Music Feeds festival to fight food poverty following £1m Co-op donation

first_img By the end of 2021, around 550 Co-op staff will be issued with recording devices, while frontline shop workers will wear headsets to alert security about any issues. Millie Turner Co-op boss Jo Whitfield said: “The pandemic has brought a sharper focus on issues such as food poverty and many in the music industry have seen their livelihoods disappear overnight because of lockdown restrictions. The two-day festival Music Feeds, co-organised by CEverybody Belongs Here, will see a third of net profits being donated to FareShare, helping provide 2.5m meals to those in need. Show Comments ▼ Share By the end of 2021, around 550 Co-op staff will be issued with recording devices, while frontline shop workers will wear headsets to alert security about any issues. Also Read: Music Feeds festival to fight food poverty following £1m Co-op donation “It’s right that we should lend our support and co-operate with musicians to raise awareness and raise funds for such vital causes. Hunger knows no borders, and neither should our response,” she added. Co-op has organised a digital music festival in a bid to “turn up the volume” on the fight against food poverty, also donating £1m to charities. Music Feeds festival to fight food poverty following £1m Co-op donation Ticket buyers are set to see Sam Smith, The Blossoms and Newton Faulkner who join over 40 international artists on 28 and 29 January. whatsapp The festival also seeks to relieve pressure faced by those in the entertainments industry, which has been decimated by Covid-19, with two thirds of profits going to charities Help Musicians and Stagehand. Friday 8 January 2021 1:28 pm More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.com by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTaco RelishSuspicious Pics That Are Fishier Than The SeaTaco RelishAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorPost FunGreat Songs That Artists Are Now Embarrassed OfPost FunLiver Health1 Bite of This Melts Belly And Arm Fat (Take Before Bed)Liver HealthMagellan TimesIf You See A Red Ball On A Power Line, Here’s What It MeansMagellan TimesZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldSenior Living | Search AdsLuxury Senior Living In Scottsdale is Now Affordable! (See Prices)Senior Living | Search AdsPets DetectiveAfter Céline Dion’s Major Weight Loss, She Confirms What We Suspected All AlongPets DetectiveMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity Week whatsapp Tags: The Co-operative Grouplast_img read more

Interior Department adds $4M to Cobell Scholarship program

first_imgEducationInterior Department adds $4M to Cobell Scholarship programJanuary 12, 2016 by Hannah Colton, KDLG Share:The U.S. Interior Department last week announced that it added $4 million to a scholarship program for American Indian and Alaska Native students.The Cobell Scholarship provides need-based awards for post-secondary education – up to $2,500 for certificate students, $5,000 for undergrads or $10,000 for graduate students.The first round of Cobell scholarships were awarded this fall.According to the American Indian Graduate Center, which administers the scholarship, just four of the 369 recipients were Alaska Natives, and none currently live in Alaska.The Cobell Scholarship Fund was created as part of a 2009 settlement of a class-action lawsuit regarding the federal government’s mismanagement of individual American Indian trust accounts.So far the Interior Department has transferred $35 million into the scholarship fund; that could grow to a maximum of $60 million.Share this story:last_img read more

