first_img‘Wait, There’s More’ is available for download now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Castbox and all other major podcast platforms. The first episode comes out on June 10. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Global News is excited to announce the launch of its first original daily news podcast: Wait, There’s More, hosted by journalist Tamara Khandaker.Demystifying the day’s biggest headlines by providing all the context listeners need to have a deep understanding of current events, new episodes of Wait, There’s More will be available daily – Monday through Friday – starting Monday, June 10, 2019 on all major podcast platforms.The world moves way too fast and it’s easy to fall behind the news cycle. Wait, There’s More is here to change that.Khandaker, a Toronto-based journalist at Global News, takes you inside the headlines to reveal the full story, explore new angles, ask tough questions, and talk directly to the people most affected by the big stories. For the past three years, Khandaker has penned sharp, modern coverage of politics, Canada’s role on the world stage and the rapidly changing social climate around the world.center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Login/Register With: Facebooklast_img read more

Haitian diplomat elected to lead UN Economic and Social Council in 2008

Addressing the 54-member body after his election, the Haitian diplomat paid tribute to his predecessor for leading the Council through an important year that saw some changes in the outlook of the Council. “He (Cekuolis) capably steered the implementation of the new functions of the Council and … to improve its effectiveness,” Mr. Mérorès said. He emphasized the importance of building on progress that his predecessor has established and to help bring to fruition improvements and new mandates of ECOSOC as per the recommendations of the outcome of the 2005 World Summit. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, also present at the meeting, was emphatic on the role of ECOSOC in advancing the development agenda. “The Council indeed is in a unique position to forge closer ties with all actors, including civil society and the private sector, and to maximize the potential of the UN system to serve the needs of humanity.”Mr. Ban said the first Development Cooperation Forum (DCF), to be held in July, will pave the way for an inclusive framework for addressing the latest trends in development cooperation and the critical issues of aid quality and quantity.“The UN development agenda, especially the Millennium Development Goals, can be achieved if immediate steps are taken to implement existing commitments,” Mr. Ban said, referring to the pledges made by world leaders to slash poverty, hunger, disease and illiteracy by 2015.“ECOSOC has a critical role to play in ensuring that we win the race to the Goals and that we advance our global development agenda,” said the Secretary-General. Outgoing President Dalius Cekuolis said ECOSOC is well on its way to becoming “the Charter body that was envisaged by the founding members of this Organization,” noting that ECOSOC has raised the visibility of the development agenda, by engaging and mobilizing the international community to find practical measures to address poverty.Two new functions of ECOSOC were introduced at its 2007 substantive session – the Annual Ministerial Review and the Development Cooperation Forum. The two represent a new vehicle to enhance the implementation of the MDGs by the 2015 target date, he said. Highlighting the theme of the 2008 Annual Ministerial Review, “implementing the agreed goals and commitments in regard to sustainable development,” Mr. Mérorès said the Council can provide a forum for the integration of the economic, social and environmental pillars of sustainable development that is presently lacking at the global level.He added that he will make every effort to ensure the success of the first-ever Development Cooperation Forum, which he said is expected to become the centrepiece for global dialogue and policy review on key development cooperation issues. 14 January 2008Haitian Ambassador Léo Mérorès has been elected by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) as its President for 2008, succeeding Dalius Cekuolis of Lithuania. read more

Oil near 96 a barrel as US durable goods data reflect improving

Oil near $96 a barrel as US durable goods data reflect improving economy by Pablo Gorondi, The Associated Press Posted Mar 26, 2013 9:01 am MDT The price of oil climbed to near US$96 a barrel Tuesday after fresh data from the U.S. suggested the world’s largest economy keeps recovering.By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark crude for May delivery was up 90 cents to US$95.71 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose $1.10 on Monday.The U.S. Commerce Department said that orders for factory produced durable goods — items expected to last at least three years — rose by 5.7 per cent in February over the previous month. That beat consensus forecasts of 3.7 per cent growth after a 4.9 per cent drop in January.Nymex “oil prices continue to be the shining star of the energy complex and it has been a long time coming,” said the Kilduff Report edited by Michael Fitzpatrick.“The recovering U.S. economy is the key to this support. More gains are in store … as durable goods orders and data on the state of the U.S. housing market should evidence even more improvement” for the U.S economy.Brent crude, used to price many kinds of oil imported by U.S. refineries, was up 27 cents to US$108.44 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.In other energy futures trading on the Nymex, wholesale gasoline rose 2.01 cents to US$3.0743 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil added 1.01 cents to US$2.9931 a gallon and natural gas advanced 2.6 cents to US$3.891 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UN expert calls on countries to empower women to tackle hunger and

