GRANT’S MOTHER Mariappa was enticed to play for Fiji and refused in order to represent Jamaica. Grant’s mother has returned to Jamaica since he was 15, setting up home in St Catherine, where she still resides with his younger sister and stepfather. Grant declared that his decision to represent Jamaica was made as an 11-year-old while on a visit to the country after watching a Reggae Boyz match at ‘the Office’. Walter Boyd and Theodore were his idols, he said. Dawkins’ now-deceased mother, the one who nurtured his dream of playing for ‘home’, Jamaica, and who made the trips to the country herself to ensure his citizenship was sorted out, insisted that her son travel to Jamaica to compete in the 2014 Caribbean Cup, while she battled an illness that ultimately took her life earlier this year. He continues to play for her and with her in his heart. McAnuff’s roots in Jamaica are solid. The former outstanding sprinter, Nicole Mitchell, is his cousin, and former parliamentarian, Phyllis Mitchell, his aunt. His father instilled in him a love for Jamaica, which he refers to as ‘home’. I travelled to Lamb’s River, Westmoreland, on an early Saturday morning to find an elder relative in the district to sign the declaration form for Barnes’ grandmother. The entire district was in a frenzy to know that Miss Cleghorn’s grandson would become a Reggae Boy. Perhaps we need to fully look at what makes a Jamaican a Jamaican. Until that time, one love! Roy Simpson Reggae Boyz manager Uncle Tony, your column also included the assumption that the bonus package agreed to by the players and the Federation was arrived at largely because of the demands made by these ‘foreigners’. “I wonder if a team of only local footballers would have gotten away with that kind of deal when, in fact, they were representing Jamaica, and when the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) deserved some of that money to help its development programmes or to assist in paying airfares, hotel bills, etcetera, for the players,” you wrote. The negotiations were led by the most senior players, including players who were locally raised and developed before moving to play overseas. They move as one, and have for some time been living the team motto: ‘All for one, one for all’. “That aside, however, from now on, even though the team was made up of mostly average players out of England, the Reggae Boyz will not be the same. The Reggae Boyz will not win, or draw, all the time, but probably they will never ever again be taken lightly wherever they may play,” is another statement of yours that requires review. As previously stated, eight (8) players born in the United Kingdom were engaged for the tournament. McAnuff, Mariappa (Watford & Crystal Palace), McCleary played in the 2013-14 EPL season for Reading FC – McAnuff was captain of the team. Morgan plays for Leicester City, Hector for Reading FC, Dawkins (Derby County), Grant (last played for Yeovil Town), and Barnes (Houston Dynamo – MLS). McCleary and Hector still play for Reading FC, now relegated to the Football League Championship (second-highest division in England). Mariappa and Wes Morgan currently play for Crystal Palace and Leicester City, respectively, in the EPL. Morgan has been captain of Leicester City since 2012, and was selected in ‘The Football Manager Team of the Decade’ in April. Dawkins has been a regular starter at Derby County, was pivotal in their third-place finish in the 2013-14 season where they lost in the final to Queens Park Rangers for promotion to the EPL. He also played for Tottenham Hotspur, Leyton Orient (loan), San Jose Earthquakes – MLS (loan) – and Aston Villa. Grant represented Jamaica at the Under-20 and Under-23, while Barnes played in England from 2005- 2012 for Derby County, making his debut as a 17-year-old, and was named Derby County’s Young Player of the Year for the 2006-07 season. He was pivotal in Derby’s promotion to the Premier League for the 2007-08 season. Injury kept him out for most of the season, but he returned to play for Fulham (on loan) in the 2008-2009 Premier League season, then at West Bromwich Albion (2010-11) and Doncaster Rovers (2011-12), before moving to the MLS. BONUS PACKAGE Dear ‘Uncle Tony’, Yes, I take the liberty of calling you ‘Uncle Tony’ because of how much you mean to me. As a sports-mad boy growing up, I took delight in reading your reports and columns, particularly on cricket, when West Indies cricket, at its pinnacle, defined