Higher oil helps push loonie up Fed fails to make commitment on

by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 11, 2012 4:39 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed higher Wednesday, off early highs as the U.S. dollar gained strength after the U.S. Federal Reserve failed to deliver a strong hint that another round of economic stimulus is on the way.But a strong run up in oil prices helped push the loonie up 0.26 of a cent to 98.05 cents US.Minutes from the last Fed meeting on interest rates showed policymakers agreed last month that they might need to take more action to support growth if the U.S. economy loses momentum.They showed Fed officials signalled their concern that the struggling U.S. economy could worsen if Congress fails to avert tax hikes and across-the-board spending cuts that kick in at the end of the year.But there was nothing to indicate another round of stimulus is imminent.“The minutes … reveal that U.S. Fed officials are edging closer to launching a third round of large-scale asset purchases, but it won’t become a reality unless the recovery loses even more momentum or a more severe flare up in the eurozone crisis raises the already elevated downside risks,” said Capital Economics chief U.S. economist Paul Ashworth.Other central banks have moved recently to help keep the recovery on the rails.The European Central Bank and the People’s Bank of China cut lending rates last week. But slowing trade growth in China and weak jobs creation in the U.S. have investors worried that markets could languish until the Federal Reserve implements another round of Treasury bond purchases known as quantitative easing.Commodity prices gained ground after weak Chinese trade data sent oil and copper lower on Tuesday.But prices took off Wednesday after China’s auto industry said sales jumped a solid nine per cent in June despite a slowing economy. China is the world’s biggest market for new vehicles.Also, the U.S. government said oil supplies fell last week by 4.7 million barrels, triple the decline expected by analysts, which is signalling higher demand.The August crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained $1.90 to US$85.81 a barrel.Copper ran up five cents at US$3.45 a pound while bullion declined $4.10 to US$1,575.70 an ounce.Markets also digested the latest trade data from Canada and the United States.Statistics Canada said the trade deficit with the world was $793 million in May, up from $623 million in April. Merchandise imports increased 0.4 per cent on the strength of energy products while exports were relatively unchanged in May.And south of the border, the U.S. trade deficit moderated during May from the month before. The deficit came in at US$48.7 billion, down from $50.6 billion in April. Higher oil helps push loonie up, Fed fails to make commitment on stimulus read more

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UN agency for Palestine refugees announces staff reductions amid funding shortfall

The United Nations agency assisting Palestinian refugees across the Middle East announced today that it will begin reducing staff numbers in an effort to cut costs amid a wider budget shortfall facing the Organization’s presence in the region. In a statement issued earlier today, Chris Gunness, spokesperson for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), confirmed that 85 per cent of all 137 international personnel on short term contracts will be separated in a phased process lasting until the end of September. “UNRWA is taking this measure to reduce costs as much as possible without reducing services to refugees,” explained Mr. Gunness, noting that the UN agency retained a $101 million deficit but would continue nonetheless with “robust efforts in resource mobilisation.” “As things currently stand, with stringent austerity measures already in place beyond today’s announcement, the Agency should be able to continue with life-saving services to the end of the year,” he continued. Among the ongoing efforts, Mr. Gunness said UNRWA would maintain its health programmes, relief and social services, and sanitation and emergency projects for which it had remaining funds. At the same time, the agency’s school system – which currently services half a million children across Jordan, Lebanon, the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Syria – remains in a more precarious situation. “Some difficult decisions may be needed in coming weeks if the deficit is not filled,” he warned. The situation afflicting the Palestinians across the Middle East region is, in fact, quite dramatic, according to the latest UN data. Gaza today is home to the highest unemployment levels in the world, with more than 60 per cent of young people not working. Meanwhile, some 60,000 Palestine refugees from Syria have fled to Lebanon and Jordan, putting pressure on host communities. From Syria’s Yarmouk and Jordan’s camps to the West Bank, the lives of Palestine refugees are constrained, with poverty and deprivation overflowing in overcrowded camps and the needs of the communities continuing to grow resources. Adding to UNRWA’s list of concerns is the dire situation facing the agency’s emergency funding which, for its Syria appeal, currently stands at only 27 per cent met. UNRWA’s Gaza reconstruction appeal is similarly underfunded with only $216 million in pledges received out of a total $720 million needed. read more

