La Salle foils Pasaol, UE

first_imgMbala pumped in 39 points in 23 minutes, marking the third time this season that he reset a personal scoring high, while front court partner Tratter fired 24 points as the Archers pulled away early before surviving a late onslaught by the Warriors anchored by Pasaol, who scored 18 points in the final frame.While La Salle picked up its fifth win in six games ahead of its finals rematch with Ateneo on Sunday, it was Pasaol’s brilliance for the still winless Warriors that made what was an otherwise routine victory for the Archers even more memorable.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“He was just in the zone,” Mbala said of Pasaol, who shot 20-of-30 from the field.“He was shooting very well and we didn’t do a good job. Knowing that La Salle is a defensive minded team, we have to do better than that. We should have gotten him out of his comfort zone.” How to help the Taal evacuees University of the East coach Derrick Pumaren hopes the fighting performance against the Archers will serve as a “springboard” for the Warriors as they face fellow cellar-dweller University of Santo Tomas on Saturday.“This is the first time that even though we lost, I was really proud of the way we played,” said Pumaren.“The team that has been missing the past five games showed up. Alvin (Pasaol) was awesome tonight. He could have scored 60, but he really gave us a really good show.”“I wouldn’t have done it without my teammates’ help,” said Pasaol, who also had eight rebounds and four steals.Earlier, Sean Manganti scored on a putback with a second remaining as Adamson nipped University of the Philippines, 73-71, to gain a share of third spot with Far Eastern U.ADVERTISEMENT In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide NU, Adamson close in on PVL finals Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNot even the highest individual scoring performance in recent memory was enough to stop La Salle from sustaining its winning run ahead of its showdown with fierce rival Ateneo in UAAP Season 80.University of the East forward Alvin Pasaol exploded for 49 points, but the Green Archers also drew career-best outputs from Ben Mbala and Abu Tratter in a 106-100 victory Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Manganti’s tip-in off a Papi Sarr miss broke the deadlock and boosted the Falcons to their fourth victory in six games, while sending the Fighting Maroons to a second straight defeat for a 3-3 slate.“I guess we were lucky to win that game,” said Adamson coach Franz Pumaren. “I guess this is a good test on our part that in crucial moments of the game, we can survive.”Manganti also broke up the Maroons’ final play intended for Paul Desiderio as they collected their third straight victory.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed DAY6 is for everybody LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Olunga, Timbe out of Mozambique friendly

