Congressman Peter Welch on Tuesday introduced legislation to protect dairy farmers by closing a trade loophole that allows for the unlimited importation of a form of dried milk product. Welch s bill, the Milk Import Tariff Equity Act, will update existing trade regulations to include milk protein concentrate (MPC) and treat it like all other imported dairy products. In the past decade, MPC imports have more than doubled, undermining the market for domestic powdered milk and driving down the price Vermont s dairy farmers are paid for their milk. As international dairy producers have flooded the American market with milk protein concentrate, Vermont s dairy farmers have paid the price. By circumventing trade agreements, these producers have contributed to the plummeting price of milk and caused many Vermont farmers to go out of business, Welch said. This legislation will simply level the playing field and ensure that all dairy producers play by the same rules.Milk protein concentrate, similar to non-fat dried milk, is used in a variety of processed food products. In the past ten years, MPC imports have increased 58 percent. A 2004 International Trade Commission report found that, imported milk protein products may have displaced approximately 318 million pounds of U.S. produced milk protein [equivalent to 883 million pounds of non-fat dried milk] between 1998 and 2002.Because the technology used to produce MPCs was relatively new at the time, regulations approved during the 1995 Uruguay Round of multilateral trade negotiations neglected to include MPCs. In the years since, foreign producers have taken advantage of this oversight and increased exports at a rate higher than is allowed for other dairy products.The Milk Import Tariff Equity Act would simply close this loophole and ensure that milk protein concentrates are regulated at the same level as other dairy products.Companion legislation was introduced in the Senate earlier this year by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY).Source: Welch’s office. 9.29.2009
HealthLifestyle Ebola vaccine ‘promising in Africa’ by: By Smitha MundasadHealth reporter, BBC News – December 23, 2014 Share Share Share 196 Views no discussions Tweet Sharing is caring! The virus is spread through close contact with infected bodily fluidsThe first-ever trial of an Ebola vaccine in Africa shows promising initial results, according to a report in the Lancet medical journal.Scientists say it is a crucial step as other vaccines have shown lower levels of protection in African populations.Tests involving Ugandan and American volunteers reveal the vaccine is so far safe and generates an immune response in both populations.It provides reassurance for other trials currently underway, they say.The Ebola virus has killed more than 6,900 people in the worst-affected countries of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.No proven vaccine exists to prevent people from getting the disease, though several trials are underway.The aim of a successful vaccine is to train the immune systems of healthy people to produce antibodies – proteins capable of fighting off any future infections.Viral protectionResearchers from the National Institutes of Health tested this experimental vaccine on healthy adults in Uganda, having first trialled it in the United States.Dr Julie Ledgerwood, the lead researcher, said: “This is the first study to show comparable safety and immune response of an experimental Ebola vaccine in an African population.“This is particularly encouraging because those at greatest risk of Ebola live primarily in Africa and diminished vaccine protection in African populations has been seen for other diseases.”According to the study some 57% of people in Uganda who received the Ebola vaccine alone developed antibodies against Ebola in their blood.Dr Sridhar of the University of Oxford, commenting on the research, said the data provided reassurance about separate Ebola virus vaccines trials currently underway in Mali, the US and the UK.But further tests would be needed to see if the antibodies are strong enough and long-lasting enough to provide adequate protection against the disease.
Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditAlabama (15-12, 7-7) vs. Mississippi State (17-10, 8-6)Humphrey Coliseum, Starkville, Mississippi; Tuesday, 9 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Mississippi State seeks revenge on Alabama after dropping the first matchup in Tuscaloosa. The teams last faced each other on Jan. 8, when the Crimson Tide outshot Mississippi State from the field 49.1 percent to 37.7 percent and hit 11 more foul shots on their way to the 21-point victory. February 24, 2020 Bama looks to sweep Miss. St. LEADING THE CHARGE: Mississippi State’s Reggie Perry has averaged 17.3 points and 9.8 rebounds while Robert Woodard II has put up 11.6 points and 6.8 rebounds. For the Crimson Tide, Kira Lewis Jr. has averaged 17.4 points, five rebounds and 5.2 assists while John Petty Jr. has put up 15.3 points and 6.9 rebounds.KEY FACILITATOR: Lewis has accounted for 48 percent of all Alabama field goals over the last five games. The sophomore guard has 38 field goals and 38 assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: Alabama is 0-6 when scoring fewer than 76 points and 15-6 when scoring at least 76.UNDEFEATED WHEN: Alabama is a perfect 5-0 when it holds an opponent to 68 points or fewer. The Crimson Tide are 10-12 when opponents score more than 68.PACE OF PLAY: The upbeat Alabama offense has averaged 77.5 possessions per game, the third-most in Division I. Mississippi State has not been as uptempo as the Crimson Tide and is averaging only 67.2 possessions per game (ranked 277th, nationally). Associated Press ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com
MIAMI (WSVN) – January is Move Over Awareness Month in Florida, so officials are coming together to make sure drivers understand and follow the rules of the road.The Florida Highway Patrol and the Florida Department of Transportation teamed up Monday to remind drivers to move over a lane for emergency and service vehicles stopped along the roadway.“It can be a police officer, a firefighter, road ranger, towing company, sanitation department — anyone that is providing a service to you.” said FHP Lt. Joe Sanchez.Earlier this month, road ranger Zucchero Cole was rushed to the hospital after a car crashed into his truck while he was responding to an accident on Interstate 95 in Oakland Park.Similarly, FHP trooper Daniel Cruz was struck by a suspected drunk driver while investigating a crash on the Palmetto Expressway in Hialeah back in December. The incident left him out of work for six months and unable to walk at this time.“Recently, three troopers have been hit, and several road rangers, in the past few years, have been hit,” said Jim Wolfe, FDOT District 6 Secretary. “They’re out there trying to make things safer for the public, and yet they are in danger.”Officials said not many drivers know about the safety law and the hazards that lie on the open road. “Sadly, throughout the state, we’ve seen a lot of people lose their lives because people are violating this law,” said Sanchez. “It’s affecting us here locally, we’ve had three troopers seriously injured, struck by motor vehicles who clearly violated the Move Over law.”The Move Over law states drivers must slow their speed by at least 20 miles per hour or move over a lane, if possible, when passing an emergency vehicle on the side of the road.If you violate the move over law, you can be issued a ticket, receive three points on your license and have to pay a fine.FHP troopers are now on the road, stopping drivers who break the law.“This guy drove by two troopers and didn’t slow down or move over,” said FHP Lt. Alex Camacho.As many as 240 traffic citations were handed out on Monday.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Several prior posts (see here, here and here for instance) have highlighted the clustering phenomenon and how a few discreet instances of alleged bribery yield an inordinate amount of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement activity against individuals.One such example is the DOJ’s long-standing enforcement action (charges were first brought in late 2015) in connection with alleged corrupt schemes to secure contracts from Venezuela’s state-owned and state-controlled energy company, PDVSA.Yesterday, the DOJ announced that Jose Manuel Gonzalez Testino (Gonzalez – a dual U.S.-Venezuelan citizen) was arrested at Miami International Airport based on a criminal complaint charging conspiracy to violate the FCPA and a substantive FCPA violation for “conspiring to make, and making, corrupt payments to an official [at PDVSA] in exchange for favorable business treatment with PDVSA.”In summary, the Affidavit from a Special Agent with Homeland Security Investigations in support of the Criminal Complaint states that a Cooperating Witness (CW – a Venezuelan national who was previously employed by PDVSA and has already pleaded guilty to conspiracy to launder money) “admitted, in sum and substance, that he received bribe payments and other things of value from Gonzalez while CW was employed as the General Manager of Bariven (a wholly-owned subsidiary of PDVSA) in exchange for acts and decisions taken by CW in his official capacity; for inducing CW to use his influence with Bariven, PDVSA, and other foreign officials in order to affect or influence acts and decisions thereof; and for other improper business advantages and assistance from CW.”Specifically the affidavit states that in exchange for bribes from Gonzalez, CW:took steps to direct contracts to Gonzalez’s companies;gave Gonzalez’s companies priority over other vendors to receive payments;awarded Gonzalez’s contracts with PDVSA in U.S. dollars, instead of Venezuelan bolivars;helped Gonzalez prepare a presentation to be given to the PDVSA Board of Directors;assisted Gonzalez in receiving priority to meet with the Board; andtook steps to influence the PDVSA Board of Directors’ decision to award a contract for turbine generators to one of Gonzalez’s companies.