Teetotallers handed 300k euro for EU alcohol study

Posted On Apr 20 2021 by

first_imgThe report, to be published in June, will make bleak reading for the alcohol industry ahead of a Commission alcohol strategy expected later in the year. It says 23 million Europeans are alcoholics and that alcohol causes 16% of child abuse and 2,000 murders every year. The report says that extending the opening hours of bars and pubs leads to an increase in violence and suggests a 10% rise in alcohol taxes for the EU15 could save 9,000 lives annually.But eyebrows have already been raised at its authors’ links with the temperance movement. The report was commissioned by the Commission in 2003 from the UK-based Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS), at that time part of the Alliance House Foundation. Alliance House defines its mission as being “to spread the principles of total abstinence from alcoholic drinks”.A spokesman for the Commission said the IAS was chosen by previous health commissioner David Byrne “in the full knowledge of who they were”.In January the IAS registered itself as a separate charity. Over the last ten years it has lobbied the UK government to tighten laws on underage drinking, binge drinking, extended opening hours and alcohol excise duties.An IAS representative confirmed the group continues to be funded by Alliance House following the January registration. The two groups still share the same website and email address, although an IAS representative said a separate site would be launched along with the report itself.The Commission contracting agreement gives the “estimated service value” of the IAS report as “approximately 300,000 euro”.The Commission spokesman said the report would be “just one of several inputs into the Commission’s work on alcohol and health” but the only one to look at health and social questions. He said Health Commissioner Markos Kyprianou “would decide which elements to use”, adding that the report was being peer-reviewed by several parties, including industry representatives, and that their comments would be published as an annex.IAS chief executive Andrew McNeil said: “The report could be written by the devil himself and it would make no difference…it stands or falls on its own merits.”He said registering as a separate charity had nothing to do with the report’s pending publication.Mark Hastings of the British Beer and Pub Association said: “People would be gobsmacked if the drinks industry had written the report; the same questions have to be asked here.”Jamie Fortescue, director-general of the European Spirits Organisation, said his group had expressed concerns from the outset.The report’s lead author Peter Anderson said he had “no links to the temperance movement”.last_img read more


Reps. Davids, Cleaver hold U.S. House Small Business Committee field hearing on ‘Silicon Prairie’

Posted On Dec 20 2020 by

first_imgReps. Sharice Davids (center) and Emanuel Cleaver (right) held a field hearing for the U.S. House Small Business Committee on Tuesday.Rep. Sharice Davids this week brought official Congressional business to the Kansas 3rd Congressional District, specifically to discuss the challenges of small businesses, startups and entrepreneurs.The first-term Congresswoman led a field hearing alongside Rep. Emanuel Cleaver of Kansas City, Mo., for the U.S. House Small Business Committee on Tuesday morning at Kansas City Kansas Community College.The hearing, “Silicon Prairie: Tech Innovation and a High-Skilled Workforce in the Heartland,” included testimony from various stakeholders in business, technology, capital investment, state departments and other groups to examine the current state of the high-tech small business workforce and their challenges, particularly for startups and entrepreneurs located outside technology hubs.Kansas Labor Secretary Delía García spoke at the hearing Tuesday.Davids said bringing together local organizations that support startups and entrepreneurs — such as Overland Park-based SnapIT Solutions and Kansas City, Missouri-based AltCap — as well as the secretaries of labor and commerce is a collaborative process that goes into the Congressional record.“Having all of them in the same room sharing their ideas, it’s of course going to be helpful at the federal level for purposes of figuring out what are the best programs for us to be supporting,” she said. “But it will also be helpful for the state-level folks to hear how the work that they’re doing ties in, whether it’s workforce development (or) bridging the gap of access to capital.”Witnesses who gave testimony at the hearing included:David Toland, Secretary of the Kansas Department of CommerceDelía García, Secretary of the Kansas Department of LaborThomas Salisbury, Regional Administrator, Region VII of the Small Business AdministrationNeelima Parasker, President and Chief Executive Officer of SnapIT Solutions in Overland ParkRuben Alonso III, President of AltCap in Kansas City, MissouriTammie Wahaus, Chief Executive Officer of Elias Animal Health in OlatheBrad Sandt, President and Chief Executive Officer of Menlo, K12itc, Civic ITC in Kansas City, MissouriDaniel Silva, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Kansas City Kansas Chamber of CommerceThe hearing was also an opportunity for small business owners and experts to discuss innovative solutions to address small business employee shortages, according to Davids’ office. For instance, Davids noted that the Kansas City area has a strong workforce, but the area does face the challenge of identifying the needs of a 21st century workforce.“When people think about entrepreneurship and tech and startups and founders and access to capital, a lot of times you only hear about a couple of coastal cities,” Davids said, adding that she hopes to “spread the good word of Kansas” in terms of the entrepreneurship and startup ecosystem at work in the Midwest and particularly the Kansas City metro area.“I think it’s just really important for those of us in elected and appointed positions to hear directly from the people who are living and breathing the impacts of the policy that we’re creating,” she added.While noting that the field hearing itself is important, Davids said Tuesday morning’s events created a gathering space for all of these stakeholders to have important conversations of their own — similarly to what her staff experiences during her periodic public forums over other topics such as mental health, student debt and veterans’ needs when transitioning to civic life.For instance, even as she spoke, Davids noticed the executive director of the KCK Chamber of Commerce having a side conversation with one of the program managers of AltCap. Noting that AltCap just started its services on the Kansas side, Davids said that type of relationship could further both organizations’ reach into the communities they serve.“This is part of the Congressional record, which is very important, but every time we have an event where there is a group of people that comes together to talk about the work that they’re doing, the relationship-building and networking that happens, it’s really phenomenal,” Davids said. “They’re almost like ‘value add’ for something like this. They’re really cool additional benefits of this sort of thing that are outside of the policy that we’re trying to improve.”last_img read more


