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2much Media Travels to Mexico and Guatemala to Document the Coffee Crisis

first_img2much Media of Burlington accompanied their client, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, on a recent trip to Mexico and Guatemala. The goal was to come back with footage that GMCR could use in a variety of ways to raise awareness about the growing Coffee Crisis.If you’re not already familiar with the Coffee Crisis, it won’t be long before you are. After all, coffee, preceded by oil, is the world’s most traded commodity. The issue isn’t about a shortage in quantity, it’s quality that’s at stake. The small, multi-generation arabica coffee farms of Central America and other traditional coffee producing regions are struggling due to the increasing availability of lower quality and less expensive robusta beans from coffee sources such as Vietnam.”There are social, agricultural, political and economic angles to this story,” says Bill Kinzie of 2much Media. “It’s not all that different from what the dairy farmers here in Vermont have been dealing with.”Consumers can easily become activists by purchasing Fair Trade coffee sold by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and other companies. “Buying Fair Trade is a win-win situation,” Kinzie continues. “The consumer gets better coffee and the grower gets a sustainable price.”2much Media is based in Burlington, Vermont and specializes in media services for socially responsible companies.last_img read more

Colombian President Calls for Perseverance to Achieve Peace

first_imgBy Dialogo February 13, 2013 “We must persevere; we will go on until we achieve peace, as I have said so many times. I hope we can accomplish it,” the Colombian head of state said. In an address to his officers, non-commissioned officers and soldiers gathered in Tolemaida Military Fort, he said: “You, the Military, know better than anyone that peace means victory,” and he added, “you are the ones that want peace the most, because you are the ones that fight for it.” President Santos said that “if we want peace, we must persevere in military action, in police action. That is clear from the beginning, and it will remain like that until we are done with the conflict.” On January 20, President Santos referred to the end of the FARC truce, and affirmed that, “the number of FARC attacks against Colombian population and against the Public Forces is no greater than those of last year or the previous year.” The head of state considered that “we are accomplishing what we predicted since the beginning: they are at their full capacity; even the number of our killed Soldiers and Police Officers has decreased. What is happening is that the media has put prominence on those events, but it doesn’t mean that they increased or that the insurgent capacity was incremented.” Furthermore, President Santos stated that, so far this year, over 60 percent of guerrilla members were demobilized, compared to the demobilization numbers during 2012.last_img read more

Brazilian and U.S. Navies Work Together in Pre-Olympics Counter-terrorism Training

first_img“The U.S. team collaborated a lot with new techniques, resulting from a study into the best approaches to maximally reduce collateral effects, which is the loss of life,” Cmdr. Rabello stated. “Some techniques were already in place; others have been improved and adapted.” In these spaces, groups played the roles of criminal gangs, hostages, and counter-terrorism forces, which had to free hostages and neutralize terrorists. In one simulation, security forces successfully boarded the Felinto Perry Submarine Rescue Ship, freed the crew, and subdued the terrorists who had commandeered the vessel, Cmdr. Rabello said. “This exercise is part of the context of exchange that the Brazilian Navy has with other countries,” Cmdr. Rabello said. “This time the exchange was with the U.S. Navy and it was extremely valuable.” For its part, the Office of Security Cooperation at the U.S. Embassy in Brasília told Diálogo that U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) planned and executed Military engagements with Brazil that evolved from simple subject matter expert exchanges and visits to complex, multi-unit operations, which is a testament to the growing defense cooperation and partnership between the United States and Brazil. By Dialogo May 23, 2016 For over a month, members of the Brazilian and U.S. Navies worked together to confront a series of fictitious terrorist attacks that were simulated at locations throughout Rio de Janeiro in preparation for the upcoming Olympic Games. “The compartmental entry training refers to the teaching of a number of procedures that are to be employed so that a team can effectively enter a location and neutralize the element that is conducting harmful activity,” Cmdr. Rabello explained. The Joint Counterterrorism Special Operations Training, led by the Combat Divers Group (GRUMEC) – a unit of the Brazilian Navy’s Special Forces – took place between March 2nd-April 11th. There were a total of 100 participants, including members of the Brazilian Federal Police’s Tactical Operations Command and officials from other Brazilian public security forces, in addition to the crews of the Felinto Perry Submarine Rescue Ship, the Frigate Constituição, and two aircraft. The final stage involved the counter-terrorism exercises. As the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro approach – the Games take place from August 5th-21st – Brazilian intelligence agencies are collecting data on possible threats, GRUMEC Commander Luís Guilherme Rabello explained. Therefore, the training exercises focused on the Olympic Village, where the athletes will be staying: the Olympic Park, which will host most of the competitions; the country’s port areas, to which tourists will arrive; and aboard Navy ships. The most recent training happened in three stages. The first was the preparation stage, which consisted of the reception of the teams and visits to some of the facilities that would be used by the participants. The second was the training stage, which involved marksmanship, first aid, and compartmental entry exercises. A portion of the training was held in the north zone of Police City, which belongs to the Rio de Janeiro Civil Police. The area has model houses where police and Soldiers can train with real weapons, as the walls are lined with a material that can absorb shots. last_img read more

