Glenn invited to join Hispanic caucus in Lansing

first_img13Feb Glenn invited to join Hispanic caucus in Lansing Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, left, and Michigan Legislative Hispanic Caucus chairman Rep. Harvey Santana, D-Detroit. Both men share the bond of being veterans. Glenn served in the U.S. Army Reserves and National Guard, and Santana was a U.S. Navy rescue swimmer.Lansing, Mich. — Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, on Thursday joined the bipartisan Michigan Legislative Hispanic Caucus at the invitation of newly-elected caucus chairman Rep. Harvey Santana, D-Detroit and vice-chairman Rep. Bruce Rendon, R-Lake City.Glenn is not Hispanic, but the caucus by-laws state that “MLHC is committed to diversity and actively seeks to elect and recruit individuals from all segments of the population as officers, committee chairs, and members.”Santana said Friday he is “very excited and encouraged to have Rep. Glenn as a member. His experience will add tremendous value to the overall discussion of Hispanic economic prosperity. I look forward to listening to his views on the economy and how we can all participate in the American dream.”Glenn commended Santana for his leadership in convening the caucus and said “Harvey and I will focus on the common values that unite us regardless of ethnicity or party. President Kennedy correctly observed that ‘a rising tide lifts all boats,’ and all legislators should be committed to policies that raise the tide of economic opportunity in Rep. Santana’s district as much as in our own.”For example, Glenn said he will work to win caucus support for legislation to allow implementation of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s proposed Universal Tuition Tax Credit, which would “empower parents of all income levels, of all races or ethnic backgrounds, in all communities, to choose the best and safest schools for their children.”Santana said the caucus will focus on issues of common concern to Hispanics and all citizens including taxes, small business development, infrastructure investment, public education (K-12, college, and vocational), criminal justice, agriculture, housing, employment, and health care. Glenn and Santana have already agreed, once the weather improves, to host each other for a tour of their respective legislative districts.“Rep. Santana and I have the same title, but for him, the job description includes, for example, being called to personally intervene to stop violence between rival gangs,” Glenn said. “Obviously, we’re blessed that that’s not been part of the job description in Midland and rural Bay counties, so visiting each other’s district and witnessing the many differences will be educational and enlightening for both of us.“It’s about understanding, literally and figuratively, where the other guy’s coming from, and hopefully crafting bipartisan solutions based on understanding our differences that can then unite us in the task — without government dictating or guaranteeing equal outcomes – of ensuring everyone has equal opportunity to make a better life for themselves and their families.”Santana’s 9th House District is comprised of northwest Detroit and part of the city of Dearborn.The 98th House District represented by Glenn is comprised of the city of Midland and six suburban and rural townships in Midland County, plus the cities of Auburn, Linwood, and Pinconning and seven rural townships in Bay County.The caucus is also tentatively planning to hold a town hall meeting in May in Saginaw hosted by Rep. Vanessa Guerra, D-Saginaw.According to the U.S. Census, Hispanics comprise 8 percent of the population in Saginaw County and 4.9 percent in Bay County, both higher than the 4.7 percent statewide, while only 2.4 percent of Midland County residents are of Hispanic origin. Categories: Glenn News,Glenn Photoslast_img read more

Rep Tedder hosts February office hours

first_img Categories: Tedder News 30Jan Rep. Tedder hosts February office hours State Rep. Jim Tedder of Clarkston invites residents to join him for local office hours during the month of February.“I always look forward to meeting residents and discussing important issues,” Rep. Tedder said. “Listening to community members is one of my top priorities as a state representative.”Office hours take place at the following times and locations:• Monday, Feb. 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Jerry’s Coney Island, 5744 Highland Road in Waterford; and• Friday, Feb. 23 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Leo’s Coney Island, 6325 Sashabaw Road in Clarkston. No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Tedder at 517-373-0615 or via email at JimTedder@house.mi.gov.last_img read more

