ASA Urges TPA Action Before End of Year

first_imgASA and the Trade Benefits America (TBA) Coalition sent a letter this week urging passage of the bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation this year.The letter, addressed to Speaker of the House John Boehner, Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leaders Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell, stated action on TPA is needed to help ensure high-standard outcomes in the Trans- Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, which the United States and 11 other Asia-Pacific countries are striving to complete.“By passing TPA, Congress will also help ensure strong outcomes in the other ongoing talks on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP), the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), and an agreement to eliminate tariffs on environmental goods,” the letter states. “These initiatives hold tremendous potential to: help U.S. companies of all sizes, farmers and workers buy and sell goods and services in the global marketplace; set strong, enforceable trade rules and support U.S. growth and jobs.”The groups said it is vital for the United States to implement high-standard trade agreements as soon as possible to help expand U.S. commerce with other countries. The letter pointed to other countries that are completing trade agreements and opening markets to the advantage of their companies, farmers and workers.“History has shown that TPA is a critical tool for helping complete ambitious U.S. trade agreements and getting them passed by Congress,” the letter states.Click here to read the entire letter.last_img read more

Avengers Endgame will mark Stan Lees last Marvel movie cameo

first_img 0 Captain Marvel Stan Lee Marvel Spiderman Thor The Avengers Every Stan Lee Marvel movie cameo Stan Lee plays a hilarious intergalactic barber in the 2017 movie Thor: Ragnarok. Marvel Whenever a new Marvel movie came out, fans had fun trying to spot Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee on the big screen. Lee guest-starred in over 20 Marvel movies — as well as in various TV shows, video games and comics. Lee has appeared as everything from a bus driver to a librarian alongside the comic book characters he created over the years.But since Lee’s death at age 95 in 2018, it’s been unclear how many more posthumous cameos would be granted to the late, great comic book creator, until now. “It’s his last one committed to film,” Avengers: Endgame director Joe Russo told the media on press day in Los Angeles Saturday.  Most recently, Lee had a touching posthumous cameo in Captain Marvel reading a script of director Kevin Smith’s 1995 movie Mallrats, which Lee starred in as himself.Some fans speculated that the upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home, which hits theaters in July, would feature Lee’s final cameo, especially since Russo told the press earlier this month that “I don’t remember if he was well enough to do the cameo in Homecoming or not.”  Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment Originally published 2:36 p.m. PT.  Stan Lee dies at 95: A look back at his most iconic characters on screen Tags Lee’s Captain Marvel cameo made Kevin Smith a ‘blubbering mess’ Star-studded tribute to Lee: He ‘made us proud to be misfits’ Lee’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse cameo will warm your heart 4:51 More Stan Lee 18 Photos Share your voice TV and Movies While it’s bittersweet to learn that Lee’s last hurrah in the MCU is coming up fast, the the extra-long run time for the upcoming Avengers: Endgame movie could mean that Marvel might give Lee more than one appearance in the three-hour movie. “I have to say, I think it’s astonishing that this would be his last cameo,” Russo added. “It’s just kind of mind-boggling that he made it to the end of this run. I can’t believe it.”tec0280-cmp-v006-1037Stan Lee is dressed as an astronaut in the 2017 movie Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Marvel After all, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 allowed for not one but two moments in the film where Lee — dressed as an astronaut — is seen discussing his past adventures with various interested aliens referred to as the Watchers.  Avengers: Endgame is scheduled to open in theaters worldwide on April 26. For more Avengers: Endgame plot theories, characters reveals and news check out our Avengers: Endgame movie guide. If you want to catch every Lee cameo in the MCU movies before the Endgame begins, here’s our guide to streaming all the movies online.last_img read more

A soda a day may cut your chances of conceiving

first_imgPlanning a baby? Then stop drinking soda or sugar-sweetened beverages, as intake of one or more such drinks a day – by either partner – may decrease the chances of conceiving, warns a study. The findings showed both female and male intake of sugar-sweetened beverages was associated with 20 per cent reduced fecundability – the average monthly probability of conception. Females who consumed at least one soda per day had 25 per cent lower fecundability, while male consumption was associated with 33 per cent lower fecundability. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”We found positive associations between intake of sugar-sweetened beverages and lower fertility, which were consistent after controlling for many other factors, including obesity, caffeine intake, alcohol, smoking, and overall diet quality,” said lead author Elizabeth Hatch, Professor at the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH).”Couples planning a pregnancy might consider limiting their consumption of these beverages, especially because they are also related to other adverse health effects,” Hatch said, in a paper published in the journal Epidemiology. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIntake of energy drinks was related to even larger reductions in fertility, although the results were based on small numbers of consumers. Little association was found between intake of fruit juice or diet soda and fertility.Previous studies have linked the consumption of these beverages to weight gain, Type 2 diabetes, early menstruation and poor semen quality. For the new study, the team surveyed 3,828 women aged 21 to 45 living in the US or Canada and 1,045 of their male partners.last_img read more