Canada Set To Retaliate Over COOL

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Canada Set To Retaliate Over COOL Canada Set To Retaliate Over COOL Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Jun 4, 2015 Canada’s ag ministry on Thursday asked the World Trade Organization for authorization to complete $3 billion in retaliatory measures on grounds that the U.S. Country-of-Origin Labeling requirement harms trade. Canada’s request will be considered by the WTO Dispute Settlement Body on June 17, 2015, Canada’s International Trade and Agriculture and Agri-Food offices said.The request comes as the WTO on May 18 ruled that the COOL rule was noncompliant with WTO trade rules. Canada asserts the rule, which requires that certain products be labeled with the country where the animal was born, raised and slaughtered, discriminate against the country’s own cattle and hogs.“Despite the WTO’s final ruling that U.S. country of origin labelling measures are discriminatory, the United States continues to avoid its international trade obligations,” Canadian Minister of International Trade Ed Fast said in a statement.Chip Bowling, Maryland farmer and president of the National Corn Growers Association, in response to the announcement,  “Ag trade is a vital part of the U.S. economy. Retaliation by Canada will have a significant impact on American farmers and ranchers, threatening rural economies as well as our relationship with one of America’s greatest allies and trading partners. We urge Congress to quickly pass legislation to ensure the United States is in compliance with World Trade Organization obligations in regards to country-of-origin labeling.” SHAREcenter_img Facebook Twitter If Canada is granted authority to retaliate, a wide range of products including cattle and pork, dairy and produce products, even domestic products like furniture, could be affected. Previous articleOil Lower as OPEC Meeting LoomsNext articleCooler Weather Still Causing Issues in Indiana Corn Gary Truitt SHARElast_img read more

US Army veteran is fighting deportation after getting denied citizenship

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — U.S. Army veteran who served two tours in Afghanistan is in danger of being deported after his application for citizenship was denied.Miguel Perez Jr., a native of Mexico, came to the United States legally when he was 8. He grew up in Chicago as a legal permanent resident and served two tours of duty in Afghanistan prior to being discharged from the Army in 2010 with a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder, according to ABC station WLS-TV in Chicago.That same year, after he was discharged from the Army, Perez was convicted on a felony drug charge, for which he served about seven years in prison. After he got out, ICE, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency took him into custody. An ICE spokesperson said Perez was targeted for removal after the conviction, WLS reported.A judge ruled last that Perez should be deported, WLS reported. Perez and his family appealed to Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner for a pardon to wipe away the conviction that sparked the deportation proceedings.Rauner in Feburary denied that request, and this month a judge refused Perez’s request to overturn the deportation order.“I went and talked to Miguel and gave him the bad news,” the veteran’s attorney, Chris Bergin, told WLS. “He was disappointed, obviously, but he said ‘I’m not giving up, we’re gonna keep fighting,’ and I was glad to hear that because that’s what I said too.”The attorney is appealing the court ruling, WLS reported. U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, an Illinois Democrat, has written a letter on Perez’s behalf, according to WLS.Perez remains in ICE custody.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Representative urges 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics boycott in letter to Biden

first_img Written by Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailKevin Frayer/Getty ImagesBy LUKE BARR, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The ranking member on the Homeland Security Committee on Monday urged President Joe Biden to boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.In a letter sent to Biden and obtained by ABC News, Republican New York Rep. John Katko cited suspected human rights violations against the Uighurs by the Chinese government.“The actions taken by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) are antithetical to the values of both the United States and its allies around the world,” Katko wrote in the letter. “Participation in an Olympics held in a country who is openly committing genocide not only undermines those shared values but casts a shadow on the promise for all those who seek free and just societies.”A report released in January alleged China deployed a mass sterilization campaign against Muslim ethnic minorities in the country’s western provinces. China has denied the claims of forced mass sterilization.Katko also said Secretary of State Antony Blinken highlighted the “severity” of the situation in China earlier this year.China’s treatment of Uighurs — the Muslim ethnic group that has historically lived in China’s westernmost province, known as Xinjiang — has come under increased scrutiny in the last couple years, as the Chinese government ramped up what it casts as a “re-education” campaign that uses mass detention camps.China’s tactics, the January report outlined, could be genocide.“Mr. President, the evidence is clear — the CCP is deliberately and systematically working to eliminate an entire population within its own borders,” Katko wrote in the letter.He said China “expects” the rest of the world to be silent while it carries out these alleged actions and urged Biden to join with other nations in boycotting the winter games.“The United States simply cannot in good faith participate in an Olympic Games in a country that is committing genocide and continuously attempts to manipulate and lie to the global community about such atrocities,” he wrote.The games are set to begin Feb. 4, 2022.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.center_img February 23, 2021 /Sports News – National Representative urges 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics boycott in letter to Bidenlast_img read more