Talk of rigging the gold and silver markets has no

first_imgTalk of rigging the gold and silver markets has now become respectable. Only the demise of this Anglo/American monetary and financial atrocity awaits.The gold price was up about twenty-five bucks by 1:00 p.m. Hong Kong time yesterday…and then didn’t do much until about 10:00 a.m. in London.  From there, the price declined down to just above the $1,700 mark shortly before 9 a.m. in New York before rallying back to just under $1,725 spot.  It held that price until shortly before the close of electronic trading, when it got sold off about ten bucks after it made it too close to the $1,725 spot mark…just like it did in Hong Kong and London much earlier on Thursday.Gold finished at $1,717.70 spot…up $21.00 on the day.  Despite the lack of price movement, net volume was an immense 219,000 contracts.Up until 1:00 p.m. in Hong Kong, silver followed the same rally path as gold, but the subsequent sell-off ended very shortly before 12 o’clock noon in London…which looked suspiciously like an early silver fix.From that low/fix, silver rallied in fits and starts…and all three attempts that it made to get too rambunctious to the upside in New York, immediately got swatted down…including the rally into the close of Comex trading at 1:30 p.m. Eastern.  From there, silver basically traded sideways into the close of electronic trading.Silver finished at $35.51 spot…up 87 cents on the day.  Net volume was only half of Wednesday’s…but still a monstrous 55,000 contracts.Here’s the New York Silver Spot Silver [Bid] chart on its own.  It shows the three rallies that got sold off before they could get anywhere…the one at the Comex open, at 10:30 a.m…and the Comex close.The dollar index did precisely nothing yesterday…and was obviously never a factor in the precious metals market.The gold stocks pretty much followed the ups and downs of the gold price during the New York trading session…and, like the gold price, the shares sagged a bit into the close.  The HUI finished up 0.80% when all was said and done.Despite the nice gain in silver during the New York trading session, the shares were definitely a mixed bag…and Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index was only up 0.29%.(Click on image to enlarge)Thursday’s CME Daily Delivery Report showed that 44 gold and 137 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Monday.  The biggest short/issuers in silver were HSBC USA and the Bank of Nova Scotia with 76 and 47 contracts respectively.  The biggest long/stopper was JPMorgan in its proprietary [house] trading account with 122 contracts.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here.When I posted Wednesday’s Daily Delivery Report in my Thursday column, I inadvertently used the delivery numbers for palladium instead of silver.  The real numbers showed that 160 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Friday…and the big long/stopper was JPMorgan in its proprietary [house] trading account.  They’ll have 137 contracts of that 160 total delivered today.  I thank reader Harvey Organ for pointing out the error of my ways.There were no reported changes in GLD yesterday but, surprisingly enough, authorized participants over at SLV added 874,386 troy ounces of silver.  After Wednesday’s drive-by shooting in both gold and silver, I must admit that I’m still waiting for the big withdrawals from both ETFs.  Maybe today will be the day.  Then again, maybe not.The U.S. Mint started off the month with a small sales report.  They sold 8,500 ounces of gold eagles…and 200,000 silver eagles.There was a lot of activity over at the Comex-approved depositories on Wednesday.  They received 618,921 ounce of silver…and shipped a rather large 1,190,391 troy ounces out the door.  The link to that action is here.Here’s an interesting gold chart that reader Julius Adams sent me yesterday.  Based on his T/A…his minimum target for gold is $2,015.  We’ll see how it goes.(Click on image to enlarge)I have the usual number of stories today…and I hope you find some of them worth your while.I don’t mind if you are wealthy. I do mind if you got there by cheating. I don’t mind if you are on welfare. I do mind if you got there by cheating. – Author unknownAfter Wednesday’s debacle, it was pretty calm on Thursday…but I still got the impression that the subsequent rallies in both gold and silver were being watched over pretty carefully…and it was particularly noticeable in silver.However, what really was surprising was the number of well respected commentators that finally came out of the closet and stated the obvious [in public] about Wednesday’s hatchet job in the precious metals…and that it was done by not-for-profit sellers…and for it’s “effect value”.This is not just GATA saying it now…it’s completely obvious to everyone and, in the end, it could backfire on the perpetrators, because now everyone is watching these markets with fresh eyes.When people such as these raise their voices in unison like this, you know that everyone is now in on the game…and the jig is up.  At last, talk of rigging the gold and silver markets has now become respectable.  Only the demise of this Anglo/American monetary and financial atrocity awaits.And it can’t come too soon for me…regardless of the consequences.  As I’ve said many times over the years, if the powers that be weren’t propping up everything that wanted to crash…and suppressing the price of everything that wanted to blow sky high…the world’s financial system would be a smouldering ruin within five business days.It’s going to happen anyway…and the longer this stinking, putrid mess is held aloft, the worse it’s going to be for everyone on Planet Earth when it finally does crash and burn.All that will be left standing will be the precious metals…and I hope that will be enough.In overnight trading, both gold and silver trended quietly lower.  At the moment…5:18 a.m. Eastern time…gold is down about two bucks…and silver is down about 35 cents.  Gold volume is already pretty decent…and silver’s volume is relatively quiet.  The dollar index has been in rally mode since precisely 10:00 a.m. Hong Kong time…and is up about 35 basis points as I hit the ‘send’ button.With JPMorgan et al putting the metals and their shares back on sale for a limited time only, there’s still the opportunity to either re-adjust your portfolio, or get fully invested in the continuing major up-leg of this bull market in both silver and gold…and I respectfully suggest that you take a trial subscription to either Casey Research’s International Speculator [junior gold and silver exploration companies], or BIG GOLD [large producers], with all our best [and current] recommendations…as well as the archives. A subscription to the International Speculator also includes a free subscription to BIG GOLD as well.  And don’t forget that our 90-day guarantee of satisfaction is in effect for both publications.I’m done for the day.  See you tomorrow. 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More than half of people 58 per cent who receive

