U.S-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement goes into effect

first_imgEarlier this week the U.S-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement, or Colombia TPA, entered into force, opening new possibilities for U.S. trade with the third-largest economy in Central and South America.The Colombia TPA is expected to boost U.S. dairy exports through immediate open and unlimited access for most whey and lactose products, as well as duty-free access for sizable amounts of cheese and skim milk powder, among other dairy products.advertisementadvertisementThe estimated benefit to the U.S. dairy industry over the first several years of the implemented agreement is an additional $25 million in exports per year, according to an International Dairy Foods Association news release. The value of U.S. dairy exports to Colombia was $6 million in 2010.Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the following statement May 15:”Beginning today, U.S. agricultural exporters receive duty-free access on more than half of the products we currently export to Colombia, and virtually all remaining tariffs will be eliminated within 15 years.”Estimates show that the tariff reductions in the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement will expand total U.S. exports by more than $1.1 billion, supporting thousands of additional American jobs while increasing U.S. GDP by $2.5 billion.advertisement”For agriculture, the agreement with South America’s third-largest economy achieves two key trade objectives for the United States: it immediately provides vastly improved access to Colombia’s market, and it levels the playing field with respect to third-country competitors.”Last year, the United States exported $1.1 billion of agricultural products to Colombia. Under the agreement, American farmers and ranchers can expect to see their exports grow by more than $370 million, or more than one-third of the current total.”Colombia will immediately eliminate duties on wheat, barley, soybeans, soybean meal and flour, high-quality beef, bacon, almost all fruit and vegetable products, wheat, peanuts, whey, cotton, and the vast majority of processed products.”The Colombia TPA also provides duty free tariff rate quotas (TRQ) on standard beef, chicken leg quarters, dairy products, corn, sorghum, animal feeds, rice, and soybean oil.”Over the next few years, as additional barriers fall and more U.S. businesses market products to Colombia’s expanding economy, American agricultural exports will create new opportunities for our businesses, workers, farmers and ranchers, thereby supporting more and better jobs for Americans.”Click here to read Vilsack’s full statement. PDadvertisementlast_img read more


UP Lady Maroons tempers UAAP expectations

first_imgOn their way to the PVL title, the Lady Maroons defeated Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws, while they stunned University of Santo Tomas Golden Tigresses for the PSL tiara.“UAAP is another game altogether. We only played against three of the other teams. So, I don’t wanna judge ourselves before playing against everybody else,” the Kenyan mentor said.“We want to go out there and win the UAAP, but we have to tread carefully. We have to be polite as we move on, train and work hard because it’s a really big challenge for us,” he added.Okumu is also thankful that there is still over a full month before the start of the UAAP competition since he is still having a hard time putting up a lineup from his talented pool consisting of veterans and incoming rookies.“I have used almost all of our players in the pre-season so it’s gonna be hard to choose, so don’t ask me my line-up for UAAP,” Okumu said. “But, for me, it is a good problem to have.”***For a well-known sports patron, Christmas season is the most wonderful time of the year as this is the time when personalities from all walks of life are approaching him for “gift.”“Automatic na ‘yan na kapag Christmas season pila pila ang mga nagnanais na makaambon ng grasya mula sa kanya,” said a source. “Sari-saring mga tao talaga ‘yung makikita mo sa house niya.”“From basketball players, celebrities o kung ano pa, lahat gusto mamasko,” he added. “Of course hindi naman puwede kay sports patron na ‘Merry Christmas’ lang? May ‘Happy New Year’ ding kasunod ‘yun. May putukan.”“Hindi rin naman kasi ganun kalantad ang preference ni sports patron. Kasi ang trip niya ‘yung ‘yung mga tipong ‘private live show’ ‘yung may mga nag–ma-macho dancing sa harap niya sa bahay niya.”“One time muntik ma-eskandalo ‘yan si sports patron. May inimbita kasi siyang diplomat para manuod din ng ‘private live show’ ‘e hindi sila makapagpigil sa kilig kaya nagulantang ang buong village hanggang sa nareklamo sila.”“Mabuti na lang at nadaan sa areglo kundi laking kahihiyan ‘yan para kay sports patron. Ang dami pa naman niyang mga hawak na negosyo dito sa bansa. Ang dami niyang money,” the source concluded./PN EVEN with two pre-season championships, University of the Philippines Lady Maroons believes that they are still far from being called as contenders for the upcoming UAAP season.According to Lady Maroons head coach Godfrey Okomu, there are still a lot of work to do as their title runs in the Premier V-League and Philippine Superliga does not necessarily translate to a success in UAAP.“It means a lot of pressure. For them and for me. That’s what it means,” said Okumu. “We had a trophy, and this is the second one. It’s just a big pressure, and just hoping for the best.”“We wouldn’t like to play so well in the offseason, and when the real tournament comes up, we don’t perform,” he added. “So I believe, it puts us in a very tight situation, but the fight is there. So we’re gonna fight until the end.”last_img read more


