New David Suzuki Foundation CEO ready to seek legal right to healthy

first_imgVANCOUVER – A former official with an international humanitarian group is the new chief executive officer of the David Suzuki Foundation.Stephen Cornish says he is honoured to play a part in what he calls an iconic Canadian organization that raises awareness about pollution and climate change.Cornish served as the executive director of Doctors Without Borders Canada for five years.A news release from the foundation says during that time, Cornish increased fundraising activities by 76 per cent, boosted staff by 40 per cent and improved public recognition of the group, which provides independent, international medical relief.The foundation says Cornish’s immediate priorities in his new job include strengthening the campaign for the legal right to a healthy environment in Canada, deepening relationships with Indigenous Peoples and protecting biodiversity.Foundation chairman Peter Ladner says Cornish brings a global perspective to local problems.“The impacts of climate change, biodiversity loss and toxic pollution are among the most serious issues facing our planet,” Cornish says in the news release.“The decisions we make to address these challenges today will have a direct impact on our ability to survive and thrive into the foreseeable future,” he says.Cornish succeeds Peter Robinson, who served as the Suzuki Foundation’s chief executive officer for nearly a decade, and Andrea Seale, who served as acting CEO since June.last_img read more

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Trudeau chats with Fort Hills workers blames Harper for lack of pipelines

first_imgPrime Minister Justin Trudeau paid a visit to the oilsands on Friday, just a day after getting heckled and booed in Vancouver and Victoria for his approval of the TransMountain pipeline expansion. The project that has the neighbouring provinces of Alberta and B.C., at odds will see the pipeline’s capacity nearly triple from 300,000 barrels per day to 890,000 barrels per day giving Alberta heavy oil access to much needed foreign markets.“Our government has been unequivocal, this pipeline is in the national interest and will get built. We had a regulatory process that went through, an examination, an engagement with partners, and it was determined that this Kinder Morgan Pipeline expansion is in the national interest and that’s why it’s going to get built,” said Trudeau.He also didn’t take long to slam the Harper-era Conservatives by saying that through ten-years in power while Harper may have “topped up” the oilsands, his government wasn’t able to get a pipeline to tidewater approved because no one trusted them to protect the environment.Trudeau used that as an opportunity to once again tout his plan that links the environment and the economy.“Canadians are united on that, everyone wants to see their grandkids with both a protected natural world around them and good jobs and successful communities,” said Trudeau. “That’s something, we can and will work on together regardless of the fact that there’s still a choice to be made between either the economy or the environment, the only way to do this responsibly is to do this together.”Trudeau’s visit to Suncor’s Fort Hills site brought him to the most recently completed mega-project in the region, as when it hits full-production (within a month) it will produce 194,000 barrels of oil per day through its open pit mining operation.The Prime Minister, who gets more than his fair share of heat in this region spent 30-minutes in a lunch room with dozens of Fort Hills workers, answering questions off the cuff especially about the carbon tax and pipelines. Photo: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (middle) climbs the stairs into the cockpit of a Komatsu 780E heavy haul at Suncor’s Fort Hills oilsands site on Friday, Apr. 4, 2018. Bradley Karp / REPORTER His tour of the facility was led by Suncor CEO Steve Williams, who in February told the Financial Post that due to regulatory changes by the Trudeau government, his company would likely cut back on investments in Canada. The two were all smiles as Williams and Suncor staffers guided Trudeau around a Komatsu 780E heavy hauler, the Prime Minister even took a seat at the helm.“We’ve talked about market access, we’ve talked about market pressures which are the sum of taxation, royalties, the confidence in the regulatory process and I’m greatly encouraged by the conversation we’ve had today and I think it sort of speaks for itself,” said Williams. “The prime Minister has taken the trouble to come here and spend some time with us and understand our challenges better so I think we’re going to get some help.”Williams went on to acknowledge how the environment for oilsands producers has changed in the last few years, from the price cut in 2014, taxation and regulatory overhauls along with the United-States going from their biggest customer to their biggest competitor, expediting the need for a pipeline to tidewater for foreign market access.While producers in the oilsands need that market access through pipeline, the province next door (British-Columbia) continues to throw up roadblocks. When Trudeau was asked head on what he’s doing about it, and how he’ll ensure the pipeline actually gets built, this was his response: “I’m continuing to engage regularly with British Columbia, there are a number of court cases going on that the Federal Government is monitoring closely, but as I said many times we have a regulatory process that was open, responsible, fair, heard from everyone, we made a decision around the fact that this pipeline is absolutely in the national interest, the federal government has the responsibility and ability to move forward on projects of the national interest, that’s exactly what we’re going to do, we’re going to get this pipeline built.”Trudeau’s visit to the region wrapped up with meetings with other oil executives as well as meeting with local First Nations and Metis leaders.last_img read more

