg. Google Trends Index during … read more