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Air Liquide venture with OMZ in the pipeline

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Trump targets visas program for highly skilled workers

first_img KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) President Donald Trump hopes to revive the economic populism that helped drive his election campaign, signing an order Tuesday in politically important Wisconsin to tighten rules on technology companies bringing in highly skilled foreign workers.Trump toured the headquarters of tool manufacturer Snap-on Inc., and then he was expected to sign an order aimed at curbing what his administration says are hiring abuses in a visa program used by U.S. technology companies. Dubbed “Buy American, Hire American,” the directive follows a series of recent Trump reversals on economic policies.The president is targeting the H-1B visa program, which the White House says undercuts U.S. workers by bringing in large numbers of cheaper, foreign workers, driving down wages. He was signing the directive at Snap-on Inc. in Kenosha, Wisconsin, a state he narrowly carried in November on the strength of support from white, working-class voters. Trump currently has only a 41 percent approval rating in the state.The tech industry has argued that the H-1B program is needed because it encourages students to stay in the U.S. after getting degrees in high-tech specialties – and companies can’t always find enough American workers with the skills they need.Trump has traveled to promote his agenda less than his recent predecessors. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said he wanted to visit “a company that builds American-made tools with American workers.”The new order would direct U.S. agencies to propose rules to prevent immigration fraud and abuse in the program. They would also be asked to offer changes so that H-1B visas are awarded to the “most-skilled or highest-paid applicants,” said administration officials who spoke only on the condition of anonymity despite the president’s frequent criticism of the use of anonymous sources.The officials said the order also seeks to strengthen requirements that American-made products be used in certain federal construction projects, as well as in various federal grant-funded transportation projects. The commerce secretary will review how to close loopholes in existing rules and provide recommendations to the president.The order specifically asks the secretary to review waivers of these rules in free-trade agreements. The waivers could be renegotiated or revoked if they are not benefiting the United States.The trip brings Trump to the congressional district of House Speaker Paul Ryan, but he is out of the country on a congressional trip.Trump campaigned on populist promises to stand up to China, which he contended was manipulating its currency and stealing American jobs, and to eliminate the Export-Import Bank, which he billed as wasteful subsidy. Trump reversed himself on both positions in interviews last week.And while he has long pledged to support American goods and workers, his own business record is mixed. Many Trump-branded products, like clothing, are made overseas. His businesses have also hired foreign workers, including at his Palm Beach, Florida, club.Trump said at one point during the presidential campaign that he supported high-skilled visas, then said he opposed the program. At one debate, he said: “It’s very bad for our workers and it’s unfair for our workers. And we should end it.”Potential changes could be administrative or legislative and could include higher fees for the visas, changing the wage scale for the program or other initiatives.Critics say the program has been hijacked by staffing companies that use the visas to recruit foreigners – often from India – who will work for less than Americans. The staffing companies then sell their services to corporate clients.Employers, including Walt Disney World and the University of California, San Francisco, have laid off tech employees and replaced them with H-1B visa holders. U.S. workers are sometimes asked to train their replacements to qualify for severance packages.Ronil Hira, a professor in public policy at Howard University and a critic of the H-1B program, said Trump’s planned order is “better than nothing.” But he added, “It’s not as aggressive as it needs to be.”Trump carried Wisconsin in November by under 23,000 votes – less than 1 percentage point – making him the first Republican to win the state since 1984. He campaigned on the promise of returning manufacturing jobs that have been lost in Upper Midwest states.Snap-on makes hand and power tools, diagnostics software, information and management systems, and shop equipment for use in various industries, including agriculture, the military and aviation. It has eight manufacturing sites in North America and employs about 11,000 people worldwide.WINK News streamed the press conference on Facebook: Trump targets visas program for highly skilled workers Author: Associated Press Published: April 18, 2017 2:06 PM EDT Updated: April 18, 2017 4:43 PM EDT center_img Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. SHARElast_img read more