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With new album coming out Shania Twain joins The Voice

first_imgTwain is charting a return to music after suffering from dysphonia — a vocal cord disorder that she attributed to stress. She has had intensive voice therapy over the past few years to relearn how to sing.“I’m a different singer now,” she told Rolling Stone in a recent interview, adding that her voice is deeper. “There was a lot of coming to terms with that. It’s been one of the obstacles in my life I’ve just had to learn to live with.”Twain dominated the charts in the 1990s with hits such as Forever and For Always and Man! I Feel Like a Woman.She plans to release her first new music in 15 years later this spring, revealing she’s been writing new songs that reflect in part on her painful 2008 breakup with husband and producer Robert “Mutt” Lange.“Writing is my therapy and writing this new album helped me come to terms with a lot of things emotionally,” she tweeted in March.Twain remarried in 2011 to Frédéric Thiébaud. Canadian pop-country superstar Shania Twain is stepping back into the spotlight as a mentor on TV talent show The Voice.She tweeted on Thursday that she’ll appear on the show on April 24, to help coach young talent as they enter the final rounds of the contest.It’s a job reserved for some of music’s biggest names. Previously finalists have been coached by the likes of Rihanna, Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks. Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

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Fired Google engineers suit alleges reverse discrimination

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – A Google engineer fired for writing a memo questioning Google’s commitment to diversity has filed a lawsuit alleging his ouster was driven by a corporate culture that discriminates against white men and people with conservative views, including supporters of President Donald Trump.The 161-page complaint filed Monday on behalf of James Damore and another former Google engineer depicts Google as an elitist company that shuns employees who dare to deviate from a liberal agenda embraced by its management and most of its workforce.The lawsuit was filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court and comes five months after Google fired Damore for writing a 10-page memo entitled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber .” In that missive, Damore criticized Google for pushing mentoring and diversity programs and for “alienating conservatives.” He also blamed biological differences for the paucity of women in tech.Damore, 28, says he submitted early versions of his memo to Google’s human resources department without being reprimanded. Just a few days after Damore posted the memo on an internal message board, it was leaked to a technology blog. Google fired him Aug. 7 amid an uproar among workers offended by its themes.Now, Damore and his lawyer, former Republican Party official Harmeet Dhillon, are retaliating with a lawsuit that puts a new twist on Silicon Valley’s lack of diversity — an issue that has been a prickly subject in the technology industry for years.Google, Facebook, Apple and their peers have all publicly acknowledged their workforces are out of step with the rest of society because they employ mostly white and Asian men in engineering jobs and other high-paying positions requiring computer programming skills.As a remedy, the companies say they have been aggressively hiring women, blacks and Hispanics, but they have barely titled the scales so far.Dhillon is hoping to use Damore’s case to prove that Google has set illegal quotas that discriminate against white men like Damore.The complaint also seeks to be certified as a class action that will represent all current and former Google workers who believe they were discriminated against during the past four years for expressing conservative viewpoints, a group that also could include women.Google said it looks forward to defending itself against Damore’s accusations in court.Dhillon said she has heard from dozens of current and former workers at Google and other major technology companies who say they fear being ostracized or threatened by managers and co-workers if they express conservative views or publicly support Trump — an unpopular figure throughout most of the San Francisco Bay Area.“You shouldn’t have to prove you didn’t vote for the president to get a job at Google,” Dhillon said.Damore declined to say whether he voted for Trump in the 2016 presidential election.Google never has given any indication that it fired Damore for his political views. Instead CEO Sundar Pichai said Damore had violated the company’s code of conduct “by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace.”After his memo was widely circulated, Damore said he was verbally bullied and threatened by co-workers. In an Aug. 4 email included in Damore’s lawsuit, a Google engineer wrote, “You’re a misogynist and a terrible person. I will keep hounding you until one of us is fired.” The email ended with a profanity directed at Damore.Google said it doesn’t tolerate any form of harassment.Despite his rancorous parting, Damore said he would welcome the opportunity to work at Google again. “I really believe I could improve things there,” he said.last_img read more