first_imgMore than half of people (58 per cent) who receive care and support services in England have seen their quality of life fall in the last year, according to a new survey by a disabled-led expert group.A similar survey carried out last year found 45 per cent said their quality of life had fallen over the previous year.The survey has been carried out by the Independent Living Strategy Group (ILSG) – chaired by the disabled crossbench peer Baroness [Jane] Campbell – and published by the charity in Control, and focuses on the impact of cuts to social care on people’s independence and basic human rights.Baroness Campbell (pictured) said the survey proves that increased social care funding is needed to prevent disabled people from an “extreme risk” of harm and help develop a “radically” new system that “positively” supports independence and well-being.The survey has been published in the run-up to the chancellor’s autumn statement later this month.A quarter of those questioned said they had been told by their local authority in the last 12 months that their support packages would be reduced because of cuts or savings*.Baroness Campbell told Disability News Service (DNS): “If we don’t properly invest in our care and support system now, deeper cuts to people’s individual support are inevitable year-on-year, as the population increases.“This lack of investment is already having expensive financial and moral consequences, as our 2016 survey reveals.”Meanwhile, the Health Foundation, The King’s Fund and the Nuffield Trust concluded in a new report this week that cuts and rising demand will leave adult social care facing a £1.9 billion funding gap next year.And the Local Local Government Ombudsman said in its annual report into adult social care complaints that it had seen a 25 per cent rise in complaints about home care – 65 per cent of which were upheld – as well as a six per cent increase in complaints and enquiries about all areas of adult social care (to 2,969).Baroness Campbell says in the ILSG report that the survey aimed to discover whether the Care Act 2014 – potentially the “most exciting, creative and positive move forward in the history of local authority care and support services” – was “working in practice”.But the group warned that these duties had been imposed on local authorities at a time of “unprecedented cuts to their funding”, with adult social care departments forced into budget savings of 26 per cent over four years, the equivalent of £3.53 billion.A third of respondents (33 per cent) said that their level of choice and control over their support had fallen in the previous year, compared with just under 30 per cent in last year’s survey.And almost two out of five respondents (38 per cent) said they were having to rely more on family and friends for support, while more than a quarter (27 per cent) said they were having to pay more towards the cost of their support.Of the 95 people responding to the survey who previously received money from the Independent Living Fund (ILF), more than two-fifths (41 per cent) said the amount of support they received had fallen since ILF’s closure in June 2015, while nearly a third (32 per cent) said the quality of their day-to-day support had worsened since it closed.Baroness Campbell told DNS: “Our strategy group believes that extra funding is not simply required to prevent older and disabled people from extreme risk, but urgently needed to develop a radically new system which positively supports people’s independence and well-being.“After all, this was supposed to be the central aim of the government’s Care Act, which has yet to deliver.”She said the survey showed that councils were now placing “severe restrictions” on how people can use personal budgets or direct payments.She said: “This is counter to the Care Act’s aim, which is to empower local authorities to give more choice and control over how support is delivered.“They said they have no choice due to the funding shortage.“Shockingly, half of respondents reported that support now is only available for very basic personal care – an indication that people who need support are often condemned to a very limited existence.”The report was released just four days before the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities published a report that concluded that the UK government had committed “grave or systematic violations” of disabled people’s rights, including actions that “have hindered various aspects of their right to live independently and be included in the community” under article 19 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.Baroness Campbell said the survey demonstrated why the government had been found to be “failing miserably” in its responsibilities under article 19 of the convention.About half of ILSG are disabled people, and many represent disabled people’s organisations or user-led grassroots groups, including the Spartacus network, Shaping Our Lives, Inclusion London, Hammersmith and Fulham Coalition Against Cuts, Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People and Disability Rights UK.The survey was based on responses from 485 people who have support in England, including people who fund their own care, with the vast majority of the responses coming from service-users under the age of 65.*91 of the 363 survey respondents who answered this question said they had been told their support (or the money available for their support) would be reduced because of cuts or savingslast_img read more

