Facebook10Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Pacific Mountain Workforce DevelopmentOn January 12, sixteen transitioning service members from Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) began their 13 week fellowship through the newly launched Heroes Corporate Fellowship Academy. This one of a kind program will provide fellows an opportunity to learn through hands on experience with a corporate leader in the Seattle area, and additionally through 120 hours of in classroom corporate management training at City University of Seattle.“The Fellowship Academy is a first in the nation program for transitioning service personnel. It represents the very best in collaboration between the military, the public workforce system and corporate America. The program matches talented individuals with the needs of our businesses. They previously served our country and now can serve the local economy….triple win!” – Cheryl Fambles, CEO of Pacific Mountain Workforce Development.This Fellowship developed in partnership between Camo2Commerce, a program of Pacific Mountain Workforce Develop, and Hiring Our Heroes, a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, will provide transitioning service members with at least 10 years of leadership experience the opportunity to gain familiarity in the civilian market prior to transitioning. Each of the Fellows will be hosted by a participating corporate partners – ThyssenKrupp Aerospace NA, Amazon, Starbucks, Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center, Compass Group, Thurston Economic Development Council, TrueBlue, Inc., Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce, and Williams-Sonoma.“The overarching goal in providing this enhanced educational fellowship opportunity with select industry partners is to provide a transition service that currently does not exist. The Heroes Corporate Fellowship Academy provides educational, networking, training opportunities, and potential employment within a wider array of industries for experienced transitioning service members.” – Justin Constantine, wounded veteran and senior consultant at the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program.Starting this week on JBLM, the 16 service members from the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force, will be spending four days in the classroom beginning to transition their military leadership skills to what they will need for their next mission of working for corporate America. Following the first week through the end of the Academy, the Fellows will spend Monday through Wednesday with their host, learning through hands on experience. They will have the opportunity to not only learn about the company, and refine their networking abilities, but will be working on projects that will hone their skills. On Thursdays, the Fellows will be back in the classroom gaining additional knowledge that will supplement their learning in areas such as project management, business writing, and other topics necessary for success in their transition. Fridays will be available for each of the Fellows to continue their service obligations, and efforts needed to transition. The 13 weeks will culminate with a graduation.Ultimately we believe this experience will enable these Fellows the opportunity to maximize their experience in serving us proudly by learning the skills needed to be successful in transitioning into careers in corporate America.“This project could not be successful without the partnership with Hiring Our Heroes, as they provided much needed expertise that supplements, what Camo2Commerce brings to the table and, of course, the ongoing support from the Command Staff at JBLM, who saw the vision in this project. Along the way, we have also received support in developing this program from ThyssenKrupp Aerospace, the Washington State Employment Security Department, Combat Power Essentials, Tacoma-Pierce Chamber of Commerce, WorkForce Central and additional funding support from Operation: GoodJobs.” – Sean Murphy, Camo2Commerce Project Director.Additional Information can be found at: Camo2Commerce.com/heroes/Camo2Commerce: This full service transition program is a U.S. Department of Labor funded pilot project working to integrate the public workforce system into the JBLM transition process. Working with transitioning service members from JBLM on a one-on-one level, Camo2Commerce has successfully placed over 250 service members into employment.Hiring Our Heroes: Hiring Our Heroes is a nationwide initiative to help veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment. Working with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s vast network of state and local chambers and other strategic partners from the public, private and nonprofit sectors, Hiring Our Heroes has helped hundreds of thousands of veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Home Instead Senior CareThe Home Instead Senior Care® office serving South Puget Sound is launching a new campaign designed to make the community more Alzheimer’s friendly. Through the Alzheimer’s Friendly BusinessSM program, the Home Instead Senior Care office will provide free training to local businesses to help equip employees with information and resources needed to welcome families who are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease.In a recent survey of Alzheimer’s caregivers, 74 percent reported that they and their loved ones have become more isolated from the community as a result of the disease. Furthermore, 85 percent reported that they feel a reduced quality of life due to isolation. 1“For many caregivers, the unpredictable nature of the disease can make going out in public with their loved one intimidating,” said Kelly Cavenah, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving South Puget Sound. “Our research shows that family caregivers might be reluctant to frequent public places because of the behaviors that could be associated with the disease.”According to Alzheimer’s Disease International, the number of people with dementia worldwide is expected to grow to a staggering 75.6 million by 2030 and 135.5 million in 2050.“Given the statistics, most businesses that deal with the public will be serving people with Alzheimer’s and their families,” said Cavenah. “It’s critical that local businesses start working now to build Alzheimer’s friendly communities to better serve their customers with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.”Local businesses can work directly with the local Home Instead Senior Care office to coordinate an in-person training. An interactive, online version of the training also is available at AlzheimersFriendlyBusiness.com. Once the training is successfully completed, businesses will receive a window cling with the Alzheimer’s Friendly Business designation. The designation will be valid for two years.For more information about the Home Instead Senior Care network’s Alzheimer’s Friendly Business program and to access additional resources, please visit www.AlzheimersFriendlyBusiness.com or call 360-570-0049.1 Home Instead, Inc. surveyed 692 Alzheimer’s family caregivers, including 102 from Canada and 590 from the U.S., who completed an online survey between April 13-23, 2015.