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Conifex sawmill workers in BC to take two breaks amid higher log

first_imgFORT ST. JAMES, B.C. — A leaner holiday season lies ahead for those who work at the Conifex Timber Inc. sawmill in Fort St. James.The company has announced a two-week curtailment beginning Monday and continuing until November 26 at the mill about 160 kilometres northwest of Prince George.A second two-week curtailment is also planned around the Christmas period.Conifex says it requires a 15 per cent cut in lumber production for the quarter.Chief executive officer Ken Shields says the curtailments are due to falling lumber prices, stiff export duties, increasing log costs and a drop in log quality as commercially viable mountain pine beetle timber runs out.Shields says the actions are an attempt to mitigate the impacts on employees as much as possible for 2018 and into next year. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Sugar Industry in CasablancaSettat Tops Records Again

Rabat – The Casablanca-Settat region has recorded an estimated production of 1.5 million tonnes of sugar beet this year, raising production for the third consecutive year.Of the sugar beet harvested in the 2016-7 season, around 235,000 tonnes of sugar will be produced. Given that the average yield is 85 tonnes per hectare, this means that 14 tonnes of sugar is produced per hectare.By June 9, 840,000 tonnes of sugar beet had already been received by a local factory, thus corresponding to 12,000 hectares (60 percent of the total planted area), reports AgriMaroc. Approximately 19,000 hectares of land are used to cultivate sugar beet in the Casablanca-Settat region, which L’Économiste has revealed accounts for 40 percent of Moroccan production. The Regional Directorate of Agriculture of Casablanca-Settat has attributed the increase of production to a variety of factors. The use of monogerm seeds in all farms yielded both greater amounts and reduced costs, it said, while sowing seeds earlier than usual also benefitted production – 23 percent of seeds were planted in September, and 56 percent were planned in October.Furthermore, the regular and generous rainfall during the 2016-17 season aided the sugar beet production.The directorate also cited the successful collaboration between technicians from the government and the industrial group Cosimar on the supervision of agricultural projects. read more

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Libyans must come together and reconcile after Qadhafis reported death – Ban

“Clearly, this day marks an historic transition for Libya,” Mr. Ban said at UN Headquarters in New York, reacting to the reports of the death of the Libyan leader and the end of fighting in Sirte and other cities. “In the coming days, we will witness scenes of celebration, as well as grief for those who lost so much,” he stated. “Yet let us recognize, immediately, that this is only the end of the beginning. The road ahead for Libya and its people will be difficult and full of challenges.”Pro-Qadhafi forces and rebels have been engaged in fighting for months after a pro-democracy movement emerged at the start of the year, similar to the popular uprisings witnessed in other parts of the Middle East and North Africa.Mr. Ban stressed that now is the time for all Libyans to come together, and that they can only realize the promise of the future through national unity and reconciliation.“Combatants on all sides must lay down their arms in peace,” he said. “This is the time for healing and rebuilding, for generosity of spirit – not for revenge.”As Libya’s transitional authorities prepare the way for elections and take the many other steps toward building their new nation, “inclusion and pluralism must be the watchwords,” he added.In a separate statement, Mr. Ban paid tribute to the Libyan people for their steadfastness and courage through all the pain they endured, and conveyed the condolences of the UN to the families of those who gave their lives in the struggle for freedom. “Libya now closes a painful and tragic chapter and starts a new one based on national reconciliation, justice, respect for human rights and the rule of law,” he stated, adding that “the road ahead is full of challenges, but also opportunities.”The UN began deploying staff last month to its newly established UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), headed by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Ian Martin. The mission, based in the capital, Tripoli, will assist the authorities in restoring public security, plan for elections and ensure transitional justice. Mr. Martin, speaking to reporters in New York via video-link from Tripoli, said that today is indeed an historic day and probably “the key moment of the transition.” He said that as soon as the National Transitional Council (NTC) formally declares liberation, the path will begin towards the formation of an interim government, elections for a national council as a basis for a government with full democratic legitimacy and the drafting of a new constitution.“It’s the people of Libya who have made their revolution and it’s the Libyan people, with youth and women very much at the fore, who will lead on the way ahead,” he stated. “But they have asked the United Nations to play a significant role in assisting them.”Mr. Martin emphasized that, amid the celebration, no one should underestimate the scale of the challenges that lie ahead for Libya. He noted that there are many who have been bereaved, many others who have been seriously maimed and injured, as well as those who are traumatized not just by what has happened during the current fighting but by torture, disappearances and extrajudicial executions during the years of the Qadhafi regime. At the same time, he stated that Libya is a country now which has a very strong sense of the values of human rights, democracy, accountability and transparency, precisely because these are the opposite of what has been experienced for so long.“And it’s those values, United Nations values, that we will do our best to assist them in realizing.” 20 October 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on all sides in Libya to lay down their arms and work together peacefully to rebuild the North African nation amid reports that Colonel Muammar al-Qadhafi has been killed. read more

