U.S. Rep. Ben Ray LujánFrom the Ben Ray Luján for Senate Campaign: ALBUQUERQUE – The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the largest trade union of public employees in the United States, has endorsed U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján to be the next U.S. Senator for New Mexico.At their convention in Albuquerque, AFSCME leaders said Luján – the son of a union ironworker and a public school official – was the best candidate to uplift working families given his record of protecting health care, workers’ benefits and security, Social Security, and Medicare. AFSCME Council 18 President Casey Padilla said, “We’ve known Ben Ray for years and have total confidence that he’ll always do right by workers and our families.”“Congressman Luján has always championed working families and AFSCME is proud to stand with him now,” said Connie Derr, executive director of New Mexico Council 18.AFSCME represents more than 1.4 million public services employees, including nurses, childcare providers, sanitation workers, emergency medical technicians, and other individuals dedicated to serving their communities. AFSCME’s stated mission is to serve as a strong voice for fairness in the workplace, providing excellence in public services, and advocating for opportunities for all working families. “It is an honor to have the support of New Mexico’s hardworking public servants. As strong advocates for working families, health care, and economic equality, AFSCME and its members across the country are important voices for the policies I will champion in the U.S. Senate,” Luján said. “I am proud to stand with labor and working families as we ban together to ensure the Senate is supporting and uplifting the American worker.”This is the second major labor endorsement Luján has received since launching his Senate campaign. The New Mexico Professional Fire Fighters Association endorsed Luján earlier this year.
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The office in Budapest, was opened in 2006 in response to demand from Savills’s German and Irish clients but Property Week has learnt that the firm decided to close the office in favour of servicing the needs of these clients from its other offices in Europe. A spokeswoman said: ‘The operation, which opened in 2006, was an investment led business and Savills has taken the decision to continue to service clients in this area through its central and eastern European offices, particularly Poland, as well as its London-based cross border investment team.’ It is also understood that Savills’s head of Hungary Peter Chatfield, who was in charge of a team of about five staff, has left the company. Hungary’s property market, like its neighbouring countries, has suffered as a result of the global economic downturn and tight availability of credit. According to Cushman & Wakefield research, prime office investment yields, for example, moved out by 25 basis points to 6.25%, at the end of the last quarter.The firm predicted subdued occupier activity in 2009 coinciding with rising vacancy rates because of a glut of speculative development in the country. Cushman & Wakefield also said investment volumes would remain low pushing yields further out.
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Jake Stephens (Jake Cannavale) has a crush on school-mate Amanda Blake (Angelique Rivera) but he doesn’t think she knows he’s alive. During lunch time in the school canteen, Jake’s eye is caught by Amanda making out with her female friend but he soon realises she’s actually eating her. The shock of discovering Amanda is a zombie subsides when Jake himself transforms into one and the two are forced to go on the run together.Eat Brains Love is the new film from Rodman Flender and it’s an absolutely hilarious joy ride from start to finish. Taking the zombie genre and doing something refreshingly new with it, Eat Brains Love is essentially a romantic comedy where the two leads just happen to eat people. As Jake and Amanda go on the run, they are pursued by Cass (Sarah Yarkin), her partner Tom (Jim Titus) and their evil boss (Patrick Fabian) from the NCD, a unit the contains zombie outbreaks.Credit: Gunpowder & SkyThe pace of Eat Brains Love is fast and there isn’t any lagging over the film’s 87-minute run-time. The plot escalates expertly taking Jake and Amanda from one crazy situation to the next, and there’s a nice touch where they learn to target horrible people to eat rather than just feeding on anyone they come across.Mike Herro and David Strauss’ razor-sharp script packs in a lot of humour and the laughs come thick and fast. Jake is loveable but dumb while Amanda is your typical popular girl but with more of an edge. Together they bounce off one another brilliantly and that’s in large part to the fantastic performances of Jake Cannavale and Angelique Rivera. They lean into the craziness of the film and throw themselves into the performances. Cannavale in particular continues to build on his already impressive CV and he’s very gifted at comedy.Sarah Yarkin is very funny too as Cass. Although her character is supposed to be eliminating Jake and Amanda locating them with her psychic abilities, she can’t help but be attracted to Jake. Her feelings towards him muddy the waters in terms of her job and she finds herself hampering, rather than helping, the pursuit. Yarkin is very droll in her delivery and she delivers some of the film’s best lines.Credit: Gunpowder & SkyEat Brains Love is the funniest film I’ve seen at Arrow Video FrightFest this year. The talented cast combined with Flender’s expert direction, and the incredible script, makes this an absolute must-see. The ending leaves things wide open for a continuation and I like that not everything is wrapped up in a big bow. What Jake and Amanda are doing is horrible but they are victims of a disease so are they really to blame? That’s a question you’ll be asking yourself long after the film comes to an end.Cast: Jake Cannavale, Angelique Rivera, Sarah Yarkin Director: Rodman Flender Writers: Mike Herro, David Strauss Certificate: TBC Duration: 87 mins Released by: Gunpowder & Sky