Infrabel speaks out after axle-counter trouble

first_imgBELGIUM: Infrastructure manager Infrabel expressed concern about the reliability of AC100 axle-counters supplier by Siemens in a statement issued on May 8, saying 125 incidents had caused 9 000 min of delay in the first quarter of the year. This was double the figure for the same period last year, and included significant disruption at Schaerbeek on March 12.Siemens began rolling out the AC100 axle-counters in May 2017, and reliability issues began to emerge towards the end of the year. Infrabel said it had demanded an urgent investigation, but four months on a solution was still required.Responding to Infrabel’s statement, Siemens told Railway Gazette that it was working on a solution in co-operation with Infrabel, the causes of the problems were known and a step-by-step plan to solve them was available. The supplier said rectifying the problems was technically complex, but it was ‘doing everything possible’ to implement a solution in as short a time as possible.last_img read more

Independence 2013 program of activities launched

first_img Sharing is caring! Chief Cultural Officer, Raymond Lawrence (file photo)A program of activities spanning over seven weeks has been launched to commemorate Dominica’s 35th year of Independence. “Independence is a wonderful time to build unity, to build national pride, to preserve and promote our beautiful cultural heritage,” chief cultural officer, Raymond Lawrence said at the press launching on Wednesday, 4th September. Dominica was granted independence by the United Kingdom on November 3rd, 1978. This year the National Day Parade will take place on Sunday 3rd November from 4pm at the Windsor Park Stadium.Mr Lawrence noted that the theme chosen “One Mission, One Dominica, Celebrating 35” “really encourages us to work together to partner together to help take Dominica forward”.“With God’s help, we look forward to a wonderful independence this year, it’s a special year; 35 years of nationhood,” he said. Some of the major activities planned to commemorate the Festival includes Flag Day on 30th September and an Art & Craft Exhibition focused on the Breadfruit which will open at the Old Mill Cultural Centre on October 15thHeritage Day will take place in Bagatelle on Sunday 20th October with a church service, grand exhibition and a cultural gala.Market Day With A Difference in Marigot on 12th October, Portsmouth 19th October and Roseau 26th October.The Madam Wob Dwiyet Competition is scheduled for 18th October while the National Miss Wob pageant will be on 24th October.LIME Dominica’s Creole In The Park is scheduled for 21st to 24th October, Creole Day and Creole Dress Parade on 25th October and the 17th annual World Creole Music Festival 25th – 27th October.The National Cultural Gala will be held on Monday 4th November while the National Day of Community Service on Tuesday 5th November.There will also be the E.O LeBlanc Distinguished Memorial Lecture 2013 organized by the University of the West Indies Open Campus by Historian Dr Lennox Honychurch.The official opening of Independence will take place on September 27th at the Dame Mary Eugenia Charles Boulevard and is open to all.“We urge all Dominicans to wear your Creole wear, celebrate your music, your food, your language; all aspects of our rich cultural heritage,” Mr Lawrence noted.“We want to have a peaceful celebration so we’re really discouraging any form of violence at any of the activities during the celebrations,” he warned. Dominica Vibes News 30 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img Tweet Share LocalNews Independence 2013 program of activities launched by: – September 4, 2013last_img read more

Teen Pageant and Mother’s Queen Show receives support from NBD

first_img Tweet LocalNews Teen Pageant and Mother’s Queen Show receives support from NBD by: – January 28, 2014 Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img 28 Views   no discussions Share NBD’s Executive Manager of Marketing, Suzanne PiperThe National Bank of Dominica (NBD) continues to support local organizers of carnival events. The Bank recently presented sponsorship cheques to the organizers of the National Teen Pageant and the Mothers’ Queen Show.NBD will be the official sponsor of one of the National Teen Pageant contestants, Ms. Omisha Francis of the Pierre Charles Secondary School. A cheque of $2000 was presented to Raymond Lawrence of the Waitukubuli Dance Theatre Company on behalf of the Pageant’s organizers.NBD also confirmed their partnership with organizers of the Mothers’ Queen ShowNBD also confirmed their partnership with organizers of the Mothers’ Queen Show by making a $1000 contribution towards the traditional wear round of that event.Suzanne Piper, NBD’s executive manager of marketing said “we are pleased to support organizations such as these that play their part in making our carnival spectacular and unique”. “Each of us can contribute to the development and promotion of this national cultural event. NBD encourages participation in carnival from all ages,” Mrs Piper added.During its 35 years of service, NBD has been a great supporter of carnival and has sponsored numerous carnival events.last_img read more

