City OKs deal to share fire protection

first_imgLA HABRA HEIGHTS – The city and Los Angeles County have reached a conceptual agreement that could provide quicker Fire Department response to the east and west ends of the city, to some unincorporated areas, and to parts of La Habra. An actual memorandum of understanding still must be reached by city and county fire chiefs, and the conceptual agreement must be approved by the county Board of Supervisors. However, the agreement calls for county fire engines to respond to those areas nearest their stations, fire officials said. While the City Council approved the agreement for exchange of fire protection and rescue services automatic aid/initial action last week, the county Board of Supervisors still must act. “It’s a real win-win situation,” Mayor Brian Bergman said. “You need to share resources.” With the lone La Habra Heights fire station on Hacienda Road, city officials said county fire stations are nearer to the east and west ends of the city. Los Angeles County Fire Chief Michael Freeman said the La Habra Heights station on Hacienda Road is closer to an unincorporated island just south of La Habra Heights. It’s also possible that La Habra Heights station might be nearer to Whittier Boulevard, Freeman said. “We have to look to see what areas in our jurisdiction might be closer to La Habra Heights,” Freeman said. The county has nearly 30 agreements like these with other cities. One is Santa Fe Springs. “It’s a very good thing,” said Alex Rodriguez, Santa Fe Springs fire chief. “Before we had these, if a fire station across from your street wasn’t \ your city, it didn’t respond. With automatic aid, it should be the closest unit that goes.” The La Habra Heights agreement has come under some criticism from some residents. George Edwardz, a critic of the city, called the agreement a “Band-Aid” that would hurt Los Angeles County. “So who are the losers?” Edwardz asked on his Web site. “Fire services for the area surrounding La Habra Heights, since the plan calls for stretching already thin fire and rescue services from Los Angeles County Fire Department to cover the city of La Habra Heights at no additional cost to their residents,” Edwardz said. But Freeman said there is no additional cost. “It’s better service for the citizens,” Freeman said. “As fire chiefs, we look to see between the two cities of La Habra Heights and La Habra and parts of Whittier, who’s closer.” mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562)698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want 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

How will “Brexit” affect U.S. agriculture?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Britain’s departure from the European Union would have little direct effect on U.S. agricultural trade but could slow economic growth tied to manufacturing, Purdue University agricultural economists say.Their greatest concerns are whether the current shakeup in the financial markets from Britain’s vote to leave the EU is short-term or longer, whether an already-strong U.S. dollar would continue to rise in value and how access to global markets might be affected.“The indirect effects will matter the most,” said Philip Abbott, a professor of agricultural economics who researches international trade and agriculture. “The effects on agricultural trade will be through the exchange rate mechanism and through any negative business cycle effects involving global demand. How big those are depend on whether this is a temporary or longer-term situation and how long the very recent changes in exchange rates and interest rates persist.”He pointed out that a strong dollar makes U.S. exports more expensive to the rest of the world and that a widely held belief in the agricultural industry is that trade and a weak dollar are good for U.S. agriculture.Still, agricultural exports to the United Kingdom amount to a very small portion of U.S exports worldwide, Abbott said. In 2015, the United States exported $8.3 billion in corn globally but only $62,000 of the crop to Britain. Of the $18.9 billion worth of soybeans the United States exported worldwide, $76 million of that went to Britain.Of the $133 billion in overall U.S. agricultural exports, $1.8 billion went to the U.K. Exports of what the U.S. Department of Agriculture calls “consumer-oriented products,” including wine, nuts, fruits and vegetables, meat and dairy products, amounted to $62 billion worldwide, $1.1 billion of it to the U.K. Wine led in that category with U.S. exports of $282 million to Britain.The Britains’ vote of June 23 drew more attention to the issue of globalization versus nationalization — essentially open or closed markets — said Mike Boehlje, distinguished professor of agricultural economics. Supporters of the referendum to withdraw contend that the influence and sovereignty of Britain has suffered under the EU’s trade and economic regulations and its policies on immigration and the free movement of people within the 28 European countries in the bloc. Similar issues have come up in the current U.S. presidential election campaigns.“Generally, agriculture is much more dependent on international trade than other parts of the economy,” Boehlje said. “Globalization is important to U.S. agriculture to keep markets open to access.”Boehlje said openness also is important to agriculture for immigrant labor it needs and for sharing of innovations that promote growth.“These are probably the more important longer-term issues,” he said. “We don’t know what the answers are yet.”The economists agree that economic ramifications of a European Union without Britain need time to play out. Until they do, thee will be uncertainty.last_img read more

Australia union calls for equal World Cup prize money

first_imgMOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP The union is “determined to making real and lasting progress on behalf of them,” FIFPro said.Prize money is just one equity issue that is getting attention ahead of the World Cup, which opens Friday. Twenty-four teams will compete in the monthlong tournament, which concludes with the final in Lyon on July 7.The U.S. women’s national team, the defending champion, has collectively filed a lawsuit alleging gender discrimination by the U.S. Soccer Federation.The first women’s Ballon d’Or winner, Ada Hegerberg, is not playing for Norway because of what she believes is a general disregard for the women’s national team by that country’s federation.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Konta sweeps Stephens off the court to reach French semis DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport FILE – In this April 20, 2018, file photo, Australia’s Samantha Kerr, left, fights for control of the ball against Japan’s Nana Ichise , bottom right, during the AFC Jordan 2018 Women’s Asian Cup final in Amman, Jordan. The Women’s World Cup kicks off Friday, June 7, 2019, in Paris. Twenty-four teams will traverse France for the next month in pursuit of soccer’s most prestigious trophy. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh, File)The Australian players’ union has called on FIFA to award the same prize money for the Women’s World Cup that is provided for the men’s tournament.Professional Footballers Australia launched a website to bring the campaign to light.ADVERTISEMENT “Women national team players around the world should receive equal treatment to their male national team counterparts; this should include their travel and accommodation as well as their medical treatment and financial compensation,” the statement said.In a letter to FIFA last week, the PFA asked that the prize money be raised immediately. The FIFA Congress is being held in Paris ahead of the start of the Women’s World Cup.The PFA first raised the issue with FIFA in letter last year after the increased prize money was announced. In the most recent letter, they said the prize money should be immediately raised by $27 million — the total of the increased gap in prize money between the women’s tournament in France and the men’s tournament in Qatar.“We suggest that, at a minimum, the FIFA Council take the opportunity to increase the Prize Money to be awarded to the participating teams by $27 million to a total of $57 million. This will at least address the exacerbation of FIFA’s discriminatory conduct,” the PFA letter said. “We can then meet in good faith after the tournament to discuss how to fully realize FIFA’s statutory, regulatory and policy commitments to non-discrimination and the fulfillment of the internationally recognized human rights of the players.”There was no indication that FIFA would address the matter before the tournament. FIFPro said FIFA has agreed to start negotiating new conditions for women’s national team players after the World Cup.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIEScenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “FIFA should reward female and male players equally because it is the right thing to do,” the campaign states. “The achievement of becoming world champion in the world’s greatest game should be treated with equal respect for both genders.”The prize money for the Women’s World Cup is $30 million, with $4 million going to the champion. That is double the prize money that was awarded for the 2015 World Cup in Canada.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsHowever, it is just a fraction of the $400 million in prize money for last year’s men’s World Cup in Russia. France, the winner of the tournament, was awarded $38 million. The prize money for the 2022 men’s World Cup in Qatar will be $440 million.On Tuesday, international players’ union FIFPro issued a statement in support of the PFA. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess View commentslast_img read more