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Sri Lanka reiterates commitment to combat people smuggling

Speaking at the 7th Bali Process Ministerial Conference on people smuggling, human trafficking, and other international crimes in Bali, Indonesia, Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana reiterated Sri Lanka’s commitment for a comprehensive regional approach to combat people smuggling, and to work in partnership with Governments, international organizations and civil society to prevent human smuggling, protect and support victims, and bring perpetrators to justice, the Foreign Ministry said today.Following deliberations at Ministerial and Senior Officials level, the Conference adopted a Ministerial Declaration and Chairman’s Statement of the Senior Officials‘ meeting. While recognizing the importance of the UN system, and other multilateral organizations as vehicles for international discourse and norm setting, the Minister expressed support to the Bali Process and to implement Sri Lanka’s legal obligations with respect to combating migrant smuggling, trafficking in persons and transnational crimes.  He also referred to the monitoring mechanisms under Sri Lanka’s National Anti- Human Trafficking Task force and the five-year strategic plan (2015-2019) based on the 4 pillars of Prevention, Protection, Prosecution and Partnership, approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.Foreign Minister Marapana was joined by Deputy Minister of Justice, Prison Reforms, and Buddha Sasana, Sarathi Dushmantha, who led Sri Lanka’s interventions at the Ministerial session with Business leaders.  The Minister held bilateral discussions with the Foreign Minister of Indonesia (Mdm) Retno Marsudi, Australia’s Home Affairs, Immigration and Border Protection Minister Peter Dutton, and IOM’s Director General Ambassador William Lacy Swing. During his remarks at the Conference and during his interactions with Indonesia’s Foreign Minister (Mdm) Retno Marsudi, Minister Marapana conveyed Sri Lanka’s condolences to all those who have been affected by the devastating earthquake off the island of Lombok in Indonesia.Associated with Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana at the Conference and related meetings were Sri Lanka’s Deputy Minister of Justice, Prison Reforms, and Buddha Sasana Sarathi Dushmantha, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Indonesia and ASEAN Dharshana M. Perera, and officials from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Justice and Prison Reforms, the Attorney General’s Department, and the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Indonesia. The Minister explained steps being taken by Sri Lanka including being party to the core international human rights treaties which provide for the prevention and suppression of human trafficking, noting in particular the ratification of the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its 2015 Protocol, and The Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Cooperation in Respect of Inter-country Adoption.  read more

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Some Canadian retailers join global climate strike plan to close shop Friday

