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Missing murdered Indigenous women and girls inquiry loses executive director

first_imgOTTAWA – The inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls has lost another executive director.The federally funded commission — plagued by many staffing changes throughout its tenure — says Debbie Reid has left the commission as executive director but it will not comment further, calling it a personnel matter.In a statement, the commission thanks Reid for her contributions.It says the inquiry’s work will not be disrupted during the transition that will see director of operations Calvin Wong act as interim executive director effective immediately.The commission says it has a “sacred responsibility” to the 597 families and survivors who have already entrusted their stories to the inquiry and the 600 others registered to do so.Reid, a former special adviser to the Assembly of First Nations, took the role of executive director in October, replacing Michele Moreau.Federal Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett responded to the latest departure in a statement, saying she’s worried the ongoing turnover at the commission will “distract from the work at hand.”However, while she says her department shares’ families concerns about difficulties at the commission, its independence is crucial and the government won’t be intervening.last_img read more

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Guitar heroes in Thunder Bay

first_imgAPTN National NewsA high school in Thunder Bay, Ont., is finding new ways to keep its students in class.Not only do they get build a very cool musical instrument.They’re also learning some valuable lessons about life.APTN National News reporter Tiar Wilson has this story.last_img

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More Rain Ahead in Morocco Monday

Rabat- Overcast, rainy weather is expected in Tangier, Saiss, Essaouira, the Rif region, the Mediterranean, Phosphates Plateau, the Oriental region, Oulmes, and the High and Middle Atlas mountains.Foggy weather and low clouds are expected in the Phosphates Plateau and the central regions of Morocco. Moderate to strong wind is forecasted in the northern and southern coasts, while strong wind is expected in the Mediterranean, the Rif, the Oriental, and the southeastern regions.MWN: Al Irfane-Rabatne-RabatThe temperature lows are between 0 and 5 degrees Celsius in the Atlas and the eastern highlands; 6 and 11 degrees Celsius in the Rif; and 11 and 16 degrees Celsius in the Mediterranean, Souss, northern, northeastern, and southern provinces. Read Also: Morocco’s Early Snowfall Delights Some, Burdens OthersThe temperature highs are between 5 and 11 degrees Celsius on the reliefs; 11 and 17 degrees Celsius in the Saiss, Mediterranean, Oriental, Abdaa, Atlantic coasts, Oulmes, and Phosphates Plateau; 17 and 23 degrees Celsius in the Tadla, Rahamna, Souss, southeastern and northwestern provinces; and between 24 and 30 degrees Celsius in the far south of the country.A stable sea level is forecasted on the Mediterranean and a moderate to high sea level in the Strait of Gibraltar, Tarfaya, and Boujdour. read more

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Arjun Aloysiuss private secretary appears before commission

Arjun Aloysius’s private secretary, Steve Samuel, appeared before the Presidential Commission investigating the alleged treasury bond scam.Samuel had earlier been admitted to hospital following a sudden cardiac arrest.

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Postslump agricultural commodity prices remain at historic lows UN report says

Concern over low producer prices for such major commodities as coffee, sugar, meat, oils and cotton tops the agenda at a three-day meeting of the UN Committee on Commodity Problems (CCP), which opened yesterday in Rome. The role of the CCP, an interim committee of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Governing Council, is to review such problems and develop policy recommendations for the Council to sustain better market conditions and break the boom and bust cycles. “Variability continues to be the dominant feature of commodity price behaviour,” according to one of the documents prepared for the meeting. For example, between 1998 and 2001 coffee prices fell 58 per cent because of oversupply, sluggish demand and rising stocks. Persistent low prices have led to supply reductions, which have strengthened prices recently. Prices rose by a third between 2001 and November 2004, as total production for the crop year 2003-2004 reached 6 million tons, the lowest since 1998-1999. “Prospects of a similar crop size in 2004-2005 could result in a continued upward trend in prices,” the document says. But the challenge for the coffee industry is “how to sustain these better market conditions to avoid a return to the boom and bust cycles.” The Committee will review a series of reports from the intergovernmental groups, examine food security in light of trade policy reforms and discuss emerging issues of importance to agricultural commodity markets. read more