Marijuana businesses’ launch depends on Legislature acting

first_imgBusiness | Marijuana | State GovernmentMarijuana businesses’ launch depends on Legislature actingMarch 29, 2016 by Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO and Alaska Public Media Share:(Creative Commons photo by Brett Levin)Marijuana businesses are scheduled to open in June, after the state issues licenses. But there’s a hitch – the state won’t issue licenses until the Legislature passes a bill that allows for national criminal background checks, among other provisions. And that bill is currently in limbo.The Alaska Marijuana Control Board has put the brakes on issuing licenses until it can do national criminal background checks on applicants.State Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office Director Cynthia Franklin said that’s because the Legislature requires background checks for licensees. But it hasn’t passed a bill that’s been proposed that would allow Franklin’s office to do these checks. She’s hopeful that lawmakers will pass the bill soon.“I truly cannot believe that the Alaska Legislature would hold this tool hostage and prevent … marijuana licensing from occurring, by enacting a statutory requirement and then not giving us the statutory language to meet that requirement,” she said.The versions of the bill passed by the House and Senate differ over two provisions of the legislation that have nothing to do with background checks.Wasilla Republican Representative Cathy Tilton opposed marijuana legalization. But as chairwoman of the House Community and Regional Affairs Committee, Tilton crafted the House version of the bill, House Bill 75. Her version would have required Unorganized Borough communities to opt out of allowing commercial marijuana businesses – mirroring state law for boroughs and municipal governments.The Senate changed the bill to require Unorganized Borough communities to opt in. Tilton said she wants a conference committee to resolve the differences between the Senate and the House.“Our goal was to be able to provide the communities with the tools that they need to implement whatever they want to do, at the local level, and that is why it was a good bill to me – to be able to allow those things to happen,” Tilton said.The other provision that’s prompted differences would limit the number of marijuana plants residents could grow for personal use – some legislators would like it to be up to 24 plants, while others prefer a household limit of 12, with no more than six per adult. Tilton said she’s fine with the lower limit.“I do feel that that is a reasonable number — especially if you’re looking at generating any kind of a legitimate commercial industry,” she said.The legislative delay is a concern for those who want to launch their business in the coming months.Sara Williams, chairwoman of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough’s marijuana advisory committee, has been frustrated with the holdup. She’s hoping her retail business Midnight Greenery will open in downtown Anchorage in September.“I’m very hopeful that the Legislature can look forward to the future and realize that here we have a revenue stream,” she said. “We have an opportunity in a budget crisis to create jobs and create a revenue stream.”Another bill could affect the Marijuana Control Board’s ability to issue licenses. House Bill 337, sponsored by Anchorage Republican Representative Gabrielle LeDoux, would allow the state to collect taxes on those who exceed the legal maximums for possessing and growing pot.LeDoux said the bill would treat marijuana the same as alcohol. The bill also contains a provision that requires businesses that sell marijuana to post a bond. They would forfeit the bond if they don’t pay taxes.Franklin said her office is ready to prepare the control board to issue licenses – but waiting for the Legislature to act hasn’t been the only challenge. Her office has fewer workers than those in other states that have legalized marijuana, and they’re answering a flood of questions from the public.“You really just could not amp up the pressure any more than it is amped up on this staff,” Franklin said. “But that being said, they’re doing an amazing job. And we are … moving forward, and we’re on time.”Representative Charisse Millett, an Anchorage Republican, is confident that once the background check bill goes to conference committee, the differences will be ironed out. But with the Legislature busy with other major legislation, it’s not clear when the bill will be sent into conference committee – or whether the licenses will be issued on time.Share this story:last_img read more

