House Democrats gear up to block planned move of USDA research agencies

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first_img House Democrats gear up to block planned move of USDA research agencies Related story Researchers split on who should oversee USDA statistical office By Jeffrey Mervis “We thank the bill’s sponsors for their leadership and commend their championing of evidence-based policymaking, as well as food and agricultural research,” said Lisa LaVange, president of the American Statistical Association in Alexandria, Virginia, which has spearheaded community opposition to the USDA plan. “We look forward to working with them and all members of the 116th Congress to ensure the agencies best serve the nation and its taxpayers.”Here is our original story, which ran on 17 December:Agricultural scientists are deeply unhappy with a plan by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to move two of its research agencies out of Washington, D.C. However, to date, their objections have gone largely unheeded, as the scientists find themselves outmaneuvered politically and lacking the clout to convince Congress to intervene. Instead, USDA hopes to pick a new location by the end of next month and complete the moves by the end of 2019.On 9 August, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced plans to relocate the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) in Washington, D.C., USDA’s primary source of competitive grants for academic research, and the Economic Research Service (ERS), its major in-house research and statistical office. He also said that ERS would be reporting to the department’s chief economist (see sidebar) rather than its undersecretary for research, education, and economics (REE), which also oversees NIFA and the Agricultural Research Service. In a shrewd political tactic, Perdue simultaneously invited communities to compete for the opportunity to host the two agencies and gain the 700 jobs that would be transferred.Perdue said the move would bring those agencies closer to the farmers and ranchers who ultimately benefit from the research that NIFA funds and the analyses and number crunching that ERS conducts. He also claimed the move would save money through cheaper rent and enable USDA to attract and retain top scientists now repelled by the high cost of living in the nation’s capital.But many researchers say those reasons don’t make sense. “All of them are bogus,” says Sonny Ramaswamy, an entomologist who stepped down this May after leading NIFA for 6 years. “The entire rationale offered by Secretary Perdue is based on false assumptions and zero data.”One such erroneous assumption, researchers say, is that the two agencies directly serve farmers and ranchers. Although the government hopes the research NIFA funds will ultimately improve agricultural practices and productivity, the land-grant colleges and universities that conduct the research are NIFA’s actual constituency. Similarly, ERS reports are aimed at senior USDA officials, members of Congress, and Washington, D.C.–based think tanks involved in agriculture and nutrition, not a lay audience.The proposal is not simply wrong-headed, opponents add. Instead of seeing the benefits that Perdue claims, researchers predict that productivity at the two agencies would plummet, not improve because talented scientists would leave rather than move to a different city.“The most likely result is that you’ll lose a lot of good people,” says Joseph Glauber, former chief economist at USDA and now a senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, D.C. “I’ve already been asked to write several letters of recommendation for ERS people [applying for another job], and that’s really disappointing.”Draining the swampWhy is Perdue trying to move NIFA and ERS out of Washington, D.C.? The simple answer is that he can.Perdue, a Republican and former two-term governor from Georgia, has been busy reworking the sprawling agency since taking office in April 2017. Within a month he had created an undersecretary of trade position to reflect one of the priorities of President Donald Trump, erasing a similar slot for rural development. Last fall, he consolidated several offices dealing with commodity procurement and outreach efforts.Moving NIFA and ERS continues that effort, which aligns with Trump’s management directives to restructure the federal government. It is also consistent with calls from many Republican legislators to “drain the swamp,” including a bill (S. 2592) by Senator Joni Ernst (R–IA) that would encourage Washington, D.C.–based federal agencies to relocate their operations outside the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.The announcement caught the research community completely by surprise. Its leaders say Perdue’s refusal to consult with them ahead of time was disappointing, but not surprising. It’s symptomatic of the field’s second-class status within the federal research hierarchy, they add.“It’s embarrassing how little the government spends on basic agricultural research,” says Jack Payne, senior vice president for the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences in Gainesville. As proof, he contrasts the $400 million budget for the competitive grants program within NIFA with the $32 billion given the National Institutes of Health and the $6 billion research budget of the National Science Foundation.Food and plant scientists say the move would worsen the years of fiscal neglect by the federal government for their field. Of the major research agencies, agriculture is the only sector in which investment has shrunk over the past decade in constant dollars. “This move will weaken our agricultural system at a time when the world is facing a growing challenge to feed 10 billion people [the projected global population in 2050],” Payne argues.Catherine Woteki, who served as chief scientist and REE undersecretary at USDA for most of former President Barack Obama’s administration, is one of three dozen prominent agricultural scientists and economists who have signed a letter opposing the relocation and urging Congress to force USDA to weigh the pros and cons before acting. But she understands Perdue’s political calculus.