us (the people of the Caribbean). The esteem in which I hold you remains. Having got that out of the way, Uncle Tony, I must say I almost fell off my chair two Sundays ago as I flipped through the sports pages of The Sunday Gleaner to devour your column with childish glee, only to be sobered up by the headline ‘Reggae Boyz, or who?’ and the contents within. Though you tried to be your usual balanced self, you lost your line and length in some of your pronouncements and conclusions. I will start by looking at the composition of the Gold Cup squad. A provisional list of 35 players was submitted to CONCACAF, from which 23 were selected for final submission. Ten of the original 35 were born outside of Jamaica, and the remaining 25 were born here (Jamaica). The provisional squad (with those born overseas highlighted in bold) is as follows: GK (4) – AndrÈ Blake (Philadelphia Union/USA); DuWayne Kerr (Sarpsborg 08/Norway); Dwayne Miller (Syrianska/Sweden); Ryan Thompson (Pittsburgh Riverhounds/USA). DF (12) – Shawn Cummings (Millwall/England); Daniel Gordon (Karlsruher SC/Germany); Hughan Gray (Waterhouse FC/Jamaica); Michael Hector (Reading/England); Lance Laing (FC Edmonton/Canada); Kemar Lawrence (New York Red Bulls/USA); Adrian Mariappa (Crystal Palace/England); Sean McFarlane (Florida International University/USA); Wes Morgan (Leicester City/England); Demar Phillips (Real Salt Lake/USA); Alvas Powell (Portland Timbers/USA); Jermaine Taylor (Houston Dynamo/USA). MF (10) – Rodolph Austin (unattached); Simon Dawkins (Derby County/England); Joel Grant (Yeovil Town/England); Omar Holness (University of North Carolina/USA); Christopher Humphrey (Preston North End/England); Renae Lloyd (Arnett Gardens/Jamaica); Joel McAnuff (Leyton Orient/England); Garath McCleary (Reading/England); Je-Vaughn Watson (FC Dallas/USA); Jermaine Woozencroft (Montego Bay United/Jamaica). F (9) – Giles Barnes (Houston Dynamo/USA); AndrÈ Clennon (Arnett Gardens/Jamaica); Jamar Loza (Norwich City/England); Darren Mattocks (Vancouver Whitecaps/Canada); Dever Orgill (IFK Marieham/Finland); Allan Ottey (Montego Bay United/Jamaica); Romeo Parkes (Isidro Metapan/El Salvador); Michael Seaton (Orebro/Sweden); Dino Williams (Montego Bay United/Jamaica). The final 23 (plus two) consisted of eight players born in the UK and 17 in Jamaica (Omar Holness and Sean McFarlane replaced Alvas Powel and Jermaine Taylor after the first round.) That certainly does not translate to: “The so-called Reggae Boyz, the team of mostly English-born-and-bred sons of Jamaican fathers and mothers, grandfathers and grandmothers residing in England … .”
The Girls semi-finals are slated for Friday at the Bukhungu Stadium.The opening match of Day 1 was an eye catching one as former Girls Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association champions Tar Tar from Rift Valley and Waa locked horns.Waa had taken a 2-0 lead courtesy of goals from Sidi Sharma who found the back of the net three minutes after kick-off and Mayram Tania who scored in the 8th minute to see the Coast side head to the break on top.However, tables turned in the second half as Waa found themselves on the receiving end with Elizabeth Nafula grabbing the headlines after notching a hat-trick to enable Tar Tar make a commendable comeback.Nafula pulled one back five minutes into the second half before netting two goals in a space of five minutes in the 64th and 69th to seal the win for Tar Tar.To reach the last four, Bishop Njenga saw off Beijing Raiders from Nairobi 7-1 in a match hosted at the Kakamga High School.-Plateau Queens too good-The second Girls match at Bukhungu was a one sided affair as Plateau Queens raided Ngaaka who scored the consolation goal from the spot thanks to a Doris Wafula goal on the half-hour mark.Valentine Awour scored two goals while Beverline Achieng, Monica Molly, Mercy Akinyi and Lanoline Aoko struck a goal each.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tar Tar will meet Bishop Njenga in a mouth watering clash. Photo/GERALD ANDERSONKAKAMEGA, Kenya, Mar 22 – Former Schools National champions Tar Tar will square it out with Arch Bishop Njenga in the Girls Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom semi-finals after edging out Waa from Coast 3-2 in the quarters played at the Bukhungu Stadium on Thursday.In the other semi, Plateau Queens from Nyanza who whitewashed Ngaaka Talent from Eastern 7-1 will meet Limuru Starlets who represent Central.
