President Donald Trump urged Americans to avoid traveling and gathering in public spaces in an effort to blunt the spread of the coronavirus, saying the outbreak could last into July or August.“If everyone makes this change, or these critical changes and sacrifices now, we will rally together as one nation and we will defeat the virus,” Trump said in the White House briefing room. “We’re going to have a big celebration all together.”Trump announced the new guidelines during a press briefing Monday afternoon. Officials recommended that for the next 15 days Americans avoid gatherings of more than 10 people; avoid discretionary travel; avoid eating in bars, restaurants and food courts; and work or engage in schooling from home when possible.“We’d much rather be ahead of the curve than behind it,” Trump said.The president’s comments on Monday marked his most direct appeal yet for Americans to take the virus seriously and avoid public settings where the coronavirus can be easily spread.Trump told reporters that the coronavirus could continue to factor into American life into July or August.“They think August, it could be July, could be longer than that,” Trump said, referring to answers he has gotten when consulting public health officials on the timeline. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, clarified after Trump’s remarks that the guidelines would not necessarily last until the summer months but rather that timeline was one potential trajectory of the coronavirus outbreak. “The guidelines are a 15 day trial guideline to be reconsidering,” Fauci said. “It isn’t that these guidelines are going to be in effect until July. What the president was saying is that the trajectory of the outbreak may go until then.”Trump signaled agreement with him from the podium. Trump also said he wasn’t considering a nationwide lockdown, but that “certain areas” of the country with large numbers of cases could take such measures.“At this point, not nationwide,” the president said. “We may look at certain areas, certain hotspots as they call them.”A number of state and local officials have already ordered closures of restaurants, bars, schools and other public places in order to mitigate the spread of the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Sunday evening also recommended that Americans cancel gatherings of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks. Fauci urged American citizens to take the new guidelines seriously even if they seemed to go “too far.” “When you’re dealing with an emerging infectious disease outbreak, you are always behind where you think you are if you think that today reflects where you really are,” Fauci said. “We hope that the people of the United States will take them very seriously because they will fail if people don’t adhere to them,” he said. We’re not thinking in terms of recession. We’re thinking in terms of the virus,” the president continued. “Once we stop, I think there’s a tremendous pent-up demand both in terms of the stock market, in terms of the economy.”The president’s remarks came as rising fears about the impact of the coronavirus on the economy sent stock prices into freefall Monday. The Dow Jones industrial average collapsed 2,999 points, or 12.9%, to close at 20,188.52 – its second worst percentage loss in history behind the “Black Monday” crash in 1987.
Drayden Van Dyke12815151812%$812,716 Joseph Talamo14917152411%$1,162,402 Corey Nakatani831481217%$708,118 Felipe Valdez3066520%$146,548 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Kent Desormeaux11623221320%$1,322,730 Jeff Bonde2370330%$257,280 Gary Stevens651191217%$914,820 Tiago Pereira79971111%$299,584 Carla Gaines3054217%$316,855 Rafael Bejarano16139252124%$1,816,124 Doug O’Neill100910139%$543,626 Peter Miller981820818%$1,030,208 Victor Espinoza11421231418%$1,350,010 Santiago Gonzalez5755109%$181,174 Winner of the Grade I Eddie Read at Del Mar last year, Tom’s Tribute won six of 16 starts and earned $634,880 for owner Marilyn Braly . . . On the good news front, Cassidy said unbeaten Delta Jackpot winner Ocho Ocho Ocho is scheduled to work Thursday for the Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes on March 7 . . . San Felipe candidate Lord Nelson, who held off onrushing Texas Red by a neck to win the San Vicente Stakes, worked six furlongs for Bob Baffert in 1:13.40, while Bolo, also considered for the San Felipe, went five furlongs for Carla Gaines in 59.60 . . . Trainer George Papaprodromou said bargain claim Imperative could make his next start in either the Santa Anita Handicap or the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic, a race he won last April, upsetting odds-on favorite Game On Dude. Claimed for 50,000 on Dec. 21, 2013, Imperative earned a cool $1 million in winning the Classic, which will be run this year on April 18 . . . Big ‘Cap candidate Cool Samurai worked five furlongs for John Shirreffs in 1:00.40 . . . Kalookan Queen winner Harlington’s Rose, ticketed for the Grade III Las Flores Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs on March 8, breezed three furlongs for Steve Knapp in 35.80. Bob Baffert641314920%$1,230,898 Mike