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first_imgBy Kimlee WongAPTN National NewsCardston, ABThree Kainai women from the Blood reserve in southern Alberta appeared in Cardston provincial court on Dec. 21 after being arrested by Blood Tribe police and charged with “intimidation” for blocking the highway.Lois Frank, Elle-Maija Apiniskim Tailfeathers and Jill Crop Eared Wolf are members of a group called the Kainai Earth Watch.The charges came as a result of a Sept. 9 non-violent protest against hydraulic fracking on their lands. The women stood in front of Murphy Oil company trucks, refusing to let the trucks leave an oil well site on the reserve.Hydraulic fracking is a process used to remove natural gas from the earth. First an oil well is dug, then millions of litres of water, sand and chemicals are injected deep into the earth at high pressure. The injection creates cracks in the earth from which the natural gas can be more easily collected.Critics of fracking say it wastes millions of litres of fresh water, has contaminated entire aquifers, uses chemicals linked to severe adverse health effects such as cancer, and creates large amounts of toxic wastewater that is released back into fresh water sources or stored in sewage ponds.There are also concerns that there is increased earthquake activity in areas where fracking is happening.Canada has no national water strategy. Fracking is currently not regulated in Canada.Environmental regulations on reserve are less comprehensive than Canadian standards. Former Auditor General Sheila Fraser in her 2011 update, warned that it will take a lot of time for First Nation standards to be improved to meet the standards other Canadians take for granted.“First Nation reserves may still be years away from having drinking water protection comparable to what exists off-reserve in Canada,” Fraser wrote.In 2010, the Blood Tribe chief and council signed a five-year lease agreement with two oil and gas companies, Murphy Oil and Bowood Energy, giving them drilling rights to roughly half of the community’s land base.The women who were arrested say the community never had a say in the agreement.Jim Gladstone is one of two Blood Tribe councillors who do not support the five-year lease agreement. He didn’t sign it. He says while he is not against oil exploration, he wants it regulated.Gladstone also said that the agreement fails to put in place any monitoring or studies into what effects fracking will have on his community.Lois Frank, one of the Blood women charged, told APTN National News she remains confident in the legal position she has taken. She believes the government of Canada has a legal obligation to protect “Indians and Indian lands” and would like to see a government representative in court doing that.Ingrid Hess is a lawyer for two of the women charged. Elle-Maija Apiniskim Tailfeathers and Jill Crop Eared Wolf are students and don’t believe the oil companies’ licences are valid under Aboriginal law. They say lack of community consultation and disclosure of the details of the contracts means their right to consultation wasn’t fulfilled.“In order to enforce their rights to have their lands protected and have their concerns heard, my clients feel they not only have a right but a duty to do what they are doing,” Hess said.Hess has requested copies of the contracts which the oil companies say gives them a right to operate on Blood territory but so far she has not seen those documents.Frank is upset that NDP Aboriginal Affairs Critic Linda Duncan’s questions in the House of Commons about fracking on reserves on Dec. 11 were answered by the Environment minister who referred it to the province of Alberta. She wants the federal minister of Aboriginal Affairs to weigh in on the issue.A grandmother of seven and a former University of Lethbridge lecturer, Frank said she believes fracking is already damaging the land and she is worried about her community’s well-being. She said the two earthquakes listed by Natural Resources Canada on Dec. 5 were in the area of the oil and gas well where she and the other women were arrested. She also believes that the Dec. 8 closing of the community school due to strong gas smells and sickness in the children are also related to the fracking.“I’m not the one who should be in court, it should be the oil companies,” said Frank.As evidence that her concerns are justified, she points to the growing list of communities who are declaring moratoriums on fracking until more studies have been done and an U.S. Environmental Protection Agency study that found water contamination from fracking to be a cause of serious concern.First Nations leaders have long complained that when accidents do happen on or near their lands, it’s their communities, not the companies, that are stuck with the tab and the adverse health effects.Frank said she understands the difficult position chiefs are in as they try to provide for their communities in a system of chronic under-funding, but feels that the strength of their people and community can only come by protecting the integrity of the lands and waters.The three women have some high profile supporters. Maude Barlow of the Council of Canadians has visited the community and given the women her organization’s full support, including a contribution to their legal defense. Climate change advocate Bill McKibben and film director Josh Fox have also made statements in support of the women.Calls to Chief Charles Weasel Head of the Blood Tribe and Murphy Oil seeking comment were not returned.last_img read more