– Public Works continues to remove leaves and brush from around storm drains where possible. They will not reach every storm drain, so where possible please assist by refraining from raking leaves or brush into street, and by pulling back piles where possible. Little Silver is prepared for Sandy’s arrival and has now ordered evacuations in the following areas and provided the following instructions and advice: – Cars may be moved at the owner’s risk to the large Little Silver Train Station parking lot. – Gas stations shall remain closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. – Local schools and Red Bank Regional are closed Monday and Tuesday – Watch for Two River Alert updates and instructions. – Instructions for contacting JCP&L in the event of a power outage are on the borough’s website. The police department will not have information about power outages. – No one is to be on any public street or place from 9 p.m.to 6 a.m.except as authorized by a designated official. The borough has set up an emergency command post in borough hall, and is in contact with state and county emergency officials. As information becomes available, it will be posted on the website and communicated by the Two River Alert system. – Periodically check the borough website, www.littlesilver.org, which will post alerts and updates, and contains hurricane and storm preparation guidelines. – Recycling pickup has been suspended for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and trash collection has been suspended Monday and Tuesday. – All those living on the following streets must evacuate: Little Silver Point Road, Borden Place, Paag Lane, Paag Circle, Breezy Point, Alwin Terrace, Carriage House Lane, Riveredge Drive, North Riveredge Drive, Sunnylands Court, Edgewood Drive South, Riverview Avenue South, Fairview Avenue, Tinton Place, Holly Drive, Holly Tree Lane, Lippincott Road East, south end of Prospect Avenue, and Seven Bridge Road from Holly Drive to Silverside Avenue.– Emergency and rescue workers may not respond to areas that have been mandatorily evacuated.– Only those in mandatory evacuation areas are eligible to stay at a county shelter, and must proceed to the Red Bank Regional High School gymnasium for prescreening and transportation to the shelter. The prescreening station will open at noon on Monday.– In order to provide safe passage for emergency workers and first responders, all traffic is restricted throughout town from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.– All vehicles left on the street may be towed at the owner’s expense. Please use caution, reach out to neighbors, friends, or others who may need assistance, and obey all signs advising of road closures or other conditions when driving.