Smith7215141121%$1,337,491 Elvis Trujillo13814171110%$929,392 FINISH LINES: Jim Cassidy is still mulling plans on where Tom’s Tribute will stand as a stallion after the retirement Friday of the multiple graded stakes winner due to an ankle injury. “We’re working on it right now,” the trainer said Sunday morning. SOLIS HOPES TO FILL IN DERBY VOID WITH METABOSSHall of Fame, 5,000 victories, Breeders’ Cup successes. The only thing missing from theresume of Alex Solis is one every jockey savors: a Kentucky Derby triumph.The native of Panama has been second the Kentucky Derby three times: on Captain Bodgit in 1997; Victory Gallop in 1998; and Aptitude in 2000. Solis has ridden in the world’s most famous horse race 14 times, but not since 2006 when he finished in a dead-heat for fourth aboard Santa Anita Derby winner Brother Derek.It’s still two months-plus from the Run for the Roses–light years in horse racing time–but Solis maintains a positive outlook after winning the mile and an eighth El Camino Real Derby by 2 ½ lengths aboard Metaboss last Saturday for trainer Jeff Bonde in a $15.20 upset. The win was worth 10 qualifying points to the May 2 Derby.“That’s what inspires you to get up every day,” said Solis, who turns 51 on March 25. “Horses like Metaboss make it exciting. You want to be on them. We’re out here every day, but a Derby horse is exactly what we’re looking for. I was very impressed with his race.“It was the first time I had ridden him, so I studied his form. He was nice and relaxed in the race. They went slow the first part, but when they got to the backside they started marching a little bit early and it helped my horse.“I had to be patient and wait inside for a while. When I got to the 5/16ths (pole) I got him out in the clear and he finished like a good horse and galloped out strong past the wire, so that’s a good indication, especially going a mile and an eighth this early.”Said Bonde: “Alex rode a good race. He’ll stay on the horse.”Next up: the Spiral Stakes on March 27 at Turfway Park, which, like Golden Gate, has a synthetic main track.HOLLENDORFER HAS THREE FOR THE MONEY IN SANTA YSABELJerry Hollendorfer trains seven of the 21 horses nominated to Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles and plans to enter three of them: Achiever’s Legacy, Glory and Light the City.“All of them have been running very well,” said the meet’s leading trainer with 21 victories through 35 racing days. True enough. Achiever’s Legacy has two wins from seven starts, with a third last out in the Grade I Las Virgenes Stakes on Jan. 31.Glory was second by a neck in the California Oaks at Golden Gate Fields on Feb. 7 after breaking her maiden at Santa Anita by two lengths on Jan. 10; and Light the City was a closing second by a half-length in the Las Virgenes.As for Santa Anita Handicap favorite Shared Belief, Hollendorfer plans to breeze the once-beaten male 2-year-old champion of 2013 Tuesday at Golden Gate as is his wont en route to the $1 million, Grade I Big ‘Cap at 1 ¼ miles on March 7.Probable for the Santa Ysabel: Achiever’s Legacy, no rider; Curlin’s Fox, Mike Smith; Enchanting Lady, no rider; Glory, no rider; Light the City, Kent Desormeaux; Rattataptap, Rafael Bejarano; and Stellar Wind, Victor Espinoza. Michael Pender2964221%$155,720 James Cassidy4475816%$263,330 Brice Blanc3162319%$239,262 Mike Puype615988%$275,096 Mark Glatt4678715%$371,324 Edwin Maldonado76941012%$333,346 John Sadler748131211%$577,406 Jerry Hollendorfer10621141620%$2,074,158 Brandon Boulanger885586%$162,336 2/2/2/2 Flavien Prat74109614%$501,466 -more- Thomas Proctor3264319%$461,850 Martin Pedroza11211171310%$493,398 Hector Palma2363126%$129,150 Peter Eurton55118720%$546,828 Ron Ellis3883621%$303,180 Martin Garcia9016131218%$1,250,950 Richard Mandella3986721%$406,016 Fernando Perez1121012109%$497,222 Philip D’Amato46108722%$472,410 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Tyler Baze17623181813%$1,342,234 $1 MILLION LATE PICK 4 GUARTANTEE ON BIG ‘CAP DAYShared Belief is expected to rule a prohibitive favorite in the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 7, but that won’t prevent fans from trying to land a game-changing score.There will be huge guaranteed pools that day, including a $1 million Late Pick 4 and a $150,000 Pick 6, in addition to three other graded stakes besides the Big ‘Cap, with Triple Crown hopefuls spotlighted in the Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes.Also, there will be a Beerfest and live music in the infield. First post time will be 12 noon; gates open at 10 a.m. (Current Through Saturday, Feb. 21) SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Richard Baltas4487318%$335,038 A. C. Avila2261327%$149,974 IT’S NEVER TOO SOON FOR DERBY FEVER: SOLISHOLLENDORFER TO ENTER TRIO IN SANTA YSABELPOTENTIALLY BIG PAY DAYS LOOM ON BIG ‘CAP DAY Mark Casse4275517%$599,998 -30-