Christmas on Long Island: Four Corners

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The Christmas Tree FarmerMichael Koutsoubis is one of the few people who can say his money grows on trees. The owner of Mike’s Christmas Tree Farm in Manorville sows saplings in the Pines Barrens all year, same as he has for the 31 before, for the one month when families annually flock to saw them down, $11 per foot ($16 for Blue Spruce). It’s among the closest chop-your-own-tree farms to New York City. “I love to plant trees,” the 76-year-old Greek immigrant says in his greenhouse. “This kind of business is not to be rich; it’s just to pay the taxes and maybe a couple extra dollars.” It helps when the snow waits until the end of December and deer don’t scratch their horns on the merchandise. Fifteen years ago, he sold half the 10-acre plot to Matthew Marple, who named his cut Matt’s Christmas Tree Farm, halved by a dirt road made by a developer who wanted to build houses. The two work together and patrons tell them which farm they found their tree on. “It’s a really short season, but we do the best we can,” Koutsoubis says. “If you love something and want it to be right, you have to put a lot of work.”The Black Friday ShopperWhen it comes to sniffing out the best deals on Black Friday, Jordan Malik, 43, of Levittown has it down to a science. He’s been braving the herds of holiday shoppers packing retailers nationwide the day after Thanksgiving for the past decade and issuing advice to those looking to get in on the action since 2009 on his website, ResellBlackFriday.com. “When the crowd is going one way, I’m going the other,” he says. “You want to be able to go back to your friends to say ‘I got the latest PlayStation.’ But nobody wants to hear that you got a great deal on a toaster or a crock pot.” But he’s found that the odds are slim for most people scoring those insane deals on a 50-inch flatscreen TV, so he targets the best deals on toys, kitchenware and small electronics, such as a knife set for $9.99 after rebate that sells for at least triple that. His best tip? Check out Slickdeals.net. He’s not one to camp out overnight and cautions against unnecessarily sacrificing sleep over the hype. Recalling the trampling death of a 34-year-old Valley Stream Walmart worker on Black Friday five years ago, he asks: “Is any deal worth your life?”Saint NickIt’s not always posing for pictures under a 30-foot Christmas tree at Roosevelt Field Mall with children asking for puppies or the occasional monkey. Sometimes, such as after Sandy, the requests Santa Claus hears are more serious. “The children were asking not for toys,” says Kris Kringle of the North Pole. “They were asking for homes, heat and light.” He can’t make any promises, just replies: “I’ll see what I can do.” It doesn’t take a superstorm for heavy hearts to land in his lap, either. A terminally ill woman got on her knees and begged him for help. The father of a soldier killed in action handed him a thank you card—addressed to Santa from Dad—that read that “he really didn’t know if [Santa] was real or not and he had just lost a son in a war he didn’t believe in and he wanted to believe.” But, the endless supply of hugs ease the tough days. “Some people around the holidays, they really carry some heavy burdens…so Santa’s job is just to get a smile,” he says. “When they start doubting, I say to the children: If you don’t believe in Santa Claus, think of all the fun that you are missing!”The Bell RingerIf every time a bell rings an angel gets their wings, as is said in the classic movie It’s a Wonderful Life, then Sharon Williams is making countless spirits fly. The 61-year-old Riverhead woman is a bell ringer for the Salvation Army, reminding Long Islanders that the holiday season is not just about receiving, but giving as well. “It just touches my heart to see how generous people are,” Williams says as passersby stuff change and bills into the red kettle beside her outside the King Kullen in Hampton Bays. “We cannot receive if we don’t give back.” There are the regulars who donate daily, kids who stop by to empty their piggy banks to the charity and the occasional giver of a big bill. They all make it worth standing outside in the frigid air for eight hours, she says with a permanent smile, while shoppers stock up on supplies for a coming winter storm. “I embrace the cold,” Williams says. “I don’t let the weather stop me.” It helps that she makes plenty of friends who share their stories all day long. “I think I was chosen to do this because I’m very spiritual,” she says. “At my age to stand here, I’m just so blessed.”last_img read more