Nonprofit raises questions over recent Donlin state permits

first_imgAlaska’s Energy DeskNonprofit raises questions over recent Donlin state permitsFebruary 1, 2019 by Krysti Shallenberger, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Bethel Share:The proposed mine would be one of the biggest gold mines in the world if completed. (Photo by Dean Swope/KYUK)  Donlin Gold began the new year with two major state permits in hand for its proposed mine. One approves its reclamation plans, and the other is a waste management permit. But a Montana-based nonprofit group that participates in mine permitting across the U.S. thinks the company has room to improve.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2019/02/190131-Donlin-Permit-Critique.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.These permits are among the last of the major state permits Donlin needs before it can start building its gold mine. The mine could be one of the biggest in the world, and would be located in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Donlin Gold spokesman Kurt Parkan says they expect to receive more big permits this year.“We expect to get the right-of-ways [lease for the proposed pipeline] and land use permits. Those are the major ones for this year,” Parkan said.But a nonprofit group said the design of the mine could be better.“I do have concerns,” said Kendra Zamzow, who works for Center for Science in Public Participation, which helps communities throughout the mining permitting process.As part of her job, Zamzow helped the tribe of Chuathbaluk throughout the lengthy federal environmental review for the Donlin mine that wrapped up last year. The nonprofit isn’t for or against the Donlin gold mine, and they say that overall Donlin has done a pretty good job designing the mine. But they’ve also submitted comments critiquing some of Donlin’s proposals throughout the permitting process, including the recently-issued state permits.The two state permits deal with waste management, which is how Donlin plans to tackle waste rock, tailings, and waste leftover from mining operations. The permits also concern reclamation and financial bonding. Financial bonding is the money Donlin will pay up front for reclamation and water treatment.Zamzow’s criticism focuses on Donlin’s tailings plan. Donlin will store its tailings in a facility behind a dam while the mine is running. Once the mine closes, Donlin will let the tailings dry out somewhat and then cover them with rocks and vegetation. Zamzow said there are safer, though more expensive, methods that she felt the state didn’t consider, like siphoning the water out from the waste completely before storing it.“I felt like that could have been explored a little better. If not in the EIS, then the state,” Zamzow said.Money is another concern for the nonprofit. Donlin had proposed $317 million to pay for clean up and treating the contaminated water at the site after it shuts down. After public comment, the Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) raised the amount to $322 million to maintain an access road to the mine. Around $100 million of that will be put in a trust, similar to the structure of Alaska’s Permanent Fund. The rest of the money will be held in a bond for the state to use for reclamation should Donlin decide to pull out of the mine or declare bankruptcy before operations cease.Dave Chambers is a colleague of Zamzow, and he says the money that Donlin has to pay for clean up isn’t enough because the state and Donlin didn’t budget enough for the indirect costs. He says that the state could bump the amount even more, by about 15 percent or $35 to 40 million.Donlin’s Parkan defended the amount the company will pay and added that the state raised the amount of money in response to the nonprofit’s concerns.“This is the amount that they all agreed was adequate to cover, and it’s going to be reviewed periodically anyway…so it can be adjusted at any point in time. This is not a fixed number that can’t change,” Parkan said.Meanwhile, DNR opened public comment on some of the company’s infrastructure plans, and its proposal to lease a right-of-way for its 315-mile gas pipeline from Cook Inlet to its mine site. The next big milestone after those permits, Parkan says, is its dam safety certification. That can take as long as two years, and Donlin still has about 100 permits to get before it can began operating.Share this story:last_img read more

These 360° Photos from Around Los Angeles Are Almost Too Astonishing…

first_imgUncategorizedThese 360° Photos from Around Los Angeles Are Almost Too Astonishing to Be RealEntire scenes from Venice, Downtown, and Pasadena are captured in a single imageBy Thomas Harlander – February 9, 2017708ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItThe below photos from local photographer Jim Newberry show scenes from the city in 360 degrees, which, for those keeping score at home, is the maximum number of degrees. You don’t have to understand how these images work (but seriously, how is there no one holding the camera?), you just have to accept that they’re awesome.Griffith ObservatoryThere’s literally no better place to be at golden hour.Venice CanalsHonestly, maybe even better than actual Venice.Grand Central MarketIt’s gentrifying faster than ever, but at least now we’ll always have this photo to remember how it *used* to look.Pasadena City HallOne of the 100 greatest buildings in the city.The Jerry Maguire Video StoreRemember how that video store opened that was stocked with only VHS copies of Jerry Maguire? If you missed it, you can still experience it here.DTLA’s Neptune Glassworks Literally every person in this image is holding a lit blowtorch, and if you’re now completely reconsidering your career, that’s totally reasonable.Central LibraryBe sure to look up a the ceiling.Thomas Harlander is a staff writer at Los Angeles magazine. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram. He recently wrote: A Local’s Guide to the 100 Architectural Wonders of L.A. Previous articleThis is the Best Casual Date Restaurant in L.A.Next articleAnother Beloved Cafe Is Closing its Doors This MonthThomas Harlanderlast_img read more

General Election 2015: Row over tax on business erupts between Labour and the Tories