Rabat  –  The new code for criminal procedure, which will be submitted soon to the Parliament’s approval, provides for raising the minimum age for the detention of juveniles from 12 to 15 years-old, Justice and Liberties Minister Mustapha Ramid said on Tuesday.Speaking during a Lower House question session, the Minister said that his Department has elaborated a guide on the criteria governing the judicial support for women and children.The criteria include the principle of the appropriateness of the measures taken with the juvenile’s personality and conditions, said the Minister, adding that detention will only be resorted to in exceptional circumstances. read more

TORONTO — Namaste Technologies Inc.’s interim chief executive is urging its shareholders to “ignore the rumours” as its ex-CEO commenced legal action against the cannabis company to prohibit his termination unless a “proper process” is followed. According to court documents obtained by the Canadian Press, Sean Dollinger applied for a permanent, mandatory injunction requiring Namaste and two of its board members to retract a news release that announced his termination.Lawyers for Dollinger also called for an injunction prohibiting Namaste’s board, or a committee or subset of the board, from removing him as a director or terminating him as CEO unless a “proper process in compliance with relevant statutes” is adopted and followed.Shares of the Toronto-based firm on the TSX Venture Exchange plunged on Monday after Namaste announced Dollinger’s firing, its plans to commence legal action against him and the launch of a strategic review process to examine its options.Today, the interim CEO of Namaste, which operates an e-commerce platform and a portal that connects patients to doctors, wrote a letter to shareholders urging them to focus on communications received from the company and to disregard “rumour and speculation.”Meni Norim also told shareholders in the letter that Namaste has a strong management team in place and the business is “solid.” The Canadian Press read more

TORONTO — Stephen Jarislowsky, a former director of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. and one of Canada’s most outspoken investment managers, is demanding a shareholder vote on the company’s decision to sell the bulk of its stake in Ontario’s 407 toll highway operator for $3.25 billion.Jarislowsky says such a big move, announced on April 5, runs counter to responsible management, as the engineering and construction firm’s 407 assets comprise about four-fifths of the company’s market valuation of $5.86 billion.He says the investment compares to a government bond and promises higher profits as Toronto-area road traffic increases.The deal will see the OMERS pension plan buy a 10.01 per cent stake in 407 International Inc., reducing SNC-Lavalin’s interest to 6.76 per cent.SNC-Lavalin plans to use the proceeds from the 407 deal to bolster its balance sheet and help pay down a $1.5-billion loan from the Caisse, Quebec’s pension fund manager. The scandal-plagued company previously paid off $500 million of the 2017 loan, and aims to pay another $600 million upon closing.Jarislowsky’s comments, posted in a personal note on the website of the Canadian Foundation for Advancement of Investor Rights, also take aim at former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould for refusing to overturn prosecutors’ decision to prosecute the company on fraud and corruption charges.Companies in this story: (TSX:SNC)The Canadian Press read more

There were more than 270,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) staying in closed camps in May after a final push by Government forces ended the decades-long civil war with separatist Tamil rebels.In a message praising the release of over half of the IDPs from the camps since the end of military operations against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Mr. Ban encouraged Sri Lankan authorities to prioritize the return home of the remaining people. He also urged the Government to continue working with the United Nations and its humanitarian partners to improve assistance programmes which support the return of IDPs and to ensure the best possible services are provided to those who go home. 21 November 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the Government decision to allow greater freedom of movement to Sri Lankans sheltering in makeshift camps in the north of the country. read more

