Nearly half the African continent – where 60 per cent of the population depends on agriculture – is affected by land degradation, with sub-Saharan Africa facing threats to its food production capacity.The seventh session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC7) to tackle desertification will take place from 3-14 November.The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) entered into force in December 1996 and currently has nearly 200 States Parties. Along with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), it is one of the outcomes of the historic environmental summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.“The impact of natural resource degradation is potentially even more devastating in financial terms than the current global meltdown,” said Christian Mersmann, Managing Director of the Global Mechanism of the UNCCD, which provides advisory services on sustainable land management. “The socio-economic cost of inaction on people’s livelihoods is colossal.”The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) estimates that desertification has an annual price tag of $9 billion in Africa alone.“The triple scourge of poverty, climate change and high food prices constitutes a set of global challenges which require a fully coordinated global response to deal with today’s short-term needs and meet the medium to longer term imperative of higher and sustainable agricultural productivity and production,” said Kanayo Nwanze, Vice-President of the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).According to that agency, one quarter of the world’s topsoil, one-fifth of the agricultural land and one-third of forests have been degraded or lost in the past five decades. 4 November 2008With some 12 million hectares of land lost every year to degradation and other environmental causes, a United Nations gathering kicks off today in Istanbul, Turkey, to tackle a problem which risks being forgotten due to the current global financial crisis. read more

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Andrew Scheer may be getting hot — okay, warmish — at just the right time. The most recent Nanos Research tracking poll has him as preferred prime minister, ahead of Justin Trudeau for the first time since May. A year ago, Trudeau was out-polling the Conservative leader 41 per cent to 25 per cent when respondents were asked who they would like to see in the Prime Minister’s Office.Before anyone gets too carried away, the differential between the two realistic candidates for the top job is well within the margin of error. In addition, we’re still three weeks away from election day and at this point in 2015, Stephen Harper was leading Trudeau in the same Nanos poll.But the trend lines are clear — Scheer’s stock has risen and Trudeau’s fallen since the campaign started. The Conservative leader seems to be growing into his role and more people are starting to believe he really could become prime minister.Scheer is often compared to former Progressive Conservative leader Joe Clark who once quipped: “I’m not the greatest but I’m the best available.”Related Scheer won’t say if costed platform will be out before next week’s debates Scheer accused of breaking law, falsely claiming he was once an insurance broker Canada Conservatives’ Scheer pulls ahead of Trudeau in polls in wake of blackface scandal He has risen like a grey blur through Conservative ranks to take the top job and is still learning how to be comfortable speaking about himself.On his tour around the country, he has hardly provoked hysteria – crowds have been modest and restrained. He often sounds like he’s giving grace at a Rotary luncheon when speaking from the teleprompter, though he is much better at informal gatherings in bars and halls where his geniality and wry sense of humour win through.By contrast, Trudeau is a natural politician — he has grip-and-grin politics “stored like muscle memory in the tissue”, in the words of former Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff. Comparatively, it’s a tin whistle versus a trumpet.But the Conservative advertising campaign — that Trudeau is “just not as advertised” — has been vindicated by the Liberal leader’s own behaviour. He has tried the patience of people who once supported him, time and time again. If they are not yet angry at him, they are disappointed.American public opinion guru, Frank Luntz, once said the voters would rather vote for someone who they trust than someone they agree with. “Being a straight shooter is important. The keys are consistency and stability,” he said.While many Canadians have come to question Trudeau’s authenticity, Scheer is as principled and predictable as he seems. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer speaks to reporters in Toronto on Oct. 1, 2019. Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press He should have been more forthcoming on the issues that have dogged him but the reality is apparent — he is a career politician, who worked for six months in the insurance business (does it matter to anyone outside the press gallery whether he was technically a “broker”?); he’s a father of five who believes in the sanctity of life and marriage between a man and a woman but has pledged not to legislate on either issue.Alberta premier Jason Kenney introduced him from the back of a pick-up truck in Edmonton last Saturday and one comment in particular resonated with the crowd. “This is a prime minister we will never have to be embarrassed about. He won’t be apologizing all the time,” Kenney said.Scheer’s strategy has been to focus on the concerns of people who might vote Conservative and leave the Liberals, NDP and Greens to fight over issues like climate change. The calculation was made that more votes would be gained campaigning against the carbon tax than would be lost.Fortunately for the Conservatives, affordability concerns are clear and present for the more than half of Canadians who live paycheque to paycheque. A new poll by BDO Canada suggests 53 per cent of Canadians have little disposable income, 57 per cent are carrying credit card debt and 38 per cent of 35-54 year olds have no retirement savings.Conservative strategists must be concerned that the Liberals have come to the affordability game late and are throwing billions of dollars at voters in the form of increased benefits. Scheer cannot compete with that level of spending, particularly since he has pledged to balance the budget within five years.While many Canadians have come to question Trudeau’s authenticity, Scheer is as principled and predictable as he seemsBut he is rolling out policy on a daily basis that is likely to find favour with people living paycheque to paycheque who may not be as disposed as Justin Trudeau to using Canadian taxpayers’ money to save the world.Scheer said Tuesday as prime minister he will cut $1.5 billion from the foreign aid budget — 25 per cent of the total — and redirect the money to domestic causes. Few embattled Canadians are going to quibble with “middle and upper income countries” and “hostile regimes” being deprived of money that could be put towards a tax cut.There’s not much Scheer can do about being outspent by Trudeau, beyond pointing out the folly of living on borrowed money. His focus is to continue to present a credible alternative to voters, should they decide they have tired of the Trudeau show.Scheer needs to start feeding off the energy of those crowds, as his rival learned years ago. There are three weeks, and three debates, remaining and the Conservative leader is looking tired. As Timothy Crouse recalled in his classic account of the 1972 presidential election, The Boys on the Bus, leaders’ tours combine “the incestuousness of a New England hamlet, the giddiness of a mid-ocean gala and the physical rigours of the Long March.”In the bubble of the bus, it is hard to know whether anyone is listening, beyond the committed partisans. It’s too early to say Scheer is punching through but he will be encouraged at the small signs of progress that suggest he is a genuine contender.• Email: jivison@postmedia.com | Twitter: read more

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by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 3, 2017 6:59 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 4, 2017 at 6:31 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Stock image. Alberta and Ottawa help fund Calgary centre for carbon conversion projects CALGARY – The Alberta government and the federal government are each providing $10 million to help build a test facility in Calgary for technologies that convert carbon dioxide emissions into usable products.The Alberta Carbon Conversion Technology Centre will be owned and operated by InnoTech Alberta, a subsidiary of Alberta Innovates.It will initially be used by finalists of the Carbon Xprize, a global competition sponsored by power company NRG and Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance.The competition offers $20 million in prize funding to innovators who can develop technologies to maximize the value of carbon dioxide emissions from industrial facilities.Economic Development Minister Deron Bilous says Alberta has always been the place where people turn challenges into opportunities.He says the technology centre shows how to grow the economy at the same time as protecting the environment.“We have some of the brightest minds on the planet competing in the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, working on technologies the world needs to lower emissions,” said Dan Wicklum, chief executive of COSIA.“The ACCTC will be one of the few places in the world where carbon conversion technologies can be tested at a real-life scale.”Friday’s announcement was lauded by the Alberta Clean Technology Industry Alliance and the Pembina Institute.“This the latest piece of good news for Alberta’s clean tech sector,” said Jason Switzer of the alliance. “The combination of the Carbon XPrize, investments by Emissions Reductions Alberta, and now the Alberta Carbon Conversion Technology Centre are helping make the case that our province is a global destination for developing and proving out the technologies that the world needs for a prosperous transition to a low-carbon economy.”“Establishing plug and play technology sandboxes like the Alberta Carbon Conversion Technology Centre is an excellent way to create partnerships and accelerate our learning with respect to new technologies, in order to develop emissions solutions and create economic opportunities,” said Duncan Kenyon of the Pembina Institute. read more