July dairy product exports bright, but other areas of ag trade remain cloudy

Posted On Sep 25 2020 by

first_imgDave NatzkeEditorProgressive DairyEmail Dave [email protected] July was another strong month for U.S. dairy product exports, and there’s even renewed optimism China is moving toward meeting trade commitments. However, the overall picture remains cloudy following a fifth straight deficit month in the U.S. ag trade balance. Here’s a Labor Day weekend update on the U.S. ag export categories tracked by Progressive Dairy and a summary of other trade news. CWT-assisted exportsAn update from the National Milk Producers Federation indicates Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) program-assisted sales approved through August total 74.255 million pounds of cheese, 6.934 million pounds of butter, 1.982 million pounds of anhydrous milkfat, 5.023 million pounds of cream cheese and 36.019 million pounds of whole milk powder. The total milk equivalent of the sales is 736.3 million pounds on a milkfat basis.Dairy heifer exports slow to a trickleDespite the prospect of good export opportunities earlier this year, the dairy replacement heifer market has ground to a virtual halt, according to Gerardo Quaassdorff, T.K. Exports Inc., Boston, Virginia. The USDA estimates show exports of U.S. dairy replacement heifers hit a decade low in July. Just 188 heifers changed country of residence during the month, and all of those moved north to Canada. The sales total was the lowest for any month dating back to January 2009.Like marketing of other ag commodities, the COVID-19 pandemic has been a major factor. Not only have travel restrictions reduced marketing trips and shipments, but the impact has stretched all the way to movement of money. With more U.S. and foreign bankers working remotely, payment procedures have slowed, limiting the ability of buyers and sellers to finalize deals, Quaassdorff said. That’s impacted nearly everyone in the supply chain, including exporters, insurance companies and shippers.Looking ahead, inquiries for both U.S. dairy and beef heifers remain strong for shipments later this year. However, interest is based on heifer prices negotiated for March-June, a period of U.S. dairy industry uncertainty and low heifer prices as U.S. dairy farmers looked to unload surplus animals.advertisementSince then, federal financial assistance and stronger milk prices were incentive to increase U.S. domestic demand for heifers, cutting into available export numbers and raising prices. Several importing countries are also postponing purchases due to unfavorable currency exchange rates.The U.S. remains the largest supplier of dairy heifers, and demand will continue, Quaassdorff said. Despite the disparity in prices with Europe, heifer supplies there are small. Australia’s coronavirus travel restrictions have essentially closed that market for now. So even with all those headwinds, he still sees opportunity, especially if pandemic restrictions ease.U.S. exports of ‘other’ hay sufferU.S. hay exports continued to slip in July. Most striking in the USDA’s monthly report, foreign shipments of “other hay” were among the lowest for any month in the 21st century. Prior to July, monthly exports of other hay have been below 102,000 metric tons only seven times dating back to January 2000, a period of 235 months.Christy Mastin, sales representative with Eckenberg Farms, Mattawa, Washington, said the current low export volumes have their roots in the 2019 crop, when acreage for exportable timothy hay was sharply reduced. Less production meant higher prices in 2019 and that has carried over into 2020. Other hay has competition from Chinese rice straw and, most directly, Australian oaten hay, which had a good harvest last year, so prices for those alternatives are more appealing to buyers.July’s exports of alfalfa hay were the lowest since February, in part due to heavy purchases earlier this year that have left potential buyers with adequate inventories. Additionally, with COVID-19 travel restrictions, there have been fewer marketing trips to the U.S. to check out new hay offerings. Ocean vessel availability and shipping delays remain a problem.For more on hay exports and market conditions, check out