The ‘new normal’ looks like modest expectations in collective bargaining in 2013 by LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 14, 2012 2:50 pm MDT Modest expectations at the bargaining table are expected to match a modest economy in what’s being called the “new normal,” says the Conference Board of Canada.Canada faces relatively slow economic growth over the next three to five years, the Conference Board’s Karla Thorpe said Friday.The climate for bargaining has fundamentally changed and that means unions need to approach negotiations more modestly with reduced expectations on wage increases and even on some benefits or pension improvements, Thorpe said.“So the new normal is really an acknowledgment that the economy is in a period of slow growth that’s going to continue over the medium term,” said Thorpe, director, leadership and human resources at the board.As a result, the board expects average base wage increases for unionized workers next year will rise just 1.8 per cent in the public sector and 2.1 per cent in the private sector.Dave Coles, president of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union, said the board’s wage increases for 2013 are “bang on” and in line with the cost of living.But Coles doesn’t accept the term the “new normal.”“We’re in a world austerity program that we’re opposed to,” he said. “Canadian workers are getting choked.”Thorpe said given the economic climate, she expects a lot of restraint particularly in the public sector, which will put “downward pressure” on wages for public servants, regardless of which political party is in power.The board said in its Industrial Relations Outlook 2013 report that Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador are growing faster than other parts of Canada.There were a number of strikes and lockouts in 2012 and that was fuelled by differing views on the state of the economic recovery, Thorpe said from Ottawa.The federal government threatened to prevent strikes by Air Canada workers and imposed arbitrated settlements that mostly ended up favouring the airline. The government also intervened with Canada Post.U.S. heavy equipment giant Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT) closed the Electro-Motive plant earlier this year in London, Ont. It relocated to Indiana after workers refused to accept a 55 per cent cut in wages and benefits.Thorpe also said Canada actually has been in what she calls the “new normal” since 2009.“There has been a lot of denial that we’re in this period of slow growth,” she said.“So it has taken a few years for, I think, employers and labour to acknowledge and recognize that we’re not going to be back to that pre-recession level for still a number of years to come.”Wages will be a bit higher in the private sector, Thorpe said, because there’s some economic growth in industries such as oil and gas.Coles said the economic climate will put downward pressure on union wages, particularly in the public sector.But he said other sectors of the economy, such as oil and gas and telecom, are doing quite well. Coles noted that bargaining begins shortly with energy workers.“I think we’re also heading into a period of significant unrest because of the austerity measures that are being forced by some where they’re not necessary and by government interference in collective bargaining.”Coles said he doesn’t want the federal Conservative government to meddle in collective bargaining rights in 2013.“It’s none of their business. It should not be worrying about how unions operate. If they keep messing with it, they’re heading for a problem.”The roughly 114,000-member Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada will merge with the Canadian Auto Workers in 2013, partly as a way to strengthen union clout in Canada.The new union will initially have more than 300,000 members across roughly 20 sectors of the economy. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Noah West celebrates with Gavin Lyon following scoring a run during the two’s days in Little League for the Westerville Warhawks. Credit: Courtesy of Carrie WestComing from a small town and being counted on to play a varsity sport is not an easy task to ask of anyone. It can be a very challenging transition.But freshmen baseball players Noah West and Gavin Lyon have something that can help make that transition much easier — a friendship dating back to the days of Little League.And, as West noted, having his best friend by his side to begin his collegiate baseball career at Ohio State proved to be very advantageous for the pair.“Coming into here, I was pretty nervous; it was really nerve-wracking,” West said. “A whole new set of players who we were playing with, and we don’t know them that well. But coming here with Gavin is basically a comfort zone. He’s always had my back, and if something’s going on, I can always come talk to him. It was always just a lot easier coming here with him.”They first started playing with each other when they were on a travel team called the Westerville Warhawks. Their fathers had been good friends and both helped coach the team. From there, they would continue to grow up and play at every level together from Little League to the varsity at their school, Westerville Central High School.For their former high-school baseball coach, Jeff Keifer, it has been a remarkable thing to watch the two of them grow up together and now both play at the highest level of amateur baseball.“They went on spring trips together. They played on the same travel teams growing up and then eventually playing on practice teams and ultimately junior varsity and varsity for three years,” Keifer said. “And that in and of itself must be incredibly special — just to be able to do that. But the uniqueness of them both being able to go on and play at the next level at a place with the storied history of Ohio State, it was just great for both of them.”Both have made it to the level of college baseball, but each took different paths.West, the youngest of three brothers, has grown up in a baseball family and has always had the sport in the forefront of his mind. Coach Keifer, who coached both West’s older brothers in high school, had figured for a long time Noah was going to be able to move on to the next level.“He just had that special athleticism that makes the difference between just a really good high-school player and a college athlete,” Keifer said.OSU baseball coach Greg Beals thought West had the skills to live up to the high expectations that come with playing shortstop at OSU.“I thought Noah showed me that between his hands, his athleticism and especially his arm strength that he could stay at shortstop at the college level,” Beals said.Noah West (left) and Gavin Lyon (right) pose for a photo on a visit at an Ohio State football game. Credit: Courtesy of Carrie WestLyon was a multi-sport athlete in high school, serving as both a starting pitcher for the baseball team and as starting quarterback for the football team. There was a time when baseball was not necessarily the runaway first sport for Lyon.“I was kind of new to baseball,” Lyon admits. “I’ve always loved both, but baseball especially through high school became the one, that I knew was going to be the one that I wanted to pursue further.”But as he continued on his high school career, Lyon became more enamored with the game of baseball and his coach said that it had probably surpassed football as his favorite sport by the time he was a senior.Though he now only plays the one sport, Lyon still possesses that athleticism that made him such an exciting player to watch. Coach Beals believes it is really special when you see someone who can excel in two sports the way Lyon did at Westerville Central.“It speaks to his athleticism,” Beals said. “To be able to quarterback at a big high school like that and then also be the No. 1 pitcher on his high school team speaks a lot about his athleticism.”When it finally came time to commit to a school, West was the first to submit a pledge to coach Beals and the OSU program. And at that point, it quickly became an easier decision for Lyon to decide to join the OSU baseball team. The prospect of playing baseball together for four more years with his best friend seemed too good an offer to pass up.“Noah visited first and he committed, so I committed a little later, but there was always that thing where Noah was pushing me to commit,” Lyon said. “We had always been thinking about it, like how cool would that be, and it really was like a dream come true when it all came into place.”For West, it was just a dream, one that somehow became fact rather than fiction.“I just never thought it would be possible to play baseball with my best friend all the way through high school,” he said. read more

