Fair trade coffee to be debated October 20 at UVM

first_imgIn progressive Vermont, it’s an article of faith that spending a little extra for a bag of premium coffee beans with a Fair Trade label is a price worth paying. A new Janus Forum debate, titled “Fair Trade Coffee: How Fair is Fair?”  will hold that axiomatic belief up for scrutiny, with informed experts arguing for and against the proposition.         The debate, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 4 to 5:30 pm on October 20 in Ira Allen Chapel.Loraine Ronchi, senior economist for African Agriculture and Rural Development at the World Bank, will argue in favor of Fair Trade.  Colleen Haight, an assistant professor of economics at San Jose State University and economics program officer at the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University, will argue against it.According to Ronchi, writing in a paper titled “Fairtrade and market failures in commodity markets,” published by the World Bank, the rationale behind Fair Trade is that “â ¦ market power and a lack of capacity in producer organizations ‘marks down’ the prices producers receive.”On her website, Haight writes a countering opinion: “While Fair Trade-certified coffee is growing in consumer familiarity and sales, strict certification requirements are resulting in uneven economic advantages for coffee growers and lower quality coffee for consumers.”The debate will be moderated by Marselis Parsons, former news director and evening news anchor at WCAX. The Fair Trade debate is the eighth in the Janus Forum series, which was launched in 2008.  The goal of the debates is to stimulate reasoned discussion on important social and economic issues facing society. The debates stress the contrast and relative effectiveness of solutions that rely on freedom of individual choice as opposed to governmental or regulatory-based approaches to problems.last_img read more

America on the way to cultural genocide

first_img“The Promise” is a movie dealing with the Armenian genocide. America’s “promise” is cultural genocide. We are well on our way to the dust bin of history.During the Armenian Genocide in 1915, 1.5 million people were exterminated. An American diplomat was “lecturing” a Turkish official on the treatment of Armenians. What the Turks did was as bad as what Nazis did to Jews, Poles, Russians, etc. Only the scale differed. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The Turkish officials responded as follows. “‘Turkey’ the Ottoman Empire existed 600 years before America existed; we will be around when America is in the dust.” This is how people we lecture view America. This is no justification for genocides, but it does tell America where we are headed. America is a “fool nation.”America is ripe for dissolution. The people we are catering to, coming from afar by means other than legal (sensible), view themselves as citizens of the world. America is a stopover. The political class in America is the villain. The new arrivals are taking advantage of an opportunity to prosper at our expense. There are no good guys in this story, just villains and fools.As a child of the melting pot concept, I find I was played for a fool. I will join the other fools on the hill someday. Wiser yes, but gone. So will be America, gone.Extending hospitality to people who don’t respect your laws is a formula for self destruction.Edmond DayRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:Rotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighborFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsCar hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Argentina cries for investment

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As COVID-19 transmission rate soars, Surabaya urged to restore restrictions

