“It seems to be the open market isn’t as scary a place as the Canadian Wheat Board makes it out to be,” he said. “It seems to be quite lucrative for farmers and seems to serve them well.”He said there are legitimate issues to be worked out, though, such as ensuring the capacity and cost effectiveness of rail transport for the Peace region. He said with an open-market approach, he believes farmers will find solutions to securing enough volume to effectively market and transport their products, through co-oping, for example.Zimmer said his Conservative government is not out to dismantle the Canadian Wheat Board.”We want to see a Canadian Wheat Board and others survive in a healthy, competitive market situation,” he said. “With the Canadian Wheat Board, there are just so many inefficiencies there, I think with an open market situation those inefficiencies can be worked out.”He said while his party certainly favours an open-market approach, he wants to hear from both sides of the debate.”I don’t want to go into that discussion with a decision already made on my part. I’m looking forward to hearing the arguments on both sides, and then bringing my voice to the committee and going from there. If a pro-Canadian Wheat Board farmer who is a constituent of mine can give a compelling argument, that is something I would love to consider.”Zimmer encouraged any local farmer who does want to consult with him on the issue to make an appointment with him through his Fort St. John constituency office at 250-787-1194 or through his office in Ottawa at 1-613-947-4524. “There are a whole number of other implications to losing the Canadian Wheat Board,” he continued. “For example, we have our government guarantee of an initial payment. We have the government standing behind the value of these sales to global customers. We have the Canadian Wheat Board coordinating the use of producer cars, which saves farmers an average of $1,000 to $1,200 per car of grain they ship. All of that goes when the Canadian Wheat Board goes.”He added farmers would lose the ability to receive operating capital through cash advances.Watson said changing the Canadian Wheat Board is “absolutely ludicrous,” and he doesn’t believe a dual-market system can work.”Farmers have promoted the dual-marketing system, but there is no such thing, it’s absolutely impossible,” he said. “If they (the Wheat Board) don’t have a commitment from farmers on how much to sell, how can they go out and sell it. They can’t just sit there and wait for grain to come into the elevator, they have to know way ahead of time what they’re marketing job is.”Prince George Peace River MP Bob Zimmer has taken an interest in the issue as a newly-appointed member of the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food in the House of Commons. Zimmer said so far he has heard from a lot more local farmers in favour of a dual-market system, hearing anecdotes of opportunities farmers feel they are missing to market their wheat and barley.Advertisement “If we do away with that single-desk, operated by the Canadian Wheat Board, then whoever wants to buy our Canadian wheat and barley will have multiple sources to go to to get it, and do you think they will pay the highest price,” he said. “No, they will pay the lowest price. It becomes a buyers market.”He said Canadian wheat and barley has remained highly competitive in world markets precisely because of the organized, single-desk approach.”That’s mainly because our system guarantees the right product at the right place at the right time for any of our global customers,” said Watson. “They arrange the transportation of the grain to the terminals, they arrange for the ships to the terminals, they arrange the railcars to pick the grain up from the elevators – everything has to be done in a timely way.”He predicts without a single-window approach to marketing wheat and barley to the United States, there would actually be an increase protectionism by American farmers.”It’s an orderly marketing system is what it is, and if you open the borders up completely with no regulations whatsoever, then it becomes a massive dogfight, and it’s the American farmer against the Canadian farmer.”Advertisement Wutherich said while recent changes to payment programs have improved things, it still is difficult to get payment upfront for products delivered to the Wheat Board.He said there is no monopoly on marketing canola, oats or peas, and those products seem to be doing just as well as wheat or barley. He added with the world becoming much smaller with advances in communication technologies, individual farmers can market their products much easier than before.That opinion is not shared by all farmers in the Peace region, however. Allen Watson of Rolla, who just recently retired from the farm, said he feels very strongly that Western farmers need the Canadian Wheat Board.Watson said having a single marketing organization puts Western farmers at an advantage over other jurisdictions because it creates a “sellers market.”Advertisement The local association, which represents farmers in the B.C. Peace region, has joined other member associations of the Grain Growers of Canada, as well as the provincial governments of British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan, in calling for more marketing choice for wheat and barley.”We want marketing choice,” said David Wuthrich, president of the BCGPA. “If we develop new markets or places to deliver our products, it has to go through the Wheat Board first, so it limits some of our marketing opportunities. If we can find a market that is better than what they are offering, we should be allowed to go there.”He and many other farmers support a “dual-market system” to replace the current “single-desk” approach where the Wheat Board is the sole buyer and marketer for Western Canadian wheat and barley exports.