Ricky Williams Has The Last Laugh

first_img Subscribe Now Ricky Williams Has The Last Laugh Once the poster child of a stoner athlete, the ex-NFL running back is is making great strides with his cannabis company. Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. Former NFL running back Ricky Williams remembers when his use of marijuana made him an outcast among both his peers and potential business associates.Williams said that people didn’t want to associate with him because of his use of cannabis. “My past kept haunting me,” Williams told the Roll Up Podcast.That’s all changed for the Pro Bowl running back. Now, he’s become an entrepreneur in cannabis with his line of products called Real Wellness by Ricky Williams. According to his website, he is offering “an herbal approach to everyday wellness.”That may sound like the tagline of any number of marijuana brands. But Williams can claim he was far out in front — and in a very public way — on the issue of marijuana and the potential health benefits.Related: 5 Surprising Truths About Canadian Legalization“Most Infamous Stoner Athlete”In a way, Williams’ experience with marijuana personifies the changing attitudes on cannabis. A decade ago, while a star in the NFL, he became the target of both jokes and the NFL’s substance abuse policy for talking openly about using marijuana.That was an unusual stance from such a big star. And at the time, he was one of the biggest. Between 1999 and 2011, playing mostly with the New Orleans Saints and Miami Dolphins, Williams rushed for more than 10,000 yards, including five 1,000-yard seasons.He also was public about his use of marijuana, becoming “America’s most infamous stoner athlete,” according to Sports Illustrated. He failed four drug tests, all for cannabis use, he told the magazine. In 2004, he decided to retire early and spent the year studying holistic medicine at the California College of Ayurveda.He returned to the Dolphins in 2005. However, in 2006, he missed an entire season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.He told Sports Illustrated that those years in the middle of his career cost him about $5 million to $10 million in salary and endorsements. He’s hoping to make that back, and then some.Related: New California Law Makes it Easier to Erase Old Marijuana ConvictionsEarly AdooterWilliams launched Real Wellness earlier this year in California (a native of San Diego, he now lives in Venice Beach). Both medical and recreational marijuana is now legal in the Golden State.  But long before marijuana was the “in” thing, Williams believed in the medicinal value of marijuana. Since leaving the NFL, he ‘s spent his time studying the potential of marijuana for pain management and other conditions.Williams told the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel: “I am known as a professional football player. In the last 14 years, I have been educating myself and training as a healthcare practitioner.”His products include salves, tonics and vape cartridges, which he says are a “modern reintroduction to the healing power of ancient herbs.” The products contain either CBD or THC, or sometimes both.Williams believes there is a huge and growing market for his product. He saw a microcosm of that market in the NFL. Williams said more than half of the players he played within the NFL used marijuana, including quarterbacks and coaches, according to Sports Illustrated.Follow dispensaries.com on Instagram to stay up to date on the latest cannabis news. Next Article Guest Writer Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. October 25, 2018 3 min read –shares Add to Queue dispensaries.com Get 1 Year of Green Entrepreneur for $19.99 Green Entrepreneur provides how-to guides, ideas and expert insights for entrepreneurs looking to start and grow a cannabis business. Image credit: My Mystic Journey LA via Twitter Ganjapreneurlast_img read more

