Coronavirus, Local Preparedness for a Global Emergency

By Janet Stephenson As of January 28, 2020, the outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in China has been officially designated a global emergency by the World Health Organization. The declaration came after China reported more than 7,800 cases and 170 deaths, as well as reported cases in eighteen other countries, including the United States, South Korea, Canada, Japan, and France. In a press conference statement, WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, “The main reason for this declaration is not because of what is happening in China but because…

U.S. Congress Ratifies Trump’s USMCA Trade Deal with Mexico and Canada

Local U.S. Representative Julia Brownley Votes in Favor by Staff Writers Washington, DC – On January 16, 2020, the United States Senate approved the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) with a strong bipartisan vote of 89 to 10.   Key provisions of the agreement include: 1) Canadian dairy market is opened up to US farmers, 2) extension of copyrights from 50 to 70 years, 3) no duties on digital content, 4) liability protections for internet companies, 5) 40-45% of Mexican auto parts must be made by workers earning at least $16 per…