VANCOUVER — A global movement aimed at pressuring governments into action over climate change is calling on Canadians to join a mass strike planned for Friday and “disrupt business as usual.”But many retailers in Canada seem to be ignoring that call, with only three chains planning to shutter operations to help raise awareness about Swedish activist Greta Thunberg’s movement.“Sustainability is really part of our DNA,” said Phil Arrata, CEO of Vancouver-based MEC.The company will close its 22 stores in Canada on Friday until 5 p.m. local time to allow staff the opportunity to participate in protests.Organizers plan climate strikes on Friday in more than 150 countries, including Canada. Vancouver is one of several Canadian cities with planned actions, according to the Global Climate Strike website.The movement started with Greta, an activist who protested outside of her country’s parliament for several weeks in August 2018.When her action caught the attention of social media, she expanded the movement to encourage kids to skip school every Friday to pressure global leaders to act. The young activist and her Fridays for Future school strike followers are now calling on everyone to walk out of their commitments Friday in a collective strike.“We can all take part, whatever our circumstances, by refusing to accept the status quo,” reads the strike’s website.Arrata said MEC staff wanted to participate.The company knew it may be short staffed that day as a result, he said, and didn’t want to skimp on customer service or overwhelm the employees who choose to come in.MEC’s head office, as well as distribution and service centres, will remain open, but those employees are able to let the company know they plan to attend a local protest.While MEC wanted to accommodate staff desires to participate, it also wanted to send a message to customers about the issue.“Naturally our move is going to raise awareness,” Arrata said.The company emailed its members to inform them about the closures and explain why they made the decision.“The current rate of emissions causing climate change, if continued, puts the earth on a path to seeing 3–4 degrees of warming by mid-century. This will cause significant impacts to where we live, work and play,” the note reads.Another Vancouver-based company, Lush Cosmetics North America, made a similar decision.The toiletry maker said it will shut down its 50 shops, manufacturing facilities and online shopping in Canada on Friday in an effort to encourage its 2,216 staff and customers to participate in local actions. It closed some 200 shops in the U.S. last Friday, when the strike took place in that country.“We have really come to understand the impact that climate crisis is having on our staff, as well as the rest of the world,” said Carleen Pickard, the company’s ethical campaigns specialist.Between the company’s roughly 250 stores, Lush employees felt the impacts of flooding, hurricanes and wildfires, Pickard said.That feeling of climate change being “something that’s really, really real for staff” drove the company to take this bold move, said Pickard. Lush also has an in-store campaign to educate customers on the impact of climate change and the strike movement.Both companies realize their moves may be met with cynicism by some.MEC understands its a retailer and its operations impact the environment, Arrata said.“We sell product that’s made out of plastic. We have a supply chain. We move product around Canada,” he said.But the company wants to become a leader in change and reduce its impact so that customers know when they buy their outdoor gear from MEC they’re choosing sustainably made goods with the least environmental impact.“I think we’re all, at this point, part of the problem,” said Pickard, but pointed out that not all brands operate in the same manner.“Standing back and not participating at this point in time feels like it’s the wrong decision,” she said. “The right decision is to step up and say that we understand that we all need to be engaged in this.”The Canadian Press contacted some of Canada’s biggest publicly traded retailers to learn if they planned to support the protests.Vancouver-based Lululemon Athletica Inc. intends to keep its shops open, a spokesperson said, but would accommodate staff scheduled to work who wish to attend the strikes instead.An Indigo Books & Music Inc. spokesperson said the retailer’s home office teams in Toronto and Montreal would have the opportunity to participate.The Hudson’s Bay Co., Canadian Tire Corp. Ltd., Dollarama Inc., Canada Goose Inc., Cineplex Inc. and Aritzia Inc. did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Vermont-based Burton, which makes snowboards and winter apparel, plans to close its four Canadian stores on Friday to allow staff to join the movement.“The Amazon is literally on fire, the seas are rising and glaciers are melting,” wrote CEO Donna Carpenter in an email to staff. “I’m proud to have Burton join Greta’s movement to draw attention to this global crisis.”The company is also closing its European stores where actions are planned on Friday, and shuttered operations in Europe, North America, Japan and Australia on Sept. 20 where protests took place. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 25, 2019.Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press read more

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Uganda launches campaign against pregnancyrelated disability UN reports