“Sharing power with women is a shortcut to reducing hunger and malnutrition, and is the single most effective step to realizing the right to food,” the Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter, told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.“Family agriculture has become gradually feminized, with men frequently moving away from the farm in search of work. Yet the women who increasingly face the burden of sustaining farms and families are too often denied the tools to thrive and improve their situation – on and off the farm.” While Mr. De Schutter welcomed initiatives to empower women such as quotas in Indian public worker schemes, he warned that there are multiple barriers to female participation in society which need to be addressed.“Women will not benefit from female quotas in work schemes if no provision is made for childcare services,” he said. “Individual measures will not suffice – gender roles and responsibilities must be challenged holistically and systematically.” Mr. De Schutter said one of the measures that must be implemented immediately is the removal of all discriminatory laws and practices that prevent women from accessing farming resources such as land, inputs and credit. He also called for women to be relieved of the burdens of care responsibilities in the home through the provision of adequate public services such as childcare, running water and electricity. Taking care of children and fetching water can amount to the equivalent of 15 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP) in middle-income countries, and as much as 35 per cent in low-income countries, he said.The right to education is also vital, Mr. De Schutter said, as data shows that from 1970-1995 as much as 55 per cent of the reduction in hunger can be attributed to improvements in women’s situation in society.“If women are allowed to have equal access to education, various pieces of the food security jigsaw will fall into place,” Mr. De Schutter said. “Household spending on nutrition will increase, child health outcomes will improve, and social systems will be redesigned – for women, by women – to deliver support with the greatest multiplier effects.” The Special Rapporteur called on countries to actively redistribute traditional gender roles and responsibilities while still being sensitive to the constraints of women. Less labour-intensive assets such as poultry can be provided to them, he said, along with extensive asset management and social development training.“There is a fine line between taking into account specific constraints and reinforcing gender roles and stereotypes,” he said. “Food security strategies should be judged on their ability to challenge gender roles and to truly empower women. Gender sensitivity is important, but is not a substitute for empowerment.” Independent experts, or special rapporteurs, are appointed by the Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

Womens volleyball Buckeyes upset Penn State for first time in a decade

Emotions ran high after Ohio State won a match against Penn State on Nov. 12. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Assistant News DirectorThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team was hungry on Saturday, and unfortunately for the Nittany Lions, they were on the night’s menu. The Buckeyes put on arguably their best performance of the season, toppling No. 10 Penn State at St. John Arena in five sets (25-23, 15-25, 19-25, 25-22, 18-16). OSU’s last win over the Nittany Lions dates back to 2006. The Buckeye momentum started rolling on Friday evening with a home sweep over Rutgers. Moving into Saturday, nearly 4,400 fans — including a rival student section, a rarity in collegiate regular season volleyball — packed into St. John Arena to watch the underdog defend their court against the Nittany Lion powerhouse. Penn State swept the Buckeyes in University Park during their last matchup on Oct. 19. OSU coach Geoff Carlston said he was overjoyed with the performance and determination that his team showed. “I’m so happy for our team as a whole, but especially our seniors,” he said. “We’ve been grinding hard to get a win like that, and to be on the brink of defeat so many times but to be able to fight back like we did, I couldn’t be more proud.” Carlston started out the game by changing his offense. His team ran a 6-2 against Penn State for the first time this season, which utilizes two setters and a total of six hitters, depending on rotation. Right from the beginning of the first set, OSU limited the Nittany Lions’ multiple-point runs and stifled Penn State’s pair of dynamic hitters, Simone Lee and Haleigh Washington. Four straight Buckeye kills mid-set would make the score 15-10. With few points left in the first set, Penn State inched their way back into contention, tying the score at 19, 21, 22 and 23. Senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe secured three kills in the final five points to give the Buckeyes an edge. An attacking error from the Nittany Lions would give the first set to OSU. Senior libero Valeria León said the Buckeyes came out with a solid mindset, and that helped them play strong coming out of the gate. “We believed that we’re good enough to beat them, so we came out with that thought,” she said. Things turned sour for the Buckeyes in the second set as unforced errors caused OSU to play catch-up. They allowed Penn State to go on costly runs without countering. Penn State held the Buckeyes to just a .077 attacking percentage, which allowed the Nittany Lions to capitalize on OSU’s mistakes and secure themselves the second set. Carlston said to his team during intermission that they were going to have to fight back if they wanted a victory.“After the second set, we talked about, “Moral victories suck,”” he said, recalling his pep talk following the second set. “We’re just as deserving as Penn State to win this match, but the game is not just going to give it to you.”The Buckeyes improved slightly in the third set, but old habits from the prior set still lingered. A late OSU effort put the team within four points of the Nittany Lions at 19-23, but two Penn State kills quickly fell and ended the set. Penn State then held the advantage 2-1. Both teams had a lot to lose in the fourth set, and the nine tie scores showed it. León led the Buckeyes on a three-point run to lock the score up at 9-9. Not long after, Penn State’s Abby Detering took the Nittany Lions on their own three-point run to an 11-13 edge. Nearing the end of the fourth, it was anyone’s game. Senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe emerged with monstrous kills and a look on her face of pure determination. She put down eight kills without any trouble, and gave OSU the set win it needed to stay alive. Entering the final set, the Buckeyes briefly held the lead before it changed hands to the Nittany Lions. Down by three points (7-10) in the critical fifth set, OSU took a timeout to evaluate their strategy. It was once again Sandbothe who slammed down another kill out of the break and helped to pull the Buckeyes out of the hole. Back and forth play pushed the set to extra points, and the biggest crowd OSU has seen this season made themselves heard. Senior setter Abby Fesl said it was motivating to hear those yells and cheers, and their voices added to the anticipation of the moment. “Just hearing everyone towards the end of game five, really getting into it – I could tell people were feeling it with us, and that’s when you love to play the game,” she said. Tied at 16-16, junior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer shined in the final moments. She swung away for two kills to give OSU the match victory and the upset. Carlston said the fifth set says a lot about a team, and he’s glad his team persevered through the fire.“The fifth set is just about heart and guts and grit. I was so happy with the heart and grit we showed, especially at the end,” he said. Sandbothe led the team’s offense with 25 kills and tied sophomore outside hitter Audra Appold in attacking efficiency with .320. Sophomore setter Taylor Hughes had the program’s first triple-double in at least five years with 10 kills, 34 assists and 12 digs. Fesl also contributed 27 assists on the night, while León added 24 digs. Fesl said the unsatisfying defeat they faced at Penn State on Oct. 19 was in OSU’s mind during tonight’s match.“Going to Penn State mid-week a couple weeks ago and dropping three straight sets kind of sat with us for a while, so this win was really big for us,” she said. “It means a lot for us going forward.” León has been through four years of losing to the Nittany Lions, and she said she’s proud to help put an end to that streak.“They (Penn State) fought. They played hard, and they didn’t give it to us. We went out there and we got it,” she said. “It’s one of those feelings I’m not going to be able to recreate.” Carlston said the nature of the Big Ten conference relies a lot on timing and opportunity.“This is a league you put a lot of heart and soul into, but you have to be really patient (to get a win),” he said. Ten years of patience paid off for the Buckeyes on Saturday. read more