“They are two small, research-oriented agencies, and research is not at the top of the agenda for this administration,” Woteki says. “He doesn’t have to worry about pushback from any of the food and agricultural organizations that have the president’s ear.”Perdue chose a time of transition within the department’s research programs to launch his plan. Ramaswamy’s successor at NIFA, soil scientist Scott Angle, didn’t take office until 29 October. USDA hasn’t had a Senate-confirmed undersecretary for REE, which also oversees the Agricultural Research Service, since Woteki left at the end of the Obama administration. And the same day Perdue announced his relocation strategy, he abruptly transferred the longtime ERS administrator, Mary Bohman, to another USDA agency, leaving an acting administrator at the helm.Scott Hutchins, an entomologist who retired this fall from Corteva Agriscience, the agricultural division of DowDupont in Indianapolis, was nominated on 16 July as chief scientist and research undersecretary. In his 28 November confirmation hearing, he made it clear that he’s on the same page as his boss regarding the restructuring.“From what I have read, I believe that the secretary’s goals are the right goals, to be effective, efficient, and customer-focused,” he said. “My priority would be to ensure that the science is not affected and the collaborative spirit [among the agencies] that now exists is not affected.”Hutchins also assured lawmakers that he’s up to the task. “The experience I’ve had with corporate mergers and closing of facilities and large activities will serve me well,” he said. “Anything can be managed, and this has to be managed well.”Can Perdue be stopped?Many scientists hold a decidedly less rosy view. Since Perdue’s announcement, the community has mounted an aggressive campaign to slow the process. They’re hoping sympathetic legislators will put language into a pending spending bill that would prohibit USDA from moving forward without conducting an independent analysis of the impact of the relocation and realignment. If that strategy fails, Plan B is to wait until after a winner is chosen and hope legislators from states who lost out will be more willing to take a critical look at the reshuffling.In the meantime, the agency’s inspector general is looking into whether USDA has the legal and budget authority to relocate and reorganize NIFA and ERS. “The administration’s motivations for the proposed relocations appear suspicious,” said Representative Steny Hoyer (D–MD) and Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D–DC), the two Washington, D.C.–area legislators who requested the investigation, which is expected to take several more weeks. “We are also concerned about the harm this proposal would cause to the USDA’s mission and its impact on over 700 federal employees.”However, the concern expressed by the research community has been partly undermined by the fact that dozens of land-grant universities are now vying to host the two agencies. USDA says it has received interest from 136 communities in 35 states, and many of the applications include a university partner. Many scientists think Perdue is betting that the chance to win such a national competition will neutralize any Democratic opposition in Congress to the relocation. And his strategy seems to be working.Payne recounts a recent visit to Capitol Hill. “One legislator told me, ‘I share your concern. But I’ve got three applications in from my district and I can’t go up against their interests.’”Members of Congress aren’t the only ones with divided loyalties. The competition has left many agriculture deans in “an untenable position,” notes a 6 September letter to lawmakers from Payne and other opponents of the move. “Many land-grant administrators will feel obligated to submit [bids] or support state [bids],” the letter notes, even as they “question the impact” of a move on NIFA.“People should be ashamed of themselves, for all lining up to get this,” says Ramaswamy, now president of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities in Redmond, Washington. “But I have to hand it to Sonny Perdue. He’s a brilliant tactician, and he knows that politicians are absolutely drooling over the prospect of having hundreds of well-paid federal employees in their district or state.”Food scientist John Floros can well imagine being caught in that scenario—and what his response would be. As the new president of New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, Floros has signed onto the most recent letter opposing the move. But until July he was dean of agriculture at Kansas State University in Manhattan, which this fall joined in a bid to host the two agencies.“If I were still dean at K-State, I probably would have been told that this is going to happen,” Floros explains. “Then I would have been asked, ‘Do you want to be part of it?’ And most likely I would have sent in a proposal.”Floros and other signers of the letter say one important reason to keep NIFA in Washington, D.C., is so that agricultural scientists and university administrators can visit other federal research agencies at the same time they meet with NIFA program managers. NIFA’s location, they add, also facilitates joint research initiatives between it and other agencies to tackle problems that require a transdisciplinary approach.Floros also worries that moving NIFA would “perpetuate the myth that agriculture research is somehow separate from the rest of science” and reduce its visibility on the national stage. “Out of sight, out of mind,” he says.More to the point, this year Trump proposed slashing ERS’s budget by 48%. Such a drastic cut would have cut its 320-person workforce by more than half and eliminated research and statistical analysis relating to rural development, food assistance and nutrition programs, and international food security.Congressional appropriators rejected those cuts and have proposed a $1 million increase, to $87 million. But many scientists see Perdue’s proposal as a backdoor way to achieve the same reductions—at least in the short term—by assuming that a significant proportion of ERS employees won’t make the move.“It’s hard to read it as anything other than a way to cut ERS,” says Glauber about Perdue’s plan. “As far as I’m concerned, there’s no good rationale for it.” *Update, 20 December, noon: A group of influential Democratic legislators has signaled their desire to overturn Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s plan to relocate and realign two research agencies within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) once their party takes control of the U.S. House of Representatives in January 2019.Today, the legislators introduced a bill (HR 7330) that would keep the National Institute on Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the Economic Research Service (ERS) in the Washington, D.C., area. USDA has received 136 bids from communities wishing to host the two agencies, and Perdue has said he hopes to select a winner in late January 2019. The bill would also block the secretary’s plan to move ERS from under the head of research, education, and economics to the office of chief economist.The legislation has no chance of being passed by the current Congress, which is expected to finish its business this week. But the lineup of sponsors—which include lawmakers in line to lead both the House appropriations committee and its agriculture panel, as well as the next House majority leader—suggests it will be a Democratic priority in 2019.