Through the campaign, 12 regional hospitals will receive much-needed equipment and supplies for to deal with “fistula,” a preventable condition caused by prolonged and obstructed labour, coupled with a lack of appropriate medical intervention – typically a Caesarean section – to relieve it. Victims suffer chronic incontinence and in nearly all cases the baby dies, according to UNFPA. The Uganda campaign, launched in Kampala by Janet Museveni, involves training local doctors in surgery and post-operative care and conducting awareness-raising activities about the problem. Today’s launch was also attended by some 150 participants, including representatives from the Ministry of Health, religious and cultural leaders. UNFPA representative James Kuriah, who was on hand for the event, noted that fistula receives scant attention because victims are often ashamed to come forward due to stigma. “I am convinced that all of us can make a difference by bringing hope to the thousands of women who are affected with this misfortune,” he said. About 60 per cent of Ugandan women deliver their babies at home and only 38 per cent of births take place with a skilled attendant, according to the agency, which is leading the first-ever Global Campaign to End Fistula. read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 15, 2013 5:47 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,004.88 down 332.71 points):Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G). Gold producer. Down $1.69, or 5.62 per cent, at $28.38 on 33.59 million shares. The Vancouver-based company surpassed Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX) as the leading gold miner by market capitalization. The gold sector has been taking a beating as price of the bullion plunged to its lowest level in more than two years. The June gold contract lost its lustre, closing down US$140.30 to $1,361.10 an ounce on the New York Mercantile Exchange.Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ). Oil and gas. Down $1.43, or 4.57 per cent, at $29.85 on 21.9 million shares. The energy sector was one of the biggest decliners, tumbling 4.04 per cent to 234.78 points. The price of crude oil dropped US$2.58 to $88.71 per barrel.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Miner. Down $2.64, or 11.51 per cent, at $20.30 on 11.06 million shares. The giant gold producer closed at its lowest level since late 2000. Apart from the falling bullion price, Barrick is also dealing with a decision by a Chilean court to stop construction on its $8-billion Pascua Lama mine.Osisko Mining Corp. (TSX:OSK). Miner. Down $1.07, or 20.94 per cent, at $4.04 on 10.5 million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Down 87 cents, or 13.57 per cent, at $5.54 on 10.10 million shares.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Down $1.12, or 8.44 per cent, at $12.15 on 8.31 million shares.Toronto Venture Exchange (958.26 down 64.36 points):Pinecrest Energy Inc. (TSXV:PRY). Oil and gas explorer. Down eight cents, or 7.41 per cent, at $1 on 6.28 million shares.New Guinea Gold Corp. (TSXV:NGG). Mine explorer. Down half a cent, or 50 per cent, at half a cent on 5.73 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Bombardier Aerospace (TSX:BBD.B). Transportation equipment. Down 11 cents, or 2.74 per cent, at $3.91 on 3.88 million shares. Bombardier Transportation signed a contract valued at $199 million with the State of Florida Department of Transportation for operations and maintenance services.Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU). Oil and gas. Down $1.32, or 4.58 per cent, at $27.50 on 4.98 million shares. The Calgary-based company is selling the bulk of its Western Canadian natural gas business to a British-Qatari partnership for $1 billion. Production from the business is estimated to be about the equivalent of 42,000 barrels of oil per day this year. read more

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Packers Part Ways With Defensive Leader Charles Woodson

Charles Woodson, the Green Bay Packers’ veteran defensive stalwart, was released by the team Friday, his agent, Carl Poston, told“It’s part of the business,” Poston said. “I just talked to him. He sounds like he has a lot of football left. He’d like to play for a contender, win another Super Bowl.”Woodson was set to make $9 million in 2013 and would’ve counted for $10 million against the Packers’ salary cap.He signed a five-year, $55-million deal before the 2010 season. He missed nine games last season because of a broken right collarbone, but played in two playoff games.“We had a good run,” Woodson told ESPN 540 in Wisconsin via text message.Woodson was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 and the Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1998. He spent the first eight years of his career with the Oakland Raiders, who drafted him out of Michigan with the No. 4 overall pick.He’s the only player in NFL history with touchdowns off interceptions in six straight seasons, a feat he pulled off from 2006-11, and leads the league with nine touchdowns off interceptions since 2006.Woodson, 36, was productive for the Packers, but they have some tough decisions to make this offseason to manage the salary cap. Despite his age and recent injury, Woodson likely will be an in-demand free agent. He was injured last October, but bounced back in time to defend two passes in the playoffs.“Charles has been a stud in this league for 15 years, so whenever he’s on the field with us, he’s always a huge threat,” Packer linebacker A.J. Hawk said in January. “Not only is he a threat to make huge plays throughout the game, but quarterbacks, I think they know where he’s at every single play. He seems to know what receivers are running before they do. And I think he has an intimidation factor as well.” read more

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In Loving Memory Ellen Amelia Jolly Howell MBE