LocalNews LIAT should be classified as an essential service – PM Skerrit by: – November 6, 2013 Share 17 Views no discussions Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Prime Minister Roosevelt SkerritBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Wednesday November 6, 2013, CMC – Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says the time has come to make the regional airline, LIAT, an essential service as the airline deals with a strike by its pilots that have led to several cancellations and flight delays.Skerrit, speaking with the online Barbados Today newspaper, said that he was concerned that the regional travelling public was being held to ransom every time there is industrial action at LIAT, whose major shareholders are Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.Skerrit said it was frustrating for passengers to have to travel to the airport, in some instances long distances, only to be told that the plane is not coming because the pilots are on strike.“I don’t think we can build a region and a tourism product unless you address this particular problem. I am hoping that the matter can be resolved this evening,” he said noting however “this might just be a temporary fix (and) we need to find a permanent fix”.He told the online publication that the permanent fix could be along the lines of an essential service, adding “I think there is a case to be made for that”.The pilots walked off the jobs on Tuesday forcing cancellations and delays by the airline that flies to more than 21 destinations on a daily basis.In a statement , LIAT said the airline said it held discussions with the Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA), and that the company “has indicated its willingness to address any legitimate issues and has given a firm commitment that it will meet with LIALPA on Wednesday, in an effort to discuss the union’s concerns”.Earlier this year, the main opposition Antigua Labour Party (ALP) was critical of proposals by two prime ministers from the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) that the aviation industry should be deemed an essential service.In June, Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer and his St. Vincent and the Grenadines colleague, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves supported a statement by then LIAT’s chief executive officer, Ian Brunton, that the aviation industry should also be classified as an essential service, with legislated restricted rights to strike.Brunton said that tourism was the mainstay of the majority of the region’s economies and air services connect the countries of the Caribbean.Gonsalves said a move to categorise aviation workers as “essential” should not be seen as an attempt to obstruct labour.But the ALP said that it was voicing its “very strong objection to the proposal” adding that it is an “attempt to deny workers the right to strike”.It said that Prime Minister Spencer, a former trade unionist, should take note that the LIALPA “has indicated quite clearly that it is not in agreement to designate aviation work as essential”.Caribbean Media Corporation
Sharing is caring! LocalNews PM calls for unity & nation building by: Dominica Vibes News – December 8, 2014 248 Views no discussions Tweet Share Share Share Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has called on the nation to unite its efforts towards nation building, following the climax of the 2014 general election.The Dominica Labour Party (DLP) secured a historic fourth term win with fifteen (15) seats while the opposition United Workers Party (UWP) won six (6) seats.In his address to the nation on Monday evening, Mr Skerrit congratulated all successful candidates and singled out the political leader of the UWP – Lennox Linton on his entry into the House of Assembly as an elected member.Mr Skerrit promised citizens that more resources will be devoted towards “wiping out poverty and ignorance in Dominica” in the new term 2014- 2019 term and that “the best is yet to come”.He added that he is “exceedingly proud” that the DLP made history as there is only four other occasions in the Caribbean region where a party has won four consecutive terms.“This is not the time for boasting or ridiculing…it is time for reconciliation and unity in building a peaceful, just Dominica…let us work hand in hand to build the economy,” Mr Skerrit urged.“No one should go hungry, destitute in a rich country like ours…all Dominicans should work together,” he urged. The Prime Minister also called on citizens to reach out to Dominicans abroad to get them involved in the country’s development and transcend political parties.He thanked voters for the “faith, trust and confidence” they have placed in his party and “we pledge we will never let you down”.While Prime Minister Skerrit encouraged supporters to celebrate the victory, he said the country has partied enough over the last five weeks and so tomorrow, Tuesday 9 December 2014 would not be declared a holiday.“We need to buckle down and get back to work tomorrow,” Mr Skerrit said.He also announced that the nation will be updated on Tuesday afternoon as to when the new government will be sworn into office.