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5 things to watch for between Ohio State and Western Michigan

OSU junior running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) falls to the ground after a carry in a game against Northern Illinois on Sept. 19 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 20-13. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorComing off another rather unconvincing win against Northern Illinois, Ohio State will have a chance to redeem itself on Saturday against Western Michigan. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium.Here are five things that The Lantern’s sports editors Ryan Cooper and Kevin Stankiewicz will be on the lookout for during the game. Check back after the game to see how these points played out.The discombobulated offense’s turnover problemsThrough three games, OSU has turned the ball over a total of eight times. In all of college football, there are only eight teams that have more turnovers than the Buckeyes.Coach Urban Meyer expressed his concern with that statistic during the week, calling the rate at which his team has turned it over “alarming.”Against Virginia Tech, OSU had three of them — two fumbles and an interception by redshirt junior Cardale Jones. The Hokies scored on each of the ensuing possessions, totaling 17 points.The Buckeyes didn’t cough it up against Hawaii in Week 2, but against NIU the turnover problems reappeared as OSU had five.But unlike against VT, points off turnovers were less of an issue as the Huskies only managed 10 points because twice OSU’s defense forced an NIU to turn the ball over on the ensuing possession.Meyer said the coaching staff will focus during the week on fixing the issue of turnovers.It will be interesting to see if the Buckeyes were able to address the problem enough during practice, as a team on a quest to repeat as national champions cannot afford to be giving opponent’s extra possessions, especially with Big Ten play on the horizon.Will Elliott’s explosiveness reappear?Junior running back Ezekiel Elliott has rushed for over 100 yards in all three contests in 2015 but the preseason Heisman Trophy hopeful has yet to look like the same player who carried OSU on his back during last year’s postseason games by running for over 200 yards thrice.The only hint of that player came on his first run of the season by way of an 80-yard touchdown. But other than that one play, Elliott’s explosiveness has been kept in check.Sans the 80-yarder, the St. Louis native’s season long rush is only 13 yards.With Elliott, it is more of question of when — not if — he regains his form from 2014. Fortunately for the Buckeyes, this weekend might be a good chance for him as Western Michigan’s run defense has been dreadful.WMU ranks 109th in the nation in run defense. Opponents have been torching the Broncos on the ground. Michigan State had 196 yards in Week 1, but that pales in comparison to the 413 Georgia Southern racked up the following game.So, as for when Elliott’s explosiveness will resurface, Saturday could be the day. Who will Jones be able to throw the ball to?Three.That’s the number of receptions the players on OSU’s roster listed as wide receivers and not named Michael Thomas have this season.While the redshirt junior Thomas has done his part despite getting the defense’s top assignment with 10 catches for 158 yards and two scores, the Buckeyes have had an extremely tough time finding any other options.Redshirt senior Corey Smith has two catches for 15 yards and redshirt freshman Johnnie Dixon has a 29-yarder.Beyond that, receivers such as redshirt freshmen Parris Campbell and Terry McLaurin have given Meyer nothing in terms of catching the ball. Campbell, who had two drops in the opening game, is also expected to miss at least a week with a leg injury suffered early against Northern Illinois.When sophomore Noah Brown went down with a broken leg before the season, many speculated about how thin OSU’s receiving corps might be.This has to be considered worse than imagined, however, and is a big reason for the offensive struggles thus far.While players like sophomore H-back Curtis Samuel and redshirt senior tight end Nick Vannett have kept the offense clinging to life, a true wideout not named Thomas stepping up could be the only true remedy.Can Braxton find his early effectiveness?After an electrifying start to the season for H-back Braxton Miller, the redshirt senior has seen his usefulness dwindle each week.Against VT, Miller caught two passes for 78 yards and a score and ran six times for 62 yards and another touchdown. He was undoubtedly the offensive star of that contest, and his spin move around a defender on his rushing touchdown was the highlight of the week.The following week against Hawaii, Miller actually had more touches, but with much less effectiveness. Meyer had his rushes come out of direct snap runs, and his catches came mostly on shovel passes across the middle. In all, he finished with two catches for 16 yards and eight runs for 57 yards, but did not find the end zone.Then last week against NIU, Miller had just seven yards on four carries. He was targeted once by Jones, but a miscommunicated route led to the interception that caused Meyer to pull Jones out of the game.As discussed above, the OSU offense is struggling to stay afloat from a major lack of playmakers. Miller could be the answer to Meyer’s prayers, but whether it’s because of the learning curve of a new position or just not being used correctly, he has not been a big help in OSU’s two home games. Before beginning Big Ten play next week, the Buckeyes will need the former quarterback to rediscover his playmaking abilities.Who wants the sack lead?OSU’s defensive line is arguably the best in the nation, with nine different players already being involved in at least one sack. But with only so many hits on the quarterback to go around, no one is off to a huge individual start.Three players — redshirt sophomore linebacker Darron Lee, redshirt freshman defensive end Sam Hubbard and redshirt sophomore defensive end Tyquan Lewis — have 2.5 sacks each to tie for the team lead.Lewis paced the way early with 1.5 sacks against VT, Lee pulled in the season-high of two sacks against Hawaii and Hubbard was credited with 1.5 against NIU.Lurking in the wings as well is junior Joey Bosa. The defensive end was suspended for the opener, had his first sack of the year called back due to penalty against Hawaii and combined with Hubbard for a sack last week.While Bosa commands double teams on every play — and quite often triple teams — it is hard to rule out a guy who had 13.5 sacks last year for putting his name in the sack-lead hat. At the very least, Bosa’s presence makes it easier for other players to get through the offensive line, something Hubbard said Bosa does not let him forget. read more