We dont have the money for this Dublin mother pleads for funding

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Apr 23rd 2017, 7:45 PM “The people of Ireland have been absolutely amazing but we need to reach more people if we are to save Robyn.”Currently in Ireland, the Whitehall, north Dublin, family is “back and forth all the time” to the US in their bid to overcome Robyn’s illness. Source: Robyn’s Life Trust/YouTube“At the moment she’s on targeted medicine, specific to her tumour,” says Bernadette. “This other one is like a vaccine, I have to go back over there again to firm it up, but it’s probably the only thing if we can get her back into remission. But she is slowly improving.”The financial fear of not being able to keep up with Robyn’s treatment is “just constant” she says.It’s in and out and in and out, and if we’re looking at getting anything further we have to consider whether we’ll have the money there to get the next thing.But Bernadette has never given up, much like her daughter.“I’m always hopeful,” she says.Robyn just wants to forget about it. When we’re done with hospital, when we’ve left, she avoids anything to do with her illness.”If you would like to donate towards Robyn’s treatment you can do so via her website here, or her GoFundMe account hereRead: St Vincent’s Healthcare Group to review plans for National Maternity HospitalRead: ‘It robs you of your very being’: Life with the invisible illness Robyn Smyth Source: robynslifeTHE MOTHER OF a 12-year-old Dublin girl is pleading with the public to help provide the funds needed to continue her daughter’s cancer treatment.Robyn Smyth was first diagnosed with a rare form of the disease known as neuroblastoma when she was just three years of age in 2007.Although she successfully battled the disease once, four years later, in 2013, Robyn relapsed.Neuroblastoma occurs where a solid tumour forms from nerve cells known as neuroblasts. Ordinarily these cells evolve into functioning nerve cells. In the case of neuroblastoma, they become cancer cells instead. At present, the disease affects just 10 children in Ireland each year.Running out of options in Ireland, Bernadette’s parents went abroad for treatment to the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in the US state of Michigan.Robyn is now in her fourth cycle of battling the disease. For two years now, her parents have struggled to keep up with the stratospheric medical costs involved in fighting her cancer.“It has always been an issue, constantly using up the money and continuing treatment,” says Robyn’s mother Bernadette. Source: robynslifeIt comes in and then it’s out just as quick, Robyn relapsed in January which meant we had to do all the tests again. She has been through so much.Bernadette explains that “there’s only one other trial to prevent relapse, and the price that was quoted, we don’t have the money for that”.We were quoted mad money before, like we were told it could be €750,000, but that was a good while ago when we thought Robyn was close to remission. 35,008 Views ‘We don’t have the money for this’ – Dublin mother pleads for funding for daughter’s cancer treatment 12-year-old Robyn Smyth has been battling a rare form of cancer known as neuroblastoma for the past nine years. center_img Sunday 23 Apr 2017, 7:45 PM Share Tweet Email4 By Cianan Brennan 31 Comments Short URLlast_img read more