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Locust swarms moving towards Middle East unlikely to cause much damage UN

“It is possible that a small number of locust swarms could arrive in these countries,” said Mahmoud Solh, director of the agency’s Plant Production and Protection Division. “Countries should not expect excessive waves of swarms like in the Maghreb countries; there is definitely no reason to panic.”However, FAO called on countries to look out for any locust swarms and undertake control operations as early as possible.Locust swarms originally came from the Sahel summer breeding areas and moved into Libya on strong winds from the southwest. Earlier this month, they invaded northern Egypt and then made a dramatic appearance in Cairo, according to FAO.”Although desert locust control operations are underway in Egypt, there is a risk some of the swarms could attack crops,” said Mr. Solh. “But these swarms are highly mobile and crop damage is expected to be limited.”FAO said it is closely monitoring the situation to see if swarms will move south along the Red Sea to their traditional winter breeding areas along the coastal plains of southern Egypt, Sudan and Saudi Arabia. “If this occurs and if there is rainfall during the upcoming winter,” said Mr. Solh, “locust numbers could significantly increase in these areas.” read more

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Introducing the goeldi monkey

first_imgOther species in the House include the two-toed sloth, which spends most of its time hanging from branches and sleeping.The golden lion tamarin which uses its claws to dig for insects, spiders and lizards.The world’s smallest monkeys, the pygmy marmosets. Their tails are as long as their bodies and you’ll probably hear them before you see them as they make bird-like calls as they move through trees.The sociable Bolivian squirrel monkey is also there, ready to play for visitors.Images: Fran Veale/Dublin ZooDublin Zoo welcomes two-year-old, rare tiger THIS HERE IS Dublin Zoo’s newest family member.The female goeldi monkey arrived on Sunday and joined her pals in the recently-refurbished South American House.The House (now sponsored by Kellogg’s Coco Pops) provides a home for nine species, many of which are endangered in the wild because of hunting and deforestation.Goeldi monkeys blend into the forest so well that they were only first described in literature in 1904. The rare, dark-haired monkeys are from western regions of South America’s tropical rainforests. They feed mainly on fruit, vegetables, bird eggs and insects.last_img read more

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Irishfounded Stripe is worth over 9bn after a huge funding round

first_img John (left) and Patrick Collison Image: Pamela Littky/Stripe Irish-founded Stripe is worth over $9bn after a huge funding round The online payments company was started by Limerick brothers Patrick and John Collison. 34 Comments Image: Pamela Littky/Stripe 22,716 Views Share34 Tweet Email1 John (left) and Patrick Collison Friday 25 Nov 2016, 6:06 PM Nov 25th 2016, 6:06 PM Patrick (left) and John Collison Source: YoutubePayPal founders Elon Musk, Peter Thiel and Max Levchin took a stake in Stripe as part of a previous funding round.Collison brothersStripe was founded by Irish brothers Patrick and John Collison in 2010, when they were 22 and 19 respectively. It was valued at $5 billion on its last fundraising round mid-last year, when it raised money from investors including Visa.Earlier this year, before the latest company valuation, the brothers’ combined fortune was put at nearly €1.4 billion in the Sunday Independent Rich List.Stripe is based in Silicon Valley, where the tech scene’s voracious appetite for skilled staff has led the company to try recruiting whole teams at once from rival firms when hiring.It currently has customers in more than 110 countries and employs about 500 people. It has previously said 100 of its workforce would be located in Dublin.Written by Paul O’Donoghue and posted on Fora.ie Take me to Fora By Fora Staff STRIPE, THE ONLINE payments company founded by Limerick brothers Patrick and John Collison, is estimated to be worth over $9 billion after taking on another huge funding round.According to the Wall Street Journal, US-based Stripe has just raised about $150 million in a new fundraising effort.The paper said that the new equity injection nearly doubles the company’s estimated $5 billion valuation. The firm is now estimated to be worth $9.2 billion (€8.7 billion).The round was led by US venture capital companies CapitalG and General Catalyst. Existing investors such as California-based venture capital firm Sequoia Capital were also said to be involved.It is thought that the new cash will be used so that the company can expand more quickly and focus on new areas of software development.Funding roundsStripe has now raised a total of about $460 million through several funding rounds. The company designs software that makes it easier for website owners to accept online payments.Last month it was revealed that Japan’s Sumitomo Mitsui Card Company, the country’s largest credit card provider, had joined Visa and American Express by investing an undisclosed sum in the startup. http://jrnl.ie/3103262 Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Digipodus aureus une surprenante créature découverte dans le nord de la France