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Aminata Charlotte Seck, an editor for a monthly women’s magazine in Senegal, said she was particularly interested to hear about the “impressive” statistics shared by Rwanda, regarding its progress made over the past five years.“This brings a lot of hope,” she told the UN News Centre. “We have to tell this story so people know it’s possible, it’s not only a dream.”The Midterm Review of the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA), which opened yesterday, is focused on assessing what least developed countries (LDCs) have achieved since the 10-year plan was adopted in 2011. It aims to give impetus to economic and social development in the 48 countries that currently meet the LDC criteria, and thus receive special international support.The three-day event, co-hosted by the United Nations and the Turkish Government, is underlining that while progress has been made in some of the LDCs, many still face significant challenges that need to be addressed at the national level with the support of donors.The UN estimates that 51 per cent of the population of LDCs – almost 500 million people – still lives in extreme poverty; 18 million children of school age are not getting an education; and their exports only account for 1.1 per cent of the global total.While most of the women and men journalists sponsored by Turkey to attend the conference are experts on these issues, many voiced that being in Antalya is an opportunity to learn more about other countries, especially those on different continents which they do not report on as much.“This is a rare opportunity,” Koang Pal Chang, a South Sudanese reporter who works for Eye Radio – with a listenership of one million – enthusiastically highlighted.“Some of the journalists have never heard of South Sudan. I’ve heard of all these countries, but I have never had a chance to meet their people face to face and to hear about their countries, what they are doing, to see how far they have gone and what are some things we share. For example, we share the situation of conflict in Somalia,” he said.Mr. Chang added that being at the event means he can also tell the people of South Sudan what being an LDC means and about the way forward to try and reach some of the goals of the 10-year plan. South Sudan is the latest country to have joined the list in 2012, after becoming an independent nation in 2011.“Currently the situation is bad in terms of fighting in most parts of the country, and most of the population is displaced either in UN camps or in neighboring countries.” he lamented.Regarding South Sudan’s indicators of progress, he said “the data is zero,” with nothing yet: “We were just starting to come out of war and then we went back to war. But for me, being here, it’s an opportunity to learn from this review conference.”Similarly, Maribel Ibule Djole, a writer for the Equatorial Guinean news outlet Ebano, said all the journalists coming from LDCs have been showing great solidarity and support to complete their work.“I’m happy to be here alongside journalists like me from other places because we have the same objectives. We have been helping each other, whether we’re from Africa or Asia, we all come from countries that experience challenges, and we have an important role to play. Together, we can succeed,” she insisted, adding how surprised she was at first to discover she would be coming to Turkey, a feeling that quickly turned to excitement.One of the events today in Antalya included a press briefing, which Gyan Chandra Acharya, the UN High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries, and Small Island States, specifically organized for the journalists coming from LDCs.Speaking to the UN News Centre after the briefing, he underlined that many of them came to the conference having little information about what an LDC was, despite their own countries being part of that group.“I think that speaks for itself that there is a need for more awareness about this conference at the national level, as well as across all sectors. The journalists will be able to really take the messages from here to their countries,” he said.“Another important part is that when they go back, they will be following up on the conference and these activities, but also about the Istanbul Programme of Action in general and the UN activities as a whole. So I think it is very important,” he concluded.Tomorrow, the Midterm Review is expected to adopt an outcome document paving the way towards the achievement of more goals for LDCs, a moment many of these journalists said they are awaiting with great anticipation. read more