Matsui hit his first career grand slam and drove in five runs, leading the Rockies over the Philadelphia Phillies, 10-5, Thursday for a 2-0 lead in their NL Division Series. A day after taking a pitchers’ duel, Colorado outslugged the Phils and got a big effort from its bullpen. With 16 victories in 17 games, the Rockies are winning every which way. “We believe we’re going to win every game,” Manager Clint Hurdle said. “We’ve been playing in the loser’s bracket for a month.” Matsui connected off Kyle Lohse, rushed in to relieve struggling rookie Kyle Kendrick in the fourth inning. Lohse was the Phillies’ scheduled Game 4 starter. At this rate, the best-of-5 series may not get that far. NLDS: Former Met hits grand slam to lead Colorado to a 2-0 series lead over Philadelphia. By Rob Maaddi THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PHILADELPHIA – Done chasing that wild-card spot, Kaz Matsui and the relentless Colorado Rockies are playing like champs. Rookie Ubaldo Jimenez will try to pitch Colorado to a sweep Saturday night at Coors Field against veteran Jamie Moyer. Making just the second postseason appearance in the franchise’s 15-year history, Colorado is on the verge of going to its first NL Championship Series. The Rockies posted their eighth straight road victory. Matsui fell a single short of the cycle, and Troy Tulowitzki and Matt Holliday homered on consecutive pitches in the first inning off Kendrick, who got a quick hook from Manager Charlie Manuel. Booed out of New York after 2 seasons with the Mets, Matsui is a perfect fit in calmer Colorado. “I couldn’t make good results in New York,” Matsui said through a translator. “I’m glad I have a good environment and a good team in Colorado.” The Phillies had a chance to make it interesting in the eighth, loading the bases with two outs. But closer Manny Corpas came in and retired Carlos Ruiz. Corpas worked around a pair of two-out singles in a scoreless ninth for his second save in as many days. Before the game, Corpas came under scrutiny because he was caught by TBS cameras on Wednesday pouring a liquid on the front of his jersey and patting his chest and rubbing his fingers before throwing a pitch. He didn’t appear to do anything shady in this appearance. Jimmy Rollins homered and drove in four runs and Ryan Howard also went deep for Philadelphia, which ended a 14-year playoff drought by capturing the NL East title on the final day of the season. But it’s been downhill for the Phillies since they followed a wild celebration Sunday with a pep rally at City Hall the next day. The heavily criticized Manuel gave his critics plenty of ammunition with two questionable moves. With the Phillies leading, 3-2, in the fourth, Manuel pulled Kendrick after pinch-hitter Seth Smith’s infield single loaded the bases with two outs. Manuel called on Lohse, who made two relief appearances on side days down the stretch. Lohse got ahead 1-and-2 on Matsui, before grooving a fastball. Matsui drove it into the right-field seats to give the Rockies a 6-3 lead and silence the largest crowd ever at four-year-old Citizens Bank Park. “Lohse has been pitching really well out of the bullpen, he has good stuff and I felt he was the right guy,” Manuel said. A total of 45,991 came out, waved their rally towels and cheered wildly despite the score – somewhat out of character for the notoriously tough Philly boobirds. But they sure gave Jose Mesa an earful when the reliever struggled in the sixth. Mesa walked his first two batters and allowed a two-run double to Yorvit Torrealba. Clay Condrey entered one out later and gave up an RBI triple to Matsui and RBI single to Holliday that made it 10-3.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
DONEGAL LADIES came within a whisker of causing a massive upset in the All-Ireland Qualifiers today, Kerry needing extra time and some luck to put the Tir Chonaill girls out.First half goals from Geraldine McLaughlin and Emma McGrory had given Donegal a sensational one point lead at the break, 2-04 to 0-09.Donegal added five more points in the second half, but Kerry hit six – leaving the sides all square at the final whistle 2-09 to 0-15. Katie Herron was in sensational form for Donegal, hitting a number of superb points from play.Kerry nipped back into the lead at the start of the first period of extra time but Donegal squared it again from a free after Geraldine McLaughlin was flattened in a poor challenge and Geraldine converted from the free.McLaughlin then worked a goal chance for Orla Carr but the Kerry keeper somehow kept out the effort.Donegal then wasted good possession and Kerry then registered three unanswered points to lead 0-19 to 2-10. Louise Galvin then hammered home a goal to stretch Kerry’s lead to six points; and it was so undeserved, Donegal had been the better side for much of the first period of extra time.McLaughlin broke free to score a point to reduce the deficit to 1-19 to 2-11 but Kerry pulled ahead again and won out in extra-time 1-22 to 2-14.But Donegal Ladies – and their coach Davy McLaughlin – can hold their heads high after being written off by all the pundits before this game.With that sort of performance, Donegal’s Senior Ladies can push on from this and come back even stronger next season. PROUD DAY FOR DONEGAL LADIES AFTER HEARTBREAKING EXTRA-TIME DEFEAT TO KERRY was last modified: August 5th, 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:donegalKerryLadies GFA