first_imgDigipodus aureus : une surprenante créature découverte dans le nord de la FranceTourcoing, France – Comme le montre la photographie illustrant cet article, c’est une créature pour le moins incroyable qui a été découverte par des promeneurs dans la campagne tourquennoise.C’est le 1er avril dernier que l’animal apparaît devant un couple de promeneurs médusés. “On n’en a pas cru nos yeux quand on a vu cette créature sortir d’un fourré” explique Richard Minogueszewicz. “Je ne savais pas si je devais avoir peur, cette petite chose ne semblait pas vraiment dangereuse, juste repoussante” ajoute sa femme, Claire.À lire aussiLe chat de Pallas, un félin sauvage aussi irrésistible que méconnuAprès un moment d’hésitation, M. Minogueszewicz s’empare de la créature, qui ne semble pas craindre l’espèce humaine et n’offre que peu de résistance. Confiée au Muséum d’Histoire naturelle de Lille, l’animal est étudié par une équipe de biologistes, lesquels vont aller de surprise en surprise. “Il mesure environ 35 centimètres de long et 25 de haut. Il a six pattes, qui ressemblent étrangement à des mains, et il semble ainsi marcher sur ses doigts [d’où son nom latin, ndlr]. Ses deux queues sont également très semblables à des index. Son museau a quant à lui la forme d’un pied, et une sorte d’auriculaire dépasse de chaque narine. Le corps est presque entièrement dépourvu de poils, mis à part dans le cou et sur le sommet du crâne” explique le Dr. Constance B. Spice, biodécouvreuse au sein du département de zoologie. “Autre détail surprenant : son régime alimentaire semble n’être constitué que d’épluchures de pommes de terre” ajoute la scientifique. Baptisée Digipodus aureus, c’est aujourd’hui 1er avril 2010, un an jour pour jour après sa découverte, que cet animal est présenté au public. Une découverte incroyable, voire même carrément impossible mais qui, la rédaction Maxisciences l’espère, aura réussi à vous arracher un sourire, comme tout poisson d’avril qui se respecte. Le 1 avril 2010 à 13:23 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Apple un objectif de 25 millions diPhone 5

first_imgApple : un objectif de 25 millions d’iPhone 5 ?Selon le Wall street journal, Apple aurait relevé ses objectifs de vente pour l’iPhone 5 à 25 millions d’unités pour la fin de l’année. Alors que la sortie du nouveau smartphone approche grandement, les fournisseurs s’apprêtent à démarrer la production. Les rumeurs sont de plus en plus nombreuses autour de la sortie de l’iPhone 5. Alors qu’une production de 15 millions d’unités était annoncée mercredi, il semblerait qu’Apple ait grandement relevé ses objectifs de vente. C’est du moins ce qu’a annoncé le Wall Street Journal, évoquant une production de 25 millions d’iPhone 5. À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Selon le quotidien américain, les fournisseurs débuteraient ainsi l’assemblage des téléphones dès le mois d’août pour une sortie fin septembre. Un calendrier qui implique une cadence effrénée difficile à tenir, comme l’explique le Figaro, compte tenu de la complexité et de la difficulté de l’assemblage du nouvel iPhone, plus fin et moins lourd que les éditions précédentes.Alors que les rumeurs vont bon train, la marque à la pomme n’a pour l’instant fait aucun déclaration et maintient le mystère sur la sortie de ce nouveau smartphone, censé lui faire garder sa longueur d’avance sur ses concurrents. Le 7 juillet 2011 à 17:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Officials release name of motorcyclist killed in crash

first_imgThe Clark County Sheriff’s Office identified the motorcyclist killed in a crash Tuesday afternoon in Hazel Dell as 32-year-old Mikalae Harden of Vancouver.Harden was riding a 2016 Honda CB500 north in the 5500 block of Northeast Hazel Dell Avenue when he failed to negotiate an uphill turn and traveled off the road. His body struck a metal post, according to the sheriff’s office. No other vehicles were involved.The crash was reported shortly before 1:30 p.m.Passers-by tried to help Harden and perform CPR before deputies and medics arrived, but he was unresponsive, the sheriff’s office said. Medics were unable to resuscitate Harden, who was pronounced dead at the scene.The sheriff’s office traffic unit was investigating.Part of Hazel Dell Avenue from Main to 63rd streets was closed following the crash.last_img read more