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WCh 2013 Round 1 completed Russian comeback – Tunisian resistance

Complete results of the World Championship 2013 Round 1:15:45 Serbia – South Korea (Saragoza – Group C) 31:2215:45 Macedonia – Chile (Sevilla – Group B) 30:2816:00 Germany – Brazil (Granolers – Group A) 33:2316:45 Croatia – Australia (Madrid – Group D) 36:1318:00 Slovenia – Saudi Arabia (Saragoza – Group C) 32:2218:00 Island – Russia (Sevilla – Group B) 25:3018:15 Argentina – Montenegro (Granolers – Group A) 28:2619:00 Hungary – Egypt (Madrid – Group D) 32:2320:15 Poland – Belarus (Saragoza – Group C) 24:2220:15 Denmark – Qatar (Sevilla – Group B) 41:2720:45 France – Tunis (Granolers – Group A) 30:27 ← Previous Story Group A (Granollers): Argentina beat Montenegro – France breaks Tunisia in last five minutes! Next Story → WCh 2013 Round 2 in Group A and B read more

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Astronauts on the International Space Station are finally getting an espresso machine

first_imgASTRONAUTS WORKING IN the International Space Station will be getting better quality coffee in their workplace later this year.The Italian Space Agency will be sending up the first espresso machine, designed specifically for operating in zero gravity, to the station in November.Dubbed ISSpresso (geddit?), the machine will be made by the Italian espresso maker Lavazza so the quality will be better than the instant coffee that’s been brought up to the station in the past.The engineering company Argotec, which is contracted with the European Space Agency to provides spacefood to the ISS, is also helping with the project.The machine uses capsules to make the espresso, which Lavazza says helps to brew the drink in a zero gravity environment. The coffee is then served in a sealed pouch, allowing the astronauts to sip the coffee through a straw, but the machine will serve other hot drinks like tea if required.The espresso machine is currently being tested at Argotec’s labs and will be brought up by Samantha Cristoforetti, who will become the first Italian woman in space. Source: Lavazza/YouTubeRead: EC and South Korea team up to develop 5G technology >Read: Apple approves first bitcoin trading app after policy change >last_img read more

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Le cancer du poumon sattaque de plus en plus aux femmes

first_imgLe cancer du poumon s’attaque de plus en plus aux femmesFrance – En 15 ans, la mortalité par cancer du poumon a été multipliée par quatre chez les femmes de 40 ans alors qu’elle a été divisée par deux en seulement dix années chez les hommes du même âge, indique le dernier bulletin épidémiologique de l’Institut de veille sanitaire (InVS). Si la mortalité par cancer du poumon est un fléau de plus en plus féminin, c’est bien parce que les femmes ont eu une consommation de cigarettes plus importante que celle des hommes à partir des années 80.A cette période, les hommes ont commencé à réduire leur consommation de tabac, alors qu’il faudra attendre 1991 pour que les femmes prennent cette initiative. Depuis 1993, le pic de mortalité par cancer du poumon qui était alors à son apogée chez les hommes s’est mis peu à peu à baisser, jusqu’à être divisé par deux en dix ans chez les 35-44 ans. Un succès que l’InVS attribue en partie “à la prévention du tabagisme”.Avec 7.700 décès par an pour 10.000 cas diagnostiqués, le cancer du poumon est le deuxième cancer le plus mortel chez les femmes et l’épidémie ne devrait cesser de s’accentuer ces prochaines années. Le 25 mai 2010 à 10:32 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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US employers add modest 138K jobs rate dips to 43 percent