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp 500 in Five Cays get Healthy Big Breakfast Related Items:Ellen Amelia Jolly Howell, enid capron, osetta jolly Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 13 Mar 2015 – It is International Women’s Week and in keeping with the spirit of the commemoration; we thought to tell you about an educator whom we lost last week but whose name is not at all strange; especially on the island of Providenciales. Life for this early childhood lifelong educator did not begin in Provo, it started in North Caicos. She was born on July 13th 1937, Ellen Amelia Jolly and grew up in the quiet community of South Winsor, in the settlement of Bottle Creek, North Caicos with her parents Violet Oseta Jolly, who was once a Higgs and Eric Emmanuel Jolly. Ellen has an amazing story and believe it or not, the journey toward her professional career as a teacher began at the tender age of 14. One of her sons, the respected Rev. Dr. Conrad Howell shared with me that his mother returned to Bottle Creek, after a teachers’ course in Grand Turk and then moved to Provo to work as an assistant teacher. At the time there were only three teachers working at the school. Ellen worked with education celebrities… her mother Oseta Jolly and namesake for the Five Cays Primary School, Enid Capron. She married one too… her husband: Clement Howell. It took a little wooing by young Howell, but eventually the crooner and educator himself got his girl; they were married at Bethany Baptist Church on January 6th, 1957 and had nine children: “God permitted them to raise eight – five sons and three daughters.” She was honored with many awards including a Member of the British Empire in 2001. She is called an industrious woman, who loved her husband and her family; a Christian saved since 1956 and spending over 40 years in the teaching profession. Among her other relatives: Education Director: Edgar Howell, her son; Education Officer: Tamera Robinson, her daughter; Point Grace Resort General Manager: Beverly Williams, her daughter and Judymae Knowles, teacher and Gospel music minister, her sister. To the family of Ellen Amelia Jolly Howell, sincerest condolences…. Her funeral is this Saturday at Bethany Baptist Church in Blue Hills. Mrs. Howell was 77 years old when she died. Enid Capron Student To Star In A Public Service Announcement Recommended for you Earth Day underwater Clean-up & Tree plantinglast_img read more

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Putin appeals directly to US public with stinging oped on Syria

first_imgHe invoked God, the pope and the rule of law, and recalled a time when the United States and Russia were allies “and defeated the Nazis together.”But don’t think for a moment that Vladimir Putin has lost his edge. In a bluntly worded commentary published in Thursday’s New York Times, the Russian president castigated the idea of American “exceptionalism,” essentially called the United States an international bully and said he “carefully studied” President Barack Obama’s speech Tuesday on Syria, and determined that he disagreed with it.Still, Putin said his “working and personal relationship with President Obama is marked by growing trust,” and he welcomed Obama’s willingness to work with Russia on a plan to place Syria’s chemical weapons under international control.“If we can avoid force against Syria, this will improve the atmosphere in international affairs and strengthen mutual trust,” he wrote. “It will be our shared success and open the door to cooperation on other critical issues.”It is unusual, but not unheard of, for a foreign leader to publish commentary in an American newspaper as a way of influencing U.S. public opinion. Putin began his piece by saying that the furor over Syrian chemical weapons “prompted me to speak directly to the American people and their political leaders.” He added, “It is important to do so at a time of insufficient communication between our societies.”last_img read more

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Miramar firefighters pull driver from burning car after Turnpike crash

first_imgMIRAMAR, FLA. (WSVN) – Firefighters in Miramar pulled a driver to safety after a fiery crash along the Florida Turnpike in Miramar.Miramar Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene of the wreck along the northbound lanes near Red Road, Sunday morning.First responders arrived to find the car on its side and the engine compartment on fire. They located the driver and pulled him out of the burning car.Crews were able to quickly put out the flames.No one was hurt.Officials said the department’s battalion chief was on his way to the scene of the crash when the front of his vehicle was clipped. He was not injured.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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Nations Restaurant News Could Be First of Many Deals for Penton

