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Tom Vilsack talks trade and dairy exports under USMCA

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A conversation with…Tom Vilsack — Former U.S. Ag Secretary and president, CEO of U.S. Dairy Export Council on USMCAInterview with Joel Penhorwood OCJ: What is your take on the new NAFTA, the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)?Tom: I think it’s good news from the perspective that we now know that there is likely to be a tri-lateral relationship between Mexico, Canada, and the United States. I think there was some uncertainty as to whether or not the U.S. would either leave NAFTA or whether they would simply provide an agreement with Mexico and leave Canada out. I think now we know that we’re going to have a trilateral agreement which should stabilize and strengthen our dairy markets. We now know we’re going to be able to preserve that Mexican market, which is incredibly important to the dairy industry — our No. 1 market — with potential opportunities for additional access to the Canadian market.The second thing is, as a result of the completion of these negotiations the United States Trade Representative’s office, Ambassador Lighthizer and his team will now be freed up to hopefully begin negotiations to with the Chinese to get that matter resolved expeditiously. And, perhaps they will begin to more aggressively pursue bilateral trade negotiations with Japan and the U.K. and the E.U. and other nations, maybe even work on removing the retaliatory tariffs that still exist with Mexico and Canada as a result of the steel and aluminum tariffs that were assessed by the U.S. That has provided a drag on our cheese sales in Mexico — we would like to see that removed.The agreement itself preserves the Mexican market, but it also provides I think incremental increase in the Canadian market. The elimination of class 7 was certainly good news, but we want to see how it’s going to be implemented, and certainly the market access as well — not a tremendous open market access, but certainly more than we’ve had before.The idea of modernizing NAFTA certainly made sense given the fact it was over 20 years old and there were certainly new industries that had cropped up in the last 20 years and needed to be addressed. I think this was a good opportunity and certainly appreciate the fact that the administration took advantage of it. OCJ: Are tariffs the best way to go about things?Tom: I think the fact that we mixed up tariffs with steel and aluminum obviously has created a hiccup. We obviously have, as I said, retaliatory tariffs between Mexico and Canada on some of our dairy products, which has inhibited trade a bit. It would be great if we could see those removed. Certainly tariffs have caused significant challenge with our Chinese market. We have had powder sales virtually stop in China at a time when we’re looking to try to strengthen prices, which makes things a little more difficult for our dairy producers. I think some of our higher value products are still being sold in China, but the folks are absorbing the tariffs. They’ll only be able to do that for a short period of time. That’s why it’s important for the administration to get back to the table with the Chinese and hammer out some kind of understanding so we have a fair and balanced relationship with them. OCJ: What’s on the horizon for dairy exports?Tom: At this point, dairy exports are sort of an untold story this year. The first seven, eight months of this year, we’ve seen exports at a record pace. We’ve never been able to sell as much dairy to the rest of the world as we’re selling today. Hopefully that continues. We’re seeing market opportunities in the Middle East and north Africa and southeast Asia — in Korea, and Japan. I just got back from a visit to both China and Korea where I see tremendous opportunity in the Korean market. There are opportunities potentially in Australia, which may surprise some folks, and of course an opportunity as well in Mexico to continue to expand that market and some in Central and South America, and Caribbean islands.There’s really global opportunity here. We’re seeing demand for dairy grow. As populations increase, as middle classes grow with the growing world economy, it plays to the strength of dairy protein. We see health and wellness now becoming an issue for so many developed countries with aging populations and dairy’s role in providing better health and fitness. All of it I think speaks to the possibilities for expanded exports and hopefully that translates over time into better prices for our farmers. OCJ: How does USMCA impact Canada’s isolationist policies?Joel: The supply management system is still intact and will still be utilized in Canada. When we eliminated class seven, essentially it’s going to be replaced with a new pricing system that’s tied to our class four milk. However, there’s an adjustment that the Canadians can make based upon applicable Canadian allowances. The fact that it’s the applicable allowance raises some concerns. We’re not certain that’s a set amount. We’re not certain that’s necessarily pegged to the U.S. make allowance and so that raises concerns about how the removal of class seven is actually going to be implemented. Will it create additional advantages for the Canadians? Or will it provide a fair system? That is yet to be determined.The same thing is true with market access. While the numbers are better than the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiated and the fact that we won’t have to share those quotas with any other nation certainly appear to be a plus. However, it spreads a little bit differently over product lines, so again we’re going to have to see precisely what this means over time. OCJ: Any timeline on that implementation?Tom: This is an agreement that is going to be essentially phased in over a period of years. The first step of the process obviously is the president to sign the agreement, which he no doubt will do before Nov. 30 so that the outgoing Mexican president can sign it. Then once it’s signed, Congress has roughly 60 days to sort of review the details and then at that point, Congress can take the matter up for a vote. I think there’s obviously going to be lot of discussion about whether or not there are sufficient votes and that’s why it’s going to be important to understand the details of the agreement, which obviously everyone will be interested in.last_img read more