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) iStock.com/maomspv A plan to move two U.S. agencies that fund farm research and track agricultural statistics out of Washington, D.C., has drawn opposition from researchers. By Jeffrey MervisDec. 20, 2018 , 12:00 PM Should agricultural economists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Washington, D.C., continue to report to the department’s chief economist, or would it be better if they served under its head of research? It depends which scientists you ask.Leaders of the U.S. food and plant science community (see mainbar) are aggressively fighting a proposal by Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to relocate the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the Economic Research Service (ERS) outside Washington, D.C., saying it would cripple the two research agencies. Perdue also plans to place ERS under the auspices of the department’s chief economist rather than the undersecretary for research, education, and economics (REE), where it has sat since a 1993 departmental reorganization. And although most of those research leaders also oppose that idea, several economists say the realignment is a more nuanced issue with no simple answers.“There are a lot of pros and cons, and I’m in the middle,” admits economist Sally Thompson, who recently retired after a long career in academia and government, including at ERS. “To me, it makes sense for ERS to stay within REE because it’s a research and statistical agency. But it is also very important for ERS to maintain a good relationship with the chief economist.”Resisting pressureERS is one of 13 statistical agencies within the federal government. USDA contains two of them—ERS and the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). NASS conducts surveys on the production and supplies of food and fiber, whereas ERS’s mission is to anticipate “trends and emerging issues in agriculture, food, the environment, and rural America … and conduct high-quality, objective economic research” to inform policymakers within USDA and across the nation.The guidelines for federal statistical agencies emphasize the importance of allowing them to operate in “an environment that is clearly separate and autonomous from the other administrative, regulatory, law enforcement, or policy-making activities within their respective departments.” The goal is to avoid politicizing their activities and bending their results to serve one side of any partisan debate. But striking the right balance is a perennial challenge for every administration.“As REE undersecretary I had to stand up and tell the secretary that ERS would be releasing the data on time, when the chief economist may have wanted to have it delayed because the timing may have conflict with something that the secretary was doing,” says Catherine Woteki, who headed REE for 6 years during former President Barack Obama’s administration and who is helping lead the opposition to the relocation. “And on more than one occasion I was chewed out by the secretary for sticking to the [release] schedule we had announced. That happens to the head of statistical agencies from time to time.”Joseph Glauber, who joined ERS in 1984 and retired from USDA in 2014 after 14 years as deputy and 7 years as its chief economist, agrees that ERS “needs an advocate.” But he doesn’t think its independence and integrity would be threatened by putting it under the chief economist. And he sees one big advantage in bringing it into the secretary’s office.“ERS’s comparative advantage is its proximity both to the data and to policymakers,” says Glauber, now a senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, D.C. “And all the secretaries that I’ve served under asked the same question: Why don’t they report to you?” Both Glauber and Thompson think moving ERS and NIFA outside Washington, D.C., is a bad idea. But they find it odd that Woteki and many others agricultural researchers argue ERS would be politicized by moving into the chief economist’s office. The REE undersecretary is a political appointee, they note, whereas the chief economist is a career civil servant.“Everybody in the department ultimately reports to a political appointee,” Glauber says. “What’s important is that its boss back ERS and defend its research.”Finding a homeThe debate over where ERS fits on USDA’s organizational chart isn’t new. A 1999 report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine found that its location “is not conducive to its mission to provide research and information support for the economic policy mandate of USDA.”The report complained that “the chief economist … has no direct line of authority” to what it called the department’s “greatest concentration of talent” for providing economic advice to policymakers. Its remedy was to have both ERS and NASS report to the chief economist.That idea was ignored. “I wanted advice on how to run a social science research agency, and they made several recommendations that we adopted,” says Susan Offutt, who as ERS administrator requested the report. “I didn’t ask them to look at reorganization because it was a settled issue,” she adds. “So that part of their report didn’t go anywhere.”Offutt says the recommendation reflects “nostalgia” for an earlier USDA organizational chart in which ERS did report to the assistant secretary for economics. “But they didn’t think about the advantages of having a research agency within REE,” says Offutt, who agrees with Woteki that Perdue’s reshuffling will weaken ERS. “REE was created to make sure that the research USDA funds is credible, high-quality, and useful to policymakers.” In contrast, she says, the role of the chief economist is to support the priorities of the agriculture secretary and his boss, in this case, President Donald Trump.Thompson, an agricultural economist who served on the 1999 National Academies panel, thinks the debate over ERS’s place within USDA is a proxy for the community’s fear that the Trump administration doesn’t care enough about the health of the government’s statistical agencies. “This proposal does not appear to be well thought out and supported by solid evidence,” she says. “I think that’s what people are really worried about. If it were just about a new alignment, I think that we could all find a way to get along.”last_img read more