first_imgPenton Media’s purchase of Lebhar-Friedman flagship Nation’s Restaurant News could be the start of several new acquisitions, according to Penton CEO Sharon Rowlands [pictured]. “After our restructuring, we did a strategic review of our portfolio looking at where we’d like to invest to build scale,” she told FOLIO. “Restaurants were an area that had a tough couple of years, but we think their prospects will improve going forward. We are fortunate that as we started looking to do deals, this asset came on the market.”Rowlands says Penton is looking for print, event, digital and data assets across a variety of markets and is looking to build up its Asian business, particularly products serving China. “More horizontally, we’re investing in areas such as marketing services-we’re building that out organically but we also want to make acquisitions to speed up the process,” she says. Nation’s Restaurant News, which serves the mass-market restaurant business, joins the Penton Restaurant Group, which also includes Restaurant Hospitality, which covers the more boutique markets, and Food Management, which covers in-service restaurants serving institutions such as hospitals and college. While Rowlands wouldn’t reveal combined revenue of the new group, she says it is close to being one of Penton’s “top 10 groups.” Some observers have said that NRN, which cut frequency in recent years from 51 to 26, has lost nearly 20,000 subscribers since 2004 as well as 40 percent of its ad base, but Rowlands says she’s pleased with the condition of the brand, particularly on the digital side. “In the last six months NRN has seen strong improvement in the core print business while the digital business is growing strongly,” she says.last_img read more

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PM opens different projects in Patuakhali

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh HasinaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated Payra Power Plant Rehabilitation Project at Kolapara in Patuakhali Saturday afternoon and visited the power plant.The premier also opened the scheme named Swapner Thikana at a function on the power plant premises.She also visited newly constructed houses for the people affected in project area and handed over keys and registration papers to the rehabilitated families.She also released fish fries into the ponds of the centre and planted a sapling.Earlier, she visited Payra Thermal Power Plant Project where power division secretary Ahmed Kaikaus and the project director briefed her on different aspects of the plant.She also briefly addressed a gathering of workers and said that the power plant will bring about a revolutionary change in the life and livelihood of the people of the southern region.“The power plant will open the door for a beautiful life of the people of the region,” she said.Sheikh Hasina thanked all concerned for working round-the-clock to complete the project.Highlighting the government’s steps for generating electricity in the country, the prime minister said the government has been able to produce 20,000 MW electricity over the last 10 years.Ministers, parliament members, PM’s advisers, local AL leaders and high civil and military officials were present.The state-run North-West Power Generation Company Ltd and Chinese CMC Company are jointly constructing the ultra supercritical power plant.According to officials, the present capacity of the plant is 1497 MW, while the future plan is to produce 6130 MW.The authorities have set a target to generate 10,000 MW by 2025 through the plant.Through the same function, the prime minister opened 16 development projects of different areas of Patuakhali district by unveiling their plaques from Payra Thermal Power Plant.The projects are: construction works of five-storey girls hostel and academic-cum examination hall of Patuakhali Government College, construction works of four-storey academic buildings of Hazi Akkel Ali Hawlader College, Ishak Model Degree College, Kuakata Khanabad College, Muktijoddha Memorial College, Alhaj Jalal Uddin College, Subidkhali Degree College and construction works of four-storey academic building of Dumki Janata Degree College, cent per cent electrification of Dumki upazila, Mirzaganj 33/11 kv power substation, Sheikh Hasina Sarak at Payra Port and service jetty, mosque, officers’ guest house and staff dormitory of Payra Port.Later, Sheikh Hasina laid the foundation stones of five-storey science building of Patuakhali Government College, 96-meter bridge on the Srimanta river, two farmers training centers at Kolapara and Mirzaganj upazilas in Patuakhali district under Krishak Training Center (3rd phase) Project and the rehabilitation area for Payra Port affected people.The prime minister earlier arrived in Patuakhali from Dhaka by an Air Force helicopter on a daylong visit to the coastal districts of Patuakhali and Barguna to see the Payra Port and the Payra Thermal Power Plant as well as inaugurate and lay the foundation stones of a number of development projects.Later, Sheikh Hasina will visit Barguna district and inaugurate 21 different development projects.She will open the development schemes by unveiling their plaques from Taltoli Government High School Ground in the afternoon.The projects are: a 250-bed hospital, two Fire Service and Civil Defense stations at Bamna and Betagi upazilas, district library, the construction work of a barrack for women police personnel at district police lines and other projects, extension works of 2nd floor of hostel for blind children, Amtoli police station building, Barguna Sadar union land office, Dowatola Union LandOffice (coastal), Hosnabad union land office, repair of coastal embankments affected by cyclone Sidr and Aila, construction works of four-storey academic buildings cum cyclone shelter centers of M Baliatoli D N College in Barguna Sadar, Syed Fazlul Haque Degree College in Pathorghata and Yunus Ali Khan Degree College in Amtoli, upazila livestock development center in Taltoli, Bakerganj-Padrishibpur-Kathaltoli-Subidkhali-Barguna road widening works, a bridge, Taltoli upazila parishad complex, Bamna upazila parishad complex, Gourachinna union parishad complex, one house one firm and Polli Sanchoy Bank buildings in Bamna and Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League president, will address a public rally to be organised by her party on Taltoli Government High School Ground at 3pm.last_img read more