CEO Corner: 3 practical lessons United Airlines can teach your dairy

first_img1) Assume cameras are everywhereEven if you have banned employees from using cell phones on the job, one must assume they are still everywhere. Anything and everything could be caught on camera on a dairy. Is your dairy ready for that?One idea to prepare for public scrutiny is for you personally to film your dairy farm and employees doing their everyday work. Take some video of herd checks, feed mixing, milking, etc. Show the video to friendly non-ag members of your community. Ask them to describe what they see in the video and guess what is going on. You’ll be amazed at the things they notice that to you are commonplace.2) Have a crisis plan for multiple scenariosFrom the news I’ve read this week, it’s unclear why seated passengers were being asked to “take a later flight.” Usually those “overbooked” situations are clarified before boarding begins. If United did have a protocol for such situations, they aren’t sharing what it is or why it resulted in a dramatic viral video. Have you thought through all the potential situations that could thrust your dairy in the limelight?It’s unlikely you’ll be able to imagine them all, but I would suggest going through a few mock scenarios. That exercise will help you and your dairy team clarify what situations are a crisis, how risky they are, what can be done to prevent them and who on your dairy should be involved should one arise.Here’s a link to the start of a spreadsheet you can use to begin the process of crisis planning. We’ve pre-populated it with a few obvious crises and problems you might face. Talk with your dairy team about other possible situations. Work together to find plausible solutions.advertisement3) Know consumers’ hot-button issuesThe United incident this week has encouraged me to look for resources to help dairy producers understand what consumers’ hot-button issues are.For example, I know for our audience that the cleanliness of cows being milked in the parlor is a hot-button topic. Dairy producers expect a certain level of cleanliness. If I place an image with cows that are “too dirty” on the cover of our magazine, I’ll hear about it.The same thing is true on dairy farms. I’m doing my homework to find out what those consumer expectations are.Without knowing specifics, I would bet that anything that involuntarily compels an animal to do something should be given special care. The movement of down cows is one of those sensitive procedures. That might be one of those procedures to film on your dairy and share with a trusted non-ag friend. Ask them to describe what they are feeling while watching it. Then consider what you can do to improve the “optics” of those events.I’ll share my list of what makes consumers most squeamish in an upcoming issue. Feel free to use it for crisis planning.Does the ‘Pick 3’ rule apply on dairies?Recently Inc. magazine published an article resurrecting a discussion from 2011: Can self-employed business owners really only enjoy three things from among the list of work, sleep, family, fitness or friends?advertisementThe suggestion of limitations was first presented by Randi Zuckerberg, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s sibling.As I read about this dilemma, I thought it’s one dairy producers certainly face. I already know that many of our readers don’t get enough sleep and that they work as hard as most entrepreneurs. How do you prioritize your time after work? After work, which two of the following four things do you prioritize next for your time? (Poll Closed) Family  47.56%  (39 votes)     Fitness  8.54%  (7 votes)     Friends  10.98%  (9 votes)     Sleep  32.92%  (27 votes)       Total Votes: 82   After work, which two of the following four things do you prioritize next for your time? Walt CooleyEditor-in-chiefProgressive DairymanEmail Walt Leave your comments about either of these stories below in the comments field. Editor’s note: CEO Corners are editors’ compilations of business news from top publications, which they have tailored for the dairy industry.United’s forced removal of a passenger from an overbooked flight offers several lessons for dairy producers. Here were my three general takeaways for dairy producers from the incident:advertisementadvertisement PHOTO: To see your dairy through the eye of the masses, consider taking some video with a smartphone on your dairy. Show that video to someone unfamiliar with dairy operations. Ask them to describe what they see and what they think is going on. Illustration by Philip Warren.last_img read more