first_imgA SUMPTUOUS NEW French restaurant in Sydney has said it would remove two urinals designed to resemble a woman’s lipsticked mouth, apologising for any offence they have caused.The Ananas Bar and Brasserie said the bright red-lipped urinals shaped like an open mouth were “a commonly used European design piece from female Dutch artist Meike van Schijndel“.“We sincerely apologise if they have caused offence. They are being removed today,” a spokeswoman said in a statement.The stylish restaurant opened three weeks ago, with the Sydney Morning Herald’s food reviewer describing the urinals as “no real surprise here at Ananas, merely adding to the extraordinary collision of statements and intent”.But feminist, former political adviser and writer Anne Summers said the design was offensive. “Misogyny is very widespread, and this is just an example of misogyny,” said Summers.“The concept is pretty challenging and confronting. They’re asking men to put their dicks in these mouths as urinals.”Australia is the grip of a fierce political debate about sexism after Prime Minister Julia Gillard, the nation’s first woman leader, accused opposition leader Tony Abbott of being a misogynist.The unmarried Gillard said Tuesday she had been personally offended by many of Abbott’s remarks over the years — from urging her to “make an honest woman of herself”, to his cat-calling at her in parliament.“If he wants to know what misogyny looks like in modern Australia, he doesn’t need a motion in the House of Representatives, he needs a mirror,” she said in stinging comments.- © AFP, 2012VIDEO: Australian PM lashes out at ‘sexist’ Abbott>last_img read more

first_imgThe growing popularity of smartphones and tablets have meant we all need to get used to typing on a touchscreen keyboard. While such keyboards have improved, they can still leave a lot to be desired, and the smaller the display the harder it can be to always tap the right key.The most well-known alternative to the typical touchscreen keyboard at the moment is Swype, but you really need to try it out to see if it works for you. There is another solution though, which has just been implemented and offers you access to all characters of the alphabet using just a single hand.The folks over at Teague Labs have implemented the Doug Engelbart Chorded Keyboard as a multi-touch interface. Engelbert is a legend in computing circles, having invented the computer mouse, hypertext, networked computers, and worked on GUI technology before anyone knew what a GUI was. Engelbart also implemented a keyboard that only required one hand. It has a steep learning curve compared to a standard keyboard because it relies on finger press combinations to type a character. For example, to type “a” you press down with your first and second fingers. In total, there are 32 combinations you can achieve, but you have to remember the association between combination and character.It’s easy to see why this didn’t catch on for general keyboard use, but it could turn out to be a bit of a revelation on a touchscreen. The big advantage it has is the fact you don’t need to be accurate with your taps on the screen. Because it relies on finger combinations, you can tap just about anywhere and your multitouch display will know which character to output. You don’t even need to be looking at the screen while you type.The good news is, it doesn’t cost anything to try the one-handed keyboard out. Teague Labs open-sourced the code and set up a page for you to try it out. Visiting that page on your touchscreen device should activate the keyboard and you can start some five-digit typing.Although at first it’s going to be tough and mistakes will be made, just imagine if you got good at typing with these combinations. Your typing speed would increase significantly and potentially past what you were capable of with two hands.More at Teague Labslast_img read more