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Labelling not easy for organic food vendors

first_imgNo related posts. From the print editionOn Saturday mornings, in the north-central San José neighborhood of Barrio Aranjuez, the Feria Verde (a farmers market) abounds with succulent mangoes and passion fruit, crisp lemongrass and basil, delicate pastries and coffee. These particular groceries that exchange hands from farmers to patrons come from fruit and vegetable farms that are organic or “in transition” to organic.But not all of the market’s vendors have a legal organic certification, even if they grow their fruits and veggies without a trace of chemicals. Of the 60 vendors at Feria Verde, 25 sell produce, 25 sell prepared foods like sandwiches and pastries, and 10 others sell things like jewelry and eco-friendly cleaning products. Of the 25 produce vendors, less than half them have received organic certification from the Agriculture and Livestock Ministry (MAG).Since it opened in 2010, Feria Verde has been trying to get all of its produce vendors certified as organic by MAG. But ministry officials constantly send back paperwork asking for corrections. MAG officials are concerned with the applications’ terminology and how Feria Verde is using a different certifying program that hasn’t yet been utilized by other producers in the country.In Costa Rica, fruits and vegetables can be certified as organic by two processes: through a handful of third-party certifying agencies recognized by MAG, or via the Participatory Guarantee System (PGS).Organic certification through PGS is cheaper and requires less paperwork, making it attractive to organizations like Feria Verde that are primarily run by volunteers. Organizations also have the ability to be stricter than national organic requirements.In countries like Brazil, most organic certification is achieved through PGS programs. Faviana Scorza, the market’s sole full-time organizer who has attended conferences in Brazil to learn more about PGS programs, said the concept is new to many Costa Rican officials. “We want all farms in the market to be certified by the government’s legal organic definition,” said Leland Westie, a Feria Verde shopper and coffee vendor. “There is a common end solution we are all working toward, and that is food security and healthy communities.”The World Health Organization defines food security as the ability of all people to access sufficient, safe, nutritious food in order to maintain a healthy and active life. This can’t be done with just one small group of people, Westie explained, and he and other market vendors and shoppers want to work alongside MAG, farmers, consumers, nonprofit organic certification agencies and international organizations to take small steps toward creating a healthy, local food system (see stories, Pages W4-5).Organizers said that while the Feria Verde continues seeking government certification, it will offer high-quality, chemical-free products, even if they aren’t legally organic.Scorza said Feria Verde is trying to get organic certification through the PGS program, which requires farm visits by vendors and consumers to ensure that organic requirements are being implemented. For Feria Verde, that would require small teams of consumers to become more involved in local food production, and market vendors would have to visit farms to inspect organic practices. In general, all organic regulations call for crop rotation, buffer zones separating farms that use chemicals and no use of genetically modified substances, fertilizers or herbicides, among other rules.Feria Verde President Rolf Ruge said organizers already submitted a third set of corrections to MAG, and they are still waiting for a response.“The current administration has been very inattentive to our certification attempts,” Ruge said. “But we will continue to work with them.”Ministry officials said they are supportive of local organic markets and organizers’ efforts to obtain organic labeling. In a press release, Agriculture and Livestock Vice Minister Tania López said she encourages Feria Verde and other farmers markets to move toward their goals. Mauricio Chacón, manager of MAG’s National Organic Agriculture Program, said small groups of people practicing organic farming can help change some practices of conventional farming, but organic products won’t become a majority in the national food system.“Each person can do a little, like buying organic [foods] when they’re available,” he said. “Price shouldn’t be the only value we put on food, but organics will not dominate food systems in my lifetime, because conventional agriculture has at least a 25 percent higher production rate than organic agriculture in most crops.”Change can also come with education, Chacón said, and this is something Feria Verde is doing well.“When people understand more about their food and how many chemicals are used in some products, they will likely pay more,” he said. “So we learn and do the best we can; that’s all we can ask, especially of those making a living in agriculture.”Chacón is currently working on public policy for organic food by collaborating with universities and other sectors to help teach consumers and farmers about agricultural systems and how organic cultivation works.This month, vendors at Feria Verde began paying a $2 fee to help fund teams of sellers and customers traveling to farms to verify that organic practices are being followed, a requirement of PGS certification.Every Saturday, from 7 a.m.-1 p.m., organic food lovers flock to the Feria Verde, even if not all vendors are certified as organic. Scorza said Feria Verde already ensures that producers implement “agro-ecological practices,” which she said are stricter than organic certification requirements. Current practices include crop diversification, native and heirloom seed use, biological pest control, reforestation, water protection, humane treatment of animals and farm-generated fertilizers and composting systems.“Organic doesn’t mean only growing without chemicals,” said Breyner Paniagua, who has been selling vegetables at the market since it opened two years ago. His booth is a favorite for those seeking leafy greens like arugula, romaine lettuce or kale. “We are involved in conscientious agriculture,” he added.Paniagua and other vendors said they want the fair to be able to market itself for what it is: a collection of family farmers doing the best they can to bring pesticide-free products to the table. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Emirates launches second daily A380 service to Frankfurt