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RoomForManchester Kind strangers open up their homes to those affected by Manchester

first_imgIf anyone in manchester is stranded, needs help getting home, give me a shout!— Jaiden Micheal (@jaidenofficial) 22 May 2017 If you are stranded in the area you can also follow #RoomForManchester where hotels and local people of our great city are offering refuge https://t.co/yaRwKMGwzV— Mayor Andy Burnham (@MayorofGM) May 23, 2017 Anyone in Manchester who needs to wait for their parents or needs somewhere stay or to make phone calls, etc, just DM me. We have tea!— Simon Clancy (@SiClancy) 22 May 2017 Facebook also activated its safety check feature, so people could let their friends know they were safe.The Family Guy UK headquarters tweeted to say they had given over 30 people a place to stay.Manchester City Council also started an online condolence book for those affected. If anyone needs shelter we are right on the outskirts of central Manchester in Salford, anything I can do to help DM me!! #ManchesterArena— Karolina Staniecka (@karolinaviolet) 22 May 2017 #Manchester. DM me if you need somewhere to go, to use a landline, to have a tea and sit down. Anything. Northern Quarter-Oldham street— louise benson (@Lbenson88) 22 May 2017 10 minutes from the #ManchesterArena if anyone needs help/lifts/drinks etc REPLY OR DM me #Manchester #MEN— The Salford Fox (@tomharveymedia) 22 May 2017 Taxis in Manchester are offering FREE rides home for anyone stuck in the Manchester Arena area. Let your friends/family know.— azy (@azymanzur) 22 May 2017 The acts of humanity. Taxi drivers taking the injured to hospital & visitors to safety in the city after terrorist attack #ManchesterArena pic.twitter.com/5M5IMqILuB— Elaine Willcox (@ElaineWITV) May 23, 2017 Many of those caught up in the chaos were young fans of US singer Ariana Grande, who had performed at the venue.Police advised the public to avoid the area around the Manchester Arena, and the train station near the arena, Victoria Station, was evacuated and all trains cancelled.There were reports that a Holiday Inn hotel near Manchester Arena had taken in “50+ children” who were unaccompanied at the gig. #DWTManchester anyone stuck down the east side of manchester dm me. i can’t guarantee a tour guide but ill try my best to help— ellie (@starlordhs) 22 May 2017 Looks like two places open to donate blood in Manchester today if you’re near and can help @GiveBloodNHS https://t.co/kwEfMmuRuk pic.twitter.com/vc5SnK5F5v— Rachel Miller (@AllthingsIC) May 23, 2017 #RoomforManchester if anybody needs somewhere to stay – we have plenty of spare beds & blankets + an unlimited supply of tea. Please DM.— Rosie Connor (@RosieConnor1) 22 May 2017 Local people have opened up their homes and given help to concert-goers affected by a suspected terror attack at Manchester Arena.They have been using the hashtag #RoomForManchester to offer help to distraught people after their night of music ended in tragedy.There are also reports that a hotel near the venue has taken in dozens of children following an explosion that killed 19 people and injured around 50 others.Taxi drivers have also been offering people free taxi rides, and people are already arranging to give blood at donor banks later today to help those injured.The city’s mayor, former Labour MP Andy Burnham, tweeted: “If you are stranded in the area you can… follow #RoomForManchester where hotels and local people of our great city are offering refuge.” Witnesses described hearing a huge bang shortly after 10.30pm at the entrance to the Arena as thousands of people made their way out of a concert by the American singer Ariana Grande.Theresa May, the Prime Minister, suspended her General Election campaign in the wake of the apparent terror attack and there will be an emergency Cobra meeting at 9am this morning. Anyone needing a lift/place to stay from the Manchester Arena, tweet #roomformanchester Retweet and get this trending to help.— Cal (@Panayisalad) 22 May 2017 22 people died in the attack on Monday night, and 50 were injured. The Holiday Inn nearest to Manchester Arena have taken dozens of kids who have been separated from their parents tonight.— Samuel Carvalho (@SamCarvalho) 22 May 2017 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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DHBPokal HSV Hamburg first to reach the Final Four