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10 months agoTottenham ace Son welcomes Borussia Dortmund draw: I’ve a few goals against them!

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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham ace Son welcomes Borussia Dortmund draw: I’ve a few goals against them!by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham ace Heung Min-Son has welcomed their Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund.Son has scored eight goals in nine appearances against Dortmund for Hamburg, Bayer Leverkusen and Spurs.”There’s no secret,” he said. “I’ve scored a few times against Dortmund and I just want to help my team-mates again. Without my team-mates, I won’t score against them. I hope to score again!”Son also stated: “The players were talking about who we might draw before training. I had a feeling we’d get Dortmund. I think it’s a good draw. It’s a difficult opponent but I think we can win this game. We have good memories from last season’s Champions League campaign and we will face them with positive energy.”We have to go into the tie with confidence. We have to believe. Remember last season, we played so well (in the last 16) against Juventus but still didn’t qualify for the quarter-finals. We want to make the quarter-finals, semi-finals or even more than that. This is our dream and we have to believe in it.” last_img read more


Toronto Fashion Week and RESET™ 003 – DayTwo – Recap

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first_imgAdvertisement TORONTO, ON – On day two of Toronto Fashion Week, top Canadian designers showcased their latest Fall/Winter 2018 designs in the RE\SET™ studio and on the runway.Set inside the city’s premier luxury retail destination, Yorkville Village (55 Avenue Rd.), the day kicked off with Fashion Talks™, produced in partnership with CAFA™. Host Donna Bishop discussed Fashion and the Royals with Columnist and Author, Shinan Govani and Bojana Sentaler, Designer and Creative Director SENTALER.Nonie’s Fall/Winter 2018 collection championed contemporary Indian and Japanese inspired silhouettes through menswear infused pieces along with the ultimate everyday trouser for the petite woman. Inspired by true love, Tara Rivas incorporated bold red and black colours to illustrate the power and passion of love. 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The bi-annual event hosts national and international designers, entertainers and the fashion community to create a touchpoint where fashion is embraced and celebrated. As the leading fashion event in Canada, Toronto Fashion Week creates a catalyst for media engagement, retail activity and global connectivity.The founding partners are Yorkville Village, The Hazelton Hotel, Freed Developments and Hill & Gertner – an ownership group comprised of several of the country’s top companies in real estate, development and luxury hospitality.Website:         torontofashionweek.toInstagram:      @tfwTwitter:           @tofashionwkFacebook:      @tofashionwkHashtag:         #tofwABOUT THE COLLECTIONS™THE COLLECTIONS™ is a Toronto-based fashion production agency, managing award-winning designers and provides like-minded partners an opportunity to collaborate with rising talent. 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Mandated to grow a stronger appreciation of Canadian talent both at home and abroad, the goal of CAFA™ as a national platform is to foster the next generation of Canadian talent through an annual awards show and year-round economic development initiatives.CAFA™ hosted its fourth annual red-carpet Awards show on Friday, April 7th, 2017 – a unique evening that united Canadian talent and fashion influencers from all over the world. Honouring designers, models, image makers, stylists, and influencers, CAFA™ has established itself as a premier event in the Canadian fashion industry.Website:         cafawards.caInstagram:      @cafawardsFacebook:      /cafawardsABOUT FASHION TALKS™Fashion Talks™ is the podcast that observes the world through the lens of fashion. Founded in 2017, creator and host Donna Bishop interviews designers, stylists, academics, industry insiders and leaders outside of the fashion industry to reveal insights, observations, personal stories and historical moments on how fashion helps to shape the world we live in and how our world shapes fashion and the clothes we wear. Fashion Talks™ is available for download on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and to stream at fashiontalks.ca. While the majority of listeners are from Canada and the US, Fashion Talks boasts regular listeners from Japan, Germany, France, Italy and the UK. Proudly produced in partnership with CAFA, Fashion Talks™ strives to shine a spotlight on the cultural relevance of fashion while highlighting the rich expanse of the Canadian industry.Website:         fashiontalks.caInstagram:      @fashiontalkspodcastFacebook:      /fashiontalkspodcastHastags:         #fashiontalkslast_img read more


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first_imgCALGARY – Alberta’s premier says her government will not be weighing in on the current battle over a new arena for the NHL Calgary Flames.The Flames indicated last week they were pulling out of arena talks with the city because negotiations have been unproductive.Mayor Naheed Nenshi has said the city is ready to negotiate in good faith.Premier Rachel Notley says any role that the provincial government may have is hypothetical and the matter has to run its course before there is any thought of involvement.Her comments echo those of Federal Sport Minister Kent Hehr, who last week said Ottawa would not get involved.Notley says she will leave it up to candidates in the municipal election to debate the issue.last_img read more


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first_imgJACKSON, Wyo. — Hotel bookings in Jackson Hole for December are running behind last December’s, but January reservations are ahead.The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce’s latest occupancy report compares bookings for about a dozen properties as of Nov. 15 with data for that day in 2017.The report shows occupancy on the books and is not intended as a forecast.The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports that for Dec. 1, the report shows 16 per cent occupancy, compared with 21 per cent a year ago.Occupancy for Dec. 19 is 24 per cent, versus 39 per cent in 2017.On Christmas Day, the occupancy on the books is 51 per cent, 13 percentage points below 2017. But on Jan. 1, the occupancy figure is 63 per cent, well above the 47 per cent seen in 2017.___Information from: Jackson Hole (Wyo.) News And Guide, http://www.jhnewsandguide.comThe Associated Presslast_img read more


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first_imgMen sometimes act way less interested in sex than they really are, perhaps because of the assumption that giving an impression of wanting to have sex with anyone, anytime, is definitely not what most women are looking for, suggests new research. “Men who are overly eager do not come across as attractive,” said study co-author Leif Edward Ottesen Kennair, Professor at Norwegian University of Science and Technology. The findings published in the journal Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences suggest men and women’s real intentions may be different from the signals they send each other. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainFor the study, researchers collected two rounds of data from students at NTNU. The survey included questions like when they last met with a potential sexual partner, and whether they eventually ended up having sex. Researchers found women were much more likely to have sex if they thought the potential partner was attractive. The most important factor in whether men had sex was how many sexual partners they have had previously. This could contribute to their being perceived as sexually attractive and available. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”It’s really the same reason for both men and women – the man’s sex appeal – that decides whether they end up having sex,” Kennair said. Men who reported being the most interested in having sex reduced their signals of interest more. Women, on the other hand, might pretend to be a little more interested than they actually are. “The exception to this general sex difference is when the woman is as interested as the man. In this case, women also pretend to show less interest,” Kennair said. “Both men and women who are truly interested in a partner might be trying to ‘play it cool.’ In economic terms, it’s about supply and demand,” he further elaborated.last_img read more


Matthew Stafford Lands Multimillion Dollar Contract Extension With Lions

Posted On Sep 30 2019 by

Matthew Stafford has extended his stay in Mo-Town by signing a $53 million, three-year extension to his current contract with the Detroit Lions.According to sources, the Lions organization and Stafford agreed to a deal on Tuesday that will pay him an additional $41.5 million in guarantees, and will keep him on the team for at least the next five seasons.Back in 2009, the Lions drafted the NFL quarterback and originally signed him up for a six-year deal worth $78 million with $41.7 million in guarantees.After having trouble with injuries his first two seasons, Stafford helped Detroit reach the post-season in 2011, which was the first time in over 10 years.Stafford talked about the extension by making promises to the fans:“I promise you no one is going to work harder than me to get this team going in the right direction, winning games and going to the playoffs multiple years in a row. That’s the plan. That’s the whole reason I signed this deal is to be here and turn this thing in the right direction and make sure it stays that way for a long time.” read more