The Mayor of Cestos City, the capital city of Rivercess County, has charged that lack of incentives and needed logistics are some of the causes of the city’s under development.Mayor Sarah N. Zeo made the complaint in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer at her office recently.She explained that her administration continues to apply all efforts to carry out clean up campaigns but with a limited staff of 17 persons, she and her staff are unable to overcome the challenges.Among the challenges faced by the Cestos city mayor is the deliberate refusal of land owners to clean their respective properties during clean up campaigns organized to give the city a face lift.She said the city’s poor lay-out without streets and alleys for the free movement of citizens and residents is another major problem.She disclosed that some time ago, a surveyor from the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy, Mr. Bismark Addy, was hired to lay out the city with streets and alleys, but nothing has been done.She frowned on the lack of revenue agents in the county to collect government revenues, a portion of which could be used to help develop the city, the mayor pointed out.“In fact, logging and other companies operating in the county have their offices in Grand Bassa County, instead of Rivercess County where they could pay royalties to the City Corporation for development purposes,” she contended.Mayor Zeo appealed to the County’s Legislative Caucus and national government to help curtail the hindrances against the development of the city.It may be recalled that Rivercess County was the 5th District under Grand Bassa County for decades, until 1984 when the late President Samuel Kanyon Doe, then Chairman of the People’s Redemption Council (PRC), declared Rivercess a county.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
WASHINGTON – Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Friday she had ordered a “full and complete review” of security practices for U.S. diplomats in Iraq following a deadly weekend incident involving private guards protecting an embassy convoy. Rice’s announcement came as the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad resumed limited diplomatic convoys under the protection of Blackwater USA outside the heavily fortified Green Zone after a two-day suspension because of the weekend incident in that city. Rice said she had directed the State Department to examine “how we are providing security to our diplomats.” The review will include all aspects of protection, including the rules of engagement for security guards and under what jurisidiction they should be covered, department spokesman Sean McCormack said. While returning from the Middle East to Washington, Rice ordered the review Thursday in a phone call to the veteran diplomat who will lead it, Patrick Kennedy, a senior management official, according to McCormack. He said the review would be conducted as quickly as possible and might bring in outside experts. U.S. diplomatic travel had been halted following Sunday’s incident in which guards employed by Blackwater, a private security firm, opened fire in response to an alleged attack on a convoy. At least 11 people, including Iraqi civilians, were killed in the firefight. Iraqi officials have called the incident a “crime” and initially called for Blackwater to be expelled from the country. Rice and other U.S. officials have urged the Iraqis to wait until investigations are complete before taking any permanent steps. “We take very seriously what happened,” Rice said, noting she had called Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Monday to express regret at the loss of innocent life. Rice declined to comment on Friday’s resumption of Blackwater-protected convoys but paid tribute to the guards from the firm, one of three that provides security for U.S. diplomats and other civilian officials in Iraq. “We have needed and received the protection of Blackwater for a number of years now, and they have lost their own people in protecting our people in extremely dangerous circumstances,” she said. The United States and Iraq have agreed to form a joint commission to look into Sunday’s incident and make recommendations to clarify confusing rules and regulations that govern the conduct of private security contractors in Iraq. A senior official on al-Maliki’s staff said the Iraqi government realizes that it may not be able to push through a ban on Blackwater USA because the Americans rely so heavily on security firms. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the issue is politically charged. Iraqi and U.S. witnesses have offered widely divergent accounts of what happened: Iraqis say the Blackwater guards opened fire without provocation and the Americans say the security detail was responding to an attack. Blackwater has not made any comment about the incident since releasing a statement Monday that said its employees acted properly in responding to an attack. McCormack said the Blackwater guards who fired weapons in Sunday’s incident – about a third of the 15- to 20-strong team protecting the convoy – are “standing down” from their jobs at least temporarily. He did not say whether they would return to duty. The al-Maliki aide said some of the Blackwater guards believed to have been involved in the shooting were Iraqis and could face prosecution in Iraqi courts. Blackwater had conducted about 1,800 security details for diplomats outside the Green Zone since January and that there had been very few incidents in which weapons were discharged, he said. The joint U.S-Iraqi commission is charged with going over separate U.S. and Iraqi investigations of Sunday’s incident, establishing a common set of facts and then suggesting how to proceed. It is expected to convene soon for the first time, according to State Department officials who say it will likely propose changes to the existing rules that date from the U.S.