Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes has a “good feeling” over their chances of defeating Real Madrid in the semi-finals of the Champions LeagueThe Bundesliga champions will host Los Blancos at the Allianz Arena in Munich for the first leg of their semi-final tie with Bayern hoping to defeat the title-holders and progress to their first final in the competition since 2013.While many people, including star forward Robert Lewandowski, believe that Real are the favourites to progress to the final in Kiev against either Liverpool or AS Roma, Heynckes believes it is too early to rule out his Bayern side.Report: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…“Both of our teams will provide us with attractive football. There are big players and it will be an open game. For me, there is no favourite but I have a good feeling,” said Heynckes, according to Sky Sports.“We have had success in the Bundesliga, reached the final of the cup and we want to cap that with the final of the Champions League.”Bayern has enjoyed a strong home record this season with the German club having been undefeated and having kept a clean sheet in five of their last six matches.
The Argentinean club moved the right sleeve patch on its uniform and has been fined for the few centimeters missedA few centimeters can truly make the difference in football.Not only a few centimeters can make a goal happen or not, but it also means the difference between following the rules and being punished.At least this is what Argentinean Super Liga club River Plate learned over because it has been fined by a patch placed a few centimeters off.According to Diario Olé, the South American powerhouse has failed to adhere to CONMEBOL’s rule for patches on the uniform.Top 5 best players from the international break weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 After a fresh international break just came to an end, we need to talk about the Top 5 best players during this whole weekend.We…“[Patches] should be placed in the right sleeve, and has to have a space free of publicity in a 7cm x 7cm spot,” the rules read.The River Plate sleeve has the patches in a more centralized position and this has been costly to the club.#River además de la multa de 1500, recibió otra de 18000 dolares por parte de la Conmebol, debido a que el parche de la Copa Libertadores, ubicado en la manga, debía estar unos centímetros más arriba. Tan profesionales para algunas cosas, tan amateurs para otras, los muchachos. pic.twitter.com/VnmwYEMrBE— Alma Riverplatense⚪?⚪?? (@almaRiverplate1) August 25, 2018
Italy striker Ciro Immobile has called on his teammates to improve their mentality in the Nations League trip to Portugal tomorrow.Mancini’s men are hoping to put up a better performance against Portugal after their lackluster display in their stalemate with Poland.“In the second half, we pegged Poland back and they never really got at us,” said the Lazio striker in a Press conference.“I think Robert Lewandowski is the best centre-forward out there, but he only had one shot on target. We made some mistakes in defence, and I am sure we can do more when attacking.”Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….Immobile and Andrea Belotti are battling for a spot in the starting line-up to replace injured Mario Balotelli.“The Coach decides who plays and what our roles are. Once we are out there, it’s not about systems so much as the determination to do well. A lot of it is all in the mind.”Portugal are missing the services of Cristiano Ronaldo, who remained in Turin to focus on training with his new club Juventus.“We are still facing a very strong national team.”
Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl hopes to see his side build on their win at Leicester City ahead of Wednesday’s FA Cup replay against Derby CountyDespite Yan Valery’s sending-off, Southampton secured a welcome 2-1 win over Leicester at the King Power Stadium after goals from James Ward-Prowse and Shane Long.It was Hasenhuttl’s third victory in charge of the Saints in his eighth match and the Austrian now hopes to see his players carry on with this form.“It was an important win for us,” said Hasenhuttl on the club website.“We spoke about that once again on Sunday, as a team. We congratulated them on a very passionate game, with a good mentality.Solskjaer slams Man United’s draw: “We should have won” Andrew Smyth – August 31, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left to rue another missed opportunity as Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw against 10-man Southampton.“No one expected us to win after the red card from Valery, but then we put this game away because it is gone and we have the three points.“Now we are focusing on a very tough week with a replay against Derby and a very important game against Everton – both games at home and both games we want to win.“Now the games are coming where we have to win and we have to consistently take points.“We have showed against the good teams we can do it, and also the teams who are in our zone, and that will be important for the next weeks, because we are facing opponents in our zone, so those will be the most important games, six-point games, but first we are focusing on the FA Cup and then on the home game against Everton.”The Southampton and Derby third round replay will take place at St Mary’s with kick-off set for 20:45 (CET).
Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech 11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’ Related Items:economy, house of assembly, Pdm, pnp, salt cay, south caicos Recommended for you TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 02 Dec 2014 – The People’s Democratic Movement is not impressed with the performance of the country’s economy; at least not in the way the Premier, Finance Minister and the rest of the PNP Cabinet appeared to be a few weeks ago during House of Assembly debate. There the PNP Government touted an $18.4 million dollar surplus and an historic cash flow. During their Monday Press Conference, the Opposition Party charged that the PNP Government is not spending enough, not engaging the private sector enough and are not good at budgeting. “There’s been a lot of windfalls, and of coarse we have to remember Government is taxing at the highest level ever, than any other government. For us, the surplus says that you have more money to put into the sinking fund, that’s what their statement says. But for the people of the Turks and Caicos there is a reduction in the purchasing power of their dollar; they’re not feeling it.”When the House of Assembly reconvenes for five days the week of December 15th, there will be debate on the budget supplementary. It is the PDMs view that the supplementary to the budget is only needed because the Government’s financial forecasting is ‘off’ when it comes to calculating and allotting what is actually needed to run the country in the first place. The PDM said the government is two years behind on the Salt Cay reverse osmosis plant, two years behind on the purchase of new ambulances and now, South Caicos is reportedly having some malfunction with its RO Plant.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Historic $4m road works project in Kew Town, Glass Shack, first ever sidewalks under construction Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 26 May 2015 – A heart wrenching homicide is now under investigation by the TCI Police Force after another domestic violence case erupts in Kew Town, Provo. This time a boyfriend is reportedly behind the stabbing death of his girlfriend. It was last weekend that a husband and wife quarrel also got out of hand and the wife in that incident was doused with a flammable and set on fire; allegedly by her husband. Police had launched a search for the husband and it is said, they may now have him in custody. The boyfriend accused of stabbing the woman late yesterday afternoon in Kew Town is also said to be in police custody. Related Items:domestic abuse, homicide, kewtown, tci police force Recommended for you Freeport Man Killed in ‘The Ghetto’, Homicide Count Now At 100 Man shot in head, Murder toll now 52.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 29, 2017 – Providenciales – On the heels of a scathing set of arrests for the Ministry of Border Control, its Minister elaborates on a restructuring exercise to improve the quality of services offered and the level of customer service experienced at Immigration and Labour.Minister and Deputy Premier Sean Astwood said, “We have a customer service department that will receive some additional manpower and we are computerizing and streamlining processes to reduce the wait time for birth certificates, death certificates, work permits, labour clearances and other essential documents.”Achieving this would be a major milestone for TCIG and the Ministry specifically. It was last year during an investment conference hosted by the Invest Turks and Caicos Agency that the business community expressed frustration at the continued promises and zero change.Some reported that it had actually become more laborious to get documents with changes in the law. While no specific date was given for when the public and investors would see this shift in service, the DP said it was to come in “the very near future.”#MagneticMediaNews#BorderControlrestructured#betterserviceatImmigrationandLabour Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#betterserviceatImmigrationandLabour, #BorderControlrestructured, #magneticmedianews
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, August 3, 2017 – Providenciales – Following the successful promotion of former Senior Tax Officers Keshia Handfield and Mrychina Lewis earlier this year to the positions of Deputy Revenue Commissioner and Financial Manager within the Ministry of Finance, the Turks and Caicos Islands Government is pleased to announce the promotion of Ms. Natasha Ewing and Ms. Ruthann Gardiner and to the role of Senior Tax Officers within the Turks and Caicos Islands Revenue Department.Ms. Ewing a former graduate of the Clement Howell High School, holds an Associate of Science Degree in Business Administration from the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College; a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing and International Business from Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida and is currently by Online Distance Learning pursuing a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Arden University partially supported by the Turks and Caicos Islands Civil Service Professional Development Fund. Ms. Ewing a former Personal Banking Officer at the International Banking Group during the period 2010-2012, has served as Tax Officer within the Revenue Department from 2012 to present. While Ms. Gardiner a former graduate of the Raymond Gardiner High School, who holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Barry University in Miami, Florida, previously served as Cost Control Clerk at Beaches Resort and Spa from 2011 to 2015 and has served as a Tax Officer within the Revenue Department from 2015 to date. Both appointments take effect on August 1st, 2017.Commenting on these appointment Deputy Governor Anya Williams said: “Congratulations is extended to both Natasha and Ruthann on their recent promotions. During their tenure as a Tax Officers they both have had the opportunity to work in all three sections of the Revenue Department: Compliance, Business Licencing and Audit and Investigation and are equipped with a wide range of skills that will assist them in their new roles as Senior Tax Officers.Through the Civil Service Professional Development Fund they also had the opportunity to participate last year in TCIG’s Training and Secondment Program which afforded Ms. Gardiner the opportunity to spend a week at Inland Revenue Jamaica and Ms. Ewing a week at Inland Revenue St. Kitts. I wish them all the best on their new roles and look forward to even greater accomplishments in the years to come.”Press Release: TCIG Related Items:
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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp acknowledged the impressive job that Marco Silva has done at Everton saying they’ve built the strongest squad of recent years.Everton are just six points fourth place in the table and Klopp believes Marco Silva’s side will be the toughest squad he has faced in the Merseyside derby.“He [Silva] has the best squad, that is how it is,” Klopp told Sky Sports.“He has brought in players he wanted. Richarlison – what a player he is.“[Theo] Walcott came in last year, Bernard came in this year, [Andre] Gomes came in this year, [Yerry] Mina came in this year.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“Since I’ve been here Everton has always been really busy but now it is the best-tuned squad, 100 percent.“Now they have creativity, speed, and good organization. (Seamus) Coleman is back and fit, (Michael) Keane is settled and fit, he’s been a brilliant player, and (Lucas) Digne is like a young Leighton Baines.“And of course they have England’s No 1 in goal. That is a proper squad and it would be in all leagues in Europe.“I am 100 percent sure they would be a European team in whichever competition, in England, it is quite difficult.“But their development and improvement is obvious.”
Spurs boss Pochettino has been linked to clubs like Manchester United and Real Madrid since arriving at Tottenham in 2014.Mauricio Pochettino joked that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is “worried” that he’ll lose his services to other elite clubs. The Argentine coach has yet to win a trophy with the Spurs but just led Tottenham to a 1-1 Champions League draw against Barcelona that secured their spot in the knockout stages of the tournament.“Daniel [Levy] does not laugh. I know it gets boring but he maybe is worried, he is concerned. It is normal. It is not nice for Daniel to hear all that history of course,” he told UK newspapers, according to FourFourTwo.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Do I have to reassure him? No. It is like in football when the sporting director or the club president says, ‘No, the manager is going to be here and we trust in him’, and next game [he is] out.“If you reassure something it is because you are thinking different things. He is a worried man because he is jealous about me.”
Brazilian legend Zico thinks that Vinicius is a very different player than Neymar, he doesn’t think people should be comparing them.Ever since Vinicius Junior started playing for Real Madrid this season, a lot of people have kept comparing him to Neymar but expert Brazilians like Zico don’t really see it.The “White Pele” offered an interview to Diario AS before the Club World Cup match between Real Madrid and Kashima Antlers, where he revealed that he has followed both players since they were little and Vinicius is way more generous in the game than Neymar himself.Zico doesn’t think that the 18-year old will score as many goals as the PSG star but that doesn’t mean that he thinks ‘Vinny’ is a bad player.Quite the opposite actually, Zico seemed hopeful that Vinicius will evolve into a world-class superstar throughout his career and Real Madrid is the ideal place where he can become one of the great Brazilian players alongside him and many more.But reaching that potential won’t be easy for Vinicius, he should honor the names of legendary Brazilians that have come before him and getting the blessing of one of the biggest names in his country’s football is no small feat.