Archéologie luniversité de Yale va restituer au Pérou les pièces du Machu

first_imgArchéologie : l’université de Yale va restituer au Pérou les pièces du Machu PicchuLe gouvernement péruvien et l’Université américaine de Yale viennent de trouver un accord pour la restitution au Pérou de plusieurs milliers de pièces archéologiques mises au jour dans la citadelle inca du Machu Picchu. Des pièces que Yale a en sa possession depuis près d’un siècle.Le président péruvien Alan Garcia a annoncé la nouvelle lors d’une brève apparition à la télévision, se réjouissant de voir Yale reconnaître après des années de négociations, “la grande valeur et signification” que représente pour le Pérou la restitution de ces pièces. C’est en 2011, année du centenaire de la redécouverte du Machu Picchu, que les milliers d’objets et fragments seront rendus au pays.À lire aussiLe pharaon Toutânkhamon n’était sans doute pas celui que l’on croitCe trésor est constitué de 46.000 pièces selon le Pérou, Yale en dénombrant 5.500, dont seulement 330 présenteraient une qualité suffisante pour une exposition en musée. Céramiques, poteries, ornements, ossements, et une très grande quantité de fragments composent cette collection emportée au début du XXe siècle par l’explorateur américain Hiram Bingham. Ce dernier est ainsi considéré comme l’homme qui a redécouvert le Machu Picchu, cité inca du XVe siècle qui culmine à 2.500 mètres d’altitude sur le versant oriental des Andes.Le Pérou tentait de récupérer les pièces archéologiques depuis près de huit ans, intentant contre Yale des actions en justice face aux vaines négociations entamées avec la prestigieuse université. Il y a deux semaines, le président péruvien écrivait à Barack Obama pour obtenir son soutien, et obtenir les pièces à temps pour les célébrations du centenaire de la redécouverte du Machu Picchu, qui auront lieu en juillet prochain.Les pièces seront remises au Pérou après inventaire, dans les premiers mois de l’année 2011. Elles seront confiées à l’Université de Cusco, où elles seront mises à disposition des archéologues de Yale qui pourront ainsi poursuivre leurs recherches.Le 23 novembre 2010 à 08:27 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Dozens protest outside Pembroke Pines Planned Parenthood clinic

first_imgPEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – Pro-life protesters called for change at demonstrations held outside Planned Parenthood clinics across the country this weekend, and South Florida was no exception.Dozens of protesters who gathered outside a clinic in Pembroke Pines, Saturday, called on Congress to strip the organization of federal funding and instead give that money to clinics that do not perform abortions.“What we’re doing here today is, we’re telling the Congress, we’re telling the president that we don’t want our funds to go to abortion, to go to the killing of unborn children,” said Tewannah Aman, director of Broward County Right to Life.Meanwhile, in St. Paul, Minnesota, a demonstration was met with a counter protest.Pro-choice activists say many women rely on Planned Parenthood for vital services other than abortion, so the organization deserves to keep its federal funding.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Telangana Twoday assembly session to begin today

first_imgThe two-day legislative assembly session will begin today. The state legislators have decided to hold the session around 11 am to approve the new municipal bill drafted by the government. As the municipal and urban development authorities are under control of chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, he is likely to introduce the bill in the assembly. It is learned that session will be adjourned to tomorrow after the bill is presented. The government decided to accord one day time to the legislators to go through the bill welcoming suggestions and changes in the bill if necessary. On Friday, the assembly session will begin at 11 am and bill will be passed after holding discussions on it. Later the session will be adjourned.last_img

GHMC urged to cover manhole

first_imgBowenpally: The residents of Old Bowenpally are facing a lot of inconvenience due to an open manhole. The foul smell emanating from it is unbearable and also mosquito menace has increased in the area.Locals said that the manhole has been kept open for the past one week and no safety measures have been taken to close it. “There have been reports of many incidents of sanitation workers and people falling into manholes in the city. Yet, the authorities do not seem concerned to avert an impending danger,” said Yashwant Rao, a social worker and resident of Bowenpally.last_img