-led occupation government and give private contractors immunity from Iraqi laws. Security contractors are also not subject to U.S. military law under which U.S. soldiers face prosecution for killing or abusing Iraqis. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CONTRACTORS: A joint review of a deadly shooting will be conducted, officials say. By Matthew Lee THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Finn Harps overcame the first-half dismissal of Gareth Harkin to take a share of the spoils against high-flying Monaghan United at Finn Park on Saturday night.Unfazed following the harsh sending off, Harps battled hard to take a point when they perhaps deserved two more, while Monaghan had to cope without their enigmatic manager Roddy Collins for over seventy minutes of the game after he was ordered off the pitch by referee Paul McLaughlin.And although the visitors reduced the gap on fellow promotion hopefuls Cork City to a single point, they will view this as two points dropped in their march for top flight football. Harps, on the other hand, have now taken ten points from a possible fifteen in their last five outings. There were three changes to the Harps side that defeated Athlone Town two weeks ago. Keith Cowan returned from suspension to partner Aaron O’Hagan in the absence of the outgoing Paddy McLaughlin, who went back to Institute at the end of last week. Blaine Curtis and Gareth Harkin replaced Mark McGoldrick and Gary Curran respectively, while Marc Brolly, Tommy Bonner and Mark Forker were all consigned to the bench once more.Monaghan, who knew that Cork and Limerick shared a 3-3 draw earlier in the night, came into the game with a real incentive to take the initiative over their promotion rivals. A lack of conviction, though, meant it was the home side who bossed large periods of possession, even after being reduced to ten men.Harps were denied the lead inside the first two minutes when Gabriel Sava pulled off an excellent point-blank stop on Kevin McHugh. Declan O’Brien had Monaghan’s two best chances of the opening period, firing aimlessly wide from twelve yards early on before heading inches over the bar from a delightful Keith Quinn cross.The big talking points of the game came within a four-minute spell midway through the half when, firstly, Roddy Collins was sent to the stands for apparently contesting what he felt was a poor offside call to Paul McLaughlin. The referee ordered the charismatic Monaghan supremo off the pitch and moments later handed out a straight red-card to Gareth Harkin for a high challenge on Sean Brennan, who was left clutching his knee but soon got to his feet and played on. It was a clumsy and awkward challenge but never a red card for the Letterkenny man, who played a key role in the engine room of midfield up until then.Monaghan didn’t exactly go for the jugular after Harps were numerically disadvantaged but Ciaran Gallagher still needed to make a brave block on O’Brien as the interval loomed.The expected onslaught never arrived after the restart. In fact, it was Harps that looked the better side for large periods of the second half. Four minutes in, Alan Byrne denied Kevin McHugh with a brilliant last-ditch block following a brave run and cross from Kevin Devaney. However, the ball was quickly recycled by Stephen O’Donnell who teed up McHugh only for the striker to head the wrong side of the crossbar.McHugh continued to torment the Monaghan centre-half paring, twisting one way and then the other before letting rip with a wonderful 25-yard shot that was kept out by virtue of a brilliant outstretched save from Sava.Ciaran Gallagher was called into action for a brief moment fifteen minutes from time and the Harps ‘keeper showed no sign of rust to palm away a curling 30-yard free-kick from Brennan. Harps, though, upped the tempo once more but yet again Sava was equal to McHugh’s best efforts – the Monaghan stopper pulling off a Gordon Banks-esque save following a delicious cross from second half replacement Marc Brolly. Finn Harps: Ciaran Gallagher; Martin Redmond, Keith Cowan, Aaron O’Hagan, JP Gallagher; Kevin Devaney, Barry O’Mahoney, Gareth Harkin, Stephen O’Donnell; Kevin McHugh, Blaine Curtis.Subs: Mark Forker (Devaney, 69 mins), Thomas Bonnar (O’Donnell, 72 mins), Marc Brolly (Curtis, 76 mins).Monaghan United: Gabriel Sava; Aidan Collins, William McDonagh, Alan Byrne, Shane Grimes; Jordan Keegan, Eric Foley, Ryan Brennan, Keith Quinn; Declan O’Brien, Sean Brennan.Subs: John Reilly (Foley, 46), Paul Whelan (Quinn, 65 mins). Referee: Paul McLaughlin.HARPS TAKE SHARE OF SPOILS AGAINST MONAGHAN was last modified: September 5th, 2011 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)