Progressive Forage’s Forage Market Insights update.advertisementU.S. ag trade deficit extendedJuly 2020 U.S. ag exports were valued at $10.3 billion. July U.S. ag imports were estimated at nearly $10.9 billion, resulting in a $600 million ag trade deficit. It marked a fifth straight month of deficit ag trade, and the sixth month in the first seven months of 2020.In year-to-date fiscal year 2020 (October 2019-July 2020), the U.S. ag trade surplus stands at about $1.13 billion, about $2.6 billion less than the same period a year earlier. On a calendar year basis, the numbers are worse. The January-July 2020 trade balance is a deficit $3.5 billion.Other dairy trade newsHere’s a look at other trade issues affecting U.S. dairy:The USDA’s quarterly Ag Trade Outlook paints an optimistic picture for dairy. Fiscal year 2020 (Oct. 1, 2019-Sept. 30, 2020) exports are forecast to hit t $6.5 billion. If realized, it would be the second-highest dairy export total on record and the highest since the $7.4 billion in dairy product exports in 2014. The forecast for fiscal year 2021 (Oct. 1, 2020-Sept. 30, 2021) is even higher at $6.6 billion.However, the forecast isn’t as rosy for the overall U.S. ag trade balance. Global economic pressures and other factors point to the smallest U.S. agricultural trade surplus ($3.3 billion) in more than four decades. Read: Economic Update: USDA dairy trade forecast up, but ag trade surplus smallest in decades.First it was Congress, and more recently, members of the U.S. Senate sent a letter to the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office and the USDA, urging government officials to actively enforce dairy provisions of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). In applauding the letter, the leaders of USDEC and NMPF allege Canada has begun implementing the trade agreement in a way that thwarts U.S. market access. They also raised concerns regarding how Mexico will translate its commitments to safeguard common name cheeses into action.The critical role that U.S. dairy exports play in Wisconsin’s economy and beyond took center stage at a virtual town hall. The session was part of a series of “AgTalks” co-hosted by NMPF, USDEC and Farmers for Free Trade. Moderated by Tom Vilsack, president and CEO of USDEC, a panel representing all aspects of Wisconsin’s dairy supply chain shared how expanding dairy trade opportunities will bring tangible benefits to dairy farmers, processors, exporters and rural communities. The U.S. “Phase I” trade deal with China is still in its infancy, and the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) has given it a six-month checkup. As of September, agricultural exports to are up enough to provide hope that China will move closer to its commitment to purchase $80 billion in ag products from the U.S. during 2020 and 2021. Zippy Duvall, AFBF president, looks at the trade with China, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and other trade developments in “Early signs that trade is coming back.”  center_img Dairy products maintain trendFollowing a four-month trend, July dairy product exports were again supported by growth in shipments of nonfat dry milk and skim milk powder (NDM/SMP) to Southeast Asia, according to the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC).advertisementadvertisementVolume basis: U.S. suppliers shipped 196,080 tons of milk powders, cheese, whey products, lactose and butterfat in July 2020, 23% more than the July 2019. Increased shipments of NDM/SMP to Southeast Asia represent roughly half of the overall year-over-year U.S. export growth between April-July 2020. Meanwhile, total whey sales to China continue to recover from the depressed levels of last year, when African swine fever decimated China’s hog herd and reduced demand for whey for feed use. Gains in these markets were partially offset by continued weakness in sales to Mexico, where overall export volume trailed last year by 18%. Value basis: The value of all U.S. dairy exports in July was $554.1 million, 17% more than a year ago.Total milk solids basis: U.S. exports were equivalent to 16.9% of U.S. milk solids production in July. In the first seven months of the year, exports moved 16% of production (Table 1).last_img read more