Elon Musk Asks Judge to Toss Pedo Guy Defamation Lawsuit

first_img Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Elon Musk is hoping to end the U.S. lawsuit over his “pedo guy” statements against British cave diver Vernon Unsworth before it gets started. His attorneys have filed a motion to dismiss the case on the grounds that his insults weren’t serious and thus were protected free speech in the U.S. This was just a “schoolyard spat,” Musk’s attorneys said. They contended that Twitter was a place where you could “expect to read opinions, not facts,” and thus that no one could realistically assume Musk was telling the truth.Unsworth’s attorney rejected the claims in a statement to The Guardian. The argument would “effectively doom all lawsuits” over defamation, and that Musk’s dismissal points were “novel but inaccurate.”Related: What’s Happening on The Entrepreneur Index Right NowIt’s not clear how the judge will respond to the dismissal request, although it might not work in Musk’s favor. While he did apologize for his initial “pedo guy” remark in July, he undercut that in August when he told BuzzFeed News reporter that Unsworth was a “child rapist.” For that matter, Musk ran into trouble with the SEC precisely because he used Twitter to make a serious claim about taking Tesla private. Don’t be surprised if the case moves forward to its initial hearing on April 1st. The Tesla executive says it was just a ‘schoolyard spat.’ Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Next Article Jon Fingas Elon Musk Add to Queue December 28, 2018 This story originally appeared on Engadget Image credit: Robyn Beck | Pool via Engadget Elon Musk Asks Judge to Toss ‘Pedo Guy’ Defamation Lawsuit Enroll Now for $5 –shares 2 min readlast_img read more

Marketing Magic Monopoly Maker Hides Real Money in Games Special Edition

first_img Marketing Magic: Monopoly Maker Hides Real Money in Game’s Special Edition Apply Now » Next Article Hasbro is taking a page out of the Willy Wonka marketing playbook. In honor of Monopoly’s 80th anniversary, French players of the eminent board game will have a chance to win actual cash hidden in sets of the game.Eighty boxes out of 30,000 different games will have varying amounts of cash ranging between about $170 and $342. Meanwhile, the big winner will get a box that has every piece of Monopoly money replaced will real euros, adding up to about $23,200.Related: This ‘Exploding Kittens’ Card Game Is Blowing Up on KickstarterWhile certainly not enough to buy a railroad or an ocean-front property, it’s still a fairly substantial chunk of change. Florence Gaillaird, Hasbro France’s brand manager, told the AFP that the bills were delivered to the local packing center with a supreme amount of secrecy.Of course, Monopoly isn’t the first brand to take a “golden ticket” approach. In 2010, Nestle, which owns the Wonka name, put prizes in its Exceptionals candy bars. Two years later, in a slightly more off-putting move, the candy company put GPS trackers in Kit Kats to award 12,000 euros to winners in Ireland and the UK. Monopoly is available in 114 countries and 43 languages.  Related: ‘Game Guru’ of Candy Crush Saga Leaves King Digital to Found New Gaming Startup Nina Zipkin 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List February 3, 2015 –sharescenter_img Entrepreneur Staff Marketing Add to Queue Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. 2 min read The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue.last_img read more

New study sheds light on the role of vitamin D in muscle

first_imgRelated StoriesVitamin D metabolite may stop mechanism by which cancer cells become drug-resistantVitamin D and estrogen can prevent heart disease, stroke, and diabetes in womenVitamin D supplement does not prevent type 2 diabetes in adults at high risk, study findsProfessor Gunton says that, compared to a previous study she conducted that looked at mice missing vitamin D receptors across their whole body, this new study has highlighted some important differences.”We found that mice missing muscle cell vitamin D receptors had normal body size but less muscle mass and more fat mass.”In terms of choosing to run on a wheel in their cage, the mice had shorter running distance and slower speed. These might contribute to the lower muscle mass and increase in fat.In terms of muscle strength, these mice also had a significantly decreased grip strength from a very early age.”While more research is needed, Professor Gunton says that these results suggest that maintaining normal vitamin D signaling in muscle is important for preserving muscle bulk and function.”These findings also have the potential to open up avenues to pursue new therapies that target muscle cell vitamin D receptors. These therapies could help to address or prevent age-related sarcopenia (degenerative loss of skeletal muscle mass) and other disorders related to muscle function.” Source:Westmead Institute for Medical Research For a long time, we have known that vitamin D deficiency is associated with muscle weakness and greater risk of falls and fractures. However, whether vitamin D played a direct role in muscle wasn’t known.We show that vitamin D receptor is present in low levels in normal muscle, and our study found that deleting muscle cell vitamin D receptors had important effects on muscle function.” Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jun 26 2019A recent study conducted at The Westmead Institute for Medical Research has shed light on the role of vitamin D in muscle cells. The study looked at the role of vitamin D in muscles in mice, and showed that vitamin D signaling (how cells communicate with one another) is needed for normal muscle size and strength.Researchers found that mice missing the vitamin D receptor only in myocytes (muscle cells) had smaller muscles, and they were less strong. They also had significantly decreased running speed and didn’t run as far as mice with normal vitamin D action.Lead researcher, Professor Jenny Gunton says:last_img read more