FROM NEIL DOHERTY AT TANNADICE: Celtic manager Neil Lennon has admitted he considered quitting his job when his side was 3-0 down last month at Kilmarnock.The Hoops came back to draw 3-3 in that game – and have been on a run since.So you can imagine how pleased Neil was to see his side extend their Scottish Premier League winning sequence to five matches today with a 1-0 win over Dundee United. “I’m thrilled with the three points, it keeps the run going,” he said. “Some of the football was decent but you’re always looking for better.“I was happy with the first half, I thought we were excellent.“Final third, second half we were poor and that was the difference between us winning the game more comfortably.”Gary Hooper struck a great goal in the 12th minute after a strong opening from the Hoops. The second half may have been like watching paint dry; but a win is a win and the gap behind Rangers is back down to four points – with Hearts the visitors to Parkhead next Saturday.“The early goal today gave us a huge lift,” said Lennon.“Going forward we were very good and we could have been a couple up. But you always need that second goal.“Second half we weren’t as productive in the final third as we could have been. I wanted a little more quality but we were running the ball too much and not moving it quickly enough.”In other news, Scott Brown is set to pledge his future to the club but rumours in Glasgow suggest Israeli playmaker Beram Kayal could be off to Liverpool in the January transfer window. THE HOOPS REPORT: LENNON DELIGHTED WITH THREE POINTS AT TANNADICE was last modified: December 4th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:Beram KayalCelticdundee unitedLiverpoolNeil Lennonthe hoops report on donegaldaily
Tags: African Rally Campionship Zambia is the fourth stage on the ARC championshipThe 2018 Africa Rally Championship (ARC) comes to a midway point this weekend with the Zambia International Rally.This is the fourth stage of the of the seven series championship on the ARC calendar.This year’s ARC round will make its debut in the Zambian Copperbelt province in Ndola starting on 22-23rd June.The two-day event has attracted thirty (30) crews from four countries including Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.They will compete over a total distance 218.54kilometres.The Zambia Rally will be a key race for the ARC title hopefuls as it could determine their stakes in the title chase come the end of the year.Kenya’s Manvir Baryan, Carl Tundo and Cote d’ivoire’s Gary Chaynes currently tie on top of the ARC leader board with 25 points each.Kenyan, Manvir will hope to take advantage of Chaynes and Tundo’s absence so as to build a reasonable gap on top of the standings.Kenya’s Monvir Baryan will hope to build a gap between him and his opponentsManvir Baryan will yet again be the driver to beat this weekend due to the fact that he has topped all the events away from home.However, his charge for another Zambia Rally win is not expected to come so smoothly with the local drivers whose target will be towards retaining the home victory.Kenya’s Pierro Connobia and Silvia Frigo will be in search for maximum points after falling short in South Africa with a DNF (Did Not Finish).The crew is currently in second position with 19 points from three events.Tanzania’s Ahmed Huwel will be making his debut in Zambia with his Ford Fiesta Proto.Former ARC champion Mohammed Essa will make an appearance on the ARC round after a three-year absence.He will feature with his newly acquired Subaru.Jassy Singh, also a former ARC champion, Muna Singh, Leroy Gomes, Yvon Pinto and other local drivers will be up for an impressive show in the home event.Top five ARC standings:1. Manvir Baryan 25 points2. Carl Tundo 253. GaryChaynes 254. Pierro Cannobio 195. Guy Botterill 18Comments
A young business owner says it is ‘disheartening’ that she has repeatedly had to close her local salon on Falcarragh’s Main Street due to serious issues with the water supply. The Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council has already called for an emergency meeting between the local authority and Irish Water over the ongoing issues.A number of businesses in the West Donegal town were forced to close their doors yet again this week because of water issues due to old pipe connections. Roisin Gallagher, 20, took the plunge into the beauty business by opening ‘Roisin’s Beauty Bar’ in March 2018.But her dream venture turned into a nightmare following consistent water outages which has affected hundreds of residents in the area for well over a year.Speaking to Donegal Daily, Ms Gallagher says that she was unable to offer two staff wages this week due to closures.“I opened the business 14 months ago and it has been happening since the day I opened my doors,” Gallagher said. “It is hurting my business completely because I only started recently and you need to start off well and because of this, it is hurting me big time. “Two of my staff came in on Thursday morning, and the worst bit about this is that they don’t tell you that the water is going to be off.