first_imgDespite the absence of the key players, First Coach Stanley Okumbi is confident the team can cope.“It has affected our plans but still we need to believe in the players we have and instill confidence in them because the others can miss a big match because of either suspension or injury. If we show faith in the others early, it will make it easy for them to slot in next time,” Okumbi said.Timbe cited personal reasons for his absence though he has been performing well for his Chinese second tier club Beijing Renhe where he scored a brace over the weekend.The duo join captain Victor Wanyama and midfielder Johanna Omolo out of the game while goalkeeper Arnold Origi who had also been considered is on the verge of acquiring Norwegian citizenship hence unavailable.Wanyama, who is just recovering from injury, opted out because he believed he would not have been fit for the game having missed Tottenham Hotspur’s weekend 1-1 draw with Burnley.Omolo has just joined a new club in Belgium, second tier side Cercle Brugge and asked for time out to settle with his new employers.-Marcelo omission-Harambee Stars left back Erick Marcelo Ouma attempts to go past Uganda Cranes’ Yunus Ssentamu.PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMeanwhile, Okumbi said left-back Erick ‘Marcelo’ Ouma still remains in his plans despite failing to call him up for the Mozambique friendly, but has questioned the quality of the Georgian League where the firmer Gor Mahia defender plies his trade.Okumbi has defended the decision not to include Ouma, saying he was not impressed by his performance against Sierra Leone.“I analyzed the way he played against Sierra and he was not sharp.  He was not the Marcelo we knew from when he was playing at Gor. We can also say maybe their league is not up to standard. But I believe when he comes back he will be fit because he knows he has to work hard,” Okumbi noted.New York Cosmos defender David ‘Cheche’ Ochieng was the only foreign based player to report camp on Tuesday morning with the rest expected to link up by Wednesday.Among those who are set to join include Bulgarian based left-back Aboud Omar, Maritzburg United center-back Brian Mandela and the Zambian based quadruple of midfielder Anthony Teddy Akumu, defender David ‘Calaba’ Owino, forward John Makwatta and winger Clifton Miheso.Okumbi hopes the team can use the match to wipe off the blues from their last loss against Sierra Leone in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Qualifiers opener and bounce back to confidence.“Of course this game coming during the FIFA window is a good opportunity for us to get a good result and climb up the rankings. We also need to get the confidence back as a team after the loss against Sierra Leone,” the tactician noted.David ‘Cheche’ Ochieng during training. Photo/ RAYMOND MAKHAYAHis sentiments were echoed by defender Ochieng who noted it will also be a good opportunity to build cohesion and synergy in the team.“It is always good to have these friendly matches because we need them especially because of our chances for AFCON. We need to build up our confidence because we still have Ghana coming and that is a tough match,” Ochieng added.The ‘first team’ under Okumbi’s tutelage will be travelling to Maputo on Thursday while the ‘B’ team, solely comprised of local based players has already left for Morocco for a week-long training camp.The Morocco squad which will be handled by assistant coaches Musa Otieno and Frank Ouna will be using the camp to prepare for next year’s African Nations Championship (CHAN) and they will play friendly matches against the hosts and Mauritania.“It is something that has never happened before for the national team but I believe it is a good opportunity to do two things at the same time. We started preparing for CHAN a while ago and this is another opportunity to give the players good exposure,” Okumbi noted.The squad heading to Morocco is hugely comprised of uncapped players, among them Wazito FC forward Piston Mutamba, Vihiga United’s Bernard Ochieng and Kakamega High School’s James Mazembe.Despite currently serving a six match ban for indiscipline in the Kenyan premier League, Kariobangi Sharks defender Pascal Ogweno has been included for the trip.Harambee Stars CHAN squad to MoroccoGoalkeepers: Boniface Oluoch (Gor Mahia), Faruk Shikhalo (Posta Rangers).Defenders: Benard Ochieng (Vihiga United), Wesley Onguso (Sofapaka), Dennis Sikhayi (AFC Leopards), Pascal Ogweno (Kariobangi Sharks) Joseph Okumu (un-attached), Harun  Shakava (Gor Mahia), Titus Achesa, Simon Mbugua (Posta Rangers), Collins Shivachi (Tusker).Midfielders: Ernest Wendo (Gor Mahia), Patillah Omoto (Kariobangi Sharks) Clinton Kisiavuki (Nakumatt FC), Jackson Macharia (Tusker)Strikers: Kepha Aswani (Nakumatt), Masud Juma (Kariobangi Sharks), Boniface Omondi (Gor Mahia), James Mazembe (Kakamega High), Nicholas Kipkirui (Zoo Kericho), Joe Waithira, Pistone Mutamba (Wazito FC).0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Michael Olunga celebrates after scoring against Zambia in an African Cup of Nations Qualifier in 2015. PHOTO/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 29- China based forward Michael Olunga and winger Ayub Timbe have joined the absentee list for Harambee Stars’ friendly match against Mozambique slated for September 2, citing personal reasons.Olunga is reported to be in Spain in search of a new club after his doomed spell at Chinese Super League side Guizhou Zhicheng with top tier side FC Girona rumored to be his next destination.last_img read more