Cow numbers, milk output growth slows

first_imgNovember’s restrained growth was due to a slowdown in milk production per cow. And, cow numbers were unchanged from a month earlier, although that comes with a caveat: The USDA revised October 2019’s preliminary cow numbers higher by 4,000 head.advertisementadvertisementNovember 2018-19 recap at a glanceReviewing the USDA preliminary estimates for November 2019 compared to November 2018:U.S. milk production: 17.44 billion pounds, up 0.5%U.S. cow numbers: 9.331 million, down 27,000 headU.S. average milk per cow per month: 1,869 pounds, up 15 pounds24-state milk production: 16.67 billion pounds, up 0.9%24-state cow numbers: 8.81 million, up 8,000 head24-state average milk per cow per month: 1,892 pounds, up 16 poundsSource: USDA Milk Production report, Dec. 18, 2019Cow numbers still building in some major statesCompared to a year earlier, November’s cow numbers were down 27,000 nationally but up 8,000 in the 24 major dairy states. Compared to a month earlier, U.S. and major dairy state cow numbers were unchanged but, as noted above, October 2019 U.S. and major state cow numbers had been revised upward by 4,000 head.Since June, U.S. cow numbers are now up 11,000 head, and cow numbers in the 24 major dairy states are up 33,000 head.Strongest year-to-year growth in cow numbers is in Texas, Idaho and Colorado, up 61,000 head combined (Table 1). More moderate increases were in Michigan, New Mexico, South Dakota and Kansas. Pennsylvania continues to pace decliners, down 24,000 cows from a year ago, followed by Arizona, down 12,000 head. The USDA estimated dairy farms in 10 other states were milking fewer cows than a year earlier.advertisementCompared to a month earlier, producers in New Mexico added 2,000 cows, with Texas up 1,000. Those gains were offset by declines in Wisconsin (-2,000) and Minnesota (-1,000).Milk per cow weakensThe USDA revised October 2019 milk output per cow lower, although monthly gains were still relatively stronger (26 pounds per cow) compared to October 2018.Looking at November’s preliminary estimates, year-over-year monthly growth in milk per cow slowed to 16 pounds in the 24 major dairy states and 15 pounds nationally.Cows in 19 states yielded higher milk output per cow in November compared to the same month a year earlier (Table 2). In contrast to recent months, however, increases were more restrained, and biggest gains were in Pennsylvania and Virginia (each up 55 pounds). At 2,125 pounds, Michigan continued to be the national leader in milk output per cow on a monthly basis.advertisementAmong all major states, Texas led in terms of milk volume growth in November 2019, up 71 million pounds (6.9%) from a year earlier. Colorado led in terms of percentage growth, up 7% (26 million pounds).California output was up 23 million pounds (0.7%), and Idaho production was up 38 million pounds (3.1%).Wisconsin milk production was down 39 million pounds, a 1.6% decline. Arizona production was down 25 million pounds (-6.3%), and Pennsylvania production was down 11 million pounds (-1.3%).Cropp and Stephenson share similar outlookFollowing the USDA’s monthly Milk Production report, Mark Stephenson, director of dairy policy analysis, and Bob Cropp, dairy economics professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, provided an overview of dairy markets in their monthly podcast.The stabilization of cow numbers in November, combined with caps on growth in milk per cow due to widespread feed quality challenges, helped tone down overall production, they noted. Milk per cow will continued to be challenged as farmers feed 2019 forages.Corn grain test weights have also been lower.Despite a slight rebound in Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) cash cheese prices on Dec. 18, Stephenson and Cropp said the plummeting cheese price has put downward pressure on milk futures prices. Part of the cheese price correction is, in part, that U.S. cheese prices have been well above global prices and, as such, unsustainable. They said the sharp cheese price decline has likely been an overaction, and recovery is expected.Stephenson remains optimistic for next year. He said conversations with dairy economists during a recent trip to Germany indicate dairy product inventories are shrinking worldwide, providing support for prices next year.“I don’t think the collapse of cheese prices sets the tone for a real problem next year,” Stephenson said.Cropp was encouraged by CME trading on Dec. 18 that saw Class III futures move higher, with all months again settling above $17 per hundredweight (cwt). He forecasts a Class III price average of $17.90-$18 per cwt in 2020.Both agree 2020 prices will be stronger than 2019, especially in the second and third quarters of the year.They noted the inversion of Class I and Class III prices resulted in Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) depooling negative producer price differentials (PPDs) on most-recent milk checks.   After stronger year-over-year growth in September and October, the U.S. milk production increase slipped back below 1% in November 2019, according to the USDA’s monthly Milk Production report, released Dec. 18. Dave NatzkeEditorProgressive DairyEmail Dave Natzkedave@progressivepublish.comlast_img read more