All students fail in govt. school in Haryana

first_imgAll 51 students of a government school in Palwal failed in the Haryana Board Class X examination, prompting the education department to ask authorities to initiate strict action against the “erring” teachers. All 51 students of Deeghot Senior Secondary School in Palwal who took Class X examination conducted by Haryana Board has failed, Palwal District Education Officer (DEO) Suman Nain said here on Thursday.Strict action ordered “My department has written to the Deputy Commissioner of Palwal to take strict action against the teachers as per rules,” she said after the State government ordered a probe into the poor result of the school. On Wednesday, the villagers locked the school in protest over the issue of poor education system, said Jitender Tanwar, sarpanch (village head) of Deeghot village. Last month, the Board of School Education Haryana (BSEH) had released the Haryana Board Class X results.last_img read more

2 militants killed in Pulwama, say J&K police

first_imgTwo militants are believed dead in an ongoing operation against a group of hiding militants in Pulwama’s Awantipora area on Friday.A police official said the militants opened fire on a search party of security forces in Banduna village, triggering an encounter.“Two militants have been killed during exchange of fire. The bodies have been spotted,” said the police.The combing operation is on. The identities of the militants are being ascertained.The ongoing operation forced authorities to stop intra-Kashmir rail services in the southern part of the State. Internet service has also been suspended as a precautionary measure, an official said.last_img read more

NYK volunteers spread yoga message in 623 districts

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 21 (PTI) The Nehru Yuva Kendra (NYK) volunteers participated in International Day of Yoga celebrations in 623 districts across the country, a senior NYK official today said.Hundreds of volunteers from the Kendra, which functions under the Ministry of Youth Affairs, took part in the Delhi edition of the grand event at the Connuaght Place (CP).Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs Vijay Goel attended the yoga events hosted in the streets lining the famed Raj-era market in central Delhi in the morning.”Our (NYK) volunteers were at the CP also. They participated in events in all state capitals and district headquarters. Altogether they spread out in 623 districts across all states.”The volunteers were trained by yoga gurus in the run up to the celebrations,” the official said.Nehru Yuva Kendras were established in the year 1972 with the objective of providing rural youth avenues to take part in the process of nation building as well providing opportunities for the development of their personality and skills.In the year 1987-88, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) was set up as an autonomous organisation under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, to oversee working of these Kendras.NYKS is the largest grassroots level youth organisation and channelises the power of youth on the principles of voluntarism, self-help and community. PTI KND SMJlast_img read more

OnePlus 6 Red edition with 8GB RAM, 128GB storage launched in India for Rs 39,999, sale on July 16

