Розділ: Новини

October 17th, 2021 by Vpol

Втрат серед військовослужбовців Об’єднаних сил немає

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October 17th, 2021 by Vbiz

Like other ranchers across the country, Rusty Kemp for years grumbled about rock-bottom prices paid for the cattle he raised in central Nebraska, even as the cost of beef at grocery stores kept climbing.

He and his neighbors blamed it on consolidation in the beef industry stretching back to the 1970s that resulted in four companies slaughtering more than 80% of the nation’s cattle, giving the processors more power to set prices while ranchers struggled to make a living. Federal data show that for every dollar spent on food, the share that went to ranchers and farmers dropped from 35 cents in the 1970s to 14 cents recently.

It led Kemp to launch an audacious plan: Raise more than $300 million from ranchers to build a plant themselves, putting their future in their own hands.

“We’ve been complaining about it for 30 years,” Kemp said. “It’s probably time somebody does something about it.”

Crews will start work this fall building the Sustainable Beef plant on nearly 400 acres near North Platte, Nebraska, and other groups are making similar surprising moves in Iowa, Idaho and Wisconsin. The enterprises will test whether it’s really possible to compete financially against an industry trend that has swept through American agriculture and that played a role in meat shortages during the coronavirus pandemic.

The move is well timed, as the U.S. Department of Agriculture is now taking a number of steps to encourage a more diverse supply in the beef industry.

Still, it’s hard to overstate the challenge, going up against huge, well-financed competitors that run highly efficient plants and can sell beef at prices that smaller operators will struggle to match.

‘They’re ready to take a risk’

The question is whether smaller plants can pay ranchers more and still make a profit themselves. An average 620-kilogram steer is worth about $1,630, but that value must be divided between the slaughterhouse, feed lot and the rancher, who typically bears the largest expense of raising the animal for more than a year.

David Briggs, the CEO of Sustainable Beef, acknowledged the difficulty but said his company’s investors remain confident.

“Cattle people are risk takers and they’re ready to take a risk,” Briggs said.

Consolidation of meatpacking started in the mid-1970s, with buyouts of smaller companies, mergers and a shift to much larger plants. Census data cited by the USDA shows that the number of livestock slaughter plants declined from 2,590 in 1977 to 1,387 in 1992. And big processors gradually dominated, going from handling only 12% of cattle in 1977 to 65% by 1997.

Currently four companies — Cargill, JBS, Tyson Foods and National Beef Packing — control more than 80% of the U.S. beef market thanks to cattle slaughtered at 24 plants. That concentration became problematic when the coronavirus infected workers, slowing and even closing some of the massive plants, and a cyberattack last summer briefly forced a shutdown of JBS plants until the company paid an $11 million ransom.

The Biden administration has largely blamed declining competition for a 14% increase in beef prices from December 2020 to August. Since 2016, the wholesale value of beef and profits to the largest processors has steadily increased while prices paid to ranchers have barely budged.

Trying to retain workers with higher pay

The backers of the planned new plants have no intention of replacing the giant slaughterhouses, such as a JBS plant in Grand Island, Nebraska, that processes about 6,000 cattle daily — four times what the proposed North Platte plant would handle.

However, they say they will have important advantages, including more modern equipment and, they hope, less employee turnover thanks to slightly higher pay of more than $50,000 annually plus benefits along with more favorable work schedules. The new Midwest plants are also counting on closer relationships with ranchers, encouraging them to invest in the plants, to share in the profits.

The companies would market their beef both domestically and internationally as being of higher quality than meat processed at larger plants.

Chad Tentinger, who is leading efforts to build a Cattlemen’s Heritage plant near Council Bluffs, Iowa, said he thinks smaller plants were profitable even back to the 1970s but that owners shifted to bigger plants in hopes of increasing profits.

Now, he said, “We want to revolutionize the plant and make it an attractive place to work.”

‘They’re extremely efficient’

Besides paying ranchers more and providing dividends to those who own shares, the hope is that their success will spur more plants to open, and the new competitors will add openness to cattle markets.

Derrell Peel, an agricultural economist at Oklahoma State University, said he hopes they’re right, but noted that research shows even a 30% reduction in a plant’s size will make it far less efficient, meaning higher costs to slaughter each animal.

Unless smaller plants can keep expenses down, they will need to find customers who will pay more for their beef, or manage with a lower profit margin than the big companies.

“We have these very large plants because they’re extremely efficient,” Peel said.

According to the North American Meat Institute, a trade group that includes large and mid-size plants, the biggest challenge will be the shortage of workers in the industry.

It’s unfair to blame the big companies and consolidation for the industry’s problems, said Tyson Fresh Meats group President Shane Miller.

“Many processors, including Tyson, are not able to run their facilities at capacity in spite of ample cattle supply,” Miller told a U.S. Senate committee in July. “This is not by choice: Despite our average wage and benefits of $22 per hour, there are simply not enough workers to fill our plants.”

The proposed new plants come as the USDA is trying to increase the supply chain. The agency has dedicated $650 million toward funding mid-size and small meat and poultry plants and $100 million in loan guarantees for such plants. Also planned are new rules to label meat as a U.S. product to differentiate it from meat raised in other countries.