🎥 La entrevista de Zico para AS🗣 Habló sobre el Madrid, Vinicius, Pelé…https://t.co/1whV3BpyRH— AS (@diarioas) December 19, 2018Arthur Antunes Coimbra ‘Zico’ is also a Flamengo product like Vinicius, he is considered the second biggest Brazilian player of all time after only Pele before Ronaldo came to the scene.During his career which was most prolific at Flamengo, Zico made a name for himself and was one of the leaders of the Brazilian squad that never could lift the World Cup in the eighties.However, that squad is fondly remembered for the beautiful football they played and how much the fans adored their players.Alongside Socrates, Zico became one of the most revered players in his country’s history and today he continues his career as a manager for Kashima Antlers from Japan.The manager wasn’t able to watch Vinicius play in the semifinals against Real Madrid, something that he regretted after the match.Neymar responds to PSG criticism with a stunning winner Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Despite all the backlash he got today at Parc des Princes, Neymar responded by scoring a stunning winner vs Strasbourg.We all knew that Neymar’s…The fact that both of them came from the same football academy is more than enough reason for Zico to be excited for the youngster’s future at Real Madrid, because Vinicius has the makings of a star and has the potential that not even Neymar had in the eyes of his fellow Flamengo product.Zico offered the interview before the match against Real Madrid, where he spoke about his adventures commenting Real Madrid matches, he also spoke about how much he likes Karim Benzema and how well the Frenchman got along with Cristiano Ronaldo.Zico was also one of the few fortunate people who could see Pele playing live, which is a privilege that very few people can have in their lifetime.But the main talk was Vinicius Junior and how far he can make it at Real Madrid: “I believe Vinicius has a great future ahead of him, he is a very skilled player,” said Zico during the interview.“It’s very difficult to find another player with his strength and ability, with his dribbling as well… but like any young player, he needs to improve the fundamentals of his game.”“Vinicius needs to improve his passing skills, his shooting skills. This kid is one of the biggest revelations in Brazilian football. I have followed all his career.”“I actually organize a competition in Brazil where we take Japanese U15 squads to play there, I’ve been doing this for the last 21 years.”“The biggest clubs from Rio, Sao Paulo, and Japan are the ones that compete. Both Vinicius and Paqueta played this tournament, they all played.”“Those kids are freaks of nature. Vinicius is not an attacking player like Neymar, he doesn’t score as many goals, he likes to create the chances better,” he concluded.Bora ser feliz! Hoje é Mundial de clubes ¡HALAMADRID! 🙌🏿⚽️ pic.twitter.com/Mt036JeqP5— Vinicius Jr (@vini11Oficial) December 19, 2018How far in Brazilian football history will Vinicius Junior get? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen revealed the significance of his opening goal in their 5-0 thrashing of BournemouthFollowing their 6-2 win at Everton on Sunday, Mauricio Pochettino’s side cruised to another dominant victory on Boxing Day at Wembley.Right-back Kyle Walker-Peters set up Eriksen for Spurs’ opener from a deflected effort in the 16th-minute of the game.The 21-year-old later assisted Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura to put Spurs firmly in control before Eriksen set-up Harry Kane for the fourth goal.Son then capped things off with his second of the game with 20 minutes of play left.But, for Eriksen, his opening goal was key behind Spurs’ big win on the night which moved them up to second in the Premier League.“It’s always nice to know that you will score at some point,” Eriksen told the club website.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“With the players we have, someone will score at any point, even in the first 10 minutes not playing as well as we could and still scoring and leading – that gives you the confidence and the trust in your team that you can sit back, be professional, be focused and that you will win the game.”Pochettino added: “I’m very happy. We had one day less to prepare for the game and the condition we arrived in made us very happy,” he said.“We showed unbelievable energy and then the quality we have… we are playing with very good quality and to keep the momentum is so important for us.“We were clinical, we had patience and we did our job in the way we needed to.“For different periods we played very good football and the players (should) take big praise.”Spurs will next host Wolves at Wembley on Saturday.