United beat Newcastle, Solskjaer extends record

first_img0Shares0000The victory, secured after Lukaku scored with his first touch of the game in the 64th minute, clinched a fourth win in as many games for United’s interim manager.NEWCASTLE, United Kingdom, Jan 3 – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer joined Matt Busby in the Manchester United record books on Wednesday as his inspirational decision to bring on Romelu Lukaku as a substitute paid immediate dividends in a 2-0 victory against Newcastle.The victory, secured after Lukaku scored with his first touch of the game in the 64th minute, clinched a fourth win in as many games for United’s interim manager. And Solskjaer now joins United’s iconic former leader Busby as the only other manager in the club’s proud history to have started his career with four wins.Lukaku pounced after Martin Dubravka had failed to hold onto Marcus Rashford’s ambitious 25-yard free-kick, the Newcastle keeper spilling the ball for the alert substitute to covert from close range.The Belgian also had a role in United’s second, in the 80th minute, along with Alexis Sanchez, the former Arsenal striker who has been out for over a month and was brought on, along with Lukaku.The two subs combined passes, as Newcastle pressed upfield in search of an equaliser, and Sanchez’s precise pass found Rashford in space, the young England striker having the poise to calmly roll the ball past Dubravka.After a miserable first half to the season under Solskjaer’s predecessor Jose Mourinho, the win simply adds to the growing adoration being shown by United supporters towards their former player.United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, widely criticised for his part in the club’s woes since the retirement of Alex Ferguson and their decline from the summit of the English game, had at least spotted the wisdom in his timing of Mourinho’s dismissal earlier this month.It presented the interim manager with three eminently winnable games against Cardiff, Huddersfield and Bournemouth — victories which Solskjaer duly collected in some style.But the visit to St James’s Park, at the end of a busy holiday period, was always going to be one that offered a far greater challenge to the “new-look” United and the opening half certainly served as a timely reminder of how much work Solskjaer still has to do if he is to elevate this season to anything above the instantly forgettable.– Pogba factor –Paul Pogba, involved in seven goals in the three games since Solskjaer took over, again looked a different player away from the stifling micro management of Mourinho.His early shot tested Dubravka in the home goal but while there was plenty of intent on United’s part there was little that truly concerned Rafa Benitez’s side.Instead, it was the struggling hosts who enjoyed the better of that first half, reminding Solskjaer, in case he needed it, of just how frail his new side can be defensively.Twice, in quick succession midway through the first half, Christian Atsu pounced on poor defending although without really testing David de Gea.United defender Phil Jones also contributed to the general unease at the back, needlessly giving the ball away on the edge of his own area before making up for the error with a brilliant tackle on Salomon Rondon.The second half saw United step up their attacking game, Rashford soon twisting in from the by-line and shooting across the face of the goal.And, although there was another promising flurry of Newcastle pressure, and a penalty appeal after Victor Lindelof tangled with Atsu, Solskjaer’s double substitution proved pivotal.Atsu, Newcastle’s most dangerous performer, shot just wide of the United goal from a half-cleared free-kick after 75 minutes but Rashford’s goal soon removed any lingering hope of a comeback.And had Pogba not found the side-netting, instead of the goal, from a tight angle after rounding the keeper deep in injury-time, it might have been an even more emphatic victory.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Public defender opens probe into deputies arrest contest

first_imgThe competition coming under investigation was outlined in an internal Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department e-mail and called “Operation Any Booking.” The object was to see who could arrest the most people in a 24-hour period. Contests were also held to see who could impound the most cars and who could question the most gang members. According to a Los Angeles Times review of records, Operation Any Booking did not result in an increase in arrests on the day of the contest, but records showed a spike in vehicle seizures. Sheriff Lee Baca said Wednesday the competitions were a well-meaning but poorly conceived idea that promoted “the wrong values.” “I don’t think it will occur again,” Baca said. By The Associated Press The Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office has opened an investigation into arrests made by sheriff’s deputies as part of an organized competition to see who could book the most suspects in a day. Public Defender Michael P. Judge said Thursday his office will examine all arrests made on Aug. 15, the day of one of the contests that leaders said were meant to boost morale and motivate deputies. “Our contention is that the activities of the deputies may not have been prompted by what they saw but rather by the pressure of producing greater arrest numbers for the competition,” Judge said. A spokesman for the department said Thursday that the sheriff was not concerned about the public defender’s investigation. “These are good, solid arrests,” Steve Whitmore said. “The sheriff has never been shy about having anybody review anything.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Calling all teen filmmakers