HSV Hamburg played the first game of the DHB-Pokal quarter-finals that will give the list of Final Four participants. In their match at home against Hannover-Burgdorf, Martin Schwalb‘s ‘mannschaft’ had no easy task and had to fight until the last minute against this season’s Bundesliga surprise, Hannover-Burgdorf. With a final score of 33:31, HSV is the first to make their “reservation” at the Final Four.Igor Vori scored 9 goals, while Lijewski and Hens contributed 8 and 7 respectively. Lehnhoff led Hannover-Burgdorf with 7 goals, while Patrail and Hykkerud scored 6 each. ← Previous Story ZRK Vardar strikes again – Zebic and Khmyrova new signings? Next Story → HP fans: “Domagoj Duvnjak is our MVP” burgdorfHamburgHannoverhensHSVHSV Hamburghykkerudlehnhofflijewskipatrailschwalbvori read more

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Police investigate after Irishman found dead in London alleyway

first_imgPOLICE IN LONDON are appealing for witnesses after the body of an Irishman was found in an alleyway over the weekend.The man has been named locally as 37-year-old Wexford native Michael Hunt. His body was found in a bin early on Saturday morning. He was found seriously injured by a local shopkeeper and was taken by ambulance to Kings College Hospital, where he died shortly before midday.Met Police say that a post-mortem examination will be held “in due course”.The death is being treated as suspicious and an investigation is being led by officers from the Homicide & Major Crime Command.DCI Diane Tudway said: “The man was found on his own, seriously injured, in an alleyway between an estate agents and a supermarket in Station Road, South Norwood.“We do not know, at this time, how the victim sustained his injuries, nor have we established a motive for any attack on him.“If you have any information that can help us understand how this man was hurt and who may have been involved, please contact the incident room on 020 8721 4005. To remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”Police say that there have been no arrests at this stage and enquiries are ongoing.last_img read more

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Geek deals Save 36 on HERO true wireless Bluetooth 42 sport earbuds

first_imgToday, the folks at StackSocial are offering a steep discount on the HERO True wireless Bluetooth 4.2 sport earbuds. Get hours of playback of high-quality audio at a surprisingly affordable price.• HERO true wireless Bluetooth 4.2 sport earbuds for $94.99 (List price: $149)Spec-wise, these earbuds feature wireless charging, three hours of battery life, a sweat-proof design, an 8mm dynamic driver, two built-in mics, and in-line controls. The hooks are adjustable, and they also come with earpieces of three different sizes. Regardless of the quirks of your ear, there’s likely a configuration that’s best for your anatomy.Better yet, the case that comes alongside your earbuds actually provides a charge. So even if you’re away from an outlet, you can get up to four charges just by keeping the case with you.While you’d usually pay upwards of $149 for these earbuds, you’ll save a whopping $54.01 when you buy on StackSocial. Order today, and you can expect delivery by April 20th — around the world. And since it comes with a two-year warranty, you’ll be covered if you run into issues.Note: All sales final. Terms and conditions apply. See the StackSocial website for more information.Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at commerce@ziffdavis.com.For more great deals, head over to TechBargains.com.last_img read more