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Bahamas Staff in London Unaffected by Finsbury Park Van Attack

first_img Related Items:#londonattack, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 19, 2017 – Nassau – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs releases for general information that The Bahamas High Commission in London has confirmed that staff at the High Commission, The Bahamas Maritime Authority and The Bahamas Tourist Office in London are all accounted for and unaffected by the latest security incidents, where a van rammed a group of pedestrians near a mosque in London’s Finsbury Park. The incident is being described as a terrorist attack.The Ministry spokesman also noted that prayers are offered for the victims of the unfortunate incident.#magneticmedianews#londonattack Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Positive Results for Soybean Meal from the Afghan Poultry Feeding Trials

first_imgDr. Sherif visiting an Afghan poultry producer as part of a SARAI poultry feeding trial (Credit: ASA/WISHH)The American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) program’s Soybeans for Agricultural Renewal in Afghanistan Initiative (SARAI) project is a soybean value-chain from production to consumption. An important and growing customer in the soy value chain is the Afghan poultry industry, which is going through a rapid growth stage.  SARAI is funded by USDA and is currently in its fourth year.Starting in 2013, ASA/WISHH conducted several poultry feeding trials to demonstrate to Afghan poultry producers the benefits of soybean meal-based poultry rations.  Currently most poultry operations use poultry feed imported from Pakistan or use older, less efficient feeding methods.The feeding trials used feed formulated with soybean meal produced by the Afghan Soybean Factory (ASF) in Mazar, the only producer of commercial soybean meal in Afghanistan.  The trials demonstrated a clear economic advantage in using feed formulated with ASF produced soybean meal.  Trial data revealed that the chickens eat less feed but still gain weight quicker, which enables them to reach market weight sooner.  Based on the positive results, poultry producers are eagerly seeking out rations that include soybean meal.  This has resulted in increased sales of soybean meal for the ASF.last_img read more

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Soy Growers Welcome Roberts to Chair of Senate Agriculture Committee Thank Stabenow

first_imgWith the swearing in of the 114th Congress this week, Senate Republicans appointed Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas as the next chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry. Outgoing Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow of Michigan will become ranking member. The American Soybean Association (ASA), which has worked extensively with both lawmakers, signaled its praise of Roberts, and its optimism for the agricultural policy landscape in the coming Congress.”We are thankful for a wonderful working relationship with Chairman Roberts, and we’re excited for what’s to come on his watch,” said ASA President and Brownfield, Texas, farmer Wade Cowan. “Chairman Roberts has built a deep and fluent knowledge of agricultural policy, specifically the crop insurance and disaster assistance programs that are so vital to the success of soybean farmers. What’s more, Chairman Roberts has made each of his farm policy decisions based on the concept that farm programs should encourage farmers to grow what the market demands. His approach is one that doesn’t distort the marketplace and enables farmers to have the flexibility and confidence they need to be successful. At his core, he understands the intricacies of our industry, and we look forward to a great partnership with him.”ASA also expressed its gratitude to Ranking Member Stabenow for her leadership of the committee for the past four years. Sens. Stabenow and Roberts led the Agriculture Committee as chair and ranking member, respectively, for the majority of Stabenow’s time as chairwoman, and together laid the majority of the framework for the 2014 Farm Bill.”We can’t overstate the impact that Ranking Member Stabenow’s leadership has had on the success of American soybean farmers,” said Cowan. “As a direct result of her determination, resolve and bipartisan leadership, we have a set of enacted laws–not just good ideas on a drawing board–that help us stay competitive and successful every day. We owe her our most sincere thanks and look forward to continuing our relationship with her as ranking member.”Roberts becomes the first lawmaker to serve as chairman of the agriculture committees in both the House and the Senate, and both he and Stabenow are past recipients of ASA’s Soy Champion Award.last_img read more

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Benton pulls ahead of Probst in Senate race

first_imgState Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, has pulled ahead in his tight race with Democrat Tim Probst, as updated results released Thursday showed Benton with a 62-vote lead.On Election Day, Probst had a 222-vote lead. The race for Benton’s 17th District seat is the closest Senate race in the state. Currently, Democrats hold a 27-22 majority in the Senate.A total of 19,371 ballots were counted Thursday at the Clark County Elections Office.Of those, 4,685 were from the 17th Legislative District.In the race for Probst’s seat in the House of Representatives, Republican Julie Olson extended her lead over Democrat Monica Stonier to 207 votes from her Election Day lead of 78 votes.Also Thursday, Democrat Joe Tanner conceded to Clark County Commissioner Tom Mielke after Mielke extended his lead to 4,839 votes.Tanner said he called and left a congratulatory message for Mielke, a Republican who won his second term. On Wednesday, Tanner said his volunteers had encouraged him to wait until all of the ballots were counted, but on Thursday he was ready to acknowledge his loss.“I am really a turn-the-page guy,” Tanner said. “I want to turn the page, and look for a very productive way to serve my family and serve my community.”last_img read more