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By John Fulton (FABE Associate Professor), Elizabeth Hawkins (OSUE Field Specialist, Agronomic Systems) and Richard Colley III (Digital Ag Program Manager)Harvest has started here in Ohio but it is good to remember to make sure your yield monitor is setup and calibrated properly. Geo-referenced yield data (i.e. yield maps) are being used more frequently to provide precision agriculture insights and recommendations at the field level. Yield maps not only help growers understand end-of-year performance within fields, but also can be used to characterize in-field variation. Information about this variation is often used by service providers to deliver prescriptions, recommendations, or other information back to the farmer. Because yield maps continue to be an important data layer to learn from and help drive changes or decisions at a field level, proper management of the yield monitor is critical to generate accurate and reliable yield data. Grain moisture and test weight, along with grain flow through the combine, will vary within passes and across fields. Therefore, the flow and moisture sensors on combines must be calibrated to these expected conditions in order to log accurate data.Here are a few reasons for calibrating your yield monitor:Collect accurate yield estimates so yield variability across the field is accurately represented by the yield mapGenerate accurate prescriptions (Rx’s) and profit maps that require the use of yield maps. The generation of variable-rate fertility and seeding maps are often heavily based on yield maps. A few services are additionally providing profit maps to evaluate areas of profit and loss.Use yield maps as a data layer to assess management risks and the allocation of inputs. Precision agriculture practices have shown to provide feedback to improve profitability and helping confirm the best practices and input selections for a farm operation.The following outlines yield monitor best practices for one to use pre-harvest and during harvest:Be sure to update firmware and/or software for the yield monitoring systems. If necessary, contact your equipment or technology service provider about available firmware updates and where they can be downloaded.Most yield monitors use a mass flow sensor at the top of the clean grain elevator. Due to the grain impact, the plate will wear to the point of developing a hole if it isn’t replaced soon enough. The wear that occurs changes the reading from the mass flow sensor. Be sure to replace the plate if wear is evident. Don’t neglect to recalibrate after replacing yield monitor components. This recalibration is necessary to ensure accuracy of the yield monitor. A more simple explanation is that a worn impact plate can result in an incorrect yield reading on your display. It is important to not overlook the yield mapping system as a worn component will throw off yield readings.Update and/or configure DGPS. Software related to auto-steer, yield monitors and other GPS-based systems require separate attention. Licenses must be renewed. Calibrations and parameters must be updated or confirmed—especially if the display in the combine cab was used for planting or spraying earlier in the year. It’s necessary to meticulously switch every setting and value, from machine dimensions to type of crop and operation, so they are relevant to harvest operations.Check auto-steer operations and that previously used AB/guidance lines are available within the display. Remember, you may have to adjust sensitivity settings.It is also important to calibrate yield monitors for every crop, each season to ensure that all data being collected is as accurate as possible. The yield monitor needs to “be taught” how to convert the readings from the mass flow sensor into yield; therefore, it is necessary to show the yield monitor the range of yield conditions it will encounter throughout the season. It is wise to periodically check the calibration throughout the season to be sure the data being collected is still accurate. Grain moisture and density can vary between crop fields and, at times, vary significantly within a field. Accounting for changes in grain moisture and density improves the accuracy of yield estimates.Remember to recalibrate if harvest conditions change. Changes could include: yield monitor components are replaced or adjusted, grain moistures increase or decrease by over 6% to 8%, or after a rain shower but still dry enough to harvest. The use of grain carts to calibrate yield monitors can be acceptable as long as it weighs accurately compared to certified scales. One should make sure the weigh wagon is on level ground (<2% slope) and stationary for a few seconds before documenting the weight. Bring along your field notes so you can review them during harvest as crop conditions vary or issues are observed. While harvest is a busy time, taking notes and images during harvest (especially if conducting on-farm research) can be valuable data when finally sitting down for post-harvest analysis and summary. We all forget, so notes and images can help document important information!For more information on calibrating yield monitors, check out the Ohio State Precision Ag website at www.ohiostateprecisionag.com and the Extension Publication Tips for Calibrating Grain Yield Monitors—Maximizing Value of Your Yield Data: https://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/anr-8.