first_imgWASHINGTON — U.S. employers pulled back on hiring in May by adding only 138,000 jobs, though the gains were enough to help nudge the unemployment rate down to a 16 year-low.The Labor Department said Friday that the jobless rate fell to 4.3 percent the lowest level since 2001, from 4.4 percent. Still, the rate declined mainly for a less-than-encouraging reason: People stopped looking for work in May and so were no longer counted as unemployed.The government’s report suggested that eight years into the recovery from the Great Recession, job growth may be slowing after a long stretch of robust gains. Besides the hiring slowdown in May, the government on Friday revised down its estimate of job growth in March and April by a combined 66,000. Monthly job gains have averaged 121,000 over the past three months, compared with 181,000 over the past 12 months.Employers are now choosing from among a smaller pool of job applicants, and some are having trouble finding people with the skills they need. Average hourly earnings have risen a middling 2.5 percent over the past year.“Given reports that job openings are near all-time highs, it suggests that businesses are struggling to fill these positions,” said Beth Ann Bovino, U.S. chief economist for S&P Global Ratings.last_img read more

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South Florida man on life support after getting punched in the face

first_imgQUEENS, NY (WSVN) — A tourist visiting New York City from South Florida is fighting for his life after he was punched in the face and knocked unconscious.Police are searching for the man accused of punching 35-year-old Boca Raton resident Sandor Szabo in the face around 1:15 a.m. Sunday.Family members told the New York Daily News that Szabo knocked on the window of a parked SUV, possibly mistaking it for his Uber ride.That’s when police said the driver punched Szabo, who fell backward and slammed his head on the sidewalk.Officers said Szabo lost consciousness when his head hit the pavement. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition and is on life support, according to WCBS.Szabo’s brother Dominik told the newspaper the prognosis looks grim.“The diagnosis is he’s probably not gonna make it,” he said. Anyone with information in regards to this incident can submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).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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Income tax returns deadline extended to Aug 5 how to file ITR

first_imgThe last date for filing income tax returns for the last financial year 2015-16 (the assessment year 2016-17) has been extended to Aug. 5. The original date for filing income tax returns was July 31.The deadline was extended from July 31 to Aug. 5 due to the day-long strike at public sector banks. For Jammu and Kashmir, the deadline has been extended to Aug. 31 due to the protest and shutdown in the state.”In view of today’s bank strike and disturbance in J&K, the due date of IT return filing is being extended,” Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia said in a tweet on July 29.”For assesses across India, liable to file IT Returns by 31st July, the deadline is extended up to 5th August. For assessees in J&K, this date has been extended to August 31,” the secretary tweeted.How to file ITR online?Follow the tutorial below to file ITR online via the official the IT department website.Register on the official IT department websiteTo file the ITR online, one needs to register on the official website using Permanent Account Number (PAN). Click here to register on the income tax India website. After opening the page, click on the “New to e-Filing? Register Yourself” on the top right side corner.Select the user type, click on continue and in the next page fill in your PAN number, full name and date of birth to create an account. Once you create the account, you can login using user ID (same as PAN card number) and password.Download e-File ITRAfter login, one can see Downloads section on the right-hand side. Click on “Quick e-File ITR” link to download the form. There are eight types of ITR forms, so choose the one, which is applicable to you.ITR-1, ITR-2A and ITR-2 forms are for salaried individuals, while ITR-5 and ITR-6 forms are for companies.Fill in your personal detailsFill in your personal details starting with your full name, PAN, address, date of birth, e-mail ID, mobile number, residential status, whether original or revised return and residential status, in the tax form. Keep saving the form at regular intervals after filling all the details.Click on the “validate” button provided on all the sheets to confirm your details.Income DetailsTo proceed further, fill in your income.Calculate Tax”Calculate Tax” tab will find out the tax liability. If you have paid more, then the balance amount will be credited to you, but if you have paid less than the remaining amount will be deducted from your account.Generate XML file and upload returnsClick on “Generate XML” tab to generate an XML file, which will be saved in your system. Next step is to click on “Upload Return” under quick link menu.Select the income tax return form, name and the assessment year. After you upload a form, the website will flash a message saying the return has been successfully uploaded and will provide your transaction id.ITR-VYou will receive an email “Confirmation on submission of IT Return” along with an acknowledgement number and an ITR-V.Send ITR-V to income tax departmentDownload the PDF of the ITR-V form, take a printout, sign it with blue ink and send it to income tax department office, via Ordinary Post OR Speed Post ONLY.For Bengaluru, you can send the ITR-V at the following address: Income Tax Department – CPC, Post Bag No – 1, Electronic City Post Office, Bengaluru – 560100, Karnataka.NOTE: The ITR-V form should be sent within 120 days of filing the form online.Acknowledgement of receipt of ITR-VThe income tax department will acknowledge that they have received the ITR-V by sending a receipt of the ITR-V form. You will also get an SMS acknowledging the same.Check the video below on how to file income tax returns:last_img read more