first_imgThere is an abundance of different adhesives available to use if you need to secure, stick, or repair an object. But until now such adhesives have been for the most part single use. You apply a blob of adhesive, it sticks things together, and they remain stuck together until you force them apart again.Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) has come up with a new adhesive, though, that it is possible to reuse many times over simply by shining a light on it.This new organic material has an adhesive strength at about the same level as double-sided tape. A 1cm square of it is capable of supporting a 5kg weight, which equates to a strength of 50N/cm2.The new adhesive is orange when in liquid, non-stick form. To make it harden you can simply expose it to natural light, but it will take quite a while to fully harden. For quick hardening you can instead shine a green light on it, with the time it takes dependent on how thick the layer of adhesive is.AIST says a 10 micron thick layer will take 2 minutes to harden using an 80mW light source. It’s important to note there’s no heating or cooling involved in the process, the reaction is simply down to the type of light used.Once hard, the adhesive turns yellow. To reverse the process and return it to a non-stick liquid form requires UV light with a wavelength between 365-385nm. The same 10 micron thick layer will become a liquid again within 3 minutes.AIST intends to keep developing the adhesive to increase its strength. They also want to change its color to something better than yellow/orange. Something a dark color that goes transparent when hard would be ideal in my view.As for uses, it all depends on how strong they can made the adhesive. It certainly has applications in manufacturing where objects need to be temporarily stuck in place, but it could also replace a range of adhesive products we use around the home with the selling point being a permanent bond can be reversed in a matter of minutes.last_img read more

first_imgAlerte météo orange : La vigilance pour des vents violents dans les Bouches-du-Rhône et les Pyrénées Orientales est toujours maintenueHier 2 février, Météo France annonçait une vigilance pour des vents violents dans les départements des Pyrénées Orientales et des Bouches-du-Rhône. Dimanche 3 février, cette vigilance est toujours maintenue, avec des rafales qui pourront atteindre au cours de la journée des vitesses de 100 à 120 km/h.Dimanche 3 février, lors de son dernier bulletin à 9H00, Météo France maintenait son alerte orange concernant les départements des Bouches-du-Rhône et des Pyrénées Orientales. En effet, ce matin encore des rafales de vents pouvant atteindre 100 à 120 km/h soufflent dans cette région. Vers le littoral, Météo France note que les vents pourront même atteindre  parfois les 130 km/h au cours de la journée.Les départements limitrophes comme le Vaucluse ou l’Aude feront aussi l’objet d’une vigilance accrue où il est demandé de limiter les déplacements. En fin d’après-midi, Météo France note tout de même une légère amélioration du temps avec des rafales qui atteindront cependant encore 90 à 110 km/h. Le soir le mistral se calmera, mais la tramontane soufflera encore jusqu’à 70 à 90 km/h.Le 3 février 2013 à 10:36 • Guichaoua Virginielast_img read more

first_imgDes toilettes publiques préhistoriques découvertes en ArgentinePrès de 30.000 coprolithes, crottes fossilisées, datant du Trias moyen ont été découverts en Argentine. Selon les paléontologues, cette trouvaille témoigne de la présence de latrines ou toilettes communes bien plus tôt que ce qui était imaginé jusqu’à présent.Pour les paléontologues, les fossiles représentent de véritables mines d’informations, qu’il s’agisse d’un morceau de squelette ou d’une simple crotte minéralisée. Récemment, plus de 30.000 coprolithes (excréments fossilisés) datant du Trias moyen ont été retrouvés sur différents sites du nord-ouest de l’Argentine. Selon les analyses, elles auraient été produites il y a 240 millions d’années par de grands reptiles de la famille des Dicynodontes, des herbivores géants dont la forme rappelle étrangement celle des rhinocéros.Ces bouses préhistoriques ont fait l’objet d’une étude menée par le chercheur argentin Lucas Fiorelli et son équipe. Leurs travaux publiés dans la revue Scientific Reports, suggèrent l’existence de latrines communes déjà à cette époque. Selon les scientifiques, ces espaces se caractérisent par la présence répétée de multiples individus d’une même espèce qui y viennent déféquer, produisant par conséquent une accumulation de crottin. 