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State Pulls Funds for Knik Arm Juneau Access Road from STIP

first_imgDownload AudioThe state has amended a transportation plan to delay two large projects. Funds for the Knik Arm Crossing and the Juneau access road have been pulled from the current Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, or STIP.Shannon McCarthy, a spokeswomen for DOT says STIP outlines how transportation funds are to be spent.“So amendment 13 moved funding for Knik Arm and Juneau access road out to the next fiscal year,” McCarthy said. The amendment also corrected a funding error with the Inter-island Ferry Authority Vessel Refurbishment project .Amendment 14 addresses scope, funding and scheduling issues on several projects around the state.last_img read more

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Rahul Gandhi visits Sheila Dikshits residence

first_imgNew Delhi : Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday visited the residence of late Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and spent some time with her family members. Dikshit died on July 20 and was cremated the next day. While Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra attended her last rites, Rahul Gandhi was not present in the country at the time. Rahul, who returned from abroad on Thursday, met the departed leader’s son and former MP Sandeep Dikshit and other family members and condoled her demise. He is learnt to have spent around two hours with Dikshit’s family this morning, the sources said. Sheila Dikshit shared close ties with the Gandhi familylast_img read more

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State Bank of India shares spurt after lender cuts interest rate on

first_imgThe State Bank of India headquarters in Mumbai, March 14, 2016.Reuters fileIn what could trigger a domino effect and spell bad times for the middle class, State Bank of India (SBI) has slashed interest rate payable on savings bank accounts from the current four percent to 3.5 percent. The move triggered a rally in the share prices of SBI and other banks.The rate will be effective from July 31. The bank’s savings bank deposits stood at Rs 7.46 lakh crore as of March 31, 2017, up almost 28 percent from Rs 5.81 lakh crore a year ago. An overwhelming portion of this would be in accounts with a balance of less than Rs 1 crore.The cut in interest rate is on balance up to Rs 1 crore while those having above the threshold will continue to get four percent, according to a regulatory filing by SBI to the BSE on Monday.”The decline in the rate of inflation and high real interest rates are the primary considerations warranting a revision in the rate of interest on savings bank deposits,” SBI said in the filing.The share price of SBI was trading 3.33 percent higher at Rs 309 on the Bombay Stock Exchange at around 11.50 am in response to the news, apparently factoring in the fall in interest costs for the lender. ICICI Bank was up 2.60 percent, Bank of Baroda was trading 3.34 percent while other banks were trading with marginal gains.On the flip side for account holders, the move could see a similar response from other banks, resulting in a raw deal for depositors who are already witnessing a fall in small savings schemes run by the government and those on fixed deposits maintained with banks.Economist Ajit Ranade said that money mobilisation following demonetisation has not only lowered the cost of raising funds but also enhanced the scope for rate cut. demonetization led to flush of depositsso cost of mobilization went downhence rate paid to depositors down to 3.5opens room for rate cut. https://t.co/w9DLPvGT4y— Ajit Ranade (@ajit_ranade) July 31, 2017Also read: Banging the buck: Modi govt slashes PPF, NSC rates to 7.8%The move comes ahead of the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) monetary policy meeting scheduled for August 1 and 2. There is widespread expectation that the central bank would reduce the repo rate by at least 25 basis points from the current 6.25 percent in view of the retail inflation falling well below the threshold rates targetted by the bank. “We expect a 25bp cut on 2 Aug, with no change in their neutral stance. The latter will allow the RBI to be non-committal on the future course of action, retaining the flexibility to react to the evolving inflation trajectory,” Radhika Rao, an economist at DBS Bank, said in a note on Monday.The BSE Bankex was trading 1.17 percent higher while the benchmark index Sensex was up 0.41 percent at 32,443, a gain of 133 points, at around 12 noon.last_img read more