Talking about the manager makes no sense right now Casemiro

Posted On Sep 17 2019 by

first_imgCasemiro believes Julen Lopetegui is not to blame for their woeful performance at the Camp Nou that culminated in a 5-1 loss.Luis Suarez made headlines with a hat-trick with further goals from Coutinho and Vidal to complicate Lopetegui’s position at the Bernabeu.Lopetegui is likely to pay with his job, but Brazilian Casemiro is adamant that Madrid’s underperforming players are to blame.“Every single one of us has been disastrous tonight,” he opened up to FourFourTwo.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane 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.“We didn’t give the best image of ourselves. It’s happened too often this season. We didn’t play well enough. We can’t blame the manager. The players are fighting for everything on the pitch, but the result is different.“The players on the pitch have the responsibility to run harder, fight harder. You have to give the maximum at this club. We are not having a very good season.“We have to be calm. We know we are not playing at our best level. It’s going to be a tough season.“Talking about the manager makes no sense right now. It’s the players who have been out on the pitch, we’re the ones who have lost, we’re the players who are responsible for what is happening. We’re worried about it.”last_img read more


Did Parade Handle Bhutto Coup Correctly

Posted On Sep 14 2019 by

first_imgI won’t pretend to know what any journalistic outlet that publishes in newspapers “ONCE PER WEEK” would do or not do. But I do know that if I were the publisher I would’ve demanded the production team either create a sticker to be placed on the issue explaining my decision to publish, or pull it out entirely.And, call it the Jamie Lynn Spears rule, but I would’ve also done little in the way of publicizing the “coup”—who watches the Early Show anyway?—and certainly wouldn’t have put out a press release touting a “beyond the grave” interview.UPDATE: Publisher Randy Siegel told the Associated Press that the onlyoption other than to run the outdated article would have been askingnewspapers not to distribute the magazine at all. “We decided that thiswas an important interview to share with the American people,” he said. When you’re a magazine like Parade, you don’t tend to scoop anybody. Unless the interview you did with former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in November, slated for a January cover, becomes chillingly prescient when she is assassinated in a suicide attack more than a week before the article is scheduled to be published.As FOLIO: reported, the magazine’s decision to immediately post the interview on Parade.com paid off in record-breaking traffic for the site. The writer, Gail Sheehy, appeared on the O’Reilly Factor, Larry King Live, CNN’s The Situation Room, the CBS Early Show and ABC Radio to talk about the interview.The print version, which arrived on America’s doorsteps this weekend, made no mention of the assassination—referring to Bhutto as “America’s best hope against Al-Qaeda”—and has subsequently drawn criticism. One FOLIO: commenter wrote:Any journalistic outlet that publishes in newspapers ONCE PER WEEK would have made every effort to change the story to reflect the assassination. To allow those copies into print was tasteless and lazy, regardless of whether it went to print or not.last_img read more


ABC Names New Board Leaders

Posted On Sep 14 2019 by

first_imgThe board of the Audit Bureau of Circulations has elected Sunni Boot, CEO of ZenithOptimedia Canada, as its new Chairman. Boot [pictured] has served on the ABC board since 2008 and most recently served as chairman of the ABC Canada Board Committee. She replaces outgoing chairman Merle Davidson, director of media services at JCPenney, who held the role for the past three years. Shelagh Stoneham, vice president of brand and marketing communications at Rogers Communications, takes over as chairman of ABC Canada’s board committee. While members re-elected 22 ABC directors, they also elected three new representatives including Liberta Abbondante, senior vice president of consumer marketing at Hearst, representing U.S. magazines; Jeffrey Holecko, North American media manager at Kimberly-Clark, representing U.S. advertisers; and Kenneth Whyte, president of Rogers Media, representing Canadian periodicals. A series of directors will serve as vice chairmen of the ABC board for a one-year-term including David Leckey of American Media Inc.,; Christina Meringolo, Merck Consumer Care; Susanne Silber, Optimedia; and Shelagh Stoneham, Rogers Communications. Rob Fisher of American City Business Journals will serve as the 2012 board secretary and Scott Heekin-Canedy of the New York Times will serve as treasurer.last_img read more


Time Inc Splits Titles into Four Groups Reveals Editorial Leadership

Posted On Sep 14 2019 by

first_img “All titles will be divided into four groups, each headed by an editorial director who will be charged with finding new ways to work together to grow our audience and our business across brands, new ways to take advantage of digital and video opportunities that may cut across brands and new efficiencies in how we operate across brands,” wrote Murray in the memo. Last week Time Inc. left many inside and outside the company scratching their heads as to where it was going next. But an internal memo today from Alan Murray, recently named chief content officer, adds some clarity.  The celebrity, entertainment, and style group, which includes People, Entertainment Weekly, InStyle, StyleWatch, Essence, and xoJane, will be led by Jess Cagle, who was already editorial director of People and EW. Reporting to Cagle will be Lisa Arbetter, editor of StyleWatch, who will also serve as interim editor of InStyle as the company seeks a permanent replacement for Ariel Foxman, who announced earlier this week that he was stepping down after eight years on the job. Under a new editorial structure, Time Inc.’s titles will be divided into four groups led by editorial directors, each of whom will report directly to Murray. Nathan Lump, editor in chief of Travel + Leisure, has been promoted to editorial director of the lifestyle group, consisting of Real Simple, Southern Living, T+L, Food & Wine, Sunset, Coastal Living, Health, Cooking Light, Cozi, and MyRecipes.center_img The sports group will be led by Chris Stone, who replaced longtime Sports Illustrated group editor Paul Fichtenbaum in June.  First, Time editor Nancy Gibbs will lead the news group, consisting of Time, Fortune, Money, Time for Kids, and Motto. Interestingly, Michael Duffy, who will continue in his role as deputy managing editor of Time, will also report to Murray as editorial director of Time Inc., working on “matters of editorial standards and integrity,” according to the memo. The shuffle falls in line with an ongoing and overall reimagining of the company’s internal composition, including the reorganization announced last week, aimed at promoting cross-brand and category-wide ad sales. The company appears to be betting on the appeal of targeting specific audiences across its portfolio of titles, particularly when it comes to digital sales, a strategy reflected in Condé Nast’s announcement yesterday that it was further integrating operations for two of its titles, Glamour and Self.last_img read more