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WB lanes reopen on 826 near Golden Glades after semitruck rollover cleared

first_imgNORTH MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Westbound lanes of the Palmetto Expressway in North Miami-Dade have reopened to traffic after a semi-truck overturned.Authorities closed three westbound lanes near the Golden Glades Interchange while they investigated and cleared the scene, Wednesday afernoon.Crews were able to upright the truck.It remains unclear whether or not the driver was injured.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Qualcomm didnt have all the license negotiating power exec testifies

first_img See It • See It See It Galaxy Note 9: 16 hidden features on Samsung’s best phone Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Apple iPhone XS See it Samsung has long used Qualcomm chips in its devices.  Angela Lang/CNET Qualcomm doesn’t have all the power when it comes to negotiating licensing contracts, a company executive testified Friday. Instead, handset makers have options to reach terms they view as more favorable, he said. Fabian Gonell, senior vice president of licensing strategy and legal counsel for Qualcomm’s licensing business, said during a trial Friday that Samsung, Sony Mobile and others have reached agreements with Qualcomm that differed from its normal pacts. He noted that Qualcomm didn’t stop providing chips to them while the licensing agreements were being disputed, and he added there was no part of Qualcomm’s licensing agreements that wasn’t negotiable.  “We had a provision that had to do with export compliance [that was] considered untouchable,” Gonell said. “But at some point, somebody wanted to touch it, and it was touchable.”Gonell’s testimony on Friday shed light into Qualcomm’s licensing practices. He sought to counteract statements by Apple and others that they felt they had no option but to accept licensing terms they didn’t like so they wouldn’t lose access to Qualcomm chips.  To get access to Qualcomm’s chips, which are broadly considered to be on the bleeding edge of wireless innovation, a phone maker first has to sign a patent licensing contract with Qualcomm. Qualcomm has long been the leader in 4G LTE, and it’s ahead of rivals in the nascent 5G market. The highest-end phones, like those from Samsung, have tended to use its modems. But the FTC argues such a requirement hurts competition and cements Qualcomm’s monopoly power.Apple Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams on Monday testified that his company felt that it had to sign contracts for amounts it thought too high — a royalty of $7.50 per iPhone — to maintain access to Qualcomm’s chips. “We were staring at an increase of over $1 billion per year in licensing, so we had a gun to our head,” Williams said as he explained why Apple signed another licensing agreement in 2013, despite being unhappy with the terms. He added that Apple has wanted to use Qualcomm’s chips for its newer devices, but Qualcomm refused to sell processors for the iPhone. Other companies like Huawei and Lenovo made similar comments during their testimony. But Gonell on Friday said Qualcomm has never cut off chip supply to companies during contract negotiations and he used the example of Samsung and Sony to show companies can push for different terms in their agreements.  He noted that Oppo and Vivo stopped paying Qualcomm for over a year because of a licensing dispute, while Huawei also cut off payments. Apple, through its contract manufacturers, hasn’t paid for licensing Qualcomm’s technology in over two years. But Qualcomm kept shipping all of them chips, Gonell testified. “If there’s a licensee disputing the terms of its license, we continue to supply chips if they want them,” he said. Licensing battleThe FTC, aided by chipmaker Intel and iPhone vendor Apple, filed suit against Qualcomm two years ago. The US says Qualcomm has a monopoly on modem chips and harmed competition by trying to maintain its power. Qualcomm’s “excessive” royalty rates prevented rivals from entering the market, drove up the cost of phones and in turn hurt consumers, who faced higher handset prices, the FTC said. The FTC in the trial has called witnesses from companies like Apple, Samsung, Intel and Huawei and called experts to testify about the alleged harm Qualcomm’s licensing practices have caused the mobile industry. The trial has revealed the inner workings of tech’s most important business, smartphones, showing how suppliers wrestle for dominance and profit. $999 Comments FTC vs. Qualcomm: Why you should care It took Samsung and Qualcomm two years to sign a new licensing agreement, Gonell said. “Everything was unusual,” Gonell said. “It was an incredibly customized agreement. Almost everything was an issue. Samsung is very sophisticated. They’re very hard negotiators.” What Samsung ended up doing was paying Qualcomm an upfront licensing fee “an order of magnitude larger” than average, Gonell said. Samsung then transferred patents to Qualcomm and cross-licensed its overall patent portfolio. The “risk-sharing” royalty rate was variable and was based on how well Samsung phones sold, he said. In the case of Sony Mobile, the two ended up agreeing on a royalty rate that’s lower than Qualcomm’s typical rate, Gonell said. Qualcomm has been battling the Federal Trade Commission in a San Jose, California, courtroom since Jan. 4. On Tuesday afternoon, the FTC wrapped up its case against the company and Qualcomm has since been presenting its defense. The FTC has accused Qualcomm of operating a monopoly in wireless chips, forcing customers like Apple to work with Qualcomm exclusively and charging excessive licensing fees for its technology in part by wielding its “no license, no chips” policy. But Qualcomm says the FTC’s lawsuit is based on “flawed legal theory.” It also has said that customers choose its chips because they’re the best and that it has never stopped providing processors to customers, even when they’re battling over licenses.No license, no chipsThe “no license, no chips policy” is at the heart of the FTC’s case against Qualcomm. Qualcomm sells processors that connect phones to cellular networks, but it also licenses its broad portfolio as a group. For a set fee — based on the selling price of the end device, typically a phone — the manufacturer gets to use all of Qualcomm’s technology. It’s phone makers that pay the licensing fee, not chipmakers.  8 2:11 Qualcomm Oppo Huawei Intel Lenovo Motorola Samsung Apple FTC See also Mobile Components Tech Industry Phones $999 $999 Share your voice Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Sprint Now playing: Watch this: Boost Mobile reading • Qualcomm didn’t have all the license negotiating power, exec testifies Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $999 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Tags See All Apple When licensing to a phone maker, Qualcomm charges an upfront fee and then collects royalties based on the selling price of the device, Gonell said Friday. When Qualcomm first licensed its CDMA technology, it charged a 5 percent royalty on phones. That rate dropped when 4G LTE came out, and China set a new, lower rate in November 2017, 3.25 percent, which Qualcomm then rolled out across its licensing base. That move also capped the value of handsets, which its royalty is based on, at $400, even if a device sold for triple that. Gonell said Friday that Qualcomm’s cap for a full portfolio license is $20 per device and $13 for only Qualcomm’s essential patents. Qualcomm has argued that its broad patent portfolio and innovations justify its fees. CEO Steve Mollenkopf, who took the stand a week ago, defended the company’s licensing practices, saying the way his company sells chips to smartphone makers is best for everybody involved and is the simplest way to license the technology. Gonell reiterated those comments, noting licensing mobile technology at the handset level has been common practice in the industry. He said licensing all of Qualcomm’s technology to chipmakers wouldn’t make sense, something Qualcomm has argued since the start of the case. The FTC has said Qualcomm’s refusal to give licenses to its rivals is part of its efforts to maintain its monopoly. Judge Lucy Koh in November agreed and ruled that Qualcomm has to license its wireless chip patents to its chip competitors like Intel.”We’re talking about cellular essential patents. Standards are written in a way that describe user equipment,” Gonell said Friday. “If you do licensing at the modem chip level, you’ll also have to do some licensing at the device level.” He noted such a practice would “make licensing a lot more cumbersome and more inefficient.”NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. 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Apple now lets independent repair businesses fix your iPhone