“We’re trying to support new investment and policies that are going to diversify and address that underlying problem of concentration,” said Andy Green, a USDA senior adviser for fair and competitive markets. 

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October 17th, 2021 by Vpol

Це потрібно, щоб медпрацівник міг переїхати в інший населений пункт, де для нього є робота, пояснив міністр Віктор Ляшко

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October 17th, 2021 by Vpol

«На даний момент у повному обсязі встановлюються конкретні обставини того, як допускалися порушення і чи були вони умисними», – повідомив радник керівника Офісу президента Михайло Подоляк

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October 17th, 2021 by Vworld

Близько двох тижнів тому в Оренбурзькій області Росії від отруєння неякісним алкоголем померли 35 людей

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October 16th, 2021 by Vpol

«Сполучені Штати засуджують перепис населення Росії в окупованому Криму як чергову спробу підірвати незалежність, суверенітет і територіальну цілісність України»

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October 16th, 2021 by Vworld

Запуск здійснили зі стартового майданчика на космодромі на мисі Канаверал у Флориді, США, 16 жовтня о 5:34 за місцевим часом

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October 16th, 2021 by Vworld

У поліції кажуть, що, найімовірніше, до нападу призвела психічна хвороба підозрюваного

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October 16th, 2021 by Vworld

Крім порушення валютної системи, Валліолла Сеіф також брав участь в контрабанді іноземної валюти, повідомив державному телебаченню представник судової влади Ірану Забіхолла Ходеян

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October 16th, 2021 by Vpol

Підконтрольний Кремлю суд оштрафував АРсена Ахтемова на 15 тисяч рублів

Posted in Війна, Влада, Новини

October 16th, 2021 by Vworld

Тайконавти планують провести на орбіті півроку, тобто вдвічі більше, ніж попередній китайський екіпаж

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October 16th, 2021 by Vbiz

At an emergency conference this week, the European Union pledged more than 1 billion dollars in humanitarian aid to Afghanistan and neighboring countries, as the United Nations warns millions of Afghans are facing famine. But the United States has been cautious, saying it is sending humanitarian aid, but cannot provide funds directly to the Taliban-led government until they start respecting human rights and women’s rights. VOA’s Senior Diplomatic Correspondent Cindy Saine reports.

Posted in Бізнес, Нерухомість, Новини, Фінанси

October 16th, 2021 by Vworld

Від Військово-морського флоту США не було жодного коментаря щодо інциденту

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October 15th, 2021 by Vworld

Росія має намір побудувати п’ять шкіл в Узбекистані для «зміцнення позицій російської мови»

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October 15th, 2021 by Vpol

За словами секретаря РНБО Олексія Данілова, над документом працювали два роки

Posted in Війна, Влада, Новини

October 15th, 2021 by Vpol

Данілов повідомив, що проти ще 237 осіб запроваджені санкції за участь в організації та проведенні виборів до російської Державної думи в окупованому Криму

Posted in Війна, Влада, Новини

October 15th, 2021 by Vworld

Поліція вимагає надати електронну копію польського фільму про Голодомор «Ґарет Джонс» (в українському прокаті – «Ціна правди», режисерка Аґнешка Холланд), під час показу якого в офіс увірвалися невідомі

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October 15th, 2021 by Vworld

МВС раніше заявило, що планує притягати білорусів до кримінальної відповідальності за підписку на телеграм-канали та чати, визнані екстремістськими

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October 15th, 2021 by Vbiz

The United States announced Friday an additional 9.6 million doses of Pfizer coronavirus vaccine are being shipped to Pakistan through the global vaccine-sharing COVAX initiative.

The shipment brings to more than 25 million the total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses donated by Washington to the Pakistani people, said the American Embassy in Islamabad.

“The United States is proud to partner with Pakistan to get effective, life-saving Pfizer vaccinations into the arms of Pakistanis, and Pakistan has done a great job of distributing our donated vaccines,” U.S. Chargé d’affaires Angela Aggeler was quoted as saying. “This donation comes just in time for young Pakistanis over age 12 to get their first jabs.” 

COVID-19 infections are decreasing in Pakistan, with fewer than 1,000 new daily cases reported on average. The government last week eased restrictions on almost all public movement, education activities and businesses across the country of roughly 220 million people.

The latest government data show there have been 1,262,771 confirmed cases of infections, 39,953 of them active, and 28,228 COVID-19-related deaths since the pandemic hit Pakistan. 

Officials reported Friday that more than 95 million doses have been administered to Pakistanis, including roughly 1 million in last 24 hours alone, since the national vaccination drive was rolled out in February.

The vaccination campaign has largely relied on Chinese vaccine, but the U.S. donations are helping officials overcome critical shortages of Western-developed anti-coronavirus shots. 

“These Pfizer vaccines are part of the 500 million Pfizer doses the United States purchased this summer to deliver to 92 countries worldwide, including Pakistan, to fulfill President [Joe] Biden’s commitment to provide safe and effective vaccines around the world and supercharge the global fight against the pandemic,” the U.S. Embassy noted in its statement. 