De nombreux mammifères actuels font usage des latrines communes. Ce comportement a été observé chez des carnivores, des primates, des rongeurs, des marsupiaux mais surtout chez des grands herbivores. Cette pratique permet d’assurer non seulement une meilleure hygiène mais aussi la communication au sein des population et la reproduction. Elle permet par ailleurs une meilleure défense contre les prédateurs.Un cas uniquePour Lucas Fiorelli et ses collègues, les latrines communes découvertes en Argentine sont les plus vieilles estimées à ce jour.  “C’est le seul cas de latrines de mégaherbivores et ce sont les plus anciennes” indique le chercheur dans un communiqué. Les coprolithes sont de formes et de tailles variées. Leur diamètre s’étend entre 0,5 et 35 centimètres. Cette diversité indique que les jeunes, comme les vieux du troupeau de Dicynodontes venaient déféquer ensemble dans cet espace commun. “Ce comportement complexe, typique des mammifères, était déjà présent chez une espèce qui précède de beaucoup les mammifères”, ajoute l’étude. Aussi, l’équipe entend bien continuer à fouiller la région afin notamment d’en savoir plus sur les plantes qui s’y trouvaient à l’époque. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?En effet, “dans cette formation, vous n’avez rien sur les plantes, que sur les animaux”, explique Lucas Fiorelli. Mais les Dicynodontes étant des herbivores, leurs crottes fournissent des informations précieuses. “Avec les coprolites, vous pouvez en apprendre davantage sur la paléobotanique de la formation”. (Crédit photo : Lucas Fiorelli) Le 29 novembre 2013 à 12:42 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_img KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: April 19, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego County’s unadjusted unemployment edged up slightly to 3.7% in March, despite both farm and nonfarm employment showing gains, according to figures released today by the California Employment Development Department.The region’s unemployment rate was up from a revised 3.5% in February and above the March 2018 rate of 3.4%. In January, the county’s unemployment rate was 3.8% — its highest rate since the third quarter of 2017.The latest figures show that nonfarm employment increased by 4,300 jobs from 1,489,700 in February to 1,494,000 in March, while farm jobs increased by 200, from 8,500 to 8,700. Multiple industries showed job gains of more than 1,000 while others lost at least 1,000 jobs.Government jobs increased by 1,700 from February to March, the most of any industry in the county. According to the EDD, 1,400 of those government jobs were added in local government. The leisure and hospitality and educational and health services industries also showed gains of 1,600 and 1,500 jobs, respectively.“Despite a modest increase in the unemployment rate, the report still shows that San Diego added jobs both month-over-month, and year-over- year,” said Sean Karafin, the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce’s vice president of policy and economic research. “The market is still essentially at full employment and talent attraction and retention continues to be an area of focus for growing employers.”Construction jobs decreased by 1,300 from February to March, the largest cutback of any industry. Trade, transportation and utilities jobs also decreased by 1,200 month-over-month.Year-over-year nonfarm employment increased countywide by 20,100 jobs, from 1,473,900 in March 2018 to 1,494,000 last month.Farm employment dropped by 500 jobs, from 9,200 to 8,700. Year-over-year employment in the manufacturing, professional and business services, educational and health services, leisure and hospitality and government industries all increased by at least 3,000 jobs.Year-over-year employment decreased by 2,800 jobs from March 2018 to last month, the largest decrease of any industry. Construction jobs also fell by 1,100 while information and financial activities jobs fell by 400 and 100, respectively.The state’s unemployment rate ticked up slightly from an adjusted 4.2% in February to an unadjusted 4.3% in March.Nationwide, unemployment held steady at 3.8%. KUSI Newsroom, April 19, 2019 San Diego County unemployment increased slightlylast_img read more

first_imgOn Wednesday, an Anchorage grand jury indicted 63-year-old Paul Allen Harris on one count of kidnapping, two counts of sexual abuse of a minor in the first degree and one count of sexual abuse of a minor in the second degree.Listen Now Harris has been in custody since June after a man reported his daughter was kidnapped and sexually abused by Harris. If convicted, Harris faces 99 years in prison for the kidnapping and sexual abuse.Harris is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow.last_img

first_imgPeople gather around a school bus after it collided with a train in Uttar Pradesh, India on 26 April 2018. Photo: Reuters.Thirteen children were killed on Thursday when a school van collided with a train at an unmanned railway crossing in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, a police official said.Eight children were injured and taken hospital, said the official, adding there were 22 children in the vehicle.The accident took place early in the morning when the children were on their way to school. The van collided with the Siwan-Gorakhpur passenger train, but the cause of the accident is not yet known, the police official said.This is the second major accident involving school children in a little over two weeks.At least 24 children and three adults were killed when a school bus plunged off a mountain road in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh on 9 April.last_img read more