first_imgThe East Java COVID-19 task force reported that post-PSBB, the COVID-19 attack and transmission rates in Surabaya have soared, in line with the lack of awareness among Surabaya residents of the importance of complying with health protocols.The attack rate is defined by the percentage of the population that contracts the disease during a specified time interval, while the transmission rate (RT) represents the average number of people who are infected by an infectious person.In Surabaya, the attack rate of COVID-19 has reached 139.7, meaning 140 in every 100,000 people is COVID-19 positive. This is the highest rate in the country. Meanwhile, the overall attack rate of East Java is 19.7.The transmission rate of COVID-19 in Surabaya is currently 1.2, compared to East Java’s 1.1. Read also: Palembang officially revokes PSBB policy despite high number of COVID-19 casesThe task force also reported that community compliance with health protocols in Greater Surabaya had declined, with the poorest compliance occurring in outdoor exercise spaces, followed by offices and factories, places of worship and traditional markets.“This is disappointing. Theoretically, under these conditions, we should revive the lockdown, or for us, the PSBB,” the task force’s curative management head Joni Wahyuhadi said on Wednesday, as quoted by kompas.com.Joni added that the transmission rates had fallen to 0.5 in Surabaya and 0.86 in East Java during the PSBB period, stressing that such measures had proven effective in the curbing the spread of COVID-19.Echoing Joni’s statement, East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa also said the transmission rates in Surabaya and its satellite cities had fallen to below 1.0 during the PSBB period.“From June 21 to 26, Surabaya’s RT was below 1.0. Then, in Sidoarjo, for eight days from June 20 to 27, the rate was under 1.0. Gresik also had a rate under 1.0 for six consecutive days,” she said.As East Java had failed to maintain a transmission rate below 1.0 for 14 consecutive days, Khofifah said, the province was not yet ready to enter the so-called “new normal” phase.Greater Surabaya’s PSBB period lasted from April 28 to June 8, with two extensions. Despite having the partial lockdown in place, Surabaya was categorized as a “black zone” on June 3 due to its skyrocketing number of confirmed COVID-19 cases.Read also: ‘Transitional PSBB’: A deciding chapter for Jakarta’s new normalSurabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini, who faces the burden of economic pressures, proposed terminating the PSBB measures to Governor Khofifah during an evaluation meeting earlier this month, arguing that many people had been forced to remain idle for too long.Unlike Jakarta, which is now transitioning to the “new normal” with the PSBB measures still in place, Surabaya removed the PSBB measures completely and is now implementing its own health protocols and relying heavily on the self-compliance of the community.Over the past month, East Java has consistently reported the highest number of new cases in the country. On Thursday, the province recorded 384 new cases, taking its overall tally to 8,917 cases and 664 deaths, according to the Health Ministry.According to the Surabaya administration, the city had recorded a total of 4,262 cases and 333 deaths as of Wednesday. The city has recorded an average of 100 new cases per day since the PSBB measures were revoked.Despite East Java’s occasional claims that the soaring number of cases are due to the province’s increased testing capacity, the World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that the province has a remarkably high positivity rate in testing.In its latest weekly situational report, the WHO reported that the positivity rate in East Java over the last two weeks was 31.6, far from the WHO’s provision of below 5.0 to impose “new normal” measures. None of the provinces assessed met this requirement.The East Java administration and the Surabaya administration are split on whether to revive the PSBB measures, with Surabaya insisting on “continuing to run the wheels of the people’s economy”.Read also: Epidemiologist claims easing PSBB could prolong COVID-19 crisis until 2024Experts have expressed dismay over Surabaya’s decision to ease the restrictions when conditions were not safe, fearing that without immediate controls, it could lead to an overwhelming of the healthcare system and resources.“Surabaya shouldn’t work alone. It must gather health experts to assess how significantly the impacts have been from easing the PSBB measures,” The University of Indonesia’s School of Medicine dean, Ari Fahrial Syam, told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.Topics : The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Surabaya, East Java, has continued to spike after large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) were lifted, leading to many recommending that a partial lockdown be reimposed.Home to some 2.8 million people, the second largest city in Indonesia accounts for half of the total cases in East Java, the province that has replaced Jakarta as the country’s new COVID-19 epicenter since May 21.However, Greater Surabaya, which consists of Surabaya and its satellites cities Sidoarjo and Gresik, decided to end its PSBB measures on June 8. last_img read more

Baghdad airport reopens as coronavirus cases approach 100,000

first_imgBaghdad International Airport reopened for scheduled commercial flights on Thursday after months of closure during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has hit Iraq especially hard in recent weeks.Iraq suspended all flights to and from Baghdad in March, with only irregular or chartered flights operating and advance permission required for travel.The measures, which accompanied the closure of land borders and a general curfew that has been mostly in force since March, were taken to avoid the spread of the novel coronavirus. Topics : Iraq has recorded nearly 100,000 cases of infection and more than 4,000 deaths from COVID-19. Health ministry figures now regularly show more than 2,000 new cases each day.Some passengers travelling from Baghdad airport are required to take a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test several days before their flights, depending on destination, a spokesman for the Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority said.Incoming passengers are all required to take a test 48 hours before boarding Baghdad-bound flights, he said.Passengers were being scanned for temperatures as they arrived at the airport, Reuters reporters said, and some social distancing was enforced at stages such as passport control but not while people boarded flights.last_img read more