A Joburg factory hits a milestone

first_img11 September 2015Skyworth Digital’s Joburg factory had successfully completed its first shipment, delivering a total of 70 000 set-top boxes across South Africa, it was announced earlier this week.A set-top box is a device that usually has a TV-tuner input and displays output on a TV. It turns the source signal into a content form to be shown on a TV set. It is used by satellite television, and over-the-air television systems.The devices are necessary as South Africa migrates its broadcasting services from analogue to digital – a process called Broadcasting Digital Migration. The main focus is Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT), which will enable South Africans to receive free-to-air digital television signals via satellite.When DTT arrived, City Press explained in a report unpacking the issue, we would all need decoders to receive the new TV signals. These were the decoders that all pay TV customers already had. Other viewers would have to buy new ones; yet others would receive theirs for free.Once the migration happened, said the newspaper, if you wanted to keep watching free-to-air TV (SABC, e.tv and community TV), you would need a decoder, or set-top box.“Skyworth Digital invests in its customers, their countries and the local people in order to foster long-term relationships, and so our strategy is to put our factories as close to where our customers are as possible,” said Angelique Boissy, the vice-president of global sales at Skyworth Digital.The company calls the strategy “edge manufacturing”. “It not only allows us to contribute to our customers’ local economies, but also speeds up time-to-market and reduces operating expenses: savings which can then be passed on to our customers,” Boissy said.The Johannesburg factory is the first in a series of new manufacturing centres Skyworth Digital plans to open as it looks to implement its edge manufacturing concept across the business.“Through partnering with local companies such as Bua Africa and increasing involvement in community initiatives and charities in South Africa, we have created hundreds of local jobs for underprivileged men, women and people with disabilities,” added Boissy.“We provide training and educational services to our staff to further develop their skill sets and provide them with tools for the future.”PartnershipsSkyworth Digital has partnered with various organisations in South Africa, including the South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco), which helps people access vital government services, and Disabled People South Africa (DPSA), which helps to promote disability awareness.Currently, Skyworth Digital produces about 150 000 shipments a month, but it plans to increase this number to 400 000 shipments a month.About the companyShenzhen Skyworth Digital Technology Company provides solutions for the smart home through various devices.“With a strong background in consumer electronics, Skyworth Digital delivers more than 20 million units annually to more than 90 countries by partnering with customers to provide value-added, end-to-end solutions with the highest quality products and services.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more


Open Source: Commercial Software no longer at the Leading Edge

first_imgA report out of Austrailia shows that Leading Edge companies there are selecting Open Source over Commercial proprietary software.Why? To get the most cutting edge technology. The report was done by Waugh Partners and surveyed 129 companies ranging in size from multinational to very small.“They must have robust, cheap, scalable technology to stay ahead of competitors,” said Jeff Waugh, director of Waugh Partners. “They have to keep so close to the bleeding edge.”It’s beginning to sink in on people that Open Source isn’t necessarily free, but it is more cost effective. The sectors that have been more accepting of Open Source have been financial institutions and government organizations.National Australia Bank, for example, built an internet banking application using Open Source. Their software platform was developed co-operatively by the open source community under an open source license.Part of the acceptance of Open Source is due to the fact that large Software vendors like IBM and Oracle backing some Open Source projects.last_img read more


Cancelo: ‘Walker above and beyond’

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Joao Cancelo thanked Kyle Walker for “going above and beyond for the team” by taking the gloves in a 1-1 draw with Atalanta, but felt Manchester City were hard done by. With Ederson injured in the first half and Claudio Bravo sent off for taking down Josip Ilicic, Walker had to go in goal. “Going in goal is not my speciality! Kyle Walker showed a great attitude and he really went above and beyond for the team,” Cancelo told Sky Sport Italia. “It was a difficult moment, we needed someone to step up and Kyle did very well. After seeing the VAR, I think it’s impossible that the red card was given, because he didn’t touch Ilicic at all. This is not fair. “It was a deserved point, we are top of the group, have two games left and will try to do our best.” After his experiences in Serie A, how is Joao Cancelo finding his first season at Manchester City? “I am learning a lot with this coach, who I feel is the best in the world. I came here to work with Pep Guardiola and become the best.”last_img read more