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‘Laois hurling needs a club like Portlaoise to get back to the top table’

first_img Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding WhatsApp Pinterest TAGSLaois SHC ‘A’ 2018Portlaoise GAAPortlaoise v The Harps Twitter Pinterest Facebook Twitter Facebook Previous articleState of Raheen cemetery comes to the fore once againNext articleLaois clubs change focus as Leinster campaigns next up LaoisToday Reporter New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening ‘Laois hurling needs a club like Portlaoise to get back to the top table’ By LaoisToday Reporter – 1st October 2018 The Portlaoise hurlers before their 2009 Laois SHC final – one of four finals they appeared in five seasons from 2007 to 2011 The Portlaoise hurlers are in the Laois SHC ‘A’ final next Sunday when they take on The Harps. For two traditionally strong hurling clubs, it’s not the level they want to be at – and the demise of Portlaoise as a hurling stronghold was something that came up on one of our recent podcasts.Portlaoise have 11 senior hurling titles – seven of which were won in a golden era from 1981 to 1991, including a four-in-a-row from ’81-’84.They also came close to winning a Leinster club title in 1987, when they were denied by a late comeback in the Leinster final by Rathnure from Wexford.Times have changed though and after losing finals four senior finals in the five years from 2007 to 2011, they were relegated from senior to senior ‘A’ in 2014.They bounced straight back up in 2015, however, they were relegated again last season and that was followed by relegation from Division 1 of the league earlier this year.They then lost their first two games of this year’s championship and while they secured their place in the knockout stages thanks to a win over Trumera, they only barely scraped past Shanahoe Gaels in the quarter-final.It led to a discussion on our podcast after that quarter-final about hurling in Portlaoise.“As a hurling man it’s a pity to see Portlaoise hurling where it is,” said our regular podcast guest Tommy Buggy from Castlecomer, who has managed a number of teams in Laois and Kilkenny, including Clough-Ballacolla and Borris-Kilcotton.“I’m old enough to remember when they were nearly unbeatable. They were brilliant hurlers. Laois hurling needs a club like Portlaoise to get back to the top table.”“I’ll keep saying it and I might sound repetitive but Laois needs Portlaoise hurling club. It’s needed. Whatever it takes to get them back up there, they have to get back up.”“Them getting back to senior is one thing but I think the thing with Portlaoise is much more longer term. I don’t think them getting back to senior is the cure, I think there needs to be a complete new life and energy in Portlaoise hurling,” added LaoisToday’s Steven Miller.“There is a lot of hard work going on – with the likes of Pat Critchley and Colm Clear – but the Portlaoise project needs to be bigger than just their senior team, it needs to be like the Dublin hurling project of the last 20 years or so.“As Tommy says, it is where the main population base is and there has to be a strong hurling club in Portlaoise.”“I’m not saying that they need to get back this year,” added Tommy. “But Laois hurling needs Portlaoise at the top table. A really good five-year strategic plan for hurling for the Town is badly wanted – and what’s more resources are wanted for that. It doesn’t happen overnight.“You can make the argument that this should be for hurling in Laois. Put the money in, put the work in, put the resources in and there’s no hoping about it, it would pay dividends. There’s nothing surer.“There is such a gra for hurling in the south of the county. People who I’ve met here over the years have such a love for hurling. They love hurling as much as any county in the country. Give them the resources, give them the backing and I guarantee you they’d make a success of it.”“We were out in Ollie Plunketts last week recording a Podcast about the Mere Mortals band,” added Steven.“They mentioned their first gig was the night of the 1987 Leinster club hurling final that Rathnure absolutely robbed Portlaoise in.“But that was the level that Portlaoise hurling was at – robbed in a Leinster club final. They could very well have gone out at the quarter-final stage of the second tier championship last weekend.“It’s some fall. They had a glorious era of players back then – John Taylor, Pat Critchley, the Bohans, the Rigneys. There’s some of the next generation of those playing now – Cormac Rigney, Cian Taylor, Cathal Duggan came on as a sub. You often hear it at county board meetings that Portlaoise need to be contributing more – and you’d love to see it.”Portlaoise have since beaten Clonaslee to book a place in the SHC ‘A’ final against The Harps. That final takes place this Sunday, October 7, in O’Moore Park.SEE ALSO – ‘We will benefit from JP McManus money’ insists Laois Ladies football spokesperson Home Sport GAA ‘Laois hurling needs a club like Portlaoise to get back to the… SportGAAHurling Community Community Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Council last_img read more