first_imgEmirates launches second daily A380 service to FrankfurtEmirates, a global connector of people, places and economies, has announced a second daily A380 service to Frankfurt, adding 1,155 seats a week on the route, with 280 in First Class and Business Class.Emirates operates 77 services from Australia to Dubai, with onward connections to Frankfurt, Germany.Commencing 1st January 2016, Emirates flights EK47/48, currently operated by a Boeing 777-300ER, will be up-gauged to an A380. The first scheduled A380 service between Frankfurt and Dubai was in September 2014; since then, over 280,000 passengers have travelled with Emirates on this route.“Our daily A380 service to Frankfurt proved to be extremely popular and we’re happy that demand has been so strong that we needed to increase capacity on the route. In fact, our four gateways in Germany are doing extremely well with 3 of them boasting a daily or double-daily A380 service. Should the opportunity arise, Emirates would be keen to fly to additional cities that are currently underserved, offering more choices to travellers,” commented Hubert Frach, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations West. “Our customers love the A380 and adding a second one to Frankfurt will further enhance the travel experience on that route and provide more A380 to A380 connectivity to popular destinations around the world via our ultra-modern hub in Dubai,” added Frach.“We are pleased that Emirates decided to operate a second daily A380 to Frankfurt. It shows a clear commitment of Emirates and underlines the attractiveness of Frankfurt Airport”, said Dr. Stefan Schulte, Chairman of the Executive Board of Fraport AG.Emirates’ flight EK47 departs Dubai International Airport at 14:35hrs and arrives in Frankfurt at 18:40hrs. The outbound flight EK48 departs from Frankfurt at 20:30hrs and arrives in Dubai at 0610hrs the following day.The new aircraft will feature 14 Private Suites in First Class, 76 flat-bed seats in Business Class, and 429 comfortable seats in Economy Class. Passengers in all classes will enjoy access to over 2000 channels of films, TV shows, music and games through ice Digital Widesreen, the airline’s award-winning inflight entertainment system, as well as free Wi-Fi and gourmet cuisine. It will also offer access to the world’s only onboard Shower Spa for First Class passengers and to the Onboard Lounge, where First Class and Business Class passengers can socialise at 40,000 feet.As with all Emirates flights, passengers will be able to accumulate Skywards miles and benefit from a generous baggage allowance of 30kg in Economy Class, 40kg in Business Class and 50 kg in First Class. Passengers travelling in premium cabins will also enjoy Emirates’ dedicated lounge at Frankfurt Airport, as well as Emirates Chauffeur-drive service.Emirates also operates nine weekly freighter flights out of Frankfurt, offering a total cargo capacity of up to 1,000 tonnes per week. Main products transported include machinery, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and electronic equipment bound for markets in the Middle East, Africa, Asia as well as USA and Mexico. Fly EmiratesSource = Emirates Airlinelast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterThe first-ever luxury space hotel was introduced this month during the Space 2.0 Summit in San Jose, California. Named after the magical light phenomenon that illuminates the Earth’s polar skies, Aurora Station is being developed by Orion Span and the company’s team of space industry veterans, who have over 140 years of human space experience.The first fully modular space station to ever debut, Aurora Station will operate as the first luxury hotel in space. The exclusive hotel will host six people at a time – including two crew members. Space travellers will enjoy a completely authentic astronaut experience with extraordinary adventure during their 12-day journey, starting at US$9.5 million per person. Deposits are now being accepted for a future stay on Aurora Station, which is slated to launch in late 2021 and host its first guests in 2022. The fully refundable deposit is $80,000 per person and can be reserved online.