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first_imgAt 2017 CONEXPO-CON/AGG, one of the global market leaders in high pressure hydraulic tools and equipment, Enerpac, is exhibiting the latest developments in its wide range of tools and industry-leading, heavy lifting equipment for the mining and construction markets.Highlights at the show will include: a “new” Jack-Up system, hydraulic telescopic gantry and an SPMT (Self-Propelled Modular Transporter), together with Enerpac’s pneumatic and electric torque wrenches, new high tonnage lifting cylinders and the award winning, Pow’R’Lock self-locking lifting system.Enerpac bolting tools and heavy lifting systems are used on some of the industry’s biggest mining and construction projects: “Enerpac has the global reach, experience and heavy lifting technology to meet the biggest construction challenge. The Enerpac booth will include demonstrations of the Enerpac SPMT 600-360, SBL 500 hydraulic telescopic gantry, and computer-controlled HSL7006 Strand Jack. Synchronous lifting technologies also on show are the EVOB Synchronous Lifting System, JS-250 Jack-Up system, and SFP split flow pump.“Enerpac specialises in providing the complete tooling solution via its global distributor network. Whether it’s improving the productivity of your team with more efficient tools or the assembly of critical joints with the precise amount of torque.”Some of the tools in the Enerpac booth will be the PTW-Series pneumatic torque wrenches and ETW-Series electric torque wrenches, new high tonnage cylinders, XC cordless pumps and Pow’R’Lock self locking lifting system. The tools and heavy lifting technologies will be demonstrated throughout the days of the exhibition. Customers will be able to see the products ‘in action’.last_img read more

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first_imgITALY’S LOCAL ELECTIONS were marked by a plunge in support for an anti-establishment party that had promised to channel the anger of ordinary Italians against austerity and corruption.Turnout also reached record lows in mayoral races in recession-hit cities like Rome, most of which will have to go to second-round run-offs on June 9 and 10 because few candidates won majorities.A total of 62.4 per cent of voters cast their ballots – around 15 points less than five years ago.The figure was worse in big cities, with a turnout of 56.2 percent — a very low figure for Italy.The elections showed a “disenchantment with politics”, said Massimo Franco, a columnist for Corriere della Sera, Italy’s top-selling daily. “The political parties are proving incapable of regaining their role,” he said.That disgruntlement even impacted the Five Star Movement protest party, led by comedian-turned-firebrand Beppe Grillo.The movement won more than a quarter of the vote in national elections in February, coming in third after the main leftist and rightist coalitions but becoming the biggest single party in parliament.In the local polls on Sunday and Monday, however, the party failed to advance to run-offs in any city.‘A flop for the ‘Grillini”“A flop for the ‘Grillini’,” read a headline in La Stampa daily, referring to the popular nickname used by Italians to refer to Grillo’s followers.“Their message was confused. They were unable to act on a real dynamic of reform,” said Stefano Folli, a columnist for business daily Il Sole 24 Ore.Political analyst Pierluigi Corbetta said that a portion of voters for the party in February had cast their ballots “with the hope of change, which has not come, generating serious disappointment.”Leftist daily La Repubblica said the elections also showed a “recovery” for the Democratic Party (PD), the main centre-left party, which has been seething with bitter divisions in recent months.Prime Minister Enrico Letta’s party won the first round in Vicenza and Sondrio – two former bastions of the populist Northern League party. It also won control of Massa and Pisa in Tuscany.The left’s weakness has been seen as a destabilising factor for Letta’s fledgling government – the first grand coalition right-left cabinet in Italy since the Second World War.In Rome, leftist challenger Ignazio Marino did even better than expected by winning 42.7 per cent – far ahead of rightwing incumbent Gianni Alemanno with 30.2 per cent. Grillo’s candidate garnered just 12.8 percent in Rome.“Marino was convincing because he was seen as a candidate of civil society,” said Guglielmo Epifani, the leader of the Democratic Party.Deputy Finance Minister Stefano Fassina, a heavyweight in the party, spoke of his concern for the lack of enthusiasm in a country where turnout is usually high.“The chasm between politics and citizens is increasing. Without urgent answers to the economic crisis, it cannot be narrowed,” Fassina said.Analysts were surprised by the poor performance of Silvio Berlusconi’s People of Freedom party, which was given as a surging force by opinion polls.- © AFP, 2013Read: Thousands attend rally for Berlusconi – despite his conviction for tax fraudlast_img read more