Liberia president and former World Footballer of the Year George Weah surprised everyone on Tuesday as he lined up for Liberia against Nigeria at the age of 51.Weah Sr, who is just a few weeks away from becoming 52, returned to international competition after a gap of 16 years in Liberia’s 1-2 loss to Nigeria in Monrovia.Liberia had arranged the friendly to retire the number 14 jersey made famous by Weah. However, the fans had no idea that they are going to see the the former striker lead the team onto the pitch wearing the his famous jersey.According to reports in the media, Weah led the attack and still showed glimpses of class that made him a household name around the world in the late 1980s and 1990s. He received a standing ovation from the fans, when he was substituted on the 79th minute.H.E. President @GeorgeWeah retired his Liberia Football National Team #14 jersey yesterday. @Orange_Liberia proud to sponsor this historical event. pic.twitter.com/7BJQEHCtn4Mamadou Coulibaly (@mamadouc7) September 12, 2018Goals from Henry Onyekuru and Simeon Nwankwo helped Nigeria take a 2-0 lead before the hosts got one goal back through a a Kpah Sherman penalty late in the game.Weah enjoyed a great career in Europe for nearly 13 years, where he played for the likes of Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille in France, AC Milan in Italy and English sides Manchester City and Chelsea.He scored a total of 22 goals from 61 appearances for Liberia.He was named the World Footballer of the Year in 1995 and also won the Ballon d’Or in the same year and remains the only African to win either award.advertisementHe was named FIFA World Player of the Year back in 1995At the age of 51, Liberias George Weah returned to international action in a friendly against Nigeria yesterday pic.twitter.com/gEZEZzFJTTFIFA.com (@FIFAcom) September 12, 2018Weah’s popularity helped him secure a landslide win last December in Liberia’s presidential elections.Weah’s son Tim is also making a name for himself at Paris Saint-Germain and also represented United States of America in the FIFA U-17 World Cup in India last year.Interestingly, Tim also played on the same day for USA in their 1-0 win over Mexico in an international friendly.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Molde chief Neerland: We couldn’t block Solskjaer moving to Man Utdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMolde management admit they were blindsided by Manchester United’s move for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Solskjaer, who signed a new deal as manager of Norwegian club Molde earlier this month, was appointed interim boss until the end of the season on Wednesday.Molde managing director Oystein Neerland said they were called by United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward on Tuesday and both he and Solskjaer “didn’t see it coming.””I think it is double sided,” Neerland told BBC Sport.”On one hand, Molde lose their manager for the next months who had just agreed a new three-year contract. On the other hand, Molde will not get in the way of such an opportunity.”When the biggest club in the world call and ask to borrow your manager from a club the size of Molde, you have to say yes.”Solskjaer has been dreaming about this. It is no longer a dream.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Worried they would lack big-name candidates at the top of the ticket this November, California Republicans turned to a ballot measure that would eliminate a recent gas tax increase in hopes of exciting conservatives and ensuring they show up to support lower-profile legislative and congressional candidates.A potential similar strategy for 2020 emerged Tuesday, when a conservative radio host who is the public face behind this year’s gas tax initiative announced he will pursue another measure — this one eliminating the state’s beleaguered high-speed rail project.Though it’s a presidential election year, California is overwhelmingly Democratic and a Republican hasn’t won the state since 2006.Early phases of construction have begun on the train meant to take passengers between Los Angeles and San Francisco in less than three hours. But the $77 billion project championed by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and his supporters has seen costs spike and the completion date pushed back.“This is a colossal failure of these politicians, and you don’t want to throw good money after bad,” said Carl DeMaio, a former San Diego city councilman who now hosts a radio show.The 2020 initiative also would change the state Constitution to require all fees related to transportation — from the gas tax to taxes on vehicle sales and car insurance — be spent only on transportation-related projects. Those dollars could not go to the general fund.It’s backed by DeMaio and others behind Proposition 6, which will ask voters this November if they want to repeal a 12-cent gas tax hike and increases in vehicle registration fees approved by lawmakers last year.Proposition 6 was funded in part by California’s Republican congressional delegation, including Kevin McCarthy, the No. 2 Republican in the U.S. House who is seeking to replace Paul Ryan as speaker. It was an unusual intervention by elected U.S. officials in a state political campaign.They gave their support when it looked possible that no Republican would be in the races for governor and U.S. Senate this November. Republicans feared that would depress turnout among conservatives and allow Democrats to win close contests down the ballot, potentially giving them control of the U.S. House.They dodged that scenario, however, when Republican businessman John Cox snagged the second position in California’s gubernatorial primary, in which the top two finishers advance to the general election regardless of party. The U.S. Senate race has two Democrats and no Republicans.In 2020, California will have neither a Senate nor governor’s race on the ballot.