With increasing U.S. milk production outpacing growth in domestic consumption, the global market will become more important as an outlet for U.S. sales. U.S. dairy marketing leaders outlined efforts to boost U.S. dairy product exports during a press conference at World Dairy Expo, Oct. 4, in Madison, Wisconsin. Tom Vilsack, president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC), and Tom Gallagher, CEO of Dairy Management Inc. (DMI), pointed to a common theme to build markets whether at home or abroad: consumer trust.advertisementadvertisementAnnounced previously, the goal seeks to boost U.S. dairy exports to 20 percent of total milk solids production by 2021. (Read: Vilsack: ‘Next 5 percent’ is Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal) U.S. dairy exports have fluctuated around 15 percent of total production for several years. Thus far in 2017, dairy exports as a percentage of total production have been running about 14.2 percent (Table 1). “The future of the dairy industry is bright,” Vilsack said. “The reality is, we do an incredible job of milk production, and no matter how well we do on domestic consumption, we’re going to have to have strong exports to stabilize markets.”Vilsack said current levels of exports add about $1.25 per hundredweight (cwt) to farmer milk prices.“We can’t stay at 14 to 15 percent. We have to expand exports to 17 percent, 20 percent and beyond,” Vilsack said. “We believe if we can get that 5 percent bump in volume while focusing on value, it will add $2.2 billion of additional sales opportunities. That’s the goal. If we don’t reach that goal, it potentially creates real challenges in terms of stability in the prices our dairy farmers receive.”advertisementVilsack said USDEC has set specific product volumes and geographic markets to meet the overall goal of increased sales. Additionally, those areas have been analyzed as to whether there are adequate people and resources to reach those geographic goals. The effort also has contracted with citizens already in those markets to create business links and opportunities. USDEC will work with U.S. dairy co-ops and companies to create marketing channels.Mexico, already the leading export market for U.S. dairy, remains a primary focus to protect and expand current markets. Efforts include high-end restaurants and tourist areas, as well as retailers and grocery stores.The focus in Canada is to seek greater access to consumers through the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).Due to population bases, Southeast Asia and China are specific targets. In Asia, Japan’s shrinking domestic milk production could open trade for the U.S. In Southeast Asia, a younger population is recognizing the importance of dairy to human health. China’s exploding middle-class population is providing opportunity.The U.S. must regain focus on markets in North Africa where strong population growth is anticipated, Vilsack warned.Gallagher said the goal to increase exports fits into DMI’s two-fold mission: increase dairy sales and improve trust among consumers.advertisement“Trust is the No. 1 thing on my mind,” Gallagher said. One DMI program launched earlier this year, “Undeniably Dairy,” seeks to build the consumer trust that will be vital for dairy farmers to continue to operate, he said.“It’s important we also establish trust with consumers around the world,” Vilsack said. “If they trust us, they’ll try our product, and if they try our products, they will love them and continue to buy them.”To fund the effort, producers’ support of the dairy checkoff will be vital, Vilsack said. USDEC receives checkoff dollars from DMI and state and regional groups.Gallagher said there were no plans to increase the dairy checkoff. However, USDEC has not raised dues paid by its 120 member organizations for at least a decade, Vilsack said, noting the organization will review its dues structure in 2018.Resources will come from DMI and state and regional