first_imgAs teased last week, OnePlus has officially launched the Red edition of OnePlus 6 in India. The smartphone comes with 8GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The phone will be available for buying for a price tag of Rs 39,999. Interested consumers will be able to purchase the OnePlus 6 Red edition phone starting July 16 in India. OnePlus is yet to reveal their e-commerce partner for the OnePlus 6 Red edition.The new OnePlus 6 Red edition features an amber-like effect. OnePlus has used optical coating, evaporative film, and six panels of glass to build the OnePlus 6 Red edition. An added anti-reflective layer has also been used in designing the OnePlus 6 Red so that more light can reach the bottom layers of glass before being reflected off the device to create a sense of depth. “A translucent orange layer intermixes with the red base layer to achieve a radiant glossy red, unique to OnePlus,” says OnePlus.”We believe power and attitude can be both elegant and humble, and we have strived to achieve this with the OnePlus 6 Red Edition,” says Pete Lau, CEO and Founder, OnePlus. “We worked to avoid an overly bright red color while still capturing a sense of self-confidence and positivity. Achieving the amber-like effect took several months to refine and perfect.”The OnePlus 6 Red edition boasts of a metallic red shimmer coupled with the red, mirror-like fingerprint sensor and silver camera lens accent.OnePlus claims that OnePlus 6 is the fastest selling device in the company’s history. OnePlus says that within 22 days of the launch of the phone, one million OnePlus 6 phones were sold. The company believes that the new OnePlus 6 Red edition will be “another great choice for users around the world.”advertisementIn terms of specs, OnePlus 6 Red edition comes with 8GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The camera, processor, software and other specs remain the same as the OnePlus 6 Midnight and Mirror black edition.The OnePlus 6 comes with a 6.28-inch screen and FullHD+ display with a resolution of 2280×1080 pixels and an aspect ratio of 19:9. The OnePlus 6 sports a dual-camera set up consisting of a primary sensor of 16-megapixel Sony IMX519 sensor paired with f/1.7 aperture, OIS, and EIS. The secondary sensor includes a 20-megapixel Sony IM376K sensor with f/1.7 aperture. On the front, the OnePlus 6 comes with a 16-megapixel selfie shooter coupled with a Sony IMX371 sensor, f/2.0 aperture, and EIS.ALSO READ: OnePlus says it will launch 5G phone in 2019, could be OnePlus 7OnePlus 6 is a powerful phone and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor clocked up to 2.8GHz, coupled with an Adreno 630 GPU. The smartphone comes with a dual SIM support and runs OxygenOS 5.1 based on Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box. The OnePlus phone is backed by a 3300 mAh battery and comes with Dash charging support.last_img read more

2016 NTL Player of the Final awards

first_imgCongratulations to the following players who received Player of the Final honours at the 2016 National Touch League. Elite Eight Men’s Player of the Final – Lachlan Pierce (QLD Cowboys)Elite Eight Men’s Player of the Series – Lachlan Pierce (QLD Cowboys)Elite Eight Women’s Player of the Final – Kimberley Sue See (QLD Broncos)Elite Eight Women’s Player of the Series – Kimberley Sue See (QLD Broncos)Mixed Open – Oscar Sanft and Natasha Adams (Brisbane City Cobras)Men’s T League – Marcus Holme (South QLD Sharks)Women’s T League – Eliza West (Victoria)Women’s 27’s – Katie Shaw (South QLD Sharks)Men’s 30’s – Ryan Pollock (South QLD Sharks)Women’s 35’s – Nicole Mitchell (Hunter Western Hornets)Men’s 40’s – Dean Wilbow (Hunter Western Hornets)Women’s 40’s – Anita Hagarty (NQ Cyclones) Men’s 45’s – Bruce McDonald (South QLD Sharks)Men’s 55’s – Shane Beale (NQ Cyclones)Men’s 50’s – Jeffrey Carrick (South QLD Sharks)Senior Mixed – James Harrington and Hayley McAnelly (South QLD Sharks)Related LinksNTL Player of Finalslast_img read more

36 killed 36 injured in road accident in China

first_imgBeijing: At least 36 people have been killed and as many injured in a road accident in east China’s Jiangsu Province, local authorities said on Sunday. The accident occurred at around 7 am on Saturday, when a packed coach with 69 passengers collided with a truck carrying three people on an expressway, according to the rescue team. An initial investigation showed that the accident was caused by a flat tyre in the coach, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report Further investigation is underway, it said. Road accidents are common in China, where traffic regulations are often flouted or go unenforced. A majority of the accidents occur due to violations of traffic laws. China’s frequently overcrowded long-distance buses are particularly prone to fatalities. There were more than 180,000 traffic accidents and 58,000 deaths in 2015, according to the authorities. Traffic law violations comprised almost 90 per cent of those road accidents where people died or were injured, with the total number of such infractions reaching an astonishing 442 million. At least 36 people were killed and 13 injured when a packed bus slammed into a wall at the mouth of an expressway tunnel in northern China two years ago.last_img read more