The USDA Rolled Back Protections For Small Farmers Now The Farmers Are

first_imgCourtesy Dinklage Family/Organization for Competitive MarketsJames Dinklage, a cattle rancher from Nebraska, is one of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed Thursday. The suit accuses the USDA of “arbitrary and capricious” behavior in rolling back two Obama-era rules designed to protect small farmers, who say they are being exploited by the meatpacking companies they supply.An organization representing the interests of small farmers across rural America fired a legal salvo Thursday aimed at a Trump administration they feel has let them down.The lawsuit, filed by the Organization for Competitive Markets — a small-farmers think tank based in Lincoln, Neb. — and three farmer plaintiffs, did not shake the halls of Congress. Nor will it go viral on social media. But to the 40,000 contract poultry farmers, 900,000 cattle ranchers, and 70,000 hog farmers in America’s heartland whose interests it seeks to represent, the lawsuit represents the tip of an iceberg of financial and emotional despair.At issue is the Trump administration’s withdrawal of two Obama-era rules designed to protect small farmers, who say they are being exploited by the meatpacking companies they supply.The suit, filed on behalf of OCM by the Capitol Hill legal watchdog Democracy Forward, charges U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and his agency with “arbitrary and capricious” behavior in rolling back those two rules. One of them would have made it easier for individual farmers to sue for anti-competitive behavior.Many of the farmers affected by the rollback supported Donald Trump for president, believing his promise to look after their interests. Now, the disillusionment is setting in.West Virginia poultry farmer Mike Weaver is one of them; he says the feeling now among small farmers and ranchers is, “Where’s the support that you promised us? We voted for you because you were going to make things right, and it’s not happening.”Thursday’s lawsuit is an attempt to put legal muscle behind the frustrations of farmers and ranchers over a highly consolidated meatpacking system.“Four packers control 82 percent of the market,” explains Joe Maxwell, executive director of OCM, “and they’ve carved the country into regions and don’t compete with each other. Farmers feel threatened by packers because in their area, there’s only one choice.”Weaver says contract poultry farmers like himself are wooed by slick sales pitches from meatpackers, then “have to put their home in hock” to raise the $1.5 million to $2 million it takes to start a poultry operation. “Then you have to take what the companies give you,” he adds, “or take your chances on losing the farm. Companies abuse that, shamefully.”The rolled-back rules are known as GIPSA — short for the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyard Administration, the arm of the USDA tasked with promoting fair and competitive practices in the industry. Large meatpackers, represented by agribusiness lobby members such as the National Chicken Council, the National Pork Producers Council and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, counter that adopting the rules would have lowered the bar for farmers to sue meatpackers for anti-competitive behavior and invited frivolous and costly litigation, resulting in higher prices for consumers.Tom Super, spokesman for the National Chicken Council, says the rules would have “opened the floodgates for trial lawyers to sue companies” and added well over $1 billion in costs for the livestock and poultry industry.Another rule the USDA withdrew would have helped define which actions are considered unfair, discriminatory or deceptive. Left intact was a third rule, clarifying the rules governing the “tournament system” of poultry producing — which pits producers against each other in a contest of who can produce the biggest chickens with the least amount of feed.The 1921 Packers and Stockyards Act was originally drafted to offer small farmers protection from the predatory, retaliatory and nontransparent practices of large packers, says Barbara Patterson of the Washington, D.C.-based National Farmers Union. “Over time, though,” she says, “the courts have slowly eroded that original intent.”The USDA, in response to a request for comment, issued a statement pointing out that it had based its decision in part on public comments, many of which had noted that “the purpose of the [Packers and Stockyards] Act is to protect competition, not individual competitors.” The statement also said the agency’s action was “consistent with President’s Trump’s Executive Order to reduce regulations and control regulatory costs.” USDA says it remains committed to protecting “fair trade practices” and competitive markets.The case of Tennessee poultry farmer Alton Terry illustrates the type of abuses that small contract poultry farmers allege. Terry bought his poultry farm in 2001 and entered into a contract with Tyson Foods. Farmers are provided chicks, feed and Tyson’s technical expertise, and their pay is tied to the weight of the finished poultry. Critics say the system is unfair, because it lacks transparency and leaves farmers’ pay subject to factors they largely can’t control — like the quality of chickens they receive.After becoming active with a statewide farmers’ advocacy group, Terry alleged in a lawsuit against Tyson Farms that the meatpacker would not let him watch his birds being weighed. Farmers have charged that packers retaliate against perceived “troublemakers” by sending them poor feed or unhealthy chicks and weighing poultry behind closed doors — which they say leaves them vulnerable to being cheated on price.Terry filed a complaint with GIPSA in 2005; the following year, Tyson declined to renew his contract. He was eventually forced to declare bankruptcy. In 2010 the U.S. Court of Appeals in Cincinnati sided with Tyson Farms, stating that the law required Terry prove that harm was done not just to him but also to the entire industry.At about the same time that trial was underway, the newly installed Obama administration launched an exhaustive eight-year negotiation process to strengthen protections for small farmers. Faced with fierce resistance from Big Meat and its congressional allies, the USDA’s efforts at reform took a beating, in the end producing the three rules set to be implemented a month after Obama left office.But that never happened. On Inauguration Day, the Trump White House issued a memorandum postponing the effective date of the rules by 60 days. Several more delays followed. Then in October, the USDA announced the complete withdrawal of two of those rules. The following month, Perdue announced that GIPSA’s functions would be folded into the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Services arm.This move “basically gives GIPSA a demotion,” explains Sally Lee, associate director of the Rural Advancement Foundation International, which offers family farms expertise in long-term contract farming.“Making it a subagency of AMS potentially has inherent conflicts of interests,” says Lee. The AMS — the very agency that helps large packers negotiate with brokers, fast-food or grocery chains — would be tasked with policing those packers in their dealings with small contract farmers. Weaver calls the move tantamount to “having the fox guard the henhouse.”One of the challenges in mounting the new suit, says OCM’s Maxwell, has been the difficulty of finding farmer plaintiffs — most are too afraid of retaliation to speak up.“When you just have one buyer, you can’t go out and start talking about why the market is wrong when that buyer can walk away and bankrupt you,” Maxwell says. “It’s put a gag order on America’s family farmer and threatened their livelihood.”Patterson of the National Farmers’ Union agrees. “The fear in the countryside on this is palpable,” she says.Poultry farmer Weaver, who also serves as president of the Contract Poultry Growers of the Virginias, says he is one of “the lucky few” who can speak freely. He came to poultry growing after a career as a special agent for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and is not dependent on his farm income to survive.Few of his fellow small contract poultry farmers — 71 percent of whom, he points, out, “live beneath the federal poverty level” — enjoy that luxury. “I’ve had guys in tears on the phone, telling me, ‘My farm has been in the family for five generations, and I’m about to lose it,’ ” Weaver says.Weaver, who will turn 66 in January, says he has told Pilgrim’s Pride, the company he is under contract with, that “I’m not going to pick up their dead chickens ’til I die.” He is now trying to sell his farm.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more