checkoff organizations, adding people to build foreign markets.Through partnerships already forged by DMI around the world, USDEC is seeking to enhance that level of trust. DMI’s partnerships with Pizza Hut and Kentucky Fried Chicken in Southeast Asia have already increased sales, Gallagher said.New investment takes risk, and one of USDEC’s roles will be to reduce risks faced by dairy companies seeking to build foreign markets, Vilsack said. “To lower risks, you have to have knowledge, insights, understanding of the market and the opportunities; identify the necessary innovations; and provide that information to the industry and let them make decisions when they are comfortable with the risks. It takes relationships, knowledge, insights and people.”Vilsack expects a 3- to 5-year effort to reach the goal, although U.S. positions on trade agreements, European Union success on geographical indicators and the strength of the U.S. dollar are variables.August exports strongerAfter a setback in July, U.S. dairy exports improved in August, posting the second-highest volume in the last 10 months. Cheese led the way and butterfat shipments picked up, offsetting a slowdown in sales of nonfat dry milk/skim milk powder (NDM/SMP), whey products and lactose, according to Alan Levitt, USDEC vice president of communications and market analysis.Suppliers shipped 164,279 tons of milk powder, cheese, butterfat, whey and lactose during the month, up 2 percent from last year. U.S. exports were valued at $469 million, up 17 percent, slightly above the monthly average since last October.Cheese exports in August were 30,370 tons, exceeding last year’s volume by 35 percent. For the first time, Australia was the No. 2 destination for U.S. cheese, taking 3,900 tons, nearly triple the volume of a year ago.In the June-August period, U.S. suppliers exported 8,219 tons of butterfat, up 158 percent from last year. Canada has been the major customer, taking 4,187 tons in three months, more than triple year-earlier purchases.Dairy replacement sales look to buildAt 1,459 head, exports of dairy replacement heifers remained softer in August, turning in the second-lowest monthly total of the year. The heifers were valued at $2.66 million.NAFTA partners Canada and Mexico were again the leading U.S. markets for the month, taking 857 and 469 head, respectively. Qatar imported 132 head.Year-to-date 2017 U.S. dairy replacement heifer exports stand at 19,380 head, surpassing the total of 12,216 for all of 2016 and 16,171 for all of 2015.Tony Clayton, Clayton Agri-Marketing Inc., Jefferson City, Missouri, said Qatar and the U.S. recently agreed on health protocols. Qatar is seeking genomic-tested animals, but needs to rapidly build its domestic milk production due to an export embargo by several of its neighbors.In Mexico, price has become a driving factor, with less emphasis on quality.Pakistan is also seeking high-genomic cattle, and Nestle is offering a $700-per-head subsidy to import dairy cattle, said Clayton, who was headed to the Middle East and Africa in search of sales for 2018.At 631, August exports of dairy embryos fell off sharply after setting an eight-month high in July. The embryos were valued at $601,000. China and Japan were leading buyers.Hay exports reboundMonthly hay exports rebounded in August. While still below average, sales of alfalfa hay totaled 204,067 metric tons (MT), up 20,000 MT from July. August sales to China, at 93,816 MT, and Saudi Arabia, at 31,900 MT, were each up 9,500 MT from July. Through August, sales of alfalfa hay remain at a record-high pace. Alfalfa hay exports were valued at $60 million for the month.Japan remained the leading foreign market for other hay in August, at 61,828 MT. At 139,863 MT, total export sales were the highest since March 2017. South Korean buyers purchased their largest volume of other hay for the year, at 54,872 MT in August. Other hay exports were valued at more than $44 million for