first_img Aug 31 • Apple iPhone 11 launches Sept. 10, Disney Plus in big demand See It The program will start in the US and roll out to other countries later. It’s free to join, as long as the business has an Apple-certified technician to do the repairs, and individuals can get certified for free too.The Cupertino, California, company’s guidelines note that applicants have to be established businesses — you can’t just get the training to start repairing iPhones at home. 48 Photos Apple iPhone 11: The top 5 rumors Best Buy 3:47 Comments $999 $999 Apple Apple is giving us more options for fixing our iPhones. Angela Lang/CNET Weeks after defending its iPhone battery certification warning, Apple on Thursday said it’ll give more independent repair businesses the same “genuine parts, tools, training, repair manuals and diagnostics” that its Authorized Service Providers have access to, so they can handle common out-of-warranty repairs.”When a repair is needed, a customer should have confidence the repair is done right,” Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer, said in a release. “We believe the safest and most reliable repair is one handled by a trained technician using genuine parts that have been properly engineered and rigorously tested.” See It Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Share your voice Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors • Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier See it Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Apple See All Boost Mobile Apple iPhone XS reading • Apple now lets independent repair businesses fix your iPhone Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it $999 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $999 Here’s every iPhone ever made from 2007 to today Now playing: Watch this: Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) See It Tags 7 Phones Mobile Sprintlast_img read more

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