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2 die taking Unani medicine

first_imgA man and a minor girl died and another man fell sick after taking Unani medicine at Kharara in Mirpur upazila of Kushtia on Sunday night, reports UNB.The deceased are Nur Mohammad, 50, son of Polan Sheikh and Shamima, 9, daughter of Nawab Ali of the area.Locals said that Nur Mohammad went to the house of Nawab Ali at night to watch television.As he was suffering from cough Nawab Ali gave him a Unani medicine ‘Mary Gold’ of ‘Nabin Laboratory’ which was bought two months ago.Nawab and his daughter Shamima also took the same medicine for cough.Shamima fell sick around 10:30pm and she was taken to Bheramara Upazila Health Complex where doctors declared her dead, said doctor Mizanur Rahman, medical officer of the hospital.Nur Mohammad and Nawab Ali also fell sick early Monday.Nur Mohammad died on way to hospital while Nawab Ali was admitted to Kushtia General Hospital.Abul Kalam, officer-in-charge of Mirpur police station, said that on information they recovered the bodies. They will also conduct a drive in the factory of the herbal medicine.last_img read more

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OAS Is the war on drugs a failure

first_imgAntonio Scorza/AFP No related posts. ANTIGUA, Guatemala – Four decades after Washington launched its international “war on drugs” in Latin America (the U.S. no longer uses that term), members of the Organization of American States’ General Assembly are questioning the logic behind what is increasingly viewed in the region as a failed policy.In a General Assembly meeting that started Tuesday in the colonial town of Antigua, Guatemala, OAS members will begin to explore alternatives to a strategy focused on military and law enforcement intervention to fight the trafficking of illegal drugs, mostly from South America and destined for users in the United States.The 45th session of the OAS General Assembly began Tuesday night, drawing foreign ministers and three presidents from 34 countries throughout the region, including the U.S., represented by Secretary of State John Kerry and top-tier drug policy officials.This month’s session, which lasts through Thursday, will focus on finding alternative strategies to the drug war, which has had a devastating impact particularly on Mexico and northern Central America, which have become the most violent region in the world.“This is a long-awaited debate … to look for solutions to a phenomenon that affects us all, although not equally,” OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza said. “The most vulnerable are the ones who are paying the highest price in terms of violence.”Tens of thousands of Latin Americans have died in violence linked to drug trafficking in past decades. Yet as the U.S.-backed policy in the region focuses on law enforcement and cracking down on drug cartels, the cartels simply change strategies, adopt more sophisticated methods, alternate trafficking routes, open new markets and increase money laundering operations – despite large and frequent drug-seizure operations, captures and extraditions conducted by police agencies and governments.Toward legalization?Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina, who called for legalization of some illicit drugs to help curb the mounting violence in his country, is hosting the summit. Costa Rica’s Laura Chinchilla and the Dominican Republic’s Danilo Medina also will attend.The debate is centered on an OAS report commissioned during the 2012 Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, which called for an analysis of alternative strategies to the drug war. The study outlined four possible strategies to confront drug trafficking: strengthening institutions and public security, decriminalizing illicit drugs, promoting more community-based programs and terminating cooperation between consuming and transit countries.The proposal to legalize at illicit drugs such as marijuana and cocaine is gaining momentum in the region. Marijuana already is legal in the U.S. states of Colorado and Washington. Other states have medical marijuana laws, in direct violation of U.S. federal law. And the South American country of Uruguay is close behind, as are Argentina and Brazil, which are considering decriminalizing personal use.center_img At least 14 Latin American countries support debating new anti-drug policies, including all of the countries of Central America, Uruguay, Colombia and Mexico, Guatemalan Foreign Minister Fernando Carrera said.Washington, in response, sent its big guns to this week’s summit in Guatemala. On his first official visit to Latin America, Kerry stood behind current U.S. anti-drug policy in the region, according to U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson.“No international entity is going to dictate legalization, and certainly not to the United States,” Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs William Brownfield said. Brownfield and Jacobson were joined in the U.S. delegation by anti-drug czar Gil Kerlikowske.But for Carrera, the taboo of drug policy already has been broken: “it was thought that everything was outlined and the only thing left to do was blindly apply a paradigm,” he said.Monster with seven headsThe OAS report approaches the issue from a public health perspective instead of a public security one by focusing on prevention and treatment programs.According to the OAS, 45 percent of cocaine users worldwide, half of heroin users and 25 percent of marijuana users live in the Americas, the second most violent region behind Africa, with 16 homicides per 100,000 residents. That’s double the world average.The United Nations calculates that the illicit drug market generates $85 billion annually in cocaine sales – $35 billion of that in the U.S. Those figures alter economies, corrupt institutions and result in widespread violence, the U.N. stated.“An illegal economy that reaches billions of dollars and is operated by multinational criminal networks inevitably expands into illegal weapons sales, contraband, piracy, human trafficking, prostitution, kidnapping and extortion,” Insulza said.Civil society groups urged the OAS to place human rights at the center of the debate.“The national policies for drug control that allot criminal penalties for personal drug consumption is a fundamental violation of human rights,” a Human Rights Watch press release stated. The group urged governments to adopt policies of decriminalization for personal consumption.  Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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USheadquartered AgroFresh NASDAQ AGFS has la