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “This one was very hard because they looked at over 200 children and could operate on only 35, so they had to turn a lot away,” he said. “I want to get more awareness of this project and want to help get more surgeries done.” Blum is one of more than 1,000 teenagers who have participated in the festival, which was established in 1999. This year’s show is in June, and organizers are asking for entries from teenagers all over Ventura County and nearby parts of Los Angeles. Many of the teenagers who have entered the festival say they are interested in going on to film school or professional work in the film industry. Taylor Cross, 17, a Thousand Oaks teenager with high-functioning autism, started in 2005 with five interviews and a 10-minute documentary about living with autism, which he entered in the teen festival. Now 17, he has put together 65 interviews to produce a 90-minute documentary about autism scheduled for release in March. THOUSAND OAKS – Aaron Blum first turned his video camera on to the world at age 12 when he filmed a documentary about a local fire station. From there, he captured the exploits of a mountain bike-riding neighbor. His topics soon turned more serious, including a documentary chronicling racism experienced by African-Americans and Holocaust survivors. He entered his work over and over in a local contest called the Conejo Teen Video Festival, and last year won first prize in the documentary category with a video about a popular rock band made up of local teens. Now 16, he recently returned from Honduras with footage from his latest project involving local doctors who provide surgery to children with clubfeet. “This is an amazing film that we hope one day would merit recognition in other competitions, including Cannes and the Academy Awards,” said his mother, Keri Bowers. Ethan Kuperberg, 17, a junior at Agoura High School, won three awards in last year’s festival, including best video for his musical “Anthony in the Key of B,” about a Harvard-bound student who gets a B in math, shattering his dreams. Justin Choh, an Agoura High classmate of Kuperberg, won the best actor award for his work in Kuperberg’s video, and Kuperberg also won for most original video and best technical achievement. “Anthony” also won awards at the Ojai and Santa Barbara film festivals and was screened at the Berkeley Film Festival. “I love to make people laugh and try to think of how I can do that,” Kuperberg said. “This (Conejo) festival has been a great outlet for me to expose my films locally.” Linda Parks, chairwoman of the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, has been an award presenter at the festival, which she called “incredibly impressive.” “I’m the mother of two teenage boys who love watching these films,” she said. “It’s our own festival, and the quality keeps getting better. You see things you have never seen before. I think … ‘Anthony in the Key of B’ was one of the best all-time films I’ve ever seen.” The chairman and co-producer of the festival is J.J. Linsalata, an assistant director for “Charmed” and “Beverly Hills 90210” and a member of the Thousand Oaks Arts Commission. The Conejo festival “is one of the best things high school kids get to do in this area,” he said. “You can teach them all you want about editing, but until they do it and find out what’s wrong with it, that’s when they learn.” Kellen Moore, 17, a junior at Moorpark High School, is entering again this year after winning awards the last two years for his work. Last year, he won for best screen play for “Stranded,” a fantasy about a teenager who gets stuck with a broken down car in the middle of nowhere and can’t remember how he got there. It was shot in the Tapo Canyon area of Simi Valley, which looked remote enough until cars came by, repeatedly ruining the image Moore was trying to record. “I was freaking out, saying, ‘Where are all these cars coming from,”‘ he said. “My big goal was just creating this fantasy environment, a new environment that was unrecognizable to the audience.” He agreed with Linsalata that the video makers have to accept criticism and keep learning from their mistakes. “If you always think you are doing the best you can and never get criticism,” he said, “you never learn.” Eric Leach, (805) 583-7602 eric.leach@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Capturing the center

first_imgWhat’s become clear over the last year is that the people’s business in Sacramento is never going to get done if the party hacks have their way. It’s up to moderates in both parties to seek common ground and to work collaboratively to represent the broad interests of all Californians. For that reason, the last thing the state needs as a governor is an unapologetically hard-line Democrat like state Treasurer Phil Angelides has become. Once a sensible politician who understood the balance between business and worker interests, Angelides now has only one schtick: Stick it to the Republicans – and consequently, the public. His platform consists almost entirely of a $10 billion tax increase in a state that’s already among the highest taxed in the nation. He offers nothing to move California forward, and everything to mire it in the same political stalemate – a return to the failed Gray Davis era. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2State Controller Steve Westly is everything Angelides is not – collaborative and moderate. Instead of trying to undermine Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger at every turn, he has worked to find the common ground. The eBay millionaire has supported ideas he thought had merit – including Schwarzenegger’s bond measures – even if it meant opposing his party. Indeed, this independence likely cost him the official party nomination, despite his popularity among average Democratic voters. Political moderation is what Californians seek. What was attractive about Schwarzenegger during the recall election was his efforts to find the center. Westly has taken a Democratic version of the same approach. He believes he can take those populist ideals and get the political machinery of the state behind them the way Schwarzenegger cannot. Californians are tired of the infighting in Sacramento. That’s why we encourage voters to just say no to the divisive politics of the past and pick a Democratic gubernatorial candidate who embraces the same thing Californians do. A Schwarzenegger vs. Westly faceoff in November likely would inspire hope across the board that Sacramento finally will start fulfilling the yearning for a government that puts the public interest first. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

JOBS: FANCY A CAREER AT THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL?

first_imgTHE Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny is recruiting again after another record-breaking summer.The hotel needs a Full time & Part Time Receptionist.“We are expanding our reception and reservations team due to demand, which has consistently increased over the past 5 years,” says the hotel’s Carolynne Harrison. “We are heading into what most hotels would consider a quieter period, however, this is not the case for The Mount Errigal Hotel.  We have built very strong foundations in customer service and standards throughout the hotel, every area of the hotel has been renovated and refreshed in some shape or form.“Our level of repeat business is extremely high in comparison to the industry average.  We have a strategy of looking after our repeat guests and offering them the best possible rates with free upgrades to executive suites.“This summer we have again seen record highs in occupancy and RevPar.  We do attribute a lot of the success to the strong Sterling to euro exchange rate and of course, the beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way.”Carolynne says the Mount Errigal’s competitive & creative packages have worked very well and have built momentum each year. “We are passionate about customer service and we expect possible candidates to have the same passion.  Our guests initial welcome to the hotel is very important so we are seeking positive, bubbly people to join our current excellent team on the front desk,” she says.“We are seeking ambitious candidates who want to make a career in the hospitality industry, experience would be preferred in a similar role, however training will be provided.”If you think you have what it takes to join the busiest & one of the largest hotels in the North West of Ireland, send your cv to Laura Jackson, Reservations & Revenue Manager laura@mounterrigal.com JOBS: FANCY A CAREER AT THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL? was last modified: August 30th, 2014 by John2Share 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:donegal jobsjobsMount Errigal Hotelreceptionistslast_img read more