Tropical World in Letterkenny has become a huge success since it was launched.From skunks to butterflies, the centre on the outskirts of the town at Loughnagin has it all. Run by the well-known Alcorn family, the centre again opens for a busy season this Friday, March 30th.Last year the centre played host to more than 20,000 visitors and this year looks like it’s going to be even busier.However the centre will today host a very special open day to explain all it has to offer.The day, which runs from 1-5pm, is aimed at all those in the tourism sector as well as teachers from across the county and further afield. The day is aimed at showing first-hand al the amazing flora and fauna on display at Tropical World as well as answering any questions people might have.If anyone from the tourism of education sectors cannot make today’s open day, they are asked to contact Tropical World directly on 0749121655 or visit tropicalworld.ie.TROPICAL WORLD TO BLOSSOM FOR TEACHERS AND TOURIST BOSSES was last modified: March 28th, 2012 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:OPENINGteacherstropical world
Sinn Féin Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty has said the government’s job creation strategy is nothing but a PR exercise.Deputy Doherty was speaking ahead of a meeting of the cabinet tomorrow which is due to discuss the jobs strategy.Despite the spin from government that this Dáil term will be dominated by job creation legislation the fact is that the legislation underpinning the government’s strategic investment fund, launched on 29 September 2011, is still not scheduled. Challenging Tánaiste Eamonn Gilmore in the Dáil this morning Deputy Doherty said “On 29 September the Government announced the strategic investment fund. As part of that announcement it indicated that legislative change would be needed to allow for resources to be channelled from the National Pensions Reserve Fund into the productive economy.“It is now 2013 and the legislative programme was published yesterday. This legislation is not due for publication this term and the heads of the Bill have not even been agreed. The strategic investment fund was supposed to be a major plank in the government’s strategy to get people back to work.“Given that it has been announced nearly one and a half years ago but legislation has not even come before this House, when will the amendment to the National Pensions Reserve Fund legislation be brought to the House to allow for the channelling of funds sitting in the NPRF into the domestic economy to help get people back to work?”Speaking after the exchange in the Dáil Deputy Doherty said “The delay in publication of this legislation and the Tánaiste’s clear refusal to answer my question this morning shows that the government’s jobs strategy is nothing more than a PR exercise with no real substance to it. Unfortunately tomorrow’s cabinet meeting is likely to result in more spin with little substance.” GOVERNMENT JOBS STRATEGY A PR EXERCISE – DOHERTY was last modified: January 19th, 2013 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:jobsPearse Doherty
The crowd in An Ionad Teampaill ChróineAn estimated 250 people packed Ionad Tempaill Croine in Dungloe last night for a Public meeting in relation to the closure of 10 short stay beds at Dungloe Community Hospital.The meeting which was called by local Councillor-Marie Therese Gallagher, heard that due to the embargo on replacing staff, that beds have had to close since two staff had gone on sick leave.Addressing the large attendance Marie Therese Gallagher, Councillor David Alcorn and Pat the Cope Gallagher MEP agreed that the fight against the closures should be a community approach and not a political one. “I do not believe that there is an agenda to close the Hospital” – Pat the Cope Gallagher stated in his address “but the embargo must be relaxed to allow these beds to open”.Richie Curruthers from Impact and Declan Ferry from SIPTU spoke of their frustration and continued highlighting of the practice of closing beds just because staff went off either on maternity leave or sick leave.The Union representatives also spoke about the intended HSE offer of extended leave to staff which would simply add to the problem.Frank Campbell- a member of the local lobby group elected two years ago gave an outline of meetings the group had with Donegal management of the HSE and his feeling that these talks “suited the HSE as it meant the local community wouldn’t protest if talks were ongoing”. Many members of the public spoke of the high quality of care which