“I have to believe that it’s an issue that’s being used because Trump doesn’t generate turnout, doesn’t generate excitement in California,” said Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a public policy professor at the University of Southern California, said of the latest initiative.Thad Kousser, chairman of the political science department at University of California, San Diego, said he’s skeptical ballot measures can tip an election.“I don’t think there’s any state initiative — and certainly not these — that’s going to make people more motivated to turn out than their view of whether they are loving or hating President Trump,” he said.California’s high-speed rail project has become politically fraught. A poll conducted in March by the Public Policy Institute of California found tepid support for rail and overwhelming opposition among Republicans.Forty-six per cent of likely voters said they support the project, with 52 per cent opposed. Among Republicans, just 28 per cent supported it, with 69 per cent opposed. Independents were evenly split, while two-thirds of Democrats supported it.DeMaio said his proposals have nothing to do with driving Republican turnout and predicted conservative voters will be motivated regardless.“I think turnout’s going to be healthy in 2020,” DeMaio said. “I don’t think there’s a turnout problem.”Voters approved roughly $10 billion in bonds in 2008 to construct the high-speed train. It was supposed to cost about $40 billion.Now, the cost has ballooned to an expected $77 billion, with the completion date pushed to 2033.Construction is underway in the state’s Central Valley agricultural heartland, but officials don’t have enough money to complete the first phase from Bakersfield to San Francisco. The project has between $20 billion and $28 billion in hand.Its funding comes from the bonds, federal dollars and revenue from the state’s cap-and-trade program that requires businesses to buy credits to emit greenhouse gases.The proposed ballot measure would halt funding for high-speed rail, force the state to cease activities on it and use any unspent bond money to retire the debt. The federal money has already been spent.Some Democratic lawmakers have grown frustrated by the problems with California’s largest single infrastructure project.Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, said he supports it but is concerned about its financing. Cox, the GOP candidate, says he would kill the project.___Associated Press writer Kathleen Ronayne contributed.
NEW YORK — Brad Schweig thought he had a satisfied customer when a woman who bought outdoor furniture in March 2017 posted a five-star review online. Less than a year later, it was down to one star after a squirrel chewed a hole in one of the cushions.Many business owners have faced the same uncomfortable situation since the advent of online review sites — a negative review, out there for potential customers to see. Schweig, co-owner of Sunnyland Furniture in Dallas, did what marketing experts recommend and tried to make amends in an online response.“We apologized, and said, ‘we’d be glad to work with you on a replacement at discount,’” Schweig says. “We explained, ‘this can happen with nature.’”Negative reviews are likely inevitable for many companies, especially those that cater to the public. Even a company whose customers are almost universally happy will be panned by someone who wound up with a defective product or had a bad experience or misunderstood a situation. Marketing consultants and owners themselves say the best way to handle these reviews is to acknowledge that the customer is unhappy and offer to discuss the problem offline, either on the phone or via email.The malcontents who are easily angered and impossible to placate tend to be rare, says Ryan Goff, chief marketing officer at MGH, a marketing firm in Owings Mills, Maryland. Most negative reviewers respond well if a company is sincere in trying to right a situation, he says.“I would say, ‘we understand completely you had a negative experience,’” Goff says. The next step: “We are going to do everything in our power to address this, and we want a full understanding of what happened.”If the customer is eventually satisfied, owners should ask for an amended review or to have the angry one deleted.Schweig never heard back from the customer, whose review said the outdoor furniture “should withstand a squirrel.” But he believes his was the right response, not only for that customer, but also for potential buyers.“It might not make the reviewer change their mind but we know others are reading it and can see that we either care about resolving the issues, or it can make them realize the skewed ones aren’t as they seem,” he says.Companies that post on social media need to be vigilant about checking for replies, and not just from unhappy customers, says Hank Yuloff, owner of Yuloff Creative Marketing Solutions in Sedona, Arizona.