“We developed Aurora Station to provide a turnkey destination in space. Upon launch, Aurora Station goes into service immediately, bringing travellers into space quicker and at a lower price point than ever seen before, while still providing an unforgettable experience,” said Frank Bunger, chief executive officer and founder of Orion Span. “Orion Span has additionally taken what was historically a 24-month training regimen to prepare travellers to visit a space station and streamlined it to three months, at a fraction of the cost. Our goal is to make space accessible to all, by continuing to drive greater value at lower cost.”During their stay on Aurora Station, travellers will enjoy the exhilaration of zero gravity and fly freely throughout Aurora Station, gaze at the northern and southern aurora through the many windows, soar over their hometowns, take part in research experiments such as growing food while in orbit (which they can take home with them as the ultimate souvenir), revel in a virtual reality experience on the holodeck, and stay in touch or live stream with their loved ones back home via high-speed wireless Internet access. While in space, Aurora Station guests will soar 322 kilometres above the Earth’s surface in Low Earth Orbit, where they will find stunning views of the Earth. The hotel will orbit Earth every 90 minutes, meaning those aboard will see an average of 16 sunrises and sunsets every 24 hours. On return to Earth, guests will be treated to a hero’s welcome home.Prior to take-off, those set to travel to Aurora Station will enjoy a three-month Orion Span Astronaut Certification. Phase one of the certification program is done online, making space travel easier than ever. The next portion will be completed in-person at Orion Span’s state-of-the-art training facility in Houston, Texas. The final certification is completed during a traveller’s stay on Aurora Station.“Aurora Station is incredibly versatile and has multiple uses beyond serving as a hotel,” Bunger added. “We will offer full charters to space agencies who are looking to achieve human spaceflight in orbit for a fraction of the cost – and only pay for what they use. We will support zero gravity research, as well as in space manufacturing. Our architecture is such that we can easily add capacity, enabling us to grow with market demand like a city growing skyward on Earth. We will later sell dedicated modules as the world’s first condominiums in space. Future Aurora owners can live in, visit, or sublease their space condo. This is an exciting frontier and Orion Span is proud to pave the way.”Orion Span officially made the Aurora Station announcement earlier this month at the Space 2.0 Summit in San Jose, California. The company’s leadership team includes chief executive officer Frank Bunger, who is a serial entrepreneur and technology start-up executive credited with multiple startups under his belt; chief technology officer David Jarvis – a lifelong entrepreneur, human spaceflight engineer, and payload developer with breadth and depth in the management and operations of the International Space Station (ISS); chief architect Frank Eichstadt, who is an industrial designer and space architect credited with being the principal architect on the ISS Enterprise module; and chief operating officer Marv LeBlanc – a former general manager and program manager with decades of executive space experience running operations and mission control.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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