President Trump Summit With Kim Jong Un Is On For June 12

first_imgUpdated at 3:03 p.m. ETPresident Trump says his nuclear summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is back on.“We’ll be meeting on June 12th in Singapore,” Trump told reporters on the South Lawn of the White House, after escorting Kim’s top deputy out of an Oval Office meeting.“It will be a beginning,” Trump said of the summit, which aims to pave the way towards eliminating North Korea’s nuclear program. “I’ve never said it happens in one meeting. You’re talking about years of hostility, years of problems. Years of — really — hatred, between so many different nations. But I think you’re going to have a very positive result.”Kim Yong Chol delivered a personal letter to Trump from the North Korean leader. Trump told reporters he had not yet read the letter.The White House visit — the first by a North Korean official in nearly two decades — follows two days of meetings in New York between Kim Yong Chul and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.Trump had abruptly canceled the planned summit with Kim last week, citing anger and hostility from North Korea. But since then, there’s been a flurry of diplomatic activity as officials worked to revive the meeting.Trump described the session with Kim Yong Chol as a positive, introductory session.“I think that we’re going to have a relationship and it will start on June 12th,” the president said. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more

Nintendo to Double Switch Production From 8 to 16 Million

first_img Earlier this week, we reported that the Nintendo Switch has sold approximately 1.5 million units worldwide. According to Nintendo, it is the fastest selling Nintendo system in the Americas and Europe. The handheld/console hybrid is a success. Due to the device’s impressive sales numbers, Nintendo is now planning to ramp up production from 8 million units to 16 million, according to the Wall Street Journal.In that same report, it is stated that Nintendo plans to ship 2.5 million Switch units by the end of March. Originally, the company was only going to ship 2 million this month. There have already been reports of shortages, so shipping half a million more consoles should hopefully help.The Wall Street Journal report doesn’t provide more information on this and Nintendo has yet to make an official announcement on how many Switch consoles it has sold. The sales numbers come to us via SuperData, and not Nintendo directly. You would assume that, given the circumstances, Nintendo would be boasting about how many Switch units it has sold.By upping production from eight to sixteen million consoles, Nintendo is taking a huge risk. After all, its last system, the Wii U, only ever sold 13 million during its entire lifetime. Nintendo must feel very confident about the Switch if it thinks it can sell 16 million consoles. Right now, this seems like an unrealistic sales projection given the lineup of games available on Switch. While the system is slowly getting more titles, none of them are system sellers like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is.Will Nintendo be able to sell 16 million Switch consoles by the end of its fiscal year (March 2018)? It is difficult to say. Though the current crop of Switch titles isn’t exactly impressive, the fall promises to have big titles like Super Mario Odyssey. If Nintendo were to release brand-new Pokemon and Super Smash Bros. games in the next year, then that would certainly help the Switch become an undisputed success. At this point, though, it does appear that Switch won’t suffer the same fate as the Wii U.Buy it now!The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo Switch Stay on target Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on Switch last_img read more

Salvadoran man deported from United States suspected in murder at San José

first_imgRelated posts:Foreigner caught stealing hours after being detained for threatening neighbors with machete Notorious crime family members indicted; alleged ties to Costa Rican sportsbook Accused serial killer ‘Wild Bill’ Holbert asks forgiveness for murders of U.S. expats Costa Rican drug traffickers connected to Italian mob plead guilty to shipping cocaine to the U.S. A Salvadoran man recently deported from the United States appears to be the principal suspect in the murder of a woman at a San José hotel, authorities said.Prosecutors say the suspect entered the hotel early Saturday morning with the woman. Romero then left the hotel alone an hour later and told hotel workers that his companion was bathing and that he would return shortly. When he never came back, workers went to check the room where he had taken the woman.There, they found the victim’s lifeless body sprawled over the bed with clear strangulation marks on her neck, said , Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) homicide chief Alvaro González in a Monday press conference. Further inspection showed that a bone in her neck had also been broken, González added.González identified the suspect by the last names Romero Robles and said he was living in Los Angeles, California when U.S. authorities deported him back to El Salvador in September of 2016. A few days later, he entered Costa Rica through the border with Nicaragua.Police found the suspect during a Monday morning raid on a house in Alajuelita, a canton on the southwest side of San José. There, they also located the cell phone that apparently belonged to the female victim.Authorities identified the victim as a 26-year-old with the last names Guerrero Delgado, from San Antonio de Escazú.González said Romero has overstayed his 90-day tourist visa after entering Costa Rica through the Peñas Blancas border via bus on September 25, 2016.Costa Rican authorities said they do not know why Romero was deported from the United States. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Seat selection based on Facebook profiles

