Pork exports up, beef exports struggling

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. pork exports showed modest improvement in September while beef exports endured the most difficult month in some time, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).September pork export volume was up 6% from a year ago to 172,012 metric tons (mt). Export value was $456.1 million, down 11% year-over-year but the highest since May. Pork exports through the first nine months of the year declined 4% in volume (1.58 million mt) and 17% in value ($4.21 billion) compared to January-September 2014.Beef export volume fell 21% from a year ago in September to 79,474 metric tons (mt) and value was down 28% to $456.6 million — the lowest since January. For the first nine months of 2015, exports were down 12% in volume (782,705 mt) and 8% in value ($4.8 billion).Pork export value per head slaughtered was $46.90 in September, down $11.21 from last year. For January through September, per head value was down $15 to $49.45. January through September exports accounted for just over 24% of total pork production and nearly 21% for muscle cuts only — down from 27% and 23%, respectively, during the first nine months of 2014.Exports to Mexico, the leading volume destination for U.S. pork, fell slightly in volume in September but climbed 5% through the first nine months of the year to 529,798 mt, while export value fell 20% to $932.6 million.Beef export value in September equated to $233.80 per head of fed slaughter — down nearly $80 from a year ago. For January through September, per-head value was $280.46 — down $6.36 from the same period last year. Exports equated to 13% of total beef production and 10% for muscle cuts only — both down 1% from the first nine months of last year.September exports to leading market Japan fell 34% in volume (15,386 mt) and 36% in value ($99.7 million) from a year ago. For the first nine months of the year, exports to Japan were down 12% in volume (161,961 mt) and 14% in value (just over $1 billion).last_img read more

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a month agoRangers boss Gerrard: I don’t bother with Heskey interviews

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Rangers boss Gerrard: I don’t bother with Heskey interviewsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveRangers boss Steven Gerrard is unhappy with former Liverpool teammate Emile Heskey after comments on his managerial credentials.Heskey suggested this week that it was easier for Gerrard and fellow managers to land a top job because of his skin colour.Ahead of his side’s Europa League clash with Feyenoord, Gerrard delivered a withering response to his former teammate.“I don’t have anything to say on that. I don’t really look out for any interviews that Emile Heskey does,” the Rangers boss said.Gerrard and Heskey played together for club and country and were part of the Liverpool side that won the treble in 2001. last_img read more

Early Success from State Of Emergency

first_img “Our operations are only as good as the intelligence that drives them.  We urge persons to use the JDF tip hotline, 837-8888 to call and tell us what you know about criminal activities in your communities,” he added. Colonel General Staff of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), Colonel Daniel Pryce, says there are encouraging results from the Public State of Emergency in  St. James, which was declared by Prime Minister , the Most. Hon. Andrew Holness on Thursday, January 18. He called for community support in providing intelligence, noting that the JDF will be putting out bulletins and social media products about the gang members, criminals, lotto scammers and other wanted men “so that they can no longer feel that St. James is a safe haven.” At a media briefing on Saturday morning (January 20) at Burke Barracks in Montego Bay, Colonel Pryce said within the first 24 hours of operations, one Kalashnikov rifle and six live rounds were seized in Flanker. The high-powered weapon, he said, is suspected to have been used in a recent killing in the parish and will undergo ballistic and forensic testing to determine its history. Colonel General Staff of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), Colonel Daniel Pryce, says there are encouraging results from the Public State of Emergency in  St. James, which was declared by Prime Minister , the Most. Hon. Andrew Holness on Thursday, January 18.At a media briefing on Saturday morning (January 20) at Burke Barracks in Montego Bay, Colonel Pryce said within the first 24 hours of operations, one Kalashnikov rifle and six live rounds were seized in Flanker.The high-powered weapon, he said, is suspected to have been used in a recent killing in the parish and will undergo ballistic and forensic testing to determine its history.He further informed that eight members of the Sparta gang, who were wanted for murder and other gun-related crimes, were arrested in Flanker.He added that on Friday (Jan. 19), 15 persons were arrested in connection with the illegal purchase and sale of petrol in Freeport.“Over 5000 litres of diesel and petrol, which were being sold from five illegal, makeshift, petrol distribution points, were also seized in that operation,” he informed.Colonel Pryce said the JDF will continue with targeted operations, vehicle checks, cordon and searches, patrols and snap raids to put pressure on the gangs and restore peace to St. James.He called for community support in providing intelligence, noting that the JDF will be putting out bulletins and social media products about the gang members, criminals, lotto scammers and other wanted men “so that they can no longer feel that St. James is a safe haven.”“Our operations are only as good as the intelligence that drives them.  We urge persons to use the JDF tip hotline, 837-8888 to call and tell us what you know about criminal activities in your communities,” he said.center_img Story Highlights He noted that the hotline is manned by soldiers on a 24-hour basis and offers convenience and more importantly, confidentiality.Colonel Pryce said that while he is mindful that law-abiding citizens of St. James may have concerns about the high concentration of soldiers and police in the parish, members of the security forces are trained to be professional in executing their duties and will give due regards to human rights and the dignity of all persons.He urged citizens to get acquainted with the regulations and requirements governing the State of Emergency in order for them “to easily and conveniently transit the area as they go about their lawful business.”He reiterated specific guidelines for closing hours for all businesses in St. James, which he said must be observed as violators will be prosecuted.Under the State of Public Emergency, all clubs and fast food outlets  must be closed by midnight; all service stations by 10:00 pm; bars and taverns are to be closed by 9:00 pm; cook shops and haberdasheries by 7:00 p m; and hangouts and corner shops by 6:00 pm.last_img read more