Commercial flight operations begin from Kochi naval airportCommercial flight operations begin from

first_imgflood Kerala natural disasters Commercial flight operations from the naval airport at Kochi commenced today with the first Air India flight from Bengaluru arriving this morning.Small aircraft are being operated from the naval airport as the Kochi International Airport has shut operations till August 26 following flooding in the heavy rains. The first AI flight from Bengaluru arrived this morning and returned by 0830 hrs.Train services between the state capital and Ernakulam are also gradually returning to normal. Skeletal services run on the Ernakulam-Thiruvananthapuram and Alappuzha-Kottayam routes saw trains packed with flood-affected people moving to the houses of their friends and relatives. The deadly monsoon rains have claimed 210 lives since August 8 and has displaced over 7.14 lakh people from their homes. In the worst affected Chengannur in Alappuzha district, efforts are on to rescue some of those stranded in certain pockets, including Pandanad.According to the India Met Department, a fresh low pressure area had formed over the North West Bay of Bengal yesterday. However, it would not have a significant impact over Kerala, where rainfall is likely to decrease further during the next five days.Rehabilitation will be the next big focus of the state government with most of the marooned having been rescued, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said.Rainfall over Kerala during the South West Monsoon (June 1 to Aug 19) has been exceptionally high. Kerala has so far received 2,346.6 mm of rain against the normal of 1,649.5 mm, according to IMD.The high-range Idukki district recorded the highest excess rainfall (92 per cent above normal), followed by Palakkad (72 per cent above normal). These two districts have reported several deaths and massive destruction due to flooding and landslides.Thirteen people lost their lives yesterday, while 7,24,649 lakh people were housed in 5,645 relief camps across the state. Rescue operations are in the final stages.Around 22,000 people were rescued yesterday alone in the operations launched by the defence personnel, national and state disaster response forces, fishermen and local people. The next big challenge for the government is containing the spread of epidemic.The Chief Minister said six health officers would be deployed in each panchayat, to ensure there was no outbreak of any communicable diseases as the flood water recedes.People have started returning to their homes from relief centres with flood waters receding. Many were shocked to see the state of their homes, covered with mud and slush as the water receded. Published on August 20, 2018 SHARE SHARE EMAIL airlines and aviation railway SHARE COMMENTS People carry flood relief material to be distributed in flood-affected areas in Thiruvalla in Kerala, on Sunday.   –  PTI COMMENTlast_img read more

UNbacked award for fully organic Sikkim

first_imgSikkim COMMENT organic farming Sikkim on the border with Tibet was declared fully organic in 2016. File Photo   –  Reuters SHARE COMMENTScenter_img Published on October 12, 2018 SHARE SHARE EMAIL Sikkim, the country’s first fully organic State, won the top prize in a UN-backed award on Friday, with organisers saying its policies had helped more than 66,000 farmers, boosted tourism and set an example to other countries.The small Himalayan State on the border with Tibet was declared fully organic in 2016 after phasing out chemical fertilisers and pesticides and substituting them with sustainable alternatives.Sikkim’s experience shows that “100 per cent organic is no longer a pipe dream, but a reality,” said Maria-Helena Semedo, Deputy Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), which co-organises the Future Policy Awards.The awards have previously honoured policies combating desertification, violence against women and girls, nuclear weapons and pollution of the oceans.‘Excellent example’This year’s was for agroecology, which includes shunning chemicals, using crop residues as compost, planting trees on farms and rotating crops to improve the soil and protect against pests.Proponents say agroecology could increase farmers’ earnings and make farms more resilient to climate change as erratic rainfall and extended dry periods hamper food production.Tourism numbers in Sikkim rose by 50 per cent between 2014 and 2017, according to the World Future Council, another co-organiser.“Sikkim sets an excellent example of how other countries worldwide can successfully upscale agroecology,” said Alexandra Wandel, director of the World Future Council.last_img read more