Washington has also delivered $63 million in COVID-19 assistance to Islamabad. 

The COVAX program is co-led by Gavi (the Vaccine Alliance), the WHO (World Health Organization) and CEPI (the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness). The United States is the single largest contributor supporting the initiative toward global COVID-19 vaccine access.

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October 15th, 2021 by Vpol

«Проведення перепису на тимчасово окупованій території є недружнім актом щодо нашої держави»

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October 15th, 2021 by Vbiz

Kenyan authorities say the economic losses caused by COVID are driving more people to fish illegally. Poaching has tripled since last year and caused the daily catch to drop from an estimated 600 tons to 200 tons, according to Kenya’s Maritime Fisheries Research Institute. As a result, the Coast Guard has been deployed to protect lakes from poachers. Victoria Amunga reports from Naivasha.

Posted in Бізнес, Нерухомість, Новини, Фінанси

October 15th, 2021 by Vpol

«5,5 мільярдів гривень вперше в історії було виділено для того, щоб вирішити питання з житлом»

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October 15th, 2021 by Vworld

Денис Янковський приїхав до Варшави у січні, згодом вступив до Краківського економічного університету

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October 15th, 2021 by Vworld

Жодне угруповання не взяло на себе відповідальності за напад

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October 15th, 2021 by Vpol

ЄС розцінює дії Москви як спробу «легалізувати незаконну анексію Криму»

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October 15th, 2021 by Vworld

Сенат схвалив тимчасове збільшення ліміту боргу минулого тижня Палата представників підтримала документ 12 жовтня, передавши його на підпис президентові

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October 15th, 2021 by Vworld

«Він одужує, перебуває в гарному настрої і неймовірно вдячний лікарям, медсестрам і персоналу, які надають йому чудовий догляд», – заявив речник Клінтона

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October 15th, 2021 by Vpol

Порядок денний невідомий, але раніше секретар РНБО Олексій Данілов повідомляв, що наступне засідання буде присвячене проблемам контрабанди і використання надр країни

Posted in Війна, Влада, Новини

October 15th, 2021 by Vbiz

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October 14th, 2021 by Vworld

Нападники піднялися на сцену, стали називати присутніх «фашистами» і вигукувати гасла «Геть!» і «Йди!»

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October 14th, 2021 by Vworld

Самопризначений уряд «Талібану» намагається завоювати легітимність через міжнародне визнання

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October 14th, 2021 by Vbiz

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Thursday suspended flights to Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, over what the state-run carrier alleged was “heavy-handed” interference by the neighboring country’s ruling Taliban.

The suspension came on the same day a Taliban Transport Ministry statement warned it will stop PIA flight operations between Islamabad and the Afghan capital unless the airline reduces ticket prices to the levels that existed before mid-August, when the Islamist group took control of the country.

The statement also ordered Afghan airlines Kam Air to reduce fares on the Kabul-Islamabad route to previous levels or face a halt to their flight operations.

“We have suspended our flights (between Islamabad and Kabul) indefinitely,” PIA spokesman Abdullah Khan told VOA on Thursday.

“The decision has been taken due to an inappropriate behavior by the local (Taliban) administration and inadequate conditions for flight operations,” Khan said.

He explained that PIA was flying charter flights out of Kabul on “purely humanitarian grounds,” and it was the only international airline linking the Afghan capital through Pakistan to the rest of the world.

“Information has been conveyed to PIA and Kam Air private company to reduce the fare on the Kabul-Islamabad route to the level prior to the victory of the Islamic Emirate. If the airlines do not agree to this proposal, their operations on the route will be stopped,” the Taliban said in the statement.

Both PIA and Kam Air operate chartered flights with high fares, citing high insurance costs as the reason for not resuming commercial operations.

PIA had been flying regular commercial flights between Islamabad and Kabul until the Taliban takeover of the country in August, and passengers were being charged up to $200 for a return ticket.

With most international airlines no longer flying to Afghanistan, PIA-chartered flights out of Kabul are charging $1,500 for a one-way ticket to Islamabad.

“The insurance cost of these flights is very high and the charter price cannot be reduced as per the insistence of (Taliban) authorities,” PIA’s Khan said.

PIA officials have complained that their staff in Kabul have faced last-minute changes in regulations and flight permissions and “highly

intimidating behavior” from Taliban commanders. They alleged the airline’s country representative had been held at gunpoint for hours at one point and was freed only after the Pakistan Embassy intervened.

Taliban officials have not yet commented on the allegations leveled by PIA officials.

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October 14th, 2021 by Vpol

13 жовтня президент України Володимир Зеленський заснував посаду уповноваженого з прав захисників України

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October 14th, 2021 by Vpol

Зеленський тримав на депозиті у «Брокбізнесбанку» більше ніж 300 тисяч доларів, Шефір – понад 400 тисяч доларів

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October 14th, 2021 by Vworld

Один із адвокатів Саакашвілі на акції зачитав його послання, в якому той закликав громадськість країни до примирення й об’єднання

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October 14th, 2021 by Vworld

Учасники мітингу вимагали звільнення судді, який очолює розслідування вибуху в порту міста, який стався минулого року

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