first_img U.S.-headquartered AgroFresh (NASDAQ: AGFS) has launched a new technology called Predictive Screening which it says can predict the risk of disorder development in produce.Predictive Screening analyses the gene expression of fruit at harvest, helping growers to make more informed storage decisions.The technology was launched last year as part of AgroFresh’s FreshCloud platform, which monitors produce quality through the supply chain and also includes Storage Insights and Transit Insights.”Knowing what is happening to your fruit while it is in storage is incredibly helpful and can save potentially millions of dollars, but wouldn’t it be nice to be able to know what is going to happen with that fruit before you even put it into storage?” said Adam Kinsey, IoT solutions global business lead at AgroFresh.Predictive Screening determines whether a particular harvest is low, moderate or high risk for the development of a specific disorder. This helps growers and packers to reduce losses in high risk fruits and provides added confidence that low risk fruits will meet quality standards.”So before you even take this fruit and place it into a room, we can analyze its genome and see whether that fruit has a predilection to potentially develop a disorder that may change how you choose to handle that fruit. That’s an incredibly powerful new product that we are excited about,” he said.He explained the technology could be used, for example, to see in advance whether Honeycrisp apples are likely to develop Soft Scald, which causes substantial losses.”Today our focus is exclusively on apples … but you can trust that it doesn’t end there. These innovations can be applied to many different products as well,” he said.Predictive Screening complements AgroFresh’s other freshness solution technologies Storage Insights and Transit Insights, which use proprietary sensor technology and analytics to provide visibility and data about the health of produce along the supply chain.By monitoring variables such as ambient temperature, pulp temperature, and relative humidity, the company can provide the owner with information of individual pallets before they reach their final destination.”We want to give insights to allow all of the players in the supply chain to optimize their decisions,” Kinsey said.He added that the industry has known for a long time about the problems related to ensuring freshness along the supply chain, but until recently it has been very hard to solve them.”They want a solution – no one wants to experience rejections. The challenge has been that the technology has not existed to make it feasible to solve them,” he said.”20 years ago we had millions of pallets in motion and in order to manage them properly, we needed to be able to receive data from each pallet, which was not possible. Now there are answers to that problem, there is a whole selection of technology that’s available to make that possible.” January 02 , 2019 You might also be interested incenter_img AgroFresh and Zest Labs partner on sales solutions …last_img read more

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FILE In this May 22 2018 file photo Culinary U