is consistently given by the Hospital staff as well as the unique rural catchment area which includes Arranmore Island. “We should be looking for more beds- up to 60 beds and not here discussing bed closures”- one speaker said.In a call to use the spirit, numbers and energy of the meeting to create a positive action stemming from the night – The Chairman of the meeting Charlie “the Yank” Boyle summarized the various suggestions and asked for agreement on the following proposals which came from the floor;1- A protest march to be held in Dungloe in the weeks ahead to highlight the bed closures and to allow the wider public to show their opposition in a dignified yet strong manner.2- Pat the Cope Gallagher would make direct contact with the local TD and Government Junior Minister Dinny McGinley with a view to the possibility of securing a meeting with the Minister for Health James Reilly.3- Additional members from the meeting would join the lobby group and members from that group would meet with the HSE management next week to highlight the local opposition to the bed closures. The meeting was the largest attended in a series over recent years and the feeling locally is that the provision of these short stay beds is an essential and vital part of local Health services at the Dungloe Community Hospital. The upcoming protest march gives an opportunity to the community of West Donegal to show their clear opposition to the closure of vital beds.PROTESTS PLANNED AS ANGRY CROWD MEET TO DISCUSS DOWNGRADING OF DUNGLOE HOSPITAL was last modified: May 18th, 2013 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:bed closuresdungloe hospital
So do we have any chance at all? That seems to be the question on most people’s minds this week.Cathal MacSuibhneOf course we have a chance, it’s a two horse race and no team is unbeatable. Most importantly for Donegal, the man patrolling the sideline is called Jim McGuinness.That is the single most important advantage we have going into Sunday. Dublin are an exceptional side, and having seen them up close quite a few times this year and last, the word I’d use to describe them is frightening. There’s never been a more athletic, more swashbuckling, more ruthless team to play in Croke Park. It will take the mother and father of all efforts to beat them but if any team is capable of accomplishing the feat, it is this Donegal bunch stewarded by the game’s leading coach.One tactic won’t win the game; a multitude of plans, blueprints and strategies will be needed to stop the juggernaut. Jim will break up the match into 10-15 minute sections as he has done all year and possibly implement different tactics in each.Will we see a blitzkrieg start a la the final of 2012? At certain stages the handbrake will have to come off and this Dublin rear-guard will be tested – something which hasn’t happened too often so far this season.Michael MurphyOn the occasions when Michael Murphy (right) is stationed close to goal, we’re likely to see plenty of high ball rained down on top of him and Rory O’Carroll. In last year’s quarter final, Cork caused Dublin plenty of trouble kicking a series of raking high balls in on top of Brian Hurley and Ciaran Sheehan – not taking their chances cost the Rebels in the end but they did show up a chink in the Dublin armour. As we saw with Kieran Donaghy last Sunday, by and large high ball causes panic amongst any defence. At other times the green and gold wall will be erected – any number of McGinley’s, Mangan’s, Marlay’s, McGuinness’ and even a Swilly bus could be seen en route to Drumcondra to be planted along our 45m line to weather the Dubs onslaught.Coaching is about trying to prepare for every eventuality, not leaving things to chance. There’s no point in hoping that Dublin don’t score much – you have to do all in your power to keep their score down. There will be some similarities to the 2011 contest for certain stages of the game but we won’t see the all-out shutout that was attempted then.In any case, there was such a rawness associated with Donegal back then; the naivety and the embryonic stage of ‘The System’ at that juncture dictated a defensive approach. So while Sunday could be similar, the team is much more refined and knowledgeable and are much more au fait with how they want to play.We were of course vilified for our tactics that day but with the quality this Dublin team has shown since maybe it doesn’t look quite so apocalyptic now as was made out. The main difference will be that the counter attacking speed that was lacking in that game three years ago will be seen on Sunday.I vividly remember one move where Kevin Cassidy won the ball and powered up the touchline in front of the Cusack Stand but with no one on his shoulder in support he had to turn back for help. That wasn’t necessarily to do with lack of ambition but more with a lack of pace throughout the team and an inability to implement the system in full. If the same happens on Sunday, the player in possession will have someone on