- Advertisement -“We want choice, it’s not that we want them to disappear,” he said. “This is their opportunity to show they are the best option, and so far they haven’t done that. If they really wanted to go ahead, they should be looking for the best markets and getting us the best options.”He said the Wheat Board’s focus on only marketing the highest grades of wheat has been to the determent of many farmers in the Peace who grow lower grades for livestock feed and other uses.He added the current system creates an unfair playing field with the parts of Canada – Ontario, Quebec, the Maritimes and even the rest of British Columbia outside of the Peace region – that do not participate in the Canadian Wheat Board. He said, for example, he has customers in Vanderhoof who have delivered their grain to Washington State and were able to take advantage of higher prices and make a premium. He added he has been shipping wheat to Alaska, but had to obtain permission from the Wheat Board to do that.Advertisement
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “They were such an easy read for most people,” Lappin recalled. “I remember looking at the words that were so simple and struggling to remember what they were. It was kind of embarrassing at the time, but you gotta do what you gotta do. I don’t take reading for granted anymore.” In time, the words lost their mystery. He built his body back, climbed on a bike, picked up a surfboard. He went on with his life again, returning to the physical activities he’d loved as a kid. He tried his hand at entrepreneurship, starting a company that rented cellular phones to travelers at hotels. It ran all right, but he kept thinking about his experience nosing through the little books and felt an urge to give it a try. So in 2001, 14 years after he had to restart his life, began Endurance Publications. Unable to find a corporate publisher, he put a pair of books out himself, aiming to teach kids how to read and to encourage them to be more active. “Marcel Moves Mountains!” focused on a young cyclist’s first bike, while “Simon Makes Waves!” profiled a budding surfer dude. Lappin hooked up with a young artist, Jeremy Madl, to handle the whimsical illustrations and contracted with a doll maker to include plush versions of the main characters. AGOURA HILLS – Propped up in a wheelchair, unable to walk or even read, Jeff Lappin started building his business by opening a children’s book. He didn’t know it at the time – he couldn’t remember how to move, how to turn letters into words, even how he’d landed in the hospital. At the age of 21, he’d just emerged from a month-long coma. When the driver of the car he was riding in fell asleep and plowed into a streetlight at 100 mph, Lappin broke his hip, pelvis, femur, lacerated his liver, collapsed his lung and injured his brain so badly he couldn’t comprehend simple words on a page. He lost 50 pounds off his lanky, athletic frame and would not be himself again for nearly three years. To pass the time, his mother brought books. The only ones he could comprehend were written for 3-year-olds – an audience he’d eventually get to know very well, indeed. “Any book-and-doll combination is always good,” said Stevanne Auerbach, editor of DrToy.com. “It really helps to reinforce learning and reading. Anything that helps gets them moving is important, and reading, too. The combination of them both is a great thing.” After going $50,000 into debt to a childhood friend to start the business, Lappin now expects to gross $100,000 this year. He’s currently in pre-production to develop an animated DVD based on young athletes he calls Team XYZ, which he hopes can become a franchise that will one day rival shows like Nickelodeon’s “Rugrats.” In a nod to his surfer roots, he describes business as “incredibly awesome,” but remains mindful that it all stems from him getting mashed into the dashboard of a car. “No regrets,” he said. “Things happen, but I survived. 100 mph is pretty fast ….” Brent Hopkins, (818) 713-3738 firstname.lastname@example.org! 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
With the North West Independent Hospital just around the corner in Derry, many Donegal patients are availing of its excellent services.But did you know that the hospital has agreements with all major health insurance companies, including BUPA, Aviva PPP, WPA, VHI and Quinn Healthcare?Thousands of patients from across Donegal are availing of the hospital’s services using this method each year. The hospital advises patients to contact their insurance company beforehand to inform them of your admission date, the procedure code (allocated by our Admissions Clerks) and your named Consultant and to check that the cost of your procedure will be covered by your individual policy.Your insurance company will then issue you with an authorisation code or send out a claim form which must be completed and signed by your Consultant at the time of your admission.This should enable the hospital’s financial account, and those of the Consultants (including Anaesthetist where appropriate), to be settled directly by the insurer. General Surgery for a Wide Range of ConditionsThe team of Consultant General Surgeons at North West Independent Hospital has the expertise to treat a wide range of conditions using the latest surgical techniques.Our surgeons have years of experience in carrying out many procedures and have access to some of the finest medical equipment and facilities available.We are able to treat a wide range of conditions, including:• Varicose veins• Hernia• Haemorrhoids• Gallbladder problems• Pilonidal