“You have to scroll down and look at the comments being made and answer all. Even if they’re positive, say ‘thank you’ and build relationships,” Yuloff says.Some owners may encounter reviews they believe are libelous or false.“If it’s outright slanderous and untrue then you can reach out to the platform where the review was published and see if they’ll investigate it and potentially take it down. It could also be the basis for legal action,” says Rex Kimball, owner of marketing firm Mirex Marketing, based in Gilbert, Arizona.Many of the negative reviews Todd Fetterly’s three mobile phone stores have received had nothing to do with the phones he sells. Instead, customers often are unhappy with phone service providers but vent at Fetterly and his staff. Still, Fetterly, whose Cell Phone Centre stores are in the Ottawa, Ontario, area, responds immediately.“Because we are in such a commoditized market, customers have choices of where to go to purchase their devices,” he says.Most reviewers don’t get back to Fetterly, so there’s no opportunity for their reviews to be amended or retracted. So, he works to counter the negative postings by encouraging happier customers to post reviews — staffers routinely ask them to give positive feedback online. The strategy also includes using a company that solicits reviews. If a review is negative, it’s not automatically posted; Fetterly can contact the customer and try to get it changed.A negative review posted 10 years ago is still reverberating at Mary Nisi’s company, Toast & Jam, which supplies disc jockeys for weddings and other events. While the company has hundreds of five-star reviews on several websites, Nisi still is asked about the customer who said Toast & Jam cancelled less than a month before the wedding; Nisi says the couple never signed a contract or responded to her emails.“The worst thing you can say about a wedding vendor is they cancelled two weeks before,” says Nisi, who’s located in Chicago.When couples ask about the review, she notes her ratings at or near five stars, and says, “if we cancelled all the time, that would be coming out all the time in our reviews.”Franchise companies must be proactive about bad reviews because a complaint about one location can have a negative impact on others. At Children’s Lighthouse, an early education company with 49 locations, the home office in Fort Worth, Texas, monitors and responds online to reviews for the entire chain.“We apologize and say, ‘please call the office. We’d like to talk to you directly,” Marketing Director Monica Brown says.If customers are satisfied after discussing the problem with staffers, the company asks if they’re willing to delete the review.“Most of the time they do take it off,” Brown says. “It’s mostly that they want to be heard.”_____For more small business news, insights and inspiration, sign up for our free weekly newsletter here: http://discover.ap.org/ssb_____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.com/search/joyce%20rosenbergJoyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Press
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John League of United Youths and Settlement Workers in Schools is bringing the World Fair back to the Energetic City this weekend.The World Fair is an event that gives an opportunity for local cultural groups to showcase the unique qualities and heritage in the community. Organizers say that the event has helped in the development of youth leadership and organization in our community, and to promote the multiculturalism of Fort St. John.This year, organizers say the event will be even bigger and better than in years past. Among the countries that will be represented at this year’s event are: Canada, Philippines, Ethiopia, Jamaica, China, Switzerland, Japan, Thailand, Mexico, Nigeria, India, and Pakistan. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held Saturday, June 9th at the greenspace at the corner of 100th & 100th across from the Cultural Centre from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
New Delhi: Aviation turbine fuel (ATF) should be brought under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime as it will ensure a level playing field for the domestic airline industry, Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu said. He said input costs should be competitive for any sector and the ministry has been of the strong view that the fuel should be brought under the GST regime. Different rates of taxes in states pushes the price of ATF, he said. “Each state has a different tax. Due to this, the refuelling (for airlines) cost completely changes. We feel that it should be done. I hope the GST Council takes a call on that and we are pursuing this with the council continuously. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”We will work on it that aviation fuel should also be brought under GST for predictability and for ensuring level playing field,” the minister said in an interview. Airlines have been demanding inclusion of ATF in the new indirect tax regime. Airlines could expect an annual relief of up to Rs 5,000 crore by way of input tax credit if ATF is brought under GST. The move could cushion them from the burden of increased jet fuel prices, besides providing relief to customers.