Fear over Upcoming Starvation in North Korea, Is It Unfounded?

first_img Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke” Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Analysis & Opinion [imText1]Expectation of mass starvation this spring in North Korea is increasing as the country is under UN Security Council-ratified sanctions and last year’s crop fell sharply due to flood. Some even speculate on worst case scenario- worse than that happened in mid 90s. Whatever occurs in this spring, it would follow the epidemic that has hit the country since last autumn. Seoul’s Buddhist aid organization ‘Good Friends’ released estimation of last year’s crop production in North Korea, and concluded 2007 might be the most disastrous year for many North Koreans. Some scholars expected death toll could reach up to 6 million. However, others reputed such extreme number because of different socio-economic circumstance in North Korea. They argued that more than 70% of North Korean residents were living off private markets and had already figured out how to survive through shortage of food. North Korea’s food situation is determined by annual total consumption of food over total supply. Since there is no reliable official data, annual total consumption could only be calculated by annual (minimum) consumption per person multiplied by total population. A forty-six years old former official from food distribution office in Hamheung, Choi, told the Daily NK in a recent telephone interview that “given daily food consumption as 550g per person, average daily consumption for 22 million North Koreans is 12,100 metric ton and annual average is roughly 4 million ton.” ‘Person’ includes adult laborer, senior residents and children. Yet, since early 80s, North Korean government has deducted 8-days amount of food per every month for ‘wartime ration.’ In other words, the whole North Korean population receives 3,255,000 tons of food, rather than 4 million, each year. Of course, the figure hardly reflects reality. North Korea’s official food distribution standard prior to 1992제목 없음Children under 12Senior citizens (male over 60, female over 55)From 17 to 60 (to 55 for female):LaborersMiddle school students (13-17)Soldiers and mine workersStandard amount:300gStandard amount:700g Standard amount:500gStandard amount:900gReduced actual amount: 250gReduced actual amount: 500gReduced actual amount:400gReduced actual amount:700g Analysis & Opinion By Daily NK – 2007.02.09 7:37pm Fear over Upcoming Starvation in North Korea, Is It Unfounded? SHARE Analysis & Opinion Facebook Twitter Until 1992, North Korean people were rationed as above. Despite deduction, food production was enough to feed 22-million population. Another former food distribution office employee from North Korea, Lee, a forty-one years old, confirmed the estimate. “Everyone in North Korea knows that ten thousands ton of food per day can feed the whole population.” Lee continued, “Only if the authorities kept distributing the pre-1992 amount of food, no North Koreans would have crossed the border.”The late Kim Il-sung also stated “If (we) produce five million tones of cereal, we can provide not only enough food, but also enough snacks and candies, to the people.” Indeed, 3.5 million ton, if evenly dispersed, seems a minimum limit to prevent starvation. Then, how much cereal did North Korea harvest last year?Estimates vary. South Korea’s Agrarian Development Office assumed the harvest reached 4.48 million ton, and the World Food Programme’s number was 4.3 million, similar to that of South Korean government agency. However, an aid organization in Seoul, ‘Good Friends’ had gloomier number: 2.8 million ton. According to the information gathered by the NGO, cereal production in South Hwanghae, Pyongan, Kangwon provinces in 2006 was diminished by 40%. The gap between highest and lowest estimate is 1.5 million ton, due to lack of direct research inside North Korea. If last year’s food production was actually 2.8 million ton, given annual average consumption amount of 3.5 million, prospect of mass starvation is darkening. Nonetheless, since there is no clear-cut estimate of cereal production, another important factor must be analyzed, instead. It is the cereal price. In 1995, the year March of Tribulation started, price of rice and corn skyrocketed. In October 1995, corn price almost doubled from 15 NK won per kg to more than 30 won/kg (the price after 7.1 Reform is 350 won now). That was during harvest season. If North Korea is really suffering food shortage, the rice price must show a sign of increase by now, four months after harvest. However, the price of rice and corn in private market indicates no big difference with that before the nuclear test on October 9. Since last summer, rice price has been stable from 1000 won to 1200/kg, and corn price 300~350 won/kg. Another noteworthy fact is that, although during the March of Tribulation corn price had remained sixty percent of that of rice, now it is less than 35% of rice’s. (Rice is the main cereal, while corn is regarded as inferior, less-preferable food source that rice, in Korea). Given such numbers, it is reasonable to assume WFP and South Korean government agency’s estimate, though not accurate, is closer to North Korea’s actual cereal output last year. Annual cereal production in North Korea by UN’s FAO and WFP (in million ton)제목 없음Annual cereal production in North Korea by UN’s FAO and WFP (in million ton)1995(WFP)1996(FAO)1997(FAO)1998(FAO)1999(FAO)2000(FAO)2001(FAO)2002(FAO)2004(FAO)2006(WFP)2.502.872.833.783.422.573.653.964.154.30Nevertheless, the UN data from 1995 to 1999 could be inaccurate. Former Korean People’s Party secretary Hwang Jang-yeob testified that, told by then agriculture secretary Seo Kwan-hee, 1996’s crop was less than 2 million ton. Based on data and testimonies, North Korea would be in danger if yearly food production is less than 3 million ton and would barely escape mass starvation with more than 3.5 million ton-crop. The more fundamental difference from now and then is people’s adaptation to situation. Market is widespread and more North Koreans are ready to import cereal from China incase of food shortage. In mid-90s, loyal North Koreans followed the party’s direction blindly and died, which could never happen now. In conclusion, North Korea’s cereal output is likely to be more than 3.5 million ton and many residents know how to survive through food shortage. Therefore mass starvation could be unfounded fear. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Analysis & Opinion last_img read more