Pep Guardiola has brushed aside suggestions the Premier League schedule will have an impact on the title race between Liverpool and Manchester City.City are currently four points behind League leaders Liverpool but have a chance to heap the pressure on them in their next two matches.The Citizens go to Newcastle United on Tuesday with Liverpool hosting Leicester City the following day, and the Reds’ subsequent game at West Ham next Monday comes 24 hours after Guardiola’s men welcome Arsenal to the Etihad Stadium.Guardiola, however, is adamant the fixture list won’t influence the course of the title run-in.“In both situations, playing before or after, we have to win the games or it’s over,” he told reporters.“Every game is a final, cups are also a final, Burnley [on Saturday in the FA Cup fourth round] was a final. What should we do playing after? We have to win. Before? We have to win. Simple.“All the teams want to fight for the title and feel the pressure. We have it and we feel it, we have to handle it. So many, many points to play [for] – many, many games – a lot of games in our legs and minds, change competitions day by day.Mourinho knows why City and Liverpool are so far ahead George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Jose Mourinho knows why Manchester City and Liverpool are so far ahead of everyone else in the Premier League.In an interview with the Telegraph,…“Believe me we don’t think about that, don’t get distracted from what we have to do. Same against Burnley, imagine what Newcastle will do in the game and focus on what we have to do. That’s the only way to be consistent and try to win every game.”Guardiola equally spoke about the opposition’s approach knowing fully well they are renowned for their defensive approach.“Newcastle play quite similar to Burnley, the setup will be quite similar,” he said. “Of course every team is different with the setup and in our experience with Newcastle in the last two seasons against my colleague it’s always tough – 0-1 there, 3-1 here – so it was tight.“It will happen tomorrow as they defend really well but also at the same time I feel we attack better against this type of defence. We control their counter-attacks better and we concede a few set pieces and we attack more fluently.”Guardiola says it doesn’t matter if City play before or after Liverpool – they just have to win #MCFC pic.twitter.com/M0o3cFZUHI— Andy Hampson (@andyhampson) January 28, 2019
VISTA (KUSI) — A Carlsbad pastor whose wife caught him molesting a female family member last year pleaded guilty Thursday to a pair of sexual assault counts that could send him to prison for up to 20 years.Matthew John Otis Tague, 44, pleaded guilty to two counts of lewd act on a child under 14 and is scheduled to be sentenced April 10 at the Vista Courthouse.The defendant faces between 10 and 20 years in prison, said Deputy District Attorney Patricia Lavermicocca.The prosecutor said Tague repeatedly molested the victim over a two-year period in 2016 and 2017 when she was 12 and 13 years old.Lavermicocca said Tague’s wife caught him in the act late last May and reported him to authorities. Tague turned himself in a few days later.Tague was a pastor at North Coast Calvary Chapel on Poinsettia Lane in Carlsbad. KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Carlsbad FacebookTwitter Carlsbad pastor caught molesting family members pleads guilty to sexual assault February 15, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: February 15, 2018
Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: July 30, 2018 July 30, 2018 San Diego police officer injured in crash during suspect pursuit KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A San Diego police officer suffered minor injuries when he crashed into another vehicle during a pursuit that began in the City Heights area, police said.Officers responded to reports of a man acting strangely at a gas station around 9:30 p.m. Sunday in the 4300 block of Orange Avenue in the City Heights area, San Diego police Officer John Buttle said. When officers approached the man, he sped away in a vehicle and police chased after him, Buttle said.During the pursuit, an officer was involved in a collision with another vehicle on El Cajon Boulevard near the Interstate 15 southbound off- ramp, Buttle said.The officer suffered minor injuries in the crash and was transported to a local hospital, Buttle said.No descriptions of the vehicles involved in the chase and collision were immediately available.Officers arrested the chase suspect on southbound Interstate 805 near Plaza Boulevard in National City, Buttle said.No information about the suspect’s name or age was immediately available. KUSI Newsroom,
Authorities identify man killed in Southcrest officer-involved shooting Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom August 9, 2018 Posted: August 9, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Authorities Thursday publicly identified a 48-year-old assault suspect who was fatally shot by a patrol officer in Southcrest while allegedly advancing on the lawman in a menacing manner, swinging a chain.Vaughn Harrison Denham of San Diego died in a hospital about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, several hours after the law enforcement shooting in the area of Boston Avenue and South 40th Street in San Diego, according to police.The events that led to the deadly gunfire began about 5:15 p.m., when several 911 callers reported that one man had attacked another with a machete or similar weapon in the inner-city neighborhood between Interstate 805 and state Route 15, Lt. Matt Dobbs said.Officers arrived in the area to find a 57-year-old man who had sustained injuries consistent with an attack by a bladed weapon, Dobbs said. Medics took him to a trauma center for treatment of the wounds, which were not believed to be life threatening.A short time later, an officer spotted a possible suspect in the assault around the corner from the site of the attack and contacted him. The man, later identified as Denham, allegedly was carrying a large metal chain, refused to follow the officer’s orders to drop it and began moving toward him.Retreating, the patrolman tried in vain to subdue Denham with an electric stun gun, which had no discernible effect, according to Dobbs.“The officer continued trying to maintain distance from the suspect, backing away for a considerable distance while continuing to give verbal commands,” the lieutenant said. “At one point, the suspect again swung the metal chain at the officer, prompting the officer to fire his weapon, wounding the suspect.”Two other officers then hurried over and took Denham into custody following a struggle, after which medics rushed him to a hospital.No officers suffered any significant injuries during the incident, the lieutenant said.The name of the patrolman who fired on the suspect was not immediately released.