LL Cool J To Launch Classic HipHop Channel On Sirius XM

Posted On Sep 12 2019 by

first_img Facebook LL Cool J To Launch Classic Hip-Hop Channel On Sirius XM The GRAMMY winner is creating a space dedicated exclusively to celebrating the legacy of hip-hopRenée FabianGRAMMYs Mar 27, 2018 – 5:00 pm What would hip-hop be without Ice Cube, OutKast, Public Enemy, Run-DMC, and Snoop Dogg? Hard to imagine. Now, LL Cool J wants to make sure these artists’ place in music history is secure with the launch of a new Sirius XM radio station called LL Cool J’s Rock The Bells Radio.LL Cool J’s vision for the station entails highlighting hip-hop from the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s. This includes artists’ classics, unheard material, interviews, and even new tracks from legacy artists. Or, as the GRAMMY winner described it, he wants to keep classic hip-hop alive “in a dope way and [treat it] with the respect that it deserves.””There are so many artists who are the foundation of this culture,” LL Cool J said. “But it seems like they have been marginalized and pushed to the side if they’re no longer on the pop charts. I felt like hip-hop has a story and a lot of founding fathers and mothers that the world should know.” Email LL Cool J To Launch Classic Hip-Hop Radio ll-cool-j-launch-classic-hip-hop-channel-sirius-xmcenter_img News The former GRAMMY Awards host will launch the classic hip-hop radio station along with DJ Z-Trip on March 28 at 10 p.m. ET at an invitation-only roller skating event in East Los Angeles. Rock The Bells Radio, named after LL Cool J’s 1985 song of the same name, will live on Sirius XM channel 43.Getting The Latest Music News Just Got Easier. Introducing: GRAMMY Bot. Find it On KIK and Facebook MessengerRead more Twitter last_img read more


Elon Musk expects SpaceX ticket to Mars will cost 500000

Posted On Sep 10 2019 by

first_img Elon Musk is flirting with Mars on Twitter and it’s weird Elon Musk says ’70 percent’ chance he’ll move to Mars Very dependent on volume, but I’m confident moving to Mars (return ticket is free) will one day cost less than $500k & maybe even below $100k. Low enough that most people in advanced economies could sell their home on Earth & move to Mars if they want.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 11, 2019 Elon Musk loves Mars Musk thinks the ticket price could eventually dip below $100,000, cheap enough that “most people in advanced economies could sell their home on Earth and move to Mars if they want.”A half-million bucks sounds like a lot of money, but compare that to the over $200,000 price to experience weightlessness on a Virgin Galactic flight or $9.5 million for a vacation on a proposed luxury space station.One of the most important tidbits in Musk’s tweet is that the return ticket will be free. If you move to Mars and decide you don’t like the potatoes, you can head on back to Earth.  Comments Share your voice 2 SpaceX’s stainless steel Starship is under development. The company built a “hopper” prototype to test takeoffs and landings and is also testing the Raptor rocket engine that will power it. Prior to taking a shot at Mars, SpaceX plans to send Starship around the moon in 2023 with tourists on board.Musk himself has estimated his chances of moving to Mars at 70 percent. He’s been flirting with a Mars account on Twitter, so it’s no surprise he might want to take his cosmic crush to the next level. center_img Sci-Tech Tags 16 Photos Elon Musk shows off the shiny SpaceX Starship Elon Musk Space SpaceX Enlarge ImageThis futuristic rendering shows a collection of Starships on the surface of Mars. Elon Musk and SpaceX envision astronauts initially living out of the spaceships. SpaceX It’s time to start chucking some cash into your Mars vacation fund. SpaceX’s interplanetary Starship hasn’t even left Earth yet, but Elon Musk is already speculating about the price of a ticket to Mars. In a tweet on Sunday, Musk said he’s confident that moving to Mars will one day cost less than $500,000 (£390,000, AU$710,00), though that price tag is “very dependent on volume.”last_img read more