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Heidi Klum shares a topless video of herself supermodel teases her underwear

first_imgHeidi Klum poolHeidi Klum/ Instagram (heidiklum)Heidi Klum put out a scintillating video of herself brushing her teeth topless. And we have to say she looks gorgeous. The model took to Instagram to share a video of herself in the bathroom brushing her teeth while topless. Heidi sure made the act of brushing one’s teeth look so good.The model’s accompanying caption for the post read, in German, “GUTE NACHT IHR LIEBEN ❤️ #heidiklumintimates.” In English, her words meant “Goodnight, love you,” and of course, the hashtag was already in English. The supermodel was showing off her Heidi Klum Intimates collection of underwear. However, apparently The underwear Heidi wore in her video is not on her website.Heidi Klum is 46 years old, but she can still give the young models out there a run for their money. In fact, her fiancé Tom Kaulitz is 29 years old and they make an adorable couple. The former Victoria’s Secret Angel has been spending quite a lot of time with him as he’s been playing gigs with his band Tokio Hotel.  Heidi KlumHeidi Klum/ Instagram (heidiklum)Reportedly Heidi and Tom met on the set of Germany’s Next Top Model in March 2018 and the musician popped the question just months later on December 24. Speaking to Closer magazine, she also revealed that her children ‘can’t wait for the wedding….The kids adore Tom. They can’t wait for the wedding! They’ll be very involved in it all.’ Klum gushed.Heidi Klum has branched out from being a model to a reality TV show host and now a businesswoman too. We have to say, you go girl. You can check out the video here:last_img read more

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All you need to know about Sharwanands role in Ranarangam

first_imgSharwanand from RanarangamPR HandoutSharwanand, one of those actors in the Telugu film industry, who is ever ready to do something different when it comes to roles and films. Once again, with his amazing acting skills, the actor is all set to amaze his fans.In Ranarangam, his upcoming film, the actor is playing the role of a gangster. Directed by Sudheer Varma, the film has Kalyani Priyadarshan and Kajal Aggarwal as the leading ladies.In the first half of the film, where Sharwa will be seen playing the gangster, he will be seen as a 25-year-old youngster who falls in love with his lady love, the role played by Kalyani. This first half is going to show his love life, growing up to be a gangster and situations that led him to become so.Whereas in the second half, which is 20 years later, Sharwa will be seen playing the role of a 45-year-old man. Kajal Aggarwal plays his lady love in the second half and in this film, the actress has played a doctor. PR HandoutEarlier, in Malli Malli Idhi Rani Roju too, Sharwanand has played a role which is very older to his actual age. So these kind of roles are definitely not new to the actor.Ranarangam is releasing on August 15 and expectations are high on this gangster drama. The teaser has become a huge hit and recently, the first song Kannukotti…, featuring Sharwa and Kalyani has been unveiled and it has gone viral for all the right reasons.last_img read more

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Nintendo Switch Has A 62inch 720p MultiTouch Screen

first_imgWe finally got to see the Nintendo Switch (i.e. the artist formerly known as the NX) last week via a heavily produced video. The video itself didn’t give us a lot of information we didn’t already find out from all of those leaks, but it was nice to actually see what the system looks like. Nintendo won’t be releasing anything related to the console’s specs, price, and games until January 12, but thankfully, some insiders have dug up more info on the system.EuroGamer has recently learned that the Nintendo Switch will have a 6.2″ display. This is roughly the size of the Wii U gamepad screen or that of the largest smartphones. It will have a capacitive multi-touch screen with a 720p resolution. The display is different from the resistive touch screens of the 3DS and Wii U gamepad. Those devices were single-touch only, but the Switch’s screen is comparable to modern smartphones that have 10-point multi-touch. Multi-finger gestures will be supported on the Switch.It is unclear why Nintendo didn’t state that the Switch has touch-capabilities in the video, but if we were to guess, it might have to do with trying not to confuse viewers. Explaining the difference between resistive and capacitive touch is something best left for something like a Nintendo Direct.It could also be that Nintendo wants folks to know that this is a brand-new system and not just another version of the 3DS or Wii U gamepad. Nintendo tends to work in mysterious ways but focusing the video on games and how the Switch can be played both at home and on-the-go was a smart move.So far it appears that Nintendo is moving into the 21st century with the Switch. While it may not rival the PS4 Pro or the upcoming Project Scorpio in terms of raw horse power, it is set to be one of the more powerful Tegra-based devices on the market. Being able to play games at 720p while on the road is certainly going to be sweet.last_img read more

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Greece shifting many police guards to patrol duty

first_img 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center ATHENS, Greece (AP) – Greece plans to shift roughly half of its police officers who are used for guard duty to crime-fighting efforts in cities instead, the national police spokesman said Tuesday. He added that a move to massively boost security at the border with Turkey, in part out of concerns about an influx of Syrian refugees, would be permanent.Greece has seen a sharp rise in violent crime since the country’s debt crisis exploded in late 2009. With unemployment above 20 percent, officials also are under pressure to crack down on illegal migration; Greece is the busiest entry point for illegal immigrants trying to reach the European Union. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Top Stories Sponsored Stories Police spokesman Christos Manouras told The Associated Press that police currently use more than 3,000 officers to guard politicians and public sites such as parliament. That number will be slashed in half, and in some cases guards will be replaced by private security, he said.The 1,500 officers taken off guard duty will be used for police patrols, mostly in Athens, in hopes of reducing crime, he said.Manouras said the deployment of an additional 1,881 officers to the Turkish border would begin Thursday _ a four-fold increase in border guards that the police spokesman said would be a permanent fixture.The border security boost, first announced Monday, was framed in part as a response to potential migration by Syrians seeking to escape their country’s civil war. Turkey already hosts thousands of Syrian refugees.Manouras said the increase in security would include regular boat patrols along the Evros River that separates Greece and Turkey. He said “there already is an inflow of immigrants from Syria” but gave no details. Getting from Syria to Greece is a roughly 1,400 kilometer (870-mile) journey across Turkey.“We must seal the border. For that reason we will reinforce all the Evros frontier line,” Manouras said. (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Comments   Share   last_img read more

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Washington cherries from Rainier Fruit The taste

first_img Washington cherries from Rainier Fruit – The taste … Copefrut, one of Chile’s leading fruit exporters, on Friday launched a new commercial platform in China to give itself greater control of its produce along the supply chain and position itself for further growth in the rapidly evolving market.The company has employed a team of experts who will receive and inspect the imported fruit at sites with cold storage facilities in Guangzhou and Shanghai before passing it onto the client. Speaking to Fresh Fruit Portal, Copefrut’s general manager Andrés Fuenzalida said doing so will allow the company to verify that the fruit’s arrival quality meets the high standards required by the Chinese market. He added that it contrasts to the traditional approach taken by exporters, who usually have no way of reviewing the fruit’s quality and condition themselves in the destination.The commercial platform will also help Copepfrut to strengthen its relationships with retailers, staying ahead of the curve as the Chinese market evolves and the retail channel becomes increasingly important.Fuenzalida explained the decision to create the commercial platform came about following strategic planning carried out by the company’s management in 2018.”One of the pillars of that strategy is to reverse a little bit the way we saw our business, which was how exporters traditionally view it – ‘I receive the fruit and I decide which market I can send it to’,” he said.”Thinking about how the world is nowadays, we said ‘no, the most important thing is to be in the market and to develop products for our consumers’. And therefore our focus of attention must be the consumer, and from there we must work backward to our facilities and also to our farms to produce what the consumer wants.”Copefrut began in Chile in the 1940s as a farmer cooperative, growing over the decades in tandem with the evolution of the Chilean fruit industry. The company was one of the first in the industry to export fruit to the Asian country and its brand name is now well established. As well as being a major exporter of fruits including plums, blueberries, apples and kiwifruit, Copefrut is Chile’s second-largest cherry shipper, typically representing around 10% of the country’s total export volumes, of which around 85% goes to China annually.Fuenzalida said that Copefrut had therefore seen a “tremendous opportunity” for this new approach in China, a market where high fruit quality is rewarded with higher prices than most other markets.”We want to be closer and to be responsible for the fruit at the point of delivery in China. We don’t want to send the fruit from here on a ship and later lose our control over the fruit,” he said.”That is why we have created a commercial platform in China, where around seven or eight people will work, whose objective is to maintain the control and protect the quality of the product.” He added that the platform will help Copefrut stop any potential problem earlier, have a more consistent quality and improve the service to its customers. The new team is made up of Chinese experts in fruit quality control and uses the same tools as those in Chile for greater consistency. It is split between Guangzhou and Shanghai and will be responsible for the entire process from ensuring the documentation is in order for the incoming fruit, taking it to the cold storage facilities for revision, and either delivering it to the customer or letting them know that it is ready to be collectedPart of the Chilean staff will also be in the market during the season to provide support and to be able to give feedback to the growers.To begin with, the platform is mainly being used for cherries, but the longer-term plan is to use it year-round for all the fruits it sells in China. Copefrut will use it to strengthen connections to the main retail channels in China, which include supermarkets, specialized fruit stores, and e-commerce companies.He also emphasized the need to develop new products specifically suited to these channels, such as different sizes and types of packaging.”We are trying to boost our relationships with regional retail chains, and what we did in the strategy is to try to give our label to a store or chain in each region or group of regions and give them the representation for our label,” he said.He added that this kind of alliance would not only help to safeguard the fruit’s quality, but it would also allow Copefruit to better understand the rapidly evolving needs of the Chinese consumer.Expectations for this cherry season and beyondOverall, Fuenzalida had high expectations for the current Chilean cherry season, which is now into its peak weeks for harvesting. He said that while industry-wide volume estimates were still unclear, it seems as though production would end up around 20% lower than last season’s record of 184,000 metric tons (MT).”I think that last year, in spite of the large quality of fruit we still had good quality, and this year we also seeing good fruit, especially for the later varieties,” he said, explaining that those varieties, in particular, were of excellent size and color this year.”So I think that it’s going to be a very good season and that our Chinese consumers are going to be very happy because there will be good fruit and we have worked very hard to supply a consistent product.”Looking toward the future, Fuenzalida said that while Chinese consumers’ love of cherries meant that the market could absorb huge volumes of fruit, it was risky to have such a high dependence on one single market.”That is why we are also working to develop programs with supermarkets in the U.S., in Brazil, and in Europe, looking for the fruit that they want and that can fetch a good price,” he said.”We don’t want to cause any harm to our growers, but we believe that to be responsible, while China is the focus, we have to develop other markets. Nowadays we have good programs with supermarkets in Brazil and we also have programs in the U.S. that have been very successful.”Asked whether he expected Chile would eventually ship a lower proportion of cherries to China, he said that would all depend on how global markets evolve.”Currently it is very difficult to leave China, because they pay better prices than other markets, except for certain sizes and colors,” he said, but he believed that with time the percentage shipped to other markets would increase.”China is the main market and I believe that it is going to be the main consumer for a long time. But with the quantity of cherries that Chile is going to produce, and with the number of orchards that there will be, we are surely going to have to go to other markets.” Hazel Technologies launches new USDA-funded produc … China: Unique formats being used to appeal to ‘sop … U.S.: Half of California cherry crop devastated by … December 18 , 2018 You might also be interested inlast_img read more

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Polluted Polemidia must be off limits

first_imgWater in the Polemidia reservoir in Limassol has been polluted by chemical waste from the nearby Vati landfill, and all water sports and fishing should stop immediately as it poses a public health risk, MPs warned on Wednesday.They urged the Water Development Department (WDD) officials to enforce a total ban on activities at the reservoir as contact with its water and inhalation of dangerous chemical and bacterial waste pose serious health risks.Greens’ MP Charalambos Theopemptou told members of the House agricultural committee that polluted water from the Vati landfill – which is one of the biggest dumps on the island – flows through the river and ends up at the Polemidia dam.He added that in addition, the reservoir is also polluted by sewage and “with all the biological and chemical loads in them”.But even though the WDD has warned of the bad water quality, he said, a sports federation insists on carrying out water ski events at the reservoir.“This, has to stop,” Theopemptou said. “Until a sewage treatment system is in place and other remedies are applied – processes that will take years to kick in – public health must be protected.”The head of the committee, Adamos Adamou, said that the water skiing is taking place even though the WDD and the agriculture ministry have already forbidden them and have also posted warning signs and fenced off the area with barbwire.According to a study carried out by lecturer Maria Antoniou of the University of Technology, Adamou said, getting in contact with the dam water or inhaling fumes coming from the reservoir, could cause tumours.He added that a representative of the Cyprus Sports Organisation had said they had no idea as to the dangers, when drilled about the water ski events.Representatives of the water sports group told MPs that they wear wet suits when so their skin is not directly exposed to the water. The group has also erected facilities on site, which are illegal and must be demolished, Adamou said.MPs heard that fishing also takes place.Adamou later told the Cyprus Mail that the water is also used for irrigation.“The WDD told us that the water used for irrigation is pumped from two metres underground and that it is not affected by the pollution. We told them that this has to stop,” Adamou said.He added that the agriculture ministry, under whose authority the WDD lies, must come up with ways to prevent anyone using the reservoir for any activities.“On the one hand, they did not give permission to the water sports federation to carry out events there, but on the other hand, they do nothing to stop them from organising them,” Adamou said.He said that the ministry is preparing a set of rules concerning reservoirs which include provisions on when reservoirs can be used for activities, as existing legislation does not provide for what happens when the water is polluted.“But until then, all activities at the reservoir must stop yesterday,” Adamou said.You May LikeYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Probe to be launched into workshy government employee

first_imgAn investigation will be launched into reports that a public works department employee has been repeatedly skipping work to laze around on Larnaca seafront, the head of the service said on Friday.According to the director of the public works department, Chrystalla Malloupa, a meeting is to take place next week where the issue will be discussed and a probe opened.Malloupa refuted claims that she or her service had ignored previous complaints about the employee who for the past five years has allegedly spent most of his working hours out and about along the Larnaca seafront and bragging that he was untouchable because his best friend is a political figure.“This is the first time that this case was brought to my attention,” Malloupa told the Cyprus Mail.She added that, as in every case reported, there will first be an administrative probe, and depending on the findings, disciplinary action may follow.Malloupa said that the man in question is not fulltime staff, but is being paid by the hour.The case came to light after daily Phileleftheros reported on Thursday that the man was seconded five years ago from Nicosia to Larnaca, but rarely ever sets foot in his workplace, preferring to spend his time along Phinikoudes beachfront or at his wife’s business.The employee usually shows up in the morning but after drinking his coffee, he apparently then informs his colleagues he is busy and disappears for the rest of the day. Some days, the report said, he doesn’t even show up for work, citing official business about which neither his colleagues nor his superiors have any knowledge and for which he does not provide information.The reports said the man often brags to his colleagues that he is untouchable as his best friend is a political figure who is very close to a party leader.According to the daily, the man’s Larnaca colleagues said they were forced to report the case to the media after their repeated complaints to their superiors in Nicosia fell on deaf ears.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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