IMF cuts world growth forecast to 3.5%

first_img Keywords Economic forecastsCompanies International Monetary Fund OECD raises outlook for Canadian economic growth this year Stagflation is U.S. economists’ biggest fear, SIFMA says Facebook LinkedIn Twitter IE StaffAssociated Press Unveiling its forecasts at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the fund left its prediction for U.S. growth this year unchanged at 2.5%.For Canada, the IMF’s estimate for growth in 2019 was 1.9%, down from a forecast in October for growth of 2.0%.The IMF’s view is more positive than an assessment by the Bank of Canada issued Jan. 9. The central bank forecast growth of 1.7%, down from its October prediction of 2.1%.In a report released today, Desjardins splits the difference, forecasting Canada’s GDP at 1.8%.The IMF’s growth outlook for the 19 countries that use the euro currency has been reduced to 1.6% from 1.8%. Desjardins’ forecast is slightly dimmer at 1.5%.Growth in emerging-market countries is forecast to slow to 4.5% from 4.6% in 2018, says the IMF. It expects the Chinese economy—the world’s second biggest—to grow 6.2% this year, down from 6.6% in 2018 and the slowest since 1990. For emerging markets and China, Desjardins forecasts growth of 4.6% and 6.3%, respectively.Rising trade tensions pose a major risk to the world economy. Under President Donald Trump, the United States has imposed import taxes on steel, aluminum and hundreds of Chinese products, drawing retaliation from China and other U.S. trading partners.“Higher trade uncertainty will further dampen investment and disrupt global supply chains,” said IMF chief economist Gita Gopinath.In its report, Desjardins says escalating protectionism is “intensifying” uncertainty worldwide. It also says significant tightening of financial conditions could have a negative impact on markets. Further, inflation that is stronger or weaker than forecast would have “major consequences,” especially for the bond market.Rising interest rates in the U.S. and elsewhere are pinching emerging-market governments and companies that borrowed heavily when rates were ultra-low in the aftermath of the 2007-2009 Great Recession.As the debts roll over, those borrowers have to refinance at higher rates. A rising dollar is also making things harder for emerging-market borrowers who took out loans denominated in the U.S. currency.Separately, the United Nations is forecasting that the global economy will grow by around 3% in 2019 and 2020, but says waning support for multilateralism, escalating trade disputes, increasing debt and rising climate risks are clouding prospects.The U.N.’s report on the World Economic Situation and Prospects 2019 also stresses that economic growth is uneven and often doesn’t reach countries that need it most.U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says in the forward of the report launched Monday that while economic indicators remain “largely favourable,” the report “raises concerns over the sustainability of global economic growth in the face of rising financial, social and environmental challenges.: world map, emerging markets and international global businesses kentoh/123RF Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Economy lost 68,000 jobs in May The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has cut its forecast for world economic growth this year, citing heightened trade tensions and rising U.S. interest rates.The IMF said Monday that it expects global growth this year of 3.5%, down from 3.7% in 2018 and from the 3.7% it had forecast for 2019 back in October. last_img read more