Even Silicon Valley workers want more regulation of the tech industry

Posted On Sep 10 2019 by

first_img Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Now playing: Watch this: Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Apple Facebook Google Twitter Apple Even so, all this drama hasn’t stopped tech companies from printing money hand over fist. Companies’ massive profits continue to fuel tech industry salaries, pushing up housing and cost-of-living prices so high that a six-figure salary is now considered “low income.”Edelman’s surveys found that those prices are having adverse effects around California. Nearly two-thirds of respondents said California’s best days are behind it, and more than half are now considering moving out of state to escape high living costs. Among millennials, that figure jumps to 63 percent.Moorthy said that’s likely a driving force behind unionization talk around Silicon Valley. Employees, he said, are realizing they can use the in-demand status that netted them high salaries and stock options to change their company’s politics as well. “We’re probably entering the hockey stick portion of how this plays out,” Moorthy said. “Companies behaving with a social conscience is becoming the norm.”The Smartest Stuff: Innovators are thinking up new ways to make you, and the things around you, smarter.Facebook’s troubles continue to grow: What you need to know. reading • Even Silicon Valley workers want more regulation of the tech industry See All Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 1:45 Comment Culture Tech Industry Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Share your voice Google employees protest tech giant’s handling of sexual… With lawmakers, presidents, advocates and venture capitalists lining up to criticize the tech industry’s missteps in the last couple years, you’d think that’d be enough. But no: Even the tech industry’s own employees are fed up.A new survey of 1,500 respondents from the Edelman Trust Barometer conducted around California in January found the endless string of scandals that have hit tech giants like Facebook, Google and Uber have taken their toll. More than half of tech industry employees now say that their data is shared too much and that companies have failed to protect our data. Edelman’s surveys also found falling trust in the tech industry to do the right thing. Now, surveys show, people have more faith in marijuana growers and dispensaries than they do social media companies. Silicon Valley workers are often criticized as out of touch. But surveys show they’re aware of tech companies face. James Martin/CNET It’s no surprise then that 59 percent of respondents say the tech industry should be more regulated than it is now, up from 46 percent last year.The results are the latest sign of how far the tech industry’s star has fallen in recent years. That’s in part because its largest companies played central roles in social and political upheaval around the world. There’s Russian election interference, propaganda that inspired war crimes, sexual harassment and one privacy breach after another, and that’s just a start. The tech industry has also largely failed to move the needle on diversity efforts, after acknowledging its primarily white and male leadership and workforce need changing.”There’s a growing conscientiousness among tech workers,” said Ravi Moorthy, managing director of corporate and public affairs at Edelman. He added that employees are increasingly speaking out as well, protesting everything from bad behavior by executives to company decisions they consider immoral. “It’s a Spider-Man thing: ‘With great power comes great responsibility.'”Employees aren’t the only people pushing tech to change. Governments around the world have been threatening ever harsher regulations on the industry, whether it be increased privacy laws in Europe or trade commission investigations in the US. In June, lawmakers in tech’s back yard of California passed the toughest privacy law in the US, threatening to upend how companies do business by stopping collection and sale of personal data for anyone who requests it. Tags • 1last_img read more


Enter to win 100 worth of gas money

Posted On Sep 10 2019 by

first_img Share your voice Tags CNET Giveaway 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Get ready to fuel up, because we have partnered with Shell for our latest sweepstakes! Roadshow is granting 10 lucky winners a $100 gift card to take the edge off of gas prices and save some money to enjoy this summer. Check out how to be one of the 10 winners who will receive a $100 Shell Gasoline gift card. You can use this gift card at any of the company’s locations across the US. To enter this giveaway, you just have to read our official rules carefully and fill out the form below.Having trouble loading the form above? Please check out this link.Are you eager to win? Don’t forget you can get extra entries for following Roadshow on our social channels. Good luck! Roadshow Car Industry Post a comment 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 0 More From Roadshowlast_img read more


PepsiCo offers olive branch to sued Gujarat potato farmers

Posted On Sep 5 2019 by

first_imgA Pepsi truck is shown in Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S., September 26, 2016.Reuters fileThe legal battle between beverage behemoth PepsiCo India Holdings Pvt Ltd (PIH) and four farmers in Gujarat could soon be over. The Indian subsidiary of US food and beverages giant, PepsiCo India Holdings has now offered out of court settlement to four farmers of Sabarkantha district against whom it has slapped lawsuits. Pepsi co. earlier demanded Rs 1.05 crore from the four farmers namely Hari Patel, Bipin Patel, Chhabil Patel and Vinod Patel as “damages” for allegedly growing and selling a potato variety the FL 2027, also known as FC-5. Pepsi co. has registered this variety of potato under the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights (PPV&FR) Act, 2001. Notably, this variety is used in making PepsiCo’s chips iconic product Lay’s.During a hearing at the Ahmedabad court, the legal counsel representing PepsiCo indicated a possibility of out-of-court settlement. He told Judge MC Tyagi that the company would withdraw the case if farmers agreed to sign an agreement to buy the registered variety of FC-5 potato seeds and selling the produce to Pepsi only. The farmers have also been given the option of giving an undertaking that they would never buy and sow the said registered variety of FC-5 potato seeds in future. Pepsi is engaging with more than 1200 farmer in Gujarat for sowing and producing the FC-5 variety of potato. Representative ImagePixabayThe company spokesperson said “PepsiCo India has proposed to amicably settle with people who were unlawfully using seeds of its registered variety. PepsiCo has also proposed that they may become part of its collaborative potato farming program. This program gives them access to higher yields, enhanced quality, training in best-in-class practices and better prices. In case, they do not wish to join this program, they can simply sign an agreement and grow other available varieties of potatoes. It is significant to note that the company’s collaborative potato farming program is best in class and is built on strong backward and forward linkages that improve livelihoods by using protected seeds.”The decision for an out of court settlement now lies with the farmers. Meanwhile, the farmer’s legal counsel sought time till 12th June for filing their submission in the case. During this time, the court’s order of a stay on the farmers from growing and selling the potatoes stands till next hearing on 12th June. The case triggered an uproar among farmers’ leaders, activists and civil society representatives as they approached central and state government seeking intervention in support of farmers. They claimed that the farmers have not infringed any IPR rights of PepsiCo and the Section 39(1) of PPV&FR Act, 2001 entitled farmers in India to buy and sow seeds of any variety registered.last_img read more