Sinus• Skin Tags• EUA Rectum• Sebaceous cysts• Lumps & Bumps• Ingrown and Infected toe nails• Flexible Sigmoidoscopy & Banding of HaemorrhoidsSpecialist Care Tailored to Your Individual Needs We are constantly investing in developing the latest surgical techniques, diagnostic equipment and surgical facilities. As a result, our surgeons have been able to develop their skills in a range of sub-specialities including vascular surgery, breast surgery and colorectal surgery.Our facilities are designed to ensure patient care is of the highest standard, whether you are attending the hospital for outpatient care or you are staying with us for a longer period.We aim to ensure a reduced recovery time, minimal scarring and a decreased risk of infection. Our surgeons will also try to offer minimally invasive surgical techniques where possible, such as keyhole surgery.General Surgery for All Ages Thanks to the wide and varied skills and experience of the surgical teams within the hospital, we are able to offer general surgery to patients of all ages, including children. Our Paediatric Surgeons can offer a number of surgical services to children and young adults. The hospital offers a specialist Paediatric wing that has been purposely designed for the care and recovery of children.At every stage of your treatment, you will receive the best care. From determining the right form of anaesthetic to planning your recovery time and aftercare, we will put your mind at rest and ensure that you are comfortable at all times. You can also expect the highest standards in safety and hygiene in every area of our hospital.Speak to us today to arrange your surgery at our fully-equipped facilitiesWe are proud to specialise in many areas of general surgery. We would be very happy to speak to you if you have a particular procedure coming up, and you would like us to arrange your surgery and care. Our surgeons are constantly developing their specialist skills, and we support their progress by providing them with state-of-the-art technologies and equipment. This means as a patient, you can expect the very best care and attention at all times, knowing that you are in good hands.From removal of varicose veins to the removal of gallstones, our general surgery services are of the highest standard and we would be very happy to give you more information. We have carried out countless procedures over the years, and specialise in many areas of general surgery.Speak to our friendly team now to book a consultation, and to find out more about our procedures and facilities.Call us now on 048 7776 3090, or use our website http://www.nwih.co.ukDo you know your health insurance covers you at North West Independent Hospital, Derry? was last modified: April 17th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DerryinsuranceNorth West Independent Hospitalprocedures
Raiders tackle Trent Brown, who nearly didn’t play against the Vikings because of knee troubles, will have his status for this week’s game evaluated Wednesday after suffering an ankle injury in Sunday’s loss.Coach Jon Gruden, speaking with reporters on Monday, sounded somewhat concerned about his high-priced tackle, who sat out the final drive of Oakland’s 34-14 loss.“We’ll see the exactness of his injury here in … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device
The resistant cultivar, right, compared to rust-afflicted growth on the left. (Image: IITA) MEDIA CONTACTS Jeffrey OliverIITA corporate communications manager+234 2 241 2626 ext. 2773 USEFUL LINKS • Int’l Institute for Tropical Agriculture • National Cereal Research Institute • UN Food and Agriculture OrganisationRELATED ARTICLES• Super sorghum for Africa • Ethiopian wins World Food Prize • Uganda leads rice researchJanine ErasmusWest and Central African farmers will soon be able to enjoy better harvests thanks to the development and imminent distribution of a soya bean variety that resists the invasive and highly destructive Asian soya bean rust.The plant was developed at the Nigeria-based International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, with further assistance from the National Cereal Research Institute.It is the first rust-resistant soya bean variety to be made available for cultivation, and is due to be released soon in not only in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, but also in other West and Central African countries.IITA pathologist Ranajit Bandyopadhyay, speaking to the Africa Science News Service in July 2009, said the new soya bean variety, known as TGx 1835-10E, has resistance genes that give it the edge against all types of rust fungus currently known in Nigeria.He also said that IITA has a back-up stock of several other resistant strains of soya beans, just in case the rust fungus adapts to TGx 1835-10E and the resistant soya bean succumbs.Seeds are expected to be available by the start of the 2010 sowing season at a nominal cost, making the new variety affordable for small farmers.Halting the spread of the fungal disease could literally mean the difference between life and death for many impoverished Africans who depend on soya production for their livelihoods.It is generally agreed that the most effective rust-control method is a combination of chemicals and the use of resistant soya bean strains. The latter have not been available until now, and chemicals are often unaffordable for African subsistence farmers.The new cultivar is not resistant to all fungal diseases, but it will go a long way towards providing peace of mind to those farmers whose entire income depends on the success of their crops.