Airbus Bombardier plan for long C Series partnership despite takeout clause

first_imgMONTREAL – Airbus and Bombardier plan to remain strategic partners on the C Series program even after the European aerospace giant is able to buy out its minority partners, the chief executives of both companies said Friday.According to terms of the deal announced Monday, Airbus has the option to buy out Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) in about seven years, and the Quebec government in 2023.Following a joint appearance with Bombardier CEO Alain Bellemare at the Montreal Board of Trade, Airbus CEO Tom Enders said that’s not the company’s plan.“We have no intention to buy out the others because we know they are great partners and if they want to stay on the journey going forward they are very welcome to that,” he told reporters.He said the priority is to close the deal next year that gives Airbus majority control, build a second assembly line in Alabama, sell more aircraft and make the program a huge success.Bellemare said the Montreal-based company also intends to remain a part of the program, but even if that should change, the agreement ensures that the program will continue to support jobs in Canada until 2041.“The best guarantee of jobs is to perform,” he said.Bellemare said Airbus’ support will assuage customers who were worried about the future of the C Series.He said the result will be many more sales that will benefit Bombardier’s Mirabel, Que., production facility even though a second assembly line will be built in Alabama.Bellemare reacted forcefully to questions about Airbus not paying any cash for the transaction.“The point is it’s not coming from dollars, it’s coming from the value that they bring to the program and that is the reason why the value of this program will more than double,” he told reporters.The aerospace executives and Premier Philippe Couillard travelled to Mirabel to speak with Bombardier employees, who gave Enders a hearty welcome.Bombardier executive chairman Pierre Beaudoin, who guided the launch of the C Series and its costly development for US$5.4 billion, said the company’s founding family isn’t in mourning over the sale of a majority stake in the program to Airbus.During a brief interview with The Canadian Press Friday in Mirabel, he said the Quebec company had found in Airbus a partner that would allow to achieve the “total success” of the program.Union representative Dave Chartrand said employees are concerned about the potential negative impact of a second production line in the U.S., but view the partnership with Airbus as the best move to secure the program’s future.“I wish Bombardier on its own could have become a third world player, could have competed with these two giants in the aerospace industry, could have sold 3,000 airplanes. But there’s a difference between your heart and your head,” he said in an interview.Earlier, Enders told business leaders that he expects Boeing won’t give up easily after launching a trade action with the U.S. government against the C Series that has resulted in 300 per cent preliminary duties on imports.“The B guys will certainly throw everything into our way they can figure so the coming months might be a little bit rough and tough but we’ve seen that before,” he said.Ultimately he said the C Series will weather the challenge and prevail, but the partnership will change the global aerospace industry.“There is no doubt we are throwing a big stone into the global aerospace industry pond and there are ripples and there will be new alliances formed as a reaction to it, new products being launched,” he said.“My philosophy is it’s much better to be proactive and throw the first stone into the pond than reacting to the initiatives of others.”Enders added that Canadians have nothing to fear from Airbus, saying the company will add to Montreal’s large aerospace cluster and provide more opportunities for local suppliers, universities and aerospace training schools.“We’re not taking anything away here,” he said, adding that he knows there are concerns by some members of the public.“If anything we will add, we will add to Canada, we will add to the success of the Canadian aerospace industry, Bombardier and suppliers and certainly we will add to the world-wide success of Airbus.”He said Airbus already has a presence in Canada, employing about 2,000 people and working with suppliers that generate about $1 billion of business.Enders said Airbus’ designation of Canada as its fifth home country opens the door to it growing its Canadian presence in the military, space and helicopter sectors of its business.Airbus’ supporters in Alabama are already lobbying in Washington to show how the partnership will create U.S. jobs.“That’s what President Trump wants. More jobs in America, so how can you be against that?”— With files from Julien Arsenault in Mirabel, Que.last_img read more