Follow Greenport’s 19th-Century Example and Turn the LIRR Into a Two-Way Street

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York One of the strategies being widely discussed as a means of revitalizing the Long Island economy is the creation of transit-oriented developments, especially in downtowns served by the Long Island Rail Road.These developments are much-needed and would serve multiple purposes: increasing housing options, enhancing downtown areas, and providing places to live and work with easy access to and from New York City. But this idea is not new to Long Island. Greenport, on the North Fork, was a transit-oriented development in the mid-19th century, and its success shows the potential that this longstanding tradition can still offer LI, if we can focus on mobility.Ironically, when the LIRR’s track to Greenport was laid in 1844, it was not intended to provide transit access to the city but rather to connect New York with Boston, because the technology did not yet exist to bridge Connecticut’s rivers, let alone Long Island Sound. Greenport was, and still is, the terminus for the LIRR Main Line (aka the Ronkonkoma Branch), but its fundamental role at the time was to provide a transit connection to Boston by ferry. It was a two-way street for people and for commerce.In the 19th century the only way to travel by train from New York City to Boston was by taking the LIRR from Brooklyn to Greenport, transferring there to a ferry to cross the Sound to Connecticut, and then resuming train travel to Boston. Greenport, evolved naturally as a transit-oriented development with a thriving downtown that was created during this period with housing as well as jobs, commerce and robust population growth. That’s still a central appeal for the concept today, and it’s especially timely.NYC is both the financial capital of the world and a powerful magnet for youth and talent. That makes it all the more important that LI build upon its proximity to the city by expanding transit access to its dynamic economy and the jobs it offers to Island residents and, just as significantly, the talent pool it offers to support local businesses. It’s also important to recognize that young people are much less inclined to drive cars than previous generations.But there are two keys to maximizing that access. First, we need to make it easier to live and work near LIRR stations. The good news there is that the Long Island Index and the Regional Plan Association determined in 2010 that a total of 8,300 acres are available for infill development within a half-mile of LIRR stations and nearby downtowns. That means that transit-oriented developments can enhance downtown areas while reducing pressure for development on LI’s iconic and treasured rural landscape.Second, we must enhance the LIRR infrastructure to make reverse commuting (from NYC to LI) more available. On the 9.8-mile stretch of the LIRR Main Line between Floral Park and Hicksville, we’re still using the same system of two tracks that were first laid down in 1844 when LI’s population was 50,000. Today, 171 years later, we have the same two tracks and a population of about 3 million. Six LIRR branches now converge on this bottleneck, turning it into one big bottleneck during the peak morning rush hour, making reverse commuting impossible.At present, we cannot compete successfully with other suburban areas in the metropolitan region where reverse commuting by transit is readily available. The jobs and young people that we want are, therefore, going elsewhere. It defies common sense to think that LI can thrive in the 21st century with this critical defect in our transit system left in place from the 19th century.The solution is to expand the current LIRR system of tracks to support LI’s economy, just as we did in 1844 when the track to Greenport was established. Only now, what we need is to add a third track – or, as some call it, a Fast Track – to relieve the congestion between Floral Park and Hicksville. It is strangling the Island’s economy and, according to a recent report by the Long Island Index, building the Fast Track would relieve the problem and generate 14,000 new jobs, $5.6 billion in additional gross regional product, and $3 billion in additional personal income by 2035 (10 years after its completion.)The LIRR remains an extraordinary resource, but it needs to be regarded, once again, as a two-way street. We also need to think beyond the auto-dependent suburban model to a time when young people, who are the workforce of our future, have the option to live on LI or in NYC and have easy transit access to jobs in either place.Greenport knows the value of transit-oriented development arguably as well as any community on the Island, because ferry, bus and rail facilities continue to power its reputation as a walkable village where people can live, shop, be entertained and get to work without driving. If LI now seizes on this time-honored track to success, the concept may well become fundamental to the revitalization of the region’s economy as well.Dave Kapell was mayor of Greenport from 1994 to 2007. He is now a consultant to the Rauch Foundation, which publishes the Long Island Index.last_img read more