Rising from ashes: construction underway on Thomas Foods’ state-of-the-art meat processing plant

first_imgRising from ashes: construction underway on Thomas Foods’ state-of-the-art meat processing plant Construction has officially started on Thomas Foods International’s new state-of-the-art meat processing plant near Murray Bridge today, set to bolster the state’s regional economy, exports and jobs.The new plant is expected to create around 2,000 jobs, once fully operational, with an estimated 500 required for the initial stage of production.Stage one includes development of the company’s beef processing facilities, to hold an initial capacity of up to 600 head a day. Stages to follow will include sheep and lamb processing facilities and further expansion of the beef facilities, taking the plant’s total processing capacity to 1,200 head of beef and up to 15,000 head of sheep and lamb per day.Turning the first sod at the site, Premier Steven Marshall said today is a huge step towards creating more jobs for South Australians as well as strengthening South Australia’s meat exports, which will have a significant impact on the state’s economy.“It is fantastic to be here today to mark the start of construction of Thomas Foods International’s new state-of-the-art meat processing – a factory which will create 2000 jobs,” Premier Marshall said.“In addition to the massive influx of jobs for the State – the estimated gross production impact of developing an expanded new plant on a Greenfield site will increase gross state product by an estimated $1.05 billion over the first 10 years of its operation.“The new plant will ultimately grow our meat exports into the future, which is a crucial pillar of South Australia’s food, wine and agribusiness sector.Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Corey Wingard said the Marshall Government was proud to contribute to public roadworks leading to the new facility.“The Marshall Government has worked closely with the Rural City of Murray Bridge and the Commonwealth to complete the link road between Mannum Road and the new plant,” Minister Wingard said.“The new $14 million access road will help facilitate TFI’s massive private investment in our state which will support our economy and local jobs.”Thomas Foods International CEO Darren Thomas said whilst the 2018 fire was disruptive, it provided the company a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create something bigger and better.“The new plant will set the industry benchmark for technology, efficiency, environmental sustainability, animal welfare and workplace safety,” Mr Thomas said.“Today marks an exciting milestone for the company, and we look forward to working alongside BADGE, our recently appointed Adelaide-based construction company, in creating what will become a global showcase of advanced food manufacturing.”“We made a commitment to rebuild and we’re doing just that.”For more information on Thomas Foods International visit: thomasfoods.comFor further information on how the Department for Trade and Investment can support companies looking to expand or invest in South Australia visit: invest.sa.gov.au /Public News. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:animal welfare, AusPol, Australia, commonwealth, efficiency, Government, industry, infrastructure, Investment, Minister, Murray Bridge, operation, production, SA Government, South Australia, sustainability, technology, Transportlast_img read more