Sandiaga Uno joins campaign team for Jokowi’s son-in-law in Medan mayoral race

first_imgEntrepreneur and former Jakarta deputy governor Sandiaga Uno has joined the campaign team for President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s son-in-law Bobby Afif Nasution and running mate Aulia Rachman ahead of the mayoral race in Medan, North Sumatra later this year.Sandiaga – who ran as a vice presidential candidate alongside Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto against Jokowi and current Vice President Ma’ruf Amin in last year’s presidential election – is set to serve as a member of the team’s supervisory board alongside Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) members Maruarar Sirait and Sukur Nababan.PDI-P chairperson in Medan, Hasyim, said Bobby had personally suggested that Sandiaga be involved in his campaign. Bobby had already confirmed Sandiaga’s position on the team, he said.“Bobby has contacted [Sandiaga],” Hasyim told The Jakarta Post on Monday. “It’s all clear.”Hasyim, who leads the campaign for the Bobby-Aulia ticket, said the team was enthusiastic about Sandiaga’s support, claiming that many voters in Medan were already partial to the prominent businessman during last year’s presidential race.“Sandiaga Uno has a tremendous following in Medan, so we believe his involvement on the team will benefit the Bobby-Aulia ticket,” he said, adding that Sandiaga’s past opposition to the Jokowi camp was unlikely to deter the mayoral candidate’s supporters in the region.Read also: PDI-P fires members who refuse to back Jokowi’s son-in-law for Medan mayorHowever, whether Sandiaga’s endorsement of the Bobby-Aulia ticket could actually help put the campaign team at an advantage remains to be seen, as a number of his supporters in Medan have voiced their disappointment at his involvement in the campaign.Harun Al Rasyid, a local Sandiaga supporter, for instance, said he was dismayed by the latest turn of events, claiming that the former vice presidential candidate’s involvement in the Bobby-Aulia campaign team could upset his following.“It’s upsetting […] because Bobby is part of the political dynasty that [Sandiaga and Prabowo] opposed in the 2019 election,” Harun told the Post.According to Harun, Sandiaga’s endorsement of the Bobby-Aulia ticket did not necessarily mean that his supporters would vote for the pair.Instead, Sandiaga’s following in Medan was more likely to vote for Medan acting mayor Akhyar Nasution and deputy mayor Salman Alfarisi in the upcoming election on Dec. 9, he said.The Bobby-Aulia ticket has had the backing of eight parties, including the PDI-P, Gerindra, Golkar and NasDem. Meanwhile, the Akhyar-Salman ticket has been endorsed by the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) and the Democratic Party. (rfa)Topics :last_img read more

A buyer paid more than $2 million to secure this home just minutes before its auction

first_img29 Mullens St, Hamilton.A BUYER forked out more than $2 million to secure this home just minutes before it could go under the hammer.The house at 29 Mullens St, Hamilton was one of dozens scheduled to go to auction on Sunday through Ray white.The home sold for the mid $2 millions.It was listed through Matt Lancashire and Jahkoda Ferguson of Ray White New Farm and sold to a local buyer.Mr Lacashire said they negotiated with multiple parties the night before and first thing on auction morning.“We had three interested parties who submitted offers prior to and we successfully negotiated an unconditional deal just minutes prior to the auction,’’ he said.There were 31 properties for sale at the auction with eight selling either just before or under the hammer.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North3 hours agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Haesley Cush at the Ray White auctionsThe first sale was an apartment at 7/183 Kelvin Grove Rd, Kelvin Grove which went for $310,000 under the hammer.Next to sell was a unit at 2506/25 Anderson St, Kangaroo Point which sold for $1.435 million.A unit at 54/29 George St, Brisbane sold under the hammer for $500,000.Auctioneer Haesley Cush said the sales showed there was still demand for units, with multiple bidders on each of those properties.The George St unit was bought by first time investor Bert Wei of Richlands. First time investor Bert Wei of Richlands. Picture: Ric Frearson“It’s an investment property for me and I’m looking at getting between $500 and $520 per week in rent for the unit plus $120 to $130 a week for the two carparks,” Mr Wei said.A three-bedroom brick bungalow at 18 Strath St, Highgate Hill sold under the hammer for $870,000.A terrace at 5/249 Coronation Drive, Milton sold for $1 million.last_img read more