Gov. Walker Signs Legislation to Support Rural Communities

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Governor Bill Walker signed House Bill 267, which gives municipalities that levy taxes on guided hunting and sport fishing access to records that businesses submit to state agencies, Tuesday, in the community of Nondalton, near Lake Clark. HB 267 will allow local governments to confirm that hunting and fishing activities subject to taxes within their jurisdictions are being accurately reported. Information released to municipalities under HB 267 will remain strictly confidential, with serious criminal consequences for any unauthorized disclosure. “Big cuts to state government in recent years mean local governments shoulder more costs and responsibilities,” said HB 267 sponsor Representative Bryce Edgmon (D-Dillingham). “Now more than ever, Alaska’s cities and boroughs should be given every resource to ensure they are receiving the revenues due to them according to their municipal policies.”center_img Nondalton is within the Lake and Peninsula Borough, whose ordinances include modest taxes for guiding businesses utilizing local fish and game resources. All Lake and Peninsula Borough communities benefit from these revenues. House Bill 267 passed the Alaska House of Representatives by a vote of 27-12. The Alaska State Senate passed the bill by a vote of 17-3.last_img read more

What To Expect For The Rest Of The Construction Season

first_imgSTERLING HIGHWAY REHABILITATION, SKILAK LAKE to STERLING ROAD CONSTRUCTION through the seasonCrews are working between MP 58 and 61 prepping roadway for paving operations. Watch for PILOT CAR and flagging operations. Crews will be working during the day and at night.Paving operations are expected to resume the night of Saturday, September 7. Watch for PILOT CAR and flagging operations between MP 73 and 75, with crews working at night from 7:00pm to 7:00am.Please be aware of firefighters on the road between MP 53 and 75. Drive with headlights on at all times and expect DELAYS due to fire activity.Check 511 for impacts and closures.BEAVER LOOP ROAD IMPROVEMENTS and PEDESTRIAN PATHWAYROAD CONSTRUCTION through the seasonROAD CLOSURE: From Monday, September 16 through Sunday, September 29, drivers should expect CLOSURES on Beaver Loop Road.KENAI SPUR HIGHWAY REHABILITATION, SPORTS LAKE to SWIRES ROAD, PHASE I ROAD CONSTRUCTION through the seasonCrews are working off of the roadway during the day from 7:00am to 7:00pm. Please be aware of equipment and vehicles entering and exiting the roadway.Drivers should be aware of a NEW TRAFFIC PATTERN from MP 6 to 8. Please drive with caution and reduce speed if necessary.While crews perform paving operations, drivers should expect PILOT CAR operations with extended DELAYS.Please be aware of traffic control in the area while crews are working.HSIP: STERLING HIGHWAY SHOULDER WIDENING MP 97 to 118ROAD CONSTRUCTION through OctoberConstruction crews are working between MP 97 and 118.The Sterling Highway is open at the Crooked Creek DETOUR, for all traffic.Crews are working day and night shifts. Drivers should be aware of possible TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS, shoulder work, and DELAYS.Please be aware of possible DELAYS on the highway when the seeding truck is on the road.A high number of moose have been sighted along the project corridor, drivers are advised to be attentive, especially at night.HSIP: STERLING HIGHWAY and MAIN STREET INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENTSROAD CONSTRUCTION through NovemberCrews are working at the intersection of the Sterling Highway and Main Street, daily from 8:00am to 6:00pm.Drivers should expect flagging operations and short DELAYS. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Fall is officially in the air, but construction season is still well underway on the Kenai Peninsula. Here is a breakdown of the current ongoing projects.last_img read more