“You have to find out for yourself and we have all come into work on Thursday and I have had to send the two of them home and three people, including myself, went home without a wage.“It is very disheartening and if this is the carry on that is going to be going on then I am going to lose my career here in Falcarragh to where I will be better treated and there is a better system.“You try to make a life for yourself and the government are going against you,” she added.Roisin Gallagher opened ‘Roisin’s Beauty Bar’ in March 2018 and has problems from day one.With Irish Water suggesting they will install a solution to the issues in the area in late 2019, Gallagher insists she has fear the problems could continue into 2020, something she says could spell the end for ‘Roisin’s Beauty Bar’. “People are coming into Falcarragh and expecting to get a service and when they are not getting it they are not going to come back.“They will go to other surrounding areas and Irish Water says October by the earliest but we know that never happens and these problems could continue well into 2020.“It is a struggle already because Falcarragh is a small community in a rural area and you cannot afford to lose any business.“I have invested a lot of money into this small business trying to make a life for myself and it is really affecting me and I am struggling to make ends meet.” The Falcarragh native insists that water problems continue on much longer then she will have no choice but to relocate away from the area.“If this continues for much longer then I won’t be staying in Falcarragh, which is sad, but I am still young enough I have the opportunity to get up and go.”Weighing in on the issue, the Cathoairleach of Donegal County Council said Irish Water current plan for the area was ‘simply not satisfactory’.Cllr Seamus O’Domhnaill said he demanded that emergency funding be put in place to upgrade the pipe network for Falcrragh and surrounding areas.“I have had a discussion with the Chief Executive of the Donegal Council, Seamus Neely and we are going to set-up an emergency meeting with Irish Water to try and fast track funding and delivery of pipe replacement to elevated the problems that are there.“Seven to eight businesses were forced to close their doors this week and that is not on,” he said. “No other utility company would get away with this that businesses have to close and Irish Water can’t let that happen either.”Eight businesses had to close on Thursday this week due to a water outage.O’Domhnaill echoed Gallaghers fears and said Irish Water were letting down the local community, labelling their actions as ‘disgraceful’ in light of recent closures.“Irish Water need to step up to the plate and supply the people, who are paying for the water, with a proper service and if it continues for a prolonged period business in Falcarragh will need to make a serious decision.“Is it sustainable at all to keep our business opened when we can’t guarantee our customers a proper and adequate level of service.”Irish Water in the dock as Falcarragh businesses close over water shortages was last modified: April 16th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:councildonegalFalcarraghIrish Water shortageRoisin’s Beauty Bar
The government has been urged to immediately request a full impact assessment of the Mercosur deal on the beef sector, in all Brexit scenarios.Charlie McConalogue issued the appeal on Sunday, insisting the current government were doing a disservice to beef farmers across the country by failing to act in their best interest.“In 2016, the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre produced a damming report on the “Cumulative economic impact of future trade agreements on EU agriculture,” the Donegal TD said. “It reported that additional imports dominated by Mercosur countries from a trade deal would cost the EU beef sector €5bn annually, with prices collapsing by up to 16%.“The Irish Government failed to put up any fight with like-minded countries in the run-up to Autumn 2017 and acquiesced to the EU’s initial beef offer of 70,000 tonnes to the Mercosur bloc,” he added.“They also showed no urgency in building a coalition against the increased offer of 99,000 tonnes.“I find it baffling that the Government have failed to request any new impact assessment since 2016. In the intervening three years, the situation facing beef farmers has gone from bad to worse. They have been failed badly by Government. “Ireland exports around 90% of our beef into the EU marketplace, with half our total exports to the UK every year. Currently, the EU beef market is 102% self-sufficient. If the UK leaves the EU, this increases to 116% with excess produce saturating the European market.“This is why we need a new cumulative impact assessment. It’s vital to get a proper and updated assessment as to how the Mercosur beef deal would impact the EU market and depress prices further than originally calculated in 2016.“Despite the Fine Gael internal battles, which are an affront to the beef farmers who are on their knees, Minister Creed must immediately request a new assessment from his party colleague Commissioner Hogan,” concluded Deputy McConologue.Govt urged to carry out new Mercosur impact assessment given Brexit uncertainty was last modified: July 7th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)