Record number of dengue fever cases in Bahamas

first_img Tweet Share 23 Views   no discussions Share NewsRegional Record number of dengue fever cases in Bahamas by: – August 12, 2011center_img Share Sharing is caring! Minister of Health Dr Hubert Minnis (BIS photo) NASSAU, Bahamas — The Bahamas has now broken its record for the number of dengue fever cases reported during the yearly seasonal outbreaks, with more than 1,500 confirmed cases, according to Minister of Health Dr Hubert Minnis.Minnis, speaking at a press conference at the Ministry of Health on Wednesday afternoon, added that the inordinate number of cases this year has stretched the public health care system to the limit, as hundreds of people have been showing up at public clinics across the island with symptoms of dengue fever.“The cases of dengue fever continue at our medical facilities,” he said. “For the last five days we have seen an average of approximately 100 cases per day from all reporting sites, including public and private facilities.”While the number of cases in The Bahamas has been high, according to Minnis, the mortality rate from the virus has been extremely low. He said there has been a 99.9 percent recovery rate for those afflicted with the virus and a 0.01 percent fatality rate.“Case management protocols are in place and we have documented positive outcomes,” he said.As the public health clinics continue to be inundated with reported cases of dengue fever, Minnis said health officials have extended clinic hours and weekend coverage to meet the needs of the public.Minister of State for the Environment Phenton Neymour joined Minnis at the press conference on Wednesday to assure the public that the Department of Environmental Health Services is doing everything it can to control the spread of the dengue virus.“We have completely fogged the entire island of New Providence twice in the last two weeks,” he said.“In densely populated areas, we have been fogging two to three times per week. All fogging is carried out during peak Aedes activity times.“The chemical currently being used is colorless, odorless and completely harmless to humans. We have more than adequate vector control supplies to carry out our mandate.”Minnis said that a dengue fever outbreak is affecting the Caribbean region and insisted that the low mortality rate in The Bahamas compared to the rest of the region speaks to the prime level of healthcare being provided to people afflicted with dengue fever.Neymour insisted that in order to stem the spread of dengue, the public has to get involved by ridding their yards and neighborhoods of anything which can hold water and incubate the larvae of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is responsible for spreading the virus.He added that the rainy season and the heat factor have promoted optimal conditions for the Aedes aegypti mosquito to breed.“Know that it takes only six days for this mosquito to develop from an egg to an adult,” he said.“The Ministry of the Environment cannot overemphasize the requirement for social participation, as all residents of The Bahamas make our best effort to eliminate dengue infection.“We have overcome this before, but we need public support. It is our Bahamas. We strongly urge public participation and cooperation to help us to reduce the number of sources of breeding and ultimately the cases of infection.”Chester Robards, Nassau Guardian Staff ReporterSource: Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

German Cup: Torunarigha lodges police complaint over racist abuse

first_imgJordan Torunarigha has lodged a complaint with police after the Germany Under-21 defender was allegedly subjected to racist abuse during a German Cup game at Schalke, his club Hertha Berlin confirmed Friday.Advertisement The visibly upset Torunarigha was sent off for a second yellow card during extra time in Hertha’s 3-2 extra-time defeat on Tuesday after allegedly hearing monkey chants and other racist abuse in Gelsenkirchen. Loading… Hertha confirmed on Friday to AFP subsidiary SID that the 22-year-old has now lodged a complaint with Gelsenkirchen police.The Bundesliga club say he has their full support.Police in Gelsenkirchen and the German Football Association (DFB) had already started investigations.On Thursday, Torunarigha slammed the “idiots” responsible on social media.“I was born in Chemnitz and already went through all that in my youth,” he wrote on Instagram.“My parents were insulted. That’s why a situation like Schalke’s upsets me so much.“You can’t choose your skin colour at birth, and it shouldn’t matter at all.”According to Hertha’s statement to the DFB, the racist abuse was heard in the 84th minute and came from block S5 at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen.Torunarigha lodges police complaint over racist abuse in German Cup https://t.co/aCbaUj0jQF pic.twitter.com/y2ks8Cs1lE— CleanSheet (@Cleansheet) February 7, 2020Read Also: Bundesliga: Ex-Man City striker takes over at strugglers FortunaSchalke have asked their fans for help finding the culprits, who are threatened with stadium bans and their membership cancelled, if they are club members.Former Schalke captain and 2014 World Cup winner Benedikt Hoewedes has said there can be no place for racism in German football.“One has to confront fans who are making monkey sounds – and yes, even stop a game when such shouts come from the stands,” the 31-year-old wrote in a column for news portal t-online.de.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content12 Actors Who Always Play Bad Characters7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise You5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest PocketPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universelast_img read more