Several cases of COVID-19 reported at Waverly nursing home

first_imgThe health department says it is coordinating the Tioga County Emergency Management to “assess and provide” personal protective equipment for employees. The county health department says staff have fully implemented infection-control protocols and are working hard to ensure the safety of Elderwood residents. The Tioga County Public Health Department says cases involve residents, who are in isolation, and staff. Staff were notified of the first infection at the nursing home on April 9. Tioga County Public Health Director Lisa McCafferty says the department is working with Eldwerwood to assist in “anyway they can.” McCafferty says they have been in communication with the New York State Department of Health about the situation as well. WAVERLY (WBNG) — Multiple cases of COVID-19 have been reported at the Elderwood nursing home in Waverly. 12 News will be live from Elderwood in its noon newscast with more coverage.last_img read more

Dutch schemes PME, PMT cut admin costs by 30% with joint IT system

first_img“As a single large pension fund, we would have a greater political voice, as we would represent a large part of the business community,” he said.He said the merger was necessary as the two other large pension funds in the Netherlands – the €373bn civil service scheme ABP and the €178bn healthcare scheme PFZW – were “strongly associated” with the government.Last year, PME incurred administration costs of €95 per participant, a 1% increase compared with 2013, while ABP and PFZW reported costs of approximately €73 per participant.Citing figures from CEM Benchmarking, which showed that costs at large pension funds were €91 per participant on average, PME put the difference with ABP and PFZW into perspective by noting that these schemes were three times as large on average as PME.“Moreover, with 0.39% of assets under management, PME’s asset management costs are lower than those of ABP and PFZW, which are 0.73% and 0.54%,” it said.PME does not invest in hedge funds and tends to prefer passive investments.However, it made new commitments to private equity last year and made clear that it aimed to increase its allocation gradually.Because buyout funds typically charge relatively high fees, PME has arranged a maximum performance fee.Last year, its private equity holdings accounted for 2% of its investment portfolio, returning 11%. A new IT system will allow PMT and PME, the large pension funds for the Dutch metal industry, to cut administration costs by 30%, according to PME chairman Frans-Willem Briët. Writing in the schemes’ annual report for 2014, Briët said savings resulting from the new system would translate into an increase in pensions rights of at least 2% over the coming years. Since the start of this year, PME and PMT have implemented a single pension plan for the Dutch metal and technical industries.Social partners are still assessing whether PMT, the €63bn scheme for the metalworking and mechanical engineering industry, and PME, the €43bn pension fund for the metal and electro-technical engineering sector, should merge, but Briët said such a union already enjoyed his support.last_img read more

Africa’s Top Fashion Event cancelled in Niger due to increased Terrorism…

first_imgA leading fashion event in Africa, FIMA, has been called off due to security reasons.“The Niger government has decided to postpone this 10th edition of FIMA due to events in Diffa [southeast Niger], Mali, Chad, Cameroon, France,” said Alphadi, a prominent couturier whose real name is Seidnaly SidhamedAlphadi added that the postponement also aimed to show “compassion” for neighbouring Mali, in national mourning after an attack on a luxury hotel last week that left at least 20 people dead.Niger is at war with the Nigerian-based jihadist group Boko Haram in the south-east of the country. Hundreds of people have been killed in the region from the constant attacks by the terrorist group.At least 1,000 designers, models and celebrities from 40 nations were due to attend the November 25-29 fashion week. For the moment, the fashion fair has been postponed indefinitely.The event that happens every two years was last held under tight security in 2013.Professional footballers Samuel Eto’o from Cameroon and Ivorian Yaya Toure were expected for this year’s launch in Niger’s biggest stadium among other sports personalities and musicians.last_img read more