his shoulder. What really needs to happen is a return to the wave attack of 2012 – three or four men on the shoulder. Whether its possible to do this while also manning the buses is the key question.Kick outs will be the crucial battle zone – at last week’s preview night in Dublin’s Harcourt Hotel, Jim grinned from ear to ear when a questioner from the floor dared mention the subject and he was rebuffed with a swift ‘I think we’ll move on from that one’!Jim McGuinnessThe dilemma to decipher is whether Donegal drop everyone back and concede possession like Monaghan did in the quarter final or do they push up and force Stephen Cluxton to go long and hope that Neil Gallagher, Rory Kavanagh et al can win their share of ball? In the infamous semi-final contest three years ago, it was very much a case of giving Dublin the ball and allowing them free reign to try to break down the mass defensive barricade. This time around it’s likely to be the latter option, the main difference being Dublin’s quickness and acceleration, so even with bodies back they would be expected to find a way through. That said it is a futile exercise trying to second guess McGuinness at this stage so anything and everything is on the table.His plotting for this game will have reached a crescendo in the last week but this battle has been on his mind for quite a while. As far back as the game with Armagh in the McKenna Cup, when new kick out strategies were unveiled, you can be sure that any new nuance of play has been developed with a joust against the champions in mind. Even the Ulster Final performance this year was probably more defensive that it needed to be but it would have helped in the preparation for Sunday. Colm McFaddenColm McFadden is one of the key figures in the build up to the game and unfortunately that is because he has not been displaying anything close to his best form of late. It would be a huge surprise not to see him start and despite his poor performances he is still averaging three to four points per game; he’s still contributing and there’s always a chance that he could explode into life.So, the general consensus is that Donegal are going to have to play astonishingly well to win which is true, however, so is the reverse. In order to beat us, Dublin are going to have to play brilliantly; granted they have done that all year but you’d have to argue that the opposition has been inferior. If they can reach those standards against us and win then fair play to them. If they don’t, we can take advantage.We have to drag them into a war and see if they have the stomach for a fight.‘IT’S A WAR BUT HAVE DUBS STOMACH FOR A FIGHT?’ – CATHAL MacSUIBHNE’S BIG MATCH PREVIEW was last modified: August 29th, 2014 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:Cathal MacSuibhneCroke ParkdonegaldublinGAA
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In response to indications that the White House is preparing a withdrawal from the free trade agreement between the United States and South Korea, the American Soybean Association issued a stern warning that withdrawal from the pact, and the larger strategy of brinkmanship with regard to trade agreements by the White House, could have disastrous consequences for the nation’s soybean farmers.“Withdrawal from KORUS would hurt us all. As soybean farmers, we benefit greatly from exports, which contribute a $2 billion annual surplus to our nation’s balance of trade. Trade makes our local businesses and our communities stronger. Yet whether it’s South Korea, Mexico and Canada, or our neighbors on the Pacific Rim, we once again find ourselves fighting to communicate the value of trade to farmers,” said Ron Moore, ASA president. “With respect to South Korea, we supply nearly half of the 1.3 million tons of soybeans that country imports, with no tariffs as a result of the KORUS agreement. Most of Korea’s soybean imports, however, come from our competitors in Brazil and Argentina. If we withdraw, reinstatement of tariffs will make it hard to maintain our market share and will further increase our competitors’ advantage. And it would be devastating for our U.S. livestock customers who export meat products to South Korea.”Global competition for soybeans makes trade agreements like KORUS extremely valuable to U.S. farmers.“The idea that we’re the only game in town when it comes to selling soybeans or other agricultural products abroad is false. So is the notion that there’s always another country that will buy our commodities. Furthermore, even the threat to withdraw from this or any trade agreement is a dangerous course of action. Repeatedly walking our trade relationships to the brink, or actually breaking them, only weakens our standing abroad,” Moore said. “As American soybean farmers, we demand that the U.S. remain in KORUS, and that we move forward to negotiate new trade agreements rather than retreating from existing ones. We must expand rather than abandon access to essential overseas markets for the products we produce.”