The Cubs Cant Take The Heat

Make no mistake: The Cubs have good hitters overall. They produced baseball’s seventh-best Weighted Runs Created Plus this past season,3Among non-pitchers. and its 16th-most runs scored per game. And against all pitches (fastball or no), the Cubs tended to whiff less than average — 22.8 percent, against an MLB average of 23.3 percent.But velocity is the Cubs’ kryptonite. On top of their tendency to whiff against the hardest fastballs, Chicago also made a lot of weak contact, reflected by pop-ups and a low batting average. Even when the Cubs could bring the bat to the ball, they failed to do much with it.Maybe, too, the Cubs’ tendency toward whiffs was exacerbated by the low temperatures in New York. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick showed that high velocity is especially effective in the postseason, due in part to the effect of October’s low temperatures. When you combine the Mets’ powerful arms with the pressure of the playoffs and 40-degree fall temperatures, perhaps we should have expected the Cubs to struggle with contact.(As for the Cubs’ pitching woes: Those have been much more unexpected, and much harder to explain.)The outlook for the Cubs is now grim, as only one team in MLB history has come back from a 3-0 deficit. Then again, that one team (the 2004 Boston Red Sox) was also battling a curse with the help of a front office run by Theo Epstein. We’ll have to see if Epstein’s team can pull off the same trick twice, but it’s safe to say that the overwhelming velocity of New York’s pitchers has put the odds firmly against it. Chicago’s worst fear has come to pass: The New York Mets lead the Cubs three games to none in the National League Championship Series. Scoring only five runs in three games, Chicago’s usually powerful bats have been held in check, and a series sweep may be imminent. What happened to a Cubs team that looked like the pennant favorite after winning the National League wild-card game?One oft–repeated explanation of New York’s dominance is that Chicago’s hitters struggle against quality fastballs. According to this theory, that weakness is magnified against a Mets rotation headlined by three of the hardest-throwing pitchers in baseball: Noah Syndergaard (average fastball velocity: 97.7 mph), Matt Harvey (96.5) and Jacob deGrom (95.8). When New York dials up the heat, Cub bats wilt.Here at FiveThirtyEight, there’s nothing we love more than taking down faulty narratives. But this theory does seem to be borne out by the data. While the average MLB hitter whiffs at 96 mph fastballs 22.8 percent of the time,1Using data from PitchInfo from the 2015 regular season. the average Cubs hitter swings and misses 25.7 percent of the time against the same pitch type and velocity.2To get these numbers and generate the following chart, I modeled whiffs with a binomial logistic regression that incorporated count and fastball velocity. read more


Ronaldo is responsible for the whole attention Perez suggests

first_imgPortuguese international star Cristiano Ronaldo has made it clear to Florentino Perez that he really wants to leave Real Madrid.Real Madrid president, Perez has said that “Ronaldo must take all responsibility for publically announcing, himself, that he intends to leave the Spanish capital and the European champions behind,” Calciomercato, claims.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.This has informed the report that Juventus president Andrea Agnelli has made contact with Cristiano Ronaldo directly through numerous phone calls being held between the two. The report also suggests that Agnelli understood Ronaldo’s desires to be at the centre of attention, hence the convincing Ronaldo that he will be the star of Turin or even the star of Italian football.To show seriousness in signing the Real Madrid forward, Agnelli has also got to Ronaldo through his agent, Jorge Mendes, who is at the moment working out the costs and sustainability of the €100-€120 million transfer as well as the €30 million per year wage for the next four years. A deal is underway to be formally agreed between the two clubs, then the transfer, before an announcement.last_img read more


This day in history Scotland Goes To Poll

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTODAY Scotland goes to the polls to vote on whether or not they want to maintain a 307 year old union with the United Kingdom or go independent. The electorate made up of 4.3million people get to decide in a race that is tight but showing more people want to stay with the UK. A USA Today poll up to broadcast time said 47% would vote Yes to independence with 53% voting no. Supporters want direct control over their affairs obviously, saying an independent Scotland would be among the top 20 richest nations in the world. Those wanting to stay in the UK family believe they would continue to have more jobs, stronger financial services and continued use of the British pound along with the clout of being British. A sensational 97% of those eligible to vote have registered; voting age begins at 16 in Scotland. Polls are open from 7am to 10pm. Related Items:independence, scotland, UK Governor says voters need to decide on Independence Thousands of Haitian mark Flag Day differently in TCI for 2016 SANDALS RESORTS FIRST HIGH STREET STORE OPENSlast_img read more


Kenai City Council Approves Purchase Of New Fire Engine

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai City Council approved a resolution allowing the Kenai Fire Department to replace an aging 1983 E-one fire engine. The city has contracted with Hughes Fire Equipment, in Florida, for the purchase of the engine in the amount of $571,583. In a letter to the council from Kenai Fire Chief Jeff Tucker, the purchase of a new truck will allow the Fire Department to continue to effectively respond to emergencies within the City of Kenai. Kenai City Manager Paul Ostrander: “The Fire Department is going to make three separate trips to the facility, one a pre build, mid build, and one after it’s constructed. During that pre build there may be items that may need to be added or subtracted, this will allow for some flexibility.” The city has authorized the total amount of the engine plus an additional $27,218 in the event of additional changes or expenses during the construction of the new engine, and $8,600 for engine build design and inspection travel. The council unanimously approved the resolution at their meeting on Wednesday. The resolution authorizes the city to purchase a fire engine for the approximate cost of $581,000 from the city’s Equipment Replacement Fund. The purchase of a new truck also eliminates the expenses that are common with maintaining a thirty five year old truck, according to Chief Tucker.last_img read more