“It does give relief to farmers faced with the challenges of rust disease without any other solution,” commented Cereal Research Institute pathologist Olumide Shokalu.Disaster for farmersAsian soya bean rust originated in Japan in the early 20th century. There are several types which vary in virulence, but it is the most aggressive strain – caused by the Phakopsora pachyrhizi fungus – that is currently causing worldwide ruin.The disease means disaster for farmers, especially those working on a small scale, because the spread of its spores causes widespread defoliation and considerable yield loss – as much as 80%. And in countries which depend on agriculture for income, such as Nigeria where about 60% of Nigerians work in the agricultural sector, every plant counts.The disease is found in most soya bean growing areas of the world. While the parasite does need living tissue to survive, it is unfortunately compatible with over 90 other plant species, including commonly grown crops and weeds such as kudzu. This makes it even harder to eradicate.However, TGx 1835-10E offers hope for hard-pressed African farmers who do battle daily with plant diseases, wild animals that plunder their crops, and the unforgiving climate.The IITA says the new variety has the potential to significantly increase soya bean production in Africa’s high-risk areas. As well as being rust-resistant and early-maturing, TGx 1835-10E is also high-yielding. IITA data shows that it yielded an average of 1 655 kg/ha grain and 2 210 kg/ha fodder in field trials in Nigeria.The TGx 1835-10E breeding line was one of only three out of an initial 178 that excelled through successive rounds of testing in the field between 2002 and 2006.TGx 1835-10E received approval for general cultivation in Nigeria in December 2008 and was registered with the Nigerian National Variety Release Committee in June 2009.A worldwide curseThe P. pachyrhizi fungus arrived in Africa in 1996 and has spread rapidly across the continent, affecting countries including Uganda, Zambia, Rwanda, Nigeria, Mozambique and Cameroon. It was first reported in Nigeria in 1999 and in South Africa in 2001.The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation names Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda as the continent’s main soya bean growers. However, these countries have suffered devastating losses to the persistent pest.According to stopsoybeanrust.com, South Africa has reported yield losses between 10% and 80% in recent years. Neighbouring Zimbabwe has lost between 60% and 80% of commercial crops due to the fungal disease.Soya bean rust reached South America five years after its arrival in Africa, and has caused heavy losses there too. Brazil is reported to have lost US$2-billion (R16-billion) due to crop failure in 2003, although the country had spent $400-million (R3.2-billion) on fungicides.In September 2004, fungal spores borne on hurricane winds reached North America, via Louisiana. By then, the US was on the alert and had put into place a control strategy.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at email@example.com.
The burnt body of a 27-year-old man was found in Ambad tehsil, Jalna district, early on Monday, the Marathwada police said.The deceased, Anant Shrikant Ingole, a resident of Samnapur village in neighbouring Beed district, is suspected to have been killed over a monetary dispute, the police said. Limbs tied upIngole was travelling from Aurangabad district to his home in Beed when the incident occurred. “It appears that his hands and legs were tied with a rope before he was set on fire. A case of murder has been lodged,” said Ramesh Sonune, sub-divisional police officer, Ambad police station.Around 1.30 a.m. on Monday, the security guard of a sugar factory in Shahagad, Ambad, alerted the police of a body burning on Patharwada road. “The body was badly charred. We found a half-burnt packet containing Aadhaar, PAN and voter ID cards, and some cash on the body, which helped us identify him,” said Mr. Sonune.Alerted friendIngole had rented rooms in Aurangabad, and was preparing for bank exams. He had recently entered the transport business with a partner. The police suspect the partnership may have soured, leading to murder.Ingole’s friend Navnath Chavan told the police that Ingole had called him at midnight on Sunday, when he had stopped for dinner. “Chavan said Ingole told him that his life was in danger,” said an investigating officer.
A day before a volunteers’ convention being organised by Sukhpal Singh Khaira, Aam Aadmi Party MLA Harpal Singh Cheema alleged on Wednesday that the event was being ‘sponsored’ by the SAD-BJP combine and the RSS.Mr. Khaira, who was removed from the post of the Leader of the Opposition in the Punjab Assembly, and MLAs who are supporting him are organising the volunteers’ convention at Bathinda on Thursday. The event is being seen as a show of strength by Mr. Khaira. “The convention to be held at Bathinda on Thursday is as an event sponsored by SAD-BJP-RSS and Bains brothers and has nothing to do the with Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia and other leaders,” Mr. Cheema, the newly appointed Leader of the Opposition, said in a statement here. He said the use of photos and names of national leaders, MPs and MLAs on the posters, meant for the convention, was to ‘confuse’ AAP workers. ‘Anti-Dalit’ Terming the convention an ‘anti-Dalit’ event, the AAP leader said: “The State as well as (the) national leadership would have welcomed the convention if it was scheduled to raise the voice of Dalits, farmers, unemployed and against mafias of every kind.” Accusing the Bains brothers-led Lok Insaaf Party of trying to break the AAP, the Dirba MLA claimed that a few leaders of the AAP were trying to ‘kill’ their own party by allegedly getting influenced by Simarjeet and Balwinder Singh Bains.