New charges brought against men accused of robbing Marigot Credit Union

first_img 215 Views   3 comments Share Share LocalNews New charges brought against men accused of robbing Marigot Credit Union by: – April 16, 2012 Tweetcenter_img Share Iam Massicot.Eight new charges have been instituted against five men, who allegedly robbed the Marigot Credit Union of $36, 851.45 on the 9th of March, 2012.Police reported on March 10th, 2012 that police officers who were on patrol in the Marigot area on March 9th, 2012 “came upon an armed robbery which was in progress” and were “immediately greeted with aggression” and there was gun fire exchange between the robbers and the officers. During that exchange, one man sustained a gunshot injury while four other men fled the scene.Mitchel Joseph 26 years, Jamie Andrew 19 years, Prinston George 19 years and Michel Azille 26 years of Portsmouth were arrested in connection with the robbery on March 17th, 2012 and appeared before a magistrate on 20th March, 2012 where 3 charges of attempted murder and possession of firearm was read to them. They all pleaded guilty to the possession of firearm charge however were not entitled to plead to the attempted murder charges as they are indictable offences. Michel AzilleOn that date, the fifth accused Iam Massicot 32 years of Paix Bouche was a patient at the Princess Margaret Hospital nursing injuries resulting from a gun fire exchange between the robbers and the police. However, on Monday April 16th, 2012 all five accused men appeared in court before Chief Magistrate Evelina Baptiste where 8 new charges were read to them and the previous March 20th charges withdrawn upon request by Police prosecutor Claude Weekes.The charges are; attempted murder on corporal Boycott Yankey, attempted murder on inspector Oliver Frederick, attempted murder on corporal Hans Francis, conspiracy to possess 1 28” gauge shot gun with intent to endanger lives, conspiracy to possess 1 sub machine gun magazine with intent to endanger life, robbery of EC$36, 851.45 from the Marigot Credit Union, aggravated burglary with the use of firearm on the Marigot Credit Union and conspiracy to possess 9 rounds of 9 mm ammunition.Princeton GeorgeThe accused were not entitled to enter a plea as all 8 charges are indictable offences. Mr. Weekes informed the Court that the prosecution’s objection to bail for the accused men still stands as police investigations into the alleged robbery incident is still ongoing.Weekes told the Court that although he is aware of the accused men’s presumption of innocence until proven guilty, the nature of the offences committed and severity of the punishment they stand to receive should they be found guilty should be considered. He submitted further that some firearms are still missing as well as “a large” sum of cash therefore if released the defendants could impede the police’s investigations.Jamie AndrewAccording to Weekes; all the defendants have previous charges including Iam Massicot who was on bail at the time when the alleged robbery of the credit union occurred.Zena Dyer who represents Iam Massicot told the Court that her client needs a brain scan as she has been informed by a medical practitioner that “some of his brain matter was removed” while they attempted to remove the bullet from his head.She also asked the Court whether her client could sit during the proceeding as well as some “pain killers”. Dyer who did not have a medical report available as it was not ready informed that she would make an application for bail in a week’s time when the documents will be ready.Mitchel JosephMeanwhile Wayne Norde who represents the other accused men; Mitchel Joseph, Jamie Andrew, Princeton George and Mitchell Azille, informed the Court that his clients had been in custody “for 6 weeks” which in his estimation is “sufficient” time for the police to conduct their investigations.He also noted that he would make an application for bail next week when he anticipates that their investigations would be complete considering that “they cannot investigate forever”.Magistrate Baptiste informed the men that their application for bail is “denied” and reminded them to be present on June 13th, 2012 at the Marigot Magistrate’s Court for the preliminary investigation.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Reds deepen Villa woes