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first_imgCommuters in Athens face more inconvenience over the coming days as public transport unions are digging in their heels regarding their resistance to wage reductions, prompting the government to consider issuing civil mobilization orders to force the employees back to work.The capital’s metro network is to remain closed for a seventh consecutive day on Wednesday, despite a court decision on Monday deeming the protest action, led by the main metro workers’ union SELMA, illegal.There will be no service on the Kifissia-Piraeus electric railway or the tram between noon and 4 p.m. Beyond fixed-track transport – managed by STASY – buses and trolley buses will also be out of circulation between 11 and 5 p.m.There is a strong possibility of further action this week. Unions representing transport workers met on Tuesday in a bid to coordinate strike action. SELMA did not take part in the talks, prompting speculation about whether the metro union is attempting to convince other labor groups to call rolling 24-hour strikes.Tuesday’s meeting, however, produced a tentative agreement over protests for next week. On Tuesday, workers on all modes of public transport will walk off the job between noon and 4 p.m. A 24-hour strike is being planned for Thursday, January 31.Sources suggested the government may turn to civil mobilization orders in order to ensure that metro workers return to to their jobs.On Monday, Development Minister Costis Hatzidakis accused the majority of striking workers of still claiming wages on strike days by declaring them as paid leave or sick days. This prompted an angry response from unionists, leaving little room for negotiations between the two sides.The unions are protesting transport workers being brought under a new civil service wage structure. As a result of the switch, STASY’s salary bill is to be reduced from 97.7 million euros in 2012 to 74.6 million this year. Average gross wages without overtime on the metro will fall from about 2,500 euros to 2,038.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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first_imgEVERETT — Police say the service at a bikini espresso stand in Washington state was too hot.Officers arrested three baristas Wednesday at the Hillbilly Hotties coffee stand in Everett.Spokesman Aaron Snell tells KOMO that police received complaints the women were exposing body parts and behaving inappropriately.A 20-year-old and 21-year-old are facing charges of violating the city’s adult cabaret law. A 33-year-old was arrested for investigation of lewd conduct.last_img

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first_imgMore than two-fifths (42%) of millennial working parent respondents feel burnt out most or all of the time, according to research by Bright Horizons and Working Families.The 2016 modern families index, which surveyed 1,000 working parents, also found that 38% of millennial parent respondents would take a pay cut to improve their work-life balance, compared to 28% of all respondents.The research also found:Around a quarter (22%) of respondents aged 36-45 years old feel burnt out all or most of the time, compared to 17% of those aged 45 and over.69% of millennial father respondents work flexibly compared to 54% of father respondents aged 36-45, and just over half (52%) aged 45 and over.58% of millennial father respondents would not feel confident asking their employer about reducing their hours, working remotely or placing boundaries on responding to calls or emails.46% of respondents say that their working life is becoming increasingly stressful, and more than a third (35%) feel that work negatively impacts their family life.35% of respondents take annual leave to cope with the stress of work, and 28% take sick leave to cope.Denise Priest, director of strategic partnerships at Bright Horizons, said: “The research shows that millennials are doings things differently at work and at home, and have a strong desire to be involved with their children and families. This is the new generation of parents who are rebooting traditional working and caring patterns, but also challenging embedded notions of engagement and loyalty in the workplace.“However, these increased expectations continue to bump up against working commitments, leading to stress and in some cases burnout.”Sarah Jackson, chief executive at Working Families, added: “The sands are shifting; younger parents are more likely to share care than the generations before them. But they’re on shaky ground because working life hasn’t caught up.”last_img read more

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first_imgMultinational food and beverage organisation PepsiCo has launched a paid return-to-work programme to help individuals re-enter the workforce after taking a career break.Ready to Return is a 10 to 12-week paid programme targeted at men and women who have been on a career break for two years or more.The programme, which has been designed to help individuals refresh their skills before re-entering the workplace, includes mentoring and coaching support as well as training. This aims to help returners improve their current skill set, in addition to building new competencies.Candidates taking part in the programme will be considered for suitable open roles at PepsiCo on the completion of the 10 to 12-week period.The programme is available for past employees of PepsiCo, as well as individuals new to the organisation.The Ready to Return programme forms part of PepsiCo’s overall diversity strategy, which uses global recruitment and development initiatives to create a diverse workforce. This also includes the Strategies for Success programme, which provides personal coaching, mentoring and peer group learning to female middle-managers, a mentoring partnership with the Inspiring Women campaign to break down gender stereotypes at work and a summer and winter hours scheme. This allows employees whose roles are not time critical to work compressed hours and leave early on Fridays during June, July, August and December.The programme was originally piloted at PepsiCo in the US in 2017. All pilot participants were offered contract extensions and half of the candidates are now in full-time employment at the organisation.Applications for Ready to Return close on 22 June 2018.Jesper Petersen, vice president, human resources at PepsiCo UK and Ireland, said: “Attracting and engaging a diverse range of people is critical to our success and at the heart of our business strategy.