Suresh Patil, one of the convenors of the ‘Maratha Kranti Morcha’, on Thursday floated his own political outfit with the sole aim of securing reservation for the Maratha community.The launch, which took place at the historic Raireshwar Temple in Bhor taluk, 85 km from Pune, came under fire from other Morcha leaders who are strongly opposed to the formation of a political party.Maharashtra Kranti SenaMr. Patil named his party ‘Maharashtra Kranti Sena’ as other Morcha coordinators issued appeals to community members not to support any party using the word ‘Maratha’ in its name. He also claimed the backing of Nationalist Congress Party MP Udayanraje Bhosale, an important Maratha leader from Satara.Mr. Patil further said the nascent party would contest five seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha election.Leaders within the Maratha Kranti Morcha and the Sakal Maratha Samaj — the two umbrella outfits spearheading the quota agitation — distanced themselves from Mr. Patil’s new party hours after its launch.Morcha coordinators from Mumbai, led by Mahesh Rane, protested near the Raireshwar Temple while other Maratha community leaders from Pune, Nashik and Aurangabad disclaimed Mr. Patil’s association with the two umbrella organisations that have played a critical role in mobilising the community. They dubbed Mr. Patil “an agent provocateur, acting on behalf of the ruling party” and accused him of sowing discord within the pro-quota stir before the elections.“He [Mr. Patil] is nothing but an agent of the ruling BJP who has been deliberately unleashed with the objective to break the Maratha agitation for reservation,” said Mr. Rane, speaking to The Hindu. Remarking on Mr. Patil’s “close ties” with senior BJP leader and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Shantaram Kunjir, a Morcha coordinator from Pune. said that Mr. Patil’s contribution had been “minimal” throughout the quota agitation movement that had been characterised by collective decision-making.“Right from the start we were resolute that the ‘Maratha Kranti Morcha’ will not transform into a political outfit lead by individuals trying to hog the limelight and seek political gains,” Mr. Kunjir said, pointing out that the Maratha agitation had always been unique in the sense that it had no formal political leader or party at its helm.In Nashik, Morcha leaders accused Mr. Patil of piggybacking on the movement’s popularity for his selfish gains.Praveen Gaikwad, a prominent community leader, said that the move [of floating a political party] would benefit the BJP government as it sought to isolate and divide the Maratha community.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday sent a suspension notice to the Kochi franchisee of Indian Premier League (IPL) for non-payment of dues. The board took a decision in this regard at the annual general meeting held in Mumbai on Monday and promptly issued the notice to Kochi Tuskers owners. Sources said the franchisee has not paid its dues despite reminders by the BCCI. The board’s legal team worked out the nature of action against Kochi Tuskers. Kochi team officials had earlier categorically denied the charge. They said there was no outstanding payment as far as the franchise was concerned. They claimed to have submitted bank guarantee up to September. The dispute stems from Kochi paying in proportion to what they claim were reduced matches as compared to what was promised in the invitation to the tender. The BCCI had reduced the number of matches from 94 to 74 after a change in schedule following complaints of player burnout.
SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Naomi Osaka turns tables on Kristina Mladenovic at Indian Wells Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash LATEST STORIES P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Urgent reply from Philippine football chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem She booked a third-round clash with fellow American Christina McHale, a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 winner over 30th-seeded Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.Two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova, who was runner-up to Naomi Osaka at the Australian Open in January, also reached the final in Dubai last month.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe Czech appeared to have taken control of the stadium court slugfest when she broke Williams for a 4-3 lead in the third.But Williams immediately broke back and Kvitova soon found herself serving to save the match. She took a 40-15 lead in the final game, but two double faults, followed by a lucky netcord bounce for Williams gave the American a match point and Kvitova sailed a ball long to end matters after two hours and 27 minutes. INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 09: Venus Williams of the United States serves against Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic during their women’s singles second round match on day six of the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 09, 2019 in Indian Wells, California. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images/AFPSeven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams rallied from a set and two breaks down to topple third-seeded Petra Kvitova 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 on Saturday and reach the third round at Indian Wells.“Today I just fought and tried my hardest, waited for opportunities and sometimes created them,” said Williams, currently ranked 36th in the world.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments