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  • Its like the gold rush some pot shops to stay open despite

    first_imgTORONTO – Hours after marijuana becomes legal, Toronto enforcement officers will fan out across the city looking for any illegal pot shops still open — the start of a cat-and-mouse game that is expected to play out over the next six months.Ontario will have no brick-and-mortar cannabis stores until April 1, 2019, with the only legal retailer being a provincial government-run online store.The owners of the dozens of illegal pot dispensaries that have popped up in the city over the last few years have been promised an amnesty of sorts: Shut down by Oct. 17 and you can apply for a retail licence.City officials say those who don’t comply will be given a warning to start and escalation will follow.“It’s not carte blanche, it’s not a free-for-all, we will continue sustained enforcement,” said Tracey Cook, the city’s executive director of municipal licensing and standards.Under a new law that goes into effect on Wednesday, the city will have the power to order the interim closure of illegal pot dispensaries through a court order.Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders said the dispensaries will eventually be shut down, but not on Wednesday due to resource issues.“There will not be 100,000 police officers landing in the city of Toronto shutting down every element of a dispensary, but we will be shutting them down,” he told reporters Tuesday.There were about 85 illegal pot dispensaries in Toronto three years ago, but that number dropped to about 30 following a police crackdown in May 2016, said Cook.“In the last two months it shot back up to 80 locations again, which I think is absolutely foolish given they’re jeopardizing their lawful opportunities,” she said. “But I can’t speak for the smarts of anyone breaking the law.”At least three Toronto dispensaries have told The Canadian Press they will continue to operate after legalization, arguing the lack of physical stores until April means there will be a “gold rush” for those willing to break the law. More than 20 dispensaries hung up when asked about their plans.“From Oct. 17 to April is where the money’s at,” said the co-owner of a dispensary that will stay open on Wednesday and did not want his name used for fear of criminal prosecution. “After that, they’ll be open on every corner so now’s the time to make money.”The co-owner, whose pot shop is located in the city’s downtown, said he plans to stay one step ahead of the city and police by complying with warnings and moving to a new location with new owners and new landlords.“The real owners aren’t on any paper,” he said. “We are not worried about it. The black market will exist and will be strong.”Both the city and police said they know about such tactics and have various investigative techniques to deal with it.Jamie McConnell also wants in on the illicit “gold rush,” but he’s still facing 15 drug-trafficking-related charges stemming from two police raids of his pot shop, Sea of Green, in August.If he could resolve those charges soon — the provincial government has said previous pot charges wouldn’t preclude someone from receiving a retail license — McConnell said he would reopen his business before April to take advantage of the lack of physical pot shops.“It’s also going to be hella lucrative if everybody else is closing,” he said.Justin Loizos is going the safe route. He said he’ll close his shop, called Just Compassion, and apply for a license. He started using pot several years ago in last-ditch effort to deal with multiple sclerosis.Now he operates his shop for a group of members who have government-issued medicinal marijuana permits. His plan is to use his shop as a vapour lounge for members until April, which he said will put a strain on his finances.“It’s unfortunate, but I might have to seek capital,” Loizos said.But he has dreams of one day running his own “micro-grow” where he grows his own marijuana and sells it on site, like the craft breweries that have become popular around the country.“Running a business is hard, retail is challenging. There are so many unknowns and if you do get in, there are so many big players to compete with,” he said.“It will be hard, but it’s exciting, it really is. It’s like the gold rush.”last_img read more

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  • One killed 7 injured in expressway accident

    The van in which the woman and several others were travelling in skidded off the road and hit a fence at the 73rd km post along the Southern expressway.The injured were rushed to hospital. (Colombo Gazette) One person was killed and seven others were injured following an accident along the Southern expressway today.The police said that a 28 year old woman was killed in the accident.

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  • Army defends delay in deployment of UN peacekeepers

    Sri Lanka at present seeks to enhance and expand its participation in UN peacekeeping. Such expansion of Sri Lanka’s participation which would entrust Sri Lanka Security Forces with responsibilities of an international scale have to be carried out in coordination and in cooperation with the United Nations and Sri Lanka’s bilateral partners, and it is the responsibility of the sending country (i.e. Sri Lanka) to ensure that the personnel deployed are Sri Lanka’s best. The Sri Lanka Army today defended the delay to deploy peacekeepers for UN operations.In a statement, the Sri Lanka Army said it considers it important that the personnel deployed for UN missions at all levels should be individuals of the highest integrity and maintain the highest standards of conduct at all times. “As you would be aware, there have been certain instances in the past where personnel from Sri Lanka deployed in UN missions have not maintained the standards expected of them and disciplinary action has had to be taken in accordance with the relevant and applicable legal provisions. There have also been instances when personnel nominated for deployment have been found to have allegations of misconduct against them,” the Army headquarters said. “We are mindful therefore, of the need to provide them pre-deployment training including in conduct and discipline, and awareness-raising regarding investigation and disciplinary measures that they would be compelled to face if they do not comply with the high standards expected of them in their respective international roles,” the Army said.The Army headquarters said that all agencies in Sri Lanka consider the country’s reform agenda of good governance, right to information, rule of law, and human rights with due seriousness. “Greater engagement with the international community and assuming greater responsibility in the international arena is a part of this reform agenda. In this context, in the field of peacekeeping, Sri Lanka seeks to work with the United Nations to set standards and examples for other States to consider following as well,” the Army said. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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  • Liberals and Conservatives still neckandneck in election poll despite SNCLavalin fallout

    OTTAWA — A new poll suggests a scathing ethics report on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s handling of the SNC-Lavalin affair hasn’t so far hurt the Liberals’ chances of re-election this fall — and it hasn’t helped the Conservatives.Indeed, the Leger poll suggests the two parties were locked in a dead heat, with the support of 33 per cent of voters, as they jockey for position at the starting gate for the Oct. 21 vote.Liberal support was unchanged from last month, despite last week’s damning report from federal ethics commissioner Mario Dion, who concluded that Trudeau violated the Confict of Interest Act by pressuring his former attorney general to halt a criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin.Conservative support was down three percentage points from last month, despite the party’s best efforts to re-ignite public outrage over the SNC affair, which propelled the Tories into a commanding 13-point lead over the Grits at the height of the controversy last April.The poll put support for the Green party at 13 per cent, up one point and ahead of the NDP at 11 per cent. Maxime Bernier’s fledgling People’s Party of Canada stood at four per cent.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.The online survey of 1,535 eligible voters was conducted Aug. 16-19 for The Canadian Press and weighted to reflect the makeup of Canada’s population. It cannot be assigned a margin of error because internet-based polls are not considered random samples.Leger executive vice-president Christian Bourque said the latest results suggest voters have largely put the SNC-Lavalin affair behind them and moved on to issues that affect them more directly — at least for now.I think that those who changed their mind on the PM and turned their backs on him did that in the spring alreadyThe two main parties are back in a “neck-and-neck race,” which is where things stood in February before the SNC controversy rocked the Liberal government, costing Trudeau two cabinet ministers, his most trusted aide and the country’s top public servant.“I think that those who changed their mind on the PM and turned their backs on him did that in the spring already,” Bourque said in an interview.But he said other Canadians appear to be fatigued with the issue and may be thinking “regardless of what I think of the behaviour of the PM, at the end of the day how does this change my life and that of my children, which is nil.”Still, Bourque warned that “doesn’t mean that it won’t come back to haunt the prime minister” during the campaign, particularly should the RCMP decide to investigate, as Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has repeatedly pressed the Mounties to do.The Conservatives and New Democrats will continue trying to revive the controversy today at a meeting of the House of Commons ethics committee, where they’ll move to invite Dion, Trudeau and others to testify about the ethics report.However, the Liberals hold a majority on the committee and are likely to block the bid to magnify the report just a couple of weeks before Trudeau officially fires the starting gun for the election.The poll put the Liberals back into a solid lead in the Atlantic provinces, Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia. The Conservatives enjoyed a commanding lead in Alberta and Manitoba/Saskatchewan, with 55 per cent support in both regions.The Liberals had the advantage in the two most populous provinces, where more than half of the country’s 338 seats will be up for grabs. Six things we learned about the SNC-Lavalin affair from the ethics report Stephen LeDrew: Trudeau fails his ‘transparency’ test on SNC-Lavalin Christie Blatchford: Trudeau needs to let Philpott and Wilson-Raybould speak In Ontario, home to more than one-third of the seats, the Conservatives appear to be suffering a “spillover effect” from the unpopularity of Doug Ford’s provincial Progressive Conservative government, Bourque said. The Liberals enjoyed the support of 38 per cent of Ontarians, compared to the Conservatives’ 30 per cent, the Green’s 14 per cent, the NDP’s 13 per cent and the People’s party’s three per cent.In Quebec, home to SNC-Lavalin, the Liberals stood at 34 per cent, compared to the Tories’ 27, the Bloc Quebecois’ 18, the Greens’ nine, the NDP’s eight and the People’s party’s four per cent.Dion concluded that Trudeau broke ethics law by improperly pressuring former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to intervene to stop the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin on corruption charges related to contracts in Libya.Trudeau has acknowledged that he wanted Wilson-Raybould to reconsider her refusal to overturn a decision by the director of public prosecutions, who decided last fall not to invite the Montreal-based engineering and construction giant to negotiate a remediation agreement. Such an agreement would have allowed the company to avoid the risk of a criminal conviction, which would result in it being barred from federal contracts for 10 years.While he has taken full responsibility for the mistakes that were made, Trudeau has refused to apologize. He has insisted that he was only standing up for the interests of SNC-Lavalin’s 9,000 employees, pensioners and suppliers, who stood to be negatively affected by the potentially crippling cost of a conviction.Scheer maintains Dion’s report suggests the prime minister’s conduct went beyond a violation of ethics law and warrants a criminal investigation into possible obstruction of justice.Wilson-Raybould resigned from cabinet over the affair in late February, followed shortly by cabinet ally Jane Philpott. Both women were subsequently booted out of the Liberal caucus and are running for re-election as Independent candidates. read more

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  • Women seafarers are few sexually harassed and rarely promoted UN agency

    “Many employers and trade unions appear not to have made specific provisions relating to the employment and conditions of work for women. For example, company responses to staff becoming pregnant range from immediate dismissal to offers of alternative shore-side employment,” the International Labour Organization (ILO) said in Women Seafarers: Global Employment Policies and Practices.The percentage of women employed at sea on 87,000 ships ranged from negligible in some countries to more than 10 per cent in Scandinavia, the report said. Of these women, 7 per cent were officers, compared to 42 per cent of male seafarers.The study highlighted a need for policies to deal with sexual harassment, pregnancy, maternity and reproductive and general health.It said, however, that there was cause for optimism. “By 2001 the total number of female students at the World Maritime University had risen to 21 per cent of the total university population, compared to 8 per cent in 1995,” it said. Listen to UN Radio report read more

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  • Big boost to US coal mining BLM clears way for more PRB

    first_imgAmerica’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is moving ahead with plans to lease rights to over 2,900 Mt of coal adjacent to surface mines in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin (PRB). The agency’s path forward became clear with the recent release of an environmental impact statement (EIS) for six lease tracts consisting of 22,000 acres in the Wright Area and, separately, two final records of decision to lease almost 320 Mt under a separate final EIS for South Gillette. Additional decisions are expected from BLM in coming weeks that will clear the way for coal mining in two additional tracts near Gillette.“This (Wright Area decision) is probably the biggest coal leasing decision that’s ever been proposed by the federal government,” said Jeremy Nichols, energy and climate change director for WildEarth Guardians. The decisions to expedite PRB coal leases prompted environmental groups like his to stiffen their resistance to coal production in the region by citing potential harm from additional concentrations of greenhouse gases.In lawsuits pending in federal court, WildEarth Guardians, the Sierra Club and other activist organisations argue for changes in coal leasing policy that would enable BLM to consider more easily climate change and other impacts of coal combustion as a condition of approving any coal leases on federal land.State officials, however, have encouraged BLM to be more responsive to economic conditions by moving more quickly on leasing decisions. Gov. Dave Freudenthal (D) last winter urged federal agencies to expedite leases for oil, coal and gas before meeting with BLM officials this summer to encourage faster action. “A lot of this stuff is just sitting there waiting for someone’s signature,” said Freudenthal.last_img read more

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  • Unhappy campers VW announces the end of the line for iconic Bus

    first_imgIT HAS BEEN an icon of popular culture since the 60s.Synonymous with the hippie movement and adored by travellers the world over, the Volkswagen Kombi, otherwise known as the VW Bus, will cease production at the end of this month.From 31 December the van, which is only produced in Brazil, will finish rolling off the assembly lines.Volkswagen ceased production of the bus in Germany in 1979.VW enthusiasts in Germany form a convoy in 2007. (AP Photo/Fabian Bimmer)Despite its standing in Western culture, in Brazil the Kombi, or T2 as it is known there, is a more functional vehicle, doubling as everything from an ambulance to a hearse, from a school bus to a hot dog stall.They have been produced mostly by hand in Brazil since 1957, but modern day regulations have gotten the better of the beloved bus.As Franck Sowade, production manager at the Sao Bernardo VW factory told the BBC:“It was one of the very first cars to be developed by the company,” he explained.“But to add the airbags, ABS braking system and emissions modification that legislation now require would be too expensive and time consuming.”Concert goers sit on a VW Bus at Woodstock in 1969. (AP Photo)And so, ten million sales and 67 years after a Dutch visitor doodled the design on a visit to a VW plant, all that is left is to set your sights on the special edition version that will mark the end of the era.It is priced at €27,000.Read: Is this the soundest cop ever?Read: Driven to distraction: carmakers face questions over gadget riskslast_img read more

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  • Three men arrested in connection with 2015 Westmeath murder

    first_img 2 Comments Image: Garda Press Office 14,186 Views Tuesday 13 Jun 2017, 1:40 PM By Paul Hosford Short URL Jun 13th 2017, 1:40 PM Three men arrested in connection with 2015 Westmeath murder Silvestras Stoksus was found dead in March 2015.center_img THREE MEN HAVE been arrested over the murder of an eastern European national in Westmeath in 2015.The body of Silvestras Stoskus was found on 18 March by a local farmer who was out walking in Broadford, Co Kildare.He had been last seen leaving his home at Bun Daire, Kinnegad in Westmeath.Gardaí at Leixlip began a murder investigation following a post mortem carried out by the State Pathologist.Today as part of a planned operation, three men were arrested. The men, aged 46, 35 and 32, were arrested and are currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984, Section 30 of the Offences against the State Act, 1939/1998 and Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act, 2007 respectively at Naas Garda Station. Silvestras Stoskus Share1 Tweet Email Silvestras Stoskus Image: Garda Press Office Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3441811 last_img read more

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  • Alexis Tsipras wins election

    first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Alexis Tsipras returned to office on Sunday night after Syriza won a clear victory in Greece’s second general election this year.However, voter turnout fell to 55 per cent – the lowest since modern records began. More than 45 per cent of Greeks did not make it to the polls.New Democracy leader and former defence minister Vangelis Meimarakis conceded defeat to Tsipras saying: “I congratulate him and urge him to create the government which is needed.”Before casting his vote earlier, Meimarakis had called for voters to “banish the falsehoods and misery of the Syriza era, and bring in authentic people who could competently run the country.”Greek voters- the ones that did vote- chose to give SYRIZA another chance rather than opting for New Democracy, a solid right party.The new Greek government will have to pass new legislation yet again to boost the implementation of the the €86bn bail-out and to retain the confidence of creditors- which is likely to deter Tsipras’ voters.Before the results had called for a mandate for a “strong fighting government that could last four years and help Greece force through the reforms required to put the country back on a path to prosperity.”Warning of the “confrontations ahead” he warning of the stressed the new measures are “necessary in order to move forward with reforms”.Results show the radical left party had won sufficient seats to form a coalition government in the coming days.Greece’s centre-right Independent Greeks confirmed they would again team up with Tsipras, continuing their eight month coalition which is on course for a total of 155 seats.Meanwhile Tsipras addressed Greeks before a victory rally in Klafomonos Square reassuring his voters that the country “is on firm ground”.“In Europe today, Greece and the Greek people are synonymous with resistance and dignity, and this struggle will be continued together for another four years.”“We have difficulties ahead (…) We won’t recover from the struggle by magic,but it can happen with hard work.”Tsipras will be confirmed in office today with the formal announcement of his coalition to be made by Wednesday at the latest.Sources: Kathimerini, The Guardian, Twitterlast_img read more

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  • Dell XPS 14z le tueur de MacBook Air

    first_imgDell XPS 14z : le tueur de MacBook Air ?Le dernier né de la gamme de portable ultra fin de chez Dell, le XPS 14z, propose des caractéristiques techniques réjouissantes et s’insère dans une brèche non comblée par les MacBook Air d’Apple. Bonne stratégie ?Présenté à l’IFA 2011, le XPS 14z de Dell retient l’attention à bien des égards. Déjà parce qu’il fait partie de la gamme XPS, qui est censée représenter le compromis entre l’esthétique et la technologie, et donc entre directement en confrontation avec d’autres modèles du genre comme les MacBook Air, mais surtout, il dispose d’une dalle plus grande et développe plus de puissance que les portables slim d’Apple.Et on retrouve cette différence sur le papier, dans les caractéristiques techniques du produit : En plus de son écran 14 pouces affichant une résolution de 1366 par 768 pixels, le 14z dispose d’un processeur quad core i5 cadencé à 2,4 Ghz en entrée de gamme ou i7 tournant à 2,8 Ghz en haut de gamme, là où les MacBook Air entre en gamme avec un ordinateur 11 pouces et processeur bi-coeurs  cadencé à 1,6 Ghz et affiche en haut de gamme un laptop 13 pouces avec un processeur à double cœurs tournant à 1,7 Ghz.Au niveau du circuit graphique, là encore, la différence  se fait jour : là où les MacBook Air disposent d’une Intel HD 3000 de 256 à 384 Mo de DDR3, le 14z propose le même circuit, mais couplé à une carte Nvidia GeForce GT520M pour une meilleure prise en charge des éléments visuels tout en optimisant la gestion de l’énergie. Pour la capacité, le 14z propose des disques durs de 500 ou 750 GB avec un disque dur tournant à 7200 tours/minutes. Apple, lui, a préféré miser sur la rapidité de lecture et d’écriture avec de la mémoire Flash, mais au détriment de la surface de stockage (64 ,128 ou 256 GB).Enfin sur la connectivité, le 14z, là non plus, n’a pas à rougir avec la prise en charge du bluetooth, wifi, de ports USB 2.0 et 3.0, une sortie HDMI, une mini-Display port, un lecteur multi-cartes ou un un lecteur de DVD slot-in. Face à lui, les MacBook Air proposent le Bluetooth 4.0, deux ports USB 2.0 ou encore un port Thunderbolt…À lire aussiVizio : deux nouveaux PC all-in-one 24 et 27 poucesA la lecture de ces caractéristiques, il semble que le XPS 14z soit le grand vainqueur. Mais certaines données viennent un peu assombrir son charmant portrait : il est plus lourd de 1 Kg, ce qui est important pour ce type de produit ou le fait qu’il dispose d’une autonomie moins poussée (6 heures) que celle du MacBook Air 13 pouces (7 heures) par exemple.Une dernière information mettra tout le monde d’accord : son prix. Le XPS 14z est proposée à partir de 899 euros, et 1049 euros pour sa version haut de gamme…Là où les MacBook Air commencent à 949 euros et finissent en haut de gamme à 1500 !Disponible à partir de la mi-novembre sur le site de son constructeur, le XPS 14z pourrait bien devenir un référence dans le domaine. Le 26 octobre 2011 à 14:36 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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  • Carter Law introduces enhanced bonus scheme and childcare vouchers

    first_imgCarter Law Solicitors has introduced new benefits for its staff, including an enhanced bonus scheme and childcare vouchers, following feedback from an employee engagement survey conducted in 2015.Three quarters (75%) of the organisation’s 80 staff took part in the engagement survey, which found that 38% of respondents wanted an updated and improved benefits package.In order to expand its existing employee benefits package, the Manchester-based law firm implemented a range of new benefits, such as additional holidays depending on length of service.The firm has enhanced its bonus scheme, providing team managers with greater input into the performance targets set for fee-earning employees. Through its bonus scheme, Carter Law awards support staff a percentage of their annual salary dependent on role and seniority, which starts at 3%, if quarterly targets are reached.The organisation has also introduced a voluntary benefits programme, provided by Perkbox, which gives staff access to perks such as retail discounts and free mobile phone insurance, as well as employer-subsidised gym memberships.Carter Law has added childcare vouchers, provided via Perkbox, to its benefits offering for working parents. The firm, which already has shared parental leave and flexible working schemes in place, aims to support employees with children by offering them a greater level of flexibility.Further staff social events have also been introduced, in addition to the existing Christmas party and summer conference. Under the enhanced employee benefits package, managers are delegated a budget to spend on treating their teams to meals out and activities.Wendy Choyce, head of HR and training at Carter Law, said: “At Carter Law we believe that our staff are our most valued asset, so when they told us through our annual employee survey that our benefits could be improved, we listened and we acted.“The key point for me has been to give due consideration to the actual profile of our staff and seeking to introduce the benefits that meet their needs. I believe that introducing a specific employee benefits survey has helped us to get it right.”last_img read more

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  • Miami fire rescuers save ducklings from storm drain

    first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A mother duck and her ducklings have been reunited thanks to the help of members from Miami Fire Station 11.At around 10 a.m., Sunday morning, a group of nine baby ducks fell into a storm drain on the 5000 block of Northwest Seventh Street. .@CityofMiamiFire Station 11 rescued 9 baby ducklings from a storm drain and reunited them with their mom. 🐥 pic.twitter.com/NmM7dZzIW9— Steven Cejas (@StevenCejas) March 11, 2018In video footage, one the baby ducks could be seen running away once it was freed.In the end, all were reunited, as the family nestled below some bushes to rest after the traumatic ordeal.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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  • New York Mag to Cut Two Issues This Summer

    first_imgNew York magazine is cutting two issues from its publishing schedule.The weekly title is anticipating that advertisers, who traditionally pull back during the summer months, will pull back more so in a recession.The issues dated June 22 and August 17 will not be published. “We’ve looked, and found that these are two weeks simply not popular with advertisers,” said Serena Torrey, New York Media’s executive director of business development and corporate communications. “It’s a hard decision, but is something we decided to do to ensure the company’s future.”New York also cut an issue in January. It will now publish 43 issues this year.According to the Publishers Information Bureau, ad pages for New York plummeted nearly 40 percent during the first quarter to 429.39 (or 280 pages less than it sold during the first three months of 2008). Estimated revenue was down 40 percent, or roughly $20 million.Subscribers will receive two additional issues at the end of their current subscriptions to make up for the lost issues.Torrey said the publisher may bring back the issues next year. “We will reassess in 2010.”last_img read more

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  • Was Your Seafood Caught With Slave Labor New Database Helps Retailers Combat

    first_img Share Paula Bronstein/Getty ImagesBarrels of fish sit on a dock after being unloaded from a boat in Songkhla, Thailand, in February 2016.The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program, known best for its red, yellow and green sustainable seafood-rating scheme, is unveiling its first Seafood Slavery Risk Tool on Thursday. It’s a database designed to help corporate seafood buyers assess the risk of forced labor, human trafficking and hazardous child labor in the seafood they purchase.The tool’s release comes on the heels of a new report that confirms forced labor and human rights abuses remain embedded in Thailand’s fishing industry, years after global media outlets first documented the practice.The 134-page report by Human Rights Watch shows horrific conditions continue. That’s despite promises from the Thai government to crack down on abuses suffered by mostly migrants from countries like Myanmar and Cambodia — and despite pressure from the U.S. and European countries that purchase much of Thailand’s seafood exports. (Thailand is the fourth-largest seafood exporter in the world).For U.S. retailers and seafood importers, ferreting slavery out of the supply chain has proved exceedingly difficult. Fishing occurs far from shore, often out of sight, while exploitation and abuse on vessels stem from very complex social and economic dynamics.“Companies didn’t know how to navigate solving the problem,” says Sara McDonald, Seafood Watch project manager for the Slavery Risk Tool.The new Seafood Watch database, which took two years to design, assigns slavery risk ratings to specific fisheries and was developed in collaboration with Liberty Asia and the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership. Like Seafood Watch’s color-coded ratings, the Seafood Slavery Risk Tool aims to keep it simple — a set criteria determines whether a fishery will earn a critical, high, moderate or low risk rating.A “critical risk” rating, for example, means credible evidence of forced labor or child labor has been found within the fishery itself. Albacore, skipjack and yellowfin tuna caught by the Taiwanese fleet gets a critical risk rating. A “low risk” fishery, like Patagonian toothfish in Chile (also known as Chilean seabass), is one with good regulatory protections and enforcement, with no evidence of abuses in related industries.Until recently, environmental concerns dominated most of the conversation around sustainable seafood. Issues like overfishing, mangrove destruction, pollution and illegal fishing determined whether a seafood item was deemed one to enjoy or avoid.But when reports began to surface in 2014 and 2015 that seafood harvested or processed by forced labor was making it into the supply chains of major U.S. retailers like Walmart, Kroger, Safeway and restaurants like Red Lobster, corporations were quick to make public commitments and include stronger language in their supplier guidelines in hopes of addressing the problem. Delivering on those promises, however, has proved harder. Traceability alone hasn’t been enough. Until now, retailers have had few tools to make it easier to identify which fisheries are actually at higher risk for human rights abuses.It’s a lament heard by Seafood Watch and others.“The companies knew their supply chains weren’t transparent. They were obviously embarrassed and humiliated by being called out,” says Duncan Jepson, founder of Liberty Asia, a nongovernmental organization that focuses on preventing human trafficking. He adds that the incentive for businesses to use the new Seafood Watch tool is obvious. “From our perspective, the question now is, do you want to be involved or exposed to people earning their profits from these types of environments?”Maisie Ganzler is chief strategy and brand officer at Bon Appétit Management Company and oversees the food service company’s supply chain and purchasing standards. She says it’s difficult for any company to get assurances that the product it’s buying was produced without slave labor. Distance, language and cultural barriers, murky supply chains where seafood changes hands multiple times — all make the problem harder. She says America’s country-of-origin labeling system, which labels where a tuna is canned but not where it is caught, also muddies the waters.“And then you have the high prevalence of fraud, and I don’t mean species fraud,” says Ganzler. “If you’re willing to enslave another human being or throw a worker overboard, are you willing to also falsify the papers that come with the fish? Probably. These are the most hidden issues in the farthest reaches of the world. It’s super hard.”McDonald of Seafood Watch says the data behind the new risk tool come from reliable government and media reports of known abuses; incidences of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing; the number of days a fishing vessel is at sea; and more. The tool also considers other indicators, like whether there is evidence of forced labor, human trafficking and child labor in a country’s other sectors — such as forestry, agriculture and aquaculture. That increases the likelihood that these abuses could be happening in fisheries as well, she says.Unlike the aquarium’s Seafood Watch app, the new Seafood Slavery Risk tool will not advise retailers to purchase one species over another. Instead, “we say: stay, engage and create change in the industry by working with suppliers to change their practices,” says McDonald. “With Seafood Watch, we have a lot of advice on what to purchase and what not, but it’s very different with human rights abuses. If you boycott or avoid or stop purchasing, it drives it underground. Every human rights expert we talked with says you can’t boycott, you have to keep it out in the sunshine. That’s the only way to make a difference.”But many retailers are already skittish about talking openly about slavery in the seafood industry, and it’s unclear how they’ll address these issues with their own customers. Kroger, Safeway, Whole Foods, Hy-Vee, Walmart and Red Lobster did not respond or declined our requests for an interview for this story.“No retailer is going to go out and talk much about the fact that there are labor rights issues in the supply chain, but it’s critical that retailers stay in the game and continue to be involved,” says Dick Jones, CEO of Ocean Outcomes, an international NGO focused on improving fisheries and fish farms in Northeast Asia. He likens it to the routine testing that retailers do for E. coli in ground beef. “They don’t tell their customers there’s a risk. They just do it because it’s the right thing to do,” he says.Other groups are also working on tools to help businesses avoid human rights abuses in their supply chains. The Slavery and Trafficking Risk Template is an open-source project by the Social Responsibility Alliance to help companies build socially responsible supply chains. Labor Safe Screen, developed by the Sustainability Incubator, is focused specifically on seafood products.“The reality is that no company right now can be 100 percent sure there’s no slavery in the supply chain,” says Ganzler. “All companies need to band together to work on the issue, along with the government. It really is an issue that governments are going to have to take action on.”Clare Leschin-Hoar is a journalist based in San Diego who covers food policy and sustainability issues.This story was produced in collaboration with the Food & Environment Reporting Network (FERN), a nonprofit investigative journalism organization.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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  • Maryland Early Voting Over Double 2014 Totals so Far

    first_imgBy The Associated PressBALTIMORE (AP) — So far more than double the number of people has voted early in Maryland compared to the midterms four years ago.State election officials told The Baltimore Sun nearly 170,000 people have voted through the first two days of early voting through Friday night. The newspaper says the number of voters each day was more than twice the numbers for the first two days in 2014.Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous, center, and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, speak with a voter, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, in Baltimore. Jealous is running against incumbent Gov. Larry Hogan. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)High early-voting levels are occurring elsewhere, as voters are energized in the current political environment. The top race this fall is for governor between Republican incumbent Larry Hogan and Democratic challenger Ben Jealous.Early voting in Maryland lasts through Nov. 1, with 79 polling stations open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Same-day voter registration is available during early voting but not on Election Day.last_img read more

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  • Are Electric Scooters Awesome or Terrible A Look at the Pros and

    first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 6 min read August 20, 2018 First it was the people of San Francisco who vandalized electric kick scooters in all kinds of unimaginable ways. Now, LA residents are showing their frustration by setting scooters on fire and throwing them into the ocean, trash cans and even toilets.Related: Check Out This Futuristic, and Dangerous Looking, Police HoverbikeAt the same time, e-scooter operators like Bird, Lime, Spin and Skip keep rolling out new fleets almost every day and cities are trying to find a compromise that satisfies both sides.E-scooter fleets solve the problem of the last mile commute without breaking a sweat and not worrying whether your vehicle will be stolen. However, the emergence of e-scooter sharing fleets has created many problems for cities and people are frustrated about the way e-scooters are being used. It is time to evaluate the pros and cons of e-scooter fleets and see where the industry is heading.Pros of e-scooter fleetsFor the end user, the benefits are self evident. It is a perfect way to easily commute short distances. All you need to rent an e-scooter is an app, and you can leave one almost anywhere, as long as you follow the guidelines for using and parking e-scooters. Unfortunately, we are already seeing that e-scooters are often left in random places, blocking pedestrian pathways. Using an e-scooter is also quite cheap — it costs around $1 per trip plus 15 cents per minute. In addition, scooters are fun to ride and are better for the environment than other modes of transportation that run on fossil fuels.For the potential fleet operators, the main benefit is the booming billion-dollar industry and its various opportunities to scale quickly. According to Anand Sanwal, the CEO of tech data and analytics firm CB Insights, “There are underlying trends such as a decline in car ownership and the shift to living in urban areas which also suggest that the urban transport market that Bird and others are attacking is growing.”Related: Are Autonomous Vehicle Tests a Public Hazard?Secondly, according to one of the investors in Bird, Mark Suster, as an e-scooter operator you get tons of valuable data by tracking where the vehicles are and where people tend to pick and leave their e-scooters. This in turn can help cities to build their cities better.Thirdly, as a fleet owner you will be able to create new opportunities to earn money. Bird, Lime and others are giving people the opportunity to increase their income by collecting and charging e-scooters during the night. In addition to earning money, these people will be part of the innovation movement that pushes the industry to build better e-scooters with longer battery life, as this is the main obstacle at the moment.Finally, e-scooters are not just toys for tech bros and hipsters. According to a new study made about the new micro-mobility services, including e-scooters, a majority (70 percent) of people across the U.S. view electric scooters positively. And women are expected to support and adopt e-scooters more than bike sharing, which is more used by men. The study doesn’t say why that is, but this Wired article suggests that e-scooters are easier to ride in heels and skirts. Also, e-scooters appear to be easier to operate, feel safer and don’t require any physical exertion. This founding again confirms the huge potential of the e-scooter sharing market.Related: Uber Invests in Scooter Startup LimeCons of e-scooter fleetsAs stated earlier, e-scooter fleets are far from perfect and the main danger is growing too fast. Since there is a race out there for who can take over a market first, there is a high probability that companies are cutting corners. This may result in unreliable hardware and software solutions. In order to launch a reliable fleet, you need every component of the e-scooter fleet chain to be working.Another danger of moving too fast is the pushback from cities. So far, cities have not banned e-scooters completely, but some are very worried and the approval process may take years rather than months. Frustrations in San Francisco led the city attorney to say, “San Francisco has had enough of the mantra — move fast and break things.”Cities are worried about public areas getting filled with broken e-scooters, as has happened with e-bikes in China. We are already seeing big players like Ofo and Mobike pulling out of dockless bike sharing in Washington, D.C. due to city regulations. Will the same thing happen to e-scooters?Related: Are Self-Driving Cars Finally Ready for Consumers? What Entrepreneurs Need to Know.At the moment, there is an issue with reliability of e-scooters with short battery life and their destruction by bad terrain and street conditions. In fact, e-scooter fleets need good weather conditions and are very susceptible to bad terrain.Finally, are e-scooters really eco-friendly? Although the e-scooters are better for the environment, the lithium battery lifetime on e-scooters is quite short and need to be replaced every 300 to 1000 charges depending on the battery provider. According to SF Weekly, fleet operators claim to have battery recycling programs in place, but in San Francisco there currently is no processing center that deals with these kind of batteries.Besides the processing problems of lithium batteries, there is the issue of picking them up and charging them. People who make extra money by charging the e-scooters still need to use cars and vans, so in a way it is a zero sum game.Currently there is a lot fuss around e-scooter sharing and it will continue for a while, since cities need to figure out how to accommodate the rising number of e-scooters in a safe and non-disruptive way. In turn, electric kick scooter operators need to improve their technological solutions and the way they roll out their services. All in all, the e-scooter scene is changing by the minute and it will be interesting to see who will be first on the market and how will people respond. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

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  • FIFA enacts reforms chooses new president