“People who take career breaks, either through necessity or choice, often find it difficult to get their careers back on track. The [Ready to Return] programme gives candidates coaching and support to rebuild their confidence and refresh their skills. We want to attract and retain the best talent out there and hope that this programme will unveil some strong contenders.”last_img read more

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first_imgNORTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) – Director Juan Perez of the Miami-Dade Police Department has been honored with a Lifetime Achievement award.Perez was recognized for protecting and serving the community at the Fifth annual First Responder’s Award Luncheon in North Miami, Thursday.While grateful for the recognition, Perez said the honor also goes to other personnel who help him keep neighborhoods safe.“I’m just facilitating what our agency does and leading the direction,” said Perez. “But really, the men and women in the front lines, the ones who are in the tip of the sphere are the ones that are really behind me, getting any type of award today.”Police officers, firefighters and emergency response crews from 20 different agencies in Miami-Dade and Broward County were also recognized and celebrated for their hard work.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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first_img As delegates checked in at the Student Activities Center on the University of Houston campus for the Green Party convention, you could almost hear chants for Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders. Netra Halperin was a DNC delegate in Philadelphia, but she’s in Houston as a self-proclaimed refugee from the Democratic Party following Sanders defeat.Halperin says, “I organized in collaboration with the Jill Stein (Green Party presumptive nominee) campaign that Bernie Sanders delegates held up Jill Stein signs when Hillary accepted her nomination.”Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016Several delegates said they feel Clinton stole the Democratic Nomination and they’re looking for a viable alternative. The question is, Is the Green Party a practical option? Chris, a Sanders campaign volunteer from Florida is not so sure.“Is the Green Party willing to assume power? I don’t think that they can represent that they could assume power, if they win the Presidency,” he says.The concern for those that supported Sanders is that Green Party lacks the infrastructure necessary to compete nationally. Jack Wagner is a “green” politician from California. He thinks a success starts on the local level.“It really gets back to empowering individuals to pursue offices that are good fits for them, get elected and the more we can do that with people who happen to be “green” the stronger the Green Party will become,” he says.David Wager is the treasurer of the Harris County Green Party. He hopes the party can build interest for candidates here in Houston.“It behooves us to try and build that local infrastructure and have some candidates that meet peoples’ needs in different communities around town,” Wager says.While there have been Green Party candidates elected to local and state office, the party is still looking for its first candidate to federal office. Listen Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /01:12last_img read more

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first_imgPrincipal Kelvin Bridges, My Brother’s Keeper task force Chair Broderick Johnson, chef Kwame Onwuachi, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Dr. Joe Leonard, USDA.United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack visited Baltimore’s Frederick Douglass High School in Baltimore to announce a new online toolkit aimed at aiding urban farmers in growing and marketing their produce.The toolkit is available at usda.gov/knowyourfarmer. It consists of links to technical and financial assistance, including loans and grants, as well as local food directories. He was also there to view the students’ new community garden and to plant its final tree.