Highway 29 closed at the Cache Creek Bridge

first_imgAccording to witnesses in the area, the highway is closed in both directions and could be closed until sometime Sunday afternoon.  At this point, the Ministry of Transportation and Drivebc.ca have not provided any updates on this collision.#BCHwy29N Reports of a closure due to a vehicle incident on Cache Creek Bridge near #FortStJohnBC. Crews are en route. Assessment in progress.— DriveBC NE (@DriveBC_NE) July 28, 2019Witnesses tell us the collision is between a motorcycle and another vehicle.  We have not been told the condition of anyone in the collision.If you’re in the area, let us know what you see, email news@moosefm.ca UPDATE as of 2:30 p.m. – The highway is open in both directions.UPDATE as of 1:30 p.m. – Highway 29 is closed, in both directions. Vehicle incident between Watson Rd and Thompson Rd (17 km north of Halfway Rest Area). Road closed. Assessment in progress. Expected to open within the hour. Next update time Sun Jul 28 at 2:30 PM MST. Last updated Sun Jul 28 at 1:25 PM MST. (DBC-10473)FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Highway 29 is closed in both directions due to a collision near the Cache Creek Bridge.last_img read more

`1,200 crore Defence Ministry contract for Tata Power SED

first_imgNew Delhi: Tata Power Strategic Engineering Division (SED) has bagged a Rs 1,200 crore contract from the defence ministry for supply of ship-borne 3D Air Surveillance Radars.Tata Power Strategic Engineering Division has signed a deal with the Ministry of Defence to supply 23 ship-borne 3D Air Surveillance Radars to the Indian Navy over the next 10 years, a Tata Power statement said Friday. The contract was signed under the Buy & Make (India) category of the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) 2013 that will be offering the Indian Navy a proven solution, with a production arrangement in India under Transfer of Technology (ToT). The contract will be executed by Tata Power SED as the prime contractor with foreign OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) partner Indra Sistemas, Spain. Tata Advanced Systems Ltd (TASL) has entered into a share purchase agreement with Tata Power to buy Tata Power SED, subject to regulatory and other approvals.last_img read more

Clippers outslug Indians salvage seasonopening split

The Columbus Clippers finished off their season-opening series against the Indianapolis Indians with another impressive offensive performance, winning 9-4.Brian Buscher led the offensive output with three hits, an intentional walk, an RBI and one run scored.Yohan Pino earned a win in his first start of the season. Pino allowed six hits through five innings with five strikeouts and one walk.“I feel good about our starting pitching,” Clippers manager Mike Sarbaugh said. “Some of the conditions the first few games had some things to do with the offensive numbers that were put up, but I think the last two nights, the ballpark played the way it’s going to play for the rest of the year. We used the bullpen more than we would’ve liked to, but we made it through so far, and we’ll come back tomorrow and get after it again.”Carlos Santana homered in the first inning to put the Clippers up 1-0. Santana’s home run was his fourth in the first four games of the season. The Indians came back with two runs in the fourth inning. Steven Pearce hit a triple to start the rally. Neil Walker and Luke Carlin both had RBI singles to give the Indians a 2-1 lead.The Clippers responded in the bottom of the fifth inning with two runs to regain the lead. Buscher started the inning with a double, and scored on a single by Damaso Espino. After Jose Constanza hit a double to send the runners to second and third base, Trevor Crowe hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Espino.Frank Herrmann entered in relief for the Clippers in the sixth inning. Herrmann pitched two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and one walk. He displayed a very strong arm, at one point reaching 98 mph on the radar. “Herrmann came in with a 3-2 lead, any time you can come in and put up zeros it really gets us back into the dugout ready to add on to the lead, which we did in the seventh inning,” Sarbaugh said.The Clippers blew the game wide open in the bottom of the seventh inning, scoring six more runs as they batted around the order. The Indians went through three pitchers in the seventh inning, allowing six hits, a walk and an error in relief pitcher Steven Jackson.Carlton Smith pitched the eighth inning for the Clippers, allowing one hit but holding the Indians to no runs.Jess Todd pitched the ninth inning, giving up three hits and two runs, one unearned.The Clippers scored 41 runs in the four games. They entered Sunday’s game leading the International League in batting average, runs, hits, RBIs, slugging percentage and on-base percentage.“I think we have a good offensive club, and at the same time, field conditions helped us out the first couple nights,” left fielder Trevor Crowe said. “We’ve been getting good pitches to hit and hitting them well.”The Clippers showed some explosiveness with a 17-4 win over Indianapolis on Thursday night. Carlos Santana showed why he is considered a top prospect with four hits, including two home runs and four RBIs.On Friday, the Clippers and Indians broke the record of most home runs in one game at Huntington Park. The teams combined for nine home runs, nearly doubling the previous record of five. The Clippers lost the game 14-12.On Saturday, the Clippers fell to the Indians 4-3. A 3-3 tie was broken in the top of the eighth inning when Brandon Moss hit a solo home run to take the lead. The Indians held off the Clippers for the final two innings and earned the win.The Clippers continue their homestand Monday against the Louisville Bats. Louisville is off to a 3-1 start after defeating the Toledo Mud Hens on Sunday. read more