first_img Villa looked on course for a third successive win after leading at the interval through Christian Benteke’s 18th goal of the campaign. But the Reds equalised through Jordan Henderson early in the second period and then skipper Steven Gerrard’s penalty sealed victory for the visitors. Aston Villa remain in the Barclays Premier League bottom three after Liverpool came from behind to win 2-1 and keep alive their faint hopes of securing a Champions League spot. Andreas Weimann had a volley blocked but Gabriel Agbonlahor should have put Villa ahead after 17 minutes. Matt Lowton delivered a superb curling cross into the danger area which picked out the run of Agbonlahor. But the England striker turned his shot straight at Jose Reina when it looked easier to score. Benteke had scored twice in the 3-1 win at Anfield earlier in the season and after 31 minutes he put Villa ahead. Ashley Westwood’s cross was turned back by Agbonlahor to Benteke who drilled a fierce shot past Reina who got a hand on the ball but could not keep it out of the net. It was the 18th goal of the season from the Belgian international. Liverpool needed only three minutes of the second half to get back on level terms. Philippe Coutinho’s defence-splitting pass was seized on by Henderson who flicked the ball past Brad Guzan into the corner of the net for his fourth goal of the season. Coutinho should have put Liverpool ahead in the 56th minute after beating the offside trap to run onto a pass from Luis Suarez but he dinked his shot wide of the post. But Liverpool were not to be denied and went ahead three minutes later. Suarez was brought down in the box by Nathan Baker and the resulting spot-kick was converted by Gerrard. Then Gerrard headed Benteke’s header off the line at full stretch from a Westwood corner. Benteke had the ball in the net in injury time but was clearly a yard offside. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Ireland denied famous victory

first_imgIreland fell agonisingly short of a first series win against a full-member nation following a two-wicket defeat to Pakistan in the second RSA Insurance one-day international in Dublin. Trent Johnston kick-started Pakistan’s collapse when he had Imran Farhat well snapped up by Kevin O’Brien low at second slip before Murtagh struck twice in the next over. He trapped Nasir Jamshed in front without scoring before Mohammad Hafeez, a centurion on Thursday, feathered through to wicketkeeper Gary Wilson. Kevin O’Brien made no mistake when Asad Shafiq nicked Johnston’s next ball into a now-expectant cordon. Pakistan were reeling a 17 for four but skipper Misbah-ul-Haq and Shoab Malik began to look more assured in a 43-run stand before the former offered back a catch to Cusack to depart for 24. George Dockrell then got the crucial wicket of Malik, after he had reached 43, to an lbw decision. Kamran was left with the tail but with Wahab he found a willing ally as they turned the match away from the home side in a stunning late burst. Earlier, Joyce was thrust into action almost immediately as Paul Stirling, who hit his second consecutive century against Pakistan on Thursday, failed to trouble the scorers after spooning to mid-wicket off Junaid. Skipper William Porterfield then chased at debutant Asad Ali soon after and Ireland were four for two. Joyce and Niall O’Brien nevertheless steadied matters in a watchful 65-run stand from 120 balls. O’Brien’s patience broke when he flashed a catch through to wicketkeeper Kamran off Wahab before Wilson’s attempted sweep off Abdur Rehman ballooned up for Hafeez to take at slip. Joyce and Kevin O’Brien finally got the innings rolling when they took 53 from the powerplay, taken at the start of the 34th over. Nine boundaries came in the five-over restrictions but when the field dropped back O’Brien picked out Jamshed in the deep after hitting 38 from 48 balls. Ireland then lost momentum but Joyce remained assured and brought up his century by swatting Rehman, who took four for 48 in his first international match since he was banned for testing positive to cannabis, over the ropes. Ireland had seemed on course for an historic success until eighth-wicket pair Kamran Akmal (81) and Wahab Riaz (47 not out) smashed 93 in 62 balls to break home hearts. Ed Joyce’s first Ireland century had helped the hosts to 229 for nine before Pakistan folded to 17 for four in reply. When Kamran crunched Alex Cusack to the boundary to bring up his half-century Pakistan still required 81 from nine overs. But when Wahab took 24 from Tim Murtagh’s final over Pakistan needed just eight from 18 balls. Junaid Khan hit the winning runs with eight balls to spare. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more