US to sell weapons worth 22 billion to Taiwan angry China condemns

Posted On Sep 5 2019 by

first_imgU.S. M1A2 “Abrams” tank fires during U.S. led joint military exercise “Noble Partner 2016″ near Vaziani, Georgia, May 18, 2016ReutersThe United States is pursuing the sale of more than $2 billion worth of tanks and weapons to Taiwan, four people familiar with the negotiations said, sparking anger from Beijing which is already involved in an escalating trade war with Washington.Taiwan’s Defence Ministry confirmed it had requested those weapons and that the request was proceeding normally.The US commitment to providing Taiwan with the weapons to defend itself helps Taiwan’s military to raise its combat abilities, consolidates the Taiwan-US security partnership and ensures Taiwan’s security, the ministry said in a statement.The Chinese government condemned the planned sale.”We are severely concerned about the US move and are firmly against US arms sales to Taiwan,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a daily news briefing in Beijing.China urges the United States to stop arms sales to Taiwan and prudently deal with issues relating to Taiwan to prevent harm to bilateral relations and peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, he added.CHINA HAWK US President Donald Trump’s administration rolled out a long-awaited overhaul of US arms export policy in 2018 aimed at expanding sales to allies, saying it would bolster the American defense industry and create jobs at home.Trump’s trade adviser Peter Navarro was one of the administration’s architects of that policy. Navarro, a China hawk, wrote about the possible sale of tanks to Taiwan in a March opinion column in the New York Times ahead of a presidential trip to the Lima, Ohio, plant where they are made. ReutersAt a low point, the US Army had only one tank coming from the plant a month, General Dynamics CEO Phebe Novakovic said during an April conference call with investors, but said “we’ll be rolling out 30 tanks a month by the end of this year,” partly because of international orders.The Pentagon announced last week it would sell 34 ScanEagle drones, made by Boeing Co, to the governments of Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam for $47 million.The drones would afford greater intelligence-gathering capabilities, potentially curbing Chinese activity in the region.China claims almost all of the strategic South China Sea and frequently lambastes the United States and its allies over naval operations near Chinese-occupied islands. Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam all have competing claims.China’s Defense Minister Wei Fenghe warned the United States at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore last weekend not to meddle in security disputes over Taiwan and the South China Sea.Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told the meeting that the United States would no longer “tiptoe” around China’s behaviour in Asia.Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry told Reuters, Wei’s “threatening” comments and recent Chinese military drills near Taiwan showed the importance of its need to strengthen its defensive abilities.”Going forward our government will continue to deepen the close security partnership between Taiwan and the United States,” it said.last_img read more


Writ filed seeking further hospitalisation of Khaleda

Posted On Sep 3 2019 by

first_imgBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia. File PhotoA writ petition was filed with the High Court on Sunday seeking its directive on the authorities concerned to hospitalise BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia again for her better treatment.BNP chief’s lawyer Nawshad Jamir filed the writ with a High Court bench at noon, reports UNB.Nawshad said the hearing on the writ petition is expected to be held on Monday at the bench of justice Sheikh Hasan Arif and justice Rajik Al Jalil.Kaisar Kamal, BNP’s law affairs secretary, said, “Khaleda’s treatment was going on as per the HC directives but she was sent back to jail although her treatment was not completed.”“We sought the continuation of her (Khaleda) treatment as she is still ill,” he added.According to the writ petition, Khaleda needs to be taken to a specialised hospital for better treatment as she has been suffering from chronic diseases.On 6 October, Khaleda Zia was admitted to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) for her better treatment in response to a court order.On 8 November, Khaleda was discharged from the BSMMU upon approval from the medical board formed for her treatment and produced before a makeshift court at old Central Jail in Niko graft case.On 8 February last, a special court in Dhaka sentenced Khaleda to five years’ rigorous imprisonment in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.last_img read more


Letter To Trump From Mexicos PresidentElect Reflects Openness To Trade

Posted On Sep 2 2019 by

first_img Listen “It doesn’t look like he’s turning the clock back on Mexico’s openness to the world, on its economic opening, on its integration with the United States, or even in the energy market. It really looks like he’s preoccupied with trying to bring along those who have been left behind,” said Selee. “It’s a hybrid model and it’s a ways from where he started off as a leftist politician but it’s a savvy agenda to have in a globalized world and a country like Mexico that is so dependent on the export economy,” added the expert. Mexico is Houston’s most important foreign market, accounting for $15 billion in exports in 2016.Meanwhile, total trade between the state of Texas and Mexico reaches an estimated $180 billion dollars each year. In his letter, López Obrador also said he would work to stabilize Mexico, so citizens wouldn’t feel the need to migrate because of violence or lack of economic opportunity. “We will strive to ensure that people find work and well-being in their places of origin, where their families, their customs, and their cultures are. To achieve this fundamental purpose, the incoming government will carry out the greatest effort ever undertaken in Mexico,” the president-elect said in the letter.  X Photo by REUTERS/Israel Leal/Via PBS NewsHourThis file photo shows Mexican presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador greets supporters during a campaign rally held in Cancún on June 26, 2018.In a 7-page letter to President Donald Trump, Mexico’s left-wing president-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador addressed issues of free trade and migration.The letter offers insight into what Mexico’s economic relationship with cities like Houston could look like when the new president takes office on December 1. Some business leaders are skeptical of how López Obrador’s presidency could affect Mexico’s sweeping energy reforms, free trade and international private investment. Migration Policy Institute President Andrew Selee said though sending a letter is old-fashioned, López Obrador’s message reflects fresh economic policies for a Latin American leftist. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img 00:00 /00:57 Sharelast_img read more