The American Soybean Association (ASA) is extremely disappointed at the outcome of the BioSafety Protocol (BSP) meetings held this week in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where negotiators representing nearly 90 countries agreed to stringent rules governing future trade in agricultural products derived from crops enhanced through biotechnology. The rules create onerous record keeping and reporting requirements for growers, grain handlers and exporters.”Although the treaty underlying the BioSafety Protocol has a noble goal of protecting the world’s biodiversity, the European Union and anti-biotech activists hijacked the process to serve their own political ends of further restricting trade in biotech products,” said ASA President Ron Heck, a soybean producer from Perry, Iowa. “These rules will increase food cost and decrease the availability of healthy, high quality food products for millions of people around the world.”Following the Biosafety Protocol meetings held four years ago, the ASA publicly cautioned that the BSP terms being considered would require an additional amount of paperwork and needless expense associated with documentation of shipments, and that this would become an even greater burden on the whole commodity system if proposed rules are implemented that require identification of each different variety of biotech crop contained in every shipment.”For decades, the modern world has made decisions based on sound scientific facts,” Heck said. “Now the EU is leading the world down a dangerous path where decision-making will be based on what might happen rather than on what has been proven. Under pressure from anti-biotech forces, the EU is misleading poor developing countries to focus scarce resources on biotech crops proven to be safe and that will be processed into food and feed.”Rather than focus on commodity shipments, countries should be focusing scarce resources on real biodiversity threats from invasive species. Resources should be targeted at preventing biodiversity catastrophes such as the introduction of zebra mussels into the United States, rabbits and red fox into Australia, and the water hyacinth in African freshwater ecosystems, to name just a few examples.”To minimize U.S. soybean trade disruption arising from implementation of the BioSafety Protocol, ASA will encourage all soybean growers to make several photocopies of each of their seed receipts as they procure their 2004 soybean seed. As these seeds are planted, make notes in the margins of the seed receipts to specify in which field each soybean variety was used. Then at harvest time, growers will need to do their best to match up a photocopy of each appropriate seed receipt with every truckload of soybeans delivered to the elevator.”ASA originally alerted its 25,000 members to the need for saving copies of seed receipts several months ago, right after the European Union published its new Traceability & Labeling Regulations.” Heck said, “Now we are informing all U.S. growers about the need to copy seed receipts attesting to the origin of every variety contained in each load we deliver.”On a worldwide basis, biotech crops were planted on more than 167 million acres last year, including 90 million acres of soybeans. More than 60 percent of soybeans in world trade have been improved through modern biotechnology. These soybeans are consumed directly by people in a variety of soy foods, or processed into vegetable oil for cooking and protein-rich meal for livestock feed.Roundup Ready Soybeans® have been approved for food and feed use by government agencies in the United States, in the European Union, in China and in 23 other countries where formal approval is required for each new biotechnology-derived “genetic event” prior to importation in commodity shipments.The Biosafety Protocol itself does not specifically require countries to label biotech crops or to place labels on products containing biotech ingredients, but requires shipping documentation to accompany bulk commodities that may include crops derived through biotechnology. This would serve to advise the importing country that the shipment “may contain” biotech varieties, and that the shipment is for processing into food and feed products, not for planting.As a result of decisions reached this week in Malaysia, bulk commodity exports will now have to go beyond the “may contain” language and identify each and every unique genetic biotech event in a shipment. Processed commodity products, such as soybean meal and oil, are exempt from any and all requirements under the Biosafety Protocol.”The EU is deciding the rules not only for its own citizens but for hungry people in other nations around the world who do not have the wherewithal to resist,” Heck said. “Unfortunately, countries of the world missed an opportunity this week to focus on real issues that threaten biodiversity.”