“By expanding access to nutritious foods and increasing awareness about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, urban farms are making a real difference in the lives of many, while promising a brighter, healthier future for the next generation,” the Department of Agriculture said in a statement. “Urban agriculture is also bringing new, younger producers to the marketplace. Diverse communities across the country are seeing results with increased access to healthy, local foods, reduced crime, and the development of new opportunities in employment and education.”U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Broderick Johnson, chair of My Brother’s Keeper Task Force join students from Frederick Douglass High School to plant the final tree in the school’s garden.Joining the Secretary of Agriculture was the chairman of President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper task force, Broderick Johnson, and celebrity chef Kwame Onwuachi, owner of The Shaw Bijou in Washington, D.C. and a “Top Chef” contestant. The attendees discussed the importance of not only the community garden, which the students had started, but urban agriculture and the opportunities it provides to urban communities and their citizens.In 2014 President Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential. Johnson, a Baltimore native, heads up the initiative and serves in the President’s cabinet.“Community gardens are just one part of so many different things that we can focus on to help young people look at things that people might not give them an opportunity to look at like gardening and what that can mean for them today, in terms of their own health.” Johnson said. “It’s kind of improbable that people would think that you can have a garden here at Frederick Douglass High School and students can learn from it, but we’ve shown by being here today working with them that in fact lots of things are possible that people don’t think are possible.”last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: A decomposed body of an unidentified person was recovered from the backyard of a Forward Block office at Chittaranjan Avenue on Sunday morning.The incident triggered tension among locals.A sweeper first spotted the body and informed the locals. Police later recovered the body and sent it for an autopsy. DC Central Subhankar Sinha Sarkar rushed to the spot following the incident.Police have started a detailed probe to ascertain if the victim was murdered or if the crime had taken place elsewhere and the body was later dumped on a narrow passage situated at the backyard of the Ford Ward block’s state head office. According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that the victim might have died 3-4 days ago. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeLocals also told the police that they were getting a foul smell for past two days but could not identify the spot.On Sunday morning, one Bhudeb Mahali, a sweeper went to the spot and found the decomposed body of the man.The backyard where the body was found lying is a narrow passage with a building on one side and a boundary wall on the other. The matter was immediately informed to the local police station. The body was sent to Calcutta Medical College and Hospital. Some of the locals including some Forward block leaders claimed that someone might have climbed the wall and dumped the body there. The investigating officers are waiting for the postmortem report which might throw some light on the nature of his death. “One body has been recovered from Chittaranjan Avenue. It appears that the victim might have died 3-4 days ago. . A detailed probe has been initiated,” DC Central said.last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal government has sanctioned Rs 21 crore for setting up a world-class laboratory in the city for preserving and digitising films that form a part of the state’s cultural identity, an official said. A nine-storeyed laboratory will shortly come up in Tollygunge, where a major chunk of production houses and studios of the Bengali film industry are based, he said. “The government has massive digitizations plans and the laboratory will be equipped with all modern facilities for the purpose. An e-tender has already been floated for purchase of technical equipment,” he explained. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life The initiative will go a long way in helping filmmakers in the future, the official said. “The administration has also arranged for workshops to train people in handling reels and other equipment,” he added. Earlier this year, the state government had built a film vault at the Cinema Centenary Building in Tollygunge for storing films and documentaries by some of the auteurs of Bengal in temperature and humidity-controlled environment.last_img read more

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first_imgCancun, Q.R. — The infamous Senor Frog’s brand has officially opened a hostel in the heart of the Cancun Hotel Zone.The opening of the Senor Frog’s Hotel and Hostel seems timed with the upcoming spring break holiday season. The new establishment is located along the waters of the Nichupté lagoon in the Cancun Hotel Zone where the old Senor Frog’s once stood.In front of the Chac Mool beach at Kilometer 9.5 of the zone, guests can choose between shared and private accommodations, some offering unobstructed views of the water. All rooms are air conditioned and includes breakfast, bar and kitchen access.The Senor Frogs’s Hotel and Hostel is one of several brands opening hotel chain accommodations in the Hotel Zone. Others that are slated for development this year include another Hard Rock Riviera Cancun and Planet Hollywood hotel.