    first_imgZURICH, Switzerland — Gianni Infantino made his name as UEFA’s master of ceremonies until scandal forced his boss Michel Platini out of the race for the FIFA presidency.On Friday, after a remarkable journey, the shaven-headed Swiss-Italian lawyer ascended to the job that Platini coveted so much — the most powerful man in world football.Since becoming UEFA general secretary in 2009, the 45-year-old Infantino became best known to the football public as the man who takes out the lottery balls when the draw is made for the Champions League.Behind the scenes he also played a key role in giving the European confederation the financial power to rival FIFA.He was very much a behind-the-scenes figure much valued by Europe’s leading clubs who battle for Champions League honors and riches each season.Infantino was born in Brigue, less than 10 kilometers from Viege, the home village of Sepp Blatter, the man he has now replaced as FIFA president.But his rise would not have come without Platini’s downfall over a suspect 2 million Swiss francs ($2 million) payment that Blatter approved to the Frenchman in 2011.Platini is currently serving a six-year ban imposed by FIFA.“We will restore the image of FIFA and the respect of FIFA and everyone in the world will applaud us,” Infantino told Friday’s FIFA congress after his election. “I want to work with all of you together in order to restore and rebuild a new era of FIFA where we can put again football at the center of the stage.”Infantino is multilingual, speaking English, German, French, Spanish and Italian. He is also a workaholic trusted by the big clubs who were Platini’s major backers.Infantino has proposed increasing the 32-team World Cup to 40 countries while saying FIFA should consider allowing two or more countries to host the event.In his campaign, he said he wanted to give $5 million every four years to each member association and $40 million to each of the six continental confederations.“He was named as a manager, but he knows how to do politics,” said one member of Platini’s entourage recently.Infantino has Swiss and Italian nationality and is an Inter Milan supporter.Former secretary general of the International Centre for Sports Studies at the University of Neuchatel, Infantino joined UEFA in 2000 to take charge of its legal and commercial affairs and gradually rose through the ranks.According to his UEFA CV, Infantino handled contacts with the European Union and governments as well as clubs.He helped create UEFA’s financial fair play rules that have aimed to rein in profligate clubs by stopping them spending more than they earn. Michael Buholzer/AFPFIFA reformsBefore electing a new president, FIFA’s scandal-tainted governing body passed a raft of reforms at the Zurich congress. All the candidates were warned before the election that the result and the reforms must convince a doubting world after several years of mounting scandal with corruption and doubts about World Cup bidding.“This congress will quite certainly mark a watershed moment in the history of FIFA,” acting president Issa Hayatou said in his opening speech.The reform package was adopted by 179 members, while 22 voted against and six abstained.The measures are designed to limit the authority of top leaders and end patronage and waste that prevailed during Sepp Blatter’s 18-year term.The president’s job has been altered to function like a corporate chairman of the board, providing strategic guidance but with less management authority.FIFA’s executive committee, which had become an epicentre of graft allegations, has been re-branded as a FIFA council. It will operate like a corporate board of directions.FIFA’s secretary general, previously number two to the president, will serve as world football’s CEO.Measures to improve financial transparency at the multi-billion dollar organization were also included.FIFA’s sponsors, who are holding out on deals, were waiting on the result for signs of commitment to reform.The scandal that erupted after seven top officials were arrested at a FIFA congress in May “shook the very foundations of our organization,” Hayatou told FIFA delegates.Secretary general Markus Kattner said “general uncertainty” following the crisis created tough economic times and that FIFA was roughly $550 million behind in its 2015-2018 budget plan.International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said football and all sports federations had to improve governance.“Today you have this great chance to turn the page,” he said.Blatter, 79, was the big absentee at the congress. The Swiss sports baron suffered a spectacular fall over the last nine months.Swiss police, acting under U.S. warrants, arrested seven FIFA officials in Zurich two days before his re-election last May.Blatter has since been banned from football for six years for ethics breaches and could face criminal charges. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica’s ex-football chief Eduardo Li gets house arrest Football: US releases three FIFA guilty plea transcripts Eduardo Li’s bail request denied by New York judge FIFA ex-VP Hawit pleads guilty in corruption caselast_img read more

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  • Understanding Financing Options for Manufactured Housing

    first_img August 7, 2018 689 Views Understanding Financing Options for Manufactured Housing in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination Restrictive zoning and expensive financing are holding back the production of more manufactured homes. According to a recent study by the Urban Institute, helping people understand their financing options for manufactured housing could increase the demand for these homes as a viable affordable housing option.In a report that looks at demystifying this segment of the housing market, researchers at the Urban Institute looked at how financing for manufactured housing (MH) differed from that for traditional housing units or properties.It found four key differences. First, the market was served by a small group of specialized lenders, second, the average loan size for manufactured homes was small; third refinancing was rare and was usually done by general lenders; and fourth cash was the most preferred means of a transaction for manufactured homes, especially for used units.Giving details about these four aspects of lending for manufactured homes, the report, which used the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data to classify manufactured housing lenders, revealed that for the small group of specialized lenders serving this market, 90 percent of their single-family business came from manufactured housing. This compared with specialty lenders for whom 15 to 90 percent of business was for manufactured housing and general lenders for whom the manufactured housing slice of total lending activities stood at 15 percent.”Of the five lenders that offer the most loans to purchase manufactured housing, 78 percent of the lending is originated by three MH lenders, two of which dominate the market: 21st Mortgage (20,956 loans) and Vanderbilt Mortgage (11,365 loans),” the report revealed. “The MH lender San Antonio Credit Union was in fifth place, with 2,902 loans.”Loans made by MH lenders were also generally more likely to be chattel or personal property loans compared with mortgage loans, which were preferred by general lenders.When it came to loan sizes, the report revealed that the median loan size for manufactured homes was $72,000 compared with $199,000 for single-family homes. “This reflects MH’s role as a source of affordable housing,” the researchers at Urban Institute said. Within the manufactured housing market, the report indicated, the average loan size for borrowers served by general lenders was $90,000 compared with $56,000 for MH lenders and $58,000 for specialty lenders.While MH lenders and specialty lenders were more popular with originating loans, refinancing was rare in this sector and usually done by general lenders, the report found. In 2016, the refinance share for single-family homes was 45 percent compared with 26 percent for MH loans, in part because of the lack of cash-out refinancing opportunities for MH. The report indicated that 84 percent of refinance mortgages for MH were made by general lenders.”Although we don’t have nationwide data on cash sales of manufactured housing, data from the Texas Manufactured Housing Association show that in Texas, the most popular state for manufactured housing, 56.9 percent of manufactured homes in 2016 was purchased using cash,” the report said.In fact, cash sales were more prevalent for used properties than new ones, with 32 percent of new homes purchased by using cash and 74 percent used homes purchased by using cash.center_img Share Chattel Loans homes HOUSING manufactured homes mortgage Refinance Single-Family Urban Institute 2018-08-07 Radhika Ojhalast_img read more

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