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W KLM will launch an internet service known as “meet and seat” which gives travellers the opportunity to select who they sit next to by access to Facebook and LinkedIn profiles.No longer a ‘luck of the draw’ situation for solo travellers, the seat selection scheme will be launched next year.  However, the airline remains tight lipped as many details still need to be worked out.With many airlines already charging for seat selection more than 24 hours ahead of travel, KLM was unable to say if they will charge for the service.Seat maps of aircraft are already available online for most airlines, so this added scheme’s technology appears simple.last_img

Mortgage Rates Explode as Fed Hints of Taper

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bankrate Ben S. Bernanke Federal Reserve Freddie Mac Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Service Providers 2013-06-27 Tory Barringer in Data, Origination June 27, 2013 463 Views Mortgage rates shot up in the last week following remarks from the Federal Reserve that it may be tapering its bond purchases later this year.[IMAGE]According to “”Freddie Mac’s””: Primary Mortgage Market Survey, the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) rose to 4.46 percent (0.8 point) for the week ending June 27, an increase from only 3.93 percent last week and the highest figure since the week of July 28, 2011. The weekly increase is the largest since April 1987.Last year at this time, the 30-year fixed averaged 3.66 percent.The 15-year FRM this week averaged 3.50 percent (0.8 point), up from 3.04 percent the previous week.[COLUMN_BREAK]Adjustable rates also saw sizable increases, though they weren’t as dramatic. The 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 3.08 percent (0.7 point), up from 2.79 percent. The 1-year ARM averaged 2.66 percent (0.5 point) compared to last week’s 2.57 percent.””Following Fed chief Bernanke’s remarks on June 19th about the possible timing of reduced bond purchases, Treasury bond yields jumped over the week and mortgage rates followed. He indicated that the Fed may moderate the pace of its buying later this year and end the purchases around the middle of 2014,”” said Frank Nothaft, VP and chief economist at Freddie Mac.While the massive rate hike will certainly dampen some housing activity, Nothaft noted the effect “”will be muted by the high level of buyer affordability, and home sales should remain strong.””Meanwhile, “”’s””: weekly national survey showed the 30-year fixed rate rising to an average 4.61 percent. The 15-year fixed soared to 3.73 percent.The 5/1 ARM climbed up to 3.45 percent, the highest in more than two years.””Mortgage rates posted the biggest one week increase since the 2008 failure of Lehman Brothers that pushed the global financial system to the brink. This week, the catalyst was something far more benign,”” Bankrate said, referring to Bernanke’s announcement.center_img Mortgage Rates Explode as Fed Hints of Taper Sharelast_img read more

Mexican tomato tariffs Pattern of innuendo and d

first_img Mexican tomato tariffs: “Pattern of innuendo and d … So far, Colombian growers have planted the Biloxi variety, Lozano says. This category has brix levels between 14 and 15 degrees and average sizes of 13 to 14 millimeters.”We have found a fruit of good quality in sweetness, size and durability, with respect to others,” he states.Colombia’s future opportunitiesAlthough the country has the capacity to produce blueberries all year round, he points out that farmers could schedule crops to take advantage of commercial windows.These periods would fall between February and April and then again from October to November.During these peak months, those in Colombia’s blueberry industry could find better prices. That’s because they would not be competing with supplies from Chile or North America, Lozano explains.Currently, the blueberries local growers produce are for domestic consumption.”As it has been such a novel crop, domestic prices are still stimulating,” he explains.While exports have also already been sent to the U.S. and Europe, he comments that these shipments were in non-relevant volumes. Furthermore, they were made by private parties.”We hope that very soon – in a matter of months – we may be already exporting more significant volumes.”In this line, the association is working to set up a commercialization company. With this development, Lozano says it aims to “collect all the volume of our partners and be a bit more competitive in prices”.He believes achieving this would allow the corporation to guarantee the traceability of its produce and better satisfy consumers. June 10 , 2019 FDA names Cavi as papaya brand in Salmonella outbr … Apples in Charts: Honeycrisp, the queen of the U.S … center_img Sigatoka risk greatly increased by climate change, … When it comes to the blueberry industry, Colombia is one of the countries working to gain ground. Camilo Lozano, legal representative of Colombian blueberry association Asocolblue says “It is a sector that has been revitalizing” in the country.The nation currently has 450 hectares of the fruit planted. What’s more, it hopes to expand with an additional 1,500 hectares in the next two years.The expansion isn’t only limited to land, however. As of now, the association represents 50% of the nation’s producers. Yet he says he keeps receiving “more requests from growers and people interested in belonging to the association”.Considering these factors, he notes: “The blueberry issue has been developing quite well in the country.”He adds that “to that end, we have worked on technical issues, marketing, business model and logistics”.Blueberry production overviewThe current production model has a large base of small farmers who typically own one, two or three hectares, says Lozano.National farmers grow an average of 5,000 to 5,500 plants per hectare, with plants producing an average of four or five kilos of blueberries each. Still, there are some who report eight kilos per plant per year, which presents interesting opportunities for the sector’s future.Referring to the farming conditions in the country, Lozano indicates that regions are affected by both their latitude and altitude.”In Colombia, there are areas from 2,200 meters to 3,000 meters in the Colombian highlands,” he explains.When it comes to weather conditions, he says: “There are conditions very similar to those present [in Chile] in spring and summer. He calls these “optimal” for blueberry production.Lozano says Colombia’s good quality of the water and effective infrastructure left by the country’s flower industry are additional advantages for this crop. You might also be interested inlast_img read more