first_img FILE – In this May 22, 2018 file photo, Culinary Union members exit a university arena after voting on whether to authorize a strike in Las Vegas. There appears to be a tentative labor agreement that would cover about a quarter of the 50,000 hotel and casino workers that are threatening to strike in Las Vegas. The Culinary Workers Union Local 226 said in a tweet Friday, June 1 that the new five-year deal covers about 12,000 workers at nine casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken, File) Las Vegas union: Tentative labour deal struck with Caesars by Regina Garcia Cano, The Associated Press Posted Jun 1, 2018 7:22 am PDT Last Updated Jun 1, 2018 at 10:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Negotiators have reached a tentative labour agreement that would cover about a quarter of the 50,000 hotel and casino workers who are threatening to strike in Las Vegas.The Culinary Workers Union Local 226 on Friday said the new five-year deal with Caesars Entertainment covers about 12,000 workers at nine casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip. Tens of thousands of bartenders, housekeepers, bellmen and other unionized workers at 34 casino-hotels on the Strip and in downtown Las Vegas have sought new, five-year contracts for months.The current contracts expired at midnight.Ninety-nine per cent of about 25,000 workers voted last week to authorize a strike at any time starting Friday. No date has been set, but workers have started signing up for strike pay, financial assistance and picketing shifts.Wages, workplace training and job security have been the main sticking points in negotiations.Caesars’ properties covered by the tentative agreement are Bally’s, Flamingo, Harrah’s, Paris, Planet Hollywood, The Cromwell, The Linq and Caesars Palace, including Nobu.Here’s a look at the negotiations and a possible strike:TO STRIKE OR NOT TO STRIKEThe Culinary Union and companies that would be affected if workers walk off the job have held bargaining sessions since February. Casino-hotels that could still see a strike, if the deal between workers and Caesars sticks, include Aria, Bellagio, Tropicana, Stratosphere and Golden Nugget.Analysts with Deutsche Bank put the likelihood of a citywide strike “as low” and said they believe negotiations could continue.“Recall, in 2013, the Culinary Union remained in negotiations with some Strip operators for several months post the June 2013 contract expiration,” analysts with the bank noted this week. “Business during this time was uninterrupted.”The last citywide strike was in 1984, costing the city and workers millions of dollars.ROOMS, KITCHENS AND LUGGAGECasino-hotels would lose unionized bartenders, housekeepers, cocktail and food servers, porters, bellmen, cooks and other kitchen workers in the event of a strike.MGM Resorts International and Caesars Entertainment operate more than half the properties that have been negotiating contracts. Both companies have declined to provide details of their contingency plans.The union and hospitality experts have said the companies would use replacement workers and try to bring some in from properties outside Las Vegas.Properties that would not be affected include Wynn Las Vegas, Encore, The Venetian and Palazzo.The strike could come as fans head to the tourist destination for the Stanley Cup Final. The union for professional hockey players in the National Hockey League sent a letter to the Culinary Union on Wednesday expressing its support for the casino workers’ “attempts to reach a fair and equitable agreement.”“It is hoped that an accommodation can promptly be reached that will enable you to continue to provide the high level of service and professionalism that you have long exhibited,” National Hockey League Players’ Association executive director Donald Fehr wrote.WAGESThe average hourly wage of Las Vegas Strip workers is $23, including benefits such as premium-free health care, a pension and a 401(k) retirement savings plan, and $20,000 down-payment assistance for first-time homebuyers.The union says it has asked MGM for average annual wage increases of 4 per cent for each of the next five years. It says the company has countered with an approximate 2.7 per cent raise.Caesars workers have asked for an increase of 4.2 per cent effective Friday, and annual increases of about 4 per cent thereafter. The union previously said the company had offered an approximate 2.8 per cent increase for each of the five years.“The companies are making millions and millions of dollars, they are growing and that’s excellent,” Geoconda Arguello-Kline, union secretary-treasurer and a former housekeeper, said earlier this week. “We want them to share with the workers their success.”Neither the union nor Caesars on Friday immediately provided details of their tentative agreement.OTHER DISPUTESThe union said it is asking for training on new skills and job opportunities as the companies adopt technology that can displace employees. It also wants contract language that would protect workers if properties are sold.The labour organization, the largest in Nevada, also has proposed to MGM and Caesars an independent study paid jointly with the union to analyze the workload of housekeepers.The union has argued that hotel rooms have changed significantly, with new furniture and other amenities, since 2002, when the last workload study was conducted.“I wouldn’t be here today had not everybody gone out on strike in 1984 for those health benefits because I came down with a terminal illness,” said Deborah Jeffries, a cocktail server. “It was very important to me that I had that, and it was well worth the walk for two and half months.“We are ready and willing to do this again, not that we want it, but if need be, we will do it,” she said.___Follow Regina Garcia Cano on Twitter at https://twitter.com/reginagarciakNOlast_img read more

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