PLENTY OF ‘HORSE SENSE’ USED TO CLEAN UP LOUGHSIDE COMMUNITY

first_imgThe last load of rubbish collected at Loughside.The residents of the Loughside Community were out in force yesterday with a massive cleanup operation taking place in the townlands between Ramelton and Letterkenny.More than 100 residents again took to the roads and streets of the Loughside to clear the area of rubbish and litter.Loughside residents met at a number of prearranged meeting points at 10:30am and townland area coordinators managed the clean up in their respective Townland areas. We can’t skip over this load of rubbish!The residents spent two hours lifting rubbish and litter before meeting in the Silver Tassie at 1pm for a cup of tea/coffee and biscuits, kindly sponsored by the Ciaran and Rose Blaney. The collection equipment, bags, gloves, high viz vests and the collection Skip were all provided by Donegal County Council.Loughside Community PRO Tom Higgins said “This was our second year organising a clean-up day and we were delighted with the turn out. It was a very worthwhile exercise and the residents of Loughside Community should be extremely proud of themselves.“We had boys and girls, Mammies and Daddies and a few Grannies and Granddad’s all lending a helping hand. The rubbish lifted included crisp bags, bottles, fast food boxes, old traffic cones, a gas cylinder, an ironing board, a lorry tyre, a TV, an old bicycle, a car bumper and a few old political candidate posters. We filled the skip that was provided and two additional trailers. Tom Giblin kindly brought along his Shetland pony and cart to entertain the children and as it seems some of the adults too”.The Loughside Community would again like to thank Martin Roarty and the Waste Department of Donegal County Council for the support and the Silver Tassie for providing the tea coffee and biscuits. A special word of thanks must also go to Hugo Callan, Tom McMullan, Tom Giblin, Kieran Sweeney, Conor Crossan, John Murphy and Tom Higgins who all provided their cars, vans and trailers to transport the rubbish.PLENTY OF ‘HORSE SENSE’ USED TO CLEAN UP LOUGHSIDE COMMUNITY was last modified: April 28th, 2015 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) Tags:clean-upletterkennyLoughside communityRameltonrubbishlast_img read more

South Africa resumes importing U.S. pork

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest South Africa started accepting U.S. pork exports in February. NPPC, which worked with the Obama administration to convince the African nation to lift a de facto ban on U.S. pork, welcomed the news.The United States can ship to South Africa a variety of raw, frozen pork, including bellies, hams, loins, ribs and shoulders, for unrestricted sale and other pork for further processing. South Africa imposed a number of restrictions on pork imports, including one to prevent the spread of Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) to South African livestock even though the risk of disease transmission from U.S. pork products is negligible.There is no documented scientific case of PRRS being transmitted to domestic livestock through imported pork. (New Zealand, a PRRS-free nation, imported pork for 10 years from PRRS-positive countries without getting the disease.) In early January, after the Obama administration threatened to suspend its trade benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act — duty-free access for products exported to the United States — South Africa announced it would partially lift its ban on U.S. pork. NPPC will continue to work with the governments in Washington and Pretoria to get the South African market fully opened to U.S. pork.last_img read more

WTO members support policy approaches to enable innovation in agriculture

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently announced that the United States has joined with 12 other nations to support policies that enable agricultural innovation, including genome editing. The International Statement on Agricultural Applications of Precision Biotechnology was released in Geneva at the World Trade Organization (WTO) Committee on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures.“Precision biotechnologies such as genome editing hold great promise for both farmers and consumers around the world. These tools can play a critical role in helping farmers address many of the production challenges they face while improving the quality and nutritional value of foods available to consumers worldwide,” Perdue said. “Unfortunately, such technologies too often face regulatory roadblocks that are based on misinformation and political posturing.  Therefore, it’s gratifying to see Argentina and other allies come together under the WTO umbrella to publicly embrace science-based regulatory systems that will allow us to unlock the huge potential of these new technologies.”Countries and organizations supporting the statement, to date, are: Argentina, which led this effort, as well as Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Jordan, Paraguay, the United States, Uruguay, Vietnam and the Secretariat of the Economic Community of West African States.The text of the joint statement, which is being updated as additional countries sign on, is available on the WTO website.last_img read more