Ursula K Le Guin wins posthumous prize for essay

first_imgUrsula K. Le Guin wins posthumous prize for essay writing NEW YORK, N.Y. – The late Ursula K. Le Guin was among the recipients of literary honours presented Tuesday night by PEN America.The science fiction/fantasy author’s “No Time to Spare” won a $10,000 prize for best essay writing. Le Guin died last month at age 88 and her award was announced during a New York ceremony hosted by PEN, the literary and human rights organization.Poet Layli Long Soldier’s debut collection “Whereas” won a $75,000 award for the year’s best book. Jenny Zhang’s story collection “Sour Heart” received a $25,000 prize for best debut fiction and Alexis Okeowo’s “A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa” won a $5,000 award given to outstanding works by “authors of colour.”“This year’s awardees represent the near and far corners of the literary landscape, including writers who have shattered barriers of race, class, ethnicity, geography, gender and sexual orientation to bring stories to new audiences, unlock empathy and take places of distinction within our collective canon,” PEN America Executive Director Suzanne Nossel said in a statement. “In times of challenge great literature offers a desperately needed window onto other possibilities.”Lifetime achievement awards had been previously announced and were given to Edmund White, who won the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for American fiction, and Edna O’Brien, winner of the PEN/Nabokov Award for international literature. by The Associated Press Posted Feb 20, 2018 6:15 pm PDT Last Updated Feb 20, 2018 at 6:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Marcelo Silva De Sousa, The Associated Press Posted Jul 6, 2019 4:02 pm PDT RIO DE JANEIRO — Joao Gilberto, a Brazilian singer, guitarist and songwriter considered one of the fathers of the bossa nova genre that gained global popularity in the 1960s and became an iconic sound of the South American nation, died Saturday, his son said. He was 88.Joao Marcelo said his father had been battling health issues though no official cause of his death in Rio de Janeiro was given. “His struggle was noble. He tried to maintain his dignity in the light of losing his sovereignty,” Marcelo posted on Facebook.A fusion of samba and jazz, bossa nova emerged in the late 1950 and gained a worldwide following in the 1960s, pioneered by Gilberto and Antonio Carlos Jobim, who composed the iconic Girl From Ipanema that was performed by Gilberto and others. His wife Astrud Gilberto made her vocal debut in the song.With his unique guitar style and modern jazz influences, he created a new beat that defined bossa nova, helping launch the genre with his song “Bim-Bom.”In 1961, Gilberto finished the albums that would make bossa nova known around the world: “Chega de Saudade,” ”Love, A Smile and A Flower,” and “Joao Gilberto.” His 1964 album Getz/Gilberto with U.S. saxophonist Stan Getz sold millions of copies and popularized bossa nova.Over his career he won two Grammy awards and was nominated for six.“It was Joao Gilberto, the greatest genius of Brazilian music, who was the definitive influence on my music,” singer Gal Costa wrote on social media. “He will be missed but his legacy is very important to Brazil and to the world.”Born in Bahia in northeastern Brazil, Gilberto moved to Rio de Janeiro at a young age. He was influenced by U.S. jazz greats and recorded songs in the United States where he lived for much of the 1960s and 1970.Journalist and bossa nova expert Ruy Castro called the death of Gilberto a “monumental” loss.Castro wrote in his book “The Wave that Built in the Sea” that Gilberto loved soccer and was a fan of the Fluminense club, whose games he liked to watch with a guitar in his hands.“He managed to create a mystique about him abroad, being who he was and not even speaking English,” he told the Globo television station.The musician had spent his final years wrapped in legal troubles, debts and disputes with his children. His last live performance was in 2008 and he cancelled a commemorative show to mark his 80th year because of health problems.With little interest in giving interviews, he’d become known as the “reclusive genius” in the streets of Leblón, the neighbourhood in a southern part of Rio where he lived but was seldom seen.He is survived by three children.Singer Daniela Mercury called Gilberto a “genius who revolutionized popular Brazilian music. He taught us how to sing in the most beautiful way in the world.”“Go in peace, maestro,” she wrote.Marcelo Silva De Sousa, The Associated Presscenter_img Brazilian bossa nova pioneer Joao Gilberto dies at 88last_img read more

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