the month.With the exception of dehydrated alfalfa meal, export sales of other meal and alfalfa cube products were lower.U.S. ag trade surplus shrinksDespite stronger sales of dairy products and hay, the August U.S. ag trade surplus narrowed.Overall August 2017 U.S. ag exports were valued at $10.2 billion. Monthly U.S. ag imports were valued at $9.9 billion. As a result, August’s U.S. ag trade surplus was $287 million, the smallest since May.U.S. ag exports for the first 11 months of this fiscal year are at $129.9 billion, $11.3 billion more than the same time in 2016, and more than $20 billion higher than imports. PHOTO: U.S. dairy leaders discussed dairy promotion and export issues during a press conference held in conjunction with World Dairy Expo, Oct. 4, in Madison, Wisconsin. Participants included (left to right) Marilyn Hershey, Cochranville, Pennsylvania dairy farmer and vice chair of Dairy Management Inc. (DMI), Tom Vilsack, CEO and president of the U.S. Dairy Export Council, and Tom Gallagher, CEO of DMI. Photo courtesy of DMI. Dave NatzkeEditorProgressive DairymanEmail Dave Natzkedave@progressivepublish.com
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The West Florida and Tampa men’s soccer teams finished an emotional and grueling battle in an unsatisfying way on Saturday night at the UWF Soccer Complex, finishing in a 2-2 tie in double overtime. After a scoreless but eventful first half, the action picked up in the second half as each team scored twice. Both UWF and UT ran out of offense in overtime, finishing with a 2-2 tie.Despite finishing the first half with a 0-0 score, the opening 45 minutes had plenty of action from both teams. Tampa (0-4-1) drew a penalty kick just five minutes into the game, but Brian Fekete’s shot was stopped by UWF’s sophomore goalkeeper Ramon Sealy (Bodden Town, Grand Cayman/John Gray HS). Fekete then had a chance to score on the rebound, but his shot hit the crossbar and ricocheted over the goal.Minutes later, the Argonauts (3-2-1) were also denied multiple opportunities. Junior Stephen Munoz (Lake Mary, Fla./Lake Mary HS) had a free kick bounce off the crossbar, and freshman Dillon Gallet (Lafayette, La./Lafayette HS) hit the post two minutes later.In the second half, UT got on the board first in the 51st minute on a Ryan Griffin goal off an assist by John Reddick from the right side. Eight minutes later, UWF struck back and tied the score at 1-1 when Stephen and Michael Munoz combined on a play that found junior Andre Verardi (Porto Alegre, Brazil/Embry-Riddle) open for his second goal of the year.With the score tied 1-1, Tampa kicked off and surged into the Argonauts back line, forcing a collision between Griffin and Sealy in the penalty area. Sealy was given a yellow card, and Griffin converted the penalty kick to put Tampa ahead 2-1. Another controversial play tied the game for UWF, as Stephen Munoz drew a foul in the box and converted a penalty kick of his own, making the score 2-2 at the 70:33 mark.After heading into the first overtime period, and then the second, the score was still tied 2-2 and the teams began to tire. UWF thought they found a game-winner when Verardi converted a shot off a rebound in the 108th minute, but the play was called offside, ending the Argonauts’ celebration.Both teams had plenty of scoring chances, as the Argos attempted 17 shots and the Spartans 12. Sealy finished with six saves in goal for the Argos, and Tampa’s Kody Parker stopped five shots on goal. The Argos had the ball on their offensive side more than the Spartans, as UWF attempted 12 corner kicks and UT just three.UWF will continue its homestand with a non-conference contest against NAIA opponent William Carey on Tuesday, Sep. 20 at 7 p.m., and fans can listen to all the action live at www.GoArgos.com. Print Friendly Version West Florida Battles Tampa to 2-2 Tie Share Sean Reynolds played all 110 minutes in UWF’s 2-2 tie against Tampa on Saturday (Photo by Jim Hogue)