Iloilo City slowly becoming center for culture, arts

first_imgCurrently, 13 galleries and museums areoperating in Iloilo City, data from the City Tourism and Development Officeshowed. They showcase various visual arts collections while one serves as anart gallery and antique shop. “They pushed for public art. The muralwas first done in Sambag (Jaro district),” she added. Vacant spaces in the metro have beenadorned with paintings. The murals were done by various artists in this city. This Binukot mural – painted by local artists Archie Oclos and Dennis Bato – is an artwork of Rosita Caballero. She was the last known kept maidens of Panay Bukidnon. She died last July 2017 at the age of 73. Binukot is a tradition where a much selected women are kept hidden and are not allowed to be seen by any man until a certain age. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Divinagracia said that with a lot ofartists in Iloilo, some have embarked on a one-man exhibit while others haveformed a group and created galleries. She said that it’s “fortunate that themayor and his wife are art lovers.” Since then, more artists and muralistsstarted giving their talents to the city, Divinagracia said. Divinagracia attributed the wallpaintings to the aggressive promotion of public art by the local government. “Probably our artists have seen thatthey have the limelight; that they are given chances and opportunities toshowcase their talents,” she added. Aside from the Museo Iloilo and theIloilo Museum of Contemporary Art that charge minimal entrance fee, admissionin the other galleries is free, said Divinagracia. (With a report from PNA/PN) “That is one of our dreams even before.We want to be the center for culture and arts, slowly we are going there,” saidJunel Ann Divinagracia, city tourism and development officer in an interviewMonday.center_img Treñas said that all vacant spaces inthe city will be painted to make them “become more creative”. He added that thepaintings will inspire the younger generation to be more creative. ILOILO City – This highly urbanized city is slowly becoming a centerfor culture and arts. Apart from walls, the city’s bridgesalso become subject of colorful paintings. Mayor Jerry Treñas said that it issimilar to Singaporen where its three bridges were painted by Filipina artistPacita Abad. Meanwhile, apart from the murals, thecity tourism officer is also inviting tourists to come and visit various artgalleries in the city. The artists, she added, saw they arebeing recognized. There are a lot of art lovers and paintings selling likehotcakes. “It’s an added tourist attraction. Theyare instagrammable. With just one click, it can go viral and can help in thepromotion of our city. I hope there are no vandals, and everyone will cooperatein apprehending vandals,” she added. With murals making waves as additionalattractions in the city, Divinagracia said that she is appealing that theywon’t be subjected to vandals. The galleries include the Art DeckGallery by the John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University; Ceramico Arts andCrafts by Nerissa Luger; Cinematheque Iloilo, Film Development Council of thePhilippines; Et Nos Gallery, Angelicum School Iloilo; Galerie De Arsie byArsenio Rafael III; Gallery-I; Guevarra Gallery Arts and Antiques; UPVCinematheque Film Museum by the University of the Philippines –Visayas; MamusaArt Gallery; Omriel Art Gallery; Molo Mansion Gallery by SM City Iloilo; MuseoIloilo Art Gallery Section and the Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art by theMegaworld Corporation. “We want them to be more creativebecause the colors, the paintings inspire our children to be more creative andto find other sources. In the future, when they take over, they will find morecreative responses to the city’s problems,” the mayor said.last_img read more