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_img Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Pipeline ruptures remain common in Nigeria, an oil-rich nation where militants and criminals routinely tap into lines to steal crude oil and refined gasoline. Fires can easily and accidentlally be sparked by those attempting to gather the fuel.In September, Nigeria’s state-run oil company said suspected thieves shot dead three of its workers in southeast Ogun state after rupturing a gasoline pipeline to steal fuel.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Patients with chronic pain give advice Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Comments   Share   ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) – A government spokesman says 20 people in southeast Nigeria died when a broken gasoline pipeline caught fire, burning alive those gathering the fuel.The fire happened in a remote village in Abia state, near Nigeria’s oil-rich southern delta. Abia state government spokesman Ugochukwu Emezue said Monday that the fire happened Sept. 23, but it took days for the information to reach officials. The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterVirgin America has announced daily nonstop flight from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Honolulu, Oahu starting 5 May 2016, and Kahului, Maui starting 14 June 2016. This new service adds to the airline’s recently launched daily service from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Honolulu International Airport (HNL) and Kahului Airport (OGG), allowing for roundtrip connecting services between HNL and John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS) and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA).The Aloha State is the ‘most wanted’ destination by members of Virgin America’s Elevate loyalty programme and Hawaii continues to be the number one tourism destination from the West Coast, with over 3.3 million visitors in 2014.The new LAX-Hawaii flights are on sale now. As of tomorrow, Elevate members can redeem reward flights to Hawaii – with no black-out dates, for as few as 8278 points. Members can earn more points by signing up for the Virgin America Visa Signature Credit Card.“Since we launched our Hawaii service last year, we’ve seen first hand why it is one of the most popular leisure destinations among West Coast traversable. The guest response to our new routes has been extremely positive, which is why we are so pleased to announce that we are expanding our non-stop service to the Los Angeles market,” said Virgin America President and Chief Executive Officer, David Cush. “This new service from LAX not only brings this world class destination to our guests and Elevate members in the Los Angeles area, it opens up a number of roundtrip connecting flights to markets across the country.”“Virgin America is providing more airline choice and competition to our great state, and we could not be more pleased that they are already adding more routes to the Hawaiian Islands from Los Angeles – our largest originating travel market,” said Governor David Ige. “We look forward to Virgin America’s continued growth and success in serving travellers visiting the Islands.”“The addition of more seats flying direct between Los Angeles and Honolulu and Los Angeles and Kahului will not only expand the availability to more islands, but provide our visitors with another excellent airline option. We are thrilled to have this easy access for both visitors and residents flying between the West Coast and Hawaii,” said George D. Szigeti, President and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterLana Bogunovich & Cathy Wagstaff Go back to the e-newsletterOne of Sydney’s hottest new restaurants, Chin Chin, played host to a reception for Aman Resorts on Wednesday 8 November. The Aman team – Anna Nash, Head of Global PR; Christina Deeny, Head of Global Sales; Ian White, GM Amanusa & Regional Director Indonesia; Sven Van den Broeck, GM Amanzoe; and Yasuo Mizobuchi, Director of Sales Japan – were in town to share its latest news with Australian media.Headlining the announcements was Aman’s second “island destination” and urban hotel, Aman New York, slated to open in 2020 in Manhattan’s Crown Building on 57th Street and Fifth Avenue. Read more about the new hotel.Aman is also anticipating the January arrival of Amanyangyun on the outskirts of Shanghai, its fourth destination in China, comprising 26 restored antique villas, and more exciting developments ahead of its 30th anniversary next year.Guests were greeted with the Chin Chin Pink Flamingo Signature Cocktail, a vodka-based confection with yuzu, grapefruit and lemongrass. Two long tables were laden with platters of Pan-Asian delights for sharing. Entrees included kingfish sashimi, corn and coriander fritters, betel leaf and spanner crab, and delectable Chin Chin pork ‘roll ups’, while mains of butter chicken curry, squid and green mango salad, twice-cooked beef short rib, Balinese roast duck, stir-fried green beans and mushroom rendang left guests planning their return to the restaurant.last_img read more

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