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first_imgOctober 10 , 2018 AgroFresh and Zest Labs partner on sales solutions … From the pages of Produce Business UKGhana firms began exporting by air the Smooth Cayenne (SC) variety of fresh pineapple to Europe in the mid-1980s, relying on smallholders who contributed about 50 percent of export volumes.Like many other industries in West Africa, Ghana’s pineapple industry hoped to gain a footing in international markets. Its exports increased significantly from the early 1990s to the mid-2000s, where it reached its peak at more than US $30 million, according to a report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.Since then, however, there have been struggles. The fresh pineapple export industry had declined considerably, with the number of exporters in 2004 dropping from 50 to 14. The UN reports that this has been primarily due to a shift in market demand to the MD-2 variety of pineapple produced primarily in Costa Rica by Del Monte.14 years later, the country is showing signs of resurgence, along with a continued commitment to its workers.Produce Business UK sat down with Theresa Poku and Patrick Safo, MD, co-owners of Ohu Farms, one of the exhibitors at the upcoming Amsterdam Produce Summit (12-14 November), to understand how a Ghanaian farm is working with the international market to export its pineapples crop. Could you start by giving us some basic information about the Ohu Farms?The inception of the farm started in 2014, with the initial planting in 2015. We currently employ four full-time staff, with up to 14 additional staff who help with demands on the farm. We supply the local market: HPW Fresh & Dry Ltd., Blue Skies Ltd., Chartered Impex Ltd. How did the company come about? What were some of the founding philosophies? Ohu Farms started as an endeavor between both co-owners as a farm that provides an exotic fruit for the local and foreign population. We also thought of the local community and the livelihood it will provide for them. Now, we have women in the community who work for the farm and are able to help their families. The farm is located along the Akwapim Hills of Ghana (about an hour north of the capital city of Accra), with meandering streams and year-round conditions conducive for cultivation of pineapple. What would you say is your main service now in 2018 to the produce industry. What is the unique selling point? How has this evolved over the years? At its inception, our main target was the local consumers and local exporting companies. As the farm expands with consistent and larger-scale production, we have ventured into foreign market.What would you say makes your pineapples unique? Is it the cost? The quality?The quality and taste of our fruits is a distinguishing factor for Ohu Farms. We pay attention to producing the fruits with recommended standards. The weather patterns and location of the farm have also contributed to the products. We pay particular attention to ensuring fruits are cared for, in addition to rotating land practices. The used land is rotated with legumes to foster natural replenishment of nutrients to the land. The products have been acclaimed on the local markets. We have also recently participated in Fresh Produce Africa Expo FPA 2018 in Kenya.    We ventured into the foreign market in collaboration with a local existing farmer who exports to France. They are called Chartered lmpex. We are actively seeking to start sole exportation to other parts of Europe: notably Germany, Netherlands and the UK.  We do also have interest in emerging fruit markets in the Middle East area.Let’s talk a little about your specific farming techniques. Could you briefly describe the farming process for your pineapple varieties in Ghana?Ohu Farms Ltd. has an exceptional cultural practice which enhances the best of qualities that any buyer could desire. For example, we use the best of global GAP-certified chemicals on our farm.What specifically are the cultural practices that you mention? What are the buyer’s desires?Our farm is located on a previously uncultivated land. To that effect, we use minimal amount of Dursban — a broad-spectrum insecticide for controlling pests in horticultural crops, and Diuron — an algicide and herbicide of the arylurea class that inhibits photosynthesis. The buyer is interested in quality fruit that is appreciated by customers. To achieve this,  we try to maintain high-quality measures on our farm.Have these cultural practices evolved over the years? Is there anything you do now in 2018 that stands out from when you opened?Yes, we also use some organic fertilizer during the land preparation which helps in conventional fertilizer usage on the farm. Thus, the maximum residue level of the chemicals used on the farm is highly considered.Let’s talk about some of your pineapple varieties. Are there any in particular – the smooth cayenne / sugarloaf for example that have more demand than others? The majority of our focus has been optimizing the Smooth Cayenne (SC) and Sugarloaf (SL) varieties. Although there was a peak shift in interest for MD-2 around 2005 in Europe, both SC and SL are increasingly popular in European and Asian markets. These varieties have a vibrant, sweet taste that is unmistakable. You might also be interested in Australia forges custard apples’ future, tests pro … center_img U.S.: Avocado shoppers show “unique demographic pr … [Sweet Cayenne is a 2.5- to 3.0-kg (5- to 6-lb.), pale yellow– to yellow-fleshed fruit with high sugar and acid content, and is well-adapted to canning and processing; its leaves are without spines. It was replaced in many areas by MD-2, a hybrid named for Millie Dillard, wife of former Del Monte Hawaii general manager Frank Dillard, that is the  predominant pineapple cultivated for fresh fruit export worldwide. Ghana is one of the few areas in the world that still grows Sweet Cayenne well. Sugarloaf, at 2.5 to 3.0 kg (5–6 lb.), has white flesh with no woodiness in the center, and has a high sugar content but no acid.]Which countries do you mostly distribute to, and approximately how many pineapples per year are you selling? Our exports have been to France. We were selling about 400,000 pineapples per year. But our production for 2019 is already over one million. We are also actively seeking new buyers in Europe. This is actually one of the major reasons that we are attending the upcoming produce summit in Amsterdam. We are also seeking new buyers in the Middle East for exportation of the fruit. We would still supply to the local market, as well exporting with Charted Impex.Do you have plans to expand this in the future? In terms of geographic regions? Varieties? Yes, very much so. We are excited to supply to continuing demand for SC and SL in Europe as well as the evolving high demand in Middle East and Asia.Are there any specific ways that you market your farm? Are you in collaboration with other farms? Growers?The majority of the initial products have sold through the local market, exporting with local farmers (Charted lmpex to France) as well as local processing companies. We are collaborating with governmental agencies (free trade, foreign exporters association in Ghana) to enter the market space. We are also attending trade shows of fruits, in addition to having the new website. With international borders up for redefinition, how is this and will this affect your business in the future? The major impact would be dependent on changes to trade tariffs and similar barriers with these border redefinitions.  Do you think the upcoming Brexit uncertainty could have an affect on your trade? We hope that Brexit engenders a fair and flexible trading platform between the UK and its European and international partners.  What other global challenges do you see as affecting trade in the future? The evolving world population density with concomitant economic progress of several countries in Asia and some in Europe has the potential influence on the demand of agricultural products in the future. Furthermore, evolving climate change would influence production for several countries. OhuFarms is positioning itself to optimize production of pineapple to meet this growing demand.What are your thoughts on agri-innovation and this becoming relevant for the growth of pineapples in the future?Agri-innovation, when applied judiciously, is an invaluable part of enhancing production of quality agricultural products for the growing population.  How does your company compare to the giant branded suppliers of pineapples? How do you define yourself in terms of what you offer?Giant pineapple suppliers have focused predominantly on MD-2 production. There remains significant opportunity untapped demand for other pineapple varieties. Ohu Farms would continue to work fervently to produce quality SC and SL varieties to match the growing demand for these fruits.What are your thoughts on snack packaging for pineapples? Many UK supermarkets now offer snack packs of pineapples? Is this something that you see growing in the future?It is a very good idea that prolongs the shelf life and accessibility of pineapple to customers, which is very exciting. We are considering that in the future.What other areas of focus that are relevant today are you keen to work in?The improving education for healthy food choices continues to increase individual demand for fruits and vegetables. We are focused on expanding our production of quality fruits to meet some of the demand. For example, there is significant public health education in recent years about healthy eating habits published here and here. It is affecting the millennial population and also influencing the choices made by business. These can be seen widely across the spectrum. From airlines increasing fruit selection, fast food (for example, McDonald’s) restaurants increasing fruits and salads on their menu. Some of these business changes are motivated by individual customer demands as well as increasing public awareness.  These changes, in conjunction to increasing world population, as well as developing countries with more middle-income populace that can afford healthier food choices, are likely to increase demand for fruits and vegetables.What attracted you to exhibit at the Amsterdam Produce Summit? What do you expect from the show? What can people expect from you?We are excited to participate in the Amsterdam Produce Summit. We look forward to meeting innovators in the fruit produce sector to explore ideas for supply of pineapples to the market and the evolving retail chains. With the event focused on omni-channel retailing, we expect the attendees will really be on the cutting edge.Photos: Courtesy of Ohu Farms U.S.: Trump’s farm aid favors wealthy growers, rep …last_img read more