DLSU ousts Adamson in UAAP volleyball

Posted On Sep 24 2020 by

first_imgMANILA – De La Salle University Lady Spikers continued its roll in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball with a 25-21, 25-15, 22-25, 25-18 win over Adamson University Lady Falcons at the San Juan Arena.Kim Kianna Dy led the way with double-double 17 points and 10 digs on Wednesday night while Mary Joy Baron added 11 markers.With a 11-2 win-loss slate the Lady Spikers remained on top of the standings.The victory also allowed the two-time defending champions to secure a twice-to-beat incentive in the semifinals round. The Lady Falcons, on the other hand, was eliminated from the Final Four race.The Lady Spikers opened the match with a 13-6 lead but Lady Falcons clawed its way back to within 15-16. It increased the lead to 21-17 but Lady Falcons made its last stand at 21-23 before Desiree Cheng ended the match with a strong hit.The Lady Falcons were slightly ahead early in the second set but Lady Spikers banked on their opponent’s errors to surge to a 16-10 lead. The lead even grew further to 23-14 to snatch a 2-0 set advantage.After surrendering the third set, Lady Spikers failed to hang on to its early lead in the fourth set as Lady Falcons took a 16-15 lead. But Lady Spikers came up with seven straight points to turn things around.“Well, ang goal namin ay one game at a time, so kung ano ‘yung dumating na game sa amin, paghandaan. Siyempre goal namin manalo,” said Lady Spikers head coach Ramil de Jesus.Meanwhile, Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws moved to a tie for second place following a 25-17, 25-15, 25-20 conquest of also-ran University of the East Lady Warriors.Celine Domingo, playing against her former school, led Lady Tamaraws with 16 points while Negrense Bernadeth Pons and Jeanette Villareal each scored 13 markers for Lady Tamaraws, which tied Ateneo Lady Eagles at second with 9-4 card./PNlast_img read more


Burn Permits Now Available

Posted On Sep 23 2020 by

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享As of today permits are required for debris burning outside and can be obtained through local forestry or firefighter departments. State forestry departments have already issued red flag warnings and a busy fire season has been predicted for this summer. Paul Pelligrini with the division of forestry said responsible debris burning is the best way to combat potential fire dangers. Pelligrini: “Most of our fires are human caused on the Kenai and most of them have two main causes and the biggest is debris burning. So we’re really trying to encourage people if you choose to have a controlled burn or what we call an open burn around your house then be sure to follow the rules on the burn permit. “center_img Burn permits are also available online through the Division of Forestry website. With conditions as they are now Pelligrini said there is the possibility of a Funny River Fire repeat.last_img read more


QPR complete signing of defender Dickie

Posted On Sep 18 2020 by

first_imgAdChoices广告West London Sport revealed QPR’s interest in him earlier this month and more recently revealed that they were very much in the running to sign him despite reports of interest from Premier League clubs.West London Sport also revealed that he would be signing a four-year deal – and previously revealed that Rangers would pay-off Toni Leistner to make room for the new acquisition.Dickie played a key role in helping Oxford reach last season’s League One play-off final, which they lost to Wycombe.He was in the final year of his contract and keen to move on.“I am really, really excited and can’t wait to get going,” Dickie told Rangers’ website. Warburton has been aiming to improve QPR’s defence“The manager had a big influence on my decision. I got a really good feeling off him.“I watched a lot of QPR last year. I really like how they played and how the manager set them up.“I feel this is a really good fit for me because of how I like to play. It feels like the right club for me.”Rangers manager Warburton has been looking to bring in a combative central defender who is also good on the ball.Dickie was identified as the top target, although enquiries were made about Charlie Goode, who joined Brentford.Warburton said: “He is a talented ball player and is aware of how we like to play.“He is a very talented young player, he has proven himself at Oxford, showing his undoubted quality, and is more than ready to step up.“He likes to get on the ball, he makes good decisions and has good physicality about him as well which you have to have in the Championship – but he is also a young player with lots of development potential.“He is a tremendous addition to our squad.”QPR line up forward signingWarburton is now looking to add at least one attacking player to his squad before the season gets under way.Potential replacements for Bright Osayi-Samuel are also being lined up.Rangers want Osayi-Samuel and Ryan Manning to agree new deals and are ready to sell them if they continue to refuse to sign. QPR have confirmed the signing of defender Rob Dickie from Oxford United.The deal is worth up to £1.8m and Dickie has signed a four-year contract.Rangers were keen to bring in at least one centre-back this summer and Dickie has long been their first choice. Embed from Getty Imagescenter_img See also:Brentford and QPR keen on Oxford defender DickieQPR looking to agree Leistner pay-offLeistner leaving QPR after agreeing pay-offLeistner’s departure confirmed as QPR eye Dickie dealMackie urges Dickie to choose QPRQPR close to clinching signing of Oxford defender DickieDickie to join QPR on four-year dealKeeper Barnes joining Hibs on loan from QPRCarroll and Dickie play for QPR in friendly against Arsenallast_img read more