first_imgCyprus and Malta were in the top three in the EU for the quality of bathing waters in 2016, a report from the   European Environment Agency (EAA), said on Tuesday.The assessment compiled analyses of water sampled at more than 21,000 coastal and inland bathing sites around Europe.Of 112 areas checked in Cyprus, 99 per cent were said to be of ‘excellent’ quality. Landlocked Luxembourg had 11 bathing sites checked and scored 100 per cent.Greece was found to have 97 per cent of its sites fall into the ‘excellent’ category and Austria 95 per cent.In 2016, 1.5 per cent (1.4 per cent for EU countries) of bathing water sites were rated as having ‘poor’ water quality.Between the 2015 and 2016 bathing seasons, the absolute number of bathing waters classified as ‘poor’ dropped from 383 to 318 (from 349 to 302 for EU countries). The highest number of bathing sites with ‘poor’ water quality were found in Italy (100 bathing water sites or 1.8 per cent), France (82 sites or 2.4 per cent) and Spain (39 sites or 1.8 per cent)But more than 85 percent of bathing water sites monitored across Europe in 2016 met the most stringent ‘excellent’ quality standards — meaning they were mostly free from pollutants harmful to human health and the environment.Over 96 percent of bathing water sites met minimum quality requirements set out under European Union rules.Hans Bruyninckx, EEA Executive Director, said: ‘It is encouraging to see that more and more bathing water sites across Europe are meeting the highest quality standards. This helps Europeans make better informed choices about the bathing sites they plan to visit this summer. It also shows the effectiveness of our environmental policies and the practical benefits to human health protection and our daily lives when excellent data collection and analysis are conducted.’You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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