Kotoko, Kessben take on title chasers

Posted On Aug 29 2020 by

first_imgA packed fixture list for this weekend’s round of Glo Premier League matches could once again throw the title race wide open and change the positions in the bottom three.With the races for the title, top-four positions and relegation battles dominating, Sunday’s round of games will give the league an exciting lift ahead of penultimate weekend of the season.Leaders AshantiGold will make the 30-minute trip to the Baba Yara Stadium from Obuasi to face Asante Kotoko while second-placed Hearts of Oak also travel to the Anane Boateng Stadium take on Kessben FC.The fight to beat the relegation is certainly between the 14th and 15th placed sides – Olympics and Wise – who play each other.Success for AshantiGold in Kumasi will give them a great opportunity of claiming a first title in over a decade. But against an Asante Kotoko side struggling for form, the Miners will certainly struggle to pick all three points.The same script can be repeated for champions, Hearts of Oak who meet Kessben FC. Any slip by the Phobians could cost them dearly with just a couple of games to go after Sunday’s matches. But as the top two face tricky duels away, Aduana Stars, three points off the pace at the top will return to their fortress where they welcome a Real Tamale United side who are aware that a defeat could push them further closer to the relegation zone.Berekum Arsenals’ hopes of maintaining their top-four place would be tested at the Wa Park where they play home team, All Stars who are also keen of forcing a top-four finish.The Golden City Park will host the game between Chelsea and Liberty Professionals while New Edubiase welcomes another top-four hopeful, Heart of Lions to the Len Clay Stadium. Edubaise will need a win to improve their standings as they sit 13th on the table.The clash at the El-Wak Stadium will be one of the biggest games of the weekend as the 14th and 15th placed sides – Olympics and Wise – go head to head in Accra.A win for either side will seriously boost their survival hopes. Hasaacas who are already relegated will host King Faisal to the Sekondi Sports Stadium.Source: Ghanafa.orglast_img read more


Report: WNBA remains industry leader in diversity hiring

Posted On Aug 12 2020 by

first_imgConnecticut Sun’s Camille Little (2) is blocked by Chicago Sky’s Elena Delle Donne (11) in a June 11 game. (Photo: Fred Beckham, AP)ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ The WNBA has maintained its standings among professional sports leagues as the leader in racial and gender hiring.According to an annual report released Tuesday by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport, the league received A-plus grades in race and gender hiring. It marks the 11th consecutive year the WNBA has received at least A grades in each category.Reports are also issued on the NBA, NFL, MLB, MLS and college sports.Fourteen women and seven people of color had WNBA ownership positions in 2015, an increase of two women and one person of color from 2013. For the 2015 season, there were six women and three African-American general managers, compared to four and three, respectively, last year.Report author Richard Lapchick said progress in diversifying ownership of teams is a welcomed sign.“It’s the one area where there has not been great progress, so any positive motion will be a good signal to other leagues,” he said. “The WNBA is doing that and the NBA is the only league with two (majority) owners of color. It’s not a big number, but it’s two more than where we were five years ago.”Lapchick also applauded the league’s ongoing place as the industry’s “standard setter” for diversity efforts, noting the importance of the June hiring of Oris Stuart as the chief diversity and inclusion officer. In the new position, Stuart oversees strategies for the WNBA, NBA and NBA Development League.“I think business is recognizing that diversity and inclusion is an important business imperative,” Lapchick said. “The league once again is setting a precedent by doing things before other people are doing them. That has been the mode of operation for the NBA and is the model for other leagues as well.”___Online: http://tidesport.org/___Follow Kyle Hightower on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/khightowerlast_img read more


FIFA call an extraordinary meeting for October 22

Posted On Aug 6 2020 by

first_img 09/10/2015 FIFA have announced they will have an extraordinary meeting in October in light of the suspension to its president Sepp Blatter.  Blatter stands accused of signing an “unfavourable” contract for world football’s governing body and of making an “unfair payment” to Platini.  Football’s world governing body revealed on Friday that this has led to the need for the meeting.  EFE, Sport EN In a short statement, they wrote:center_img “FIFA can today confirm that its Executive Committee will convene in Zurich on Tuesday 20 October 2015 for an extraordinary meeting. “Further information will be communicated in due course.” Blatter has been taken off his duties for 90 days, as has UEFA chief Michel Platini.  Upd. on 22/11/2016 at 03:06 CETlast_img read more


Malcolm of all trades

Posted On Aug 5 2020 by

first_imgBy Bonny Burrows Never one to take all the credit, Malcolm Graham has used his Citizen of the Year acceptance…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img